Review: Everywhere You Want to Be

This was a Little Red Riding Hood retelling but I forgot that it was.

Honestly, it doesn’t remind me of anything about the fairytale except that she has a grandmother and there’s a mean girl which I suppose was the wolf.

I loved It Started With Goodbye (a Cinderella retelling about Tatum, Tilly’s stepsister) and I was excited about this. So believe me when I say that I’m really, really sad that this turned out to be a disappointment.

Review: Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2)

When you think you already know what will happen, think again.

The story starts where Strange the Dreamer ended. Sarai — now a ghost — is being used by Minya to threaten Lazlo to take her to Weep so she could finally fulfill her purpose: revenge. Before reading the book, I already had an idea in mind. Minya will threaten Lazlo, Lazlo will comply and people from Weep will think he betrayed them. In the end, they will find a way to stop Minya. But I was so, so far from the truth.

Review: The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2)

This is my first Helen Hoang book so I had no expectations. I heard about The Kiss Quotient — it was big on the book blogging community — but I haven’t had time to read it yet. But when I got an ARC for the second book, I couldn’t miss the opportunity.

Right from the beginning, I was hooked. It even made me stay up late until 4 AM even though I had work in the morning. It was that good.

Review: Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful

What if we could modify our bodies to eradicate all diseases, enhance our intelligence and strength, be able to fly or breathe underwater, and do so much more than what we’re currently capable of? If mankind was given the power to redefine what it means to be human, what would we do?

Sounds amazing, right? But as the author put it, “We will definitely find some way of messing this up in spectacular fashion.” Because that’s what humans are good at — destroying anything.

Review: Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav

Lang Leav is not for me.

I read my first Lang Leav book, Love & Misadventure, when I was broken-hearted (ha ha) and I loved every bit of it. But looking back, I’m not even sure if I would still think the same way if I read it again. My standard for poetry has changed and Lang Leav is not enough for me anymore.

I tried to give it a chance. I really did. I tried to feel the emotions that the poems were supposed to convey. But I just couldn’t do it.

Review: The King of FU by Benjamin Davis

If I were to describe this book in two words, I would say:

entertaining and honest.

If you want to write a memoir that is not boring, this is how you do it.

To be honest, I don’t even know how to properly describe this book. I haven’t read anything like it. I wouldn’t really say it’s poetry but it is written like a poem. The kind of poetry that annoys me the most are those that attempt to sound like poetry but are actually just sentences separated into lines.

But interestingly, it works for this book. Maybe it’s less about the format but more on how it was written. Benjamin has a way with words that makes it feel natural.

Review: 180 Seconds by Jessica Park

This book surprised me in so many ways.

I actually chose to read this because I wanted something fluffy. What I got was something totally different.

If you’re planning on reading this book, you absolutely need one thing: tissues.

No kidding.

Remember those viral videos on Facebook that make you cry? This book is like those videos but in written form. And only the hardest of hearts will be able to hold back their tears.

Review: The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

When I received the email that I got approved for an ARC of this book, I honestly felt so happy I could cry.

But let me get this straight. I haven’t read the Lux series yet. What made me so happy is that I read Jennifer Armentrout’s The Problem with Forever and I loved it. And for fans of the Lux series, this book is a highly anticipated read that I felt so honored to get it.

The thing with books you have high expectations for is that more often than not, they let you down. And I’m so, so glad The Darkest Star didn’t.

Review: Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn

This book probably has the most unique plot I’ve ever read. There’s nothing else like it. 

The story is set at a time in the future when people were sent to terraform a planet called Dion. However, out of the ten thousand pods that were sent, only a hundred pods had survived. Instead of a habitable, fully-terraformed planet, the people found only a patch of land on which to live. This planet is hundreds of light years away from Earth that they had no choice but to make do with what they have. Since the land isn’t enough to grow plants and animals they brought from Earth, they developed a solution to maximize the food they are able to produce. Part of the population undergoes a genetic modification that will make them absorb two or three times as many nutrients from food than the average person. These nutrients are then extracted from them and distributed to the rest of the colony as pills. These pills also double as currency. Interesting, right?