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

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.

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.

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.


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

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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

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?

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.

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.

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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

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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

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.

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.

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!


08 September 2010

Review: Marley and Me by John Grogan

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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

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.

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.

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


03 September 2010

Review: Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli

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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

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.

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!

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.


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!