While China Rich Girlfriend is technically the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians, you can read this as a standalone, which is what I did. Kevin Kwon throwsWhile China Rich Girlfriend is technically the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians, you can read this as a standalone, which is what I did. Kevin Kwon throws you head first into the extravagant and rich life of these rich asians, and I can't lie and say that it didn't give me a headache. I was so shocked and mesmerised at the same time at the reality of their lives. One line that really got to me was said among a couple of the older asian women about someone within their community:
"Bernard has no money. He only gets about ten million a year to live on," Carol confirmed.
That's ten million USD a year, by the way. I loved how we were able to see how these people live, and that it's not all roses and 100 thousand dollar Birkin bags. Initially I have to say I was OVERWHELMED by the sheer amount of people in this book. I do think if you read the first book, by the second book you would atlas know 50% of the people. But I didn't and it took me a while to get to know who's important enough for me to really know and who isn't. I wish there was a family tree chart of all the asian clans involved.
Once we weed out all the unimportant characters, it finally got interesting and exciting. I couldn't put the book down and read it in a day or two. Several different plots are interwoven or stand alone in the book, and I have to say I enjoyed every single one. This is a rarity because I always have favourites and stories I don't like when it comes to multiple POV books. China Rich Girlfriend was a book I kept on recommending to so many of my friends and really stuck with me. Maybe because I was so unaccustomed to their lifestyle. The rich asians are seriously on a completely different level from other rich people. One thing a publicist at Random House said that stuck for me about this book is "There's rich , then there's China rich". I completely agree and feel like anyone who picks it up will get taken for a very interesting and exciting ride, especially if you are already into asian cultures, like I am. I definitely recommend this book to everyone and I can't wait to pick up Crazy Rich Asians and read that. I hope Kevin Kwon continue writing these fascinating and unique books; I really enjoy his storytelling. ...more
I'm so disappointed.. but 100 pages in (and my friend who just finished gave me her overall thoughts on the book), I'm labelling it as a lost cause. TI'm so disappointed.. but 100 pages in (and my friend who just finished gave me her overall thoughts on the book), I'm labelling it as a lost cause. The main guy is so creepy with continuing to read the emails and still creeping on them until the end. I am disappointed that this is a Rainbow Rowell book but we must move on....more
Definitely not my type of book. I read more than half of the book and nothing new was revealed that wasn't included in the synopsis. Also rapid changeDefinitely not my type of book. I read more than half of the book and nothing new was revealed that wasn't included in the synopsis. Also rapid change of POVs (basically every single page) and so many characters that are STILL getting introduced halfway through the book. I'm disappointed because this was compared to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. ...more
People have been asking me for my thoughts on this book so I'll do a flash review:
I personally felt that nothing much happened for more than half of tPeople have been asking me for my thoughts on this book so I'll do a flash review:
I personally felt that nothing much happened for more than half of the book. The main protagonist is taken to live with the fae and you just read how she lives day after day with no progress. Also, initially i despised her family and how the main protagonist is so weak as to basically act like their servant. However the thing that I couldn't stand at all is the love interest, Tamlin, and the romance. I felt the romance was TOO quick, one page she was distrustful of him and the next she was fantasising about him and the next saying she loves him. I'm sorry but that just makes me roll my eyes HARD. Also, someone mentioned that Tamlin is similar to Warner but I think that is quite offensive to Warner. Tamlin felt VERY two dimensional to me and very rigid. Think of how bad actors can ruin leading roles? that's what I felt with him. Only towards the end does the action begin (after very foolish decisions by the main protagonist) and that's when it gets exciting. However there is the potential of a love triangle and I find those ridiculous because we all know that no one can pull a Tahereh Mafi and actually mess with us through a love triangle. 99% of the time the girl will stick to the first guy, so what's the point of a love triangle? I personally won't be continuing with the series, but it is a very well written book. I just couldn't get past some troupes that other people were able to get past and even enjoy. ...more
The Knockoff sounded like the perfect contemporary read. I needed something fun and interesting without any romance getting in the way of the plot. ThThe Knockoff sounded like the perfect contemporary read. I needed something fun and interesting without any romance getting in the way of the plot. This story is about all the working women out there who had to take a break and came back finding everything different and the working life train just about to leave with your ticket no where to be found. I am twenty four years old, I am by no means old. However I do understand that disadvantageous side women have to deal with once they come back in the workforce. That is how I was able to sympathize with the main protagonist, Imogen, even though she's so kick butt and awesome.
Imogen, as soon as she comes back to the magazine that she is edited in chief of, has to deal with Eve, her previous assistant, wanting to take over Glossy and turning it into an app. I mean are you serious? even I wouldn't want print magazines to only become e-magazines... now teenagers will seriously NEVER be able to get their eyes out of their phone screens *shudders*. I really liked The Knockoff because it was basically a battle of power, wit, and brains when it came to the power struggle between Imogen and Eve. However Eve fights dirty, and I hated her so much for this. She got so much on my nerves and I am SO glad that Imogen was able to stand up to her every time, in her own classy way. Eve can be described as one word: unhinged.
I had such a fun ride with The Knock off, I didn't know what to expect of a chick lit without romance, but Sykes and Piazza both delivered. I can't wait to read more books by either authors and I hope they collaborate on another chick lit in the future. This was a 330 tall hardcover sized book with typical small text, but I did not grow bored at all while reading it. The fashion world has always interested me (as an outsider), and I loved seeing the backstage happening of running a fashion magazine. I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a lighthearted fun read. ...more
Not a fan of books that start off with the main protagonist in a relationship but throughout the book some other guy is getting her attention and cheaNot a fan of books that start off with the main protagonist in a relationship but throughout the book some other guy is getting her attention and cheating happens and the poor boyfriend is left clueless until he finds out or she breaks up with him. I'm DNF-ing it for sure. It is my fault, I will analyze he synopsis of contemporaries from now on to make sure a such a theme isn't present ...more
This was the sequel to Nearly Gone, my favorite young adult mystery thriller that I read in 2014. Nearly Found picks up right where Nearly Gone ends,This was the sequel to Nearly Gone, my favorite young adult mystery thriller that I read in 2014. Nearly Found picks up right where Nearly Gone ends, with more trouble following Nearly Boswell. You would think after what she was put through, from people she knew being murdered as a revenge plot for her to almost get killed herself that she would finally be able to catch her breath and get a break? no. Boswell gets thrown deep into another mystery that seems to be connected with what happened to her before. This mystery also found a way to hit home for Nearly, and I just felt so bad for the girl. All she wanted was to finally be able to spend the rest of her school year under the radar without any more mishaps but her father's past is catching up to her.
Nearly Found isn't only about the mystery but also the struggle of Nearly with being in a relationship. Her and Reece seem to be keeping so much from each other just in order to protect their feelings when all I wanted to do is force them to sit down and just talk. Talk about their insecurities, about what is bothering, and to also tell the truth about what is going in each of their own lives. I liked that they didn't have the happily ever after once they got together. They sometimes remind me of Veronica and Logan from VM and I just ship those two so hard. Their relationship and romance was so realistic and had its ups and downs, something I appreciated from Cosminao yet again; her portrayal of a realistic relationship.
As for the mystery, it was as exciting and creepy and mysterious as the first one. Elle Cosimano sure knows how to write them and I honestly hope she continues writing more YA mysteries because her realistic way of writing and brutal honesty of her description of some scenes are what really eleviate the quality of the mystery as a whole. Having a level headed protagonist who makes logical and sane decisions and choices also never hurts. I had a theory about who the killer is but the actual revelation was much bigger than what I had in mind. I def recommend this book to all mystery/thriller fans, whether adult or YA because this will not disappoint in the least bit. I can't wait to find out what is more to come from Elle Cosimano. Here's hoping it is another thriller! ...more