Review: Must Remember by Colleen S. Myers

Must Remember (Solum, #1)

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

3 Stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rating:

3 Stars

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REVIEW: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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

fourstars

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

MY THOUGHTS…

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

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

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

What I think about the characters…

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

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

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

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

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

My Rating for this Book: 4 Stars

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Teaser Tuesday (#5): August 12, 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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    My teaser for this week: 🙂

    Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)

    “My grandma wouldn’t know anything about that. And even if she did before, when she was a pilot, she wouldn’t know now.”

    Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

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

    xo,

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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: Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsession

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

fourstars

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

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

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

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

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

MY THOUGHTS…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Rating for this Book: 4 Stars

Favorite Lines from the Book

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

“She was light against my darkness.”

REVIEW: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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

threestars

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

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

MY THOUGHTS…

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

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

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

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

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

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REVIEW: Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Shadows (Lux, #0.5)

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five-stars

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

Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.

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

Captivated. Lured. Loved.

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

MY THOUGHTS…

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Book Is…

Pros

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

Con

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

What I Think About the Characters

Bethany Williams

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

Dawson Black

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

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

Favorite Quotes from this Book

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

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

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