Blog Tour Review: Batman: Nightwalker

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Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2)Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2) by Marie Lu

My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

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First, I just want to put it out there that I am in no way, shape, or form a Batman or any DC or even Marvel superhero fan. Yes, I usually stray away from the depths of the superhero world. So expect that this review will come from someone who has not seen/read a single movie/comic about Batman.

Two kinds of people come out of personal tragedy… You’re the kind that comes out brighter.

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Mini Reviews: Illuminae and Gemina

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Hey there! 🚀

I decided to do my reviews for the two books in the Illuminae Files. I know, I’m so late on boarding this spaceship! Now I get what the hype is all about because THESE BOOKS ARE SERIOUSLY OUT OF THIS WORLD. They were so, so good and I can’t wait for the last book in trilogy which is Obsidio, which will be published on March 2018. I don’t even know how I’ll be able to wait that long.

Anyway, here’s my reviews or basically my feels about Illuminae and Gemina:

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Review: The Auctor Trilogy

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The Auctor TrilogyThe Auctor Trilogy by T.R. Wolf

My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When seventeen-year-old Addie Auctor’s mother is murdered by her father, she must confront many secrets that her family has hidden from her. The worst of these secrets is that Addie’s father, Donovan Hawthorne, is still hunting Addie because of an ancient blood feud between her mother’s family, the Auctors, and her father’s family, the House of Hawthorne. In order to be protected from the House of Hawthorne, Addie and her brother, Augustus, are sent to Initiation at an exclusive University, the Wicked Cabal.

Initiation is nothing like Addie expects. She is immediately separated from Augustus and thrown in with four complete strangers – Fallon, Maddox, Liam, and Tempe. Addie must try to forge friendships with her fellow Initiates while they solve clues, battle mystical creatures, and explore increasingly dangerous places.

Readers of all ages will love this adventure filled with suspense, treachery, and romance.

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When the author contacted me to review this book, I was ecstatic! Finally, a fantasy book that is up my alley. Nonetheless, I had no expectations going into this book and I didn’t even know what was it about so I was really surprised on how much I enjoyed reading it.

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Review: The Ugly Teapot

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The Ugly Teapot: Book One: HannahThe Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes

My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world.

To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring of Gyges, even Aladdin’s Lamp. It was that lamp Hannah found the most unbelievable, for it looked like an ugly teapot. Nevertheless, her father assured her it was real, and made her promise to save her three wishes for something very special.

Then . . . six months later . . . the unthinkable happened. Her father was killed while on assignment to Baghdad. And so on the day of his funeral Hannah did something she never thought she would ever do.

She took out that teapot and gave it a rub . . .

The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes is a timeless tale, filled with magic and adventure. More importantly, it will make you believe in the overwhelming power of love.

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I had no expectations when I read this book because I don’t read middle grade books often, and the ones I read are usually contemporary. But I was still excited because it has a Genie in it, which is super thrilling for me. (duh)

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May Wrap-up [2016]

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Hey there!

So May is officially over, and it hurts. I know most of you guys are happy because it’ll be summer there soon but for me June marks the resume of classes. *quietly sobs*

But we are not here for that sad news, WE ARE HERE TO LOOK BACK ON THE AWESOME MONTH OF MAY! Seriously May was an amazing bookish month for me because (1) I read a handful of books, (2) I started this blog, and (3) I discovered this wonderful community!

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Books that I NEED to Read Before Summer Ends

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So my Mom was watching the news yesterday and I heard the weather forecaster saying things about Low Pressure Areas and Typhoons, which basically mean that SUMMER is over. Which is pretty evident because of all that rain these past few days.

Well, rain doesn’t really mean that Summer VACATION is already over, because I’m still on vacation for 18 more days.

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HOW COULD THIS BE REAL? I ONLY HAVE 18 DAYS LEFT BEFORE SCHOOL??!!! UGHHHHH, THIS FEELS SO WRONG. SERIOUSLY, SUMMER CAME BY SO FAST.

I am now panicking because, I still HAVE A LOT OF BOOKS that I want to read before I get busy with schoolwork. I’m an impulsive reader, and I pick-out my next read randomly. I don’t usually make a list of books that I’m going to read.

But because I feel like I need to pressure myself into spending more time on reading, I decided to make a short list of the books that I NEED to read before summer ends. Continue reading

Genie Shares: The Muggle Who Lived

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Genie Shares is a Saturday feature in geniereads, where in Louise (weekly) shares a personal book-related story.

Hello there Muggles!

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Oh no, sorry let me start again. HELLO THERE WIZARDS AND WITCHES! 

Here I am again with my second Genie Shares post. If you missed my debut post last week, just click here to see it.

Today’s story is all about The Muggle Who Lived, which is about me because I am the Muggle. The Muggle and I are one. Here’s the thing, the complete title of the story is actually: The Muggle Who Lived… For A Long And Pitiful Time Without Harry Potter In Her Life. Yup, I’ve just recently discovered the wonderful world of magic.

NO DON’T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT! WE DIDN’T ALL HAD MAGICAL CHILDHOODS! I had my reasons, they might not be good reasons but they’re still reasons! Okay so before you all cast some spells on me, I’ll now start my story. Continue reading

Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava LavenderThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

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(I did my best to make this a spoiler-free review.)

The following is the story of my young life as I remember it. It is the truth as I know it. Of the stories and the myths that surrounded my family and my life — some of them thoughtfully scattered by you perhaps — let it be said that, in the end, I found all of them to be strangely, even beautifully, true.

The book title sums up the book in general thought. It is a strange story, that used beautiful words and it tells us about the sorrows of Ava Lavender.

This book was written beautifully. There is no other way to put it than that. It is one of the reasons why I couldn’t put it down, the sentences were so magnificently constructed it was like reading poetry. I felt that the whole book was a poem. Continue reading

Review: The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3)

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15768409The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #3) by Michelle Hodkin

My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

Retribution has arrived.

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BEWARE: SPOILERS EVERYWHERE!

“You are a girl, Mara. A girl blessed and cursed.”

Initially, I gave this book 4-stars but after having a good night’s sleep and time to process my feelings I decided to drop a star. And now I’m sad because I badly wanted to love this book and series. Hmm, I like it generally but it’s not hands-down-greatest-book-series-good, it had a handful of scenes that I did like but as a whole I just didn’t loved it. Continue reading

Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2)

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13643567The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2) by Michelle Hodkin

My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The truth about Mara Dyer’s dangerous and mysterious abilities continues to unravel in the New York Times bestselling sequel to the thrilling The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.She can’t. She used to think her problems were all in her head. They aren’t. She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets. She’s wrong. In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

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After finishing the first book, I had questions— question that I thought this book will probably answer. But as I was reading the second book (this book) my questions just piled up and now that I finished it, I AM FRUSTRATED AND CONFUSED AND I HAVE EVEN MORE QUESTIONS THAN WHEN I STARTED. Continue reading