Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Incarnation

ISBN: 1439190356
Pages: 352
Appearance: 
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Summary:
In the steampunk world of Victorian London, a beautiful vampire seeks out the author of Dracula–to set the record straight . . . 
If one is to believe Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire tale, Lucy Weston is Dracula's most wanton creation, a sexual creature of the night who preys on innocent boys. But the real-life Lucy is nothing like her fictional counterpart—and she demands to know why the Victorian author deliberately lied. With Stoker's reluctant help, she's determined to track down the very fiend who transformed her—from the sensual underworld where humans vie to become vampires, to a hidden cell beneath a temple to madness, and finally into the glittering Crystal Palace where death reigns supreme. 
Haunted by fragmentary memories of her lost life and love, Lucy must battle her thirst for blood as she struggles to stop a catastrophic war that will doom vampires and humans alike. Ultimately, she must make a choice that illuminates for her—and for us—what it means to be human.


Hello everyone, back with another mini review. This is my first ever steampunk book and I have to say I'm pretty hooked. I absolutely adore the covers, especially the beautiful clockwork, gears, spinning things and Lucy is pretty freaking beautiful as well. Okay, enough small talk, let's get into the review.

I was instantly hooked from the very beginning, Lucy gets turned by a mysterious vampire and essentially buried alive and almost staked. The staking should have killed her but it doesn't...because she's special (cue the ooos). Lucy gets out of her grave and finds out that Bram Stoker, the author of the legendary Dracula has painted her as a wanton, sexual creature of the night and she's absolutely horrified because that girl is not her. After nicely forcing him to help her find her creator, she arrives at Crystal Palace, where vampires reign supreme. Lucy quickly finds out, with the help of a Protector named Marco, that there is a rift between the vampires due to the absence of their leader Mordred. HOLD YOUR HORSES right there! Mordred, did someone mention Mordred?? 

 Yes lovely people, along with a Dracula background, Incarnation also weaves Arthurian Legend into the plot. *screams* Mordred is the "father" of all vampires and he has currently gone missing. A crazy vampire lady whose name I forgot is scheming to overthrow the peace between humanity and vampires and create a blood feast for all vamps. Lucy and Marco have to find Mordred fast before crazy lady makes enough sacrifices to be equally powerful to Mordred and essentially kill him. With the help of Bram, they discover that Lucy was turned by Mordred and she is essential to win this battle. Using her connection to her turner, Lucy pieces together clues to find Mordred.

Okay, enough of the plot summary, let's talk about how amazing this book was. So, like I mentioned before, Incarnation entwines Arthurian legend with Dracula and it all just fits together perfectly. That alone makes it unique compared to the other vampire books out there. There are so many amazing plot twists that I literally just blew through this book. It ended way to fast and I desperately want more!! The romance in the book was a bit lacking, but I felt like it fitted the story. We have a mob of blood thirsty vampires ready to unleash their thirst on England, romance is the last thing on my mind. I wish that we could have a second book (Is there going to be a second book??) because with the ending, I felt like it would explore Marco and Lucy's relationship on a more romantic level. 

Anyway, this book was super duper amazing! Y'all should definitely check it out because it's so good and I literally could not put it down! So go check it out!! Nowwwww!!

4 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,
Riv


Monday, April 14, 2014

Cinder

ISBN: 0312641893
Pages: 387
Appearance:
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Summary:
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. 
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


Hello everyone! Sorry it's been a while,  but I'm back with a review of a really mind-blowing amazing read. I can't believe it actually took me this long to pick up Cinder and I had it in my possession for about 3-4 weeks before opening the book. What in the world is wrong with me??

I'm not much of a techie, that's more of my dad with his endless numbers of gadgets and gizmos, but when I heard that Cinders was a retelling of Cinderella who btw is a CYBORG! I was completely hooked. The world building was absolutely stunning as Marissa Meyer creates the world of New Beijing. The idea of the plague confused me at first, but everything unfolds itself as the story moves on. Can I just say, Marissa Meyer is freaking talented?? Seriously, I don't get how she does this.

I was more enamored with the the world compared to the characters. I loved how unique Cinder was, how her inner turmoil was made up of the fact that she was partially made up of wires. She was a strong and complex character, but it took a bit longer than I thought to really feel connected. For the good first half, I felt more like a speculator in the story than someone that was "part of" it. Does that make any sense? Other than Cinder, I also fell in love with Iko and Peony and ...tears...lots of tears.

One of the biggest "disappointments" to me for this book was Prince Kai. He didn't exactly live up to my expectations as the Cinderella prince, but then again, Cinders is so unique in its entirety that the only loosely follows the fairy tale. It wasn't that he didn't have the "princely" qualities, it was more in his interactions with Cinder. While Cinder did maintain a strong façade in front of the prince, I felt like he didn't take her seriously most of the time and he was so easily swayed that she was the bad guy. I just believe that he should have had more faith in her.

The Lunars, holy gadgets! Creepy, scary, and perfect antagonists in my opinion. Queen Levana sent serious chills down my spine while reading. She's like perfect, beautiful, and undeniably evil. Just...I can't spoil it for you so I can't say that...(inner dilemma). 


So that's my review, sorry it took so long to post, but I'm definitely going to get more reviews up soon! Till then~

4 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,
Riv

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I Found You

ASIN: B00GFD7I0G
Pages: 360
Appearance:
18807454

Summary:
Tomorrow is for regrets. Tonight is for being together. 
On a cold winter night, Rachel and Jason’s lives collide on Manhattan Bridge. She’s running from life, he’s running toward it. But compassion urges him to help her. 
His offer of a place to stay leads to friendship and trouble. There’s his fiancée back home in Oregon and a family who just don’t trust this girl from the wrong side of the tracks. 
But when the connection between them is so electric, so right… everyone else must be wrong. And as the snow begins to settle on the Hudson, there’s nothing but the possibility of what could be – of this, right here, right now. Them.


Hello everybody! First of all thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for giving me a copy in exchange for an honest review. Second, GUESS WHAT? This is officially our ONE HUNDREDTH BOOK REVIEW! Wow, I can't believe we've actually reached the big 100 so I want to say a big big thank you to all you lovely people for staying around and supporting us! Okay, let's get into the review before I get all sentimental on you~

I Found You is a super sweet and beautiful Contemporary Read that just completely blew me away with the depth of its message. That sentence from the summary: She's running from life, he's running toward it. That sentence contains all the feels in the world for this book. Rachel's life is completely falling apart and she would have ended her pain and suffering if it hadn't been for Jason. He reaches out to her and draws her back, away from the edge of falling and into his heart. (Dang that sounds cheesy...oh well). I know this is far from a typical suicide rescue story, but the writing of that opening scene just completely blows me away. You see the worry and scare from Jason's eyes as he tries to convince a girl from jumping and it's just so beautiful. 

It's actually really hard to write this review without overly fangirling...struggles. Anyway, let's just say that I officially added a new character to my best fictional boyfriend list. Give it up for Jason!! Seriously, guys need to learn from him!! You're not being a "girl" if you have compassion and you care about someone. He was literally the perfect guy, full of compassion, happy thoughts, and support. Every time Rachel teeters at the edge of falling into a dark hole, he's always there to pull her back up. (Supressing fangirl feels...) I just loved their interactions with each other and probably cried every time Jason holds Rachel up when she feeling like collapsing. Sorry, that was the best I could do.

Let's talk about Jason's fiancée. Unleash immense hatred right now. That girl is seriously annoying, b*chy, and horrible. What he ever saw in her I will never know, but I'm super glad they're over. Lindy, that's witch girlfriend's name, is like that annoying princess girl that everyone in town loves and ignores her hidden yuckiness. Oh...like the Plastics from Mean Girls! :) Out of jealousy and spite, she turns the entire town against Rachel calling her a lot of really bad names. Seriously, give the girl a chance to prove herself! >.< The hatred I feel towards her...

Hm...so what have I missed? Talked about the writing, the romance, the stupid fiancée, what else should I mention? I think that's about it. I definitely definitely 111110% recommend this. Especially if you're in the mood for a beautiful touching contemporary read, this will definitely satisfy you. So yes, go read this NOW! 

And just for the heck of it:

there is no gif for these things that i am feeling

4 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,
Riv

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Liebster Award


The Liebster Award is given from bloggers to bloggers to show them recognition. I want to give a huge huge shout-out to Emily @The YA Nightstand for nominating me! 

The RULES:
List 11 Facts about yourself.
Answer the 11 questions put forward by whoever nominated you.
Ask 11 new questions to 5-10 bloggers. They must have less than 200 followers on Bloglovin' (or their preferred method). You cannot re-nominate the blog that nominated you.
Go to their blog and inform them that they have been nominated!

11 Facts About me!!
I am 16 years old
110% Proud Taiwanese (which is NOT part of China...thank you very much)
I've been playing piano since age 4
I live right across the street from my local library (which is freaking awesome!!)
My favorite color is Indigo because it's so mysterious and pretty
I have a strange obsession with anything Green Tea flavored
Cinnamonroll is my favorite Sanrio character
My favorite TV show of all time is BBC Merlin
I had the longest crush on Ashitaka from Princess Mononoke
The last song I listened to was: I Want Crazy by Hunter Hayes ft. Danielle Bradbery
The last book that made me cry was: Reflect Me by K.B. Webb

Questions from Emily:

1. Why did you start Blogging?
I actually don't know. I made a bunch of random blogs for entertainment purposes and this one just stuck with me. I officially made it into a book blog after I discovered the world of book blogging, it seemed like such a cool idea, plus I always loved writing book reports in elementary school (NERD!!)

2. What's your favourite quote?
 Book related: 
Nobody is beyond redemption. Divine love is universal and unconditional. All you have to do is believe.
Un-book related: Sm;)e beautiful

3. If you were a main character in a movie what actor/actress would play you?
I would aboslutely die if Kate McGrath could play me (Ack Morgana I love you!), but there is also the problem that I'm Asian...pshh it's okay!! KATE!! <3

4. Zombies or Vampires?
Vampires, I'm sorry, I was never into Zombies...other than shooting them in VGames 

5. The first book you ever read?
The Tale Of Peter Rabbit

6. What did you want to be when you were little?
My first dream occupation was a writer/photographer

7. What's your favourite TV show?
BBC MERLIN

8. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
Ireland.
I have this really strange obsession with its culture, scenery, history, everything! Plus I love rain...it'd work right? 

9. What Hogwarts House would you be in and why?
Ravenclaw and for several reasons
1) There was a fanart with Morgana from Merlin and she was in that house (yes I'm obsessed don't judge)
2) I LOVE LUNA LOVEGOOD :D

10. How long have you been blogging?
As of this month: 3 years!!!

11. Who inspires you?
Characters from books, my family, songs/rain/oceans/nature (even though they're not "human")


BLOGS I NOMINATE:

Questions for my Nominees:

Which historical fictional character would you want to meet today?

If you could learn one language fluently which one would it be and why?

Favorite genres?

If you could have one magical power what would it be and why? 

Who is your favorite villain?

Last song you listened to?

What is one thing on your bucket list (that you feel comfortable sharing)?

What is your favorite aspect of blogging?

Where is your favorite place to go to read?

Favorite drink?

Are you a pen or pencil person and why? 

Foreverly Obsessed,
Riv





Blitz+Giveaway: Whisper




(Goodreads linked to picture)
ISBN: ?
Pages: ?
Release Day: April 4, 2014

Summary:
Mia Kent lives a charmed, tortured life. 
Fresh off the success of her teen drama TV series Carolina, California, movie executives want her to headline their blockbusters, and record executives are vying for the chance to release her first solo studio album. And then Mia starred in three movies that took her from household name to household joke.
Mia made more mistakes than she can count, turning to anything that can numb her pain. What the world doesn't know is that her mother is much worse than any pill she swallowed. Despite her best efforts, Mia can't quiet the screech of her past, nor the swan song of her waning fame. 
Until she meets him. 
Liam Walker knows all too well what it's like to fall from grace. He's a soulful rocker with a one-hit wonder under his belt, but he still believes in love--and he believes in Mia. He doesn't know how to save what's left of his career, but he knows that they belong together. He breathes for her.
If only she would let him in...

Guest Post with Ava Claire
Writing Whisper

Most days, I wake up, check my texts and emails, then head over to jezebel.com and check their daily gossip round up. It's all tongue in cheek, chuckling at the crazy things celebrities do or say, and for a few minutes I get to live vicariously through the rich and famous. To be honest, I envied them. Who wouldn't want to star in some acclaimed movie, wear drop dead gorgeous designer gowns and shoes, and live the jet-set life?

Writing Whisper changed my mind.

Whisper tells the story of Mia Kent. Mia is a former child actor who starred in a popular tv show, Carolina, California. As soon as she hit eighteen and left the show, she decided to star in projects that were as far from her wholesome image as possible--unfortunately, her fans didn't make the transition with her. As her star dimmed, the thing that kept her relevant was her partying antics: staggering out of clubs, seen with a different guy every night of the week, seen with drug paraphernalia etc.

While I was writing the story, I wondered what it would be like to feel like the world expected things from you. That they put you in a box and that's what you were supposed to be; the same sweet, engaging, well-behaved girl the world fell in love with...or else you're just looking for attention. If growing up in the public eye is tough, being an adult when the world watched you grow up and think they know who you are must be unbearable. Mia is far from perfect, with skeletons in her closet and hurt that no one gets to see. All the see is another child actress that crashed and burned when they hit 18.

So now when I scan the gossip news, I crack a smile but I wonder what we don't get to see. The ugly side of fame that the cameras don't capture.

*GIVEAWAY*

Foreverly Obsessed,
Riv


Friday, April 4, 2014

Scarlet

Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen
ISBN: 0802723462
Pages: 292
Appearance: 
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Summary:
Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.
It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.


Hey everyone! Sorry I took such a long time to actually review this book. I was getting so swamped with all the books, I was reading way too fast to stop and write review in between. But now I'm back so no worries! What are we waiting for? Let's go!

I don't know about you, but when I think of Robin Hood, the first thing that comes to my head is the fox from the Disney cartoon and I'm pretty familiar with that movie since my sister was obsessed with it when she was younger. I loved that Scarlet stayed true to the plot of Robin Hood. A.C. Gaughen didn't change much of the tale, but only make it more interesting by exploring and enhancing details. For example, we all knew that the people of Nottingham were poor and the tax was only bankrupting them further. Gaughen portrays their desperation with two different types of people. A) Characters who are loyal to Robin till he reclaims his title and B) Characters that are so desperate they will do anything even betray the man who is their savior. 

Scarlet aka Will took a bit to get used to. I found her portrayal of a "guy" to be a bit lacking, but then, she doesn't have Mushu to guide her. ;) Her "problems" about her feelings with Robin also bothered me a bit. I kinda liked the love triangle, but at the same time, I don't think Little John and Robin would jeopardize their relationship for a girl. I mean, bros are tight. I would have preferred with Much, honestly I think he's so sweet and definitely would be good relationship material. But again, that's just my opinion. I did warm up to Scarlet a bit after a while because she is pretty kickass. Her thieving methods are pretty killer and you have to admire her for what she does.

Personally, I actually really liked Robin. Through Scarlet's eyes, you definitely get the picture of him as a god, literally. It's not like overly gross descriptions, but the way she looks up to him gives you really strong image of him as basically the perfect guy. One thing I didn't like about him was how willing he was to go against Little John for Scarlet and how he kept "pushing her" away because he thought she was with Little John (even though he just mad at LJ). It gets a little confusing since aren't LJ and Robin like best buds? Even if I'm basing my knowledge off of Disney, they're supposed to be really good friends. To kind of deteriorate your relationship over a girl just didn't cut it with me.

Then we get to the ending. Whoo. The ending was a bit expected, but at the same time a complete surprise. I did kind of guess who Scarlet was and the role she played in the actual tale (that's a HUGE hint guys), but when her identity is revealed, it still surprised me and I was probably freaking out. 
Like so...
What I loved most about the revelation was that even though you might have suspected it, Gaughen did a really good job in creating a new character to allow Scar to "hide" behind (even if Will did exist in the actual tale). I truly believe that the "mask" of Will was really solidly written and you will most definitely believe that Scarlet is a true member of Robin Hood's Men.

With that being said, I definitely recommend the book. It was a really fast and enjoyable read for me and in my opinion, a pretty well written re-telling of Robin Hood. :)
4 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,
Riv

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Blitz+Giveaway: The Opposite of Nothing


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20639781-the-opposite-of-nothing?ac=1
(Goodreads linked to cover)
ASIN: B00J49UTD6
Pages: 110
Amazon                Barnes and Noble
Summary:
Callie Evans would rather hide out in her DJ sound booth than face the fact that she's in love with her best friend, notorious campus hottie Tayber King. 
Tayber turns hooking up into an art form--no drama, no commitment, no lies, and nobody gets hurt. Nobody but Callie, that is. When she sees an opportunity to explore his sexier side using a fake online profile, she grabs it. Now her uninhibited alter-ego 'Sasha' is steaming up the screen, and Callie is breaking all of Tayber’s rules.
As Callie and Tayber get closer, online and off, she knows she has to confess. And risk losing him forever.
**For mature readers, contains strong language and adult situations.**


**FUN FACTS WITH SHARI SLADE**
   I first got the idea for The Opposite of Nothing when the Manti Te’o scandal broke last year. I wanted to write a “catfish” story with a happy ending.
   According to extremely unreliable internet sources, the name Tayber means “misfortune.” This is appropriate.
   Callie is short for Callista, which comes from the Greek for “most beautiful.” No wonder she’s uncomfortable with it.
   I purposefully omitted the name of the song Tayber sings along with in the car after he and Callie go to the movies. I wanted it to be whatever song the reader wished a crush would sing to them. For me…he’s singing Ana Ng by They Might Be Giants.
   When Callie wallows in her guilty feelings, she plays a punk rock cover of the Fiona Apple song Criminal. As far as I know, there is no professionally recorded punk cover of that song. I so wish there was.
 **Top Songs on Callie's Playlist**
A sad-sappy playlist made for sitting alone in her apartment eating Oreos and contemplating the disaster that is her life.
Awful Mess – The Softies
Fineshrine – Purity Ring
Keep Yourself Warm – Frightened Rabbit

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart – Wilco
Breathe Me – Sia

Lover I Don’t Have to Love – Bright Eyes
**GIVEAWAY**

If you would like to join the blitz-wide giveaway click here:
Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card
(I promise it's not spam!!)
Hey everyone! I know, there's so many awesome giveaways going on right now!!! I'm doing my best to get back on track with reviews. I have so many books to read, I'm literally swamped. So hang in there with me guys! I promise I won't overwhelm myself in the future. Lesson learned 110%!
Those of you who entered the giveaway, I wish you the best of luck!! And I'll talk to y'all later~ :)
Foreverly Obsessed,
Riv
Cute Brown Spinning Flower