I did it!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 1 Comments A+ a-

Oh yeah, who's the geek??? I am!!! Nerd smile

I had to use 3 different programs, solve 7 occurring issues, spend 3 and a half hours staring at the screen and kill my old Nokia 5800 about 15 times for me to be able to unlock it (I accidently activated the SIM lock option under settings, forgot the pass code and it wouldn't reset to factory setting >_<) and be able to give it to my brother and get my SIM card back!!!

Oh, dear God, thank you!

More detailed article coming sometime today or tomorrow, and yes, it can be easy but it also can be as hard as it was for me, especially when you’re running Windows 8, using advanced programs to unlock it or flash it and your phone won’t cooperate with you. Things can get very tricky.

But I did it!!! Open-mouthed smile 

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a celebration to do Note.


Review (e-book and audiobook): Perfect by Sara Shepard.

Thursday, September 13, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-



 Title: Perfect.

 Author: Sara Shepard: website, blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

 Series: Pretty Little Liars #3.

 Publisher: HarperTeen in the US.

 Publication date: October 6th, 2009 in the US.

 Source: Bought.

 Format: E-book/Audiobook.

 Date read: September 13th, 2012.

 Favorite line: It’s amazing what you don’t see, though. Even when it’s right in front of your eyes.

 Rating: 5/5 stars! – Favorite.

 Get the e-book/book/audiobook from: Amazon, Audible, B&N, The Book Depository or Kobo.

In Rosewood, Pennsylvania, four perfect-looking girls aren't nearly as perfect as they seem.
Aria can't resist her forbidden ex. Hanna is on the verge of losing her BFF. Emily is freaking out over a simple kiss. And Spencer can't keep her hands off "anything" that belongs to her sister.
"Lucky me." I know these pretty little liars better than they know themselves. But it's hard keeping all of their secrets to myself. They better do as I say . . . or "else".

From: Goodreads.

The cover:

This is by far my favorite cover :). I love the colors and the doll ^_^.


The storyline:

Okay. So this book is my favorite in the series so far. It had more action, more mystery, more twists and I swear I have no idea not even the tiniest bit who “A” is or what’s wrong with Spencer and I love it!!


Unlike the previous book, this sequel picks up three weeks after Toby’s suicide (Yes, in these books, Toby is dead…), and the girls drifted apart again, especially since they thought “A” is gone along with Toby and the texts stopped coming. So they continued their lives as if nothing happened.

Spencer is now seeing a therapist who’s helping her cope with what’s happening in the family (between her and Melissa) and deal with Ali’s death. She’s back at her usual self, studying and playing nice, hoping her family would not know about her essay and what she did. Then she’s on the papers for being one of the finalists and suddenly, things start to crumble and crash and the bitter truth hits her.

Aria is acting freely and following her heart in this book. She realizes she’s not over Ezra, her crush and also her AP English teacher, and tries to deal with everything around her. She tries so hard to deal with her family issues until she makes them worse and gets Ezra arrested (although she didn’t do the last one intentionally.).

Emily is trying so hard to hide and escape her true feelings for Maya and the fact that she is gay. She swims, does her homework, has fun with Carolynn, until everything spills out and things go from bad to worse and she has to make a serious decision.

And, last but not least, Hanna, I left her for the end because her parts in the book are my favorite. Hanna has a lot of problems, issues, complications and twists in her life that there could be a whole new book just about her! First, her dad is not talking to her at all and he won’t even respond to her calls. Second, she feels betrayed by Sean for going out with her ex-best friend Aria. Third, and most importantly, she needs to stop her craving for food and throwing up. She has big plans for her and Mona and nothing else matters. Until everything with Mona goes real bad and everything she touches dies.

Somewhere in the middle of the story, a private homemade video of Ali, made by Aria and the girls, before she went missing gets leaked to the media. And clues start to gather.

The girls think that Toby is “A”, and now that Toby is dead, “A” is dead, right? No. After a while, they start getting the most horrifying texts, threats and then “A” starts playing for real.

What I loved:

- The storyline is so different from the others and also, at the same time somewhat familiar (since I watched the episodes to the mid season finale…*_*). It had some intriguing details and storylines for each girl.

- The twists, mystery and thriller! I kept looking and wondering and trying to solve each new puzzle, SMS and chapter’s title!

- This book could be scary if you read it at night (or actually listened to it at night).

- I don’t know if I just realized it or if it has been this way since book one. But I think the writing is much much better than before.

- I loved both the main and secondary characters and how they had different personalities that added to the storyline. Each character in this book had something to do and it had a long lasting effect.

- Aria, Spencer, Emily and Hanna are finally a tiny bit close. They try to talk to each other discuss everything “A” related. It a huge accomplishment, if you read the previous two books you know what I mean!

- And then there was the ending!! I had no idea it was going to happen like that in the book and also it left me asking a billion questions!!

What I disliked:

Nothing really.


The audiobook:

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The audiobook was amazing! The narrator did a great job of impersonating each characters, especially the girls, and the way she spoke in those scary moments, it made me feel like I’m being watched too!!!

If you’re not sure whether you should read the books or you don’t have the time, I highly suggest you get the audiobook version. It’s amazing!

The characters:

Aria: Always the nice, friendly and unique girl who does an excellent job in her AP English class and tries to fix things by making them worse whether intentionally or not. She tries to help her mom get over her dad and what he’d done and she ends up getting kicked of the house and disliked by both her mom and Mike, her younger brother. When she tries to make the right thing and goes to Ezra’s house, she ends up… Well, making bad choices again.

Emily: I really like her. She’s shy, friendly and never hurts anyone. She also struggles with who she is and what she really wants but can’t say or do anything to change things. Until her sexuality goes to the public in the middle of school and she has to stand up for what she wants.

Hanna: Ah, she has the most interesting side of the story, but she’s not my favorite character, I’ll tell you why. She acts as if no one is better than her, and she keeps gossiping about other people, calling them with bad names and making fun of them like she wasn’t once one of those people. Oh, but fear not, the table turns real fast and she soon enough finds herself with nothing but her shame and loneliness, thanks to “A” and Mona.

Spencer: Seriously? I have no idea why she thought she could get away with plagiarizing her sister’s essay. Spencer seems to be trying to be better than Melissa harder than she thought, but she doesn’t acknowledge her tries until she meets the therapist again. But by going their, she doesn’t only understand her relationship with her sister better, she also uncovers dark, deep and scary truths about herself. Truths that could get her in jail.

Other characters worth mentioning: Sean, Aria’s boyfriend. He’s a really nice, modest and athletic guy. He’s fascinated by Aria and really likes her, until “A” spoils the beans about her “errands” and the nice Sean turns out to have a dark side. Ezra, Aria’s crush and also AP English teacher. Since they first met in a bar before he knew he was going to be her teacher, Ezra loved Aria and thought, later when he found out she’s his student, that it would be better if they stayed separated. But, he obviously couldn’t hold on for much longer. He should have, though, because now he’s in jail. Ian, Melissa’s boyfriend then and now. He’s a very handsome and nice guy who Ali and Spencer used to have a crush on. But even this Angel could have some tricks up his sleeve. Ali, even in her death, she still haunts the girls and their lives. It looked like everyone loved Ali and envied her for everything she had. But the gorgeous blonde had secrets too, ones she hadn’t told the girls about, ones that could be the reason behind her death. Maya, Em’s love interest. She’s a very smart and courageous person. Maya encourages Emily to be who she is and not be afraid of what the others might think of her.


Favorite quotes:

Her sister froze. The little gremlin that Spencer was certain lived inside Melissa’s head was confused. Clearly it hadn’t expected Spencer to say something nice. --- Chapter 6: SIBLING RIVALRY’S A HARD HABIT TO BREAK.

SARAH WHITTIER, with that Milton quote, DEATH IS THE GOLDEN KEY THAT OPENS THE PALACE OF ETERNITY. Over the hill, Aria knew, were the graves of a dog named Puff, a cat named Rover, and a parakeet named Lily. --- Chapter 17: BECAUSE ALL CHEESY RELATIONSHIP MOMENTS HAPPEN IN CEMETERIES.

It’s not like it’ll be hard: everyone in this town has something to hide. In fact, there’s something even juicier than the identity of moi bubbling beneath Rosewood’s glistening surface. Something so shocking, you wouldn’t believe me if I told you. So I won’t even bother. HA. You know, I kind of love being me….         

Buckle up, girlies. Nothing is as it seems.         



--- What Happens Next…


Finally, I’m at peace, even for sometimes, in my brain that I could read and enjoy this book :).

This book is that good! I’m really excited to continue reading ^_^.

Now to continue with the series ;).



Review: Flawless by Sara Shepard.

Sunday, September 09, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-



 Title: Flawless.

 Author: Sara Shepard: website, blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

 Series: Pretty Little Liars #2.

 Publisher: Harper Teen in the US.

 Date of publication: October 6th, 2009 in the US.

 Source: Bought.

 Format: E-book.

 Date read: September 9th, 2012.

 Favorite line: “An eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind.” —GANDHI

 Rating: 3/5 stars.

 Get the e-book/book from: Amazon, B&N, The Book Depository or Kobo.

Spencer stole her sister's boyfriend. Aria is brokenhearted over her English teacher. Emily likes her new friend Maya . . . as much more than a friend. Hanna's obsession with looking flawless is making her sick. And their most horrible secret yet is so scandalous that the truth would ruin them forever.
And why "shouldn't" I tell? They deserve to lose it all. With every crumpled note, wicked IM, and vindictive text message I send, I'll be taking these pretty little liars down. Trust me, I've got enough dirt to bury them alive.

From: Goodreads.

The cover:

I like it. It’s not bad neither good. However, I do love the font *_*. And if you didn’t know, this is Hanna Marin on the over. What’s cool, is that on the back cover you can see the real model for Hanna, it’s done in all the books.


The storyline:

Where should I begin?

Let me get directly to the point after the summary.


Flawless picks up right where Pretty Little Liars left off. In this sequel, we get to know more about The Jenna Thing, Toby and each girl’s secret.

Aria is no longer seeing Ezra, and somehow she gets caught up with Sean, Hanna’s ex-boyfriend. And her family’s situation is only getting worse.

Spencer’s attitude has completely changed. She’s now dating Wren, her sister’s ex, and she thinks everything is still fine. Until, her deepest secret is going to be out. And then things crumple down.

Emily is really messed up. She can’t make up her mind about her feelings. She becomes friends with Toby, and finds herself really liking him. Thinking by doing that she’s proving to herself that she’s not gay. Well, guess faith had other plans for her.

Finally, Hanna is dealing with her own demons. Not that this isn’t enough, her father comes back to add fuel to the already strong flames. Everything seems to be working against her.

And guess who’s ruining and manipulating them? Of course you’d guess, it’s “A”.

The girls meet and actually talk to each other, in the last chapters, in Foxy, a charity party, where they seem to not be able to find Emily and they think she’s in serious danger.

the book ends with them finally acting like friends and thinking that they’ve got everything figured out and there’s no more “A” until shim (a.k.a Him/She) sends a very threatening SMS to Emily. And that’s the end.

What I Liked/Loved:

- The storyline. It was amazing.

- The suspense and twists were unexpected.

- The way the chapters were laid and how each chapter had a very interesting title. It’s like I had to decipher the title and make possibilities of what might happen.

- The ending :).

What I disliked:

- Sometimes I would find the story fast paced and other times it’d be really slow.

- The characters were just not reliable. I know there are teenagers like them, but it was just too much.

The characters:

Aria: She’s a very charismatic character. Although sometimes she becomes really obsessed with fixing everything and becomes whiny. Despite all of this, she’s strong, protective and very friendly. Sometimes I find her a bit naïve even.

Spencer: The perfect student and child has gone wild. Since kissing Wren, Spence became more careless about everything. She tricked her parents and Melissa (thought she tricked her…). But her biggest secret yet, is about to be revealed and crash everything around her.

Emily: She’s in my opinion the most honest and the nicest character in this book (if not the series, but I can’t tell from two books.). She struggles with her true self and with everything going on in her life. Between her swimming, her feelings for Maya that she keeps burying deep within her and her new friendship with Toby, she has no time to deal with her secrets coming out.

Hanna: She the funniest, the most active character by far. She shops, gossips, keeps secrets and tries to get Sean back. Until her father comes back and brings a bunch of “gifts” for her, one of which turns out to be as deadly as ever.

Toby: I seriously have no idea what to say about him. In the books, he is friendly, nice and keeps trying to make out for the bad decisions he made earlier in his life. Until he ends up, well, you’ll know when you read the book.

Other characters worth mentioning are: Sean, Hanna’s ex-boyfriend and Aria’s current boyfriend. Jenna, Toby’s stepsister who is blind thanks to Ali. Andrew, Spencer’s date to Foxy. He’s the first of the class and the class president. Wren, Melissa’s boyfriend until Spencer made up with him and now he’s her boyfriend. Melissa, Spencer’s older perfect sister. Maya, the new girl living in Ali’s house now. She’s Emily’s new friend and possible love interest. Ben, Emily’s ex-boyfriend and fellow swim team member who keeps teasing her about being a lesbian and doesn’t stop.


Favorite quotes:

Emily gritted her teeth. “Yeah, but Toby is much, much nicer.” She also wanted to add, And don’t worry, he’s white, but she didn’t have the nerve. --- Chapter 18: SURROUND YOURSELF WITH NORMAL, AND MAYBE YOU’LL BE NORMAL TOO.

P.S. You hurt me, so I’m going to hurt you. Or maybe I should hurt a certain new boyfriend instead? You guys better watch out—I’ll show up when you least expect it. — A --- Chapter 20: LAISSEZ-FAIRE MEANS “HANDS OFF,” BTW

ONE NEW TEXT MESSAGE, her little Nokia said. Emily felt her heart speed up.                

Poor, confused Emily. I bet you could use a big warm girl hug right now, huh? Don’t get too comfortable. It’s not over until I say it is. —A --- Chapter 37: STRING BRACELETS ARE SO OUT, ANYWAY.


To be honest, I wish I’ve read the books before watching the show. Throughout the book I’ve been either spoiled or bored because I kind of knew what was going to happen.

Also, I read it in a very stressful and confusing time, so I didn’t enjoy it really and kept going back and reading each page because the next day I couldn’t remember what I read the day before.

So yeah, this is why the book was ruined for me.


The point? This book is really good. And I’m sure if I read it, like in nine months, I will probably give it 4 or 5 stars.


One more advice: Don’t read spoiling reviews or blurbs before you read the book, they might ruin the experience and the suspense element.


What’s next? Perfect of course!! I want more of “A”!!! :D.


Randa’s E-book Haul: n°15: Liars and last e-book haul.

Friday, September 07, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-




This is an e-book haul where I share books I bought, got from the library, were gifted to me or received for review and any other book related goodies I get in the mail.

This haul is mainly dedicated to e-books only because that’s what I read! But who knows, maybe someday I’ll get a printed book! ;).

It’s just an opportunity to share what books I got throughout the week. The covers are linked to Goodreads.

Hello everyone!

It has been a long time since I’ve done an e-book haul, mainly because I’ve been either too busy, too stressed or just too lazy.

This is going to be my last e-book haul though, until June next year. During the next 9 months I won’t have an internet connection or a computer access.

If I do, you’ll definitely catch me on Twitter ^_^. I’ll do another blog post just to explain what’s going to happen next :).

So, for this week’s book haul, I got nine e-books and a postcard in the mail :).

E-books I got:

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(p.s: Have you noticed how the covers of The Lying Game series look like when put next to each other?! *_*).

From Amazon Kindle:


Swag in the mail:


I received this week this gorgeous signed and personalized postcard from Megan Spooner, the writer of Skylark. Thank you so much Megan :).


So that’s it for me!

I hope you had a wonderful week in books and happy reading :).


Review: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-



 Title: Pretty Little Liars.

 Author: Sara Shepard: website, blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

 Series: Pretty Little Liars #1.

 Publisher: Harper Teen in the US.

 Date of publication: October 6th, 2009 in the US.

 Source: Bought.

 Format: E-book.

 Date read: August 30th, 2012.

 Rating: 3.5/5 stars (will be shown as 4 stars on review websites.) – favorite.

 Get the e-book/book from: Amazon, B&N, The Book Depository or Kobo.

Everyone has something to hide-especially high school juniors Spencer, Aria, Emily and Hanna.
Spencer covets her sister's boyfriend. Aria's fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily's crushing on the new girl at school. Hanna uses some ugly tricks to stay beautiful. But they've all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished.
How do I know? Because I know everything about the bad girls they were, the naughty girls they are, and the dirty secrets they've kept. And guess what? I'm telling. -A

From: Goodreads.

The cover:

I like this cover. It suits the story better than the new cover featuring the TV Show’s actresses as the characters because they simply don’t fit the descriptions of the girls in the story. Also, I think the best covers are the Australian ones, their covers for the series are simply beautiful *_* (except they don’t have a cover for this particular book –the first one in the series-!).


The storyline:

Okay. I had the most fortunate and unfortunate luck to start watching the TV Show based on this series before starting the books. It was both good and bad. Good because I knew what to expect from the book and was thrilled to find more details and twists that are not available in the show. Bad because I was spoiled most of the book, I kind of knew what was going to happen. And also because the characters in the book aren’t like the ones in the TV show.

However, I’m reviewing the book objectively as if I haven’t watched the show. So this is my honest review of the book separately.


For those of you who have never watched the show or heard of it (like me less than 2 weeks ago…), here’s a short spoiler free summary for you :).

This book is about five best friends Alison, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer. They’ve been best friends for sometime now and it’s the end of seventh grade. They’re now having a sleepover at the night to celebrate the beginning of summer vacation, however, Ali disappears that night.

The book starts by explaining what happened the day Ali disappears, but then picks up three years later with the girls getting ready for Junior year. They’re no longer talking to each other and are living separate lives although they are still in the same small-town of Rosewood. It gives us a glimpse to what happened to each girl separately and how they’ve been dealing with Ali’s disappearance. And throughout the story, we get to know more about each character’s relationship with Ali and what secrets she had on them. How they’ve been living and what’s up with them now.

Then suddenly, Spencer, Emily, Hanna and Aria start receiving anonymous text messages about past secrets that only Ali knew about and new ones that no one knows about.

At the end of the book, the girls try to bond back together.

What I liked:

- The storyline itself is very unique and compelling.

- It is full of mystery, sadness, twists, scary moments, thriller, loss and heartbreak.

- The girls’ friendship is very unique. They had each other and all of a sudden it was taken away from them. We all could relate to that.

- I loved the fact that each chapter is told about a different characters. It is mostly in this order: Emily, Spencer, Hanna then Aria. But it changes a bit at the end.

- There’s no specific narrator. The author tells you the story as she sees it.

- It deals with real high school problems.

- “A”! I love “A” as crazy as it sounds!! <3.

- It was a fast read.

- The ending :’).

What I disliked:

- I didn’t like the writing style that much. It was somewhat fast paced and everything was happening so quickly. But it might be just me because I’m not used to it.

- There is a lot of swearing words. I don’t think such sophisticated, young and somewhat wealthy and well raised girls should swear this much if not at all!

- Not to mention, the girls smoke! It’s just not right… I’m not against women smoking, but I think 16year olds shouldn’t. (Again, a personal opinion.).


The characters:

Alison DiLaurentis (a.k.a Ali): She’s somewhat the main character in this book. A very malicious, deadly and unfriendly girl who becomes friends with Aria, Spencer, Emily and Hanna. Only she’s mostly toying with them, taken their secrets and then threating to expose them if they don’t do what she says. She disappears in the summer of their seventh grade and doesn’t show up. The girls thought they’re safe because their secrets are gone. Guess what? They were wrong.

Aria Montgomery: The hippy friend. She’s been been always made fun of by Ali for her weird style of dressing. After Ali’s disappearance, she stayed a year and a half in Iceland and came back later for her junior year of High School. She meets a very attractive guy and they fall in love instantly. Later on, turns out that this guy is her AP English teacher, Mr. Ezra Fitz. Throughout the book, Aria goes into a lot of trouble keeping an old secret and a new one, but unfortunately, A gets to her and start warning her. Aria is very nice, friendly and cute in her own way. She’s one of my favorite characters in this book :).

Emily Fields (a.k.a Em or Emy): The jock girl. A very nice, shy and good swimmer. She’s the shiest in the group and tries to keep to herself. She tries so hard to hide the fact that she’s gay from everyone thinking that they’ll judge her and hate her. However, when she meets Maya, the new girl living in Ali’s house, she starts to have very serious second thoughts about herself and her feelings. “A” obviously doesn’t miss a chance to torture her and ruin her life.

Hanna Marin (a.k.a Han): Han has serious problems and very bad morals (part of why I don’t like her this much in these books so far – reading Flawless-). She used to be treated very badly by Alison, who used to call her Hefty Hanna, because she was fat and had grease everywhere in her body. When Ali disappeared, Hanna continued her commitment to try harder and be the next It Girl, which she achieved, using every thing she could do or get. Now the most popular girl in Rosewood Day, she faces other issues, including “A”. She’s now dating her longtime crush Sean Ackard who happens to be a member of the Virginity Club. Her father also comes back in her life and things are complicated again. “A”, as always, being the “nice” person, intervenes only to make things even worse.

Spencer Hastings (a.k.a Spence): The smartest in the group. Her family is very strict, serious and always the first in everything. She has a very nice and unique personality (she’s my 2nd favorite character in this book :).) with loopholes as usual. She’s always the one who stood up to Ali and was the last one who saw her before she went missing. Now, three years later, she’s as determined and serious as ever, wanting to beat her older sister’s, Melissa’s, records. But, there’s one thing she always wants despite her having everything; her sister’s boyfriends. And so, she meets her sister’s soon to be fiancé Wren who’s British, an intern to become a doctor, funny and cute. And the problems begin and get more complicated as “A” threatens to share her secrets, including those only her and Ali knew about.

Other characters worth mentioning: Mona, Hanna’s best friend since Ali’s disappearance. She used to be harassed by Ali and her group (although Aria, Em, Han and Spence never said anything to help or stop Ali) for being a nerd and she tried so hard to be Ali’s friend, but never succeeded, until Ali wen missing. Mike, Aria’s younger brother. Darren Wilden, a cop who almost arrests Hanna. Ashley, Hanna’s mother. Byron and Ella, Aria’s parents.


Favorite quotes:

You wonder how someone so…well, so much like you went missing. You thought only girls who entered beauty pageants ended up on the sides of milk cartons.       

Well, think again. --- How it All Started.

Aria headed into the classroom and fell into the first desk she saw. She put her head down and took heaving, emotional breaths.       

“Hell is other people,” she chanted. It was her favorite quote by the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre and a perfect mantra for Rosewood. --- Chapter 5: Starts and Fitz.

Life’s so much fun when you know everything.       

Just how do I know so much? You’re probably dying to know, aren’t you? Well, relax. All in due time.       

Believe me, I’d love to tell you. But what’s the fun in that?       

I’ll be watching. —A --- What Happens Next…


Ouf. Finally!

Well, I do favorite this book. It has been good, the series still has some potential, it could’ve been so much better.

What do I have to say? Okay. If you’ve never watched the TV show, start this one first. You’ll have an idea about the TV show and also you’ll enjoy it much more since you won’t be spoiled ;).

If you’ve watched/you’re watching the show, don’t have high expectations! You might be really disappointed… First, you’ll be spoiled, second, you’ll feel like that there are unnecessarily details and most importantly, you’ll probably dislike the characters (the best example for the last one is Hanna, in the TV show she’s nice and thoughtful despite her being the It Girl, in the book, she’s a complete bitch).


From an objective point of view (regardless of my opinion on the TV Show): Give this book a chance. I didn’t dislike it. I just think it could’ve been better :). If you’re a fan of: mystery, thriller, murder, suspense, twists and at the same time a quick read then pick it up. You won’t regret it :), because whether you like it or not, you’ll have an opinion and an experience of your own :).


Now time for me to finish Flawless ^_^.