Review: Must Remember by Colleen S. Myers

Must Remember (Solum, #1)

Must Remember
(Solumn #1)
Author: Colleen S. Myers
Publisher: Champagne Books
Published: November 3, 2015
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, New Adult
My Rating:

3 Stars


Synopsis new

Nineteen-year-old Elizabeth ‘Beta’ Camden is a survivor. When the E’mani-those pale alien freaks-destroy Earth with a plague of madness and scoop up the remains, Beta is one of the ‘lucky’ ones. For years, she endures their tortures, experiments and games. Then one day, she manages to escape their ship with her life, and no memory of her time with them. Stranded on their world, Beta wanders the mountains, looking for a way home. She stumbles onto the Fost-the E’mani’s ancient enemy. Their war with the Imani is old and rooted in magic that the Fost once had and the Imani crave. Magic Beta soon discovers she’s developing along with strange tattoos and disturbing glimpses of her past. The Fost take her in and train her in their ways. As she spends more time with them, she falls in love with their culture and with Marin-he of the hot hands and slit eyes. But the E’mani took her for a reason and they want her back-dead or alive. If Beta doesn’t remember that reason soon, they’re all going to die.

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A promising introduction to a New Adult sci-fi series!

This book is something new to me. Not because of its genre but because of how the author, Colleen S. Myers, was able to deliver a very original concept. I haven’t read a lot of alien books but usually in a book like this, aliens invade the earth, live in it, and rule over the humans. In this book, however, we see a different scenario. Aliens invade the earth, take random humans and bring them to their planet. Then their planet will be the main setting. Isn’t is refreshing in a way?

Must Remember follows a life of a 19 year-old girl named Elizabeth “Beta” Camden. One day she fell victim to a group of aliens called E’mani who took her away after creating a devastation in the earth. While in E’mani’s world, she undergone horrible experiences and then one day, she woke up in a place resided by a group of another aliens called Fostwho are otherwise known as the enemy of the E’mani. It would’ve ended Beta’s misery but then she has no memory of what happened to her while she was captured by the E’mani, only her memory when she was on earth. Difficult situations soon arrived when she met two Fost men that completely changed her life, Finn and Marin.

I loved how this book started off. It immediately captured my attention because of its interesting premise and the neat world description and its history. The writing of the author was also decent. But while there were some interesting things in the book, there were also some negative ones that didn’t sit well with me, such as the heroine. I found Beta somewhat annoying. I kind of don’t like her POV and her ramblings and I’m so sorry to say that I can’t stand her attitude, especially when it comes to interacting her men. Yes, ladies and gents. Love triangle. Ugh. Okay I’m not really against love triangles as I have a lot of favorite books and series where there are swoony love triangles but in this book, I didn’t want the heroine to delve into this complicated thing because I think it’s not necessary.

Also, it kind of lacked when it comes to action scenes. I wished there were lots and lots of it. The ending, however, was nicely done. I loved how the story was closed with an indication of what the sequel will offer. Hopefully the second installment will be better than this. All in all, this was a good start to a series. I can a sense a huge revelation in the upcoming books.

(Thank you to the author, Colleen S. Myers, for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!)


3 Stars

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Review: Oleah Chronicles: Justice by Michelle Johnson

Oleah Chronicles: Justice

Oleah Chronicles: Justice
Author: Michelle Johnson
Publisher: Michelle Johnson
Publication: May 15, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction
My Rating:

3 Stars


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After discovering the truth about her Oleah origins, Angel thought she could still have a normal life, consisting of normal things – like her seventeenth birthday party. But there is no such thing as normal for Angel anymore. She learned that the hard way after Sindrell – the most powerful sorceress in the universe – crashed her party, destroyed the city, and took her best friend, Julie, captive. Determined to defeat Sindrell for good, Angel must risk her life, along with the fate of the entire universe to get Julie back…alive. The only way she can do this successfully, is to embrace her Oleah instincts and learn what it takes to become a true warrior. Problem is, Sindrell has an insurance policy of her own that will put millions of lives in danger – including Zander’s – to ensure her quest for power is brought to fruition. One way or another. In order to protect Zander, and save Julie, Angel has to make a choice… but will it be the right one?

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Oleah Chronicles: Justice picks up where we left Angel Seriki in Oleah Chronicles: Truth. This time our heroine is doing everything she can to rescue her best friend Julie and to become stronger by training under the guidance of her Oleah parents and of course, together with the love of her life Zander.

I loved that the sequel was a light read and it introduced a whole new premise. The introduction of new characters was also a great thing since it offered a refreshing feel to the readers. What I just didn’t quite enjoy was how some scenes became abrupt. I thought the world building here also lacked and fell flat. Also, I was expecting a lot of romantic scenes between Zander and Angel, but… 😦 Then there’s Julie who kept annoying me most of the time. 😦 However, there’s this Zander line that made me swoon. 🙂

“Sometimes, you don’t realize you’re broken until someone brings you the piece that’s been missing in your life. You are my missing piece, Princess. Going back to a world that you’re not in, is not an option. My life belongs to you.”

The book was still beautifully done and though it lacked on some levels, the plot was spot-on and Angel’s character development was evident. In addition, the book’s ending was a BANG and it certainly made a difference. It made me question what will happen to Julie and Angel’s friendship now that there’s a huge change between them. 🙂

(Thank you to the author Michelle Johnson for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!)


3 Stars

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Review: Oleah Chronicles: Truth by Michelle Johnson

Oleah Chronicles: Truth

Oleah Chronicles: Truth
Author: Michelle Johnson
Publisher: Oleah Publishing
Publication: January 1, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction
My Rating:

five stars


What would you do if everything you thought to be true in your life was a lie?

Sixteen-year-old Angel Seriki must face overwhelming truths about her family when she meets Zander Black, a new student to her high school who is smart, charming and devastatingly beautiful. The revelations he uncovers to her about her family’s past changes everything, and as her relationship and feelings for Zander deepen, so do the risks involved. She must now accept her fate and face the true reality of who and what she is. Even if that means giving up everything, including being human.

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(A free copy was given to me by the author Michelle Johnson in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating and opinion of the book.)

Surprisingly good! It’s a debut novel and it successfully made a great impression.

The story opens with the protagonist Angel Seriki living an ordinary life together with her parents in Ontario. Set in a Young Adult setting, she didn’t have any idea that she’s not a human but an Oleah— a creature with a combination of human and lion features. Oleahs originally live in a planet called Uforika. While growing up, her parents kept this huge secret about their true form from her in order to protect her against Sindrell (an evil witch known as the sister of Satan) who’s on a mission to abduct her and steal her unusual powers that could distract enemies.

What made me feel drawn to this book was the clever and incredibly dynamic theme the author was able to come up with. I haven’t met a mythical creature with lion features. There were witches, wolves, vampires, faeries, but Oleah? It’s something new and refreshing, it simply opens a lot of fascinating things to my imagination.

The writing style of the author was simplistic and very easy to digest. Though there were some parts that made me crave for more descriptions and elaborations, especially the action scenes, still, Michelle Johnson was able to nail important details about the story.

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The main characters and secondary ones were not difficult to love as well. Angel was a genuine character. I like how she was able to unfold herself over the course of the story. How she dealt with the truth about her identity and the way she accepted her fate and the dangers that surround her and her family.

Zander, on the hand, (MY OH MY, ZANDER), was one of the characters that intrigued me. He was so mysterious and well, a hotness incarnate and swoon-worthy fictional guy who can easily get into the hearts of the female readers. Why not? In this book he was described as someone with an air of mystery, danger, and oozing sexiness. Sign me up!

This book, all in all, took me by surprise. I did not expect to like it, but I did. This book simply offered a refreshing charm that kept me turning pages to see how the story would unfold. The pacing was fast and there were no boring parts. It was easy to read, and if only I’m not a very busy person, I would’ve been able to devour it in one or two sittings, because it’s simply addictive and a very interesting read.

This is the first book of the series. I don’t have an idea how many sequels are waiting, but surely I will keep myself posted because I want to follow this series. Thumbs up for a very well-done debut novel, Michelle!

Rating: 5 Stars

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Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass


The Heir (The Selection #4)

The Heir
(The Selection #4)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: May 5, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopia, Science Fiction
My Rating:


Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.



“You can be brave and still be feminine. You can lead and still love flowers. Most importantly, you can be queen and still be a bride.”

Highly entertaining, unpredictable, and royally fabulous. This book nailed what a highly enjoyable sequel should be. I like this book as a whole. The only downside I found was Eadlyn’s attitude. *smirks


I have to admit I had a hard time liking Eadlyn at first because she’s bratty, spoiled, and quite obnoxious but as the story went by, I witnessed her remarkable character development and I was glad somehow. 🙂

The whole story revolves in the Selection process where Eadlyn chooses a husband out of 35 gentlemen. The best thing about the book is how you can never predict who among her suitors will win her heart, because you basically live in her POV. By the way, there are lots of guys you will be torn.


This book, as a whole, lives up to my expectations. 🙂 But to be honest, I like The Selection series far better than this book. I like America’s conquest to win Maxon’s heart. 🙂 But still, The Heir is a great read. If you’ve been a fan of The Selection series, I recommend you to read this sequel. 🙂

Rating: 4 Stars


Review: Vampire’s Bane by Suzannah Daniels

Vampire's Bane (Vampire's Bane Book 1)Vampire’s Bane
(Vampire’s Bane #1)
Author: Suzannah Daniels
Publisher: Suzannah Daniels
Publication: April 14, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction
My Rating:


VAMPIRE’S BANE is a mature young adult paranormal fantasy/romance/action & adventure/post-apocalyptic story.

Now available for pre-order on Amazon…will be released on Amazon on April 14, 2015.

A lethal sword.

A dangerous mission.

A seventeen-year-old girl finding her way in a world that is nothing like she remembered.

When Maylin Kavanagh’s parents surrendered her to The Program, they swore it was for her protection. After being confined in a small underground cell for nearly two years, she is finally released.

But the world has changed.

Most of the populace has been wiped out by a deadly disease, and the rules of society have regressed. But that’s not the worst of it. When her group is kidnapped by a band of rogue vampires, Maylin realizes the decline of the human population has brought other races to the forefront—races she never knew existed. And now they’re all battling for survival and power.

In his father’s absence, Thane Warwick must lead his people. He has two priorities: find his father and find humans who can supply blood to his tribe. Immediately intrigued by his latest captive, he becomes interested in Maylin for more than just her blood, but he soon discovers that he must make a choice between his father and her.

Despite their attraction, Maylin and Thane each have an agenda, and only one can be the victor.

VAMPIRE’S BANE is the first book in the VAMPIRE’S BANE series. While it does end at a natural turning point in the heroine’s journey, it is an ongoing story, and not all questions will be answered. You will need to read this series in order.


And in that moment, I claimed her as mine.

(ARC generously provided by the author Suzannah Daniels in exchange for an honest review. *This does not influence my rating and review*)

I have always fancied vampire-themed books, especially when they’re blended with deep, dark romance. It’s a genre that I’ve always been a sucker for. This book, to be honest, met my expectations. I absolutely loved it!

Vampire’s Bane is the first book of the Vampire’s Bane series. It talks about the main character Maylin Kavanagh, a girl who was surrendered by her parents to be moved to “The Program” by which she was able to endure two years of being imprisoned and watched by the scientist Dr. Canton to prepare her, along with other teenagers, to fulfill a purpose in the future. After being freed, she and her peers started to have their journey to discover their purpose. But things had gotten rough when they met a group of vampires on their way and was held captive by the vampire leader, Thane Warwick. All throughout the book, Maylin discovered lots of things about the dark, twisted world they were living, which made her decide to escape and fulfill her mission to lead her group.

There are lots of reasons why I loved this book. One of them is *sigh* Thane Warwick. Let’s all admit it. Hot fictional guys always tickle every readers’ fancy. When the author introduced this sexy vampire, that was my undoing.

Thane is perfectly described and molded. He’s the kind of vampire that has a dark side which is very well added to the mystery and his overall appeal. Maylin Kavanagh, on the other hand, is a character you will either love or hate– or both, at the same time. Although she’s a strong character, sometimes you want to strangle her because she’s annoying at times. Not a perfect character, but she’s admirable when it comes to her dedication to her peers– and that’s more important.

Another reason why I loved this book is the author’s writing style. Very impressive! The plot was also well-done and there were surprising twists all throughout the book. And the romance? Perfect! I’ve already said this in my status but hell yeah, Thane and Maylin are the new OTP!

As a whole, this book is a very promising start to a great series. I totally enjoyed it. The ending left me wanting more and I can’t wait to read its next. 🙂

Rating: 5 Stars


Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy, #1)Red Queen
(Red Queen Trilogy #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: January 1, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Dystopia
My Rating:


Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood–those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard–a growing Red rebellion–even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.


“I hope you become queen one day. Imagine what you could do then? The Red Queen.”

How can I convey the awesomeness of Red Queen? This book deserves more than 5 Stars! I’m utterly in awe of it! It’s very well written and it surprisingly captured my attention the whole way through.

The tale is centered on a Red-blooded, 17 year-old Mare Barrow who grew up in a deprived village and was raised being aware of the harsh reality that Red Bloods are inferior and are ruled by an elite known as Silver bloods. In a twist of fate, she was pulled out of one world and put into another– the Palace– a place she can’t seem to fit into, due to her unusual and unwanted power which is basically not valid for a Red like her. Since becoming the betrothed of one of the King’s sons, Mare’s life was fed with so much intrigue, deception, and even cruelty which opened her eyes and forced her into joining a rebellion.

The great thing about Red Queen is that it conveys a perfect dystopian theme. The story got off to a good start and it became more and more interesting which made it an absolute page-turner. With its fascinating storyline and the way Victoria Aveyard brilliantly molded her characters from the beginning to the end, I was absolutely spell-bound and I found myself longing for the next book.

This book somewhat reminded me of the Grisha series and The Selection. But Red Queen is rather unique and wonderful in its own way. I love everything, especially the heroine who is such a great character. I love her strength and the way she handled difficult situations. Her character development all throughout the book is so amazing!

I also like the love triangle romance here. Somehow it put me into so many feels! Other than that, the book also teaches life lessons in many ways than one.

Words can lie.

Anyone can betray anyone.

All in all, this book was a fantastic read. I enjoyed Mare’s journey and everything in it. It’s fast-paced, totally unpredictable, and one with a twist that will basically blow your mind. I highly recommend this to all YA Dystopian fans!

Rating: 5 Stars

REVIEW: Doctor Mars by T.A. Uner

Doctor Mars (Mindcop Dossiers, #1)

Doctor Mars
(Mindcop Dossiers #1)
Author: T.A. Uner
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc
Published: June 23, 2014
Genre: Science Fiction
My Rating:


In the early 22nd century, Mars has been fully colonized and terraformed by humans. On this new Earth colony the members of the MCPF (Mars Colonial Police Force) keep the peace. Liberty Rise is a gifted mutant with the power to manipulate time using her “mind-shifting” technique. As a member of the Mindcop division, she must use her skill to solve paranormal crimes.

When a recluse scientist named Dr. Andreas Hitzig threatens the safety of Mars, Liberty and the MCPF must intervene.


I was given a digital copy of this book free from the author, T.A. Uner in exchange for an honest review.

Well, well, well, that was awesome! Doctor Mars is the introductory novella of the science-fiction series Mindcop Dossiers. To be honest, I really don’t know what to expect from this book, but I already had an idea that it’s going to be really awesome because of its promising blurb, so yeah, it didn’t disappoint me.

First, I love the concept of this book. It’s straight to the point and very unique. The thought about Mutants, messing up with a human’s genes to create something dangerously out of the ordinary for destruction, and living in the most intriguing planet in the Universe– Mars, is quite an impressive attempt of the author to make up such a great series.

The characters are also likeable especially Liberty who appears to be really tough, intelligent, and a gifted mind-shifter who can travel back to the earlier time with just one touch to any organic objects she’s investigating. Well, that is such a unique trait for a character.

Slow Fly is a bit of a mystery. I don’t know if he’s an antagonist or protagonist, I still have to decide. But I think his character is interesting enough.

The ending is also quite spectacular. It left me hanging in the open! What really happened to Calvin??? So many questions kept bugging me. Anyway, I guess I just have to find out soon. 🙂 As a whole, Doctor Mars is one promising and great installment of the series!

My Rating for this Book: Awesome 5 Stars!


REVIEW: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)Scarlet
(The Lunar Chronicles #2)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Published: February 5, 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction,
Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance
My Rating:


Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.


I honestly didn’t expect too much about Scarlet because I didn’t kind of like Cinder (the first book), but I have to give credits to Marissa Meyer because in this second installment, the story did improve and it’s surprisingly better than Cinder.

This book introduces new characters namely Scarlet, Wolf, and Captain Thorne. At first, I couldn’t quite connect with these characters because I guess their personalities were not well-described. It wasn’t until halfway of the book when I finally got their pictures.

I admit I was bored at the beginning chapters. I couldn’t get what’s happening and the plot seemed dull. But believe me, the book finally drew me in during the last parts and it held my interest throughout, thankfully. I was about to rate it 2 or 3 but the twist and the surprises changed my mind. Well, basically this book earned my respect and admiration.

What I think about the characters…

Cinder. She’s basically annoying. ALL. THE. TIME. I just don’t like how she chooses to make cowardly decisions. She’s also acting like a brat sometimes. Nothing’s really changed with her attitude since the first book.

And Scarlet? Well, I kind of like her character. She’s brave and very determined to fight.

I also think Wolf is a great book character, although he’s too quiet. But I admire how he protects Scarlet and how he cares for her in a silent way.

And Prince Kai? Well, I can’t decide if I still like him. I don’t know. He didn’t appeal much to me this time. He doesn’t act like a real emperor and his decisions are often controlled by Torin and the rest of the people around him.

All in all, the book is great. I just wish I didn’t get bored during the first half of it. But otherwise it was well-written. No questions about Marissa Meyer’s writing style. It’s clean and sophisticated. 🙂

My Rating for this Book: 4 Stars


Review: Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opposition (Lux, #5)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: August 5, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction
My Rating:


Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.


Everything had started with Dawson and Beth.

And everything ended with Daemon and me.

I still can’t believe it, but the Lux series has finally ended, and it ended in a seriously freaking awesome way!

The Opposition is one of the most anticipated closures in book series. It brings out epic, soul-crashing, adrenaline-rushing action scenes that are seriously what I’ve expected in the book.

Every scene in Opposition sends goosebumps on my skin. And of course, Katy and Daemon’s relationship never really gets boring, as ever! And it’s pretty impressive because given that this series is composed of five books in total, I should’ve got used to their sweet moments, but honestly, that’s not what I’ve felt the entire time they’re together. It seems like their relationship is growing more and more interesting… and comforting at the same time. They’re simply the most adorable book couple I’ve come across, I could cry!

It didn’t matter how many hours, days, months, or years we had stretched out in front of us; we’d always be together. This kind of love was the real deal, stronger than a whole planet full of psycho aliens and an entire government.

I also love how Daemon and Katy got through all these situations. Their painful experiences all the way made them become stronger. I love their character development– how Katy deals with everything and how she learns to combat the enemies with her striking, undiscovered powers.

“Damn, Kitten, you’re badass, almost scary, and yet so freaking hot.”

And Daemon– well, he’s Daemon. And you already know how hot and awesome he is!

What I also love about this book is that it keeps me going on and on right from the start. At the first chapters, there’s already enough action that seems to come straight out of a movie.

I also love the twist. The Arum! Oh my God. I seriously didn’t think that the Arum are going to make a huge part in this book. *clap clap clap*!

Everything in Opposition is phenomenal and all-consuming. It’s absolutely full of awesomeness! And Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing? Freaking beautiful and flawless! Not to mention the humor that really makes me LOL all over. Hands down! I couldn’t say anything else but I really admire how great she is in drawing her readers to the world she is creating.

Right now, I’m in a book hangover. Literally. And it sucks. I know I can’t get over with this for a real long time. I, for sure, am going to miss Daemon and Katy. 😦

Will there be any book better than this? Right now, I guess there’s none. Yet. I seriously don’t want to let go! It’s like Daemon is breaking up with me. Alright, I think I’m getting crazy already. Lol.

My Rating for this Book: As usual, 5 Awesome Daemon stars! (It’s the best book conclusion in a series, positively 100%)

Review: Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled: Covet
Published: May 21, 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, New Adult
My Rating:


This is a stand alone novel that is an adult spin-off of the Lux Series You do not need to read a Lux book to read Obsession and vice versa.

He’s arrogant, domineering, and… To. Die. For.

Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he’s saddled with something he’s never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy.

Serena Cross didn’t believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something… unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend’s murder at the hands of what can only be an alien, thrusting her into a world that will kill to protect their secret.

Hunter stirs Serena’s temper and her lust despite their differences. Soon he’s doing the unthinkable—breaking the rules he’s lived by, going against the government to keep Serena safe. But are the aliens and the government the biggest threats to Serena’s life… or is it Hunter?


Jennifer L. Armetrout did it again! I think there’s no such dull book that she has written. Everything in Obsession is a real treat!

This spin-off book from Lux series really took my breath away. As expected, there are a lot of action scenes that are intense and adrenaline-pulling. The male character, Hunter, (whom we met during the Origin book), is without a doubt, one holy smoke of a hot specie! He’s strong– and stronger than I’ve really expected. I love the fact that he’s always able to defend Serena and he doesn’t give a damn about the DOD even when he’s connected to them.

Serena, on the other hand, is a headstrong female character. As human, she’s expected to be vulnerable and weak– and she is, but I admire her fearlessness when facing stressful and frightening situations.

I was also surprised about how HOT this book is. I mean, literally hotness overload! I expected the steamy scenes after reading the synopsis but what I didn’t expect was yeah– the bed scenes were really, really intense!

Other than that, the book offers important info and details regarding the Arum and Luxen community. I’ve learned something which wasn’t mentioned in Lux series books, and I’m glad that I’ve read it first before heading to Opposition, which is the last and final book of the series.

Maybe the only thing that made it not so perfect for me was because of its vague conclusion. The future isn’t so certain for both Serena and Hunter, and the Luxen community still has secrets that are not yet clear, which I believe will be revealed in Opposition. But, yeah, the important thing is they’re together in the end. And maybe that’s all that really matters. 🙂

All in all, the book is great. It’s hands down romantic, hot, action-packed, and very well-written. Well, it’s Jennifer L. Armentrout, guys. I’m not surprised. 🙂 She’s one of my favorite authors!

My Rating for this Book: 4 Stars

Favorite Lines from the Book

“Loving him was wrong in all the right ways.”

“She was light against my darkness.”

REVIEW: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder
(The Lunar Chronicles #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Published: January 3, 2012
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction,
Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance
My Rating:


Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


I have high expectations with Cinder, especially that most of my goodreads friends really love it. I found this book really promising since I’ve never encountered a cyborg character before and for me, it’s something that I won’t ever forget. But then, I guess I expected way too much. I tried. Honestly. But it didn’t really meet my expectations. *sigh*

However, there are factors that also make this book wonderful. I love Marissa Meyer’s imagination. I love how she created a lively concept of a dystopian world. Cybors. Androids. Insanely high technology. Lunars. New world after world war IV. Wow! I mean, the concept is really impressive.

But in the long run, I was a bit disappointed. I didn’t expect myself to develop annoyance with the main character Cinder. I love her character, I love how unique she is as a cyborg, but when it comes to the way she acts, I kind of dislike her. There is no consistency with her emotions. I’m upset how vulnerable she is whenever her stepmother and stepsister is around. But whenever she’s with the Prince, she’s so firm with her decisions to say ‘NO’ every time. She always declines the prince’s invitation and she’s acting so difficult like ugh! I also don’t like the way she’s acting like a brat to Dr. Erland when this man is the only person who can give her much information about her past. There are also times when she jokes around and for me it sounds like a sarcasm. No, I don’t like her personality at all.

Prince Kai, however, is a nice character. I love how tough he is when it comes to decision-making. He doesn’t even feel scared with the Lunar Queen. So, yeah, thank goodness he’s not annoying.

During the first chapters, I really hoped that something great will happen in the long run. Um, I don’t know but the twist– that wasn’t what I’ve expected. Well, maybe on the second book everything will turn out great. And hopefully Cinder’s character will improve by then. 🙂





REVIEW: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent, #1)



In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.


I grabbed this book out of curiosity when I heard all the fuss about how great the movie is. And my verdict?

Well, it’s absolutely a great book. I love how Veronica Roth gave such a sensible plot to this one. I admire the different factions and because I am a huge fan of dystopian literature, I guess this one’s really hard to forget and is really worth reading. Apart from the entertaining and action-packed scenes this book offers, it also teaches a great deal about life. It makes you realize that important choices and decisions really matter– and they could even change your life forever. That’s why you need to think it over and when you’ve fully decided about something, do not regret about your choice in the future and prove that it’s worth it. 🙂

The characters are also well-described here. I love Tris’ fighting spirit and her will to defend herself and never give up. She’s not a weakling here, and she doesn’t even depend on anyone else that’s why it makes her a very admirable character.

Four or Tobias, on the other hand, is such a nice guy. He’s strong but when it comes to Tris, you could feel how vulnerable he is. Tris and Four really make a perfect match here. I love their partnership and their determination to survive everything that comes their way.

This book is also witty and creative. Although it lacks wow factors on some parts, I still think it’s a praise-worthy book. I’m looking forward to read its next book Insurgent. 🙂

“I might be in love with you.” He smiles a little. “I’m waiting until I’m sure to tell you, though.”

For me, this is the sweetest line from Four. 🙂

My Rating for this Book: 4 Stars (If I would be asked what faction I will choose, personally I will be joining the Amity team. I dunno, I just don’t want to fight or ague with anyone. I know, I know, it’s boring. Lol)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”

“Sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left, and laughing feels better right now.”

“I am selfish. I am brave.”


REVIEW: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout



Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?


“Well then, it’s time to introduce the world to a little bit of extraterrestrial awesomeness.” – Luc

First, let me extend my big congratulations to Jennifer L. Armentrout for being able to bring out a series that has a constant, amazing delivery. This book is the latest installment of Lux Series. When I completed this yesterday, I have to admit that I got real crazy. I WANT THE NEXT BOOK! Like, RIGHT NOW!

This book is not making things easy for me. In Opal, I thought I was reading the best action scenes in this series, but I was wrong because in Origin, the action scenes were much even scarier, more electrifying, and absolutely breathtaking! It’s like watching a movie, only the difference is you’re doing it in your imagination. And only Jennifer Armentrout can do that effortlessly.

And let me warn you guys to prepare yourself for some difficult situations here in this book. There are a lot of unexpected things to happen, especially deaths of some characters that will shock the nuts out of you. There are also some scenes that are insanely cruel and gruesome but beautifully crafted. Amazing, Jennifer, amazing!

Now let’s get to my favorite parts of this book. I love everything here, especially when it comes to the newly introduced character like Archer. Heck, you guys shouldn’t miss this incredibly defined man. I think this character stood out the best here, next to Luc who also made an impression during the exhilarating, action-packed scenes. I didn’t expect that there are characters here that are equally as impressive as Daemon. I just love the character-building in this book. Each of them were introduced in a thoroughly spectacular way.

I also love how Daemon and Katy’s relationship grew more and more intense here. Daemon is willing to risk his life and his kind just to save her. And yes, he’s not even kidding.

“There’s only one thing I want.”
“And that is?”
“I want to see Kat.”
Nancy’s smile didn’t fade. “And what are you willing to do to accomplish that?”
“Anything,” I said without hesitation, and I meant it. “I will do anything, but I want to see Kat first and I want to see her now.”

This book also has many surprising twists. And Matthew– oh my God, I didn’t see that coming! I couldn’t even believe that my suspicion about Bethany is indeed true. I’ve guessed it right, I’ve guessed it right!

The plot is too good it will absolutely have you sitting on your heels at the same time drawing a deep, anxious breath in full anticipation on what’s to come next. It’s a grab-you-quick and hold-you-fast book with numerous climaxes. No dull moments in this book. Positive. It’s the book that I can’t really get enough. I. JUST. CAN’T.

And the ending… Yes, expect a cliffhanger ending from Ms. Jennifer. That’s her trademark. But I love her for that. 🙂 Now, I can’t wait to grab the next book called Opposition which will be released next month. It will surely be worth the wait!

The Book Is…


An excellent blending of action, fantasy, and romance. The desire to find out what happens next keeps you turning pages.


None, I’m very sure of it.

What I Think About the Characters

Katy Swartz

Katy here in this book has greatly improved. We know that she’s brave in previous books, but in Origin, she’s incredibly daring and fearless. I admire her for always asserting her need to fight and be of use and not depending on Daemon at all times.

Daemon Black

I love Daemon’s determination to get Katy back. But there are times that he annoys me, especially when he makes stupid decisions. But, it doesn’t make me like him less.


Alright, I have to include Archer here since I therefore conclude that he’s already one of my favorite characters. From the moment he was first introduced in this book, I knew exactly that he has a great part here. And I was right. I love his cool, fully-composed attitude. And yes, he’s stronger that expected and can really equal any character’s strength here.


I also have to include him because I just simply love him. Yes, he’s a clever guy. I love how strong, cool, and wise he is. He’s one of the characters that will simply enthrall you.

My Rating for this Book: 5 Stars (If I could give 6 stars, I will.)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“I want a years-worth of seconds and minutes with you. I want a decade’s worth of hours, so many that I can’t add them up.”

“We all do crazy things to protect the ones we love.”

“I don’t expect a normal life, Daemon. I just expect a life with you.”


REVIEW: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opal (Lux, #3) ok


No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.


(There’s a bit of spoiler in this review so please be warned.)

After reading the Onyx, I immediately grabbed this. It’s because I was so excited about Dawson’s reappearance and I became curious as of how the Blacks are going to deal with some changes now that their brother is back. I was really happy about their reunion, but at the same time I felt awed when Dawson was no longer the guy he used to be. He was longing for Bethany to be freed from Daedalus knowing that she’s still alive.

In this book, I found a great deal of action. The choice between trusting Blake for the second time after betraying Katy in Onyx and pushing the idea of giving their trust aside is very crucial. I became really anxious the moment Blake returned. It’s like they were visited again by some sort of nightmare.

This book, without a doubt, is different from the previous Lux books. It had my full attention from start to finish. There were a lot of nerve-wreaking scenes and even intriguing parts that will make everything unsettling. In my part, I became really, really anxious the moment the Luxen gang, Katy, and Blake attacked Mount Weather to rescue Bethany and Chris. Seriously, and I’m not even kidding, my heartbeat ran so fast with those scenes. Oh, Jennifer– this author really has the power to bring out this kind of emotion to her readers. I love her for that!

And Daemon and Katy? Well, their chemistry continues to grow in this installment. It even in fact, deepens. I love how protective Daemon is to Katy, especially whenever Blake is around. He’s just too good to be true!

Here’s one of the funniest scenes I couldn’t forget:

Dawson shifted, dropping his head into his hand. “Do you ever stop talking?”

“When I’m sleeping,” Blake replied.

“And when you’re dead,” Daemon threw back. “You’ll stop talking when you’re dead.”

Lol. As usual, the humor Jennifer Armetrout brings in the story is always present. Another thing that also made this book interesting is the appearance of Luc. Oh. My. God. This kid is really something. He’s intriguing and I can sense that he’s a lot more powerful. I knew then that I need to keep track of him and read the next book, hoping that Luc will be highlighted more.

This book is such a roller coaster ride for me. I just love the the twist it brings. There’s so much build up to what you hope the events will be. And the ending? Oh my… I found myself hanging on a cliff. You know what I mean. But all in all, the story was excellent. It really got better and better.

The Book Is…


Undeniably a page-turner. It’s one with a compelling plot. It has witty characters and clever turn of events. You will find yourself fully entertained up to the very end.



My Rating for this book: 5 Freakin’ Stars! (There’s so much to expect in this book, and you will never be disappointed.)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“He was such an asshole, and I loved him.”

“You really shouldn’t trust a soul in this game. Not when everyone has something to gain or lose.”

“I love you, Katy. Always have. Always will.”


REVIEW: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx (Lux, #2)ok


Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…


It’s official! I’m now a 100% certified fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout, and I’m so proud to say it. This author never fails to give me goosebumps, and this book– well, it had my mind seriously blown up! If you have read Obsidian, reading this book will even get you more thrilled you can’t just resist it and stop craving for more.

This book introduces more about Daemon and the Luxens — and the hybrid. It also introduces the new character named Blake– a hottie who became Katy’s new friend and well, Daemon’s rival? The earlier chapters of this book is lighter, so you can’t expect something thrilling to happen. But I tell you, as the story progresses, it becomes more and more interesting.

There are flirtations (as usual) between Daemon and Katy that will make you smile all the way.

“Cookie?” he offered, holding a cookie full of chocolate chips.

Upset tummy or not, there was no way I could refuse that. “Sure.”

His lips tipped up on one side and he leaned toward me, his mouth inches from mine. “Come and get it.”

Come and get…? Daemon placed half of the cookie between those full, totally kissable lips.

Oh, holy alien babies everywhere…

I know. I just love this scene. Lol. (I hope it’s not spoilery, though). But c’mon, these two undeniably have a thing or two for each other. You can feel it!

Honesty, this book didn’t bore me. In fact, it just kept my adrenaline going. It promises a lot of things. There are also parts that will make you feel antsy, especially every time the DOD enters the scene. You can also expect to experience strange twist of events that will absolutely make your spine tingle. As a whole, I found this book really fascinating I ended up craving for moooore!

The book Is…


Clean and well-written. It has engaging storyline and it’s an adrenaline-boosting book with plenty of humor that will make the reading experience very entertaining.



What I Think About the Characters

Katy Swartz

In this book, I was surprised to find out that she’s tough. I didn’t expect it. She easily adapted to her newly discovered “self” and she didn’t even whine about it. The only thing I hate about her is the bad decisions she has made in this book.

Daemon Black

He’s flirty in Obsidian, and now he becomes even more. And as usual, he’s an alien hotness who’s brave and strong enough to protect Katy.

My Rating for this book: 5 Stars (If you loved Obsidian, you will love Onyx more!)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“Some things are best left…unknown, you know? People search for answers and they don’t always like what they get. Sometimes the truth is worse than the lie.”

“Strange how something good can come from something horrible.”


REVIEW: Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Shadows (Lux, #0.5)



The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane.

Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in.

Captivated. Lured. Loved.

Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence…and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.


Well, let me start this review by saying that this book, a prequel of Obsidian, is better than expected. After reading the Obsidian, I immediately grabbed this book since I became interested with Dawson’s love story and his involvement with Bethany. These lovers, by the way, were introduced in Obsidian– and the way their love affair was described seemed interesting and awe-inspiring.

But before I move on, I think I should warn fellow readers NOT to read this book unless you have read the Obsidian. Again, read this once you finish Obsidian, k? Because believe me, you’ll appreciate this book more after reading the Obsidian because everything will make a lot more sense.

Moving on, I find Shadows quite a sweetheart. And I’m glad I read this because I did have the better view of what basically happened to Dawson and Bethany right before Katy appeared in the picture. At the beginning, I saw the heart-tugging bond the Black siblings share and I was greatly touched. And when Bethany came into the picture, I’ve witnessed how Dawson’s world tumbled upside down.

“She. Spoke. To. Him. First. It was like winning the lottery, getting laid, and climbing the highest cliff all rolled into one. But he needed to play it cool, because he was trending into lame-o land at a quick pace.”

Actually, these lovers are so cute together! I love their chemistry. The way Ms. Jennifer described their personalities and physical traits made me think that these two are perfectly made in heaven, they simply just click! Other than the chemistry, I also love the way they show their affection to each other– in a PDA way. And oh well, Dawson doesn’t really hesitate to do a PDA thing, I. JUST. LOVE. IT! Oh God, I literally melt. How I wish they had a happy ending love story. But since I already knew in Obsidian that their love story had a tragic finale, I wasn’t entirely devastated. But still, still– it hurt! 😥

This book also made me understand why Daemon hated humans in Obsidian and why he typically pushes Katy to stay away from Dee. It’s an enlightening book. All in all, this book filled me with love, sorrow, and heartbreak that I needed to really cope up the moment I was done.

The Book Is…


Deeply moving and beautifully written. The emotional details Jennifer placed in this book are really effective I could feel how Dawson and Beth’s feelings grew into more than an attraction. There’s romance, drama, and exhilarating parts of this book that you can never easily forget.


I think the only negative thing about the book is the tragic ending. Nothing else. (And it doesn’t affect my rating) 🙂

What I Think About the Characters

Bethany Williams

I love how Bethany accepted Dawson despite the fact that he’s not human. I also admire her for being so involved with arts and paintings and stuffs. She’s an interesting character.

Dawson Black

Although Dawson is not as strong as Daemon, I believe he’s a perfect guy. He’s very caring, protective, and absolutely a hottie. I also love how he proved his feelings for Bethany despite all the protests he got from Daemon and the rest of the Luxen gang.

My Rating for this Book: 5 Stars (It’s a highly-recommended book!)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“Love of sugar had to mean true love. It just had to.”

“I love you, Dawson. I love who you are, what you are. And I don’t think love recognizes differences. It just is. And we really aren’t that different.”


REVIEW: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian (Lux, #1)




Synopsis new

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

my thoughts new

Holy crap on a cracker! Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout is freaking too amazing I can’t even think of the words to describe it in this review. Anyway, my mind is seriously blown. I didn’t expect myself to have such a joyous ride with this super alienated book that had me gasp for generous amount of air!

This book talks about seventeen year-old Katy Swartz who moved to a very discreet and rustic place in West Virginia with her mom. Being in that new place kind of sucked for Katy since she was used to the cheerful ambiance of her old home in Florida. But since she’s a book freak, she didn’t exactly care about adapting to the new place because she considered her books as her effective diversions. Now when she met her holy freakin’ hot neighbor Daemon Black, everything changed. Never had she met a guy who’s extremely blessed with ripped physique and undeniably gorgeous face. However, no matter how hot this neighbor was, she found him quite an ass. He always regarded her with pure disgust, to her astonishment. And as they developed an unexpected friendship, she eventually learned some peculiar things about him and his sister, Dee. In the long run, she learned that he was in fact, not a human. He’s an alien. A hot damn alien with insane supernatural powers.

I must say that this book is incredibly great! No words can ever describe how talented Jennifer Armentrout is. This book is clean, well-written, and with fascinating characters that are nicely drawn. I admire how the author gradually introduced her audience to the strange and amazing alien family of Daemon. Each character has exceptional personality that will quickly capture one’s interest.

I also love the romantic involvement of the story. As well as the witty humor that beats nearly every scene of other books I’ve read. Another thing is the exchange of banter between Katy and Daemon and their unawareness of the sexual tension that’s always there. Ah, they are so amusing I could literally smile and laugh. Usually I really feel sick about “I Hate You” schemes of a love story but this one? I don’t mind at all. I’m fully entertained by these two characters.

Let’s get to the action part. Whoa! What can I say? Bravo, Ms. Jennifer Armentrout! You had my heart beating fast with the way you describe the fighting scenes between the Luxen and the Arum! Superb! I guess this is just the perfect blend of action and romance in a science fiction book.

The Book Is…


Quick and entertaining, with reasonable plot and interesting world building.


Nothing. At all.

What I Think about the Characters

Katy Swartz

She’s clever and smart. One thing I also admire about her is her love for books. And hey, she’s my ultimate inspiration with this blogging thing. She’s a book blogger– that’s how crazy she is about it and I can totally relate!

Daemon Black

Well, he’s too perfect to be true. Need I say more? And although he’s kind of brute here in this book, I didn’t find it hard to like him. What I also love about him is his protectiveness to his sister and his alien close friends. He’s just too swooning! Okay, I have to stop this. I’m fan-girling enough.

My Rating for this book: 5 Daemon Stars! (It’s a must-read, entertaining story. If you’re looking for a book that will knock your socks off, this one will never, ever fail you.)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.”

“I hate you and your freaky alien powers.”

“I was always able to lose myself in reading. Books were a necessary escape I always gladly jumped into headfirst.”



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xo pearl

REVIEW: The One by Kiera Cass

The Oneok



THE SELECTION changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. Now, only one will claim Prince Maxon’s heart…

It’s swoon meets the Hunger Games in the final installment of THE SELECTION trilogy!

For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they’ve formed, rivalries they’ve struggled with and dangers they’ve faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives.

Now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown – or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realises just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

The breathtaking finale to THE SELECTION trilogy will make you swoon!


First off, I’m so proud that I’ve completed this series! 🙂 I thoroughly enjoyed this third and final book of The Selection. Finally the competition for the crown and the Prince’s heart came to a conclusion. But just like how I expected, the ending was really predictable. In this book, I found some answers to my questions, but ugh, was never enough! Is it just me or the story seems a bit rushed? I have to admit that I wasn’t really satisfied with its flow. The only consolation I got was its fairy tale happy ending which was (as expected), predictable.

On the lighter side, I appreciated how Maxon exerted effort just to prove his feelings for America. Many times in this book, the hero was always the one who was chasing the heroine. Honesty, it took me forever to get those scenes into. Meanwhile, I was also looking for a bit of thrill during the final chapters. Yes, there were quivering moments, but not the ones I was really expecting. This book has flaws, but of course, it was actually a rather satisfying finale. So, I gave this four stars out of five. Congrats, Kiera Cass for such a wonderful series! More to come! 🙂

The Book is…


Entirely dramatic. There were cute and sweet moments that you can’t easily get over. (*Spoiler’s Alert) Maxon’s love letter to America is seriously heart-tugging!


Slow-paced at the beginning, how the characters act was a bit exasperating at times, and the story was apparently rushed. (I don’t know why Kiera has to do that.) 😦

What I Think About the Characters


In this book, America proved to be worthy of my admiration. She was learning from her mistakes. It’s just that, it was almost too late for her to realize what she wants or rather, who she wants. But all in all, I thought she really deserved the great things that happened to her in the ending.


This book continued to remind me that Maxon really had the thing for America since the very beginning. Gah! I will never get enough of him!

Favorite Quotes

“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.” – Maxon

“The best people all have some kind of scar.”

“This isn’t happily ever after. It’s so much more than that.”  

REVIEW: The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Elite



The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.


Firstly, The Elite book has a lot of potentials, especially since I immediately grabbed it right after reading its first sequel, The Selection. I rated it 4 stars out of five because it did give me excitement in a lot of reasons, somehow. But, in my opinion, this story did not live up to its predecessor. I found myself more smitten with the first one. However, I surprisingly finished it because, who can just let this series go without finding out how the story goes and ends?

From 35 girls competing for the crown and for the Prince’s hand, they eventually narrowed down to six. Imagine how far our heroine America Singer has gotten all throughout the first book! This time around, she no longer denies her feelings to the Prince, yet there’s still Aspen– the guy who broke her heart in the first book but is now chasing her heart once again (Are you kidding me?). She’s trapped and confused all throughout the book. I don’t know if I’d be happy with this but in a way, the love triangle thing kind of adds flavor to the story. But I don’t know, I feel being tortured on some parts of this book. It sucks.

The Book Is…


Romantic, addictive, action-packed, and interesting with so many dramas and dark secrets that will intrigue you up to the very end. You won’t be able to put it down, I tell you.


Slow-paced, and there are repetitive scenes that are kind of annoying sometimes. But they’re tolerable, though.

What I Think About the Characters


This girl, as we first encounter on the 1st book, is stubborn and headstrong. She’s independent and she makes serious decisions that are intended for the good of her family. But sometimes she’s annoying, too. In matters of the heart, I don’t understand why she continues to confuse herself between the two guys, when obviously, Maxon has the edge. (Understand that? Duh!) But on the positive side, she’s a unique type of girl. She can be intimidating at times, but you will love her at the same time.


Well, what can I say? This guy is everyone’s dream guy! *hands down. The perfect, handsome, gentleman, passionate Prince charming name-it-all type of guy that we can only encounter in a book. Period. But in this book, I was sort of upset with this hero. Especially when (*spoiler’s alert) he flirted with one of America’s competitors. Disappointed here. 😦 Perhaps it’s the main reason why this book only earned 4 stars from me. Lol.


All right, I don’t like him. At all. I’m a Team Maxon from the very beginning, so I’m sorry, Aspen. You’re just not the right guy for America.

Favorite Quotes

“It turns out I’m absolutely terrible at staying away from you. It’s a very serious problem.” – Maxon

“Sometimes I feel like we’re a knot, too tangled to be taken apart.”

“America, there’s no question that you’ve had my heart from the beginning. By now you have to know that.”



REVIEW: The Selection by Kiera Cass

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For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


So I disovered this book on an Instagram account of a celebrity that I’ve been following and I admit that I was really curious about it because of its attractive cover. And yeah, thank you Kim Chiu for introducing this book! 😀

Anyway, from the moment I first had a glimpse of its teaser, I already thought, ‘Wow, this is absolutely my kind of book!’. I always have a thing for fairy tales. You know– those sort of prince and princesses and happy endings and blah blah stories… Cheesy as it may sound but I really do like those things.

And this book– well, it provided me the story that I was really expecting. Kiera Cass has given me the fantasy that oh my God, there’s a perfect guy in the name of Maxon Shreave!

The Selection is the first installment of THE SELECTION series. The events happen in a Dystopian era and it simply highlights the main character, America Singer — an ordinary girl who belongs to the family under the “five” (a caste of lower level) and is apparently (as her family name implies) a singer. Enter the name Aspen Leger. He’s the guy (from a “six” caste) whom America gives her heart and dreams to. But when a notice came to her family, stating that the Prince of Ilea (Maxon Shreave) will be following his father’s steps and will hold a Selection (a reality TV-ish kind of thing) competition among suitable girls for the prince’s hand in marriage, America’s world turns upside down. She has no intention of joining the competition since she’s already in love with Aspen. Of course, in the end, she was forced to become one of the competitors and eventually met the (oh so irresistible) Prince Maxon and found that she’s completely torn between two guys who both seem to have a place in her heart. The conflicting part of this story, are of course, her confusion and decisions in the matters of the heart along with friendship issues with her fellow competitors.

As the story went on, I found myself fully entertained by its twist. I found America a clever character. Although the author stated that she’s not the girl who has a jaw-dropping, head-turner beauty like her fellow competitors, there’s something about this girl that really catches the heart of the country of Ilea– and the Prince’s attention, as well. She’s basically smart and funny and that makes the Prince become interested with her in the first place.

And Prince Maxon? Well, he is swoon-worthy! He’s a modest type of a person. Not like those typical, bastard-ish, sarcastic guys we sometimes meet on books. He’s gentle and caring and sweet and– ah, name all those good things. And he’s very patient when it comes to America. He knew from the start that she already has boyfriend somewhere in her town and that she has no desire to really be a part of the competition, and yet he was still longing that somehow, there’s a chance that she will consider to be really joining the Selection.

The series of events in this book is amazing. There’s action and there’s a lot of entertaining parts as well. As a whole, I became addicted. I wasn’t able to put it down and heck, I wanted someone like Prince Maxon! Where can I find someone like him? Lol. :’D All in all, it’s a great installment. I did read the second book immediately. Swear!

My Rating for this book: Whooping 5 stars! *clap clap!

Favorite Quotes

“True love is usually the most inconvenient kind.”

“America Singer, one day you will fall asleep in my arms every night. And you’ll wake up to my kisses every morning.”- Maxon

“If this were a simpler matter, I’d have eliminated everyone else by now.” – Maxon