Boundless (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand: Book Review

boundlessTitle: Boundless (Unearthly #3)

Author: Cynthia Hand

Started Date:  January 28, 2014

Finished Date:  February 1, 2014

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California – and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

A PERFECT ENDING TO THE SERIES!!!

I will definitely miss Clara, Tucker, Angela, and Christian!

I enjoyed everything about it, even though it seems that Clara was so vehement to stay away from Tucker, she still can’t deny the fact that he’s always been her home. She keeps on coming back to him. What I didn’t like about this book is the not-much presence of Tucker! I love him since the first one! I’ve always been Team Tucker, always and I’m loyal to him! Christian is a great guy and I feel so sorry for him. But I just can’t help ask what happened to him in the end, he’s just…gone. I felt bad, it would have been much better if the author gave her a girl for her, someone he really deserves her. Also, I can’t believe Angela’s role in this book, it was really surprising! I’ve read Radiant but still, it surprised me that she has a huge part. I just don’t find her a strong character, and Phen also disappointed me. *sigh*

I love this book, definitely a great angel series! I’ll be looking forward for more of the books from the author! Cynthia Hand is really wonderful! *applause*

 

xoxo,

Breathe (Breathe #1) by Sarah Crossan: Book Review

breatheTitle: Breathe (Breathe #1)

Author: Sarah Crossan

Started Date:  November 4, 2013

Finished Date:  November 4, 2013

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“The world has no air. If you want to survive, you pay to breathe. But what if you can’t? And what if you think everything could be different? Three teens will leave everything they know behind in Sarah Crossan’s gripping and original dystopian teen novel of danger, longing, and glimmering hope that will appeal to fans of Patrick Ness and Veronica Roth.

Ever since the Switch, when the oxygen levels plummeted and most of humanity died, the survivors have been protected in glass domes full of manufactured air. Protected . . . or trapped? Or controlled? Alina’s a revolutionary who believes we can save the environment. Quinn’s a Premium who’s never had to worry about having enough air. His best friend, Bea, is an Auxiliary who’s never worried about anything but having enough air. When the three cross paths, they will change everything. Sarah Crossan’s thrilling and provocative novel is about passion, about yearning for something better, and about breaking free for the very first time.”

MY THOUGHTS.

Incredible. It is truly amazing! I love it!

I started this book hours ago and I got hooked. I finished it one sitting and all I can say is it’s a worth read, definitely a good dystopian one.

A world without air would definitely suck, right? I love trees, I studied them when I was in college and imagining a world without them is a horror. I love how the book made us realize that it’s possible to happen and it tells us to be protective of the nature. I love all the characters – Quinn, Bea and Alina. I think it is quite hard to write in three different point of views and it is also hard to read, but this one is not. They are easy to distinguish from each other. I love how the story went on, from knowing the characters first, knowing the world they’re living and how they wanted to be free…

Free to breathe.

I’m looking forward to the next one. 😉

 

xoxo,

 

 

Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West: Book Review

pivot pointTitle: Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1)

Author: Kasie West

Started Date:  August 08, 2013

Finished Date:  August 11, 2013

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

Unique. Interesting. Gripping. Superb!

OMG! I love this book! I just love it! I wish there’s more! I expected a lot and I’m happy that it didn’t fail me!
The best thing about this one is it’s uniqueness, it’s different from other paranormal/sci-fi books. Addie is a Searcher, a clairvoyant, she Searches and she can look into the future and see the outcome. It find it very unique that the author picked that kind of ability for a heroine. At first, I thought it was a lame power, especially the fact that it only works for her. But it’s an advantage when it comes to choices, right?

Each chapter never fails to surprise me. She’s searching into two paths, one if she agrees to stay with her dad and the other is to stay with her mom. Somehow, events are interrelated, characters seem to be amusing. Duke is the guy if she picks to stay with her mom, that means she also stays in the compound along with the other people with abilities. He’s a quarterback, star player, a hotlicious guy. On her dad side, Trevor is the guy. He’s a silent-type, he reads comics and he draws, he used to be the star player too before he got injured. I was almost nearing the end of the book when I realized who’s her real love interest. I was so confused at first, Duke is such a hottie, you know, every one’s dream boyfriend. Trevor is different, he’s like the one you’ll choose to spend your life with. Ok, so yeah, I’m Team Trevor on this one. *squeals* *fan-girling*

I love this book and it such a pain to wait for the second book next year! I want to grab the whole series now!

 

xoxo,

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,

Mind Games (Mind Games #1) by Kiersten White: Book Review

mind gamesTitle: Mind Games (Mind Games #1)

Author: Kiersten White

Started Date:  June 11, 2013

Finished Date:  June 13, 2013

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future. 

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.”

MY THOUGHTS.

An engaging and unputdownable read. Darker and bolder. I think the author really did a great job with this one. It is way much better than the Paranormalcy series since this is darker and with a serious tone.

Mind Games, which is also known as Sisters Assassin in the UK version, is about two sisters – Fia, the one with good instincts and Annie, one with blind eyes but can see the future. I’ve expected that they are both assassins but it turned out that Fia is the only one who was trained to kill and have been to different assignments. I like how the book shifts the timeline and the two point of views. The book tells their story within the five years timeline and their present. I was surprised by how the book started, action-packed and a thrilling chapter. Adam, the one she was supposed to kill, entered at the very beginning and has changed everything. I don’t know what to feel about him, but I do want to know more. He looks kind enough but I hope there’s more from him. On the other hand, James, the manager of Keane Foundation, is a mysterious guy in Fia’s life and it seems that he has a special place on her life. He’s scary at first but I’ve learned to like him along the way. But at the end, I changed my mind, he’s not really a likable guy.

The book revolves around the relationship of Fia and Annie. Their love for each other is exceptional. I like Fia more because of how strong and determined she is. She’s a great character, and a likable one. She knows what she wants and she fights for it, though I really feel sorry for her unfortunate life. Annie is a good person, however, she seems selfish and I believe she knows it.

Anyway, I really liked the book even though I have to admit that there are so many things about it that need improvements. I think it is a promising series, it has a potential to be a great one, especially if the second book will be more thrilling and fast-paced. 😉

 

xoxo,

Far from You by Lisa Schroeder: Book Review

far from youTitle: Far from You

Author: Lisa Schroeder

Started Date:  June 07, 2013

Finished Date:  June 08, 2013

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Lost and alone…down the rabbit hole.

Years have passed since Alice lost her mother to cancer, but time hasn’t quite healed the wound. Alice copes the best she can by writing her music, losing herself in her love for her boyfriend, and distancing herself from her father and his new wife.

But when a deadly snowstorm traps Alice with her stepmother and newborn half sister, she’ll face issues she’s been avoiding for too long. As Alice looks to the heavens for guidance, she discovers something wonderful.

Perhaps she’s not so alone after all….”

MY THOUGHTS.

 

Absolutely beautiful..

Lisa Schroeder is such an amazing author. All of her works are amazing and beautiful. This is the third book I’ve read from her and nothing has disappointed me so far. I love her and all her books. Her writing style captures the raw emotions and hearts of everyone.

This book deals with family, forgiveness, survival and acceptance. Alice copes up with her life at home, with his father, stepmother and their newborn baby, Ivy. So I guess, you know what this is all about. Because of an unexpected accident, their lives have changed.

I love how the book showed the relationship of mother and daughter in different ways.

“Honey, no matter where you are, I’m with you.
When the breeze brushes your cheek, that’s me.
When the stars sparkle and shine, that’s me.
When the tulips bloom in the spring, that’s me.”

The little things.

She’s there,
in the little things.”

I love how the book demonstrated young love, respect and inspiration.

“He is
better than warm fall colors
better than beautiful music
better than doughnuts and coffee.”

I love how the book made me appreciate more everyone that I love and who loves me too.

“Friends will keep us happy.
Our family keeps us warm.
We’ll party through the good times
and hold tight through the storms.”

5 BEAUTIFUL STARS!

 

xoxo,