March 17, 2014

I've moved to Wordpress!!

Some of you that have my older button before I switched to enticedbybooks.com few months ago are being transferred to this website because you have my .blogspot.com web address in the button code. But no worry, you can either switch the address in your blog roll yourself or just follow here enticedbybooks.com and grab a new one. Thank you for sticking around for so long. I really appreciate it :)
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March 12, 2014

I don't read my own reviews | Discussion


I read an article on Buzzfeed recently about binge thinker - in order words, chronic overthinkers - and some of the points mentioned were pretty silly, but the rest of it felt like my life history. From constant self critiquing to over analyzing, everything described in that topic was perfectly in-sync with my personality, which furthermore made me realize that because of my overzealous nature to scrutinize everything, major or minor, I consider myself my biggest critic. Hence, the topic of today's discussion: Why I don't read my own reviews.

I think too much! It's ridiculous how much I think about stupid little things that probably most of you will not even notice. Is the tense correct? Does that sentence makes sense? Is it funny or offensive, in which case, I need to rethink and rewrite the whole paragraph? Is my review too long? Too boring? Too forced? Am I being repetitive? How many times did I use the word "fun"? And the list goes on..... My main problem with reading my review once it's published is that I'm never satisfied with the end result. I want to change little things, like using a different word or adding a simple sentence and the next thing I know, I can't even recognize the review I wrote.

Hence, my best solution is to not read my reviews once I've written, edited and scheduled them. And even for college essays, I do the same thing. I don't read them once I've submitted it to the professor and I really hate when they say, Would you like to revise it? No. I don't. However, to be perfectly honest, I don't think I'm a good writer and reading my work reminds me how much I still have to learn and sometimes I don't like being reminded that. So a tiny reason to this issue is my insecurity too. Anyhow, that is something I need to work on at a personal level.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you read your reviews? Does it make you cringe?






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March 11, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (18)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
 where bloggers share their opinions on bookish topics in list form.

Topic: My all time favorite books in...you guessed it right! - contemporary genre 


Like that wasn't a surprise! I feel like I've done a similar post before but this time I'm going to share my "all time favorite" reads in this genre, so that's something different.

Here they are!

My Favorite Contemporary of all time is: 


On The Island by Tracey Garvis Graves! It was a tie between Eleanor & Park, Easy and On The Island. I have no doubt that I can read OTI a millions times and still never be bored by it, so that was a natural winner. This book is THE BEST when it comes to romance of the purest kind. I love it!

The rest are: 



And because I like to cheat, honorary mentions goes to:


I can add some more, but I think this much recommendation is enough for today :D

Which contemp is your favorite? Did you find your next read here? 
I hope you did!



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March 10, 2014

Early Review: The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi

Title: The Summer I Wasn't Me
Author: Jessica Verdi
Publication: Sourcebooks Fire | April 1, 2014
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: For Review from Publisher (Thank You!)
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Lexi has a secret…

Ever since her mom found out she was in love with a girl, seventeen-year-old Lexi’s afraid that what’s left of her family is going to fall apart for good.

You are on the road to truth. Help is on the way.

The road signs leading to New Horizons summer camp promise a new life for Lexi—she swears she can change. She can learn to like boys. But denying her feelings is harder than she thinks. And when she falls heads over heels for one of her fellow campers, Lexi will have to risk her mother’s approval for the one person who might love her no matter what.
Review:

     The Summer I wasn't Me was my first read in the LGBT sub-genre and I only have good things about it. I read Jessica Verdi's debut last year and I remember saying that it was a simple, beautiful and a very educational read, and her second book made me feel the exact same way, which is not bad at all. I love when a message is delivered in a subtle yet smooth manner, where everything doesn't need to be written and can be felt as the story moves along. This type of storytelling is Verdi's specialty, whether it's about being an HIV positive victim or someone embracing a lifestyle that is judged upon the most in today's society, the author know how to work her characters around and make their stories our story, how to make the readers feel their pain and understand their perspective on a deeper level, and that is why I love reading anything by this author. Her upcoming release, The Summer I wasn't Me (aka The Summer) is yet another a super hit that I won't stop recommending shamelessly throughout this year and the next.

     Lexi comes from a small town where being a lesbian or gay is frown upon. After her mother accidentally finds out about her different sexual orientation, she wants Lexi to spend her summer in a "Degayfying Camp". At first, it was extremely difficult for me to understand why her mother was so close minded, but then I had to remind myself again and again that she came from a small town in South Carolina where things aren't the same as in a big city. The Summer made me feel a lot of emotions but the one I felt the most was anger, there were numerous events during Lexi's stay at the prejudiced camp where I just wanted to drop the book. The opinions of the people there was so degrading towards females, it wasn't even a degayfying camp (that in itself is a scam!), it was more about teaching these kids the "proper roles" of men and women in a society. Rubbish things like women run the household, men work hard, women sew clothes, men commands the family, parents don't have a close friendly relationship with kids, it sets the wrong example. Obviously, we have grown from this type of mentality, but it makes me so mad to think that there are people somewhere that instill these wrong beliefs in today's generation. So yes, I wanted to drop this book because it spoke against everything I've been taught (not including the lgbt family), but instead I continued the story because dropping it would've been weak and either ways, I wanted to see my character- whom I've come to love throughout the story - to have a different vision for their future and fight against the one they were taught at the camp. 

     Lexi was a brilliant character. She always stayed true to herself; even if her mom wanted her to change, Lexi was such a good daughter that just to respect her mother's wish, she tried, but things like that can't be changed. Nevertheless, I loved that she put an effort. During the camp, she met Carolyn and Matthew, one who wants to change so that she can have a family and other who is happy with his gay self and is being pressured by his family. Matthew can be my bff anytime! I loved that dude so hardcore! He was funny, sarcastic, witty and overall, a great friend to Lexi! Carolyn was a sweet girl as well, I love the "love at first sight" sort of connection she had with Lexi. I was cheering for them the minute Lexi saw Carolyn and felt that zing! Pure, feel good romance - SWOON!

     Like always, the ending was open in the sense that the characters moved on to the next step and gave us a subtle hint towards their possible future. I love my epilogues, but this ending really suited the story and I have a pretty good imagination, so I would say that everything ended at a great term for all my favorite characters. I fell in love with this book from the first page and I highly recommend fans of contemporary, specially someone who wants to try something new to consider this book for their next read (or whenever it comes out). Lexi's, Carolyn's and Matthew's story should not be missed!



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March 9, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (25)

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Review where 
bloggers shares the books they bought, won or received for review.


 I did really good in February in terms of limited book buying, so I had to start March off with a little money spending :D I bought City of Lost Souls because the last book in The Mortal Instruments series is coming out soon and I want to catch up. Honestly, I don't think the second trilogy was required in this series, but I really love these characters, so it's natural I would follow their story. Also, I bought Between Shades of Grey because it was cheap, but mostly because of all the hype surrounding it. The setting is around WWII and I'm not sure if I'll like it, but this is me trying something new. Hopefully it will be better than I expected.


That's about it! How was your week in books? 

 
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March 7, 2014

Review: Take A Chance by Abbi Glines

Title: Take A Chance
Author: Abbi Glines 
Published: Atria Books | Feb 25, 2014 
Genre: Contemporary Romance, NA 
Source: Bought 
Series: Chance #1 | Rosamary Beach #6
Take A Chance
One More Chance

Goodreads | Amazon
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the story of Grant, the sexy playboy who first captured readers hearts in Fallen Too Far.

When Harlow Manning's rocker father goes on tour, he sends her to Rosemary Beach, Florida, to live with her half-sister, Nan. The problem: Nan despises her. Harlow has to keep her head down if she wants to get through the next nine months, which seems easy enough. Until gorgeous Grant Carter walks out of Nan's room in nothing but his boxer briefs.

Grant made a huge mistake getting involved with a girl with venom in her veins. He'd known about Nan's reputation, but still he couldn't resist her. Nothing makes him regret the fling more than meeting Harlow, who sends his pulse racing. Yet Harlow wants nothing to do with a guy who could fall for her wicked half-sister;even if there are no strings between Grant and Nan. Grant is desperate to redeem himself in Harlow's eyes, but did he ruin his chances before he even met her?
~Major rant ahead (and some cursing...and spoilers)~

Review:
THIS.IS.IT.

     Abbi Glines books are not working for me. I'm not sure if it's the entire New Adult genre (update: yes it is, read the full discussion here) or specifically the author's books, but I'm fucking done with this bullshit!!! I can't take these rinse and repeat stories anymore; the over-the-top senseless drama and trashy sex talk is not why I fell in love with Abbi's books 2 years ago. Yes, she writes very addicting reads, but that's because they are very emotional. My heart still aches for Rush when think about what he and Blaire had to go through in order to achieve their happiness. I never felt any of these feels for Grant. Or Harlow. Or Kiro. Or how about everyone else in this book! On another note, what the fuck was the story? Also, what happened to Grant between Too Far series and this disaster? Why is everyone being so "protective" over Harlow? What was up with all those secrets? But here's what I really want to know, what gives Grant to right to make Harlow feel so little about having a condition she has no control over? Really?!? Who the fuck does he think he is? That was the point where I was done with this book and this series. I don't care if he's redeemable, there are certain things that can never be unsaid. Grant needs to watch his damn mouth!

     Going into this book, I was scared of being turned off by "the Nan drama", but surprisingly I didn't even care about Nan and her childish tactics. I was more pissed off by Grant to focus on anyone else. He took the center stage in the worst means possible and ended up ruining any respect or love I ever had for him since the Too Far series. In the beginning, I was mad that he slept with Nan after having sex with Harlow. It didn't matter that he was in his lowest of lows or that he pictured Harlow when he was actually fucking Nan; that sort of behavior is unacceptable. But here's the great part, right after that scene Grant wanted to apologize to Harlow because he didn't want her to feel as if he used her ?!? I have only one conclusion: Grant has gone mental! He's behaving like an idiot, he doesn't know right from wrong and most importantly, he has lost all the sensitivity he had in Fallen too far. However, I'm glad that Harlow was a part of this book because her character, which might seem naive and immature from far, made the most sense to me. Harlow is not a loud girl, she keeps it to herself and lives a very secluded, private life. I love that she knows how to deliver a message without making a big deal out of it, in other words, Harlow was a very drama free girl and I couldn't have loved her more for that. My problem was with everyone else who felt like they had to protect the sweet, innocent girl from Nan. Why? She's not a child, she can stand up for herself. For example, during the kitchen scene when Nan was mouthing off to Harlow in August's presence, Harlow fought back ferociously. She knows how to use her words to cut people when needed, so I don't think she needs anyone's "protecting". Either ways, I love Harlow but not enough to put up with Grant and his crazy antics.

     Besides the main characters, I had a major issue with Harlow's father, Kiro. I think he's the most disgusting human being to ever live on the face of the earth, and giving him a sob story didn't justify his actions one bit. It only made him look more vile. What we've been told previously is that Harlow's mother died in a car accident and she was the love of Kiro's life, hence losing her made him go into the downward spiral of whoring, philandering and all that threesome, foursome mess for every day of his life. Losing someone dear and being a part of a lifestyle that provided him with an easy access to groupies justifies Kiro's excessive sexual tendencies, but later on in this book, we find out that Harlow's mom is not actually dead and has been living in a private house because of her permanent paralysis. Her condition was really sad, but I don't get why Kiro would act that way if his wife was not dead. Why would he sleep with a bunch of people every day? If it were a few of them a month, that would've made sense in a very odd way, but whoring out was very inappropriate and on the whole, made him look like an asshole.

     Take A Chance was a final nail in the coffin for me when it comes to Abbi Glines books. Her recent stories are very repetitive and only focus on sex rather than the actual building of relationship. Unless there is another book about Rush or Woods, I'm done with Rosamary series, Sea Breeze series or any other similar series that might sprout up later on. However, I won't say that she's a bad writer because I do love her Too Far and Perfection series, her latest books are the ones that feels like a waste of my time, money and sanity. So for now, it's a goodbye from this reader.



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March 5, 2014

Why I'm done with New Adult | Discussion



Last year, I might as well have been a spokesperson for New Adult because I was obsessively crazy over it! Out of every 15 books I read, 10 of them were, without a doubt, New Adult. The genre was fairly new and in its peak, most of the NA books were written by self published authors and we all know how they blew up beginning of last year (which was amazing because we got some great authors - aka Colleen Hoover - from that outburst). I loved the coming of age romance, the character were easily relatable because of their age and sometimes issues, and the sex was a bonus add on that we never got in Young Adult. All in all, I couldn't have been more in love with that genre, but now I can't even differentiate one book from other. They all sound the same! We have a bad boy/girl involved with a good girl/boy, one of them is mostly a relationship phobic with some "tortured" past and the other one usually ends up bringing them out of the downward spiral. The end. Happily Ever After. ?!?

I was a fan of this type of storyline, but now I'm done! I'm bored. I'm upset. I'm frustrated. But overall I'm very disappointed. I can't take these rinse and repeat storylines anymore!


The last few NA's I read were a disaster. Misbehaving. Song of Fireflies. Take A Chance (Review will be up in few days). The Fine Line. Finding My Forever. Betting on You. And these are just the ones I read this year, the number is much more if I count the ones from November and December. Oddly enough, it's not the story that bothers me the most (key word: the most!), it's the characters themselves and their stupid, nonsensical actions that makes me want to burn each of them alive and then tear apart their souls! You get my point. But that doesn't mean I hate every NA book. There are some authors who know how to do it right, like Colleen Hoover, Fisher Amelie, Katie McGarry and Tammara Webber. Their work is original, fresh and always education in one way or other. Their stories have depth and so does their characters. Therefore, I will never stop reading their books, but I will stop reading all the other so called "stereotypical" New Adults.

Maybe the NA's always had similar storylines and I'm just now noticing it or maybe I'm over all the dramatic and full of angst reads. Either ways, it's time I let the New Adult genre go from my life.

What are you thoughts? Do you read NA? Have you ever felt the same way about the genre like I did? Are you still a diehard fan? Or are you over it?




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March 3, 2014

Early Review: Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

Title: Sweet Reckoning
Author: Wendy Higgins 
Published: HarperTeen | April 29, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance, YA 
Series: The Sweet Trilogy 
Sweet Evil
Sweet Peril
Sweet Reckoning


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It’s time.

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.
Review:

     Sweet Peril was my "Best Sequel" last year, so naturally, I had very high expectations from Sweet Reckoning. Where at one hand I was satisfied with the ending and happy for the characters, on the other, I wasn't blown away by the overall story and most importantly, the execution. The romance wasn't that good either, it ended up following the cheese lane and I was completely bored by it. Given the fact that I wasn't a diehard fan of Kai in Sweet Evil, but came to admire him in Sweet Peril, I wasn't surprised that I turned the previous route in Sweet Reckoning. On the bright side, I fell in love with the secondary characters more so than ever! The twins, Jay, Kope, Zania, Patti and Anna's dad were all great and truly amazing; Sweet Reckoning wouldn't have been the same without them!

What I Liked


  • The Dukes: Evil they may be, but entertaining they sure are! Though the ending didn't do any justice to their so called prophecy. Not only was it extremely rushed, but the end made the prophecy look like a kid's play. Not very likable.

  • Secondary character: Jay and Marna had a beautiful yet tragic story, I loved seeing them together besides all the odds. Same goes for Kope and Zania, their romance has been my favorite in this entire series. I love how soft Kope gets when it comes to Zania, their end scene was my favorite. Blake and Ginger were fun as well. Overall, thumbs up for all the secondary character. Higgins did a great job with their story arc.

  • Writing: As usual, the writing was very addictive and easy flowing. I finished this book in one sitting and enjoyed most of it.

  • Anna: Anna's journey has been an inspiring one to read. I love that she never lost that sense of purity in her even after "working" for the dukes. Anna is a great friend, loyal girlfriend and the best daughter. She's the person everyone wants to be friends with and she most certainly makes this story worth reading. I just wish she would stop crying so much.

What I Didn't Like That Much


  • Romance: It was cheesier than a chick-flick. I couldn't even believe it was the same bad boy Kai we met in the first book because he made a 180 in his personality. I get that he changed for Anna, but that was too much. Furthermore, I didn't like what went down with Kai and Anna, it felt very out of place. Though the epilogue was really good, I loved the "bambo" moment. Kai is a charmer, I won't deny that, but we didn't see that side of him more than a few scenes in this book.

  • The ending: Why was it so rushed? Why was there no battle? Why was it so flat? Not impressed. I want an alternate ending or a more action oriented version of the one we got. The series literally focused on how important the prophecy was and how much the dukes wanted to fight against it, but then where was that passion in the end. The dukes were supposed to be strategic and smart, then why did they acted like cowards in the end. Very anti-climatic!

     Overall, Sweet Reckoning was a decent read. The ending really brought it down or I guess, didn't amp it up. Either ways, I wasn't impressed by the showdown and come few more month, I won't even remember what happened in this book. However, The Sweet series as a whole gets a solid 4 stars from me and Sweet Peril still remain as my favorite sequel till date. Fan of angel/demon mythology or any paranormal fan in general should try this series out.


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March 2, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (24) + Apology

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Review where 
bloggers shares the books they bought, won or received for review.

Lets start with the apology part first. I've been a slacker for the month of February and I'm really sorry for that. I wish I would've said something about it before, but honestly, I though I would catch up and continue blogging the regular way but as you can see, that didn't happen. There is no excuse for it, as simple as that. I will do a better job at it from now on and hope not to disappoint you anymore. Thank you so much for sticking around and thank you so so much for commenting everyday (that kind of makes me feel guilty :[ ). For upcoming weeks, prepare to read some 2 and 3 stars reviews because I've been reading some shitty books these past weeks, minus a few good ones.

On to the book haul, which is not very exiting because I stayed away from Amazon and Book Outlet (shocking!). But I did get some ebook pre-orders that I'd been dying to read since they were first announced. So here they are!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17455811-bitter-sweet-lovehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17455585-white-hot-kisshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18170662-take-a-chancehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18488911-hold-on-to-me


Thanks to Siiri, I snatched Bitter Sweet Love from Amazon as a freebie! I haven't started this series yet and I don't think I'm going to anytime soon because I'm on a break from any NA-ish romance/drama. But since it's JLA, I know I'll read it soon enough. Take A Chance was "the book" I wanted to read in 2014, but it was a disappointment. My rant review will go up later this week, so you can read the detailed version there.

Hold On To Me is a companion to Wait For Me (an Amazon freebie I read last year and loved!!!) My 5 stars review. I'm currently reading this book and it's good so far. Thanks Elisabeth Naughton and Netgalley for the early arc!

I can't wait to share this with you! Here it is:I won a signed paperback of Coming Home by Priscilla Glenn! YAY! I reviewed this during the blog tour and fell in love with the character and their super adorable romance. Read my 4 stars review here.



That's about it! How was your week in books?
Share away :) And thanks for being awesome!



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February 25, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (17)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
 where bloggers share their opinions on bookish topics in list form.

Topic: Favorite AWW Moments in Books

I loved this topic and I can't wait to share some of my favorite swoon-worthy moments from my favorite ever reads. Now some of this is very spoilery, so don't say I didn't warn.

Let the swooning begin!

1. Will's slam in Slammed by Colleen Hoover
“So you keep your ocean, I'll take the Lake.”  
That is one of the best lines in this entire series! I loved how sneaky he was in his slam! And he didn't even knew Lake was right there, listening to him. Such a great scene!

2. The ending of Champion by Marie Lu
Day: "I've been searching a long time for something I think I lost."
Aww! Just the whole epilogue was so emotional, it was everything I ever wanted. And the last dialogue was my favorite!

3. When Etienne first called Anna "Ah-na" in Anna and The French Kiss
Oh, dreamy British guys and their equally dreamy accent!

4. When Sydney fought with Adrian after the pawn shop scene in The Fiery Heart.
It might not sound very awe-worthy, but that scene clearly showed how much she loved him and was scared to lose him. And I loved that Adrian started taking medication after that. 

5. When Rehvenge made a three course candlelight dinner for Elena in Lover Avenged.
That, besides and Zsadists scene, is my favorite moment in the entire series. And Elena didn't even knew about the dinner and went away after dropping the medicines. But the best part happened when she saw him blow out the candle from the window and later on, ended up having that dinner with him. Beautiful scene.

6. Everything from Eleanor and Park.
I loved loved loved E&P! Every scene, every moment, every dialogue was so swoony (and funny!).

7. The ending of Frostbite when Dmitri told Rose that he had feelings for her.
“I couldn’t return that…couldn’t give her what she wanted. Not when…” He took a few steps toward me. “Not when my heart is somewhere else.”
Awwwwwwww! Dmirtri is such a romantic at heart.

8. Anything that came out of Noah's mouth in the Mara Dyer series
Another example for a very swoony British guy.
"...If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If we were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one...All I want is you."
9. The scene where Lucas draws Jackqueline in Easy.
That scene was very hot from the beginning but during that time I loved the part when she received a message and Lucas asked her if it was important and if she wanted to check.<3<3<3

10. Whenever Warner called Juliette "love"
Which was ALL THE TIME!!!
“In a world where there is so much to grieve and so little good to take? I grieve nothing. I take everything. (...) Ignite, my love. Ignite.” 
Even when he was funny or sarcastic.
“Come back to life, love. I'll be here when you wake up.” 
"You should get a dog, love. I hear they share much the same qualities.”  
And bonus! I love this quote by Juliette to Warner! It perfectly describes how I feel about him.
“I don't think you're crazy." The world is blurring away as I watch it through the window. "And I don't think that you're a psychopath. I also don't think you're a sick, twisted monster. I don't think that you're a heartless murderer, and I don't think you deserve to die, and I don't think you're pathetic. Or stupid. Or a coward. I don't think you're any of the things people have said about you.” 
I do have a million more Warner quotes, but I'll stop here (don't want to!).

What are some of your favorite AWW Moments?
Share away :)

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February 24, 2014

Review: Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

Title: Pretty Girl-13
Author: Liz Coley
Published: Katherine Tegen Books | March 19, 2013
Genre: YA Mystery
Source: Bought
Goodreads | Amazon
Pretty Girl-13 is a disturbing and powerful psychological thriller about a girl who must piece together the story of her kidnapping and captivity and then piece together her own identity.

When thirteen-year-old Angela Gracie Chapman looks in the mirror, someone else looks back--a thin, pale stranger, a sixteen-year-old with haunted eyes. Angie has no memory of the past three years, years in which she was lost to the authorities, lost to her family and friends, lost even to herself. Where has she been, who has been living her life, and what is hiding behind the terrible blankness? There are secrets you can’t even tell yourself.

With a tremendous amount of courage and support from unexpected friends, Angie embarks on a journey into the darkest corners of her mind. As she unearths more and more about her past, she discovers a terrifying secret and must decide: when you remember things you wish you could forget, do you destroy the people responsible, or is there another way to feel whole again?

Liz Coley’s alarming and fascinating psychological mystery is a disturbing—and ultimately empowering—page turner about accepting our whole selves, and the healing power of courage, hope, and love.
Review:

     I don't read scary books, books with ghosts and demons and possessions and whatnot because they terrify me and Pretty Girl-13 was nothing less than a horror story. It deals with an extremely rare and unheard mental disorder that gave me the creeps. On the whole, I loved this book, it was super addicting and gripping, the MC was very likable and her story was an eye opener, plus I really appreciated the minimal focus on romance because this story needed all it's attention on Angie's condition and I'm really glad that it did exactly that. However, I did find the ending very upsetting. The author created a fictional cure for the disorder in order to make everything right, but I wished she would have made the story more realistic. Sure, our MC would have gone crazy by the end, but nevertheless, I would've preferred that version much more than the prettified one.

     Angie went to a camp at age 13 and has no recollection of the 3 years after that. In the first chapter we see her walking down her home road and having no clue of where she came from. Her memories were basically blank, reading from her perspective gave us the impression as if those years never existed. I loved how mysteriously the author pictured the scene, everything that was happening to Angie felt like it was happening to us, and that's the part that terrified me the most! Angie is not the most reliable MC because of her disorder, so when strange things happened to her without her knowledge, it resulted in a very bone chilling experience for the readers. I absolutely loved the way the author sequenced this book and tackled every part of the disorder step by step. It helped understanding Angie's condition tremendously and hence, it made it easier to us to connect with her. Like I said before, Pretty Girl-13 is not a very easy book to read, even if Angie never had a disorder, the things she had to go through during the missing 3 years are enough to make anyone go crazy or atleast suicidal. In a way, her mental disorder was a blessing in disguise and that itself is very strange thing to acknowledge. 

      All in all, Pretty Girl-13 raises a lot of question and awareness regarding the mental disorder it showcased. I love when stories have a bigger meaning than just being something to be read and entertained over. After finishing this book within few hours, I googled the heck out of the illness and the results were very sad to read, but educational nonetheless. Pretty Girl-13 book would've easily been one of my favorites of the year had the ending been completely different than what it was, regardless it was a very good book and I highly recommend fans of dark contemporary to give this book a try.


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February 21, 2014

Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cress
Author: Marissa Meyer 
Published: Feiwel & Friends | Feb 4, 2014 
Genre: YA Dystopian, Retelling 
Source: Bought  
Series: Lunar Chronicles
Cinder
Scarlet
Cress
Winter

Goodreads | Amazon
Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.
Review:

What a sequel! Marissa Meyer definitely knows how to bring it on!!! 

     Cress gets a 5 stars for creativity, story development, plot enrichment, flawless writing and entertaining characters! But it gets 2 stars for romance. I wasn't a fan of Cress and Thorn pairing from the start, they felt more like a companion to me than a couple who were romantically involved. Other than that, Cress was a incredible read, I couldn't have sequenced the events leading up to Winter any better. The ending especially was perfect, I wasn't a fan of Kai in the first book, but boy, I swooned over him so hardcore in this book. He and Cinder are most certainly my favorite couple in this series.

     Abort the Rampion are Cinder, Thorn, Iko, Scarlet and Wolf journeying on around the world as wanted criminals. Their next mission is to rescue Cress, who has been imprisoned inside a satellite for more than 7 years and works as a hacker/programmer for the Luna Queen Levana. During the rescue mission things go south, as expected, and everyone gets divided into 3 groups. Someone gets blind, someone gets kidnapped, someone gets fatally wounded and throughout the whole ordeal, we get to meet one of the main lead for the next book, Winter. Like all the previous books in this series, Cress had a phenomenal story arc. I loved how the author gave every character, minor or major, a crucial role to play in order to make everything sync together perfectly in the end. The storytelling is one of the best parts about this series, but the characters are a very close second. I loved loved loved Thorn! Even though I didn't think he fit with Cress or vice versa, but that didn't stop me from enjoying all his parts and being so fully entertained by his narcissistic behavior. Thorn is so full of himself yet so funny at the same time, he reminds of a male version of Iko, and as most of you know, Iko is my favorite character in this entire series! I wish she would get a book, I don't mind reading about an android story at all!

     The reason I wasn't a huge fan of Cress was because I didn't find her interesting enough to care for her story. She calls herself a damsel in distress and that is indeed a perfect title for her. She fell head over heels in love with Thorn before she even met him and I'm the type of person who is okay with instant romances, but this was beyond my understanding. Also, Cress had this tendency to picture elaborate scenarios to avoid certain pain or loneliness, but again, I didn't get that. I wanted to understand her so badly because Rapunzel is one of the favorite princess and her situation is so sympathetic, but sadly I never had any of those feeling for Cress. I don't think she's a strong heroine and if this book would've been just about her and Thorn, I don't think I would've enjoyed it this much. Good for us, Cress had many different storylines and perspectives, so a little hitch didn't matter at all. 

     Overall, I'm a huge fan of Cress! It is a great addition to The Lunar Chronicles series and even better sequel to Scarlet. There is so much I loved about it: the unexpected turns of events after every few chapter, Thorn's and Iko's humor, the exceptionally commendable progress made by Cinder and ofcourse, the romance she shared with Kai. I loved it all! Cinder is such a terrific character and I can't wait to see where her journey will take her next! On another note, I was so glad that we finally got a glimpse of Luna and met Princess Winter. Though in all honestly, she did seem a bit crazy to me and I don't know how her story will play out, but one thing I do know is that Marissa Meyer is brilliant at what she does and I highly recommend her reads to fans of sci-fi and retellings. It is not to be missed!!!


 
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February 17, 2014

Review: Finding My Forever by Heidi McLaughlin

Title: Finding My Forever
Author
Publication: Self | Dec 30, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Source: Bought
Series: Beaumont
Forever My Girl
My Unexpected Forever
Finding My Forever

Goodreads | Amazon
Everywhere I look, my friends are settling down - marriage, children, white picket fences; but not me. Marriage isn't in the cards for me. I’m a ladies man.

A rock star.

I was born and raised in the industry.

I love everything about my life, especially the attention from the women that my status brings me.
Women find me. I don’t chase. I know what they want and they know I’ll deliver.

But after one look, one touch, one night...
Now I’m the one doing the chasing.

I need to find a way to show her that I’m serious, that I can change.
I need to find a way to show her that I can love her fully, and only her.
I need to find a way to show her that she’s my forever.
Review:
 Readalong with Janhvi and Sarika from The Readdicts
~Review has minor spoilers~

     WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED!?! I was expecting a really good, heartfelt pregnancy storyline, thanks to a one night stand between two fun characters, but I what I got was a complete and utter mess of immature people with their immature and nonsensical decisions. I have so much to say about this story, especially the characters that I think it's better if I do a list type review. 

Backstory


     Both Jenna and Jimmy had a really good backstory. Jenna was a victim of domestic abuse from her first marriage. After years of suffering under her husband's abuse, Jenna finally took a step and with the help of her parents, she divorced that bastard and moved to Beaumont. I loved that Jenna never lived in fear considering the life she has lead before, that instantly proved how strong and brave she was. She had a life of her own, didn't depend on anyone and had a very positive outlook towards life. Jenna could've been such a good character if she wouldn't have stopped with her insecurities regarding Jimmy's womanizing past after they got married. Literally everytime he was around a girl, she would doubt him for cheating or worst, thinking he would divorce her after he realized he's not fit for marriage. Her ability to stress out over little things and not enjoying the moment instantly made her annoying and irritating to me. But more on that later. Jimmy on the other hand was a very cool guy, a bit relationship phobiac, but it's understandable seeing his first wife cheated on him. I loved that he took responsibility when needed and remained fair with everyone. What I didn't like about Jimmy was that his tendency to keep things from Jenna regarding his first wife and then later on acting as if it was no big deal. Both characters made really stupid decisions in this book and collectively pushed the story down the drain. It was a mess!

Romance


     As far as I could tell, there was no real romance. Jenna and Jimmy slept together during Liam and Josie's wedding, hence the pregnancy, but never really had any connection that could be termed as a beginning of romance. Even at the time the story took place, I never felt their love! Jenna was constantly worrying over Jimmy walking out on her and Jimmy was suddenly too attracted to Jenna and it didn't seem real. On top of that, their marriage was such a joke. One moment I'm reading about their vacation in Bora Bora and the next instant, they are married. Just like that, with no scene, no setting, no emotion. Did they get married on a post it note like Grey and Derek? What happened?!? The ending was okay, but honestly if the beginning didn't pull my heartstrings, I don't expect the end to that job. To sum it up: the romance was very, very disappointing!


Plotline


     Pregnancy storylines, no matter how cliched or predictable are one of my favorite to read. They bring out that motherly quality of nurture and protectiveness that I'm sure every girl loves, but this is probably the only book where I didn't even care for the pregnancy And I think it mainly comes down to me disliking Jenna so much. Finding My Forever starts with Jenna discovering her pregnancy and keeping it a secret from everyone, especially the baby's father. One thing I didn't get was why Jenna made the father sound so mysterious to the readers in the beginning, it was clear from the last book that Jimmy was going to be that man, so why the unnecessary secrecy? Overall, this book was full of drama and not the kind I like to read about! Some of it included the exes, the other pregnancy, the daddy drama and just a whole bunch of annoying issues. 

     All in all, Finding My Forever is by far my least favorite book in this series, I didn't find anything redeemable in it. The characters were confused and in their own world. The story was messy and haywired, and I'm not even talking about the random flashbacks inserted in almost every chapter. Bottomline, I wasn't happy with this installments, but since my reading buddies somewhat enjoyed this book, I would direct you to their review where you can decide if this is for you or not.
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