Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In Your Dreams #1: In Your Dreams (2012)

In Your Dreams

Zip lived in a small town, where everyone knew everyone else since birth. one day, a sibling joined her class, Kieran and Kayla instantly became the town’s new focus. first day in school, Kieran passed out on Zip’s table from his narcolepsy, where he struggled to stay awake. Zip couldn’t resist falling for him, while he couldn’t resist telling her his deepest secret, which he had the ability to see bits and pieces into the future. when Kieran’s mother revealed that his narcolepsy wasn’t what it seemed, but might be putting them in harms’ way, things instantly got further complicated.

I received free e-books from the author in exchange for reviews. It was such an easy and fast read that I found myself flying through the pages in no time. I was rooting for Zip’s character and before long was rooting for Kieran as well. while I initially thought I would dislike Kayla for her tough personality, I fell for her equally hard as well. half way into the book and comfortable with its characters, I was surprised to find the scale of the plot expanded into something so much more bigger. the satisfaction I felt since then was even more stronger despite how little I want to know about Morgan. relationship wise, it was obvious where the story was heading, but I was equally eager to see how the duo confront their differences as well as the dangers.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Salem's Revenge #1: Brew (2014)


Rhett was an orphan, who had moved from one family to another, until he finally felt at home with one particular family. but happiness was short lived, the Salem Revenge took place, killed many humans along the way, his new family among those killed. Rhett escaped, only to find out that witches were real. he was rescued and trained by Mr Jackson, a guy who knew the witches existence since the very beginning and had been prepared. Rhett was glad to be protected, but felt the need to seek out revenge for his family, as well as finding his best friends, Xavier and Beth.

the book was an addictive read from its very first page. I was captivated with the relationship between Rhett and his two best friends, Xavier and Beth. It was somewhat odd that Rhett would go such a distance to avoid violence, but on the contrary, his two best friends would behave the complete opposite. while bird of the same feathers flocked together, it had me wondering what brought the trio together, especially with their extremely close relationship. when it came to the witch historical lessons or witch killing training, I found myself skipping lines just to get to the juicy part. but when the actions were finally available, I was pleased to find it being every bit entertaining as I hoped it will be, especially when it came at me in waves and waves of satisfactions.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Soul Chaser #1: Soul Chaser (2014)

Soul Chaser

Raven was a Soul Chaser. her job was to die for children. Instead of suffering their horrific death and risk becoming a lost spirit, these children were chosen, where their souls would drift to heaven while Raven took possession of their bodies, living their last moments and facing their death for them. if a soul departed before the child experience death, the child would be reunited with heavens, signaling its complete life. experiencing death itself was what caused the child to became a lost spirit.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for a review. the book was a fast read. it felt like an introduction, a beginning of a possible series, giving me a preview of what Raven’s life was about. the idea definitely seemed promising, which have me looking forward to the next installment. while Raven was just performing what was expected of her, I found myself wanting to know more about her all the time. the Soul Chaser system was less interesting for me in comparison, where she was chosen to be a Soul Chaser and will be choosing her successor when the time comes. often I found myself skipping lines just to get to the juicy part of Summer’s routine.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Shade of Mind (2012)

A Shade of Mind

Bobby was in a car crash. he died and was revived. however, after he woke up, he didn’t feel that he was alone, there was always someone at the back of his head, pushing him towards making a correct choice. as much as he freaked out with the intruder, he kept it to himself and dealt with it as best as he could. he started doing things he would never do otherwise, such as joining the girls’ volleyball team. he had strong feelings towards Angela, one of the girls on the team. when he found out from his new friend, Darren, that Angela’s father died on the same day that the he had his accident, it became clear what triggered those emotions.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for a review. the book was an easy read although it was slow at times. the first half of the book flew through easily, capturing my curiosity as it led me through the plot. last quarter of the book though, where the mysteries were already mostly uncovered, things tend to drag a little, seemingly reluctant to provide the big perfect ending sooner than later. the climax was slightly short to my likings but fortunately, still fairly satisfying. I had a great time putting myself in Bobby’s shoes, even though I rooted for Jennifer the most. the twist that kept Bobby’s experience even more entertaining was the bad environment that he grew up in. when the blocked out memories involving his father and sister was revealed, it became the utmost overwhelming scene of the book, as it managed to build its characters with so much more depth because of it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Everneath #1.5: Neverfall (2012)


when Nikki’s six months came to an end, she escaped being claimed by the Tunnels when Jack took her place. Initially Cole hoped to have Nikki all to himself because he was the only choice Nikki ever had to escape the Tunnels. however, the love between Nikki and Jack was so strong that Nikki declined Cole’s help and decided to face her own fate. Jack’s sacrificing came as a surprise to everyone, including Nikki. Cole witnessed everything and was shocked with the direction everything was heading. with Nikki surviving the Feed, he was keen to find out reason behind it, no matter the cost.

as much as I enjoyed reading about Nikki, Jack and Cole, I felt slightly dragged by this installment. It was written in Cole’s point of view, about his pain of being rejected by Nikki as well as refusing to admit his feelings towards Nikki. thus his obsession with the mysteries behind Nikki’s surviving. the dungeon he was kept in was quite a piece of work! it not only got to him, it got into my head as well, making me felt every bit as disgusted as he was. while it was entertaining enough to follow Cole’s side of the story, I can’t wait for it to end, just so I can continued reading about how Nikki’s life was turning out to be, especially after surviving the ordeal and most importantly, losing Jack.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Everneath #1: Everneath (2012)


after a painful encounter with her boyfriend, Jack, Nikki left with Cole, an Everliving, into the Everneath, an underworld that absorbed her of her energy. the Everlivings were required to bring in Forfeits periodically. It was often someone from the D.O.P (Daughters of Persephone) but Nikki wasn’t one of them, she happened to be looking for an escape when the Everlivings were returning to the Everneath. however, no matter how young the Forfeits were when they were brought into the Everneath, they returned old. miraculously, Nikki survived and returned just the way she was. but she had only six months to say her goodbyes, before the Everneath claim her again for good.

the book was an absolutely addictive read. Nikki was a character so easy to root for. the mysteries circling the Everneath and its Everlivings started out slightly complicated, but by putting myself in Nikki’s shoes, I soon caught up with its history as well as the reason why Nikki was so special. both Cole and Jack were so frustrating to watch, yet so likable at some other times. although I wanted Nikki to end up with Jack, her original boyfriend; I couldn’t find myself hating Cole, which was rare since the third wheel often got to me. i was surprised when I reached the end of the book as I was so absorbed I failed to notice it approaching. fortunately, I had the next book lined up and ready for another addictive read.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sovereign #2: The Offering (2014)

The Offering

after escaping the colony, Cori survived the wilderness with Dylan’s help and knowledge. she was pursued by the colony’s armies, which in returned attracted the Savages’ attention. the Saveges easily destroyed the small army and forcefully brought Cori and Dylan back to their hideout. with an army sent to retrieve the duo, the Savages were certain that there must be something valuable about the duo. Cori managed to gain the trust of their leader, Tyce, and they continued their journey, reaching a colony called Mercy, where they met with the most unexpected surprise.

I received the free e-book from the author in exchange for a review. I was unable to pry myself from the book since its very first page. while I initially thought Cori could finally settled down with a far more normal life with Dylan, I was of course, dead wrong. the adventure definitely doesn’t stop there. joining the Savages was another whole new storyline to follow, which I was even more absorbed compared to the prison life within the colony. half way through the book however, the story started involving science and medical, which I was not a huge fan of. again, I pulled myself through just to get to the juicy part, knowing all the painful details has got to pay off in the end, just like the previous installment did.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sovereign #1: Sovereign (2012)


Cori had been held captive since she was seven. The war had destroyed most of the world, forcing the last civilization to form a new colony. she lived with all the other underage children, separated based on their genders. she only had a few months left before she was to join the adults, serving the colony as a Guard due to her physical capabilities. the problem was, Cori longed for freedom and often broke the laws purposely. she spent her last underage year planning for an escape, however the death of their leather shortened the amount of time, forcing her to put her plan on hold.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for a review. the book started out slightly overwhelming, with more than enough information about the colony as well as its history, which I found myself skipping lines just to get to the juicy part. action wise, it was very captivating that I often held my breath following Cori’s encounters. I feared for her although I didn’t appreciate her provoking dangerous people, but it definitely made her tough character more perceivable. after the introduction, the plot started going uphill, which had me flew through the pages easily. since then, Cori became increasingly relatable and soon won my heart. no matter how cheesy it was for her to enjoy touching after being forbidden to do so for so many years, I can’t say I didn’t enjoy every moment of it. with a beautiful twist at the end of the story, the seemingly perfect ending became a huge cliffhanger, which had me grateful to already have my hands on the second installment.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Troubled Times #2: Power's Out (2013)

Power's Out

after leaving the house her father left for her, Nairne went on a journey with Paul, in search for a safe haven. they moved constantly, sometimes meeting people, sometimes sleeping in the woods. one day, they came across a community led by Arthur. when Nairne offered to fix their turbine, she was offered a place within the community, which Paul was troubled over since everyone had to earn their place there and he had nothing to offer. while the duo struggled in their own ways to fit in, they were terrified to find out that Stevie didn’t die from the confrontation against his boss. now he is coming after the duo with an intent to kill.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for a review. the second book was far more interesting compared to the first installment. although the pace was equally slow, i flew through the pages and enjoying every moment of it. I was surprised to have fallen for some seemingly common supporting characters. Nairne’s growth was also visible, her ability to kill made her even more relatable and lovable, especially when compared to being all heroic like most book would choose to be. having compassion towards the enemy was so predictable, so when Nairne actually killed, I found myself rooting for a hundred percent since it was all about survival after all. The perfect ending had me looking forward to the next installment very much, wondering about the direction the next book would choose to take.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Troubled Times #1: Water's Edge (2012)

Water's Edge

Nairne was a smart young girl that under her father’s guidance was good with growing crops and raising some chickens and pigs. with the climate changing and flash flood happening in the city, Nairne and her father, Daniel, and brother, Zane, prepared their house to accommodate a family who needed a place to stay. Paul and her parents moved in with Nairne. they were unused to the country lives and struggled quite a bit before they got accustomed to it. however, Nairne suspected that Paul’s father, Garrick, was up to no good. especially when her father confronted Garrick, their lives were in danger.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for a review. the book was very evenly pace, even during its climaxes. It was an intriguing read but slower than I would have really enjoyed. fortunately, due to many of the unsolved cases, I traversed through the pages out of curiosity, just to see the end of it, particularly the ones involving Daniel’s death and Zane’s disappearance. I was satisfied when I finally saw how these cases were settled. It was painful to see them destroying the power and water supply, but it did seem sensible to choose survival over being targeted all the time. the plot in general was rarely what I came across, which was very much the attraction the book held.

Monday, October 13, 2014

School of Deaths (2014)

School of Deaths

Suzie was just another typical girl until she started losing weight. her parents thought she was anorexic no matter how hard she tried to stuff herself. they brought her to doctors but to no avail. one day, she was swooped to an alternate dimension, where she was forced to attend the College of Deaths. she were to train to bring souls from the living to the hereafter. she can only return to the land of the living after passing her first year in the college, though many of the people she met here told her how impossible it was. to further complicate the terrifying situation she was thrown into, she was the only female Death in a million years, where the first female Death was so powerful she brought war upon her people.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for a review. I enjoyed the general idea of putting an average girl into the absurd environment, forcing her to be tough while pushing her to the limit. such heroin were often so lovable that it was difficult not to root for. however, there was not enough character development to make me fall for Suzie, only sufficient information on her background for us to comprehend her emotions as well as reactions. the pace of the story was also slightly slow, making it duller than it really was. but fortunately, curiosity got me through the book. I was pleased to have stuck with the book until the very end, where some of the mysteries and questions I had were finally answered.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Girl from the Well (2014)

The Girl from the Well

the story followed a young girl, murdered in a well many years ago. she wasn’t able to pass through, thus seeking the world, hunting for child killers, helping other dead children to pass through. one day, a young boy moved into town. Tarquin had strange tattoos all over his body, said to be put there by his mother since he was five. his mother was put into an asylum, for she screamed whenever she saw her son. what the normal people couldn’t see, was a masked woman hiding behind the boy, revealing herself only through mirrors. the girl killed in the well followed Tarquin, figuring out his secrets while trying to save his life.

the book was an absolutely delicious read. it was easy to read, fast pace, and very captivating. Tarquin was quite a character. particularly matured for his age, having the ability to see ghosts. it was easy to sympathize with his situation, where his mother kept the masked woman in him, doing all she can to make sure the woman couldn’t escape, but also putting her son in the spot. her determination had others labeled her insane, broke Tarquin’s heart. the girl killed in the well was another very interesting character. while we see the world through her eyes, it was also difficult to learn more about her, which pretty much stirred up more curiosity along the way! the book was definitely a fun read, something I don’t ever remember coming across. now that I’m in love with the style, i will start looking out for the author’s book in the future.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Wolfling #2: Lone Girl (2014)

Lone Girl

Rose ran away from home with her lover Tom. being her formal teacher and almost twice her age, Tom was being hunted by the law for kidnapping his student. the duo was initially determined to make their relationship work despite being on the run, but when Rose secretly kept a smart phone in her possession, she ruined the trust Tom had for her. after a painful decision, Tom decided to leave Rose, freed her from the danger he put her in. the duo later met at the Silver Moon facility. It was originally advertised to be a free environment for all werewolves to live. but upon arrival, they realized that it was a facility that experimented on the werewolves.

having loved the first installment, I was slightly disappointed the moment the story ended up in a facility. while being on the run presented potentially interesting happenings, the labs often went down one path. after the introductions of different groups of werewolves, I allowed myself to hope. different interactions could create different outcomes, but unfortunately, that aspect wasn’t explored and I was led down the exact hallway that a typical plot usually ended up in when it came to labs and experiments. despite the lack of surprises, the book remained a fast read and had me interested in the coming installment nonetheless.

Friday, October 10, 2014

My Sanctuary (2012)

My Sanctuary

Dot was a young girl who grew up in a Catholic orphanage. her parents put her in it after discovering that her father sexually abused her. she grew up with plenty to say but no one to say it to. one day, a new orphan joined the orphanage. Kenny was a smart kid. Dot decided to take him under her wings, calling him her baby. she often brought him to her sanctuary, a secret place where she kept to herself and now shared with Kenny. the duo bonded and became family against the cruelty of the orphanage.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for a review. the book was a short and very fast read. Dot was a character so adorable that it was impossible not to root for her. her relationship with Kenny was pure and heartwarming; while Billy on the other hand, took advantage of her, just like her father did. for such a short story, I was surprised to find it painful to see how she turned out in the end. as captivating as her character was, I certainly didn’t expect to fall so deeply for her. such abuses were so often kept a secret from the adults, making it impossible for anyone but the children themselves to know the truth while trying to figure out how to handle such serious issues. Dot was definitely one of those sad cases, making me appreciate the security and warmth that bathed me since birth.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The Watcher #1: The Watcher (2013)

The Watcher

Mia was always fascinated with ancient civilizations. she often dreamt of wings and someone trying to steal them. one day, she started seeing shadowy creatures that appeared out of thin air, attacking her. the new guy in school, Michael was always on the spot, seemingly rescuing her. as much as Mia tried to confront Michael for what he knew about these incidents, Michael claimed to know nothing about it. soon, images of the past started appearing to Mia, evoking feelings she had towards Michael. in the past, she was in love with Michael, an angel that descended from heaven for her.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for a review. as captivating as the book started out to be, it took quite a while for it to become interesting. the mystery dragged on, circling around the shadowy creatures and Michael’s secretive appearance. before any confusion was cleared, came Damiel. I was no huge fan of romance, which was perhaps what made the triangle love story so painful to bear. fortunately, the overall idea was enough to pull me through the pages, allowed me to hang on until the very end.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The Doppelgangers #2: On The Run (2014)

On The Run

after Citrus found herself in a weird situation where some of her friends and herself had a doppelganger, she was captured and woke up in a cell with her friends all looking at her. they formed an escape plan that failed terribly until doppel-Aedan decided to help them. Citrus and her friends were on the run ever since. having found out that the Aedan that she was with all these while was a doppelganger instead of the real Aedan was such a shock, but did nothing to stop how Citrus felt towards him. his offering to help only further complicated the situation.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for a review. soon after the book started, their escaping journey started as well. it was such a hectic experience, I almost felt as tired as Citrus and her gang. every night they stopped for a goodnight rest, they received a call from doppel-Aedan telling them to run, that the doppelgangers found their location. soon, they suspected that the bump on their back was a tracking device for them to be tracked. it was only natural for things to get spiced up from there onwards. despite the tedious repetition, the book remained a fast read. it was impossible to not get absorbed completely into the storyline. the only downside of the book in comparison to its previous installment, was how little time were now spent on character developments. most of the time, I found myself doubting one character then another. while I was originally rooting for Citrus for her bravery and often taking initiative to be the lab rat when everyone else was hiding in fear; I was also annoyed with some small decisions of hers, such as rescuing whoever she felt pity towards. her levelheadedness was just odd at times, like her maturity could go up and down. fortunately the pace was extremely fast, giving me little chance to get further frustrated over more found reasons. the cliffhanger on the other hand, was truly a mind-blowing twists!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

E #1: E (2014)


Eden woke up in a metal box, with no memories. she pushed herself forward, scavenging for food and collecting coins with the hope of changing her current situation. starved and threatened, she did all she could just to survive. one thing led to another, she ended up at a card game, fighting against the dangerous people. Apollon was there, a guy who secretly understood what she was going through. upon winning the game, he brought Eden back to their shelter, shared among a handful of people. together they formed an unlikely family, supporting each other through the harsh lifestyle.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for a review. when I started reading the book, I was skeptic for I was no huge fan of highly detailed descriptions that tend to go on and on, losing me along the way. but as I progressed further down the page, I soon found myself hypnotized by the exact details and fell head over toes over Eden. despite the highly imaginary backdrop, Eden made everything relatable. I felt her pain and fear, shedding tears while she bawled her eyes out. every time I was forced to part with the book, my mind remained in it, as if I was walking the same street she walked, visiting the same bar she frequented. her relationship with the men she met were such mysteries, Jonah and Apollon, even Matt was a very attractive character. although being labeled as the villain, like Eden, I couldn’t find myself to hate him. I couldn’t wait to lay my hands on the second book. this is most probably one of those series that i will find myself reading until the very end.

The Doppelgangers #1: Doppelganger (2012)


Citrus was a good girl with good grades. she loved to read and never did something bad. but one day, she woke up late, which was very unusual for her. she rushed to school, just in time for her test in third period before she noticed herself already sitting inside the classroom. the girl looked completely like her, even dressed and act like her, but there were something off about her. before she was able to decide whether to confront her doppelganger or to run away, she met Aedan, her long time crush, who also found himself in the exact situation. the duo decided to rescue those they could and find out what the doppelgangers were after.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for a review. the moment I started reading the book, despite how the words tend to run over one another, I couldn’t put it down. it was absolutely addictive! Citrus was an average girl whose life suddenly seemed so much more adventurous after the danger started. she was so in luck when her crush was the other person who realized the truth and decided to stay together for safety measures. the plot was such a crazy idea and I was so in love with it! the twists only added to the deliciousness of it. I was very pleased to have the second installment in my possession already when I reached the end of the book, especially when it stopped with such a huge cliffhanger.

Monday, October 06, 2014

The Dark Chronicles #1: Ensuing Darkness (2014)

Ensuing Darkness

Kota lived in a small town. she spent her free time partying, hunting and hanging with the guys, but she was looking hard for something new. one day, the Peters family moved into their town, bringing good looking guys with them. the boys were great dancers, their mother the school dance instructor. bad with dancing, Kota and her best friend Sue, were forced into training for the coming ball dancing competition. that was when they met with the Peters’ twins, Connelly and Ivan.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for a review. the book started out overloading me with its mass amount of names that I found myself skipping lines just to get to the action that it seemed to be in the middle of. caused by skipping names, I was momentarily confused when the focus switched to Kota. It took me a while to realize that the main character had switched to a girl. the characters did little to hold my attention, especially not the romance; the main thing that kept me going was its mystery. I just couldn’t get to the reason that the main characters were shocking each another quick enough. the pace was slightly too slow to my likings, perhaps because more time were spent on developing their relationships instead. every time the action finally surfaced, I was pleased to have stick with the book until the very end.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

The Sham (2014)

The Sham

Emily came from a small town, known locally as The Sham. one day, she met a strange boy, Jack. together they rescued a young boy from a group of bullies. since then they had been getting to know each other, forming an odd relationship. Jack had a peculiar condition with his body, he was constantly eating and he had trouble remembering his past. for months, painted signs were seen across the town, signs that according to Jack, meant something bad is happening. when the police think that Jack is a Sham himself and is coming for him, Emily decided to protect Jack, going against everyone she knew, even her family.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for a review. when I was first warned of the contain of the book for being gory and extreme, I underestimated the severeness of it. at more than one point, I found myself gagging, nauseous over the details of the book. but fortunately, it was far from enough to stop me from flying through the pages with anticipation, so completely intrigued. half way through the book, I found myself getting lost and was determined to drag myself through it. the pace wasn’t as smooth as I hoped for it to be, perhaps even a little too complicated to my likings. it felt like everything was all over the place, even my sanity was lost along the way. I was pleased to have hung onto the book until the very end, finally able to enjoy the beauty of it, however little there were.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

The Empyrean Key (2014)

The Empyrean Key

Jahna was raised in a small town, spending her days with her close friends. they hoped to collect enough money to venture into the city. Jahna had the ability of prophecy and telepathy. however, being banished, her mother refused to help her nurture her abilities. only after Jahna discovered her powerful lineage did she realized her strength. with the king dying, the neighboring country planned to take advantage of the situation. when Jahna found out that she had the power to protect their land, she set out on a journey to discover her birthright.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange of a review. I wasn’t a huge fan for the historical genre but was intrigued by the magical part of it. the first half of the book was mostly unimportant, though it helped to introduce a character more thoroughly, it still seemed unnecessary. I almost gave up reading because of it but was pleased to held onto the book, even though it took me quite a while to finally get into the story. when I finally did, I couldn’t put the book down. the story only truly started when their town was attacked and the story started to become increasingly captivating. curiosity had me flying through the pages with anticipation ever since.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Dark Ones (2014)

 The Dark Ones

the story took place in a futuristic world, but instead of advanced technologies, the world was in ruin and always dark. ever since the world was attacked by the Dark Ones, things were never the same anymore. the Dark Ones may have human forms, but they were soulless. Isla and her people lived in an underground cave, arranged in an army-like hierarchy, where those who were over eighteen had to fight to defend their home. with the danger lurking outside, Isla had plenty to worry about, but never did she imagine that a different kind of danger lurked among the people she lived with.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for a review. after just finishing an awesome romance, this book became quite a struggle in comparison; especially when I was no huge romance fan to begin with. Isla was a heroin too perfect in every single way that caused the storyline became quite dull. the most interesting part of the book was the environment that the story was set in. with such unique animals and creatures in it, I enjoyed every moment Isla spent exploring it. I was slightly disappointed to find out that Calix and Thad were the Dark Ones. they were so human-like, making them not much difference other than being more intelligent, as mentioned by Maksim, the leader of the Dark Ones. I enjoyed the post apocalyptic world Isla was thrown in, just none of the cheesy romance that was very much love at first sight.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Silver Shadows #1: Darksoul (2014)


Hazel was best friends with Sumi, a pink-haired girl; and Asher, a hot guy Hazel had a crush since forever. however, Asher was in no hurry to settle down with one girl, thus having a different girl in his arm every single day. in the meanwhile, Hazel was partnered with a cold, unreadable guy in art class, Hunter. Hunter was a skillful painter yet was painfully blunt. the two boys always manage to get onto Hazel’s nerves, pushing her to the limit every time with their fast running mouths. among all the existing havoc, Hazel still found herself thrown into a bizarre world, where monsters were coming for her with reasons she not known, and an angel figure sometimes swooped in to save her. in utter confusion, Hazel was determine to fight her way through life, taking one day at a time.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for a review. despite not being a huge fan of romance and excessive banters, I was surprised to find myself entertained throughout the book. after finishing this book, I started to doubt that all these while, the problem was perhaps the writing style, not the romance nor banters etc. as much as I was waiting to feel annoyed with the triangular relationships between Hazel and the boys, I was again surprised to find myself never in that spot. on the contrary, I was even more intrigued towards finding out who the boys really were, uncovering their secrets once and for all, digging out all the delicious details. the moment the story progressed to Hazel’s mother’s relationship, I initially though the plotline went too far, involving just about anyone they can find. but again, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself loving her mother, even her newly introduced partner, immediately after the introductory scene. In more than a dozen ways, the book impressed me by being completely unpredictable; and it was even more impressive to find myself enjoying it so much. every twist pulled me deeper into Hazel’s world and made me loved the trio impossibly more and more as I came to an end of the book. I am now more than eager to lay my hands on the coming installment, anticipating especially the surprises it held!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Remedy (2013)

The Remedy

Joss was the middle sister, with Bibi being the youngest and Adele being the oldest. young and naïve, Bibi accidentally swallowed a poisonous berry one day and was on the edge of dying. determined to find the remedy, Joss set out on a journey to find the jarrlock, a mysterious creature with the ability to create the remedy. With her friends, Domino and Anton, the trio set foot into the dangerous forests of Burkett Mountain with the hope of returning soon enough to save Bibi.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange of a review. the book was an absolutely fast read. the simple and straightforward writing style made it an even delicious treat. I found myself so completely in love with its characters, from Joss to the jarrlock, Gladwin, to even the annoying Bibi! being a huge supernatural fan, I was especially intrigued with Gladwin’s character. his fluffiness was especially inviting. their adventure flew by in such a fast pace that there were completely no dull moment throughout the book. along with the actions that followed the trio wherever they went, the book was truly an awesome and captivating experience.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Disappearance of Lars Wellingsworth (2014)

The Disappearance of Lars Wellingsworth

Lars was a boy who lived in the mansion with a locked iron gate. Plato and his friends were always playing outside, while Lars watched them from inside the mansion with such admiration. one day, they noticed that Lars were not at the window, watching them. then received the news that the boy was kidnapped. Plato and his friends decided to investigate the crime, by luck they stumbled upon clues and figured out where Lars was.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for a review. the book was very simple and straightforward. It reminded me a lot of the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew that I used to be so addicted with, but perhaps with a little less mysteriousness in it. with quite a few characters in Plato’s gang, I started out wanting to know everything about each of them. but traversing through the pages, I soon lose interest in them and referred to them as one person, which were practically no difference. probably considered a children mystery novel, the book was interesting enough to held my attention until the very end. though I wasn’t particularly impressed for there were so many areas where the story could expand itself, it was fortunately fairly entertaining for a short read.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Wolfling #1: Alpha Girl (2013)

Alpha Girl

Rose lived in a small town called Halfway. she was attacked when she was a child and since then animals had been afraid of her. she was bullied in school, often called a wet dog because of the way she smelled. during every full moon, her parents would chained her up in their basement, just so she wouldn’t run wild hurting people during the transformation. one day, a new teacher joined her school. Mr. Stone was a very charismatic teacher but twice Rose’s age, they felt an unexplained pull towards each other. an unlikely friendship formed, with Mr. Stone unable to reject Rose’s requests.

the book was an absolutely fast read. it was easy to get into Rose’s character, rooting for her. her desperation towards Stone was sometimes frustrating to read but not enough to draw my interest away from how the duo would turn out to be. it seemed unlikely that any parents would allow their daughter to run after an older guy so easily, but for the sake of the storyline, it was satisfying that the story didn’t circled too much on the aspect that could possibly dampened the flow. with the second book in sight and a straightforward plot lineup ahead, it was definitely intriguing to proceed forward, having me eager to know what will happen when more than two werewolves got into the picture.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Divine Fall (2014)

Divine Fall

Jaime’s only happiness and peace was riding her horse, Beau. one day, a new handsome stable helping hand appeared and there was a mysterious aura about him. the more Jaime met Dothan, the more she tried to figure him out. Dothan was a Nephilim, half angel and half human. he came to the small town for one purpose, to seek revenge for his father’s death. but before he can take down the full-blooded angel that killed his father, he needed a missing piece to enhance his powers. when he discovered Jaime had the access to the missing piece he needed, he began interacting with her. but the more they got together, they more they fell dangerously in love with each other.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review. the book for me, started out with too much information to digest. but as I traversed through the pages, it became an easier and easier read. the moment I saw where the story was heading, I flew through the pages and immediately slowed down just to enjoyed the battle where Dothan was to join hands with his supposedly enemy to save Jaime. the twist was surprisingly satisfying. not being a huge fan of romance, I picked out the book for its supernatural part of the story, I was pleased to be not disappointed. I was even more glad that I didn’t once felt repelled towards the romantic sections throughout the book. although I had a difficult time rooting for Jaime even after the book ended; Dothan on the other hand, was a character so charismatic that made him impossible to resist.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Guilt Trip (2014)

Guilt Trip

Melissa had been hearing voices and seeing presence in her dreams ever since the car crash. In the car crash, her mother died while she survived. the doctor said she was diagnosed with Survivor Syndrome, feeling guilty to have escaped a terrible accident. she went on a trip with her father, to the countryside, where her father was one of the judges for a photography competition. during the trip, they went to various sightseeing spot, where she found herself starting to see and hear things that she cannot explain. she started to wonder if these were the symptoms of her illness, or some supernatural occurrence.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review. the book started out being quite captivating, dropping eerie hints every now and then, creating one spooky atmosphere after another. but as I progressed through the pages, the scenes started to feel repetitive and dragged, like we should be revealed more secrets and mysteries by now. during the last quarter of the book, the truth was finally revealed, though still very slowly. as drowsy as I was at this point, I was glad that the story finally moved forward. as interested as I was towards the horror genre, it was a pity that the story moved in a pace too slow to my liking. but in general, I did enjoy the whole idea. it was most satisfying when the truth of each deaths was finally revealed.

Friday, September 19, 2014

I See You (2014)

I See You

Haven was a shifter. she was determined to get revenge against child predators, whom she once fell victim as well. she hoped to one day get the monster that laid his hand on her. one night, she came across Johnny, stepfather of Cassidy. with her shifting ability, she transformed into a cat before approaching Cassidy, in search of the truth that haunted the little girl. she easily found her way into being a part of Cassidy’s life. but before she was ready, she found herself tangled up with a bunch of supernatural that found their way into her task, including Cassidy’s uncle, Bryce, who knew her secret and Neely, a witch who wanted Bryce’s blood.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review. the book was an absolutely fast read, having a straightforward and captivating writing style. despite mixing some romance into the crime chasing plot, I was pleased to find that it wasn’t too much that it caused the flow to get sidetracked. some twists that was placed into the story was enough to impress me, especially the part of putting a shifter into a normal crime chasing storyline. the character development for Cassidy was especially heartwarming, also her relationship with Skittles. the way that the book ended, I could find myself seeing a possible book two, which I would be more than happy to read if and when it come out.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dangerous #2: Dangerous Boys (2014)

Dangerous Boys

Chloe was desperate to leave her small hometown, to attend college in the city. but before her dreams could come true, her father left her and her mother for a new lover who now bore his son. her mother became depressed and soon lose all motivation to work. struggling to keep both of them fed, Chloe took two jobs and postponed her dream. in the meanwhile, she met Ethan, a boy who was interested in her and soon they were going out. constant visit to his house introduced her to Ethan’s adventurous brother, Oliver. initially afraid, Chloe slowly became intrigued by Oliver, who always find ways to challenge her.

first quarter into the book it became clear that it was a triangle love story that went wrong. unlike the first series that we didn’t see it coming, this one was far clearer in comparison. like its first book, the timeline was equally jumbled up, mixing together the past and present, increasing the climax along its way. Chloe was initially a character easy to empathize, and it was very intriguing to see how she would overcome her difficulties at home while reaching for her dream. but the moment her stubborn self start surfacing and became instantly attracted to the opposite brother, she became a less likable character and the book immediately lose some of its charm. since then onwards, the story unfortunately went downhill. suddenly in comparison, I started to appreciate the beauty of feeling deceived on the very last page than to know since the very beginning who the main villain was.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dangerous #1: Dangerous Girls (2013)

Dangerous Girls

Anna had always been an outcast, until she came across Elise from the popular group. they became best friends, doing things they would never do otherwise. while Elise went for different and more dangerous guys; Anna fell for Tate, a perfect boy with a perfect background, who would never notice her until Elise gave her a helping hand. for Anna, everything was finally coming alive and the trio organized an outing with some friends, to an island for endless parties. but things went terribly wrong when Elise was found dead in her room one day, with the crew out for diving, leaving only Anna and Tate behind at the house.

the book started out a little jumbled up since the story wasn’t told in one straightforward manner, but with a messy timeline. reading halfway through the book was enough to get me accustomed to its style and had no trouble following its flow. the plot was more and more captivating through the pages. as much as I rooted for Anna and Elise character, there was always a shadowy feeling about Tate and Elise relationship. but since the story was told in Anna’s point of view, it was frustratingly impossible to get any insights on that. when my guts feeling was finally proven right, I was instantly glued to the pages, needing to get to its end that very moment just to unveil the mystery. unique in its own way, the book was an awesome read, especially with the twists that came again and again, it was impossible to put down. their friendship drew tears to my eyes and left me so satisfyingly speechless as the book came to an end.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Remnant Chronicles #1: The Kiss of Deception (2014)

The Kiss of Deception

Princess Lia is seventeen, also the First Daughter of the kingdom Morrighan. she was to wed the Prince of kingdom Dalbreck for her father to form an alliance with them. but knowing that she couldn’t accept marrying a man so old that he could be her grandfather, she ran away. she settled in a small town, working at a tavern as she exchanged for a place to stay and some food. In the meanwhile, The Prince and an Assassin came tracking her, each with their own agendas. while the Prince was mostly just curious, the Assassin was paid to kill yet was equally intrigued with the Princess on the run.

I was never a huge fan of historical backdrop, but the story started out mesmerizing, capturing my attention immediately. half way through the book, after Lia became a barmaid and decided to head back to Morrighan for vengeance, things got a little repetitive. the moment Kaden and Rafe appeared simultaneously in Lia's life already took quite a toll on the plot, making it less straightforward and even a little redundant to my likings. when the switching the role of a possible villain to a lover; and the possible lover to a villain took place, many of the characters’ purpose became clear. but unfortunately still not enough to get back on my good sides. at this point, the story started feeling dragged and I had to force myself through it just to know how it ended.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dissonance #1: Dissonance (2014)


Delancy was a Walker. she navigated between the worlds formed by people making different choices. each choice will create an alternate world that branched off from the existing one. the echoes of the people will be living in these alternate dimension. Delancy’s job was to keep all the dimensions in harmony. when one of her training session went horribly wrong, she was forbidden from Walking by the council. but Delancy was never a rule follower, she secretly investigate the worlds and the strange connections that they held, coming closer to the truth that the council was trying to hide. to further complicate stuff, Delancy fell for Echo Simon, the echo of the Key World’s Simon, whom she had a crush on in the real world.

despite the interesting plotline, the story was slightly too lengthy to my liking. It tend to ramble on and on about little details that didn’t make any difference to what we already knew. I held on with the hope that there will be some actions in the coming pages and mostly, out of sheer curiosity. the rather complicated plotline was rare to come across and in return, it was hard not to appreciate it for the astounding idea. I was especially impressed that I had rooted for grandpa Monty as much as Delcancy did, feeling his betrayal and experiencing her pain along the way. I particularly enjoyed Delancy’s character development, though it was unfortunate that I couldn’t say the same for Simon. as much as I dragged myself through the pages, I was pleased to have stick with it until the very end. I wouldn’t have thought that I would be shedding tears for the duo.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Half Life of Molly Pierce (2014)

The Half Life of Molly Pierce

Molly had dissociative order, where she created an alter ego of herself, named Mabel. since childhood, Mabel had been within Molly but never given the power to take over her life. one day, Molly had had enough and was aiming to commit suicide at an abandoned warehouse. at that very moment, Mabel found herself controlling Molly’s body, stopping Molly from stuffing her face with a handful of pills. for a year, Mabel repeatedly came out, stealing time from Molly’s life, with Molly feeling utterly confused when she found herself minutes, even hours later, at a completely different place than she last remembered.

the book honestly didn’t have much story to tell. it was obvious where the flow was heading, yet it still managed to be so mysterious and eerie that made it impossible to put down. I would never in my right mind wanted myself to be in Molly’s shoes, yet having the experience of submerging into her character gave me such adrenaline and thrill. when she slowly found out about the truth, I shared her excitement at discovery. unexpectedly, I even felt her sense of lost. at some point, I had labeled Mabel the villain of the story, but the moment she prepared for her departure, the sadness overwhelmed me that I longed for a different ending instead. the book was absolutely brilliantly written, I was so absorbed that i felt a sense of lost when it came to an end.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Women of the Otherworld #13: Thirteen (2012)


a war led by Giles, threatening to expose the supernatural was feared by most of the supernatural. however, there were still people who followed Giles, choosing to believe him because they were also tired of hiding who they were from the world. Savannah was a witch who found the strength in herself to fight against Giles and his troop by sneaking among the enemy with the hope of taking down their leader. the situation was urgent, because Giles had abducted their friend, Hope, a clairvoyant who now bore Lucifer’s granddaughter. through Hope, Giles had wanted to get Lucifer to appear and support his cause of exposing the supernatural.

last book into the series, as disappointed as I was with not seeing Elena in its spotlight, I was pleased to be equally entertained while Savannah led the story. it was satisfying that she was finally with Adam, and not to mention going through Karl’s near-death and Hope’s labor. the pace was most of the time fast, filled with so much actions that it was difficult not to be glued to the pages. I found myself enjoying Eve’s stay as much as Savannah did, savoring the goose bumps as well as tears shed for their reunion as well as separation. although it was rather saddening to have reach the end of such a strong and entertaining series, I was more than pleased to have picked it up and stuck with it until its very perfect end.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Watchers #4.5: Dark Craving (2013)

Dark Craving

Ronan was a Tracer, he recruited boys and girls from the outside world and brought them to the Isle of Night. the boys would be trained to become Vampires one day, while the girls Watchers. these boys and girls were tough in their own way, most wouldn’t be missed when they went missing. the Directorates had been the one giving out instructions on who to abduct, and Ronan was merely their tool. however, Ronan had a second responsibility. he was also part of the secret rebellious group waiting to wage a war against the Directorate. the group was led by women, vampires older than the Directorate, who sought to return everything to the old ways.

the short novella followed Ronan instead of Annelise for a change. not a change for good, but it was equally entertaining seeing Annelise through Ronan’s eyes. it got a little dull when it came to Ronan’s past and his determination to find his original family instead of the foster one he landed with before he became a Tracer. fortunately, because of his feelings towards Annelise, he was forced to kill one of the ancient vampire just to see her. the assassination was every bit engaging and overwhelming as it could be. the moment Annelise joined in action, the fun had only just begun. the further complications and unexpected turn of event having Charlotte, Ronan’s dead older sister appeared, added a perfect topping to the very delicious treat the book turned out to be.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Watchers #4: The Keep (2013)

The Keep

succeeded in proceeding into a new semester, Annelise found herself left with no friends. with her best friend Emma’s death somewhat connected to her, Yasuo, Emma’s boyfriend and also Annelise’s friend, was determined to seek revenge from her. during his transition from being a trainee to a vampire, emotional stress will forced him to transform into a mindless Draug instead. trying all she might to handle these situations, the only person Annelise could confined in was vampire Carden, their bond stronger than ever. during unexpected moment, she was surprised to also find a friend in Ronan, her supposedly strict swimming instructor.

forth book into the series, the story returned being quite captivating compared to the previous two installments. Annelise caught hold of a rumor where girls were taken to The Keep. trainees, also boys who were in transition, were often gathered in The Keep, where they celebrate their transition and to Annelise’s horror, drank from girls’ heart. after hearing the rumor, Annelise had to check The Keep looking for Emma, which made it a dangerous adventure, especially since The Keep was where the Old Vampires gathered. i had assumed that this would be the last installment of the series, but with the cliffhanger that I was left with, it was also pleasant to find more possible growth in Annelise.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Watchers #3: Blood Fever (2012)

Blood Fever

after an intense German training, vampire Alcantara sent Annelise on her first mission, to rescue vampire Carden. but instead of following the instruction of informing vampire Alcantara at a particular timing, she rescued vampire Carden on her own when things got dangerous for the both of them. since then, the duo created a bond, forbidden especially by vampire Alcantara, who fancied Annelise and hoping to bond with her.

third book into the series focus on Annelise relationship with vampire Carden, a bond created through exchanged of blood, which Annelise accidentally initiated. since then, they had been unable to distant themselves from one another. it was the Blood Fever influencing them. when vampire Alcantara suspected their relationship, he created many obstacles for the duo, especially locking and framing vampire Carden for the murders around campus. to clear his name, Annelise had to find the said rogue vampire at lurk. but it was not the only danger surrounding Annelise since vampire Alcantara had given the green light to Masha and the guidons to go after Annelise.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Watchers #2: Vampire's Kiss (2012)

Vampire's Kiss

after surviving multiple tests against the other girls, who were also trained to become a Watcher like her, Annelise continued to fight for a place in the dangerous island. she became jealous when she suspected Amanda's relationship with Ronan, whom she fancy. but then there were also Yasuo when had a thing for her best friend Emma, and Joshua whom Vampire Alcantara assigned to teach her old German language. the mission asked for a lot of dedication from her but she would do anything she can to please the vampire.

second book into the series wasn't as captivating as i hoped. Annelise continued fight off threats thrown towards her, especially from the other girls. unlike the first book where her adventure was focused on trainings and survivals, the second book was all over the place. she believed she earned a place in Vampire Alcantara's heart, yet when she was sent off for a mission, she started having her doubts after meeting Vampire McCloud. despite little expectation i held for the next book, i couldn't stop feeling curious at how the story would progress from there.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Clann #4: Capture (2014)


with the Clann being thrown into the spotlight, the world started forming plenty of anti-clann to get rid of them. escaped from his political father, Hayden brought Tarah along on his venture of rescuing a group of people who had magical abilities from imprisonment. the government were killing them off, uncaring towards their wellbeing. having successfully rescued them instantly made them his responsibilities.

last book into the series was equally captivating compared to the previous installments. Hayden was struggling to fight off the mindset he grown up having, responding to his father's expectation at all times. after much tries, Tarah finally got him to break out of his own prison, making him a leader that turned out to impress us so much. his growth definitely had me rooted for him despite the repetitive struggle that he went through. as for Tarah, her desire to rush into danger made her an interesting character to watch.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Spearwood Academy Two: Episode 6-10 (2014)

Spearwood Academy

after being brought to attend Spearwood Academy, Avalon found herself trying to adapt into the new lifestyle. there were so many rules that she was forced to follow. but before she was able to sort her life out, she accidentally found out that Edgar, her adoptive father, was dead. overwhelmed with his death, she was taken advantage by the doctor. he wiped away her original memories, replacing it with a perfect girl, but also a complete opposite of who she really was. the boys sensed the danger in Spearwood Academy, together they planned an emergency escape from the academy’s compound, only to be ambushed by elemental beings.

i received a free e-book from the author in exchange for a review. having loved the first volume, I was thrilled to be offered the second volume by the author. as much as I was hoping for a satisfying end, I was equally pleased that there were more of Avalon that I can look forward to. the story was fast paced, but after waiting for the second volume for quite some time, I found difficulties in remembering who each and every one of the boys were. compared to the first volume, this installment had much lesser exploration done on Avalon’s character. I wanted so much to reconnect with her, to experience more character development. fortunately, with the coming volumes to look forward to, this was already a good enough installment to connect the coming volumes as I flew through the pages and finished the book in one sitting.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Here Lies Love (2014)

Here Lies Love

in a ruined world where people struggled to survive, Abbey was sold to a dying man called Stefan. he imprisoned plenty of girls, leaving Abbey to the last. hating her father for giving her up, Abbey held onto every little hope of getting out of the torturous place. after a success escape, Abbey was thrown into the unknown until she came across Tristan and Ryan, two boys who lived in the rundown building that used to be a school. ever since she was sold, she looked for a chance to take out her father, confront him of the reason she was abandoned. now that the chance had come, she wasn’t going to let it slipped.

i received a free e-book from the author in exchange for a review. the book was very detailed visually. though it helped me to have a clear mental image of the situation Abbey was in down to its backdrop, i found myself skipping lines at times just to get to the actions. the story followed Abbey in three situations, each pairing her up with different males that was either good or bad towards her. despite the lengthy descriptions, which turned out to be the only downside for me, the story was truly captivating. it wasn’t until the point where she refused to believe Tristan that I realized that I secretly wanted a happy ending for her. fortunately, her self-defined happy ending was equally satisfying.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The Clann #3.5: Dance with Darkness (2013)

Dance with Darkness

Lorena was a vampire, also a ballerina for a ballet company. she often went on tours and performing on stages to promote their company. during one of her performances, she suddenly felt a strong bloodlust while she was on stage. after struggling painfully from the distraction, she finally met Conor, the father of one of her new student, Chrissy. Conor was one of the Clann's descendant, whose blood drew Lorena in. afraid of vampires but equally intrigued, Conor's initial intention of threatening Lorena soon became falling head over heels for her.

the book was a short story completely unrelated to Savannah and Tristan's lives. for the first quarter of the book, i wasn't truly enjoying myself until i found the beautiful twists. the duo were undeniably attracted to each other, but what started out as a descendant-vampire blood attraction was actually something more. right after Conor made the spell that had the ability to block off their energies, it became crystal clear that their attraction was truly because of love. the remaining of the book gave me plenty of goosebumps and a thoroughly heartwarming experience.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The Clann #3: Consume (2013)


during a near-death situation, Savannah was forced to turn Tristan into a half-vampire like herself. from being the Clann's future leader, Tristan was banished by her mother and escaped into the wilderness where Savannah and her vampire father struggled to contain his overwhelming bloodlust. in the meanwhile, Williams from the Clann was plotting a war against the vampire council by killing the Clann's current leader, Tristan mother. on the run, Savannah and Tristan had to do everything to protect their remaining family members from being killed by the power thirsty man.

third book into the series was another equally addictive read. despite not being a short story, i managed to finish it in only two sittings. the tension was high as the story went through Tristan's transition, to their unstable relationship, to Emily's pregnancy, to Savannah's mother's involvements in their survival. every single detail was so delicious that i flew through the pages. before i knew it, the climax hit and it was too soon that i reached the end of the book. fortunately, there were still other installments to look forward for the series, which i will definitely find myself jumping into right after this.

Monday, July 07, 2014

The Clann #2: Covet (2012)


Savannah was forced to break up with Tristan, but only to protect him. her being a half-vampire, she was able to absorb energy from Tristan from a kiss, enough to kill him. now that her vampire abilities were slowly surfacing and she started feeling the bloodlust, Savannah struggled to keep her distance, while Tristan continuously tried to get her back. in the meanwhile, the Clann descendants were killed one by one, drained and leaving behind vampires bite marks on their neck. they were eager to go into war with the vampires, destroying them once and for all.

years after i read the first installment, i was pleased to fall into pace the moment i started reading. it was so easy to get into Savannah and Tristan's point of view. understanding their actions, especially when it came to outsiders like Ron and Bethany, or even Anne, whose characters left behind an impression so beautiful that made them equally lovable. it was frustrating to see Tristan leading Bethany on at some point, giving excuses and sort. but when he finally admitted and stopped being such a person, he was proven to be a better person when he focused on Savannah instead. i was surprised with the turns of events when it came to Emily, though understandable.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

On the Way to Everywhere (2014)

On the Way to Everywhere

Harry was a insignificant nobody, at least that was how she tried to live her life. her father Ira, left her mother and brother behind for a new wife before Harry was born. Felicity was her half-sister. unlike beautiful Felicity who attracted all the guys, Harry was a mess. she was tall and awkward, trying hard to blend into the crowd, forcing her grades to be average with the purpose of not attracting attention to herself. at some point in her life, she had to make up for all the lost grades and achieving things that she never thought she would want.

i received a free e-book from the author in exchanged for a review. the book was an absolutely fast read. Harry was a character so lovable that i shed quite a few tears for her. it was highly relatable to see her stumbled through life, achieving things that she thought was important at first, like blending in, later in truly important things, such as her passion for running. the fun part of the book was its random plot, often throwing situations in Harry's path, having her handling it. from discovering Uriel, to Felicity's suicide attempt, Harry remained innocent yet handled each situation with such maturity that it was impossible to not root for her. then of course, also in the spotlight was Frannie, the gigantic overprotective hug-able dog of Harry. i just couldn't get enough of Harry's life!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Dream On (2014)

Dream On

ever since her father's death, Emily had been taking care of her mother, Lily. the female in their family were dreamwalkers, having the ability to explore the dream worlds for as long as they choose, which on the surface seemed just like hibernating. Lily had refused to move on from the death of her husband, but to repeatedly reliving their memory by revisiting the moments in her dreams. for years, Emily had written a series of books, published under the name of her mother, earning enough income to put them in a secluded apartment. however, when she met Gabe, a new guy in school that was a huge fan of her series, who also stumbled upon her secret, she frantically tried to dismiss him but to no avail.

i received a free e-book from the author in exchanged for a review. the first half of the book was an absolutely fast read. Emily was a character so believable that it was easy to step in her shoes, imagining the things she did to protect her mother and herself. Gabe was an acceptable character, he may not be a lovable one but his boyfriend role was understandable in a YA novel. Evan on the other hand was far from believable. at some point, i hoped for him to be a villain, to at least complicate things, making them interesting when the dream-jumping got dull. i was surprised to find myself losing interest with the repetitive idea of dream-jumping during the second half of the book, because losing interest at this point of any book rarely happened. i was pleased that in the end, everything worked out even though it was highly expected.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Locks (2014)


the story was an alternate version of Rapunzel. but instead of a Damsel that needed rescue, this version of Rapunzel was every bit as feisty as it could get. she spoke her mind, was sarcastic and a true fighter despite her poor battle skill. she was held captive by Taryn, her mother who yearned for her Theurgist power. with her around, Taryn was able to remained youthful and could freely manipulate her time controlling power. Flynn was a Mercenary hired by Taryn. despite their hate towards each other, they signed a contract to protect them from one another. when Flynn was assigned to supervise the locked up Rapunzel, they fell dangerously in love, forming a relationship that could very well kill them both.

i received a free e-book from the author in exchanged for a review. for the first quarter of the book, i was overwhelmed with the details compared to what i expected of Rapunzel. her tough personality was such a attractive side of her yet the love struck girl whenever Flynn walked into the room was far less alluring. but at some point, especially after adapting to the person Rapunzel was, i found myself looking forward to every minute they spent together, also the repetitive failed escape attempts, which was a lesson each and every one of them. the book was most rewarding when it came to Rapunzel's growth. from tons of aimless escapes to planned strategies, she outsmart everyone but of course never Flynn, who was always one step ahead of her. there were often times when i couldn't quite figure out where his loyalty laid, but the twists were welcoming as it made the book so much more interesting. i was pleased to find myself loving more than the main characters, even some of the supporting characters and villains were intriguing enough that i wanted more time with them.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Defiance #3: Deliverance (2014)


Rachel was kidnapped by the Rowansmark trackers, who were taking her to their leader James Rowan; where else Logan was imprisoned in Lakenshire. although separated, they had to find a way to achieve mutual goals, to kill the cruel Commander and laid their hands on the tech that expel the deadly Cursed One. with Ian finding chances to kill her along the way, Rachel had to outsmart him by seeking an unlikely ally from Samuel, also a tracker of Rowansmark. on the other hand, Logan was released with the help of the Commander, not because they became friends, but because Logan held the knowledge the Commander required to control the deadly beasts.

despite all the pain and torture, Rachel had grown into such a courageous warrior and woman. Logan on the other hand, finally realized that it was time for him to open up to his comrades, putting trust in people that decided to make him their leader after Baalboden's fall. there were so much ups and downs throughout the series. it had also been such a painful wait to finally get my hands on the final installment. when everything finally came together and after i had shed enough tears over their pain and reunion, the wait was proven very much worthwhile. it was a series that i was happy to have come across and was even pleased to find myself feeling that i was with them every part of their journey.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

RoboCop (2014)


the story took place in a futuristic world, where OmniCorp was the most popular organization that focused on robot technology. Alex was a perfect husband and officer. however, he was critically injured in the line of duty. OmniCorp took this as the greatest opportunity to create a part-man, part-robot police officer. with all the surveillance footage and criminal information uploaded into RoboCop's memory, he was able to detect any ongoing criminal activities or capture wanted fugitives in record timing. however, when the robotic side started to take over the human side of Alex, things became dangerously threatening for himself as well as the city.

the film felt like an introduction to the RoboCop character. despite the advance technologies, we found ourselves unimpressed by the typical flow of the storyline. it took us quite a while to understand the connection between the Dr and the OmniCorp spokesperson. there were so much dialogues before the film got started with Alex. then it became over-exaggerated with how perfect he was robot-wise. the human side rarely did come out no matter how much they told us that it was in motion. with minimal facial expression, he just wasn't believing enough to convince us nor made us love him. the story became such a drag that we were just glad when it finally ended.