Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)

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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? (c)goodreads

TITLE: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)
AUTHOR: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: March 08, 2016
Genre: Urban-fantasy,  Young Adult, Romance

Sed Lex Dura Lex? Ugh but i think Cassie Clare is harder. Haha. Okay, so saying Lady Midnight is a roller coaster ride of emotions is an understatement. After reading this, I felt like I’ve been in all extreme rides in an amusement park. This book shattered me into many billion pieces then made me whole and shattered me again. And now, I’m so broken beyond repair. For me, this is one of Cassandra Clare’s best works. It was absolutely phenomenal and amazing. Cassie Clare’s writing, character development, world construction and everything were impressive. These improvements gave more depth to each story element.

Did I already said that this book is amazing? because it really is amazing. And the characters? AMAZING!!!! characters were by far the best part! Especially the two main characters, Emma and Julian. And their forbidden love and slow-burn romance? ughhh! All of the forbidden love stuff and bestfriends-falling-for-each-other shit that shows up in every single book just worked for me here.

And what about the siblings Julian was raising?? they were so adorably awesome, innocent and cute. I feel like a mother to them that I want to take care of them and protect them from the prick and evils of the Shadowhunter world. And I really really appreciate that Cassie Clare also tackled about mental issues here. And Julian’s dedication for his family was really outstanding and admirable. He’s just so caring and passionate to every people he values and important to him. For me, he’s not actually a book boyfriend type of character but the fact that he’s capable to do anything to make things go his way and to protect his family really melts my heart into puddle.

In a nutshell,  this was an awesome and phenomenal read. And I strongly recommend this to everyone even if you haven’t read the other Shadowhunter series. For me, it just all really works — the forbidden love, the adventure and action-packed plot, slow-burn romance, the characters depth, the struggles and obstacles everyone encounters and endures, EVERYTHING.

My rating:

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Sad Girls: Lang Leav First Novel

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Yes! You seen it right! Sad Girls is Lang Leav very first novel. It will be released this coming May 2017. Aren’t you excited? Because I really am. Her poetry and prose made us catch and ride every feels train. So let’s see if we will going all aboard this time around for her novel.

About the Book

Sad Girls is the most anticipated novel of Lang Leav. It is about a young girl Audrey and how her life change 360° as dark secrets, lies and tragedies collided. When series of unfortunate event occur, Audrey starts having panic attacks. Because Audrey told a lie and now her classmate, Ana, is dead. Just as her world begins to spin out of control, Audrey meets the enigmatic Rad – the boy who could turn it all around. But will their ill-timed romance drive her closer to the edge?

About the Author

Lang Leav is an international bestselling author and social media sensation. She is the winner of a Qantas Spirit of Youth Award and coveted Churchill Fellowship. Her books continue to top bestseller charts in bookstores worldwide and Lullabies, was the 2014 winner of the Goodreads Choice award for poetry.

Lang has been featured in various publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Straits Times, The Guardian and The New York Times. She currently resides in New Zealand with her partner and fellow author Michael Faudet. Michael Faudet. (c)goodreads

You can pre-order here: amazon

Major Crush

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Tired of the beauty-pageant circuit, Virginia Sauter tosses her tiara, pierces her nose, and auditions for the most unlikely of roles — drum major of the high school marching band.
Virginia wins, but is forced to share the title with Drew, whose family has held the position for generations. Sure, Drew is hot, but because of his superior attitude, he and Virginia are constantly arguing. That is, until they share more than just their half-time salute…

But as the drum major’s heated competition turns to sizzling romance, explosive rumors threaten everything — including the band’s success. Love seemed to be a sure hit, but Virginia and Drew may be marching straight into disaster. (c)goodreads

TITLE: Major Crush
AUTHOR: Jennifer Echols
Publication Date: August 1, 2006
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

I enjoyed reading this. It was cute, light and quick read. Though it’s not really a swoon-worthy, I can say that there were parts where I can’t wipe my grin on my face. It’s a cliche with all these we-are-arguing-everyday-then-end-up-liking-each-other and i-made-that-snarl-comment-to-you-years-ago-because-i-want-to-get-your-attention spiels. I like how the two main characters, Drew and Virginia, showed the actual attitude of teenagers toward their feelings, family, responsibility, competition, crush, ego, friends and enemies. I felt like I’ve been drawn back to my teenage years, not that I experience making out with my crush in a tractor. LOL. Then I also enjoyed the subtle way of using the SAT words in their “competition”, inside jokes and comments about something or someone ( hi, evil twins! Haha!). It was hilariously nerdy.

On a serious note, communicating and expressing feelings are vital ingredients in any relationship – filial, romantic, platonic, you name it. I like the part where Mr. Rush used the “I feel” strategy for Drew and Virginia. Feelings are need to express and heard, not bottled up inside you. They also discovered that there’s more to the other person than meets the eye. 
Though this book was more focused on romance,  it also depicted how to deal with their own personal crap – that it’s okay to cry, to change, to just be yourself and be out there and that sometimes it’s not about forgiving others, it’s about forgiving yourself. slightsmile emoticon

Major Crush is a book I recommend to all those who like romance, light, sweet yet funny books and who are in need of a quick read.

My rating:

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The Princess Saves Herself in this One

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“Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.”

A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations. (c)goodreads

TITLE: The Princess Saves Herself in this One
AUTHOR: Amanda Lovelace
Publication Date: April 23, 2016
Genre: Poetry

I know that the poetry that setting trends nowadays are this kind of thing – mere sentences formatted by pressing enter after every word. In fact, no usual rhyming. Hmm, of course i still like the old forms, the Pablo Neruda-ish kind of poetry but it doesn’t mean that I didn’t appreciate this new form of poetry. That’s why I’ve gave this one a shot.

After reading this, I’ve got a bit teary-eyed. This was so personal. I just felt the raw emotions associated in every word. Ok, maybe I am biased with this one. But i really like it because I’ve known Amanda (not personally, though) as bookmad in tumblr. I love how she pour into words her life. I’ve been following her in tumblr enough to say that this book really deserves all the praises in the literary world. Actually, the words she used in this were simple words. Simple that they are easy to understand and doesn’t need a dictionary to look up to when reading — which is a good thing because i rather read simple words that convey deep emotions and feelings than i-can’t-even-pronounce-it words with hollow thoughts. You’ll know from reading this book that this was written with soul.

The Princess Saves Herself in this One is a book I recommend for everyone that are still afraid to jump from their sinking ship. Read this and stop waiting for someone to save you.

My rating:

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