Friday, November 29, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
[edited: Dec 28, 2015]
Have you ever heard of Meg Cabot? Or The Princess Diaries? The films are adapted from Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries books. I've never read one but I read all The Mediator series. That's where I start my fondness of Meg Cabot ;)
Rating : 3.7/5
Misfortune has followed Jean Honeychurch all her life - which is why everyone calls her Jinx. And now her parents shipped her off to New York to stay with relatives - including her sophisticated cousin, Tory - until trouble she's caused back home dies down.
Tory is far too cool to bother with Jinx - until Jinx's chronic bad luck wreaks havoc in Tory's perfect life. Only then does Jinx discover that beneath Tory's big-city glamour lies a world of hatred and revenge. Now it seems that the jinx that's driven Jean crazy may just be the only thing that can save her.
Jinx tells the story of Jean, infamously known as Jinx among her friends. She causes some troubles at home and being departed to New York, to live with her good Aunt Evelyn and her husband - the only rosy hole in the house is Tory for goodness' sake. I hate her, kinda.
I like most of the story but I find it hard to accept Jean's ways of thinking and behaviour. I think her low self-confidence comes from the way her so-called friends back home treat her as a weirdo. I really want her to establish herself, not letting people making fun of her again.
And, she does change herself. Thank goodness. If not maybe I would put this book under my bed, not wanting to read it again.
Between The Mediator series and the stand-alone Jinx, I love The Mediator more. Both has some kind of magic and fantasy revolve around romance but The Mediator is still the winner ;)
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Dah lama kempunan nak pergi Big Bad Wolf tapi tak pernah dapat. Insya-Allah kali ni pergi. Kat The Mines aje pun :)) Buku-buku yang nak dibeli dah buat list dah :p
Ada sesiapa yang dah pernah pergi BBW? Jom kongsi pengalaman kat sini ;)
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
This was my first time reading a compilation of short stories by Cecelia Ahern. The book itself doesn't exceed 100 pages, helping me reduced the hours to finish it. There is only two stories in one book.
Girl in the Mirror :
Lila knows how lucky she is to have found the man of her dreams. But when a secret from her family's past comes to light on her wedding day, her destiny changes in the most unexpected of ways.
The Memory Maker :
They say you never forget your first love. But what happens when those cherished memories start to fade? Some people would do anything to hold on to the past and, for one heartbroken man, that means finding a way to relive those precious moments.
Cecelia Ahern still implemented her touch of fantasy in both stories. However, if Girl in the Mirror is a bit dark, The Memory Maker has gloomy feeling in it. My personal favourite? I choose The Memory Maker if Cecelia Ahern wanted to make it into a long story.
The darkness behind Girl in the Mirror kept me intrigued when reading it, it starts from the beginning. I was thinking about Lila's grandmother, why she has one eye only? Unfortunately for Lila, the truth came to her on her wedding day. Not a good start of a marriage, eh?
The Memory Maker is quite sad. An inventor invented a machine called The Memory Maker, a machine which could create dreams. The story behind the dreams-creating machine is so sad. What a pitiful soul he is, still clinging to the past. I would love to see if Cecelia Ahern decided to make a full story of The Memory Maker ;)
If you want a quick, doesn't-take-hours-of-reading read, I strongly suggest this book to you. My copy is hardback, the cover is beautiful, no? ;) I don't know if the book came in paperback or not.
Friday, November 1, 2013
" You don't need me anymore, Elizabeth. You're going to stop seeing me now, Someone else will need me... I loved you the moment I saw you and I will always love you, Elizabeth..."
Elizabeth Egan's life runs on order: Both her home and her emotions are arranged just so, with little room for spontaneity. It's how she counteracts the chaos of her family--an alcoholic mother who left when she was young, an emotionally distant father, and a free-spirited sister, who seems to be following in their mother's footsteps, leaving her own six-yearold son, Luke, in Elizabeth's care. When Ivan, Luke's mysterious new grown-up friend, enters the picture, Elizabeth doesnt know quite what to make of him. With his penchant for adventure and colorful take on things large and small, Ivan opens Elizabeth's eyes to a whole new way of living. But is it for real? Is Ivan for real? If You Could See Me Now is a love story with heart--and just a touch of magic.
This book is mostly about friendship and family bond, also with a touch of romance. Elizabeth Egan's life is so unfortunate. Her mother goes missing for years. Her father who is still couldn't accept her mother's absence even though time has been ticking for so long is always waiting for her return. Her wild younger sister named Saoirse and her son.
Elizabeth is a successful woman in her field of career. But, unfortunately something has happened years ago prior to present timeline which she could not ignore it. She abandoned her opportunities and returned home. In present time, she has to take care of Luke due to Saoirse's habit of going missing. I could understand why Elizabeth being so strict in her life. Her life is quite challenging. In her hometown, she meets Ivan, Luke's adult friend.
The romance starts but... Ivan is not and ordinary guy.
When I read this book, I could feel the tension in Elizabeth's everyday life. She has to take care of everything! From the six-year-old Luke who needs maternal attention, her younger sister's frequent problems which Saoirse's faults actually to her father's sort-of hatred towards her.
I like Ivan! He is so cool and knows how to make Elizabeth happy despite her stern nature. Even though I (have to) understand Ivan's job of making people, especially kids like Luke happy, I could not totally accept the ending. The ending is quite good, but I need happier ending *sigh*
Cecelia Ahern's writings are understandable to me since this is my first English book after years of reading none. I'd love to suggest this book if you want to read something with a bit of fantasy in it. I'm gonna make her books as my priorities in the future!