Read: Slated by Teri Terry {01.24.13}

BLURB:

Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
her memories lost for ever.

She’s been Slated.

The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?

Ratings: 3/5 stars

Release Date: 24th January 2013

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD

Review:

I’m starting it today.

BOTD: 01.24.13

Wow. After ONE whole week… I finally finish this book. And I don’t know what to rate it. First part is so boring I didn’t bother to read it fast and just take my sweet time. Hmmm… the last part is good.

But honestly, some of the things written here are better off without it. I just didn’t get some of it in the first 1/3 of the book. And oh! I don’t like her Mom when she first met her. But she gradually became my favorite character. I started to like her Mom a lot. :)

And I do have lots of questions that I want to be answered but obviously I had to read the second book for me to get some answers if Terry is giving any anyway. In any case, this is a good book but yeah. got bored with the first part. Second part is okay and the last one is good.

So 3 stars for Slated.

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Read: Hooked by Liz Fichera {ARC}

BLURB:

When Native American Fredricka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to become the only girl on the school’s golf team, she can’t say no. This is an opportunity to shine, win a scholarship and go to university, something no one in her family has done.

But Fred’s presence on the team isn’t exactly welcome — especially not to rich golden boy Ryan Berenger, whose best friend was kicked off the team to make a spot for Fred.

But there’s no denying that things are happening between the girl with the killer swing and the boy with the killer smile…

GET HOOKED ON A GIRL NAMED FRED.

Ratings: 3.5/5 stars

Release Date: 29tht January 2013

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&NKobo | TBD

Review Copy: NetGalley

Review:

Uh, I don’t really like watching golf since I don’t understand it. I mean the rules. I do understand you need to swing the club and hit the ball. Lol. But it’s like educational ride for me.

I didn’t even know that golf could be a team kind of game. Anyway, Hooked is not really something new. I mean, sure the golf is new but the story, not so well. Already read it somewhere else.

It is also a bit predictable in some parts. Like that thing between the two bestfriends. I already know how they would end up when I read they are best friends and that the other hates the race of the partner. :/

Although I have to admit that I didn’t expect the ending with the best friends be like that. It’s good that it ends like that. Oh, I don’t really like Ryan that much since he can’t man up. :/ It takes him like a long time to man it up.

I don’t really like the subject of racism, so I don’t like the way the kids treat the Indian kids. Anyway, it is fun and cute read. :)

Review: Eve by Anna Carey {2013 TBR Pile RC}

BLURB:

The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust…and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

Ratings: 3/5 stars

Release Date: 4th October 2011

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD

Review:

Damn. I finally finished it. It took me six days to read it since I don’t read it continuously. And I don’t know what to think yet.

I don’t really like the way or the reason for the Schools. I find it repulsive but then again, I guess if it’s how the world would be, it’s acceptable. For the story I mean. I don’t really find it acceptable now. Or in the next days. It just isn’t right even if the purpose is for greater good.

What I like about this book is the main character herself, Eve. I like her for not being a whiny female protagonist, I like how she pick up herself and try to tend herself on her own. I like how she taught them to read. How she care about her friends.

I read in a review that why do the author have to build up the story about the school. Why educate the girls and all that stuffs they do in the school if the girls would be like THAT. (view spoiler)

I get it now. The School is trying to gain the girls’ trusts. They need that in order to do whatever the hell they want without too many complications. It’s more easy to educate them, try to gain their trusts, give them medicines, ‘care’ for them.

Sooo anyway, that’s how I see it and I did enjoy some parts of the book. It is good. :)

BOTW: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker {01.08.13}

BLURB:

Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

Ratings: 3/5 stars

Release Date: 9th December 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Review:

Er. BOTD: 01.08.13 :P My pick.

I don’t know what the heck is wrong with me picking books with this kind of plots. And I keep on reading Contemporary a LOT these days. :/

In any case… Ten Tiny Breaths… 

“Just breathe,”

“Ten tiny breaths…

Seize them. 

Feel them. 

Love them.”

That quote… I honestly didn’t understand it too. At first. I know, it’s simple but I have my moments and I plead the fifth. :P

Seriously… It’s a bit boring at first. The start is slow. But gradually picks up. Not that fast though, just right, I think. And by the way, it is a standalone. I mean it can stand as a standalone because the next book is about Kasey’s little sister, Livie.

Er… Okay. So this book got those kind of lessons where drinking alcohol then driving is SO BAD in so many levels and got HUGE consequences after. About making a mistake that could really alter one’s life. By alter I mean HUMONGOUS effect on someone else’s life.

This was what happened to Kasey Cleary. And no, she was not the one who got drunk. She’s the ‘someone else’s life’ I am talking about. She’s so broken. Even after all the hospitalization and doctors trying to help her cope and heal. It didn’t help her one bit.

Then Trent Emerson came along. She started to feel happy again. She’s not healing but she could muster to smile again. She let Storm and Mia, mother and daughter, in her heart. And all the people she later became friends with.

She thought it’s getting better, a bliss. Well, a short bliss, apparently. So when after 40% I think, I know the whole truth. Well, okay, not ALL. I just mean, I just got this hunch what’s the real score. Yeah, I was so right.

I’ll leave it at that. Anyway, it’s pretty okay. I mean, I don’t hate it. But I don’t like it either. It was good. The writing is good, characters are good although sometimes I want to smack Kasey. I liked Storm. :) I feel there’s something else missing though. But I can’t point it out. So yeah. 3 stars for me. :)

Read: Indigo Awakening by Jordan Dane {ARC}

BLURB:

Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.

Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He’s warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish on the streets of LA. In her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can’t explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy—to touch him—to protect him even though he scares her.

A fanatical church secretly hunts psychic kids—gifted “Indigo” teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind—for reasons only “the Believers” know. Now Rayne’s only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power—a force darker than either of them imagine—that could doom them all.

Ratings: 3/5 stars

Release Date: 18th December 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Review Copy: NetGalley

Review:

Hmmm… The story is pretty good. The way it was delivered was okay. I mean, it’s not that confusing even though it keeps on changing the POV. It is just necessary for the story. I think it’s just that… I am not sure Rayne should be the heroine. LOL. Er. Maybe it’s just cause of too many POVs.

Okay… thinking about it, it does sounds confusing. Indigo Awakening was, I believe, labeled as a Dystopian. But not really. Okay, not that much. Indigo kids are a bunch of kids who are psychics. And then there’s this church (why church? because they are hybrids? I mean, they are not made by experimenting…) who are hunting the Indigo or Crystal children.

The way it was written let us see what was inside of their minds. Rayne is a normal kid. Lucas, her brother is an Indigo kid. Gabriel is a Crystal child. A much more hybrid than Indigo. It all comes back to Gabriel. The story mostly was all about him. The others were just uh… side story.

He got lots of secrets. Which he kept for self-preservation. And goodness, I only realised his connection with the church after 90%! LOL. I am that slow on picking things like that. :P

So… I’ll give this 2.5 for the way it was delivered, 3.5 for the story and 3 for capturing my attention after the 5th chapter. That’ll be 3 stars. :)

Read: Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

Blurb:

Daunted by the singular sexual tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven, and demanding Fifty Shades. While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront her anger and envy of the women who came before her and make the most important decision of her life. Erotic, sparkling and suspenseful, Fifty Shades Darker is the irresistibly addictive second part of the Fifty Shades trilogy.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Release Date: 17th April 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | TBD

Review: *with spoilers*

I really don’t know what and how to rate this book. I can’t say that this is really an amazing book cause I feel that it’s really not. But I can’t say that I didn’t like it cause I did, NOT because my friends (yes the girls that made me read this) would tell me that I’m a liar or PRUDE. ;D

What made me continue reading this is not because of the steamy scenes which were so many that I lost count of it. It’s like for every chapter they were either having sex or a heated discussion. It was because I’m insanely curious about Christian Grey’s fuckedupness. I want to know why he was like that. And thank God it was finally revealed to me and that it’s almost what I expected.

What I didn’t expect to see was Christian as a submissive. I was left mouth opened, gaping like an idiot at my phone (reading kindle at my phone, tablet ran out of battery), trying to comprehend what the hell just happened and why am I seeing that scene. It was so unexpected that my heart goes to Christian. His childhood was not that morbid in my mind but seeing Christian as a Sub when he is now a Dom was um, a bit disturbing? Cause Ana has that power over Christian. Or maybe it’s not the word. Not disturbing… It’s weird to see a man begging for you not to go. You know, since man is essentially have this pride higher than tallest building or mountain in the world.

And yes! No Red Room! I mean its just once. And whatever happened there stays there. I don’t wanna discuss what happened there cause its weird for me. :/ Although one thing I could say about it is that they came back happy and contented.

I noticed that the dialogues in the book, both book 1 and book 2 were quite the same with each other. It keeps on repeating. The talk about food, the how Christian was angry about something, how Ana feels about Elena. :/ The mention of same words all throughout the book was a bit exhausting to read.

Btw, the event at the last part, for Christian’s birthday was a surprising one. And it’s pretty good to have that scene once and for all.

Oh, another thing, I know, I’m so effin’ innocent about BDSM, but… there’s this line Christian said that Ana don’t know what he could do about the canes and cats… so that leaves me questioning what does one do with a cane?? You know, caning. Plus with a cat??? WTF??? Is my imagination right? … Oh scratch that, I don’t want my imagination to be right cause I might hurl. :/

Read: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Blurb:

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Release Date: 3rd April 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | TBD

Review:

Fine. I’m giving in. Dan made me. 

This is a bit hard to rate… I’ll stick to honesty, as always. First few chapters, until chapter 7, made me feel mushy. I actually liked it then… But when Christian Grey introduced the Red Room of Pain or his playroom… I started to have second thoughts. I’m wincing the entire time they are there. Fine, I’m okay with the tying up but hitting? A big fat NO.

Christian Grey said that he is NOT a Sadist but a Dominant. But as you go on the story, you’ll read the part that “I want to hurt you.” or that “I like hitting you.” or something in that area. Uh, isn’t that Sadism? The fact that he likes to hit you brought him pleasure. In my vocabulary, that’s Sadism. If you remove about the BDSM parts (okay, I admit, it’s not really that much), I would have swoon over Christian. I would gladly give this a five stars if only his circumstances is not a control freak as Ana always says.

I also admit that Grey is not really a Dom for that matter. Er, I know I haven’t read a LOT of BDSM books and technically this is my second time reading a book about it… But I dunno. I don’t think he’s really a Dom. Sure he took care of Ana and all that. But I think he’s just uh, manipulative and gets whatever he wants. Eh… I don’t know…

Anastasia Steele, I wanted to hit her myself when she suddenly agreed to Grey. Think more before you agree with him. Don’t just agree because you find him HOT and gorgeous and all that beautiful adjectives. And sometimes, her smart mind fails her with crappy choices.

I don’t like the contract too. I feel like she’s treated as a property although I know that it’s not really like that. See why I don’t really like BDSM? I can’t obey ALL those rules. It will just make me feel collared. BUT I do admit that some of the scene is really erotic and affects me too. Again, I cringe with every scene in that Red Room which was I think 3 times only.

And that last part? I teared up a bit. (view spoiler) I really don’t like the hitting even though it’s for pleasure or such. It’s not right to be hit. :/ I know, you guys would or might argue with me that it’s not. But well, that’s my opinion. And that’s yours. :)

I did enjoy some parts of the book. Like that Gliding. I enjoyed it and wanted to try it myself. Hehe. :P And what’s with the inner goddess talk?! Makes me think she has multiple personality. I’m tempted to give this book a two stars but well, since I have parts that I do enjoy it (like the emails!), three stars for Grey.

P.S. Since I wanna know what’s his deal, I’ll read the next book.