book review: Jenny Han

Main Characters: Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky

Author: Jenny Han

Genre: Young-adult fiction / Teens Romance

To all the Boys I Loved Before (Book #1), SYNOPSIS (from Goodreads)

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.

P.S. I still Love You (Book #2), SYNOPSIS (from Goodreads)

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

 

REVIEW:

“Love is scary: it changes, it can go away. That’s part of the risk I don’t want to be scared anymore.” – To all the Boys I Loved Before

“People come in and out of your life. For a time they are your world; they are everything. And then one day they’re not. There’s no telling how long you will have them near.” P.S. I still Love You

 

These are definitely one of the few book series that I can give a rate of 5 stars for both the first book and 2nd book!

They weren’t mistaken when they said that this book will make you smile really hard! I can’t remove that smile with me while reading Jenny Han’s book. She’s definitely one of my favorite author now! Not to mention that this book gave me a lot of good laughs too, especially when little Kitty starts talking! Hahaha!

What’s good about this book is that it just didn’t focus on love, but it also talks about the value of family and friendship – and a little turn about betrayal and trust, love and heartaches, and confrontation and reconciliation. Oh~my! Didn’t you just love Jenny Han?! ♥

Lara Jean and Peter’s cute love story will definitely make you swoon and go gaga!

I would gladly recommend this book to all of you!

Way to go Jenny Han! ♥

books. and books. and more books.

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Dusting them has always been a struggle for me as I find it always hard to fit them back in our little book case that our mom even opted to put some of our read books in a box already. Hahaha ♥

Still, hoping for more books this year! I am already excited for this year MIBF event!

Also, can’t wait to move in to our new house (hopefully this year) as our Pops promised to make a floor-to-ceiling book case for us! Yehey! ♥♥♥

book review: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

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Main Character: Amy Curry and Roger

Author: Morgan Matson

Genre: Realistic Fiction, Young Adult

SYNOPSIS (from Goodreads):

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

REVIEW:

This is my first book from Morgan Manson and I didn’t expect that I will enjoy her style in writing. This book will definitely not just make you smile and laugh, but will also remind us that we should not take people for granted, especially our FAMILY ♥

I bought this book months ago and I failed several times to finish reading it. I wasn’t a fan of this novel at the beginning because I found the first two chapters really boring, that’s why I always ended up grabbing another book to read 🙂 But as I go along every page, especially when their epic detour started, it was just awesome and perfect!

I enjoyed every states that they’ve visited and this book will definitely give you a clear and colorful imagination 🙂

I am enjoying this book too much that I wasn’t prepared when it ends.

Definitely an EPIC read!!!

4 Stars:  ★★★★

“The Girl On The Train” by Paula Hawkins

Genre: Mystery/Crime

Main Characters: Rahel, Megan, Scott, Tom, and Anna

Stars:  ★★★★​

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Review:

A friend of mine (Tracy) from work handed me this book and said that she really enjoyed this one sooo much! And since I love reading crime/mystery genre too, I told her I will give this a try.

I didn’t know what really to expect when I started reading this book. The narration is good, but could be quite confusing on some parts. The pacing of the story is quite slow, since the author decided that it would be fun if we suspect all the characters on these story as the killer. But nonetheless, it is really a good book written brilliantly.

I won’t say who’s the killer here because I don’t want to burst your imagination if you decided to grab this book too in your nearest bookstore. But I will definitely recommend this one, although don’t expect any thrilling effects like the one that you can get in reading John Grisham or Dan Brown book. But still, just the same, you won’t be able to put this book down until you know who’s the killer.

I can say that this one is really highly recommended! Grab one now!

book review: Wonder

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Genre: Children Literature

Main characters: August Pullman, Olivia Pullman, Jackalope Will, Julian Albans, Summer Dawson

Author: R.J. Palacio

Stars:  ★★★★​★​

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels

Review:

I downloaded this book last year, but haven’t really gotten the mood to read it since I was fixated in reading chick flix books more.

Anyway, so I decided to finally read the book and I wasn’t disappointed!

Reading ‘Wonder’ really gives me a good view with life. I first thought that this is a book for kids, but NOPE!. This is actually a good book for everyone — in all ages. The ending even made me cry!

But I can say that this book is definitely a nice read for kids, just to give them a lesson on how to be fair and be sensitive with others, especially for those who were born ‘special’.

Definitely highly recommended!

book review: Nothing Left to Lose

 

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Genre: Love and Romance

Main Characters: Annabelle (Anna) Spencer, Jack Taylor, Carter Thomas and Ashton Taylor

Author: Kirsty Moseley

​Synopsis:

The story started when Annabelle and Jack went to the club to celebrate Anna’s 16th birthday. There they saw Carter Thomas who immediately ​showed his interest with Anna. When Anna and Jack is about to leave the club and go straight to the hotel room that they booked for the night, they were held up by Carter and his friends. Carter is insisting to have a dance with Annabelle. She then agreed to have one dance with Carter as long as they will let them go after. Unfortunately, Carter wants more. On that same night – on that same club, Carter with his friends killed Jack by beating him and throwing him out on to the club’s fire exit. Annabelle was then held captive for almost a year by Carter. He made her his wife and beat her badly when she did something that doesn’t please him. She was saved accidentally when the cops raided their house due to drugs issues of Carter. ​

For years while Carter was on prison, he never failed to send ​love letters’ to Annabelle at least once a week, stating her intentions on getting her back once he went out of prison. But those letters never reached Annabelle, it was held secretly by her parents. After Annabelle was rescued, she became a totally different person from the daughter they used to know. She changed from a bubbly teenager to ​​a girl who shuts everyone out, including her parents. She was also kicked out of her school several times for being on a fight and damaging school properties. Until one day, her parents received a news that Carter’s trials will be open again, on the same time that her Father will be running for President. The parents hired Ashton Taylor as Annabelle’s near-guard, and who will also pretend as her boyfriend on her next school. Ashton instantly fell in love with Annabelle after their first meeting. But Annabelle tried her best to not feel the same way, since she’s still determined that Jack is the only guy she will ever love, and not to mention that she blames herself for Jack’s death.

When the time comes that things fall into place between Ashton and Annabelle, they received a news that Carter Thomas has been released to prison. Annabelle then made the hardest decision she ever had – have Ashton transferred far away from her so that Carter won’t find him.

What happened next is something i’d rather you read yourself ;p

Review:

All in all, I really found the story a good read. Lots of funny moments and ‘kilig‘ moments. Ashton’s love to Annabelle is also something that you have to experience by reading the book itself. It’s also funny when you reach the part when they realized that they both love each other, but they don’t know it yet because they are just too scared to blurt it out in fear that it will make the other person run away! Haha. Also, I find Annabelle’s effort of love cute too! She showed it by showering gifts to Ashton and his friends (not in an intimidating way), even though that means having Ashton be far away from her for a couple of nights, which will always into sleepless nights, because sleeping without Carter on her bed means only one thing … nightmares.

What I only don’t like about the book is the story was taken out too long. It would take you TOO MANY chapters fist, before it got you to the story where Carter appeared again on their lives and that they both have to fight back for their life.

Stars:

★★★★​