Friday, November 30, 2012

I'm back...from my unexpected mini hiatus!

Okay. If you noticed I've been gone for almost like two weeks. It was because my computer broke down. Uh, more like my lcd monitor pretty much gave up on me. It finally said goodbye after servicing me for five years. So there, and since buying a new screen is pretty costy it took me some time to replace it. But today I we finally got a new one! Yey! I'm back and I promise to write more stuffs this month, 'cause you see, my posts had gone really sporadic these past few months. I decided to have some advance new year's resolution that I won't be lazy in writing reviews anymore. Haha! I've finished some pretty awesome books last week so I'm really excited to write something about them!

Some reviews to be expected this month:

  • Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning - This series seriously blew me away. Never thought I would loved another fey book but this one sure made me really gaga over it (and Barrons).
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer - Fantastic and unique retelling of Cinderella. I need book two now!
  • My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick - Finally read this one! OMG! I loved this one so much. Jase is just ASDASREADF! Haha.
  • Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout - JLA is just freaking amazing. Apollyon please. 

So there. Thanks for all those who visited this blog and commented and to the new followers. I'll be sure to drop by your blogs too!

Love lots, 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Review: The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1) by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Published: October 23rd 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
My rating: 4.5 stars
Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

As much as I was happy and excited to see a spin-off of my favorite urban-fantasy series it was hard not to have uncertainties and doubts about it. Like everyone else who'd love the first Iron Fey series I was extremely anxious this new series might not lived up to Meghan and Ash's story. But lo and behold, this book has literally kicked my ass and has proven my doubts wrong! Kagawa has made another book that has strengthened my trust and faith in her writing skills. She's done it again and boy was it ever amazing.

I found myself again entranced and fascinated by this world Kagawa made. I enjoyed exploring this intricate and dangerous world of fey yet wonderful and enthralling at the same time. It's clear that Kagawa is really expert when it comes to the world-building of Feys. I love how she never ran out of twists and turns that would make it even more interesting and intriguing. Other than that it was her characters that just made everything more captivating.

Ethan is a character I have connected so very well. I never met such character in which whatever he felt I felt. I was never angry at him nor did I question his take and feelings on things. Now that may sounds like I'm totally biased but what I thought was that I was just only able to completely put my self in his shoes thus making it easier to understand his every intents, emotions and actions. So when he got pissed with Tod I was pissed too; when he was annoyed with Kenzie I was too; when he got angry with Meghan I was too; when he was anxious, when he was hurting; when he was please, delighted, happy, I was too. He was a character that is easy to like, connect and understand. I see where all the bitterness and sadness were coming. But he's a character with such strong-will and very passionate heart. It was great to see this scared and vulnerable little boy on the first Iron Fey book to grow up into such a brave and wonderful character.

I didn't like Kenzie right away. I felt like she was nosy and too meddling for her own good. But I kept telling myself that it wouldn't go more interesting if her character wasn't like that. As the story went on I soon find myself warming to her and was surprised by how well she handled herself despite all the unbelievable things that she'd experienced and witnessed. She was genuinely kind and caring and very understanding. Her braveness was impressive and I admire how she took every moments preciously (I later found out why that is). 

What I also enjoyed most was meeting Keirran, Ash and Meghan's son! He was definitely a mixture of the two. I can't help but love and adore him too. Yes yes, long haired guys aren't my thing but I'll make an exception for him (along with Christian McKeltar and Legolas). He was so charming and genuine which is so Meghan but when things got a little intense and he gets all serious and cold, he was so like Ash. 

Overall, I am very much happy to say that The Lost Prince is a very wonderful and fascinating read. With the captivating world-building, surprising and full of twists plot, awesome and fantastic characters I can say that this new series has a lot of potential to be as successful as the first Iron Fey series. I am definitely looking forward for more. I recommend this. You're gonna love Ethan and Keirran!

Thank you Netgalley and HarlequinTeen for providing a review copy of this amazing book!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (#24)

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, that spotlight upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" are...

Author: Cynthia Hand
Expected Publication: January 22nd 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California - and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfil her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.

Author: Brodi Ashton
Expected Pulication: January 22nd 2012
Publisher:  Balaza + Bray/HarperCollins
Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.

Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.

In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.
Eep! I'm really excited for both of these books! Both will come out on the same date, and both are from the same publisher and  both have gorgeous covers (although their titles are quite contradicting). I can't wait to see what will happen to Clara and of course, who she will end up with. (Christian FTW!) Haha! I'm a little anxious about Everbound though since it seems like Nikki and Cole will be spending more time together. I want Jack! :D

Monday, November 12, 2012

Review: Defy The Stars by Stephanie Parent

Title: Defy the Stars
Author: Stephanie Parent
Publication Date: July 30th 2012
Publisher: Stephanie Parent
My rating: 3.5 stars
Julia Cape: A dedicated classical piano student just trying to get through her last semester of high school while waiting to hear from music conservatories.

Reed MacAllister: A slacker more likely to be found by the stoners’ tree than in class.

Julia and Reed might have graduated high school without ever speaking to each other…until, during a class discussion of Romeo and Juliet, Julia scoffs at the play’s theme of love at first sight, and Reed responds by arguing that feelings don’t always have to make sense. Julia tries to shake off Reed’s comment and forget about this boy who hangs with the stoner crowd—and who happens to have breathtaking blue eyes—but fate seems to bring the two together again and again. After they share an impulsive, passionate kiss, neither one can deny the chemistry between them. Yet as Julia gets closer to Reed, she also finds herself drawn into his dark world of drugs and violence. Then a horrific tragedy forces Julia’s and Reed’s families even farther apart…and Julia must decide whether she’s willing to give up everything for love.

I was never a fan of Romeo and Juliet but when it was said that this book is some sort of a retelling of the said famous romance novel I was curious as how the author will pull it off. Well, actually it was more like I wanted to see a different ending, something that isn't really tragic or well, stupid because I really resent the ending of the original novel. Thankfully, I think the author did a very good job in portraying the story of Reed and Julia as the modern Romeo and Juliet and although the ending wasn't exactly what I had hoped for it was I guess, the best that could have come for a retelling of a tragic love story. 

Julia and Reed comes from complete opposite world. The rich and the poor, the good and the bad, the responsible and the reckless. That isn't exactly a new setting to us but despite that it wasn't really hard to be swept and curious with the story of these two. Julia is a character that is easy to relate with and understand. Her emotions and feelings are very well voiced out making it even easier for us to understand her better. She did a lot of mistakes and wrong decisions but she's unmistakably a compassionate and strong person. 

Reed is a character I'm very torn with. Not that he isn't likable but he was a character that I can't seem to have a firm grasp at. I saw the good in him, the vulnerable side, the reasons behind the addiction, his genuine intentions and I understand him, I really did and I did grew to care for him. Yet, despite all that it seems that he keeps on slipping away as the story goes on. It was sad and disheartening but I feel like the author purposely wrote his character that way. 

The romance between the two was sweet and lovely. I love how the two met and how their feeling for each other developed, how they admitted it and how they fell into each other and didn't seem to care what people say about them. However, some part of me felt like it was lacking a bit of intensity, to completely convince the readers that they were indeed utterly, madly in love without words saying it. It might have made the ending even more compelling and powerful. 

Nonetheless, Defy the Stars is lovely and heartwarming read although it ended still pretty tragic (not as much as the original Romeo and Juliet though) but the ending, for some reason I find encouraging. I was actually satisfied with it and it showed what should have been the right choice for the ending of a tragic love story. 

Thank you YA Bound and Stephanie Parent for the review copy of this book.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Blog Tour: Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas

Title: Luminosity
Author: Stephanie Thomas
Publication date: November 13th 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.

The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.

But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I've already helped them win.

Author Spotlight:

Stephanie Thomas has been writing ever since she could put letters together to form words. When she was a small child, she would present her mother and father with self-made newspapers filled up with make believe stories and pictures. Her love for writing followed her all throughout her schooling, where she entered and won writing contests of all sorts. Stephanie decided to become an English teacher and completed her B.A. at The Pennsylvania State University. While teaching, she later went on to get her Master’s in writing from The Johns Hopkins University. She completed her very first manuscript during her graduate studies, and by the end of the program, she had completed two more.

Stephanie is quick to tell anyone that she’s a born and raised Philadelphian, and her heart will always belong there. She moved to Baltimore with her husband, and they’ve been living there for the last five years with their doggie, Sailor, and their rabbit, Buns (aka “T Sizzle).
Follow her: Official Website / Twitter


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I still haven't finished this book but I'm already halfway through it and so far I'm liking where the story is heading. A review will be coming out later this week. :)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Blog Tour: Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs (Blurb + Excerpt)

Title: Greta and the Goblin King
Author: Chloe Jacobs
Publication Date: November 13th 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
While trying to save her brother from a witch’s fire four years ago, Greta was thrown in herself, falling through a portal to Mylena, a dangerous world where humans are the enemy and every ogre, ghoul, and goblin has a dark side that comes out with the eclipse.

To survive, Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young goblin king, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her will to escape.

But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. An ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal, and with the next eclipse mere days away, every bloodthirsty creature in the realm is after her—including Isaac. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back...


No polite “danem” this time, huh? The casual trill of her name on his lips was more than a little ironic considering what saying his name had cost her.
His voice was lower than usual, as if encouraging her to confide in him. Yeah, right. She glanced into the pitted mirror above the bar, and gasped to find him standing only a few feet behind her. When had he gotten up from his seat and crossed the room?
Probably when she was trying so hard to ignore him.
He said it again, her name. More like a whisper, actually. But closer and clearer than it should have been with all the others around them, drinking and laughing…
Except suddenly there was no one else around. She was alone with only him and the mist for company. She whirled around to face him.
“Who are you?” he asked. “Exactly where do you hail from?”
She leaned back as he pushed forward, until the edge of the bar pressed against her spine. Questions. Of course. Luke had warned here there would be questions if she allowed anyone to get too close. Thankfully, her life was a fairly solitary one. Other than Luke, she had few friends. Okay, none. Not that it bothered her. It didn’t. The risks of unwittingly revealing her human heritage far outweighed any benefits that might come from having someone to talk to.
Especially if that someone was a hot goblin with a penchant for hijacking dreams, who also just so happened to be the newly minted king.
Just thinking about that made her want to break her fist over that square chin of his, and wipe the confident smile from his lips. But this was still just a dream. It wouldn’t really be her fist flying and it wouldn’t really be his face under her knuckles.
“You know I never answer your questions. Why do you keep asking? Why waste your time in my dreams?”
“You said my name,” he answered. He reached out, taking a lock of her hair between his fingers and rolling it as if he was fascinated by its softness. When she self-consciously tugged her bottom lip between her teeth, his eyes flared and his gaze locked on her mouth.  “You invited me in. You gave me the power.”
He touched her cheek with the most feather-light caress, the pad of his thumb following the line of her bottom lip. She swatted his hand away before she did something stupid like lean into his touch. “I didn’t know what I was doing.”
“How could you not know?”
The implication went unsaid, but it was still there. She should have known because everyone knew saying Isaac’s name had consequences. Everyone who belonged in Mylena, that is.
Well, she didn’t belong in Mylena, and loneliness had gotten the better of her the night they met in Maidra’s tavern. When he approached her despite the menacing keep-away glare she alway swore to protect herself, she’d faltered in the face of his bright smile. Nobody had ever looked at her as if she were beautiful and interesting before.
They’d talked for hours and before she knew it, she’d plummeted into his trap. After she’d broken more of Luke’s rules than she thought possible and reluctantly stood up to leave, he’d asked her name. Greta had only reciprocated, thinking nothing of it.
Just call me Isaac.
So she had. Apparently, it didn’t matter if you were an ignorant human whom no one had bothered to explain the rules to. She’d been vulnerable to him. Was still vulnerable.
“It doesn’t matter why I didn’t know!” Her hands clenched into fists. “My ignorance didn’t give you the right to take advantage of me.” Closing her eyes, she tried to remember where she really was, willing her consciousness to get a clue and—
Wake. The hell. Up.
“You only wake when I’m ready to let you go.”
“Then what do you want with me?”
His smoldering look went all the way through her. Her stomach fluttered madly and she stepped back, hoping to God she wasn’t blushing. “Are you reading my mind?”
He snorted. “I’m in your mind, getting to know every part of you.”
Her face burned with embarrassment. “You’re deluding yourself if you think you can know who I am or what I want from spying on me in my dreams. Therein lies a realm of fantasy, and while it’s an interesting place to visit every once in a while, we both have to live in the real world, don’t we?”
“You can put up walls, Greta, but sooner or later, I’ll break down every last one. There won’t be any secret you can keep or any part of you I don’t know…” He leaned forward, his voice lowering to a whisper. “Intimately.”
Her knees shook at the thought. Intimacy meant weakness. Weakness that he was obviously trying to exploit. She realized it now. His appearances in her dreams…all that talk…craftily designed to subvert her defenses.
He’d implied he never wanted to be the king, but of course he wanted to be king. Who wouldn’t? He was a power-hungry goblin so full of arrogance she felt like an idiot for not seeing it before it was too late.
She would not—could not—give into the things he made her feel. That way lay disaster, even if part of her was tempted to find out exactly how intimate they could get.
Frantically, she plotted. She didn’t just need to wake up, she had to find a way to put an end to these visits once and for all before her will to resist was gone. “Why would you even want to? Trust me, I’m not the slightest bit interesting.”
“You intrigue me,” he said.
Greta huffed. She was nothing. Less than nothing. She had none of the strength of the goblins, none of the beauty of the nymphs, none of the magick of the sprites or the faeries. She downplayed her few curves beneath a hostile scowl and multiple layers of clothing to keep others from looking too closely and wondering if there was a reason why she was so spectacularly unimpressive.
No, he couldn’t know her secret. If he did, he would’ve cut her down out there in the forest by now. And if he didn’t want to get his hands dirty with it, not even Luke would be able to protect her from the lynch mob that he would send after her. “Get out of my head.”
He smiled. “But I just got here.”
“I don’t want you here.”
His hand lifted back up to her cheek. She flinched, but he only pushed her hair off her cheek. She held her breath. Even knowing his touch wasn’t real, tingles danced all the way to her toes.
After what seemed like forever, he dropped his hand, looking thoughtful. “You’re so secretive and prickly, Greta. Why is that?”
“None of your business.”
“Oh, I think it is. In fact, I think who you are and what you do is very much my business.” He stepped closer and she drew back, ready to defend herself if he decided to try “persuading” her to talk. But he only gripped her arms as if to pull her into an embrace. She tensed and put her hand between them, on his chest. His heart was pounding fast, maybe as fast as hers, and she could almost imagine that this was real. She glanced up to find him looking at her intensely. And then he did pull her closer. Close enough to press his forehead to hers as he whispered, “Reveal yourself to me, Greta. Trust in me. Tell me your secrets, and I can be lenient with you.”
She shook her head. Deny, deny, deny. That was standard operating procedure.The hard look in his eyes returned. He dropped his gaze and let her go. She expelled a long, slow breath, unsure if she was relieved or disappointed.
“We’ll discuss this again,” he promised. “Now, wake.”

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Cover Reveal: Rogue by Leigh Talbert Moore

Title: Rouge
Author: Leigh T. Moore
Publication Date: November 11th 2012
Trapped in the underground theater world of 1890s New Orleans, Hale Ferrer has only one goal: escape. But not without Teeny, the orphan-girl she rescued from the streets and promised to protect.

Freddie Lovel, Hale's wealthy Parisian suitor, seems to be the easy solution. If only his touch could arouse her interest like Beau's, the penniless stagehand who captures her heart.

Denying her fears, Hale is poised to choose love until an evil lurking in their cabaret-home launches a chain of events that could cost her everything.

I'm not big on historical romances but well, after enjoying Moore's other novel, The Truth About Faking, I thought of trying this one. And this is New Adult/Mature YA book so I'm expecting some pretty hot stuff here. Lol! Anyway, the cover is just lovely! I like it. I think it capture the right feel of the book with enough intriguing effect on it.


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