NOVEL REVIEW: UNTUKMU CINTA BY DR. EVELYN ROSE
Welcome back to Fadima Mooneira. Today, I'm going to share a review of a novel I just finished reading last week with you guys. The novel's title is Untukkmu Cinta, and it is written by my no.1 favorite Malaysian novelist, Dr. Evelyn Rose. Now let's not waste time and check out Dr. Evelyn Rose's bio...
ABOUT DR. EVELYN ROSE
Dr. Evelyn Rose is an award-winning Malaysian novelist. She is also known as the brains and beauty in Malaysia's bookish and creative writing industry. This beautiful and brilliant author has a Master in Microelectronic Engineering from Sheffield University and a Ph.D. in Net Zero Energy Building & Renewal Energy in 2016. Dr. Evelyn once worked as a scientist at Sir Joseph Swan Centre, Energy Research Department at Newcastle University. After 10 years living abroad, Dr. Evelyn returned to Malaysia with her husband, Mr. James. She now owns a company named Green Castle Innovation Sdn. Bhd.
Most of Dr. Evelyn's novels are listed as best-sellers. Plus, some of her novels have already been adapted into television drama series and movies. Besides Untukmu Cinta, some of Dr. Evelyn's novels are The Wedding Breaker, 13 Jam A380, and Suamiku Si Mata Biru.
Dr. Evelyn loves to write on her blog. You guys can visit Dr. Evelyn's blog >> FAIRY TALES FROM EVELYN if you want to check out her works ^_^
ABOUT UNTUKMU CINTA
Untukmu Cinta belongs in the contemporary romance genre. The story followed a shy intelligent beauty named Orkid Abdullah. Orkid was admired for her brains, beauty, and adorable personality.
At the beginning of the story, Orkid was involved in a triangle romance. Orkid secretly liked her friend, Adam. Adam was charming, handsome, and his family was disgustingly rich. Adam was friendly to Orkid. But to Adam, Orkid was only a friend. Adam had feelings for Orkid's housemate and best friend, Dr. Eve. Oh, dear...
In chapter 5, Orkid met Datuk Arman. Arman was a super-rich businessman. He was also handsome, suave, kind-hearted, and hardworking. Arman fell in love with Orkid the first time he saw her. To Arman, the shy beauty is a very special and extraordinary person. He was willing to do everything to get her in his arms.
And at the same time, Orkid met her old friend, Ramadan. Ramadan was a simple dude. He was also the son of Orkid's high school teacher, Mrs. Latifah. Orkid was Mrs. Latifah's favorite student. Mrs. Latifah adored Orkid more than just her student. She wished to make Orkid her daughter-in-law. But Orkid was not interested in Ramadan. And Ramadan was not interested in Orkid either. Ramadhan was hiding a secret from his parents. Behind Ramadan's smile, there were tears. What was Ramadan hiding for his parents?
In chapter 35, Orkid got heartbroken. Adam finally confessed his feelings for Eve. And Eve returned Adam's love. In the next two chapters, the two lovebirds got engaged, and Orkid got fired from her job. Orkid was badly sad and heartbroken. First, she lost the man that she loves to her best friend, and second, she lost her job. Oh, dear... this was hard for Orkid. Orkid left Kuala Lumpur, and returned to her village in Raub, Pahang.
Later, Arman returned to Orkid's life. The suave gentleman helped Orkid to rebuild her confidence. He even helped Orkid to set up her own herbal business. Orkid was happy once again. She became more confident and charismatic.
Later, romance sparked between Arman and Orkid. They got married in chapter 53 and started a new adventure together. After the couples were married. Arman took Orkid to visit his hometown in Batu Pahat, Johor. At Batu Pahat, they met Arman's old family friends, Mr. Kamil and Mrs. Zahra. Mr. Kamil and Mrs. Zahra were husband and wife, and they owned a restaurant together. Arman used to work as a waiter at their restaurant when he was a teenager.
Mr. Kamil and Mrs. Zahra had a daughter named Zara. Zara was Orkid's high school junior. Zara did not like Orkid. To Zara, Orkid was a boyfriend stiller. Back in high school, Zara had a crush on her senior, Hadi, who is Orkid's batch. But Hadi was not interested in Zara. Hadi liked Orkid instead. That made Zara merely jealous of Orkid. Zara wanted to seek revenge on Orkid. The revengeful girl planned to ruin Orkid's life.
What was Zara planning to do to Orkid? Will Arman be able to save his wife?
MY REVIEW OF UNTUKMU CINTA
When I first opened this book, I thought it will be a long read for me. I thought I will be reading this book for two and a half months. Untukmu Cinta is a very thick novel with 680 pages. I believe it's the thickest Bahasa Malaysia and romance novel I ever read. But surprisingly, it only took me two and a half weeks to finish this book. That is because Untukmu Cinta has a very intriguing plot and storyline. All chapters in this novel are intriguing. So this novel is a page-turner indeed.
Besides the intriguing storyline, this novel also has good characters, moral messages, and general knowledge. I like all the characters that Dr. Evelyn created for Untukmu Cinta, especially Arman. Arman is such a sweetheart and a great guy. Orkid is lucky to have him. He helps Orkid to rebuild her confidence and set up her own business. Arman makes Orkid a stronger woman than the woman she already was. What Arman did for Orkid is the most romantic thing a man can do for the woman that he loves. Arman is willing to face the storm with Orkid. Arman reminded me of Cam Rohan in Mine Till Midnight (a historical romance novel by Lisa Kleypas). Insya-Allah, I will feature Arman in my Book Heartthrob Profile series since I had a crush on the character while I was reading the novel ^_^
I also like the way Orkid's character develops. Orkid was portrayed as a very shy woman at the beginning of the story. But when Arman enters her life, Orkid transforms into a strong, charismatic, and confident woman. I like this character arc and I can really fill it.
I also like the way Dr. Evelyn includes moral messages and general knowledge on herbal and Malay traditional medicine in Untukmu Cinta. Besides romance, this story is also about family, nature, the environment, herbal, and Malay traditional medicine. I learned a lot about herbal and Malay traditional medicine while reading Untukmu Cinta. To me, Untukmu Cinta is not just a romance novel. But it's also an intellectual novel indeed.
Overall, this novel is a brilliant read. I really enjoyed reading it. I believe it's the best Bahasa Malaysia romance novel I ever read. Everything in this novel makes me satisfied. So I'm giving this novel a 10/10. It deserves a full mark after all. I highly recommend this novel to my fellow bookworms. Untukmu Cinta is a must-not-miss novel, guys. So please don't miss out. However, I need to be honest that Untukmu Cinta has some mild adult scenes. So I believe this novel is not suitable for those under 15. Teenagers under 15 need to ask their parents' permission first to read Untukmu Cinta.
Ok, this is all I want to say for Dr. Evelyn Rose's Untukmy Cinta. So has anyone read Untukmu Cinta by Dr. Evelyn Rose? If yes, what are your opinions of the novel? Did you guys enjoy reading it?
Ok, this is all for now. Thank you for reading my review. Bonne weekend ^_^
Fadima Mooneira ^_^
#UntukmuCinta #DrEvelynRose #BahasaMalaysiaNovel #AdultRomanceNovel #RomanceNovel #VanessaHudgens #ParkShiHoo #NovelReview #FadimaMooneiraLibrary #Edutainment #FadimaMooneiraDotCom
Oooo, looks like many love triangles there! Btw it's so unique for the novel to feature about alternative medicine!ReplyDelete
Yeah!!!! Since you’re a fan of Lisa Kleypas, you must not miss Untukmu Cinta and other Dr. evelyn’s work.Delete
This sounds like a good read -- thank you for the review as I had not heard of this one before!ReplyDelete
Yeah! It was an awesome read.Delete
wooow! this sounds lıke somethıng ı would read! wıll defınıtely check out thıs book, hopefully ı can fınd ıt ın my country. thanks so much for sharıng, lovely review, fadıma! x Penny / www.whatdıdshetype.comReplyDelete
You’re welcome, Penny 💜💛🌸Delete
This is interesting, this is my first time to know authors from Malaysia. Great review!ReplyDelete
This sounds like a fab read! I love it when you can get through a book quicker than you expected. It really shows that the book itself is such a good read. the characteristics sound really great in this one too.ReplyDelete
Yeah, it was a good read. This fiction also includes general knowledge.Delete
The author is so beautiful 😍. The story line tho, not my kind of genre, looks like a lot of jealousy, revenge, triangle. Overall, I like your honest reviewReplyDelete
Zara is the only green eyed monster in this story. Untukmu cinta was a lovely read. I’m very satisfied with this book.Delete
Sounds like lots of love triangles and tricky love situations to navigate! Great review xReplyDelete
Yeah, and it happens in the real world.Delete
I might have missed it, but was the title of the book someone's name? If not, what does the book's name translate to?ReplyDelete
Untukmu Cinta means For you, My Love.Delete
I have not heard of this book or author. However, it sounds amazing. Thank you for sharingReplyDelete
This sounds like an amazing read. I also love the details on the author. She sounds very well educated. I would never have know about this without your review. Saving to add to my reading list.ReplyDelete
Oh wow... I need to inform the author to translate her work into English 😅Delete
Sounds like a real love tangle! I also think it would make a great tv series with all the twists and turns in the plot. The author's bio is very impressive. I really like the book cover design by the way.ReplyDelete
Yeah, TV SERIES. And it should be on Netflix. Hehehe.Delete
I was not aware of this book neither of the author. Generally I am not a romance fan so I guess it explains it a bit. Thank you for this beautiful review ��ReplyDelete
Great Review! This sounds like a good read!ReplyDelete
Yes, it was a goo read.Delete
I haven't read Untukmy Cinta, but it's great to hear that despite it being a long novel, it was a page-turner! Also, both Orkid & Arman sound like great characters & I love your illustration of Orkid!ReplyDelete
Yeah, they are one of my favourite book couples now. Thank you for your compliment on my illustration of Orkid 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜Delete
This sounds like a great spring read, Fadima! I loved reading about Dr Evelyn's life and studies, she sounds like a badass woman herself!ReplyDelete
Hehehe... She sounds and even look different from other Malays. That's t why I admire her.Delete
This sounds like a great book. After so many of her books have been made into series, you can just tell what a great author she is.ReplyDelete
Yes. After all, she's an award-winning author.Delete
wow, thanks for sharing the work of your favourite malaysian novelist! love discovering local talents and i cannot wait to read this book soon!ReplyDelete
That's nice of you 😉Delete
fuhh memang best jalan cerita novel ni penuh dengan cabaran..... pembaca pun boringReplyDelete
Excuse me? 🤔😤😉Delete
Wow you draw the illustration so beautiful!! Long time not read Novel BM. Will read this when I free. ☺️ReplyDelete
really amazed with author's background. anyway, nice novel and keep on reviewing novels.ReplyDelete
Kind of an interesting novel and a detail review. Saya lah bukan pencinta novel, tapi dari review ni terasa nak baca kisah Orkid ni. Menarik..Tq FadimaReplyDelete
You’re welcome. Yeah, Untukmu Cinta is a good novel to read. You’ll love it.Delete
Ohhh! This is my fav genre tho! Wahhh kalau diadaptasi into drama sure best ni!! Interesting story and pity orkid bah!ReplyDelete
Ha’ah... Kan. But I want it to be an Asian or international drama. Not Malay drama. Ahax!Delete
i mmg suka sangat denganReplyDelete
penulis ni. and i dah ada 2 novel beliau. boleh cr yg ni juga
High five babe! Dr. Evelyn is my favorite Malaysian novelist. Her novels are international and all characters she created are not the kind of people who are too good to be true.Delete
It's so cool that the author's books have already been adapted into movies and shows. I bet it would be awesome for you to see this one on-screen as well. I like your fancast choices. I'll watch Vanessa Hudgens in just about anything haha.ReplyDelete
Me too. I absolutely love Vanessa Hudgens.Delete