P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

P.S. I Like You
Author: Kasie West
Publication: July 26th 2016 by Point
Genre: YA Contemporary


Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

Such a cute book! As expected from our queen of contemporary, Kasie West. Her books have always been the ones I turn to every time I need a break from busy life or heavy reads. And P.S. I Like You provided me with such entertainment — I couldn’t stop reading.

Lily is your typical awkward girl who had difficulties talking to boys and isn’t very popular at school to begin with. Sounds like your typical contemporary, no? But the amazing thing about Kasie West is despite the common tropes she uses in her stories, her writing seems to make everything work like magic. Lily has a big family, one whose portrayal just screams warmth and if I had to quote from the book, “like how real families supposed to be”. I love reading her dynamic with each family members. How Ashley is not the typical annoying big sister — yes, there are moments where she can’t help but to tease Lily, but she’s very supportive in her own way. Wyatt and Jonah are two adorable Things. Reading about the interaction of Lily’s family just put a warm feeling inside my chest.

In addition, I also loved Lily’s relationship with her best friend Isabel. Even though there was unnecessary drama in the middle of the book, I was glad that the misunderstandings were sorted out quickly. But I guess that’s just how friends are like? We have ups and downs, sometimes small disagreements and sometimes big fights. But in the end, best friends just find their way to each other again, right?

“Someone else knows who they are.”
“Well, I would hope for the band’s sake that you’re not their only fan.”

I had no complaint about the romance — there’s nothing insta-love about it. I enjoyed reading how Lily’s relationship with the love interest play out. Though the plot was a bit predictable (or perhaps have I read too many books? I have my experience I guess haha) but that didn’t diminish my enjoyment for the book. The only thing that prevented me from rating this book higher was the fact that I found this book to be a little to tame for my taste. It could have explored so much more, mainly about Lily’s character development. But perhaps I set my standards too high and this book only gave me half of its potential.

Kasie West proves that she has got what it needs to write awesome contemporaries. I mean, cakes are common, but she always seems to know the right recipe to a delicious icing. Filled with humor and sarcastic banters, P.S. I Like You was definitely a quick read that leaves people wanting more.


Winter by Marissa Meyer

(The Lunar Chronicles #4)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication: November 10th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
Genre: YA Science Fiction

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

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When authors keep writing series in the same universe

I’m 100% sure that every one of us has a favorite series. One which you have spent hours fangirling over the characters or the plot, one which occupied your mind and left echoes behind even long after you’ve finished it. Perhaps the series was set in a fictional universe with world-building so epic you couldn’t stop being in awe.

Your favorite series has ended — or so you thought. Then the author decides to write a spin-off for your favorite series. How would you feel about that? 

Well, honestly spin-off series will garner a few different reactions from me: Continue reading When authors keep writing series in the same universe

The sheer delight of picking up old favorites

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009)

There’s no point in denying. I love re-reading or re-watching. Sure, I still want to be introduced to new series but a certain joy erupts within me whenever I’m getting back to my favorites. Especially during the peak of my obsessions, I tend to revisit my favorite scenes and it doesn’t reduce my enjoyment at all. Like for example, I’ve re-read the summer training camp arc in Haikyuu!! numerous times and still chuckled at Kuroo and Bokuto’s silliness each time.

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Let’s go rattle the stars!

queen of shadows
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas; Bloomsbury USA Children; 2015

“She was a whirling cloud of death, a queen of shadows, and these men were already carrion.”

If you diligently follow my Twitter and Goodreads updates, you will know that I finished Queen of Shadows last week and boy, what an awesome book it was! Crown of Midnight is still my numero uno, but Queen of Shadows follows closely behind.

There’s just something so fascinating about this series. I have always been a lover of high fantasy, but to be honest, I began to prefer contemporary last year because I was busy and contemporary was the kind of read I could devour in a breeze. I was — admittedly — in a huge fantasy slump. Then I picked up this series, which I had put on hold due to my conflicting schedule and guess what?

It was THE BEST feelings I have experienced in a while.

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