The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher

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Synopsis: Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend, Caleb Drake, has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back. Wrestling to keep her true identity and their sordid past under wraps, Olivia’s greatest obstacle is Caleb’s wicked, new girlfriend; Leah Smith. It is a race to the finish as these two vipers engage in a vicious tug of war to possess a man who no longer remembers them. But, soon enough Olivia must face the consequences of her lies, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.

Date Published: November 14, 2011, 278 pages

Series: Love Me With Lies

Date Read: April 2013

REVIEW:

        “You can only give your heart away once, after that, everything else will chase your first love.”

Heart-wrenching to the core. I cried buckets over this book, the feeling was highly proportional to the feeling of break-up. I literally needed a new heart because my current heart seemed to stop functioning because of all the unwanted emotions that I have been having. This book my friends will shred your heart into unrecognizable state, then pulverizeit after and let it be blown with the wind knowing for sure it will never be the same again.
Crying-spree. I was crying my hearts out until 3am in the morning and woke up with puffy eyes. This book is just so packed with all the story that will get you hooked up to the very end. Though it is not as long as other novels, but all the important details are there perfectly written. I highly commend Tarryn Fisher’s writing skills, it was brilliant. This will definitely not be the last book that I will read of her. But I cannot jump immediately to the second book Dirty Red because I am still too emotional over The Opportunist.

Why does a great love have to be so complicated? What I liked most about this book is the fact that it depicts a figment of reality. It says that not everything is meant to happen, not everything will end up the way we planned it in our heads. But fate has its funny way, even ridiculous way of showing what might have been, and that’s how this book got me. That no matter how you resist things you thought you are better off, it will come back like a boomerang. This book tugged every heart strings, including those that I didn’t even know existed. I am so glad I have read this book, it taught me so much about life and love.

My Rating: 5/5 stars

“I think that after the first time you give your heart away, you never get it back. The rest of your life is just you pretending that you still have a heart.”

Winger by Andrew Smith

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Synopsis: Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids in the Pacific Northwest. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy.

With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart.

Filled with hand-drawn info-graphics and illustrations and told in a pitch-perfect voice, this realistic depiction of a teen’s experience strikes an exceptional balance of hilarious and heartbreaking.

Date Published: May 14, 2013, 439 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date Read: November 19, 2014

REVIEW:

It will leave you with a gaping hole and a broken heart, like losing something you know you can never get back.

Winger is one of the best books out there and I am not even sugar-coating or exaggerating things. It is that kind of book that will crack you up and tear you up all at the same time. It was pure and unadulterated reading experience. It was well thought of, perfectly executed and was able to deliver. The book was very well-written. Ryan Dean West’s voice will draw you in, will captivate you in ways you didn’t expect. It was smooth as it was raw, it was honest and appropriate. It wrenched my heart and it would be impossible to fully recover from it. It was the perfect coming-of-age story that everyone should put in their books-to-read-before-I-die list, it does not only belong to one age bracket, but it is all encompassing. The characters were drawn not in the best light, but their flaws are what made them good.

It is not something you rush into, it is something you need to enjoy page by page. It is my first Andrew Smith and I can say that it didn’t disappoint (if I am not being too obvious already). To be perfectly honest I have been warned enough about the ending, but I think no amount preparation can ever prepare me for the emotional wreckage that has befallen me. I was so heartbroken. The stigma the book depicted is not lost on me, it was very timely, something that should be addressed immediately.

I couldn’t have picked a better book for the Anti-Bullying readathon. I just wished I have read it sooner.

I don’t know if it is just me but this book had the Looking For Alaska vibe to it.

…nothing ever goes back exactly the way it was. Things just expand and contract. Like the universe , like breathing. But you’ll never fill your lungs up with the same air twice. Sometimes, it would be cool if you could pause and rewind and do over. But I think anyone would get tired of that after one or two times.

My Rating: 5/5 

Angelfall by Susan Ee: Book Review

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Synopsis: It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Date Published: May 23, 2013

PublisherHodder & Stoughton ; 326 pages

Date Read: November 25, 2014

REVIEW:

WOW! Just WOW! THIS IS SO GOOD, I think I now have the obligation TO SHOVE IT TO EVERYONE’S THROAT!

I cannot even begin to form a coherent mindset. I am literally all over the place. I cannot contain how bookgasmic this book made me feel! I need to calm down.

Breathes in, breathes out. (Insert all incessant ramblings). Did I say this book is soooo good? I am seriously struggling to find the right words to describe it. I am in this euphoric state, and I may not come out of it soon. Ahhh! I am not making sense. Well, for starters, i have never felt this kind of excitement over a book in a long time. Yes I have read good books, but the surreal feeling this book has given me immensely took over my being. Think of falling in love for the first time, it’s kind of the same feeling – in a nutshell. I am in love with this book, it was well-thought-out, the world building was great it is like you are part of it, the protagonist is not a whiny brat, if anything she was a complete badass. The chapters unfold in a cliffhanger way more like always sending you at the ege of your seat, making you crave for more. There was this element of surprise every chapter. It was anything but predictable. I didn’t know where the story is taking me, but I let it take me without even the slightest of hesitation. And I love how this book makes you think, it’s not like everything is served on a silver platter, you have to give your full attention to it. I was creeped out, I swooned, I cried, I laughed, I cheered, I questioned a lot of things and ended up satisfied witn all the answers, yet there are still more questions. It was a cycle that I can see myself not getting tired of participating in. And oh, that ending! Just, ahhhh!

Now this book is instantly on my Top 10 books!

(I will be editing this review, I need ro put myself together) but please take my word for it, this book is worth it drop everything else and read this!

Can I possibly give it more than five stars?

My Rating: 5 stars

It is not the gentle kiss of a couple on a first date, nor is it the kiss of a man driven by simple lust. He kisses me with the desperation of a dying man who believes the magic of eternal life is in this kiss.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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Synopsis: A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

Date Published: July 8, 2014

Series: The Remnant Chronicles

Date Read: November 10, 2014

Review:

Beguiling. Cunning. Intricate. Beautiful in hundred different ways.

Dear heart, be still. Those were the words I have been telling myself right after I finished reading The Kiss of Deception. I cannot even begin to string the right words to at least give justice to this exquisite book. It was deceiving as it was fascinating, enthralling as it was suspenseful, maddening as it was addictive. It is the kind of book that you thought you had all figured out, and all of sudden it would swing at you when you least expect it. The title did not include deception for no reason. It was meant to deceive its readers. I was deceived for a good part there, and it was the good kind of deception. I was constantly at the edge of my seat, patiently waiting for everything to unfold the way I had predicted it, but it will turn 360 degrees and you are back at square one. To say it was a total page-turner is an understatement of all eras combined. The hype was all so real, I now understand the rave surrounding this book.

The setting was perfectly laid out, the plot weaved with ease, the characters will surprise you in more ways than one and the whole book will just draw you like a helpless moth into a flame and you will gladly succumbed, letting fire caught up with your fragile body. It will leave you in a daze, in a trance, in a majestic stupor whirling you in, deeper than you could possible allow yourself to. All I remember when it ended was there was this gaping hole left inside me aching for more.

I wouldn’t want to divulge much of the story because I wanted readers to felt the immense amazement I felt, the constant itching to know more. Oh what I would trade to read it for the first time. Now I could not wait for The Heart of Betrayal, just release us of this agony and give it to us sooner than later. The long wait will seriously kill me.

Maybe there were a hundred different ways to fall in love

Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️/5