Book Review #4: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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Published by Henry Holt
Date Published: 08 July 2014
ISBN/ASIN: B00I1W23A4
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Synopsis: 

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

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Book Review #3: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

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The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House
Date Published: 8 March 2016
ISBN/ASIN: B00ZNE17D2
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“Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy.

Their diverging paths could mean the end of their friendship. But not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living.”

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Saturday Special: The Disney Book Tag

Hello guys! To spice up things on my blog, I decided to make a blog meme! No one actually tagged me but I just to create this super awesome tag because I like Disney!

  1. The Little Mermaid- a character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water”

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I am choosing Mare Barrow from the Red Queen series. We all know she is a red but she didn’t know that she has silver abilities that differentiates her from everyone else. She is definitely out of her element as she used to be red but little did she know that she has silver abilities.

2. Cinderellaa character who goes through a major transformation

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I’m actually torn between Cinder or Cress from the Lunar Chronicles series. But since I’m a bias reader (lol) I’m choosing Cress. Cress is a geek from the start, she used to just stare at her laptop all day and play chess with her computer. She was always anxious and shy but as the lunar chronicles series went on, you can definitely see her transformation. If that’s not a transformation to you, then I don’t know what is. 😛

3. Snow Whitea book with an eclectic cast of characters

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I actually feel that the characters from Heroes of Olympus characters fit in this category. Well, obviously they came from different gods (roman and greek) which makes them ‘derived from different sources’.

4. Sleeping Beautya book that put you to sleep

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This would be the Kiss of Deception. I’m not actually a big fan on the book and I felt like it’s highly overrated. I am not hooked with the ‘love triangle’ and also with the plot. I feel like it’s just so typical. There’s nothing special about it.

5.  The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

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This would be Sammy from the Fifth Wave. Cassie’s little brother. Just imagine encountering ‘alien species’ at such a young age, see you mom die because of an airborne virus, and be separated from both your Father and older sister?

6.  Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

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This would be Winter in the Lunar Chronicles series. It’s a big book and I was really intimidated to start it. Little did I know that I would savor reading that book and enjoy every minute of it!

7. Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse

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I can’t actually think of a character… But it would be Louisa Clark from Me Before You. She actually wished that she could support her family, and then bam! She found a job in the Traynor’s house, little did she know, that the 6-month contract she signed in would be a bittersweet memory.

8. Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not

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Evan Walker from the Fifth Wave. Well, he actually said that he’s human (which he uhh, technically is? still confused.) to Cassie when he’s actually not or is he?

9. Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life

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This is so freaking hard. But I guess it would be the Harry Potter series. All the characters from it, except maybe you know, he-who-must-not-be-named. I loved the series and hope I can attend Hogwarts with them!

10. Disney Descendants – your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character

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Now that I thought about it, it would be Professor Snape from Harry Potter. Come one, he is subjected to double meaning! I love how at the first five books, I loathed him but at the sixth book, I wanted to kill him, and then the last book! Oh god, I wanted to cry and I feel so disappointed with myself that I judged too quickly.

So I don’t actually know how these tags work but I think I need to tag book bloggers too? Okay so, I’m tagging thegeekyauror, bookwormaniac, and aliceinwonderbookland.

Book Review #2: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

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The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan
Published by Disney Hyperion-Books
Pages: 557
Date Published: 12 October 2010
ISBN: 142311339X
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Synopsis:

Jason has a problem.
He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret.
Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.

Leo has a way with tools.
When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who;s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?

This book (the whole series, actually, though I’m currently on The House of Hades but i can’t quite allot my time to read because of school works) is actually one of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read. If you’re a fan of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, then you should definitely go and check this series out. If you haven’t then I don’t know what you’ve been doing your whole life. Because literally, this book is bae.

I’m sure you’re baffled why does the synopsis doesn’t even talk about the great, the famous, son of Poseidon (or Neptune? Hmm..), Percy Jackson *Percy flips hair*. Well, he will definitely be in the second book, I assure you that, though there are glimpses of what Percy Jackson has been up to the past years.

In the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, they are like in their adolescence but in this whole series, they are in their young adults.

This book revolves around the story of three friends named Jason Grace, Piper McLean, and Leo Valdez. They are in their school field trip along with their Coach Hedge when an occurrence changed their entire lives (lives is such an understatement, let’s say maybe the whole Roman and Greek aspects of the Gods, plus their lives too!)

They learned about how the Gods have been playing with them (I can’t say what really happens to them because it would just spoil the whole book! And I don’t want that to happen), toying with them, basically they learned how they were a pawn in a chess board. Along with the issues with their families, love life, and Godly parents, they also faced a greater problem. All you need to know is that Gaea is stirring up.

Gaea, you know, the mother of all Titans? The universal mother? Basically the mother of everything? By everything I mean the horrible monsters Percy and his friend encountered in Camp Half-Blood. Yeah, that one.

I was constantly laughing and at the edge of my seat because there were simply no dull moments in the book! Every character has their own development and you can actually see how they evolve from one to another.

Rick Riordan is one of my favorite authors. He makes studying Greek mythology easy and fun! I actually acquired all of my knowledge in Greek mythology through reading his book actually.

I definitely recommend this book to everyone! You don’t need to actually need the Percy Jackson and the Olympians but it would be nice if you read that one first because imagine your favorite character from a little bunny to a big mighty lion!