P.S. I Still Love You (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han

If you missed the review of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, check it out here.

Rarely do I have back to back book reviews of the same series but To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was so awesome that I couldn’t resist to finish up the sequel, P.S. I Still Love You. And here we are with the review.

P.S. I Still Love You
(To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before)
by: Jenny Han

p.s. i still love you

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? – Goodreads

Let’s just get this straight that P.S. I Still Love You is still quite the page turner. I finished it almost in one sitting and that is something that I haven’t done in quite a long time. However, as a sequel, this one does fall flat every once in a while. A few things going on here was fairly generic and I wasn’t particularly in agreement with some of the choices that Lara Jean made. But, one thing is for certain, Jenny Han writes and crafts some fantastic characters.

The Song sisters each are fun to read in their own way along with their dad in the little moments that they have. Lara Jean in particular is our girl here as the main character and she is very believable. 31 year old me may not agree with her choices but I still think back that 19 year old me in my first relationship when I had my first love and how I felt a lot of similar feelings. What is love, right? What is the right way to fall in love? Everyone approaches it differently and so does Lara Jean and Peter. Everyone also has their own burdens and baggage that they don’t want to share or just can’t.  It brings in the question of trust and loyalty. And its these traits that make them realistic and believable. Be it Lara Jean or Peter or the new addition, John. Its hard to wipe away the fact that they all are great to read and its even more apparent how well the characters are crafted and easy to connect to when their decisions evoke different feelings as I read it.

P.S. I Still Love You puts Lara Jean into a dilemma as she approaches her first real relationship. Its essentially the emotions of how much space to give and what type of girlfriend she wants to be and really how many barriers can you set or even how many rules can you make to prevent heartbreak? All these questions come together to craft up this first love and first relationship experience. Add in another love interest and neglect and lack of self-confidence and there you go. I mentioned before that this story has its faults of being generic but it delivers on being realistic although there are some aspects here that I don’t quite agree with. With that said, its more of a personal preference that I nitpick upon. It doesn’t wipe away the fact that this is a very fun novel to read.

Overall, P.S. I Still Love You is a worthy sequel. It lacks a little bit of the quirk and individuality that stood out in the first book, however its realistic and engaging characters definitely made this one a page turner.



Blog Tour: The Shadow Girl by Misty Mount (Review & Giveaway)

The Shadow Girl Blog Tour

The Shadow Girl
by: Misty Mount

The Shadow Girl

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Coming of Age

Date Published: December 28, 2017


Shy, thirteen-year-old Zylia has always known she was different. Most teenagers feel unnoticed and unseen, but for Zylia, it’s something much worse. She’s disappearing from this world and doesn’t know how to stop it. At times, she’s not sure she wants to. Until she stumbles across a family mystery surrounding the disappearance of her great-aunt Angelica years earlier. During her quest to unravel the mystery, Zylia discovers she’s able to cross the boundary and enter the “in between” world. Now, it’s up to Zylia to save herself before she’s trapped “in between” forever.


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Its been a while since a novel has taken me by surprise and The Shadow Girl definitely did do that. In its own unique way, it portrayed somewhat of a creepy fantasy world that happens to those who fall into the shadows or are invisible to the people around them or at least feel that they are and struggle to find ways to be seen as well as acknowledge their own presence. With that said, the message behind this novel is a very strong one especially when bookworms like myself struggle with a similar sort of scenario particularly when I was growing up. The desire to dive into the fantasy world is so strong. The Shadow Girl portrays that really well with her unique character of Zylia who grows up in a packed household full of kids and as she learns more about being in the shadows, she also realizes that she isn’t alone and being the strong character that Misty Mount has build, she makes decisions that will affect her fate. The story and the angle taken here is definitely the strength of this novel.

The novel did take a little while to take off as it set its stage. However, the slow start did help better understand the characters and the backstory while leaving out a little mystery as the plot thickened, The Shadow Girl became quite a page turner. There was a slight writing style inconsistency in certain parts but overall, the language used her was descriptive and vivid. I could almost feel Zylia’s emotions as well as the things she sees. Its always nice to see a YA novel that dives into the coming of age angle instead of a romantic and adventure sort of style. This dives into something much more realistic even if there are fantasy elements and focuses heavily on the underlying message it tries to bring up. Don’t get me wrong that there is an adventure because a personal journey and what happens to The Shadow Girl is absolutely a completely different type of adventure.

Goodreads score: 4/5


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Author Bio

Misty Mount

Misty Mount has written since age five and was first published at fourteen. By day she’s a caregiver, wife, and mother to a young son but during the quiet hours of night she becomes a novelist. She resides in Wichita, Kansas.




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Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyers

Goodreads Challenge progress: 2 out of 25

Next up in the reading adventures is Cinder, which is the first book in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyers. I’ve heard some really great stuff about this book. However, there is always a fear nowadays as I’m starting to realize that I’m breaking away personally from the YA books and starting to not enjoy them as much, but this book does have the twist on a fairy tale that I have yet to break out of.

Let’s check it out!

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
by: Marissa Meyers


Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. – Goodreads

Consider me a little biased but I love it when people manage to twist up something and then set it into somewhere in China. In this case, the setting is in New Beijing and for the most part, there are some fun little bits to make it all work out in this new setting. Props to Marissa Meyers for her wonderful world building for this futuristic world where people are living on planets and much like history repeats itself, New Beijing is plagued with a disease that the kingdom is trying to find a cure for. However, the twist here is that there are also cyborg-like people which have been mended back through robotics to function making this part human and part cyborg and that is what our main character Cinder is. The world and characters here are very much livened up because of Marissa Meyers fantastic descriptive writing style. She manages to paint the world so that the reader can see in their heads what is going on.

Aside from that, Cinder is a very well-constructed character. She has quite the character and has a nice balance between her emotional sensitivity and her intelligence which works well for her story here. She has to keep certain secrets as she learns more about her background while adapting to the new situations she gets caught up in whether with her stepmother/guardian or her sisters or the prince or even the Queen of Luna. On top of that, we also see where Prince Kai stands in this mess as he figures out the dilemma he is faced with when the disease takes away his father and what seems like the only solution tests who he can actually trust in the kingdom. There are conflicts and secrets and mysteries at every turn. While there are more than enough clues to hint at what the end game is making it slightly more predictable than I would have like, it still is fairly clever for what the story it is trying to tell.

Cinder was an absolute page turner. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I read a Young Adult novel and was that caught up in a story. There is a great world-building and character arcs and while this book focuses on Cinder, the next books in the series will introduce other popular fairy tale characters and their twists. It seems that they will eventually cross paths as this one also introduces another fairy tale character. Its definitely one I’m looking forward to reading the second book.

House of Cards by Ilana Waters

House of Cards has been sitting in my Kindle for a while. As I work through the list and only in my 2013 free Kindle downloads, House of Cards was the next one and I remember downloading it because it had the same name as the TV series but the plot was totally not.  To be honest, at this point, I wasn’t even reading the summary again.  From the cover, it looked YA paranormal (aka vampires) so hey, I did read the whole Sookie Stackhouse so this is right up my alley. I do love me some vampires.

Let’s check it out!

House of Cards
by: Ilana Waters

House of Cards

Eighteen-year-old Sherry has just begun her newly independent life in Paris when she is kidnapped by a group of vampires. They hold her hostage in the House of Cadamon, their catacomb lair beneath the city, ruled with an iron fist by a leader known as “the Master.” The only thing keeping Sherry alive is her ability to tell vampire fortunes through tarot cards, a task she is forced to perform night after night. She finds an unlikely ally in Lucas, a four-hundred-year-old reluctant blood drinker who is as much a prisoner of Cadamon as she is. –Goodreads

It turns out my deductions are correct, mostly because the cover of the book was positioning the book well. Very nice cover, by the way! I like it quite a bit.  While I want to rate a book and sometime even pick up books by their attractive covers, we can’t exactly do that.  It means nothing to the story itself. House of Cards is an average YA paranormal vampire romance. There were some good ideas, like using tarot cards and fortune telling to indirectly weave in the vampires in House of Cadamon and even reveal their temperament, especially that of “the Master”. I liked the beautiful setting of Paris and “the Master” having a hold on them and having the freedom but not actually having it so it wasn’t just set underground in the catacombs where House of Cadamon was located.

The story is simple.  Its at times a good thing and at times, not so good.  For one, its not a long book but in the middle, it dragged out quite a bit as they built the relationship between Sherry and Lucas.  I have nothing against romance.  In fact, I like reading them.  As I was reading House of Cards, I couldn’t help but feel like Lucas and Sherry had the Bella and Edward sort of vibe and I only know it from that one time I watched 70% of New Moon. If you’ve followed my last few reviews of these ebook adventures, I stepped into this one hoping for that it wouldn’t have these steamy sex scenes and then this was all reluctant and craving it all.  The point is: Sherry is in this House of Cadamon and I can’t imagine being seventeen year old, on my own, being captured and having been revealed that vampires actually exist and while there was fear, it quickly subsided and became like something totally different.  But that is the thing, House of Cards isn’t aimed or made for me so its hard for me to relate in a realistic way and for that, I couldn’t engage into Sherry’s character.

However, the main issue here isn’t even that.  I think its the fact that the writing style is not done well.  We are looking at everything from Sherry’s perspective but yet its in a third person point of view however, the actions are insinuate towards a first person. Then, deductions and events happen and it would feel awkward to read.

Don’t get me wrong though. House of Cards may not be geared towards me, even if I read a good bit of YA paranormal novels but while it takes time and drags on a little at parts, the ideas here are good.  I can understand the appeal of the book and it actually changes from my normal views of YA books.  I would’ve preferred a first person perspective and maybe a little more romance action.  I don’t mean sex but just kissing or more of that than just desires floating all over the place and feeling like it didn’t really amount to much after all that wait time. If YA and vampire stories appeal to you, its worth a read.

The Last Orphans (The Last Orphans #1) by N.W. Harris

We’re changing the pace for a moment for a book and switching to a post-apocalyptic series.  I think it was think to change the pace a little from those cheesy and steamy stories.  Some had their merit but I wanted to go back and read some YA novels to just take a little break.  Digging through my Kindle books, I found this one called The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris.  This series, to date, as three novels.  Whether its ended or not, I don’t know because I haven’t done more research yet. Still, it looks promising.

The Last Orphans (The Last Orphans #1)
By: N.W. Harris

The Last Orphans

The Last Orphans is about the end of the world where all the adults has been murdered in one way or another. Left behind are the children who curiously are immune to whatever is going on.  We zoom in to sixteen-year-old Shane Tucker who encounters this while coming home from a funeral and wanting to save his aunt but realizing there was nothing he could do to stop whatever was going on.  As he escapes to find other people, he encounters his high school crush, Kelly and her younger sister who is also left alone traumatically. Together they meet others teens and kids and he becomes the leader as they figure out their next steps.  Their first was to slowly discover what was going on together and then find safety. Step by step their discoveries lead to them realizing that they were not spared but rather the next victims.

I’m sorry for my bad attempt at synopsis but the Goodreads one was way too long to put in here. Still, the idea of The Last Orphans is there and it leaves some room for you to discover the novel if you want to check it out.  The Last Orphans was quite a thrilling read.  It did a decent job and made a very good effort with some fun ideas for an apocalypse. The fact is, a world without adults, while we sometimes might wish it away when we were younger, also is one that is hard to imagine.  The decisions are tough and stepping up is hard.  Its emphasizes on responsibility and safety.  The Last Orphans does a good job at looking into the teens that take in their crew.  It has a balance of characters from strong-headed to weak-willed but they also leave enough space for them to grow logically in a situation like this.  Fact is, in a world without adults, there will still be bullies and people who want to take advantage of the situation in a stupid and non-beneficial way.  There will be kids who want to just protect their own and do what they need.  And most of all, everyone wants to have their own turf and have their own societies.  They are left to build up from scratch again and grow up in an instant.

The Last Orphans is also nice because its rather well-crafted. The story itself takes a unique path but it also carries a reality that we can believe.  The apocalypse holds some rather disturbing descriptions of the outcome of the adults.  There is gore and action wrapped together and it didn’t need zombies to do it. The new world that the orphans are now a part of is a place they are exploring and its a whole new universe that we also willingly jump into this dangerous adventure with.  They are smart but they also need each other.  Friendships build and relationships form, even if they sometimes are a little predictable, it still merits some happy moments because the characters are developed well and rather likeable.

The Last Orphans is a great YA apocalyptic novel.  It draws out unique turn of events that has enough threat to make it intriguing to read even if some parts give it a level of predictability. However, it has likeable characters and well-developed characters that set up a good stage as the first book of the series. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Have you read The Last Orphans?

Opinion Battles Round 6 Favourite Young Adult Movie

Round 6 of Opinion Battles is here! We’re sharing out Favorite Young Adult Movies. Mine was a no brainer: the underrated City of Ember. There are some great choices here. Head on over and check it out and drop a vote! 🙂

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With Divergent: Allegiant hitting the cinemas I think it would be a great choice to look at our favourite Young Adult movies because let’s face it we get as many of these as we do superhero movies. The films are usually designed to be a series from a set of books. So what is the most popular Young Adult film?

If you want to take part in Opinion Battles we will be looking at Worst Remake, the closing date for choices will be Sunday 3rd April 2016 you can send you choice to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk

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The Revenge of Seven (Lorien Legacies #5) by Pittacus Lore

The Lorien Legacies is by far one of the most successful book series I’ve read.  I was in awe at the end of the fourth book when it was still going very strong.  Every book is a page turner, full of different point of view as narratives and this whole fictional alien war grows deeper as we learn more about Lorien and their fight against the Mogodarians.  The fourth book ended in quite a cliffhanger with a very scattered outlook that could go in any direction as they see fit.

Before we head into the review, if you missed my previous reviews of the first four books, which I only am missing review for the first book I am Number Four, you can find it here:

The Power of Six (#2)
The Rise of Nine (#3)
The Fall of Five (#4)

Let’s check this next installment out!

If you haven’t read the previous books and intend on reading this series, some spoilers may appear unintentionally so I strongly suggest you to stop!

 The Revenge of Seven
(Lorien Legacies #5)

by: Pittacus Lore

The Revenge of Seven

After the last attack, the group has been separated from each other.  Five is gone.  Marina, Nine and Six are dealing with the grief and self-blame that they didn’t do better to prevent it.  While, Four, Sam, Malcolm and an unexpected ally, Adam has joined forces with them after their escape.  Ella however is stuck with Setrakus Ra in his command center after she was kidnapped.  The Mogodarians are about to take over Earth and as each group learns more about it, they each go their separate way trying to find each other but hopefully to discover a way to save Earth from a doomed fate with Setrakus Ra. Will they succeed?

 Lorien Legacies has something that I truly appreciate in a book series.  It remembers what is key to a story and what readers are looking for.  Every book adds characters but while it is sad to lose characters, it still has to happen. Someone has to step down in some way in order for other characters to shine and have their spot.  There are always (at least) 3 different point of views which I love.  To make sure that readers don’t get confused, it uses different fonts to differentiate.  Every book features Four and Six’s point of view while moving to other one(s).  This one had Ella because she gives us a better idea of what is going on especially with how the last book end.  Four is more calm and calculating in his plans while Six balances it out with being strategic but aggressive in her approach.  At the same time, Ella is also in a separate location after being kidnapped by the Mogodarians.   With these few narratives, we can fully absorb the situation from different places and get to know those characters even more.  And that is one of the reasons I like Lorien Legacies so much.  We’ve gotten to know the characters more, especially Four and Six but everyone has a certain character to them and balance the decision making and each has the potential to surprise us one way or another.

This time, we also get exposed to Setrakus Ra, the enemy and villain. This also brings us to learn more about the history of Lorien and what came to be.  He brings on the other side of the spectrum and as the war starts also against his attempt to take over Earth, we see the strength of him and his army.  Their technology and just everything we’ve wondered about the other side of this battle.  While we know the Garde’s strength, even if its constantly changing, Setrakus Ra is one I’ve been curious to learn more about at the very least. That bit of reveal was really intriguing.

By the end of the book, the Garde and Mogodorians are finally at their end game.  Its time for war against world domination of aliens.  Weird part is no one would think that aliens would be fighting other alien species in the fight against world domination on Earth.  I guess that is what makes this fun to read.  Both Loric and Mogodorian sides are new and fresh and its a continuous journey to learn about them. However, that ending was pretty wow but a huge cliffhanger.

Good job, Pittacus Lore, creator of Lorien Legacies series.  I can’t wait to read the next one! Apparently its supposed to be the last one? The news for that seems so scattered.  Maybe one of you know more than I do.  I’ll just read them as they are released and have fun with it! 🙂

On second thought, while the movie I am Number Four bombed and didn’t get a chance to become a movie series. I was thinking that this totally would work as a TV series, like CW could really turn this into some great, seeing as they focus on this teen/YA genre already.

Have you read the Lorien Legacies series?