March 2013 Wrap-up

March 2013 Wrap-up

Books Read: 13

I didn’t expect I would still have a more than ten book read at the end of the month. Luckily, there’s the lent holiday from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday so that’s something to be thankful for as Catholic. Aside from praying and reflecting, I had free time to read more books! It’s like book marathon all over again.

An update on my 2013 Goodreads Reading Challenge. When 2013 started, I decided to sign up for 50 books in a year. However, with the rate I am going, I would certainly finish the challenge before April ends. Currently, I have read 45 books. I then decided to up the challenge to 75. I really have this feeling that I won’t have too much time to read books in the later part of the year so I can’t make it to a hundred. Still, I am not closing doors on anything. I might make it a hundred if I reached my new goal before my birthday.

Anyhow, enough of my intro. Here are the thirteen books I read for the month of March.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

prince

Rating: 5/5

I think I have read this book when I was younger though for the life of me, I can’t remember it. It is partly with this reason that I picked up this book and re-read it…and found myself in such a wonderful world. This was wonderfully written and is meant to be read by all people from all walks of life. I can’t wait to be fluent in French so I can read the original version.

Shadows (Lux 0.5) by Jennifer Armentrout

shadows

Rating: 4/5

I have read this book after reading the first three books of the series. While waiting for the fourth book, I happened to see this prequel and thought to read it. I wasn’t disappointed. It gave a background story of Dawson and Bethany and explained why Daemon acts the way he does. It seems that I couldn’t get enough of that handsome alien that I have to read the prequel, too!

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1) by Isaac Marion

warm bodies

Rating: 3/5

Before watching the movie, I vowed to read the book first. Of course. It was kinda nice to read something light from a zombie book, but I expected more from it. I wasn’t satisfied with the story either. It seems there are many things lacking in it though I can’t actually put a finger on them. To top it off, I really don’t like how this book ended. If it is true that it is a series, then the ending should be a good transition for the second installment. Sadly, it wasn’t that way.

For the Roses by Julie Garwood

for the roses

Rating: 3/5

The story is not something new and refreshing. Instead, I can easily write the storyline in my head. There are many instances where I have successfully guessed what would happen. It was not exciting. Thankfully, the author has a way with words. In some scenes, I felt myself smiled and swooned a bit with the romance.

For Now, Forever by Nora Roberts

for now

Rating: 2/5

Finally! A story about the MacGregor patriarch. I was excited when I got a copy of this book. Only to be disappointed later. The story started with the present, only to be brought to the past, and back. It gave a nice background, but I wasn’t satisfied. I was waiting for the result of the introduction, only to be side swept with the past.

Intimate Deception by Laura Landon

intimate deception

Rating: 2/5

This has been sitting in my TBR pile for quite some time. After the disappointment of a Nora Roberts novel listed just above this one, I tried another one with the same genre only to be disappointed twice!

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

lola

Rating: 5/5

Wow! I was glad to pick up another Perkins novel. After Anna and the French Kiss, I was looking for another novel with the same quality. Imagine my happiness when I found this book written by the same author. I was ecstatic! She never failed my expectations. It is very sweet and nice to read something like this, and I hope that I can have this kind of love story if I can’t have that of Etienne and Anna’s.

Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

clockwork princess

Rating: 5/5

This is my most awaited novel of 2013 before House of Hades. Along with my bff, I impatiently waited for the release of this installment which will end the prequel series of Mortal Instruments. I had mixed emotions for this one, actually. I am happy that I will finally read it, but sad at the same time. No more shadowhunters.

As for the review, I can’t quite dig a word that will completely describe my feelings about Clare’s writing on this one. She simply outdid herself. One blogger told me about speculations of what would happen in this book, but no one could be prepared with how the story turned out. It was simply well-written and thought of. If I could give her a standing ovation, I would.

The only thing that I dislike while reading this book (take note that I did not say “in this book”) was the fact that it made me cry more than when Cedric Diggory died in Goblet of Fire or when  Nicholas went back to sixteenth century and could not be with Dougless. Even before halfway through the book, the tears did not stop falling. 75% through, I have trouble breathing and reading because the tears blocked the letters. It was very emotional. I was very emotional. Good thing Clare ended it with a beautiful and satisfying twist in the end.

Mortality by Kellie Sheridan

mortality

Rating: 4/5

This is a refreshing take on zombies. I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. To read my comments on this novel, please feel free to check my blog post about this book here.

The Gatekeeper’s Daughter by Eva Pohler

gatekeeper's daughter

Rating: 4/5

Like Mortality, I received a copy of this for review. I am soon to post my thoughts on this one here in my blog, but for this wrap-up, I’d like to say that Pohler followed through the series. I love mythology and I like the way the author played with the characters and personalities of the gods and goddesses and made them an integral part of the story. And oh, I also felt proud that our Boracay Island was featured in this book. The gods and the goddesses saw this one as a paradise and coming from the deities, that is such a huge thing. More of this soon!

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

statistical

Rating: 5/5

I have seen this book in the stores and Goodreads shelves for quite some time now. The title is catchy, but I honestly thought it was a non-fiction. I am not that interested reading that kind of genre, so I nearly did not give this novel a chance. After reading a blurb of it somewhere, I changed my mind. It was a YA novel!

Now, I’ll start gushing about it. I so looove this novel. I adore it. It is cute, fun, and entertaining. Most importantly, it is very much realistic that it could happen to anyone we know. There’s hurt, loss, and romance in this novel that I felt like riding a rollercoaster while reading this one. I cried some, too.

I don’t know if I’ll be annoyed, but because of this book, I feel like hoping to be someone from GB. The accent will be one of the top reasons!

In addition, I can’t stop myself from including this quote from the book:

“It’s not the changes that will break your heart; it’s that tug of familiarity.”

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

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Rating: 5/5

At first, I thought Jordan was a guy. The name and the fascination for football say it all. It was shocking to know that after some pages of the first chapter, I learned that the QB was in fact, a girl! And nope, she’s no lesbian. I was like, “Now, this is interesting.” I immediately got absorbed with the story about a girl struggling to maintain control of her life and passions without being discriminated due to her gender. It was also nice to see a friendship-turned relationship kind of thing here!

The Selection by Kiera Cass

the selection

Rating: 4/5

This is another unexpected novel. I was thinking it will turn out to be a two- or three- star novel, but was surprised that I rated it four in the end. I think I can say that this is a bit dystopian, but did not have all the qualities of a dystopian novel. Am I making sense here? The social classes that we have now are also highlighted in this novel, though in a higher scale. It’s like caste system all over again and I like it in a way. Anyhow, I like the premise of this book. It’s all about love and how people struggle with it. Fans of The Bachelor will definitely love this book and since I am not, this made me cancel one star to make it perfect.

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2012 Monthly Reviews

25 thoughts on “March 2013 Wrap-up

  1. Hmm, “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight” looks interesting – thanks for sharing. I did horrible with reading in March, so glad to see your count is still a double digit! 🙂

  2. I read Warm Bodies recently too. I thought it started out wonderfully, and I like the style of the author. However, I felt that it didn’t live up to its full potential. So much more could’ve been done in the book to make it seem better, but it seemed as if Isaac Marion wanted to play it safe.

    1. Ah, that’s what I was supposed to say here. There’s a potential, but sadly, it remains like that, potential. Good thing the movie edited it to be somewhat more interesting and funny to attract more people.

  3. Really appreciate the reviews, like everybody else in the comments thread: in particular, the Cassandra Clare item. She seems destined to take over where Suzanne Collins and Stephenie Meyer left off. Good overview without spoiling the story!

    1. Thanks for appreciating my mini reviews. I agree with you about Cassandra Clare. Both Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices are a success, and City of Bones is about to be shown this year. Did you know there’s an upcoming book titled “Lady Midnight” something like that? The heroine has a Carstairs last name so I am happy to guess that she’s related to Jem! I so love Jem. Anyhow, two series are enough, I think. If Clare can’t write something new, then her fans will grow tired of it.

    1. Yes, Lottie. Warm Bodies is a series though I wonder what could be in the second book. The first book ended a bit okay, without that cliffhanger we most expect in an installment. ANyhow, please read The Stat… too long title. I love it! It is sad, funny, and romantic all in one!

  4. I have to say I completely agree with you on Warm Bodies. I really wanted to love it, but I just didn’t feel connected enough. And I agree that the end was a bit disappointing. Also, I really need to pick up a Perkins novel, especially Anna and the french kiss.

  5. From your reviews, I’ve just added a few books to my TBR list inc The Probability…, The Selection, & Clockwork Princess. I attended Miranda Kenneally’s book talk at a bookstore in RIchmond & Catching Jordan is on my list, too. So many books, so little time!

    1. Wow you are so lucky! I am yet to attend a book signing or something similar. I live in the Philippines and it is seldom for authors to go here for tours.

      I agree that there’s not enough time to read so many books. I highly recommend those five-star rated books in my list. I’m happy you’ve included them in your list.

  6. The Selection was a really nice dystopian read for me last year. OMG and CLOCKWORK PRINCESS. My next review will be that…but like you, it will be hard to find the words to convey how beautiful a book it is.

  7. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I
    clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
    Anyway, just wanted to say excellent blog!

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