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A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine

Horror, Young Adult, Thriller

INFORMATION

Title: A Midsummer Night’s Scream
Author: R.L. Stine
Publication Date: 1st July 2014
Publisher: Square Fish
Pages: 249

My Rating(s): 🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis

It was a horror movie that turned into real horror–three young actors lost their lives while the camera rolled. Production stopped, and people claimed that the movie was cursed.

Sixty years later, new actors are venturing onto the haunted set. In a desperate attempt to revive their failing studio, Claire’s dad has green-lit a remake of Mayhem Manor—and Claire and her friends are dying to be involved.

At first, Claire laughs at Jake’s talk of ghosts and curses. He’s been too busy crushing on her best friend Delia to notice that she’s practically been throwing herself at him. What does he know? And anyway, this is her big chance to be a star!

When shooting starts, though, the set is plagued by a series of horrible accidents—could history be repeating itself?

Review

A Midsummer Night’s Scream is such a relaxing horror read. It’s about a remake of unfinished movie – Mayhem Manor that has been abandoned for 60 years. Narrated by Claire Woodlands who been so excited because she’ll be a character of the movie. However, I thought it’s gonna be exciting and thrilling, but it’s doesn’t really reach my expectations.

I’m not going to lie that I enjoy reading this. I love the elements Stine add in. There’s horror, thriller and comedy so it was a fun read. I love the subplot that helps it being more mysterious. Stine is known as a plot twister author, so there’s a plot twist that make you need more to read. It’s so frustrating, sometimes.

As for characters, I’d enjoyed it if the interaction between between the main male and main female characters are more secure and connected each other. I found something bleak in character development.

Honestly, I was attracted by the cover. It’s too intriguing for me. Overall, I’d like to say that I do enjoy reading this book. It’s such a chilling and relaxing summer read.

Lea

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Temptation by R.L. Stine

Horror, Young Adult, Fantasy

INFORMATION

Title: Temptation
Author: R.L. Stine
Publication Date: 10th July 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 407

My Rating(s): 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis

The vampires of Sandy Hollow crave the summer months. Summer means plenty of beach tourists…and plenty of fresh blood after months of deprivation. But this year the Eternal Ones have decided to spice things up with a little bet: The first to seduce a hot date of the human variety, and then turn him into a fellow creature of the night, wins.

In order to successfully turn their prey, they must take only three small sips of blood on three different nights. If they take too much blood on any night, the human will die and the bet will be lost.

The setup sounds simple enough, but things quickly get complicated—especially since each vampire is just dying to quench her thirst.

Review

The Goodnight Kiss is about a bet between the 2 vampires (Gabri and Jessica) hunting for a ‘nectar’- a human blood, obviously. Only 3 sips and then the human will became immortal. And the vampire targeting human almost every night. The Goodnight Kiss is such an introduction and the beginning story of the Sandy Hollow’s vampires. April as the main character of the Goodnight Kiss where she’s become an immortal. I thought it was a never ending vampire turning, but, the story changes from time to time.

As for Goodnight Kiss 2, I found it more interesting compared to the first story. When a human discovers about the vampire’s existence, they are seeking for revenge. And the main character is Billy, he was obsessed of vampire and believe in vampire. His friends were making fun of him not until a mysterious girl volunteered to help him. I love the intriguing feeling while reading this. There’s also some plot twist that makes it fascinating and interesting.

The Vampire Club is a short story of high school students, forming a club to hunt the vampires. In my view, this story does not necessarily added at all but, I’ll take it as a bonus read. However, I enjoyed it because of the ending. I swore it took my breath out.

Overall, I’d like to say that I really enjoy this book. I’d like to RECOMMEND this book if you love a Spooky Summer vibe. It’s also a relaxing read because it’s such a light horror reads.

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A Guarded Love by Adelia Burke

Romance, Clean romance, Suspense

INFORMATION

Title: A Guarded Love
Author: Adelia Burke
Publication Date: May 2020
Pages: 122 (ebook)

My rating(s): ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Synopsis

An unsuspecting college student is inadvertently thrust into the paparazzi spotlight when a country music star mingles at a local karaoke club. After an unexpected photo surfaces online, the power of clickbait media sends two people from different worlds on a collision course with destiny.

A break from touring proves to be anything but relaxing, as Landon Ross navigates a whirlwind of tabloid manipulation, crazed fans and heightened security protocol. Each detail of his life is carefully structured and scheduled. But the unexpected arrival of a talented local music major makes him re-evaluate everything.

Review

Truth be told, I’m not a big fan of romance, but it doesn’t mean that I despise romance. I think romance is such a seasoning spice to add in any kind of genre, even there’s romance in the horror genre, amirite?

Okay, let’s get back to A Guarded Love! It’s a simple, quick pace story, so sweet and dreamy. I’m not going to lie, there’s a little flaw but it doesn’t ruin the whole plot. If the story a little much longer I’m gonna love it! On couple first pages, I thought it’s cliche, but it’s well-developed, there’s a twist. I love the flow. There’s a suspense and you may see the love progress. It’s also about how you regain your trust in a relationship.

I love the hero of this book, Landon Ross. He’s such a sweet guy. So protective and responsible. I love the development of the chemistry between these two main characters. Landon is such a perfect partner for Kristin. I’d like to say, she’s lucky!

I’d RECOMMEND you to read this if you have ever dreamt of dating a celebrity. It’s so cute and sweet!

Last but not least, I’d like to thank Dr. Trina Boice for inviting me to join Adelia Burke book blog tour. Thank you so much for this opportunity! Thank you so much the author of A Guarded Love, Adelia Burke for providing me a free ebook copy of this book.

A SPECIAL SURPRISE FOR YOU!
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Thank you so much and till next time!

Lea

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The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins

YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopia

INFORMATION

Title: The Hunger Games
Series: Hunger Games #1
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publication Date: 14th September 2008 (Scholastic)
Pages: 464

My Rating(s): 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis

Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed. When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her younger sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Review

“Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favour.”

I think this is the best apocalyptic YA novel that I’ve ever read. I love the concept of the story. It’s so creative for the idea of hunting game to death as the public entertainment. Sounds cruel. Yeah! It’s about survivalist. And also something like metaphorical hunger for political freedom. I love the style of writing where Katniss Everdeen as the narrator. And this is a story of a girl on fire!

In this book, I’d like to say that I personally love all the characters (especially the boy with the bread, Peeta). They are all well-done! I love the main character, Katniss Everdeen. She both pure and ruthless on her action, especially her provocation against the Capitol. Her hunting skill amazed me, she’s very good at bow and arrow. The side characters also super well developed for me. They’re all making the story interesting.

Also, I love the setting. A dystopian country called Panem surrounded by 12 poorer districts ruled by Capitol who develop The Hunger Game (a televised competition from 2 tributes in each district) as their entertainment. It’s sort of a high tech country. I love that.

I really really appreciate the smudge of romance in this novel doesn’t overpower the whole story. It’s like a pinch of love just to make it better. This is also a novel where it doesn’t solely hang on triangle love. That’d be fair enough and no frustration. Honestly, I appreciate that. Thank you Suzanne Collins!

Overall, I love reading this book and enjoy it so much. I learnt something to never underestimate people on how they look. I’d RECOMMEND The Hunger Games for a science fiction freak and everyone too.

Thank you so much for reading my review. Till next time!

Lea.

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Kacau by Ariff Adly

Horror

INFORMATION

Title: Kacau
Author: Ariff Adly
Publication Date: 14th February 2014
Publisher: Buku Fixi
Pages: 328

My Rating(s): 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis

A group of friends start dying in gruesome ways after a game of Spirit of the Coin goes wrong. The survivors try to save themselves but one of them has something to hide…

Review

As usual, for Buku Fixi reiew, it’s gonna be in english-malay language.

First impression when I read the synopsis is cliche. Yeah! Because there’s always a tragedy when you play Spirit of the Coin. But, hell yeah! It’s beyond my expectation! Sumpah cakap this is the first book that make me thought of each scenes! I hate to imagine this things. Bapak seram and I do limit myself to read this only during daylight. Asyik duk imagine je dlm otak ni lagi² part² gerun tu. Huhu.

Senang citer cukup rasa, cuma flaw sikit2 pun pejam mata je la ea – horror, thriller, lawak pun ada. Cliffhanger ending. Confusion between characters pov pun ada but still blh catch up. Btw, Friendship dyeorg sangat sweet.

If you guys looking for non-stop suspense and thriller. I’d highly recommend this book. But i WARNING you. Don’t read this when you are home alone.

Lea

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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): 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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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iDrakula by Bekka Black

Young Adult, Paranormal

INFORMATION

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

My Rating(s): 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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): 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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 it’s full of action and breathtaking. This is cruel, it’s about claiming a throne and perform an alliance between the Emberfall and Syhl Shallow, either through war or peace.

I’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 Rhen’s throne and making him more unhinged trying to find and kill the unknown heir. Yes, there’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 ‘badass’ princess. More likeable, she’s a bookworm. I love her! The romance between them wasn’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 Grey’s companion because she enjoy peace while Grey preferred the force.

I’m glad that the author able to play with my emotion. It’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. It’s too meaningful.

And again, the cliffhanger ending leaves me with new trouble brewing and much in doubt because I’m eager to know more! Overall, I’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 we’d never expect.

Reading is not unproductive.

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

Lea (Biblioleviosa)

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One Of Us Is Next by Karen M.McManus

INFORMATION

Title: One Of Us Is Next
Author: Karen M.McManus
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 7th January 2020
Pages: 375

My Rating(s): 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Book Blurb

It is a year after the action of One of Us Is Lying, and someone has started playing a game of Truth or Dare.

But this is no ordinary Truth or Dare. This game is lethal. Choosing the truth may reveal your darkest secrets, accepting the dare could be dangerous, even deadly.

The teenagers of Bayview must work together once again to find the culprit, before it’s too late . . 

Review

IT BLOW MY MIND! And again this book succeeds to hook me with another amazing and unexpected plot. I love the consistency of the storyline that always make you keep on track with the main story. I’d love that I love how the author’s style of writing.

This book has 3 different characters’ POV, which are Maeve, Knox and Phoebe. I enjoyed this writing style because it makes you immersed yourself into the character and easy to understand. The characters are amazing and I love them all. I love to see the original Bayview Four – Bronwyn, Nate, Cooper and Addy again even as a cameo. I miss and love them so much, especially Nate.

Honestly, I’d love to say, Karen really had the talent in making people jaw dropped and longing for more. I enjoy this sequel so much. It might a sequel to One of Us is Lying but it has this book has its own vibes. It more lightly follows the trend and upgrading version from Simon’s legacy which are so related to our modern era. At first, I thought it might be the same pattern as the previous book but no! I love it. It gives me impact while reading this. I gasped. I laughed. And swore. I could say this is a perfect read for me. I can assure you the ending was UNEXPECTED and BLOW YOU UP! And the worse, I NEED MOREEEEE!!

I’d HIGHYL HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book for you all! It’s a very good read and enjoyable. OMG! Please read this guys.

Don’t forget to check out my review on One Of Us Is Lying too.

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

Lea (biblioleviosa)

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Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George


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INFORMATION

Title: Silver In The Blood (Hardcover)
Author: Jessica Day George
Genre: Fantasy Historical Fiction (YA)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: 7 July 2015
Pages: 367
Source: Purchased

My Rating(s) : 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

SUMMARY

A story started with cousins, Dacia and Lou in different perspectives. Both are grown as Americans and when they both reach 17, they need to return to to their homeland (Romania) to meet their other relatives, find proper husband and learn their family secrets which no one ever tell them. This is where Dacia and Luo meet again. Dacia and Luo had been told about The Claw, The Wing and The Smoke but they have no idea what are those mean. Despite their curiosity, Dacia asked a gentlemen, Lord John and his companion, Theo to help them escape from The Flurescus (Dacia and Lou’s family). It is the time for Dacia and Lou to fulfill the prophecy that demand their acceptance of this fate – their family is a shape-shifters.

REVIEW
I found this book is very very interesting and intriguing. To be honest, it’s kinda slow at the beginning but there’s still an interesting input. I love how each characters described. I’m so glad that Dacia doesn’t end up with the prince because I prefer Lord Johnny more. Each chapter of this book told something that you’d never expected and need to read more to reveal. I love how Theo approached Lou. It’s kind of scary but it’s cute flattered. The Flurescu full of dark secrets. Betraying the king? Gosh! You need to know why. Lou personality changed 360 when she discovered who she is. Quite fascinating. She’s more brave. I don’t know how to describe how I love Dacia and Lou’s adventure to figure out and planning the escape. I think it’s worth for me to stay up all weekend. Still though, I need more at the ending.