Anticipatin’ & Waitin’: May 2014 Releases!

Hi, everyone!

Well, it’s that time again… The books I’m so looking forward to that are going to be released in the month of May! This time I’m right on track, having written this before May. I’m trying to keep this habit so that I don’t procrastinate…like for this month’s post. Oops! Yesterday marked the start of my small school break, which means I have three weeks of books, books, TV shows, books, movies, books and friends to hang out with! Yay! So there really is no excuse to not update the blog. Without further adieu, here are my most anticipated releases of May 2014! (You will be surprised, as I am, that there are only two contemporaries, heh!)

1. SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson (May 6th, 2014)


Since You've Been Gone

Blurb provided by Goodreads: The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend. Apple Picking at Night? Ok, easy enough.Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

Morgan Matson is one of my favourite authors. She writes such beautiful stories that are not your typical contemporaries. I’ve read two books of hers, ‘Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour’ and ‘Second Chance Summer’ respectively and they are just fabulous. Both features two teenage girls with amazing character development. ‘Second Chance Summer’ in particular, brought me to tears.

I’m so very excited for her third book to come out! Not only is this a total cover LOVE, but the premise is so intriguing! Disappearing best friend? Bucket list? This sounds like the PERFECT summer read and I can’t wait to get my hands on it so I can just devour it during Summertime!

2. WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart (May 13th, 2014)

We Were Liars

Blurb provided by Goodreads: A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
 
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

I don’t know a whole lot about this book, if anything at all, but I’m already interested. All the early reviews I’ve read promised greatness and a plot twist like no other, as well as the reassurance that going into this blind is the best way to go. I mean, just read the blurb! It’s so incredibly vague, but it does the trick into making you ultra suspicious and curious! This book, I feel, can be classified as a psychological thriller and I don’t read much of that, especially in YA but I’m so looking forward to it! Agh, suspense!

3. OF NEPTUNE by Anna Banks (May 13th, 2014)

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Blurb provided by Goodreads: Emma and Galen’s kingdom and their love is threatened by long-lost Syrena in the brilliant conclusion to Anna Banks bestselling trilogy.

Emma, half human and half Syrena, and her Syrena love, Galen, need time together alone. Away from the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. Emma’s grandfather, the Poseidon king, suggests the two visit a small town called Neptune.

Neptune is home to both Syrena and Half-Breeds alike. But Emma and Galen didn’t sign up to be peacemakers between the ocean and the land-dwelling, freshwater Syrena. They didn’t bargain for meeting a charming Half-Breed named Reed, who can barely disguise his feelings for Emma. And they especially didn’t expect to find themselves in the middle of a power struggle that threatens not only their love but their ocean kingdoms.

This book is the third and final in the ‘Syrena Legacy’ series, following ‘Of Poisedon’ (Book 1) and ‘Of Triton’ (Book 2). I read the first two and I really, really enjoyed it! They are super quick to get through and the pacing of the books are remarkable. It’s a very light mermaid series that covers family, romance, and political problems under the sea! How fun, right!? Honestly, the main reason I’m looking forward to this last instalment is because I just want to get this series over and done with. Book 2 ended with a very clean and respectable solution, so you can imagine mine and everyone else’s confusion when it was announced Book 3 was in the works. I mean, say whaaaaa?! I don’t really get it, honestly. I found no strings loose, and if there were, it was fine so minor and inconsequential! Oh well, still going to pick this up anyway, because the covers are to DIE for.

4. CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Care (May 27th, 2014)

City of Heavenly Fire

Blurb provided by Goodreads: ΕRCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID. 

I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!

Do I even need to elaborate? Do I even need to include this on the list? Like, this is EVERYONE’S anticipatin’ & waitin’! This book is the end to the epic saga that consumed my life back in 2011. This book will tell us who will die. THIS BOOK, you guys. THIS BOOK, and it’s FINALLY over. I sound relieved, don’t I? Well, it’s because I am. As much of a fan I am of the Shadowhunter world, the suspense is just killing me. Finishing ‘City of Glass’, the 3rd book in this 6 book series, was a milestone for me. However, the world was so rich and intoxicating, that I kinda knew Clare wouldn’t deviate from it. The world had lots more potential and BOOM! Three more trilogies were spawned, two of which have yet to be released into the world. Before I gush/whine anymore, I have to disclose that I haven’t read ‘City of Lost Souls’ yet. I know, I know…what the hell?! But I have a plausible reason over here. I finished the first four books in November 2011. CoLS came out 6-7 months later. CoHF was scheduled TWO YEARS LATER (this year). Can you imagine the exasperation? I knew I couldn’t read CoLS, especially after knowing I’d have to wait two years because I knew I wouldn’t remember anything. I don’t particularly like rereading my fantasy books, so this was a huge factor for me. But now that we are merely weeks away, I am salivating.

I. WANT. THAT. BOOK. (After I read CoLS, of course, and remind myself of the events in CoFA).

 

So these are the books I’m looking forward to in the month of May! *happy dance* What are you most looking forward to, stranger?

xoxo

The Wonderful World of Booktube

Hi all!

I had just discovered this magical world, 8 months ago, and that world is Booktube. If you don’t know what Booktube is, it’s basically a community in youtube where people sit in front of a camera and talk about books! In technical terms: video book blogging. It has consumed me since then, and I’ve ditched all my other subscriptions. Sure, I watch a beauty video every once in a while, but I always find myself gravitating towards Booktubers.

Albeit being less viewed than beauty gurus, or even life-style vloggers, Booktube has some of the best personalities I’ve ever seen. (Case in point: Christine Riccio from polandbananasBOOKS)

I’ve just started my 3 week break from school, and I have the whole summer off as well (yay!), so I’ve decided to pursue a new project in addition to book blogging and that is *drum rolls* BOOKTUBING! Yay!

So I am the most awkward person on camera, and hopefully it’ll get better over time but I think it’s a great medium to share thoughts and discuss books and whatnot. Plus, the tags circulating the community are so much fun to watch/do! I’ve just published my first video today, on a brand new channel with my two best friend being my first (and second) subscriber (lol, this is so sad) but I hope I have the motivation to post a video everyday or at least once every two days for the next 3 weeks!

My first video is on the Top 10 Influential Books in my life. The tag doesn’t require any explanation on each book but I’m thinking it’ll make a great blog post in the future. So if you want to see my first video, here it is (click on the photo) or just check out the channel: reviewsandrambles

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Hope you all have a good day!

xoxo

TOP NINE TV SHOWS!

Hi, all!

I love TV shows with a passion, and if that makes me a couch potato, SO BE IT. Not only am I interested with stories and characters, but I’m also in love with how stories are written and shot with various camera angles and edited.  I feel like these different aspects give as much impact as the lines delivered on the show. As you know from my bio page, I watch a lot of television. My parents certainly don’t approve of this hobby (I call it a hobby), but I think consuming all these different kinds of television shows is great practise to when I actually create my own TV show in the future (pls let me dream, kay?)

I’ve combined a list of my Top Nine TV Shows out of the 20 something I watch and these nine shows I’ll be sharing with you are the ones that I think are written cleverly and the ones I enjoy most above others. Please note that in this list, I include  some which have been cancelled (unjustly, imo) as well as those that are still on going! Without further adieu…

9. Melissa & Joey

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Okay, I know this is a weird pick and I don’t normally watch sitcoms, but I think this is actually really really fun! The show has it all: friendships, romance and family, all wrapped into 20 minute episodes! These episodes are bite-sized fun! It follows Melissa Joan Hart as Mel Burke, a single, sassy councilwoman who has to take care of her niece and nephew after their parents go to jail! Overwhelmed, she decides to hire a manny (male nanny, LOL!), who happens to be the victim of the Ponzi Scheme set up by these kid’s parents, to help take care of the new additions to the family. It’s a really quick show to go through if you’re in a show slump!

8. Elementary

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No, I don’t watch Sherlock, and this is the closest I’m getting to ever watching it! Now, I know Sherlock is amazing bla bla bla, Benedict Cumberbatch, bla bla bla, but I simply don’t have anymore of myself to give. If I were to watch this show, I’d have to be 100% prepared for the obsessing that will ensue. I know, it’s amazing, I know it’s great but hey! Elementary is really great too! The reason why I’m giving the time of day to this show over Sherlock is simply because I prefer the show schedules much, much more. I can’t deal with like three long episodes a year, OKAY?! I know I shouldn’t compare seeing as I’ve only seen one show of the two, but many can vouch that it’s a pretty good adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series. It follows Johnny Lee Miller (fun fact: ex-hubby of Angelina Jolie!), an eccentric recovering drug addict who works as a consultant for the NYPD, and his sober companion who is also an ex-surgeon, Dr. Joan Watson! YES, A FEMALE JOHN WATSON, played by none other than Lucy Liu! The story arc of season 1 is cleverly written, and each episode is filled with suspense and great mystery! Totally recommend this.

7. Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars

A long time ago, we used to be friends. Now, I was only 8 when this show aired, but I recently marathon-ed the shit out of this! At first, I was totally put off by the bad outfits. It was 2004, I know, but it still put me off! The way episodes were shot, the pop cultural references…it was so COOL to experience ten years later! It quickly became a huge favourite of mine and Season 1 is all sorts of magical. I know it hit a rough patch in Season 3, but seriously? It wasn’t that bad! CW, Y U NO GIVE VERONICA A CHANCE? This series follows a high school outcast, who has fallen from grace after her best friend was murdered and her dad (the chief sheriff) pointed the finger at the father of the deceased. A year after this tragedy, we see Veronica and her dad working together as Private Investigators and it’s the. best. thing. I was so in love with this show a couple of months ago, and when I finished Season 3, I never left my bed. It was hard, you all. Not only were the story arcs and mysteries so intriguing, but the show had so many great comical elements and swoony romance! LoVe, you guys. Get on it.

6. Suits

Suits

Before I tell you how much I love this show, please note that I was bored out of my mind with the first two episodes. It was recommended to me by my brother, and he swore up and down that it was fantastic. After watching the pilot, I was disappointed, and not because it was bad, but because I WAS IN A VERONICA MARS RUT. I just wasn’t in the mood to open my heart up to another show. I wasn’t ready to loved something else, after my recent break-up with Veronica Mars. Fast-forward two months: I was fresh and ready for new experiences. I fell hard, you all. The show is so smart, funny, entertaining and Harvey Specter. Yes, I used Harvey Specter, played by Gabriel Macht, as a descriptive word because he is the MAN. It follows the best closer in New York City, Mr. Specter, in the midst of hiring an associate from Harvard Law School. Bored out of his mind, and incredibly unimpressed with the candidates he’s interviewed, he runs into Mike Ross (played by Patrick J. Adams), a college dropout and drug dealer with an eidetic memory. And that is the start of one of the best partnerships on TV, everyone. Supporting characters are fantastic as well, ranging from the neurotic Type A junior partner, Louis Litt (“You’ve just been LITT UP!”) to the fiery know-it-all legal secretary, Donna…you will be entertained.

5. Nashville

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I love musical theatre, musical dramas, musical comedies and pretty much anything with music in it. I love singing, I love drama…and that’s what you get when you watch Nashville! It helps entirely, if you’re into Country Music because this musical drama is set in the heart of country music, Nashville, Tennessee. The music for this show is beautiful. It’s melancholic, passionate and gorgeously sung by the actors. Yes! The actors actually sing it, 100%! And they are fantastic! They play the roles of talented but troubled musicians so, so well. The show follows an embellished country singer, Rayna James (portrayed by Connie Britton from Friday Night Lights) , who wants to make a comeback in the music industry. The drama ensues as she tries to balance family, with a husband starting his political carrer, and a rivalry against the “hot”, young star of the Country music industry, Juliette Barnes (played amazingly by Hayden Panettiere). The characters of this show are so multi-dimensional, and there’s always a second layer you never saw coming! This show has fantastic music, great characters and lovely, lovely deliveries. Recommend this, highly!

4. Brooklyn 99

Brooklyn 99

This FOX show is freaking hilarious. I learned of this show after it won the Golden Globe for Best Comedy. If that isn’t an impressive feat for a super new show, I don’t know what is! Curious, I started watching and found myself chuckling and chuckling and chuckling. The comedy is light-hearted, delivered with finesse, as you would expect from the lead, Andy Samberg and his ensemble cast consisting of Terry Crews and Andre Braugher. Andy Samberg plays Detective Peralta, who is immature, juvenile and annoying…but he’s the best Detective in the Precinct. Each episode centres on different cases, with an “Office-esque” feel as we have different, quirky characters interacting together. We have a neurotic cop, the blur case, the lazy assistant and the stoic Captain who happens to be gay (best character on the show, imo), and it all just works wonderfully together. Each episode is like a nacho, dipped in the most fattening cheese. You will fly through the series as quickly as I did.

3. Scandal

Scandal

I experienced Scandal the same way I experienced Suits. Watched maybe 6 episodes, wasn’t so into it. One day I was bored out of my mind and I decided to start Season 2. And it was fabulous. This show is so gritty and intense, and packed with the most insane plot twists I have ever experienced. This show is a roller coaster ride, with addictive qualities that will make you salivate for more. I burned through an entire season and a half in one week. The tears I’ve shed over this show could last me a ten minute shower. Kerry Washington blows this role out of the park, portraying the powerful Olivia Pope, ex-White House official aide and current “crisis-averter”, working in her firm, Olivia Pope & Associates Crisis Management. She cleans up politician’s dirty messes, harbours her own dirty secrets, as well as battle the attraction and affair she has with the President of the United States. Even though I am not on the Olitz train (c’mon, it’s a toxic love!), the dynamics are very, very interesting.  You want drama? Watch Scandal. You want insane plot twists? Watch Scandal. You want a season finale that will reduce you to tears/make you go WTH? Watch Scandal.

2. Veep

Veep

There are no words to describe how much I love this show. It is possibly my most favourite comedy show ever. It is a satirical political show, following the Vice President of the United States. This show is pure genius, tackling serious issues with a comedic undertone and fantastic acting. Julia Louis-Dreyfus may be the best female comedian out there, because she plays “under-valued”, ambitious but sometimes not highly-qualified, VP, Selina Meyer so, so, so WELL. This show is vulgar, mind you, but the quips are so fantastically delivered and so hilarious, that you will find yourself curled up in a ball, tending to the severe stomach pains caused by laughter. If there is one comedy show you watch, let this be it. The only downside to this show is that each season comprises of around ten episodes PER YEAR. Do you know how hard Veep withdrawals are? So hard.

1. The Mindy Project

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Mindy Kaling is my spirit animal. Actually, I hate it when people say “so and so is my spirit animal”. Like, what does that even mean? Why do people even say that?! My views changed, however, when I read her memoir, “Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me?” which is all kinds of wonderful. If there is one person I want to be/one person I want to be best friends with, it is Miss Mindy Kaling. I have never watched The Office before, but I knew she was funny on it, so I expected nothing less from her new show on FOX. I am hooked. This show is like a rom-com (emphasis on comedy), but not the eye-rolling kind of rom-com. It follows an OBGYN who is slightly narcissistic and a huge romantic, Dr Mindy Lahiri. She dates lots of guys on the show and these misadventures are so endearing and so comical that you can’t help but feel some empathy towards the characters. Why this show took my Top Spot, is because I sometimes identify with Dr Lahiri, and it’s just so great and fun to watch her life unfold messily on screen.

 

That is my long list of Top 9 Favourite TV Shows! Choosing was very hard, but I think I did it right. Of course, over a period of time, the orders might change and some shows won’t be on my list next year, but who knows?! These are the shows I’ve enjoyed as of 2013-2014 and I hope I urge you enough to check them out! Tell me what shows YOU like! 🙂

xoxo

Anticipatin’ & Waitin’: April 2014 Releases!

Greetings, all!

I’ve decided to do more segments on this blog other than book and movie reviews! Among many that I’ve come up with (you’ll see them soon, I hope!), I’ve decided to start with “Anticipatin’ & Waitin'” as my first new category! As you can tell, the title is incredible informal and it’s still in the works. For now, I’ll be stickin’ with this, though. See what I did there?

In this series, I’ve decided to write about the books I’m most looking forward to that are coming out in a particular month (in this case, April)! Now, since I’m a ‘lil late and it’s already the 17th of April, I will have no choice but to include the releases that came out before today! But of course, I’ll keep the books within the month 😉 And without further adieu, LEGGO.

1. WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE by Huntley Fitzpatrick (April 15th, 2014)

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Blurb provided by Goodreads: Gwen Castle’s Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. He’s a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island’s summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she’ll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen’s dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.

 

Isn’t that cover so summery and gorgeous!? Gah! Huntley Fitzpatrick is a fantastic writer. Her debut novel, “My Life Next Door” is one of my favourite contemporary books, EVER. Heck, I think it’s one of my favourite books EVER. I looooved “My Life Next Door” with a passion (as you can tell) and was so drawn to her wonderful characters and the non-traditional plot that came along with it.

Judging by the blurb provided, it sounds like this story will take place in the same world as “My Life Next Door”! I’m not sure if this is a companion novel but I really can’t wait to read it and hopefully see Sam and Jase, *squeal*!

 

2. TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han (April 15th, 2014)

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Blurb provided by Goodreads: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

 

I know, I know. Another contemporary. Guys, I can’t help that it’s my favourite genre! Jenny Han is an author I greatly enjoy. Her writing is so fluttery and pretty and her stories are such a breeze to read! I know, I’m weird to describe her words like the wind. But it’s true! AND LOOK AT THE COVER! Isn’t it so pretty? *swoony eyes* I’ve read her “The Summer I Turned Pretty” trilogy two to three years ago and LOVED IT! But before I elaborate on my love for her trilogy, I have to disclose that I initially had no intention of reading it ever. The title totally turned me off. At first, I thought the book sounded superficial and fluffy until one day I faced my stupidity HEAD ON and just picked it up. Turns out, I devoured it in one sitting. Book 2 and Book 3 were easily consumed as well. I was completely and utterly wrong. Jenny Han created such fascinating multi-dimensional characters with interesting dynamics and situations that I could relate to so well. It was a great three days, I tell you. So, I totally recommend reading her trilogy too!

Her new book is the first of a duology, with the second, “PS I Still Love You” coming out next year! Is it just me, or are duologies the next ‘trilogies’, if you know what I mean? Anyway, I am so very excited to read this because I know it’ll be great. The premise is intriguing and I’m all ready for a sweet, romantic contemporary!

 

3. REBEL BELLE by Rachel Hawkins (April 8th, 2014)

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Blurb provided by Goodreads: Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him–and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y’all beg for more.

 

Holy shit, you guys. Excuse my French, but you have NO IDEA how badly I want this book. It’s not out in my country yet, but you can bet your bottom’s dollar that when I catch sight of it IN THE FLESH, it will be in my hands. Rachel freaking Hawkins, everyone, is absolutely fantastic. I can’t say it enough! She is one of my favourite authors, and rightfully so. Not only is she freaking hilarious in her books, (eg the “Hex Hall” trilogy) but she’s also so hilarious on Twitter! The Hex Hall trilogy is one of my most favourite trilogies, EVER, which only sets my expectations super high for this new series!

We can definitely expect great humour and kick-butt action from this book! It helps to know that all the Booktubers like Christine and Jesse loved it, with their glowing book reviews! In addition, the clever cover design just makes me want it more.

Book. Want. Now. (There’s nothing else to say, really.)

 

And that concludes my Anticipatin’ & Waitin’: April 2014! Hope to stick to this every month!

 

xoxo

BOOK REVIEW: Take a Chance by Abbi Glines

Take a Chance by Abbi Glines

Star Rating: 1.5 stars out of 5
Short Reaction: Sigh, why do I keep doing this to myself?
Blurb provided by Goodreads: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the story of Grant, the sexy playboy who first captured readers hearts in Fallen Too Far

When Harlow Manning’s rocker father goes on tour, he sends her to Rosemary Beach, Florida, to live with her half-sister, Nan. The problem: Nan despises her. Harlow has to keep her head down if she wants to get through the next nine months, which seems easy enough. Until gorgeous Grant Carter walks out of Nan’s room in nothing but his boxer briefs.

Grant made a huge mistake getting involved with a girl with venom in her veins. He’d known about Nan’s reputation, but still he couldn’t resist her. Nothing makes him regret the fling more than meeting Harlow, who sends his pulse racing. Yet Harlow wants nothing to do with a guy who could fall for her wicked half-sister even if there are no strings between Grant and Nan. Grant is desperate to redeem himself in Harlow’s eyes, but did he ruin his chances before he even met her?

WARNING: SPOILERS ARE STRIKED OUT.

Review:

This is a disclaimer:

I think I sort of might be biased because I pretty much dislike the New Adult genre. As of 23rd March 2014, I’ve never read a New Adult that had appealed to me, ever. This brings me to my next point…

I’ve never enjoyed an Abbi Glines book, ever. I’ve read The Vincent Boys, The Vincent Brothers, Fallen Too Far and the two others that followed and then I read this. Why do I keep doing this to myself, you ask? I don’t know. I might be classified as a masochist at this point.

So why do I dislike her books?

For starters, her main characters are practically duplicates of the main characters in her last book. The girl is always either virginal and innocent and the love interest is ALWAYS someone she absolutely can’t have (she tells herself this a million times in every chapter) but can’t help dreaming about because somehow…this guy just ‘understands’ her. Oh yeah, and they just happen to be described as perfect & without any flaw at all…yeah, you could say her characterisation is hella realistic.

I find all her books to be cheesy, grossly predictable and very formulaic. It always seems like either one of the character is: 

1. New to town
2. Very resistant to their attraction but really he/she is all they can ever think about

And it always ends this way:

1. They give in to the temptation 
2. They are ‘soul mates’

But right before the book ends, one of the two main characters is keeping a life threatening secret and the other half finds out and is so hurt and BAM! book 1 ends. 

*to be continued in book 2 where the revelation could’ve actually been solved then and there if the characters could have just sat the hell down and talk about it for an hour or so*.

I have yet to read a book from her that doesn’t follow this formula. Is she a one trick pony or what?

This book however, I enjoyed more than the Fallen Too Far trilogy. I’m far from liking it but I can admit honestly that I found myself smiling a couple of times. It still followed the same formula and the characters were still so painfully predictable but I think I buy into this romance more than the rest Abbi has concocted. Also, I can appreciate her trying to shake things up with the subplot even though it was just all wtf?

Aside from that small glimmer of hope, the story was still so underwhelming. I felt like I had read the exact same book before. And the subplot I mentioned? Even though I appreciated her attempt, I still found it RIDICULOUS. I mean not telling your freaking daughter that her mother was alive for that many years? For that dumbshit reason? In what universe does this happen? 

If I’m not mistaken, this New Adult novel still falls under a Contemporary. So why the hell does this book (and all her others) sound like a freaking fantasy with perfect people and situations that wouldn’t exist outside of this world she created?

Recommended to people who love New Adult and The Glines’ Formula.

BOOK REVIEW: Altered by Jennifer Rush

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Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Short Reaction: The plot twists, AGH, MY BRAIN, MY HEART!
Blurb provided by Goodreads: When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart.

When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them. Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to go, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.

WARNING: SPOILERS ARE STRIKED OUT.

Review:

Let me begin by saying that I actually enjoyed this story a lot. It’s a solid four stars in my books & sci-fi is not something I normally read. Come to think of it, the last sci-fi book I read was a little more than a year ago, oops. However, I think it’s really important to note that this book reads like a contemporary. There’s a lot of plot, action sequences and a smidge of romance. I must put a disclaimer though, that I do not read a lot of sci-fi so I cannot say if this is a really good sci-fi-ish book, but it is really enjoyable nonetheless.

So why didn’t I give this book 5 stars? For starters, the beginning annoyed me to no end. Anna was annoying, her whole situation living in a home where her dad experiments on 4 males was just so bizarre and it irked me that she didn’t even bat a lash?? I would understand if she didn’t know any different, that she lived in a home where her father experimented on people all her life, but then she tells us they came five years ago? So WHY AREN’T YOU CREEPED OUT? And isn’t it so darn convenient that these four guys just so happened to be hot and insanely ripped? And that they live in her basement? I guess if I were her I wouldn’t be complaining too. I kid, I kid (not really). All my reservations were cleared up, however, in the second half of the book. So if you faced the same problem as me in the beginning, READ ON!

We start the story with a little description on the setting and atmosphere and we learn that she lives with her widow scientist father, and that the four boys in her basement are being experimented on by her father’s employer, an organisation funded by the government. She’s friends with all of them but OOOH shocker, one of them is her love interest! There is no build up whatsoever on this ‘romance’, and in the first few chapters we are thrown into this crush and we just have to accept it. I didn’t get why Anna liked Sam or why Sam liked Anna. As I said, we’re thrown into this. Oh, insta-love. Later in this book, we learn more on the background of their relationship, but it didn’t ease me in anyway. If anything, it made me question to plausibility of their relationship even further. Sam was altered to have a protective nature over Anna. She now knows this but fails to recognise the implications. Does that mean the feelings he has for her were implanted by the Branch? None of these questions were addressed.

Another thing I found very weird in the story was the part they just waltzed into a Branch office. THEY WEREN’T EVEN IN DISGUISE OR WHATEVER. Do you mean to tell me that every Branch agent is looking for these kids, wanting to take them into custody but they don’t do ANYTHING when they just walk in? And only when the reached Connor’s office, deep in the building, were they reprimanded? That was super weird to me. 

I think the best part of this book were the plot twists. Rush does this so effortlessly and it left me wide-eyed. Note to self: don’t read in a crowded Starbucks ever again. Now, because the best parts of the books are oh so very spoilery, I’m just going to discuss it in the spoiler tag. 

Finding out Anna was altered was not shocking in the least. I already knew that she was, 6 chapters in, because no way can she be so blasé about these weird alteration experiments in the basement of her home. But finding out that Anna and Dani were sisters? Holy hell. I did not see that coming…did anyone?! Talk about a really awkward love triangle. And Trev being the mole? Be still, my beating heart. He was my favourite character in the book and that was a low blow, Rush. A LOW BLOW. 


Anna as the main character was meh. I didn’t particularly like her but I did empathise with her on the account of her dead mother. However, I did not buy into her ninja skills. How on earth was she able to beat grown Branch agents to a pulp at the end of the book? We learn that she is slightly stronger than girls her age, but come on. THESE ARE GROWN MEN! If I’m not mistaken, she only took a few combat classes. Not enough to beat men who were hired by this agency TO DEFEND THE AGENCY. Anna as a forlorn child on the run? Believable. Anna beating the shit out of men only at the end of the book? Yeah, right. 

All in all, this was really good. It’s a good book to get you out of your reading slump as the pacing is fantastic and the plot is really intriguing. I don’t know if it’s the best sci-fi book out there but it’s definitely a fun, engaging book to read