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.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Seven Deadly Sins Tag

Hello fellow Bookworms! It's been a while since I've posted a blog entry, and I've been busy lately and I don't have time to blog. I usually post my reviews on Goodreads lately. Anyways,  I was tagged by the lovely Cassia, she's one of the members of Crazy for YA.  Thank you for the tag!

Before I proceed, I am going to tag Aimee/Dyan/Marga/Zoe of Deadly Darlings and Sandee of Book Ramblings of A Whimsical Reader



The 7 Deadly Sins
1. Greed - What is your most expensive book? What is your most inexpensive book?
- Most Expensive: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (A precious  old treasure chest, and it costs  around Php 7,000. Expensive, but worth it.)
- Most Inexpesive: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (Hoorah Booksale! 15 pesos)

2. Wrath - What author do you have a love/hate relationship?
Lauren Oliver. Don't get me wrong, she is one of the wittiest authors I've ever met and definitely love her books. but I just don't get Requiem. What's up with a FINAL book ending with a CLIFFHANGER? Forever left hanging. 



3. Gluttony - What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?
- FIFTY SHADES OF GREY.  I would say, The Legend trilogy by Marie Lu. Hands. Damn. Down.

4.Sloth- What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Until now, I still haven't picked it up. I'm not even halfway through it. Mystery thrillers, I guess it's one of my weakest genre. 

5. Pride - What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?
- Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. I think it's one book that is great for a book discussion since it deals with a serious topic.

6. Lust - What attributes do you find attractive in male characters?
- MY FAVORITE QUESTION. hahaha! just kidding ;). I honestly love bad boys. A handsome guy who looks tough and grumpy but sweet and romantic? goodness. Swoon worthy guys. As long as they don't hurt women physically. I don't really mind cheesy & funny guys. (ehem Augustus). 

Talk about the following guys in different genres:
YA: Patch from Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth, Day from Legend by Marie Lu, Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Adrian Ivashkov from  Bloodlines by Richelle Mead and more...

NA: Lucas from Easy, Will Cooper from Slammed, Andrew Parrish from The Edge of Never, Dean Holder from Hopeless, Kellan Kyle from Thoughtless, Josh Bennett from Sea of Tranquilty, etc..

Adult: Braden Carmichael, Cam MacCabe, Nate Sawyer, Marco D'Alessandro, Cole Walker from On Dublin Street Series by Samantha Young, Caleb from Dark Duet trilogy by C.J. Roberts, Gabriel Owen Emerson from Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

7.  Envy - What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

I swear this is a bookgasm. 


Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Pages: 387
Goodreads rating: 3.90 / 5 stars
My rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit, Paranormal

Summary (Goodreads):

New Year's Eve ended with a bang and Mary, Kat and Lillia may not be prepared for what is to come.
After Rennie's death, Kat and Lillia try to put the pieces together of what happened to her. They both blame themselves. If Lillia hadn't left with Reeve... If Kat had only stayed with Rennie... Things could have been different. Now they will never be the same.
Only Mary knows the truth about that night. About what she is. She also knows the truth about Lillia and Reeve falling in love, about Reeve being happy when all he deserves is misery, just like the misery he caused her. Now their childish attempts at revenge are a thing of the past and Mary is out for blood. Will she leave anything in her wake or will all that remain be ashes?

My Review:


Every revenge has its consequences. 

After Rennie's death, guilt washes over Lillia because dating Reeve secretly behind Rennie's back and their friendship didn't end well. However, Kat had a reconciliation before her death. Things went back to normal as it should, Lillia and Kat bonded but curious of Mary's unusual disappearance. They thought she left the Jar Island for good but there is something more.

"Revenge is sweeter than you ever were."

Mary is a ghost and her soul is trapped on Jar Island. She will remain unrested until Reeve got what he deserves for being such a jerk and blames him for her death and she wants him to take his own to set her soul free. Her grudges towards him is absolutely dangerous and she is capable of hurting anyone even Lillia and Kat. 

A promising conclusion for Burn for Burn trilogy that surely leave readers a life lesson. Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian's collaboration created such a wonderful and heart-warming contemporary and I think they should write more novels together. The story, characters and its twist are absolutely lovable. 

Like Lillia Cho says, " Life is long if you let it be." because it's too precious to waste time to those who isn't worth to spend time with. In everything you do, YOU are responsible for your actions and learn how to face the consequences with confidence. There's no time machine to take you back to the past to correct things, just move on and take those mistakes constructively.


Review also posted on: Goodreads

Fire With Fire by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Pages: 517
Goodreads rating: 4.25/5 stars
My rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit, Paranormal

Summary:


When sweet revenge turns sour… Book two of a trilogy fromNew York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

Lillia, Kat, and Mary had the perfect plan. Work together in secret to take down the people who wronged them. But things didn’t exactly go the way they’d hoped at the Homecoming Dance.

Not even close.

For now, it looks like they got away with it. All they have to do is move on and pick up the pieces, forget there ever was a pact. But it’s not easy, not when Reeve is still a total jerk and Rennie’s meaner than she ever was before.

And then there’s sweet little Mary…she knows there’s something seriously wrong with her. If she can’t control her anger, she’s sure that someone will get hurt even worse than Reeve was. Mary understands now that it’s not just that Reeve bullied her—it’s that he made her love him.

Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, burn for a burn. A broken heart for a broken heart. The girls are up to the task. They’ll make Reeve fall in love with Lillia and then they will crush him. It’s the only way he’ll learn.

It seems once a fire is lit, the only thing you can do is let it burn...


My Review:


Revenge is sweet..... or not? 

Lillia, Kat and Mary are not done plotting their revenge. Now, it's time for Rennie and Reeve to receive a dose of their own medicine. As planned, Lillia is going to make Reeve fall for her, leaving Rennie in rage, miserable and surely will ruin their friendship, avenging Kat and Mary.

The excitement goes on, but some secrets are meant to be revealed, surprising every readers towards the end of this book. It has full of twist and I was carried away by its story that I didn't see things coming. I am completely clueless of Mary's secret. Such revelation just caught me off guard. Hands down amazing.


Review also posted on: Goodreads

This is Now by Maggie Gilbert [Throwback Review]

Pages: 194
Goodreads rating: 3.68 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Summary (Goodreads):


A gritty, urban New Adult Cinderella story where the princess can do her own rescuing — she just needs someone to believe in her.

Sister to car thieves, ex-girlfriend to a drug dealer, high school dropout, no-hoper and loser — Jess is on the sidelines, watching her life become one epic fail. Her dreams of university are fading fast, as the people in her life fight to confine her to their own expectations. 

Then she meets Sebastien, a gifted cellist from a very different walk of life. Sebastien is clean and strong and talented. He likes and respects her, but he too has expectations. Sebastien seems to think she can do anything, and Jess, despite her fears and the secrets she hides, is starting to believe him.

But just as Jess dares to hope, the secrets in her past and the lies in her present catch up with her. All seems lost and she has to make a choice. Between past and future. Between home and hope. Between now and never. And this is now.


My Review:

Thank you NetGalley for providing an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

Jess isn't perfect. Her family wasn't rich and her brothers involved in unlawful acts. She feels like her life won't change because of her family status and she'll follow their steps until she met this cellist named Sebastien. He was her prince charming but she's afraid that once he knew her secrets, he might leave her. Eventually, he's not that kind of guy who turns away just because of her life. He fell in love and made her special because he believes in her. He motivates her to achieve what she want to be and accept her imperfections.

There were times that I feel annoyed with Jess. She's too sensitive, dramatic and a bit childish at times. However, her character improved on the latter part of the story. She's more mature and confident about herself. What I really enjoyed the most in this book is Sebastien. He's one swoon-worthy male character. He's sweet and gentleman indeed. Gosh... I love this cellist. They just looked good together, the ending was a bit rushed but I still enjoyed it.

I really like this book because it's a good boy-bad girl love story. If you have read and loved Dare You To by Katie McGarry, you might like this one. I enjoyed the writing style and its characters. The love story however isn't that unique for me. 

I would definitely love to read another Maggie Gilbert book. :)

Review also posted on Goodreads

Monday, October 20, 2014

Tangled by Emma Chase [Throwback Review]

Pages: 254
Goodreads rating: 4.23 / 5 stars
My rating: 4/ 5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Summary (Goodreads):


Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? 

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything - or anyone - derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating. 

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life? 

Can Drew Evans win at love? 


Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.

My Review:

Hilarious and Witty 

The story was entertaining and the way Drew Evans made me laugh is freaking priceless! I don't mind laughing in the middle of the night and receive questioning looks from other people. I am enjoying Drew Evans and The Bitch (his sister). THAT SWEAR JAR. His chemistry with Kate Brooks is naturally steamy. I really like them. It's such a nice book to recover from a heartbreaking / heart-shattering novel. Drew Evans is such a handsome, cocky, funny man with a big heart. 

Thumbs up to Emma Chase!


*Review also posted on: Goodreads*