Book Review: The Lying Game series

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When I first read the first book in this series, I was so interested in the plot. A girl was murdered by someone and her estranged identical twin sister has to pretend to be her twin sister and also trying to solve her twin sister’s murder. I first read the first three books in 2011-2012 and then stop reading the series since I haven’t found the rest of the series in the bookstores. Fast forward to earlier this year, I managed to find the rest of the books in the series and finally read all the book in the series. 

What the series is all about

The Lying Game series is about identical twin sister Sutton and Emma. Sutton and Emma live in a completely different lifestyle. While Sutton was adopted by a rich family, Emma has to live from one foster home to another. They didn’t know that they were twin until Sutton was dead and Emma had to pretend to be Sutton and live her life. Emma can’t tell anyone the truth about Sutton or else she is going to end up just like her twin sister. While Emma had to pretend to be Sutton and living her life, she also tries to find out who killed her twin sister.

My thoughts on this series

The story is kind of dragging. It took 6 books to figure out the murderer and every time when the mystery is about to solve, it always leads to nothing. Everyone in this series is basically a suspect with very convincing reason to kill Sutton but in the end, it was just a misunderstanding. The plot for this series also repetitive. Every time one of the characters is a suspect, they ended up being innocent. This plotline kind of frustrated me.

The accusation of the murder for each suspect is so shallow. I know they are all high school kids but to kill someone just because of jealousy is not really a strong point in the series.  

Lastly, I find it weird that a lot of things happen to Sutton on the night she got murdered. From her issues with her sister, her friends, her secret boyfriend, her other boyfriend and also her family issue. All of that issue happen in just one night and that same night also she gets murdered by someone. 

All in all, I think this series can be done in three books instead of six because there’s nothing much in the series. The main plot is to figure out who is the murderer and there is also some twist in this series which I find it very interesting. Other than that, there’s nothing interested. 

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Reading slump

Reading slump sucks!

There are times when I feel like I want to read something but at the same time, I’m not feeling like doing the reading stuff. That time where I keep questioning myself “When will I finish reading my TBR piles ?” or “Does my interest in reading books has gone?” I tried a lot of things to cope with my reading slumps. So, here’s what I did when reading slumps struck me.

  1. Watching Youtube videos on Reading Slump.

This is the first step that I did whenever I’m on reading slump. Booktubers have a lot of tips on reading slumps and sometimes their tips are working for me. Besides, watching videos about reading slump makes me feel like I’m not the only one having this problem.

2. Watching movies/ series 

So, after watching a few Youtube videos on reading slump I embraced my reading slump and go on doing anything but reading books. so, the first thing that I did is watching movies.  My go-to movies when I’m on reading slump are always romantic movies or rom-com movies.

3. Listening to music on Spotify.

During my reading slump, I also spent my time listening to music from my created playlist or sometimes I love to browse some new music or genre on Spotify. Lately, I’ve been listening to Lauv’s song.

4. Drawing/Painting or Coloring on a coloring book. 

Whenever I don’t feel like reading books, I always love to paint or do some coloring on a coloring book. I feel like playing with colors can calm me and also can help me forget about my reading slumps for awhile.

That are the things that I did when I was in a reading slump. Whenever I feel like I want to start reading again, I usually re-read a book that is familiar to me or a book that gives me some good vibes such as fast-paced and fluffy contemporary books. My go-to re-read books are Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and The French Kiss series or Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series. These two series always give me a warm and cozy feeling whenever I read the series.

That’s all that I can share about how I cope with my reading slump.

Until next time.

Mieza.

Bookish Bundle Unboxing

Hey everyone, For this month I have subscribed to Bookish Bundle subscription box for October. For those who don’t know, Bookish Bundle is a bookish subscription box that based in Malaysia and it release the theme for the box each three months. So, if you live in Malaysia and want to have a subscription box, you can order it in their instagram @bookishbundle . I have subscribed Bookish Bundle in July last year and the goodies are so good! So, I decided to buy another box just for fun. 

This is the Bookish Bundle goodies from July last year. I really love 4he theme and the book that included in last year box.

For October, the theme is Race against Time. Before I received my box, I keep guessing what book I will get. It’s really fun to guess the book and having a mystery on what book that I will be receiving in this box. Now, let’s unboxing this awesome box!

1. Tote bag

The first item that I got is the tote bag from B.A.C.A x Bookish Bundle with the quotes “Too Many Books, Too Little Time”. This is actually my second bookish tote bag from Bookish Bundle. I have used it a couple times and it is good and I can put quite a lot of stuff in this bag. Overall, I really like the tote bag from Bookish Bundle.

2. Candle

The second item that I found in this box is candle from The Alpha Dusk. This candle is inspired by Alice in Wonderland’s White Rabbit Pocket Watch. I really love the scent of this candle. It has the smell of vanilla which are my favorite scent ever! I always want to own Alpha Dusk candle and now I have one, thanks to Bookish Bundle.

3. Bookmarks

Bookish Bundle always include bookmarks in their box and I really love their bookmarks. This bookmark are from @readingberry. The bookmarks are really gorgeous. I really love it!!

4. Buttons

Also included in this box is pin button that inspired by The Hunger Games. I think it was from Quarter Quell in Catching Fire because there is the word Tick Tock in it. 

5. Poster
And the last bookish item that included in this box are poster that inspired by Peter Pan. I know I have used a lot of word gorgeous in this post but I have to say it again because this poster is so gorgeous! With the quotes, the Big Ben and the sillhoutes of Peter Pan, Wendy and other kids. 

6. Book 

And lastly, the book! The book included in this box is The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart. Honestly, I didn’t know much about this book but what I can tell from the cover is that this is a middle grade novel. I will include the synopsis from Goodreads if you want to know what the book is about.

Synopsis from Goodreads 

A magical watch.

A string of secrets.

A race against time.

When Reuben discovers an extraordinary antique watch, he soon learns it has a secret power and his life takes an intriguing turn. At first he is thrilled with his new treasure, but as one secret leads to another, Reuben finds himself torn between his innately honest nature and the lure to be a hero.

Now he is on a dangerous adventure–full of curious characters, treacherous traps, and hairsbreadth escapes–as he races to solve the mystery before it is too late. Even with fearless Penny, mighty Jack, and the wise Mrs. Genevieve on his side, can Reuben outwit and outmaneuver the sly villain called The Smoke and his devious defenders the Directions and save the city from a terrible fate?

In this ingeniously crafted novel, acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Trenton Lee Stewart invites readers to join the adventure, decipher the clues, and ask themselves the question: Is knowing a secret a gift or a curse?

Overall, I really love all the item in this box especially the tote bag and the candle. I hope Bookish Bundle can give more awesome bookish item in their future box.

Book Review : Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)

Warning : This book review contain spoilers!! If you haven’t read Heir of Fire, read at your own risk.

My Rating : 3 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back. The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king  for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

My Thoughts :

I have a mixed feeling on this books. There are the part where I really like and there are the part where I think are very slow. I know in this book, the writer wants to build up the storyline for new characters (Manon, Aedion and Rowan) but I kind of zoned out whenever I read that particular chapters. To make it easier for me to write my thoughts on Heir of Fire, I write it according to the character chapters.

Manon’s Chapters

Personally, I didn’t like the Manon chapters much because it is quite slow and there are nothing much happen in her chapters. I know her character were introduced in this book but whenever I read Manon’s chapters, it’s like she just trying to train her dragon, that’s all. I’m sorry if whoever read this post love Manon so much but I don’t see her badass behaviour yet. Maybe there will be in Queen of Shadow but in Heir of Fire, Manon’s chapters are the slowest. 

Celaena’s Chapters

Compared to Crown of Midnight, Celaena has less badass action in this book. In Heir of Fire, Celaena undergoes training with Rowan in using her Fae power. Celaena’s chapters was also kind of slow for me but the action started at the second part of the book, where she was able to used her fae power to fight the enemy. The thing that I like about Heir of Fire is that there is a backstory on how Celaena’s parents got killed and how she ended up as assassin. Overall, I think I like Celaena’s chapters only in second part of the book because that’s when the action is finally begin.

Dorian/ Chaol Chapters

Of all three different chapters in Heir of Fire, this is my favorite. In this chapters we get to see how Chaol and Dorian life after Celaena was sent to Wendlyn. Personally, I ship Dorian and Sorscha so much even though I knew something bad will happen at the end of the book. I am afraid to ship Dorscha knowing how Sarah J Maas write her books. But at the end of the book, arghh!!!  I am so frustrated and dying to know what happen to Dorian. Did he turn to the dark side? That cliffhanger got me like whoa! I need to know what happen to Dorian. As for Chaol, it is so great to see that Chaol and Aedion join force for Aelin’s sake despite their differences. I don’t have much to say on Chaol’s part in this book. Although, I did expect Chaol and Celaena to have a scene together in this book. Unfortunately, they don’t have a scene together in this book. 

Overall :

I think Heir of Fire is quite slow and I really have to take time to digest on the plot in Heir of Fire. There are also less action part in this book compared to Crown of Midnight. I hope in Queen of Shadows, there will be more badass action. The best part about Heir of Fire is I got to see how Celaena’s life before she  become Adarlan Assassin. The backstory is very cool and interesting. I will definitely continue reading this series because I need to know what happened to all the characters in this series. 

September Book Haul

It’s the end of September! I have bought quite a lot of books this month with the total of 7 books. I did not bought all of this book in one go. All of the books that I bought have been on my wishlist for awhile and I finally has a chance to buy them this month. So, here is the books that I bought in September. 

I only will be including synopsis for the standalone books to avoid giving spoilers to people who haven’t read the series that I will be mentioned later.

1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Reason for buying:

I heard a lot of good reviews on this book and it also will be turned into a movie (more reason for me to buy this book). I’m also interested to read more diverse books after reading When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon and Saints & Misfits by S.K Ali

2. Breathe by Dr. Beni Rusani

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Dr. Adam is a cardiologist who knows how to help others. The only thing he can’t fix is himself. When a heart attack threatens his life, Adam is given a chance to look at his past to rediscover the friendship and the love he lost.In his darkest hours, friends and strangers are racing against time to save him.Yet, the key to his survival and future might lie in his past. All Adam wants is a second chance. And, time is running out…

Reason for buying:

I have seen a lot of people tweet about this book and give a lot of good reviews about this book. Also, I have read his works before in Diagnosis 1 & 2 before. This book also has become one of the best selling books in MPH bookstores.

3. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas (Throne of Glass #3)

Reason for buying: 

The cliffhanger in the second book is killing me!! I want to know what happen after Crown of Midnight and regretted for not buying this book earlier. I can’t get enough of Celaena Sardothien badass action in Crown of Midnight and I feel like I need the third book right away. I’m currently reading this book right now.

4. Queen of Shadow by Sarah J Maas (Throne of Glass #4)

Reason for buying:

It is so hard to find Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows in bookstores. I literally went to three different bookstores to get these two books in the series but failed to find it. So when I finally found Heir of Fire. I decided to bought Queen of Shadows as well.

5. A Court of Thorns and Roses Colouring Book by Sarah J Maas

Reason for buying:

ACOTAR is one of my favorite series ever and I love the characters in this series so much (especially Rhysand). I feel like I should get this colouring book because ACOTAR is my favorite series and it will always have a special place in my heart. 

6. I Believe in a Little Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

Reason for buying:

I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book. I mean the main character, Desi Lee used Korean drama to find love. I used to watched a lot of Korean drama and when this book come out, I feel like I need to read this book! Who knows maybe this book will get me to watch Korean drama again.

7. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns #2)

Reason for buying: 

I have read the first book which is Three Dark Crown and this is the second book in series. I love the ending of the first book and really want to know what happen after the event in the first book. 

That is all my book haul for this month! I need to stop buying books for awhile and start reading it. Haha that is a lie that I told myself everytime I buy book. 


Bookish Event : Tower of Dawn Event and Throne of Glass cosplay.

Last Saturday, I got a chance to go to Kinokuniya KLCC for Tower of Dawn book event and also met my friends from Mybibliomaniacs. This event was mainly discussed about Throne of Glass series and fangirling about Chaol Westfall, which is one of the characters in this series. Since I only just read Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, I kind of got a mild spoiler during the discussion. I really want to discuss more about the event but I kind of tuned out when there is spoilers (kinda smart move to avoid spoilers ).

For this event, me and my friends were dressing up as the characters in Throne of Glass series. From left, Carmen as Lysandra, Amelia as Maeve, Me as Celaena Sardothien, Kevin as Manon Blackbeak and Malie as Nesryn Faliq. In my opinion, we look pretty badass in our costume. 

I’m dressing as Celaena Sardothien in her assassin gears. I got inspired from the scene in Crown of Midnight where Celaena assasinated Grave. When I read that particular scene, I pictured Celaena in her all black gears and become a shadows to killed Grave. 

All in all, I really have a good time going to the event, meet up with friends, fangirling about the series and dressing up as Celaena. I wish there will be another awesome event like this in future and hopefully I get another chance to dress up as other characters from other books. 

Book Review : Sublime by Christina Lauren

Synopsis from Goodreads

When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, she knows for sure that she’s here for him.Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life—and her death—neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is. And when Colin finds a way to physically be with Lucy, taking himself to the brink of death where his reality and Lucy’s overlap, the joy of being together for those brief stolen moments drowns out everything in the outside world. But some lines weren’t meant to be crossed.

My rate for this books : 3 stars

What I think of this book: 

The mystery in the first chapter in this book really drew my attention to read it. I mean how can a girl (Lucy) who is already dead can be seen by a lot people? It really makes me wonder about this book. At first, I thought Lucy wander around the school area to find out how she’s died but as I kept reading, it is more than her death. It’s about finding out what she is and her relationship with Colin.

For the plot of this book, I think it’s kind of confusing and I get lost on the storyline a few times when I read this book. The event in this book changing so fast that I keep confuse on what the characters are doing and where are they in this book. 
This book reminds me of a chinese movie ‘Secret’ starring Jay Chou except the girl in the movie can only be seen by one person only and in Sublime, people in this school can see Lucy. 

The one thing that I don’t like about this book is that this book makes the self harm issue is not a big deal. In the middle of this book, there is a part where Colin get hypothermia and get to be with Lucy like a normal person. After discovering what  the near death experience can do to Colin, he keep wanting to get hypothermia so he could be with Lucy. I think that love story is kind of wrong because Colin keep hurting himself just so that he can be with Lucy. 

By the way, this is the movie ‘Secret’ that I mention earlier