Friday, March 10, 2017

REVIEW: POISON'S KISS BY BREEANA SHIELDS.

Title: Poison's Kiss
Author: Breeana Shields
Series: Poison's Kiss #1
Edition: Paperback
Publication: January 10th 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC sent by the publisher
Pages: 304
Genre: Young Adult, Indian Mythology, High-Fantasy

Synopsis:
Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It's a miserable life, but being a visha kanya—a poison maiden—is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.

Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she's really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.

This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

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Where do I start with Poison's Kiss? This took me by surprise. I didn't know what I'm getting myself into but I loved every single element in this novel.

Marinda is trained to be an assassin. Her body is full of snake's venom that she can kill by just a kiss. When the Raja ordered her to kill a very important person, she didn't do it for she knows this person, this person helped her sick younger brother Mani. She had brief encounters with this person and she finds him kind. Marinda is unable to kiss someone she's starting to like. Ironic as it is, Deven is such a good person Marinda don't understand what he did wrong to deserve death by a visha kanya. This is where she finds out what makes her brother so ill. This is also when she learns the truth behind the group she serves.

Here's my bulleted thoughts on this amazing story:

  • Marinda and Mani
  • I adored how vulnerable Marinda from the beginning. Vulnerable in a way that she's doubting her beliefs. She's obviously raised to become an assassin but she's at war between what she's trained to fight for and what feels right to her. I loved that she allowed herself to be subjected by emotions at the right circumstances. Her character's growth is gradual and nothing felt forced. The relationship of Marinda and Mani is also one aspect of the book that I loved so much. The bond is so realitically emotional. They give each other strength and they ground each other. Like, I wouldn't know what I' do if something bad happens to my brother so I can totally connect to Marinda. I'd do whatever it takes just to give my brother a comfortable like. And Mani is a kid you can easily love.
  • Deven
  • Deven is book boyfriend worthy. He isn't afraid to express how he truly feels. I liked that he gets angry (unlike other characters I've read in other books). He can easily forgive but you have to be worth it. The way he also cared for Marinda and Mani is something that truly melts the heart. His character is so uplifting and positive that you won't regret rooting for the guy.
  • Iyla
  • She's my second favorite character after Lila from ADSOM because her strength and bravery are admirable. After all that she's gone through and the suffering she had to endure, she really has the heart of a true warrior. Girl power to the mightiest level.
  • Visha Kanya
  • This is such a rich Indian Folklore I can't get enough of! Poison maiden? IM IN. India is one of the many countries with such rich culture. Posion's Kiss is just the tip of the iceberg and I want more. More. More.
  • Snakes
  • Snakes aren't my favorite thing in the world and I don't think I will ever like them. This is me to snakes like how other people are to spiders. I cannot. I cringe whenever I look at the cover. But there's always an exception to the rule. This time, it's Poison's Kiss. It is so good that I forget there's actually a snake at the front cover.
  • Author's voice
    I can sense the kindness of the author from the voices she used in this novel. That made me love it even more.
  • Plot
    All I can say is it's your typical good versus bad (Naga versus Garuda) plot but with the *twisted* twist! The manipulation is UGH-MAZING! It's just mind-blowing!
  • Unputdownable
    I don't know about you guys but I literally cannot put this book down! The story is just so damn good you get sucked right in! With a pacing as perfect as this, you can't blame me if I demand for the sequel right away.

Also, I am linking Mishma's review of Poison's Kiss! Her review has an in depth views in the mythologies mentioned in the book!

Breenana Shield's debut novel is an outstanding piece I cannot recommend enough! It is unbelievably scary and dark but mystical and unique. Poison's Kiss is easily one of my favorite reads of 2017!

Thank you so so much, Penguin Random House for the ARC!

"“I didn’t know kissing could be like this–like creating instead of destroying, like beginnings and not endings. Like melting. Like love.”"

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY: DEFY THE STARS BY CLAUDIA GRAY.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine that highlights our much anticipated books.

Expected Publication Date: April 4th 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that's now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth's robotic "mech" armies for decades with no end in sight.

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel's programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis--even though her plan to win the war will kill him.

Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel's devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.

I haven't read any Claudia Gray books yet (oops) and when I heard that this is a sci-fi read (I rarely read synopsis), I knew I had to get to this one soon! It's giving me Illuminae slash Wall-E feels! Aaaaah, this is going to be an epic one, I can feel it. Plus, some of my fave bloggers are raving about this so I am in good hands! April can't get here fast enough!

What title/s did you pick this week?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

REVIEW: SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA BY BECKY ALBERTALLI.

Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Series: Standalone
Edition: Hardcover
Publication: April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Source: Bought from Fullybooked, Cebu
Pages: 320
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, LGBTQIA+, Contemporary

Synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda has been on my radar for quite a while now. I didn't get to it right away because the hype is overwhelming, plus, I didn't have a copy yet. It just so happen that I spotted a copy on sale last year when I visited Cebu and I knew it would be the best memorabilia I could take home. I didn't read it until late December. Simon is the first book I read this year and it couldn't have been more perfect.

Thank you, Becky, for writing Simon vs. This is one of those moving, influential and important books we all need to read (I will definitely re-read!). I loved every single part of this book because it's so raw that it brings out all sorts of emotions. I loved loved loved Simon's parents, Simon, Martin (I learned to love this character at the end), and BLUE. OMG I NEVER GUESSED WHO HE WAS IT BUT I LOVED HIM EVEN FROM THE START. FROM HIS EMAILS UP UNTIL THE END. IT WAS FREAKING MAGICAL YOU GUYS. AAAAAAH I LOVE YOU, BLUE!

I can't find the right words to express how happy I am with Simon vs. I mean, this is the book I will forever push down everyone's way because Becky wrote THE perfect book!

"White shouldn't be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn't even be a default."
"He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to."
"Being secure in you masculinity isn't the same as being straight."

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

OMG, THESE MARCH RELEASES ARE THE BOMB!


March has come and here I am, conflicted between loving summer (beaches!) or hating it (darn heat!)! I said this before and will say it again, I love the beach but I hate the sun so it is safe to assume that this is my least favorite season. (As if I have three more options to choose from right? haha we only have summer and rainy seasons here).

Anyway, I am bookishly excited about this month because ughhhh look at all the releases this month! I picked out the ones I am MOST MOST excited for and here they are!


March 28

March 07

March 07

March 17

I am not a fan of The Star-Touched Queen but St. Martin's sent me an eARC of A Crown of Wishes. Who am I to refuse, right? I am still promoting this series because the issue was me and not the book and also, Roshani is half-Filipino! So much yay for that! The next three books are I believe standalones and oh, how much I appreciate these ones! The titles sound so amazing and I didn't have to wait years to complete the story, I mean, win, right?


March 07

March 07

March 28

These last three picks for this month are making me drool so hard I can't keep my mouth closed! Bone Witch by another Filipino author, TRAITOR !!!! OMG REBEL IS SO FANTASTIC I AM AND I AM CURRENTLY READING THIS SEQUEL! ANNNNNNNNDDD STRANGE THE DREAMEEEERRRR! Who in this bookish world isn't ready for this one? I will surely grab a copy of this as soon as it is available locally because LAINI TAYLOR IS QUEEN.

What releases are you excited for this month?