Friday’s Feisty, Fabulous, and Fierce Female (#1) – July 11, 2014

Friday’s Feisty, Fabulous, and Fierce Female is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Kristin of Romance Bound. Anyone can participate! To play along:

  • Grab any of your favorite books.
  • Choose a female character whom you think is a feisty, fabulous, and fierce woman.
  • Describe the reason why you think she is feisty, fabulous, and fierce.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
    (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
    • Share the title & author, too, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists.
    • Share a link to your own Friday’s Feisty, Fabulous, and Fierce Female in the Comments and I’ll be checking it out!

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    Hello and welcome to my first ever feature of Friday’s Feisty, Fabulous, and Fierce Female! As mentioned above, I will be featuring the female character that I find feisty, fabulous, and fierce.

    And she’s no other than:

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    America Singer of The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

    I chose her to be this week’s Feisty, Fabulous, and Fierce Female because these characteristics really describe her. She’s totally a spirited character. Among other girls who competed for The Selection, she’s the best woman who presented the real features of a princess. Although she was not described as a regally beautiful girl, her kindness, natural wit, and cleverness are what makes her really appealing. She’s fabulous because she just is! Just thinking about how the other girls typically imitated her style is a proof that she’s fab! And yes, she’s fierce. This woman knows how to defend herself. She even defies and opposes the King and doesn’t even give him the satisfaction to hurt her pride. That’s why I kind of love this girl! Despite her silliness sometimes, I think she’s really feisty, fabulous, and fierce!

    Now share your thoughts and bring out your favorite favorite Feisty, Fabulous, and Fierce Female character! 🙂

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REVIEW: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

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fourstars

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.

MY THOUGHTS…

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.”

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REVIEW: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)ok

fourstars

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

MY THOUGHTS…

(Minor spoilers ahead…)

Whoa, so that was the introduction of The Mortal Instruments! That was such a pretty ride. Mind-blown!

Alright, so I’ve finished this book last night, around 2:00 A.M. Crazy, I couldn’t it put down. I can’t help it, Cassandra Clare is driving me crazy! Anyway, The City of Bones is the first book of The Mortal Instruments series. It’s an urban fantasy book that introduces an uncanny world that is far beyond your imagination. If you guys think vampire stories are cool, and if you’re much into fairies and werewolves and witches, then you will absolutely find them all here. Exactly! And hey, that’s not all. This book mainly introduces a secretive race of human beings known as Nephilim or Shadowhunters. They have a special role by the way– they just simply slay and clash demons that unknowingly exist in this world.

Well, this book’s really interesting. No wonder why it became really popular. It’s a book that describes a well-constructed, fantastic, supernatural world with clever characters that fascinate you all throughout. What I also love about this book is how Cassandra didn’t complicate the whole plot. Everything is in place and well-thought out. I even love how she made everything in the Shadow world in total order through the rules and laws that the Clave had set. So, it’s kind of revealing that these paranormal beings don’t instantly clash together when they bump against each other somewhere in the streets of Brooklyn.

I just have some issues about this book though. First is the world-building process. I admit I was confused at the beginning chapters and that confusion eventually continued until the middle part of the book. It was like I’m reading more of a puzzle than the story. There are terms that are not well-explained, so I had to go to Shadowhunters wiki where I can find the definitions of those terms. But in the end, this issue was resolved. I fully understood those things.

Another thing is the editing of the book? I was really confused ‘coz there are clerical errors in some parts. One example is Clary’s father who was named Jonathan Clark at the first chapters. I was surprised to find out that he’s no longer Jonathan at the last chapters but instead, John Clark. So, yeah, that was really confusing.

And yeah, something happened in the few remaining chapters that didn’t sit well on me. I was kind of annoyed with our dear Jace. What happened to the brute, sarcastic, brooding guy from the beginning? He suddenly turned out confused and emotionally flimsy. So yeah, I was disappointed with him there. But it’s okay, I still love him. Lol. 😀

And Clary– well, I like her. She doesn’t know how to fight and use weapons, but this girl is a smart a**! She can think and handle a stressful and nerve-wracking situation. But! Sometimes she annoys me, I don’t know why. Maybe because of her insecurities? — which is kind of unnerving.

And oh–one more thing, that BIG revelation! I don’t know what to say. I was shocked. It was such a devastating twist, one I could not easily handle and accept ugh– No, just no! After all?! C’mon, *spoiler alert* they already kissed! 😦 I hate it. I actually yelled out in protest in the middle of the night!

But of course, there are more positive things in this book. It also has funny scenes that had me laughing.

“Stay away from my blades. In fact, don’t touch any of my weapons without my permission.” (Jace)

“Well, there goes my plan for selling them all on eBay,” Clary muttered.

“Selling them on what?”

Clary smiled blandly at him. “A mythical place of great magical power.”

And the romantic scene of Jace and Clary at the greenhouse? Darn asdfghjklmnb! I want more of them! More more more! But that seems impossible already. 😦

The ending of the book…

I kind of don’t like the ending, to be honest. There’s already some sort of gap between Jace and Clary. But it’s okay, it left me longing to find out the things that will be happening on the second book. I’d definitely read it. Swear by the Angel Raziel!

My Rating for this book: 4 Stars (I love the creativity of the book. It’s a book that begs you not to put it down.)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“Only people with no purpose are unhappy. I’ve got a purpose.”

“Most people don’t cry when they’re upset or frightened, but rather when they’re frustrated.”

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REVIEW: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

A Shade of Vampire (A Shade of Vampire, #1)

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fourstars

On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.

A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine. An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

Sofia’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

Will she succeed? …or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

MY THOUGHTS…

After reading this book’s description, it instantly hooked me. Always a vampire-themed book fan myself, I decided to give it a try since I’ve always hoped that there’s a better series than Twilight and Vampire Diaries. And I wasn’t disappointed. This book started really well. Its main POVs centered more on the main characters Sofia and Derek.

Sofia is an ordinary girl and a human, while Derek is a Vampire– not just an ordinary vampire but someone everyone in the vampire community looks up as a ruler and a great influence– a dark royal Prince. On the eve of Sofia’s birthday, she was captured by a stranger and ended up in an exotic island called The Shade. She eventually found out that the island is completely resided by vampires. There she met Prince Novak and his siblings. Now I’m not going to tell the whole story ‘coz it will spoil a lot.

This book, anyway, is a charmer. What I appreciate most is the way Ms. Bella Forrest painted beautiful details about the setting. The Shade, although completely conquered with darkness, is a beautiful place. I think it’s a great factor when you’re reading a vampire book. I also love the way the author made it quite unique among other vampire stories.

In this sequel, vampires are set in a different world. They don’t mix with humans like any other vampires in other books. They have their own niche and sanctuary and they hunt humans outside the island, giving a little mystery as of how those humans suddenly disappear.

“What’s on your mind, Derek?” she whispered.

“You…” I saw no reason to lie. “How I can’t imagine life without you.”

I also love the romance between Sofia and Derek, too. How their first encounter developed into a strange attraction that is so adorable! Also, the ending– it’s unique and unexpected. It simply promises so many things that will happen on the second book.

Pros

Heart-melting and interesting, with characters that are well-described. It’s an engaging book especially since it has an extraordinary fast and intriguing plot.

Con

It has a number of POVs. It may cause a little confusion at first.

What I Think About the Characters

Sofia Claremont

I love how strong-willed she is. She’s also not annoying. She makes good decisions and she’s not a stupid, angsty character like any other characters in a book.

Derek Novak

Well, ladies… Meet your new book boyfriend! Derek Novak is a dangerously a HAWT vampire Prince. But apart from being a cold-hearted specimen, this guy has a soft spot. And the way he cares about Sofia and protects her? Ah, he’s simply more than just likeable character!

“I found myself intrigued by Derek – even more so than I was before. He was a paradox, a walking contradiction. How he could perform such a violent act with no hesitation in one moment and be as gentle as he was with me right afterwards, was something that left me completely unnerved.” – Sofia

My Rating for this Book: 4 Stars (A piece of reminder: Prepare to be swooned!)

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Teaser Tuesday (#2): July 8, 2014

Teaser Tuesdays (TT) is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Randomly open a page.
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
    (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
    • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
    • Share a link to your own Teaser Tuesday in the Comments and I’ll be checking it out! 🙂

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    Here’s my Teaser Tuesday for the week 🙂

    City of Bones

    “There,” he said, straightening up. Clary fixed her arm in wonder– though the blood was still there, the wound was gone, as were the pain and stiffness. “And the next time you’re planning to injure yourself to get my attention, just remember that a little sweet talk works wonders.”

    City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare

    What are you currently reading? Join the fun and share your book’s interesting teasers below! 🙂

    xo,

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REVIEW: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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five-stars

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?

MY THOUGHTS…

“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…

Pros

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

Con

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.

Archer

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.

Luc

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.”

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REVIEW: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opal (Lux, #3) ok

five-stars

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.

MY THOUGHTS…

(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…

Pros

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.

Con

None.

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.”

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