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,

 

 

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,

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting: Book Review

the pledgeTitle: The Pledge

Author: Kimberly Derting

Started Date:  April 18, 2013

Finished Date: April 20, 2013

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It’s there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she’s never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.”

MY THOUGHTS.

 

Captivating. Moving. Engaging. This is a really good dystopian world. However, I was a bit surprised to know that it has fantasy in it. It reminds me somehow of Cinder by Marissa Meyer, they both have the same heroine, hero and villain qualities.

This book is hard to review without spilling some spoilers. Ugh. It has all a dystopian world can have – war, resistance, ruler, and danger. It’s one dangerous world. But I love everything about it. I can’t believe how I easily became attached with all the characters. Charlie, the girl with a secret she must protect because it will mean death to her. Max, it’s too obvious, who he really he is. Oh my, I can’t help but fall in love with. Especially when he said to her, “I pledge to keep you safe”. It means so much. There are also other characters: Angelina, Charlie’s sister, is one powerful little girl. I think I like her more than Charlie. Haha. Brooklyn, her bestfriend, I’m surprised with her secret. Xander also surprised me. I don’t know, maybe my guessing skill is not that good to predict the whole book. LOL.

Anyway, I highly recommend this book to all who love dystopian stories. 😉

 

xoxo,

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,

 

 

 

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi: Book Review

unravel meTitle: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Started Date:  February 17, 2013

Finished Date: February 18, 2013

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“tick

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it’s almost

time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

Wow!!! This is definitely an awesome sequel, action-packed and very emotional! It has surprising twists and discoveries that will get everyone so thrilled, that they couldn’t put the book down!!! I didn’t feel the middle-book syndrome, which is common in a trilogy. It also has one of the best love triangles I’ve read! I admit this book made me confused so much! I don’t want to be confused too, like Juliette! Adam is my first love! LOL!

Anyway, I know anyone who will read this will ask why I only give it 4 stars even though I love it so much. As much as I want to give it 5 awesome stars, I couldn’t because of the heroine, Juliette. OMG, I couldn’t count how many times I rolled my eyes while reading the whole book, especially the disoriented thoughts of her. It was so frustrating and annoying, I’d like to pull all her hair off. I tried to understand her, right from the first book. But I couldn’t tolerate anymore her craziness. I know she has her issues and problems, especially with the kind of ability that she has, but..she became selfish and impossible. I hope, yes, I still have this little hope, that she’ll improve on the next book.

In spite of my disposition with Juliette, I love all the other characters! I even learned to love Warner! I remember I was afraid of him in the first book because I saw his cruelty. But this sequel made me like him so much, I saw the goodness in him, all the things that make him so attractive. I enjoyed his scenes with Juliette, and it seems that I want him for her. They have this connection, physical and emotional. And I think it’s for the best that they’ll be together. With that, I can have Adam for myself! Woot! Woot! LOL! He’s still the same, hot and gorgeous, a perfect boyfriend. I really wish that he’ll be happy in the end, because he deserves it so much. One character that I also like to have for myself is Kenji! He’s funnier and has a bigger role here, which is a good thing. 😉

I love this book and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the final installment! I wish that there will be more Adam and Warner and Kenji! LOL! I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves dystopian, romance, and gorgeous characters! 😉

 

 

xoxo,

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund: Book review

for darkness shows the starsTitle: For Darkness Shows the Stars

Author: Diana Peterfreund

Started Date:  January 15, 2013

Finished Date: January 20, 2013

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth–an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret–one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

I liked it, though it took me a while to finish it. It was hard to adjust on the writing style, she’s using those words that I only read on historical romances. Or maybe she wanted it that way so the adaptation to Persuasion may sound the same. However, I haven’t read Persuasion, so I’m not sure if this is a good adaptation of it.

There are a lot of parts of the books that needs improvement, such as providing better descriptions to readers about the world the author created without leaving lots of questions. I had to reread every chapter again just to understand about the Luddites, Posts, Reduced, and other technical words about agriculture. The characters are hard to differentiate. I was left to focus on the two protaganists, Elliot and Kai. So apparently, they are childhood sweethearts, but Elliot is a Luddite, she belongs to the higher class while Kai is a Post, who serves the Luddites. After four years, they met again but Kai is now a different person. That’s how I understand the whole summary of it.

Anyway, the best part of it is the ending, yes, it is a happy one, which is very surprising for me because I expected a cliffhanger knowing it will have a sequel. It ended perfectly which I really loved. I will read the next book if it will be about a different story with different characters. 🙂

 

xoxo,

 

Defiance by C.J. Redwine: A book review

defianceTitle: Defiance

Author: C.J. Redwine

Started Date: December 11, 2012

Finished Date: December 14, 2012

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan–the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same one who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but a fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

SUCH A GREAT READ! IT’S A VERY PROMISING BOOK, IT STARTED VERY STRONG, AND YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN!!!

When I started reading it, I was a bit confused about what genre it belongs. It feels like dystopian but with a very dark fantasy twists in it. I like the drama at the very start, it was actually hard to put it down. What I liked much about this book is the alternative POVs of Logan and Rachel. It is easy to differentiate them, and understand their individual thoughts. Sometimes, different POVs confuse me but it never happened in this book. I love Logan’s POV so much, I can’t help but admire him. He’s so strong and brave, and I like his self control, LOL! Yes, there are a lot of tension between Rachel and Logan.

I would have given this book 5 starts if not because of Rachel. I have to admit that I had mixed emotions about her. (I don’t like her name, Rachel Adams, kind of reminds me of an actress, LOL). But kidding aside, the title of the book really suits her. I wanted to like her, especially because she’s a kick-ass heroine who loves weapons and has a massive collection of them. But she’s also immature and she lacks reasoning. She just acts on impulse. She becomes worse as the story goes. And she really did something that made me hate her more.

I abolutely want to kill the Commander! OMG, he’s so cruel and horrible! I couldn’t stand him! If only I can erase him in this book! LOL!

Anyway, despite of these characters, I still love it because of Logan! I can’t believe how much she loves Rachel even if she’s so impossible and hard to deal with. She’s indeed lucky to have him.

I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves a dark world, weapons and bloody fights, a heroine that you will love or hate, and a hero who loves that kind of girl. 🙂

 

xoxo,

The Selection by Kiera Cass: A book review

Title: The Selection

Author: Kiera Cass

Started Date: May 29, 2012

Finished Date: May 31, 2012

Rating: 4/5 stars

“For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.” 

 

MY THOUGHTS.

I finished the book last night! This book definitely reminds me of Hunger Games and The Bachelor, so I say it is a combination of the two. I would have given this book 3 stars if not because of Aspen. He’s the boyfriend of the heroine for two years. Yeah, I really like him a lot even if he’s poor. He is definitely man enough to stand on what he believes in and he’s full of pride. While America Singer is sometimes an insecure and immature girl, but I like the fact that she is being just herself throughout the time she’s in the competition. Prince Maxon, the “Bachelor”, is very charming, he laughs a lot and he really knows how to keep a conversation. But I like Aspen more, because the prince seems an ordinary prince for me, a gorgeous and rich prince. Anyway, the book seems a bit short for me and I felt like the author just decided to end it that way without further elaborating about the contest and the setting. The writing style needs to be improved too. But I still like it, it felt more like a contemporary book with a bit of dystopian, with more romance than action. And I’m definitely Team Aspen! 😉

Here’s my favorite line from Aspen:

“America Singer, one day you will fall asleep in my arms every night. And you’ll wake up to my kisses every morning.”

xoxo

♥♥♥
 
 
 

PANDEMONIUM by Lauren Oliver: A book review

Title: PANDEMONIUM

Author: Lauren Oliver

Started Date: February 22, 2012

Finished Date: February 25, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

 

WOW! I was totally blown away by this book! I love it so much that I can’t find the right words to say, and I had this mixed emotions. Personally, this is way so much better from Delirium, and this is what I definitely feel. Oliver’s way of writing captured my heart. I will not read other reviews, not until I’m finished writing this.haha!

The whole book consists of the “now” and “then”, and it confused me at the start but I learned to understand it and love the writing style along the way. I was really expecting the book to be the same as the first one, where there are quotes at the beginning of the chapter. But this book was told in a very different way, and it felt like there’s always increase in anticipation in every chapter. Sometimes I just want to read the “now” chapters, but it seems like cheating. 😉 The “then” part is about her life in the wilds and the “now” is her new life as “cured”.

A lot of new characters have been introduced, and each of them are unique and have became a big part of Lena’s life. I will not say much about them, cause I might spoil so much. Lena is really a strong heroine, I like her more here. There are parts of the book that made my heart ache, especially her life in the wilds where her grief has consumed her and at the same time, surviving was hard. Deaths are inevitable.. Happiness is far-fetched. I was glad that a new love has found her, even though she’s not sure if Alex died. I was also in love with Alex, but I learned to love Julian too!haha!

The twists are amazing, I like the concept of DFA, revolution and alliances that were introduced in the book. The last part of the book is the major surprise. Well, I admit I somehow expected it, but only a little. I was relieved by the last part of Lena and Julian together, but I guess I was wrong. It only made me want the third book! I can’t choose between the two guys! Of course, Lena will be done to choose, and I really really really hope that Lauren Oliver will make this trilogy a happy ending!

My favorite quotes from the book:

“This is what hatred is. It will feed you and at the same time turn you to rot.” -page 166

“They’d already taken her from me once. I didn’t want to lose her again.” -page 277

“I need him to know that I came for him. I need him to know that somehow, at some point in the tunnels, I began to love him.”

 

I love this book so much..