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I'm Feeling Wanderlust | The Around The World Book Tag

Thursday, August 24, 2017 Geraldine 0 Comments


Hi everyone! 

I'm here with a new book tag today! I really admire how creative book-tag-creators are...because these seriously take a lot of work! 
I love traveling...and as someone who hasn't been able to travel for the past three years, I'm feeling that wanderlust again! 
This book tag will be a bit different to normal book tags - I'll be writing down the places that fit the category or my personal experiences, along with a book that fits the category! 

1. Sailing Across the Seas - A book about travelling - bonus points if it's travel by sea! 
My experience/place: I've actually never travelled by sea before, but I kind of want to travel in the Dead Sea, just because I've heard stories about how the density is different, so I can float easily there! 
My book: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan! 

2. Fine Dining - A book that made you hungry with its overwhelming descriptions of food 
My experience/place: MALAYSIA. I love Malaysia, it's where I was born, but I consider it a holiday destination since I spend less than a month in it every year. The food here is actually the main reason I return - from Sarawak laksa, kolo-mee, chao kueh tiao, pig trotters and rice, as well as the various desserts like layer cake, the Nonya desserts, and Ais Kachang, Malaysia is a food heaven for me! 
My book: Haven't actually read a book that's made me that hungry...probably because I always have a snack with me hahaha...Unless you count recipe books! Give me recommendations on books with lots of food! 

3. From Motels to Hotels - A book that was an unexpected surprise 
My experience/place: Oh my god, there is this one hotel in Beijing that was THE BEST HOTEL I HAVE EVER BEEN TO. My family went to Beijing as part of a tour, and I was expecting a 3-star hotel or something, nothing too fancy, with the standard shower, TV set and beds cramped into one room. Instead, we got a five-room suite, with...wait for it...a STAIRCASE. The bottom floor was one bedroom, a bathroom, and a sitting area; going up the staircase led to another three rooms. Our six-person party had access to this entire place ALL TO OURSELVES because it was classed as ONE ROOM. I STILL HAVE PHOTOS OF IT AND I LOVE IT. 
Going to that hotel was one of the happiest moments of my life. 
My book: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I actually expected this to be trash, because the friend who recommended it to me really liked The Vampire Diaries, which I read and thought was trash. Turns out my friend liked the TV show The Vampire Diaries, which I ended up liking at the time (when The Vampire Diaries was showing Season 3 episodes lolll), and coincidentally, I really loved Vampire Academy too. 


4. Miscommunication - A book that's hard to understand 
My experience/place: Again, when I went to China, because I looked Chinese, a lot of people spoke to me in Mandarin...jokes on them when I tried speaking back in broken Mandarin ahahahahaha
My book: Soundless by Richelle Mead. It was just hard to understand this book, mostly because its concept revolved around the inability of the citizens to speak, and how the citizens relied on sign language. 


5. Sightseeing - A book that you picked up because it's really popular 
My experience/place: Phi Phi Islands in Thailand. We went around so many small islands on a small motor boat, and we could see how clear the water was, and the beach was just so pristine...it was gorgeous! 
My book: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. It ended up being sort of a disappointment, to be honest...but it was BIG at the time it came out. 

6. Dealing with the Desert - A book that you were so addicted to, that you could have gone days without water just to read it
My experience/place: I've never been to the desert, but one day I'd like to go to Antarctica, even though I hate the cold. It's just such a novel place - a frozen desert. 
My book: Anything by Cassandra Clare! Another anecdote - I actually spent a whole day, sitting by the fireplace, reading City of Heavenly Fire, from start to finish. I don't think I ate, I don't think I even took a break; I was completely immersed in the Shadowhunter world.

7. Journey through the Jungle - A book that was difficult to navigate through 
My experience/place: HAHA in Malaysia, my grandparents essentially live in a jungle... But I'd love to go to the Amazon someday! 
My book: Whisper to Me by Nick Lake. This book, whilst an awesome representation of mental illness, was really hard for me to get into. I had no idea what was actually happening sometimes, and it made me work really hard to follow the plot. 

8. Holiday House in the Hamptons - A book you continually revisit, time after time again. 
My experience/place: A place I continually revisit is Malaysia! Malaysia is almost my second home, with my grandparents there, and some of my extended family members. 
My book: Wild Swans by Jung Chang. I'm actually due for a reread, to be honest! But I find this book fascinating, because it explores three generation of women, and their experiences in China, especially around the time of the Cultural Revolution. 

9. Souvenirs - A book you would give as a gift for a close friend 
My experience/place: Once, I got a souvenir from a friend who went to Fiji, and I was really touched she got me something...until I found out everyone else got the same thing as me! I'm really picky, and I like feeling special, so ever since then, I've made sure to buy souvenirs that are unique and personal for the person I'm getting them for! 
My book: For Gabby, my sister, I actually got her Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. Definitely a book I would give to any empowered young woman! 


10. There's No Place Like Home - A book that makes you feel like you're home 
My experience/place: Even though I thought Brisbane was small, and there was nothing to do in Brisbane, recently, I've seen more and more events crop up, that are Brisbane events! There's so much to do in this sunny city...sometimes I don't feel like leaving it! 
My book: Anne of Green Gables! I read this when I was young, and it made me feel all the feels...I could see Anne growing up, and I did similar things to all the foolish things she did! 

I tag...
As always, I tag whoever wants to do this! If you decide to do this tag...tweet me your post! I'd be keen to check it out; otherwise, comment a link in the comments below! 
But in particular, I'd love to hear:
1) Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books - you go travelling so often, it would be awesome to hear your thoughts! 
3) Cilla @ Paved With Books

Keep reading and loving books!
Geraldine


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Deja Vu | Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Thursday, July 27, 2017 Geraldine 0 Comments





The Breakdown


General Info:
     Title: Inside Out
     Author: Maria V. Snyder
     Genre: Dystopia, YA, Science-Fiction
     Publisher: Harlequin
     Publishing Date: April 1st, 2010

Thoughts:
     Excellent:
          - The way it mirrors out society 
          - Mix of genres

    Things that could have been better:
         - Characters were dull and fell into stereotypes and tropes 
         - Plot twists weren't shocking - except for one
         - Forgettable

Rating:  2.5 stars
Goodreads | Amazon |

Initial Thoughts

A friend of mine enthusiastically recommended this to me at the start of 2016! Plus it's Maria V. Snyder - I've read some of her books before, and they haven't been horrible...Finally, that cover just got to me! It's really creative how the title is really meta, in its design, with the word 'inside' being inside the word 'out' 

Keep Your Head Down. Don't Get Noticed. Or Else. 

I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.




Thoughts

I have a weird feeling that I've actually read this book before, but forgotten completely about it. After I got into the first few pages, everything about it just sounded really familiar. Maybe I've read another book like it before, or maybe I've read it before and just forgotten everything about it. Let me know if you know any books like Inside Out - I'm curious to know which it is! 

Maria V. Snyder's writing here is actually pretty easy to follow. I tried reading the Healer series previously, and whilst the first book was easy to follow, the following books were harder to read and just more disjointed for me. So I was happy to see that this book was fluid and smooth with the writing and managed to hook me in. 

The setting of Inside Out is rather interesting to me. With the division between the 'uppers' and the 'scrubs', the tension between the two classes of society was depicted very well, and it made me think about tensions between races, with how discriminatory and uneducated some of the discourse was. The knowledge that each class had of each other was off-base and based on stereotypes - which I actually enjoyed, because I thought it mirrored our society very well, and made it easier for me to relate to the book.

I found the main character, Trella, to be quite dull honestly. There was nothing really special about her, other than her title as the 'Queen of Pipes', for her constant scuttling about in the pipes Inside. She fell into the trope of being that unique person who is essential for x, y and z to happen, and that trope about being the outcast. Her love interest, Riley, was the same as well, with regards to being boring. With two characters that were about as dull as cardboard, I didn't feel any chemistry between them, not even with their joking around about the stuffed sheep, which felt forced and very lame. 

The plot twist at the end, where Trella's parentage is revealed wasn't much of a surprise to me either - I saw it from a mile away, and when her parentage is revealed, I didn't gasp in shock or particularly care, really. But I did enjoy the plot twist where we find out what Inside and Outside really are, which I didn't see coming. 

Final Thoughts

Inside Out is a good book in terms of writing, but ultimately forgettable with reused tropes and dull characters. I've already started the second book within days of reading this one, and I've already forgotten some of the key characters. Whether it's my bad memory or it's just a forgettable book, I'm giving Inside Out a hard 2.5 stars. Merely passable. 

Rating

This is based off my Goodreads review, which ranks the book by its characters, plot, writing style and entertainment value. 


Thoughts in a Phrase 

Deja vu. 

Keep reading and loving books!
Geraldine


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I Haven't Touched A Book In Six Months: An Update On My Life

Sunday, July 23, 2017 Geraldine 0 Comments


Hello friends! It has been AGES since I was last here!
I hope you have all been well! 
Confession time: I didn't touch a book for six months. 
Do I feel guilty? Not really. 
At this point, you're probably gasping. How could I have gone six months without reading a single book for fun? And how am I not guilty?? 
These are very good questions. Questions that I have no answers, only excuses for! 
Of course, the usual comes to mind; university, doing five subjects, work, tutoring, research projects, a social life, etc. Sorry (but really not) for the excuses! 

What I've been doing (life edition)
Juggling five uni subjects again this semester was definitely not fun - especially when I had to worry about anatomy and chemistry! My final exam weeks were especially daunting, since I had five exams in the first week alone, and one more exam in the first half of the second week. 
But throughout all the stress, I was really glad I had my family and my boyfriend to back me up with delicious food, dinner dates, supplying me with chocolate and dried mangoes and...and...wait....I think I'm just grateful to have delicious food :')
I also had one exam over the holidays, because I deferred it due to my hectic exam timetable, so holidays were filled with study >_< 

What I've been doing (bookish edition) 
Like I've said, I've been doing...stuff. Which is all fair. But what have I actually been doing bookish wise? 
I went to a Penguin Teen event at Brisbane Library two months (?) ago! It was really fun...mostly because I got to meet up with some of my fave book bloggers, such as Maddie, Jeann, and Brett! 
I've also been buying a ton of books...stocking up for these university holidays! One month is definitely not enough to get through all the books...but I'll try my hardest to! 
I rearranged my bookshelf! It looks the same as always (i.e. a cluttered mess), but I managed to fit more books in! LIFE ACCOMPLISHMENT. 
I managed to read just one book over the holidays... Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare! Which I resisted buying for so long, because I had another exam over the uni break...but I bought it anyway and gave into procrastination :')) 

My plans for the future
I'm planning on reading The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon! 
I'm also looking forward to writing a ton more posts and actually posting them...instead of leaving them as drafts :')) 
Hopefully I'll finally adapt to using Twitter...been offline on it for way too long! ...same with bookstagram haha! 
I'm getting ready for a new semester of uni now too - hopefully I'll do well again this semester! 

What have you all been up to? Have you read anything interesting that you think I should get around to? Any hot new releases I should keep my eye on? Talk to me! It's seriously been WAY. TOO. LONG. 

Keep reading and loving books (and sorry for the long absence!) 
Geraldine


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Conversations: Commenting Back - Should it Be Compulsory?

Monday, February 06, 2017 Geraldine 0 Comments


Welcome one, welcome all, to another edition of Conversations! This month, our topics will be focused on blogging habits. 
This week, let's discuss:
Do you always comment back? Should commenting back be a must? 

Firstly, let's define what commenting back means. I know when I first started blogging, that term really confused me. I initially thought it just meant replying back to comments on your blog. But then as time wore on, I realised that "commenting back" meant visiting said commenter's blog and commenting on one of their posts. 
So that's the definition we'll go with today - commenting back refers to visiting a commenter's blog and commenting back on their post

I personally try to always comment back. After I reply to someone's comment on my blog, I head on over to their blog, through their user or their link they've provided, and find an interesting post to leave a comment. This isn't always feasible for me though - sometimes I take unexpected hiatuses (like I am now) because life creeps up. I try to go back afterwards and comment back - so I do a delayed comment back, if that makes sense. 
Sometimes, people comment on older posts of mine, which have been up for a month or so. Whilst I really appreciate that, and Disqus does send me an email notifying me that someone has commented, I usually leave it for later...until later becomes never. >_< 

Still, I make sure to try to always reply to peoples' comments on my blog at the very least - for me, that's just common courtesy. If people take the time out of their lives to care what you think - shouldn't you take the time to reply to them? Replying to these comments is always easier than making your own comment - at the very least, replying back shows that you are grateful for their presence here. 

Should commenting back be compulsory? I don't know. Personally, I used to think it should be compulsory - after all, we are in this community to make friends, to find other like-minded people. And it does get tiring, leaving so many comments on other peoples' blogs, hoping to make a connection with them, but to be faced with them never trying to connect with your words. I get that people have busy lives, but it's important to reach out, and connect with your readers if you have a blog. 
But at the same time, I remember hearing someone say in the blogosphere that they didn't comment back, because they didn't want to force a comment, and be fake. I think that philosophy is pretty interesting, and I agree with it to some extent. I agree that you shouldn't have to force yourself to comment back - if you can't find anything interesting to talk about, don't comment! Don't write a comment like "Wow, so interesting, thanks for sharing!". It's pretty fake, and it shows that you don't really care about making connections. But at the same time, we are all book lovers - there should be something on everyones' blogs that we can relate to, or empathise with. 

In the end, I don't think that commenting back should be compulsory. But at the very least, I believe that bloggers should reply to comments on their own blogs - I know I used to follow a bunch of blogs that didn't reply back to comments on their own blogs, and it was really disheartening because I never felt like I mattered to these blogs, it never felt like they wanted to make friendships. It seemed like all they cared about was stats, getting ARCs, and gaining followers. 

If you know me, that's not the kind of person I like.

Well, that post took a very personal detour. What do you all think about commenting back? Should it be compulsory? Let me know in the comments below, or in the linky here!



Keep reading and loving books!
Geraldine


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Conversations: Why Reading Multiple Books Is My Jam

Saturday, January 21, 2017 Geraldine 0 Comments


Welcome to another week of Conversations! 
This week, the topic is...
Do you prefer to read a single book at a time, or multiple books at a time? Why? 

I am not ashamed of it - I like reading multiple books at one time! 

A huge problem I have when I read is actually starting the book. Particularly for fantasy and science-fiction books, there's usually quite a lot of world building involved. I'm a lazy reader, and I generally like to skim over information dumps - so when one book gets to be too much for me, I skip it. I move onto another book, and when I feel like returning back to Book #1, I return back. But of course, I can't forget about Book #2! So I concurrently read them. 
And then, I want to read Book #3 - someone has just recommended it strongly to me, and that synopsis is gold! So of course, I pile on Book #3, and chug it down as well. 
BUT WAIT. 
The sequel of a wonderful book has JUST come out - I NEED to know how that cliffhanger in the first book was resolved - let's add on Book #4!
By now, I'm thinking, "I think I've got enough books - let me start properly reading them!" BUT NO, LIFE DOES NOT WORK LIKE THAT. 
School throws compulsory reading my way. 
"Hey Gerri, we're studying The Picture of Dorian Gray this semester for English" 
And I add Book#5 to my list. 
Let's not forget that ARC that you signed up for three months ago! You need to read and review it by the end of this week! #oops. Book #6 is on the pile!
...the number of books, and the reasons why go on and on. I think at one point, I was reading eight books at one time?

I'm not going to lie - reading multiple books at the same time does have its drawbacks, as you can clearly see. 
Getting inundated with all the books isn't always fun, because I feel overwhelmed. I also tend to forget a bunch of information about each book, as it all blends together. Sometimes, I forget what page I'm on as well, because I don't use bookmarks - I rely on my memory. 

But reading multiple books at the same time also has its benefits. If I didn't read multiple books at one time, I would be so bored of that one book I'm reading. It spices up my reading life! It's also pretty convenient - I never leave the house without a book, and if I'm too close to finishing a book, I can decide not to bring it - I can bring another book that I've yet to get to the middle of (we must always be prepared for boring situations). Finally, there's also review writing...I tend to finish all my books around the same time, so I also have to write all my reviews at the same time! I like doing all my reviews at the same time, because I get to focus my whole attention on doing those reviews, open up all those tabs for just one occasion. Makes it so much easier, and more time-effective for me! 

What kind of a reader are you - a one book at a time, or multiple book at a time reader? Why? Let me know in the comments below, or else link up with the linky! ^_^


Keep reading and loving books!
Geraldine


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#DisabilityDiaries2017 - My Experience With Mental Illness - A Response to Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley

Thursday, January 19, 2017 Geraldine 0 Comments


I recently read Highly Illogical Behaviour, by John Corey Whaley, and I absolutely loved it. If I could trace the first instance when I was hooked, it would have to be when Lisa mentioned that she had to write an essay on her experience with mental illness for a scholarship for a university. 

In high school, mental illness was such a big part of my life. I wasn't diagnosed with a mental illness - no, some of my closest friends were. If I was ever given this topic - "My experience with mental illness" for an essay topic, I honestly have no idea how I'd keep to any word limit, because there's so much I can write on this topic. 
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My Experience with Mental Illness 
By Geraldine Lee
As a child, I never knew what mental illness was. Depression was another word for being sad. Anxiety was another term for being worried. Being bipolar was being crazy. My small, inexperienced mind. 
Since then, I've learned a lot. 
In high school, I made friends with many people from all different backgrounds. From vibrant people who loved Harry Potter like I did, to quiet people who liked to spend their days in the library studying like I did, I found my people.

In particular, I found two of my best friends - let's call them Daisy and David. 
Daisy and I became steadfast friends when we were paired up for a Physics assignment - we found that we loved watching so many similar TV shows, like Castle, Bones, The Mentalist and Once Upon A Time. David, I fell in love with. 
Before I knew it, I was staying up late, just to talk to both of them. We had our own group chat going, we would post memes, joke around, and just have fun. 

However, that didn't last long. 
David told me he had depression. By that time, we were dating and it was crushing, seeing the boy I loved crumble, not knowing who he was anymore. Knowing that he was going through this and I couldn't make it better. 
Daisy confided that she had anxiety, and that the psychologist she was seeing might diagnose were with a bipolar disorder. It was painful to hear how uncertain she was, how worried she was, and not know how to help her. 
It was painful, to see my friendships fall apart, because I didn't know how to help them. 

I've learned three things from my experience with anxiety and depression. Firstly, mental illness should never be romanticised. Secondly, that more people need to know what mental illnesses are. Thirdly, more people need to know how to help others with mental illness.  

Here's the thing about mental illness - you can't see them. With a lot of illnesses, they manifest themselves physically, whether it be with a runny nose, red eyes, unusual bruises - with mental illness, that's not always the case. 

So when people tell me that mental illness isn't real, or that it's just in people's heads, I know that's not true. Mental illness is just as real as any other illness - and it's critical that we all play a role in treating it, whether it be through doing more research about it, treating it, or just plain old being a good friend.

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If you, or you think anyone you know is suffering from a mental illness, please speak up. You don't have to tell me here in the comments - just speak up, see someone, talk to someone about it. Mental illness can be so debilitating. 
I've got a few links attached below - I hope they'll come in handy. 


Geraldine



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#DisabilityDiaries2017 - Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley

Monday, January 16, 2017 Geraldine 0 Comments



The Breakdown


General Info:
     Title: Highly Illogical Behaviour 
     Author: John Corey Whaley
     Genre: Contemporary, YA, Diverse Books,
     Publisher: Dial Books
     Publishing Date: May 26th, 2016

Thoughts:
     Excellent:
          - The characters - were all fascinating characters that made me think about MY life
          - The plot/premise - intriguing and hooked me in! The synopsis stays true to the book
          - The writing - flows easily and easy to read

    Things that could have been better:
         - um..nothing?

Rating: 5  stars
Goodreads | Amazon

Initial Thoughts

Ever since starting bookstagram, I've raided my local libraries for beautiful books to photograph. That's why I borrowed Highly Illogical Behaviour - the cover is gorgeous in an abstract-art kind of way. But, I wasn't actually planning to read it...sacrilege, you say? Well, it's a good thing that Reg @ SheLatitude convinced me to read it then! She commented on a bookstagram photo that I uploaded of it, saying it was one of her favourite books ever...so I HAD to read it right? 

Sixteen year old Solomon has agoraphobia. He hasn't left his house in three years, which is fine by him. At home, he is the master of his own kingdom--even if his kingdom doesn't extend outside of the house. 

Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to go to a top tier psychiatry program. She'll do anything to get in. 


When Lisa finds out about Solomon's solitary existence, she comes up with a plan sure to net her a scholarship: befriend Solomon. Treat his condition. And write a paper on her findings. To earn Solomon's trust, Lisa begins letting him into her life, introducing him to her boyfriend Clark, and telling him her secrets. Soon, Solomon begins to open up and expand his universe. But all three teens have grown uncomfortably close, and when their facades fall down, their friendships threaten to collapse as well.

Characters

Whaley knows how to write characters. 
I was initially very apprehensive with Lisa. Lisa didn't seem to have any boundaries, and I had no idea why anyone would even like her. But eventually, Whaley reveals so many layers to her character, shows why she is what she is, shadowing light onto her background. It also helped that I completely understood where Lisa was coming from - two or three years ago, I was pretty much Lisa. I was interested in psychology, wanted to do medicine (still want to do both of those things now) and I was determined to get out of the city I grew up in (not so much anymore). 
Solomon was such an endearing character. I could smush up his face and squeal, like an old grandmother, because he just pulled at my heartstrings with everything he did. 
Clark was just a standout character, with how supportive he was. He showed me what being a friend meant - you make sure your friends know when they're overstepping, and you look out for them. 
I really enjoyed how the friendships between this motley bunch was developed - what started off as curiosity on Lisa's part ended up being a sincere, deep affection for Solomon, and Clark, who had little interest in Solomon ended up being one of Solomon's best mates and a love interest. 

Plot

I was really hesitant about the plot. A girl who's trying to 'fix' a boy with agoraphobia? For a scholarship? It sounded really unethical to me, and I wasn't sure if I'd be on board with Lisa. Characters are everything to me in contemporary novels, so I was worried I'd be reading a book with an insufferable main character. My worries were all for nothing though - most of the book was about friendship and love. Towards the end, there was some drama, but throughout the book, friendship and love were consistent themes explored, which overshadowed the drama for me. I didn't enjoy reading the drama, but it did help explore the theme of friendship and love even deeper, probing at how betrayal can affect friendships

Writing Style 

Initially, I thought Whaley's writing style was a bit too simplistic. But then I kept reading, and that simplicity strikes you at the core. Although Whaley writes in a simple, short manner, the complex ideas he writes with those simple sentences really made me take a step back and reevaluate my life and everything I've ever done, 
"There are no boring places, only boring people." (pg. 64) 
"You'd know [if you'd fallen out of love with her]. You just have to look at your life before her and then after her and see which one you like better." (pg. 206)
I'm not the quote-keeping kind of girl...but these are beautiful quotes that just really resonated with me. 

Entertainment Value

Hooked. Absolutely hooked. The short sentences made it easy for me to understand everything, to read it through quickly or slowly, depending on what I wanted to do. The characters felt real, it felt like I was there with them. Whilst reading, I was completely lost in the book - I almost forgot to get off the train! 

Final Thoughts

Highly Illogical Behaviour is a gorgeous book with characters that just spoke to me. With a plot that is sure to entice, and with wonderful words that flow like honey, Whaley's Highly Illogical Behaviour was one of my favourite reads of 2016. I'll definitely be looking for more books like his, so if you have any recommendations, please shout them out below! 

Finally, I'll be writing another post as part of Disability Diaries, related to mental illness and Highly Illogical Behaviour - my essay on My Experience With Mental Illness. Keep an eye for it on Wednesday! 

Rating




Thoughts in a Phrase 

Magnificent. 

Keep reading and loving books!
Geraldine


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When I First Saw You | The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

Thursday, January 12, 2017 Geraldine 0 Comments


When I First Saw You (or WIFSY) is a meme held over by Sophie at Sailing through Books. The aim of the game is to write up a synopsis for a given cover, and then compare it to the actual cover of a book! Sounds fun right? It most definitely is! 


I have missed doing WIFSY! It's such a creative outlet for me, and it's helping me come up with more ideas for my WIP. 

Anyway, here is my contribution this week - what do you all think? 

The Book For This Week is...



The Love Interest, by Cale Dietrich

My Synopsis


"911, how can I help you?"
"There's been a murder."
"What's your location?"
The phone operator was met with the resounding dial tone. 

Lexa Lin is a hardened criminal. Part of an elite group of assassins, she's grown up knowing one thing - love kills. 
Thing is, she's never been too good at following rules. 
After all, rules shouldn't apply to being with Grant, her fellow assassin-in-arms. Withhis rugged good looks and flirty words, he defies the realm of reason and possibility - breaking one rule is nothing compared to all that.  
But then she meets Trey. Trey, the opposite of everything Grant is. A prep school boy, with everything.
And her next order? To murder Trey's father. 

Get ready for ready for one hell of a ride.
And don't forget...love kills.

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The Actual Synopsis


There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

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Comparing

Well...secret organisation? I WAS KIND OF RIGHT. But honestly, I like both my synopsis and the real synopsis. I'll definitely be going after The Love Interest - I'm totally in the mood for a love triangle book! Plus, it's a competition? Come on, this must be the most perfect book for me! I am a sucker for any books where there are competitions. 
But at the same time...I know how many books are out there with my synopsis, but I really like my story. I honestly want to write a whole book out of it! 

What would you have written? Do you think my synopsis was too far fetched? Did you like my synopsis? Let me know in the comments below!

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Keep reading and loving books!
Geraldine


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