Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Book Trailer: Clockwork Prince

The full book trailer of the 2nd book of the Infernal Devices Series, Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare.  :)) Can't wait to read this book! Yay, 7 more days! But actually I really don't have to wait. The book has been available in some bookstores here in my country since last week (I really wonder why), but yeah, I hope to have this on Christmas! :))

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Review: Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

As much as I love the first book, this one just did't really got me totally hooked up. It was okay, it was a nice read but the excitement I got were a little less than what I had expected. I guess I was expecting something more twisting, something totally shocking. Nevertheless the writing was good, Derting was still able to deliver some really spooky and creepy parts very well. 

I find Violet a little annoying here. I just don't get some of her reasons why she doesn't want to tell her family about what she had heard or discovered or why its taking her too long to at least tell it to Jay. She's getting a bit dramatic in this book. And Jay, really he's just so kind and too sweet and mushy and cheesy. Which is a bit... too sappy for a mysterious book, I guess. I don't know, sometimes I find it really cute, but sometimes its 'okay, enough'. 

New characters were also introduced. Sara and Rafe. Sara's knowledge about things like what Violet can do was intriguing. And Rafe was interesting. And I like him. LOL. He doesn't have that much appearance on the book but really, you'll definitely notice him when he appears. I even thought that it was okay if he became a competitor to Violet's attention. I wasn't really at all bothered if it ever comes to like that. I mean I like Jay and Violet, but I think I might also like Rafe and Violet. Well, let’s see on the next book. ^^ 

The mysterious parts, the guessing-game was exciting and interesting however when everything was finally revealed it wasn't all that surprising. But I liked that in the end Violet finally realized that her ability is a gift and not a curse, something that she could use to help others and for the good. :)) 

So yeah, 3.5 stars for this book. I think I'm still gonna read the 3rd book. Because of Rafe! LOL. :)))

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Review: Sophie and Carter by Chelsea Fine

Sophie and Carter by Chelsea Fine
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

While other high school seniors are dreaming about their futures, Sophie and Carter are just trying to make it through each day. Carter is overwhelmed by issues at home as he struggles to support his mother. Meanwhile, next door neighbour Sophie is left to care for her three younger siblings in place of their absent and troubled mother. All that holds these two best friends together is each other, and knowing that each night they'll sit together on Sophie's front porch swing and escape from reality, if just for awhile. But as their relationship reaches a turning point and high school graduation nears, will their friendship become something more? (Goodreads summary)

I love this book. Really. It's sweet, heartwarming and touching. I love every part of it. It’s an easy and quick read though I wouldn't really mind if the story is longer. I would love to see more of Sophie and Caster.

I admire their friendship, their relationship and their devotion to each other. They understand each other even without speaking, they know each others hurts and struggles and they know that they could trust and depend on each other. It was great and really heartwarming.

Reading the story in Sophie and Carter's POV made it more beautiful. You would understand the need of both the characters and its just really touching to know that the care and love they showed to each other are true and genuine. It would just make you smile and make your heart really warm.

Okay, I've been saying the same things over and over again just in different structure. But really, this is just really a wonderful read.

Read this! ^^

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Review: Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan

Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan
Rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

I hate and love this book. There were parts that totally got me swooning and there were those that made me wanna throw up the book and curse. So here, I'll just enumerate the things I love and hate about this book.

1.The plot. It was interesting. With all the struggles, abuse and loss I was curious on how Emma would survive everything.
2. Sara. Emma's best friend. I so love her! Even though she's the most popular girl in school I saw how much she cares and loves Emma. They were the opposites but she's been really kind to her and it was genuine. I love that she cried when she saw Emma's bruises, I love her when she dresses Emma and run a make-over, I love her that she gave Emma a phone just so she could check her out if she's okay. She's a lovely character.
3. Evan. Totally. LOL. Of course I love him! Who would not? He's the kind of guy you would really want to date. The perfect one. Really. Haha. Everything he did was so real and genuine. Absolutely swooning. And definitely...fictional. :/ But still, he's a really wonderful character.
4. Vivien. Evan's mom. I love her because she loves and cares for Emma. LOL. :DD
5. The last part before the ending. It was one of the happiest parts. And Evan's birthdaaayyy~! >:DD 

1. The story is effin' long. And I think some parts were a little irrelevant.
2. I just don't get why Emma doesn't want to report her aunt and that she needs to protect her cousins and that it would be worse if she did that. Well, at first I understand her. She knows what it feels to not to have a parent and she really love her cousins. But as the abuse grew I totally hate that she keeps on thinking like that. I know she's scared but...ughhh. That was way too much. It was really frustrating.
3. The Drew phase. I was so annoyed at this part, when Emma dated Drew. She dated Drew but before that she cannot date Evan? This phase was a bit long that I start to consider dropping the book. I sort of don't understand the essence.

Hate and Love:
1. Emma. I adore her but sometimes she's just seriously frustrating and annoying. I love her for she cares so much for her love ones. But I hate her for being so selfless. She was a wonderful character but sometimes I don't get her decisions.
2. The ending. It was heartwarming and heart breaking at the same time. I don't know really if I liked how it ended. What I love about the ending was that those few paragraphs of the epilogue was able to contain a great amount of emotion, and well, it was like a sucker punch. I get a bit teary at that part. Those paragraphs was able to cover up what Emma had been feeling throughout the story. However it was still heart breaking and disappointing. If I haven't checked if there's a sequel I would really think Emma died in the ending. I figured out the author wanted the story to be open-ended, to make the reader make their own conclusion. But I think that kind of ending does not fit for a realistic kind of novel. I've read books and watched movies which endings are open-ended, without definite conclusion, but most of it are mystery, paranormal or super naturals. Well, that's what I think. But its a relief to know that there would be a sequel. :))

So all in all, 3.75 of 5 stars for this book. Looking forward for the next book. :))  

Friday, November 11, 2011

Review: Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I adore this book very much. The writing, the characters, the place, the music, the humor, everything! It was just so adorable! I find myself wishing the story not to end or just that it was longer. I grew instantly attached with it in just a couple of hours. Haha! ^^

The story all started when Nick, a bassist of an indie band who has been sulking from the break-up with his girlfriend asked Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes upon seeing his ex approaching him with a different guy.

Nick and Norah met in a really peculiar and inconvenient circumstances. It was funny, cute, and lovely. Though they were struggling with each of their own issues when they met, their meeting did helped them to come out of it, understand it, learn something, and realize what they are, what they need and what they really want.

I love Nick! And I can say I swooned a lot from him. He may not be described as stunningly attractive guy, but his every characteristics is just so uniquely attractive. A straight-edge guy who loves music, plays the bass guitar, a promising lyricist and according to Norah, a good kisser. He's sort of the soft kind of guy but he has this cool and hot aura that you'll definitely love about him. Norah is just so adorable. I love how she describe things, how she thinks, how she likes music, how she loves Oreo, and how she describes Nick. Haha. She's a funny, witty, frigid girl but totally lovable.

What I enjoyed the most is when they flirt verbally, I mean, when when they talk and their comebacks with each other are just really cute, not overtly and obviously cheesy but still sweet it will make you grin. And yes! The setting, New York. You could just imagine it so lovely and beautiful, especially the scene in the rain. That was totally aahhhhh~! Haha. And also, of course, the scene in the ICE room in Marriott. That was...hot but also really really funny.

The writing's definitely good! Having both POV's narrate the story made me able to enjoy both thoughts and perspective. In that way, it also made it easier for me to know and understand both characters. The pacing was also fast you could finish it in just a couple of hours. There were lots of swear words and profanities but I don't really mind.

This is a one funny, touching, lovely story to read. I highly recommend this to everyone! ^^  

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Review: Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens

Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

~For almost two years now, Kiera's boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she's ever wanted: loving, tender and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together, Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university, everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart. 

Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source – a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he's purely a friend that she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes...and none of them will ever be the same.~ (Goodreads Summary)

First of all, I'm wondering why this is on he young-adult bookshelf? This is practically an erotica, not that its bad. I was just a little surprised when the first intimate scene came. Haha! I mean I wasn't really actually expecting something that detailed. I just thought this was just a contemporary young-adult novel, so yeah. Haha! But hey, I did like the story of this book. See, I gave it a 4 stars. LOL. :DD

I'm usually not into this kind of novel, the tone is serious, dramatic, and definitely mature. However I was already caught up in the story before I found out that this is way more mature than...the mature things I expected. Haha! But anyhoo, the story's definitely good. And quite unique or different...for me, I guess, because it focuses on the girl who did the cheating. Whereas in usual love stories the story centers on the guy or the girl who got cheated.

The writing is good and has the effect to hold you tight with great curiosity. However there are situations that I think was constantly repeating and repeating making the book brutally long, that made me frustrated. But surprisingly, I was patient. I can't seem to drop and stop reading. And well, in the end, I guess it was worth it. :))

The author has this great way of making you hate the character and love them at the same time. You'll find yourself thinking that they are soo adorable, and cute, and lovely and then the next your'll be saying he's a jerk or she's a bitch or they are both idiots. But in the end you'll still both love them. >:DD

Kiera' character was frustrating yet you would still like and understand her. She's naive and her indecisiveness was really annoying. She seem to realize everything late. I got frustrated a lot with her but I can't seem to really hate her that much. Even though what she did was seriously uhmm...bitchy I still find myself wishing her to be happy and okay.

And then Kellan. During the middle parts, when the tension between him and Kiera was getting intense, I was almost totally convinced that even though he's a drop-dead-gorgeous, achingly handsome and absurdly attractive guy, he was a total man-whore. But after hearing his story, Oh my, Its like I just wanted to hold him and hug him and tell him that its okay, that there are people who really do love him. And then at that point I finally understand him. I just saw a boy who just wanted to love and to be loved, and I forgive him for what he did...even though it was really bad.

I love the last part, the way Stephens made it balanced. By making Kiera feel the impact and consequences of what they did. To feel miserable and realize her mistakes. But in the end to find love back and happiness.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Rating: 4.75 of 5 stars

~I actually read this a few months ago so the excitement and reactions are a bit not fresh so this review will be a little short.~

Divergent is a fantastic, magnificent debut novel. With the increasing popularity of dystopian novels, this book really stand-out a lot.

Since I got hooked up with the Hunger Games, dystopian novels had come really close to my heart. So when I saw this from a book blog, saying that if you're a fan of THG this is a good book for you, I read it right away. And well, it was true. It was indeed an awesome book.

When I started reading this it did remind me of THG. But I didn't really compare it because though they have some similarities they still have their own unique ideas and style.

In this world, the society had been divided into 5 different factions, factions based on peoples values: Candor for honesty, Amity for kindness, Dauntless for bravery, Erudite for intelligence and Abnegation for selflessness. When Tris turned 16 she has to choose which faction she will be. And much to her surprise she chose Dauntless. Making her leave her family and learn a total different things and values, face challenges, and keep and discover secrets that might put her in mortal danger.

Tris is a strong, fierce, independent, but still lovely character. She knows how different she is to her family, though she had lived her life of 16 years being Abnegation she knows deep inside her she is far being like that. I love how she face her challenges and how she learned and realize things from it and through meeting other people from different factions. She's the kind of heroine who is really fun and exciting, a kick-ass one. And then Four! *swoons* Oh well, you would just really love everything about him. (Yay, so much for the fangirling.) Anyway, he's mysterious but has a really good character. I love how he cared for Tris, how he handled the training and a lot of complicated situations, how he observed Tris, how straight forward he confessed to her,(I can really go on with the list. LOL.) and how he showed her his vulnerable side - his four weaknesses. Will and Christina, Tris's friends are really funny and nice you'll like them instantly. And also Tris's mom, who is very much understanding, caring, brave and strong.

Veronica Roth did a great job creating such an interesting and unique world and cool characters. 4.75 stars for this book. I recommend this to everyone, especially those who love dystopia. Definitely an awesome read! ^^

Review: Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one is a fun, lovely, cute, quick read. I love it. This is the second time I read a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. And I still did enjoy it.

Though I already figured out everything from the beginning and had predicted almost every thing quite right I still had fun reading this. I haven't really read the original Pride and Prejudice (I'm not really into classics) but this one did appeal to me. With the modern set up it became more interesting and likable.

Our Elizabeth Bennet here, is a scholar in a prestigious, hing-class, all-girls Longbourn Academy. And being a different one, a 'charity case' they call, she received a lot taunting and humiliation from the other students. Which affected her judgement towards the people with money especially when she met Will Darcy. Will is a student from Pemberley Academy, an all-boy sister school of Longbourn. He had been rude to Lizzie when they first met, gaining a more bad impression to her. But since after the incident in the bookstore, he had tried his best to know Lizzie. In which had been not so easy since both judgement were affected by past experiences.

But soon realization came up, when things had been properly explained, and had been amended they finally understand each other. That they had been narrow minded because of what had happened in the past.

A fun read. I needed to read something like this because I was still raw from my last read, Sing Me To Sleep, and I just really needed something to lighten up my mood because whenever I remember it, it was just so saddening that I might cry again. OTL. Anyway, I recommend this to everyone especially those who like a fun, quick, read. :))

This is the cleanest, wholesome-st, chick-lit I ever read. Haha. :DD

Review: Eve by Anna Carey

Eve by Anna Carey
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

After a plague that eat up most of the population of America girl orphans were brought to an exclusive school were they got educated and taken care of supposedly to make them ready for the trade in the City of Sand after they graduate. On the night before her graduation Eve discovered something about the school; what her school's purpose really is, what the students are for, and what will they be once they graduated. She then escaped her school and wander through the wilds to find Califia, the only place were she could be safe.

Eve was a nice character but not very much the exciting and fun one. She gets annoying at times and also naive, but with the way she was raised its kind of understandable. I like how she grew throughout the story, how she learned and realize things. Caleb is a really likable character. He's nice, genuine, and mature. He's smart and it nice to see how he cared for Eve. Though I kind of think that the developing feelings between Eve and Caleb was a bit rush.

Eve is an easy, light read especially for a dystopian novel. In this time of the world, girl orphans are taught to hate men, that they are dangerous, perilous and known to only take advantages to the opposite sex. When Eve escaped she met Caleb and a lot more of them and learned that what was taught to them were mostly untrue. The concept was a bit appalling but also interesting, the idea of girl being use just to sire babies, lots of babies was a bit disgusting but also made me curious. I was excited once Eve discovered it because, well, there goes the action and adventure. And also with the King wanting Eve to be the sire of his heir it became more stirring and thrilling. However sometimes there are parts of the book that are a bit dull. And there were less action that what I would have expected.

Nevertheless it was a good and enjoyable read. I can see potential from this book. And lets see if the second book can pull it off. :DD

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Review: Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison

Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison
Rating: 4.75 of 5 stars

Beth has always been "The Beast" - that's what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth's only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she's selected to be her choir's soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever. When Beth's choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy and fell in love instantly. However there is something Derek is hiding from her, something that could shatter everything.


Okay, I'm getting teary again just by remembering the things I so love about this book. When I started this I never really thought I would be getting seriously emotional, just until the last part, the impact was really hard you wouldn't be able to help it. Even after I read it, Oh my god, I just can't stop crying.

Beth has a really strong personality. She knows what the people in school calls her, she gets hurt and offended but she doesn't let it affect her massively. Instead she thrives with what she's good at, singing. I love how her character developed through out the story, how she gained confidence, how she has come to accept that she can be loved and she can also love someone. And how to let go and move on.

Derek is the kind of character you would instantly fell in love with. He's thoughtful, real and genuine. Everything about him is just so likable. When he and Beth met I was soo into them already. I love them, I love how they love each other, how they are so sweet together, how they care for each other, even how they make out which they do so steamingly hot. LOL. It wasn't even awkward when the issue of sex is brought up.

The last part was heartwarming, moving, touching, and totally heart breaking. Especially the part where Derek asked her to sing him the "Beth's Song" - to sing him to sleep, and at that instant my heart went crashing down. And then I was crying, really crying. I was suddenly so sad because if you get back to the earlier parts you wouldn't see it happening. You would see a total different Derek, a perfect Derek. And the perfect Derek was the once crafted on my mind. And well, I guess will always be the one crafted on my mind.

Everything from that part was just so emotional that it felt so real even though I was just reading it. It felt like I know them all, that I actually bonded with those characters. The emotional impact was just so strong. It hurts. There are only few books that had affected me like this. I only have 2 books on my 'i-cried-over' shelf. And now this one's added. I rarely let myself cry over a book but, Gahd, this one is just...you just wouldn't be able to help it. After reading, I just lay there on my bed looking at the ceiling, working on the 'what ifs' that made me cry even more. No books had ever made me cry this much.

This book is just wonderful. The kind where you'd find yourself fully involved, like you see, feel, taste everything. That in the end you'd find yourself learning lessons and having realization. :))

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Review: Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is freaking cool! Like really really cool. Its like I got hold of an advance-tech, sophisticated gadget, a newly invented video game, or a high-end, atomic bomb-proof car! Yeah, that kind of cool! If you get what I mean. Oh well, anyway, this book is not like any ordinary young-adult novel. With its parapsychology and pseudoscience science concept, this book definitely went beyond just being awesome. :DD

I got totally hooked up by this book. Everything is just so cool and exciting. The concept was great and really interesting, the parapsychology thing really got me. I was so excited with everything and with the abilities of the characters. All the characters are so lovable! (Well, except for Rachel) LOL. I just love them all especially Lila, Suki and Nate. And of course Alex! (Fangirling strikes in!)

Lila is so adorable, she's strong, funny and really cute! She knows about her ability and she kind of accepts it but also knows that she's always not in control of it and that it could be dangerous. Her thoughts are really funny and her reactions are really cute (especially when its about Alex) and I can't help myself but grin and laugh at that. I love her relationship with his brother, Jack. He's totally overprotected to her but not really the irritating type. They are so close and really care for each other, and I really find it sweet whenever Jack says he love her little sister (not the sister-complex type, just a real brother-sister relationship)Haha! And then there's Alex.(Fangirling striking in again!) His brother's best friend, whom she has been in love her whole life. Their age gap was a bit big, 4 of 5 years? But it doesn't really matter once you start reading this and met him and found out that he's seriously swoon-worthy! LOL. The last part was totally...*swoons*! And I just totally love how their relationship developed.

And the twist about Demos group was cool. I found myself loving all of them once the revelation kicked in. Especially Nate and Suki. Really funny and cute, and not to mention their abilities are kick ass! Haha.

And yup, the last part was a total action and I love it. Really cool and its like I'm watching a real action-filled movie. The characters are all magnificent and yeah, they all seem like a kick ass movie-star. LOL. >:DD

I applaud Alderson for doing such a great and smart job. A story you would definitely crave for more! Enjoyed it very much. Perfect 5 stars for this book! :))

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars for this book. I got totally hooked up from the start (Didn’t know it was already 5 am when I finally took a break reading this. XD) This is the first time I read a psychological-thriller. It was cool, weird and spooky but definitely interesting. I love Mara and Noah! Especially their witty banters and snappy comebacks with each other that would really make you grin and laugh despite the mysterious and uncanny situation behind. :DD

I struggled a little bit though towards the last part. When finally Mara was able to remember what exactly had happened that night and what had truly caused the accident. Then the part when Mara and Noah made their confessions about their abilities, I needed to reread that part. I don’t know if the writing went messy or its just my brain messing up with the book. LOL. But I get quite a hold from it then until BAM, the ending! The ending was a total sucker punch! The impact was..ughh! I wasn’t expecting that, now I really need the second book. I need more. :)

Review: Half-Blood (Covenant, #1) by Jennifer Armentrout

Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Yay! This book is freakin’ awesome! This one literally kicked the ass out of me. LOL. I definitely love it. :DD

When I read the prequel, Daimon, a month ago I was instantly hooked up. It was awesome and I totally craved for the first book. And so, when I finally was able to read this book, Dang! It was freakin’ amazing. I was a little worried that this one might not justify the awesomeness of the prequel, but dude, was I wrong, it made more than justify it. It went to a higher level of coolness, and awesomeness, and amazing-ness. This book blew me away. :DD

So our little heroine here is Alexandria Andros. The first thing I would describe her - a total kick ass heroine. I mean metaphorically and literally. LOL. Alex is a child of a demigod and a mortal, making her a half-blood. Hematois are the one with pure bloods, child of both demigods. 3 years ago, she and her mother fled the Covenant where half-bloods and pure-bloods receive their education and training, - which her mother said is for the best but never really explained to her why. They lived in the mortal world for 3 years but after her mother got killed by a daimon she was forced to go back to the Covenant - the place where her mother warned her never to return.

This book did remind me of the Vampire Academy (Well, I haven’t really read the whole VA but I read the first parts and was atleast able to get the main plot and concept of the book.)but I think it does’n t really matter. Because clearly they have both different kind of worlds. Mythology has always been my favorite, and with Jennifer Armentrout’s great writing and imaginative skill, she was able to build a very unique world from it. I love it and I think it was really cool.

The characters of this book are really great. Alex is awesome. I love her! She’s strong, beautiful, funny and brave. Though sometimes I got annoyed by her lack of patience and being a bit stubborn she is still very much likable and that characteristics of her made her a total kick-ass heroine. And then there’s Aiden St. Delphi, a very swoon worthy male. LOL. He’s a pure-blood who volunteered to train Alex. He’s a nice, caring, protective, patient, good-looking, sexy guy. Haha! He’s the guy Alex has been crushing (and still crushing) before she left the Covenant. And as the story progress both are clearly developing mutual feelings for each other however the rules forbid them to be - pure-bloods and half-bloods cannot mix romantically. (But still this part is so worth it , I so love Aiden an I really want the both of them together.) And there goes another swoon-worthy guy, Seth, the Apollyon. Which is some sort the half of Alex and they have this some kind of connections. I was a little worried though and curious at the same time now that they’re bonded.

So all in all, 4.5 stars for this book. I really love it. I’m very much looking forward for the second book. I recommend this to everyone! ^^

Review: The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4) by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Rating 5 of 5 stars

I would just simply say this book is perfect. No more of those nuclear bombs of adjectives describing how great the book is, just simply perfect. Reading a final book of a series has always made me feel a little anxious, well of course I do get excited and giddy too, but there would always be the feeling that I might not get satisfied in the end, and surely its effects on me will be devastating. But thank goodness, Julie Kagawa knows how to make a proper ending, especially for such a great series.

While reading this book, I was like ‘Oh god, Julie, how are you even able do this?’ I was completely awe and amazed. There’s something in her writing which always caught me, that always made me so much drawn to the story. Her imagination is just wow! By the way she wrapped this up, it left me very well contented and satisfied.

In this book, Ash and Puck traveled to find a way for Ash to be with Meghan in the Iron Realm. As they goes through their journey, they faced great physical, mental and emotional challenges, met companions they never thought would be coming and found realization within themselves.

One great thing about this book is I get to see Ash’s side. His thoughts, his past, his wavering and vulnerable side. I was able to learn more of him here, see what he really was. I saw how he faced everything, how his thoughts dithered and faltered at times, how he hesitated with his decisions, how he took all those realizations. And also how he had overcome them.

The Ash and Puck team-up was also one of the high points of this book. Though there had always been tension between the two because of what had happened in the past, both had come into civil terms in this part of the series. I saw how their relationship was in the past and how the challenges and unexpected twist they faced through their journey affected it. Though, basically this is Ash’s story, Puck really did shine in this book. And I think I saw a mending relationship in here. :))

The last part was in Meghan’s point of view (Is this a spoiler? Haha!), oh well, I won’t be saying anything but yeah, definitely this is a good part. I found myself on my way to the last part wishing that I could read the ending in Meghan’s POV, and *tadaa!* Kagawa did it! Yay! The ending was —-:))!

And yeah, one more thing, I was so so touched, moved, awed, amazed on how Ash had fallen in love with Meghan. After knowing almost everything about him, from what he was and what he did in the past, it was kind of Wow! To think that this guy, this kind of guy fell in love with a girl and now he would definitely do anything and give up everything just to be with her. That was just really WOW! :)) (Yeah, wow. I can’t find a word to describe it. Haha!)

This series will always remain in my heart! I will forever treasure this story. Thank you Julie Kagawa for creating such magic, I was totally devoured by your world.

A perfect read! I highly recommend this! :))

Review: The Iron Queen (Iron Fey, #3) by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is HELL SUPERB! Words aren’t enough to describe how great this book is. I was very much astounded, impressed, and surprised. I had all kinds of emotion surging on me while reading this. Julie Kagawa never failed to impress me.

The story goes off after Ash and Meghan got exiled from the Nevernever. Learning that despite being an exile,the fake Iron King was still after her, Meghan decided to face them and do what she had to do to protect her family and love ones and as well as the whole of the Nevernever. This is a story about love, friendship, loyalty and faith. With its great world buid-up and character development this is one hell of an epic story. :))

Okay, I really don’t know how I should start this review. So much are coming on my mind and when I try to put them together, bam! I don’t know which one to say first or how I am going to tell it. Suddenly I don’t know how to express them, they are seriously overwhelming. So yeah, maybe let’s just start with my say to each character in this book.

Meghan Chase. I love how her character developed in this book. She had always been protective over the people she loved and she would do everything to keep them safe. In this book she still is, but she had grown mature and wise. No more of the teenage mortal girl who only wanted her normal life and family in her mortal world. This time she had accepted what she is and what she had to do. She had her weakness and doubts but she was able to find a way to overcome them. Her decision and sacrifice at the last part was totally heart breaking (I cried at that part) but I know that she made a right decision and that was for the best.

Ash. I saw a lot more of his emotion in this part of the series. He had been more open in this book. Dude, I can see how much in love he is to Meghan and I got totally swooned. Everything he did was for Meghan and God, I had goosebumps when Meghan asked him to be her knight and he did the Oath.

“My name is Ashallyn’darkmyr Tallyn, third son of the Unseelie Court…Let it be known—from this day forth, I vow to protect Meghan Chase, daughter of the Summer King, with my sword, my honor, and my life. Her desires are mine. Her wishes are mine. Should even the world stand against her, my blade will be at her side. And should it fail to protect her, let my own existence be forfeit. This I swear, on my honor, my True Name, and my life. From this day on…” His voice went even softer, but I still heard it as though he whispered it into my ear. “I am yours.”

This part was just really OH MY GOD. I couldn’t breathe and I was as happy as Meghan was. This was one of the best parts. After the oath was also the first time he said ‘I love you’ directly to Meghan. Gahd, it felt like I was the one in love. And so when I reached the last part, It also felt like I got really heart broken. I cried. It was my birthday Eve and I was crying. I was crying for Ash and Meghan. I don’t blame Meghan for making such decision, that was the right thing. But I admire Ash for what he did on the last part. He vowed that he will do everything, that he will never give up and he will find a way. And that made me a little relieved but still the effects of the last part did crushed my heart.

So yeah! I’m counting on you Ash! I’m almost at the half part of The Iron Knight and I know you’ll make it. Don’t let me fall. :))

Puck. The ever so funny, witty, hilarious Puck. Just like what I said on my previous review, he is a very respectable character. Despite being all comical, easy-going, sarcastic and funny, you know he is very loyal to Meghan and he respected and supported every decision she made. Even though she broke his heart and chose Ash over him. He has accepted it even though obviously he’s still in love with her. He never left her side. And I have always respected him more and more with every Iron Fey book I read. He is definitely one of the characters I admire most in all the books I've read. :))

Grimalkin. Yeah, the smartest character in this book is a cat. Why? Because he’s a cat. LOL. This cat though most of times is really intimidating and would suddenly vanished like poof, he never fail to come when he is needed most and always offer his help (well, of course there’s a price but his price are reasonable, I think at least)

The last part of the book had me seriously twisted. LOL. I had felt a lot of emotions all at the same time. The twists and realizations were shocking and amazing. Kagawa really did a great job. So all in all, a million stars again for this book. Haha. Yeah, I’m serious. This book is magic. I highly recommend this! :))

Review: The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey, #2) by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

And why are there only 5 stars here to rate? I can give this book a million stars! OH MY GOD. Now I’m obsessed with this series. I don’t know how to explain how much this book got me. I just love this. LOL. Its like magic. :))

Alright, as with the first book this sequel offered a lot of more exciting adventures, shocking twists and brilliant ideas. Ash became a traitor of his own court when he decided to take Meghan and bring him back to the Summer Court but also had put up his mind that they can’t really be together. Also with the threat of the new Iron King and the stealing of the scepter everything had become more complicated.

A lot of times while reading this I caught myself holding my breath. Though I really had a lot of fun reading this book, things were really unpredictable and I can’t help myself but to wonder and constantly worry. (Haha, I’m that kind of reader. I get emotionally attached to the character that I care for their relationship more than mine. LOL.) Especially with Ash and Meghan’s relationship and then with Puck getting back to the seen and confessing. Yay, so yeah, though Puck was the other guy and I’m on Team Ash I didn’t really got annoyed with him, in fact I was able to like him more in this book. He was the kind of character who doesn’t push or force himself to the girl he likes. He seemed to understand and respect what Meghan was feeling for Ash and didn’t go over the limits. He just wait and continued to be loyal to Meghan. And I respect him for that. He was really a wonderful character.

In this book, they also met Leanansidhe, the Queen of the Exiles. And I like her. Though, of course she sometimes was scary, I think, so far, she was the most generous faery I ever met (in this book). She was smart and wise, offering her help to Meghan to bring back the scepter and fight the Iron Fey even though she was an exile and doesn’t really have to care for the Nevernever. She thought that it would also affect them badly if the Iron Fey won. The part I like the most with Leanansidhe was when she brought Meghan shopping and spa to have a full make over to disguise Meghan as an employee of SciCorp. She seemed to be more human that faery that time. ^^

Ironhorse had become also their friend and ally at this part. I was surprised when he vowed to protect Meghan with his life and to help them defeat the fake Iron king. I liked how he became really protective over Meghan and served her like she was his real princess. Sadly, he died sacrificing himself to save Meghan and saying in his last breath that it was an honor, saving his queen. I found that really touching since Ironhorse was an Iron Fey.

The last part was really WHOA~! Haha. They got the scepter and brought it back to Mab to stop the war between the Summer and Winter. However when Meghan gave it to Mab instead of being grateful and all she went being narrow minded and bitchy. God, I was really annoyed with her, she was a faery queen but had mind of a fly (well, I think in terms of being rational). But thankfully, Puck and Ash came with a proof that the Iron Fey was real and that Rowan was the real traitor. So Mab ,thankfully, believed and asked Ash to go back to the Unseelie court, become the heir of the throne and remove any connection from Meghan, however….he declined.(Yay! My heart was pounding really hard at this part)He told them he can’t because he loved her. (And I just died at that part). I think I should stop here, I know no one reads this but just in case someone reads this I don’t wanna spoil him/her the ending. So yeah, let’s just it was ASDADAJKFFDJHFKAJAOE! :)))

A fun, gorgeous, wonderful read! Totally love this. Two thumbs up for Kagawa for doing such a magic! >:DDDD

Review: The Iron King (Iron Fey, #1) by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Instant favorite! Now this book’s on the list of my favorite books ever! I can’t believe I just started reading this series now. I have been seeing this on a lot of book blogs but I didn’t think that it would be really great. Faeries just didn’t appeal to me that much. I have read Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr. It was a nice read though I struggle a little and got confused with some faerie details. It left me that impression about faerie type of novels. Just then I saw a lot of book blogs spazz over the The Iron Knight, so I checked the serious out and saw a lot of good reviews. A lot of my friends here in goodreads too have read it and gave high ratings. And that’s when I decided to read this series. And it never failed me! This is absolutely a gorgeous book!

It didn’t got me confused and I read it straight and smooth. I enjoyed it very much. The characters and their adventures were really interesting and exciting. Meghan, our heroine, who turned out to be the daughter of Oberon, King of the Seelie Court, was really adorable, she was brave and I admire how much she cares for those who were important to her. She has a bestfriend, Puck/Robin Goodfellow, who was actually a faerie whom the King ordered to protect her and keep her from the Faerie world. He was cool and funny, made a lot of jokes and took things light and easy. And then there was Prince Ash, *swoooooons* who was the youngest son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I like him! Like I really really like him. LOL. (I was so sure of myself that I am in Team Ash even though I was still on the first part of the book and he hasn’t gotten a seen. Seriously, me!) He was mysterious and he was achingly gorgeous, infuriatingly handsome and devastatingly hot. Alright, I’m over reacting but seriously he was just hot. He and Meghan had a bargain that if Ash would help her rescue her brother from the Iron Fey she would willingly give herself to the Unseelie Court. However…they fell in love. Which wasn’t really good because both were from rival courts. Which also made the story even more really interesting.

Julie Kagawa’s writing was impressive. The idea about the Iron Fey was really cool and unique. I just started reading the second book and I’m looking forward for more interesting twists and exciting adventures, and of course on how Meghan and Ash will work their feelings for each other. I recommend this book! I had a lot of fun reading this! :))

Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Uneartly by Cynthia Hand
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alright! I'm done. Whew~! It’s been quite a long time since I got hooked up with something paranormal. :)) So okay, here’s my review or rather my feelings about this book. ^^

This book is absolutely a good, awesome, outstanding read! I love everything! The characters, the concept, the events, the twist. Every turn of events kept me really interested and I read it nonstop.

I have been taking a little break from reading paranormal, urban fantasy kind of books, so lately I was all into chicklits, contemporary, realistic types of novel but right after I start reading Unearthly was then I realize that I so miss reading paranormal books. All through out I was feeling all giddy and excited, and my feet were getting really cold. That’s what happens when I get soo excited over something. So yeah, this book was able to give me that kind of feeling which means it was really awesome I really got hooked up.

Clara, our heroine, was the kind of character which was easy to like. She knows what she is, accepts it and do what she has to do. She isn’t the kind of heroine you get annoyed sometimes. She’s really adorable and I love whenever she calls her brother, Jeffrey, ‘baby brother’. Hahaha! Which I’m really so envious of her, I badly want a younger brother! And their relationship isn’t the kind where they, most of the time, annoyed each other. And then there’s Tucker and Christian. The two boys I’m so torn up to. LOL. Tucker was the rude-but-really-he-just-likes-you guy. He was the funny, cool, easy-going, rodeo guy. The type of guy who’s easy to approach. While Christian was the good looking nice guy with the hero complex and as Wendy has said, the god-type guy. Someone not that easy to reach. But you know what’s wrong with me? I personally like Christian more than Tucker. When obviously, Tucker’s the hero. After I read the book I looked up for some reviews and read them. And it seems like I was the only one who was into Christian! OTL. Everyone were all like Team Tucker. But there still a lot the author has to reveal about Christian and I know there’s something really big about him! So there’s still some hope. Haha! Though I’m not really putting my hopes up but I’m not either putting my hopes down. So yeah, lets just see. I need Hallowed now! LOL. >:DD

Two thumbs up for this book! I definitely recommend this! ^^


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