ARC REVIEW: Scar Of The Bamboo Leaf + Giveaway!

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TITLE: Scar Of The Bamboo Leaf
AUTHOR: Sieni A.M.
PUBLICATION: Published July 9th 2014
GENRE: YA > Realistic Fiction | Romance
PAGES: 296pages (Kindle Edition)
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RATING: 4 ★★★★
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“Her heart wept when she realized that the hardest part about loving him was the idea that his love was never meant for her.”

Walking with a pronounced limp all her life has never stopped fifteen-year-old Kiva Mau from doing what she loves. While most girls her age are playing sports and perfecting their traditional Samoan dance, Kiva finds serenity in her sketchbook and volunteering at the run-down art center her extended family owns.

When seventeen-year-old Ryler Cade steps into the art center for the first time, Kiva is drawn to the angry and misguided student sent from abroad to reform his violent ways. Scarred and tattooed, an unlikely friendship is formed when the gentle Kiva shows him kindness and beauty through art.

But after a tragic accident leaves Kiva severely disfigured, she struggles to see the beauty she has been brought up to believe. Just when she thinks she’s found her place, Ryler begins to pull away, leaving her heartbroken and confused. The patriarch of the family then takes a turn for the worse and Kiva is forced to give up her dreams to help with familial obligations, until an old family secret surfaces that makes her question everything.

Immersed in the world of traditional art and culture, this is the story of self-sacrifice and discovery, of acceptance and forbearance, of overcoming adversity and finding one’s purpose. Spanning years, it is a story about an intuitive girl and a misunderstood boy and love that becomes real when tested.





I can’t remember the last time I’ve cried this hard. It’s beautiful, people, it’s heartbreaking and beautiful.

I’m sorry in advance if you think this review is short. It’s just, it’s SO GOOD I DON’T THINK MY REVIEW CAN JUSTIFY HOW GOOD IT IS.

If you read the blurb, you’d think that it’s another bad boy and good girl love story. But it’s not. It’s so much more than that. The timeline of the story starts from Kiva and Ryler when they’re young and still understanding the meaning and ways of love. And lasts until they grew old, got reunited and realized that YES, they do belong to each other. Kiva has a disability but still looks in the beautiful side of things. And Ryler’s an Arab who is lost and found his way to Samoa.

Scar of the Bamboo Leaf is a heartwrenching read written in the most beautiful way possible. Sieni is.. amazing. Her words slays! They cut through me. I admit that reading this story is difficult. It really pained me at some chapters, but it’s poignant. Meaningful and moving.

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More reason to love this novel is the setting and the arts that comes with this novel. I was enthralled by the way Sieni describes Kiva’s culture. And you guys, I’m not very good at art, like, the only thing I can make is stick figures but… everytime there’s a chapter where Kiva is doing her art.. I feel like picking up a paintbrush. As I said above, Sieni’s words slays. It’s affecting me in every way possible.

So… do I recommend this? You bet your butt that I do! This is definitely one of my favorite reads this year.








Sieni A.M. is a coffee addict, Instagram enthusiast, world traveler, and avid reader turned writer. She graduated as an English and History high school teacher from the University of Canterbury and is currently living in Israel with her husband and two daughters. “Scar of the Bamboo Leaf” is her second novel.




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REVIEW: Misplaced by Lee Murray a.k.a yay for likeable male lead! + Giveaway!

MisplaceTITLE: Misplaced

AUTHOR: Lee Murray

PUBLICATION: Published December 1st 2013

GENRE: NA > Contemporay | Mystery

PAGES: 284pages (Kindle Edition)

SOURCE: e-arc via tour host

RATING: 3 ★★★




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Dream cars have no registration plate.. One evening, Adam’s mum pops out for the milk and doen’t come back, launching a frantic nationwide search. Yet after weeks with no leads, the television crews drift away, the police start asking hairy questions, and Adam’s dad starts seeing someone else. Adam’s life is falling apart. But then he meets Skye, who it seems has misplaced a part too, and things start to look up. That is, until a body is found…



If my mother ever goes out to buy milk then didn’t come back? I’ll probably lose some part of me and  just break down and I honestly don’t know how to go on from there. But that’s just me. And it’s probably a good thing that we buy milk together… Like all of us. When it’s grocery day.

Anyway, that’s why I admire Adam. I love that he’s a teenage guy, and even though guy’s are all about looking as if nothing ever fazes them, Adam here is real. He shows and talks and expresses what he’s feeling about his situation vividly. Adam’s mother disappeared, without any clue or trails left behind. The last thing he knew was that her mother left to get milk in the store, a task that is supposed to be his, and she didn’t come back.

There are a lot of things that needs to be dealt here, like, Adam’s response, he’s Father’s reaction, and how people are going to act around them and so on. Because first of all, this things happen. People disappear. I’ve seen it on news and I’ve read some cases of them online. And you know what? It just breaks my heart all the time because I can’t imagine how and what is going through in the mind of the people they left.

Misplaced is a realistic and sensitive portrayal if you want to know the answer about that matter. Lee Murrays characters are authentic and the setting and dialogues in the book are well thought. When I started reading Misplaced, I thought that I’ll probably enjoy it because of the mystery behind Adams mothers disappearance. And yes, it really bothered and nagged me the whole time, but I was more focused on Adam. On how he deals with things throughout the book with the help of his friends and Skye. I love how the romance isn’t so rushed and pointless. It was delicately handled.

Giving it a 3 star rating doesn’t mean it’s a bad book. Nuh-uh. In this case, I just had some problems with the ending. It is true that the ending is appropriate for the story but I just… didn’t like it. (it’s a personal reason, i guess) but other than that, I didn’t encounter any problem at all. Overall, Misplaced is a thought provoking and everything about this book is sincere. With a straightforward writing and genuine characters, Misplaced deserves all the praise that it’s getting.







Lee Murray is a full-time writer and editor with masters degrees in science and management. Lee wrote Misplaced after a friend, Florence, went missing from her home in France in 2003. Sadly, Florence is still missing. Lee lives in Tauranga, New Zealand with her husband and their two teenaged children.





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REVIEW: Fractured by Erin Hayes a.k.a this why i don’t like a twin + Giveaway!

21865341TITLE: Fractured

AUTHOR:Erin Hayes

PUBLICATION: Published 2014

GENRE: YA > Horror

PAGES: 206pages (Kindle Edition)

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RATING: 3★★★




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Blinded by a mysterious seizure when she was three years old, Bash Martin has managed to carve out a normal life for herself as an adult. Yet she still yearns for a deeper connection with her twin sister Lily, who has always been jealous of the attention their parents bestowed upon Bash due to her disability. 

A dream vacation seems like the perfect chance to heal their relationship, but Bash soon realizes there is something terribly wrong with Lily and that her sister is hiding a dark secret. And when a supernatural fire engulfs their hotel and corpses come back to life, the sisters are plunged into a nightmarish world that threatens not only their lives, but their very souls.


Lily and Bash are sister. Twins, to be exact and one thing is for sure, thy’re no Anna and Elsa. Ever sinve they’re kinds, Lily has always been a little jealous of the attention that Batsheba is getting (i just love that name so much) And one simple afternoon, when little Lily and Bash are playing, an incident happen that lead to Bash being blind.

From the prologue, I was deeply engaged already. I was like, ‘no. i’m not getting any sleep unless i finish this’ but I ended up sleeping anyway because apparently reading this at night when you’re alone is not a good decision! Fractured’s premise sounds very intriguing and with a cover like that it’s really hard not to grab your attention. And I’m glad that the it’s that way because Fractured is perfect for readers who is looking for a break in YA contemporaries. Like I mentioned above, the prologue will make you be engaged on to the story. And what I loved about this is that from the start, it didn’t have a dull moment until you finish it. It’s like the first few chapters is just making you ready for a crazier than crazy ending.



Yes, I just said that! -____-

The case between Lily and Bash is fascinating. I must say that I haven’t encountered it before. The author keeps dropping bomb after bomb of terrifying information till the end and I. Just. Love. It. And it is creepy you guys, I’m not even kidding. There’s a lot of this:



The ending might not be the ending I was hoping for but it was satisfying nonetheless and this is on third person narrative which doesn’t really work on me most of the time but surprisingly, it pushed me to read the story more. Overall, Fractured is a chilling and frightening read for me. The expectation that I had from the intriguing blurb and captivating cover was met and it has a well-thought plot.




Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist, Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery Death is but a Dream and the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average.

You can reach her at and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.


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