Monday, December 31, 2012

Book Review: Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon.

Silver Phoenix (Kingdom of Xia, #1) Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon.
Book Summary: No one wanted Ai Ling. And deep down she is relieved—despite the dishonor she has brought upon her family—to be unbetrothed and free, not some stranger's subservient bride banished to the inner quarters. 

But now, something is after her. Something terrifying—a force she cannot comprehend. And as pieces of the puzzle start to fit together, Ai Ling begins to understand that her journey to the Palace of Fragrant Dreams isn't only a quest to find her beloved father but a venture with stakes larger than she could have imagined. 

Bravery, intelligence, the will to fight and fight hard . . . she will need all of these things. Just as she will need the new and mysterious power growing within her. She will also need help. 

It is Chen Yong who finds her partly submerged and barely breathing at the edge of a deep lake. There is something of unspeakable evil trying to drag her under. On a quest of his own, Chen Yong offers that help . . . and perhaps more.

Liana's Summary: Ai Ling isn't going to wait for her father to return anymore. Because she's going to find him herself. He promised 2 months. He's already been gone for six. And besides, Ai Ling would rather die than marry Master Huang. But when she sets out on her journey, she realizes she can't do it alone. So, with the help of Chen Yong, a young man, and his brother, Li Rong, they set out to their destination to face what they must face, sacrificing a lot on the way. Meanwhile, Ai Ling and Chen Yong find out that their fates are more interwined than they think.

Rate(1-10): 10

This was SO good.  I don't know why l didn't pick it up earlier.

Wow Cindy Pon, wow. That was freaking amazing.

Okay, so, I am Chinese myself. And a fan of Chinese dramas. So whenever I read a Chinese historical fiction, such as Silver Phoenix, I feel like I'm watching a drama. LOL. There, of course, are a lot of historical references and since I know some of them, I often find myself recognizing the tradition. In this book, I not only recognized, but learned a few things about my own culture.

There are a lot of gods and goddesses and dragons and phoenixes and demons and trees of immortality (sounds almost like Greek mythology now, huh?) which just made me enjoy it THAT much more. It reminded me of a Chinese version of Little Sister by Kara Dalkey, honestly. 

The title. Silver Phoenix. There isn't an explanation for it until the almost-end. Which I will not explain out loud because that's spoiling. And I hate spoiling, especially when the book is highly recommended by me. But oh ho, yah. It means so much.

So let me discuss the characters. (The fabulous trio that made me think of Harry Potter)

Ai Ling- She's brave and reckless and persuasive. Persuasive. PERSUASIVE. That's a really big part of her and I can't give any more emphasis. You'll see. Anyways, she seems like she can do fine without Chen Yong but then again he saved her life so much times. And she saved his life so much times as well. What I like about her is that she's not weak. She's not the type to cower, she's the type to approach the bad things.

Chen Yong- This guy. Ok. He's half Xian and half... White, I'll just say broadly. His father was White and his mother was Xian. His life story is so sad. And, he's hot. He's gorgeous. LOL. He's really kind and caring and he's ready to unsheathe his sword any time as long as it means he's protecting Ai Ling. Whenever he's mad or sad he just keeps his emotions to himself, which makes him somewhat introverted, but not really. He's just so lovable. The best part of him is that he went with Ai Ling even if he didn't have to. He risked his life so much times and he remained calm each of those times, never yelling at Ai Ling or blaming her in any way.

Li Rong- He's Chen Yong's brother. Well, not by blood, anyways. Without him, I doubt this story would have humor at all. Without him, Chen Yong and Ai Ling's travel would have been boring, dry, and flat. And 3 fighters are better than 2, right? I'm grateful that Cindy Pon decided to let Li Rong travel with them. Readers will never forget him.

I think it's time for quotes!

"..Hei Po.."

Some of these names bring me great amusement. Hei Po. #BrbDying LOL

"After two years, I implored your father to take a second wife."

"Fei Ming towered over her."

"Somewhere private."

"I've been hungering for a taste of you."


"It was a mistake..."

"I've been waiting for you."

"I counted nearly three hundred strides. I saw no windows or doors, no way of entering the tower."


"I became a eunuch when I was twenty years.."


"I don't doubt your capability to travel the world-- and beyond."

Toooooooo infinity, and beyond!
Hopefully there's more romance in book 2. I need it NOW. -cries-
The ending was just so sad.
And that's that. What did you think of this review? (;

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Book Review: Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton.

Tyger Tyger (Goblin Wars, #1) Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton.
Goblin Wars #1
Book Summary: Teagan Wylltson’s best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures—goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty—are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn’t worried. Her life isn’t in danger. In fact, it’s perfect. She’s on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She’s focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems.

Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn’s a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he’s crazy or he’s been haunting Abby’s dreams, because he’s talking about goblins, too... and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby’s right. The goblins are coming.

Liana's Summary: Teagan's best friend, Abby, thinks she's physic. She's been seeing the goblins in her dreams. She claims the goblins are coming. Teagan doesn't believe her. But when Finn, her cousin, comes to live with them, and he claims there are goblins too, Teagan starts to have her doubts. But when her mother just dies out of nowhere, she's sure that the goblins are coming.

Rate(1-10): 8

This turned out to be better than I thought.

Don't judge a book by its cover Yeah yeah I know. The cover was just so severely creepy. It was actually the synopsis that got me interested in the first place.

The book was actually really thin. So I expected a simple and short story. But instead, Kersten Hamilton created a story that was enjoyable and long-lasting. Somehow. LOL.

Teagan is the main character. She seems brave enough but then I don't know what she would do without Finn.

Finn is her cousin. They're not blood related though, which makes everything not-gross. Finn seems like the guy that came from the military or something. He reminds me a lot of John from Nicholas Sparks's DEAR JOHN. He's way too tough for a kid that escaped a foster home and tried to live on his own for 5 years. He's really tough, oh yeah.

Aiden is Teagan's little brother. Oh my goodness, was I that annoying when I was in 1st grade? Well. This little kid is one of a kind, actually. He's pretty awesome and his skill is pretty cool as well.

Abby is Teagan's best friend. She seems like the girl that would always be there to give comfort or something. She would always cheer someone up when they're down. (Unless she doesn't like that person. LOLOL)

Lennie. Honestly I wouldn't care less if he wasn't in the story or not because he's not such a huge character. But I just wanted to talk about him because he reminds me a lot of Lennie Small from Of Mice and Men because Lennie is autistic. Sort of makes me think the name was borrowed.

Ida. She's Finn's grandma, (I think. omg) and she's such a fabulous old lady. And no, I am not using the word fabulous loosely. Because she is fabulous. FABULOUS. 

So the cat goblins. Ok. This series features goblins a lot and there are cat goblins. CAT GOBLINS. OUT OF ALL THE ANIMALS UGH. I never liked cats in my life. Ever ever ever. And I think this book increased my fear of cats instead of my hate for cats. ohmy. If you're scared of cats do not read this at night. LOL RIDICULOUS

This was based on Irish mythology and I found it really interesting. Even if it was sort of creepy at times. 

The plot was unpredictable at times. 

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

Note: I own an ARC Galley of this book. Therefore the quotes might be different from that of the published version's.

"..about your cousin Finn coming to live with you?"


"He has wrinkled lips!"

Oh ew that's disturbing.

"We're not."

"I'm going to change that plan of yours."

"Strawberry. Girls like strawberry, right?"

That is so stereotypical. omg.

"..expected them to bear him children."


"She'd slept with her mouth open and slobbered all over him.."

".., Thomas."

"But that cop was totally flirting."
Oh wow just wow and ew
And that's that! What did you think of this review? (;

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Book Review: The Fire by James Patterson.

The FireThe Fire by James Patterson.
Witch and Wizard #3
Book Summary: Whit and Wisty Allgood have sacrificed everything to lead the resistance against the merciless totalitarian regime that governs their world. Its supreme leader, The One Who Is The One, has banned everything they hold dear: books, music, art, and imagination. But the growing strength of the siblings' magic hasn't been enough to stop The One's evil rampage, and now he's executed the only family they had left.

Wisty knows that the time has finally come for her to face The One. But her fight and her fire only channel more power to this already invincible being. How can she and Whit possibly prepare for a showdown with the ruthless villain that devastated their world--before he can truly become all-powerful?

In this stunning third installment of the epic, bestselling Witch & Wizard series, the stakes have never been higher--and the consequences will change everything.

Liana's Summary: Wisty knows it's time to finally face The One. And she can defeat him. But with what? If she uses her Gift on him, it just makes him stronger. He wants her Fire. Whit is prepared to fight. Fight for his parents, for his sister, and for his dead girlfriend, Celia. He must fight The One. And for The One to fall, Whit and Wisty must be the children of the Prophecies and work together to defeat him.

Rate(1-10): 9

I didn't think I would be reading it so soon. Right after reading The Gift, too! Who would have thought I would see this at Walmart. 

Now, this book, was fantabulous. If this series were a trilogy I would say this book was a fantastic conclusion to a wonderful story. Eh. But no, there's a book 4. Come on, James Patterson. Why write more? The antagonist is finally defeated, the ending is a happy one. This just reminds me of City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. Because in Glass, that's where the antagonist fell. That was book 3. There was a happy ending, not another one of Clare's torturing cliffhanger endings. And then she wrote a book 4. (Which I loved btw but other people saw it as extra and unneeded) I feel that a book 4 of this series is SO unneeded. But honestly I can't bear holding a book called The Kiss in public. Just noooo. There's a happy ending, okay. Why can't it be like The Serpent's Shadow, where the characters are not quite done with their business but they end the trilogy anyways because there isn't anything else to write. 

Urgh. Well James Patterson, we shall see how it turns out. Because yes. I am reading The Kiss. Just not in public.

Even if this plot was gorgeously constructed, I can't get over James Patterson's kaljdlskfja;sjda writing. I think I could have wrote like that when I was 10 years old. And then the characters.

Wisty, I'm fine with. She matured over time. She changed. For the better.
BUT WHIT. Just come on. He's so freaking obsessed with Celia. He can't accept the fact that she's dead. I know it must be hard but he keeps digressing from his goal to look for Celia. And I think he was so much more mature in the beginning. He cries too much. Usually people cry from frustration, not sadness. Ok. I could have accepted it if Whit cried once or twice but he cried so much more. He's 18 years old.
As for Byron, I think I finally like him now. But he's still a loser. LOL.

And yeah, quotes.

"To Celia, the love of my life.."

I'm annoyed at his... I can't find a word. His insistence. His stubbornness.

"I can't not help."

Double negatives are my specialty.

"..Byron Swain!"



"I still love Celia, and I don't know exactly what I feel for Janine..."

"Did Byron give me up-- again?"

Someone kill this kid already ugh I can't stand his betrayals
"..he kisses me."


"... I can't stop tasting Pearce's gross, papery lips,.."

Lips can be papery? OH GROSS EW

"I guess I just thought we had something, Wisty."

"-- instead he punches him in the face over and over."

"He's the one who murdered me!"

"I spot Whit sobbing further downstream."


"..leans in for the most tender, electric kiss I could have ever imagined..."

Oh my this is awkward

"Whit gives a low whistle."

This is really awkward now.

"Byron's got his arm around Wisty's waist..."

That's not awkward at all.
And that's that. What did you think of this review? (;

Friday, December 28, 2012

Book Review: The Gift by James Patterson.

The Gift (Witch & Wizard, #2) The Gift by James Patterson.
Witch and Wizard, #2.
Book Summary: When Whit & Wisty were imprisoned by the wicked forces of the totalitarian regime known as the New Order, they were barely able to escape with their lives. Now part of a hidden community of teens like themselves, Whit and Wisty have established themselves as leaders of the Resistance, willing to sacrifice anything to save kids kidnapped and brutally imprisoned by the New Order.

But the One has other plans in store for them: He needs Wisty, for she is "The One Who Has the Gift." While trying to figure out what that means, Whit and Wisty's suspenseful adventures through Overworld and Shadowland lead to a jaw-dropping climax and conclusion: the highly-anticipated fulfillment of the heart-pounding opening prologue of book one... The Execution of the Allgoods.

Liana's Summary: Whit and Wisty are still rebelling. They still need to find their parents. Wisty is apparently the one who is in the most danger, because, well. She's The One Who Has The Gift. Wisty might actually know what to do. But the thing is, Whit refuses to let her do anything. The siblings must differ from friend or foe and do what is right. But, what, exactly, is right? And what is wrong?

Rate(1-10): 9

This book was just so entertaining to read.

Okay, if you haven't read this series yet I recommend you check out my review for book 1 of this series, Witch and Wizard. Just search it up in the NavBar above!

The only reasons I read this book:
-I own it.
-I was curious of the plot especially after reading Witch and Wizard.

So if you read my review for book 1 you probably know I had a huge rant about comparing this series with Harry Potter. This isn't a bad series. The plot is suspenseful and interesting. But the thing was, it was compared to HP. And guess what that did? 1-star ratings all over the place.

But I'm not gonna re-type my whole rant here because I already did it in the review for Witch and Wizard.

The plot was just so gorgeously constructed I thought my jaw was going to fall off from dropping so much. (Okay not really but I'm a fan of overexaggeration.) But. BUT. BUT BUT BUT. Dangit I don't like BUT but I have to use it because, well. James Patterson's writing screwed it all up. So you see that I gave this book a 9/10 rating. The thing that kept it from being a 10 was the WRITING. His writing. Ugh I think I could have wrote in the same style when I was 10 years old.


Whit and Wisty are actually NOT really realistic to me. Not really, anyways. It's just like, Whit is attached to his dead girlfriend and he won't let her go. And he's so clumsy sometimes I just get annoyed like crap. And then all of a sudden he's the wise caring brother every sister wants. And Wisty. She's so rebellious I don't think any normal teenager could be so... badass. She doesn't smoke or have tattoos or do drugs or anything like that but it's just her spirit. I don't know. It's not really realistic.

Let me just discuss the antagonist. HE IS SO FREAKING ANNOYING. Not the most common word for a supposedly-evil antagonist, right? He just reminds me of the dude from Phineas and Ferb, enough said. He's NOTHING compared to Lord Voldemort. Just saying. But he's evil enough to do what he did at the end.

And let me say something about Byron. Oh my lord I don't even know what to think of him anymore. First, I hate his stupid weasel guts, and then I loosen up on him a bit and couldn't care less if he lives or dies. And then I feel gratitude and then I feel hate and then I feel gratitude and then I just want to kick him in the balls and throw him over a cliff. Oh wait I still want to do that. He actually confessed his love. And that was really gross because he's so. freaking. ka;jfklsjkajkj. No words okay I just don't like him and I don't think I ever will

The end. Oh my God. THE ENDING. Can I just cry and crawl into a fetal position now. Never have I seen in a book where all the hard work the protagonists did throughout the whole story COLLAPSE just like that at the end. What an ending, what an ending. I'm done. I'm just gonna go read the next book and see what happens. Although I'm not really sure I want to read book 4 because I can't stand walking around reading a book called The Kiss. But we'll just see.

I'm so mean, all I did was insult. LOL. Omg. Okay, there are really good points about this story. Like, the interesting plot and the suspense and etc. It's pretty much unpredictable sometimes.


"Bald is beautiful, baby!"

Did he just call her baby.

"As much as she hates the guy, they do seem to have a weird connection."

That's not awkward at all. Oh my goodness.
I apologize for the lack of quotes, lol.
Anyways, that's all. What did you think of this review? (;

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Book Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1) The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.
Book Summary: Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one. 

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can't see how she ever will. 

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

Liana's Summary: Elisa is one of the chosen. On her sixteenth birthday, she has to marry King Alejandro and rule his land by his side as queen. However, when she's kidnapped, she finds herself among a group of people who think she's their savior. She meets a young man that might have changed her life if events didn't fall the way it did. As war erupts, Elisa not only has to defeat, not cower, from her enemies, but she also has to protect herself.

Rate(1-10): 10

This book was so amazing. I just loved it a lot a lot a lot. 

Honestly, the only thing that led me to read this book was the cover and title. (The cover photo and the title mean so much to me after reading the book you don't even know. I'm not gonna share because, as readers, when curious, it's our duty to read a book and see what other readers are raving about. Yeah; I'm telling you to read this. Definitely a recommendation.) And when I read the synopsis I knew I had to get it. My friend was nice enough to bring my book-shopping list with her to Barnes and Noble and get me a copy of this book. Yays.

So this book is basically about a princess who bears the Godstone. Apparently, she's one of the chosen. And she has to marry a king she doesn't even know so she can rule his land as his queen. Anyways, Elisa, the main character, is super-realistic and she's not perfect at all. She reminds me a lot of Harry Potter because both characters are just in denial. Harry goes "But I can't be a wizard. I'm just Harry." And Elisa goes "Why do I bear the Godstone? I'm not even special." Also she reminds me of Katniss Everdeen a little too, because of all they've been through. But more of Harry.

Elisa is fat. Yeah, I'm not even gonna walk around the fact that she's fat. I've recently read Donna Cooner's SKINNY, and after that, I realize how life must be like when people don't like you because you're fat. And in Elisa's case, people are forced to like her because she's the princess. I just find it SO wrong when people get made fun of or ignored because of their size. Okay, so Elisa lost weight from the beginning to the end, and that's what reminded me of Katniss. Because Katniss has been through a lot too and she lost a lot of weight. 

The author personally said that she worried her readers would get the impression that she was trying to imply Elisa wasn't good or useful or pretty when she was fat and everyone liked her better when she was skinny, so she used a lot of points in the book to point out that Elisa's stronger now after what she's been through and it doesn't matter that she's skinnier at all. She uses the other characters' attitude towards Elisa's weight loss to prove it. Which I think is pretty cool. She writes really well. And it's her debut novel, too. Amazing. 

She writes so well that she wrenched at my heart.

One thing I liked about this book was that there were a lot of exhilarating twists (some unpleasant, I admit) and the plot is SO unpredictable, just like the plot of James Dashner's The Maze Runner.

The romance. Was just perf perf perf perf perf fjaklsjak;ldjaklja;lkja PERFECT OKAY I LOVED IT
Just let me discuss the characters here; I think they deserve it.

Elisa- Realistic. Love her. I basically talked about her in the paragraphs above, lol.
Ximena- Okay, I LOVE HER. She seems like the one who would give tough-mama love. She's so responsible and wise and KIND. And agile, for that matter.. 
Cosme- I hated her so much in the beginning but she softened up as Elisa became her friend. Looks like she grew on me.
Alejandro- He was nice at first and I still find him pretty nice but then like I just don't like him. He seems so useless because he's scared a lot.

And really, those are all the characters I feel the need to discuss.

The ending was just so wow. It's one of those that make you smile. Of course I'm ready to read the next book in the series. 

I totally recommend this book. Definitely.

And I have quotes~ ;D

"King Alejandro de Vega is the most beautiful person I've ever seen."

"Nice to meet you, Lucero-Elisa."

Hi, I just married you. And out of all the things I can say I shall say 'Nice to meet you.' I just found this really hilariously ludicrous that I laughed. LOL.

"Ungh," I say.

Oh my lord Elisa out of all the things you can say
"As you wish."


"I already know that his first wife died in childbirth.."

I hate it when the guy already had a girl. Dangit.


"You're fat."

This is major dejavu omg omg in Donna Cooner's SKINNY there was this little kid telling the main character she was fat and here it is again in this book

"Your eyes. They do something to me."

"I lean my head against his shoulder. Strange how the presence of this boy is so much more comforting than my husband's ever was."

"..he waggles his eyebrows at me..."

"It will never work."


"He's quite handsome, I realize..."

Took you long enough.

"His eyes fall to my breasts."

Oh lord okay

"His arms snake around my waist, and he pulls me toward him until my breasts are smooshed against his chest."
What the heck no one loves you Alejandro go away
And that's it! This was a wonderful story that reminded me of Graceling. 
Once again, this is definitely a recommendation! Everyone go read it, pls. You won't regret it!
What did you think of this review? (;

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Book Review: Hidden by Sophie Jordan.

Hidden (Firelight, #3) Hidden by Sophie Jordan.
Firelight Series #2
Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.

The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there's no guarantee they'll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning....

Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan's Firelight trilogy.

Liana's Summary: Jacinda and Will are going to bust Miram, Cassian's cousin, out of the hands of the enkros. For the sake of the pride. And for the sake of Cassian. And THEN they can run away together. But as secrets get unveiled, Jacinda realizes her work isn't done yet. She has to go back to the pride. And Will is going to have to wait. But will he be patient enough? And what's going to happen after that drastic change of events?

Rate(1-10): 9

I loved this series so much I can't bear to say goodbye to it. I'm done. Wow. I'm done already?
Okay, this is going to be short, since I already said everything I needed to in the reviews for book 1 and 2. And once again, for those of you who haven't read this series I recommend you check out my review for the first book, Firelight. Just search for it in the Navbar above! (:

After reading the first book I wasn't so sure about reading the rest of the series because the first book was only OKAY. But I decided to read the rest in the end because my curiosity overcame me and I really wanted to know what happened. And boy. Was I satisfied? YES. I LOVED IT. OMG. I WILL NEVER FORGET THIS SERIES. <33 KFJDKLFDJ:SLDSJ

I'm glad that this book was here for me when I was dying of curiosity from the cliffhanger in book 2.

The covers are flipping gorgeous, okay. Let me take a moment to say that. They are GORGEOUS. I love the author's sense of imagination. It's so fab fab fab.

I have to admit that this is one of those series in which I like both guys in the love triangle. Ohmahlord. And now I'm just going to stick with Team Will on the sidebar because I can't imagine if she loved Cassian and left Will all alone. But the point is I LOVE CASSIAN A LOT MORE THAN WILL. But it's just that I like Will and Jacinda together. Therefore Team Will on the sidebar.


There are like huge twists in this book and to be honest I think that this one was the most emotion-filled, heart wrenching, and gorgeously-written book in the series. A fabulous conclusion, telling the readers where everyone went.

Okay now quotes.

"Go, get out of here!"


"And that's when Tamra and Deghan emerge..."

Woot! Go Tam..ghan..!!

"You're leaving."


Yeah, I know it's only a few. I was so caught up in reading it. (x What can I say?
And that's that. What did you think of this review? (;

Monday, December 24, 2012

Book Review: Vanish by Sophie Jordan.

Vanish (Firelight, #2) Vanish by Sophie Jordan.
(Firelight #2)
Book Summary: An impossible romance.
Bitter rivalries.
Deadly choices.

To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.

Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?

Liana's Summary: Cassian has brought her back. Jacinda. After her mother worked so hard to help her escape. If she hadn't met Will, she'd be gladly going back. But she's met him. As fate covers all of them, Jacinda is lost at what she wants. Life in the pride, with Cassian? Or out there, in the human world, with Will? 

Rate(1-10): 9

I just loved this book just as much as I loved the first. It's a really good series, everyone should give it a try!

Okay, so let me briefly explain what this series is about for the benefit of those who haven't heard of it, although I do recommend you search for my review on book 1, Firelight. 

Jacinda, the main character, is a draki. And she's not any other draki. She's a fire-breather, treasured by her people. So, in book 1, she went to the outside world away from her Pride with her mother to escape a horrible fate, and she met Will. And then really important stuff happened, which I'm not gonna mention. And then in this book, she's faced with a lot of consequences. That's brief enough. Now.

So as you all know, judging from my sidebar with all my team stickers, I'm on Team Will. I guess I still am, huh. But then in this book I don't hate Cassian as much anymore. So if you're reading this review and the sticker doesn't say Team Will, then that means that I've already read book 3 and converted to Team Cassian or something like that. Although I'm pretty sure it's gonna stay Team Will and Cassian will hopefully end up with the girl I want him to end up with. He just can't let go of Jacinda though. Ughhh.

There's this huge cliffhanger at the end and I'm just glad I have book 3 to my access. Thank goodness. Omg.  

One more thing before I start the quotes: 


They're the download links for all the books in the trilogy! You're welcome. LOL. Enjoy. They're on Epubbud, and I think I'll make a separate post to explain all that.

Since the download links are in EPUB format,

If you prefer PDF or MOBI format, just go ahead and go to and just convert the files. Boom! Easy.

Anyways I think I should start on the quotes. There are a few.

"You dead... It would break me."

"..thinking about our kiss in the rain."

"And then the crowd shifts and I see Will."

"Run away with me."

"My mouth moves over his, nibbling, sucking.."


"She agrees," Cassian announces,..

"It's you an me, Jacinda. I'm going to own you! You can't run forever!"


"..but Will is tenacious.."


"Corbin writhes, and soon they're rolling, a speeding blur, until they look like one wild shape..."

I wonder why Will always gets himself into fights with draki LOLOL.
And that's it, what did you think of this review? (:

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Book Review: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.

The Three Musketeers: An Abridgement by Lord Sudley The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.
Book Summary: When hot-blooded young d'Artagnan comes to Paris to seek his fortune, he finds himself challenged to a duel with not one, but three of the King's Musketeers. But Athos, Porthos and Aramis are to become his greatest friends, and companions in dangerous adventure when he becomes embroiled in the intrigues of the Court and the beautiful, evil Lady de Winter. *This edition has been specially abridged for Puffin Classics.

Liana's Summary: D'Artagnan's dream is to become a musketeer. But when  he actually comes to Paris, he realizes that it's not so easy. He meets Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, immediately upsetting them and setting himself in a position to duel with three of the king's greatest musketeers. What d'Artagnan doesn't expect, though, is to be spared and to make friends with those three and to set out on a dangerous mission and task meanwhile escaping the wrath of the evil Lady de Winter.

Rate(1-10): 9

Ermagerd, yeah. This was such a good book. 

To be honest, the only reason I picked it up was because of my requirement to read classics in my high school years. And I thought I was going to be yawning in boredom, but might as well give it a try anyways. I think that teens, such as myself, aren't really interested in reading Classics but instead like to read YA fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi, etc. (If they like to read at all.) Because. Well. Classics aren't exactly the easiest thing in the world to understand, are they? There's a lot of interpretation involved, and don't forget the VOCABULARY. I always find the most vocab in the classical novels to research. 

And when I finally read this I realized that classics aren't half-bad as I thought they were, lol. As I said, I actually liked this book a lot.

The author does a pretty good job with description. I could picture all the people he described. Although it sort of annoyed me that all classics have more narrating than dialogue. And I love dialogue. In my own writing I get excited whenever I get to the dialogue parts. 

Also, the author, like most classical writers, are really good irony writers and so much things are freaking ironic you almost fall out of your chair every single time. 
He's also very good with humor. I found myself cracking up at ridiculous times in which I wasn't really supposed to laugh because of the scene but I laughed anyways because some things in the book aren't really what you see in your everyday YA novel.

So of course there's a barbie movie version of it. (Yeah I watched it, duh) And there are several similarities except the barbie one was altered a little for the sake of little girls. There isn't any killing (there's a lot of killing, and lots of action to go along with it) or really awkward love-scenes (quite a few of those, I'm just glad classical authors don't describe them in depth. Don't want this to be a 50 Shades of Grey here) in the barbie movie. In the movie, there isn't any romance at all. And the main character is a girl. But the similarities, even small, are still there because the main characters both have the same ambitions and they're both pretty insistent on doing what they want to do. (The qualities of a musketeer!)

So, the main character in this novel, d'Artagnan, an ambitious young man in his twenties, is actually pretty likable but his actions are ridiculous and forward and he has to pay dearly for it afterwards. And he's cocky too. LOL. He's often referred to in this book as 'our hero'. He is, pretty much, I guess.

Okay so a note on the romance. It is so freaking sad because, well, first of all, it was love at first sight, which isn't sad, but annoying still, and the lady was already married and then they fall for each other? Then what's the point of marrying her old fart of a husband besides for money. And at the end. I literally screamed out loud because of the flipping tragicness of it. 

This is actually a really good example of the good guys prevailing (not to mention giving a few sacrifices) and the bad guys getting their deserved punishment.

There are a lot of deaths and I'm sad to say that not all of them were bad guys.

Out of the musketeers I like Aramis the best because I just do. LOL.

Honestly, I don't think the ending was a sad/happy one at all but was just a 'as a matter of fact the end'. We went through an adventure with our heroes, the end. 

Yeah, as I have mentioned before, this is a really good book. Give it a try!


"Hi there!"

"He therefore noticed at once that the woman was young and beautiful."

That has to be the first thing he notices?

"Give it back or, by God, I'll run you all through like larks on a spit!"


"They're afraid of smallpox, Sir," said Porthos. "It would be a shame if it were, because it would quite spoil his looks."

That's not awkward at all how a guy said that

"What a silly, hare-brained ass I am!"

Yah. Glad you noticed.

"..I like my head; I don't think it looks too bad on my shoulders. I mean to kill you all right."

"Don't try to find your wife!"

"I'm going to jump down from the window," cried d'Artagnan. "It's quicker that way."

This so reminds me of the scene in Cinderella III where the prince jumped down from the window when the father was like "I forbid you from going down any of these stairs!"

"He was thinking of Madame Bonacieux."

Love at first sight annoys me so much.

"..she may be pretty, too. How exciting!"

"You're altogether adorable."

"..Monsieur Athos has been arrested."

"Take it and remove your odious presence from my sight."

This is so hilarious #BrbDying

"Are you mad?"


"..You've never been in love!"

That's so mean.

"You're right."

"And he kissed her, at which the poor girl blushed a cherry red."

This is in every way wrong because he's taking advantage of her little crush on him as his key to finding things out.

"..finished her toilet for the night."

Is this really what it sounds like or was the 'toilet' something else back then. LOL ERMAGERD

"The love-making of.."

Oh my goodness whyyyyyyy.

"I'm sure you're very nice, but you'd be even nicer if you went away."

"Oh, Sir, near or far, I shall love you always,"

I can't take this seriously because my sister made up a rhyme about farts and she had to use 'near or far' in it.

"And I'll always love you, Kitty."


"Where are you? Why aren't you here to support me?"

"..and abjectedly kissed his rescuer's feet."

Is that what they did back then as a sign of gratitude omg

"Madame Bonacieux mechanically drank down the wine."

"D'Artagnan, d'Artagnan!" she called. "Is it you? I'm here!"
"Constance, Constance!" called the young man in reply. "In Heaven's name, where are you?"


"A single cry of horror rang through the room. All four men had cried out together but Athos' voice rose above the rest."

"You're not a woman! You're not a human at all! You're a fiend escaped from Hell and we're sending you back where you belong."


And that's that. What did you think of this review? (:

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Book Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

A Monster Calls A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.
Book Summary: The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming...

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

Liana's Summary: Conor has been having the same nightmare, of the same monster, for such a long time now. But it stops temporarily. Because another monster has come to haunt his dreams. And it wants something even more terrifying than death. It wants the truth.

Rate(1-10): 10

Okay, if I didn't like this book then I would have accused the author of not really being Patrick Ness. After reading his Chaos Walking trilogy, he raised so much expectations. And this book met it. I loved loved loved it so much. (But I love Chaos Walking more. Who doesn't. DOESN'T COUNT IF YOU DIDN'T READ IT)

When I first saw this book, I was like, ARE YOU SERIOUS. IS IT THAT THIN? I'M ONLY GONNA ENJOY THE BOOK FOR 200 SOMETHING PAGES? WHAT. NOOOO. And when I got to the last page I was so freaking sad and oh my goodness. That ending is perfect but, it's just so tragic I wanted to burst into loud sobs right in the library. (Why can't I anyways. Someone farted super loud and it was really disturbing.)

Anyways, the main character. His name is Conor. And he's an introverted, grouchy, depressed, and reckless little git. I don't like him. He has a really bad life. I understand that. He gets bullied at school and pitied and mainly, he's just invisible. His family has a lot of complications. But sometimes I think, if he tried to be happy, he could have been. But the point is, he didn't. This whole book was so depressing yet amazing.

I wouldn't say that there was any character development in Conor. I just think that from the beginning to the end Conor opened up more and finally relented his stubborn self and let everything out. His emotion. His emotion is a big aspect actually because all he did in the beginning was have on a poker face and he wasn't even afraid of dying. He was calm in the situations in which a normal person would be screaming and crying and it really creeped me out. He's scary.

Patrick Ness is just so amazing, period.

I enjoyed this book a lot. And the pictures are gorgeous and expressive even if I don't usually like pictures at all.


"He'd turned thirteen just last month."
Being thirteen doesn't stop you from believing in monsters.. like Justin Bieber said: BELIEVE!

"He'll have to get his baldy mother to kiss it better for him!"

Out of all the verbal bullying I've read about, this is the worst. His mom is horribly sick and all the kids at school can do about it is bully him with it?

"No, Miss, it's not true,"


"A great arm swung down and snatched Conor up in it, lifting him high in the air, the wind whirling around them,.."

He ain't even scared. But I am.

"You look like a tree,"

"I'm not sorry,"


"The sitting room was one of those sitting rooms where no one ever actually sat."

That should be a tongue twister. :D

"Grandma's house is an old lady's house,"

"..there is nothing I can do to help you."

"What did you do?"

Oh Conor. What have YOU done?

"He wants you to kick his arse."

That's something new.

"You lied,"

I'm just wondering how he can say that. He's a afkdjfakldasjklsjalk;j git
And that's it! What did you think of this review? (: