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Legend - Marie Lu **Review posted on Books As You Know It**
Splintered - A.G. Howard **More reviews are on my blog!

DARK. CREEPY. TWISTED. ENTRANCING. CREATIVE.
That's all you need to know...

Splintered by A.G Howard was most definitely the loopiest and craziest roller coaster I've rode/read. A.G Howard did a splendid job writing this creepy and dark retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I actually don't think I read the original Alice in Wonderland..or I have but I don't remember it that well. Anyhoo, A.G Hwoard had me captured as soon as Alyssa found the "rabbit hole" and accidentally brought Jeb with her to Wonderland. She manages to get the reader's attention with her awesomley twisted characters in Wonderland and all the tests Alyssa has to pass.

As most YA heroines, Alyssa was determined to get the cure to the curse. I will admit I was weirded out with her bug/nature whispering bit. She was also a bit dense and annoying at times. But she was also pretty brave especially through everything she's been through. The beginning of Splintered also confused me because I wasn't sure if this her childhood or present plus everything happened so quickly. But A.G Howard ends up wrapping everything around gets you back on track.

Then there's the romance which was a BIG and I mean BIG hype on Twitter about this *cough* Nikki and Inky *coughs* It also led to waging Nerf gun wars...I think. So I was most definitely excited to see what Splintered had in store for me. First off, Jeb is a CUTIE and an amaaazing best friend. A+J=Awesomeness. And usually the "best friend" that's in love with the MC has no idea what's going on with their fantastical lives well at least to some extent. Sorta? (See what I did there, fantasy and adjective *nudge* *nudge*) and isn't usually considered a "threat" but in this case...he really is. But then there's Morpheus A.K.A "Moth" and at first he seriously creep-ed me out..a lot. But then he's also pretty sweet and both he and Alyssa have some kind of history together. But for now I'm going to stay out of this romance and just go with the flow XD

Splintered is a a book full of twists that you'll never see coming and will most definitely have you wide eyed and jaw dropped. In this eerily, sinister retelling of Alice in Wonderland, many readers will be enthralled by this creatively tale A.G Howard managed to weave together. I totally recommend this book to re-telling lovers or just someone looking for a good book to read. Happy readings!!
What's Left of Me - Kat Zhang Originally posted on Books As You Know It

MY THOUGHTS:
(S/N: I WILL BE DOING THIS FOR COVERS I JUST LOVE!) The whole half face thing on the cover...? Yeah, its awesome and it totally fits the book. Plus the "ME" in caps, it set Eva's emotions just perfectly. So props to the jacket artist/designer of this cover!

Okay not onto the book! I actually didn't have that high expectations for this book. I just saw it on the library shelf calling my name. And let me just say one thing: This concept is plain crazy yet brilliant in so many ways. It was pretty weird thinking of the two characters in one body (that totally reminded me of The Host) but it eventually worked out. (Also, I'll be labeling this book as a si-fi more than a dystopian in this post because of all the sciency terms and stuff)

Addie, the dominant soul, the one who has control over their body. Addie the one who loves Eva but also wishes to be normal and settled like the others. Eva, the recessive soul, the one behind the curtains, always there watching. She's one determined soul and super observant. Eva was obviously my favorite of the two sisters, and it may just be because I read more from her POV or because she's the main character. I felt that Addie depended a lot on Eva without really knowing and Kat does show us that. As the story grows, the thiker the walls between the sisters yet it ends up breaking and they were the best friends/sisters that always were there for each other.

Kat Zhang did a wonderful job building the plot and new which direction to head it with. She effectively manages to keep the plot moving, the suspense to increase, and keep you thoroughly enjoyed throughout the entire book. However the story moved a bit slow in the beginning and had some unnecessary scenes in the beginning as well. The romance between the Eva and Ryan was cute but kinda awkward since Addie and Devon are still there...

What's Left of Me is a great sci-fi read and many of you will love it! And as more secrets are unraveled, the more the deadly things get ad the faster the time counts down....
Cinder - Marissa Meyer Check out more of my reviews on Books As You Know It

I seriously did not even think about reading this book. I wasn't that big of a fan with cyborgs and I may have judges the hook by its cover. *sheepish look* But I recently found out that it was a retelling of Cinderella...and no I didn't connect it with the title when I read the synopsis. On the other hand, Marissa Meyer NAAAILED IT!!!

This was just the perfect book I needed! Marissa Meyer creatively twists the original Cinderella story into a magnificent one of her owns! The plot also just wasn't based around the plague, although it definitely leads to beginning of something big! While Marissa used the Cinderella story as her base line, you could the connections between the two books here and there. The only things I had a problem was that it was really predictable. I'm not if Marissa purposely

Cinder was amazingly awesome!! I thought she would be a bit soft and the very optimistic kind. (And if I kinda diss the original story, I'm sorry! But I'm not a fan of it!) But she was pretty straightforward and knew when something or not was going to happen. She also had a great relationship with her sister, who loved Cinder as well. And Cinder has so much self control! If I were in her position I would've probably ready slapped 3 or 4 people already...

KAI!!! He is the ultimate sweetheart and he might be the first guy I liked that wasn't a complete douche! I'm sorry again! But usually the sweet guy is the annoying one or the one that's perfect just as a friend. And Kai was cool! He didn't act like a prissy royal and was honest, straight forward, and knew who to trust. He might not have been in the "know" but he could tell who he could/couldn't trust. He and Cinder are sooo cute together and he so AMAZING!! He's the perfect prince material and a guy you can't not like!!

All in all, Cinder is a heart throbbing, creatively told story you would not want to miss out on! I totally regret not reading this sooner but I am glad that I did read it! So if any of you haven't...what are you waiting for??
Just Flirt - Laura Bowers Originally posted on Books As You Know It

MY THOUGHTS:
Just Flirt by Laura Bowers is such a fun book! Laura teachers teens (mainly girls) the true meaning of friendship, emotions, gossip, romance, family, and everything else that concerns teenagers' lives.

The characters: Dee Barton and Sabrina Owens. Dee was such a cute, outgoing, and pretty likeable person. She went through some tough stuff throughout the past years. And yes while she may flirt to no end, her main priority is the camp, which she truly cares about. As for Sabrina, she made it very easy for me to dislike her. With her attitude to Dee and her unnecessary possessive. She irked me...a lot. But at the end of the day, she's a pretty nice girl and honest. Props to her for managing to be part of the "IT" group and dealing with he family issues.

The romance: It actually wasn't that big of an aspect in this book. Yeah, they have to deal with Blaine but it wasn't particularly "romane". BUt there was Jake...yumminess! He *is* a go kart driver, so that shouldn't be surprising ;P I totally love how Dee flirts with him eventhough she seriously doesn't know it. *snickers*

The plot was very different from most contemporaries. With financial problems from both sides of the story, the whoel lawsuit was a big worry on everyone's mind. It was cool to see two opposites working on the same case with the same goal. And the plot also involved an unknown third party as well. There are many twists you may or you may not see coming. I do feel like that there were some scenes that could've been taken out to move the book along faster. Dee and Sabrina will keep you entertained throughout the whole book with all their problems and schemes. If you're bored or just want a fun read, Just Flirt is the book for you!!
The Next Forever - Lisa Burstein On my blog, too :D http://booksasyouknowit.blogspot.com

Mini-Review:
MY THOUGHTS:
The Next Forever was a great refresher from all the other paranormal/dystopian novels that I've been reading. It's the perfect, short, and relaxing read. It's a book of doubts, questions, and loyalty...

Lisa Burnstein had me captivated the instant I started this book! I couldn't put stop! She had me questioning both Amy's and Joe's faith and if they were actually meant to be. Lisa shows the conflicts and temptations that stems from insecurity and honesty within relationships. Amy questions her inner self and "Will you go back to the way you were before?" is always harboring her mind. Joe wants a way in to the fraternity, even though he knows Amy wouldn't want him to. They both meet new characters and rediscovers their selves.

I loved how The Next Forever was written. Kept at a good pace, the book flowed really well. The only thing I didn't like was how that I felt like I met a fake Amy not the real one. And I think that she most definitely can she fun without passing her limits! Other than that, it's a great read most teens will enjoy! The battle between oneself is revealed and The Next Forever gives an insight on a real and raw relationship
where everything isn't perfect...
Through the Ever Night - Veronica Rossi Originally posted on Books As You Know It

MY THOUGHTS:
First off, just look at that cver!! The ombination of blues with the aether and that hot guy on it *swoon* I'm not sure if the guy is supposed to be Roar or Perry, though...
Through the Ever Night was just FABULOUS!! While Under the Never Sky was a pretty good novel, Veronica Rossi had my mind blown with it's sequel!! Through the Ever Night kept a steady pace and the words just flowed throughout the pages. I didn't even realize I finished the book, till I saw that I reached the acknowledgments *sheepish look*...

And things aren't all jolly now that Perry and Aria are together. Perry has to deal with being a Blood Lord and holding his brother and father's reputation. He has to prepare for raids and manage everything else on top of that. Add to the fact that Aria, a half-dweller that's also an Aud, comes to Tides, things aren't settling well with the people of Tides. Luckily, she has Roar to support her. Aria has changed so much since we last saw her in UtNS and she's now this stronger, and awesomer version of herself. I really do envy her strength throughout the entire book; she deals with the insults at her and tries to hide that it does not hurt her.

As for Roar..THERE ARE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE HIM. HE IS JUST PERFECT IN EVERY SINGLE WAY POSSIBLE!!! I LOVE HIM SO MUCH! His relationship with Aria is so real and beautiful and just uggh sweet!!!! I would totally ship them if there was remotely a chance they could be together..but I doubt it. Roar and Aria understand each well and they're both each other's rocks. You can't not love them!! The more I see Roar, the harder I fall for him...

As for the romance, Perry and Aria are sweet. It's good to know even throughout their separation, their feelings remained the same. But I felt like there wasn't much interaction/moments with them together. And then there's Kirra, who came to help from Sable's nation an someone my fingers itched to slap. I actually wanted to slap Perry for doing what he did but I guess it was inevitable... Perry also starts pondering as Roar and Aria as a couple. He starts doubting himself but he eventually learns from his mistakes. And as cool as you are Perry, Roar has already stolen my heart.


Overall, Through the Ever Night, will keep you reading an anxiously awaiting he next book. Even if you weren't that big of a UtNS fan, you will DEVOUR it! Trust me on this one. And all UtNS, you will be left breathless!
Venom - Fiona Paul **Check out more of my reviews on Books As You Know It**

Ahh a mystery in Venice during the Renaissance with a certain blue eyed painter...who wouldn't be able to resist? Oh I haven't read a good mystery or even historical fiction (at least I think it is..correct me if I'm wrong) in such a long time! Fiona Paul did a brilliant job capturing the heart of the Renaissance and Venice itself!! She used Venice's setting to her advantage when writing Venom and I'm glad setting was important. Usually authors don't make a big deal out of the setting even if it could come to use.

I just loved the plot of Venom!! There were many unexpected twists that had me frustrated but it made the book awesomer! I seriously kept thinking I knew who the murderer was but when it was revealed....face palm!!! Fiona just keeps you guessing till the very end of the book! She also shows both sides to Venice..the one Cass lived in and the one Cass never thought of living in.

As for the characters, they were decent. Cass felt like a good heroine but too trusting. Especially when it comes to Falco. I mean DUDE you just met him! And he's in a graveyard...does that not make you suspect anything??? But I liked that she wasn't a snob and actually wanted to find the murderer even though she knew it meant risking her life and going out of her safety zone. Falco annoyed me and while he may have genuinely liked Cass but they just didn't seem to click in my opinion. I will however say though that I really enjoyed his mysterious aura and awesome blue eyes! Luca, her fiancé, is a sweet character, nothing extraordinary. He protected Cass as much as he could, cudos to him for that. But he was pretty sexist thinking that woman weren't as capable as guys. And guys back then may have thought like that, but it still bothered me.

The romance had me conflicted. As I said before, I felt that Cass and Falco didn't have a connection. And it seemed like they didn't know each other that well. Their relationship or whatever they had seemed like it took a fast turn even though it kinda escalated in the middle of the book. I'm still kinda iffy on Luca's and Cass's relationship. It would help if I saw them interact more and see more on how Luca felt. But I am really glad at how Fiona ended the book and how she dealt with it. I'm neutral on this one, although I may be leaning toward Luca...

Overall, Venom will capture your hearts through Cass's adventure and of course the beautiful city of Venice. Historical fiction has never been my favorite genre but Venom totally change my view on what I thought about it. When you read it just remember: Everyone has their secrets ;P
Avow (The Archers of Avalon, #3) - Chelsea Fine **SPOILERS FROM PREVIOUS BOOKS AND AVOW**
MY THOUGHTS:
Avow was just amazeballs!!! Chelsea Fine did a magnificent job writing the Archers of Avalon series and did a great job writing an end to the series. So sad I won't be seeing more of the characters :'( But her writing is the epitome of EPIC. She manages to keep hilarious dialogue between the characters even though they're in a grave/ dangerous situation. She also carefully manages to intertwine the past with the present as she did in the other books. And it really helps the reader understand whats going on and I love how she doesn't repeat ther memories from the last books and give readers a whole new perspectives on what really happened.

One of my favorite aspect about this book was the characters!! Heather, Scarlet's best friend, is AWESOMESAUCE and I loved how Chelsea added her into the plot. Usually I'm not the fondest of the best friends but Heather's such a great friend and I wish I could meet her in real life. Gabriel...hehehehe. I think Gabriel got most affected by the curse. I mean not loving anyone other than your brother's first and only love, who ends up dying every time she gets close to his brother? Yeah, that's got to be hard. I love how he respects Scarlet's decisions and his this cool relationship with Tristan. But I'm so happy Chelsea gave Gabriel the happy ending he deserves! Nate, oh my god, NATE!!! He's super loyal and would do ANYTHING to protect his friends, and that's one of the things he had in common with Scarlet. Speaking of Scarlet, now that she's got her memory back, she's gotten all kick-butt on us and has seriously changed from the quiet, innocent, shy girl she was in Anew. Her interaction with Tristan in this book had me laughing and ahhhh it was sooo cute :D

Now as for Tristan *dreamy sigh*, he kept tearing at my heart and mended it all the while. Now that he isn't causing Scarlet to die and its the other way around, he's been all cheery and happy and d*** adorable!!! Ok so I really want to share this line (one of my favoites) from Avow, but oh my god after reading it THE FEELS DUDE!! I died when reading it! "My heart is not broken Scar. My heart is dead!" SEE what I mean!!! Ooh and I'll share another one 'cuz I'm just that awesome..well Chelsea is. "Your life is not just 'something', Scarlet. He emphasized the 'let' in her name. "It's everything," his voice cracked. I had the urge to hug him and I had to restrain myself from saying Awwwww outloud.

Chelsea Fine outdid herself and did a wonderful job with Avow and trust me when I say it's waaaay better than the first two books (although if you haven't read them yet..you should!!) All Archers of Avalon fans will completely devour and savor it. I most definitely recommend this book/series to all YA paranormal lovers out there and those in for one hell of a roller coaster and brothers that will make you swoon.
Opal - Jennifer L. Armentrout

OH MY GOD!!!!! J.L.A do you know what u do to ur book crazed and daemon loving fans??? People if u haven't read this book yet then I suggest u put down whatever ur doing and read it...

FULL REVIEW:
This is an easy going, relaxing, and just fun book to read. Full of laughs, Jessica Brody did an excellent job to maintain Lexi's personality while also showing how Lexi's character changes throughout the whole book. She may have sounded like a spoiled and bratty girl in the beginning but as you read more you realize that all she was missing was a family and that she had way more potential than others including herself thought she did. Then comes in Luke, Lexi's "babysitter" of sorts. Luckily this wasn't one of those books where it was BAM insta-love and the main character didn't know was all flustered. Or else...I would have thrown it at the ground. I just can't read YA contemps that work like that. (Well sometimes it depends on what type of YA contemp. Like if it was a girl liking her best friend or her best-friend's boyfriend for forever..then I wouldn't mind much.)

Anyways...It also wasn't one where the book was ideally focused on the romance. Lexi didn't even really have feelings for Luke. Although she did notice his attractiveness in the beginning of the book, he was just a person who worked for her father. Lexi was quite witty and while she could be a pain in the butt sometimes, but it's not entirely her fault. Lexi's reaction to the day to day stuff some of us do or encounter helped me see it in a whole new perspective that had me rolling my eyes at how rich people would see these stuff (no offense to any rich people out there). This wasn't one of those books that totally popped at you with characters and plot but it's a pretty great read. I would recommend this book for all you YA contemporary lovers out there and those who just want a fun read!
Crewel - Gennifer Albin WHOA!
52 Reasons to Hate My Father - Jessica Brody This is an easy going, relaxing, and just fun book to read. Full of laughs, Jessica Brody did an excellent job to maintain Lexi's personality while also showing how Lexi's character changes throughout the whole book. She may have sounded like a spoiled and bratty girl in the beginning but as you read more you realize that all she was missing was a family and that she had way more potential than others including herself thought she did. Then comes in Luke, Lexi's "babysitter" of sorts. Luckily this wasn't one of those books where it was BAM insta-love and the main character didn't know was all flustered. Or else...I would have thrown it at the ground. I just can't read YA contemps that work like that. (Well sometimes it depends on what type of YA contemp. Like if it was a girl liking her best friend or her best-friend's boyfriend for forever..then I wouldn't mind much.)

Anyways...It also wasn't one where the book was ideally focused on the romance. Lexi didn't even really have feelings for Luke. Although she did notice his attractiveness in the beginning of the book, he was just a person who worked for her father. Lexi was quite witty and while she could be a pain in the butt sometimes, but it's not entirely her fault. Lexi's reaction to the day to day stuff some of us do or encounter helped me see it in a whole new perspective that had me rolling my eyes at how rich people would see these stuff (no offense to any rich people out there). This wasn't one of those books that totally popped at you with characters and plot but it's a pretty great read. I would recommend this book for all you YA contemporary lovers out there and those who just want a fun read!
Ironskin - Tina Connolly I had very high expectations from this book, especially because all the steampunk kind of books that I've recently read have been quite good and I've never read Jane Eyre or any retellings of it before so I wanted to see how this would turn out. The beginning started out nicely and did have me intrigued, but then as I kept reading on, I just got reaally bored with it. There was so much detail that didn't need to be there and the main character got on my nerves at times. However the aspect I really enjoyed about this book was the setting and the era it took place in. All the glamour women wanted and the way life was for both the rich and the cursed ones was brilliantly shown.

The romance was meh. There yet not quite. I'm not a fan of romance with the age difference , its just super weird reading about for me. Some I can take *cough* Vampire Academy *couch*. But this one, I wasn't connected with the love interest, which in this book was Edward or Mr. Rochart, like I usually am. He kinda disappeared along the book and didn't make much of an impression on me. I mean he was the one that called for a governess to help Dorie yet he was never really there to support her and his feelings and the way he was written coul'dve been put together better.

The other supporting, additional characters were an added plus and I enjoyed getting to know them. And the added fey interest and problems was nice. It's a pretty short book and I think if there was more development with the characters and plot, it wouldn't seem so rushed but boring. However, those you who like retelling, then I totally would recommend like this book especially with the fey, steampunk twist to it.
Breathe - Sarah Crossan **For more reviews, check out my blog my blog href="http://booksasyouknowit.blogspot.com">Books As You Know It**

Dystopians are quite a hit these days and the YA industry have been booming with them, especially after the Hunger Games movie/series. And honestly, I'm not one of the biggest dystopian fans becasue they usually have the same kind of story to itbut with different worlds and concepts. I was pretty hesitant to read Breathe and not b/c it was a dystpoian but because it was in 3 different point of views. 2 was enough to deal with but 3....But the whole idea of having limited air supply and the fact that you had to buy air tanks captured my interests in a heartbeat.

Sarah Crossan creatively creates a breathtaking (no pun intended) and heart pounding story full of surprises and unpredictable turn of events. As different as Alina, Quinn, and Bea are, they manage to create this bond and connection and end up finding strength/support within one another. Alina is just a rebel who wants to be able to breathe freely, Quinn's the rich Premium who has his whole life planned out for him and also Bea's best friend, Bea's the rule follower, just wanting to do well so she could support her family and also falling for her best friend. but since Quinn has taken an interest in Alina, things aren't quite looking up for her. And honestly, I disliked Alina from the very start of the book, she acted as if she knew everything and took advantage of Quinn to cover up her mistake. At the same time, I wanted to slap some snese into Quinn for falling for a girl just because she was pretty. But throughout the story, you end up warming up to her and see that she isn't so bad. My favorite character had to be Bea, she might have been a stickler for rules but she was so sweet, compassionate, and would felt for the other characters.

What I didn't like about this book? There times it was a bit bland and boring. And some of the character's actions were a bit irritating. It also took a bit time adjusting to the 3 POVs and I think the story would've been fine with either Bea and Quinn's point of view or Bea and Alina's.

As for the romance, let's just say that I'm a sucker for best friend relationships. And Sarah Crossan most definitely didn't let me down. Throughout Quinn's journey, he comes to terms that he might have had a crush on Alina but he really loved Bea all along. Anyone who loves dystopians and FANTASTIC world building should definitely pick up this book and start reading, because Sarah Crossan won't disappoint you!!
Tiger Lily - Jodi Lynn Anderson

Awww..such a classic and sweet story with a twist ;)
Elixir - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Aiden. I love you...