Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Slated by Teri Terry

I don't know how I'm gonna write this without singing 'Somebody to You' by The Vamps. Anyhow, you gotta do what you gotta do. 
Genre: YA Dystopia
Pages: 448
Type: #1 in Slated Trilogy
Rating: 5/5 Slated Stars!
Synopsis: Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
her memories lost for ever.

She’s been Slated.

The government claims she was a terrorist and that they are giving her a second chance - as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?

This book guys, this book! It was phenomenal! All the characters were so mysterious! That last line right there in the synopsis. It is SO true. You don't know who to trust and who not to. It's a seat-gripping, fast-paced thriller, guys! I don't even like these kinds of books to start with but I still loved this one. It was just brilliant. You felt like you were seeing everything from Kyla's eyes. 
 And when I read this book, every assumption, every judgement I made on the characters was wrong. Wrong, wrong and more wrong. 
 Kyla was a complex person and so were the people around her. Everyone was complex. Like how all people in reality are. It was a very realistic book, believe it or not. 
 Another thing I really liked about the book was that you got to know everything along with Kyla. So you were like a slated as well. You don't know this world or anything. And one last thing I really found cool was the fact that it was set in 2059. By then I'd be 60 years old. Cool, right?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Yo Guys! It feels like eternity since I last posted a review. But you know, I had stuff to do and all that... But let's not waste time and jump into the review!
Genre: YA Supernatural aka Angel Romance
Pages: 484
Type: #1 in Halo Trilogy... I think that's what it's called. 
Rating: 3.5/5 stars 
Synopsis: Three angels – Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, the youngest and most human – are sent by Heaven to bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness. They work hard to conceal their luminous glow, superhuman powers, and, most dangerous of all, their wings, all the while avoiding all human attachments.

Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and neither of them is able to resist the attraction between them. Gabriel and Ivy do everything in their power to intervene, but the bond between Xavier and Bethany seems too strong.

The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?

  Ok. Just to get it out there, it was super hard for me to rate this book. I don't know why exactly, but it was. So, I haven't completely made my mind about the rating, but it's somewhere in the neighborhood of 3-4. 
  Great book for someone who was as young as Alexandra when it was written. In case you didn't know, she wrote it when she was 18. So that's pretty darn awesome. Anyways, let's not deviate. The book had a raw kinda feeling to it. It's difficult to explain, but can we just roll with it? Thanks. 
  The characters were really good, except for Beth, who could become pretty annoying at times. But honestly, it was a good book and the ending, guys. The Ending. Do not read this book if you don't have the next book, Hades, in your hands. Cuz guys, the cliffhanger. Too much. Just too much. I need Hades right now. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella

I know, I know. Old book. Before I was even born. I know. But, still couldn't help reading it! As always, Sophie's books are hilarious! Especially this series!
Genre: Contemporary. 
Pages: 387
Type: #2 in Shopaholic Series
Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis: The irresistible heroine of Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Ties the Knot is back! And this time Becky Bloomwood and her credit cards are headed across the Atlantic.... 
With her shopping excesses (somewhat) in check and her career as a TV financial guru thriving, Becky's biggest problem seems to be tearing her entrepreneur boyfriend, Luke, away from work for a romantic country weekend. And worse, figuring out how to pack light. But packing takes on a whole new meaning when Luke announces he's moving to New York for business--and he asks Becky to go with him! Before you can say "Prada sample sale," Becky has landed in the Big Apple, home of Park Avenue penthouses and luxury boutiques. 
Surely it's only a matter of time until she becomes an American TV celebrity, and she and Luke are the toast of Gotham society. Nothing can stand in their way, especially with Becky's bills miles away in London. But then an unexpected disaster threatens her career prospects, her relationship with Luke, and her available credit line! Shopaholic Takes Manhattan--but will she have to return it?

 So, obviously, it was har-har. Duh. Cuz, I mean, let's face it. It's Becky Bloomwood. The world's most aggravatingly stupidly hilarious person. Did that even make sense!? Whatever. It has to. Um, so anyway, the writing style guys. Save me. The style was frigging genius. I bet you Kinsella's had to do loads of research on shopping. I'd never thought I'd say that, but I did. Well, technically, write. But, you know what I mean. Back to the point. The descriptions are just... Amazing. Honestly. I got the feel of the entire book. 
 And it's just, you know, the characters make you feel the way they're made for you to feel. You get it? Like, I feel honestly angry at Bex at times because she's just so na├»ve. And stupid. It's irritating. You feel like reaching in and slapping her hard so she gets some sense into her little head. But then, she's just so likeable. In her own way. I... I don't know how to explain it. 
  Anyways, I loved New York and I loved all the crisis in Bex's life. It's just super interesting. Guys. You have to read it. It's a super light, super quick and super funny read. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

You guys are lucky. Two reviews in one day! Whatever. Let's get on with it. 
Genre: YA Dystopian 
Pages: 375
Type: #2 in Deliruim Trilogy
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Synopsis: I’m pushing aside
the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana
and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and fame.

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

Mysterious, right? I know. You go into this book knowing nothing. Assuming, sure, that Alex is dead. That's what I did. 
  So the book was very confusing in the beginning because the chapters were divided into 'Now' and 'Then'. So yeah. It was pretty confusing, but you slowly realize what it means. The book was overall super satisfying. It was pretty deep too. Considering Lena before she crossed. Yeah. It was quite deep. 
  I loved the book because there was just so much world development and Lena-Devolopement. Lol. So the characters were well developed. You got to see how people in The Wilds really lived. The effort and hardwork they put into just LIVING. It was pretty sad at times. But, isn't that how life is. Yup, it is. 

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

I'm SO sorry that this is going up so late!!! I don't even have a good reason! But. Now that this is up, let's not waste time and jump right it!
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Pages: 594
Type: #6 (and final) in The Vampire Academy Series
Rating: 5/5 Stars!
Synopsis: They come first.

My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won't give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri's face join Lissa's. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.

The dead could finally have me.

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir's Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose - for a crime she didn't even commit. She's in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She'll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose's life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back...and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?

Join Rose, Dimitri, Adrian, and Lissa in Last Sacrifice, the epic, unforgettable finale to Richelle Mead's international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series.

Ok. Can the ending of this series be any better?! No. Cuz it's the best! Like, literally! It was that good! I've never laughed out loud, but in Miss Mead's books, oh no, I'll laugh my butt off! The sarcasm is too much!
  Anyways, the book was obviously fantastic. It was just... Wow. The suspense, you know. The shock. Like, you don't even recover from one shock and BAM! Another's hit you! It's crazy, you know. The whole plot, the whole... I don't know. It's just that good. I really don't know what to say about it. You can't say anything about it without spoiling someone. And I've already talked about the characters. How much I love them. I'm just gonna stop. I'm just gonna say this: It. Was. Phenomenal. 
  Now shoo! Go read the book. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Love fades... Honestly, that line broke my heart! I could feel myself choking. All because of one line. But then, Love grows. How ironic. You probably don't get any of it. So long as you haven't read the book. Seriously, you should consider reading it. Don't worry, this is non-spoiler. 
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Pages: 489
Type: #5 in The Vampire Academy Series
Rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis: After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri's birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir's - and to her best friend, Lissa. It is at long last graduation, and the girls can't wait for their real lives beyond the Academy's iron gates to begin. But Rose's heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he's out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won't rest until Rose joins him . . .forever.

First off, who writes these synopsis' on Goodreads? I mean, seriously, they should change that crappy synopsis. 
  Now the book. It was just great! I'm learning that I really like Mead's writing. It's so relatable. Not that I've been in fights with the undead and can see into someone's mind. No. I can't. What I'm talking about are those "oh mans" and curse words. And the sarcasm. Hats off to that sarcasm. Seriously. I mean, you know, Richelle's got me thinking whether she herself is like Rose. You know. Loads of sarcasm. Witty remarks. If not, then wow... How did she do it?
  And the book just makes you feel like you're there. It was fastpaced and the fights. Wow. The fights were so well-written and precise. God. I feel like it all happened with me witnessing it. As in, the description was just that good. 
  Again, Rose just felt even more badass and more desperate and more in love. I love her. So much. I love all the characters. You seriously need to read this book. I'm telling you, though, keep the last book ready with you. Cuz that cliffhanger is... really cliffhangerish... Am I making sense? Hope I am. Toodles. And don't come back until you're done reading it. Ok? Ok. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

I feel like it's been weeks since I wrote a post. But now that I'm writing, I'm really excited!!! This is non-spoiler, for those who haven't read this book yet. But for those who haven't read any of the previous books, this might be a tad bit spoilery. 
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Pages: 503
Type: #4 in The Vampire Academy Series!
Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis: Rose Hathaway's life will never be the same. 

The recent attack on St. Vladimir's Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose's neck, a mark that says she's killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters ... Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life's vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She'll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved? 

Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir's and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?

Soooo... I liked the book quite a lot, but it WAS kind of a drag at times. Honestly. Who wants to read a book with barely any of the previous characters surrounding it? So it was a drag at times where I'd just be like "When is Dimitri coming?!" But seriously, he does come. 
  And it was scary. At least for me. I don't know about you! But I'm feeling 22! Sorry. That was just crazy singing from my part. 
  So I really didn't like Dimitri much in the book since he was a Strigoi. He just... freaks me out. You don't really know why he wants Rose at all. Why he just doesn't kill her. Whether he still has feelings for her or not. You know? Lots of unanswered questions. 
  We were introduced to loads of new characters. Most of whom I liked. 
  Also, my love for Adrian grew in this book. As it happens to always. So yeah. 
  You should definitely read the book and once you've read it watch my spoiler discussion on BookTube. My channel is called BookishThoughts. So yeah. I say a lot of those. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

The feels. This book has got ALL the feels I can think of. So if you don't wanna cry, do not read the book now. THIS IS A DISCUSSION. SO THERE ARE GONNA BE SPOILERS FOR THE PREVIOUS AND THIS BOOK. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED...

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Pages: 443
Type: #3 in The Vampire Academy Series
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Synopsis: It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all... might be seeing ghosts.

As Rose questions her sanity, new complications arise. Lissa has begun experimenting with her magic once more, their enemy Victor Dashkov might be set free, and Rose's forbidden relationship with Dimitri is starting to heat up again. But when a deadly threat no one saw coming changes their entire world, Rose must put her own life on the line - and choose between the two people she loves most.

  OH. MY. GOD. This book was fabulously fabulous. Yup, I'm doing it again! This is my first discussion EVER, as I generally tend to write reviews. I just didn't feel like writing a review for this book. Cuz... I didn't. Enough formalities, let's get into the discussion. 
  In the beginning of the book, when Rose was in Lissa's head and there was some hot stuff going on with Mr. Ozera, I thought in was gonna die of laughter. Literally. I always find these escapades to Lissa's mind when she's got some hot stuff diggin, hilarious. 
  Then when she goes out and overhears all that Victor stuff. God. I was like, you were supposed to get that stuff done long ago. I was really irritated by Tatiana. And her stupidity. I feel like she should have let Dashkov rot in that other dangerous prison place long ago. 
  As usual, I found Adrian's company welcome. I feel like he's just the best person to be around of when you're low. Unless, of course you could get Mason back. I was SO heartbroken when Mason died. And then when he started showing up, I was like WHAT THE F? 
  Anyways, I was actually seriously scared about the whole ghost on the airplane thing. And honestly, when Lissa's family were like telling, no scratch that. Showing, Rose that she needs to come back, I was seriously freaked. To death. But then when she figured out the whole ward thing, I was like, Oh. Thank God. At least they won't kill her. 
  When the field duties were being given out, I just knew Rose wouldn't get Lissa. I could feel it, you know. I thought she'd get Adrian or someone, but she got Christian. Which was fine with me. 
  And. Finally. Rose, congrats on losing your virginity. Aah! I was so proud of them. I was like... I just couldn't believe it, you know. I couldn't keep this grin off my face. And then fuckin Strigoi had to ruin it. It was so freaky. I was sure Rose wouldn't leave Dimitri. But. You know. She did. Cuz she's not dumb. And stupid. And selfish. 
  And when she ran like thunder and told Stan buria. I was like, Stan, shut your fucking mouth and go and hell Dimitri not die! Which is what he did. So... Go Stan! 
  And then I loved the whole Rose and Christian get together... Strigoi-hunt thing. I loved the whole team. And I thought that was seriously so cool. Which it was. 
  And then when the whole fight was over and stuff, I was like, Eddie! Are you kidding me!? First Mason. Now Eddie. I loved the whole part when they realize that Moroi could help. So they should. Unfortunately, what I thought turned out to be wrong. You know. That good people would win against the bad people. 
 Yeah... I didn't know it would be so bad! I couldn't believe the fact that Dimitri could be dead. I really couldn't. I was crying and crying. And then my dad came in and he's like, Why are you crying? And I'm just like, this guy died. In this war thing. And that's so bad! 
  I hated Lissa towards the end. She was being so selfish. I swear! Like, when Roza said that she had to help Dimitri and stuff, she was like no. I can't. I... Couldn't believe it. When Rose said all those things she said, I was like, Yes! Go Rose! 
  And when Rose went and asked Mason whether Dimitri had turned Strigoi! I couldn't believe it! Dimitri! Of all people! 
  And then, in the end when Rose is quitting The Academy to pursue Dimitri and kill him! Some part of me believed and still does that Dimitri's love will win out. He will see her and remember everything that happened before. And he'll be good. At least that's all I can hope for! 

Wow. That was long. Really long. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Book Confessions Tag!

This tag was created for book bloggers especially by Laura over at her blog lauralovelockbookreviews. Phew. What a long name! I wasn't tagged by anyone. But I'm still gonna do it! 

1. Which book nots recently did you not finish?
A. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. It's not because I didn't like it. More like I haven't got time to read it. 

2. Which book is you guilty pleasure?
A. Enjoy Your Stay by Carmen Jenner. 

3. Which book do you love to hate?
A. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer. The reason, you probably know.  

4. Which book would you throw into the sea?
A. Burned by Cara Lily. If I had the physical copy, that is!

5. Which book have you read the most?
A. I don't generally reread books. But as far as I remember, it would be 10 on 10, the last book in The Princess Diaries series. I think I read it 3 times. 

6. Which book would you hate to get as a present?
A. I'm seeing that there are a lot of hate questions in this tag. But. I would hate to get... Nothing! I don't have any book that fits this question. Or atleast as far as I can remember. 

7. Which book could you not live without?
A. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare!

8. Which book made you the angriest?
A. The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L.J. Smith. 

9. Which book made you cry the most?
A. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare! That book! I literally felt like I would never stop crying!

10. Which book cover do hate the most?
A. The Divergent Trilogy's Covers of the US edition. I hate them. I love the UK versions MUCH better. 

So that's all for this tag!
I tag: Ranice from twizzwonders
         Kassidy from Travelling through Pages
         And pretty much anyone else who's interested in doing this. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Frostbite by Richelle Mead

I'm back again! Duh. Before you read, this book is the second in a series and could contain spoilers if you haven't read the first book yet. 
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Pages: 327
Type: #2 in The Vampire Academy Series
Rating: 5/5 stars!
Synopsis: Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose... 

It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks... This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory. 

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price...

  This book is amazing because I read it in a school day. Just saying. 
It was like, I don't even know what to say about it! It was just sooo good. Mead really knows how to put in everything. This book has got just enough sexual tension to keep a person around. Like, you need to know what's gonna happen. Literally. Which is why I stayed up till 1 reading it. 
  Rose, was just kickass. She's probably one of my all time favorite characters. Ever. So that's something. I love her whole attitude. You know, not thinking before doing something? I can so relate to that. 
  I just thought all the characters were amazingly created. Lissa, Mason, Christian, Tasha. All of em. You're probably going like, Aisha, what about Dimitri? Yeah. Him. Dimitri *swoon*. He deserves to be out of the common. He is just, the perfect guy ever. I mean, he has control. But he's also very unpredictable so you don't know what's gonna happen when. Which is where the entire suspense comes from. 
  Anyways, it was great that Mead decided to add a new character, whom I personally really loved, Adrian Ivashkov. He was just a really entertaining character. 
  What I did find a bit stupid in the book, was that I could guess a lot of things way before anyone in the book could. If you've read the book, you probably know what I mean. They're simple things to understand. But it "hits them" later on. I found that kind of stupid since half of the things were just plain obvious. 
  I really don't wanna type anymore. So I'm going to give you guys a rest from this boring review while I give my fingers a rest. ;D

Monday, September 1, 2014

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.

My first thought at seeing the book... Is Kendare a lady or a man?! Weird thought I know. But then again, I'm the queen of weird thoughts!
Genre: (According to me) YA Horror
Pages: 316
Type: #1 in Anna Duology... I think. 
Rating: 4/5 horrendous stars 
Synopsis: Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas's life.

  So this book odd nothing for me. As in, all the praise, the hype, said that it's supposed to be so scary you won't be able to sleep. But they were kinda wrong. But maybe not completely. Cuz I haven't slept yet. Cuz I just finished the book and it's still like 6:30 pm here. So yeah. Whatever. But I didn't exactly scream for my mom in the middle of the book or anything. 
  Anyways, the book was excellent. I loved the entire plot and the whole storytelling of it. I loved the whole ghost busting thing going on. I'm very happy with all the characters and everything. Although I didn't like Carmel right at the beginning. I have to say that there were some things that were kinda unexpected. And now that I look back, I can remember quite some grotesque things. 
  I took out one star because I didn't like the starting. It was kind of boring for me. The first five chapters. Then it got really interesting. Just like that. 
  I also don't like guessing things and having it right. Does that make sense? Cuz like I want to be wrong and for something else to happen and give me a shock. Know what I mean? I kinda guessed a main part and I did not like the fact that I was right. But whatever. You don't always get what you want. 
  I was also not a fan of the ending. Hmm. I wasn't. It was a bad ending. Something like Allegiant. You probably know what I'm talking about. But it was a very good ending morally. Like, if you look from the moral or value of things or of life. It was good ending that way. But certainly if I could change the ending, I would. *sings "I would, I would" from some One Direction song*
  That's it. I hope this will make you pick the book up cuz it's a great one. :)