Monthly Archives: November 2013

Book Review #41: The DUFF – Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
(A bit of a rare thing for me.)

(Finished Reading: 29/11/13
My 40th book this year.)

Wesley is the hottest boy in school. Alongside that, he is also the playboy who doesn’t say no to a girl. With his sights set on 2 out of a group of 3 girls, he heads over to make conversation with The DUFF. The designated ugly fat friend (there’s always one in every friendship group.)

Bianca, The DUFF, absolutely hated Wesley before she ever spoke to him. After being told she is The DUFF, followed by a full explanation of his intentions, Bianca throws her drink at him and pulls her friends to safety.

Somewhere along the line, with personal problems and a secret that she can’t discuss with her friends, Bianca finds herself needing an outlet. Somehow she throws herself at Wesley and as usual he doesn’t say no.

Using one another as a distraction from each of their struggles in life, they begin an enemies with benefits relationship.

I absolutely loved this book. The only problem I had was Bianca sleeping with someone she hates. But I loved the drama, the situations between the girls and their friendship. I loved the way Bianca can just be herself and I love the way she bickers with Wesley.

By the end of the story I felt happy and content. I rarely smile at the end of a book, as more often than not, the endings are rushed, too compact and too many explanations are used to tie up loose ends.

I loved the light hearted ‘fights’ between the two teenagers. I love how I could see everything happening in a real school. I love how the book depicts teenagers doing things that are just irrational but once we know the secrets of each character, somehow it doesn’t matter what happened in between. What matters is what they learn from one another and how they dealt with their problems.

Very much a recommended read. Well done Kody Keplinger.

Written by Ling Lee (29/11/13).

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Book Review #40: Bared to You by Sylvia Day

I rate this book 2.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 27/11/13
My 39th book this year.)

Gideon Cross, a multi billionaire, handsome, young and single.

Ava Tramell, new to Crossfire Industries, she literally stumbles across Gideon and failing to recognise him as THE Mr Cross.

From the moment Gideon’s eyes find Eva, he is somewhat spellbound, entranced, intoxicated by her. He becomes a challenge for him, as Eva fights against his advances yet wanting him as much as he wants her.

I really had high expectations for this book but found myself disappointed that there was no high point in the book. Filled with raw sex and emotional struggles between the two lovers who both have troubled pasts.

I didn’t really connect with either character and couldn’t believe either character could exist in real life.

Unfair to compare but I found Fifty Shades of Grey a much more compelling book, with a better storyline.

I would still like to give book 2 a chance and will hopefully understand each character better. I hate that after reading the whole book I STILL don’t know what has made Gideon live with darkness in him.

Written by Ling Lee

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Book Review #39: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5.

(Finished Reading: 20/11/13
My 38th book this year so far.)

A magically gifted teenager, Sophie, creates a love spell on prom night that turns out horrendously wrong.

The Council who overlook creatures such as werewolves, demons, fairies, vampires and witches, finally catch up with Sophie and send her to a reformers institute.

Stunned by a trio of witches with goddess like beauty, they try to initiate her into their coven only to be shunned by Sophie, gaining her the most terrible enemies on site.

Sophie’s chances of fitting in are doomed when she finds out her room mate is a vampire who everyone believes, murdered her previous room mate/best friend.

I loved the drama and magic. I love the supernatural beings in this book. Being a lover of all supernatural beings, this book was near perfect for me. Not a flaw by the author, but I felt this book was written for too young of an audience. I wish I had read this when I was much younger. Archer is such a wonderful, annoying boy to fall for and all the dramatics left me wanting more. I can’t wait to read book 2 to see what happens IF Archer is found alive.

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Book Review #38: Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 14/11/13
My 37th book so far this year.)

Kvothe’s story is told with many painful and mesmerising memories, of his beautiful family who are amongst a well respected travelling troupe of performers. Storytelling, singing, juggling and acting, they make an honest living whilst travelling through each village/town until disaster strikes leaving Kvothe to lead his days not knowing what tomorrow will bring.

We follow Kvothe and watch him grow as he experiences everything from life threatening attacks, to thievery before he make a life changing decision to enter the “university” with nothing but a new set of clothes.

With aspirations of becoming anything better than what he has been so far. We watch Kvothe get bullied by a fellow student Ambrose (who happens to be a member of a royal family), but he fights back. His life is a constant struggle as he defies rules and fights to unintentionally become a someone in society.

With an amazing sense of quickly learning anything he sets his thoughts on, Kvothe accomplishes many things and even learns to use magic.

I enjoyed reading most of this book. Considering it’s a book on magic, it is extremely toned down and supposedly believable an realistic to the real world we live in. I love how magic can kill you if you don’t know how to control it properly. I love how we run through the streets of Tarbean with orphaned Kvothe. With tears stinging my eyes as he gets beaten for begging in the wrong side of town and when he loses his only possession to remind him of his family. A simple book in regards to magic. But somehow it was a really good read. I most enjoyed the time he spent in the university grounds as he battles with difficult tutors and Ambrose. Then a special someone appears in his life yet he doesn’t know how to win her heart.

I’m very much looking forward to reading book 2. I would also definitely recommend this book to magic lovers.

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