Review: What Kills Me

What Kills Me
What Kills Me by Wynne Channing

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Will do the review on Saturday or something. I need to sleep early now cause I'll go out tomorrow by 4am. :o
UPDATE: 12.09.12 Got an exclusive interview with Wynne Channing. It's up in my blog: Ramblings of a YA Reader.

I don't know what to say! OMG. This book doesn't have any boring moments, in my opinion! From the start, What Kills Me, surprised me with how the story progressed, the twists were really exciting and unexpected. One moment, it was like this and then, bam the story would go the other way you thought of. And it was really freakin' good! It was a fun read and brilliantly made.

I thought at the first chapters, it would suck and because I thought it was Paolo who's her partner. So I was shocked when Paolo said and did that to Zee. The author gave my mind some teasing! LOL. I really, really didn't expect that one! From then on, I was hooked. I was craving to know more. So when Axelia or Zee met new people and those people especially Noel wants to protect her, I feel like crying when they need to go now because the Aramatta (am I right about this one's spelling?) was coming for Zee. :(

And oh, that Obaia? I think I got that one right. Cause I don't feel really comfortable when they talk to her. I feel like she's too good to be true. And damn it, I was right. oh yeah, I thought I like the Empress. Then I don't. :p Then I think I'm gonna start liking her once again. :)

I like Lucas. Well, who doesn't like him? He's a bit of a jerk. But jerk guys when they started to like you, they are sweet. It's just an outer shell, their mask to hide their emotions. So yeah, love him.

My only problem with it was that there're lots of fade out scenes. I mean, not sex scenes, cause there's no sex scene as of yet. I want to see how they practice, like with Lucas' Obaia, or how Lucas trained Zee. I want to see how they would DO it. But it was not included and just treated like they already finished the training.

What Kills Me is a fast-paced book that I thought that it was not a series and just a stand alone. But the author confirmed to me that it will be a series and that she's currently doing the second book! Hurray!!! More Lucas! So I was wondering what would happen next? What will be Channing's new tricks for our mind now? ;)

Also, I love the fighting scenes! Zee's an awesome, kick-ass character!

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Review: Pegasus and the Origins of Olympus (Pegasus, #4).

Pegasus and the Origins of Olympus (Pegasus, #4).
Pegasus and the Origins of Olympus (Pegasus, #4). by Kate O'Hearn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First half... WHAT. THE. I hate JP for making me read this book... Just saying cause he knows that I'll end up crying because of this book. >:( Isn't he so mean?

First off, Emily finally discovered what she really is. She's not an Olympian nor a human. She is the last Xan. Xans are powerful creatures. And gentle, they are helping different worlds found in the Solar Stream. They help the people who live in the dying worlds and get them a place in Xanadu.

Second, when that problem arises, I was so devastated... Just like I said I hated JP for making me read this book. :( I cried because of Jupiter and all of the Olympians. I even want to hate the author for doing this to me, us readers. :( And Pegasus! OMG. Pegasus, sweet stallion, Pegasus. :( Ah, this is really a hard one when you became attach to the characters.

Third, CRU is so freakin' annoying and repetitive that I just want this book to end when they showed up again. I was like "Why is it so long?! End it now please!" Why oh why did they have to be in here? >:( I seriously debated with myself if I should finish this book because of the damned CRU.

Fourth, EMILY IS SO FREAKIN' ANNOYING THE HECK OUT OF ME. I know that she got those problems and worry and all that crap but please! You do not have the right to become an arrogant girl or whatever just because you feel pressured and hopeless. Gah! It was so annoying reading Emily go insane and supernova.

That scene with Stella? When they first saw each other? I wanted to smack Emily down for being such a bitch. She could ask nicely! I know there's a lot of stake, but girl! Where're your manners! Your daddy taught you better than that. ARGH! Stupid little insolent girl! >:( BUT as much as Emily being infuriating, she's also loyal to the core. That's a good thing with her.

I love Young Jupe! :) He makes me blush too. LOL. :P And finally! I am done and yes, it did have it's happy ending! Hurray! I don't know if I love it, cause there's the annoying part. But I liked it enough. ;) And I like Agent B now.

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Review: Wallbanger

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Enjoying it. :) OMG. Clive is awesome! LOL. That last part is funny. The one that got away... :D

Will do a review after I finished Opal. ;)

3.5 stars and rounded up!

I really did enjoyed reading it for the most part. From the start it was funny. And I could totally imagine her hearing all that noise at the other side of that wall. I laughed at Clive when he heard the "meow" thingy and then he attacked jumped that wall and scratch it trying to join them at the other side. :D

That is so freakin' hilarious plus when Clive finally met Purina. :P He was like "Purrrreeeeennnnyyyaaaa..." And he ran after the poor girl. That one was so EPIC in so MANY LEVELS that I can't get over it. Really, Clive, I wonder how did he know that THAT girl was Purina. From her voice? Maybe. All I am saying is that I want my OWN CLIVE. :P

So yes, it certainly had boring moments. And that sex scene? OMG. It's so freakin long. LOL. That part in Caroline's apartment? Ugh. I was like, please stop it already. I know you had your O back but I don't need to suffer from reading all that sex again and again and again. And talking while sexing? By talking I mean, like that normal talk/discussion... Er... Yeah...

But as I have said, I did enjoy it because their banter is so great and the chemistry is good too. Plus of course, there's Clive who really made a difference. :P And that last part? Where it's Clive POV?? I just had to laugh at the last line... The one that got away... :D

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Review: What Kills Me

What Kills Me
What Kills Me by Wynne Channing

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Will do the review on Saturday or something. I need to sleep early now cause I'll go out tomorrow by 4am. :o

I don't know what to say! OMG. This book doesn't have any boring moments, in my opinion! From the start, What Kills Me, surprised me with how the story progressed, the twists were really exciting and unexpected. One moment, it was like this and then, bam the story would go the other way you thought of. And it was really freakin' good! It was a fun read and brilliantly made.

I thought at the first chapters, it would suck and because I thought it was Paolo who's her partner. So I was shocked when Paolo said and did that to Zee. The author gave my mind some teasing! LOL. I really, really didn't expect that one! From then on, I was hooked. I was craving to know more. So when Axelia or Zee met new people and those people especially Noel wants to protect her, I feel like crying when they need to go now because the Aramatta (am I right about this one's spelling?) was coming for Zee. :(

And oh, that Obaia? I think I got that one right. Cause I don't feel really comfortable when they talk to her. I feel like she's too good to be true. And damn it, I was right. oh yeah, I thought I like the Empress. Then I don't. :p Then I think I'm gonna start liking her once again. :)

I like Lucas. Well, who doesn't like him? He's a bit of a jerk. But jerk guys when they started to like you, they are sweet. It's just an outer shell, their mask to hide their emotions. So yeah, love him.

My only problem with it was that there're lots of fade out scenes. I mean, not sex scenes, cause there's no sex scene as of yet. I want to see how they practice, like with Lucas' Obaia, or how Lucas trained Zee. I want to see how they would DO it. But it was not included and just treated like they already finished the training.

What Kills Me is a fast-paced book that I thought that it was not a series and just a stand alone. But the author confirmed to me that it will be a series and that she's currently doing the second book! Hurray!!! More Lucas! So I was wondering what would happen next? What will be Channing's new tricks for our mind now? ;)

Also, I love the fighting scenes! Zee's an awesome, kick-ass character!

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Review: Pegasus and the New Olympians

Pegasus and the New Olympians
Pegasus and the New Olympians by Kate O'Hearn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A well deserved 4.5 stars and rounded it up! OMG. I got teary eyed. :o That last part with Jupiter and Emily? I can feel Emily's compassion and well, it got me teary eyed.

I didn't know I would like Alexis the Sphinx too. She's so wise and well, she's also strong and loyal. I didn't even got all her riddles correctly. LMAO. My guessed at the last one was SUN. :D LOL, even Frankie the kid can answer it. I skipped the "like a diamond" part.

Emily Jacobs' power is still growing as days go by. This book was about the CRU (as always) now clowning the Olympians. Emily and friends went back to Earth to see the clone of Pegasus without Jupiter knowing it. And the story progress in Earth, getting CRU's attention again when they got there. And ultimately trying to convince Jupiter not to turn the Solar Stream towards the Earth.

I like the Big Three. I like how Pluto's reasonable and how he still stays in Olympus unlike the other Myths saying that he's underground and all that. And he's not like the Pluto I imagined. Oh you know, Pluto is not really that nice Olympian as far as I have read at other books. So this one is a nice change.

I like the Nirads too. It's pretty cool to have them in the series and now they work together with the Olympians. Oh, I also love how the Olympians accepted the New Olympians and offered to take them to Olympus. It's nice there's no longer an animosity between them. But it's pretty weird to picture Dianas in Olympus. :o

I love this third book! Yay! I'm onto the fourth one soon. :)

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Review: A Shimmer of Angels

A Shimmer of Angels
A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I believe in Angels. And yes, Demons too. I still believe in my Guardian Angel even though I'm old enough for people to make fun of me believing them. But I do and I still pray at night, you know the kid's prayer:
"Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here, ever this day (or night) be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide.
I still pray that at night and I can't sleep if I didn't plus I get monsters in my dreams if I forgot to pray to my Guardian Angel. So you might be wondering why the heck am I telling all this things to you in my review?

Well, A Shimmer of Angels is about a girl who could see Angels and Demons. But the people around her thought that they are not real. There's no Angels or wings for that matter and she was taken straight to the loony bin. She was there for 3 years. Going in and out of the Mental Health Clinic. They thought she was insane, heck she thought she's losing it when she saw them yet again after months of being clear.

For the first part, I was a bit annoyed because of the MC talking to herself over and over and over again that she wouldn't go back to that place and that she can't slip up cause she knew her dad would throw her back to that MHC if he see some sign that might lead to being crazy again. And when she met Cam, ugh, she became doubly crazy. LOL. BUT it gets better, in my opinion and totally worth it.

I have all these questions in my mind that were not answered in the end but it left me craving for more. I want to know what would happen to the next book. I keep on thinking that she's a half-angel or something since it was what I read over the past Angel books I've read and that's it for the twist. But I don't know if I am wrong since Basso didn't tell me anything about it to solidify what I suspect instead she gave me another thing to thought of.

I can't say that I'm surprised at what happened to Ray at the latter part of the book and having that... I wanna know more so bad. I want to know more about her mother and what was the relationship her mother and Kade had.

Oh, I want Kade for her. Cause Cam is still an Angel and I don't think he is determined, if ever to Fall for Ray. So I want Kade!!! Kade is the bad boy we girls love. Say NO to good boys. LOL. :P

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Review: The Girl in the Wall

The Girl in the Wall
The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First of all, I don't have any idea - even a slightest one - what this book is all about. I openly admitted a long time ago that I am a cover snob. I add books based on their covers and I really don't read the blurbs (sometimes I read, but most of the time NOT). So when I got this one, I really love the cover, it's pretty but yes, I don't have ANY idea that this book is about a birthday party gone wrong.

I don't even know what to say about this. Well, okay, the story is good although it is not my type of book, really. I don't really dig Mystery or Suspense Contemporary stories. But I must say that it is interesting, just a bit long. Oh, I know who is the culprit when I reach about 50% or something. I know who staged all that stuffs.I didn't even suspect the person they thought of. I don't know HOW I know, it's just the feeling. Maybe I've watched too much Sherlock Holmes.

The development of the characters are okay. But I'm a bit sad about what happened to Nico. I am not sure how to tell things about this book since it really is not my cup of tea. But yes, I did finished it. I would recommend this book to people who likes Mystery and Suspense and a bit slow paced book.

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Review: What I Didn't Say

What I Didn't Say
What I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow. Just. Wow. I'm speechless. Again. I don't read the summary, so I don't know what this one is all about when I started reading it. But there's something that captured my interest in the beginning of the book. I can't quite name it but I know that I should read it all.

I was devastated when the accident happened to Jake. And because of that accident, he could no longer talk since his vocal chords was removed because it was severely damaged and irreparable. That is really hard. Not being able to talk forever. I would die if that happens to me. I would succumb to the dark side of life. I love to talk, as most of my friends already know. I could talk non-stop for hours and my throat would be hoarse after. So imagining that situation of Jake? A very hard change in life.

What I like about this book is that there's a real life lesson after finishing the book. It teaches us that drinking and/or getting high while driving is really NOT a very good idea. This shows how Jake tried to be better and not to give up. With the help of Sam, together they tried to overcome the trials put in their way.

This book really teared me up. I can't imagine all their problems. And I like how the people in the island support one another. It's really sweet they did that. I love how Jake's family are to one another. This book is heartwarming and makes me feel really blessed to have all my senses, my family, boyfriend and friends who'll always be there, all of the good things I have. And we should really not count the things we don't have because it will just make us feel depressed and all. Instead count the things WE DO HAVE as of the moment. :)

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Review: Immortal Hearts

Immortal Hearts
Immortal Hearts by Ellen Schreiber

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

For the closure I always want for the first books I have ever read...

Sooo... Finally. I'm done with this series. About time. The whole series is about a girl named Raven who's life ambition is to become a creature of the dark. A Vampire.

Raven Madison is a unique girl in her town. She wears whatever she wants, she's a goth lolita. :D Having her own uniqueness made her be named as the freak of the town. Monster-Girl as Trevor called her (it's just his endearment for her).

She met Alexander Sterling when she snucked inside the Mansion at the top of the hills. From then on, since Alexander exudes the mystery she craves, she asked and asked about him. Or whatever. Then she learned that Alexander is a vampire. Btw, their romance is insta-love. So yeah, whatever. I can't remember all that happened in the last 8 books of this series.

When they got together, she always nagged Alexander to make her a vamp to be a couple forever. So long story short, she finally got her wish in this book after all the obstacles they faced.

And about the Maxwell siblings? Ugh. Really, all it takes for them to behave was Athena aka Stormy to be the one who tell them off?! WTH?! She's only 15 or something and really. WTF.

The conflicts in here is really not that dramatic. Or action-packed. Just a few punches here and there. And voila, Vampire Kisses. ;D

Anyway, I don't like Raven that much. She's so whiny telling Alexander to make her a vampire. She didn't even consider her family's feeling. okay, maybe she did. But hey, you're not really thinking about it deeply than you should.

So yep, it was okay for a closure. 2 stars.

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Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fine. I'm giving in. Dan made me. :P

This is a bit hard to rate... I'll stick to honesty, as always. First few chapters, until chapter 7, made me feel mushy. I actually liked it then... But when Christian Grey introduced the Red Room of Pain... I started to have second thoughts. I'm wincing the entire time they are there. Fine, I'm okay with the tying up but hitting? A big fat NO.

Christian Grey said that he is NOT a Sadist but a Dominant. But as you go on the story, you'll read the part that "I want to hurt you." or that "I like hitting you." or something in that area. Uh, isn't that Sadism? The fact that he likes to hit you brought him pleasure. In my vocabulary, that's Sadism. If you remove about the BDSM parts (okay, I admit, it's not really that much), I would have swoon over Christian. I would gladly give this a five stars if only his circumstances is not a control freak as Ana always says.

I also admit that Grey is not really a Dom for that matter. Er, I know I haven't read a LOT of BDSM books and technically this is my second time reading a book about it... But I dunno. I don't think he's really a Dom. Sure he took care of Ana and all that. But I think he's just uh, manipulative and gets whatever he wants. Eh... I don't know...

Anastasia Steele, I wanted to hit her myself when she suddenly agreed to Grey. Think more before you agree with him. Don't just agree because you find him HOT and gorgeous and all that beautiful adjectives. And sometimes, her smart mind fails her with crappy choices.

I don't like the contract too. I feel like she's treated as a property although I know that it's not really like that. See why I don't really like BDSM? I can't obey ALL those rules. It will just make me feel collared. BUT I do admit that some of the scene is really erotic and affects me too. Again, I cringe with every scene in that Red Room which was I think 3 times only.

And that last part? I teared up a bit. I know how it feels when you are hit by a belt on your behind. I do. I really do, so that part was a bit hard for me to read. Cause it made me remember when I was hit there too when I was a child. It really effin' hurts. Don't get me wrong, I'm not abused by my parents. It's... yes, a form of punishment when I was a kid. I really don't like the hitting even though it's for pleasure or such. It's not right to be hit. :/ I know, you guys would or might argue with me that it's not. But well, that's my opinion. And that's yours. :)

I did enjoy some parts of the book. Like that Gliding. I enjoyed it and wanted to try it myself. Hehe. :P And what's with the inner goddess talk?! Makes me think she has multiple personality. :D

I'm tempted to give this book a two stars but well, since I have parts that I do enjoy it (like the emails!), three stars for Grey.

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Book Review: Scarlet Woods by Brooke Passmore (Scarlet Woods #1)

Genre: Contemporary, Time Travel
Release Date: December 2012
Book Blurb from Goodreads:

Past, future, and love all exist in the door through time.
Modern and independent seventeen year old Morgan Westbrook thought she had seen all there was to her home town of Scarlet, Georgia, but one day while walking in the woods behind her house she discovers a mysterious door masked behind the trees. After admiring the door’s timeless beauty she walks through its entrance to venture into more woods, but what she doesn’t know is that the door is a gateway through time that takes her back to the year 1863 during the days of the Civil War in Scarlet.
Without knowing that she had traveled back in time, she stumbles upon Danny Carson, an attractive young man who is appalled to see that Morgan is wearing skimpy modern clothes instead of a nineteenth century dress. Although they find each other completely different than anyone they’ve ever known, they cannot help but feel drawn to one another. After spending time in another century, she discovers that she's time traveled back to the year 1863 and that the door took her there. For months she and Danny journey back and forth through the door to experience the joys of traveling to both of their centuries. When dilemmas of unwanted marriage, slavery, and war are thrown at them, they must face the perils that time travel has delivered them in both the future and the past.
I'd like to thank the author, Brooke Passmore for giving me a chance to read this book and review it for all of you. Thank you very much!

I honestly don't know what rate will I give this novel... Until now, I don't know. It didn't WOW-ed me. I feel it is just good but not that amazing. The novel is incredibly long. Although it's not boring but seriously, there's a lot of things going on in the book. I guess the scenes are necessary and well thought... it's just that yeah... too long for my taste. But if you'll ask me if I would want something to be removed in the scene... There's none I would want to take off in the novel.

While reading this book, I kept on remembering this old film--well, not really old, like 2006 old only--that was released in the Philippines called Moments of Love. It was of the same plot but well, in the book, the time was 1863 while in the movie, it's 1950s. The difference was that in this novel, Danny Carson was from 1863 while Morgan was from the year 2013. In the movie, it was the other way around. The male lead was from the future while the female was from the past. They don't have the special door going on in the film... and the only way they communicate was thru a telephone call. They don't really meet each other personally.

Scarlet Woods was a novel I don't usually read and first time reading a time-traveling characters. It's pretty weird how they worked it out. I kept on thinking that one day the power or magic of that special door would lose. And that one day they'll have to choose which side they'll live in. 

The characters were a bit annoying since they were, uh, stupid? or something. Actually, it's just Morgan for me that made me feel like I want to snap her little neck cause of being annoying. It's because how could she not understand that Danny was doing what he thought was the right thing. It's just that Danny is from 1863! Can't she understand that it's different from hers and Danny's time? Okay, so maybe she did, but still, ugh. Dammit. It annoyed the heck out of me. Then there's this part where she made Danny choose again! For Heaven's sake. 

And I hate that Roy Walker for doing that awful thing to Sam. I can't even keep on reading it when I got to that part. I feel Sam pain. I feel like I'm the one receiving the pain. I got teary eyed when I read Sam about to lose hope. :( 

Scarlet Woods pretty much give me a lot of emotion. One moment I was smirking, the next I want to punch Roy (for being an ass) or Morgan (for being stupid) and then made me cry too. I wonder what would happen next in the second book. Hmm... Anyway, pretty good. 

Review: Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not)

Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not)
Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) by José Rizal

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was made by our National Hero, Jose Rizal back when he was in Germany. It was made when the Spaniards are currently wrecking havoc in our land, Philippines. Rizal chose to do his own battle by writing a novel instead of arms.

Noli Me Tangere revolves around in Crisostomo Ibarra. He was a good man. He came back to Philippines after studying in Europe. Long story, so I'll just shorten it. His father was accused and then went to jail. It's just because of Padre Damaso. >:( But Ibarra didn't want a revenge. He just carried on his father's plan of building schools. Of course, there's still those who didn't want Ibarra to do good stuff and decided to assassinate him and it would be successful if not for Elias. He was saved.

And the story progress, this novel shows what the Spaniards did to Philippines, how corrupt some of them become because they thought that the Filipinos are stupid people. They abused us, called us Indios, excommunicate those who defies the Catholic Church, etc. Actually this was the time where the Priest from the Madrid showed how corrupt some of them are. There's this priest, Father Damaso, who even had a child in this novel, which is Maria Clara. Her mother was raped by Padre Damaso.

This novel is one of the greatest book Rizal made. Oh, Rizal is a genius. Dammit for his excellent brains. LOL. He's so freakin' talented, he's a know it all. He knew lots of profession, he's an engineer, writer, Ophthalmologist, poet, woodcarver, he knew how to sketch too, he knew Medicine too. He's the one who operates on his mother's eye. He's a freakin' genius. :O Like Sherlock Holmes, Sheldon Cooper combine. :O

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Review: Pale

Pale by Chris Wooding

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book, Pale is just a short story about a new way to let people not die. It's a unique kind of book and I just wished that this is not just about 37 pages. I wanted to know more about the Pales. Why did they created the Pales and why is it for certain type of blood types only.

The Pales are not treated well in here. The MC himself back when he is still a normal person, is not good to the Pales too since in the beginning he was joining his best friend, Kyle maltreated one Pale, David. He was one of those guys who abuse the Pales, who treated them as scums.

Pales are called pales because they are injected with the serum, the Lazarus Serum, once injected before you die, you'll have some side effects. That means, your hair, skin will turn white as a chalk. They are like vampires in a way. They don't breathe anymore but still need to eat, and well they are given another chance at life.

I like how the MC, Jeb, started to like the Pales. Of course at first he's bitter because of what happened but gradually he accepted it. He became friend with other Pales. He began to open up to David, the Pale who he beaten up with Kyle.

I just wished that it's a bit longer but this short story is a good one. So 4 stars.

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Review: Effortless

Effortless by S.C. Stephens

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Got myself in a deal. :o sort of. Will read it as soon as I finish my CR.

I don't know what rate I should give this book. This is certainly better than Thoughtless. The cheating part really don't do me so I didn't quite like Thoughtless back then. But in Effortless, since they are officially together, I started to like it. Heck, I started to really love Kellan Kyle. I started to see what the girls saw in him, why they get so gaga over him. Damnit, Kellan. YOU. ARE. SO. FREAKIN'. SWEET.

And I know this is so not a proper review since I'm just gushing out my feelings over the book and that hot rockstar, Kellan Kyle... But who effin' cares?! I loved it. I'm willing to give it a 5 stars right now. But... there's just this tiny bit of annoyance for both Kellan and Kiera. Although I totally understand them both by not saying anything and keeping secrets... Holy heck, just talk!

Effortless is basically just about them having trust issues since we all know what happened to Thoughtless and HOW they got together in the first place. And since Kellan and the rest of the D-bags got... in the ride (yeah, lame words, but that's the only thing I could say without spoiling the book), trust is really hard for both Kiera and Kellan. There's always the thought of someone cheating on someone.

But in the end, it was good. I even liked Griffin at the near end. I... Damn. Kellan is so sweet with all those notes... Crap. Also, this is the only time I cried because of this book. I didn't cry in Thoughtless (uh, maybe I did, in frustration), this is just totally emotional. The sweetness of Kellan teared me up. The issues between them teared me up (only the emotional ones not the you cheat on me drama)..

I also believe this should be the end of the story. I don't know why there's still third book, Reckless which would be out by March 2013. For me this is already a closure. I just hope in the third book, there's no cheating or else, I'm not reading it.

But yes, thumbs up for this one. 4.5 stars. Unlike Thoughtless which I gave only 2 stars, this is something that will probably make my friends (wink at Melissa and Dan) happy. :)

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Review: House of Night: Legacy

House of Night: Legacy
House of Night: Legacy by P.C. Cast

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Er... I don't know how to rate this. I don't have any thing against the story. It's actually unique. And well, it's new. It's like a short stories of the books. I thought that I would be reading the same thing over again (just with visuals), I thought wrong. It still the same but they added a short story that is not in the main series. So I guess I'm quite okay with it.

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Review: Hidden

Hidden by P.C. Cast

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There's gonna be a Live Video Chat With P.C. and Kristin Cast on Thursday, October 18th at 7PM EST to talk about their latest book, Hidden (House of Night #10).

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REVIEW: with spoilers. Be warned.

Okay... So, Hidden is the tenth, yes, you read it right, book in the House of Night Series which was released last October 16th. Uh, the book started where Destined, the ninth book, left off. Or more accurately, in the first chapter of this book, it was showing Neferet and what she's doing before Aurox went to Grandma Redbird's home and wreck havoc by killing Dragon Langford (Is the surname right?). So the concept is pretty good. Okay-ish. But as we all know it's really slow right from the start of this series.

I mean, I'm pretty sure almost all of you wants Neferet to drop dead as in right now, yes? I believe my friends wanted to know if Neferet dies in this book. I'll tell you later. I know you people don't have the energy to read this anymore. So yes, I'm gonna spoil it for ya.

There's good in this book. We all know how Zoey and the rest of the nerd herds plus the Queen of Bitch, Aphrodite are all 'bickering children', Thanatos words not mine but I so agree with her. And that didn't actually change from the start of the book. Plus, Zoey is being her whiny self and wallowing with grief and her snot. That didn't change too. BUT, Thank the Goddess, after 20 Chapters I think, the Goddess Nyx actually rephrase this "stop being whiny, you're not helping yourself or anyone for that matter. Stop bawling your eyes out" in a super nice way to Zoey. LOL.

Oh, remember how Erin and Shaunee un-Twined in the ninth book? Well, Erin became a bitch. As in real bitch and decided to hang out and make out (ugh, ewww) with Dallas. Shaunee is pretty nice and started to have her own identity which they all love. Also, there's Shaylin, the first red fledgling that was marked. She was gifted by Nyx the True Sight, she could see auras plus... SPOILER ALERT, she replaced Erin's place as water in the circle.

Aurox... I think we all know who Zoey saw in the Seer stone in Destined. Heath. Yes, Zoey's dead boyfriend. Heath's soul is inside Aurox's body. He became Aurox's humanity. That is why Aurox run back in the house of Grandma.

And then there's Neferet. I was like "It's not really surprising that they'll shun you, you know." when the High Counc decided against her. And she has the face to look shock at that one. Seriously, you are one heck of a nutcase, Neferet. So I was whooping for joy for about a minute when she fall off that damn balcony and said "Finally! Die, Neferet! Die!" And I actually believe it for that whole minute... BUT suddenly, I remembered that that insane woman is now freakin' immortal. Oh, for the love of all things holy. When will you die, Neferet?!

For ten books, you give them pain and sorrow... When will they have the chance to kill you for good? Sigh. From the start, she's the main enemy... UNTIL NOW. and STILL her.

2.5 stars. It's not that bad, not that good either. Gueas that's it. Oh, by the way, Kalona was now in the good side and I think on his way to Nyx's forgiveness. And Erebus is just so freakin' selfish. I hope the Goddess zap him. >:(

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Review: Freaks of Greenfield High

Freaks of Greenfield High
Freaks of Greenfield High by Maree Anderson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nope. Didn't read the blurb but yeah, am reading it. I just have to trust JP that this is good as he said cause his recs are always good. Or else I'll just blame him and say that he's recs are now tainted if I didn't like it.

Er... It's okay, good even. Although, I don't know. It's just a bit boring when you get to 70% of it. And seriously, NOT COOL Tyler. Even though she's a cyborg, you can't do that to a girl. So minus points for this book. Only BAD GUYS do that to girls. And you're not even a bad guy! For god sake you're the male lead! >:(

Tyler was a well-known figure in school, a jock, before the books starts but then he was labeled as an emo type of guy and a freak. I was like wondering why is he labeled as freak? Does he have some weird tendencies? Super powers maybe? But when the truth was out, I was like, that's it? Just because of that? Huh. Okay. Tyler's choices sucks.

And I started to lose interest. :( But in any case, it's not really a bad read, Jay is a cool character. She and the rest of the characters made me laugh for some parts. Although I really wanted to know what happened to Jay. I want Jay's POV for that last part. :O

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Review: Spook : Slither's Tale

Spook : Slither's Tale
Spook : Slither's Tale by Joseph Delaney

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Warning: Contained unmarked spoilers. Too lazy to edit it out.

First of all, the book is not that scary unless I go and imagine it all at night. Yeah, I'm sooooo brave in the morning to afternoon. :D Second, as I've mentioned in my status, I keep on thinking about Beauty and the Beast. I know, gross but well, with Slither and Nessa being a bit chummy... One might think that it's like that. But I guess its not and if it is... Uh, gross much??

Third, Grimalkin... Have I ever mentioned I really like her even though she's a dark witch? I did? In I Am Grimalkin? Well, that's just cause SHE'S SO FREAKIN' AWESOME and KICKASS. I expected Grimalkin to show in here cause of someone saying that he read a review about Grimalkin being great which is totally true. But honestly, I forgot about her when I started reading this. I was absorbed by Slither's Tale.

Slither is a Kobalos. Er, in a normal language (Lol at that), he's a monster pluck out of your nightmare. But he's a... honorable one. He honors the trade, the promise Old Rowler made with him which made him a bit okay but still monster. :p

Oh! I had this idea when I was reading the book, I just know that Grimalkin would help Nessa once she's been sold. What I didn't expect was she'll turn Nessa! I mean, I should have know since she did that when they faced the Homo--uh, something, LMAO! It's HAGGENBROOD!!! and fight side by side. But my mind was set to thinking that Nessa would be sold and Grimalkin would COME and save her to reunite with Nessa's sister. So I was shocked like Slither.

A GOOD ONE! NICE Grimalkin!!! Liking you better than Tom Ward now. LOL. :P And finally! I catch up with the latest book! I'm so proud of myself! Aren't you, Glam and JP?! :D

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Review: Poison Princess

Poison Princess
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Will be reading with the girls!!! Yeah!!! Saw that a lot of my friends absolutely LOVED this book. My expectations are quite high. But I have a feeling I'll be one of those who'll be squeeing over this book and will be annoyed cause I'll be left waiting for the next book next year or whatever.

BTW, the girl in the cover reminds me of the cover girl in Paranormalcy. :O


First off, Poison Princess by Kresley Cole is a very intriguing book. I was a bit horrified at the Prologue and keep on thinking "What on earth is this man doing? And what is his role in this book?" This was answered at the end of the book. Although I must admit, I didn't see the signs that I should've seen there. I'm that oblivious.

In any case, Poison Princess started with Evie telling her story about a week before the Flash happen just when she got back from the CLC. She's desperate to return back to normal, to forget that CLC didn't happen and she actually believe that she's returning back to normal. But the 'delusions', hit her again. Harder this time.

As the story goes on, questions are piling up and catching with the present. 'Where is Jackson?', 'Are they just on a mission or something?' And I also grew frustratingly annoyed with Evie cause well, why don't she tell the truth to Jack? Of course, there's the issue of secrecy. But still, why can't you trust him? *sigh inwardly*

Overall though, I really liked this book. Yes, some questions were answered. Uh, it's not really a cliffhanger... BUT for me, it is. Confusing? It's just that I still have questions and by the end I still asked "What will happen to Evie and Jack now?"

Nevertheless, Poison Princess is beautifully created and I can't wait for the next book. ;)

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Review: Hidden

Hidden by P.C. Cast

My rating: 0 of 5 stars

There's gonna be a Live Video Chat With P.C. and Kristin Cast on Thursday, October 18th at 7PM EST to talk about their latest book, Hidden (House of Night #10).

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Review: I Am Grimalkin

I Am Grimalkin
I Am Grimalkin by Joseph Delaney

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Whoa. A story told by a kick-ass assassin Grimalkin! It brings the reader in me back in the funk. :D Although some of her story was already told in the books before this one and especially the Grimalkin's Tale, this story will really make you grip the edge of your seat.

Grimalkin is a powerful Witch Assassin and a Dark Witch to boot. In this book, Tom Ward doesn't really appear much. Just once. And this is really a great book. You'll see a side of Grimalkin that has never been seen or maybe once. When she bore the child of the Fiend.

OH! Grimalkin trained a girl to be her successor! I love her name! Thorne. As I've scanned the Table of Contents before I read it, there's this chapter titled; Grimalkin Does Not Cry. When I read that, I know someone close would die. 

Too many people had die in this book. In the hands of the Fiend's servants and of Grimalkin's. I read it until the last where there's a short interview to the author, Joseph Delaney. The series was almost finished. Maybe just one more book or two. I was bummed by this series (back when I'm reading Spook's Destiny) cause it's just sooooo long. But knowing it will soon end, I'm having a mix feeling about it.

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Review: What's Left of Me

What's Left of Me
What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The book reminded me of two other different books. The first one was The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna and the second one was The Host by Stephenie Meyer.I am not saying that those books are totally alike and I am not comparing them cause I haven't really read The Host yet. I didn't get past Chapter One then. Maybe just a bit of resemblance to The Host cause as far as I remember there's also another soul within the body.

From the first page up to the last, I was drawn to it. It is certainly a page turner. Cause well, there's someone other than Addie talking inside her head. Eva. I admit, I talked to myself--you got to admit it to that you also did that--and sometimes it answered back. LOL. I mean just as a conscience. Not really like there's another soul inside of me. I liked the story, how it was developed. Although I keep on thinking from the very start, "What if they fall in love? Like to a different guy? Isn't it too awkward?"

I have some questions when I started this one. Like "How did they know for certain that Addie and Eva finally settled?" or "Why do people born with two souls in one body? What's the basis?" The first one was certainly answered. They were tested, like maybe MRI or some equipment for the brain waves, saw a pattern or something and declared she already settled that Eva was now gone. The last one was just based on myself I guess. I mean, that's how the Zhang wanted it to be like, so as a reader I just have to accept it since this is a Dystopian book.

I also can't help but remember Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Maybe cause of the lab tests. And oh, I wonder what would happen if they did run? But Addie was right though. Where would they go? So I knew when they got to the clinic, somehow, some way, they'll device a way to escape. Course, that's what mostly one should do.

Another question that sprang in my mind, "What did the Hybrids ever did to the settlers?" I mean sure, they started a war or something. But that's something so long ago. I guess it's just a grudge then. And power hungry people.

Well, anyway, I really liked it. I'm always generous at giving ratings and since I don't really find that much fault in here, I've rated it 4.5 stars. But of course, that's just only my own opinion. One might say that there is something wrong in here, but I don't care.

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Book Review: Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff (The Lotus War #1)

Title: Stormdancer (The Lotus War #1)
Author: Jay Kristoff
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Steam-punk, Japan, Mythology
Release Date: September 18th, 2012
Book Blurb from Goodreads:

The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.
The hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger—a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.
But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.
I just noticed the cover for this book. What Yukiko was holding is a katana, as far as I could see. BUT her sword was supposed to be a tantō. >_< A much shorter sword than a katana.

Contained unmarked spoilers.

4 stars. Yep. I'm giving it 4 stars cause the story really deserves it. I know, I should explain further. And you bet this review would be a really long one.

Book Review: Blood Forever by Mari Mancusi (Blood Coven #8)

Title: Blood Forever (Blood Coven #8)
Author: Mari Mancusi
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: September 4th, 2012
Book Blurb from Goodreads:

After making a deal with the devil, Rayne and Sunny have been given
the chance to go back in time—preventing that fateful night when Sunny
was bitten by Magnus from ever happening. But Sunny finds she doesn’t
want to live without Magnus by her side and Rayne secretly wishes that
vampire Jareth was back in her arms.
To reclaim their lives, Sunny and Rayne team up to figure out a way to
change history for the better. But if the twins can’t get the boys on their
side, history may spiral out of control—destroying not only the Blood
Coven, but quite possibly the entire human race...
WARNING: Contained some unmarked spoilers.

LAST BOOK!!! Blood Forever just got a LOT of eye rolls from me although I must admit, there were some times, I think less than five times that I actually smirk at some of the conversations. BUT well, I still find something that is not to my liking.

Feature & Follow Friday #7

Feature & Follow Friday is blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The two blogs they are featuring this week are: Fantasy Book Chick and Books with Bite.

Q: What are you reading right now? How do you like it?

I've been MIA for days! OMG. So here's me doing the F&F again cause I totally missed it last week. In any case, I'm currently reading Blood Forever by Mari Mancusi of the Blood Coven series. It is the last book of the said series. Well, I'll be honest, I'm not that ecstatic about it. I'm just reading it cause I wanted to know what happened after it and I feel like compelled to read it until the last book. Which is thankfully, this book is the last. Please don't hate me fans of Blood Coven. I liked the first books but then it became... uh, a bit cliche and it actually made me a bit frustrated. 

In the upside, I recently finished the book Chasing Nikki by Lacey Weatherford. This book made me cry and laugh and cry again. I got my review in my GR account. It's totally heartbreaking for me. I wanted a book that'll make me cry and yes, I got my wish.

What about you? :)

Book Review: Witch Born by Amber Argyle (Witch Song #2)

Title: Witch Born (Witch Song #2)
Author: Amber Argyle
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Witch, Magic
Release Date: September 5th, 2012
Book Blurb from Goodreads:

Brusenna thought it was finished. 

She defeated the Dark Witch, saving the Haven Witches from imprisonment and death. She found love and a place to belong. 
She was wrong. 
Haven is not the sanctuary it appears to be. Even love is in danger of slipping away like water through cupped hands. 
Some things can't be saved. 
A new threat merges with the old as the Witches’ dark history begins to catch up with them. Only Brusenna knows the extent of the danger and how to stop it, though doing so might cost her everything.
Including her life. 
Will Brusenna be required to make the ultimate sacrifice?
Eep!!! I was given the eARC by the author herself... And was asked to post a review by September 5. And well, I just finished it today. Cause I said to myself that I still have time. Apparently, not true. For starters, I fell in love with the cover. It's so pretty!!! 

Book Review: Rapture by Lauren Kate (Fallen #4)

Title: Rapture (Fallen #4)
Author: Lauren Kate
Genre: Young Adult, Angels, Paranormal
Release Date: June 12th, 2012
Book Blurb from Goodreads:

The sky is dark with wings . . . .

Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again.
Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen.
For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only one that truly matters.
In the fight for Luce, who will win?
The astonishing conclusion to the FALLEN series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.
Why am I not surprise that the ending would be like that even though I haven't read any spoilers for it. I stayed away from all spoilers and just read it though I spent 2-3days reading it. I was out so didn't have time to read.

Book Review: From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer, Valerie Thomas

Title: From What I Remember
Author: Stacy Kramer, Valerie Thomas
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Chick Lit, Road Trip
Release Date: May 15th, 2012
Book Blurb from Goodreads:

KYLIE: MEXICO WHAT? I should be putting the finishing touches on my valedictorian speech. Graduation is TODAY, and is this a wedding band on my finger.
MAX: It all started with Kylie's laptop and a truck full of stolen electronics. Okay, it was kind of hot, the way she broke us out like some chick in an action movie. But now we're stranded in Tijuana. With less than twenty-four hours before graduation. Awesome.
WILL: Saving Kylie Flores from herself is kind of a full-time occupation. Luckily, I, Will Bixby, was born for the job. And when I found out she was stuck in Mexico with dreamy Max Langston, sure, I agreed to bring their passports across the border -- but there's no reason to rush back home right away. This party is just getting started.
LILY: I just walked in on my boyfriend, Max Langston, canoodling with Kylie Flores, freak of the century. Still, I can't completely hold it against him. He NEEDS me. It's even clearer now. And I'm not giving him up without a fight.
This book is--just as Deniz said--a roller coaster ride in which I think I barely held on. I sincerely liked it from the start. It's really intriguing to have a Prologue like that. Kramer knows how to get the reader's attention, in my opinion. I honestly want to pull my hair out sometimes though. But as I mentioned before, the book is annoyingly good.

Book Review: Defiance by C.J. Redwine (Courier's Daughter Trilogy #1)

Title: Defiance (Courier's Daughter Trilogy #1)
Author: C.J. Redwine
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian,
Release Date: August 28th, 2012
Book Blurb from Goodreads:

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.
At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.
As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.
 4 stars! :) I really liked it but well, I do understand what Mitch's been saying that it's melodramatic affair. And I agree. But since I'm a girl, I like melodramatic stories from time to time.

Book Review: Prophecies Awakening by Peter Koevari (Legends of Marithia #1)

Title: Prophecies Awakening (Legends of Marithia #1)
Author: Peter Koevari
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampires, Dragons,
Release Date: May 23rd, 2012
Book Blurb from Goodreads:
When her sorceress mother and vampire king father are brutally murdered, Kassina makes a pact with Shindar, the Demon of Darkness. In exchange for her soul, Kassina obtains power to become the most feared sorceress in all the lands, and vows to exact her revenge on the people for the deaths of her parents. Granted eternal life, Kassina and her evil are never far away.
For many years, the humans and elves of the mystical world of Marithia have lived in an age of peace. But that peace is shattered when King Arman is slain by his own son, a pawn of the vampire sorceress Kassina. Arman’s murder sparks the most brutal and bloody war ever seen between the Forces of Darkness and the peaceful Marithians.
In the midst of the conflict, Vartan, a young knight wrongfully outcast from King Arman’s court, reluctantly discovers he is the subject of a prophecy involving the fabled weapon, Talonsphere. In alliance with the legendary dragons, he finds himself with the opportunity to rid the world of Kassina and her dark armies forever, and finally return Marithia to an era of peace.
3.5 stars but rounded up to 4stars. :)

First of all, this book was given to me by the author, himself, in exchange for an honest review. So, Peter, thank you for letting me read this book. :)

Book Review: Immortals and Melodies by Heather Jensen (Blood and Guitars #2)

Title: Immortals and Melodies (Blood and Guitars #2)
Author: Heather Jensen
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Music
Release Date: May 27th, 2012
Book Blurb from Goodreads: 
I’m no stranger to chaos, but even the life of a rock star couldn’t prepare me for the consequences of loving a vampire. I’m risking more than my career to be with Aurora. My life is in danger, threatened by the very group I must join to stay alive. –Trey
I have to keep Trey alive until I can make him a vampire, but my own kind will stop at nothing to prevent it. The Emissary is having me followed, and if I can’t figure out who is behind the violent attacks Trey won’t make it to the full moon. Am I even powerful enough to carry Trey through the change, or will he be left floating in the wake of destruction? –Aurora
I started early but I still end up finishing it slowly. With all the dramas I've been into and didn't got to read the whole day of Sunday and Monday... It's a valid excuse. :P

Surprisingly, I now realize that I really don't give a damn about the paranormal stuffs in this book. I was more into it because of the romance between Trey and Aurora, and the music. It's like the vamp part was just some minor stuff and not really about it. LOL. 

Feature & Follow Friday #6

Feature & Follow Friday is blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The two blogs they are featuring this week are: The Book Reaper and Ed and Em's Reviews.

Q: What blogger inspires you? It can be any kind, it doesn't have to be a book blog.

Wow. This is kinda hard because there are a lot of great bloggers out there. But what really made me blog was because I saw Rachel of Fiktshun. Maintaining a blog is hard, what more more than one? She's a really great person. I know cause I won a giveaway from her site and she's so generous. Love Rachel! :)

What about you? :)  

Book Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux #2)

Title: Onyx (Lux #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Aliens
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Book Blurb from Goodreads:

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…
Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.
Something worse than the Arum has come to town…
The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.
But then everything changes…
I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?
No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

SWEET BABY JESUS. Daemon just made me swooning, gushing, drooling and melting over him! He is so much better in this book! I love it! I don't even know what to say. I would just swoon over him and gushing it all out or whatever. This is seriously good! Crap. I'm babbling.

Book Review: The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (The Hunt #1)

Title: The Hunt (The Hunt #1)
Author: Andrew Fukuda
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Paranormal
Release Date: May 8th, 2012
Book Blurb from Goodreads:

Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.
Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.
When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

Contains some unmarked spoilers. Complete review with spoilers is on my goodreads account.

I don't know what's wrong with me. I just finished this book and all I could do was sigh deeply. I feel like there's something heavy in my chest. >_<

You know, Andrew Fukuda didn't say what this 'people' - for the lack of better or right word - are called. They are not exactly vampires as one might think because of the blood sucking or whatnot. And they are certainly not zombies just because they eat flesh. So what to call them? Predators? Yeah, maybe. Okay, I'll just use that word.

Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #1)

Title: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, Magic, Historical, Mystery
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Rating:  (4.5)
Book Blurb from Goodreads:

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. 
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. 
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. 
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.


When I first pick this book up, I was praying that the English used in here is not Old English cause if it was, I'll probably just put this off my list. Second, I didn't read the summary. I just picked it blindly cause some friends convinced me to read it with them. But well, as you all know, I was sick for almost two days that's why I haven't finished this sooner.

I was glad that they made me read this book! Celaena (I pronounced it as Selena. >_<) was a kick-ass assassin. Soooo... From the first part, I was waiting for her to be like one. I mean, I want to see some of her kick-ass assassin skills. I'm kinda disappointed that I haven't seen it in actual work. BUT the author makes it up with me with all those action scenes.

I started grinning whenever Celaena interacted with Chaol, the Captain of the Guard, and Dorian, the Crown Prince. I like how Celaena didn't give up and just escape from the castle, how she made friends - to Nox, Pelor and Nehemia. I really really really like her guts. She was told by Chaol to lie low cause people didn't know that she's the famous assassin, Celaena Sardothien. And when she was fed up with the guys taunting her, I like how she kicked ass of her sparring partner in just a numbered moves.

I really wish that Chaol would have his chance on Celaena in the next book. Cause I totally root for them even though Dorian made me smile too. I just love Chaol's and Celaena's chemistry better than Dorian's.

I kept remembering Hunger Games while reading it. Maybe because of the part of 'games' to be the King's Champion. Well, anyway, that's just the resemblance. :) So surely, The Hunger Games fans would love this one too.

And... And... I just really really liked it. I couldn't explain myself clearly. LOL. I'm on Team Chaol by the way. ;) Giving it 4.5 stars.

In My Mailbox (2)

My second In My Mailbox post! In My Mailbox was a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. I finally have some books I could share again. I bought this babies last Friday. And I totally forgot to post it as soon as I got it. So here you go:

Book Review: Blood and Guitars by Heather Jensen (Blood and Guitars #1)

Genre: Paranormal, Vampire, Young Adult, Music, Arts
Release Date: August 17, 2011
Book Blurb from Goodreads:

I was living a rock star’s dream and, from the outside looking in, I had everything a guy could wish for. But there was something missing. I had never imagined there was anything better than having thousands of devoted fans scream out my name. That all changed the night I looked into her poison green eyes. - Trey
He shouldn't have been able to make me feel anything, least of all alive. I would be risking everything to be with him. He was human and that was dangerous enough, but for all my moon-given talents, I was powerless against him. - Aurora

When Aurora meets Trey, a famous singer and musician, she’s only hoping to get her fill of human blood for the week. The last thing Aurora expects is for Trey to make her feel alive for the first time since she was, well, alive. It begins with a casual painting lesson at her art studio, The Waking Moon, and quickly turns into a forbidden romance. Aurora is forced to hide her true identity from Trey, while keeping her relationship with the human a secret from other vampires in her Brood. Trey’s band is recording a new album and with Aurora as his muse, Trey is writing songs like never before. After being hired by their record label to paint the cover of the new album, Aurora has a legitimate reason for spending so much time with Trey and his band mates. Aurora can’t deny the unexpected connection she has with Trey, which is fueled by glimpses into his emotions every time they share a kiss. Caught between two worlds, Aurora must attend celebrity award shows and vampire rituals, find time to feed, and protect Trey from the dangers of the night, all while preserving her secrets.
First posted in my Goodreads account. :)

First and foremost, if you feel strongly about music and arts, this book is for you. If you want some action-packed paranormal vamp book, then I suggest, you go read something else. But then again, JP said that in book 2 there'll be lots of action scene. Though, who am I to actually prove that if I just finish this book today after four days? *shrugs*

So, this book was written in a two POV style. Uh, don't know what it's called. But the first one who's thoughts you'll read was Aurora's and honestly, in the first 6 Chapters, if I'm not mistaken, she will bore you about Vampires. It's not really that much, I mean, it's kinda vague. The other POV was Trey's. AND I'll guarantee you, Trey will NOT BORE you. I swear about that. That's the only thing that keep me going. I mean, I like Trey and his music and the arts, Aurora's painting. But the music part is SO MUCH better than the Vampire part.

You'll think this is a chick lit story, you'll only be reminded that it is a Vamp book cause of the occasional mention of the word Vampire and blood, fangs and all that shenanigans.

Eessh. I actually forgot what I'm about to write since I was distracted by someone's post. Uh, I guess that's it? LOL. I really can't remember and I feel like I'm just gonna repeat whatever I said in the first few paragraphs. I think I said it already. I like the music. And Trey, that's why this one was rounded up to 4 stars. ;)

Oh, okay, I remember some, it's just that I was surprised at how Trey reacted to Aurora when she told him the truth. SPOILER: I didn't expect he'll just go with it and how easily he accepted the offer of Aurora to change him.