Book Review: Fallen #2: Torment by Lauren Kate

Rating: Star

Synopsis:

Hell on earth. That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel. It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts – immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students -Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something – something dangerous. What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else? The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series . . . where love never dies.

*****

Do I love him? Yes. But when the final battle comes, I’ll have to kill him. That’s just our reality. We both know exactly where we stand.

So very dissapointing 😦 this could’ve been good but the author just goes around in circles without a concrete plot. if you read the first book, then you’ll know there are a lot of unanswered questions left in the end. after reading book two, not only did the author NOT answer those questions from book one, but she piled another load on top of it. that is too much mystery, man! too much that there is no more left for me to go.

lucy – gosh, what an iritating spoiled brat. always pining for Daniel. always asking for the impossible. i never felt she grew up on this sequel. and she SHOULD grow up since the ending in book one left her to tatters.

daniel – getting tired of him being mysterious and evasive to lucy’s questions and yet insists he had her best interests at heart. he does not trust lucy at all to handle some of the truths about them.

miles – i love him! he is the only character worth reading.

fave scene – lucy and the messengers. wicked.

ending – bleh. i was just glad i finished the book for the sake of finishing it.

the verdict: i hate to say it… but i will read book three. i want to know how it will end. will the author redeem herself on the last book? i hope so because if not, there’s a lot of book bashing that i’m gonna do to her series.

if you read or currently reading book one, Fallen, enjoy it. but stop there.

Would he find her? Without question. Would he save her? Always.

.:maria:.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

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Book Review: Caster Chronicles #2: Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar

Synopsis:

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan’s eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there’s no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town’s tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

*****

I didn’t want to choose one world. I wanted to be part of both. I didn’t want to see only one side of the sky. I wanted to see it all.

What a way to follow up the first book! It was amazing – their adventure to the underground passageways is mind blowing.

Ethan – is starting to get whiny and clingy. i want to knock him out cold.

Lena – oh my, the b*tch is coming out! i kinda liked here in book one, but here. ugh. i want to bury her underground. *make me the heroine instead!*

Link – should’ve made him the lead 😦 he is so funny, i love him! the way he treats Ridley despite his feelings for her – fantastic. i liked that the authors decided to have Link as Ethan’s companion in this book. if it was Lena, crap, i’ll chuck the book faster than you think.

Ridley – she is a very interesting character! complicated and yet easy to understand at the same time. makes sense? i am so looking forward to seeing here in book three!

Liv – hmm. i like her on the average. could this be a Team Liv vs Team Lena match? She definitely have more spunk than Lena, so i hope she stays longer with the love triangle.

ending – explosive! that’s the way to wrap up a paranormal book 🙂 but i have to say, i don’t want Lena’s family to be mine. nu-uh. too crazy.

the verdict: i am more hyped to read book three for the adventures than following Ethan’s and Lena’s love story. Link-Ridley? Now there’s something brewing hot!

We don’t get to chose what is true. We only get to choose what we do about it.

.:maria:.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Book Review: Matched by Ally Condie

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar

Synopsis:
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

*****

“It strikes me that perhaps this is part of what we are fighting to choose. Which pain we feel.”

*might contain spoilers*

 i am speechless. really. i consumed this book in less than two days! i could not put it down. not when i’m riding the mrt. not when i’m inside the van going home. i admit it. it left me breathless… well, by the time i reached the ending, i’m pretty much in my normal breathing state. Angel

i liked that it started with the Matching ritual immediately. from there, i can follow the story effortlessly.

Cassia Reyes. i believe how she can trust the Society her life. i really do. but her musings turned dangerous when she started truly seeing what the Society is doing to their lives. they have no choices. it was made for them. i liked how she chooses her battles on how to rebel. i liked her relationship with her grandfather. i really liked how she grows strong in character.

“Even though i know i’m falling for Ky it is impossible not to love Xander for everything he is and everything he does.”

did i say i really like Xander?… that was before i met Ky.

Ky Markham. oh wow. here is one strong character i can cheer on. street smart. vindictive. careful. whenever he exits a scene, i want him back again! and when the author did, i smile in contentment. He became my heroin of sorts.

“Our hands do not touch and i find myself wishing that they had.
What is wrong with me?”

the premise of the love story was heartwarming. and fresh too. the “getting-to-know-you” part before falling in love is a big YES for me. Cassia was just curious about Ky. She even felt sorry for him in the beginning. So how the hell did she ended up loving Ky? i really don’t know. one piece of Ky’s life at a time? the Poems?

“What will it feel like, his lips on mine? Like a secret told, a promise kept?”

this is one of those stories about falling in love by NOT gushing about how gorgeous or handsome the guy is. the author almost always only mentions Ky’s eyes and hair, but she never described him as beautiful or good looking. i can’t picture Ky’s face because of that. and yet, i was attracted to him, not to Xander (which the author painted with more specific physical qualities).

that is really something for me. without the superficial feel of physical attributes makes it all the more heartfelt, i just about melted everytime Cassia and KY are together. wee!

Dylan Thomas poem. i recognized it the second i read the first line. when i finished it, i remembered the movie Dangerous Minds which also feautured it. DO NOT GO GENTLE… RAGE, RAGE AGAINST THE DYING OF THE LIGHT! oh man, Dylan Thomas, you are so hot right now. *grins*

my ultimate high experience: everytime Cassia and Ky went hiking up until the last day of that activity, my heart is beating fast. palpitating. i couldn’t catch my breath. it was freakingly romantic!

favorite scene: up in the hills, when Cassia asked about Ky’s eye color. it stole my heart. *about to faint*

i realized after that scene that i am not a bystander to their love affair. I AM Cassia. i’ve fallen in love with Ky myself. who wouldn’t?

the villain: i will crush that female official with my bare hands! I will see you in book two, you hear me!

two things i don’t like:

first kiss – that was so disappointing. i was like, “that’s all you are going to give me?!” but then, the author backed up then gave me the first real kiss that i was hoping for. *sigh*

ending – i was shocked to see the “acknowledgements” page suddenly. that was the end? you call that an ending? sheesh. it was so bland that some readers might not bother to read the second book. but i will!

i read book 2 synopsis, and it was implied there that Xander have a chance with Cassia. oh hell no! i’d be sorely pissed if Team Xander win this out. No effin’ way!

the verdict: it is a strong book for the YA audience. i recommend it. you want to fall in love? then read it.

“But i’ve already broken the glass; I’ve given the green away; I’ve made my choice. I’m already dying without Ky here and now I have to make sure I live to find him.”

.:maria:.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”