Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

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Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

Contains spoilers for Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight

“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.”

Heir of Fire is the third installment in Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. Although it’s not required to read Assassin’s Blade,  I recommend reading  it before you jump into Heir of Fire. There is so much character development and things you’ll learn from Celaena’s past.

Crown of Midnight ended when Chaol Westfall decided that Celaena Sardothien sails off to Wendelyn to complete the mission on king’s orders. Before leaving, Celaena tells Chaol a secret date and realizing Celaena Sardothien is Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, Heir and Queen of Terrasen.

Writing a concise and coherent review is really hard. I cannot articulate how I am utterly shocked and blown away with how Maas’ writing evolved. Sarah J Maas thoroughly woven words into perfection. She uses third person point of view which worked out for me because I’m used to reading first person point of view.

The world building is vividly and coherently expressed all throughout the book. SJM brings us into the world of faes, demi faes and witches. I am in love with Wendlyn, a magical fae land. She introduced a whole bunch of characters like Manon, Aedion Ashryver, Emrys, Lucas, Queen Mave- vicious queen, and a swoon worthy character and my new love, Prince Rowan Whitethorn.

Celaena Sardothien has fully grown in this novel as a human. In the first two books, we were introduced to Celaena as a kickass, brave, fearless assassin of Adarlan. In Heir of Fire, we get to see Aelin as a human with scars and flaws. She is hunted by the ghost of her past. There were nightmares in some parts in this book that took place 8 years ago before and during her parents death. I truly admired and empathize what she’s been to as a child and in Endovier. No wonder she became what she is now, a true scarred warrior/assassin/queen.

Prince Rowan Whitethorn is my new ship and hoping he’s endgame. I fell in love with him since he’s introduced at first. He’s a Fae-warrior, gorgeous, tall and mysterious. He’s cold, spiteful and presumptuous at first but as their bond grew, he and aelin became best friends. Compared to the first two books that centers on love triangle, in Heir of Fire it’s more of friendship and using past life’s experiences to grow as a human. Rowan taught Celaena to unleash and control her magical abilities and shape shift. He’s overprotective to Aelin. They’re both perfect match because they have a deep, meaningful past. They both learned to comfort and learn from each other.

“It was a long story, and sometimes she grew quiet and cried – and during those times he leaned over to wipe away her tears.”

“Their hands clasped between them, he whispered into her ear, “I claim you, too, Aelin Galathynius.”

Manon Blackbeak is an Ironteeth witch and heir to Blackbeak witch clan. I found her story a bit boring at first. Maybe because I was too engrossed with what’s happening to Aelin and Rowan. There were some parts I want to skip but in the end I learned to love Manon’s character. I want to know how her character will develop. I hope she’ll join Aelin’s forces and both will save the world!

I found Chaol’s character a bit annoying in this book but I think it’s SJM’s intention. He’s indecisive and cannot choose which side to pick. I’m a Dorian & Celaena shipper before Rowaelin happened. Chaol and Dorian’s frienship were tested here. The weak Dorian I knew from Throne of Glass is finally gone. He learn how to stand up against his father and defend the people he love. I love the part where in he taught Chaol a lesson

“She was not becoming anything different from what she always was and always had the capacity to be. You just finally saw everything. And once you saw that other part of her… You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love. Just as you cannot pick which parts of me you accept.”

Heir of Fire is well paced, thrilling, action packed and full of twists and mysteries. There were still questions left unanswered but hopefully Queen of Shadows will fill it up.

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The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

The Wrath & The Dawn is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights and debut novel of Renee Ahdieh. I’ve been meaning to read this because of the hype. This is all over Instagram and Goodreads, I’ve heard a lot of great reviews and ratings about this. Finally I’ve read this and it didn’t disappoint me.

Renee Ahdieh is the weaver of words. It’s poetically written which ebbs and flows freely. Readers are completely immersed and caught up in this mysterious land of Khorosan. I cannot articulate how impressed I am with how Renee managed to evoke nostalgia, sympathy and deep emotions. All of the characters felt so real. I have never read A Thousand and One Night and it makes me want to read it.

Khalid Ibn al-Rashid also known as the monster king is an eighteen year old Caliph of Khorosan. He marries one girl every night only to have her killed before dawn. The story follows the main protagonist, Shahrzad Al-Khayzuran or Shazi. She’s a sixteen year old girl who volunteered to marry the Caliph to revenge the death of her childhood bestfriend, Shiva. Things goes awry when Shazi realized she fell in love with the murderer of Shiva. Will Shazi be able to unveil the enigma behind the truth why the caliph really murders his wives? Will she be able to control her heart’s desire and fell completely in love with Khalid? or Will she seek vengeance and justice to Shiva’s death?

I have just read Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas before jumping into this book. Thinking that I will have a book slump, I tried reading this fantasy novel. Holy crap! I wasn’t disappointed! I finish this the next day and felt so refreshed. This Young Adult fantasy don’t have a lot of action packed scenes like Throne of Glass series. Instead it focuses on romance part which I love.

“We women are a sad lot, aren’t we?”
“What do you mean?”
“Strong enough to take on the world with our bare hands, yet we permit ridiculous boys to make fools of us.”

 

“Love is a force unto itself, sayyidi. For love, people consider the unthinkable…and often achieve the impossible. I would not sneer at its power.”

“People fall in and out of love with the rising and setting of the sun. Rather like a boy who loves the color green one day, only to discover on the morrow that he truly prefers blue.”

This is the first time I’ve read a book set on Middle East. The world building is intricately well written. The plot is intriguing. I couldn’t put the book down without knowing what’s really happening. There is so much mystery going on in this book. I still want to know more about the magic but I hope it’ll be solved in The Rose & The Daggers. I’ve learned a lot of Arabic words such as Caliph and Calipha (ruler), joonam (my life or dear), Sayyidi (royal highness) and so much more. I was too engrossed with the story that Shazi told to Khalid about Agib and Aladdin. Renee Ahdieh not only focuses on romance but also gives us some life changing lessons.

“Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment. And we must let them go on to light another sky.”

“You are not weak. You are not indecisive. You are strong. Fierce. Capable beyond measure.”

Shahrzad Al-Khayzuran’s character is brave, strong willed and bold. I admire her conviction and strength to seek for retribution. By her knowledge with poetry and love for reading, we could clearly see how smart and well educated she is. I completely adore her personality.  She has an uncanny way of making readers fall in love with her.

Khalid is a mysterious boy with a cruel past. Since he visited Shazi on their first night, I know there is something going on with him. As we grow to know him, he doesn’t seem awful. He’s sweet, generous and a complete swoon worthy character. I ship Shazi and Khalid. His flaws makes me love him so much. Knowing the truth about his past made me cry and empathize him. I was completely astounded when the mystery was unveiled.

Jalal is my favorite side character. He’s the cousin of Khalid and captain of the royal guards. He’s loyal to Khalid and I love the part wherein he tried to schooled Khalid saying:

“I know love is fragile. And loving someone like you is near impossible. Like holding something shattered through a raging sandstorm. If you want her to love you, shelter her from that storm…And make certain that storm isn’t you.” 

Even though he loves to flirt with women, I know that his love for Despina is genuine. I couldn’t wait to learn more about their budding romance. Tariq, Shazi’s childhood sweetheart infuriated me. He’s so overprotective and possessive over Shazi. He makes decision without even thinking and consulting her first.

Overall, I cannot say how I am grateful to finally read this book. I have no negative words to give but instead I’ll give this a 5 +++++ out of 5 stars. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on The Rose & The Daggers because I know the finale will be as epic as this one. This book truly deserves the hype. I recommend this to all fans of Fantasy Young Adult novels. You’ll get Aladdin feels all the way!!

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The Cursed Child Book Review

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Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

 

“Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.”

The Cursed Child is the new release in collaboration of JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany based on the Harry Potter series. It is written in a script form that started in the Epilogue of Deathly Hallows. Nineteen years after the events of The Battle of Hogwarts.

It’s been years since I’ve first read Harry Potter series and until now, I’m still a Potterhead. I’m a massive Harry Potter fan. I grew up reading the books, watching the films and even listening to the audiobook thousands of times. I was too excited since JK Rowling announce that there will be another Harry Potter book. I have no idea what it’s all about but I had doubts since it’s in script form. I’ve read mixed reviews about the Cursed Child on Goodreads. I was reluctant to read this but my curiosity got the better of me.

Things have changed after nineteen years after Battle of Hogwarts. Harry, Ron and Hermione have their own family and work. Harry Potter an overworked employee of Minister for Magic as the Head of Magical Law Enforcement, a husband and a father to three children;  Albus Severus Potter and James Sirius Potter and Lily Luna Potter. Hermione Granger works at Minister for Magic and now married to Ron Weasley who manages Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes who has two children;  Rose and Hugo Granger-Weasley.

Albus Severus Potter is the main protagonist in this novel, son of Harry and Ginny Potter. He struggles being compared to his father’s legacy. He was sorted to House Slytherin and befriended Draco Malfoy’s son, Scorpius. Together, they must seek the Time Turner and bring back the past.

JK Rowling’s writing style is undoubtedly amazing. We know how vivid and compelling she writes. She has a way of making it tug at our heartstrings. Reading Cursed Child was an okay read but it didn’t exceed the GREATNESS of other Harry Potter books. Maybe because of the way it is written but it looks like a Harry Potter fan fiction. There were some highlight worthy lines I love. JK Rowling never fails to insinuate and leave us with life changing lessons. like this one:

“They were great men, with huge flaws, and you know what – those flaws almost made them greater.”

“In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.”

“Love blinds. We have both tried to give our sons, not what they needed, but what we needed. We’ve been so busy trying to rewrite our own pasts, we’ve blighted their present.”

I’m used to reading books with descriptions. It was the first time I’ve read a book in script form. It’s fast paced and one sitting read. While reading this, the script format didn’t bother me at all. I flew through it. There were some parts I love and parts that didn’t work out for me.

I was too surprised to see Harry’s character. It wasn’t THE Harry Potter I knew. He’s kind of overprotective. I love the plot but I wish I knew more about Albus and Scorpius. I wish they include James Sirius Potter, Lily Luna Potter and Hugo Granger-Weasley.

“Those we love never truly leave us, Harry. There are things that death cannot touch.”

The plot is set between past and present. There were scenes that I felt nostalgic. I miss those characters who became a huge part of Harry Potter series especially Professor Dumbledore and Severus Snape.  I admire Scorpius and Albus’ friendship. They grew strong and determined more like a Gryffindor-Slytherin. Time travel is one of the my fave genre that’s why I appreciated this. They use time turner and there were some characters who showed up.

Albus’ character is different from Harry Potter. I hated him at first. Things won’t happen if it’s not for his decisions but in the end, he learned from his mistakes. I fell in love with Scorpius Malfoy’s  character. He’s different from his rude, arrogant and bully father. Although Draco changed for good in this book. Draco and Harry became a father I knew they would be.

I’m torn between rating this 3.5 or 4 out of 5. It didn’t exceed my love for the seven Harry Potter books but It also didn’t disappoint me. It was an okay read. I hope it’s better to watch this live on stage. Maybe the actress and actors will give justice to the book. I recommend this to all Harry Potter fans whether you’re teenagers or adults.

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

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My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

 

“Everyone thinks they’re special,” he says. “Everyone’s a snowflake, right? We’re all unique and complicated. We can never know the human heart, and all that? I think that’s nonsense. We’re not snowflakes. We’re just outputs for a set of inputs”

Everything Everything is a very lighthearted, fast-paced and a coming of age story. This is a debut novel of Nicola Yoon. This is a Young Adult novel which talks about mental illness and falling in love for the first time. This is a first person point of view from Madeline who has a rare kind of disease. She doesn’t go out of her house and never seen any people except for her Mom and Nurse Carla for years. Olly comes to their neighborhood and she experienced falling in love and heartbreak for the very first time.

The reason why I chose to read this is because of the beautiful illustrations on the cover. The synopsis caught my attention  because it reminds me of a Korean Drama, Flower Boy Next Door. I have seen this on Bookstagram and my friend mentioned this to me and loved it. It is a quick, one sitting book that includes journal entries, emails, illustrations etc. If you’re a fan of Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han and Rainbow Rowell, you will definitely love this.

Nicola Yoon did a very great job at writing the feeling of falling in love and heartbreak for the first time. The hype didn’t disappoint me. I read this for 6 hours straight and enjoyed it. It’s a fun light-hearted perfect for a summer read. You know that the writing is great if it tugs at your heartstrings. It left me broken and happy and wanting more Nicola Yoon book!

Overall, I enjoyed this book. This is one I’ve been looking for after reading a lot of heavy dramas and Fantasy novels. If you’re waiting for a train , airport, bus or just want to spend your time reading contemporary, then this is perfect for you. I highly recommend this for teenagers and adults. I couldn’t wait to read more Nicola Yoon.

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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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It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

 

“Maybe love isn’t something that comes full circle. It just ebbs and flows, in and out, just like the people in our lives.”

It Ends With Us is a poignant, raw, inspiring, heart-wrenching, captivating and truly an eye opener book which talks about feminism, empowerment and how to stand up for yourself and making the best decision despite the circumstances that hinders. I have been a fan of Colleen Hoover since I have read Confess last year. Since then, I’ve become addicted to her writing style. I read November 9 in one sitting and it left me broken. I even went to her book signing last year in Manila, Philippines.

It Ends With Us is not the usual boy meets girl romance. It’s not even those sappy light heart read. Instead a powerful book that delivers a lot of message especially to us women. I read this yesterday that’s why the feeling is still raw. I didn’t read the synopsis about this and just dive straight into the book after it was released. My friends and I have been waiting for the release date since the day it was announced. I trusted Colleen Hoover’s writing style. There is no doubt that it’ll be wonderful. I’ve read it for only hours and my eyes were swollen from crying. IT.LEFT.ME.IN.PIECES Colleen writes unique stories but it mostly centers on unrequited, unconditional love and swoon worthy male lead but It Ends With Us talks about issues that has been happening all around us. It’s a much deeper level of New Adult genre. This opened my eyes to the issues discussed in the novel. There were part where in I’ll put it down to stare at the ceiling to think and cry. I couldn’t put the book down. I even highlighted and bookmarked my favorite lines and quotes from the book.

“I think about how sometimes, no matter how convinced you are that your life will turn out a certain way, all that certainty can be washed away with a simple change in tide.”

The cover doesn’t clearly portray how deep the book is. At first glance, I wouldn’t know that it’s a powerful New Adult book. The purple, pink and white color looks like it’s a light-hearted contemporary. Don’t get me wrong. I fell in love with the cover because of the flowers which suits Lily Bloom’s flower shop but it has a hidden meaning. I have some realizations while reading the book. Maybe that’s why the flowers are scattered on the cover because it depicts Lily as a human. Her life gets messed up and torn. She grew up in a very different household. The “It Ends With Us” on the cover is written in uppercase and bold font because Lily has been BRAVE AND BOLD. Others will just be bitter and wither but in her case, she flourished. She’s been through tough times but in the end she blooms into the most rare and beautiful flower.

“Be that girl, Lily. Brave and bold.”

It’s been an emotional roller coaster ride. I would be forever grateful to Colleen for writing such an inspiring book. I joined her It Ends With Us discussion group in Facebook. I’ve read posts which talks about their personal life experiences. It makes me want to cry all over again. I brought a lot of meaning to my life. I did not experience it but it  made me appreciate how lucky I am to have this life.

“Just because someone hurts you doesn’t mean you can simply stop loving them. It’s not a person’s actions that hurt the most. It’s the love. If there was no love attached to the action, the pain would be a little easier to bear.”

I highly recommend it not only for teenagers like me but for adults to. Be prepared for a lot of dramas, heart wrenching scenes and lessons you’ll learn along the way. Enjoy!

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I fell in love with Ryle although it was kind of insta love and purely lust at first. Who wouldn’t fall in love with a swoon worthy neurosurgeon right? Their family is wealthy but maybe because of his job as a doctor that he didn’t have a time to fall in love. Then Lily walks into his life and everything changes.

I though Fallon from November 9 will be my forever favorite character of Colleen but Lily tops it all. I honestly hated Lily Bloom at first because her love for Ryle was insta-love.  Thank God I haven’t experience (and hopefully not ) the experience of Lily in the hands of someone she loves but she stood up for herself and that’s what I admire the most.

The moment when Ryle slapped and pushed Lily for the first time had me thinking that maybe he didn’t mean it. I made excuses. I thought it was because he’s just jealous and angry but the second time is different. I love Ryle but I don’t like what he’s capable of. I thought there were some psychological explanations for it but I was wrong. I pity Ryle but I pity Lily the most. She suffered in the hands of the one I least expected to hurt her. She grew up in an abusive household that’s why she has a trauma.

Atlas shows up in the restaurant he owns. I cried really hard while reading Lily’s diary. I fell in love with Atlas and hoping she’ll end up with him. He’s really caring and took Lily after Ryle abused her. He’s the perfect main character.

Things got worse when Lily knew she’s pregnant. She couldn’t talk to Alyssa and her mom about it. I don’t know what to do if I’m in the same situation as her. I admire her strength and her ability to make wise decisions for her and her baby Emmy. She did the right thing of divorcing that asshole Ryle and opening her heart to Atlas again.

Ratings plus final thoughts

The message is pretty clear at the ending.  We shouldn’t be swayed from making the best decisions because of love. There is some point in our lives wherein we feel like giving up but it’s not the end. It’s only the beginning to a much more opportunities in our life. Our strengths is tested when we are in a situation where there’s no turning back. The only thing we need to do is trust ourselves.

Our mom is the only one who can help us through tough times. We should appreciate our moms and give her a hug for bringing us to this world. There’s nothing I could be thankful but having a great parents who raised me up and for making me who I am today.

It stops here.
With me and you.
It ends with us. 

Giving this a 5+++++ ratings. One of the best books in 2016!

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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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