Book Talk [#16]: Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendara Blake

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Book Birthday: October 17 2011

SynopsisCas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life. ©goodreads

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This is a re-read, but I couldn’t remembered what happened in the story and now I know why.

I thought it was a horror story, yes there’s some ghost involve but it was not. It is far from scary, all you can feel here is romance. It was like a contemporary romance so the story didn’t lived up with the cover. It was pretty disappointing.

What I like was Anna’s atittude, she’s really cool when she killed Will (splits him into two)

Overall, if you are looking for a story who will scare the sh*t out of you, this is not your book. You’re just going to cringe. A lot of it.

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Book Talk series [#01] : Because You Love To Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy|Introduction

Hey booksmashers! I started reading Because You Love to Hate Me anthology by Various YA authors matched up with our favorite booktubers and book bloggers and I got an idea to share my thoughts for every (13) story for 13 days starting tomorrow! You can join me and let’s talk about every stories on the comment section!

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Pages: 339

Book Birthday:  July 11 2017

Synopsis:

Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

Featuring writing from . . .

Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon

BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel). ©goodreads

 

Book Talk [#15]: A Court of Wings and Ruins By Sarah J. Maas

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Pages:705
Book Birthday: May 2 2017
Synopsis:A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare. Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a

deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
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This is one of the biggest book I read. I’m not a fan of thick books. 700+ pages full of action, plot twist and romance. I cannot believe I finished this without losing my mind.
I was a bit overwhelmed on how beautiful this book is, all of them actually. Being in thd world of Pyrithian and knowing the characters of this beautiful world is an honor, it’s sad that I was not yet a fan when SJM went in the Philippines for a booksigning event.
I just hope we got to know more about what happened between Cassian and Nesta, Lucien and Elain. I need answers rather than them just staring!
While I was reading this book, I had trust issues. I didn’t know who to trust and who will betray them. Like seriously! How can you do that to me?!
Let’s talk about the battles, I swear to God that everytime they went to a battle I thought somebody will die! At first I thought it was Ariel then Cassian. And of course, the last one who I cried because I thought he would die. Rhysand. Then no one died or except Feyre’s dad. For the whole 700 pages of books, I am conditioning myself to face the emotional breakdown if someone in the circle died. Then nothing. Nice.
This is the third and I don’t if it’s the final but I can’t get enough of Rhys, can I get more of it? Or maybe Azriel. Mor rejected her, I won’t.
What a roller coaster ride. I enjoyed it! One of the best book of 2017 and most memorable series of all time.
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Book Talk [#14]: I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Pages: 336

Book Birthday: May 30 2017

Synopsis:

Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama. ©goodreads 

If you love Books and Korean Drama. Don’t even read this book talk. JUST READ THE BOOK!

This book is a fast read feel good book. Though it was too short that it was sort of a cliffhanger. I need more!

Okay, Do you know how hard to fangirl at the same time? For books and Korean Dramas. I get so excited whenever there’s a Kdrama being described. And I also get so excited how the protagonist tried the typical Kdrama plot to win a boy’s heart.

Desi’s life is literally my life minus a hot man who loves art and being almost perfect  (but I won’t complain if I have those things) She’s obsessed with Kdramas just like her cute Appa and she wanted to be a doctor. What connects me the most to her is we have the same reason why we want to become a doctor. I think that’s special 

And of course my favorite part is Kdrama recommendations. 

If you are curious abou Kdramas. You can read this book or just comment down below. Maybe I can help you 😉


Book Talk [#13]: Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Pages: 626 

Book Birthday: May 3 2016

Synopsis:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights. ©goodreads

This is the reason why everybody loves Rhysand!

There’s only Rhysand PERIOD

As expected, just like the first book. It was awesome to the ultimate level. Scenes are so intense that I almost forgot how to breath. 

Feyre developed in this book because of her choices and her companions. 

There’s a lot of plot twist that I cannot dogde, too much suprise attack just like the first one. 

Here, we got to know more about Rhysand and here I fell in love with him. He is much better than Tamlin. I bet my life on this. 

I cannot wait for the end of this trilogy. I’m halfway to it. 

If you love the first book, you will marry this one.  

And also watch out for a lot of budding romance. 


Book Talk [#12]: Be True To Me by Adele Griffin

I would like to thank the publisher for sending me an advance reader’s copy through Net Galley in exchange of a honest review.

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Pages: 336

Book Birthday: June 13 2017

Synopsis:

It’s the summer of 1976 on Fire Island, where feathered hair and the Bicentennial celebration reign. Jean, a sometimes cruel, often insecure, and always envious rich girl, is accustomed to living in her glamorous older sister’s shadow. So when Gil Burke, a handsome newcomer with uncertain ties to one of the most powerful families in the exclusive enclave of Sunken Haven, notices Jean—not her sister—Jean is smitten. Then Fritz, a girl from outside the gilded gates who humiliated Jean in the Island’s tennis championship last year, falls for Gil herself. Soon the girls are competing for much more than a tennis trophy, with higher stakes than either of them can imagine.

Told through the alternating perspectives of Jean and Fritz, as they experience feeling like an outsider and first love.

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This review will be short because it’s a DNF. I stopped at page 120.

I cannot take how petty both of the girls are. They fight against a guy who I think likes that their were girl fighting for him. I don’t like those kinds of character, they always gets to my nerves.

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Book Talk [#11]: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Pages: 421, Hardcover

Book Birthday: May 15, 2015

Synopsis:

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever. goodreads

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I still asked myself why I didn’t pick this up the year it was published. The only Sarah J. Maas book that I read was Throne of Glass (Please don’t kill me!) I don’t know why but that was really is.

From the first chapter until the last is well written. The world building is on point! Unlike the other fairy tale retellings, I didn’t felt like it was a Beauty and the Beast retelling, like ever. It was a coffee that every pages energized me all night that I need to force myself to stop reading to sleep.

What I like:

  • The spring court and the garden
  • Lucien’s comeback liners

What I don’t like:

  • THEIR NAMES! No matter how hard I tried to pronounce everything their names in proper way, I got used to the pronunciations I invented myself. I am still struggling in the second book.

I thought there was a lot of steamy scenes but, there’s not much, I don;t know the next book though.

If I didn’t know it is a trilogy, I would have thought it was a stand alone, It just ended so well. Now I looked on what’s next in the next two books.

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Book Talk [#10]: Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Pages: 400. hardcover

Book Birthday: May 30 2017

Synopsis:

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart. goodreads

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It is an easy five star read. One of the most meaningful read this year.

This has been the talk of the town in the book community specially in instagram because of its bookstagram worthy cover. But this book is just about the cover, the story is more beautiful than the cover.

I read a lot of webcomic/webtoons lately (probably going to talk about it in #randomfandommonday) .

It was an easy fun read,probably a roller coaster ride for me. I laughed how  Eliza Mirk’s life is similar to mine and maybe to all of us. She loves to stay inside her room, talks only to her online friends, and her troubles with her family that is different and couldn’t understand her passion about her art. It’s not hard to get to the world because some of us are going through it or at-least been in that situation.

It also has some excerpt from her book, the Monstrous Sea and a lot of really cool drawings. Dear author: can we get the complete webcomic of Monstrous Sea? PLEASE. It’s awesome!

This book also made me rethink to continue my novel. It inspires me to do what I love the most no matter what happens.

This is for everyone who still questions their life and what they want to do. This book may help you.

P.S: I don’t know if it’s because I’m on my period or what but I had a good cry on some part of this book but don’t worry they’re happy tears.

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Book Talk [#09]: Flame In The Mist by Renée Ahdieh

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Pages: 393

Book Birthday: May 16 2017

Synopsis:

The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is v iciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires. ©goodreads

Overall Thoughts: 

Everyone’s saying that it is a Mulan re-telling but it is not. It set in Japanese Historical Era which is rare in young adult genre. 

I’m excited about this since January and it didn’t dissapoint me.  Everything is well written and I fell in love with the characters. The mystery behind MarikosI can’t wait for the next book.  

Plot: 5/5⭐

They say that this is a Mulan retelling but it is far from Mulan, Flame in the Mist is more interesting and more cooler and badass. The similarities of the both stories are the protagonist disguised as a man (though in this book she disguised to join the group who tried to kill her) and it tackles about how hard for women to live in a world that only acknowledges men and how they stand up for their rights. 

It has full of action, mystery and I got to know more about Japanese  Cultures and some Japanese vocab,and the gender inequality the woman experienced in those time not just just in Asia but the world.

Characters: 5/5⭐

The characters are unpredictable, the mystery behind Mariko’s attepmted murder and the history of the emperor and his friends that keeps me on turning  the pages. There are mystery in all characters and Renée made a good job o cover their true self.  

Romance is not necessary in the book because Mariko is #strongindependentwoman but let me tell you, there are a lot of guys around her that made it unpredictable who will end up with her. 

Writing Style: 5/5

The way Renée wrote it in different perspective makes it more interesting, I got to know more about the characters. It was a smooth read forme may be it’s because of how detailed it is. 

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