Monday, April 21, 2014

Mini Review: Cruel Beauty

ISBN: 0062224735
Pages: 342
Source: Library
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Summary:
Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.
With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.
But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.
As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.


 Hello everybody!! Today I've got my little mini review of Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge which is a retelling of short of Beauty and the Beast.

First thing's first, that cover is freaking gorgeous! I think the first thing that drew me to this book was the cover, I mean come on! It's so beautiful! Okay, moving on...I personally did not think this story really followed the story of Beauty and the Beast. I mean it did, but this story reminded a lot more of the Scarletti Curse by Christine Feehan with a evil lord whom our heroine is forced to marry. When we are first introduced to Nyx, we're hit with an array of emotions from our MC. She hates what her father has done, she resents her sister because she doesn't have to go marry the demon lord, and she resents her aunt because she's in love with her dad. I was a bit concerned that we would have a whiny MC, but she quickly proved me wrong. Nyx is definitely a little ball of fire. She's not afraid, correction, she's not that afraid of Ignifex and their arguments and bantering was definitely entertaining. Ignifex has a servant name Shade who in the daytime is a shadow but at night solidifies to look like Ignifex. There's this strange little love triangle that doesn't really develop between Ignifex, Shade, and Nyx. It sort of appears and then disappears? It's a bit confusing. Anyway, one of my biggest problems with this book was how confusing it was. I had to reread the ending/last 1/4 of the book twice to sort of understand what was going on. Right now, I'm still confused as to what exactly happened at the end. I feel like Cruel Beauty has a very interesting and complex story that wasn't really developed to its fullness. There are so many questions that I still have because you only get a small glimpse of the history of Ignifex and how he came to power. Overall, I did enjoy Cruel Beauty, but like I said I have so many questions that were left unanswered. I feel like, since this is a stand alone novel, the "world" could have been written a bit better. With that said, I do recommend it because it's a pretty interesting story and the characters are definitely likable, but be prepared to be a bit confused. :)


3.5/5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,
Riv




Sunday, April 20, 2014

I ♥ Spring Tag

Hey guys! Since today is Easter I decided to do the I ♥ Spring Book Tag!! This tag was created by Helene Jeppesen and you can find her video here. I wasn't tagged by anyone, but again it's Easter so I thought it was the perfect time to do this tag. So let's get into it!

1. How is Spring where you live?
I live on the East Coast of the USA so spring here is springy. It rains, it's warm, breezy, the such. Sadly, there are also a lot of trees which means there's a ton of pollen in the air. Joyful news for people with allergies...my eyes!! 

2. Most anticipated book release this spring?
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Release Day: April 29 2014
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Release Day: May 13 2014

3. Show us a book cover that makes you think of Spring.
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4. Where are you going to be reading this spring?
In all the usual places, my bed, the couch, my desk, in class. Shhhh!! Sometimes if the weather's good I might even read outside on the porch, but my allergies usually get the best of me. :(

5. Find a cover with a sun on it!
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6. What are you favorite spring reads?
I don't have a particular genre that I like to read in the springtime. I do enjoy a good contemporary read on a rainy spring day or a nice fantasy read. Anything really works for me. :)

7. Find a book with many colors.
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8. Who do you tag?
I'm going to tag all of you wonderful people so if you're reading I Tag You!! If you do this tag please leave a link to it in the comments I would love to see it!! 

Questions:
1. How is Spring where you live?
2. Most anticipated book release this spring?
3. Show us a book cover that makes you think of Spring.
4. Where are you going to be reading this spring?
5. Find a cover with a sun on it!
6. What are you favorite spring reads?
7. Find a book with many colors.
8. Who do you tag?


I hope you guys enjoyed this little tag post. Have an amazing Easter and if you don't celebrate, then have an amazing beautiful day!!

Foreverly Obsessed,
Riv



Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant

ISBN: 1939529336
Pages: 272
Source: NetGalley
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Summary:
So many secrets for such a small island. From the moment Anne Merchant arrives at Cania Christy, a boarding school for the world’s wealthiest teens, the hushed truths of this strange, unfamiliar land begin calling to her—sometimes as lulling drumbeats in the night, sometimes as piercing shrieks.
One by one, unanswered questions rise. No one will tell her why a line is painted across the island or why she is forbidden to cross it. Her every move—even her performance at the school dance—is graded as part of a competition to become valedictorian, a title that brings rewards no one will talk about. And Anne discovers that the parents of her peers surrender million-dollar possessions to enroll their kids in Cania Christy, leaving her to wonder what her lowly funeral director father could have paid to get her in… and why.
As a beautiful senior struggles to help Anne make sense of this cloak-and-dagger world without breaking the rules that bind him, she must summon the courage to face the impossible truth—and change it—before she and everyone she loves is destroyed by it.


Hello everybody! Today I bring to you my review of this really haunting and spooky book which I received from the lovely NetGalley for review! 

Anne Merchant arrives at Cania Christy with hopes of creating a new life for herself. No longer will she be known as the daughter of the mortician, she has the opportunity to completely revamp her life. And that's exactly what she's going to do. What she doesn't expect is that the school is full of wealthy teenagers who have one goal in mind: to become the class valedictorian. It's this concept that is literally fought over by every single student in the school, except for a guy named Pilot. Each student has a Guardian and a "strength" of sorts that basically dictates her life. Anne is assigned her Guardian, a creepy man named Teddy who announces that her "strength" is seduction which means that she is being graded on how she seduces people to win the title of valedictorian. Anne freaks out and rejects her strength which brings her to what Teddy calls her "second strength" - find out more about a person/place/thing. 

The first half of this book was confusing as heck. I'll be completely honest with you. There were several times where I felt like putting it down because I had no idea what was going on. The whole concept of the story was definitely interesting, but I felt like the story was going nowhere. But, as always, I kept pushing and thank goodness I did because the second half of the book was amazing, mind blowing, and definitely worth reading. The second half clears up so much of the confusion and so many things are revealed and things just keep getting thrown your way it's freaking awesome. 

The one thing that lacked a bit was the romance. I felt like it was a bit underdeveloped when in comparison to the intricate plot that was taking place. Ben and Anne just seem to have this connection from the start and the relationship goes from there. Throughout the whole story, Ben keeps pushing Anne away only to succumb to the feelings in the end. To me, it all felt weird and I just didn't see them as a couple in my mind. Hopefully in the future books, their relationship will appeal a bit more to me? I did think that their first meeting was definitely interesting and well quirky. ;)

Just a quick warning, there will be some small spoilers in the paragraph, but I have to talk about the really freaking amazingly developed plot. I'll try to keep it low key :) So...the plot. The second half of the book is where things speed up. Cania Christy is not some normal school, it's a special school for special people. I loved how the history of the school was built off of the Faustian Contract (spoiler). Once that's revealed and you are enlightened with the truth, everything makes sense. I understood why students fought for the title of valedictorian, I understood why Anne's father "paid" so much to send her there, everything just makes so much sense. Okay, I'm done, if I keep going I'll ruin even more.

The ending was...how do we say this? A tad bit frustrating. After the epic "battle" scene, Anne meets up again with Teddy and he's just saying a bunch of these things that make no sense whatsoever, but you're so compelled to learn more, you want to learn more but guess what? You don't cause the story ends right there before anything else happens. You learn some interesting incomplete facts and then the story ends. Come on!! I have to say that it's a pretty good cliffhanger because I definitely want to read the second book to see what happens, but to end so abruptly my heart...

So...you guys should definitely read it. The first half might be a bit torturous and confusing and hard to get through, but I promise you guys the ending is definitely worth it so don't give up!!
4 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,
Riv


Friday, April 18, 2014

Tragedy Paper

ISBN: 0375870407
Pages: 312
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Summary:
Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants—he just hopes to get through his senior year unnoticed. Yet, despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “It” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim's surprise, Vanessa is into him, too, but she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone ever finds out. Tim and Vanessa begin a clandestine romance, but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior year thesis, assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher.
Jumping between viewpoints of the love-struck Tim and Duncan, a current senior about to uncover the truth of Tim and Vanessa, The Tragedy Paper is a compelling tale of forbidden love and the lengths people will go to keep their love.


Hey everyone! Today I'm finally bringing you guys my review of Tragedy Paper! I first picked this book up because I saw one of my favorite book bloggers: Evie Seo haul it on her Instagram and she received so many comments about how good it was. So out of curiosity, I picked it up and Oh My Freaking Gods. 

At Irving School, the Tragedy Paper is quite possibly every senior's worst nightmare. The story opens with Duncan as our narrator and dives into his fears of senior year. He's excited to see where his new room will be and what gift the former resident left him. Much to his dismay, he finds himself in the small attic room that belonged to Tim Macbeth, the albino kid from last year. His gift, a stack of CDs. Against his better judgement, Duncan inserts the first CD into his computer and begins to listen. He gets the shock of his life when he hears Tim's voice telling him: This is the best present you'll ever receive, here's your Tragedy Paper. (Paraphrased)

Tragedy Paper alternates between Duncan in present day listening to Tim's CDs, and Tim who tells the story through the CDs. 

Let's start with Tim. Words cannot express the feels I felt when reading through Tim's perspective. He's a young boy who has been viewed as different from the moment he was born. His mom and step-dad both love him very much, but they have this distance between them that just can't be crossed. When he journeys to Irving, he meets up with Vanessa, a girl who completely blows his mind away. They're on total opposites of the social ladder, but there's an attraction between them. When Tim arrives at Irving, his goal is to stay under the radar as much as possible (and catch glimpses of Vanessa). Their relationship is forbidden, but every time they meet up, it's just so freaking beautiful.

Moving on to Duncan. Duncan is kind of blown away by the fact that Tim is essentially pouring his heart out and it is absolutely mind blowing what he does. Duncan basically lives his life through Tim's, making sure that he doesn't make the same mistakes that Tim did with his life. Like Tim, Duncan has a love interest at Irving and her name's Daisy. Unlike Tim, they can actually be together. One of my favorite parts in Duncan's POV was when he began to share Tim's CDs with Daisy because she didn't understand why he was locking himself away every single day. That simple act of reaching out and sharing Tim's gift was just so freaking adorable. In many ways, Tim's gift allowed Duncan to grow and live his senior year to its fullest.

This book is really freaking amazing. Through Tim's story, Duncan learns from Tim's mistakes and aims for himself to be a better person. There's just so much growth in Duncan from the beginning of the book that it's really amazing. You can also hear the wisdom and life that flows through Tim's perspective. I can literally almost hear him narrating it, the writing is just so flawless and touching. I can't begin to describe how much I truly loved this book, just go read it...because it's really good, it'll blow your mind away (Yes, I know I've used that phrase multiple times already), and it's really good. Seriously, go read it...GO :) Okay bye~


Now, go forth and spread beauty and light~


4.5 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,
Riv

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:
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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

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