Halfway to Graduation! (August Wrap-Up)


August has been an insane month what with JZ’s 18th birthday, SG50 (the country we live in, Singapore, just turned 50 years old, for those who are wondering), finishing up our third semester in polytechnic and barely getting any reading – or blogging – done. Thankfully, the holidays have finally started, meaning I can laze around and do nothing for the next 1.5 months. Just kidding! It’s time to catch up on my horrendous review backlog (which I’m actually excited for since I’ve read so many good books) and… well, I’ll leave the rest of my holiday schedule to the Daddy up there.

We’re Halfway done with Poly! Wait… What?!

Adelena: I swear it still felt like yesterday when I first walked into Ngee Ann Polytechnic as an impressionable, hopeful, and thrilled freshman. I was so excited for the future and everything in store! Now? I’m still looking forward and impatient for everything to come but my definition of “future” isn’t the rest of my days spent in poly anymore, instead it’s everything coming after graduation. Which is still 1.5 years away, mind you.

Cliché as it may be, I’ve definitely learned a lot in the past three semesters and met numerous new people. However, it all felt like a stepping stone since I do have my entire life ahead. Here’s to the second half of my adventures in poly and one step closer to university/the mission field/God’s awesome plan for my life!

JZ: It’s insane how half my poly life is gone. Everything’s happening all to quickly and I feel like I’m not old enough to be a Year 2 student. The future can be scary but I’m growing more daring and confident to inch out of my comfort zone and try new things (be it wearing my hair differently or starting on a new story idea). Maybe one day I’ll be able to dive headfirst into crazy adventures! Continue reading “Halfway to Graduation! (August Wrap-Up)”

Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

The Burning SkyThe Burning Sky
by Sherry Thomas
The Elemental Trilogy #1
Publication date: 17 September, 2013
Balzer + Bray, Hardcover, 464 pages
Source: Library

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It all began with a ruined elixir and a bolt of lightning.

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s been told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.

Guided by his mother’s visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life.

The Burning Sky—the first book in the Elemental Trilogy—is an electrifying and unforgettable novel of intrigue and adventure.

Rating: ★★★★★

The Burning Sky was simply put, magical; completely, utterly, and spectacularly magical. Before having read it, I’ve always thought it would be a typical fantasy novel—some dragons, evil monarchs, inter-kingdom wars—I definitely did not expect magic. Like the mages/wizards sort of magic. Continue reading “Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas”

Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Falling KingdomsFalling Kingdoms
by Morgan Rhodes
Series: Falling Kingdoms #1
Publication Date: 11 December 2012
Razorbill, Hardcover, 412 pages
Source: Library

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In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realise that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….

Rating: ★★★

If someone had asked me to describe Falling Kingdoms in 4 words while I had still been reading the first 150 pages of it, I wouldn’t have hesitated to say, “YA Game of Thrones”. For the record, I’ve not read or watched Game of Thrones but the atmosphere and general vibe of this novel at the start was exactly how I thought GoT for a younger set of audience would be like—numerous diverse characters, an exciting storyline, and ruthlessly shocking deaths. Yes, it’s a definite compliment.

Unfortunately, that all ended as the book progressed. Which I would touch on later, after listing down the better qualities of Falling Kingdoms. Continue reading “Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes”