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review 2016-11-22 08:55
Short thought: The Girl with the Windup Heart
The Girl with the Windup Heart - Kady Cross

The only other book I've read from the Steampunk Chronicles series is The Girl with the Iron Touch..and frankly I didn't even took the time to check the order of the books. While I like this one, I would say I like the earlier one better. Both the books have a kind of serious tone to them I would say, but this is definitely a recommended read for those who like steampunk novels.

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review 2014-04-14 08:25
Review: I Found You by Jane Lark
I Found You - Jane Lark

Rachel had a very disturbing life overall. Still, she is not some cry-baby and knows how to face the challenges. What I liked is her determination to go ahead to get rid of her troubles, no matter what she has to face (or even if it means jumping off of a bridge :p) When Jason comes across Rachel, he offers her a place to stay out of generosity or compassion, whatever you say. However, this one small decision changes both of their lives. I think Jason faces more problems after this because he seems to have an almost perfect life, with his family and fiancée and all. But his one decision to help Rachel out, and eventually fall in love with her, jeopardizes all the other relationships he has. He brakes off Lindy's heart, the person he had known since he was 16, because he doesn't feel anything like 'love' for her, and he realizes that all the more after knowing Rachel. While Rachel doesn't consider herself a human being with dignity and respect at all, Jason is the person who looks at her like no one ever has before. All the time, Jason seems more aware of Rachel as a person than Rachel herself. Jason never backs off from what he feels is his responsibility, or his feelings.

Perhaps I was a fool, or a little mad today, but if I was mad today, I was mad for her.

Jason is kind of a perfect guy (which in reality never exists) compared to Rachel, possibly broken in many ways, and yet they seem to fit together so well, like pieces of a puzzle. Even Jason feels the same.

We’re right for each other, we both know it.

It’s really hard to show such chemistry without making it look like he pities her but the author pulls it off so well! I loved that :D The narrative is pov based, where we see Rachel and Jason's thoughts back-to-back. It was a wee bit hard to follow a few times because it wasn't exactly divided into chapters always. I mean, there are chapters or sections, but at times povs of both Rachel and Jason are put into one, so one moment you're reading Jason's thoughts and the other moment you see Jason calling himself out only to realize the narrative has moved to Rachel (sorry as in my writing it sounds more confusing than it actually is!) As the story focuses almost entirely on these two characters, I (totally unintentionally) overlooked others things happening. I’m not much of a romantic person and Rachel and Jason’s story seemed way too sweet to digest sometimes. But since I had knows that it’s basically NA romance read, I could cope up with it. And two of the main reasons are probably the author’s skill and effort, that makes the story so wonderful as a whole. For everyone out there who loves a good NA read, be it romantic, tragic, funny, sweet or hot, I would strongly suggest this book:)


*I had received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.*


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review 2014-03-18 09:35
Review: Dreamwalker (Persephone's League of Immortals #1) by Andrea Heltsley
Dreamwalker (Persephone's League of Immortals) - Andrea Heltsley

I've read this book long ago, but writing my thoughts on this somehow slipped my mind. I would have liked it more if a proper back story was given in the beginning, the beginning seems to rush into the story without giving necessary details to go ahead with. I don't like when a story drags, but I also don't like jumping into the middle of one without being mentally prepared. And I feel the plot could have been made more attractive, with the Persephone theme and all, and a little more description on that part would have made the story REALLY attractive and interesting. The author chose a very interesting idea but could have executed it a lot more successfully.


As for the characters, I really felt the lack of finesse there. I'm not very much into boy-maniac girls, and though I have no issues with love triangles, this time it didn't click for me. I would have liked Noel more if she was a little more resolute. In comparison to her character, I liked Autumn, Boone and even Augustine! However, I felt the lack of connection to them I usually do while reading these kind of books.


The narrative was a little dull and at times, choppy. I have a hard time relating to a story if I keep stumbling on the words.


Overall, the plot was good, the theme was really  good. I just wish the author had made it a little more polished with well-built characters, a nice back-story and narration. This is a book in The Persephone's League of Immortals series, so I really hope the next book/s are successfully able to make up for these issues.

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review 2014-03-13 17:17
Review: Perfect Lies (Mind Games #2) by Kiersten White
Perfect Lies - Kiersten White
Oh my freaking hell! This is one of the most adventurous, action packed, tension filled, nail bitingly good books I've read within these past years! I don't even know where to start from! Should I talk about Fia first? OR my dearest Annie? Or James? Adam? The person from Annie's vision with the "hands"? Gaaahhh it's becoming a torture -_- I guess I'll just rant like a loonie and y'all have to understand and bear with me:p

The cover. OMG. It is TERRIFIC. I mean both of the versions. (which is why I couldn't help putting up both here :p) It is possible that looking too close at the UK version may even give you a sudden creepy feeling o_O
According to many of my friends and bloggers who have read opine that this book is more about romance and less action. Well, it is true, to an extent. But I hate romance only when it messes with the plot. I, however, didn't feel the plot was compromised or butchered because of the romance element. So I'm all merry ^.^

Now straight to my ranting. First...Sofia, girl I already love you, since Mind Games..but if it makes any difference, YOU ARE AWWWWWWSOME XD I was practically visualizing whenever I read a scene with you fighting off people, throwing stuff and killing them so smoothly; what a finesse you have! (Does it make me sound crude? Never mind lol) I loved how Kiersten has kept up the consistency of her character. She is quite a new Sofia and yet, the author made her so without butchering her antics and characteristic traits. LOVED HER. Period.
James. Hmmm. I can't say anything in case of giving away any spoiler..but he is all in all a hard puzzle to crack. Throughout Book 1 and 2 I was swinging between decisions regarding James's character. You can never know what this boy is actually up to...and until the end you cannot decide. It's a pain sometimes but I guess that is what makes it so worth reading.
Adam...erm he is the usual fellow. The sweet cute caring guy. I just wish I could have more of him contributing in the end. (I'm a sucker for good boy happy endings I guess). Among other noticeable boys, we get to meet a new one here, named Cole. Not wanting to give away any spoilers *wink wink*, he is way more important than he may seem at first, so be careful before you start hating him or anything like that!
Talking of important, I've kept probably the most important character of this book to mention at last. My sweet, sweetest Annie. Be as much gaping-mouthed you can seeing me taking this 360 degree turn for Annie, I couldn't care leas. If I love Fia, I adore, admire, almost venerated Annie. If Fia gets a flying kiss from me, I'll give Annie a awkward sudden teddy hug (and let me tell you not many people get that kinda hug from me, you've got to be verrry special to get one). She steals the show, almost literally. In Book 1, she is more of a baggage, to everybody, mostly to Fia. But in Book 2, she does what nobody could, she does the unthinkable (now, don't go too overboard with your thoughts on this here). Her decision and action had left me practically gasping (luckily no one was around). The ending, for me, is the best part of the book. Though I didn't see Fia the way I wanted her to see (I'm a sucker for 'all's well' kinda ending), and was obviously was craving for more on that part particularly, I cannot complain. Kiersten seals my mouth with an awestruck ending.
Perfect problems, perfect planning, perfect action, perfect execution of plot and a to top it off, a P-E-R-F-E-C-T ending, Perfect Lies has it ALL.


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review 2014-03-13 11:25
Review: Mind Games (Mind Games #1) by Kiersten White
Mind Games - Kiersten White

First things first. As you peeps already know, I have a very bad cover glutton, and this book has one of the most mind gobbling covers I've ever seen! Seriously, I could EAT it @_@ I mean, just look at the cover...are you sure you're not in love with it already? Whoever has made that freaking breathtakingly beautiful cover...Bravo *claps*


Jumping in to the characters, their names...Perfect! I know this may sound lame but I really believe that name is an important part in reflecting a character. Author Kiersten White has made sure of that I must say. The female lead (for the time being;)) is Sofia and I feel like somehow the name fits her character perfectly. Her monologues, jumbled thoughts and often meaningless rants made her quite similar to the Sophie of Sophie's World, though the comparison does seem a little far fetched (having graduated in Literature, I cannot help it:p) Though it was a little disturbing at the beginning, but once I got a hold, it was like a roller coaster ride...you can never read enough!


Then there is Adam...and there is James. Honestly speaking, this is one of the very few books where I couldn't decide until the end (end of book 1 that is) which hero I ACTUALLY like. I seem to have come up with the same dilemma as Sofia, only more prominent (because I couldn't tap tap tap my fingers to take my mind off this:/) Adam is the nice guy, the boy next door, and James is, in short, the perfect liar. But who should Sofia look up to?


Before you think I'm insane to not have mentioned Annie earlier, centering whom Sofia's whole life revolves, let me tell you that no, I was just waiting. She is...how do I say?...a complicatedly interesting and likeable character. I must warn you though...there are times..a LOT..when you may feel like throwing something at her face, or punching her for her guts. But at the end of the day, she IS Sofia's sister, and that makes her do things, that leaves you with no other choice than liking her as well!


The question of choice Sofia is to face every time, more for her sis than herself is what I enjoyed the most. Sofia seem to have one reason only to do what she does: keep her sister safe. While Annie is at the receiving end of help and favors most of the times, you may pass your verdict saying she's nothing but a self-pitying selfish sister who actually doesn't deserve half the things Sofia does for her. But with each passing moment and incident, you may start realizing that Annie is no less important a character. Both are different, of course...but somehow, they are linked with each other despite their physical and mental differences, and this is something I really really liked. It is not only the tale of Sofia and her fight, it is a beautiful narration of both Annie and Sofia's povs, the torments they face, torn between choosing for the self and the other one.


Mind Games is a beautiful, beautiful book that fills you gradually with anticipation along with each reading and specially after such an unnerving and cliffhanger ending, leaves you with no choice other than waiting to read the next book in the series. In short, just GRAB the book to read the minute you get the opportunity, you won't regret it :D

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