Review – The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

Review – The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

Review: Narrated by its main character, Hawthorn, a high school senior, The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is a story about self-discovery and the power of assumptions. A lesson not only about the self, but on the facades people put on and the masks we wear. I have mixed feelings about The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett and most of them stem from Hawthorn. She’s just a… quirky and naive character. Her maturity and imagination was hard to believe given her age. What high school […]

Posted January 2, 2017 by Emz Chang in review / 0 Comments

2016 is Almost Over… Already?

2016 is Almost Over… Already?

I decided to change things up and try out monthly recaps instead of weekly ones, which I’m now calling ‘State of the Blog’. I’m linking this one up to two memes: Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and The Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. 🙂 Looking Back on December Oh, December, what a month it’s been. In the beginning of the month, I thought I was back on track to keep blogging. Oh, how wrong was I? Could not keep it up […]

Posted December 31, 2016 by Emz Chang in wrap up / 10 Comments

Review – The Grift of the Magi by Ally Carter

Review – The Grift of the Magi by Ally Carter

Review: I was really excited to read The Grift of the Magi. Heist Society is one of my favorite series so I was so happy when Ally Carter announced a new novella. The Grift of the Magi is like the holiday special of Heist Society. You have the usual crew, something to steal, and even a little romance with some holiday spirit. Overall, The Grift of the Magi contained the same magic and charm of the series. I loved getting to hang out with all […]

Posted December 7, 2016 by Emz Chang in review / 0 Comments

5 Authors I’ve Read for the First Time in 2016

5 Authors I’ve Read for the First Time in 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Richelle Mead I’ve heard of her for a while, but I didn’t read Vampire Academy until early this year. And when I did I was hooked. I cannot believe it took me so long to read that series. Markus Zusak I had no idea why people loved The Book Thief so much until I read it myself. It was so good that I read and finished it while I was a Disney […]

Posted December 6, 2016 by Emz Chang in Meme / 5 Comments

Hyped Books are Not for Me

Hyped Books are Not for Me

I’ve never been a big fan of hyped books. I just don’t believe in the marketing. Too many times have I been lied to and mislead. Do I feel a little left out when everyone is talking about a certain novel? Well, yeah. But sometimes being part of the crowd is not worth it to me. I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with enjoying a book that has been hyped by what feels like the whole community. I’m not saying I’ve never enjoyed a […]

Posted December 5, 2016 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 2 Comments

September/October 2016 Update

September/October 2016 Update

I decided to change things up and try out monthly recaps instead of weekly ones. I’m linking this one up to two memes: Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and The Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. 🙂 Looking Back on September and October Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve written a post. I started my freshman year at college in September and then disappeared from the blogosphere. Before I got to college, I thought I could manage blogging and school. Boy […]

Posted November 5, 2016 by Emz Chang in wrap up / 12 Comments

Review – The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

Review – The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

Review: The Bone Sparrow tells a story about a Burmese refugee, Subhi, and his life in an Australian detention center for refugees as well as Jimmie, a girl lost after the death of her mother. The Bone Sparrow isn’t a perfect novel. But it still tells an important story that I think everyone should read, especially in the world we live in today. It’s very eye-opening as it touches on subjects that many people don’t really talk/know about. It wonderfully challenges the world’s perception of […]

Posted October 26, 2016 by Emz Chang in review / 0 Comments

Review – Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

Review – Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

Review: Blood Red, Snow White is not the fairytale retelling you might assume it to be based on the cover or title. Instead, it is a story told in three parts, all of which mainly focus on the life of Arthur Ransome, a British writer. The beginning of Blood Red, Snow White is a bit weird, but in a good way and it was intriguing enough to hold my attention. The fairytale aspects were nicely woven into the story with a nice balance between the […]

Posted October 19, 2016 by Emz Chang in review / 0 Comments

Review – Useless Bay by M.J. Beaufrand

Review – Useless Bay by M.J. Beaufrand

Review: Useless Bay is a story about the Gray quintuplets, Pixie in particular, and their search for a young boy, Henry’s brother. The story includes dogs, Russians, death, and family, among many other things. I really enjoyed reading Useless Bay as a whole. It is the kind of story that keeps you engaged and at the edge of your seat through the entire novel. It really is a thriller with lots of mystery and action. It was interesting and fast paced that I didn’t even […]

Posted October 12, 2016 by Emz Chang in review / 0 Comments

Aging Out of YA?

Aging Out of YA?

In the last six months, I passed a few important milestones in my life that include turning 18 years old, graduating from high school, moving away from home, and starting college. In that time, I’ve gotten an interesting perspective on all the YA books I read. It’s so weird reading a book where the main character is no longer someone you can directly relate to, in that moment. Fantasy and dystopian is different because I think age is less influential in those genres, but age […]

Posted October 3, 2016 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 2 Comments