Review: By Your Side

This bored me and I almost gave up on it. But I’m so glad I didn’t because by the end, I was looking for more.

It took me a while to get attached to the characters. I really didn’t feel the friendship between Autumn and her friends, except Lisa. Dallin annoyed me so much for being petty and immature while her other friends might as well be nonexistent.

But other than that, this was great. I now understand why Kasie West is an auto-buy author for some readers when it comes to young adult contemporary romance.


Review: The Problem with Forever

This didn’t feel like reading a book. Rather, it felt like I was reading someone else’s story. Someone real.

This book has taken me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. To me, the best books are those that have the power to affect you, the one that lets you sympathize with the characters, and the kind that makes you feel as if you’re part of their story and you care about what happens to them. This book definitely did it for me.

Review: This Shattered World (Starbound #2)

If I were to describe this book in one word, it would be hopeful.

It’s what I felt after reading this book. Hope for a better tomorrow, hope for a better world, and hope that people can change for the better.

The first book, All These Broken Stars, is one of my favourite books of all time. Sadly, I didn’t quite love this one as much. To me, it had the second book syndrome. It existed to build up the story, to prepare us for the end.

Review: Strange the Dreamer

If I were to choose a book I would want to live in, it would be this. Laini Taylor has crafted Weep so beautifully, you can’t help but marvel at it. This book gave me wings to a kind of freedom unbound by the rules of reality — the world of dreams. And I was so lost in it.

Books take you to places even your feet can’t reach and this is one of the most wonderful journeys I’ve ever been to. If there is one thing Laini Taylor’s books have in common, it is the beautiful writing. She is a master storyteller and her words are the perfect foundation. I didn’t want this to end. I wanted to stay in it.

Review: Pillow Thoughts

I believe poetry is a personal form of art that is subjective. It makes you feel things when it hits close to home. This book is no exception.

I found out about this book when I saw a post from a Twitter account I follow called Poems Porn. I read the last entry in the book entitled Looking for Ice Cream and I knew I needed to read more.

I wanted to like this more than I did. But for me, this is the kind of poetry that you either relate to or you don’t.

Review: Emmy & Oliver

This was absolutely beautiful.

After reading the blurb, I expected a typical story full of drama but it was so much more than what I imagined. For me, Robin Benway has managed to turn an ordinary story into something extraordinary.

What I loved most about this book is that I understood how all the characters felt. I understood why they did what they did, even Oliver’s father. The book was like a friend telling me all their problems and I feel for them so much that I want to hug them and say, “It’s okay. I understand. I am here.”

Review: Unfathomable Chance

This is a surprisingly light read considering that it involves aliens and the whole universe. If I wasn’t so busy, I would have finished it in one sitting. It’s the kind of book that will make you curious enough to flip the next page.

One thing I loved about this book are the characters. I definitely have a soft spot for Roddy, the moody android and Rocky, the love machine. And also, who can resist a talking cat guardian named Kal Zed?

Review: I Wrote This For You

This is great to read when you’re feeling melancholic at 3 AM and can’t sleep.

I read this in one sitting. It was hard not to.

This would have been perfect if not for the pictures.

Some were creepy. Or just a blurry mess that you can’t make out. Not to mention the cover that looks something straight out of a horror movie.

Don’t get me wrong, though. There were still some good ones that give off the right vibe.

But the words, the words were something else. It makes you feel things. It makes you think. Which is where I found myself at 4 AM after reading the book, still unable to sleep and thinking about life while listening to indie music.

Review: Select

I loved this more than I thought I would.

I wished for this on Netgalley because the blurb seemed promising but I was not expecting that my wish would be granted.

Before starting the book, I went on Goodreads and was disheartened by the disappointed reviews and the three or lower star ratings. I know it is prejudice on my part but whether you like it or not, reviews have the power to influence readers and that’s why reviewers exist.

So imagine my surprise when I absolutely loved a book I was already prepared not to like.