Monday, February 6, 2017

Holding Up The Universe



Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, but no one's ever looked past her weight to see who she really is. Since her mum's death, Libby's been hiding, but now she's ready for high school. 

I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin too- sexy, aloof and too cool for school. But Jack's swaggering confidence is hiding a secret he must keep at all costs.

Be charming. Be hilarious. Don't get too close to anyone.

Then Jack meets Libby. And their worlds change. 

Because sometimes when you meet someone, the whole universe just comes into focus. - excerpt from book.

Holding Up The Universe from Jennifer Niven is a young adult contemporary story. Firstly I have to say the tile sounded serious where it somehow indicated to me that it's tough to carry burdens. Never judge a book by its title of course as in taking in its literal meaning. This book is about a girl with a struggle meeting a boy with a different struggle from very unlikely social circles. The struggles faced by both parties are somewhat unique especially the boy's. What drawn me to the book is the fact that the first book this author wrote gained many fans so I decided to give her another shot. I preferred this book more than the first because of those struggles.

The point of view was a swap between the two of them and I guess I'm used to this style of writing from her previous book so it wasn't amazing or anything. It's good to have two perspectives because we all view the world and our struggles differently. Taking into account of what the main characters are going through, it is quite realistic and also a slight eye opening effect on the boy's condition. Needless to say I've learnt something from this book.

The interaction between characters were quite good and I love how they react to other people's actions. I love the attitude of the girl and how she tries to overcome her struggles. The boy was just okay as I thought he would step up more but alas he did not meet my expectations. The plot of the book was mediocre, having some flashbacks were good while the twists were just minor shocking for me. The pace was slow at the start and it picked up halfway through. I had a hard time reading it at first but power through the middle and got my attention captured awhile.

I would not say this was a fantastic contemporary book as it did not make an impact for me. I did not cry or feel related to the characters. In the end, it felt like a book telling me about the problems of this world and I just learn a little bit about what could be the reactions of a teenager. If you loved the author's first book then I'm pretty sure you'll like this too but I wouldn't recommend this for those who wants your emotion drawn out.

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Boy is Back



Reed Steward thought he'd left all his small-town troubles - including a broken heart- behind when he ditched tiny Bloomville, Indiana, ten years ago to become rich abd famous on the professional golf circuit. Then one tiny post on the internet causes all those troubles to return... with a vengeance.

Becky Flowers has worked hard to build her successful senior-relocation business, but she's worked even harder to forget Reed Stewart ever existed. She has absolutely no intention of seeing him when he returns- until his family hires her to save his parents.

Now Reed and Becky can't avoid another- or the memories of that one fateful night. And soon everything they theought they knew about themselves (and each other) has been turned upside down, and they- and the entire town of Bloomville- might never be the same, all because The Boy Is Back. - except from book.

The Boy Is Back from Meg Cabot is a standalone book in the Boy series. I absolutely loved this book as it was so funny from start to end. I laughed out loud multiple times and have gotten weird glances those times. The format of the book is text messages, emails and etc which made it a breeze to read and it was quite refreshing for me. I noticed I quite like formats like these most of the time and that's because it's simple and straight to the point conversations. Sometimes I don't see the point of romance novels with too much descriptions, I love reading more on interactions or conversations between characters.

Whenever some event happens it's talked about in their conversations and it is so funny to read about because the reactions of the characters are reflected through it. How they handle the situation is also wonderfully projected in the conversations. I honestly think Meg Cabot is quite an expert when it comes to romance comedy, she will pull you in with the comedy and the romance subtlety at first and it just gets better and better.The plot of the book is smooth with some twists and turns that were interesting. It has page turning effect on you.

I would call this a quick read for sure as it's not too thick of a book but the entertainment value of it is just great. You'll not be disappointed if you love romcoms and I guarantee that if you're a Meg Cabot fan you'll love it even more. If you have not read anything from this author previously, I'm pretty sure this will hook you in, just be ready to laugh out loud in public. 

Friday, December 30, 2016

A Court of Mist and Fury



Feyre is immortal.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people - nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand's dark web of politics and passions, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.

She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two. - excerpt from book.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas is the second book in the series. Firstly I have to say after finishing this book I was left with no words and in quite of a shock. This book amazed me and made me love this author even more. Without a doubt, currently the best fantasy book I've read this year followed by the first book behind. The world built in the first book was just a fraction and this time readers get to read about more courts in the land of Prythian which was gorgeous in my opinion. The detail of the other courts were just so so good and I wished I could picture it all completely in my head. I would love to live in that world that is so special and beautiful.

Let's get into the characters which I love love love so much!! We all know what Feyre went through in the first book and therefore in this book she changes and grows. Her character development was so great in this book. She could annoy me at one point, make me pity her, love her and hope for the best for her. All sorts of emotions are drawn out of me while reading about her. As for the main star of the book (IMO) that many many fans are loving is Rhysand. He was a mystery in the first book but in this one he gained many many love from readers. I was so excited to read more and more about him and somehow I knew he was the one that many will love. Although Feyre was the main character I believe he stood out more than her. His character is truly special and he went through so much growth in the book. Besides that, his past was also very rich to read about. There isn't a part in the book when they interact with each other that I did not love at all and I'm always wanting more.

As for the side characters of the book, we were introduced to more members in this book. I love them so much too because they are so involved in shaping both Feyre and Rhysand's personalities and actions. Those characters are unique and wonderful and so supportive for the main. I cannot imagine this book without this bunch of characters as they drive and move the plot forward so well. The relationships between all the characters is the key to making this book so amazing for me. I love that the author put so much thought and effort into characters and their own stories.

There was so much excitement in the plots as twists and turns are like a crazy roller coaster ride. From the start to end, I swear it won't fail to make your heart beat fast for them. The action was very good and I felt that the pace was good, nothing was lacking, no flaws I could complain about. Even though it was a thick book, I didn't feel overwhelmed and could not ask for more. When it came to the final chapters of the book, everything heated up quickly and then with the ending you'll just can't wait for the last one. I'm super impressed with the author's ability to capture my attention and grasp reader's emotions so well. I really do not know how to convince you anymore, so just head over to goodreads and check out other review and I'm pretty sure it's 80% the same opinions. Young adult lovers of fantasy genre, do pick up this series if you have not, or if you were not impressed with the first book, this one will blow your shoes off.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Conspiracy of Us


Sixteen-year-old Avery West's newfound family is part of a powerful and dangerous secret cocity known as the Circle of Twelve, and they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some of them want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.

To unravel the mystery threatening her life, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle: beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But both boys are hiding secrets of their own, and when the clues expose stunning new information, Avery realizes the conspiracy could destroy her life-if it doesn't destroy the world fist. - excerpt from book. 


The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall is first the series that is full of mystery. If you are fond of books like The Da Vinci Code or anything to do with deciphering codes and looking for treasure then this book is your cup of tea. I truly enjoyed this book as this is my first time reading this genre on the young adult side. The book started off quite well, the plot slowly thickens and then catches you by surprise. My attention is well kept for majority of the book as there were so much mystery involved. I would say that things happened in the book at a good pace, quite action packed throughout.

The characters were quite interesting, especially the male characters. There is so much to learn about them but the author only revealed a little to keep you hooked. The female protagonist is unexpected, though she started off naive but there was much growth to her in the book. Her interactions with the male characters certainly make this book an abundance of excitement. The emotions involved were captivating for me as you wonder with her about the boys.

Overall the book was a good start which I kinda felt that had a potential to be a movie. The pace was really good and the twists and turns were so unpredictable. I really loved the relationships of the characters. I'm quite excited to read the second book which I think will be good. I wonder how the relationships will further development and am really excited about the mystery behind the prophecy. I highly recommend this book to mystery lovers, treasure hunting lovers or readers who just enjoy a good adventure.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

All The Bright Places



Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. 

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the 'natural wonders' of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It's only with Violet that Finch can be himself - a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who's not such a freak after all. And it's only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink. - excerpt from Goodreads.

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven  is a standalone book in the contemporary young adult. There were many good reviews about the book and many have loved it and cried over it. I went in with quite high expectations and honestly I've read very good books on grieving. Unfortunately, it was an okay book for me. I think the problem I had with the book is I couldn't connect with the characters nor could I relate to them.

The main characters consist of the girl and guy with dual point of views written. I didn't feel that Violet's grief was strong enough nor did it impact me till it reminded me of my own grief. I felt she was a character that had not enough depth. Fortunately she did had much growth in the book and that was good to read about. As for Theo he was someone that I had a hard time understanding. He is a character that seemed to have too much thoughts and also there seems to be too much happening for him or nothing at all. I felt that their interaction in the book was okay, realistic enough but not deep enough.

As for the plot of the book, it was just mediocre and not enough twist and turns happening. I took some time to complete the book. I do appreciate the dual perspective in the story because it was interesting to know what both parties think and do. I don't think I can comment more about the plot because there was nothing to applaud nor was there anything to complain about. I do think that the last parts of the book is the best part. 

In summary, it was an okay book about grieving and a person who was suicidal. I like the intention of the author for writing this book because it does pass an important message to the readers. Because I've read quite a few books related to grieving written by Jandy Nelson, I compared it. Obviously, Jandy Nelson is more superior and I cried reading both her books. For this book, I did not cry and it was not a page turner for me. I could easily put down the book. I'm kinda sad that I did not enjoy this book like the others but I wanted to write an honest review. My suggestion is to read this book before Jandy Nelson's so you wouldn't compare it like I did. PS: I heard there will be a movie made based on this book, so I'm looking forward to the actor's portray of the characters.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Revenge, Ice Cream and Other Things Best Served Cold


After the humiliating events on the 4th of July, Gemma's trying to grapple with the fact that Hallie knew her true identity ALL SUMMER, and that she was the one who stole Teddy from her.

Gemma vows revenge, but things immediately get more complicated than she planned. Her dad forces her to get a job, and the only one she can find involves scooping ice cream all day. Ford, Gemma's longtime crush, has arrived in the Hamptons, and he is cuter than ever. Josh is refusing to speak to her after finding out she lied to him. And to top it all off, Teddy is back in the picture, and closer to home than Gemma would like.

Gemma and Hallie find themselves locked in an escalating revenge cycle involving everything from strawberry syrup to stolen identities, But just when Gemma thinks she has the upper hand, the biggest bombshell of all is dropped. And it's one that threatens to change her life forever. - excerpt from book.

Revenge, Ice Cream and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie Finn is the second book in the Broken Hearts and Revenge trilogy. The book immediately continues where we left off in the first book. I was really anticipating this book and hoping for it to be good which I was not disappointed at all. The plot was very smooth with many good incidents/twists happening in the book. I especially loved the last plot twist towards the end of the book. It really surprised me because I did not see it coming at all.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Glittering Court



Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide's deception. Complications soon arise - first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vast uncharted lands.... - excerpt from book.

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead is a story about a girl who escapes her arranged marriage and went into hiding. Sadly this book was a disappointment for me. I expected the plot to be more rich after reading the summary of the book. I felt that the world that was built was lacking in some places, there wasn't enough depth. Secondly, her time in the school was a little bit too brief for me as I wanted more incidents to happen in there. 

The plot can be boring and slow paced at times and then suddenly there was so much happening but still lacking depth in those twist and turns. It was quite a let down and I was having a hard time to finish this book. I did put it aside for another book as this did not capture my attention at all. Towards the last 100 over pages I just merely skim through reading only conversations and it was enough to let me know about the story.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Glass Sword



Mare Barrow's blood is red- the color of COMMON FOLK but her silver ability, the power to control lightning has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tried to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince-the friend-who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever? - excerpt from book

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard is the second book in this trilogy and I have to say I was a bit disappointed in it. I think it's because I was expecting a lot more action in this book but it was not up to my standard nonetheless it was still a good sequel. I think the highlight of this book is the character growth but I sometimes find Mare a bit whiny. Her interactions with other characters are sometimes exciting and also frustrating too. There were moments that I wanted to slap her so so bad. Mare did change a lot in the whole journey of this book to the point that either you love her or hate her. 

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