Stacking The Shelves #28

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!

Paperbacks received from The Book Depository last week:

touch, angelfall, graffiti moon

Touch by Jus Accardo

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

I also got Clockwork Princess last week but I’ve already read it that’s why I did not include it here. If you haven’t checked out my review of Clockwork Princess, you can read it through this link.

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

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Storm (Elemental #1) by Brigid Kemmerer: Book Review

stormTitle: Storm (Elemental #1)

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Started Date:  March 26, 2013

Finished Date: March 28, 2013

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys all the ones she doesn’t want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming.”

MY THOUGHTS.

 

Wow! Just plain wow! I found a new series to love! Yay!

I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about this book, and I’m so happy to finally read it! Everything about it is really good! The idea of the four elements mixed in a book makes it so interesting and addicting. It’s a pretty long book honestly, but there was never a part that I got bored. Who would get bored with a book with four gorgeous guys in it? Haha! No one, I think! Michael, Gabriel, Nick and Chris are awesome characters! The heroine, Becca, is such a tough one, and I really like her too. Wow, I’m so picky with heroines, it’s very rare that I get to like one. Haha!

Anyway, going back to the characters, Michael is the oldest, he controls Earth. Chris controls water. Nick controls air and Gabriel controls fire, they’re twins actually. I really like stories about super powers and elements, and Water has been my favorite. I admit I’m a little bit confused at the beginning because there are too many characters, I couldn’t differentiate who is who. But it grew on me as I read! I really like the suspense and mystery in this book. It is also action-packed! And I also like the romance part, though I thought it’ll be instant love between Chris and Becca, but somehow it really developed well. There’s also an additional hot guy, Hunter – mysterious and seems dangerous too, but he’s really sweet. I admit I got confused, I was actually rooting for Hunter in some parts. Ok, I have to stop now before I spoil much! Haha! This is a good series and I’m picking up the sequel and novellas right now. I’m looking forward for more action-packed adventure and sweet romance! And I’d like to get to know more about them! I don’t know who’s my favorite among them, but I have to admit that I have this crush with Hunter, his sandy hair and knowledge with rocks. *swoons* 🙂

 

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The Prince (The Selection 0.5) by Kiera Cass: Book Review

the princeTitle: The Prince (The Selection 0.5)

Author: Kiera Cass

Started Date:  March 25, 2013

Finished Date: March 26, 2013

Rating: 3/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection…

Before Aspen broke America’s heart…

There was another girl in Prince Maxon’s life…

Don’t miss this thrilling 128-page original novella set in the world of the New York Times bestselling novel The Selection. Also features a teaser to The Elite, Kiera Cass’s hotly anticipated sequel to The Selection.”

 

 

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

This is a short story about Prince Maxon, well, I don’t know what to say about him. He’s a prince, so he’s supposed to be charming, right? Well, he is, but I’m still not convinced to change my team. Haha! Maybe, I’m one of the few that belongs to Team Aspen, and I’m proud of it. Haha! Because I believe there’s a story behind him. And I think America really loves her.

Anyway, let’s go back to Prince Maxon and his story which I thought he has his first love based on summary. But I couldn’t find her in the story! Ugh! Is it Daphne? Because I think there’s no one else. But she was mentioned few times and it seems that Maxon doesn’t really love her. She keeps on insisting that he actually loves her. And I think he doesn’t. I don’t get it. At all. However, I still liked the prince’s side of story about the Selection. He was nervous and had endless thoughts about what ifs. And I also liked his first encounter with America, he’s genuine and such a gentleman. But I admit I’m not a fan of America, and I think I will never be. I don’t like her attitude and I don’t want to elaborate either. Maybe I’ll give her a chance in the second book. 😉

 

xoxo,

 

 

 

Waiting On Wednesday #24: Faking It by Cora Carmack

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 Faking It by Cora Carmack

faking it

“Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.”

Why I Can’t Wait:

Duh. This is Cade’s story, enough reason, right? Haha! I mean, if you’ve read the first book, you’ll know Cade! LOL! I’m so excited for his own happy ending! I hope this will be as good as the first, or better. 🙂

Expected Publication:

June 4th 2013 by William Morrow & Company

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Measuring Up by Nyrae Dawn: Book Review

measuring upTitle: Measuring Up

Author: Nyrae Dawn

Started Date:  March 24, 2013

Finished Date: March 24, 2013

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Seventeen-year-old Annabel Conway is tired of the Hillcrest High School elite making her life miserable because she’s not a size two. This summer, she’s hiring a personal trainer to help her lose weight. 

Annabel doesn’t expect her trainer to be a gorgeous guy around her age. Boys like Tegan are jerks. They pretend to like girls like her so they can make an idiot out of them. Been there, done that. Totally not going there again. She kind of hates him on principal. Blond. Muscular. Funny. It doesn’t help that he knows her measurements!

Soon, Tegan’s so much more than that. He’s the boy who teaches her to box when she has a bad day. Who jogs with her and lets her set the pace. Who kisses her until she melts. He makes her feel beautiful regardless of what the scale says. Unlike her mom, he doesn’t expect perfection, and he doesn’t try to shield her from the world like her dad and best friend. Tegan likes her the way she is.

But what happens when he’s not there? He can’t always be there… 

Will Annabel be able to stand on her own and learn that she already measures up? That her worth doesn’t lie in what the world thinks, the scale says, or even what Tegan tells her—but in herself?”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

I really like this book because it’s a light read and I also enjoyed all the characters! But what really made me to want to read this is because of the cover! Haha! The guy in the cover is a hottie, I couldn’t stop myself staring. Haha! Anyway, this book is such a breather to me, after reading a roller coaster one. I’m glad I finally decided to read it, since it has been in my ebook shelf for a long time! I like the cute characters, especially Annabel Lee and Teagan. Wait, I have to admit that I didn’t read the summary before reading it, so I didn’t know that this is about a fat girl and his hot instructor. It reminds me of a movie here in our country, though the situation is reverse, the guy was the fat one.

I enjoyed knowing all the characters. Even though Annabel Lee has a lot of insecurities, she actually redeemed herself because she’s determined to lose weight and totally changed her life. I understand her of course, because I thought I was a little fat during grade school, and right now because I’ve been eating a lot! Haha! No one wants to get bullied so I totally understand her. Teagan, on the other hand, is such a charmer, he’s conceited in a funny way, and he’s a hottie too. He’s an instructor, duh. Haha! I like Annabel’s father because he’s so supportive and understanding. And I also like Teagan’s mom and brother, they’re both cool. And I have this mixed feelings about Annabel’s bestfriend and mother, I think they don’t understand her at all. Her mom doesn’t listen to her. And she doesn’t know her too.

Anyway, I definitely enjoyed this one, and it’s a really good read. So if you want a light book, you have to pick this one . 😉

 

xoxo,

 

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare: Book Review

clockwork princessTitle: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Started Date:  March 21, 2013

Finished Date: March 24, 2013

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.”

 

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

Speechless. I couldn’t find the right words to describe how much I adore this book. This final conclusion of the Infernal Devices brought out all the emotions in me, I cried and I laughed, I became angry, frustrated, shocked, and then I laughed again. There are so many parts of this book that tore my heart to pieces, yet in beautiful ways.

Cassandra Clara is a talented writer, I have to agree to that. She’s so genius and I admire her so much for creating this wonderful series. I love everything about it. The amazing characters, along with the plot and twists. I will always remember the lovable characters here- Tessa, Jem, Will, Charlotte, Henry, Cecily, Gabriel, Sophie, Gideon, Bridget, and of course Magnus Bane. Even though I’ve always declared my dislike with Tessa, I’ve learned to like her here, and she actually redeemed herself. I have never believed her capability to love Jem and Will at the same time. For me, it was impossible. Or maybe I was just jealous because she can have them both. Haha!

I love and adore it, as much as I love Jem. But I think I love Jem more.
Yes, I do love him, ever since the first book. And I think I have never loved any character from a book as much as I love him. I couldn’t stop myself to compare him with a precious gem, fragile and beautiful, and precious. He’s my precious Jem.

“And I have loved you all this time – a century and a half.” That is my favorite line from him, and I cried a river reading it.

 

xoxo,

 

Waiting On Wednesday #23: Just One Year by Gayle Forman

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 Just One Year (Just One Day, #2) by Gayle Forman

just one year

“Companion to JUST ONE DAY. It will be in Willem’s POV. 

“Can you fall in love in just one day? Can you become a new person? How about in just one year? In JUST ONE DAY and its companion novel JUST ONE YEAR, sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey and easygoing actor Willem De Ruiter are about to find out against a guidebook-worthy array of foreign backdrops. Equal parts romance, coming-of-age-tale, mystery and travel romp (with settings that span from England’s Stratford upon Avon to Paris to Amsterdam to India’s Bollywood) JUST ONE DAY and JUST ONE YEAR show how in looking for someone else, you just might wind up finding yourself.”

Why I Can’t Wait:

Because I’ve read Just One Day, and I’m eagerly waiting for this second book! Even though I didn’t love the first book, I know and I’m sure that I will love the second because it’s Will’s POV!!!

Expected Publication:

October 15th 2013 by Dutton Juvenile

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The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter: Book Review

goddess inheritanceTitle: The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test #3)

Author: Aimee Carter

Started Date:  March 17, 2013

Finished Date: March 17, 2013

Rating: 3/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“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.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

A good conclusion to the series. Though I did not enjoy much reading it, I can still say that it has a good ending, a happy one. However, I have some issues with the characters.

I did not like the attitude of Kate, she’s obnoxious and self-centered. She kept on saying that everything happens because of her. She insisted that everything is her fault. Yeah, right. I can’t stop my eyes from rolling. Ugh. Here are some examples: <spoiler>When Cronus declared war and killed many people in Athens, she said that was her fault. When Ava died, it was her fault again.</spoiler>. Ok, if you haven’t read this book yet, i hope you did not click the spoiler alert! Haha! But I can’t promise to write this whole review without some spoilers, please bear with me, I just can’t help it.

Henry, on the other hand, is still hot as ever, haha. However, it seems that he’s so weak, in spite of the fact that he’s the god of the underworld. I mean, he almost died, again. Ugh. I hope that’s not a major spoiler, because that also happened in the second book.

Ava, another major character here, is as annoying as ever. I understand why Kate couldn’t forgive her. And she feels sorry for the things she has done, oh well, she can just shut up.

Calliope, she’s a good villain, but too pathetic, I couldn’t get the fact the she’s angry because no one loves her. I think I do not understand her at all.

Anyway, it’s still a good book, I just the hope characters are lovable. 😉

 

xoxo,

 

Stacking The Shelves #27

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!

Paperbacks I bought:

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The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

I just finished reading Requiem, it’s really good but somehow disappointing. You may check out my review here.

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

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Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver: Book Review

requiemTitle: Requiem (Delirium #3) 

Author: Lauren Oliver

Started Date:  March 10, 2013

Finished Date: March 13, 2013

Rating: 3/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.

But we are still here.

And there are more of us every day.

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor.

Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.

Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.

But we have chosen a different road.

And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.

We are even free to choose the wrong thing.

Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

The ending sucks.
The love triangle sucks.

I don’t know if I’m going to give this 3 stars or 2 stars. I think I’ll have to give it 3 since it was still unputdownable and moving. Or maybe because I just want to read the ending and know what will happen that’s why I couldn’t put it down? I don’t know, I just don’t want to think about it. Anyway, I still like Lauren Oliver’s writing, I can’t deny the fact that she’s really good. She writes beautifully, with lots of memorable lines. However, she also writes vague endings. I don’t hate the open-ended ending, I just don’t like it. That’s not a good way to end a trilogy. If she’s going to write an epilogue, that would be so much better.

I think the story has drifted far from its original concept. I remember I decided to read this series because of the main theme as love being a disease, which I think is very unique, and intriguing. The first book, Delirium, is really good. Pandemonium, the second, is perfect, really better from the first! I can still feel the idea of love being a disease, infectious and dangerous. First with Alex, then on Julian. But with the third book, I couldn’t find LOVE. It felt like all about Lena’s struggle in the wilds, her confusion, her miserable life. I don’t feel sorry for her because she’s selfish. I liked Hana’s story though.

Julian deserves better. Really. I couldn’t fight myself for feeling so sorry for him. If only I can take away his pain. Haha!
Alex, ummm, he’s still irresistible, I understand Lena in a way.
Lena, I don’t care about her! My lips are sealed, I need to remain silent before I can say bad things to her! Haha!

So ok, for those who are planning to read this book, I’m telling you, you should prepare yourself. Be very prepared. 😉

 

 

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