Blame It On the Books

Fangirl. Bibliophile. Cake lover. Homestucker. Sherlockian. Sophomore Student. Crazy. Demon Hunter. My house is Slytherin, my faction Erudite and my God-parent is Apollo. Oh and this is where I write my reviews. Duh.

Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies: A Novel - Isaac Marion Real Rating: 4.5Review to come.
This Song Will Save Your Life - Leila Sales This book was so relatable and opened up a whole new other world to me. And this book has amazing taste in music ;)Review to come!

Ten Tiny Breaths

Ten Tiny Breaths  - K.A. Tucker I think I'm losing interest in NA. The writing style wasn't for me and this book didn't interest me at all.DNF: Page 50
Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell I think this book connected with me in a way I never expected c:Review to come soon!
The Bone Season  - Samantha Shannon LOOK AT ALL THAT HYPE

Lola and the Boy Next Door

Lola and the Boy Next Door  - Stephanie Perkins This was really cute, but the reason for my 3 star rating has nothing to do with the book. I think it's just me, really. :/Review to come.
Tiger Lily - Jodi Lynn Anderson This book gutted me. I'm ineffably sad right now. Review to come.

I Hunt Killers

I Hunt Killers - Barry Lyga "A serial killer's greatest ability is the ability to blend in"My dad has always been a fan of Dexter. I never understood why until I read I Hunt Killers. A serial killer's mind is so fascinating. The things that happen in their head that make them think that killing is okay - fun even. It's crazy; just like this book.Jasper "Jazz" Dent is the son of the most notorious serial killer, Billy Dent. Since Jazz was a kid, Billy has been taking Jazz to "work". Jazz knows the way a serial killer works because he was raised to be one. And this makes Jazz such a captivating protagonist. It was scary and thrilling to be in his head. How he hates his dad for growing him up to be his protege, how he fears that it is too late to be a normal 17-year old. It was just really sad. No one should go through with that crazy shit. Luckily, his best friend, Howie, is quite the opposite. He is simple-minded and innocent. He is a great supportive friend to Jazz and I just loved him. They are both really amusing; they added charm to the book while still maintaining the dark, dangerous and gritty vibe. And the other supporting characters are pretty well balanced. You got Jazz's senile, delusional grandmother, Connie, Jazz's girlfriend and G. William the officer who cares deeply about Jazz. Together all these characters created a pretty humorous book. I did not expect to laugh out loud during a book about serial killers.The mystery never stopped for a second in I Hunt Killers. I found myself questioning all the time on who the killer was. In the end, I figured out who the guy was about 1/3 of the way in, but the way the book was written never made the it boring. I was still flipping pages faster as the suspense and intrigue grew. There was especially something I wasn't expecting in the end. I had to stop reading for a second to scream.And this book also has another reason to make some readers scream. This book does not skim on the gory details. It's pretty graphic for a book that is supposedly YA; there is a lot of pools of blood in this book. There is also the mental manipulations and thoughts going through Jazz's head. I think it was those moments that scared me more than anything.Although not for the faint of heart, I Hunt Killers is thrilling, exciting and definitely a must read for those who can stomach something like this!
Adela Arthur and the Creator's Clock - Judyann McCole This post by Cuddlebuggery will explain my reasons on not reading this book.Really, what some people are willing to do.
Speechless - Hannah Harrington "These are my choices. For better or worse.”Do you know how long I have been searching for this book? Well, I did my math and it took me a total of 342 days. During my search, my expectations for this book kept on getting bigger because, if this book almost took me a year of finding, it should definitely be one of my favorite books of the year. Speechless did not disappoint.What really interested me was the summary. Chelsea Knot has taken a vow of silence, because her talking almost took someone's life. Now, she has to take all the bullying, sexual harassment and hate in silence. I'm such a chatterbox. I find it hard to not speak and my voice is naturally loud as well, so you can probably guess how my friends think I should shut up sometimes. :'D Taking a vow of silence... I probably wouldn't be able to last 2 days.But Chelsea has shown that she can keep quiet for more than 2 days. I love Chelsea; she is flawed, has so much depth and she is definitely not perfect, but I love her for it because it makes her real and easier to sympathize with. She develops so much as a person and a character as the book progresses and really seeing that process is just so special. And what makes me love her even more, is the fact that the author doesn't force you to like the protagonist in the beginning. Chelsea was a real classic bitch, but she changed and she grew in to a better person and she just makes you fall in love with her.The supporting characters, Asha, Sam, Dex, and Lou, are all flawed but they are amazing as well. I'm privileged to have read about characters like them. They were all so sweet and really difficult to dislike! Especially Asha and Sam~. c: Asha is like that best friend we all want and Sam was such a sweetie. I really wish we got to see more of Dex and Lou though, but, oh well.Although Harrington's writing style isn't that eloquent, it was witty and fun. The cute scenarios, the emotional punch of this book, the one-liners - the writing is what made this book so much more believable. Now, I'm going to be really cheesy here, but, after I finished reading Speechless... I was speechless. ;)
Between Shades of Gray - Ruta Sepetys “Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch.” Where do I even begin? Maybe I should start this off by saying how much I am fascinated by WWII and yet I hate that it even happened. Everyone would remember Hitler, but no one I knew would ever talk about the Soviet Union whenever the topic of WWII was brought up. I thought the Jews had it bad, but Lina, along with her family and companions, are treated like cattle in Between Shades of Gray.I was filled with a huge amount of grief while reading this. It's definitely on the heavy side. I felt my self sympathizing with Lina and everyone else; what they went through was just unfair and unjust. I wanted to punch something because I was so angry with it all, but I couldn't because all this already happened. For some reason, I found myself hoping that this book would get a happy ending, because after all that pain and suffering I couldn't imagine that there would be more, but what I got in the end... I don't even know how to feel about it.Lina's journey is accompanied with beautiful writing that told about rays of hope, not even vague descriptions of despair, friendship and family. This book is really bittersweet because some moments really brought a huge smile to my face. I could compare those moments to the moments the people had that brought happiness to them even if it was just for a while. I can't believe I thought historical fiction was boring. It clearly is not.Between Shades of Gray is a courageous story that should be told to everyone. Because after all, after those who have experienced WWII die, who will tell the horrors and history?
The Complete Sherlock Holmes -  Arthur Conan Doyle Reserved this yesterday at my local bookstore! Getting it from them next week~
A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness, Jim Kay I find myself struggling to find the right words for this book. I can't even begin to describe how much this book has touched me. But I will say a few things though. A Monster Calls is inventive, original, thought-provoking, enchanting, depressing, vulnerable and so much more. It's about loss, grief, love, facing your fears, acceptance and being brave. Amazing, poignant, touching, beautiful, expertly written... I can go on and on and yet what I type will still not be enough to describe this truly wonderful book. They say that a picture is a thousand words. But I'm giving you moving pictures. ;) Because I really can't say anything else, I will be showing you a bunch of GIFs that is a close representation of my feelings on A Monster Calls.

Onyx (Lux Novel)

Onyx - Jennifer L. Armentrout Rating: 4.5There is something about the Lux series that calls me. I don't know if it's because of the very sexy Daemon Black, the awesomeness that is Katy Swartz, the story, the funny dialogue or the fact that it's clearly Twilight but 1000% better and remade. But after reading Onyx, I can totally say that I am hooked permanently.Onyx was so much better than Obsidian. We enter a lot of character development for both Katy and Daemon. The both of them had to be the biggest change/improvement to the story. Remember when Daemon was an asshole? Well, he is now a changed man and let's just say his body isn't the only thing sexy about him now ;) . But Katy pushes him away with every advance and I just found that so annoying. Although I can see her reasoning, considering Daemon was a douche canoe in the last book. But her stubbornness ended up with devastating consequences that I didn't see coming. It was like a punch to the heart. :'(We are also introduced to a new character, Blake. I can't say much about him because I don't want to spoil the book. But what I can say, is that there is more fun, fun, fun banter! :D"Jesus." Blake rubbed his throat. "You have anger management problem. It's like a disease.""There's a cure and it's called kicking your ass."Onyx is more complex, suspenseful and so much deeper. Everything was turned upside down. I thought this book would be easy as black and white, but it definitely in shades of gray. Make a fucking 50 Shades comment. I dare you. Just... Woah.And the steamy, sexy conversations Katy and Daemon have. Unf. Don't even get me started. I would snort-giggle so loud at those moments or either blush like a fucking anime. Man, I wish I had a Daemon of my own...In conclusion, the Lux series is like cheese. As it ages, the tastier it becomes. Read it. Love it. Beg God to give you a Daemon of your own. But most of all, try and make this your new fave paranormal series like it is mine. c:
The Knife of Never Letting Go  - Patrick Ness ^ That is my review, people.JUST KIDDING. Or not ._. . It's just that that GIF is an accurate representation of how I feel about The Knife of Never Letting Go. This book is so good that it's evil. Not only that it is suspenseful, original, full of butt-kicking action and clever.This is like a "boy" book. No sappy romance, full of in your face action scenes and it's about a hero's journey. But I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writing was simplistic but a lot is said in those few words; a lot is to be desired from your imagination. It would also keep you on the edge of your seat and when you weren't you'd encounter some devastatingly sad moments or happy, hilarious ones.I really liked Todd and Viola. I thought they were a very fitting duo. I loved how they grew on each other and started becoming dependent. I thought they were cute lil' shits. c: All the characters really. They were all great, including the antagonists. I thought they were all very well thought and made.And omg. The story. It was just amazeballs, okay? I thought I was one step ahead of the book only to find out I've been choking on the dust it left behind. And that's my crappy review. You have to read the book for yourself really.

Jellicoe Road

Jellicoe Road - Melina Marchetta “If I want more, I need to go and get it, demand it, take hold of it with all my might, and do the best I can with it.” This is a difficult book to review. Most books that I rate 5 stars are books that I dread to review because I really think my vocabulary is lacking. I can't say this book was amazing, fantastic, out of this world or any more positive words in the English language because these types of books mean more to me than that; I feel like I have so little to say. And Jellicoe Road is no exception.But I guess here goes everything...The summary really doesn't prepare you for what you're going to read in Jellicoe Road. There is a missing person, territory wars and the switching POVs really caught me off guard for the first hundred pages. I was confused and I thought the pace was dragging. But ultimately, I was really curious about why this book is so loved on Goodreads and why people put it on a shrine, so I continued.What really got me in to this book was Marchetta's writing. It's the type of writing you'd do a blood sacrifice for. She can really "show, don't tell". I found myself getting sad over a sentence you normally wouldn't get sad for. For writing style is completely of its own. It's lyrical, gorgeous, beautiful and... like I said, I don't think my vocab is big enough to express my love over her prose. But sometimes, I felt like she left me too much in the dark. I would get minged off on how it is written like I should get the story, but I don't. I would have to read a couple of pages again or paragraphs to grasp a few concepts. But I digress.Jellicoe Road is also shrouded in mystery. It unfolds slowly, but surely; showing you the depth of each character and how each and every one of them connects. I also loved the characters. I might not have sympathized with them or got totally invested but I still enjoyed knowing their story. This book is just... really confusing. I know it deserves all those stars I'm giving it, but I felt like I didn't appreciate it as much as others. Even though I am praising it now, I'm praising it for it's mechanics; I didn't really connect with this book. After closing it's covers, I felt like I should have been sobbing and trying to mend my broken shattered heart. But my eyes were dry and heart probably only had a crack.Though I might not have been emotionally invested with Jellicoe Road, I was captivated. I will be reading more of Melina Marchetta's books. I can feel it. She should definitely be more known, because she deserves is completely. I was drawn and completely immersed in the story. And even though I only got a crack in my heart from my first time reading this, I'm sure that when I read this in the future again--when I'm older and changed--that crack will become a canyon in my heart. Because this book does hold something special and it does hold a place in my heart, even if it's small.

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