20 January 2019

Remember Me? The Nth "I'm Back!" Blog Post

It all began 6 years ago with a single book: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I devoured that book quickly and fell in love with it instantly. I've always loved reading since I was a kid but this book changed everything for me. My love of reading has transformed and deepened. It wasn't just about finding a great book or the next great one after that. I needed to share my thoughts on books. And I wanted to find other people who love books the same way. In came blogging.

I didn't intend for my blog to become anything other than an online journal for my book appreciation. But alas! I dove in and discovered a big community of people who shared the same passion for books. Yes, it came with a ton of work. I had my fair share of blog tours, promotions, blog hops etc. But it was all worth it. 

This blog, my baby, had to take the backseat at some point though. When I entered the workforce, it became more and more difficult to keep up. I couldn't make time for reading and blogging. Work was eating up my time and energy (which I repeatedly shared in older blog posts). Eventually, I went on a much needed hiatus. I knew it was The Hiatus because I no longer felt guilty for abandoning my blog. 

The question now is: why or how am I back? Let's do a health check: I'm still working and it's even more challenging than ever. And hey! I'm in graduate school now. So I can't really answer that. I'm not sure myself. I just know that I love having this space and I missed it. I'm not gonna promise to consistently post or that I'll post only about books from here on out. But I'm here. With a fresh layout and new content (that I thankfully came up with while on hiatus. Can you say buffer? Hah!). I no longer have the patience to edit my old posts to fit this new spanking theme's layout (believe me, I tried) but we'll all survive. LOLZ. I'll just fix things as I go along... or you know, when inspiration strikes. Hah!

I'm Sab The Book Eater. Welcome back to my blog. :-)

18 January 2019

One Word: DELICIOUS (and Other Thoughts On The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare)

I admit, I used to be super judgmental of historical romance novels and it's mostly because of the book covers. They the kind that turns other people off so easily. The kind that'll make people judge you for picking it up in the first place. But I realized, how can I NOT try it out at least? I tried other genres without hesitation (and it wasn't great... eyeing you, Fifty Shades of Grey), this shouldn't be any different.
The premise is silly and predictable but it's one I honestly can't resist. Arranged marriage? Beauty and The Beast? Two of my favorite tropes. And it's a period novel too! It had all the makings of a book I knew I was going to enjoy. The only hurdle was the cover and the bad rep people sometimes give these books. But I was not going to let those affect my reading experience.
Folks... I am not ashamed to say that I have been converted. The thing about Tessa Dare is it's impossible not to like her writing style. She has such a way with words. There's this finesse in every single paragraph that I don't often read in other books in the genre. In the course of reading The Duchess Deal, I frequently updated my friends. I told them it's one thing to get feels from classic romantic scenes, but it's another when they're from the way sentences are constructed. Let's call it: wordgasm. There is no doubt that Tessa Dare is talented. 
Other things I quite liked: the character growth, the natural love story progression, the pacing, and of course... the heat. (seriously, NSFW. Read in the comfort of your home.) I couldn't think of a single thing I didn't like. Maybe there is but I just couldn't remember. It was THAT enjoyable. 
What started out as an experiment yielded great results. Turns out I CAN enjoy these books. I can't wait to add this genre to my rotation. I'm sure to find gems in it too, like The Duchess Deal.

16 January 2019

1/5 Stars for Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

I tried to like this one after seeing some positive reviews of it. It was taking a while for me to really get in the groove of it and I figured it would come towards the end when the redemption came. It never did. I feel like I need a breather after this.

The book is about bullying in a highschool setting. You have the protagonist who used to be part of this clique that was notorious for being the bullies in school. It seemed like no one was safe because everyone was scared of them. One night, she encounters this horrible incident and it blew up in her face. Her group quickly did a 180. They spread rumors, got people to turn on her, harassed her to no end and basically made her everyone's target.

It was awful. It was one bad thing after another. I get that this is a book about a sensitive topic but I didn't understand what the point was because the ending was, well, pointless. It started and ended with a hell lot of nastiness thrown around. For what? What are we getting at here? Are you trying to demonstrate how awful the world is? Because WE'RE WELL AWARE OF THAT. I found all the bullying efforts to be over the top annoying. Imagine all the bullying-themed movies combined and add steroids on it. You annoyed yet?

Plot hole: is this a world of teenagers alone? Where are all the adults? I get that sometimes adult supervision is low and that's why these stuff happen but for all the shit to continue unchecked is a bit of stretch. All the adults here would easily shrug things off based on whatever lie the teenagers say. To be fair though, if someone did intervene then we wouldn't have a plot. The bullying would end and it'll be a short book. (I would rather it be a short book.)

The characters were plain evil without any kind of context so it was really hard to relate to any of them. I need my villains to make sense. Sadly they don't have any in this one. Even the protagonist failed to gain my sympathy. She was not above retaliating. I didn't see much growth and it's just sad.

In the end the book left me feeling down and out. The only redeeming quality I found was Summers' writing technique which was undoubtedly good. The plot was just terrible. Some books are tragedy porn and I'm completely fine with those. In fact, I can get on board with those kinds of books AS LONG AS THEY MAKE SENSE. This is just one long laundry list of vengeful things people can do to each other. No thank you.

13 January 2019

Audiobook Adventures: I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star by Judy Greer

The title is on point. I've watched a number of movies wherein she's a supporting cast member. In fact, it's been so many that I eventually learned her name. She touches on this topic quite a lot in her essays and it's totally fine. Each one was written with the right balance of humor and honesty. It's good as far as celebrity memoirs go. Listening to Judy Greer narrate is quite fun. It's like listening to a friend get you up to speed on her life after being apart for so long. Not much to say about it except that I liked it. Should I be rating this a 3 instead? Nah. Judy Greer's awesome. (And she got me through this work week so there's that.

02 November 2016

Blog Tour Review: Mr. President by Katy Evans

Mr. President by Katy Evans
Release Date: October 31st
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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He's won the hearts of millions. But is he willing to lose his?

I met the president’s son when we were both young. Matthew Hamilton was handsome, polished, and intelligent. I’d never met a guy like him.

He promised me that he’d never run for president. I promised that if he did, I’d be by his side.

Three terms later, an invitation to join Matthew Hamilton’s campaign is the most exhilarating opportunity I’ve ever experienced. I'm determined to make a difference; he is determined to win. 

Focused on his goal, Matt is steadfast, ruthless, and disarming. All eyes are on him and his popularity is surging. But soon, the next possible president of the United States is possessing me in more ways than one—and despite the risks, I'm helpless to resist. 

We're stealing touches, stealing moments, and stealing away at night. But our chemical connection is quickly becoming dangerously combustive, putting not only my heart, but Matt's chance at the presidency on the line. 

Winning will take everything. Walking away will be the hardest thing of all.

Where do I begin?

Let's get this out of the way first: I am a sucker for this trope. The whole famous person x non-famous person pairing? Yep! I simply cannot resist. So imagine my excitement upon discovering Katy Evans' new book, Mr. President. I couldn't wait to dive into it.