02 January 2013

Review: The Catastrophic History of You and Me


The Catastrophic History of You and Me
The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I might be too emotionally attached to this book now, I'm not sure I can write anything resembling a review. Anyway, such a beautiful book. So many things I could relate to, so many.

I love the love story in this book. It's different. It's not your typical teenage love story. But it's so much more than a love story, or a heart break story. The friends and family play a big part in the book, just like in real life. (I don't buy the shit where girl meets guy, and she's all she cares about. Everyone else? Pretty much dead to her)

It's all these stuffs that stick with me, how much I could relate to it, how real the character Brie feels, going through these stuff with her, how childish, stubborn, idiotic, immature Brie can be, but yet on top of understanding why she's doing that, I want to defend her actions, because I am also pretty sure that's what I'd do too. I don't like, or love Brie. She feels so real, I am accepting all her flaws just like what I'd do to real people I meet.

Ohmygosh I think I love everything about this book, well nearly anyway. The writing confuses me sometimes (or maybe I'm just too impatient, oh well). Still didn't affect much.

SPOILER: The ending does confuse me a little. Does that mean both of them have their souls back, and towards the end they were both moving on? I'm a little slow, and blur.

It's going to be one of my favourite books ever. It might just be my emotional attachment, and how it helped me go through some stuffs, but it's more than enough for me.

Not going to lie, books like this make me realize how shitty other books can be. coughFallencough, still better than Twilight and Halo though. Think I'm still going to read the next book though. Ah well, who can resist guilty pleasures? Hey, at least it's not the worst.

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11 December 2012

Review: Fallen


Fallen
Fallen by Lauren Kate

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I knew about the mixed reviews of this book, and I thought it was another book like Twilight, and then I wouldn't like it. But surprisingly, I really liked it. I kept on reading, craving for more and to know what happens. But maybe it's the hopeless romantic teenage in me speaking, but I am a teenage, although I'm not sure about the hopeless romantic part in my real life romances.

And wtf the ending didnt give me answers or closure, which is sad. Still confused even after finishing the book.

To be honest, I am quite annoyed by the obsession Luce has over Daniel, and generally annoyed by her too, so pathetic and hopeless as a person. Please don't tell me that's the case when you fall in love with someone wtf. But, also surprisingly, I don't hate her, I even like her sometimes (only sometimes). Also, her love for her friends and parents doesn't seem as forced as Bella's, this at least convinced me that she actually quite care about them, rather than just saying that she cares but really do not give a fuck.

Wish the book was written in Daniel's or Cam's POV, their POVs would be so much more interesting. I really want to know their full story, it's so interesting.

Can't wait to get my hands on the other books in this series!



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06 November 2012

Review: Girl in the Mirror


Girl in the Mirror
Girl in the Mirror by Cecelia Ahern

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Two powerful and unforgettable stories from the Number One bestselling author Girl in the Mirror Lila knows how lucky she is to have found the man of her dreams. But when a secret from her family's past comes to light on her wedding day, her destiny changes in the most unexpected of ways ... The Memory Maker They say you never forget your first love. But what happens when those cherished memories start to fade? Some people would do anything to hold on to the past and, for one heartbroken man, that means finding a way to relive those precious moments ..

I think next time I'll just borrow the book if she releases another short stories book. I still like her novels better.

Anyway, Girl in the Mirror was creepy, and I wish we knew more about what happened to the girl in the mirror.

The Memory Maker was just.. I don't know, the story itself was pretty vague.

Both stories weren't really satisfying for me, so I should probably stick to novels. But I did kind of enjoy reading the stories still.

And the book is so pretty it looks gorgeous on display haha!


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08 July 2012

Review: The Book Of Tomorrow


The Book Of Tomorrow
The Book Of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Tamara Goodwin has always got everything she's ever wanted. Born into a family of wealth, she grew up in a mansion with its own private beach, a wardrobe full of designer clothes and all that a girl could ever wish for. She's always lived in the here and now, never giving a second thought to tomorrow. But then suddenly her dad is gone and life for Tamara and her mother changes forever. Left with a mountain of debt, they have no choice but to sell everything they own and move to the country. Nestled next to Kilsaney Castle, their gatehouse is a world away from Tamara's childhood. With her mother shut away with grief, and her aunt busy tending to her, Tamara is lonely and bored and longs to return to Dublin. When a travelling library passes through Kilsaney Demesne, Tamara is intrigued. Her eyes rest on a mysterious large leather bound tome locked with a gold clasp and padlock. What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her world to its' core.


The book started out incredibly slow and frankly, boring, so much that I put the book aside for weeks before finally deciding that I should probably at least try to finish the book. Maybe I didn't want to waste my money, or maybe I didn't want to be completely disappointed in my favourite author, but I'm glad that I did continue reading the book.

And serious warning, the first quarter or maybe even one third of the book was unbelievably slow and boring! Maybe as slow as Tamara's new life in the village (she talked about Facebook a little bit but she has no cellphone wtf I don't know if they're really in our time). I'm not sure when exactly it started picking up, maybe slowly from the arrival of the travelling library, and when it did, it was so good it totally redeemed itself. Maybe the slow part was needed to build up for the epicness in the later part of the book, but I wish the slow part wasn't that long. I mean, I even had to put it aside and wanted to not finish it for a while!

Don't be fooled by the cover and the summary of the book. It actually got darker, with secrets and mysteries, I had so many goosebumps when I was reading it. But it wasn't too dark, but it creeped me out so much I had to finish the book as soon as possible so that I could stop being creeped out. D: And right now as I write this I am getting a little goosebumps too wtf. I also have to mention that, I get scared and creeped out pretty easily and I avoid all horror films and books LOL.

Character wise, I'm fine with Tamara. I didn't reallyyyy like her because she's a spoilt brat so I don't think I should be, but she's okay. Sometimes I get very very annoyed by her grieving but oh what do I know about that. Her actions as a teenager though, I can get annoyed by them too but to come to think of it, most of the time I would've done the same thing as her, especially the Sister Ignatius part. Teenage pride and all that maybe? Or not brave enough? I don't know, I just know I would've done the same thing.

Romance was okay, there wasn't actually much to it. We didn't really get to know her love interests but they were never the main point anyway. And I can relate a little to Tamara in the romance part too. :( I almost always forgot about the Dublin Tamara and I kept getting surprised by how good she is at the art of flirting.

I can't comment on other characters without giving anything away so I'm just gonna keep them to myself.

The ending was good and I really didn't see it coming, but it didn't offer me all the answers to my questions in the book, and it was quite rushed, I got very confused. Maybe not rushed but too many things were happening! And it certainly didn't help that the book was written in Tamara's POV. I don't think it gave me the full closure, maybe just half. Btw who the heck is Paddy? I read through the good part of the book pretty fast so I might have missed it, but who is this Paddy?! I don't know if I should re-read some parts but I don't want to get creeped out again! Maybe I should. Afterall I pretty much rushed through reading it.

I gave the book four stars because I deducted one star for the boring part lol. Otherwise it'd be five stars.


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07 July 2012

Review: Jekel Loves Hyde


Jekel Loves Hyde
Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey
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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Summary:
Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents' rules - especially the one about never opening the mysterious old box in her father's office. But when her dad is murdered and her college savings disappear, this good girl is tempted to peek inside, because the contents just might be the key to winning a lucrative chemistry scholarship. 

To better her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize but to save Tristen's sanity. Maybe his life. As things heat up in the lab, though, Jill's accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and will compel her to risk everything - even Tristen's love - just for the thrill of being ... bad.

The book started out SO GOOD and so promising! The plot, the characters, the romance, and everything else was pretty good.

But when I reached the point of the book where Jill Jekel tasted the formula that would make her be bad, omg it went downhill. The thrill, excitement and danger of the book were just gone. I feel like Beth Fantaskey dragged out the plot/story/(or just the whole thing) for way too long and emphasized WAYYYY TOO MUCH on Jill's virginity (while we're at that, too much on sex too wtf), her inexperience-ness, how weak she is, and a lot other annoying stuffs.

And Jill? She was a great character, and yes she went downhill from the same point too wtf. She became a super weak (physically and emotionally!) girl, self-destructive and stupid too. So freaking stupid I feel like slapping her. Before that, she was physically weak but emotionally strong, smart and definitely not self-destructive. She was such a great and likable girl! Even though she was a little too uptight and stuff, but Beth made her so annoyingly so. In the end the girl she turned out to be would be very likable, if only we would be with her longer.

Tristen Hyde is the seems-bad-but-actually-really-good-boy that Jill fell for, and unfortunately for me I have a soft spot for seems-bad-but-actually-really-good-guys. I may be slightly biased but I liked him, not very annoying (he only annoyed me once or twice, which was very good compared to Jill). Most of the POV's were Jill's so we didn't get to know Tristen as well as we know Jill. In fact, when he spilled his ~big secret~ to Jill it felt forced, out of place. Or maybe it's just that I didn't see that coming.

Actually, they had so many secrets or shocking stuffs to spill, coming one after another, I might have became immune to them.

I finished the book for the sake of getting closure, and I still have some hope that they would have a happy ending and I wouldn't be annoyed at them anymore. And yes, the ending was great, and very satisfying.

Don't get me wrong, I don't hate this book. Sorta mixed feelings, but the first half of the book and the ending was really great.





!!!! SLIGHT SPOILER ALERTTT!!!!!!!! Just need to rant a little.




WTF IS WITH HER STAYING WITH HIM THEN STAY AWAY THEN BACK TO HIM THEN STAYING AWAY AGAIN OMG. They repeated this shit so many times it became plain annoying and irritating. Just make up your mind! At one point I was wondering if they were take turns to stay away from each other!

SHE ALSO FUCKING BECAME A GIRL WHO LOATHED HERSELF AND COULDNT LIVE WITH HERSELF wtf is this shit!



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02 July 2012

Review: Twenty Boy Summer


Twenty Boy Summer
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary:
 "Don't worry, Anna. I'll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Okay."
"Promise me? Promise you won't say anything?"
"Don't worry." I laughed. "It's our secret, right?"

According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in ZanzibarBay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there's a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there's something she hasn't told Frankie---she's already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie's older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

First of all, I was pleasantly surprised by how good this book is. I never thought it would be this amazing. And the cover, I love it. I love that it has references to the story, and to Matt.

Honestly, I'm a little speechless right now. It was so good I don't know where to start. It is one of the best books I've read. This may be YA book, but I think it's only YA because of the characters' age.

Anyway, I may not have experienced the things that they went through, but it was realistic. I read and feel for them, as if I was there with them, going through the same thing. I loved all the characters, Anna, Frankie, Matt, Sam, and even Jake. They felt so real.

My heart breaks for Anna, falling in love and it barely even begun, but it ended so abruptly, and she had to keep it a secret. There were so many times when I wished that Matt didn't die.

And that trip to California, I thought their mourning and moving on process was good and natural. I have not experienced loss of someone super close, but I am hoping that I won't ever have to. Watching (or rather, reading) them fall in love, moving on and slowly letting go of Matt, I feel like I was letting go of Matt too.

There wasn't any cliffhangers or anything relatively super exciting, but I could barely put the book down. So much perfection in this one book. I wish the book, and their time in California didnt end.

You know, reading this only reminds me of my inability to love, or to fall in love. What's wrong with me?! -_-


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09 June 2012

The problem I have with some book blogs

Now, I'm not going to talk about the quality of their reviews, writings, and blog design and stuff. And let me just say that, this is my personal opinion, and I just really need to complain about this issue, and then maybe go back to tolerating all this shit.

The problem I have with most book blogs are, the high amount of stuffs on their blog to be loaded. In other words, the annoyingly high amount of widgets, more widgets, buttons, unnecessary pictures, MORE WIDGETS AND PICTURES, that I have to load whenever I visit their blogs.

See, unlike a lot of you, my internet is no where near fast. It takes forever to complete loading some blogs, and some other blogs, the loading can't even be completed!

And if you even have a freaking music widget.. AND IF IT IS ON FUCKING AUTOPLAY!! /flips table/

If you're a book blogger, you don't need it. Heck, no matter what kind of blog you have, you don't need it. It just increases the time it takes to load your blog. Music blog? Okay fine, but NO AUTOPLAY! And if you put it on autoplay, I sure as hell won't be reading your blog, or even visitting it.

No one likes being forced to listen to some random songs when they're just looking for book reviews. Especially if they are already playing their own songs from their own computers.

Sure, you might want to support many authors and book blogs, but don't be a slut and support EVERYONE.

And I sure as hell don't want to know what blog or book community you've joined.

So, I might be guilty of some things too, but I am sure that my blog has a lot less things to load compared to most other book blogs.

Rant over. Bye.

31 May 2012

Review (2in1): Oh. My. Gods, Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Child

Oh. My. Gods and Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childsname
Series: Oh. My. Gods, #1, #2
Publication Date: Oh. My. Gods: 0142414204 (ISBN13: 9780142414200), Goddess Boot Camp: 0525421343 (ISBN13: 9780525421344)
Publisher: Puffin, Dutton Juvenile

Author's Site, Buy Oh. My. Gods hardback / paperback, Goddess Boot Camp hardback / paperback from Book Depository

Summary:
Oh. My. Gods
A modern girl's comedic odyssey in a school filled with the descendants of Greek gods.
When Phoebe's mom returns from Greece with a new husband and moves them to an island in the Aegean, Phoebe's plans for her senior year and track season are ancient history. Now she must attend the uberexclusive academy, where admission depends on pedigree, namely, ancestry from Zeus, Hera, and other Greek gods. That's right, they're real, not myth, and their teen descendants are like the classical heroes supersmart and superbeautiful with a few superpowers. And now they're on her track team! Armed only with her Nikes and the will to win, Phoebe races to find her place among the gods.

Goddess Boot Camp
Seventeen-year-old Phoebe has recently learned that she's a descendant of Nike (the goddess, not the shoe). Now, in order to learn to control her newfound—and very strong—powers, she's being forced to attend Goddess Boot Camp. The only problem is, none of the other campers is over the age of ten! It's not going to be easy to survive camp, train for the Pythian Games, and keep her romance with Griffin going strong, but goddess help her, Phoebe is determined to make it work!

Review:
Oh. My. Gods. is chick lit-y but with teen characters and well, Greek Gods. I find Oh. My. Gods hard to understand/absorb what's written sometimes, it probably is just be my tiredness though, because I don't have such problem with Goddess Boot Camp.

I never expected Goddess Boot Camp to turn out that differently from Oh. My. Gods. Oh. My. Gods. feels like a good but long introduction to this book, but Goddess Boot Camp is much more exciting and suspenseful.

I never intended to sacrifice my sleep time to finish reading Goddess Boot Camp, I mean, I'm going out later today, and I slept at 4AM ++ ! My poor, poor, pooooooooor dark circles, have just gone to the darker darker darker side.

It's way funnier (although maybe less funny points), like really laugh/giggle and kind of hard to stop, I'm glad I didn't read this in public. It's also serious-er, but not too serious. I really love how the characters changed throughout the two books, like in Stella and Adara's case, we get to see another side (also deeper) of them. I loveeee Stella in this book, btw. :D Phoebe's relationship with Stella realy improved and is quite cute! Phoebe got a little bitchier in this book though, thanks to the things she's going through, but it somehow also made her a real-er character, I feel like I'm watching her on a TV sometimes lol. Anddd I think she's matured and grown up. :O

Did I mention my knowledge of Greek Gods is really little, and I'm glad there are explanations sometimes, so I didn't get too lost.

Anyway, I feel like there are some words, or paragraphs that shouldn't be there. OK that came out wrong. I mean, I found myself skipping some sentences and see what happens. I'm usually reallyyyyyy good at not peeking and read until the author decides to let me know. This one feels like those words are only there to not let me know what happens immediately, they are quite useless/pointless and unimportant and seriously annoying, and obviously doesn't appeal to my impatientness at all. And this applies to both books!

Conclusion:
I think Goddess Boot Camp is better than Oh. My. Gods, but both are very enjoyable, and funny.

Cover Design:
Hate the Oh. My. Gods hardback cover, paperback is a little weird, but still better. I think the Goddess Boot Camp cover is better than both Oh. My. Gods covers.

15 May 2012

Review: The Last Song


The Last Song
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary:
Seventeen year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Miller’s life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father… until her mother decides it would be in everyone’s best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie’s father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church

I haven't finish the book yet, only 120++ pages into it. But I must say, even from early on, Ronnie is a pretty accurate description of teenage rebellious teenage girl, who isn't stupid or too nice or too hipster either, or hating on rich people, or some shit. Just right, just nice. In fact, I feel like I have a lot in common with her. I wish she was real, we could be good friends.

Okay I'm done reading it. Throughout my whole reading experience, I couldn't really imagine Miley as Ronnie. My mind kept using Lucy Hale (Aria from Pretty Little Liars) as Ronnie, probably because of her role in PLL or maybe because I've seen her on TV a few times before PLL too. She seems like she would be a good Ronnie, rebellious and purple streaks in her hair.

I read somewhere that Nicholas Sparks find Ronnie to be the hardest character to write because he had never been an angry 17-year-old teenage girl, but I think he did a pretty good job with Ronnie. It's pretty amazing how much I can relate to Ronnie. I wish I have a father as understanding as Ronnie's, I wish that's how my parents would react to my rebellious acts (and mine are not as bad as hers!).

And as always, Nicholas Sparks delivered a very good novel.

Cover Design: Meh, Miley. Yay, Liam.

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10 May 2012

Review: Fortune


Fortune
Fortune by Megan Cole

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



Not sure if it was just my copy of what, but it had a lot of typos (and once, it said Madison, when really it's supposed to be Sapphire/Simonetta). So, didn't anyone read through to check them? It's not even an ARC.

Anyway, it was okay. The plot is fine. Sapphire is the typical perfect nice girl, which I think is boring and stupid. Not enough depth for other characters, especially Madison and Simonetta, considering that they're very important characters too. And Brad, it's like he's in the book for the sake of needing a character for it to make sense.

The ending... Now the ending is weird. Can't pinpoint why it's weird, but it's not the way I would imagine the ending to be.

Cover Design: Doesn't it scream shallow chick lit? Beach/summer and elites life too. Quite relevant. I like the colour of the water.

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