Book Review: Fire by Kristin Cashore

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 Synopsis

It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.

This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.

Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City, The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there's more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom. If only she weren't afraid of becoming the monster her father was (Goodreads.com)


Book Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

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Synopsis

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined. Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change. 
But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart. (Goodreads.com)



Book Review: Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

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 Synopsis

He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My HomeboySo, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagle likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves. Complicated? Awkward? Completely.

But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother's? This was all supposed to be temporary. Julie wasn't supposed to be important to the Watkins family, or to fall in love with one of the brothers. Especially the one she's never quite met. But what does that really matter? Finn gets her, like no one ever has before. They have connection.

But here's the thing about love, in all its twisty, bumpy permutations—it always throws you a few curves. And no one ever escapes unscathed. (Goodreads.com)



Book Review: Fissure by Nicole Williams

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   Synopsis

Patrick Hayward’s never been a one woman type of guy, that’s why he never dates just one. However, still reeling the loss of the one woman he took a chance on falling in love with to his older brother, Patrick is enrolled—sequestered, if you asked him—at Stanford in hopes of breaking him out of his months long, beard growing, rootbeer chugging, hygiene impaired, funk.

Something breaks when a certain Emma Scarlett storms into his life his first week on campus as he’s suntanning and cat calling when he should be in class. Emma sees through his act and calls him out like she’s seen his kind a million times before, but Patrick knows he isn’t one of a million, he’s one in a million.
(Goodreads.com)





Book Review: Graceling by Kristine Cashore

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In a world where people born with an exceptional skill, known as a Grace, are both feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing.

Feared by the court and shunned by those her own age, the darkness of her Grace casts a heavy shadow over Katsa’s life. Yet she remains defiant: when the King of Lienid’s father is kidnapped she investigates, and stumbles across a mystery. Who would want to kidnap the old man, and why? And who was the extraordinary Graced man whose fighting abilities rivalled her own?

The only thing Katsa is sure of is that she no longer wants to kill. The intrigue around this kidnapping offers her a way out – but little does she realise, when she takes it, that something insidious and dark lurks behind the mystery. Something spreading from the shadowy figure of a one-eyed king...
(Goodreads.com)





Top Ten Tuesdays

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Hey! It's early tuesday and I'm not even supposed to be doing this because I banned myself but I can't resist >_<

Anywho, this week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is "Older" Books I Don't Want People to Forget. Well, by my own standards, old means books that are over 10 years in print. Let's be simple. I was really excited to be doing this because there are just some awesome books that I want to put in here. So without (any more) further ado, I think it's just about time I start naming them!


1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
I think this has got to be one of my favorite (if not my favorite) novels of the 19th century. I love it from the opening lines (it is a truth universally acknowledged...) to the irony, the silly conflicts, the crudity, the humor, the sadness, the romance--oh the romance! I loved it, am still loving it and I BEG the whole world to continue loving it! Yes, EVEN YOU MANLY MEN! Okay, after drafting this, I am convinced this is the best romantic book ever written, exclamation mark!

2. Viktor Hugo - Les Miserables
I got teary-eyed reading this book. "It's so cruel, so cruel!" I kept saying back in 2010. It's left a profound mark in my heart. I'm even thinking of naming my kid after one character. I wish the future generations would have the chance of enjoying such a masterful novel!


3. C.S Lewis - The Chronicles of Narnia
Creative, biblical and uncompromisingly exciting. Lavishly described creatures of old, the end depicted Heaven as described in Revelations. I would want my children to grow up reading this (why is everything today about having kids when I havent even got a boyfriend?). And if there's one thing I regret, I regret that I hadn't started reading this sooner.

3. Lewis Carroll - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
"Curioser and curiouser!" Gah I am absolutely in love with the mad hatter, Alice's innocence and the Dee and Dum! Need I say more? Children OF ALL AGES (yes, children at heart included) should continue to enjoy this! 


4. J.R.R Tolkien - The Lord of The Rings
Gasp gasp. Nerd overload! I don't think I need to explain myself here. I just want to say, this is really the world's precious.

5. Robert Louis Stevenson - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The reason why this book is even on this list is because it's so estranged among its shelf-neighbors and so bizarre that I cant help but like it. Creative plot which questions the duality of the human soul. Hardly possible, but piques interest in the very least. One of the first classics I read back in the day (ha.)

I think I would be finishing this later. It's getting very late and I have exams in the morning. Ta ta for now ~

4 Books to Review

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Gah. Not Reading books (the untraditional ones) is killing me! But I shall endure! MUAHAHAHA. but I have been fantasizing of reading books so I don't forget to read books.

The Ohsum Books

 1. Fissure by Nicole Williams. I am not done with it yet but I have a great great feeling that it'll be ohsum to it's ohsum end! So when I'm done with my fast / diet, I'll be continuing Pat and my date.

2. Crash still by Nicole Williams. I'm surprised I put this up here. But for the amount of wit and the amount of sass that Lucy brings, I'm gonna do just so!





The Less-than-ohsum Books


1. Aces Up by Lauren Barnholdt. I was disappointed with this one. And I feel the need to explain why. Hence the review.


2. Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik. As the name suggest, it was a horrorific thing to read. I hated someone I was supposed to love (Derek) and I feel that this doesn't capture the essence of the original book this was poorly derived from (Pride and Prejudice by my hero Jane Austen) and failed in comparison to other retellings.

Book diet.

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Its two weeks shy the end of classes and I'd vow to myself I would be going the extra mile to study. I would be book dieting for two whole weeks (but expect reviews still, for I'd be reviewing my previous reads) and blog dieting on the actual week of the exams.

I personally dont think I 'd survive (books are partially my life). But then again I NEED to redeem myself (not to mention my grades). So yeah, here I come!

P.s
I just kind of realized that by not reading any book at all I wouldn't be book dieting but book fasting without spiritual ties. Hm, well whatever we call it so long as we mean it.