Stacking The Shelves #33

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!

I haven’t posted any book haul update in a while and you may think I haven’t bought any yet. But no, I have lots of books to share today! LOL! 😀

Here are the books I bought last July 17 for my birthday! 😀

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Pivot Point by Kasie West (hardbound, Fullybooked)

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger (paperback, Fullybooked)

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole (paperback, Fullybooked)

Body and Soul by Stacey Kade (paperback, Fullybooked)

The Locket by Stacey Jay (paperback, Fullybooked)

Here are the books I bought last Saturday, Aug 3. But the two books there were gifts from my book buddy, Leigh!

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Soul Screamers Volume 2 by Rachel Vincent

Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Endlessly by Kiersten White

The Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Robin Palmer

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Legend by Marie Lu

Anyway, I’ve already read Dare You To and it’s pretty good. I’m currently reading Pivot Point which I find very unique and interesting. I think I’m going to love this one! 🙂

That’s all! :)

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Waiting On Wednesday #28

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 Uninvited (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan

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“When Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn’t feel any different, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.”

Why I Can’t Wait:

This is a  new series from Sophie Jordan, the author of the Firelight series, enough said. I know this would be awesome! And the story seems very interesting, I’m so curious about the the kill gene.

Expected Publication:

January 28th 2014 by HarperTeen

That’s all!

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Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins: Book Review

sweet perilTitle: Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2)

Author: Wendy Higgins

Started Date:  July 13, 2013

Finished Date:  July 19, 2013

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things. 

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

KAIDAN IS SMOKIN’ HOT!

*drools*

That’s all I can really say! LOL!
I can’t actually decide if this one is much better than the first. But I’m certain that I love all the characters! It started with Anna, of course, with all her partying and stuff. But it was all for a show so that the whisperers will know that she’s working. Anna was depressed too, all because of Kaidan. I like the fact that she knows who she really wants and she doesn’t get confused by Kope, <spoiler>except maybe for that one kiss they shared together, LOL! I’m not Team Kope, if there’s a Team Kope, but that scene is also hot!</spoiler>. They traveled together to find allies because of the prophecy. I like Kope because he’s such a good guy and he cares about Anna. Oh well, Anna has been a “very” good girl, maybe because of the fact that she’s part angel. Sometimes I doubt her because she’s too good to be true, she trusts too much, she’s kinda conservative (duh), she says and does what’s right. Yeah, I think that’s because she’s part angel. LOL! I also like Blake, Kaidan’s friend, because he’s a Filipino, and he’s funny. I think I’ll just have him since Kaidan is not available. Oops, I think I need to erase Ginger from the scene. LOL! 🙂

Anyway, the reason why I didn’t give it 5 stars is because nothing much happened. There’s no action or any surprise. It seems like you can totally based everything from the summary of the book. The summary says it all. I think this would pass for a romance novel, not a paranormal one. However, Kaidan is so hot that I drooled a lot! O_o <spoiler>And it’s nice to know that they are finally together.</spoiler> Even though Kaidan is a jerk most of the time, he actually redeemed himself towards the end of the book. I just love how sweet Kaidan is! ♥

I wish there’s a third book already!!! 🙂

 

xoxo,

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade: Book Review

ghost and the gothTitle: The Ghost and the Goth

Author: Stacey Kade

Started Date:  July 10, 2013

Finished Date:  July 13, 2013

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Alona Dare–Senior in high school, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, Homecoming Queen three years in a row, voted most likely to marry a movie star… and newly dead.

I’m the girl you hated in high school. Is it my fault I was born with it all-good looks, silky blond hair, a hot bod, and a keen sense of what everyone else should not be wearing? But my life isn’t perfect, especially since I died. Run over by a bus of band geeks—is there anything more humiliating? As it turns out, yes—watching your boyfriend and friends move on with life, only days after your funeral. And you wouldn’t believe what they’re saying about me now that they think I can’t hear them. To top it off, I’m starting to disappear, flickering in and out of existence. I don’t know where I go when I’m gone, but it’s not good. Where is that freaking white light already?

Will Killian–Senior in high school, outcast, dubbed “Will Kill” by the popular crowd for the unearthly aura around him, voted most likely to rob a bank…and a ghost-talker.

I can see, hear, and touch the dead. Unfortunately, they can also see, hear and touch me. Yeah, because surviving high school isn’t hard enough already. I’ve done my best to hide my “gift.” After all, my dad, who shared my ability, killed himself because of it when I was fifteen. But lately, pretending to be normal has gotten a lot harder. A new ghost—an anonymous, seething cloud of negative energy with the capacity to throw me around—is pursuing me with a vengeance. My mom, who knows nothing about what I can do, is worrying about the increase in odd incidents, my shrink is tossing around terms like “temporary confinement for psychiatric evaluation,” and my principal, who thinks I’m a disruption and a faker, is searching for every way possible to get rid of me. How many weeks until graduation?”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

Funny. Enjoyable. Simply amazing! 

I really enjoyed reading this one which is a huge surprise to me. I totally did not expect anything from it, I just knew that it’s interesting especially with those covers. It seems that the cover with a beautiful blonde girl and a gothic looking hot guy tells us the whole story. I thought it’ll be as predictable as the covers. But I was wrong! This book doesn’t have any predictable parts or scenes. I like how it started, the accident of Alona, and details from it were hidden and answered in the end.

I love all the characters, they grew on me instantly, even though I’ve read it in a very short time. Alona is a witty and funny character. She died in an accident and woke up as a ghost. In spite of her reputation and bitchy attitude, she kindness underneath. I like how blunt she is, she’s honest to tell anyone if she wears an awful outfit. Lol! She’s also brave, especially if she wants to win or achieve her goal. Will, on the other hand, seems like a hottie and he definitely made it on my book boyfriend list. Well, he seems my type, especially with his mysterious side and white teeth. Lol! He said he’s not a goth and of course I believe him even though he likes black and he wears hoodie most of the time. There’s more from him that most people don’t see. One thing I like the most is the alternate POVs, the author really did a good job on creating the characters. She made them lovable and you can identify the two. I think it’s rare that I can find a believable guy’s POV from a female author. Sometimes female authors tend to write girly guy’s POV which is a huge turn off.

I will definitely read the other books from the series and I already have them now. I want more from Alona and Will! 😉

 

xoxo,

 

Towering by Alex Flinn: Book Review

toweringTitle: Towering

Author: Alex Flinn

Started Date:  July 7, 2013

Finished Date:  July 12, 2013

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“t first, I merely saw his face, his hands on the window ledge. Then, his whole body as he swung himself through the window. Only I could not see what he swung on.
Until, one day, I told my dream self to look down. And it was then that I saw. He had climbed on a rope. I knew without asking that the rope had been one of my own tying.

Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she’s always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her. 

Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened to his best friend, Tyler. That’s why he’s been shipped off to the Adirondacks in the dead of winter to live with the oldest lady in town. Either that, or no one he knows ever wants to see him again.

Dani disappeared seventeen years ago without a trace, but she left behind a journal that’s never been read, not even by her overbearing mother…until now.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

Gorgeous cover. That’s it.
This is one of the beautiful covers I’ve ever seen, not only because of the long blonde hair and the elegant white gown, but the cover itself tells us so much, it makes us expect more. It promises us an amazing retelling of Rapuzel’s fairy tale. But the truth is, I’m a bit disappointed after reading this book. It wasn’t able to lived up to my expectations. I LOVE all books from Alex Flinn, especially Bewitching that’s why it made me sad that Towering is not as beautiful.

In spite of it, I can actually say that it’s a cute one and dreamy. It started good because of the mystery, the two alternating POVs of Rachel and Wyatt, plus the diary of Danielle. The first part is kinda slow which is somehow a good thing since it tells us the separate story of Rachel and Wyatt. As expected, Rachel lives in a tower and Wyatt arrives to this certain town. (I don’t remember the name of the town! LOL!) Their insta-love is unbelievable even though I’ve expected it. But falling in love the moment they met? That’s definitely impossible. Well, come to think of it, it can happen, since this is a fairy tale, right? LOL! But of course, I was hoping for a more developed romance. In that way, readers will also learn to fall in love with the characters and their love story. Anyway, the second half of the book answers all the mysteries and questions, which is one of the positive things about the book. But the events are really off for me, especially the <spoiler>crying part so that the water will be contaminated and Rhapsody will wither. That ends everything. Also when Rachel healed Wyatt in the end is very predictable. </spoiler> Those parts are disappointing for me, it felt like the author did not think of a better ending.

Anyway, I still like the book, I’m giving it 3.5 stars! 🙂

 

xoxo,

Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions #1) by Louise Rozett: Book Review

confessions of an angry girlTitle: Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions #1)

Author: Louise Rozett

Started Date:  July 6, 2013

Finished Date:  July 9, 2013

Rating: 3/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions to make…

1. I’m livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I’m allowed to be irate, don’t you?

2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is nowenraged and out for blood. Mine.

3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and “seeing red” means being angry—get it?)

Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.

(Don’t know what they mean? Look them up yourself.)

(Sorry. That was rude.)”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

I really don’t know what I think about this book, am I angry or what? Lol!
But I really didn’t expect the cliffhanger ending. I know I should blame myself about that because I don’t usually read book reviews before and while reading a book. I know there’s a second book, but I thought it will be about a different character from the series. So yeah, I’m a bit disaapointed right now. This book would have been a good one if the author actually ended it here. I think this is so much better as a stand alone.

Anyway, I’m not sure if the heroine, Rose, is really angry, but she can really make everyone angry. I find her immature, and I understand her somehow because she’s just fourteen. Tracy, her bestfriend, is angry at her most of the time. I think she’s not a true friend to her at all. Robert, the guy who has a long time crush with her, is kinda stalkerish. Jamie Forta, the guy she really likes, is hot, somehow I think he is. He’s got a girlfriend, and I don’t remember her name, lol! But that girlfriend became Rose’s mortal enemy in the book. Well I think most of the characters were angry at her at one point, including her mom and brother, which is I think record-breaking. Lol! 😉

Yeah, I did enjoy this one, and I’m going to read the sequel because I want to know what will happen to Jamie. I don’t care much about the heroine, she makes me angry sometimes. Lol! 😉

 

xoxo,

Black City (Black City #1) by Elizabeth Richards: Book Review

black cityTitle: Black City (Black City #1)

Author: Elizabeth Richards

Started Date:  July 2, 2013

Finished Date:  July 7, 2013

Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary from Goodreads:

“A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.”

MY THOUGHTS.

A really good paranormal/dystopian book.Dark, cruel, and undeniably romantic.

I have to admit that I didn’t know that there are vampires in this book. I only thought of the usual dystopian stuffs such as world-building, wars, and politics. What I really liked about this one is the forbidden romance. I’ve expected a lot from it because of the summary, it said “Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.”. So you can’t blame me to expect much especially with the word “execution”. LOL!

It started really good, though I couldn’t identify the different kinds of Darklings, since there are rare ones and common ones. They also have different appearances. And I couldn’t picture them at all. It’s hard to remember the system but it eventually came to me. I like the two POVs from Natalie and Ash. Natalie is a normal girl, a human, with a heart failure. Ash is a Twin-blood, half human and half Darkling, with heart that doesn’t beat. Everything about them is very interesting, the mystery of the heart and their races.

I enjoyed the first half, then all of a sudden, my love for this book deflated like a balloon. I would have given it 5 stars but the latter half of it made me roll my eyes and raise my eyebrows. It became fast-paced, which is not in a good way, it became literally fast, it seemed that the events became unbelievable. (Watch out, spoilers ahead! ) Here are some of the parts: <spoiler>When they learned that they’re Blood Mates, they instantly agree to be a couple. When Natalie learned that her heart is not truly hers and Evangeline is the true Blood Mate of Ash. Then he allowed Evangeline to kiss him and Natalie saw them. Then the next day, Natalie forgave him. When Ash’s mother died, they had sex, and I was like, “Whoa!? Where did it come from? They’re supposed to mourn.</spoiler>
In spite of those unbelievable events, the few last chapters of the book were enjoyable, I’ve learned how cruel the world they live in. I don’t know how the second book will be but I’ll definitely read it. I hope it’ll be better and slower this time to give readers the time to digest the contents.

Anyway, if you like Eternity Cure, Warm Bodies and Romeo and Juliet, this book is definitely for you. 🙂

xoxo,

Waiting On Wednesday #27

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 Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton

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Why I Can’t Wait:

There’s no blurb yet about this one and I haven’t read the second book yet, but I’m seriously waiting for it! I’m sure it will be awesome! And look at that cover, really gorgeous! 🙂

Expected Publication:

January 21st 2014 by Balzer + Bray

 

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Stacking The Shelves #32

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:

Black City by Elizabeth Richards (Fullybooked)

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (Fullybooked)

That’s all! 🙂

(I’ve been in a book buying ban but I can’t help myself sometimes. LOL!)

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Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2013

toptentuesday2Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This is my first time to participate so I’m excited to share this list! I’ve read 67 books so far so it was hard for me to pick only ten books. LOL! Anyway, here’s my list:

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  1. Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer – I love Wolf and Scarlet! They are awesome characters!  I admire how the author created a perfect twist to the series and combined some of the fairy tale characters. This is my best book of the year so far! 🙂
  2. The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa  – Julie Kagawa is one of the exceptional writers and she really did a good job with this one, a fast-paced and action-packed sequel of the Blood of Eden, a dystopian-paranormal series! I love Zeke!
  3. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare – This is my most anticipated book this year and it didn’t fail me. As you already know, I’m hopelessly in love with Jem, so my heart was breaking while reading it, but I’ve enjoyed every part of it. A perfect ending to the series!
  4.  The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey #3) by Julie Kagawa – I know I’m a bit late reading this series because I was hesitant after reading the first one, but this series grew on me and I’ve learned to love it. This third book is my most favorite so far.
  5. Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder – This is the very book I’ve read in verse and I loved it! It was very emotional, I cried a lot and I love how it was able to capture my heart.
  6. Faking It (Losing It #2) by Cora Carmack – I don’t have to explain much, but Cade is the perfect boyfriend!!! I promise that his own happy ever after is way so much better than the first book. 🙂
  7. Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) by R.L. LaFevers – Beautifully written and superb plot, this one is definitely darker and bolder than Grave Mercy.
  8. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley – This book has a special spot in my heart. I love it because of it’s complete package – funny characters, cool arts and inspiring poems. 🙂
  9. Spark (Elemental #2) by Brigid Kemmerer – I’ve been addicted to the Elemental series, it involves the power of elements and Gabriel’s story is my most favorite He controls fire and he’s literally hot! LOL!
  10. Because of Low (Sea Breeze #2) by Abbi Glines – I think this is the only book from the Sea Breeze series that I really like and that’s because of Marcus! I love him, maybe because he’s a true gentleman and definitely a good boy, and his story is the most wholesome. LOL! 🙂

 

That’s all!

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