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HAULED!: Angelfall by Susan Ee

To be honest, I have zero knowledge about Angels and all these biblical things, aside from what I’ve gleamed from The Mortal Instruments, which although quite a bit, still lay on the trivial/bonus facts side of things rather than the basics. Of course, I’m not as innocent as to believe that angels are of the pure and kind line, (or maybe this is what I’ve picked up from TMI. idk.)

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but Angelfall surely pounded that idea into my head even more.

It’s not bad, per se. The idea of angels being a dark and almost malicious is not an original idea, but I like the spin that they brought apocalypse, but humankind did not just watch it happen. I think this is the aspect that Angelfall comes as a novelty among Dystopian literature: in that it happens right at the crevice where two societies cleave. Like, apocalypse happened two months prior to the beginning of the story. The resistance is on its infancy. Not when the new form of government has been established. Not when the resistance has amassed power and ammunition and plans to overtake the world were polished.

We’re landed smacked dab into the chaotic part where every side has so many issues to be resolved before humankind is further obliterated.

I can’t wait for the sequel, though!:D

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HAULED!: One & Only by Viv Daniels

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Smart, sexy, and the first book that have played the other family trope perfectly!

God, what did I love about this? Well, first of all, Tess is your usual heroine – in terms of her personality. Idk. It just feels that NA/YA females speak with the same voice, and have the same brand of humor, sarcasm and wit, and it gets really old after reading the 50868th NA/YA book.

What sets Tess apart was her angst, because she wears her angst like its her skin – naturally. The readers are given a background of who Tess is, what made her the way she is. But what I loved about this book is it explored so much of Tess’s thought process.

We began with a young Tess, wondering about her father’s rules, to her acceptance of their predicament. And step by step, we are privy to how she views herself, the people around her, her thoughts about her dreams and her feelings towards the only boy she had ever loved.

This book utilized the first-person POV very well. I don’t think I’ve read another book which used it and came out with these kinds of results.

I also loved how Dylan was this completely dorky, completely principled person, that these principles he holds dear are his flaws, too. Eventually, the weight of how their worlds have fallen would be reflected by how much Dylan have “sunk”. What I don’t like about Dylan is that he lacks story! Like, what made him him. There was no back story about him. If he didn’t know Tess halfway through the story, I would like to say the same to him. It feels like I’ve loved Dylan, but I still don’t know him. Which is a shame, ‘coz he’s so adorable. And because one has gotta love geeks.

This book is kinda hard for me to read, because bioengineering is close to my heart. It is where my dreams and my could-have-been’s lay, and now I just vicariously through these books. 🙂

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HAULED!: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

There are books that will always remind us of the magic that is our reason for reading books. The Sea of Tranquility is one of them.

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I’ve always heard so many good reviews about this book. How it will make me cry (and it did!!!), and how the ending was explosive (and it was a pleasant I-KNEW-IT! moment). To be honest, I only read this book because it was mentioned in More Than This.

BEST. DECISION. EVER.

It’s such a pleasant feeling, quite magical, actually, to stumble upon a good contemporary book, one that has the right words that evokes all these emotions inside of you. At the beginning of the book, I was thinking to myself how this book could make so many people cry, and how it has this supposedly amazing ending. I just can’t picture it. But as I’ve read through the book, the words captured me. And I kept thinking to myself, this is why I read books. This is magic right here.

But, wow. There is a reason why this is a long book. (Which is also one thing I loved about this book!) And that reason is build up.

I want to go on and on about the character development and the twists that had me on the edge of my seat, but it’s 4AM and I’m not coherent enough for a term-paper level of review. But if there would be one reason why you should all read this book, it’s the character development.

What I also like about this book is the ending, how it all ended and all the statements and arguements Katja Millay had pointed out at the end.

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HAULED!: More Than This by Jay MacLean

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Someone should really edit the blurb of this book, because more people should be reading this book!:)

If you want to feel happy and in love and just believe in happily ever after, that you don’t have to change yourself in order to deserve a happily ever after, this should be your book.

As always, Mikayla’s frustrating, whenever she digs her heels against giving in. Jake is surprisingly a realistic character despite being the perfect boyfriend. Like, he’s super amazing but he also has his own ugliness (which for me is his explosive temper. i reallllyyy get scared when he blows up.) but that temper, in itself, grounds him, paints him human, so it’s good.

what I also loved is every character is just so vibrant! Lucy is definitely my favorite minor character. Bwahahaha~! And Cam and Lucy my favorite couple. Well, also Dylan and Heidi. I’m really intrigued by Dylan and Heidi’s love story, though.

And more importantly, MIKAYLA’S FILIPINO ANCESTRY OH YEAAAHHH~! Husay.

Can’t wait to read Logan’s story!

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HAULED! Hydraulic Level Five by Sarah Latchaw

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I really really liked this book, I swear. But, here are the points:

  • There isn’t really much to build up on. To be honest, the entire length of the book felt more dragging than necessary for me…
  • which leads us, I really really feel there shouldn’t be a second book. It could have been done in one go. It. Could. Have.

And if the second book doesn’t have anything exploding, I will torch something down. Basically, I’m just giving the series a benefit of the doubt. Maybe, the second book have something essential that the first book doesn’t.

(But I also think that ugh the book is done after the first. If you’re really planning on a second book, idk you should have put a tinge of mystery deeper than wanting to know what would happen to Kaye and Sam.)

The idea is good, intriguing and very enticing, even. Go ahead and read it. I will still read the sequel, duh. But. Hmmm. I’m just upset that books keep doing this to themselves: Dragging them out for more serializations when it could have been done in one book.

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HAULED!: Night Owl by M. Pierce

I’ve never been engaged to read erotica since Gabriel’s Inferno, and this certainly follows that one. (I disagree with people saying this book is similar to 50 Shades. No, people, this is much, much better.)

night owlBlurb:  At twenty-eight, Matt Sky has the perfect life. He has a beautiful girlfriend, a massive inheritance, and four national bestsellers — all penned under his airtight alias, M. Pierce.

At twenty-seven, Hannah Catalano has a train wreck. Her boyfriend is a deadbeat and her job is abysmal.

Matt and Hannah meet online as writing partners. Their relationship is safe, anonymous, and innocent…

Until Matt sees a picture of Hannah.

Hannah’s picture sparks an attraction Matt is powerless to ignore. When circumstance brings Matt and Hannah together, the strangers begin a love story that’s passionate, poignant, unforgettable, and unstoppable.

Or maybe I just really love intellectual alpha males. :> I really loved that one aspect of the book: how Matt’s voice echoed his intellectual character, that there is contrast between his voice and Hannah’s, because contrary to what most readers would think, shifting POVs is actually difficult to pull off.

There is so much gem in this book, too. Like, basically everything that is Matt. He is such a perfection, a guy who spouts and writes the most beautiful, haunting, melancholic lines, and the most erotic words that will have you squirm.

Hannah is not a bad heroine, either. Matt is just a strong, powerhouse of a character that, I think, will sell the book to most.

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HAULED!: Clementine by R. Wilson

I was asked by the author to read her book, and I will be forever grateful for having the chance to do so. :3

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“If souls are reincarnated Holden, you and I have lived a hundred lifetimes and maybe in everyone one, we’ve found our way to one another. You’re my one person; you’re my fate, Holden.”

Clementine is a wonderful debut book. It is wonderfully written, and I was so intrigued by the flashbacks the book has offered. Also, MEDICAL DRAMA. If you loved Grey’s Anatomy, you will love this. What I also loved about this book is it doesn’t simply revolve around Addison and Holden’s love story. It is a story about Addison going after her dreams. She didn’t throw away her dreams to stay and be with Holden, despite their very intense attraction. I always love that career over love decision things.

I absolutely love this part: “Ask me who my favorite kayaking partner is, Addy. Or who my favorite person to stargaze with is, my favorite person to laugh with, my favorite pair of eyes. My favorite smile. My favorite kiss.”

Although at the beginning, it felt like characterization of every character seemed flimsy, the characters eventually found their shapes.

It may not be super stellar, like Nicholas Sparks level, but I believe R. Jean Wilson is going to be a wonderful author someday, if this book is any indication. I really, really would love to see more of her works. Because this book? It is a very good read . I recommend this to everyone who wants to feel great about life and love, and to believers of fate and destiny, like me. 🙂