Sunday, June 29, 2014

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Pages: 338
Goodreads rating: 3.99/ 5 stars
My rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance


Summary (Goodreads):
Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the negihborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

My Review:

“And if I'm the stars, Cricket Bell is entire galaxies.” 

Oh my goodness.
This is so FREAKING GOOD and I MEAN IT!
I can't help gushing and squealing from happiness.
I was entertained with the characters and the love story itself. It's light and an easy read. It's a perfect summer read!

I really admire Lola Nolan. Her unique sens
e of style stood out the most as she carries herself though others think she's crazy. She reminds me of Lady Gaga. She's one character who's never afraid to show herself.

Cricket Bell, a nerd, laid-back guy, the boy next door. Sheesh! I.LOVE.HIM! He may not be cocky like Etienne St. Clair, but he's one sweet guy. 

PS.

It's nice to see Anna and Etienne in this novel. I miss them! Etienne is still funny and cocky, as always. He also made me smile like crazy.

Right in time to finish this. I can't wait to see Stephanie Perkins next week! #StephaniePerkinsinPH ---> YAY! 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Million Little Snowflakes by Logan Byrne

Pages: 206
Goodreads rating: 3.19/5 stars
My Rating: 1 / 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Summary: (Goodreads)

Oliver Hurst has always been abnormally normal.

His grades are horrible, his best friend just left for Utah, and he's depressed. His overly religious parents don’t help, especially since they control every facet of his life. One stupid sentence said in desperation gets Oliver tossed in an adolescent psych ward, where his depression and fears become even more of a reality.

When Oliver meets snide, tough girl Lacey Waters he doesn't think his life could get any better, that is, until she becomes the ray of sunshine he has desperately needed on his cloudiest of days.

My Review:

Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A Million Little Snowflakes tells about a boy named Oliver, who was sent to a psychiatric ward for having a depression. His family was religious and he was stressed about them for not giving him independence and sense of responsibility. Then, he met a girl that changed his life, Lacey. She was a tough, snarky girl that captured Oliver's heart. They shared each other's life story and fell in love despite of being broken in their way.

Here are my thoughts:

I didn't like this book as much as I would love to. It lacked character developments, and interactions. The narration was too long. I don't mind the routines in the psychiatric ward but some parts are redundant and I tend to just browse that part and read only the conversations. One concern that really bothers me was Oliver's mom. I don't know how will I say this without offending anyone when it comes to religion because we have our own beliefs and faith to God and it should be respected.

Honestly speaking, it was exaggerated to a point that she was more qualified to be in a psychiatric ward than Oliver. It was overreacting mainly due to stress and the main character was stressed about it. It's so insensitive. I view religion as something that comforts me.

Lastly, THE DAMN ENDING. WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT?! It doesn't make ANY SENSE. AT ALL. OH MY GOODNESS. 

SPOILER ALERT!

OLIVER WAS ABOUT TO START A NEW LIFE AS AN ADULT. HE GOT OUT THE WARD AND WILL DATE LACEY THEN HE WAS BUMPED BY A CAR, LANDED BADLY AND DYING?! IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. OH GOODNESS SAKE. FOR SURE LACEY WILL BE SENT TO THE PSYCHIATRIC WARD AGAIN. 

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF.

For those who love this book, I'm sorry but it's a thumbs down for me. Just being honest.


Thank you NetGalley! 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Pages: 400
Goodreads rating: 4.08/ 5 stars
My rating: 3 / 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance


Summary: (Goodreads)

Allyson Healey's life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.


A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.

My review:

It took me a while on what will I rate this book. I did enjoy this book but the story was really slow for me. I enjoyed the first part and the adventures that the main character had on different places. I like how Paris was being described, imagining the place was really romantic and brought out the excitement. To be honest I wasn't really interested on some parts of the story and there's lack of conversation. I am a bit annoyed with the characters. There are parts that made me bored. 


I love Gayle Forman but I didn't enjoy this as much as I wanted to. It's still a thumbs up for me and I am looking forward for the sequel. Looking forward on Willem's POV.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Movie Review: The Fault in Our Stars

The most awaited movie based John Green's novel, The Fault in Our Stars trends all over the world, touching people's hearts and probably one of the most emotional movies ever seen on the big screen.
Readers have good impressions that this would be included on their Best Book to Movie Adaptation of All Time list and for sure brought a box of tissues just in case they weep.

I've watched this last Saturday, June 7,2014 with my book girlfriends and we bought tissues. We were so excited to see this movie. Though I knew how it is going to end, it didn't stop me to see the movie especially with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as they played the main characters Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters. Also, they were well known as Tris Prior and Caleb Prior who were siblings in Divergent.

At first, I find the casting a bit awkward. I mean they were siblings in Divergent and now they were lovers in TFIOS? Okay. Okay? (just being honest, but I let it pass by) We'll just see. I still remember the release of the first movie trailer and it gave me tears. They were impressive. When I saw the movie..... my face was rained with tears. Just like I was reading the book, it was heartbreaking. Ansel and Shailene were just perfect as Augustus and Hazel. They projected well! I couldn't get over it! I consumed a half package of tissue paper. The cinematography was amazing. I love the pop-out thing when they were texting. (If you know what I mean?) Oh I just love everything. I have to sit for 10 minutes (we finished the credits and listen to All of the Stars by Ed Sheeran) to recover from tears.

I love Augustus Waters.
I love Hazel Grace Lancaster.
I love Isaac.
I love John Green.
I love the cast and the movie crew of TFIOS.

Here are some of my favorite scenes. If you haven't watched the movie. Scroll down and skip this.





Lastly, the most heartbreaking part:



Hands down. 10/10 stars on IMDB!
Images taken from: Pinterest




Sunday, June 15, 2014

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Pages: 240
Goodreads rating: 3.99 / 5 stars
My rating: 3 / 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller

Summary: (Goodreads)

A beautiful and distinguished family.

A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 



Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.


My Review:


Weird, Cryptic, Annoying, yet....Surprising.

I don't know how will I review this book.
The first half of it was really boring that I almost gave this up.  However, I was so eager to discover the Truth, unlocking the mystery of what happened with The Liars. I made some guesses of how will this end. Towards the end of the book...

HOLY SH*T.

I saw it coming with the help of some clues. Somehow, I was to decipher its mystery. I just couldn't believe the ending. (I removed the spoiler here but you can check my review on goodreads) , at some point, I am annoyed with the Grandfather, he was like one of the characters of a Sidney Sheldon book. He's so manipulative and I hate it. While the rest of the characters are whiny and act like spoiled brats. (except Gat. I love Gat.)

I like the last part of this book, some parts doesn't need to be elaborated and let's just say leave it for good. It's still a thumbs up for me but not my favorite. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Breakable by Tammara Webber

Pages: 368
Goodreads rating: 4.11 / 5 stars
My rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Romance

Summary: (Goodreads)


As a childLandon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.


All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…



As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.


My review:

It's been 2 years since I've read Easy, reading this book made me fell in love with Landon Lucas Maxfield all over again for the first time and it still made me swoon. I definitely miss Lucas. So damn sexy and hot *fanning*.

It was great hearing his point of view as the present guy who protects and loves Jacqueline and as well childhood days. He's still even hot when he was young. Gosh. I love him to bits. Swoon swoon swoon! Thank you Ms. Tammara Webber for writing this. I really enjoyed it so much! It was worth it. 

PS.


I also love Boyce. He may be a jackass but he is one funny guy.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The One by Kiera Cass

Pages: 323
Goodreads rating: 4.29/ 5 stars
My rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Young adult, Romance, Dystopia

Summary: (Goodreads)

The Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of IllĂ©a, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she's made her choice . . . and she's prepared to fight for the future she wants.

My review:

This review might contain spoilers.



I'm so happy to finally read this book and the ending was very predictable as I've expected. The book ended with a great conclusion and I was satisfied with it. I may be annoyed with America Singer for being whiny and indecisive in some ways, but I was impressed with her on this book. Her compassion, selflessness, and courage to stand up against the king was outstanding. I can't help smiling and in my mind I was like "You GO GIRL!"



Maxon Schreave, oh my goodness. You my dear prince never failed to make me laugh and swoon. His moments with America made me giggle like crazy. I don't mind laughing alone. I don't even care. I am enjoying this damn moment to fangirl on this trilogy.



I am instantly hooked with this trilogy. The romance, rebellion, revelations, the clues-I-didn't-see-coming, the pretty covers....everything! I am going to miss this one. If you want to read a fast paced dystopian read, I highly recommend this one. :)



Favorite scene: The Convicting ( It was a total slap in the king's face)

Favorite quote:“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.” 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Pages : 535
Goodreads rating: 4.32 / 5 stars
My rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Summary: (Goodreads)


What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?


My review:

I purposely read this after City of Heavenly Fire  was released because I know this is going to be cliffhanger and waiting for the sequel was an AGONY. Some of you guys are already reading or finished with City of Heavenly Fire, and I'm trying to avoid SPOILERS (good thing I wasn't spoiled....YET.Thank goodness!) around here.  

I absolutely love this better than City of Fallen Angels. I love the plot twists and the story gets more complicated with a new villain and there are character improvements. As always, Clary is still reckless but less whiny. Her unconditional love for Jace was just admiring. No one ever gets in her way even it's dangerous to save her Jace. I love her for that. I miss Jace's sarcasm and I find him hotter in this book(You know what I mean).I.LOVE.THIS.GUY. Plus I ship Simon and Isabelle. I'm definitely looking forward what will happen on these two and they need to confess on each other's feelings! Damn it!!!

SPOILER ALERT:
I am not really a fan of gay romance, BUT Alec and Magnus are in exception. At the end of the book, their relationship goes into rocks. Seriously, Alec. You may be mortal and Magnus wasn't JUST ENJOY BEING WITH HIM. He loves you to bits. uggh! Stupid love 

Lastly, Sebastian. What a freaking bastard. I was almost... ALMOST convinced he has a good purpose, as it turns out... he wasn't. That bastard needs to die. ASAP. Go to inferno. 

This book was impressive and a page turner. It's a series worth reading for. If you haven't read this series or you've just started it, I suggest you read The Infernal Devices first before reading CoLS. I think I was spoiled because: Will Herondale died? Oh hell. I think this is a SPOILER. I can't wait to grab a copy of CoHF! <3 

Posted as well on Goodreads