Hasini's Blog

Hi guys! Welcome to my blog!

I'm a bibliophile and a 3rd year med student. My passion has always been reading books, so I thought I'll start a review blog and voila! Here we are! :D

As always, feel free to share your thoughts on my reviews and lemme know what books you love!

Hasini

Monday, November 17, 2014

My October Wrap-Up


Oh God! This time I read  even fewer books than last month! 4 books! FOUR BOOKS! I gotta pick up the slack! O.o

Here's a quickie of my pitiful October wrap-up:
By clicking on the book titles you can view my Goodreads reviews!

Bye bye bookworms! :)

Paolini Announces Book Five of The Inheritance Cycle



Yes, I know! Book Five!!! More Riders, more dragons, more Paolini!


Paolini's executive assistant, Immanuela Meijer announced on the Paolini family website Paolini.net that Christopher Paolini will be continuing The Inheritance Cycle with the mysterious "Book Five" of the series.


To check it out for your selves, click here.

Book Review: Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle, #3) by Christopher Paolini

 
Read from October 26 to November 12, 2014
"Oaths sworn...
Loyalties tested...
Forces collide.

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives after the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains. Now Eragon finds himself bound by promises he may not be able to keep.
He must help rescue his cousin Roran's beloved from King Galbatorix's clutches. But he also owes his loyalty to the Varden, the elves and the dwarves, who are in desperate need of his talents and strength.
Eragon is the greatest hope to rid the land of tyranny. Can this once simple farm boy unite the rebel forces and defeat the king?"
OMG! This was so good!!! Paolini's writing is genius!!!

As always, Eragon and Saphira stole the spotlight throughout the story, and I just fell more in love with the two of them after reading this! Even Roran is one of my favourites!

This book was a bit darker than its predecessors, but I loved that. It reflects a lot on Eragon's growth and is characteristic if the warfare going on! There was tragedy as well, especially nearing the end, and that was just heartbreaking!

I'm still rooting for Murtagh and Thorn though. I hope they manage to side with Eragon through some way.

I absolutely loved the intricate detail in Paolini's writing! His writing literally paints pictures! So beautiful!!! 

Also, I'll admit that my favourite part was when Brisingr was made! That sword is THE sword! The coolest thing ever!!!!

Overall, it was one hell of a story! Really good series so far!!! And it deserves so much more love!!!

my Goodreads review

Book Review: Intentions of the Earl (Scandalous Sisters, #1) by Rose Gordon


 Read from October 17 to 29, 2014

"Will he secure his future by ruining hers, or will she ruin his plans by securing him? A new twist on the old fortune hunter plot puts an impoverished earl in a position to gain his fortune only by ruining an innocent's reputation without offering marriage. The innocent he's selected, however, has no plans to settle for anything less than marriage and will go to almost any length to secure him.

With no other means for an income, the impoverished Andrew Black, Earl of Townson, makes an agreement that will put a definite end to his eight year poverty streak. But, in order to gain his fortune he must do only one simple thing: ruin an innocent young lady’s reputation enough to make her flee to America.

Brooke Banks isn’t interested in marriage, or so she thinks. She came to London to have a good time, and that’s exactly what she’s doing. Widely known for her tendency to flout the rules, she suspects nothing when a handsome stranger appears on her doorstep.

Thirteen days, a handful of kisses and one scandalous situation later, Andrew and Brooke will have to choose to stick to their original plans, or decide if a life together is worth the risk."
This is the first free book that I downloaded on my Kindle app! :)

Anyway, this book was okay! That's the only way I can describe it: okay.

It wasn't very interesting until it passed the 60% point and up to that point I was continually frustrated with the stagnant quality of the story! Quite simply, the beginning dragged itself too long.

The ending though was too abrupt in my opinion! It just ended with no warning, as if the author abandoned it near the ending point. That really pissed me off!

A plus point is that there was some humour in it, and I enjoyed that!

Overall though, I would actually give this a 2.5 and nothing more! I had much higher expectations for this book!

my Goodreads review

Monday, October 27, 2014

Book Review: Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2) by Christopher Paolini

Read from October 11 to 26, 2014
"Darkness falls . . .
Despair abounds . . .
Evil reigns . . .
Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesméra, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider.
It is the journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn't sure whom he can trust. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall - one that puts Eragon in even graver danger. Will the king's dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life . . ."
So, once again, this is a reread! :)

I am so pleased that this series is still so good!!! I'm loving the whole Dragon Rider stuff and Alagaesia is so cool!!! I'm absolutely in love with Paolini's writing!!!

I'm so excited by how fast Eragon is growing! It is so amazing to watch him training and getting stronger and stronger with each experience! I am also pleased that Paolini hasn't turned him into an image of perfection; he still has flaws and makes mistakes that makes him human and relatable! That's one of the best things I love about Paolini's writing; he hasn't made Eragon jump perfectly into his position of Dragon Rider! Eragon keeps making mistakes and is quite simply a teenager in his essence! That I love!

Also, I'm in love with all of Paolini's characters! They seem so real and I love each and every one of them! And watching them go through their own struggles just makes me bond with them even more!

Overall, I'm loving this series so far and I'm so glad that I decided on rereading the first two books! I have no idea what happens from here on, so I'm hoping the remaining two books will be explosive! :)


my Goodreads review 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Excerpt: Frostfire (The Kanin Chronicles, #1) by Amanda Hocking

Amanda Hocking just released the prologue of her upcoming book, Frostfire, which is to be a spin-off of her The Trylle Trilogy. Just click on the link above to get a look for yourself!

My first nomination for The Liebster Award

I was nominated to do this by Catalina Blue of the emo wolverine writes. Thanks you so much for this!!!

Q1: Your favorite social media website and why?
Right now it's Instagram! I have no idea why but I just love the whole concept of #bookstagram, and all the bookworms there are so amazing and kind and  helpful. 

Q2: Do you think good and evil is most definitely good and evil?
Nope. I think it's not always just black or white (i.e. evil and good); that there're shades of gray. Sometimes people can be more evil than good, but ultimately they have at least a smidgeon of good somewhere inside them, so ultimately everyone's different shades of gray!

Q3: What do you usually do when you're faced with a difficult decision?
I just take a minute, withdraw myself from all the ruckus around me, and analyze the problem from all angles. Then I just take the decision that seems to be the best overall! :)

Q4: How do you manage to calm down if you find yourself in a panic?
I just stop thinking! If I can find a quiet place, I go there immediately, or I just stop talking and think positive thoughts! 

Q5: What is the most exciting thing to look forward to in school/university?
I'm done with school and am applying for universities right now, so I guess I can answer both scenarios! When it comes to school, the most exciting thing is the experience itself. You make friends, you learn so so much and you grow! You never realize it, but once you leave school, you do! As for university, it's the newness of it. Everything's gonna be new and strange, and it's just so exciting to just know that you're gonna venture into a place you've heard so much about but never experienced.
Q6:  What advice would you give to the you of five years ago?
I would definitely my 5-year-old self to do more sports! LOL! That's pretty much the only thing I regret from then!
Q7: Share the last share-worthy memory you have had.
That would definitely be my graduation! It was so much fun and so awesome! Everything went perfectly and that was a night I'll never forget! 
Q8: Television VS Internet- which would you rather let go of?
The one I can let got of would be television. I can survive without TV, but I'll probably go crazy without Internet! ;)
Q9: The best book you've read so far?
That's actually a pointless question to ask a bookworm since we pretty much have thousands of 'best books'. But I would have to go with City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, the last book in The Mortal Instruments series. I cried so hard after I was done reading that! ;)
Q10: What kind of art do you prefer to dabble in?
Honestly, I'm not an artistic person. I don't draw stuff or paint on canvas. Yeah, I know, I'm pretty boring! :P But I do have a thing for digital arts. I see so many fanart on Tumblr and I get so inspired by them!
Q11: Do you think your past should dictate your future?
Absolutely not! There's always time for a person change and go down a better path! I've actually seen many people do so, so I always think the past is the past and nothing else.
Wow! So this was pretty interesting and I got to write a blog post about something not related to fandoms, so yay!!!

Here are the questions for my nominees!
  1. Describe the last memorable moment you just experience.
  2. What's your opinion on being a vegetarian?
  3. Usually what kind of books do you read?
  4. What does your family mean to you?
  5. Do you have more real-life friends or online friends?
  6. What's the worst book you've read so far"
  7. How do you usually react to a scolding from your parent(s)?
  8. What is your favourite fandom?
  9. What's your ambition and how are you moving forward towards that goal?
  10. Do you like pets? If so, which pets do you prefer?
  11. Do you believe in happy endings?  
And my nominees are:

Catalina Blue of the emo wolverine writes
Candy Hartley of The Bookish Girl
Candace of Candace's Book Blog
Jude Henderson of In Between

Hope you have fun!

My September Wrap-Up


I was able to wrap up 6 books last month, which is lesser than I hoped for :P Also, I'm still not done with Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge :(

So, here's a quick look at my September wrap-up:
By clicking on each title in the list above, you can read my reviews on each of these books :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Book Review: Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1) by Christopher Paolini

Read from September 29 to October 11, 2014
"When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands."
This is my second time reading Eragon and I'm so glad to say that the whole story was still amazing! Paolini's one hella amazing writer!

I absolutely loved Eragon and Saphira! Their bond is so amazing and I'm sure the whole fandom's rooting for them! I'm quite sure that if either or both if them die, I'll break down in tears!

Paolini's writing is quite magical! He literally paints pictures with his words, and that is something that is quite rare. He literally adds colour to his words and that makes Alagaesia all the more realistic! Damn impressive writing!

The whole book was absolutely amazing! The whole thing was so well-written and so entertaining! I can't wait to work my way through the whole series!

my Goodreads review

Book Review: Branded (Sinners, #1) by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

 Read from October 01 to 03, 2014
"Fifty years ago The Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society.

To punish the guilty, he created the Hole, a place where sinners are branded according to their sins. Sinners are forced to live a less than human existence in deplorable conditions, under the watchful eye of guards who are ready to kill anyone who steps out of line.

Now, LUST wraps around my neck like thick, blue fingers, threatening to choke the life out of me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit, and the Hole is my new home.

Constant darkness.

Brutal and savage violence.

Excruciating pain.

Every day is a fight for survival.

But I won’t let them win. I will not die in the Hole.

I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter. My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story."
I loved this book! The writing was so engaging and I was hooked from the very beginning!!!

I absolutely love Lexi and Cole and Zeus and Bruno!!! The chemistry between Lexi and Cole was undeniable! They were so cute together!!! Also, I was so in love with Cole when I realized that he had a dog! A cute boy with a dog? Hell yeah! Also, Bruno is so awesome too! He was really likeable! I loved his character!

The only thing I didn't like was that the ending was sort of rushed! The revolt was highlighted all that much, in my opinion, and the relationship between Cole and Lexi were the main thing. Yeah, I know, that's hardly something to complaon about but I would have preferred it if the revolt was given the attention it deserved, like more detail in Lexi's life with the revolting party or something.

Overall, I liked it a lot! It was so detailed and engaging and awesome! Also, I read an eBook, so I'm dying to get my hands on a paperback/hardback!!!

my Goodreads review

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Trailer


OMG! Did y'all watch the trailer??? It was absolutely amazing!!! I'm so excited to watch this movie!!! Comment on your thoughts below!!!

Book Review: Neferet's Curse (House of Night Novellas, #3) by P. C. & Kristin Cast


Read on September 29, 2014 
"With more than 12 million books in print, rights sold in almost 40 countries, and over two years on the New York Times bestseller list, the House of Night series is an international publishing sensation. Now, the excitement continues as the Cast mother-daughter duo shares the back stories of a few of the House of Night's most important – and mysterious – characters.

In the third House of Night novella, the secret history we've all been waiting for is finally revealed...  Neferet, the Tulsa House of Night's darkly seductive High Priestess, wasn't always a powerful vampyre, but she has always been beautiful. Raised in turn-of-the-century Chicago in a motherless home, her beauty makes her the prey of unwanted attention and abuse, leaving her with scars that will never heal – and a Darkness that will eventually need to find its way out. But when she is Marked and gains strength, both physical and magickal, she turns her anger into power and looks for a way to regain what was stolen from her. From victim to High Priestess, beautiful young woman to powerful seductress, Neferet's journey begins..."
I really loved this! Strangely, reading about Neferet was very interesting!!!

I absolutely loved everything about it! It perfectly portrayed how the past is accountable for her actions now and even the way she thinks! It was quite heartbreaking at times though! Life was extremely cruel to her!

Overall, it was so good! It portrayed so much about the lifestyle in 1893 too, so more plus points!

my Goodreads review

Book Review: Destined (House of Night, #9) by P. C. & Kristin Cast

Read from September 25 to 28, 2014 
"In Destined, the forces of Light and Dark collide as their epic struggle focuses on Tulsa’s House of Night. Zoey is home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side – and preparing to face off against Neferet. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx’s gift of a human form, he and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together – if Rephaim can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father’s shadow.
But is Zoey really safe? Does she truly know those who are closest to her? And will love win when it is tested by the very soul of Darkness?"
OMG!!! This was amazing!!! Absolutely amazing!!!

I really loved how this book went on with hardly any boy trouble as bad as in the former books. It was all Stark and Zoey! And that was perfect for me! In the midst of a "shit pot" of trouble, of course, but I still loved it all the same!

Stevie Rae and Rephaim were perfect too! I loved Rephaim's POVs 'cause he was so cute and sweet!!! And their relationship is, if not the best, one of the best in the series!

Neferet going bat-shit crazy was uber-awesome to read about 'cause she's one hell of a villain! That woman is pure evil!

The one reason this book didn't get 5 stars is the whole Heath/Aurox thing. WTH is the dead boy doing back in this story? I would have been more than content without Heath being inputted into the story. I really don't see a very good reason why he should be here :(

Also, another con was there wasn't enough Zoey/Stark! I need more of them! Now!

Anyway, overall this book deserves its 4 stars! Really good, so awesome!

my Goodreads review

Book Review: Awakened (House of Night, #8) by P. C. & Kristin Cast

Read from September 22 to 25, 2014
"Exonerated by the Vampyre High Council and returned to her position of High Priestess at Tulsa's House of Night, Neferet has sworn vengeance on Zoey. Dominion over Kalona is only one of the weapons she plans to use against Z. But Zoey has found sanctuary on the Isle of Skye and is being groomed by Queen Sgiach to take over for her there. Being Queen would be cool, wouldn't it? Why should she return to Tulsa? After losing her human consort, Heath, she will never be the same--and her relationship with her super-hot-warrior, Stark, may never be the same either... 
And what about Stevie Rae and Rephaim? The Raven Mocker refuses to be used against Stevie Rae, but what choice does he have when no one in the entire world, including Zoey, would be okay with their relationship? Does he betray his father or his heart? 
In the pulse-pounding eighth House of Night Novel by PC Cast and Kristin Cast, how far will the bonds of friendship stretch and how strong are the ties that bind one girl's heart?"
My mind was completely dead once I was done reading this book! Completely. Dead.

Awakened started out pretty slow and was totally the calm before the storm kinda thing, which is very much routine for this series. I sort of revelled in it 'cause the storm was pretty intense in the before book, so I was okay with how it started, but not completely satisfied. There was a sort of lifelessness in the beginning that wasn't very attractive. That is the soul reason why I rated this one star less.

But then, halfway through things started picking up and things pretty much got intense! Someone important died (SPOILER!!!) and shit just got real! And one thing that got drilled into my mind is that Neferet is one crazy-ass bitch. Excuse my French...

Seriously though, I actually started warming up to Kalona, and what happened to Rephaim was wonderful, and WTF is wrong with Dragon, but Neferet gets the award for highlight of the book! This book just opened up her craziness to the public, especially with all those POVs of hers. Very disturbing, by the way!

Anyway, this book was seriously good, especially the latter half. There was a lot going on, stuff happened, shit got real, but I really loved it! :)

my Goodreads review

Book Review: Overbite (Insatiable, #2) by Meg Cabot

 Read from September 16 to 21, 2014
"Meena Harper has bitten off more than she can chew . . .

Meena has a special gift, but only now does anyone appreciate it. Her ability to predict how everyone she meets will die has impressed the Palatine Guard—a powerful secret demon-hunting unit of the Vatican—and they’ve hired her to work at their new branch in Lower Manhattan. Sure, Meena’s ex-boyfriend was Lucien Antonescu, son of Dracula. But that was before he (and their relationship) went up in flames, and now she’s sworn off vampires for good—even though she firmly believes that just because they’ve lost their souls, it doesn’t mean they can’t love.

Convincing her new partner, über-demon-hunter Alaric Wulf, that vampires can be redeemed won’t be easy . . . especially when a deadly new threat arises, endangering not only the Palatine, but Meena’s friends and family as well. As she unravels the truth, Meena will find her loyalties tested, her true feelings laid bare . . . and temptations she never even imagined before nearly impossible to resist."
This was a bit below my expectations too but not as bad as Awaken!

I loved the story overall! There were some major plot twists, betrayals, revelations, and drama.

I loved Lucien throughout! His mood changes were upsetting and sometimes very absurd, but I still loved him! After Insatiable nothing can change that!

Also, Meena was awesome as always! I loved the action Meena and Jon got into, and those 2 together was hilarious and awesome!

And then Alaric! Cabot made me love him more in this than in Insatiable. He was seriously awesome in this book!

Overall, I loved Cabot's witty, sarcastic prose! The book was alive in a sense because of her awesome writing! But there were cons too. I really didn't like how she seemed to change preferences between Lucien and Alaric. It's like she suddenly changed her mind on who she wanted Meena to end up with! That really pissed me off!

That ending! Really blew my mind!!! Honestly, Insatiable had a better ending, but this one's ending was pretty good too! One word to describe that ending is 'heartbreaking'. You'll have to read to find out though ;)

my Goodreads review

Book Review: Awaken (Abandon, #3) by Meg Cabot

 
 Read from September 15 to 16, 2014
"From #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, the dark reimagining of the Persephone myth comes to a thrilling conclusion.

Death has her in his clutches. She doesn't want him to let her go. Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew by accepting the love of John Hayden, she'd be forced to live forever in the one pace she's always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, though, because it meant she could be with the boy she loves.

But now her happiness—and safety—are threatens, all because of the Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules: Never revive a human soul.

If the balance between life and death isn't fixed, both the Underworld and Pierce's home back on earth will be wiped away. But there's only one way to restore order. Someone has to die."
Well, Awaken didn't live up to my expectations!

That beginning was way too fast! Everything happened too abruptly, like Cabot dived into the story without so much as a thought to it. I didn't like that at all!

Also, the Thanatos story-line was way too weird. It just dropped out of nowhere! One second it was there and then the next second it wasn't! Way too sudden!

I loved badass Pierce though! Actually, I loved the latter half of the book! There was so much action! And Alex, Kayla, Frank, Mr. Liu, Henry and all the other characters were awesome!

Overall though, I'm a bit disappointed. I had higher expectations. This series deserves a better ending!

my Goodreads review

Book Review: A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) by George R. R. Martin

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Read from August 24 to September 15, 2014
"Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counter-plots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones."
Wow! I can't believe I took so long to finish reading this book!

Nevertheless, this was amazing! I absolutely love Martin's world! The Seven Kingdoms are absolutely spellbinding!

I absolutely love the Starks!!! My favourite Starks were Robb, Jon and Eddard! I didn't like Sansa's character that much, because of her very blindness, but I'm sensed a change coming near the ending, so I'm excited to see how she's gonna change! Throughout the story I was totally siding with the Starks, and at the same, found the other characters every interesting too!

Actually, everyone was interesting in this story! Every character has been given a profile and a history that is hard to ignore! Sure, the Lannisters were sort of the bad guys, but I loved them! That family is a whole load of badassery!

I was absolutely enthralled by the story from the very beginning and it was interesting throughout! Loved it!

my Goodreads review

Book Review: Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) by Suzanne Collins

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Read from August 23 to 24, 2014
"Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. Distric 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Captiol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans - except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this,s he must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay - no matter what the personal cost."
 This left me mindblown!!!

I'll admit that the beginning was frustrating and boring because I think Collins made Katniss a bit too handicapped after the rebels saved her. I can't believe she would just deteriorate like that; she would if Peeta was dead, but he was just captured, not dead. That's the only reason this got 4 stars instead of 5.

I absolutely loved the rest of the story! It was so realistic, painfully so. And there's was so much pain and struggling and bits of happiness from here and there. By the end of the story, I was left sort of brain dead! I was so caught up in the story that the emotions overwhelmed me!

And that ending was marvelous!!! It broke my heart so bad, but I still loved it! I loved how Katniss just pulled herself back together! Also, I was so sad to see so many amazing characters die! That was so heartbreaking!

I think the reason why some people might not have liked this is because there's was so much realism in the story. The deaths were sudden and there seemed to be not enough grief going around, but that's how it would be in the midst of a war, right? So, really, this story was amazing!

I loved this series! I'm so glad I read all 3 books in a row! It built up so many feels but the ending was amazing! Loved this series throughout!

my Goodreads review

Book Review: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) by Suzanne Collins

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Read from August 19 to 23, 2014
"Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.


Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before...and surprising readers at every turn."

OMG!!! I loved this so much!!! I loved how everything just keeps going and how the power play is depicted so explicitly! Amazing writing throughout!

I really loved the new characters this sequel brought in! I loved the rest of the Victors, especially Finnick and Johanna! They were all pretty amazing characters!

I loved how deep Everlark has gotten! I'm just soooo Team Peeta! He so deserves Katniss and they're just so perfect for each other! Gale never hits the right vibe with me! I'm never inclined to think that maybe he should end up with Katniss. Never. He's more of the freedom fighter image than a lover.

And I love how Katniss is! I love how she just fights through and perseveres on! I so need more of the Girl on Fire!

And that ending was phenomenal! I loved how Katniss's love towards Peeta was portrayed in that last chapter! I'm so glad that Finnick's alright, but I'm so hoping that Johanna and Peeta are OK!

Can't wait to move on to Book 3!!!

my Goodreads review

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Book Review: The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins

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Read from August 18 to 19, 2014
"Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.


In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister's place in the games, she see it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature."

I honestly cannot find anything bad or wrong with this story! Everything was awesome!

I seriously understand Katniss's dilemma once the Games are done. Collins made the reader experience Katniss's feelings so well, that by the end of the story it felt as if I were sharing my thoughts with Katniss!
I love how realistic this story was too! Collins didn't for once hesitate to put in reality to this book. It was absolutely amazing how she made everything so simple and all about survival during the Games, and just seamlessly drifted to complicated with the Games ending. Amazing!

This book was so good, that I'm still trying to extricate myself from Katniss! Amazing!

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Book Review: Underworld (Abandon, #2) by Meg Cabot

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Read from August 15 to 17, 2014
"Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn't dead.

Not this time.

But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey.

Her captor, John Hayden, claims it's for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they've come back as Furies, intent on vengeance . . . on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves.

But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there . . . and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies.

And unless Pierce is careful, this time there'll be no escape.
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I loved this book! It was so great and I loved the progress made by the characters!

I really loved John and Pierce's relationship! Obviously they are sooooooo meant for each other! I loved the steamy moments between them and am hoping there'd be more in Awaken!!!

I loved the new characters! I loved Henry, Frank, Mr. Liu and Mr. Graves! They were like this awesome ragtag team on John's side! I really liked Mr. Smith too! That guy's like Pierce's grandfather; at least those are the vibes he gives off!

I loved Alex and Kayla too. I just wish that there'd been more of them in the story.

Overall, this was pretty great and I really liked it! I can't wait to read Awaken!!!! I'm dying to read the next book!!!


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Book Review: Abandon (Abandon, #1) by Meg Cabot

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Read from August 14 to 15, 2014
"Last year, Pierce died - just for a moment. And when she was in the space between life and death, she met John: tall dark and terrifying, it’s his job to usher souls from one realm to the next.

There’s a fierce attraction between them, but Pierce knows that if she allows herself to fall for John she will be doomed to a life of shadows and loneliness in the underworld. But now things are getting dangerous for her, and her only hope is to do exactly what John says . . ."
It feels so good to find out that this book is as good as it was when I read it for the first time 2 years ago! Awesome!

I absolutely loved Pierce! I loved her sarcasm and her witty remarks! Her thoughts are so entertaining, which is not such a big surprise since it's Meg Cabot.

I loved the story line and also I love how Cabot introduced Pierce's history through memories rather than starting the story from the moment when everything started to change. Pretty engaging and attention-grabbing!

I absolutely loved this book and I would recommend it to everyone who's into the YA genre!

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Book Review: Burned (House of Night, #7) by P. C. & Kristin Cast

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Read from August 10 to 14, 2014
"Zoey Redbird, vampyre High Priestess in training, seems to have lost herself. Her awesome powers over the elements were not enough to save someone close to her, and now her group must help her reclaim her centre and find herself again. But evil has its own plans, and these won't wait for Zoey to return to full power."

This. Was. Amazing!!!!

The first few chapters were pretty slow and laborious, reflecting the mood of the story at the time. But then shit got real when Stark made it to the Otherworld, and I was dying form all the feels!!!

Can I just say that Zoey and Stark are sooooooooo meant for each other?!? Their chemistry is amazing and the feels were explosive! Absolutely mindblowing!!!! Them together in the last few chapters were amazing!!! I was so mindblown by what went on between the two of them!!! Absolutely amazing!!!

I absolutely loved Stevie Rae and Repahim together too! Their chemistry wasn't as explosive as that of Zoey and Stark but there was so much love and protective instincts towards each that my feels left me all mushy and giggling! I am so psyched to hear how their relationship is gonna come around!!!

I loved Sgiach and Seoras too!!! I'm so rooting for them joining the Nerd Herd 'cause they are one badass duo! Love them!!!

I'm so dying to read Awakened right now!!! Shit just got real in this series! Everything is getting better and more badass and more amazing! I just love it so much!!!

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Book Review: Tempted (House of Night, #6) by P. C. & Kristin Cast

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 Read from August 07 to 10, 2014
"So…you’d think after banishing an immortal being and a fallen High Priestess, saving Stark’s life, biting Heath, getting a headache from Erik, and almost dying, Zoey Redbird would catch a break. Sadly, a break is not in the House of Night school forecast for the High Priestess in training and her gang.
Juggling three guys is anything but a stress reliever, especially when one of them is a sexy Warrior who is so into protecting Zoey that he can sense her emotions. Speaking of stress, the dark force lurking in the tunnels under the Tulsa Depot is spreading, and Zoey is beginning to believe Stevie Rae could be responsible for a lot more than a group of misfit red fledglings. Aphrodite’s visions warn Zoey to stay away from Kalona and his dark allure, but they also show that it is Zoey who has the power to stop the evil immortal.Soon it becomes obvious that Zoey has no choice: if she doesn’t go to Kalona he will exact a fiery vengeance on those closest to her. Will Zoey have the courage to chance losing her life, her heart, and her soul?"

Holy crap! This book was seriously good! Far less action than in its predecessors but still pretty good!

I really love how much Zoey has matured! In the beginning of the series, I used to get so annoyed with her immaturity but now I can see that she has grown. I'm totally with her when it comes to Kalona, and, like her, I'm torn about whether to believe him or not! Also, I'm very satisfied with how her boyfriend problems are much less frustrating now!

I really like Zoey and Stark together. They have much more chemistry than her with Heath. There's a flame in Zoey's relationship with Stark! Also, who can resist a hot Warrior willing to risk his life for her?
I love the Nerd Herd, of course! I love how they are a team and even though they face problems, they stick together! One hell of an awesome team!

And Stevie Rae and Rephaim!!! Their relationship is so cute!!! Rephaim is so clueless and so cute! I think Rephaim having a beak and feathers is gonna be a bit weird, but I'm hoping the Casts pull some plot twist about that! I'm more than willing to see more of them!

And that ending!!!! It all happened so fast!!! And I don't wanna spoil it for anyone, so all I'm gonna say is that that ending was very unexpected! I'm dying to read the next book already!

Also, I love the House of Night covers!!!

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

My Review Spree

Yeeaaaahhh, I sort of posted a lot of reviews just now *awkward laugh* Yeaaaahhhhh...

So, the thing is that I've read all these books before and you will notice that when you go through my reading dates for each post. I've just had the reviews hanging around so I thought I'll just post them and be done with it!

So, enjoy! :P

Book Review: The Iron Wyrm Affair (Bannon & Clare, #1) by Lilith Saintcrow

Read from November 01 to 10, 2013

"The game is afoot!

London's geniuses are being picked off by a vicious killer, and Emma Bannon, a sorceress in the service of the Empire, must protect the next target, Archibald Clare. Unfortunately he's more interested in solving the mystery of the murders than staying alive...

In a world where illogical magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, Bannon and Clare will face dark sorcery, cannon fire, high treason and the vexing problem of reliably finding hansom cabs in the city."
So, this was a pretty good book. I loved Emma, and Mikal, and Clare, almost all the characters actually, but the only downside was that it got confusing at times! I kept getting lost from time to time, and that is not something I enjoyed.

Overall, it was very good.

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Book Review: Morrigan's Cross (Circle Trilogy, #1) by Nora Roberts

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Read from December 29, 2013 to January 18, 2014

"Standing on the cliffs of 12th century Ireland following the disappearance of his twin, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith is visited by the goddess Morrigan and is charged with the ultimate of tasks - saving his and all future worlds."
This is the first book I've read of Nora Roberts' and I found it surprisingly good! I loved some of the characters (some were pretty bleh) and it actually had a good plot. I would have preferred a bit more action and a bit less romance, but it was still pretty good. Good enough for me to want to read the rest of the trilogy, of course!

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Book Review: Grave Witch (Alex Craft, #1) by Kalayna Price

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 Read from January 21 to February 09, 2014

"Just because Grave Witch Alex Craft can speak to the dead, doesn't mean she has to like what they have to say...As a private investigator and consultant for the police, Alex has seen a lot of dark magic. But even though she's on good terms with Death himself, nothing has prepared her for her latest case. Alex is investigating a high-profile murder when she's attacked by the ghost she is raising - which should be impossible. Then, someone makes a serious attempt on her life, thwarted only by Death's intervention. You know you're having a bad day when Death is saving your life...To solve this case, Alex will have to team up with tough homicide detective Falin Andrews. Andrews seems to be hiding something, although it's certainly not his dislike of Alex. Despite all that, Alex is going to need his help to navigate the tangled webs of real-world and paranormal politics, and to track down a killer wielding a magic so malevolent, it may cost Alex not just her life, but also her soul..."
Well, this went better than I thought! The only things I didn't like were Falin, and Falin+Alex. Oh, and the whole love triangle totally annoyed me. Death was hot, and I was supporting Death+Alex ever since he first made an appearance!

Overall, it was a good plot, but I could used a bit more description from here and there. Anyway, it was an OK novel.


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Book Review: The Last Free Cat by Jon Blake

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Read from February 17 to March 01, 2014

"Not far in the future, cat flu has meant that cat breeding is strictly controlled, and cats are only for the rich in their private estates. When Feela turns up in Jade's garden, she can't resist taking her in, even though it could cost her everything. Soon she finds herself on the run from the authorities."
For some reason I was totally drawn to this cover and it just sounded like a good choice to borrow, and I sure as hell do not regret it! I absolutely loved the plot; the rebellious, fired up pace was absolutely thrilling! Amazingly written and very very realistic! Oh, and the ending killed me!

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Book Review: Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

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Read from June 21 to 26, 2014

"When the National Security Agency's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls in its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power."
This was an okay read. There were a lot of technical stuff but it didn't really interfere with the reader experience. I loved that the chapters were short & that it was quite fast-paced even though it was quite long; I guess that's how Brown kept a book filled with technicalities and stuff a bit interesting! The last few chapters were quite entertaining though & quite hilarious at times!

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Book Review: Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian (Artemis Fowl, #8) by Eoin Colfer

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Read from July 05 to 07, 2014

"It's Armageddon Time for Artemis Fowl

Opal Koboi, power-crazed pixie, is plotting to exterminate mankind and become fairy queen.

If she succeeds, the spirits of long-dead fairy warriors will rise from the earth, inhabit the nearest available bodies and wreak mass destruction. But what happens if those nearest bodies include crows, or deer, or badgers - or two curious little boys by the names of Myles and Beckett Fowl?

Yes, it's true. Criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl's four-year-old brothers could be involved in destroying the human race. Can Artemis and Captain Holly Short of the Lower Elements Police stop Opal and prevent the end of the world?"
I'm really really sad that this is the conclusion of the Artemis Fowl because this series is amazingly awesome and I can't get enough of it!

I loved this story! And that ending ripped my heart in two! Amazingly awesome, as always and absolutely thrilling!!! There was so much going on and I was so spellbound by everything, as always! Loved Artemis, Holly, Mulch, Foaly and even Artemis's little brothers!

Saying goodbye to this series is like letting go of a part of my childhood! Amazing writing, and amazing characters!!! Artemis Fowl will always be a part of my life!!!


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Book Review: The Fire (Witch & Wizard, #3) by James Patterson

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Read from July 08 to 18, 2014

"Whit and Wisty Allgood have sacrificed everything to lead the resistance against the merciless totalitarian regime that governs their world. Its supreme leader, The One Who Is The One, has banned everything they hold dear: books, music, art, and imagination. But the growing strength of the siblings' magic hasn't been enough to stop the One's evil rampage, and now he's executed the only family they had left.

Wisty knows that the time has finally come for her to face The One. But her fight and her fire only channel more power to this already invincible being. How can she and Whit possibly prepare for their imminent showdown with the ruthless villain that devastated their world-before he can truly become all-powerful?

In this stunning climax of the epic Witch & Wizard series, the stakes have never been higher-and the consequences will change
everything."
So, this was much better than its predecessors! There was less confusion and everything was more realistic. But still it was a bit cheesy.

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Book Review: The Gift (Witch & Wizard, #2) by James Patterson

 
Read from July 11 to 15, 2014 
"When Whit & Wisty were imprisoned by the wicked forces of the totalitarian regime known as the New Order, they were barely able to escape with their lives. Now part of a hidden community of teens like themselves, Whit and Wisty have established themselves as leaders of the Resistance, willing to sacrifice anything to save kids kidnapped and brutally imprisoned by the New Order. But the One has other plans in store for them: He needs Wisty, for she is "The One Who Has the Gift." While trying to figure out what that means, Whit and Wisty's suspenseful adventures through Overworld and Shadowland lead to a jaw-dropping climax and conclusion: the highly-anticipated fulfillment of the heart-pounding opening prologue of book one...The Execution of the Allgoods."
This was an okay story. Sometimes it gets really confusing and the story seems all over the place but the concept behind the story is pretty interesting!

There's obviously something that Patterson is hiding right now and we readers gets as much confused as Wisty and Whit at times, but then that helps us relate to these unfortunate main characters!

Overall, an okay story but it's seems to lack something!


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Book Review: Witch & Wizard (Witch & Wizard, #1) by James Patterson

 
 Read from July 08 to 11, 2014
"The world is changing - the government has seized control of every aspect of society, and now kids are disappearing. For fifteen-year-old Wisty and her older brother Whit, life turns upside-down when they are hauled out of bed one night, separated from their parents, and thrown into a secret compound for no reason they can comprehend. The new government is clearly trying to suppress life, liberty ... and the pursuit of being a normal teenager.

Imprisoned together and condemned to death, Wisty and Whit begin exhibiting strange abilities and powers they never dreamed of. Maybe there is a reason they were singled out. Can this newly discovered witch and a wizard master their skills in time to save themselves, their parents - and maybe the world?"
 I had to reread this because when I tried to start reading the third book, I couldn't remember what had happened in the earlier books *wince*

Yeah, so this seemed pretty okay, but there were moments of unrealism, like the characters seemed to not fit their age. Like when they say things that people that age don't say, so yeah, I found that a bit of a let down.

I loved the small chapters! Made it so much easier to read and kept the story fast-paced too!

Overall, this was a good book that I would have enjoyed were I younger!

  
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Book Review: Fallen (Fallen, #1) by Lauren Kate

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Read from July 19 to 22, 2014 

"Some angels are destined to fall.

Instant. Intense. Weirdly familiar . . .

The moment Luce looks at Daniel she knows she has never felt like this before. Except she can't shake the feeling that she has . . . and with him - a boy she doesn't remember ever setting eyes on.

Will her attempt to find out why enlighten her - or destroy her?"

I was really disappointed with this book! I expected so much more from this! I get it that Luce was pretty confused and maybe Kate was trying to project how helpless she feels by confusing the reader, but I believe that she might have gone a bit overboard!

Plus points were Cam, Daniel, and even the concept behind her writing was pretty good. And I really liked the whole boarding school sort of feeling.

Overall, there were some good stuff in here but I was disappointed nevertheless by how tedious the story got!


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Book Review: Teen Idol by Meg Cabot

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Read from July 24 to 25, 2014

"Ask Annie your most complex interpersonal relationship questions. Go on, we dare you!

All letters to Annie are subject to publication in the Clayton High School Register. Names and e-mail addresses of correspondents guaranteed confidential.

High school junior Jenny Greenley is good at solving problems ... so good she's the school newspaper's anonymous advice columnist. Even if solving other people's problems doesn't make her own -- like not having a boyfriend -- go away, it's still fun. But when nineteen-year-old screen sensation Luke Striker comes to Jen's small town to research a role, he creates havoc that even levelheaded Jenny isn't sure she can repair ... especially since she's right in the middle of it.

Can Jen, who always manages to be there for everybody else, learn to take her own advice, and find true love at last?"
It felt pretty good to read Meg Cabot again! She gives a realism to her romances that felt good after I've read so much supernatural romance!

I love how Cabot has ventured out-of-the-box and made Luke not so cliche! I was suspicious of him from the beginning 'cause he's a movie star and stuff, but I'm very happy with how he turned out!

I love Jen's transition too! Awesome girl power there! And the sass was awesome! ;)

I wish that Jen's romance had been explored a bit more at the end, but at the same time, I'm not unhappy with how it ended!

As always, Meg Cabot never fails!

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Book Review: War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

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Read from July 23 to 24, 2014

"'I saw the grey soldiers ahead of us raise their rifles and heard the death rattle of a machine gun...'

A powerful story of the truest of friendships in the worst of wars from the award-winning former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo."
 I'll admit that this isn't one of my favourites of Morpurgo's but I still liked it a lot! As per his usual style, there was blunt realism, silver linings and smiles and tragedies all over this story! Even brought me near tears at the ending! Simple and beautiful...

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Book Review: The Offering (The Pledge, #3) by Kimberly Derting

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 Read from August 05 to 06, 2014

"True love—and world war—is at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy.
Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable as a leader and a ruler. She’s done admirable work to restore Ludania’s broken communications systems with other Queendoms, and she’s mastered the art of ignoring Sabara, the evil former queen whose Essence is alive within Charlie. Or so she thinks.

When the negotiation of a peace agreement with the Queendom of Astonia goes awry, Charlie receives a brutal message that threatens Ludania, and it seems her only option is to sacrifice herself in exchange for Ludanian freedom.

But things aren’t always as they seem. Charlie is walking into a trap—one set by Sabara, who is determined to reclaim the Queendoms at any cost."

OH MY GOD!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE I FINISHED THIS SERIES!!!

This was soooooo amazing!!! I was near tears when this ended and all I wanted to do was scream and yell and jump around like a maniac!!!

That was absolutely amazing!!! I am so mindblown!!!!

I absolutely loved everything about this!!!! I loved the romance, the suspense, the thrill, the tragedy and the happy moments!!! I loved Charlie and Max and Brook and Xander and Sage and all the awesome awesome characters!!!

I'm absolutely against Layla/Sabara and Niko, but I seriously respect their love! Whatever they did, they loved each other, and that just makes their romance a real tragedy.

Anyway, I LOVED THIS!!! It was so good! And I recommend this to every reader out there! This trilogy was amazing! A hands down awesome trilogy!!! Derting is one hell of a writer!

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Book Review: The Essence (The Pledge, #2) by Kimberly Derting

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Read from August 01 to 05, 2014

"“Danger, dread, mystery, and romance” (Booklist) continue in the second book of The Pledge trilogy, as Charlie’s reign is under siege from the most unusual of enemies.

At the luminous conclusion of The Pledge, Charlaina defeated the tyrant Sabara and took her place as Queen of Ludania. But Charlie knows that Sabara has not disappeared: The evil queen’s Essence is fused to Charlie’s psyche, ready to arise at the first sign of weakness.

Charlie is not weak, but she’s being pushed to the brink. In addition to suppressing the ever-present influence of Sabara, she’s busy being queen—and battling a growing resistance determined to return Ludania to its discriminatory caste system. Charlie wants to be the same girl Max loves, who Brook trusts, but she’s Your Majesty now, and she feels torn in two.

As Charlie journeys to an annual summit to meet with leaders of nearby Queendoms—an event where her ability to understand all languages will be the utmost asset—she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. And the only person she can turn to for help is the evil soul residing within."
I really liked this! I loved the connection between Charlie & Max! And there were so many new characters introduced! Strangely, I'm starting to like Sabara - or should I say Layla - too and even Niko!

I really loved Charlie's relationships with the different characters in this book! There's so many new stuff happening and she's obviously scared, and she's just making new friends and allies!

I loved the rest of the queens too! They were all so individual and had their own personalities! Very kickass too!

And that ending!!!! I was so mindblown!!!! I loved the epilogue so much!!!!! Amazing!!!!!!

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Book Review: Winter's Passage (The Iron Fey, #1.5) by Julie Kagawa

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 Read on July 31, 2014 

"Meghan Chase used to be an ordinary girl..until she discovered that she is really a faery princess. After escaping from the clutches of the deadly Iron fey, Meghan must follow through on her promise to return to the equally dangerous Winter Court with her forbidden love, Prince Ash. But first, Meghan has one request: that they visit Puck--Meghan's best friend and servant of her father, King Oberon--who was gravely injured defending Meghan from the Iron Fey. 
Yet Meghan and Ash's detour does not go unnoticed. They have caught the attention of an ancient, powerful hunter--a foe that even Ash may not be able to defeat....
An eBook exclusive story from Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series."
This was awesome! I loved reading this, even though I've already read up to Summer's Crossing.

First of all, Ash and Meghan are so my OTP!!! They're so perfect for each other and I fangirl every time they appear together! Also, the Big Bad Wolf was super-cool!!! That was one hell of a character! Amazing!

So, as always Julie Kagawa amazed me with her writing!!! I always get a feels explosion!!! Thank God I wandered into this fandom!!!!


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Book Review: Summer's Crossing (The Iron Fey, #3.5) by Julie Kagawa

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Read from July 29 to 31, 2014 

"A Midsummer's Nightmare? Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Summer Court prankster, King Oberon's right hand, bane of many a faery queen's existence—and secret friend to Prince Ash of the Winter Court. Until one girl's death came between them, and another girl stole both their hearts.

Now Ash has granted one favor too many and someone's come to collect, forcing the prince to a place he cannot go without Puck's help—into the heart of the Summer Court. And Puck faces the ultimate choice—betray Ash and possibly win the girl they both love, or help his former friend turned bitter enemy pull off a deception that no true faery prankster could possibly resist.

An ebook exclusive novella from Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series."
OMG!!! This was so awesome! It made me laugh, made me gasp, made me giggle, and it was so awesome!

Ash and Puck teaming up is one heck of a bromance! Their adventure in Summer's Crossing really thrilled me! I was cheering them on throughout the story!

I really loved Puck's POV! His personality really showed in Kagawa's writing that way!

So, I loved loved loved this enovella and I was so psyched that Ash and Puck were working together and I couldn't have asked for anything better!!!


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Book Review: Insatiable (Insatiable, #1) by Meg Cabot

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Read from July 25 to 29, 2014

"Sick of hearing about vampires? So is Meena Harper.

Meena Harper is familiar with the supernatural. After all, she knows how you're going to die. (Not that you're going to believe her. No one ever does.) But not even Meena's precognition can prepare her for Lucien Antonescu--whom she meets and then makes the mistake of falling in love with--a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side for which an ancient society of vampire hunters would prefer to see him dead.

The problem is Lucien's already dead. Maybe that's why he's the first guy Meena's ever met with whom she could imagine herself having a future. See, while Meena's always been able to see everyone else's destiny, she's never been able to look into her own. Lucien seems to be everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, though he might turn out to be more of a nightmare.

So now would be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future... if she has one."

What attracted me at first to this was the NYC glamour! I am a sucker when it comes to all things NYC! ;)

But then I kept reading and was mindblown!!! My brain was turned to mush and all I kept thinking was: OMFG LUCIEN!!! That guy was so damn hot and had far too few scenes!

I can't believe Meg Cabot wrote something this amazing! I absolutely loved this to pieces! I loved Cabot's signature witty interior dialogue, and her protagonist was awesome too, and I loved her whole cast of characters!

I fangirled so much while reading this! I honestly can't comprehend why some people seem to find this "unsatisfactory" or something equally as bad. This is so much better than some books I've read!

I really loved the way Cabot seems to have connected the Harper siblings to the classic Dracula characters! That was pretty cool!

So, Insatiable was one hell of a rollercoaster ride, and now I'm dying to read Overbite!

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Book Review: The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey, #3) by Julie Kagawa

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Read from July 21 to 23, 2014
"My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back."

Basically what happened when I was done reading this was *scream scream scream*!

The Iron Queen was absolutely amazing!!! There was so much going on and it kept me on my toes throughout this rollercoaster ride!

I tend to be disappointed in female protagonists most of the time, but Meghan has got to be one of the strongest female leads I've ever read of! There's so much strength in her that makes reading a story about her worthwhile!

And then there were the rest of the characters! Ash and Puck, as per usual, melted my heart! Amazing characters and I'm so happy to see them both once again by Meghan's side! Grimalkin was amusing as usual... and Team Meghan kicked butt!!!! One of the best teams around, hands down!

The Iron fey wriggled into my heart... no other way to describe it! I loved Glitch, Razor and the gremlins, and all the other Iron fey! They were amazing!!!

Lastly, the ending! The ending left me breathless!!! Meghan was so amazing and everything that saddened me balanced everything that was kickass! Regardless, this story was an emotional rollercoaster; the kind that leaves you gasping for more, of course!

Note to self: order The Iron Knight NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Book Review: Rain (The Paper Gods, #2) by Amanda Sun

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Read from July 02 to 05, 2014

"American Katie Green has decided to stay in Japan. She's started to build a life in the city of Shizuoka, and she can't imagine leaving behind her friends, her aunt and especially Tomohiro, the guy she's fallen in love with. But her return is not as simple as she thought. She's flunking out of Japanese school and committing cultural faux pas wherever she goes. Tomohiro is also struggling—as a Kami, his connection to the ancient gods of Japan and his power to bring drawings to life have begun to spiral out of control.

When Tomo decides to stop drawing, the ink finds other ways to seep into his life—blackouts, threatening messages and the appearance of unexplained sketches. Unsure how to help Tomo, Katie turns to an unexpected source for help—Jun, her former friend and a Kami with an agenda of his own. But is Jun really the ally he claims to be? In order to save themselves, Katie and Tomohiro must unravel the truth about Tomo's dark ancestry, as well as Katie's, and confront one of the darkest gods in Japanese legend."
This. Was. AMAZING!!!

Throughout the story, I was totally with the characters! I felt what they felt, feared what they feared, and that was an amazing feeling! I love Katie and Tomohiro and even Jun, regardless of what he is (*wink*).

I was a lot like embarking on an amazing journey and Sun gave her world so much more substance in Rain! This was so amazing and I'm so glad that it didn't disappoint after how amazing Ink was!

You've got amazing talent, Amanda Sun, and we're so lucky that we got to experience some of it! Goddamn amazing piece of writing!

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Book Review: The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey, #2) by Julie Kagawa

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Read from June 28 to July 02, 2014

"Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her. Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart."

Oh my God! This was so amazing! I loved everything about it!!! I can't even - GOD, IT WAS AMAZING!!! Julie Kagawa is one of the most amazing writers EVER!!!

As always, I loved the character dynamics and I absolutely loved the Nevernever!!! The mystic quality of that world is absolutely breathtaking, even in words!

The characters were amazing and there was so much going on and I loved how much character development went on in there! And we even got a glimpse of Ethan, which just added to the awesomeness!

And that ending!!! I'm gonna love Ash for the rest of my life for the decision that he made!!! Had me fangirling so hard!!! Ash & Meghan FTW!!!

And how come no one noticed that Meghan is the Iron fey's heir? Made me love her all the more though!!! XD

My Goodreads review 

Book Review: The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1) by Julie Kagawa


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Read from June 26 to 28, 2014
"Meghan Chase has a secret destiny--one she could never have imagined...Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school...or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth--that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face...and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart."
Oh my God!!! Why haven't I read this before??? This was amazing! It made me all giddy and bubbly and excited, and at the same it made me tear up and broke my heart a million times!

I really loved how mystical and fantastical the Nevernever was! That really stood out for me and also how Kagawa seemed to associate some elements from A Midsummer Night's Dream into this! I absolutely loved how the setting was very much like the traditional Fairyland concept!!! Amazing!

And then the characters! Meghan is pretty cool, of course, but my heart goes out to Ash and Robbie/Puck! I love their banter and how Meghan fits into all of this! And of course, the sibling dynamic between Meghan and Ethan was amazing! Really emotional and I think Kagawa had the whole fandom rally behind the siblings! :P And then there was Meghan and Ash!!! That was amazing!!! I loved their relationship hands down!!! Amazing!!!

And the rest of it was amazing!I loved the traditional concepts and the character developments and the interactions!!! Simply, this book was amazing!

My Goodreads review

Friday, June 27, 2014

CaptainSwan Just Stole My Heart!!!

So, I've been dutifully watching every episode of OUaT these days and right now I'm almost at the end of Season 2, but I'M SHIPPING CAPTAINSWAN SO HARD RIGHT NOW!!!

Move over SasuSaku! Hello CaptainSwan!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Book Review: Ascend (The Trylle Trilogy, #3) by Amanda Hocking

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Read from June 20 to 21, 2014 


"Wendy Everly is facing an impossible choice. The only way to save the Trylle from their deadliest enemy is by sacrificing herself.  If she doesn’t surrender to the Vittra, her people will be thrust into a brutal war against an unbeatable foe.  But how can Wendy leave all her friends behind…even if it’s the only way to save them?

The stakes have never been higher, because her kingdom isn’t the only thing she stands to lose. After falling for both Finn and Loki, she’s about to make the ultimate choice…who to love forever. One guy has finally proven to be the love of her life—and now all their lives might be coming to an end.

Everything has been leading to this moment.  The future of her entire world rests in her hands—if she’s ready to fight for it.
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This was really good! After all the changes and chaos in Torn, Ascend was like a breath of fresh air!

I just absolutely loved how everything got concluded like that and everyone was so happy at the end that it left me smiling to myself when I finished reading! And that epilogue and short story at the end literally killed me! So fluffy and so many feels!

Hocking ended this series in the most amazing way possible and it felt soooo good to see everyone get their happily ever after! 


Amazing conclusion, amazing series!

My Goodreads review