Friday, July 31, 2009

Review ; First Night by Tom Weston

ABOUT THE BOOK/: Alexandra O’Rourke, aged 16, is not a happy camper. It's New Year’s Eve. She should be partying in San Diego with her friends, but instead she is stuck in Boston, with just her younger sister, Jackie, for company. As if that wasn’t bad enough, she is being haunted by Sarah, the ghost of a seventeenth century Puritan. Oh, and there is the small matter of the charge of witchcraft to be sorted out.

Armed only with big shiny buttons and a helping of Boston Cream Pie, the sisters set out to restore the Natural Order. Can Alex solve the mystery of the Devil’s Book? Can Jackie help Sarah beat the sorcery rap? And can they do it before the fireworks display at midnight? Because this is First Night - and this is an Alex and Jackie Adventure.

(taken from


Elements ;

1. Shocking Factor - 8/10
2. Thrilling Factor - 7/10
3. Funny Factor - 9/10
4. Honesty Factor - 8/10
5. Originality Factor - 9/10


Narrator's Voice - 8.5/10

Overall conclusion
-I didn't know what to expect of this book. I've never been a fan of mysteries or anything ghost related. The first few chapters were dragging but after I got the hang of the story, I finally realised the necessity of the introduction. Tom Weston writes beautifully, his words almost poetic. The conversations are mildly humorous. What I felt very strongly about this book was how strong the characters are. My favourite would be Jackie for her jokes and sarcasm. The plot wasn't very suspensful but its good enough to make you curious about what happens next. When I'm not reading the book, I'm trying to guess how Sarah can prove that she's not into witchcraft. The journey in this novel is a very memorable one. I love how everything connects and while reading, I was very eager to connect the dots. I am thoroughly pleased with the outcome of the book and glad that I picked this novel as a turning point for me to venture in this type of genre. This would be a great pick for those who are trying to venture on the book genre. I look forward for the next Alex and Jackie adventure.


Monday, July 20, 2009

Contest End-Date!

Just wanted to let you guys know that the contest will end on this wednesday, 22nd of July 2009


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Review ; The Geek Girl's Guide To Cheerleading by Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance

ABOUT THE BOOK/: When Bethany–self-proclaimed geek girl–makes the varsity cheerleading squad, she realizes that there’s one thing worse than blending in with the lockers: getting noticed. She always felt comfortable as part of the nerd herd, but being a member of the most scrutinized group in her school is weighing her down like a ton of textbooks.

Even her Varsity Cheerleading Guide can’t answer the really tough questions, like:

* How do you maintain some semblance of dignity while wearing an insanely short skirt?
* What do you do when the head cheerleader spills her beer on you at your first in-crowd party?
* And how do you know if your crush likes you for your mind or your … pom-poms?

One thing’s for sure: It’s going to take more than brains for this girl genius to cheer her way to the top of the pyramid.

(taken from


Elements ;

1. Shocking Factor - 9/10
2. Thrilling Factor - 9/10
3. Funny Factor - 8/10
4. Honesty Factor - 8/10
5. Originality Factor - 8/10


Narrator's Voice - 9/10

Overall conclusion
- Truthfully before I read it, I didn't know what to expect from this book. The title was cheesy enough to set me off especially since I'm trying to widen my range of genres in books. Also, the subject on cheerleading? Not my thing. I hate cheerleading. I always think its too superficial. What was amazing about this book is that it completely out ruled every assumptions I made. Don't let the cover and the title blind you! This is not just another cheesy case of cool boy-meets-geek girl--fallsinlove. In fact, while reading it, I didn't imagine Bethany being a geek girl at all which I guess is another way of showing that a label doesn't make you that person. The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading is actually more about Bethany balancing her before-cheer and after-cheer life and less about cheerleading. In a nutshell, it's the story of finding yourself and not being someone from a label. The characters were lovable enough. The supporting character has an essence in them that relates them to the main characters. Oh and the fact that the first line of the book is similar to Pride and Prejudice? AWESOME. The Jane Austen fangirl inside of me was flabbergasted.

Oddly enough, Bethany and Jack reminds me of Nathan and Haley from One Tree Hill. The fact that Jack isn't that stereotype jock makes it all the better. I really love how the authors makes Bethany's narrative voice so genuine and real instead of constantly making her sound like a total losergeek (after all, there's more to a person than being a geek / jock right? ). All in all, this is a great novel by two awesome debut author. The simplicity in the words and the easiness in the plot makes the novel a good read for a rainy evening.

Resembles the writing of Elizabeth Scott and Melissa Kantor, Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance are definitely authors to look out for in the future!


Monday, June 22, 2009

Okay, so I'm a little bit excited because this will be my FIRST CONTEST!

I've had an idea of doing a giveaway on my birthday (1st June) because generally I wanted to do something good on my birthday. Sadly the plan didn't work out and I was left torn (Haha, dramatic) But then, I received an offer to set up a giveaway and here I am, conducting my first contest! (Okay okay. Mind the enthusiasm)

Anyway, to celebrate the release of paperback version for Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson, I will be giving away not 1, ot 2, but 5 copy of it!! I couldn't have choosed a more perfect title. You've heard of Maureen Johnson, haven't you? The author with the blog that talks about Robert Pattison's autobiography and her notorious Ask Mj meme. You haven't heard of her?! Have you been living under a rock? Go straight to her website right now!!

Okay, I'm not forcing and all, but you better enter this contest or I will.. Erm, I will..

I don't know yet but I will *something* you. lol.

Here is you chance to win a fabulous book by the ever fabulous Maureen Johnson.

To enter, all you have to do is :
#Leave a comment (I know, it's so easy!)*

To gain extra entries for more better chances on winning the book :
+1 If you follow me
+2 If you reblog about this contest / post it on the sidebar of your blog. Make sure to leave me the link!
+3 If you tell me your favourite Maureen Johnson and why (this has nothing to do with creativity since I'm going to pick out the winners randomly. Let's just say I like to read your opinions :D )

I will be choosing the winners randomly so all you have to do is enter and let's see if luck is on your side.

Oh yeah, I've decided to make this contest international -- well, that's really obvious since I'm international myself. lol.

This contest will go on for 3 or 4 weeks. I will let you know.

About the book : When Scarlett Martin turns fifteen she is put in charge of the Empire Suite, one of the rooms in her family’s hotel. Enter Mrs. Amberson, an aging C-list starlet who decides to employ Scarlett. Soon, she is taking dictation, running around New York City, and getting caught up in Mrs. Amberson’s crazy adventures. In the midst of it all, Scarlett falls in love–or so she thinks–and it takes Mrs. Amberson to help her see the light. Now in paperback from top-selling author Maureen Johnson!

For more information regarding the book, click here : Suite Scarlett

If you are cursed / doomed to have bad luck, just go and buy the book at
Amazon or Barned and Noble. You will not regret it.

Last but not least, head your way to Maureen's blog and be prepared to laugh your heart out.


*please be sure to leave me your e-mail address.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Author's Lines 1

Authors sometimes have a knack for writing the same stuffs (unimportant) in their books. Because I am relately bored or just mildly curious. Here is some of what I found :


sweet 16- page 250.

Teagan finally looked at him and saw the uncertainty in his stunning blue eyes.

the V club- page 169.

He glanced up at her and Eva could swear there was a hint of uncertainty in his eyes.


Two Way Street - page 4

"Do you want some coffee?" my mom asks, which is ridiculous because she know I don't drink coffe. Coffee stunts your growth. I'm only five-foot-two, and I...

Four Truths and a Lie - page 34

"Coffee stunts your growth," Crissa says, frowning.

"Well, I'm already five foot two." I take a bite of my apple.

What about you? Can you spot any similarites of sentences / words that authors use?


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Review ; Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers

ABOUT THE BOOK/: Perfect Parker Fadley isn’t so perfect anymore. She’s quit the cheerleading squad, she’s dumped her perfect boyfriend, and she’s failing school. Her parents are on constant suicide watch and her counselors think she’s playing games… but what they don’t know, the real reason for this whole mess, isn’t something she can say out loud. It isn’t even something she can say to herself.
A horrible thing has happened and it just might be her fault.

(taken from


Elements ;

1. Shocking Factor - 8/10
2. Thrilling Factor - 7/10
3. Funny Factor - 9.5/10
4. Honesty Factor - 10/10
5. Originality Factor - 9.5/10


Narrator's Voice - 9.8/10

Overall conclusion
- One thing that really strucked to me while reading this novel was how honest and true the words are. For a debut novel, I find Courtney Summers very brave and for that, I admire her.
Perfection is always an issue and this novel explores the true meaning of perfection and that it isnt as glorious as it sounds. I can't say I enjoyed reading it because this is seriously not a book to enjoy and laugh about (although Parker's sarcasm was really funny). It does speaks to me and it was interesting to read from a different point of view. I can relate to Parker's problem with just wanting to get rid of everything. I think Parker is a great character and I love how she copes on with her problem.
One of the biggest aspect discussed in this novel is support. Although Parker has caused so many troubles, her friends, parent and teachers continue to support her from the start to the end. I find Chris very sweet and although I can't quit figure out his platonic/ romantic relationship with Parker until the middle of the book, I'd say he's very supportive and I'd love to have a friend like him. Jake Gaurdner in the other hand is really something. I'm a sucker for a guy who won't give up and Jake certainly is one. The conversations between Jake and Parker are certainly what aids to the funny part of the book. That and Parker's wit. My favourite part in this novel was the ending because eventhough it isn't a happy ending, I see it as a start to a happy ending.
Cracked Up To Be is a story told in a beautifully raw voice and it will continuously inspire a lot of people.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

On Screen or On Print?

Since I've been for oh god so long, I've decided to come back and share with you guys about my opinion especially after I realise that I haven't been sharing that much with you guys. Sorry for being away for a long time but hopefully, I'm back now.

Does it ever cross your mind why so many books are being made into movies nowadays? Did the writer ran out of ideas or was the book so good that they just HAD to make it into a movie? Come on ; look at it. Twilight, Confession of a Shopaholic and Race To Witch Mountain are just a few to name. I admit, its exciting to hear that the book I've loved so much is brought alive, real characters in the real world. I always enter the cinema with high hopes only to have it crushed down every time the movie ended. I think it would be best if the producers would set a warning for us, *Warning : If You've Read The Book, You Are Tend To Be Disappointed* so we wouldn't be able to blame them every time we left the cinema. I completely understand that they can't exactly put the whole 300 pages into a one and a half hour movie but that won't stop me from complaining. Its just something that happens, because then who is to blame, right?

My choice would always be a book. Full stop. Its not that movies don't help but I'm more interested in knowing how the character develops, and I'm the kind who loves intense reading. I'm a lyric person. The one who listens to the lyrics and tries to understand the song rather than just dancing along to the beat (which is why Lady Gaga never appeals to me). I'm not entirely cutting out movies either, because there are a few movies based from a book that really gets to your heart. The best example would be Nicholas Spark's. Both The Notebook and A Walk to Remember holds a special space in my heart. I watched the movies first before I read the books so to find that the movie very similar to the novel was good. The directors really made the novels come to life. Actually, only Nicholas Spark's movies springs to mind when thinking about a great movie based on a novel. I haven't watched How To Deal (based on That Summer and Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen) or Speak( based on Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson) so I can't really judge.

When thinking about movies that doesn't put the novel to justice, Ella Enchanted springs to mind. That movie, was nothing, I repeat NOTHING like the book. I really love Ella Enchanted, its one of my all-time favourite. Truth is, I didn't know there was a movie based on the book until my aunt told me after I brought the book along to the airport a few years back. I was really flabbergasted to hear that news ( some might be because Im in love with Char) especially when she told me that Anne Hathaway was Ella. I love Anne Hathaway in Princess Diaries (O ooh, that's a good example for a great movie, although I don't really like the the sequel). I only get the chance to see the movie last year. I was utterly speechless. Ella was a strong character, she's fun, she's real and she's lively, both in movie and novel. That's the only thing they have in common. I hated how shallow Prince Char was in the movie. He was supposed to be insightful, full of character. I also hated that they made the movie like a musical. I wanted more of Ella's conflict. All in all, it was a huge disappointment from a really great novel.

I am not a huge fan of books made into movies, (obviously) so I've held back my dreams of watching my favourite novels come to life. I in particular, do not want This Lullaby being made into a movie (disagreeing a lot of people's opinion that it would make a great movie) because I can't dare to see some loser playing Dexter Jones, the love of my life. But that's just my opinion.

After all this rambles, (which I'm sure bored you to death) I have came up with a conclusion. and that is, if you are looking for a laid back, relaxing time, then the movies are good but if you expect it to be something great, huge, then you are in your way to major let down. So, my suggestion would be watch the movie first. If you enjoy it, go and read the book and then you'll fall in love.

The End.

p/s; I haven't read If I Stay but from what I've heard its a fantastic novel. So what do you think of it being made into a movie?


Friday, May 15, 2009

She has rised from the dead.

Hey. Yeah, I know. I suck. So much has been going on lately that I simply don't have time to blog. (and I totally notice how lame I sound but that's the truth) You remember before when I had all the time in the world, I wasn't reading much books? Well, now I've been reading a lot and 24 hours a day is so not enough. Total irony is what it is.

Since I have some free time, I decided to do a post. Ensuring you that I wasn't kidnapped or whatsoever you think has happened to me.

Here's a heads up on what's going to be features in the next couple of weeks.

Review ;

Cracked Up To Be,

North Of Beautiful

Secret Life of Prince Charming

Lock and Key

City Of Bones


Challenge :

Em created a really cool challenge, the Sarah Dessen Challenge. Since I'm a total Dessen fan, I think I'm going to join. You guys should too!

Also, I'm thinking of doing an author week for every month. Its still early days but I think I have something here.

Oh and thanks to those who gave me awards, I'm sorry I couldn't get back to you but I really really appreciate it. You guys are amazing.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Review ; Across The Pond by Storyheart

ABOUT THE BOOK/: Finding himself packed off to friends in the USA, fifteen-year-old English born Fred Squire is not happy. Then he meets Brittany.

Struggling with his feelings for Brit and the language, Fred is further confused when he meets Brit's flirtatious friend, Angel.

Escaping from a confrontation with Steve Harris, the neighborhood bully, Brit tells Fred her dark secret about Harris, and Fred's world is turned upside down.

Life continues to throw Fred a curveball when he catches a baseball worth a small fortune. Further run-ins with Harris, a crazy family BBQ, and a chase through a mall all add to Fred's American adventure.

"Brit and her Brit", know that their young love will be followed by heartache when Fred has to return to England. But not before some final twists in the tale.

(taken from


Elements ;

1. Shocking Factor - 8/10
2. Thrilling Factor - 8/.510
3. Funny Factor - 9.3/10
4. Honesty Factor - 9.5/10
5. Originality Factor - 9.5/10


Narrator's Voice - 10/10

Overall conclusion
- For as long as I've been reading YA, I've only read 3 books from a male perspective. I also wasn't a big fan of the 'exploring a new country' type so I didn't know what to expect from Across The Pond. The only hope I had was that it will change my thoughts on the type. Boy, it sure did.

The first thing I noticed about the book is how easy the word flows out, allowing you to embark on the journey itself and finding yourself discovering new stuffs as well. Fred Squire is a great character. I adored his shyness and I had a great time reading about his experience in USA. Across The Pond is an original twist from your typical YA book.

What I enjoyed the most was discovering the differences of Britain and USA. I live in Malaysia (where we use British English) so in a way, Fred and I are just discovering new things. The dialog and jokes are exceptionally funny. The romance in this novel is a lovely, sweet one. Brit is a great character and the emotions in Across The Pond is mostly genuine. I love how Fred was brave enough and how his character builds up from just one journey. This is one of the books that you will see yourself picking up in the next 10 years. Particularly, I find this novel a fun, easy, out going book and I definitely recommend it to everyone whose looking for a fun good read.

p/s; thanks Barry for the copy.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Review ; Something,Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

ABOUT THE BOOK/: I wonder what it would be like to do high school things. To go out on the weekends. To kiss a guy. To have a normal life. A real one.

Everyone thinks their parents are embarrassing, but Hannah knows she's got them all beat. Her dad made a fortune showcasing photos of pretty girls and his party lifestyle all over the Internet, and her mom was once one of her dad's girlfriends and is now the star of her own website. After getting the wrong kind of attention for way too long, Hannah has mastered the art of staying under the radar...and that's just how she likes it.

Of course, that doesn't help her get noticed by her crush. Hannah's sure that gorgeous, sensitive Josh is her soul mate. But trying to get him to notice her; wondering why she suddenly can't stop thinking about another guy, Finn; and dealing with her parents make Hannah feel like she's going crazy. Yet she's determined to make things work out the way she wants -- only what she wants may not be what she needs....

(taken from


Elements ;

1. Shocking Factor - 9.5/10
2. Thrilling Factor - 9/10
3. Funny Factor - 8/10
4. Honesty Factor - 9/10
5. Originality Factor - 8.5/10


Narrator's Voice - 10/10

Overall conclusion
- I've been trying to find the exact words to fully describe this novel when I realised that it's already there, on the book jacket.

Once again, Elizabeth Scott has created a world so painfully funny and a cast of characters so heartbreakingly real that you'll love being a part of it from unexpected start to triumphant finish.

That is true, indeed. Her originality makes you want to read it more of it, until you don't realise that you are actually at school, sitting right in front of the teacher whose babbling about Indices and Logarithms. Trust me, I know. I was smiling so happily when I read 'that certain part' the teacher came and asked "why are you so happy that the homework is due the next day?" (I was hiding the book under my table).

I wanted to read this one since I read the excerpt at the back of Perfect You. Hannah is someone I can relate to, not for her parents (obviously) but because the way she hides herself in oversized clothes. Okay okay. That's not entirely true, but I really prefer wearing oversized clothes because then people would be staring at me for my big clothes and not for who I am. You know what I mean? No? Okay, this is turning up to be a body image post.

Back to the review. I've only recently realize that I really really really love how Elizabeth Scott writes. Her words are so relaxing that you don't find yourself rushing through the book but still so eager to know what happens. I love the present tense she writes in instead of the usual past tense. It makes it more real. Nuff said about that. I really love how the characters develops to the end. Also, Scott's good on giving hints about something without you even realising it until you reach the part (if youve read the book, you'd know). Of course, like so many others I love Finn. Will (from Perfect You) is my favourite though but Finn is special. He's adorable and exactly the kind of person you want to spend your life with. He's the underdog, that guy right in front of your face without you ever realising it (cliche, I know but still good). The family problems here is more original and I like how Scott gives every character their own identity thus making the novel more interesting. I also realize that I've been saying 'I love..' a lot in this review which can only mean one thing : I love this book!! This is a light-hearted fun read. Something, Maybe is really something.

My only conflict is that : What does Something, Maybe has anything to do with the book? Maybe I'm just really slow at metaphors and hidden meanings but I still don't get. If you do, please lemme know.


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Review ; Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols


All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far...and almost doesn’t make it back.

John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won’t soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won’t be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge—and over...

(taken from


Elements ;

1. Shocking Factor - 8.5/10
2. Thrilling Factor - 9.5/10
3. Funny Factor - 8.5/10
4. Honesty Factor - 10/10
5. Originality Factor - 10/10


Narrator's Voice - 9.7/10

Overall conclusion
- I read this book through one sitting, but that doesnt mean a thing. What matters is that, the moment I finish reading it, (while grinning like an idiot) I re-read it again. I agree with most of the other reviews I've come across with because this book is hot! It's real, fast and it'll take up your whole heart until you never want to let go. Going Too Far is really, simply about how everything happens for a reason. Meg is wild, she's unruly, she's fierce and she hates to be tied down. The book is similar to her. What I don't like : the beginning-of-the-ending is too rushed and abrupt. One minute they are blaming each other, and in the next they are planning their future. Another 3 pages or so wouldn't hurt. I've read in an interview that Echols was tentative on writing Chapter 14. Well, I'm glad she did. Its one of the chapter where I could really connect with Meg.

Meg is going to be one of my favourite character from now on, if only because she is so outspoken, powerful yet complicated. The complexity and intensity of John and Meg's relationship is the main reason you won't be able to put the book down. This novel deals with matters close to heart like holding back, giving up and trust. This is one of those novels that you could always relate to even if you won't ever get arrested or don't have blue hair.

My favourite thing about the book would be for how 'jarring and in-your-face' it is. Although I've known from the start that John is 19, Meg was so convincing that I really believed he's 40. And that is a good thing, because sometimes books are so plain obvious you just want to smack the character for not realising it from the beginning. Really. Jennifer Echols did a great job on ringing the truth in Meg's voice. I also adore John's character, especially his over-protectiveness over Meg. Echols really knows how to create adorable boys that you can't resist. (just look at Adam in The Boys Next Door) This book is definitely on my all time favourite list.

I Can't Even Begin

Oh yeesh, should I go down on my knees now and beg for your forgiveness?

Have you ever went to that phase where everything in your life is so f**ked up and 24 hours is really not enough for everything you have to do and you're feeling so lethargic you have to sleep just to maintain that 'glow'?

Ah, welcome to my life.

The fact that I've only read 3 books this year is really sad, I want to bury myself six feet under. I cant seem to remember why I decided to create this blog? *checking the sidebar* Oh yeah, passion for reading. Now why does that seems a bit familiar?

Okay,enough playing hide and seek. I haven't forgotten my passion despite for the fact that its taken a back seat in my life, for a while. I am NOT going to be updating my blog constantly. This is going to sound really horrible but I have to deal with all those other burdens in my life before I'm able to really devote myself to this blog. A high school student, not the best thing.

I will though, from time to time update it, if I can sneak up on the computer.


Thank you for your support, guys :-)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Back To Life! :)

Hey There! I'm sorry I've been away for almost a week. My computer broke down. Doesnt that infuriates you? Unexpectedly, no less. Urgh. I'm lucky I didn't join BEDA since I havent been posting that much. This week is really exciting (for me) which somehow makes me more pissed off that I could not blog about it :(

Revenge it is! I will blog about my week! Muahahaha

On Monday,a I found out that I have won a signed arc of Willow! :D

I am so happy since its going to be my first arc, even though the book is already out. Ive heard many good things about this one, so I'm kind of expecting it to be good. What do you think? Am I expecting too much?

Blablabla. Tuesday was such a bore, speaking from YA but its okay since I get to watch Brothers and Sisters.

Wednesday was unexpected. I got a copy of Going Too Far from Jennifer Echols! (my first mail this year. I am such a noob) I've just finished it, so a review would be up in a few days.

And hey, why didnt anyone told me about True Blood?! I've never even heard of the Sookie Stackhouse series. (again, I am such a noob) Should I go run to the nearest bookstore and buy the series? Help! I need you to convince me. For the tv series, well, I've just seen 4 episodes but I'm definitely gripped. I just love northern accent. Oh, is Bill that beach dude in The Starter Wife? He looks familiar.

I've got to go. I have school on Saturday. GREAAAAAAAAT *pure sarcasm*


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Review : When It Happens by Susane Colasanti

ABOUT THE BOOK/: At the start of her senior year, Sara wants two things: to get into a top college and to find true love. Tobey also wants two things in his senior year: to win Battle of the Bands and to make Sara fall in love with him. A popular jock named Dave, though, moves in on Sara first. But Tobey's quirky wit and big blue eyes are hard for Sara to ignore. Plus, he gets the little things that matter to her - like why she loves the Lloyd Dobler boom-box scene in the movie Say Anything....Can a slacker rock-star wanna be win the heart of a pretty class brain like Sara?Hilariously and movingly told through Tobey's and Sara's authentic voices, Susane Colasanti's debut novel sizzles in its portrayal of two young people searching for the one.

(taken from


Elements ;

1. Shocking Factor - 7/10
2. Thrilling Factor - 8/10
3. Funny Factor - 8.5/10
4. Honesty Factor - 9/10
5. Originality Factor - 7.5/10


Narrator's Voice - 8/10

Overall conclusion
- Truth be told, I wanted to read this book just for the pretty cover. I was at the cashier when suddenly I caught my sight on When It Happens. Of course, I could only buy one book so I rushed home, called my friend and made her promise she'd buy it. I haven't even read the book jacket, but I just know its something I'd like. And I was right, partly. I didn't just like it, I loved it.

This book is fun, fresh and honest! When It Happens is the ultimate romance read. From the narrative voice, I prefer reading Sara's than Tobey because it seems like Tobey tries too hard to sound tough. I can somehow relate to Sara. She's just looking for something real because sometimes life/ highschool could get a bit over-rated. Tobey is a cute guy, he's adorable and charming, so I get how Sara can't resist him. I was rooting for Tobey since the first. I'm so happy at how Sara's and Tobey's relationship turned out. My favourite character though, would be Maggie. She's hilarious. Scenes with Sara and Tobey are sweet, romantic and well-written. I personally love the remake of the scene in Say Anything with the boom box and all. The funny and easy-going dialogue was what really got to me.

Colasanti connects the main characters through music, thus educating to those of us who needs help in that field. It's fun to read from two perspectives regarding the same situation. Although I can tell how the story goes, its great to explore the book and find some of my prediction wrong. I marvelled at the thought that this is actually a debut novel. Such an inspiring writing. The realistic take on this novel shows how high school really is. When It Happens would definitely suck you in and after you've finished the book, you'd find yourself wide awake, wishing you'd have that something 'real' too.


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday #1

Waiting on Wednesday is started by Breaking The Spine.

If you love Meg Cabot, you will absolutely love Lauren Barnholdt. She writes in a manner that you can totally relate to. It would bring out the inner-teenage girly side of you. I have read three of her book ; Two Way Street, Four Truths and A Lie and The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney which is a fun, fast paced story.

Yes, Devon Delaney Should Totally Know Better (DDSTKB) is a sequel to The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney. This is a tween series, but I love it nevertheless. Devon Delaney is just your typical teenager who wants to be popular. Devon's life is really a rollercoaster ride. In DDSTKB, Devon finally has a boyfriend, famous Luke whose cute and adorable. Devon is suspicious and thinks that Luke is texting with his scandalous ex-girlfriend, Bailey. So, Devon decides to spy on Bailey. However, Devon gets caught up in a semi-scandalous love triangle, that she accidentally turns into a love square.

Thats the best description of the book I could find. This book is out on 22nd September '09 and I can't wait!

to find out more news on Devon Delaney, visit Lauren Barnholdt's website.

p/s; I have exams this week, which means I'm going to be away for a couple of days. But fret not, I will be back :)


Friday, March 27, 2009

Sisterhood Award

I am so excited, I'm literally shaking while writing this!

I've just received an award from two awesome people.

YEAY ME! (it's always like this on the first time, eh?)

Thank you, Silvia from Silvia_pi's YA Books and Iryna of A Garden of Books

The Rules:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate up to 10 blogs which show great attitude and/or gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award

Apparently, I am new at blogging so I am just going to list out the amazing blogs that I've discovered tho I know there are thousands more out there :)

  • Amy from Addicted To Books because she is just so awesome and extremely friendly
  • Em from Em's Bookshelf because she is one of the first blogs I've read and she's amazing.
  • Not So Closet Geeks because they just truly represent sisterhood!
  • Lenore of Presenting Lenore because she is simply wonderful and I loove her blog!

So, I guess that's about it. Thanks again, Silvia and Iryna!


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Review ; Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott

ABOUT THE BOOK/: Kate Brown's life has gone downhill fast. Her father has quit his job to sell vitamins at the mall, and Kate is forced to work with him. Her best friend has become popular, and acts like Kate's invisible.

And then there's Will. Gorgeous, unattainable Will, who Kate pretends she can't stand even though she can't stop thinking about him. And when Will starts acting interested, Kate hates herself for wanting him even though she knows she's just his latest conquest.

Kate figures the only way things will ever stop hurting is if she keeps to herself and stops caring about anyone or anything. What she doesn't realize is that while life may not always be perfect, good things can happen--but only if she lets them.

(taken from


Elements ;

1. Shocking Factor - 8/10
2. Thrilling Factor - 8.5/10
3. Funny Factor - 9/10
4. Honesty Factor - 8/10
5. Originality Factor - 9.5/10


Narrator's Voice - 10/10

Overall conclusion - First, I would say that I really really enjoyed reading Bloom. So, I was very excited to read this book, I even ordered it online! (it's my first time, do excuse the enthusiasm). All that waiting really paid off. Kate leads this funny albeit pathetic life. One of the most dysfunctional family I've ever read. His father *sigh*, his father's character was agony to read. I felt like strangling him. Why is he so oblivious and why is he living in denial? Perfect You is filled with witty conversations and how to cope on with life even when everything is going downhill. Will is my favourite character, no surprises. He is really someone I'd love to know better. Someone who's more than meets the eye. Elizabeth Scott takes a fresh voice in friendship and shows that one can not always run from their past. I really enjoyed reading the conversations between Todd and Kate. They share this really unique bond. Despite the fact that they barely confide in each other, they somehow help each other makes a choice. Todd seems immature but he ain't that oblivious. Scott's extremely good on writing about family, love and life. You will fall helplessly head over heels with this book.


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Spotlight on : The Alice series

Alice series is written by the one and only, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Ok, so this might not be YA but hey, don't we all love a lil kids books sometimes? Well, this is my favourite series. The series begins with Alice Mckinley just moving in to Silver Spring and starting the sixth grade.

I admit, I haven't read all of the books in the series. And I don't read it in order either. But hey, you can't really blame me especially when the first book was published 8 years before I was even born. From what I've read, I like. This series is mainly about Alice dealing with her life. What I really like about it is how Naylor takes us on a ride with Alice. While Alice grow, we grow too. She matures with every book. Everytime I read this series, it feels like catching up with a long-lost friend. Alice's narrative voice is funny too. You can see how she ages from book to book. As the main character grows up, the topic broadens. Alice is your typical teenager who deals with real issues as any other teenagers. The content of the books made it topped ALA's list of most challenged books on 2003.

I've never been a fan of series, to tell you the truth. And Alice is no exception. This is such a long series. Naylor plans to write 28 books in all. So I might have skipped most of it. What I really enjoyed was that you can start from any book and still be able to go along with the book as Naylor always explains the important details from the previous books. It might put some of you off, having to read what you've already known but I love the conveniency of it.

The Alice series follows the main character, Alice McKinley, known as "Al" to her father and older brother as she grows up in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her mother died of leukemia when Alice was four or five. Alice has a hard time at first growing up in an all-male household, but her father and her brother, Lester, prove to be honest and open about almost everything Alice talks about. Alice has very little memory of her mother, often confusing her with her aunt, and seems to bear a striking physical resemblance to her, especially her strawberry-blond hair. Other characters include Alice's two best friends, Pamela and Elizabeth, her first serious boyfriend, Patrick, her next boyfriend, Sam, her prudish Aunt Sally (who frequently provides a little comic relief), Lester's many girlfriends, and of course her seventh grade Language Arts teacher, Miss Summers, whom she tries to get her father to marry (with eventual success). The Alice series broaches many topics, including relationships, dating, sex, friendship, life problems, families, God, and understanding.

Here is the full list of Alice series in order :

1. The Agony of Alice

2. Alice in Rapture, Sort of

3. Reluctantly Alice

4. All but Alice

5. Alice in April

6. Alice In-Between

7. Alice the Brave

8.Alice in Lace

9. Outrageously Alice

10. Achingly Alice

11. Alice on the Outside

12. The Grooming of Alice

13. Alice Alone

14. Simply Alice

15. Patiently Alice

16. Including Alice

17. Alice On Her Way

18. Alice in the Know

19. Dangerously Alice

20. Almost Alice

and three prequels :

1. Starting with Alice

2. Alice in Blunderland

3. Lovingly Alice

(I know, such a long list)

I cant wait for the latest one out on June 2nd (a day after my birthday! *grins*) which is Intensely Alice. This book would be based on the summer before Alice starts 12th Grade. I can barely put myself together to find out what Alice is up to now.

To find out more on this fabulous series, click here


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Review ; The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

ABOUT THE BOOK/: Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When her sister is chosen by lottery, Katniss steps up to go in her place.

(taken from


Elements ;

1. Shocking Factor - 8/10
2. Thrilling Factor - 8.5/10
3. Funny Factor - 5/10
4. Honesty Factor - 6/10
5. Originality Factor - 10/10


Narrator's Voice - 10/10

Overall conclusion - I've read so many great reviews that I was eager to pick this one up. The great reviews made me buy the book, but I still wasn't convinced. So I just sat there, and stare at the book. Wondering if reading it would change my life. In the back of my mind, I remembered this review from this boy who hated The Hunger Games. (he's the only one who hated it, as far as my google searching skills could stretch) I started to believe that maybe he's right. Maybe I won't be impressed. But deep inside, I know that I need to read it to find out. The first few pages went in but I was still hesitant. I kept closing the book, not sure if I want to continue. I finally gave in, and by the time I reached page 30, I was already gripped. I couldn't put the book down. 6 hours later, I finally put the book down. I stayed awake the whole night just to finish it up. And yet, I wasnt tired at all. That was what The Hunger Games did to me.

I absolutely loved how the words are easy flowed. Katniss voice is so calming to read, even during suspense moments. Suzanne Collins really knows how to get the story going. I adore the determination Katnis had at the arena. The love triangle and Katniss doubt over her feelings, priceless! Collins made everyone seems vulnerable. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love the ending. I enjoyed reading this book and am looking forward for the next on, Catching Fire!

This is a winner, indeed.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009


I've been reading reviews on Jennifer Echol's Going Too Far for weeks now, and I waited for this day to come. I guess I should have checked with my local bookstore earlier but I figured that, you know it would be available!! Gosh, wayyyyyyyy to break the news.

Even the cover is interesting.

about :


All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far...and almost doesn’t make it back.

John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won’t soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won’t be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge—and over...

(taken from

I suddenly feel like the world has turned against me.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Fantasy : In or Out? Yes or No?

So you might call me a noob when it comes to fantasy books. My first take on fantasy (a.k.a vampires and all) was Twilight. Oh wait, I read Ever before that. I think? Or was it after? ---- Shit. I sound like someone who has amnesia.

Well, either way. I wasn't that big fan of fantasy books. There is just something ridiculous about it. I couldn't take in reading about flying monkeys and flesh eating monsters. Gross, I used to say. The only close thing I've come to read fantasy books are fairytale. Which was how I fell in love with Gail Carson Levine. She writes the most magical-- anyway, back to the point. The first book I read of this genre was Twilight. At least, I think. The book ended my prejudice over fantasy books. I didn't really jumped on reading all the books but I wasn't as cynical as I used to be. I will read the book jacket instead of just passing it by like I used to.

My friend actually laughed her arse out when I told her of my sudden interest in this book genre. I know, she's mean. Anyway, I was simply minding my own business on the web a.k.a searching about books when really, I feel like these fantasy books are really interesting and I felt like Oh GOD! I need to buy all of it.

Some of the books that I want to know more about are :

Evermore by Alyson Noel
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Jessica's Guide to Dating The Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Swoon by Nina Malkin


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Comparing Covers ; Sarah Dessen.

It is no shocking relevation that Sarah Dessen writes the best books. I've only had the chance to read 4 of her books out of all 8. And she never dissapoint me with her words. She takes readers to a journey with her character where we get to see what's inside their heart. She explores the true meaning of life. She makes us see what life really is all about. She is exceptionally an enchanting author.

But we are not here to talk about her amazing work. Instead, we are to talk about her covers. Undeniably, her covers are just as beautiful as her work. Unlike most books,it does put the book to justice. Some, I know only buys her book because of her eye-catching covers but they won't be dissapointed with the inside.

The UK cover of Lock and Key is out at her blog so I had this idea to compare her covers. UK's covers are more cartoonish while the US's version is more realistic.

Which one do you prefer better?

(hard cover)

( paperback cover out on May '09 )





Saturday, March 14, 2009

Review ; Gettin' Lucky by Micol Ostow

ABOUT THE BOOK/: Cass Parker is a big believer in luck, fate, and all things cosmic. So she's devastated when she walks in on her supposed best friend macking with Jesse, the guy she's in total "like" with. Talk about bad karma. Vegas is just full of cheaters, Cass concludes -- even the locals.
Cass refuses to sulk. She finds new friends and even gets invited to their weekly poker night -- totally casual and not-for-profit, of course. They seem pretty chill, and Cass definitely needs to get out more. So after consulting her horoscope, she gets in the game.
But when Jesse turns up for a final showdown, it turns out that Cass isn't so good at bluffing -- not when it comes to matters of the heart . . .

(taken from


Elements ;

1. Shocking Factor - 6/10
2. Thrilling Factor - 7/10
3. Funny Factor - 6/10
4. Honesty Factor - 4/10
5. Originality Factor - 5/10


Narrator's Voice - 8/10

Overall conclusion - This is the first book I've read by Micol Ostow. To be frank, it didnt really impressed me. The storyline is just the typical storyline, and halfway through the book, you can already predict the ending. By the time you reach the ending, you'd find out that you were right. No surprises. The cosmic part of it, however was fun to read. The way Cassandra remembers everything about horoscopes shows that she ain't a fool when it comes to it. The love story didn't actually gave me a thrill. Elliott does remind me of Matt in Smart Boys and Fast Girls, though. I guess its the way that both of them are nerds who has beautiful eyes. Alana (supposedly to be the wicked witch from the West) doesn't really sound like one. Maybe because Micol Ostow has put too much teenager vibe in it. You know, girl gets the jock, girl's bestfiend is the head cheerleader. The jock cheats on the girl with the cheerleader. Girl's out for revenge. Yeah, like I said. Predictable.Despite that, the narrator's voice shows some originality. Cassandra's voice was fun to read. In conclusion, this book is a good read if 'just for passing by time but if you're looking for an adrenaline rush read, this book isn't great.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Review ; FADE by Lisa McMann

ABOUT THE BOOK /: For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They're just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck. Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody's talking. When Janie taps into a classmate's violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open--but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie's in way over her head, and Cabe's shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both.

Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability. And it's bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a Dream Catcher sealed, but what's to come is way darker than she'd even feared...

(taken from


Elements ;

1. Shocking Factor - 7/10
2. Thrilling Factor - 8.5/10
3. Funny Factor - 6/10
4. Honesty Factor - 5/10
5. Originality Factor - 10/10


Narrator's Voice - as this book was written in present tense, there isnt a narrator but I would say that the words are all straight forward making it easier for readers to understand the situation.

Overall conclusion - Lisa Mcmann writes in a manner that she captivates readers with the revelation of mysteries. You grow more and more curious by each page. She is truly good messing with our feelings. Cabel Strumheller's character is the one that got to me. He is dark and shady but turns out to be funny at times, you can't help but wish you had a boyfriend like him. In Fade, I love how Janie is independent and although she does relies on Cabel some of the time, she makes her own decision and stands by on it. I had to admire that strength and courage she had. She is totally inspirational. As I am a softie at heart, yes I admit. I was pretty glad of how Cabel/Janie's relationship worked out. (is that considered a spoiler?) The ending of the book, truly is haunting. It shows that you can be happy even in a sorrowful situation. You might have an idea how Gone would start with but Lisa Mcmann is always surprising you. If you haven't read this book yet, I suggest you do. (start with WAKE, though) It tells you that life isnt always a trip to the amusement park.

So, grit your teeth while you wait for the much anticipated book out next year!



To review a book, you must give it a rating, right? Without the rates, you will only read long paragraphs of what I think about the book, but in the end, you wouldn't know the conclusion. Is it travel across the world for it -worthy or just another book that you won't regret not reading?

For that, I've cracked my brain and
came up with a new rating system :

Elements ;

1. Shocking Factor - /10 *This shows how surprising the storyline goes. Does it shock the readers or is it predictable?
2. Thrilling Factor - /10 *This includes how exciting the words are. Would readers be eager to read more?
3. Funny Factor - /10 *This mostly consist of the conversation and how they cope up on life without forgetting the phrase, laughter is the best medicine.
4. Honesty Factor - /10 *This requires a true voice. How the characters goes on with life and seeing it the way it is leaving out all the superficiality.
5. Originality Factor - /10 *How original the storyline is. The whole elements of it. The plot.


Narrator's Voice - /10 *Depends on the uniqueness of the narrator and how they carry the story.

Overall conclusion - *well, the title says it all huh?


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Oh No, Stop Teasing Me Tuesday!

Hello! Oh, yes. Its Teaser Tuesday!

Going to school means more homework! Oh, how agonizing. Can you feel the pain? Okay. So I know that I'm neglecting this blog but that should all stop because I am back and better than ever!

(Exclamation marks are so interesting! Aren't they?! )

Teaser Tuesday means I have to :

(drum rolls please)

1. Grab your current read
2. Let the book fall open to a random page
3. Share 2 "teaser" sentences from the page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
4. Share the title of the book

Since I have no current read (I need to visit the bookstore sometime soon) I'll go with my previous read which is


teaser ; "Call me when you get a chance. If anything happens." "I will." "Love you, Janie. Be safe." "I will. Talk to you soon." Fifteen minutes later they are back on the road. Nobody sleeps. (Cabel and Janie, page 142)

If the teaser doesnt interest you. You know what they say, don't judge a book by its teaser.

Ha ha.

Review on FADE coming SOON!


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Book Brought Us Here.

Beneath every girl's dream, is a fairytale. Mine started like so many others, with Cinderella. Although it is considered the ultimate fairytale of all time, I've never really shown that much interest towards it. I consider The Princess and The Pea as my favourite. From fairytales, I grew more and more fonder with books. The words captivates me in every sense possible. I look forward for every next read. My mother, supported me in this pastime. She used to write poetry so words, to her is no strange creature.

My first exposure to YA came on my 11th birthday. My mother bought me half a dozen of books. One was The Grooming of Alice by Phyllis Reynold Naylors. This might sound cliche but I was 11, and I judge books by the cover so I quickly grabbed that one as it has the best cover compared to others. I just couldn't put the book down.

Fast forward a few years, here I am in the living room, on the midst of creating a Book Blog. I know there are numerous book bloggers out there, so many better than I will ever be. My intention is not to outcome them but to share my thoughts and opinions on this clearly beloved genre. However, I come with a twist, I live in Malaysia. (if you don't know where this is, you can google it) Malaysia isn't exactly up-to-date with YA but I vow to educate them, to expose them to the greatness of this genre and the goods it has done to many of us.

So, follow me on this journey, to see the exposure of YA in Malaysia from the eyes of a devoted YA fan.

Talk about a different perspectives, right?