Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien

Oh, I tried. I really did try to love this book. But seriously. I could not. Not at all. I'm sorry to say that I didn't like this book one bit. And my review will most likely not be all that positive. Just saying. As I'm also giving this book a one star rating. If it weren't for my print ARC, I would not have finished the book.

I will try my best to explain how everything went wrong in this book. But honestly, I just want to forget about it all. And that ending was fucked up. Truly. So there should be a sequel. But it isn't confirmed yet, I think, but yeah. You cannot end a book like that. You can't. Well, unless she died. But I don't think so.

I just really wanted to love this book. But I knew when I peeked weeks ago that I would not. But I still gave it a try. Which I kind of regret. But still glad I managed to read the whole book. It just makes me sad. Because I wanted this book to be amazing. I have read other books by this author. A few I loved. A few I really disliked. So it's been a bit up and down. While this book was very, very down. There was just nothing I liked about it. Nothing. I could have loved Linus. But even he wasn't written well enough. I barely knew anything about him. And it wasn't enough. I'm sorry, but there were too many things to hate in this book. At least for me. I should say that I understand why some love it, but honestly, I don't. Because to me, it was awful.

First issue with this book. It has a weird beginning. I don't know anything about the world. I don't know that much about the main character either. I don't know enough about the school she had been in for nine days already. To me, it started in the wrong place. Sigh. And I knew from the very beginning that I did not like the writing. At all. Sniffs. It just felt so wrong. I didn't connect to anything. It felt like the girl was just telling us what happened. I got no feelings from anything. Which was very depressing.

Another thing was that this book is set in 2066. Seriously? I don't get that at all. Not a single part of the book said "future" to me. It felt more like the past. Nothing seemed different than it is now, which I know it will be in the future. So yes. That disappointed me too. Because seriously. This whole book is focused on this school. Where all the kids are being filmed 12 hours a day, and are getting sleeping pills and sleeping for the other 12 hours. It was fucked up. And boring. And way too much drama all the time.

I really wanted to like the main character. Rosie. But I didn't. I didn't connect to her at all. First, she spent the first nine days talking to no one. And then fifty people are going to get cut from the school. And now she's suddenly making friends with so many. She went through a lot of personality changes in this book. And I didn't like any of them. We see a bit of her past. Her family. I felt nothing. Nothing at all. Her stepdad is supposed to be mean and hit her. I felt nothing. He was described as two people.

There was just so much that pissed me off in this book. I just didn't like it. I didn't like reading it. I didn't like Rosie. I didn't like the other characters. I wanted to love Linus. I didn't. And suddenly there is a romance there. They are kissing. A lot. But they only kiss. They barely talk. They don't talk about themselves. They don't share things. My god. I did not like this romance one bit. And that made me even more sad. Oh, and there could even be a love triangle. Who knows. It wasn't in this book, though.

The plot. I cannot with the plot in this book. It kind of.. sucked? Yeah, it could have been interesting sometimes. But I didn't care. It wasn't enough. It wasn't done well enough. And Rosie acted like a crazy person so many times. And she changed so often. Oh, and she hears a voice in her head near the end. Which she tells no one about. That pissed me off too. And the school. Seriously. It was beyond boring. It wasn't interesting at all. Well, it could have been, probably. But I just did not care. I didn't care one bit.

The Vault of Dreamers was supposed to be creepy and scary, I suppose. But it wasn't. To me, it was silly. And I didn't like it. I wanted to, but I didn't. And that ending. Ugh. How much timed had passed in that last chapter? Weeks? YEARS? That is what pissed me off the most. It was a cruel ending. Not that I would want to read a book two. Sigh. But I wanted more from the ending. I expected more. But I didn't get anything that I expected from this book. Which makes me sad. But it is what it is. I did not like it.

Huge thank you to Ksenia at Macmillan Kids for the print ARC of this book. <3 I'm so sorry that I didn't like it. Sigh. But. My copy is gorgeous, hih. And I will always love that I were able to read and review it early. But yeah. I did not like this book. And I will always be honest, no matter how I get the book. So I'm not sure I can honestly say that I want anyone to read this. Because I mostly hated it. But I am curious. I am curious if there are someone who will feel the same as I did. So you must let me know if you read it.

Cover Reveal: Unchanged by Jessica Brody

Oh. I am conflicted. Okay, fine, I'm extremely excited for Unchanged. And this cover is so damn stunning. I cannot wait to own it. <3 I did mostly love Unremembered and Unforgotten. They were stunning and exciting. With this gorgeous romance. Sigh. But then. Then there was book two. And a love triangle was added. And my heart is breaking and I'm so sad and a little angry. But I have hope too. I have hope that Jessica will handle this well. <3 Okay, I beg her to, lol. Because this summary? It do make me excited for the book. As I NEED to know how it all ends. So excited. But. Months? She has been months with that damn boy? This is probably silly of me, but if she has slept with him I will never ever forgive her. Not ever. Because it was kind of a big deal for her and Zen. And if it happens with that other guy, it would kill me. Which might be weird, hih, but I feel strongly about it. But I have hope, like I said. So yes. I am very excited for Unchanged :) I just adore this cover. <3 What do you think of the cover?

So many secrets are buried within these compound walls.
I used to be one of those secrets.

After returning to the Diotech compound and undergoing an experimental new memory alteration, Seraphina is now a loyal, obedient servant to Dr. Alixter and the powerful company that created her. Happy and in love with Kaelen, another scientifically-enhanced human designed to be her perfect match, Sera’s history with a boy named Zen is just a distant memory from a rebellious past she longs to forget.

But as Sera and Kaelen embark on a nationwide tour to promote Diotech’s new product line—a collection of controversial genetic modifications available to the public—Sera’s mind starts to rebel. She can’t stop the memories of Zen from creeping back in.

As more secrets are revealed, more enemies are uncovered, and the reality of a Diotech-controlled world grows closer every day, Sera will have to choose where her true loyalties lie, but it’s a choice that may cost her everything she’s ever loved.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review: The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

Oh, how I am glad that I got to read this book early. Because I have been dying to read it for months and months. I always knew that I would love this book. Because I loved In the Shadow of Blackbirds by the same author. And I adore Cat. She is the best. But oh, how I am so happy that I did love this book. <3

I will try my best to explain why I loved this book. Because there are many reasons. Yet I don't want to spoil anything. As this book was stunning. And exciting. And full of surprises. And oh. It was heartbreaking too. Not as heartbreaking as Blackbirds, but still heartbreaking enough. And oh so good as well. Sigh.

I honestly loved every part of The Cure for Dreaming. It was exciting, fun, heartbreaking and romantic. It's full of mystery and darkness too. It was all kinds of perfect. Cat Winters is an amazing author. And I cannot wait to read all her upcoming books. <3 Because I know I will love anything that she writes. Though, hih, what I want the most is a sequel to this book. <3 I loved the ending. I did. It was perfect for the characters. But it also broke my heart a little, as it wasn't as happy as I wanted, lol. But it was perfect. So perfect. But yes. I need to know what happens next. So I'm holding out hope for a sequel. <3 More of Henry would be perfect. As I could never tire of reading about him. And Olivia too. I would love to read more of them.

The book is told from the point of view of Olivia. Whom I adored. She was such a great person. Sigh. I loved reading about her. About her life. And her awesome friend. I adored her too. I found Olivia to be strong and kind and loving. She was awesome. But then there is her dad. And my god. I could not deal with him. He was beyond awful. I didn't like him one bit. How he treated Olivia. What he made Henry do to her. Not fair at all. I just wanted to punch him all the time, lol. So yes. I did not like her father at all.

This story takes place in 1900. And I won't say much more than that. Just that I found it an awesome time period to have a book in. And I want Cat to write more books from this time. As she is extraordinary at it. Anyway. A lot of this book focus on hypnosis. And I loved that. I loved that so much. It was fun to read about. But also heartbreaking and evil. Ack. As Henry is full of talent. And Olivia's dad pays him to hypnotize Olivia. And oh. It's kind of awful. Yet so perfect at the same time. I loved it.

I won't say much more than that about the plot. Just that it is stunning. And so fun to read. And I wanted more and more. I did not want this book to end. Not at all. Sigh. I loved that Olivia wanted women to have a right to vote. And I loved that this book focus a lot on that too. It was interesting to read about. Yet also a bit sad. Sigh. I would not have been able to live at that time, hih. I'm not a housewife at all. And I didn't want Olivia to be one either. Which is why I loved the ending. It was good.

I should mention the romance now, I think. I don't want to spoil it, but I feel like I should mention a few things. Like Percy. He seemed like he would be the love interest. But my god. I didn't like him at all. He was such an awful person. And I'm glad nothing more happened. He was not right for Olivia at all. Sigh. But then there is Henry. And oh. I loved getting to know him more. Such a sad backstory. So sad with his sister probably dying. Sobs. But I loved reading about Henry. So much. And their slow romance. Sigh.

I will not say more about this book. Well, not much more :D Just that I loved The Cure for Dreaming to pieces. I found it to be so good. And I cannot wait to read it again and again. <3 Because yeah. This book needs to be read often. I loved reading about this time period. I loved reading about Olivia. And Henry. Sigh. So much love. I loved reading about Olivia's love for Dracula. I just loved every part of this book. Thank you, Cat, for writing such a stunning book. <3 I'm so thrilled that I loved this book so much.

I would recommend this book to everyone. As I feel like you should all read and love The Cure for Dreaming. Because it was honestly a perfect book. The writing is gorgeous. Which I knew it would be. And the story is full of heart and so perfect. And the characters. Sigh. Cat is amazing at writing characters that I fall in love with. So yes. You should all go pre-order this book right away. Because you will need to read it when it comes out in October. It will be worth it. And I need to know you loved it too.

The biggest thank you to Abrams & Chronicle UK for the print ARC of this perfect book. <3 Thank you thank you thank you. I'm so glad that I got to read The Cure for Dreaming early. And I cannot wait to read it again. <3 So excited for my hardcovers to arrive in October :D They will look stunning. As this print ARC was so damn beautiful. Such gorgeous art. I loved the pictures inside. So awesome. And such a soft book too. Ack. I loved that. Yeah. This book was just all kinds of perfect. Loved it so much. <3

Waiting on Wednesday #145

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Goodreads Description:

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: October 7th 2014 by Putnam Juvenile
Pre-Order here.

Oh, how I want this book. I want it SO MUCH. First, I adore Marie. She's awesome. And then. The Young Elites sounds perfect. It sounds so damn awesome. And I just cannot wait to read it. I waaaaant it, hih. <3 It just sounds so good. Sigh. And! Marie promised no love triangle. Ack. That makes me even more happy, hih :D I cannot wait to meet Adelina. <3 And Enzo. My cover reveal post can be seen here. <3
What are you waiting for on this dangerous wednesday?    

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cress Tuesday #39

I love sharing these Cress Tuesday teasers with you all each week. Because it makes me remember my love for this book. And my love is huge. Sigh. Cress is just such a perfect book. Now I'm just waiting for Winter to come out. And it kills me a little that it isn't out until November 2015. The wait will be long. But also worth it. Going to continue with these teasers for ages, most likely, lol. As I love doing them. Hope you do too. It makes me even more excited to be re-reading the three books in the near future. Hopefully I'll have the time for that soon, as I need to re-read more about Cinder and Kai, hih. <3 Anyway. If you haven't yet had the chance to read Cress, I'm hoping these teasers will convince you to do that :) If you have read it, I hope these teasers reminds you about how amazing this book was. Sigh. See previous Cress Tuesdays here. <3 Hope you are enjoying these (mostly) non-spoilery teasers :)

His ears grew hot, and he felt as if he'd just been caught hoarding something
strange and overly intimate. Something that didn't belong to him.

Oh. I love this. KAI. My love. This quote makes me very happy, as when I found it I read the whole moment and it was
so awesome and a bit awkward and so perfect. This scene was stunning. And I didn't even spoil it with my teaser, lol :D

Was allowed to do this by Marissa and Macmillan; Thank you. <3 Marissa is the best. Check out her amazing website :D I'm also very much in love with the Lunar Chronicles facebook. So pretty. I hope you enjoy the teasers :) There will be one teaser each Tuesday. Can't wait for you all to read Cress :) Also, the teasers are now from my finished hardcover copy of Cress :D And oh, how it is gorgeous. <3