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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park
By Rainbow Rowell
26th February, 2013
St. Martin's Press, 325 pages

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.

Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

- description

I am writing this review RIGHT AFTER I put down the book. And believe me, it was unputdownable.

Seriously though, this is my first book in MONTHS and it has to KILL me like this.

After I read it, I seriously have to think if I like it or if I hate it. Because most of the time(or half, i don't know xD), the ending justifies more to me than the journey. Which is totally bad, by the way. Like, the journey was supposed to be the best part. And it is(but I still can't over the ending though).

If I have to describe this book to someone, I'll say that it's BEAUTIFUL and MOVING and HEART-WRENCHING and KINDA REALISTIC and just... OMG.

Like, I have no more words other than that otherwise this won't be a review anymore. It'll be FULL of FANGIRLING and just... a lot of fangirling.

PS: DID RAINBOW ROWELL WATCH SUPERNATURAL OR SOMETHING? Or am I just too obsessed with the show that I see everything Supernatural? I mean, COME ON!

Asian kid, nerdy: Kevin
Green eyes, Impala: Dean Winchester.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Rain by Christie Cote - Cover Reveal

By Christie Cote
Expected publication: Somewhere in 2014

Taylor Sullivan took her life for granted until she received news that would change her life forever. In a state of denial she met Kyle, who didn’t end up being what she expected. She wasn’t able to escape her new reality, but with his friendship, just maybe she could survive it.

- description

Author bio

Christie Cote resides in Vermont with her Husband and their dog. When she isn’t reading, writing, or dreaming up her next story, she can be found shooting targets with her bow, drawing or baking.
Rain is her first book.

Christie writes Young Adult Realistic Fiction, Fiction, and New Adult novels.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Up In The Air by Ann Marie Meyers

By Ann Marie Meyers
200 pages
Published July 6th 2013 by Jolly Fish Press
Source: From the author in exchange for an honest review
Purchase links: The Book Depository | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

My rating: 5/5

Ever since she can remember, ten-year-old Melody has always wanted to fly.

And when she leaps off a swing in the park one day and lands in the mystical realm of Chimeroan, her dream finally comes true. She is given a pair of wings. She can fly! Life cannot be any better.

Yet, dreams do come with a price. Even with wings, Melody realizes she cannot outfly the memories of her past. The car accident that has left her father paralyzed, and her unscarred, still plagues her with guilt—she believes that it was entirely her fault.

In Chimeroan, Melody is forced to come to terms with her part in her father's accident. She must choose between the two things that have become the world to her: keeping her wings or healing her father. description.

Have you guys ever read a book that contains everything from your childhood dreams? Robots, Wizards, Fairies, Elves and... flying? I did and it was the best experience I've ever had! This book is amazing and I love it! One of the best middle grade book I've read in a very long time.. I'm trying to save some money to buy the physical copy of this book. Yes, that's how much I love this one.

First of all, the cover.. It's amazing how the blue compliments the gold and the illustrations are simply stunning! It's weird because the way I choose to describe the cover is "well organize". For me everything is just right. Everything works for me. It's a simple cover but I am absolutely in love with it!

Now about the book, It was so fun and exciting! Everything you would want in your childhood are everywhere in Chimeroan. It's a world where dreams come true after all. They also have dragons! I repeat, dragons!! It's a very fast pace read. You just can't stop reading it! Definitely a page-turner.

Also the adventures that they (Melody and her friends) had were fun and interesting since their own adventures are related to their problems in their lives. The best thing about this book is that Chimeroan isn't built to just make children dreams come true, it also teaches them valuable life lessons that they actually really needed which we rarely see in middle grade books. What they were taught in Chimeroan? Well, I guess you just have to read the book to find out. This book taught me so much and I cried when it ended.

The ending was also very solid and very touching for me. It's a very well put together kind of ending. One of the best conclusion for a book I've ever read. I'm not going to say anything more to avoid spoilers but usually this kind of book would probably ended as a dream or the world that they had gone through didn't exist at all which really pisses me off! Imagine everything that you read was just the main character's dream? I would totally flip the table for that. Thank goodness it was different for this one and I just have to say it again, I absolutely love the ending and of course the whole book!!

I know it sounded like I'm exaggerating but I really did enjoyed reading this book and I would very well recommend this book to people from all ages even though it's a middle grade book.

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Dirt by Lori Culwell Review

The Dirt
By Lori Culwell
11th November, 2011
208 pages, Booktrope Editions

Lucy Whitley cannot wait to get out of Palm Desert. It's not a place for a frizzy-haired science nerd, particularly when her fashion-obsessed older sister Sloane is the head of a clique of pretty girls who rule the school -- and practically the whole town. Fortunately, life is about to change forever. Lucy's dad is getting re-married, and then she can transfer to a boarding school in Connecticut, escaping all the mean girls and the endless whispers about the Whitley family scandal. Everything is going to be perfect -- as long as the wedding goes smoothly.

- description

The Dirt pretty much tells a story about an elite family in the Cali society. The Whitley’s are pretty much important people in the society but they’re a broken family. Strangers that happened to live in the same house. Except without all the clich├ęs of downright depression for not having their parents’ attention.

What I love about The Dirt is that all of them have their own character and everything is detailed and pronounced. The plot isn’t so bad too. I don’t usually get immersed in a book without boys in the center but I was surprised to see that I got so immersed in the Whitley family problems to even worry about why are there no guys in the story. For those who feel like I do, don’t worry. It’ll come along sooner or later.

Overall, The Dirt was a good read. One I’d like to escape to once in a while.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Shatter Me By Tahereh Mafi review

By Tahereh Mafi
338 pages
Published November 15th 2011

My rating: 4/5

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior. description.

First of all, the cover is absolutely mesmerizing! Yes, I prefer the cover with the eye in front. Cara E. Petrus did an amazing job with the cover design. The eye with the tree branches and water falling from the eye depicting tears are just treats for my own eyes and the simplicity of the fonts that were used are just enough to give focus to the graphic of the cover.. Clever job indeed..

Now, let’s talk about Tahereh Mafi’s writing.. Tahereh Mafi uses a unique way of putting thoughts and words together in one book. You see, the main protagonist of Shatter Me is Juliette and in the book her actual thought is written alongside with the words that she said, the words that are appropriate at that time or the words that she wants to hear.. For example, “My Touch Is Lethal. My Touch Is Power.” Tahereh Mafi definitely put a creative touch to the book. It’s hard to explain it but I’m sure a lot of you had already read this book. Plus, once you started to read the book.. you’ll get use to it. The beautiful metaphors that were used described fully of how beautiful her writing is.

I didn’t give the book 5 stars because for me, it seems to be lacking some world building for me. I just want more vivid descriptions of the world that Juliette and Adam live in. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the book! I slept late at night just because I wanted to finish the book and I succeed by finishing it in just one day!

I also absolute love the characters and the steamy romance shower scene.. *wink* Don’t kill me but I do find Warner annoying in this book. His is desperately in love with Juliette and somewhat obsessive and paranoid. Sometimes, I feel bad for him. There are so much mixed feelings I have for Warner. I applaud Tahereh Mafi for creating such an intense character.

Shatter Me is an amazing book that I would recommend to any teenagers and adults!

“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.”

Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me)

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Waiting on The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted weekly by Breaking the Spine.

By Michelle Hodkin
464 pages, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Expected publication: 10th June, 2014

The Retribution of Mara Dyer is the last book in the Mara Dyer Trilogy.

- goodreads description

It has NO DESCRIPTION available. Yet. And I'll be waiting for the day the description finally comes out and if we're lucky, they'll release some teasers or snippets or scenes or extra scenes. Because I'm just hungry for MORE of Mara Dyer & Noah Shaw. Even with me feeling like this, I'm glad that The Retribution is the last book & that this is a trilogy. Oh gosh, why is it SO HARD to find paranormal/supernatural/dystopian/apocalyse/etc books that does not goes on FOREVER?

I just finished The Evolution of Mara Dyer & wrote a review on it. You can go here if you'd like to read it ^^

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The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin Review

By Michelle Hodkin
28th February, 2013
544 pages, Simon & Schuster UK

Mara Dyer knows she isn't crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah can heal with his. Mara also knows that somehow, Jude is not a hallucination. He is alive. Unfortunately, convincing her family and doctors that she's not unstable and doesn't need to be hospitalised isn't easy. The only person who actually believes her is Noah. But being with Noah is dangerous and Mara is in constant fear that she might hurt him. She needs to learn how to control her power, and fast! Together, Mara and Noah must try and figure out exactly how Jude survived when the asylum collapsed, and how he knows so much about her strange ability...before anyone else ends up dead!

- description

I have sooo many mixed feelings about The Evolution of Mara Dyer. It’s not that that I don’t like it, I LOVE it. I just had SO many feeling go through me while I was reading it. It was surprising really. I’ve never felt very attached to the character but I felt Mara’s feelings as my own.

I must admit, the beginning was a bit slow for me. But around the 100 pages, I felt like I was reading too slow and too fast at the same time. Too slow because I want to know how it ends already. Too fast because I don’t want the book to end. The plot is just awesome. It definitely ended with a BANG! The last book is coming out in June, JUNE! And then I’ll still feel tortured because people the blogosphere will get the ARC while I have to wait until it’s published and have to wait again because it might still not be released in Malaysia.

I think I just felt about EVERYTHING throughout the book. Mostly frustrated, annoyed, pissed off, furious. I felt Mara’s desperation as my own. But Hodkin put Noah there and balanced it all out. I think I died a little inside when Noah went all sweet.

-pg 227
- pg 349

F**k Mara. I’m going to kill Jude & Dr. Kells myself. I think I might have a supernatural ability too :P

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