Friday, 17 February 2012

Meridian by Amber Kizer

Half-human, half-angel, Meridian Sozu has a dark responsibility.Sixteen-year-old Meridian has been surrounded by death ever since she can remember. As a child, insects, mice, and salamanders would burrow into her bedclothes and die. At her elementary school, she was blamed for a classmate’s tragic accident. And on her sixteenth birthday, a car crashes in front of her family home—and Meridian’s body explodes in pain. 

Before she can fully recover, Meridian is told that she’s a danger to her family and hustled off to her great-aunt’s house in Revelation, Colorado. It’s there that she learns that she is a Fenestra—the half-angel, half-human link between the living and the dead. But Meridian and her sworn protector and love, Tens, face great danger from the Aternocti, a band of dark forces who capture vulnerable souls on the brink of death and cause chaos.

My first thoughts about this book is, lovely cover! Very gothic like and at first glance, you won't noticed that its an angel story.  Does the cover connects to the story? Yes, the cover does indeed portray the story very well. Its obvious that the girl in the cover is the heroine herself, Meridian Sozu. The skulls and roses have great meanings, skulls, portrays death and the roses, means beautiful? Well in my interpretation it is. Since a Fenestra (half-human, half-angel) means becoming the window or way for the dead to pass through the heavens peacefully. 

For the characters, Meridian is a weak heroine when it comes to physical things but she is stuborn when it comes to saving lives, so I guess that's a plus. She is a person who is willing to learn if she found the right motivations. What I do hate about her though is that she ask questions a lot! I know she is confused, but with all the questions she has been asking, I for one became so confused myself! So now I feel like I don't get the whole Fenestra things. I love Tens! I really do think he is swoon worthy, enough said! Auntie, is a wise old woman, whose at her 106 of age. She is much more stronger than our heroine, not because of her experience but because she is really determined to help.

What I love about this book, is the romance between Meridian and Tens! Whenever the two of them would clash, there comeback to one another is hilarious! I love there chemistry! Its not an instant love so do not worry, there love is slow, but the signs are pointing there.

The pacing of this book, is slow at first, but after chapter four or five it started to move fast, that after our heroes rest, another danger is lurking at the corner. 

The writing is beautiful, but sometimes I find myself struggling to understand her words, that I find myself rereading the phrases over and over again just so I can understand it. 

"Together," I repeated, finding his lips with my own. Soft and firm, the kiss pulled and tugged all over my body. We fit together like we'd done this a million times before. I tasted tomorrow on his lips.

3.5/5 stars! (For the heroine and the confusion about being a Fenestra)

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Invisible Touch by Kelly Parra

Kara Martinez has been trying to be "normal" ever since the accident that took her father's life when she was eleven years old. She's buried the caliente side of her Mexican heritage with her father and tried to be the girl her rigid mother wants her to be -- compliant and dressed in pink, and certainly not acting out like her older brother Jason. Not even Danielle, her best friend at Valdez High, has seen the real Kara; only those who read her anonymous blog know the deepest secrets of the Sign Seer.
Because Kara has a gift -- one that often feels like a curse. She sees signs, visions that are clues to a person's fate, if she can put together the pieces of the puzzle in time. So far, she's been able to solve the clues and avert disaster for those she's been warned about -- until she sees the flash of a gun on a fellow classmate, and the stakes are raised higher than ever before. Kara does her best to follow the signs, but it's her heart that wanders into new territory when she falls for a mysterious guy from the wrong side of town, taking her closer to answers she may not be able to handle. Will her forbidden romance help her solve the deadly puzzle before it's too late...or lead her even further into danger?
My first thoughts when I saw the cover is  that its about paranormal stuff sorrounding her new found power after the traumatic incident that took her father's life. I was wrong.  I guess I completely ignored the signs, clues and puzzle parts indicated in the synopsis, because this book has less paranormal more in mystery and solving the clues. 
Kara has the ability to see the fate of a person only that they are in a form of signs, which are clues in solving the mysteries that surrounds that person's upcoming fate, which usually leads to a tragic accident.  If she tries to ignore the signs that is thrown in at her, she gets a punishment in the form of a "headache", which in return gives me a headache. I was like screaming at her,  "just go find more clues so we can relieve ourselves from this damn headaches!" Seriously she is slow when it comes to solving this clues. But over all as a character I like her.  For starters she is smart and has solved the Rubik's cube for at least 59 times! Which I probably wouldn't be able to solve.  Is she brave? Eh, she was okay...but she is the kind of girl who will throw herself, just to save someone out of danger which is really foolish of her.
Now for the other characters like Anthony, the guy that she falls for. Is a great guy, but not the best guy in my book. Likes she describes him as a hot Latino who has a scar on his mouth. I like his character more than the heroine because he hesitates, he is not the kind, perfect guy, that will do anything for the girl, because he actually thinks through before committing himself in a relationship. Now for the best friend named Daniella, she is my favorite character! She is really mysterious from the start, I though she is one of those characters who was only put in a story just to make the heroine look good, but she is not. Sadly her character shines through only at the half of the book. Jason, Kara's older brother, is a bit plain from the start but he changed at the ending which is a waste, but at least he made it through? 
What I didn't like about the story is the instant love. The author tried to make it slow, but she made Kara looked like a heroine who easily falls for, just because of the instant connection that she felt.  
What I did love about this book is the mystery itself, it was slow yes, but it was fun solving along with Kara. The story also connects to everyday problems like family, secrets, and love. 
I recommended this book for those who love mystery books. Its actually my first mystery book, so its hard for me to compare it with others.
3.5/5 stars.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Happy Valentine's Day to Everyone!

Technically its already the 14th in my country......
So yes, Happy Valentine's Day to Everyone!
Wish you all a great romantic day! 

Now who said books are just for reading? ^_~

Sunday, 12 February 2012

In My Mailbox #2

In my mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.
I'm going to this meme every month since its rare for me to have money nowadays, to splurge myself with books. Sad I know. ;_;

Invisible Touch by Kelly Parra - is about a girl who can see signs.
Crashed by Robin Wasserman - second book in Cold Awakening Series.
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto - about three angels who was sent by God here on Earth.


My first book win! I'm soo happy when I found out I won it! Its also the first ebook that I owned.
I won it from Always a Booklover. Thank you again Victoria for hosting the giveaway! Thank you very much as well to the book author herself for the giveaway!

Spiritus by Dana Michelle Burnett

When Becca moves into her ancestral home in Corydon, Indiana, her life takes a puzzling and thrilling turn when she meets the ghost haunting the halls. As the seductive spirit lures her closer and closer, she learns about her own past and starts to understand that some mistakes are meant to last.

Becca McAllister has always been different from other girls her age. Never part of the "in crowd", Becca never really fit in anywhere. When her mother dies and her father moves them to the small town of Corydon, Indiana, Becca didn't expect things to change.

But things do change when Becca accidentally makes contact with a one hundred and sixty year old ghost, Alastor Sinclair, that haunts the halls of her new home.

To Becca, Alastor is a seductive spirit that seems to see straight into her soul. To Alastor, Becca is what he was waited a century for--A second chance.

But the closer they get, the more Becca realizes that this isn't the first time she and Alastor have known each other. Worse still, is she the one responsible for his death so long ago? And if so, did he come back for love or revenge?

Gonna read it soon and review it!