Saturday, January 25, 2014

Bitter Sweet Love - Jennifer L.Armentrout

Title : Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements, #0,5)
Author : Jennifer L.Armentrout
Publication Date : December 1st, 2013
Series : The Dark Elements
Synopsis : Bitter Sweet Love
Review :
First of all, I worship Jennifer so much it hurts. She is the best author that I could ever ask for. She writes everything and it becomes something. Sometimes I wonder with all books that she has written and the upcoming books that she is about to write, does she even get enough sleep? Jennifer is a talented author and I doubt that I can ever get enough of her work. 

"Love would always be enough, no matter what."

No one would have ever thought that gargoyles could be so hot and beautiful. Although the statues of gargoyles in the real world are all ugly, which contrast to what Jennifer described on the book, but who cares actually. If the statues could speak, they would probably thank her for writing a very good book about them. She made gargoyles look sexy to be honest. 

This novella introduces us to the world of gargoyles where they lived under human's radar. It's about Jasmine and Dez who had a great love toward each other. They had been best friends since they were kids and Jas has loved him since his father brought him to their place after Dez's clans were burned down long time ago. 
Everything goes smoothly until Dez left. It turned Jasmine's world upside down. Took three years for her to accept that Dez won't ever come back. It's easier to think that he's dead. But he is not. Because he has returned now and want to be mated with Jasmine. 

"I loved you the night you brought me pudding and stayed with me until I fell asleep. That was eleven years ago and my love for you has never faded, Jas. Not for a second."

"And I'm just saying that by the end of these seven days or maybe a week from then, or a month, you'll say yes. He cupped my cheek and leaned in, pressing his forehead to mine. "And I'll be waiting. No matter how long it takes."

This novella isn't simply about romance. We have demons as well to be the bad guys. Bitter Sweet Love introduces us to the main characters in White Hot Kiss #1, Layla, Zayne and Roth, the Upper Level Demon. I can't hide my excitement that White Hot Kiss will be available in February. Layla is half demon and half gargoyle. She looks normal, but a kiss would kill a soul. Being surrounded by gargoyles doesn't make her life get any easier. Most of them will avoid her as if she never exists. But Zayne is very protective towards her and the Upper Level Demon Roth is curious about her existence. On the other hand, I am very curious and looking forward to this series. I bet it would be as awesome as Lux and Covenant series. 

It's a big fat FIVE STARS. 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Now or Never - A.J. Bennett

Title : Now or Never
Author : A.J. Bennett
Publication Date : June 19th, 2013
Synopsis : Now or Never (taken from Goodreads)
Review :
Twin sisters Grayson and Luna were born seconds apart but they have different personalities. Luna is always more outgoing, and Grayson is the shy one. Things changed when Grayson met her boyfriend Josh. She thinks she has met the one. Because they have lived together and getting into deep relationship than ever. But is it love when your boyfriend is so jealous of other guys he decided to hit you? He can't bear to see you talking with another guy, he gave bruises on your hand? is it love? if it's love then I don't want to fall in love. 

It takes a long time for her to finally realize that it's not love. It's the anxiety that she feels, the feeling of being verbally and physically abused by the one you love and trust, IT IS NOT LOVE. I REPEAT, IT IS NOT LOVE. 

Grown up as the shy one doesn't make her truly vulnerable, Grayson choose to run away, make her own way to cherish her life to the fullest. She moved back to her mother's house but then she met another trouble, a guy she met at Starbucks, Derrick. Maybe, a fresh start with a new guy isn't so bad at all. But what if he just want to be her friend with benefits?  

Note to myself : 
1. No matter how handsome and sexy your boyfriend is, if he attacks or hits you for whatever the reasons are, LEAVE HIM NOW. Be with someone who adores you, not the one who hit you. 
2. Don't get involved with anything that you can't handle.
3. Family comes first. 

I like the concept that the author used. But I think it could be better at some parts. It isn't the path that I would want to walk in, but sometimes life can take you to places or people that give you either a blessing or a lesson.
"You're only young once Grace. Learn to enjoy it before it passes you by and you're my age." - Grayson's Mom

Time never goes back. Unless you have time machine which you don't, because it only exists in fiction and fantasy novels, it will never give you back your past. So enjoy what you do and what you have now, be happy about it, so you will have good memories when you recall it.  

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Truth About You And Me - Amanda Grace

Title : The Truth About You And Me 
Author : Amanda Grace
Publisher : Flux
Publication Date : September 8th 2013
Synopsis : The Truth About You And Me
Review :
The theme is about forbidden love between a teacher and a student. It is not my first time to read this kind of theme, but I haven’t found what I want to read yet so far. It hasn’t met my expectation yet but I'm so determined to finish this one. So here we go,,, 

Madelyn Hawkins never thought that she would fall in love with her biology teacher, Mr Bennett. She is still sixteen but she has managed herself to be in college whereas her friends are probably still enjoying their high school fun. Although I myself don't believe in love at first sight, it is as if Madelyn has known him forever and found the spark between them. 

No one knows that the age gap is nine years, not even Mr. Bennett. Madelyn kept the secret by herself and it seems she is ready to bury the secret with her. The feeling is mutual but will it last long while you have the strictest parents ever? 

Points : 
1. Being smart in high school/college doesn't necessarily mean you're smart in building a relationship. 
2. Never lie to someone who trust you. 
3. As a child, we can’t give all the blame to our parents. When they’ve failed on something, they will try as hard as possible to not make us experience the same way as they had gone through. It's a good thing though. But it can be wrong as well depends on how they lead and raise their kids. 
"See, Bennett, the sad thing about expectations is that if you fail them – by an inch or a mile, it doesn’t matter – you disappoint people. And my parents, they don’t set the bar low. And my brother, he just kept right on raising it."

"Well, that's just how it is in my house. You have to be perfect, and if you aren't well, you better fake it pretty damn well." 
The root of the problems is parents are too demanding. Forcing Madelyn to be the perfect daughter. No one is perfect,though. I can’t even imagine if one person has no flaws at all. It must be so boring. It sure feels good to be on top, but if we never be on the bottom, never taste how it feels to be failed, we would never know how far we can go. It isn’t the succeed that so important. It is the process that we went through over and over again before we could be on top.

“You were my escape route. My doorway to another world, a reflection that looked more like the me I wanted to be than the one I was forced to be.”
I guess we just have to be honest to ourselves. We don't always know what do we want and we don't always get what we want as well. We just need to be more open-minded and contemplate what other people might have suggested to us.

I only have two things to love about Mr.Bennett. 
1. The fact that he named his Golden retriever dog with Lord Voldemort. 
2. He never lose his patience. It has been said that patience is a virtue, that good things come to those who wait. But maybe it doesn't always work for everyone. 

Overall, I can't say that I like it, but it was okay. 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Hopeless (Hopeless #1) - Colleen Hoover

Title : Hopeless
Series : Hopeless series
Author : Colleen Hoover
Publication Date : December 19th 2012
Synopsis : Hopeless (taken from Goodreads)
Review :

Sky's life is a complete mess.
I've come to the point that I don't even know how to start writing the review because her past and present's life is so complicated. Not only Sky's but her mother's, Holder's and everyone's. As a teenager, making friends with lots of people will give you benefits to shine. But for some people who only make friends to one or two persons, most of them are usually get bullied, verbally attacked, etc. Sky is used to be home-schooled and now she get the chance to study at public school. But things don't work out really well for her. Being Six's best friend give her a bad reputation but she doesn't care at all. Only a few know and understand her while the others are busy judging what they thought they know. 

"You have to let it go. You can hold on to the hate and the love and even the bitterness, but you have to let go of the blame. The blame is what's tearing you down, babe."

This story isn't simply just tell us about love between two young people. It is much more than that. It has deep meaning and involves every themes that we could think about such as bullying, friendship, truth and lies, rape, etc. I think the author has done a very good job. I'd never think about this plot and the mystery isn't very easy to guess. Since the beginning, the author has made us curious about who is the guy Sky met at the grocery store? , why Sky's mother Karen won't allow her to have phone and using internet?, etc.

I really love the chemistry between Sky and Holder that have developed since their first meeting. Although I can guarantee that a man like Holder is one in a million and maybe only exist in romance novels, but I really like how he loves Sky so much and would do everything to win her heart. Same goes to Sky who kind of have a bad thought of him at first but then fall in love with him for all that he has done for her.
"Because I want your first kiss to be the best first kiss in the history of first kisses."
"Fuck all the firsts, Sky. The only thing that matters to me with you are the forevers."

Points that I get :
1. When a man likes you, he will make an effort to get to know you better.
2. If he likes you enough, your differences won't matter to him.
3. Dimples can be so intriguing. You will never know until you meet the one.  

You're in love when :
1. You have butterflies in your stomach whenever you met him. 
2. You spent so many times just to pick clothes to wear before you meet him. Normally it only takes 5 - 10 min to dress up but now it takes much longer to decide what to wear. 
3. You can't stop wondering what he/she is probably thinking of you.

About the friendship between Six and Sky and Sky with Breckin, tell you what? At first I'm so jealous of Sky for having friends like them. Not only because they are incredibly awesome friends who support you in every conditions, but also because they're giving e-reader and a phone to Sky! Like it's a normal present to give to your bestie. Some parts in this novel are too good to be true like Holder, and best friends like Six and Breckin.

I live you :*