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Lament : The Faerie Queen’s Deception (Book of Faerie #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Have you ever read a book about faeries? If yes, what do you think about it?
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

INFORMATION

Title: Lament : The Faerie Queen’s Deception
Series: Book of Faerie #1
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publication Date: 8th October 2008
Pages: 356

My Rating(s): ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Book Blurb

Sixteen-year-old Dee is a cloverhand – someone who can see faeries. When she finds herself irresistibly drawn to beautiful, mysterious Luke Dillon, Dee senses that he wants something more than dangerous than a summer romance.

But Dee doesn’t realize that Luke is an assassin from the faerie world.

And she is his next target.

Review

First thing before reading my review, I need to admit that I think I’m getting older! And here I tried to put myself back as 16-y/o girl while reading this. But! I might say that I just found myself as a stupid female character that awed by a hot, sexy and perfect body male. But who doesn’t, right? I honestly swoon over Will Herondale, for example. But this, I might say it’s over-reacted!

This is another disappointment reading a book about faerie. I was thinking about to DNF it, but I forced myself to finish it. At the beginning, it was about a harpist named Dee that able to see the faeries. She also has katagelophobia. Her phobia suddenly gone when she met an inhuman stranger, Luke on her performance day. She became close to Luke and fall for him. I think the starting is quite good because I hopefully will see how she manage it when she discovered Luke is an assassin from faerie world that need to kill her. But the story became ridiculous and boring. The story kinda out of the expected pace sometimes.

First, I thought Dee was a nerdy girl. Yes, she was nerdy and invisible at school, but sheโ€™s too rude to her family especially with her mom. But I wonโ€™t judge her by being a teenager who is easy to fall in love.

Second, I feel uncomfortable with Luke character. Heโ€™s too contempt and too flirty. If I am 16 year old girl and I meet much older stranger that address me with an inappropriate called, I wonโ€™t be comfortable yet disgusting. Too much โ€œhey, pretty girlโ€ (come on! you are not the one who pretty in this world) and compliments make me sick and annoyed sometimes.

More offense, Dee keeps pushing her best friend, James away because sheโ€™s in love with Luke. This is such a triangle love! Too clichรฉ and I know whoโ€™s getting hurt. Sometimes, I have to stop reading for a while, to calm myself.

The ending was okay for me. There’s an action where Dee has to save James from the faerie and how she confront the Queen. But a little confusing for me regarding Luke. However, the ending quite cool!

This book is nothing much different with The Iron Witch series. The plot quite similar and almost mimicking each other. In my opinion, the faerie world in this book are nonchalantly and I wish for something different. Besides, thereโ€™s a bleak about mentioning the faeries and more focusing on the Dee and Luke with their forbidden love story.

Overall, I kinda disappointed with this book because I took too much time to finish it and make me think twice whether I should continue with the sequel, Ballad or not. However, I don’t have intention to offend any side. This is my honest opinion from what I’ve read.

Thank you so much for your time. Till next time!

Lea @biblioleviosa

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Gantung by Nadia Khan

Horror, Thriller

INFORMATION

Title: Gantung
Author: Nadia Khan
Publication Date: 1st January 2013
Publisher: Buku Fixi
Pages: 293

My Rating(s): ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Synopsis

Gibbs, Ray, KJ are Troll are best friends at an elite secondary school. They have a code: none of them can have an exclusive relationship with a girl; she must be shared. But when one of the guys breaks this code, the consequences turn dire – and even deadly.

REVIEW

I’m gonna review this book by multi-language (english-malay).

First, as a Fixi beginner, not bad huh! I love the plot twist, the characters and the ending was superb. Every chapter may leave you ‘tergantung’ and you have to read more to figure out the truth! I intrigued by every chapter and that makes me hard to put down this book. Yeah! You may read this within a day, I promise!

As for characters, tak yah mention kot. I think everyone love this boys, hensem tu korang imagine sendiri la ya. Hot stuff sekolah kot. Btw, My fav one is Ray sbb actor dia Ikmal Amri, oops! Nope, just kidding! I just like Ray’s character. So far all the characters are compelling and reliable for the whole story. The story was not too creepy for me. Just nice but, I love the author’s trick to attract the reader. There’s a joke, some suspense and spook. I enjoy it. You did it, Nadia! *gunshot*

One thing that might discomfort me was too much harsh language and the kids was too socialize. Tapi tak boleh dinafikan even elite school pun kan. As mentioned on the book cover, this book only for 18-rated (matured) reader, so parent, be alert. However, I love the author’s style of writing. She used the man lame and simple term to make it readable and fun to read.

The most mind-blowing was the ending! Very unexpected and there’s a cliffhanger. NVM, I still love that! I don’t how to describe it but you have to read it.

So overall, I enjoy reading this book. As the first-timer, this doesn’t disappoint me at all. I might looking for other Fixi books to read in future. And if you do have suggestion, feel free to share it with me below.

Thank you for reading my review. Till next time!

Lea

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Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Children, Fiction, Animal

INFORMATION

Title: Pax
Author: Sara Pennypacker
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 2nd February 2016
Pages: 304

My Rating(s): ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Review

Wow! I thought it was an ordinary children book but, it was a tear-jerking and full of lessons. Honestly, I wasn’t much a book crier but this book able to make me sniffle and my eyes watery. Yeah, I sobbed! I love the impact of the book affect me.

Pax is a story about the bonding between a boy, Peter and his pet fox named Pax. One day, Peter had to release Pax into his wild nature due to a war. The moment Peter wants to let go of Pax, I cried! It’s been the saddest thing ever. And because there’s a boy and a fox point of view, can you imagine the animal’s feeling when the owner tries to trick them like throwing their fav toy and they chase it. It thought it was new game to play at new place instead of backyard. When it comeback, bringing the toy, the owner was gone. I love where I can feel the feeling, it was so sad.

It was a little hard for me to adapt with Pax’s POV because I need to bring myself as the animal. The way they interact among themselves especially. However, I enjoy it. The scene that touched me most is when a vixen had injured from an explosion human bomb, and Pax still taking care of him.

While Pax survived and learned to adapt to his new nature, he still hopes to meet his boy again. Pax really reminds me of Hachiko. It so loyal. And Peter at the same time, taking a responsibility toward his action – he’s looking for Pax without his grandfather’s permission. There’s a Peter hardship and adventure and I like it!

The ending is super sad for me! I really don’t expect the ending but worth it. I need to accept that and we are must do!

Overall, I love reading this and enjoy it so much. There’s something about love, hope and honesty in the story. And sometimes, we also need to learn that an apple sometimes rolls far from the tree. I’d HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book for the value and kids’ education. It’s a suitable read for all, definitely!

Thank you for reading my review. Till next time!

Lea

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Devilish by Maureen Johnson

INFORMATION

Title: Devilish
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publication Date: 7th September 2006
Pages: 288

My rating(s) : 3.5 ๐ŸŒŸ

Review

If you put yourself as a high school student or you are a high school, you might enjoy reading this. A hilarious, captivating and mystery reads of high school drama. I choose this book because of the cover. A perfect cover to woo the targeted audience. I could say it’s a typical plot of being popular in school, get a boyfriend and deal with teenager mess, but what makes it different is when it happens in a Catholic school and there’s something to do with magic. It reminds me of Teen Spirit.

This is a fun and light read that telling you about a Catholic school girl, Jane that tried to save her outcast best friend, Allison, that suddenly changes into a new person, more appealing and bold after knowing a freshman named Lanalee. Jane then discovered that Allison have made a deal with a demon. Yeah! There’s a demon. I love the point of view of Jane as a narrator. She kind of small girl with spike, feisty and daredevil. Her vibes truly misfit for the school and always asked to seek her principal. But I like her because she being herself and a loyal friend.

Truly, I’d say I don’t really enjoy the ending, but because it’s not a big deal. It doesn’t ruin the story at all. There’s also a rom-com element between Jane and her freshmen stalker from other St. school, Owen. In fact, Owen is more than a freshmen stalker! Most at the end of the chapter will be a cliffhanger which is good because it makes you want to read more, but I don’t really find the answer for a certain part.

There’s also a minor printing error, I guess because I can spot a few of typography and slight grammatical error. It’s might cause a little confusion when a new character introduced whether they are she or he.

Overall, I really enjoy reading Devilish. I barely get bored while reading this, especially when you found a trigger. It’s a light and a very relax read.

Lea

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Spring Into Horror Readathon 2020

Hello everyone! I saw this post on Instagram regarding to this Spring into Horror readathon hosted by Michelle, which is so cool. I’ve decided to participate it. I’m always excited to read horror and mystery!

So here I’m just randomly picked the related genre that available on my shelves. (most of them are physical but i’ll might try e-book too)

Read-a-thon TBR-piles

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iDrakula by Bekka Black

Young Adult, Paranormal

INFORMATION

Title: iDrakula
Author: Bekka Black
Publication date: 1st October 2010
Pages: 150

My Rating(s): ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Book Blurb

18-year-old Jonathan Harker is diagnosed with a rare blood disorder after visiting a Romanian Count. His girlfriend Mina and a pre-med student named Van Helsing team up to investigate the source of the disease. The teenagers discover a horrifying truth: the Count is a vampire. The harrowing events unfold through emails, text messages, web pages, Twitter feeds, and instant messaging-the natural modernization of Bram Stoker’s original Dracula, which was written in letters, diary entries, and news clippings.

Review

I choose this book because I unable to restrain myself when it come to the vampire. The title and cover intrigued me. I might not join the bandwagon as this book was 10 years ago, published. I think this is a great encouragement for me to check out on Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

From dark Gothic horror to a light visual read. iDrakula is such a fun read for me.
A modernization and innovative story of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I do enjoy reading this. I feel like a stalker because the writing style is in cellphone screen message or an email. I think this is another creative way in telling a story. The author succeeds to deliver the details in a simple way!

You may recognize the characters very well if you read the original Dracula, a similar character has been portrayed, but they’re all surrounded by technology. I still able to follow and imagine the story pace even I haven’t read the original one, but I have watched the movie, so classic!

So far, I enjoy reading this. It’s a light horror and suitable for a relax and a quick read.

Lea

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A Heart So Fierce And Broken (Cursebreaker #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

INFORMATION

Title: A Heart So Fierce And Broken
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: 7th January 2020
Pages: 445

My Rating(s): ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Find the heir, win the crown.
Win the crown, save the kingdom.

REVIEW
This book has amazingly become fiercer with massacre, dark, heart-wrenching and magical! Silver hell! I love the place because itโ€™s full of action and breathtaking. This is cruel, itโ€™s about claiming a throne and perform an alliance between the Emberfall and Syhl Shallow, either through war or peace.

Iโ€™d like to say that this is different from the Cursebreaker #1 because I presumed this book can be read as a standalone because in A Heart so fierce and broken, the spotlight shifts to the guardsman, Grey because he was holding a big secret about the heir of the magesmith that rumoured to claim Prince Rhenโ€™s throne and making him more unhinged trying to find and kill the unknown heir. Yes, thereโ€™s a sequel, but you still able to catch up the plot. The plot at the beginning was predictive, but I really enjoy the journey of Grey.  Thanks God, I love him on A Curse So Dark and Lonely.

Grey became a compelling character with his thrilling adventure as a hero. Grey such a reliable character with full strategy and physically strong. The author also introduces a new character, Lia Mara which is became Grey companion and budding romance. She such a brilliant, generous and โ€˜badassโ€™ princess. More likeable, sheโ€™s a bookworm. I love her! The romance between them wasnโ€™t really too advanced but I love the progress of love start to bloom. It makes me think that Grey is such a beautiful gentleman. I think Lia Mara is a perfect Greyโ€™s companion because she enjoy peace while Grey preferred the force.

Iโ€™m glad that the author able to play with my emotion. Itโ€™s tearing me apart while reading this. The burden of Grey carried and the hard time he has been enduring really do touch my emotion. I was touched by the loyalty of his friends too. Itโ€™s too meaningful.

And again, the cliffhanger ending leaves me with new trouble brewing and much in doubt because Iโ€™m eager to know more! Overall, Iโ€™d love to say that I really enjoy and love this book. I learn that something cannot be earned so easily without hard work.

Favorite Quote(s)

Choices are never easy. There are good and bad options, but the most dangerous is to not make any choice at all.

Fear makes people act in ways weโ€™d never expect.

Reading is not unproductive.

Thank you so much for reading. Til the next review.

Lea (Biblioleviosa)

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March Wrap Up & Book Haul

Wrap Up

Book Haul

This month I broke my oath to control myself from buying any book. Due to RMO period extended in my country (Malaysia), I think I need something to read. So here, I bought this “new friends” from my local online store.

BookaliciousMy

  • A Heart So Fierce And Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Bookxcess

  • iDrakula by Bekka Black
  • Devilish by Maureen Johnson
  • Wax by Gina Damico
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

If you have read any book from my haul, let me know what do you think about it. Btw,
What did you read or buy this month?

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