The Fall of Butterflies ARC REview

Title: The Fall of Butterflies
Author: Andrea Portes
Publisher: Harper Collins
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Publication Date: May 16, 2016

This advance reader’s copy is generously given by HarperCollins International and Epic Reads. All the thanks, book shimmy and publisher love for my favourite publisher ever! 

All thoughts in this review are my own.

You know with every Andrea Portes’s novel that from the first page you read you would not expect a happy ending with rainbows and unicorns and stuff like that nope. She straightforwardly tells you it’s not like this in this book. Change your perspective. This is what I love in every book she writes because it’s very authentic and original. Unlike any book you’ve ever read.
Willa’s narration is a very witty one. Her thoughts are very smart and even if not well thought she manages to think straight connecting those things up. And even if it isn’t very organized, that is how people think, like, in real life. If you put your literally exact thoughts in a book this is what it will look like or (read like). She’s this girl-a misfit (like in most of Andrea’s books) in a new town-searching for the right place and people to fit in. And thank God, she found it for herself. Because that’s what people do in life, get lost and the maybe by any chance find their way back.
What’s better than a book full of feels? Books which have the characters you relate to the most. It’s like really scary. Like this thing really happens to you sometimes and you’re scared because you think you are the only person experiencing it or doing it but somewhere even in a fantasy world there may be someone like you. And there’s no such a great thing than a book that can put your thoughts in the exact words you can never string together.
Remy is the kind of person I only allow myself to get attached to be honest. I’m like Willa, in some significant ways. Willa is the person in the background and Remy is the “thing”, that expensive painting and Willa is the wall she hangs in. Remy takes things to make her feel like she’s in love with everything and everyone but it come with a cost and that is, her slowly slipping away from everything. If this book didn’t make me think of things to try because of Remy I would be kidding you. But thank God again I’m not like her nor I’m like the guy in this book. I’d take this pretty ordinary life of mine, thank you. But it’s tempting though but I’m not giving in.
I had been wondering what the title means as I read page by page and now I think I get it. Sometimes butterflies aren’t meant to always fly or flutter or sip nectar in the garden. Some get pinned in science experiments, some fall to the ground unnoticed. Butterflies can never fly as high as an eagle because if they do they would fall to the ground and die. Better be content in the garden they are right now.

Another excellent book by Andrea! And look at that gorgeous cover. Just stare at it for a moment. I know you’re tempted. Give in. You got to get yours.

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Lost in Love ARC Review

Title: Lost in Love
Author: Susane Colasanti
Series: City Love #2
Publication Date: May 16, 2016
Rating: 5/5 stars

Lost in Love

This advance reader’s copy is generously given by HarperCollins International and Epic Reads. All the thanks, book shimmy and publisher love for my favourite publisher ever!

I can’t tell you how much I love this series and all its warm fuzzies and random acts of kindness things. This book makes me want to be a nicer, kinder and a better people person. I guess that’s what good books do they make you want to change because of the how you relate to what the characters do and their personalities.

I love Sadie, Rosanna, Darcy all the same and equally, because they’re three different girls who have different stories, lives, and beliefs about love. The only thing they have in common is they’re city love for New York. The place feels beautiful and all majestic as told in their different point of views and it makes you want to reach that place someday even if you’re from the other side of the world. I love how the girls deal distinctly about their relationships, especially heartbreaks. It actually gives you an idea how to deal with it even if you’ve never been into a relationship. All the boys in this book are boyfriend goals but Donovan is my favourite. I can relate to all of the girls but I’m more of the Rosanna of the three.

I adore books about girl power and amazing sisterhood goals so much. They’re not just focused on a love triangle or saving the world but on minimal events that really happen in real life.

You gotta get this book if you love fluffy, light, and super adorable contemporaries. Even if you don’t you gotta get it still. Susane now is my second favourite contemporary author next to Kasie West. I love love love love this series so much it hurts.

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The Crown ARC Review

Title: The Crown
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #5
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Heads up. It wasn’t as good as the Section Series, not enough to compare to Maxon and America but it’s good enough to get me over my months of book slump.
I love how Kiera makes her plot and the light and fast flow of every book she writes. It’s not dragy or anything but it lacks the magic. I didn’t recognize this Eadlyn in this book because she’s the exact opposite of the Eady I’ve read on The Heir. She’s not super bitchy anymore and she’s forgivable, understandable and a mental cry baby. Well I would suppose it’s because of what happened to her mother. But it’s a good change though it was a super fast transition I would say.
I am just happy it did not end how a lot of people thought it was going to end. A bit cliché still but I’m good with it. I’ll have you also know that I’ve only read The Heir and The Crown because of my love for Henri, Maxon and America. I’m not a big fan of Eadlyn but I am for her parents. I love them til I get 90 and forget who I am. And I’m the founder of #TeamHenri. He’s just so precious and so sweetly joyous. I am happy that I got to know him. I’d marry him first hand even if I don’t understand any single word he says. I love him forever and ever and ever.

I can’t wait for you guys to read it and tell or tweet me what you think.

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The 5th Wave Movie Review

The 5th Wave Movie
Rick Yancey
Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Alex Roe
January 21, 2016
Rating: 8.5/10 stars

Every reader wants nothing more than to see their favorite books come to life whether it be on the big or small screen as a TV series or a movie. They want to see how the actors portray the characters that had only been on the reader’s imagination and hearts.

It is inevitable, yes, to compare the book to the movie. Often readers say that the book was better, which in fact is in always true but it’s hard to say anything because the movie and the book are completely two different forms of media and should they be compared it isn’t really an accurate basis of anything. The movie is only a mere representation of the book and not necessarily the whole book itself. If a book will be turned exactly as it is with the dialogues and all it would take as long as how a reader read the book and movies runs only for about two hours at most. I&m not going to focus on the book but the movie and we’ll judge it more as a viewer than as a reader.

It had been 3 years since I’ve first read the book, sometime on June 2013. Not actually read but listened to the audiobook narrated by Phoebe Strole. It’s a science fiction slash dystopian book which I enjoyed reading. It was the kind of book that would make you gasp and hold your breath as you turn the page. As far as I can remember back then, the movie stayed true to the book. As the scenes on the movie played, memories keep on flooding back in my head and I remember what happens next. It’s hard holding yourself back to spoil your friends, to be honest. But really the movie was more than good.

As a viewer myself I think the movie would be quite interesting to people of any age because it’s the story of a family who was torn apart by nature and the circumstances that the world is ending. Teens would relate to Cassie played by Chloe Grace Moretz, the main character, in what they would do for the people they love if they have the courage and the heart. Every scene is action packed and every turn is full of suspense. Who doesn’t want to see a movie who would make their heart pound and their ears ring right? In pursuit of finding her little brother, Cassie outfaces the challenges along the way. She fights for her right of life and she rises against insurmountable odds. Like what are the odds of teenagers against an army of Others? But still she keeps on pushing and even trusts someone who must have been her enemy if he was one of the Others. Risks and sacrifices are made in order to defeat the enemy. It was hard and heartbreaking to watch this movie but overall it would teach us to hold those things that keeps us alive and keeps us human. Why should you watch this movie or try to read the book? The plost twist. I tell you the plot twist was really good and the ending will make or break your heart.

The actors did a great job in making the viewers see what the readers saw through their eyes in reading the book in which most movie adaptations doesn’t. Not to mention that some of the cast are just new and unpopular actors that would surprise you of their acting skills. Chloe has played other young adult characters from books like Mia from If I Stay, and as Carrie from a horror movie entitled as is. That makes her one the most sought out teens and girl crushes in Hollywood today.

Not giving up is what makes us who we are. Fear, pain hope and love is what makes us human. Let us never lose them and hold them tight so as not to lose our humanity no matter what happens. Let us have the courage to fight for what we are given and those that we love. Loss and grief shouldn’t get the most out of but let those be our guide to push back and give what’s left of us so that what we’ll gain will be nothing compared to what we have lost.

Reawakened by Colleen Houck Audiobook Review

Reawakened Series #1
Colleen Houck
Penguin Audio
5/5 Stars

I had been into Mythology since what I can’t even remember, maybe since I started reading books. I started with Greek mythology as my foundation and I continued my booknerd journey since then. Don’t get mistaken though, I know Mythology isn’t real and I don’t believe in them. It’s just that it is good to lose yourself in these kind of worlds but you’ll never find yourself on them.

I’m partial to audio books, especially if they’re narrated by Phoebe Strole. I didn’t read this one, I listened to the narration of Phoebe. I had this audio since the book was released last year and I just little by little finished by listening to it whilst I’m traveling home from the uni. This book about 12 hours and I listen to 2 hours everytime I travel once a week.

This as well is my first audio book review and I’ve listened to a few narrators from the past and it’s just that I’m too drawn to Phoebe’s soothing voice not to listen to her narrate for me. She’s very good in narrating because she captures every moment and emotions with only just her voice and diction and I love that in this book, I can still determine who what was saying even if there is more than 3 people having conversation in the story. Trust me she’s the best narrator I’ve ever listened to and you would not get bored or get sleepy or get tired in listening but you’ll find yourself intently listening at her bewitching voice. It’s like you’re watching a movie in your head and Phoebe is doing all the audio for you.

Let’s get to the story. Now Liliana Young is the typical New Yorker rich and sophisticated girl that in all ways changed and became as Lily because of the mind blowing adventures she had with not just one but three reincarnated princes of Egypt. You learn here a lot about Egypt and it’s gods. And you get to see here how an Egyptian prince from the past adapts to the technologies and events of the future to keep the enemies at bay. This book is all about sacrifices. Totally about sacrifices.
What I totally adore while listening to this book is how many couple times my heart broke. I couldn’t even count. I love and hate that Lily had been too frequently rejected and pushed away. But no matter what she stayed there at Amon&s side. That’s loyalty and love at it’s deepest and it really touches your heart. I love that no matter what immortal or not have both the ability to fall in love because we can’t choose who we’ll love. It just does. I loved how Colleen did write the three brothers though. Even if they’re not of the same flesh and blood they are brothers through and through.

Heart breaking and heart mending as this book is you should read it or try listening to it because I loved every bit. I couldn’t wait any longer for the Sequel #RECREATED I’m sure there would be more epic adventures to listen about and more romantic tension to sate.