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The Goddess Inheritance; a stunning ending to the Goddess Test series

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Geraldine Lee 0 Comments

I've been a fan of the Goddess Test series ever since it came out in 2011. I've followed Kate's story, all the way from the Goddess Hunt, to Goddess Interrupted to Goddess Legacy. The cliff-hanger ending in Goddess Interrupted pretty much killed me. So, when I got the opportunity to read an ARC of Goddess Inheritance... well, you can guess how I felt.

'Love or life.
Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.

During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her--until Cronus offers a deal.
In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.
With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.
Even if it costs her eternity.'


This book was kind of a let down in my opinion. I had built it up in my head to be of epic proportions, but it let me down a bit. Probably because I expected too much of it. I mean, it's the end of the Goddess Test series, of course I would expect that it would be amazing!!!!

The cover of this book is just unbelievable. I hold on to the opinion that the Goddess Test  is the best book in the series, but in terms of book covers... Well, the Goddess Inheritance surpasses all its predecessors in this category. Don't you just want to gush at the beauty of it? Hahaha, I guess I'm really into the aesthetic stuff sometimes.

I especially admired Kate in this book. Though she did irritate me with how different she was, in comparison to her personality and character in the first book, I loved how she showed compassion to Cronus still, even after all he had done to her and her family.

I liked Cronus in this book. Cronus was so enigmatic.I know he's the 'bad guy' and all, but I loved how mysterious he is!!!

The ending of this book was heartfelt and unbelievable, in a good way. I cried at the end, being the sap I am... It was just so sad! You grow with the characters, and you follow them on their journey! And then, the road ends. Just like that. I barely realised I was getting to the end of their tale. The mixed feelings I experienced, the sadness of losing a loved character and the happiness at seeing a good ending... I DON'T LIKE BEING CONFUSED.

I'd rate this book 4 stars out of 5. A fan of this series, I was happy to see it end the way it did. Happily ever after, like how it should. Just go out and read this book when it comes out. And if you haven't even read the first book, the Goddess Test (the best book in the series in my opinion), just.... Don't argue, and read the book. Even better, just read the whole series. That goes for the people who have read the whole series already too. Just. Relive. The. Whole. Series. Before. It. Ends.

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine

(I got an ARC from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review~)

Thief by Sarah-Jane Lehoux

Friday, February 22, 2013 Geraldine Lee 0 Comments

Reviewer's Note: Well guys, this is the first book in Sarah-Jane Lehoux's Sevy series. I will be reviewing the third book, Masquerade on March 6th, so I think it's best if 'yall go read this book first!!! Then you'll be fangirling when you read my review in March~

In the crumbling city of Eloria, there is one indisputable fact: everyone has a price. Protestations of morality and better judgment have little meaning when confronted with the chance to obtain the unobtainable. The only question remaining is just how much a person is willing to sacrifice in order to win their heart’s desire.

Sevy has always been a quick study in the wicked ways of Eloria. She has no qualms about taking what she wants, and when the love of her life is mysteriously murdered, Sevy will stop at nothing to get him back. Elvish black magic, necromancy and demonic pacts are of little consequence if it means she can once again have her beloved at her side. But is she willing to murder her only friend to get the job done?


This book is one of the few books that captured my attention from the very start. Even rarer, it's one of the few books that captured my attention while being set in an alternate world/dimension/country. I usually hate starting to read those books because of all the new terminology I have to learn, etc. This book was different.

Well, let's start with the terminology and culture. This book is set in Eloria, with fantasy species, such as dark elves and dwarves, etc. When I first came across the term 'dark eleves' in this book, I had no idea what it was, and got so curious, it was quite irritating. I loved how Lehoux twisted our conceptions of elves around and made them different. Elves were not one race; rather there were different races of elves! It's different, but familiar at the same time, and so, I didn't feel so out of place and confused.

I really can't fault this book at all. I love Sevy's character, I really do. She keeps strong although she has lost so much. She is the epitome of what protagonists in books should be. If only there were more books out there with such a strong, courageous and fearless protagonists!

I loved the plot of the book. I loved how it was set out in three parts; the first part really setting out the basis of the story, the second part intensifying everything up, being all dramatic and making me feel all jumbled up and the last part was just so action-packed!!!! When people say that books are like a rollercoaster, well they are talking about books like these.

This book has garnered a 5 out of 5 star rating from me. Any book that keeps me hooked throughout will get such a high rating from me. I'm not a person who procrastinates usually, but this book kept drawing me back in, and I kept thinking about it, even when I was supposed to work. I can't wait to be able to read the next book, 'Shades of War' soon! Just as soon as I get more books on my pile out of the way... Sigh...

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine


Sorry for not having posted so much over this week; my workload is really getting the better of me! This will most likely continue for the next month.... But I will still be posting, at least once every week!

An Infidel in Paradise by S.J. Laidlaw

Sunday, February 17, 2013 Geraldine Lee 0 Comments

'Sixteen-year-old Emma is no stranger to moving. The daughter of a Canadian diplomat, her life has been a series of changing landscapes, cultures and friendships. But when her parents split up and she and her siblings are forced to move to Pakistan with her mother, her feelings of loss and culture shock are overwhelming. Add to that rising political tensions and her attraction to a local boy who has been promised to someone else, Emma’s life very quickly spirals out of control, putting herself and those she loves in mortal danger.'

Emma seemed like a girl who never knew what she had until she almost lost it. She constantly whined and acted younger than her age at the start of the book, which did irritate me a lot, as I felt she didn't appreciate what she had. She did grow, however, and by the end of the book, she was a likeable character for me.

Now for Mustapha. He was the most dislikable character for me. I felt he was leading on Emma the whole time! I just didn't ship them at all. I din't like how he was all conflicted about his feelings. Though it may be realistic to have mixed feelings, it certainly doesn't justify how he lead Emma on the whole time, knowing he was pretty much bethrothed to someone else.

All of Emma's friends, be those from Manila or those she made in Pakistan, were really supportive of her, and stuck with her all the way. They really highlighted the importance of friends for me, and even motivated me to send out a few emails to old friends I've lost contact with!

I loved how culturally opening this book is. I loved how I found out new facts, like how alcohol is banned. This book taught me a bit about what Pakistan is like. I like learning little interesting facts as I read a book and this book certainly fulfilled that hunger.

I give this book a 3 stars out of 5. Disapointed with the ending and at the start, Emma, this book was very good until the end. Despite all these disappointmnts, however, this book was a good and solid read for me.

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine

(I recieved an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review)

Top Ten Tuesday- Top Ten Favourite Romances

Friday, February 15, 2013 Geraldine Lee 0 Comments

What I most definitely wanted
 for Valetine's Day
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish, and, by golly, when I found out about it, I decided to join in on the fun! Every Tuesday, a new topic comes out for bloggers to post a list about. This week, it's the Top Ten Favourite Romances.

This Top Ten Tuesday post is a little late; due to the fact I've been camping the whole week! At the time that this post was supposed to be posted (i.e. Tuesday 12th), Valentine's Day was approaching. Now Valentine's Day is over and the romance is gone... But who cares? I still have my favourite romances, and I'm going to post all of them out here!

  1. Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe- I love how Gilbert has pretty much stuck with Anne all the time, never giving up on her. I love how he loves her for her, and how he is always there for her... You know what I'm talking about! 
  2. Sydney Sage and Adrian Ivashkov- Haha, I love the banter between these two!!! Sydney is always so startled or annoyed by Adrian! Guess what too? As you would have heard about in my review of The Indigo Spell, there's even more banter between them!!!! 
  3. Anna Oliphant and Ettiene St. Clair- They frustrated me so much in the book, but I believe that they are most definitely one of the cutest couples ever! I love how they overcome everything together, that they were friends first, instead of just a couple.
  4. Tessa Gray and William Herondale- Clary and Jace would never make this list, but Tessa and Will... They have the best chemistry. I mean, they both love books, what more could you want?
  5. Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy- This is a classic romance for me. The things Darcy does for her are just unbelievable!
  6. Rosemarie Hathaway and Dimitri Belikov- I know that there are so many people who ship Rose and Adrian, but really, I've always thought that Dimitri and Rose belonged together. Read the books all over again! The lengths they would go for each other just demonstrates so much!
  7. Fang and Max- I loved these two at the start of the Maximum Ride series. They were so awkward together and I always kept shipping them together. I even cried when Fang left her, writing the note!!! But no. Their ending did not satisfy me. This was one of my favourite romances, yes, but it was ruined.
Anyway, that's all I can think of for now, in my sleep-deprived mode... There's so many more that I could probably list!!!! Tell me if I've missed any!!!
And by the way, I do apologize for the lack of book reviews right now.... I SHALL POST MORE SOON!!!

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine

Top Ten Tuesday; Top Ten Most Bookish Memories

Friday, February 08, 2013 Geraldine Lee 0 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish, and, by golly, when I found out about it, I decided to join in on the fun! Every Tuesday, a new topic comes out for bloggers to post a list about. This week, it's the Top Ten Most Bookish Memories.

Well, as always, I'll start off with a bit of background. I don't really have any memories of bookish moments. Or maybe it's because I don't remember those memories because my mind has been wiped! No, really, I just don't go to book signings and see authors and all those things because I can't. I don't have the time or resources to. So without further ado, I shall introduce my Top Four Bookish Memories!
  1. Reading a book- I think this is rather obvious! Definitely my top bookish memory, because it's one I can remember the best, because I always create new memories of reading all the time! Multiple memories come from this! The memory of excitement, the momory of sadness, the memory of feeling like there's nothing left in my life anymore... Then there are the memories of reading a book I dislike... Those are the memories I don't like to reminisce on...
  2. Finding out about Netgalley- This is a pretty recent memory, happening about two months ago. It was such a great concept for me, being able to read books for free, in exchange for reviewing that book. It seemed like a good idea, so I signed up for it, and really, that is one of the best decisions I have made in the past six months. Finding out about Netgalley really pushed me to finally create this blog you are reading now. There's so many memories i associate with Netgalley! The feeling I got when I first got accepted for a book (Hooked by Liz Fichera) and the feeling of utter anger (haha, yeah, I am temperamental!) when I got rejected for another book! Netgalley has brought a lot of joy and memories in my life, and I'm going to continue using it, for as long as I can.
  3. Finding an old book in the library- By old book, I don't mean an old book in terms of publication date, but in the terms of how long ago I had read it. When I go through the book, a flash of memories always flash up at me when I read a particular paragraph/sentence/word again. I love the nostalgia!
  4. Browsing bookstores- Well, this is something I quite often.... In fact, at every chance I get, I run into a bookstore and immediately begin perusing new books for new material to read... When the book is really good, and pretty good in terms of price, I get it. The adrenalin that courses through me when I present the book to the counter is unbelievable! I get so excited that I'm finally getting another paper novel to read (because, let's face it, paper novels are so much better than eBooks)!!!
Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine

    The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

    Tuesday, February 05, 2013 Geraldine Lee 0 Comments

    'In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.'

    There is a reason why I love Richelle Mead's work.
    1. Her characters are gold. 
    2. I'm a sucker for paranormal novels
    3. She writes in the most amazing, heart-stopping way that makes me want more of her books.
    Needless to say, this book was on my list of books to read this year. Without question, when I made the list.

    To briefly summarise the Indigo Spell would be impossible, but I'll digress and try. Marcus Finch is a very mysterious man, with his indigo tattoo. Along with Adrian, who she feels uncomfortable with, she seeks to uncover the mysteries and secrets Marcus knows. As if that wasn't enough, Sydney is also a target for a power-hungry witch, forcing her to finally delve into magic and use it to protect herslef. Before she knows it, Sydney is forced to make a very important decision, one that will change her life forever.

    Okay, that was probably a bit dramatic. Does it make for a good alternative blurb? Anyway, on with the review!

    I loved how Sydney really grew in this book. How she started to think for herself and how she began to lose her self-destroying habits. She's finally going to start forming her own opinions of people, instead of relying on the Alchemist beliefs she's been brought up under. She's questioning right from wrong, and all due to one guy; Adrian Ivashkov.

    Okay, the juicy part now: Adrian and Sydney. I''ll admit, I love it whenever these two are together. They are perfect for each other. Tight, controlling Sydney with relaxed and laidback Adrian. Their banter has always been amusing to read, and Mead din't let down on that in this book.

    I love how I could predict what would happen in the Indigo Spell. Usually I don't like it when I can predict what would happen next in a book, but, as I said before, Richelle Mead's writing is phenomenal. I could guess what would happen in The Indigo Spell if I connected the subtle hints that Mead leaves in her writing. She doesn't make it blandly clear what would happen next; instead subtle hints are dropped for the reader to make sense of them.

    Holy, you have to read this book. It has a 5 star rating from me! Get it when it comes out on February 12th, 2013, if you've read the Vampire Academy series and/or Bloodlines series. And if you haven't read any of these series', by golly, get off your backside and buy these books. You are missing out on something very special, something that will grip you and leave you wanting more.

    Keep reading and loving books,

    Geraldine

    (I got a copy of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I love you Razorbill!)



    The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

    Sunday, February 03, 2013 Geraldine Lee 0 Comments

    When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a government ‘rehabilitation camp’. Ruby might have survived the mysterious disease that killed most of America’s children, but she and the others had emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.
    Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.
    When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now on the run, she is desperate to find East River, the only safe haven left for kids like her, and she joins a group of other runaways who have escaped their own camps. Liam, their brave leader, is falling for Ruby, but she can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.
    When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all Liam. But there are also other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government.
    Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice - and one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

    This book was a thriller of a book to read alright! I was constantly on edge, wondering if Ruby, Liam, Zu and Chubs would be safe, whether or not any PSF guards would come out to get them! The start was a bit slow to begin with though, for me. I persisted with it though, and got rewarded, big time.

    Nothing has been left out in this book. The action parts of the novel are highly detailed, which could be good in some parts of the story, but highly irritating in other parts. The detail made me form very vivid metal pictures of what was happening, which was good, but there were some parts where I wanted to skip by the action and get to what would happen at the end of the fight; like, would anyone be hurt? I even skim read a few pages chocked with action, because I just wasn't interested in how the fight would play out; I was only interested in the ending.

    For me, each and everyone of the characters were likable. I loved Zu, she was so innocent, in her own way. Bracken  really highlights how innocent Zu was, by showing that she didn't want to harm anyone, but had to, in order to survive. It showed how vulnerable Zu was and how she was forced into situations she didn't necessarily want to be in. Chubs was one character I did not like at all, when I first started reading the book, purely because he was so mean to Ruby. He grew on me though when I got to see his humanity, and I was devastated at the ending when Chubs is placed in a difficult situation. I guess what I'm trying to put through, is that all these characters, they were likable because they were human, and I could relate to them, at points in the story.

    This book has twists and turns like you would not imagine. Some plot twists are fairly predictable (You'll know what I'm talking about if you've read the book), but for the most part, this book was a surprise. Bracken leads you to believe one fact is true, then she introduces a new concept that proves the previous fact wrong. For example, the Children's League is introduced to be a children-saving group, but then turns out to be a terrorist group against the government. Ruby does have inklings of this, but the true shocker doesn't come until later.

    I rate this book 4 our of 5 stars. It was simply magnificent. When the next book comes out, I will definitely be queuing in line for it. This is one book for fans of the Hunger Games, dystopian novels... in fact this book is for anyone!

    Keep reading and loving books,

    Geraldine

    (I got a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review)