Four Summers by Nyrae Dawn: Book Review

four summersTitle: Four Summers

Author: Nyrae Dawn

Started Date:  May 24, 2013

Finished Date:  May 24, 2013

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Charlotte Gates is tired of being Charlie Rae. She loves the lake she was raised on, their rental cabins, and spending her nights under the stars…but inside she yearns for more.

After his freshman year, Nathaniel Chase’s family spends their first summer at The Village. From the beginning Charlotte intrigues him. She’s the girl who always says what’s on her mind, wins at night games, and each time she looks through her telescope, gets lost in the sky.

Over the course of four summers together, Charlotte and Nathaniel become best friends, share firsts, mend broken hearts, protect each other’s secrets, overcome tragedies…fall in love. And say goodbye…

Charlie wants out of The Village. Nate wants her to have her stars. And they dream of being able to do it all together. But life isn’t as easy as their summers.

Each summer is told in alternating points of view between Charlie and Nate. Journey with the pair, and their friends, as they share their story about growing up, discovering who they are, making tough choices, and falling in love again and again.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

Inspiring…

Wow, it’s really good! And I’m feeling generous right now, I’m giving it 5 stars! But yeah, it deserves the 5-star rating.
I really like it, and I finished it in one sitting. This one is a bit more emotional from the author’s previous books, and I love how she wrote this one differently.

I love all the characters, it felt like I got to know them more within the four summers. Charlie is a very likable heroine, which is definitely rare. She’s the Star Girl, she’s one of the boys, she plays football, she plays Last Man Standing, she loves the stars, she dreams big, and she’s Charlotte to Nate.
Nathaniel Chase, the summer boy, who made her swooned a lot, is definitely every girl’s dreams. Oh well, I really think so. I like his POV, the second and the fourth summer, made me understand and love him more. I think their story is so close to reality, it felt like anyone can relate to them one way or another.

I like how the author wrote this book with both Charlie and Nate’s POV, it felt complete. It felt PERFECT, especially for a summer read. 😉

 

xoxo,

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) by Michelle Hodkin: Book Review

unbecomingTitle: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)

Author: Michelle Hodkin

Started Date:  May 11, 2013

Finished Date:  May 18, 2013

Rating: 3/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

     It can.

     She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

     There is.

     She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

     She’s wrong.

     After Mara survives the traumatizing accident at the old asylum, it makes sense that she has issues. She lost her best friend, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s sister, and as if that weren’t enough to cope with, her family moves to a new state in order to give her a fresh start. But that fresh start is quickly filled with hallucinations—or are they premonitions?—and then corpses, and the boundary between reality and nightmare is wavering. At school, there’s Noah, a devastatingly handsome charmer who seems determined to help Mara piece together what’s real, what’s imagined—and what’s very, very dangerous.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

Intense. Mysterious. Gripping. Unpredictable. Weird. Kind of.

Yes, it was really weird, in ways I couldn’t explain. I guess it was because of the revelation about Mara and Noah. What kept me reading this book is because of the suspense, I couldn’t guess what happened to Mara right until the end of the book. It gave me goosebumps, especially the ghosts, they are really creepy. However, I couldn’t connect the ghosts to what she can do. I admit the book was hard to figure out. Mara is such a strong character, especially how she stood up and never allow people to bully her. She’s also tough with Noah. However, she definitely has a temper. She seems crazy sometimes, but of course, she’s really not. She somehow reminds me of Juliette from the Shatter Me series and Violet from The Body Finder series. I won’t thoroughly explain why because I might give some spoilers. I also want my review to be mysterious as the book. Haha!

Anyway, I like the book because of Noah Shaw!
People kept on telling me that Noah is so swoon-worthy, and he’s the only one that made them love the book, according to some. I have to agree with everything about him. He’s a certified flirt and I like how he pursued Mara to go out with her. I love how he defends her every time, how he insists on keeping them together, and how he manages to fix everything. I really hope he can, you know, fix her.

Of course, I’ll be reading the next book. Hopefully it will be so much better. And I have to say that the covers of this series are definitely gorgeous. 😉

 

xoxo,

Spark (Elemental #2) by Brigid Kemmerer: Book Review

sparkTitle: Spark (Elemental #2)

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Started Date:  May 15, 2013

Finished Date:  May 16, 2013

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

EARTH. FIRE. AIR. WATER.

He could feel flames coming through the floor, looking for him. Sparks and ash rained down. He wasn’t going to make it. He was going to fail. Again. Then a hand closed over his wrist and pulled, hard.

Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally. Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. So when an arsonist wreaks havoc on his town all the signs point to Gabriel.

Layne is strangely drawn to him. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.

Gabriel can’t let Layne know that the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.

THE FUSE IS LIT…”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

I love Gabriel!!!

Yay, another book boyfriend for me!
He is sooo hot, literally hot! Because he controls fire!
He may seem so hot tempered, sometimes a jerk, but he’s truly a good guy. He doesn’t like Math, he loves sports, he saves lives, he loves his family, and he’s perfect! LOL!
And I love the fact that he fell in love with an extraordinary girl, Layne. I like her, she’s shy, kind and smart, a nerd (like me, sort of), and a pretty girl (of course, definitely like me, haha!). Although everyone treats her unkindly, Gabe is always around to defend her. And I really like her kind soul, even if she has tough parents – a mom who wants her to be perfect and a strict lawyer dad. Gabe and Layne are such a cute couple.
I think this is my most favorite from the series so far. 🙂

I’m now a fan of this series! I’m excited to read Hunter’s story, but I’m also nervous about it. I hope it’ll be as good as the others. 😉

5 sparkling Stars! 😉

 

 

xoxo,

Stacking The Shelves #30

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 bought from the last two weeks:
spark and chasing brooklyn

Spark (Elemental #2) by Brigid Kemmerer (TBD)

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder (Fullybooked, already read and reviewed)

book haul

 Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson (Fullybooked)

Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins (Fullybooked)

I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder (Fullybooked)

Far From You by Lisa Schroeder (Fullybooked)

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

Link me up so I can also stop by!

xoxo,

 

 

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder: Book Review

chasing brooklynTitle: Chasing Brooklyn

Author: Lisa Schroeder

Started Date:  May 4, 2013

Finished Date:  May 4, 2013

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Restless souls and empty hearts.

Brooklyn can’t sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca, died only a year ago, and now her friend Gabe has just died of an overdose. Every time she closes her eyes, Gabe’s ghost is there waiting for her. She has no idea what he wants or why it isn’t Lucca visiting her dreams.

Nico can’t stop. He’s always running, trying to escape the pain of losing his brother, Lucca. But when Lucca’s ghost begins leaving messages, telling Nico to help Brooklyn, emotions come crashing to the surface.

As the nightmares escalate and the messages become relentless, Nico reaches out to Brooklyn. But neither of them can admit that they’re being haunted. Until they learn to let each other in, not one soul will be able to rest.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

Is it possible to love every chapter, every line, and every words of a book?

Because it did happened to me…with this one.

I love everything about this book! This is my first time to read a novel written in verse. I bought this just a few days ago because of the good reviews and recommendations. Also, I was intrigued by how it was written in verse. Then, I opened it and began reading the first chapter. And I just realized that I couldn’t stop reading. Wow, it actually took me only the first page. And I got hooked.

I knew this is a tear jerker, so I expected myself to cry. And I indeed literally cry. I love how it was written, how it was able to capture my heart.
It MOVED me. It was heart breaking, but it made me fall in love too. I felt everything, every word. I was amazed by how a certain book can teach a lot of things, a lot of lessons in life.
I love the characters – Brooklyn and Nico. They are both sad, lonely, and broken. They both lose someone they love the most – Lucca. He’s the boyfriend of Brooklyn and brother of Nico. Somehow, Lucca’s ghost helped them, to finally move on and be happy again.

Here’s my favorite line from it:
“My reflection tells one story.
My heart, a different one.

The difference is,
hearts don’t lie.
Mirrors do.” 

*sigh*
I can’t stop thinking about this book. I feel everything.
I really love it. Can you believe it, it only took me one book from the author and I’m now a fan?!
So you know I’ll be reading more books from her. 😉

 

xoxo,

The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey #3) by Julie Kagawa: Book Review

iron queenTitle: The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey #3)

Author: Julie Kagawa

Started Date:  May 1, 2013

Finished Date:  May 4, 2013

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who’s sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I’m not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

5 Awesome Stars!!!

I can really say that this is the best book from the series. But I haven’t read the fourth book yet which is about Ash, so I guess I might change my mind eventually. Haha!

In this book, Meghan Chase has definitely proved that she’s a very likable heroine, she has improved in so many ways. She became really smart and courageous, and I like her determination to save her world. Of course, she has all the help she can have. She’s got her literally cool boyfriend Ash and her best friend Puck. Yeah, I’m Team Ash all the way, but I can’t help but also feel something for Puck too, especially when he’s serious, which is very rare. Haha! Anyway, I love this because of the action-packed adventure and the romance between Ash and Meghan. Wow, she’s damn lucky for having Ash. I swooned a lot of times, the part when Ash made his vow and I learned his true name. I even thought that he has a great name, can I use it some time? LOL!

I need to read the fourth book right now! 😉

 

xoxo,

The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa: Book Review

eternity cureTitle: The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2)

Author: Julie Kagawa

Started Date:  April 20, 2013

Finished Date: April 28, 2013

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“In Allison Sekemoto’s world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood 

She has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie’s birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever-and possibly end human and vampire existence. 

There’s a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago-and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time. 

Allison thought that immortality was forever. But now, with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, and Allie must face another choice she could never have imagined having to make.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

March 24. I’ve got an ARC! Woot! Woot! Thanks Netgalley and Harlequin for the eARC! 😉

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April 28. If you haven’t read it yet, please watch out because this review contain some spoilers. Sorry guys, I can’t help it. 😉

I’ve finished reading it and WOW, Julie Kagawa is the best, I can’t believe how she manages to write intense books like this one! It’s one of the best sequels I’ve ever read! I’m speechless. Ugh. I’m loss of words how to describe it. This is an action-packed sequel, moving, and so intense. I’m used to the the dark world, even though it’s really a cruel kind. Imagine the earth with vampires, rabids and moles, it’s so scary to live in that kind of world.

This sequel is about Allison searching for Kanin, with Jackal. I love Allison, she’s a great heroine! I really admire her for her bravery and strength. It’s very rare that we can find a likable heroine like her nowadays. After reading two horrible heroines, I appreciate Allison in everything she is. I’m so glad that Zeke is back too! Even though it was almost halfway that he appeared again, I’m just so happy that he’s back. I love Allison and Zeke’s romance, he really loves her, he came back for her. I also love how brave he is, even though there are times that he’s surrounded by vampires. He knows how to fight, he knows how to take care of Allison even though she doesn’t need it, he’s always worried about her. I’m so jealous, Allison is such a lucky vampire girl. Yeah, he calls her vampire girl.

I’m happy that this series has no love triangle. At first, I thought it has, because I’ve been reading Team Kanin and Team Zeke. But it seems that Kanin is a fatherly figure with Allison. Sarren is such a psycho, he’s a cruel villain, I want to kill him too!
The cliffhanger ending is a killer too, it broke my heart to pieces. Zeke made me cry. 😦

I want the third book NOW! I want to know what happen to Zeke! Please!

 

xoxo,