Thursday, February 4, 2016

Top 5 : Biggest Badasses


LOL at myself!! I actually written a blogpost with incorrect interpretation. So the biggest badasses are characters that have lots of confidence, cool and frequent disregards of authority. I went and wrote about villains instead but no worries I'm writing a new post that fits this category. I will repost that with the proper title instead. There are many characters who fits in this category lately in young adult books. As the urban dictionary most top definition, that person is one ultra-cool motherf*****. So below is my top pick kick ass characters not in any order.

Wolf from Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles)

A character who is mysterious, strong and fights for a living. This guy never reveals too much and then when he does, well you'll be slightly surprised at his true nature. What he is capable of is what makes him a badass. If I continue more on him I would be spoiling people who will read Scarlet. 

Kaz from Six of Crows 

A gang leader in the most messed up city. His past which influenced who is he now totally qualifies him as a badass. He has so  many tricks up his sleeves that it's hard for people to figure him out. Even with a disability he is able to defend himself which is truly amazing. His mysteriousness totally appeals to me. To know how badass he is, please read Six of Crows which was my favourite book last year.

How to Marry a Marquis



When Elizabeth Hotchkiss stumbles upon a copy of How to Marry a Marquis in her employer's library, she's convinced someone is playing a joke. But with three younger siblings to support she has to marry for money, so a guidebook to seduction might be just the things she needs - and what harm could there be in taking a little peek?

James Sidwell, the Marquis of Riverdale, has been summoned to rescue his aunt from a blackmailer,. And, posing as the new estate manager, his primary suspect is his aunt's companion - Elizabeth. Intrigued by the alluring young woman with the curious rulebook, he gallantly offers to help her find a husband - by allowing her to practise her wiles on him. But when practise becomes all too perfect, James decides that there is only one rule worth following - that Elizabeth marry her marquis.  - excerpt from book

How to Marry a Marquis by Julia Quinn is a wonderful story about a woman trying to get marry and unexpectedly falling in love. I have not read a historical romance for quite some time now, probably a year's time and I was happy that I picked up this book. I adored Julia Quinn's writing and so far she is the only historical romance author that I've been reading. After reading so many of her titles, I'm still satisfied with her stories. This book was no exception, it was funny and at times your heart beats fast feeling excited for the heroine.

What I love about this book is the characters, the male and female characters were quite realistic. This is because at that timeline, I would agree that people of their status reacting the way they did. The female character was not the typical lady who swoons so easily and have gone through much herself. I love that the value of family is strongly highlighted in the story, and it's important to the characters. The interactions of the characters are wonderful parts, the conversations so interesting. The male character himself also have some issues but overall he is a man who would be wonderful to be married to.

I also love the plot of the book very much, it's such a simple love story, nothing rushed, no instant love and it's at a good pace. The events that happened in the book were funny at times and one of the twists was exciting. I love that the book did not try to drag on too long. Everything happened at wonderful timing.

Overall it was a very good romance book as I could not stop reading to find out how their love would happen. The thrill of the romance is definitely the moments for the characters and I loved all of it. I highly recommend this book to readers who love romance books, historical romance, fans of Jane Austen would love this too. Before I end my post I have to share this line from the book:

"Never forget that love is the most precious gift of all. Money and social status are poor subtitutes for a warm, tender embrace, and there is little in life more fulfilling than the joy of loving and knowledge that you are loved in return." - Page 375, line 14

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Scarlet



Even in the future, beware of the big, bad wolf....

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She is trying to break out of prison-even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing, When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information about her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wold unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now. all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
- excerpt from book

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer is the second book in the series where it just gets better and better. The book continues right where the previous book stopped but this time the main character is Scarlet instead. For this book, it's the fairy tale retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. It's so fun to try and relate the actual story to this book, discovering where in the plot and who of the characters will be similar.

While the main plot focuses on Scarlet 's story, Cinder's story runs parallel in the timeline. I love how the author can keep me at my toes with two leading ladies in the story. Both plots are fantastically thrilling and action packed. I love how the book is broken down into parts again just like the first book. I love consistency shown in writing when it comes to series. I'm also loving the swapping of stories in the book and it's not confusing at all. Every time a swap of character's point of view happens in the chapters, you'll be left hanging on the previous character which then makes you want to keep reading to reach the other person's story, such a good page turner method.

With the introduction of some new characters into the series, there is so much room for growth. I absolutely love the new characters that are written into the story, especially the funny and sarcastic ones. All the male characters in this series are just to die for, each of them exuding qualities that you would want in men. Of course, they are not perfect people but the author makes their flaws so entertaining to read about. Without a doubt the men in the series have woo my heart, I can easily picture them with their beautiful features (drools). The female characters are just as good as the men for me, they are definitely women you don't mess with.  You can certainly see all the characters grow in the story, their interactions  are so pleasant to read. There's so much you can learn about the characters' personality just by the way to react to situations and the conversations with other characters.

This is one of those books that does not lack in action, romance, wit and many more. Reading this book was sort of like picturing a movie for me and it was so epic and entertaining. It had fantastic plots and characters which resulted the book being hard to put down. If you have read the first book, of course you have to read this one too. I highly recommend this to young adult book lovers, the science fiction part is just a setting for the book, it's nothing too technical/mechanical to understand. I'm so in love with this series right now and it's easily scored a place in my favourites for this year. I cannot wait to start the next book as I am now waiting for the delivery. The series has very good reread value too, I'm definitely going to read again to see if I've missed other details. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Top 5: Disappointing Eye Candy


Wow this is another week's topic that is quite hard for me to choose as I've always researched a book before I've bought it. I seldom buy books based on the cover looking beautiful but I think I can find a few (goes to my bookshelf.........start rummaging around........back after 50 minutes).

So I do have some books that I've not love and I've mainly sold it off as it was not worth to keep on my bookshelf. So here goes my list:


This is a book I bought because I like the author and the cover also looks good too. Sadly the plots were just okay and the characters did not have much growth at all. I was disappointed as Amanda's previous series were quite good and I loved it. As it's so mediocre I've decided to let the series go.


As you can see this book had a very nice typography indeed together with simple icon that sort of depicts the story. I found this book okay and it was not a book that was particularly funny or romantic. I can strongly say that this was a book that did not leave an impression on me. The characters and the plot was just average.


Friday, January 22, 2016

Cinder



Even in the future, the story begins with a Once Upon a Time....

Humans and androids crowd the raueous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl....

Sixteen-year-old Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citisen with a mysterious past and reviled by her stepmother. But when her life becomes interwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalatic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future. Because there is something unusual about Cinder, something that others would kill for. - excerpt from book

Cinder by Marissa Meyer is a Cinderella retelling with a science fiction/futuristic theme. This book is first in the series which are 4 books in total. The whole series is called The Lunar Chronicles and all the characters intertwine in the books.  The series had a lot of hype and it's a much loved series, which I'm also in love with now. I was totally blown away by the idea that the author have even though it's a retelling but to come up with plots that is interesting is so hard. I could not stop reading the book, it certainly captured my attention well since the beginning of the book.

The plots of the book is very good with such good twists and turns. I absolutely love reading it and trying to relate it to the fairy tale that we all know as children. Every time something happens I'll  be thinking in my head that the fairy tale was like that and the author wrote it like this. There are similarities but it's also a world of difference at the same time.  If you can picture the incidents of the story it would make such a good movie. The world is slowly described, the characters are presented and then the story climaxes and the ending leaves you wanting more.

Whenever I fall madly in love with a book and its series it's not only the plot but also the characters included. The main characters for this book was awesome. I especially love the two main characters who have a little spark between them. Never have I wanted two characters to be together so much. They have such good moments together in the book which puts a grip on your heart. Both characters have such good development in them, they grow so much and change according to situations. I really love Cinder's personality, she does so well in such tough situations. Her interactions with other characters were wonderful and exciting to read about. The male character is also a guy that's captured my heart, I would easily fall for him in real life.

This was a fantastic book to start the year with, I enjoyed the excitement, so many gripping moments that are unforgettable. The ending was such a good suspense which makes readers want more. I'm so happy that I have the second book to continue with instead of waiting. My advice is get the whole series and then binge read. I highly highly recommend this series as the retelling of the fairy tale stories is such a fresh idea. I love how while you read, you would try to find the original story in this futuristic one. If you love young adult science fiction, this book is recommended. If you love reading about fairy tale retelling, this is suitable for you too. After falling victim to the hype, I have no regrets at all. This is certainly a series that can be read many times over.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Top 5 Favourite - Buzz Words



This week's topic is top 5 favourite buzz words. It's words that is printed or used to described a book that will guarantee a buy from you. It's was kinda easy for me to pick those words as knowing myself as a person who always buy books based on this alone. So many times I would buy books from the book store just by browsing and upon spotting those keywords, my mind goes "BUY!!!!!". So here are my choices in no particular order:

  1. Heist - I'm such a lover of heist type of stories, even for movies. My favourite is of course Six of Crow currently. What made me love heist so much is because I love the details of how the plan will be, how the people execute it and how there's always something that will go wrong. My love for heist is strongly influenced by Oceans 11 movie and the following ones too.
  2. Con - This is one similar word to the one on top but there is a difference when it comes to the story. My favourite con related book would be The White Cat series from Holly Black. This was the series that made me love the author's works so so much. 
  3. Revolution - Whenever humans are oppressed in stories and a group of people band together to start a revolution or resistance, I'm pulled in for sure. I love this because I love how the author can be creative on the suffering of the people, how that band of people come together and lastly how will they fight against this oppression. Books that are somewhat in this category would be The Hunger Games, The Mistborn, The White Rose and many more.
  4. Anti-heroes - Bad guys who turn out to be heroes or heroes who are actually bad guys. It'll be like taking a candy from a baby for the publishers because I'm sold! I love how that people with powers who are supposedly be good but are bad instead, or people who are bad ended up fighting the good fight. Vicious and Steelheart are two books that I've read who are in this category.
  5. Time travelling -  OMG!!! The easiest hook on me is this one. I love love love books on this topic because I'm intrigued as to how the author can deal with butterfly effect, how the story come together to explain time gaps and how when events happened are link to the time traveller. The series that I've in this category is Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue, and Emerald Green. The author did a fantastic job with the series.
Some books that I've mentioned will have links to reviews that I've written, do check it out. Please share in the comments below what buzz word/s is a guaranteed buy for you.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Mini Block - Elmo

The following are instructions on how to build a Elmo from mini blocks. The same design can be replicated with nano blocks as well. I will also include the video that I've uploaded on YouTube of the process on assembling it. I hope you do try it, it's quite fun!







Friday, January 15, 2016

Favourite books of 2015

I have had a great year with books and thus it was hard to choose my favourite.This is because quite many of the books become my favourite this year. Before I present to you my list, I would like to say that these books are not necessarily published in 2015, they are just books that I've read in 2015 although a few was published in 2015. I've decided to choose a top 10 to share with you guys. These books have such great stories to tell and some have pulled at my heartstrings. I highly recommend these books and I'll insert links to my reviews of those books too. The list below are not in any particular order but I have to mention that my most favourite book of the year would be Six of Crows.






Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo - The story is set in the Grisha world but these characters are not related to the Grisha trilogy. They are a band of bad people who are trying to work together to prison break an important person. How will they pull off this task when that prison is the hardest place to break out of? They also have many conflicts with each other, can they actually work together without killing each other first? What I love about the book is it's action packed, the characters have very interesting past, and as you read along the story you will find out how they pull off their heist. My full review: click here

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray - A girl chases a boy across multiple dimensions because he killed her father. I love the world that is built in the story, all those parallel dimensions are so unique and special. The characters were also people with personalities that grabs your attention. It was a fantastic page turner as you want to follow the heroine on her quest for justice. This is the first book in the firebird trilogy. My full review: click here

Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray - The second book in the firebird trilogy. The romance in this book was so so good and of course the parallel dimensions that are new in this book was really well built too. This book also talks about morality issues. A new danger and a new adventure in the second book that totally grasped my attention. My full review: click here

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