Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Top 5 Books that I'm are dying to read

Hey guys, just a heads up I won't be posting as daily anymore because I'm trying to get through a massive pile of TBR books I got from the library, and its the time of the year for me when school starts to give us major assignments.. x_x Like I seriously have two huge papers to write that are due soon. But right now since I'm currently available, I'll be doing this quick post! :)

1. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed... and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that's certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It's the eve of war.... Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people's revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword....

One thing that caught my eye about this book is its quotes! One thing I absoblutely love about a book is if they have amazing quotes and this book has it, no actually it has it all. I mean wow this plot, this cover, everything about this book sounds so perfect for me. So  I recently found this book about a couple months ago and I go looking for it at my local library, just to see the library has all the books in the series except book one and I was so irritated at that. I mean you can't really start a series without the first book, like what?! Now here comes the dumb part of this story.. after going to the library for weeks looking to see if perhaps somebody just checked out the book, I go home and find out my brother has the book and I'm like face-palming myself. xD This is my shame.

2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

I've heard so many good things about this book series, and after watching half of the movie for this I was hooked! I haven't really read a dystopian book in a while and this just really caught my interest. So I am really hoping the book isn't hyped up for nothing.

3. Across The Universe by Beth Ravis

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming

Honestly I haven't really gotten into science fiction much, so I wanted to try a book in the genre and I found this. :P It looks like a pretty good book, but I am a bit wary of this since there a lot of mixed reviews for this book on Goodreads.

4. Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

When Cassie Taylor met Ethan Holt at acting school, sparks flew. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy about campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing, Cassie and Ethan's romance seemed destined. Until he broke her heart and betrayed her trust. Now the A-list heartthrob is back in her life and turning her world around. One touch at a time. 

Cast as romantic leads once again, they're forced to confront raw memories of the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their secret college affair. But they'll also discover that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks 

Whew I've got many, many things to say about Bad Romeo. Just looking at that cover makes me really want to read it, I mean just look at it! The cover matches the feel of the summary too and I love that! I do have to admit even after reading so many books, I still love cliches. Cause not all books that are cliche are bad. And I never get tired of the bad boy and good girl one.. I mean I think that might be my favorite one. Looking at this, I cannot wait to read it because I know this book will tug at my heartstrings.

5. Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway

Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

I've actually been looking at this book for quite some time, because first of all have you seen the book cover? It's so gorgeous, yet so simple at the same time! Plus the rave this book has been getting is no joke, I mean the plot sounds so amazing and honestly I am kinda a sucker for the  childhood friends fall in love scenario. >//<

Until then, Cindy ♥ "Books are my friends, They are my companions, They make me laugh & cry & find meaning in life.  - Christopher Paolini, Eragon.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Shadow and Bone
By: Leigh Bardugo
Published: June 5, 2012

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

I actually was pretty surprised at how different this book was and it was good different!  But, *ha there's always a but*, I did have some minor problems with it. I wanted to see more of the surroundings of the grisha world. I mean most of the time Alina was just confined on the castle grounds, she never went out to explore the town or anything.  I mean Leigh Bardugo's writing style is amazing! It blew me away, because of how good her writing is. I loved how her writing style just flowed throughout the book and immersed us into it. 

Though I felt the books pace was kinda inconsistent. The plot went really fast in the beginning and at the end, then it just really slowed down in the middle of the book. Now onto the characters! Hm.. I cannot say I absolutely loved all the characters cause honestly I would be lying. I wasn't too big on any of the characters. None of them really like made me spontaneously combust cause how awesome they were. Don't hate me but I just felt the characters were a bit mediocre, per se cliche..? I really did want more development on the characters. I get that there needs to be a villain in a book series and that he needs to have a huge impact, but I don't know.. For the first time I guess I really did not expect to see the guy I was rooting for not be part of the love triangle. O_O -sigh- Honestly I thought the Darkling would've been some sort of tragic guy who would open his heart to Alina, not some faker... -le cries- I was rooting for DarklingxAlina, but really I should've seen it coming, I should've been ready!!! I mean I guess he did "love" Alina, though it was just superficial infatuation towards her powers. But truthfully I didn't really expect her going back to Mal either.. I mean he finally likes her but he only realized that after she left. That's why I was sorta rooting for the Darkling in the beginning buuuttt we all know what happens in the end.(˃̩̩̥ɷ˂̩̩̥)


Even with the slight problems I had with the characters, I still will read the next book in the series, cause even though I didn't particularly like the characters, I loved the writing style and the world. Its pretty intriguing and I do want to know what happens next. Cause like you know the feeling you get when your about to get to the ending of a book and you're like, "what? This can't be the ending of it, there has to be more!!! :o", thats how I felt. & The fact is that I already got the next book in the series from the library! xD 

Until then, Cindy x)
P.S. Guys have a nice Valentines Day! :)