Read: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

BLURB:

Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.
Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.
Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

Ratings: 4.5/stars

Release Date: 10th August 2012

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

Review:

Again. I’m questioning it… Why the hell do we need a second book if it ends all good? :/ I mean, we got the Epilogue. I’m happy with it. So why bring another drama? LOL. Oh fine then. I’ll start the review.

So… Slammed… It was recommended by Lis and when she asked me when will I read it yesterday, she said ‘NOW!’ and since they all know I easily succumb to their clutches… They know how to make me read the books they want me to read. :P

Anyway… I don’t get it. I just mean the ‘Slam’ thingy. I mean, I do understand they make poetry then perform it. But how exactly did they perform it? Like what Shakespeare do? Er… Cause the whole time I’m reading that slam thingy when they’re at the Club, I don’t know what and how to imagine the scene. And maybe that’s why I feel a bit detach to the characters.

Mostly, I easily feel what the Hero or heroines feel. I feel a pang in my heart and there’s this grip on my heart that’s so strong that I really sympathize a lot. Sometimes I cry too (mainly cause the heroes cries in the books. I’m a sucker for crying men. :P) BUT that didn’t happen with this book. Sure, it intrigued me enough that I keep on reading it. I wanted to know why and what is the main issue. Cause from the first something chapters, I don’t see how they would have problems.

Lis told me it was all about the girl. Same with Hopeless. I thought it’s all about the guy but then it’s really about the heroine. So while reading this, I keep on waiting and make my own conclusions. (view spoiler) But of course what my own version of story didn’t happen. :P Still, when the bomb was dropped, I was just like, ‘Okay.’

Don’t get me wrong. I like the story. Because it’s real. It’s life. I mean, it really happens. It can happen (or already did) to you or you know someone who got this similar story. What I mean is, this is the real life that was just turned into a book. It can happen to anyone. There’re lots of life lesson in here that I really like.

Life lessons. Death. Healing. Grieving. Acceptance. No Regrets.

The only time I got teary eyed was when it was Eddie’s birthday and when it ended. I mean just the scene at the club at the end. It didn’t even continue, the tears I mean. LOL. Why is my tear ducts being mean to me and not let me cry even though I want to. >:(

For the story, I’m giving it a 5 stars but for the other parts, just a 4 stars, So in total, that’s 4.5 stars for Slammed.

P.S. I still don’t know why there’s second book. LOL. btw, it was said it’s two book series but I think I saw a third one. What’s up with that?

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In My Mailbox: Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot

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package I got today…

Lookie, lookie, what I got in my mailbox today in a beautiful Monday morning! ;)

 

 

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From Annie to Lexie… :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

And what’s more… Look! There’s a dedication made by Anne Eliot herself! Yay! I am so thankful for Annie for giving me this book. I am going to re-read it again soon!

Read: Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot

Blurb:

After a car accident–an event he considers a prank gone bad–pop star, Hunter Kennedy is forced to hide out with his aunt in small-town Colorado. He’s supposed to rest, heal his scars and attend high school in disguise until the press dies down. But he only wants to get back to work.

Worse, the girl who’s been assigned to make him over into a geek is a major geek herself. Vere Roth is a chattering pixie, a blushing tornado and a complete social disaster. He’s never met a girl who’s never-been-kissed, believes in romance and thinks Hunter’s a ‘nice’ guy.

Funny thing is…Hunter is nice around Vere because she’s his first real friend. He also can’t seem to stop sharing his secrets or keep her out of his heart. Knowing he’d never deserve a girl as sweet as Vere, he resigns himself to the friend zone, and helps his new bestie with her own makeover.

She tortures him daily for ridiculous guy advice on how to snag her life-long crush. A guy Hunter thinks is totally wrong for Vere, and sadly, one who has taken note of Vere’s transformation.

When Vere asks her best friend for some kissing advice, Hunter can’t resist…

And that’s when things get out of control…

High School Romance, first love, sweet romance

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Release Date: 17th October 2012

Where to Buy: AmazonB&N | TBD

Review:

I really love this one. It made me smile and a bit teary eyed. Although the music bit is less than what I wanted… It still rock. I have read Anne Eliot’s first book, Almost. And I could say I really like this better than that. Almost took me 2 weeks to finished it but Unmaking Hunter Kennedy took me just what? 2 days?

I’m not really the type to read books about Depression or whatever you called it stuffs. But this is crazy. I mean, crazy in a good way. Am I making any sense? Maybe it’ll be better to just enumerate the things I like about this book… Here you go…

I like Vere Roth. I know she’s a bit of a naive, innocent type and a bit uh, annoying? LOL, she’s an honest girl, cares for her friends and family, bit of a weirdo but a sweet girl. And also cute when she blush profusely. I even like Charlie cause he’s so protective to his little sister, Vere. And he’s sooooo freakin’ funny when he met Hunter. He’s totally reacts like a girl. *giggles*

Jenna is so funny too! Her high-squealing is really hilarious. She can’t get over the fact that Hunter was actually hanging out with her. LOL. Love this girl! Cool best friend too.

Hunter Kennedy aka Dustin McHugh… I dunno, I like him but can’t think of words that would describe him better than the physical one. My brain turns mushy. Although I have to say, I wanted to hear him talk to cause of the voice, Vere often complained about. I want to look him in the eyes too. Dammit. I like guys with blue eyes, well okay, colorful eyes. Yes I know, this one is perfect for me since I’m weird too.

And heck yes! I drooled about him too! That first kiss got me squealing!!! God! Even though Anne Eliot, herself somehow warned me about it. Dammit. I totally grin, squeal with joy or whatever happy hormones I have.

Kristen Stewart could even smile about it. :P

This is one of the moments I don’t really know what to say about the book I’ve read besides it’s really great. I don’t know what to say. I like the story of the rock star who found himself again.

Just… BRAVO.

Read: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Blurb:

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Release Date: 1st May 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | TBD

Review:

Finally! I have read the book and finished it! After having it for so many months, I finally decided to read it. And guess what? Rachel from Fiktshun who gave me this book (Thanks Rachel!) is totally right! I love it!  I am officially swooning over Kaidan Rowe. It’s… Oh my God.

Okay. So before me gushing out about Kaidan… Let me do a quick recap of the book, hopefully not spoiling anything…

Anna Whitt is someone who’s a good girl. Who stayed away from sin if she could help it. So it was ironic when she finally know what is her real nature. She’s one of a kind. When I read the blurb, I immediately thought that she’s a daughter of a demon cause there’s a question “will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?” and that the halo thingy is just her battling her inner demon to save her humanity. But I guess it’s just me thinking about that kind of reasoning.

One might say that it’s because she also have a parent who’s an Angel. Well that is true. But Anna didn’t know anything about her parents, didn’t know what she really is, a Nephilim. She just thought that she’s rather special cause of her unique abilities like seeing auras, sensing emotions, etc.

Then she met Kaidan Rowe. That hot drummer, son of Lust… Oh damn. Enough said. He’s a bit of a jerk at some point but he’s totally lovable! I can’t stop grinning about this book. I like Kaidan more cause he’s a drummer (I have a thing about drummers) and his name is Kaidan. I have this favorite JRock band named thE GazettE, and I adored the drummer there too, his name is also KAI. So that also adds to the factors why I love the book.

Plot… it’s not your ordinary angel vs demon book. It’s something a bit new. I was drawn by how Kaidan and Anna interacted, I like how Higgins made the book, how she enumerate the story one by one for us to discover more about Anna and Kaidan. But I don’t like how Anna became so… uh, negative about something. I think that’s the only thing I don’t like. How Anna could be a bit whiny when depressed.

I actually thought that Jay, the human best friend would eventually fall for Anna in the long run… Or just I know there’ll be a love triangle in this one but I didn’t expect the other guy. It’s cause he was introduced after 50% of the book. I’m not really a fan of love triangle but I guess that’s just how it is in some books.

Overall, it’s really a good book! ;) Worth a try.

Read: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa {ARC}

Blurb:

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

This novel is one of Julie’s books that will have you demanding for the second one as soon as you finish your read.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Release Date: 23rd October 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | TBD

Review:

Julie Kagawa never fails to impress me. From Fey to Vampires and back to Fey again… One of the best writer!

First of all, I wish to interview Kagawa and ask a lot of stuff about The Lost Prince. Like for one thing, why the Filipino martial arts? I know Kali since I am a Filipino myself. Heck, we did it in school as part of our curriculum (both in High school and College). It’s just that it’s a bit weird to read an international best selling book with Filipino words. And it’s like Kagawa is promoting my country or something even though she’s not from Philippines and I am pretty thankful for that.

Hmmm… Ethan Chase… We all know who is Ethan Chase, we all saw him in the first Iron Fey book where he was just a four year old kid. In The Lost Prince, he came back after 13 years? Since I believe he’s seventeen year old now. And damn. He’s so HOT, brooding kick-ass guy, and a jerk-face. :P I guess that really what makes him YUMMY. :D I like him a lot since he seriously could kick some faery ass-es with those rattan sticks (we also called it Arnis here in the Philippines).

It’s pretty cool martial arts. I like doing it back then. It resembles the Japanese Kendo, although in Kendo, you only got one stick and you’re limited to forward and backward movements and the places where you can hit someone. In Arnis or Kali you get two rattan sticks, I still have those here in our house. You still have designated places where you can hit someone in practice, but you’ll get to hit in every places. Well except the crotch.

Mackenzie St. James or simply Kenzie… Am I the only one who didn’t really like her from the start? ??? I mean, I’m really annoyed at her being nosy and pushing Ethan to his limit… I want to strangle her… But well, I guess it lessened when she confessed. But yes I don’t like her very much from the start and now, just neutral. *shrugs*

Then there’s Kierran. He’s a bit like Puck at first. Being kinda playful… but as the story goes on you’ll see his father’s side in him. We all know who’s Kierran, right? That is if you read The Iron Prophecy… He’s pretty important to Nevernever having all magic from the three courts, Summer, Winter and Iron. How cool is that?!

I like how the story goes. From the first part, where Ethan was in school then the second part getting to Nevernever and the third one was being on the mission. It was divided pretty well. I can’t ask for more well maybe except Kenzie be a bit less annoying. >_< The ending is not really a cliffhanger, but you’ll end up having lots of unanswered questions in your head.

Definitely one of the best books I have ever read in this month. ;)