Review: World After by Susan Ee (Penryn & the End of Days #2)

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In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

Actual Review:

Ultimate gushing and fangirling (with ovaries exploding) will commence in 3….2…..

Oh.My.Gosh.

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Before I started reading, I was actually feeling a tad bit nervous. I mean, I’ve been waiting for two years for this baby and Angelfall was such an awesome book filled with a lot of action, horrific scenes that made me shout “Oh my goodness this is so awesome.” while I was having goosebumps. A few seconds before I decided to click open (I have this in ebook format) I was having an inner monologue along the lines of “Oh my goodness, this is it. What if Angelfall was simply a one trick pony? Could I actually live with that? What if I end up getting disappointed with this book? Could this actually match up to the first book in terms of it’s awesomeness? Oh my goodness shut up and open it already!”

The minute I opened it and started reading, it dawned on me that I shouldn’t have doubted Ms. Susan Ee.

This book was just as awesome as the first one, and yes guys. TOTALLY WORTH THE WAIT. It’s fast paced, exciting, and deliciously horrific with funny moments in just the right places.

Penryn is just as awesome as she was before and this book proved that she doesn’t need Raffe to make this novel successful and although I was saddened by the fact that he was not with her in the first half of the novel (probably due to me hardcore shipping Penryn and Raffe since book one) it gave us a chance to further understand Penryn’s mom, Paige and the dynamics of their family.

I couldn’t help adoring the mom. She has shown countless times here in this book that she loves her daughters and expresses it in her own little way such as tying a writhing monster on a roof and drawing a heart on its stomach with the words Penryn and Paige with a lipstick. It was touching in a twisted kind of way.

Pooky Bear is also worth mentioning as well. Do you remember Raffe’s sentient sword in Angelfall? Yup, that’s Pooky Bear. She showed us a glimpse of the Raffe we have seen for only a few lines in the last book. The vulnerable Raffe.

And of course, how could I forget mentioning the ADORABLE  AND HILARIOUS MOMENTS when Paige And Raffe are together? The attraction’s definitely there and I absolutely love the fact that their interactions weren’t filled with angst and cheese.

“If I hadn’t already flown with him, I’d be scared. I’m above the water with nothing but his arms between me and an icy plunge. But his arms are wrapped tightly around me and his chest is warm. I lean my head against his muscular shoulder and close my eyes.

He rubs his cheek against my hair.

I know that soon I’ll have to think about Paige, Mom, and Clara. My priorities will be all about survival and getting my family together and keeping them safe from monsters and people alike.

But for now, for just for this moment, I let myself be a seventeen-year-old girl in a strong guy’s arms. I even let some of the what-ifs seep in, the kind of possibilities that might have blossomed between us in the World Before.

Just for a little while.

Before I carefully fold my dreams away into the vault in my head.”

World After is a wonderful sequel and I am absolutely not exaggerating when I say that I fell deeper in love with the series after reading this. It’s a book you definitely shouldn’t miss. Easily one of my favorite books of the year.

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Verdict:

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Book Update/ Bookgasm

I really think November will be the best month of 2013 for me. I mean,the last book of Legend by Marie Lu’s out, and the second book of Angelfall by Susan Ee’s ALMOST out (finally) AND The Book Thief and Catching Fire films are ALMOST out as well.
*happy sigh*

So many books, so little time! I need to catch up. I haven’t read the sequels of Legend, Through the Ever Night, and the Throne of Glass yet 😦

Review: Croak by Gina Damico

Synopsis:

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Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live wit

h her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape.

But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’

s going to teach Lex the family business.

She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. But Lex can’t stop her desire for justice – or is it vengeance? – whenever she encounters a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again.

Will she ditch Croak and go rogue with her reaper skills?

Actual Review:

Okay, before I start can I just say that this is probably one of the most awesome book covers I have ever seen?
Also, what was I doing during 2012 that made me disregard this book? WHY DID I NOT READ THIS BEFORE.

This book was tons of fun. It took me some time to get into it because of the odd style of narration but after a few more pages, I couldn’t put it down.

As you guys all know, what I care about the most when it comes to reading novels is the likability or uniqueness or complexity of the main character and I am quite happy to say that Lex here is an epic explosion waiting to happen. She’s got some anger management issues (just like me… only more serious) She has proven again and again in the novel that she doesn’t need anyone for protection (well in terms of physical protection at least.)

“Stop right there,” she warned. “I punch, I kick, and I feel compelled to warn you, I can bite harder than the average Amazonian crocodile.”

She’s headstrong as well. I noticed a bit of a Mary Sue-ish vibe coming off of her in the beginning but that idea was pretty much kaput after reading the last bits.

Also, this probably has one of the cutest couples I have ever encountered in a YA paranormal novel. Driggs (yes, the name is pretty lame but still) and Lex…
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Ever heard of love at first sight? What about love at first matching black eyes?

Didn’t think so.

Verdict:

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Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

Actual Review/Rant:

Warning: This review contains spoilers….And rants. You’ve been warned.

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Let me tell you guys a story. It’s about a girl named Ktine who discovered Divergent. She loved it and even got addicted to it to the point that she couldn’t wait to read the second book. She picked up Insurgent and she thought it was…. okay. Not good, but not terribly bad either. She had doubts about picking up the last book but since she trusted that the author probably just had a case of that so called “Second Book Syndrome” and that Ms. Roth would end the series with a bang, she picked up Allegiant.

This story does not end well.

Well, the series DID end with a bang. A terribly bad bang… A bang of the train wreck variety.

It’s not even Tris dying that made the book bad. I could deal with protagonists dying. (We’ve already established from the previous books that that Tris is pretty selfless to the point of being stupid) IF they had any reason to. I could love a book that had many deaths of characters I fell in love with (think Hunger Games) IF the rest of the book was magnificent. Sadly, Allegiant fell flat. This book was filled with so many wrong moves.

I was expecting this book to resolve the feud between the factions and the factionless, instead it decided to create ANOTHER issue to be solved. Genetically pure and the ones damaged. I could deal with that, but in this case it was a wrong move. In the last book, you were supposed to further develop characters and wrap up all of the mess neatly and tastefully. Instead, what I got was underdeveloped characters and a terrible wrap up… They even forgot to use tape so all of the mess is still spilling out,

Dual POVs are double edged swords. If done right, it’s awesome. Done wrong… No, just no, In this case the dual POV was not done well because Tris’ and Four’s voices were indistinguishable. They had no distinct voices. It just made things confusing.Also I found myself crying out in frustration because the awesome Four I knew in the first book was gone. Who is this bumbling idiot who made rash decisions and what did he do to Four?

ALSO. I was sort of expecting Caleb to redeem himself in this book. The perfect opportunity was presented during the last parts of the novel; him instead of Tris dying. Sacrificing his life instead of Tris. Sadly, this did not happen.

Once again, numerous deaths happened and I didn’t feel a thing. Probably because the characters weren’t fleshed out enough for me to care for them.

So, my advise to all of the people who want to start reading this trilogy is to read the first book (Divergent). ONLY the first book. Allegiant? What Allegiant? Does a book like that exist?

Verdict:

No devious smiles. I should develop a new scale… Devious frowns. After reading this, I couldn’t pick up another book until after a week or more.

 

Review: Tangled by Emma Chase

As you may have noticed by now (due to the cover), yes, I read a fluffy book. Don’t judge me! I had to cheer myself up after reading the trainwreck that is Allegiant. That book was so disastrous I had trouble picking up another book afterwards.

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Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything – or anyone – derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love?

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.

Actual Review:

“Women fall in love quicker than men. Easier and more often. But when guys fall? We go down harder. And when things go bad? When it’s not us who ends it? We don’t get to walk away.
We crawl.”

Writing a romance novel in a male’s POV is a pretty dangerous gamble. If done wrong, it’ll transform a plot with potential into a train wreck because the guy doesn’t sound like a guy at all but a freaking pansy.

If done right….

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And this my friends, is a perfect example of male POV done right.
The plot itself is not exactly unique, but what really pulled it off was the likeability of the protagonists. Drew is an unrepentant playboy that has never been in an actual relationship. The guy may come off as a douchebag, but you’ll laugh your head off because of his smartassery.

Kate is a strong woman, so the feminist in me liked the fact that she was portrayed as a woman who can stand up on her own. A career woman.

And the way they acted around each other. Especially in the beginning. Seriously.

“Then I flip Kate the finger. Immature, I know, but apparently we’re now both functioning at the preschool level, so I’m guessing it’s okay. Kate sneers at me. Then she mouths, You wish. Well—she’s got me there, now doesn’t she?”

I also honestly liked the fact that the guy had to REALLY work for it in order to be accepted by the girl again in the end. He didn’t just have to say he’s sorry. He had to do numerous things in order to get her back. I like Kate. She has spine.

So to wrap things up, all I have to say is that you shouldn’t be discouraged by that cover with a dude with washboard abs (I was kinda turned off at first as well)If you’re looking for something funny and fluffy, I think you’ll enjoy this.

Don’t judge a book by its cover 😉

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Bookgasm/ Book Update: ALLEGIANT

SO sorry guys! I haven’t been posting book reviews lately. It was kind of a busy week for me because of school stuff but no worries because now I’m practically free (1st sem is <practically> over like OHCYDWFTYSA~!)
I’ve been trying to finish Croak by Gina Damico but I’m not sure if I should prioritize this because….
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IT’S OUT.
Yes guys, it’s out.
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I’ll reread the 1st and 2nd book and try to get my hands on this baby, read it, and I’ll let you guys know what I think about it. Soon.