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!