Sunday, September 20, 2015

Divine Vices by Melissa Parkin

Genre:YA Paranormal Romance
Publication date: September 29th, 2015 (Originally published on November 2nd, 2013)
Pages: 415 (Kindle Edition)
Rating: 4/5 

     The last thing sixteen-year-old Cassie Foster needs is trouble, but that doesn’t stop him from finding her. 
     Nine months after the tragic accident that killed her mother and sister, this high school junior just wants a fresh start. Settling down in the quiet town of New Haven, Maine, she’s found peace at last…until the new resident bad boy, Jackson Matthews, comes into the picture. Arrogant, sarcastic, and devastatingly sexy, he’s the very last thing Cassie wants to entertain. Romance was never part of the plan. But when terrifying circumstances drive these two together, she finds herself further in over her head than thought possible. As local girls begin disappearing, Cassie can’t help but wonder if it’s just a coincidence that everything started when this blue-eyed Casanova strolled into town. Will falling into Jackson’s arms mean she’ll be falling victim to a real lady-killer…or worse?
     The answer will open the door to a world she never thought possible.

My review:
     This is about a girl named Cassie who just moved into a new town to start a new life after her mother and sister's death. Not long after, a new boy named Jackson enrols in the same school as her and since his arrival, things in town starts to change as many girls disappear. 

     I read this not knowing too much about it. I read the summary once and the moment I started reading it, I already forgot what the book was about. I was amazed by the writing style of the author. It was easy to read and there weren't so many long descriptions. 

     For about the first hundred pages, nothing supernatural really happened, maybe there were a few mentions here and there, but I felt like I was just reading a YA contemporary romance book. I didn't mind though, I was entertained with Cassie's best friends and the arrival of Jackson. I've always loved love/hate relationships. There's enough romance in it, I was glad it wasn't cheesy because gosh, I'm just tired and annoyed of cheesy romance couples!

     I also loved Cassie's best friends Gwen and Ian. The author made those two seem like they're important characters and not just side characters that readers won't care about. I somewhat felt connected with those characters and learned to love the both of them. The author did a really good job on making the readers admire the characters in this book.

I always thought I knew what was going to happen next after each chapter, but I was wrong a couple of times. One of the great things about this book is that you never really know what to expect because of all the plot twists. I know most of the readers LOVE and ENJOY the book more when it surprises them and this book definitely has that aspect.

I'm not surprised this book has a high rating on GR. It truly deserves it and I recommend it to all the YA readers out there who enjoys paranormal romance. Trust me, you won't regret picking up this book. (;

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

About the author:
Melissa Parkin is a Chicagoland native who feels weird referring to herself in the third person. When she's not binge reading, taking photographs, breaking the first rule of Fight Club, or playing music too loud, she's writing young adult paranormal romances.

Monday, September 14, 2015

UPDATE: What happened and what's going on in my life

I'm just going to talk about what's going on with me. You might not be interested in reading this, but I'm just going to write this because I'm on a study break and I wanted to talk to someone. You might be wondering why wouldn't I just talk to my friends? Well... I don't think they would care about what I'm going to say and they're probably busy with homework too. Anyways, without further a due, let's start with what happened this past week. 

As you all might know, I'm in my freshman year of college and heck I'm so overwhelmed with the workload I'm getting. Oh my! I'm currently taking seven courses: French, Humanities(Art & Philosophy), English 101, World Literature, Literary Movements, P.E. and Exploring Creativity. French is actually interesting because we're studying Greek Mythology. Humanities is driving me insane though because I have long texts to read and analyze. I mean that would've been fine if I didn't have three english courses where I have to do the exact same thing. So yeah, this past week was stressful, I was a little lost because I didn't know what homework should I do first or when should I start writing this essay for this class blablabla. I'm ok now I guess, but I still have a lot to do. 

The great thing that happened though is that I finally made some friends! Haha. It's amazing how I can share my love for books to people who loves reading as well. In high school, I felt like I was the only bookworm and I didn't really have anyone to talk about books with, but now I do! So, that's COOL! :D


Other than meeting new people in college, I hung out with my high school friends on Labor day. We went to the movies and was trying to choose a movie to watch. I was like "Please, let's not watch Man From U.N.C.L.E. because I'm going to dieeeeee." I mean seriously, Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill are like two of the most beautiful human beings that ever existed. Plus, HENRY CAVILL is like my ultimate celebrity crush! I told my friends that I would probably just swoon during the entire movie. But guess what? We ended up watching that movie. And guess what? I survived. lol. 

After that, nothing really happened in my life. I was just home studying, eating or watching dramas. Speaking of dramas, let me talk about this new tv series I'm addicted to. If you didn't know already, I'm a pilipina and I watch a lot of teleseryes, but there's this one I'm watching right now and it's superrrrrr goood. It's about a girl from the Philippines who dreams to go to the U.S. to find her buried mother and to work there for her family who's in the Philippines. Then, when she flew to the U.S. for a singing contest, she encounters this boy, but they don't necessarily meet in a good way. They actually are annoyed with each other which is pretty funny and cute. Then, she's trying to stay in the U.S. to work, but she doesn't want to stay there illegally. After that, she meets this woman and she tells her that if she wants to stay in the country legally, she has to marry an American resident. That woman then introduces her nephew which is the boy she encountered earlier. At first they didn't want to get married because they hated each other. But since the girl needed to stay in the U.S. and the boy needed money, they finally agreed to get married and when the files will be approved, they would just get a divorce. What's happening now though is that they're falling for each other. The problem is, the girl's ex-boyfriend is the boy's cousin and they both don't want to hurt him. 
I know I explain so badly, I apologize. hahaha.  
They speak pilipino, but they speak a lot in English as well.
Title: On The Wings Of Love

Due to many school work, It's hard for me to read for pleasure. I only read books for school right now except one which is Divine Vices by Melissa Parkin. I have to review that book before the publication date which is in two weeks, so I'm reading that too. I'm trying to finish as many school work as I can this week, so I can do well in the RYBSAT Round 6, yes I'm participating in another read-a-thon even though I suck at it. But yeahhh, that's what's going in my life. I apologize with the writing errors I'm making, I'm just writing like I'm speaking to someone and not really focus on writing a good sentence. This is probably not a good example for a literature student. hehehe. Anyways, If you read the whole thing, I really appreciate it. If you didn't, that's fine too (:

Have a good week guys!



Sunday, September 6, 2015


not my picture, credits to the photo owner

Hello readers,
I hope you are all doing well. I am sorry for the lack of posts again. College life is driving me insane!!! I have so many books/texts to read. It's not that I don't like it, but I have to read a lot of things in a short period of time and it stresses me out. Today, I took a long break to just relax and read a fiction novel that I've been wanting to read for a while now (Twisted by Emma Chase). I'm almost done and I enjoyed 97% of it. I don't know if I'll write a review on it because I have a lot of homework to do. Other than that,  I'm also reading Divine Vices by Melissa Parkin. I'm taking my time on this ebook because I have to review it this month and so far I'm enjoying the relationship between the two main characters. I don't know if I mentioned that already, but yeah I laughed many times while reading their scenes.