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: The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #3)

The Retribution of Mara Dyer
(Mara Dyer #3)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: November 4, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Mystery
My Rating:

five-stars

Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived.

Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived.

MY THOUGHTS…

Most people are like sand, the impact of their lives washed away by years. They cause no lasting damage, no lasting benefit. You are not most people. You are like fire; you will burn wherever you go. If you contained, channeled, you can bring light, but you will also always cast a shadow.

What a very wonderful way to end a series! The Retribution of Mara is (*sigh*) just too perfect for a conclusion. I’ve never been so satisfied, so happy, so amazed. The whole book conveys a lot of twists and turns and it’s unstoppably thrilling you just want to not put it down!

How can I say this– Noah is too good and Mara keeps on freaking me out! This couple– they just simply belong to each other. I love the way they’re very attached to each other. Seriously, they’re becoming one of the book couples that are unforgettable.

You can be seen and not be loved, or loved and not seen. Noah loved me, and saw me. But more than that, he chose me.

This book just keeps on getting better and better in every chapter. There are a lot of revelations and the way Michelle Hodkin unsealed the secrets bit by bit is stunning. It’s pure art! It’s lovely and it’s way emotional and yes, it’s flawless. It’s not hurriedly done just to complete a series. Very exceptional!

I did have fun reading this book. No dull moments and definitely worth every second of your time. You guys should not miss this!

My Rating: 5 Stars! (Once again, I’d like to rate it 10 because it’s just simply amazing!)

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REVIEW: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2)

The Evolution of Mara Dyer
(Mara Dyer #2)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: October 29, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Mystery
My Rating:

five-stars

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

MY THOUGHTS…

“You have me. You inhabit me.”

If I could rate it with 10 stars, I would! The sequel is just too wonderful I could not gasp for any other word to describe it! Once again, after The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, I was awed. This second book of the Mara Dyer series had me in a roller coaster feels!

The intrigue continues as Mara Dyer and Noah Shaw try to figure out about their unusual abilities but everything that happened here is all f*cked up– in an all-consuming way. I’ve never been more curious, surprised, emotional, and carried away by a thriller book and this book just made it possible for me to feel all those emotions.

This book becomes more intense, more revealing, and more intriguing that it drew me and totally held my interest all throughout. Michelle Hodkin, oh boy, I’m already a fan! Her writing style is what every reader looks for in a mysterious book. She makes it really, really creepy that you just want to stay put and anticipate what’s going to happen next.

What I also love about this book is the romance between Noah and Mara. Aaah what can I say? This couple is perfect and I greatly admire the way they stood up for each other no matter how distressing the situation was for them. But their connection, their deep attachment, and trust– they’re simply one of the couples that you can’t basically resist!

The plot is resilient, and I’m no longer surprised since this book gathers high ratings in goodreads. Every chapter brings so much thrill will bring you dread and anxiety. This book totally buys me!

“If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If I were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.”

My Rating for this Book: 5 Stars (In my heart, it’s actually 10 Stars) 😉

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REVIEW: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
(Mara Dyer #1)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: October 23, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Mystery
My Rating:

five-stars

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

MY THOUGHTS…

I was a poison, and Noah was the drug that would make me forget it.

Holy smokes! What was that??! This book is absolutely surreal! The intrigue can really draw a reader in, as what Cassandra Clare testified in the cover. I love it! I love Noah Shaw and Mara Dyer and the mystery that this book is exuding.

I did have fun reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. It’s a kind of a paranormal thriller that makes you feel shaky inside. It’s absolutely creepy and suspenseful. What I really thought about this book is that it’s a certified page-turner! The way it intrigues you all throughout is outstanding. I even found myself raising a lot of questions as I read it because there are a lot of unclear things that just need to be answered.

The plot is irresistibly amazing. (Not  to mention that Noah Shaw is so damn hot. Yay!) No dull moments in this book to be honest. I love Michelle Hodkin’s writing style. She has that ability to convince you not to put the book down! Aaaah what more can I say? This book is really interesting and I highly recommend you guys to start reading this if you haven’t yet. 😀

My Rating for this Book: 5 Stars

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REVIEW: The Sun Killer by Diana Dwayne

THE SUN KILLER

The Sun Killer
Author: Diana Dwayne
Published: August 12, 2014
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
My Rating:

fourstars

Nora Mitchell is a small-time cop on a small-time beat. The quiet, peaceful town of Marion hasn’t seen real crime since Nora was a child, and she’s beginning to grow tired of writing tickets to her neighbors and bringing in the occasional petty-thief… but that’s all about to change.

When a woman is found murdered in her home, Nora gets much more than she bargained for as the ritualistic killing confounds the police and terrifies the town. The people are quiet… too quiet. Somebody knows something, but nobody will talk. With deceptively simple clues that seem to lead nowhere, the only evidence to be found does nothing but taunt the new detective. The worst part is, this is just the beginning.

The Sun Killer is a look into a world of violence and death where nothing is as it seems. The second series of author Diana Dwayne begins with a bang. The Sun Killer will keep you guessing, and you won’t believe what comes next.

MY THOUGHTS…

As a reader who enjoys mystery and action other than paranormal and contemporary books, I find this book thrilling and stimulating. From the moment I first read its blurb, it already intrigued me. And guess what, it didn’t disappoint. I love the author’s writing style so as how she draws the witty and snarky lady Detective Nora Mitchell. The action is superb and smooth and just cleverly thought out. It had my mind seriously blown from the first up to the last chapters. This is absolutely a well-consuming book! For those readers who love mystery and detective stories, this one should not be missed!

My Rating for the Book: 4 Stars

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Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: May 13, 2014
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
My Rating:

five-stars

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart…

MY THOUGHTS…

(Spoiler-Free)

The island is ours. Here, in some way, we are young forever…

Wow, just freakin’ wow! This book is impossible to put down. I love it! I love the character-building and the way the author wrote it in a really mysterious way. At first, I didn’t have any idea what the fuss is about and I found the first few chapters really vague but that’s what made me persevere to continue reading it and yes, I didn’t regret it because it was such an engaging read!

My favorite parts of this book are of course, the surprising twist of events and the insanely shocking and absorbing ending. It literally sent goosebumps on my skin! LITERALLY! This book is absolutely hard to forget.

My Rating for this book: 5 Stars

Favorite Quote from this book

“It is good to be loved, even though it will not last.”

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REVIEW: The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

The Surgeon ok

threestars

 

In Boston, there’s a killer on the loose. A killer who targets lone women, who breaks into their apartments and performs terrifying ritualistic acts of torture on them before finishing them off. His surgical skills lead police to suspect he is a physician – a physician who, instead of saving lives, takes them.

But as homicide detective Thomas Moore and his partner Jane Rizzoli begin their investigation, they make a startling discovery. Closely linked to these killings is Catherine Cordell, a beautiful medic with a mysterious past. Two years ago she was subjected to a horrifying rape and attempted murder but she shot her attacker dead. Now she is being targeted by the new killer who seems to know all about her past, her work, and where she lives.

The man she believes she killed seems to be stalking her once again, and this time he knows exactly where to find her…

MY THOUGHTS…

I was never a fan of thriller and suspense genre books, but because a co-worker of mine lent me this book simply because she wants to share its story, I read it out of obligation. Lol. However, there was a part of me which became curious because of the fact that the story is medically-based and yeah, I thought I can relate.

The story involves a rape victim named Catherine Cordell who happened to be a physician. She had an awfully horrible past I couldn’t even imagine which had something to do with a serial killer who violated her and even attempted to take away her– ugh, uterus (womb). Sounds strange? For me, it’s creepy! And a little unnerving. How can somebody take away anyone’s intimate organ? Gross. But the book explained it later. It was because the serial killer hated women, and to satisfy his desire to destroy women, he needed to remove something that proves them their femininity.

“He identifies and removes only the organ he wants. Nothing more. And what he wants is the womb.”

I don’t know but I find this story a bit disturbing. Somehow I managed to finish it (thank God!). Perhaps the only thing that kept me from reading it is the medical involvement in the story. I admit I was curious as of how these detectives do their job when it comes to medical crime investigation. It was pretty cool and very detailed. That’s what makes me get along with it until the very end. But the storyline? Nope. Not even by the way the author particularly incorporated a bit of romance between Catherine and homicide detective Thomas Moore. It wasn’t convincing, and that’s also a problem. What’s worse, (*Spoiler’s Alert) Thomas was not even able to personally save Catherine right on the climax part– when she needed him. It was Rizzoli who’s there. Well. *sigh

Overall the book was entertaining. There was action but not what I was really expecting. It was a good suspense/thriller story. It’s just that this book didn’t get me. However, if you guys want to just read something that connects well with the medical world, it wouldn’t be bad to spare a little bit of your time with this book. 🙂 It’s still a recommended one.

The Book Is…

Pros

Action-packed. The settings, especially the medical and crime labs, are well-detailed.

Con

I find the plot not appealing. There are foul scenes which might not also work for you.

What I Think About the Characters

Catherine Cordell

She’s a physician. Confident and very composed, but deep down inside she’s not self-assured– which is understandable because of her traumatic past. Yet often times she annoys me. There was a time when she blamed herself and every woman for being raped. Wait, what?

Thomas Moore

I think he’s a competent detective, and smart. But there are times when I think he’s not acting reasonably. I also find him– useless. I mean, he wasn’t even there to protect Catherine especially (*Spoiler’s Alert) during the final chapters. 😦

My Rating for this book: 3 Stars. (It’s a great book, but lacks some factors which would’ve gotten more stars.)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“The most intimate feeling people can share is neither love nor hate, but pain.”

“We never know until the beast of opportunity is staring us in the face.”

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