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


author

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: 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.

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**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

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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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BLOG TOUR: The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day (Q&A)

Today, I’m exhilarated to bring about the promotional tour for The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day. This impending Young Adult Contemporary novel draws attention to different type of characters which shows distinction in fiction.

Brittani from St. Martin’s Press had been welcoming enough to ask me to join TPOS Blog Tour, who am I do reject such offer? I grabbed the opportunity to ask Ms. Julia 3 questions.

Q&A

  1. How did you come up with The Possibility of Somewhere?

It is loosely inspired by Pride&Prejudice. I was watching the 2005 film version (with Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen) with my daughters. They were attending urban high schools with a lot of diversity, and I wondered if setting P&P at their schools could make sense. It didn’t take me long to decide that the exact plot probably wouldn’t work, but I’d begun to imagine—and like—the characters of Ash and Eden.

From the beginning, he was a wealthy Indian-American and she was from a poor, white family. I knew that they both admire the other’s intelligence, despite the antagonism. But once they get past their prejudice and begin to see the amazing things about each other that no one else sees, I struggled with what could truly divide them. Racism exists in my daughters’ generation, but it’s so much better now than what existed when I was growing up. I talked with some Indian-American co-workers, and they told me that the problem would have to be race, culture, religion, and class—a combination of “-isms”.  And there it was! Ash and Eden’s story.

  1. What is the most important lesson readers can learn from your book?

Eden assumes Ash is arrogant, when he’s actually fascinated with her and scared of letting anyone know. Ash thinks Eden swears to keep people away, when the real reason is that profanity is normal for her, since it’s all she hears at home. The truth is… Eden is quite lonely but is scared of rejection.

We can’t always know why people do strange things. When someone is behaving inappropriately, maybe they’re having a bad or sad day. Maybe they’ve never been taught how to do something the “right” way. Don’t assume you know why a person acts the way they do. There could be a legit reason.

  1. Are you currently working on a new project?

Yes, I’m working on a second book for St Martin’s. It’s also a YA contemporary romance, set during the summer at a teen theater camp. My heroine volunteers to be on the backstage crew and becomes the reluctant assistant to the guy who runs the show. Some of the book is written already, and I’ve been spending my summer visiting teen theater camps—or attending college-league baseball games (another subplot).


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

julia-dayJULIA DAY lives in North Carolina, halfway between the beaches and the mountains. She has two twenty-something daughters and one geeky old husband. When she’s not writing software or stories, Julia enjoys traveling with her family, watching dance reality shows on TV, and dreaming about which restaurant ought to get her business that night.

 

 

 

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Book Details:
Title:  The Possibility of Somewhere
Author: Julia Day
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: September 06, 2016
Format: Hardcover $18.99 ISBN: 9781250097354, Ebook ISBN: 9781250097361

 

In her contemporary YA debut, THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE (St. Martin’s Griffin; September 6, 2016), Julia Day uses Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to frame a sweet story about two overachieving high school students who want more than their small hometown has to offer. Ash and Eden are fighting their parents’ expectations, their school social status, and each other for the valedictorian spot, but when they are forced to work on a class project together – something seems to change.

Ash Gupta has a life full of possibility. His senior year is going exactly as he’s always wanted– he’s admired by his peers, enjoying his classes and getting the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. There’s only one obstacle in Ash’s path: Eden Moore—the senior most likely to become class valedictorian. How could this unpopular, sharp-tongued girl from the wrong side of the tracks stand in his way?

All Eden’s ever wanted was a way out. Her perfect GPA should be enough to guarantee her a free ride to college– and an exit from her trailer-park existence for good. The last thing she needs is a bitter rivalry with Ash, who wants a prized scholarship for his own selfish reasons. Or so she thinks… When Eden ends up working with Ash on a class project, she discovers that the two have more in common than either of them could have imagined. They’re both in pursuit of a dream – one that feels within reach thanks to their new connection. But what does the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds?

With a cast of characters that feel very real, from an autistic four-year-old boy Eden babysits to the new girl in school who shakes things up, THE POSSIBLITY OF SOMEWHERE is a look back into the awkward period in high school when the future is in transit. A touching back to school read about first relationships, Day’s contemporary YA debut will have you falling in love.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

Title: The Darkest Corners

Author/s: Kara Thomas

Publication Date: April 19th 2016

Publisher: Delacorte

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 336

Purchase at:Amazon

synopsis

The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.

There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.

Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.

Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.

But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.

Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.

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Thank you Penguin Random House for providing a review copy in exchange of an honest review.

Tessa went back to Fayette to visit her imprisoned dad, but it’s not that easy for her because things that aren’t nice happened back then. She’ll have to face her aloof childhood best friend. Something’s bothering her, she feels like they did something wrong in the past. Now she must decide whether to unravel the past, or move on.

The best thing about mysteries and thrillers is you’ll never be certain about who you can trust. You suspect everyone, even the protagonist.

I like how interesting the characters are, their interaction. There’s not much romance, it focused mainly on the mystery, the characers’ relationships, family, friends. Tessa and Callie have on of those conflicted kind of friendship, and the complexity of it made me realize how authentic the story is.

The Darkest Corners is confusing, disturbing, and unnerving. It is not graphic neither gruesome. Not even scary, just plain thrilling. It has dark elements that will make its readers glued to the story. How Kara Thomas played my mind pissed me off. She’s amazing. If you’ll read the book, you’d find yourself thinking that every character might be a subject for suspicion.

I gave the book 4 stars because the ending did not satisfy me. I expected more for an ending. It happened too fast. Things were not wrapped up nicely. Questions are left hanging. Answers need more explanations.

This book is for strong, and capable minds. Ones who can solve the puzzle, find the right piece. One that’s not easily fooled.

Rating

4stars


author

Kara is the author of THE DARKEST CORNERS, coming April 2016 from Random House/Delacorte. She is also the author of the Prep School Confidential series from St. Martin’s Griffin under the pen name Kara Taylor. Kara has written for Warner Brothers Television and currently writes full-time on Long Island, where she lives with her husband and rescue cat.

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BOOK REVIEW: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Title: An Ember in the Ashes

Author/s: Sabaa Tahir

Publication Date: April 28th 2015

Publisher: Razorbill

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 446

Purchase at: Amazon

synopsis

Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.


Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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I read the book without any expectations. It’s best if you swoop into something without being revealed to its context. I wasn’t ready for the magnificence that faced me.

An Ember in the Ashes is a YA Fantasy with a pinch of Dystopian. It’s told in two perspectives, Laia’s and Elias’. Laia is a scholar, while Elias is the finest student in Blackcliff Academy. Laia’s goal is to save her brother from being imprisoned in Kauf, and Elias’ is freedom of body and soul.

The world-building is all the good in great things. It’s generic and formulated. With an ancient inspired society, Roman Empire, I think. The realm is tainted with brutality, cruelty, and darkness which made the story more intriguing. Social hierarchy is included, from the Martials down to the slaves.

Sabaa Tahir’s writing style is stirring. How she weaved the story is impressive. The book was character driven, Tahir depicted the characters’ feelings and emotions with such cleverness, it was captivating. I’ve seen no great character development yet, but I’m not saying that it’s not a bad thing since I liked how the book did not focus on the romance aspect of it. The love interest was overwhelming enough to keep me exhilarated.

An Ember left me hanging with too many unanswered questions, both regarding the past and present happenings. It was a long, intense, but fun trip!

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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