DNF: Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic

wicked like a wildfire.jpgGoodreads Synopsis:

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

Commentary:

I TRIED READING THIS BOOK FOR OVER A MONTH. I AM FRUSTRATED WITH IT. BEAUTIFUL COVER. TRAGIC STORY.  (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━

So, Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic has been difficult for me to read. I am not indicating the writing style or grammar, I can’t get into this book. It has been such as a ride. I attempted to read this book back in June…and July is almost over…

I can say that I give too many opportunities for books that I never really like. For example, The Beau and The Belle was HORRIBLE, and I finished it. As for Wicked Like A Wildfire, I couldn’t.

Iris is the MC, she is wild and cannot be contained. She is unnecessarily extra with her attitude towards her mother. She acts like a Queen Bee, and doesn’t give her mother a break. She has a twin sister named Malina, who is portrayed as the perfect child, whereas Iris is the rebellious one. Though the two girls are twins…it seems like they are strangers/roommates living together.

Though this book does have a murder…this book moves at a snail’s pace. It felt like nothing was happening with the characters or the attempt to resolve the conflict. All I know is that Iris and Malina, and their family are witches…they can’t do their magic in public life. They have to conceal their magic in order to blend with society. Iris has fallen for a tourist with a bad boy personality. She is romantically linked with the tourist, despite having major feelings for her best guy friend…

I honestly can’t remember much of what I read. I really had hopes for this book, but I should have read reviews, and I felt I wasted my time. 

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Other than that, the characters weren’t memorable. I love reading books about witches…but please consider not reading this one. There are other memorable books, but I don’t know why this book is getting a sequel to it. Not giving it a second chance. I’m done. (╬ಠ益ಠ)

Feel like reading a book about witches? I recommend Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: Book Review

“My words are unerring tools of destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them.”

Goodreads Synopsis: “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

Commentary: I considered dropping this book, I really did. I really tried reading through this book and my mind kept wandering from start to finish. I have no idea how I finished either, but anyways, this book had a very good plot. I did not enjoy the author’s writing style, that was my main problem. I have to say that the book started to get interesting once I read past 100 pages or so. This story was told in multiple perspectives. The main protagonist is Blue Sargent that lives in a house full of physics, except she isn’t one. Instead, she is more like a battery and she helps the psychics get a better reading. Then there is also Gansey who is Blue’s true love and comes from a wealthy family. He doesn’t show off his wealth and luxuries, instead he prefers the supernatural and is on a quest to search for Glendower. I kept imagining a really huge Hugh Grant whenever I read Gansey’s perspective. What I appreciated about this book was that Blue didn’t immediately fall for Gansey, instead the book focused on their friendship. As a reader, it’s a given that Gansey and Blue will at some point develop romantic feelings for each other. It was interesting that Blue and Adam got together. I didn’t sense any chemistry between them; I felt that they should have been friends rather than be in a relationship. Blue kept rejecting his romantic advances (ex: Adam wanting to kiss her) even though she already knew that Gansey is her true love and not Adam. I’m not sure how it is going to be in the second book. Will it become a love triangle or not? I’m hoping that it won’t become a love triangle. I hope that Blue and Adam just break up without any drama. One of my favorite scenes from the book was discovering that Noah was a ghost. I had a feeling that there was something supernatural about him since I felt he was the least mentioned from the boys, and also because he would never talk about school with them. It was really sad knowing that he has been dead all along, and what is sadder is that none of his friends realized it. I like how it was revealed that his best friend at the time, Barrington Whelk, killed him in order to awaken the ley line, but it didn’t work. Barrington Whelk was wealthy when he was an Aglionby student until his family became broke. The best way to describe Whelk is that he is a man-child. He was spoiled and wanted to be rich again even if it meant sacrificing Noah. The sacrifice ritual did not work for him seven years prior to present. Once he discovered that Gansey was searching for the ley lines, he wanted attempt to awaken the ley lines again. I thought he was a perfect villain for the first book. He is the perfect representation of an Aglionby boy according to how Blue used to see them as. Ronan grew on me because at first I thought he was violent and had anger issues, and needed therapy, but later on its revealed that he cares deeply for his friends and would do anything for them. Now near the ending of the book had me shocked when he says to his friends that he pulled Chainsaw, the raven, from his dreams. What?! I wanted to know more about Ronan’s power, and hopefully there’s more to him in the second book. Lastly, there’s Adam. I liked him, I really did, but then towards the ending of the book I was like “Adam why?” I felt that he was the opposite of Whelk, Adam felt that he had to work hard in order to be successful. He was very prideful and stubborn to accept help coming from Gansey. There was so much going on the book that I can’t even describe it all in one review. It was creepy and scary, but I couldn’t get over how descriptive the author’s writing style was. I did like the plot, and I might continue reading this series just because there are still many unanswered questions such as what happened to Ronan’s father, does Blue’s father have psychic abilities, will Neeve return, what happens to Adam now that he has sacrificed his free will, and so on.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.5)

The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause: Book Review

At the heart of night

Watch for the lone boy

Waiting in the pale moon’s light

Eyes forever changing ice to cloud

Stars

Upon jaded jeans

Upon silver hair

Black leather shines

Half wild

Bewildered by time

Chained to the night

As he stalks

He might hear a sound

Shift into a moonbeam

And be gone.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Zoe is wary when, in the dead of night, the beautiful yet frightening Simon comes to her house.  Simon seems to understand the pain of loneliness and death and Zoe’s brooding thoughts of her dying mother.
Simon is one of the undead, a vampire, seeking revenge for the gruesome death of his mother three hundred years before.  Does Simon dare ask Zoe to help free him from this lifeless chase and its insufferable loneliness?

Commentary: When I was in high school, I thought this book was excellent, but I made the wrong choice by rereading it again. When I first read it, I loved Simon and hated how Zoe didn’t persuade Simon to stay with her. I wanted them to be together, and I was disappointed when I reached the end. Since rereading The Silver Kiss, I don’t like the author’s style of writing. I kept falling asleep and I felt that there was more description than dialogue. Zoe and Simon fell in love too quickly. I was not impressed by their relationship at all. Simon was practically stalking her before they started talking. The kiss scene did not impress me; I felt that it was too rushed. One moment the main protagonists are strangers, and the next moment they are lovers. I kept rolling my eyes whenever the protagonists longed for each other. I did like the antagonist, Christopher; he was Simon’s older brother. Simon has spent centuries trying to kill Christopher, but has failed several times. Zoe agrees to help him trap Christopher (the book started getting exciting at this part). Sadly, the fight between Simon and Christopher was not as epic as I was expecting. As I mentioned before, I hated the ending when I was younger, but now I ended up loving the ending. I loved how Simon saw no purpose to continue living once Christopher was gone. I loved how he ended up dying, which was staying up to see the sunrise with Zoe. Another scene that I loved was when Zoe’s mother told her to take care of herself and her father once she dies. I liked how Zoe accepted her mother and Simon’s fate. Is this book memorable? Not at all, it’s a fast read, but it is not entertaining as I thought it would be. I can’t believe I am saying this, but I felt that Twilight was better than the Silver Kiss. At least, she wasn’t begging Simon to become a vampire.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare: Book Review

“The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”

Hello, I haven’t been posting much lately since I’ve been busy with school and work for most of January. I’ve read fewer books last month, and I hope for this month to read a bit more. My good friend, Imee, has been recommending me to read the Mortal Instruments series since she thought it was amazing. I remembered seeing the movie trailer and I thought it was going to be a great movie, until my younger sister said that it was horrible, and luckily, I did not watch the movie! On tumblr, I noticed how big the fandom is for this book series and the same goes for Clare’s prequel series, The Infernal Devices. Now, I was really stoked to begin this book, until I found out about the author herself. There were some stories about her that appalled me. Since reading into her life, it really ruined the reading experience for me. I tried to focus on the story since it is a best seller, but I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. For the first book, I thought it was okay, but I would continue reading the other books in the series because I feel that it might get better with time. And I hope that it does not end up like The Selection series, which could have been one book instead of three.

Goodreads Synposis: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end. 

Characters: I really liked Simon, he was my favorite character from the story. I felt that he was very relatable and was adorable. He was a really good friend to Clary despite everything. I felt sad for him since it’s clear to see that he won’t end up with Clary. I felt bad for him when he tried to compete for her affection. I loved that he is both nerdy and at the same time, he kicks butt. My favorite scene had to be when he took down the demon with his archery skills! I liked Jace as well, he was really funny and I do like how he is frenemies with Simon. For some reason I kept picturing the actor, Lucas Till as Jace. I felt Clary was a bit boring for me, but I’d like to see how her character develops in further books. She was brave, but she felt a bit wimpy to me compared to the rest of the characters. I hope Simon and Isabelle get together. Isabelle was my favorite girl character. She’s sassy, she’s a warrior, and she always looks amazing!

Commentary: I hope that Jace is not Clary’s brother…I did not see that one coming. I do like Clary and Jace as a couple, I can’t see them as brother and sister. Gross…It did shock me that Valentine was the father of Clary. Again, didn’t see that one coming. I am excited to read the next novel, City of Ashes. I hope Clary gets trained to be shadowhunter in the next novel or at least recovers her memories. A bit of the book felt predictable, but nonetheless, it was enjoyable read despite finding out about the author’s life…

Final Rating: ✬✬✬ (3.5)