Friday, May 31, 2013

Book Review: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.
Book Summary:

Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

Liana's Summary: When Nora meets Patch, she's immediately annoyed. It's like he was made and put on the Earth just to annoy her. But it turns out that he was put on Earth for a very, very different reason. Even still, the romance still develops, but of course, not everything can go too smoothly.

Rate(1-10): 9

Well, yes, this book is as good as people say it is. Totes worth all the buzz.

Usually, I hate this storyline:

-Girl is in class
-girl sees hot guy across the classroom
-best friend tries to hook them up 
-hot guy turns out to be different (powers, messed up past, etc)
-girl falls in love with guy
-guy falls in love with girl
-something dramatic happens

I DESPISE THAT STORYLINE. Especially when it's a Modern Fantasy, gosh, I despise those with a burning passion--

Anyways, I just wanted to say that Hush, Hush was somewhat like that but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I think it's because of Becca Fitzpatrick's engaging writing (amazing, and this is her debut!) or it could possibly be that Patch is sizzling hot.

The romance is absolutely amazing. I haven't read a good romance book in such a long while (for like, three weeks) and I haven't gotten a chance to meet another hot fictional guy character in a very long time. So yay. Win-win.

This book does have the topic of fallen angels in it, hence the cover, so don't read it if you hate books with angels in it with a burning passion.. I don't blame you though. Some authors just get it all wrong.


Nora- She's a good enough protagonist. I mean, I don't really like her. She's sort of annoying at times but yeah, I can handle.

Patch- Watch out, everyone. We've got a hot guy coming through. And I'm speaking Jace Wayland hot. I swear. (Or maybe it's because I haven't read anything with hot guys in a very, very long time.. but still! PATCH CIPRIANO OH, MY GOD)

Elliot- And I thought he was nice.

Vee- You know, the best friend. The one that always goes out and does crazy shit and moves the plot on. The friend that tries to pair the main character with a guy.. Vee is that character. She's not exactly annoying. 

Looking forward to read the next book. (I hereby apologize for this rushed review.. I'll probably regret this later, but...oh well!)


"Those cold, pale gray eyes are surprisingly irresistible."

This is too cute, oh my god I can't

"I wanted to kiss him. Right now."

Oh-kay, then..

"I'm crazy." He was on the brink of smiling again. "About you..."


"What good is a body if I can't have you?"

This is so cute I'm gonna cry
That's that. What do you think of this review?(:

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Follow Friday #25!

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowFollow Friday!
This weekly meme is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. This week's features are The Fiction Conniption and Mad Hatter Reads.

Q: What blogger would you most like to meet in real life? Tell us about him or her.

Of course, I've made many blogger friends, but I'd really want to meet Dalena @ Kwale Books. She's my parabatai and oh, my, god, we are like twins. I'd really like to meet her in person! (She lives like 5 hours away and plus, I can't day!!) We never run out of things to talk about, and the special thing about her is that I made her start her blog, LOL! (She rarely updates though, but I promise her reviews are killer. I must learn from her. ermahgerd.)

How about you guys? 

If you follow me, I'll be more than glad to follow back! Happy Friday!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Book Review: Between by Jessica Warman.

Between by Jessica WarmanBetween by Jessica Warman.
Book Summary: Elizabeth Valchar-pretty, popular, and perfect-wakes up the morning after her eighteenth birthday party on her family's yacht, where she'd been celebrating with her six closest friends. A persistent thumping noise has roused her. When she goes to investigate, what she finds will change everything she thought she knew about her life, her friends, and everything in between. As Liz begins to unravel the circumstances surrounding her birthday night, she will find that no one around her, least of all Liz herself, was perfect-or innocent. Critically acclaimed author Jessica Warman brings readers along on a roller-coaster ride of a mystery, one that is also a heartbreaking character study, a touching romance, and ultimately a hopeful tale of redemption, love, and letting go.

Liana's Summary: Eighteen-year-old Elizabeth Valchar wakes up the day of her birthday, thinking she's still alive. But she's not. It's confirmed that she's dead as a rock when Alex Berg comes up to her. And that wouldn't be possible, because he's dead. And so it means that she's dead too. But she doesn't remember much. It all comes back slowly, though, and in the end, she realizes that she has to let go and move on.

Rate(1-10): 8

So here's a story: Cindy came over that one day, and started raving about a book, telling me ALL about it, spoiling the WHOLE entire storyline for me. It sounded complicated. (But, God forbid, not as complicated as Katie Dale's Someone Else's Life. Give that book a try if you haven't read it, btw. It has a killer plot.) And then, a few weeks ago, she handed me this book and said, "Liana, this was the book I was talking about." And so I took it. The good thing was I forgot everything she rambled about, so the story remained a mystery. (Well, until I accidentally remembered something. Ugh.)

I thought this was a pretty good book, actually. It has what a reader looks for in a book:

-Well-organized plot
-Plot twists
-Character development

I was about to put romance, but then it occurred to me that I'm one of the few people in this book-reading universe that actually looks for romance in every single book..

On the very first page, I knew that the main character was a bitch. And yes, she is a spoiled, prissy bitch, but, what I absolutely LOVED the fact that she went through so much character development and she finally realized what was and what wasn't important; what's right or wrong.

So, the thing is, the main character, Liz, is dead. No, that's not a spoiler, because you find out that she's dead in the first freakin' chapter. And she can't really remember anything except that her name is Elizabeth Valchar, and that she's rich and, ahem, pretty. And so she goes through all these memories, because they come back one at a time, and she sees her past self and she realizes how much of a bitch she really was. It's seeing herself from 'someone else's' eyes. Even though that someone else is basically her ghost.

And there's this guy, Alex. He's the one who can see her. The one who's dead as well. At first, I thought he wasn't important, that he didn't need to be there at all, but oh-ho, WAS I WRONG.

Which just leads me to the plot twists. I can't even. The plot twists are just so... TWISTED. LOL. But I kind of guessed most of them, like, a page before they happened. But you know.

Definitely a page turner. Even if the beginning wasn't that gripping, this book is still pretty great.

Note: This is an ARC copy, so the quotes might not match those of the final print's.

"I'm pretty. Beautiful, actually."

Oh, get over yourself.

"Oh, you're a big help. Thanks a whole lot."

Gee, and you're such a great main character. Thanks a whole lot.

"On my freaking birthday."

No one really gives a shit

"I'm ugly."

Really? You're dead and that's all you care about?

"What do they know?"

Well, what do you know?

"Josie's a good person."


"This isn't fair."

Sure as hell it is. Now shut up.
That's that. What do you think of this review?(:

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Virtual Launch Party- Uprising by Jessica Therrien (Children of the Gods #2)

Hey everyone, today, Jessica Therrien's UPRISING, Children of the Gods #2, is out! Anyways, this is a virtual launch party post, obviously. There's a blog tour coming up in June, so stay tuned! 

1) Write a post on your blog about your 
favorite supernatural power or what you think it would be like if a supernatural race was exposed to human society.

I don't know why, but speculating is probably my favorite thing to do. Okay. Supernatural powers. This just all reminds me of Kristin Cashore's Graceling series where the gracelings have graces- basically, supernatural powers. I think telekinesis might be cool, like Matilda. Erm, mind-reading? I wouldn't really like that if my head was crowded with noise all the time. I think Elyse, the main character of Children of the Gods, has a really cool power. Healing. I mean, how cool would that be?! If a supernatural race were exposed to human society, they would undoubtedly either 1) rise to power and take over the world, or 2) be captured and displayed in a zoo-thing for being a threat to humanity.

Thanks to Jessica for sending me an eARC. My review was posted up last month. Check out my reviews for:

Monday, May 27, 2013

Book Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.

An Abundance of KatherinesAn Abundance of Katherines by John Green.
Book Summary: 
Katherine V thought boys were gross
Katherine X just wanted to be friends
Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail
K-19 broke his heart 
When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.
On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun--but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.

Liana's Summary: Colin Singleton has a thing for girls named Katherine. Not Kathy, Rinne, nor anything else-- nor, God forbid, Catherine. Katherine. With a K. He's dated 19 Katherines, all who've dumped him. Colin is trying to find a Katherine that won't dump him. But will it be easy?

Rate(1-10): 4

Yeah, I'll say it. I'd expected this book to be better. Because we're talking about John Green, here. 

Yes, I enjoyed reading his writing. And his footnotes, but that's about it for this book.


1. The plot didn't really go anywhere at all. So there's a guy. Colin. He was a child prodigy. Very smart. A bit weird. Okay? Okay, he has an obsession with girls named Katherine. Okay, okay. He's on a road trip with his friend. Okay! And..?

2. Storyline isn't engaging.

It was sort of kind of like Looking for Alaska-- except LFA was better.

I'm still looking forward to reading more of John's books, though, although I didn't enjoy this one as much as I'd wanted to.


"You aime lots of stupid crap."

I probably laughed harder than I should have

"Do you want to be my boyfriend?"

So this is how it started..

"So my name's Katherine..."

Ah, so now does the story begin?
That's that.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Book Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green.

Looking for Alaska by John Green.
Book Summary:
Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (Fran├žois Rabelais, poet) even more. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

Liana's Summary: After Miles Halter meets Alaska Young, everything changes. Suddenly, he finds himself in a group of friends. Friends, he never had before. He has an obsession with memorizing famous last words.. Things develop with Alaska, until he finally falls for her. But after that night, everything changed for the worse.

Rate(1-10): 8.9

I've been wanting to read this book for a while--because, well, 1, John Green is like a GOD, and 2, it's all the rage.

Some people may argue that this book is too mainstream, and that's why they don't want to read it, and I see their point of view, but the fact that some books are too mainstream make me want to read them even more, because it just sparks my curiosity. The question is: Is it really that good? And all you really have to do is find out for yourself.

So. Was this book good? Yes, it was. It was great. Fabulous. Sad. But I still have to say that I enjoyed The Fault In Our Stars much, much, more. Looking For Alaska was a really well-written book, but I didn't enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed John Green's way of writing.

Character discussions- One thing that I admire about John Green is that he creates characters with depth...

Alaska- Well, her name being on the title, I guess all of you can guess that she's a very important character. She's great, really. Once you get to know her you'll just wonder about her because you KNOW she has depth. You just know. I think she might be my favorite character.

Pudge (Miles)- Well, his name's not in the title, but he just so happens to be our narrator. I can't help but be reminded of Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower when I read this story in Pudge's point of view. How? Well, one thing is that he's easily influenced..

Colonel- He may seem like a really tough guy that would rather die than open up to people, he's a really nice friend inside.

Takumi- I can't be the only one that thought of Kenji from Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me series. No, it's not only because they're both Japanese, gosh-- it's that they almost have the identical attitude about things. And I love Kenji. So I love Takumi too. Alaska and Takumi are definitely my top two..

Yeah. The story was a bit slow in the beginning, but only for about two pages, because the plot moved on right away. Couldn't put the book down. Didn't want to get off the bed to drink some water- maybe because I was tired and lazy but mostly because I didn't want to put down the damn book.

I hope to read more of John Green's books--I have Paper Towns in a pile under my desk right now--because he is A W E S O M E.


"And the way her mouth curled up on the right side all the time..."

So is this when the romance starts

"Because you may be smart, but I've been smart longer."

That's probably the best thing a fictional teacher has ever said

"Too bad I love my boyfriend."

Just forget your boyfriend already ohmygod.

"Pudge, my friend, we are indefuckingstructible."

Note to self: Use that word sometime.
That's that, what do you think of this review?(:

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Author Event: Malinda Lo @ SLHS Book Club!

 AshHuntressAdaptation (Adaptation, #1)Inheritance (Adaptation #2)
We book clubbers at SLHS had the pleasure of meeting YA author Malinda Lo today! (Explains why I've been reading her books lately.) She's a very nice person! ..And she gave us bookmarks! Yay! LOL.

She did this really nice Q&A. She had very thoughtful and lengthy answers. Here it is.
I got ASH signed and she gave me an Adaptation bookmark/postcard thing!

 That's pretty much it!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Follow Friday #24!

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowFollow Friday!
This weekly meme is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. This week's features are Book Junky Joint and Bookingly Yours.

Q: The #FF is 150 weeks old! And we want to hear from you! What would you change about the hop? What do you like about it? Or just suggest a question to be used for next week!

The twenty four times of doing Feature and Follow Friday were AMAZING for me! I've gotten to discover so many blogs in the process of this, gain followers, and make many fellow blogger friends! Without FF, I think my blog would be a tumbleweed forest..

There's really nothing I would change-- it's completely awesome!
Happy Friday, guys, and never stop reading!

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Book Review: Inheritance by Malinda Lo. (Adaptation #2)

Inheritance (Adaptation #2)Inheritance by Malinda Lo.
(Adaptation #2)
Book Summary: The triangular spaceship hovered motionless in the sky above Reese Holloway’s house, as inscrutable as a black hole. It had seemed like a good idea when they were inside: to tell the truth about what happened to them at Area 51. It didn’t seem like such a good idea now.

Reese and David are not normal teens—not since they were adapted with alien DNA by the Imria, an extraterrestrial race that has been secretly visiting Earth for decades. Now everyone is trying to get to them: the government, the Imria, and a mysterious corporation that would do anything for the upper hand against the aliens.

Beyond the web of conspiracies, Reese can’t reconcile her love for David with her feelings for her ex-girlfriend Amber, an Imrian. But her choice between two worlds will play a critical role in determining the future of humanity, the Imria’s place in it, and the inheritance she and David will bring to the universe.

In this gripping sequel to Adaptation, Malinda Lo brings a thoughtful exploration of adolescence, sexuality, and “the other” to a science fiction thriller that is impossible to put down.

Liana's Summary: Reese has been trying to hide from the press ever since she and David were about to tell the complete truth. They're bombarding her with questions! As if Reese didn't have enough problems, she's trapped between Amber and David. She likes David, yes. He's cute, and nice. But what about Amber? Can she work this whole thing out? Before both of them turn away?

Rate(1-10): 8

Let me just thank Cynthia right here and right now for letting me borrow her ARC. LOL. 

I think this was a fairly well-written sequel. Adaptation is the kind of book that you know will have a sequel-- after all, the ending.

There were a few things that I liked and disliked about this book.

I disliked:
-Reese's indecision between Amber and David. I mean, really. It's a love triangle and all but it's kind of obv. who she should stay with.
-Plot pacing. It was a little too slow for me, but it was okay.
-Julian's pressure towards Reese about her bisexuality. He was being a little too pressuring about Reese coming out. I mean, there's nothing wrong with that, but honestly, I think it sort of increased her bias towards Amber.
-How the racism of Chinese people was focused. I think Malinda was trying to show that people were assholes that made fun of Chinese people for no reason, but really? I know there's racism here and there, but oh-ho, in this book, it was like FOCUSED. Like a focus in a frickin' conic section. And this whole setting is in the future, too. Even if two years in the future. The racism shouldn't be that strong.

I liked:
-The whole, general, sci-fi thing. It's cool. After you read Adaptation, Malinda will definitely have you believing in conspiracies.
-Those twists and turns. Just wow.
-The ending. I don't think there's gonna be a third book, though.
-How the topic of bisexuality isn't focused, but still focused. Get what I mean? Like, usually, when authors write about homo, or bisexuality, they make it a BIG deal. Malinda Lo, though, added bisexuality like how it really is in the real world right now-- no big deal, love who you want to love. 

Malinda Lo's a great sci-fi author. Definitely give Inheritance a try if you liked Adaptation!

Note: Since this is an ARC copy, quotes may not match those of the final print's.

"No. You're not invited in."

And this is why I love Ms. Sheridan

"..desperate enough to hook up with a Chinese guy."

Well ex-cayuuuuuuse me, what's wrong with being Chinese?

"The thing is, if there is something romantic going on, it's absolutely to your advantage."

Hunger Games..

"Or maybe she simply still wanted Amber."

Oh lord -facedesk-

"And she did want him."

Well you can't want both of them at the same time

"Don't you trust me?"


"You need to figure that part out."


"If you want to date us both, we can try."

Oh God
What did ya think of this review?(;

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Book Review: Life Before Legend by Marie Lu. (Legend #0.5)

Life Before Legend (Legend, #0.5)Life Before Legend by Marie Lu.
(Legend 0.5)
Book Summary: Find out more about June and Day in this never-before-seen glimpse into their daily lives before they met in Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND series. As twelve-year-olds struggling to survive in two very different worlds within the Republic’s stronghold, June was starting her first day of school at Drake University as the youngest cadet ever admitted, and Day was fighting for food on the streets of the Lake sector. LIFE BEFORE LEGEND contains two original stories written by Marie Lu that give readers a sneak peek into the lives of their favorite characters in a thrilling new context.

Liana's Summary: Day and June both had their own separate lives before their paths crossed. Day was struggling for food, as always, while June was preparing for her first day at Drake University, trying to battle down her insecurities. Marie Lu captures a precious moment from each character when they were but twelve years old.

Rate(1-10): 9

Some people say that this novella was unnecessary, boring, or something or other, mainly because people KNOW about Day and June's childhood. People think that novellas are all about getting to learn something new about a certain character, or, finding out that an antagonist isn't so bad after all, etc, etc. Come on, guys. This is Life BEFORE Legend. The 0.5 novella? Even if it didn't contain information that we didn't already know,  it was still a fun and short read-- besides, it helps quench one's thirst in the process of waiting for Champion. omg.


Monday, May 20, 2013

Book Review: Undone by Elizabeth Norris. (Unraveling #1.5)

Undone (Unraveling, #1.5)Undone by Elizabeth Norris. (Unraveling 1.5)
Book Summary: Before the accident. Before their universes collided. Before they fell in love.

Riveting and romantic, Undone: An Unraveling Novella contains three short stories set in the world of Unraveling, the first book in the gripping sci-fi duology by Elizabeth Norris.

Before Ben Michaels saved Janelle Tenner’s life, Janelle saved Ben when he stumbled through an interuniverse portal into a completely new world. That day, he fell in love with the girl of his dreams. And he never forgot her.

Through three stories told from Ben’s point of view, learn how Ben and his friends discovered their ability to travel between worlds, how Ben first met Janelle, and how he pined for her for years before he actually got the chance to meet her, save her life, and capture her heart. And find out what happens to Ben between the cliff-hanger conclusion to Unraveling and the beginning of its heart-stopping sequel, Unbreakable.

Liana's Summary: Before Ben saved her, when he saved her, and after he saved her. Janelle's not the only one who narrates their story-- Ben has his own part to tell. Elizabeth Norris writes a thrilling novella of the Unraveling series, a contemporary story with a delightful twist of science fiction and a taste of multiverses.

Rate(1-10): 9

I think this novella was pretty good, actually, and it answers a lot of questions, or, should I say, clarifies a lot of things.

I just love novellas with a burning passion, LOL. i don't even know

UNDONE was all in Ben's point of view, and he is, in fact, a very good narrator. (Or it's just Elizabeth Norris's writing showing its talent)..

This series is definitely worth reading, give it a try! And don't miss out on this novella~

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Book Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis.

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)Across the Universe by Beth Revis.
Book Summary: A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. 

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

Liana's Summary: Amy had to choose. To leave her home with her parents, or stay-- but without her parents. Of course she went with them. She wakes up to find herself aboard a spaceshift with curiously strange people and a fake sun, fake rain, and a leader-- a tyrant. Eldest. When she meets Elder, the Eldest-to-be, everything goes for a turn.

Rate(1-10): 8

There were two reasons that I read this book:
-Looking forward to read the rest of the series. Heard Shades of Earth was really good!
-People were raving about it, and I'm just like, oh..

And that's it..

There were many things that I liked and didn't like about this book. 

I liked:
-Beth Revis's science-fiction-ness. It's been a while since I'd read a sci-fi. 
-Her writing. The author just sort of captivates you with her writing and she sort of pours her emotion into it, and we can really tell if it's Amy or Elder that's talking.
-The whole general plot. There were a fair amount of twists, and in my opinion, I think they were all very well organized.
-Harley. LOL. He was the only character that I actually liked..

I disliked:
-Amy. She's annoying and her attitude stinks. 
-Elder. He's clingy and annoying. Just a bit insecure but I don't dislike him for that-- in fact, I appreciate his insecurity because it makes him a bit more realistic than the standard confident, hot, fictional cocky guys..
-The romance. It was all too fast for me. I don't think that Amy really fell for him as much as Elder fell for her, but....... oh well.

That's really just it. I hope the romance develops a little more in the next two books, because I am definitely planning to finish this trilogy sometime soon!


"..frexing chance.."

Frex.. what an interesting word..

" a girl."

Is this where the plot starts

"She is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.."

Uh huh okay Elder let's get back to the plot

"..drift back to her breasts.."

I knew he wasn't looking at her face..

"I can't let myself think about Jason."


"You're beautiful..."

-cough- youmeanherboobsare -cough-

"..and all I want to do is seize her, crush her against me, feel her lips with mine."

Just stop

"..there is nothing between us at all."


"Whoever this Jason is, I want to kill him."

this is why I dislike Elder

"That's all, I tell myself, that's all."


"Flip the switch."


"But I can smash it."

I'm done with her

"I can't take his dream away."


"What is it?"


"I won't let them hate me."


"..that's what Jason would have done,.."

stop it omg

"..where I met Jason.."

no one gives a frexing frex about Jason so stop
That's that. What do you think of this review?(:

Monday, May 13, 2013

Book Review: Ash by Malinda Lo.

AshAsh by Malinda Lo.
Book Summary: Cinderella retold

In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash's capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.

Liana's Summary: When Ash's father dies, she is in the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her stepsisters. They treat her like a mere maid and makes her do all the dirty work. The day that Ash meets Kaisa, her heart starts to feel true love, despite that Sidhean has already claimed her.

Rate(1-10): 7.5

I have this thing for retellings. Like, it's the same but only different. It's unique and original at the same time as it was adapted. I've been meaning to read this for a long time, and i think the only reason I brought it up to the top of my TBR list is because Malinda Lo is coming in for an author visit! How exciting. Anyways, I've already read her newest novel, Adaptation, and it was really good! She's a good writer!
Ash was a Cinderella retelling, as all know, with a lesbian twist. I don't know why, but I was kind of disappointed that she had spoiled that for us that Ash was actually a lesbian. It would have been a really cool twist. 

I don't think I hated her stepmother as much because I just hate all stepmothers in Cinderella retellings, so it's just like an instinct, you know?

When I first got my hands on this book, the first thing that came across my mind was that it was smaller than I had ever anticipated. It was only 260-something pages. Despite that, it was still a pretty nice and short read that I enjoyed thoroughly. Ash is sometimes an annoying little brat (despite her being 4 years older than me) and sometimes dislikable. Just a warning for those who hate annoying protagonists..

The romance was pretty good, between Ash and Kaisa, but one part of me wishes that she had ended up with Sidhean.. I mean, he loved her and everything!


"I am to have a stepmother, and two stepsisters,"

And this is when everything starts

"Stop it-- don't say that!"

Why is she so annoying

" he was worried."


"..despite the fact that he was twenty years older than her."

Ew... reminds me of Paris and Juliet LOL EW which brings on a whole other level of speculation of how it would be like if Juliet ended up with Paris

"You have no respect for me or what I have done for you,"

What have you done for her really

"It is agony,"

Poor Sidhean it's ok we all love you -sobs-
That's it! What do you think of this review?(:

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Book Review: Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris. (Unraveling #2)

Unbreakable (Unraveling, #2)Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris.
(Unraveling #2)
Book Summary: Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.

And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?

Liana's Summary: Janelle still remembers the look on Ben's face when he told her that he loved her. She still remembers the way he said he would come back for her. She's still waiting. She doesn't hear from Ben, and she doesn't hear anything about him at all until Taylor Barclay shows up on her doorstep begging her for help-- and the whole thing has to do with the one and only boy she fell in love with.

Rate(1-10): 9

I think, that after reading the ending of Unraveling, many readers would want to read Unbreakable. Me? I'm one of those readers, LOL. (Bet you didn't expect that.)

I'm loving this series so far, and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book. 

So, this whole multiverse thing is really cool, and I think Unraveling is the only book that I've read with a multiverse.. SO FAR. 

Well, if you haven't read Unraveling, don't read this review, and if you'd like to, then please read my review for Unraveling first. Because if you don't then I don't think this review would make much sense.

When I cracked open this book, I think my initial thought was GET ON WITH THE PLOT ALREADY! Mainly because my definition of 'plot' happening is Ben coming in and kissing Janelle to death and then taking her to live happily ever after. But of course, things don't just happen like that. The romance between Ben and Janelle is still there, definitely, but somehow I think that little misunderstanding there got a little weird. Also, Janelle was fairly annoying in this book. I just couldn't help but roll my eyes at her..

Elizabeth Norris is a very good writer and she's got this plot very well organized.. except she made us wait FOREVER for Ben to come in! So many false alarms.. Really, I have nothing else to say! Except-- if there's any reason to read this book, it's Barclay! Man, I love that guy now! All I really had to say about Norris's writing style and characters and plot twists were included in the review for the first book.

Let's go on to the quotes..

"The wavy hair, the dark eyes, the self-conscious half smile."


"This guy isn't my Ben at all."

Wow merde

"It's Cecily."

-gasp- -choke- -gasp-

"Because they've found us."

This is just like series of unfortunate events

"Because I see him."

Can I just scream now

" a girl."

Aw Ben don't be a manwhore

"We can't be together."

Janelle's such a cockblock

"..fix whatever is broken between us."

that you broke -cough cough-

"Janelle, you're my home."


That's it! What do you think of this review?(:

Friday, May 10, 2013

Book Haul (Mini)- 3

So, on Tuesday, I went to the NYMBC event in San Francisco, and met David Levithan and Andrea Cremer for the second time, and Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia for the first! Nina Lacour couldn't come and we missed her terribly! :( So Kami came instead, and graced us with her presence.

I wanted to buy more books, but I needed to start saving money and restrained myself from buying the whole bookstore-- and after all, I only have two arms. Here's my mini haul:

Icons (Icons, #1)Paper TownsLife After Life

Icons by Margaret Stohl
She was on the Icons tour, and it sounds really interesting! Can't wait to get started. She said this was a memoir, LOL. Margaret seems really nice and she's very humorous!

Paper Towns by John Green
I had to get this one. My second John Green book! Can't wait to get started.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
I need to see what the buzz is all about. Sounds interesting, and that cover!