Monday, December 30, 2013

My 13 Best Books of 2013

Page 365 of 365...


The final page of 2013 has come and there are lots of books I've read this year. I have successfully read 100 books this year! I'm so happy because I didn't think I would read such number of books because of my busy schedule at school. 

We will start another book in a few moments... we'll say hello to year 2014! For sure, there will be lots of books coming out. The sequels and standalone books we are dying to read for. Even the movies we can't wait to watch. (ehem! Divergent)

I shall now reveal my Top 13 Best books of 2013.

  • These may contain series/standalone/books part of a series.
  • I'm not going to rank them. Choosing the top 13 is difficult already.
  • This is not in ORDER. ;)

1. The Edge of Never & The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski



My Reviews:

2.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

My Review: 

3. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi


My Review: 

4. Legend by Marie Lu


My Review:

5. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

My review:


6. The Inferno Trilogy by Sylvain Reynard





 My Reviews:


7. Dare You To by Katie McGarry

My Review:

8.Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

My Reviews:

9. Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
My Review:

10. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

My Review:

11. The Selection by Kiera Cass
My Review:

12. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
My Review:

13. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
My Review:


These are my top 13 books. Thank you for this wonderful year filled with awesome books! Let's celebrate as we meet year 2014. Thank you for all those who follow me. :) I'm looking forward to talk to you all guys and see your blog posts.

Gods of Olympus Tag



This is a video response for Original Tag|Gods of Olympus Tag by AMindNeedsBooks

I love watching booktubers do book tags because of the questions and their responses. I've watched other booktubers do this tag. Since I don't really do video responses, I decided to make a blog post instead.

The questions:
Zeus: Name your favourite fictional leader, good or bad?

  • Peregrine from Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. He may be stressed in leading his tribe, but he does everything in order to protect his tribe. 
Hera: Who are your favourite fictional parents? 
  • Arthur & Molly Weasley from Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I like how they treat their children or their children's friends as one of their own. 

Demeter: What fictional food would you like to try? 
  • Gillyweed or Chocolate Frog. hahaha!
Poseidon: Name a book where water is central, either in setting or plot.
  • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. Since one of the main character lives nearby the sea in a tribe called Tides. :D
Dionysus: Which character would you most like to have a party with?
  • Patch Cipriano from Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. He's one romantic bad boy 

Apollo: Either, name a great debut book (so an author's first published work).

or Name a first book in a series you really enjoyed.
  • I really enjoyed Slammed by Colleen Hoover. So if you haven't tried this one, you better. You'll love Slam poetry. It's Young Adult but as you go along with the series, it turns to a bit New Adult. 
Artemis: 'Of all the Greek goddesses, she was the most self-sufficient, living life on her own terms, comfortable both in solitude and in holding the reins of leadership.'* Who is your favourite female heroine? 

  • Beatrice "Tris" Prior from Divergent by Veronica Roth. She's one kick-ass heroine who breaks out of her shell. I really adore her.

  • I'm gonna cheat with another heroine, which is my ultimate favorite kick-ass heroine and that is Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. She's independent, strong and brave. Her life may be not good, but she learned to survive and defend herself from those who hurt her. She's one heroine you sure don't want to mess with.
Athena: Name a character who is wise. 

  • Hermione Granger. hands down. She's amazing and smart. So brilliant! :D



Hermes: If you could travel to any fictional setting (real world or fantasy) where would you go?
  • Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry or that Harry Potter theme park in Universal Studios- Orlando, Florida.

Hephaestus: If you could have any fictional tool made (for example a weapon or a gadget), what would you want
  • The Cloak of Invisibility or a Time Turner . (Harry Potter) 
Ares: What is your favourite fictional battle?
  • The Battle of Hogwarts. Just epic. Voldemort vs. Harry Potter



Aphrodite: What is your ultimate ship (the characters do not have to be from the same book)?

  • I have lots in my mind. I love Gabriel Emerson and Julianne Mitchell's relationship. I know it came from an Adult Romance genre (specifically Erotica). Unlike any other erotica novels, it's more on STORY than sex scenes but this couple just prove how intimate their relationship. They were destined to each other. What made me love it so much? Their connection - The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. 

Hades: If you could petition Hades to bring any fictional character back from the dead who would you choose?

  • As much as I want to mention it, I'm afraid not because I don't want to reveal a spoiler because it will ruin your moment. Let's just say, someone from Allegiant by Veronica Roth.  (If you've read the book, you know who I am talking about) The part where it broke my heart and made me wept. Though the message of true sacrifice was good, but there are lots of ways you can do sacrifices. Just... uggh!
Final question(s): If you could be a God/ Goddess of anything what would you want to be and what do you think would fit your personality? These do not have to be the same. 
  • Goddess of Healing. I want to heal those people in pain. Physical, Social, Emotional etc.. so they won't suffer through it. 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Revealed by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Pages: 352
Goodreads rating: 3.59 / 5 stars
My rating: 4 / 5 stars
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult, Romance

Summary (Goodreads):

In the thrilling eleventh House of Night novel, more than just the House of Night is at stake in a dangerous battle for Zoey's life and soul. Can the Nerd Herd help her stay free long enough to flight back?


Drastically altered after her fall, Neferet is clinging to life with one goal in mind: to regain her strength and her consciousness. But before she goes into hiding to relieve her past -- and hopefully find the key to surviving in the present -- she will make one deadly strike. This time, against a human. And the aftershocks will leave no one untouched.

In the wake of a gruesome murder, Tulsa humans are panicked, blaming the House of Night for what was clearly a vampyre attack. But Zoey and the rest of the school know that none of them was involved. So who killed the mayor of Tulsa? As the police open an investigation, tensions on other fronts are growing even higher-- Dallas is on a rampage against Zoey and her friends. When he finally makes a move against Stevie Rae and Shaunee, the battle lines are drawn-- and someone will have to take the fall.

Meanwhile, Something's going on with Zoey... and not a fun kind of something. She's feeling strange and stressed all the time-- well, more stressed than usual. Which shouldn't be a surprise, considering that a powerful immortal is on the loose and she's having some boyfriend issues. Again. But is there something bigger at work? Z, might not have long to find out. Light and Darkness are out of balance, awakening Old Magick.. and Old Magick always demands a sacrifice.

My review:

I really enjoyed the House of Night series though I heard mixed reviews about this series. I'm glad  that I've reached the 11th book (because I knew some people gave up on this) and I've waited each year for the next one to be released. 

Revealed gives a flashback to Neferet's life before she became an evil immortal vampyre. I think I should read Neferet's Curse (House of Night Novella #3) to get to know more about her. I considered her as one of the vilest villains of all time. Broken and abused by her father when she was still human, then marked and turned into a vampyre changed her life. She may be gifted, but her soul was filled with anger which made her an evil vampyre. She desires power  and revenge not just for Zoey and her friends, and as well as to humans.

 Among the series, I would say this is the most gory / brutal one, especially to what happened on the last chapter in Neferet's POV. It's creepy. 

Though I enjoyed this, I was a little frustrated with Zoey. She becomes a reckless, irresponsible, narrow-minded High Priestess this time. Plus the boyfriend issue. Jeez! CAN SHE JUST CHOOSE ONE GUY?! Her feelings were pretty messy and it's annoying me when she is having second thoughts. This lady needs to concentrate and this Old Magick is getting worse. 

I'm definitely Team Stark here!  

Honestly, I'm loving Aphrodite. Her sarcasm and straight-forward attitude made me love her even more and she's funny! She takes away all my frustrations from Z. I also love Stevie Rae-Rephaim moments. I need more of them. :)

I can't wait for the final book and sad to say, we have to wait.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday! (2)


Feature and Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The purpose is to meet new people and gain more followers in the book blogging community. If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers. But you have to know, the point of this hop is to follow other blogs also. I follow you, you follow me. 
The general rules are: 
- Follow the Feature and Follow Hosts (Parajunkee and Alison Can Read)
- Follow the Featured Bloggers
- Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts. 
-Grab the button up there and place it in a post. This post is for people to say hi and that they are now following you in your comments. 
-Follow, Follow, Follow as many as you can. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Don't just follow, comment and say hi in the post! Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say 'hi'
-If someone comments and says they are following you, please follow back! 

This weeks question:

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! What books did Santa stuff your stocking with this year?! If you don't celebrate, just show off the books you got this week! Pictures please! 

 I found this one beside me when I woke up on a Christmas day. My mom gave me  Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins <3

Thank you Mama! I love you :*



Sunday, December 22, 2013

Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

Pages: 176
Goodreads rating: 4.36/ 5 stars
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Poetry, Romance, Young Adult

Summary (goodreads):

Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully conceived, Love and Misadventure will take you on a rollercoaster ride through an ill-fated love affair&mdash;from the initial butterflies through the soaring heights to the devastating plunge.; And, in the end, the message is one of hope.

The journey from love to heartbreak to finding love again is personal yet universal. Lang Leav's evocative poetry speaks to the soul of anyone who is on this journey.; Leav has an unnerving ability to see inside the hearts and minds of her readers. Her talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity has won her a cult following of devoted fans from all over the world. 

Lang Leav is a poet and internationally exhibiting artist. Her work expresses the intricacies of love and loss.


My Review:

I've been wanting to read this for a while and I decided to just private-reading this in a bookstore since it was short and I need an easy read during my spare time. 

I love the poems in this book. It will give you all sorts of emotions as you remember someone you  love and someone who broke your heart. It truly touched my heart and I would love to share this to my friends. Everything was worth it. 

If love poetry, you should definitely grab this book.  ;)

The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski

Pages: 464
Goodreads rating: 4.04/5 stars
My rating: 4 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Summary (goodreads):


Five months ago, Camryn and Andrew, both dealing with personal hardships, met on a Greyhound bus. They fell in love and proved that when two people are meant to be together, fate will find a way to make it happen.

Now, in the highly anticipated sequel to The Edge of Never, Camryn and Andrew are pursuing their love for music and living life to the fullest as they always swore to do. But when tragedy befalls them, their relationship is put to the ultimate test. As Camryn tries to numb her pain, Andrew makes a bold decision: To get their life back on track, they'll set out on another cross-country road trip. Together they find excitement, passion, adventure-and challenges they never could have anticipated.

My review:
*MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*

There comes a point in life where we expect things  turn out to be good. Yet,  things turn around unexpectedly and make us vulnerable.

Andrew and Camryn stepped into a new chapter of their life as a stronger couple.  They help each other in low times, and together they conquer those battles.  Time is  precious to them that they spend every second, minute and hour with each other as much as possible by loving each other and living a simple life.

Another road trip has begun. 

One way of clearing up their minds is a road trip. Camryn suppresses her feelings of what happened when she lost her baby.  It's understandable not to open up things for a while. It's hard losing someone you love but you can't hold on to it forever. She can be annoying at times and good thing Andrew Parrish is there to helped her to overcome her depression. It made me love Andrew even more for being strong and optimistic in life. His point-of-view is even better here and it makes me love him even more.

No matter how hard trials came into their lives, as long as they hold on and love each other. Everything will be alright.

It was a good ending. I just love it though it was a slow read. I will never forget Andrew and Camryn as they live happily ever after. Truly unforgettable. :)

See my review on Goodreads

Gabriel's Redemption by Sylvain Reynard

Pages: 496
Goodreads rating: 4.33/5 stars
My rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Erotica

Summary (goodreads):


Professor Gabriel Emerson has left his position at the University of Toronto to embark on a new life with his beloved Julianne. Together, he’s confident that they can face any challenge. And he’s eager to become a father.


But Julianne’s graduate program threatens Gabriel’s plans, as the pressures of being a student become all consuming. When she is given the honor of presenting an academic lecture at Oxford, Gabriel is forced to confront her about the subject of her presentation – research that conflicts with his own. And in Oxford, several individuals from their past appear, including an old nemesis intent on humiliating Julia and exposing one of Gabriel’s darkest secrets.

In an effort to confront his remaining demons, Gabriel begins a quest to discover more about his biological parents, beginning a chain of events that has startling repercussions for himself, Julianne, and his hope of having a family.


My review:

What an impressive conclusion and an  'Earth-shattering and tie forgetting romance'. I’ve been waiting for this for months and I would say I’m satisfied with the ending.  My heart stopped for a moment and my jaw dropped on that part (If you know what I mean). Still, I feel so giddy on Gabriel and Julianne’s romance. They are so perfect together! 

Gabriel went through hardships in his life. Seeking forgiveness for all his sins

Overall, this trilogy is worth it. There’s more of story than romance and it’s not awkward to read. I just love this and I recommended it. It just ended perfectly and I will miss Gabriel and Julianne. Such a romantic couple. I just had another book hangover.

I’m officially a fan of Gabriel Owen Emerson  and of course, Sylvain Reynard. Praises to you and I’m looking forward to your future novels.

If you haven't read this series, I suggest you grab and read it.  There's more story & conflict. You'll love how  a classic novel blended with romance. 

See my review on Goodreads

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Pages: 320
Goodreads rating: 3.94/5 stars
My rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Summary(Goodreads):


Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.


So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.


My review:
I've been eyeing for this book for months because I was so curious with the title itself and it was surprisingly good! I mean really good that I'm willing to stay up late at night for reading. I love the story, the characters and the romance. It was really cute and a fast paced read. I'm thankful for this book as well for taking away my reading slump and consider one of the best YA Contemporary novels I've read.

I love Caymen's sense of humor and sarcasm. I couldn't help smiling and laughing like crazy while I'm reading this. I also love her sweet moments with Xander Spence. Gosh, I love him. He's one attractive oozing rich, swoon worthy guy!

One thing is for sure:Whether you are rich or poor, it will never be a hindrance when you love someone. Fight for him/her and just be honest to what you truly feel.

I highly recommended this!

See my review on Goodreads

Friday, November 22, 2013

Escape In You by Rachel Schurig

Pages: 217
Goodreads rating: 3.55/5 stars
My rating: 3/5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Romance

Summary (Goodreads):
Jet Taylor is the quintessential bad boy. A womanizer. A fighter. Dangerous. The type of guy most girls do their best to avoid. But Zoe Janes is no saint herself. In fact, she sees in Jet the perfect opportunity to distract herself from her responsibilities at home and the mistakes that keep her trapped there. He’s gorgeous, likes to party, and is clearly only interested in having fun—just like Zoe. 

The more time they spend together, the harder it is for Zoe to stick to her “fun only” mantra. Jet is getting under her skin, making her believe things could actually be different. She knows they’re both trapped by the sins of their past but Jet is starting to make her think freedom might actually be possible. 

And that makes him the most dangerous boy of all.


My Review:

Thank you NetGalley for the copy of this book!

Two bad-ass characters in a love story is a great combination. Jet Taylor and Zoe Janes were two people who have guilt and burdens in life leaving them broken. As an escape, they both deal with alcohol and the supposed-to-be-just-for-fun-fling turned out into something they will hold on together and fall in love with each other.

It was a decent read. However, the story was predictable and some parts bored me. It's not that bad, but it could be more. I'm waiting for something to happen and will make me giddy. Don't get me wrong, Jet Taylor is undeniably sexy but I'm hoping for more and I'm kinda curious with Fred and Ellie. This has a potential to become a good book, so it's still a thumbs up for me.

See  my review on Goodreads

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday Reads! (1)

I am currently reading...

So far, these two books are good. I'm liking it.  I'm into contemporary romance as of the moment. What are the books you are currently reading?

Check them out on Goodreads

Feature and Follow Friday (1)

 

This is my first Feature and Follow hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee and I'm really excited (nervous at the same time) to do it tonight. I'm really new to this blog hop. Hopefully I will meet some bloggers here. Anyways, TGIF!and follow me via GFC. I'm looking forward to talk to you peeps :D

Question of the Week
Are there any book to movie adaptations where you think the movie is better than the book?

 I would say "A Walk to Remember" by Nicholas Sparks. The book itself was plain for me, it didn't really moved my emotions. When I've watched the movie, all emotions are there and I don't mind watching it all over againMandy Moore and Shane West were really good in portraying the characters. I miss their love team and I wish they will have a movie together..again.



Tuesday, November 12, 2013

About Me & Review Policy


My name is Beatrice.
I live in the Philippines
21st of January is my day 
and
I'm the Pinay Bookaholic

I read random genres
Classic novels are my difficult prose
If I'm going to read one, I'm very selective with it.
 I usually read Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dystopia, Fantasy & Paranormal Romance

What I love:
Old songs
Harry Potter (Books & Movies)
The Vampire Diaries (show)
Nikita
A Walk to Remember
Chocolates
Sims
Resident Evil
Need for Speed
Surfing the net
and
READING ! 

You can find me on Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram

For Book Review Request:

I am accepting books for reviews. Preferably YA / NA / Adult Romance or Contemporary Romance.

How do I rate the books I've read?

5 Stars - I love it!! Amazing book!
4 Stars - I really like it!  
3 Stars - I like it. 
2 stars - It was alright.
1 star - I didn't like it.

I post book reviews mostly at my Goodreads.

Contact me via email: beatricemasalunga@gmail.com




Saturday, November 9, 2013

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Pages: 526
Goodreads rating: 3.79/5 stars
My rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia

Summary (Goodreads):
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. 

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love

My Review:
Allegiant is one of the most anticipated novels in 2013. I can't hide my excitement when I bought this and read it as much as possible. Hearing all those negative thoughts about this made me nervous as well..

Now that I've finished this all I can say is that it is unbelievably heartbreaking.

I swear. The last chapters of this book made my jaw dropped, I'm really shocked of what happened and it made me WEPT. As far as I could remember, I've never WEPT because of a dystopia novel and this is the first EVER. I don't know what to say and it took me a while to gather all my thoughts of how will I review this. I can now grieve with those people who have read this.

It's still a good book for me, the twists and new revelations about the world outside the factions are really good. Though I find it complicated and hard to absorb it all, still it gave me the thrill of excitement. I am going to miss everything in Divergent trilogy. I fell in love with this trilogy as well as to the characters particularly Tris and Four. No matter how sad the ending is, I still loved and enjoyed this.

Favorite quotes:

“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.

But sometimes it doesn't.

Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. 

That is the sort of bravery I must have now.” 

“She taught me all about real sacrifice. That it should be done from love... That it should be done from necessity, not without exhausting all other options. That it should be done for people who need your strength because they don't have enough of their own.”

To those who haven't read it: Read it now and Be brave.

See my review on Goodreads

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Take A Look on The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski

Are you tired of waiting for Andrew Parrish?


The waiting is over! The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski is finally out (Tuesday, November 5, 2013) and I am so excited to read this because I miss Andrew Parrish and Camryn Bennett's love story too much. I can't wait to fall in love with the story again :">

About the book:

Camryn Bennett has never been happier. Five months after meeting on a Greyhound bus, she and her soul mate Andrew Parrish are engaged-and a wedding isn't the only special event in their future. Nervous but excited, Camryn can't wait to begin the rest of her life with Andrew, a man she knows in her heart will love her always. They have so much to look forward to-until tragedy blindsides them.

Andrew doesn't understand how this could happen to them. He's trying to move on, and thought Camryn was doing the same. But when Andrew discovers Camryn is secretly harboring a mountain of pain and attempting to numb it in damaging ways, there is nothing he won't do to bring her back to life. Determined to prove that their love can survive anything, Andrew decides to take Camryn on a new journey filled with hope and passion. If only he can convince her to come along for the ride...



Read the Excerpt:

Camryn still loves the newer stuff and the Civil Wars more than anything and so that’s usually what we play.
Tonight will be no different.
I love watching her perform them next to me up on stage because she becomes so vibrant and playful and sexy as hell. Not that she isn’t all of those things already, but it’s like another more daring and flirty side of her comes out when she’s singing. And she doesn’t just sing—she puts on a show. I think it’s that little actress she’s always had buried somewherein herself. She told me she performed in plays at school, and I can definitely see she has the knack for it.
But singing alongside me also seems to make her happy, and that’s why tonight is so important.
“I’m so nervous,” Camryn says next to my ear, having to speak loudly over the music.
I make a pffft sound with my lips. “Oh, please. Since when do you get nervous anymore? We’ve done this dozens of times.”
“I know, but I’m singing in front of your brother this time.”
“He can’t sing for shit, so his opinion is hardly valid.”
She smiles. “Well, I’m not nervous to the point that I don’t want to do it. I guess it’s actually kind of exciting.”
“That’s my girl,” I say and lean in to kiss her lips.
“Those two girls,” Camrynyells to me without looking in their direction, “front table to your left, they’re having sex with you in their heads right now, I swear to God.”
I laugh lightly and shake my head. We’d started picking people in the crowd to sing to lately.
“And that guy standing next to the woman in the purple shirt,” I say, nodding subtly in his direction, “has had your thighs wrapped around his head since you walked on this stage.”
“So it’ll be them tonight then, huh?” she asks.
I nod and say, “Uh-huh.”
“Make sure you give it to them good, baby,” she says, grinning wickedly at me.
“Oh, I will,” I say with the same amount of wicked on my face.

About the Author


J.A. Redmerski, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her three children, two cats and a Maltese. She is a lover of television and books that push boundaries and is a huge fan of AMC's The Walking Dead.

Connect with the author: Blog|Facebook|Twitter|Goodreads



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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Arsen: A Broken Love Story by Mia Asher

Pages: 419
Goodreads rating: 4.41/5 stars
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotica

Summary (Goodreads):
One glance was all it took…
I'm a cheater.
I'm a liar.
My whole life is a mess.
I love a man.
No, I love two men…
I think.
One makes love to me. The other sets me on fire.
One is my rock. The other is my kryptonite.
I'm broken, lost, and disgusted with myself.

But I can't stop. This is my story.
My broken love story.

My review:
First of all, I want to praise Ms.Mia Asher's writing style from the very beginning till the end of this book.  It was truly an emotional roller coaster. I didn't really cry, but that feeling in my chest hurts. I swear, it hurts.
Reading this book gave me all sorts of feelings. I felt the happiness, sadness, giddiness, anger, frustration... EVERYTHING.

I highly suggest that you have an open mind and long patience  before reading this book because as of now, I'm trying to gather all my thoughts after reading this and I don't know where to start.

The story:

Ben and Catherine Stanwood were so in love. They've been together for 11 years and married for 6 years. Things began to fall apart when Catherine experiences miscarriages which caused her feelings to become withdrawn from Ben.

Until this hot guy named Arsen comes to her life. He's a flirt and every woman drools for him. Catherine was attracted to him because of the way he use words and his cockiness. Being around him makes her feel young, alive and love. She got carried away and wants to forget all pain she feels and through Arsen, she lost control and gave in to him....... behind her husband's back.

Before making a decision, think WISELY or you'll regret it and end up miserable.

To be honest, I am frustrated with Cathy because her heart prevails than her mind. Gosh, I am so mad with her for hurting Ben. At least, she regrets her mistakes. That's a lesson for you, woman.You better learn from it.
I'm frustrated with Arsen for not setting his damn boundaries! Arrgh! I still hate you.

I love Ben to bits. He's a good man with a forgiving heart. He was loving,caring,romantic and passionate man. He is a type of guy that every girl's who have dreamed of.

Overall, this book is really good. :)


See my review on Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/713084260

Monday, October 28, 2013

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson


Pages: 344
Goodreads rating: 4.09/5 stars
My rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult (YA), Contemporary Romance

Summary (Goodreads):
Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew--just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn't seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she's coming to terms with her father's death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road--diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards--this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.

My review:

"But the greatest joy of travelling can never be planned for. And that is the element of SURPRISE! Be open to this, as it will make your trip much richer. After all you never know where the road will take you!"

Amy's father died in a car accident and she blames herself for it. Being in California makes them vulnerable, so her mother planned a road trip to Connecticut for Amy together with Roger, who is her mom's family friend's son (did I say that correctly?) and their epic detour begins..

I really like this book! I think I just had a road-trip-on-a-book and it was indeed a good summer read, and I don't mind reading this in my own pace.. Amy & Roger's road trip is enjoyable and filled with memories. It helped them to become stronger and better. It's more of adventure than romance (though there's a little touch of it. It's about finding yourself, letting go of unease feelings and valuing the time.  I love the pictures,the writing itself, the plot and the fun facts.

After reading this book, I miss having road trips even it's excruciating to sit in the car for hours of travel time. However, every road trip has its memorable experience. I would say, never waste those. Take pictures with your family and friends. Now, I am looking forward to my next road trip. :)

I recommend this to everyone b(^^,).

Check it also on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/744577200

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Books I can't wait to read: Young Adult-Dystopia

"All good things come to those who those who wait."

There are lots of books we just can't wait to read. We just can't wait them to be released or to read because cliffhangers made us wonder of what happens next? Here are the books that I'm really excited to read. I can't wait to grab them and read it. 

Release Date: October 2nd, 2013
Allegiant by Veronica Roth was released last Tuesday. The third and final book of the Divergent trilogy is one of the most anticipated books this year. I'm excited and nervous at the same time. I can see low ratings and negative reviews about it and I'm so curious on what will happen. I hope it won't be disappointing. 
Note: If you have read this book, PLEASE DO NOT GIVE SPOILERS. Thank you very much. I would appreciate it. :) I'll have my moment with you to blabber when I've read it.

Release Date: February 4th, 2014
After that mind-splitting Chapter 62 of Unravel Me, I'm still confused of what team I do belong. Hahaha! I can't wait for this book! I don't have predictions of whom Juliette will end up. I wonder how Ms. Mafi will conclude this. 

Release Date: January 28th, 2013
Look at that cover, I could stare Perry's face the whole day. (Just kidding!) I want Roar too! ;) 

Release Date: May 6th, 2014
Dearest, America. Please make a right choice and I hope it's Prince Maxon. Seriously, you need to choose one. This is going to be a long wait. :\