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:

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


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