Friday, July 31, 2015

What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

Pages: 320
Goodreads rating: 4.13 / 5 Stars
My Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic, Romance

Summary:


It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.


The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She’s fun and energetic—and doesn’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and Ryden’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he can’t let go of the past?

My Review:

Review originally posted on Goodreads


Thank you Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

What You Left Behind is an emotionally driven and realistic story. This is my first book by Jessica Verdi and her writing style is captivating and beautiful. The story tells about a single teenage parent,Ryden Brooks. He held a huge responsibility of being a parent and raising a child at a young age. His girlfriend, Meg Reynolds, passed away because of cancer. Instead of receiving treatments, she chooses to conceived their child. He was devastated and blames himself for Meg's death. As a senior high school student, it's stressful to him to take all this and as well as prepare for his future to get a scholarship.

He wasn't truly over her and still mourns her death. What's good in this mystery is that Meg wrote journals for him. He thinks that these journals will help him to become a good father for Hope (his daughter). There are bits and puzzles along the way. At his work, there was this girl, Joni, captures his interest. She was optimistic and fun to be with. Being with her enlightens Ryden whenever he feels stressed and down but he is scared that she might not like him because he has a daughter. 

I love how this is being told in the male perspective. Most of the YA books I've read are written in the female perspective and this is really refreshing for me. You can just feel Ryden's emotions and my heart breaks for him to carry such responsibility he wasn't ready for. Life isn't constant as the way we planned. It can change anytime and we need options. Of course, there are times we cannot do it alone. Sometimes, we need help to get through it. Another thing I love is Ryden's relationship with his mother. Strong relationship and I like how his mother gives him a sense of independence. She supports him no matter what. I must say some parts made me teary-eyed. It is a good ending and I love the protagonist's character development.

I am surely looking forward to reading more of Jessica Verdi's novels. I am definitely recommending this book. It was such a beautiful realistic story that touched my heart.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

On the Island by Tracy Garvis-Graves

Pages: 346
Goodreads rating: 4.14 / 5 Stars
My Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Summary: 


When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He's almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn't bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family - and a stack of overdue assignments -- instead of his friends. 

Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.'s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.

My Review: 

Review originally posted on Goodreads

Anna Emerson is an English teacher and she accepted a job on tutoring a 16-year old boy (going 17), T.J. Callahan during summer. He wasn't able to go to class because he had a Hodgkin's Lymphoma and underwent chemo. On their way in Maldives to spend summer, the pilot suffered a heart attack and their seaplane crashed in the Indian Ocean. It was a nightmare to be in shark-infested waters and they were stranded in an island. 

Eventually, they have to survive to live in an unknown island with every resources they have and hoping somebody will rescue them. They've waited for days, months and it become years. Anna and TJ bonded and get to know each other during their stay in the island. I'm in awed of their teamwork and surprisingly, I enjoyed how their relationship grew more. Actually, what happened to them is a great adventure yet a death-defying experience. I just can't imagine sharks and jellyfish in seawater. It is really scary to encounter those creatures.

It was nice to read this as an audio book and I really like its narration. I just can't stop listening to it and eager to know what happens next for them. The characters just have this raw emotion and it felt real to me. Okay, I'm going to be honest, I don't really mind characters with age gaps. I've read some books with characters like this but usually the guy is older than the girl.. It's new to me in reading the girl is older than the guy. Anna is 30 years old and TJ is 16 years old (going 17 (view spoiler)). I am skeptical at first and wasn't sure if I'm going to like this kind of love story. I'm not being judgmental here, it's indeed new to me and you think I'm going to stop reading this? No. Anna and TJ grew on me and ended up loving them. Their relationship is well developed and it wasn't an insta-love. They were awkward at first and I think it's cute and hilarious. I must admit, they do have a great romance story. Actually, everything is beautiful in this book and gave me butterflies. I totally didn't expect it. 

Anna and TJ simply proved that love knows no boundaries. I'm incredibly touched and emotionally invested with their story. I'm definitely recommending this book. Overall, I really enjoyed it. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Pages: 283
Goodreads rating: 3.87 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Summary: 


ONE OF THE BOYS

What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she's ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he's also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan's feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart's on the line?


My Review:

Review originally posted Goodreads.


This book has been on my TBR for ages and I'm so glad that I've finally read this. I must say this book is a fun, quirky and light read. I started this last night and I am instantly hooked with it. If you want some quick & relaxing reads, I highly recommend this one. 

I really like the characters in this book. I simply adore Jordan Woods. She's a team captain and quarterback in their school football team. Her leadership and toughness just made admire her. I always admire sporty female characters who can play with guys. It's just cool. Plus, I like her wits and she's not really that girly. Her best friends are guys: Henry, JJ, and Carter.. talk about these guys, aside from their good looks.. these guys have the sense of humor, and they're very protective of Jordan. Damn. I want brothers like them. But her ultimate best friend is Sam Henry. I love how these two bond and throw each others banters. Such a strong friendship going on between them. 

Then this new guy, Tyler Green came into the picture and Jordan had a crush on him despite of being threatened he might took the spot as a Quarterback. As much as possible she doesn't want to date any of her teammates because she might lose her concentration.

This story is so cute and it definitely put a smile on my face. Though some of the football terms quite confuse me because I wasn't really fan of that sports, it's still a great read. The love story.. SO DAMN CUTE AND FLUFFY!

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

Pages: 496
Goodreads rating; 4.02 / 5 stars
My Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both. 

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down. 

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

My Review:

Review originally posted on Goodreads


Final Verdict: 3.5 stars

Nowhere But Here is the first installment of the Thunder Road series. To be honest, I had a hard time rating this book. I do like Nowhere But Here and I think it's a great start for a new series. It's just that I find it really slow and to think it's a pretty chunky book


"Respect the Rules. Respect the Club."



Emily had a perfect and peaceful life with her mother and step-father. There comes a time she wants to get to know about her biological father, who is part of a motorcycle club called The Reign of Terror. She's eager to know about her parents' past and other secrets she never knew. She believes there is something more to it and is determined to seek the truth.

One day, they received a news that the grandmother she never knew passed away. They flew to her mother and biological father's hometown in Kentucky to pay respects. (view spoiler) It turns out coming unexpectedly to Kentucky exposed Emily to danger and became a target of another gang called The Riot. To ensure her safety, she is forced to stay for a while and a gorgeous bad boy, Oz was assigned to protect her and his initiation to be part of the motorcycle club. But there's just more beyond to the club for him and his capabilities. Eventually, these two fell in love...and more drama happens. 

I like the story and the characters are indeed interesting as the motorcycle club aspect. You can just feel the angst and how they protect each to other in times of trouble. It's all about family and loyalty. The chemistry between the MCs are okay, not as strong as I thought but they are good. I guess what keeps me going is to know the untold story of Emily's parents. I still enjoyed it, but I hope the next book is better.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

TOP FIVE WEDNESDAY(4): Side Characters That Need Their Own Series

Hello everyone! Another Top 5 Wednesday! This is created by Lainey of gingerreadslainey and check out the goodreads group for more topics and discussions. So this week's topic is Side Characters That Need Their Own Series. 


1.  Kenji Kishimoto of Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

·         Who doesn't want to see dear Kenji? So for those who haven't read this trilogy, you better read it. Kenji is this charming, witty side character and he's Juliette Ferrars' BFF or maybe Adam Kent's buddy. I swear, this guy needs a novella or a series of his own. HE NEEDS A LOVE LIFE! Hahaha!

2.  Roar from Under the Never Sky trilogy by Veronica Rossi

·         Another favorite side character of mine. Roar is Perry's best friend  and I pretty admire his strong personality. My heart breaks for his unfortunate love life. I truly think he deserves happiness (you know what happened. No spoilers.. ) and I want to see him as a hero.

3.  Jamie Roth from The Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

·         Hell yeah to this crazy, funny, Jamie Roth! I am seriously amused with him in this trilogy and he never fails to make me laugh. I just want to see more of him. He has a potential to be the main character. Despite of his weird personality, this dude is smart in his own way.

4.  Kitty Song Covey from To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

·         Some of you may not be a fan of Kitty because she's really whiny and can be intrusive at times. Also, you know what she did in this duology… pretty annoying isn't it? However, I want to see this young lady have her own love story and she may be able to feel how to fall in love with someone.

5.  Christian Ozera from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

·         How can I not love the handsome, sexy vampire who has an element of Fire? Christian Ozera needs a series. I ship him and Lissa Dragomir. GOODNESS.  He's a strong character and I want to get to know more about his family. His story with Lissa. Gaaah! I want!!!


Who are your Top 5 side characters that deserve their own series?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Marrow by Tarryn Fisher

Pages: 294
Goodreads rating: 4.16 / 5 Stars
My Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Thriller (Psychological)

Summary:


In the Bone there is a house.

In the house there is a girl.

In the girl there is a darkness.

Margo is not like other girls. She lives in a derelict neighborhood called the Bone, in a cursed house, with her cursed mother, who hasn’t spoken to her in over two years. She lives her days feeling invisible. It’s not until she develops a friendship with her wheelchair-bound neighbor, Judah Grant, that things begin to change. When a neighborhood girl, seven-year-old Neveah Anthony, goes missing, Judah sets out to help Margo uncover what happened to her.

What Margo finds changes her, and with a new perspective on life, she’s determined to find evil and punish it–targeting rapists and child molesters, one by one.

But hunting evil is dangerous, and Margo risks losing everything, including her own soul.


My Review:

Review originally posted on Goodreads.

"Where we're from is in us-- in our marrow. You can put us anywhere else in the world, but we carry our origin with us everywhere we go."



It's my first Tarryn Fisher book, I say Marrow is a dark, gripping, well-crafted, and brilliant psychological thriller that will make you speechless . I am completely surprised of how Tarryn Fisher pulled off such kind of twist. It left me questioning myself if that event really happened or it's just a pigment of imagination? Seriously, I don't even know and I cannot tell. 

I am so engrossed with the story. It's so beautiful yet weird. It's mind blowing. My jaw dropped and I cannot even process my thoughts by the end of this book. I have to think for a couple of minutes to write something. Goodness, read this peeps! It's evil genius!

All I can say is: 

BRAVO TARRYN FISHER! You are evil genius! *slow claps*

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!


Supposedly, I'm going to make a list of my Top 10 Favorite Books of 2015 (So far) but I stumbled on this book tag on YouTube and decided I'm going to do it. (Even if I'm not tagged by anyone but it's really a great tag to at least summarize my top and disappointing reads this year). This tag is  created by  ReadLikeWildFire & Ely Jane.  I'm gonna tag some people via Twitter. 

The Questions: 

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2015. 
  • When It Rains by Lisa De Jong ; This is a New Adult novel and I consider this underrated because only a few people I knew have read this book. I think this book deserves an attention because it's absolutely a wonderful, captivating and an emotional story. Guys, read this. Grab some tissues as well because it will rip your heart.

2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2015.
  • I have a few in my mind, but I'll go with The Heir by Kiera CassSome of you might hate this book because it's supposed to be a trilogy and the MC is absolutely an immature, spoiled brat. I considered those factors but I find this entertaining than the first three. It's not as predictable as it seems because we get to see the Princess' perspective instead of the competitor's. Plus, throughout the story the character development is evident.

3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

5. Biggest disappointment.
  • Take a Chance by Abbi Glines. I always love binge reading her series but this installment is just disappointing. The conflict seems pretty shallow, The male lead is an a-hole and The female lead is dull though her personality is great.

6. Biggest surprise.
  • Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. This book is a total mindfuck. Like.. Holy Shit. So evil genius. Sorry for my words but this book caught me off guard.
  • Echo by E.K. BlairThis is an adult romance novel. Don't read this if you are below 18 years old because it contains sex scenes and violence. This is the second book in The Black Lotus series. It's an erotica novel with a great conflict and writing style. Well, it's another mindfuck just like the first book. 

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
  • Penelope Douglas, Leisa Rayven, Mia Sheridan & Amy Harmon. Their books are so good! These are New Adult authors that I think you should check out. For Young Adult : Jessi Kirby, Mallory Blackman, Wendy Higgins & Neil Gaiman

8. Newest fictional crush.

9. Newest favourite character.
  •  Tatum Brandt from Bully by Penelope Douglas. I love this heroine. She's feisty and strong girl. I swear, she's an inspiration to those people who are being bullied. Sometimes you need to stand-up for those bullies. 

10. Book that made you cry.
  •  Aside from When It Rains by Lisa De Jong,  I will go for Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Oh my God. This book broke my heart into damn pieces. I also can't wait for its movie adaptation. I will see Sam Claflin's face and Emilia Clarke. OH MY GOD.

11. Book that made you happy.
  •  Tied by Emma Chase. A wonderful conclusion to the Tangled series. Emma Chase is a great author in writing romance with humor in it. I'll miss all the characters' shenanigans.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year. 
  • Fifty Shades of Grey. Yes smut. Just kidding.I'll go with Insurgent. Though there are changes in this movie (well some scenes are not in the book), I don't really mind. It's so badass. I love it!

13. Favourite review you've written this year. (Booktube version: Favourite video you have done so far in this year)
  •  My favorite review I've written this yearP.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (click the link to see my review). I poured my heart out on this review because it's on my top anticipated books this year. I just love it!

14. Most beautiful book you've bought so far this year (or received)

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
  • I need to read some of my pending e-ARCs. They are piling and some of my anticipated books this year. I'll also let the hype go down for a while by the way because it puts me off. haha!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

Pages: 333
Goodreads Rating: 4.44 / 5 Stars
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal

Summary:


If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.


Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.



It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.



And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.



And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all...a love story.

My Review:

Review originally posted on Goodreads.

I haven't read any books by Amy Harmon, so I don't really know what to expect on it although I've heard nothing but great reviews of novels. It's been recommended for me for such a long time but The Law of Moses is a strangely beautiful book. The story isunique, and kind of creepy in a good way. Let me tell you, the writing style is mesmerizing. Talk about the beautiful words and it truly pulled me in the story.

"If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it's coming, and it will hurt. It will still make your chest ache and your stomach flip with dread. But you'll know, and you'll be able to prepare. And that's my gift to you. I wasn't given that same courtesy. I wasn't prepared."



Stories are told and easily spread out on a small town. There was a baby found on a laundry basket, abandoned by his mother who suffered drug addiction. Moses Wright is a special baby, often times called him a crack baby. He was messed up and people are scared to get to know him but Georgia Shepherd, a country girl, wasn't fazed by these rumors. In fact, she was curious about him. She wants to get to know the dark, handsome and mysterious boy Moses. She's drawn to him and people can't see his beauty.

Apparently, there's something about Moses and his artistry. People don't understand its purpose and find his art works disturbing and insulting… They don't know it's a connection of what is lost.. An unexplainable channel and only Moses is capable of. You may not understand what I'm talking about and I assure you, it's special and heart-warming. 

Just so you know, I almost DNF this book because the first part of it is really slow and I cannot seem to connect with the story. However, my mind tells me to keep going and finish this. When I get to the second part, it starts to get better. My heart slowly ripped apart towards the end. My goodness, tears are shed in this book. Grab some tissues. You'll never know, you might not be aware you’re crying already.

Another thing I love in this book is the character diversity. I want to read more books with diverse characters. Though I didn't feel much of Moses and Georgia's chemistry, I feel like it focuses more on forgiveness and second chances after a downfall romance. Plus, they have great character developments. I really admire Georgia's persistence, and unconditional love towards Moses even if he has issues. She has this natural beauty inside and out which made me admire her even more. Eli… omg dear Eli… you made me cry! I adored him so much. 

Surely, I'll be reading more of Amy Harmon's books and I think it deserves a great blurb.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Extraordinary Means Book Tag!

I was just lurking around and finding tags and I saw Kevin of Tomebound did this tag, so I decided to give it a try. Though I haven't read any Robyn Schneider's books but it's been on my TBR list for ages. Hopefully, I'll get to read it soon. The tag is created by the lovely author of The Extraordinary Means and The Beginning of Everything, Robyn Schneider. (Click this link to watch the original tag video). All you have to do is answer this questions:

I'll be tagging some people via Twitter. :)

The Questions:

1. I would give up the internet for a month for a signed first edition of this book.
  • The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. I still prefer its old covers and I love this series very much. This series helped me on my literature class and it piqued my interest to explore Greek Mythology. 

2. I would give up pizza for a year if it meant I could sit next to this author on a long plane ride.
  •  Wendelin Van Draanen. I just want to sit next to the author of my favorite contemporary book of all time. :) Flipped forever!

3. I would sit through a thousand hours of commercials if it would ensure that Hollywood made this book into a movie.
  • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. Goodness gracious. Awesome characters, fantastic setting, and awesome world  building. Hell yeah to this sci-fi / dystopia! I want to see that Aether storm or just the smarteye. 

4. I would never read a new book again if it meant I could live inside this book.
  • Aside from Harry Potter, I think I could live in The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I'm not really into Historical Fiction, but how can I not appreciate The Night Circus? It's magical and just fantastic. It gives me the Harry Potter ambiance. Plus, I wonder what's it like to wear such old, vintage dresses. 

5. I would let my google search history be made public if it meant I could be best friends with this author.
  •  Stephanie Perkins. I absolutely love Ms. Perkins and she's one of the most adorable, sweet, quirky authors I've ever met. she's so nice and as well as her hubby, Jared. 

6. I would donate everything I own to goodwill if it meant I could date this book character in real life.
  • This is the hardest question ever. I fancied a lot of Book Boyfriends but I will go date Gabriel Owen Emerson of Gabriel's Inferno. I will be his Beatrice. Hahahaha! He is just one sexy, passionate, manly character I'll go swoon over with. Given that we have the same love for The Divine Comedy

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Pages: 512
Goodreads rating: 4.01 / 5 Stars
My Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Adult

Summary:


The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night. 

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.


My Review:

Review originally posted on Goodreads


The Night Circus is an enchanting, magical, fascinating, and an astounding read. It is beautifully written and the plot twist will make you hooked into the story. I must admit, the first few chapters of this book started off really slow and I had to put it down for a while. When I'm back in the mood to read, everything starts to pick up on The Part II and slowly enjoying the rest of the story.

Hector "Prospero the Enchanter" Bowen and The Man in Grey suit (I shall not name him to avoid spoilers) had a deal on challenge. They will select a prodigy and train them to become one of the best magicians. Celia Bowen and Marco Alisdair are chosen ones. By the time they are ready, these magicians will compete with each other at the Le Cirque des Reves, a circus which opens only at night which is owned by Chandresh Christophe Lefevre. These two young magicians need to focus on the competition and at some circumstances, an unexpected love gets in their way…

There are so many things that I love in this book. I love how the scenes are well detailed and I love how the characters are elaborated and their significance in the story. The characters in this book are all interesting because we get to see their perspectives. Imagining all the things happened in this book reminds me of Harry Potter. It is that complex. I miss that dreamy-kind of feeling and this book gave me that vibe with such twist. It's hard to describe what I truly feel right now and I ran out of words to describe it. Just Wow. If there's one book that I want to be a movie in 3D, it will be this book. However, I seem to think that the challenge in this book is pointless. Their mentors are manipulative and really cruel. It's like they are trying to prove a point or something. Anyways, it's an entertaining, unique and a wonderful story to venture on. 

Erin Morgenstern is a fantastic story-teller and I am looking forward on her future novels.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

Pages: 432
Goodreads rating: 4.20 / 5 stars
My Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Genre: New Adult / Adult, Romance

Summary:

When Cassie Taylor met Ethan Holt at acting school, sparks flew. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy about campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing, Cassie and Ethan's romance seemed destined. Until he broke her heart and betrayed her trust. Now the A-list heartthrob is back in her life and turning her world around. One touch at a time.

Cast as romantic leads once again, they're forced to confront raw memories of the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their secret college affair. But they'll also discover that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks
 


My Review:

Review originally posted on Goodreads


As soon as I heard the rave about this debut novel, I can't help but be curious about it and the summary seems pretty captivating. While I'm still on my mood to read New Adult/Adult romance novels, I decided to pick this up now. 


When ex-lovers crossed their paths again as they're being cast on a romantic theatrical play seems pretty difficult and awkward.The truth is, Cassie Taylor couldn't get over her ex-boyfriend, Ethan Holt. They met on an acting school and both landed to play the main roles on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. With such a strong romance and attraction, things got steamy between them and ended up having a relationship. Unfortunately, things go on the rocks and she will not forget how Ethan breaks her heart to pieces. Working with him again brings back all those hurtful memories of their relationship and she wasn't sure if her heart can take it.



" Sometimes liking someone has nothing to do with what you want and everything to do with what you need."




Bad Romeo is  a beautiful, captivating, and swoon-worthy debut novel. I don't even know how will I organize my thoughts about it. I love everything about this book. Praises to Leisa Rayven's writing style because it's absolutely impressive.The lines are hilarious and romantic at the same time and I highlighted  lots of them. I really enjoyed the banters between the main characters. The sexual tension and chemistry between them is just strong, powerful and it will make you swoon.Damn, breath-taking and gritting tension. It's just over the top. My anticipation builds up and I just need to know what happened between them on the past. The conflict is so damn good that I'm instantly hooked with it.



Cassie Taylor is a gorgeous, witty, sarcastic and funny woman. Her emotions  just felt raw and real. She just got the angst and I enjoyed her character. She is a Plain Jane with sheer brilliance in acting. She used to pretend to be someone just to please other people or to jive in the crowd.. In reality, she's tired of pleasing her parents and being dictated by them. They have different plans for her but Cassie insist to get away with them and pursue her dreams.



As for Ethan Holtmy Bad Romeo.. He is one sexy, arrogant, bastard. I hate to love you but I love you. Apparently, he fears intimacy because of his previous unfortunate love story. If he will have a relationship, he feels like it's going to end really bad. He just doesn't let anyone break his walls and Cassie is fearless to break it. Another issue, his father wasn't supportive on his acting career in an insulting way. Poor guy, but he's still a beautiful sexy bastard with deep secrets. HELL YEAH! BAD BOYS FOREVER!



THAT ENDING…. Oh my Lord. FUDGING FUDGE.. DAMN CLIFFHANGERS. I love this book. No need to drink coffee because this book is enough to keep you warm and it will definitely give you palpitations. Well, it's worth the rave and I'm so going to read Broken Juliet….ASAP. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Raven by Sylvain Reynard

Pages: 496
Goodreads rating: 3.94 / 5 stars
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Genre: Adult Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy

Summary 


From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel Series comes a dark, sensual tale of romance in a city shrouded in mystery…


Raven Wood spends her days at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery restoring fine works of Renaissance art. But an innocent walk home after an evening with friends changes her life forever. When she intervenes in the senseless beating of a homeless man, his attackers turn on her, dragging her into an alley. Raven is only semi-conscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attacker’s screams. Mercifully, she blacks out, but not before catching a glimpse of a shadowy figure who whispers to her…



Cassita vulneratus.



When Raven awakes, she is inexplicably changed. She returns to the Uffizi, but no one recognizes her and more disturbingly, she discovers that she’s been absent an entire week. With no recollection of the events leading up to her disappearance, Raven also learns that her absence coincides with one of the largest robberies in Uffizi history – the theft of a set of priceless Botticelli illustrations. When the baffled police force identifies her as its prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence’s wealthiest and elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth about her disappearance. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets…


My Review: 

Review Originally posted on Goodreads

Sylvain Reynard has taken me by surprised. I thought it will be a romance novel with a twist of art history and I didn't expect there will be vampires in it. I would have guessed demons, merely because of The Divine Comedy. Still, I find this fascinating. I think this is a spin-off series for Gabriel's Inferno trilogy because of the appearance of its characters in this book. It's nice to see Gabriel Emerson and Julianne Emerson again. I miss these two badly and I'm in awed of their love story. However, I think you may read this even if you haven't read Gabriel's Inferno because this is entirely a different story… They just played a little role in it. 

The story starts as a disabled woman, an art restorer named Raven walks on her way home after a friend's dinner on a dark street of Florence, Italy. She encountered three men hurt a disabled, poor man Angelo. She considered this man as his friend because they're both crippled. Reckless as it seems, she didn't hesitate to put herself in danger to defend this poor man against three men which almost took her life.  She was battered and almost got raped.. She's very close to death until someone saved her life by an unknown man. 

After her sudden disappearance, she recovered without any recollection of such event and her physical transformation took her by surprised. She can walk without her cane, and from being oversized figure to slim. However, her comeback attracted attention and suspicions because of The Uffizi robbery which happened the same night of her disappearance. She started to decipher all these mysterious events, until she heard the name of William York. This man was being suspected as an art thief but there are not enough evidence to prove he committed such crime. There was something about him that caught her attention, some sort of familiarity… It looks like this man holds a lot of secrets, and getting to know his world is quite dangerous.

Before reading The Raven, I highly suggest you read The Prince first. It's quite an adjustment to me to absorb everything because I don't really have much background with regards of theRenaissance paintings and I'm not really a fan of art history. Plus, it's been a while since I've read anything by Sylvain Reynard. I just love how this author blends romance with a little history to produce a work of fiction. It's a step up to add a supernatural aspect in it. I'm indeed impressed even if I had a slow start.

Well, this is a forbidden love between two characters from different worlds. This kind of story isn't really new for me but its characters, conflict and love story are compelling. I really enjoyed the every single chapter of it, plus the character development and the relationship between the characters isn't rushed. 

Individually, I love Raven. She's such a beautiful woman inside and out. Her pure heart and compassion just captivated me. I also love William York even if he has this brooding, cold personality. I have a bad impression on him first because of his cruelty and dominance. However, that changed when he sees the beauty of a woman beyond her physical appearance. His love for Raven changed the cold-hearted monster he is. I know he is a bit creepy but I can't help to appreciating and loving this man. I love this Prince.

Overall, it's a great start. I can't wait for its sequel. I want more William York and Raven.