Book Review #75: The Diabolic (The Diabolic, #1) by S.J. Kincaid

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Title: The Diabolic
Author: S.J. Kincaid
Pages: 407
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Format: Hardback
Date Published: November 01, 2016
Publishing House: Simon & Schuster
Goodreads Rating: 4.07
Personal Rating: 5/5

SYNOPSIS

Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire…

MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS

WOW! Just WOW! I can’t even start drafting my book review for this! I actually started typing ten minutes after I finished the book! Yes, that’s just how awesome it is! It may sound cliche’ but this story is actually one of my best reads for 2017. I seldom give a five-star rating these past few months because everything seems to be just the same but this one definitely made an exception! I am so impressed and I feel totally refreshed! Honestly, it took me ages to finally be able to finish it because of work, university, etc. I even had a reading slump last week because I just can’t seem to focus on the story. But when the characters finally merged and everything fell into place, OMG!, I was left breathless and in deep awe! It exceeded my expectations and I was surprised! The main character is very different from all the other characters that I have read before. Nemesis is a diabolic who is destined to kill and protect that one person that she was created for. Diabolics are ruthless but loyal creatures. They resemble the features of a normal person but they were trained to kill and be murderous if needed. Nemesis is a badass female protagonist which can sometimes be an antagonist as well. I know, you’re getting way too confused right now but all I can say is that this story is worth a shot, I wasn’t disappointed, it is indeed worthy of your time and effort! The author writes in a very interesting manner, I like how the story went on and evolved. The political thing is not my cup of tea but I was able to enjoy it being incorporated in a science fiction slash dystopian setting. Ugh! I’m running out of words right now and everything is so overwhelming. I can’t get over the fact that I misjudged this book during the first few chapters and I am completely wrong! I did not read any book review prior to commencing this book so it was really a fair shot. I loved each and every chapter, I am fascinated by how the characters were made and polished, I am overjoyed with Nemesis’ development and I am so proud of what she became in the end. It was mentioned that Diabolics does not have any emotions and that they are not created to feel anything for anyone except for their master, but the story really astonished me because who would have thought that a “Madman” like Tyrus Domitrian can change everything? The love story included is just to die for! I’ve been shipping the pair since the moment I’ve read Tyrus’ name and YAY I am so happy with how it ended. Sorry, I can’t help but be a bit spoilery. It is so good and I am so excited for the next book to come out! There are plenty of life and love lessons and it made the story even better. One badass story like this deserves some hype and appreciation. I highly recommend this for readers of all ages who enjoy reading stories about a kickass female character.  This will undeniably blow your mind! Highly entertaining and gripping, INDEED.

~JaNnA

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Book Review #57: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

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Synopsis
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner. (www.goodreads.com)

My Personal Thoughts
Scarlet is the 2nd installment of The Lunar Chronicles written by Marissa Meyer. It is a re-telling of the famous childhood story, “The Little Red Riding Hood”. The author did a spectacular job with this piece, and I honestly like it better than Cinder because I somehow gave the 1st book a not-so-giddy kind of review when I read it last year. I left my copy of this series in the Philippines which is why I am only reading them thru my kobo e-reader, and it saddens me because beautiful books are meant to be touched and felt. Anyway, the world building in this series continuous as the story progresses and as Cinder’s crew multiply as well. From China, the setting is now in Europe where Scarlet used to live in a farm with her grandmother and where it all started between her and Wolf (Ze’ve)! OMG! I just love and ship this pair! I like the idea of liking someone at first sight. Ofcourse it’s a cliché’ but what can I do? I am a mama who still believes with butterflies in the stomach and who fantasises about fairy tales, haha! Kidding aside, Scarlet and Wolf are both good for each other because they accept the fact that they can’t be together but did everything to be together (huh?!). I know it’s hard to understand so I suggest that you go ahead and get your hands on this series so you can catch up with me. I loved every chapter and I adored every character! A Fairytale re-telling that takes a reader into a magical world but still wants us to think how it can be related to a real life scenario. Even though it’s full of cyborgs, wolves, and other creatures, you can still feel the authenticity of the character’s feelings of love, friendship, and principles. I read this in 1 day and a half and I immediately delved on to the 3rd book which is Cress (Rapunzel), the author has a brilliant and creative mind that was able to incorporate all the fairy tale princesses into one amazing world which brought us a breathtaking story to indulge on to. I just can’t move on, not yet, it’s too good and precious. Five fabulous stars for this. Highly recommended for readers of all ages. Bravo! 👌👍👏
~JaNnA

Book Review #37: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer

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Title: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9780312641894
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Retelling, Romance
Date of Publication: January 3, 2012
Publishing House: Feiwel & Friends
Date Read: September 12, 2016
Goodreads Rating: 4.14
Personal Rating: 4 out of 5
“They were beautiful. The most beautiful things she’d ever owned. But if there was one thing she knew from years as a mechanic, it was that some stains never came out.” 
Synopsis
Humans 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.

(Credit to www.goodreads.com)
My Personal Thoughts
INTRODUCTION. Cinder is the first book of The Lunar Chronicles by author Marissa Meyer. It is a retelling of the famous fairy tale story, Cinderella. You might be skeptical at first glance, but you have to believe me when I say that it contains plenty of twists and it will definitely exceed your expectations.  Honestly, when I first read the synopsis, I am hesitant to start this series as well. I left the physical copies of my books in the Philippines and they are literally sitting on my shelf for almost over a year now until I finally gave in. I decided to dive inside Cinder’s science fiction-ish slash fairytale-ish world. To my surprise, I actually liked it. No, I loved it!
SETTING. The setting is vaguely described. I did not get a hang of it because it wasn’t described thoroughly. All I’m aware of is that it took place in the human world (Commonwealth – New Beijing), away from the evil lunar Queen Levana’s kingdom. The emperor rules the Commonwealth with the help of his son, Prince Kai. Cinder, on the other hand, resides in a decent place together with her wicked stepmother and two step sisters (one is a pain in the neck while the other is pretty nice). Cinder works her ass out in her shop by being a mechanic. Everything about the scenarios is fine but I didn’t find them too appealing because I value settings so badly.
CHARACTERS. Next, let’s talk about the characters. Cinder is a young adult cyborg who finds it easy to repair malfunctioning things. She is free-spirited and enjoys being alone in her shop. She is actually the breadwinner of the family, given the fact that her adoptive father already passed away. Since then, her stepmother, Adri, became cruel to her and despises her existence. I admire her character here in the story because unlike the cliché’ trait of Cinderella, Cinder over here is a girl who will put up a fight when needed and defend herself. I hate characters who are easily intimidated by the antagonist. She’s impressive! Moving on to the next one is Prince Kai. At a very young age, he is already forced to do something that he knows nothing about. He liked Cinder right from their very first meeting. I know it may sound cheesy and common but I kind of had those butterflies in my stomach when they first met, haha! I honestly find the pair cute and lovely! But the prince, on the other hand, has a weak personality. Sorry if you’re an avid fan of this series but it’s a major turn-off. He lacked all the traits that are worthy of his title. At times, I find him boring and odd, but nevertheless, I am still fascinated with their easy-to-love tandem. I couldn’t let this review pass without commending the strong character of Queen Levana! OH MY! I just love her evil personality! She is a very effective protagonist and it’s really impressive because she is a freaking awesome bitch!
WRITING STYLE AND PLOT. This is my first Marissa Meyer book and I must admit that I am not disappointed. I expected a lot because of the hype. I joined the bandwagon because everyone’s been screaming it’s awesomeness over and over on Instagram. I did had a spectacular reading experience and enjoyed every part of it! The story is gripping and highly addictive. I love the idea that I am not able to put the book down because of the constant journey of unraveling the truth behind all the lies and secrets. Although, I expected all the twists and turn out of events. I already saw them coming, it’s very predictable, but instead of being disappointed I find myself being drowned into their world. When I read the first chapter, I already knew what’s in store for me. I guess I just miss being a kid and hearing about fairy tales and happy-ever-afters. This is a major cliff hanger, and darn, I hate it! BUT, I highly recommend it to readers of all ages. I’m pretty sure you’ll be hooked as well! I couldn’t wait to read the next books.
CONCLUSION. I had three major realizations after the book. First, anyone can betray us. We should never put our 100% trust! Second, if two people really like each other, their social status will not be an issue. I know, it may sound corny but it happens. And it happens a lot. Lastly, some people will come into our life and make us realize that not all people are bad after all. Strangers can sometimes be people who are sent to help and guide us. That’s it! I hope that I am able to help you decide if you’ll read it or not.
FAVORITE QUOTES
“Even in the future, the story begins with ONCE UPON A TIME.”
“Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”
“Soon, the whole world would be searching for her- Linh Cinder. A deformed cyborg with a missing foot. A lunar with a stolen identity. A mechanic with no one to run to, nowhere to go. But they will be looking for a ghost.”
“Imagine there was a cure, but finding it would cost you everything. It would completely ruin your life. What would you do?”
“We all have our weaknesses. Mine is shoes.”
~Janna

Book Review #36 : Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Title: Opal
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux Series #3
Pages: 382
Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9781620610091
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Date of Publication: December 11, 2012
Publishing House: Entangled Teen
Date Read: September 10, 2016
Goodreads Rating: 4.36
Personal Rating: 3 out of 5
“You make me think before I act. You make me want to be a better person.” –Daemon Black
INTRODUCTION
Opal is the third instalment of the Lux series, which consists of five books by author Jennifer L. Armentrout. I can say that it is much better than the first two! I am still trying to adjust with her writing style though. This is my 4th JLA book read and I always find myself mesmerized by her creation. This series is about the love and misadventures of an alien-hunk and a girl-next-door book blogger. The perfect word to describe this novel is CUTE. It consists of the high-school-feels, the butterflies in the stomach, and of course, the happy ever after thingy. This is also my first alien-ish read, at first I was hesitant because I’m not into aliens and ufos and weird things at all, but once you start reading the first book (Obsidian), I promise that you will never put it down and you’ll probably ask for more.
SUMMARY
After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back, even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.
Together we’re stronger. And they know it…”
(Credit to http://www.goodreads.com)
“MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS”
SETTING
So, there’s nothing new or special with the setting because this is the 3rd book and they are still in the same neighbourhood and school. Although a new place was introduced where the main characters tried to save their long-lost friends and loved ones. A special place which is secured by a secret organization that works on aliens and humans. They transform them into hybrids, which in return become rabid beings that posts threat to the human race.
 
CHARACTERS
Katy – There are major changes in her character. This time, her powers are more impressive. She’s trying her best to get a hang on it with the help of Daemon and the rest of the gang. I love how she resists Daemon, it’s cute, and unbelievable! Considering the fact that the latter is hot as hell! At times I get so annoyed because she acts dumb and clueless. She is so stubborn; she always has this urge to be included in suicide missions, which in return causes accidental harm to other people. So that’s really crappy.
Daemon – I like how from being an arrogant son of a bitch, he transformed into a hopeless romantic for Katy, way to go DAEMON! Thank you, dear author, for the major add-ons, I love it!
PLOT AND WRITING STYLE
The plot is okay-okay.  I wasn’t too impressed with it. It is better and bolder than the first two books, but I got bored. It doesn’t have he surprise factor; I wasn’t even shocked with the turnout of events. It’s good for starters, for those who haven’t read other Science Fiction books yet, because you will not expect too much. But in my case, I’ve already read a lot of books and I just find it plain, odd and simple. It’s recommended for young adult readers who like cute stories. The writing style on the other hand is fine with me, I find it fast paced and it’s really a fast read, I finished it in two days. But don’t expect too much just because the male protagonist is swoon-and-drool-worthy to the nth level.
 
FAVORITE LINES
“KILLING isn’t hard. It’s what comes afterward – the guilt.”
“I learned that sometime when someone says something so devastatingly perfect, there isn’t a need for a response. The words said it all.”
“Never trusts the one who excels.”
“What’s the risk if you know everything?”
“There is nothing wrong with protecting those you love.”
CONCLUSION AND REALIZATIONS 
It may be a simple novel but I honestly learned a lot. First, when you are with the person you trust and brings out the best in you, you’ll be able to overcome all life’s obstacles together. Second, trusting someone for the second time even thought they betrayed you before is okay because everyone deserves second chances. But be very careful and vigilant, because people like them will not hesitate to betray you once again. Third, friendship is one of the most precious things in the world. Once broken, you just have to try so hard to win it back. If not, you’ll have what ifs and only ifs in the end.
That’s it! I hope I helped some of you to decide whether to go on with this series or not. LOL. I like it, seriously, it’s just that it isn’t that great enough. SORRY 😦
 
~JaNnA~
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PS. You can read my review of OBSIDIAN.

 

Book Review #31 : Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

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SERIES: The Hunger Games
AUTHOR: Suzanne Collins
PAGES: 391
FORMAT: Paperback
PUBLICATION DATE: September 1, 2009
ISBN13: 9780439023498
GENRE: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
DATE READ: May 15, 2016
GOODREADS RATING: 4.30
PERSONAL RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

“But deciding not to run away is a crucial first step…”

📚 Synopsis 📚

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

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📖 M Y T H O U G H T S 📖

📚 Setting 📚

The setting is astonishing like the first book (book review of The Hunger Games here)! The arena once again made me cringe over and over! This time, it contains a lot of surprises which is absent in The Hunger Games. I am very much pleased with the second installment because all my rants regarding the previous book finally vanished! The Capitol is always a symbol of royalty and class, and it is even more fabulous and luxurious this time. A lot of improvements are made and I am a very satisfied reader here! Showing how gruesome the situation among all the district in Panem is just so creative and brilliant! And the author’s ability to execute all the scenarios with justice is very commendable!

📚 Characters 📚

Katniss Everdeen never ceases to amaze me! Her feistiness is spontaneous! She is always the savior of her loved ones. She is the perfect symbol of rebellion, as mentioned in the book. Courage, bravery and ability all in one! I love how almost everyone saw her as the beacon of hope and future! She served as an inspiration among all the people. Her existence made them realize that all together they can make a difference. One thing I loathe her for is the unreciprocated love of Peetah. I don’t know if she is just in denial or stupid but Peetah is always there beside her unlike Gale. I have been and will always ship for Peeta and Katniss!

Peeta Mellark surprised me this time! In the first book, you will notice that I have tons of rant regarding his existence. Yes he is swoon-worthy that time but he lacks the personality to be worthy of Katniss’s love. But not this time! Peeta did everything he can to show Katniss what he truly feels. I loved him on the first book and I even loved him more on the 2nd one. He is the epitome of pure and selfless love. The one wherein you respect the other person’s feelings and just be happy for them even if they don’t feel the same way for you. I fell for him all over again.❤️

📚 Writing Style and Plot 📚

I am fascinated as always! Miss Collins once again took me somewhere that is full of action-packed scenes and jaw-dropping turn out of events! Her writing style is one of a kind! You will never put the book down, literally. She caught my full and undivided attention! The story is fast-paced and it’s obvious to the fact that I finished it in less than 24 hours. I like the first person narration, I was able to put on Katniss’s shoes and understand all her decisions. It wasn’t easy being her. You have to make a stand. You have to trust your guts. But the cliff-hanger though! How could you do this to me dear author? I rolled my eyes and smirked for a couple of times after reading that last line from Gale. Yes. It’s killing me! I need to start reading the 3rd book now in order for me to have the freaking closure. The twists! All of them are mind-blowing! I almost died after all those freaking revelations from Haymitch. Wow! I was caught off-guard! This is definitely one of my best reads this year.

📚 Overall Rating 📚

I am giving it a 4.5/5. I highly recommend this to readers of all ages. I know almost all of you out there have already enjoyed this trilogy a long time ago. I am a late bloomer, I know. Lol. This book is very addictive and you will keep on asking and wanting for more. It definitely deserves all the hype!

📚 Conclusion 📚

Things I learned from the story:

1. No man is an island. No matter how much Katniss refuses to build a relationship or alliance with the other tributes, she can’t escape the fact that sometimes we all need some help.
2. Peeta’s feelings towards Katniss is so pure and unconditional. I admire his perseverance and the fact that he is not insisting that she should choose him over Gale.
3. Some people may seem pathetic like Haymitch but don’t judge them. Who knows? Maybe there’s a reason behind their attitude. Give chances. People may surprise you.

📚 Favorite Lines 📚

🔖 “Having an eye for beauty isn’t the same thing as a weakness.”

🔖 “We are not just beautiful, we are dark and powerful. We star-crossed lovers from District 12, who suffered so much and enjoyed so little the rewards of our victory, do not seek the fans’ favor, grace them with our smiles, or catch their kisses. We are unforgiving. And I love it. Getting to be myself at last.”

🔖 “As coal pressured into pearls by our weighty existence. Beauty that arose out of pain.”

🔖 “The bird, the pin, the song, the berries, the watch, the cracker, the dress that burst into flames. I am the mockingjay. The one that survived despite the Capitol’s plans. The symbol of the rebellion.”

🔖 “I give up. Stop speaking, responding, refuse food and water. They can pump whatever they want into my arm, but it takes more than that to keep a person going once she’s lost the will to live.”

🌸 xoxo, Janna 🌸

Janna’s Book Review #25 : The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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“IT ISN’T MY NATURE TO GO DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT, EVEN WHEN THINGS SEEM INSURMOUNTABLE.…” -Katniss

💜 AUTHOR: Suzanne Collins 💜
💜 PAGES: 374 💜
💜 FORMAT: Paperback 💜
💜 PUBLICATION DATE: September 14, 2008 💜
💜 ISBN13: 9780439023481 💜
💜 GENRE: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia 💜
💜 SETTING: District 12 (Panem), The Arena 💜
💜 CHARACTERS: Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark 💜
💜 DATE READ: March 19, 2016 💜
💜 GOODREADS RATING: 4.37 💜
💜 PERSONAL RATING: 4.5 (☆☆☆☆.5/5) 💜
💖 S Y N O P S I S 💖
The story is about Katniss Everdeen, a young girl from District 12 who volunteered to become their district’s tribute to the 74th Hunger Games. Each year, one male and one female will be chosen via draw lots to represent their respective sector and fight to the death in honor of the departed who sacrificed their lives for their freedom. Her partner is Peeta Mellark, a boy who has no experience when it comes to survival. He is the son of the town’s bread maker. Katniss is a hunter; at a very young age her father taught her all the strategies and techniques in order to survive hunting at the forest. And that became her edge among the other tributes.
Is Katniss strong enough to withstand all the obstacles and hardships inside the arena?
Is Peeta putting up a show for the audience or is he actually in love with Katniss?
How will they be able to make it alive if only one tribute will be crowned as the winner?
💖 M Y   T H O U G H T S 💖
💖 S E T T I N G 💖
District 12 is known for mining coal industry. It is not a wealthy sector of the government. Many people are poor and struggling really hard to live and survive. The place is well-described and wonderfully created in the book, which is what I liked most about dystopian themed books. When a place is oppressed, you can really feel the pain and suffering of the people.
The arena is the place where the annual Hunger Games take place.  It is a forest that contains plenty of crucial tests and unidentifiable threats. I liked it but I find it somewhat plain and odd, I expected a lot of mind-blowing adventures and creatures that will make the game more interesting. I thought monstrous beings will be present that will add some spice. Instead, tributes who are determined to kill each other are the only ones who are present.
💖 C H A R A C T E R S 💖
Katniss is now my favorite female antagonist next to Celaena Sardothien  (from Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series)! I am always amazed with a fictional character who knows how to use a bow and arrow (or crossbow). She is one hell of a kick ass female lead and in terms of her personality, I can easily relate with her. We both find it very hard to connect with people. Yes, we do care for some, but it is impossible to like and be nice to everyone we meet. Her determination and bravery is very admirable and remarkable!
Peeta on the other hand is a lame character! Ugh! He is obviously gorgeous and has the potential but I find his character so needy and incapable. He hasn’t helped Katniss that much except to lure the opponents and redirect them away from her path. He is kind of weak. If it’s not for Katniss’ existence, he could’ve died already right from the start. But there is this one thing that I admire most about him; he shows his feelings for Katniss instead of saying it. He is true gentleman.
💖 W R I T I N G    S T Y L E  A N D    P L O T 💖
The author’s writing style is fantastic! So so so FANTASTIC! I love how I managed to finish it in a few days. It’s a real page-turner! BUT! Honestly, I wasn’t that mind-blown but I like how it was written. Maybe I expected a lot of jaw-dropping scenes inside the arena. I never thought that it would be easy for Katniss and it seems that things turned out in her favor most of the time. Based on the title, I looked and craved for more! Yes, MORE! I expected a lot but I was kind of dismayed. Don’t get me wrong PLEASE, I adored it, every page and chapter of it actually but something went missing and the author failed to give me that satisfaction. The WOW factor! But I have no regrets; Katniss is now the apple of my eye! She’s fierce and feisty! Kudos to the author for creating a character who is unforgettable! For the plot twist, I don’t know, I’m having a mixed emotions right now. There wasn’t much that was offered. Maybe I need to read the next book to finally get hold of it. There were tons of action-packed scenes but a remarkable twist was not noted. Is it just me? Ugh.
💖 O V E R A L L   R A T I N G 💖
Despite all my rant the book still and will always deserve a 4.5 for me! I can’t give it a four or less because it’s dystopian! And I freakin’ love DYSTOPIAN! It is definitely my cup of tea. Really! Always have and always will! I don’t know why I’ve waited for a long time to finally get my hands on this masterpiece! What have I been thinking all along? Seriously? Anyway, I want to thank my sister-in-law @avy_reads for giving me the copy of The Hunger Games boxed set in foil edition as a birthday gift last year. Gosh! I so love my copy! So so so much! (☆☆☆☆.5/5)
💖 C O N C L U S I O N 💖
I think, no matter how unprepared or unarmed we are, we still and should always put up a fight. Just like what the character did in the story, she is not a PRO but she tried, she did it! I admire her determination and optimism. Her selfless love for her sister, Prim, is so heroic and a tear-jerker! She is a bona fide hero and deserves all the fame and wealth in the end.
xoxo,
Janna

Janna’s Book Review #22 : Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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“I’ve always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out, are the ones who are quietly unaware of their effect. The ones who throw their beauty around, waste what they have? Their beauty is only passing. It’s just a shell hiding nothing but shadows and emptiness.” -JLA

💟 Author : Jennifer L. Armentrout 💟
💟 Pages : 800 💟
💟 Format : Paperback (Entangled by Teen) 💟
💟 Publication Date : June 3, 2014 💟
💟 ISBN13 :  9781622664481 💟
💟 Genre : Young Adult, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Romance 💟
💟 Setting : West Virginia (USA) 💟
💟 Characters : Daemon Black, Katy Swartz 💟
💟 Date Read : March 2, 2016 💟
💟 Goodreads Rating : 4.65 💟
💟 Personal Rating : ☆☆☆☆/5 💟
💜 S Y N O P S I S 💜
Daemon Black is the epitome of perfection except for the simple and obvious fact that he is an arrogant jackass most of the time. Katy Swartz on the other hand is the new girl-next-door who instantly became Daemon’s apple of the eye. He wants to block and resist her because he thinks that she may cause a lot of trouble. Everything is going well until one day, Daemon was forced to use his super-mojo-alien-power to save Katy from the hands of death.
How can he avoid her if he is the only chance that she can be safe?
How can Katy withstand all the mood swings and arrogance of Daemon?
Is there a chance for them to set aside their issues and just secure each other’s back?
💜 M Y   T H O U G H T S 💜
📚 SETTING 📚
The story was set in West Virginia where the Blacks are residing for quite some time already. Katy and her mom recently moved in from Florida because they want to start a fresh and new life away from the painful memories that her father’s death brought. I like this setting because of its simplicity and it fits perfectly in a story like this where an alien squad wants to remain anonymous and discreet from the common people and the government.
📚 CHARACTERS 📚
Daemon Black is strong and handsome BUT arrogant. He is popular at school because of his perfect face and body. Girls are throwing themselves towards him and he is already accustomed to this set up ever since. He is loyal to his family and friends and he is willing to destroy and kill anyone who will cause them harm especially to his twin sister, Dee.
Katy Swartz is simple, beautiful in her own way and boring (according to Daemon😂). She loves reading books and blogging. Gardening is also her forte which she learned from her father. She likes what she likes and wants what she wants and nothing can stop her, not even Daemon. She is a good daughter and a loyal friend to Dee.
Dee Black is the sister of Daemon and Katy’s instant best friend. She is bubbly, sweet and just like her brother, Dee is screaming perfection. She is always between two colliding walls but she enjoys watching her brother and best friend make a fool out of themselves towards and around each other.
Ash Thompson is the protagonist in the love story of Daemon and Katy. She is the typical bitter-ex-girlfriend.
📚 WRITING STYLE AND PLOT 📚
This is my second Jennifer L. Armentrout book read and I must say that I wasn’t disappointed at all. It is a fast-paced story and a fast-read as well. I finished it in one sitting because godamnnnnit it is a real page turner! I lost track of time while devouring on Daemon and Katy’s cute topsy-turvy story. I literally did not put the book down but I have to stop for a couple of times because I need to pee.😂 I liked the idea that it involves aliens. For me, it is a different and unique story, I’ve never read a science fiction story before that includes aliens so I really did enjoy this novel. This will now set high standards for me when it comes to characters like them. It is highly entertaining especially on the scenes where Daemon is teasing Katy and seducing her.🙊 Honestly, during the first few chapters, I find Daemon so annoying! His arrogance is at the level where you just want to throw the book over someone’s face!😤 It is a good thing that he did everything to gain Katy’s trust and forgiveness. I hate jerks and douche bags so I was kind of irritated with his attitude at the start of the story. Despite the fact that I enjoyed this book, I still found myself asking and looking for more. The element of surprise was not present. I wasn’t even mind-blown with the twist. The plot line is decent and nice but I wasn’t impressed that much.🙊 I am craving for more!😐
📚 OVERALL RATING 📚
I will give this book a 4 (☆☆☆☆/5).  Daemon Black alone nailed it! Maybe he is the only reason I enjoyed this book. LoL😂 I will always recommend this to readers who are looking for a new kind of story with a swoon-and-drool-worthy male antagonist that will turn your world upside down!❤ Plus! I am in deep awe right now because Daemon has just been added to my official book boyfriend list who is now at the 3rd spot!🙊😍😙
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💜 C O N C L U S I O N 💜
I think no matter how much we put up these tall and strong walls around us to prevent people from coming in, some of them will really surprise us and push us to take some risk. In this story, I witnessed how determined Daemon was on trying to push Katy away for her own safety and for the sake of the Luxen family but his feelings or their feelings for each other is so strong that even danger and possible death did not stop them from admitting what they really feel about each other. Whatever happens, we always have to let other people in and I think we should not show them our worst behavior just to make them go away and turn their backs on us. People who loves us, truly and sincerely, will always make an effort and find a way to be with us.❤
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Xoxo,
Janna™💋💕