Friday, March 20, 2015

First (Book 1 of Live Once Trilogy)

First (Book 1 of Live Once Trilogy)First by Chanda Stafford
My rating: ★★★

Goodreads Sypnosis:

Seventeen-year-old Mira works on a farm in the ruins of Texas, along with all of the other descendants of the defeated rebels. Though she’s given her heart to Tanner, their lives are not their own.

When Socrates, a powerful First, chooses Mira as his Second, she is thrust into the bewildering world of the rich and influential. Will, a servant assigned to assist her, whispers of rebellion, love, and of a darker fate than she’s ever imagined.

With time running out, Mira must decide whether to run to the boy she left behind, the boy who wants her to live, or the man who wants her dead.

My Thoughts:

Thank you to the author, Chanda Stafford for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Be patient. It was a good story, with unique plots and exceptional twists. However, it took me a long time to get over with some of the chapters, but I promise you that everything will get better..

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I was excited to read this just by reading its summary. I've always love dystopian book for I am always fascinated of the possible horrible outcome of our society. Don't get me wrong, I don't really want our future to be horrible, but I believe that it is better to expect for the worst and be prepared..


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Ignite Me

 Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
My rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Sypnosis:

The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.

My Thoughts:

I know.. My supposed to be review for this book has been long over due. I've read Ignite Me last February 2014, right after it came out, and I've read it for like 5 times already as of this writing. I just can't think and come up of beautiful words to describe how amazing this book is. every time I attempt to start doing a review to this beautiful book, it seems that I am unable to collect my thoughts. I am so afraid I won't be able to do justice on this book. I just can't get enough of my feels.

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This will be a pretty long review since I'll be writing all of my rants and thoughts for the whole series..


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Monday, March 16, 2015

One Hundred Steps


One Hundred StepsOne Hundred Steps by Susan Ee
My rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Sypnosis:

Someone is following me. I only catch glimpses of a man in the shadows behind me whenever I steal a glance, but I know that something is wrong...

In the tradition of UK drabbles, this is a story that is exactly 100 words.

My Thoughts:
At first I was like..

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Took me a hundred seconds (exaggerated) before...

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                                                                                                            -Donita,


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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Book Review: Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush Hush(Hush, Hush #1)

by
Becca Fitzpatrick
Genre: Young-adult, Paranormal, Angels, Romance
A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE


Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.


2star

I really really thought I would love this book. I wasn't expecting too much from this after reading Fallen series which I DNF'ed after painfully pushing myself to atleast finished reading the first book, but I was hoping that it would be pretty decent seeing its high rating than fallen, and also, a lot of my friends here in goodreads have liked it...

Maybe it's not the book.. maybe it's me.. Maybe this isn't just my cup of tea, but I've always love YA paranormal angel books, you know, Angelfall, Unearthly, Daughter of Smoke & Bone? fallen and hush hush were waaaay tooo far away from the awesomeness of those book. So if you've read those book before this...

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This is the story of Nora, just an average highschool girl, whose life was change when their biology teacher thought of changing seats. She then gain a new seat mate named Patch. After meeting him, her life has been thrown into abnormality and chaos. Her life suddenly is in danger, turns out she's not that average at all...

Characters: The worst thing in this book.
Nora. I really hate her in an intense way! She's like acting all innocent but get all flirty with Patch every opportunity she gets! What I really can't stand is a stupid, selfish and ignorant heroine!

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Patch. I have mixed feelings for him. He's creepy alright, more like a stalker, not in a sweet way but in a.. well creepy way. But he also have his own brilliant moments:

"Thinking?"
"A process by which I use my brain to make rational decision"


Vee. She was alright... At first. But I started hating her when she was attacked, and it's like nothing happened. She just brush it off, and continued dating. She was so into dating, it was like it's the first time having a boy taken interest on her, she's so desperate, no wonder she was friends with Nora. **Rolls eyes**

Romance. I dont hate Instalove, love triangles or any YA cliche's, if anything I look forward to it, because I believe that the outcome, if it's believable or not will depends on the author's way of writing. So this wasn't one of the reason why I was disappointed on this book.In fact this is more like,InstaLUST! I can't even feel any romance brewing between the two of them. Sorry, no ship for this fandom.

Story. What I just didn't like much is the fact that everyone seems to be a villain or the bad guy! though I like the action and mystery on some part of the book that's why it earned 2 stars from me, but still isn't enough for to convince me to pick up the next book..

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Becca Fitzpatrick grew up reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden with a flashlight under the covers. She graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she's most likely prowling sale racks for reject shoes, running, or watching crime dramas on TV. She is the author of the bestselling HUSH, HUSH Saga. Her new book BLACK ICE arrives in bookstores everywhere October 7, 2014.




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Friday, March 13, 2015

Book Review: Cracked by Eliza Crewe


Cracked (Soul Eaters #1)

by
Eliza Crewe
Genre: Young-adult, Fantasy, Romance
Meet Meda. She eats people.

Well, technically, she eats their soul. But she totally promises to only go for people who deserve it. She’s special. It’s not her fault she enjoys it. She can’t help being a bad guy. Besides, what else can she do? Her mother was killed and it’s not like there are any other “soul-eaters” around to show her how to be different. That is, until the three men in suits show up.

They can do what she can do. They’re like her. Meda might finally have a chance to figure out what she is. The problem? They kind of want to kill her. Before they get the chance Meda is rescued by crusaders, members of an elite group dedicated to wiping out Meda’s kind. This is her chance! Play along with the “good guys” and she’ll finally figure out what, exactly, her ‘kind’ is.

Be careful what you wish for. Playing capture the flag with her mortal enemies, babysitting a teenage boy with a hero complex, and trying to keep one step ahead of a too-clever girl are bad enough. But the Hunger is gaining on her.

The more she learns, the worse it gets. And when Meda uncovers a shocking secret about her mother, her past, and her destiny… she may finally give into it.


4star

I am a sucker for fantasy, action YA book with a kick ass heroine, so this book was definitely on my TBR list. I am so glad I came across this book and met Meda and pretty much every character in this book. Every freaking character was amazing, no one was cast aside just so the main character can have the lime light, everyone get to have their own moment.

This is the story of Meda who eats people soul to survive. That is her nature. The fact the she eats souls for a living, and that she's strong for an average human she knows she's only half human, or so she believes, but the other half is unknown, which she desperately want to know. You see, its not like you meet someone like you who enjoys munching on a human soul.

Meda is strong, arrogant, confident and special (That was what her mom always tell her), that until she met the people on black suit turns out she's only mom-special . It was too late when she realized that those people are like her, strong and unhuman. Shit happened and those men handed her sorry ass back to her painfully. She was saved then by a boy who turned out to be a Crusaders. They were a group of people who are dedicated on saving good people who will have a special impact to the world, or shortly known as Beacons. Unaware of her own nature and curiosity drives her into playing like a good guy and joining the Crusades.

Things happened so fast, she appeared to be someone who is wanted by the whole demon community. Good thing the Crusaders where a group of people who will never ever turn her over for their own safety.

There are a lot of action and hilarious scene from Meda's point of view that will make you giggle. And believe me there are a lot of those.

"I let a tear trickle over.
He hurries to reassure me. "Don't cry-I'll protect you."
Humiliating. Absolutely humiliating."


Characters.Meda's not the typical heroine who always whine when some people volunteer to be sacrificed.That was one of the things I really really liked about Meda. It's really tiring when a character gets all just-sacrifice-me-I-don't-want-anyone-get-hurt-because-of-me, while that is heroic, I don't think that would have fit Meda's character. She's half demon anyway. In fact, she doesn't think anyone else aside from herself.

"You don't have to run faster than the bear, just faster than other pople you're running with. I cast a look at jo - seems to be having a cripple along could be advantageous "

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She grew up with the company of her mother alone. She was home schooled so she didn't have any friends at all. She doesn't know compassion, however, there were times she did care, she just didn't realize it right away.

"Suddenly I'm glad they came with me, even Uri, because it means I know they're alive. "

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Jo's relationship with Meda is Hate-sarcasm-hate. She didn't trust Meda, she knows that there something she's hiding from her. She's tough and kick ass just like Meda, so they get to clash most of the time. She's also, cripple so she kind of have the tendency to have a self-pity-party. People always think she's weak, but Meda never thought of her as weak, if anything it would be the opposite.

"I've seen her fight and she's pretty good even with her leg. Part-girl, part-machine-all ninja"

And that, my friend is when good friendship start.

Romance. While I don't mind reading a romance in some part of the books I read, there was nothing like that for our evil Meda. I can see some potential love interest, but the fact that he was in a jail and her life kind of suck, made it difficult to elaborate. Meda thinks so too.

"He's good-looking in a bad-boy kind of way - downright hot, really, not that I'm in a position to care. Impending death has a way of focusing your priorities"

Very well said Meda. Way to go! Jo and Chi on the other hand just got lucky! and I am not saying anything.

Overall, this was a very good read. It was action packed and unique in someway. Everyone who like a fantasy, paranormal with kick ass heroine themed book will surely loved this. I actually felt sad that I only just discovered this book now, on the brighter side though, I didn't have to wait for a year for the sequel to come out. At least I was spare with the agonizing waiting.

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Eliza Crewe always thought she’d be a lawyer, and even went so far as to complete law school. But as they say, you are what you eat, and considering the number of books Eliza has devoured since childhood, it was inevitable she’d end up in the literary world. She abandoned the lawyer-plan to instead become a librarian and now a writer.

While she’s been filling notebooks with random scenes for years, Eliza didn’t seriously commit to writing an entire novel until the spring of 2011, when she and her husband bought a house. With that house came a half-hour commute, during which Eliza decided she needed something to think about other than her road-rage. Is it any surprise she wrote a book about a blood-thirsty, people-eating monster?

Eliza has lived in Illinois, Edinburgh, and Las Vegas, and now lives in North Carolina with her husband, her hens, her angry, talking, stuffed dwarf giraffe, and a sweet, mute, pantomiming bear. She likes to partially-complete craft projects, free-range her hens, and take long walks. Cracked is her first novel.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Book Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1)

by
Rachel Hawkins
Genre: Young-adult, Fantasy, Romance
Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father—an elusive European warlock—only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tag-along ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.


4star
This was a fun read. Easy going, not much of a happening, a light read if I must say, but surprisingly good. You see, I am not that hard to please. My stars are not that hard to get, I am generous, *Snickers*. As long as the book can keep me occupied and the heroine and other characters don't make me want to pull my hair out of frustration, then I wouldn't hesitate to give all the stars I can. And Sophie's one of those character you would root for, although I must admit that I wanted to slap her on the face on some times, just a few times.

Sophie Mercer is a witch. She lives with the human world* if I must say, with her mother. She has never met her father, they only talked through phone and emails. Every witches comes to power when they turn 12, and Sophie has been pretty much thrilled with it. However, the night of their prom, she has made a spell to help a bullied classmate get a prom partner, things just didn't turn out as expected. Even Sophie thinks so.


"It's okay baby!"he shouted after her.
"I don't need eyes to see you! I see you with the eyes of my heart, Felicia! My HEART!"
Great. Not only was my spell too strong, it was also lame.


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She was exile at Hecate hall aka Hex Hall, because of the said incident where she needs to stay until she turns 18. That's where things started to get exciting. There has been someone attacking students on Hex hall and her room mate turned bestfriend vampire, who's so into Pink was the prime suspect.

"The "Holy-crap-that's-a-lot-of-pink" Zone would have been a more accurate description"

I don't know, Jenna, seems like a very nice friend, but when it was revealed that she loves pink.. I can't help but remember this evil woman:

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I really can't help but giggle, every time I get to read Sophie's inner monologue.

"Two days later,Holly was dead." Chaston said, her voice dark and somber. I waited for another crack of thunder, thinking one surely had to follow a statement like that.

See? How can you not like someone who can be sarcastic internally and a witch with magical spells that tried to stop a werewolf's attack by screaming "BAD DOG!". If I would have given the chance, I would definitely choose Sophie's witch's ability rather than Harry Potter's.. Why? well for one thing, I can't memorize SPELLS! Also, Sophie didn't require wand. I am really careless, I can loose everything without even knowing, its like a talent!
Anyway, as for other characters, I have mixed feelings for Archer. I know, he's cute, strong and seem genuinely attracted to Sophie, but that doesn't make him any less than jerk in my eyes. Not really because of him (view spoiler) but because he is like in a relationship with perfect Elodie, and seem to be screwing with Sophie. No matter how bitchy Elodie is, and no matter how attractive you are with a boy, that doesn't give you a right to go around kissing someone who's in a relationship. If you think, you're falling for another and you're not happy anymore, then leave! Err.. Sorry, just get carried away, its just that I had enough of jerks. I hope he just get to redeem himself on the next book.

Callahan aka Cal on the other hand, the Hex Hall's Groundskeeper, seems to get to me, considering his little exposures on this book. I hope you're not imagining this guy:

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Although, Hagrid is very huggable Cal, as per Sophie's description, is like an Abercrombie & Fitch models. He is a white warlock that can heal. Cal and Sophie, seems to be more suitable, atleast for me. *Wink

Now, I may have read this book a little late, but that doesn't stop me from wanting to read the next book!.


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Friday, March 6, 2015

My First Entry!

Hey guys! So those are my recently bought books for the month of March! 

Partials by Dan Wells
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I am so freaking excited to get started right away, but I still have like 2 self publish books I needed to review, not to mention the books I bought last month which I haven't started reading yet, and my work is not helping to loosen up my schedule.. (sigh) 

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I created this blog to track the books I read and reviewed. I will be posting the books I have reviewed previously. I will also include the random thoughts I have even if not related to books. (WINK)

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