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I have surprisingly finished a book in one day with work & boxing in between! It’s a feat! Not gonna lie, Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone is an easy, quick & light read. What’s interesting about it is the time travelling component of the story — which is like the whole point of the book, haha!
It’s a compelling story that will just make you curious about how it will end because any time travelling event has an uncertain resolve. Will the character be able to stay? Will the character leave? And all that cheese stuff that comes in between, I.e. against all odds drama.
Also, the book reminded me of the opening scene in Somewhere In Time sans the period setting. Come to think of it, there wouldn’t be any Bennett & Anna thing if Anna hadn’t meddled with the future. But I guess we just don’t have any story to read if she hadn’t done what she’d done.
What’s good about reading it is how patient the author was in explaining her particular concept of time travelling (by laying down the rules during one of the many Anna-Bennett dialogues). I’ve been a confused fan of the concept since Looper, but actually loved Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (even when I found out that it has a more complicated demonstration of time travelling). So this book really helped me in forging my own understanding of timelines.
Lastly, it’s an easy addition to my ‘read shelf’! Hoorah!
Reading Challenge: 20 out of 30
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There are authors who are hit or miss or a one hit wonder. And while I believe that Susan Ee is not one of them, I think that World After could have been a better sequel to Angelfall.
I’m not very sure how to judge the book properly but here are the notable points that I captured while reading it:
1. The relationship of Penryn and Raffe – Let’s all be silent and hear the fangirls scream and squeal and squeak. Granted, even I felt shivers down my spine because Raffe is a gorgeous ethereal hot mess. But I liked how they were during Angelfall days — when you feel like there could be something between them but the book doesn’t explicitly serve it to you. Understand that it’s part of their character development and everything else, but I’m personally partial to their book 1 relationship.
2. Penryn is a 17-year-old girl after all – The book showed that, yes, the warrior is a child. It’s not something that I contest but, seriously? The misery of Penryn over Raffe was too cheesy for the Penryn I knew in book 1. Nevertheless, the girl fights like a real warrior and I’d give her that.
3. Post-apocalyptic world establishment – Is it just me or the book spent one too many chapters just describing how crushed the World After is?
Apart from the above, I am in awe of what Paige has become (the little kid’s a monster now but she’s still Paige one way or another) and how the Mom survives each & every horrific contact. What poached my heart the most was when the Mom blamed Penryn for everything that has happened to Paige. Seriously, woman, the girl is risking her life just to fend for her little sister and that’s what you repay her? Okay, I got carried away. Sorry.
Still, I think that World After is an A-okay book. Perhaps, the awesomeness of Angelfall overshadowed its sequel too much, but I still liked my reading experience. As of now, the only thing that comes into my mind is how long will I wait for book three?? Please please please don’t let it go past 1 year! I need some Raffe in my life.
Reading Challenge: 19 out of 30
If there’s another food that I’ll be mandated to eat all day or all week, aside from Pesto & Pizza, that would definitely be Gyoza. May it be steamed, fried, pork, chicken, has veggies, I don’t care. I love it. I’ll eat it with my whole heart. I can even marry a set of Gyoza if only it’s legal. That’s how much I love the food.
John & Yoko
Yup, totally craving for a set of Gyoza right now. TT_TT
It overwhelms me that there’s another person (who is not my mom) who can make my birthday wish come true. I can’t thank my best friend enough for giving me this book — especially that it’s not even available in the country.
Love & Misadventure, Lang Leav’s masterpiece, exceeded my “feels” and “creys” expectations and, not to mention, the capacity of my tear ducts. Its collection of prose and poems about finding love, falling in love, feeling immense pain, losing the one you love are simply staking deeply into me. Such kind of feeling is a vicarious thing for me, so I can’t imagine how it actually is in reality, but I somehow get the drift. Her simple words are very powerful and I’m really honored to be one of her readers.
I can go on and on praising the genius that is Lang Leav, but since this is just a ninja post (hah!), I’ll just leave you with my top favorite quotes from the lot:
Reading Challenge: 18 out of 30
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I am finally back to blogging about books after X months! My gosh! WORK + LIFE + TV SHOWS have gotten in the way of my reading spree, hence, the hiatus. But seriously, it’s just work. LOL
Anyway, about One Week Girlfriend — I think it’s a chick lit that has all the cliche that you can think of: 1) really hot, rich varsity jock; 2) really hot, sexy financially-challenged girl; 3) meddling stepmother; 4) family troubles; 5) usual tension between characters who are in denial of their feelings.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed all the kilig moments and the sexy parts. Haha! I was actually entertained with this book. And I might just read the next one.
Reading Challenge: 17 out of 30
(YES. I decreased the number of books that I need to read for the challenge because my erratic work & life schedule just won’t give way for this leisure. Also, I haven’t found really really good books to read for this year.)