“Threw all caution in the wind, threw propriety overboard”

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My Sister’s Intended – E.L. Montague

Pages: 121

Classic romance, between two people who coincidently and hopelessly start falling for each other. Unfortunately the other is promised to another.

James a handsome and sought-after bachelor isn’t interested in petty and vain women, he is looking for the one. He is arranged to marry to a woman he isn’t in love with. He is in love with another…

I enjoyed the read, it was light and the plot was quick to follow. It started off by beautifully setting up character development and romance between the two main lovers, which smoothly progressed to illustrate their societal and personal challenges.  I would have loved for the story to further expand on the characters’ problems, as I felt it would give further character insight. The characters are easily likeable and a further look into their lives, would have been amazing! It is a classic throwback to forbidden love stories, which is always exciting to read.

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“I’ll just pray you won’t tread onto the wrong path”

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(UN)GRACEFUL CAT – B. A. Gabrielle

Pages: 140

Elegant but clumsy and shy “princess” Amelia, finds herself amidst a forever-long battle between Spirits and Dark Fairies. Which side will she choose?

An interesting read and it also had good character development. The story at the start perfectly introduced each character, along with an overall spotlight on some of their pasts. So it was easy to gage, which characters were connected. I liked the spin of Spirits and Dark Fairies, the drama between light and dark is always an eye-catcher for me. I also liked how it was highlighted that it is maybe the other way around, the Spirits may be the bad ones here!

At the end of the novel, it was a major cliffhanger and I cannot wait to read the new chapter and what becomes of Amelia.

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“I think you can be shy and still feel okay about yourself at the same time.”

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YELLOW – Megan Jacobson

Pages: 259

Kirra at only 14 years of age has a lot on her life plate. Taking care of her heart-broken drunk mother, bullied by her ‘so-called friends’ and finding her self-identity… Oddly enough, she befriends a teenage ghost in the midst of things…

I think most people can relate to this novel, if you have ever been through high-school or went through the endless stage of finding the ‘right’ friends. This novel by Megan Jacbson will take you through the eyes of Kirra, otherwise known as Yellow. It will slightly pull at your heart-strings as Kirra exposes herself in this discovery stage. It is a short read, though I would have wanted more character development, shining light perhaps on the mother and the ghost.

Forgiveness is a major theme I find within this novel. Forgivness within family, friends or even strangers. The most surprising element is the addition of a ghost. It makes you question whether she is mentally stable or if the ghost is even real? I think this character makes this story standout.

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RATE: 3/5 

“Our age pales into insignificance in comparison with the history of time.”

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ABSOLUTE TRUTH, FOR BEGINNERS – Katrina West

Pages: 379

Aside from the intriguing titles of each chapter, the whole novel itself is as compelling as each turn of the page.

Elisa Mancini is a Nobody. Painfully insecure, more at a ease with books than with people, at twenty-three she’s a university dropout living at her aunt’s…

Written beautifully, readers are instantly submerged into Elisa Mancini’s personal life. It was like travelling side by side with her, seeing and feeling what she was experiencing. But, below the surface I found myself learning the complexities of love and the fine line of obsession, as well as finding one’s identity. I recommend you having a read of this novel, you will be taken on an unforgettable journey.

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RATE: 5/5

“Look at the familiar as you have never seen it before”

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CHANGE YOUR MIND – Rod Judkins

Pages: 139 | Kinokuniya $19.95

A book about bringing the ordinary steps of renowned creative individuals into light, and how their actions made them then extraordinary. Combining splashes of white, yellow and black, this novel is beautifully eye-catching. The content further enhances the readability, 57 bold headings are numbered with words of direction. Quotes of famous and world-changing creatives are also added, separate from the main body, which adds wise words and empowerment of encouragement and insight.

I truly recommend this book, simply unique. If you are looking for further inspiration or don’t know where to start, read Change Your Mind.

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“‘You are mine,’ I whisper. ‘Only mine. Don’t forget it.'”

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GREY – E L James

Pages: 559 | Target $8

 If you have read the Fifty Shades of Grey series, this novel is basically told in the perspective of Christian Grey…

Grey is not just any man, a CEO of a growing business and who loves to exert control in all aspects of his life. His discipline of control is challenged by a clumsy, shy but beautiful Anastasia Steele. With her, he faces inner emotions which “he cannot comprehend and cannot resist”. 

This novel is a truly fun read, it is easy to comprehend and honestly I could not stop giggling on the train to and from work. I am surprised with Grey’s perspective, because unlike the other series I thought he had of a more “cold” look towards her and life itself. Though through this novel, I came to understand more of his character’s past and how he tries to understand his feelings towards Ana. For me, I personally like this book because of the fluency of the storyline and the quirkiness. For $8 at Target, why not?

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“Remember, every treasure comes with a price.”

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Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan

Pages : 403

I remember a few months ago, this novel had the biggest rave! I would  see so many pictures on the latest social platforms, how people were saying that this book was terrific! Before I give you my opinion on it, let me type down a basic over-view:

A novel about the richest of rich in Asia, specifically about Chinese-Singaporeans, who would lavish themselves with the hottest properties, exquisite lifestyles and alienate those who they see are not worthy of their presence. Basically if you’re not rich, like mega rich, you don’t make the cut. Rachel Chu an American-born Chinese, falls in love with a classically handsome and filthy rich man named Nicholas Young. It’s a modern story, of how her simplistic lifestyle collides with his royal-like family traditions.

For me, I did not entirely enjoy this novel. Mainly because it felt like it moved too slow, too predictable and just wasn’t really exciting. There was some POV where it left some characters with somewhat disappointing closures. I didn’t feel like the author created enough character building, for me to understand the character’s POV. The novel is described as “funny” and “roller-coaster” like, but I would describe it as “predictable”, “slow-paced” and tried too hard to be dramatic.

It is an easy read and if you do like immersing yourself  for a quick read, familiar with high-end products this may be for you.

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Personal Legend

I don’t know at the moment, there is just so many things in this world that can be taken up by an individual. Maybe that is why, there’s so many college students changing their degrees at the start or when they’re about to graduate. Until to find something you are passionate about, you’ll stick to it no matter what. But that can also be arguable, as you can be passionate about many things.

My blog in particular, showcases the few things I’m passionate about. For this moment, actually for a long time I have come to appreciate novels, stories written by brilliant authors. I wish I was able to write as creative as them, to be able to create an allegory filled with magical creatures or just giving meaning to life, is a powerful skill. As I do not possess that skill, instead I read the complete works. By doing so, I became not only passionate in reading but also gained an eagerness to share with others.

I’m constantly trying to improve my story telling, more specially in terms of reviewing literature. Actually, at the moment I’m learning what it takes to be a ‘book critic’ and I now see that it involves a lot of analyzing. Particularly in analyzing the novel’s characters, plot, imagery and it’s strengths and weaknesses. Most of the times, after I have read a book, I would just post my overall thought of the novel, without too much reflection.

Oh, I’m also going trying to become more familiar with words I don’t normally integrate.

I am certain that I’m going to try to improve and incorporate this into my posts, but keeping my own flavor 🙂 (trying to not sound so essay-like).

 

“When you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it”

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The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

Pages : 167

Internationally best selling phenomenon I could not agree more. With it’s minimal pages, one is able to finish the novel in a day, but I found myself reading it sparingly. It was like reading something spiritual, that helped replenished my whole existence when times were difficult. You’ll understand when you start emerging yourself into the story. It was more like traveling through words, about learning the meaning of life and most importantly, your own achievements, failures, goals and dreams.

Follows the life of an Andalusian shepherd boy, named “the boy”, who makes a courageous decision to travel from his home country to Egypt. His decision started from a given dream, of the Pyramids where he would find buried treasure. Along the way he meets peculiar characters, who assists him with his Personal Legend and what it means to follow your heart.

There are criticisms about this novel, in particular to the idea of ‘following your heart’. I honestly understand where they are coming from. Some may say that logic is more important these days, as it will save you a lot of trouble if you ‘think things through’. But that’s where it is debateable, you may be a logical person but can also get things wrong. This story was written as a magical fable and is open to interpretations. You don’t have to follow it like, it was written by something supernatural. It was written (in my opinion) as a suggested guideline, to give hope and courage. It is ultimately up to you, like what the book states, that through action one is able to become sapient.

So glad, that I’m one of the millions who had the experience of reading this beautifully written novel.

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“Closure is just as delusive-it is the false hope that we can deaden our living grief.”

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The Examined Life: How we lose and find ourselves – Stephen Grosz

Follows in a disarray order of Stephen Grosz’s personal patients (not publicly named), of their intimate struggles and accomplishments that provides some light into the minds of patient’s undergoing psychoanalysis… which also teaches and reveals reflective life lessons.

Enjoyable read! I was hesitant at firs to purchase this novel, firstly because I haven’t been reading in a while and so I thought that I didn’t have time for me to read anything! But this find was truly heaven-sent because I wasn’t able to put the book down. Chapter after chapter it kept making me wanting to read more and after a day or two I realized I was finished and honestly I didn’t want it to end.

It truly makes you see people differently afterwards and most importantly gives you, I guess a sensitivity to others’ emotions. I think because everyone has this deep feelings within them that makes each and every person unique, and you never know that person may see the world the same as you do… or not. Either way, everyone’s life is surely wondrous. I couldn’t say which patient’s story I liked, because I loved each one of it as I could relate, not identically it made me realize that life, though it may come off as complicated with ups and downs but in the end there’s a purpose.

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