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I Crawl Through It
A.S. King
The Mistake I Made: A Novel
Paula Daly
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Cinda Williams Chima
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A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness, Jim Kay This book is the perfection. It's an amazingly good, heartbreaking, powerful piece of creativity, and I'm so glad I could read it. I was crying hard by the end of the story. I absolutely need to have a hard copy of it.Thank you, Patrick Ness, for writing this book.ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

Mercy

Mercy  - Rebecca Lim I started this book expecting one thing and ended with another.It's not that it was bad, but I just couldn't connect with the story or the characters.The world Rebecca Lim created was actually interesting, but I often found myself getting distracted while I read it. I'm not sure if it's something to do with the writing itself or if it's just me. The parts about choir rehersal were a bit boring, but that's because I'm not interested in choir. Other people would probably like it.Overall, I expected better. Maybe I'll read the sequel to see if there is an improvement.ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
The Goddess Test - Aimee Carter I'm a huge fan of all kinds of mythologies, so when I came upon The Goddess Test, I knew I had to read it. Unfortunately, the book was quite disappointing.The characterisation was bad. Kate and company were incredibly dull, dense, and unreal. Kate says at the beginning, when she goes to the school, that she doesn't want to make any friends, just to be alone. All of a sudden, she gets a stalker-friend James and an enemie-but-then-became-best-friend Ava. Henry, the romantic interest, was as interesting as a paper bag. He just can't be Hades, god of the Underworld, being so boring and moody.Some scenes were just absurd and ridiculous, I had a headache for rolling my eyes so much.Apparently Greek gods are now Americans, love to hang around Central Park and have Christmas parties.The seven tests Kate has to pass are never exactly explained until the end, but when you have Henry yelling at Kate "You have to stop eating! It's Gluttony!", it's just all so obvious. I'd love to know why would gods care for the seven deadly sins.The big revelation at end was so shocking that made me yawn.The only good part of the story was Kate dealing with her mother's disease. I can relate to that.Overall, this book made me sleepy. I didn't care for any of the characters and just wanted the book to be over.It had good potential but got a terrible execution.ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

The Vespertine

The Vespertine - Saundra Mitchell The Vespertineby Saundra MitchellIt's the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him.When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia's world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she's not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.This book had the potential to be so amazing. Unfortunately there were a couple of things that bothered me.First, I must say that I LOVED Saundra Mitchell's debut novel, Shadowed Summer. I equally love her writing, her prose is beautiful, and she does it again in The Vespertine.The characters weren't so good. Aside from Amelia herself, it's like we don't really know any of them. I hate instant love/attraction between characters, so Nathaniel was another big letdown. I can't believe in their love, because Amelia doesn't even know who he is, but for some reason, they are made for each other. I mean, why??The paranormal aspects were rather interesting, although there were never an explanation why those things happened to Amelia. I'll admit, the first half of the book were very slow, then it started to pick up and I got really anxious to know what would happen, and then... that ending happened. Ugh. It was so unnecessary.So, in the end, it was a good setup with a disappointing execution. But I still have faith in Saundra Mitchell, so I hope that The Springsweet will be better.ARC received from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt through NetGalley.

Shine

Shine -  Lauren Myracle ARC received from publisher through NetGalley.Shine is a great book.Despite the heavy issues, I couldn't stop reading it. It was gritty, agonizing and, at some parts, uncomfortable. But that's good: the book makes you feel things throughout the reading. I really liked Cat and her determination to find what happened to her friend Patrick, and as a result, what happened to herself.This is my first book by Lauren Myracle and I'm really glad I read it. I'm definitely buying a hard copy of Shine when it's out.
Jane Austen: A Life Revealed - Catherine Reef ARC received from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt through NetGalley.I am not a Jane Austen specialist (my sister is), so I enjoyed reading this biography.Catherine Reef's writing was nice, telling us deatils about Jane's daily life, her family and friends relationships, their lifestyles and hardships. The chapters were intercalated with a summary of each of Austen's novels, as well as thoughts and comments about the readers' reactions.The pictures and illustrations presented in the book are lovely.I'd recommend this book for anyone, young or old, who wants to know a bit more about the "mysterious" Jane Austen and her novels.

Angel

Angel - L.A. Weatherly I'll start saying that I liked Willow right from the beginning! This is rare coming from me because I tend to dislike female protagonists that are annoying or whining or simply weak. Fortunately that's not the case with Willow. She's a reliable, independent girl who knows how to fix cars and does psychic readings. As the story unfolds, we also find out that she's not really human: she's a half-angel.On the other side, there's Alex. He's an assassin of angels, the mesmerizing creatures that came to our world to feed on humans for their life force. Alex is serious on his job, lonely and a bit annoying in the beginning, but thankfully he got better later.If you liked at least one of the main characters, then you're lucky, because a good deal of the book is about Willow and Alex. This was good and bad in my opinion. Good because we actually see their characters growing. I loved that they didn't fall ~eternally~ in love with each other at the first five seconds (this is something I abhorr in YA books. Or any book). Both start kind of hating each other, and as the story progresses, they build a sweet relationship. They actually TALK! About stuff!Though it did have a number of cliche moments, it's okay. I thought this was one of the best aspectsof the novel.The bad side was that we didn't get to see the rest of the characters very much! With the story centered in Alex and Willow's journey, we only had a few POVs from Raziel and Jonah scattered, which didn't really help. Even the annoying typical best friend of Willow, Nina, was pratically shoved off the story, along with her family.Speaking of POVs, I didn't get why Willow had to be in first person, while Alex and the others were in third person. What was the point? It felt weird at first, but then I got used to it.Another thing I didn't like was the heavy use of "um" in the dialogues. I know it's a common thing to say when we're actually speaking, but in a book it's... awkward. It just doesn't flow well. And it wasn't even one or two times, it was ALL THE TIME. With all the characters. At some point I started counting how many "um" appeared but I lost track of it.Despite this minor flaws, I really enjoyed the pace and the story. It was a fast read, with a good deal of action, kissing (a lot!) and emotions. I'm really looking forward for the next book, "Angel Fire".
Blue Bloods  - Melissa  de la Cruz Even though I gave 3 stars, it wasn't all that good. I had major problems with some parts of the book.Yes, it's basically a mix of Gossip Girl with vampires (who descended from angels, including Lucifer. wth?). It was a quick read, but I expected more from the characters and the plot, and less clothes and foods and parties. There were too many unnecessary scenes and dialogues, and some parts felt like info dumping (but it didn't explain everything).I also didn't really like any of the characters (except maybe Oliver). They all seemed underdeveloped and, well, dumb. I kept reading to see what would happen but I didn't really care for them.Since I went ahead and bought all the books in the series at once, I just hope it gets better at some point.

The Iron Witch (The Iron Witch Series)

The Iron Witch - Karen Mahoney I expected so much from The Iron Witch, I wished I had liked the book more.The characters were okay. Donna was easily my favourite one. I liked that she was insecure, but when she had to fight, she kicked-ass. Ok, I also liked Navin and their friendship (I sure hope it's just friendship).Xan was kind of there for me. He was the typical mysterious and sexy love interest. And I HATE how Donna and Xan were instantly attracted to each other. This is just a huge pet peeve of mine.The story was somewhat interesting, with the whole alchemy stuff and wood elves, but... I just didn't connect with the story like I hoped I would.Either way, I'm still going to read the sequel to see what happens to Donna & co.

Bright Young Things

Bright Young Things - Anna Godbersen I really enjoyed reading this book. I think I even liked it better than The Luxe series.Though I did think that, once the girls got to New York, things started happening too fast and too conveniently (specially Cordelia). On the other hand, if things were too slow, the book would drag and end up being boring.I can't wait for the next volume!