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Yo yo~~! This is my sarcastic alcove where I get to scribble nonsense at random! ^_^ If you're reading this (I've secretly always wanted to write that) then I wish you sunshine and snuggles! Whoever you are, I love you (but not necessarily your taste in books). ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ *blow kiss*

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— feeling happy

Wow, it's been ages since I messed around on BookLikes. :) My nook crashed, and I haven't been reading as much since then. But all is well, and now I get to finish reading Sweet Evil with my sister (she's finishing Existence). I miss reading, good and bad books, so this'll be a lot of fun. XD XD I miss all you awesome bookworms, too! Hope everyone's having an awesome Christmas/holiday season/everything. See you, and Merry Christmas, guys!


— feeling grin
Enchanted - Alethea Kontis

I read this a few months ago, actually, so this review's late. But now I'm reading the sequel, and I happen to have some free time, so I'm finally getting around to it. :)


I really like this book. It's mostly based off of the frog prince fairytale, but it's got a lot of other fairytales mixed in, which is cool. The writing is awesome because it has a fairytale-like way of saying ridiculous things (like people turning into animals or people climbing giant beanstalks, that kind of thing) that makes it seem perfectly normal. I wish all fairytale style books were written like this one.


The main character's a nice, dreamy/creative/absentminded girl that also fits well with the fairytale theme. The other MC, the prince, I also like--which is rare. Oh, and I also love the fact that he doesn't just appear in a flowing cape with his hair already styled perfectly, ready to carry away his princess, when the frog prince turns back into a human.


I'd easily recommend Enchanted to any fairytale-loving person, and I'm really glad I read it. It surprised me, which is always--well, a surprise. XD

Reading progress update: I've read 31 out of 165 pages.

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Existence - Abbi Glines

"Please stop saying I'm cute. It's kind of insulting."


He frowned as he dropped his hand from my chin. "How is that insulting?"


I shrugged, not wanting to talk about it and wishing I'd kept my mouth shut. "It just is. No one wants to be cute. Puppies are cute."


Hold on, did she just insult puppies? And what the heck is wrong with being cute? I think glasses are adorable, in a good, precious, d'awwwww kind of way. I have a thing for guys who wear glasses - I admit it. It won't make me like them personally any better, but I think glasses look just darling.


I think my cat is adorable, and I love him to death. I think my sister's cat is adorable, and I love her to death, too. I think everyone in my family is adorable, and I adore them all. I think little, awkward baby animals of any kind are the sweetest things in the world.


Being cute is a good thing. I like cute things. I love cute things. I have no patience for people who think "cute" is an insult, because it isn't.



Now, does that feel like an insult to you?











PUPPIES!!!!!! ♥♥♥♥♥

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Sweet Evil - Wendy Higgins

So, the author finally gave in and admitted what was obvious from the start: the MC is the daughter of an angel and a demon (and she specifically points out that a demon is a fallen angel in the same scene). The author then tells the MC that she's a Nephilim... which she says is a child of an angel and a human. Tell me, how do two angel parents equal a half-angel? How does .5 + .5 = .5? Did the author maybe miscalculate there? Or was she just so set on using the word 'Nephilim ' that she didn't care whether or not it was actually accurate?

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Sweet Evil - Wendy Higgins

Apparently, the MC has never lied. Not once. In her entire life. Not even to keep a friend from worrying if she's a bit hurt or upset, or to reassure a little kid that they are loved even if she doesn't know with absolute certainty that they are? Not even if she's joking? How far does this unrealistic and cruel honesty go? -_-

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Sweet Evil - Wendy Higgins

So the MC can see people's emotions as... colors. How does that work? Can you still see the actual people, or do you just see a human-shaped block of color walking around? And what color is, say, someone who's angry, but only because they're really worried? Do you just mix the colors?

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Sweet Evil - Wendy Higgins

He was my best friend, after all. My only friend.


Aw, the poor MC has no friends. Never heard that one before. Also, in the paragraph before, she pointed out that her 'only' friend's sister bought her the outfit she's wearing as a  birthday present. If she's buying you birthday presents and is your best friend's sister, how is she not your friend? How many other nice, thoughtful people are you pretending don't care about you just so you can pretend you're neglected?

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Sweet Evil - Wendy Higgins

His eyes widened as another vapor, even stronger than the first, arose from the woman's lifeless form. It took shape: a winged being of blinding purity. 


Because... everyone knows a book that begins with not only a flashback scene to sixteen years earlier, but a cheesy glowing angel rising from a dead body as well is really off to an original start. I mean, each of those has only been in, what, a few thousand books/movies/games already?

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Sweet Evil - Wendy Higgins

Am I the only one who sees the cover of this book and thinks that if the girl had an ounce of personality or intelligence, she would elbow the creep lurking behind her? Or at least run away? Both?

Sweet Evil (Fun, Fun)

Sweet Evil - Wendy Higgins

Apparently I'm so bored that I would rather read a book I know I'll hate than read another mediocre one, so I'm going to read Sweet Evil.


...Even the name is laughably bad, so at least I should be able to get some enjoyment out of it as long as I don't take it seriously, right? :) And who knows, maybe there's a small (very small) chance I'll like it. I'm reading with my sister, too (she's reading another book so we cancompare), so we can have fun together. Wish us luck! XD

The Queen's Choice

The Queen's Choice - Cayla Kluver

This book was crippled from the start. You know why? Just look at the title: The Queen's Choice. Obviously, a queen in the book has to make a very important decision, right? So if that decision is to, say, appoint the only qualified member of the royal family as an heir, and the new heir decides she would rather flee the kingdom and try to find her long-lost cousin who hasn't been seen in years, is most likely dead, would refuse to accept the throne even if he was found, and also may have cut off his wings (which apparently are the only things that make the Fae magical???) so that he literally cannot enter the Fae Realm ever again, that makes it a bit hard to like the book if this disgustingly selfish and stupid new heir is the main character, doesn't it? Because I found it impossible to side with that despicable MC ever again, and her whining about having her wings cut off by humans fell on deaf ears because she is the idiot who crossed into human territory, with her wings visible to them, just so that she could be free of the responsibilities of being the heir.


Anya, the MC, has every right to be my least favorite character, but she is topped by just one person: her new best friend, Shea. The only reason these two girls don't have green skin and pointy hats or ride around on broomsticks is that they're so much more evil and loathsome than the classic witches who boil people alive and eat them for dinner that the poor black-robed old witches refused to be associated with them. Here are a few reasons why: 


1) Anya is constantly looking at or thinking about her younger cousin, Ilumina, and pitying her, fearing her, or even being disgusted with her because she's different, while Ilumina is always treating her like treasured family. At one point, Anya even acknowledges that she would be relieved if Ilumina conveniently died. Seriously, how are you supposed so sympathize with a character who treats her family like that?


2) Shea decides to leave her parents and her little sisters who rely on her just so that she can see the world and meet some people her age, even though any member of her family will be imprisoned if the guards find them, including her.


3) Anya takes Shea with her despite the fact that Shea's father begged her not to, and then proceeded to think of Shea as a burden whenever she needed someone to blame for. . . pretty much everything.


4) After Anya and Shea are both imprisoned, they narrowly manage to escape. . . and Shea promptly starts cheating at dice in front of a bunch of nobles who can turn her in. . . and then Shea starts snapping at Anya for warning her to be more careful.


5) When they finally, finally manage to find Anya's long-lost cousin, Zabriel, Shea starts kicking him and yelling at him and generally being witchy and cross. Anya follows up by spending the rest of his scenes whining about how much he's changed, and trying to force him to go back the the Fae Realm to be king (when she, the hypocrite, fled from being heir to the throne just a few weeks ago).


6) Shea and Anya both seem to hate everyone who (whether they know it or not) is affiliated with Zabriel, even though all of them are obviously the best characters in the book. Honestly, it seems like Shea and Anya are both just jealous that Zabriel and his gang are sooooo much cooler than they are, and decided to take it out on them rather than striving to be better themselves.



7) At the end of the book Shea, predictably, betrays everyone mwahahaha to pay off her family's debt to the Governor by giving Zabriel to the main villain on a silver platter, and thus reveals that she really is a villain. She then cried. . . and cried. . . and cried. . . and cried some more, before, still crying, she leaves Anya with tears in her eyes.


8) Anya, knowing that Shea had betrayed them, lied to her allies and convinced them that Shea was innocent, and then helped Shea escape before anyone changed their minds. So much for all her preaching about caring for Zabriel and the Fae, because apparently she would rather help a traitor she says she'll never forgive than either punish her or leave her to her own devices.

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The list goes on, but it would take up way too much space for me to write it all down.


Other than the two main girls and Zabriel's gang, every character in the book is either a bland white knight, a bland villain, or (this one's nice) the most useless/pitiful character ever created.


Amazingly, Zabriel's gang is fairly cool, and Zabriel himself is awesome. They are the only good things in the book beyond the first twenty or so pages, which were okay, and they are the only reason the book merits half a star.


Finally, I would like to warn any fairy-loving readers that this book is not a fairy book. Only the very beginning is about fairies, and the rest of it is about Anya not being a fairy anymore, and being stuck in the human world, with her human friend. And, naturally, evil humans are the villains--because they're not cliché or anything.

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The Queen's Choice - Cayla Kluver

I'm starting to really hate Shea. She and Anya just escaped from prison, and she decided at the first opportunity to risk being caught by cheating at dice around a bunch of noblemen, and ignored and even got irritable with Anya when she told her to be more careful--and then, once they finally find the person they've spent the entire book looking for, she decided to kick him as hard as she could. . . and then snap and snarl at him just because he's obviously the best character in the book. Is she trying to make sure their quest fails? Because it really, really seems like it.


Also, Zabriel is probably the only person in this book that I like, and it took him 350 pages to show up. *facepalm*

Happy Halloween everyone!!! To anyone who doesn't celebrate, I just wish you a very, very awesome day! ;D Hope everyone everywhere has fun today!

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The Queen's Choice - Cayla Kluver

I've been looking forward to this book for a long time, and finally got it. . . only to be completely disgusted with the main character in the first 50 pages.


I mean, how stupid and selfish can she be? I'm convinced she's trying to break a record for the most selfish character ever (and she only fails because there are, unfortunately, some characters out there whose only personality is that they're selfish).


She has two choices: accept the crown in place of her either one of her two cousins who can't handle it, or refuse and try to force the better of them onto the throne--when no one has even seen or heard from him in ages, and he is quite possibly dead by now. Which does she choose? The latter. UGH!


Also, her narrative is almost exactly the same as Alera's from Legacy. *sigh* And she's also another princess heir who refuses to just go along with what the current ruler thinks is best for their people. *SIGH*


On the bright side, the Fae's powers are awesome and the writing is beautiful, so yay! It's not all bad, I guess.

Elemental Gelade, Volumes 6 & 7

Elemental Gelade, Volume 6 - Mayumi Azuma

There are lots and lots of battles and awesome powers in these two books. Also, I'm starting to really like Rowen now that he's around more--he's probably my second favorite right now, after Ren. I'm sure he'll go back to being useless in Cisqua's shadow, but for the time being he's fairly awesome. These two are my favorite books in the series so far, so I'm glad I've kept reading.


(Why is Wolx on the cover of book 6, though. . .?)

Elemental Gelade, Volume 5

Elemental Gelade, Volume 5 - Mayumi Azuma

My opinion of this series never seems to change even though I keep reading. It's good, but has lots of issues. I love Ren, and really like Cou. I also like both Rowen and Kuea now, although Rowen is entirely useless.


Erase Cisqua.

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Sweet Evil
Wendy Higgins
Progress: 61/289 pages