Sunday, December 8, 2013

In the After by Demitria Lunetta Review

Title: In the After
Author: Demitria Lunetta
Published: June 25th 2013

Goodreads synopsis:

They hear the most silent of footsteps.
They are faster than anything you've ever seen.
And They won't stop chasing you...until you are dead.

Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape—and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in the chaos. Marooned in Amy’s house, the girls do everything they can to survive—and avoid Them at all costs.

After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she’ll lose Baby—and much more.

My thoughts:

In the After is really fun to read. I love Demitria Lunetta's writing. There is something about it that's raw and enticing. I love Amy's and Baby's relationship. Amy save Baby as a toddler and raise her for years. It's almost like a mother and daughter relationship. The first part of the book was fantastic and the rest of the story is just amazing. I really enjoy the post apocalyptic setting where humans are being killed by crazy aliens and the girls have to live in the world by making as little sound as she can because the aliens will attack you if they hear them make the slightest sound. It's like a zombie movie but replace the zombies with aliens. There's also a growth in Amy's character from a vulnerable teenage girl to a tough butt kicking heroine. She's trying to live her life the best she can with Baby and they would go and salvage any food that's left in the desolated world.

Another cool thing is that the girls are able to communicate to each other through sign language. They were able to adapt to what's left of the world and live on. And then not so good stuff happens that will take them leave their comfort zone. I don't want to spoil the story but a lot of crazy things happen. We'll get to see if Amy's parents are alive or not. We'll get to find out where the aliens came from and why are they killing people and the society that's left after the alien invasion. This series is a duology so there's one more book that will tie up the story together. I'd definitely recommend In the After for people who wanted to read a sci-fi book about surviving post alien invasion world that is griping, fun, and fast pace.

Updates..So What Happened Last Month?


Hi everyone. How are you? It’s a few weeks before Christmas. I think 2013 is just going by so fast. November was a busy month for me. Once again I was having a difficulty finishing NaNoWriMo. I was unable to achieve my NaNoWriMo challenge this year T0T but I learned a lot from it. It’s really hard to write a 50,000 words novel in a month. The story I wanted to write ended up changing each week and the genre I chose to write about got shifted from contemporary YA to sci-fi YA unconsciously >o<. Therefore, I’ll keep the draft I’ve written and work on it in the future. The second and third week was hard because I couldn’t come up with any good ideas. This means I need to read more books and watch more films to get more inspiration. Maybe when I get some editing done, I’ll post a few chapters up for you all to read. Reading-wise.. I finished one book and I started three more. I have that habit of reading multiple books at the same time, which is not good at all. A few reviews will be posted up this month so be sure to look out for them. I also went to watch The Hunger Games: Catching Fire last weekend and the movie was awesome. I love the casts and the story. It was just so good. There were some teary moments for me during the Victory Tour. I did finish reading Catching Fire earlier this year so now I really want to finish reading Mockingjay to see how it all ends.

On other note, I'm planing to finish Insurgent soon since Allegiant came out and I also want to know how it ends. In addition, I got my hands on two novellas: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi and No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige. I’m halfway through both of the novella so their review will pop up in the near future.

Lastly, a lot of my reading time this month got spent on reading lots of manga. I finish reading the last few volumes of Air Gear by Oh Great! which I adored. It's so much fun. I also caught up to Magi:Labyrinthe of Magic. This has become another of my favorite manga. I can talk all day about manga but these were two of the favorite manga I read last month.

If you would like to read more posts about anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture, please feel free to check out my other blog called Inside the Shell. Check it out --> here

I'd totally love to post manga reviews on this blog too but it goes along better with the Inside the Shell blog.

That's it for now and have a happy holidays. Happy Reading.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga Review

Title: I Hunt Killers
Author: Barry Lyga
Published: April 3rd 2012

Synopsis from Goodreads:

What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?

Jasper "Jazz" Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal's point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

My thoughts:

This book is awesome. I really love how Barry Lyga made Jazz's character on the borderline of good and evil. Jazz had an identity crisis and tries really hard to not be like his father, a serial killer. His best friend, Howie, is funny and a hemophiliac who gets to tag along in Jazz's crazy adventure. His girlfriend Connie is a strong female character that complement Jazz really well. The story has Jazz and Howie investigate series of death that is similar to Jazz's father's killings. People close to him are being targeted and the police wouldn't pay attention to Jazz's theory of a copycat killer. Then later the police was able to get him involve and that's where more fun begins. I enjoy the stories and I had a hunch of who the killer was. I'd definitely recommend this book to people who like murder mystery. There may be a few gruesome scenes but not too gory. It's always nice to have a protagonist who is in the grey area between good and evil. Be warn that the end of I Hunt Killers will leave you wanting to find out what happens next. I'd definitely continue reading this series.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013

National Novel Writing Month is in November. Yep. I'm gonna try writing a novel in 30 days again this year.

Last year was an epic fail for me because I had midterm + school + work. I think I only wrote 3000 words ...T0T... This year, I have a bit more time and I still work. I know rushing a novel in a month is not gonna be perfect. I'll most likely have to edit it like crazy later. At least whatever I come up with will give me some ideas and more focus on the type of stories I have in mind. I wanted to incorporate them to possibly a visual novel, a manga, or maybe movie script. We'll find out once I finish. It'll fun creating the novel but it can be a pain to have a good middle and finding the right ending for it. Therefore, I won't have as many book reviews up this month. No fear though. I have a few back up book reviews to finish up so keep a look out for them k.

If you are up to writing 50,000 words novel in 30 days, check out the NaNoWriMo 2013 website.

Check it out here

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins Review

Title: Spell Bound
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Published: March 13th 2012

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Hailed as “impossible to put down,” the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted.

Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?

My thoughts:

I was smiling when I finished reading this book. Hex Hall was a great series to read. Spell Bound provided closure to all the questions I had in the previous books. Sophie evolve into a mature character but still with a little bit of her sarcastic remarks left. Also more back story of her mother was reveal in this book and more information about her love interest Archer Cross too. The identities of the Bannicks were reveal. They were not as Amazonian warrior like I thought they would be.

The love triangle in this story was nicely balance and not overwhelming. Sophie was wavering between Archer and Cal but she did decide on who she wanted to be with at the end..>o<.. Although I like the final battle with the baddies but it was kind of quick. It'd be awesome if it was extended. Sophie had to make a surprising decision at the end that can change her life too. Overall, Spell Bound was entertaining and provide a good ending to the series. I'll definitely check out other works by Rachel Hawkins.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins Review

Title: Demon Glass (Hex Hall book #2)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Published: March 22nd 2011

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch. That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (a.k.a. witches, shape-shifters, and faeries). But then she discovered the family secret, and the fact that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

Turns out, Sophie's a demon, one of only two in the world-the other being her father. What's worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will either destroy her powers for good-or kill her.

But once Sophie arrives, she makes a shocking discovery. Her new housemates? They're demons too. Meaning, someone is raising demons in secret, with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they're using Archer to do it. But it's not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

My Thoughts:

Demonglass was pretty good. I was hoping for a funny and quirky story because of Sophie's sarcasm in Hex Hall. It was funny but I think she was a bit too snarky in this one. In Demonglass, Sophie was trying to find way to remove her demon power but there's a price for it. She got to travel to England for the summer with her BFF Jenna and Cal(who will play an important role in her life) to be with her father + meet the council. There were two demon teens Nick and Daisy introduce in this book who will help her learn to be a demon. There was a bit of bonding moments between her and her father too.

With the second book came a love triangle. While Archer, her crush(worst enemy), was on the run, another man came into her life. Sophie had to figure out what type of relationship she'll have with Cal. I was really glad there wasn't too much teen angst in this book. The only hard part was that Cal was such a nice person too. In addition, there was more back story of how demon were made and some dangerous grimoire that had been locked up in the library. There were twist and turn which keep you guessing who is good and who is evil. Overall, a great continuation for the Hex Hall series.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner Review

Title: The Eye of Minds
Author: James Dashner
Published: October 8th 2013

Goodreads synopsis:

An all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure from James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.

Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.

The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker.
And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team.
But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.

My Thoughts:

This book is a quick read for me. It's engaging and the I love the idea of going into a MMORPG and having to face an enemy that could leave you dying in the real world. I've read a few books and seen a few shows with similar concept but James Dashner takes it and make it refreshing and fun at the same time. Michael is a bit of a trouble maker in the virtual world and with his friends Bryson and Sarah, they are a bunch of misfits. Each characters is relateable and their strong points shines throughout the book. 

As for world building, the VirNet is advance and the idea of coding was intriguing. I love the different type of game worlds that exist in the book. I think it'd be cool if there was more backstory of the game existence in the later books. Kaine was an interesting bad guy. Very is little is known about him. It is fun to see the kids trying to find Kaine. There was a lot of twist at the end that makes me want to read the next book. The Eye of Minds is definitely worth a read. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike Review

Title: Life After Theft
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Published: April 30th 2013

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Moving to a new high school sucks. Especially a rich-kid private school. With uniforms. But nothing is worse than finding out the first girl you meet is dead. And a klepto.

No one can see or hear Kimberlee except Jeff, so--in hopes of bringing an end to the snarkiest haunting in history--he agrees to help her complete her "unfinished business." But when the enmity between Kimberlee and Jeff's new crush, Sera, manages to continue posthumously, Jeff wonders if he's made the right choice.

My thoughts:

Life After Theft was a fun read. It's a fast pace paranormal YA with a contemporary feel that involves a male protagonist. Jeff, the main character, didn't know what he got himself into when he met the teenage ghost girl(Kim) at his new school. Being the kind person that he is and the only person who can see Kim, he ended up helping her in a quest to let her move on. I find Jeff's interaction with Kim really humorous because they always argue with each other. Both of the characters are relatable. Kim may seem like a snotty rich girl but she's very sensitive on the inside. Their attempts to returned the items Kim has stolen is amusing. They'd go to stores and different people's locker and return the items. There was also Khail, Kim's crush, who got involve in their scheme too. Sera is also a great complex character that Jeff falls in love with. This book also serious moments which made the story really interesting. The backstory of each characters is great and I sort of tear up at the end. Life After Theft has lots of secrets as well as a good twist. Definitely a great read.


If you would like to read about about Kim's last day before she dies, check out the prequel novella: One Day More

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Giver by Lois Lowry Review

Title: The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Published: April 26th 1993

Summary from Goodreads:

Jonas' world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

My Thoughts:

I've always wanted to read The Giver ever since I was young but I never had a chance to. I've heard lots of people praising it and now I finally know why people liked it so much. The story is set in a dystopian world where children get assign job/roles as they turned the age of twelve. The main character of this book, Jonas, is turning twelve soon and he's nervous on what job he'll be assign for the rest of his life.

Jonas' character seem out of the norm. He sees things others don't and he began to question his beliefs. His family are very loving and yet they are not able to express their feelings well because very limited emotions and ideas are prohibited in the community. To his amaze, he was chose to be the next Giver. As Jonas trained with the current Giver, a world of vast information flooded through him, which made him question the community even more. Concepts like colors, war, pain, and lying was nonexistent in the community and Jonas now knows about it and feels it all at once. Will he be able to handle it? Or will he find a way out...

The world building in this story may be minimal but it does explain a lot about why the people in the community act the way they do. I find it similar to 1984 where people have a specific tasks and roles to follow without question the authorities or else they face the consequences. I was a bit confuse about the ending but overall The Giver is a great book to read. I recommend everyone give it a try if they'd like to read something that's different.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Reboot by Amy Tintera Review

Title: Reboot
Author: Amy Tintera
Published: May 7th 2013

Summary from Goodreads:

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

My Thoughts:

Reboot was really good. It has awesome action scenes and the pacing was fast. Due to my current crave of reading zombies related book, I came to think of the reboot people kind of like zombies but more human looking and with regenerative powers. They were treated like robotic soldiers for the humans' benefits. Wren is the strongest reboot who doesn't show emotion until she met Callum, the weakest reboot who died 22 minutes before he rebooted. It's great to see Wren having more human feelings as she trained and interacted with Callum. Each missions they work together on help the pair get closer and Wren began to question if she is doing the right thing. The action and the romance complement each other in this book.

The world building was good and it was not overloaded by lengthy back story. The book talked a bit about a war between humans and reboots and how the reboots have lost, which caused them to be used as weapons by the humans. The idea of farming reboots for weapons comes into mine. Later in the book there are secrets reveal about what HARC is doing to the reboots and what happen to those who escape. Thus, Wren will have to decide if she should stay and work for HARC or escape with Callum. Reboot is exciting and it will grab one's attention quickly. The ending makes me wants to know what happens next.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Review

Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Dave McKean
Published date: September 30th 2008
ISBN: 0060530928

Summary from Goodreads:

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family . . .

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.

My thoughts:

This was the first Neil Gaiman's book I've read and I would say it was an excellent read. It was dark for a middle school read but I think it was the usual Neil Gaiman's style. The setting and the characters in the book were really well done. Nobody a.k.a. Bod, the main character, was an unfortunate boy. His parents were killed by Jack and he ended up living with the dead in a graveyard. It's really fun seeing Bod trying to be like his ghost friends and yet he knew he can't. Being a curious young boy, he ventures out to help a ghost friend and gets in trouble. Seeing Bod getting out of trouble was really fun. Throughout the whole book Bod struggled with accepting who he was. Sometimes he felt like he was in between the living and the dead. Another problem he struggle with was keeping human friends because of his ability and his living environment may endanger those friends. I find the story pacing was quick and easy to follow. Later on, the mystery of who Jack was and why he wanted to kill Bod was explained and it was very satisfying.

The book felt episodic in a way since each chapters has Bod at a different time period in his life. One chapter he was a young boy and lasted till his teens. I was a bit teary in the ending and it felt worthwhile reading this book. Overall, I enjoyed The Graveyard Book a lot and I can't wait to read his adult title The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani Review

Title: The School for Good and Evil
Author: Soman Chainani
ISBN: 0062104896
Published: May 14th 2013

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.”

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

The School for Good & Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.

My thoughts:

This is a really fun book with a lot of twist that you don't usually see in fairy tales. I thought it would be the typical good vs. evil book but it turns out to be so much more. Lots of plot twist and contemplating on who is really good and who is really bad. Sophie and Agatha are polar opposites of each other and you can see how trouble can ensues when they are drop into the unexpected school. I really like the character development in Agatha. She's a good person but people keep seeing her as a witch because of her interest. Sophie is an interesting character too. As you read on, you learn that maybe they weren't in the wrong school after all. The supporting characters were memorable and there was a hint of romance along the way. It's nice to see the idea of what if good turn evil and evil turn good. Also I enjoy reading about Nevers(evil) vs. Evers(good) competitions and the activities they did during their different classes. I kind of knew how it was going to end but I felt the ending was a bit abrupt. I think that's why there's a second book coming out next year. I'm looking forward to reading book two and see what happen next.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher Review

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
ISBN: 1595141715

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

My thoughts:

..>0<..What can I say about this book. It's not a happy one for sure. It's different and really good. The switch between Hannah's voice on the tape and Clays' reactions to her is really fascinating. Hannah's narration felt like she was a real teenage girl in crisis. As the story progress, there were many unfortunate events that happened to her, which led to her death. Clay, the main character of this book, plays more like a middle person. Each places Clay goes to, he felt like he was with her. The unfortunate part was he couldn't do anything. I really felt sorry for Clay. He finally understand more about the girl that he love but it was too late. There were heart wrenching moments in this book that was hard to forget. It's really difficult to put into words but I do feel for Hannah. All in all , no one should end up like Hannah. There's always people who can help you. It's really amazing how the tiniest actions can affect another person's life significantly. It makes me re-evaluate the value of a life and I'll definitely treat people with kindness. Overall, Thirteen Reasons Why was a great book that left me with a big message.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: April 24, 2012
ISBN: 0062059939

Synopsis from Goodreads:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined

My thoughts:

The Selection was a nice book. I had fun reading it. I felt something was missing though. The concept was interesting but it was hard for me to relate. The setting was in the world where there's a caste system. America Singer, the heroine, is a five and her family is barely making enough money to survive. I found out a bit later that the ones are the people who are the richest and the higher the number the people are categorize, the poorer they are. America's parents and ex-boyfriend suggest her to join the selection. The story started out as her life was falling apart and being in the selection is what holds her together. The interactions between America and Prince Maxon was good. I just wanted more. I don't expect a fairytale story but it was almost there. It could be that the timing for those two are just not right. There were memorable girls from the selections but I wanted to know them more. The dates the prince had with the girls was nice but a bit short. Overall, The Selection was not bad but the story could expand even more. I guess that was why there was two more books after this. I'll continue on to Elite to see what happen to America.

Monday, June 24, 2013

2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge ^0^


Yep it's half a year into 2013 so I decided join a reading challenge. This 2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge is hosted by Bookish and her awesome book blog host friends. This is a pretty neat challenge since I can catch up on the older books in my To Be Read pile. Feel free to click the icon above if you would like more info about this challenge and if you would like to sign up :)

(how many books you're planning to read for this challenge in 2013)

1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - A Sweet Kiss
31-40 - Love At First Sight
41-50 - Married With Children

My Goal: For 2013 I'm aiming for 10 books for - A Firm Handshake. If I am able to read more I'll upgrade my level.

Here are the tentative list of TBR books I plan to finish in 2013:

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
3. Gone by Michael Grant
4. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
6. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
7. Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
9. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Let the challenge begin ^O^

Sunday, June 23, 2013

(* ゝ艸・) Graduation Book Haul

First off, I wanted to congratulate all the graduates for finishing school of any level. I just graduated from college myself last weekend. Therefore, I decided to give myself a little present for finishing school ^O^. In addition, there were some e-books I borrowed from the library and e-book ARC from Netgalley that I've received. So here we go...

Books purchased:

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

->This book was the talk in many book blogs and book tube channels. I wanted to see if this sci-fi YA will be good. This reminds me that I should start the Monstrumologist books by the same author too.

Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo

->Book 2 of the Grisha trilogy. Also read that it was really good. Russian mythology is just very interesting.

Unravel Me by Tehereh Mafi

->I enjoyed reading Shatter Me and I really want to know what happens next.

From Netgalley:

Souls of the Stones Omnibus by Kelly Walker
Contains vol 1-3 in this omnibus.

Apocalyptic Organ Grinder by William Todd Rose

Borrowed from the library:

The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver
Good book for young audience.

The Elite by Kiera Cass

Rush by Eve Silver

Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

The School for Good and the Evil by Soman Chainani

That is all for now. Got quite a bit of reading to do. Reviews will be up once I'm finish. Hope you all have some cool books to read over the summer.

Unwind by Niel Shusterman Review

Title: Unwind
Author: Neal Shusterman
Published: June 2, 2009
ISBN: 1416912053

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

My thoughts:

O! How I adore Unwind. This was the first book written by Neal Shusterman that I read and it entertained me to the very end. I love the plot and the world building in this story. The crazy AWOL scene on the freeway was memorable. The lead characters' story intertwined as the book progress, which was very well done. I really like the lead characters in this book. Connor was the tough kid with a good heart. Risa was the unfortunate girl in an unfortunate situation. Lev was made to believe he was doing it for the good of the family. What's even better was that they were all dynamic characters that evolved. Some were for the better and some were not. Neal Schesterman explain each character backstory well and he crafted the story that didn't bored the readers. Yes, the unwinding scenes was very detailed and gruesome and sad. It wasn't as bad though but very memorable. I definitely recommend this book for older teens and up due to some violence scenes and the unwinding scenes. I did pick up Unwholly and will continue with book 2. Also I can't wait for the third book UnSouled to come out later this year too. Kudos to you Neal Shuesterman for making Unwind one of my favorite books.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Book Haul May 2013

Book Haul time ^O^. I have the chance to pick up some books, won a book, and borrowed some books this month.


The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith
-->Been wanting to read this book for a while. I wanted to see how scary and creepy the world through the glasses is.

Passenger by Andrew Smith
-->Book two after The Marbury Lens

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
-->Book 2 of the Mazerunner series

Hunger by Michael Grant
-->Book 2 of the Gone series

Insignia by S. J. Kincaid
-->Heard good reviews about this. The premise sounds similar to Ready Player One. Wonder how this will be.

Won from Goodreads:

Shadow on The Sun by David Macinnis Gill
--> Really excited when this came in. This is book 3 of the Hell's Cross series. Also this is the first book I won from a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you Harper Collins :)

Borrowed from the library:

One Day More: A life After Theft Novella by Aprilynne Pike
-->Good intro to Life After Theft.

Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike
*currently reading* I'm liking this book so far. It's a quick read.

Annabel by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #0.5)
--> Short novella before Delirium

Raven by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #2.5)
--> Short novella after Pandemonium

That's it for the month. How about you guys? What are you reading?

Friday, May 10, 2013

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire Review

Synopsis (from Goodreads):


Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, 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 wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, 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’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

My thoughts:

This was my first time reading a New Adult title and I would say it was a good experience. What is it about bad boys that attract good girls? They just do I guess. There must be something dangerous about the bad boys that makes the girl weak on her knee. Beautiful Disaster had two unlikely people falling in love and crazy situation ensues. It was a fun read. I was rooting for Abby and Maddox the whole time. I did enjoy the love/hate relationship between the two. There was a lot of love, lust, misunderstanding and so much emotions. Abby is a strong girl who is trying to escape the past and Travis is not something she needs. Lots of angst in this story but not as much as typical teenage situation. The were some part in the story that was a bit unreal but not bad. I do enjoy reading about Travis's fight scene. That added a kick of action to the book.

Character-wise, I admire Abby's strength and there were times I just don't get her. Travis Maddox is a very attractive character and intense. America and Shep were really good supporting characters. I also find Travis's family very interesting too. Overall, I like Beautiful Disaster. It had a more mature and complicated situation. The resolution was not what I expect it to be. I'd be interested in reading about this story through Travis's point of view and I do have Walking Disaster on hand. Therefore, I'm gonna let the story sink in and start Walking Disaster maybe in a month or two.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Review

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really like Shatter me. It's a really cool concept and the writing style was unique. I felt like the beginning there was dissonance and as the book progress everything just start making sense. The dystopia setting was really neat. The world was on the brink of destruction. The military regime ruled over the people and there was a rebellion that was inevitable. Unfortunately our heroine, Juliette, got thrust into this world after being locked up for years. Juliette's charcter has depth and she evolved as she make each life or death decisions. Adam, a boy she admired, was a great rightous character too. The romance between these two was solid. Warner was influential, attractive, and crazy. Overall, I really enjoyed it and I'll be reading the Unravel Me sometime soon.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Book Reviews: Zeb and the Great Ruckus, The Fault in Our Stars, and Beauty Queens

Hi everyone. I finish reading a few books so I wanted to write reviews on them. I tried to keep these reviews *spoiler free* so that you all can enjoy the books to its fullest. Let's begin.

Zeb and the Great Ruckus

Author: Josh Donellan
ISBN: 9780987232533
Format: e-book from NetGalley (thanks Odyssey Books)

About: (from Goodreads)

“This is a story made from pieces of all the dreams that you had when you were asleep, but then forgot when you woke up.”

Hello! You are reading this in order to determine whether or not this book will be of interest to you! Well, congratulations, you obviously have fabulous taste! Zeb and the Great Ruckus is a story about magic, music, fireworks, bewilderbeasts, clockwork birds and weaponised toffee. It has some funny bits, some scary bits, some sad bits, and a rather large bit about a cave-dwelling ruttersnarl which we would tell you about but we don’t want to give away the ending. If you like the sounds of any or all of the above, then this is the book for you! If you would rather read a complete history of European haberdashery, please consult your local book emporium

My thoughts:
Zeb and the Great Ruckus is a middle grade read that’s charming and fun. I love story of kids traveling on a quest so this book fits my range perfectly. Zeb, the main character, lives in a city without beautiful music. He and his female friend Flip will go on an adventure to bring back the music in order to get rid of the bad guys. Zeb has a nice charisma in him and Flip is very outspoken. They are really fun to read about. The book has a simple premise and it’s a fast read. I also really like the different monsters and the illustrations. I wish there were more adventures in the middle but it was about the right size for a middle grade read. I like how the story ends. I would recommend it to those who love to read a fun fantasy adventure.

The Fault in our Stars
Author: John Green
ISBN: 0525478817 Format: Book

About: (from Goodreads) Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumors in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tay kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind

My thoughts: The Fault in our Stars is one of those absolutely heart wrenching feel good kind of a book. John Green did a great job of introducing us to Hazel and Gus. Hazel was able to change because of Gus and Gus was able to find a special meaning to live because of Hazel. This book is such a great book. I was tearing the second half of it. I love how the story flow and the interactions between the two. In addition, the romance in the book is great. Gus is such a romantic and Hazel is such a luck girl. These two were one of the best couple I’ve ever read about. The book has a great twist and unexpected ending. I highly recommend this book.

Beauty Queen

Author: Libba Bray
ISBN: 0439895979
Format: Audio book read by Libba Bray (she’s awesome)

About: Miss teen dream contestants got into a plane crash and was left stranded on a deserted island. They have to work together to survive the dangers of the jungles, pirates, and terrorist organizations.

My thoughts:
This was the first Libba Bray book I listen to. I find Beauty Queens entertaining and funny. There were pop culture references, stereotypical clichés, and even random commercials squeeze into this one book. The miss teen contestants were fun and unique. I love how Libba explore the girls’ personalities and how they came to be. There’re lots of surprises in Beauty Queen that I didn’t expect. For example, the addition of the pirates and the crazy terrorist was really unexpected but so funny. It’s great to read about how the girl survive and how they work together to achieve something great. All in all, Beauty Queens was a blast to listen to. It was a fantastic audio book and a great read.

Audio book thoughts:
Libba is a great reader. She was able to voice each of her characters differently with different accents and different vocal tones. Her reading was really funny. My favorite voice would probably be Tiara because she’s bubbly, innocent, and so nonchalant about the world.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Being Henry David

Being Henry DavidBeing Henry David by Cal Armistead

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I first thought this book was going to have supernatural elements in it but it was more realistic. It's a really good book. The mystery of who Hank was kept me reading on the whole time. The different characters(Jack, Ness, Hailey, Thomas, and etc.) in this book were great and I really like the romance in it too. I think this is the fourth YA book I read that had music involvement in it. Maybe it's popular lately. The book was fast pace in the beginning and in the middle it kind of slow down and it picked up again toward the end. Reading this book makes me want to go read Walden. There are times where you want to escape the hectic world and the idea appreciating the nature and simplicity of life is just grand. It got a bit sad toward the end and we get to see who Hank really was but The story it wrapped up really well and I really enjoyed it.

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Eleanor & Park Review

Eleanor & ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Really adorable story. Eleanor & Park is a cute romantic love story about two unlikely teens with their own inferior complex who comes together to create a beautiful relationship. Although it's set in the 80's, you can still feel that their story can happen in the present day. It made me reminisce about my high school days (mine was the 90's)and the teen angst that was going on. The characters were believable. I really adored Park's character. He's just a very nice, kind, and caring person. It's great to see him being able to see how much he loves Eleanor. His Korean mom was funny and his American dad was interesting too. As for Eleanor, I find that she has too much of an inferiority complex due to her physical appearance and her social status. She has a strong personality and she doesn't want to conform with the crowd which I like but she had to face many unfortunate circumstances that made me feel for her. The plot of the story was great. I like the flow of the story. Overall, Rainbow Rowell did an excellent job in this book. I'm looking forward to her next title.

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The Madman's Daughter Review

The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've heard of The Island of Doctor Moreau and I thought The Madman's Daughter was a great twist to the story. What if Moreau has a child? What if she came to live with him in the crazy island. I thought this book was a really good start for a trilogy. Lots of unexpected secrets and plot twist going on. I like Juliet's character. Her body may be fragile but she has a strong heart and a kind soul with a little madman's blood from her father. It's unfortunate that she ended up escaping to an even more dangerous environment than before. But that was where her father and Montgomery was. The people who can protect her. Montgomery, her childhood servant boy, was a charming character and any girl would fall for for him. There were things that he had to hide from her but you can tell that he cared for her. Also there was Edward, the young man she found in the sea, who was an interesting character. He's mysterious and exude both good and evil aura. Therefore, a love triangle was form in the story and the romance begins. Lastly, Dr. Moreau is just insane. As you progress into the book, you will see how the situation become unexpected and the murderer can be anyone. The last half of the book was terrifying and exciting and the ending left me wanting more. The ending was unexpected and I'm really looking forward to see what will happen next.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer Review

Title: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: February 5th 2013
ISBN: 0312642962

Synopsis from Goodreads: The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth...

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

My thoughts:

Scarlet was really fun. It's a wonderful sequel to Cinder. I love how Marissa Meyer delved into the world of fairytale and recreate the classic story of "The Little Red Riding Hood" into something really spectacular. Scarlet has more action, more romance, and more adventure that its predecessor. Now I see why readers like Wolf's character. He's tough, cool, and charming in his own ways. I also really enjoy Scarlet's character. She's feisty and strong. Also, the chemistry between Scarlet and Wolf was amazing. Their relationship was developed at a good pace. It was great to to read about Cinder again. I really think Cinder and Throne make a great comedy duo. Reading about their adventures really brightens my day. There were definitely more world building, back story, more character development, which kept me engaged throughout the book. Overall, I loved it. Can't wait to see what happen next.

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Raven Boys Review

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Raven Boys was really good. Maggie Stiefvater did a great job building the world and giving us amazing characters. The plot was intriguing and the way the each chapter was told from different character's perspective worked really well. I liked Blue's character. She had a spunk about her that made her unique and fun. She's like an amplifier for supernatural power and her involvement with the Raven Boys' had changed her life in unimaginable ways. As for the Raven Boys, they were charming and dangerous. Gansey was the cool leader, Ronan was the tough guy, Adam was the elegant boy, and Noah was the unnoticed one. They were not perfect and they have their own back story which explained a lot about them. It was really fun to see how their adventures progress. There were sad moments, happy moments, funny moments, strange moments, and romantic moments. I really liked it and it's definitely a great start to the series.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The One and Only Ivan Review

The One and Only IvanThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The One and Only Ivan is a really good book. It's a cute story about a gorilla and a baby elephant who tries to find a good place to call home. It's pretty interesting to have the main character being a gorilla confine in a cage in an old mall. Being domesticated in his cell for so long, he lost his sense of being an animal and ended up doing things like watching TV and even painting. As he age, less people are interested in him and you can see how he gets upset when a new star arrive. How did he handle the situation? You'll have to read the book. Also, I like the bond of friendship form between different animals. There was Stella, the old elephant, Bob, the dog, and Ruby, the baby elephant. Each one of them have a story and those stories make the book really entertaining. They may be of different species but they still care for one another and I think that is just a great message. Overall, I like it and would recommend it for young readers and anyone who wants to try a fun read.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Review

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Marvelous. Confusing but a very good book. The premise was very interesting and I was curious to know who killed Mara's friend and boyfriend. This first book set up the stage to Mara's story. It made me question if Mara was dreaming or not because some scenes were surreal. Also I really like Mara and her family. Her older bro, Daniel, was awesome and her little bro, Joseph, was cute. Noah was quite a charming character that was more interesting than I thought he would be. The psychological aspects and the romance in this novel made it fun and engaging. It had a great twist to the ending and Mara's sanity is still questionable.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Everneath Review

Everneath (Everneath, #1)Everneath by Brodi Ashton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoy this book. It was a very quick read for me. The timeline in this book fluctuate a lot so I was a bit confused. I was curious of the one hundred years that Nikki spent in the Everneath. I wish there was more info about that but most of the time she was in the feed so there was probably not much going on. Majority of this book involve the present world. Nikki tried to reconnect with the people she loved and saying her goodbyes before the tunnel comes for her. Later on she finds that there was something that's holding her back and will find any ways she can to stay in her current world. I Also find Her relationship with Cole and Jack really interesting. This book kept me guessing if Jack and Cole really love her or not. And let just say a big sacrifice had to be make. Overall a great first book for the series.

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in A Ship of Her Own MakingReview

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow. This is such a good book. Love the exterior redness of the cover and the beautiful illustrations inside the book too. It was beautifully written. It's a magical, dark, and semi twisted fairytale. Reading about September's adventures was really fun. She got swept away into a messed up fairyland that wasn't as fun as she thought it would be. I really like September's character. She's a curious girl who's willing to speak her mind. It's always great to see her character developed later in the book too. Also her sidekicks A-through-L and Saturday were a very interesting bunch. They were mythical creatures with great personalities. There were crazy witches and the evil marquess that just made this story really fascinating. Overall, September's trials and tribulations and the twist toward the end really made this book so worth it to read.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Monsters, Zombies, and Darkest Powers Book Haul

To feed my monsters and zombies books craving, I went and got :

The Monstrumologist series:
The Monstrumologist (book1 )
The Isle of Blood (book 3)

The Darkest Powers series:
The Awakening
The Summoning

(The above 4 titles I got it as a 4 deal on Amazon. )

The News Flesh trilogy: Feed, Deadline, and Blackout by Mira Grant

Wanted to try reading more monsters, zombies, and paranormal related books after reading Warm Bodies. I may save this for Halloween reads :)

* 2/13/13 I was able to obtain The Reckoning to complete The Darkest Powers trilogy. \(^o^)/yay.

* 3/05/13 So cool. The fourth book of monstrumologist will be out this September.

They all look so good. Don't know which one I should read first.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes Review

Title: Tempestuous(Twisted Lit #1)
Authors: Kim Askew & Amy Helmes
ISBN: 9781440552649
Source: NetGallery

My Thoughts:

I was planning to write the review for this once I finish the book but work and exam sort of sidetrack me. Anyways, I finished reading Tempestuous a few weeks ago and thought it was a wonderful book. This is the first book in the Twisted Lit series. I believe each book have element of classic Shakespeare's play with a twist and each book has its own story. I have yet to read The Tempest but I think this book was able to stand on its own. It's a fun book about a rich girl who got in trouble and ended up working in a food court in the mall + locked in from snow storm + there's a dangerous robber roaming free in the mall. I really like the characters in this book. Miranda can be a bit snobbish at times but she was able to change and become a better person. Caleb was a great love interest. I do enjoy their love/hate relationship. There was another awesome couples that came together that I thought was very well created. The love story in this book was cute and interesting. It felt like I was watching a teenage romantic comedy while reading this book. The pacing was good. There were a lot of things that couldn't really happen in real life but it didn't bother me too much. I also like the twist on the identity of the robber, which makes he story engaging. Overall, Tempestuous was a fun book. Really recommend it if you would like to read something light romantic comedy with a hint of mystery. I'll definitely check out book two of the Twisted Lit series.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday- The Retribution of Mara Dyer

Waiting on Wednesday is an event hosted by Breaking the Spine. I wanted to blog about books that I can't wait to come out so I'll be writing this from time to time. 

This week waiting for Wednesday I choose The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

Expected release date:
October 22, 2013

This is the third and last book of the Mara Dyer trilogy. It pretty much picks up where book two left off. Can't say too much about what happen in the second book because I'm currently reading it (The Evolution of Mara Dyer). I thought The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (the first book) was really good. I always question Mara's sanity. Thus, I'm so glad to hear that the third book is coming out this year. Its cover was revealed not too long ago and it's really gorgeous and brighter than the previous two. I heard there are no ARC copies out either so I'll be waiting anxiously for this to come out. What can I say. I adored Mara and Noah. Can't wait to see what happen to them.

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion Review

Title: Warm Bodies
Author: Isaac Marion
ISBN: 1439192324
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Yes, I finished reading Warm Bodies in preparation for the film coming out this February. The trailer looks fun and I thought why not read the book first. I got the book around winter time and was reading it steadily.

About: A zombie guy falling in love with a human girl which may possibly turn him back to a human again.

My thoughts:

Like always I'll try my best to keep it spoiler free. Warm Bodies was a good book. It has a premise that I haven't heard of before. R and Julie were a great couple. Their personal struggles and the star crossed lover idea was genius. You get to see R evolve and having more personalities than a typical brain eating zombie. Julie's character had more depth as you read about her back story. M was just hilarious. The dark and bits of goriness in this book gets counter balance with some light and happy moment. The story progress pretty  fast and it's pretty cool to hear the opinion from a zombie's perspective. My biggest question for this book was R's love for Julie legitimately his own or was it Julie's dead boyfriend's feeling. This book answers it well. Overall, Warm Bodies was an interesting and fun read. It focused more on R and Julie's relationship and not as gruesome as a typical zombie books. I'm curious to see what Isaac Marion will do with his next book.