Review: Switched by Amanda Hocking

Switched (Trylle, #1)

Switched
(Trylle #1)
Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: Tor
Publication: January 5, 2012
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
My Rating:

three stars

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What if your entire world was built on a lie?

Wendy Everly knew she was different the day her mother tried to kill her and accused her of having been switched at birth. Although certain she’s not the monster her mother claims she is – she does feel that she doesn’t quite fit in…

She’s bored and frustrated by her small town life – and then there’s the secret that she can’t tell anyone. Her mysterious ability – she can influence people’s decisions, without knowing how, or why…

When the intense and darkly handsome newcomer Finn suddenly turns up at her bedroom window one night – her world is turned upside down. He holds the key to her past, the answers to her strange powers and is the doorway to a place she never imagined could exist. Förening, the home of the Trylle.

Finally everything makes sense. Among the Trylle, Wendy is not just different, but special. But what marks her out as chosen for greatness in this world also places her in grave danger. With everything around her changing, Finn is the only person she can trust. But dark forces are conspiring – not only to separate them, but to see the downfall everything that Wendy cares about.

The fate of Förening rests in Wendy’s hands, and the decisions she and Finn make could change all their lives forever…

my thoughts

Switched by Amanda Hocking

First off, Switched is really gorgeous. Just look at the cover. Isn’t it so beautiful? I personally chose this edition because the cover has some work of magic in it. It’s like, it has an ability to suck me into its world. Beautiful!

Second, the premise is really, really good. I love fae stories, andtrolls are something new to me. I wanted to know more about trolls because I really find them interesting.

And of course, the fact that the female character Wendy Everly is a troll and a changeling, I knew I will really like this book.

So, was this book a yay or nay?

I must say, a little bit of both.

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I love it because honestly, Amanda Hocking‘s writing style is so flawless and very easy to read. She uses words that are light and undemanding. She doesn’t complicate everything and she doesn’t give me trouble analyzing such things. Her character and world-building is also non-complex. What you read is what you get.

Now what made me become (a little) bit disappointed was theplot. It was neatly done, but it was weak. The progression was poorly established. I think there were scenes that weren’t really necessary but they were given emphasis (I guess to lengthen the whole book) but to be honest, the interesting things only happened at the last few chapters of the book.

Another thing that bothered me was the existence of theVittras. These are the creatures that act as antagonists. They are Trylle’s greatest enemies. In this book, their descriptions unfortunately didn’t make an exceptional appeal. Their physicality was so vague. I couldn’t really imagine how they look like. Do they look like human or something?

My expectation for this book was also different. Because this book talks about trolls, I really expected to see some unworldly mythical creatures here. Creatures that look like these:

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Because we’re talking about trolls, right?

So why did I only see humans and no trolls at all? This is fantasy so I was looking for something different. Anyway, I understand it as I’ve read further, because the author eventually explained it through her characters that trolls don’t really look mystical but instead, they look human. So yeah, I couldn’t do anything about that. BUT STILL. I want to see REAL TROLLS. :-/

Nevertheless, the thing that absolutely lifted the whole story was Finn. This character is so amazing. I like him from the beginning up to the end. Even though he’s brooding and he was quite snobby in most parts of the book, the gentleness and protectiveness in him were so tangible.

I have nothing against Wendy, on the other hand. She’s an okay character and she doesn’t annoy me, but I think she needs some development. There were parts when she doesn’t know what to do and she’s very dependent to other people despite her extraordinary abilities. Hopefully her character will get better in the next books.

As a whole, this book is good. I just think it needs more elements to make it really sensational. My friends who have already read this series told me that it’s going to get better in the next installments, so we’ll see. Good luck to me! (oh, it rhymes! ha!)

Rating: 3 Stars

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Review: Eternal Darkness by Stacy Reid

Eternal Darkness (The Amagarians, #1)

Eternal Darkness
(The Amagarians #1)
Author: Stacy Reid
Publisher: Stacy Reid
Publication: October 6, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Erotica, Paranormal, Fantasy
My Rating:

five stars

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The darkest taste of temptation…

Fleeing from a blood oath made against her will to a man known in the seven realms as the tyrant king, the last place Princess Saieke Shyokara, expected to be trapped was in the Darkage, the land of the feared shadowed demons. Even worse, she’s stuck with Archduke Drac EL Kyn, a Darkan–a creature of darkness and sensuality, who entices her with passion, intrigue, and danger. The only thing she needs from the fierce warrior is his body to further her own plot…certainly not the dangerously irresistibly desire he rouses.

As one of the deadliest shadow assassins of his realm, Drac must use his skills to unearth the factions who murdered his king. Drawn by an irresistible hunger to the princess, he struggles to maintain distance from a woman who is utterly forbidden to those of his race. Yet, as she navigates the treacherous schemes and traps laid for her by the kingdoms of the seven realms, Drac must decide if he will claim Saieke as his mate, or will he relinquish this woman, who stirs in him the darkest hunger he’s ever known, to avoid embroiling his kingdom in war…

**Heat level: Scorching**
**Mature audiences only! **
**Word count: 86000 words**

**Eternal Darkness is the first book in the Amagarians series and is a standalone**

my thoughts

Thank you to Stacy Reid for the advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review!

My experience with New Adult Fantasy is so limited that I always crave to read more of this genre. Thankfully, Eternal Darkness did not fail me, and instead, it thoroughly surprised and amazed me.

Eternal Darkness is the first installment of The Amagarians series. It’s actually my nth time to read a book written by Stacy Reid and I must say that she continues to astound me. I’ve known her for her historical romance specialty (and she’s very good at it) and I really admired her works. This time around, she ventured on a new genre and came up with this delicious fantasy tale that is totally a bomb.

The story focuses on the heroine Princess Saieke El Shyokara, the sole heir of Boreas which is also known as Kingdom of Winds and Mountains. Out of seven kingdoms of Amagarie, Boreas is the one that is most abundant when it comes to natural and essential resources– which made it become a target to most of the kingdoms. One who was destined to marry the tyrant King Ajali Haddin from the Kingdom of Nuria, Saieke has been meaning to break her engagement to him. Unfortunately, her parents fully decided her fate– which led her to flee. She eventually landed into the comfort of The Darkage— a vicious, cruel kingdom led by Gidon. There, she met the dark and mysterious Drac El Ryn who became the man she eventually fell in love with.

What I love about this book is the incredible world building. Stacy Reid was able to deliver an intense plot that is enriched with magnificent action scenes. I thought the concept was amazing, too. The use of chakra as a form of magical element and the fact that Saieke has the ability to control water and wind– it’s something spectacular and refreshing. And what I also love is how the author built a heroine that is strong and passionate at the same time.

The male character Drac was also one interesting character. He totally swooned me the first time he was introduced. He aired such mystery and masculine qualities. Not to mention the fact that he has that beast in him that gave him that bad, cruel side. The romance is also one of this book’s greatest strengths. All those details– Totaly sexy, enticing, and full of emotions!

“You are mine and only mine. There will never be another for me.

What I also notice about the book was how it turned out to be such a page-turner. I found myself fully engrossed to the story, thus making me feel like I’m actually there in Amagerie.

The only flaw I observed was the descriptions of the secondary characters. I thought they were not fully well defined. I wanted to know more about Thyon and Kamu. I thought they are remakrable characters here.

As a whole, Eternal Darkness is one captivating and exciting read. I definitely will watch out for the release of the second installment!

Rating: 5 Stars

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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 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: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)

Half-Blood
(Covenant, #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published: October 18, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
My Rating:

five-stars

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals–well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

MY THOUGHTS…

“The soul always knows… whether it’s right or wrong…”

Well… I am at a loss for words. This book is all kinds of awesomeness!

First off, I haven’t read any of the Vampire Academy books so I don’t have any idea what the fuss (Covenant vs. Vampire Academy comparison) was all about but I figure out that this one’s really, really awesome!

I’ve been a fan of JLA ever since I’ve read her Lux series, so the familiar feeling of fangirling with her characters suddenly came back to me the moment I’ve read the Covenant series.

I know I should’ve read the Daimon (Covenant prequel) book first before Half-Blood but it’s okay, I’ll be reading it immediately after this. Lol.

Anyway, I love, love, love this book! The plot is fantastic, totally striking, and mysterious. The characters are also adorable and fun to know. Our heroine here, Alexandria or Alex or Lexie, is such a freakin’ badass character and I like her! I love how independent she is and courageous no matter how her uncle and stepfather manipulate her. She’s a perfectly strong character. And no matter how stubborn and crazy she is most of the time, I don’t find it hard to like her.

Aiden St. Delphi– oh this guy is just totally swoon-worthy and HAWT, like hotness incarnate! I love his quiet, calm, but strong character.

And man, oh man, Seth! This guy.. ugh, is something. He really captivated me the moment he first entered into the scene. Such mystery he is. And man, is he not sexy. Well, both Aiden and Seth actually are, so I couldn’t ask for more. Lol.

And speaking about Aiden and Seth, I love the silent testosterone battle that goes between them whenever they’re around Alex. *squeals*! Ironic as it is, I’ve always loathed love triangles but this one is an exemption. I think it’s an interesting and entertaining love triangle and I found myself enjoying the whole scene. 🙂

“Need covers itself with love. But need… need is never love.”

I absolutely love the Grandma Piperi quotes! They are so deep and emotional they evoke feelings and just break your heart all at the same time.

And when it comes to the whole story itself, it’s hands down amazing! I’ve been saying this a lot but JLA is pure talent and she doesn’t fail me. She knows exactly how to draw her readers’ attention without inviting them to sleep. And yes, once again, she makes me admire her effortless attempts to incorporate humor in her lines. She’s really a downright fun, hilarious storyteller.

As a whole, I love this book to bits and I will really follow its sequels. 🙂

My Rating for this Book: 5 Bloody stars!

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REVIEW: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)

City of Fallen Angels
(The Mortal Instruments, #4)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: April 5, 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Romance, Paranormal
My Rating:

2star

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

The stakes are higher than ever in the #1 New York Times bestselling fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series.

MY THOUGHTS…

While I did enjoy the first three books, this fourth installment seems to have gone wrong. It suddenly went downhill and I can sense it all throughout the book. It suddenly made me miss the things that happened in City of Bones, Ashes, and Glass.

I didn’t like the plot. It’s slow-paced and although it became better on the final chapters, still, there was nothing really exciting. Also, it’s very apparent how Ms. Cassandra Clare succeeded in putting the characters through emotional torture. It’s no longer fun.

Now, with the characters…

Jace, my Jace, c’mon, what happened? I love Jace but what the heck went wrong with this snarky, strong-willed character? He’s acting like a total coward guy who keeps avoiding Clary as though what he is going through is too much to handle. I don’t understand why he’s acting like he’s the one who’s the most vulnerable here. C’mon, act like a man, Jace! His situation and the way he handles things, to be honest, don’t break my heart. It annoys me to no end.

The only thing that makes this book quite interesting is Simon, my love. 🙂 I guess he’s the only character who made such a remarkable development here. Everyone were dull and a bit smudged.

Overall, the book is not a good sequel for me, however, I am still so determined to read its next book and finish the series and hoping that it will make me happy. 🙂

My Rating for this Book: 2 Stars

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Review: Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opposition (Lux, #5)

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

five-stars

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.

MY THOUGHTS…

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: A Break of Day by Bella Forrest

A Break of Day (A Shade of Vampire #7)

A Break of Day
(A Shade of Vampire #7)
Author: Bella Forrest
Publisher: CreateSpace
Published: July 11, 2014
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
My Rating:

fourstars

The greatly anticipated conclusion to Derek and Sofia’s journey!

Everything Sofia believed to be true has crumbled before her very eyes…

In this explosive finale, secrets will be revealed, loyalties tested and trust broken.

Are you ready to return to The Shade?

MY THOUGHTS…

A Break of Day is the finale of one of my favorite series, A Shade of Vampire. Finally it has come to a conclusion. I have to admit, after reading the book, I kind of miss the whole series. I miss the characters that I have grown to love since last year. I miss the beauty of The Shade, the all-consuming and magical world of the vampires, and of course, the beautiful characters. Okay, now I’m getting all sentimental.

Stay strong, Sofia. You’re no stranger to storms. The waves may rage, but you can rise above them.

Anyway, the book is good. I admit that I have greater expectations since I was totally imagining a different plot, twist, and ending. But although it didn’t exactly meet my expectations, I was relieved because of its happy ending.

What I admire about this book, despite the tormenting events and situations that happened to the characters all throughout the book, is how Derek and Sofia’s love became even stronger. I can’t help but fall in love with them all over again!

And oh, the way Derek describes Sofia– it’s deep and emotional!

Sofia. The love of my life. The person without whom all would be for nothing. My ever-burning light. My break of day.

I think the characters deserve the good things that happen to them in the end and I’m really happy for them. This book is memorable and it’s the series that will totally stay on my mind. 🙂

My Rating for this Book: 4 Stars (It wasn’t a perfect book but its ending is satisfying and unforgettable.)

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REVIEW: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)City of Ashes

fourstars

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

MY THOUGHTS…

(Spoilers ahead…) 🙂

This book is insanely amazing! I must say it’s just as good, or better than the City of Bones. It didn’t let me put it down easily, especially when I was at the last remaining chapters. I didn’t really mind how lengthy those chapters were to be honest because I thoroughly enjoyed every single moment of the book.

It kept my adrenaline going. It’s such a thrilly, freaking amazing flight! I love how the characters developed more in this book. Simon turning into a vampire, the introduction of the new werewolf kid Maia, and the hot-damn shadowhunter Malik (although he wasn’t completely highlighted in this sequel), the digging out of Luke’s real feelings towards Clary’s mom, Jace’s struggle to keep his feelings for his ‘sister’, Imogen Herondale’s mysterious words to Jace at the end, Magnus and Alec (oh my God, Magnus and Alec??!), and especially– my most favorite scene– the kissing scene at the Seelie Court when they met the Queen! What was that?! This book is making me insane!

It also has lots of funny moments. I found myself literally lolling like an idiot while reading those parts, especially the part where Simon and Jace continued their annoying yet amusing banter. And that Magnus and Alec’s confusing ‘thing’ over there. This book is such an entertaining one!

I didn’t really regret diving into the world of Mortal Instruments. As I’ve said, this second installment is quite better than the first book. But while it’s an awesome continuation of the City of Bones, I’m a bit upset.  It could have gotten more than 4 stars but then, I thought I wanted more. There are still questions that are hanging, but of course, that’s part of Cassandra Clare’s scheme to make us lured into the next book, but I was really, really desperate to find out the answers to my questions. This book didn’t provide me those, so I was kinda sad. 😦 I guess I really have to extend my patience and read the next book to be able to know what’s really Jace and Clary’s real relationship because I really don’t believe they’re siblings. Seriously! I also didn’t like how Jace and Clary’s conversation ended during the last part of the book. It’s heart-shattering I literally cried. Why, I feel for Clary. 😦

The ending was also a cliffhanger. I don’t blame the author for doing that though. Maybe I’m already quite immune to those kinds of endings. In fact, I’m already expecting cliffhanger endings every time I delve into a series. Well, well, life’s just like that. Right now, I’m itching for the next book City of Glass. I want to see where all these goes. 🙂

My Rating for this Book: 4 Stars (This book is totally worth reading!)

Favorite Quote from this Book

“If you really love something, you never try to keep it the way it is forever. You have to let it be free to change.”

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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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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

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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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REVIEW: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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five-stars

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…

MY THOUGHTS…

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…

Pros

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.

Con

None.

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.”

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REVIEW: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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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.

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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…

Pros

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

Con

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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