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Little Librocubicularist

A teenage girl from a faraway land. I major in procrastination, minor in sleep and food. I love to read young adult books and listen to my kind of music. I’m barely 5’1”, I wear red glasses, and I love to spend most of my time in the comfort of my bed. Voila!!! I’m your little librocubicularist ^_^

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Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Laini Taylor
Across a Star-Swept Sea - Diana Peterfreund

If I were to be totally honest, For Darkness Shows the Stars is better than Across a Star-Swept Sea, but only a little. I really love both books, but there's just something missing with Across a Star-Swept Sea.

Across a Star-Swept Sea started with Persis Blake's term paper which basically sums up what happened in the past and how the war broke out. Just like with For Darkness Shows the Stars, I have struggled getting a good grasp on the history of New Pacifica. Luddites and Posts are out of the picture, and are replaced by Aristos and Regs. They are the same, just called differently in the two books. It was like a whole new whirlwind of information all over again and sometimes, its hard to keep up. But despite that, I really appreciate how Ms. Peterfreund created this idea of having a world where Reduced people exist as a repercussion of man's desire for perfection.

Setting aside my inability to fully absorb New Pacifica's history, the rest of Across a Star-Swept Sea is just as marvelous as I thought it would be. The moment I read the blurb, I knew I was hooked. Who wouldn't be if your heroine is a famous aristocrat disguised as mysterious spy called the Wild Poppy who rescues reduced and enslaved aristos from the other island? It was fast-paced and a lot more adventurous than For Darkness Shows the Stars. There was a lot more thrill and action in this one, and it really showcased how kick-ass and smart the heroine could be.

Although it was evident that Persis and Justen's blooming relationship was not the main focus of the story, the subtle romance still captured my interest. It was the slow and steady kind of relationship-building, and it was clear that the reason for the attraction was not just because of the physical attribute. Somehow, Justen Helo was able to like Persis despite her facade. And I love how Diana Peterfreud ended their story (or the whole book in general).

I don't really like to compare, but I can't help it. :) Another great distinction between the FDSTS and AASSS is how different their worlds are. As far as I remember, we have a gloomy and lifeless aura in FDSTS. In Across a Star-Swept Sea, there are two islands, Galatea and Albion. Galatea is chaotic, while Albion is full of life, eccentricities, and colors. And with the difference in the worlds, also comes the difference in kind of lead. Persis is your ideal hero - expressly courageous, smart, caring and loving, while Elliot is the meek kind. All these leads up to my main point concerning the cover of the book. Across a Star-Swept Sea's cover really depicted Persis and her personality. Although I have favored the cover of FDSTS over this, I believe that Across a Star-Swept Sea's cover fitted the book and the story perfectly.


The world-building, the turn of events, the characters... it was just wonderful. I love this book, maybe not as much as For Darkness Shows the Stars, but still. I'm not exactly sure why. But maybe because I was a little less engaged and engrossed with Across A Star-Swept Sea. But it was still awesome!

PS: I wish there was a Reduction 101 or something that explains the whole thing about the history, the reduction etc... It would make everything easier for those troubled readers like me who aren't really *shrugs* you know. :)

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When It Rains - Lisa De Jong

Warning: This book might make you cry. :)

NA is sort of a guilty pleasure for me. I try to steer myself away because they're all just the same, broken girl or broken boy with issues in the past who found each other and lived happily ever after. But whenever I read one, I end up liking it (sometimes) :) And When It Rains is one of those NAs that has made a small dent in my steel heart.

The first half of the book is your typical NA stuff - troubled past, strong attraction/tension between the main characters, hot and sweet moments etc... It really didn't stand out. Same old, same old. Nothing really new. So even though I haven't finished reading the book yet, I was ready to give it a maximum of three stars already. And if the cliche continues, I'm probably going to lower it down to two. But the other half of the book just shook my being (lol!). It was soooo sad and bittersweet, and anyone who has a very soft and sensitive heart probably would be bawling their eyes out over the events that took place. All my thoughts about three stars were thrown out of the window because of that. This probably proves just weird my brain is for loving extremely sad and depressing moments.

The ending mildly shattered my whole new adoration for the book. It was just.. *sigh* *okay* *sigh* why? It could have ended sadly or a little open-ended. I would love it if it ended like that. But no... Kate had to go on with her life, and live a happily ever after. Okay! It's down to three stars again.

In total, When It Rains is a heart-tearing book about love, loss, and letting go. It was mostly good. I enjoyed reading it, especially the sad parts of the book. So there! Another NA on the list :)

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This Song Will Save Your Life - Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life tells a story of a young girl named Elise who has been drowned by her issues and insecurities of having no friends and never fitting in. This caused her to change and reinvent herself into someone like them, but her attempts were unsuccessful. Driven by frustration and sorrow, she thinks of a better way of solving her problems. And with that, she ends up with an even more scarring life experience to carry on her shoulders. But fate stepped in as she accidentally stumbles into the best underground party in the world that made her experience new things, and eventually changed her life.

This book tackles not only the usual inequalities of the hierarchical high school world, but also issues about bullying and it's severe effects to those who people involved. We've heard that a few time before, but what makes this book a stand out for me is that Elise, although she wants to become like everybody else, refuses to listen to the kind of music popular today. It's the one thing she's not willing to let go or change. That was the beam of light in the darkness that surrounds Elise, which became even brighter when she discovers her love for DJing.

Speaking of Elise, there were times that I really had been exasperated with her behavior and her choices. Maybe because I have never felt what she felt, but still, I got irked sometimes. But most of the times, I do get why she acts that way. So for the most part, Leila Sales has created relatable Elise. The other characters, especially Vicks and Mel, were pretty awesome as well. They were their own, exploding with personality and individuality. But I don't want to talk about Char, or Pippa, or Emily. The other characters felt like small extras in a big film due.

For the plot, it was okay. I still have mixed feelings for it. I liked it in general, but I'm not sure if I liked some of the little things that happened on the sidelines. I am still a little skeptical with the ending because of what happened to Elise at school, what happened to Alex, or even Pippa or Char. There were a lot of loose ends that I feel were essential for Elise's characters growth, and even for the satisfaction of the readers.

But all in all Leila Sales has delivered something good. A good coming-of-age stories for those who feel like they don't belong. Plus, the title and cover is amazing!

[REBLOG] - [Masterpost] Customizing BookLikes

There are quite a few tutorials on how to change the layout of your BookLikes blog. I figured it's good to have them all in one post, and I'd like to thank all who put a lot of work into making them so others can enjoy BookLikes. 


Let's start with the customization blogs posted by BookLikes: 




Tutorials made by BookLikers for BookLikers: 




Note: All links open in a new window and take you to the original posts and their creators. Leave comments, likes and reblog the hell out of them so others can see it too :) 



If you are a from goodreads, you'll probably know the current issues with the site that people are buzzing about - the new policy, the unannounced removal of reviews, etc... Honestly, I 'm not really directly affected by that because (1) I think I don't write offensive reviews to the extent that I verbally harass the author, and (2) my reviews are fine and intact as of the moment. But what if I were one of those people whose reviews were deleted. I would probably be outraged as well and ditch the site.

And that's where BOOKLIKES comes in.


I haven't heard of booklikes before. But due to the unfortunate happenings on goodreads, I have been seeing a lot of readers and bloggers moving to this site. So, I decided to check it out and join in the fun.

So far, I'm really liking everything I see here. It has a cooler look than goodreads, and it's like a three-in-one thing -  you have a shelf, a blog and a timeline. It's like tumblr, facebook and goodreads/shelfari combined into one awesome site. I haven't been long enough to see how everything works. But so far, so good.


I think I'm going to like it here.

The Indigo Spell - Richelle Mead Rating: 4 Stars

The greatest factor that probably compelled readers to pick The Indigo Spell was Adrian and Sydney. Yes, I think that's it. Because somehow, I don't really care if Sydney learns magic, or if she breaks the golden lily tattoo. I just want to know what will happen to her and Adrian. Because after that heart-ripping ending from The Golden Lily, I know that I should prepare myself for a roller coaster ride of emotions between the two of them. And after finishing the book, I;m glad I was right. All the Sydney-Adrian feels have been very overwhelming.

I'm having second thoughts with how the story went. I just feel like it didn't focus on a single problem. It went three separate and somewhat unconnected directions. There was the problem with keeping Jill safe, keeping herself (Sydney) safe from Veronica and learning new spells (a new character, a witch), and the thing about Marcus and the Warriors of Light. Because of that, I feel like the problems were a bit rushed, and was not delved into that deeply.

In total, it was still a great book. Richelle Mead has been very consistent in terms of the level of emotions her books have stirred. An as far as the three books are concerned, they are all pretty awesome.
The Golden Lily - Richelle Mead Rating: 4.5 Stars

Five freaking stars for all the feels.

I can now relate to all those fans screaming wildly because of the ending! It was just asdfghjkl! Aaaaaaah!!! If I was confused back then about Sydney's love interest, now I'm super duper sure it's going to be Adrian no matter what happens. He is just sooooo... ADRIAN. No need to explain further.

Well, if not for that heart-ripping ending, I would have just given this somewhere between four (4) and four point five (4.5)stars. It was a lot better than Bloodlines (the first book). Events other than the Sydney-Adrian moments were okay. But to be honest, I could skip them all and would gladly read all about Sydney and Adrian alone. Their moments were the highlight of the book. It was really hard to stop reading this one (that's a plus).

So in general, AWESOME book! Thank you so much Richelle Mead for distracting me. I hardly read the text book I was supposed to study that time. :)
Bloodlines - Richelle Mead Rating: 4 Stars

Bloodlines is the first book of spin-off of Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series. It follows the events after Last Sacrifice, the last book of Vampire Academy. So for those who felt that the ending of the VA series wasn't enough or wasn't that satisfying in some ways (like me), I definitely recommend reading this. This will fill the gaping hole that VA have left in your hearts. And also, Adrian lovers (like me) will surely love this new series because we will be seeing a lot of him here. But for those who haven't read the Vampire Academy series, I suggest you read that series first before getting your hands on this book.

Well, it's no surprise that I enjoyed Bloodlines. I expected that already. Richelle Mead has that way of compelling her readers and make them feel a lot of things while reading her book. Seriously, a lot of feels. From the way it was written, to the turn of events, to the brilliant characters, it was sooooo good. As good as Vampire Academy. I think I even like this better than VA. Why? Because of ADRIAN IVASHKOV and his over the edge personality. Hahahahahaha... Kidding aside, he is really one of the reasons I really like this series.

Sydney Sage has also been growing on me. I enjoy how she is so intelligent yet so clueless of the world around her. I have been having a hard time guessing who will really be Sydney's love interest. That's a plus for the book because it kept me wondering and flipping the pages. Will it be Trey? or Eddie? or Kieth? or Adrian?

What else? Hmmmm... Although I really enjoyed reading it, I think it fell short on something. I can't really explain in what way. But there's just that feeling after I read it, like "Okay, that's what happened. Okay." Hence, the four star rating.

So to sum up, I really like it. Enjoyed it. I want more of ADRIAN! :)
Last Sacrifice - Richelle Mead Rating: 4 Stars

I am saving my thoughts for later. I need to organize it in order to clearly justify what I thought about the ending. But that is really my rating. 4 stars! Bye! :)
Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5) - Richelle Mead Rating: 4 Stars

I forgot some of the things that happened here... My head is seriously screwed up! Ughhh!!! Sorry!

So, Dimitri's hunting down Rose. And the epic conversion. And ADRIAN. Oh poor sweet Adrian.

I think I need to straighten up my head before continuing my nonsense. :/

Blood Promise - Richelle Mead Rating: 4 Stars

And this is the part the series took its downfall...

After the gripping ending in Shadowkiss, I really thought the fourth book would be as intense and as fast-paced as the first three books. No, it wasn't. It was great in some aspect, but it did not match up with the first three. I felt a bit dragged for me, and Rose has been out of her normal self in this book. Although the new characters and the glimpse in Dimitri's life has been great, I just feel bad about Rose and Dimitri's encounters. And Adrian. I'm really starting to like Adrian, and I kind of felt sad for him. Well, I guess that's what supposed to happen.
Shadow Kiss - Richelle Mead Rating: 4.5 Stars

Oh man!!! Could Vampire Academy get any better? Well. I guess it just did.

The fight scenes, the steamy romance, the revelations and everything else has been intensified. This just stirred up a thousand of emotions inside me. And the ending is just soooo.. I can't even explain it. It was heart-breaking, yet exciting at the same time.

So, what would happen now?
Frostbite - Richelle Mead Rating: 4.5 Stars

The second book was as good as the first one! Although Rose is kinda annoying sometimes, I still like her. It's part of her eccentric personality.

So what happens here? Strigoi attacks, relationship problems, death, new characters *coughs* ADRIAN *coughs*... Yeah, That stuff that makes a book exciting and have you gripped on all the time.

And who is Adrian Ivashkov? Who knows? Maybe nothing important, maybe someone very significant. *evil grin*

(Sorry, my head is kinda screwed at the moment I was typing this, because I finally finished the whole VA series. Yes, I am writing something about the second book when I just finished the sixth book. So yes, I know exactly who Adrian is.)
Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead Rating: 4.5 Stars

I have fallen into the Vampire Academy trap! And I sure don't regret it.

What should I say? This has been a very interesting book, with a very strong set of characters, and an engrossing plot. There have been a lot of elements that made this book oh so good. The first one being Rose. She's just soooo loud, and unafraid of things, rude and plain troublesome. It's exciting to anticipate what her next antics will be. In connection with Rose, there's Dimitri. Hmmmm... The hot guardian/mentor. The great tension between him and Rose is one of the things that kept me reading. It's good , though, that this was not one those love at first sight romance. Next one would probably be Lissa and Christian. What about them? Well, aside from Rose and Dimitri's forbidden romance (sort of), Lissa and Christian's good-girl-bad-boy friendship turned into something more was also one of the page-turners. And to be honest, it was better than Rose's developing love life.

I can't think of anything more to say. So in totality, a great start for a series.
Being Jamie Baker - Kelly Oram Rating: 4 Stars

Who knew those comic book cliches of getting powered up by toxic wastes would make an entertaining and sweet YA novel? :)
Faking It - Cora Carmack Rating: 4 Stars

Cora Carmack's Faking It is as good as Losing It. It had the right amount of romance, drama, humor and sexiness.

This is the kind of New Adult book that I think, somehow, is worth a reader's time because it does tell a story and the characters develop throuhout the story. Most of NAs I've picked up recently ended up half-read because of how annoying the main characters are. Both of them are constantly thinking of jumping into each other. Sheeesh! But this book isn't like that. Yes, it has one steamy romance. But atleast the characters have the decency to control their thoughts and emotions.

So in totality, it was good, funny at times, sometimes full of drama, and yeah, it was hot.

P.S. If you haven't fallen in love with Cade in Losing It, you'll surely love him here.