Friday, 25 July 2014

Toxic Heart by Theo Lawrence : Review

Toxic Heart (Mystic City, #2)

I am always reluctant to start second parts, most of the times I find them disappointing.I liked Mystic City, the atmosphere , the characters and the plot . The dystopian version of Manhattan was apparently inspired by a trip to Venice according to the author's website in which you can find a very useful list of characters as well as mystic powers.
However, I almost put down this book in the first chapter because people were beginning to die really fast and I didn't like that idea. I continued reading though and I felt that Aria was going to have to grow up quickly in this novel in order to survive .While her family was as dysfunctional as always, Hunter , the cool boyfriend, was not so cool anymore and his behaviour seemed a bit suspicious to me.On the contrary the character of Turk was becoming more attractive and he was getting closer to Aria.

Among other traits that I like a lot , Aria's  vision proves to be  20/20 as she is mesmerised by the sight of Turk scarcely clad .Theo Lawrence wrote such a  descriptive paragraph that I almost found it funny.

"He doesn't see me. He's wearing a pair of snug navy boxers,towelling off his head after his shower.He's stunning.His legs are incredibly well defined, especially his calves, dusted with light brown hair...Turk is lean, all muscle. His body is so perfect it doesn' t even look real.Broad shoulders and a sculpted back that narrows to a thin waist ..."

The plot unfolds in a very interesting way.I wouldn't say surprising, because the reader is given many clues to guess what may happen. Aria does grow up and becomes a real heroine surprising not only Hunter but her enemies as well.

There is only one thing that I'd like to point out: I am not going to look at strawberries the same way, at least  for some time!


 



Thursday, 17 July 2014

Herbal Garden in Asia: Pinecone Ginger


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Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn: Opinion

Open Minds (Mindjack Trilogy, #1)

I read it in a hurry because I was very busy at that time ,but I quite liked it .The idea is very interesting and there's action and a little bit of romance.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Mirror X by Karry Thompson : Short Review

Mirror X (The Van Winkle Project, #1)


Although the idea is deeply appealing and I liked the book , I found some parts a bit disturbing specially the way saving human race from extintion had turned the people of that century into less human and to make matters worse women were , of course , the ones who suffered the most.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Malacca or Melaka: Malacca City in Malaysia

Malacca or Melaka, a former Portuguese and Dutch colony has everything the visitor may wish for. Malaysia is a multicultural society  and Malacca City in the south of the country offers a unique mixture that is worth seeing.The town is very pleasant and together with fine hotels and restaurants the tourist can enjoy shopping as well as sightseeing.

Malacca city is also a modern city .











Tourists can enjoy a boat ride to see the houses by the river.




The most impressive building in Malacca is the replica of the Sultanate Palace.The Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum is also worth visiting but visitors are not allowed to take photographs.


I got a bookmark 











The Palace is surrounded by a beautiful garden,when I visited it there were very few tourists and it was really enjoyable, although really hot.









 









The historic centre of Malacca was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2008 at the same time as George Town (Penang).Both places are very interesting and locals are very friendly with tourists.

The so called A Famosa Fortress was built by the Portuguese around 1511.








It is a pleasure to walk in the city and discover traditional houses and temples.

















The architecture in the city is indeed varied.












People usually gather around the Dutch church .





In  this area visitors are offered a peculiar and colourful mean of transport.



The Kampung Kling Mosque is situated in Harmony Street which has that name because of the proximity of an Indian and a Chinese temple.




If you have the chance of visiting Malacca , do it , you won't regret it!

By TA

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