BOOK REVIEW: Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

Title: Perfect

Author/s: Cecelia Ahern

Publication Date: April 4th 2017

Publisher: by Feiwel & Friends

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 341

Purchase at: Amazon

synopsis

“Celestine North is Flawed.

Ever since Judge Crevan declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carrick, the only person she can trust.

But Celestine has a secret—one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save just herself or risk her life to save all Flawed people.

My Thoughts

In “Perfect”, I learned to love each character, be it the good and the bad ones.

Unlike in the first book, the romance was more present in this one. The characters’ real intentions were also revealed, and oh my that was just what I am looking for! the thrill, the answer to the mysteries!

Celestine North, once again, developed. And it was from a hundred to perfect. She learned how to embrace her flaws, and to accept other people.

The supporting characters were quite developed too. And that is what I loved most. How her family, those who love her, did not turn their back against Celestine. They stood beside her, fought with her, fought for her, despite knowing the fact that they are in a really dangerous place.

The novel also showed how power drives a person crazy, how much of a person is willing to give and take just to have the power that they desire.

Cecelia Ahern’s writing style is what gave this book a perfect 5 stars. It was compelling, regardless the fact that some parts are too descriptive and irrelevant, I did not dare to skip.

Perfect was a wonderful ending to the duology. I just wish that there are still more, for the reason that the first and this book was beautifully written but it felt like it was a bit rushed.

Overall, I recommend this action-packed and intense book to Dystopian lovers!

Rating

5stars


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Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly fifty countries, and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series.

 

 


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BOOK REVIEW: House of Furies by Madeleine Roux

Title: House of Furies

Author/s: by Madeleine Roux

Publication Date: May 30, 2017

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 416

Purchase at: Amazon

synopsis

“After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved.

Louisa begins to fear for a young man named Lee who is not like the other guests. He is charismatic and kind, and Louisa knows that it may be up to her to save him from an untimely judgment. But in this house of distortions and lies, how can Louisa be sure whom to trust?

Featuring stunning interior illustrations from artist Iris Compiet, plus photo-collages that bring Coldthistle House to chilling life, House of Furies invites readers to a world where the line between monsters and men is ghostly thin.

My Thoughts
I was fortunate enough that I got approved on being provided an ARC of one of my most anticipated reads this year. Thank you so much HarperCollins International!
Madeleine Roux has always been my favorite author when it comes to Horror novels, so I was beyond ecstatic when I heard about House of Furies. Good thing my expectations were met! As always, Roux is full of surprises.
I started reading this book in the midst of the night, and it was seriously spooky. Even reading this in broad daylight still got me goosebumps! I demand more concept and storyline like this.
The book has a somewhat slow pace, but enough to keep you on the edge of your sit. The mystery behind the Coldthistle House, the servants, the boarders, and Mr. Morningside slowly unravels. Lots of great stuff are happening inside the house. Everything was so devious. The dark magics, dark secrets and even the book! 
Roux even managed to put some mythological beings I am not well aware of. I even had to search more about the creatures, and oh god it was really eerily amazing! The imagery created was pure awesomeness. I can’t wait to see all of the illustrations!
What made me love this book more is that there aren’t any Romance, or I think none yet. What’s between Louisa and Lee is a blooming relationship. But to be honest, I am shipping Louisa and Mr. Morningside! 
And so it happened, that again, I am left with lots of questions. I need more. What will happen to Lee? What has become of him? Will he change? I need to know more about Louisa especially after the decisions she had made.
I highly recommend House of Furies to fans of horror and mystery novels.

Rating

4stars


author

New York Times Bestselling Author of the ASYLUM series, Allison Hewitt Is Trapped, Sadie Walker Is Stranded and the upcoming House of Furies series.

MADELEINE ROUX received her BA in Creative Writing and Acting from Beloit College in 2008. In the spring of 2009, Madeleine completed an Honors Term at Beloit College, proposing, writing and presenting a full-length historical fiction novel. Shortly after, she began the experimental fiction blog Allison Hewitt Is Trapped. Allison Hewitt Is Trapped quickly spread throughout the blogosphere, bringing a unique serial fiction experience to readers.

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ARC REVIEW: Grit by Gillian French

Title: Grit

Author/s: Gillian French

Publication Date: May 16th 2017

Publisher: by HarperTeen

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 304

Purchase at: Amazon

synopsis

is presence beside me is like heat, like weight, something I’ve carried around on my back too long.
Raw and moving, this contemporary realistic debut novel will leave readers of E. Lockhart and Gayle Forman breathless as it unflinchingly unfolds the tragic secrets being kept in a small, deceptively idyllic Maine town.


Seventeen-year-old Darcy Prentiss has long held the title of “town slut.” She knows how to have a good time, sure, but she isn’t doing anything all the guys haven’t done. But when you’re a girl with a reputation, every little thing that happens seems to keep people whispering—especially when your ex-best friend goes missing.

My Thoughts

**Thank you HarperCollins International for providing an ARC of Grit.bBeing provided a review copy doesn’t affect nor influence my thoughts about the book.**

Primarily, this book disappointed me. 
The book was a bit different than what I thought. I expected conflicting mysteries, some sort of character insanities and mind-blowing twists and turns.
Instead of having read those, the author just showcased the daily life of the main character. The story revolved around Darcy’s journey, her continuous mention about the thing that happened on the fourth of July, the sudden disappearance of her former best friend, the problems that she’s currently facing and their preparation for the beauty pageant. Speaking of, I still don’t understand the part that the pageant played, what’s its concern, why is there a need to make a storyline with a pageant or what message it’s trying to convey. 
I don’t understand a lot of things. The story focused on too many activities at once. Turning the pages, I kept on waiting to be exposed to the real mystery, with hopes of finally reading a surprise revelation. So much is going on with the plot. I struggled looking for the main point of the story. 
I admired Darcy Prentiss’ character, she’s a strong girl who gives importance to her family. A girl full of determination. Someone who doesn’t care about what other people say to her. I liked how she handled all the issues about her, the slut-shaming and all. She managed to force a smile and laugh at the insults. I guess I focused more on this kind of real-life issues (sexual assaults) than the mysteries. 
Aside from the characters’ strong voice, what kept me reading this novel is the writing style of the author. French was able to use figures of speech that sometimes I tend to forget that the confusing plot is pissing me off. I appreciated her style. 
Altogether, I think Grit has a lot of potential, and it would be an okay read if the plot wasn’t as busy as it was. Just some cleaning up will do. 

Rating

2tars


author


Gillian French is the author of three novels for teens: GRIT (HarperTeen, 5/16/2017), THE DOOR TO JANUARY (Islandport Press, 9/5/2017), and THE SUMMER BOYS (HarperTeen, 5/2/2018). Her short fiction has appeared in Odd Tree Press Quarterly, EMP Publishing’s anthology Creepy Campfire Stories (for Grownups): Tales of Extreme Horror, Sanitarium Magazine, and The Realm Beyond. She holds a BA in English from the University of Maine, and lives in her native state of Maine with her husband and sons, where she’s perpetually at work on her next novel.

 


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BOOK REVIEW: The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

Title: The Love Interest

Author/s: Cale Dietrich

Publication Date: May 16th 2017

Publisher: by Feiwel & Friends

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 384

Purchase at: Amazon

synopsis

“There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

My Thoughts

Thank you Macmillan International for providing an ARC of The Love Interest. Being provided a review copy doesn’t affect nor influence my thoughts about the book.

Welcome to Love Interest Compound wherein young men and women are trained in the art of seduction. Two LI’s will be picked. One is a Bad, while one will be the Nice, their mission it to make the high-profiled Chosen fall for them, the winner will have a chance to experience real life in exchange of continuing his/her service by being a spy providing information to the secret compound.

Both Dylan and Caden act so damn good even I -as a reader who’s supposed to know the thoughts of the MC, was always left conflicted. The unpredictability of the characters were amazing. I loved how they slowly realized things, not just between the two of them. But the things about themselves, finding out what they truly want, what they honestly desire, and deciding to fight for it.

And Juliet, how I loved her character. We aren’t blinded by the fact that girls are known for being greatly sensitive, impulsive and emotional when it comes to a lot of things. So I was truly impressed when I knew her character. She isn’t like most girls. Juliet’s personality is far from those. She didn’t even dare to have revenge, to resent them, but instead, she decided to show forgiveness and understanding. She even offered help to the ones who did her wrong.

Though I mentioned a lot of times that I liked and loved the characters of this novel, I didn’t feel any connection to anyone. Not to single character, so I felt detached.

Caden’s first meeting with Juliet happened so fast. I disliked yet I liked (I know I know, I’m confusing) how SCRIPTED some parts were, how behind all their actions are persons who direct them. Yes, they have coaches and almost everything they do is all in their SCRIPT. They are like dolls! They undergo plastic surgeries (yes, they are unnaturally beautiful.) so that it’s certain that their Chosen will not dare to look at others. They even have a category, a Nice and a Bad. No need for me to explain for the explanation is already the word itself.

The novel started pretty interesting, then got more intriguing along the way, I’ve been trying to figure out what’s true and what’s not. Who’s being fake and who isn’t. The storyline’s doing good, it’s satisfying. Well not until the story reached its culminating point and the pace became fast. It seemed rushed up until 1/4 of the book’s part III.

So foolish of me to think that the romance will be another annoying love triangle. I should’ve guessed it when I first read the blurb. To my surprise and relief, it wasn’t. Funny how I started thinking that Juliet was used as a tool to Dylan and Caden’s romance. Oh god, I never swooned this much. The problem is, I never felt a deep connection between the two, nothing more but the sensual tension.

The ending, sadly, seemed like it wasn’t carefully handled. The sudden revelation made me think about the LIC system and how much secret they’re still hiding. Regarding the Stalkers (killing machines), and the implants (trackers?) on the love interests, the Science Fiction part of the book took place, and for the first time, I liked it.

For a debut novel, Cale Dietrich made an impressive masterpiece. Hats off, Mr. Dietrich.

Overall, I highly recommend this sexually diverse, fast-paced, and action-packed novel to every YA Contemporary and Sci-Fi fans out there.

Rating

4stars


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BOOK REVIEW: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Title: Nevernight

Author/s: Jay Kristoff

Publication Date: August 11, 2016

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 643

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synopsis

“Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.

thoughts

**First of all, I want to thank ate Kate @BookishBlurber for giving me the opportunity to join the #NevernightPHBlogTour**
Let’s be honest, most readers had too many expectations to this book; due to the fact that a lot of bookworms loved Mr. Kristoff’s Illuminae. I, as someone who have never read any of his books, made high expectations from Nevernight.
The story follows a young girl’s quest to avenge the horrible death of her family. She was on a training to harness her abilities, later on, to learn more she entered Red Church wherein she’s again; trained to become a completely developed killer.
For a young protagonist, Mia Covare’s quiet a thing. She’s always forbidding. She’s so full of herself and too proud to an irritating degree, but who can blame her? The girl’s ridiculously good at everything. I just hated her guts. What I loved about her, is her shadow cat- Mister Kindly, her “fear drinker”. I liked how the shadow cat stood by her side. It’s like a friend we’ll forever hope for. 
Nevernight’s world-building blew my mind. I tried to get my head into it, read several parts about it; but boy, I found it really complex to understand it. There were just too many details, no; it’s too detailed. I came to a point wherein I don’t want to read anything about the book’s locale anymore.
The greatest problem that I faced reading the novel, is the writing of Mister Kristoff. I can compare it to Laini Taylor’s writing style (which I personally loved and envied), but it’s too much. Nevernight was flowered with too many figurative language. Another issue is that it started off with a really slow pace then it the story came crashing down ’til the end.
Though I had problems with those beyond and some elements are obviously cliché. I liked Nevernight’s plot. It was simple, but there were too many layers, too many puzzle pieces and when they ended up to their rightful places; I just lost it. I loved the story. But mind you people, there are brutality (tho not much), for a young character- it’s too sexual, offensive languages were not missed.
Having said those, it’s clear that I had high hopes; and I was undeniably disappointed.
To sum it up, I enjoyed reading Nevernight. It’s a compelling start for the series. I’m hoping it gets better in the second installment. 

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4735144Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE LOTUS WAR, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE. He is the winner of two Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over twenty-five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

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BOOK REVIEW: Songs of Our Breakup by Jay E. Tria

Title: Songs of Our Breakup

Author/s: Jay E. Tria

Publication Date: August 22nd 2015

Publisher:

Format: Kindle

Number of Pages: 183

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synopsis

“Every breakup has its playlist.

How do you get over a seven-year relationship? 21-year-old Jill is trying to find out. But moving on is a harder job when Kim, her ex-boyfriend, is the lead guitarist of the band, and Jill is the vocalist. Every song they play together feels like slicing open a barely healed tattoo.

Jill’s best friend Miki says she will be out of this gloom soon. Breakups have a probation period, he says. Jill is on the last month of hers and Miki is patiently keeping her company.

But the real silver lining is Shinta. Having a hot Japanese actor friend in times like these is a welcome distraction. This gorgeous celebrity has been defying time zones and distance through the years to be there for Jill. Now he is here, physically present, and together he and Jill go through old lyrics, vivid memories, walks in the rain, and bottles of beer. Together they try to answer the question: what do you do when forever ends?

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** Thank you ms. Jay Tria for providing an e-copy of your book.**

What I loved most are the book’s characters. I can’t help but like all of them; their personalities, attitudes, how they handle things, everything. Seems like I can feel what they feel. Each has their own experiences that I can tell it happened to me too. Especially Miki, my love for him will stay here forever in my heart.

Songs of Our Breakup, oh god, this book is all emotions in one. It made me sad, it made me cry my heart out, it made me realize a lot of things. Especially when it comes to coping. SOB gave me the answers I’ve been looking for.

After a long stretch of silence, she spoke to the empty, inky sky. “Miki says breakups have a 3-month probation period.”

“What happens there?” Shinta murmured.

“You wait.”

“For what?”

“For someone to change their mind.”

“And if nobody does and the three months are over?”

“You move on. ”

Shinta sidled in closer beside her. “Why bother waiting that long?”

She turned to him, his face mere inches away that her breath grazed the tip of his nose when she answered. “A question I ask myself every day.”

 

There were lyrics that made me hope it’ll eventually be turned to a real music. Because damn those lyrics reverberates the emotions, the feelings, of its writer.

With all those, and ms. Tria’s amazing writing style, could I even ask for more? The second book maybe. I can’t wait to know more about the characters! I know there’s still too much than what has been written.

Went through a rough break-up? Can’t get over? Not sure about how you feel? Song lyrics? Emotional roller coaster? This one’s for you

 

Rating4stars


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Jay E. TriaHi! I’m a writer of contemporary Young Adult and New Adult romance. These days I’m writing paranormal/fantasy too, and it’s a fun exercise. I’m often inspired by daydreams, celebrity crushes, a childhood fascination of Japanese drama and manga, and an incessant itch to travel.

 

 

 

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BOOK REVIEW: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Title: A Torch Against the Night

Author/s: Sabaa Tahir

Publication Date: August 30th 2016

Publisher: Razorbill

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 464

Purchase at: Amazon

synopsis

“A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.

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**I would like to give thanks to Penguin Random House International for the review copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. Also for giving me the opportunity to join A Torch Against the Night International  Blog Tour**
 A Torch Against the Night is the second installment of An Ember in the Ashes series, and boy should you believe that this book amazed the hell out of me.
Let me start off by saying I love how the sorcery in the book unravels. How it works, who has magic and who doesn’t, and how the magic intertwine within their world. I love the magic system, I find it interesting and cool. I want to know more. 
The characters! Reading the book, they grew more and more mysterious and unpredictable. Each of them blew my mind! I’m dying to figure out the mystery behind Cook’s sudden appearance in some parts, Laia’s abilities, Keenan, and the Commandant’s history.
The plot. Oh my, I never expected a plot like this one. The surprise ending caught me off-guard! I experienced lots of suspense and surprises in the midst of reading the book. Turning each page made me feel anxious. I like how Sabaa plotted out the book, I like the direction of it. It made me excited for the next book. I want to mention the way she gave small details on the first book that made huge impacts on this sequel, oh gosh, I loved it. 
As much as I’d like to give this book 5 stars, there’s this one reason why I didn’t. It’s said that going to Kauf takes longer than two months. Sharks, a long journey eh? I was disappointed when I expected it to be a slow but a sure on, but it ended up in a flash. The journey did start slow but ended quickly. In short, the inconsistency of the pace. 
It took me a long time before making a review for the simple reason that I was drained. I think I just expressed all my feelings through eating. Too cliche but the twist at the ending left me gasping for air. The brutality of ATATN is somewhere in between nerve-wrecking and entertaining. 
Brace yourself! 
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Rating

4stars


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Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

 

 

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