Wednesday, December 31, 2014

End of the Year Post: Top 14 Books of 2014

There are only hours left before 2014 ends (here in the Philippines). Since I've finished my 2014 Goodreads Reading Challenge , I'm now going to reveal my Top 10 Books of 2014. It's really difficult to rank books since I read books in mixed genres, every single one of them has its special story. I am selecting books individually, regardless it's part of a series and this is not in CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. Just pure randomness. ;)



You can check out my reviews from my Goodreads page by just clicking the links of my favorite books this 2014. I would like to thank my parents, book girlfriends, bookworms and bloggers that I met this year and of course my dear followers/ subscribers. You guys are awesome!! I love you all! More book signings next year and more TBR!! hahaha!  HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!! 

My Top 14 Books of 2014 

14.  The Distance Between Us by Kasie West (Re-read from 2013)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

KissnTell by Suzy McCoppin and Allison Swan

Pages: (ebook)
Goodreads rating: 4.29 / 5 stars
My Rating: 3/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Summary:



Anais and Vaughn are best friends, misfits, and known throughout their high school as Anus and Vag—nicknames coined by the popular Shrew Crew. But after the sixteen-year-olds are the subjects of a humiliating prank involving laxatives, it’s the last social crucifixion they can stand.

So the girls amp up their plain-Jane looks and hit the L.A. scene with a vengeance. What starts as an innocent first kiss with TV star and mega-hunk Baron Caldwell becomes the start of a hot gossip blog, KissnTell.com.

Anais and Vaughn soon secure their place in the limelight. Anais finds a boy she really cares about, and Vaughn finds the popularity she’s always wanted. But when the girls are shaken by a devastating situation, they see their friendship fall apart. Can they use KissnTell to their advantage while getting the revenge they deserve? Or will Anais lose Vaughn to the Shrew Crew forever?


My Review:


Received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

KissnTell is about Anais and Vaughn, high school students in a private school and best friends. They are popular merely because people call them with bad names. After being humiliated in a party, they are motivated to break out of their shells to show those bullies 'they can do better'. These girls change their styles from Plain to Fab. They made some scenes and ended up having a gossip blog. 

This book is about friendship, and teenage drama with a touch of romance. I like how different this is from other Young Adult books that I've read, I consider this as a fresh read because it gives us a little background how these paparazzi stalk famous people, get their pictures and make money out of it. It's quite interesting and fun. I also like how the authors focus on the characters, making sure the other wasn't left out with the story. 

However, I have mixed thoughts this book. There are little misspelled words and grammatical errors, but it's okay. The little romance was okay just to spice things up. In this book, I pretty much like Anais. Despite of being a pessimist and being too selfless, she has a pure soul and a kind heart. She pretty much develop throughout this book. I like how her personality stays the same.


"The lure of popularity is a powerful thing."



Sorry, but I have to rant on this. I don't like Vaughn. She's a desperate, insecure, selfish bitch. Let's just say, I gave her a benefit of a doubt. I don't like the way she treated Anais. She is a social climber. I hate her for desperately seeking popularity, to be friends with rich bitches, and forget the value of friendship. I have never been this mad to a character. She frustrated me to heck. She just craves for attention. uggh! 

Overall, it's a good one but not really my favorite. Thank you NetGalley!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Pages: 337
Goodreads rating: 4.34 / 5 stars
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Summary:

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.


Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly. 


My Review:

* Also posted on my Goodreads *


Ugly Love = Ugly Crying


To be honest, I don't know where to begin because I'm too numb from crying so much on this beautiful book. This is why I always look forward for another Colleen Hoover book. She will give you all sorts of feelings and emotions, there's pain, frustration, sadness, relief, happiness... EVERYTHING! It took me a while to gather all my thoughts so here are my thoughts.



Love isn't always pretty, Tate. Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it'll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you're back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.




Ugly Love is a beautiful, heart-wrenching story. However, you must need some patience because you might find the characters annoying in different ways. Starting with Miles Archer, he's an attractive pilot and a swoon-worthy guy (A HOT FREAKING PILOT) with a ghost of his past. He blames himself for a long time and feels like he deserved not to find happiness. He shuts off everyone who tries to get into his past and Tate Collins, sometimes I don't get her. I don't know if she's a martyr or what, but I don't understand why she lets Miles use her. I really find it stupid in some ways that I want to swat her with a roll of newspaper.

I'm mad on Miles for being a jerk.
I'm mad on Tate for being a stupid martyr.



"If someone told you they could get rid of the ugly stuff, but you'd lose all the other stuff too... would you do it?"



When I finished this book, I guess these two weren't bad at all. Their love story is perfectly imperfect. They hurt each other but learned from it to make their relationship work better to a blissful life and love each other more in every possible way. I love how Miles faces his fears and unresolved issues. It's easy to say "I'll get over it", but it takes one step at a time to do it because it takes time to heal the wounds of his past. I understand what he'd been through. Also, I love Tate for being patient to Miles no matter how many times he hurt her feelings. Seriously. If you really love someone, you'll never lose hope and I think she knows deep down, he is the one for her. That's why she didn't gave up on him. 



Lastly, a special mention for Cap. Without his advises, I think Miles and Tate would be lost and their love story would take its downfall. This old man is the best! *I salute him*



Here are some of my favorite quotes: 



"God gives us the ugliness so we don't take the beautiful things in life for granted."



"I don't believe in ending things with a tie. That's a copout for people who are too scared they might lose."



"If that boy can't see what a good thing he could have with you, then he ain't worth your time." 



" I didn't fall in love with you, Tate. I flew." -- Oh gosh, *swoons*



Overall, this is a thumbs up & a hands down. I am surely looking forward for another Colleen Hoover book. :) 



P.S.

This is my 100th book on my 2014 Goodreads Reading Challenge. That ends my challenge for this year. :)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Pages: 470
Goodreads rating: 3.94 / 5 stars
My Rating: 1 / 5 star
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Realistic Fiction

Summary:


For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—"Cupid Day"—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

My Review: 

*Review also posted Goodreads *

I didn't have a chance to review this book last year because I don't know what rating will I give. First, I gave it 3 - stars and now, 1- star rating.

I was able to save my thoughts on my diary of what I think about this book. I'm hesitant to post it and most people I know love this book so much. So here goes my explanation: 

Don't get me wrong, I love Lauren Oliver particularly theDelirium trilogy but this book isn't for me. It is boring and I don't like redundancy of scenes. 

As you all know, the scenes repeated (for 7 times.) before the accident/her death. It is expected she'll die at the end and the twist is, those repetitive days she will try things for redemption to all the things she'd done. Realization sets in.

I hate Samantha Kingston . I'm sure she's FULLY AWARE that her friends' are bullies, yet she tolerates it and join the club but deep inside she doesn't want to bully Juliet. Her choices sucked BIG TIMEWhy correct things too late when you could have done it earlier? Where the hell is your judgment? It's just too late to apologize. I hate to say this, a part of me thinks she deserved it. Payback is a bitch. I hope she learns from it.

I am disappointed and frustrated on this book. I'm so glad I finished it.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover

Pages: 129
Goodreads rating: 4.43/ 5 Stars
My Rating: 4 /5 Stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Summary (Goodreads):


When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.

Or maybe not.

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?

Maybe.

Maybe not.


My Review:

* Review also posted on Goodreads

"A bitch who finally met the right asshole."

Warren and Bridgette's love story is romantically funny! Some parts of this book are indeed steamy. Of course, we are aware of Warren's TV schedule and what he is watching.. hahaha!. It's in his nature and his attraction towards Bridgette is really romantic! 

My jaw and tummy hurts from laughing. I...WANT...MORE! I ADORE THESE TWO!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday : Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2015


This is my first Top Ten Tuesday and it is created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there will be a Top Ten List about book related topics 

Before the year ends, we are looking forward to a lot of new book releases this coming 2015. Especially sequels to our favorite series. Here is my list of this weeks topic.

 Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2015

1The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead - I believe this is the conclusion for the Vampire Academy's spin-off series and I'm really excited for this one. I've only read Bloodlines because I'm waiting for all the books to be released so I wouldn't be waiting for it and it will be a perfect choice for a series-read-a-long. I ship Sydrian!

2. P.S I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han - I NEED THIS BOOK. ASAP. I believe the other boy from the past is John McLaren. The hell I care on this guy. I'M TEAM KAVINSKY. (Sorry, my emotions. haha)  --- No book cover yet, but I can't wait to see what it looks like.
3. The Raven by Sylvain Reynard - This is an adult romance book and actually a new series. I'm a fan of Sylvain Reynard since I've read Gabriel's Inferno. An adjustment for me because it's incorporated with Reinassance. I don't know much about it so I think I might get confused at first. 
4. The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass - Who wouldn't have thought this will be a series and not a trilogy? I think it's a great decision because I wasn't satisfied with the supposed-to-be-last-book. I hope Ms. Cass will focus more about its society to remove the castes.
5.Thoughtful (Thoughtless #1.5) by S.C. Stephens - More Kellan Kyle? YES! I'm so excited for his POV from Thoughtless :D 

6. I Was Here by Gayle Forman - I've read the synopsis. Oh shoot. Tissues must be ready. Another tear-jerker book from Ms. Forman. uggh! I can't wait!

7.Confess by Colleen Hoover - As always, I wait for a new Colleen Hoover book.  I absolutely adore the cover. :) Expected publication: March 10, 2015

8. Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher - A wonderful collaboration! Tarryn Fisher is the author of The Opportunist and Mud Vein. I heard great things about her books. I haven't read any of them though, still I'm looking forward to it.
9. Hero by Samantha Young - I'm a big fan of Samantha Young. I love her On Dublin Street series and I definitely shouldn't miss this.

10. End of Days (Penryn & The End of Days #3) by Susan Ee - I'm not sure if this is the conclusion of the Angelfall trilogy/series. I heard nothing but awesome comments about this book and it's been recommended to me for a long time. - No Official cover yet.


Most books I'm looking forward to are contemporary romance books. We'll see on 2015 if I'll get back to Paranormal Romance and Fantasy novels. Most dystopia series I've read had its final installment this year, feel free to recommend me some good series. :) Thank you so much!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Pages: 367
Goodreads rating: 4.45/ 5 stars
My rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Summary (Goodreads):


At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She's in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter's cheating on her--and she is left trying to decide what to do next.


Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can't take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there's something about Sydney that Ridge can't ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one...  

My Review:

* This review is also posted on my Goodreads page*


I've been a fan of Colleen Hoover since I've read Slammed, all of her books will surely give you an emotional roller coaster ride, heart wrenching lines and of course, swoon-worthy guys.

Here is one of my favorite lyrics:

"Watching him from here
So far away
Want him closer than my heart can take
I want him here I want
Maybe one of these days Someday
I'd run to him, if I could stand
But I can't make that demand
I can't be his right now
Why can't he take me away"



After reading Maybe Someday, I need to take time to compose my feelings and thoughts. I have to say that this is the most amusing, and heart-wrenching book Colleen Hoover has ever written. I cried on some parts and it's definitely a "WOW" read to me. So glad, I have a box of tissue beside me. ;) I love how complicated the story is and the writing style is so beautiful! The characters are lovable and their sense of humor are contagious. They made me laugh in different ways. gee.. I love their pranks! 

Be still heart. Please , be still.


Lastly, Ridge Lawson. *swoons* What a gorgeous man with a good heart. Praises to Colleen Hoover for writing this beautiful piece! Hands down. I definitely recommend this book. If I'm going to rate this book, it will be more than 5 stars. P.S. The playlist is amazing ;)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Book Signing: #MarieLuinPH

Night before the book signing, I can't sleep because of excitement. I've been waiting for Marie Lu's book signing since the news came out. Legend trilogy is definitely one of the best dystopia trilogies I've ever read and praises to Ms. Lu's writing style and creativity. I know I should not miss this day.

November 23,2014 - Sunday. Waking up early and arriving at Glorietta around 8 am, I am shocked how long the line is. I have to go around 2 corners of Glorietta to fall in line. IT WAS REALLY A LONG LINE. After the registration, with my BookGfs, Rhyzza and Jane, and I decided to watch Mockingjay part 1 while waiting. (I'll write my movie reaction soon, together with the If I Stay).  

The event was overwhelming and filled with screams of joy when Marie Lu appeared. I tried taking pictures of her, but the crowd was really crazy and wild.. (If I just have a ladder, I swear I'll use it. Just to capture a clear picture of Marie Lu.)She is one of the loveliest authors I've met and she is pretty cool! With tattoos, the way she answered questions, talking about her books, Legend being a film soon, sequel to The Young Elites etc. It was exhausting, but definitely worth it. Meeting up with the Book Girlfriends PH, Instagrammers, Book Bloggers, Goodreads friends. Some I missed but for sure I'll see them in the future book signing events.

This is the clearest picture I have because the crowd just went wild and everybody stood up from their seats. I can't blame them though. Peace peeps! No pun intended.

Marie Lu, signing my book.

 
-The day wouldn't be complete without a picture with Marie Lu.-


- Here is my signed Legend trilogy - 

 Such an awesome day! There are more to come in the future. Thank you so much Marie Lu for signing my books and to National Bookstore for bringing authors here in the Philippines. It was a book-signing-hangover.

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything's possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.” 
- Daniel 'Day' Altan Wing, Legend

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken

Pages: 250
Goodreads rating: 4.26 / 5 stars
My Rating: 5 /5 Stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Summary (Goodreads):



I'm not your typical girl. I've been running away from the memories that haunt me for so long that depression has become my only comfort. I was content in the darkness...until Wes Michals offered to be my light.

I didn't know that time wasn't my ally -- that every second that ticked past was one step closer to the end of something that was beginning to mean the end of myself. He tried to warn me. He promised me all he was able to offer--each moment as it came--but it would never be enough.

Sometimes when you think it's the end, it's only the beginning. Wes thought he could save me, but in giving me everything, he ruined me. Because after one kiss, one touch, I couldn't--I wouldn't ever be the same.

And from that moment on, his heartbeat became my own.

My Review:

I had a Rachel Van Dyken readathon by reading Eagle Elite series. Once I'm done and had a book-hangover, I want to read another book of hers and decided to try this one. 

Best. Decision. Ever. 

Wes Michels is definitely a swoon-worthy guy. This book is emotional, romantic, and sweet. I am carried away with the story and I'm just in awe. It's hard to control the tears as I've read this book and I stayed up late at night because I'm hooked with the story. We all have low points in life and on the verge of giving up. Just like Wes, he struggled and almost lose the battle of his life. Through love, it strengthens him and determined to fight his illness.

Amazing bookndeed. I am so glad I've read this


This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Pages: 448
Goodreads rating: 4.16 / 5 Stars
My Rating: 2 / 5 Stars
Genre: Romance, Adult, Erotica

This book is appropriate for 18 years old and above.

Summary (Goodreads):

Young interior designer Ava O’Shea has an appointment for a first consultation at The Manor with the owner, Mr Jesse Ward. She is expecting nothing more than an overweight, cravat wearing, well-to-do countryman, and on arrival, nothing would suggest otherwise. How wrong could she be? This Man is devastatingly handsome, charming and confident. He is also a conceited, hedonistic playboy, who knows no boundaries. Ava desperately does not want to be attracted to him, but she can’t control the overwhelming affect he has on her. Every instinct is telling her to run, so she does, but Jesse Ward is not so willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her. She knows she is heading for heartbreak, but how can she run when he won’t let her?

My Review:


This review contains RANTS. These are my HONEST THOUGHTS. 

It takes a lot of PATIENCE to endure these annoying characters. I don't have any issues with the writing style because it's great. There is humor and romance in it. The sex scenes are steamy and it's beautiful. I am just not really a fan of Extremely-possessive-Guys . JESSE WARD may be attractive but he is TOO possessive and hot headed. Damn this guy. While I don't really get AVA O'SHEA. She loves Jesse Ward, and is undeniably attracted to him. Yet there were times she want him to leave her alone for good. I DON'T GET THIS WOMAN AT ALL. I don't know if she is playing hard to get or what.. IDK. This couple annoyed the heck out of me.

I'm going to read the next one and HOPEFULLY, THESE TWO........ NEED TO UNDERSTAND MORE OF EACH OTHER AND SOLVE THEIR FUCKING ISSUES.

Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Pages: 544
Goodreads rating: 4.16 / 5 Stars
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Summary (Goodreads):


Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.


West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for. 


My Review:

"You're never going to win a fight unless you take a chance and actually engage." 

I can't describe what I'm feeling right now. This series keeps getting better and I absolutely love this one. The characters, the writing style, the romance and the twists are lovable. Katie McGarry's books are indeed addictive because it will give you all sort of feelings. Pain, giddiness, sadness.. just everything!

I admire Haley's kick-ass character and her sacrifices for her family. Sometimes a fighter experienced downfalls and to escape those problems, is to run away and keep things to herself. I love how realization kicks in that in life, we don't have to carry the burdens alone, if someone is willing to help you, learn to accept it and trust them. 

As for West Young, he's all cocky and rich. oh my goodness gracious, he is adorably sexy! I'm so sorry for gushing... I CAN'T HELP IT! They way he fights for Haley, uggghh! so romantic! He's such a man of his words. I.Freaking.Love.Him.

There are some parts of this book that put tears in my eyes. Both Haley and West fought for their realtionship and learn their differences.

Once again, Katie McGarry deserves a two thumbs up! I can't wait for the future books to come. Especially about Noah and Echo. I wonder if Abby, Ethan and Logan will have their own stories. (Never say Never! I'm going to cross my fingers for it.)
 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Book Creatures of the Night tag

Halloween is coming and to celebrate it,  I would like to do this tag created by one of my favorite booktubers, Kat from Katytastic. I may not be a booktuber, but I enjoyed their videos of expressing their love for books. These consists of our favorite supernatural creatures from books or just mention some if you don't have a favorite. Some of the book characters here are popular and some were underrated characters. I might mention some spoilers, so BEWARE!

 I saw Salve's instagram saying she did this tag and I want to do it too. Check out her blog @ Cuckoo for Books :)


Vampire


ADRIAN IVASHKOV
- He is this sexy, cocky, royal vampire in Vampire Academy and Rose Hathaway's former love interest (I hate her for breaking his heart) and now, he is Sydney Sage's. TEAM SYDRIAN!  Okay, let's get serious how I love him. He is selfless and he will give everything to make his love one happy even it will break his heart. I haven't continued the Bloodlines series yet, but I'm on my way there. 

Werewolf


REMUS LUPIN
- Well, Well, who would hate this D.A.D.A (Defense Against Dark Arts) professor? He's one of the best. I'm not really a fan of werewolves. I've only encountered three (including him). Jacob Black from Twilight and Luke Garroway from The Mortal Instruments series. But Lupin is my favorite

Ghost


TRISTAN CARRUTTHERS
- The picture above is a bind up of three novels in the series. Tristan Carruthers is Ivy's love interest who passed away when they had an accident. Then, his spirit is roaming around, acting as a guardian angel to keep Ivy safe from threats. That their accident isn't just an accident. If you want something with ghosts, this is definitely a must read. It's also a tear-jerker.

Witches/Wizards


HERMIONE GRANGER, HARRY POTTER, RONALD WEASLEY
- "Obviously" (In Severus Snape's voice)

Faerie


MALEFICENT
- She's counted, right? I haven't read the book but I've watched the movie. I cannot say that she's a true villain. Though in story books she's considered to be one. This doesn't destroyed my childhood. I am actually glad to know her story. There's always a reason why she became an antagonist. She's a good fairy,because of love, it made her heart dark. Unmerciful. 

Alien/Zombie


R.
- I've read Warm Bodies.It's the only zombie book I've read so I don't have a choice. I like it but it's not my favorite, I might be guilty for this because I like the movie better. Please don't hate me. The movie has more sense of humor and it's really cute.  


SIX
- I haven't read this book, BUT I have a little introduction about her on I Am Number Four. I am more interested of her character than Four himself. Seriously. I want to read this but.. not sure if it's good because the first one is really boring.

Angel


PATCH CIPRIANO
-  I heard mixed reviews about this book. Basically, this is the first fallen angel book I've read and loved. I don't mind some of Patch's cheesy lines. He is a romantic bad boy/fallen angel, *fangirling* Swoon worthy guy.

Demon


MAGNUS BANE

- The Half-Demon warlock from The Mortal Instruments series. He's the first one that pops out of my mind. I bet Alec is singing to happiness. 

Super-powered Human


JACOB PORTMAN
- I like Hollow City than Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, I like it, but not really my favorite. I got bored on some parts and its writing style. There are so many characters and recalling their names and superpowers are difficult to remember. (Please don't hate me. I know some of you love this series but, ) On the other hand, I'm impressed with Jacob's gift. His peculiarity was revealed on this book and it's definitely unique. I love it! 


As for the tag, I'm tagging everyone! :D

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Pages: 385
Goodreads rating: 3.85 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Summary:


By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. 


When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can't bring herself to hate him as much as she'd like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband's strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?



Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?


My Review:


A society wherein females can live till 20 years old while 25 years old for males because of some unexplainable virus. However, only the first generations are immune to it. Scientists are working their way to find an antidote for such disease, killing many lives.


As a solution, fearing that the population will deteriorate because of this deadly virus, young female children were purposely kidnapped to be a polygamous bride to some wealthy men so they can have children.



Rhine Ellery, is one of the victims of it. Forced to marry a man she didn't know but find herself to fall for Gabriel, a servant and may be the key to her escape in a mansion full of secrets and anomalies.



I find this novel beautiful yet creepy. the writing style is great and the plot is really intense. Brilliant characters by the way, because each of them have reasons or points that can totally twist your mind.I seriously enjoyed it and looking forward what happens next.

* Book review also posted at Goodreads

Elite (Eagle Elite #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

Pages: 288
Goodreads rating: 4.20/ 5 stars
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Summary:


For Tracey Rooks, life with her grandparents on a Wyoming farm has always been simple. But after her grandmother's death, Tracey is all her grandfather has. So when Eagle Elite University announces its annual scholarship lottery, Tracey jumps at the opportunity to secure their future and enters. She isn't expecting much-but then she wins. And life as she knows it will never be same . . .

The students at Eagle Elite are unlike any she's ever met . . . and they refuse to make things easy for her. There's Nixon, gorgeous, irresistible, and leader of a group that everyone fears: The Elect. Their rules are simple. 1. Do not touch The Elect. 2. Do not look at The Elect. 3. Do not speak to The Elect. No matter how hard she tries to stay away, The Elect are always around her and it isn't long until she finds out the reason why they keep their friends close and their enemies even closer. She just didn't realize she was the enemy -- until it was too late. 


My Review:


ARC provided NetGalley in in exchange for an honest review. 

One thing is for sure, I am going to read the rest of the series. Rachel Van Dyken’s writing style is indeed enjoyable. I like the story, plot and its setting. I’m instantly hooked with it and I can’t stop reading. The characters in this novel are pretty interesting because of the love triangle. 

I definitely love Tracey’s character because she’s simple, funny and down to earth but vulnerable. I like how she stood up for herself despite of being bullied. As for her love interests, she’s torn between Nixon and Chase. These two guys in Tracey’s life are rich, attractive and dangerous. I’m not going to elaborate further about these guys because I don’t want to give a spoiler. Let’s just say Nixon is more of a bad boy but sweet in some ways while Chase is one nice guy. ;)
Overall, this book is great and will make you crave for more.