Thursday, January 22

2015 Reading Pile

To Be Read List:

1. ~ Wicked } because I just LOVE the musical.
2. ~  Poison Garden } birthday gift, looks interesting.
3. ~ Gone Girl } major movie. Not sure....?
4. ~ The Knife of Never Letting Go } Cannot wait
5. ~ She is not Invisible } Again cannot wait
6. ~ Catch 22 } read a very good review a few months back.
7. ~ We were Liars } won this in a giveaway. Thank you to Michelle Toy
8. ~ The Girl who Saved the King of Sweden } funny title :L
9. ~ The Bell Jar } because it's Sylvia Plath. SYLVIA PLATH!
10. ~ The Demon's Lexicon } am I the only one that thinks the title looks like blood?
11. ~ A Game of Thrones } hmm... what is this phenomenon about..?
12. ~ Afterworlds } christmas gift. Can't remember for the life of me where I read the review.
13. ~ Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children } tbh, I'm terrified.
14. ~ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy } recommended by my friend Thomas.
15. ~ A Storm of Swords } because I bought it thinking it was the first one.... tut tut tut
16. ~ The Time Traveller's Wife } tried and failed many times but this year I will finish it! I will!
17. ~ The Bone Season } Sounds amazing.
18. ~ 1984 } currently reading. Yes. Just yes.
19. ~ Never Let me Go } "must read"?  yeah?
20. ~ The Hobbit } I have no idea why. I'm not familiar with tLotRs.

To ReRead List:

1. ~ The Night Circus
2. ~ Paper Towns
3. ~ Gallagher Girl Series
4. ~ Emma
5. ~ Harry Potter ( ALL OF THEM!!! )

To be read from Library

1. ~ Not quite sure because I haven't been yet. But I do want to read at least 5 books from the library. Any suggestions?

So have you read any of these? What's on your 2015 tbr list?
Happy Reading!
Marian  ^_^

Thursday, January 15

Cakes in Cups

I hope you are all having a wonderfully snowy January. We had pretty spectacular snow that lasted almost a whole day before the rain hit. Anyhoo, I thought I'd show you these little creations. They are just ordinary chocolate chip cupcakes that I baked in these teacup rubber moulds. My sister got me them for Christmas. Aren't they just so cute? Perfect gift for anyone into baking. I just made up the recipe as I went a long so I actually can't post a recipe. But they were the most srumdidlyumptious cupcakes I've ever had ( modesty :L ). Enjoy these virtual cupcakes.

Happy Baking!
Marian  ^_^

Saturday, January 10

Intrepid :: Book Review

I must first thank the author J.D. Brewer for sending me this. I am so grateful for the opportunity to read and review it. This was in fact my first ebook, and although at first it was strange and annoying to have to turn on my laptop to read, soon I found myself edging to open my mac; I was hooked.

Texi Nicholson is a small town girl living a small town life—that is, until the Multiverse intervenes. Suddenly, Texi learns she is not only capable of travelling between universes, but she has the ability to create or destroy them as well. Can she trust her childhood neighbour, Iago, to help her navigate the stars or will his own agenda prevent her from realizing her potential?

 Liam Martinez grows up believing he understands who he is and what he will become, but he soon discovers his plans do not coincide with those who raised him. When he is given the task of helping Texi learn how to travel the Multiverse, he will truly learn what it means to Stand on the Shoulders of Giants. Can he remain objective when it means the fate of the Multiverse depends on his judgement?

 Intrepid is a story of untapped potential, Multiversal imagination, and worlds colliding. Its blend of action, heartbreak, adventure, science fiction, and philosophy will make you question what you think you believe

My Thoughts...

Honestly, I had no idea what to expect. Was intrepid a romantic tale of star-crossed lovers? Or an adventure with guns and war? Was I going to need tissues for crying my eyes out or for laughing until I had a pain in my stomach? And now that I have finished the book, I still can’t exactly pinpoint its genre. It is original with a bit of everything you want to make it an epic read. 

This tale is told by both Texi and Liam as they encounter what will change their lives forever. With a familiar start to the novel, set in Texas, soon this book evolves into a perplexing world that was beyond my wildest imaginations. Texi appears to be just your normal average teenager. Nothing special. Until suddenly, that all changes. Left questioning her friends, family and even her own self -who could she really trust?


Intepid is full of twists and turns. As this intriguing tale unravelled, filling me with more and more information whilst building the alienish world in my mind, I was drawn in with concern for the characters and thirst for more answers. As soon as I uncovered explanations and grew to like and trust certain characters, it's as if the story decided to flip and totally crush my new found knowledge and hope with it. There was a constant sway between confusion and understanding.  It had me questioning everything and everyone.

Intrepid is a truly original story and a captivating masterpiece of imagination.

Although that ending has left me with so much anxiety and suspense. I need answers. I need the next book. And I need it now!

The Characters...
Texi - She is a character I could see myself in. In no way perfect, but averagely flawed, I loved Texi and her strong mind.  Her way of thinking I could agree with and as she faced a startling different journey I joined her with care, concern and heartache.

Liam - At start I just couldn't make him out. Who was he really? And although I did get to see his POV,  it wasn't until the end that I think I truly began to recognise Liam. He irritated me a lot but was just beginning to grown on me when it ended.

"It is funny how insurmountable mountains are when you look up at them from the bottom because you eventually discover that once you reach the top, the next mountain dwarfs the one you just conquered."

"I wanted to eat the song up. I wanted to mash up every note and turn them int marble so I could examine every colourful crack in their foundation."

"...every end is really the beginning of something different."

"I wanted to do everything with an edge of brilliance. I wanted to drink in every adventure and live out every possibility."

Happy Reading!
Marian  ^_^

Tuesday, January 6

The Goldfinch

Last June, when I went to Paris, my friends and I got purposely lost and ended up inside the most magical bookshop on earth; Shakespeare's Bookstore & Co. I can't tell you how amazing it was, the ladders, the chairs, the books! My eyes were mesmerised any my hands trembled over the most beautiful spines. Quite a while later, I walked out with Julia Child's Cookbook and The Goldfinch in hand. Both bearing the treasured Shakespeare Stamp.
Aged thirteen Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and an absent father, miraculously survives a catastrophe that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Theo is tormented by longing for his mother and down the years he clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

My Thoughts...  First thing I noticed was that this book is HUGE. I know I’ve read a lot of “big” books but this one seemed extra long. I mean there are 864 pages! But theses are 864 pages of utter brilliance. It is not like other books in the way they blend together but instead stands on its own. I’m not saying that you will be hooked or lying awake at night in fear of the characters' fates because in all honesty I found it quite slow moving. So slow that it took me almost three months. However, I wasn’t bored, I just took my time enjoying the story and soaking up the beautiful descriptions. Donna Tartt really focused on the little details making this book immensely vivid. If there is anything going for this book it has to be how stunningly breathtakingly written it is.

[ as a result from reading this book]
The Goldfinch, in fact, is a painting. And as a student who once upon a time studied art I found myself drifting back in love with it. Even if you have never understood or admired art, this book will really give you a feel for the mysterious beauty in masterpieces. As I read it, I felt that pull when a book makes you want to do something - the inspiration a book can give. I wanted to grab my paintbrush and just paint ( so naturally I did at 10:30pm).
 I wanted to walk through an empty gallery and just look. To see the little paint strokes and ask the questions The Goldfinch had influenced.

But aside from the Art and the beauty of the words, the troubled life of Theo plays a major role in the plot. Let's face it, no one who is going to survive a disaster and be left completely alone is ever going to be perfectly fine. From that moment on Theo was, for lack of a better word, damaged. This book details his life from 13 to adulthood in a modern world that shows life as it is. It is terribly sad tragically raw but with a deeper inner meaning that brings the end to a stunning finish.

The Characters...
    Theo ~ As the main character, I saw  a lot of change in him as he grew up. Not all good, but not all bad either. He is one of the most flawed characters I have ever encountered.  And in some ways also the most real. I pitied him, sympathised with him, admired him and deplored him.
    Hobie ~ Definitely my favourite character. I just loved his ways and understanding.  I admired him as a passionate worker and also as an ordinary man who opened his door with care and equality.


"You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life"

"But sometimes, unexpectedly, grief pounded over me in waves that left me gasping; and when the waves washed back, I found myself looking out over a brackish wreck which was illumined in a light so lucid, so heartsick and empty, that I could hardly remember that the world had ever been anything but dead."

 "That life - whatever else it is - is short. That fate is cruel but maybe not random. That Nature (meaning Death) always wins but that doesn’t mean we have to bow and grovel to it. That maybe even if we’re not always so glad to be here, it’s our task to immerse ourselves anyway: wade straight through it, right through the cesspool, while keeping eyes and hearts open. And in the midst of our dying, as we rise from the organic and sink back ignominiously into the organic, it is a glory and a privilege to love what Death doesn’t touch."

Happy Reading!
Marian  ^_^