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Blog Revamped – Welcome To The Book Exponent

I can’t believe it’s almost a year I left this blog in the dust. Looking back at it, I don’t even know what I have been doing in the past year. So much regrets but let’s just move on and do better.

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To get new fresh start, I decided to change the name of this blog. This blog, previously The Spring Days, used to be all stuffs about things I like such as photography, postcards, and mainly about books. Then, I give some thought that it will be much better if this blog only focus on one thing and one theme. So, here it is – The Book Exponent – a ‘reborn’ from The Spring Days.

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What’s the meaning of Book Exponent? Exponent? I can’t lie that being a math geek, I want the name of this blog sounds math-ish *grins*. For more definitions, here it is..

ex·po·nent
/ikˈspōnənt,ˈekspōnənt/
  1. a person who believes in and promotes the truth or benefits of an idea or theory.
  2. a quantity representing the power to which a given number or expression is to be raised, usually expressed as a raised symbol beside the number or expression
From first definition, through this blog I hope I can be a good book reviewer. I’m not looking for popularity or whatever to get followers. I just want to share what’s I like and dislike in a book. Also, I think I have said this before I want to learn to pour in what I feel into words through reviewing. After all, writing isn’t easy. In order to me to improve, all critics and sugestions will be very welcomed. I’m always looking forward to comments >__<
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That’s all for now. I will try to post new reviews soon. Cya~!
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[Book Review] The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

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Four minutes changes everything. Hadley Sullivan 17 misses her flight at JFK airport, is late to her father’s second wedding in London with never-met stepmother. Hadley meets the perfect boy. Oliver is British, sits in her row. A long night on the plane passes in a blink, but the two lose track in arrival chaos. Can fate bring them together again?


REVIEW

Being a math geek, the title of this book really attracted my attention. I was like “Holy, that’s statistical probability we would talk about.” I was so ready to be drawn into any mathematical terms but oh boy I was totally wrong. I wish I hadn’t picked up this book. (Sorry!)

Hadley Sullivan was forced to go all the way from America to London to attend his father’s wedding. It was like a nightmare for her after all the suffers she and her mom had been through. His father left to London for a teaching job and in the way he met another woman, Charlotte. It brought a crack in their family, then her parents divorced.

The day she had to left for London, she missed her flight. It was only four minutes late which brought her to wait for the next flight. Well, after this, a lot of coincidences happen especially about Hadley and the guy, Oliver. The British guy she met in the airport. They talked and found out they would be in the same flight. Miracle, Hadley’s seat was 18-C and his was 18-A. It’s interesting to see they got to know each other, but more Hadley opened up about her father and Oliver stayed mysterious about his family. Oliver also helped her to get through the fright of flying. It was sweet. But after all the talks, it just didn’t make sense to me they kissed. It was super insta love. I rolled my eyes every time they kissed.

The coincidence haven’t just ended yet. In the wedding, there was Charlotte’s friends talked to her dad, saying they’ve should gone to Paddington because there was something (I don’t want to spoiler) they had to attend. Hadley rushed off to there and ditched her father’s wedding, guessing Oliver would be there. BAM THAT’S THE COINCIDENCE AGAIN. I shuddered because it was too much. I believe in coincidences but if it was like that I feel like it was forced. Like it had to led like that.

The ending can’t even redeem this book. The statistical probability I anticipated for, only added more disappointment to this book. Seriously? I laughed dryly at all those sayings about probabilities. Good thing, it was a quick read.


MY RATING

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[Book Review] On The Fence by Kasie West

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For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.


REVIEW

Kasie West is one of my favorite authors since I read her duology book, Pivot Point, which I have huge love for. Then, I also pretty enjoyed The Distance Between Us. Those books were such a page-turner and I had a big smile on my face while reading them. So, I had great expectation when I started On The Fence but sadly I have to say this book would be the least favorite. Might be not favorite at all.

Charlotte “Charlie” Reynolds grew up as the only girl in her family. She has three ((hot)) brothers and her father was cop. The only thing that got my attention from the book was the beneath in her family. First, the interaction between Charlie and her brothers. They were so close, it made me envious. The thing her brothers did that led Charlie wondering why a guy never ask her out, it was GOLD. They were protective, but SWOONY. That particular scene in the soccer field AH CUTENESS. Second, the relationship between Charlie and her father. It tore me up. He tried his best to raise her. He was tough but sweet.

Other than that, I don’t know what’s interesting in the book. I didn’t find it how special the fence chats were. Every time Charlie and Braden chatted on the fence, I couldn’t help it to wonder “Gurl, weren’t you scared going out of the house in midnight? I can’t even peek in through my window.” Whatever, I knew this is weird or probably nonsense, I worried more about ghost might appear instead of focusing on their midnight chats on the fence. The ending between Charlie and Braden was also predictable. It was worse when I didn’t even feel sparks between them. Then again, I know she was a tomboy. A tomboy always relates to sports but why it had to be all sports?! A lot of sports were talked in the book which I didn’t really understand.

On The Fence is a big disappointment. It didn’t live up my expectations. I didn’t get the jokes and sarcasm from this book that I anticipated for. West was good at throwing jokes and sarcasm in her books but WHY. This book fell so flat on me. Despite to all that said, I’m not giving up on her and feeling excited for her upcoming book, The Fill-In Boyfriend.


MY RATING

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[Book Review] Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Cath and Wren are identical twins and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She would rather bury herself in the fanfiction she writes where there’s romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible…

A tale of fanfiction, family and first love.


REVIEW

I’ve heard a lot of praises about Rainbow Rowell’s books and been craving to read them. Fangirl is my first read from her and the title itself is already pretty drawn me in before I read it because HECK YEAH I AM A FANGIRL.

Cather “Cath” Avery was a fangirl of The Simon Snow Series. Well, I haven’t read the book but it didn’t hinder me to enjoy this book. There’s some parts of Simon Snow Series in the book so they enlighten me much what it’s all about and why Cath loved it. In fact, I wanted to read the series after I finished Fangirl because awww SimonxBaz.

One of things which makes book so special is when it can relates to you and Fangirl does. Rowell did great job pouring down what a fangirl did and felt. First, Cath wrote fanfictions! Man, I do love fanfictions. I love fanfictions as much as I love “original” fiction (lol what do you call that?). Second, it’s boyxboy pairing. HAHAHAHA I’M NOT GONNA EXPLAIN THIS. Third, I guess this is the major problem of fangirls, Cath faces difficulties in reality especially being social. For this one, it’s hard to express and let it out. I’ve been a fangirl for like 7 years and I know how it feels when Cath said Internet people are much better than people in real life. She had social anxiety and rarely go out. Throughout reading this book, I didn’t know how many times I said I FEEL YOU.

Being a fangirl and all, I totally understand Cath. Her love to The Simon Snow Series. Her love to write fanfictions. Even she wrote story about SimonxBaz for her Fiction-Writing class which is wrong to her Professor. I sympathized her when she had to face this conflict between Fiction-Writing and fanfictions. That it led she started questioning herself whether Fiction-Writing was exactly she wanted to do.

 I love everything about this book. It also tackles family problems and shows the flaws in Cath’s family. Cath’s twin, Wren, changed herself because college means adventure and she started growing distance between her and Cath. Cath’s father has been mentally unstable and fragile after Cath and Wren’s mom left him. Despite to all the messy, I can feel love from the family. The thing is, I adore how Rowell weave the story and develop these characters.

 Not forgetting Cath’s love interest, Levi! It’s insta-love but I forgive that because it’s Levi. Levi, the guy who smiles all the time. Gosh, every time his name came up, I can’t help it but smile. He was like a smile virus!!! I loved the guy who reads but Levi was an exception. He was not a book person but he likes hearing people reading. It was really cute when Cath read her fanfictions to him and he just held her. CUTENESS OVERLOAD. More than that, there’s nothing better than having a boyfriend who understands you and takes interest in all your freaks. GOD I NEED LEVI IN REAL LIFE.

“It’s okay if you’re crazy,” he said softly.
“You don’t even know-“
“I don’t have to know,” he said. “I’m rooting for you.”  

I really loved loved loved Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I already lost for words and couldn’t express anymore how much I loved this book. One more sentence to end this review, FANGIRL IS ME.


MY RATING

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[Book Haul] March 2015

Time flies so fast and it’s April already *sighs*. Last month I didn’t buy books at all because I am trying to save money for a book fair.  So, books I got last month were gifts, either from giveaway or for review.

WON

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Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

The Articulated Man by James Zul

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Deadly Practice by Bill Yancey

Zali Luna: Movie Star by Emma Jamvold

Thank you to The Malediction Trilogy Official Fanbase, James Zul, Bill Yancey, and Emma Jamvold.

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[Postcrossing] February & March 2015

In the era with advanced technologies, communication becomes much easier and faster. Every messages can be sent and received in the single blink of eyes. So why postcards? Why bother using snail mail? I seriously wondered at first, but it’s not until I received one. GOSH THAT HAPPY FEELINGS WHEN A POSTMAN CAME. I started exchanging postcard February 2015. I found and joined a group The Post Card Exchange on Goodreads. Every month they have topic that you must write on the postcard. It’s so fun! You don’t need to wonder what to write and it relates to books! So for all booknerds out there, I recommend you to join as well! 🙂

Not only that, I also created an account in http://www.postcrossing.com and swapping postcards through Instagram. More postcards, more happiness! 😉

Here’s what I sent and received in these past two months.

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Sent To :

  1. Peninnah Ziegler, USA (25/02/25)
  2. Yue Yin, Malaysia (2015/03/24)
  3. Shellii Huff, USA (2015/03/24)
  4. Tingting, China (2015/03/24)

 

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Received from:

  1. Rift Vegan, USA (2015/03/04)
  2. Barbara R, USA (2015/03/04)
  3. Rift Vegan, USA (2015/03/19)
  4. Yue Yin, Malaysia (2015/03/24)
  5. Sandy Thurlow, USA (2015/03/21) + pretty bookmark! >.<
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[Book Review] The 100 (The Hundred #1) by Kass Morgan

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In the future, humans live in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth’s toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland… before it’s too late.

Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they’ve only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they’re haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust – and even love – again.


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If you followed me on twitter, you must have known how crazy I am about the show and of course BELLARKE. The truth is, I had been afraid to read the book because some people have said to stay away from the book. I finally decided to read the book when season 2 was almost over. I just feel I need to read it.

The idea of the story, both from the book and the show, is still the same. It’s post-apocalyptic that for years humanity has lived on spaceships. In the book, there were three spaceships. Phoenix, Walden, and Arcadia. Because oxygen in the the spaceships got thinning and it was only enough for few years, the Council decided to bring out the mission for hundred criminals. They were sent back to the Earth. To recolonize plane. To get to know whether Earth is safe to live especially from radiation.

The lead character, our heroine of the story, was Clarke Griffin. She was arrested for treason and prisoned in Confinement because her parents did human radiation trials on unregistered children. Anyway, the book did a lot of flashbacks which I would gladly give some points to this book. I got to know that Clarke actually had medical apprenticeship so I didn’t get surprised when she can do surgeries. I think this wasn’t told in the show, so all along what I thought was her mother was doctor so maybe she was also a doctor or some kind of genetic, the medical skills run in her vein lol. She was currently my number one favorite girl that I love and adore. She was brave, badass, but lovely.

For Clarke’s love interests, we got Wells Jaha and Bellamy Blake. I prefer call Wells as ex-love interest though. Same as the show, Wells was the son of the Chancellor. If the show only told he was Clarke’s bestfriend, in the book he was her boyfriend. One more point for the book was I got to know more Wells. His flashbacks and relationship with Clarke were explored. He wasn’t supporting role but important one. Also, his leadership was more invested in the book.

Then, Bellamy Blake, MY LOVE OF LIFE always makes me have this big smile. Gosh, when he was flirting with Clarke I wanted to faint!!! The sparks between them are so-good damn strong. SPOILER ALERT! BELLARKE DID HAPPEN IN THE BOOK!! So if the show make you frustated about damn-freaking-slow bellarke to happen, the book wont disappoint you. It was like an oasis in a desert. Damn fresh. He’s not only a boyfriend material but also brother material. His love for her sister, Octavia, was also strong. Despite to that, when he knew Octavia did wrong, he tried to get her into the right path and didn’t hide her wrongdoings. Everything about him, I scream LOVE.

The plot went back and forth to the present and past. Lots of flashbacks which will give you clear ideas of the story. Told in 3rd person pov, each chapter focused on one character; Clarke, Bellamy, Wells, and Glass. About Glass, I still find her stories are out of place and boring. Sometimes when I stumbled upon her chapters, I just want to skip them.

To conclude, after I read the book I think it isn’t that bad. Yes, it’s totally different with the show and the show is still much much better. The only same characters from both book and the show are Clarke, Bellamy, Wells, Octavia, and Chancellor Jaha. Nonetheless, I tried to look it from different perspective. Just like, assuming it was an alternate story so it’s okay if the book and the show are different. The book is good and I enjoyed it. I definitely will read other installments from The Hundred series; Day 21 and Homecoming.


MY RATING

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