Sunday, June 23, 2013

Haze + Heat wave = Moody Me

    Lately, Malaysia is hit by a heat wave and the unbearable haze. Just last Wednesday morning, I was having my driving lesson and I just could not focus! While driving that day, my mind was not on the road but had drifted off to an isolated island enjoying my smoothie and the breeze (and I'm not proud of it :P).

   To make matters worst, I did not enjoy reading "Duty Free" by Mohi Mohsin. I was quite disappointed as I'd expected it to be funny. The story is nothing like Bridget Jones's Diary as promised on the cover of Duty Free. Furthermore, there are just too many typos that I just could not enjoy the story. Without the typos, there's a high possibility that I'll like it a lil' bit more.

   2 weeks. I have survived college for 2 weeks. After having a mini meltdown, I guess I'm feeling okay now. Instead of having 10 persons in my class, there's another addition of 9 girls from out of town joining us last week. Thank goodness! Now, my class won't be too eerily quiet. It feels like I'm actually in a class, not some quarantine room (not that I've ever been in one, but I'm imagining things, thanks to the heat).

   Since the haze showed up, I've went through some stuff that made me laugh, cry , angry,..... and few days ago, shocked. Twilight, the movie was aired on TV few days ago... I thought, why not give Twilight a shot?

    I could not believe I actually sat through the whole movie without criticizing it like I'd expected I would. I. Actually. Enjoyed. It. I'm surprised that I like it, after making fun of all the Twilight fans out there ( No offense! I'm sorta a fan now). Even though I like the movie, I'm still not a fan of all the actors on the movie. No more obsession for me.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

'Before I Fall' by Lauren Oliver

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Title: Before I fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Release Date: March 2nd, 2010       

Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Bought
Genre: YA, Contemporary


What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I find this book really uplifting. After reading this book, I found myself thinking, what would I do if today is my last day alive, would i do anything differently if it is my last day, etc. Samantha Kingston has it all. However, she's infamous for the mean things she and her friends have done to their peers.

She found herself waking up on the same day that she'd supposedly died, going through similar events as the day before.This routine continues for several days before she realizes that she wants to treat people better and not be mean to them.

She wants to be remembered for the good that she's done, not the bad. Throughout the seven days, she finally acknowledges that she's fallen for her former best guy friend-Kent. On Day 7, she saved Juliet ( a victim who's been terribly mistreated by Sam and her group of friends) who tried to get herself killed. I had HOPED that in the end Sam would not die, that she'll end up with Kent and live happily ever after... Needless to say, it didn't end that way.

 Although Kent and Sam eventually confess their love for each other, the time spent together afterwards is just too short. A tiny part of me kind of understands why Lauren Oliver had ended the story in such a way. I really enjoy reading 'Before I Fall'. The story is beautiful yet sad, filled with characters that you'll grow to love or hate. In my case, I've totally fallen for Kent, another addition to the list of book characters that I love.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Saying Goodbye to The Wolves of Mercy Falls

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)
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I have finally finished reading The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, written by Maggie Stiefvater. :)

   When I first picked up Book 1-Shiver, I'm totally psyched that the main character and I share the same name. After reading 'Shiver', I have fallen in love with Sam Roth, Grace Brisbane's love interest in the story. It is a beautifully-written love story, a love story that seemed impossible to work out at first glance- a human falling for a werewolf that had saved her from her death years ago and finally meeting each other and falling in love. Without a doubt, among the 3 books in The Wolves of Mercy Falls, 'Shiver' is my favourite.

   Truth be told, I actually bought this whole set of books because its price is cheap. That's why I bought it. 3 books for the price of one. :) And I'm glad I did. When I realised that there are werewolves involved, I worried that this trilogy would be Twilight Saga-esque. Thankfully, it's not. It is better than Twilight. No offense here, just a personal opinion of mine.

  While 'Shiver' is written from Sam and Grace's perspectives simultaneously, 'Linger' includes the perspectives of Isabel Culpeper and Cole St. Clair. Isabel was one of the few people who knew about the werewolves. Cole is a singer who became one of the new members of the werewolves out of his own will. In  'Linger', it was Grace who slowly became a werewolf ( having once been bitten at a young age but had never shifted to become a werewolf) and Sam remained in his human form after he was 'cured'.

  In this trilogy, the werewolves only remain humans when the temperature is warm and as wolves when temperature's low. The biggest difference between the werewolves in this trilogy and of that in Twilight is that the werewolves in this trilogy can't think human thoughts and can't speak human in their wolf form.

  Once I started on 'Forever', I found myself drawn towards the relationship between Isabel and Cole. These two characters are obviously so into each other but their personalities seem to be holding them back a little. Cole has since then replaced Sam in my heart. Sam is such a sweetheart but in 'Forever', he was so frustrated with the whole Grace-is-a-werewolf-and-a-wolf hunt-is-on-the-way situation. I have to say that this has indirectly affected my moods and emotions for a couple of days. I found myself feeling down and frustrated over lots of petty things. Needless to say, 'Forever' is my least favourite in this trilogy though I am really pleased with the ending.