Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Boy Most Likely To


Tim Mason was the boy most likely to:
  • Find the liquor cabinet blindfolded
  • Need a liver transplant
  • Drive his car into a house
Alice Garrett was the girl most likely to:
  • Well, not date her little brother's baggage-burdened best friend, for starters
For Tim, it wouldn't be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if "smart" is always right. Soon they find themselves moving closer to each other-until the consequences of Tim's wild past come back to haunt him. With all Alice has to balance in her own world, is she sure she can handle Tim's too? - excerpt from book.


The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick is sort of the continuation from My Life Next Door but focusing on different characters. Samantha is no longer the main character instead it's about Jase's sister and his best friend. I would say that at first I was not interested as Sam and Jase are my favourite characters but this book was surprising. This is a great example of when life gives you lemons, what do you do with it? Life happens and these teenagers tackled it pretty well I must say. I like how the chapters alternate between point of view of Tim and Alice which gives you more of an insight of how to perceive and judge each other.

I love how messed up Tim is but eventually there is so much growth from him. His interactions with different individuals is just attention grabbing where you want lots of things to happen. Alice is a complicated character with many conflicted decisions to make. I like how her family is influential yet not all the time. Alice's personality is one to capture your attention as well and seeing how she reacts to surprising news is just wonderful. The best part is the family dynamics of the Garrett's just like the previous part and how Tim fit into it is just perfect.

The plot is as smooth as it can gets, the story continues slightly where we're left off from Sam's story. You get Sam and Jase here and there which adds to the build up. I could not predict much of the plot and was caught by surprise with the plot twist. The ending was quite a bitter sweet one but nevertheless a well written one. I guess I love how I can come to enjoy those characters slowly and feeling a little bit emotional for their troubles and tribulations. This is a good book to follow up with the family and I love how this isn't an instant love story. The author did a great job with the characters, so if you're the type who prefers good characters then this is for you. If you've not read My life next door, please do as it'll make this book more enjoyable. Here is my review.  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fireworks



It was always meant to be Olivia. She's the talented one, the one who's been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend Dana, is the one on the sidelines, cheering Olivia on.

But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who's never sung more than Olivia's backup. Next thing Dana knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who's destined to be the next big thing.

It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift...and there's only room at the top for one girl. - excerpt from book.

Fireworks by Katie Cotugno is my second time reading her book, the first was 99 days and I quite enjoyed it. Sadly for this book it was just mediocre, nothing too enticing or exciting. The summary sounded interesting so I picked it up but I speed read most of the parts. Where I wanted more drama, there wasn't enough. The love story of the book was too short as the focus was actually about friendship which I felt was just not realistic enough. The drama of a girl group was just average as I expected more crying, arguments or even fights. 

I like the growth of the main character, I guess this was the only part that encouraged me to finish the book. Her interactions were okay with other characters and I often wanted more for her. She is definitely your typical teenager that is finding herself in this journey while there are others who are already really sure of who they want to be. Those are the characters that I find unrealistic and their interactions with Dana is not emotional or jolting at all.

Overall I would say the plot twist was one that I could see it coming since things started to heat up a bit. Nonetheless, it is something that you would want to happen but with a little bit extra drama. From the start till the end, it covers an entire summer which is actually quite a short timeline so some things happened too quickly without any build up. I cannot recommend this book to anyone and I think this would be the book who has convinced me to not get her next book unless I've read a good review on it.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

November 9



Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon's last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallow becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben's relationshio with Fallon-and simultaneously his novel-be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak? - excerpt from book.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover has become my favourite even though I've only read 2 of her titles. The premise of this book was quite interesting with the characters just meeting once a year, you would think it's sorta like One Day but in the book itself they pointed out the difference. What really capture you is not only the genuine and uniqueness of the characters but the plot line was just amazing.

The main heroine starts off with her past and slowly in the book how it has shaped her. Through out her meetings with the male protagonist and experiences, she begins to grow and change. Her interactions with the people in her life are briefly mentioned but just enough to let you picture the whole idea. Whenever she meets up with Ben, you will be on your shoes and loving every conversation and moment. As for Ben, he is a mystery from the start till the climax of the book. Even though you don't know him but you'll love him all the same, his actions and thoughts of Fallon is one guy that captures you.

The book is written based on Nov 9 of a few years and in the perspective of Fallon and Ben. It is so enjoyable to read about a male and female perspective when it comes to romance for me as I'm often curious what goes through the other person, although in real life it's impossible to know of course. The alternating point of views gives you so much insight of the plot and also making things so much exciting with conflicting views at times. I would say that the timeline of the book is unique of its own and certainly fits the whole idea without boring you at all. You could say that there is much suspense year after year which is one of the reasons of my attention being hooked. When you reach the climax, I'm pretty sure you might let out a tear or two, at least you would feel something for the characters.

I highly recommend this book to contemporary/romance lovers, this is one of its kind. Colleen has certain amazed just through two books and I'm so excited to pick up other titles of hers to add to my book collection. The stories all came with a message and it was such a touching one. She certainly set some high standards for romance books for me now.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

I Believe In A Thing Called Love



Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That's how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it's how she'll get into Stanford. But- she's never had a boyfriend. In fact, she's a disaster at romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she's applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years-where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It's a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her "K Drama Steps to True Love", Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos-and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama. - excerpt from book.

I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo caught my eye through that cutesy girl with her sweet floral skirt cover, so I approached it at the store reading the summary. The word K Drama attracted my attention easily and then ten pages in I was hooked. This is a standalone book highlighting the events of a high school girl chasing after love. I was entertained from start to the end and I love those moments when the author addresses a certain Korean Drama scene. This book definitely portrayed some of my love for Korean Drama. 

There was this section that truly expresses my love:
"Yeah, the stories could be formulaic, downright cliched at times, but with the strong characters, it all worked. Characters that you rooted for, that you hated with the heat of a thousand suns, that you crushed on hard-core, that you envied, that you cared about. They were more real than anything that Oscars served up."

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Sun is also a Star


Being an immigrant is hard, what's more to say when one is born in a country that people still sees you in colour instead of your nationality. No matter how much you love your country, sometimes the people in it can put your spirits down. 

The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon tackles that issue, an illegal immigrant, an Asian born into a western country how different it is for the both of them and what happens when they meet. This is my first attempt of this author as her debut book was greatly raved about and also the movie was just released not too long ago. An author who so quickly have a movie based on her debut book is surely one good writer or so I expected. I have to say after reading quite numerous amounts of contemporary in the young adult category I was not amazed or captured by this book. In my honest opinion the spark just isn't there for me but I appreciated the messages that was highlighted. 

Bringing forward the issues of migration, it is tough when parents make the decision to move their children from their home country to somewhere new and then when there's so much to offer, moving them back again. The female characters feels that she will be isolated going back as she no longer understand the culture of her home country yet not accepted in America where she's loving currently. There is much to lose for her and while trying to sort her problems she met the male lead. He is lost as whether to live up to his parent's expectation or to live his own dreams. Being the Asian in America, his parents gave up much to move and all they want is to see their children succeed.

We all know sometimes it doesn't end well as Daniel is struggling to make a choice. When he first met Natasha, she caught his attention and soon he is pursuing something that is out of the norm for him. Their relationship is a fast pace one and I think it developed in a quite reasonable way, I appreciated that it wasn't some insta-love that I'm reading even though everything happened in the time span of a day. Both characters are unique and realistic when it comes to the circumstances that they grew up in. I enjoyed reading about their past and their interactions with their family. I guess that is the part which impressed me.

The other thing unique about this book is apart from having the POV of the main characters, other characters who cross their path have a small story of their own to tell. I enjoy how the characters interact with each other, how their fates intertwined and affect each other. This is the unique part of the book.

The flow and pace of the book is good, everything happens at great timing. I did not think that the twist and turns were shocking at all, just mediocre and predictable. Overall I like that in a span of one day these things could happen but then again this is fiction. I did not fell in love with this book hence I felt that if I missed out on this book, it would not make a difference in my book reading journey. I probably have to read her debut book to have a better judgement of her writing. This was just an okay book for me, I would not recommend if you are a reader who wants more emotions.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

By Your Side



When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn't think things could get any worse, But that's before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn't know much about Dax except that he's trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he's not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn't come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn at first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn's old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax's side? - excerpt from book

By Your Side by Kasie West is a young adult contemporary. Never judge a book by its thickness as this was quite a surprise for me thinking it'll be that typical girl meets boy romance. The summary of the plot was about two teenagers being trapped and something would happen. There is more of course, a heartfelt message about the foster system, about perception and judgements and also dealing with anxiety. 

I did not expect a young adult romance book to have such serious topics injected and it certainly gave the characters some flare. I enjoyed how we get a glimpse of the female lead's past that relates to her influenced perception of the male lead. It was crucial to know how she used to think and how it would change along with the plot. Having their own personal problems yet trying to live life as normal as they could, these two young leads have quite strong personalities that makes their interaction fun to read about. As the individuals that they are, it was realistic for them to react the way they did.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

It Ends With Us


Sometimes the one who loves you is the one who hurts you the most

Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon name Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan - her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened. - excerpt from book.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover is a new adult genre and it's my first time attempting it. There have been many raves about this author for this genre, so I decided to try it by reading the latest published book. I went in without any expectations and I was quickly hooked to it. I really love it from the start to end as it brings out a good topic of domestic abuse.

Jumping into the plot, the beginning itself will capture your attention as a little bit of mystery surfaces for the characters. I love that the timeline of the story progresses with a good pace where days and months are clearly mentioned and not everything happens in a short period of time. As we  journey further, there were some twist and turns that were fun to read about and when the big one comes it makes such an impact that you will feel for the characters. The author does a great job in keeping you addicted to the pages.

The characters surely gave life to the story while stressing on the importance of the message. I love how the main heroine meets all the new people in her life and their interactions with her is intriguing and heart warming. Her relationships with other characters are well written and realistic. I especially love her interactions with the men in her life and the conflicts it causes has so much tension. The thoughts of the main heroine is definitely realistic and thought provoking for women in love. I often feel pain and sadness for her, not that I can relate to it but I definitely can sympathise with her.

Overall I quite enjoyed my time with the book as it managed to keep me interested and I wanted to read it as soon as I had free time. I did tear a bit as it was such a dear story to the author herself. The author has certainly made it to my authors to take note of list and I'm excited to read her other books. If you're new to her and this genre I suggest to just try any of the other titles as most of it have quite good reviews. Readers who enjoy realistic love should pick up this book and I hope your heart will be touched. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

My Not So Perfect Life





Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed. OK, so the truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn't really hers. But on day her dreams are bound to come true, aren't they?

Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-sucessful boss Demeter giver her the sack. All Katie's hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.

Then, Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams - or try to get her job back? Does Demeter- the woman who has everything- actually have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems - excerpt from book.

My not so perfect life from Sophie Kinsella is a standalone novel about a woman who lost her job and maybe her dreams and then an opportunity to get revenge surfaces. This author is naturally an auto buy for me as I have always been well entertained with her stand alone novel for years. The summary at the back of the book is just the surface of the book and it's one with more meaning to it than you expect. 

It's definitely funny at certain parts and also some self discovery. At first I was a tad annoyed with the main character Katie as I felt that she can be long winded and too naive but as the story progresses there's more to her than meets the eye and I'm glad that the character did have some growth. As for the side characters they surely made interactions fun and interesting. I think those characters actually kept the story going at some point in the middle and you could feel the pull of wanting more for them. The personalities of those characters complements the actions and attitude of Katie quite well.

The flow of the story was a bit dry here and there which did not grasp my attention well enough until part two started and then I was hooked. The twists in the book weren't really jaw dropping but just mediocre to the point that I could predict some of it. 

But nonetheless it's the typical Sophie Kinsella writing that you would expect and to compare with her other books this was not impressive. I would have prefer more Oh My God moments between Katie and a certain someone and more emotional between the family. As those laugh out loud moments, I still felt it was lacking as I have been spoilt by her other books. I will give credit to the meaning of this book and what the author is trying to tell her readers. In this current technology generation, it's obvious that we should always be reminded you only see what you see, you do not know other people's story. It's a quick read so if you're a fan of Sophie then I think this would be a good book to read but not necessary. If you have not tried any of her titles, this book is not a good start because it does not highlight her best writing, I would introduce you to Twenties Girl or Can you keep a secret.
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