Thursday, February 27, 2014

Review: Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Title: Up From the Grave
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress series book 7
Genre: Urban fantasy (Vampires, Ghosts, Ghouls), Romance
Status: Series-ended

Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…

A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear— will be hovering on the edge of the grave

When I found out that this book was the last installment, it seriously broke my heart. I was still enjoying Cat and Bones' life that I don't want it to end yet. However, now that I think about it, I think it is really the time for the series to end. Ever since the 4th book, the story, somehow, went downhill. I think Jeaniene really has exhausted herself. Or maybe, she just made the first 3 books really awesome and it damaged the reviews on the later books. Still, all is well.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Review: Archangel's Legion by Nalini Singh

Title: Archangel's Legion
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter series book 6
Genre: Urban fantasy (Angel's Vampires), Romance

The Cascade is starting. An Ancient, Caliane, woke up from her Sleep. The Cadres are getting restless. Each one of them are getting more and more powerful. Lijuan could control the dead. Favashi could control the wind. Neha could control fire and ice. Raphael could heal. However, Raphael's power comes at a cost; he is more mortal than the other archangels. 

Elena Deveraux, the consort of an Archangel, is trying to get used to her new body and ability. However, even if she is stronger than a mortal, she is considered to be a baby in the immortal world and she is the weakness of Raphael. 

Elena needs to keep a grip of her emotions immediately because a threat is nearing New York, her home. The vampires, who are supposed to be immune to diseases, are dropping dead from a disease that they don't know about. Angels are falling from the sky. Defenses are down in the city but Raphael and Elena would not stop to save their city from the other archangels, no matter what.

I've finally read the book *shrieks*! I've been waiting for this book since last year. Sadly, I was delayed in reading the book because I had some problems getting a copy from our local bookstore the UK version. Can you imagine that after 3 months of waiting, they told me that the book is prohibited to be sold in the Philippines. WTF!!! I still need to ask my friend from Singapore to buy me a copy and I will be receiving it in December. I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!! I just got myself an ebook copy for now and am just waiting for the physical book to arrive for me to reread.

Review: Angel by James Patterson

Title: Angel
Author: James Patterson
Series: Maximum Ride series book 7
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi

Max is still reeling from the fact that Fang left the flock. However, life moves on even if you don't want to. Max still has a world to save and a new threat has arrived. A group is out brainwashing people to kill the human race and cleanse the world. Add that to the problem that, Dylan is supposed to be Max' mate and breed babies with him for the new generation and the fact that Max is trying really hard not to notice Dylan. 

Fang is starting his own group to save the world. Through his blog, he found children like him, special in their own different ways. However, he doesn't know if his newly formed group could handle saving the world when the problem is this big. He may need to ask for the help of his former flock. 

I think James Patterson is getting herself into something. She has finally made an enemy worth fighting, not those stupid nobodies she keeps pushing at us. The series is getting quite interesting now but I'm still thinking of a time out from this series. This is a major cliff hanger by the way.

Review: Fang by James Patterson

Title: Fang
Author: James Patterson
Series: Maximum Ride series book 6
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi

The flock is in Africa to do some humanitarian work but all things changed when a billionaire mad scientist is out to get them and when a little girl prophesied the death of Fang. Max couldn't just let the love of her life die but she doesn't know what to do when Angel is being really vague. What makes things worse is that a new human bird has arrived, Dylan, who is destined to be Max' mate. 

Max' leadership and relationship is just messing everything up and the flock ain't happy about it. Max doesn't know what she would do without the flock but she can't do anything about it if they don't want her. Who will lead the flock then? Is there also a traitor among them?

I can tell you this book at least has some progress in it. There is an actual story but it is still super weird.

Review: Max by James Patterson

Title: Max
Author: James Patterson
Series: Maximum Ride series book 5
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi

In Los Angeles, Max and her friends take over the skies with a hair-raising air show... while below, a deadly assassin watches. Then the flock learns that fish are dying off Hawaii in a strange, frightening and ecological catastrophe—and only they can't stop it. But even as Max and her team comb the ocean's depths to uncover the truth, a powerful enemy tracks their every move. Can the flock protect itself from the approaching storm and save the world from utter destruction?

Nothing more to say to this book except it sucks. Read my review on The Final Warning to get pretty much of everything from there of what I think of this book as well. They are both the same. The only difference is that more lame ass powers are out and the author used Max' name to be the title making it sound more important than it is, which is not. I'm getting sick of getting crap.

Rating: 2.5/5

Review: The Final Warning by James Patterson

Title: The Final Warning 
Author: James Patterson
Series: Maximum Ride series book 4
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi

The "Re-evolution" is finally out but the flock's job is not yet done. The world still needs saving. However, the flock won't follow anyone's orders, even if they are powerful government officials, who looks down on them. To escape the adult drama, the flock is ship to Antarctica to do some research in global warming. However, a mysterious beast is out there killing creatures and people. Also, a  mysterious Mr. Chu has appeared and Max doesn't know how he fits in to the equation. 

I seriously don't know what to think. I was right to say that the author should have gone with 3 books and just ended it there. The book doesn't contain anything important.

Review: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson

Title: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
Author: James Patterson
Series: Maximum Ride series book 3
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi

Max finally knows what she must do, save the world, and in doing so they must defeat the "Re-evolution", the group who believes that genetically modified beings are the new generation. However, not everybody seems to be in the same page as Max. Tension is building up in the flock and it seems that Max could not keep her flock together. 

The flock has split between the the boys and the girls. Max doesn't know if they could finish the job they needed to do if the group is split. 

I seriously think that this should have been the last book. I really got the feeling that the next few books would be crap and just another way for the author to earn more money. Well, I can't do anything about that.

Review: School's Out - Forever by James Patterson

Title: School's Out - Forever
Author: James Patterson
Series: Maximum Ride series book 2
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi

The flock who just managed to escape the Erasers are back on the road or, more specifically, the sky. However, they must postpone their around the world escape. Fang's been hurt, bad, and Max has to make the decision to trust someone again to keep everybody alive. She accepted the help of an FBI agent who offered them her house as their home but Max knows nothing lasts forever. The Erasers are back w/ upgrades, wings. 

The flock's back to running for their lives. However, Erasers, with wings, lying adults are the least of their problems. What would the flock do if they have come face to face with their leader?

I seriously didn't like the beginning. The chillixing part was so boring. I mean Max is just freaking out more and more each day. However, it got really fun when they are out on the run again. New powers are coming up but I think the author is favoring Angel too much, which is so unfair. Though the book still hasn't revealed what Max is supposed to do, the ending was really great. Also, the naivete level is going down a notch.

Review: Angel Experiment by James Patterson

Title: Angel Experiment
Author: James Patterson
Series: Maximum Ride series book 1
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi

You may think that humans flying on their own is crazy but not for Maximum Ride and the flock. The flock, Max, Fang, Iggy, Gasman, Nudge & Angel, are six genetically modified kids that have part bird in them and could actually fly. After escaping the School, the lab where they came from, and living a somewhat normal life, now, they are back to being hunted by the scientists they hate so much. Worse of all, they need to go back to the School because they got Angel. 

These kids will need every survival skill they know in order to keep the flock alive and understand what is their real purpose in the world. 

I've actually avoided this book when I read all of the synopsis because the later part was all about environmental saving stuff. I don't have anything about environmental things; I try to save the environment as much as I can. I just think it just sounded lame for me at that time. Also, I'm not a major fan of Sci-Fi. However, I managed to pick the book up and try reading it.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Le Cadeau Que Je Voudrais (devoir)

Le cadeau que je voudrais un bouquet et une glace gâteau le jour de mon anniversaire. Le bouquet est beaucoup de fleurs. J'aime beaucoup les œillets. Je veux les œillet fleurs rose, jaune, orange et rouge. Je deteste les rose.

La glace gâteau que je veux à la fraise. L'an dernier, ma sœur, elle a acheté une glace gâteau de la Dairy Queen. J'adore la glace gâteau.

Fixer rendez-vous (devoir)

- Bonjour. Le cabinet médical. Je suis secrétaire de la docteur Lim. Comment est-ce que je peux vous aider?
- Bonjour, je voudrais fixer un rendez-vous avec docteur Lim.
- D'accord. Attende, Madame.... Comment vous-appelle vous?
- Ah, je m'appelle Kimberly Lim.
- Ah. Attende, Madame Lim..... Quel jour est-ce que vous êtes libre, madame?
- Lundi et mercredi prochain.
- Docteur Lim est libre lundi prochain. Vous êtes libre à 13 heures?
- Je suis désolé. Je ne suis pas libre. J'ai travail de 13 heures à 16 heures.
- Mercredi prochain 8 heures? C'est possible?
- Oui, oui. Mercredi prochain 8 heures. Alors, à mercredi. Merci.
- Au revoir madame.

Vacances au Japon (devoir)

En avril 2012, je suis allée au Japon avec ma mère, mes deux soeurs, mes cousins, mon oncle et ma tante. Nous avons fait un séjour d'une semaine en Japon. De la température est froid. J'ai porté deux vestes.

Nous sommes allés à Tokyo, Kyoto et Osaka. Nous avons visité la tour de Tokyo, le mont Fuji, le Palais Impérial, etc. La tour de Tokyo et le mont Fuji sont très grande. J'adore la Universal Studios. Les japonais gens sont très sympa. Sakura fleurs sont magnifiques au printemps. La nourriture est très bien. Je aime le sushi, le curry, les nouilles, etc. La Japon est très belle le pays. Je veux aller au Japon à nouveau.

Bon Anniversaire Truffles! (devoir)

Truffles a 6 ans! 
Je t'invite à fêter mon chien anniversaire le 15 mars 2014. La fête va commencer 18 heures chez moi. Vous avez amener des chiens. Ce va avoir beaucoup de nourriture et de vin. 

Vous pourriez répondre si vous avez venir et vous pourriez dire que combien de personnes et chiens vont arriver. Merci beaucoup!

Tu pourrais.... (devoir)

- Allô, Hannah. Ça va?
- Salut Kim. Oui, ça va, merci. Et toi?
- Ah, moi aussi! Tu peux me rendre service?
- Quel service?
- Je vais aller à Singapour lundi prochain. Tu pourrais garder mon chien, s' il tu plaît?
- Ah, oui, pas de problème.
- De plus, tu pourrais arroser mon plantes?
- Oui.
- Merci beaucoup Hannah! Je vais donner un cadeau de Singapour.
- Hahahaha. De rien.

- Allô, Chach?
- Oui, c'est là. Qui est à l'appareil?
- C'est Kim.
- Oh, Kim. Ça va?
- Ah non. J'ai un problème.
- Quel problème?
- Je vais aller à Singapour lundi prochain. Tu pourrais aller à l'aéroport avec moi?
- Ah. Oui, oui. À quelle heure est-ce que tu vas partir?
- L'avion va partir à 10 heures. On va partir... uhm.... 8 heures?
- Oui, d'accord.
- Merci beaucoup Chach.
- De rien. À lundi!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Review: Magic on the Storm by Devon Monk

Title: Magic on the Storm
Author: Devon Monk
Series: Allie Beckstromg series book 4
Genre: Adult, Urban fantasy (Witches)
Status: Dropped

Allison Beckstrom is committed to her work tracing illegal spells. Now, there's an apocalyptic storm bearing down on Portland, and when it hits, all the magic in the area will turn unstable and destructive. To stop it from taking out the entire city, Allie and her lover, the mysterious Zayvion Jones, must work with the Authority-the enigmatic arbiters of all things magic-and take a stand against a magical wildstorm that will obliterate all in its path...

It's over people. I gave up. Nothing is coming out from reading this. Though, this book is a total cliff hanger that you'd love to read the next book immediately but the next book just bored me to death. I'm also sick and tired of all the mysteries, questions and stupidity of the book. I'll just give a short review for this book for the sake of those still interested. Also, I'm sorry because I, again, can't remember much about this book.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Review: Magic in the Shadows by Devon Monk

Title: Magic in the Shadows
Author: Devon Monk
Series: Allie Beckstrom series book 3
Genre: Adult, Urban fantasy (Witches)

Allison Beckstrom's magic has taken its toll on her, physically marking her and erasing her memories-including those of the man she supposedly loves. But lost memories aren't the only things preying on Allie's thoughts.

Her late father, the prominent businessman-and sorcerer-Daniel Beckstrom, has somehow channeled himself into her very mind. With the help of The Authority, a secret organization of magic users, she hopes to gain better control over her own abilities-and find a way to deal with her father...


Like my previous review on this series, I've prolonged it too much for me to remember much of the series. First things first, this is way too long!!! I'm hating that fact. The story is starting to include her father more and more and I'm starting to really pity Allie's dad. I mean I don't think he is that bad. I really like the fact that Devon is showing more and more of Daniel. On the other hand, I think the story is becoming more and more complicated. This book is so full of complicated magic stuff that I don't want to read them anymore. I mean can you simplify them.

Review: Magic in the Blood by Devon Monk

Title: Magic in the Blood
Author: Devon Monk
Series: Allie Beckstrom series book 2
Genre: Adult, Urban fantasy (Witches)

Working as a Hound-tracing illegal spells back to their casters-has taken its toll on Allison Beckstrom. But even though magic has given her migraines and stolen her recent memory, Allie isn't about to quit. Then the police's magic enforcement division asks her to consult on a missing persons case. But what seems to be a straightforward job turns out to be anything but, as Allie finds herself drawn into the underworld of criminals, ghosts, and blood magic.

I've prolonged this review too much. I can't remember most of it. I'm just saying I'm sorry if this would turn out to be a very crappy review. I just didn't have the time to do it.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Tour: If I Speak True by Jessica Brooks

If I Speak True
If I Speak True by Jessica Brooks
Series: Flora #1
Genre: Young-adult, supernatural
Published: January 27, 2014

Dahlia Kennedy's sixteenth birthday marks a decade of mysterious dahlias arriving and strange, lonely dreams of being in a forest. The only difference this birthday, however, is that for the first time, someone is there with her. And he's practically from a whole other era.

The more often Dahlia visits Rowan in his land of Ambrosia, the stronger their connection grows. But... is Ambrosia real? Is he real? What is going on between the two of them, exactly, and why does he insist that she keep it to herself?

 As secrets usually go, however, it's only a matter of time before everything comes out. And when Dahlia finds out the truth of who Rowan is, who she is, and how he really feels -- it’s beyond anything she could have ever imagined.

Title: If I Speak True
Author: Jessica Brooks
Series: Flora series book 1
Genre: Young-adult, Supernatural

At first, I was still relaxed about this book because I thought I still have lots of time to actually finish the book, a week actually, but that didn't seem to be the case. I ended up panicking a bit because I only have a few more days and I still couldn't manage to finish the book. It's just that long. I'm seriously thankful that I managed to finish it on time.

At first, I was really enjoying the book. I think the plot is really interesting and I just can't wait to know more about the story. I want to know more about the mysterious Rowan and the thing about the dahlias. However, by the middle, I noticed that it's starting to drag. The book isn't really revealing anything. There is a phase where nothing is happening at all. The author just wanted to maintain the mysterious character of Rowan, which is getting on my nerves. The only thing that is happening is that Dahlia's getting more irritating as the story progresses. She continues to whine and whine. You'll see how clingy she is turning into. This is the part where I started getting bored and just wanted to get the book over with.

When the author finally managed to reveal some stuff that's the time when the book starts to interest me again, even if she suddenly threw the facts in your face. Though some were disappointing, the mysteries and answers were actually good but the book never reached the peak for me. I thought I was going to get a good ending but no, I was robbed of that. The ending was really disappointing because there was no fight. Nothing at all. The long wait was not even worth it. The fight was with a goon. I mean can't it be someone more important. Also, no skills or powers were shown in the whole duration. Is the world of Ambrosia really just that, another parallel world and nothing else?

I'm just so reluctant to give this book a four because I think that would be really unfair to the other books I reviewed. Don't get me wrong this is a unique world but I think the author lacked a few things that I was expecting or hoping for.


Monday, February 3, 2014

Review: Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk

Title: Magic to the Bone
Author: Devon Monk
Series: Allie Beckstrom series book 1
Genre: Adult, Urban Fantasy (Witches)

"Everything has a cost. And every act of magic exacts a price from its user - maybe a two-day migraine, or losing the memory of your first kiss. But some people want to use magic without paying, and they Offload the cost onto innocents. When that happens, it falls to a Hound to identify the spell's caster - and Allison Beckstrom's the best there is.

Daughter of a prominent Portland businessman, Allie would rather moonlight as a Hound than accept the family fortune - and the strings that come with it. But when she discovers a little boy dying from a magic Offload that has her father's signature all over it, Allie is thrown into the high-stakes world of corporate espionage and black magic.

Now Allie's out for the truth - and must call upon forces that will challenge everything she knows, change her in ways she could never imagine ... and make her capable of things that powerful people will do anything to control."

I was looking at my shelf and I just couldn't decide what to read next. I'm going through synopsis and synopsis and I finally landed on this series. I seriously made a good choice. I was actually captivated by the memory losing part because I know that drama and suspense is involve when memory is tampered with so I went on a journey where you have to pay to use magic.

Review: The Sharpest Blade by Sandy Williams

Title: The Sharpest Blade
Author: Sandy Williams
Series: Shadow Reader series book 3
Genre: Adult, Urban fantasy (Fairies)
Status: Series Ended

McKenzie finally managed to get a normal life, no fae, no near death situations, a decent job, a car & an apartment. However, her life bond with Kyol isn't something she could just ignore even if he is another world away, most especially when he is hurting. McKenzie is forced to leave for the Realm in order to save Kyol. 

McKenzie needs to choose between the life she wanted and the life she knows. She could not fight a war half heartedly because people's lives are at stake. Decisions and sacrifices are to be made in order to win the war. Will McKenzie survive to see the end of the war?

This is the final book to the installment. I seriously just wanted to get this book over with so I could already remove it from my shelf but I didn't expect it to be fun. The risks they are taking here is just great and smart decisions are made. Yay for them. The war they are fighting for is finally over.