Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Pages: 327
Goodreads rating: 4.11/ 5 stars
My rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: YA / Dystopia

Summary (Goodreads):
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

My review:

Fantastic, Enchanting, & Romantic

This book reminds me of Cinderella with a touch of Hunger Games because of the contest wherein young ladies belonging to different castes are chosen to become part of The Selection in search for the Prince's true love/confidant for lifetime and the next princess who will rule Illea.

America Singer, a Five, doesn't want to be part of this traditional contest. She doesn't have a choice but sign up for the sake of her family and his boyfriend, Aspen whom she loved and was planning to have a future with him. Being selected changed her life in a way she get privileges of wearing fancy dresses, expensive jewelries and delicious meals.

Despite of being a Five, she's not intimidated with other ladies who have higher castes/statuses. I love her natural beauty and personality. She did stand out among the other ladies which caught everyone's attention, particularly Prince Maxon. I love how she treats her maids as her friends not the other way around. She's just adorable and funny.

Another reason why I love America Singer:

A strong heroine doesn't have to be a kick-ass one to be lovable, but to be an influential one or be a good role model to her people.

I love Prince Maxon. He's sweet, kind attractive, gentleman, understanding and swoon-worthy guy. I wish America would end up with him. I don't really like Aspen for breaking her America's heart, but I feel sorry for him somehow. So, I'm rooting for Team Maxon ;)

I feel so giddy after finishing this. I just love it and I can't wait to grab The Elite and read it!

My review posted on Goodreads:

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Gabriel's Rapture by Sylvain Reynard

Pages: 386
Goodreads rating: 4.28/5 stars
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica

Summary (Goodreads):
Professor Gabriel Emerson has embarked on a passionate, yet clandestine affair with his former student, Julia Mitchell. Sequestered on a romantic holiday in Italy, he tutors her in the sensual delights of the body and the raptures of sex. But when they return, their happiness is threatened by conspiring students, academic politics, and a jealous ex-lover. When Gabriel is confronted by the university administration, will he succumb to Dante's fate? Or will he fight to keep Julia, his Beatrice, forever? In Gabriel's Rapture, the brilliant sequel to the wildly successful debut novel, Gabriel's Inferno, Sylvain Reynard weaves an exquisite love story that will touch the reader's mind, body, and soul, forever.

My Review:
Gabriel and Julia's relationship was very romantic and I love it!
Their love story kinda grew on me and I really enjoyed the conflicts of this book and I can't wait to read the next one. I am wondering what will happen on Gabriel's Redemption. I'm so excited. :)

Honestly, it's a bit dragging and it took me time to read it just like in the first book. I keep on waiting for something to happen or sonething that will shock me. It was a slow read to me I guess though the pages aren't  that long unlike the previous book.

What made me love this book? 

 Aside from the romance there are character improvements.

 I love Gabriel worked to be a better person by seeking forgiveness for all his faults and being selfless. As well as for being loyal to Julianne.  Who wouldn't love this man? His imperfections makes him perfect. While Julianne did change a bit. with her confidence and braveness which makes me like her more (though she's still an emotional rabbit)

And lastly, it's more of love than lust. If you know what I mean. Sylvain Reynard is one good romance author and I look forward to read more. Definitely a thumbs up! This is the first erotica novel that I gave 5 out of 5 stars. By the way, I just realize Sylvain Reynard was a guy. :)

I highly recommended this book if you like reading erotica novels.

Favorite Quote:

 “I want to be your first and your last. I love you, Julianne. I offer you my heart and my life.” - Gabriel Owen Emerson :">

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Pages: 327 
Goodreads rating: 4.22/5 stars
My rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Summary (Goodreads):
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

My Review: * Sorry for the late post. I'm pretty busy with my school stuffs*

It was such a sweet book. I love Eleanor & Park's love story. It's cute and light and you'll enjoy this one. I think it's worth the hype to read this.

The last part just left me HANGING. I'm really curious of what Eleanor wrote on the post card. What the hell was that?! Curiosity kills by the way. ;) This book definitely tells that physical looks doesn't matter. We are free to love a person regardless of the size or how he/she dressed up. What matters is that you are real. 

What I didn't like about Eleanor is that she let herself to be hurt and does not seek help. She pretends that she could carry everything. Protecting herself and her family should be a priority. This annoyed me a little. *sighs* Park's character is just adorable. I love this Korean boy!

It's a good one. Definitely recommended to everyone.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

25 Bookish Things About Me Tag!


    Instead of doing a video response, I'm going to make a blog response about the 25 Bookish Things About Me Tag. It's from Kristen of TheBookDiary :
You can check out her videos and you may do this book tag if you want to. :)

So, here are my top 25 bookish things about me:

1. I am a forever Potterhead. I really love Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and I think it's the best series ever created.

2. I arrange my books according to series, regardless if it's tall or short, paperback or hardcover etc..

3. As much as possible, I want the book covers matched.

4. The first novel that I've read was "Heidi" by Johanna Spyri. It was given to me by my grandmother's sister.

5. I hate it when someone damaged my book. I get easily mad. Whether it's a torn page, dog eared and  spine marks. (OCD)

6. I read random genres. I love exploring different genres.
7. The best book movie adaptation I've watched is Flipped. (Based on the novel "Flipped" by Wendelin Van Draanen

8. Classic is my least favorite genre. (If I am going to read one, I'm very selective on it) It's my difficult prose.

9. I love book-hunting. I hunt for the books I like in the bargain store.

10. My Dad is a bookworm too. He loves books in Mystery/Crime/Suspense/Thriller genre. Like John Grisham and Sidney Sheldon

11. Whenever I finished a book, I have a hard time selecting of what book to read next.

12. So far, "The House of Night series" by P.C. & Kristin Cast is the longest book series I've read and it's still ongoing. I'm waiting for the 11th installment. (by the way, I love this series)

     13. I'm a night reader. 

14. I read the book first before watching the movie and... vice versa. :) It depends. 

15. I usually read the summary first before buying a book, but I'm also guilty that I buy a book because it has a beautiful cover.

16. I laugh, cried, and feel giddy on a book. Emotions!

17.  The first book signing that I went was "The Best of Me" book signing event by Nicholas Sparks. I'm so happy and I feel blessed because I was one of the 1000 people to get a signing pass. 
Here is the proof: 
Nicholas Sparks & I. Sorry I looked haggard (October 2011)

18. I love sniffing my books. Especially if it's new. 

19. I enjoyed the "Shopaholic Series" by Sophie Kinsella. I'm disappointed with the movie though.

20. I'm hooked with Greek Mythology because of the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians series" by Rick Riordan. It's entertaining and you get information about Greek Gods and Goddesses at the same time. It helped me in my Literature class.

21.  I love reading Indie novels. :)

22. I love Goodreads website! add me there peeps. ;)

23. I read paperbacks, hardcovers and e-books. But I still prefer the physical copies.

24. I always lose my bookmark. So I use post-its when marking the pages or anything. (scratch of paper, cards etc.

25. I don't count how many books I have. It's just there. I love my book collection and I keep them coming. ;)

That's all folks! :D