Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Pages: 470
Goodreads rating: 4.24 / 5 stars
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal, Romance

Summary:

Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.

There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

Retribution has arrived. 

My Review:

Review originally posted on Goodreads

Fantastically creepy and haunting. 

There are no dull moments when I started reading this book. I love how the mental illnesses and the supernatural aspects combined to create such a dark, mystery and thrilling story. It's pretty unique, beautiful and complex. There are so many "what- the- actual- fuck" & "Oh. My. Gosh." moments because by the end of a chapter, it never failed to surprise me and makes wonder me what happens next.

The gore and violence in this book is impressive. It's a Saw (movie)-like-but-less-brutal like violence, if you know what I mean? Aside from that, I'm hoping that this will answer all my questions from the previous book. The flashbacks somehow confused me, and all the revelations just made this book unputdownable

Waiting for Noah Shaw to appear is an agony. Pure torture. Gosh. Thank you my dear long-patience. I had the verge to jump on one chapter where he appears. Thank goodness for Jamie Roth for enlightening me with his crazy moments and hilarious lines. (I swear, Mara and Jamie's conversation is damn hilarious. Majority of my sticky notes are their moments.) He is definitely the best sidekick ever. What a crazy genius man. I absolutely ship Mara Dyer and Noah Shaw. They are romantic as ever. Hands down. 

I can say I'm satisfied with the ending. It is not rushed and most of my questions from the previous books were answered. Do I love this trilogy? Madly. That I will love it to ruins.Chapters 71-73 , HOLY SMOKES. IT'S BREATHTAKING. SUCH A GOOD ENDING. MY HEART. THE FEELS. OH. MY. GOD. PERFECT! 

I highly recommend this trilogy and I'm looking forward on Michelle Hodkin's future novels.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

My Auto - Buy Authors : Adult


Now we are down to my final category of Auto-Buy Authors. I already posted earlier this week my auto - buy authors for Young Adult Category and New Adult Category just click the link to check my list of authors on those categories.  Anyways, this category is quite challenging because I have a lot in my mind. My adult category can be romance, fiction, mystery/thriller etc.. (mostly romance) This is not in chronological order.

Adult

1. Nicholas Sparks. I absolutely love his books because it never failed to make me emotional. His stories are captivating, inspiring, heart-warming, and heartbreaking. Out of all his books, Safe Haven is my favorite because the plot is unique. 

2. Mitch Albom. Another favorite author of mine. Like Nicholas Sparks, his books are indeed inspiring and heart-warming. He makes you think your realizations in life. Shame on me, but I haven't read Tuesdays with Morrie or even The Five People You Meet in Heaven. For One More Day is my favorite.

3.Sophie Kinsella. When it comes to Chick-Lit, Sophie Kinsella is indeed my choice. I am a fan of The Shopaholic Series and I absolutely enjoy it to bits. Becky Bloomwood is such a clever woman (I just love her) and she back after years! Looking forward to read Shopaholic to the Stars. (The name of my blog is inspired by this series. Who wouldn't resist books?) 

4. Sylvain Reynard. I love how Sylvain Reynard creates a love story mixed with a classic literature. It's so beautiful. Gabriel's Inferno is definitely one of my favorite Adult Romance series of all time because I love how it's focus on the conflicts than its romance. Seriously, I love that kind of twist. Gabriel Emerson is my dream guy. 

5. R.K. Lilley. I've recently read Bad Things (credits to my Book Girlfriends for recommending me this.) and I freaking love it! Whoo! Let me just say this, it's freaking HOT. Like Scorching Hot. The romance is just intense. Want some intense adult romance? R.K. Lilley is the choice. 

6. E.K. Blair. Her books are also recommended to me by my Book Girlfriends. I love her writing style and her love stories have heavy conflicts, plus steamy sex scenes. She's good on leaving surprises by the way, that will leave you shocked and screamed on top of your lungs. ( Bang, Black Lotus #1)

7. Christina Lauren. I really love these coauthors (Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings). I have so much love for the Beautiful Bastard series because the story will just give you butterflies and it will definitely make you laugh till your jaw hurts. Also, their male leads are absolutely sexy. ;) Max Stella is bae.

8. Nora Roberts. My love for Adult Romance started with Ms. Roberts. Her books are complex, page turners and the twist could be anything. It can be mixed mystery or fantasy or even cultural but the romance is still there and it's steamy. 

9.  Samantha Young. I'm indeed a big fan of Samantha Young's books ever since I've read On Dublin Street. Her books are just magnificent. I love the romance, the characters and the way it's written, there is so much feels to it. I don't how the explain that but I'm engrossed on her books. I craved for her books and it's definitely included on my all time favorite Adult Romance series <3 

So that's all of my auto-buy authors classified according to genre. 

How about you? Who are your auto-buy authors? Feel free to share your thoughts. I would love to hear it. :)

Monday, March 23, 2015

My Auto-Buy Authors: New Adult


New Adult (NA) fiction is a developing genre of fiction with protagonists in the 18–25 age bracket.  St. Martin's Press first coined the term in 2009, when they held a special call for "...fiction similar to YA that can be published and marketed as adult—a sort of an 'older YA' or 'new adult'."[1] New Adult fiction tends to focus on issues such as leaving home, developing sexuality, and negotiating education and career choices.[2] - Source: Wikipedia

Here are some of my Auto - Buy Authors belonging in New Adult genre. Most of the authors I have on my list are considered The Queens of New Adult Genre. I've been addicted to New Adult since 2012 and I'm glad I have been introduced to it. (My list is not in chronological order)

New Adult

1. Tammara Webber. She is the author of Easy, which is the first New Adult novel I've read and loved. Her books will give you that jittery feeling and swoon-worthy romance. I highly recommend any book by her if you want to start with New Adult.

2. Colleen Hoover. My love for her books started way back 2012 when I've read Slammed. I sort of had a habit of reading her books according to its publishing date. Her books are just butterflying amazeballs! Just a reminder, have tissues beside you. Most of her books are tear-jerkers.

3. Abbi Glines. I absolutely love her books. When I started The Sea Breeze series, I have this urge to start the next book immediately. It's fast-paced, romantic, cute and light read. I don't mind reading all night because I can't stop reading. (Of course, with swoon worthy guys in it)

4.  J.A. Redmerski. What comes in my mind? Andrew Parrish and Camryn Bennett. Yes dear. Edge of Never and Edge of Always will always be my bae. My next read will be In the Company of Killers series. I'm very excited because it's a darker read and more romance.

5. S.C. Stephens. Credits to my Book Girlfriends for introducing me to this author. Thank you for introducing me to Kellan Kyle and I'm damn fangirling about him. Thoughtless series = Kellan Kyle / DBags obsession. There is so much feels in that series, I swear. Worth it.

6. Mia Asher. I've only read Arsen (Debut novel) and I must say it's one emotional roller coaster. I love her writing style and the romance is intense. She is amazing. Looking forward on her upcoming novels.

7. Rachel Van Dyken. I'm obsessed with her books. It all started with the Eagle Elite series then Ruin series and I am currently waiting for the next installment for Eagle Elite which is Elude (Sergio's story). I just want more of RVD books. I love the romance, the writing style, the characters, and the conflicts. Worth reading and definitely unputdownable.

I will post my Adult category soon because it's going to be a long one. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Redeemed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Pages: 310
Goodreads rating: 3.92 /5 stars
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Summary:

Zoey Redbird is in trouble. Having released the Seer Stone to Aphrodite and surrendered herself to the Tulsa Police, she has isolated herself from her friends and mentors, determined to face the punishment she deserves-- even if that means her body will reject the change and begin to die. Only the love of the closest to her can save her from the Darkness in her spirit, but a terrible evil has emerged from the shadows, more powerful than ever.

Neferet has finally made herself known to mortals. Crowning herself a Dark Goddess, she is evil unleashed, enslaving the citizens of Tulsa. The vampyres of House of Night have banded with the police and are gathering every last resource they have, but they know that no single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her--unless that vampyre has the power to summon the elements as well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey is heir to such power. . . but because of the consequences of using Old Magick, she is unable to help.

In the final electrifying novel in the House of Night series, an epic battle of Light versus Darkness will decide who is redeemed. . . . and who is forever lost.


My Review:

Review originally posted on Goodreads


Apparently, this is the longest series I have ever read.

I started reading this series way back 2010 and yeah, I managed to read up to the final book because I simply enjoyed it (Even if it's dragging, and being sick of Zoey's love square/pentagon/hexagon). I am satisfied of the ending. I know this series has lots of mixed reviews, but I love it anyway. 

I'm not really a fan of Zoey Redbird because I find her childish, though she quite improved but still whiny. I'm more of fascinated with Aphrodite LaFont (her sarcasm and funny lines = priceless) and Stevie Rae Johnson, (she's indeed lovely, kind, and brave. her love story is also interesting.) these two are my favorite characters. I'll also miss James Stark and Rephaim , the guy and the raven mocker who made me swoon in the series. Neferet is vilest villain of all book villains and finally, she died. At last! Not that I'm being bad, but she REALLY needs to die. I hate her so freaking much

I'll miss the world of House of Night series, the characters and the story.

Merry meet, Merry part, and Merry Meet Again

Saturday, March 21, 2015

My Auto-Buy Authors: Young Adult




There is always a moment when we love an author, we wait for his/her new book to be released and automatically we buy it or sometimes pre-order it.  In this post, I'm going to name my Auto-Buy Authors. I have lots of authors in my mind and I'm going to try my best to name them all and I hope I don't miss any of my favorites. This is going to be a long post, please bear with me. Thank you! Note: This is not in chronological order and categorize according to Young Adult, New Adult and Adult.

Young Adult

1. Kasie West. Ever since I've read The Distance Between Us, I am instantly hooked with her writing style. Her books gave me that jittery feeling and you just want to squeal with happiness. I've read On the Fence and I really like it as well. However, I haven't read Pivot Point and Split Second (I will definitely read this soon because I heard lots of great things about it.)

2. J.K. Rowling.  Well, too obvious to explain. haha! 

3. Veronica Rossi. I've loved Under the Never Sky trilogy and it's definitely included on my best dystopia trilogies ever written because the main characters got the angst and the world building will give you goosebumps. It's amazing and I would definitely read more books from Ms. Rossi.

4. Becca Fitzpatrick. She wrote Hush Hush Saga, and it's the first series I've read about fallen angels. Can I say Patch Cipriano is a lovable, romantic, badass character? I fell in love with the story. Definitely one of my favorites. 

5. Veronica Roth.  I know she broke our hearts by the end of the Divergent trilogy. Still, I love the way she created the Divergent world as a whole. She is one of those authors that will give you an adrenaline rush when you read her books. I seriously love that thrill.

6. Marie Lu. Yes. Yes. Yes. She's awesome! Legend trilogy just left me speechless. I'm satisfied but I crave for more. (Confusing isn't it?). She brilliantly wraps up that trilogy. Once you start reading her books, there is no dull moment. Just pure awesomeness.

7. Jenny Han. All her books are worth the read and just perfect to get you out of the reading slump. I love the way she writes her stories because it's light, quirky, cute and will definitely give you bliss. I can't wait to get my hands on P.S. I Still Love You. A quick blurb: I want some Kavinsky here.

8. Wendelin Van Draanen. Yes my friends, if you haven't read Flipped then you are missing something. Her novels truly defines Young Adult Romance. Hands down. I'm definitely reading more of her books. That's for sure.

9. Rick Riordan. I would like to thank this author because he helped me study Greek Mythology in a light way. Seriously, Percy Jackson made me hooked to Greek Mythology and I enjoyed my World Literature class. PJO is a must read!

10. P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast. I'm a huge fan of House of Night series. Waiting for each book to be release might be an agony but it's sure the wait. I have an insta-love for the characters and the story. I just love how they collaborated in that series and surely to look forward their future novels. Nerd Herd love <3 HoN is definitely one of my favorite Paranormal series all time.

11. Richelle Mead. Another favorite author of mine when it comes to Paranormal Romance. Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series are worth the read if you love Vampire series. Definitely an action-packed, with a twist.

12. Katie McGarry. Oh goodie. I'm proudly addicted to her books. They are emotional and the romance is just.... hands down amazing. I love it. I love it. Dare You To is my favorite. So much feelings.

I will post my New Adult category next. ;)

Monday, March 16, 2015

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories


Pages: 321
Goodreads rating: 3.79/5 stars
My Rating: 3.75/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Summary:

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year's there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love. 

My Review:

Review originally posted on my Goodreads.

Overall, I have mixed feelings on this book. I enjoyed some of the stories, some are just not really interesting and confusing. I would rate this book for about 3.75 / 5 stars

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell - 4/5 stars
* I really enjoy this one and I think it is a great start. It's adorable and cute. I want more though.. well, what can I do it's just a short story. That wouldn't make sense if I wish it's longer.

The Lady and The Fox by Kelly Link - 3/5 stars
* This is such a pretty weird story. I like the love story part but some parts are really confusing. I have questions in my mind that are left unanswered. I wish the author emphasized a little history about the fox because I think it's rushed.

Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena - 4/5 stars
* I'm quite impressed with this story. It's funny and cute. I must admit, I love Matt de la Pena's writing style. It was smooth and an easy read.

Polaris is Where You'll Find Me by Jenny Han - 5/5 stars
* Of all the stories, this is my most favorite. I LOVE THIS. It's creative and unique. I just love Jenny Han.

It's Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins - 5/5 stars
* Another favorite of mine. It's quirky, warm and adorable. Ah... such a sweet read. I love the little romance. It may be a short read but it's swoon-worthy.

Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan - 2/5 stars
* I am kind of disappointed on this story. Nothing much happened. The guy pretended to be a Santa for his boyfriend's siblings, then once he is done with it, he goes to his boyfriend's room and joins him to sleep on a cold Christmas night. The End. No love story. uggh.

Krampuslauf by Holly Black - 1/5 star
* DNF. I didn't like it. Boring. pfft.

What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman -3/5 stars
* The writing is good, but I couldn't connect with the characters. I guess it was an okay read to me.

Beer Buckets & Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire - 2.5/5 stars
* Hmm.. It is okay, quite funny but it didn't really piqued my interest.

Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White - 5/5 stars
* I almost cry on this one. I love the little drama and the love story. I love Chef Ben. (He is my favorite guy)

Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter - 4/5 stars
* I enjoyed this so much! The story is really touching.

The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor - 1/5 star
* I've only read the first paragraph. I couldn't continue it.. It almost put me to sleep. I just... meh.

I've won a signed copy of this book and I would like to thank Ms. Kate Testerman of ktliterary.com for hosting such an awesome giveaway!