Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Review: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Book Title: Into the Still Blue
Author: Veronica Rossi
Genre(s): YA, Dystopia, Post-apocalyptic 
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Source: ARC from publisher, Thank you Harper Collins!
Rating: 5/5 stars!
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The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do—and they are just as determined to stay together.

Within the confines of a cave they're using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission. Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival--he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her earth-shattering Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

No doubt, this is one of my favorite trilogies out there! Into the Still blue, being the last book in the Under the Never Sky trilogy, was a satisfying end. I guarantee that this will put you in a state of awe, cause that's what happened to me. There were bumpy rides along the way but in the end it was what I was hoping for.

Perry, Aria and their people were faced by the ongoing storm that gets worse every now and then. And the search for the Still Blue, a place where the sky is clear and no Aether storm strikes, was never been desperate until now. But they need Cinder to find it. Perry and the group rescued Cinder from Hess and Sable. Unfortunately, it didn't end the way they planned.  Perry had no choice but to deal with Sable. He was up for a serious bargain with him to make Cinder and his people safe and to get them to the Still Blue.  

In the first two books, I've seen Perry as a leader and admired him for his dedication despite the challenge. It was fantastic to see more of him in this book, he wasn't merely a leader for a cause. He treated each of his people with respect and responsibility. He felt that he was accountable for their safety and that's why he acted upon it. Although, at first he didn't know what to do with the Dwellers they rescued, perhaps he thought of them with contempt due to the feud between them. But things have changed and he knew they were a part of his tribe now.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

(BLOG TOUR) Review: Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

Book Title: Branded (Sinners #1)
Author: Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki
Genre(s): YA, Dystopia, 
Publication Date:  February 18, 2014
Source: review copy from blog tour
Rating: 5/5 shiny stars!
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Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best. 
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home. 

Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain. 

Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.

The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me. 
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter. 
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

**My review is a bit late due to school and exams. So sorry for the delay!

Branded is one of those books that deserves a spotlight. This needs more hype than it usually gets! It was that good, alright?! After reading the synopsis, I knew that I'll love it. And what was more surprising? When I was reading it, I loved it even more. 

Right off the bat I was welcomed with a dark atmosphere, a girl on the verge of killing herself... and from that time on I was hooked and I knew I was up for a great dystopian read. And friends, all I can say is READ IT cause you would be mind-blown.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #12

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book blog feature hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews.  It gives book bloggers the opportunity to share the books we get each week with other bloggers, and our followers. 

Hi there! It's been a while since I showcased the books that I got. I blame *coughs.. the typhoon. So this will be a long list of books that I bought and received for review for the past few months.

For review:

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Book Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, YA
Publisher: March 14, 2006
Publication Date:  Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: bought
Rating: 5/5 stars!
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The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that will be in movie theaters on November 15, 2013, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

I tried reading this book a few years ago, when I was still in High School, and honestly it didn't go well. After a hundred pages in, I gave up. It was boring and not the type of read I’m ready to dive into. Hearing the movie came out last year, my interest in reading perked up and I read it. Surprisingly, I finished it this time around! And I'm super glad I did cause it was beautiful!

Set in World War II, The Book Thief follows Lesiel Meminger’s journey in finding a new home. After the death of her brother, her mother gave her away to a different family- The Hubermanns. There she found comfort and love. But her story doesn't end there. Leisel's trust, love and friendship was tested when a Jewish fist-fighter forms part of her life. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Review: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinny

Book Title: Not a Drop to Drink
Author: Mindy McGinny
Genre(s): YA, Dystopia, Post-apocalyptic 
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date:  September 24, 2013
Source: Finished copy from the publisher, Thank you!
Rating: 3/5 stars!
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Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. 

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.


Not a drop to drink is one of my anticipated books last year. The dark, wicked and dangerous synopsis sold me. It was right up my alley, so I was so giddy when I received a package from Harper Collins, containing this lovely book! Thank you so much! 

When you're living in a world where water is scarce, you would do anything to conserve what is left of it. Lynn and her mother have been protecting their pond from coyotes, people who sought a drink and other dangers. The pond is the only source of water that kept them alive for years and that's why they're left with no choice but to kill those who trespasses their property or they'll die.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Book Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date:  September 10, 2013
Source: bought (ebook)
Rating: 5/5 stars!
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Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Note: This review may contain spoilers!

It’s an understatement to say that Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is the best book I read last year. I devoured this book lavishly. It’s fast-paced, super cute, relatable and has adorable romance. The feels in this book is unbearable! After I read it, I can’t stop thinking about it for days! It had a huge impact on my being. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

[ARC] Review: The Third by Zhu Hsia

Book Title: The Third
Author: Zhu Hsia
Genre(s): YA, Romance, Paranormal
Publisher: KONG Publishing House
Publication Date: March 21, 2014
Source: eARC from publisher, Thank you!
Rating: 3/5 stars!
Ji Sun, heir to the powerful Lee clan of bloodsuckers brings disgrace to her kind by not only mixing with humans, but leaving the clan to marry one, and she is banished for ever from her family.

After five years, Ji Sun’s happiness is threatened. For although she has no intention of returning to her life as a bloodsucker, she has not yet renounced her inheritance, for to do so is to risk stigmatization and a much shortened life. However, Mun Oh, her younger brother, now fifteen years old and already a formidable bloodsucker, is ordered by his parents to visit his sister and demand that she goes through the Ritual of Renunciation in his favor.

But the spoiled and capricious Mun Oh, accustomed to getting his own way the minute he wants something, and his teeth into any human he fancies, encounters more obstacles than he bargains for, especially from Ji Sun’s troubled and troublesome step-daughter Hyeon Jin, the unpopular school bully.

Hyeon Jin hates Mun Oh and would get rid of him at all costs if she could. When Hyeon Jin discovers Mun Oh’s secret, she thinks she has found the perfect weapon. Mun Oh, however, detects certain weaknesses under Hyeon Jin’s hard exterior and plays on them ruthlessly. And it seems for while, that he has the upper hand . . . But then the trouble-making bloodsucker Han Kyung makes his appearance. He is jealous of the handsome Mun Oh, and would do anything to reduce him in the eyes of the clan.

Events start to spiral out of control. Hyeon Jin discovers what it is like to be on the receiving end of hurtful behavior, and as Mun Oh gets more and more attracted by the human world, he soon transgresses the strict rules of the bloodsucking clan. He is to learn the secret of the Rule of Thirds the hard way. But Will he have to pay the heavy price for his disobedience?

It is down to Ji Sun to find a solution. She has to make a choice. But will she have to sacrifice her happiness and that of her beloved husband and step-daughter to do so?

I read this book for the sole reason that it is a Korean based novel. And as a person who admires Korean telenovelas, it was hard to resist! I knew I was up for a sweet, cute and clean romance so I immediately picked it up.

The Third follows a prominent bloodsucker, Lee Mun Oh and his quest in acquiring the throne of their clan by asking his sister to renounce the position. During his stay in his sister’s house he met a girl, Hyeon Jin, who became his adversary. They always fight even in smallest of things. But when Mun Oh saw a different side of Hyeon Jin, he had a change of heart. And having this feeling would either make Hyeon Jin his Third or the end of the great Mun Oh.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review: How to Love by Katie Catugno

Book Title: How to Love
Author: Katie Catugno
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date:  October 13, 2013
Source: ARC from publisher, Thank you!
Rating: 3.5/ 5 stars
Get a copy: Amazon | Barnes and Noble 
Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he's never seemed to notice that Reena even exists until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated-and pregnant-Reena behind. 

After: Almost three years have passed, and there's a new love in Reena's life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena's gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she's finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn't want anything to do with him, though she'd be lying if she said Sawyer's being back wasn't stirring something in her. After everything that's happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

Reena was abandoned by her boyfriend without knowing he got her pregnant. And having religious parents make things worse as it already is. Her parents gave her a hard time. Ever since then, she struggles from acceptance of her family. 

Years have passed, and now shes used to their treatment to her and her situation. She thought of pulling things off but it went the wrong way. When Sawyer, her boyfriend, came back everything falls unexpectedly.

I had mixed feelings with How to LoveI wasn't fully invested into the story, not even with the characters.