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100 Follower Giveaway!


Alyana: *takes microphone* Ladies and gentlemen…

Tiffany: *coughs pointedly*You sound like Casear from the Hunger Games. 
Alyana: Really? Now? When we’re live? 
Tiffany: Uh… we are? Bob, I told you to wait for your cue!
Bob the Cameraman: Whoops.
Alyana: *face palm* Anyways, as you can see from the title, we have reached…
Tiffany: Drumroll please!
-really long dramatic drumroll-
Alyana and Tiffany: 100 FOLLOWERS! *throws confetti and sets off fireworks*

We’re freaking in AND out.


Tiffany: That was my line!
Alyana: No, it was mine! 
Tiffany: We’re wasting time. 
Alyana: Okay, so moving on, we’ve decided to host a special giveaway for our beloved followers! 
Tiffany: And it’s INTERNATIONAL!
Alyana: That’s right! 
Tiffany: Terms and conditions apply. *holds up piece of paper*

RULES:

1) This is a FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY so being a follower is mandatory. You must be 13 years or older to enter. 
2) We will be giving away ANY book of your choice from Book Depository worth $15 or less. We’ve posted some examples of such that can be seen below. (If the prices of the books listed below change, we reserve the right to refuse the purchase of that book in the circumstance that it goes over $15)
3) There will be TWO winners. They will be chosen through a raffle draw. 
4) This is INTERNATIONAL.(Make sure The Book Depository ships to wherever you live)
5) You have 48 hours to respond to our email if you do win, informing us about the book of your choice, or else we will be forced to pick a new one. (So please DO look for a book before the contest ends in case you win) :)
6) We hold the right to stop this giveaway at anytime, should circumstances arise.

Alyana: That’s about it!
Tiffany: *sighs* If I could, I’d enter this contest myself. Think of all the books that you can win…
Alyana: I agree with you there. So enter today for a chance to win!
Tiffany: You have over one month to do so, and this contest will end on the 25th of December, exactly 12:00am! 
Alyana: Kinda like a Christmas gift from us! *wink wink*
Tiffany: Thanks again to all our followers- for making all of this possible! 

And now, the book list: 
(The books that are not released yet/currently unavailable will be pre-ordered)
1. Sweet Evil/Peril by Wendy Higgins 
2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern >Review here<
3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins >Review here<
4. Tiger’s Curse/Quest/Voyage/Destiny by Colleen Houck
5. Half-Blood/Pure/Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout
6. Obsidian/Onyx/Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
7. Die For Me/Until I Die/If I Should Die by Amy Plum >Review here<
8. What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang >Review here<
9. Starcrossed/Dreamless/Goddess by Josephine Angelini >Review here<
10. Wake by Amanda Hocking
11. Switched/Torn/Ascend by Amanda Hocking
12. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa >Review here<
13. The Lost Prince/The Iron Legends/The Iron King/Daughter/Queen/Knight by Julie Kagawa >Review here<

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Have fun and good luck!

Until next time,
Alyana and Tiffany :)

Review of Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

  • TitleDreamless (Starcrossed #2)
  • AuthorJosephine Angelini
  • SourceBorrowed
  • No. of Pages487
  • PublishedMay 29, 2012 by HarperTeen
  • Rating4.5/5
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As the only scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.

Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out--a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies' cry for blood is growing louder.

As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen's sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.

To be blunt, I did not enjoy Starcrossed as much as I first assumed I would. There were huge info drops that led to confusion, and I often found myself getting annoyed with several characters. I finally caved to reading Dreamless because (1) I was rather curious for how the sequel went on, (2) The gorgeous cover and (3) The persistence of my friends. And yes, I’m so glad that I did, and you’ll find out why later on in my review.

First off, we have Helen Hamiltion, also know as the Descender. She’s the main propogantist in this novel. Beautiful, brave and heir of the House of Aphrodite. From the very beginning of the story, Helen was entrusted with a mission—to descend into the Underworld every night in her dreams, something that only a selected number of Scions can do, much less attempt too.

Then we have Lucas Delos, also known as Luke. Handsome, clever and heir of the House of Thebes. He and Helen are in love with each other, however, upon the revelation that they are cousins in Starcrossed, they are forced to keep their relationship a secret. But, Lucas’ father soon realizes what was going on, and tells his son that Luke better end things with her, for what Luke was doing at the moment was just hurting her even more.

Lastly, Orion. Head of the House of Rome, gorgeous, outrageous and a skilled fighter. He has rare abilities that no other Scion has, such as creating powerful earthquakes as well was reaching into another person’s heart- being able to make it fall in love, or break it beyond repair. However, Orion doesn’t abuse his powers. Instead, he uses it for the better and for the benefit for others, which I found quite honorable. His sweet and funny personality caught my eye as well, and he is one of my favorite characters in the story.

The plot was truly well thought out. I never would have thought of it at all! Most of the time, whenever I read books like these, it usually centers on the main character, who had special powers of some sort. But not Dreamless. Josephine Angelini showed us that mortals can play a part as well, and not just be those people on the sidelines, screaming and running around while the propagandist goes off and saves the day. This was a really huge leap from Starcrossed, where at times, I didn’t understand what was happening, and it was centered a lot on Helen and how she feels about Lucas all the time.

The romance was incredibly frustrating, I’ll give you that. But it was something that made the story even more intruiging and captivating than it already was. I was definitely a Team Lucas (Who wouldn’t be?) from the very start, but I found myself wavering between him and the other male propagantist, Orion, as the story progressed. Even up to now, though I’ve decided I favor Lucas, I have a feeling the last book of the trilogy might tip the scales for me again. We’ll just have see what will happen.

I liked how Josephine Angelini made use of subplots- but then in the end, connected them in a way that they formed one, huge intricate plot with tons of twists, turns and surprises. That was something that I enjoyed most, especially how it switches from one character’s point of view to another’s, so that the reader can get a taste of how it feels to be in their position in the story.

A small comment however. At the start of the novel, I wasn’t so interested in Dreamless as I was near the end because there were just paragraphs and paragraphs of explaining why this or that was so. I’m the kind of person who likes to figure out what the cause of one thing was and why this happened. But, I suppose this is also a way that was used so that the reader would be able to understand fully what was happening in the story.

Dreamless is a very interesting and amazing read. Josephine Angelini writes with such grace that leaves the reader breathless and begging for more. I definitely can’t wait for the final book of the trilogy- I’m sure they would be as awesome as the previous ones. Making use of Greek Mythology as well as modern-day Nantucket, Massachusetts, the author has woven an unforgettable tale that I would always treasure.

Review of Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Review of Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published on July 24, 2012 (Harper Teen)
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The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.
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When I first discovered Something Strange and Deadly through Susan Dennard’s twitter, I was unsure of reading the book. The cover was beautiful, there was no doubt about that, but when I found out that it was a steampunk/zombie novel, I was instantly wary.

Why.

First of all, I had never read a steampunk book (not including The Infernal Devices, because, well, it’s the prequel of The Mortal Instruments, and I couldn’t turn that down!) with a zombie twist thrown into the mix!

But then, I happened to read a scene from SS&D in Susan’s SS&D website a few days short of its release and what can I say? It completely blew me away. The descriptive and magical writing itself already convinced me to read the book, but when I discovered a whole new different world just by reading that scene–well, I was almost sure that I would like, if not love, the book.


The Cover

Gorgeous cover. Even if it IS the cliched girl-posing-with-a-dress cover, it is much, much more than that. I just recently discovered (and by recently, I mean after finishing the book) that when you tilt the book a little bit, there are gears and machinery stuff on the cover. Talk about cool! It definitely introduced the steampunk side of the book just through the cover. Also, the title font is beautiful as well. Call me weird, but I pay special attention to title and chapter fonts, just because they’re pretty. (Delirium by Lauren Oliver has one of the best chapter header fonts, just saying)

The Characters

Eleanor, obviously, is the protagonist in SS&D. I find it very hard to hate the protagonist of any novel, so you’ll rarely see me writing a review which includes something along the lines of “The character was so snobby and stuck-up, way annoying especially since it was written in first person. I wanted to scream at her and slap her hard across the face.”
Nope, so not me. I don’t pay much attention to the ‘realness’ of a character, to be honest. But I’ll say straight up whether or not the protagonist stuck with me and whether I sympathized with him/her.
So for Eleanor, I did sympathize with her character. I appreciated the great lengths she would go to for her brother and her overall tough attitude. Sure, she may seem like a delicate person-complete with her dresses and her lacy parasol, but she has a hard interior underneath. She’s stubborn, persistent, and extremely hard-headed, but endearing at the same time, which I feel is important in a character. You can’t just be the rebel of a story-you need a backstory, the whole reason why you rebel in the first place. And I found that in Eleanor.

Daniel starts off hating Eleanor-which I did not expect at all. He goes out of his way to annoy her at all costs and remind her that she isn’t one of the Spirit-Hunters, that she is just one of those ‘snobby little princesses,’ people who think that they’re better than others. After every page though, I could feel his icy exterior melting little by little as he spent more time with Eleanor and got to know her as a person.

I loved finding more about Daniel along with Eleanor, since it was written in the first person POV, and I loved that he wasn’t simply ‘the character who the protagonist falls in love with,’ which is something I sometimes see in other YA stories. He was his own character, someone who experienced a lot of things before he met Eleanor.

The Plot

The story started out with a zombie attack. I found this to be a good strategy, especially because the readers are immediately exposed to the whole world of mystery that the author has written–without knowing the whole story and all the answers yet, of course. I liked how almost every page had something happening, and how the zombies in this story were different from the usual ones you read in other books.

They weren’t the usual ‘infected’ zombies, rather, they were people who rose from the dead, people who literally left their graves. In this case, a necromancer controlled them so they didn’t exactly have a mind of their own. This little twist interested me, especially because I dove into the story thinking they were the stereotypical zombies of YA fiction. I loved learning more and more about this different kind of zombie as I breezed through the book, and all the other ‘new’ things like the inventions of the Spirit-Hunters.


One little comment, though. I found myself skipping over some paragraphs when Daniel or the other Spirit-Hunters were explaining things to Eleanor. I mean, I did want to know more about what was going on, but I couldn’t bring myself to concentrate on the facts they were saying because I guess it was too wordy for me. But still, I doubled back and read those paragraphs because they were, in fact, relevant to the plot, though I sometimes didn’t get how things worked. Like the goggles, for example. I read the explanation carefully, but I guess the practical side in me couldn’t accept it. I was always trying to pull out scientific facts to try to explain it.


But that wasn’t such a big problem, especially because it was necessary for the author to explain the history behind the things happening, I mean, how are the readers supposed to know?


The writing, though, was exquisite. The description made me feel almost like I was standing in 1876 Philadelphia myself, with a swarm of zombies right at my heels. The ending too, had closure, which was something I wanted, though I have a feeling that a cliffhanger is going to come out in the second book.


Something Strange and Deadly was absolutely magical, unearthing a whole new world of fantasy and steampunk that I never could have imagined. The writing pulls you in the book itself, making you feel as if you are Eleanor Fitt, the unforgettable protagonist of the story.


And don’t forget…
AIM FOR THE KNEES! :)


“Miss Fitt, you know curiosity gets men killed.”
I grinned. “Then I daresay it’s good I’m a woman.” 

This quote made me crack up! =))


Review of The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

  • TitleThe Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1)
  • AuthorCarrie Ryan
  • SourceBought
  • No. of Pages310
  • Rating4/5
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In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

The Forest of Hands and Teeth starts out with Mary talking about the ocean. Right from then, multiple questions already started attacking my brain. Why is there ‘no ocean’ in this book? Is the ocean really gone, did it somehow dry up, or is it because Carrie Ryan wrote the book in a post-apocalyptic setting? But wait. Maybe this is a dystopian novel, and the ocean being ‘real’ is kept a secret from the society!

Before I move on, let me get one thing straight. I never research a story before I buy it from my local bookstore. I refrain from reading reviews as well, especially if there are spoilers. I prefer to be surprised.

That’s why I know I’m going to enjoy a book when right from the first page; I already know the plot is full of depth. When I immediately have a lot of questions, I know that the book is going to be twisty and full of surprises at every turn. Just from the first page of The Forest of Hands and Teeth, I already expected a lot.

And I wasn’t disappointed.

Every time I turned a page, more mysteries unraveled, and more subplots popped up. The characters intrigued me, especially The Sisterhood, with their well-kept secrets and creepy personalities. The idea of the Unconsecrated was a nice touch too, especially because it reminded me so much of The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Except in this one, once you get infected, you are ‘reborn’ as a zombie, as a being who has lost its humanity.

The protagonist, Mary, was an interesting character. She was a naturally inquisitive one and I especially liked that, since the book was written in a first person POV, so what Mary saw, I saw. What she learned, I learned. To be honest, though she was a great character, Mary simply didn’t…strike me. She didn’t get into my head like some other protagonists in other books. I didn’t sympathize with her and I didn’t really feel her as a character either. But that isn’t such a big problem for me.

Now, let’s talk about Jed, Mary’s brother. Jed for me, was a wishy-washy character and sort of annoying at the same time. When he rejected Mary at the start, I didn’t really dislike him yet. After all, it’s nice to see a brother who isn’t the overprotective paternal figure to his little sister. (Not that I don’t like those, of course. It’s just nice to see a change in character) But then, in the middle of the book, he started getting along with Mary again, and for me, that’s such a huge inconsistency. First, he was all-”You are useless. You belong to the Sisterhood. You are not my sister.” *slams door in Mary’s face* Then, he started saying-”Mary, I love you! You’re my family, ahhhh.”

Seriously?

I didn’t mind it a lot while I was reading, but still.

In this book, Mary’s love interests are Harry and Travis.

Okay, first things first. The romance was…well, not very well developed.

Mary supposedly ‘loves’ Travis though in the book, the reason she fell for him was because of the nightly visits to Travis while he was sick, and him believing in her dreams of the ocean.

I understand that they were childhood friends, and that maybe their experiences back then were what drove them to fall in love, but I don’t think it’s very believable unless it’s stressed at some point.

Second, Harry.

Harry is..somewhat confusing. Though it is made clear that he is attracted to Mary, it also seems that he is undecided as well. I thought that this would be some kind of love triangle–wherein Harry loves Mary, Mary loves Travis, but Travis is torn between duty and love–it actually seems that Harry is the one torn. Torn between a newfound love for Cass, but a wisp of attraction still there for Mary.As the story progresses, though, there is less impact on the romance, which is actually good in this case.

Next up is Gabrielle. Gabrielle was a different kind of Unconsecrated–faster and stronger than the average one. But then her blessing came with a curse–she would burn out swiftly and eventually die. I know Gabrielle was essential in the plot because she was the one who left clues for Mary, leading her to escape, but she seems sort of underdeveloped, and that makes her look useless to the plot. Where did Gabrielle come from? Why did the Sisterhood confine her, even though she wasn’t Unconsecrated yet? How did she become Unconsecrated? Many questions, so little answers. I guess Gabrielle is supposed to stay a mystery.

The last character I will be talking about in this review is Cass, Mary’s supposed ‘best friend.’ Okay, I know there are far more characters to choose from. I could talk about Sister Tabitha, for instance. But I feel like ranting about discussing Cass’s character instead. Cass was horribly annoying, in my opinion. I get that the author had to make her dutiful to the society and its laws, especially because Mary was already the ‘rebel’ of sorts, but I hated how Cass seemed so fake. I understand how she started doubting Mary when they fled, I mean, she grew up believing in everything the Sisterhood said and Mary’s word seemed so airy compared to theirs, but what I didn’t like was when I found out she never believed in Mary the whole time. Even when they were kids.

Since I’ve given such poor comments for the characters, I bet you’re probably wondering why I liked this book. Well, the plot made up for it. Big time.

It seems like every action Mary takes unveils something, twists a plot in the story. While in the Sisterhood, Mary learned about the many secrets they were hiding, though she never exactly found out what. In the Forest of Hands and Teeth, Mary discovered another village, and her group stayed there for a while, basking in the safety it could offer. Until…the Unconsecrated struck again.

I reveled in the action and suspense each page brought, though the happenings that led to the ending disappointed me. Though Mary did get what she wanted in the end–in fact, the thing that she wanted the most–she was all alone again, similar to when she was in the Sisterhood. Well, she did find someone new, but I guess that’s for a different story.

Spoilers start here, because I can’t resist.

No, just no. Travis died. After the great lengths Mary went for their relationship that happened? I mean, sure, their relationship wasn’t that developed, but I like a happy ending just like the next person. Also, what happens to Cass and Harry? That was never mentioned. I guess Carrie Ryan wants to leave it to the readers’ imaginations, but still. Lastly, Jed. I know Jed probably died, but it seems so…I don’t know, like the plot was still left with little holes in them. But hey, I’m not complaining. I got a really good read. Besides, there are still sequels that might reveal the answers to my questions.

Overall, The Forest of Hands and Teeth was a haunting read, a story filled with secrets and interlaced with intrigue in every corner. Though there is certainly room for character development, the plot outshines almost all the flaws presented and I would certainly recommend this to a reader who enjoys fast-paced stories with unique plots.

 

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

  • TitleCity of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)
  • AuthorCassandra Clare
  • SourceBought
  • No. of Pages485
  • PublishedMarch 27, 2007 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Rating5/5
  • Check it outGoodreads or Amazon
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

I have a confession to make: I never really intended to read City of Bones. How I came across it was purely accidental.

Let me explain. When was it again? Hmm…ah, yes. December last year. So I strolled into Fully Booked one day, looking for a novel that might spark my interest. Beside me, my aunt was impatiently telling me to hurry up, since we needed to go meet someone for dinner. Hastily, I grabbed a book that I had been eyeing for a while (Ironically, I don’t remember the title anymore though.) and handed it to my aunt to pay for it, not knowing that I actually took the wrong one. Anyone can guess what it was? Yes, City of Bones.

I can’t believe I overlooked that. How I could I not notice? My eyesight must be worse than I thought. Well, perhaps it was fate that I did pick up that novel. Whatever it was, it will always remain a mystery. Anyways, back to the story. It was only after I left the store when I finally realized that I purchased the wrong item. But I couldn’t go back anymore. So I chose the only option left. Read it. I know what you’re all thinking. Why didn’t she just take it back to the store for a refund some other time? If you’re like me, you’re the kind of person who needs to get their hands on a new book every week or be driven insane from waiting. I’m weird, I know. I’ve been informed plenty of times. (Thanks for your brutal honesty, mom and dad.) I mean, what person’s like that? Okay, fine. There was a little bit of time after dinner to run by the bookstore. Thirty, okay, ninety percent of the reason why I didn’t return to the store was because I was just plain old lazy. I did not want to walk all the way back to the bookstore, (In my defense, it was five floors down.) so I told myself to suck it up and read what I had.

Having nothing to do the next day, I plopped down on my bed and began to read. The story and the plot was absolutely amazing. I was hungrily tearing at the book, page after page after page. I found myself laughing at the incredible wit and sarcasm, holding my breath at a suspense and getting teary-eyed at the heart-wrenching parts. It felt like I was actually a part of the story world. I was hooked. Before I knew it, I had plowed through the whole novel (like a crazed maniac)- in less than two days.

Let’s take a look at the main female character, Clary Fray. Brave, caring, and although she doesn’t think she is, beautiful. When her mother suddenly disappears without a trace, she didn’t hesitate to save her, along with the Shadowhunters she had befriended along the way. Even though she had no idea how to fight nor wield any weapon, Clary still insisted on it, despite the dangers that she knew she would be facing. To her, her friends and family come first, no matter what. That is a trait that I admire the most.

Now, let’s go on to my favourite male character, Jace Wayland. He’s the kind of boy that every girl wants to be with, and all the boys want to be. Jace is handsome, daring, and more skilled than any other Shadowhunter his age. His witty, sarcastic and fearless personality is what keeps the story alive and humorous. (Why do all the best guys have to be fictional?) Like Clary, family and friends are the most important to him. He and Clary first meet each other at a club in New York, and meet again when he is saves her from a demon. Jace keeps to himself most of the time, but as the story progresses, you get glimpses of his past and how he came to be that way.

It rather funny really, that this is the one point in my life that I appreciated my laziness. Without it, I never would have chanced upon this wonderful book. (Well, I might have eventually, but it would have taken a while.) I must have read it five times already since then.

Filled with action-packed and breathtaking moments set right in modern time New York City, City of Bones is truly one of the best fantasy novels that I have ever read. The characters were well-thought out and are very easy to relate to. Cassandra Clare wove the story with precision and care, with just the right amount of romance, fantasy, humor and action in each sentence that leaves you asking for more.

 

Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

  • TitleThe Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)
  • AuthorJulie Kagawa
  • SourceBought
  • No. of Pages485
  • Rating5/5
  • Check it outGoodreads or Amazon
To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for…again.

Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

Okay, The Immortal Rules was really, really awesome that it gave The Iron Fey a run for their money (which makes no sense since they’re both written by the same author, but still) and that is a difficult feat since I’m a hardcore fan of The Iron Fey. This book had so many great qualities but I’m only going to enumerate a few.

Firstly, this book is totally not a cliche. Especially right now, with all the vampire craziness that was first started with Twilight, it is hard to find a novel that exceeds expectations and has a different plot from all the other vamp stories out there. TIR is a mix of a dystopian/post-apocalyptic/vampire novel so it certainly caught my interest just from the summary. Another thing that made this book different was Allison Sekemoto’s hatred of vampires. Well, at first. I guess she accepted who she was in the end. In fact, the only reason she agreed to be Turned by Kanin was because the survival instinct inside of her screamed at her to live. Also, Allie was a true vamp badass, still clinging to the sliver of humanity inside of her even though her vampire instincts told her to feed, feed, and feed. And that makes her more heroic than ever.

Secondly, this book was written at just the right pace. Some books tend to go either too slow or too fast that they leave the reader bored to tears but Julie Kagawa wrote like she was a reader herself, knowing when to go fast and when to go slow.

Also, the character development was astounding. I could totally relate to Allie (and all the other characters for that matter) because Julie described them beautifully and effortlessly. I got attached to all the characters and I could feel what they felt, I could see what they saw, and overall I felt like I was living inside the world of the book, which is an impressive feat because not every book makes me feel hooked until the very end.

Once again, Julie Kagawa never fails to surprise me with all the tricks up her sleeve, whether it be about (badass) faeries or (equally badass) vampires. It seems like with every book she releases, the writing gets better and better, and everything was written just right. I couldn’t ask for a better vampire book. Even though it had only a little romance in it, (which I usually dislike) I was still engrossed by the story and the characters, both major and minor.

However, the ending was brutal. Julie left the readers hanging at the end, when Allie left Zeke and the others in Eden, walking away without a single glance though I knew she was itching to go back to them. Though it wasn’t really a cliffhanger, I still can’t be appeased by the ending because I have so many questions left unanswered. I need the next book now!

All in all, this book deserves an awesome five star. Thank you for an awesome read, Julie!

(There was an excerpt of The Lost Prince in the end and somehow, it didn’t help my hunger (pun, pun, pun) to know more at all. I need that freaking book now!) 

Review: Until I Die by Amy Plum

  • TitleUntil I Die (Die For Me #2)
  • AuthorAmy Plum
  • SourceWon
  • No. of Pages357
  • PublishedMay 08, 2012 by Harper Collins
  • Rating5/5
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Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.

As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.

In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series.

Until I Die was breathtakingly gorgeous; it was the type of book that you can’t put down until you finish. The writing pace was exactly right, fast and adrenaline pumping during the hardcore action scenes, and slow and dreamy during the romance ones. The twists and turns in the plot left my mouth open with incredulity, and everything was just…perfect.

It seems that with every book Amy writes, it gets even better. Not only was I interested in the book until the very end, but I also finished it in less than four hours because the book literally kept me concentrated and intrigued in the developing plot. UID kept me awake even after I read it, because everything-from the witty responses of Kate to the cliffhanger that left me in tears-just swamped my brain and kept it whirring for answers.

The plot and the characters are definitely even more developed than in Die For Me. All my questions in the first book fleshed out in this one though UID had even more questions more me, if possible. Also, the introduction of the guerisseur kept things interesting and more information about the revenants and the numa were divulged so that sated my hunger for more-at least, for now.

Okay, spoilers start here.

The cliffhanger, though, was absolutely BRUTAL. Amy literally left us all hanging not only with Vincent disappearing, but also the two last words, when Vincent mind-talked to Kate saying “mon ange.” Other things in the story surprised me as well, like when Violette betrayed the revenants and also when I found out that Jean-Baptiste and Gaspard were…ehem, in a relationship. I, for one, was really expecting it to be Arthur like Kate. (Great minds think alike.) And I was certainly NOT expecting JB and Gaspard to be gay. But I digress. Back to the cliffhanger. What’s going to happen to Vincent? What will Violette do to him? How will Kate and the other revenants find him? Will Papy ever accept Vincent again? Argh, I have so many questions left unanswered. Nevertheless, even with the cliffie, the story is still exceptional because, after all, what’s a story without a good old cliffhanger and (overly-surprising) twists?

But still.

It’s going to be a long wait for If I Should Die.

Some of my favorite lines in the book:

“You might be from a time when humans were looked down on by beings like yourself. A time when men were the only ones smart enough to educate and girls like Violette had to have protectors. But this is the 21st century. And I’ve got this that says I’m kindred. And I’ve got this that says I’m as smart as you. And I have this”-I held up my middle finger-”that says go to hell, you immortal bigot!”

Way to go, Kate!

“Now that you are here-now that we’re together-I can’t imagine going back to the life I had before. I don’t know what I’d do if I lost you now. I love you too much.” My throat constricted. He had said the magical three words. Out loud. “But you knew that already, didn’t you?”

That is from Vincent.

Awwwww! *Melts into a puddle of goo*

There are waaaaay more awesome lines in UID, but I only took note of these two and if I scoured the book for more, I’d probably type a LOT. All in all, Until I Die is an intriguing read and it deserves a whopping 5 stars.

Can I just say that Amy’s book covers are always so BEAUTIFUL?