Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Top 13 of 2013!

2013 is a year with ups and downs. I went for my practicum at a school in KL and met my perfect guy! And.....I read a lot this year and it is not easy for me to shortlist my Top 13 of 2013. But here goes. The books are in no particular order
1. The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin- I love these two books! I rave about it to my friends and asked them to read it too. I am patiently waiting for 'Retribution of Mara Dyer'
2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer - A Fairy Tale retelling of Cinderella in Futuristic New Beijing and involves a Cyborg and a handsome prince. I am sold!

3. The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout - I only read the first and second book in the series and I love it. Hot alien who gives his attention to you. Who wouldn't want that? I will read the third and fourth which are Opal and Origin in 2014.

4. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell - This contemporary is the best book that I have read this year. Though I was a bit a bit worried because of all the hype and also it is set in the 80's. Not my favourite time period but I am glad that I did pick it up and I loved it so much!

5. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard - One of the best zombies books! enough said. Will read the second book in 2014.
6. The Girl of Fire and Thorns and The Crown of Embers - Loveeeeeeeeeeeeee it! Elisa is badass! she is a strong female character and the type of character that I enjoy reading.
7. The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead - The Best Series that I have read after Harry Potter! Though I am bit late on the bandwagon for this series but it is better late than never. Right? I really regretted that I did not pick up the series earlier.

8. The Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas - Another book with Badass female assassin! Hot Captain of the Palace Guard! Action packed and I seriously love a badass female character.

9. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kinneally - I enjoyed reading books by Miranda Kinneally but this one is my favourite.

10. Hex Hall Series by Rachel Hawkins - I love witches and this series really one of the best witches stories.

11. Heist Society by Ally Carter - I think I can rob an Art Museum after reading this book. I have not bought book 2 and 3 of this series because of my TBR Pile..huu..but I will buy them once I am off my book buying ban!
12. The Selection and The Elite by Kiera Cass - The Bachelor meet the royals. The covers of both books are gorgeous! The storyline is interesting and it is a light read for me.

13. Legend by Marie Lu - One of the best Dystopia I have read this year! action packed! I seriously need to read Prodigy and Champion.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Review - Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and Evolution of Mara Dyer

Title: Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and Evolution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Book
Publication Date: 27th September 2011 & 28th February 2013
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal)
Source: Bought (Bookalicious)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 466 pages & 544 pages
Summary: Unbecoming of Mara Dyer = Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.It can.She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.There is.She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love. She’s wrong. [Goodreads]

Evolution of Mara Dyer = Mara Dyer knows she isn't crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah can heal with his. Mara also knows that somehow, Jude is not a hallucination. He is alive. Unfortunately, convincing her family and doctors that she's not unstable and doesn't need to be hospitalised isn't easy. The only person who actually believes her is Noah. But being with Noah is dangerous and Mara is in constant fear that she might hurt him. She needs to learn how to control her power, and fast! Together, Mara and Noah must try and figure out exactly how Jude survived when the asylum collapsed, and how he knows so much about her strange ability...before anyone else ends up dead![Goodreads]



I have heard a lot of good things about this series in the booktube community and also among book bloggers. After watching plenty of book hauls that included this series, I thought to myself "I NEED TO HAVE THAT BOOK!". There is also a blurb by Cassandra Clare writer of the Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments which both series that I love. So, I trust Clare's judgement and went on buying both books at the local bookstore. I read both books in 2 days!!

It is sooooooooo engaging, mysterious and I can't put both books down. It was a crazy reading experience for me. Mara is not crazy but the people around her think that she is fragile and disturbed mentally after an accident happened to her. In the first book, she tries hard not to act like a crazy person when she sees something weird or that she cannot explain. She tries to convince the people around her that she is okay so that they won't stop looking at her like she'll passed out in any second. In the second book, Mara begins to doubt herself because a 'ghost' from her past is haunting her and her family still treat her like she is going to burst because of an episode in the first book. I like her character though she is a bit whiny but I can understand that she is trying hard to prove to everyone that she is not crazy.

Then there's Noah who I love and WANT for myself. He is very understanding and goes along with Mara. We can see that he loves her and will do anything for her. He is a rich kid but does not have his father's love. So he concentrate his time to help Mara solve the mysteries in her life. But something happened to Noah at the end of book 2 that makes me want 'Retribution of Mara Dyer' book three of the series, in my hand like right this second! The story line hooked me and the mystery of it really made me felt intrigued while reading and I just want to continue reading the book without stopping. It makes me go crazy with Mara.


Saturday, 21 December 2013

2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge!

2014 is just around the corner and I have this resolution to enter a few reading challenges for the year 2014. Though it is hard to say if am able to keep up with it but I guess, I'll never know until I try. Since I have tons of books in my TBR pile, I thought that this reading challenge is the right one for me. At the same time, it will give me a bigger reason to post entries on this blog.

Challenge Guidelines:
This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014.
Anyone can enter! You don't have to be a blogger, as long as you review the book you've read! (On your blog, Amazon, Random Buzzers or Goodreads/Shelfari!)
Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it is a book that's been sitting on your shelf for some time now. Short stories and novellas are OK, too! Only books released in 2013 and earlier! NO 2014 ARCs and 2014 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed!
You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the 2013 TBRPILE Reading Challenge. (If you don't have a blog, post about it on Facebook or Tweet!)
You can move up levels, but no moving down.
Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2014, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
On the 20th of each month we will post a wrap-up post, here, on BOOKISH. Every wrap-up will have it's unique theme, a mini-challenge, a giveaway and place for you to link up your reviews from this month. For each review you link up, you will get one entry in a drawing of one book of choice from Book Depository. It's open to INTERNATIONALS. The giveaway will be open until the next wrap up post goes up! (i.e. the entire month)
If you miss a wrap-up post + giveaway, you can link up your reviews next month. Do not, however, try to link up one review twice - we will be checking ;)
December is a wrap-up for the whole year. All the book reviews you linked up January-November + the ones you'll link up in December will be entered into a GRAND PRIZE giveaway.
You don't have to follow Bookish Blog to join the challenge, but you do have to follow us to be entered in giveaways!


I am not going to be an over-achiever in aiming for the level as I think 2014 will be a busy a year for me. So I'll aim to read about 1  book from my TBR pile per month.

1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - First Kiss
31-40 - Sweet Summer Fling
41-50 - Could this be love?
50+ - Married With Children

I hope I'll be able to reach my goal!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I read in 2013


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten New-To-Me Authors I read in 2013


1. Jennifer L. Armentrout - I have read Obsidian and Onyx book 1 and 2 from the Lux Series and looking forward to finish the series.

2. Ally Carter - I picked up Heist Society because of the cover and the summary seems interesting.

3. Richelle Mead - I am currently reading 'Blood Promise' book 4 of the Vampire Academy. I know I am late on the Vampire Academy bandwagon but better late than never right?

4. Miranda Kenneally - I read 'Catching Jordan' on my kindle early this year and found that Kinneally's books are light contemporary books that you will enjoy reading after a tough or tiring day. I also have read the companion novel witch is 'Stealing Parker' and I enjoyed it.  I have Racing Savannah as my to be read book after I finish with the Vampire Academy series. 

5. Marie Lu - 'Legend' was an awesome experience and I want to continue with Prodigy. The third book Champion is out and I cannot wait to read it and finish the series.

6. Michelle Hodkin - Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and Evolution of Mara Dyer are my favourite books of 2013. I saw these two books in everyone's book haul on youtube. So, I thought I should give it a try and I never regretted it. 

7. Sarah J. Maas - Throne of Glass and The Crown of Midnight are verrrrryyyyy gooood books to read if you want to read about awesome and badass female character. Celaena is my favourite character of all time!

8. Susan Dennard - Something Strange and Deadly is a fun and interesting read for me and I am thinking of buying the second book 'A Darkness Strange and Lovely'

9. Rainbow Rowell - I love Eleanor and Park!! I picked it up because of all the hype over this book and I loved it! Rowell really has a way of writing a story that makes me cannot put her book down.

10. Kiera Cass - I discovered her books through endless viewing of book hauls and reviews on youtube. I like her writing and cannot wait for the third book 'The One' from her Selection series to come out. 

Big Bad Wolf 2013!


So it has been a while since my last post. I blame myself for being so lazy to update this blog and also I blame my internet connection which is currently being the slowest connection ever. But luckily it does not dampen my enthusiasm to blog today.

Here in Malaysia, we have this massive annual books sale which is called 'Big Bad Wolf'. I think it started in 2009 or 2010, I am not quite sure. The books are as low as RM 5 and that is consider veryyyyyyyyyyyy cheap here. YA books are like RM 8 per book and it is a heaven for avid readers. They have books of different genre such cookery,travel,young adult,junior readers,malay,motivational,parenting and many more.I love this sale because I can go crazy and people will not judge me and it also helps in increasing Malaysians reading habit. Even my sister who likes to read only manga and comics bought chick-lit novels. So here are some of the photos that I 'borrow' from the Big Bad Wolf Facebook page. Ohhh and this year they did a 230hours straight sale from 6/12/2013 until 15/12/2013 non stop. Crazy right??








These are the books that I bought and paid for only RM160 for 20 books!

I regretted that I only went once unlike last year where I got to go for like 3 times because they stocked different books everyday once some books has finished. But it is OKAY cause I'll be there next year!


Sunday, 27 October 2013

October/November Spooktacular Book Haul

It is October and Halloween is just a few days away. In Malaysia we do not celebrate Halloween but I have been able to experienced the celebration when I was in the UK. So for this month and also November, I decided to read books that are related to Halloween. 





Review - Something Strange and Deadly


Title: Something Strange and Deadly
Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: 24th July 2012
Genre: Young Adult (Historical + Zombies)
Source: Purchase (MPH Bookstore)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 388 pages
Summary: The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia.Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper. The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.


I read this book to have this Halloweeney feeling and to make me remember how Halloween was celebrated during my 3 years in the UK. I was so sure that this book would be a bore to read because of the setting but was I WRONG! I had fun reading the book and even read it during invigilating my students' exam.

Eleanor Fitt is my kind of heroine though there parts of the book that shows her as an annoying character but all in all she is strong and can be unladylike when it is needed. She loves her brother so much and the truth really shocked her.

Daniel is a swoooooooon. He treats Eleanor like an opponent and not like the gentlemen of that era. I could follow him everywhere he goes. Though it hurts me when I can't figure out his feelings for Eleanor but I am still hoping for the best.

The book is fast paced and full of action. That is why I can't put it down because I want to know what happens next. Zombies are awesome! That is all I can say. Anything that has zombies in it, excites me. (Warm Bodies and World War Z is my faves). I have to buy the second book to know what is going to happen next.




Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Books Turn-offs while reading


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is Ten Books Turn-Offs While Reading.

I can't think of 10 but only 6 and this one is hard but here goes....

1. Damsel in distress female characters - I hate reading about some chick who are always needed help from the male character. I love an ass-kicking female character

2. Too preachy (Religion) - I don't mind if there are some indication of a religion but not too much until it makes me sick of the religion

3. Insta-love - Logically,we do not fall in love like after 1 second we see that girl or boy. There are development.

4. Open ended ending - NO! please just have either a happy ending or sad ending so that I don't have to guess

5. Anything associated with the word voyeurism - Just a big NO!

6. Too good to be true characters - nice teeth,nice hair,flawless skin. come on! I want flaws!

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Review - Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

15795357 Title: Eleanor and Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
Publication Date: 26th February 2013
Genre: Romance
Source: Purchase
Format: Kindle
Pages: 325 pages
Summary from Goodreads:Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

My thoughts!

I know I am late in reading this book and this is because the year setting for this book does not appeal to me. Honestly I just hate books or movies that set during the 60s,70s,80s. But I have been reading and hearing raves and good reviews about this book and I think I should just give it a try. It was engaging!! I read it in one sitting cause I just can't put the book down.

The way Rowell write about the main character which are Eleanor and Park (Duhhhh) is so good and their relationship in this book develops naturally not a love at first sight kind of thing. I am such a sucker for Korea and Korean guys. They are dreamy in the dramas I have watched and really gentleman like. Though in Korean dramas, the hero usually will love and appreciate their ladies without any doubt but Park is like 'I like her but I am a bit ashamed of her'. He loves Eleanor but at first he seems so ashamed of her fashion sense.

Eleanor's story line hit me painfully and I understand why she is so unsure of herself and her self esteem is so low that it touches the ground. With a mother who is afraid of getting out of the bad situation and a father who just do not care and also the creepy step father who just makes her uncomfortable, she is a mess. But her character and self esteem develop in the course of the book.

The story line is quite interesting though some of the parts I find in a bit dry but overall it was a good read and I did enjoy reading the book.



Thursday, 5 September 2013

September Haul - A Random Book Haul

Hi guys!

I was thinking of doing a theme for this month but I guess I do not have a specific theme that I can think of now. But next month will be absolutely a horror,thriller and anything related to Halloween kind of theme. Although in Malaysia, we do not celebrate Halloween but it would be fun to read books related to Halloween. So for this month, I am hoping to read at least 3 books and one of the books that I have picked is written by a Malaysian Author. So, these are the books.




Thursday, 22 August 2013

I Decided to Write a Blog!

Hello all!

I have signed up for this blog for a few months now but have not started writing anything because I was not sure what is the purpose for this blog. But this past one month I have been browsing through lots and lots of book bloggers and decided to do my own book blog. I have read lots about what are to be in a book blog and also realised that there aren't many book bloggers from Malaysia. A little bit about me.

Friends call me Ili

I am 25 years old and currently waiting for my posting to school

I am a teacher-to-be

An avid reader

I am crazyyyyyy about Young Adult Dystopia..all about different kind of society,corrupt governments and the social settings that I am not familiar with really excites me.