Book Review: Personal Demons by Lisa Derochers

Rating: StarStar

(Personal Demons #1)

Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She has spent years keeping everyone at a distance—-even her closest friends—-and it seems as if her senior year is going to be more of the same . . . until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can’t seem to stay away from him. 

What she doesn’t know is that Luc is on a mission. He’s been sent from Hell itself to claim Frannie’s soul. It should be easy—-all he has to do is get her to sin, and Luc is as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn’t stand a chance. But he has to work fast, because if the infernals are after her, the celestials can’t be far behind. And sure enough, it’s not long before the angel Gabriel shows up, willing to do anything to keep Luc from getting what he came for. It isn’t long before they find themselves fighting for more than just Frannie’s soul.

But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay . . . for all of them.

*****

“I don’t believe in love at all, really. But lust … is alive and well.”

I tried to liked Personal Demons, but Frannie’s bitchiness (and horny-ness) was very irritating.

At first, I thought maybe i didn’t like it because i’m Team Gabe. But no, there are valid reasons why reading this book is a waste of time.

RAVES

“Tell me what to do to change your mind.”

  1. I think I just have one: GABE. I’m sure most of the readers swooned about Luc (but I don’t), but Gabe stole the show for me. Although his character is not as built and strong, he is the only redeemable character the story has. He fits into the angel character well, but shows a few human vulnerabilities, too. There’s only a little bit that i seemed odd: He loves Frannie. but how? they didn’t spend as much time to build the romance! just looking, cuddling, and kissing. He also doesn’t mind that while he’s not making out with Frannie, she’s making out with Luc. ICK.
  2. Wait there’s another one: her Grandpa. I like their relationship.

RANTS

  1. This is the worst love triangle i’ve ever read. Mostly because I cannot determine which guy Frannie will choose because she talks and acts like they have equal chances to her! She says, she does not believe in Love At First Sight but that’s what happened to her (to both guys). Oh, honey, you are wrong. it’s Lust At First Sight to you. No doubt about it. And why does two supernatural, immortal beings would suddenly fall in love with an ordinary girl like Frannie? The romance has no solid foundation, just physical ones.
  2. Frannie is a sl*t. well, it has to be said! One minute she’s gushing/kissing over Luc but when he’s gone and Gabe appears, she’s gushing/kissing Gabe. What the H?!! she claims he loves Luc, but why the F does still kisses Gabe?!! I told you. Sl*t.
  3. Luc’s POV is like a girl. a very horny teenage girl. Can you hear a guy who say, ‘AS IF’? I liked his cockiness at first, but then it got tiring. The the constant ‘Hell’ jokes were so annoying. I mean, I get it so can you stop it already!
  4. Derochers repetitively uses ‘meanders’, ‘snot’, and ‘whatever’. I thought i mistakenly reread a chapter, but no. These words are all over the book.
  5. The twist and the ending sucks. It is so unbelievable that things would turn out that way. The story premise is dark and evil, but the ending was just too ‘happy’ or ‘lucky’ for me.

CASE in point: Don’t read it. The heroine is irritating, The ‘hero’ is egotistical, the love triangle is nauseating. It just didn’t work out. But hey, that’s just me.

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

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Book Review: Fallen #3: Passion by Lauren Kate

Rating: StarStarStar

(Fallen #3)

“Every single lifetime, I’ll choose you. Just as you have chosen me. Forever.”

Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way. . . .

Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history.

Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.

If it wasn’t for the time travelling scenes, I would’ve given Passion a 2.

She touched the side of Daniel’s face. “Is it love? Or is it just the curse that brings us together?”

“It’s love,” he gasped. “Don’t you know that?”

Admit it, Daniel. Luce is an idiot. No girl in her right mind should question your love (and its depth) for her. 

So Luce jumped into an Announcer with the purpose of finding out the truth about their curse (and ending it) by visiting her past lives/relationships with Daniel. What supposed to be a quest for Luce to finally break the curse so she and Daniel can be together without consequences turned out to be the wick  of a wicked chance for the greatest angel ever to fall from grace to destroy history.

RAVES:

  1. Lauren Kate finally decided to put Daniel’s POV in the story. I kinda like his journey more than Luce’s.
  2. The power of Daniel’s love for Luce is overplayed, but nonetheless heartwarming.
  3. I got to glimpse a snippet of Cam’s past life that turned him to join the other side.
  4. Daniel’s journey to his past lives answered the questions that have bombarded me since book 1. He’s still mysterious, all right, but I’m not puzzled by his actions anymore.

RANTS:

  1. It wasn’t Luce who found a way to break the curse (surprise, surprise).
  2. Everytime she meets Daniel in the past, she’s always “he’s so gorgeous” or “i want to feel his arms around me” or ” those violet eyes”. C’mon, Lauren Kate! I get it. Luce is one h*rny chick.
  3. Luce is still a weak heroine. Imagine her travelling in different times and places but still whining how Daniel doesn’t love her enough, keeps secrets from her, maybe Daniel is not who she thought he was. Doubts, doubts, doubts! And to think that the author is selling the ‘true & eternal love across lifetimes’ idea here.
  4. Whatever happened to the Outcasts? or Sophia and the Elder council?
  5. It is still unclear to me how Luce & Daniel came to fall in love many lifetimes ago. For sure, Luce is no angel. But is she human with just a very beautiful soul that captured Daniel? Lauren Kate never did come around explaining that.
  6. I still find it difficult to imagine how Daniel can be this very important fallen angel that he might tip the balance of the scale. He was only the Angel of Silent Watchers. Is that supposed to be a powerful role?
  7. The reason that Daniel fell from heaven’s grace because of NOT choosing a side (from the inevitable war) is ludicrous. Angels fall because they want free will, is it not?  Daniel did not choose heaven or hell, but he still fell and even got punished for it.

I was surprised that Passion is not the final book, there is still book 4 (Rapture). Luce does not deserve Daniel, period.

Do you want to read it? If yes, then read at your own risk. Fallen series got potential to be a great angel-themed YA series. Unfortunately, the story is inconsistent, the atmosphere is sappy and the heroine is still whiny for me.

“I’ll love you with all my heart, in every life, through every death. I will not be bound by anything but my love for you.”

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Book Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar

Synopsis:

In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

*****

This book blew me away! I need to write this down right before my elation evaporates.

I had high expectations (I never should’ve read the good reviews before reading) and halfway through the book I can’t see what the fuss is all about. Boy, was i ever wrong to judge it before finishing the chapters! In the end, i was dumbfounded. In a very good way. Coming from the angel-themed YA fiction along with Hush, Hush and Fallen series, there is no doubt that it is the at the top of the bunch. No, let me rephrase it. It is the only book there that has substance.

Clara:

here is a heroine that i love! (But can her name be any more unsophisticated?) Responsible, does not back down from a fight, does her own thing, does not allow any guy to treat her like crap. She was realistic, although i hate it when she goes gaga over Christian. I get it that he’s her purpose as a part angel. But the constant ogling that bordered to obsession is annoying. But i forgive her at the end of the book. There it was revealed why Christian is so magnetic, even to someone like her. At the end of the book, she was faced with a dilemma: follow the rules or follow her heart? Her decision has dire consequences. Don’t worry honey, i would’ve done the same if it were me. 😉

Christian:

i take him at face value. The author glorifies him throughout the book. Dark brown hair (or is it black?). Green eyes. Sexy-brooding. He is “hotness personified” as the author explicitly puts it. But i didn’t see character in him. That’s why I couldn’t see how this guy can be the love interest of Clara.

Tucker:

you can now call me an official Tucker groupie :):):) i love this guy! Rude, conceited, jerk. Not to mention blond hair and blue eyes. And charming. I look forward to the scenes where is he is bantering and bickering with Clara. You would want to know who will win every time. 🙂

Ultimate high experience:

I have to admit that the turn of the story came when Tucker and Clara began spending time together. There are some funny moments, i couldn’t help laughing out loud! And there are romantic moments too, that just makes me grin like an idiot or scream like a banshee. It was electrifying!

Fave Scene:

i have two. The first one is the scene at Tucker’s barn (or was it at the stable?) after the bear repellent thing. He was so confident. I am so Team Tucker already! And the second one is the time when Clara summoned her glory because of her mom. What is the reason behind her glory? Her revelation was a shock to her. Yeah, that’s my girl!

The Ending:

I never saw it coming! Everything was turned upside down. I need to know what happens next! It was such a cliffhanger.

The Verdict:

READ IT READ IT READ IT! It is on a very different level compared to Hush, Hush and Fallen series. Unearthly buried them in the cold, sticky mud! I am so attached to Tucker that if Clara doesn’t end up with him in the end, there’s gonna be hell to pay. You hear that, Cynthia Hand? So please, please don’t let me down.

.:maria:.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

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.”