Monday, December 16, 2013

External Forces (The Laws of Motion #1) by Deborah Rix


A fast-paced, high-stakes adventure through a future world where evolution is the new religion and genetic deviations are not tolerated. When 16-year-old Jess begins to show signs of deviance she enlists in the Special Forces, with her best friend Jay, in a desperate bid to evade detection by the Devotees. Jess is good with data, not so good with a knife. So when the handsome and secretive Sergeant Matt Anderson selects her for his Black Ops squad, Jess is determined to figure out why.

As her deviance continues to change her, Jess is forced to decide who to trust with her deadly secret. Jess needs to know what’s really out there, in the Deviant wasteland over the border, if she has any hope of making it to her 17th birthday. Because if the enemy doesn’t kill her first, the army probably will.
Read the full blurb here.


"TREASON. BETRAYAL. HEARTBREAK. A lot can happen to a girl between her first kiss and her first kill" ---- that sure got my attention! This single sentence was honestly the main reason I decided to read this book :P

On the whole, I really enjoyed this novel. Being someone who doesn't read much science fiction, it was a welcome change for me. The author created an intriguing version of the future where there is all kinds of new technology and evolution is seen as a religion. After completing the book, my first thought was about how great this story would be for a movie. I would love watch all the action that happens in the Special Forces and see the deviant mutations visually. Yes, books are far better than movies but I really think a movie with this plot line would be awesome.

The thing I really liked about this storyline was that even though the world in this book was very different from what we live in today, it still felt realistic. The author did a great job of creating a dystopian world and the problems faced by the characters were very brutal, I felt myself fearing for them and silently urging them on.

I liked how the characters were all so unique with their own little quirks. The character development for the protagonist, Jess, that took place as the story continued was great and really made me empathise with her. What made the characters so real was the dialogue and the way each of them spoke. The dialogues didn't sound scripted at all and this was probably my favourite part. The conversations flowed easily, everything just felt so real and I could imagine it all playing out in my head.

The only downer was that I felt like there was something missing at the end. It ended so abruptly and the last scene (not giving away any spoilers) really broke my heart. But luckily this is a trilogy, so I can be assured that the story will continue in the second book of the series.

I'm looking forward to reading the next two books of The Laws of Motion trilogy!

Friday, November 15, 2013

10 Awesome TV Shows!

File:Sherlock titlecard.jpg 1. Sherlock
Recently started watching and love it! I'm still catching up with the episodes (so please no spoilers :P). I've had this series with me for a long long time, but resisted watching because.. let's face it, I watch way too many shows already. So glad I finally watched it. Definitely the wittiest show on this list! 


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 2. Gossip Girl
Before I started watching this show, I kind of used to look down on it. I assumed it was all just stereotypical highschool/ teen drama, which it was, but I found there was so much more to it. Even the ending was satisfying, since we actually find out who gossip girl is.
 

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3. The Big Bang Theory
Feels like I've been watching this show for years, and it's good to see the characters change and grow. A great comedy to balance out all the drama-centred shows that I watch.


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4. New Girl
I've watched the first two seasons multiple times, I just don't get sick of it! Love the characters and the different stories in every episode, so funny. It's such a great show, though I  still need to catch up on season 3! 


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/67/The_O.C_Intro.jpg5. The OC
I had no idea what to expect when I started watching this show, but I ended up getting hooked from the first episode. Its another high school show but doesn't focus much on the school part, instead its more about growing up and finding yourself. Also, I love Summer and Seth.


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6. The Vampire Diaries
Just when I think this show is getting dull, there's a huge plot twist and I'm back to loving it. Love all the charaters and the back stories and the consistently good plot. Also, the spin off series, The Originals, is great too!


File:One Tree Hill original opening credits.jpg7. One Tree Hill
It has 9 seasons in total, and I'm still on season 5, so far its pretty good. Sometimes I love it and sometimes it drags, but its mostly just a great drama series with realistic storylines. Much better than shows like 90210, which are so stereotypical and repetitive. 

8. Pretty Little Liars
This show has a little bit of everything: romance, suspense, horror, mystery. But it's mainly mystery and keeps us on edge about what terrible thing is going to happen next.
Definitely worth watching!

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9. Friends
My favourite show! I can literally watch Friends everyday and not get bored of it. Haven't come across a show as original and funny and heartwarming as this one. I was so sad it ended on season 10. But then I started watching it all over again :D



10. Suggestions? Let me know what other show(s) you think should be on this list! 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Review: Coaster by Lorena Bathey

18086329 Honestly, the reason this book caught my interest was because of the cover. I know I know, we shouldn't judge a book by it's cover and whatnot, but sometimes a cover just catches your eye and makes you want to read the book before even knowing what it's about. I absolutely love simple yet eye-catching covers. So that is what sparked my interest and then after reading the blurb, I definitely wanted to read it.


When a bomb explodes at an amusement park eight people are killed. This tragedy and loss will change the lives of those who loved and lost them. What happens when disaster touches someone's life? Will it inspire them? Destroy them? Or change them? A character study of grief, loss, and finding your way through tragedy, follow the survivors as they work to move forward when their life is abruptly shattered.


This book has a little bit of everything: suspense, mystery, crime and a very realistic and charming romance (my favourite part!). It starts off through the villain's point of view and the reader gets a glimpse into how the villain's mind works. By the end of the first chapter there's a lot of anticipation because we know something horrible is going to happen.

The thing I liked about this novel is that it was very direct. There were no dull moments, every single thing led the story forward. Often books are full of back-stories and unnecessary details which drag the story but this book is very fast paced. The characters are all so real and I got attached to them quickly, despite knowing some horrible stuff is going to happen to them soon. I really enjoyed how each character was introduced into the story and they all had something unique about them which made them memorable.

This book kept me on the edge with the suspense and also made me teary with all the emotional trauma that came after the tragedy. The ending was very satisfying and had me smiling. It was a very realistic story and an easy-read because it's pretty short. I would definitely recommend this novel for people who like to read thrillers and crime stories!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Blogging Tips: How to get more followers.

I'm no expert blogger, but I thought I would share the little that I do know about blogging. So I'm writing a few posts on blogging tips, this first one is about how to get more followers. Hitting 200+ followers has not been easy. Some bloggers get followers easily and others struggle a lot. It actually took me two years to get to 200!

Google Friend Connect. 
On Blogger, most people follow your blog through GFC. So make sure you have a GFC widget on your blog and that it is easily accessible. Place it somewhere on your sidebar where it will be easy to spot so people don't have to scroll and search too much to find out how to follow your blog. I often don't follow blogs because I can't be bothered to look for the GFC widget. Sometimes, they don't have one in the first place, and I try not to follow through email because it can clutter my inbox. So having a GFC widget is a must.

Keep your blog open to public.
This way, more people will have access to it. It's very tedious when we have to sign in to our Google accounts just to view a blog. So if you don't have any particular reason to keep your blog private or only open to invited readers, just keep it public so you can gain more followers. People might even find your blog while browsing around the internet, and if it has what they're looking for, they might follow you.

Bloglovin'.
I recently claimed my blog on Bloglovin'. It's a very useful site for bloggers and for people who like to read blogs. It's a great platform for exploring new blogs so who knows, someone might stumble upon yours and decide to follow it.

Social networking sites.
You can share your new posts on Facebook or Twitter etc., so your friends will know about your blog and if they're interested, they will follow you. You can even make a page on Facebook for your blog where you can share your posts so people will be up to date with your posts.

Blog-walking.
This is probably the most important tip. Visit other blogs, follow them if you like the content, comment on their posts and request for them to check out your blog.
Don't just go for the 'follow for follow' thing because there's no point in having a high number of followers if those people are not actually interested in reading your content or commenting on your posts.
Blog-walking is all about finding blogs that interest you and making connections with the bloggers.

Write good content so you can keep those followers.
More on this on my next blogger tips post!

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I hope this helped :)
If you have any more tips on gaining followers, please share them in the comments!
Also, let me know if you want me to give blogger tips on anything.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

TAG: What's in my bag?

Below is a photo of my bag. It's pretty small but that's why I bought it. Small is cute. Small is convenient. I can only carry a limited amount of things in my bag so besides the general stuff like my phone and wallet, I carry FIVE awesome products. Here they are!


1. Maybelline
Clear Smooth BB cream

This is my favourite 'make up' product. I am very lazy when it comes to putting on makeup and all, so this is perfect. It's very easy to apply and it makes your skin look clearer and smoother. This BB cream also works as a great concealer. I have dark circles around my eyes sometimes from lack of sleep so after applying this cream, my eyes look less zombie-like and my face overall appears more fresh.

2. The Body Shop Natural Lip Roll-On (Cherry)
I purchased this a few months ago and I absolutely love it. I often use it instead of lip gloss. The roll-on makes application easier and quicker. It's natural and healthy and keeps lips from getting dry. Also the flavour is lovely, I really like the cherry smell/taste.

3. Karaja Coal Black Kajal Eye Liner
I love wearing kajal. I've been wearing it for years. I might even be slightly addicted to it since I wear it almost every time I leave the house. I feel my eyes look dull and boring if I don't wear it. This particular one defines the eyes really well and it's better quality than any other kajal I've tried.

4. Clean & Clear Oil Blotting Wipes
Living in a humid country like Malaysia, my face often gets oily so this is the perfect remedy. I just take it out and swipe it over my face a few times and it easily gets rid of the oiliness. Very convenient and easy to use. A must-have if you live in a humid place or are just prone to having oily skin/sweating easily.

5. RENU Rewetting Drops
This is a very useful product for contact lens wearers. I have extremely sensitive eyes which often dry up right after putting in my lenses. So I started using these rewetting drops, I put the drops in approximately every two hours. It just makes my eyes more comfortable and I don't need to worry about my lenses getting dirty while inserted.

So those are my five products. Don't forget to tell me what's in YOUR bag and if you use any of these products :)
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I reached 200+ followers! That is insane. I know many of these followers don't even go use Blogger anymore, but just seeing that number there and knowing that more than 200 people, at some point or another, were interested in reading my blog... that's a great feeling!

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“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”
- Gayle Forman, If I Stay
(I just read this book and its sequel 'Where She Went'. SO GOOD.)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Reading list for quote-lovers.

Everyone has their own preferred genres when it comes to reading fiction. Whether you like fantasy, romance, classics, science fiction or even fan fiction, a book is likely to draw your attention if it’s full of memorable quotes. So if you like to marvel at the words of an author, here are five books you should definitely read before the year ends:

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Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
This is a unique classic about a boy named Holden Caulfield and his three day journey on the streets of New York after leaving his prep school in Pennsylvania.
Upon hearing this book is a classic, I was expecting something like Jane Austen or Charles Dickens, but this author's style was very different. From what I've heard, people either love this book or think it's over-rated. I loved it!
“Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”
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2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This novel is about Hazel, a cancer patient, whose story changes after she meets a certain someone at the Cancer Kid Support Group. Read my first review of the book here. I basically said it was very sad and beautiful but didn't make me cry and I took ages to finish reading. Nevertheless it was one of the most well-written books I've read and of course, highly quotable.
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
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3. Looking for Alaska by John Green
One of my favourite novels, it's about Miles, a sheltered boy obsessed with last words of famous people who is looking for his 'Great Perhaps' in life. He heads off to Culver Creek Boarding School and there he meets the gorgeous Alaska Young and his journey is changed forever.
“Thomas Edison's last words were 'It's very beautiful over there'. I don't know where there is, but I believe it's somewhere, and I hope it's beautiful.”
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4. Extremely Loud Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
I can't say much here. This novel is full of quotes like the one below and it's definitely worth reading!

“I like to see people reunited, I like to see people run to each other, I like the kissing and the crying, I like the impatience, the stories that the mouth can't tell fast enough, the ears that aren't big enough, the eyes that can't take in all of the change, I like the hugging, the bringing together, the end of missing someone.”

Perksofbeingwallflower1.jpg5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower- Stephen Chbosky
The coming-of-age story of an intelligent and socially awkward boy named Charlie. He has spent his life living on the sidelines, but after he makes some new friends, he begins to see what it is like to actually live in the world, instead of just observing it. The author's narration of Charlie's experiences is remarkable and this is another one of my favourites.
“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be.”


Read any books lately that should be on this list? Let me know!
All book cover images are from Wikipedia.

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Blog under renovation :)
I thought it was time for a change, still working on it!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

SKINS Season 7- Review.

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Skins is a British teen drama about average teenagers dealing with issues such as: dysfunctional families, mental illnesses, eating disorders, substance abuse, death and bullying. It has six seasons and every two seasons the show introduces a new generation of characters. Out of the 3 generations, I only watched the first 2 (because something happened at the end of the second generation that broke my heart and I couldn't continue watching any more, it's a very overwhelming show).
The TV series ended after season 6 and I kind of forgot about it until I saw a post on Tumblr stating that Skins was returning for a final season which will feature some of my favourite characters: Effy, Cassie and Cook. Needless to say, fans of the show such as myself were extremely excited. We had high expectations and I was really hoping this last season tie up some of the lose ends in the previous seasons.

Season 7 was... interesting, for a lack of a better word. I was very grateful for the return of the show and it was definitely good to see the characters (who were just teenagers previously) now fighting to survive in the world of adulthood. However, to me the entire season was very gloomy with only one sort-of happy conclusion. I just felt heartbroken all over again, and not in the good way. There was no mention at all of what happened at the end of season 4 (don't wait to spoil it for those who haven't watched). In season 7, a lot of shit happened to the characters and to the new characters introduced in this season. It was all very depressing.

Overall, I think season 7 was a let down. It was great on it's own but there was almost no connection to the previous seasons, which is all I really wanted from this final season.

Have you ever been disappointed at the way a tv show ended?
And if you've watched it, what did you think of Skins season 7?
I'd love to hear your views!

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ONE day left to enter my giveaway!
Also I'm just one follower away from 200, wow!
:D

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Guest Post by Ovellia: You're Already Beautiful

She has the best grades. The best friends. The best looks. All the boys wanted her and what's more, she has such a sparkling personality and she's the best violinist in school. She's not perfect, but close to it.

Oh well, at least I'm far better than her in basketball. Hah!

Have you ever felt this way? Felt happy about other people's flaws? What's more, have you ever compared yourself to others to feel good about yourself?

You know, it doesn't have to be that way to feel good and beautiful about yourself.

Because you are already beautiful.

You may not be blessed with the gift of music like that student, but you may be blessed with the gift of dancing. You may excel in painting but be an average athelete, and another girl/boy may excel in the latter.

We're all unique and blessed with different gifts. If we compare ourselves to others, especially someone we grudgingly admire, it might make us feel good for a while because it may give us the arrogant feeling I'm in the same level as him/her. However, after a while, you'll just feel inferior to that person because you're constantly checking that you're still like him/her. You start to feel worried. Is my hairstyle better than hers today? Did I beat him in that test? You don't realize that you're beginning to feel bad about yourself.

Some of you might say that comparison is good-it encourages self-improvement in a competitive way. Also it gives you a standard in the form of a person that you can work towards to. Yes, they're true. But comparison won't work well for too long until it destroys your self-esteem.

It is true that although we are gifted in different ways it doesn't hurt to strive to be well-rounded. However, to excel in what we want, you've got to do it at your own pace. For example, if you want to excel in basketball, you have to excercise according to your own strength and ability. Don't just straight away do that 1000 push ups that kid does in one sitting. Maybe he had more practice and was talented in sports.

As for the argument that having a person acting as your standard is good, well, a person can change from good to bad, and you definitely don't want to follow the bad her/him. You know what's good for you. You know what you want. So decide your own standards. Don't copy others.

You're beautiful and talented and should feel good about yourself. But still,don't forget there's room for improvement!

Have a nice day!

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Thanks to Ovellia for this wonderful guest post :)
Check out her blog: Chinese Violin Diary

Monday, August 19, 2013

GIVEAWAY: Firmoo Glasses :)

GOOD NEWS GUYS!

Firmoo, the world's most popular online eyeglasses store, is giving you guys a chance to win a pair of glasses of your choice from their store!
I've been wearing glasses for a long time and let's be honest, those things can be super expensive, that's why I decided to do this giveaway.

About Firmoo - Firmoo is the World's Most Popular Online Eyeglasses Store. We have always been committed ourselves to offering customers the best quality products at the most affordable prices which start at 8 dollars- 80%-90% lower compared to that in local store. Furthermore, Firmoo has launched First Pair Free Program for new customers to test our products and service for free by paying shipping only.



The Prize- TWO winners will each receive a FREE pair of glasses of their choice just by paying a small shipping fee. Also, if there are more than 50 participants, an extra pair of sunglasses/eyeglasses will be offered to the luckiest winner (with free shipping!).

Glasses can be selected from this page:  http://www.firmoo.com/classic-series.html 
All these eyeglasses include frame plus 1.50 single vision lenses. Sunglasses include frame plus zero-powered lenses. 


Interested in entering this awesome giveaway? It's easy, just fill in the rafflecopter below :)

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The winners will be emailed with details later once the giveaway is over. GOOD LUCK! :D

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The difference between Tumblr and Blogger.


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I see why people would compare Tumblr and Blogger since they are both blogging sites, but as someone who loves and uses both, I believe they serve very different purposes. I felt like writing this post after noticing several bloggers on here actually leaving Blogger for Tumblr, which honestly doesn't make any sense to me.

Blogger is a place for you to write blog posts about your ideas and thoughts regularly. You can blog for the world or keep your blog private with limited viewers as a personal journal. Blogger includes images but it is mainly based on text posts.On the other hand, Tumblr is mainly photo based and it's more like a social networking site which allows us to share or reblog photos, quotes, videos etc.

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Using tumblr is one of my favourite ways to pass time when I want to take a break and relax. Using blogger takes more effort because I actually need to think about what I'm going to write and post. Also, looking at other people's Tumblr is easy, since it's mainly photos and gifs, but reading through someone's Blogger takes a lot more effort as you need to read an entire post and comment instead of just scrolling through images.

I love both of these blogging sites, but for very different reasons. I don't think I would ever leave one for the other. What do you guys think about this?
Also, a lot of people say WordPress is better than all these blogging sites, does anyone know why that is?

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“there are days that walk through me

and i cannot hold them.”
– Katherine Larson, “The Gardens in Tunisia”

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

PurpleMist's Life Update #2

I love this!
I haven't posted in ages... I'm not sure if I even know how to blog any more...  A lot has changed since my previous life update, so I guess its time for another one :)

The super long holiday is finally over! My university course started in late September so that's what I've been up to for the last 3 months. I'm now studying business management and marketing.

My first semester is ending soon which means I have exams coming up (starting exactly a week from now, yay -.-). I still procrastinate way too much. But it's hard to find the motivation to study when pretty much everyone I know is on holiday.

On a more positive note, I've met some lovely people and college life is surprisingly good! :D



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I shared a quote in my last life update and now I'm reading the book it was from: Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. I fell in love with the author before even reading his work because on the dedication page. It said: For Nicole, my idea of beautiful.
Nicole is his wife. Awww.
The author truly has a way with words. Sometimes I read a sentence, pause, then go back and read it again, simply because the way it's written is too perfect.
“I like to see people reunited, I like to see people run to each other, I like the kissing and the crying, I like the impatience, the stories that the mouth can't tell fast enough, the ears that aren't big enough, the eyes that can't take in all of the change, I like the hugging, the bringing together, the end of missing someone.”
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I was in a street market when I came across a cute little stall with all this pretty vintage jewellery. After looking at the card (picture below) I realised I knew this blog because of a giveaway I entered a couple of months ago. I remembered falling in love with everything in this blogger's Etsy shop. I didn't win the giveaway so when I realised she was at the street market, I felt so happy! Below is the picture of the necklace I bought, it was so hard to pick one. If you're interested in this kind of stuff, check out her blog or etsy shop.


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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Like most people, it's hard for me to make new years resolutions and actually stick with them. So I was glad when I came across this wonderful idea:


It's such a nice concept. Reflecting back on 2012, I can remember a lot of good things that happened, but I'm sure there are tonnes that I have forgotten already because I never thought to write them down. I think I will use this 'memory jar' not just for good things, but also to write about little moments that made me smile. I wish I had done this in 2012 so I could read and remember all the memories of things that happened.
If you guys like this idea, give it a go :)

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I wish you all the best of luck for 2013 :) And hopefully after exams I can get back to reading your blogs. Can't wait! I've missed this ♥