Stolen Songbird |SHOVING-THIS-TO-YOUR-THROAT RECOMMENDING THIS BOOK!

SPOILERS ARE INEVITABLE

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Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

pages: 324

Format: e-book

Publisher: Strange Chemist

Publishing date: April 1, 2014

Source: Purchased

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For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realizes that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time…

But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for…

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We have been wrong about trolls —VERY WRONG about them.

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Not this troll.

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Nope, that’s a boxtrolls.

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Wait are these even trolls? Stone trolls?

Clearly there is not enough representation of trolls to accurately describe the trolls from Daniel Jensen’s prospective. To sum it up (hopefully, it’s accurate), trolls from Stolen Songbird are descendants of the feys that now live under the mountain because of a curse. Some of them bore deformities which make then undesirable to humans, however those who escape such circumstance bore the great resemblance of fey – in short they are effing good-looking. 

WHY I WANNA SHOVE THIS TO YOUR THROAT:

1.) World-building and plot

As some of you know, I am a sucker for really great world-building. Sucker- would be an understatement since I LIVE and BREATHE for awesome great-building and this book has it!

The world was a combination of  history, lies darkness and all-in-all beautiful. (I am trying  not to turn my capslocks on)

This is one of those books which you read and be effing surprised on how you ended up loving it. The premise clearly didn’t do the whole plot justice and so does the cover, but you need to ignore those because once you have entered Trollus.

The political game in this book is effing complex and is just a webful of political plays from different sectors and people in the city and sometime you don’t know who the real villian in the story is.(that’s what keeping me on my toes) It was either the gluttonous king, or if it was the Duchy or was everything a lie.

Every single chapter had you at the edge of wherever you are sitting.

2.) WRITING

I tweeted (a lot) about this. I have raved about it in my Goodreads. I bombarded my group chat with book friends with the constant “I LOVE IT” gifs to the point where they actually considered in temporarily kicking me out from the chat, and here I’ll still be gashing about it.

The writing ( I will repeat myself again) is just pure gold. There is really something about the writing that will make you finish the book unconsciously in one night without every putting it down.

3.) IT DEFIES TROPES

Are you now sick of reading book with love triangles? How about the ones with the most abuse trope of all – “The Chosen One” or “The Special One” or whatever they are called this days? Or totally over with read books with a Mary Sue-mentality? BECAUSE THIS BOOK HAS NONE OF THOSE.

This is what made this book so special, because it doesn’t surf with the usual tropes Young Adult books are drowning. You got your ass-kicking bad-ass and arrow shooting heroines and you have your damsel-in-distress heroines that needs a man and you have those heroines like Cecile. The ones where you know are independent and head-strong and yet they don’t weild any metal to defend themselves and they surely knows how to play a political game.

Then you have Tristan, who by the way was from from a Prince Charming that’ll will sweep you off your feet and drop your panties when you first met him and he was kind of a douche back then but he DO HAVE A LEGIT reason to. He was not your brooding-for no-reason bad-boy prince.

It was clear that every word, every emotion and every character did play a very important role as the story progress to being more complex and dark.

You really need to read this. ASAP. (This is not a request)

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Paper Princess | The cliches are highly addicting

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Paper Princess by Erin Watt

Pages: 370

Format: epub

Published: April 4, 2016

Series: The Royals

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

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To be honest, this is not the kind of books I gravitate towards now but since I have been reading a ton of fantasy I decided to take a little break. It’s not the greatest book ever written BUT IT IS GODDAMNED ENTERTAINING AND ADDICTING. 

The premise reminded me of Wattpad books being publish in my country , a generic poor and pretty girl, Ella (bonus points is also given since she’s an orphan too) rags to riches story with the ever cliche band of ridiculously hot and rich guys, in this case 5 well-built brothers who look like thugs rather than normal private school attendees. Let’s not forget the high school drama and clique-system (this trope never grows old). 

Aside from high school drama, it also features family drama which resembled the once that usually recurred in telenovelas, I could visualize the over the top dramatics and camera spans in revelation scene. I wasn’t really biting the book for it’s plot.

PLOT RUNDOWN IN FOUR WORDS:

1. Under-age drinking
2. Drugs
3. Sex
4. Tons and tons of drama

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It’s not the plot that would drive you to binge-reading this book  (I think it’s too cheesy and telenovela-y), but the characters and their many layers.

“Somewhere along the line, I started thinking that if I just got through this bad experience, this bad day, that tomorrow I’d have something better, brighter, newer.
I still believe that. I still believe that there’s something good out there for me. I just have to keep going until my time comes.”

-Ella Harper

I was cheering Ella the entire book. She’s an optimistic, strong, snarky, funny and independent heroine (which I applaud!) she doesn’t take sh*ts from anyone. She is probably one of the most realistic characters in the book. Her as a character, will make you empathize more to her.

Now we have the ridiculously rich and GOOD-LOOKING Royals. 

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Now even if how unrealistically they are portrayed, these guys are funny, smart-mouth and the epitome of cookie-cut bad-boys, and YOU WILL LOVE THEM TO PIECES (because who can resist the charms of a bad-boy?). There is no denying that. Love would be an understatement.

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Aside from that, you have your cookie-cutter high-school mean girl, cookie cutter high school pecking order, cookie-cutter rich kids wanting parental attentions and a seemingly weird and fucked up high school faculty who you can pay to get away with anything, which makes the whole thing fun for me because I just discovered that this type of books are my GUILTY PLEASURES.  (There’s no denying that either.)

Even if how ridiculously the plot laid out,  and how some characters (fine, mostly) are cooke-cutter examples, I have no shame saying that I am a sucker for these kinds of tropes. 

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One more thing, the CLIFFHANGER (because it’s not only the Royals)  WILL RUIN YOU.

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p.s these kinds of books now is being held in a special part of my brain and heart

The Cilantro in Apple Pie | We need to appreciate the relationship in this book

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

29385490 The Cilantro in Apple Pie by Kimberley Nadine Knights

Format: e-book

Published: May 5, 2016

Source: Sent by author

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Fragnut. Confused? Well so is everyone else at Lumiere Hall Prep when sixteen-year-old Rubie Keane rolls in from Trinidad and Tobago talking her weird lingo. Not that she minds the culture confusion; she’s determined to leave the past behind her and be overlooked—but a certain stoic blue blood is equally as determined to foil her plans.

Gil Stromeyer’s offbeat personality initially makes Rubie second-guess his sanity, but she suspects his erratic outbursts of violence mask a deeper issue in his troubled, charmed life. Despite his disturbing behavior, a gradual bond forms between the two. However, on the night of the annual Stromeyer gala, events unfold that leave Rubie stripped of her dignity and kick Gil’s already fragile world off its axis.

Both their well-kept secrets are uncovered, but Gil’s revelation proves that sometimes the best remedy for a bad case of lost identity, is a dash of comradery from an ally packed with flavor.

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This book made me realize on why I read contemporary and why I loved the genre. I read this in less than 24 hours. (I know!)

It’s your generic coming-of-age story, featuring a new girl in a school, a guy with a disturb past, & high-school drama but by a lot of things it set itself apart from most of the contemporary book I have read, it was more than that.

The book has very diverse characters, not only in terms of their racial background and ethnicity but also the personalities each character had. This made me very invested with each including Sofia Crussip.  I really REALLY REALLY (can’t emphasize this enough) love Rubie. She’s witty, funny, independent. She could now be my spirit animal. She’s an amazing character.

Another thing with this book, is that it was about FRIENDSHIP (yay to platonic relationships!) between opposite-sex (and I was happy that the author didn’t milked it to much and turn their relationship to something more.) I think YA contemporary books need this trope to spice things up because (newsflash) as much as you and your boy bestfriend get along so great that relationship doesn’t always turn itself to something more. (And also sometimes you need a break from all the insta-love and fluffy relationships)

Even if I adored this book, I still have to knocked a star out of my rating.This is because of the sudden change of POV. It came out of nowhere. Here I was sitting until I was almost at 80% done with the book when ~BAM~ here’s another side of the story. I was not a fan of the transition. However, I still find both POV to be equally engrossing.  Rubie’s POV was fresh, funny and relatable while Gil was intense and emotional. It was well balance.

Also, I feel like I was watching an end of a particular episode of Star Wars. The book could have different possible endings and to me that was the last 3 or 4  endings disguise as chapters.

All in all this is a heart-felt book, with such amazing (diverse) characters and a friendship you wouldn’t trade anything in the world. Also a great debut novel kudos to the author!

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 Kimberley Nadine Knights knew when she kept willingly opting out of parties so she could stay home and write instead, that she was destined to be an author.

Born and raised in the tropical twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago, when this Caribbean girl isn’t creating new plotlines for her ever growing lineup of fictional characters, she spends her time strumming her guitar to indie rock songs and snapping once in a lifetime photos halfway across the globe in countries such as Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and France.

She’s an avid fan of The Walking Dead series and firmly believes that The Food Network should consider her being a judge on the next Chopped challenge.

“The Cilantro in Apple Pie” is her debut novel.

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 DO YOU LOVE READING ABOUT PLATONIC RELATIONSHIPS? WHAT WERE THE BOOKS (WITH THE SAID RELATIONSHIP) THAT YOU LOVED?

The Alpha Drive | Not Driving me enough to read it’s sequel

REVIEW CONTAIN SPOILERS

27174561.jpgThe Alpha Drive by Kristen Martin     Format: E-book                             Pages: 322                                            Source: Netgalley                                  Shelve at Goodreads

It’s the year 2055 and an anarchist organization has taken control with the aim to create a world-class society. Half of humankind is unknowingly living in an alternate reality called Dormance . . . and there are no plans to wake them up.

Sixteen-year-old introvert Emery Parker is one such dormant. An academic scholar who avoids ruffling feathers at all costs, Emery finds herself being transferred to a boarding school on the outskirts of Arizona. Little does she know, a family secret has the power to change the course of the future. When she’s approached with an opportunity to free the dormants, she sees no other choice but to accept, even though failure could mean having her memory wiped clean.

But when tech-savvy Torin Porter reaches out to her from the other side, Emery begins to question everything she was told about Dormance. If her family’s secret falls into the wrong hands, the world as she knows it will be faced with irreversible consequences. Now Emery must play both sides to uncover the truth about her family’s past or risk leaving mankind to live in an unconscious reality.

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The Alpha Drive is was just in limbo between interesting enough and just full of flaws. Funny thing is as I read through it and pinpoint flaws I still finished it faster than I though I would.

This book has a lot of potential however, for me the author went a different way, making it more like an annoying 16-year old story sulking around having guy issues and just dipping her (the author) to her own premise.

I don’t know if me reading it was engrossing or was just hate-reading it.

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As much as it has the same premise as any dystopian: (a) Corrupt government (b) A one-dimensional girl who is reluctant to put down the said government (c) utter mess of the plot and (d) a unnecessary love triangle, shockingly the plot hardly talks about it until we are almost 80% done with the book.

However, even if it was the generic put-down-the-corrupt government, at least the way it takes it was unique. Why unique because our dear main character answers if she was on-board was:

“I guess so”

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Yes, it took her a little amount of time to process that info-dump on her. But atleast she is more decisive that the other heroines.

The plot was okay, it has unnecessary scenes, few plot holes and it was weirdly paced. The dialogue sometimes slip from making sense to cartoonish and childish (i.e. being quoted above)

The first part of the book, you would be (slightly) engross since you won’t know if the main character is working with the correct corrupt government. But that whole subplot, was forgotten as we painstakingly read through the POV of one 16 year old with issues you won’t care about, like her boyfriend another guy, underage drinking and another guy.

To justify that there is a love triangle/square (?) / circle (?) we are blessed to read a whole chapter where another generic character was thinking about how pretty our main character is. Gah, can we stop describing body parts with food?

The ending was kind of messy, it is as if wanting to tie loose ends before it hits to a cliff-hanger for the sequel.

Now the biggest question is would I still be interested to read the sequel? I STILL WOULD, BEC. DAMN THAT CLIFFHANGER WAS ON POINT.

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2.5

Heir of Fire: Even more hot guys + history lessons

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Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas (Throne of Glass #3)                                       Pages: 562                                 Format: Paperback                                Publisher: Bloomsbury                     Source: Purchased                               Shelve it at Goodreads

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

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Hands down to Sarah J. Maas in perfecting the art of writing hot guys. I need to stop drooling.

From the past 2 books, we have been grace by the crown prince of Adarlan, Dorian Havilliard and his sapphire eyes *drools*. We also have the brooding Captain of the Guards, Chaol Westfall (which for the past 2 books I have been consistently pronouncing as Chawl) and their semi-charming Roland Havilliard whose whereabouts we don’t know and we will all miss that hot bastard Archer Finn (whose death I really didn’t care about)

If those weren’t enough, we got three additional hot guys:
  1. Aedion Ashryver 
  2. Galan Ashryver 
  3. ROWAN freaking WHITETHORN 8nzZ76r.gif
(How great are the genes in the Ashrryver line?)

Now aside from all the hot guys we have additional characters (either to mourn for or to hate)

  1. We have Manon Blackbeak, the heir of the Blackbeak Throne(?) starting at the latest movie :How to train your wyvern coming soon in cinemas.
  2. We have Sorscha (which I pronounced as Sriracha)
  3. Those lords on the run from Terassen
  4. Those “soldiers” at Wendlyn
  5. Maeve being a b*tch

Now listing: All the weird thoughts I had when reading HoF

1.) On seeing Aedion with the ring (that rule them all) :We have another ring-bearer, you guys. Gollum will be so jealous.

2.) On Celaena’s magic training: Let’s  make Celaena even more unstoppable. Yes let’s do that.

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3.) On same-sex couple mates:  Aren’t Emrys and Malakai so cute?

4.) On one particular death: You don’t effing give a character a POV in the book then kill him/her by the end! you just don’t!

5.) On the Fortress Battle betrayal: Please don’t let it be Lucas. Please don’t let it be Lucas.

6.) On King of Adarlan: God, I can’t wait to see you be Ramsayed and be fed to the wyverns. Every fiber of my being  just wants to be done with him. Guh!

7.) On hearing about the massacre: Don’t cry, don’t you fucking dare cry.

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8.) The weirdest of them all: Why am I shipping Manon and Chaol? Why? Help me understand myself please! Is there any chance of Manon and Chaol meeting by Queen of Shadows? Is there? Because right now, this is the ship I want to sail with.

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You collect scars because you want proof that you are paying for whatever sins you’ve committed. And I know this because I’ve been doing the same damn thing for two hundred years. Tell me, do you think you will go to some blessed Afterworld, or do you expect a burning hell? You’re hoping for hell–because how could you face them in the Afterworld?

-Celaena Sardothein

Talk about character development! I can’t..just.. the characters were just awesome. Gah! Especially with Celaena. It was a step-back for Chaol and for Dorian, I was glad that he had finally realize that he didn’t actually love Celaena. I think he was infatuated with the fact the Calaena was unlike any other girls he meet (basing on the pool of ladies attending his mother’s little tea parties).

I was happy that SJM didn’t milked too much when it comes to the relationship between Rowan and Celaena (Aelin). Yeah, you can tell that it may actually lead to something along the series, but how their relationship (currently in a platonic status) development along was pure gold. I am always a firm believer that of the quote “great relationships starts with great friendship” ( tbh, i just made up the quote).

Celaena clearly find Rowan attractive but at least she didn’t throw herself at him (ehem ehem, talking about those YA female progs), shouldn’t that be a good thing?  I never really saw her relationship with Rowan as something Chaol should be worried about until by the end of the book, until I realize that Rowan is much much much more suited with Celaena.

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My greatest problem with this book was the build up was dragged too long. It took up atleast 3/4 of the book before the-part-where-you-are-sitting-at-the-edge-of-your-seat happened. And even that particular scene didn’t justified that roller coaster of emotions we had in Crown of Midnight. This is what leads me to knock down half a star.

There were a lot of backstory (history)  which I love. I, personally, finally had my answers. But it took too much for the plot to actually be more than than what was written. Heir of Fire was not the bad, but it wasn’t as good (plot-wise) with Crown of Midnight.(there i finally said it)

Another thing. ( for you to hate me)

This may sound as an unpopular opinion, but Chaol was really getting on my nerves. Chaol, you can’t just choose the certain attributes of Celaena to love. You don’t. You love the person as she is. You love her whole. Get it? But who am I kidding, never really liked Chaol even fom the first book. (Now don’t stone me to death, we all have our opinins)

 

summary4.5What were your thoughts while reading Heir of Fire? How much do you hate the King? And also I need to Read Queen of Shadows right now!

 

The Unexpected Everything | How to meet cute guys with the help of a furry companion

17838528 The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson  Pages: 519                               Format: e-book                                       Source: Purchased

Andie had it all planned out.
When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.
Important internship? Check.
Amazing friends? Check.
Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).
But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.
Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.
And where’s the fun in that?

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This is my first contemporary read since April (I believe, or was it March?) and my first Morgan Matson book. After reading a sh*t ton of fantasy and with sci-fi on the side, I can say the The Unexpected Everything is just the right amount of fluff, light romance, important family relationships, friendship and great character development. This book might even pull you out from a reading slump!

The book starts with with Andie’s summer plans going downhill. Now since her dad’s (a congressman) involve in a scandal and steps down from office and her pre-med med (as her friend Toby prefers to call it) internship in John Hopkins was withdrawn and knowing Andie like to plan everything out, she’s not happy with the outlook she’s seeing for her summer. With other best places for internship already taken, Andie resorted to look for a job at a bulletin board of a diner.

She took up a job as a dog-walker (Andie Walker, professional dog walker). And that’s how she meet Clark, the super cute nerd deck in his fandom shirts.

Along the course of the summer, she discovers that sometimes great things happens in spontaneity. It’s a story about family friendship and falling-in love for the first time.

 

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Relationship
This is focusing more with the friendship between Andy and her squad and of course Andy and with her dad.

Since her dad’s job usually made him unavailable for nightly family dinners and miss Andie’s life for the last 5 years, after he step down it try to patch up things with her.

It was fantastic that they took baby steps. It progresses nicely throughout the book.

On the other hand, her friends were #squadgoals. Each was written differently from the others. You can see how each plays a great role in the foundation of their friendship.

You have Toby, which you want to be friends with. She believe that her one true love will sweepnher of her feet rom-com style.

Then, you have Palmer. She takes things calmly and she reminds you of your mother.

And lastly you have Bri, which I don’t particularly like. (Sorry)

Their friendship was tested, and I like how Morgan Matson wrote it very realistically. From my shallow pool of knowledge with YA Contemporary, you seldomly see friendships going the same direction as what Matson did with Bri and Toby.

Clark.
Now I have a perfect book boyfriend.

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He’s character is refreshing to the YA contemporary. He was homeschooled but not anti-social, he is a nerd -wears Star Wars shirt and Doctor Who and also he possess those glorious abs (I like to repeat myself -I do read and appreciate male characters for other reasons too). He is smart but doesn’t spew alot of Virginia Woolfe quotes that he searched via google. (And I also hope that he and his dad will also mend their relationship) 

+ he is also an author to a very popular fantasy series (10 points for Mr. McCallister!)

THE DOGS!

Aside from taking a short break (a very very short one) from fantasy, what made me pick this book up was the fact that THERE ARE DOGS IN THE COVER and dogs in the story.
I love dogs (animals in general) I had one myself and every time I am at uni I walk her and with several other dogs (My dorm allows pets), and I am also at my 4th year in Vet School. (All I need to become Andie is to be as organize and of course bag someone like Clarke)

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Plot

A lot of reviews I have encountered usually complained about how the book was too long for a contenporary, but I didn’t mind it a bit. I flew through it pretty fast. Morgan Matson’s writing was so engrossing.
I particularly like those tiny tiny passages from the fantasy books Clark wrote. She should Rainbow (Rowell) it out and do a little Carry-on version.
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Andy
Maybe not within the entirety of the book, there are parts where I think she’s great and shows maturity (i.e. scene at the farmhouse) but the scene where she caught Bri and Wyatt kissing and how she handled the situation made me question her character. Her solution to the problem was a drawback to how Morgan Matson portrayed her as an organized, smart and mature person. Yes, it was a whisk of a moment think-through, she was weighing the consequence but the problem was she picked the one where they have to lie to their other friends just to save their friendship. Gurl, that is not how it’s done.

Also gurl, that (initial) break-up with Clark was soooo beyond you and sooo cold (you could pass as Elsa).

But the main lesson was she saw how wrong she was with her actions, tried to correct it (using her dad’s campaign trailer), like a proper adult.

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How’s your summer so far? Any plans gone wrong? Have you meet your Clark?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starflight by Melissa Landers | Fast and the Furious : Space Edition

This maybe the first spoiler-free review I wrote

21793182.jpg Starflight by Melissa Landers            Pages: 369                                     Publisher: Disney-Hyperion                      Add on Goodreads

Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.
When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…

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This is definitely a fun book to read! Bonus: it is set in space. It was pitch as a soap-opera in space – but i think it was more like Fast and Furious.

  • The plot 

I always like my books (fantasy, sci-fi, thriller) to keep me on the edge of my bed or seat or even in the balcony (daredeviling) and this did it for me.

It wasn’t too overly complicated but the plot was kind-of generic- people on the run, being chase by killers then stumbling upon yet another group with questionable morals-angering them and you try to runaway from them and you know that shit’s gonna go down soon.

BUT IT WAS SO MUCH FUN THAT I DIDN’T MIND IT.

  • Characters

Although, the plot was quite generic, however the protagonist (Solara) has an edge compare to other female leads so far with the book I have read. She’s just on-point with her dry humour. She’s independent and self-sufficient but not too much to make you think that she’s just another bad-ass female heroine that is currently on trend.

Doran (which I read as Dorian for almost half the book), I would love him to be my male bestfriend. He started of as some asshole, that you have this urge to punch him every time he opens his spoiled little mouth.

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But him as a character progresses through out the book, he actually want to pat him in his head. He’s loyal, head strong and there’s more to him I want to read in the sequel. (Melissa Landers please make it happen)

A minute ago she wanted to break his jaw, and now she had to fight the urge to pat him on the head and give him a cookie. That had to be some kind of superpower. She finally understood how he got everything he wanted in life.

Zenith Crew I was hoping for an appearance of a Chewbacca character, but Renny will do. How perfect was it that Solara and Doran boarded a clackering old ship manned by a man with a large percentage of machinery in his body, and crewed by people with questionable backgrounds?

Bonus: THEY HAVE SPACE PIRATES! (How awesome is that!)

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  • Relationship building

This is the main reason why I love this book. 

I read Melissa Landers’ other book, which was Alienated didn’t love it. It was drowning me with insta-love and romance (it was too much for me) but this is different

The relationship started as mutual distaste for either other. Doran was pitched as a privileged frat-boy in trust fund and Solara as your bright young mind with a record (hence her tattoos in her knuckles). But as the story progresses, their distaste became companionship-for-survival to actual becoming friends then leading to their (inevitable) romance. There’s progress! How many YA books have you read with this kind of relationship development? (Let me know which books, I would glad to read those!)

So if you guys want to read and enjoy a sci-fi book where you won’t twist your tongue in reading big corporation names or memorize too many names  go read Starflight!

 

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Are you all for  insta-love or do you also want to read books with great relationship development?

 

Crown of Midnight: More hot dudes, doors and deaths

I written everything in a notebook, but looking at it now, I wrote a merger amount of thoughts and this won’t help me write the right feels — but damn I don’t know what to feel.
Review may contain spoilers.

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas        Shelve this at GoodReads

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

summarizingIt shifts from: (me during a Celaena-killing spree)

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to (innocent unexpected deaths!)

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then (plot fucking twists):

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Why I now love Crown of Midnight more than Throne of Glass:

  1. More dudes (Please note that I also read and love books for other reasons)
  2. Additional secret doors (I get it that castles are old and have secret passages, Hogwarts even had tons of it)
  3. More deaths (I really didn’t care about the deaths from the first one, but I may have shed a few ( an understatement) in the second. The poor singer!
  4. More revelations ( damn those plot twists and turns)
  5. More assassin-y (is that even a word?) We finally seen the wraith that is Celaena Sardothein.
  6. They have fucking contraceptives but not a decent light source.
  7. Betrayals!!!

 

I think the way Sarah J Maas now writes it more leaning toward New Adult (but that is just me basing everything from the second book of a 6 book series). It was kind of steamy back when I was read ACoTaR but Celaena and Chaol would make my book-bff faint and melt like chocolate ( I am not really on board with any of the pairings in the book, because I still think that there is a better pair with Celaena other than a prince and a lord-soon-to-be)

(Fun Fact: I am at our couch and currently thinking what other stuff to write for at least 20 minutes now. Still nothing -that is why I am writing this.)

Let’s talk about:

  1. Celeana. SHE.WAS.AWESOME. I could actually atest that her being Adarlan’s Assassin was a title she should proudly wear as a sash (beauty queen style). Back at book one -she wasn’t assassin-y enough, this because of the hold back that she must kept her identity a secret for the competition. But gurl, she has gone full-blown assassin all bloody and wraith.From her dragging along a head of a corpse to being covered in her victim’s blood.
    tumblr_inline_nz7kwlx3iG1tr7dy5_500.gifCeleana finally had character-growth. *cue in confetti* I find Celaena more mature and much curious. I must admit that she is as implusive and irrattional (sometimes) as she wasfrom the first book, but she’s loyal to her friends (except the part where is almost killed one) we also finally knew a few details regarding her family background and we totally felt like Chaol when the info was dump. #HailPrincess
  2. I am sensing that Kaltain’s character would also develop along the series. I hope her headaches won’t though.
  3. Complex backstories and subplots. Thanks to Baba Yellowlegs for a quick history lesson with complex backstories and “myths” about the witches and magic. (RIP Baba Yellowlegs, the last of her kind)
  4. The hooded-creature that almost killed Dorian and Celeana. What was that? Who was that?
  5. The Secret Club of the Douchebags aka The Duke, the King and little Roland (?)With their secrets and their matching rings.

 

THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST SARAH J MAAS BOOK I HAVE READ. IT WAS FAST-PACED, ACTION-PACKED, BLOODY AND IT FEATURES GREAT CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT (WHICH I LOVED!)

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Have you read the Crown of Midnight? What were your thoughts? Let’s talk about it below!

 

 

 

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir | More than 400 pages of awesomeness

Hazah! Hello book warriors and welcome to another book review courtesy of yours truly. *insert cutesy happy music*                                                 As always, review may contain some spoilers.

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Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.  
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. 
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do. 
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. 
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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How many books have I been throwing 5-stars so far this year?  I feel like this year so far has been the greatest year for reading (for me) because (1.) I am enjoying 4 month-long vacation from college (2.) since I gone mad last year and purchase a lot of books which I ended up piling (because studying Veterinary Medicine has suck the living reading soul out of me), I threading through them slowly and those book were just as good as I though back when I purchase them, and (3.) My mind for the last 2 months are fueled with reading books, marathoning television series that I’ve missed and throwing shade as out country’s elections neared. So yes, I’ve been devoting so much time and effort this summer as opposed to how much I give shit on my studies.  Just inspiring.

I feel like Oprah: “You get 5-stars” “5stars for you too!”

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So on with the book!

The hype around this book last year was big. Literally, BookTube reviews and talk and whatnots were flooding through YouTube, and this may also be the reason on why I was on the fence with reading this. (Because how many times have we been victims of the hype?) But being an imbecile as always, I ended up buying it a month later after it’s release, store it inside the closet I call a bookshelf back in my dorm and never even decided to pick it up until now. AND NOW I CAN TESTIFY (without being bribe) THAT THIS BOOK LIVE UP TO THE HYPE.

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This book is told in two point-of-views one of which is from Laia a young scholar who became a slave in order to save her brother and the other, Elias a soldier. Both will do anything to be free from the Empire.

*So where to begin?* 

(I am trying to sound as cohesive as I can but the ~FEELS~)

I did not expect that to happen. I was drowning with good character development and it feels so good (this after reading a book with the lack of character development through out it). Laia is not your typical herione, she’s not a bad-ass or even know how to properly hold a knife in combat. She basically survive the whole book with her trusting her gut and instinct, which is great.

I was emotionally invested to the characters and the plot itself. i.e (a.) Me being afraid for Laia every time she spies at the Commandant (she’s a real bitch) (b.) Me being afraid for Laia every time she sneaks out (c.) Me being afraid for Helene (Marcus is a real douche) especially now she’s named as Marcus’s Blood Shriek (d.) I feel pity to every Scholar and slave that have been mentioned through out the book (e.) I cried (I can’t control the waterworks) during the Third Trial (ALL THOSE DEAD PEOPLE!)

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The plot was on point. It’s fast-paced, and just plain nasty. Brutality is featured in the book (i.e me lamenting with the deaths), there was child abuse,slavery and the (plainly and distasteful) rape. (which was fine since the novel’s world-building is base with Rome)

This is the kind of book that give me trust issues. It’s making me question the intentions with anyone coming near Laia- even question the intentions of the Augurs (Sidenote: How do you pronounce this? Like Ogre?) 

All-in-all it was one awesome ride read. Solid plot points and subplots, great character development. You won’t even mind the love triangle (or was it a square) since the plot is to engrossing. It is surely a book you can’t put down (and want to reread after).

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Have you read the book? Are you excited for it’s sequel to be release? (Because I am!) Let’s talk, gush and vent our fangirl feels at the comment section!

 

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Neverland Wars | I wanna love it so bad (but it’s definitely not happening)

This review won’t be spoiler-free, because I’ve got feelings to discuss.

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The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse  Pages: 205                        Format: e-arc                                    Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing         Released date: May 9, 2016

Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That’s what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.

However, Gwen doesn’t know this. She’s just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn’t know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she’ll discover she’s in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.

She’ll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won’t be the only one. Peter Pan’s constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she’s going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she’s going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance. (Source: Goodreads)

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Another retelling- to be honest I was pumped especially that I have seen  good reviews for the Booktube Tours, but it eventually deflated like a balloon (that happened after I’ve read it and  checked the GoodReads reviews)

I love retellings (I am still fangirling over the Lunar Chronicles), but this just -I am really sorry- butchered Peter Pan for me.

The cover looks good, it really does say something about the plot, but the story was not.

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(a.) You got your characters one-dimensional, hastily described and all-too generic. You got Gwen- who by the way happens to be an apathetic teenager giving zero f@#$ about being pretty and make-up homecoming and school and was written in two-pages (this also includes her caring about being like by her long time crush and probably the reason she has zero personality). She also describes hormones to her little sister as tiny bug that will lead you to the road of “grownupness” (I can really see that red line below the word, when I was typing this). Science puh, I know.

Then we have her family, her little sister, who decided one night to runaway with Peter Pan.

This could be the main loophole of this book.

After what her parents went through for a page (missing sister and all) – the next few pages didn’t even write the parents with any concern whatsoever about the missing kid. And get this -the sister decided to comeback, asked Gwen to runaway with her and Gwen agrees wrote a note for her parents and flew away with Peter Pan and her sister. (And we never heard anything from her parents even at the end of the book) Typical YA trope.

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(b.) It started good, but then you had the reached the 1st conflict (her sister running away) in the story and read that few pages and felt dumb. This was the part that magic being real was established, but it was explain in a way that you just wanna ask why a lot of times, because (1) it happened a page after her parents when nuts over her missing sister (2) explanation didn’t really went well.  It all is suffering from a case : Establishing friendship over a few paragraphs and hastily writing a love interest which you wouldn’t read again until you got to the last 50 pages of the book.

 (c.) Then we have Neverland. Let’s not even talk about it. 

(d) Then Gwen decided to go back to reality, kisses her long-time crush. Talks to her unconcerned one dimensional friends and people at a party (Bad beer and getting stoned), then there’s police coming in and they were looking for a child (at this point I have no idea what was going on) then there was Peter and fairies and Gwen was whisk away.

 

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2.5