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goodreads refugee (still trying this out though!) A huge fan of quality YA and fantasy/-adventure. Also, 3AM reading sprees are the best.

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Untitled (Shatter Me, #3)
Tahereh Mafi


Partials - Dan Wells 3.5 stars

Blood Will Tell (Warriors of Ankh #1)

Blood Will Tell - Samantha Young I couldn't. I tried so hard to get into it but this book made me really angry. The plot was interesting, but I hate the writing and some of the characters THAT MUCH.


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs 3.5 stars

I expected more from this book. The setting, the vintage photos and all that really added a nice touch to the story, but I felt like it started missing something towards the end half of the novel. What started out as creepy-but-really-intriguing turned into some sort of strange, bright story for kids that turns into a...dangerous adventure of sorts? Even though I never really felt the danger. Also, the romance didn't do it for me. Jacob's lame reasons for ditching his family to run off with his peculiar friends didn't do it for me either. I have some serious issues with Jacob but noooooo time for elaboration! And I didn't get the ending. Is it supposed to be a cliffhanger? Because I'm sorry, but I'm not really sure if I'll read the sequel.

Obsidian (A Lux Novel)

Obsidian - Jennifer L. Armentrout ALIENSSSSSS. This is new. For me at least. I'm probably really outdated since I never have enough time to read. Ugh.

I think all the very steamy scenes (oh gaaaawd, Katy and Daemon) have messed with my head and marred my ability to rate this book with a rational frame of mind.

One thing for sure, though: Daemon is hot as hell, but he is one mothertrucking douchebag.

Days of Blood & Starlight

Days of Blood & Starlight - Laini Taylor Review to come.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Signet Classics)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass - Lewis Carroll 3.5 stars for the overall strangeness of this book.

The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling uhhh. Perhaps this book is not for me. Maybe I'll try it again another time.

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)



A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness, Jim Kay One of those books that can't be classified into a genre at all. This is a special book :-) it's got a little place in my heart.

Sweet Evil

Sweet Evil - Wendy Higgins I'd read quite a couple of negative reviews on Sweet Evil, and so I didn't expect too much from this book. After all, it's just YA fiction- plain and simple- so I think 3.5 stars for this book is a pretty reasonable rating.

Sweet Evil started out pretty predictably. Good girl protagonist Anna Whitt meets sexy bad boy Kaidan Rowe and discovers her shocking heritage (yeah, that sure was a shocker), and embarks on a cross-country trip with Kaidan to find her dad and find out more about herself. During this trip, she spends most of her time in close proximity with Kaidan, and obviously they fall for each other. Only, the fact that both of them are Nephilim- Kaidan's father is the Duke of Lust and she, the daughter of the Duke of Substance- keep them apart, because it would be highly dangerous for them to be together. Of course. Aww, forbidden love!
Side note: The author isn't bad at writing angst.

Ah. The characters.
Some of them were pretty flat, like Anna's father, Jay, and Patti. I can't say Wendy Higgins didn't try to inject some life into their personalities, but...apologies, they're still rather two-dimensional.
Kaidan is your typical YA hottie, that kind of bad boy who actually is really vulnerable and has daddy issues. His nickname is cute. Kai. (kind of reminds me of the dragon from Garden of the Purple Dragon by Carole Wilkinson. Unbelievably cute haha okay I'm digressing stop)
Anna is a total good girl- too much of a good girl. She was frustratingly passive at the beginning of the book. “Um, Senora Martinez?” I raised my hand and she nodded. “Are you going to collect the homework?” WHY would you do that. Why?! Social faux pas indeed. Couldn't stand how she was acting like such a doormat initially. Girl, if you want to appeal to readers, you've got to be bolder than that! I'm glad she became more of a daredevil towards the end. Not as daring as I would have wanted her to be, but at least it counts for something. Heh, I can't wait to see how she copes with becoming the school's "party girl" in Sweet Hope.
Yes, I'm going to read the sequel.

Overall, Sweet Evil was alright. To me, it's neither a book you want to fangirl about, nor is it the slam-worthy kind you want to set on fire. (Kidding. No book should ever be burnt. Except maybe a certain bestselling book with poorly written erotica.) The language was mediocre, but the book was paced relatively evenly throughout and the plot was captivating enough despite the cliches and the overused YA setup and characters.
It's worth the read, in a light, entertaining if-you-want-some-romance kind of way.

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green How have I not read this yet?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky I was about to rate this 4 stars but then I thought it through and realized that all the hype about the book and the movie messed with my real opinion. Sorry, Stephen Chbosky:( 3 stars


Preloved - Shirley Marr I feel like people might burn me at the stake for doing this, but. Is this book I'm reading the same one that everyone four-starred??

Maybe I set my standards too high. Maybe I was expecting Laini Taylor prose and so came out severely disappointed when met with a writing style that seemed(don't hit me) kind of really juvenile. Maybe it's because I can't stand Amy. Or maybe it's because I'm asian and can't see the wonder of chinese mythology because I live around it.

"You look so awesome!" I admired. "It must be so hard to be awesome all the time."
^ this is probably the sentence that got me reading the book through the i-hate-this-already filter.

I don't know. I think I'll read it again another time to see if I was prejudiced against preloved (yes I think I was). Maybe when the first twenty pages don't make me want to shut the book and place it in the furthest corner of my room. Yeah.


Legend - Marie Lu very short review

This is a relatively good book, in my opinion.

I had to give it three stars because

1) The characters were pretty flat.

2) I found the chemistry between June and Day a little hard to believe. (Not that I didn't enjoy it.)

3) The writing seemed rushed and unsteady in certain scenes to me.

I wanted to give it four/five stars because

1) I LOVED the world-building.

2) I LOVED the action.

3) There was no bad cliffhanger. I detest cliffhangers heh I'm sorry this is biased but

4) The above two things I LOVED about this book are really strong loves.

Yep, it's a three-star book, but did I enjoy it?

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)

Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Laini Taylor Just realized that I completely forgot to rate/review Daughter of smoke and bone when I read it months ago!
Oh well. It was an experience reading this book. A very, very, very excellent experience. One of the best YA books I'd read in a long while. It's like one of those books that you can read and reread and never get tired of reading it again.
Maybe I'll elaborate when I have more time now I need sleep

North of Beautiful

North of Beautiful - Justina Chen Technically I finished this book; but then I didn't. Ah well