Review: Wicked as They Come

Wicked as They Come (Blud, #1)Wicked as They Come by Delilah S. Dawson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I never thought that having a magician or even a gypsy king as your lover would be fun and amazing. I’ve never adored any magician before. Though I love to watch magic show, but fall in love with a magician?? Nay!
It has never occurred to me before.

But this time, a magician, yes, you don’t hear it wrong. A Magician, a gypsy has stolen my heart. He brings me into his world, his magic world. I can’t help but falling in love with Criminy, a ringmaster who owns a circus caravan in Sang, a strange world where cute bunnies can be deadly to a mere human like us.

Criminy Stain, who is he? He’s a bludman. He drinks blood, but he’s not dead, and he’s not a vampire. He’s powerful, hard to kill, wild, untamed, and wicked as they come.
If you don’t know what a combination between a dark, romantic, yet humorous person will look like, just take a look at Criminy. Get to know him. The way he grins… it will melt you in a heartbeat like ice cream in an oven. Honestly, his sense of humour is one of the important things that makes him different from another… vampires?? Oh, not really. I told you he’s not a vampire.

Frankly, the only downside that Criminy has is…. his hand, black scaled hand. Yeah… I wish he didn’t have those black scaled hand. Why… why should a perfect creature like him has those… *trailed off*

When I read this book, it was hard to not to think about Edward and Bella in Twilight (since it’s the only vampire book I read my whole life). Mock me all you want and I’m not ashamed of it.

I’m not saying that this book is another Twilight book. No no. It’s much better than Twilight for me. Hehehe. But let’s see. We can count a lot of similarities here.
First, there is a super handsome yet dangerous blood drinker who appears as hard as stone in front of others but as soft as cheesecake in front of his woman. Hmm who is that *whistling*
Second, their worlds are entirely different, but they can’t help falling in love with each other. It’s like they’re destined to be together. Getting more familiar?
Third, it’s another story of “so the lion fell in love with the lamb”. The man is the predator and the lady is the prey.

Got it?

I know some of you (me included) are growing tiresome of Vampire books, but there’s no way this book will disappoint you. Delilah did a wonderful job in creating a world where a species called Bludman exists in that world. This book is awesome. I can’t stop thinking about Criminy when I read it.

Err… I supposed to tell you about another aspect of the book in this review, but I can’t explain why I can’t write about another thing in my review besides Criminy. Maybe this is the worst review you guys ever read *cough* Please don’t blame my incapability in writing a good review. I guess part of this is because of Criminy. Deep in my heart, I believe Criminy has thrown a love spell on me. That’s why it turns out this way. Can’t help it guys… *shrug my shoulder*

Maybe I will find an enchanted locket in the future. Maybe another Criminy is waiting for me in another universe right now.

I must be crazy.

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Review: French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure

French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for PleasureFrench Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure by Mireille Guiliano

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I actually still can’t believe that french women don’t get fat. Maybe most of them are not fat, but there should be some fat women there. Hahhahahha

Okay, being successful on my diet (fat loss) a couple of months ago, I didn’t know why I still wanted to have and read this book while I have known everything related to fat loss, at least the very basic foundation to shred the fat in my body. And it works like a charm on me.

Now after reading a few chapter of this book, I might say that the author of this book is very careful and thoughtful on expressing the direct way to stay slim or get thin, which actually bored me when I read this book. She might scare the shit out of the readers if she tells the truth of getting slim.

Dear fellow,
To be honest, nothing is easy when it comes to lose your fat. The level of difficulties depends on how you perceive things and how motivated you are. If you’re not motivated at all, even just logging what you eat can be a hard task.

Actually, if you can answer this simple question, you know how to lose some fat.

Answer this:
Why do you get fat?

If your answer is “I eat too much” or something similar with aforementioned statement,then you already know the way to lose that fat. But knowing it doesn’t mean you’ll do it, does it?

Now, what does it take to lose some fat?

Motivation and patience.

Yes, the bigger motivation you have the easier the process. Don’t forget, it takes time to see the result. Please don’t expect you’ll have a slender figure in just 1 month or even in 2 weeks, though it’s possible in some conditions.

What this book tells you are some recipes (which I found no interest to try one of them, it’s just not my choice to have any baked fruit or vegetable soup for snack or meals) and some French lifestyles (which I think it can’t be applied for everyone with various background, routines and culture)
I’m glad I didn’t read this book in the first place when I decided to lose some fat. It surely will upset me to see the menu here.

In fact, I didn’t eat any baked fruit or some weird vegetable soup to make me full, satisfied, happy, and slender. I eat a lot of meat and never eat vegetable (because I simply don’t like veggies). But still, I managed to lose my fat.

Conclusion, this book is absolutely for a novice or beginner. Will it lead you to a slender figure? I doubt it. The author puts too many words on unimportant aspect and totally missing the true science in getting slim. Nutrition, calories in and out, she misses it.

Save your money for another book.

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Review: The Fairy Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm series – Book 1)

The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, #1)The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sabrina and Daphne have something I wish I had but never had. A fairytale adventure!!! When I was at Daphne’s age, after I finished reading a fairytale book, I always contemplated. I always hoped there was a magical side in my modern life. I thought, if there really was any, how would I handle it? How can I keep my mouth shut? As you may know, fairytale in modern days are not for public consumption, you have to keep it as a secret forever and ever. If you tell your friends that you have a fairy friend or you’ve traveled to a castle where Snow White sleeps and Cinderella lives with her wicked mother and sisters, they might laugh at you as if you have a mental disorder. The aftermath is not so nice. Not to mention you probably will create a dangerous situation to your fairytale friends by exposing their existence to the world.

What a dreamer I am.

I can’t say it enough that I’m a fairytale die-hard fan. I’m not ashamed of it. 😀
Well, The Sisters Grimm– Fairy Tale Detectives (Book 1) is the book that fits my taste perfectly.

Sabrina and Daphne are just normal girls who live in New York City. But one day, their parents disappeared mysteriously. There’s no clue about their parent whereabouts. It changes their life forever after that. They live in an orphanage and have to deal with the rude Ms. Smirt, who has tried several times to get them out of the orphanage and into a foster home. She had sent them to live with people who usually were mean and the sisters Grimm managed to come back to the orphanage through some escapes.

This time, an old lady (Mrs. Grimm) from Ferryport Landing claims that she’s their grandmother. The girls are totally confused. They’ve been told by their parents that their grandmother has died long ago. Who is this old woman? An imposter? What does she want? Since their parent’s missing, Sabrina is in charge to protect her little sister. She’s always cautious, especially after what they’ve been through in previous foster homes.

From Mrs. Grimm or Granny Relda—that’s how Daphne called Mrs. Grimm—they learn the secret of their family. The Brothers Grimm are their great great great great grandfather and the tales they told are not just a story but it’s a history book. It’s real. The pixies, giant things, prince charming, the big bad wolf, and friends are real.

Sabrina, who in the beginning always thinks Mrs. Grimm is a lunatic, has to kick herself for being a snot. Because of her stubbornness, she puts all of them in a dangerous situation and the regret always comes late. The girls eventually believe that Mrs. Grimm is really their grandmother just after a giant abducts her.

So, will the sisters ever see their only family left again? How will the they deal with the Everafters in Ferryport Landing without the help of Granny Relda?

You won’t miss it!!

It’s really obvious this story is for children, but grown-ups who love fairytales like me will find this book as enjoyable as adult fantasy book.
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Review: Skinny by Diana Spechler

My rating: 2/5

Dear fat people,

Hmmm… I didn’t mean to say something ugly about fat people… That’s just a line I found over and over again in this book. And it’s a little bit improper for my liking. Fat people might be offended when they read this book.

The first thing I want to say about this book is I DISLIKE GRAY LACHMAN SO MUCH.

Gray was an independent, strong-willed, and skinny woman. Yeah, I have to mention the skinny part, since it is the title of this book and Gray being skinny plays a quite important role in this book. But when her father died, she lost interest in everything but food. She started to binge-eat. She ate like a pig and forgot all the diet she’s been on. I might feel sympathetic for what happened to her. I thought it is normal for someone to feel that way when her father dies.

When she’s finally back to her conscious state, she learned that her father may have an affair with another woman and she may have a half-sister. So she gathered information as much as she can about her possibly half-sister, Eden. She finally knew that Eden will attend a weight-loss camp at South. She couldn’t miss this opportunity. She wanted to tell Eden that they share the same father. So, she applied for a job in that camp and she was accepted. And that was the time I started to hate everything about her. I hate how she acted and reacted in that camp. As I read more and more, Gray really bugbed me to no end, especially when she started to flirt with her co-worker, a hot personal trainer, Bennet. I just want to put them both in hell.

Actually, this book has a lot of characters that are worth to mention. But I dislike them as well. I thought I would never find a loveable character here. They’re so… urrrghhh…Words fail me. But in the end of the story, there’s Mickey, Gray’s long-time boyfriend, who finally took action and came to rescue me from all the dullness. I really love the part where he visits Gray at camp. All my rage starts to disappear ever since. You’ll know why I feel that way if you read this book. Hehe. Hehe. And about what happened in Chapter 73, Gray really deserves it. *evil grin*

It’s hard to write a review about this book, I barely remember about what had happened in the beginning of this book because I already read it since 3 months ago and finally can finish it today. It’s just boring.

ARC Source: Netgalley

P.S: My fat-loss program has zero to do with this book. It’s just a coincidence that I started to worry my body during reading this book. Skinny doesn’t inspire me at all to be a skinny girl.

I Am Tama, Lucky Cat: A Japanese Legend by Wendy Henrichs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: I Am Tama, Lucky Cat

SubTitle: A Japanese Legend

Publisher: Peachtree Publishers

Imprint: A children’s picture book from Peachtree Publishers

Pub Date: 08/01/2011

ISBN: 9781561455898

Another picture book I read today. 😀

Are you familiar with this cat figurine?

I bet you are. I have one at home. One of its hand moves forward and backward alternately. People call it the lucky cat. I didn’t  have any idea about the philosophy of this cat and why its hand moves that way. Why don’t they make dog figurine with the same hand movement?

It turns out there’s a legend behind this famous cat. This book tells us about the legend of Maneki Neko. Maneki means beckoning, Neko means cat. So, Maneki Neko is beckoning cat.

What’s the story about?

Many years ago, a cat went in search of food and shelter. Finally, she found an almost rundown temple and waited at its doorway with beckoning position. The monk, who lives in the temple, welcomed her happily. He gave her shelter and food and they kept each other company. Tama felt very lucky and she promised she will bring luck to the monk.

They lived in a poor life until one day Tama saved a warlord’s life from a falling cherry tree branch. The warlord was very thankful to Tama who had saved his life. Therefore, in thanksgiving, he repaired the temple and gave them plenty of food and made the temple as his family’s place of honor.

My opinion:

This is a picture book with lovely illustrations. The water-painting effect and soft colors give me a peaceful feeling. The author does not only write a story about a lucky cat, but she fills it with Japanese culture and Buddha’s teaching as well.

ARC is provided by Peachtree Publishers  via Netgalley.

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Note: My parents also believe that a three color cat brings luck. We have lots of them here.  Have you seen a three color cat before?

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Larvae: A Guide for Insect Parents (And Curious Kids)

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Larvae: A Guide for Insect Parents (And Curious Kids) by Bridget Heos
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Publisher:         Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint    :         Millbrook Press
Pub Date  :         04/01/2011
ISBN    :         9780761358589

I don’t know why I love children book, especially picture book.

This book is a very good guide book about insects, especially its larvae. It’s very informative and entertaining at the same time (even for an adult like me) and I definitely love the cute illustrations.

I like the way the author described food chain and survival in insects world, very suitable for children. Children will learn about larvae and its life cycle from insect parent’s perspective not from human’s perspective.

This book is written in Q&A style. For example:

  • How many babies will I have?
  • Will larvae eat what I eat?
  • What will people think of my larvae? (This one is hilarious) 😀

Anyway, there’s a quite shocking fact I have just discovered about butterfly.

Q: What should I do once my children have wings? Will I need to teach them how to fly?

A: I’m afraid there won’t be time for that. By the time your young spread their wings, you will have passed away.

I was like WHAT?? Poor butterfly. I thought a butterfly could live for years

Summary:  I really enjoy reading this book. I wish there were more pages from this book!!

Source: Publisher via Netgalley

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Heaven Can Wait

Re-posted from here

Book cover

Heaven Can Wait…. (but will he?)After having some breathtaking and jaw-dropping experiences with Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games Trilogy, I looked for a light-reading book to read. I had my eyes on Heaven Can Wait by Cally Taylor long time ago. And finally I have time to read and write a review about this book, which surprises me at the same time. I know.. I know… my writing below is too casual for a book review anywayWhat made me choose this book in the first place? Of course, the gorgeous cover and the unique storyline. Hahahha… yes, book cover matters a lot for me, though I know, the last books I read have utterly uninteresting covers, especially The Hunger Games. Catching Fire and Mockingjay do better. But if I have to be honest about the story itself, The Hunger Games would be the best of all.Back to the book I wanted to review a moment ago. Where was I? Oh yes, I was about to tell you about the main character in this book.
Basically, like what most chicklits would offer us to, the protagonist character is still an independent modern woman in their twenties, living in an urban area, with stiletto and stuffs, a fine job, also many things that we easily could relate to.Her name is Lucy Brown, aged 28, a graphic designer.Well, Lucy could have had the happiest time in her life. She is about to marry Dan, the man of her life and what a misfortune for her, she dies the day before the wedding and after having a little fight with Dan. How heart-wrenching is that? You’ve prepared everything for the day you’ve been waiting for. You have a little fight with your soon-to-be husband and a moment later you find out that you’re dead without having a chance to tell your lover that you feel sorry for arguing with him and love him so much. It’s the biggest sorry I could imagine.

So, after her death, she goes to limbo and meet a saint who later gives her two choices. The choices are going to heaven or going back to earth to meet Dan as a ghost. What will she choose? I know you wouldn’t have to guess it too long. I could tell the answer from the title. Heaven Can Wait…. But will he?
In order to become a ghost and reunite with Dan, she has to complete a task. Ugh.. I don’t bother to tell you what the task is. It’s quite difficult for me. Will she able to complete the task? Will Dan still madly in love with her when she returns? What would it be for Dan to know that his dead girlfriend has made a comeback from grave? You should read it by yourself. Less is more. The less you know, the more you enjoy. That’s my motto in reading books or watching movies.

As her debut novel, Cally is a quite good author. I love the wittiness in her writing. It entertained me a lot. I laughed so hard at the farting part. Lucy accidentally releases the “noisy” gas when she is with Dan and it happens in the early days of dating Dan. Lol! It reminds me of myself actually. *blushing* I can’t help myself for not farting at the wrong time or place.

So, if you’re looking for a lighthearted and humorous book, Heaven Can Wait is a nice read.

Some memorable scenes:

Do you skinny-dip, Lucy?” he asked, almost blinding me with his glow-in-the-dark-teeth.
If I was a cartoon character my eyebrows would have flown off my face and danced above my head.

P.S: Forget the genre, I couldn’t find a suitable genre for this book. Gah!!

My rating: 4/5