Friday, 21 March 2014

Review: Drawn

Drawn/ Cecilia Grey

Have you ever felt like a book can't disappoint you, with a gripping beginning, interesting plot and cool powers?
I also though that this book is going to blow me away, that it would remind me of the FBI series I like so much. It wasn't my cup of coffee.

Sasha has a very unique power- all people around her say out loud their deepest, darkest secrets without meaning to.
Being abandoned by her parents, moving from one family to another, until she is found by the CIA.
Given a new hope and life, Sasha is now on a journey to solve mysteries all over the globe.

Sasha was a very basic character, that the only thing going for her was her power, which was nice and unique and in my opinion, and could be perfect for working with the CIA.

But I also felt she was a bit too demanding and bratty for an orphan. An orphan would be grateful for anything they get, but Sasha was whining a lot about having to go to Europe.

I liked how the backstory is shown by little comic pages in the beginning of each chapter. Still, it didn't help as we go twenty-five percent into the book, and nothing happens.

This book had a lot of potential, but it wasn't fulfilled until the end.


-Comic Pages

-No progress with the story

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Mini Review: Elemental (Elementals, #0.5)

Elemental {Elementals, #0.5}/ Brigid Kemmerer

I wanted to find out if I would read the elemental series, as there are many mixed reviews, and test the waters with this novella.
Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it much.

"As an air Elemental, 17-year-old Emily Morgan doesn’t have much power. That’s okay—she knows what happens to kids who do.
Like Michael Merrick. He’s an earth Elemental, one with enough power to level cities. Which makes him sexy, dangerous, and completely off limits. At least according to Emily’s family.
But her summer job puts her in close contact with Michael, and neither of them can help the attraction they feel. When forces of nature like theirs collide, one misstep could get someone killed. Because Emily’s family doesn’t just want her to stay away from him.
They want him dead." from GoodReads

Both main characters don't have much structure, the plot was really 'forbidden romance category's cliche and the writing wasn't gripping. 

Emily was really spineless, saying sorry to a man who was a jerk to her, and Michael was a heartless douche. Their romance didn't have sparks or chemistry at all, we just have to assume they're oh-so-meant-to-be-together. I didn't feel for any of the characters, and apparently Chris is supposed to be the main male in the series, so I don't think that I can read when I don't care for any of the characters.


-favorite type of cliche


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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

TTT[1]: Top Ten Books On My Spring 2014 TBR List

Now that spring's around the corner, we all set a certain TBR list of books we need to read before the season ends.

Today, I will be sharing with you my top picks for my Spring TBR! (*≧▽≦)

10. Glass Houses
Book One in the Morganville Vampires series (complete/15 books)
by Rachel Caine

I've been longing to read this series since middle grade because one of my friends.

This book is very nice and doesn't go by the way of Twilight (the road most traveled by).

I had it on my kindle for a while, and I hope to continue it, because my bookclub might have a read-a-long for it ^-^

9. Born at Midnight
Book One in the Shadow Falls series (complete/5 books)
by C. C. Hunter

A camp full of paranormal creatures? Sign me up!

I am aware this series is not the best paranormal thing in literature, but I hope it will be a fun adventure.

Also, the sequel series has started, so I need to catch up on it ASAP

8. The Summoning
Book One in the Darkest Powers Trilogy (complete/3 books)
by Kelley Armstrong

I must say, I never found a werewolf book that I actually enjoyed reading it, so when I got recommended by a friend that this is one of the best werewolves books of all times, I had to try and read it.

But this book is starting to get covered in dust, so I must say, it about time to get started on the trilogy.

7. Emerald Green
Book Three in the Precious Stones Trilogy (complete/3 books)
by Kerstin Gier

I enjoyed very much the first two books in the trilogy.

The time travel was so much fun and Gwenth was a cool, believable character. Unlike most characters in fiction, she tries to make sense of the magic around her and doesn't go like 'Oh, magic exists. I need to except it.' There were even moments that made me giggle while reading.

If you haven't started the trilogy, what are you doing?

6. The Knife of Never Letting Go
Book One in the Chaos Walking Trilogy (complete/3 books)
by Patrick Ness

If you have been around the bookworm community on the internet for a while, you must have heard of this Science Fiction trilogy.

I was curious about the idea of this novel: a world where all women and half of the men have died because of some apocalypse, that also made everyone hear each others inner thoughs; aka 'The Noise'.

My only problem with reading this novel goes with its size: it's huge. At least for me. Big books make me scared and I feel sometimes like I want the book to be done midway because I like to have my books read in less than a millenium.

Fortunately, I'm more into sci-fi now, which I will explain through my next pick.

5. Cress
Book Three in The Lunar Chronicles (incomplete/3 out of 4 books)
By Marrisa Meyer

Lately, I fell in love with The Lunar Chronicles. Every single book, every single novella I've read, I loved them so much that I can't get enough of this characters.

I hope to get to Cinder before the summer so I can make a special 'Lunar Week'- an entire week, when I post one review every day for the series (including novellas).

4. The Hunger Games
Book One in The Hunger Games Trilogy (complete/3 books)
by Suzanne Collins

Everyone and their mother has read this trilogy and raved so much about it that God-knows-what just happened to the world of literature, some big change... Scratch that, this trilogy made every single book on the YA market part of some trilogy! Like we didn't have enough of those in the nineties with L. J. Smith!

In all honor, I must read it before the third movie comes out who-knows-when.

May the odds be in my favor.

3. Born Wicked
Book One in The Cahill Witch Chronicles (incomplete/2 out of 3 books)
by Jessica Spotswood

I always wanted to try out a YA witch book, because I've been getting so many recommendations from Benjaminoftomes' channel on YT.

This book sounds like a coll adventure, where family does matter, because in so many books, the family is forgotten and nearly non-existing.

And look at this cover! It's such a shame that they did a cover change for the trilogy.

At least the Hebrew version continues to make matching covers

2. Frostbite
Book Two in the Vampire Academy Series (complete/6 books)
by Michelle Mead

I've been longing to read this series for so long, I barely remember when I first tried to read it.

Unfortunately, I'm trying to get my way through, but this book is slow in it's beginning. I might listen to an audio-book to progress better.

1. Echo
Book Two in The Soul Seekers quartet (complete/4 books)
by Alyson Noel

Since I've read Fated, I wanted to continue the series so badly because I finally found a book by miss Noel that I liked. The idea of Native-American mythology is something pretty fresh and Noel gets out of her bubble and makes better characters and plotlines.

Now that I bought it, you might see a review of it veeeeery soon ;]

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Update: 2k Visitors, 50+ Posts, NetGalley and Book Buying Ban

I must say, I'm impressed how much the blog is still growing even though I pretty much left it on the side of the road. But let's celebrate that we reached a milestone!
Because not everyday you realize you have a blog with more than fifty posts and only two, fabulous followers.

  • Also, if you noticed lately, I've been reviewing many ARCs that I got from NetGalley. Right now, i have eighty-six (86) books to review and I'm behind on so many reviews. You will see a lot of them popping up from nowhere.

{I'm currently writing reviews for Drawn by Cecilia Grey and The Adventures of Jillian Spectre by Nic Tatano. I hope I'll get to review them in the next few days}

  • And like many book reviewers/booktubers, I'm going to be on a book buying ban. I will buy three more books and then, I won't buy books at all. Until when? When I got only five (5) books on my shelf that I haven't read.
    Don't worry, I got only twenty-five (25) books unread, so it's going to be nice and smooth(*´▽`*) 
I hope to meet more of you guys, and I hope we'll have a lot of good laughs and tears of happiness (or feels). Comment down bellow what kind of content do you want more!

Coming up:
  • Top Ten Tuesday is coming to the hood and I'm proud to pronounce that this would be one of my challenges for will power and schedule on work, so it will be easier for me when I graduate college and get a job.
  • I might review soon more Alyson Noel novels because those are my most popular reviews ever (next to the Vampire Kisses series).

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Review: Mafia Girl

Mafia Girl/ Deborah Blumenthal

Fun fact- I wrote once a novel with the same name.
I don't know if that means this title is not very smart, or me and the author share the same mind. It was the first option.

Gia has it all- only because her father has no boss; he's the boss and will all those riches, her family tries to be a normal, cultural Italian family. How can mobsters fit in a normal high school life? How come Gia is both most loved and most hated in this weird Manhattan high school?

What's in a name? The name of the book gives us all we need to know: Gia is female and has connections with the mafia. But I feel like a novel with a semi-mature look on the subject of crime organizations, I think the title could take itself more seriously.

I really didn't enjoy Gia. She couldn't shut her mouth when necessary, she flirts with a cop that cough her in a stolen car with underage drunk driver and makes fun of her friend who reads on his kindle all the time. The irony is, those who review this ARC, most likely to be reading this on their kindle.

She also slut-shames around her classmates, calling them 'spoiled, stuck up bitches'. Oh, so the beginning where you said your name was pretty much your credit card, wasn't stuck up?

Also, I didn't really feel like Gia's family was really Italian-like. She describes her family so hardcore Italians, but they speak just like any other American. I though it would be okay to have a family who tries to blend in, but believe me, you blend in as well as a green horse on the streets of New York.

Overall, I barely read ten percent of this book. Maybe I'm a black ship who didn't enjoy the book, but it isn't my cup of tea.


This eBook copy was provided by NetGalley, in exchange for a honest review.

Review: The Summer I Found You

The Summer I Found You/ Jolene Perry

Look at the cover. Look at the title. Look at description.
This book sounds like the perfect romantic read?
Not necessary.

Kate and Aidan are both tragedy victims- she has a high-level diabetes, he lost an arm, and a friend.
Each is searching their escape from the situation, until they understand that there's no escape from reality.

At first, I though that Kate breaking up with Sheldon was something to increase the loneliness in her heart. I didn't feel like she really was concerned about the breakup, but was more inforced in slut-shaming his new girlfriend.

I find slut-shaming (calling a girl a slut and giving her stereotypes by how she looks) very insulting and a bad trait that I wish heroines in the YA fiction didn't have so often. It's like making your main character racist (which is taboo in our time), and judge a person by their skin color. Of course, slut shaming can be also seen a way of bullying in school and young people actually suffer from how society sees them. I don't say that every girl needs to dress provocative and everybody be okay with that, but some girls feel confident about their body, which is not always a bad thing.

After being introduced to Kate and her best friend Jen (which I was rolling my eyes at, because she was there all the time just to be the-best-friend-who-knows-everything-but-has-no-personality), we meet Aidan.

At the beginning I though, "oh, so now we have another lost soul... wow." But I was surprised how well his pain was expressed! How he lost his arm during battle, how he watched his friend die and how he needs now to live with invalidity and grief.

 And actually, the first time they met felt like a really natural way to know new people: having mutual friends/family members. I actually though it was charming how Kate was all goofy around Aidan, and they found someone who listened to them, like they were made for each other.

The romance in the rest of the book wasn't strong and all the minor characters were so supporting with this pairing. Not even one person opposed that relationship, which looked really unrealistic to me.

Talking about the main characters, I wish they had a stronger role in this book, but I can't get everything.

Overall, I think I would enjoy The Summer I Found You more if it had a stronger build romance, bold characters and a bit more focus on the tragedies. This book wasn't bad, but it wasn't the best.


This eBook copy was provided by NetGalley, in exchange for a honest review.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

2014 Challenges: March

So, being easy on myself, I present to you a shorter version of my previous challenges. Kinda.

1#- Read a book chosen for you by a stranger
Delirium {Delirium, #1} by Lauren Oliver

2#- Read two (2) sequels to series you've already started
Sapphire Blue {Precious Stones Trilogy, #2} by kerstin Gier
The Evolution of Mara Dyer {Mara Dyer, #2} by Michelle Hodkin

3#-Chose a random book from your TBR
The Book of Blood & Shadow by Robin Wasserman