Zemira Djedović

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The first must-read of 2014

Uninvited - Sophie Jordan
A music prodigy Davy didn't expect her life to change in just one moment. Before she was an excellent student, with a loving family, friends who envied her and a gorgeous boyfriend. That all changed when she found of she has the kill gene.She tested positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS) and is forced to change school, her friends abandon her and so does her boyfriend. Even her parents aren't sure what to think about the new situation. She meets Sean, a boy who's already carrying HTS and they slowly start to get closer. 
 
OK. The worst thing I could think about this book is- there will be only two books. Why can't we have at least 3? *whines* I'm not ready to say goodbye. I know this seems weird since the first one just came out but I really liked this book and I need to have the sequel. NOW!!! I'm usually not one of those gimme-the-next-book-now type of people but in this case, I am. HarperTeen and Sophie Jordan need to change the contract and add at least one more book to the table. Till then, I will be patiently waiting. Thank you very much, in advance. 
 
The thought of people discovering  a 'kill gene' is pretty scary. Who would want to live near the carriers? I'd like to think I would give them the benefit of the doubt but who knows. I don't think people are born evil like the scientists in this book suggest. Life makes them that way. Everyone has the chance of doing the right thing. Not all of them are willing to make the sacrifices which come with that responsibility. What would you do if you found out you had the kill gene? Would you try to prove you're not a killer even though other won't believe you aren't dangerous or just become one because of the gene? 
 
Everything was perfect. The plot. Those fighting scenes. The characters, even the bad ones. I adored it all. I loved the black sheet of the family, the brother. He was a nice touch. Even though he was a trouble maker he still stood by his baby sister. Hope to see more of him in the sequel. Sean was also great. A foster child with a kind heart. He's good at saving defenseless people, including Davy. Don't get me wrong, I loved the scenes where Davy was kicking some ass but she can't hold up a fight against 3 other carriers alone. Let's be real. She doesn't have super powers, only HTS. Davy and Sean made a great team and the romance was spicy and sweet at the same time. 
 
If you're looking to discover a new exciting story then you found the right book. I purposely didn't want to reveal too much because you have to find some things for yourself. It will be worth it, I promise. 
 

 

Source: http://yafanatic.blogspot.com/2014/01/uninvited-by-sophie-jordan.html

Trying to decide what to read next...

 

Can anyone help me out? I can't decide what to read first. If I could I'd read all of them together. 

"“Books are easily destroyed. But words will live as long as people remember them.”"

— Aaron Warner (Unravel Me)

A debut novel which shines!

What Happens Next - Colleen Clayton
What Happens Next has been on my wishlist since January 2012. I knew I would enjoy the heck of it. And I knew I was right. I'm just not sure why I didn't read it the moment it was released. 
 
I've mentioned this a couple of times- YA contemporary is my favorite genre. I never get tired of reading about real life situations and how different people deal with them. What Happens Nextdeals  with two very hard to talk about topics-rape and bulimia. 
 
A guy rapes Sid on her skiing trip she went with her friend. She doesn't remember the act itself because she was drugged but that doesn't help her feel any better. She withdraws from her best friends, start running two times a day. She starts to sleep and eat less. She tells no one what happened on the ski trip because she want to protect her loved ones. 
 
I understand why she hid the truth from everyone. Because she feels like it won't help anyone if they do find out. The rapist won't get caught cause and her family and friends will feel terrible and she doesn't want that to happen. It's enough that she feels horrible. 
 
The romance was slow but satisfying considering what Sid's  going through. Corey were a normal guy with a few problems but whenever they're in the A/V room together everything else disappears and they get the chance to just be
 
The way Mrs. Clayton wrote her debut novel is extraordinary because I don't think normal people know what it feels like to be a victim of a rape or to suffer from an eating disorder. She must've had an encounter with those type of people to be able to fully understand their daily struggles. 
 
I recommend this books to those reader who don't shy away from tricky subjects. 
Source: http://yafanatic.blogspot.com/2013/09/what-happens-next-by-colleen-clayton.html

Just pre-ordered World After by Susan Ee. Can't wait to find out what happens next. 

 

 

Don't miss this incredible book!

The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy) - Sherry Thomas

Do you want the know what was the first thought I got after finishing with The Burning Sky? Well it was - I need to find that 'throws confetti gif' online because that's how I feel right now. That was my first thought. Then I actually went and googled it and found out it's not confetti the dude is throwing but rose petals. *crickets chirp* At least I didn't announce it to the whole world I didn't notice till now, oh wait... I actually had the thing saved on my laptop under throws confetti.gif. 



Annndd...here it is. 


Well, I can sure talk about nothing, can't I? OK, OK. I'm going to review the book even if it's been over a month since I last wrote a review. Hey! I was busy with work! I still am! Stop! Talking! 

The Burning Sky has all the elements a great fantasy novels should have-magic, unique world building which is convincing at the same time, a dashing hero, a bad ass heroine, wonderful romance and more than 400 pages. The last one is a joke but I do love it when they're longer. Even though I rarely read books over 360 pages. 

You know those books where someone close to our heroine promises her they`ll always be there for her but when the time comes she`s forced to act alone without anyone`s help? Well, in this book, our heroine, Iolanthe, does have help from someone and that person is Titus, the prince of her Realm(or whatever you call it) who`s actually by her side every step of the way and is not afraid to get hurt as long as she stays safe. Now, that`s admirable! Titus even falls for her even though she`s dressed as a guy and has to cut her hair. He tries to keep it under wraps since everyone he cared about ended up dead. He obviously fails and doesn`t hide it well. But by this point I was sold due to Titus`awesomeness! He`s a real man who isn`t actually fearless and yet he would do anything to keep Iolanthe, or Fairfax(her boy name) safe. He will protect her from dragons, mean old ladies, their dangerous inquisitor even from herself. 

Iolanthe has her doubts in Titus especially since she found out he lied to her and tricked her into a blood oath. She finds out she`s a rare elemental mage who isn`t yet convinced she`s all that. But she doesn`t complain even though she goes through so much in such a short period of time. She`s ready to fight and learn. To be better and to strive. Plus, she can play a great boy. It`s not easy being around them 24/7. 

Romance was surprisingly well done. Well, I shouldn`t be so surprised. After all, Sherry Thomas did write a bunch of historical romance novels. But she obviously knows how to write one for teens so I applaud her for that. And that world building! Just marvelous! 

I can`t wait to get my hands on the sequel. Too bad it`s coming out next year. Oh, the dreaded wait! And people will surely tease me with their ARCs while I sit and mope in my room.

Source: http://yafanatic.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-burning-sky-by-sherry-thomas.html
The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy) - Sherry Thomas Do you want the know what was the first thought I got after finishing with The Burning Sky? Well it was - I need to find that 'throws confetti gif' online because that's how I feel right now. That was my first thought. Then I actually went and googled it and found out it's not confetti the dude is throwing but rose petals. *crickets chirp* At least I didn't announce it to the whole world I didn't notice till now, oh wait... I actually had the thing saved on my laptop under throws confetti.gif.



Annndd...here it is.


Well, I can sure talk about nothing, can't I? OK, OK. I'm going to review the book even if it's been over a month since I last wrote a review. Hey! I was busy with work! I still am! Stop! Talking!

The Burning Sky has all the elements a great fantasy novels should have-magic, unique world building which is convincing at the same time, a dashing hero, a bad ass heroine, wonderful romance and more than 400 pages. The last one is a joke but I do love it when they're longer. Even though I rarely read books over 360 pages.

You know those books where someone close to our heroine promises her they`ll always be there for her but when the time comes she`s forced to act alone without anyone`s help? Well, in this book, our heroine, Iolanthe, does have help from someone and that person is Titus, the prince of her Realm(or whatever you call it) who`s actually by her side every step of the way and is not afraid to get hurt as long as she stays safe. Now, that`s admirable! Titus even falls for her even though she`s dressed as a guy and has to cut her hair. He tries to keep it under wraps since everyone he cared about ended up dead. He obviously fails and doesn`t hide it well. But by this point I was sold due to Titus`awesomeness! He`s a real man who isn`t actually fearless and yet he would do anything to keep Iolanthe, or Fairfax(her boy name) safe. He will protect her from dragons, mean old ladies, their dangerous inquisitor even from herself.

Iolanthe has her doubts in Titus especially since she found out he lied to her and tricked her into a blood oath. She finds out she`s a rare elemental mage who isn`t yet convinced she`s all that. But she doesn`t complain even though she goes through so much in such a short period of time. She`s ready to fight and learn. To be better and to strive. Plus, she can play a great boy. It`s not easy being around them 24/7.

Romance was surprisingly well done. Well, I shouldn`t be so surprised. After all, Sherry Thomas did write a bunch of historical romance novels. But she obviously knows how to write one for teens so I applaud her for that. And that world building! Just marvelous!

I can`t wait to get my hands on the sequel. Too bad it`s coming out next year. Oh, the dreaded wait! And people will surely tease me with their ARCs while I sit and mope in my room.
The Wrong Path - Vivian Marie Aubin du Paris I've had this book since October 2011 and I finally read it a couple of days ago. Wish I never had because it was so embarrassing. I feel bad for the author for writing about things which make me sick.

There were these two shady 'he's gonna rape her' scenes which made me cringe because the girl was defending the guy saying he would never do such a thing. But this was right after Twilight so I shouldn't be surprised some actually enjoyed nauseating things such as helpless, stupid girls acting nothing can hurt them and guys forcing themselves into their lives.
The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum - Kate Bernheimer, Nicoletta Ceccoli The illustrations were beautiful. And the story was kind of depressing. I need more!
Sinner - Maggie Stiefvater I am totally calm. Nothing earth-shattering has happened. Cole's only getting his own book. Nothing to be excited about.

Leap of Faith - Jamie  Blair I`ll try to write a review if I find the time. I`m so busy these days and I just realized it took me 2 days to read a book with only 240 pages. I miss chatting with my GR friends.

3.5 stars
The King's Guard - Rae Carson I didn't see THAT coming. Rae! You tricked all of us! Hope the secret doesn't come out in The Bitter Kingdom. It would royally suck.
The Crown of Embers - Rae Carson This one was so much better than the first book in the trilogy.
Four: The Transfer: A Divergent Story - Veronica Roth Bow to Veronica Roth!

I don't usually rate short stories. Seems weird.

I like Four but for some reason I like Peter more. I know, I know. Everyone's like Whaaat? but I can't help it. Hope he doesn't die in the end(which is highly unlikely). LOL
All Our Yesterdays - Cristin Terrill Well, this was unexpected. Meaning I didn't expect to like it so much.

There were so many twists and turns. I was really into it and then I saw what was happening and just started at the page, dumbfounded, because I didn't see it sooner.

The ending was so heartbreaking. :( I grown to love these characters, especially James. He was just a sad boy trying to make things right. *ugly cries*

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