Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas

Hey guys! Merry Christmas!


I just wanted to write a short little post to say merry christmas and to wish all of you an amazing day. This Christmas has been one of the most rushed christmases of my life but it has also been one of the best. I'm so blessed that I can be surrounded by my family while enjoying great food and presents every single year.

I know that many of you out there quite possibly didn't have such a great Christmas but don't worry. Christmas is almost over (at least in Singapore it is) and it's time to look forward. So no matter if you had a great day or a lousy one, just know that it's time to move on and look forward to starting a new year.

It's so scary to know that it will be 2015 in just a few days time. I feel like we've been preparing and preparing for ages for this one day and then in 24 hours its just over. I usually hate that after-Christmas feeling but this year, that feeling has been dulled because tomorrow I am leaving for Bali for 10 days. I won't be bringing my laptop so I will be MIA for a bit. However, I have written an advanced New Year post for you guys and it's scheduled to be up on the 1st of January. It's an inspirational one for you all and me as we start a new year. So I'll be MIA without really being MIA. Okay. I am obviously overtired. See you in 2015!


Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Eighteen

It's been a while since I've written a personal post like this but yesterday was my birthday and I couldn't think of a better time to post something personal.

So yes, yesterday was my 18th birthday! I couldn't be more excited. Honestly I'm like an 8 year old when it comes to my birthday.


I guess it because all my life, my parents have treated my birthday like it was the biggest deal in the world. I'm not complaining of course. But yes, my dad takes an off day from work every year on the 23rd of December and we will go out to somewhere special and have fun the whole day and eat at my favourite restaurants.

This year, my birthday started at midnight as it always does. Everyone stayed up and my family sang me a happy birthday and then gave me my presents. It was very nice. I got a lot of cool stuff from them.


My dad got me 3 Lush bath bombs and a card saying that my second present was on it's way to Singapore. My mom got me a full makeup set (my first one omg!) and my brother got me an owl backpack.

We went to Food For Thought for breakfast where I had dark chocolate pancakes with mixed berries. The berries were warm haha.







We went home and I watched the final episode of The Newsroom with my dad. Omg I cried. If you haven't seen it yet, the next two GIFs have spoilers so...







We then went to Pasta Brava for dinner. That was awesome.
Tiramisu
Spinach Ravioli
Aglio Olio
Then, I went to No.5 at Emerald Hill with my cousins for my first ever bar drinking session. They wanted to take me out and it was my first time at a bar (obviously) and I had two drinks that they ordered for me because I literally had no idea what on earth I was doing. They ordered some Vodka on rocks with lime thing and another strong drink that I still don't know the name of. 

It was awesome. I had so much fun and by the end of the night, I was quite high. I couldn't really walk straight of stay still. I kept lilting. Everything was just funnier and happier  which was quite interesting. I kept having to pee and every time  I looked at myself at the mirror, I realised that I didn't look like how I usually do. It was weird. 
I got home at like 12.30am and I went to bed at nearly 2am. I had such a great night. I also think I learnt that I don't sleep well with alcohol. I kept waking up. I was up at least 2 or 3 times last night. Once at 5am and I got up and I realised that I was so so hungry. I've never felt like that when I wake up in the middle of the night. It was so weird. I also had a slight headache but thankfully that was all. 


Overall, I had the best birthday. It was so much fun. 





P.S. I apologise if the pictures and GIFs in this post are messy looking. I kept trying and trying to make them seem lovely but it wouldn't work very well. So this is the best I could do. Also it's 2am on Christmas morning but I'm going to set the date as the 24th so I don't have to rewrite the intro and things. 

Friday, 19 December 2014

Eleanor & Park By Rainbow Rowell



Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor
... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.

Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. -Goodreads
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I finished reading this book a few days ago but I just haven't been able to sum up how I feel about this book and to put it into coherent words. 

What can I say about Eleanor & Park? Wow. You know, once in a while, if you're lucky, you stumble across a book that completely changes your idea of what a 'good' book is. Once in a while you cross paths with a book that is so magical that it sucks you in completely and then leaves you an emotional wreck for days after. The kind of book that just makes you never want to finish because you feel so good when you're reading it. That, is exactly what Eleanor & Park is like.

Eleanor & Park just made me feel so warm inside. The book was just 'cosy'. It was subtle but powerful all at once. It was just so real. And at the end, I found myself curled up in bed, crying more tears then I have ever cried for a book or even a movie. I was feeling so rotten about the ending and I just couldn't do anything but to lie down, think about the book and fall asleep. I have never been so incapacitated by a book ever.



I suppose I should get to reviewing this book properly now.

Okay so I am going to attempt to summarise this amazing book up in a paragraph. 

Eleanor & Park tells the story of how the new girl at school and the only Asian kid find themselves sitting next to each other in the bus on the way to school and back. At first, they hate it so much. Then little by little, excruciatingly slowly, Eleanor and Park begin to fall in love with each other. They fall hopelessly and powerfully in love and neither Eleanor's abusive stepfather nor Park's ethnicity can get between them.



I came across this book ages ago and I planned to read it at some point but it wasn't a priority for me because I had read some of the reviews and I was sure it was going to be just another over-hyped John Green style kind of book. And you know I have a problem with The Fault In Our Stars. So I wasn't too keen on starting it. However I decided to because my December buddy read partner wanted to read it. 

We initially agreed to read 3 chapters a day. But after getting minimal contact from her due to school, I decided to just go ahead. I ended blazing through the book. And I'm so glad I did.


This book broke me. I can very easily say that it is quite possibly the best book I've read all year. And that's saying something considering that I've read at least a 100 books this year.

The characters were so flawed and the book was so real. There was no superficial garbage. This was real life. The bullying, the screwed up family, the imperfect body. This is what teens go through. This is real life! I'm so grateful to Rainbow Rowell for writing a chubby character. I mean how often do you see that? People THIS is what you should be reading!

And to all the parents out there who are getting angry at the poor school librarians who recommended this book to their students, let me just say that THIS IS REAL LIFE! This is what your kid goes through in school and you should be glad that they can read this and feel less alone in the world. (For all of you who don't know, a bunch of school librarians really loved this book and put it up front and centre in their school library. Parent's complained and started a petition against the book because of the swearing. It was ridiculous)

There is almost no way to describe just how beautiful this book is so you really need to read this for yourself. If this book is on your to be read shelf, DROP EVERYTHING AND READ IT NOW! If it's not in your to be read shelf, where the hell have you been??

My Rating: 5/5 (You deserve it more then anyone Rainbow!)
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Monday, 15 December 2014

If I Could Write About You

If I could I would write about you
I would.
It wouldn't even take me that long
It never does anyway.

If I could I would write about you,
I would write the tears.
I would write how you made me cry
Hot tears of humiliation.
And blinding rage

If I could write about you,
I would write the screaming
Like a crazed monkey you screeched
For no reason at all quite frankly
Other then the fact that you were mad.

If I could write about you,
I would write the confusion you made me feel
Was I angry?
Was I sad?
I never knew with you.

If I could write about you
It would be messy.
Quite like this so called poem
Because you are a messy person
Hard to deal with and hard to explain

So now I wrote about you.
But I have yet to do you justice
Nothing I've ever written about you has
Because no one really knows what it's like
To live with you. To experience you.

C.D




Monday, 8 December 2014

The Dark Road By Amanda Lance


Not every friendship is as harmless as it seems.

Loner James McKay wants nothing to do with Hadley Grayson. After all, the last thing a drug dealer needs is the pretty, new girl trying to be friends. Walking distractions like her lead to trouble, the kind that can get you 10 to 15 behind bars. 

Likewise, fencing champion Hadley Grayson isn’t thrilled about her family uprooting her during her senior year of high school. At least there’s James McKay, the quiet, mad scientist who is as adorable as he is mysterious.

Though McKay may reject the idea of friendship, he gets one whether he wants it or not. But once the lies are told and the rumors spread, the dangers of meth making and dealing are impossible to avoid. Between secrets and overdosing classmates, McKay and Hadley will learn that loneliness can be a two-way street, changing both of their lives forever. -Goodreads
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When I was offered the chance to review this book, I immediately dropped everything to start reading it simply because it is an Amanda Lance book and after having read and loved Breakdown, I just had to read more from her. I'd also read a lot of the reviews about this book and nearly everyone said that they cried and that they hated the ending. And I love a good book that can make me cry. 

However, thanks to all the reviews, I pretty much guessed the ending before I even started reading the book. I mean when people say that they hated the ending and that they cried, it can really mean only one or two thing. But I won't spoil it. 

So this book, which switches points of view, follows the life of Hadley Greyson and James McKay. Hadley has just moved to a new town with her twin brother, Simon and her family. She is a good girl with a great family and fantastic grades. James lives with an abusive father and his dog (who is named Dog). James also cooks Meth and Ecstasy. So at first sight, they are polar opposites. 

However, one day, McKay strikes the curiosity of Hadley and despite the warnings from her brother, James and Hadley go one to have one hell of a special relationship. That is, until the illegal life James has been leading begins to catch up with him.

I absolutely adored this book. I loved Hadley and James together. I loved how they were so different yet somehow they had the perfect chemistry. This book just made me feel very mushy-gushy inside. 



I also loved how detailed Amanda was when it came to describing the drug making process. She obviously did her research with this one and I ended up learning a lot more about making Meth then I ever thought I would in my entire life. I also learnt even more about why I don't want to take drugs ever. I think that was a really good thing that Amanda did. She included the drug element but she did so very responsibly and she didn't glorify the making or taking of it.

The only problem I had with the book was the names. Amanda seemed to have a bit of an issue with naming her characters. Or maybe it was just me. I thought Hadley was a guy for a good part of the first chapter. And Hadley's best (girl) friend from her old home is named Jordan. Okay maybe it's just me.

Anyway, good job Amanda Lance. You deserved my 5 stars!
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My Ratings: 5/5
Purchase the books at The Book Depositary using my special link Here

Monday, 1 December 2014

Capture (Cryptid Tales #2) By Brina Courtney


Shay is finally learning who she is, and who it is she will become. But for now escaping the clutches of the evil Malsumis will have to be enough. Or is it? In Capture, Shay embraces other cryptids in order to defeat their common enemy. She is willing to die trying to save her father and the love of her life, Hugh. But can Hugh, her cryptid mate, protect her from the evil Malsumis? Or will she fall victim to his horrible plans? -Goodreads
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I was given this book in exchange for a review. However when I requested the book, I didn't realise that it was a series and that I was being given the second book. So I started this book without reading anything of the first book except the reviews and blurbs. 

I expected to not enjoy it. Aside from the mainstream books like Divergent or The Mortal Instruments, I have pretty much stopped reading fantasy/supernatural series books. Mostly because I just don't enjoy them as much as I used to. Also, as I was starting from the second book, I expected to be lost. And I was. 

The book seems to continue right exactly where the last book dropped off and there isn't much explanations or anything to help a new reader through. I found that disappointing. I mean I had to find out who Jeremy and Chad were through reading reviews from the first book.

However, I could tell that the story was good. I liked the idea of Cryptids and I found the romance between Hugh and Shay to be cute. I thought it was unique in some ways and I enjoyed the writing style.

The books lost points for me mainly because I was lost with all the funny names and things and also because I felt that it was very under developed. This book is incredibly short. I felt like halfway through the books, when Lacey was telling Shay about all the different mystical creatures, she was lost. She barely knew that anything existed yet in a couple of pages, she somehow managed to save hundreds of Cryptids from the villain and she was made queen. So that part didn't sit well with me. 

However it was an excellent story and I would recommend checking it out (start with the first book though).

My Rating: 3/5
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Sunday, 30 November 2014

The Life Intended By Kristin Harmel


In this richly told story, Kristin Harmel weaves a heart-wrenching tale that asks: what does it take to move forward in life without forgetting the past?

After her husband's sudden death over ten years ago, Kate Waithman never expected to be lucky enough to find another love of her life. But now she's planning her second walk down the aisle to a perfectly nice man. So why isn't she more excited?

At first, Kate blames her lack of sleep on stress. But when she starts seeing Patrick, her late husband, in her dreams, she begins to wonder if she's really ready to move on. Is Patrick trying to tell her something? Attempting to navigate between dreams and reality, Kate must uncover her husband's hidden message. Her quest leads her to a sign language class and into the New York City foster system, where she finds rewards greater than she could have imagined.
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Can I just say firstly that this book made me cry exactly 3 times? That's 3 times more then I usually cry over books. I cried at the first chapter, I cried at the second chapter and I cried at the epilogue. And the rest of the time I was just heartbroken.  I was wrecked with this book and now I have a serious book hangover.



Okay. Calm down Cam. Professional mode: ON.

This book has definitely made my list as being one of the best books of 2014. It was engaging, sweet, honest and the characters were lovable and real. I enjoyed the storyline so incredibly much. It almost felt like I was reading a true story. Which is strange because the book has so many coincidences that you would never imagine would happen in real life. Yet the book still felt surprisingly real and not at all like a fantasy novel or anything like that. Not that it even is in the fantasy genre.

I really enjoyed watching Kate struggle to get over Patrick and learning through the dreams how to finally be happy. I think my favourite part was the epilogue. When she had that final dream of Patrick but how she was so contented with her own life that she no longer felt that burning desire to stay like she did when she first got the dreams.

This book is not yet published but it will be incredibly soon. I would advise everyone to grab a copy as soon as it goes on sale because you don't want to miss this incredible read.


My Rating: 5/5
Date Of Publication: 30th December 2014
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Special thanks to the publishers for giving me an advanced copy of this book to review.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

The To Be Read Tag


Hey guys, today I'm going to be doing the 'To Be Read' Tag. I've never done a tag post on my blog (or anywhere really) before so this is going to be interesting. Firstly, thank you so much to Erica for tagging me. 
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How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I used to just put them all in my Kindle and just go through the books from there. But it was very messy and inefficient. Now I use Goodreads to keep track of my TBR books.

Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?

Mostly eBooks because I have a Kindle.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

That's a tough one. Usually I pick a handful of books and go through the summaries and reviews again and then pick.

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?



A book you recently added to your TBR?


I added this book today actually.


  

A book on your TBR strictly because of it’s beautiful cover?



A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

I do want to read it. It's just that I don't see myself ever getting around to it.



An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

I don't know if this counts because I was actually given an advanced copy of this book by the publishers to review. So technically I already have the book and I don't have to wait for it. I think if I'm not wrong it's going to be published in April 2015.



A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you?

It certainly feels like the answer is 'Girl Online' by Zoe Sugg even though it was just released two days ago. I feel like everyone is busy taking selfies with the book and saying it was awesome and I'm just here waiting for Amazon to send my copy halfway across the world to me. I think the real answer to this question is 'Eleanor & Park'.



A book on your TBR that everyone recommends you?

I think that would be 'Lord Of The Flies'. I feel like everyone has read the book and it's even been mentioned on Pretty Little Liars but I read the first chapter and found it to be so slow. 

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?


Noooo! You can't do this to me! I can't pick just one! I've been dying to read 'Lies We Tell Ourselves' but you know Zoe Sugg is my queen and I am 100% excited to read her new book.





How many books on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

Currently I have 45 but I've only been on Goodreads for about a month. The actual numbers are probably in the hundreds. I just haven't got around to adding them.

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I now nominate everyone who has read this to do this tag. Why should it be that only bloggers get to do cool tags? Post a link to the post if you do it in the comments and I will check it out.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

I Know Lucy By Melissa Pearl


Lucy Tate is on the run. After witnessing the brutal murder of her parents, she's spent five years in hiding -- taking on different personas and faking her way through life. The authorities can't be trusted, so she remains in the shadows, always one beat ahead of the man who is forever hunting her. That is, until she meets Zach Schultz, a senior at Monte Vista High and the one guy she can’t bear to leave. Suddenly her natural instincts to lie, steal, and run are overshadowed by something else...the desire to stay. It’s her one shot at a normal life.Curious by nature, Zach is immediately drawn to the new girl at school. How can a person look both confident and vulnerable all in the same moment? Determined to learn more about her, he tries to get close, but is thrown into a world of lies and confusion. The only thing that becomes apparent is that discovering the truth may get him killed. -Goodreads

I wanted to start my review by saying that I didn't enjoy this book as much as I expected to. 

Okay so let's start of with the good points. I really liked the story line. I found it to be pretty unique and I personally have never read a book about a con artist so this book was eye-opening. I also really liked the character of Lucy Tate. I thought she was pretty strong and interesting.

Unfortunately that is where the compliments stop. I quite frankly hated the main character, Zach. I felt like he was the perfect little boy that thought he knew everything there was to know. The author describes Zach as being curious but isn't it strange that he managed to come up with a whole profile of Dani just by looking at her for ten seconds? I thought he was very pretentious and just too fake.

Another major flaw that I found with this book was of how Melissa Pearl portrayed women. I wouldn't say that I'm a feminist but I felt like she portrayed us in a very degrading manner. Zach is always feeling this intense need to protect the females in his life. And the females go along with it. For the most part, Lucy is untainted by the weakness that the other females have. But people like Zach's friend, Jaeda seem to be easily pacified with a smile or from a gentle nudge. And it happens every time! It's like the girls don't have a mind of their own. I found that pretty unsettling really.

Then of course there was Zach again being so annoying. I mean, when he confronted Dani finally, he should have been angry. He should have been fuming that she lied to him on such a great scale. He should not have been yelling her and at the same time thinking, "Oh she looks so sad, I just want to wrap her in my arms and never let her go and protect her form everything forever." And that is pretty much something he actually thought in the novel.

I hate writing bad reviews and I really want to support Melissa Pearl but I just didn't like it personally. That said, lot's of other reviews seem to be positive so maybe give it a go. As for me, I didn't enjoy it.

My Ratings: 2/5 
Purchase the books at The Book Depositary using my special link Here

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Breakdown (Crash Into Me #1) By Amanda Lance


Charlotte Ferro is about to jump.

Yet nothing ruins a perfectly good suicide attempt worse than a handsome do-gooder. After William O’Reilly convinces her to take one last ride with him, Charlotte finds herself forgetting about her own problems and enjoying a world of which she never dreamed.

Now addicted to the rush of fast cars and cool criminals, Charlotte finds herself leaning less towards the ledge and more toward the arms of her savior. But with reasons of his own for keeping Charlotte safe from herself, William is reluctant to involve her in his criminal undertakings. Will his career choice keep them apart? Will Charlotte’s painful past? -Goodreads


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Can I just say that I absolutely loved this book! It was so sweet and romantic and it made me feel so mushy and gushy on the inside. If I could describe the book with one emoji, it would be the one with the hearts as eyes. Last night I stayed up till like 1.30am without realising it because I desperately wanted to keep reading. In fact I was so sad when it was over because it just made my heart melt.

Okay. I shall get a grip now.

So this book starts with Charlotte attempting to jump off an overpass. She has planned her suicide very well and everything is going perfectly until a stranger drives up and starts talking to her. Realising that she was actually there to commit suicide, the stranger insist upon taking her to her first street race. The adrenaline and the energy she experienced there made her start craving this rush. While chasing this rush she finds herself slowly falling hopelessly in love with this stranger.

The description of this book sounds hopelessly typical. It sounds like it's just a cheesy romance story. In many ways, that is exactly what it is. However the backstory of the characters, their dark pasts and their illegal jobs all come into play to make this an extremely memorable book. 

I would certainly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good old romantic story.

My Rating: 5/5 
Purchase the books at The Book Depositary using my special link Here

Monday, 17 November 2014

Forgiven (The Trouble 0.5) By Rachel Morgan


Three hundred and six days ago, Julia ran away from home. Abandoning her family, friends, boyfriend, and university plans, she fled with no explanation. She can’t hide forever, though, and now it’s time to face the mess she left behind. -Goodreads


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When I started this novel, I was very confused because my Kindle was telling me that the book was only about an hour and a half long. I was left wondering if my Kindle was screwing up. Turns out, this book is actually a novella. So this was my first time reading a novella (obviously. I mean how noob could I be?)

The book starts out with Julia returning home after running away for months. There are many mentions to the secret that she is hiding and that kind of rushes the book along which I didn't enjoy too much. I felt that the book lacked the usual structure that one finds in full novels. However I guess this must be the style of a novella. 

So the book continues and it follows Julia as she reconnects with her ex-boyfriend and eventually the secret that she ran away to keep comes out. I won't spoil it for you of course but again, I felt like everything was too rushed. I felt like I hadn't had time to fully immerse myself into the world that Rachel Morgan was painting before I was rushed to the happy ending. 

That said, Rachel Morgan has a unique and lovely way of writing that just draws you in. It's a pity that the book couldn't have been drawn out into a longer story because I feel like Rachel really had to potential to run with this story. 

I enjoyed the book and the story and if you are looking for a quick but interesting read, I would recommend trying this book out.

My Rating: 3/5
*A copy of this book was given to me to read and review*
Purchase the books at The Book Depositary using my special link Here
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Saturday, 15 November 2014

The Hole By Dameon Gibbs


"Experience and relive The Hole, it is a true inspiring story in which a young man desperately struggled to overcome The Hole. To him the streets of Baltimore city was The Hole, it was a place that had bind and consumed his life, it gave some but took more. Surviving in the streets he had to watch as the drug game sucked many of his friends and family down into its dark abyss like the black hole it truly was. Finally realizing after years of tribulation and lost, he came to find that the key to his redemption lay in a form least expected." -Goodreads


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When I first started reading this book, I didn't like it. It was set in Baltimore and it talked about life in the streets. About having sex and getting into gang fights. Something that I, as a Singaporean was not used to. I couldn't level with the author because I didn't understand his lifestyle. That said, I kept reading because there was just something about it that kept me interested.

So the story follows Will as he lives his life, gets into trouble with his brothers and chases girls. Around the middle of the book, something incredible happens. The author's older brother Will gets shot and he goes into a coma for 7 months. 

Following that, he becomes paralysed from the waist down and he doesn't walk for 2 years. Then one night, after praying passionately, The Lord gave him the ability to walk again. After parading his new ability around to his family, he broke the very promise that he made to get God to give him back the ability to walk. So, God took the ability away again. The author quoted the bible here saying, 'The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.'. I have always read stories about the Lord giving. In majority of the things I've heard, The Lord is always giving. Very rarely do you come across a story that shows you that the Lord also takes away. Eventually the Lord granted him the ability to walk again though and that experience changed Will's life drastically.

I have never read a book that was so raw and honest as this one was. I could feel that the author was stripping bare in this book and just letting his memories consume him which is something you rarely find in novels and autobiographies nowadays. 

This is certainly a must-read because of it's honesty. What I liked about the book was that the author wasn't trying to cover anything up. He portrayed Baltimore and life there the way it was. There want stereotypes that you find in the movies. There was just him and his life.


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After reading this book, I emailed Dameon Gibbs (Will's younger brother who is referred to as Nick in the book). I had a few questions about the book and about his life. Dameon graciously answered all my questions, no matter how blunt, and he has kindly allowed me to publish his answers here.


1) What was it like hearing that your brother was shot? Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when you heard the news? Did you get to visit him often?

I was only around the age of 9 when I heard that my brother was shot, I was so young and oblivious to what was going on at that age. All I really remember was visiting my brother in the hospital and seeing him lying on the couch. I always thought that he was just tired and that was his reason for not walking around. I did not fully understand the events that unfolded until I was older.

 2) What were the 7 months like not knowing if Will was going to survive?

My parents sort of kept me in the dark concerning my brother, they always just said that he would be alright and I believed what they said. I did not give it much thought.

3) Does Will ever still struggle with doing things because of the shooting? Did he ever pursue the Turntables?

Yes, he does not work because his injuries has started to take their tolls on his body. He worked up until two years ago but eventually his doctors stated that he needs to stop working. For the most part he can do just about everything a normal person can do except run and jump. We have currently started our own DJ business which is doing moderately ok.

 4) Did you see Will walk that night and did you see the ability get taken away?

I remember the night vaguely but not enough to elaborate on it.

 5) How did watching the Lord work in his life affect you personally? Was it scary knowing how powerful the Lord was? 

Seeing the Lord work in his life sadly did affect me and anyway. The Lord had to deliver me from my own struggles. But now that I can reflect back on it, the Lord did show his amazing power and abilities on my brother's and families life. To be honest it was the power of the Lord that brought me to him in 1998, but that's an entirely different story.

6) Did your family struggle to remain tight after the shooting?

No my family did not struggle to remain tight after the shooting. If anything, it brought us closer together. And to this day we are still very close.

 7) Did you ever want to get revenge on Will's shooter?

I never wanted to get revenge on Will's shooter, simply because I was too young to know and truly understand revenge.

 8) Did your family ever get upset with Will over his decision to not press charges? Did you?

No one in our family (particular my parents) was upset with Will. It was a decision that he made so my parents supported him. And to this day Will remains good friends with those that shot him, he really has put the incident in the pass.

 9) Now that you are older, do you still think that what your father did was abuse?

Now that I am older, I do not believe that what my father did was abuse. My father did what he did because his sons were simply bad. As for me, my father never really laid hands on me. He even supported me through high school and college. My father was a father to many of the kids in the neighborhood that did not have fathers. He was seen as a nice man. Many people may see it as abuse, which I probably was. However, I see it as discipline. Would I ever do that to my kids not. I consider myself a good man, and I can honestly say that I learned how to be a man to my and wife, by watching how my father raised us and how he treated my mother. My father never, ever raised a hand to hit my mother, he never hit her or cursed at her. The fact remains that my brothers were just bad, doing things that most kids probably would not ever do from fear of what their parents would do. My brothers for some reason did not have that natural fear of discipline.

10) How and why did you and Will decide to write the book?
 We decided to write Will's book because we wanted to tell his story, and show that the life of drugs and gangs are not the way to go although it appears promising to others, especially youth that idolize what they see on TV.

11) Considering that the book was written for your 15 year old son, was it appropriate to mention Will's sex and drug life to such an extent? Wouldn't it have been inappropriate and a bad influence to condone such behaviors in a book written specifically for him?
Book One is only one of five books. The book was originally set to be one book, but the length turned out to be too much, with a total of 740 pages. Therefore we decided to break it down into five books. We wanted to tell life like it truly is when living in Baltimore City. It doesn't matter how we write it, because the fact remains that once kids go outside into the streets they see an even harsher world with there own eyes. We wanted him to know the truth regarding every aspect. We are not necessarily approving such things, as the story goes on, we later explain that these are not the things anyone should do but that comes in the later books. We are just stating everything that Will went through and that these things such as sex, money, drugs, etc will be his later downfall. This is revealed in later books.

12) You never mentioned what exactly the question was that your son asked and that you were trying to answer. What was the question?

Yes we never actually mention the question because that come later in other books, as it was originally meant to be one book. This might ruin later books if you were to read them. For books 2 & 3 are now available.


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Special thanks to Dameon Gibbs for reaching out to me to review his book and for being so lovely about answering all my questions as quickly as possible and as comprehensively as he could. Dameon is very inspiring and you can check out his other work here

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The Shopaholic Series By Sophie Kinsella


MEET BECKY BLOOMWOOD, AN IRRESISTIBLE HEROINE WITH A BIG HEART, BIG DREAMS --- AND JUST ONE LITTLE WEAKNESS .. (Goodreads)


About a month ago, I decided that I wanted to read the famous Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. It seemed like a very teenage kind of book at first but I felt like I was missing out on something good. So I got the books and after 4 weeks, I finished reading all 7 books.

I enjoyed the series so much. I fell in love with Becky Bloomwood and her quirkiness. I thought she was a cute character that was very child-like in her dealings with people.

Basically the seven books follow Becky Bloomwood as she moves through life. Becky has an addiction to shopping and is known for royally screwing up everything she touches. The book follows Becky from the time when she is a small-time financial journalist and travels with her as she meets her big-time husband, moves to New York, gets married, has a child and as she attempts to break into the fashion industry.

I really loved this book because of the way Becky thinks. I felt like it was a lot like the way I think. I see and hear things and immediately start thinking of how amazing it would be if I was famous and if I had my face everywhere.

I think I mentioned how I saw a lot of myself in Becky in one of my Sunday Summaries.

The book isn't very intellectually stimulating and sometimes it can be a little cheesy and predictable. There is the traditional thing that goes wrong and the miraculous saving of the day at the last minute in every book. At times, Luke says and does things that seem unrealistic and very cheesy but hey. This is a romantic story too.

Anyway, if you haven't read it, you really should because it's just wonderful and it will really make you laugh. I read some of the reviews of this book too so let me just say right now that if you can't enjoy a funny and simple book, then don't read it. It's not meant to be a serious read that makes you think. It's just fun.

In other news, Sophie Kinsella replied me on Twitter and she retweeted a tweet with a link to this post!!


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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Simple Hair Care Tips


I like looking for little tips online on how I can improve the health of my skin and hair. And I don't mean looking for which products to use or which fruit will make my hair magically fabulous. I mean tiny things and changes that one can make in their lives that will make a difference. They are all things I've just learnt from my hairdresser or from experience. So obviously I am in no way an expert.

1) Wash you hair in cold water

When you wash your hair, wash off the shampoo with lukewarm water and then wash off your conditioner with cold water. Or as cold as you can manage. It makes your hair shinier. Also remember that washing your hair with hot water is actually really bad for your hair. No matter how nice it feels.

2) Wash you face after washing your hair

If you're like me and you wash your face and hair while in the shower, then wash your face after washing your hair. This is a bit of a skin and hair tip really. Just think of this. After washing off the shampoo, you might get some of the dirt and grease that was in your hair on your face from washing it off. So wash your face after you've washed off the shampoo.

3) Don't read a book while drying your hair

I'm pretty sure everyone sometimes gets bored while drying their hair. I do too and once I started to read a book while drying and I ended up over-drying my hair and having really frizzy hair all day. So focus on the drying. It will save you a lot of heartache later on.

4) Comb out your hair before your shower 

Did you know that your hair is more brittle when it is wet? That is why many experts don't recommend combing your hair immediately after a shower.  So comb your hair out and detangle it before a shower and you will find that after the shower, your hair is slightly less tangled. If you really must detangle your hair when it is wet, use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb.

 Or just drag a brush through it anyway...I won't deny doing this a couple of times...Okay maybe more then just a couple of times...

5) Let your hair air-dry as often as possible

Everyone knows that heat is bad for your hair. In fact you shouldn't be using heat on your hair everyday (I'm talking about curling and straightening irons). However, blow-drying your hair is important and pretty much everyone has to do it. It's unavoidable especially if you are going out. So I learnt that one way to minimise the heat used is to firstly not blow-dry your hair if you are not going out or doing anything that would require dry hair (And what would that be Cam?). So at night and on the weekends, I simply towel dry my hair such that it isn't dripping wet then I let it air dry. I don't know if this is the best way because my mom likes to nag at me about leaving my hair wet. But I think it's a good way to reduce heat on your hair. Alternatively, you could buy a hair dryer that allows you to control the heat and things like that.

Or use a heat protectant which I know nothing about anyway.