[Book Review] MAYBE SOMEDAY by Colleen Hoover

“Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective.”

Guys, I finished Maybe Someday on my phone.

Yes, I just finished an ebook. Like, this is only the 5th ebook I actually finished in Kimsiang’s history of ebooks. Reading through the electronic screen has just been very hard for me. The main reason is that my eyesight is not that healthy and I’m severely short-sighted, therefore my eyes get tired easily and just can’t focus on the texts for hours on end, anyways, that’s not the point. Let’s get to what I think about this book!

Maybe Someday was the few exceptions that I just couldn’t help but kept scrolling because it was a very entertaining read.

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Title: Maybe Someday

Author: Colleen Hoover

Pages: 385 

Publication: March 18th 2014 by Atria Books

Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary

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Maybe Someday was about Sydney whom her boyfriend was cheating on with her best friend, resulting her with swollen hands because she punched them both and nowhere to stay for the night. Her deaf guitarist neighbor, Ridge, was kind enough to let her be his roommate as long as she helps him with his writer’s block.

“We try so hard to hide everything we’re really feeling from those who probably need to know our true feelings the most.”

 

First off, the characters are amazing. They are so realistic and down-to-earth yet very witty with their sarcasm, sass and the right on point humor. Plus, I love that Colleen Hoover writes about characters with disabilities, it’s very eye opening.

However, the characters are way too emotional, in my opinion, especially Sydney, she basically cries whenever her heart races a little more quickly than usual. One more thing, I didn’t like Ridge towards the end of the book, it was almost like he changed into another person ,and I don’t think I liked that ‘growth’. Also, I don’t feel like I know the characters all that much, yes, we were given background stories but it wasn’t enough, though that didn’t lessen how entertaining this book was.

Don’t even talk about the chemistry between the characters and the romance, I couldn’t take my eyes of the words. [Spoilers or maybe not, but read at your own risk]- [I still don’t quiet get how you can love someone and then fall hopelessly in love with another and are still sure you love the first person. Maybe because I haven’t experienced that sort of romance, but I don’t know, to me, I can’t even think of myself with anyone else other than the person I’m with.]

“There isn’t a doubt in my mind that we could be perfect for each others life, Sydney. It’s our lives that aren’t perfect for us.”

As for the writing style, it didn’t click with me at first, I don’t know why. It grew on me later and I flew through this book in a day nonetheless. I like her recent release, November 9 much more, writing style-wise.

The ending was amazing, just swoooooon.

Anddddd, the fact that this book focuses a lot on making music and stuffs, and that they actually recorded soundtracks for it is just nandhaiuwheija life and everything.

Maybe Someday – Griffin Peterson

“I failed miserably at trying not to fall in love with you.

I failed first.”

Overall, I gave this book a 4/5 stars. It was a quick romantic read and I definitely recommend it!

Signing off,

Kimsiang @ Stories + Brushes

“A life of mediocrity is a waste of a life.”

Book Review | Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Greetings, friends!

Like everybody else, I know about Sophie Kinsella and the shopaholic series, tho I’ve never read them but I heard they are amazing and hilarious. (Okay, I don’t know why I said that, I was just trying to prove that I’m not from a cave.) I’ve also heard amazing reviews about this one, so I was very excited to pick it up and it didn’t disappoint! 🙂

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Title: Finding Audrey

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Pages: 286 pages

Publication: June 9th 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Genre: YA, Contemporary


Finding Audrey follows Audrey, a 14-year-old teenager, who has a severe case of anxiety after being bullied that she can’t even go out or have a social life and she needs to wear sunglasses even in her house to avoid eye contacts.

“It won’t be forever. You’ll be in the dark for as long as it takes and then you’ll come out.

As she is only 14, Audrey’s voice did sound a bit young tho it wasn’t much of a problem for me.

The story focused a lot on Audrey’s family as Audrey was always home. Her mom and dad were the stereotyped mom that was obsessed and believed everything the daily mail said and did whatever it takes for her son to stop playing video games. Her dad was the type that always agree with the mom even when he didn’t know what it was. I mean it was pretty cliche but it was very entertaining. And Audrey’s brother, Frank, a video game addict who wanted to play video as a career. Frank had his video game friends home often to practice for a video game contest which you could win a lot of money. One of Frank’s friends, Linus, caught Audrey’s attention. And a relationship was developed but there was Audrey’s anxiety issue in the way and blah blah.

“Although, as Leonardo da Vinci said: “Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge,”

Like I mentioned I really liked the family relationship in here, even though it wasn’t that realistic, I liked that it made me laugh. As for the romantic relationship between Audrey and Linus, I think it was very cute and all, with the note-passing and Linus being so sweet and just understood Audrey. However, it was a bit of an insta-lovey which I didn’t really like. I mean one moment Audrey was still struggling with anxiety then she kinda liked Linus then they were a couple.

“No!” Linus sounds really shocked. Shocked, embarrassed, discomfited. Kind of mortified. Like he can’t believe I would say that. (I’m getting all this from one syllable, you understand.)”

Another issue I had with the book was that we weren’t given a background story of Audrey’s anxiety. I want to know what happened to Audrey in the first place, what triggered her social anxiety and more.

“Sometimes I hope I’m building up a stockpile of missing laughs, and when I’ve recovered, they’ll all come exploding out in one gigantic fit that lasts twenty-four hours.”

In Finding Audrey, Sophie Kinsella dealed with social anxiety in a light funny way but with respect. I find myself relate a lot to Audrey’s issue especially the eye contact one as I’m pretty shy lol.

Overall, I gave this book a 4/5 stars.

I would recommend this book to you if you’re looking for a light fluffy comedy read. I have a friend who refuses to read anything related to depression or anxiety or just anything that is very emotional because, she said, she feels kinda suffocating with all those stuffs. So if you’re like my friend, I definitely recommend this book, because it gives you glimpses about what it’s like to suffer from anxiety too. 

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:

3.5/5

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,

Kimsiang

Book tag | SOUNDTRACK TO MY LIFE

Greetings!

Shake hands? Sure.

Another tag which I was tagged again by my lovely blogger friend, Aldii @ Perfection in Books. Thanks so much, Aldii.

Let’s get on it!

Opening Credits: Favorite Childhood book

Well, what did you expect? XD I remember it was a birthday gift from my sister when I was 9 or 10 I guess. Yep, I was still reading children’s books when I was 10 -.-

Waking up: A book that got you out of a reading slump.

It’s like magic ❤

School: A book you had to read for school that you ended up loving.

None. I’m sorry but none of them impressed me yet. Well, I really liked Great Expectations by Charles Dickens tho.

Falling In Love: An author you love so much you want to read all of their books.

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Fight: Book with the best action sequences.

Read it to find out more. 😉

Break up: A book or series you didn’t finish and do not intend to finish.

I’m in the unpopular opinion group here but really. After I finished the first book, I have absolutely no intention of picking up the rest of the series. I didn’t hate it, not at all but it just wasn’t right.

Hanging With Friends: Book you think everyone else should read.

Since I’ve already mentioned Throne of Glass, this time I’ll go with….

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Any Morgan Matson’s books, really. I don’t really like this cover so I can’t wait for the new one (I think they are recreating all her books’ covers? Like they just released the new edition of Second Chance Summer, the one that quiet goes along with Since You’ve been gone and it’s gorgeous) So Can’t wait for the new cover for this one. 😀

Breakdown: Book that seriously affected you/had you crying your eyes out.

I’ve almost never cried because of a book. There’s one recently tho…

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Roadtrip: You favorite series (more than 3 books).

After HP and Throne of Glass, The Lunar Chronicles is a must read.

My copy of Winter hasn’t arrived, whyyyyyy. Please give it to meeeee. I’ll be a good girl, I promise TT

Flashback: Your favorite book from 5 years ago.

5 years ago I was still playing Barbie and watch Barbie princesses movies (which I still do) and I only can’t think of a favourite from five years ago. I remember really liked The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (I only read volume 1 and 3) about 3 years ago only? so….

Getting Back together: what book can you not stop rereading.

I’ve been in a reading slump for two months but I’ve just finished Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets which I couldn’t stop reading and effortlessly got me out of my slump. Like it’s so good even though it’s a reread. I cracked up hundred of times and there were also the intensity which I lurrrrvvvv.

Wedding: A book that is really special to you.

Cannot choose? Did you just say ‘a book’? Is this supposed to be a question? -.-

Moment of Triumph: Longest book you’ve ever read

The award goes to…..

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870 pages of addicting awesomeness and magical read.

Death Scene: Book or series you wish had ended differently.

whyyyyyyyyyy. Can’t it be more satisfying? I completely understand the realistic ending and stuffs but ><

Funeral: Book with the best or worst epilogue.

It’s one those I-need-the-sequel- ASAP-or-I-wont-survive kind of ending.

 

End Credits: Who do you tag?

I tag….


So thank you for reading, bookworms!

I’ll see you next time 😀

Merry Christmas (I’m super excited for X’Mas :D),

Kimsiang @ TheSpinesBreaker

 

Book Review | I’LL MEET YOU THERE by Heather Demetrios

Helloooo bookworms!

Here are my thoughts and feels on I’ll Meet you there by Heather Demetrios.

(Just think the edit is cool! Credit to the owner)

“Maybe all those years when Josh was running around town, acting like an idiot, he was just trying to find a way to escape. Maybe that was what all of us were doing, in our different ways.”

I bought this book because I’ve heard amazing things, but getting into it, the first few chapters, I was pretty disappointed. It was slow paced, nth new (daily activities), small town stuffs, but after that few chapters, it was amazing!

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Title: I’ll meet you there

Author: Heather Demetrios

Pages: 388 pages

Publication: February 3rd 2015 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Realistic fiction
Source: Bought
My review:

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Skylar Evans lives in the small town of Creek View, but she has got her future planned out. She’s got a scholarship to an art school in San Francisco, she would fall in love with a guy who uses big art words, her mom would continue her work at Taco Bell as usual and she would visit her as often as possible. Everything was perfect. Summer couldn’t go fast enough.

But life is unpredictable. That’s general knowledge.

First, Josh came back from Afghanistan. The Josh who used to work with her at the motel, Josh who got into the Marines, Josh who was an asshole, Josh who she kissed him on the cheek good bye two years ago. She went to his welcome-home-party, he was pretty much the same except-his leg was gone. And somehow, that asshat Josh was gone, too. Skylar found herself falling for this post-Afghanistan Josh just when her life is falling apart.

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This book have dual perspectives though the majority of it were from Skylar’s; and Josh’s POV were just glimpses of his thoughts and hints of his time in Afghan.

I really like Skylar, I love that she tried over and over again to solve her problems and not run away from it. She was a very strong person, considering her situation with her mom. (I hate her mom so much during that time, I was shaking my head at her in disapproval all the time). 

There was this time in the middle of the book that my negative feelings for Skylar started to grow because she neglected her friends. You know that time when the girl was just obsessed with the boy and forget her friends? Chris and Dylan, her bestfriends, just disappeared at the time and it bothered me so much because I love them. Their friendship was very fun to read about and very relatable/realistic.

I really like the argument parts in the book, is that weird? lol I just thought it was done so well that I cringed at every shouting and that’s good, it wasn’t overdone.

As for Josh, he wasn’t a swoon-worthy type for me, he was okay. I really like to read from his POV because I got to see what he went through in the Marines and what changed the asshole to this broken man. And getting to see kind of a behind the scenes of the Marines’ life was very inspiring.

For the relationship, Josh and Skylar, it was amazing because they changed each other for the better or more like helped perfect each other. It was pretty slow-paced, which is fresh to read about after the other books that people started making out in the second chapter. There were those I want him but I can’t have him thoughts from Skylar tho which is not my favorite part, but the author explained her thoughts in a quotation style which I loved! My other favourite point is like every good books, it has the sarcastic hilarious dialogues that I adored.

“I bet there’s air-conditioning in heaven,” I said. “Maybe it’s just the perfect temperature—low seventies with a breeze?” Josh said.”

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It was beautiful! It has that deep quotsy feels to every words.

Examples:

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“You can’t have the light without the dark, right? Maybe our darkness was necessary for other people to see their light.”

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“He looked down for a minute, and it was as if there was this huge mountain between us, and I hated that after everything we’d been through this summer, we’d have to admit that it was impossible. We were impossible.”

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“It was like the whole town was swimming in failure, but no one realized they were drowning.”

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“The shimmering bubbles of happiness that had been floating all around me popped one by one, the whole breathlessness of our summer becoming nothing more than old soap on a stained industrial carpet.”

You have to experience the rest by yourself! 😀

My rating: 4.5/5

I’ll meet you there by Heather Demetrios is a beautiful, coming-of-age novel that won’t exactly change your life but will definitely teach you a few important things about life!

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”

I just want to quickly mention that the Author’s Note and Acknowledgement in this book was just as inspiring as the book ❤


And that was my review of this amazing book! Highly recommend to you! 😀

HAPPY READING,

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Book Review | THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND by Kasie West

Hi guys!

I’m here to review The fill-in boyfriend by Kasie West, which I finished yesterday.

Lets do it!

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Title: The fill-in Boyfriend

Author: Kasie West

Pages: 352

Publications: May 5th 2015 by HarperTeen

Genre: Contemporary, YA, Romance

Source: Own bought copy

Even though this one didn’t make it to the favourite place in my heart like The Distance between us, I still enjoyed it very much. This isn’t a book that is going to change your life, but it will leave you pleasantly happy after reading it.

This book started when our main character Gia got ditched in the parking lot by her boy friend, Bradley just when she was about to show him to her best friends after telling them he really exists for two months. Gia decided to lie to her best friends by having a fill-in Bradley that night. ‘After that, it’s not her ex-boyfriend she was thinking about but it’s the fill-in one.’

Gia didn’t want to lie but it’s because her ‘best friend’, Jules who seems to do everything against her and has been trying to prove Bradley isn’t real. I have never read about a character like Jules, and I’ve also never met someone like her. And I hate her.

And Gia, she lives in a ‘perfect’ family, her mom is always put together so as her dad, and also Gia. They don’t express what they are feeling and always keep it inside. She starts out as your typical self absorbed popular girl, but really develops into the person she is truly at heart.

I absolutely adored Fill-In Bradley. He was adorable with his messy, hardly manageable brown hair and piercing blue eyes. And he was always worried about Gia-her feelings, her friends, how things were going for her. (I’m a sucker for good boys and gentlemen 😉

“Well, if you’re a mess then I’m a natural disaster.”

“The cutest natural disaster I’ve ever seen.”

I also love Bec, fill-in Bradley’s sister. She is super cute and sarcastic with the ‘I’ll kill everyone’ attitude, but in a good way.

This book also focused on the mass media issue, (but not much)

“How is selfworth measured today? By the amount of likes a post gets, by how many friends we collect, by how many retweets we accumulate? Do we even know what we really think until we post our thoughts online and let others tell us if they are worthy?”

Overall, The fill-in boyfriend is a cute perfect summer read that is perfect for everyone. It might be a bit cliche but that doesn’t make it less perfect.

“I like it when you’re not perfect.”

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There you have my review of The fill-in boyfriend. I hope you enjoy it and thank you for reading.

Love,

Kimsiang