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. 

After playing this game for a good hour or two and unlocking all the things available in the game I thought it was just okay. It kinda reminded me of Sushi Spinnery and Cafe Nipponica but much different in terms of the theme and also more similar to the free games. I did enjoy the game but it's difficult to get medals and tickets because you either spend many hours or pay to purchase them. Obviously if you pay, you get to finish this game faster but I'm the type who likes to have games that can be played many hours. As of now I have yet to know whether the locations of your store can be changed or not but I know that you can expand the shelf sizes that you use and add more table set to your shop. I like that you could expand your restaurant to other cities in Cafe Nipponica but this game does not have it (after doing some research on the internet) which is such a waste.

Overall, the thing that only attracted me to play is that it's free and having a bakery/pastry shop theme. If you have enjoyed Kairosoft games such as Cafe Nipponica, Sushi Spinnery and others then try this game. Below are some screenshots of the game:

*Disclaimer: I was not paid to do this by any company or person*

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 msytery 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

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Top 5 Series I want to start this year

5. Ruby Red trilogy - I have the first and second book sitting on my shelf and the last book in my Amazon cart currently so it's time to read it soon. I have heard mix reviews but generally the story line interests me because of the timeline of the book. The series in English is actually a translated version but I think it might be a good one to read. 

4. Darkest Mind trilogy - This is a series that is completed and many Booktubers have raved about it. Since it is in the dystopia genre, I am very interested to read it. I also heard that the characters of the book sort of have superpowers which is another type of story that interests me.

3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy - Another series that was completed last year. The booktubers that I follow have all loved the series and it's their favourite series of all time. I do not know much of the book except it's in the fantasy genre which is my favourite genre of all time. So excited to get the box set on amazon.

2. Throne of Glass series - This is one fantasy series that many have praised and I have yet to start. All I know it's about this female assassin competing in something to obtain freedom. I seriously do not know what's it about but it is time to reduce my TBR pile as I already have bought all the books in the series available.

1. Falling Kingdoms trilogy - Lastly, this is the trilogy that I'm most excited to start as one of my favourite Booktubers (gingerreadslainey) loved loved it and her taste in books are quite similar to mine so I quite trust her judgement. As I know it's a high fantasy trilogy with quite a number of characters involved. I do not want to read any reviews because I'm afraid of spoilers. I'm hoping to buy the series soon and start it ASAP.

Hopefully I am able to start and finish those series mentioned above as 4 series have already completed which is good news because I can marathon it.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2015 New Year Resolutions

It's that time of the year where I set my resolutions/goals for the year. This time it took me longer to think carefully because I wanted to be able to achieve 80% of the goals so I had to set achievable ones. Many of the resolutions are the same as last year as I did not achieve it or it was not satisfactory for me.

  • Eat healthily (more greens, no mamak food, reduce fried food, drink more water less soda)
  • Exercise once a week
  • Plan my week and try to execute the plans
  • Plan more blog posts
  • Learn more web development 
  • Be more positive
  • Grow more as person (do not judge people, don't be stubborn)
  • Always think before I speak
  • Control my emotions
  • Read 50 books (will do a reading goals post)

After going through last year, I realized health is very important be it mental or physical and so this is my highest priority. Next is to improve myself as a person whether it's my attitude or my skills, both are also important to me. I want to be as productive as I can be. I truly believe this year I can do better and I will try my best in everything I do. Life is too short so live healthily, live happily, and never stop believing that you can do great things. I wish everyone a good year ahead and don't give up in life even though it's tough. What can't kill you makes you stronger. Another video link below that is inspiring to watch:


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Review of 2014

It's funny that every year I write a post like this. But it's important to me because I like to review and criticize myself about the year that passed by. Time certainly flies and this year seems to be faster than any other for me. It has been a tough year given so much had happened in my life last year. I was thinking about what to write last night and it was hard to put those feelings into words. Most things that happened were related to health and it struck family members dear to my heart.

One of my aunts was diagnosed with having a tumor in the brain and everything happened so fast. From entering the hospital to having surgery, but I was glad to see all family members giving support to my aunt and everyone gathered to help. I realized more than anything when in crisis, your family members would extend help without consequences or ulterior motives, I'm happy to say the tumor was not cancerous and my aunt is healing very well since. 

Another lesson I learned is you can have a thousand, a million or any big number of "friends" but one true friend is all you need. People who seemed to be friends all have ulterior motives. In this day, it's hard to find people who you can trust, confide in because they can just easily whisper false accusations, or anything they can make up to other people. I also learned that if you don't know people well, don't judge just observe and reserve those thoughts to yourself. As long as you know the truth, do the right thing and execute with caution. 

After passing half of the year, I thought things would settle down but another big incident happened again. The passing of my grandfather brought my family together and again I was reminded to not take life for granted. I was sad, depressed of things that happened during the funeral. I saw many things that I will forever keep in my mind as a good reminder. As if that wasn't enough, a few weeks ago my grandmother fell in the toilet and broke her left arm. She had to do surgery and it was difficult for her to do basic things like eating and changing without help. 

As I ponder the events that happened, I also reviewed myself in my progress as a person. And thus I look back at the resolutions I made. Honestly, I only manage to achieve some which is disappointing. Those that I have slashed off I manage to do and those in bold I have failed.

  • Read 50 books this year (hopefully 1 book per week)
  • No buying makeup ban (at least until I finish 50% of the collections I have)
  • Eat healthily (no fast food unless no choice)
  • Exercise once a week
  • Blog more beside book reviews
  • Follow my schedules more often (be better at planning)
  • No more excuses in laziness (work harder towards my dream)
  • Grow more as person (do not judge people, do not care what other people think too much, always be humble, don't be stubborn)
  • Really think carefully before I speak
  • Don't let emotions get in the way (controlling my temper) 

To summarize it has been a tough year and I really did  not try my best in completing my resolutions. Having learnt so many lessons last year, I can say that I became a stronger person. I hope this new year I would achieve the new resolutions that I set and try my best above all else. Lastly, I would not give up on my dreams no matter the obstacles or hurdles that come my way. Wishing everyone a good year ahead and good luck. Happy new year, welcome 2015!! I hope it will be a better year than before. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Jewel

Today is my last day as Violet Lasting.

The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty, The Jewel means royalty.

But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude.

Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained to work for the royalty. And she quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel's glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life. 

When an unlikely friendship offers her an opportunity she never dreamed possible, Violet clings to the hope for a better life. But a forbidden romance changes everything. And suddenly Violet finds herself in a different kind of danger, one that may cost her more than she bargained for.

The Jewel by Amy Ewing is the first book of The Lone City trilogy. It's about a girl name Violet being trained to be a surrogate and little did she know things aren't what she thought it is. I like the concept of this book as it's in the dystopia genre. The world built is an interesting place and the people in it are awful but it makes the story good. I feel that the plot flowed really well with a good twist at good moments. This book can grab my attention well at good moments but also some chapters can be just okay, nothing exciting.

I didn't quite like the main female character as I felt she is a bit too immature and naive but I guess it fits the story well. Sadly, I did not see much character growth for her or maybe I was expecting too much. The other characters of the book are interesting people as not much has been revealed yet and I'm sure that's on purpose. I'm really curious to know more about other people instead of Violet. Sad to say she kind of annoys me. The romance of the book is insta-love style which is not acceptable for me as I prefer love that slowly blossoms. The love story seems rushed and lack of development which puts me off a little.

Overall, it is a story that has much interesting elements and many questions unanswered which intrigued me to continue reading and I'll definitely wait for the second book. The ending was also quite shocking to me and that itself earn a star on it's own. This book represents many things that I feel young people should know about society. I love the message I got from the book and I hope others who read this understands it as well. A good story to enjoy just forego the romance part and I'd like to recommend to dystopia lovers.

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