REVIEW: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)

The Summer I Turned Pretty
(Summer #1)
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: May 5, 2009
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Contemporary
My Rating:

five-stars

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

MY THOUGHTS…

“It’s the imperfections that make things beautiful.”

It’s my first Jenny Han read so I couldn’t help but feel relieved and happy to find out that I love her work. The Summer I Turned Pretty is indeed a pretty one. It’s actually my weakness-kind-of-book to be honest, because I love summer-themed romantic stories and this– this simply never fails. It has the summer lovin’ that I’ve been looking!

By reading this, I found myself reminiscing We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. It pretty has the same concept with that book when it comes to family dramas, romance, and all. The difference is that this book emphasizes more about love triangle thingy, which I don’t mind. Because who wouldn’t want to read a book that has two gorgeous and interesting guys who are both quite attracted to a girl?

I love everything in this book. I am also surprised to find out that Belly is not at all annoying because hey, most YA female characters tend to annoy me, but Belly? Nope. I like her spirit, her vivacity, and how sweet she simply is to everyone around her, especially to Susannah.

Jeremiah and Conrad also did not fail to fascinate me. All throughout the book I was struck by how attractive and intriguing the brothers are. To the point where I could not exactly decide who’s going to be my bet for Belly between the two of them. Whoa! The love triangle is perfectly executed here.

As a whole, this book is really promising. I love it and I think you guys should check this out if you haven’t read this yet.

Rating: 5 Stars

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REVIEW: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)

Shadow and Bone
(The Grisha #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Square Fish
Published: June 17, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
My Rating:

fourstars

Darkness never dies.


Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Siege and Storm is the second book in The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.

MY THOUGHTS…

“We are alike, as no one else is, as no one else will ever be.”

This book only describes one thing– INTENSE! From the very beginning, I already enjoyed it because there was already some action going on. It got me feeling exhilarated and thrilled.

What I love about this second installment of The Grisha series is that Leigh Bardugo never fails to execute a kind of sequel that responds well to the first book. She also made a challenging deal by introducing new characters who eventually became remarkable in this book. Speaking of new characters, I was sooo fascinated with Nikolai Lantsov! Ladies, brace yourselves because it’s time for you to meet a royal blood hotness incarnate!

This book is really damn good, though I was honestly looking for more scenes that involves the Darkling. However, the ending left me feeling more and more curious of what’s about to happen in the third and final installment of the series. Looking forward for more intensifying scenes!

Rating: 4 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: Lovely Vicious by Sara Wolf

Lovely Vicious (Lovely Vicious, #1)

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

1star

Fire meets ice. Love meets hate.

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

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

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

The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.

The game board: East Summit High.

The reward: Something neither of them expected.

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

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

 

MY THOUGHTS…

DNF at 46%.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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REVIEW: 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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