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,

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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,

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,

Waiting On Wednesday #17: Dark Triumph

Waiting 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 Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

“Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. Naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, the convent views Sybella as one of their most dangerous weapons.

But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?

This heart-pounding sequel to Grave Mercy serves betrayal, treachery, and danger in equal measure, bringing readers back to fifteenth century Brittany and will keep them on the edge of their seats.”

Why I Can’t Wait:

The sequel to one of my favorite books this year, Grave Mercy!!! (you may check out my review here). Is that enough reason why I’m so excited about this book?! LOL! Sybella is a wonderful character in Grave Mercy and I can’t wait for her own story. I’m sure it will be a good one! 🙂

Expected Publication:

April 2nd 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

 

How about you?

What are the books that you’re waiting for?

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xoxo,

 

Vanish (Firelight #2) by Sophie Jordan: A Book Review

Title: Vanish (Firelight #2)

Author: Sophie Jordan

Started Date: October 25, 2012

Finished Date: October 27, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

Summary from Goodreads:

An impossible romance.
Bitter rivalries.
Deadly choices.

To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.

Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

This is definitely a perfect sequel of the series! I can really say that this is way so much better from the first one! Yay! It really filled in, so really good! I love the adventure and romance! I don’t mind the love triangle, I’m still Team Will! But this book made me want Cassian too. I felt “a little bit” confused, because I saw the different side of him. I saw that he really cares about Jacinda. I saw the love, and I totally understand Jacinda for being confused too. And it seems that this book is more about Cassian. I need to reread the first one so that I will not be able to change my heart! LOL! It’s definitely hard to choose between two gorgeous guys, one as draki and one as a hunter. But of course, I’m loyal to Will!

What made me love this book? Of course, the dragon adventures! And I love Tamra, Jacinda’s twin, and the new fact about her, it really thrilled me a lot! I also think that the cover represents Tamra. There is also a huge “event” that happened in this that really made me love it more, and I will not spoil it to everyone, even if it kills me to talk about it. Now I’m off to read the final book from the series, Hidden because I need to know the ending NOW!!!

If you love dragons and romance, I’m sure you will also love this series. 😉

 

xoxo,

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers: A book review

Title: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1)

Author: Robin LaFevers

Started Date: July 14, 2012

Finished Date: July 20, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

“Young, beautiful and deadly. Trained as an assassin by the god of Death, Ismae is sent to the court of Brittany, where she finds herself under prepared – not only for the games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

I finished this book last night and I’m having a hard time giving it a proper review because of how incredibly awesome and amazing it is. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about it, and I’m so eager to have a printed copy. I ordered a paperback copy at the Book Depository because it is not yet available in our local bookstores. The moment I got my hands on this book, which actually made me scream, I started reading it. I’ve learned that it’s a YA with a twist of historical romance and I find it very unique. The start is very interesting, it’s a real page turner, and I couldn’t bring myself to drop it. But when it came to the part where it was hard for me to absorb and digest it, I stopped. I had a hard time with the writing style, and some of the terminologies and political issues. But I used to read a lot of historical romance books with politics, and I was reminded that they were the ones that started my book addiction. LOL! So I’ve learned to adapt eventually and enjoy everything about it.
I love the characters, and Ismae is now my new favorite heroine. I can’t help but compare Ismae to Katsa from Graceling, since they are both assassins and have special ability. But of course, they are different, Ismae is a daughter of god of death, trained at the convent as Death’s handmaiden and she excels with poisons. I like her because of her strength and bravery, she was never annoying or confused at times. I like the part where she met Duval, how they clash every time, and how the romance was developed. Duval, on the other hand is a perfect match for Ismae, he is sometimes rude at her, but he’s a also a tease and a sweet man, and he loves and protects his family so much.

Grave Mercy is a kind of book that will be loved by everyone! And it is for you to find out for yourself, and you will never be disappointed. I love it and it is now in my favorite shelf. I can’t wait for the next book to come out!! (It’s a new story which is about Sybella, also one of the characters here.)

Here’s my favorite quote from Duval and I really cried upon reading it.
“Whenever you are ready, if you never are, my heart is yours, until Death do us part. Whatever that may mean when consorting with one of Death’s handmaidens.”

*sigh* I definitely love it!

 

xoxo

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck: A book review

Title: Tiger’s Curse

Author: Colleen Houck

Started Date: July 2, 2012

Finished Date: July 6, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

“Passion. Fate. Loyalty.

Would you risk it all to change your destiny?

The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.

Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.”

MY THOUGHTS.

I love it so much! So so so much! I can’t even find the right words to describe how I feel about this book! I’ve been meaning to read this for such a long time, and I didn’t know why I read it just now. There are so many things I love about this book, and the list will come a long way, so I’ll just say what really made me hooked in this series. First, the story line is very unique, I love the idea of a 300-year old curse of a gorgeous prince. I know it started slow but it really took off when they arrived in India. The wonderful adventure of Kelsey and Ren started on that part. I was introduced to the Indian myths, goddesses and their culture. I must say I’m impressed with Colleen Houck, of how she researched well and how she incorporated into her writing. Second, I love all the characters! Especially Ren, the prince who turned to a tiger long time ago and together with Kelsey, they have to go a quest to break the curse. I just love everything about him and I want more. LOL! Kelsey, on the other hand, is also an amazing character, she’s strong and courageous. Third, I love how the romance developed through their journey. I’m so jealous with Kelsey, and I almost hate her for being so annoying and insecure. If she will not claim Ren, I’m very much willing to have him! LOL!
Anyway, I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially to those who love fantasy, adventure and romance combined into one! 😉
 
 
My favorite lines from Ren:

“I don’t want you to see only a tiger when you look at me. I want you to see me. The man.”-Ren, chaper 17

“Now turn around and go to sleep. I’m warning you that I plan to sleep with you in my arms all night long.”-Ren, chapter 21

xoxo

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa: A book review

Title: The Iron King

Author: Julie Kagawa

Started Date: April 28, 2012

Finished Date: May 2, 2012

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

“Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

This is definitely a great and fun read! It’s my first faery book, and it’s also the first book I’ve ordered from The Book Depository. Though it took almost two months to arrive (because of our local post office), it’s all worth the wait. I’ve been hearing a lot about this series and I was really looking forward on figuring how and why everybody loves it. Yeah, it is a good read, but I couldn’t say I can include it in my favorite shelf. The start of it was kinda slow for me, and it took me 5 days to read to it, which is very unusual for me. If a book is really good, I can finish it in a day or two. In the middle of reading it, it somehow reminded me of Cornelia Funke’s books especially the different creatures, setting and adventures. But this book is also different from them because of the romance and more mature characters. I admit I’ve grown to love this book because of Puck and Ash. I really can’t decide who I like more between the two, and I’m just so confused. Puck is a happy-go-lucky guy, full of jokes and laughs. While Ash is you know, the quiet, mysterious, bad-boy-look, gorgeous one that any girl couldn’t resist. I have to read the other books in the series so I can finally decide. Or maybe I’ll just have them both! LOL! My favorite charater here is Grimalkin, the sarcastic, serious, and sometimes-funny cat! LOl!

One thing’s for sure though, I really like this book! And I recommend it to everyone! I’ll be getting the next books! Maybe they would be my favorites! LOL! Yay, so excited! 😉

 

 

xoxo

Graceling by Kristin Cashore: A book review

Title: Graceling

Author: Kristin Cashore

Started Date: March 1, 2012

Finished Date: March 7 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.     When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.      With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.”

 

BRILLIANT! SUPERB!
The best Fantasy YA book I’ve ever read!
Cashore is a gifted writer indeed. I love everything about this book, the characters, the setting, the plot and the uniqueness of it. For me, it’s like a combination of fantasy and historical romance, a total package of a wonderful book.
At first, I was hesitant to read it. The first three pages had me confused, I couldn’t get into it. I had to adjust with the language used, because it has been a long time since I’ve read books like it. There are many characters that I couldn’t track and settings that I couldn’t imagine. When I continued reading, it got me hooked up that I couldn’t even put it down. It really caught my interest, especially the concept of Grace and the different colors of the eyes. And the names of the characters are very unique I’d like to use them someday.;) Every one of them is dear to my heart. Katsa is a strong heroine, independent and confident. Po is a wonderful match, funny and yummy! LOL! Did I say yummmy? I mean he’s a gorgeous prince! I got to know the characters that I laughed and cried and feared right along with them.
Anyway, I’m glad I decided to give it a try and I know, I’m a bit late and everyone has already raved about it, but it’s ok, I’m a late bloomer. LOL! I highly recommend the book to everyone who loves fantasy and romance in a beautiful world. 😉