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Review: Chasing Spring by R.S.Grey

— feeling hypnotized


This book destroyed me.




Okay first of all, I was not expecting this to be so so heatbreaking, tear-jerking, dark and impossible to put down novel. This is such a big u-turn from the usual light and fast-paced read I was used to by R.S. Grey but then again, as always, Chasing Spring didn't disappoint.


From the blurb, I set my expectations to high because who won't when you have this:


I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.


I didn’t ask for a hero. I don’t want to be saved.


To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.


I didn’t want to be her hero. Some girls don’t need to be saved.

The prologue was a 'I better prepare lots and lots of klennex, shut my bedroom door, lock it, in case someone walks in on me looking like I got just beaten by Ronda Rousey and probably might as well buy myself a wig in case I got fraustrated and rip my hair out'kind of thing. It was dark, powerful and ridiculously secretive.


The next few chapters put the prologue to shame


The book takes the reader to an emotional rollercoaster of dirty secrets, old foes and unspoken and complicated love. Lilah Calloway, for one, is a character I want to wrap my arms around but she probably would punch me in the face but that's okay, I'll still love her. Back on track, Lilah is an interesting and complex character to even begin with. I was so confused and fraustrated about her decisions at the start but as the story goes, I begin to understand why she did. She's still a girl trying to find herself in a society that is filled with fake smiles and empty words. Oh, and don't forget that she's probably the most stubborn character you'll ever encounter that you'll wish you can jump into the book and bitch-slap the shit out of her.



Now let's talk about Chase jaw-dropping, eye-popping Matthews.



Boy, oh boy, this piece of perfection is way way too good for anyone. Like Lilah, he came from a troubled family that caused him to move in to the Calloway household for a few months until they graduate. Chase is the kind of boy every girl crushes on and every boy's 'goals'. Chase and Lilah had some pretty quite history that cause them to play the game of 'I hate him so I'll avoid him 24/7, 365 days a year' which I find hilarious. Chase is probably the band aid for Lilah's broken heart and the bridge to moving on.


Chasing Spring is a freshing read from R.S. Grey's usual agenda but then again, it's dark, funny, honest and heartbreaking all combined into one. It covers the themes of moving on, love, finding yourself, friendship and family that perfectly manicures the reality of lost and heartbreak. I would definitely recommend this to absolutely anyone, boy or girl, big or small this is a must read and if I could give this book to the other seven billion people out there, I would do it in a heartbeat.


Once again, R.S. Grey, thumbs up and hands down to you. (I don't know how would you do that at the same time but we'll work it out)


ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


Books of January 2016

Truthwitch - Susan Dennard Red Queen Collection: Red Queen, Glass Sword, Queen Song, Steel Scars - Victoria Aveyard Cruel Crown - Victoria Aveyard Passenger - Alexandra Bracken The Impostor Queen - Sarah Fine Night Study - Maria V. Snyder The Siren - Kiera Cass This Is Where It Ends - Marieke Nijkamp Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club - Alison Goodman The Love That Split the World - Emily Henry

Hello book lovers! So I'm finally back (yes, I know, finally) and I'm going to start off with books coming out in January! So here's my wishlist and books coming out in January:


January 5

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Steel Scars by Victoria Aveyard

Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

This is where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

January 12

Underwater by Marissa Reichardt

January 26

The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

Night Study by Maria Snyder

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman


Currently Reading: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas

I've been inactive for like the  last 3 months and I'm planning to catch up! :)

Quadrilogy Books for the month of July

Fallen - Lauren Kate Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick Wake - Amanda Hocking Uglies - Scott Westerfeld Obsidian - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Here are the books that I will read for the Quadrilogy month!

Goodreads Account

Hey guys, add me on goodreads so we can book talk there (except here, of couse)

3 Reasons I won't finished a book



  1. The herione/hero is so annoying I would tie them up into a tree and leave them there.
  2. The plot/narration is so boring I could make it my bed time story.
  3. There is a love triangle and she didn't choose who I want her to be so no use of continuing the book. They can go feed themselves off to a godzilla.
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Unearthly - Cynthia Hand

What A Pain... This book has been in my TBR shelf for almost a year. I may have read the prologue 3 times. The prologue is one page only -one paragraph- but I could not continue twice. Third time is the charm, so I did it. I finished it.


I could bet my Kindle, one of my most precious possessions, that 90% of the readers are under 16-years-old. Because this book has that cheesy romance that teenagers love to read. Actually, the GR friend that recommended this (and the 2nd and the 3rd book) to me is only 13-years-old. I don't refuse suggestions mostly, although in this case I will absolutely NOT read the following books.


The true title of this book should have been "Girl obsessed for two hotties". The story is: 1/5 of angels, 2/5 about Clara thinking/stalking/talking about/to Christian and 2/5 about Clara thinking/stalking/talking about/to Tucker. The tiny bits that were about the angel thing (mostly when Angela was in the scene) was interesting. Except for that vision, which was over, and over, and over again. So boring ZZZZzzzzz.


And Clara... that typical girl who is so nice, so perfect.... Some authors try so hard to make their heroines so modest.. "My eyes are too big for my face..", "I am so tall and thin...", "my skin is so pale..." . Doesn't that sound quite the contrary??


My suggestion if I were the editor would have been: Eliminate Clara and Christian and Tucker. If I have to be honest, the book was not terrible, as "Hush, hush" or "Splintered". But it was so tedious...

Finished Matched by Ally Condie

Matched - Ally Condie

So I guess this was okay.
Will I read the second book?

He looks into my eyes, deep, and I know what he wants. A kiss. Even though he knows about Ky. Xander and I are still connected; this is still good-bye. I know alreay that kiss would be sweet. It would be what he would hold on to, as I hold on to Ky's.

But that's something I don't think I can give.
(show spoiler)


Why? Dearest Cassia Reyes here made it clear who's she gonna chose and I am not happy with that
Would I give the second book a chance? 


P.S. I don't even like the guy for pete's sake


So I decided, for the month of July, I will be reading quadrilogy books! Meaning, four books in a series! Yay! I will be announcing the books tomorrow!

I maybe or maybe not finishing this book

Hallowed - Cynthia Hand

That one herione who is so annoying and there's this one guy that is so hot but she doesn't have feelings for him? Yep, that's Clara. Ugh. This book just irritated me so much I want to throw it to godzilla. So maybe I'm not finishing this, soz. And because the storyline is so so slow. I was tempted to look up the spoilers and guess what? I already know what happens and even if I didn't, the plot is not hard to guess.

"You don't want to lose him, don't you?"
Matched - Ally Condie

Okay, so I stopped reading Matched for a while because I lost interest and then I read it again then I think I'm losing interest...again.

Finished Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly - Cynthia Hand

Okay so I'm very happy with the ending. I feel like there's no need to make another book for this one. Anyway, I want to love this book as much as I want to but the whole 'angel' thing is not really getting into me. Of course I know what they're talking about Nephilims and stuff like that and I kinda lost interest with the Black Wings thingy. As for the characters, it took me a while to get used to them(translation: at the end of the book). I didn't feel connected to them so yeah. The plot is really good. Especially the whole purpose thing. Nevertheless, this is one of the book that played with my emotions and actually really interesting to read.

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

So I have an exam today...and I'm reading instead of revising. Lol.

Books? Yes, Please!

Fallen Grace - Mary Hooper Rumors - Anna Godbersen The Help - Kathryn Stockett Evernight (Evernight, Book 1) - Claudia Gray Stargazer (Evernight, Book 2) - Claudia Gray Hourglass (Evernight) - Claudia Gray Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater Linger - Maggie Stiefvater

So I bought some second-hand books at a garage sale on the way home and found some familiar titles! Seriously, when I found this books I'm just like jumping with joy. So yeah, I bought 8 books for only $12 and yeah, its really cheap! So my advice is, drive around town for some garage sales or book sales because its worth it!

Trilogy Books for the Month of June

Unearthly - Cynthia Hand Hallowed - Cynthia Hand Boundless - Cynthia Hand Matched - Ally Condie Crossed - Ally Condie Reached - Ally Condie

So I've decided the next time I went to the book store I'll buy books that are trilogy. And I've come up with these lovely books I've been wanting to read. Unfornunately, my local book store only have these books and I have just pre-ordered the others. Damn. So anyway, I started to read Matched by Ally Condie but I'm currently losing interest in the plot and I decided to switch from Matched to Unearhtly by Cynthia Hand. With its good reviews, I can't wait to start reading it!

Currently Reading: Department 19 by Willl Hill

So I started reading the book my friend is crazy about - and I'm impressed. The book is fast-paced and easy to read. I'm actually really excited to read more of it as the story of Jamie's story unfolds.

Currently reading

The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Cynthia Hand
Looking for Alaska
John Green
Progress: 65/262 pages