Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Ghost and the Goth

The Ghost and the GothThe Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A light and paranormal story that I truly enjoyed reading. It is so easy to read, the characters are good although the story plot is kind of common and predictable I still had fun reading it. I found Alona Dare witty and surprisingly likable despite her status. And Will Killian is amazingly good. Though I like the characters, I’m not obsessed with them, same with the story. I like it, yeah and I will definitely read the second installment in the trilogy, Queen of the Dead (which is already out), but I’m not in a hurry though. Will probably wait for the release of paperback edition of it.

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Waiting on Wednesday (08)

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Lola and the Boy Next Door

Lola and the Boy Next Door
Stephanie Perkins
Sept. 29, 2011 (Dutton)


Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

In My Mailbox (13)

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  • Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (final book in the series Wolves of Mercy Falls, can't wait to learn what will happen to Sam, Grace and COLE!!!)
  • Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken (another high fantasy book that I've been wanting to read for quite sometime)
  • What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen (its the latest of Sarah Dessen, so excited to read it)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French KissTitle: Anna and the French Kiss 
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published: Dec. 2, 2010 by Dutton
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 372
Genre: YA Contemporary/ChickLit

My rating: 
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Across the Universe

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)Title:Across the Universe 
Author: Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe # 1
Published: Jan. 11, 2011 by Razorbill
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 398
Genre: YA Sci-Fi

My rating: ★ ★ ★

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

In My Mailbox (12)

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  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (been pining for this book since it was released. But I can’t find a copy in our bookstore here; it is always out-of-stock. Finally after a long wait, I have it! so excited to read it!!!)
  • The Summer I turned Pretty by Jenny Han (heard so many good things about this book so I finally decided to give it a shot.)

Saturday, July 16, 2011


EntwinedEntwined by Heather Dixon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Entwined is a dashingly beautiful story. A fairy tale that I enjoyed reading. I felt like I was a kid again. I never expected that I am going to love it but I did, and I am so glad that I read it despite my hesitations.

Entwined is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses (I think) which I have not read… since I haven’t read that story I cannot make any comparison between the two books. I do like the story plot of this one, the princesses, the dancing, the magic, the evil one. There is a little bit romance involved with the older ones, Azalea, Bramble and Clover, that is just sweet and nicely done. Though I do like the book I have a few minor issues with the characters, particularly the 11 princesses, the youngest Lily is way too young to make an impression. I think the sisters are kind of immature and selfish, their mother just died and they are still in mourning but they can’t give up dancing. They will do anything just to dance. I can’t understand the point of that one, they are so obsessed with dancing that they didn’t care that their mother just died and their father, the King, is at war. It’s freaking unbelievable… I sometimes found Azalea annoying, and she is so stubborn that there are times that I hated her. She actually redeemed herself at the end though. I think the only character that I truly love here is the King. I don’t really know why but I do admire him.

Even though I do have some issues with some of the characters I still love this story. If you are craving for fantasy and magic kind of story, check this one out.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (07)

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Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry, #3)

Chain Reaction
Simone Elkeles
August 16, 2011


Luis Fuentes is a good boy who doesn't live with the angst that his big brothers, Alex and Carlos, have always lived with. Luis is smart, funny, and has big dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when he falls for the wrong girl, Luis enters a dark world he's never known, and just when he thinks he's got life all figured out, learns some disturbing news about his family that destroys his positive outlook on life. Will that Fuentes bad boy streak come out with a vengeance and lure Luis to live on the edge like his new girlfriend and his own father?

Rules of Attraction

Rules of AttractionRules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t get enough out of the Fuentes brothers. They are just freaking awesome. I still prefer Alex over Carlos but what the heck I also love Carlos!

Rules of Attraction is definitely one of my favorite books. Simone Elkeles did it again. I love everything about the book, the characters, the plot, the love interest. The characters are really great. Carlos and Alex shared the same traits and attitude. Like Alex, Carlos is good looking with a rock hard abs. temperamental, hot-headed, and stubborn but inside he is really a good person. And he values his family a lot. I love how he teases Kiara. Kiara is naïve and sweet but watch out! She is feisty too. She is willing to discover and try something new. I also love how Alex and Brittany is somehow is still part of the story, their exposure in this books is good enough, not overwhelming.

Many said that “Perfect Chemistry” is way better than “Rules of Attraction”. I do agree, Brittany and Alex’ “chemistry” together is just well… perfect. Although Carlos and Kiara have the same chemistry it is not intense as compared to Alex and Brittany. And I still prefer and like Perfect Chemistry. What I really like about this book is the epilogue, it really blew me off. It’s amazing, I really love it. If you already read this, you know what I mean… I can’t wait to read Chain Reaction, so excited!

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

In My Mailbox (11)

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  • Eon by Alison Goodman (I heard nothing but good and raving reviews about this one, I'm so excited to read it)
  • Passion by Lauren Kate (book 3 of Fallen series, like the series although I'm annoyed with Luce in Torment. Will give it another shot)
  • Forgotten by Cat Patrick (She can see her future in flashes but she can't remember her past, how intriguing is that? I love the idea)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Knife of Never Letting Go

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Are you freaking kidding me? That’s the ending??? I am so frustrated at the ending yet at the same time I wanted the book two badly.

This is book is really, really good, maybe not one of my favorites but I enjoyed devouring this one. The story plot is intriguing and unique. I thought the idea of knowing or hearing thoughts of other is cool, but after reading this I do realized that it is really irritating. And I have no intentions of subjecting myself in that kind of experience.

Now the characters, I really don’t have a favorite on this one. Todd Hewitt is a little bit immature for me; his indecisions are kind of annoying. There are times that I wanted to smack him so he can finally make a decision. Viola is ok, not a stand out though. Aaron, is he an alien??? I am really having a hard time to believe that a man injured like him can survive for that long. I mean he has half of his face ripped off, his nose too and he is still alive and can follow Todd and Viola??? Are infections not part of their world??? I think Manchee saved the book for me. Oh I love that dog very much… I wished I have my own Manchee...

The writing style is a little bit different, but you will get used to it after a few chapters. Some words were spelled incorrectly and there are some grammar errors in the sentences. Well it is expected though because they are not educated.

Like I said, The Knife of Never Letting Go is definitely good and worth reading. You may be irritated and frustrated on some parts but this book is full of adventures and suspense. If you love dystopian, better check this one out.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (06)

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Mandy Hubbard
July 21, 2011


Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. Each day she goes to school like a normal teenager, and each night she must swim, or the pain will be unbearable. She is a siren - a deadly mermaid destined to lure men to their watery deaths. After a terrible tragedy, Lexi shut herself off from the world, vowing to protect the ones she loves. But she soon finds herself caught between a new boy at school who may have the power to melt her icy exterior, and a handsome water spirit who says he can break Lexi's curse if she gives up everything else. Lexi is faced with the hardest decision she's ever had to make: the life she's always longed for - or the love she can't live without?

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Secret Year

The Secret YearThe Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well I am pretty much speechless, I really don’t know exactly how I feel about this book. It’s good but I don’t think it surpasses the other contemporary story that I’ve read.

Let’s talk about the characters; Colt is a very interesting character. He is depressed and devastated over his lost, Julia died in a car accident. Julia and Colt have a very complicated relationship, they secretly seeing each other. Cole is having a hard time to cope, he eventually gotten hold of Julia’s diary and he thought that reading it will help him. But soon he realized that it is not that easy. I really don’t like Julia, by the way Colt describes her and relives her memories, their memories together, found her a bitch! She can’t decide what she really wanted so she ended up having it all instead of choosing. I didn’t pity her in any situation that she’s in, she chose it so she needs to deal with it. I feel very sad about Colt, I felt that Julia just used him as a scapegoat. And the way Colt acted towards Syd and Kirby, I was so disappointed.

The story is not that bad, it is good enough to hold my attention and read it. However I still feel like that nothing really happens. Colt is still confused and depressed. I don’t think he is ready to let Julia go and move on with his life. If the ending took a different turn, I may like it more. Oh well... I'm weird, I still like it but not that much though...

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Monday, July 4, 2011


EntangledEntangled by Cat Clarke

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh poor poor Grace… That’s all I can think after reading this book. I still can’t believe it ended that way. Am I disappointed? Well yes, a little bit but I still think that it is the right way to end it.

Entangled is a hardcore read, it evokes so many emotions. At the beginning I am so confused at the story, somehow getting frustrated. I can’t get the idea how Grace ended up in a white room. She tried to rethink her past through writing, her friendship with Sal, her growing relationship with Nat and her estranged relationship with her mum. Grace is not really an admirable character but still I adore her. She is stubborn and bitch, selfish and stupid. She is definitely not perfect, but her imperfections make me love her more. I am so mad and frustrated at her most at the time. But in the end I just wanted to hug her, real tight. After all, all she ever wanted was to be loved.

The plot of the story (Grace Life) is kind of common. I’ve read quite a few books that have the same story. What makes “Entangled” a unique one is how it was executed. It is different, and the writing is beautiful and easy to read. Although I kind of predicted what will happen to Grace but the ending really blew my mind off. I never expected it. I cried at the end, the scenes are so simple but yet it broke my heart. I really love the book but I can’t really say that I enjoyed reading it. Don’t get me wrong, the book is really really good but because Grace life is so sad and devastating, it affected me in a way I can’t imagine. Reading Entangled is highly recommended but be ready to be confused at first then get real emotional towards the end…

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