Cinder by Marissa Meyer: A book review

Title: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Started Date: October 15, 2012

Finished Date: October 24, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

 “Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

I FREAKING LOVE IT! A UNIQUE AND WONDERFUL RETELLING OF CINDERELLA!

I admit, it took me a long time to finally read it, because I don’t want it to end. It’s too short!!! I was expecting a cliffhanger but I didn’t know that it’s the kind that left me screaming for the second book. Wahhhhhhhhh, PRINCE KAI, you’re so perfect for me! LOL!

Before reading the book, I was expecting a dystopian Cinderella world, but I actually didn’t see it. I’m sure that this should be under sci-fi young adult fiction. The idea of Lunars, moon, and Princess Selene really reminded me of one of my favorite childhood cartoon/anime, Sailor Moon. When I finished it and read the acknowledgment part, I learned that the author actually incorporated Sailor Moon in it. Imagine a Cinderella retelling with a Sailor Moon twist, I’m so in love with this book!!!

I love all the characters! Cinder is awesome, she’s brave, strong, and a loving sister. I like the fact that she knows how to defend herself from her evil stepmother and stepsister and also the evil queen. She’s not even annoying! And I love heroines who are not annoying!! I’m serious! Of course, I love the prince, oh Prince Kai, you’re such a gentleman! I wish I can be a princess too! LOL! I can imagine him as Tuxedo Mask, you know what I mean. *wink*

Anyway, I’m so freaking now, I need the second, third, fourth book NOW!! As in NOW!!! *shouting and hoping that the author can hear me*

😉

 

 

xoxo,

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Waiting on Wednesday #15: Scarlet

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each blogger’s most anticipated books.

This week, my pick is Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

“Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.”

Why I Can’t Wait:

I just finished reading Cinder and I’m screaming  for this installment!!! It’s a wonderful retelling story of Cinderella! And I’m sure this second book, Scarlet, will also be an awesome retelling of Red Riding Hood. 😉

Expected Publication:

February 5th 2013 by Feiwel and Friends

How about you?

What are the books that you’re waiting for?

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xoxo,

Jona

The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger: A book review

Title: The Duff

Author: Kody Keplinger

Started Date: October 13, 2012

Finished Date: October 13, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. 

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

Yay!! I love love love this book! Another book I finished in a day! Maybe 2 or 3 hours, I actually didn’t notice the time. I was waiting at the clinic, and I’m glad I have this book in my bag to kill the time. And I couldn’t stop reading it!!! What I liked about this book is its honesty and perfect portrayal of the high school reality nowadays. So watch out for a number of sex going on in this book even though it’s in a high school setting. Well, let’s admit it, that’s reality.

Would you hate me if I also love Wesley Rush even if he’s a man-whore? LOL! Yes, I love him! He’s a great guy within, and he also managed to change because of love. I don’t care about Bianca, she’s a little annoying sometimes because of her never ending insecurities in life. And yes, she’s a slut! I don’t want to elaborate about that, but she’s definitely funny, the only quality of her that I like. LOL! Well, I really like her two stunning best friends, Casey and Jessica, and I really want their own stories!

Anyway, I really enjoyed this book!!! Read it too, and I’m sure you’ll agree with me. 🙂

 

xoxo

Stacking the Shelves #14

Stacking the Shelves is a new meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, which is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Hi everyone! It’s been a long time since I last posted my StS, 3 weeks I guess. So there are a  lot of books I haven’t featured yet. I did not include two books that I’ve already read since I’ve posted their reviews already.

After a month of avoiding book stores, I bought 2 paperbacks at Fullybooked last Wednesday and here they are:

Vanish by Sophie Jordan

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

And the following are my EBooks:

Losing It by Cora Carmack

The Other Boy by Hailey Abbot

Love Unscripted by Tina Reber

Crash by Nicole Williams

Clash by Nicole Williams

Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

PS. I’ve already read Destroy Me and I loved it, I’ll be posting my short review in a while. And I’m reading Losing It today. 😉

That’s all! How about you, what did you add in your book shelf this week?

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xoxo,

Waiting on Wednesday #14: Goddess Inheritance

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each blogger’s most anticipated books.

This week, my pick is Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter

“Love or life.

Henry or their child.

The end of her family or the end of the world.

Kate must choose.


During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can’t stop her—until Cronus offers a deal.

In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he’ll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.

With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.

Even if it costs her eternity.”

Why I Can’t Wait:

I’ve read the first and second book from the series, so I can say that I’m eagerly anticipating for the final installment. I loved the first but the second has disappointed me, and I’m expecting a lot with this final book. I want to read more about Henry, since it seems he’s not existing from the second book. I really hope there will be more of him. 😉

Expected Publication:

February 26, 2013 by Harlequin Teen

 

How about you?

What are the books that you’re waiting for?

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xoxo,

Good For You by Tammara Webber: A book review

Title: Good For You

Author: Tammara Webber

Started Date: October 7, 2012

Finished Date: October 7, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Reid Alexander’s life is an open book. His Hollywood celebrity means that everything he does plays out in the public eye. Every relationship, every error in judgment is analyzed by strangers. His latest mistake totaled his car, destroyed a house and landed him in the hospital. Now his PR team is working overtime to salvage his image. One thing is clear—this is one predicament he won’t escape without paying for it.

Dori Cantrell is a genuine humanitarian—the outward opposite of everything Reid is about. When his DUI plea bargain lands him under her community service supervision, she proves unimpressed with his status and indifferent to his proximity, and he soon wants nothing more than to knock her off of her pedestal and prove she’s human.

Counting the days until his month of service is over, Dori struggles to ignore his wicked magnetic pull while shocking him with her ability to see past his celebrity and challenging him to see his own wasted potential. But Dori has secrets of her own, safely locked away until one night turns her entire world upside down. Suddenly their only hope for connection and redemption hinges on one choice: whether or not to have faith in each other.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

I really love this book and I didn’t expect it to be this good.
I admit it took me a long time to finally read it since I hated Reid in the first and second book! He’s bad and a jerk most of the time.
But I’m so glad I decided to read it, it made me love Reid and I’m happy that I gave him a second chance. It’s really true, every bad person really deserves a second chance. 🙂

I liked Doris, I can say that she’s perfect for Reid. They are very different from each other, having the opposite lives. Doris has this good girl image, a pastor’s daughter, a social worker student, a part time teacher in a vacation bible school. Yes, she attends church every Sunday. While Reid is definitely an opposite of her, he’s a handsome celebrity, with a workaholic dad and alcoholic mom, he parties every night, goes with different girls, and the usual guy who drinks and drive. He had an accident and destroyed a house, then he volunteered in a community service and later on handled by Doris. And the rest of the story is about how they clicked together, even though they used to argue a lot since they have different attitudes and views. I liked how the romance grew, their undeniable attraction with each other, and their friendship turned to love. I like the fact that Reid changed and became a better person because of her. Also he understand everything about her.

I love love love this book, it got me to tears while reading it, and has brought up many emotions in me. I love how Tammara Webber weaves a beautiful story but a realistic one, where everyone can relate to. 😉

 

 

xoxo,

 

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan: A book review

Title: The Mark of Athena

Author: Rick Riordan

Started Date: October 2, 2012

Finished Date: October 6, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close— the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare. . . .”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

WOW! A huge applause for Rick Riordan for another great book and a job well done! And another book from him that will definitely fall in my favorites shelf which is kind of too predictable because ALL of his books are indeed in my favorites shelf. I love love love this book! Full of awesomeness!! Action-packed adventure and one hell of a ride!

I was too excited with this book that I actually bought it on it’s first day of release last Tuesday, October 2. I love the amazing cover and the smell of the book while I’m flipping the pages. LOL! The characters are on full blast, all seven of them, Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Frank, Hazel and Leo. (I will not go through much of the details because I might spoil some.) They are all funny, I remember laughing so hard I felt like I’m going crazy because I’m all alone in my room reading. LOL! My most favorite character here is Leo, I think he’s so amazing here and he really played a huge part in the quest next to Annabeth. (Team Leo for the win!) I like his story with Hazel and it really surprised me, and I find it too “cute” to handle. LOL! I guess I now know why he’s the seventh wheel, but I’ll keep it to myself for the mean time. As for Annabeth, I expected that there will be a lot from her based on the cover and the title. But I didn’t know it was that big! Gee, I will not say anything, go figure it out! 😉

Anyway, I’m happy that there are a lot of exciting events with the series, so many surprises in every chapter, and also so many things to look forward to. I like the fact that Riordan put a little romance in it. I love the three love teams, Percy and Annabeth deserve to be with each other. Jason and Piper are good together (Piper should never doubt Jason’s affection to her, she’s a daughter of Aphrodite, she should be confident with love.) And the extraordinary love triangle – Leo, Frank and Hazel for the win!!!

I LOVE THIS SERIES! CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT, THE HOUSE OF HADES! 😉

 
 
 
xoxo,
 

Waiting on Wednesday #13: Everbound

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each blogger’s most anticipated books.

This week, my pick is Everbound by Brodi Ashton

“Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.

Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.

In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.”

Why I Can’t Wait:

I’ve read the first book from the series and I loved it! You may check my review here. The ending was so heartbreaking and it took me a long time to move on. I need the second book so I would know what happened to Jack, I really hope he’s ok. I want the third book, but that’s definitely a long wait. Anyway, do you agree that the cover is so gorgeous? It really matches the first book. 😉

Expected Publication:

January 22nd 2013 by Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins

How about you? What are the books that you’re waiting for? Link me up so I can also stop by! 😉

 

 

xoxo,

Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer: A Book Review

Title: Cindy Ella

Author: Robin Palmer

Started Date: October 1, 2012

Finished Date: October 1, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Prom fever has infected LA—especially Cindy’s two annoying stepsisters, and her overly Botoxed stepmother. Cindy seems to be the only one immune to it all. But her anti-prom letter in the school newspaper does more to turn Cindy into Queen of the Freaks than close the gap between the popular kids and the rest of the students. Everyone thinks she’s committed social suicide, except for her two best friends, the yoga goddess India and John Hughes worshipping Malcolm, and shockingly, the most popular senior at Castle Heights High and Cindy’s crush, Adam Silver. Suddenly Cindy starts to think that maybe her social life could have a happily ever after. But there’s still the rest of the school to deal with. With a little bit of help from an unexpected source and a fabulous pair of heels, Cindy realizes that she still has a chance at a happily ever after.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 OMG! This is the coolest retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale that I’ve ever read! I am now officially a fan of Robin Palmer, and I’m going to buy and read her other books! Yeah, yeah, I need to calm down! Ok, *deep sigh*, I admit I decided to read this because I was hoping it’ll make me happy after readng a horrible one. And now, I’m happy to say that this book really made my day and has erased all my memories of the horrible book I was talking about earlier. (I’m not going to mention the title of that horrible book because I’m too kind to ruin any reputation, and let’s just code it as the “horrible one”. LOL!)
Anyway, I really fell in love with this book even though I find it so cheesy at first. I had to think like a fifteen year old girl anticipating for prom or rather someone who doesn’t like proms and fairy tales but somehow she acually does. And I like the fact that this book was written and published 5 years ago and some of the character names were from the nineties, even the romantic movies and TV series mentioned. I love Cindy Ella, her wit, guts, intelligence and clumsiness. She’s so funny I laughed in each of her super embarrassing moments! I love her unique and supportive friends, Malcolm and India. I even like her stepmother and step sisters, they are not bad at all. Of course, I love Adam, her prince charming! LOL! He’s sweet and “different”, you’ll know what I mean once you read it. 😉

Yes, you’re right, I’m giving this book 5 stars, because I enjoyed it so much that I finished it in two and a half hours. I’m also putting it in my favorite shelf! I recommend it to everyone who wants to have a good laugh and relieve their past teenage craziness, i mean adventures! LOL!

 

xoxo,