The A.B.C Murders by Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot #13)

The A.B.C Murders by Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot #13)

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Rating:

4/5 🌟

Synopsis:

Alice Ascher from Andover is the first victim. Next to her corpse is a spellbinding clue. It seems that a killer is knocking off his victims one-by-one, A through Z. Alphabetically speaking, Hercule Poirot fears that it’s a matter of one down, twenty-five to go.

 

Review:

I basically love every Poirot novel I’ve read and I’m not suprised that I love this one as well. The story was so interesting, very well written, and Poirot – as always –  is witty and fabulous in all sense. I love the idea that the murderer is killing alphabetically and the advance letters sent to Poirot gives it a great flair for the theatrics. Multiple murders, a manhunt, and clues sent by the murderer himself/herself! It’s not the usual murder mystery i’ve read which gives this books something fresh. It’s funny and oh so entertaining to read about the whole mystery.

Christie has a way to make you feel confident in your guess as to who is the murderer and then you flip a page and you’re sudeenly so unsure of your guess. She’s so clever at fooling readers! Her mind is so articulate and amazing. I find it specially cool when she lays down all the facts at the end; explaining the how’s and why’s of the murders. It’s simply amazing how this woman works.

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This won’t be the last of Christie I’ll be reading. I’m already looking forward to her other books just waiting on my shelf. Absolutely love her work!

 

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Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand

Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand

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Rating:

2/5 🌟

Synopsis:

Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world… or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

 

Review:

I find this book boring thus, the two stars. I was actually looking forward to reading it but I was so disappointed after tackling it that I felt bad for spending my five hundred pesos (++) for this when I could have bought a book from the series I’m saving up for or a good dinner for myself for two days. I don’t want to sound so mean but I must point out the reasons why I didn’t like it:

  1. Bland characters. I did not like any of the characters at all. Legrand made Rielle incredibly powerful, a terrible person and does nothing all day but daydream of taking Prince Audric (who’s also bland) to bed and if she’s not thinking about him, she’s lusting over some evil angel called Corien. Then here goes Eliana, I don’t care at all about her chapters that consists of nothing but boring action which has no ultimate goal and very little actual conversation. (I never thought action could be actually boring).338efe66-7dbd-4713-9453-a073c7443d45
  2. Pacing. This story is so painfully long, and has so many unnecessary chapter after chapter of actions that made the story ultimately dragggggging. Rielle’s chapters are full of her facing numerous trials that we all know she would win. I wanted to quit halfway but I had to think of the money I spent and was hoping for a great plot twist to save the story. Alas, I was disappointed. Again. tenor (2)
  3. The time differences. Guys, their stories are set 1000 years apart. The thing I don’t get is, why does it seem like nothing much has changed? Excuse me but, there’s so much difference between 2000 and 2018. It confuses me that they seem to have the same way of talking or way of life after a thousand years, making it seem that Rielle and Eliana are just living in different cities miles apart.tenor (1)
  4. Sex Scenes. They are ridiculous. It was obviously overwritten and painful to read. I had to cringe every time Audric and Rielle develop sexual tensions between them.                            200w_d
  5. Bi rep. Uh, where? Had to go back and find it. Oh, there it is, barely mentioned.tenor

This book could have been great but ended up disappointing me. Yes, there was potential. But I liked some parts of it, especially the beginning. It was great and it went blah from that. The idea of angels being more like demons is interesting. Other than that, nothing else.

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Rating:

3.5 / 5 🌟

Synopsis:

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

Review:

Wow, another fantasy book but hell, I liked it! I succumbed to the instagram and goodreads hype and finally bought this one. I am immediately drawn by the cover which is EXTREMELY beautiful. Hands down one of the best covers.

This is an African-inspired novel which gave the story a very fantastic touch. It has magic, princess, soldiers, enormous pet creatures, gods and goddesses, due date, and death – I mean, what else could you ask for? It’s fast paced and action-packed with alternating POV from the three characters: Zelie, Amari, and Inan.

So if I liked it, why did I only gave it a 3.5 rating? First, the story made me feel as if i’ve read it way many times before. Magic gone forever if the solstice isn’t met? Sound familiar? So that took away 0.5 star from my originally 5 star rating for this book. Another half star lost because the story was predictable. I was already anticipating this book, I was not expecting it to be this predictable. I knew Inan was going to tell his father what matters most to Zelie and I knew that he was going to die.Also, I got really annoyed about how many times Zelie said “Aggh” or “Uggh”. Like for real, you’ll definitely notice it. So that took another 0.5 for me.

But after all these negative vibes from me, I still like the book don’t get me wrong. I really think the idea is fantastic. The characters are amazing and i’m very excited to read the next book. I am hoping that the second one would wow me more. Will I recommend it? Yes, absolutely. Especially if you’re a fantasy junkie like me. This is a yes.

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2nd Anniversary as a Book Blogger

2nd Anniversary as a Book Blogger

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Has it been two years already? Wow, I can’t believe it! I started this blog on the sole purpose of putting my 100 percent honest opinion on the books i’ve read and I can’t believe that i’ve been doing it for two years!

I’m not the most active book blogger here because I only post several times in a few weeks but I truly appreciate each and everyone who followed my blog and even more to those who has taken time to read even one of my reviews. I love each and evey single one of and I truly appreciate your support. I promise to try and post as much reviews as possible and make them extra entertaining as well. I’ll also try to do reviews about book events, releases, and other fun stuff.

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Also, thank you to all who followed my instagram and twitter accounts (even though I post nonsense things there), it means so much to me!

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Cheers to two years here and hopefully more anniversaries to come!

The Mason Jar by James Russell Lingerfelt

The Mason Jar by James Russell Lingerfelt

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Rating:

2.5 / 5 🌟

 

Synopsis:

What if your old college roommate called, raving about a book someone sent her, calling it the most beautiful book she’s ever read? “But,” she said, “it’s about you.” The author is your college ex.

In The Mason Jar, Clayton Fincannon is a Tennessee farm boy raised at the feet of his grandfather. He and his grandfather leave letters for each other in a Mason jar on his grandfather’s desk; letters of counsel and affirmation. When Clayton attends college in Southern California, he meets and falls in love with a dark, debutante, named Savannah. However, when an unmentioned past resurrects in her life and she leaves, Clayton is left with unanswered questions.

Clayton goes on to serve as a missionary in Africa, while he and his grandfather continue their tradition of writing letters. When Clayton returns home five years later to bury his grandfather, he searches for answers pertaining to the loss of the young woman he once loved. Little does Clayton know, the answers await him in the broken Mason jar.

A story about a girl who vanished, a former love who wrote a book about her and a reunion they never imagined.

Written for the bruised and broken, The Mason Jar is an inspirational epic, romance, tragedy which brings hope to people who have experienced disappointment in life due to separation from loved ones. With a redemptive ending and written in the fresh, romantic tones of Nicholas Sparks, The Mason Jar interweaves the imagery of Thoreau with the adventures and climatic family struggles common to Dances with Wolves, A River Runs Through It and Legends of the Fall.

 

Review:

I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

               This is the accompanying book of the Alabama Irish. It was better written than Alabama Irish and there was a lot of potential for this book but it left me quite disappointed. First off, I don’t think the story of Finn coincides with the story in Alabama Irish. Am I wrong? Maybe that’s just me but I really think there’s something different about the details. Second, I thought Eden’s name was changed in the book written by Finn but she was called Eden all the way – what happened to the name Savannah?? Third, when there are two people talking, it is confusing to tell who’s who. Also, Eden’s dialogues are very textbook girl. What I mean is, I don’t hear actual women talk the way she does which I really didn’t like because I like stories like this to make be more real and that just blows the whole deal to a great book.

I do think that this book started out great but then fell flat. All in all, I felt no change in emotion while reading this book.

Alabama Irish by James Russell Lingerfelt

Alabama Irish by James Russell Lingerfelt

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Rating:

🌟🌟🌟 / 5

 

Synopsis:

Brian was raised on “the wrong side of the tracks” in inner-city Alabama. Now, at nineteen, with a troubled past and juvenile record, Brian struggles to earn a living and find a life purpose. When he journeys to New York on a chance trip, Brian meets and falls in love with Shannon; a bright eyed, aspiring actress from California. Brian returns to Alabama stirred by Shannon’s courage and passion for life. With a new zest and reason for living, Brian is determined to turn himself into a man worthy of her love. Unable to afford college, Brian discovers the Os Guinness Scholarship, which provides free tuition to Pepperdine University for Irish students who desire to train for Ireland’s ministry. With some innovative thinking, Brian fakes his Irish citizenry, accepts the scholarship, and moves to Southern California to attend school and pursue Shannon. However, when Brian visits Alabama, all the lies come crashing down and Brian comes face to face with a past he thought was finished. Now, Brian must make a choice: lose Shannon by spinning more lies and choosing vengeance in hopes of putting his past to rest. Or choose honesty and forgiveness and embrace a new life with the only woman he ever loved. Alabama Irish will make us sit back and laugh, then lay the book down and cry. But in the end, we’ll be reminded that no matter our pasts, the possibility to find true love again is never lost. (This coming of age love story teaches readers the necessity of honesty and openness in the pursuit of loving, long-lasting relationships.)

 

Review:

               I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was written in the point of view of the main character, Brian. This is his diary, which he started using because he wanted to write the things happening in his life as a sort of memorabilia. Writing also helps him express himself better and somehow soothes him. He doesn’t write every day and that is very realistic, but also makes me wonder how he could remember things in such details when several days already passed before he wrote it down. Also, this makes the story go so fast that I felt like I did not have enough time to digest what was currently happening. The pacing was too fast for my taste.

I did like the part where he forged his documents though, but that also made me question how he did it. I know he explained it thoroughly but it’s America. Is it that easy to get into Universities there? He did not even mention the SATs which I have very little idea about, but I do know that you need good scores if you want to get into good schools and Brian clearly stated that he is not the best student in his highschool. So yes, that part was very questionable.

At first, I did not like Brian. I find him boring, judgmental and I do not connect at him at all. But it’s nice that we get to see him improve in life as well as his writing. The person I liked best is Finn, because he seems cool and brotherly. I think the parts about Tabitha is poorly written that’s why I felt no inkling for her. She got into a terrible relationship again and yet I felt no sadness. The story of Brian and Shannon’s romance was good, not very cheesy at all. I still wonder what happened to Eden though, Finn’s girlfriend who ran away.

Anyway, it’s a good book about hard work, forgiveness, finding self-worth, and knowing that family doesn’t necessarily have to be blood-relations.

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

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

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Rating:

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

 

Synopsis:

Mara Dyer had no idea that it would end like this.

She desperately wants to believe that there’s more to the lies she’s been told and doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.

She never gave much thought before to how far she would go for vengeance, but with loyalties betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and when fate and chance collide it seems the time for retribution has arrived.

 

Review:

“I’ll love you to ruins.”

This book is equally eerie and captivating. The story is so good that it made me cry when it ended. I absolutely loved every moment of Mara’s dark, crazy, and blood-filled journey. It’s funny because Hodkin was terrifying me but I can’t bear to put it down because it was just too good to stop.

It is a dark novel with snippets of hilarious moments due to Jamie and Mara’s exchanges specially when they inject they nerdy sides and mention fandom things. God, I love Jamie. Also, I must give one hell of a big clap for Michelle Hodkin because she scared the shit out of me at the part where everybody thought Mara was pregnant. HOLY FRIGGING MACAROONS. And when Mara tried to pry these things from her stomach. Oh. Good. Lord.

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Noah was missing for most of the book which was a torture. I mean, who doesn’t want some Noah Shaw action?? But I loved the interchanging POV of Mara and Noah. He was always this very masculine figure to me but then we saw him break, and it showed us a different side of him.

The intimate moments of Mara and Noah are just too priceless. I ship them so hard it’s crazy. And when Noah said this line to Mara I nearly flipped because it’s just so beautiful:

“Je t’aime. Aujourd’hui. Ce soir. Demain. Pour toujours. Si je vivais mille ans, je t’appartiendrais pour tous. Si je vivais mille vies, je te ferais mienne dans chacune d’elles.

I love you. Today. Tonight. Tomorrow. Forever. If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If I were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.” 

The ending for me was okay, and not very many people are happy because it is an open ending. But to me, it’s great because it leaves us wondering what they would do out in the world in the future. I still wonder what happened to Stella though, because I feel bad for her. But I’m really glad that Jamie stayed with Daniel and Mara even if Stella left.

To tie it all in, I suggest this to everyone. I know this is a creepy trilogy but it’s so worth it in the end. Love it!!