Four Summers by Nyrae Dawn: Book Review

four summersTitle: Four Summers

Author: Nyrae Dawn

Started Date:  May 24, 2013

Finished Date:  May 24, 2013

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Charlotte Gates is tired of being Charlie Rae. She loves the lake she was raised on, their rental cabins, and spending her nights under the stars…but inside she yearns for more.

After his freshman year, Nathaniel Chase’s family spends their first summer at The Village. From the beginning Charlotte intrigues him. She’s the girl who always says what’s on her mind, wins at night games, and each time she looks through her telescope, gets lost in the sky.

Over the course of four summers together, Charlotte and Nathaniel become best friends, share firsts, mend broken hearts, protect each other’s secrets, overcome tragedies…fall in love. And say goodbye…

Charlie wants out of The Village. Nate wants her to have her stars. And they dream of being able to do it all together. But life isn’t as easy as their summers.

Each summer is told in alternating points of view between Charlie and Nate. Journey with the pair, and their friends, as they share their story about growing up, discovering who they are, making tough choices, and falling in love again and again.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

Inspiring…

Wow, it’s really good! And I’m feeling generous right now, I’m giving it 5 stars! But yeah, it deserves the 5-star rating.
I really like it, and I finished it in one sitting. This one is a bit more emotional from the author’s previous books, and I love how she wrote this one differently.

I love all the characters, it felt like I got to know them more within the four summers. Charlie is a very likable heroine, which is definitely rare. She’s the Star Girl, she’s one of the boys, she plays football, she plays Last Man Standing, she loves the stars, she dreams big, and she’s Charlotte to Nate.
Nathaniel Chase, the summer boy, who made her swooned a lot, is definitely every girl’s dreams. Oh well, I really think so. I like his POV, the second and the fourth summer, made me understand and love him more. I think their story is so close to reality, it felt like anyone can relate to them one way or another.

I like how the author wrote this book with both Charlie and Nate’s POV, it felt complete. It felt PERFECT, especially for a summer read. 😉

 

xoxo,

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) by Michelle Hodkin: Book Review

unbecomingTitle: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)

Author: Michelle Hodkin

Started Date:  May 11, 2013

Finished Date:  May 18, 2013

Rating: 3/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

     It can.

     She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

     There is.

     She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

     She’s wrong.

     After Mara survives the traumatizing accident at the old asylum, it makes sense that she has issues. She lost her best friend, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s sister, and as if that weren’t enough to cope with, her family moves to a new state in order to give her a fresh start. But that fresh start is quickly filled with hallucinations—or are they premonitions?—and then corpses, and the boundary between reality and nightmare is wavering. At school, there’s Noah, a devastatingly handsome charmer who seems determined to help Mara piece together what’s real, what’s imagined—and what’s very, very dangerous.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

Intense. Mysterious. Gripping. Unpredictable. Weird. Kind of.

Yes, it was really weird, in ways I couldn’t explain. I guess it was because of the revelation about Mara and Noah. What kept me reading this book is because of the suspense, I couldn’t guess what happened to Mara right until the end of the book. It gave me goosebumps, especially the ghosts, they are really creepy. However, I couldn’t connect the ghosts to what she can do. I admit the book was hard to figure out. Mara is such a strong character, especially how she stood up and never allow people to bully her. She’s also tough with Noah. However, she definitely has a temper. She seems crazy sometimes, but of course, she’s really not. She somehow reminds me of Juliette from the Shatter Me series and Violet from The Body Finder series. I won’t thoroughly explain why because I might give some spoilers. I also want my review to be mysterious as the book. Haha!

Anyway, I like the book because of Noah Shaw!
People kept on telling me that Noah is so swoon-worthy, and he’s the only one that made them love the book, according to some. I have to agree with everything about him. He’s a certified flirt and I like how he pursued Mara to go out with her. I love how he defends her every time, how he insists on keeping them together, and how he manages to fix everything. I really hope he can, you know, fix her.

Of course, I’ll be reading the next book. Hopefully it will be so much better. And I have to say that the covers of this series are definitely gorgeous. 😉

 

xoxo,

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare: A book review

city of ashesTitle: City of Ashes

Author: Cassandra Clare

Started Date: December 20, 2012

Finished Date: December 24, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!
Awesome book from the series!

I admit I have few confessions to make. I’ve read City of Bones last year, yes, it took me a year to finally read the sequel. I didn’t like it that much, City of Bones wasn’t able to connect to me and give me the urge to read the next. Then, my friend gave me City of Ashes as a gift this Christmas day and I decided to give it another try since EVERYONE loves the series. Also, I’ve read the Infernal Devices series and I want to understand the connection. On another note, the movie is coming out next year, I’d like to be up and ready. LOL! And I’m glad that I’ve read it, it’s definitely an action-packed adventure and a twist of emotions!

The characters have really made me love the whole book. I’m still not a fan of Clary though, maybe because she’s confuse most of the time. Simon or Jace? Jace or Simon? Ugh. I know she has a very complicated situation right now, but she needs to know what she really wants. Ok, I’ll give her time. LOL! Well, she’s likable sometimes, especially on the last part, for saving the day. LOL! I like Simon, he’s a great person and I believe that Clary doesn’t deserve him at all. I’ll be happy if he will have someone that’s right for him. Anyway, Alec and Magnus Bane for the win! LOL!

Having read the Infernal Devices first, I can’t help but compare Jace and Will. They are somehow the same in such ways, they are both very handsome and troubled, they also have the same family issues. Anyway, let’s stick to Jace here. LOL! It’s impossible not to fall in love with him, and I’ll be getting the next book to read more of him! Yay! Here’s my favorite quote from him:
“Every time you almost die, I almost die myself.”

What a good way to end a review! A quote from Jace! *squeals!!!*

xoxo,

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson: A book review

Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes

Author: Maureen Johnson

Started Date: November 1, 2012

Finished Date: November 2, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

” Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.

In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat.

The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist.

Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke-about-town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous-though utterly romantic-results. But will she ever see him again?

Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it’s all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

5 stars! AWESOME! VERY CREATIVE! Unique! I love every little thing about it. Definitely exceeded my expectation!

I’ve been seeing this book in our bookstore for a long time but the title was really the one that caught my attention. It seems very interesting and cute! Of course, my curiosity for those 13 little blue envelopes and the messages they carry was killing me. LOL! I expected a lot of adventures and funny scenes, and the book never failed in any point. What I didn’t expect is the ability of the book to bring out my emotions. The characters felt real. Even though sometimes I wonder how a teenager can actually travel alone by herself around the world. Is it possible to travel alone in that age? Well, I’m sure my mom will never allow me if I’m still 17. LOL! I love to travel and I’m so jealous with Ginnie, she was able to go anywhere. I love the way how she handled herself, she’s strong and funny like her aunt. And I can’t help but wonder if there’s really a person like her aunt, carefree, eccentric, crazy, somehow not normal. But I like her, she’s a good and caring person. She loves to help people, and she inspired me a lot.

I’ve learned a lot from this book, especially some lovely places and paintings. I’m not very familiar with the painters mentioned, so I googled them. I love the new knowledge I gained. And every blue envelope has a moral lesson. Go figure them out!!! 🙂
I admire the author’s creativeness with this book. I’ll be reading more from her for sure.

I laughed and cried, in most parts. Maybe the book taught me how to be crazy sometimes.
But you know, we must sometimes, yeah, be crazy, to be happy and enjoy life.

🙂

 

 

xoxo, 

Waiting on Wednesday #9: Romeo Redeemed


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 Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay

“All will be revealed for fans who have breathlessly awaited the sizzling sequel to Juliet Immortal. This time Romeo takes center stage and gets one chance, and one chance only, to redeem himself.

Cursed to live out eternity in his rotted corpse, Romeo, known for his ruthless, cutthroat ways, is given the chance to redeem himself by traveling back in time to save the life of Ariel Dragland. Unbeknownst to her, Ariel is important to both the evil Mercenaries and the love-promoting Ambassadors and holds the fate of the world in her hands. Romeo must win her heart and make her believe in love, turning her away from her darker potential before his work is discovered by the Mercenaries. While his seduction begins as yet another lie, it soon becomes his only truth. Romeo vows to protect Ariel from harm, and do whatever it takes to win her heart and soul. But when Ariel is led to believe his love is a deception, she becomes vulnerable to Mercenary manipulation, and her own inner darkness may ultimately rip them apart.”

 Why I Can’t Wait:

I’ve read Juliet Immortal last Monday and I loved it, you may check my review here. I absolutely like the retelling of Romeo and Juliet. This second book is not about Juliet anymore,  since she already has her own love story in the first book. Now Romeo will redeem himself in this companion novel and I’m so excited about it! I can’t wait for him to fall in love again and be a better person. I hope he will now have his own happy ending and true love.

Expected publication:

October 9th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Reader

xoxo

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Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay: A book review

Title: Juliet Immortal

Author: Stacey Jay

Started Date: August 20, 2012

Finished Date: August 21, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

“The most tragic love story in history . . . 
Juliet Capulet didn’t take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn’t anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she’s fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she’s forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love. 
“These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, 
Which as they kiss consume.”
“–Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

Just finished reading it in one sitting and that took me 4 hours. I couldn’t stop because I wanted to see the ending. Yeah, I love the ending so much. I know this book has its faults, but I must still say that it’s kind of unique for me. This is definitely a unique retelling of Romeo and Juliet. I remembered the movie “Letters to Juliet” which I watched two times because I still think it’s good even though it’s lame on some parts. And I liked it because of the handsome french guy there. So that’s what I also felt about this book. Some parts of it are confusing especially the middle part and I will not spoil it here. I can also add the confusing alternate realities. The characters are also confusing, especially Romeo in the body of Dylan and Juliet in the body of Ariel. You heard me right, the two main characters are confusing. I don’t know, but they actually demonstrated split personalities. Romeo is definitely crazy. LOL! I can also add Gemma to them, she’s such a psycho. You might wonder who she is, well she’s the best friend of Ariel. I will not say much, but I’m sure the ones who read this book will agree with me. LOL!

But there are also parts where this book actually redeemed itself, yes, every character did. I love Ben, I believe he’s the only person here who’s sane and he’s the reason why I become to love this book. A perfect guy to fall in love with. He’s such a gentleman, with a kind heart and true love.

I admit, the gorgeous red cover caught me and what really took me to grab a copy. And to add, this line also had an impact, “The greatest love story ever told is a lie.” But I don’t think the original Romeo and Juliet is great, I still think the two of them are stupid, too stupid to die. LOL! But I guess, that’s true love then. But I must say, Juliet Immortal taught me one thing..Love is tragic sometimes, but true love stays, even in different lifetimes.

 

xoxo

 

JULY TOP READS!!!

I’ve read a lot of books last month but I wasn’t able to write a proper review. I was kind of busy at work and of course, I also have some personal reasons. LOL! Apparently, I have an account in goodreads where I write my reviews, but some of the books I’ve read only contain few comments and with only “mini-reviews”.

So I give you now my top favorite books I’ve read in July and first week of August that I haven’t written proper reviews. But I really love them! It’s just that, sometimes I’m lost of words and needs a breather. LOL! Or sometimes I’m so lazy to do anything. The following are my top reads and what I actually felt and said after I read the book.

1. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

 I love this book! I really don’t have much to say. But I’m so inlove with Alex!! I finished reading it in a day, which is very unusual for me. I couldn’t put it down yesterday, I want to keep on reading and reading.

I love the ending, it’s perfect. I love Alex and everything about him. And I wish he’s real. LOL! I cried and laugh, and I enjoyed it very much.
I’m looking forward on reading the next books.
😉

2. Slammed by Colleen Hoover

 Another great YA contemporary book and definitely a tear jerker!
I really love it, and it really made me cry. Actually, I finished reading it last Friday, but I just had the guts to write something today because I’m literally lost. LOL! I love the poetry, the romance, the drama, the characters, and each has really made a mark on me.

3. Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

 I just finished the book and WOW!
I love it as much as I love the first book!
It made me cry again, more I guess.
But in a good way..
A real page turner..
Beautifully written..
It just brought all the emotions in me.
It’s a perfect sequel of Slammed, especially because it’s Will’s POV!
Colleen Hoover is definitely now one of my favorite authors.
I highly recommend it to everyone!
Love it a lot!

4. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

I liked it! At first, i thought it’s a dystopian book. Then I’ve read about dragons, so I think it’s fantasy. But after finishing the book, I’m not really sure now. Lol. Well, i really liked the book!Ana is like other dystopian heroines, she’sfull of questions of her identity. She believes she has nosoul. I also like Sam, the one who helped and saved her. Such a sweet guy..Can’t wait for the next book to come out. I also need more answers! Lol.

5. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

 Here’s another fairy tale retelling that I love. I admit I’m not very familiar with the story of the twelve dancing princesses until now. And I must say, I love how the book was written, especially the use of words and flow of events. A perfect retelling! I’m a sucker of happy endings and it really feels good to witness some of them, even in books.

OK, that’s all. I’ll post again my top reads next month. Happy reading! 😉

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

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

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

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