Book Review: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning

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General Fiction > Chick-Lit > Contemporary

Sweet, bookish Neve Slater always plays by the rules. And the number one rule is that good-natured fat girls like her don’t get guys like gorgeous, handsome William, heir to Neve’s heart since university. But William’s been in LA for three years, and Neve’s been slimming down and re-inventing herself so that when he returns, he’ll fall head over heels in love with the new, improved her.

So she’s not that interested in other men. Until her sister Celia points out that if Neve wants William to think she’s an experienced love-goddess and not the fumbling, awkward girl he left behind, then she’d better get some, well, experience.

What Neve needs is someone to show her the ropes, someone like Celia’s colleague Max. Wicked, shallow, sexy Max. And since he’s such a man-slut, and so not Neve’s type, she certainly won’t fall for him. Because William is the man for her… right?

Somewhere between losing weight and losing her inhibitions, Neve’s lost her heart – but to who?

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…I think Sarra Manning and I are going to be good friends. *beams happily*

Oh, I read romance, sure. But not this thick. And definitely not this author. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me has been sitting on my shelf for two years now, and I want to smack myself senseless on why I bother just now to pick it up. It was highly entertaining! Yeah, Neve‘s obsession on her weight was annoying, but it was irrelevant to me. What I love the most is how Manning portrayed Max. Absolutely delicious, that one was. 😀

End of Chapter Two. I was already swooning with delight. Man, does Manning really writes like this? It was addicting. But then, Max flopped the swoon. How? He doesn’t know Neve’s name. To think that he was all sweet and mesmerizing to Neve. Ha! Now that was fun. Absolutely hilarious. 🙂

I love Celia, Neve’s sister. She’s very supportive and very attached to Neve. I liked that there wasn’t any sibling rivalry between them, considering Neve has weight problems, and Celia has no issues with her body (or beauty) at all.

The verbal sparring between Neve and Max were amusing and most times, hot. You know? There’s something about two intelligent people who cannot see how right they are for each other, because they are two busy thinking on the reasons on why they should not be together. That’s Neve and Max. I should be irritated with that, but surprisingly, I was not. It even added to the swoon factor! Ah, must be the love bug this February, hitting my inner romantic. 🙂

It would not do you any good if you cross out this book just because of it’s too ‘chick-lit’ cover. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me is endearing, charming, and fetching read. It was not perfect by my ‘contemporary’ standard, but the ‘lovey-dovey’ feel it gave last Valentines? So worth it!

#10 Off-the-Shelf Challenge 2013

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME by Sarra Manning

Paperback, 555 pages

Published February 1st 2011 by Corgi Books

5/5 stars

Book Review: Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain

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Genre: General Fiction > Mystery & Suspense > Thriller

(Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell #2)

When the body of a young woman is discovered in Portland’s Forest Park, Archie is reminded of the last time they found a body there, more than a decade ago: it turned out to be the Beauty Killer’s first victim, and Archie’s first case. This body can’t be one of Gretchen’s—she’s in prison—but after help from reporter Susan Ward uncovers the dead woman’s identity, it turns into another big case. Trouble is, Archie can’t focus on the new investigation because the Beauty Killer case has exploded: Gretchen Lowell has escaped from prison.

Archie hadn’t seen her in two months; he’d moved back in with his family and sworn off visiting her. Though it should feel like progress, he actually feels worse. The news of her escape spreads like wildfire, but secretly, he’s relieved. He knows he’s the only one who can catch her, and in fact, he has a plan to get out from under her thumb once and for all.

Book 1: Heartsick review

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… so this is a different take on brutal. There are less grisly scenes, but my heart, oh my heart! It took a beating that I never thought would’ve been possible when reading a mystery crime book. 😦

I don’t like Archie in Sweetheart because now I see how his ex-wife Debbie sees him when they are on the subject of Gretchen. He was in denial, inconsolable, stubborn, and over-the-top obsessed. But I admit it was brilliant that despite his uncontrollable feelings for Gretchen, he still managed to come up with a plan to capture her. Too bad his health is failing. and his heart is breaking. He really is messed up to the f*ck.

I was wary of Gretchen because she got Archie wrapped around her delicate, perfect finger. Still, it was always a surprise to catch her off-guard when she displays affection and emotion towards Archie. It sounded sick and revolting, I know, but it felt saddening in more ways than one. Now I am more than curious on her back story! What happened to you, Gretchen, before you were a serial killer?

I liked Henry and Susan. Their devotion for the truth and family was remarkable.

Sweetheart is a heart-numbing read. I really liked that Cain was not afraid to tell a story that was so unconventional it bordered on repugnant. But… I need a breather (like a month or two) before I read the next book, Evil at Heart.

#8 Off-the-Shelf Challenge 2013

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SWEETHEART by Chelsea Cain

Paperback, 352 pages

Published September 1st 2009 by Minotaur Books

4/5 stars

2nd Blogoversary Giveaway! (International)

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(This is for my readers, commenters, post likers, blog lurkers, co-bloggers, and online-friends-turned-friends-IRL — I salute you!)

For 1 lucky winner,

I will order one book of your choice from The Book  Depository!

As long as it’s $10 or less, that is. Haha!

RULE:

  • Just recommend one book (title and author, please) that is a standalone, meaning it is not part of any series, trilogy, whatever. That’s all! Rafflecopter will require this information in order for you to enter the giveaway.

NOTES:

  • Contest starts February 26th (that’s today!), giveaway will be done via Rafflecopter 
  • Opens Internationally, as long as The Book Depository ships to your country
  • You don’t have to own a blog site to enter
  • Contest ends March 22nd, ONE winner will be drawn and announced on March 25th

Click HERE to join via Rafflecopter!!!

Good luck 😀

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(P.S. I cannot believe I’ve been book blogging for two years already. O_o Yeah, but let’s get sentimental on a separate blog post shall we? *winks*)

Book Review: Legend #2: Prodigy by Marie Lu

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Young Adult > Dystopia

(Legend #2)

June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

Book 1: Legend review

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The Elector put a hand under June’s chin and brings her face towards his own. He is taking something from me that I thought was just for me, and I feel a sudden, shattering sense of loss.

Emotional. Wreck. Right. Now.
*screams at the top of my lungs* Dammit!

Three days after I closed my copy of Prodigy, and I am still crestfallen over its ending. Why does Marie Lu have to take that road? 😦

In the ending of Legend, June went with Day and now she’s a fugitive. Their plan is to get to the Colonies after they manage to retrieve Tess and Eden from wherever they are. As with everything in a dystopian world, nothing comes free. So at the cost of transportation to reach the Colonies, June and Day accepted Patriots’ offer to assassinate the new Elector Primo, Anden.

So Day stayed with the Patriots, and June went back tot he Republic  to be the inside “man” for the job. And because of this separation, several issues emerged. There’s Day doubting June’s feelings for her, Day being dubious on June’s loyalty (is she still a soldier of a Republic or a rebel with the Patriots?). These insecurities of Day made his character somewhat limp and uncoordinated with the Day I met in Legend. So, what a startling contrast from June, whose character was far more superior and intelligent than what was portrayed of her in book 1. =)

I did not see the confidence in Day, but the arrogance is still there. He was bordering on pathetic, what with his gullibility with Tess‘ poisonous thoughts (I hate you, b*tch) and his incapacity to understand what June was going through. To think that he wasn’t the only one who lost a brother. Right?

Now, it seemed fitting that Prodigy is the title of this sequel, because June‘s character was quietly powerful and she was the focus of it all. For every decision she makes, she not only considers Day (although he’s the biggest factor) but also, she questions whether her actions will change anything to the Republic, for the better. She’s matured and level-headed when dealing with Day, brilliant and devious when dealing with the Republic. I just love her for it!

I have no problems with the story flow. It was far better than I anticipated in dystopian sequels nowadays. But the way that Day’s and June’s destinies played out in the end? Not nice. That is not very nice of you, Marie Lu!

Prodigy was a solid follow up to Legend. If I wasn’t too attached with Day and June, I’d say it was a kick-*ss sequel. Unfortunately, I feel too much for these two, who has lost their loved ones to the cruelty of the Republic.

F*ck that ending. I’m so sad still. *sob*

#12 Off-the-Shelf Challenge 2013

#7 Dystopia Challenge 2013

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PRODIGY by Marie Lu

Paperback, 356 pages

Published January 29th 2013 by Penguin

3.5/5 stars

Book Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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Young Adult > Fantasy

(Falling Kingdoms #1)

In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:

Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.

Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword. . . .

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed.

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…but I actually don’t know who to root for.

Hate is such a strong emotion. Much more powerful than indifference. But those who burn with hate can also love just as intensely. Can’t they? When you hate–or love–do you do so with all your heart? So much that it feels as if you might die from it?

Three kingdoms. Auranos, Paelsia, Limeros. Four POVs (at one time, five). Cleo, Jonas, Lucia and Magnus. It was hard to track everyone, to tell you the truth. Because just when I was getting comfortable with Magnus, the POV shifts to Lucia, or Cleo. Given that, I am not sure which of them I should give my support, so to speak. But Magnus is the most compelling among them. Intriguing, this prince was. =)

So maybe if you like A Game of Thrones, there is a possibility that Falling Kingdoms will appeal to you. The lack of regard to characters is a similarity. Why, you ask? See, the first character who was growing on me, while I’m still on the verge of attaching to him… he was murdered. After displaying himself as a formidable man to watch out for, he has to die suddenly. *grunts* I hate that author’s trick.

Suffice it to say that I clung to Magnus to give me hope on this rather boring lament of Cleo and maybe Jonas, too. I couldn’t care less what happened to them. So Magnus’ character… his tortured soul was such a joy to watch. I have no qualms if he’s good or bad. I just want Magnus to be this powerful, definitive, and convincing Blood Prince that everyone expects him to be. Bring it on, then. I’m sure Magnus will fit the role perfectly. *evil grin*

The few curveballs that made Falling Kingdoms a massive jolt to my system? I’m still deciding if I like them. I think I need to read Rebel Spring to say if this fantasy is worth investing my time and emotions to. I believe it can be better, so let’s hope that it will be.

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FALLING KINGDOMS by Morgan Rhodes

Ebook, 400 pages

Published December 12th 2012 by Penguin Group

3/5 stars

Book Review: The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

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Young Adult > Paranormal

Brie’s life ends at sixteen: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn’t love her, and the news breaks her heart–“literally.”
But now that she’s D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy Brie loved and lost–and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there’s Patrick, Brie’s mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul…who just might hold the key to her “forever after.”
With Patrick’s help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she’s ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?

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… and I would read this again for the rockin’ chapter titles alone. Man, most times those titles are spot-on. 😀 what a feel-good book!

The Catastrophic History of You and Me was utterly charming. With the author’s penchant for music, it was very entertaining! But not without pain or angst, mind you. After all, Brie did die young, all because her boyfriend broke up with her. Don’t worry, there’s a medical term for her condition. 😉

Brie’s version of heaven is a pizza place..! And there she met Patrick. Funny, secretive, charismatic Patrick. 🙂 Gotta love that bomber jacket! Now I cannot get James Dean off my mind. Ha!

Reading Brie going through the five stages of grief was a breeze. It was the expected response from a sixteen-year-old who was not planning to die anytime soon. Ah, young people. They live as if they would never die. 😀 Anyway, Brie was smart, you know, but when it came to Jacob.. she cannot think straight. Especially when she learned why he ended things with her. Well, how do you react when your first love literally broke your heart?

And there’s Patrick. Confident, arresting resident lost soul. He made this book so delightful! His one-liners and deadpans for Brie were downright comical. But wait, who is he, really? His back story was my favorite part. 🙂

Brie learned that her family were struggling to stay together after she died. How I love Hamloaf! Brie also found out the warmth of loyalty of her friends enveloped her even if she’s on the other side.

The Catastrophic History of You and Me is a startling read. And this is not your average paranormal book. Quirky, uproarious, and sometimes aching, Brie’s afterlife story might be just what you need to appreciate life. Right here, right now.

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THE CATASTROPHIC HISTORY OF YOU AND ME by Jess Rothenberg

Ebook, 400 pages

Published February 21st 2012 Dial Books

4.5/5 stars

Mini Book Reviews: As They Slip Away, Destroy Me

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Young Adult > Science Fiction > Dystopia

(Across the Univers #0.5)

Taking place on the spaceship Godspeed before Amy Martin wakes up and Elder takes leadership, this novella describes life at the Hospital during Eldest’s reign. Focusing primarily on background characters, readers will see fan-favorite characters Harley, Orion, Victria, and more.

Selene is a singer on a spaceship that only values people who can provide important skills that enhance survival. As her friends–fellow “loons” in the Hospital–start to join apprenticeships to turn their skills into valuable labor, Selene is sent with a handful of other students to learn about the importance of art from the Recorder, Orion. The assignment pairs her with a young sculptor, Luthor, and their dangerous romance proves just how terrifying living trapped on a spaceship under the rule of a heartless dictator could be.

This tragic tale explores the background of a previously unknown character, linking the history of the ship and its residents to Amy and Elder, giving depth to the world of Godspeed.

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…poor Selene. Although this e-novella proved just how deranged Luthor is.

And I did learn something about Victria, Bartie, Kayleigh, and Harley. Why they acted the way they did in Across the Universe and A Million Suns. It made me realized how Elder’s friends are still human regardless of the effects of Godspeed and Eldest’s rule among them.

I saw how their friendships were before it fell apart, through Selene’s eyes, who felt like an outsider among them. I miss Harley. 😦 I kind of liked Kayleigh. And Bartie is not that bad, he’s actually cool back then. Victria is a little bit complicated. Luthor… what a waste of talent and friendship, but deranged is deranged.

Now I’m excited on how Shades of Earth will be after reading this. I hope it will be phenomenal. 😀

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AS THEY SLIP AWAY by Beth Revis

Kindle Edition, 48 pages

Published January 13th 2013

4/5 stars

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Young Adult > Dystopia

(Shatter Me #1.5)

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

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…there’s something psychotic about Warner… that I really, really like. 😀

If only to have a sneek peek on Warner’s twisted mind, I really liked Destroy Me. Calling him twisted is almost an exaggeration, because Warner really is in love with Juliette. So maybe he’s just misunderstood..? Hahaha.

And I strongly felt Warner’s utter dislike (hatred?) to Adam! Well yeah, Adam’s the one, but I can’t help but be amused with Warner’s destructive imagination on what he will do to Adam once he get his hands on him. *gleeful*

I will say it again. Warner is a formidable enemy, an even likeable one for my taste. Ooh, I cannot wait for Warner-Adam throw-down!

She put my hand in the fire once.
Just to see if it would burn, she said. Just to check if it was a regular hand, she said.
I was 6 years old then.
I remember because it was my birthday.

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DESTROY ME by Tahereh Mafi

Ebook , 103 pages

Published October 2nd 2012  by Harper

4/5 stars

Book Review: This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

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Young Adult > Contemporary | Realistic Fiction

When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn’t mess around. After all, she’s learned all there is to know from her mother, who’s currently working on husband number five. But there’s something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy’s rules. He certainly doesn’t seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can’t seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy’s starting to understand what those love songs are all about? From acclaimed author Sarah Dessen, this is a captivating novel about a tough-as-nails girl and the unexpectedly charming boy who’s determined to soften her up.

Literary Awards: South Carolina Book Award Nominee for Young Adult Book Award (2005), Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award Nominee (2003)

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I had no illusions about love anymore. It came, it went, it left casualties or it didn’t. People weren’t meant to be together forever, regardless of what the songs say.

So, that’s Remy. Such a bucket of sunshine, right? *snorts*

This Lullaby is my second Dessen book… and I liked it. Not bad, see? This is because The Truth About Forever damaged Dessen’s first impression on me. It was not my cup of tea, really.

Last January, I was tweeting about my plans to read romance for February. Tina hinted, “Why not try Dessen again?” And I say, why not! I was feeling gracious that day, I think. When I added This Lullaby in  Goodreads, I was surprised that some of my friends wanted to read it as well. And so we decided to buddy read. And I thought it was awesome, right guys? =)

Moving on. Tina told me that I will like Remy than Macy (from TTAF). Well, I did not like Remy a whole lot (sorry, Tina!), but Dexter… he’s my funny surprise! Well, I’m not asking to be his girl anytime soon, but there’s something… magnetic and charming in Dexter that just seemed to rub off me. His antics in trying to goad Remy were just plain funny. I’m not even offended by the silliness of them all (because normally I would). Every single time that I want to throttle Remy with her washed-out ideas on relationships, Dexter almost always saves the day. His flippancy more than made up Remy’s run-down attitude. And I really, really liked that.

Remy is complicated. How can she not? Seeing love as a weakness. Just look at her mom! Already at her nth-time marriage. But… maybe I see myself in her? Thus, my hostility to her bullheadedness? I hate that she’s too scared, too rough, too tapped out on her life. And how old are again, Remy? *deep sigh*

I still think Dexter deserves better than Remy. That Remy’s mom is indeed stronger than her, jadedness included. That Dexter might not be the most responsible among his lot, but I adore him anyway. That Remy, despite all her flaws, deserves to be treasured.

The ending was open, not quite satisfying for me (as I rarely feel good about open endings) but it felt right. Not forced. Or formulated.

This Lullaby was an amusing read. I’m still getting there – on being a Dessen fan – but for now, I think it’s enough that I gave her work another chance.

I will leave you with this:

But wasn’t it better to just be brutally honest? To admit that your feelings for someone is never going to be powerful enough to justify taking up any more of their time?

Do you agree with Remy?

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THIS LULLABY by Sarah Dessen

Published March 8th 2004 by Penguin Group USA

3.5/5 stars

It’s Monday! What are you reading? [19]

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Hello, Lovelies! How was your valentine weekend? *winks*

Me? Instead of flowers, my better half got me a book. *beams happily* Oh, yes. Thank heavens, he is a practical man. 😀

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And I did promise him that I will read it ASAP. So.. I’m ready, Kat & Hale!

Recent Read: Wow. Just wow. Sarra Manning made my Valentine weekend. BIG time!

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Current Read: Something I’m reading on Temple the iPad. 😉

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Next Read: Got my copy yesterday. And I’m actually testing myself on how long I can stand looking at it without reading it. I say 2 days, max. Ha! I missed you, Day. 😉

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Whew! So what are you reading this week?

Book Review: Unearthly #3: Boundless by Cynthia Hand

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Young Adult > Paranormal

(Unearthly #3)

The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California – and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.

Book 1: Unearthly review       Book 2: Hallowed review

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…What an incredible journey this series was. *awestruck* So… do you want to know who Clara ended up with? *wiggles eyebrows*

When reviews started popping up last month, I was getting crazy! My pre-order copy from The Book Depository will only be delivered 2-3 weeks here in Manila. And each glowing review that I scanned (okay, read and consumed) made me even crazier. And my GR-TFG friends were aware of it. I was on text blast mode every time I got agitated! Oh, the insanity of it. Perhaps this is the first time I was truly rooting for a love interest, to the point that it will ruin the whole series for me if he did not end up with Clara. Yes, that was my crazy moment. Haha!

Story-wise, the conclusion to this angel-themed series was really, really good. I have my apprehensions but still, I can say that Boundless solidified its stand for the Unearthly series as one of the most concrete angel books out there.

My dealbreaker for love triangles: the feelings of the heroine to her love interest must be absolute. It means that from start to finish, there is no doubt that her heart belongs to that one guy. No ifs. No buts. Just him. I do not want my heroine to come across as undecisive, conflicted, and easy-to-sway on her emotions. If that was the case, I’m outta there.

It came as no surprise that Christian will have more face time than Tucker in Boundless. Clara was going to Stanford with Angela to figure out her friend’s purpose there. So naturally, Christian will tag along. His visions were still connected to Clara’s in some ways. So really, Tucker (my sweet little human) has no place in Clara’s life in California. =(

I admit I was getting crankier with Clara-Christian scenes, and there were lots of it. Studying, training, fighting. I was already sold out to the idea that Clara will end up with him. And it broke my heart. Imagine me trudging through the pages just because I want to get it over it already. *sigh*

Then came the twist. and the climax. and the end.

I was left reeling, close to tears in fact. I was even ready to blast Cynthia Hand online for the pain she caused me! But it was pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that I’d be willing to be subjected to again. Because I was happy on how everything turned out for Clara. Happy, but not quite satisfied. Is that even possible?

Jeffrey. His character has a lot of potential, but Jeffrey was written obtusely and was underdeveloped, as if he was just an afterthought. It would’ve been nice if his purpose was defined and cleared to compensate with the hurt and loss he experienced all throughout this book.

Angela. She was not my favorite character, but what a stunner it was that she was at the center of it all. But in the end, she was left in tatters. What’s up with that?

Samjeeza. Certainly the most blindsiding character! My heart went out to him. A simple request that has so much hold on his eternity… just wow. This is my favorite angle of the story. So tearful and disquieting. 😦

Christian. What a remarkable supporting character, but… I didn’t liked how he was built to be this undeniable hero, being Clara’s source of her glory, and yet.. I thought it was unfair, even for him. And I’m not even Team Christian! I’d understand if he disillusioned himself as Clara’s Knight in Shining Armor. But to be the reason behind Clara’s source of glory? Mixed signals, I tell you.

Tucker. Like I said, he was barely there in 2/3 of Boundless. But his quick appearances were heartwarming, spine-tingling, and 100% emotional. What’s not to love with this guy? Team Tucker FTW!

Clara. She was kick-ass. Dry humor, unfailing loyalty, and fathomless goodness – that’s her. Only thing I was not in favor of: confusing feelings towards Christian and Tucker in the middle of the book. Have you gone bonkers or something, Clara? We all know who you love! So pick him!

Boundless almost rendered me to a book slump last night. It was, for a lack of better word, poignantly beautiful. What an awesome way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. =)

I love Tucker and that’s absolute.

#9 Off-the-Shelf Challenge 2013

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BOUNDLESS by Cynthia Hand

Hardbound, 438 pages

Published January 22nd 2013 by HaperTeen

4/5 stars