Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

FANTASTIC!! I was fascinated by the fey world the first time read about it, and now I'm
 loving it!

The second book of the Iron fey series is just as magical and engaging as the first book, and maybe even better!! After Meghan rescued Ethan and killed Machina, her journey has gotten more complicated. Unfortunately, the Iron fey has not ceased to exist but has only gained a new leader to rid the Nevernever of faeries. In the midst of this, the Scepter of the Seasons has been stolen causing a war between the Winter and the Summer Court. In order to end this fatal war, they must return the scepter to its rightful place. But doing so could mean imminent danger, death, and sacrifices.

This fantasy novel is an interesting read. I enjoyed every bit of it. I like the characters' personality, strength, and boldness. The romance is totally unbelievably amazing and riveting! The first part of the story broke my heart because of how impossible it is for Ash and Meghan to love each other. But I'm glad the ending stitched it back in place. Although, fate may have not favored them I admire their choices. I loved Ash for having the courage to admit his love for Meghan to the Queen, and I loved him even more when he'd rather be banished to the mortal world than forget her.
ASH, You're the Man!! 

I assure you the ending is a satisfiable one. There are so many questions in my mind after reading this. I want to know what will happen next right away so I'm definitely going to read the next book after making this review! I can't get enough of the fey world and the romance!!

My Rating 5 of 5 stars!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

I've been looking for a great romance novel to delve myself into. So what I did was refer to the goodreads listopia of "Best Romance Novels of all Time." Suprisingly, this book made it to the top spot at that time. Funny because I'm one of those hopeless romantic, and I have never heard of this one. So I read it, and I can tell you that this is one of my favorites! It is a really really good story but it somehow deviates from the typical love story I often encounter.

What happens when bad boy meets good girl? Travis Maddox has a bad reputation. He's never befriended any girl, for him they're just I-won't-remember-your-name-tomorrow-one-night stands. But when he strikes up a strange friendship with Abby things got way out of hand. He falls in love for the one girl who's afraid to love him. This love story is one of those that you want to read about but don't want to experience. I mean all the arguments, problems and the love-hate thing going on between them is earth-shattering. One minute they're okay but the next, BAM! WORLD WAR!!

I can't get enough of this book. It kept me awake and made me wish it'll never end. I admire Travis so much. He may be mistaken as a gangster but boy! he could be so sweet! He does and says so many things that melts my heart that I just want to take him home for me. I truly felt his love for Abby that's why I'm wishing he's real!

“I know we’re fucked up, all right? I’m impulsive, and hot-tempered, and you get under my skin like no one else. You act like you hate me one minute, and then you need me the next. I never get anything right, and I don’t deserve you…but I fucking love you, Abby. I love you more than I’ve loved anyone or anything, ever. When you’re around, I don’t need booze, or money, or the fighting, or the one-night stands…all I need is you. You’re all I think about. You’re all I dream about. You’re all I want.”  -Travis..

Oh, how I love everything about Travis. Abby is his exception, and he is hers. I love reading this book despite the emotional ride it gave me.Travis and Abby are a trainwreck. Their love story is a beautiful disaster. But I wouldn't love them any other way.

My rating 5 of 5 stars!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I was so excited to read this one because so many people already told me it's an awesome book. So I'm glad it didn't disappoint me.

 Shatter me, the debut novel of Tahereh Mafi, introduces a dystopian society struggling to survive the brink of destruction until the Reestablishment takes over. However, the poeple found themselves even more doomed because of the wicked treatment of tyrannical leaders. In the midst of this turmoil, Juliette is imprisoned. She's locked up for 3 years without any knowledge or communication from the outside world because she's considered lethal, a threat, an outcaste. For her touch could kill and suck the life out of anyone. This predicament has always been her life. A life devoid of love, acceptance,and happiness. But everything changes when she discovers what she's truly capable of, that it's her choice whether to create life or destruction.

 Undeniably, Tahereh Mafi is the new author to discover. The plot is well-constructed, and the strike through concept is a genius, it contributed a great deal in exploring the depths of Juliette's mind. The romance between David and Juliette feels genuine. And the other characters are great. I don't know why but I like James and kenji, I was entertained with every conversation they have.

Also, I was amazed at how a simple act or event can be made beautiful and believable just by the author's perfectly strunged words. The writing is so poetic that you'll feel the words moving out of the pages into your heart.  It has enough action, romance, and surprises. Although the ending lacks the intense action scenes some are waiting for, it's worth it because it's so cool that it will make you more excited for what's coming in the second book. It will be one of the books I’ll recommend to my friends as well as to those who are a fan of dystopia and superheroes.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout

Life can be tough when you're moving to a new place. But it's a whole lot tougher when there's a reason for it, when it entails moving on, and starting afresh.

Katy and her mom decides to move to Virginia to start a new life, to leave Florida where memories of her dead father linger. New home, new friends, new school, Katy sure needs to come out of her shell to survive it all. But when she finally makes an effort by introducing herself to the neighbor. She comes face-to-face with Daemon, a gorgeous boy who has a whoa-oooh-la-la-perfection-all-over-boy-next-door-thing going on ( Well, it's hard not to gush when he was incredibly described in the story.) She finds out that he clearly wants to let her know he dislikes her, wants her to stay out of his life, which is impossible because she immediately struck out a friendship with his sister, Dee. For whatever reason, she is considered a threat, a liability. Then everything becomes clearer but definitely more complicated and out of hand after she discovers what they truly are..


Yup. Aliens.  That good-looking boy together with his equally good-looking sister is an alien! And there are hundreds of them on earth! I totally agree with Kat for the absurdity of it all. “Aliens—if they exist—are little green men with big eyes and spindly arms or…or giant insects or something like a lumpy little creature.” They came from a faraway planet called "Lux," and they're called "Luxen" which means "light" because of their incredible powers that I do not want to spoil. :)

I admit the first part of the story reminds me so much of twilight. But I have to say it turned out to be new, and unique. I liked that it introduced aliens in a different way. The characters are adorable. Katy is not just some damsel in distress but a fearless girl in the face of adversity. She loves books and blogs about them which makes her more admirable for me. And all the bonus points for Daemon because he's amazing. Every conversation or the love-hate thing they have is fascinating. I enjoyed every bit of them anatagonizing and teasing each other. It's great reading how their romance unfolds.

Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout is a worthwhile read. It's perfect if you're looking for an interesting, and relaxing YA paranormal with enough action and romance. I'd recommend this to people who are fans of the genre.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

This book plunged my mind into a whirlwind of thoughts, and almost drove me mad. Its sheer awesomeness  is great as it is intriguing and disturbing. The mere unpredictaility of it all  drew me in. I was amazed for very few books made me feel that way. 

My usually placid mind was filled with questions of what is really behind the death of so many people or what are they're up against. Did some unfortunate events caused the deaths? Are they up against something otherworldly like the ghosts of her friends? Or is it Mara herself who caused havoc? How does the Palmer trial fits into the bigger picture? 

I was constantly guessing, making asumptions, and predictions because to say that the plot is inexplicably bothering me was an understatement. But the conflict is not the only thing that kept me awake at night. The romance between Mara and Noah made me giddy to the core. I'd give Noah all the swoons in the world for his panty-dropping looks, for making Mara feel special, for protecting her, and for his perfection. It's good that the ending was a sigh of relief but at the same time it left me breathless. 

I wanted to read the second book right away. I still wanted to continue reading the author's engaging storytelling. So let me give Michelle Hodkin the praise she deserves for coming up with a phenomenal mystery thriller that will captivate you until the very end.  

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars!