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Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Full review hereMy expression while/ after reading this book was: You get the idea.. I was at such loss of words, that the only coherent reason I came up with as to why this book is so awesome is this: Laina Taylor is a freak. A total freak. And here's why:1)Here writing is amazing I'm sure you've read this alot in previous reviews, but it is no secret: her writing is truly out of this world. I have never really cared about the writing style of an author, but Laini's words deserve to be credited. 2) She is the master of word flow. Alot of people says she masters the show don't tell technique, but this isn't really what caught my attention.It's how her words flow from one subject to another with such ease. Laini is the kind of person that can start a paragraph talking about sheesh kabab and end it with the United State's foreign policies and you won't feel anything is out of context. Her words just flow.3)She doesn't describe places, she paints a picture. I have never been to Prague(and I don't know if she has) but after reading this book, I have a strong mental picture of the scenes she described. Same thing goes for Morocco. It amazes me that perhaps Laini didn't go to any of these places, but she knows how to paint them in words. I loved that little tiny detail she gave about Cairo(hello? shisha den!). 4)She made me like insta-love. Okay, so if I get into the insta-love part of the novel, I might have to spoil some of the plot twists and I don't want to. But anyway, she knows how to write a beautiful,(and original) love story. And though I hate insta-love and love at first sight, this time around, I totally bought it. (yeah, she's that good). If you have read the book, you'll know what I'm talking about.5)She has pink hair which is awesome. 6)She created Akiva and Karou I'm not sure I should talk about Akiva because that would call for alot of fangirling and so. But here's what you should know about him: he's different. He's different than any other YA male character I've read. I mean he's tortured, drop-dead beautiful, and mysterious (all stigmas of main love interest), but he's still.. different. I can't really say how. As for Karou, I love how strong and independant her character is. I mean, I understand how strong love can be sometimes, but she doesn't let it get in the way of her priorities. Finally a female protagonist who doesn't have her life revolving around her boyfriend or so.. 7)The whole concept of the novel is original Laini took concepts like Daemons versus Angels and mythology, and created something new out of it. I can't really describe how creative the backstory to this novel is. You just have to read it. 8)The storyline The way Laini reveals plot twists betweenflashbacks and subtle hints throughout the novel is what made this book what it is. Gripping. I recommend this story to anyone looking for something worthwhile in the YA genre. (I recommend it for mature audience aswell.) This book has some scenes that will break your heart and ones that will make you laugh out loud. It's a rollercoaster ride that everyone should get in on.

City of Bones: Mortal Instruments, Book 1

City of Bones  - Cassandra Clare Read the review on my blog here So first of all, you guys should know I have never been into fantasy stories. Yes. It's true. The thing is, whenever a fantasy/sci fi movie would come on TV, my parents would start making fun of all the funny costums and gadgets and you name it. So, naturally, I grew up to hate movies with what I should call now imagination. I wasn't one to watch disney movies, and I still haven't watched Star Wars till this day. There I said it! But anyway, fast forward a few years, and I start getting into YA books and I come across this book, and for a girl who up until recent years couldn't tell the difference between a vampire and a zombie, I was hooked to the story! It was much more believable than I thought and the world building was really good. The story begins with Clary and her friend, Simon in The Pandemonium Club. Clary witnesses a murder commited by a group of teenagers only she could see. The next day her mother dissapears, and she is attacked by a demon. Thus begins her story in a world of Shadowhunters, and demons and she starts exploring things about herself she never knew. I should get it out now, that I don't fancy Clary, the main character all that much. I mean, I don't hate her. It's just that at some points in the story, all I wanted to say to her was Oh, honey, can't you be just a bit more observant? Oh, honey, can't you just SHUT UP? I can hardly label her as annoying, what with all what she was going through, she had a right to be confused. But I found her a bit immature. I don't think though, that this would be a problem as the series continues. She is fifteen, and there's always time for her character to develop. Jace, one of the murderers at Pandemonium, is the kind of character that makes you think twice about reading this book at Starbucks, for the fear of being regarded as a lunatic who laughs while reading a book. I love him. I LOVE him. Did I mention I love him? He's a miserable asshole, but he tells it like it is. This results in a number of scenes that will make you laugh out loud. He has a great sense of humor, one that ofcourse could be traced back to the author herself. And don't worry, this isn't one of those good-girl-changes-bad-guy-into-a-good-guy kind of stories. But I should point out how much I disliked the drastc change is his character toward the end of the book. You know, the part with Valentine, Clary and Luke It just didn't feel like Jace. I hope he will back to his rude-humurous-witty self in the next book, because honestly, he's a big part of why I loved this book. While there is a romantic aspect in the novel, I think it is handled gracefully. I wouldn't call it the focus of the story. The world building and the information you learn as you go with the story is neatly paced aswell. According to the reviews here on Goodreads, you either adore this story, or you hate the very existence of it. There's no middle ground. And you can't really tell beforehand if you are going to enjoy this book or not. You just have to read and find out. I think wether some people find this book boring depends entirely on the reader. I am one of the readers who lose interest easily, yet I sat for 8 hours straight untill I finished this book. I was overwhelmed by the sotry itself and felt like the world Cassandra created was real. This was also the kind of book that really got me into the fantasy genre, where every author creates his own worlds with his own set of rules. You can read a book where vampires are hot sparkly boyfriends, or if you get lucky, you can read one where vampires are fierce, ass kicking creatures. Another thing I liked about this book where the secondary characters. They had a character and charisma and you could tell alot of thought was put into writing them. From Alec to Isabelle, Hodge and Valentine, I loved each and every one of them. Also, why do bad-ass girls in novels (In this case Isabelle) have to be black-haired? Not that I mind. As I have black hair myself, I should be expecting my Badass Club membership card anytime soon now. I'd recomemend this book to anyone who likes the genre in particular, and for those like me, who were new to it. This story is filled with twists and turns that will keeps you and at the edge of your seat and dizzy. No, no. A disney movie has twists and turns that will leave you dizzy. This book leaves you with a 12-back-to-back-rounds-on-mary-go-round kind of dizziness.

Pandemonium (Delirium Series #2)

Pandemonium (Delirium Series #2) - Full review here First off, Lauren Oliver's writing is amazing , and has been ever since the first book. The editing however, is what put me off a bit. The story chapters shifts between then which picks up from when Lena escaped to the wild and now which a bit ahed in the future. The thing is with this choice of writing Lauren chose, is although it was done cleverly, it was like a spoiler within the book itself. It is like someone having constant flashbacks about a dangerous situation. You just don't feel tense because you know they're going to survive whatever dilemma they were facing in the flashback. This was it with this book. I felt like a whole chunck of the then chapters were ultimately unneccessary. In this sequel you see a huge development with Lena, one that I would have wanted to be done gradually. She becomes more fierce, more roughed up from living in the wilds. The thing that made me so uncertain about this book was how it felt like pandemonium was a whole different book than delirium. Lena changes and so does everything around her. I am not sure I can put it into words, but the essence of delirium and what made Lena, Lena just wasn't there untill halfway through the book. In the middle of the book I found it was always Lena describing what is happening instead of what Lena actually feels. Don't get me wrong, this book is in no way a dissapointment, but it also didn't hook me in like Delirium did. This, I believe, is totally up to the reader and their tastes. Lauren introduces us to a whole bunch of characters in Pandemonium, which I think is the best aspect of the whole book. If anything, Lauren knows how to create likeable characters. There is the badass Raven, and Julian. I promised myself this review won't have any spoilers or even hints, so I'm not going to go in details of the new characters in this series. Unlike Delirium, the main focus in this story is the dystopian side of the series rather than the romantic part. You get to see the Invalids and their hard conditions, and how everyone there fights for survival. The ending of the book was pretty amazing, and will leave you counting the days for Requiem. Overall this was a pretty good book, just not better than delirium.

Delirium (Delirium Series #1)

Delirium - Lauren Oliver Full review here!Love stories tend to go corny, feeling like it is a repeating of mantras you've heard in every single book about love since you were little, or they can feel distant, unreal in a way you could never relate to them .. .. Or in the case of Derilium they could go beautifully. One word was on my mind as I read this book, classy. The love scenes, the way the characters speak to each other is rich. Not once through the book have I stopped and said "well that's a bit of a cliche." Also he rate in which the characters and their relationships develop is perfect. I actually fell in love with the characters, each and every one of them. From Gracie to Hana to Lena and, ofcourse Alex. I am one who tends to look for flaws in a character I'm reading, and while the characters do actually have flaws, it makes all the more better. All the more believable. Lena, the main character is a bit shy, and insecure. And while this might seem an attempt for the author to create a blank character so readers would find themselves easily relating to her , her personality does have a backbone. She's strong and capable, and as you read along, you find she has justifications for the way she is and the way she feels about herself. Moreover, she is fierce. Fierce enough to develop as a character throughout the novel. The secondary characters in her life are not just there to be there. They have a personality, and past. Grace was definitely one of my favourtie characters in the Tiddle household. One of the characters that stuck with me though, was her aunt, Carol. I found her very intruiging. She's been cured and so is incapable of being the sympathetic, loving guardian Lena should have. She is, for the most part, cold, and distant somehow. But I always thought there is another side to her, one that was before she had the procedure. This is how it is with the books, most of the characters are three-dimensional and they have so many aspects to them that you can feel like talking about them for hours and hours. Hana, was also one of my absolute favourites. Mostly because she doesn't fall into any genre. I should correct myself however that this is not just a love story. Farthest from being focused on just one genre. It's a dystpoian, for sure, but it has somehow a new flavour to the dystopian genre. You might find yourslef justifying people's need for a cure from love in a moment, and another resenting the government from preventing people to fall inlove. That's what this novel is all about, it makes you think all while you're reading it. You could almost believe how people might believe that love is, infact a disease. The novel emphasizes the value of love, friendship, and bravery. I found myself overwhelmed by this novel, and I just couldn't put it down. I was hooked to the world Lauren Oliver created, and it reminded me of how it felt reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I am absoloutely love this book, and I thank God I have Pandemonium or else I'm sure I would've gone crazy trying to figure out what happens.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Series #1)

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Series #1) - Full review here! “Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.” - Marissa Meyer. I don't know where to start to describe this gripping novel! Mrs. Meyer did a wonderful job twisting a old-school fairytale into something great and well, mature . I must say I am not a fan of fairytales (I know, I'm weird) nor of fairytales retellings. But this was definitely an exception. The world Meyer created was very creative and imaginative. It must have been hard to write a futuristic retelling where cinderella is a cyborg without it sounding like a Star Wars fanfiction. But actually Meyers writing style and care of details pulls you in the story and makes the world in which Cinder lives really realistic. One thing I always care about in a novel is whether it's fast paced or not, and Cinder was perfectly paced without rushing into the story and missing out important details. Now give me a minute to fangirl over Kai and thank Meyer she didn't portray him as the can't-do-wrong-prince-charming kind of guy. He is just a normal teenager with all the advantages and disadvantages that come with adoloscence. He's not too good to be true, he's realistic. And definitely my favourite character. As to Cinder, I love her sense of humor, which of course reflects back to that of Meyer's. Cinder has gone through so much and that made her character mature, responsible and able to take care herlself. She was really likeable. I'd recommend this book for those who like fairytales retellings, and those who'd want to try something new in the YA genre.
The Star Dwellers - David Estes You know how I know a good adventure book? When I think back if I'll ever re-read it the answer's always "No". Weird enough right? Well the thing is with good adventure-filled plot-twist-packed novels like The Star Dwellers is it is such a rollercoaster ride. A good one at that. The second book of The Dwellers saga was perhaps better than the first one. The characters continue to develop and you get a better idea about the background of each and everyone of them. Perhaps the character that really shone in this book was Roc. He was definitely on of my favourite characters, I mean the guy's funny and a really good friend, what else could you wish for? Perhaps one of the things I wasn't really all that fond of was the heart to heart conversation he and Tristan hand quite few times, sometimes it would be a little bit corny, but then he'd make a sarcastic comment or so and manage to make me smile. Yet again, Estes writes in an excellent technique with alternating POVs which I am beginning to be very fond of. Kind of adds something special to the novel and you get to know what both characters are feeling from a closer way. I need not to tell you that this book, like the last one, will take you by surprise. I am looking forward to the nxt book in the series.

The Moon Dwellers (The Dwellers, #1)

The Moon Dwellers (The Dwellers, #1) - David Estes Wow, I don't know where to start! Well,first let me start with my first impression of the book which, if you should know, wasn't very postive. I thought it was a very close to the hunger games, but once you get to enter the world that Estes created, the better the story gets. The books shifts between the first person prespective's of both Adele and Roc. This is a thing to applaud Estes on, for he really did pull it off! I find it extremely hard for an author to use this technique without making the two characters sound the same. Estes's writing is neat, and the description of action filled scenes is superb! I found myself fond of Tristan's character more than that of Adele's. I think it's because has a background, a very interesting one at that. One thing in particular I liked was the although he was the president's sun , and pretty much the heart-throb of all the Tri-reals, estes didnt portray him as the humble I-don't-know-what-they-see-in-me kind of guy, which is something I would've found unrealistic. But don't get me wrong, he's not snobby, either. He just knows the effect he can have on people, and on occassions he was pretty much distant from hardships most of Moon and Star Dwellers faced. But it was nice to see how he delt with them and wasn't all like

Unearthly (Unearthly Series #1)

Unearthly (Unearthly Series #1) - First of all I would like to applaud Cynthia Hand for knowing how the mind of a teenager works. When I started reading this, I feared it would be the kind of shallow immature high school cliche kind of novels. But, gladly, I was wrong. Beneath I'll list some of the reasons that earned this novel it's five star rating: First star for-Clara,the protagonist, developing as the story continues (I know this is one of the basic things authors should put in mind when writing a novel, but believe me, not all novels have a developing character)Second star for-Cynthia knowing how to describe teenage love. One of the things I admired is how Cynthia can get into the head of teenage girl. She doesn'texaggerate Clara's feeling of love with the whole this is the guy I'm marrying kind of obbsession alot of authors seem to put their female protagonists into. Third star for-The romantic scenes not being cheesy. That alone might've won this novel it's five stars. In one of the scenes, I actually had goosebumps, and that's someting coming from me. Fourth star for-The characters being likeable. I for one tend to be kind of a perfectionist when deciding wether or not I like a character. Meaning, the silliest things can make me hate a character, but in this novel, the characters were likeable without being perfect. My favourite characters were Tucker, and Angela. Fifth star for-Being well written. It was fun to read, fast paced and not boring.