Thursday, 2 July 2015

Dangerous Boys - Abigail Haas

Title: Dangerous Boys
Author: Abigail Haas
Publication Date: August 14th, 2014
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Chloe cannot escape the chains of her hometown and responsibilities she thought she was done with after graduation. Defeated, she resigns herself to a life with no future. Then she meets Ethan, a boy who's just moved in and it seems like her life has picked up. That is until Ethan's brother, Oliver, makes his appearance.

Later, Chloe reflects on how her life spirals out of control as the three enter an abandoned estate and only Chloe leaves, dragging along one of the brothers while the other burns to death.

Review


No matter how much I've talked myself into liking this, I don't think it has lived up to the excitement of Dangerous Girls - which was down right amazing.

Dangerous Boys had all the right elements for a great thriller, but somehow it turned out bland and predictable. I kept wanting to reach the end just to clear the mystery for the sake of finishing the book, not because I was interested in it anymore. It really dragged on for me close to the middle, but the ending did pick up its pace so I wasn't left completely bored.

I don't particularly like Chloe despite how real she is. Props to Haas for creating a character that is quite relatable, even if I don't condone her actions. She seemed so real because of all her flaws. On the surface Chloe represented the well brought up daughter and straight A student. We sympathise with her for being tied down and having to prioritise responsibilities before herself. Yet, once the story grew I really started to question her character. Was it because of the brothers that influenced her to change or had she already had this in herself, just waiting for the right moment to break free?Questioning my judgement on characters was actually something I really enjoyed while reading this, because at least I was getting somewhat engaged in the story.

I don't entirely believe that the brothers - Ethan and Oliver - were realistic characters. It really felt like they were being portrayed as the angel and devil inside Chloe; one being extremely good and the other a total bad boy. I could understand how Chloe may have felt suffocated under Ethan and drawn towards Oliver and his dangerous ways, but it was too predictable right from the start. In the end I just felt really detached reading about them.

I wasn't completely disappointed with how the mystery unravelled; Haas did give me a surprise at the end, which made up for most things. Yet, it still felt like something was missing - like there wasn't enough fed to me and I was left wondering what was going to happen after. I haven't really come up to a solid conclusion about Chloe only because she still puzzles me, but at least I understand the motives behind the event and the darker side of human nature. There were big questions about morality and self-desires, and how selfish a person can be.

I do think Dangerous Boys was a good read, and I did finish it quickly. Just don't go into  it expecting a lot - like I did - and you might enjoy it better than me.




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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Want To Hear Back From

Hosted By: The Broke and The Bookish
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish, where we list our top ten according to a topic of the week. I'm actually not participating in this weekly, only because I know that for some of the topics I really can't come up with a list of ten. For future topics though, check them out here. 

Top Ten Characters I Want To Check Up On
(This was a really hard topic for some reason, I mean I only came up with 9)




1. Mara Dyer and Noah Shaw from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michele Hodkin
This series ended pretty recently, but any excuse to hear back from my favourite couple, I will take up. Also because I need them to explain that ending to me. 

2. Liesel Meminger from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Liesel will forever be the most loveable character to me, but it'd be interesting to see how her life was shaped after the events from the book. 

3. Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I loved this classic so much and as much as the ending really made me happy I would be so excited to see how their future would've flourished together. 

4. Scout Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Much like Liesel, Scout is another child character I can't seem to forget. I think she would've made a pretty badass adult. 

5. Hannah Cheshire and Thomas Bear from Scatterheart by Lili Wilkinson  
On the list just to catch up with their happily ever after.





6. Cameron Hamilton from Wait For You by J. Lynn
I have such a soft spot for Cameron, it is no joke. Why are there no more books about him?

7. Maddie from Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
I sympathise with Maddie in all aspects and I just want to hear back from her and the possibility of an amazing future. 

8. Wanderer from The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Her story was fascinating and I really admire Wanderer as a character. I think my prayers may be answered though because a second book is coming out!

9. Fred Weasley from Harry Potter by J. K Rowling
All of Harry Potter characters the twins probably take no 1 spot for me. Let's be real here, you can never forget Harry Potter or the characters. 

Which Characters Do You Have On Your List?



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Thursday, 2 April 2015

March Wrap Up

Ok, so this post isn't going to be structured like my usual wrap ups - only because there isn't really anything to fill you guys in for the month, besides the fact that I've been absent and the amount of books I've read. 

I did get around to writing a couple of posts though. 

Top Ten Tuesday

Talking Personal 

And here are the books that I've read for March (and I snuck in Jan and Feb as well) along with my longwinded explanation of why I've been away. Although if you've read my "Talking Personal" post you would know! 


How Was The Month of March For You?




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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books From My Childhood/Teen Years I Want To Revisit

Hosted By: The Broke and The Bookish
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish, where we list our top ten according to a topic of the week. I'm actually not participating in this weekly, only because I know that for some of the topics I really can't come up with a list of ten. For future topics though, check them out here. 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books From My Childhood/Teen Years I Want To Revist

Childhood



1. The Twelve Dancing Princesses 
I will forever be attached to this story, more so the version I read in primary school - although I cannot find traces of it anywhere anymore. It was such a magical world for 8 year old me.

2. The Babysitters' Club Series by Ann M. Martin
I really regret giving away my copies of these books despite not having them all. At first I was really hesitant to read these because they looked so old and gross but by god, this series was one of the most entertaining and refreshing reads. They were also the first actual "thick" books I read before entering high school.

3. Where's My Teddy by Jez Alborough
I completely forgot about this until I stumbled across it on Goodreads and realised I actually owned the book AND watched the TV series after school.


4. Berenstain Bears Series by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
One of the first series I ever tried to keep up to date with, and regularly borrowed from the library at school. I actually couldn't remember the title series, but a quick google search had me so excited. I loved this series and the simplicity about it.

5. Two of a Kind Diaries Series (Ashley and Mary Kate) by Megan Stine
These were the days when the twins reigned supreme and this series was my reward from my parents whenever I was a good kid. I literally died for these and found it so relevant!

6. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dicken
Ok, so maybe I didn't read the full version, but the illustrated version I got given was amazing. I would read it then watch the movie and just become obsessed about this idea of ghosts and atoning for your wrong doings. Even though ghosts freaked me out - and still do.

Teens



7. Skullduggery Pleasant Series by Derek Landy
I really enjoyed this series but I didn't get to finish it. I actually bought it for my brother before I left home, so I'm excited to come back and read it all. I mean a skeleton who kicks ass? What more do you want.

8. The Clique Series by Lisi Harrison
Likewise, this is a series I never got to finish. I've been meaning to try and find it but the cover change has really put me off buying it. It's more of a guilty pleasure read though.

9. Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
A beautiful yet, sad story that I'll always remember despite having to study it in Year 9. I didn't think I'd want to re-read it but I actually do want a copy for myself.

10. Dizzy by Cathy Cassidy
I pretty much want to read every Cathy Cassidy novel again. Let's be real here.

Which Books Made Your List?




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Saturday, 14 March 2015

Talking Personal

Hi guys! So it's definitely been awhile since I've actually updated you guys on what's going on with my life. It's been pretty obvious that I've clearly neglected this blog since the end of last year, and as much as it makes me upset, I've had so many more commitments piled up together I just couldn't manage everything.

So where do I start? I last wrote a Talking Personal post in November, right before my birthday! I turned 20 last year and I'm pretty sure I didn't do anything big because I hardly remember anything (awkward). I had a dinner with the girls one night and then dinner with my family another. I also got some books for my birthday but that's going to be revealed in a really delayed haul. Oops.

Once December hit I was flat out working two jobs. I usually always pick up another job around Christmas time because the money is good and that means I can afford to buy presents. I loved the new job I had - just a casual retail job - but I think I like working Christmas because there's actually people in the store. So December flew by in a blur. I celebrated Christmas briefly and my family and I opened presents in the morning, something we haven't done in years.


Then I had a good two weeks break before I started another job - working at the Australian Open. I was really excited but also nervous about this job because it required a lot of effort but the atmosphere would be worth it. I don't think I expected it to be so intense but it was. I worked two and half weeks, doing from 8-11 hours a day and I have to say lying in my bed after a days work had never felt better. It was a great experience though considering I got to meet some lovely people, both workmates and customers from all over the world, and I gained some pretty good skills. If you need someone to sell shirts I am the person!

Basically I worked my ass off between December to January before I could actually slow down and enjoy the last few weeks of my holidays. I managed to see my first soccer match with my friends. Melbourne hosted the AFC - Asian Football Cup (I'm pretty sure that's what it stands for). It was so much fun and I'm surprised that despite liking soccer I haven't actually been to any matches before that one.


One of the main reasons that I worked so much though is because I'm currently doing exchange in South Korea! I decided to do exchange mid last year but I couldn't really decide on which country. Even now I'm not sure South Korea was the best choice but it's definitely a challenge that I was hoping to seek for. I actually had to leave my work place but the girls were lovely and gave me a really sweet going away present. Before getting to Korea I also visited Vietnam for two days. I probably won't upload a lot of photos and stuff because I'm thinking of doing a separate post or video about it all.

So for the 3 months I was balancing work, social life and organising my entire trip, which meant that my blog was pushed back. I'm really hoping to pick up on my slack and get back into the mojo. It's definitely been hard to settle into a new environment and school but I'll get there.

I'll definitely update you guys with my travelling/school journey, but keep an eye out for some new content!

Bottomline: I'm a workaholic and my friends and family can vouch for that.

What Have You Guys Been Up To?




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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Related Problems


Hosted By: The Broke and The Bookish
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish, where we list our top ten according to a topic of the week. I'm actually not participating in this weekly, only because I know that for some of the topics I really can't come up with a list of ten. For future topics though, check them out here. 


Top Ten Tuesday: Book Related Problems I Have
This was so much fun! GIFs are pretty much life. 

1. Unending TBR pile
I swear I was making good progress, but why are there more books now?




2. Savings??
Oh, that's right. I just put in another 3000 orders on The Book Depository. 




3. Too Many Books, Too Little Time
It's ok! It's only 3AM, I can finish this. 




4. Another Book Shelf Please
I could make a bed out of my books tbh. 




5. That Damn Reading Slump 
I want to read, but I can't! The world is ending!! 




6. Book Lending? Biggest Mistake. 
What do you mean you don't know where it is? Why are there creases? 





7. Waiting. Waiting. Still Waiting. 
Deep breaths. There are only another oh 60 years until the next book comes out. 




8. Too many feels
No I'm not crying. Really, I'm not.




9. You Don't Read?!
Oh wow. I don't think we can be friends (jokes, I'm joking).



10. Disappointment, frustration, anger. WHY!
Well that was utter rubbish, why did I waste my time with this. 



What Other Book "Problems" Do You Have?




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Saturday, 14 February 2015

To All The Boys I've Loved Before (To All The Boys I've Loved Before #1) - Jenny Han

Title: To All The Boys I've Loved Before
Series: To All The Boys I've Loved Before #1
Author: Jenny Han
Publication Date: April 15th, 2014
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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh.

As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. (Source: Goodreads

Review


I was very much keen to read To All The Boys I've Loved Before, but I was surprised by how different the story played out compared to what I thought it'd be like.

Jenny Han drew me into the story easily considering I was in a massive reading slump before reading this. I flew through the book, immersed in how the plot unraveled as each boy received their letters. I could already guess how the letters were sent and I was proven right, although that's not really the point of the story.

It's pretty much a predictable love story but for all it's overused methods, I found myself smiling along with each cheesy line and cute moment. It was sweet, I'll admit, and I loved it! Other than that though, the story also introduced elements of family relationships and friendships. Han really explores the bond of sisters through Margot, Lara and Kitty. Their relationship is relatable but also teaches us something valuable that I should take on when dealing with my own siblings - oops.

The characters are likeable enough, delivering their own issues that I could connect with. Lara has to learn to cope with her own feelings and the responsibilities she finds herself taking on. It's not easy and I can really relate to that. Her love interests are both likeable as well, even if I was routing for one of them. They both had their own attractive side and it was hard not to swoon.

I had really hoped the story would end how I wanted it to, but seeing as how it's a series a new conflict had to arise. That's probably why I've deducted a star - because the ending did make me frustrated and a little disappointed. I'm really hoping the second book gives me more of what I want, and that the romance does work out.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before was a sweet and easy read, with enough depth that it drew me in emotionally. It is a romance no matter how you look at it, but not sickly loved up with other areas involved. If you're looking for something simple to read and enjoy, this is right up your alley.




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