Review: White Hot Kiss

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Title: White Hot Kiss

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre/s: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Pages: 388pages

 “I lost myself the moment I found you.

 

SYNOPSIS:

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

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Book Review: Dreamology

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Title: Dreamology

Author: Lucy Keating

Genre/s: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 329 pages

SYNOPSIS:

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

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Book Review: Step Back In Time

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Title: Step Back In Time

Author: Ali McNamara

Genre/s: Romance, Science Ficiton

Pages: 436pages

 “Sometimes we think we know what we want, but we don’t actually know what we need until we find it.

 

SYNOPSIS:

How many lifetimes would you travel to find a love that lasts for ever?

When single career girl Jo-Jo steps onto a zebra crossing and gets hit by a car, she awakes to find herself in 1964. The fashion, the music, her job, even her romantic life: everything is different. And then it happens three more times, and Jo-Jo finds herself living a completely new life in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. The only people she can rely on are Harry and Ellie, two companions from 2013, and George, the owner of a second-hand record store.

If she’s ever to return from her travels, Jo-Jo must work out why she’s jumping through time like this. And if she does make it back, will her old life ever be the same again?

MY THOUGHTS:

After a year of buying this, I finally read it. I bought this on the Book Depository’s Bargain shop for only $7 and when I saw the cover page, I was immediately hooked! That “How many lifetimes would you travel to find a love that lasts for ever?” made me add this book at my cart and checkout as soon as possible. With the title itself, I knew it has a touch of time travel and I haven’t read any time travel books so this would be the first one.

I was really curious about the time travel thing since I haven’t read any book about that topic. This book opened my eyes to time travel and I love it. I love how Jo-Jo travels from decades to decades. With different decades comes different whole new world, the fashion, the trends, the music and more. Hands down to Ali McNamara for perfectly showing us how each decade looks like, I mean I can imagine perfectly each decade, and feels like I was there too.

And The Beatles was mentioned a lot of times, and another band Take That, bands that were really popular in their time. I never heard any songs from The Beatles, but because of this book I will try to listen to them. This book is not just about traveling through time just because Jo-Jo wants to, but because she needs to find and realize about some things that will help Jo-Jo with her future life.

If I could just travel through time, I would. If you guys want to read some fun and feel-good comedy of time travel and romance, then I suggest you definitely read this book.

 

Rating:  ★★★★★

Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2016

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May passed by quickly and with reality interfering, I managed to read 5 books:

The Crown – Last book from my favorite series, The Selection. My ship didn’t sail at all and I’m very disappointed. Read my full review here. Rating: ★★★

Our Demons, Best Friends – This was given to me in exchange for an honest review. I love how this book let us take a look of a resident’s life in the hospital. Read my full review here. Rating: ★★★★

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Book Haul: May 2016

Hello loves! I know I haven’t been active lately here on my blog, and I’m really sorry for that. To make it up to you guys, I decided to upload my monthly hauls and wrap-ups. I’m still brainstorming some ideas on how I can be active in this blog.

My haul for May 2016:

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Yes, I only got 5 books this month. 2 of which I’d already read, while the remaining three, which is the The Dark Elements trilogy, I haven’t read yet. Read each synopsis below (c/o Goodreads).

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Book Review: Our Demons, Best Friends

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Title: Our Demons, Best Friends

Author: Diana T. Scott

Genre/s: Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 326pages

Buy: Amazon || Book Depository

 

You represented everything I could ever want and the one thing I was most terrified to ask for.

SYNOPSIS:

Ava and Sebastian are two medical residents who in a perfect world, would really like each other. But both of them are closely watched by their demons. Their baggage is not light – Ava has hers carefully folded in vacuum bags to occupy as little room as possible; Sebastian wears his like a lead armor that makes him slouch sometimes. They like each other, but how are their demons going to get along?

MY THOUGHTS:

Both Ava and Sebastian are in the same boat. They have loved ones who passed away years ago, and it’s hunting them, they can’t move on, they can’t let go of the past making them unhappy. Until Ava interns in the hospital where Sebastian goes as well. Having some common friends, they sometimes eat together as a group and as passed times by, Ava falls in love with Sebastian not knowing at first that Sebastian feels the same way. Hurdles come in their way, thinking that they are not good for each other, but at the end, they both realized that they make each other happy and they finally let go of their past and just enjoying their present life.

Our Demons, Best Friends was the first book I read by the author. I love her writing style, everything is so detailed. Fast paced that can be read in one sitting. This book is not just about love, but rather life in general, focusing on how to move on and let go of the past after the death of a love one. When one of our loved one dies, that doesn’t mean that we can’t be happy anymore, life is so much bigger than we could think of, we just need to accept the fact that they are gone physically but will always remain in our hearts forever.

One thing that I love about this book is it shows us a peek of an intern’s daily life inside the hospital, how hard their life in the hospital can be, sleepless nights and chaotic shifts. The things that these interns do for the love of their job. Another thing that I love is the group of friends of Ava, because they are the sweetest! Plus, the part when they all move in one apartment, how cool could that be? I would love to have some company like that in the future.

If you guys love some fast-paced read, then you should definitely pick this one up. I really enjoyed reading this one and hopefully I could read some books by Diana T Scott again.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Book Review: The Crown

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Title: The Crown

Author: Kiera Cass

Genre/s: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopia

Pages: 279 pages

 “You have to embrace the idea of imperfection, even if the thing that is most perfect for you.

 

SYNOPSIS:

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

MY THOUGHTS:

As a Huge Fan of The Selection series, The Crown was one of my most anticipated releases this year, since my favorite series is about to end. I was really expecting something, but then I just got disappointed. It was so fast paced that you can read it in one sitting. It felt like everything was so rushed to meet the ending. No offense meant, but I guess the series should’ve just ended with The One.

My ship didn’t sail, to think that it was supposed to be him, Kile. He had been there from the very beginning, they’ve known each other since childhood, they have this perfect chemistry. Then one day Eadlyn just fall for Erik and then they were soul mates. He doesn’t really become a competitor until about the last 1/4 of the book because he wasn’t supposed in the competition, he’s just the translator.  Maybe Kiera has her reasons why it ended up that way.

Anyway, what I like about this book was the character growth of Eadlyn, she handled her people the way she must when she became the queen, she was not that spoiled brat girl anymore, she made choices for the common good of their people. I also love the part when Ahren FINALLY came back even though just for a little while. Also, when Josie finally realizes that it takes a lot of effort to become a Princess or a Queen, not just what she imagined, sitting pretty there and telling people what to do. What I love the most was Maxon and America, they showed us what true love is, and even though they are parents already, it still exists.

I will surely miss this series and all the characters. I will always have an attachment to the first three books of The Selection. This series just proved that love is imperfect but it’s us who make it beautiful. Let me cry in the corner and reminisce all the good parts that happened in the story.

Thank you Kiera for sharing us the wonderful world of The Selection. I definitely can’t wait to read her next books since she’s on my auto-buy author list.

 

Rating: 3/5

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Book Review: Everything Between Us

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Title: Everything Between Us

Author: Mila Ferrera

Genre/s: New Adult, Romance

Pages: 261pages

 

I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.

 

SYNOPSIS:

Daniel’s got everything figured out. He makes a good living as an artist … mostly through offering “private shows” to the wives of local wealthy businessmen. He never stops playing the game and never lets anyone touch his heart. But when his current fling offers him a few hundred an hour for art lessons for her reclusive, college-dropout daughter, Daniel finds himself forgetting his own rules. The girl is rude. Insulting. Incredible.

And she sees straight through him.

Stella is hiding from the world, not because she wants to, but because crippling panic attacks await her every time she tries to live a normal life. She’s determined to push everyone–including her handsome new art teacher—away. But Daniel makes it utterly impossible. The guy is irritating. Mocking. Magnetic.

And makes her want things she knows she can never have.

What starts as a battle of wills turns into passion, where giving in means facing the things that scare them most.

MY THOUGHTS:

Stella is forced to leave her Ivy League school due to frequent panic attacks, she’s now home and suffering from agoraphobia. Her self-centered mother is sleeping with an adorable artist from the local co-op. When Stella’s mother hires Caleb to give Stella art lessons, our story begins to unfold. While Daniel’s the eternal joker. The buddy. The cutup. The womanizer. He doesn’t take life too seriously and he keeps himself protected behind this happy exterior. Hiding in plain site is working for him.

I loved the way Daniel and Stella help each other come alive. Stella desperately wants to have a normal life with Daniel and this propels her to work towards healing her anxiety and finding a way to cope. I really enjoyed the interactions between Stella and Daniel. It wasn’t love at first sight and I loved that she didn’t easily fall for his charm and act. It was really fun to see him thrown off guard by Stella and try to figure her out.

It is an emotional read that was both heartwarming and heartbreaking as it deals with a sensitive issue. After reading the first few chapters I definitely intrigued and wanted to read more. What started out as a business arrangement, ends up being a lot more personal and as Stella and Daniel’s friendship develop, and then grows into something much more for both Stella and Daniel.

 

Rating: 4/5+

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Book Review: The Raven Boys

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Title: The Raven Boys

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Genre/s: Fantasy, Young Adult

Pages: 416 pages

 

 “She wasn’t interested in telling other people’s futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.

 

SYNOPSIS:

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

MY THOUGHTS:

My only problem is that it feels like something is missing. When I finished the book, I felt like things were only just getting started. Which, of course, they are in the terms of the overall story. But the novel itself felt unfinished. It spent a lot of time in the beginning allowing us to get comfortable with the characters and preparing us for the next books that by the time the story started getting really good and I wanted more, it just ended.

I loved pretty much all of the characters since they all bring something to the table. Gansey, the driven and motivated leader of the group, who has only one purpose, to follow an old myth about a sleeping king named Glendower and wake him up. Noah’s entire storyline is outstanding, very well written and executed. Ronan’s sharp tone along with his dark and mysterious personality made for a great character. And as for Adam, I appreciated his drive, his determination to excel and achieve everything the other raven boys have had given to them on a silver platter. Each of them were amazing. Blue is probably my favorite, though. She’s equal parts humorous, intriguing, unique and refreshing. The adoration Blue has for her family and the life they live is both wonderful and comforting.

The Raven Boys left me want for more and I cannot wait to start the second book The Dream Thieves, especially after the last line. I’m hopeful that the series will only improve with each book.

 

Rating: 4/5+

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Book Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After

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Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Genre/s: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Pages: 339 pages

 “There’s no story,’ I say. ‘I saw you one day, and I just knew.

SYNOPSIS:

Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

MY THOUGHTS:

This was one of my most anticipated reads since this is the last book in the trilogy and I loved the other two. Isla and the Happily Ever After is my second favorite book in the trilogy. Nothing can beat Anna and the French Kiss, honestly. It’s heart-throbbing, devastating, hurtful (not just for the characters, I assure you) and yet it’s romantic, beautiful, amazing, unexplainably heartwarming and captivating.

The only problem I had in this book was the beginning of the novel. I thought Isla and Josh’s relationship happened way too quickly. But I’m glad they realized their true intentions in the beginning of their relationship though. Isla and Josh really did make the most beautiful couple.

The description of numerous European cities and landscape were amazingly written. They made me want to hop on a plane to see them myself. Perkins knows how to build up an atmosphere. I just recently added those cities in my travel bucket list and hopefully visit them in the future.

The bookends in this series are definitely the best ones. It was a really good ending where you got to see all the couples and how they are now, even if it was only for some pages. If you like romance and beautiful settings, I highly recommend these books. They are amazingly cute and fluffy for those days when you need a pick-me-up.

 

Rating: 5/5+

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