Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Fairest || Book Review

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

1. Can we just pause and admire the cover? I still cant get over how pretty and haunted it looks.
2. My copy was signed by Marissa Meyer, meant she touched it. Yep I am a total Fangirl.

Love is a conquest. Love is war. 

From the title and the cover, you might think it's about Snow White but it isn't. It is about the evil queen. Not many books allow us to see the evil queen's perspective. Through this book, I kindda question myself, is the evil queen really that evil? All she was, to me, was selfish. She was selfish for love, for beauty, and for power. 

The evil queen, Levana, is the second child. Her parents died when she is young and her elder sister takes over the crown. Her elder sister, Channary, treats Levana horribly.  She makes Levana feel so desperate and help less, feel so worthless and ugly. But what can Levana do? She is her sister and she is the queen.

Levana fells in love with a guard, Evret. But Evret has a wife who was already pregnant. Now, if I stop here you would think that Levana kills the wife to get what she wants but that's not the case. Levana is not evil yet. Evert's wife dies when she was giving birth to a little girl. Evret names her Winter. Levana saw this as an opportunity for her so she manipulates Evret with her powers to marry her. (If you can't remember, Lunar have supernatural powers, like what you see with vampires in Twilight, and those who don't have powers are called shells) 

When Channary becames pregnant as well, Levana knows that she lost her place in the royal throne. Channary catches a bad disease and dies the following week. Levana is left to take care of two children that wasn't even hers, Winter and Channary's daughter, Selene. She knows that when Selene grows older, Selene will take over the throne but until then, Levana was the queen and she would do everything in her power to make a mark in her reign. 

There was a part on the book that was really sad and surprising. It was when Levanana tells her story of why she always uses charms to disguise her real look. She was burnt when she was young by Channary. Channary, like all Lunar, has powers too and she manipulated Levana to enter into big flame of fire. Standing there, not moving, crying for help but could not escape the manipulation Channary place in her head, Levana was severally burnt. Since then, she never shows anyone her real look, her scars, her burnt skin and her disfigured face. 

The ending was a smooth connection to the book Cinder. In the end, Levana takes over the throne and is obsess with the idea of conquering earth but in order to do so, she needs alliance, not with other kingdoms, but with Earth itself and she has the perfect plan to do so. To achieve it,  it would eventually break her and form the Evil Queen.

hugs and kisses

Friday, 25 September 2015

Snow like Ashes || Book Review

Snow Like Ashes 

Winter is destroyed and the magic of the land fades away like a drying water color. Or is it really? Snow like Ashes is a really 'girl power' like story. The character, Meria, who is an orphan, along with eight of Winterians escape the Spring Kingdom that has destroyed Winter and have been waiting years to attack back and free the people of Winterians that has been enslaved. However, with magic lost, it is impossible for 8 people to attack a bold army of Spring.

As Meria grows up, she learns self defense, history of Winter, and also fighting. Meria, even though was a baby when Winter was destroyed, feels a strong connection, a strong desire to save Winter. She wants Winter to be dancing with magic again and the people to roam around freely. Among the 8 survivors was the prince, Mather. Mather and Meria grew up together, but knowing he is the prince and she was only an orphan, she dare not to speak of her heart.

They try to seek alliance with other kingdoms but no one was willing to go against Spring for a lost cost of Winter.When they do find a kingdom to help, it was for a price. William, the commander, along with the prince, made a deal with the kingdom, Cordell. The price is Meria. Meria will have to marry the prince of Cordell,Theron. Tension between Mather and Theron got hot but Marie knows what she has to do for Winter. She struggles before to think what was her true purpose. Now she knows she no longer speak for herself, but for Winterians, for Winter.

When Meria is captured by Spring, she learns the true secret to how and why Spring had destroyed Winter. She is also put into a cell with all the Winterians. In the cave where all her people stayed for decades, she finds hope and new strength to get Winter back.

It was a very touching and adventurous book. There's a lot of thriller, romance, and action going on. Simple to say, it's like a big old hot soup with everything you love in it on a cold winter day. I really want to get my hands on the next squeal now.

BTW, I have an exciting post coming up this weekend so stay tone !

hugs and kisses

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Ashes to Ashes || Book Review

Ashes to Ashes

I am forever deeply scared by this book. It has a whole new level of creepiness. Definitely not suppose to be reading this at night but I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book. The romance, the betrayal, the drama, and the sacrifices felt so real. After five minutes into the book, your heart will literally feel sore. The characters were so well though out and even though you don't know what their favorite color is or their favorite pizza toppings, it is as if they are you best friend already at page two. Nonetheless, it was brutally unforgettable.

This book is about  a group of girls, Lilia, Kat, Mary and Rennie, who were best friends but grew apart and became strangers at high school. One day when Rennie died, it brought Lillia and Kat back together but they could not find where Mary went, maybe she moved on and moved away but that was what they thought. As their last year of high school went by, things started to get haunted. They started seeing Mary floating around and in their dreams. Was she dead or was it just an illusion?

I crawl into a ball after reading this book. It was sooooooooooooo creepy but touching at the same time. After reading this book, I literally don't know what to think or feel and that's the power of a good book. It slowly grabs your soul , little piece by piece, and won't let you go even when you hit the last word of the book.

hugs and kisses,

Friday, 11 September 2015

My History with Reading

A lot of people asked my why I love or enjoy reading. Well, here's my history of reading.

When I was a kid, I used to dislike reading. My parents would drag me to the bookstore and library on the weekends, and we would spend two hours there. Two hours to me then seemed like ten hours, but my sister loved going to the library. She would skip her way to her little comfort corner and dive into the books. We often go to different section of the library, but one day, I watched her from the corner of my eyes as I was pretending to read a random book I picked up from the shelf. Her eyes danced through the line of words so fast like she was in a race. I watched how her body stayed in the present, but her mind and soul wandered in the book. That inspired me to give reading a second chance.
I started reading The Magic Tree House, The Chronicles of Narnia, and a lot of Disney classic storybooks.  I could remember staring at the pages in the beginning of the book, reading the words but not knowing what it was saying. My mind was constantly wandering off somewhere else, but the motivation from my sister gave me a boost to not give up. As the novel got exciting, I started to fall deeply into the story like a maze. The world of fantasy was created so perfectly that it made reality boring. From then on, I was engaged in the world of books and the fantasy that it brings. I figured the reason why I disliked reading before was because I never knew what interested me most. After I discovered fiction, fantasy, and adventure novels, it stated to spread like a disease in me. I wanted and needed more. I read a lot after that. I started setting goals to read at least an hour every day and to read 50 books a year. For an eight year old child, my parents were impressed that I managed to achieve that.
While my elementary childhood consisted of lots of playground rocks and fictional books, my teenage years were a lot more stressful and bumpy. When middle school kicked in, time was gold. I became very busy with school work, projects, extra curriculum and making new friends. By then, I realized that I was reading more of textbooks, science documents, historical facts and other documentaries that would help me in school. At that time, I thought that I had to put away my fantasy and start being a ‘grown up.’ My parents were certainly happy about that because it meant that I would not be dancing around with Peter Pan and wondering off to Neverland anymore. However, books are like drugs. The imaginative part of me grew aggressive and craved for some fantasy. I started to make time to read. I remember going to the book store and was lost in the mountain of books. I did not realize how many books had been published since I lasted kept tracked. I spent the next two hours searching on Goodreads for the perfect book. Then, the book Twilight caught my eyes. I saw mixed reviews of them, but the story line caught my attention.
Reading Twilight gave me a sudden rush of all my childhood memories. I missed the feeling of being nervous when starting a book, the feeling of excitement in the middle story, and the feeling of satisfaction after finishing a good book. That was when I picked up reading again. I started buying more books and my book shelf grew massively big by the end of the year. Books became a huge part of me again. It was not just for entertainment but also books helped me build long lasting friendships. A few of my classmates loved to read as well and we would often gather together to discuss and share our thoughts. It got to a point where we were so emerged in the book that the ending was not enough. We started writing our own endings, what we thought might happen to the characters after the author finished the last sentence, and what would happen if the plot was different. My sister always says that I get connected too easily, and I cannot argue with that. After a few chapters into a book, I feel as if I have known the characters for a long time, and they are a part of my life. 
After reading the Twilight Saga, I started getting into Nicholas Sparks’ novels at the peak of my teenager days. I remember how his books could influence me, and the way I viewed love as a teenager. It totally ruined my expectation of love in the real life, but I was fine with it because for that seven hours of reading the book, I fell deeply in love with the characters and the story line. I also started reading different romance books from different authors like Where the Rainbow Ends and P.S. I love you by Cecelia Ahern.  After reading tons of romance books, it finally sank into me, and I grew out of it. I turned to another genre of books; mystery, fantasy, horror, and thriller. I started reading The Divergent Series, Made for You, Thirst Series, The Vampire Diaries, Maze Runner, Percy Jackson, Mortal Instruments, Infernal Device, and a whole lot more. My small two row book shelf became an eight row book cabinet. I started collecting books, and so did my sister. She was really into Harry Potter. She always finished the book too fast before the next sequel came out. It was a pain for her to wait and a pain for me to watch. I have tried reading Harry Potter, and I managed to finish the first two books; however, I find it difficult to read the rest of the series after I watched all the movies. I was disappointed and ashamed that I could not bring myself to be patient enough to read the books before the movie.
Recently, I have picked up a different genre of books and have been enjoying it. It’s mostly fictional novels but with a deep meaning behind the words of the authors. Books like, Wonders, All the Bright Places, We are All Made of Molecules, The Last Time We Say Goodbye, and The Faults in Our Stars. I started reading Melissa Marr, John Green, Marie Lu, Jenny Han, and Cynthia Hand’s book. These books made me more aware of what is going on in the world that I would never get a chance to see or to experience in one life time. I can see how my taste in books has changed over time but also is still similar. I started off loving fantasy as a child then faded out to more educational books. I, then, grew interest in fiction novels again but later got caught up with romance books which sank in really quickly. Now, my genre of books are wide and undefined. I can read anything and everything as long as it has a good ending. I learned now that a happy ending is not as important as a satisfying read. If the book can make me cry and laugh but has a sad, horrible ending, I would still be glad I read to the end.
Reading has changed me in a way that is both scary but fun. I, now have a world of fantasy I can escape to when the reality seems too scary. I have books to turn too when I feel a little off the edge or lonely. I have books to teach me lessons about life and expose me to different things in life. I am still not sure if I love reading or not. It is a love-hate relationship I have with books. I love reading and the imagination I gain from them. However, I still struggle to let the characters go after the last sentence in the book. I would need a full solid day for everything to sink into my system. Ending a book has always been hard for me. It is like saying goodbye to an old good friend.

Books are immortal and a portal to magic. Reading is where I find my ultimate comfort zone and a place where I do not have to hide. Reading and writing have definitely pulled me out of the darkest experiences in my life. Stories have given me a place where I can lose myself. They allow me to remember and to forget. They allow me to imagine different endings and a possibility of a better world. As Neil Gaiman quoted, “A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.”

Now you know my history, what's yours?

hugs and kisses

Monday, 7 September 2015

PS I Still Love You || Book Review

PS I Still Love You

ASDFGHJKL. This book has got me laughing and crying and fallen in love like it was my first and last. I adore the characters and how they grow and change. This book is funny, romantic and so naive. I read the whole 350 pages in one sitting with no regrets the next morning. 

If you don't know, (shame of you), this book is a sequel to the book To All The Boys I've Loved Before. Lara Jean is a utterly innocent and funny girl who loves baking. I cannot tell you how many times my stomach growled last night whiles I was reading how she baked cookies and cakes. In this book she finally confessed her love to the boy she 'like'. (she doesn't like to use the word love because it's not something she likes to admit). However, the relationship got complicated when the pass hunts them like a shadow. 

I think this book really was meant to teach us that sometimes love doesn't work out the first time and sometimes we have to ignore everything else and listen to our heart for who does it beats for. Overall it was utterly beautifully written.

hugs and kisses

Thursday, 3 September 2015



Hey guys !

Since last week, I have been starting this challenge for myself. It's not like a fitness challenge, or a healthy challenge or anything like that but rather every in one. I know this sounds a little confusing but wait, let me explain. I've noticed that we, humans, tend to give our self excuses a lot. Like, if I was talking really loud, people will think I am rude and moody but I will make up an excused saying I was stress or afraid you could not hear me clearly. Or if I failed to accomplish something, I would give an excuse saying it was because my laptop broke, or I didn't have enough time. Excuses, excuses, excuses. Not just that, have you ever said something you don't mean to or done something you regret? I definitely have. Also, I have lived through days where I've eaten crappy and unhealthy. I have days where I am the most inactive and unproductive person on the planet.

Its not everyday tho but I would like to improve that. Not all at once, but one step at a time. We are all human and we have have flaws but who says we cant be better?

So this challenge to for yourself. Set your own rules. Things you want to improve in the next 100 days. Don't wait for Monday or Sunday or the first day of the month. Start now. Start today.

Let me share with you my 100 Day Rule so you can get the idea how this works :

1. eat healthier.
2. stay positive.
3. Attitude check. Don't get angry at everything or too quickly, (yes, I am grumpy sometimes.)
4. Read more frequent
5.Be less clumsy. (If you know me, no matter how big of a space I got to walk, I still find myself bumping into stuff)
6. Be active and have at least one rest day. (I hate rest day and I don't rest often so this is essential for me)
7. Make new friends and stay connected to old ones. (Because I am miles away from home, its nice to get to know new people but also keep in touch with old friends.)
8. Always reflect back to myself. Do I want others to treat me like how I have treated them?
9. Cook more often and save some money
10. By the end of the day, always be content and happy of what you have.

I hope all of you follow this challenge with me ! Hears to the journey of making a better us ! *cheers*

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