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Book Review | Let It Snow - Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

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Title: Let It Snow - Three Holiday Romances
Author: John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Want to know how long it took me to break up with my "perfect" boyfriend and make out with a new guy? It had taken...wait for it...twenty-three minutes!

Let It Snow Synopsis


The worst blizzard for fifty years, three wintry love stories, one magical night!

It's Christmas Eve and Gracetown has been buried by snow. But the weather is more than just an inconvenience. When one girl unexpectedly steps off a stranded train, she sets off a series of life-changing events.

Soon fourteen pumped-up cheerleaders will descend on the local Waffle House, the Duke's DVD night will be rudely interrupted for a Twister mission, and a lovesick barista will determine the fate of a single teacup pig.

As the three stories collide, strangers cross paths and romance blossoms with heart-warming consequences.

My Thoughts


I do love this book and it's my first time reading a novel written by three authors. In this book, there are three mini stories with the same characters but different protagonist and point of view, the same town, the same days around Christmas Eve and beautiful love stories that will melt your heart.

The Jubilee Express (Maureen Johnson)

This story is about a girl named Jubilee who is forced to go for a train ride on Christmas Eve to meet her grandparents because her parents get arrested for a silly-but-not-serious case. Unfortunately, the train crashed into a snowdrift and probably won't be leaving until tomorrow. Jubilee decides to set off the train and walk to the nearest Waffle House. It's where she met a boy named Stuart. She follows him to his house, meeting and celebrating Christmas with the family, dumping her boyfriend and getting into a new relationship.
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I love this mini story! I love how the author plot the love story between Jubilee and Stuart. Just when you thought you won't be able to mend a broken heart and won't fall in love again, you are wrong. This story gonna drive you insane. If it's not, Jubilee won't be able to kiss Stuart twenty-three minutes after she dumped her boyfriend! It just absolutely funny and overwhelm. There is also a beautiful family-stranger bonding time too which I love it very much. Despite how bad you think your days gonna be, there's always gonna be a rainbow after the storm. Yep, this is a right term to describe this story. Reading The Jubilee Express somehow gives me exciting feeling as I feel like going on a little adventure over blizzard without knowing that I will change something in me.

A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle (John Green)

The second story is about Tobin and his friends who went through a blizzard to get to Waffle House for the sake of cheerleaders and hash browns. The cheerleaders were actually coming from the same train with Jubilee which got stuck in the snow. Now that they created a new happy environment in the Waffle House, Tobin's friend named Keun who worked there called them to come down and enjoy the Christmas there with the cheerleader thingy. So, Tobin, JP and a boyish girl called The Duke sacrificed their DVD nights and risking their life for some little adventure.
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I also like this story. The storyline is written in some sarcastic and humorous sentences that absolutely make me burst into laughing which I love it very much. Unlike The Jubilee Express, the love story between two people in this story is more to keeping it alone. By that I mean, instead of being honest, they won't tell that they like each other afraid that the other person doesn't feel the same way. But as they go through the blizzard adventure, a very chaotic trip to the Waffle House, it seems like they can't hold to their emotions and they started to reveal their feelings to each other. It tells me that a rough situation can make people being honest. So just in case you want someone to be honest but they refused to, just put them in some rough and wilder situation. :P

The Patron Saint of Pigs (Laureen Myracle)

While the third story is about a girl named Addie who had this thing with Jeb, her boyfriend. They went into a breakup and when they decided to fix everything between them two, Jeb doesn't show up at the meeting place. Addie went crazy and couldn't stop wondering about Jeb who can't be reached by call and not knowing that he's actually stuck in the train altogether with Jubilee and the cheerleaders, and managed to get into the Waffle House too. While in the midst of heartache, Addie wants to try changing herself to become a less self-centered person.
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This is the least story that I like. As for my opinion, I don't find that this story as interesting as the two I mentioned above. It's kind of a bit boring which I feel like ending the book as soon as possible. The only happy part for me was when Addie finally be able to meet Jeb after a long waiting. Yeah, it's obvious that I'm a sucker for a hopeless romantic! This story is the closing for all three mini stories which they gathered in Starbuck and bumped into each other. It's a happy ending which gives you wow and whoa and yayyy feelings!

Favourite Quotes


"Plus, you just told him you fell into a frozen creek and you were trapped in a strange town. And he hung up? I'd do something. I'd get down here, snow or no snow. Maybe that sounds stupid, but I would. And if you want my advice? If he isn't breaking up with you, you should dump his ass." (pg.98 | The Jubilee Express)

"He didn't seem surprised," I said. "Assholes never are. What did he say?" (pg.102 | The Jubilee Express)

"The regret and humiliation hurt much more than the cold." (pg114 | The Jubilee Express)

"They are so hot that their hotness could melt the snow. Their hotness could cook the waffles. Their hotness could--no, will--warm the places in my heart that have been so cold for so long that I have nearly forgotten they ever existed." (pg.131 | A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle)

"Cheer isn't sexy. Dark is sexy. Ambivalent is sexy. Deeper-than-it-looks-at-first-glance is sexy." (pg.153 | A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle)

"Can't you just trust our love, without asking me to prove it every single second?" (pg.232 | The Patron Saint of Pigs)

"And of course you forgot about Tegan, because it always, always, always about you." (pg.307 | The Patron Saint of Pigs)

Ratings

The Jubilee Express : ★★★★ 
A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle : ★★★★ 
The Patron Saint of Pigs : ★★★★☆

Peekaboo!

let it snow, a cheerstatic miracle

let it snow, a cheerstatic miracle

let it snow, a cheerstatic miracle

let it snow, a cheerstatic miracle

Book Review | Wanderlove By Kirsten Hubbard

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Title: Wanderlove
Author: Kirsten Hubbard
Publisher: Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Travel, Adventure, Romance, Self-Discovery

"It all looks like it's been in a battle." 
"Maltreated mangoes," Rowan says. 
Is he actually joking with me? I smile tentatively. 
"Abused avocadoes." I try. "Warmongering watermelons."
"There aren't any watermelons" -- "That's because they lost the war."


Wanderlove Synopsis


It all begins with a stupid question: Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.

But Bria comes to realise she can't run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.

My Thoughts


Honestly, this is one of the books I never regret buying! Deeply inspirational and enjoyable. The synopsis is already exciting enough. It's about 18 years old girl named Bria who is brave enough to ditch her guided tour and travel to unknown places with unknown people she just met - trying to find herself - forgetting her ex-boyfriend - experience something new - fighting herself - and finally starts a brand new life again. I love their journey through every place mentioned in the book. The way the author describes every scene will take place in your head. You can trust me on that. The conversation between Bria and Rowan are very thoughtful written as they don't have the same life philosophy. I love how the talk varies from love, family, friends, passion and life and not only focus about one particular thing. This book also gives you the urge to challenge yourself in whatever trouble comes to you.

By reading this book it makes me want to grab my backpack, book a ticket to somewhere I have never been, get lost, meet new people and find myself in the midst of that little adventure. I would love to do this once in a lifetime if I had enough kaching in my bank account. Well, enough to support me during that vacation! And hoping to find myself in the process of learning and searching!

As for the conclusion, those who still struggle to find yourself or want to go for a virtual adventure, you should read this book. You won't regret!

Favourite Quotes


"Her silence is worse than any criticism." (pg.15)

"And I want nothing more in the entire universe than to dive headfirst into the kaleidoscope of colours, to let them whirl around me until I become a fractal of light." (pg.20-21)

"Fairy-child, if only you should take my hand, I would show you things beyond your wildest dreams." (pg.174)

"Or they'd listen, but they wouldn't care. No one would. Hearing about vacations is like hearing about dreams - no one cares except the person who's experienced them. Without tastes and scents and context, they're meaningless." (pg.301)

"How a person sees more by travelling cheap. More of the real world, at least. And then, once you've travelled this way, it probably wouldn't feel right to travel in luxury, even if you could afford it." (pg.312)


Rating 


★★★★ 

Book Review | The Reluctant Heiress

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Title: The Reluctant Heiress (Previously published as Magic Flutes)
Author: Eva Ibbotson
Publisher: Speak
Date Published: 1982
Genre: Young Adult/Teens/Historical Romance

"Breathe?" said Tessa, shocked. "I don't need to breathe when I'm with you."

The Reluctant Heiress Synopsis

Being an heiress in 1920s Austria with nothing but a broken-down castle to your name and nary a penny in your purse could be frustrating for anyone but the Princess Theresa-Maria of Pfaffenstein. “Tessa,” however, is thrilled with her situation, as it allows her to concentrate on her love of the arts—and no one in the Viennese opera company need know that their delightful and charming under-wardrobe mistress is really a princess. But when the dashing self-made millionaire Guy Farne arrives at the opera in search of suitable entertainment for his high society guests, Tessa realizes that there may be more to life—and love—than just music. But while the attraction between them in undeniable, Guy’s insufferable snob of a fiancée only solidifies Tessa’s determination to keep her true identity a secret. Yet, after a chance meeting with the handsome Englishman, Tessa’s reserve begins to melt, and she starts to wonder if it’s not too late for a fairytale ending. Source: Amazon


My Thoughts

I'm not a fan of historical romance genre but somehow this book finally caught my attention after few pages. The writing style is a bit difficult to read for me but I managed to follow the rhythm of the book. The story gets interesting and enjoyable even though I get bored in the beginning. The way the author describe everything will get into your mind. I am very curious to know how does Pfaffenstein castle look like so I Google it and HERE is how it looks like! As for my opinion, the exciting scene starts when Guy meets Tessa without even knowing that she is a princess in disguise.

I love how the author made them very humble and down to earth characters. Tessa decides to sell her castle and live as a commoner - hiding her identity - and working as a under-wardrobe mistress for a small opera company. Regardless of her royal status, She doesn't care what kind of life she has as long as she could serve music and art to people. While Guy Farne, a self-made millionaire, is very kind and patience not until someone hurt his pride. His fiancee, Nerine, is the opposite of Tessa. And Prince Maximilian of Spittau who is fond of Tessa, very determined to propose her because he loves her for real - not because his mom wants to take her for granted. It's obvious that greed has lost in this book except for Nerine who lives a luxury and snobbish life when she engaged to Guy. I hate her for taking Guy for granted, for disgracing Guy's foster mother and Guy, Guy shouldn't spoil her much!

The ending is written perfectly as nobody gets hurt in order to claim their love from each other. The author has put a great idea how to make someone leave on their own and find their love which blew me away because I never thought it would be like that. A wise decision, I'd say.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves or want to try getting into historical romance!

Favourite Quotes

"It is a fearful thing to love what time can touch" - Tessa (pg.294)
"Nerine has enough jewels to sink a battleship!" - Guy Farne (pg.293)

Rating

★★★★☆

Book Review | You Can't Run by Mandy Thomas

I was in the bookstore that day, looking for a brand new novel to buy and read. The fiction genre seems to be a bit off for me during that time so I decided to pick a non-fiction book. I went through few books and finally found one that absolutely caught my attention. This book is based on true story and I never thought it would be so heartbreaking and horrific. 

you can't run by mandy thomas


This is a really tough book to read. It's about a domestic violence against a woman named Mandy who has to endure every single pain and she has to struggle to live her life by not letting the fear eats her away. Just with a soft touch by a stranger, her life is completely ruined.

Dusty muncul dalam kehidupan Mandy dengan personaliti yang boleh dikatakan baik pada permulaan. Tapi semakin mereka rapat, Dusty mula mengongkong setiap apa yang Mandy lakukan dan dia mula bersikap celaka dan baran yang teramatlah sangat. Geram okay geram. Pada tahap awal cuma penampar. But the tortures become worst that I cannot brain how can this person became so heartless and evil. He's a psychopath and it's definitely not easy to deal with him. He mentally and physically abused the entire life of Mandy and it took her around 18 years to be free from him!

you can't run by mandy thomas


Domestic violence is seriously not a joke. This book is well written and as you read every single word, the terrifying scenes will play in your head. Mandy kena pukul, kena tendang, kena terajang, kena rogol, kena tumbuk dan macam-macam lagi yang Dusty buat pada Mandy. He even cut her with knives and burn her skin with blue flame. Kau bayangkan lah. Api biru lagi maha panas dari api merah kan? Haih kejamnya. Even Mandy tak ada buat salah apa, Dusty tetap akan pukul dia. He doesn't like everything about Mandy yet he never wants to leave her. Since mereka tinggal serumah, Dusty memang sensitif dengan semua benda. Nak bernafas pun kena hati-hati. Or else memang Mandy kena belasah. He raped her many times and made her pregnant. But Mandy keeps all her babies and raised them well even with those struggles. Her children make her stronger. There are so many heartbreaking and terrible scenes in the book and I literally cried reading them. </3

Part yang paling aku tak faham bila Mandy cuba pertahankan diri dia. She asked helps from police, social workers, government etc tapi semua tak boleh harap. Mereka langsung tak membantu!!! Rasanya 3 dari 15 orang je yang bantu dia dan yang lain semua macam tak kisah je. Kejamnya manusia. Dengan keadaan Mandy macam tu, they simply take it as an easy case. Orang dah nak mati yet mereka boleh pulak buat bodoh macam tu. This is a true story okay. Bukan rekaan. Tapi cerita benar. Kau bayangkan lah kau dah nak kena bunuh hari ni tapi polis datang tiga hari kemudian. It makes me realize that in whatever case we face, we have to help ourselve cause tak ada pun yang nak tolong kita bila kita susah. And sometimes, we have to be strong on our own to fight whatever come to us. Kesian Mandy :(

Mad rescpect and salute to Mandy yang dah bertahan selama yang mungkin dan berani berdepan dengan lelaki gila tu. Tiap kali kena belasah, she will sets in her mind that she needs to stay alive for her kids. Walau apa pun yang terjadi, she always thinks of her children first. Tak pernah pun fikir pasal diri dia yang dah remuk, hancur semua. Tabahnya dia kan. Everyone really needs to read this book to expose themselves about what's going on around with some people. Domestic violence ni berlaku dimana-mana and as part of society, our responsibility is to speak out and help them. I believe it is so hard to endure it alone. I can't imagine being in her place :(

A few lesson to learn, please choose your partner wisely and don't rush into anything until you get to know deeply about them. Some people might be playing Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and I would say that is dangerous as they will twist the story in front of other people. If you happened to be in such situation or getting hit by the person, speak up the truth and don't hide anything or it will become worst. Always and always stay strong no matter what and fight with all the spirit you have. Don't let this kind of people ruin your life cause you deserve much better than that. Hopefully, we will be aware of this domestic violence and speak up for it instead of being silent. <3

Toddles x 

Book Review | The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

I just finished reading another book by this month. It's the second one, guys! I admit that I am a slow reader. I keep buying the new books and just put them on the bookshelf; waiting to be read. Till one day I realised that I really need to read all of them before buying the new one. Ada ke yang macam aku? Beli tapi tak baca. It's a fact that I adore books more than everything! *sniff sniff*

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It was hard for me to understand the stories because the author flips between 18 years old Victoria and her childhood. But it gets interesting once you have immersed yourself in the story. 

Victoria dibesarkan di rumah kebajikan sejak kecil. Mempunyai personaliti yang tidak sukakan orang dan lebih suka menyendiri. Tiap kali di hantar untuk tinggal bersama keluarga angkat, dia akan sengaja berperilaku nakal yang amat supaya keluarga angkat akan menghantarnya semula ke rumah kebajikan. Pada satu hari, dia di hantar untuk tinggal bersama Elizabeth; seorang yang sangat penyayang dan memang ikhlas untuk menjadikan Victoria sebagai anaknya. Tetapi disebabkan kisah silam bersama adiknya yang bernama Catherine, dia menghadapi sedikit masalah emosi berkenaan hal keluarga.

Sepanjang kehidupan Victoria bersama Elizabeth, Victoria telah belajar banyak perkara terutamanya tentang bunga dimana Elizabeth mengajarnya tentang makna disebalik bunga yang ada. Dan ianya lebih dikenali sebagai Victorian Language of Flowers. Victoria yang pada mulanya tidak suka mempunyai sesiapa kerana merasa dirinya tidak layak disayang telah merasakan sesuatu pada Elizabeth. Ya, Elizabeth adalah satu-satunya yang dia mahukan. Tetapi pada hari proses pengambilan Victoria sebagai anak angkat Elizabeth yang sah, sesuatu telah terjadi antara meraka. 

Pada umur 18 tahun, Victoria mula hidup di jalanan. Nasib menyebelahi dia apabila Renata (owner kedai bunga) mengambilnya bekerja. Dan semenjak itu dia mula belajar hidup berdikari. Sampai satu masa, Victoria telah berjumpa dengan Grant. seorang petani bunga. Perkenalan mereka menjadi sangat rapat dan Victoria akhirnya jatuh cinta. Tetapi sayangnya ada sesuatu di antara mereka yang menjadi penghalang. Perasaan benci, takut, kecewa dan selainnya telah mengganggu emosi Victoria yang sememangnya rapuh sejak awal lagi.

I would say that this novel is kinda sad, heart-wrenching yet warm piece of fiction. Victoria has gone through so many things but still manage to endure every pain that she has in her heart. It revolves around things she loves; Elizabeth, Grant, flowers and her own life. Growing up with no one that could understand what she wants, with the complex personality and chaotic emotions, it is obvious that she is struggling to be better. Not only Victoria, other characters also have their past, their traits and their stories which will intrigue the readers to know about what's actually happening between them. This story is something like finding a happiness from every forgiveness. If you really played the scene in your head while reading, trust me, it will be one of your favourite books! I am fascinated with the language of flowers that has been mentioned in the novel. I will share it to you in the next entry. And for this novel, the rating is 4.5/5. Highly recommended!  

Toddles! x 

Book Review | Want You Dead by Peter James

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I decided to read this book cause it is kinda related to me when the word "online dating" caught my attention. Please don't misunderstand me. I love talking with strangers online and the synopsis of the book is interesting to me! I have spent less than one week to finish reading this novel and finally come to the last page yesterday. I find it its quite interesting and I wanted to make a quick review of the book. Well, you know, just to have something to be updated on my site :P 
Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Want You Dead . . .
Single girl, 29, smouldering redhead, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and - who knows - maybe more? 
When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side begins to emerge. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror.
Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life. But Red's nightmare is only just beginning. For Bryce is obsessed with her, and he intends to destroy everything and everyone she has ever known and loved - and then her too . . .
I believe by reading the synopsis help you visualise the story. It is about a girl named Red who seeks a love from an online dating site and finally met someone who caught her heart. They were so in love with each other until one day they broke up when the truth about Bryce has been revealed. He is actually a freaking psycho. Everything he told to Red was all lies. Red then met her new boyfriend but sadly he is being murdered. Her life turned into a nightmare when everything that she loves is suddenly burned down to ash. Even though I know the novel is a fiction, but I learned that dealing with a psycho is hell difficult! That person won't let you go until they get what they want from you regardless whatever it takes. You will live in a constant fear. As for Bryce, he knows how to get his way to stalk, to spy and to scare Red. If you read this book, you would know how insane he is!!! I love the part when Bryce monologue to himself. His words will absolutely give you goosebump and chills! 

I would say that the plot of the story is interesting and how the story goes give you the urge to keep reading until the last page. It gives you a curious feeling of what's going to happen next and what the predator is capable of doing to harm their victims. Never underestimate this kind of people! There's actually a lesson to learn of course. Never trusted people easily and always listen to your mum because they got the best instinct in the world. If she's doubting your boyfriend, means that there's something wrong with him :P 

Trust me, this book is interesting and not boring at all. This is my first time reading Peter James' novel and I would like to say that he knows how to excites his reader with his words. The English words are not complicated at all and I would recommend you to read the book if you are into crime genre! 

Toddles! x