Saturday, January 28, 2012

READING: Ruthless by Sara Shepard

Ruthless by Sara Shepard

Publication date: December 6th, 2011
Published by: HarperTeen
Genre: YA Contemporary, Mystery
Rating: 4/5
For years scandal has rocked Rosewood, Pennsylvania—and high school seniors Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer have always been at the center of the drama. They’ve lost friends, been targeted by a ruthless stalker named A, and narrowly escaped death. And it’s not over yet.

Aria’s love life is on the fritz. Emily’s exploring her wild side. Hanna’s kissing the enemy. And someone from Spencer’s past—someone she never thought she’d see again—is back to haunt her.

But none of that compares to what happened last spring break. It’s their darkest secret yet and guess who found out? Now A is determined to make them pay for their crime, and the only thing scarier than A is the fear that maybe, just maybe, they deserve what’s coming to them.
Ruthless was a good, fun, quick read, but there were some things in there that pissed the hell out of me!
I'm gonna comment on each girl's story separately:

Spencer: Well, that was surprising. And somewhat convenient. Just when Spencer's character was stuck in a rut, something bad she did from the past resurfaces to haunt her. And when I say bad, I mean way bad. Nothing the old Spencer we know and love would ever do. Alas, she did, and now she has to face the consequences. Along with Emily, poor girl, and Hanna.

Emily: Her story is connected to Spencer's. I like how one story line connects the three girls, even if Hanna and Emily have no idea about each other's roles in it. Emily I think is the most tragic character in the books. She is so kind and good in the point of pure stupidity, that everyone takes advantage of her and I can't but feel sorry for her. Let's not forget that her parents still have no idea she had a baby and her sister…well, she was not as accommodating as Emily would have wanted. She somehow always manages to be in the middle of a mess which she didn't make and has no idea how she got into. This time, love tricked her once again. She fell in love with a girl she shouldn't have (I guess she hasn't learned anything about her experience with Ali) and paid the price.

Hanna: Not much happening Hanna-wise in Ruthless. She is still trying to find herself after her break up with Mike and she is doesn't waste any time. She gets herself a new, sizzling hot boyfriend that nobody can know about. However, when Kate(step-sister from hell), points out something is completely off about Hanna's new bf, they team up (shocker!) to teach him a lesson. I have no idea if Kate is playing her or if she's genuinely trying to help her. Kate's offer of truce happens close to the end of the book so there's no way I could further gauge any reaction from her. That's what I wanna see most in book #11, Hanna and Kate as a team. Awesomeness!!

Aria: Still frustrated about Aria's chapters. And it's almost been two months now!
Everyone who is a PLL fan knows that there has been a lot of talk of Ezra's return. It's true. Gorgeous, sophisticated Ezra did return. Only to have his character utterly destroyed! Shepard transformed Ezra in this obnoxious, demanding guy who would make out with the first girl he sees, which is so unbelievable it sounds ridiculous. For me, Aria wasn't all sweet and innocent either. She talks big about changing her life and leaving Rosewood with someone she loves and all that romantic crap she thinks about constantly, but when push comes to shove and she has to decide, she backs away. That's no one's fault but her own. Anyway, I don't care about Aria. I care about Ezra and his character who was decimated in Ruthless. It was totally uncalled for and I hated it. I will just pretend Ezra is still in NY and never returned to Rosewood. Or was he in Philly? Whatever, I'll just pretend he never appeared in Ruthless. Period.

Book #11, Stunning, comes out June 1st. Hope it's about Tabitha, because the way Ruthless ends, it leaves the girls no other choice.
Plus, its the basic arch story so…
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

READING: Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Publication date: January 24th, 2012
Published by: HarperCollins
Genre: YA, Mythology
Rating: 5/5
Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...
I don't know how I feel about YA Greek mythology re-tellings. Actually, that's a lie. I know what I feel: dread. Granted, I have not read a lot of books of that particular genre but I have read enough to avoid it altogether. So when a friend offered to lend me her ARC of Everneath I was like "Um…" , then I sighed in defeat and accepted the offer. Thankfully, I didn't regret it.

Everneath is beautifully written and Ashton manages to create a dark, haunting atmosphere around Nikki's story. Nikki has spent 100 years in the Underworld and only when she comes back (only a year has paced in the real world) does she realise the pain she has caused to the people who love her, all the while knowing that she must leave again. I like how Ashton portrayed both Nikki's longing to return, her desire to see the people she loves and explain to them what happened when she last left, and her apprehensiveness towards them, fearing how they will react. Especially, the boy she loves, Jack.

Jack is not the only one in the picture, though. Would it be a YA book without a love triangle? Nope. In all fairness, what's going on in Evernetath is not exactly a triangle, but two guys want the same girl, so for lack of a better word I'll call it a triangle. The other guy is Cole, mysterious, bad and immortal. He was Nikki's companion in the Everneath and now he wants her back whatever the cost. I loved Cole and Nikki's relationship so much! Even more than Jack and Nikki's. I have a thing for the underdogs. And the I-am-smug-but-for-a-very-good-reason kinda guys.

I really don't know what else I can say about Everneath. Everything I write sounds very close to a summary. The story is so dense, that the smallest mention could be spoilery.
Awesome writing, great story and characters. This books comes out today, folks. Go, buy, enjoy :)
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Sunday, January 22, 2012

In My Mailbox (47) + Contest Winner

::Thanks to the Story Siren for hosting IMM::

Daughter Of The Blood(The Black Jewels #1) by Anne Bishop
(I'm dying to read this one, since...well, forever actually :)

First Drop Of Crimson(Night Huntress World #1) by Jeaniene Frost
(Thanks Anna <3)

The Name Of The Wind(The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
(If you have serious The Song Of Ice And Fire-withdrawal, rumor has it this is the one that'll get you through it. Hmm...)

The winner of The Girl Who Was On Fire-Movie Edition contest is:

Sara Kovach

A huge thanks to everyone who entered :)
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

READING: Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

Publication date: August 4th,2011
Published by: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Rating: 4,5/5
17-year-old Lila has two secrets she's prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she's been in love with her brother's best friend, Alex, since forever. Or thereabouts.After a mugging on the streets of South London goes horribly wrong and exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust - her brother and Alex. They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organisation called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they've found them. Trying to uncover the truth of why her mother was killed, and the real remit of The Unit, Lila becomes a pawn in a dangerous game. Struggling to keep her secrets in a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realises that she is not alone - there are others out there just like her - people with special powers -and her mother's killer is one of them...
Hunting Lila was admittedly an enjoyable, unputdownable book. Reading it was like watching a very good action movie: you may snort at some stuff that go down, but inwardly you know you love every minute of it!

I liked everything that went on in Hunting Lila. It had a well thought-out and imaginative plot. You never lose interest, as the story is filled with mystery and suspense till the very end. I liked all the characters, as well. Except for *unnecessary drumroll* Lila! I would have absolutely loved this book and I would have been proud to list it amongst my 2011 faves, had it not been for Lila and her over the top drama queen-ess. You'd think that with everything that has happened to her, I don't know, like her mother dying and her moving out of the country and being separated from her brother, she would be a little bit more…mature and down to earth. But turns out all she thinks about is Alex, Alex, Alex. I know, who can blame her, he's so hot blah blah. And OK, Lila does think about her mother's murder and the mystery that surrounds it once in a while, otherwise she wouldn't go back to her brother to look for answers. When it comes to Alex, though, she can't help but act all needy and like a spoiled little girl, which we assume she is not. "Does Alex want me?" "Does he look at me?" "If he does, what does it mean?" "What does it mean if he doesn't?" "What is this woman doing talking to him? Back off". I mean, it reached the point of obsession at one point and it was not good. Especially, since what I mostly wanted to read about was why her mother was murdered and what secret mission her brother and Alex were working on. Also, showing strength and bad-assness on one hand and turning to jelly whenever you see the guy you like on the other, didn't really register well with me. You can't do both, that's for sure. 

That being said, I will definitely read Losing Lila, book #2, because I want to see what happens next so bad, that I'm willing to turn a blind eye to a 17-year-old's hysterics. 
Well, not so sure about that, we'll see ;)
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Saturday, January 14, 2012

In My Mailbox (46)

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Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (GoodReads)

The Tea Rose(The Tea Rose #1) by Jennifer Donnely (GoodReads)
(keep hearing awesome things about Donnelly and I can't wait to read these two)

Storm Front(The Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher (GoodReads)
(UK covers are soooo much prettier than US ones-no comparison!)

The Spook's Sacrifice(The Last Apprentice/Wardstone Chronicles #6) by Joseph Delaney (GoodReads)
(read the first 2, loved them, and I just need to find the time to read the rest)

What did you get in your mailbox?
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

READING: The Girl Who Was On Fire-Movie Edition+GIVEAWAY!!

The Girl Who Was On Fire:Movie Edition-Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' trilogy "The Hunger Games"

Publication date: February 7th, 2012
Published by: SmartPop Books
Genre: Anthology
Rating: 5/5
Includes access to special e-book only movie content!

Praised by writers from Stephen King to Stephenie Meyer, Suzanne Collins’ New York Times bestselling Hunger Games trilogy is dark, captivating and deeply thought-provoking. Part straight-up survivalist adventure, part rich allegory and part political thriller, the series has become a new YA favorite. A film version of the first book, The Hunger Games, starring Academy Award-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence, will be released in March 2012.

The Girl Who Was on Fire - Movie Edition, released just in time for the release of the first Hunger Games film, includes three brand new essays from Brent Hartinger, Jackson Pearce, and Diana Peterfreund, to take readers even deeper into this challenging YA phenomenon.

The Girl Who Was On Fire-Movie Edition contains all the awesomeness of the first edition of The Girl Who Was On Fire, plus three brand new essays from Brent Hartinger, Jackson Pearce, and Diana Peterfreund, which I will discuss separately.

Brent Hartinger: Did the third book suck?
Brent talks about his disappointment in the last book of the series, Mockingjay, but also tries to support people who liked it.
I agree with Brent's opinion, more or less. I am one of the many (few?) who didn't like the Hunger Games ending. For completely different reasons that anyone else it seems, but I was disappointed nonetheless.

"There's apparently a fine line between "reluctant hero" and "cliche angst-y teen"

Agree 100%. That's why I think Katniss's reactions, emotions and behavior became so over the top, so melodramatic if you will, in the last book. Everyone is obsessed over her, and she can't help but think that she is indeed the centre and cause of everything. Yes, she is important to the world of Panem, no question about it. However, not THAT important that would justify her thinking that everything that happens in her dystopia world happens because of her.
I also agree about Brent's take on the love triangle. If you're looking for tormented lovers, pick another YA book, there're a lot of them about with that particular theme. Agreed, the Hunger Games trilogy is not at all about Katniss's love life, far from it actually. least it shouldn't have been. I've said this a million times: if you don't want readers, especially YA readers, to have romance-centered expectations, DO NOT ADD AN ANGSTY LOVE TRIANGLE. It's that simple. "Cheap" tricks like that are so beyond Hunger Games. Its amazing story spoke for itself, it didn't need anything else. If you want to add some romance to lighten the mood, sure, by all means. But choose a guy for Katniss to love and find comfort in. Not two guys. If you chose the latter, you have to prepare for the backlash, which is unfortunately unavoidable. When you add a love triangle in a book, you automatically split your fan-base into two sides. That means that in the end, you can only fully satisfy the one side, if that. If you want to talk numbers, that's approximately 50% of the readers. Why go through that? Why not target at 100%? I just don't get it.

Finally, the one thing that I don't agree with Brent is that The Hunger Games world is not morally grey. There is nothing grey and in-between about it. It's pitch black and corrupt to the core, and if that makes me a cynic, so be it.

Jackson Pearce: Gale: Knight, Cowboy, Badass

"Katniss wants to run away with those she loves, because her family, her inner circle, is more important to her that the general populace" Gale flatly tells Katniss " Don't you see? It can't be about just saving "us" anymore. Not if the rebellion's begun!"

Yes! Finally! Jackson very accurately compares the altruism and selflessness that describes a knight's, a hero's life, to Katniss's who from the very beginning declares that her family is her first priority. Gale does love his family obviously, but he loves the cause more.
I couldn't agree more. I don't know if that makes one character more likable than the other, what I do know however, is that visionaries and people who want to change the world have to put the greater good before themselves and their families and the people they love. If you want to lead a revolution, you have to put the populace's interests before yours. It doesn't work any other way. If your plan is to fight to save your ass, you're gonna fail and fail and fail. Or you're gonna succeed but you'll be no hero. There's this scene in Mockingjay I will never forget. The bombing in destrict 13 had started and everyone had rushed to the shelter except for Prim, who was not far behind. They had to close the door however, because they couldn't risk getting hit. Katnisss ordered for the door to stay open until Prim came, jeopardizing the life of everyone that was in the shelter. Did she care? Not in the least. Would she had done it for anyone else? Absolutely not. So, you realise, you cannot possibly do that, and still call yourself a hero. Cruel but true. For me, and for Jackson apparently, Gale is the real hero in the Hunger Games series. The leader of the revolution, willing to put his life on the line to save others. Finally, again, couldn't agree more when Jackson says that without Gale there would be no meadow for Katniss and Peeta's children to play at the end of Mockingjay:
"He's the reason the series had a happy ending".

"Peeta, with all his domesticated ador- ableness, is a man, whereas Gale is an archetype—someone pos- sible to lust over, possible to care for, possible to love, but fundamentally impossible to settle down with."
How right you are, Jackson. How right you are. 

Diana Peterfreund: Hunger Game Theory
Diana writes a very illuminating essay about game strategy, its origins and its various sides and uses. Playing a game of two players entails a certain amount of thinking and strategizing if you want to win, or at least accomplish the best outcome for you. That's what Diana's essay is about, how two people's game strategies are connected and how one cannot possibly exist without the other.

She refers to Harry Potter's Quidditch and Ender's Game Battle School game. What first came to my mind when reading the Hunger Games is Battle Royale. For those of you who haven't heard of it, Battle Royale is a novel by Koushun Takami. It takes place in Japan, in an alternate timeline. Under the guise of a "study trip", a group of students are gassed on a bus, and then wake up in an evacuated school in a deserted island. They learn that they have been placed in an event called the Program. Officially a military research project, it is a means of terrorizing the population, of creating such paranoia as to make organized insurgency impossible. According to the rules, every year since 1947, 42 third-year high school students are isolated, and each student is required to fight to the death until one student remains. Their movements are tracked by metal collars, which contain tracking and listening devices. If any student should attempt to escape the Program, or enter declared forbidden zones, a bomb will be detonated in the collar, killing the wearer. If no one dies in a 24 hour time period, there will be no winner and all collars will be detonated simultaneously. After being briefed about the Program, the students are issued survival packs that include a map, compass, flashlight, food and water, and a random weapon or other item, which may be anything from a gun to a paper fan(summary mostly taken from Wiki).
Many argue that Battle Royale is more violent and bloody. Is it though?
"Win or lose. Kill or be killed. Every man for himself."
I think Diana answered my question.

"The only way to win the game is not to play at all"

I think the above phrase pretty much sums up the whole series. Diana reminds us what Haymitch told Katniss in Mockingjay, that they were all "still in the game". Whatever they do, it doesn't stop. It just goes around and around and around and for what? People never win, districts never win, it's always the Capitol. So the best strategy is to not have one, meaning not to play at all. I think that's what Katniss and Peeta realised when they thought about eating the berries, shaking the system to its core.
Great analytical essay on game theory based on psychological examples and politics.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

READING: Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

Publication date: January 3rd, 2012
Published by: Philomel
Genre: YA Paranormal, Werewolves
Rating: 3,5/5
The Ultimate Sacrifice.

Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there’s more at stake than fighting. There’s saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay’s wrath. There’s keeping Ansel safe, even if he’s been branded a traitor. There’s proving herself as the pack’s alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers’ magic once and for all. And then there’s deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is.

Whew, that's it. That's the end of the Nightshade series. 

Saying it like that sounds depressing and sad, I know. Well, that's because it is.
It's been a weird ride for me, this series. Nightshade, book 1, I didn't much care for, Wolfsbane, book 2, I absolutely loved, and now Bloodrose, book 3, leaves me with an empty feeling towards an undeserving ending.
Let me elaborate:
Or rather before I elaborate, I must warn you there are some spoilers up ahead. I cannot possibly write this review without recounting some of the events that took place in Bloodrose. Don't worry though, you'll be warned. IN CAPS! :)

Now, where was I? Yes, Calla.
*long sigh, reeking of disappointment*
Why? Andrea, if you're reading this(I know there's not a chance in hell, but whatever), I'm asking you: why??? Why did you make the protagonist of your 3-books series, your female heroine, such an immature, spoiled, brat? It wasn't of course that I adored her in the first two books and her character changing shocked me, but still! I can't possibly believe in or support a heroine who makes out with two guys, at the same time, behind their backs. No, it's unacceptable to me. Call me a prude, I don't care. I'll silently endure the love triangle since I willingly chose to read it knowing it is in the book, but that doesn't justify everything. I don't care if she's a teen, an adult, an aunt, a mother, a sister. She just can't fool around with 2 guys at the same time and then, on top of it all, act all tormented because she doesn't know who to choose. It's, to put it simply, laughable. Also, it made me lose respect for the guys who were still drooling over her.

I fear this is gonna be a long review and I don't want it to be, because I know people hate long reviews. So, I'm gonna wrap it up real quick.

What I liked most about Bloodrose, were the action scenes. The tasks Shay and co. undertook in order to put all sword pieces together. They were indeed cool, and they reminded me of Harry Potter's trials in The Goblet Of Fire a little bit. I found myself still liking the Searchers but I seemed to have forgotten how childish Connor sounds. Was he like that in Wolfsbane, too? Does anyone remember? I don't remember him being such a dork, and not in a good way. Best scene in the book for me, and when I finally cracked a smile amidst all the wincing, was what Ren says to Connor concerning Adne. That's all I'm gonna say about it.


Well, I didn't see that coming. I knew Calla wouldn't choose Ren in the end, that was obvious, at least to me. And to be totally honest with you, I was glad Ren didn't end up with Calla because she doesn't deserve him. But to go like that? Without even some last words? It was like his character never even existed. He was just gone, poof. OK, moving on.
Seriously now? Come on! That's just ridiculous. And to add insult to injury, Calla's life became much easier with Ren gone. She was starting to have doubts about Shay for a minute there(tell me you all saw that)but when Ren dies, she was like "No, no. It was Shay all along". Pfff come off it! I hated it that the death of an alleged loved one, worked to her advantage, and that it showed so much in the book. If Ren lived and Calla had to ultimately choose and she chose Shay, I wouldn't mind at all. I have no problem with Shay - I like him. But a decision like that shouldn't be given to her(like everything else it seems), she should have earned it and owned it. And she didn't it. And it was horrible.


When all is said and done, I can't help but feel disappointed in Bloodrose. And that angers me to no end, especially when I repeatedly told myself "Don't care whatever it happens, just don't, detach yourself completely". And I don't care what happened in the end, honest. I care about the way it happened. Also it's a bit difficult not to care at all after 3 books and several sleepless nights. 
To me 3,5/5 is because I loved Wolfsbane and because of what Bloodrose could have and should have been.

Now, off to greener pastures!
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Sunday, January 8, 2012

In My Mailbox (45)

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Heat Stroke(Weather Warden #2) by Rachel Caine (GoodReads)

Chill Factor(Weather Warden #3) by Rachel Caine (GoodReads)

Windfall(Weather Warden #4) by Rachel Caine (GoodReads)

Firestorm(Weather Warden #5) by Rachel Caine (GoodReads)

Thin Air(Weather Warden #6) by Rachel Caine (GoodReads)

Thanks Evi :)

What did you get in your mailbox?

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Books Of 2012

Here is where I will keep track of every book I read in 2012. I will write down the title of the book and the author (rating's on the side) and then link to my review, if I have written one. Said reviews will also be posted on Reviews by Title and Reviews by Author.

01. Something Wonderful-Judith McNaught (6/5)
03. Double-Jenny Valentine (4/5)
04. Bloodrose-Andrea Cremer (3,5/5)
05. A Feast For Crows-George R.R. Martin (5/5)
06. Prophecy Of The Sisters-Michelle Zink (3/5)
07. Everneath-Brodi Ashton (5/5)
08. The Girl Who Was On Fire-Movie Edition- Anthology (5/5)
09. Grave Mercy-R.L. LaFevers (5/5)
10. Wicked Lovely-Melissa Marr (3,5/5)
11. My Soul To Take-Rachel Vincent (2/5)
12. Dragonswood-Janet Lee Carey (5/5)
13. One For The Money-Janet Evanovich (4/5)
14. Wings Of The Wicked-Courtney Allison Moulton (4,5/5)
15. 9 Uses For An Ex-Boyfriend-Sarra Manning (2/5)
16. Daughter Of The Blood-Anne Bishop (4/5)
17. Two Truths And A Lie-Sara Shepard (3/5)
18. Born Wicked-Jessica Spotswood (3,5/5)
19. Pieces Of Us-Margie Gelbwasser (6/5)
20. A Beautiful Evil-Kelly Keaton (1/5)
21. Pretty Crooked-Elisa Ludwig (2/5)
22. Fever-Lauren DeStefano (4/5)
23. Demons Of The Ocean-Justin Somper (4/5)
24. Whitney, My Love-Judith McNaught (2/5)
25. A Legacy Of Lies&Don't Tell-Elizabeth Chandler (4/5)
26. Rivals-Lauren Kunze&Rina Onur (5/5)
27. Spell Bound-Rachel Hawkins (3,5/5)
28. Perception-Kim Harrington (4/5)
29. Flat-Out Sexy-Erin McCarthy (3/5)
30. Revolution-Jennifer Donnelly (5/5)
31. The Selection-Kiera Cass (4/5)
32. The Immortal Rules-Julie Kagawa (4/5)
33. Flirting In Italian-Lauren Henderson (2,5/5)
34. The Treachery Of Beautiful Things-Ruth Frances Long (5/5)
35. Last Breath-Rachel Caine (4/5)
36. Ferocity Summer-Alissa Grosso (4/5)
37. Gilt-Katherine Longshore (4,5/5)
38. Breaking Beautiful-Jennifer Shaw Wolf (2/5)
39. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (4/5)
40. Passion Model-Megan Hart (4/5)
41. It Had To Be You-Susan Elizabeth Phillips (5/5)
42. Heaven, Texas-Susan Elizabeth Phillips (5/5)
43. This Is So Not Happening-Kieran Scott (5/5)
44. Sweet Evil-Wendy Higgins (2/5)
45. The Girl With The Clockwork Collar (4/5)
46. A Midsummer's Nightmare-Kody Keplinger (3,5/5)
47. First Comes Love-Katie Kacvinsky (5/5)
48. The List-Siobhan Vivian (3/5)
49. The Assassin And The Pirate Lord-Sarah J. Maas (3/5)
50. The Assassin And The Desert-Sarah J. Maas (4/5)
51. The Assassin And The Underworld-Sarah J. Mass (3/5)
52. Deadlocked-Charlaine Harris (3/5)
53. Sirenz Back In Fashion-Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman (5/5)
54. Defiance-C.J.Redwine (4/5)
55. The Golden Lily-Richelle Mead (3/5)
56. Stunning-Sara Shepard (4/5)
57. The White Glove War-Katie Crouch (5/5)
58. Don't You Wish-Roxanne St. Claire (3/5)
59. Once Burned-Jeaniene Frost (3/5)
60. Storm Front-Jim Butcher (4/5)
61. Duke Of Shadows-Meredith Duran (4/5)
62. Two For The Dough-Janet Evanovich (4/5)
63. The Darkest Night-Gena Showalter (4/5)
64. Hide And Seek-Sara Shepard (3/5)
65. Onyx-Jennifer L. Armentrout (3/5)
66. The Lost Prince-Julie Kagawa (4,5/5)
67. The Evolution Of Mara Dyer-Michelle Hodkin (2/5)
68. Not Quite A Lady-Loretta Chase (2/5)
69. Losing Lila-Sarah Alderson (4/5)
70. The Diviners-Libba Bray (5/5)
71. Playing For Keeps-R.L.Mathewson (2/5)
72. Thoughtless-S.C.Stephens (2/5)
73. On Doublin Street-Samantha Young (3/5)
74. Falling Kingdoms-Morgan Rhodes (5/5)
75. Days Of Blood And Starlight-Laini Taylor (5/5)
76. Wentworth Hall-Abby Grahame (2/5)

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Friday, January 6, 2012

READING: Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Publication date: May 21st, 2011
Published by: Feral Dream
Genre: YA Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic, Angels
Rating: 5/5
It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

I have no idea how to start this review so I'm gonna get right to the point: the first 70 pages or so were good, but it was after that that the book's soul was really shown.

Honestly, I have never had so many of my friends telling me to read a particular book at the same time. And by "telling me" I mean "yelling at" me. After consulting several book sites and seeing readers' reactions to Angelfall, I said what the heck, I might as well read it and see what all the fuss is about.
Now I get it.

Angelfall is definitely not a conventional YA book. Susan Ee dared to cross the "politically correct" YA boundaries and create a fierce, blood-curdling world, where angels have brought the world as we know it to its knees and caused the eradication of most of its population. That got my attention from the get go. Angels, Godly creatures destroying the earth probably under God's orders? Talk about divine intervention! Definitely not the cookie cutter YA paranormal novel I was expecting. And I'm glad to say it didn't disappoint until the end.

Raffe and Penryn are the protagonists. Raffe is an angel and Penryn is a girl who is trying, along with her mother and her handicapped little sister, to survive in the wreck and havoc angel attacks left behind.
At first, I didn't know what to think of Raffe. Well, I had some thoughts but I didn't want to have them. Because they were *cough* kinda negative. Yeah, I know, impossible. Thing is, I thought he was the same smug jerk, six-pack/ broad shoulders ready to make every teen girl swoon-type of guy that regrettably lives in every YA book. Amazingly enough, while I was reading Angefall, I felt like I was experiencing Raffe's growing up, his gradually becoming serious and determined right before my eyes and I was so relieved my opinion of him had completely changed by the end.
As for Penryn, I liked her from the start. She is awesome (in the original sense of the word "awe") and admirable throughout the whole book.
I still don't know what to think of her mother, though. She was too paranoid on some occasions, at the point of schizophrenia, and too "motherly" and "sane" in others. I don't know if that makes any sense, but I felt her mental condition was somewhat inconsistent. Then again, she was paranoid. But sometimes it felt a little bit off to me.

Angelfall starts exactly the same way it ends. With a bang. With two amazing and incredibly intense and emotional scenes. First, we have the angel fight. I mean, what a way to start a book! I remember laying on my bed reading and I thought "OK, this is serious. We might have something here!"
As for the ending scene…well, I guess you'll have to read the book ;)

Grotesque and horrifyingly beautiful, Angefall will leave you raving for a long time after you finish it.
Read it. Now.
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