Oct 30, 2011

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Synopsis from Goodreads

Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.

Book Title: Divergent (Divergent #1)
Author:Veronica Roth
My Rating:

Book Review


this book is always compared to the Hunger Games, but when i was reading it i didn't get the similarties for the following reasons

Reason #1: the heroine is nothing like Katniss Everdeen. In this book we are introduced to Beatrice "Tris", when I first get to meet her in the couple pages of the book. I find her very shy,a Prude and very timid and weak, she is not my ideal heroine. and I can't grasp the idea. that I'll deal with a heroine like her, throughout the whole book

Reason #2: the setting of the story is very Perfect, it is not like the environment introduced by Suzzane Collins on THG. Cause Suzzane Collins introduced us to poverty in THG. The world Beatrice lived in is perfect, and the people are nice also, very "selfless" as they call it.

Reason #3: no Gore or brutality whatsoever in the book.

ok.ok.ok. haha... i have rants (i know,i know) when i first started reading the book,it was good. but it wasn't special, wasn't that spectacular or phenomenal. It's like ermmm... reading (haha) i had doubts that i'll like this book. Everything was so common,so normal i haven't got that BAM moment when i was reading it.

This is me while reading it:

but I eventually changed my mind.HAH!!!!

i go from sad,confused and doubtful to awed,amazed,happy and excited


haaa! i am so sorry that i have a lot of rants at first. *puppy dog Eyes*
but this book is awesome!so Bad ass! and coming for a 23 year- old author and this is her debut novel. CRAP! this is genius! ahaha!

what i like about this book is the way Tris progresses as a character she started first as someone that is weak but as she went through all the trainings and tests she eventually blossomed into something admirable,smart and well of course BAD ASS.

the twists were also great. hmmm i really don't know at first what is a "divergent" GOSH! my mind is really reeling with stuff just to come up with a theory on what kind of abilities and skills a divergent possess and why are they a threat... and also it really shocked me on the romance aspect of the book. i was thinking that maybe Tris will end up to her fellow trainees. but it turns out that she end up with *gasps* FOUR! ahhh! (i know his name is Tobias but i prefer to call him Four) haha!

reading Divergent made me all fluffy and light headed even though it talks about rebellion and stuff, while on the other hand Hunger Games when i finished reading it. I got this certain heaviness but in a good way. Both books are awesome. Both has a certain quality that made them distinct from each other.


Oct 28, 2011

Book Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

Synopsis from Goodreads

Book Title: Tempest (Tempest#1)
Author: Julie Cross
My Rating:

Book Review

The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

we are introduced with the Main character Jackson Meyer,he has the ability to jump through time. but he can't change what's in the past he can just Jump back and forth through time. the person he has interacted to in his "jumps" won't be able to remember or recognize him when has came back to his proper year... in other words Jackson has the ability to travel through time without ruining the time and space continuum.

This book is actually really complex for my taste, i feel like I am watching a spy movie when i have read this one. a lot of scientific terms were introduced in this book and i feel also like watching the Movie Back to the Future and Jumpr.

It actually takes a while, for this whole book to get stirring cause the first couple of pages has not much action going just Jackson springing Back and forth through time and all his efforts were gone to waste cause he can't go back to his main year, so there wasn't anything for me to look forward to when i was reading the first part of the book, the romance aspect of the book was not actually i was looking forward to also cause i feel like Jackson and Holly's romance is a bit forced, i feel like they are two teenagers just fooling around without having any commitment at all with each other.
I actually feel more touched with Jackson's love for his twin sister,Courtney.

I was surprised that the book gets better as I read on, but the complexity is actually still there cause the characters keep on blabbering about the "tempest", Full Jumps, Half Jumps and so on... But what i really like about the second part of the book is it's depth and drama, cause this book is not just about time travel but it also talks about grief and loss of a family member. it really broke my heart when Jackson went back through time, and stays with her sister in the hospital, he eventually watched his sister die, *SNIFFS* that was for me the main highlight of the book. (SCREW HOLLY X JACKSON)  and I am really intrigued to the little girl from the future, hmmmm.. My guess is she is Jackson's daughter

Overall: not that bad... this book is actually great, the ending is also good. another tear jerking part in the book.... i do recommend it for guys and gals that has a taste for Mission Impossible-like plot and also a fan of time travelling.

Oct 27, 2011

Book Cover: Timepiece (Hourglass,#2) by Myra Mcentire

tadaaa!! this book's theme cover seems to always defy gravity.. tehee.. anyways i really love this book  it is very similar to the first one... can't wait to grab my hands on this one... :))

Oct 26, 2011

Book Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Mcguire

synopsis from goodreads

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’ apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Book Title: Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie Mcguire
My Rating:

Book Review

Beautiful Disaster? what can I say about this book? hmmm... this book actually reminds me of the Book Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles but the flow of the story is pretty much the same. Bad boy (who has straight A's btw) meets smart and good hearted girl.. eventually both collide and fell in love with each other thus forming a Beautiful Disaster.

so... pretty much perfect Chemistry-ish right? but i guess the only difference is that this book is much hotter and steamier than the latter.

this book is actually very long, i feel like i am watching a two hour movie with repeated story line over and over.  the first part of the book was good you get this giddy feeling everytime you read it, cause for me it's really nice to see Travis break in to his shell from bad boy player to a vulnerable guy cause he is falling in love with her best friend, Abby. Those parts of the book were great. i actually skip meals, lost precious sleeping hours just to know how will the story of the two lovers will be.

2nd part i guess the part where they went to Vegas, i kinda lost my interest in the book cuase everything is just so redundant they make love, they fight, they break, they kiss. (so on... blah.blah.) i was so infuriated with the flow of the story, i mean they love each other and everything, so why supress it? duh. i feel like grabbing Abby out of the book and shake her shoulders and tell her "Come on Girl!!! you are making this soooo hard for everyone!" LOL...

so why 4 stars?

at the end of the book i have this realization that love conquers all.. (cheesy, I KNOW!!!) and maybe even though the book is long and some parts were boring, i like it that the author made a believable love story. She showed how an individual can go crazy, change for the person that he/she loves. and how also a certain person can found or lost their love. so yeah this book is filled with cheesiness and sugar coated with even more sugar lines and scenes, and i guess those are the elements that can make a reader like me, go crazy for this book. (Geez is this a cheesy review or what?) LOL

if it weren't for the consistency of the plot i would have given it a 5 star rating. cause what happened is that the first part was very climatic while the 2nd part was a downer, so therefore 4 stars is my rating for this book.

erm.. IDK what's with the book cover, i have no clue why is that the cover.. meh.

Oct 24, 2011

Book Review: The Seven-The Key of Credence

Synopsis from Goodreads

First of five books. The Key of Credence tells us about Ryan and her friends and how their simple curiosity brought forth a multitude of problems to them. This book lets the readers experience an entirely new and different world—one that involves the Heavens and the Helles, and most of all—it shows how the humans themselves and how the innate goodness of their souls can create a huge difference on just about everything.

Book Title: The Seven-The Key of Credence
Author:Veronica Mist
My Rating:

Book Review

this book was actually given to me by the author for review. I am giving my overwhelming gratitude for trusting me enough to review this book and also giving me the hard copy of the book. :D

I did enjoy reading this book cause i feel like i was transported back to my childhood days, the way the charcters in the book seek adventures and at an early age they seek magic and they believe that they exist. just those couple of parts , this book really caught my attention cause as I've said I feel like i was a kid again when i've read this one.

the characters are also something that i really liked, they are all tweeners (ahm... maybe their age bracket falls on 12 to 13 years old) even though i don't belong in the age bracket (Teehee >:) i have made a connection with their characters and i love it that they posses different kinds of personalities and traits and I am glad that i can relate in each one of them. The main character Ryan/Trish-a (I really love her name) at first she is this kind of reckless girls who craves adrenaline in her system but as you read on, it's really nice to see that she became responsible and becomes more knowledgable as the story progresses.

what i appreciate the most in this book is that it contains values. it's about friendship,loyalty and trust. 

the writing style also is really good i feel like I am transported into a fantasy/magical world as described in the book and i like the cute little button people in the book. the book kinda reminds me of some of the faery YA books that I've read regarding the setting and magic in it.

overall: i enjoyed reading this one. Lots of intriguing questions left unanswered. so I am looking forward for the next installment. :))

Oct 20, 2011

Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Synopsis from Goodreads

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.
Book Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer,#1)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
My Rating:

Book Review

this book has a very interesting synopsis and of course the book cover is actually enough for everyone to go GAGA, well if you are like me that was so itching to read this book, i can tell you that this book was not as great as i thought it would be. sure Mara Dyer's story is something that is really interesting, she woke up in a hospital, her friends are dead and she is the only one who survived and no one knows what happened to them except for her, but here's the catch she has no memory of what happened to her.

Something really interesting eh? well at first yes, it was interesting. but as the story goes on i can't help but to feel a little bored, Mara Dyer is the kind of character that i just so love to hate, i really don't know what is wrong with her she seems like the kind of girl that doesn't think of rational actions the only thing that makes the story tolerable is the mystery that lies in the life of Mara Dyer, the hallucinations and stuff are a bit eerie, kinda scary to be honest.

as for the dashing dude of the story,Noah. he is actually the only bad boy in YA Fiction that i wasn't drooling for, i guess because he is just so darn arrogant and well an A-Hole kind of dude.

when the mystery was revealed, I was Like "DANG!!! THAT'S IT???" i have been so tolerable of Mara and Noah cause i wanna know what kind of powers they posses but man! after i found out what kind of powers they posses i was really disappointed, i really think their powers are not that useful to humanity and for a girl like Mara to posses that kind of power is just well, a bad combination. Noah on the other hand has a good power lies within him, but erm the powers showed here is kinda off for my taste *spoilers* Imagine a girl who kills people by using her mind and a boy who heals any kind of injuries. ermmmm.... i don't get the point of it and all, what does this means? that fate brought Noah and Mara together so that Mara can kill or injure all kinds of people and Noah can fix it. Teehee.. didn't mean to Rant and all. harhar! >:)

overall: if you are so darn excited to read this book, please don't expect too much cause you'll be disappointed. I was suppose to give the book 2 stars but since i am lusting over the cover and the ending is good might as well give an additional star. :D

Oct 18, 2011

book review: Lola and the boy next door by Stephenie Perkins

Synopsis via Goodreads
Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door
Book Title: Lola and the boy Next Door
Author: Stephenie Perkins
My Rating:


Two out of five people end up marrying their first love.

this book is just simply amazing! Stephenie Perkins delivered another one good romance novel. as all of you have known i am just so in love with her first book Anna and the French Kiss and i can't really help myself from gushing and blushing and grinning every time i remember Anna and Ettiene's story and as I've said i really wanted a continuation from their story, i really want a sequel from their love story, so yeah looks like i got my wish, (sort of)

Lola and the boy next door is not actually the sequel of the first book but in some scenes in the book St.Clair and Anna made an appearance in the book and we get to see how their relationship was after we witness their love story in the first book (well that's not so bad eh?)

let's proceed with the actual review... *sighs* i really don't know what to say from this book, it is just simply awesome :"> i can say that from start to finish this book will make you giddy and wishing you have the same love story as Lola and Cricket.

what I really appreciate about this book is that Stephenie Perkins never fails to deliver such unusual and lovable characters, we get to meet Dolores Nolan who has this way of wearing her clothes in an unusual way, her dress style is just too much. she has a boyfriend that is several years older than her, and she gets to be confused with how she feels with her boyfriend when her Childhood love moves in next door. At first i really think Lola is the kinda girl that is very selfish cause she wants to have to loves (Cricket and Max) and she can't really decide which she should choose but as the story goes on you really can't blame her cause even if i were on her situation i would really feel the same way, and for me she really did try her best to maybe be contented on what she has and just let go of her bitter past with Cricket.

another awesome character introduced here is Cricket! gosh! he is just everyone's dream boy. I find her a bit weird cause he likes inventing and stuff and he knows girly things like sewing and styling hair but i find him really fascinating (i really like weird guys BTW) hahaha! he actually reminds me of the boy in the movie Cloudy with a chance of meatballs with the hair and the way he invents things.

for me this book is like maybe retelling on how st.clair's handle his lovelife cause in the first book he had a girlfriend when he met Anna. maybe this book is like his POV in a way.

another thing i appreciate about this book is that it has it's own story... i guess this one is very original for me. call me hopeless romantic or anything but i find the whole book really nice although this story line of the book is nothing i have ever experienced. I feel like actually i am put in the shoes in the characters and maybe feel an emotional attachment to them also. and also the book doesn't focus only on the romantic stuff but also family bonds...

she'll make another book of the same genre. :D

And i hold my head high toward my big entrance, hand in hand with the boy who gave me the moon and the stars

Oct 17, 2011

Book Review: Half Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis Via Goodreads
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.
Book Title: Half Blood (Covenant,#1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
My Rating:

I think I am one of the very few people who gave this book a low rating, I am not saying that i gave it a low rating cause the story was bad. the thing is the story is actually good, the only thing that bothers me that this book is exactly the same replica of the book The Vampire Academy.
I pick this book up cause i have read the prequel of the book (Daimon) and i just happened to like the first one, so I was expecting something Original from this book and as all of you have known i am a HUGE fan of anything greek Mythology and I thought this book will just complied with my cravings for my longing for a good myth related YA book (since Percy Jackson i like my Favorite Myth related book).

so yeah, it turns out that this book disappointed me cause i was just so darn expecting this book to be original but it turns out nothing about this book is Original every single page is the exact same storyline of VA. the only missing character in this book is Lissa. a few reviewers said that if you like Vampire Academy you would like this book also but i just can bring myself to love this book cause maybe I am not that crazy about Vampire Academy, and maybe I just find Alex's character so darn annoying, Alex is actually the Rosa Hathaway in this story . but I guess the author made her too much Rose, she is such a BITCH! my,my even Bithchier than Rose, trust me.

If you like VA maybe you will love this one also. But this one just didn't work for me. I don't know if I'll read the next one. :|

Oct 5, 2011

Book Review: The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Synopsis from Goodreads

Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie is navigating through the strange worlds of love, drugs, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", and dealing with the loss of a good friend and his favorite aunt.

Book Title: The perks of being a Wall Flower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
My Rating:

Book Review

the reason i read this book cause it's been hanging out in mt TBR for a very long time and I heard Logan Lerman will play the main character of the Movie adaptation of this book and i gave this one a try.

i really don't know what to expect from the book , i have this feeling that it was going to be about a loner boy who has no friends and has a miserable life cause the book won't be titled as "Perks of being a Wallflower" if it isn't about that. so the first couple of pages is like a letter from a guy named Charlie, and at the beginning he always write the words "Dear Friend" so the book is like filled with Journal entries from Charlie and it is the compiled events of his life. The first couple of pages of the book i was actually dead bored i have been contemplating with myself if I should stop and just skip reading this particular book, but as it turns out i did manage to finish it, and i was really shock with it's content cause it actually contains some Taboo stuff that i never thought that will be the subject or will be discussed in this book.
like many sex scenes,using pot and smoking, abortion, and third sex relationship. in a way the book is an eye opener for teens cause maybe by this book you will be able to  face the reality, like how much we avoid this kind of subject it's always happening around you.

The characters were always nice , I appreciate it  that the author gets to have a variety of characters, and i guess every reader gets to empathize with each of them, cause they all posses this distinct personality and also have this problems that each of every normal teen faces everyday. as for the main character,Charlie. I can describe him as a very observant boy, who just looks at things and be able to analyze and read his friends or people around him (I guess that's why the book is called Perks of being a Wallflower) and due to being observant and empathizing with his peers he gets to be this kind of friend that lies just so he gets to please his friends and make them happy. in a way i can relate to charlie the most not just because he is the main character of the story but because of his personality, I guess I am like him in a way that I treat my friends and the way I think about them.

Overall: a very inspiring book, I gave it three stars cause i was like bored in the couple of pages, i do recommend it for ages 16 and up. must be really open minded enable to appreciate this book. :D

as I've said Logan Lerman will play the role of Charlie and to be totally and completely honest I don't know how will he play Charlie, cause i have this picture of Logan Lerman as this sweet kid and very wholesome, an Playing Percy in the Lightning Thief. I can't Imagine this role for him. hope he'll deliver it well :)

Oct 4, 2011

Book Review: Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman

When high school junior Natalie - or Dr. Aphrodite, as she calls herself when writing the relationship column for her school paper - is accused of knowing nothing about guys and giving girls bad relationship advice, she decides to investigate what guys really think and want. But the guys in her class won't give her straight or serious answers. The only solution? Disguising herself as a guy and spending a week at Underwood Academy, the private all-boy boarding school in town. There she learns a lot about guys and girls in ways she never expected - especially when she falls for her dreamy roommate, Emilio. How can she show him she likes him without blowing her cover?

Book Title: Babe in Boyland
Author: Jody Gehrman
Genre: Realistic Fiction,Young Adult, Romance
My Rating:

Book Review

Would you cross dress or change the way you look and live a week full of guys, just to know how guys think? to know their inner thoughts and get a private scoop of their daily lives?? If you will ask me, I am not actually that risky I am not that good with guys either so i might as well mess things up and blow my cover the second i step in their private domain.

But in this book we get to meet a very risky gal named Natalie, who would risk it all just to know how guys think and she gets to cross dress and pretend as a guy in a boy's school just to get to write a decent arcticle for her column, to whole thing sounds very familiar right? the book is exactly the same replica of the movie She's the man starring Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum.

at first i was a bit skeptical that the book won't be that exactly the same as the movie, but it turns out that it is, let me tell you the resemblance
1. cross dresser girl
2.girl get to fall in love with the roomate
3. bitchy gal who will blow her cover.

see?? while reading this I can't help but compare it to the movie she's the man , but i did enjoy reading this one, some parts were funny and some parts was just plain ole boring, this book has it's moments wherein i get to be excited to know what will happened but most of the time i get this feeling that i was in this state wherein i was really bored and i'll go like "OH MAN!! Nothing's new here!"

Babe in boyland is something you can read in just one sitting, cause everything is just so light and fluffy in the book, a very light read this book was, but i was just not that in to it, i do recommend it for girls, since it's a chcick lit book, and also a huge hard core fan of she's the man and Hanna Kimi... :D

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