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,

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Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee: Book Review

angelfallTitle: Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1)

Author: Susan Ee

Started Date:  April 8, 2013

Finished Date: April 11, 2013

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

Wow, this book is really good! I just wish for a better ending! That ending ripped my heart out! I really feel sorry about everything. 😦

I know, I know, this book is awesome and amazing for an angel book. However, the totality of the book broke my heart to pieces. The world is too dark for my taste. It can pass for a horror book because of scary creatures and gruesome murders. I thought this is just an ordinary angel book, with lots of angel. But it seems that they are very different here. I’m a bit conservative regarding angel books, I like them without not much of religion. I know it’s hard not to relate it to religion, but it complicates everything.

Anyway, I like the two characters, Penryn and Raffe. Penryn is such a bad ass heroine, she’s brave and strong, and I admire her for knowing self-defense and martial arts. With a world like that, she really need it. Her mother did a very good in raising her as a tough girl. Raffe, on the other hand, is definitely one hot angel! *swoons* I can’t stop thinking about how hot he is, it’s like I really can imagine him. Even though he doesn’t smile a lot and he’s got a bad temper, and he doesn’t reveal much about himself, I still like him. And I really feel sorry for what happened to him at the ending. It made me sad. 😦

I hope that the second book will have more romance in it. And more happy moments. I think they both deserve to be happy.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves a kick ass heroine with a really hot guy! Haha!

 

xoxo,

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. 😉

 

 

xoxo,

 

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: Book Review + Winner Announcement!!!

scarletTitle: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2) 

Author: Marissa Meyer

Started Date:  March 03, 2013

Finished Date: March 05, 2013

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth…

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

AWESOME! AMAZING! This is the best sequel I’ve ever read in my entire reading life!!!
If I could just give it more than 5 stars, I would! Thousand stars or millions!
I love it so much, I freaking love it! Marissa Meyer, I’m a fan of yours!!! Definitely a huge fan now!

It took me 2 days to finally write something about this book, because I couldn’t find the right words to describe how I actually felt while and after reading it. I know you may think I’m a bit exaggerated, but I’m telling the truth! I can say that this is so much better from the first book, I really liked it, but not how I like this sequel. It contains the complete recipe of an amazing read – action, adventure, romance, lessons and characters everyone will love!

As you all know, this is a retelling of The Red Riding Hood with a heroine named Scarlet. Her grandmother was missing and she turned to Wolf for help. Oh my, I love Wolf! I don’t know why, but I do love him! He may be a big bad wolf, or boy rather, but he’s got a soft heart. To those who haven’t read it yet might not believe me, but he’s such a charming guy! And I love him more than Prince Kai. Haha! Please forgive me for the revelation and my change of heart. LOL! Anyway, Scarlet is a fantastic character too, she’s brave and determined! She loves her grandmother so much that she did everything just to find her. One character I also like is Captain Thorne, he’s with Cinder all the time! And I will not spoil why! He’s such a witty character and very funny! Of course, I can’t forget about Iko, she’s so cute and funny too! I’m glad that she’s back in this book!

Anyway, I really like the turn of events, the adventure, especially the three settings – Cinder’s, Scarlet’s and Prince Kai’s, though there are only small parts from him. They are not point of views, since this is written on third person, so imagine how creative Marissa Meyer in developing this book. I can’t literally wait for the next installments, and read again about them! There will be more new characters and I’m sure that I’ll also love them! I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE!

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If you don’t want spoilers, don’t read the below line, my favorite from Wolf:
“I know you must want nothing to do with me, I don’t blame you. But you’re the only one Scarlet. You’ll always be the only one.”

xoxo

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WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!

Hi everyone! As promised, I’ll be announcing my Scarlet paperback giveaway today! It’s already March 13 and I decided to announce the winner today along with my book review!

To prolong the excitement, I’d like to give my massive THANK YOU to everyone who participated in my giveaway. I collected a total of 1,357 entries and 70 comments in my post!!! And that’s only for a week! I am very much overwhelmed with the response, so a huge thanks to everyone!!!

Now, here’s the winner of my Scarlet paperback giveaway!

*drum roll*

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Congratulations!!! 

 

Hi Haraiah, please don’t forget to respond to my e-mail within 48 hours or else a new winner will be chosen. If by any chance you haven’t received any mail or can’t reply asap, kindly leave a comment in this blog post.

Again, thank you to all my followers, readers, and friends who participated!! I really appreciate all of you! Please continue to support my blog and stay tuned to my next giveaway!!!

 

 

xoxo,

Cover Reveal: REQUIEM by Lauren Oliver

As an active member of goodreads, which means I’m almost 15 hours online there everyday, I just saw the cover yesterday and I was definitely shocked when I saw it! Here’s the cover of the upcoming third book in the Delirium series from Lauren Oliver. I’m so freaking excited!!!

“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. Of Pandemonium, ALA Booklist noted that “like all successful second volumes, this expands the world and ups the stakes, setting us up for the big finale.”

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. 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.”

 

Shocked is just an exaggeration! LOL! I know the cover matches the first two books but this one seems a bit creepy for me. She’s the same girl right? But I can’t describe the way the girl smiles in this photo, wait, I’m not even sure if that’s a smile! But something’s wrong in her eyes, they’re too lifeless. Anyway, even though I don’t like the cover, I’m definitely excited for this book, it’ll be out next year! Have you read the description? It says that the book will be narrated by Lena and Hana, and that is another big surprise to me. Why Hana? What’s her role??? I know she’s the best friend, but will she play a huge role in Lena’s life? Well, that makes me more curious and excited, especially the fact that there will be more Alex!! I miss him! and I miss Julian too! *squeal!*

 

Are you a fan of the Delirium series? Let me know what you think! 😉

 

xoxo

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi: A book review

Title: Under The Never Sky

Author: Veronica Rossi

Started Date: March 15, 2012

Finished Date: March 18, 2012

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

“Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’s searching for someone too. He’s also wild – a savage – but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers.”

 

 

ADDICTIVE. I like how the story goes. The flow of events are right, each chapter did not disappoint me. However, the first part was off for me, it felt like I have a bunch of questions in my head. But as I read, I just can’t stop, the characters are amazing, especially Perry, the man from the Outside. Well, how could I forgot Aria? She’s a very strong heroine, I enjoyed her development as she survives the Outside. But sometimes, I felt like reading Graceling and I couldn’t stop myself to compare the characters. I’m not really sure, but if you’ve read Graceling and this book, it seems that Perry is somewhat similar to Po, with their ability. The way the romance grows is also similar. Also, I’ve learned on Veronica Rossi’s blog that she is obssessed with Kristin Cashore. I guess that’s the reason why there are obvious similarities.
Anyway, I still like this book, maybe it only lacks the explanation or back-story of how and why the world became how it is. I’d like to know the whole story of the Unity.