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July 30, 2014

If Only... (17)

If only Daughter of Smoke & Bone were a movie.

Haven't read or heard of the book yet? Here's a taste:

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

July 28, 2014

Review: Also Known As by Robin Benway

Also Known As

Being a 16-year-old safecracker and active-duty daughter of international spies has its moments, good and bad. Pros: Seeing the world one crime-solving adventure at a time. Having parents with super cool jobs. Cons: Never staying in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend. But for Maggie Silver, the biggest perk of all has been avoiding high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations.
Then Maggie and her parents are sent to New York for her first solo assignment, and all of that changes. She'll need to attend a private school, avoid the temptation to hack the school's security system, and befriend one aggravatingly cute Jesse Oliver to gain the essential information she needs to crack the case . . . all while trying not to blow her cover.

July 26, 2014

Special Someone Saturday: Braden from On the Fence

This past week I finished reading On The Fence by Kasie West, and well safe to say I have officially added another special someone onto my never ending list! This week, I'm featuring my newest bookish boyfriend, Braden ( I don't know his last name :(( I feel like it would be Thomas for some reason but I can't remember).

July 23, 2014

If Only... (16)

If only People Like Us were a book.

Haven't seen or heard of the movie yet? Here's a taste:

While settling his recently deceased father's estate, a salesman discovers he has a sister whom he never knew about, leading both siblings to re-examine their perceptions about family and life choices.

Fun fact: I never expected to like this movie, let alone love it. To be honest, I was initially in it for the fact that I adore both Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks. People Like Us is such a simple concept, and from what I've seen of reviews, many think it was melodramatic and overdone, but it resonated quite strongly with me. I've got one older brother and he's always looked out for me, so it was sweet to watch Sam (Pine) look after Frankie (Banks) after so many years of not knowing about her existence. Also adorable, and entirely amusing because he had such a potty mouth, was Frankie's son Josh.

July 21, 2014

Review: Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

It's a beautiful day for a war.

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

July 16, 2014

If Only... (15)

If only The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson were a movie.

Haven't read or heard of the book yet? Here's a taste:

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can't see how she ever will.
Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

July 14, 2014

Review: Ungifted by Gordon Korman


The word gifted has never been applied to a kid like Donovan Curtis. It's usually more like Don't try this at home. So when the troublemaker pulls a major prank at his middle school, he thinks he's finally gone too far. But thanks to a mix-up by one of the administrators, instead of getting in trouble, Donovan is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction (ASD), a special program for gifted and talented students.
It wasn't exactly what Donovan had intended, but there couldn't be a more perfect hideout for someone like him. That is, if he can manage to fool people whose IQs are above genius level. And that becomes harder and harder as the students and teachers of ASD grow to realize that Donovan may not be good at math or science (or just about anything). But after an ongoing experiment with a live human (sister), an unforgettably dramatic middle-school dance, and the most astonishing come-from-behind robot victory ever, Donovan shows that his gifts might be exactly what the ASD students never knew they needed.

July 12, 2014

Special Somone Saturday: Kaiden Rowe

After finally reading Sweet Evil, I can now see why EVERYONE loves Kaiden (as in "ai" in Thai). He is literally the epitome of the bad boy gone somewhat good *swoon.* Over the past two years since the book has been out I never knew why everyone loved his character, but after staying up all night till 3 am to read the book (I made the mistake of starting at 11 pm) I realized I was falling in love with Kaiden just like everyone else. 

July 9, 2014

If Only... (14)

Hi everyone! Now that it's officially summer, Ishita and I have decided to get back into blogging, perhaps not to the full extent that we did previously, but in some context just to keep things flowing. So without further ado, let's take it from where we left off!

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If only Lucy were a book.

Haven't heard of the movie? Here's a taste:

In a world that is run by the mob, street gangs, drug addicts, and corrupt cops, Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is a woman living in Taipei, Taiwan who is forced to work as a drug mule for the mob. The drug implanted in her body inadvertently leaks into her system, changing her into a superhuman, due to accessing much more than the normal 10% of her brain capacity.[6] She can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind, and chooses not to feel pain or other discomforts.
So I'm definitely cheating a little with this one because Lucy hasn't even released yet, but my goodness, I'm dying to see it. I'm a huge fan of both Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, and I think a written format would make for an amazing action/adventure, thriller type of novel. Granted it would probably fall into an adult genre rather than YA/NA due to the age of the main heroine along with the violent content, but nonetheless, it's something I would love to read.