Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My April Wrap Up 2015


Those are the books I've read for the month of April and it's indeed a great reading month for me. I've read 21 books (I think 4 of them are short stories/novellas) I'll put the links below if you want to check out my reviews via Goodreads :







Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Pages: 480
Goodreads rating: 4.30 / 5 stars
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Summary:


Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

My Review:

Review originally posted on Goodreads

My eyes blurred from tears and I'm really numb right now because this broke my heart in pieces. This is a kind of book that will give you that heavy feeling and you can't get over what just happened. This book just wrecked me. The tears just won't stop flowing, thank you tissues! 

Will Traynor is a rich businessman who loves to travel and exploring. Ever since his accident, everything changed in his life. He cannot do things like a normal person does. Becoming quadriplegic made him feel helpless and became depressed. He is decided that he wants to end his life but when his new carer, Lou Clark entered his life, somehow in those moments he felt alive. 

Lou Clark formerly worked in a tea shop. Honestly, she doesn't know what she wants in the future. Her family is not financially stable and decided to grab the opportunity working as a carer even though she doesn't really know how to be one. When she met Will, at first she finds him sarcastic, moody and mean. She thinks he hates her because he doesn't show an interest of interacting to her. On the other hand, she can't blame him. Her job : Change his mind not to end his life. 

Me Before You is a thought-provoking, and an emotional book. It is simple yet beautifully written and the characters are indeed likable. It has the right amount of romance and I actually every page of this book, my fondness grew on the characters. Lou Clark and Will Traynor are both interesting and strong in different ways. I love their character developments and I simply adore their moments. They made me laugh, cry, and giddy. I am simply moved by them. I don't know how will I explain that feeling, but they are such a beautiful pair to the point it hurts.

I love how Will Traynor encouraged Lou to explore things in life, cherish the moments and appreciate its beauty while she can. I love how Lou Clark persistently encourage Will to cope and live despite of his disability. Damn, I love all their moments. I have this little hope in me towards the ending but after, all I want right now is to hug my pillow.

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Book Combo Tag

I am very fascinated with the book tags on YouTube. I'm not a book tuber, but I decided to give it a try as a blog post.. This tag is called The Book Combo tag created by one of my favorite book tubers, Jesse of jessethereader (Original tag video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVhKiOaXjWg)


All you have to do is answer these questions:

#1. What two authors would you like to see put their writing skills together to write a book? 
  • Hmm.. Let's see, I have lots of authors in mind. I don't know if I will pick authors who belong in different genres or what..  I will say Nicholas Sparks and Mitch Albom. I would love to see these two authors collaborate in one novel.  These two authors know how to touch the lives of many people and inspire as well. ;)

#2. What is your favorite author collaboration? Whether it be a short story collection or just a book that the authors worked together on.
  • My favorite author collaboration : Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. I absolutely love how they wrote Burn for Burn trilogy.  It's a fascinating book about friendship, revenge, love story with a touch of mystery.  I think they should write more collaborations. I swear they're good.

#3. If you could combine two stories and make them a book of their own, which would they be? & what would the reworked title be?
  • What a challenging question.. Let's see, I will pick Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. I don't want to tell the twists of both stories. If you have read these two, well.. you know what I'm talking about. The reworked title: The Dangerous Gone Girls. ;)

#4. What two characters from different books do you ship?
  • I ship Jamie Roth from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin and Emory from Confess by Colleen Hoover. These two side characters maybe a bit weird, but they are really cool. 
#5. What two worlds from different stories would you like see come together to be one epic world?
  • The world of Divergent and Under the Never Sky. I don't know how will I explain the science aspect of these two worlds, but the idea of Simulations/Aptitude tests from Divergent and Smarteyes from Under the Never Sky is an unusual combination. That will work in some ways. Like I said, I don't know how but Aether storms.. Oh yeah! \m/ (^^,)
#6. What duology/trilogy/series would you have liked to see be combined in to one book?
  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before and  P.S. I Still Love You. I mean, come on.. they're really short and fast paced. :)

I am tagging:

Josiah of Josiah's Book Blog

Confess by Colleen Hoover

Pages: 320
Goodreads rating: 4.35/5 stars
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Summary:


Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

My Review:

Review originally posted on my Goodreads.

"I'll love you forever, even when I can't.
And I'll love you forever. Even when I shouldn't " 


The story opens with an emotional prologue as Auburn Reed spends her last moments with her boyfriend Adam as he suffers an imminent death because of cancer before returning to Portland. He was her first love, and it's difficult to say goodbye to him because she knew it will be the last time she will see him..

"Some secrets should never turn into confessions." 

Years later after his death, she went back to Texas. Working as a hair dresser, she's on the hunt for a second job and she found this weird building. Its glass are covered with scraps of paper which are actually confessions from anonymous people with a signCONFESS. She met Owen Gentry, an artist who needs an employee to help him for some kind of an art showcase and a man whose middle name same as hers (with initials of O.M.G) . Through those confessions, he She find herself drawn to him. She never felt an attraction like this since Adam. She has secrets that seems hard to open up. Just like her, Owen can't confess everything because his life is too complicated, and afraid they might end up hurting each other. (I can't really discuss any further because it's going to be a spoiler.)

I had difficulties on the first few chapters of this book. Among the Colleen Hoover books that I've read so far, this has the slowest pace because the characters are a bit dull. Halfway through the story, it gets better. I started to like their interactions, character developments and their chemistry builds up. I have mixed feelings towards Auburn. Having a low self-esteem, she tends to be a bit dramatic and indecisive. It took me a while to understand her character and give the benefit of a doubt. I like what she did on the almost-last-part of the story. At first I thought it was stupid, it makes me want to scream "What the hell are you doing, woman?!" and, she made an intelligent move. Haha! I can't tell you what is it because, again it's a spoiler. Let's say it is a big slap on the face to someone ;)

Let's talk about Owen. Aside from loving his initials O.M.G., I like him for lots of reasons. He is cocky, sweet, kind, respectful, protective, funny and attractive. I'm just awed on his personality. I love how he helps Auburn to be strong and the way he appreciates her beauty. Without him, Auburn will be a mess. (view spoiler)

Overall, I'm actually fascinated with the whole concept of the story. Although it took me time to get into the story. Not much feels about it, but good. 

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

Pages: 379
Goodreads rating: 4.40/ 5 stars
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Summary:



It’s time. 

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom. 


My Review:

Review originally posted on my Goodreads

Wow. 

Ms. Wendy Higgins just perfectly wrapped up this series. From the start of this series to its conclusion, everything is consistent, balanced and that ending is damn epic! I JUST LOVE IT! Sweet Reckoning is just a wonderful, satisfying conclusion. It wasn't rushed and every important detail in the story is perfectly executed. Everything just exceeded beyond my expectation. This is really how you end a series. A total hands down. 

The transition of the story is indeed fast-paced and I can't stop reading. I fell in love with this series so much and it's been a long time since I'm hooked in a Paranormal series. I miss that kind of feeling. I love the character developments of Kaidan and Anna because they've become more matured compared to the previous books. Despite of all the conflicts they've been through, they were able to managed it by focusing on the problem and communicating sensibly. I really admire these two. With regards to their chemistry,OMG. AMAZING. I can't help this giddy feeling peeps!

When Kaidan said:

"I don't just love you, Anna. I adore you."


OMFG. HOLY SMOKES.
I. JUST. DIED.
I SIGH FOR KAI. 


Kudos also to the side characters, because they had a great participation in this book. I love how Ms. Higgins didn't left them out. My favorite side character is Ginger, because she might got the angst, but she's sweet too. (total badass chick.) Also, Patti. (view spoiler) Such a sweet, loving character. I love her.

Lastly, The Epilogue just made tear up a little. (view spoiler)

It's a MUST READ series. I am definitely recommending this to everyone. 
My guilty pleasure is satisfied and patiently waiting for Sweet Temptation
Kaidan Rowe and Anna Whitt forever!!! 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY (2) : Most Frustrating Characters

Hello everyone! It's been a while since I've posted my Top 5 Wednesday. This is created by Lainey of gingerreadslainey and check out the goodreads group for more topics and discussions. So, now I may present you my Top 5 Most Frustrating Characters. Here are some characters that really gets on my nerves for various reasons.


1. Anastasia Steele from Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

  • Her 'Inner Goddess' annoys the crap out of me. In the first book, she was a virgin. Not I'm contradicting her fantasies about Christian Grey, she just acts like she's not a virgin. You know what I'm saying? Her inner goddess just won't shut up. Plus she's whiny. 
2. Rosemarie Hathaway from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  • Considering she's one of the most kick-ass heroines of all time. Rose sometimes gets on my nerves because of her recklessness and poor decision making. I am so devastated on her on Last Sacrifice. (To those of you who have read the series, I think you know what I mean)
3. Zoey Redbird from The House of Night series by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
  • Don't get me wrong, I love this series. Sometimes the main character, Zoey frustrates me. I hate she has SO MANY LOVE AFFAIRS. Name it, love square? love pentagon? Yes. She has so many guys but she can't choose one. uggh. I prefer Aphrodite LaFont or Stevie Rae Johnson than her.
4. Samantha Kingston from Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • I hate her very much. Her choices sucked big time. I hate how she tolerates her bitchy bully friends and joins them then realizes at the end (too late by the way) that she is wrong?  What a total bitch. 
5. Jesse Ward from This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas
  • Extremely - Possessive - Alpha - Guy - Stalking - Shit. At least Christian Grey gives some Anastasia Steele a sense of independence to do her own things. But this guy? NO. He likes to have his own way, own time. No questions ask. Who missed calls more than 40+ times? Sorry if I rant, but uggh.   


Who are your Top 5 Most Frustrating Characters?

Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

Pages: 371
Goodreads Rating: 4.32 / 5 stars
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Summary:

Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things. 


Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.



When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?



My Review:

Review originally posted on Goodreads.


Holy. Mother. of. Heavens. 


I'm officially addicted to this series. I sigh for Kai. I love Kaidan Rowe. This hot fallen angel drummer is absolutely swoon worthy. I have a new guilty pleasure and I feel so dreamy. I'm such a hopeless romantic. 

Anyways, Sweet Peril is a great sequel. Anna becomes the good-girl-gone-bad by partying and drinking to please the demon whisperers because it's one way to survive. As a daughter of Substance abuse, she has to work by promoting the sins to people. It's also a way of not to think Kaidan Rowe but she couldn't get him out of her mind. She received a message/prophecy from an angel that the fallen angels had a second chance. It's like building an army against the Dukes. To achieve that, she needs trusted allies. She travels with Kopano to find other Nephilims who can support them in the rebellion. It is very a risky, difficult task but Anna must do this in order to get freedom from everything. (So she could love Kaidan freely without worrying demon whisperers & The Dukes)

I love how it focuses more on the conflict of the story than the romance aspect. Not that there is no romance in this book. I love how it introduces us to other characters like Kopano, Blake, Zania, Flynn, Ginger & Marna. etc. Emphasizing their characters gives us an opportunity to getting to know their backgrounds and importance of their roles. There are parts that we might missed Kai, but it's really worth the wait. Hahaha! Patience is all you need. ;)

I really like Anna's character development on this book. She's more confident, mature and got the angst. Of course we will not forget Kaidan and Anna's love story. There's a little love triangle in this book, but that's only temporary of course. I must say the love story between them is steamier than the first installment. THAT KITCHEN SCENE. ALL THE COOKING. THE BROWNIES OH.MY.GOD. Steamy. Steamy. Steamy. Kaidan is more swoon worthy. He's so sweet, loving, caring, hot and romantic guy. Shizzzzzzzz!! 

Overall, I love this and I can't wait to read the next one. I NEED MORE KAIDAN! 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Pages: 447
Goodreads rating: 4.16 / 5 stars
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Summary:


Embrace the Forbidden


What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?



This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.



Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?


My Review:

Review originally posted on Goodreads


Recommended by: Jovel and Pearl , thank you ladies! :">


It's been ages since I've read anything about fallen angels and made me fan girl like this. WHY HAVEN'T I'VE READ THIS EARLIER? (BETTER LATE THAN NEVER) . I know I have to stop fan girling right now but I CAN'T HELP IT! I LOVE WENDY HIGGINS TO BITS. 

It's about a girl named Anna Whitt , she was gifted with an ability to feel the emotions of other people and sixth sense. As much as possible, she stays as a good girl and avoids temptations. Then, she met this bad boy named Kaidan Rowe , a hot drummer of Lascivious who is knowledgeable of what she truly is. They're both attracted to each other, and Kaidan helped her how to control her abilities and taught her about Nephilim stuff. In that way, she will be able to protect herself from danger. Their love story is complicated, they can't be attracted to each other because they are both aware of what will be the outcome. However, 

I absolutely love the story and the writing style. I am instantly captivated and hooked with it to the point I just can't put the book down. I keep telling myself "just one chapter" before I go to sleep but I ended up sleeping at dawn because I can't wait what happens next. I really like the concept of the story. It's pretty unique I must say.

The characters are so lovable. I really like Anna Whitt , she is this good girl filled with curiosity. She thinks first before doing something reckless, unless it's worth doing so. Her simplicity makes me admire her more. Then, there's Kaidan Rowe. OH MY GOODNESS. HOLY MOTHER OF ALL SMOKES.He's a hot drummer, a hot fallen angel and a son of lust. I SWEAR. SMOKING HOT. I CAN'T STOP FAN GIRLING. The chemistry between this two is undeniable awesome, their HORMONESOMFG. HAHAHA! I just can't stop smiling. I have a soft spot for bad boys. I love these two. Opposites do attract to each other. 

Overall, this is an awesome book. I can't wait to read the next one. I just can't get enough of Anna and Kaidan. <3 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

When It Rains by Lisa De Jong

Pages: 337
Goodreads rating: 4.36 / 5 stars
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Summary:


One night changed my life forever.

Beau Bennett has been my best friend since I can remember. He was my first crush before everything came crashing down, and now he wants more, but it's more than I can give him. Things are different now. I wish I could tell him why, but I can't. 

I haven’t told anyone.

I never knew how much I really needed him until the day he left for college, and I was completely alone.

Then one day, Asher Hunt rides into town with his dark, captivating eyes and cocky grin. He doesn't care who I used to be, he's simply breathing life into what’s left. People warn me to stay away from him, but he helps me forget the pain that has held me hostage for so long; something I thought was impossible before he walked into my life.

I’ve been hurt. 

I’ve been saved. 

And I’ve found hope. 

I thought my story was written that night, but now I know it was only a new beginning. Until one secret turns my world upside down…

Again.


My Review:

Review originally posted on Goodreads.

I have to sit for minutes and think about what will I write on my review. Honestly, I'm numb. I don't know where will I start because this is one book that gives you that heavy feeling and will make your eyes puffy from crying. I swear I need a BIG HUG. My goodness.


When It Rains is a beautiful, heart wrenching masterpiece. This review isn't enough to express all my sentiments. This isn't an ordinary new adult novel. I dare you guys to read this one and have some boxes of tissues beside you, as well as a pillow for you to embrace because it will be a SOB-FEST. This is probably one of the most heartbreaking books I've read for all time. 



"Life's not fair. Life's often complicated, leaving us to deal with things that we shouldn't have to. Life can make you smile one day, only to leave you broken into tiny little pieces the next." 



Kate Alexander had a traumatic past and it's been haunting her for years. It destroys her physically and emotionally to the point she pushes everyone away even her long time best friend Beau Bennett. Until one day, Asher Hunt came to her life. She's intimidated by his looks, confidence and mysterious character. Being with him, she found comfort and security. He helped her to battle her own demons and found happiness with him.
She thought everything will be okay, until she knew Asher's secret... 



You know the moment when you're at the peak of happiness and all of a sudden it just crushed? YES. This book just gave me that feeling. Such an emotional roller coaster. Aside from that, I love the writing style, the characters and the quotable lines. It's a heavy drama filled with lessons. Like, coping and moving on in life after a tragic or most painful moment of your life. This is entirely different from the New Adult novels I've read. Definitely not cliche.



My Playlist:
- You and Me by The Lifehouse
- Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran
- She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5
- Demons by Imagine Dragons
- Ungodly Hour by The Fray
- You by The Carpenters
(including the ones mentioned in this book.)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Golden by Jessi Kirby

Pages: 278
Goodreads rating: 3.88/5 stars
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Realistic Fiction

Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.

Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.

Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.
 

My Review:

Review originally posted on my goodreads.


Carpe Diem - Seize the day, live in the moment, soak it all up -- good or bad. 

Golden is a story about a 17 year old girl senior high school student, Parker Frost. She lives a life with full of expectations from her mother since education is very important to get a good career. As much as possible, she maintains her good grades to attain the highest achievement, and get a scholarship. With too much pressure, sometimes she missed the fun side of high school life because once in a while we have to do the things according to our will and break some little rules.

One day, Mr. Kinney gives her a task to send journals to its owners (He provides journals to his senior students as a final requirement, they have to write down what they want to be in the future or just completely anything. It can be their secrets, who knows what? It is to be sealed and passed on Graduation Day and it will be sent 10 years later to them) and Parker came across with Julianna Farnetti's journal. She is part of the town's mystery because of an accident happened 10 years ago which took her life as well as her boyfriend, Shane Cruz. There is something about this journal that draws her to open and read it. Something special, but is she courageous enough to take the risk?


"I don't ever want to be someone who needs to be reminded. 
I want to be someone bold, who takes risk and has no regrets.
I want to have a life made of love and beauty and chance."
-- Julianna Farnetti



Wow. Just wow. I don't know how will I review this because this book made me speechless. Where do I start? I love how this book draws me into the story. I am instantly captivated with the writing style, I was able to connect with the characters and the story is wonderful, refreshing and beautiful. It takes me back to those moments if I'm right with the decisions I make, am I courageous enough with the consequences if ever it ended up wrong. I also love the idea of journal writing because it's one way of venting out, reflecting and documenting a cherished moment. It could be anything, even little secrets.

This book leaves a lesson that in every choices we make has its own consequences whether it's good or bad. What matters most, your choices or decisions should be according to your will, not dictated by anyone because that's what they want you to be. They may give you some advices but like I said, it's up to you and it should be respected. Take chances and risks, learn to have fun with those opportunities because it's one way of learning. 

One thing is for sure, I'm going to read more of Jessi Kirby's books. This is the first book that I've read from her and I would like to thank my book girlfriend, Allen for giving and recommending this book to me. I highly recommend this book to everyone. This is definitely one of the best contemporary romance books ever written. It's a light and an easy read. Just read this book with a cup of coffee, a notebook, and a pen.

Ask yourself:

"What is it you plan to do with your one wild life?"