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The Ravenels #5 – Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas

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The Ravenels #5 – Devil’s Daughter By Lisa Kleypas 375 pages Published by Avon Books (2019) When I started on Hello Stranger , I already knew I won’t stop reading until all books in the Ravenels series were thoroughly devoured. True enough, here I am, having continued with Devil’s Daughter , the fifth novel in the series. As a rule of thumb, all Lisa Kleypas novels that had the word “Devil” in its title would be connected to Sebastian (previously the Viscount St Vincent, now the Duke of Kingston). Devil’s Daughter is about Phoebe, Sebastian and Evie’s first child, whose birth was mentioned in the epilogue of A Wallflower Christmas . Phoebe’s love interest in the novel was one of the most adorable character throughout this series: Weston Ravenel! ❤ Phoebe and West met each other for the first time during Pandora Ravenel’s wedding to Phoebe’s brother Gabriel.  Although that was their first ever encounter, Phoebe had already known about the existence of West ever since she was eight yea

The Ravenels #4 - Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

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The Ravenels #4 - Hello Stranger By Lisa Kleypas 380 pages Published by Avon Books (2018) Dr Garret Gibson and Ethan Ransom first met almost two years ago when Garret had accompanied the (then) Lady Helen Ravenel to a dangerous part of town. Ethan had saved them when they were accosted by suspicious peoples, but Garrett had not been happy (please read Marrying Winterborne ). Garrett was a kick-ass type of lady who believed she could care for herself without any help from a man, aware that many men of that time had considered women as weaklings. Ethan had felt a twinge of attraction towards Garrett then, but he had tamped the feeling because he believed they didn’t belong together. He led a secretive life away from the limelight, whereas she was renowned as the first female physician in England (although, many had actually doubted her abilities as people were still not used to having a female doctor). Nevertheless, when Ethan encountered Garrett once again – more than a year later – whi

Organisasi Rahsia Sekolah (“The Underground Kids”) oleh Shiiba Nana

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Organisasi Rahsia Sekolah (“The Underground Kids”) Oleh Shiiba Nana Edisi Bahasa Melayu diterbitkan oleh Anjung Taipan Sdn Bhd (2009) Kekangan masa yang aku hadapi menyebabkan aku masih tidak berkesempatan untuk membaca walau sebuah pun novel. Selain buku kanak-kanak, bahan bacaan yang sempat aku belek hanyalah komik 😅. Pada bahagian awal manga ini, aku sangka Organisasi Rahsia Sekolah ialah sebuah kisah yang saspens dan serius. Namun ternyata sangkaan aku meleset sama sekali kerana manga ini (berserta dua buah lagi cerita dalam buku ini) semuanya adalah kisah komedi belaka 😂. Organisasi Rahsia Sekolah mengisahkan sebuah pertubuhan tidak rasmi di sekolah Kimi Hiriyama, yang dikatakan dapat menyelesaikan semua masalah, daripada masalah bumbung bocor sehinggalah masalah peribadi yang lain. Organisasi ini dianggotai tiga orang pelajar lelaki tahun dua iaitu Issei, Dobashi dan Kouya. Namun tidak ramai yang menggunakan khidmat mereka kerana mereka sangat mementingkan bayaran upah selain

Wafiya Puteri Kota Cinta oleh Firas Firzana

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Wafiya Puteri Kota Cinta Oleh Firas Firzana 124 halaman Diterbitkan oleh PTS One Sdn. Bhd. (2011) Disebabkan sibuk dengan pelbagai komitmen sehingga kesuntukan masa sejak kebelakangan ini, maka aku hanya berkesempatan ‘melayan’ bahan bacaan kanak-kanak yang ringan sahaja. Malah buku setebal 124 halaman ini (penuh bergambar, malah dengan font saiz 14 juga) pun aku ambil masa beberapa hari untuk habiskan 😅. Wafiya kisah dongeng kanak-kanak berunsur Islamik mengenai puteri mahkota bagi kerajaan yang dipanggil Kota Cinta. Puteri Wafiya satu-satunya cahaya mata Raja Harith dan Permaisuri Maisarah. Disebabkan itu, ayahanda dan bondanya mahu mempersiapkan diri Puteri Wafiya bagi mentadbir negara suatu hari nanti. Ketika berumur 10 tahun, Puteri Wafiya dihantar untuk hidup bersama sebuah keluarga angkat dari kalangan rakyat jelata selama satu tahun. Dalam tempoh itu, dia langsung tidak boleh menggunakan gelaran diraja atau berlagak seperti puteri raja. Dia perlu menjadi anak angkat kepada ke

The Ravenels #3 – Devil In Spring by Lisa Kleypas

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The Ravenels #3 – Devil In Spring By Lisa Kleypas 370 pages Published by Avon Books (2017) Although the first chapter mentioned the year 1876, I still had a nagging feeling that it was supposed to be 1877. Either that, or the timeline in Cold-Hearted Rake was supposed to start in year 1874 (not 1875 as stated). Because Pandora Ravenel’s love story did not began until Helen Winterborne gave birth to a son, over a year after her wedding. The Ravenels were now far more prosperous following the discovery of hematite ore on their estate lands in Hampshire. As a result, Devon Ravenel, the Earl of Trenear was now able to splurge some money for his two unmarried cousins, the twins Pandora and Cassandra, to prepare them for the London Season. Pandora was actually not interested in getting married – and she never bothered to be the well-behaved lady that men sought after when searching for a wife. She was unconventional and impulsive, with a feisty spirit and a restless mind. Furthermore, she w

The Ravenels #2 – Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas

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The Ravenels #2 – Marrying Winterborne By Lisa Kleypas 400 pages Published by Avon Books (2016) As I expected, Marrying Winterborne is so painfully sweet that it aches my heart thinking about it. One feeling that resonates throughout this novel is “ hiraeth ”... a Welsh phrase that both Rhys Winterborne and Helen Ravenel used when describing their feeling of melancholy longing for one another, and a feeling that neither had felt whenever they were together. “ It’s a longing for something that was lost, or never existed. You feel it for a person or a place, or a time in your life... it’s a sadness of the soul. Hiraeth calls to a Welshman even when he’s closest to happiness, reminding him that he’s incomplete. ” – Rhys Winterborne, page 47 Marrying Winterborne continued where Cold-Hearted Rake had ended. It was about a week after Kathleen had broken Helen’s betrothal to Rhys, thinking that it was what Helen had wanted. Instead, the broken engagement had left both Helen and Rhys shaken

The Ravenels #1 – Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

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The Ravenels #1 – Cold-Hearted Rake By Lisa Kleypas 386 pages Published by Avon Books (2015) It’s been several months since I indulged myself in a historical romance novel, and more than a year since I read one from Lisa Kleypas. So when I started on Cold-Hearted Rake , it dawned on me how much I had missed reading her novels. As a consequence, I found myself binge-reading the first three of Kleypas’ Ravenels series in rapid succession before I finally managed to halt the progress (I would have devoured all seven books back-to-back, had it not been for some other commitments that I had forsaken while reading the novels 😅). The Ravenels series – set in 1870s England – revolved around the temperamental Ravenel family which had dwindled following the early death of Theo, the Earl of Trenear. Theo died after being thrown off a horse only three days after his marriage, leaving behind his wife Kathleen and his three unmarried younger sisters, Helen, Pandora and Cassandra. With no heir, th