Book Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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Title: Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1)

Author: Jay Kristoff

Format: Ebook

Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy

Summary from Goodreads

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

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Book Review: Opaque by Cālix Leigh-Reign

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Title: Opaque (#1 Scion Saga)

Author: Cālix Leigh-Reign

Publisher: Nnylluc Book Group LLC

Genre: Sci Fi-| Fantasy | Young Adult

Release Date: October 22, 2016

Summary from Goodreads

Highly controversial debut novel by Cālix Leigh-Reign is taking the nation by storm! For those who’ve been craving an untapped damsel-in-distress-less Sci-Fi niche – Opaque delivers in this gripping page-turner involving mutated Limbal rings,biokenretic anomalies, mental dysfunction, perplexing Russian ancestry & romance.Cālix takes us on an adventure that begins when 16 year old misanthropic Adam Caspian unknowingly reaches biokenretic puberty, and his supernatural abilities awaken to save him from his murderous intentions. His every thought revolves around the extinction of the human race until mysterious Afro-Russian Carly Wit stumbles into his English class one morning. Adam notices something otherworldly about her immediately but denies the bio-synch taking place inside of him. As he resists their blossoming love, he battles with unnatural thoughts of his mother. Discovering his origin isn’t what he’d thought, he becomes determined to peel back the layers of his lineage and unmasks a multitude of mind-bending secrets along the way.

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Book Review: Under A Million Stars by Rita Branches

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Title: Under a Million Stars

Author: Rita Branches

Format: Ebook (Review Copy)

Series: Stand alone

Genre: Young Adult | Romance | Contemporary

Goodreads Summary

Can a beating heart bleed from the shattered pieces?

Her heart cracked when her best friend walked away; it completely shattered when she lost her family in a tragic accident.

Now orphaned at seventeen, Charlotte Peterson is forced to live with her former best friend, Jacob Parker. Charlie, a talented pianist, desperately wants their loving friendship back, but something is holding Jake back. The more she spirals into the darkness of depression, the more she needs him.

Jacob vowed to stay away from her—no matter how much he still loved her. Armed with secrets that would have destroyed both of their families, he chose to end their friendship and walk away, which nearly killed him. As he watches the girl he once knew begin to fade away, however, he realizes that their relationship is more important than the truth he’s hiding.

Now it’s up to Jacob to put the pieces of Charlie’s broken heart back together—even if it means revealing the secrets he so desperately wants to protect her from.
Will Jacob find a way to bring back the carefree, talented girl he once knew, or is it too late for both of them?

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Book Review: Beautiful Chaos by Alex Tully

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Title: Beautiful Chaos

Author: Alex Tully

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Series: Stand alone

Genre: Young Adult | Romance | Contemporary

Goodreads Summary

While most seventeen year-olds work part-time delivering pizzas or whipping up frappuccinos, Brady O’Connell’s job is a little less conventional. Helping his dad with the family ‘business’ is a responsibility he doesn’t take lightly, especially when thousands of dollars are being exchanged. There are rules to be followed, timetables to be kept. But when his best friend Jay gets backstage concert tickets, and business interferes with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet their favorite band, Brady decides to break the rules, just one time.

And one time is all it takes to send his life spinning out of control. When an envelope full of cash ends up in the wrong hands—specifically in the hands of a pretty red-head named Vivienne—things get messy in a hurry. Where Vivienne goes, a whole lot of chaos seems to follow.

But sometimes…chaos is a beautiful thing.

From the author of Hope for Garbage comes another fast-moving, emotionally-charged tale, full of plot twists that will keep you guessing, and true-to-life characters you will root for. Most of all, this is a story of first love—crazy, chaotic first love—love that hits us hard, and never lets go.

Review

An envelope full of money­­.

A pink backpack.

A crazy ex-boyfriend.

A beautiful chaos. Continue reading

New Rating System!!

Hey guys!

As you know, ever since I started this blog, I’ve been rating books using potatoes instead of stars. And honestly, I did not have a proper rating system. At the end of every review, I just stop and think “How many potatoes is this book worth?” and end up giving it 4 or 5 potatoes with out actually following any rubric of some sort. And it makes me feel guilty because I think I’ve not been fair about the ratings I give.

So I made a new rating system/rubrics (as if I actually did have a rating system before haha). Don’t worry, the potatoes stay.

Here goes:

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I believe my rating system is just. But I also hope I won’t give a 1 potato rate to any book. This rating system will be effective on September 4 2016 onward (up until I formulate a better rating system).  Also, I have recently put up my Review Policy check it out if you want!

 

 

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Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Title: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: 978-0-06-231063-7

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver Elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army, she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a superhuman ability she didn’t know she had.

Except… her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard — the leaders of a budding Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince and Mare against her own heart.

Review

Red Queen is just… wow. My mind was blown by the plot twist. I bought this book mainly because of the hype and so far, I do not regret reading this read. Each character has their own skeletons in their closet. The one with the worst skeletons will blow your mind. Anyone can betray anyone.

 

Red Queen is set in a world with evolved humans. A world divided by blood. Those with Silver blood, live luxuriously and safe behind their supernatural abilities. Reds on the other hand, are peasants, the servants of the Silvers. They are forever bounded and limited by their blood. Mare Barrow has the best and worst of both worlds. Continue reading

Book Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I accidentally bought and read the second and last book in the series and had just read the first book, so I’ll pretend to not know how it ends.

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Title: Shatter Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: 978-0-06-208550-4

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction

Synopsis

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

 

No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time–and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.

 

Review

This was an amazing read. It started out beautifully and the first chapters of the book opens up many intriguing questions. The story is fast paced with interesting characters and an ample amount of romance. Continue reading

Book Review: Percy Jackson & the Olympians The Lightning Thief

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Title: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

ISBN: 0786838655

Genre: Fantasy, Greek Mythology

Synopsis

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

Review

This is another book I read because it had a movie adaptation and I want to judge the movie for what it did to the plot development of the story.

Let me be very honest with all of you. When  I first saw the movie, my 10 year old self was very impressed, considering I had (and probably still have) low standards then and got fascinated by the simplest movie tricks. Also, I hadn’t known about the book series, then. A friend of mine mentioned how he hated the movies for its injustice to the books, and boy do I agree with him. Continue reading

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

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Title: Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

ISBN: 0-06-202402-7

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fiction

Synopsis

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris, and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together, they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes-fascinating, sometimes-exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret: one she’s kept hidden from everyone, because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly-perfect society, she also learns that her secret might be what helps her save those she loves . . . or it might be what destroys her.

Review

This was one of those books I read because a movie adaptation came out and I want to know what crucial parts of the book they took out. So expect a lot of comparing the book and movie in here.

I didn’t entirely like the book. There were some parts that felt unnecessary, but I can’t do anything about that, can I?

I have no problem with the way the books starts, I think it started out smoothly. Direct to the point. The way how they’re being put into the five factions bothered me though. They have this aptitude test that works somehow like the Sorting Hat because it determines which faction you belong in, but it’s you who’ll make the choice of which faction you will join. So what exactly is the point of having a test to tell which faction you belong in, when in the end, you’re the one who chooses your faction? Continue reading

Hello from this side of the world!

This is my first time running a blog. I’ll be posting book reviews and the likes. I don’t know what more to say, I’m sorry, I’m just a little potato who loves books 😿 I hope I’ll be able to run this blog awesomely 😹

That’s all for today!

 

Currently reading: "Why We Broke Up"