Ezza & the High Tea at Marriott Hotel

Hello there readers of mine! Last Saturday I was invited to having High Tea at Miri Marriott Resort & Spa Hotel under Sarawak Bloggers which was hosted at its open concept deli (Borneo Baking Company, BBCo.) which I being the uninhibited foodie that I am accepted graciously. Like what is diet even?…

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So, I went there and my fellow bloggers and I was greeted by the Executive Chef – Chef Len Ivan Osmund, Chef de Partie – Chef Clora A’an Lian, F&B Manager – Mr. Gunalan Batumalai along with Ms. Chu, Assistant MarCom Manager whereby we were also given complimentary mango smoothies which I might say was ‘Veryyyyyyy Niceeeeee’ (imagine it in PewDiePie’s voice).

After awhile we were Image result for what is going on gifgiven menus to choose our drinks from as well as being served with what I am assuming to be an appetizer platter (mind you I was so out of my depth here… half the time I had no idea what was going on) which consisted of Quiche, Empanadas and Curry Puff (Okay the Empanadas might just be beef pastry puff but I am dead sure Chef Len said a Mexican sounding food name so we are sticking to the Empanadas!).

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The Quiche, Empanadas & Curry Puff

Of all three the one that I really enjoyed was the Empanadas due to the beef filling where I can really taste the bell peppers and also the beef was really soft and easy to chew (it didn’t have random huge chunks or anything). Also, the pastry used in both the Empanadas and curry puff was very smooth and it ala melts in your mouth.

After awhile my nerves calmed down (didn’t help that earlier I slipped on the staircase at the hotel lobby) and I started to enjoy myself, the serving of 3 yummy cakes might or might not have helped eased my nerves.

The three cakes that we tried were… DRUM ROLL PLEASE!

Peanut Butter cake

The PB cake is the cake of the month for January at BBCo. and I liked it. It was creamy, soft and you can really taste the chocolate although personally I would have liked it better had the peanut butter taste been more pronounced.

Biscuit Slice cake

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Biscuit Slice cake on the other hand is the cake of the month for February and with this cake I again enjoyed it and really liked the taste of the cream cheese. I found that the dark chocolate topping helped cut through the sweetness of the cream cheese filling although my fellow bloggers found the cake a tad bit too sweet for them.

Marble Cheese cake

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I kind of ate all of the cake before remembering that I needed a pic… my bad 😛

The Marble Cheese cake is my favorite amongst the three but that is because I am a cheese fanatic. Why I liked this better than the Biscuit Slice is because I wasn’t so into the biscuit aspect of the cake plus the Marble Cheese cake was so decadent and rich and just oh-so-tasty.

The cakes can be bought as individual slices or bought as a whole cake or even half a cake and the prices are as follows:

  • Whole cake – RM 95 nett ( 1 kg)
  • Half cake – RM 55 nett (1/2 kg)

and the BEST NEWS! BBCo. offers half price on its selected pastries and cakes from 8 – 10 pm. So I definitely suggest that you head on over to BBCo. at that time when you broke but you still want your cake because honestly that bikini body can wait.

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After doing a taste test of the cakes we were shown how the High Tea set will be served and its presentation where Chef Len explained that he wanted to do away with the serving of patisseries in a tier tray as is the usual custom because he wanted the vibe to be more laid back and chill which I think suits Mirians as a whole. I feel like the presentation for the tea set also suits the whole new age minimalism trend that has been going around lately

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So, the picture above is the complete set for the Afternoon/High Tea where the drinks can be chosen to be either coffee or tea and you get all this for just RM 25 nett.

YES I REPEAT ALL THAT FOR JUST RM 25 NETT!!

That is quite affordable if you ask me, you can even go Dutch in payment if you want to and thus this where I leave you with this post.

Hope you enjoyed it and do drop by to my fellow bloggers reviews to check their perspective out.

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And here ya go a group picture of my fellow bloggers and I as well as BBCo. staff

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Picture taken from Judith’s blog… Thanks Judith! 😀

Review: New York Actually by Sarah Morgan

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Title: New York, Actually

Author: Sarah Morgan

Published: 30 May 2017

Publisher: Harlequin Books

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads summary

Meet Molly

New York’s most famous agony aunt, she considers herself an expert at relationships…as long as they’re other people’s. The only love of her life is her Dalmatian, Valentine.

Meet Daniel

A cynical divorce lawyer, he’s hardwired to think relationships are a bad idea. If you don’t get involved, no-one can get hurt. But then he finds himself borrowing a dog to meet the gorgeous woman he sees running in Central Park every morning…

Molly and Daniel think they know everything there is to know about relationships…until they meet each other that is…

Review

Today, we are back again to analyze a work done by a certain Ms. Sarah Morgan. Now, this isn’t the first book that I have read from her. The first book that introduced me to her works was Miracle on 5th Avenue.

Okay, to start off our little discussion of the book at hand I must be frank and say that whilst I found the book to be sweet, relatively easy to digest with a dash of predictability I was not drawn into the plot. It didn’t engage me as much as Miracle on 5th Avenue did and I am not to sure as to what is the root cause for this.

Maybe… just maybe it was due to our lead female character, Molly. I was not feeling this character and you know I tend to lean towards the female characters rather than the male ones regardless of how handsome they are described in the book.

Molly is supposed to be a very intelligent woman (the woman had a PhD for Christ sake) yet she believes this crackpot notion that she can’t fall in love because of her DNA (like what?? she could have just been aromantic for all we know) and trust me girl, I have had my share of relationships and now that I am older I definitely do not characterize them as love. So, all in all Molly needs cool it.

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There were other instances as well where I really question if Molly really is intelligent because sometimes her logic isn’t as sound as I assumed it would be.

The male character, Daniel, is okay I suppose. Very typical knight in shining armor and AHA! I have just realized why this book was a so-so book for me.

IT’S THE CHARACTERS!

They are just not memorable and when reading you are just like okay… whatever.

The sex scenes in this book wasn’t so great either BUT… this one scene where Daniel and Molly were kissing under the tree under the rain was just pure… FUYOOOOH!!!

The one thing that I was excited for when reading this book was them introducing the main characters for the next book Holiday in The Hamptons and I logged on and requested it on Netgalley so fast and lemme just say I was not disappointed.

Be sure you guys tune in to my next review because that will be the next review.

Overall, this book was okay. A bit on the meh side for me with forgettable lead characters and a weak plot.

*I received this book from the publishers via Netgalley in return for an honest review

Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

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Title: Final Girls

Author: Riley Sager

Published: 11 July 2017

Publisher: Dutton

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5

Review

Why hello book geeks. I have again come and go and come again! Life has been so hectic what with Eid celebration and what not I just felt that maintaining a blog in that span of time took too much effort but I am back again to share my thoughts on Final Girls.

Now, I requested Final Girls on Netgalley way before it was even hyped up (low key pleased with myself that I was the few people who got on the bandwagon first) but I didn’t start reading it until it was hyped up and so following the hype I set my expectations for this book pretty high and at the end I was somewhat disappointed.

Final Girls has this slasher-thriller-B-rated-final-girl-movie feel that I liked because you don’t know what to expect. You anticipate there is a plot twist at the end because all final girls movies have those WTF type plot twist where it was your new best friend who is the true killer and not the person you suspected all along. Aside from that I liked the whole red herring tactic that the author used which to be honest completely threw me off and made me completely wrong in who I suspected as the killer. Also, the character development for the main character Quinn was great to see that she finally (jeez took her long enough) made peace with her past and fully realize that she will never be normal and that’s okay.

But….

There is a but…

The but is that all the reasons why I liked the book is also the basis for why I disliked the book…

For one, the plot twist came out of freaking nowhere. There was no clue, no buildup to indicate that said character was the perpetrator. I respect the plot twist, I mean it was good but it could have been better had there been some indication towards said character which brings me to…

The characters being very 1 dimensional. Honestly, I don’t even know what is the purpose of Jeff (Quinn’s boyfriend) being in this book. He could have been a decorative lamp named Jeff and I probably wouldn’t have noticed. We don’t know anything about him; his likes, dislikes, his emotions about Quinn and her deteriorating mental state. I mean if Jeff isn’t going to be a huge contribution to the plot in any way why even create a ‘Jeff’ to exist? What is he… a filler character? I am confused with Jeff’s existence.

Next, is our main character Quinn. God damn this woman is an idiot.

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At first, I was sympathetic and cool and understanding to her plight. I mean she is only one of the three Final Girls and to know that the first died of suicide rattled her and then meeting Sam immediately when she was in a vulnerable state even I can understand why she would do that. Her defenses were low, her mind was frazzled and confused and she didn’t have anybody to talk to about it who would understand except to another Final Girl but going deeper and deeper into the plot it’s as if Quinn just did not have any willpower nor thought of her own.

This is because Quinn allowed herself to be manipulated into a corner whereby Sam will obviously then use it to her advantage against Quinn to make her remember what happened all those years ago at Pine Cottage. I mean I admit Sam is a pyscho and there was this instance where those two went to a park being all vigilante and shit ala Batman and beating up perverts but was it really necessary?

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Was it important for the progression of the plot? I have no idea man I was partly confused all the way reading this book.

The execution of the plot was pretty lacking here. I felt that the plot was REALLY convoluted, confusing and towards the end really, REALLY rushed (not sure if it was intentional if it was then okay I see the appeal).

Another aspect that I wanted to say was that the book felt very tedious to read because of all the reasons listed above. I mean I know that Quinn will be the last idiot that survives and it just made my soul tired to read till the end to know the ending and I was legit questioning will the ending be worth all this pain I must endure?

Also, what is up with Quinn and her choosing sleazy ass bitches as not just friends but BEST FRIENDS???!! Girl, your skills need to be honed in the art of choosing friends.

Anyhoots, overall this book even though with my essay of why I disliked it was not bad for a debut novel (apparently this is the authors first thriller so technically yes it is a debut novel). There were some aspects that could be improved but I will definitely read more from the author because the idea of this plot is interesting and I liked the campy slasher movie feel I got from this book.

*I was given a copy of the ebook from the publishers via Netgalley in return for an honest review

p/s: I saw some Goodreads people saying they knew who the killer was in the first chapter… HOW??? HOWWW??? I didn’t see it at all.

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Review: The Devil’s Bride by Penelope Stratten & Lucy Gordon

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Title: The Devil’s Bride

Author: Penelope Stratton & Lucy Gordon

Published: 11 October 2016

Publisher: Endeavour Press

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Summary

Can the Devil ever be reformed…?

Calvina Bracewell, an orphaned parson’s daughter, lives a wretched life, taken in by a family who abuse her and use her family connections to their own ends.

But Calvina’s world is changed overnight when she marries a man who is wealthy and incredibly attractive. But is he also the devil?

Lord Rupert Glennister is both admired and feared. His uncanny ability with cards and his notorious success with women seem to hint at mysterious forces helping him.

Known as ‘Devil Glennister’, society has threatened to exclude him unless he can redeem himself by marrying a woman of virtue.

In Calvina Bracewell, the face of moral fortitude and all that is godly, the ‘Devil’ sees the perfect bride to save his reputation, and bring him back into the society which is beginning to exclude him due to his over-indulgences.

But Calvina has another love – the innocent Toby, her first love.

Yet this secret attachment is now made impossible by circumstance, but can Calvina forget Toby in favour of Rupert?

Is this sudden marriage simply one of convenience or will it develop into a match of passion?

With Rupert’s former lovers and exploits confronting her at every turn, how can she contemplate life as a respectable wife?

And more importantly, will Rupert draw Calvina deeper into darkness?

In a discovery of love, passion and jealously, Lucy Gordon brings Calvina into the hearts of her readers in a romance filled with suspense and mystery.

As her life takes a sinister turn, Calvina may have the riches and position of a Lady, but who is it that keeps making repeated attempts on her life?

Review

I honestly don’t have strong feelings for this book. I enjoyed it yeah but it definitely did not blow my mind and I think this is due to a few reasons.

Reason 1: I honest to God thought this was going to be my usual type of historical romance where the sexy times is over the roof but alas it wasn’t but the optimistic side of me keeps waiting and hoping for it, that it would happen in the last 10% of the book, and when it never did happen I was left in this limbo of utter disappointment but not really but yes but no. The disappointment left me feeling confused.

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Reason 2: There wasn’t a lot of attention regarding the romance, I mean for a romance book isn’t that whats supposed to occur and be the main focus? The lead characters spend so much time apart than together I was starting to really doubt they were ever going to get a move on it. The author talked about other aspects of their life like the social events that Calvina goes to or other stuff but no Rupert in sight and I’m here on the edge of my seat going all…

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But in the whole grand scheme of things, the book is an overall enjoyable book. Had I knew from the start that no sexy times was involved, I would have calibrated my expectations and thus probably like the book more instead of feeling this disappointment of waiting for said sexy time to happen and waiting and waiting and realizing at 98% of the book it would be too late for it to happen and leaving me confused as f**k. It was very vanilla you know, all the frisson, all the sexual tension and NO ACTION!!!!! But it’s cool, it’s cool still an enjoyable read.

*I received this book by the publishers via Netgalley in return for an honest review

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: HarperTeen

Published: 10 February 2015

Source: Local Library

Rating: 3/5   2/5 Anythings

Goodreads Summary

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

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Review: Shadow Over The Fens by Joy Ellis

 

 

Title: Shadow Over The Fens

Author: Joy Ellis

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published:30th June 2016 (Expected Publication)

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5 Anythings

 

Goodreads Summary

WHO CAN NIKKI TRUST WITH TWO BRUTAL KILLERS LOOSE ON THE FENS?

Someone terrible from DS Joseph Easter’s past is back . . .

DI Nikki Galena’s friend and neighbour meets a tragic end but there’s more to his death than meets the eye . . .

A man is found executed on a piece of wasteland in Greenborough town. The cold-blooded murder triggers terrible memories for DS Joseph Easter. Just when things seemed to be going well for DS Easter, he realises that the nightmare is coming back, threatening his career, his sanity, and maybe his life.

In a breath-taking conclusion even DI Galena begins to doubt him as he faces a race against time to save someone very close to him.

Set in the Lincolnshire Fens: great open skies brood over marshes, farmland, and nature reserves. It is not easy terrain for the Fenland Constabulary to police, due to the distances between some of the remote Fen villages, the dangerous and often misty lanes, and the poor telephone coverage. There are still villages where the oldest residents have never set foot outside their own farmland and a visit to the nearest town is a major event. But it has a strange airy beauty to it, and above it all are the biggest skies you’ve ever seen. Continue reading →

Review: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein (The Monsters)

Review: Mary Shelley and the curse of Frankenstein (The Monsters)

Book: Mary Shelley and the curse of Frankenstein

Author (s): Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler

Pages: 323 (not including bibliography, notes, reading group guide, Q & A section and suggestions for further reading)

Rating: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED reading book

Synopsis

One murky night in 1816, on the shores of Lake Geneva, the celebrated English poet Lord Byron challenged his friends to a contest – to see who could write the best ghost story. The assembled group included the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley; his lover (and future wife) Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin; Mary’s stepsister Claire Clairmont; and Byron’s physician, John William Polidori. The famous result was Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a work that has retained its hold on the popular imagination for almost two centuries. Less well known was the curious Polidori’s’ contribution: the first vampire novel.

                The evening begat a curse, too: within a few years of Frankenstein’s publication, nearly all of those involved met untimely deaths. Drawing upon letters, rarely tapped archives, and their own magisterial rereading of Frankenstein, Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler have written a rip-roaring tale of obsession and creation. Continue reading →

Review: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

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Hello and Assalamualaikum! Todays post will be a review post, yeay! (Yeay on my part because another read book has been reviewed :D)

Title: Revolution

Author: Jennifer Donnelly

Published: First published October 12th, 2010

Pages: 472

Rating: 2.1/5

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BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present. Continue reading →

Fevre Dream: A Review

 

Hello and Assalamualaikum. Needless to say again I was busy with work delaying yet another review post so without further ado let us dig in!

Title: Fevre Dream

Author: George R. R. Martin

Published: 1982

Overall rating: 4.75/5

“When struggling riverboat captain Abner Marsh receives an offer of partnership from a wealthy aristocrat, he suspects something’s amiss. But when he meets the hauntingly pale, steely-eyed Joshua York, he is certain. For York doesn’t care that the icy winter of 1857 has wiped out all but one of Marsh’s dilapidated fleet. Nor does he care that he won’t earn back his investment in a decade. York has his own reasons for wanting to traverse the powerful Mississippi. And they are to be none of Marsh’s concern—no matter how bizarre, arbitrary, or capricious his actions may prove.

Marsh meant to turn down York’s offer. It was too full of secrets that spelled danger. But the promise of both gold and a grand new boat that could make history crushed his resolve—coupled with the terrible force of York’s mesmerizing gaze. Not until the maiden voyage of his new sidewheeler Fevre Dream would Marsh realize he had joined a mission both more sinister, and perhaps more noble, than his most fantastic nightmare…and mankind’s most impossible dream.
Here is the spellbinding tale of a vampire’s quest to unite his race with humanity, of a garrulous riverman’s dream of immortality, and of the undying legends of the steamboat era and a majestic, ancient river.” Continue reading →