Oct 12, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: Because You Love to Hate Me (13 Tales of Villainy)

Hosted by Breaking the Spine


Title: Because You Love to Hate Me (13 Tales of Villainy)
Author: Ameriie + multiple authors
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Anthologies
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This unique YA anthology presents classic and original fairy tales from the villain's point of view. The book's unconventional structure--thirteen of the most influential BookTubers on YouTube join forces (writing-prompt style) with thirteen acclaimed and bestselling authors--gives these mysterious, oft-misunderstood individuals characters a chance to tell their stories, their way.

Like Maleficent or Wicked, these are stories of vengeance, of defiance, of rage. They are stories of pain, of heartbreak, of sorrow. But don't expect a circle of hands. Leave it to the heroes to help the world; villains just want to rule the world. We love to hate them and they hate to be loved, if only because being hated frees them from having to be good.

Contributing authors include bestselling and buzzy names Renée Ahdieh, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon, with a foreword and a story from anthology editor Ameriie.


THIS IS ABOUT VILLAINS. Wouldn't one be excited to read their side of the story? I'm one of those people who is fascinated with the villain of the story. I mean, it takes some effort being evil to annoy/piss me off. And these are short stories so this will be good to pass time.

Here's the list of authors:

  • Ameriie (Editor)
  • Renee Ahdieh
  • Soman Chainani
  • Susan Dennard
  • Sarah Enni
  • Marissa Meyer
  • Cindy Pon
  • Victoria Schwab
  • Samantha Shannon
  • Adam Silvera
  • Andrew Smith
  • April Genevieve Tucholke
  • Nicola Yoon
The Booktubers:

  • Benjamin Alderson
  • Sasha Alsberg
  • Whitney Atkinson
  • Tina Burke
  • Catriona Feeney
  • Zoë Herdt
  • Samantha Lane 
  • Sophia Lee
  • Raeleen Lemay
  • Regan Perusse
  • Christina Riccio
  • Steph Sinclair
  • Kat Kennedy
  •  Jesse George
*I don't know if I got all the booktubers right. I just followed the ones on the cover.

Sep 16, 2016

Book Review: Vein Of Love

Title: Vein Of Love
Series: Blackest Gold, #1
Author: R. Scarlett
Publication Date: August 16, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy
Add to: Goodreads /  Amazon

"Darkness isn't all one shade, sweetheart."

Three centuries ago, Molly Darling’s ancestors signed a contract in blood—daemon blood—to protect themselves from harm. On the eve she turns nineteen, Molly leaves for her birthday party against her parent’s wishes, sick of their warnings about her “betrothal to a demon.”

Except that she’s very much betrothed, and he’s very much a demon—one who’s only agreed to the nuptials to steal Molly’s ancient daemon powers. Brash, arrogant, and built like a Greek god, Tensley Knight keeps showing up to save Molly from otherworldly attacks, only to insult her a moment later.

As Molly learns more about the demon world, she realizes two things: that her family’s safety depends on a successful marriage, while any chance of freedom she’ll ever have calls for Tensley’s demise.

Yet sometimes Molly spots a tortured soul beyond those liquid grey eyes, and there’s no denying the way her skin tingles when Tensley touches it. In Vein of Love, safety requires sacrifice, foe becomes lover, and one must decide whether to kiss...or to kill.


Vein of Love is a dark fantasy that revolves around Molly finding out who she is, facing the situation she's currently in and how she'd protect her family while being engaged to Tensley who is like a Math problem she's trying to figure out.

This reminds me of The Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins although it doesn't share the same story path as Vein of Love but it has the same concept about demons mingling in with humans in the face of the earth doing mundane things. Some anyway. The writing was good and the point of view changes weren't confusing for me despite being reading it as a third person narrator. The story is still very engaging to read and I love Molly's fierceness. Girl won't let anyone harm her family and friends and I had to give it to her for being brave in a world where she could be harmed at any given time. Also, I'm liking September, Illya and Lex. These characters had piqued my interest.

Like any other stories, there will always be things that I had to shake my head to. What put me off here were these: Tensley and Evelyn's relationship. I am bothered. Obviously, Tensley was unable to make up his mind about her even when he finds himself getting pulled by his feelings for Molly no matter how he denies it. While I get his situations and his nature, it was complicated and I don't think I could label this as a love triangle but low-key, it is. And I don't do love triangles. Another is his relationship with Molly. I feel giddy every "friendly" interaction they have that sometimes lead to something more. However, it's like one step forward and two steps backward. Last one that made me down was Molly trusting perfect strangers easily just because they were friendly. I'll stop there to avoid spoilers.

Overall, it's a promising start to a series and a refreshing read for me because it's fantasy and it's New Adult. The characters are close to my age and I've been looking for some good NA fantasy to read. This one did it but as much as I had fun reading, like I said, the whole "relationship" thing plus the "trust" situation were hindering me from fully enjoying this one. I'm indifferent when it comes to Tensley too but I hope that will change. Looking forward to the next book!


Sep 13, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: ALL TIME Favorite Fantasy Books

Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Fantasy Books
[ Trilogies Edition! ]

01. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare - ALL TIME FAVORITE TRILOGY EVER. And definitely one of my all time favorite fantasy books as well. I don't think I'll ever recover from this. Already excited for The Last Hours!

02. Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta - Hands down to Melina Marchetta for this trilogy. I'm planning to read ALL her books this year and I just had to give it to her for her awesome and heart-grabbing stories. These books have entered my all time favorites list and every reread is a treat.

03. Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee - This trilogy had me on the crying despite how (warning to the ones who plan to read this) gore some stuff were. The sibling relationship between Penryn and Paige made this book so worth the time. Of course, Penryn and Raffe's banter was A+.

04. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo  - I love the Grisha world and I love the characters in this book that the main female lead, Alina Starkov, has poked my heart and now she's one of my all-time favorite heroines.

05. Blood of Eden Trilogy by Julie Kagawa - We got a badass female lead who is a WOC and a story that's centered in a world where vampires are either good or evil. I'll be honest, I'm not into vampire books but this one is an exception.

06. Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor - The world and characters are too fascinating so props to Laini Taylor for her imagination and beautiful writing. This is one of the books I want to reread if only I have the time.

07. Curse Workers Trilogy by Holly Black - One of the many underrated fantasy books out there that I enjoy SO MUCH. I have to thank Katytastic from Booktube for introducing me to this series.

08. Precious Stone Trilogy by Kerstin Gier - The time traveling was and written well. There are some stories out there with the same concept yet it's all too confusing. Also, THE MOVIE WAS GOOD. It didn't really follow the flow of the books (+the many changes, though I can say this to all book-to-movie adaptations) but it was still entertaining to watch and the soundtrack makes my ears happy.


**Why trilogies? - I have A LOT of favorite all time fantasy books and this could definitely take a while. So... I decided to narrow it down to trilogies.

***09-10 - I have two trilogies I haven't finished yet so I'm keeping the last two spots open. I have to read the final books in these trilogies to see if I can put them in the list.

Book Review: The Piper's Son

Title: The Piper's Son
Author: Melina Marchetta
Publication Date: March 01, 2010
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
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The award-winning author of Finnikin of the Rock and Jellicoe Road pens a raw, compelling novel about a family’s hard-won healing on the other side of trauma.

Award-winning author Melina Marchetta reopens the story of the group of friends from her acclaimed novel Saving Francesca - but five years have passed, and now it’s Thomas Mackee who needs saving. After his favorite uncle was blown to bits on his way to work in a foreign city, Tom watched his family implode. He quit school and turned his back on his music and everyone that mattered, including the girl he can’t forget. Shooting for oblivion, he’s hit rock bottom, forced to live with his single, pregnant aunt, work at the Union pub with his former friends, and reckon with his grieving, alcoholic father. Tom’s in no shape to mend what’s broken. But what if no one else is either? An unflinching look at family, forgiveness, and the fierce inner workings of love and friendship, The Piper’s Son redefines what it means to go home again.


Marchetta delivered a very emotional story that tackled loss, grief, heartbreak, hope and love in The Piper's Son. We follow Tom's life after the death of his uncle and how it affected him and his family.

I read this before Saving Francesca and how I wish I could unread it so I can read SF first. I was kind of spoiled of some stuff here, no matter how little some are, and it was an unfortunate thing for me. Nevertheless, I still loved the story and there were a lot more going on with Tom and his family so my focus was on that.

Throughout the story I felt Tom's hurt and I actually understand him regarding his feelings over his "broken" family. It was heartbreaking to know how a tight-knit family like his crashed down when his uncle died and everyone is unsure of wanting something. I could even feel his aunt Georgie's grief and the things that she's been dealing with in her life.

What made me love The Piper's Son was Marchetta's take on family relationship, friendship and mental health. Though this can be said to her other books too. The way she writes these grip your heart and attention that it sucks you into the story. It also gives you a view of life because these events also happen in the real world where it's a present


Aug 21, 2016

Series Review: Lumatere Chronicles

Series Title: Lumatere Chronicles
Author: Melina Marchetta
  • Finnikin Of the Rock
  • Froi Of the Exiles
  • Quintana Of Charyn
Publication Dates: 
  • Book #1: September 29, 2008
  • Book #2: October 3, 2011
  • Book #3: September 26, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Add to: Goodreads / Amazon (book 1)

Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive.

Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir. As they journey together, Finnikin is affected by her arrogance . . . and her hope. He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again. And that their cursed people will be able to enter Lumatere and be reunited with those trapped inside. He even believes he will find his imprisoned father.

But Evanjalin is not what she seems. And the truth will test not only Finnikin's faith in her . . . but in himself.


I flew through the Lumatere Chronicles and it was an adventurous reading experience. This will be a short review of the series and each book. I only put the first book's description since it's how this series all started.

Finnikin Of the Rock: Finnikin and Evanjalin's bickering was one of the highlights in this book and it gave me a sense of humor in the midst of the angst and pain the characters are in... or just the story in general. Note at the description that the royal family was murdered and kingdom isn't in good condition and they're on the search for the lost heir so you can definitely tell how much the characters are hurting every time they recall the good times and how everything fell apart. But when the secrets were out, I knew this book was gonna be a favorite of mine. I love how it surprised me and that I really didn't expect anything. I had this gut feeling, but it wasn't it. And Evanjalin is one of my instant favorite characters.

Froi Of the Exiles: Book two was just as shocking as the first one and there were more events that took place and more characters are introduced. Froi grew on me in this book and I'm glad Marchetta didn't brush the thing he did in the first book under the rug. As for the other characters, Quintana was one of the characters introduced and like Evanjalin, she became one of my favorites. My heart broke for this girl and the only thing I could think of while flipping the pages was that I want to protect her and cherish her and tell her that she deserves to be loved and treated with respect. Another character was Phaedra and I can't stress enough how I admire her. The way she stands for others, be it her people or not, is something I definitely salute her of.

Quintana Of Charyn: A great book to wrap the series. The last book was no different than the first two when it comes to excitement, surprises, angst and smiles. There were so many things going on and how the characters were clashing here and there, but those what made this very entertaining to read.

Overall: Lumatere Chronicles is one of the well-plotted stories I've read and it's definitely reread-worthy. Enough to make you smile, laugh and get your heart broken. I also want to say how much I love Marchetta for writing her female characters with defining strengths and personalities.

The ring's a promise of peace and I'm greedy with hope. It's a song that we sing in a tongue that we share. And though you say it's a gift from a king to a king, I say it's a sign from a queen to a queen.


Jun 21, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

Ten Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

01. Some Kind Of Perfect by Krista & Becca Ritchie (May 20, 2016) - definitely one of my most awaited releases of 2016 and the last installment to my favorite New Adult series, Addicted and Calloway Sisters. I'll forever miss these six characters' point of views whom have taken residence in my heart now (TRUTH)... now on to their kids!

02. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (March 8, 2016) - Never thought I'd pick up another Shadowhunter book and as much as I wasn't planning to, I did... and once again, Cassie Clare had me hooked and protective over the Blackthorn kids.

03. The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (April 26, 2016) - One of my favorite retellings and one of my anticipated releases of the year. Loved it but also sad that this is the sequel and the last book.

04. A Court Of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (May 3, 2016) - Not a fan of SJM's TOG books and I also never planned on reading ACOTAR...but I did. I was hesitant because I was "spoiled" (but not detailed) that there was some changes so I put the first book on-hold for so long. But I'm glad I picked it up and gave it a go because this book was just... amazing. I loved it.

05. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury (February 23, 2016) - Another favorite retelling and it's also the author's debut novel so I recommend this one because it's magical, if you're in for a cute romance you got it, girls fighting side by side and again, magical.

06. The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (March 29, 2016) - Another last book to one of my favorite series. This is one of the beautifully-written Young Adult books out there and you gotta hand it to the protagonist because her smarts is just admirable.

07. Starflight by Melissa Landers (February 2, 2016) - First time reading a Melissa Landers book and she had me loving it. Space adventures had never been this fun. Oh and you'll definitely love the banter of the two main characters.

08. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (May 3, 2016) - I've mentioned Amy & Roger's Epic Detour lots of times in my blog so I was also eager to pick another one of Morgan Matson's books and I have to say that I wasn't let down... and please, there are puppies!

09. Coast by Jay McLean (June 7, 2016) - Second installment to the Kick, Push duology and I can't tell you how much I cried reading the first book, how it broke my heart and how much I love the characters. So when I finished it, I immediately wanted this sequel.

10. Shameless by Lex Martin (April 26, 2016) - New Adult is one of my reading preferences and Lex Martin is one of those authors I trust after I read Dearest Clementine. This was just too cute but also tugs your heart in an emotional sense. Humor and hotness are bonus points

Note: I recommend all these books.