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.

Feature & Follow Friday #5

Feature & Follow Friday is blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The two blogs they are featuring this week are: Reading Between Classes and Read It, Read It, Loved It.

Q: Do your reading habits change based on your mood? Do you read a certain genre if you are feeling depressed or happy?

First of all, my reading habits are vocalizing some scenes to help my imagination more and re-reading a whole sentence or a paragraph. I do think that it does change based on my mood. I'm a moody person so yeah, I always change something. Cause if like I'm kinda angry with the whole situation, I'll never re-read it again even though I don't understand it. >_< 

 I don't read a certain genre if I'm feeling depressed or happy as long as it is a really good book. And reading makes me happy when I'm depressed. So it helps no matter what the genre is. 

How about you? :)