Friday, October 10, 2014

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Friday, October 10, 2014
The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Series: The  Young Elites, #1
Genre: Fantaasy, Romance, Young Adult
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


"I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside."

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

"It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt."

My Thoughts:

I must say, this absolutely amazing book showcases the writing versatility of the author. Marie Lu went beyond the style we'd known her for and definitely outdid herself. This is totally different and exquisitely darker than her first series, Legend, yet just as undeniably good!

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

Cinder & EllaCinder & Ella by Kelly Oram
Publisher: Bluefields
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis: "It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancĂ©e—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything."

Jennifer: You go ahead and talk to your boyfriend, Ella!
Ella: Cinder? Are you still there?
Cinder: I didn’t realize upping our relationship to phone buddies would come with a boyfriend title. Does that mean if we ever meet in person, we’ll have to get married?

Cinder & Ella had been internet bestfriends for almost three years. It started when Cinder, aka hollywood actor Brian Oliver, was browsing online and stumbled across Ella's book and movie review blog. Her post about The Cinder Chronicles drew him to it. He saw her picture once, so it's not one of those cliche stories where the celebrity guy decided to make friends with a faceless internet girl. On the other hand, Ella knew nothing about her friend Cinder except that he's rich, confident, and a book lover like her. They're both fanatics of The Cinder Chronicles book series, which holywood was making into a movie called The Druid Prince, starring Cinder/Brian himself.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Friday, September 19, 2014
The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic
Series: The Raven Cycle, #1
Genere: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young-Adult
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"If Blue was to kiss her true love, he would die."

Born into a family of psychics without any ability of her own, Blue Sargent has been told for as long as she can remember that she will one day kill her true love with a kiss. By the age of sixteen, Blue has decided she will never allow herself to fall inlove. However, on this year's St. Mark's Eve tradition, Blue joins her psychic aunt in the abandoned churchyard and for the first time, she sees one of the spirits who will die within the next year — a boy named Gansey from Aglionby Academy.

There are only two reasons a non-seer like Blue would see a spirit on St. Mark's Eve: either she's his true love or she killed him.

The Raven Boys is a story of ancient mystery, bizarre ley lines, and enthralling beauty of magic and occult. To say that I enjoyed this book is an understatement; I was enrapt in the mystical ride, leaving me exhilarated and magic-drunk. I AM INLOVE.

"Everytime his heart beat, red lines streaked in the corners of his vision, the trees darkening with his pulse. It made the leaves seem like they were all moving, though there was no wind."

I am inlove with Maggie Stiefvater's writing. She has managed to pen such beautifully illustrated, deeply rich and intense story that is just as eloquent and almost lyrical at times. The amount of detail she put into the characters, the town of Henrietta, the Welsh history and myths, pulled me into her beautifully crafted world that is both similar and so unlike our own.

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Nominated by Melody to do the 10-Books-Challenge. Challenge accepted!

(10-BOOKS-CHALLENGE. List 10 books that had sustained a long-term effect on you, then tag 10 friends including me so I can see your list.)

1. Angelfall by Susan Ee (Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic, Angels) - THIS BOOK IS MY FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME. I love everything about it.

2. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay (Contemporary/Realistic) - If you think The Fault in Our Stars and If I Stay are the best contemporary novels out there, you obviously haven't read this book yet.

3. The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater (Fantasy, Magic, Mystery) - "If Blue was to kiss her true love, he would die." This book is full of ancient mystery and magic.

4. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (Contemporary, Animals) - This one is narrated by a dog so prepare to laugh so hard and bawl like a baby.

5. Legend Series by Marie Lu (Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic) - This book has the smartest and most badass female character in the Dystopian Fiction.

6. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas (Thriller, Mystery, Murder) - Definitely one of the best mystery-thriller novels I've ever read.

7. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Contemporary/Realistic) - The only contemporary novel that made me cry ugly tears.

8. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Dystopia, Aliens, Sci-Fi) - Alien invasion had never felt so real. They're turning this into a movie starring Chloe Moretz so watch out for it.

9. Anna and the French Kiss (Contemporary/Realistic) - This one is a can't-wipe-this-goofy-smile-off-my-face kind of book. Very cute and adorable!

10. Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling (Fantasy, Magic) - OF COURSE. IT'S HARRY FREAKIN' POTTER. Need I say more?
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