Saturday, January 29, 2011

Next Summer by Hailey Abbot

5: Beyond Explanation
4: Awesome
3: Decent
2: Dislike
1: Hate
0: Abhor

1. Plot: (3/5)
The plot is not too predictable although, it's nothing special. It's the typical summer fling type of book. I wasn't super impressed with it because, in my opinion, it's one of those books that is better off being a movie.

2. Characters: (4/5)
The characters here play on stereotypes as well. One of them is a sporty girl another is a bookish girl, there's also a hippie and the girl who gets all the guys. Although, these stereotypes aren't emphasized too annoyingly which I like. Also, these kinds of stereotypes aren't too often mixed with each other which is also nice.

3. Setting: (4/5)
The setting is in a beach house in their private cottages. It's pretty nice because it hints that they have money but it's not rubbed in our faces. The story takes place at the beach with a bunch of teenagers there which really does happen in real life.

4. Story: (3/5)
The story revolves around the three girls and their relationship with their respective guys. Nothing new. I deemed it decent/

5. Writing: (5/5)
I love the way that the story was written. It explains what happens really well. I wasn't even aware that this was a sequel to another book. I didn't feel like I missed anything because the story, and how things came to be, were explained without making it a detailed summary of the first book.

6. Ending: (2/5)
I didn't like the ending because it only centered on one of the girls. I think they did this because there might've been another book after this. The way the book was written was that the girls have their own chapter in a sense that a whole chapter will be the point of view of one of the girls. It would've been nice if, in the end, it showed what happened to the other girls instead of just the main girl/


This book is a nice book. It's not amazing but it's nice enough. It's not something worth hunting out but if you need a nice read and you happen to pass by this particular book, then, I suggest you go for it.

Light Read. It's not mind-boggling but it's not a substance-less book either.

Hope you like!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Haul: National Bookstore + Powerbooks

The first book is Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom and I have been waiting for the paper back version of this since FOREVER! I read all his other books and I love it! So, this one just adds to the collection.

The last two books are Wicked and the sequel which is Son of a Witch both by Gregory Maguire. My curiosity has been piqued when my high school did their rendition of Wicked so, when I saw this, I snagged it immediately.

Wicked (Powerbooks) Php349 (but I bought it on sale so I paid a little bit less than Php300)
Son of a Witch (National Bookstore) Php299
Have a Little Faith (National Bookstore) Php295

So, I'm putting my book buying on a pause because I have a LOT of books in line waiting to be read. So, no book-buying in the near future!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

The format of this review will be quite different 'cause if I do it with my usual review format, I'll end up giving it a five in every category! So, I thought I'd just compare it to the movie.
  1. The book gave more detail to Voldemort's past while in the movie, Dumbledore only showed Harry two memories of Voldemort's childhood.
  2. The book told us that Fleur and Bill were to be married.
  3. The book also showed that Bill was attacked by Fenrir.
  4. As far as I can remember, Bellatrix did not attack the Burrow, though I could be wrong.
  5. The movie did not show Grawp in Dumbledore's funeral.
  6. Harry's and Ginny's romance was played up a lot more in the movie.
  7. Lupin and Tonks' romance was better explained in the book. Come to think of it, before reading the book, I had no idea who that girl with the pink hair was in the movie.
  8. Madame Rosmerta being Imperiused was explained in the book and wasn't in the movie.
  9. More emphasis was given to Dumbledore's withered hand as opposed to the movie wherein I recall only seeing it in one scene.
  10. The battle that erupted between the members of the Order of the Phoenix and the Death Eaters wasn't shown in the movie.
So, I'm sure that there were much more discrepancies but I've limited it to ten. Lastly, I would most definitely recommend this and those who haven't read it, you're missing half of your life already!

This is definitely a book that will need all your focus so, definitely a "heavy" read type of thing. :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bittersweet Sixteen by Carrie Karasyov & Jill Kargman

5: Beyond Explanation
4: Awesome
3: Decent
2: Dislike
1: Hate
0: Abhor

1. Plot: (2/5)
Meh! The plot is very predictable. It's the typical high school conflict story. Cool girl with slightly uncool best friend. New kid comes in and "intrudes". New kid and cool girl fight over a boy, turns out the boy likes slightly uncool best friend. That's the whole story right there. Nothing special, totally typical. Bordering on BLAH!

2. Characters: (2/5)
The characters are the epitome of cliche characters. The lead is a typical blonde hair blue eyed New York type. The new kid is the typical L.A. skinny big boobs type. Even their male counterparts are cliche. The jock type, the prom king type. They went all out in terms of stereotypes.

3. Setting: (1/5)
Again, typical setting. Rich kids living in the Upper East Side. Need I say more? I rated this "hate" because it was bordering on unbelievable. I mean, I find it hard to believe that an all-girls' private school make their 15 year old students draw nude models for art class.

4. Story: (1/5)
Again, I gave it a "hate" because, first of all, the substance-lacking-and-borderline-unbelievable name droppings. Some of it is just unrealistic. But it's not just the name dropping that's unrealistic. In the story, they had to set up the best Sweet Sixteen birthday party. The party that ended up happening in the end was too good to be true, literally.

5. Writing: (3/5)
The way of writing amused me. For instance, "unfortunately" became "unforch" and "awkward" became "awky". This was the only aspect in the book that, to me, seemed realistic.

6. Ending: (1/5)
P.R.E.D.I.C.T.A.B.L.E. What's more, after the cool girl and the new kid fight, they immediately just patched things up. That doesn't happen in the real world.


Despite the low ratings that I gave above, this book still amused me because I still am a sucker for any chic lit. Any at all. So, if you're a sucker for anything chic lit, then you can get this is you just happen to see it in your bookstore. It is nothing worth seeking out. But if you're looking for a book with substance, I would recommend that you give this a pass.

I would classify this as a beach-type book. A light read that doesn't need your undivided attention.

Price: Php 320 at Fully Booked

Monday, January 17, 2011


Just in case you guys are interested!
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Sugar Sugar's First Giveaway!


I came across this giveaway!

Thought you guys might be interested! :)

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Sunday, January 16, 2011