Book Review: Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star

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Title: Sisters One, Two, Three
Author: Nancy Star
Published date: 1st January 2017
Genre: General Fiction, Women’s Fiction
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
Date read: 1st March 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Summary:

After a tragic accident on Martha’s Vineyard, keeping secrets becomes a way of life for the Tangle family. With memories locked away, the sisters take divergent paths. Callie disappears, Mimi keeps so busy she has no time to think, and Ginger develops a lifelong aversion to risk that threatens the relationships she holds most dear.

When a whispered comment overheard by her rebellious teenage daughter forces Ginger to reveal a long-held family secret, the Tangles’ carefully constructed web of lies begins to unravel. Upon the death of Glory, the family’s colorful matriarch, and the return of long-estranged Callie, Ginger resolves to return to Martha’s Vineyard and piece together what really happened on that calamitous day when a shadow fell over four sun-kissed siblings playing at the shore. Along with Ginger’s newfound understanding come the keys to reconciliation: with her mother, with her sisters, and with her daughter.

At turns heartbreaking, humorous, and hopeful, Sisters One, Two, Three explores not only the consequences of secrets—even secrets kept out of love—but also the courage it takes to speak the truth, to forgive, and to let go.

Thank you to Netgalley, and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

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A perfect day to read 

Hello, and good morning girls and guys. 

My wifi is unfortunately still down, which put a damper in my plan to start blogging more often. If you’re wondering how I’m able to post this now (although you’re probably not), well, that’s what 4g phone data plans are for (but I can’t use mine that often because I’m afraid I’ll finish everything up quickly).

This morning, I woke up at the ungodly hour of fifteen past seven in the morning on a Sunday to the sound of heavy rain.

This video was taken an hour after I woke up, which means, if the rain continues to be this heavy, there’s a high chance that it will last for at least another hour. 

It also means…the perfect day to read. Or at least, my version of the perfect day to read a book (or listen to audiobooks if that is your thing). For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved reading on rainy days. My late grandmother used to take me to the library in our neighbourhood every afternoon when she went to the mosque next to the library, and it rain sometimes in the afternoon. I loved the feeling of being cooped up with books on rainy days. That was also the same small library that fostered my love for reading, although that’s a story for another time. 

Some of my friends would ask me sometimes. Why are rainy days my perfect reading day? Rainy days generally makes people lazy, which also makes ot the best time for a nap (yes people, babies and children aren’t the only who deserves a nap).

So, here’s my answer. Rainy days = not playing outdoors = cooped up inside the house. Back when I was younger, I was the only girl and plus, it’s not easy to arrange playdates with other people. I usually had to entertain myself because the only pther two kids around my age (my brother and my cousin) are guys, obviously.

What we want to do often clashed 1:2.

So, I ended up turning to books. And wow, my uncle has quite a collection of Hardy Boys books. I ended up reading them all. When my family and I moved to our own house, I started reading even more on rainy days (because my brother took control of the playstation, and if there are storms, we aren’t allowed to use electronics). 

I also love reading on rainy days because of the feels. I don’t know how to explain it. Rainy days, to me, feels cold and refreshing. When it’s not raining to hard, I love to seat on the patio, on the swing, and read there. 

Aside from that, rainy days give us the perfect excuse, I think. For those who liked to be up and about (I’m an indoor person since my teenage years so this doesn’t include me), you can’t play outdoors when it’s raining. Unless it’s someplace like indoor swimming pool, indoor courts etc. but that’s not what we’re talking about today. So, if you want to be productive on a rainy day, read a book it is. Well, unless you are interested in arts and crafts. Knitting or embroidery are fun things to do on rainy days too.

ANYWAYS, I think I got sidetracked a bit (or not), but that’s why rainy days are my perfect reading days. There’s just a feel to it when it rains, you know?

So, now that you lnow mine, tell me what is your perfect day to read like? I would like to hear from all of you. Leave your answer in the comments below or create a post and leave me a link, any is fine.

I’ll start trying to post more often as soon as my wifi is up again. 

Yours truly,

Top 5 Wednesday | Top 5 Fictional Jobs I’d Want to Have (1st March ’17)

Hey there everyone~ So, it’s March! I didn’t realize it was already March. Anyways, I missed last week’s topic, but I can’t miss this one! Because, one, this topic is so good! I really love it.

First of all, the usual spiel. Top 5 Wednesday is a discussion group is Goodreads, made by Lainey, and is now moderated by Sam. This week’s topic is Top 5 Fictional Jobs I’d Want to Have. I’m sure I don’t have to explain that one anymore.

Without further ado…


1. High Warlock

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I think I would love being a high warlock like Magnus. I like that it makes me feel needed (haha), like when Shadowhunters need someone to open up Portals for them, and being a high warlock will give me the power that normal warlocks don’t have. Unless, you’re someone like Catarina, I guess. But what I love about being a warlock most of all is MAGIC! xD

The only downside is the politics. I really hate politics.

 

 

 

 

2. Magizoologist

rehost_2016_11_14_fd185d6f-90a3-4166-acfc-bf812398dd63I think I would love this job. If the real me pursue this job, I will probably make a mess, or die but I’m ignoring that and just do things I like…so there. I really love the magical creatures in the Harry Potter world, so I know I would really enjoy this job.

Plus, did I mention I love magic? 😀

 

3. Kingsman Field Agent (or Merlin’s position)

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Again, I will probably, most definitely, will die if I become a field agent. But I love the adrenaline rush. Or well, I love the second hand adrenaline rush (so just imagine if I could really feel that rush).

But of course, I can’t in real life because I’m too scared, too paranoid, has too much anxieties, too nervous etc. I mean, I’m even scared of heights, so yeah.

4. Q (Quartermaster)

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I don’t know why I love jobs that real life me will probably die if I ever get that job. But anyways, yes, I will probably die taking this job because, working at MI6…imagine if it’s under attack? And I will probably crumble too because of all the pressure. But I love this job too, because well, the adrenaline rush, and you know, people need me. Plus, the power (hahaha).

5. Patissiere/ Baker

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I love baking, I really do! Having my own bakery is one of my dreams, which is why I would so love it if I get to have Jacob’s job. Or even Lola’s dads’ job (from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins). Even if theirs are limited to pies.


So, those are five of my favourite fictional jobs…or at least the ones that I could think of at the moment. The jobs I listed are in no particular order.

So, is there any jobs here that you fancy too? What are your favourite fictional jobs? I would love to here from all of you 🙂

 

Top 5 Wednesday | Favorite Non-Written Novels (15th Feb ’17)

Hey guys~ As usual, I am late. Wednesday was yesterday for me. This also happens to be my first T5W post of the year. 😀 As you all know, Top 5 Wednesday is a discussion group on Goodreads, started by Lainey and now moderated by Sam.

This week’s topic is Favourite Non-Written Novels. Basically, it means any top 5 fav manga, comics, graphic novels…etc. any others books except for the normal novel, you can list it down.

Mine will definitely be filled with manga, haha. I mostly read shoujo manga (romantic, sweet, fluffy manga that is sure to make a girl’s heart go doki doki), and yaoi manga (LGBT manga, well, yaoi specifically focused on gay love). But sometimes I do like to read action/ fantasy manga.

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Blog Tour + Giveaway: Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux Book Review

Title: Gold Rush
Author: Jennifer Comeaux
Publication date: January 9th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: Xpresso Book Tour
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Liza Petrov’s entire life has been about skating and winning her sport’s top prize – Olympic gold. She’s stayed sheltered inside her bubble, not daring to stray from her destined path.

Until she meets Braden Patrick.

He makes her heart flutter with possibility, and for the first time she gets a taste of a normal teenage life. She longs to have both the boy and the gold, but stepping outside her bubble comes with a price. As Liza begins to question both her future and her past, can she stay focused on the present and realize her ultimate dream?

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I read Gold Rush in one-sitting, and I loved it so much!

I’m a fan of competitive figure skating, and I love reading books about it, and I have to admit that it was the main reason why I decided to participate in this tour. I didn’t expect to love it this much.

When I reached the part about the first time Liza and Braden met, I thought it would be like all the other cliché YA contemporary romance books, where the two main characters meet, fall in love, throw in some misunderstandings here and there, maybe a break in the relationship before making up and their happy ending. I was wrong. Well, okay, some of those did happen, but most didn’t. The whole story was a big ball of fluff, and you’ll only feel a teeny bit of frustrations. There’s also an element of mystery (only a tiny bit though) in the book that caught me off guard.

I like Braden so much— well, I like Liza too, but I like Braden the most. He is just too sweet. And I love the relationship between him and Liza. I love the interaction between them when they first met (the awkward flirting!), I love their interactions before they became official, and I love their interactions after. I just love them. I love Braden’s family too. I just love relationships like that, like when Liza became friends with Braden, she didn’t just became friends with Braden but also with his family.

Me loving Braden’s family didn’t mean Liza’s own family wasn’t great. I love them too. Her father came off strict at first in regards of Braden, but he’s just an overprotective papa bear. I love Liza’s younger siblings, and the relationship she has with her stepmom was great. There are lots of stories where stepmoms are made into this wicked, evil person, and it’s just nice to read about a stepmom who is so nice for a change.

Also, just because this book is sweet and fluffy, doesn’t mean it didn’t have its sad moments. I didn’t bawl my eyes out, but I think a few tears escaped here and there. This is where the lil bit of mystery came. I’m not going to say what so that I don’t spoil anyone. But I’ll just have to warn you readers who are so emotional like me, maybe you’ll have to prepare some tissue papers when you read this book.

To sum it up, this is the perfect book for readers who are looking for a light YA romance book to read. I like how Jennifer Comeaux managed to make me so invested in these characters. And I think fans of figure skating might enjoy this book too. I think the figure skating parts were described perfectly.

I rate this book 4 / 5 stars.


Author bio:

Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. When she’s not writing, traveling, or calculating taxes, you can find her feeding her television addiction.

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Seasons Within by Lele IturriozBlog Tour + Giveaway

Title: Seasons Within
Author: Lele Iturrioz
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: December 15th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Most teenage girls know their name, where they came from, who they are. Not G, a beautiful redhead with unusual markings on her wrist. She gets her name from a silver locket she keeps around her neck, unaware the engraved letter “G” on its front holds the secret to her past.

G’s life before the age of six has been a mystery to her. Each night for the last twelve years she’s been haunted by the same nightmare—a war. Horrendous beasts, warriors able to wield the four elements, and a boy who saves her by means of blue fire taunt her memory. But on her eighteenth birthday, G’s life begins to unravel. When she meets her new Chemistry professor, a man with an uncanny resemblance to the boy who saves her, she knows there must be more to her dreams.

It’s dangerous not knowing who you are, what you’re capable of, and what future awaits you. Especially when the darkness that slaughtered your entire world, just found you.

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First thing first, I really love the cover of the book. But that wasn’t the reason why I was drawn to this book. This is the reason:

When she meets her new Chemistry professor, a man with an uncanny resemblance to the boy who saves her, she knows there must be more to her dreams.

Yes, yes, so sue me for loving that cliche. But don’t worry, there are no mushy romance in this book. What you can definitely expect though are scenes that will make you laugh. Because seriously, it caught me by surprise how funny it was.

Of course, there is one thing that I’m not really fond of. Okay, maybe that’s not the right word, but I can’t find one that fits at the moment. I think all this tension between G and Edan is a bit confusing/ doesn’t really flow smoothly

Apart from that, I really enjoyed this book. I rate it 3.5 / 5 stars.


Author Bio:

Major geek by day, hermit writer by night! Love books, sugar gliders and everything that comes in a delicious taco.

I’m the author of the YA fantasy series, Seasons Within

I spend my time writing, planning on writing, reading, drinking coffee like there was no tomorrow, MMA and chilling with my friends and loved ones.

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My Dream Author Panel

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Hey guys! Close your eyes and imagine, you’re attending a conference with a panel consisting of your favourite authors or even your favourite fictional characters. Last week, Eventbrite inspired me to do just that with a project they’re working on. And because we never get to have foreign authors coming to Malaysia for events (well, Sarah J Maas did came last year I think), I went crazy with this.

For those who may or may not know, Eventbrite is the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events. Interested in hosting your own conference? Check out Eventbrite’s Conference Planning Page for useful and free tools. Continue reading