Read: Demonic Dora by Claire Chilton {ARC}

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SHE’S FINALLY MANAGED TO SUMMON HER FIRST DEMON…

Dora Carridine is trying to summon a demon, but she’s not very good at Latin and nothing ever works out the way she plans.

Her life is fraught with weekly exorcisms and having to watch her father’s fire and brimstone TV show every Sunday. So, when Dora finally succeeds in summoning an incompetent demon lord, she’s absolutely delighted when all hell breaks loose.

She thought summoning a sexy demon lord would be the answer to all of her problems, but her problems are only just beginning when her zealot parents try to burn her at the stake, and Dora is left with only one option—to escape and follow her demon straight into Hell.

Ratings: 2 stars

Release Date: 30th June 2013

Where to Buy: Not yet available

Review Copy: NetGalley

Review:

Eeek. It was okay. Hmm… I’m being generous with 2 star. More like 1.5 stars and I just rounded it up. I don’t know why the reviews I saw and the ratings are all 4 to 5 stars. :O

I am disappointed to say the least. I was expecting something more. And what’s up with the use of poo, crap, shit, manure and whatnot as a means of saving or retaliating with other people or I should say demons. WTF. It’s just so wrong. Every time there’s something going on, you bet your arse there’ll be shit in there. *rolls eyes* Why choose SHIT?! WHY?!?! Can’t you use, some other things? Uh, like those birds pecking them instead of shitting on them. Because that is just so fucking GROSS.

And since I mention the word ‘FUCKING’… I do believe this is YA, right? I mean there’s no age mentioned… BUT I liked to think it is Young Adult. Okay. So I know Young Adults nowadays, curse all the time. But that does not mean it’s okay to use FUCKING in a book. NO. It’s not a good promotion for kids/teens. Does that mean it’s okay for kids today to say Fucking for every word they say?! Sorry, but it’s not appropriate language. They should have Warning on the summary.

WARNING: Explicit language content or something.

And from the start I was hoping to know why she do the things she do, I mean you’re a daughter of a priest (this is a bit weird for me since to my knowledge, priests doesn’t marry and have a kid. :O maybe like a preacher of sorts?), so okay, they push you to do stuffs you don’t want to do… But why summon a demon? Why THAT kind of mindset? Cause you’re dark emo? I just don’t get as to WHY she was inclined to do those. She could do drugs or something but why SUMMON A DEMON? WHY is that? Well, whatever, it’s the author’s privilege to do whatever she wants with the story. I just wished it was fully explained.

Kieron… Is something I wished to be a badass. But nooooo… he’s a bit wimpy of sorts. I mean, grow a backbone! You cannot let Dora or anyone else dictate what you need to do. Even Dora got that right. And they don’t have chemistry. Dora and Kieron that is. Well, okay maybe a bit. But not that much as I would have like.

I think the only character I like or rather likable is… Pooey. LMAO. :P He got ninja skills. LOL. I round it up to two stars cause there are some parts that I laugh or smirk. That’s it. And oh, the writing style is a bit normal, uh, simple.

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Read: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa {ARC}

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Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

Ratings: 5/5 stars

Release Date: 30th April 2013

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

Review Copy: NetGalley

Review:

UPDATE: 03.31.2013 ARC Approved! Yeaaaahhh! :) Will read it after my CR. :)

HOLY… OMFG. OMG. OMG. WOW. Review to follow I guess. But… but… Arrrrggghhh!

I still can’t get over this book! This sequel is so good, in my opinion. Lots of action, gore, emotions, the story… Just… Oh God. I thought I wouldn’t see Zeke anymore in this book. Since in the first book, The Immortal Rules, they separate ways. Allie looking for Kanin and Zeke staying in Eden.

I love how Allie stayed true to her nature. I mean, she’s this stubborn girl that if she set her mind on doing something, give her word, she’ll do the best she could to do it. She set out looking for Kanin when she started having those nightmares/visions about what Kanin is feeling currently while being held against his wish by Sarren. That Psycho Vamp. >:(

Reading through what Sarren was doing to Kanin or reading what Kanin is feeling about that… It breaks my heart. I wish Sarren just ended Kanin right there and then. But of course it cannnot be like that. >.<

Hang in there, Kanin, I thought. I’ll find you, I swear. I’m catching up.

And you know, Jackal reminds me of Puck. Well, maybe just because of the sarcastic comments. I don’t like him in the first book. But here… I think I’m gradually liking him. >.< I don’t think he’s that bad. There’s still some goodness somewhere within him. I won’t give up on him. Hopefully, I won’t be disappointed in the next book.

And that last part of the book. OMG. I did not see that happen. I HATE STICK. Allie should have let him die a long time ago. :/ Now I can NOT wait for the third book. I wanna know what happen cause I REFUSE to believe that that recording is REAL. NO it is NOT. Read the last part of Epilogue. 

I believe he’s still there. HE IS. I refuse to acknowledge that that happen. >.< Noooo… And Allie. OMG. Don’t succumb to the inner monster! Nooooooooo… Don’t. Please. Don’t. But I do understand her on why she’s doing that. :(

Oh boy. I need the third installment pronto! >.< I love this book! It’s just right for all the parts to be there. The way it was delivered, perfect. The characters… It is so perfect, I hate Sarren, I feel the pain of the characters. I started to like Jackal. I hate Stick, ungrateful bastard, he is.

I was crying when I finished reading that recording part. :( I imagined what is happening. The torture… OMFG. >_< KUDOS to JULIE KAGAWA!!!

Read: Hooked by Liz Fichera {ARC}

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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. :)

Read: Nobody But Us {eARC}

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Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.

They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.

Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger….

When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.

Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love…and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.

Ratings: DNF

Release Date: 29th January 2013

Where to Buy: Pre-order at Amazon | B&N | TBD

Review Copy: at Edelweiss

Review:

Uh… I give up. After 32%, I give up. I don’t know. I would not rate it since I haven’t read it all. Because that would be unfair.

The story didn’t really intrigued me that much. Yes, I want to know what’s the deal just because I want it to be finish already and not drag on. I don’t really find it engaging enough to continue reading. The characters are not really interesting enough too. It is also not descriptive enough for me to visualize what does Will or Zoe look like.

So yes, I am sorry but I’ll mark this one as DNF. I tried. Really. But it really didn’t do it for me.

Read: True by Hilary Duff {eARC}

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The epic love story of Clea and Sage comes to its thrilling conclusion in the final book in the Elixir series by multi-talented star Hilary Duff. Following the harrowing events of Elixir and Devoted—and the ceremony that almost killed Sage—Clea faces a new reality: With Sage’s soul in Nico’s body, the love of her life looks an awful lot like her best friend’s boyfriend. Can Clea and Sage really be happy under these circumstances?

Clea wants to try to enjoy their new life together, but Sage is acting different—angry—and she struggles to keep her friends from finding out what has happened to him. Something is clearly haunting Sage, and Clea is losing control. Can she trust her friends with the dangerous truth, or will she have to risk losing Sage to madness?

Ratings: 2.5/5 stars

Release Date: 16th April 2013

Where to Buy: Pre-order at Amazon | B&N | TBD

Review Copy: at Edelweiss

Review:

I hope I’ll get the approve for the ARC… I wanna know it so bad. LOL. :p

UPDATE: 12.28.12 YAY!!! Got approve for ARC!!! :)

Okay… When I first started reading this third book, I can’t remember what really happened in the second book. Yes, I also forgot what’s the title for the second book. :/ I just know that Sage’s soul is now inside Nico’s body. I don’t remember who the hell is Ben. Then I started to remember as I go on reading this book.

When I started reading the first book a year or so ago, I know that I liked it a lot. And I also know that the plot line is somewhat similar to The Immortal series of Alyson Noel and… I know there’s this other book that’s alike with this. Regardless of it being similar to The Immortals, I still liked it (yes, even The Immortals, I liked it back then.) Anyway, the plot line as I was saying was that Elixir thingy that you’ll be immortal if you drink it. And there’s a series of past life for the girl and the boy is always trying to save the girl and there’s this other boy who ALWAYS ruin things for them because that other boy’s in love with the girl.

So yeah, I had enough of those kind of plot. What I liked was that Hilary Duff took a different approach about it. Well, not that really different. Er… As I have said, Sage’s soul was now inside Nico’s body.

Hmmm… I KNOW I remember something about a ghost who helped Clea in the second book. Actually it’s a family of ghosts or souls or whatever they were called.I think it was because of drinking the Elixir. They just became a conscious projection of mind or something. That’s what I remember too about the second book. And I keep expecting she would show up again.

But no she didn’t. I can’t remember if there was a real reason as to why she can’t be shown again in the last book. True is a bit weird for me. Because honestly, I don’t really find it okay. For Sage’s soul to be in there. I mean, it’s Nico’s body. Hello? Awkward much? Even if you say that you could see Sage inside. And there’s no trace of Nico anymore. :/

The story by the way revolves around that problem, of Sage’s soul inside Nico’s. And how it’s like rejecting his soul. Okay, you read it and judge it. I don’t know what to say anymore. It’s just my opinion. I would suggest if you are not satisfy with my review that you read it and find out about it yourself. For me, it was okay. 2.5 stars.

Read: Indigo Awakening by Jordan Dane {ARC}

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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: A Shimmer of Angels by Lissa M. Basso {ARC}

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Sixteen-year-old Rayna sees angels, and has the medication and weekly therapy sessions to prove it. Now, in remission, Rayna starts fresh at a new school, lands a new job, and desperately tries for normalcy. She ignores signs that she may be slipping into the world she has tried so hard to climb out of. But these days, it’s more than just hallucinations that keep Rayna up at night. Students are dying, and she may be the only one who can stop it. Can she keep her job, her sanity, and her friends from dying at the hands of angels she can’t admit to seeing?

Rating: 4/5 stars

Release Date: 29th January 2013

Where to Buy: Pre-order at Amazon (Paperback or Kindle) | B&N | TBD

Review Copy: NetGalley

Review:

I believe in Angels. And yes, Demons too. I still believe in my Guardian Angel even though I’m old enough for people to make fun of me believing them. But I do and I still pray at night, you know the kid’s prayer:

Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here, ever this day (or night) be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

I still pray that at night and I can’t sleep if I didn’t plus I get monsters in my dreams if I forgot to pray to my Guardian Angel. So you might be wondering why the heck am I telling all this things to you in my review?

Well, A Shimmer of Angels is about a girl who could see Angels and Demons. But the people around her thought that they are not real. There’s no Angels or wings for that matter and she was taken straight to the loony bin. She was there for 3 years. Going in and out of the Mental Health Clinic. They thought she was insane, heck she thought she’s losing it when she saw them yet again after months of being clear.

For the first part, I was a bit annoyed because of the MC talking to herself over and over and over again that she wouldn’t go back to that place and that she can’t slip up cause she knew her dad would throw her back to that MHC if he see some sign that might lead to being crazy again. And when she met Cam, ugh, she became doubly crazy. LOL. BUT it gets better, in my opinion and totally worth it.

I have all these questions in my mind that were not answered in the end but it left me craving for more. I want to know what would happen to the next book. I keep on thinking that she’s a half-angel or something since it was what I read over the past Angel books I’ve read and that’s it for the twist. But I don’t know if I am wrong since Basso didn’t tell me anything about it to solidify what I suspect instead she gave me another thing to thought of.

I can’t say that I’m surprised at what happened to Ray at the latter part of the book and having that… I wanna know more so bad. I want to know more about her mother and what was the relationship her mother and Kade had.

Oh, I want Kade for her. Cause Cam is still an Angel and I don’t think he is determined, if ever to Fall for Ray. So I want Kade!!! Kade is the bad boy we girls love. Say NO to good boys. LOL. :p