REVIEW: Before I Wake (Soul Screamers #6) by Rachel Vincent

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Author: Rachel Vincent
Published date: June 26th, 2012
Series: Soul Screamer #6
Rating:★★★★★

SUMMARY

I died on a Thursday— killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul.

The good news? He didn’t get it.

The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school…

Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent “recovering,” she’s back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend.

But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won’t keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn’t just gambling with her own life…. -Goodreads

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MY REVIEW

OMG, this is superb!

The plot and setting was amazing and everything was unexpected. Have to admit, I was caught off guard a couple of time.😆

SPoilers!!

“You don’t eat.  You hardly ever talk anymore and I haven’t seen you watch TV or pick up a book in days. I walk into your room, and half the time you’re not there, even when you are there. “

In this book, Kaylee was struggling to get used to being dead but in the mean time, bad things started to come at her, again.

Dead people coming back is one of the biggest twist in this book and the appearance of hellions in the human world was definitely mysterious and unpredictable.

His eyes had only focused on me for a second.  And as grateful and I was that Alec didn’t suffer for long, I hated it that the last thing he saw and knew–was that he’d been murdered by a friend..loop

The saddest part is when Alec dies and Kaylee feeling guilty because somehow, she was a big part behind it, not purposely though. And because of that, she was both sad and furious about everything,mostly about Avari,the hellion of greed.

Back to the point, how can dead people appear in the human world and why does the hellion keep appearing in human form? Guess I’ll leave that to you😂Have a great day~

Then Lydia opened her eyes. They weren’t blue,like they should have been. They were brown. Emma-brown.

P. S. Emma kind of stuck in Lydia’s body, wanna know why, go pick it out😝

🐾HAPPY READING EVERYONE!! 🐾

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Review: If I Die (Soul Screamers #5) by Rachel Vincent

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Author: Rachel Vincent
Published date: September 27th, 2011
Series: Soul Screamer #5
Rating:★★★★★

SUMMARY

The entire school’s talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee’s no ordinary high-school junior. She’s a banshee—she screams when someone dies.

But the next scream might be for Kaylee.

Yeah—it’s a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee’s going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend’s needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren’t quite human, either.

But Kaylee’s borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.

Anything.-Goodreads

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I used to think death was the worst thing that could happen to a person. 

I also used to think it was the last thing that could happen. But if I’ve learned anything from surrounding myself with reapers, and living nightmares, and my fellow bean sidhes, it’s this: I was wrong on both counts… Continue reading “Review: If I Die (Soul Screamers #5) by Rachel Vincent”

Review: My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers #4) by Rachel Vincent

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Author: Rachel Vincent
Published date: January 4th 2011
Series: Soul Screamer #4
Rating:★★★★★

SUMMARY

Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just pretend nothing happened. But “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.

And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.-Goodreads

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Sabine watched Nash like he was the only flicker of light in a very,very dark place. 

Nash looked at Sabine like she was some complicated puzzle he was trying to solve, and I knew that look. He;d looked at me that way the first time he saw me sing for someone’s soul, before I knew I was a bean sidhe. He’d looked at me like that when I was the damsel he felt honor-bound to save from distress, whether I needed saving or not. 

I used to love that look. 

Now I hated it. Continue reading “Review: My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers #4) by Rachel Vincent”

Review: My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers #3) by Rachel Vincent

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Author: Rachel Vincent
Published date: June 1st, 2010
Series: Soul Screamer #3
Rating:★★★★★

SUMMARY
Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them.

Until something does.

Demon breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked.

And so is someone else…-Goodreads

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Harmony had said it wasn’t possible . That moving between worlds required intent,in addition to the bean sidhe wail. Did this mean I secretly wanted to cross over?

If so, I’d certainly been keeping a secret. Even from myself.

My immediate concern was getting out of the Netherworld before something predatory came along to eat me. And in the Netherworld, that could be anything. But when I called forth my wail, nothing came out but a soft, hoarse croak.

I’d lost my voice screaming my way into the Netherworld, and now I had no way out… Continue reading “Review: My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers #3) by Rachel Vincent”

My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers #2) by Rachel Vincent

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Author: Rachel Vincent
Published date: December 29th, 2009
Series: Soul Screamer #2
Rating:★★★★

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SUMMARY

When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.

So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn’t wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can’t cry for someone who has no soul.

The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad’s ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend’s loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can’t possibly understand.

Kaylee can’t let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk…-Goodreads

MY REVIEW

Libby’s a very special  reaper. She was called in because that—-isn’t a soul. It’s Demon Breath…

When everything seemed to go back to normal, Kaylee was shocked when a singer fell dead in front of  her and things weren’t so simple and what it looked like. She doesn’t have a soul and when another pop star, Tod’s ex was going to die, soon, Kaylee knew that she had to save her soul and she was determined to cross over to the Netherworld, knowing that it is dangerous for a bean sidhe to venture there. Continue reading “My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers #2) by Rachel Vincent”

My review: My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers #1) by Rachel Vincent

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Author: Rachel Vincent
Published date: August 1st, 2009
Series: Soul Screamer #1
Rating:★★★★★

SUMMARY
She doesn’t see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next. –Goodreads

MY REVIEW
This book is totally unique and special (for me). I’d never come across any book about grim reapers and bean sidhe and i’m so happy that this is the first book cause it makes me want to read something else about themmm.

The problem with getting everything you want in life is that you ‘re not prepared for disappointment when it comes.

I love the plot and the characters and every twist and turn of the story is unexpected. It is so interesting and heart gripping and I don’t even wanted to put it down even though I have a test coming 😉

Grief consumes people. Imminent death obsesses people. It’s bad enough for a person to know he’s dying of terminal cancer, or something like that. But to know the exact moment? TO have the date and time stamped on your brain, looming closer to you as life slips away? That would drive people crazy.

Kaylee is a bean sidhe who will sing a soul song if there is anybody who is dying. To other “normal people, her song sounds like ear-piercing scream but to male bean sidhe it is how a soul song is supposed to be and don’t ask me how does it sound, I’ve never heard it before.

Nash, her boyfriend is one of the male bean sidhe in this book. But there is one thing though, how they become couple is unclear and it’s like the first minute they meet and the next they just whoop—become couple. However they did make a sweet couple and they and perfect for each other. Promise me to check it out to find out what they can do ;))

My favourite part is the place near the ending when Sophie is about to die and the truth behind the teenage girls dying in rows are finally revealed.

I don’t wanna to spoil your mood so if youhaven’t read it, please go and pick itup. I even have goose bumps reading it and I’m super-duper excited to continue reading the next book. Let’s see how it goes and see ya!

 HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!!

Review: Dear Andreas by Lung Ying Tai and Andreas Walther(亲爱的安德烈 by 龙应台, 安德烈 )

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This is the first time for me to do review for Chinese book and I kind of wanted to do it in both chinese and English so that you can have the idea of what’s this book is all about and why it is so great and worth a five-star rating…..

My rating: ★★★★★

简介

龙应台离开欧洲的时候,安德烈14岁。当她卸任台北市政府的工作(马英九市长亲自前往德国邀任的首任文化局长,任期内推动本土文化、树木保护等措施),重新有时间陪家人过日子的时候,安德烈已是1米84高的18岁青年大学生,有了驾照,可以进出酒吧,脸上线条棱角分明,眼神宁静深沉,透着一种独立的距离,手里拿着红酒杯,坐在桌子的那一端,有一点“冷”地看着自己的妈妈。

他们是两代人,年龄相差30多岁;他们也是两国人,中间横着东西文化。失去了小男孩安安没有关系,但龙应台无论如何要认识成熟的高校青年安德烈!

从此,他在德国,她在香港,他到香港,她到台湾,母子俩用了长长的3年时间相互通信——“18岁那一年”,“年轻却不清狂”,“我是个百分之百的混蛋”,“大学生哪里去了”,“为谁加油”,“你知道什么叫21岁”,“独立宣言”,“向左走,向右走”……平等得令人惊讶,坦率得近乎痛楚。
他们原来也可能在他18岁那年,就像水上浮萍一样各自荡开,从此天涯淡泊,但是他们做了不同的尝试——她努力了,他也回报以同等的努力。龙应台“认识了人生里第一个18岁的人”,安德烈“也第一次认识了自己的母亲”。

读后感

多少父母和兒女同處一室卻無話可談,他們深愛彼此卻互不相識,他們嚮往接觸卻找不到橋樑,渴望表達卻沒有語言。我們的通信,彷彿黑夜海上的旗語,被其他漂流不安、尋找港灣的船看見了。-龙应台

两代人,两种文化。

这是一本记录了龙应台和儿子安德烈对话的书。在东方环境长大的我,其实对东西方文化差异很感兴趣。 在西方,孩子到了某个年龄父母就会把他们视为“成年人”, 不再以对待小孩的方式对待他们, 而在东方,即使已经长成二三十岁的人, 在父母眼里你永远都是一个小孩。

我认识了人生里第一个十八岁的人,他也第一次认识了自己的母亲

这本书有趣在于,龙应台身为东方人,受东方教育,想要理解西方教育的概念,想要拉近和儿子的母子关系,想消除他们之间的隔阂,想重新认识长大后的“安安”。

我一直都很羡慕这样的亲子关系,父母能把孩子看成是可以一起讨论看法,并尊重他们的想法;能够尝试理解和自己想法对立的事情, 并尝试去接受它。 尤其是亚洲国家,你嫌少能看见父母和孩子坐下来谈论政治等, “有分量”的话题。

这本书改变了我很多看法,也让我能够更加理解东西方文化差异, 两代人之间的代沟, 开放式教育和封闭式教育的利与弊。

Summary

The book, co-authored by Professor Lung Ying-tai and her son Mr Andreas Walther, comprises exchanges of letters and emails between them over a three-and-a-half-year period. In the correspondences, they shared their candid views of each other and engaged in heated debates on political and cultural issues from the perspectives of their own generations.

My review

This book mainly talks about the differences between Western and Eastern cultures and the generation gaps between mother (Lung Ying Tai) and her son (Andreas Walther).

What I like about this book is that she, as a mother, is able to see her son mature enough to talk about politics and culture issues with her. As an Asian, I know how hard it is for Asian parents to do so. And somehow, I feel that Asian parents sometimes treat their child as a young child and yet expected them to behave like an adult or even worse; but in Europe country, parents usually treated and expected their child to be an adult and mature at certain age. For an Asian parent, even when their child had grown up and can be categorized as “adult”, for them, they still feel like they needed their protection and care. And sometimes, it becomes hard for them to let go, and they had that kind of strong desire to keep their child near them everytime.

I had always wanted that kind of parent-child relationship where children get the opportunity to talk about their opinion and views on issues and parent respected the views even when it is exactly opposite to what the parent had in mind and that’s the main reason I adore this book. I think that parents should bear in mind that we cannot be in their protection forever and if it is time for them to let go, they have to. Both parent and child have to make an effort to understand each other and try to close the generation gap between them.

I love this book and I’m definitely going to reread it!!!

Happy reading everyone!!!