Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

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“We’re all weird and damaged in our own way. You’re not the only one.”

Holding Up The Universe is the second young adult book written by Jennifer Niven. It’s raw, poignant, inspiring, and well-paced YA contemporary that talks mainly of finding yourself, mental illness . I’ve been seeing this for awhile on Goodreads and Bookstagram. I have a high expectation for this one because I enjoyed reading All The Bright Places. To be honest this lived up to the hype. It’s a light-hearted read compared to the depressing All The Bright Places.

“Life is too short to judge others. It is not our job to tell someone what they feel or who they are. Why not spend some time judging yourself? I don’t know you, but I can guarantee you have some issues you can work on. And maybe you’ve got a fit body and a perfect face, but I’ll wager you have insecurities too…”

Libby Strout is known as “America’s Fattest Teen”. Even though she’d been bullied for how she weigh, it didn’t stop her to feel confident about herself. Jack Masselin is suffering from prosopagnosia a rare kind of disease or sometimes called face blindness. He cannot recognize his family, friends even his own self. He has no friends and doesn’t want to get close to anyone. Until he met Libby Strout and everything changed. The story opens up to all bullies and being bullied about how they look and basically about mental health issues.

Even though I’ve never experienced what Libby had been through, I can still relate to her character. She’s inspiring and her character development is too strong. Through Jennifer Niven’s powerful writing style, the story is so real and believable. I’ve heard a mental illness of prosopagnosia from a Kdrama: Girl Who Sees Smell but the character in it is the antagonist. I was hooked when I’ve read the synopsis and knowing it’s about a fat girl  being bullied and falling in love with a guy suffering from prosopagnosia. This was recommended by my friends and I’ve been seeing this on Goodreads and Bookstagram.

Overall, I find the story is quite boring, slow paced at the beginning and lacking sometimes . This lived up to my expectations and to the hype. I recommend reading this to all readers who love reading YA contemporary.

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Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas

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Contains all five novellas.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

 

“If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive anything. Some people learn to embrace it- to love it. Some endure it through drowning it in sorrow, or by making themselves forget. Others turn it into anger.”

Assassin’s Blade is a prequel to the best selling Throne of Glass series written Sarah J Maas. It consists of 5 novellas namely: The Assassin and The Pirate, Assassin and The Healer, Assassin and The Desert, The Assassin and The Under world and lastly, Assassin and The Empire. This centers on the events before she became a slave in Endovier and come King’s Champion. We come to see how Celaena became Adarlan’s most notorious assassin. I have read Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight before reading this that’s why I got to glimpse some backstories of Sam Cortland and Arobynn Hamel. Although they were not mentioned clearly like this book did.

Sam Cortland is Celaena Sardothien’s former lover and side kick. They are both assassins trained by Arobynn Hamel. I  didn’t know about him before Assassin’s Blade except that Celaena loved him. It broke my heart to know that he died unjustly. They were starting out their new life together but it all disappeared when he died. How cruel the world is right? Their love for each other is genuine. Sam loved Celaena for years! I fell in love with him after reading this book.

“I love you,” he repeated, shaking her again. “I have for years. But if I asked you to pick, you’d choose Arobynn, and I. Can’t. Take. It.”

“You’re a damned idiot,” she breathed grabbing the front of his tunic. “You’re a moron and an ass and a damned idiot. He looked like she had hit him. But she went on, and grasped both sides of his face. “Because I’d pick you.”

Sarah J Maas’ handwriting is undoubtedly beautiful and poetic. I didn’t have a hard time imagining the scenes and characters. Honestly, I don’t read novellas because they’re short and some stories are unimportant for me. This one is different for me. This is a great novella full of thrill, actions and emotionally tragic scenes. It looks like an actual book because stories are interconnected from the start. I’m impressed with Celaena Sardothien’s character development. I didn’t realized that I have yet to learn more about Celaena’s character. It’s good to know more about her past. Realizing how hard it’s for her to trust and love again after what she’s been to.

The Assassin and The Desert is my favorite novella among the rest. She was tasked by Arobynn Hamel to go to The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert and to train with the master of The Silent Assassins. She met Ansel, a girl with a cruel past and they become best of friends. This novella captured me because it’s full of action and life lessons. Celaena truly showed that despite her fierce, brave and kickass character, she is also human who is capable of loving.

“Words could be just as deadly as steel.”

Overall, this book made me laugh, cry and emotionally devastated. Sarah J Maas is truly a genius and good at writing swoon worthy characters. Giving this a 5 out of 5 stars for each of the 5 novellas. I can’t wait to read Heir of Fire!

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Cress by Marissa Meyer

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Even in the future. there are damsels in distress…

In the third installment of the Lunar chronicles, Cress, having risked everything to warn Cinder of Queen Levana’s evil plan, has a slight problem. She’s been imprisoned on a satellite since childhood and has only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress a great hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress involving Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes as a high price. Meanwhile, Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

“Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.”
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Cress is the third installment of the best selling series of Marissa Meyer, The Lunar Chronicles series. Cress is a sci-fi futuristic retelling of Rapunzel with a a twist of Star Wars and Terminator set in Commonwealth, Egypt and Luna. Cress is a sixteen year old Lunar shell, hacker trapped on a satellite for years with only her netscreens as her company.
Cinder and Thorne are wanted fugitives in pursuit to bring down Queen Levana. Cress was given an order to track down the wanted fugitives, Cinder the cyborg mechanic and Thorne her ultimate crush. Kai is now engaged with Levana in exchange for the cure of leutomosis and to keep peace between Earth and Luna. Fates brought Cress to Cinder, Scarlet, Wolf and Thorne. Together, the gang plots to overthrow Levana and stop her from waging war.  Written in a multi point of view in which we start off with Cress’ perspective and then Cinder and the gang. From Commonwealth, to France to outer space and then Egypt, we are thrust on an action packed and thrilling adventure.
 Marissa Meyer’s characters are so believable and real but my favorite is Little Crescent Moon. Cress is a Lunar shell who’s naive, adorable, excellent hacker, kick-ass brave girl and has no experience on the world. When Cinder and the gang came to rescue her, she was experienced a whole new adventure she have only seen on Net Dramas. She has an ultimate crush on Captain Carswell Thorne since before they meet. You’ll see how their love will develop all through out the book. Who can’t resist a swoon worthy Captain right?
This is a fast paced and page turner science fiction. This is by far the best book in the series. I couldn’t pick up and start reading books for weeks but with the help of Cress, it helped me cure my reading slump. I even slept like 4 am just to finish it. I swear you will love this as much as I do. It is full of empowerment and feminism. Those kick-ass protagonist are truly inspiring. The love story are not the main focus of this book but I love to see how Cress and Thorne and the other gang’s love developed all throughout the book.
Not only does this focus on wars but also on family, friendship, commitment and love. There were parts that will keep you from laughing especially on Iko’s dialogues and part where everything feels so heart wrenching especially the ending.
Overall, this book is a MUST READ if you feel like reading sci-fi YA books. I want to recommend it to you. I hope my review will encourage you to go to your local bookstore and buy this right now! I gave a 5 out of 5 stars of goodreads! HANDS DOWN MARISSA MEYER! I hope you’ll visit PH soon!
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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?

 

“I could do this. If whole galaxies could change, so could I.”

Morgan Matson is the queen of summer contemporary reads. Her other books includes Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, Second Chance Summer, Since You’ve Been Gone and The Unexpected Everything which is set in a small town of Stanwich Connecticut. Having been read Since You’ve Been Gone and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour last summer, I desperately want to get my hands on this new release. I have a high expectation seeing a lot of great reviews and ratings on Goodreads and Instagram and it never disappointed me. I have read a lot of fantasy and heartbreaking books over the summer including Lady Midnight and Cress. I’m now looking for a light and fluffy read and this brought me into The Unexpected Everything.

I was supposed to buy A Court of Mist and Fury when I went to our local bookstore but sadly it’s unavailable. I stumble upon this pretty cover because who couldn’t resist thos cute dogs? I was also curious when I read the synopsis so I decided yes! I SHALL BUY YOU.

The Unexpected Everything follows a teenage girl named Andie Walker who has her summer planned out. She likes everything to be in order including her summer internship at John Hopkins. Everything goes unexpected when her father, a congressman, gets wrapped up in a political scandal which ends up having her internship withdrawn and getting a summer job to walk dogs. This book talks about family, friendship,  and love which I love about Morgan Matson’s books. Amy and Roger’s Epic detour has pictures from roadtrips while Since You’ve Been Gone has playlist and The Unexpected Everything has emojis which I love. The mood of this book is light although at some point there were parts where in things gets to dramatic, intense and infuriating. It’s a perfect blend for a YA book though. It has over 500 pages book which is long for a contemporary book but I flew through it. I read the half of it for one night!

The character development is believable and compelling. From the beginning until the end, you’ll see how Andie will grow as a main character. Although there were some parts where she gets to annoying especially on the climax of the book. Her decisions and indecisiveness makes her a bit frustrating but the ending completely made up for the annoying parts. Andie’s father is still on investigation after his political scandal which leads him to stay at home over the summer and do his job as a father.I love how their relationship grew from nonexistent to a really close father-daughter relationship. Andie has three friends: Bri, Palmer and Toby who were best friends since they were a kid. The love interest of Andie is Clark. He has an interesting job and kind a geeky type of guy which I won’t talk because it might spoil you. It’s better if you do not know who Clark is and just enjoy the book. It’s quite an instalove when Andie and Clark met.

Since You’ve Been Gone is the best Morgan Matson I have ever read. I gave this a 4.5 stars on Goodreads. As you all know, Morgan Matson wil visit Philippines this year!! I can’t hardly wait! She confirmed it on twitter. If you haven’t read her books grab your copies now!

 

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Lady Midnight Book Review

I’m so sorry for being inactive for months now. I guess the last blog post I wrote was last Feb? I’ll try to right more book reviews because I’m on summer break until August. 

DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU HAVEN’T READ CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE. IT CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS. 

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In a kingdom by the sea…
In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

 

“Being told that love is forbidden does not kill love. It strengthens it.”
Cassandra Clare, Lady Midnight

Lady Midnight is a trilogy that was released last March. It was written by Cassandra Clare in the perspective of Emma Carstairs and Julian “Jules” Blackthorn. It story takes places 5 years after the events of City of Heavenly Fire. It was in COHF when we first met this two parabatai Emma and Jules. Lady Midnight is action packed, thrilling, fast paced that talks about forbidden love, parabatai, family and murders that’s connected between Emma’s parents. The fae come seeking to the LA institute to ask Emma and the gang to help investigate the murders in replace to Mark Blackthorn, Jules older brother. We come to see Mark Blackthorn during the Dark War in City of Heavenly Fire when he was taken by the Faes and joined the Wild Hunt. There are a lot of things I’ve missed in The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. I’m grateful that Cassandra Clare keeps on writing a novel that’s connected between the Shadowhunter world.

Emma Carstairs was just twelve years old when we first read about her in COHF. She and Jules have grown so much after 5 years especially Jules. He is now the head of the family taking care of his younger sibling Tiberius, Livia, Drusilla and Octavian after their father died and Helen was exiled. He was shocked when Mark came back and never got old because the time in the Faeries are different. I can see the responsibility of Jules. He wasn’t ready yet to be a father but I admire his strength for trying really hard to be a role model to his younger siblings. As the elder sister to my brother, I can completely relate to him but I can’t imagine myself being put in Julian’s perspective. I can’t do what Jules have done of 5 years. He’s one of the characters I admire the most in Cassandra’s books.

Denying the fact that Sebastian Morgenstern killed her parents, Emma seeks to unravel who the true killer is. There are a lot of mystery that unravels if you read the book.  There are new characters introduced in this book including Cristina,Emma’s new friend. Jules and Emma’s bond becomes really strong. I was crying really hard because why did this happen? They’re parabatai and can’t possibly be in love. I love to see more about their love story in the upcoming books of this trilogy. I can’t wait for another 1 year of the next book. I’m dying to read it. I hate cliffhanggers.

I do recommend reading The Mortal Intruments and Infernal Devices first before reading this. I highly recommend reading it in publication order which can be seen in Clare’s blog. I would give all the stars to rate this. This deserves to be a goodreads winner.

 

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

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A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beastwith faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

Fast paced, thrilling and action packed, Sarah J Maas recreated the world of Beauty in the Beast in A Court of Thorns of Roses giving it a twist of Faerie Lore. Feyre, the protagonist is a human who accidentally killed a wolf and breaking a hundred year old treaty of humans and faeries. She was held captive into the world of faeries by her captor, Tamlin, an immortal faerie. How could she control her burning passion for her enemy? What are the secrets she’ll unveil in the end?

“I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.”
Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

Sarah J Maas created a whole different story from the Beauty and the Beast but you could tell the similarities of the two. Not only did Maas created a gripping and page turning plot but also written a kick-ass and swoon worthy characters. The writing style captures the reader’s attention and ends up wanting for more. After reading this, Tamlin was immediately on the top list of my favorite fictional boyfriends. Who couldn’t resist his mysterious, good looking, and witty dialogues? Oh and Lucien never fails to make us laugh which makes this story balanced. Feyre is a normal teenager who is independent although there were some decisions that makes me annoyed. Nevertheless, she is a strong kick-ass character which I love.

I could never deny that it was my first Sarah J Maas book. The book totally lived up to its hype. Whenever you stumble to the blog posts, Instagram or Goodreads, you will see that this is a well-known book. There are a lot of readers who recommended it to me last year but I never got the chance o read it which I regretted. I should have read this months ago after it was released. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on The Throne of Glass series. I know it will be as much as good as this.

This is a perfect high fantasy read for fans of Game of Thrones and fairy tale retellings. A perfect 5 out of 5 stars for this. I can’t wait to meet Sarah J Maas this March!

 

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Never Never part 3 Book Review

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New York Times bestselling authors Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are back with the much-anticipated final installment in the Never Never novella series.
Together, Silas Nash and Charlize Wynwood must look deeper into the past to find out who they were and who they want to be. With time ticking down, the couple are in a race to find the answers they need before they lose everything. Can they regain what they once had? And will it restore who they once were?

“Fate is a magnetic pull of our souls toward the people, places, and things we belong with”

Silas and Charlie are trying to find out their memories before losing time and forget everything that has happened in the last 48 hours. Never Never part 3 is the final installment in the Never Never series that was co-written by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher. It is a fast paced, romantic, thrilling, mysterious 92 pages book that will keep you guessing until the end. Never Never part 1 and 2 hooked me and leaving me with a lot of questions I was hoping to be revealed in this final installment. I.WAS.WRONG

Never Never is one of my most anticipated reads this 2016. I’ve been waiting for this since the day it was announced. I desperately want to read this because the cliffhangers in the first 2 books killed me. There are so many questions and mysteries I want to know. The suspense in Silas and Charlie’s amnesia is so thrilling. What happened to the Shrimp? Why did they loose their memories over and over again? and Why did not Silas forget his memories this time? I was hoping the authors focused more on these rather than on the cheesy romantic part. There were a lot of kissing and cheesy lines I want to skip because I.WANT.ANSWERS. Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are great New Adult authors. They write beautiful and captivating books but this one is very disappointing. It wasn’t a good final wrap up. I was expecting a lot of revelations and plot twist because we know that CoHo is the queen of plot twists. Sure, there was a big revelation about Charlie’s dad and the shrimp. But that’s it? They even blamed Fate and destiny for their amnesia. I think there are some kind of paranormal stuffs going on but the authors didn’t expand.

Overall, Never Never part 3 was a good book. Although, it was fast paced, no boring parts and poetically written by my two favorite authors, It didn’t exceed beyond my expectations. It is a fun read though.

Jamais Jamais 

“Never stop. Never forget.”

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