Book Review(#28)| Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

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Pages:352

(expected) Book Birthday: July 10, 2018

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Fiction

Blurb|Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back. @Goodreads

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Thank you for Thomas Nelson Fiction for letting me have an e-galley through Netgalley in exchange of a honest review.

It is a usual fantasy where in you can see the protagonist fight for the right of the people but what made this different is that I don’t know if what they’re fighting for is good or bad. The Protagonist, Thomas has a stone plague in his one eye, he is supposed to have a  color test but his father didn’t showed up  so the color test was cancelled and without his mask he is no one. He tried to find his father and that is how he got into a group that is plotting to kill the king. While trying to figure out if what he was fighting for is for the good or worse, he is also struggling on connecting with the most powerful color that they said is bad.

At first I thought it was a typical fantasy dystopian book and I almost put it down a lot of times in the beginning but when I got into the middle, being so confused what to believe in,  It started to intrigued me as I got into the world and how the color power works I enjoyed it so much.  The plot is simple but a page turner. The characters are well developed and enjoyable to read specially when white is starting to get in his head. Thomas have his own mind and that’s what I like about him, seeing two sides of the story and standing up for what he believes in even if all of the people he knew against it.

This is perfect for the fans of Red Queen.

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Book Review (#27)|Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

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Pages: 288

Book Birthday: October 10 2017

Publisher:Dutton Books for Young Readers

Blurb:#1 bestselling author John Green returns with his first new novel since The Fault in Our Stars!

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship. ©goodreads

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Warning: Do not read this book if you are emotionally and mentally unstable. Trust me.

As I said above, this made me emotionally and mentally unstable or probably worsen it.
This is a very good book. It made me feel like I am Aza, the protagonist who has an anxiety disorder and OCD which is not good. I am so into her brains that I picked up some of her thoughts and actions. Hope that I forget it soon.
John Green’s writing style is so simple as always. Simple but it will get you, you will enter that life so easily until you finished it or even after.

Aza is an interesting character. I never met anyone with anxiety so diving into her thoughts made me uncomfortable at first but somehow understand how hard it is to live like that. I’m an overthinker, I couldn’t imagine what is going through the mind of people with anxiety. Fighting against it everyday. Surviving it. I salute you

It shows how the people around you affects you. Luckily, Aza has a great support team. I love her relationship with her mom, davis and Daisy,
specially Daisy.I have a good feeling for her bestfriend Daisy, she supports Aza even though she doesn’t really understand her and what she’s going through. She has flaws, they both are. A lot of differences but they fit together perfectly.

In this book. There are a lot of pain, physically, mentally and emotionally from different people caused by different circumstances. It is beautiful to see how they cope up with it.

This is not just a love story. Actually it never was. It is about a girl who is struggling to balance fighting her anxiety while living life. She is struggling but fighting.Surviving. Living.

Favorite quote| “You realize that whoever takes care of you is just a person, and that they have no superpowers and can’t actually protect you from getting hurt.”

-Davis Pickett

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Book Review [#26]|One of Us Lying by Karen M. McManus

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Pages: 361 pages
Published: May 30th 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press

Blurb|

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.” ©goodreads

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Detention. 5 students. 1 dead.

I read this in one sitting. What is happening with me, reading books in one sitting. Though I read it not because it was good, I’m really curious if my first guessed was right about who was the killer (and I was) and how further can this book annoys me.

I heard a lot of things about this book, I had a different feeling about it. I’m not into this kind of genre.

The story is somehow interests me because it can happen in reality, we never know what’s in others mind. That gave me creeps. The gossips. Highschool. Pressure. Expectations. That’s the only scary and thrilling in this book

When I finished the book, all I could say was ‘That’s it?’ no thrill, no heart thumping, sweating moment. Specially when they found out who the real killer is and the accomplice. I felt like I was in a cliff and somebody will push me, I was ready to feel the push and die but he changed his mind and left without any reasons. That’s how I can explain my feeling about this book.
Something was missing, a part of the story that didn’t get through but I felt it should be there.

What I don’t get the most was in the middle of the story, it became a romantic highschool romeo and juliet. Like dude! Someone wanted you behind the bars and all you do was flirt with each other?

That’s just about it.

 

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Book Review [#25]: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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Pages: 384 pages
Published :July 25th 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Blurb:

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear. Goodreads

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Circus. Crimes. Sin. Magic. Freaks. Illusions. Mystery.

We all have it! Come inside and experience Gommorah!

This book have it all. I’m fond of circus themed books like the night circus and caraval which spiked my interest in the setting but this is far from the wonders and mgic of the night circus and the beauty of caraval. Daughter of the Burning City is much darker and mysterious.

Let’s start with the place. Gommorah was a city turned into a traveling city or circus but it was not really explained how it became like that or I already forgot it. I see Gommorah as a dark aesthetic circus on which tourist go to just to be scared. It is beautiful and scary at the same time. Alluring. Though the place was not thoroughly explored in the book, i hope it will be in the next.

Sorina, the protagonist is an illusion-worker, she made a whole family through her illusions. These illusions cannot die until one did. This starts everything. I kept thinking who the killer is, suspecting everyone. As a reader/observer, I thought it was crazy. how can a thing die if it’s not even real? I was emotionally and mentally exhausted for Sorina.

My reading pace was fast in the beginning but it became slow in the middle and some parts of it. I jumped in Gommorah without any difficulty.

This book brought me at the edge of my seat. I has the perfect mind blowing ending, The killer and everything. A mind blowing and dark read that you will surely enjoy!

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Book Review [#24]: Warcross by Marie Lu

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 Pages: 353 pages                                                                Published: September 12th 2017                                            Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Blurb:

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire. Goodreads

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Warning! Reading this after reading Ready Player One is not good for your reading health. Some readers shows a mild book-hangover symptoms. Be warned.
Happy 2018! It is my first read and a good start. I read it only for a day until my eyes were all watery pleading my brain to stop but I couldn’t.
I was so into the world. Deeply that I couldn’t stop. It is so easy to dive in the world and Tokyo, Japan as the main setting. I don’t ever want to leave.  The world of Warcross is so cool that I wish some thirteen year old boy would invent the neurolink. It’s not too late to start.
The characters are so cool. I heard a lot of things about Hideo Tanaka and how gorgeous he is but I never thought it is possible to be in love at first word read in any book. I could feel Emika’s struggles in the first chapters, she was so desperate and surviving without anything. Her hair and sleeve tattoos are so cool too! The supporting characters did their best, helping Emika to grow as a person and as a player. I was also surprise on how they really care about each other not just as a team but as a family.
Marie Lu is one of my favorite authors and this book didn’t disappoint me. Warcross is a bad-ass, action packed and blowing plot twist(s) that you will surely love.
I couldn’t wait for the next book!
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Book Talk [#23]|Adventures In Farland by Moshank Relia

I want to thank @thebookplanetpr on instagram for giving me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review

 

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Book Information

Pages: 70

Format: E-book

Book Birthday: October 19 2017

Genre: Children’s book, adventure

Synopsis

Mira Rawat has heard tales of Farland all her life from her mother, who has described the magical place of gnomes, fairies, mermaids and animals, and especially its wondrous festival, the New Moon Party. Now, Mira has been informed by a man named Bushy that she has been invited by Princess Harmonica to attend the party. Bushy also uses a spell to turn her two friends, the mischievous and vexing boys, Bira and Vira, into rats so that they will not disturb the other party guests with their constant fighting and misbehaviour. At midnight, Mira, with Bira and Vira snuggled in her pocket, climbs Gunhill and is picked up by the pilot Starhead and flown in his plane to the party. However, the flight is cut short by a terrible wind, and Starhead is forced to land his plane near the Lost Forest. There, Mira discovers that Farland is in great jeopardy. Another Farland resident, Windman, has been generating great windstorms to prevent the Queen of Witches from reaching Dragon Hill. She intends to release the Dragon of Underhill, chained in its den beneath Dragon Hill, so that Farland will be burned and completely destroyed.  ©goodreads

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One liner thought: A lucky girl who got a chance to live the childhood story her mother told her .(Yes,  I’m a jealous adult here. )

A short children read. I don’t read children’s book until now and from reading this I want to read more.

This is an adventure of Mira in Farland. it has an Alice in wonderland and wizard of of vibes. the magical place where I dreamed to go when I was a kid, that’s farland.

The writing style is good I was easily got into the story and the place and the youngest books I used to read was middle grade. This book opened my childhood imagination again, the good feeling of having an adventure while reading Peter Pan or some fairytale.

Mira, a great character. A brave responsible girl. I love her when she thought about her mother’s shop before coming to Farland. She can be every little girls bestfriend.

A cute and lovable book for kids and kids at heart.

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-Ellie 💕

 

 

Book Talk [#22]| Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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Pages: 316

Book Birthday: February 14 2012

Synopsis:

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels. ©goodreads

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One Liner Review: DROP WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING AND READ THIS!

I never thought I would read this. And I never thought, this will give an impact to my life.

I admit I read this because I watched the trailer of the movie and it made me cry. Just the trailer! Watch it here.

I read this in a 24 hour readthon. I read the hobbit and I don’t know what to read. It was midnight, I wanted a light read and I get what I want.

Auggie is so funny, and smart. I want to hug him and tell him that he is beautiful and brave. I want to protect him from Julian and his mom. I can’t believe she photoshop Auggie’s photo.

I’m so proud to those people who stand up with Auggie, who stick by his side. Summer and Jack, they are the bestest friends.

The way R.J wrote this book from different perspective on how they look at Auggie and how they love him no matter what. And how their emotions towards him is raw with flaws but they still chose to love him.

While reading this book, I feel everything. All the emotions. Scared for Auggie , inspired, brave and grateful for what I have, my looks, family, friends.

This is not only for middle grade kids. This is perfect for all of us. An inspiration and beautiful story of a boy, with a beautiful mind and heart that is always judge by his looks.

Wonder tells us that kindness is ageless and faceless.

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Book Talk [#21]| Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Check out my book talk of The Diviners before jumping in here!Book Talk [#20]|The Diviners by Libba Bray

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Pages: 613

Book Birtday:August 25 2015

Synopsis:

The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams.

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people’s secrets, she’s become a media darling, earning the title “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” Everyone’s in love with the city’s newest It Girl…everyone except the other Diviners.

Piano-playing Henry DuBois and Chinatown resident Ling Chan are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret—for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City.

As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend farther than anyone can guess…As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city?

In this heart-stopping sequel to The Diviners, Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray takes readers deeper into the mystical underbelly of New York City. ©goodreads

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One line review: The Diviners was good. This was meh.

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This is include into my halloween reads and I also thought this is a horror-esque book. For what I know a halloween/horror read should be scary not 2 sweethearts playing around (sorry sam and evie).

It was better at first because I didn’t read too much Evie, she’s still annoying and we have a new character, Ling! She is a dreamwalker, I want that power! I was excited about her being in the story. She was smart and cool, I ship him with Henry, though he is gay. #gaycrush

We have the sleeping sickness which is the only scary part because I always sleep. And it that’s real, I will be the first one to die if I’m not already dead.

As the story progressed, It became slower. Slower than the first book. I was at the half of the book and I still don’t have a good scene aside from Sam being Sam.

It was lacking, I don’t know if it’s the details or world bulding but there is some lacking. And being a horror read.

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•When they saw a ghost in veil and full of blood. If I saw that in my dreams I will never sleep.
•Zombie-esque bad ghosts
•Sleeping Sickness. Like I said because I always sleep.

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Booksmashed Recommends| Halloween Reads

Halloween is just around the corner and most readers now read creepy and horror books. Here are my recommendations on what books you can read for the halloween!

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1. The Diviners Series by Libba Bray
if you want ghost, evil stuff and people with psychic powers. This is perfect for you. It has a blend of horror, history (set in 20s) and also has comedy and romance to balance it. I’m still reading the second book The Lair of Dreams but the first book took my breath away literally that some scenes are so intense and scary I couldn’t breath.

93782972. Anna Dressed in Blood Duology by Kendare Blake
If you still want a romance in a horror novel. You should read this. This is a love story between a beoy and a girl ghost who kills people when they enter her house. Yep, pretty much it.

download-73. Asylum by Madeleine Roux
This is one of the scariest and thrilling books I read so far. It also has scary pictures inside that adds up the scary level of this book. Imagine that you are going to sleep in a former asylum facility where they treat or torture people with a murderer/serial killer on the move. I don’t volunteer as a tribute. Yikes.

download-84. Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Museum by Candace Robinson
If you want a twisted and gore fairytale and legend retelling, read this. Here, Snow White kills the seven dwarves and many more creepy scenes that will ruin you childhood.

download-65. Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins
Pyschological- thriller novel that will wreck your brain. This will challenge you sanity as you ask what is happening to the world while reading this book. The plot twist are insane, it can make you go crazy.

There are a lot of scary, thrilling, creepy, weird but beautiful books. All we have to do is to widen our horizon. They also say getting scared makes you thin.

Happy Halloween Everyone!

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