19 July 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

 
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine.



The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern

Publication Date: October 13, 2011
Publisher: Harper Collins

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Summary:
Dear Lucy Silchester, You have an appointment for Monday 27th July 2011. Yours sincerely Life.

Lucy Silchester has received an appointment card. Actually, she's been invited along a few times to this appointment, but she keeps brushing the gold embossed envelope under the shag pile carpet. She's taken her eye off the ball and has busied herself with work (a job she doesn't love), helping out friends, fixing her car, feeding her cat, seeing her family and devoting her time to their life dramas. But Lucy is about to find out that this is one appointment that she can't miss. And she can't escape it either. Her Life is about to catch up with her in the most surreal of ways.

Review: The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood & The Duchess of Northumberland

The Poison Diaries - Maryrose Wood & The Duchess of Northumberland
Series: The Poison Diaries, #1
Publication Date: May 27th 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0007354436 (ISBN13: 9780007354436)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 237

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Summary:
Jessamine Luxson lives with her father, Thomas, an apothecary, in an isolated cottage near Alnwick Castle. Thomas’s pride and obsession is his locked garden full of dangerous plants, which Jessamine is forbidden to enter.

When a traveler brings an orphan to their cottage, he claims the boy has special gifts that Thomas might value. Jessamine is drawn to the strange but intriguing boy, called Weed. Soon their friendship deepens into love. Finally, Weed shares his secret: He can communicate with plants. For him they have distinct personalities—and some are even murderous. From the locked garden the poisonous plants call to Weed, luring him with promises of deadly power.

When Jessamine falls inexplicably ill, only Weed’s relationship with the Poisons can save her. But Thomas is determined to exploit Weed’s abilities, even if it risks Jessamine’s life—or drives Weed to the brink of madness.…

Review:
It's a slow / moderate paced story, so it wasn't very unputdownable, but it was very special and pretty. Honestly, I didn't really like the parts/chapters without Weed, I was really impatient and couldn't wait until a possible love interest appear. Yes, it got better after he FINALLY appears!

The way the author(s) described the plants, how they communicate, oh how very imaginable! I think this should be made into a cartoon-ish movie, a little bit too dark for happy-cartoons though, maybe a little like Scott Pilgrim vs The World style, not exactly that style, but you get what I mean. It will make a GORGEOUS and BEAUTIFUL movie, definitely! The author(s) described the place to be soooooo beautiful! And the poison garden, I kept imagining it to be quite similar to the one in Harry Potter, except maybe literally darker.

BUT OMGOSH AT THE ENDING WTF the villain (I guess). Sigh he is so cruel and self-centered and ridiculous! Anyway, I cannot wait for the 2nd book, for the ending was really quite unsatisfying! Not really a cliffhanger, but surely there must be more to the story. Did not see that coming! It was the most exciting part of the book though.

Conclusion:
Beautiful with a hint of darkness, then a shocking ending that might leave you go "OMG WHAT THE FFFFFFF! NOOOOOoooooo!".

Cover Design:
Way prettier than the hard back cover! I like the gold against the green, and the font, nearly everything maybe. The green texture kinda covered the girl's face, but I like that effect, it matches the story inside. But really, I think the gold against the green, and the lacey (or whatever) thingy on the top and bottom of the cover rocked this. And I didn't notice the girl there before.

17 March 2011

Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games, #3
Publication Date: August 24th 2010
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 0439023513 (ISBN13: 9780439023511)
Format: Hardback
Pages: 398

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Summary:
Young Katniss Everdeen has survived the dreaded Hunger Games not once, but twice, but even now she can find no relief. In fact, the dangers seem to be escalating: President Snow has declared an all-out war on Katniss, her family, her friends, and all the oppressed people of District 12. The thrill-packed final installment of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy will keep young hearts pounding.

Review:
Warning: I am so sorry, I have no idea how to write this without spoilers for this book.

I think Catching Fire is really dark, but it is so undark when you compare it to Mockingjay. How ironic, the 1st book's cover's colour is black, but it's the lightest, while the darkest book in this trilogy has the brightest/lightest cover. I am disappointed that, after all those cruel scenes (so unbearable I read and skip through them asap) Suzanne Collins won't write the ending in a happier tone. The least she can do is write the happy-ish ending with more happier description, how Peeta and Katniss ended up back together again, and more happier moments between Peeta and Katniss. It ended in such a sad atmosphere. Sigh, everyone in the book, or nearly everyone, is so incredibly tortured. I expected the ending to make me grin and unable to stop grinning, but no it did not. Sighhhh.

And OMFG she freaking killed Cinna, AND Prim! And a lot other poor characters. :( RIP.

Actually, it's kind of hard to write this review. I mean, if I'm talking to someone about it, I'll spill everything out naturally. But the only friend that I talk to about this series with hasn't read the book yet, must hold back comments and spoilers. Yikes. I don't know how I feel about this book, really. I think it drained my emotions and attentions with all the torturing, especially seperating Peeta and Katniss. If you ask me now (as in when I'm writing this) if I like the book, if I thought it was nice, I wouldn't know how to answer you.

Oh and Suzanne Collins has done it again, making me cry less than 45 pages into the book. OK don't call me a crybaby! Did I mention I happily skipped dinner for both Catching Fire and Mockingjay?

I need to reread all 3 books, because I read so fast I'm pretty sure I missed some stuffs. But I'm dreading to reread Mockingjay already.

Conclusion:
I think I hate this book, for its darkness, cruelness and etc. I'm not good with dark books like this one. Wait, I think we have a love/hate relationship, making me so upset. So it's a huge compliment. LOL.

Cover Design:
Well, I like it. The mockingjay is flyinggggggg.

03 March 2011

Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games, #2
Publication Date: September 1st 2009
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback

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Summary:
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the annual competition described in Hunger Games, but the aftermath leaves these victors with no sense of triumph. Instead, they have become the poster boys for a rebellion that they never planned to lead. That new, unwanted status puts them in the bull's-eye for merciless revenge by The Capitol. Catching Fire maintains the adrenaline rush of Suzanne Collins's series launch.

Review:
Warning: I am so sorry, I have no idea how to write this without spoilers for this book.

OMG WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF. I can't believe they really made Katniss and Peeta go back into the arena. And the new arena is so freaking dangerous! And you know what, I was neither Team Peeta or Team Gale before this, now I'm pretty sure I'm Team Peeta. And they do this to them after I joined his team! SIGH OMG whyyy! So. Very. Cruel. I think my heart is broken.

During those omg-wtf-please-dont-let-this-happen-omg-please scenes, I think my heart skipped a beat, or was beating faster than usual. Ah I hate those feelings. I was pretty sure Katniss wouldn't die when she thought she was dying, but I really did question and doubt that sigh. :(

Oh and Peeta's flaw, which is walking with a lot loud noises, really isn't a flaw, but Katniss made it seems like a ridiculous and awful flaw, I can't help but feel the same. What the heck, how did Katniss / Suzanne Collins do this to me?

I hope the stupid Capitol / President Snow won't torture Peeta. Please don't please don't, no need to have my heart broken again. And I seriously need more information about the plan and the new District 13. And I really hope Katniss and Peeta will meet up real soon and stay alive and live happily ever after. :D

Anyway, the arena part, it's too confusing for me. The clock thing and the area thing. Of course, I was quite impatient. The weird names did not help at all. Oh and the weapons, I'm not interested in weapons, so I only know a few of the weapons mentioned in the book, maybe just the bow and arrows, and knife. -__- Not a big deal but it will be better if I know, maybe I'll "befriend" them before I re-read or something. And I think I am now looking at the world and people in a different way too, not too different, but still different. Will this after-effect disappear or will it stay? Guess time will tell.

Half way through the book, when I was taking a break from the book (because my mum had dragged me out to do some banking stuffs), I can't help but to feel like maybe we are actually heading towards the world Katniss is living in. OK maybe not her world, but something similar-ish I guess. It's possible, and that is just so sad.

I would give this book a 5 stars, but it's so sad and depressing and so not going Peeta/Katniss's way, I have no choice but to deduct a star. I'm being extremely generous here, but as a Peeta/Katniss shipper, it doesn't deserve a star at all.*

*OK just in case you're serious, I was being dramatic. Lighten up! I love Suzanne Collins, unless she's killing Peeta or Katniss or Cinna in Mockingjay. Yes, Cinna is my favourite non-main-character.

Conclusion:
Me thinks, not good as The Hunger Games, but still super good.

Cover Design:
It's my least favourite among all 3 covers, but it's not bad, I still like it, and it's still way better than UK covers.

27 February 2011

Review: Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Awaken - Katie Kacvinsky
Publication Date: May 23rd 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books
Format: egalley
Source: Netgalley

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Summary:
Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her.

Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.

In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.

Review:
This is such an amazing book. How very ironic, for me to be reading an egalley of this book. Anyway, I love how the time is set not too far from now and not too far in the future, so you can see the future stuffs, and still see some things that we're familiar with now. But I still don't really know the function of some of the gadgets. They weren't explained, I wish they told us more.

Anyway, I was hooked from the prologue. These characters are sooo real, like I know them. I like them, but I wouldn't want to be them, any of them, in their world. It's nice to see how Maddie reacts to her first experience with some stuffs. And Justin is young, but he sounded so old! By old I mean, too wise, too mature. Seriously, too much advices and all that -__- The wiseness is too much for someone that young. He is no fun. It's probably because of his background and etc, still... Well, I guess you know now that I'm not a fan of Justin. I went to read other reviews of Awaken, and I have to agree with them when they say Justin is preachy and a lot ranting from him. LOL.

Oh but I really like the romance, how they interact, and etc. And there was a scene that broke Maddie's heart, it broke mine too (sort of) and I cried :'( First time probably, for me to cry reading a book online. The 2nd half of the book really did shifted to focus more on their romance, but even then Justin is so distance.

I really can't get enough, and I seriously hope there will be a sequel, for the ending isn't really "okay, you can let go of me now", more like "to be continued...". I might not want to be them or live in their world, but I definitely want to read and know more about them!

Conclusion:
Really really really liked this book, and need to have a sequel!

Cover Design:
The cover looks like it's a depressing/issue book that will drain you emotionally. I don't know how I feel about the cover lol, except that after reading, I kinda understood the cover.

Review: I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk

I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk
Series: I Heart, #1
Publication Date: June 25th 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0007288387 (ISBN13: 9780007288380)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 305

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Summary:

 Angela Clark is in love—with the most fabulous city in the world!
When Angela catches her boyfriend with another woman at her best friend's wedding, she's heartbroken and desperate to run away. With little more than a crumpled bridesmaid dress, a pair of Louboutins, and her passport in hand, Angela decides to jump on a plane for . . . NYC!
Settling into a cute hotel and quickly bonding with benevolent concierge Jenny—a chatterbox Oprah wannabe with room for a new best friend—Angela heads out for a New York makeover, some serious retail therapy, and a whirlwind tour of the city. Before she knows it, she's dating two sexy guys and blogging about her Big Apple escapades for a real fashion magazine. But while it's one thing telling readers about your romantic dilemmas, it's another working them out for yourself. Angela has fallen head over heels for the city that never sleeps, but does she heart New York more than home?


Review:
What can I say? I heart I Heart New York, I heart Angela Clark, I heart Lindsey Kelk, and I also heart Alex Reid, Jenny Lopez and well, nearly everything else in I Heart New York. It was hilarious, and sooo relaxing. I don't have to worry about some supernatural things appearing and killing her, or something.

Though I am afraid of I Heart Hollywood, I certainly don't want her to break up with Alex, and luckily, I Heart Paris' synopsis does not reveal anything. Anyway, I haven't been reading for quite a while, so I didn't read chick lit (or something like chick lit, and I LOVE chick lit, why the heck did chick lit became an insult thing is beyond me, chick lit is awesome) for quite a while, it reminded me why I love chick lit in the first place. Blending serious and funny and pulling it off, along with romance and hot guys? What's not to love?! I miss Becky Bloomwood already.

I was upset one night, I needed funny and this book gave me funny, and cheered me up, or at least distracted me. Oh and bonus, the ending is not a cliffhanger, and I still can't wait to buy and read the next one. What happened to the starbucks / coffee shop cute guy anyway? Angela might not be able to handle 3 hot guys, but we readers sure can.

Conclusion:
I heart I Heart New York, and I can't wait to heart I Heart Hollywood and I Heart Paris. Just the thing my heart hearts.

Cover Design:
I love it! So cute :D

Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games, #1
Publication Date: October 1st 2008
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback

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Summary:
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Review:
OH. MY. GOD. With alllll the hype, attention and fame, I have such high expectation for the book, I was so afraid that it will disappoint me. Afterall, I bought all 3 books already. I don't want the money to go wasted. But oh my gosh, it's so amazing! Suzanne Collins is pretty much a genius. I am sure Katniss and Peeta will survive, because they already have another 2 books about them, but that's the only thing I'm certain about. Seriously, I didn't know what to expect at all!

It's not exactly unpredictable, but no way near predictable, that I can assure you. Less than 50 pages into the book, I already got my eyes teary once, and cried once. That's really fast, usually I don't cry so soon.

Anyway, usually, I dislike the character when they make a wrong decision, or mistakes, or something, even though I know I might have done the same thing if I were them. For example, a character too blinded by something to see that someone's in love with them. Apparently, Katniss is an exception, I didn't dislike her at all!I don't know, maybe Suzanne Collins is too amazing, or maybe... I really don't know.

I really wish I knew more about Gale though, as well as Peeta. I don't feel like I know Peeta well enough to be "Team Peeta", let alone Gale. Sure, I've swooned a little (heh) over Peeta, but not enough! I'm fighting the urge to read Catching Fire, because I must not stay up. D: I just seriously hope they won't have to go through Hunger Games again. -_-

I wonder what's wrong with my copy. It's Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia edition (only available to some schools), and there are a few sentences that do not make sense to me. I think I have to try normal editions, and check and see if they have these weird sentences as well. For example, they used the word "use" instead of "useful", I'm pretty sure it should be "useful" in that sentence, not "use". Gosh seriously, I think they ruined the book a little. If the other editions do not have such weird sentences, I'll have to buy them. Any of you have this problem?

BTW, I was googling something to check if anyone has the weird problem I'm having, and wtf I accidentally read that Prim is dead wtf wtf please don't let that be true.

Conclusion:
I think Suzanne Collins is a genius.

Cover Design:
Well honestly, I've seen this cover so many times, it's very symbolic. So I don't really have a comment lol. But I like it. :D

Update after finishing all 3 books: This is my favourite book among all 3!

31 January 2011

Review: Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison

Here Lies Bridget - Paige Harbison
Publication Date: January 18th 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 0373210280 (ISBN13: 9780373210282)
Format: e-galley
Pages: 224
Source: NetGalley, received a free e-galley for an honest review

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Summary:
What do you do when the five people you meet in limbo all want you to go to hell?

Bridget Duke is the uncontested ruler of her school. The meanest girl with the biggest secret insecurities. And when new girl Anna Judge arrives, things start to fall apart for Bridget: friends don’t worship as attentively, teachers don’t fall for her wide-eyed “who me?” look, expulsion looms ahead and the one boy she’s always loved—Liam Ward—can barely even look at her anymore.

When a desperate Bridget drives too fast and crashes her car, she ends up in limbo, facing everyone she’s wronged and walking a few uncomfortable miles in their shoes. Now she has only one chance to make a last impression. Though she might end up dead, she has one last shot at redemption and the chance to right the wrongs she’s inflicted on the people who mean the most to her.

And Bridget’s about to learn that, sometimes, saying you’re sorry just isn’t enough.…

Review:
I think it's brilliant! I hated Bridget, a lot, and love(d) hating her, and I'm pretty sure that's what the author intended. I kinda enjoy hating her :x I also love the idea of reading from a bitchy girl's POV. All those novels where the antagonist is a mean popular beautiful powerful girl bullying terrifying everyone, and I have always wondered what was going in their minds. I think the author did a pretty good job. Nice to know what's in their minds. :D

Bridget is self-centred, so I didn't really know much about other characters, and if somehow, Paige Harbison did let us know more about them in some ways, it probably will ruin the whole thing. I don't even want to read it from 3rd person POV. I think reading from 1st person POV, aka Bridget's, is awesome, probably the best choice.

Bridget just really, doesn't care about other people. She doesn't even realise how she's hurting the people around her, with her awfulness. And she cares so much about her reputation and popularity, it kinda reminds me of myself, lol. Except that I wouldn't go that far, even if I miraculously have the guts. I want them, but not desperately.

I loveee Liam, he is awesome. Probably my favourite character there. I like Bridget's stepmom too, she is so selfless. And well, there really isn't much other characters to like/choose from, lol. Oh, I love reading how Bridget changed, the whole process thingy. It's like I witnessed it, and it all happened pretty fast!

I think the book gets better and better, and harder and harder to put down, as I continue reading. I had to pause though, because I had an early class the next morning and if I don't stop, I'd be late for my first class of a subject, and probably sleep through it. D:

Kinda wish it has a sequel, I think there are some questions unanswered, and lots of room for a sequel. Like, more about Bridget's mom, and what happens to Michelle next, and about Anna.

Conclusion:
I love this one, it's really pretty awesome, and hard to put down, and quite interesting, reading from her POV. Really, I even love(d) hating her.

Cover Design:
I don't really know what I think of the cover. I don't like it, I don't dislike it, and I certainly don't hate or love it. I don't think it looks ugly, but I don't think it's gorgeous, however I also don't think it looks okay or not bad. LOL. I guess it's quite pretty looking actually, probably just need something to make it really pretty.

Review: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

The Undomestic Goddess - Sophie Kinsella
Publication Date: October 30th 2007
Publisher: Dell
ISBN: 044024238X (ISBN13: 9780440242383)
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 384

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Summary:
High-powered attorney Samantha Sweeting has just made a mistake that could snuff out her career. In total meltdown, she abandons her office and catches the first available train out of London, winding up in the middle of nowhere. Still suffering from brain freeze, she wanders first into a large mansion and then into a job as a housekeeper. Samantha's domestic skills are in severe disarray, but somehow she blunders through sewing, ironing, cleaning, and patching together her life.

Review:
First of all, oh my gosh, what have I been missing? Blackberry existed back in 2004?!?!?!?! *googles* oh my, existed since 1999?! I've always thought it uh, appeared, in the recent years. Maybe it wasn't popular back then? *hopeful* oh well..

I loveeeeee the romance part, so cute and sweet and awww! Sophie Kinsella has written another awesome main male character, in fact, I think I'm in love with most of her fictional main male characters! For the books published as Sophie Kinsella at least, there's another book that I haven't read, and I read none of the books published as Madeleine Wickham, yet. D:

As always, and as usual, the humour is awesome. I think Sophie Kinsella did a great job at Samantha as well. Might be a little exaggerated, but really, if we were Samantha, we might do something similar to what she did. And Samantha's undomestic-ness is really shocking. At least I'm not as undomestic-y.

Though, it took be quite long to understand better about the uhm, legal parts. I mean, 3 parties, and I don't know a thing about law, really quite confusing, But at least in the end I understood better, and the parts that I still isn't sure about doesn't matter that much, I think.

Well, the ending is quite unsatisfying for me. I mean, I want to know more, but it ended already! There's also something that I want to know, but I don't think I'll know. Perhaps it's hinted somewhere lol, and I'm too blind to see/realize that. I think the ending-style is kinda the same with her other book, Remember Me?.

It's pretty awesome, you know. I wonder if she's going to start another series.

Conclusion:
The usual awesome Sophie Kinsella style. If you like her other works, you'll like/love this. If you like chick lit and never tried her, just buy any of her books.

Cover Design:
Well, I love mine. I don't really fancy the other / more common cover, unflattering yellow. This one is cuter, brighter, and prettier. :D

PS: Ohmygod, there's a movie for this book in development?! :O Yay!

23 January 2011

In My Mailbox (8)

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



THAT is a lot of books, but not too much considering this is actually THREE MONTHS worth of books! So, here's the list of great blogs/bloggers/authors I'd like to thank: Sisters in Scribe, Mundie Moms, Addicted to Novels, The Qwillery, BookSneeze, Book SnobLindsey Kelk, Reading the Best of the Best, Alyxandra Harvey, Kelly Oram, A Life Bound By Books, Gwen Hayes, Fiction State of MindLauren Bjorkman, Sydney Salter, Cornucopia of Reviews and Martha's Bookshelf. Thank you. And a good friend who lent me 5 of the books listed above, I miss you.

22 January 2011

Review: Izzy's Popstar Plan by Alex Marestaing

Izzy's Popstar Plan - Alex Marestaing
Series: Book #1
Publication Date: January 4th 2011
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 1400316545 (ISBN13: 9781400316540)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Source: BookSneeze, received a free review copy for an honest review

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Summary:
Izzy Baxter has big plans—popstar plans.

Ever since she was six, she’s dreamed of becoming the world’s next singing sensation. Now sixteen, her singing career is on the rise, and she’s been selected to compete on the hit TV show International Popstar Challenge. As Izzy performs in far off locations such as Tokyo and Paris, it seems as if her plans are coming off without a hitch. But God has plans of His own, and Izzy will soon discover that living for Him is “way cooler” than megastar fame.

Presented like a daily blog, set up like a devotional, and read like a novel—this book will be an instant hit with tween girls. This cutting edge new product will meet girls where they are, and girls will love following Izzy on her incredible adventure. Plus, they’ll get daily spiritual food to equip them on their own incredible adventure with God.

Review:
Hmm, how should I start? So, it's a very light read, good for relaxing, but also kinda blah for me. I like the blog post format, it makes the book easier to read, and the readers get to know more about what's happening via the comments posted by her friends other than whatever Izzy posted, and that's all. I don't feel connected to any of the characters, not even Izzy. There're so many stuffs that we don't know about the other characters If she didn't keep mentioning it and the paparazzis, I probably won't notice that she's someone famous, or even her passion for singing lol.

Anyway, she's a teenager, but she doesn't really act like one. The crisis/her mistake part, I honestly don't think that's a serious mistake. She is no fun at all, yikes! And how come her father doesn't allow her to date anyway, she's a teenager, and it's the 21st century. It's just a date, not a freaking marriage. The romancelessness makes me sad. :(

The blog posts are quite short, really. And I was expecting pictures too, I mean, who blogs without uploading any pictures? I still prefer the real blogs, and the real blog posts. Probably won't be reading another book in blog post format.

Conclusion:
It's just not my cup of tea.

Cover Design:
Super fun looking! Love it!

19 January 2011

Review: Love at the Corner Pocket by Marlene Perez


Love at the Corner Pocket by Marlene Perez
Publication Date: May 1st 2008
Publisher: Point / Scholastic
ISBN: 0545019915 (ISBN13: 9780545019910)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288

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Summary:
All’s fair in love and billiards.

At the pool table, Chloe is an expert. She can see all the angles, sink all her shots. But when it comes to love, she’s more of a novice—unlike her beautiful best friend Bridget, who plays to win.

But when Alex comes to town, he changes everything. Slick and confident, he makes Chloe feel things she’s never felt before, and he even beats her at pool. The trouble is, Bridget also has her sights set on him. Meanwhile, Chloe’s old friend, Theo, seems to want to be more than her pool partner.

When dealing with friendship and love, will Chloe be stuck behind the 8-ball? Or is this a game she can win?

Review:
I finished this in around 3 hours because I wanted to finish and return it before school's out for the day, but I guess I read too fast, I ended up with nothing to do for a few hours. I really should've stayed home.

I don't know if it was my reading speed or what, I think it's a light and fast paced book, and not exactly what I would call a fun book. Maybe because me and Chloe are having a same problem, much less dramatic but still really depressing for me, so it was actually quite sad and disturbing. I felt sad for her AND myself, too relatable with the same problem I guess, but she's much better at handling it.

Anyway, I really enjoyed this book. The characters are likable, and yay for a really cute romance. I kind of wish I knew more about Bridget though, because I don't understand her. The pool playing parts bored me though, then again I'm not really interested in the game. The ending doesn't feel too final for me, because it wasn't the ending that I wanted, since it's similar to my real life problem's "ending", and I'm still hoping for a miracle.

Conclusion:
Light and fast paced, with a cute romance. :D I like this, it's very enjoyable.

Cover Design:
Cute and pretty cover! I love the heart on the ball, and a pink pool table!!

01 January 2011

My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent is out now!



My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent, the 4th book in her Soul Screamers series, is out on 1st January 2011, which means you can get them in bookstores already! Or you can buy online from Book Depository.


Here's the official blurb:


YOU WANT MY SOUL AND MY BOYFRIEND?

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

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

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

I DON'T THINK SO.

and here's the official trailer!




Previous books in the series:
my soul to take, rachel vincent, soul screamersmy soul to save, rachel vincent, soul screamersmy soul to keep, rachel vincent, soul screamers

Review: Long Time Coming by Sandra Brown

Long Time Coming by Sandra Brown.
Publication Date: May 7th 1997 (first published 1989)
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0553562789 (ISBN13: 9780553562781)
Pages: 240
Source: Won from Goodreads.

Author's Site, Buy paperback from Book Depository

Summary:
In this classic tale, a woman is reunited with the man she has loved for years—and must reveal the secret that will jeopardize her chance for happiness at last. He arrived out of the blue—a flesh-and-blood phantom from the past in a sports car as sleek and sexy as Law Kincaid himself. The world-famous astronaut was as devastatingly attractive as the first time Marnie Hibbs had laid eyes on him, seventeen years before. But she well knew the perils of falling for a ladies’ man like Law. And this time she had someone besides herself to protect. Law is determined to discover who is sending him anonymous letters claiming he’d fathered a son he knows nothing about. Showing up at the Hibbs’s return address from the letters seemed like a step in the right direction. Marnie swears she isn’t the guilty party, but when Law meets her son, it’s like a one-two punch to his solar plexus. The boy is nearly the spitting image of Law. Law can’t remember sleeping with Marnie—then again, he can’t remember much about his crazy past. But there’s more to it than that: Marnie claims the boy isn’t biologically hers. As the tension between them becomes unbearable and the attraction undeniable, Marnie is forced to reveal a long-held secret...one that might cause her to lose both the boy she loves more than anyone—and the man she desires more than anything.

Review::
She's in love with her sister's ex, uh okay. and he also happens to be her sister's son's father, and it has a happy ending. I find that quite disturbing. Am I the only one? It's like a man marrying both sisters. Okay ew.

Also, Marnie's love for David is very touching. He's not even her own son! I got teary eyes when she thought she really was losing David. It kind of reminds me how much parents sacrifices for their children (like me)! :(

However, Marnie's love for Law, is ridiculous. How can she love her sister's ex lover/fling, who also happens to somehow ruined her life/family, for so many years?! Why didn't she move on? They didn't even stay in touch or whatever. and the love actually did not fade away?! Seriously..

Other than that, it's actually pretty nice and enjoyable. If you like romance novels, you'll probably like this then. I don't know, this is my first romance novel. I think romance or older romance is not my cup of tea. Pfft.

Conclusion:
Disturbing things aside, it's quite enjoyable and nice.

Cover Design:
It looks really, weird old. Well, considering it was published in 1997, first published in 1989 (I didn't even exist yet), it's okay, I guess.