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July 17, 2013 • Cee • Reviews

Jacqueline Green - Truth or DareTruth or Dare by Jacqueline Green
May 14, 2013

Poppy/Paper Lantern Lit
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When a simple round of truth or dare spins out of control, three girls find it’s no longer a party game. It’s do or die.

It all started on a whim: the game was a way for Tenley Reed to reclaim her popularity, a chance for perfect Caitlin “Angel” Thomas to prove she’s more than her Harvard application. Loner Sydney Morgan wasn’t even there; she was hiding behind her camera like usual. But when all three start receiving mysterious dares long after the party has ended, they’re forced to play along—or risk exposing their darkest secrets.

How far will Tenley, Caitlin and Sydney go to keep the truth from surfacing? And who’s behind this twisted game?

Set against the backdrop of Echo Bay, an isolated beach town haunted by misfortune, Truth or Dare is a highly charged debut that will keep readers in suspense from beginning to end.

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First sentence: “The water was everywhere.”

A lot is said about a book when –1. I feel a sense of dread, 2. I have to force myself to continue reading, and 3. I cannot come up with at least two things I like about the book. Truth or Dare is one of those books.

This book reminded of I Know What You Did Last Summer, only because it’s set in a coastal town (with docks and everything), a festival every summer, and a mysterious person stalking them, as well as Pretty Little Liars because of the notes aspect. When I began reading it, I felt the prickly sensation on the back of my neck that this plot was going to be a typical/tired thriller story about notes and revenge with truth or dare mixed into it. Nothing new or truly suspenseful to keep me on the edge of my seat. Nothing was at stake for the girls, yes, their reputations would take a huge blow if their secrets were revealed, but nothing life-threatening like the promise of death.

Truth or Dare is about three girls – Sydney (the loner who does not come from money), Caitlin (the overachiever who seeks excitement), and Tenley (the popular one who recently moved back to town) – who are faced with a threat to their reputations when a mysterious person leaves them notes with dares that they must do or else. It’s set in Echo Bay, a town where a few girls, named the Lost Girls, drowned by Phantom Rock during Fall Festival.  I will cut to the chase – I didn’t like any of girls. (How is that even possible?) They felt like shells, they held no substance. Yes, the readers get their back story – their quirks and problems – but I never connected with them. They were insufferable and had no redeeming qualities. They were bullies, and they never own up to it. Just because you give these girls a long list of problems does not mean the girls are well-developed characters. (You have to actually slow down and try to attempt at a resolution like having the girls confront their problems, which the girls do not do at all.) So much information is thrown at the readers that I’m not surprising that nothing stuck.

Another issue I had with the book was that I wasn’t concern with the “who-is-this-mysterious-darer-slash-blackmailer,” rather each girl’s personal problems. I wanted to see the problems (like adultery, bullying, homosexuality, kidnapping) be flushed out more and eventually be resolved (or at least have them deal with it/address it more), but that didn’t happen. Important issues are never dealt with in this book; especially bullying, which is extremely important in this because it’s the reason why the darer decides to take revenge. We are supposed to move on from these problems because the plot isn’t necessarily about it? Bullshit. That’s not cool.

Another issue I had was Caitlin’s kidnapping (which happened before the start of the book). I thought it would play a bigger part in the story because the first time we are introduced to her is at the therapist office, talking about her nightmares. And from time to time, Caitlin’s memory is shown to be slowly coming back to her (but it’s somewhat awkwardly placed throughout the book). But alas, the kidnapping has no impact on the story whatsoever.  Also, the identity of her kidnapper was never revealed, which made me want to rip apart the book.) If you are not going to deal with the kidnapping or any of the issues that were brought up in the book, do not even dare to mention it. I want a little resolution. (I think it would’ve been 100 times more interesting, albeit a bit cliché, if the kidnapper played a bigger role in the book. That would’ve probably kept me on the edge of my seat because I really wanted to know who the kidnapper was, not the darer/blackmailer.)

And that ending. We find out the identity of the darer/blackmailer extremely fast. There isn’t time to slow down. I would’ve liked for more hints at the person’s identity. Be flushed out more. And man, of course we end the book with an ominous “you think this is over, but this is just round one.” Why wasn’t I surprised by the ending? Now, the question is: is the darer really dead? Or is it another person taking the original darer’s place? Honestly, I may pick up the next book to see if Caitlin’s kidnapper is identified. Maybe.

The only thing I liked about the book was the superb writing. Other than that, I think you’re better off watching I Know What You Did Last Summer or Pretty Little Liars than reading this book.

gradeD+





July 16, 2013 • Cee • Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting On is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Patrick Ness - More Than ThisMore Than This by Patrick Ness
September 3, 2013
Candlewick Press
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From two-time Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness comes an enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life — or perhaps afterlife — of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.

A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this. . . .

Why I’m waiting?

That cover, everyone. That is a gorgeous cover. And the synopsis, that is one intriguing plot. Crumbling, abandoned world? Sign me up! (To read it, not to exist in that world.)

What books are you waiting on this Wednesday?





July 13, 2013 • Cee • Stacking the Shelves

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where you share books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! I did buy books this week from Amazon, but they will not arrive until next week or so.

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If you have missed my previous posts, check them out: 

  • Tuesday | Here is my Top Ten on “the best book-to-movie adaptations,” which includes Matilda, Atonement, Persuasion.
  • Wednesday | I “wait on” The 100 by Kass Morgan. It reminds me of Battlestar Galactica (with a smidge of Lord of Flies) because of the living in spaceship thing, Earth being inhabitable, and kids basically stranded. And someone told me that a TV will be made? Wow. 
  • Friday| I’m giving away my ARC of Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins (It’s the second book of the Sweet Trilogy). I realized that I was never going to read it, so why don’t I give it away to somebody who will? 

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I apologize for not having a review up this week. I was planning to type it up, but I accidentally knocked my laptop onto the floor Wednesday night, so my laptop is no longer functioning. :My writing (and graphics for this blog) hadn’t been backed up for the past month. That set me back, but no worries. I took it to the Apple Store to get it checked, and somehow, my laptop began to work. Barely. I managed to backup my resume/cover letters, but none of my other writing because my laptop suddenly froze. Fast forward to 4+ hours, I backed up all the essentials (writing + graphics), so I don’t have an excuse anymore! It was a pretty stressful couple of days. I won’t be getting my laptop fixed ’cause of the cost. In the mean time, I’m lucky my uncle gifted my family with an awesome desktop computer. Hopefully, I will make up my lack of reviews with more posts this coming week. 

How was your week? What books did you pick up?





July 12, 2013 • Cee • Giveaway

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A lucky reader will get my ARC of Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins.


Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins
April 30, 2013

HarperTeen
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Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

I have a strong attachment to all the books I obtain. I don’t ever want to part with any of them, but it’s necessary. When I glanced at my table the other day, I spotted Sweet Peril and realized that I was never going to read it. I have a lot of books I have yet to get to. And I don’t particularly enjoy reading about fallen angels (since most of the time, the story has tired plots like a character being revealed as Lucifer’s son or the female character having no spine).  So, I’m giving it away to one lucky follower.

The rules:

  • This contest is only opened to the US. (Too broke to send it anywhere else.)
  • The giveaway will run from July 12th to July 31, 2013.
  • You must be 13 years (with your parent’s permission) or older.
  • You will be disqualified if you pick up entries you haven’t done.
  • If the winner does not respond to my e-mail within 48 hours, I will have to choose another winner.
  • I am not responsible for any items lost in the mail.

ENTER RIGHT HERE TO WIN!





July 10, 2013 • Cee • Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting On is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Kass Morgan - The 100The 100 by Kass Morgan
September 3, 2013
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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In the future, humans live in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth’s toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland… before it’s too late.

Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they’ve only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they’re haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust – and even love – again.

Why I’m waiting?

Let’s talk about how I want to read this book because – “Liars. Thieves. Rebels. Heroes.” (What does that say about me? ;D) The synopsis reminds me a little of Lord of the Flies and Battlestar Galactica without Cylons + many other things. (Okay, I admit this book doesn’t share a lot of similarities to Battlestar Galactica from the synopsis, but my mind, you guys, when I read city-like spaceship, I thought “the characters in BG were always in spaceships.” And from my memory, the characters in BG were looking for a place to call home after finding Earth inhabitable due to radiation and destruction.) I’m crossing my fingers that the world-building sucks me in. It’s certainly an important part of the book and I hope Kass Morgan does a good job portraying everything. 

What books are you waiting on this Wednesday?





July 9, 2013 • Cee • Lists

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens! This week’s topic is “top ten best book-to-movie adaptations.” This was kind of hard for me at first because I have a poor memory in trying to remember which films were adapted from a book. But voila. I did it. These are my favorites!


BOOK | FILM

Childhood favorite! Matilda was a girl I aspired to be. 

BOOK | FILM

One of my favorite films of all times! Kathryn Merteuil was so fabulous. I was fascinated by her relationship with Sebastian Valmont. Also, I’m sooo into the whole “boo-hoo-fucked-up-rich-kids” trope. 

BOOK | FILM

I’m not a big fan of the actual adaptations of the book since I find the story extremely boring, but Bridget Jones’s Diary was all I could ever want. Colin Firth and Hugh Grant? Talk about dreamy dudes! 

BOOK | FILM

Tears, people. This book/film always leave me in tears. I love this film. It’s well acted, visually gorgeous, and heartbreaking.

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