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The Books That Matter

I am Xandy. Reading a book is not my past time, I make time for it. My To-Read folder is overflowing. And I am always battling with my Currently-Reading folder. 

I fell in love with reading ever since time memorial. A good book is a book I will read very slowly just to get every detail; a book that will always be reread; a book with no stupid characters; a book that will make me cry, whine, shout as if I was actually in it; and a book that makes me feel like or be a better person. :D

Currently reading

Pulse Of Heroes
A. Jacob Sweeny
Once Upon a Road Trip
Angela N. Blount
How to Ruin My Teenage Life - Simone Elkeles Well, a Simone Elkeles book is always a good read for me. How to Ruin book 2 made me gasp courtesy of Nathan. But Team Avi still. This is an easy read. And the pov, though single, is witty and funny, like a real teenager. Sababa. :)
Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein Well-written tragedy, I may say. But I admit, I skipped parts. And I was so looking forward with Von Linden and Verity. To enjoy reading this, one must be patient, big time.
Inescapable - Amy A. Bartol
Well. I don't like single pov books. Reed is fine at first but damn, I am so Team Russell. Reed surely gave sparks at first but he and Evie gets to be too clingy and I hate that. The tory reminds me of Hush Hush but Patch is never like Reed. Evie is too fragile as depicted. The story's main flaw is that Evie easily adjusted when the 'bomb' was dropped. And Reed seems to like Evie around just because she does not bore him. I survived reading until the end hoping that she will be with Reed. Ah. Reading the next books would not be a sure thing.
Divergent - Veronica Roth Stunning yet terrifying depiction of the future. I was thinking to which faction should I belong, but I thought, I still need a simulation. The heroine is superb. Tris is not a damn damsel in distress and her wits are quite disturbing yet amusing. Tobias? He may not be very sweet but he gave off sparks. The pov seems to be off-short for me. I would want to read Tobias'. Divergent reminds me of Hunger Games minus the love Peeta. *Team Gale here*

The mother in the story is not rejected of being as badass as the heroine, and I liked it.

As expected, the very conflict is on the next books. And I would read those undoubtly. :)
Hemlock - Kathleen Peacock This is really not about being wolves. It seemed to be more on friendship, secrets, and motivations, love, as usual. Two things I like with Hemlock: the toss among who really killed Amy and Kyle. Wolves in this story seemed to be just a add-on. But Kyle's character gave leverage to the plot. I find his character to be really exciting. With the pov, I start to dislike single pov, it felt stuck but the twists made me go through the story.
The Edge of Never - J.A. Redmerski If past lives are real, then we have been lovers in every single one of them. -Andrew

This was a long read but I enjoyed it. It started out roughly but romantic, then eventually, then bumpy, and then very sweet. The story was quite long but it was worth it. The ending made a good wrap. And the conclusions were not hurried up. I hope I would see my Orpheus soon. *wink*
Prodigy - Marie Lu This sequel justified Legend. The plot is just as exciting and flowing. I enjoyed the alternating narratives of June and Day. And the twists and turns are intense. You will never have a hint of the double-crossing characters unless June's realizes it. And her character is interesting: smart, skillful and strong-willed. Day's character is a little bit fussy especially with his emotions but he has goddy downfalls. This second book brought the story to a wider perspective and made good additional characters which can either break or make our prodigies. The action is very exciting to read as if you I was actually at the scene. As if I can hear the heartbeat of June and Day. Reading the 3rd book is definitely a must. :)
Legend - Marie Lu I just dont want to let go of this book! I perfectly pictured out the scenes and was caught up in the excitement this story has to offer. With two dead-smart leads, you just cant wait to read what's next. The perspectives of Day and June was alternately presented. And I really like it. I want to just reas the next book, NOW.
Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) - Susan Ee Just the perfect read when you are a fan of Under the Never Sky, Hunger Games and Hush Hush. I like reading through this story. There were flaws but the rest was just exciting and romantic. There was humor along with intense encounters. The plot was really interesting and the build up was well for the main characters. The heroine, Penryn, as expected can kick some arse. And my roster of gut-twisting, vein-tingling, knee-collapsing, and badass man was graced by Raffe slash The Wrath slash The Archangel Raphael. Highly recommendable. A worthy read. And oh, after reading, try not to be tempted to eat cat food. :)
Killing Sarai (Killing Sarai, #1) - J.A. Redmerski This was a fast read. I was actually hooked up with this one. I'm glad the real point of the story was told without further dramas. The plot reminded of Shatter Me. Like Juliette, Sarai was held prisoner. That's all. Victor Faust as I imagine was gorgeously badass not until I found out that he's middle-30, I was quite disappointed. But, I still had thrill in his unpredictable moves. With Sarai, well, well piece of a character.
Blood Promise - Richelle Mead Wow. I can't think of better plot for the 4th book. Dimitri Belikov is the epitome of being a badass. And the revelation was actually cool, nice one Abe. And the Alchemists actually spice things up but not better than dhampirs and Moroi. Spoiler: when pretty girls joins in, it's often bad news.
City of Bones - Cassandra Clare This was a good read. The atmosphere was set very intricately. Looking forward to reading the next books.
Mercy  - Rebecca Lim Wow. A definitely 5-star worthy book. :)

Mercy is a she and she is bound to be trapped inside a person's body. It's as if she possesses these bodies. She assumes their lifestyle until she leaves the body and transfer to another. In the book, it was not stated that she was an angel but the attributes say so. The story was effectively written Mercy's pov. I did not have a hard time establishing the setting because Mercy is as innocent as me, and Mercy builds the story up, as well as my view. I like the mystery aura. It's really intriguing and exciting to read and read more. The mysterious Luc and Uri are really reminds me of Dawn Jayne's angels in the Uprising novel. *a definite great read* The romance is not overrated but definitely put a smile to my face. Towards the end, I feel kinda sad for Mercy but I'm definitely going to read the next book EXILE! :D
The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards This book deserves a 5-star without the hot sexy lead character, without the romantic sides but at how it encompasses life and the bitter end of everything. I've read this almost a year ago but, after all this time, I remember every little point of the story, this book had really been outstanding for me. It's a story about a father, who is a doctor who had to aid her wife deliver a twins. One is a healthy boy but, sadly, the other has been an 'abnormal' baby girl. He chose to give up the baby girl to the nurse who was hopelessly in love with him. And the wife has no idea of her poor little girl being alive since the father told her she died and buried her right away. With the boy, they had a well-off life until everything goes into chaos. It was a real tragedy. I felt the sadness, the regrets, the sincerity and all. The book gave me a taste of how bitter life can be, it's not all about happy church endings. We all know there's more than that. :)
Slammed (Slammed, #1) - Colleen Hoover It was a SENSATIONAL read. It took me for a great ride through romance, family, friendship, aches and choices. The story is about two people meeting up in the Michigan, Layken facing his father's death but only to face another heartbreak, as for Wil who's got to care for his little brother. These two people love each other but being together was a tough act. The novel do not only emphasize on love, but on life. I felt the intensity of the emotion that each character had. It was a very inspirational read, and each character have taught me a lot. What I really like about this story is the words of the Avett Brothers and writing slammed poetry. It adds the personalization of the story, it's flawed but it just made the story touching and fascinating. Chapter 16 caused me to cry tears of appreciation. Really glad I've read it! *two thumbs up* I'm looking forward to writing my own slammed poetry, too bad my towns don't have clubs that closes off on Thursdays. ;)
Shadow Kiss - Richelle Mead Intense! The thrill doesn't falter even on the 3rd book of Vampire Academy. I have come to love Dimitri and Rose. They both have badass personality. Why I like Vampire Academy? Well, aside from Dimitri and Adrian, the story is actually deep, intricate, and thrilling. The concept of friendship, responsibilities, prejudices, and decisions are well weaved into the plot. The powers as described are not overrated. The other supporting characters are not taken for granted. The flow of the story is forward though some parts tend to be a little 'dwelling'. But, as I read through, those were necessary for the build up of story. The final words of the story was heartfelt. It's like my emotions were also shattered. I can't wait for the 4th book. :)