13 Aug 2018

book review : to all the boys i've loved before

Book Title: To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1)
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: August 7th, 2014)
(First published: April 15th, 2014)
Rating : 3 stars

Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she's ever loved. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control...

I mixed feelings about this book, I found it difficult to rate it because I didn't think it was horrible but I didn't think it was amazing either. But I liked it more than I disliked it, so I settled with 3 stars (if not 3 stars than 3.5 stars). 

The main reason why I didn't like the book was because of Lara Jean's character. I felt like she beat herself up for the smallest things and I kind of felt sorry for her. I understood that she looked up to her older sister ( to the point where she had a fake, idolized perception of her, which I also didn't like) and wanted to be a role model to her younger sister, however, I think Lara Jean worried too much about how her sisters thought of her and not what she thought of herself. Whenever she's think/do something, she'd mention how her sisters would think of her. It's obviously not a bad thing, worrying about what your own family thinks of you, but it seemed like Lara Jean couldn't be her own person kind of thing, it's difficult for me to explain it. Lara Jean also seemed naive in many ways which I hope changes in the next book.

I also didn't like Lara Jean's sisters, Kitty and Margot. To be fair, Kitty actually did seem to mature throughout the book which makes me dislike her less (at the beginning of the book, she was SO annoying, I found myself rolling my eyes whenever she'd complain and be disrespectful to Lara Jean). Margot on the other hand, I still find it difficult to like her. She seemed like a cold person and was closed off, that's why I find it baffling that Lara Jean looked up to her and made up a distorted view about who she was. Nonetheless, I do love the sister bond between the three. Lara Jean mentions stories that happened before her mother passed away and I think it just makes the sister bond more authentic.

Other than these two issues, I actually enjoyed reading the book (mostly). Lara Jean and [character's] relationship was very cute. I like how their history brought more to the relationship and that they saw sides of each other they didn't expect to see. Throughout the whole book, I was really rooting for them! I also really liked Lara Jean's best friend, Chris. It's upsetting that their friendship isn't shown as much as I would've liked but it was enough for me to know how much they cared for each other and that were always there for each other. 
The whole story kept me interested and I just wanna know what happens next!! I'm so glad I bought all three books because I'm definitely reading the next ones asap! I also can't wait to watch the film! I hope it keeps me interested as much as the book did!

What I still wonder about is what happened to some of the other boys Lara Jean wrote letters to. The boys didn't really confront Lara Jean but I hope to see that they do in book two.  

Have you read To All the Boys I've Loved Before? What did you think of it? Are you excited for the film?

10 Aug 2018

why i decided to go natural

Ever since I can remember, I would always have my hair in cornrows or box braids and whenever I would take them out, I'd get my hair relaxed (or texturizers), washed then put in cornrows or box braids again. I never really thought much of it since it was just a routine that I followed. Now looking back on it, I got my hair relaxed because it was easier to manage since it always made my hair straight. But I never really took care of it properly because I didn't know how to. Type 4 hair is so different from other hair types and I didn't have any resources to help me understand what to do with my hair.

 Like (probably) any other person with natural hair, I found natural hair videos on YouTube. These videos consisted of tips on what products to use, how to do braid outs and twist outs, how to do protective styles and so on. While watching these videos all I thought was how much better I could take care of my hair if I decided to go natural and how it would be nice to see my curl pattern for once. 

Deciding to go natural meant making a big commitment. Deciding to go natural meant deep conditioning every week, wearing a satin/silk bonnet (or scarf) every night, moisturising my hair daily when it's in a protective style since 4b/c hair gets dry very quickly and using sulfate-free shampoo (to say a few). 

Although I honestly didn't think I could be bothered to do all of this, I tried. I went natural around December 2015 and I was doing well. Then in August 2016, I cut off my relaxed ends and my hair was extremely short. Fast forward 2 years later and my hair has definitely grown a lot (but also the shrinkage is real, so it looks like it's been the same length for 2 years) and I love to embrace my curls. I mostly do protective styles because I still find my hair hard to manage but it doesn't mean I don't love my hair. 

Maybe I'll grow it out more or maybe I'll cut it if I get fed up with it, but in the meantime, I'm comfortable with my natural hair as it is now.

4 Aug 2018

book review : cinder

Book Title: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Puffin
Publication Date: January 5th 2012 )
(First published:  January 3rd 2012)
Rating: 4 stars

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen - and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth's future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it's one you won't forget.

2 Aug 2018

30 Jul 2018

book review : children of blood and bone

Book Title: Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1)
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Publication Date: March 8th 2018
(First published : March 6th 2018)
Rating: 5 stars

Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut Children of Blood and Bone.

They killed my mother.They took our magic.They tried to bury us. Now we rise. 

Zelie remembers when the soil of Orisha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled - Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zelie's Reaper mother summoning forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zelie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden. 

Zelie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zelie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 

Danger lurks in Orisha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zelie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic - and her growing feelings for an enemy.

The movie of Children of Blood and Bone is in development at Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions with the incredible Karen Rosenfelt and Wyck Godfrey (Twilight, Maze Runner, The Fault In Our Stars) producing it. 

25 Jul 2018

18 Things I've Leaned in 18 Years

Shirt // Forever 21
Dungaree shorts // New Look
Boots // Dr Martens

21 Jul 2018

book review : call me by your name

Book Title : Call Me by Your Name
Author : André Aciman
Publisher : Atlantic Books 
Publication Date : September 21st 2017
(First published : January 23rd 2007)
Rating : 2 stars

Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks' duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.
The psychological maneuvers that accompany attraction have seldom been more shrewdly captured than in André Aciman's frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. Call Me by Your Name is clear-eyed, bare-knuckled, and ultimately unforgettable.

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