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I Recommend…


I Recommend… A friend suggested I compile a list of YA novels that I would recommend to anybody and everybody wishing to explore this amazing genre. I will update this list every time I read a book I can’t bear to go unnoticed. But, with out further a do, here they are:

Along for the Ride, Sarah Dessen
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Morgan Matson
Beauty Queens, Libba Bray
Bloodlines, Richelle Mead
Blood Red Road, Moira Young
Cinder, Marissa Meyer
City of Bones, Cassandra Clare
Entangled, Cat Clarke
Forbidden, Tabitha Suzuma
Glass Houses: A Morganville Vampires Novel, Rachel Caine
How I Live NowMeg Rosoff
How to Keep a Boy as a Pet, Diane Messidoro
Ice, Sarah Beth Durst
Junk, Melvin Burgess
Kiss, Date, Love, Hate, Luisa Plaja
Let’s Get Lost, Sarra Manning
Looking for AlaskaJohn Green
Lucas, Kevin Brooks
Nobody’s Girl, Sarra Manning
Perfect ChemistrySimone Elkeles
Second Chance Summer, Morgan Matson
Skin Deep, Laura Jarratt
Split by a Kiss, Luisa Plaja
Stolen, Lucy Christopher
The Hunger GamesSuzanne Collins
The Immortal Rules, Julia Kagawa
The Iron King, Julie Kagawa
The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Emily M Danforth
The Scorpio Races, Maggie Steifvater
The Sky is Everywhere, Jandy Nelson
The Summer I Turned Pretty, Jenny Han
The Truth About ForeverSarah Dessen
This Lullaby, Sarah Dessen
Throne of Glass, Sarah J Maas
Tithe, Holly Black
Uglies, Scott Westerfeld
Undead, Kirsty McKay
Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead
What Happened to Goodbye, Sarah Dessen
Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr

I hope you find something you like!



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Awakened (The Guardian Legacy #1) by Ednah Walters

Awakened (The Guardian Legacy,prequel)

Awakened (The Guardian Legacy #1)

272 pages
Published August 22nd 2010 by Pill Hill Press
ISBN 1617060380 (ISBN13: 9781617060380)
5 Stars out of 5
Most teens turn sixteen and get the license to drive, but Lil Falcon gets the license to kill demons. Orphaned as a child and raised by an eccentric grandfather, Lil is concerned with surviving high school and is unaware that she’s a Guardian-a being with super powers charged with killing demons and protecting humanity. When she meets Bran, a mysterious boy with amazing abilities, his psi energy unlocks her latent powers. But Bran has a secret that can ruin their growing relationship, and the truth she discovers may destroy everything she believes in unless she finds the right balance between love and sacrifice.
The prologue was really good , The synopsis intrigued me like a great synopsis should . We get to meet lil falcon and branimmediately. (I had the tendency to read little falcon instead of lil falcon trough the first chapters but later I got used to her name.)Lil accepted who she was and did not hide her gypsy heritage, that was cool. I loved that she was a good friend to her friends. Most of all Not a WHINY lass.Sykes and Remy , two of the side characters who acted immature , and funny and are witty. And enjoying like brothers towards lil, but loved her as a sis.what do you expect from teenage brothers there annoying lol. The other side characters were really enjoyable and needed to create a wonderful tale. Grandpa, Izyy, Kim and othersThe romance is brief in all the action . It not gagging for a boy . Lets me honest Boys don’t read as as girls . With romance all most non-existent . Lil and bran felt like real people , real teens. And have to say Bran is the perfect gentlemen , although grandpa was a bit hesitant , I can imagine he only has her left , you will find out why if u read it
Found a song that fits with a beloved scene of this book, for those who read it its the mountain scene at night ,the first date.
It’s from lady antebellum , just a kiss
The fighting scenes were Amazing , was on the edge of my seat , the tempo was good not to quickly but did not drag at all. Sadly did not find a good song for those scenes

The bad guys were bad/evil but I felt like there was some good somewhere. You will find out a lot of family history and a lot of question will be stirred up.


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Rapture (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate

Rapture (Fallen, #4)

Rapture (Fallen #4)

448 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Delacorte Press
RATING: 5/5 Stars
The sky is dark with wings . . . .Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again.

Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen.

For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only one that truly matters.

In the fight for Luce, who will win?



OMGI love this book – I just want to hug it

Please bear in mind that this is the fourth and last book in the series and may contain spoilers for the earlier books.

Rapture continues straight on from the end of Passion without a break, there is very little recapping so you really need to have read the books to fully appreciate the plot. Daniel and Luce had 9 days to find the sight of The Fall to stop Lucifer from restarting history to his liking. The revelations come thick and fast accompanied by stunning imagery, fast paced action and the most beautiful depiction of love that there has ever been. Lauren Kate’s use of simile, metaphor and personification bring the world of Daniel and Luce to vivid life within the imagination.

The defining feature of this series and especially this book for me was the way faith, hope and love are the cornerstones that strong foundations should be built on. I don’t meant his in a religious sense. Faith is shown in many forms, faith in yourself to overcome difficulties; the belief that you can do anything. Faith in your friends to be there when it counts, to support and guide you. Faith that true love does exist, love that has the power to make you a better person for it and that you can conquer anything that is thrown in your way. The detail and emotion Lauren Kate has managed to convey in her writing is like being wrapped in a cocoon, warm and cosy til you metamorphosis into something better than you were just from having followed Daniel and Luce’s journey.

Lauren depicts love in such a way that it was like being surrounded by light, fluffy clouds drawing feelings of being warm, protected, secure and comfortable *sigh* isn’t that how love should be *double sigh*

There are some astounding twists that I honestly just did not see coming at all (my lips are sealed) I actually sat on the sofa making very good goldfish impression at one point. Completely unexpected but completely brilliant.

The way God and religion are portrayed was eye-opening but essentially made so much sense. Raising questions like: If angels were made in God’s image the same as mankind does that mean that Lucifer is an embodiment of all the bad things in God?? Just wondering and yes my mind works in strange ways [ ; D ]

The journey and ultimately the end of this series is in one word PERFECT. It was so emotional, I just didn’t want it to end. I sat with tears streaming down my face; I still can’t believe it’s all over. One thing I would like is maybe a spin-off series featuring Cam, I would really love to know what he gets up to next.

I still can’t believe it’s over *sniff*


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Quote of the week :)

The scariest moment is always just before you start.

-Stephen King

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Passion (Fallen #3) by Lauren Kate

Passion (Fallen, #3)

Passion (Fallen #3)

Hardcover, First Edition
420 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Delacorte Press
ISBN 0385739168 (ISBN13: 9780385739160)
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Luce would die for Daniel.

And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way. . .

Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history.

Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.

Sweeping across centuries, PASSION is the third novel in the unforgettably epic FALLEN series.

Luce stepped into the Announcer, leaving her Daniel behind, trying to understand everything, and to destroy the curse. From Moscow to Milan, she travelled alone, had no idea of Daniel following her. Daniel was always a step late. In Moscow, Luce found out that all the angels, Cam, Gabbe, Arriane, Roland and Molly were also there. They had good knowledge of her fearful fate.

In Helston, England, 1854 she met Bill, a tiny gargoyle inside her announcer. Bill helped her adjusted herself with the current situation, with outfits and bits of information. But Bill hid himself when the angel was around. One thing that was confusing. Roland seemed to sense Bill while Arriane did not. Luce continued with her journey to Tahiti and Prusia. In Prusia, she saw Daniel’s pain. Daniel ignored the world and fell to sleep after Luce’s death.

In Lhasa, Tibet, Luce was devastated watching Daniel tried to kill himself after Luce’s demise. It was the worst experience for Daniel, to watch Luce met her demise by only talking to him. Daniel ‘s agony made him jumped from a cliff, broke all his bones and stayed motionless until Gabbe found him, made him vowed to never lose hope, to never destroy himself again.

Daniel was arrested in Paris, France, for ‘killing’ Luce, Louis XV future mistress. He did not want to free himself but stayed in misery at The Bastile, waiting for a new Luce to arise. In England, playing Anne Boleyn, Luce burnt the Globe, the famous theatre. Luce Also realised that Daniel’s curse has been worse than her.

After losing Luce in so many places, Daniel stepped into Central Greenland, year 1100. At that time, he felt suffocated, and was so weaken by his broken heart. Both sides of angels were pleading him to join them. Gabbe was for heaven and Roland for Hell. He was so devastated and his future self had come to save him, to reaffirm his choice, to choose Lucinda over everything.

In Chichěn, ITZÁ, Luce found out that she will always know Daniel, know his soul, although Daniel’s appearance was different from his usual self. It never matters since their love will find each other, regardless their physical forms. Luce witnessed Daniel true self for the first time.

Daniel arrived in Bethlehem, Israel, where Cam had his heart-broken by Lilith. That was when Cam crossed to Hell’ side. Daniel befriended Miles and Shelby there when he realised that regardless their recklessly idiotic way, Miles and Shelby had only tried to help. In his announcer, Daniel met Scale, the angel who sides Heaven Scale showed Daniel the place where Luce stepped out.

Luce was in Memphis, Egypt, 3100 BC. She was Layla, who fell in love with Daniel, the army commander, her princess’ fiancée. Bill told her to kill her soul with a starshot, to free Daniel from his misery, for their cursed fate. The starshot will kill her immortal soul and will return her into her old self. But Daniel’s love has prevented her from doing so. Daniel’s love made her believed that one day they would be freed from the curse. Bill was furious with that and was changed into something bigger. His true self was Lucifer and he was so furious of Luce’s failure.

Daniel came to the Heaven Gate, where the angels were gathering, where the roll call was conducted. That was a very important time when the angels had to choose their side, Heaven or Hell with Lucifer, when Daniel old self had chosen Lucinda. He was punished for that. Lucinda, his love will never meet her adolescence, will die again and again.
Daniel then begged for clemency, saying that some millennium had passed and he now asked for mercy. The Throne granted his plea and Lucifer was so mad with that.

Will Daniel able to save Lucinda? What will Lucifer do? What will happen to all the angels?

I love the story. The only thing that annoys me that there was Sophia in the beginning and that was all. Nothing more about the outcasts through the story. It was confusing. But Ms Kate had done an excellent job with the series. Fallen is the introduction where we can meet Daniel, Luce fallen angel. Torment is where everything went into a mess, where Luce doubted their love and cursed fate. Torment is what it is named. A torment for its readers.
Passion is where we can understand things
Rapture will be fantastic with its ending.

This is the book that I am dying to read. Torment left me with sadness. I can understand why Luce needs her ‘alone’ moment to understand more about who she was. But it’s still heart breaking….to have Daniel left that way…I could feel his pain, sadness and loneliness. It’s good to know that he will not stop and will fight their terrible fate. I just love love love Daniel Grigori.


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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden


Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha

by Arthur Golden
Hardcover, Large Print, 434 pages
Published November 15th 2005 by Random House Large Print 
Rating: 5/5 Stars 
In this literary tour de force, novelist Arthur Golden enters a remote and shimmeringly exotic world. For the protagonist of this peerlessly observant first novel is Sayuri, one of Japan‘s most celebrated geisha, a woman who is both performer and courtesan, slave and goddess.We follow Sayuri from her childhood in an impoverished fishing village, where in 1929, she is sold to a representative of a geisha house, who is drawn by the child’s unusual blue-grey eyes. From there she is taken to Gion, the pleasure district of Kyoto. She is nine years old. In the years that follow, as she works to pay back the price of her purchase, Sayuri will be schooled in music and dance, learn to apply the geisha’s elaborate makeup, wear elaborate kimono, and care for a coiffure so fragile that it requires a special pillow. She will also acquire a magnanimous tutor and a venomous rival. Surviving the intrigues of her trade and the upheavals of war, the resourceful Sayuri is a romantic heroine on the order of Jane Eyre and Scarlett O’Hara. And Memoirs of a Geisha is a triumphant work – suspenseful, and utterly persuasive.

The world of Geisha is a secret and forbidden world. The shell is beautiful and seems to be a life of luxury, but the core is pure suffering. Geisha do not love, they do not choose their fate, and their life is owned by the men they entertain. They are not meant to feel. The very word geisha means moving art. That’s all they’re meant to be. Not humans but paintings. Like a sculpture, beautiful but cold as the stone their made of. Memoirs of a Geisha is a book based on a true story and let’s us catch a glimpse of the world where the women paint their faces and don’t deserve to love.
Based in the 1920’s in Kyoto, Japan a girl named Chiyo lives with her sister Satsu, in a poor town called Yoriodo along with her sick mother and elderly father. 
Her father sells Chiyo and her sister to Mr. Tanaka to be taken to an office where they decide that Chiyo will become Geisha for her good looks and blue eyes but Satsu will be taken to a prostitution house in the pleasure district. Chiyo is taken to the Nitta okiya (Geisha House) to become a Maiko (apprentice geisha). She breaks her leg from trying to run away and her training is stopped. Chiyo is then told that both of her parents have died. She meets the Chairmen of Iwamura Electric Company and falls in love with him. She dedicates her life for him to become her danna (not a husband but similar, the danna gives geisha kimono, and money to afford an apartment. Danna are usually wealthy men). Hatsumomo is the lead Geisha in the Okiya and is jealous of Chiyo’s good looks and the attention she gets. Thus, she treats Chiyo like the dirt she walks on. The only person in the okiya kind to Chiyo is Pumpkin, an aspiring geisha the same age as Chiyo. Her dream is to be adopted by oka-san (owner of the okiya) and be the lead geisha of the okiya. Mameha, a renowned geisha, comes to the okiya to offer to be Chiyo’s onee-san (older sister). She teaches Chiyo all the secrets to becoming a great geiko or geisha. She is no longer known as Chiyo but, Sayuri. Sayuri meets Mameha’s danna, the Baron. He takes an unusual interest in Sayuri, and when she goes to the cherry blossom festival held at his estate he brings her into his quarters. He presents to her, a beautiful kimono. He offers to give the kimono to her if she merely would take hers off. Sayuri panics and the Baron starts removing her obi. He did not violate her, just merely looked at her. Rumors spread that Sayuri is now a worthless Meiko (Meiko must be virgins for their mizuage; their first sexual experience which is sold to the highest bidder). With her debut not far away Sayuri has to mend all wounds with the patrons who heard the rumors that Hatsumomo spread. The bidding begins and Dr. Crab, one of Sayuri’s patrons, wins her mizuage. Sayuri then becomes a geisha, and unexpectedly is adopted by oka-san and is the head of the okiya. Pumpkin is extremely upset for that was her dream. Sayuri is given yet another name, Nitta Sayuri (taking the name of the okiya is a custom in the geisha world). She then obtains a danna, a general in the army whom she doesn’t really like.
War is declared on Japan. Sayuri’s danna leaves to fight in the war and is killed. Nobu, a patron and good friend, takes Sayuri into hiding in northern Japan. She lives there for years working at a dye factory owned by Nobu’s friend. Nobu comes for her and offers to become her danna. Sayuri, still in love with the Chairman, doesn’t know what to say. Nobu says that before she answers Sayuri and Pumpkin need to entertain a party with an American general to try and make peace. She accepts and tries to look like the geisha she was years before. Nobu clearly doesn’t like the General so Sayuri uses the general to make Nobu hate her. Sayuri tells Pumpkin to bring Nobu to the warehouse later at night. Sayuri brings the General with her and starts to be intimate with him. The door opens and instead of bringing Nobu as Sayuri asked, Pumpkin brought the Chairmen! The Chairmen sees and walks away. Sayuri runs to Pumpkin and asks why she would bring the Chairmen. Pumpkin says that Sayuri stole the one thing that she wanted, to be adopted by oka-san. She took what Sayuri wanted as vengeance. 
Sayuri is depressed. She almost certainly lost the one she loved. She gets invited to a small get together and is surprised to find that the only person in the tea house is the Chairmen. He begins by saying that Nobu was supposed to come but heard about what happened and now is livid at her. He continues that he was the one who told Nobu because he understood Sayuri’s intentions. He says that Pumpkin explained and begins to kiss Sayuri. He confesses his love to her and offers to become her danna.
A danna is not a husband. Danna’s are usually married and have a geisha as a mistress. No matter how much she would like to marry the Chairmen she can’t. Sayuri moves to America because of a feud with who would inherit the Iwamura Electric Company, the Chairmen’s son-in-law married to the daughter he had with his wife or a rumored son with his mistress, Sayuri. She moves to New York and the Chairmen visits regularly.
The book ends with Sayuri saying that the day Mr. Tanaka took her away was the worst and best day of her life. She says, “As a young girl I believed my life would never have been a struggle if Mr. Tanaka hadn’t torn me away from my (house Yoriodo). But now I know that our world is no more permanent than a wave rising on the ocean. Whatever our struggles and triumphs, however we may suffer them, all too soon they bleed into a wash, just like watery ink on paper.”
I would highly recommend reading this book. It’s a window into a different world and makes you admire but pity the geisha. ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ is an empowering novel that every person should read to appreciate what they have. 



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Cant Wait Til’ This Comes Out >> Clandestine (Bound in Blood, #1) by Nicole Rae !!

Clandestine (Bound in Blood, #1)

by Nicole Rae

Expected publication: August 20th 2012 by Euphoric Publishing & Design
What do you do when the life you thought was real, isn’t? Behind the scenes, terror and treachery lurk within the shadows, craving the essence of life.The undead have walked the earth since the dawn of time, standing beside and feeding on the humans, who mistakenly believe that they are at the top of the food chain.Bound in Blood…Blissfully ignorant of a race that supersedes their own, the town of Lakeview has ceased their ordinary lives and been left with the functionality of Step-ford wives. In a town where everyone knows everyone else’s business, suddenly the main objective is walking with their head down and keeping to themselves.

Left with a neglectful father and a best friend with uncanny intuition, Emily Jameson begins to realize that vampires have taken up residence in Lakeview and they aren’t the vegetarian kind. The undead aren’t just snacking though, they have a purpose and Emily’s more entangled in the chaos than she thought possible.

Sebastian, doesn’t do much to help either. He’s cocky, arrogant and more than a little annoying. But there are those brief moments, no matter how few and far between, when he lets his true self shine through. It’s that second persona that Emily can’t help but lust after. Soon, Sebastian becomes the guy, she loves to hate.

Born a slayer, never having been graced with a blood summoning, Emily is left to follow her instincts. Her heritage forces her to accept a blood legacy she is unprepared for. Her ordinary life has been destroyed, opening her eyes to a world she doesn’t recognize. She is forced to accept the inevitable in the face of her towns demise.

Emily must delve deep to find the slayer within, the piece of herself kept hidden. Now, all bets are off and she’s out for blood. How will Emily find a way to accept her part in the slayers dynasty, fight a growing attraction to an opinionated slayer, and save her town, without losing herself to a slayer’s un-summoning?


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