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Saturday, October 19, 2013

[REVIEW] Sirenz by Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman


Authors: Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman
Genre: YA Fantasy, Mythology, Contemporary
Published: June 8th 2011 by Flux
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Bickering frenemies Meg and Shar are doing some serious damage at a midnight sample sale when the fashionistas find themselves arguing over a pair of shoes-with fatal consequences. One innocent bystander later, the girls are suddenly at the mercy of Hades, Lord of the Underworld himself. To make them atone for what they've done, Hades forces the teens to become special-assignment Sirens, luring to the Underworld an individual whose unholy contract is up.

Finding that delicate balance between their fashion addiction and their new part-time job in the eternal hellfire biz turns out to be harder than Meg and Shar expected, especially when an entire pantheon of Greek deities decides to get involved. Then there's the matter of the fine print in their own contracts...

A quick and light read. SIRENZ combined myth and fashion together and created a good and entertaining story.

The story was told from the alternating perspectives of the two main characters Shar and Meg, and it’s an effective way to emphasize the contrast in their personalities. The two weren’t BFFs at first and there were times that they even dislike each other. What I liked the most is that despite all their differences, they were able to work together to complete their mission and in the process, reconciled those differences and became friends.

Friday, October 11, 2013

[REVIEW] Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess

Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA Fantasy, Paranormal, Steampunk
Published: March 13th 2013 by Walker Books Ltd
Series: Book 3, The Infernal Devices
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Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy

Tessa Gray should be happy - aren't all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her.

Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Amazing. CLOCKWORK PRINCESS did not break my heart. It shattered it into a million bleeding pieces. This is probably the most fucked-up review – if you could even call this a review – that I’ve written so far because I just can’t write a proper one for this book. I don’t think my words will ever be enough to express how much I love CLOCKWORK PRINCESS and how it moved me. I don’t think words can give justice to this book. Everything’s perfect. And the feels! Ohmygods I’m going to stop now before I drown in my own tears.

“Sometimes one must choose whether to be kind or honorable. Sometimes one cannot be both.” 
– Will

“You know that feeling when you are reading a book, and you know that it is going to be a tragedy; you can feel the cold and darkness coming, see the net drawing close around the characters who live and breathe on the pages. But you are tied to the story as if being dragged behind a carriage, and you cannot let go or turn the course aside.” – Tessa

“Our hearts, they need a mirror, Tessa. We see our better selves in the eyes of those who love us. And there is a beauty that brevity alone provides.” – Jem

“I think that any good impulse can be twisted into something evil. . . I think when we make choices—for each choice is individual of the choices we have made before—we must examine not only our reasons for making them but what result they will have, and whether good people will be hurt by our decisions.” – Cecily

“I told you before, Jem, that you would not leave me. And you are still with me. When I breathe, I will think of you, for without you I would have been dead years ago. When I wake up and when I sleep, when I lift up my hands to defend myself or when I lie down to die, you will be with me. You say we are born and born again. I say there is a river that divides the dead and the living. What I do know is that if we are born again, I will meet you in another life, and if there is a river, you will wait on the shores for me to come to you, so that we can cross together. You hear that, James Carstairs? We are bound, you and I, over the divide of death, down through whatever generations may come. Forever.” – Will

“Life was an uncertain thing, and there were some moments one wished to remember, to imprint upon one’s mind that the memory might be taken out later, like a flower pressed between the pages of a book, and admired and recollected anew.”

“Some secrets were better told; some were better left the burden of the carrier, that they might not cause pain to others.” – Tessa

“Change is not loss, Will. Not always.” – Jem

“Listen to me. I am leaving, but I am living. I will not be gone from you entirely, Will. When you fight now, I will be still by you. When you walk in the world, I will be the light at your side, the ground steady under your feet, the force that drives the sword in your hand. We are bound, beyond the oath. The Marks did not change that. The oath did not change that. It merely gave words to something that existed already.” – Jem

“Every meeting led to a parting, and so it would, as long as life was mortal. In every meeting there was some of the sorrow of parting, but in every parting there was some of the joy of meeting as well.”

“There are things no magic can destroy, for they are magic in themselves.” – Tessa

“When two people are at one in their inmost hearts, they shatter even the strength of iron or bronze.”

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

[REVIEW] Towering by Alex Flinn


Author: Alex Flinn
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: May 14th 2013 by HarperTeen
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New York Times #1 bestselling author Alex Flinn reimagined the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast in Beastly and gave a twist to the story of Sleeping Beauty in A Kiss in Time.

Now with her gothic and darkly romantic YA novel Towering, Alex Flinn retells the tale of Rapunzel.

When Rachel was taken to live in a tower by a woman she calls Mama, she was excited. She felt like a princess in a castle. But many years later, Rachel knows her palace is really a prison, and begins to plan her escape. She is encouraged by the speed that her golden hair has been growing. It’s gotten long enough to reach the ground. And she’s begun dreaming of a green-eyed man. Could he be out there in the world? Is he coming to save her? Or will she find a way to save herself?

“We all like to think we’d do the right thing, the heroic thing if we had to. But usually, we don’t because that’s not the comfortable thing. The easy thing is to stay put in your comfortable tower, even if that tower is actually a prison.”
- Rachel

What happened, Ms. Flinn? I was actually excited for this Rapunzel-based novel but sadly, TOWERING fell short of my expectations.

I really tried to sympathize with the characters, but I just couldn’t connect with them. The main character, Rachel, sometimes comes across as a brave and strong girl but other times, she seems so shallow and pathetic. Wyatt isn’t much different. And I don’t like the fact that they practically fell in love with each other the first or second time they met. Insta-love sucks. Meh.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

[REVIEW] The Son of Sobek by Rick Riordan

The Son of Sobek

Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: YA Fantasy, Mythology
Published: May 7th 2013 by Puffin
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In this e-book short story by Rick Riordan, Carter Kane is investigating rumored sightings of a monster on Long Island when he runs into something else: a mysterious boy named Percy Jackson. And their meeting isn't exactly friendly. . . .

I’d probably be a little bias here since it’s Rick Riordan and he’s, like, one of my rock star authors and I’d wholeheartedly give an automatic 5-star to any book penned by him, but seriously this book rocks. I’ve been waiting for something like this since The Red Pyramid and THE SON OF SOBEK is like a dream come true. I love crossovers! Especially a Percy Jackson-Kane Chronicles crossover. Riordan’s been dropping hints through the entire Kane Chronicles series and it’s freaking the hell out of me. And now, finally!

Friday, October 4, 2013

[REVIEW] Quiver by Stephanie Spinner


Author: Stephanie Spinner
Genre: YA Fantasy, Mythology
Published: December 18th 2007 by Laurel Leaf
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Greek gods and mortals spring to life in this riveting retelling of the myth of Atalanta, the fleet-footed girl warrior who could outrun any man in ancient Greece.
Cast off and abandoned at birth, Atalanta– saved by a she-bear and raised by hunters–proves herself to be a superior archer and the fastest runner in the land. But her skills and independence anger many, including her father, the Arcadian King, who suddenly reclaims her and demands that she produce an heir to the throne. Atalanta has pledged herself to Artemis, goddess of the hunt, who has forbidden her to marry. Unwilling to break her promise, Atalanta suggests a grim compromise: she will marry the first man to beat her in a race, but everyone she defeats must die. All the while, Artemis, Apollo, Aphrodite, Eros, and Zeus himself watch–and interfere–from on high.

Among the popular Greek myths, Atalanta’s not a story I am most familiar with. All I know about her is that she’s a fast runner and refused to marry unless a man outruns her in a race. That’s the extent of my knowledge about her. QUIVER introduced me to Atalanta.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

[REVIEW] The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

The Book of Lost Things

Author: John Connolly
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: August 30th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Purchase from: Amazon | The Book Depository

David doesn't know much about life beyond the walls of his room, except what he reads in his books. Mourning the death of his mother and angry at his father for moving on so quickly, David is pulled into a world next to our own and discovers all the stories he's read have come to life. However, these stories are different. Angrier. Darker.

As David makes his way through the world to find the king and the mysterious Book of Lost Things that will help him get home, he encounters adventures he never imagined. But a danger is lurking in the shadows, threatening to destroy David and his entire future.

Enthralling and really enjoyable. John Connolly cleverly twisted the stories we knew and loved and turned them into more fascinating – albeit sinister – tales.

I must admit that I only found things interesting when David got into the forest. But from then, I was hooked. I liked the mystery and the thrill of the adventure – for it was an adventure, however dangerous it was. I liked the people David met and who helped him: the Woodsman, Roland, Anna and even the dwarfs. I liked how David transformed from a sad and frightened boy into a brave child capable of helping and saving others and himself. Above all, I liked that he learned his lesson and made amends with people in his life.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

{BOOK SPOTLIGHT} Water by Heather James

Heya, loves! Sorry for my month-long hiatus. School has been crazy so I wasn't able to post any reviews last month. But don't worry, I have reviews ready for October. ^__^ But for now, let me feature a book I am very excited for! Drumroll, please!


Author: Heather James
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: October 19th 2013
Series: Book 2, Elements of Power series

Jasmine is struggling to control her new powers, causing floods and fires with an accidental flick of her wrist. In a desperate attempt to master at least one aspect of them, she travels to the Brizan Realm, where she comes closer to discovering the truth about her parents than ever before. But not everyone wants their secrets revealed.

Alone, powerless and, for the first time in her life, afraid, Roxy has only one thought occupying her mind: escaping Cinaer's clutches before it's too late. Her flight will take her across the ocean, but not in the direction she is expecting. Before she can try and get back to Brae, she needs to rescue herself.

Despite being on opposite sides of the world, the girls soon find themselves closer than ever.

Water pooled around my feet, rising at an alarming rate. I stared---panicked---at the palms of my hands, willing the water gushing out of them to stop as miraculously as it had begun.

I only sneezed!

Can I just say that the cover's amazing? I've read and reviewed the first book in the series, Fire, and I loved it! I'm sure Water will be interesting, too! I'm so excited for this book, can't wait to read it. Congrats, Heather James on Water! ^__^

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