Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Review: Speechless

Speechless
Author: Hannah Harrington
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD

Synopsis: Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret.

Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.

Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she’s ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

But there’s strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she’s done. If only she can forgive herself.


Review:
"Running my mouth has hurt enough people already—the least I can do is shut up."

Speechless was so much better that what I've expected. I might have read a few books about bullying, but it never touched the issue of keeping secrets. Hannah Harrington just taught me how important it is.

I honestly hated Chelsea. The moment I read the first scene with Kristen, I started to hate her despite not knowing her yet. She was part of the popular crowd and was obviously running around without thinking of the consequences of her actions. But that was until the consequence bit her. After the incident, the real Chelsea was slowly revealed. The one hidden beneath all those pink wardrobe, cosmetics and partying. Although my opinion about her did not easily changed, I slowly saw her in a different light.

One of the best things in this book is that the author made me feel like I was part of the crowd—the crowd that was judging Chelsea. I was there, present at the exact place where the characters were. It didn't feel like I was just reading. I didn't took Chelsea's side just because she's the protagonist and honestly, as a reader, I tend to do that. Harrington wrote her in amazingly and convinced me that she was worthy despite of what she did.

Each character was packed with their own problems and flaws. No one was perfect and it made everyone tangible. Even the secondary characters made a great difference. Every character's personality balanced everyone else's even though some of them didn't have much exposure compared to others.

I wish Kristen's character was developed though. I wish it didn't end with her being the same stuck-up bitch she was in the first part. Other than her police statement, I can still see her as the shallow, selfish queen-bee. Although I liked how her friendship with Chelsea wasn't mended. I loved how there was no cheesy apologies and stuff.

Brutal truth about friendships, bullying, keeping secrets and betrayal. Speechless is honest, fierce and poignant but not depressing. I love that it wasn't really that mind-blowing and heart-wrenching. It was simple, sort of light but would not fail to make you feel. I just loved every part of it.


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This copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Speechless


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading and slightly altered by Coffee, Books & Lipgloss

Basically a CBL TEASER TUESDAY works like this:
• Grab your current read
• Share 2 “teaser” sentences from a random page or a part you rather enjoyed and post it as a teaser.
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share
doesn’t give too much away; you don’t want to ruin the book for others!
• As an option, you can give a short snippet of what you think so far... or not. That's optional.
• Share the TITLE and AUTHOR too, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.
For this week's Teaser Tuesday: *drum roll*



Speechless
Title: Speechless
Author: Hannah Harrington
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD

Synopsis: Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret.

Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.

Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she’s ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

But there’s strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she’s done. If only she can forgive herself.

Teaser:
"Explain what, exactly? Nothing's changed. Nothing will undo what I did."
Thoughts so far:

The first time I've read the first scene in this book, I honestly called Chelsea a lot of names in my mind. But now that things blew out of proportion, I really feel bad about her. Harrington really made me feel invested with Chelsea's story, I just can't stop reading.



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Friday, 25 January 2013

Review: Bargain in Bronze

Bargain in Bronze (Flirting To Win, #1)
My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Synopsis: If you can’t take the heat…

Entrepreneur Libby Harris’s specialty is making her famous muesli. So when an Olympic hopeful invites her to his flat to make her delicious cereal, she’s bewildered when his brother Jack walks in, accusing her of trying to ruin his brother’s career. Libby has every intention of staying single, but with Jack around, no way can she suppress the personal pleasure she’s long denied herself.

Investment banker extraordinaire Jack Barnes’s attraction to Libby is instantaneous, but he’s raised his two siblings after their parents died in an accident, and it’s been all work and no play for as long as he can remember. He can’t let down his guard now—not when his brother is so close to the gold. But keeping Libby busy and out of his brother’s life challenges every ounce of his self-control.

Until now…

Neither wants a relationship, and though they can’t deny their incredible chemistry, Libby and Jack agree that what they have is temporary. So when things start to sizzle between them, will they be able to take the heat?



Review:
"You know, you were right about me. That kiss wasn't impulsive. I've been plotting it for hours now."

Please be reminded that 2 stars means "it's okay" so this doesn't suck at all. It's just that I don't like it that much. I understand that this is a novella but I was expecting for more. Instant attraction is okay and expected but jumping into bed that fast was quite off. Both of them weren't looking for a long-term relationship and was quite reluctant, right? Or did I get that wrong?

For both characters, their attraction to each other wasn't built well. The fast-forward/days-after didn't worked for them either. Their relationship started too fast and was also skimmed. It was like their story was leaping from one point to another. Their turning point and realisation seem abrupt as well as the ending.

Libby doesn't want a fling at all, but her inner struggle with her attraction to Jack isn't believable. If I was Jack, I might see all signs saying that she was attracted to me. She keeps on denying it but she doesn't fight it either. Her reason who she was so cynic was also absurd. Was she seriously saying no to family because of what happened to her parents? I might have understood if her dad cheated with her mom, or anything like that.

With Jack, I don't even understand his issue at all. He became his siblings' parent and he's busy, so? He easily noticed how Libby looked so I assumed he actively attracted to women. I don't see the point of not having a girlfriend, even short-term relationships.

Maybe if this was a bit longer, it would be better but everything felt rushed without being able to tell the story effectively. They were cute with their banters but that's it. I really can't find the connection with the characters. Maybe this would work for you, guys but unfortunately not for me.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Review: The Selection

The Selection (The Selection, #1)
Author: Kiera Cass
My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD

Synopsis: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.


But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.


Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Review:
"In my experience, true love is usually the most inconvenient kind."

I am still torn between liking this book or not. There are a few reasons not to like this, but all in all this is not that bad. I was actually able to finish it although I admit there were some things that bothered me along the way.

Yays

The cover. Isn't that lovely? In my opinion, the cover was perfect. It's royalty and elegance at its best. The girl is also pretty although what captured my attention the most was the dress. It gives the impression that the kind of world or time the characters live in is somewhat like in the 19th century. As weird as it sounds, it actually reminded me of how things looked like in the movie adaptation of Anna Karenina.

The plot. It's like The Bachelor and The Hunger Games, fairy tale-ish version. It's less modern than The Bachelor but obviously more elegant than The Hunger Games. The moment I read about this, it almost screamed fun. But despite the slightly expected fun, I also expected a bit of challenges among the characters, and some real ones contributed by someone else other than the protagonist's own feelings. It was even listed under dystopia, right? But let's talk about that later..

Maxon and America's interactions. Aren't they cute together? I honestly feel giddy whenever Maxon and America have their private moment with just one look in the eye or a tug in their ear. The interview was sweet, I even expected other Selected girls to speculate and plot against America since it seems obvious how close she was with the Prince and how comfortable they were together.

Nyays
**I just want to make it clear that this is my own opinion and doesn't reflect others.**

The poorly developed fictional world. It's just that I don't feel situated well in the world Cass created in this story. I already mentioned how I expected this to have a setting like in the 19th century, although I'm pretty sure it's more futuristic. I just assumed the dresses and how people act; like those who are in the upper class moves with grace and elegance and those in the lower were frowned upon by the former, since it adopted a monarchy form of government. Unfortunately, it's not like that at all. There were some parts when it felt like it's set in a modern, ordinary and normal world; like those in some chick-lit, romance, or young adult books where it's set in the real world and not in a fictional one made by the author. It sometimes feel like I'm reading a monarchy version of The Bachelor and that's it.

Dystopian? I'm not really sure. There were some point where it would lean towards that genre but then the next few pages would rule this out. It would mention about the caste system, which I didn't understand at all when I first read about Twos, Threes, Fives. It would mention hunger, poverty and how hard it is for someone who belongs to Fives, Six, Seven and Eight to have something to eat. But what are they fighting for? I clearly remember how other dystopian novels would emphasize the oppression and too much control by the government.
Dystopia is a form of literature that explores social and political structures. It is a creation of a nightmare world - unlike its opposite, Utopia, which is an ideal world. Dystopia is often characterized by an authoritarian or totalitarian form of government. It often features different kinds of repressive social control systems, a lack or total absence of individual freedoms and expressions, and a state of constant warfare or violence. Many novels combine both Dystopia and Utopia, often as a metaphor for the different directions humanity can take in its choices, ending up with one of the two possible futures.
Short sentences. Though not all sentences in the book were short, I noticed some that seem to end abruptly instead of being elaborated. I understand the importance of brevity but I expected more elaboration especially in describing the scene or something that is happening.

Inconsistencies.
Maxon said that he's not good with girls because he doesn't have time to mingle with girls but he's so goddamn smooth with the Selected. He knows how to please them, and certainly knows his way around one. But then, he'd be lost and confused on some crying and distressed girls.
- America said that they were poor but were not "living in fear of survival or anything." They even had chicken, pasta and apple slices for dinner. But then she mentioned how unsteady their income were and how they experienced starvation before.

Lack of action. There were rebel attacks and there were some that happened even before those that actually happened when the Selected were in the palace. So why was there no action taken? Why are they waiting for the rebels to come and vandalize the palace instead of seeking them out. They have an army, right? They thought about safety measures such as impenetrable windows but not about taking the first step to eliminate the threat.

Names. America—seriously? It worked for Beautiful Disaster, I really think that name fitted the character but this one failed to. It sounded too modern and not meant for the character who lived in a country ruled by monarchs and a part of the Selection for the Prince's wife. What's with the unusual name, anyway? I expected her to have a simple name considering their class.

Characterization. I'm afraid I haven't seen a development in them other than America's eagerness to stay and participate. There was enough time, but unfortunately most of this was consumed by America. Of course she is the narrator of the story but it could always be not all about her. She interacted with people, but most were focused on how she would feel about them or how they are acting towards her.
- America. She whines too much. She's definitely not the heroine I was picturing out when I read the synopsis. Yes, she's so much better than Celeste but she's also selfish. She only thinks of her freedom and her relationship with Aspen instead of how her family would survive and what would they eat. If it wasn't for her boyfriend's persuasion, she wouldn't even join the Selection. She was just convinced that this would make him happy so she filled out the form. It wasn't even about her mother's bribe (although it was an incentive) or her family's needs at first.
- Aspen. Is it bad that I wasn't swooned on how sweet he was with America the first time he was introduced in the story? I seriously think there's something beneath it all and that it's too good to be true. It's too fake for me. It didn't helped when he displayed his unwavering pride when his loving girl friend prepared a meal for her. Instead, he turned her down and broke up with her because he was poor and couldn't provide for her. Then later he declared his love for her despite knowing that this would endanger not just himself but also America. America, the girl he said he loved. Y U so selfish?
- Maxon. I wish there's something more with him. He's too plain and lacked suspense in his character. Despite the inconsistency mentioned above, he seems predictable. If this guy would be the one America would end up with in the end, he needs serious development. We wouldn't want a transparent hero, would we?

Descriptive writing. We need a vivid picture of what is happening or what the characters see or experience. We need to see it, form images in our mind and not just read it. We need to be shown not told.


So..yes, that's why I'm not really sure if I like this. There were parts that really I couldn't just overlook it but it's total value isn't horrible at all. I might or might not read the next books. It depends if I could loan it or acquire a galley. But I really hope there's more action.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Teaser Tuesday: The Rules


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading and slightly altered by Coffee, Books & Lipgloss


Basically a CBL TEASER TUESDAY works like this:
• Grab your current read
• Share 2 “teaser” sentences from a random page or a part you rather enjoyed and post it as a teaser.
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share
doesn’t give too much away; you don’t want to ruin the book for others!
• As an option, you can give a short snippet of what you think so far... or not. That's optional.
• Share the TITLE and AUTHOR too, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.

For this week's Teaser Tuesday: *drum roll*



The Rules (Project Paper Doll, #1)
Title: The Rules
Author: Stacey Kade
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD

Synopsis: 1. Never trust anyone.

2. Remember they are always searching.


3. Don’t get involved.

4. Keep your head down.

5. Don’t fall in love.

Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival—and that of her adoptive father—depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans in a small Wisconsin town, to hide in plain sight at her high school from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”

But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening—and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules…

Teaser:
"It might have been my human side clamoring for blood, or my alien side looking for a chance to exercise strategic dominance over a lesser life form. Either way, I was going to win."

Thoughts so far:

I'm almost half-way done and it's good so far. Not mind-blowing kinda of way but enough to keep those pages turn. Exciting to read and is keeping me on edge, but not in a action-packed kind of way.



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Friday, 18 January 2013

Review: One Night with her Best Friend

One Night with her Best Friend
Author: Noelle Adams
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Synopsis: It just took fourteen years...and one hot night.

After growing up with an unstable father, Kate has always prided herself on her organized and well-planned life. She's secure now with a good job and an impressive boyfriend. And with Aaron, her best friend since high school.

Aaron might be smart, funny, and sexy, but he has never been anything more than a friend. Kate will never risk her stable world and her closest relationship by turning the friendship into romance. It doesn't matter how irresistible she's starting to find him, she still intends to resist.

But then everything changes in only one night...

Review:
"He was Aaron. For fourteen years, she'd loved and trusted him more than anyone except her mother. She'd thought she'd known him in every way. But she'd never known him like this."

I WANT MOREEEEEE~ For someone who's a sucker for best-friends-turned-lovers kind of stories, this is painfully short. But I have a funny feeling that this might make me cry if it was longer.

The upside of its length was, of course, it has lesser drama. Really light to read and we obviously won't see heart-wrenching drama and a broken friendship. The downside was we'd miss getting to know these two, more. Aside from some back stories about how their friendship started, there wasn't much history included in this. But do not worry. You'll enjoy this. It was cute, sweet and sexy. I enjoyed their interaction with each other that shows how comfortable they really are.

If you're looking for something short and light with some sweetness and sexiness, I really think that this is for you.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Review: Instructing an Heiress

Instructing an Heiress
Author: Judy Teel
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis: When a hard-nosed CEO must get married or lose everything, she hires her womanizing best friend to teach her about men, but as the lessons progress so does her alarm as she finds herself falling in love with him.

Review:


"I will dance at your wedding within a month and see the results of that sacred union within a year, or you will be cut off without a cent."

CK, the heir to Kazners Incorporated was given an ultimatum by her grandfather. Surely a pretty girl like her won't have any problems about that but she's different. She hides herself behind her work and hides her beauty. In short, she's innocent in the field of romance.

This was shorts but very fun and enjoyable to read. I enjoyed Ryan's friends and CK's grandfather. I just wish there were more sweet moments between CK and Ryan that would show how cute their friendship was. I love the tension between them and it was fun reading Ryan trying to restrain himself from doing something he'd regret. It's sweet to see how he deeply cares for her despite his womanizing was.

A good short romance that won't bore you with drama.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Teaser Tuesday: School Spirits

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading and slightly altered by Coffee, Books & Lipgloss


Basically a CBL TEASER TUESDAY works like this:
• Grab your current read
• Share 2 “teaser” sentences from a random page or a part you rather enjoyed and post it as a teaser.
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share
doesn’t give too much away; you don’t want to ruin the book for others!
• As an option, you can give a short snippet of what you think so far... or not. That's optional.
• Share the TITLE and AUTHOR too, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.

For this week's Teaser Tuesday: *drum roll*



School Spirits (School Spirits, #1)
Title: School Spirits
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD

Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy’s older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy's mom decides they need to take a break.

Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it’s not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who's always been on her own, it’s strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush.

Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt? 


Teaser:
"This is being a Brannick, Izzy. No one said it would be easy."


Thoughts so far:

Hawkins just pulled me into another adventure that's quite similar to Hex Halls but is still different. I never though putting the characters in school might give a sense of normalcy which is since I was used to the previous series with Sophie in school for 'monsters' but it was actually good. I'm really enjoying it.



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Friday, 11 January 2013

Review: Teasing Trent

Teasing Trent (The Alexanders, #0.5)
Author: Minx Malone
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Synopsis: The only thing Trent's best friend has ever asked of him is to keep an eye on his twin sister while he's deployed. Keeping her company on her birthday shouldn't be too hard. He just has to remember the promise he made to himself in college to keep his hands off her. 
Which is getting harder and harder by the day.

Ever since Mara walked into her brother's dorm room freshman year and came face to face with a shirtless Trent, she's known he was The One. He's been right there with her twin brother as her biggest supporter or shoulder to cry on, whichever she needs most. The problem? 

Trent has no idea how she feels. 

Well, it's her first birthday without her twin and Trent's coming over to keep her company. It's the perfect time to tease him a little. A skimpy yoga outfit and a few glasses of wine later, she plans to finally have Trent exactly where she wants him. In her bed, for as long as she can keep him there.

If Mara has her way, she'll get a whole lot more for her birthday than a Hallmark card.

Review:

"I'm going to hell for this."
All good things must come to an end. I know I should not complain because it's a novella after all, but they were just getting into the good part--where the sweetness comes in.

A sister to your best friend is usually off-limits, that's like the rule among men. Yet, Trent can't seem to get his eyes and head away from Mara. He obviously likes his unwavering loyalty to his friend keeps him from making a move. I enjoyed the teasing, which I think worked on both sides because Mara seems to squirm under Trent's stare, too. I love how Trent tried and tried to stay away from Mara, and failed. Little did he know, she was also pinning for him and is subtly making her moves the moment he entered the door.

This is so short but it's still fun and sexy. This just convinced me to read the other books in the series because of having that feeling that the two of them will be there. Maybe we'll see how their relationship will grow. Malone knows how to write a steamy but still light and enjoyable scenes to read. Nothing serious, but definitely hot.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Liebster Blog Award

Oh wow. This is so cool. As you guys all know, this blog have been around for only three months and this is my first time to be a part of this. Great, right?

First, I wanna thank Sandra for the nomination. I am actually still trying to figure out why she did, but thanks so much. I really appreciated it. For more awesomeness, visit her blog: Simply Sensational Book Fanatics. You can also find her on:



The rules of the Liebster Award are as follows:



1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you;

2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nominees;

3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen. (No tag backs)

4. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog.


Questions from Sandra

1.  What do you love most about blogging?
I actually I love it when an author reads my review on my blog and not just on Goodreads. Your blog screams "this is mine" and having a visitor feels great. But the best part is the interaction with both authors and bloggers, whether it's through memes or just comments.

2.  What do you love most about writing whether it's books, or blog posts?
I used to write to create world where I want to be so for me, it's the freedom to be exist in a world of make-believe.

3.  Which book was your favourite to read when you were say... a teen?
My all-time favourite is Harry Potter. No brainer. But my favourite book that I've read when I was a teen was How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo.

4.  What is your favourite snack - one you simply can't do without?
I don't have any specific favourite but anything that's salty is good.

5.  If you could spend a day as someone else, who would that be and why.
I want to be Hermione Granger. I wanted to be her since the first time I've read the book and more when I first saw the movie.

6.  What's your favourite holiday destination?
To be honest, I haven't traveled yet; like really traveled. And holidays are usually spent at home. So I guess, my favourite destination is inside a book.

7.  What is your worst pet peeve?
Issues/stories of infidelity. I throw up when I hear or read about them.

8.  If someone asked you to swallow a fly for $100, would you? Why?
NO! Haha. A fly is a fly, no matter how much money is offered.

9.  What's your favourite poolside drink?
Call me cliche but, orange juice.

10. Who or what inspires you on a daily basis?
My mother.

11. Which family member are you most closest to, and why?
My mother. She gets me. She understands my enthusiasm over my OTP Draco/Hermione or the occasional weird sounds I make whenever we're in a bookstore. Above all, she supports me no matter what.



Random Facts

1. I always wanted to be a boy. I find it unfair that only girls suffer red flag days and the pain of childbirth.

2. Unlike others, I can't stand being with kids. The most I can spend time with them is 5 minutes. That's why I really can't see that I'd be a mother or a good one in the future.

3. I hate school but I'd rather be in school than work. School bores me but I can't stop thinking what will I do when I graduate? The only thing I did for 14 years so far is going to school so I don't know how to deviate from that routine yet.

4. I hate cats. I really, really do. I can't understand why others like them. Yes, they're cute but they cause allergies and make me sneeze nonstop.

5. I sneeze 3 times all the time. Yes, once is definitely not enough. I guess my nose believes in "Third time's a charm."

6. I can go on without proper meal for three days as long as there's water.

7. I am obsessive-compulsive and I love to have things in order. The only thing I can stand without being arranged is my room but it's because when I clean my room I clean every nook and corner and it takes so much time so I schedule it. My grandma, who does most household chores, is only allowed to sweep the floor but not to touch my stuff. I would know when things have been moved from their places.

8. I don't like highlighting books so I use post-its to do sort of 'highlight' quotes and lines. I copy them and paste it on the page and sometimes write some opinion.

9. I love sleeping. I really, really love sleeping but I can stay awake for 48 hours, straight.

10. When I'm not reading or sleeping, I spend most of my time playing my guitar.

11. Last, I am fascinated by anything that is star-shaped.


My Nominees

There are lots of other bloggers that I wanna include in this and it is really hard because of the #3 rule of picking those who has 200 or less than followers.

Anyway, here are my 11 nominees in alphabetical order:


My Questions

Forgive me for my randomness and weirdness. I'm really bad with these question-and-answer stuff.

1. How many hours do you spend in blogging?
2. Print or eBook? (This is such a boring question, I know!)
3. Do you have a book that you haven't read/finished yet? What is it?
4. If you were to write a book, what would be your lead character's name?
5. What book do you wish you were a part of? As in one of the characters.
6. What is your pet peeve in books?
7. What is the book fandom you've been a part of since forever?
8. How do you arrange your bookshelf?
9. What was the last book that surprised you, whether good or bad? Plot twists, characters, expectations, etc. 
10. What book have you read several times? Are you still planning to read it again?
11. How is your ultimate fictional crush?


Once again, thank you Sandra and hope to read your answers soon! x

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Review: Between Two Thorns

 Between Two Thorns  
Author: Emma Newman
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD

Synopsis: Something is wrong in Aquae Sulis, Bath’s secret mirror city.

The new season is starting and the Master of Ceremonies is missing. Max, an Arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty, is assigned with the task of finding him with no one to help but a dislocated soul and a mad sorcerer.

There is a witness but his memories have been bound by magical chains only the enemy can break. A rebellious woman trying to escape her family may prove to be the ally Max needs.

But can she be trusted? And why does she want to give up eternal youth and the life of privilege she’s been born into?
Review:

It's sad to say that a book didn't worked out for you. Unfortunately, Between Two Thorns gave me more confusion than enjoyment. It was sad because I was interested with this one right after I've read the synopsis on Goodreads.

The first chapter gave the right amount of suspense. What happened to Sam and his description about the weird people in the scene made me jump on board, but as the story progress I was lost within the plot. The changes of the scenes were the ones that made me feel off the most. The introduction of characters as the story progressed should be interesting but I found it bland instead. The part where these characters and their roles would finally make sense in a much bigger picture took so long to unfold. Although I think the author wanted to make the readers know more about them, it seems dragging and there were some unnecessary parts.

I was also first confused with Aquae Sulis, Bath, Mundanus and Nether until Cathy explained it to Sam. The problem is, her explanation came too late. I already read more than half of the book when I understood what these places meant.

At the end of the book, I really don't think the characters developed. They were just the same the moment I first read them and I am really disappointed with it. I was even expecting that at the last part of Will and Cathy would come to an agreement and maybe like each other eventually.

Based on it's ending, I am assuming that this would be a part of a trilogy or a series. And because last few parts were quite interesting, I wouldn't give up just yet. I just hope things would be so much better in the next books because the way it was written was actually good. Looking forward to an improved and well presented events in the future.


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This copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.