Monday, September 28, 2015

Book Review #5 - We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Assalamualaikum wbt and hello everyone!

Yes people, another book review. I can't promise a good review (cause I'm still learning since forever *sob*). One thing I know, the book IS superbly great. (and great is subjective so yeah, whatever.)

I hope you're gonna like it. I've literally taken a very long time to move on from this book because it is so devastating. My heart breaks when the truth was revealed by the end of it. It hurts. (haaaa I might come up with some spoilers.) So yeah, let's start already.

Presenting, We Were Liars; A review by Farzanaley. *flips tudung* Bear with me people!

Book Review #5 - We Were Liars (E. Lockhart) a review by Farzanaley.

I finished it in a day. But it took me almost a week to start reading another book. T_T

Here comes. 

We were liars is a story about a group of teenagers; Cadence, Mirren, Johnny and Gat, and how the four of them spent their holidays in their own family island-- The Sinclairs. 

POV - We see everything through Cadence's eyes. First person POV. How she see and feel everything, especially after she lost her memory due to the tragic accident.

Settings - Cadence meet her cousins every summer holidays. Something that we really anticipate for.
Especially that it's spent mostly with her cousins of her age. It's summer vacation, what more does she need?


Cadence - Oh young lady, how do I explain you? A proper girl. Lives in a broken family. Her mother is part of The Sinclairs. Her father left. Lost her memories after the awful accident.

Johnny - Cousin. His mother is also part of The Sinclairs. He has the typical young teenage boy character. Relaxed and caring, like a brother to Cadence.

Mirren - Cousin. More like a sister from another mother. Mirren's mother is also one of the Sinclairs. She's the person Cadence would seek and talk about her life because she'll definitely be there for her.

Gat - a Friend. Could've been a boyfriend to Cadence. Until Grandfather conveyed that he refused to accept people of different class in the family.


Summer vacation in The Sinclairs' private island has always been on the list. However, meeting Gat was not. Cadence first met him when Johnny brought him during one of their holidays. Gat has always been showing the other side of himself when he's with her. He wanted a lot of things. Changes. He has big dreams, and those are the ones that kept him alive.

Gat was a friend. While they were cousins. Their mothers were siblings. The mothers kept quarreling over their Grandfather's property. The young cousins were sick of it. They wanted it to stop.

Who would know that during one of those holidays, a very unfortunate event happened. Cadence lost her memories. Everything looked and felt foreign. Everyone stopped fighting. 

Cadence felt like the victory was theirs. They've gained some. Nevertheless, she knew it wasn't it. She felt empty; not knowing what they've lost.

*wow I might not be good at reviews but hell yeah I'm good at creating suspense out of it! (hahahaha okay ignore me). 

As I've written above, the book torn my heart into pieces, moved me into tears (which I've never done when I usually read before) and definitely tortured my mind until today. 

To put it laconically, all you've gotta do is to read it. If all of my fingers were thumbs, then E. Lockhart would've gotten 20 thumbs up from me. That's how amazing the book is, to me personally.

Thanks for reading!

Farzana Rosley.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Book Review #4 - The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom.

How do I start, hmm. Firstly, I’ll have to make it clear that Mitch Albom is one of my favourite authors and I want to make sure what I write is interesting enough so that you’ll want to read the book as much as I did.

I don’t know how some people read or see Mitch Albom as. But to me, upon reading his books, I have some sort of peaceful emotions because he writes things beautifully. Like a father telling his daughter a story. Yknow? (my personal opinion okay )
So yeah. Here it comes. Im still new. Here’s the review.

POV – Omniscient Point of view. Therefore we could see the characters thoroughly from the beginning to the end. So yeah, instead of 3rd person, I’ll say it’s omniscient POV.

Settings – small city in Coldwater, Michigan. I love the fact that I could ‘experience’ the feelings of being in that place, although im here in Malaysia >.<


Tess : a pretty blonde whom her mother Ruth keeps calling her from heaven.

Katherin Yellin : a lady who first spread the news of her accepting calls from her sister Diane in heaven.

Jack: a chief police who hid the fact from her ex-wife Dorren, who also keeps getting calls from their son in heaven.

Sully: another guy in the city. Lived a great life before everything changed in a second, turning him a guy whom his wife Giselle dead, having to grow his son Jules alone.

Jules : Sully’s son. He wishes he could get those calls too. From her mother, from heaven.


I’ll have to say. Like any other characters in the story. I believe it all. That there’s miracle. It could happen, who knows. To see how convinced Tess, Jack, Katherin and the rest who received the phone call, I love this unique miracle.

Sully’s character was pretty mean to me. How could he not accept it when the rest did. At least Pastor Warren was less harsh. He kept it to himself. All the confusion, he prayed in silence.
So there’s a lot of things that happen. Until we found the reason of the calls from heaven in the end. Or is it really from heaven?

I cant say more. Read it,enjoy it :}

*Im always crappy at writing reviews but I love doing them so yeah, I don’t care. I just wish if there’s any of people out there who read my reviews, perhaps you guys could gimme some tips or something. Whatever :3

Thanks for reading.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Book Review #3: East of The Sun by Julia Gregson

Hallu everyone!

My first post of 2015 would be another review. Prolly because it's been awhile since I update my blog and also read a novel!

Im kinda pissed of with myself for not doing em but well, I guess I kinda filled up my days with other social sites so yeap, that would be the excuse.

The book was bought by my friend when she went to the super-sale Big Bad Wolf in Malaysia, somewhere in Shah Alam? Was it? Well I dont care how it was bought. Funny thing about a book is that, we shouldnt judge it from its cover right?

Well I do believe in that quote but with books, I tend to look for simple covers. LIKE plain ones with words only. Idk why. It's just that Im more attracted to them. So, BELIEVE me, if my friend Saff didnt buy it for me (cause she's pretty artistic and she sees book covers differently as how I do), I might not read it and write a review today!

Taken from google. My phone is charging. Cant take the photo of the book rn. But this is exactly the cover of the book. 

Now, let's move on to the review :) 

Lemme make things clear with the books I read. I love books that bring me to another place. I dont care whether these places are real or fictional for as long as they're somewhere that Ive never been to before.

With East of The Sun, Julia Gregson made me experience the life of people who sail on big ships (like Titanic yknowwww), and she brought me to India!

I love all the characters and to make sure that I won't give you the spoilers, Im only gonna share a lil about the characters :3

Viva Holloway : the main lady. the first few pages made me kinda fear her character. she was a fraud. well, sorta~ but you gotta read to know more. ;3

Rose : oh she's sooooo fragile. seriously naive. but as the story goes on, I really love seeing her character develops.

Victoria : one hell of a girl. kinda laid back but desperate in a way. she developed nicely as much as Rose did too! (did I tell you guys that Rose & Victoria are cousins?)

Glover : oh this boy. I love his character. Really. because at first I like him, and even till the end, I do. I just think that he's such a pitiful young boy :(

This story is about how Viva lied how she knew India so that she got paid to become Rose and Voctoria's chaperone along their trip to India. Rose is getting married to an Englishman who stays in India, while Victoria is her bridesmaid. 

In their journey, they learned about each other a lot. They met guys. They were in India. They met new people. They (and I) learned the culture, A LOT.

And you'll have to read it to experience what I went through. It's a good catch. It made me feel like going to India like right NOW!

Always a proud reader :)

Thank you Julia Gregson for a great journey. Glad that I was able to experience them (altho in my mind ;) )

Thanks for reading!

Farzana Rosley.