Book Review: Oracle of Philadelphia by Elizabeth Corrigan

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recommendedTitle: Oracle of Philadelphia
Author: Elizabeth Corrigan
Publication Date: March 20, 2013
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Series: Earthbound Angel #1
Format: ebook
Acquisition: from the author/publisher

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Carrie works at a diner in South Philadelphia, dispensing advice to humans and angels wise enough to seek her counsel. But there are some problems that even the best advice can’t solve.
Her latest supplicant, Sebastian, is unique among those who have sought her aid. He sold his soul to a demon in exchange for his sister’s life, but his heart remains pure.
Carrie has lived for millennia with the knowledge that her immortality is due to the suffering of others, and she cannot bear to see another good man damned when it is within her power to prevent it.
In order to renegotiate his contract, Carrie must travel into the depths of hell and parley with the demons that control its pathways. As the cost of her journey rises, Carrie must determine how much she is willing to sacrifice to save one good soul.

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Book Review: Miyuki by Veronica Bane

Please note: This book is a sequel. I highly recommend reading the first book, Mara, before reading this one. My review will be kept as vague as possible, but some spoilers may slip out.

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Author: Veronica Bane
Publication date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Black Hill Press
Series: Unusuals #2
Book Links: Goodreads / Amazon

In the town of Jericho, a group of misfit teenagers haunts the underbelly of their society. Armed with the ability to manipulate different parts of nature, these teenagers fight for their right to stay alive. In the months following an attack on their lives, danger still lurks around them. Those behind the original strike have risen from the ashes, and new powers are beginning to reveal themselves. With this mysterious threat imminent, Mara, Miyuki, and the rest of the Unusuals must stand together to fight. However, time is running out for the group, for someone—or something—is hunting them, and this time around, not all of them will survive.
“Picking up where Mara left off, Miyuki is an enthralling tale that brims with the same action-packed storytelling and complex teenage realism that fueled its predecessor. Author Veronica Bane has built Jericho into a supremely engaging world that is at once strangely mysterious and comfortingly familiar, and the pulse-pounding buildup to our unlikely heroes’ final confrontation will leave readers clamoring to know what will happen next.” -Ashley Heaton, Editor

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#ReadCampBoyfriend by J.K. Rock (ARC Book Review)

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Title: Camp Boyfriend
Author: J.K. Rock
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Series: Camp Boyfriend #1
Format: ebook
Acquisition: Netgalley / Spencer Hill Contemporary

The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check.
They said it couldn’t be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren’s nerves and she can’t wait to return to summer camp where she’s valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she’s broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn’t even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.
But Matt isn’t giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn’t really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she’s more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren’s friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she’s changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?

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[Book Tour] ARC Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

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Title: The Geography of You and Me
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Headline | Poppy
Date of Publication: April 10, 2014 | April 15, 2014
Genre: contemporary YA romance
Acquisition: borrowed from Pinoy Book Tours

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.
Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and — finally — a reunion in the city where they first met.
A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

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Book Review: The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

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Title: The Chaos of Stars
Author: Kiersten White
Publication Date: September 10, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: N/A
Format: Paperback
Acquisition: Purchased

Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy, is back with The Chaos of Stars—an enchanting novel set in Egypt and San Diego that captures the magic of first love and the eternally complicated truth about family.
Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you’re the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she’s only worthy of a passing glance—so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there’s no such thing as a clean break from family.
Blending Ally Carter’s humor and the romance of Cynthia Hand’sUnearthly, The Chaos of Stars takes readers on an unforgettable journey halfway across the world and back, and proves there’s no place like home.

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Book Review: My Life From Hell by Tellulah Darling

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Please Note: This is a review of a last book in a trilogy, but this is a spoiler-free review. You can also check out my reviews on the other books in the series:

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Title: My Life From Hell
Author: Tellulah Darling
Publication Date: March 20, 2014
Publisher: Te Da Media
Series: The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #3
Format: eARC
Acquisition: Netgalley/Te Da Media

To say that Sophie Bloom is at the top of her game with one only week until spring equinox and the final showdown with Zeus and Hades would be, well, lying. The Goddess of Spring feels more like the Goddess of Bzz Thanks For Playing than the savior of humanity. And could her relationships be any more messed up?
Good times.
Sophie is convinced that things can’t get any worse than crawling back to her mother Demeter and begging for help. But she’s about to find out how very wrong she is.
It’s a race against time for Sophie to implement the big battle strategy in the YA romantic comedy/Greek mythology finale My Life From Hell. Love meets comedy with a whole lot of sass in book three of this teen fantasy romance series. Save herself; save the world. Humanity may be screwed.

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Book Review: My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling

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favoriteTitle: My Ex From Hell
Author: Tellulah Darling
Publication Date: April 1, 2013
Publisher: Te Da Media
Series: The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #1
Format: ebook
Acquisition: YA Bound Tours

Sixteen-year-old Sophie Bloom wishes she’d been taught the following:
a) Bad boy’s presence (TrOuBlE) + teen girl’s brain (DraMa) = TrAuMa (Highly unstable and very volatile.)
b) The Genus Greekulum Godissimus is notable for three traits: 1) awesome abilities, 2) grudges, and 3) hook-ups, break-ups, and in-fighting that puts cable to shame.
Prior to the Halloween dance, Sophie figures her worst problems involve adolescent theatrics, bitchy teen yoga girls, and being on probation at her boarding school for mouthy behaviour. Then she meets bad boy Kai and gets the kiss that rocks her world.
Literally.
This breath stealing lip lock reawakens Sophie’s true identity: Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She’s key to saving humanity in the war between the Underworld and Olympus, target numero uno of Hades and Zeus, and totally screwed.
Plus there’s also the little issue that Sophie’s last memory as Persephone was just before someone tried to murder her.
Big picture: master her powers, get her memories back, defeat Persephone’s would be assassin, and save the world. Also, sneak into the Underworld to retrieve stolen property, battle the minions of Hades and Zeus, outwit psycho nymphs, slay a dragon, rescue a classmate, keep from getting her butt expelled from the one place designed to keep her safe …
… and stop kissing Kai, Prince of the Underworld.
My Ex From Hell is a YA romantic comedy/Greek mythology smackdown. Love meets comedy with a whole lot of sass in book one of this teen fantasy romance series. Compared to Kai and Sophie, Romeo and Juliet had it easy.

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ARC Book Novella Review: Entice by Erica Crouch

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favoriteTitle: Entice
Author: Erica Crouch
Publication Date: November 18, 2013
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Series: Ignite #1.5
Format: eBook
Acquisition: Netgalley

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With the aftertaste of Heaven still strong, Pen and Azael cloak themselves in their new demonic destinies, fighting for Lucifer against the angels. Pen, warring against former friends turned vengeful enemies, still struggles with defecting to Hell. But in one short battle, they go from forgotten to famous, thrust into the spotlight where she has no room for uncertainty.
Suddenly top-tiered demons, they’re tasked with seeing through hell’s new agenda: corrupting man. But tarnishing Eden isn’t as simple as they thought it would be, especially when they’re forced to work with another team of demons who are trying to claw their way up the ladder of power.
Entice is an e-novella that prequels Pen and Azael’s story in Ignite.

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Mini Book Reviews: Fangirl and The Fault in Our Stars

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These reviews are dedicated to Sandra @ Sandra’s World of Books. I know you love both of these books so much, and I love them too. Thank you for pushing me to read Fangirl. May we find more books to love together.

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Fall for the writer and the rancher

Love comes in all forms. – Francine

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Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publication Date: September 10, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Series: N/A
Format: Hardback
Acquisition: Bought

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In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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“They were just stories, but stories weren’t just anything.”

Fangirl was a book I didn’t want to read until I got the hardback, and I can say that it was totally worth the wait! I actually want to get the paperback too just for the extras. I even own this book on Kindle. Is that enough proof that I love it? Cath was just really special and relatable, and she’s one of the few female protagonists that I love more than the other characters (I’m usually more enamored by the guys or other side characters so that’s something). She understands what it’s like to be consumed by the stories in books, but she’ll also learn life can’t always be about it. I like how she cares so much about her dad, a character I really loved too for being sweet and a little bit crazy. I can’t really say much about Wren because she wasn’t really much of a good sister or daughter for the most part of the book. I can’t say that I really love Levi either because what he did during the party was just wrong no matter what excuse he has. I like him, but I don’t love him.

OVERALL, there is so much to love about Fangirl, especially to those who are as addicted to books and into fandoms and fanfiction. This is a clean, fun, and emotional New Adult book that I would definitely recommend. Cath is a character who went through conflicts with her family, relationships, passion, and writing career, yet managed to learn from them and get past them. I admire her strength and genuine devotion to the things and people she loves. The humor sometimes fell flat for me, but I was still greatly amused by the writing. I totally cried with them during the 8th book scene! Despite the parts that didn’t work for me, Fangirl is still really awesome.

RATING:

4.5-star

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Fall for one sick love story

Love comes in all forms. – Francine

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Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publication Date: January 1, 2012
Publisher: Dutton Books
Series: N/A
Format: Hardback
Acquisition: Bought

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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

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All. The. Feels

“It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.”

Much has been said about The Fault in Our Stars, being John Green’s most popular book, and I say listen to every person that says how good it is, and that they may be tears. I first read this book way back in 2012 not knowing what I was getting. And I would like to quote the upcoming movie tagline that this is one sick love story. Out of all of John Green’s books, this is the most romantic one, but this is also the most heart-wrenching. I was certainly unprepared for the pain of this poignant tale.

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

This is one of the books that gave me one of the worst hangovers leaving me undone yet moved. I shall now start to use the word “love” a lot. I love love love Hazel Grace and Augustus, and I ship them hard. I usually want the guy for myself, but Hazel and Gus deserve each other. I love how they brought up that they shouldn’t be defined by their illnesses. I love how they are such imperfect characters, yet managed to be perfect in this story and even called each other beautiful. I love their relationship with their family and their friend, Isaac. I love how Gus calls her Hazel Grace that makes it so endearing, and Hazel calls him Augustus. I love it all, and I’m not sorry. I love how intelligent and witty the writing and the characters are. I adore how this book can make one laugh, think, cry, and love, and how it stays with me to the point of almost quoting the book when thinking about love and life. This is truly a masterpiece that deserves to be read and read again and again and again.

RATING:

5-star

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  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
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