Fishes & Trees

So, I went to Aquaria KLCC with some college friends on Wednesday. It was a highly anticipated trip (for me, at least) and the day started with us taking the train downtown to meet with the rest. Grabbed lunch, caught up with each other and stepped into the aquarium!

Note: I didn’t take as much good quality photos as I would’ve liked, but oh well. 

No, the fishes on top aren’t dead. 

For some reason, fishes fascinate and terrify me. They seem so… distant compared to cats and dogs in an emotional sense. You can guess if a dog was happy, angry or sad but a fish? Still possible, but much harder. I’m sure fish enthusiasts would disagree, however! Loved the fishes and other aquatic animals, though I wished there were more interactive exhibits. Hoped the others enjoyed it as well! 



After the glorious fishes, we visited the park outside of KLCC and it was beautiful. The weather was just right for a stroll and we thoroughly enjoyed our ice cream in the midst of the greenery 🙂


We caught the train back during rush hour and by then, the adrenaline (or excitement) was ebbing away. Standing in a packed train when you’re tired isn’t the nicest thing (leg muscles, where art thou?). However, we all made it back in one piece & savored a beautiful sunset on the way home. 


I promise that I will try my best to capture more memories in photographs next time! Always something that takes time getting used to, but it’s worth it.

Till we meet again, 

Cheryl

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Fishes & Trees

Books I’ve Read

Hey hey! Here’s some of the books I’ve read since my A-Levels exam ended. 

Pretties by Scott Westerfield


I’ve read Uglies (the first book in this series, Pretties is the second) a long, long time ago, and I was very excited to read the continuation of the story. However, the time gap between my reading of Uglies and Pretties was too big; hence my hype for it was dimmed. Still, it was a good read with the plot twisting with every turn of the page. Get all the books in this series and read ’em all at one go! I’m sure you’ll be left feeling as breathless as I did when I finished the Divergent series (don’t ask, I still feel the need to visit online support groups after Allegiant).

Goodreads link here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9815327-pretties

Confessions of A Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro


I actually read Confessions: The Private School Murders which was the book written after this. I didn’t know that then, but after reading The Private School Murders, I knew that I had to get the prequel. James Patterson’s style of writing just hooks you in from the very first page, and I thoroughly enjoyed the fast paced, contemporary beat of it. Highly recommend these two!

Goodreads link here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13521399-confessions-of-a-murder-suspect?from_search=true

Indelible by Karin Slaughter


I was reading this during my free time at my part-time job and someone I knew came up to me. He glanced at the cover and said, “Wow. Slaughter, huh? What a morbid title.”

Back to the book, I picked up another work of Karin’s as I’ve read Genesis, and though it was thoroughly disturbing, it was intriguing and compelling to read. Indelible wasn’t as graphic (or at least that’s how I felt) but it did the job for a crime story. The difference in POVs was a little confusing at first, as there were details from both time periods that needed to be paid attention to; but the mystery was cleared up soon after.

Goodreads link here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1127244.Indelible

The Two Lives of Miss Charlotte Merryweather by Alexandra Potter


What can I say? It was pretty decent for a contemporary chick-lit read. Light-hearted with sprinkles of romance and self-discovery, this book was a good one to unwind and relax with. 

Goodreads link here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7146880-the-two-lives-of-miss-charlotte-merryweather?from_search=true

That’s as much as I can update for now. Going to catch up on my Once Upon A Time marathon!

Cheryl

Books I’ve Read

Book Review: The Taker by J.M. Steele

The Taker by J.M. Steele
I’m not going to lie. I can be quite superficial when it comes to choosing books; judge me all you want.

I have and do choose books by their covers. Sometimes.


The Taker was one of them. Book-shopping in the midst of my A-Level finals, the cover was the hook that drew me to it. Kudos to whoever who designed it, it’s eye-catching and intriguing for sure. (Or to me, at least.) All things exam-related were on my mind and seeing it on a book cover was enough to sell it for me.

In short, this book is about Carly Biels, a high school senior who is aiming to get into the prestigious Princeton. However when she gets her SAT scores back, they aren’t as good as she hoped for them to be. As the dates of the retake test loom nearer, her comeback study plan isn’t going as well as she had hoped. Stuck between her distracting boyfriend, Brad and the geeky neighbor-slash-tutor Ronald, she turns to the Taker out of desperation. Who is this mysterious Taker? He/She will take the exam for her and guarantees excellent results; in exchange for a favor. Will she take the offer? Or will she push through on her own? Will she succeed or fall back to square one?

Well. Here’s my thoughts on this book.

Not to be overly mean or critical but I found Carly quite….shallow. This mostly showed in her interaction with Ronald Gross (unfortunate surname, poor boy). I do understand the slight awkwardness or nervousness that one might feel towards someone whom they don’t have the best impression of, but even so, some of her actions was bordering on bimbo-mean. One of which was her worry of being seen with Ronald who was one of the nerds in school. Also, she exploits Ronald’s sincere generosity to an extent in the beginning of the story. Guys who have been through a similar situation will scream murder and I can definitely understand why. Hence, that part of Carly was a turn off for me. That being said, I did feel that there was some sort of development of her character as the story went along. Wasn’t much, but it was still something.

During the progression of the story, different things took place; from your standard teen party to a poetry recital. While most were interesting and fitting to the story, there was one or two that didn’t seem to fit the flow. Perhaps it’s just me, but I found them quite odd.

Overall, The Taker was an okay book for me. It didn’t get my heart jittering or pumping, but it didn’t make me want to put it down and stop reading all together. Not the best book I’ve read, but not the worst either.


Pros:
         –  Ronald’s cool and endearing character
          – Interesting plot ( a book with real-life tips on how to take the SAT or any other exam for that matter, hey hey!)
          – An easy read

Cons:
         – Slightly cliché ending
          – Lack of development of other characters
          – Carly may get annoying (Sorry, Carly.)

Don’t just take my word for it; go and check it out at Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/201817.The_Taker?ac=1 !

Have a nice day, shall improve my reviewing skills. That is all. 



 Cheryl

                                                                                                                                                          
Book Review: The Taker by J.M. Steele