[#BookTag] This or That?

I was tagged by the awesome Bentley @bookbastion for this fun tag, so don’t forget to check out his blog when you have a moment.

Thanks for taggin me & please feel free to tag me anytime!! It’s been a while since I’ve participated in one of these, so here it goes:

Reading on the Bed or the Couch?

(If only my room looked like this 😜)

Definitely bed! It’s the only kid free zone I have in my house. LOL. Unless I’m at work. The I read at my desk when it’s not busy.

Male Main Character or Female Main Character?

I’m not picky as long as the story and writing is good. I feel like it becomes redundant when it’s always the same type of character, so changing it up is always needed in my books.

Sweet Snacks or Salty Snacks while reading?

oooh..salty..wait, sweet! umm..how bout both? It really depends on my mood, but I actually don’t really snack while I’m reading. I save those for movie nights.

Trilogies or Quartets?

With the exception of Harry Potter, 3 books would be the max I’d say..unless it’s a graphic novel. Otherwise, I find the story eventually fades and becomes pointless.

Reading First Person or Third Person POV?

I think this really depends on the storyline. I’m a fan of multiple POV’s, especially if it’s a mystery/thriller. Makes the characters a little more unreliable.

Reading at Night, or in the Morning?

It starts off at night and ends in the wee hours of the morning. My only free time is right before bed, and this is the time I always choose to read or watch something on the tube.

Libraries or Bookstores?

Again, this depends on the book. I have started to take advantage of the library this year to help pinch a few pennies. Now, I only buy books if it’s a limited edition or a comic book (yes..I’m old-ER and still refer to them as comics).

Ebooks have been quite popular for me out of convenience. Since I read at night and in my bed, I like using my phone to read. It’s probably the worse thing for my eyes, but I like it! I can read without turning on a night light and disturbing my hubby who’s a light sleeper.

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Always laugh! I don’t like sad stories.

Black book covers or white covers?

HMM..I’m more drawn to black, but in the end it depends on cover art. If the book has a pretty cover, and let’s not kid ourselves here, we ALL love pretty covers! Then the colour doesn’t really matter. I’m all about variety.

Character driven or Plot driven?

I’d say this one is hard to answer, because again, it depends on the genre and nature of the story. If it reads like a soap opera, then character driven. If it’s a crime or YA novel, then you need a bit of both.

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[#BookReview] Into The Water by Paula Hawkins #Overhypedbooks

Into the WaterInto the Water by Paula Hawkins

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2.5 stars

This was just meh..

What I liked..
The Mystery: The first page starts off with a nice teaser that eases you into what you think is going to be a great mystery/crime thriller.

instead..

You get a mix of characters narrating the story, jumping back and forth between timelines making it confusing. Now don’t get me wrong, I happen to love multiple POV’s when it’s done well. But this just had too many all at once.

I also felt like the story was a bit repetitive each time a new character was introduced and just seemed to drag on and on.
There was a twist at the end, but in my opinion, it was nothing to get excited over.

Overall, this wasn’t for me 😦

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Have you read this? Did you enjoy it more than I did?

[#BookReview] The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw #DNF

The Wicked DeepThe Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

DNF

Womp Womp..

I know! With the pretty cover, mention of witches and great intro:

“And so at the end of June, when the moon was nothing but a thin shard in the overcast sky, stones were tied to the sisters’ ankles, and they were dropped into the ocean just beyond the cape, where they sank to the bottom and drowned. Just like the ship they arrived on.”

I was sure I would enjoy it like the majority…WRONG!

After the first page, I swear this book read like someone speaking in ridiculously slow monotone.

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UGH..I gave up after page 15. Sorry this wasn’t better!

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[#BookReview] Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan @kevinkwanbooks @Doubledayca #CrazyRichAsians #Goodreads #ChickLit

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance

Published: June 11, 2013

Publisher: Doubleday

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Book Blurb:

When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick’s formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should–and should not–marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider’s look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.

My Thoughts…

The more I read, the more guilty I was of loving this book! I do have to say, it’s not for everyone. Think trashy Hollywood gossip, The Real Housewives and Young & the Restless, but with an all-Asian cast. If you’re rolling your eyes and this isn’t your thing, then stop right now and don’t waste your time.

Since I’m Chinese, it was an added bonus in understanding the humor, language and culture. However, it’s not a requirement and footnotes are included which is very helpful.

For me, it was incredibly addictive and entertaining. There were times I even found myself giggling in the middle of night while in my bed reading on my phone. I loved all the characters, including the ones you want to hate.

NOTE: If you haven’t read it and plan to, don’t get too caught up in trying to keep track of who’s who, cause there are ALOT of characters and families mentioned.

And OMG..the way Kwan described the food and coffee..YUM!! Made me wish I was a Leong or Khoo, just so I could fly a private jet to Australia for the perfect latte.

I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next in the series.

Have you read it? If so, any plans to watch the film?

[#KidsLit] Everything Is Mama by Jimmy Fallon @jimmyfallon @MacKidsBooks #MothersDay #MothersDayBooks #PictureBooks

I don’t know about you guys, but I love Jimmy Fallon! He’s hilarious and incredibly talented. So of course, I was totally stoked to have the opportunity to read this to my kids, and I was curious to check out his writing/storytelling skills.

To be honest, the target audience is between 1-3 years old. But my 12 yr old (who is also a fan) wanted to read it too. LOL.

We both thought it was uber cute. My other kids really enjoyed looking at the pictures. If you get creative, it can serve as a great way to teach letter recognition and reading. My two sons (4 & 6), are at that age and this was a fun way to apply what they’ve learned so far.

It’s the perfect book for Mother’s Day, and would make a great gift (baby shower, baby’s first b-day, etc)

**I’d like to thank Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for my copy of this awesome book**

Do you watch The Tonight Show?

[#FictionFridays]

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It’s Fri-YAY..and you know what that means..it’s time for another episode of fave characters, except today, I am featuring my favourite villain.

DARTH VADER!! Funny enough, it also happens to be May 4th! (How fitting).

Why he’s so badass:

– Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith was my favourite. I loved the whole transition from good to evil. The scene where Anakin is saved and they put on his helmet..OMG. It gave me goosebumps!!

– He has very cool powers: Force choke, Force Push & telekinesis to name a few

-His armor & lightsaber

Who’s your favourite villain?

[#BlogTour] A Slave Of Shadows by Naomi Finley @finleyauthor @HFVBT #HistoricalFiction #ASlaveoftheShadowsBlogTour #NaomiFinley

A Slave of the Shadows by Naomi Finley

Publication Date: March 5, 2018
Huntson Press Inc.
eBook & Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction

In 1850 Charleston, South Carolina, brutality and cruelty simmer just under the genteel surface of Southern society. In an era where ladies are considered mere property, beautiful and headstrong Willow Hendricks’ father has filled her life with turmoil, secrets, and lies.

Her father rules her life until she finds a kindred spirit in spunky, outspoken Whitney Barry, a northerner from Boston. Together these Charleston belles are driven to take control of their own lives—and they are plunged into fear and chaos in their quest to fight for the rights of slaves. Against all odds, these feisty women fight to secure freedom and equality for those made powerless and persecuted by a supposedly superior race.

Only when they’ve lost it all do they find a new beginning.

Book 1 presents Willow and Whitney—and the reader—with the hardships the slaves endure at the hands of their white masters.

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About the Author

Naomi lives in Northern Alberta. Her love for travel means her suitcase is always on standby while she awaits her next plane ticket and adventure. Her love for history and the Deep South is driven by the several years she spent as a child living in a Tennessee plantation house. She comes from a family of six sisters. She married her high school sweetheart and has two teenage children and two dogs named Ginger and Snaps.

Creativity and passion are the focus of her life. Apart from writing fiction, her interests include interior design, cooking new recipes, throwing lavish dinner parties, movies, health, and fitness.

A Slave of the Shadows is her first novel.

For more information, please visit Naomi Finley’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.

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A Slave of the Shadows

[#BookReview] Rust & Stardust by T.Greenwood @NetGalley @StMartinsPress @tgwood505 #Goodreads #NewRelease #HistoricalFiction #Netgalley

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: Aug 7, 2018

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Book Blurb

Camden, NJ, 1948. When 11 year-old Sally Horner steals a notebook from the local Woolworth’s, she has no way of knowing that 52 year-old Frank LaSalle, fresh out of prison, is watching her, preparing to make his move. Accosting her outside the store, Frank convinces Sally that he’s an FBI agent who can have her arrested in a minute―unless she does as he says.

This chilling novel traces the next two harrowing years as Frank mentally and physically assaults Sally while the two of them travel westward from Camden to San Jose, forever altering not only her life, but the lives of her family, friends, and those she meets along the way.

My Thoughts…

This was a very well-written novel based on the true story of Sally Horner. I actually had no clue who that was or any previous knowledge of her case, which made this all the more intriguing.

For those of you like me, here are some quick facts:

  • Florence Sally Horner (11 yrs old) was abducted old by 50 yr old child molester Frank LaSalle in 1948.
  • Frank pretended to be an FBI agent after catching Sally steal a 5 cent notebook in Camden, NJ
  • For more info, visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Sally_Horner

The last book I read that was based on true events, did not work for me. But this one totally did! I loved how Greenwood chose to stick with the same chain of events, names and timelines. Definitely not what I was expecting. It was told from multiple POV’s, which made this a truly enjoyable read. Because this was based on real events, it made it an even more emotional read..or at least for me it did. Without giving too much away, I actually found myself wanting to slap some of these characters. Especially near the end with Susan and Vivi! I don’t think I would have been as nice as Susan was!

Have you heard or read this book? Do you like to read books that are based on true stories or real people?