Wednesday, April 24, 2013

When will The Big Bad Wolf come?

I've come to know about The Big Bad Wolf books through a friend  I met in National Service (a.k.a. PLKN).

     During my time as a 'wirawati', I spent most of my free time reading books (since I only got my phone on the weekends-once every two weeks for my camp). I would borrow books from other book-lovers I met in camp.

    My friend-Puan ( that's her family name and most friends use it as her nickname) told me that she bought all her books ( in The Big Bad Wolf book sale )which usually cost RM 30++ in my local bookshops for prices as low as RM 8. After some online research, I found out that the book sale hosted by The Big Bad Wolf is only available in Peninsular Malaysia :(

     When will The Big Bad Wolf book sale ever come to the east? To Sarawak, to be exact...

Monday, April 15, 2013

My book review on 'Gravity'

Image via Goodreads
Title: Gravity (The Taking #1)
Author: Melissa West

Release Date: December 18th, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: Bought
Genre: YA, Romance, Dystopia


In the future, only one rule will matter:

Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

   I bought this book few weeks ago at a Popular book sale. The storyline is just as cool as the front cover itself. It is a light and easy read. Definitely a page-turner for anyone who loves a story with some romance and adventure.

   The story revolves around 17-year-old Ari Alexander, daughter of a commander. As the story progresses, she fell in love with the enemy- an Ancient ( the aliens in this story) Jackson who was appointed to her for The Taking. Ari was decisionally challenged whether to help the Ancients so that they could peacefully coexist with humans. However, that means that she would have to go against her own kind. In the end, she became part Ancient (after an incident) and was later taken by Jackson to the Ancients' world-Loge.

  This is book 1 of The Taking. I can't wait for book 2-Hover to be released. I am officially a fan of Melissa West's books.

Friday, April 12, 2013

To drive or not to drive

Last week, a friend of mine-Mag had me sit through a driving intro class with her.. Basically, it's just listening to tutors as they talk about road safety, rules, etc..

   I was calm throughout the lecture until they started showing videos of car crash and testimonies from victims on how they become disabled in a road accident.. That was when i start to freak out..

   Those close to me probably know how the thought of driving a car scares me though i know not the reason why...

   Since I already paid the paper examination fee, i will be sitting through the computer test on some basic road knowledge.. This test is something i can handle but the practical one- the one which requires me to go behind the wheel... I'm not looking forward to it.

Thoughts on PLKN

I can't believe that I'm back from PLKN for almost a month now. I happened to be one of the lucky ones chosen to embark on this journey..

   This experience is fine for me. I remember the day before going to my camp- I was ecstatic. However, my first day was a big disappointment. I suppose when you have high expectations for something and it didn't quite meet up with that standard you've set, you'll face disappointment.

   After being a 'wirawati' for nearly 3 months, I've made friends with Malaysians from different states. Of course, there're few dormmates of mine who are less...likeable but that's okay as I HAVE SURVIVED! :)

  After having lack of sleep and personal time for a while, I appreciate all that I have back home even more. Sure, I've learnt that teamwork and discipline are super important.. still, home is where the heart is.

  I am somewhat surprised to find myself missing the schedule, activities and the coaches of my camp... Okay, i  have to admit that this experience is somewhat FUN... if only I didn't set any expectations before this journey..

My mates from PLKN