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 ;)