Friday, July 29, 2011

Tris and Izzie : Book Review

Summary : A modern retelling of the German fairytales 'Tristan and Isolde' Tris and Izzie, is about a young witch named Izzie who is dating Mark King, the captain of the basketball team and thinks her life is going swimmingly well. Until -- she makes a love potion for her best friend Brangane and then ends up taking it herself accidentally, and falling in love with Tristan, the new guy at school.


My Opinion : This retelling of 'Tristan and Isolde', which I haven't read, was actually a fun read. I got it as an ARC (Advance-Reading-Copy), and thought the cover was cool. It was also my first ebook read.

The story was  well written, even if I saw some horrible reviews on this book, I thought that it was good. 

Well written; it takes the reader in its universe.

4/5 stars.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Wings : Book Review

Summary : Laurel isn't the average teenager. She hates meat or greasy food. She loves fruits and vegetables. Here's why; she's a fairy.


My Opinion : This remarkable book was my first book involving a Fairy/Faery/Fae. I actually liked it a lot.

The writing was pretty good and the story was well paced. I found myself thinking about it after I'd set the book down; I had to read more.

Although most reviews I read said that the book wasn't goo, I read it, and enjoyed it.

Somehow, Laurel got me hooked up on this book because of her weird way of eating. It made me want to know why.

I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Young Adult Books or Fantasy Books.

4.5 stars

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Moonlight : Book Review

Summary : 
KAYLA is the nature lover, the all-American beauty who can't understand why she's so drawn to distant, brooding Lucas. Adopted as a young child, she has no way of knowing that she's inherited a terrifying-and thrilling-gene that will change her life forever. 

LUCAS is dangerous, gorgeous ... and a werewolf. As leader of the Dark Guardians, shape-shifters who gather deep within the state park, he has sworn to protect his pack. But when Lucas finds his true soul mate, his love could put them all in harm's way. 

As Lucas and Kayla struggle with their feelings for each other, a greater danger lurks: Humans have discovered the Dark Guardians and are planning their destruction. Kayla must choose between the life she knows and the love she feels certain is her destiny.


My Opinion : I am not a big fan of werewolves book; only the great book called Nightshade, but this book was really good. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I liked Hawthrone's writing a lot; the way she had me wrapped me in her little fingers just after the ten first pages.

Also, I liked Kayla's point of view. She has quite a funny way to think and to express herself.

I was impressed by the way the story was written. I like stores fast paced but with a lot of details; and my wishes came true. 

Resumed; great book!

4/5 stars

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Water Wars : Book Review

Summary : 
Welcome to a future where water is more precious than gold or oil-and worth killing for.
Vera and her brother, Will, live in the shadow of the Great Panic, in a country that has collapsed from environmental catastrophe. Water is hoarded by governments, rivers are dammed, and clouds are sucked from the sky. But then Vera befriends Kai, who seems to have limitless access to fresh water. When Kai suddenly disappears, Vera and Will set off on a dangerous journey in search of him-pursued by pirates, a paramilitary group, and greedy corporations. Timely and eerily familiar, acclaimed author Cameron Stracher makes a stunning YA debut that's impossible to forget.


My Opinion : This book was actually pretty good. Although I am kind of scared that what happened it the book could happen in the future, I enjoyed the story. I like Cameron Stracher's writing. Somehow, I felt myself slipping into Vera, the main character and the story's narrator, character andpoint of view, which is really fun. I liked it a lot.

I liked the many details in the story which made it even more realistic due to the fact that I could imagine the scenes almost perfectly. An, there was a kind of complexity - as there always is when presented with a dystopian novel - that made me want more of the story. I love dystopian stories, such as Matched, The Host and of course Delirum (My favorite).

Let's get to the characters*. Vera - the main character and the story's narrator -  seemed to be whiny from the beginning. But as the story unrolled, she became more and more courageous. I also liked her relationship with Kai, or Rikkai. It began from simple friendship, to blushes and finally to kisses. I would of liked to have more information on their romantic relationship.

I think to resume it all, I enjoyed the book thoroughly and would like a sequel to it.

4/5 stars.

*Note: Please take in note that I won't be analyzing every character from a book from now on.

Monday, July 18, 2011

After : Book Review

Summary : An infant left in the trash to die. A teenage mother who never knew she was pregnant . . .

Before That Morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature. But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby. Soon the connection is made - Devon has just given birth; the baby in the trash is hers. After That Morning, there's only one way to define Devon: attempted murderer.

And yet gifted author Amy Efaw does the impossible - she turns Devon into an empathetic character, a girl who was in such deep denial that she refused to believe she was pregnant. Through airtight writing and fast-paced, gripping storytelling, Ms. Efaw takes the reader on Devon's unforgettable journey toward clarity, acceptance, and redemption.


My Opinion : I have to first say that three hours after reading this book I was still thinking about it. The end was like a big slap on the face. I won't say why, because some people may not want to know it.  Here's one thing, I almost wanted to throw the book in my pool because of the ending! Anyways... I LOVED the book. It made me tense. I like Efaw's writing and I learnt a lot of things about law and jail, which I liked. I recommend it to everyone! It teaches not to judge somebody too fast. I loved it!

Character : Devon Sky Davenport would be my favorite character. Let me explain why; she's a goalkeeper like me! She was quite secretive, which didn't help her case. I liked her.

Dom was cool. She changed my view on lawyers.

Great characters!

5/5 stars

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Little Blue Envelope : Series Review

Summary : Virginia (Ginny) Blackstone is a normal girl with a crazy aunt. No, scratch that; a dead crazy aunt. She then receives 13 letters from when her aunt was alive. The letters are easy; do this, do that. She does everything her aunts wants her to do. She even falls in love with Keith But, as she is about to read the thirteenth, her backpack - and the letters in it - get stolen. She gets back home. She's ready for her life to go on. Later, a mysterious boys emails her saying he has her letters. She takes off and meets him. His name is Oliver. They go off on an adventure, with Keith and his new girlfriend. She finds herself falling in love with Oliver.
A good story for people with an interest in traveling.


My Opinion : I liked this series even though this isn't my type of book. Maureen Johnson's writing has something great in it. Although this isn't my type of book, I enjoyed it and I recommend it to anyone.

Characters: Ginny was a  great character. Although she was sometimes a little dumb, I liked her and the atmosphere she created throughout the entire series.

Oliver was charming. He was mysterious and nice to Ginny.

Keith was stupid in the second book. In the first he was alright though.

Aunt Peg... crazy Aunt Peg. I liked her from the beginning.

Lots of characters have been in those two books, but I don't feel the need to write a special thing about them

Book One: 3.5/5
Book Two: 3.5/5
Series: 3.5/5

Marked : Book Review

Summary : Enter the dark, magical world of the House of Night, a world very much like our own, except here vampyres have always existed.
One minute, sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird is a normal teenager dealing with everyday high school stress: her cute boyfriend Heath, the school’s star quarterback who suddenly seems more interested in partying than playing ball; her nosy frenemy Kayla, who’s way too concerned with how things are going with Heath; her uber-tough geometry test tomorrow. The next, she’s Marked as a fledgling vampyre, forcing her to leave her ordinary life behind and join the House of Night, a boarding school where she will train to become an adult vampyre. That is, if she makes it through the Change—and not all of those who are Marked do. It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no average fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. Zoey discovers she has amazing powers, but along with her powers come bloodlust and an unfortunate ability to Imprint with Heath, who just doesn’t know how to take “no” for an answer. To add to her stress, she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers: when she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite group, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny—with a little help from her new vampyre friends.


My Opinion : This is yet another vampire series that got me hooked. It's in the perspective of Zoey Redbird. I liked how in the story, humans know vampyres exist. Of course, this may mean that humans will revolt against them, but lets not worry about this for now. I liked the Casts writing; the way you could know almost exactly what Zoey, the main characters, thought or felt. I liked also that Zoey went from normal girl to freaky vampyre. 

Characters : Zoey Redbird  would be my favorite character of all. Sshe could be whiny, but sometimes she could be courageous and stand up for what she believed. Somehpw, this character is what got me to love this book.

Stevie Rae was the cutest character of thee book. She was so caring and nice.

Erik Night was special. I wasn't sure if he was a bad or good guy. 

Even though Aphrodite was a total b****, I liked her. She was a great character for a b****!

Um... I liked the other characters, like Shaunee and Erin.

My least favoorite character would be Heath! I kind of hate him...

4/5 stars.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Chosen One : My Thirteenth Book Review

Summary : Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated polygamous community without questioning her father’s three wives and her twenty brothers and sisters. Or at least without questioning them much—if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her. But when the Prophet decrees that Kyra must marry her 60-year-old uncle—who already has six wives—Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family.


My Opinion : This book by Carol Lynch Williams was great. I enjoyed reading it a lot. I couldn't stop thinking about it.  I loved and still love  it!

Characters : Kyra had a great personality. She was 13 years old and faced with a wedding with her uncle. Ugh!  I loved her a lot. Her perspective was mature considering that she's 13 years old.

Laura was a good friend to Kyra.

Joshua was her 'boyfriend' or something like that. He was sweet, but I hated that he didn't come back for Kyra!

There were other characters, but I don't see why I should elaborate.

5/5 stars

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Last Sacrifice : Book Review

Summary : The astonishing final novel in Richelle Mead's epic series!

Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice. Now, with Rose on trial for her life and Lissa first in line for the Royal Throne, nothing will ever be the same between them.


My Opinion : The sixth, and last, book in the Vampire Academy series, was better than I thought it would be. My expectations were high, and they were met highly. I thought it would be great. BUT IT WAS INCREDIBLE AND AMAZING! I love the way Richelle Mead writes; the way she twists a plot to the maximum, the way the makes me like the characters even though some are bad guys and I love the way she makes me want to stay up all night to continue reading her books. Best book in the series! I feel nostalgic thinking that this series is finished *sobs*. 

Characters : My favorite character would be Dimitri (Comrade, Dimka) Belikov. I loved the way he tried staying away from Rose, or Roza as he called her. I guess he's my picture of a perfect guy.

Rose... Dear Rose, I like your character so much. I like the way she's a badass, the way she gets out of trouble and the way she didn't lose her head after all the dark spirit she 'sucked' out of Lissa.

Vasilisa (Lissa) Dragomir was quite different in this book. She was more like Rose, but she was still Lissa. She looks like a nice friend.

Adrian was quite special. It kind of broke my heart to see him hurt after, well, the thing between Rose and Dimitri. I liked him but Dimitri was better. 

Two words.Tasha. Ozera. She was one of my suspects for the murder of the queen, but, I thought it was Adrian's mother, Danielle Ivashkov.

Danielle Ivashkov was my first suspect, but it was kind of too obvious. Good character.

Jill (Jailbait as Adiran calls her). I knew she was the illegitimate sister of Lissa. It was obvious.

There were tons of characters... but I won't explain them all.

5+/5 stars.  

Friday, July 08, 2011

13 Little Blue Envelopes : Book Review

Summary :  Virginia (Ginny) Blackstone is a seventeen year old teenage girl with a dead aunt. Her aunt died from an illness (not said in the book). She then receives 13 little blue envelopes from when her aunt was alive. Her aunt wrote, in those envelopes, steps on an incredible journey. From Britain, to Paris, to Greece, Amsterdam and more. Ginny meets Keith. They become kind of boyfriend and girlfriend.


My Opinion : This books from author Maureen Johnson was good. Not great, nor incredible, but good. I'm not much of a fan of books about adventures, but at least there was some romance. I like how Ginny was; her personality. Well, good book! I have heard there is a sequel and it's already on my to-read shelf.

Characters : Keith would be my favorite character of the book. I liked how he was introduced as a musical producer. And that Ginny gave him money, that he wondered why and began to know her better.

Ginny was a nice main character! I liked her energy and the way the thought. I like how timid she is around boys; I thought it was quite cute.

Aunt Peg looked a lot of fun! I don't know why I got that impression... right... she's eccentric!

Richard was a sweet guy and it didn't really impress me that he and Aunt Peg were dating, and married.

Of course, there are other characters... tons of them! Like Olivia, the lesbian girl who didn't tell her parents about her 'favoritism'. I didn't like that she didn't tell her parents; it's not a good example to set.

3.5/5 stars.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Love is Hell: Book Review

Summary : Sleeping with the spirit : Brenda moves to a new home. But the thing is, it's haunted. Twenty years ago, a seventeen years old boy named Travis got murdered by his step-father for trying to protect his mom from being beaten up. Brenda slowly falls in love with his ghost. She then needs to say goodbye after getting his last wish done. 

Stupid Perfect Word : In the future where everything is perfect, Kieran takes a Scarcity class with other students. It's about the history of people in our time. Their new project is to experiment something that got eliminated from their word; sleeping, traveling by boat, diseases, hormones etc. Kieran chooses to try sleeping and Maria chooses to stop her medicine, which stops hormones. They begin liking each other and end up falling in love.

Thinner than Water : Jeannie, a girl with big dreams at becoming a doctor, meets a mysterious boy in her village called Robbie. They fall in love and she gets back to school since her parents got her out of it. Then, the villagers who believe that Robbie is evil. They murder him.Jeannie end up with a guy named Charlie, who is gay. Robbie comes and visits her as a ghost; trying to get her to kill herself and come with him the 'other world'. Jeannie doesn't do it and ends up having a baby with Charlie called Fay Greene.

Fan Fictions : Paige falls in love with a guy named Aaron. She's a big reader (like me) but doesn't want to try a new book. She finally reads it and finds out that her falling in love with Aaron was her imagination. She goes to the writer of the book and accuses her.

Love Struck : Alana falls in love with Murrin, a guy with weird powers. Murrin's brother tries to get them to break up and he succeeds. They finally get back together when they learn taht Murrin's brother lied to get them to break up.


My Opinion : Since there are five stories, I'll give my opinion on each of them!

Sleeping with the spirit was a good story by Laurie Faria Stolarz. It's my second favorite in the book! I guess I just loved the whole ghost-human love.

I was impressed by Stupid Perfect Word by Scott Westerfeld. I normally don't really like his writing, but this was my favorite story!

Thinner than Water was okay. It was my fourth favorite story in all.

Fan Fictions was quite good actually. It's my third favorite.

Love Struck was my least favorite of all because they didn't really explain anything about the weird power things!

Note : Take note that since there were five stories and too many characters by story, IO won't talk about them.

Sleeping with the Spirit : 4/5
Stupid Perfect Word : 4.5/5
Thinner than Water : 3/5
Fan Fictions : 3.5/5
Love Struck : 2.5/5

The whole book : 4/5 ... I guess

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Extras : Book Review

Summary : The world has become a different place since Tally Youngblood upset the Uglies, Pretties, Specials applecart. What it's like? Well, visualize an all-day, everyday version of American Idol, where everybody's a contestant and there are cameras everywhere. In this constant competition, teenager Aya Fuse ranks as a nobody; 451,369 to be exact. Of course, such obscurity has its small rewards, all of which have now become endangered by her friendship with the Sly Girls. Another futuristic thriller by Uglies trilogy author Scott Westerfeld.


Opinion : You probably think that I always love all the books I read, but no, and here's the proof: The fourth and last book in the series Uglies, was alright. I never really liked Scott Westerfeld's writing, but I always liked his plots. And so that's why I continued reading the series. And there's also the fact that a lot of people liked his books, and so I always said : Why not try it? I can't lose anything. Well, I think the series has something, but the author puts way too much details! I love details, but I don't like when there are too much. ¸

Characters : Aya Fuse was quite nice. I loved her personality, and the way she got famous.

I loved Frizz and the idea of Radical Honesty! It was just awesome.

I think Ren would have made a good boyfriend for Aya. I liked the way he was so good at electronics.

Hiro was so snob! I didn't like that, but I thought the way he cared for his little sister was cute.

I saw a completely new side of Tally. I never thought she could be that... kind of mean.

The Sly Girls were cool.

I liked all the other characters except for the inhumans; they freaked me out!  

3/5 stars.  

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Crescendo : Book Review

Summary : Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but atleast she got a guardian angel out of it: a mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever and even worse, he's started spending time with Nora's arch-enemy, Marcie Millar. 

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadnt been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feeling that he's hiding something. 

Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperatly searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts.


My Opinion : This sequel of one of my favorite books; hush, hush, was quite good. I enjoyed it quite a lot, but not as much as the first one. In my opinion, in most series, the first book is great and the last too. But the others would be okay or good, never great. Of course, I thought the plot was good, but it needed something more. And I hate the cliffhanger at the end! I know it's a way for author to make readers read the other book, but I still hate the cliffhanger!

Characters : My favorite character would definitely be Patch! I loved his attitude. At first, when I learned about him maybe killing Nora's dad, I was sure he did it. When I found out he didn't, I was struck!

Then, Vee would come in second place. She is just bright! But a bit stupid, I have to admit.

Nora was quite nice. I bit too dumb at times, but still nice. She was well thought.

Rixon was weird. It was a great twist that he was  Nora's father's murderer.

The other characters are okay.

4/5 stars.

North Of Beautiful : Book Review

Summary : It's hard not to notice Terra Cooper.

She's tall, blond, and has an enviable body. But with one turn of her cheek, all people notice is her unmistakably "flawed" face. Terra secretly plans to leave her stifling small town in the Northwest and escape to an East Coast college, but gets pushed off-course by her controlling father. When an unexpected collision puts Terra directly in Jacob's path, the handsome but quirky Goth boy immediately challenges her assumptions about herself and her life, and she is forced in yet another direction. With her carefully laid plans disrupted, will Terra be able to find her true path?

Written in lively, artful prose, award-winning author Justina Chen Headley has woven together a powerful novel about a fractured family, falling in love, travel, and the meaning of true beauty.


My Opinion : This great book wasn't what I expected. I normally love young adult paranormal romance books. But this was more of a reality romance. Of course, I was impressed by how it got me into the story after fifty pages. I liked the book.

Charaters : My favorite character of all would be Lois, Terra's mother. I was struck by how she put up with her husband. I loved how she got out of her shield in China.

Jacob, or Goth Guy according to Terra's friend, was exceptional. I was so happy when he and Terra finally kissed! I loved him so much!

Terra was quite... cool. The fact that she had an amazing body, but that her wine stain was on her face, was quite  awesome.

I quite liked Emily even though she wasn't a big part of the novel. I hated to know that Merc and her weren't going out any more.

Claudius was good; I liked him.

The other characters were all okay except for at Terra's father. I disliked this stupid guy from the very beginning!

4/5 stars