The Beauty of Darkness Book Review

Title: The Beauty of Darkness

Author: Mary Pearson

Publisher: Macmillan

Publication Date: August 2, 2016

Genre: Fantasy

Rate: 5/5

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Synopsis:

Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous – what will happen now?

Let me first thank Mary for this beautiful book as the cover it definitely insinuate; from the cover, to the words, to the scenes down to the kisses. (Some books definitely lack the kisses.) And thank you very much Stacey for suggesting the kisses. We owe you so much. I literally loved everything about this book, no one could even stop me reading for a second. I gladly gulped it down in one swallow like the sweetest wine.

I couldn’t be more in love with Rafe and everything about him. From the first book of the remnant chronicles to this last one I have been so rooting for him. There’s no one I could love more than Rafe right now for I have not read so great sacrifices than what he had made for Lia. Risking his life, his crown, even his kingdom. Could I get a Rafe for myself please just a single piece or bit of him.

Lia now is too headstrong. She can’t be swayed by anyone. Not by one kingdom, not by a kingdom, not even by the man she loves. She became a queen yes, but too much of one I’d say. She’s been too dedicated in saving kingdoms and she hardly regarded what others had sacrificed and gave up to keep her alive. But that is what a queen should be right? To disregard the wants of her heart because the kingdom and the people came first. Sometimes it gets me thinking that if it was me, I’d be selfish for once. Easy for me to say though because I am not a queen, no responsibility that big whatsoever. But I still love her for loving Rafe.

I loved what turned out of Kaden. And Pauleen. I hated the guy but I guess he ultimately redeemed himself in the end. Rafe and Kaden teaming up in this book in every simple ways is the best thing ever. Strangely I wanted their own story, Pauleen and Kaden after the war.

I’m very very hapy and sad at the same time because this series I’ve adored has come to an end although I’m assured Mary has a lot of stories on store for us yet to read.

By the way I suggest playing Dangerously by Charlie Puth on your earphones while reading the book. 😉

A Torch Against The Nightby Sabaa Tahir Book Review

Title: A Torch Against The Night
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Razorbill; Penguin Random House
Publication Date: August 2016
Genre: High Fantasy
Rate: 4.5/5
Synopsis:

After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire. Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom. But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike. Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

I received a review copy of this book from Penguin Random House Global. So much thanks for sending me a copy of the book I requested. As I always love and cherish their books to the deepest parts of my heart.
            How could I even begin to review a book I loved so much as this one. It’s really hard to summon the words. But I must.
            I love the voices of Laia, Elias and Helene in my head while reading this book. They are so real and vivid. As if I’m really hauled to the Empire and Serra and witnessing everything with my own two eyes. The heartbreak and hopelessness that leaks on every page is so palpable I really can’t honestly find the air to breathe. I’m awed and at the same time loathed the brutality of it all. I hated like I’ve never hated anyone before the antagonist, the Commandant, the Emperor, and the Night Bringer.
            I was so frustrated throughout the whole book though because Helene just doesn’t deserve that too much pain. My heart is breaking all over again for her just as I’m writing this but I know she’s stronger than any character I’ve ever read and she’s going to withstand it all, have her revenge, and finally be loved. She needs to be loved. She must be. For all she’s gone through. All those power, authority, fierceness, and loyalty spent on the wrong things and wrong people are too much to handle even for me.
            Bleeding hells. I love Elias Veturius too much, it hurts. He’s so committed and loyal to the girl (shh it’s Laia lol) who honestly is too stupid sometimes but I can’t really blame her because one can be desperate for care and love especially in dire times. It was Elias’s fault in the first place so how could I hate Laia, she just loved and care too much which is definitely the flaw on her armor.
Fault me perhaps but I needed more Laia and Elias from the beginning of the book. I was definitely starving for the both of them but circumstances just couldn’t keep them together. It hurts. I’d say this book is a too excellent sequel except for the romance part because I definitely felt deprived. Well crafted, well organized an definitely make you feel the feels! Btw look out for plot twists! They’ll gonna catch you unguarded,
Sabaa is a very very very good author and writer and I really really really hope to meet her in person one day (and Renee Ahdieh as well, her soul sister). I just love them and their books so much. Hope you come to the Philippines soon. Seriously if you haven’t picked up An Ember in The Ashes and A Torch Against The Night, you’re missing out the best books of the year. So go on then! Read these first before the others on your TBR list! I’ll leave you guys with an aesthetic.
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Also I made some fanarts for A Torch and An Ember and they’re actually available on my RB shop! Just click the images below.

The Rose and The Dagger Book Review

Title: The Rose and The Dagger
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Publisher: Penguin Teen
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Rating: 1001 Stars

 
What can I say? I just keep on daydreaming about Shazi and Khalid even now that I’m done reading it and have even read another book.
So, feels. I can’t say anything but feels. I’m dumbfounded, dumbstruck, speechless. Everything I was expecting from this book and more have been laid out on the pages of this book. Someone asked me on twitter if this is duology or series is good. It’s more than good. Good times a thousand and one.
Shaharzad is the queen of all queens in YA. I loved that as a queen she’s too fierce for her own good but still the fiercest of all anyways. She’s determined and very firm in all her resolves. Her loyalty for love is a thing of beauty in here. She was the first one who saw through all the layers and walls of Khalid before seeing the beautiful and broken boy inside him. She’s smart and strategic. She’s sacrificial and loves unconditionally. All girls must have to be like her. She’s the real perfect epitome of a queen. She deserves to be respected and more.
Khalid. All I need are more Khalids in YA books. All people thinks of him as the murderous monster boy king when in fact and deep inside he’s just a beautiful boy with a broken past. He has all the right reason for doing what he did and maybe he might have did wrong in the past but he rights it because he found peace and love in Shazi. As I have a thing for beautiful monsters like him I can’t help but swoon and feel fierce love and admiration for him.
The Perfect Balance. Do you ever read a chapter so many times you think you can even write that chapter yourself or direct a scene from it. Seriously this chapter got all the feels out of me. I just can’t. So much tension. So much romance. So much love.
After all those days that my book is delayed from the mail, it’s worth it. It’s so worth it that I didn’t read my kindle copy before my book arrived. This is my ultimate favorite series and I love it fiercely it hurts so much.
I just want to thank Renee for this book. For the characters she wrote that will stay in my heart and consciousness forever. And can I also say I think she is so very lucky to have her husband Vic. Which is probably who Khalid is based from. Thank you from the moon to the moon, Renee.
I don’t know what you are doing with your life if you’re not reading this series yet because obviously you’re missing a lot. You’re missing the best thing in YA ever. Most of all you are missing Khalid. I’ll miss him though, but I’ll probably just reread the books when I miss them. And I’m probably going to name my kids Shazi and Khalid when the time comes.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard Book Review

Truthwitch
Witchlander Series #1
Susan Dennard
TorTeen
5/5 Stars

This will be my first book review for the year. You have no idea how we, Witchlanders, have waited so long for this book. I got picked for the Earth Clan in the search for Witchlanders by Susan. Nicola and Jada. Though I had struggles in keeping  with the Clan Heists because of activities in the uni and exams to pass, not to mention the time zone differences on Twitter Chats despite all those and the little participation I had, I can say that it had been an honor and a privilege to be a Witchlander and most of all it had been so much fun.

I could say that Truthwitch is one of that books that met all the expectations of the readers. Exceeded it even for some. For about 6 months the hype for the book never died down and when the book was released of course it came out as a NYT best seller, congrats to Susan! She deserved it all the well.

Now let’s talk about the book. In this book you’d see Voyagers or Pirates if that’s what you wanted to call them and avatars, I’m kidding on that last part. I meant witches, not the witches that do potions and stuff but witches that has different kinds of elemental magic. Some abilities are very rare and these abilities are in possession of the main characters in this book. How downright appealing would it be to be a walking lie detector test or a scent tester in another sense.

I liked Safiya, not for being the trouble maker that she is but that firm stand on everything that she believes and the loyalty for the not so many people she loved. She’s the not so typical headstrong, independent and seductive girl you’d read in YA books. Now you could ask what makes her different. It’s her love for Iseult. For that unbreakable friendship bond they shared. As for Iseult, she’s the sweet girl that doesn&t need saving, she&s the one saving the day and her best friend. If there’s something I admire the most in Iz, it’s her heart.

A book is not complete without the romance and here I could qoute &some lovers started off as enemies and some enemies started off as lovers&well in this case you have to read the book to figure things out. Ask me who I ship and I’ll tell you it’s Iseult and Aeduan. This book in fact is full of hot guys. Hot-controlling-gentle guys all girls long to read about.

This is the first book I’ve read by Susan and because of Truthwitch I’ll read all the books she had past written and will write once I get the time. If you don’t read this book then you’ll definitely miss out on all the epicness and awesome stuff. If you’ve read or you’re reading books by Sarah J Maas-Susan&s threadsister, then you must, all things considered read Truthwitch.

The Capture by Tom Isbell ARC Review

The Capture
The Prey #2
Tom Isbell
HarperTeen
4/5 Stars
How often do you get to read a heartbreakingly beautiful book? This book are one of those. A book that so utterly heartbreaking you keep on questioning yourself why you keep on turning and turning the pages.
So this is the second book of The Prey trilogy. A dystopian post-apocalyptic series that should make your heart race faster on how these characters survive and try to continue to live. It’s also a book full of suspense you’d be at the edge of your seats.
I almost had no time to read this because of the upcoming midterm exams for the uni but if you want something you’d definitely find a way, right? I finished this book in just 2 nights, started reading past 12 and stopping at half past 3 am. I wouldn’t have put it down if I could still help it but I needed sleep too. 
The story on this one is different from the first one. The first book is about escaping those heartless people who wanted them dead and finding a safe haven. But now it’s plot is about salvation. How only 8 teens try to save their comrades-the remaining LTs and Sisters. A few people would be willing to sacrifice their lives for people they hardly know but these teens just have the right heart to do so even if the odds to beat their enemies are hardly on their side. Lost, revenge and love all fuels their desire to save which was lost and battered. No matter how many times they’re on the verge of death they keep on holding on to some hope that they will succeed.
Book and Hope&s relationship in this one is too frustrating I keep on reacting too openly while I was reading. Hope just don’t want to let herself get attached to Book because of the huge possibility, enormous even that he wouldn&t be able to save him and the heartbreak would literally kill her through grief so she keeps on pushing and pushing and pushing him away. Book on the other hand is too stubborn to keep his feelings to himself and to let her push him away, like he doesn’t understand. It may be frustrating but I understood, when you’ve been through so much it’s hard to trust even if you&ve come to love that person and the world is ending love is just but a distraction and weakness. I love that no matter how these two push each other away, they keep on coming back to each other, they keep on saving one another. And I think that’s what love is all about: saving and sacrificing for the person over and over again even if it go unnoticed and even if may cost him his life.
My favorite dystopian books are the post-apocalyptic ones because I learn a lot about surviving. Who knows when they’ll come in handy one day. I like that this book is both alternating told in first and third persons ànd I’d like for authors to write the way Tom does. Like the first book, this is full of suspense that readers shouldn’t miss. It’s all about courage, and doing what’s right no matter how hard and whatever the cost. And you know what else is right? Read this book.

The Isle of the Lost by Melissa Dela Cruz Book Review

Title: The Isle of the Lost (Disney Descendants Prequel)
Author: Melissa Dela Cruz
Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

Have I ever mentioned I loved Disney? Of course. Everybody does, who can hate on Disney?
I’m so fond of reading fairytale retellings and I constantly rewatch old Disney movies. My favorite Disney movie of all is Beauty and the Beast. I love Belle. Favorite Disney Villain? I don’t actually have any. So yeah, I’ve been wanting to read about Disney characters ever since but I can’t actually find the perfect book that can make me like remember all the Disney movies I’ve watched and I think this book is the answer to every Disney fan out there.
In fairy tales it’s always Evil vs. Good and Good always wins. But this book, this one is about the Villains for once and not the goody good sweet characters. Like what if you were born in an Evil family and have a parent who is evil? What would you do and what are you expected to do?
Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos are the kids of the most cruel and terrifying villians we thought when we were kids, Maleficent, Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella. They go to Demon Hall which teaches them to be evil, to carry on their parents unfinished business and to not repeat their mistakes for all the villains were exiled in the Isle of the Lost forever.

Mal goes on a quest to retrieve Maleficient’s scepter because there had been a glitch of magic because of Carlos’s invented device. The four of them went together in the forbidden castle, where they faced their fears and challenges but in the end they failed, they failed to be evil.
I love that this book tells a lesson that even if evil runs in your blood, that doesn’t mean you’re not good in the heart. I adored this book because it’s like I watched a new Disney movie featuring all the villains in my head and it was awesome. And *screams in excitement* because the actual movie “Disney Descendants” is coming out on Disney Channel this July 31st! So stoked to watch! I just know I will love the movie as much as I loved the book.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera Book Review


Title: More Happy Than Not
Author: Adam Silvera
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publishing Date: June 2, 2015
Rating: 3/5 Stars


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This is a coming to age book about one’s self and self-discovery and sexuality. This is normally not my genre to read but I gave it a go.
Aaron is the guy who has the perfect life in the present, not considering his past. He has a loving girlfriend who loves him unconditionally, a mom that cares for him deeply, a normal brother that doesn’t bother him and friends that he can constantly hang out with.
He has struggles about his present life on how to please her girlfriend, how to always agree with his friends even if deep inside he’s not really with them, how not to be a burden to his mother, and how not to deal with his older brother. Life is normal and life was good for Aaron until he met this one guy, Thomas who became his best friend because her girlfriend had to move away for an art class for a few weeks.
Genevieve (his girlfriend) was with Aaron even when everything began. She was with him in the beginning and even if she knew that he can’t really love her back, she still stayed beside him. I love her so much because of what she honestly did. I want to learn how to love like her; she’s actually my favorite in the book.
So back to the story then, Aaron fell in love with Thomas and he was rejected, much to know about his past, that he was this boy who fell in love with another boy and got a treatment to make him forget of who he is because he felt like it’s the reason everything in his life turned out messed up. But life must go on for him. You must get the book for yourself to read on.
I can’t really say anything about the book or how the book was written because honestly, Adam is a good writer. Although the book is kind of fast-paced for me that I can’t sometimes keep up, this book is still well written, funny, quirky and heartbreaking. You can’t say not to that. But it’s just that I don’t I can’t seem to figure Aaron out because I honestly love Genevieve for him. She is seriously his perfect homogeneous pair, it’s just that he can’t see that and he keeps on looking for somebody else and he only gets nothing but heartbreak and false hopes I just don’t understand. I just wished Aaron saw that.
Overall, this book was still good even if it really is not my genre and not really the way I see things, but this is a good read for teens that may have doubts about on who they really are and that they may see that there is a Genevieve for them to choose no matter what.