Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins: A book review

Title: Spell Bound

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Started Date: April 22, 2012

Finished Date: April 23, 2012

Rating: 3/5 stars

 

“Hailed as “impossible to put down,” the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted.

Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?”

 

I finished reading this book last night, and I needed to calm down before I write a review. (This contains few spoilers, so watch out!). I’m too depressed, too sad, and too frustrated. I know I should have not taken this book so personally, but I’ve grown to really like Cal, and it has hurt me damn much on what has happened to him. He didn’t deserve it. It was too much. I hate Hawkins for doing it to him, she didn’t even give him a chance to be happy. And I also hate myself because I’m so affected. I know, this is not about Sophie and Archer since he’s out of the picture already, but hey, why did he has to die? I don’t really get the point there. Anyway, I was also hoping that Hawkins will right a little love story between Cal and Elodie, but no! It didn’t happen! Just a slight comment from Elodie about making Cal change his mind about her.

Yeah, this whole review is all about Cal, and not about the book, but I hope you’ll understand my sentiments and I’m seriously grieving right now. It’ll take me a whole bunch of happy books to cheer up. Maybe if I’m not this sad anymore, I can give a proper review. LOL!

 

xoxo

In My Mailbox #4

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi of http://www.thestorysiren.com/ inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie where bought or received books during the week are featured.

This IMM post covers my book hauls for the last two weeks. I got seven books in all, I bought four of them, two ebooks were given by friends, and one e-book from the author.

Bought:

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan and Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins.

I know, the Throne of Fire was published last year, but I just bought it last week because I wasn’t sure then if I really liked the The Kane Chronicles. But I realized I want all Riordan’s books and the third book will be coming out next month so I need to read it. LOL!

I’m currently reading the Demonglass and I’m enjoying it!

 

I bought this book Oh.My.Gods by Tera Lynn Childs today at Fullybooked, Makati.


When I got home, I found this book package sitting in my bed from the The Book Depository and I was screaming because it took 6weeks to arrive, and I was so happy and relieved at the same. I think it has taken so long to arrive because of our local post office. I also took pictures of these books, but they are still in my phone, I’ll just update the pics tomorrow.

Ebooks from my friends:

Telesa-The Covent Keeper by Lani Wendt Young from my goodreads friends Lyla. Such a beautiful cover!

 and Spellbound by Rachel Hawkins from Novel, also a my friend in goodreads. I asked her the ebook version since the paperback is not yet out.

Ebook from the author:

Any Love But Mine by Debbie Davies

I’d like to read it soon so I could write my review. This book is also about gods and goddesses so I really like it.

xoxo

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins: A book review

Title: Hex Hall

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Started Date: April 9, 2012

Finished Date: April 15, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

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

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

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

 

AWESOME! 😉
I’ve been wanting to read this series for so long, but I don’t know what has kept me on hold, maybe because I thought it’s another usual witch book. Good thing it’s our book read for this month in one of my groups in Goodreads, I finally grabbed a copy in the bookstore. In the beginning, it reminded me of the Harry Potter and Evernight series. But halfway through the book, I was enjoying it and it seemed original for me in a cool way, very funny and hilarious. The characters are amazing! Sophie, the protagonist, is a unique heroine for me. I like her because she’s a bitchy and sarcastic witch, but she loves and protects her friends too, or friend since I think Jenna is only her true friend there. LOL! I also think I have a crush on Cal, yes I do! But he is not the love interest of Sophie here in this book, it’s Archer, the warlock and campus crush. Well, don’t hate me if I don’t have a crush on him, Cal is more appealing to me even though he wasn’t mentioned much. And I’m so excited to read the second book so I can read more about him! I also like the twists of events in the end, I really didn’t expect it. That’s what I like about this book, it started the usual, and ended unpredictable.

I’m going to read the second book this week! Really really realy excited! 😉

 

xoxo

The Sunshine Blog Award!

Wow! I was really surprised when I got nominated in the Sunshine Blog Award by my two fellow bloggers, The Tiger’s Eye and NatsBookNook last March 31 and April 13 respectively. This award is given to blogs that brighten one’s day. I wasn’t able to create back the award post the first time I got nominated because of the busy schedules and to-do list. But hey, I felt like I need to do it now, as a wholeheartedly appreciation to my fellow bloggers. Thank you so much! 😉

 

Here are the rules…

1.  Include the award logo in your post & on your blog.

2.  Answer 10 questions about yourself – You can make up your own or you can use mine.

3.  Nominate 5 – 10 other wonderful bloggers.

4.  Let the other nominees know they are nominated and include links to their blog.

5.  Link the person who nominated you.

 

Let the fun begin…

1. Who is your favorite author ever?

That’s tough, but I really love Rick Riordan, Jude Deveraux and Mitch Albom. I don’t like to pick one since they write different genres. LOL!

2. Who is your preferred book boyfriend?

Can I have two book boyfriends? LOL! Of course, Peeta from Hunger Games and Adam from Shatter me! Peeta is so lovable while Adam is so hot!

3. Where and when do you usually read?

In my room before I sleep. One of the reasons why I’m always late for work. I also read during long travels.

4. What are your hobbies?

Besides reading, I like watching movies, traveling and shopping!

5. What did you shop this week?

I bought two nail polish from Etude House (blood red and yellow), blouses from Alexandre and two books from NBS. Yeah, I also like painting my nails while reading! haha.

6. What are your favorite movies?

Terminator Salvation, Tangled and The Hunger Games. All starts with letter T!

7. Favorite TV shows?

Chuck. This is because of my fondness with Zachary Levi! I started stalking him after I saw him in Tangled. He’s so funny and I just love his voice!

Pretty Little Liars. I just love the cute guys there, Caleb and Toby!

8. What is your happy food?

Pancakes! Yum, I’m hungry already!

9. If you could have any three superpowers, what would they be?

Manipulate actions, thoughts and emotions, Water/Air Power and Regenerative healing. That would be definitely fun!

10. If you could read one book for your entire life, which would it be?

The five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom. I’ve read it hundred times, and it makes me appreciate all the things in life, small or big they may be, they are all worth thanking for.

 

I nominate the ff in no particular order:

Melissa’s Midnight Musing

Reviewing Shelf

Blogs-of-a-bookaholic

The Tiger’s Eye

NatsBookNook

What I read yesterday

The Cheap Reader

Your Urban Fantasy

Sweet Southern Home

Beyond Imagination

 

 

xoxo

Author Interview: Melanie Cusick-Jones, Author of Hope’s Daughter

Hi all!

I’m delighted to introduce Melanie Cusick-Jones, the author of Hope’s Daughter, a dystopian/sci-fi book for young adults. I’ve read it and also wrote a review, you may find it here. It was indeed a wonderful book and I loved it!

 

After graduating from The University of Sheffield with an English Literature Masters in 2003, Melanie has been writing fiction – time permitting – ever since.

The Ambrosia Sequence (started in 2008) and The Elementals (begun in 2004) are both ongoing, extended projects each containing several novels, aimed primarily at young adults and hover somewhere in the middle of sci-fi, futuristic and fantasy genres. Hope’s Daughter, released in December 2011, is her debut novel and the first of The Ambrosia Sequence, with the sequel – Outlanders – due in 2012.

When she’s not writing Melanie enjoys the wet weather of the north of England with her dogs or disappearing into a book for a few hours (no surprise there then). Unfortunately, all too often the ‘day job’ gets in the way of the nicer things in life!

 

My interview goes..

How did you choose the genre you write in and where do you get your ideas?

Mel: The ideas for Hope’s Daughter came from a mixture of real life events and articles that I’ve read in newspapers and magazines about technologies and issues that are expected to affect our future; and from reading science fiction and dystopian books – such as George Orwell, H G Wells, Philip K Dick. I wanted to write about a world that I could see happening in the future from where we are right now.

 

How did you come up with the title and the names of the characters? Balik is a very unique name. 

Hope’s Daughter has a couple of reference points within the book – primarily the name comes from Cassie being a child raised on the Space Station Hope: she is one of the many sons and daughters of Hope.

For characters, I really like names with meaning, which can connect to their personalities or roles in a book. Balik is a native American name meaning ‘mighty warrior’, a little clue as to the person he might turn out to be J The origins of his name also suited his physical appearance. Similarly, Ami – Cassie’s best friend – means ‘friend’ in Japanese (similar to the French word as well) and ties in to her family’s geographic origins on earth.

 

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be?

I think like many people out there it would be Harry Potter’s world: it has such variety, detail and amazing things to be and do – people love the books so much because who wouldn’t want to be a part of that world?

 

If your book were made into a movie, who do you picture playing each characters part?

I was never able to picture an actress for Cassie until recently, when I saw the advert for The Descendants with George Clooney.Shailene Woodley who plays his oldest daughter in that reminded me of the Cassie I saw inside my head: she’s pretty but not too perfect. Penn Badgley from Gossip Girl or Drew Roy from Hannah Montana both have the right kind of look for Balik, not sure if they’d be tall enough though 🙂

 

Since your first book, Hope’s Daughter is a dystopian/sci-fi for young adults, what are the other genres that you’d like to try?

I’m already partway through a series of middle grade fantasy stories that lead into a YA series of fantasy/paranormal books set in the same ‘fantasy world’. A little like Hope’s Daughter they are set in the ‘real world’ but then have the fantasy elements imposed onto that. I’m releasing the first two middle-grade books in the series free later this year for Kindle and via my website, just to see what people think of the series. It will be a while before I get around to releasing more of those as I’m focusing on the follow-up toHope’s Daughter. I’ve also got some ideas for contemporary YA stories, but they’re nothing more than notes in a book right now!

 

What is your favorite food?

Ooh, I love nice food, but my go-to food will always be Mexican – I love the spice and veggies.

 

What is your favorite movie?

I like so many it’s really hard to pin-point, however, I’ve just seen The Hunger Games and think it’s one of the best book to film adaptations I’ve seen – after doubting a couple of the casting choices originally I thought it came together really well and some character like Haymitch, Gale and Effie really came to life for me more than they had from the books alone.

 

Dogs or cats?

Definitely dogs – my Labradors would have something to woof about it if I said anything else 🙂

 

Tea or coffee?

Tea – don’t drink coffee at all – love the smell, but hate the taste

 

Ryan Reynolds or Alex Pettyfer?

Both gorgeous – but it would have to be Ryan for me.

 

Lastly, what is the message that you’d like to give to your fans and readers?

I’d just like to say thank you to the people who’ve taken the time to read my first book and supported me with messages, reviews and blog posts over the last few months – it really means a lot to any author. And also, keep an eye out for the next books as they’ll be coming through soon!

Thanks for having me on the blog today – really enjoyed the interview – Mel x

 

You’re welcome Mel! And thanks also for this wonderful interview, I really had fun! This is my first ever, and thanks for giving this opportunity to work with you. 😉

That’s it! You may also check her out in her website www.cusick-jones.com, she’ll be happy to hear from you!

xoxo

 

 

 

Hope’s Daughter by Melanie Cusick-Jones: A book review

Title: Hope’s Daughter

Author: Melanie Cusick-Jones

Started Date: April 5, 2012

Finished Date: April 9, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

“Life should be simple for Cassie.

For the small population of Earth survivors who live on the Space Station Hope everything they do is planned and scheduled, down to the cyclical food menus, their roles in the station, even how many children they have.

Despite rigid controls directing her life, Cassie feels more out of synch than ever and worries she won’t find a place for herself within the station community. Perhaps that’s because she’s hearing things inside her head that can’t possibly be real. Or maybe it’s the regular elopements of her peers, heading off to a romantic future in the Married Quarter of the space station, whilst she’s never even been attracted to a boy – no matter how hard her best friend Ami pushes them at her. Then there are the odd questions her work placement partner Balik keeps raising. His questions are just as troubling for her as his distracting smiles and eyes that seem to see inside her.

As Cassie draws closer to Balik she finds that everything else in her life begins to shift. He tells her things that call into question the system they live within. She can’t believe he is right, but at the same time she finds it hard to deny the sincerity of his ideas. Could there be a connection between Cassie’s problems and Balik’s questions? The truth will drag them both to a terrifying and deadly conclusion beyond anything they could have imagined.”

 

WOW! This is definitely a very wonderful and unique book, a dystopian/sci-fi in particular. It felt like a breather for me, with all those dystopian books coming out nowadays. Some of them are tragic, and terrifying at times. But this book is one of a kind! It started off slow, but not in a negative way, the start kept me sitting and glued to my seat. This week has been busy for me because of the holidays, but I made sure that I get to read two or three chapters each day. It was very interesting, and I considered it as well-written and researched. A lot of questions were popping in my mind while reading it, but they were answered slowly along the way. Cassie, the protagonist, is a strong heroine, she’s sometimes confused, but she definitely knows what to do in needed times. Balik, the gorgeous partner of Cassie, is a very likable male character, I’d like to hear more of him. Hopefully with the next books, he can also be the narrator. LOL!

The book contains the enough mystery and adventure of any first books should have.  I like the turn of events and I felt like I am also Cassie with the search of answers, and shocked with the truth. I am very excited with the second book! Hope to read it soon!

I highly recommend this book to all the dystopian and sci-fi YA lovers, I’m sure you will also love it as much as I do!

 

 

 

In My Mailbox #3

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi of http://www.thestorysiren.com/ inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie where bought or received books during the week are featured.

Happy Easter everyone!

It’s another week for my IMM update. I did not buy any books this week, I don’t know why, maybe because it’s holy week and I’d like to save some for the vacation. I got the following free e-books from the authors:

Such a gorgeous cover, right? I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long that I joined the giveaway, and had to withdrew it because I have it now. LOL!

I also like this book, because it’s all about angels and stuff. Hope this a good one too!

Thanks Nancy and David for the wonderful books! I will read them soon so I can provide my feedback!

 xoxo

In My MailBox #2

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi of http://www.thestorysiren.com/ inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie where bought or received books during the week are featured.

It’s been two weeks since I last posted an IMM, and I only got three books and they are the following:

My boyfriend gave it to me last weekend as a monthsary gift! Thanks bf! Lovelovelove!

I bought this last Wednesday for 20% off at NBS! It’s the April’s book of the month in the group I joined in Goodreads.

Lastly, the author sent this book for me to read and review. <Thanks Mel!> I was so surprised and happy when I got the email from her.  I just love the cover! I’m reading it today so I can post a review immediately. Excited much! LOL!

That’s it! What did you get this week? 😉

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: A book review

Title: Shatter Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Started Date: March 26, 2012

Finished Date: March 31, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.”

 

It was indeed a wonderful read. Beautifully written. But it was a bit hard for me at first in adjusting to the author’s writing style. It seems she loves metaphors, the book is very poetic. But it was a good thing, and I’ve learned to like her style. That makes it different from other young adult books. It started off like the other dystopian books, Juliette was locked up in a cell because of her ability and then she woke up one day with a new cellmate, Adam. Wow, I really love Adam, he’s so hot! I’m definitely in love with him! LOL! I think he’s the hottest male character that I’ve ever read! He’s on my top list! LOL! And I’m so jealous with Juliette, well she’s lucky that Adam can touch her.

I enjoyed most of the book, especially from page 246 to end, that was the part where Kenji came out. He’s another male character that I like the most, he’s so adorable! He’s the funny guy, and I was swooned by his charm. He made me smile up to the end. Can I have him? LOL! Anyway, I salute the author in creating wonderful characters. Also, I was hooked and amazed by the turn of events where Juliette met others like her with special abilities. It felt like reading superhero books, x-men in particular! I can’t help but compare Juliette with Rogue from X-men.

I’m very excited with the second book! And also with the movie, if it will be turned into one, I’d like to see the actors who will play Adam and Kenji. 😉