REVIEW: After the Bridge by Cassandra Clare

After the Bridge (The Infernal Devices #3.1)

Clockwork Angel
(The Infernal Devices #3.1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
Published: March 19, 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
My Rating:

4 Stars

Short Story about Tessa, Jem and what happened after that meeting at Blackfriar’s Bridge at the Epilogue of Clockwork Princess.

MY THOUGHTS…

Thank you Carol and Sandy for introducing this to me! xoxoxo

I won’t be making this review long because it will spoil those who haven’t yet read the final book of The Infernal Devices.

So here’s my opinion…

This short story is somewhat a continuation to what happened during the epilogue of the Clockwork Princess. I have to say that  this one is satisfying, though it’s not at all necessary (for me) because I am quite satisfied with the Clockwork Princess’ ending. But because I was still hangover with the book, I didn’t hesitate to read this short story because I was too curious and I think I can’t sit still without finding out more about the characters.

The short story did not disappoint me as it entertained me and well, made me feel in love all over again. Still, I don’t know how to move on with this series. Ugh. It’s hard, you know.

So if you guys have already read the Clockwork Princess, you might as well proceed with this short story after reading the book, to extend the feels. 😀

(NOTE: Don’t read this short story if you haven’t completed The Infernal Devices series yet. Okay?) 😀

Rating: 4 Stars

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REVIEW: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

Clockwork Angel
(The Infernal Devices #3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
Published: March 19, 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
My Rating:

five-stars

Tessa Gray should be happy—aren’t all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.

MY THOUGHTS…

When two people are at one in their inmost hearts, they shatter even the strength of iron or bronze.

I still could not move on right now. I was speechless and numb for quite a few minutes after reading this. Anyone of you who feels the same after reading a series-ender that is so epic and memorable you can hardly think straight? Ugh.

Clockwork Princess surprised me. And Cassandra Clare continues to surprise me to no end! I did not expect to love this series because honestly, Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince did not mean much to me at first because I found them quite dull but then— my feelings suddenly shifted after reading Clockwork Princess. I love it already! I love the whole series and the beautiful characters and the Shadowhunter world that it pains me to know that it already ended. 😦

And it’s so hard right now. Everything is heartbreakingly beautiful! I love how Cassie completed the series, no matter what happened in the end. Still. The Infernal Devices is so great!

Aarrgh! I know I’m not making any sense anymore, but I need a moment to recover from my book hangover. Like right now. :’-D

Ratings: 5 Stars

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REVIEW: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of Tranquility

The Sea of Tranquility
Author: Katja Millay
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: June 4, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

five-stars

I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Full of rage and without a purpose, former pianist Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone discovering her past and to make the boy who took everything from her pay.

All 17 year-old Josh Bennett wants is to build furniture and be left alone, and everyone allows it because it’s easier to pretend he doesn’t exist. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, a hot mess of a girl who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. The more he gets to know her, the more of a mystery she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he may ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a slow-building, character-driven romance about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

Please Note: This book contains mature content including profanity, drug/alcohol use, and sexual situations/language.

MY THOUGHTS…

Josh is my escape. He’s my hiding place.

Beautiful, extraordinary, emotionally-driven, and just the right kind of book that can make you cry and laugh and swoon at the same time.

The Sea of Tranquility is perfectly well-written. I am so surprised to find out that it’s Katja Millay’s first and only book so far. Clearly, this book is not a work of a novice. It’s an amateur’s masterpiece. I am so hoping that this author will work for another novel again because I need more of her writing style!

This book took me by surprise because I did not expect it to be this good. The way she creates characters that are broken make me feel awed. More so when these characters eventually took a step towards healing and found their way to each other.

*Sigh*

This book. It’s going to be hard for me to forget this. Everything is just so remarkably beautiful! I enjoyed every page of it (which explains why it took me days to finish it). I love reading some of its beautiful lines over and over. Can’t help it. 😉

My Ratings for this Book: 5 Stars in a Sea of Tranquility!

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REVIEW: Lovely Vicious by Sara Wolf

Lovely Vicious (Lovely Vicious, #1)

Lovely Vicious
(Lovely Vicious #1)
Author: Sara Wolf
Published: November 4, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

1star

Fire meets ice. Love meets hate.

Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to the Buttcrack-of-Nowhere Ohio to help her mom escape a bad relationship.

All the girls in her new school want one thing – Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.

Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game.

The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.

The game board: East Summit High.

The reward: Something neither of them expected.

**This book contains language, some of which may be unsuitable for younger readers.

**This is the first book in the LOVELY VICIOUS series.

 

MY THOUGHTS…

DNF at 46%.

I’m so sorry, guys. And I’m so sorry, AJ, my friend, who recommended this to me. :((

It’s just that… I really, really wanted to like this. But I just can’t. I mean, I’m not the type of reader who does this DNF-ing thing, but I was forced because I can’t tolerate the immaturity of this book. Yes, there was a ton of it and it was getting annoying every single second and it was already getting on my nerves to the point that I could no longer take it.

When I first met Isis at the beginning chapter, I thought she was cool, funny, and brave– a little sarcastic and snarky but tolerable, but as the story progressed, I realized she’s difficult to like and get along with. She was no longer making any sense and she kept on whining about how bad she looks and how fat she was and how shaken she was when she was ditched by her ex and how insecure she is every time she encounters her chic school mates. Ugh! Isis is one of those characters that really pull the bitch out of me and make me roll my eyes every time.

Jack, on the other hand, is– I dunno. He’s a likeable character but definitely not the one who could be labeled as a book boyfriend. He’s always too passive and I think his character development is so poor I could not really connect with him.

At some point I was trying to convince myself to continue it and read it up to the very final chapter to find out how it ends. I’ve read from reviews that it has a cliffhanger ending and I love cliffhangers because they’re challenging but I no longer have the interest to continue.

So yeah, this book unfortunately did not get me. Again, I’m sorry especially for the guys who loved this book. I really am. 😦

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REVIEW: Easy by Tammara Webber

Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)

Easy
(Contours of the Heart #1)
Author: Tammara Webber
Publisher: Penguin Berkley
Published: November 6, 2012
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
My Rating:

threestars

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex’s frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night – but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.

When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he’s hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

MY THOUGHTS…

“Choosing to be with you isn’t a difficult decision. It’s easy. Incredibly easy.”

I hate it when I don’t like a book that everyone else loves because it does make me feel like I’m reading the wrong book. This book, in the first place, got my attention because of its interesting blurb and I have to say that unfortunately, I was a bit deceived. The premise is kinda misleading and it actually made me expect a bit of heavy drama over there. It turned out to be some sort of an “easy” book because halfway through it the characters just made a sensitive situation light and easy. And other characters were just talking nonsense that it feels like I’m just wasting my time.

This book, sadly, did not meet my high expectations. There was romance– actually there were a lot of steamy, romantic interactions between Jacqueline and Lucas but it seems as though it lacks something. The chemistry? The connection? Because I couldn’t really connect with them and I found it hard to ship them together.

I also did have a difficult time getting into the author’s writing style. There were things that are written that confuse me. Anyway, this book honestly has a great potential. It just did not get me. I was prepared to rate it 2 stars, but the satisfying ending made me rate it higher because after all, Tammara did not leave a cliffhanger ending. That’s it. 🙂

My Ratings for this Book: 3 Stars

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REVIEW: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence, #1)

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden
(The Coincidence #1)
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Publisher: Sphere
Published: August 8, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

five-stars

From the bestselling author of The Secret of Ella and Micha comes a mesmerizing novel of fate, friendship, and the healing power of love . . .

For Kayden, suffering in silence was the only way to survive. If he was lucky, he could keep his head down, do as he was told, and make it through the day. But one night it seemed like his luck-and his life-might finally end . . . until an angel named Callie appeared just in time to rescue him.

Callie has never believed in luck. Not since her twelfth birthday when everything was taken from her. After the worst was over, she locked up her feelings and vowed never to tell anyone what happened. Now, six years later, she continues to struggle with the painful secret that threatens to consume her.

When fate lands Kayden and Callie at the same college, Kayden is determined to get to know the beautiful girl who changed his destiny. Quiet and reserved, Callie still fears letting anyone else into her world. But Kayden is certain that Callie has come back into his life for a reason. And the more he tries to be a part of her life, the more he realizes that, this time, it’s Callie who needs to be saved . . .

MY THOUGHTS…

Callie saved me that night from a fight that would have probably left me dead, but she also saved me from myself. Before her, I was dying inside; there was nothing in my heart, but an empty hole.

This is without a doubt, one of the best New Adult – Contemporary books I’ve had so far. I love everything in The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden! It’s one of those books that have everything you want in a contemporary read that will leave you feeling awed. It’s just *sigh* perfect!

If you want to read something that has to do with dark past and secrets with a bit of heavy drama and a sizzling romance, then this book is for you. I love how Jessica Sorensen evoked such deep emotions in me when I least expected it. The characters– Kayden and Callie are one of the amazing characters I’ve met. The chemistry is seriously visible. And I love the fact that each time they interact, you can really feel the sexual tension between them.

And let me tell you that the very first moment you’ll meet the characters, you’ll instantly feel the connection. They’re two troubled, f*cked up characters with emotional wounds that will really tug your heart. And oh, the romance is good. Every freaking kissing and make-out details of Callie and Kayden is emotional and moving you will basically find yourself hanging on to every word the author writes.

After reading the book, I had a very huge desire to find the second installment and grab another bite ‘coz ugh, it feels not enough. The ending is a total cliffhanger (though I really don’t mind). 🙂

As a whole, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden is totally a must-read.

“In the existence of our lives, there is a single coincidence that brings us together and for a moment, our hearts beat as one.”

My Rating for this Book: 5 Stars

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REVIEW: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Maybe Someday (Maybe, #1)

Maybe Someday
(Maybe #1)
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: March 18, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

fourstars

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance.

At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter’s cheating on her–and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

Original music created for Maybe Someday by musician Griffin Peterson can be accessed through the website listed in the ebook and paperback.

MY THOUGHTS…

“People don’t get to choose who they fall in love with. They only get to choose who they stay in love with.”

It was nice to read another Colleen Hoover book. It’s my second CoHo read after Ugly Love. I have to say that this book is another well-done by Colleen. Its concept is beautiful and unique, with extraordinary and talented characters that make everything totally interesting and original.

What’s great about this book is the lovey-dovey and butterly feels it gives to the readers. I found myself grinning from ear to ear at one point because it’s really a feel-good book.

The songs (which I’ve downloaded) are really nice and they really fit the story. You can basically feel the emotions behind those songs. Hooray to Griffin Peterson for coming up with such a great soundtrack!

The book should be perfect for me, if only the love triangle thing is not too heavy. On the other hand, I also noticed that it has a strong start and I found myself enjoying it but eventually there were situations which became quite off for me. But as a whole, it’s an awesome and swoon-worthy book. 🙂 I recommend this to everyone!

My Rating for this Book: 4 Stars

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