Bookshelf Tour #2 [2016 Edition]

Helloooooo, friends!

Here’s part #2 of my bookshelf tour! (you can see the first part here)



Part 2


My favorite part about this shelf is the red section, despite my only funko pop of Harry Potter of course, but, yes, I love the vibrancy of the red.

On this shelf, there are:

Firstly, my Harry Potter box set which is my love and my life. (You can see in the overview)

And then, starting from yellow:

That’s part 2 of my bookshelf! Thank you for reading! Hope you enjoyed it!


Kimsaing @Stories + Brushes

Book Review & Discussion | WINTER by Marissa Meyer

Greetings, bookworms!

This is my first book review of the year! Yayyy!

So Winter, the fourth and final installment in the epic sci-fi, fairytale-retelling saga, The Lunar Chronicles. It is very sad to see this amazing series come to a close but at the same time I’m glad to see it was wrapped up very nicely. 😀

Title: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Pages: 824

Publication: November 10th 2015 by Feiwel and Friends

Source: Bought

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Fairytale-Retellings


There will be spoilers for the first three books of the series in this review so read at your own risk (;D) and if you haven’t picked up this series yet, what are you waiting for? Go read it and love it and come back here to discuss about it! 😀

Winter is a retelling of Snow White with our main character, Princess Winter.

The story opens with Winter on Luna trying to fight her evil step mother mentally and also the Luna sickness that hallucinate her because she refuses to use her Luna gift to manipulate people. Winter also had to fight with her heart, her childhood best friend, Jacin, and her will be in danger if people know they have feelings for each other

Meanwhile, aboard the stolen spaceship, the Rampion, Cinder and her crews have planned to tell the people of Luna the truth that their lost Princess Selene is back to fight Levana for her (Selene’s) throne.


The moment I read the first page of this book, I was hooked. It’s probably Marissa Meyer’s writing style or the familiar design format of this book or maybe it was something else but I felt like I was home. I know that’s weird and dramatic but there’s no other way to describe that.

There were many twists and turns and awesomeness in this one, it was 824 pages and as you might have heard a thousand times that there wasn’t a dull page, it’s absolutely true. I still spent about a week to finish this giant but it was definitely worth all the ravings and five-star ratings. This series is definitely one of my favorites, one that will live with me years after this 😀

But somehow there were scenes that I thought went too smoothly and there were certain things I wished for it to happen but didn’t therefore Cress, the third book, remains to be my favorite in this series. That doesn’t mean this book was not great because it was very very amazing.

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

My favorite thing about this series is the character. This series have got one of the most awesome set of characters ever written.

Princess Winter is the Luna people’s favorite which made her evil step-mother, Levana, despises her to the point that she wants Winter dead. Winter had to fight with Levana and her hallucinations that make her crazy because she refuses to use her Luna gifts to manipulate people like her power-drunk step-mother,  she also had to fight with her heart from staying close with her childhood best friend, Jacin, because living with Levana, the people you loved could be used against you at all time. Winter, beautiful inside and out despite the scars across her face, with her courage, wits and craziness, she was one of my favorites.

“The young princess was as beautiful as daylight. She was more beautiful even than the queen herself.”

“Winter trailed her fingers along her harness and sang to herself, “The Earth is full tonight, tonight, and the wolves all howl, aa-ooooooooooh…”

And Jacin, always want to protect his princess, it was all so sweet. Jacin was a guard in the palace, even tho Jacin wasn’t my favourite character, I really like the aspect that he cares for Winter so much, he promises to protect her with his life, he’s like the safest place that Winter can go to, she’s all that he cares about.

“So much importance pressed into so few words. It was just like Jacin.”


Then we have Cinder, the humble cyborg that was with us from the beginning. Cinder, she was scared and she doubt herself if she can be queen if she will succeed or if she was just leading all of them to death, but she still had courage and compassion to do the right thing and so she was brave. Of course I love Cinder, her POV is my favorite to read from. But because of that I feel like it’s kinda unfair, this book is supposed to be centered on Princess Winter but we’ve got more of Cinder’s POV. Not that it’s a big issue tho 🙂

“Cinder needed them. All of them. She shut her eyes and reminded herself to be brave.”

“Citizens of Luna, I ask that you stop what you’re doing to listen to this message. My name is Selene Blackburn.”

“Help me. Fight for me. And I will be the first ruler in the history of Luna who will also fight for you.”

(Cinder’s message scene was another one of my favorite, I love that she sounded like queen and strong even tho Kai wrote the script XD)

Kai too is not my favorite character but his relationship with Cinder developed very nicely in this book and it got me swooning for them. Kai was forced to marry Levana despite his hatred for the evil queen, so he tried to help as much as he can since he was being watched all the time.

We’re getting to my favourite couple XD and that is none other than Cress and Thorne. These two is just so perfect and cute together. They got me chuckled and giggled like crazy with all the misunderstandings and stuffs. I really like that we really get to see how brilliant Cress was with technology stuffs. She can hack everything and she’s just so cool.

Thorne our captain got his vision back and he’s just as hilarious and sarcastic like before. Thorne definitely light up the mood of the crew (or at least me the reader because sometimes he actually stirs up the anger in the crew XD). and need I talk about Thorne and Cress? because Thorne and Cress Thorne and Cress Thorne and Cress Thorne and Cress are perfecttttttt. They are definitely in my top favourites. 😀

“See that eye roll? It translates to, ‘How am I possibly keeping my hands off of you, Captain?” – from Thorne

“Scarlet and I are going to start a missing-fingers club. We might let Cinder be an honorary member.” – from Thorne

“She definitely has a crush on you. It’s about the size of Jupiter.” – to Cress

And then we have my least favorite couple :///. Scarlet and Wolf. I really liked the second book because it was when we got to know Thorne and all that but I never really loved Scarlet and Wolf’s story. It’s all so sweet with the Alpha male and female thing tho. Scarlet‘s POV was a bit boring to read from, Wolf’s too. But I really like Scarlet’s friendship with Winter, Scarlet was so cold and Winter was so friendly and tho they continued to be that way, we can see that Scarlet also cared for Winter deeply. As for Wolf, I thought he was a goner at the end, there was no coming back but luckily Wolf was still Wolf.

“Winter reached over and pulled the pilot’s harness over Scarlet’s head. “Safety first, Scarlet-friend. We are fragile things.”


How can I not talk about Iko? Iko’s friendship with Cinder was one of the most remarkable thing in this book, like they are android and cyborg but who cares? They love each other ❤ and their friendship was beautiful. Iko too was so funny and she helped a lot with the revolution. Even tho she lost a few limps in the end, l she knew Cinder, the best mechanics, will be able to fix her ❤



“Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.” -IKO


Spoilery Discussion: (You’ve been warned)

Things first start to pick up when we got Cinder’s POV on the Rampion, I love the atmosphere when the crew was together, they were so funny and they all seem so close.

So, Cinder was like 16 or 17 right? Considering her age and also the crew that they are just normal teenagers, it’s pretty realistic with the plans that they came up with, it was pretty good but still I really wished it was more brilliant, more mind-blowing. There were so many flaws in their plans but that’s why things were played out this way and I’m quiet satisfied with ‘this way’.

Another part that I was not too happy about was when they went to get the antidote, like Kai did A LOT for that cure, he married Levana and everything,but it could be retrieved this easily? It was kinda funny. There weren’t many obstacles and they got the antidote to save Winter and the people in that village.

Last problem is the ending, it did wrapped up nicely tho I wished it was more than that. I need something more mind-blowing (again). It wasn’t too bad tho, I was just expecting more.

Moving on to my favorite scenes, I love when Cress and Thorne were together lol and also when the crew was together.

“Did you see any rice in there? Maybe we could fill Cinder’s head with it.”
Everyone stared at him.
“You know, to…absorb the moisture, or something. Isn’t that a thing?”
“We’re not putting rice in my head.”

I love this scene so much, it was so funny I was laughing my head off XD

“They’re the first crew I’ve ever had and most of them even call me Captain. I’m going to miss them.”

I also love Thorne’s sentimental moments XD. And his awkward, not to mention very weird, confession to Cress, but it showed that he had thought about it a lot XD And the Luna girl who made herself look like Cress and Thorne said he loved her because he thought she was Cress and awwwwww I died. I was hugging the book and smiling. (Please don’t think I’m crazy. I’m a sucker for things like that.)

I really like the excerpt, book 1…, book 2…, and stuffs. Especially book 4, with the apple thing, it was so creepy but I was busy thinking it was so cool that I wasn’t so scared.

How do you feel about Levana’s true appearance tho? I didn’t know it was that bad :/// and everything that ended with Levana, so she was shot by Cinder with a gun? I feel like she should have suffered more than that (okayy I’m evil).

And the ending, that last sentence, I told you I’m a sucker for fairytale romance like this and that last word, I died again. ❤ I read it over and over again and I love that last sentence ❤


“Oh, I fully intend to form an alliance with Luna.” Kai glanced at the cyborg foot again. “I just intend to put a different queen on the throne first.”


“Leaning forward, Cinder spoke very clearly. “I have a computer in my brain,” she said. “So while I’m not going to tell you that I am the smartest or, by any means, the most experienced person in this room, I would suggest that no one use my youth to believe that I am also ignorant.”

Cinder was so sassy.

And also the last scene in the throne room, with Thorne controlled by Levana and everything. It was so scary and ironic at the same time, Thorne punched Cinder and kept saying ‘That’s not me’ and he stabbed Cress in the stomach! Like whattttt what if she… was a severe wound, but she also shot Thorne’s finger, I guess they were even then lol and they all survived in the end.

Everybody was in that throne room except Jacin and Winter and that’s the only thing I would change in this book because I wish Winter was there too. Winter has every right to confront Levana and defeat her too. She has been living with the queen and endured a lot of horrible things that Levana did to her and I think she should have been there in that room. It was all very sad for Winter, we don’t know if she recovered after everything, she lost her mind by using her gift and she might never be ‘okay’ again after that. It was a very sad ending for her.

Also I’ve always thought that it would end with Cinder appointed Winter the queen of Luna or maybe a leader and Cinder herself will be an ambassador instead because that way she will be able to go to Earth and stay with Kai.

And Scarlet and Wolf at the end, and Scarlet calling her friend on Earth was also very funny, it was totally out of nowhere like LOL.

And did you noticed the guard, Kinney, and Iko, like…..they might….? XD


That was all I could think of at the moment. I really love this series and would love to fangirl about it 😀 so definitely comment your favorite scene and everything if you want to 😀

I know this a very a long post. It took me days to complete this review because i just couldn’t gather my thoughts and opinions and I didn’t know how to start but this is it so thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it 😀

French Fries and Caramel (two of my favorite things in the world XD),

Kimsiang @ TheSpinesBreaker

P.S. All the edits, credits to





Again, HAPPY NEW YEAR! (I’ll keep saying this for this whole week or sth) :ppp

It’s my first award of the year! I was nominated by Rae over at The Bookmark Chronicles last year, follow her already! 😀


The Rules:

  • Create a post to accept your award.
  • Answer the questions I have below.
  • Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think also deserve this award.
  • Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees.

Rae’s questions:

  1. Favorite Book Series (nope, don’t say HP!)

Whyyyy nottt. and why only one :(( I’ll choose The Lunar Chronicles which consists of Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter. The four books are fairytale retellings mixed with scifi, action/suspense, and awesome characters.


I finished Winter last year but I still remember all the details xD and it was amazing.

2. Fictional Crush

Only one again? :(( As I mentioned I recently read Winter and I fell i love with Captain Carswell Thorne. I love his sarcasm, his humor and everything.


3. A book that you read this year and would recommend to friends

I haven’t finished any book this year sadly XD I’ll choose one from last year then 😉 This is becoming pretty repetitive but I just can’t recommend this book enough! It’s Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway (I have a review here).


4. A book that you read this year that was disappointing

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes didn’t live up to the hype for me :/// I didn’t like the main characters and the plot didn’t overwhelm me like I hoped. (Review here)

5. First book on your TBR for 2016

I am currently reading The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson and The Next Together by Lauren James. 😀

My questions:

  1. First book you’ve read this year? If you haven’t finished any, what are you currently reading? How did/are you feel about/liking it?
  2. 2016 Blog Resolutions?
  3. Have you treat yourself with a few books so far? what is/are your recent purchases?
  4. Your current favorite jam? I needddd musicssss
  5. What is one thing you would ask for if you knew the answer will be yes?

And the awards go to….

Aldii @ PerfectioninBooks

Poulami @ Daydreaming Books

Lia @ Bookland (Are you back yet? :D)

Find me at the Library

Candy @ The Bookish Girl

Thanks for fangirling with me 😀

And thank you for reading! Have a nice day 😀

Virtual hugs and chocolates,






Book Tag | 12 DAYS OF XMAS book tag

I know XMas is like over but I hope this is not too late because XMAS is all year round if you believe so and I do 😉 Christmas is a state of mind 😉

So I’m here with this Christmas book tag which I wasn’t tagged but is just too cool for me to pass 😉

Let’s roll!

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: a partridge in a pear tree.

The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favourite stand alone?

Come on you can’t say only one favorite it’s not fair. I’ll choose Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway. This book was so good and not many people have heard of it and that needs to be fixed. Pick this sucker up! I have a review here.


On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: two turtle doves.

Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

Cress and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles! OTP OTP OTP <3<3<3<3

On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: Three French Hens.

In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?

I have to cheat a little and say The Lunar Chronicles here, I know it’s a four books series but I lurrrvvvv the first three (I’m also reading the fourth one- Winter which is kicking asses). I love how each book focuses on different characters but they all intervened in the end ❤ And the characters are awesome.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: four calling birds.

Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favourite series?

HARRY POTTER IS LIFE. This is cliché but who cares XD


On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: five golden rings.

One ring to rule them all! Who is your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

Levana! I’m currently reading Winter and she’s just *scream face emoji* She’s so brutal, she kills alotttt of people just because she can.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: six geese a laying.

Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favourite world/world-building?

I want to choose the Wizarding World 😦

I was reading The Final Empire by Brandon Sanserson (Winter got in the way) and it was pretty cool 😉

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: seven swans a swimming.

Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who’s your favourite animal sidekick?

Obviously Hedwiggggg ❤

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: eight maids a milking.

Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level? 

I have no idea :/// I’m sorry but I gotta skip :///

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: nine ladies dancing.

Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favourite kickass female lead?

Obviously, Celaena Sardothien. Like just read the series to know more okay?

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: ten lords a leaping.

How about your favourite leading lad?

Again Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass. She is da boss ❤

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me: eleven pipes piping. 

What is your favourite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

I don’t have anyyyy. Maybe The Selection series? America Singer is a Singer?

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 12 drummers drumming. 

Drum roll please…what is your favourite read of this year?

Why would you give me a hard time -.- I’ve been avoiding that question. You guessed it- It’s QUEEN OF SHADOWS <33333


And that’s it for this post! Thank you for reading! Again, Merry Christmas 😉

Love and candies,



Book Review |MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME edited by Stephanie Perkins

(Let’s pretend this post was published on the 25th 😉 there was a bit of technical prob :()


Hello bibliophiles, thanks for stopping by.

Today I’m presenting you my review of My True Love gave to me which is a series of twelve different holiday stories by a bunch of different wonderful authors and was edited by Stephanie Perkins .

I buddy-read this book with my buddy obviously, therefore my reading experience was especially fun!

First of all, I rated this book 4 stars. It was a collection of stories, therefore there were some favorites, the not-so favorites and the DNF too.

I’m going to rate the stories individually and review it one by one too 😀

Let’s go!

  1. Midnights by Rainbow Rowell- 5/5 stars

This is one of my favorites, it’s very cute and just Rainbow Rowell okay? This story took place over the span of 4 years, that’s right it was 20 sth pages (lol) because it was written only on midnights of the 31st of December (I’ve heard November 9 by Collen Hoover is written like that too?). Our MCs, Mags aka Magaret and Noel aka Noel, met on the 31st Dec 2011 and had been bffs since then till 2014. Last midnight of that year was very interesting 😉

I love the main character and the story, they were very cute and hilarious. It definitely got me in the holiday vibes. 😀

2. The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link

I’m sorry but this story was a no for me. It was one of my two DNFs. From what I got, the boy is not human, he only appears when it’s snowing and in the holiday season, and I couldn’t continue. I can’t rate this book since I didn’t finish it, but if I have to it would be 2/5 stars. :///

3. Angels in the snow by Matt de la Pena-4.5/5

Another favorite! The main character was very funny, and that’s a hint that the story was going to be great already. And it was! Because of financial problem, our MC- Shy, was stuck in San Diego- cat sitting at his boss’s new apartment, and there were barely any food left. And then there’s this girl, Haley, who asked him to fix her pipes and things started.

Shy lied to Haley about many things and in the end Haley hadn’t been that honest either. I love that aspect of this story. It was very sweet and everything.

4. Polaris is where you’ll find me by Jenny Han

If I’m not mistaken, our MC was one of Santa’s elves. Natalie lived in the North Pole, one day she met a human boy and kinda fell in love and she couldn’t find him after that. And that’s about the story. It was 10 pages long so… I really liked Jenny Han’s writing but I really couldn’t make anything out of the story :/// But at least it was better than the second story so 2.5/5 stars

5. It’s Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins-5/5 stars

Well, it’s Stephanie Perkins, you know what that means 😉 Marigold was moving into a pretty smart apartment with her mom and despite the size of her apartment and money, she wanted a Christmas tree. So she went to the shop, and meet North who sold Christmas trees ofc. North helped Marigold with carrying the Christmas tree and they had a few talks 😉 it was abit too fast (their romance) but it was so cute and swoon-worthy.

Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan-3.5/5

David Levithan so ofc it’s about the diversity. Our MC was asked by his boyfriend to be a temporary Santa for his youngest sister. It was pretty short and pretty good, I don’t even know how to describe it.

Krampuslauf 2.5/5

Well at least I finished the whole story but it wasn’t that good. I really liked in the beginning but when it gets to the end -.-

PS I went to Krampus this week too and I think it was pretty good except I never liked the supernatural thing -.-

What the hell have you done, Sophie Roth? By Gayle Forman-4.5/5

I really liked this one. It would have been five stars if the story hadn’t been written in third person.

Because of financial issue, our MC had to move to this college where she got a scholarship and all the people there were weird and she kinda couldnt fit in. Then Sophie Roth met this guy who just clicks with her despite her surroundings. I love their fast relationship, their hilarious dialogues, and jokes and all that.

Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus-3/5

It was a bit boring with all the religious stuffs going on. That’s all i guess..

Welcome to Christmas, CA

FAVVV! It was so sweet and amazing! It’s set in a small town in CA called Christmas so there are shops that have Christmas themed all year long, our MC works in one of the diner. One day, a new chef came to work, he made all her usual grumpy customers became happy and cheerful when they eat his food and he didnt even make the foods that the customers ordered. Turns out he has this supernatural ability and of sort. The ending and everyhting

Star of Bethlehem by 3.5/5

It was a bit unrealistic for me but it was not bad for sure. It just wasn’t for me and I didn’t really clicked with the characters so…

Our MC was a Youtube sensation but she didn’t really like the life of a famous pop star so she exchanged her plane ticket with a stranger girl who wanted to go Newyork which she was heading to. She arrived in this distant village with the stranger’s fiancee’s family. And she liked it there.

The Girl who woke the dreamer by Laini Taylor

The last DNF. I read the first page and closed the book. I just couldn’t do it. I didn’t get anything from that first page so no rating for this one respectedly.


And that was my review! I think the favorites were pretty predictable based on the authors tho I was very surprised to love Kelly Link’s story so much! And Matt de la Pena’s too! 😀

I wouldn’t recommend this book to everyone because a few people have DNF it and I didn’t love it that much either.

But you should check out if your interested after reading my review 😀



Hello all my amigos,

I’m still alive 😀 I barely made it out of the exam field alive tho :///

I was very recently tagged by Aldii from Perfection in Books to do the Bookish Alphabet tag. Thank you so much Aldii, you da best 🙂

The Rules:

Pick a book that is on your shelf or one that you have read in the past and fill out each letter of the Alphabet. The idea is to use books that you have either read or that are on your TBR list.

I’m so sorry that I have to skip X because I just couldn’t think of any book that started with that letter :///

But all in all, it was fun tho pretty time consuming because of all the research.

Btw, click on the title to go to the book’s Goodreads pages, and the review to go to my review of the book ofc 😀

And that’s about it for this tag! I’ll see you next time 😀



Merry Christmas,



Book Review | THE LOVER’S DICTIONARY by David Levithan

Hi friends!

I know this is completely out of the bookish topic but I went to Jessie J’s concert yesterday! Finally crossing out one thing from my bucket list (going to a concert). Well, actually I crossed it out a few months ago when Demi Lovato came to Cambodia. Getting back to Jessie J, I’m still so pumped about everything even though it’s over since last night. I wasn’t that close to the stage (Actually pretty far) but that didn’t stop me from having fun! I screamed and sang along and danced (can you believe that? me? the most introvert and shy and nerdy person ever). I came home when it was almost midnight and got a full session with mom and dad and there was no voice came out when i spoke and now that my voice is still hoarse, I regret nothing of it! I was and am so cheerful that my friend thought I was drunk. 🙂

Now let’s get on with the business deal (woah that sounds like I’m selling drugs wtf), I read The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan a few days ago in an ebook form. I have read another book by David Levithan, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, which I loved the first half and only like the second half (mini review here).

At first, I was very intrigued that it’s written like a dictionary but I have heard mixed things so I couldn’t bring myself to buy a physical copy because I was afraid it won’t be that good.

And now that I’ve read it, I think it was decent but still lack something. 

I don’t think it’s the fact that I wasn’t given the name of the protagonists, or that I wasn’t even sure if the narrator’s gender was a male or female, or that there was no ending or anything of that sort. Well the last one was a bit of a problem; I enjoyed reading it, I kept scrolling down for more, it was entertaining and it ended. So when it ended like that, I found myself thinking back to the reading experience and thought ‘well, that was pretty good’, but also looking back to the story, I felt like I don’t even know the characters or their story.

In this book, the main focus was on the relationship of the couple therefore there wasn’t much family time or friends time, it was mentioned just a couple of times. But I don’t mind that since it’s only about 200 e-pages, and I only want the relationship to be great but the story of the couple even wasn’t enough.

I felt like I was reading quotes after quotes and not a connected story (some were tho). Some words got the whole page and some got just a line, some were good memories, and some were arguments. I kinda like this aspect of the book, that it was unpredictable. I also like the voice of the narrator (I think he is a he-not 100% sure tho because the first half I considered he/she a she :///)

I feel like I’m repeating myself that the story wasn’t enough, so here’s my final rating:


And these are a few of my favorite words and explanations:



And this is the end of my review! I’ll hopefully see you in my next one ❤

Happy reading and Merry Christmas,