Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Half Wild

Nathan Byrn is on the run. 
White witches hunt him. 
Black witches hate him. 
His gift from his murderous father is a wild new power he can't control.
He  must find the girl he loves who may have betrayed him.
In a war between black and white witches with his loyalties split between both the greatest danger Nathan faces might be himself... - excerpt from back of book.

Half Wild by Sally Green is the second book after Half bad, it continues right after the ending of the previous book.  I was excited to continue this book as the previous book had a suspended ending but unfortunately for me I couldn't remember much of what happened previously. I skimmed through the first book before starting this one. It started off slow for just a bit and then action and then slow down and then action. Imagine yourself on a roller coaster ride that keeps going up and then down quickly many times throughout the plot. While I was reading it, it felt really annoying because there was a lot of jerking on the reader but after I completed the whole book I felt that it was quite a good plot in the end. 

This second book can seem boring at some parts but the twists were really good. The "boring" parts are important as it's where you get to know new characters which were really interesting, let them grow and also letting our main character grow at the same time. One character from the previous book was introduced quite late into the story but in this book, there's more of him and it was good to have him around, it truly made a difference for the main character. I like that we get to know more about the main character's trusted friend and to see him grow too. There were some qualities of the main character that I did  not like at all and I feel that it was because of his behaviour, the ending was as such. It proves to show that the author planned really well for how the main character would be and how it would impact the plot.

What I feel lacking in this book is when there are fight scenes, it's not detail enough and too brief for me. I also wished more magic were used in fights, instead there were guns. The magic in this book is just too lacking but the plot and the characters make up for it. Towards the end of the book, things get heated up really good and I loved the direction of the story. The ending was good and like the first book it was a cliffhanger type.

Honestly, it was not bad for a second book but it wasn't as good as the first one for me. It didn't grasp my attention completely at the start, only towards the end it was hard to put down the book. I think the lacking in magic and fighting made me a bit disappointed. The ending would be the only reason why I would pick up the last book because I would like to know what happens after that but it's not like I'm super eager or excited to get my hands on it. I don't mind waiting and I have a feeling I would forget this book by the time the last book is out. This book was good but not good enough and it contributed in making me drop its favoritism a notch. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Emerald Green


Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is. She's only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects that the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-Germain, is up to something nefarious, but nobody believes her. And she's just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along.

Will Gwen finally uncover the secrets of the Circle and learn her own fate? - Excerpt from book.

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier is the final book in the trilogy. I had my reservations when it comes to reading this last book as I didn't want the story to end and also I was afraid that certain incidents will not be explained. If those butterfly effects does not take place then the whole story is flawed. But fortunately for me, those butterfly effects occurred in the book and I really loved it. While reading this book, all I wanted is for everything to connect and when it did it was fantastic. The plot was just so so good, I couldn't put down the book even when my eyes were tired. The timeline of things happening are just perfect to me.

The introduction of another character into the story even though he plays a small part was essential, it made things more fun for sure. The characters that are crucial to the story did grow a bit and other side characters were just as good.  The romance element in the book wasn't the main highlight as it was just okay.  I think it was only important as a motivation for the characters in the book. The actions and reactions of the characters were really spot on too. At one point, I was quite annoyed with one of the side characters that if I knew her in real life, I would have slapped her. This just shows how good the author can write and make life into the characters.

Ultimately, I truly enjoyed the mystery in the book and how it slowly unfolds. I loved every moment in the book and just wished it was longer. Reading it fast because I was excited but slowing down sometimes as I was reluctant for it to end. I like that the author did not make things too complicated as it would be hard to cover up all the effects of the characters' action in time traveling.  The whole story captured my heart and this series has won a place in my favourite series.

I would definitely read more books by this author though it will take some time because her books are written in German. I think I must give credit to the translator because she did a good job as the sentence and grammar did not seem off. I highly recommend the book to people who love time traveling subjects, little bit of romance, some comedy, fantasy and lastly London in the olden days. I'm so satisfied with the book, I would definitely read it again in the near future. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I'll Give You The Sun

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constanly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them.

But three years later, at sixteen, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways...until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else-an even more unpredictable new focus in her life.

The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to each other, they'd have a chance to remake their world. - excerpt from book.

I'll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson is a book about two siblings that had an incident occured in their lives that changed everything and who they are. At first I thought the book was at an okay pace and when the plot thickens it was hard to put down. I enjoyed every bit of the book and I loved the meaning conveyed by the book. I like the dual perspective written where the boy's in the past and sister in the present. I find myself enjoying the sister's part of the chapters more.

I really like the characters of the book, especially the sister because she had the most character growth compared to the brother. The other characters involved in the plot are also good to the story and I like how these people can be so real. I feel like if I talked too much about the book, I would reveal the contents but honestly it was easy to guess what was coming or what information was hidden from the characters. It was a predictable book for me but I still loved it because it was how the plot all come together at the end that was beautiful. How the thoughts of the main characters were written in the chapters were also really good and the description was creative.

Overall it was a good book about two siblings and I loved that I can somehow relate a little bit to it. The message of the book was beautiful and I hope the people who read this gets the same feelings too. It's not the type of book that I would read again quickly, probably when I can't remember well then I would pick it up. But now the story and feelings are fresh in my mind, it would be boring to read a book that I know so much about now. A good page turner that I will recommend to contemporary lovers and people who love to read stories involving sibling love. Below is something said by the sister which I absolutely agree with and I thought it was good enough to share and remember it.  

"Or maybe a person is just made up of a lot of people," I say. "Maybe we're accumulating these new selves all the time." Hauling them in as we make choices, good and bad, as we screw up, step up, lose our minds, find our minds, fall apart, fall in love, as we grieve, grow, retreat from the world, dive into the world, as we make things, as we break things.-  pg 354, line 17 onwards.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sapphire Blue


Gwen's life has been a roller coaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve. When not searching through history for the other time travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she's been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.

It's not easy when a secret society, a dangerous Count, and her own time-traveling partner, Gideon, are determined to keep her from the truth. Especially since Gwen can't decide whether Gideon really believes she's a traitor to the Circle or might actually be on her side - and creeping into her heart. -excerpt from book.

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier is the second book to the ruby red trilogy. The stories continues where we're left off from the first book without any time gaps. I absolutely loved this book from start till the end, it was really exciting to read about Gwen's adventure. Two new characters were introduced into the story and I really love those characters. One of the characters made the book funny while another was one who adds to the mystery of the plot. As for the main characters, I think there was much growth for Gwen and it's interesting to see her actions through out the book. I also like the interactions between all the characters especially Gwen and her friends.

For the plot of the book, it had a very good pace and the timing of everything happening in the book is perfect for me. I have yet to see how the incidents link together which I think will be written in the last book. Much of the mystery still remains for the story and I guess that is what keeps me reading because I wanted to know more. So far there are no flaws presented in the book and for me it is a good sign for the direction of the book.

In conclusion, I loved reading this book and I had a hard time putting it down. The story captures your attention well because more mysteries present itself in the book. When I was reading, I just wanted to find out what else will happen and what Gwen will find out for herself. Besides that, I had to read more to see whether some incident that happened in the first book will have reasons/explanations in the second book. This book kept me at my toes and I'm really looking forward to the last book. This book definitely is better than the first book as it has more incidents for the story. If you read the first, this is not to be missed. I highly recommend to people who love to read about time travel because so far this book has not made any flaws yet.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bonbon Cakery: Overview

I was so happy to finally see this game translated into English version, Bonbon Cakery. It's another free game offered by Kairosoft but of course they will always find other ways to earn just like Beastie Bay and Dream House Days. You just need to spend more time than those who are willing to pay to buy in-game items because it just comes slower. The in-game items are premium tickets and medals, just like the previous two free games which helps leveling up ingredients, staff and others in the game.

What you find similar (Cafe Nipponica, Sushi Spinnery) in this game is that you will need to experiment with base and ingredients to unlock new recipes. Those new recipes will give you more choices to sell in your bakery. The need to sell various things in your bakery is because it appeals to different customers where they level up and unlock things such as ingredients, promotions and etc to progress your game. Games like Hot Spring Story, World Cruise Story and many more have to level up their customers and this game is no exception. Bonbon Cakery certainly has all the same elements/game play that every other Kairosoft game usually have which means you must spend many hours on.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Ruby Red

"Although I had never seen him before, I recognized him immediately. I'd have known his voice anywhere. This was the guy I'd seen on my last journey back in time. Or more precisely, the one who kissed my doppelgänger whule I was hiding behind the curtain in disbelief."

Sixteen year old Gwen lives with her extended - and rather eccentric - family in an exclusive London neighborhood. In spite of her ancestor's peculiar history, she's had a relatively normal life so far. The time-traveling gene that runs like a secret thread through the female half of the family is supposed to have skipped over Gwen, so she hasn't been introduced to "the mysteries", and can spend her time hanging out with her best friend, Lesley. It comes as an unwelcome surprise when she starts taking sudden, uncontrolled leaps into the past.

She's totally unprepared for time travel, not to mention all that comes with it: fancy clothes. archaic manners, a mysterious secret society, and Gideon, her time-traveling counterpart. He's obnoxious, a know-it-all, and possibly the best-looking guy she's seen in any century.... -excerpt from book.

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier is about a young girl who discovered she could time travel just like her ancestors. Firstly I went into the book only knowing that time traveling was involved which is one of the topics that intrigued me the most. When this type of topic is touched, the author must be really good at plotting every event down, butterfly effects and how everything links in the end. I really enjoyed this book as the plot is really good, mysterious and  much turn of events here and there. I didn't expect anything and I guess that's what made the book good. I also could not predict much of the story. Books that I can predict are not fun to read anymore and it bores me easily.

The characters of the book were so suitable for the story and I think having a female heroine like that made the story even better. The side characters of the book are also perfect for the story, especially the best friend of the heroine. I can't wait to read more about the people around her and their roles in the story itself. The male hero of the book is also full of mystery and hard to predict which makes things interesting.

This was a book that was hard to put down, when I read the prologue my attention was immediately captured. The flow of the book was very good, you can say this is an introductory to the whole trilogy but important events did happen which I'm sure contribute to many other events in the other two books. As a first book to the trilogy, I think it was well written and it definitely is enough to make people want more, The epilogues of the book is one of the major parts that will make people continue to the next book. 

I'm totally satisfied with the book and I would highly recommend this book to young adult readers who love a bit of historical setting and also a modern setting. If you love plenty of mystery surrounding time-traveling, this is also a good book for you. I would totally pick up this book again to read sometime in the future. The story was worth every penny you paid. I'm so excited to continue to the second book as I want to know whether those butterfly effects will start to come...

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Reading goals for 2015

Last year it has been a good reading year since I managed to finish my reading goal challenge which is 50 books. I just randomly picked books that I was interested and read last year which is usually new books that I bought. Because of this behavior I ended up with a big TBR(to-be-read) pile which contains books that have been bought many years ago. 

This year I think some planning and a little bit structure will help reach my 50 books challenge. Below is the list which I hope I might be able to roughly follow through if I can:

  1. Read 50 books
  2. Finish 5 series at least (Mistborn trilogy, Maze runner, Matched trilogy, The Inheritance Cycle, Fire and thorn trilogy)
  3. Listen to all the Harry Potter audiobooks
  4. Read 1 book a week at least.
  5. Read at least 2 self-help books 
Counting the series listed there, there is 16 books there where the reading goal will be 34 books left. When I include the 2 self-help books and 6 of 7 Harry Potter audiobooks, the total will be 26 books left. Those 26 books will either come from my TBR pile or new books that I'm planning to buy this year. These are just simple goals but I really hope I can do it. Here's to wishing all bookworms good luck in reaching your reading goals!!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Favourite books of 2014

For the year of 2014 I managed to read 50 books and completed my Goodreads reading challenge. I was quite proud to have read this many books and I believe it's the most books I've read in a year in my life. Out of all the books I've read there were good ones, okay ones and definitely awesome ones. The list below are books that I absolutely loved and would not hesitate to read it again and again. The list below is not in any order and some books are not published in the year 2014 either.

  1. Vicious by V.E Schwab - A story about two good friends then turned enemies in the future. It's exciting, unique characters and great plot. Page turner, hard to put down. My full review: Link here
  2. Champion by Marie Lu - The last book of the Legend trilogy, I loved this book the most but the first two books were just as good, I gave all 3 books 5 stars. I choose this book because of the ending which made me cry. The whole series is action packed with a fantastic plot.My full review: Link here
  3. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell - This is a adult book which was really funny, cute and enjoyable to read. I really laughed out loud in public and people were looking at me weirdly. I absolutely enjoyed the book from start to end, my favourite type of romance plot.My full review: Link here
  4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - A really special and magical book. I love the characters of the book and all the different perspectives in the story. The setting of the story is just so beautiful and magical, I wanted to work in that circus.My full review: Link here
  5. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo - This is the second book of the Grisha trilogy and my favourite out of the 3. All 3 books have gotten 5 stars from me. This book is action packed, great characters, wonderful world and an exciting plot. I love the relationships in this book and plot twists. This was one book that was hard to put down. Full review to come soon.
  6. To All the Boys I've Loved before by Jenny Han - A story about a girl who wrote letters to boys she loved but it's just for personal keepsake. Things got weird when the letters were mailed out to the boys. This story is super super cute to read especially the female lead in the book. The plot is simple yet lovely and fun to read. A definite page turner for me.My full review: Link here
  7. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson - The first book that I've picked up by this author and imediately I knew I'm gonna love the books he writes. The idea of the story is well done along with the world that is built. The plot is mysterious and the plot twist of the book just hooks you to wanting the second book. When I read this book it felt like a movie that I'm watching. My full review: Link here
  8. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins - The last book of the "Anna and the french kiss" series which had a very good ending to all. I love the plot of the book, it was very sweet, cute and quite real of a relationship. My full review: Link here
  9. Since you've been gone by Morgan Matson - A story about a girl completing a checklist sent by her best friend who went missing when summer started. The story is about growing, friendship and stepping out of your comfort zone. It was such a fun book to read and so suitable for the summer. I got hooked so fast and to the ending I wished it was longer.My full review: Link here
  10. Delirium by Lauren Oliver - I love the first book the most out of the Delirium trilogy. A dystopian setting where the world sees love as a disease. When teenager reached a certain age, a cure is given to remove getting the disease and then a match is picked by the system for the person to be with. This story's idea was unique to me and it has a good meaning behind the book. I enjoyed the plot twist and how the story progressed.My full review: Link here
  11. Half Bad by Sally Green - It's about a boy uncovering his roots and choosing a path. It's also a book where the character is always put into bad situations. I like how this book is not all happy and colorful with sad and painful things happening. I love how the character grows in the story. It's not your typical magic related/fantasy book.My full review: Link here
  12. The Archived by Victoria Schwab - The first book of the archive duology. A girl is given a duty by her grandfather to protect the archive. This book has action, mystery and great characters. The story is unique and I loved every bit of it especially the character interactions.My full review: Link here
  13. The Unbound by Victoria Schwab - The second book of the archive which I also love, it was hard to choose between both. This book was also action packed and filled with more human emotions. I like the new characters introduced and also another side of the male lead was included which made things so much more interesting. I literally could not put down the book.My full review: Link here
  14. Bared to you by Sylvia Day - An erotic novel about a woman meeting a man who she knows nothing about but she fell in love with him. They both have their own demons and how they try to overcome it together. I compared this series to fifty shades of grey and I like this one quite a lot because the characters are more deep and real. I liked how strong and weak the characters can be at the same time. Full review to come soon.
I'm so happy to have read so many great books and discover some new authors along the way. Those books really gave me a new world to explore and great enjoyment imagining it. For the year 2014, I truly fell in love with young adult books and authors such as Holly Black, Victoria Schwab, Brandon Sanderson, Morgan Matson, Marie Lu and Jenny Han. I'm looking forward to reading more books by these authors and I've already have a good series by Brandon Sanderson sitting in my TBR pile. I will post another blog post for my reading goals of 2015. The following link is to the books I've read in 2014: Goodreads link
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