For a girl who read cute, swoonish YA books, it's a pretty big deal when she goes ravishing about a thriller book. A...moreReview on blog: Tumbling In Books
For a girl who read cute, swoonish YA books, it's a pretty big deal when she goes ravishing about a thriller book. Although, if you think about it again, I do love watching Castle and NCIS. Seriously? Love? No. OBSESSED. And that is how it is too with The Decalogue.
DCI Priest was assigned to Manchester to solve a murder case that turns out to be a serial killer case. The murderer kills his victims using the 7 Amendments as his/her blueprint.
This is like, my first crime book. I’ve watched crime shows but I’ve never read one. I guess I wanted to try something new, and I did, and I LOVED it! :D
I guess my only complain of the book is that it’s a little bit dragging in the middle of the book. The pace was slower somehow. Despite that, The Decalogue wasn’t anywhere near the danger where I felt like putting the book down. In fact, I read it in one sitting! That’s like, amazing for a book I’ve never tried reading. Plus, the author keeps it interesting throughout the book when he puts DCI Priest’s private life too.
This is something new to me and I’m glad I tried it out. I mean, I’m not going to stay 15 forever right(wish I could though :P)? Fans of crime and suspense will definitely like this book!(less)
Let me tell you something about me. If there’s one thing I hate, it’d be writing a bad review(and labelling a book DNF). I...moreReview on Tumbling In Books
Let me tell you something about me. If there’s one thing I hate, it’d be writing a bad review(and labelling a book DNF). I really really REALLY hate writing bad reviews. But unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this book. This was a miss for me.
I don’t know if it’s me or the book. But I can’t name one thing I like about this book. I don’t like the characters nor the story. … is like this very naïve boy. His brother, …. who’s in the army has a temper and … Gah! He’s ALWAYS MAD. And the girl…. And that has to be one of the most frustrating ending EVER!
I had to continue and read this book until the end. I REALLY hate labelling a book DNF too. For those of you who read this book: If you have something nice to say about This is Not Forgiveness please do so. I'd really like to see this book from others point of view.(less)
Do NOT be fooled by the cover. LOOKS can be DECEIVING.
Didn’t say I hadn’t warned you. I was SO EXCITED to read this book. I squealed SO HARD when it was approved on NetGalley. But unfortunately… I was disappointed :/ I thought this book was going to be filled with lots of fluff and squeals but it’s filled with seriousness and sadness.
Anna had no one except her mom and she love the tell-me-again times. She was desperate for her mother’s attention but her mother was too busy finding a new husband. So she starts to seek attention from boys. Which of course, made her left with no friends and was called a slut. Despite that, there is a naïve vibe that came out of Anna’s character. Like I said, all she wants is attention from her mother but was neglected.
I guess I know what the author’s trying to tell, even so, it still just doesn’t take out the weird feeling I get while reading this book. Some people ARE living Anna’s kind of lifestyle but I’m still weirded out by it all.
However, I DO like Anna’s narrator voice throughout this book. It was depressing but real and raw. And I like how Anna likes to write how own story in her mind. She’ll imagine conversations that she’ll never have, imagine stories she wants to tell to Toy or her mom but couldn’t.
I really had mixed feeling about this book but if you like New Adult genre than this book is definitely your kind of read(less)
When Lauren moves int a new town, she figured she'd turn over a new leaf, a new life, a new identity. She wanted to...moreReview on blog: Tumbling In Books
When Lauren moves int a new town, she figured she'd turn over a new leaf, a new life, a new identity. She wanted to be like her sister and brother, popular and accepted. And being involved with dangerous Danny ain't going to grant her that.
Breaking Lauren is one of the best contemporary reads that I've read this year. I mean, this book is TOTALLY Simone Elkeles and Katie McGarry-like. But this book is kinda creepy to me in a way.
Lauren's life is so much almost like mine. I mean, like almost on every level. Her routine, her feelings, etc. It's like Jordan Deen wrote my life out on this book, minus the hot and dangerous Danny, of course :P
I didn't know that Breaking Lauren is a series. I honestly don't! And I was kind of pissed off when it ended like that before I blew out a sigh of relief when I found out that it's a series. So, people who are about to read this book and don't know that this is a series: YOU'VE BEEN WARNED ;)
Breaking Lauren is so worth the read. Definitely one I won't forget soon :)
Note to author: Please, please please, PLEASE release Losing Lauren SOON(Although, based on the title, I'll cry by the end of the book. Will he REALLY lose Lauren? o_O T.T)! I wanna know what happens next! ;)(less)
Can I just say that Sarah J. Mass is a genius? SHE’S A GENIUS!
Throne of Glass is my best read of 2012 by far. Honestly, this year is just FILLED with amazingly awesome books. Throne of Glass, Defiance, Don’t Turn Around, Insurgent, Pushing the Limits, Starters, and the list goes on and on.
Throne of Glass is FILLED with epic-ly awesome stuff! I mean, seriously! Assassins, glass castle, secret passageways, romance(of course), dark forces and evil rulers. It’s an epicly awesomely insane book!
The pace of the book is just perfect. The characters are all amazing. I have no trouble in loving them all(except Kaltain, Perrington and King of Adarlan, of course). Especially Celeana. She made an awesome assassin! I especially love every time she analyses her escape. Talk about true assassin!
I’m CRAVING for the next book(and for more Chaol ;)). Please, Sarah J. Mass, hear my beg! ;) I assure you readers will NOT be disappointed by this book. Throne of Glass will captivate you until the end!(less)
Jake seems to have it all. He has decent grades, he’s on the football team and has a happy family. And he has the big...moreReview on blog: Tumbling In Books
Jake seems to have it all. He has decent grades, he’s on the football team and has a happy family. And he has the biggest crush on Samantha Shay since Freshman Year. But after one drunken night at a party, everything went crashing down. Jake could never tell Sam that he likes her. The car accident damaged his vocal cord and he could no longer speak for the rest of his life.
So, I have a knack of requesting whatever titles there is on NetGalley that seems eye-catching enough and when What I Didn’t Say got approved, I was like, ‘When on earth did I requested this?!’
And I was SO glad I did! I mean, I read the synopsis but didn’t remember how the story’s suppose to go so I just jumped into this(it was about to expire). I thought that maybe I wouldn’t connect that much with a mute protagonist but I connected with his character pretty well. Somehow I could understand his pain and all. To not have a voice, that is.
Samantha doesn’t believe in love. She thinks it’s preposterous. That it doesn’t really exist. But somehow, the tragedy brought Sam and Jake closer together. Sam and Jake are the most adorable couple ever! They’re so sweet!
But life ain’t so sweet for Samantha. Sam was active at school but when she became a Senior, she suddenly pulls back. From both school activity and friends. People didn’t know what she hides behind her smile. But together, Jake and Sam get through their challenges.
What I Didn’t Say is a very endearing story. It’s an emotional ride as well. What I Didn’t Say teaches you to appreciate what you have before you lose it. Contemporary fans will definitely eat this up!(less)
I don’t read historical fiction. I really don’t. But with all the good reviews I kept hearing from people, I just hav...moreReview on blog: Tumbling In Books
I don’t read historical fiction. I really don’t. But with all the good reviews I kept hearing from people, I just have to read it. Especially since Code Name Verity was a Read Now! on NetGalley. That chance is so hard to pass by. And I have to admit, it was really good.
But I still have to admit that even though it’s really good. It’s pretty slow going at the beginning. And I know that people has been encouraging me that if I feel like stopping after 100 pages or so, don’t. And I’m so glad I didn’t. It was finally at page 200 that things got interesting for me. I mean, why stop when you’re already through half of the book right?
The narrator was a bit confusing for me at first. I mean, I went through 100 pages and still, I don’t who is the narraror actually. Same goes to me when I entered part two. I thought it was still Queenie who’s narrating but it wasn’t(I don’t know why I thought that though. Must’ve been the lack of sleep).
Queenie was so full of life! I don’t know why, but I love it when she says, ‘Kiss me, Hardy’. I just find that hilarious! She took acting SO seriously that it was amazing! She could fool you through half of this book and you wouldn’t even know. And she also has so many names! I love her real name the most. Especially her dance name ;)
Maddie is a pilot. A pilot! Do you know how many pilots were there in WWII? If you said not much, you pretty much got it right. I adore her friendship with Queenie! They got so little in common yet so suited for each other. I love the scene where both of them told each other their fears.
Code Name Verity is not a story you’ll soon forget. It’s set in WWII, but the characters are so full of life. This is definitely a book I reccommend to people. And remember, if you feel like stopping halfway, DON’T.(less)
Em's life was already mapped out ahead of her. When she received a graduation letter from an unknown aunt to s...moreReview on blog: The Summer My Life Began
Em's life was already mapped out ahead of her. When she received a graduation letter from an unknown aunt to spend the summer over her place, she convinced her parents to spend time with Aunt Tilly before she finally starts her freshman year in college.
The title suits the book perfectly. Em's life literally did finally began that summer. She finally got to express her passion in food and found her inner self(no matter how corny that sounds like). Em is quite a character. Once she finds what she really wants to do, she has a really strong voice on it. Sure, there was some family drama in it but it takes the book higher up a notch.
Of course, what's a summer book without a summer romance in it? Cade is just high-five swoon-worthy. And the scenery of the island is just breathtaking the way Shannon describes it in the book.
The Summer My Life Began is definitely a perfect summer read. And since it's summer 'everyday' here in Malaysia, I've got no problem pretending it's summer ;)(less)
This book, this WHOLE 272 pages has been a ride of emotions since page 1. I couldn’t stop crying/laughing/hating/giggling. I...moreWhoa. Like seriously, WHOA.
This book, this WHOLE 272 pages has been a ride of emotions since page 1. I couldn’t stop crying/laughing/hating/giggling. It was a whole lot of things going on. It was AMAZING.
I love books that plays with my emotions. Examples? Clockwork Prince, The Fault in Our Stars, Delirium, Frostbite, Perfect Chemistry, Dear John, etc. Those kind of books are amazing. Those books gave me something to FEEL. And I’m thinking this would be one of those long review of mine, which—believe me—I rarely do.
The characters. The characters played everything in here. Joey was one alive character. Until he was dead. But seriously, he’s practically sparkling with energy. You can feel those through the pages. Until things started to unravel itself. Until Maggie gets her memories back.
I love the relationship Joey and Maggie had. They were happy lovers. When Joey died, I didn’t really have feeling anything for him yet since it was in the beginning. But then McBride arranged all these flashbacks so perfectly. The flashback were the right flashbacks on the right times. I cried like I cried when ... died in The Fault in Our Stars. I loved Joey for his character but then things got ugly and you see the Joey behind the mask. I loved him and then I didn’t anymore.
Adam was so supportive in the beginning. And then he went MIA. But I still like him. But then he gets frustrating. Really frustrating. I started to get annoyed with him. But when Joey starts to turn out a jerk. Adam’s behaviour was understandable.
Pete and Tanna was the most supportive character towards Maggie. For some reason, I can’t picture Pete without a guitar in his hand;) Shannon was there too but she wasn’t there that much. She was supposedly the bitch in this book. But all six of them had been together since like forever so I guess everyone grieved over Joey’s death their own way.
But then, things started to unravel. Joey isn’t who Maggie thought he is. And everything seems to be tight towards Shannon and Adam. And the secrets weren’t so pretty.
One Moment was a ride of emotions. It was like a roller coaster. Seriously, if you like The Fault in Our Stars, you’ll like One Moment. Just get prepared for what it’ll give you. But I doubt you’ll get prepared for the emotion ride that will set you in a tide once you start reading ;)(less)
This is the first time I read erotica. Second on romance. And I have to say though, that I'm not disappointed. I love that the set was set in a histor...moreThis is the first time I read erotica. Second on romance. And I have to say though, that I'm not disappointed. I love that the set was set in a historical era.
Hannah's naiveness caught my attention. She's the girl who works unpaid for Leo's aunt for food and shelter. Leo earned himself quite a reputation among the maidservants. When Hannah caught him with a maidservant, she was bewildered and quite curious as how a woman can feel such pleasures. Improper Relations somehow reminded me of some fairy tales. Cinderella, a little bit.
Filled with steamy scenes all the way to the last pages, fan of erotica and romance will eat this up.(less)
Stella Chavek was pulled towards Ruby as soon she sets her eyes on her. OK. That was a weird way to start a review bu...moreReview on blog: Tumbling In Books
Stella Chavek was pulled towards Ruby as soon she sets her eyes on her. OK. That was a weird way to start a review but seriously. Ruby is this wild girl who breaks all kinds of rule and make her own. Stella is the opposite. Keeping up a good 3.8 GPA and dates clean cuts boys, she needed to get away from her organized self and Ruby was the perfect escape.
Now, this book isn’t the all swoony type. Torn is more to friendship. Stella and Ruby’s oppositeness is what keeps their friendship together. Stella is loyal and really hardworking. She helps her mom at home as her siblings are useless at cleaning up the house. But I hate the fact that she follows what Ruby saids so much. That she let Ruby pushes her.
Ruby is a mysterious person. Ruby doesn’t let anyone in except Stella. Ruby is full of rumours. Ruby got the kids in her school curious about her. But when her image was tainted, she unfortunately bring Stella down with her. But Ruby isn’t all this bad image. She has her loyal moments towards Stella too.
Ruby and Stella’s relationship is something I adore in Torn. Overall, it was a pretty enjoyable read.(less)
Sheridan loves to bake. But when her dad got his own TV show, she doesn't want to leave town. Especially her mom. But that's the thing. Her mother had already left.
I guess you could relate to Sheridan in some ways. The way she wouldn't let go of her mom. She yearned the warmth of her mom. And her dad's always busy, especially since he have his own TV show. She craved for attention and cakes were there along the way. Here was when we could see how naive and innocent she really is.
I like her best friends. They're so supportive of her no matter how much bitchy and a whiner she could be. I don't like that Sheridan pushes them away too much. I love drama in books. But when it's too much, I just go ....-.-....
I don't know. Maybe it was me and not the book. Although I didn't love it, but I did like it. It was a really nice read. You should give it a go. Especially if you like cakes ;)(less)
Do NOT read this on a working/school/whatever-it-is-that-you-do-the next-day night. Consider yourself WARNED.
I knew that once I started to read the pages that I’d be hooked. But I never knew I’d be THAT hooked. I stayed up till 3am to read Pushing the Limits(I ended up falling asleep in class A LOT) but even then I still don’t want to stop. Pushing the Limits is THAT addictive.
Echo’s mind repressed her memory of what happened the night of her tragedy. Noah’s this bad boy(Holy HOTNESS! Noah*sigh*!) who just wanted his family back together. Both just wanted normal. But normal is what they’ll never get.
If I have any complains about this book is that there’s just too many ‘babys’ in there. Like, seriously. My boyfriend’ll get his finger bitten if he calls me baby :P
But seriously, the concept of this book is just amazing. I mean, you throw two messed up people together? That’s just really messed up but amazingly so. I love that they learn to love and learn to trust. You take baby steps to build a relationship. Not just you look at him and BAM! Love at first sight! It SO doesn’t work with me.
Seriously, Pushing the Limits was A-MAZING. It’s something you TOTALLY couldn’t get enough. It wasn’t a too heavy read but it isn’t a too light read either. You got an equal amount of both. Katie McGarry just DID it. She just became one of my all-time favorite contemp authors(alongside Simone Elkeles, Ally Carter and Morgan Matson). You go girl! :D
Fans of Simone Elkeles will TOTALLY love this :D (less)
Daisy has a 'gift'. Electronics go wild whenever she's around unless she's in control. She doesn't own a car nor a phone. She has to deal with Vivi who she was sent to help 'cause Vivi drank too many painkillers. Then Daisy and her best friend, Danielle started to have same dreams.
I love the dreams they have. Creepy, yes. Mysterious, yes. And that's what I love about it. It totally kept me guessing. That, and also it was set in an era that I totally love. Oh, you know, with all those fluffy skirts, corsets, and etiquettes ;)
It was really slow for me at the beginning of the book. But it wasn't until the middle that it got really interesting.
Kevin is a senior in this book. He totally has his eyes on Daisy. I love him. His sense of humor totally kept this book going. I'm not a fan of Danielle. I find her a bit whiny and shallow, selfish and close minded. Vivi was likeable to say at least. She's fragile, yes. But her fragile and vulnerability made her likeable somehow.
This book'll keep you guessing. Who's Patrick really? And who's Veronica and Jane? But that is not for me to tell ;) This book is more to Middle Grade for me but it was really a fun read. Gift was thrilling, light, fast paced and mysterious. (less)
When I first heard the title, I knew it's going to be about a girl in trying to be in control of guys(which didn't really happen - that much). But I never thought the girl would be so... whiny! And desperate! Whiny and desperate. And she's only 14-years-old for goodness' sakes!
I really hate those first 50 pages. All she did was whine and think if she's hot enough or not for Heath. I was just about to drop the book when I read a spoiler in someone's review and WHOA! I just had to keep reading it. And it was so worth it! The book picked up pace after those first 50 pages and I was all like rooting and smacking on Blue's head mentally.
Eeeppp!!! I just love Colin(and every other main guy in every other books, obviously)! But Colin's personality didn't really show strikingly. It was all about Blue and how she wished Heath would notice her - which honestly, made me feel kind of annoyed.
I noticed that the author pressed on Blue's insecurities here. Don't get me wrong, I'm all on insecurities. I think it's cute. Until it just gets annoying. And when the part Blue wants to impress Heath and all... I hate to say it but it made her sound a tad bit like a slut. But she ISN'T!
All in all, it was a really worthy and cute read. I just don't like it enough to recommend it to other people.(less)
I’ve been to Italy. Stayed there for two years. Spoke their language. Played with my best friend Giulia. Italy was am...moreReview on blog: Tumbling In Books
I’ve been to Italy. Stayed there for two years. Spoke their language. Played with my best friend Giulia. Italy was amazing! I never knew though, about those etiquettes they learn in Flirting In Italian. I mean, I was a kid. *snorts* We don’t learn etiquettes when we’re a child. Maybe my mom did, but then she did so many things(she’s talented. She knits, sew, paints. My mom’s A-MAZING!:D).
If you know me at all, you would know how much I LURVE family secrets + castles. They make the perfect match! And Flirting In Italian is just that!
Violet saw her kind-twin-but-not-really in a portrait in a museum in London. When she found this summer course online to Italy, she just have to join it as she was really curious about the painting and wanted to know more.
You see, here is when things went a little twisted. Violet and her mom is UNSEPARATEABLE. They’re very tight. Violet, without a doubt, knows that she wasn’t adopted. I mean, if she is, her mom would’ve told her by then. I mean, she’s not that typical troubled teen. In fact, her life is so much more uncomplicated than mine. But then, how on earth there can be someone who looks EXACTLY like her in Italy from a royal family? I know right? Exactly.
I really don’t get those bad reviews on Flirting In Italian. I mean, I couldn’t stop reading it! It was SO addictive! The boys(Luca! *sigh*), the lessons, the language, the dramas. There’s one thing though, I really thought this was a standalone. So I’m not really sure of this book as a series. But we’ll see! ‘Cause I TOTALLY need more Luca di Vesperi in my life!
All in all, Flirting In Italian’s A-MAZING! I totally couldn’t get enough of it. Seriously. If you’re a contemporary fan like me, you’d TOTALLY gobble this up!(less)
Lissa Price is a GENIUS! Seriously! She really is!
I just devoured Starters! When I first read the book, the part where Callie went to Prime Destination and they were talking about selling bodies, I was all like, “Please do NOT tell me what I think it is.” I’m the kind of person who always tends to jump into a book without reading the synopsis or that I’ve read it but I forgot what’s the book about. But seriously, renting your body to a 100++ year old senior for them to enjoy their youth back is just gross. You have got to admit THAT.
Callie was like Katniss in some way. She’s really strong. Callie fights for survival and her sick brother. Living in abandoned buildings and they almost got NOTHING to eat as people who are under 18 years old were not allowed to work. Man, seriously. War really sucks.
Starters is just so abso-bloody-lutely an AWESOME creation! The settings, those awesome high-technology gadgets, all those twists and turns, it was A-MAZING!
I totally LOVE the ending! Price doesn’t leave you hanging just like that. Believe me when I say all the mysteries will finally unravel by the end of the book. An ending that will make your jaw drop. Starters is really addictive. Any dystopian lovers will definitely eat this book up!(less)
I have to admit. This is one refreshing book. It made me expand my reading outside of my comfort zone a little more.
The setting was set in a future - not far from us, I think - where the Detonation happened. There were those who was chosen and lived in the Dome. Unharmed. Unscarred. They are called Pure. The Detonation destroyed almost everything. And people who got hit by it will not be the same person anymore. When the Detonation happened while you're holding something or was standing/sitting/etc near to things like glass or even any other stuff(human maybe), it kind of ingrained on you.(I have to admit, El Capitan and Helmud are pretty creepy and a slight touch of gruesome).
This book has more action and less romance. And it kind of started a little too slow for me for the first 30 pages or so. It kind of didn't work with me. Don't get me wrong. There were some parts that got my heart ache and even cry but it's also a little too gruesome for me. But I still have no doubt that I'll read the next book when it comes out.
What I love about this book though was the ending. Sure. People died and all but it's Partridge and Lyda and Bradwell and Pressia that got me to keep reading this book until the end and it did gave me with a kind of satisfied ending.(less)
First of all, this is my first EVER(besides than The Little Mermaid but that doesn’t really count) mermaid book. And...moreReview on blog: Tumbling In Books
First of all, this is my first EVER(besides than The Little Mermaid but that doesn’t really count) mermaid book. And it totally does NOT disappoint.
I usually steered clear away from mermaid books for multiple reasons. But mainly, it’s just ‘cause I don’t want any other book to perish my fairytale Ariel version of mermaids. And since mermaid was also kind of in a rise, I kind of don’t want to miss out on what’s actually happening, so I branch out a little more.
The starting sentence of Lies beneath was pretty awesome. It immediately sucked me into Calder’s mermen world. I didn’t know it was told from a male’s POV until I started reading it. I have a habit to jump into books without reading the description first.
And there you go Pssshhh! Gone was my innocent view of mermaids. In my mind, mermaids was supposed to be good. But they turned out to be a murderous merman and I was all, Noooo!!!
But the book was really good. At the last 50 pages or so, I could not tear my eyes of the book. Lies Beneath kept me interested throughout the book. There were plot twists and turns that I totally did not expect.
The romance was great too. It wasn’t insta-love(clap-hands). Calder was just suppose to make Lily as a target to her father but when he was in way too deep, you’ll be surprised at the aftermath of it.
Lies Beneath was a really great read. Fans of mermaid books will definitely eat this up.
So how about you mermaid fans? Any more suggestion of mermaid books that you’d like me to read? You know you can leave your suggestion in the comment box :D(less)
Don’t You Wish is like the movie 13 Going On 30 starred by Jennifer Garner . Just the skip across time thingy par...moreReview on blog: Don't You Wish Review
Don’t You Wish is like the movie 13 Going On 30 starred by Jennifer Garner . Just the skip across time thingy part. This book was freakin awesome. I couldn’t get enough of it!
So, Annie wishes her life to be picture perfect and she got her wish when her house blacked out and lightning struck her bedroom window the night her dad’s invention went haywire. In her other life, Ayla was perfect(and mean, and yes, bitchy).
Of course, like the other YA contemporary books that we’ve read, we usually find that a rich family was always so busy that they leave their kids unattended at home and their teens became problematic. This was no different. But when Annie finally came to her senses that money wasn’t everything, she just wanted to go back home.
Ayla was the typical queen bee kinda b****h. Annie was the typical ‘nobodies’ who wishes to be a ‘somebody’. But when she finally got to be a ‘somebody’, acting like one is a whole different thing when you still have your own soul when you just actually skipped across time.
I have to admit. I was also stuck with the Annie/Ayla thing that’s going on through the whole book. I mean, she was conflicted. She finally found a guy who won’t mock her or ask her to a dance just because of a dare when she finally found a way to go back to her own life.
The ending kind of let off like Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour that will leave you wanting more of the story. And believe me, you’ll want more. Like a light read? Then read Don’t You Wish! :D(less)