Book Review: Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover

Title:Maybe Not (Maybe #1.5)

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Atria Books (November 24, 2014)

Format: Kindle

Pages:129

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.

Or maybe not.

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?

Maybe.

Maybe not.

When I saw CoHo’s post on Facebook that she will release a novella about Warren and Bridgette, I was so stoked..Like really really really stoked. Maybe Someday is one of my favorite reads this year and I know that this will be another great story. It focuses on how Warren and Bridgette’s relationship developed. Take note, their relationship is not like the usual that we read on other novels. They’re the funniest, weirdest, and cutest fictional couple out there.

I love how CoHo told the story in Warren’s POV. Throughout the whole story, I felt like I could cry from all the hilarity of Warren’s thoughts. When he first laid his eyes on Bridgette, he was so sure that he was going to get her. I love his cockiness and naughtiness (What? Hahaha!). Then, there’s Bridgette. Gosh, when I read about her in Maybe Someday in the beginning, she’s like the most annoying character in the story. She’s so bitchy and cold. In Maybe Not, we get to know why she acts like that. Oh and the fact that only Warren gets her, makes me drown in feels. I’m fangirling too much right now. 😉

My favorite part of the novella is when they visited Warren’s sister. Bridgette dealing with kids is EPIC. I cannot help but laugh and at the same time feel happy for her. Warren admiring her and proposing for a date with her is so much fun to read. It’s like they are both weirded out by the awkwardness of their “relationship”. I love every part of this story!!!

5-rating

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Book Review: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Title:  Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

Author: Morgan Matson

Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 3, 2011)

Format: Trade Paperback

Pages: 344

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour is a story about finding your way back or rather moving forward after being faced with misfortunes in life. Amy blames herself for the death of her father due to a car accident. What’s left in her family became even more broken. Her mother moves to Connecticut and her brother is away in a rehab facility. She’s alone and lonely. One day, her mother decides to put her and a childhood friend, Roger, to go on a road trip to Connecticut. As they set forth on their journey, they decided to take a detour instead of following the itinerary made for them by her mother.

At the beginning of the novel, I was afraid that this could be a story filled with lots of angst. Thankfully, it wasn’t. Of course, there is drama but it’s the kind that will touch your heart..not torture your heart (you know how hard it is, right?). I kind of put in my head that this will be a light read. At some parts of the story it is. There are the cutesy scenes in which Amy’s having a bit of a crush on Roger. Who wouldn’t? Roger is charming and handsome and intelligent.

I also enjoyed the incorporated playlists, scrapbook pictures and  other stuff featured in the book. That’s what made me appreciate the book more. It’s fun having those to feel like I’m actually on the trip with Amy and Roger. It definitely triggered my brain to crave for road trips.

Their adventures in Yosemite was really good. I can’t help but laugh at most of the things that happened to them at that place. Also, the part with the Loneliest Road in America. Gosh, I wonder if I was travelling there, maybe I would become hysterical for driving miles and miles and not seeing anything but the road..no sign of civilization at sight.

I thought the issues that Roger has would be deeper than what is in the book. Anyway, it’s good of Amy to help him in resolving it. In the book, Roger is chasing after a girl who’s no longer interested in him. I mean wow. Dump the girl Roger and stop your foolishness! Lol.

All in all, what I like the most about this novel is that, it’s told in a compelling way. It will make you turn page after page. It will make your heart melt and drown you in feels. Also, the fact that it’s not all about cutesy teenager romance. It’s about family ties, building friendships, and finding hope again.

My rate for this book is:

4-rating

Book Review: The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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

Author: Michelle Hodkin

Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (November 4, 2014)

Format:Hardcover

Pages: 470

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.

I’m so glad I already got to read this freaking book. It’s one of my most anticipated book release of 2014. I’ve been waiting for it like a year already. Imagine my excitement when I got the news that copies of the book were already available in a local bookstore here in my country. I would like to thank Fully Booked for the copy. It’s not only a copy but a signed copy!!!! *cue  fangirl squeals here* Anyway, let’s get  it on with the book.

*This might contain some spoilers*

The Retribution of Mara Dyer is the 3rd installment and the last book in the Mara Dyer series. It continues off from what happened since the chaos that occurred in the Horizons psychiatric facility. In the 3rd book, she wakes up in a room full of mirrors with nothing much to remember since that day. She soon realizes that she has been told lies and has been used as a part of research. That’s it folks. That’s all I can say.

My reaction to this book:

It’s definitely 200% awesome. Gosh, I believe that I have been put through lot and it pretty much felt like an emotional roller coaster while I was reading it. I was all nervous especially at the beginning of it. I felt my heart race as I read that Mara is still with Dr. Kells and she’s being used as a part of research. I was also really freaked out when she heard her “inner voice” talking back to her. I’m like where is this book going? Is Mara really crazy or schizophrenic? Or does she really have superpowers..like really creepy superpowers? It was all too much to take really. That being combined with the fact that I think Dr. Kells is crazy herself.

Then, as I went over the book, Ms. Hodkin did a great job of incorporating those parts featuring Mara’s grandmother. There..there were the answers that I have been craving for since I read the first two books, both of which have a super frustrating cliffhanger. In TRoMD, finally I understood the connections. However, it was not really clear to me what they are. I understand that they are bunch of people who have genetic anomalies but what are they really? I’d like to think that maybe it’s a curse. I dunno but I love the explanation, the story about what is up with them.

I loved Jamie more in this book. Gosh, he’s so hilarious and he’s a true friend indeed. Stella, I liked her because she’s the most sane among the three of them (Mara, Jamie, and Stella). I enjoyed reading their quest to find Noah. Also, thank goodness for Daniel. He’s like the savior for me. He’s the perf brother. I loved that he was there when Mara needed him the most.

I was halfway through the book and I was searching for Noah. I’m so worried about him. Then, I got to that part when he and Mara met again. But the moment hurt me..they are being put into so much distress and I didn’t like that. I was shocked at the unfolding of the events. All the time, I was thinking..wow this is Romeo and Juliet-ish scene. I was a mess. I was crying.

Finally, I got to the part that I was praying for. Michelle Hodkin, again thank you for giving us that ending. I was really scared for my beloved characters. I don’t want to weep like I did when I finished Allegiant. Like I kept saying, this book is perfect. It was the ending that I was hoping for. My expectations were met as a reader. Yay!!! As sad as I am in finishing this series, I am content that one of my fave fictional characters got their deserved HEA.

My rating:

5-rating

Book Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Title:  Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (September 2, 2014)

Format:Hardcover

Pages: 565

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

Oh my gods. I swear I’ve been through a lot while reading this book. Imagine all the feels that I had. Most ToG fans call this book their favorite but  I still think that the first book in the series was the best. However, HoF blew me away with all the awesomeness!How can I review this book without spoilers? I dunno really. So if you haven’t started the series yet..go and pick up Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. Then, when you finish them, come back here. Okay? Okay.

 

——SPOILERS AHEAD——-

HoF picks up from the point where Celaena is sent to Wendlyn to accomplish her mission to assassinate the royalties there who pose a threat to the power of the King of Adarlan. She’s got this dark vibe at the beginning of the novel. After everything that happened to her, Nehemia dying and Chaol betraying her, of course, she’s got the right to be angsty.

But out of nowhere, a mysterious guy named Rowan tells her to come with him to meet her Fae Queen Aunt, Maeve. She comes with him to learn about the Wyrdkeys. When she meets her aunt, she asks Celaena to show off her gifts and then that’s when she will decide if she will give what Celaena wants.

Right from the moment Celaena and Rowan met, I thought that they are going to be so great together. They are both interesting characters with dark pasts. Their banters are really fun to read. I really enjoyed their lessons together and how Rowan did not spare Celaena from the hardships of training just because she’s an heir to the crown of Terrasen. I love how their relationship grew. From strangers who loathe each other, they became true friends. I even ship them!! Lol. It’s either Dorian or Rowan for me. If Celaena chooses from one of them, my fangirl heart will be alright.

Oh..and Celaena’s transformation in this book is so overwhelming. At the start of the series, we see the Celaena who’s got rage, angst, and hatred in her heart. She despises the fact that she failed herself, her friends, her family, and her kingdom. It took her a long long while before she has been able to let go and accept and just move on. During the fight with Narrok and his army, I was flailing because I was so afraid that Celaena will lose. I mean the Valg Princes are soooo scary. But yeah, I have my faith on her. There are at least three more books in the series so I am sure she would survive the Valg Princes’ attack. I was celebrating and got teary eyed when she met the little Aelin. I love how she was woken up from her hopelessness and she begin fighting again for the right cause. She now has hope and I very much fangirled when she dealt with her aunt and forced her to free Rowan from their blood oath.

Then, there’s the part of the novel which tells what’s been happening in Rifthold. The focusis on Chaol, Dorian, and Aedion. First, I’ll talk about what happened to Dorian. So, after he discovered his magic. He has been searching for ways to keep it hidden while still practicing it. When he hurt himself from practicing, he goes in the place of the healers where he meets Sorscha. They got pretty close to each other. Dorian fell for Sorscha because “she accepted him for what he is even if his father killed Sorscha’s family”. Well…alright, tbh I’m not a fan of their ship. S0rry not sorry. I don’t like Sorscha at all. And even though Dorian loves her. I rejoiced when she got killed. Bwahahaha!! That means, that my ship Doraena (Dorian and Celaena) still has hope. Anyway, Chaol, in the beginning, has been having a hard time accepting the truth about Celaena. He also deals with his father and his request to come back to Anielle. I’m fine with him going back to his land..But then, Aedion, the great general who apparently is Celaena/Aelin’s cousin, visits Rifthold. His reputation in the Adarlan Empire is that his the “King’s Whore”. Later on, we find out that he’s truly an enemy to the king and he seeks to give justice to his cousin. I love his existence in the novel. Oh gosh…

There are the parts towards the end of the book which tortured me. Creys. I CANNOT. First, Aedion gets dragged into the prison of the castle, serving as a bait for Celaena to come back to the kingdom and face the evil king. Oh and I couldn’t accept what happened to Dorian..The ever charming and adorable prince was forced to wear the collar from the king that has a power to control him. OMG. WHYYYYYYYY????

Last part in my review/discussion is Manon and the coven of witches. I think that side of the story is interesting but I just can’t stand those chapters. They’re like a break from the exciting chapters of Celaena, Rowan, Chaol, Dorian, and Aedion. Everytime I get into those chapters, I just want to hurry up so that I can be back to my beloved characters’ part of the story.

That’s all. LOL 🙂  Well that was long. Still, I’m at awe for the epic fantasy world created by Miss Sarah J. Maas. The agony of waiting for the release of the next book in the series is killing me. I want it now.

 

I swear it’s been really hard for me to find another book to hold my interest since I started reading this series. I’m in a bad case of book hangover. My rating for this book is obviously:

5-rating