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Chased by Moonlight

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THE COVER I've always loved the covers for the new editions of A Song of Ice and Fire. Simple but pretty.THE STORYHOLY SEVEN GODS, WAS THIS BOOK AMAZING. It was better than the first two, and in almost every chapter, an event occurred that made my jaw drop. There were a lot of happenings - unexpected ones, delivered in GRRM's trademark style. Numerous deaths, of course. By now, I've learned not to get too attached to most of the characters in this series because evil author is evil.THE CHARACTERSI'll start with the two characters who were added to my list of favorites in the course of this book: Sansa, because she's learning how to play the game of thrones - albeit really slowly, but all learning is learning - and Jaime, because he kept that snarky, smart egotistical attitude of his despite everything.In the beginning of ASoS, Tyrion was faced with the problem of no I will not say his face lol being relieved of his Hand of the King position. Then towards the end, an even bigger problem was thrown his way. I really want to read AFfC soon but I'm afraid I would've forgotten everything that happened in it by the time the fourth season of the TV series begins airing.Daenerys just keeps getting fiercer as her dragons grow, and I actually call her the "nomad queen". I can't wait for when she's finally able to go to the Seven Kingdoms- if GRRM lets her, lol.And oh my dear Arya. You're too young to be living the life you have, but that'll only make you stronger.MY FAVORITE PART was The Purple Wedding. One less villain in Westeros.
The Night Circus

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THE COVER One of the best things about this book is its cover. Even the covers of the other editions are magnificent, that's why I want to own all of them. In time, in time. THE STORYThe blurb was quite misleading, actually. I expected a fierce duel, as in hurling fire balls or conjuring wild animals to attack each other, but that wasn't what I got. This might get spoiler-y if I say more, so I'll leave it at that.Also, the pace was slower than I would've liked. It took so long to set up the said competition. A hundred pages before the last, I was like "where is the freaking climax?!". Yep.That said, the ending was beautiful. Tragic, yes, but beautiful. And realistic - though this story is far from reality. Think Mockingjay-kind of ending, but a bit happier. And Morgenstern's writing was like the dreamy atmosphere of Le Cirque des Reves turned to words. THE CHARACTERSOh my Lord. The main characters were really good. Celia was a confident, prideful - but far from arrogant - young woman. Her father, Hector Bowen, was the opposite, so I'm glad she knew what and what not to learn from him.And Marco. Oh, Marco. Swoon-worthy, charming, though quite naive. But I loved him. I still do.I didn't like the insta-love. One minute they're strangers, the next they're flirting? But to say that I hated it would be lying. I was too busy trying to slow down my heart rate to be irked.The other characters were well-developed, too. They even provided a number of surprises. MY FAVORITE PARTS were when Celia finally discovered that Marco's her opponent, and their first kiss.
Eragon: Inheritance, Book I

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THE COVERI love dragons so, of course, I love this cover.THE STORYThe story was good because of the dragons but I just didn't connect to it. With other books, I felt like I was in their worlds, running and fighting along with the characters, but with this one, I really was just reading a book. I'll probably continue with this series once I get intrigued enough with what happens next.THE CHARACTERSI didn't hate Eragon, but I also didn't like him. He was too flat - actually, I found most of the characters to be flat, with the exception of Murtagh. MY FAVORITE PART was the battle towards the end.
What I Didn't Say

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When I started reading What I Didn't Say, I expected a light YA contemporary romance novel - even though I knew the protag would be struggling with speech loss - but what I got was a brilliant, thought-provoking, and inspirational story.Jake Hayes had been in love with Sam Shay since he first saw her (freshman year, if my memory serves me right), but he kept it in him for years. Now in their senior year and drunk at a party, he finally decided to go tell her how he felt, so he and his two best friends began driving to Sam's house. Unfortunately, on their way there, they got in a car accident and when Jake woke up in the hospital, he had already lost his vocal chords, along with the chance to say everything he hadn't.All of the characters in here were likable - well, except the antagonists. Jake had his low moments, but he actually handled his disability really well, looking at it more rationally than emotionally. I think at times when you can't really do anything to change the situation, you should just accept and live the best way you can with it, rather than look away and avoid it. His family was a big help, too; they were all loving, understanding, and supportive.But what I didn't expect was Sam. I can't say anything without being spoiler-y, but I really didn't think she'd be in the story much other than being the main character's love interest. Anyway, I loved how brave and determined she was to live her life the way she wanted to. I also loved her "naughty moments" that made even more real.Like all the few other books I've read that were written in first person from a guy's POV, it was really fun to be in Jake's head. Despite the drunk driving bout, he was actually quite the good boy, involved in sports and careful about his grades, with solid plans for the future that, sadly, had to be trashed away because of the horrible accident.I think the main lesson we can all learn from this book - heck, from the title alone - is to not put off the important things, that we should live everyday as if it were our last so we won't have anything to regret. And I surely don't regret reading What I Didn't Say.MY FAVORITE PART was the uber sweet scene after their prom. Ah, love
Existence

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THE COVER OOOOOOOOOOH THAT COVER. YES GOOD JOB YES. Pepe Toth is glory personified. And Sztella too, but all we can see here is her back, but hey, it's glorious too, lol. Oh God those eyes. Moving on!THE STORYWhen I read the synopsis, the story intrigued me. Death falling in love? Yes, please. And the fact that the female lead also had a power made it more interesting. There were a lot of surprises in the end, but I felt like a lot of parts could have been cut out to make the pace better. THE CHARACTERSUnfortunately, Pagan's ability to see souls was the only significant thing about her (until we get to book two, but that's got to wait for now). Like most female main characters in YA, she had to be saved several times. I'm all for butt-kicking girls so that weakness always irks me.Also, even though I swoon every time Dank's in the page, there really wasn't much back-up for their attraction. I won't call it insta-love, though, because Pagan certainly wanted Dank gone at first, thinking he's just another ghost. But I can't blame Pagan because if I were her, I'd fall in love with Dank, too... especially if he looked like Pepe Toth. Moving on!MY FAVORITE PART was every time Dank sung. I'm a sucker for guys who sing and play the guitar. And the author's friend (I think?) recorded Dank's songs. Here are links to Closer and, my personal favorite, Yet You Stay.
Burn for Burn

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THE COVERI love this cover. The models are perfect for the images of Kat, Mary, and Lillia that I had in my mind. THE STORYLike what the blurb says, Mary, Kat, and Lillia are three girls who all want revenge. First we get a taste of why they want it, then it's straight to the action, which I really liked. The ending was and was not what I guessed it would be, though. It was because I think everyone will agree with me that in stories like this, the protags almost always end up with their plans blown up on their faces; it wasn't because, holy crap, who could've guessed that part of the conclusion? Thank God it's going to be a trilogy - the titles of the next two books are: Fire with Fire, and Ashes to Ashes. I absolutely can't wait for the second book because I think I can smell a fight between Kat and Lillia.THE CHARACTERSThe characters were well-executed. They were very diverse, and each was their own self. And just when I thought I had them figured out, the authors showed me something totally uncharacteristic about them. But I think there's no argument when I say the three girls - who kind of reminded me of the Furies - were the most memorable characters in here. First up, Kat. She was this fearless, no-nonsense girl who used to ignore the lies her ex-bestfriend tells everyone about... until the first day of senior year. She's the one who thought of the whole vengeance mission, and clearly she's the level-headed one, well, most of the time, that is. Next is Lillia, the Asian princess. No, she's not really a princess; she's just the purest of the Mean Girls and she's freaking rich, so yeah. At first I thought that she wants payback for that guy who went too far, but no. She loves her sister so much, it's like she's actually an older brother.And last is innocent Mary. I guessed that she left Jar Island because a boy broke her heart, and he did, only in ways worse than I'd guessed. She's the one I rooted for the most, the one I wanted to gain the best revenge. She was also the one who transformed the most, but I wish she'll get tougher.I loved how the girls were strangers to one another at first - except Kat and Lillia because they had history together - but something as bittersweet as vengeance brought them together. I really hope they'll get closer in the next book.MY FAVORITE PARTS were when the girls were going after Alex. That was really funny, especially the "longest hallway" poem :))
One Hundred Years of Solitude

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THE COVERI love the cover for this edition. Actually, I google-d the covers of Harper Perennial Modern Classics and loved all of them, lol.(Now to paste the review I wrote right after reading this.)So I finally finished this lengthy baby.My only expectation when I began reading this book was that, like other classics, it would be difficult to understand. But it wasn't. The writing was very simple despite the long paragraphs which sometimes spanned a few pages.Unlike most of the people who have read this, I didn't find the magical realism aspects weird. I would've if Marquez claimed that this story happened in real life, but no, this is fiction. Unrealistic things should be expected in fiction. Also, the unending list of men named Jose Arcadio and Aureliano really irked me at first, but after a while I just found it really funny XDThis book's details surely won't stick with me for a long time (I just finished it, like, less than six hours ago and I already can't remember some minor parts) but I really loved this.Especially the ending ♥
Bound to the Prince

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THE COVERMy only problem with this cover is the model; I'm not a big fan of muscly guys. But all in all, it's really gorgeous and classy.THE STORYThis is another "abducted girl" story so some female readers might not like it, but I think Elathan actually saved Igraine from her terrible life. I don't know if it's because it's an ebook (and I just can't stare at a screen for too long), but I felt like this was an overwhelmingly long read. I read it for almost a month. The pacing was good, the steamy scenes were written well, and the world-building was fantastic. Bound to the Prince is actually an erotica, but it's so good that I believe if the author cut out those scenes, this would still be an extraordinary book. The adventure and fantasy world alone was a story in itself.THE CHARACTERSI really pitied Igraine in the beginning of this book. Her king of douchebags fiance just left her, she had no family, and she had even sacrificed her education for the love she thought she'd had. Her hopelessness struck me straight from the pages. So I really loved it when she became stronger - physically and emotionally - during the training that Elathan gave her so she'd be ready for... him.Elathan was this super cool, ultra bad-ass elven prince with a sad past. At first, he only thought of Igraine as a slave, but we could all guess where the story went. MY FAVORITE PART was the ending. I read it during a programming lab class (sneakily, of course), and it was so gripping, I didn't realize my professor called on me until my seatmate kicked my chair, lol.
Screaming in the Silence

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THE COVERI'm not a big fan of this cover, but I think it really embodies the story, with the crying girl - who is, obviously, Raleigh - and the lake which is quite a big part of the main characters' relationship.THE STORYThis is the first "girl gets kidnapped" book that I've ever read, so I was really curious when I began reading it. The pacing was really good; I just couldn't stop reading. And it took an unexpected twist towards the conclusion, and that ending has permanently taken a piece of my heart.THE CHARACTERSThe story started off with Raleigh running away from a life she didn't want to live. It's good that her kidnapping changed her for the better, gave her the courage to voice out what she really wanted.A surprise came in the form of my love for Kaden; he's one of the kidnappers, for heaven's sake! But how could I not? He's a French-to-English manuscript translator, and in the book - if my memory serves me right - he's working on Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Raleigh asked him why he's translating it when it's already been translated, but unfortunately, since I read this book last March, I can't remember his answer. My apologies. I just have a thing for broken, complicated characters. MY FAVORITE PART was the last scene with Raleigh. So much hope. In my head, I love continuing the story from there.
Predestined

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THE COVER I have mixed feelings for this one. I love the picture of the girl with those fiery eyes of hers, but the font's not doing it for me.THE STORYLet me get it out: I liked Predestined more than Existence. The story flow was way better, and the other characters were expounded. Glines explained the reason why Pagan could see souls, and also Dank's last words in the first book. One thing I didn't get was the voodoo world. Was it supposed to be hell, or just an evil dimension?THE CHARACTERSPagan showed some attitudinal improvements; she's tougher and more determined. Unfortunately, she still had to be saved. Why can't Glines make her more able?As for Dank, he was quite the disappointment in this. He did either of these two things: take souls or save Pagan. Yes, that was it. But he's still swoon-worthy.And Leif is back! Honestly, if I were Pagan, I would've gone with Leif just to get everything over with.MY FAVORITE PART was Pagan in the voodoo world. I loved the idea of that place.
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