BOOK REVIEW – MONSTER BY CJ SKUSE

25031884BOOK: MONSTER

AUTHOR: CJ SKUSE

FORMAT / PUBLISHER: ARC / MIRA INK


synopsis

At sixteen Nash thought that the fight to become Head Girl of prestigious boarding school Bathory would be the biggest battle she’d face. Until her brother’s disappearance leads to Nash being trapped at the school over Christmas with Bathory’s assorted misfits. As a blizzard rages outside, strange things are afoot in the school’s hallways, and legends of the mysterious Beast of Bathory – a big cat rumoured to room the moors outside the school – run wild. Yet when the girls’ Matron goes missing it’s clear that something altogether darker is to blame – and that they’ll have to stick together if they hope to survive.


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*i would like to thank MIRA INK for sending me A COPY OF THIS book. this doesn’t affect nor influence my review.*

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Monster MADE ME FEEL LIKE I WAS IN a rollercoaster ride! It’s definitely one of my favorites this year. Yup, add it to your TBR now, people. You wouldn’t want to miss this book. Aside from the cover itself, the story was GREAT!
First of all, let me just tell you that I’m a huge fan of paranormal/thriller YA books (and horror films, just so you know). I really love creepy stories but I’m a coward myself. It depends actually on the story
Let’s talk about the book now before I blurb something about myself. xD
How does it feel to be trapped in a single room? How does it feel when you don’t know what’s around you? Basically, the plot of this book is simple. Very simple. Did I tell you that the twists made it more amazing and creepier? Stuff got weirder after every chapter. And BOOM. I don’t know how CJ Skuse did it but she knows my paranormal/ thriller YA taste. Everything sounded real. The story was gripping that I wasn’t able to eat my lunch because the story was intense. I was able to finish reading this book even though I was doing a ton of projects. This book is perfect for me. I need more books from CJ Skuse, to be honest.
“Who is the monster?” I thought I know who the monster is. I thought it was very obvious. I was totally wrong. Do you want to know who the monster is? Well, read the book. Let me just leave you a quote, “Trust no one except yourself.”
P.S. CJ Skuse is a UKYA author. It was my first time reading a book written by a UKYA author. She definitely did not disappoint me. Not at all.

THIS BOOK DESERVES 5+ MONSTROUS STARS!!!


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BOOK REVIEW – NOT IN THE SCRIPT BY AMY FINNEGAN

20613581BOOK: NOT IN THE SCRIPT

AUTHOR: AMY FINNEGAN

FORMAT / PUBLISHER: HARDCOVER / BLOOMSBURY


synopsis

Millions of people witnessed Emma Taylor’s first kiss—a kiss that needed twelve takes and four camera angles to get right. After spending nearly all of her teen years performing on cue, Emma wonders if any part of her life is real anymore . . . particularly her relationships.

Jake Elliott’s face is on magazine ads around the world, but his lucrative modeling deals were a poor substitute for what he had to leave behind. Now acting is offering Jake everything he wants: close proximity to home; an opportunity to finally start school; and plenty of time with the smart and irresistible Emma Taylor . . . if she would just give him a chance.

When Jake takes Emma behind the scenes of his real life, she begins to see how genuine he is, but on-set relationships always end badly. Don’t they? Toss in Hollywood’s most notorious heartthrob and a resident diva who may or may not be as evil as she seems, and the production of Coyote Hills heats up in unexpected—and romantic—ways.

This novel in the deliciously fun If Only romance line proves that the best kinds of love stories don’t follow a script.


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*i would like to thank AMY FINNEGAN for sending me A COPY OF HER book. this doesn’t affect nor influence my review.*

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Not in the Script made me swoon SO much. Jake is one of my fave fictional boyfriends right now. Gaaaaah, he’s such a babe. He’s not perfect but he’s worth my time and effort. *grins like an idiot* *still swoons over Jake* 😛
Alright, the book itself talked about the Hollywood feels of some artists. Artists really look awesome and stunning in front of the camera. They need to do everything to impress the audience. On the other hand, it doesn’t mean that if a person looks good on cam, he/she also looks good off cam. If you’re a fan of Hollywood stars, this book is for you! Some of your questions about Hollywood might be answered by this book.
Another thing that I really loved about this book is the friendship + relationship circle. Even Hollywood stars have friends. Everyone has friends. Of course, these stars also have crushes. Cliché? Not a problem to me. As long as the story catches my attention, I’ll read it until the very last page. I’ll cherish every single word.
Emma Taylor is the kind of character who’s very adorable. She’s relatable and it’s very easy to like her. She’s a TRUE teenager. This is what you call teenage normalcy. This is the kind of book I’m looking for. All of the characters were teenagers with teenage feelings. Plus, they’re all likable. Have I said that enough? The development of the characters was almost perfect. Every time I flipped the pages of this book, it felt like there were butterflies floating around me. Plus, I badly wanted to squeal. I just can’t. I’m so happy I was able to finish reading this before September ends. XD
Amy Finnegan’s writing will definitely catch the attention of teenagers. It’s perfect for teenagers and fangirls. SO WONDERFUL. ❤

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BOOK STUFF – #NBSCUTPRICESALE2015 + FREE CLIP FROM THE AUDIOBOOK OF ALIVE BY SCOTT SIGLER

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one of the most well-known bookstores here in the philippines is having their cut price sale WHICH STARTED YESTERDAY, THE 21st of september, until the 30th of september. 10 days, guys. 10 freaking days only! ALMOST ALL OF THE BOOKS THERE ARE ON SALE. YOU SHOULD FREAKING GO NOW. LIKE NOW!!!

I BOUGHT A BOOK YESTERDAY SO…….. 🙂 HAPPY KID HERE! I GOT IT AT 20% OFF SO THAT’S A GREAT DEAL ALREADY! TELL ME IF YOU’RE GOING TO THE SALE AND PLEASE TELL ME THE BOOKS THAT YOU’RE PLANNING TO HAUL!


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SOME OF YOU ALREADY KNOW THAT I REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK. IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T READ MY REVIEW ABOUT THIS, PLEASE CLICK THIS. ANYWAYS, DID YOU KNOW THAT IT’S ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN AUDIOBOOK? I THINK YOU SHOULD GET A COPY OF THAT TOO!

AUDIBLE WAS SO GENEROUS TO PROVIDE A CLIP FROM THE AUDIOBOOK. IF YOU WANT TO LISTEN TO IT, CLICK HERE. THANK YOU SO MUCH, AUDIBLE! ❤


WHAT ARE YOUR CURRENT READS? TELL ME YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THEM. NO SPOILERS, PLEASE. 🙂

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BOOK REVIEW – TAKING AIM: POWER AND PAIN, TEENS AND GUNS

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EDITED BY: MICHAEL CART

FORMAT / PUBLISHER: ARC / HARPER TEEN


Synopsis1

Powerful, riveting, and real. Sixteen celebrated authors bring us raw, insightful stories that explore guns and teens in a fiction collection that is thought provoking and emotionally gripping. For fans of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and Give a Boy a Gun, and with an array of YA talent like the late great Walter Dean Myers, the poetic Joyce Carol Oates, the prophetic Elizabeth Wein, and the gritty Chris Crutcher, these are evocative voices that each has a different perspective to give. Capturing the hurt and the healing, victims and perpetrators, these stories get to the heart of the matter.

From a boy whose low self-esteem is impacted when a gun comes into his possession to a student recalling a senseless tragedy that befell a favorite teacher, from a realistic look at hunting to a provocative look at a family that defies stereotypes, each emotional story stirs the debate to new levels. The juxtaposition of guns and their consequences offers moving tales, each a reminder of how crucial the question of guns in our society is, and the impact they have on all of us.

Other acclaimed contributors are Marc Aronson, Edward Averett, Francesca Lia Block, Alex Flinn, Gregory Galloway, Jenny Hubbard, Peter Johnson, Ron Koertge, Chris Lynch, Eric Shanower, Will Weaver, and Tim Wynne-Jones.


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*i would like to thank harper collins international for sending me an arc of this book. this doesn’t affect nor influence my review.*

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Taking Aim is not the typical book I’m always holding. Aside from the words written on the book, there are also illustrations THAT briefly explained some things ABOUT GUNS. This book stated the word “gun” a couple of times (or most probably every time). It discussed how guns were being used by different people with different perceptions in life. In this story, guns were used for hunting, zombie apocalypse and sometimes ridiculously just for fun etc..
This book may be an eye-opener to everyone who thinks that life is not worth it. That life is just a waste.
On the other hand, let me just tell you why I rated it 3 stars. The storytelling was quite bland. I don’t say that everything was not interesting but I was having a hard time understanding the characters. I didn’t like the development of the characters. Almost everyone started and ended up being immature. And that’s not a plus point for me. I just don’t find it very appealing. i find it appalling. NOT IMPRESSIVE. NOT AT ALL. 😦
Another thing is that some stories were not consistent throughout the end. *sighs* #idontwanttosayanythingelse
Overall, if you love guns and would love to read about teenagers’ experience with guns, then I’ll definitely recommend this to you but if not, it’s still up to you if you would read it.
There’s this story which is on point. I’m not gonna tell you the title of that story. See for yourself.

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WHAT DOES JASMINE RECOMMEND? (BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS #2)

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THESE ARE SOME OF THE BOOKS THAT I’VE  READ AND I REALLY LOVED THEM TO BITS. GRAB A COPY OF THESE BOOKS, OKAY? OKAY.


CINDER BY MARISSA MEYER

13722513Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


 air awakens by elise kova

23127048A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.


THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER BY MICHELLE HODKIN

13547135Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.


She’s wrong.


ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES BY JENNIFER NIVEN

24465380The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.


MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES BY JASMINE WARGA

23215484A stunning novel about the transformative power of love, perfect for fans of Jay Asher and Laurie Halse Anderson.

Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution—Roman, a teenage boy who’s haunted by a family tragedy, is looking for a partner. Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together.

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BOOK REVIEW – THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING BY ERIKA JOHANSEN

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AUTHOR: ERIKA JOHANSEN

FORMAT / PUBLISHER: PAPERBACK / BANTAM


Synopsis1

Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother – Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – each pledged to defend the queen to the death – arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding…

And so begins her journey back to her kingdom’s heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother’s legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea’s story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance – it’s about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive…


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*i would like to thank PENGUIN RANDOM UK for sending me a finished copy of this book. this doesn’t affect nor influence my review.*

“I AM NOT HONEST BUT I CAN BE TRUSTED…”

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THIS LINE FROM AN UNLIKELY CHARACTER HIT THE CHORD. I HAD TO POKE MYSELF. THUS, I AM REMINDED THAT WE ARE ALL AN ART OF CONTRADICTIONS.
I CAN’T WAIT FOR EMMA WATSON TO MAKE KELSEA GLYNN COME TO LIFE. I AM ALSO LOOKING FORWARD TO THE B******M SCENE BECAUSE MY IMAGINATION WENT BALLISTIC THERE.
THE STORY WAS ADDICTING, TOO MUCH THAT THE ONLY TIME I STOPPED READING WAS WHEN MY EYES GOT WATERY AND I NEEDED TO FINISH SOME ASSIGNMENTS AND PROJECTS. IT WILL MAKE YOUR MIND THINK WHO IS WHO. IS THAT CHARACTER AN ENEMY OR A FRIEND? HENCE, IT IS A MUST READ AS A TEARLING.
THE ONLY THING THAT MADE ME DECIDE TO GIVE IT A 4 STAR RATING IS THE FACT THAT IT HAD A SLOW START. IT MADE ME SLOW DOWN FOR A WHILE BUT HELL YEAH, THERE WERE A LOT OF REVELATIONS REVEALED AND TO BE REVEALED. I AM ACTUALLY ADJUSTING TO THE WRITING STYLE OF THIS BOOK. THIS IS WRITTEN IN 3RD POV. THIS IS QUITE NEW TO ME BECAUSE I SWITCHED GENRES. THIS BOOK IS NOT YA, GUYS. I’M HAPPY THAT I WAS ABLE TO FINISH SOMETHING GREAT AND NEW.
I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU OWN YOURSELF A COPY OF THIS BOOK, IT WILL BE THE NEXT BOOK SENSATION! I CAN’T WAIT TO READ THE INVASION OF THE TEARLING VERY SOON.

INDEED, A “CROSSING”!


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