book reviews

Your day will come.

I find myself wanting to write poems when I can’t sleep at night. Even though they aren’t the best, I still want to share them. It’s almost 4 am here, yes I am a insomniac! With out further a do, here is my super short poem.

Be true to yourself, don’t be bothered by what other people have to say.
This is your life, how you live it is your decision at the end of the day.
There’s no point in worrying, no one leaves this world alive
Count your blessings and wait for your shinning moment to arrive.
Be true to yourself, don’t be bothered by what other people say.
Your day will come, lets see what they have to say.

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Guest Blogger reviews: Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

20130214-004922.jpgAuthor: Veronica Rossi

Publisher: Harper Collins

Release date: January 8, 2013

Rating: 5 stars – I LOVED THIS TO PIECES!

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SYNOPSIS

It’s been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don’t take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe’s precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night? — Goodreads

CAUTION. SPOILERS MAY LIE AHEAD. TIS NOT TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW.

In the heart-pounding second installment to Under The Never Sky, Veronica Rossi delivers a beautifully written sequel in Through The Ever Night. I’ve been waiting for over a year for TTEN as I got an ARC for UTNS in 2011. I’ll try to not squeal and fan girl for the duration of this review, but I’m already having trouble doing just that. Rossi completely and utterly blew my expectations out of the water with jarring and heartbreaking revelations and the possibility of deep betrayals. Plus, the romance in this book practically seeped through the pages.

Last we left our beloved characters in UTNS, Aria had discovered the shattering revelations that she was half outsider. She had left Perry behind, but after months of being apart they are finally reunited. And oh! It. Is. So. Bittersweet! Lots of things have changed for them both, like the fact that Perry is now Blood Lord of the Tides. His tribe does not welcome Aria (and this is the part where their reunion is bittersweet) and even attempt to kill her.

Aria leaves soon after but not because of the incident. She has a mission: to go in search of information for the still blue. They all need the still blue because the aether storms – which are kind of like intense lightening storms – threatened their lives every day as it has become almost impossible to be safe from them.

Throughout the novel, I just kept stopping and telling Perry that Aria loves him whenever he doubted her love for him. Her leaving without saying a word deeply betrayed him and my heart hurt. It’s one of the many things that Veronica Rossi does exceptionally. She makes you feel for the characters, making you forget about everything else but them. I realized as I was reading that Rossi used the sequel to expand character relationships. The bond between Perry and Aria magnified, but at the same time their love was riddled with doubt on Perry’s part because he just didn’t believe ASLDKFJDL;FKJDK. Then, there is the relationship between Roar and Aria, which at times may have been interpreted as romantic. I was really scared for that possibility. Don’t get me wrong, I love Roar but I am an Perria shipper at heart. Aria as a character has grown immensely both physically and emotionally since UTNS. The same goes for Perry – as he’s trying to handle the duties that come from being a Blood Lord – and some of the other minor characters of the story.

Everything that made Under The Never Sky amazing and fresh was written with sheer brilliance in Through The Ever Night. Rossi added much more depth surrounding Aria and Perry’s world that involved past and present vital information. We got to learn about where the word “aether” came from and the marking ritual that is performed for an outsider with a heightened gift. Those were, of course, the little things.Veronica Rossi does not spare her readers with shocking and agonizing twists.

My favorite thing about Through The Ever Night had to be the development of the relationships between the characters. Aria and Perry’s romance just captured my heart. It was different, seeing Perry rendered to Aria so utterly and completely. Then there is Aria, who was self-less enough to leave Perry to protect him, to protect everything he’s ever known. Roar and Aria’s friendship could only be described as open and comfortable. They have a bond, not quite the same as what Aria has with Perry, but it’s different in it’s entirety. Aria calls Roar her best friend and I couldn’t agree more.

The last ten chapters or so were filled with heart-racing action and shocking events. My heart literally was heavy until the very end. I consumed those pages and felt sad when I realized that there was no more. I’m definitely looking forward to reading what Veronica Rossi has in store for us in the anticipated conclusion, Into The Still Blue. If you have never read this series, I urge you to go forth and read it! You won’t be disappointed and the idea for her world is unique, creative, and captivating. You’ll become utterly obsessed as I have, which is a healthy sort of obsession. Right?

A huge thank you to  Emma for submitting this review. Please check out her blog by clicking here

Discovering teas and mug wish list

So I have a weird obsession with mugs. I’m not quite sure why, but every time I pull out a book to read, I have to prepare some sort of beverage JUST so I can drink out of my mug. Weird right? What’s weirder is that I don’t really drink hot beverages. Nope, not coffee or tea even hot chocolate. ( In my defense I don’t drink hot chocolate because I am Diabetic) Recently I decided to give tea a try. I purchased my very first tea from Teavana called Youthberry White Tea.

teaDescription : “Youthful and fresh, this clean and crisp, pale pink, blushing tea is made from candied pineapple and mango pieces with Fuji and Golden Delicious apples added for spirit. ‘Superfruits’ red currant and acai berry create a youthful glow in this medley of smart, bright, refreshingly soft white tea.”

I first tried this tea in their store, it wasn’t hot which is why I think I liked it right away. I have tried a lot of teas, from Green tea to Chamomile tea and so far none of them taste that appealing to me. As for this tea I haven’t made my self a cup yet, I guess I’m afraid that it won’t taste the same and for $11 it better!

Question for you guys: Any recommendations on teas that I should try? I’m open to try any kind.

Mug wishlist

I was browsing the internet when I came across Pier 1 Imports, I have been in their store before so I decided to browse their mugs section. I found some that  I would love to purchase, here they are:

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Aren’t these all adorable? They range between $6-$9
If you want to know the exact prices,  click here to be directed.

Thank you for stopping by!

Guest blogger reviews: The sleepy hollow family almanac

Sarah Van Den Bosch
Review of “The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac” by Kris D’Agostino

​Cal Moretti is in a state of flux, suffering from a form of existentialism that is becoming increasingly common in the over-educated and underemployed millennial generation. While trying to figure life out post-college, the Moretti family is in the midst of a series of crises that only make Cal’s decisions more difficult. His father, a pilot, is stricken with an illness that grounds him indefinitely and his teenage sister is pregnant. Cal struggles to decide which path he’ll choose while his family tries to keep their home and themselves together.
​“The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac”, while centered mostly on around Cal, does not fail to equip secondary characters with dynamic traits and a voice all their own, serving to further enhance the story. D’Agostino debut novel pulls the reader into Cal’s world and presents his problems head-on. His struggle is relatable; I’m sure, to a broad audience. I mean, who hasn’t felt purposeless or had to make hard choices in the face of adversity?
​What’s best about Kris D’Agostino’s novel is that Cal is a severely flawed character. His motives were often selfish but there is a level of sympathy his character invokes. “The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac” is a quick read. D’Agostino favors succinct sentences over flowery prose without sacrificing the details that enrich the story. The narrative cuts from one scene to the next but time remains linear, making it an overall engaging read.
​I often found myself disagreeing with much of what Cal was doing but I sort of felt for him. I can’t really fault him for not being self-sacrificing while things fall apart around him. It’s hard to take the high road when your father is spontaneously crying in his bathrobe.
​The strong, entertaining characters push the story along and only lend to the refreshingly truthful narrative. It is truly worth the read.

Thank you to Sarah Van Den Bosch for submitting your review

Guest Blogger reviews: The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

Hi everyone,

Today’s review is by a guest blogger named Karla, she will be reviewing The Edge of Never by J.A Redmerski. Make sure to check out her blog by clicking here. Thanks Karla for your review!

aThe Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

“The heart always wins out over the mind. The heart, although reckless and suicidal and a masochist all on its own, always gets its way. The mind may be what’s best, but I don’t give a shit what my mind is telling me anymore. Right now, I just want to live in the moment.”

It has been days since I read this and I don’t know why but I’m still hang-overed from the story. Sigh. I don’t even know where to start this review for I’m still lost for words and this is definitely one of those rare times that I wish I could’ve given more than 5 stars rating.

The Edge of Never is definitely on of the best books I’ve ever read this year. As I’ve said I’m still hang-overed from the story even after days of reading this. In all honestly, I have extremely high expectations with this book because it appears daily on my feeds on goodreads and it really did get me curious and after reading the blurb and seeing and reading all the raves and reviews about it I immeadiately wanted to read it and wow all the raves and reviews is indeed true, this is one good book!

It has a beautifully written story that is overflowing of emotions. It was poignant and the characters were just so honest and easy to relate to. At certain times, I began to think that I know here the story was heading but y’all I’m definitely wrong when the story suddenly turned another way around, it was predictable in a very unpredictable kind of way – uhm does that even make sense?

A journey of discovery is what this story is about. Andrew was taking the long road avoiding a certain thing while Camryn was taking the road to nowhere and it just so happens that a series of unfortunate events lead them to the same place and to one another; they’re similar to some degree yet completely different in another.

I love road trip stories and everything that accompanies it but Camryn and Andrew take my fondness of it to another level. Their journey was moving and very touching. I like their easy conversations, teasing and flirting, especially the playlist they have. The songs mentioned are oldies but it makes me feel nostalgic (more songs to add on my book playlist! Yay!)

Andrew and Camryn are both lost and they’re still both so young and most of the things they did was by impulse but it really did get them to where they wanted to be and being able to commit with another. I really love watching their relationship grow and sigh sigh sigh they’re just so perfect for each other.

The story packed up amazingly! It was just perfect and behold there’s an epilogue so yay for that! It was a beautiful story about love, friendship and living in the moment and to its fullest. It is one of those rare reads that you should definitely not miss, so do yourself a huge favor and give time to read this.

Guest blogger reviews: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Hi everyone,

Today’s review will be by a guest blogger named Monica. The book she will be reviewing is Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.
Thank you Monica for this review!

Review:
I read the blurb and it was promising. It was a breather
It was a summer vacation of my third year in university. Feeling bored, I searched over the Internet for some titles which sound interesting to be read. For those who know me, they will not be surprised to see me in a corner reading a novel. It’s something akin to breathing; reading is a necessity for my existence.

I am a bookworm and I read almost all genres. Others comment that I have an eclectic taste for books, and I don’t disagree with them. So that time, I was browsing over newly released books when I found a genre I am very fond of – Young Adult fiction. YA puts me at ease, comfortable even. It doesn’t make me afraid of getting a coronary or nightmare. It doesn’t make me cry like an idiot over a tragedy of a century. This is not to say that YA is boring – I cannot imagine it could be. It’s just the right genre for me at the time, I guess, being 18 and all.

In my search, I stumbled upon a novel titled Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I read the blurb and it was promising. It was a breather, actually. With the popularity of vampires and werewolves stories no thanks to The Twilight Saga, it was refreshing to find something of a different nature. A very far nature, I daresay.

The Lightning Thief is the first book of a series, which I wasn’t familiar at the time. I got my copy and couldn’t help myself from leafing through its first pages. I was that interested. It attracted me to read because of promises of – gods, demigods, and all those exciting adventures that accompanied the first two mentioned.

I remember when I was in grade school that I am fascinated in mythology. It is something that is universal, yet not too many people my age were very knowledgeable about it. And that made me curious.

The novel was actually classified as a middle-grade book. So what? I didn’t mind. I love reading and as long as the book is sensible and interesting enough, I wouldn’t care less even if it was made for toddlers. It started by introducing the characters, which as much as I expected, young, and most of the personalities that go with the age. The writing was light and easy – it made me feel like the author was an old friend and he was leisurely describing me the scenes as we were sitting and sipping our tea. The descriptions aren’t that grand; I’m not fond of overly described setting, plus it makes my head aches when writers use highfaluting words to create a picture of something as mundane as a flower.

As for the characters, they are loveable. There’s no other way to describe it. They are believable – any one can be like you and me. The attitude that they have are also age-appropriate. I liked it. Others tend to fit their characters into a personality which is not tailored for someone their age, and it made the novel less real. Good thing Rick Riordan had none of that.

What I like best about the characters is their humor. It is ever present. I always find myself laughing at their jibe or witty remark. I also got used to their sarcasm and ironic comments that I sometimes anticipated what they would say. It only got better because the novel was narrated by the hero, Percy Jackson. His inner thoughts and somewhat comical character made him loveable.

An of course, the mythology part. Allow me to use this word, but it was awesome. No exaggeration. I couldn’t find a more appropriate word to express what I feel about it. Rick smartly described concepts, items, and entities in his book in such a way that made me guessing as to what or who he was pertaining to. It was very gripping. I rejoiced when I predicted correctly, and grew frustrated when I got it wrong. It was maddening, too. I have a fair share of mythology lessons and it made me feel like visiting my former teachers whenever I matched a character based on a description.

Now, why exactly do I like this book? It is a YA fiction, but it helps readers be more aware of the lost glory of mythology. The targeted readers are those middle-graders, and I commend the author’s technique of introducing lessons in a book which is too enjoyable to ignore. It is one of the best ways of studying Greek mythology. It is fun- and adventure-filled story and it will surely capture a reader’s interest.

But did it only stop from the young ones? No, it didn’t. Like me, others have been hooked and addicted. Aside from the fact that it was refreshing as mentioned in earlier paragraph, the story is also timeless. People of all ages can actually relate to Greek gods and goddesses, the origins and nomenclature of things. Even though the heroes and heroines may be young, we all have our own inner-child, and we can enjoy a good laugh with a good book.

As of now, I have finished the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series which consists of five novels. The Greeks are interesting, but it seems the readers don’t want the fun to end. So the author continued his story adding the Roman side in his Heroes of Olympus series, and the third installment has been released this fall.

I have read the latest novel in the series, and I am waiting for more. The next is due somewhere around October 2013, and it seems so far from now. But I can wait. And the rumor about the second book in the first installment making it to the silver screen made the wait bearable. But not much.

Thanks again to Monica for this review, click here to visit her blog. If you guys have any questions for Monica feel free to leave them in the comment box. Thank you for stopping by!

Book review: Reflected in You- Sylvia Day

13596809 Reflected in You is the sequel to Bared to You from Crossfire series.

Synopsis:

“Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction… my every desire… mine.

My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful… except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity.

We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession…”

My review

I didn’t just like this book, I loved it. If you enjoyed Bared to You then you will definitely love Reflected in You. This book picks up right where the first book left off.

I found this book to be a better read than  Bared to You,  the author does a great job of explaining some of the issues that had bothered me in the first book. One of them being how Gideon became so successful at the age of 28. ( I still sometimes doubt it)

Every book has it’s faults, both Gideon and Eva to me were way too needy. I found their relationship to bee a bit obsessive and sometimes unhealthy. Gideon’s over “protectiveness” and Eva’s insecurity definitely made this book an interesting and emotional read. Reading through the first couple of chapters, I found Gideon’s obsessive nature and Eva’s behavior immature. The second half of the book  was more interesting to read.

Sylvia Day does a great job describing each character with great detail. You can feel the passion they have towards each other and the need to always be together. After getting though the first part of this book, I could not stop reading it. As unhealthy as their relationship sounds, you can’t help but root for them. Right when you think they have overcome their problems, your wrong. Their past always has a way of catching up to them. Like usual, I don’t want to give away to much, that’s why my reviews are short. I want you guys to experience this for yourselves.

I really did enjoy this book, if you are ready for a emotional roller coaster ride, buckle up, make your favorite drink and read on!

This book can be found at pretty much any book store and online at Amazon.com

Rating: 4/5
Would I recommend this book? Yes.

Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box below.

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