Oct 30, 2012

Hemlock,Hemlock,#1.

Posted by Jenia. at 10/30/2012 06:47:00 PM 0 comments
Hemlock.
Kathleen Peacock.
Publisher:Katherine Tegen Books.
Publication Date:May 8,2012.
Genre:YA Paranormal Mystery||Romance.
Series:Hemlock,#1.
Format|Pages:Hardcover|416.
Source:Library|Goodreads.
Challenge:Debut Author.


5 STARS
 
 


Hemlock was an amazing debut, it had left me speechless. I did have high expectations for the book, after reading summary and few reviews. In the end, I have ended up loving it more than I thought I would. I had always been a fan of werewolves stories, they one of my favorites, this has to be my favorite out of ones that I read so far. It was unlike other werewolf books I read, it was different and unique and it was what I loved about it. Each page, each paragraph was intense, filled with some sort action, there wasn’t single page that didn’t have you on edge of your seat, kept you on wondering. I’m already in love with this series. I’m looking forward to Peacock’s next book.

GOODREADS SUMMARY
Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.
Since then, Mac's life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac's hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy's killer:
A white werewolf.
 
Lupine syndrome--also known as the werewolf virus--is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.
 
Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy's murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy's boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

It seems like a lot of people were drawn in by cover, for this book. Honestly that what caught my attention was the cover. When I came across it while surfing Goodreads, I checked out right away. Even before I got around to reading the summary, I had feeling that the book would be intense and even sad in a way. I could tell by the girl on the cover, how she was sitting by herself, sad. The fact that she seemed to be sitting in the forest, I had feeling that something had happened to someone she was close to. Of course my first question was, who? So that’s when I read the summary. The cover is stunning, totally capture your attention.

What I loved about this book, was the mystery. It was all way through the book and it always kept you wondering. Just when you thought that you figured out who killed Amy, another suspect seems to come into picture, like Ben towards the end. He was the last person I thought would be the killer. Especially how he wasn’t even a suspect and not mentioned all that much, till the last few chapters. He wouldn’t even cross my mind. I loved how she put that twist. Also the twist with Kyle. I kind of suspected something was up with him, and Heather but him being a werewolf? Being infected by her, I did not see that coming. This is type of twists that I love in books, it keeps you guessing. It keeps you on reading, wondering what’s going happen next, what other twist will come next.

Kyle & Jason : For some reason, I had feeling that Mac would end up with Jason, maybe because of way they acted in beginning and how Mac thought he kiss her. The way she acted when she thought that he would kiss her. Despite her denying it, or trying to deny, I know she has some sort feelings for him. I had feeling that Jason liked her, but was surprised to find out he liked her while he was still with Amy. Now Kyle, I loved him from the start, the way he always tried to protect her. Though he also pushed her away half of time when he came to feelings, I knew he loved her, even before he said. I’m kind of hoping Mac will find him, end up with Kyle. To me, Jason seems dangerous. At same time curious if anything happen between Jason and Mac while they looking for Kyle.

I thought it was interesting how you could get infected, from scratch. Other books I read, you usually had get bitten by one. Of course in this book everyone was aware of werewolves. I think if you fan of werewolves, this is the novel that is totally worth checking out. It filled with action, mystery, romance and it will keep you reading till you reach the end.

Oct 29, 2012

Timepiece, Hourglass,#2.

Posted by Jenia. at 10/29/2012 11:40:00 AM 0 comments
Timepiece.
Myra McEntire.
Publisher:Egmont USA.
Publication Date:June 12,  2012.
Genre:YA Fantasy|Adventure|Mystery.
Series:Hourglass,#2.
Format|Pages:Hardcover|325.
Source:Library|Goodreads.

5 STARS






Wow. If you loved Hourglass, you are going to love Timepiece, . The second I picked up the book, I basically had to force myself to put the book down; I was so engaged in the story, the characters. Honestly, I actually enjoyed Timepiece more than Hourglass. Even if I loved Emerson and Michael story, there seemed to be more action, more mysteries in Kaleb story. Besides I loved Kaleb since start, I found myself enjoying his character more than I did Michael. There were quite bit twists in the story that I didn’t see coming. I’m eager to find out what happens in next installment of the series.

GOODREADS SUMMARY
  A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking...
 
Kaleb Ballard was never supposed to be able to see ripples - cracks in time. Are his powers expanding, or is something very wrong? Before he can find out, Jonathan landers, the man who tried to murder is father, reappears. Why is he back, and what, or whom, does he want?
 
In the wake of Landers' return, the Hourglass organization is given an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he's stolen on the people who might carry the time gene, or time will be altered - with devastating results for the people Kaleb loves most.
 
Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Landers. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough...

  The Cover is stunning in this book. It looks mysterious, but at the same time dangerous, the way that the girl is holding onto door like she is about to get blown away. Even if you were not read the summary of the book first, the cover would totally capture attention. It would make the reader curious about the picture, it makes the reader think about what the photograph could mean and observe it for few minutes. That’s what it did to me, and it made me even more curious about the book. I did not expect it to be in Kaleb’s point of view, but I could tell that it wasn’t Emerson when I started it reading it, the tone seemed different. I picked up after few seconds that this time it was told from Kaleb’s point of view. I found myself excited that there would be more of Kaleb in the book; I always wondered what Kaleb was thinking, especially with everything going on with his mother. I couldn’t even begin to imagine how it must feel, to have your mom in Coma and unable to do anything. Honestly, I wouldn’t be able to stay strong, the way that Kaleb did. Through reading this novel, I began to understand Kaleb more, about why he acted the way he is. But at same time, I saw how much he changed as well.

Lily & Kaleb: Lily was the last person that I thought Kaleb would end up falling for. Actually I didn’t see Kaleb the type of person that could fall for anyone, it not sense that I got from him when he appeared in Hourglass. I was sure that something would happen between him and Emerson, but same time was glad that there wasn’t another love triangle, since it seems to be a pattern in the books lately. What I loved about their relationship is fact that it wasn’t love at first sight, it seemed like they hated each other at beginning, well at least Lily did. Can’t say I don’t blame her, considering how he acted when they first met. I loved the hate/love relationship they had. Despite what they claimed, I knew they cared about each other. I could tell towards the end that Kaleb truly cared about her, not the feeling I expected from Kaleb.

  I loved the mystery in this book, the adventure. There was so much action, it made the novel even more engaging. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Hourglass, Hourglass,#1.

Posted by Jenia. at 10/29/2012 09:01:00 AM 0 comments
Hourglass.
Myra McEntire.
Publisher:Egmont USA.
Publication Date:June 14,2011.
Genre: YA Fantasy|Adventure|Romance.
Series:Hourglass,#1.
Format|Pages:Paperback|390.
Source:Library|Goodreads.

5 STARS
 
 
 
 


Have you ever come across a novel, you wished that you read earlier? That’s how I felt about Hourglass, . I had seen quite few good reviews about the book through months on goodreads. So, finally I came across it in library. I always enjoyed time travel novels. This was one of most addicting ones that I read. I could barely force myself to put the book down. Every page kept me on the edge of my seat. I found myself eager to find out what happens next with all the characters, especially Emerson. If you like action, adventure and mystery, you are going love Hourglass.

 GOODREADS SUMMARY
For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn't there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents' death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She's tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.
 
So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may also change her past.
 
Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he's around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened.

Hourglass was an amazing debut novel. Honestly, I had no idea that it was McEntire’s debut novel till after I finished the book. Everything about it was amazing, the writing, the plot and the storyline. Hourglass is fantasy, but the emotions, the descriptions that were displayed within the novel, made it feel everything so much more realistic to me. I felt like I was there with Emerson, besides her, going through everything that she was, feeling what she was. I felt myself able to connect to Emerson the most then the other characters. All the settings described, including when they traveled back in time, to save Kaleb’s father, were well written, that I could imagine it while reading, including the travel time. It’s fascinating, reading about the adventures; I had hard time putting this novel down. I didn’t want book to end, I wanted to see where their adventures would take them next.

Michael, Kaleb & Emerson: I loved them from the start. For Michael & Emerson, I knew that there was going be something between two of them, the moment that two of them met, especially when he told her, that he sees others, from past as well. I could tell that there was some sort of connection between the two of them. Even if Michael denied it at first, I knew he cared about her, considering the fact how he acted when Kaleb was flirting with Emerson, I could tell that he didn’t like it. He even went as far, to warn her even if Kaleb was his best friend. Now, Kaleb was different from Michael, he seemed more dangerous to me but I could see that there was some sort of tension between the two of them. I am curious if there be some sort of love triangle between the three of them, I’m eager to find out.

This is the type of book that have you craving for more after you read. That’s how I felt, I wanted to pick up the next book right after reading this one. I was happy that Emerson had a happy ending in way. At first I was hesitant about them being able to get Michael back. Even if it wasn’t all good news but at least Emerson and Michael reunited. If you enjoy adventure books or travel books, pick this one up.

Oct 28, 2012

The Lost Prince, The Iron Fey:Call Of Forgotten,#1.

Posted by Jenia. at 10/28/2012 07:22:00 PM 0 comments
The Lost Prince.
Julie Kagawa.
Publisher:Harlequin Teen
Publication Date:October 23,2012.
Genre:YA Fantasy|Adventure.
Series:The Iron Fey:Call Of Fortgotten,#1.
Format|Pages:EARC|379.
Source:Provided by Harlequin Teen, for review|Netgalley.


4.7 STARS
 
 
 


I loved The Iron Fey series. At first I was bit hesitant of reading the spin off, I wasn’t sure how much I enjoy it since Meghan been my favorite character. At same time, I was curious about Ethan, how he turned out since he was younger in Iron Fey. I ended up loving this series, though I still prefer Iron Fey bit more, I know that I will enjoy this one. I was happy that I received an ARC copy through the publisher. There was so much action in this novel. I’m already curious where their journey will take them next.

GOODREADS SUMMARY
 
Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.
 
That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.
 
Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

The Lost Prince is the type of book that keeps your attention, from a start to the very end. Pretty much every page in the book, kept me on the edge of my seat, kept me guessing. That what I love about Kagawa novels, fact that she has us guessing what’s going to happen, what will be discovered through the entire book. That’s type of books I love, not when you figure what will come, halfway through the novel. I was curious, to see if they would succeed in their mission, solve the mystery and be able to get back home, safely. There was also some twist within book, I did not see coming. Like with Mackenzie’s secret, that took as much by surprise as Ethan when she told him. I had feeling that she was hiding something, but Cancer? That was the last thing I suspected. I was sad when I found out, because I loved Mackenzie, right from start. Now, I can’t wait for next installment, I am kind of curious what will happen with all those faeries, if war will break out.

Mackenzie & Ethan: I loved how different they were. In way they reminded me of Ash & Meghan, expect Ethan was even more stubborn then Ash was. Expect to me, Ethan seemed more stubborn and he tried pretty much everything in attempt to stay away from her. He tried to deny his feelings for so long, always arguing with Mackenzie too, but I knew he cared about her, right from the start. Otherwise he wouldn’t try protecting her when they got to Faery word, and the way he had those weird feelings anytime he was around her. Now Mackenzie, now that’s a girl that you don’t want to mess with, she’s one of strongest fictional female characters I came across. She reminds me bit of Meghan, expect to me, she was strong right from the start. Also way she doesn’t take no for answer and doesn’t let anyone control her, I love that in a girl. She’s tough. Now, I am pretty curious what will happen between them, especially since Mackenzie is sick.

I loved that they mentioned Meghan and Ash in the books, even if it wasn’t much. They were my favorites in Iron Fey so it made me smile. Seeing, reading about the characters from the series made me feel like the Iron Fey didn’t quite end. I’m happy that she decided to write a spin off. I wasn’t sure if she actually mentions characters from series, so one of reasons I was bit hesitant a bit. I’m hoping that maybe she will mention them more in the next book.

Now Ethan, I loved reading the book through his eyes. I connected with him more, especially through his feelings. While I was reading Iron Fey, I always wondered if Ethan remembered everything, how he felt about Meghan leaving and how he end up when he’s older. I could understand how he felt, if I was in his situation, I would feel the same. He reminded me of Ash when Meghan just met him, stubborn, cold. I saw how he changed through the book. Now to find out what adventure awaits for him next.

  If you are fan of Iron Fey Saga, The Lost Prince is worth checking out.

Oct 27, 2012

Death And The Girl Next Door,Darklight,#1.

Posted by Jenia. at 10/27/2012 12:00:00 PM 0 comments
Death And The Girl Next Door.
Darklight,#1.
Darynda Jones
Publisher:St Martin's Press.
Publication Date:October 2,2012.
Genre:YA Fantasy|Mystery|Romance.
Series:Darklight,#1.
Format|Pages:EArc|274.
Source: Provied by publisher through Netgalley, for review.


5 STARS


*ARC E Copy was provided by St.Martin’s Press, for review Purposes *

  Wow. This was one of the books, that I had hard time putting down. Even before I read the summary, I had a strong feeling about the book. It had everything that I love in the books. Romance, action, adventure with a bit of mystery added to the story. Every page in Death And The Girl Next Door had me on edge of my seat. Most of the book had me guessing what’s going happen next. I am eager to find out in next installment: Death, Doom and Detention. Not sure if I can wait till 2013 to find out.

  GOODREADS SUMMARY
  Ten years ago, Lorelei's parents disappeared without a trace. Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home. For Lorelei, life goes on. High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be. Until the day the school's designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it, standing outside her house in the dark, night after night.
 
Things get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach—comes to school. Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity. What does Jared know about her parents? Why does Cameron tell Jared he can't have Lorelei? And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real?

The title, I got be honest and say that it was attracted my attention to begin with. Death and the Girl Next Door. Right away I was curious what it was about, but I knew already that it was going have a lot of action, adventure and I was right. At first I had the feeling that mystery sort of book and I was right, in way, there were quite few mysteries through the novel. Like Jared, right from start I knew that there was something mysterious about him, that he was somehow different, same with Cameron. I was eager to find out what they were hiding. What I found out about them, took by surprise in way, it was least thing I was expecting. I did have feeling that there would be something mysterious, dangerous about both of them, by the photograph on cover which I know are of Cameron and Jared. But it became clearer why they didn’t like one another.

Lorelei, Glitch & Brooke. I loved them right from the start. I liked the fact how different the three of them seemed but yet they were still there for one another. Most of all, I loved the friendship, the bond that the three of them had. Brooke and Glitch always seemed there for Lorelei, they were there, always making sure that she’s okay after her parents disappearance, there when they found her passed out in her room and even covered her for her grandparents. They didn’t go running, after they find what she was, what Jared was, they stood by her side, the entire way. Their friendship, dedication reminded me of some of my best friends. It made be able to connect to characters more.


Jared & Cameron. I’m not sure which one of them I like more; in way I liked both of guys. I could tell that both of them truly cared about Lorelei. Otherwise why would both of them try to protect her? I think that’s another reason that two of them didn’t like each other, because they both have feelings for her or at least that’s the feeling that I got. I was bit surprised that Lorelei still ended with Jared, even after she found out the truth. If I were her, I would went running. To me, that showed a strong character. I am curious now if Cameron possibly ends up with Brooke, they seemed to have some sort of connection or if there will be love triangle between him, Lorelei or possibly Brooke and Glitch? I am also pretty curious to find what happened between Cameron and Glitch all those years back.

The ending, I did not see that coming. Seriously. Possessed by Demon? I would react the same way she did. Of course now the question is, will he stay inside or will they be able get out without hurting her? I’m eager to find what happens with everyone next.

Oct 23, 2012

If I Lie.

Posted by Jenia. at 10/23/2012 04:42:00 PM 0 comments
If I Lie.
Corrine Jackson.
Publisher:Simon Pulse.
Publication Date:August 28, 2012.
Genre:YA Contemporary| Miltary|Romance.
Format|Pages:Hardcover|276.
Source:Library|Goodreads.
Challenge:Debut|Standalone.


5 STARS
 
 


If I Lie, is an amazing debut novel. It’s one of my favorites that I read so far. I was hooked from the moment I read summary. Even then I knew that it would be an amazing novel, it sounded the type of book that I would enjoy. It turned out much better than I expected it to be. It was one of most powerful, moving stories that I read in while. I found myself crying at multiple occasions, and angry, betrayed in others. The emotions that are described through Quinn’s eyes felt so read, I felt like I was feeling everything she was. I could connect to her. I will be checking out Jackson’s future words, looking forward to see what she creates next.

  GOODREADS SUMMARY
Quinn have done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town.
 
Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise.

What I loved most about this novel, was how realistic it was. If I Lie, covered the type of subject that can actually happened in real life. It was because that I was able to connect with characters, mostly Quinn. While reading, I actually imagined myself in her position and how she must been feeling. Especially considering that it had do with military and Carey’s secret, it was realistic, expect I got feeling that outcome might been different in real world. But because of the subject, it was one of reason’s that this was such powerful and emotional novel. It was the type of the book that I’m glad that I picked up.

Quinn, I loved her from the start. To me, Quinn is a strong character, most of time. Despite what people are saying about her, calling her because they believe that she cheated on Carey, she kept on going, and she didn’t go. I had a feeling that sometimes she wanted to. I would never be able go through everything that she gone through, just to keep the promise she made to Carey. I would just confess, I would never be able to handle all torture she went through. I loved how determined she was to keep her promise to Carey. It shows right there that she truly cared about him, loved him. Though Carey didn’t quite feel same about her. Yet I knew he still cared about her, otherwise he wouldn’t come to her, with this. Quinn’s emotions were so real. It made me wish I could be there besides her, and give her a friendship. I was glad that she at least she had George there.


Though I knew that Carey cared about her, I did not like fact that he had her pretend that they were still together, didn’t he realize what would happen if she kissed someone, that she would be taunted? It made me feel like he cared more about himself. At same time I understood why he did it, especially after he got up beat; just for giving small kiss to guy. Carey being gay was not secret I expected, so it took me by surprise. What I didn’t understand about him, is if he knew it for long time, why he got together with Quinn. In way I agree with Quinn, he led her on. Despite that, I know he cared. Because he confessed to him parents, friends, the moment he found how bad it was for Quinn.


Now Blake. For some reason I loved the relationship between him and Quinn. It was different, they didn’t fall in love right away, they more had hate/love sort of relationships through the entire book. I’m not sure why, but Blake was last person I though she end up with. Just they didn’t seem to like each other that much when she was with Carey, so that’s something else that took me by surprise. Through the book, I found myself rooting for them, to work it out. It seemed like they were going in circles with each other. I actually smiled when they told each other they loved each other. It’s these type of relationships’ that I enjoy reading more about. It’s more realistic to me.

This is the type of novel, everyone should totally check out. You won’t regret it. You spend the next few hours reading it. Not an easy book to put down.

Oct 21, 2012

The One That I Want.

Posted by Jenia. at 10/21/2012 07:01:00 PM 0 comments
The One That I Want.
Jennifer Echols.
Publisher:Simon Pulse.
Publication Date:February 7,2012.
Genre:YA Contemporary|Romance.
Format|Pages:Paperback|259.
Source:Library|Goodreads.

3.5 STARS
 
 
 
 


I been seeing and hearing a lot of good reviews about Jennifer Echols novels, so decided to check out for that reason. I came across The One I Want, while at library and checked it out. The summary on the book seemed interested enough, to capture my attention. I ended up enjoying less that I thought I would, it was what I had expected it to be. I did enjoy the book, but there were parts I didn’t enjoy that much and it was of those parts that was hard to get into book that much. Despite that, there were still a lot of parts that hooked me and kept me on reading. I will be checking out other Jennifer Echol’s works.

GOODREADS SUMMARY
Gemma can’t believe her luck when the star football player starts flirting with her. Max is totally swoon-worthy, and even gets her quirky sense of humor. So when he asks out her so-called best friend Addison, Gemma’s heartbroken.
Then Addison pressures Gemma to join the date with one of Max’s friends. But the more time they all spend together, the harder Gemma falls for Max. She can’t help thinking that Max likes her back—it’s just too bad he’s already dating Addison. How can Gemma get the guy she wants without going after her best friend’s boyfriend?

In general, I thought it was cute story. What I enjoyed about story the most was the bond between Max and Gemma. Despite that he was with Addison, I could tell that it was Gemma that he was attracted to. I thought it was interesting that most of the novel based around, the relationship, the feelings of Gemma. Her emotions were portrayed well in this novel. Reading it, made me imagine and feel what Gemma was going through, I felt like I was there beside her. In a way, I felt like I could relate to her. I used be picked on, at school, for different reasons but it made me be able to connect with the character.

Addison & Carter: I didn’t like either of them. Though Carter seemed nice enough at start, till he got with Gemma. I was surprised that Gemma lasted with him as long, as she did. Now Addison, I disliked even more. I never thought I could hate a fictional character that much, but I hated her, right from the start. The way she treated Gemma? Putting her down most of time, getting mad for simple things? True best friend wouldn’t do that. There were multiple times, I wanted give her piece of my mind and wished Gemma would too. I found myself hating her more, when I found she lied about everything, including Max. I was glad that Gemma finally stood up to her.

It was a easy, cute read. It worth checking out.

My Super Sweet Sixteen Century,My Super Sweet Sixteen Century,#1.

Posted by Jenia. at 10/21/2012 12:10:00 PM 0 comments
My Super Sweet Sixteen Century.
My Super Sweet Sixteen Century,#1.
Rachel Harris.
Publisher:Entangled Publishing.
Publication Date:September 11,2012.
Genre:YA Science Fiction|Historical|Romance.
Series:My Super Sweet Sixteen Century,#1.
Format|Pages:Paperback|304.
Source:Owned|Goodreads.
Challenge:Debut Author.

5 STARS
 
 


My Super Sweet Sixteen Century, is one of those books I knew I was going to love, from a moment I read the summary on Goodreads, when I came across the author’s profile page. I always loved books about time travel, and historical fiction. But there was always something about Sixteen Century that I loved. My Super Sweet Sixteen Century was an amazing debut by Rachel Harris, who I been talking to and is complete sweetheart. It has everything, mystery, romance, action. You won’t be able to put the book down till you reach the end, and even then you be craving for more. I’m looking forward to next book in the series, especially the way she ended the first book. I’m not sure if I can wait till 2013 to read the next one. I know that The Tale Of Two Centuries will be as engaging.


  GOODREADS SUMMARY
 On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother-to-be and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.
 
Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore.
 
Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

Cover of My Super Sweet Sixteen Century is stunning, and unique in way. Due to fact that the girl on the cover who I figured is Cat, wearing a gown while holding a backpack. Of course I love the background behind Cat, so stunning. It actually has such great images, and I found myself wishing that I was actually there, along with Cat. Florence was one place that I always wanted to visit. Even if I didn’t read the summary of the book first, I knew the cover would totally capture my attention and make me want to pick up the book. It’s the type of novel that has mysterious look to it. It screams adventure right from the cover.

Now, the storyline. I loved everything about it. I have read few books about time travel, before this one but it wasn’t anything like that. I loved the fact how different this book was, I haven’t read anything like that before, and it was unique. My favorite part was that the time travel took place to the sixteen century. I loved reading about the Renaissance, the costumes, dresses. It was always my favorite part, way that everyone was dressing. I found myself wondering how Cat would adjust to it, and if anyone would figure out that Cat wasn’t ‘Patience’ and that she didn’t belong there. In way, I was glad when Alessandra discovered it, that Cat had someone who was there, and knew who she truly was. I loved the suspense, the action that was in that story; it got even harder to put the book down. Just like Cat, I was curious if she would ever be able to go home.

Friendship between Alessandra and Cat, I loved it right from beginning. I knew right from moment we met her, that her and Cat were going become good friends, despite Cat not letting people in. I was glad that she was one who discovered the truth about her. I have feeling that if someone else found out, they would react completely different. Also the fact that she didn’t treat Cat any different, even after she found that she wasn’t Patience. She reminded me of few of my friends, who is just always there, no matter what and doesn’t judge. Besides Cat, Alessandra was one of my favorite characters in the book.

Lorenzo. I loved him from start. But then how can you not love him? I could see connection between him and Cat from the start. I had a feeling that two of them were going to fall in love, despite Cat trying to deny it. I knew she loved him. Especially the way she kept looking for him, when she got back to her time. I’m kind of curious what could happen if two of them ran away together. Would Cat remain in her century if that happened? But I loved the bond between two of them, and I could tell that he cared about her. I’m kind of curious what is going to happen with him next.

The ending, wow. Did not see that coming. I thought it be Lorenzo on the other end of the door. Alessandra was the last person I expected to see. The ending made me crave for next novel even more. I need to know how she ended up here, and how she would adjust.

I didn’t want the book come to end, cause I enjoyed so much. Rachel’s descriptions of Florence scenery were amazing. There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about it. This girl here has amazing talent. Who I wanted to thank for sending me autographed sticker and bookmark to go along with book, made my day. My Super Sweet Sixteen Century is worth checking out and if I could give more than 5 stars, I would. It deserves it.

Oct 14, 2012

Phantom: The Vampire Diaries:The Hunters, #1.

Posted by Jenia. at 10/14/2012 09:43:00 AM 0 comments
Phantom.
The Vampire Diaries:The Hunters,#1.
Publisher:Harper Teen.
Publication Date:October 25,2011.
Genre:YA Fantasy|Romance.
Series:The Vampires Diaries:The Hunters, #1.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|416.
Source:Library|Goodreads.


4.7 STARS
 
 





I seriously don’t get why so many people hating this book. Including the ones that didn’t even read it, they just assumed that it was going be bad because a ghost writer wrote it, seriously? I thought this book was amazing, I found myself unable to put it down. I loved as much then the other books in series. Whoever they picked for Ghost Writer did an amazing job. Each page I read, got more interesting and of course it made me curious what’s going to happen next. I loved the suspense in this novel, in way that put mysterious look to the book. I will be continuing reading the series, I am eager to see what happens in Moonsong.
GOODREADS SUMMARY
The past is never far. . . .
 
Elena Gilbert and her friends saved Fell's Church from evil spirits bent on destroying it, but the town's freedom came at a price: Damon Salvatore's life.
 
Damon's death changes everything. He and his vampire brother, Stefan, had been locked in a vicious battle for Elena's heart. Now that he's gone, Elena and Stefan can finally be together. So why can't Elena stop dreaming of Damon? As Elena's feelings for Damon grow, a new darkness is brewing in Fell's Church. Elena has been to hell and back, but this demon is like nothing she's ever seen. Its only goal is to kill Elena and everyone she loves.


First, I love the cover in this book. I feel like the red background suites the series more than the black one did, though I loved other covers as well. I love the girl on cover of Phantom, she looks stunning. At same time it gives a book a mysterious look, because the girl isn’t smile, it will make the reader wonder if there is a story behind the girl, who she is. That’s what I found myself wondering, even if I knew what the book is about. I believe that it’s type of cover that will capture anyone’s attention. It totally captured mine, it stands out.


Now, the plot in this book was amazing. To me it seemed like it had more action then other books, well The Return books though I loved those too. But with these, it seemed like there was more suspense in these book, they weren’t too predictable. You couldn’t see what was going to come next, but at the same time, it made you wonder, and think of what was going happen next. It’s the type of books that I love, that make you think. Of course, it made me curious who was doing, hurting others, Elena’s friends and sending those notes. From the beginning, I had a feeling that their life couldn’t go back to normal, at least not for long. Right from beginning, I knew that there were going face some sort of evil soon. Mostly because that how it seemed like in the other books. I rooted for them, to find out what’s going on, and for them to resolve it.


Damon, of course I loved him like I always had. I wasn’t too happy with L.J when she killed him off, in the last book that she wrote. I was happy when he was brought back in this book, I was hoping that he would be or I wouldn’t be happy. I could tell how he cared for Elena too, since she was the first one that he came to when he came back. I just wish that Elena would make her choice already. Despite me liking Stefan, I feel like it’s Damon that she needs to be. To me it seems like the two of them have more connection with each other, understand each other more than Stefan and Elena. I am eager to find who she will choose at the end. Because how she keeps going back and forth between two of them, isn’t fair to neither of brothers.


Only thing I disliked about the book, and reason I didn’t quite gave it 5 stars, was Elena. She started to really annoy me, especially in this book. To me it seemed like she was constantly whining, complaining about something. At times, it seemed like she only cared about herself and not so much others. It’s okay to do it in beginning but constantly, it started to get on my nerves. I kind of wish she complained less, and would probably like her more if she did.


Otherwise, if you enjoyed other Vampire Diaries books, check this one. Don’t judge because it wasn’t written by L.J. Read it first, give it a chance. It’s worth it.

Catching Fire, The Hunger Games, #2.

Posted by Jenia. at 10/14/2012 08:25:00 AM 0 comments
Catching Fire.
The Hunger Games,#2.
Suzanne Collins
Publisher:Scholastic Press
Publication Date:September 1,2009
Genre:YA Dystopian|Fantasy.
Format|Pages:Hardcover|391.
Source:Library|Goodreads.


5 STARS





Wow. Catching Fire , was amazing, I loved it as much as the first novel. Though to be honest, I had enjoyed reading this novel a bit more then The Hunger Games. To me, it seemed like it has more action, right from the start of the book. There wasn’t a single scene in this book that I didn’t enjoy. The more I read, the harder it got for me to put the novel down. I can see why there are so many positive reviews on this novel, on the series. It makes me wish that I have read this series sooner. Collins has an amazing talent, creativity. I can’t wait to read Mockingjay, to see what happens with everyone next, especially Katiniss, Peeta and Gale.

GOODREADS SUMMARY
Sparks are igniting, flames are spreading and the Capitol wants revenge.
  Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.
 
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.


The emotions, the action in this book were amazing. I loved everything about it. I found myself to be able to picture everything easily and actually feel what Katiniss was feeling. When Gale got caught and got hurt, I found myself actually feeling the pain, the horror that she felt. Also when she got thrown back into the Games, I could feel the fear as well. I felt like I was actually there with Katiniss, in her shoes and feeling everything that she was feeling. Though this was Fantasy novel, her emotions were so real and in way, it made book more realistic to me. Same with all the action within the book, I felt like I was there with them, when they got thrown into the games, when they were fighting, side by side with each other. I found myself rooting for them, hoping for them to make it through it.

I never thought that it was possible to truly hate a fictional character, but that is just what I felt for President Snow. Especially since he was threatening Katiniss. I am curious why he wasn’t convinced that her and Peeta were in love, even after he proposed to her, though it was staged, it made me curious if he knew that it was, and that’s why he wasn’t convinced. I just wish that he would leave them alone, but of course I knew that it wouldn’t be the case. Of course that made me dislike him even more.

Peeta & Gale: I knew that Gale would kiss Katiniss at some point, I had a feeling he had feelings for her, right from the start. I just didn’t think that he would actually go through, after the Games, after he saw her and Peeta together. I do like Gale, but I am still Team Peeta. To me, it feels like Peeta and Katiniss have more connection, more chemistry then her and Gale, even though she tries deny it. Despite that, I know that she truly cares about him. Otherwise why would she risk her life, and make sure that Peeta would make it, in the games. Even if they were pretending for the others, I know there was actual feeling for one another. With Gale I didn’t see that. I could tell Gale cared for her, but somehow I got feeling that she didn’t care for him, the way he did for her. I am curious to see who she will end up in the end, I am hoping it’s Peeta.

This is a great read. If you haven’t check out The Hunger Games, be sure to pick up. This is one series you won’t regret reading.

Oct 10, 2012

The Selection,The Selection,#1.

Posted by Jenia. at 10/10/2012 06:48:00 PM 0 comments
The Selection.
Kiera Cass.
Publisher:Harper Teen.
Publication Date:April 24,2012.
Genre:YA Dystopian|Romance.
Series:The Selection,#1.
Format|Pages:Hardcover|327.
Source:Library|Goodreads.
Challenge: Debut Author.


5 STARS
 
 



I was always fascinated with dystopian, fairy tales like stories. I’m not sure what’s it’s about them but they always seem to capture my attention. I have been hearing about The Selection, for quite bit on Goodreads. I saw quite bit good reviews about it. What captured my attention was the cover. It is what had made me curious to begin with. It was one of the books, once I picked it up and started it reading, I knew I was going love it and won’t be able to put it down. I was right. After reading it, it made me wish that I read it sooner. I’m already in love with the series, I’m eager till The Elite to come out, though not sure I can wait a year. I ale ready need to know what happens next.

GOODREADS SUMMARY
 
  For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
 
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
 
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


I love the cover and the title. Both of those are unique and it would totally capture the reader’s attention. Even if you don’t read the summary before reading the book, that’s how it was for me, before I stumbled across book at library. By then I forgot I seen it at Goodreads, but it was the cover, the title that caught my eyes, it made me want pick up the book, see what it was about. I love how the main girl on the cover are the main focus, and how the rest of the girls in background, are kind of blurred behind her. It gave the book more of mysterious look. I knew right away, just from photograph that it be a different type of novel.

I loved America right from start. Of course, I loved her name, I just though it’s a unique name. Most of all, I like her attitude, and way she wasn’t a pushover. I also loved the way Kierra added bit of humor to the character as well; it made the story even more interesting. I found myself rooting for America, all through the book. While reading it, I felt like I was there with America. When Aspen broke up with her, I actually felt heartbroken and angry at the same time, pretty much feeling the emotions that she was feeling. Same thing when she realized that she might have some sort of feelings, for Maxon. In a way, I felt like I could connect with character, as if I was experiencing everything that she was. America seemed like a very strong character to me, and she seemed to get even stronger, towards end of the book. I’m curious to see how she changes, what adventures come for her in the next book.

 Maxon & Aspen : In a way, I like them both in their own way. Though I got to admit that I’m more of Team Maxon, so I am rooting more for him, to end up with America. Aspen, I liked him in the beginning, but I wasn’t fond of him when he broke up with America. I wasn’t angry for him to breaking up with her, but mostly the reason that he broke up with her. Just cause she could provide more than him? Seriously? To me, it seems if he loved her way he said he did, it wouldn’t matter. So to say I was happy he showed up at palace, I wasn’t too happy. But maybe the character will grow on me, in the next novel. As for Maxon, I felt like the two of them have a special connection. I enjoyed the fact that they haven’t fell for each other right from beginning, though I knew that Maxon had feelings from her, from start. I liked fact, how they were such good friends and how Maxon didn’t make the moves that he knew would make America uncomfortable. He was everything that I would want in the guy. I’m curious to see what happens between them next, and if he finds out about her and Aspen.


The Selection was an unique story, it was unlike any book that I read. It had such creative plot, each page had me on edge of my seat. I smiled, I laughed, I cried. If i could rate it more then 5 stars, i would. This is the book worth checking out. You won’t put down till you reach the last page.
 

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