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Tell Me Something Tuesday #17


Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings discussing a variety of topics from books to blogging and everything else! If you are interested, simply just post your own answer in your blog and join in the fun! 

Do you support your local library and take advantage of all it has to offer?

Well, back in my small and isolated hometown (I used to live in a small tourist island before I moved out to continue my tertiary studies in the big city), the libraries were scarce with ancient and worn out books, some even dated back to the 60s! I used to visit the library when I was younger, but stopped going after I exhausted all of their story books and they don't seem to bring in new ones. So that somehow discouraged me from visiting the libraries and I seek for books elsewhere (and I happened to discover.. Netgalley!). I also preferred to buy new books instead of secondhand ones so I visited the book-stores more than I do with the library.

I guess old habits never die. After I moved out to the big city, I still haven't step foot into the local library (eventhough it is the national library, just imagine the amount of books they have!) except for the one in my university. Although I am an avid reader, but libraries are just not the place for me.

But I wouldn't mind if the library is like something out of Harry Potter. :P


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Feature & Follow #29


Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Check out their blogs and join in the weekly meme fun!

This week's #FF

Book character (s) you'd like to see with their own Twitter page

Definitely, most definitely the entire Glass House family!

If you are not familiar with The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine, you definitely should give it a try! The MVV series is what made me love vampires (Twilight got me into vampires, but MVV got me into the "blood club"), and I was hooked on the series mainly due to the characters, which I often imagine living with them!
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Tell Me Something Tuesday #16


Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings discussing a variety of topics from books to blogging and everything else! If you are interested, simply just post your own answer in your blog and join in the fun! 

This week's TMST:

Are you comfortable with the direction NA is going.... with all the erotic scenes and steamy covers? 


I am a huge softy for romance and erotic scenes are just part of the package. To me there are basically two general types of romance novels, those that have sex scenes, and those that have none. NA lies in the shades of grey between yes and no and if the writing isn't good, that is when I get really uncomfortable. 

Erotic scenes portray some sort of intimacy between the characters. I do understand that as we mature we get more physically attracted to the opposite sex, which is what NA is trying to convey. It goes way beyond light caresses and gentle peck on the lips, but not to the extent of well, having descriptive sex. However, I get irritated and confused when the writing starts to take an erotic turn, and I have to stop to remind myself that I am in fact reading a NA romance novel. 

A pattern that I noticed in all these books is (as what Heidi from Rainy Day Ramblings mentioned) that the plot is always centered on a coming of age character with a tragic past/issue, which gets rather typical after a while. I could not even remember how many books that I had encountered that has the element of bully, abusive/broken family, rape and murder. Maybe it's written in a different setting happening to different protagonists, but it all comes back to the same theme. 

However, I rarely encounter NA genre books with steamy covers so my opinion on that will be invalid, although I do prefer abstract-designated covers. 

I am still a huge fan of NA genre because I feel that I can relate to the protagonists as we are almost of the same age, but I would love to see more variety in sense of setting or plot wise.

Among some of the NA novels that I feel are outstanding (WARNING: content might be inappropriate to some readers): 


She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But... they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.




He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.


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Good For You by Tammara Webber


Good for You (Between the Lines #3) - Tammara Webber
Published June 6th 2013 (first published December 14th 2011)




       The third part of the Between the Lines story by the bestselling author of Easy sees hot teen screen idol Reid in deep trouble. When Dori, the community service supervisor who is determined to set him a good example, comes on the scene romance is the furthest thing from her mind. Or his. But there's something irresistible about Reid that not even good girl Dori can ignore . . .

        The third and final instalment of Webber's best-selling Between the Lines series. 

       I have mixed feelings about this book, partially because it started off real slow and just a bunch of clichés, superstar with a bad reputation meets plain Jane with a good track record, the ending was almost predictable.  To be honest it took me several months to get through the first few chapters of the book because I just was not interested to read how Reid finds Dori attractive. The characters are nothing but typical. I did not feel the chemistry between them, it was all bickering and teasing each other with harsh words, the kind where if you like a girl, flirt her with vanity. Too middle school for me. 

But it all changed. 

       About a few chapters to the ending, everything just started to pick up its pace to the point where I ignored sleep even though I have a 8 am class the next morning, after all the climatic events occurring, the book ended perfectly. By the end of the book my mind was confused by the heartfelt emotions that was coursing through myself and I could not help but wonder, did I not just dislike this book? At that time, I could not even remember why. 
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Feature and Follow #28

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Feature and Follow (#FF) is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Check out their blogs and join in the weekly meme fun!

This Week's #FF

Blogger pet peeves?

I absolutely hate it when I directly copied a text from other websites (such as when I extracted a synopsis from GR), it would follow the formatting from the original source and I had to manually reformat it to fit my blog's format.

So what is your blogging pet peeves? Leave a comment down below and I'll be sure to check yours out! :D

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Judge a Book by its Cover #4

Happy Wednesday!

                                 September updates:                           
  
Hi!

As some of you might know, I haven't been in touch with the blogging community for almost 2 years, and to be honest so many things have changed that I was in a sudden culture shock. However, I have came up with a 'September Resolution List' that I aimed to fulfil for the month, meaning I will be returning to my favourite hobby! - Blogging.

Resolutions:
#1 Reconstruct my blog - I am currently in the process of updating my followers' databases, adding new widgets is not as easy as it sounds!

#2 My Bloggersary will just be in days! I am still deciding on events I should organize, however I just got the blogging buzz going on again, so for this year maybe I'll start off with something small.

#3 Actively participate in weekly memes.

And now for today's post. 

Judge a Book by its Cover (#JBC) is a feature that I had created for my blog a few months back where I would post pictures of books that caught my eye when I was browsing GR or my local bookstores during the week.

For this week's theme:

Theme: Cover Girl 


Title : Echoes of Us (The Hybrid Chronicles #3)
Author: Kat Zhang
Published: 16 September 2014

Blurb 

All Eva ever wanted was the chance to be herself. But in the Americas, to be hybrid—to share your body with a second soul—is not tolerated past childhood. Now Eva and Addie, her sister soul, are constantly on the move, hiding from the officials who seek to capture them. But the tide is changing. A revolution is brewing, and people are starting to question the hybrids' mistreatment.

Then Marion, an ambitious reporter, offers Eva and Addie a daring proposal: If they go undercover and film the wretched conditions of a hybrid institution, she will not only rescue them, she'll find a way to free Jackson, the boy Addie loves. It's risky, and Eva will have to leave Ryan and her friends behind, but if she succeeds, it could also tip the scales forever and lead to hybrid freedom.

As Eva and Addie walk into danger, they cling to each other and the hope of a better future. But the price they might pay is higher than they ever could have imagined.

Judge & Jury: I haven't read the first and second book of the series but the cover really caught my eye! It's simple yet appealing, and I've never read any books about hybrids. Definitely going to give it a try!
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Tell Me Something Tuesday #15



Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings discussing a variety of topics from books to blogging and everything else! If you are interested, simply just post your own answer in your blog and join in the fun! 

Firstly, I would like to start off by saying how much I missed this meme from 2 years ago and can't believe that it is still going around! It took me a few research to findd out that a different host has took over the memes (it was originally hosted by Cambria Hebert ). I had also disappeared for the last 2 years because of uni and stuff, but now I am starting to pick up the blogging pace again. Hopefully I will be around more often!

This week's TMST:

Do you feel like if a book is priced for $.99 or even free that it is a lesser quality book? 


This is a real toughie. 

Can I say that I am ashamed for doing so? I have my fair share of books ranging from pure dreadful to okay and amazing! When I first started reading I always thought that the pricier the books are, the better the content they will have. It is symbolic to the food we eat, we would often opt for pricier food because we assume it guarantees a better quality. But I was surprisingly mistaken. 

I have gained respect for indie authors because I have been amazed by their works throughout the years, sometimes even better than the ones I bought from the bookstores. I have no longer allow the price to fool me and has became very much adventurous when it comes to selecting book genres. Among the few "un-commercialized" books that I have redeemed from smashwords or netgalley that still sticks with me to this day are: 

Hushed by Kelley York
Published: December 6th 2011
He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.

Zero by Tom Leveen
Published: April 24th 2012
For aspiring artist Amanda Walsh, who only half-jokingly goes by the nickname Zero, the summer before college was supposed to be fun—plain and simple. Hanging out with her best friend Jenn, going to clubs, painting, and counting down the days until her escape. But when must-have scholarship money doesn't materialize, and she has a falling out with Jenn that can only be described as majorly awkward, and Zero's parents relationship goes from tense to relentless fighting, her prospects start looking as bleak and surreal as a painting by her idol Salvador Dali. Will life truly imitate art? Will her new, unexpected relationship with a punk skater boy who seems too good to be real and support from the unlikeliest of sources show Zero that she's so much more than a name.

Lisez la Fleur by Alexandra Lanc
Published: February 14th 2013 

Twenty-year-old Lorine Stringfield’s life is about to change forever, and she doesn’t even know it. 

Weighted down by the death of her father, her overbearing mother, and the sadness of her little brother, Lorine has less than high hopes for her family’s trip to France. But all of that changes when she is invited to visit the illustrious Chateau du Jumeaux – a premiere nightclub that only the most privileged attend. Lorine jumps at the chance to do something for herself, but gets more than she bargained for when she discovers the terrible truth: the chateau isn’t a nightclub at all, but a feeding ground for perhaps the most ruthless of beings, the creatures known as vampires.

And right now I am currently reading (which I got for free): 

Elementris by Christina Mobley
Published: July 11th 2012

There are people born in this world with a powerful connection to the earth itself...

They have an unbreakable and extraordinary bond. Every seven years, five people are born on the same day, at the exact same time. The elements bind them; earth, fire, wind, water, and spirit. They call them, Elementris.

Ava Vangeretta is seventeen years old and different. Unlike most born of the element, she was born alone. She has the power of all five elements. Ava is the first True Elementris to be born in many years. As her eighteenth birthday approaches she is faced with a choice. Give up this rare gift and live the normal life she has always craved or accept it and challenge the current True Elementris in a battle to the death! 

Ava's past haunts her as she struggles to decide. In her present, the seasons are colliding together, storms are destroying lives, and love is a dangerous curse. The current True Elementris is behind it all and she will do whatever necessary to keep Ava from making it to her eighteenth birthday. Ava's decision threatens the lives of the two people she cares about most. Can you choose between love and friendship?
Get ready for the storm...

I enjoyed most books I've reviewed for free and today I no longer allow the price to cloud my judgement. Don't judge a book by its price :P 

Next week's TMST: 
Are you comfortable with the direction NA is going.... with all the erotic scenes and steamy covers?      
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