Friday, May 20, 2016

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Feyre is a huntress. She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price...

Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy's kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape . Her captor's body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked - but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre's feelings for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she's been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows. 

Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever. - excerpt from book.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas  is the first book in a series and sort of a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. After completing the book, I wouldn't say it's a retelling but more likely inspired by it. There were some similarities but only at a minimal. I was quite drawn into the book after a few chapters as the background stories of the world is still quite mysterious. The world was so magical and I could tell there was more to it than what I've read. This world is unique, full of magic and full of darkness at the same time. If I was a fantasy character this world would be an exciting world to live in.

The characters of the book are very very interesting people, they pull you in and keep you wanting for more of their stories. I could not help but fall for Tamlin, he is such a gentleman and also cheeky at times. I really love his personality and often hoped for more interaction between him and Feyre. Feyre was a tad annoying at first but her character truly grew and that made the story progress really well. I really think their personalities can compliment each other so well. As for the side character of the story, I wanted more about him because he is so mysterious, reading about his past is so satisfying.  I felt that all characters truly play an important role in the plot.

When a certain character showed up at the second half of the book, things got so so much better. This character gave me the same feeling that the Darkling did in Shadow and Bone. I truly love this new "villain" in the book. When there was more content about him I was like who cares about Tamlin, I want this guy right now =P. I love that the author has written so many fantastic characters for the story. They will capture your attention so well that you forgot they were not real.

The plot of the book was very smooth, it started slow and then it escalated a while. After the first twist in the book, everything in the book was so so good. I think all the incidents that happened was just so shockingly good. The timing for every incident was just perfect, my attention was constantly captured, it was not easy putting down the book at all. It was always such an exciting plot to read, especially towards the end because it was just surprisingly good.

This was such a fantastic book, such a great start. It ended good too and makes me wonder what else is there to happen in the second book. This book set the bar so high that the second book will have very high expectations. Right now, the second book is out and there have been so many great reviews for it. Honestly, comparing this series to the other series that this author is writing, it feels so different. This book was just too good and then the other one is bumped down because of this book. I have already picked up the second book and will be reading it soon. I highly recommend this book to YA fantasy lovers and readers who enjoy books with faeries. I also recommend this if you enjoy fairy tales retelling.  This is easily one of my favorite fantasy right now.

Top 5 Wednesday - Summer Reads

Ahh yes summer is arriving, sadly living in a tropical country I don't see any difference to the weather here. Although I can't relate to the season, I certainly enjoy books in the summer setting because of beaches, lakes and summer houses. I love to read about the ways teenagers spend their holidays and have some summer romance too. So here is my list of books to read to fully enjoy the summer.

This is my most favourite summer reading. It's set in the summer time of course where Emily's best friend has disappeared and left her a list of things to do. Emily believes if she finishes the list it will lead her to Sloane and so she set out using her summer that way. It was a really fun book to read because Emily has many adventures awaiting for her.

I went into this book only knowing it's in the summer time and I was caught by surprise. It was such a lovely summer romance and also family was part of the story. The twist that happened in the book was so good which made me love YA contemporary. This book is the pioneer in my reading for buying more young adult contemporary. I figure that sometimes a bit of teenager love is so cute to read because it makes me reminiscent about my teenager years.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Because of Miss Bridgerton

Sometimes you find love in the most unexpected of places...
This is not one of those times.
Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbours for centuries, and as a child the tomboyish Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband...someday.

There is only one Rokesby Billie absolutely cannot tolerate, and that is George. He may be the eldest heir to the earldom, but he's arrogant, annoying and she's absolutely certain he detests her. Which is perfectly convenient, as she can't stand the sight of him.

But sometimes fate has a wicked sense of humour...

When Billie and George are quite literally thrown together, sparks begin to fly. And when these lifelong adversaries finally kiss, they just might discover that the one person they can't abide is the one person they can't live without... - excerpt from book

Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn is the latest book related to the Bridgerton series. The timeline of the book is set before The Duke and I and if I'm not wrong it's the aunty of the Bridgerton siblings. I really loved this book because it was funny and also heart warming at the same time. The characters really shine in this book. I love both the main characters very very much.Their interactions with each other is truly entertaining. The side characters for the book which is brother to the main  male was hilarious too. So much personality in all the characters which makes the storyline come alive. 

Speaking of the plot, it's unexpected where I couldn't make any guesses. It was fun reading a romance where I can't predict but I know that the main characters will end up with each other. Throughout the book, the twists that came was really good. I couldn't stop reading because I wanted more interactions between Billie and George. I flew through the book so quickly I somehow wanted more and I felt that the ending was a bit too rushed for me. It would be fun if it stretched more. I liked that the plot is now in a different timeline which makes thing very interesting for me. So much of the history is different for the timeline in the book. Even the fashion is different which intrigues me. 

If you're looking for a fun historical romance then I think this book really hits the spot. The feeling I got from the book was just like when I read the first book in the series. Throughout the Bridgerton series, after the third book it was just okay for me. It's been a long time since I got excited for the Bridgerton family although in this case it was a different member. A very quick read because you can't stop turning the pages and before you know it, the book finished. I highly recommend this for those who already love the author's books. If you're new to historical romance, this book won't spoil you on the sequel series.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Top 5 Wednesday: Characters You Are Most Like

Often when we read we can connect to characters and usually we love their personality. This is because we probably see ourselves in them or maybe we aspire to be like them. This is definitely one hard topic to think about because there are so many characters that I've read about and many that I felt connected to. Firstly these characters are not necessary totally a copy of me, we're just similar. So without being in any order my list is as follows:


Isla is a very shy and cute girl. The way that she fell in love was just too cute. I see a little bit of myself in her as I do have crushes on boys during my high school years. Acting all sweet and cute, trying to sneak glances at the boy. What a long time ago it was and when I think back I often laugh at my silliness.

Princess Mia

I am no princess that's for sure but the thing that's similar with Mia and I are writing in a diary.  I used to have a habit of writing about everything into my diary and that was in my high school years. Eventually I got lazy. Also we have this thing where overthinking about things/situations, making too many assumptions in common. This always ends up in a disaster but I've long changed that part of me because I always end up making an ass out of myself.

Friday, April 22, 2016

First & Then

Devon Tennyson wouldn't change a thing. She's happy silently crushing on best friend Cas and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon's cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive jock Ezra right where she doesn't want them - first into her gym class and then into every other aspect of her life. - excerpt from book

First & Then by Emma Mills is a debut book for the author. This is a book about first love and also about family. It was a short and quick read as the book is only 267 pages long. The reason that I picked up this book is because it was all over social media and it had a good rating. Also the cover design was too cute to pass and under the dust jacket it was cute too. With no expectations and any spoilers I went into the book and surprisingly I enjoyed it.

The characters in the book are not bad, the relationships between them were real. I thought the main character Devon was a really sweet and cute girl. As for the male interest of the book he was quite reserved at first and more than meets the eye slowly you get to know him a bit better. Along the book I enjoyed their interactions immensely and I keep looking forward to more of it. The side characters were good too as they had interesting interactions with Devon. There was much growth for all of the characters in the book which caught me by surprise as this was a short book. I quite liked Foster in the book as he is a cute kid and also dealing with a difficult issue.

I thought the plot was good because it was unexpected as I was not able to predict anything at all. The twist was good too because it was surprising. I loved the flow of the book and felt that the story was too short and wished it was longer. Overall, the book was short and sweet with a good message or two incorporated. I would say that this book was more of a coming of age book than a love story. If you're looking for a light contemporary read then I recommend this book to you. You'll be surprised that this short book can be such an enjoyment. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Top 5 Wednesday - Books I'm Intimidated By

When books intimidate me I would just put it aside in my TBR pile, thinking that I'll get to it one day, probably. So these are books that are typically in a subject that I'm not the most interested in but still a little bit curious about it. Another reason would be that the English is too deep so it would be hard for me to understand and thus reading it will take a long time too. Sometimes books that are too thick also intimidates me because my attention span is quite short. Not to forget that books that won any prizes also intimidates me because I'm afraid I would not love it and would not understand why it was awarded.

Without further delay, here is my list not in any particular order:

The Book Thief

I've had this book sitting on my bookshelf for more than a year and I've still not read it. I roughly know what's the book about as there was a movie based on the book. I'm quite afraid to read it because it's quite a thick book and also it's historical fiction. This genre often scares me because I do not know my history well. History was not my favourite subject in school and we did not have much topics on world history in the syllables. Hopefully I'll pick it up soon.

All the Light We Cannot See

This is another book that is in the historical fiction genre. Other than that, it won an award THE PULITZER PRIZE. With the award, it has already scared me because it gives me the impression that it's a deep book. It really intimidates me because I'm afraid I would not feel the same as those who have read it. I feel pressured when it comes to books with so much attention and high ratings.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Heir

Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection - and she and Prince Maxon have lived happily ever after. Princess Eadlyn has always found her parents' story romantic, but it's not what she wants for herself. Unfortunately, Eadlyn can't escape the path laid out for her...including her very own Selection.

Eadlyn doesn't expect to find love among the Selection's thirty-five eligible guys. But as the competition begins, new posibilities may just capture her heart - and prove that finding her own happliy ever after isn't' as impossible as she's always thought. - excerpt from book.

The Heir by Kiera Cass is the fourth book in the series which was announced after the third book was out. The third book was supposed to be last but the author managed to sign for three more books for the series. If you have not read the Selection please stop reading my review here. Like it's predecessor, the cover of the book is just gorgeous, I really love that dress. The book cover designer did a fantastic job.

The story continues to the daughter of America and Maxon, Princess Eadlyn. The whole book is in her point of view. Of course with the Selection happening again, we have a ton of new characters introduced into the story. While the characters that are important from the first three books of the series are already grown up and in their mid thirties to early forties. It's great to read about the oldies with a little bit of what happened to them.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Top 5 Wednesday - Books with "Hard" Topics

Very often we read for entertainment and enjoyment, thus romance books will lift up your mood, fantasy and science fiction for an adventure. When it comes to contemporary books, sometimes it touches topics that hard such as mental illness, sexual assault, incurable sickness and etc. Those are topics that are brooding and often puts people in deep thoughts. I quite like books like these, not because I like tragic things but it's how the author convey their message. How realistic they can make a story be that's important and of course it builds compassion. Often than not, these books touches a person's heart and that is the ultimate goal of a good author (IMO). So here is my list not in any particular order:

A Step Towards Falling

Now this book is the first hard topic book that I picked up this year and I went in without any expectations. I really really liked it because it talks about autism, about standing by and not doing anything. It is a hard topic because when a person is helpless and you did nothing, what are the consequences, what should have been done and of course the impact on the victim. This author gave the perspectives of the victim (who has autism) and the teenager who did nothing to help. What this book invoked in me is more understanding towards people with disability. Review here:

The Sky is Everywhere

This book talks about grief which is quite a difficult topic to approach because everyone deals with it differently. When I was reading this book, the incident where my love passed away has yet to happen. I can say at the moment when I finish the book I felt that life is hard especially when a tragedy happens in your life so suddenly. When dealing with grief in the family, everyone has a different relationship with the person but it's healthy to grief together. So fast forward to now and thinking about this book I sort of felt that the timing is just too coincidental. Why did I pick up that book that time and it feels like God was already sending me messages or preparing me for the battle ahead. Review here:

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