29 December 2010

2011 Retold Fairy Tales & Enchanted Cousins Reading Challenge

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Challenge Objective:
To read stories that have taken classic fairy tales that we all know and love, and have woven them into a new alternative tale that mirrors the original.

Challenge Levels:
Dreamer: 1 -3 retold fairy tale reads
Magical: 4 -6 retold fairy tale reads
Enchanted: 6 -9 retold fairy tale reads
HEA: 9 -12 retold fairy tale reads

I don't know many books that are retold from fairy tales, so I'll stick with Dreamer level, unless I actually get to read more than 3 books. It depends, I'll see.

Possible Reading List:
  • Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris
  • Twice Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris
  • Beastly by Alex Flinn
  • Cloaked by Alex Flinn
  • Sister Red by Jackson Pearce

LOL I think I'll borrow that first two books from my friend.

ANYWAY, this is hosted by Among the Muses, the informations and sign up linky are in this post. :D

British Books Challenge 2011


J.K. Rowling, Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk and... Oh wait, Cecelia Ahern is Irish, my bad. Anyway, I loveeeeee England and want to go there like super badly. Oh, since I don't know most authors by their nationalities, most likely I'll be adding more books to the list later.

Sign up for this challenge or get more information about it here.

I don't really have a goal, hopefully I can read at least 12 before 2011 ends.

My Reading List:

  • Some books by Louise Rennison
  • Maybe rereading Harry Potter series :D
  • Confession of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (reread)
  • Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella (reread)
  • Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella
  • Shopaholic & Sister by Sophie Kinsella
  • Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella
  • Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
  • The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
  • Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
  • The Wedding Girl by Madeleine Wickham
  • I Heart Hollywood by Lindsey Kelk
  • I Heart Paris by Lindsey Kelk
  • The Single Girl’s To-Do List by Lindsey Kelk
  • From Notting Hill with Love... Actually by Ali McNamara
  • The Chaos by Rachel Ward
  • Angel by L.A. Weatherly
  • Entangled by Cat Clarke
  • The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney


PS: Rereading is okay, right?

2011 Debut Author Challenge



I'm joining 2011 Debut Author Challenge, hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren. I'm pretty excited! :D This is my first time joining this very popular challenge lol.
These are the books I'm interested in reading, I don't think I can get to read of all of them. I'm not from US, or UK, or Australia, I figured I can use the UK release date, since the US release date can't apply on me LOL.


My Reading List:
  1. Populazzi by Elise Allen
  2. Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
  3. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
  4. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  5. Timeless by Alexandra Monir 
  6. The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal 
  7. Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison 
  8. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
  9. Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach
  10. Clarity by Kim Harrington
  11. Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
  12. Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker
  13. Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
  14. The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder 
  15. Popular by Alissa Grosso 
  16. Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris 
  17. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  18. Entangled by Cat Clarke
  19. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  20. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
  21. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White 
  22. Firelight by Sophie Jordan
  23. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  24. Broken Wings by Helen Landalf
  25. Witch Eyes by Tracey Scott
  26. Vicious Little Darlings by Katherine Easer
  27. Possession by Elana Johnson
  28. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
  29. OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy
  30. Haven by Kristi Cook
  31. XVI by Julia Karr


You can read more about this challenge here, or sign up for this challenge here.

28 December 2010

Into The Old World Reading Challenge

Into The Old World Reading Challenge


About the challenge:
Hosts :Splash of Our Worlds and My Love Affair With Books
Starts: 1st January 2011
Ends: 31st December 2011
Eligible Books: Any books published BEFORE 2009 . All Genres included

The Official Rules :
- Both bloggers and non-bloggers can participate.
- Please SIGN-UP here. (Bloggers have to leave the link to their challenge post. For non-bloggers, just the name and email is enough. But please specify where you will be posting your reviews)
- Non-bloggers can post their reviews on Goodreads, Librarything , Shelfari or even one of the host blogs . Its your choice. Just be sure to specify where you will be posting your reviews.
- Make a blog post with the list of books you are planning to read . It doesn't have to be the final list. You can add/delete as you go.(This only applies to the bloggers)
- Please add the challenge button to your sidebar or your challenge post so that others can find it (This only applies to those with blogs)
- Books chosen must be published before 2009.
- All genres are welcome .
- You can sign up any time between now and 31st December 2011.
- You don't have to follow either of the blogs. Its your choice whether you want to follow.
- On the first of each month , we will be putting up a Linky for your reviews.So keep a check on either of the host blogs for updates.
- Non-bloggers have to link their reviews on Shelfari , goodreads or Librarything to the Linky. Those who want to post their reviews on either of the 2 blogs, will have to email with their reviews beforehand. It is important to link your reviews or post them to one of our blogs, so we can count your books right at the scoreboard.
-Re-reads from your old books count as long as they were published before 2009.

Possible Books: (not final, of course.)

  • The Awakening and The Struggle by L.J. Smith
  • The Fury and Dark Reunion by L.J. Smith
  • Confession of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (reread)
  • Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella (reread)
  • Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella
  • Shopaholic & Sister by Sophie Kinsella
  • Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella
  • The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  • Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Friends Close, Enemies Closer by Claudia Gabel
  • Freshman for President by Ally Condie
  • Once Upon A Marigold by Jean Ferris
  • The Princess Plot by Kirsten Boie

That's all for now, because I can't possibly list every published-before-2009-books that are on my wish list, because I don't have the money to buy all of them.

02 November 2010

A Confession, accompanied with a long ranting.

Ever since I published on this blog that I'm going on a novel-reading ban, I guess I freaked (myself) out, because since then, the tempt to read a novel is stronger than ever! In fact, I finished 2 novels IN SCHOOL, but then again, I didn't really have anything to do in school, in fact I've been skipping schools a lot recently to stay at home and have a healthy lifestyle (really, I mean in sleeping department) and study at home, which is better since it's quieter here. Oh as I was saying, then I finished 4 Princess Diaries novels!!! So already 6 in total!!!!!!!!!!!! So much for novel-reading ban.

I've gone mad. I really, really, should stop. Only 20 or 21 days away from my super important test (maybe as important or nearly as important as SATs I guess, not very sure), and I'm still quite clueless on Physics, and haven't memorise the Biology stuffs and Moral definitions (wtf who on Earth suggested this!!!! Useless subject.), oh and History, sigh. I also have yet to be really good at Maths and Additional Maths, I mean I could pass them, but I want an A! Then there's Chemistry, at least I've mastered the calculation part for volume, number of moles, mass, and number of particles, and balancing chemical equation. Need to work on Electrochemistry and Thermochemistry and uhm everything else. I guess Carbon Compound is kind of okay. Then Chinese, they say the Chinese paper is extra hard, and due to the small amount of people taking Chinese in my country, the passing mark and the A mark graph thing is much higher than other subjects, which probably is true because I think last year only 1 person got A for Chinese, and it was an A-, which is really sad.

I don't really know how to excel in all 3 languages. I used to be best at Malay language, then somehow it got worse, my Chinese remained good (I think), and English got better. Then my English got better, my Malay language remained awful, and my Chinese got worse. This is really hard, especially since when I talk my friends online, or text message them, we all use all 3 of them mixed together. -__- For now, my Malay language is awful, Chinese and English are quite good I think, but not good enough.

It certainly does not help that in my country, we use British English in school, but our English is also super influenced by American English. Spellings and pronunciation problem. For example, memorise and memorize, learnt and learned. We seem to be using BOTH spellings! And I don't know which way I should pronounce a word sometimes, because both are okay here. For example, dance. No more oral test, please. I also think the confusement (is there such word?) made my English worse, both my speaking and and writing ability. Gosh this sucks. It's already bad enough to have a sucky English teacher, I have to worry if the examiner for my super-important test is sensitive using the correct spelling, as in British English spelling. Oh well..

And now I have this serious cold. :( Hopefully I won't catch it again during my super important test!

I'm going to eat my medicine then go to bed soon. and wake up tomorrow morning and study! Physics for tomorrow, maybe. If only I can lie to myself better, I would be super in love with Physics Chemistry and Biology already, and maybe even the stupid Moral, which is worse than Physics Chemistry and Biology, at least these 3 are quite interesting sometimes (strictly sometimes only). and hopefully Add Maths / Maths exercise every night, and memorise at least one moral value definition between nearly going to bed and until I fell asleep. I need to start being strict with myself, and enforcing the uhm rules. And hold off IMM and review posts. :D

Okay I'm done ranting. Thank you, good bye and night/morning/afternoon/evening.

24 October 2010

In My Mailbox (7)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren, inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

the silken web, long time coming, sandra brown, freshmen for president, ally condie, crescendo, becca fitzpatrick, city of bones, cassandra claretwenties girl, sophie kinsella



These are two weeks worth of books, but I forgot to take a picture of Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella, but gosh it's a huge book, bigger than Clockwork Angel, whut? and I've waited for so long to buy this, it's paperback is more expensive than most hardbacks -_- I won a signed copy of Long Time Coming by Sandra Brown from Goodreads, and she was really nice and threw in The Silken Web and a bookmark too :D Can you believe I actually won something from Goodreads? I thought it's not possible to win something from there LOL. I won signed copy of Freshmen for President by Ally Condie from Fire and Ice, I love her blog btw :D I won City of Bones by Cassandra Clare from The Eager Readers, another lovely blog. I received Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick a day after it's release day, if I'm not mistaken. This is the first time I got a book so soon after it's release!

While you're here, check out the Out For Blood by Alyxandra Harvey, the 3rd book in The Drake Chronicles release countdown widgets on my sidebar, for both UK and US release :D And maybe put one or both widgets on your sidebar too? They are both available for pre-order on Book Depository, just saying.

10 October 2010

In My Mailbox (6)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren, inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.



Fallen arrived on the perfect day! I failed to wake up at 3am to study for my Physics test, and woke up 45 minutes before the test starts. D: I felt ridiculously sad, helpless and useless and hopeless, so the arrival of this GORGEOUS book made the day slightly better. I love love love the cover, and it's so nice to touch! I wonder what is the thing they added to get that effect.

As for Moonlight in Odessa, I won this from Chick Lit Reviews. Thank you! :D

Oh right, since I only have around 40 days left till my really important test, I am going on a novel reading ban, and hopefully.. I won't break the ban.

27 September 2010

Review: Numbers by Rachel Ward

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Numbers by Rachel Ward
Series: Numbers, #1
Publication Date: 5 January 2009
Publisher: Chicken House/Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 190529493X (ISBN13: 9781905294930)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 285
Source: Bought

Author's Site, Buy hardback / paperback from Book Depository

Summary:
Since her mother's death, fifteen-year-old Jem has kept a secret. When her eyes meet someone else's, a number pops into her head - the date on which they will die. Knowing that nothing lasts forever, Jem avoids relationships, but when she meets a boy called Spider, and they plan a day out together, her life takes a new twist and turn. Waiting for the London Eye, she sees everyone in the queue has the same number - something terrible is going to happen.

Review:
I've just finished this book, and I can't really figure out how to write this review. Anyway, the synopsis is kind of misleading. The terrorist attack was not such a big deal, I mean, sure it changed her life and everything, but in another way, it wasn't a big deal.

I was really into the book though, when I paused reading (for dinner) I can't get the book out of my mind, and finish my dinner so I could get back to the book ASAP. And the slang and language that I couldn't fully understand, they bothered me for a while, but to heck with it, I must ignore them and finish this great book.

Their journey was pretty exciting and unpredictable though, I didn't even try to predict what would happen next. I even worried and panicked with them, there were so many questions and possibilites.

I really like how the relationship between Jem and Spider was developed. It was so.. natural is the word I guess. Their love for each other was amazing. It was really heartbreaking for Jem, though. That curse/gift sucks.

I didn't like Jem that much, but her life is really sucky, so I don't blame her and the life she had chosen. She's not that hard to like actually, but I'm neutral towards her. I like Spider better, and I really like Karen and Spider's nan and Britney.

The ending is great one, not an ending that I wished for, but you know, in a way, it's a great ending. It really hit me that everyone will die eventually, or leave and part ways. :'( Yes, I'm in denial.

Conclusion:
I'm really emotionally affected by this book and now I really think this is a bad review. Oh well. To make this less confusing, if I have to rate this book, which I'm not good at doing, this book should be getting around 3.5 over 5 stars.

Cover Design:
Love love love the cover. The other cover is pretty good too! I like mine better though, I love the colourfulness and that we can see the girl's face too.

By the way, the 2nd book, Numbers 2: The Chaos came out few months ago, right? Why is it that I didn't see much reviews or mentions of the sequel! D:
Edit: Ohhh.. out in UK but not US, I see.

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25 September 2010

In My Mailbox (5)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren, inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

suzanne collins, maggie stiefvater, tera lynn child, mockingjay, linger, goddess boot camp


All in hardbacks! A first!! Such a great week for books. And I finally got my own copy of Mockingjay! Yay! But I still have to resist reading. A thank you shout out to The Norwegian Book Girl, Can't Find A Bookmark and Tera Lynn Child for the books! Another thank you to the postmen and post office for you-know-what. :D

20 September 2010

Review: Manifest by Artist Arthur

manifest, mystyx, artist arthur
Manifest by Artist Arthur
Series: Mystyx, #1
Publication Date: 1 August, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 037383196X (ISBN13: 9780373831968)
Format: e-book
Pages: 250
Source: NetGalley

Author's Site, Buy Paperback from Book Depository

Summary:
When fifteen-year-old Krystal Bentley moves to Lincoln, Connecticut, her mom's hometown, she assumes her biggest drama will be adjusting to the burbs after living in New York City.

But Lincoln is nothing like Krystal imagined. The weirdness begins when Ricky Watson starts confiding in her. He's cute, funny, a good listener—and everything she'd ever want—except that he was killed nearly a year ago. Krystal's ghost-whispering talents soon lead other "freaks" to her door—Sasha, a rich girl who can literally disappear, and Jake, who moves objects with his mind. All three share a distinctive birthmark in the shape of an M and, fittingly, call themselves the Mystyx. They set out to learn what really happened to Ricky, only to realize that they aren't the only ones with mysterious powers. But if Krystal succeeds in finding out the truth about Ricky's death, will she lose him for good?

Review:
First of all, I think, this book is one of the scary-to-me-only books. Because, this book scared the shit out of me. -__- I went to bed with lights and iPod on, because I was so afraid wtheck. Then, when I was reading, I had to put Katy Perry's Teenage Dream on repeat, to maybe you know, lift the scariness a little. Didn't work that well.

That aside, I still enjoyed this book. I didn't really like Krystal, she was really annoying, rude and kind of self-centered at times. But I don't think I should blame her, she had so many things going on. Luckily, she got over that stage (or is better at appreciating things, and controlling herself) and things got better. Thus, I like her better later. :D I like her friends too. She and Jake and Sasha make a great group of friends, they kind of fit one another. The romance part is cute! To my disappointment, nothing much happened.

I initially kind of thought nothing bad of having the power to communicate and see spirits, but after reading this, darn, I would hate hate hate to be her. You go girl! Respect! But her friends' are pretty cool, wouldn't mind their powers! There were some mysteries to the infos of their powers, but not all answers were found.

And, much to my dismay, this happened to be the first book in a freaking series and the ending is not exactly an ending and I suffered (I'm exaggerating) all these fears for a book without a complete ending! T_T *sighs unhappily* Well, the ending isn't that bad, they left a few questions unanswered for the next book, and a little new shocking thing they just found out.

Conclusion:
I hate this book for scaring me T__T But I like it enough to want to get scared again (wtheck) and read the next book! Next time, I WILL have someone to sit beside me when I'm reading. Hopefully the next book changes to Sasha's or Jake's POV so I won't be that scared. Plus, I would love to know them better.

Cover Design:
I like her glowing tattoo and the thing around MANIFEST. The fonts too. Overally, it's okay. It isn't bad. I like how the girl fits the description of Krystal :D

PS: I've just seen the cover (I think that's the cover) for the next book and I'm more excited to read it now. D: The cover is Sasha! So the 3rd book should be Jake. Woohoo for that!

18 September 2010

In My Mailbox (4)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren, inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

in my mailbox

I was lazy so I skipped two weeks of IMM. :D Plus there weren't many books.

The first 3 books I got them from a local bookfest at prices cheaper than usual paperbacks (!!). Even though I read two of them, I don't own any of them. I saw Cecelia Ahern's Thanks for the Memories in super pretty hardback with cheap price too, too bad I already own the paperback. I read Shopaholic Takes Manhattan too, but it belongs to my friend, so I bought a copy. Clockwork Angel is one of the 3 books I won from Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf, preordered through Book Depository.

16 September 2010

Team Unicorn FTW!


It's Zombie vs. Unicorn Challenge over at vvb32reads in celebration of Zombie vs Unicorn, an anthology out this month!

Team unicorn all the way!
  • Because in Harry Potter world, there's unicorns! Freaking beautiful ones!
  • J.K. Rowling approves of unicorn, your point is invalid.
  • Voldemort had to drinks their blood to survive (or something)! How COOL is that?! Poor unicorns, though. See, they kept Voldemort alive, thus keeping the awesome series running, they're kindest thing ever!
  • They're sooooooooo beautiful!
  • Always an eye candy!
  • In Harry Potter, their blood is silver-blue (!!) and shines under moonlight!!!
  • Oh, in Harry Potter, their blood can keep a near death person alive, then he'll have a cursed life. Mad kick ass!
  • Everything magic is automatically cool and awesome.
  • In Harry Potter, various parts of unicorns are used in potions and wands. Refer to the point above.
  • Rainbow is a much better and yummy and clean and pretty looking food than brains!
  • Unicorns can fly. Everything that flies is automatically cool and awesome.
  • You get to ride on unicorns! *big shiny eyes*
  • Zombies are disgusting. They're freaking rotting! ROTTING! *stares in horror*
  • Zombies eat brains, you'll DIE!
  • The zombies might turn you into a zombie omgosh no thank you.
  • Even vampires are cooler than zombies, at least they get be immortal and stay young forever! :p Vampires are still not better than unicorns, though.
  • Zombies are pretty scary. Scary, horror are not my cup of tea, thank you.
  • Again, J.K. Rowling approves of unicorn, your point is invalid. Period

Again, Team Unicorn for the win! <3 What team are you on? I think if you comment on this blog post, you're get a chance to win a copy of Zombie vs Unicorn! International too, probably.

15 September 2010

Review: Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten

lynn weingarten, wherever nina lies, this is point, bookish-escape, scholastic
Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten
Publication Date: 1 February 2009
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 0545066336 (ISBN13: 9780545066334)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Source: Bought

Author's Site, Author's Twitter, Buy HardbackPaperback from Book Depository

Summary:
Have you seen Nina?

Nina was beautiful, artistic, wild . . . and adored by her younger sister, Ellie. But one day, without any warning, Nina disappeared.

Two years later, Ellie can't stop thinking about her sister. Although everyone else has given up hope that Nina will return, Ellie just knows her sister is out there, somewhere. If only Ellie had a clue where to look.

And then she gets one, in the form of a mysterious drawing tucked into the pages of a book. Determined to find her sister, Ellie takes off on a crazy, sexy, cross-country road trip with the only person who believes she's got a chance -- her hot, adventurous new crush.

Along the way, Ellie finds a few things she wasn't planning on. Like love. Mysteries. Lies. And something far more shocking...the truth.


Review:
OMGOSH this is one page turner! The ending really shocked me, I totally did not see that coming! I don't even want to tell you if the ending is a happy one or a sad one, because that might ruin it for you. I read this till 2.30AM! I was lost in time! Gosh, I think next time I should start reading earlier so I can make sure I sleep early.

I really love all these little mysteries and clues, they kept me wondering and my curiousity burning. They're also pretty interesting. There were moments I got so scared and worried, and moments I felt reallyyyy happy for them. And I can feel Ellie's strong love for Nina, they don't know everything about each other, but I feel like they know and understand each other very well, even though it might not be the case in Ellie's POV. I'm impressed! I want a sister-relationship like that now too, thank you.

I love the addition of drawings and some other stuffs, they really made this more interesting. The girls in the drawings aren't really how I imagined them though, I imagined Nina and Ellie to be wayyy more beautiful, more like the girl from the cover. PS: I am disappointed that the beautiful drawings aren't coloured, because I would love to see Nina's hair colours.

It's easy to like all the characters in the book, in fact I loved most of them. Even the one I think everyone should be hating, I didn't hate him/her, I just felt really sorry for him/her.

Conclusion:
This book definitely made an impact! In a great way, of course. Love this book!

PS (this is now the next morning): I actually had a dream about this book, or a similar dream anyway. Wowza!

Cover Design:
Love love love the cover, the cover girl is pretty, her hair is pretty, the fonts are pretty. I like the idea of the girl putting her finger to her lips, the the book title only show her one eye. The other paperback cover is pretty too!

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08 September 2010

Review: Marley and Me by John Grogan

john grogan, marley and me
Marley and Me by John Grogan
Genre: Non-fiction, Autobiography
Publication Date: October 18, 2005
Publisher: Harper Collins, Hodder And Stoughton Ltd
ISBN: 0340936843 (ISBN13: 9780340936849)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 343
Source: Friend's copy

Author's Website, Buy from Book Depository.com

Summary:
John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wriggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

Marley quickly grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, and stole women's undergarments. Obedience school did no good -- Marley was expelled.

And yet his heart was pure. Just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. A dog like no other, Marley remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit's end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.

Review:
Not a fan of animals, not a fan of non-fictions as well. But I love this book so much, I read this the second time, before returning my friend.

I feel like I know Marley. I feel like all those moments and things that happened in the book, I was there witnessing too. I laughed while crying, and cried somemore. It had so many things that made me laugh out loud. I am so emotionally touched by this book, I am still having tears in my eyes while writing this review. According to my first mini review, apparently, I couldn't get out of the book immediately.

I read this book earlier this year, and have wanted a dog since, even though I am not an animal person, nor a dog person, and am afraid of dogs, and might have allergy (just guessing). I certainly don't want to a destructive dog, but after knowing all the joy and other things Marley had given them, I really want a dog, to be there for me always, and bring me joys.

I like the writing as well, however, he put too many informations (as in facts, or background information, or definition or etc, you know, not very Marley-related). I just want to read Marley's misadventure. Then again, this is a reread, I've forgotten the first time I read, but maybe if he didn't explain, I might not know.

Conclusion:
loveeee this book. Super surprised by all the hate and negative reviews this book gets, criticising John Grogan and his wife to be terrible dog owners. Hey, nobody's perfect!

Cover Design:
Marley / cover dog is so cute! Like the fonts. Like the cover. :D

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03 September 2010

Review: Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli

jerry spinelli, smiles to go

Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Middle Grade / Children's (?)
Publication Date: May 1st 2008
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 054520402X (ISBN13: 9780545204026)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 248

Author's Website, Buy from Book Depository

Summary:
What is stargazer, skateboarder, chess champ, pepperoni pizza eater, older brother, sister hater, best friend, first kisser, science geek, control freak Will Tuppence so afraid of in this great big universe?

Jerry Spinelli knows.

Review:
Seriously, what's the with weird summary? I've seen another summary, kinda weird as well.

Anyway, from the beginning to the middle part of the book, nothing was really happening, I kind of knew what was coming. But man, I was wrong! I even had the sub-genre wrong.

Spinelli at first focused on something, at some point though, he changed the focus. It was a surprise, but it wasn't too sudden that you can't accept it. The new focus was the sub-focus I guess, it was there all along, the author did a good job at masking the real focus, and surprise us at some point. (I love surprises!) Bonus, a few parts made me laugh out loud.

I didn't like the main character and his sister, until the author's surprise. They are both really sweet and nice. To come to think of it, his flaw exists in everyone, I can't expect him to be perfect anyway. Silly me.

The ending is really sweet, it made me go aww.. I really like the ending. If you are the type that peek at the last page after reading the first few chapters, the ending is going to confuse you!

Conclusion:
I enjoyed reading this (A surprise to me, it's a children's book!)

Cover Design:
Plain and boring. I kind of like the smiley face there, but that's all. I think I prefer the back cover.

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01 September 2010

Shay Doran

Shay Doran, one of the main characters from Nightshade by Andrea Cremer has stepped out of book pages and stepped into the real world!


He now has a facebook AND a blog! He's adapting very well, eh, considering that he just came here for few days.

Welcome, Shay!

Check out his blog and facebook!
Blog: http://www.shaydoran.com/ (a domain! I like him already!)

His facebook statuses are pretty funny, but only one blog post so far!

28 August 2010

In My Mailbox (3)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren, inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.







Almost to Die For won from The Book Butterfly, Absolution bookmark sent by Jennifer Laurens. Thank you!

 Seventeen Magazine Malaysia September 2010 Issue has me inside!!! :D Friends Close, Enemies Closer is a present for a friend, hopefully she won't stumble across this blog.

Guardian of the Gate and Hex Hall my mum bought for me, I thought Guardian of the Gate is the 1st in the series, so I actually don't have Prophecy of the Sisters! Oh well.. silly me. Oh and if you click on the picture and see, above the girl's left eye (your left), it's kind of scratched or something. :( Didn't notice that.

Track Down the Title!



Day from Paperback Dolls read a novel 16 years ago, and she would LOVE to read that book again, but she does NOT know the title of the book! YOU can help this lovely book blogger!

Guess what, if you found the title, you get to win a finished copy of Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, or any other book! If you try to help or promoting, Day will choose 2 winners via random.org and send them random swags!

Come on and join in the hunt! Here's what she remembers.


WHAT DAY *THINKS* SHE KNOWS:

 In a small mountain town in Colorado ... Alpine? Evergreen? :o ... lives a beautiful and smart girl ... Anne? ... who is a ... senior? ... in High School. She is very popular, dates the football hero and big man on campus, and has a ... twin? ... brother. She enjoys ice-skating and is looking forward to the wonderful future that she has ahead of her. In her senior year, she takes a psychology elective and becomes fascinated with the inner workings of the mind.

 She begins to have troubling dreams ... then wakes to discover that they're coming true! :o Bad things are happening to the people in her life, including her boyfriend and best friend, both of whom have fatal or near fatal "accidents". Is someone playing a lethal game with her and the other people in town? Or is she cursed?

WHAT DAY IMOST LIKELY WRONG ABOUT ..*shrug* (",):

 ... there are supernatural occurrences ... one of the teachers is somehow involved ... her boyfriend may be cheating on her with her best friend ... there could be incestuous feelings between her brother and herself ... or even a teacher / student affair ...

 The novel may be Young Adult ... or Thriller. The author's first name is Christina ... or her last name is Christian ... maybe? :o

 The cover may have a V.C. Andrews look to it ... or a mountain scene! o_o

Go here for the original post by Paranormal-Obsession and comment there!

Self-banning

My book buying is getting out of hand, and I'm still a full time student, with no income! AKML. If I don't stop, who knows if I'll have a future, or how my mum is going to kill me, or ground me forever. Darn.

I NEED TO GO ON A BOOK BUYING BAN! OR SHOPPING BAN IN GENERAL!@#$%^&*fbakjdsfbakjfba;dfksbfaskjlfnaslfnsldnasldasnflsabfsajfs AND HAVE SOMEONE REALLY GOOD AND STRICT TO CONTROL ME. But who could that be? I know, if I have someone like that, I would not tell him/her, and he/she probably wouldn't know. Sigh, not even my (non-biological) twin could help. Self-control.

After buying those books, I can't even start reading them because even if I have the time, I neeeeeed to study! I HAVE to study! Gosh, this is really ridiculous. After the reading challenge I've joined recently, I should probably go on a book reading ban as well. No, I must. GIRL, READ ONLY TEXT BOOKS AND YOUR REFERENCE BOOKS!


For two months. or more. Okay until the end of the this year. From 1 September to 16 December 2010.

My book buying ban exceptions would be
  • Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink (gosh I bought the 2nd book! I thought it was the first in the series!)
  • Oh. My. Gods by Tera Lynn Childs (IF she remembers to send me the 2nd book in the series)
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Maybe when they release paperback with US cover, hardcover - too expensive, paperback - UK cover, does not match)
  • Shopaholic and Sister by Sophie Kinsella (I have all other books in this series except for Sister and Mini Shopaholic, I shall only buy this if it's selling really cheap, or buy NEXT YEAR, since I won't be reading this year, I must control!)
For all of them, unless there's a incredible discount, price between $0.00 (yay!) to $6.1, I won't be buying any of them, as well. Preferably buy next year. And Mockingjay is the exception of exceptions, if they release the paperback with US cover, I will buy it.

Oh gosh but wait, now I remember. I have a voucher I have to use before the end of the year. Damn it. OK, one of the cheap Penguin Classics books then.

Won't be rejecting free books, or my parents offer to buy me though. :p Which.. probably won't happen. Oh well.

Oh and did I mention I'm going on a TV series ban as well. Movies not included, only TV series. That means I'm gonna resist Glee and Vampire Diaries, and their spoilers D: NO exceptions for TV Series Ban!

I should probably go on an internet ban as well. No, really.. I am not improving in my studies, this is terribly awful and heartbreaking for me, and my parents.

24 August 2010

Challenge: September Spectacular

summer spectacular


I've decided to join September Spectacular reading challenge, hosted by Book Junky! This is my very first reading challange, and it clashes with my examination. D: Oh well.. But this is kind of easy, only 5 books! Plus, I have 2 weeks of school holidays in September. I hope I'll get to balance studying, reading and relaxing.

  • It will start September 1st and go on through September 30th.
  • There will be a 5 book reading challenge, ( one book a week) that you will have to read. Which books? Any 5 you want. Its your choice... Easy huh. At the end of that week you will post your review on your blog and add your link to the Mr. Linky at the bottom. ( If you don't have a blog you can either post a comment, letting everyone know what you think about the book or sent me an email with your review) * Sep first starts on a Wednesday so you can start your first book on Sunday the 29th if you want.
  • At the end of each week a giveaway will be posted. That's 5 giveaways!! The only thing you have to do to enter is, link your review on that weeks Mr. Linky. Plus get an extra entry if you add the September Spectacular button to your post or sidebar! ( Open Internationally)
I borrowed a book from my best friend few months ago and have yet to reread it. Well, I don't own the books, so I should read twice before returning, and I should return it asap.

So I'm going to try finishing the books! For this challenge, I'm reading
Update (5th book):





All are subject to change, but I'm determined to keep Marley and Me and Smiles to Go on the list. I can't decide my fifth book yet.

Come on and join the challenge! Click here to sign up.


Update:

In My Mailbox (2)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren, inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.


bookish-escape, in my mailbox




Before I Fall won from Tattooed Books, Hush, Hush won from Bitten By Books. Thank you!

Not bad, 2 books in a week. It's kind of sad that I have to resist reading all these shiny books. :/

23 August 2010

Skip a Starbucks day and save a life!




A bit lazy + sleepy to write.. but anyway, you can read the whole story here!

Ok fine, I'll try summarising.

CJ Redwine is adopting an orphan from China, they started all the works and everything five years ago, but the process somehow tragically stretched into years, until now. Furthermore, they've increased the orphanage fees by thousands and they need to get $8000 to bring the little girl back. All you have to do is skip getting your Starbucks (or your any other obsession/favourite/hobby) and donate (preferably at least) $5 to help CJ Redwine and this poor little girl that has missed all the love, from a family and a life she deserves. That's all you have to do!

CJ Redwine and a lot other bloggers are helping by hosting various giveaways on their own blog for the donors. When you donate, you'll be automatically entered in the grand prize giveaway on CJ Redwine's blog! And by donating, you are qualified to enter every single giveaways (there are a lot!) for the donors! You can go here to see the giveaway on her blog.

These are the bloggers doing different giveaways on their own blog to support this adoption fund, aren't they great?
K.B. WagersRebecca ClarkH.C. PalmquistN.L. GervasioBree DespainMyra McEntireM.G. BuehrlenRae Ann ParkerCarolina Valdez MillerAvery BeckJody WallaceBeth TrisselSara McClungShannon MessengerRachel Hawkins

The prizes are listed on CJ Redwine's blog as well.

Quoting from Sara McClung's blog post here:


I have HUGE exciting news! My ourfriend CJ Redwine is adopting an orphan from China!!

After five long years of waiting, she and her family were informed that they're very close!! As in, they'll be traveling to China in October or November, as soon as they get her picture and permission!! Weeeeeeeeeeee! I'm pretty much jumping up and down in my seat right now because CJ is going to make the BEST mother for this precious little girl!

But there's a problem :(

See, originally the process was supposed to take 6-8 months but it stretched into YEARS. And in that time? China's raised the orphanage fee by thousands. Between that, and having to redo their homestudy, their petition for orphan naturalization and their fingerprints FOUR TIMES, the Redwines are 8k short of being able to bring their baby home.

And this little girl deserves to be able to come home to her new loving parents and brothers. As a community, we have a chance to stand together and make it happen. It's so easy. All you have to do is skip Starbucks for a day and donate those few dollars to help bring CJ's baby home.

If you don't know CJ, you should. She's amazing and gives so much to the writing community! She offers query and synopsis and plotting workshop, in which a TON of her clients have walked away with agents. She hosts author interviews and giveaways on her blog, helping to spread the word about amazing books. She's hysterical, and sweet, and a really, really good person.


Or read this full blog post by CJ Redwine herself.

If you can't donate, like me, maybe you can help spreading the words and/or try to help in any other methods! It doesn't hurt to help!

Write a blog post, tweet, facebook, myspace, chain mails, etc!




Oh and post this button on your blog! I've added the code for this button to make it easier!

17 August 2010

Review: It Started with a Dare by Lindsay Faith Rech

it started with a dare, lindsay faith rech
It Started with a Dare by Lindsay Faith Rech
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: September 13th, 2010
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Graphia
ISBN: 0547235585 (isbn13: 9780547235585)
Format: e-book
Pages: 312
Source:  netgalley.com

Author's Website, Buy from Amazon.com

Synopsis:
Self-proclaimed nobody CG Silverman sees her move to an upscale new school as her chance to be somebody different. Her devil-may-care attitude attracts the in-clique, and before CG realizes it, a routine game of truth or dare launches her to iconic status.

While this rebel image helps secure CG’s newfound popularity, it also propels her through a maze of unprecedented chaos, with each new lie and every dare opening doors that, in most cases, were better off left shut.
CG is on a collision course with disaster. Will she be able to keep up the façade? Or will the whole world find out she’s a fraud? 

Review:
How do I start this review, hmm..

Let's just say, I finished reading this in less than 6 hours, with around 3 hours being away for tuition, and not to forget I stayed up till' 2AM while having to wake up the next day at 7AM. (and I'm here writing this review!) Why yes, thank you for your compliment.

So, now you know how Lindsay Faith Rech made me sacrificed my sleep and school works, how she took me on an interesting ride with this book, and how much I like this book. The whole book is cute, the atmosphere is light, and quite funny.

Honestly, when I started reading, I didn't like this book as much. It was kind of typical high school drama, and reminded me soooooo much of Mean Girls. I believe though, that this is even more dramatic than Mean Girls.

The main character, CG, or Cindy, gosh I like and dislike her. I don't understand at all why she had to create so much lies! (Then again, the high school system here does not work the way US high school does) Despite all those lies, I still managed to like her somehow. I wouldn't mind being friends with her at all. She is funny and sarcastic, and smart. That's why I don't get why she had to create a whole new person with all the lies, she is smart!

I like Jordan a lot, I only dislike him for that few scenes.(I'm a sucker for bad boys that aren't really that bad!) As for Alona, is it just me or is she Alice in Wonderland? We didn't get to know or discover that much about Alex, only little. I think I would like him better, or even more than Jordan if I had knew him better! I would love to know more about him!

I like how Lindsay revealed some random secrets of Cindy/CG that we didn't know or expect, and they're usually quite surprising. Author keeping secrets from readers, hello? I also like the addition of chats and emails, I guess they make me feel closer to the book.

This book took me by surprise towards the end of the book, it is so good! I think the greaat part of this book started around there as well! Great twist! I kept hoping for another twist, okay! I approve of the ending, even though it was not what I expected when I was reading the first half of the book.

**MAJOR SPOILER!**
I kept hoping that Jordan would turn out to be super nice and awesome and they would end up together. Oh well, the disappointment. But this is one of the (small amount) of books that has the girl choosing the guy who stood by her for very long time over some hottie she just known for few months. Also, I thought Cindy would at least speak a little with Alone or Grace after the truth came out, but no! :(

Rating: 4/5

Cover Design: I like the very cute girl! I try to imagine her as CG. :D The girl looks so naughty yet innocent, I guess it fits CG as well. The font is cute, placement of font is okay too!

CymLowell

15 August 2010

In My Mailbox (1)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren, inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

I've decided to join In My Mailbox! Oh scratch that, who am I kidding. I loveee In My Mailbox, joining in the fun is actually part of the reason why I created this blog!

Around 27 July, +- 2 days.
bookish-escape, in my mailbox




I won Heavenly + T-Shirt from Jennifer Laurens' blog, The Wish List + bookmark + fairy dust from Much Cheaper Than Theraphy, and Shiver + The Book of Tomorrow from Cornucopia of Reviews.


14 August,
bookish-escape, in my mailbox

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater *signed ARC
Sea by Heidi R. Kling Bookmark

woot my first ARC! It's even signed! *dances around* It's soooo pretty! And yes, I'm going to buy the finished copy of Linger too, but I'm still waiting for the paperback with the same green pretty cover (to come out in my local bookstore). I didn't expect the Sea bookmark!
Won this from Young Adult Literature Review!

Thanks soooo much, everyone!


Yes I've noticed how I didn't pay for any of them, I just bought and pre-ordered some books, one of them will only ship out like 200+ days later. :(

Thanks for reading!

14 August 2010

Spotlight Saturday (1)

Spotlight Saturday is a new meme, to introduce a book or maybe more to set some spotlights onto it(them). Every Saturday (or most or some), post a new blog post spotlighting a book (or more), old, new, soon-to-be-published etc, anything. Feel free to join the meme!

LOL I just googled a found other memes with the same name, hmm.


Her Sanctuary by P.Q. Glisson


Publication Date: 20 January 2010
ISBN: 1450202268 (isbn13: 9781450202268)
Summary: Shannon Mallory was a woman on the run….not from outside forces but from her own wounded heart. When she pulled up into the parking lot of The Last Resort Café, in the town of Sanctuary, little did she know she would find the one thing she never even knew she was searching for….true love.

Seth Proudfoot wasn’t looking for anything, except an end to his miserable existence. Accused of a crime he couldn’t remember committing, he was ostracized by a town that, ironically, bore the name of the one thing he could never find….Sanctuary.

When the two meet, neither can ignore the magnetic pull between them, but will Shannon allow her damaged spirit to trust a man…a man who may have murdered his own family?

Though Shannon is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen, it is her spirit that breaks down the iron-clad shield around his heart. Their desire burns hotter than the Arizona desert, threatening to melt the very mountains that loom like silent Gods above their heads. But can their love survive a betrayal that could very well cost them both their lives?




Friends Close, Enemies Closer (In Or Out, #4) by Claudia Gabel


Publication Date: 1 May 2008
ISBN: 043991857X (isbn13: 9780439918572)
Summary: Marnie, who's just gotten into a huge fight with Lizette -- and high school hottie Dane-- is suddenly very much OUT. Meanwhile, Nola, who's attracted a collection of boy admirers (including an older guy!), is suddenly sort of...IN. As Homecoming draws nearer, and the social stakes get higher, the former best friends are each waist-deep in drama. And when a surprising turn of events throws them back together, will they mend their friendship...or become enemies all over again?

Side Note: Book 4 in In or Out series. I've read the previous 3 books. This 4th book is incredibly hard to find. -__- I've been searching for so long! I guess ordering online or special order through local bookstores and pay for the extra money are my choices.

Previous in the Series: In or Out (#1), Loves Me, Loves Me Not (#2), Sweet and Vicious (#3)

From Goodreads.com