Title: Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) Author: Danielle Paige Format: ebook( HarperCollins| Owned) Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository Blurb (Goodreads): I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.But when your whole life gets swept … Continue reading
Title: The Diamond Thief
Author: Sharon Gosling
Format: E-ARC (Capstone Switch Press | Owned)
No one performs on the circus trapeze like 16-year-old Rémy Brunel. But Rémy also leads another life, prowling through the backstreets of Victorian London as a jewel thief. When she is forced to steal one of the world’s most valuable diamonds, she uncovers a world of treachery and fiendish plots.
Meanwhile, young detective Thaddeus Rec is determined to find the jewel and clear his name. Will Thaddeus manage to rescue the jewel? Or is it really Rémy that he needs to save?
I received this ARC from Netgalley and this my honest review of it
I find it pretty okay but not full enough. I also felt that the length of this stand-alone was a little too short for a mystery book. I expected it to be at least 400 pages long. I did not really have high hopes for this book as I have not read any of Sharon Gosling’s book and it’s an ARC so there are bound to be flaws in it. Overall, it was a light read. I felt that the suspense did not really build up to the point which made me want to know what will happen next. I guess that was the downside of this book. I felt that more events could be added and more discoveries. I felt that the discoveries made were done too easily. That’s not how mystery book normally goes. The characters will first suspect and when they investigate further, they end up with dead-ends. So I guess that was what was lacking in this book.
I felt that they were pretty flat and I did not feel connected to them at all. They are pretty much two-dimensional most of the time throughout the whole book. I did not love or hate them and just felt okay with them. It was more of a meh feeling.
I kind of like how Sharon Gosling writes descriptions. They are pretty original and it kind of gave me the ambience of the Victorian era. They matched pretty well and that got me settled into the world pretty quickly.
Please do share with me if you have read the published version of this book if there are improvements to the plot.
Title: Infinite (Newsoul #3)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Format: Hardcover ( Katherine Tegen Books| Borrowed)
The Year of Souls begins with an earthquake—an alarming rumble from deep within the earth—and it’s only the first of greater dangers to come. The Range caldera is preparing to erupt. Ana knows that as Soul Night approaches, everything near Heart will be at risk.
Ana’s exile is frightening, but it may also be fortuitous, especially if she can convince her friends to flee Heart and Range with her. They’ll go north, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan’s ascension. And with any luck, the newsouls will be safe from harm’s reach.
The oldsouls might have forgotten the choice they made to give themselves limitless lifetimes, but Ana knows the true cost of reincarnation. What she doesn’t know is whether she’ll have the chance to finish this one sweet life with Sam, especially if she returns to Heart to stop Janan once and for all.
With gorgeous romance and thrilling action, the final book in the Incarnate trilogy offers a brilliant conclusion to the compelling questions of this fascinating world, where one new girl is the key to the lives of millions.
Why did I pick this book:
I read the first and second book in January this year and I want to finish the series. As I am participating in the 2014 Series Challenge, I want to clear as many unfinished series as possible. I reserved this book from the library as I wanted to read it ASAP as I did not have any reading plans then.
It was the best of all three books as there’s full of action and there were disputes between characters. And most of the time when I was reading I was like this:
I could not wait to see what happens next to the extend that I skipped several lines to find out what happen.
It was very well paced and it was a total roller coaster. Like in the previous book, Ana and Sam fought and they did too in this book and it was much worse which makes the whole atmosphere really tense. I like how Jodi Meadows added the voices of the Sylph and the Dragons into the plot. It was like Ana was the only one who could communicate with them. And that leads me to my first question which went unanswered. Is it because Ana’s a newsoul or is she really the only one who could do so? When it comes to the final book, I’m mostly looking out for closure. Yes it ended well and Janan is no longer in the picture and so is reincarnation. However, we did not go into detail about the year. In the three books there is the Year of Souls and a few others which were mentioned. There was also Soul Night which was not explained. I kind of felt frustrated as I’m pretty sure the different Years had a meaning behind them something like the Chinese zodiac. As this series revolves around Souls, I think Soul Night is a festival that the people of the Heart celebrates and I was hoping for an explanation in the final book. I was kind of disappointed as this played a role in the world building.
I loved the interaction between the characters particularly in this book. I felt that they were more three dimensional in this book especially the non-main ones like Stef and the others. Their involvement in this book was much more instead of the two protagonist. I usually have hate towards antagonists but this time round its extreme. I really hated Janan to the core as he’s someone whose got power all over in his head. There’s not a single bit of humanity or moral in him at all.
I hardly had difficulty reading the book and it was such a breeze. There weren’t too many flowery words used and neither do I come across parts that beat around the bush. I prefer books which cut straight to the point as the suspense is already killing me. By beating about the bush, I would say its torture.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Title: Prodigy (Legend #2)
Author: Marie Lu
Format: Hardcover ( Putnam Juvenile | Borrowed)
Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?
Why did I pick this book:
I read Legend back in 2013 and I really enjoyed it. As I am participating in the 2014 Series Challenge, I want to clear as many unfinished series as possible. I saw it was available in the Library and decided to pick it up.
It was much more exciting and thrilling than the first. The first already sort of left me “breathless” the second also did the same to me. In this book, I felt more attached to the characters and my reaction towards their actions and people’s actions towards them was stronger. Like the first, it is written in alternating POVs and im Legend the chapter’s on June’s POV was written in gold and this time, it’s Day’s turn and its in blue. I guess that was what made me want to know what’s going to happen next and increased my reading speed. We learn more about the Patriots and their activities as Day is now working with them. As for June, she learns more about the current Elector who is now Anden (son of deceased Elector). She finds out that Anden was not what she and the people of the Republic imagined him as. It ended with a bittersweet ending and that made me want to read Champion soon.
June and Day grew a lot in this installment. Their relationship and trust was also put to the test. When June was working undercover and playing her role in front of Anden, she did not have direct communication with Day at all. As she knows he’s watching her through the cameras, she used signals to hint to Day that Anden is not what they think he is. Also the realization Tess has a crush on Day although in Day’s eyes she’s his sister. That was when I was against how Tess’ actions towards Day and her intentions behind them. Then there’s Anden’s interest in June. This is all going to get pretty tangled I guess in the next book.
I really loved Marie Lu’s writing. It was short and sweet. I seldom had to reread lines and that was one of the main reasons I enjoyed reading. I don’t really enjoy books that had me to reread lines as it disrupts the flow of my reading. I’ll be looking forward to Marie Lu’s new series The Young Elites which would be published this year. Can’t wait. I’m fangirling over it now and currently following Marie Lu’s Pinterest board for the book.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Author: Kimberly Loth
Release Date: 05/01/14
Trapped in a dark cult, sixteen-year-old Naomi Aren has lived a quiet, albeit unhappy, life nestled deep in the hills of the Ozarks. With uncut hair, denim skirts, and only roses for friends, Naomi seldom questions why her life is different from other kids at school. Until the day her abusive father, who is also the cult’s leader, announces her wedding. Naomi must marry Dwayne Yerdin, a bully who reeks of sweat and manure and is the only one person who scares her worse than her father.
Then she meets Kai, the mysterious boy who brings her exotic new roses and stolen midnight kisses. Kisses that bring her a supernatural strength she never knew she had. As the big day approaches, Naomi unearths more secrets of about her father’s cult. She learns she has power of her own and while Kai may have awakened that power, Naomi must find a way to use it to escape Dwayne and her father—without destroying herself.
Buy it on: Amazon
Thank you for having me on your blog today. I’m thrilled to be able to talk about Kissed. This journey has been so amazing. Today I want to talk about something that readers have told me they’ve really enjoyed about the book. The roses.
I consider myself a lifelong learner. I love learning new things. And I love books that teach me about new things or places. One of the first things I often do when I finish a book is Google the setting, a hobby a character had or something else interesting I found in the book. My favorite books are ones that not only captured me up in the story but one that taught me something I never knew before. For example, in North of Beautiful by Justina Chen her main character loves maps and learns how to geocache. I’d never heard of the concept before that book. Now, it’s a hobby that I enjoy.
I wanted to capture that spirit in Kissed. My main character, Naomi, is obsessed with roses. From a young age she learned how to garden with her grandmother and by the time we meet her at sixteen, she has a greenhouse filled with exotic rose blends and a garden out back.
I start every chapter with something she knows about roses or how she applies those roses to her life. Here’s the one from chapter four.
Seven roses contain the name of the day of rest. My favorite is Sunday Lemonade. Its pale pink blooms give off a scent of lazy summer nights visiting with friends. Just the opposite of the many Sabbaths I spend with my father. His Sundays smell like famine and pestilence.
Many readers have asked how I know so much about roses. The truth is, I didn’t know much until I started writing Kissed. I’d always loved roses. My grandpa grew them and I loved watching him trim them when I was a child. He always picked a few roses for me and cut off all the thorns. But I’d never grown my own before.
When I knew Naomi needed this, I checked out every book on roses my small community library contained. (Five books, in case you were wondering). I began reading everything I could online. I found out there are literally thousands of different roses. It was so fun finding roses to fit each situation. But I needed more than that.
I drove out to my local Lowes and picked out a few plants. I only chose ones that smelled good and would bloom all season. A lot of rose bushes will only bloom once a year and while Naomi was content with that, I wasn’t.
I’ve always had a black thumb. I killed everything I grew. Everything I read said that roses were hard to grow. To my surprise, not only did they live, but they flourished. I loved those roses. Honestly, I think that was the key. We’ve moved since then, but for a couple of years I had gorgeous smelly roses. Not only that, I was able to really get a feel for the roses and add an authenticity that research alone doesn’t give you.
If you are interested in trying to grow your own roses, I would recommend Oklahoma, Tiffany, or Granada roses. They seem to do well in most climates and have dreamy smells. Also, Miracle Grow Roses does wonders.
I hope you will enjoy Kissed. You can buy it on Amazon. Until the of the week it’s only 99 cents.
About the Author
Kimberly Loth can’t decide where she wants to settle down. She’s lived in Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Utah, California, Oregon, and South Carolina. She finally decided to make the leap and leave the U.S. behind for a few years. Currently, she lives in Cairo, Egypt with her husband and two kids.
She is a high school math teacher by day (please don’t hold that against her) and YA author by night. She loves romantic movies, chocolate, roses, and crazy adventures. Kissed is her first novel.
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Title: The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) Author: Marie Rutkoski Format: E-book ( Farrar Straus Giroux | Owned) Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository Blurb (Goodreads): Winning what you want may cost you everything you love As a general’s daughter in a vast empire … Continue reading
Title: Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea (Between #1)
Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
Format: Hardback (Dial| Borrowed)
You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…
Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard.
Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?
Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark- haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery… who makes you want to kiss back.
Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.
Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.
Why did I pick this book:
First of all, I was attracted by its cover which I saw on Goodreads and when I read the blurb, it seems like the kind of book I like to read. Yes I love gothic stuff. I also read the reviews and it seems like a book that I would enjoy and has been pinning to read it until I saw it in the library and I decided to pick it up.
Well I must say, it was spooky and gothic and dark. I like it. However, I did not like how things turn out when Brodie (River and Neely’s half brother) came into the picture and the situation was worse than the current one. I felt that the events could be spaced out to allow character to have the opportunity to react to it. Since its going to be a series, I don’t see why is there a need to introduce Brodie to us. I felt that I have yet to know Neely and in came a new character. I felt that it was rather rushed and not properly spaced out. That’s so far the only flaw. The whole paranormal thing really spooked me out. I also like how Violet’s life is somehow linked with her grandmother’s past. With the events happening in town, Violet went to search for her Grandmother’s letters if she left any for Violet to find and she found out that her Grandmother had relations with Jack’s grandfather and also River’s grandfather (if I’m not wrong). I find that whole part really cool and I’m looking forward to more of such stuff in the sequels.
The book could have been better if we had stronger characters and I mean Violet and River. No wonder they are perfect match. They simply loose their strength when the other is present. I could not stand it and that is a big no-no. I got tired of them and that hindered my reading. Fine I accept that in the beginning the characters have not grown and the events will help them grow. But no, there isn’t any character development for either of them. Except that they found each other. I guess they did not even have love in their relationship. I guess its infatuation. For both of them. One example is despite River telling lies, she still forgives him. I mean he lied so many times, he’s got a motive up there. She’s just clouded by her own perception of him.
If that’s what you call character development. Then there’s Sunshine. She’s a flashy girl. She practically throws herself at almost any guy she sees. There’s Luke, Violet’s twin brother. He’s a loose guy, he’s horny and his thoughts were most of the time voiced out. It’s quite sad, they only thing I knew about them at the end (which was obviously stated) that their interest in each other is for real and not to make Violet jealous. Ughh the characters just fit too perfectly for each other. So we have the weaklings and the loose people. I feel so bad shamming them, but that’s all I read.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Title: Shatter Me(Shatter Me #1)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Format: E-book (HarperCollins| Borrowed)
“You can’t touch me,” I whisper.
I’m lying, is what I don’t tell him.
He can touch me, is what I’ll never tell him.
But things happen when people touch me.
No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.
But Juliette has plans on her own.
After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.
Why did I pick this book:
It was mentioned, raved and hyped and I want to see what caused the rave and hype. And since I’m always procrastinating my books and one of the Goodreads groups that I’m in is doing a group read for this book and I signed myself up for it. Overall I’m quite satisfied with the book and I’m so glad I do not have to classify it under “over-rated hyped books” . So let’s get on with the discussion and my thoughts of the book itself.
Let’s talk about the good stuff. It was action-packed. However, we knew little of the world outside. What was happening with the Reestablishment in control. Since our heroine is locked up in a mental institution, news of the world outside don’t really get to her. Her parents regard her as an abomination. However, she does not seem that bored inside her cell as she has a notebook with her and she pens down her thoughts. And then Adam came in as her cell mate. She avoided him at first but starts explaining how things goes in the mental institution. As days past, she slowly starts to open up as Adam told him more about himself though Juliette was not that interested. One day, guards came in a she was brought out of her cell and she met Warner. Warner explained his intentions to her and said that her powers were a gift and would be of great help for him. During her days there, Warner used all kinds of methods to get Juliette to surrender and join hands with him. Meanwhile, Adam as one of the guards under Warner came into Juliette’s room and talked to her in the bathroom as there were no cameras. At the point on time I was confused whose side should I root for Adam whose nice to Juliette or the power-hungry Warner who turns out not to be a villain somehow. However, one of the problems I had were the intimacy between Juliette and Adam. Yes, it’s okay if you have a few but the amount of such scenes in the book turned out to be unnecessary in my opinion. Their intimacy was like lovers who were separated for a very long time and finally they were together again and they were afraid to loose each other again.
Juliette. Juliette. Juliette. I don’t know how to describe her. Her character has two extremes like hot and cold. One moment she’s on one side of the spectrum the next she’s one the other side. I must say her mood swings are major. She was also impulsive in terms of her actions and such actions were self-destructive as well. For example she kissed Warner so that she can take his gun from his pocket and shoot him so that she can save Adam. Though she hates him to the core, she was still willing to kiss him. And I was like this:
Then we have Kenji (sounds Japanese or really a Japanese name) he’s a guy who likes to speaks his mind and hence he’s blunt with his words and most of the time it contains “shit”. I find him an interesting character and I like him more than Adam. There’s also James he reminds me of Russell from Up. Which I have no idea but that’s my image of him in my mind.
And there’s Warner the villain for now. He seems to have problems with his father and it looks like he wants to prove something to his father and for that he needs Juliette. What if all this hunt for Juliette was just some father-son who has too much ego in them to give in.
The writing was beautiful however, I find it rather exaggerating as such description was not necessary then. One example when Tahereh Mafi described Juliette’s inability to talk at that moment and expressed in a way saying it felt as if there were cotton balls stuck in my throat. There are times I must say the writing was beautiful and appropriate. Like these two instances:
Yep and the striking out of words/ sentences. It was very unique and that’s what made me like this book.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Would I continue with the series:
Yes, there are so many unanswered questions and one of them is the Reestablishment. Then there is the Omega Point. Is the Omega Point an uprising against the Reestablishment. How did Juliette’s superpowers came about and her immunity to nuclear. And what about the other’s who posses powers like Juliette?
Title: Requiem (Delirium #3)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Format: Hardback (HarperCollins Children’s Books | Borrowed)
They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.
But we are still here.
And there are more of us every day.
Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.
After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor.
Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.
Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.
But we have chosen a different road.
And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.
We are even free to choose the wrong thing.
Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.
Why did I pick this book:
I read the first and second book one after the other last year and really enjoyed the series. As I did not want to leave the gap between Pandemonium and Requiem too long, I decided to pick up the third soon and finish it. And I’m so glad I did it.\
Like the second book — Pandemonium, Requiem is written in alternating POVs and its between Lena and Hana. Requiem starts off with Lena reuniting with Raven and the rest and Julian is their new add on. He was not really welcomed has his father was part of the DFA (Deliria Free America). It was also partly he is a burden to the group as he do not know how to fight. On their way to Waterbury, they met Coral who was attacked by presumably Savages. Another older woman came with her but died shortly after. Along the way Lena and her friends met countless obstacles as Regulators are now in the Wilds, and they go around hunting them down. However, as they weren’t really trained Lena and friends manage to escape. As for Hana she is to be wedded to Fred Hargrove who is now Mayor but she soon discover what he really was and does not want to end up like Fred’s ex-wife Cassandra. There weren’t much planning on the Uprising as Invalids were scattered everywhere and I guess it was not Lauren Oliver’s main point. The attack was kind of impromptu for Lena and her friends. I guess its more on character development and uncovering secrets that were kept as there were quite a number of unexpected plot twists. At the end of the book ,we were left with a cliffhanger conclusion. I think its very unique to put such a conclusion at the end of a series.
I thought there was going to be a major fight between Alex and Julian over Lena as they both like her but turns out it did not happen. I guess Alex did not want to make things worst for the group as they are on a run and they do not need casualties or wasting time engaging in immature fights. I hated it when Alex gave Lena cold shoulders. As for Lena, she has grown so much since she stepped into the wilds and she met her mother coincidentally. And I also felt Lena’s hurt when her mom did not publicly recognize her daughter. I would feel betrayed to0 as all this while Lena thought she was dead, then she found out her mom is in prison and escaped. Hana also grew when she was Fred’s wife to be and she felt remorse for telling on Lena and Alex, she went to visit Grace and gave her household supplies. I guess since Hana has the procedure done, I kind of don’t really like her as much as before.
I love Lauren Oliver’s writing as its so beautiful. The way she portrays her ideas is unique and I really love this phrase from the book.