Stacking The Shelves #24

stackingStacking 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! This will be a short one, since I just got two paperbacks and also two eBooks. I received these two from The Book Depository:

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Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (paperback, $8.72)

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa (paperback, $9.41)

And I got these ebooks:

everbound & neverfall

Neverfall (Everneath #1.5)by Brodi Ashton

Everbound (Everneath #2) by Brodi Ashton

That’s all! How about you? What did you get this week?

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For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund: Book review

for darkness shows the starsTitle: For Darkness Shows the Stars

Author: Diana Peterfreund

Started Date:  January 15, 2013

Finished Date: January 20, 2013

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth–an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret–one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

I liked it, though it took me a while to finish it. It was hard to adjust on the writing style, she’s using those words that I only read on historical romances. Or maybe she wanted it that way so the adaptation to Persuasion may sound the same. However, I haven’t read Persuasion, so I’m not sure if this is a good adaptation of it.

There are a lot of parts of the books that needs improvement, such as providing better descriptions to readers about the world the author created without leaving lots of questions. I had to reread every chapter again just to understand about the Luddites, Posts, Reduced, and other technical words about agriculture. The characters are hard to differentiate. I was left to focus on the two protaganists, Elliot and Kai. So apparently, they are childhood sweethearts, but Elliot is a Luddite, she belongs to the higher class while Kai is a Post, who serves the Luddites. After four years, they met again but Kai is now a different person. That’s how I understand the whole summary of it.

Anyway, the best part of it is the ending, yes, it is a happy one, which is very surprising for me because I expected a cliffhanger knowing it will have a sequel. It ended perfectly which I really loved. I will read the next book if it will be about a different story with different characters. 🙂

 

xoxo,

 

Stacking The Shelves #23

stackingStacking 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! I haven’t posted last Saturday, so please bear with me if this will be quite long. Yes, I’ve got lots of books stacked at home, but I still buy more. Well, I’m sure every bibliophiles understands me. LOL! Anyway, here are my physical books I bought last Sunday:

hallowed and statistical

 Hallowed by Cynthia Hand (paperback)

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (paperback)

My eBook haul:

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Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Measuring up by Nyrae Dawn

The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan

Rule by Jay by Crownover

Wait!!!

There’s more! 🙂

I also bought this lovely iPad Mini 64gb:

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Yay! I’m so happy when I got this!

And here’s my happy face after buying it:

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Haha! I know that’s not a  happy face, but I’d like to kiss it with so much love. LOL!

That’s all! How about you? What did you get this week?

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Waiting On Wednesday #22: Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

New WoWWaiting 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 Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

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“Stephen has been invisible for practically his whole life — because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephen’s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephen’s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him. A budding romance ensues, and when Stephen confides in Elizabeth about his predicament, the two of them decide to dive headfirst into the secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers to figure out a way to break the curse. But things don’t go as planned, especially when Stephen’s grandfather arrives in town, taking his anger out on everyone he sees. In the end, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how big of a sacrifice they’re willing to make for Stephen to become visible — because the answer could mean the difference between life and death. At least for Elizabeth.”

Why I Can’t Wait:

I’m sure this will be a great one because David Levithan and Andrea Cremer worked together to produce this. They are both very good writers! I can guess that it will be in two Point of Views since there are also two authors. And I also love the wonderful cover! It looks really cool! Yay! I can’t wait for this one!

Expected Publication:

May 7th 2013 by Philomel

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Waiting On Wednesday #21: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

New WoWWaiting 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 The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden, #2) by Julie Kagawa

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“Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.”

Why I Can’t Wait:

Is it enough to say that I’m a fan of Julie Kagawa? LOL! I love her and all her books, she’s an amazing writer. The first book, Immortal Rules, really surprised me a lot, it’s different, unusual vampire story. It’s really good, thrilling and darker. I’m really looking forward to this sequel! I’m Team Zeke!

Expected Publication:

April 23rd 2013 by Harlequin Teen

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Stacking The Shelves #22 (Plus post-Christmas gifts!)

stackingStacking 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! I did not get any physical books this week because I promised myself not to buy one until I’m done reading my unread books at home. But I got some few eBooks, here they are:

the host, altered, taking chances

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Altered by Jennifer Rush

Taking Chances by Molly McAdams

Yay! I also received this post-Christmas gifts:

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My boyfriend gave me this pillow and I named it, “Frosty”, just to rhyme it with my boyfriend’s name, “Rosky”. LOL!

hunger games dvd

My close friend Bona gave this Hunger Games movie DVD because she knew I’ve wanted it for so long. And I’m so happy to have it!

the face shop

I was surprised to see these gifts from my office mate once I got back to work last Wednesday. That’s his name on the above picture. LOL! He’s so thoughtful! He remembered that I love nail polishes!

That’s all! How about you? What did you get this week?

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2012 End of Year Book Survey!!! (My Top Reads of 2012)

Image17This end of year book survey is hosted by Perpetual Page Turner which is an annual event that contains a bunch of questions about books and blogging life.

1. Best Book You Read In 2012?

The best book for me this year is Easy by Tammara Webber. I love everything about this book!

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This is definitely a very difficult question, so I decided to pick one every genre. LOL!

Fantasy YA: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Fantasy Middle Grade: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Dystopian: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Paranormal: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Contemporary: Slammed by Colleen Hoover and Where She Went by Gayle Forman

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Beautiful Disaster byJamie McGuire – I was really excited about it because of the good reviews but sorry to all the fans, I couldn’t even finish this book. I just skimmed halfway through it.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa – I don’t like vampires, but this book really surprised me a lot! I love it! And it’s really good, an amazing work from Julie Kagawa.

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

Cinder by Marissa MeyerSlammed by Colleen Hoover, Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins and Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

A lot! LOL! The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, The Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting, and Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles.

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

Tammara Webber, Colleen Hoover, and Simone Elkeles.

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

I think that’s New Adult Fiction and Contemporaries, I don’t usually read them because I prefer fantasy, dystopian and paranormal.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers – with a kick-ass heroine!!!

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:

Hidden (Firelight, #3) by Sophie Jordan – I’ve only read it in ebook format because I couldn’t wait for the paperback version. I’ll be getting the paperback copy for sure and reread it. 🙂

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?

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Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay – I love the cover, the red dress and the red font, and the waves say a lot.

11. Most memorable character in 2012?

Jem Carstairs of The Infernal Devices series. I love him with all my heart!!!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

Slammed by Colleen Hoover – The poems are incredible, I cried while reading all of them. It’s very emotional, raw, and heart whelming, they are beautiful in every way.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?

Where She Went by Gayle Forman – I somehow can relate with the story. It reminded of my past heartbreaks and struggles in life. I love Adam and I felt like I was like him 3 years ago, in a particular part of my life. I’m happy I was able to move on. 🙂

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?

“Well, you would realize…
Like i eventually realized…
That the good things about her?
All the beautiful?
It’s not real.
It’s fake.
So you keep your ocean,
I’ll take the lake.”

-Slammed by Colleen Hoover

“The clothes are packed off to Goodwill
I said my goodbyes up on that hill
The house is empty, the furniture sold
Soon your smells will decay to mold
Don’t know why I bother calling, ain’t nobody answering
Don’t know why I bother singing, ain’t nobody listening”
-”Disconnect”, Collateral Damage, Track 10

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?

Longest – The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan – 586 pages

Shortest – Losing It by Cora Carmack – 204 pages

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver – because of the CLIFFHANGER ENDING!!!

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand – I love how the romance built between Clara and Tucker because they started as friends. Tucker always teases her because of her orange hair, he calls him “Carrot”. And he jokes a lot! LOL!

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously

Bewitching by Alex Flinn

20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

Easy by Tammara Webber – Of course! It was recommended to me by my goodreads friend Novel,

Looking Ahead…

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

A LOT!!! Of course, books from the series will be top priority, like Unravel Me, Sweet Peril, EverBound, Clockwork Princess, Asunder, Dark Triumph, Towering, Scarlet, Through the Ever Night and many more!!!

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?

Get to know more fellow bloggers and readers. I love discovering new things and meeting new people, and talking about the thing I love the most, BOOKS!

I HOPE 2013 WILL BE A GREAT YEAR FOR US!!! ♥

xoxo,