[Review] Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Blood Red Road
by Moira Young

Publication Date: June 7th 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Format: Hardcover, 459 pages

Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That’s fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba’s world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.
 Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she’s a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.

Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetically minimal writing style, violent action, and an epic love story. Moira Young is one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction.
-Goodreads

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Blood Red Road is amazingly good! Totally love the pacing, detailed and very well written.

Another story that left me breathless and gasping for more, I couldn’t put it down. Blood Red Road is a story of Saba who sets of into a journey to save her brother Lugh. I honestly didn’t imagine myself really drawn into this book, but then when I was half way through I just cannot put it down. The story is just very inviting and makes you want to read more. The pacing is very progressive and I really like it, add some characters that’s very adverse and barbaric, you got yourself an ass kicking story. I cannot say anything bad about the story, not to say I’m a flaws finder but the story is just very unique and I tell you not to pass reading this. I think the story is very gross and rich with every element on what you’re looking for a great book. With a touch of mystery and some heart quenching twist, I say this book is a must read.

The characters, I describe them as very adverse and barbaric, the whole attitude contributed throughout the whole book. I don’t know if you know but I really like belligerent character, I like those fighter characters specially a girl character. Saba is one character I line up with the most fierce woman character out there, I find her to be the likes of Katniss from The Hunger Games. Saba is a character that when she has a goal, she’ll do everything to do it. I really admire Saba because behind all the toughness that she shows she has a heart that cares for her sister Emmi. Saba considers Emmi as a burden; I have to agree because this little kid over here is unbelievable and very persistent. Emmi doesn’t want to be left alone and she follows Saba everywhere no matter what or how dangerous it maybe. I think it’s the best thing to do and I really like Emmi, she has this kind of attitude that keeps Saba inane which I think contributed very much half of the book. With every story I think there comes to be what you call the Prince Charming and Ohh boy this is just it! Jack I can say is very swoonish another fictional character that I wish to date. I don’t think anyone could resist this guy. I can consider him as the man of your dreams well if he’s ever true. And the Damsel in Distress award goes to Lugh which I think is the very different.

Overall this book has been very fun and engaging, I cannot say more how I like this book. The story, the characters, the writing style, it just go well with the whole package. I just want to add something for the writing style because it has captured my thoughts for about the whole part of the read. I really like the writing style of this book but I just notice some miss written words like ezzackly, yer and some other words I find misspelled. I find it really creative and showcase the whole setting of the story. But I think it was not needed, or rather if the setting was established as a place where a certain language is spoken maybe I think ill understand. I recommend this book for every dystopian lovers out there, I totally love and devour this book and I think if you love The Hunger Games you’ll love this one too.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Moira Young has been by turns an actress, dancer, and opera singer, but her first loves are books and writing. A native Canadian, she now lives in the UK with her husband. Blood Red Road is her first novel.

[Review] Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Juliet Immortal
by Stacey Jay

Publication Date: August 9, 201

Publisher: Delacorte Books
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
“These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume.”—Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn’t take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn’t anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she’s fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she’s forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.

-Goodreads



My thoughts?

There are just sooo many reasons why you should read this book. This is fureakin amazing. From the writing style, to the story itself, it’s like you’re watching a movie every single scene you will not want to miss. This is the kind of book I want to keep reading. I mean come on, I feel like I’m being offered with the same things every time I read young adult books right now. But these kinds of books offer a different feeling. It’s not the usual high school girl meeting the new jerk transferee dude kind of story.

I’m not familiar with Stacey Jay honestly. I’ve never actually read any of her stories before. But as I have read her Juliet Immortal, I knew I liked her writing style. The first few pages of the book did not allow me to stop. Oh no it didn’t. It must be because of the story too. It was Romeo and Juliet. Oh well we all love them. But well in this story apparently, Romeo is the evil jerk who killed his new wife. And he will have to battle with Juliet through eternity. But our little Juliet is not as easy to kill as we think. She’s real tough and she fell for another guy in this story. And Romeo, our dear Romeo would do everything to not give Juliet her happy ending.

I’m not going to continue the story because I would end up spoiling it for you. But really, I want to tell myself that I should have seen the twist coming. I should have seen it but I didn’t. Oh well. So I’m challenging you. You will know which part of the book I’m talking about when you read it. It will be fun.

But no matter how evil Romeo might appear in this story, I still like him. Okay so this is Stacey Jay against William Shakespeare. And well as much as I like Jay’s writing, I’m still a sucker for fairy tales. I’m a romantic I guess. I still want to believe in our dear Romeo.

So yeah I had to not sleep for a night because of this. And I think it’s worth it. This is really beautiful. I love it and I would want to read more of this. There’s a sequel to this as far as I could say. The title, they say, is Romeo Redeemed and I could not wait to read it. It is going to be on my most anticipated booklist. Because I so love it.  Ratings:
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stacey Jay is a recovering workaholic (or at least working hard at recovering) with three pen names, two small children, and a passion for playing pretend for a living. She’s been a full time mom-writer since 2005 and can’t think of anything she’d rather be doing. Her former careers include theatre performer, professional dancer, poorly paid C-movie actress, bartender, waiter, math tutor (for real) and yoga instructor.

In her very limited spare time, Stacey enjoys cooking elaborate dinners and eating them very, every slowly, dressing up in costumes with her sons, and dancing like a total freak who all but the coolest of her friends are embarrassed to be seen with. You can write her email if you want. She’ll do her best to answer in a timely fashion and tell you thanks for reading.

[Review] Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor
by Lucy Christopher

Publication Date: May 4th 2009
Publisher: Chicken House
Format: Paperback, 320 pages

Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back? The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don’t exist – almost.

-Goodreads

Two thumbs up!

When I read the plot in goodreads all I had in mind was how typical it was. Yes I’ve gone through those you-kidnap-me-cause-you’re-inlove-with-me-and-i-don’t-know-why-but-I-think-i-love-you-too for a million times in lots of stories online but I decided to give this book a shot.

Reading its first few pages made me crave for the rest. There was this thrill factor about it that you just wanna know what would happen next. There is simplicity in its narration but with the way the characters deliver their actions and lines, you could definitely feel the force of its situation.

The novel was written in Gemma’s point of view and is in a form of a long letter directed to Ty, her captor, who has temper, but is very caring of his victim and is likeable. With the circumstance given of being alone with each other, Ty gets to tell Gemma his sad stories and shows her his somewhat vulnerable part that would make you go like c’mon Gemma fall in love with him already. And you know what, between all those attempts of escaping from his grasp, she kinda did. But what’s smart about the girl protagonist is that she sensed the wrongness behind what she felt—like a helpless kidnap victim who looks at her kidnapper in a positive manner. Uhuh, hello Stockholm syndrome!

“Let’s face it, you did steal me. But you saved my life too. And somewhere in the middle, you showed me a place so different and beautiful; I can never get it out of my mind. And I can’t get you out of there either. You’re stuck in my brain like my own blood vessels.”

It could’ve been funny if you wouldn’t get to sense the emotions it brings. Yep, the tricky part is that you get to feel everything Gemma experienced, and it would make you think how strange it would be to let yourself develop attachment towards the one who caused you all those sufferings. Lucy Christopher definitely knows how to let you get into the girl protagonist’s shoes; she lets the readers feel doubt, confusion and fondness through her fitting usage of words that it could make you think everything was real.

 At the very last page, I couldn’t help myself from spilling tears as I was as bewildered as Gemma was. And also, at that moment, all that I could ever think about was that this book is the bomb.

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About the Author

“Let me tell you a little bit about me. I’ve lived a pretty varied life, having lived in three different countries (two of them twice!) and about twenty four different houses. I started off living in Wales, in the UK, but eventually found myself in Melbourne, Australia, where I went to school and University (and lived most of my life so far!). I moved back to Wales when I was 22 in order to study an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. And I’m still here (despite initially saying I was only going to stay for a year cos it’s sooo cold!). Doing my MA at Bath Spa is where life really took off for me … well….my writing life anyway. I seriously don’t think I would be a published writer today if it weren’t for this MA. Before this MA, I did stuff like trying to be an actor, a barista, a waitress, and a nature guide. The MA is when life focus started to slot into place, and I had the first glimpse that maybe…one day…I too could be a published writer!

There were four fantastic things about doing this MA. First, it got me a distinction (always nice), second, I met my wonderful mentor and friend Julia Green through it, third, it got me teaching work at the University of Bath Spa after I finished, and finally, it made me write my first book. Back then, this book was called The Long Flight and it was about a boy called Adam and a strange, flightless whooper swan. Six years later, a gender change of the main character, and a genre change of the book, and this book became Flyaway, my second published novel with Chicken House. It’s now about a girl called Isla whose Dad gets sick, and so, with the help of new friend Harry, she tries to make him feel better again through teaching a swan to fly. My work as a nature guide with the RSPB really helped me to write this book, and I’ll always be grateful to this wonderful charity for giving me the chances to learn about all things wild.

My first published book, Stolen, was also influenced by my life and the things I did. Thankfully, I’ve never been kidnapped, but when I was nine years old and moving from Wales to Australia, it felt like a bit of a kidnapping. Suddenly I was in a new country I didn’t understand; a place that was simultaneously beautiful and terrifying. I’ve always been fascinated by wild Australian land and, when younger, my favourite memories are of camping in the bush and exploring the overgrown creek at the back of our first Melbourne house. But this landscape scared me too, and I didn’t feel like I fitted in. I used these feelings of being simultaneously entranced and repulsed by something in order to write Gemma’s feelings for both Ty and the landscape he takes her to.

I’m now working on another teen novel for Chicken House due for publication in 2011.

In between writing, and talking about writing, and teaching writing, I do lots of other things! I am finishing a Creative Writing PhD, working on the critical part that talks about how Stolen compares to other novels about vulnerable girls in wild Australian land. I also spend a lot of time riding a grumpy chestnut mare called Topaz, and having adventures around the world. My favourite country to visit is South Africa, and I have volunteered there several times as a writing mentor and as a field guide. One thing I’ve never done but always wanted to is go in a hot air balloon. Oh, and camels make me smile.

I am represented in the UK by Greene And Heaton Literary Agency, and published by Chicken House. In the United States and Australia, I am published by Scholastic. For a full list of where my books have been published and by who, please visit the Chicken House website on http://www.doublecluck.com”

[Review] Torrent by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Torrent
by Lisa Tawn Bergren 

Publication Date: September 1st 2011 
Publisher: David C. Cook 
Format: Paperback, 400 pages 

When Gabi and Lia finally learn to surf the river of time, they realize they must make hard choices about life and love in the third and final book in the River of Time series. 

Gabi and Lia Betarrini have learned to control their time travel, and they return from medieval Italy to save their father from his tragic death in modern times.   But love calls across the centuries, and the girls are determined to return forever—even though they know the Black Plague is advancing across Europe, claiming the lives of one-third of the population. In the suspenseful conclusion of the River of Time series, every decision is about life … and death.  

-Goodreads

My Thoughts:

The only thing that is keeping me from finishing this book is the fact that this is the last instalment of the trilogy. I don’t seem to want to finish it. But no matter what, I still can’t help it. Every turn of the page makes me read it all in one sitting. Oh man this book is great. Just as how I know the other two books. Although of course this would have much more than the other two since this is the last one. I can’t believe I’ve finished it already.
Torrent, as I’ve mentioned, is the third book of Lisa Tawn Bergren’s The River of Time trilogy. Cascade has been so much of a cliff hanger and so I was anxious to read Torrent. A relief flooded through me when I got a gripped of the book because I so wanted to know what had become of Lord Greco. Okay and the story too. At this point, Gabi and Lia had learned to surf the river of time. After saving their father, they went back to the medieval time, and of course Gabi to the arms of her beloved Marcello.
Dude this thing is sooo cheesy and it made me actually want it the more. I mean sure I dig bad boy types but I still am a sucker for the gentlemen. And Marcello, oh Marcello is a one fine young nobleman. Not only because he’s rich but because he’s so into Gabi. And well he’s just gentlemanly. Something very difficult to find today. Maybe it’s because of that. But as much as I am happy for Gabi, having Lord Rodolfo Greco as the villain in love with the She-Wolf of Siena made my heart ache. Not that falling in love with Gabi was bad, it was just that because she was already intended for Marcello. I’ve grown into loving Rodolfo and I couldn’t bear to read him in such a way. Okay so I  might be exaggerating it. J
The story is so fast paced. Lisa might as well have mentioned something about bracing ourselves because well the story happened so fast. And I’m not complaining of course. I love the writing style. I can totally relate to every single word. The fact that she was able to combine the tough tongue of today’s language and the soft spoken words of the past is impressive. I really admire Lisa.
Well this is one of the best series that I have read. I knew this is an awesome trilogy even then when I only got to read Waterfall first. So yeah, if it wasn’t so obvious, I kind of didn’t want the series to end. It was like I really want to know what’s going to happen but at the same time I didn’t want to proceed to the ending while I was reading. I was torn. But blah I just had to read it.
And I wasn’t disappointed with the ending. Might be predictable yeah, but it’s something that I could just appreciate. I mean the book contained so much about the meaning of life. I’m almost as old as Gabi but because of her experiences, she appreciated what she had so much. And I might have not understood exactly the entire meaning of life, but I have a feeling like I’m close to it. This book is life. Well the meaning of life, more like it. It’s as though you’re also educated while you are enjoying it. Pretty awesome right?
You would surely understand more if you read it. I mean it would not be a waste because it’s amazing and all that. I even wish there was more of this so I could continue reading the series… and Lord Greco. (:




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[Review] Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me
by Tahereh Mafi

Publication Date: November 15th 2011
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
Format: Hardcover, 342 pages

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

-Goodreads

Masterfully crafted! A story that will leave you breathless and wanting for more. An EPIC READ indeed! Literally UNPUTDOWNABLE!
This is one of the most anticipated releases for 2011 and oh boy I can attest to the fact that this is one book you should not dare to miss! The story of Juliette, a girl who has not touched a single soul for 264days and considered herself a monster has been freakishly awesome. Some may say that this is just like the story of Rogue from X-Men but I tell you not to be fooled by this assumption. Shatter Me has offered me a new kind of experience that I haven’t experience in any kind of book. This is one of the few books that left me hanging, in a good way I mean not the spoilery type. I cannot describe more how this book left me at awe for days. The story was delivered with great authenticity, it was just plainly AMAZING.
The characters are mainly fantastic crafted into perfection. Juliette as the protagonist is very tough and I really admire tough woman characters. At first I thought of Juliette as the damsel in distress type of character, the one tormented with the guilt feeling of a murder that was blame to her. But when the very luscious dreamy Alex came into the picture she learn how to fight which I think is the best comeback of them all. Alex is one fictional character that is totally SWOON WORTHY! I totally want to cry after his confession with Juliette, I don’t want to spoil but it’s very touchy. I think of Alex as the knight in shining armor, he’s tough and at the same time very admirable cause he’ll do everything to protect Juliette. Warner is the antagonist of the story, for a while I really liked him and I think up to know I really do. I compare Warner to Chuck Bass, I don’t know if you guys watch Gossip Girls but I really think that Warner is the type of guy who just needs love. His parent doesn’t care much of him so he wanted to be with Juliette. Over all the characters are just beautifully crafted in this epic story.
The cover of Shatter Me is just what you call beautiful! Though when it was revealed some people were disappointed for some reason, I say the opposite because it’s really amazing. I like the tagline MY TOUCH IS LETHAL MY TOUCH IS POWER; it just shows a great part of the book on how Juliette thinks about her gift. Also the title which was cut into half is a great giveaway, though I must say there were no slicing part in the book. I also find the cover model similar to the model of Shut Out by Kody Keplinger.
Overall this is a MUST READ and a MUST BUY book for 2011. I say do not dare leave the year 2011 until you have read this wonderfully written story. I recommend this book for dystopian fanatics who are asking for a pinch of diversity from the usual dystopian novel. Tahereh Mafi created a world that flows through out every page, every page turn is a must read, I didn’t find any dull moments for this book. I love love love it! 


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[Review] Awakened by Ednah Walters

Awakened

by Ednah Walters

Publication Date: August 22, 2010
Publisher: Pill Hill Press
Format: Paperback, 272 pages


Most teens turn sixteen and get the license to drive, but Lil Falcon gets the license to kill demons.Orphaned as a child and raised by an eccentric grandfather, Lil is concerned in surviving high school and unaware that she’s a Guardian-a being with super powers charged with killing demons and protecting humanity. When she meets Bran, a mysterious boy with amazing abilities, his psi energy unlocks her latent powers. But Bran has a secret that can ruin their growing relationship, an the truth she discovers may destroy everything she believes in unless she finds the right balance between love and sacrifice.

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My thoughts!

This is a bookthat is hard to put down when you have already started reading it! I’m talkingabout a book that made me read from start to end when nothing made me do so forthe past several days. This is so stunning I couldn’t stop but anticipate everynext thing that might happen in the book.

Let’s just sayI’ve read so much paranormal stuffs that I felt like I’ve had too much of themalready. But this whole thing is somewhat different from what I usually get ofevery paranormal thing I read.

Ednah Walters’Awakened is the first instalment of The Guardian Legacy series. It’s about thissixteen year old girl who learns she’s a more than what she thinks she is.Because apparently she’s a granddaughter of a very powerful Guardian. Andthere’s this dude who keeps stalking her because of the said reason.

Well the reasonI really dig this book is because I had the feeling of thrill and excitement.It probably has to do with the characters and the story itself. Bran is not theusual bad boy type that we find on bad ass stories. Although that’s what hisbeing a demon is trying to show. And well he’s not the very gentlemanly dudeeither. He’s just what he is. And he is a man with a mission. Lil didn’t strike me as a tough ass lady too. She’s not very quiet or soft either. I don’t know butI think I really like them in the ordinary way that makes it special for me.

The story too ofcourse did something. I mean I wouldn’t be able to read it if it wasn’tinteresting. Of course it made me want to know the ending. It was wonderful.I’d read the next one for sure. And you’d probably want it too.

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[Review] Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay


Juliet Immortal

by Stacey Jay


Publication Date: August 9, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages


“These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume.”
—Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn’t take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn’t anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she’s fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she’s forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love. 

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My thoughts?

This book made me cry.


At the first few pages of reading the novel I was like “nyeeeeh”. I feel like its messing up the oh-so-romantic-and-tragiclove story that Shakespeare created (im a sucker for the whole Romeo andJuliet, yes), but at the same time, for unexplainable reasons, I felt drawntowards it.

The main focus of the book was Juliet; heremotions, her miseries,her hopes, her what-ifs and her being torn betweenthen-sweet now-bitter Romeo and new-found darling, Ben. The novel was so smartlyand creatively written that it could make you wonder and think. Even I myselfwas contemplating whether to believe she’d gone enough trouble for her oldhubby and vote for the new prince charming of her life or just stick with myoriginal dude.

As I went with my reading I felt reallyhooked with the magic of its story, of the reactions it caused me–the fury andadmiration I have for the bad bad Romeo, the puzzle of Juliet’s confusion and questionsand feeling myself liking the new man, Ben. The events were wonderfully spunthat the battle between the good (Juliet’s side), the bad (Romeo’s), and thecore of the story’s revolution (hello Ben) were able to produce a super uniquelove triangle filled with thrilling moments, creepy scenes, and humorousdialogues between mockeries.

Romeobeams as if Ive handed him his life, “You wont regret this, Juliet. You arestill the light in my darkness, the only beasuty I’ve…”

“Stop.”

Helaughs. “A man has to try.”

The last part of the tale Stacey Jay hadwritten was the most spectacular. Its like you’re in a movie where all thoseevents are crashing into one big boom–Juliet accepting her inner regrets, themystery that’s haunting all of them, and the epic drama of sacrificing for truelove.

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