11/02/2016

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.

10/05/2016

BLOG TOUR REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Scandalized by Tara Frejas

Scandalized
by TARA FREJAS
Published on May 5, 2016
Genre: NA/Contemporary/Romance
Purchase: Amazon
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Fi Legaspi is living the dream working in Seoul as a road manager for one of South Korea's hottest bands, East Genesis Project. Until she isn't. 
When she finds herself in the middle of a scandal and a hostile fangirl witch hunt, Fi seeks the comfort of home, and to her surprise, not the person she had been pining for for years. All too suddenly it's no longer her career on the line, but also her heart. Will she walk away from everything that matters to her or fight to keep her dream alive?
REVIEW

I wasn't really expecting to like it as much as I did to be completely honest. I'm not much of a KPop fan so I was thinking I wouldn't be able to relate and I'd get lost in all the jargon. I tried getting into KPop years ago but it just wasn't my thing. However, despite all that, I was still able to enjoy Scandalized immensely. You don't need to be a fan girl to appreciate the entirety of the story.

The thing about me is... I love the celebrity trope or whatever you call it. I like books that give you a glimpse of how celebrities/personalities live. They might not be as accurate as possible, but it's simply one of those tropes that excites me. (Hey, we all need to get away every now and then, amirite?) Scandalized was no exception. 

9/11/2016

Event Alert | HAPPENING THIS WEEK: #MorganMatsoninPH


What: Morgan Matson Book Siging Tour

When: September 16, 2016
Where: The Gallery, Ayala Centre Cebu

When: September 17, 2016
Where: National Book Store, Glorietta 1

When: September 18, 2016
Where: Manila International Book Fair, National Book Store booth, SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia

Join bestselling contemporary writer Morgan Matson, author of ‘Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour’ and ’Since You’ve been Gone’, for book signing events on September 16, 2016 at 4 p.m. in The Gallery, Ayala Center Cebu, on September 17, 2016 at 2 p.m. in National Book Store, Glorietta 1, and on September 18, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the National Book Store booth at the Manila International Book Fair. Registration starts at 10 a.m. for all events. Only books purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express, and Powerbooks will be accommodated. 

The events are made possible in partnership with Raffles Makati and Ayala Center Cebu. Visit nationalbookstore.com/booksignings for the complete signing mechanics. 

Tag #MorganMatsoninPH to join the discussion. 

9/04/2016

KAVINSKYYYY! My Thoughts on To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Man that's a long title. Heh.

Hello, everyone! It's wine night and I am BLOGGING. I'm telling you, this is a solid get-back-to-blogging plan. A little bit (LOL) of wine goes a long way!

*awkward pause*

Anyway. Tonight I'm sharing my thoughts on a sorta oldie by goodie: To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han. I was only supposed to review the second book tonight but when I searched for my review of the first book I discovered that I have no such post! How on earth have I not reviewed that yet?! Shocking, I tell ya. I raved on and on on Twitter and Facebook but no review. I am a disgrace.

No worries though because HERE IT IS!

To All The Boys I've Loved Before. (1 point for the title, amirite?) 

So. I'm not gonna lie. The only reason why I fell madly in love with the book is Peter Kavinsky a.k.a. your dreams come true. Sort of. He's a fictional character but let's say Jenny Han heard our prayers and created him for all of us. Now, he's not perfect but he added that oompf to a story that badly needed it. 

If you're a first time Jenny Han reader, it could take a bit of getting used to. When I read her Summer trilogy, I found that her writing's choppy but you can get the hang of it. I can't guarantee you'll enjoy the story but at least you can get past the writing style. This is the same case when I started To All The Boys. I was starting to give up on the book because I felt that sentences ended abruptly and scenes were not fluid enough. It also didn't help that Lara Jean is so difficult to like.

Yeah.... about that.

She's supposedly a 16 year old but her behavior made her sound waaaay younger. It's so hard reading a book whose narrator is naive and whiny. A lot of her problems could've been solved if she woman-ed up a bit, you know? I know that once upon a time we all went through that as teenagers. But I just can't read chapter after chapter of barely any growth from a protagonist who could seriously use it. You have to show readers that the narrator is improving, otherwise what's the point? Lara Jean almost made me want to DNF the book. However! I powered through. And it's a good thing I did because man oh man, ALL THE FEELS.

8/28/2016

So Apparently I'm 16 Books Behind (But Thank Heavens for Wine)


Well hellooooo there, human! Guess who's back?

Not me. I don't want this momentary break from my break to get jinxed so let's not call this anything. Think of it as me dusting off that old guitar I've had for four years in the hopes of learning to play once again. My point is: let's not get too optimistic. But... I MISSED YOU! Yes, you, human and blog.

Something magical has happened the past few weeks. It's nothing big or buzz worthy. It's just amazing given the circumstances. And that is....

I'M READING AGAIN! (drats! Now that I mentioned it, I'm probably messing this up. Nooooo)
There were a few months where I struggled to read. I would go through my usual habit of starting books really excited and losing interest quickly. And it only got worse from there! Some weeks I wouldn't even crack open a single book. There were days where I ignored my shelves completely. SO DRAMATIC, I KNOW! But for a bookworm who was able to finish a hundred books in a year (a.k.a. the good ol' times), this is DEPRESSING.

3/12/2016

TOMORROW: #SarahJMaasinPH


I'll be honest: I'm both excited and sad about tomorrow. Excited because obviously- I'll get to meet Sarah J Maas (!!!) but at the same time, I'm sorta bummed that I'll only get ACOTAR signed. My ToG books aren't from NBS so obviously, I won't be bringing them along. But it's okay! Just getting one book signed is enough because IT'S SARAH'S SIGNATURE!!! :D :D :D

Who's going?! :D (heehee am I being too smiley? Heehee)

Main deets:

What: Sarah J. Maas Book Signing Event
When: March 13, 2016, 2 p.m.
Where: National Book Store, Glorietta 1
Registration starts at 10 a.m.

Join New York Times and USA Today bestselling ‘Throne of Glass’ series author Sarah J. Maas for a book signing event on March 13, 2016 at 2 p.m. in National Book Store, Glorietta 1. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Only books purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express, and Powerbooks will be accommodated. The event is made possible in partnership with Raffles Makati. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@nbsalert) for more details. Tag #SarahJMaasinPH to join the discussion.

ABOUT SARAH J. MAAS
Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. A Court of Mist and Fury, the second book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, will release on May 3rd, 2016.

A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. 

ABOUT THRONE OF GLASS
The award-winning first installment of the New York Times bestselling series…

Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, Celaena, an assassin, is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. 

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

ABOUT A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
The New York Times bestselling first book in a new fantasy series from Sarah J. Maas…

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it…or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristen Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

‘A Court of Mist and Fury’, the second book in the series, hits shelves in May.

Book Signing Mechanics
1. Registration will start at 10:00 a.m. First come, first served. 

2. The book signing will be limited to 350 signing slots.

3. Each participant is allowed to have a maximum of three (3) books to be signed (1 personalized and 2 with signatures only). The books must be presented upon registration. Only copies of Sarah J. Maas books bought at any National Book Store, NBS Express, and Powerbooks branches will be allowed. The book must have its official receipt or price tag.

4. A participant can register only once. Each participant will be given the following:
  • Numbered Signing Pass
  • Stamp mark on the hand to indicate your registration
5. Posted photos will be allowed. However, we strictly allow one photo per person only. There will be an official photographer from NBS who will take your photo with the author. 

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3/01/2016

Cover Reveal: Get Lucky, A YA Anthology

Hey, guys! Remember when I used to participate in these things? Well, I'm back at it! I personally love Kelly Oram, one of the authors in this book, so I thought to pitch in and give ya'll a peek at their her (and five other author's) new baby!

Ready?

....

Tadaaaaa~


Get Lucky (A YA Anthology)
featuring authors, Ali Dean, Kristen Kehoe, Cassie Mae, Tessa Marie, Kelly Oram, and Ginger Scott
Release Date: March 17, 2016 (Happy St. Patrick's Day!)
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Here are the blurbs for each of the stories in the book:

Doubles Love by Ali Dean

Mackenzie Bell loves two things: tennis and the Kendrick family. She doesn’t want to be anything like her mother, who hops from one husband to the next. It’s one of many reasons why she’s never dated. The other reason? She’s in love with her best friend’s older brother, Jesse Kendrick.

She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not by Kristen Kehoe

Kennedy Russo has had it rough. She's become a pro at being invisible. But when she's paired up for a 5 week assignment with golden boy, Gage, she starts to realize that anonymity may not always be the best option. Gage is on a mission to make her his friend, but will their tentative friendship bloom into something more?

Stroke of Luck by Cassie Mae

Jensen is well on his way to the PGA, if only he could focus. Getting stuck with his best friend as co-counselor at the golf camp will help—Penny’s always been one to push him. But when their alone time turns romantic, Jensen wonders if she’ll just be another distraction.

Someone I Used to Know by Tessa Marie

Charlotte was not looking forward to Spring Break. No technology and a boy she can’t stand. But when she realizes the boy is actually a hot guy now, and wants to hang out with her (!) she cant help but think this break may turn into something pretty awesome. But, is he harboring a secret that will challenge their budding relationship?

16 Kisses by Kelly Oram

All Cassie Caldwell wants for her sixteenth birthday is to finally be kissed. When Cassie’s older brother and his best friend—the lovable, sexy cowboy, Jared—discover her secret, Jared takes it upon himself to make sure her birthday wish comes true.

Four Letter Words by Ginger Scott

Dakota Wright has been making Jace Padgett look good for years…and she’s tired of it. What started as a favor has turned into a habit—one that she’s justified in her mind because Jace also happens to be six feet of gorgeous hunky quarterback, green eyes and a smile that can swing a girl to the moon. But the last favor she did for him may have finally tipped the scales, and Dakota’s ready to call it quits. One small hiccup—her heart can’t seem to let her. And when Jace starts to share pieces of the real him, Dakota begins to think her heart might just be smarter than her head after all.

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An excerpt for Kelly Oram's 16 Kisses. Enjoy!

“Scott Williamson, huh? That’s setting the bar pretty high for the rest of us,” Wyatt said.

I should have seen it coming from the second they sat down, but it was still a shock to realize they were talking about kissing me. I blinked at Wyatt. “The rest of you? Like, as in you, you?”

Wyatt gestured back and forth between him and Asher with a laugh. “As in both of us.”

“What?”

“Well we heard about your birthday kisses, and we’re hoping you can help us settle an argument.”

Asher folded his arms and with a completely serious face said, “Who’s the better on-stage kisser.”

Selena, giddy at this new development, squeaked. “Yes! She’ll totally do it!” I glared at my traitorous best friend and she rolled her eyes. “Oh my gosh, girl, if you don’t I will. Now go.”

Love,
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2/21/2016

Event Alert: #VictoriaAveyardinPH | National Book Store


Victoria Aveyard is coming to the Philippines in March! Woot woot! People get excited about all-out arena concerts or big musical productions or intimate plays in theaters well... this is IT for me. Author events! In the Philippines! *wiggles in seat* I am currently gearing up for the event by diving right into Red Queen. I know, I know. Why just now, Sab? I'm sorry, okay! I've been meaning to for so long now because my blogger friends have been gushing about it (and Saab Magalona loved it too..... let's not forget, she's my #LifePeg LOL). But there is no escaping my fickle mind! I'm making up for it though! I am finally making a dent in Red Queen and now I am pumped! Can it be March already, please???

Who's going on March 5th or 6th? Show of hands? :D If you are, here are some deets on the event:

Victoria Aveyard Book Signing Tour 
ONLY BOOKS PURCHASED FROM NATIONAL BOOK STORE, NATIONAL BOOK STORE EXPRESS OR POWERBOOKS WILL BE ACCOMMODATED. 

Book Signing Mechanics 
1. Registration will start at 10:00 a.m. First come, first served. 
  • March 5 at The Gallery, Ayala Center Cebu
  • March 6 at National Book Store Glorietta 1 
2. Each participant is allowed to have a maximum of three (3) books to be signed (1 personalized and 2 with signatures only). The books must be presented upon registration. Only copies of Victoria Aveyard books bought at any National Book Store, NBS Express, and Powerbooks branches will be allowed. The book must have its official receipt or price tag. 

3. A participant can register only once. Each participant will be given the following: 
  • Numbered Signing Pass 
  • Stamp mark on the hand to indicate your registration 
4. NBS will take every effort to get as many books signed as possible. However, should there be an excessive number of guests, NBS reserves the right to limit the number of copies per guest or limit the number of guests in line. 

5. There will be an official photographer from NBS who will take your photo with the author. However, we strictly allow only one photo per person.
 
Frequently Asked Questions 

When and where are the book signings? 
March 5, 1:00 p.m., at The Gallery, Ayala Center Cebu 
March 6, 2:00 p.m., at National Book Store, Glorietta 1 

Is there a registration fee? 
No. There is no registration fee. 

When will the registration be? 
Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. on March 5 at The Gallery, Ayala Center Cebu, and 10:00 a.m. on March 6 at National Bok Store, Glorietta 1. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. First come, first served. Guests must present their book to get a numbered Signing Pass. The book must have either of the following as proof of purchase: Price Tag or Official Receipt from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks. 

How many books can I have signed? Is there a limit as to how many people can have their books signed? 
Each participant is allowed to have a maximum of three (3) books to be signed (1 personalized and 2 with signatures only). The books must be presented upon registration. We do not have any preset limit as to the number of people. 

However, should there be an excessive number of guests, NBS reserves the right to limit the number of guests in line. First come, first served. 

Can I bring old books or other editions of the books? 
Yes, as long as the books were purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks. The books must have either the price tag or official receipt. 

Do I need to buy on-site? 
No. You can buy books before or during the event. 

Can I have other items signed? 
No. Only books will be allowed to be signed by the author. 

Can we have our photo taken with the author? 
Yes. There will be an official photographer from NBS who will take your photo with the author. However, we strictly allow only one photo per person. 

How much are the books? 
Red Queen (Hardcover – P649) 
Red Queen (Trade Paperback – P435) 
Cruel Crown (Trade Paperback – P359) 
Glass Sword (Hardcover – P699) 
Glass Sword (Trade Paperback – P435) 

See you there!

Love,
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1/31/2016

Never Never (Parts One to Three) by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher



Let me start by saying I AM SO FREAKING DISAPPOINTED. I am not going to beat around the bush. I am saying this flat out: I WAITED MONTHS FOR THE THIRD BOOK AND THIS IS IT?? From a strong start to a weak ending??? THIS IS WHY I HAVE TRUST ISSUES.

Never Never in a nutshell is about Charlie and Silas, highschool seniors who wake up one day not remembering a thing about themselves and the people around them. No names, no memories. They managed to retain some things though. Silas still knows how to work a camera while Charlie still has her infinite love for books. Together they attempt to uncover the mystery behind their sudden memory loss while trying to navigate through everyday life as the Charlie and Silas they know nothing about. 

To be clear, I really did enjoy Never Never part one. The writing appealed to me in every way. The descriptions, the transition, the romance, the mystery — it was all very satisfying despite the short length of the book. It made me crave the next books like crazy. And I'm not even a CoHo fan!

Part two was pretty much the same except we get a bit more questions and a few answers. I was happy that they were finally getting somewhere on learning the truth! Why did they loose their memories? Who took it? Are any of the people in their lives involved in it somehow?! Is this a paranormal book?!!?!

The answer, my dearies, is that it is not. It's not anything. Part three left me frustrated and angry. I felt like I got even more questions than answers in the final instalment of the book. It's a lazy ending, in my opinion. The worst part is that the last book seemed so disconnected to the first two. It went from being intense and mysterious to just plain SAPPY. Like, everything is gonna work out! We'll be fine! Even their siblings started dating towards the end. WTF was that? No need to fill the book with one too many happy endings. Ughhhhhhh I CAN'T EVEN. I try to avoid using that expression as much as I can but it's highly appropriate here. I would've preferred a totally crazy explanation than a rather underwhelming one. With an ending like that, did they really need to stretch it out to three books?

I'm done.
I'm done. I'm done. I'm done.

Love,
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1/29/2016

I Have a Confession: I Need Contemporary Recommendations!


That is probably the most self-explanatory title I used on the blog. Okay, so put you recs in the comments below! I'm done here. Bye.

OF COURSE I'M NOT DONE!

I grew up reading contemporary books. I remember loving Sweet Valley High and a bunch of books I vaguely remember but can recall enjoying. This appreciation for the genre stayed with me in my teen years and now in my early 20's. Contemporary books simply don't get old! I think it's impossible to not, at least, like it. 

Here's dilemma 1 of 2: There's something about contemporary books that entices me and bores me at the same time. The thing I love most about contemporary books, especially in young adult, is that it gives me a peek into the lives of other people. I can't be the only one who finds comfort knowing that other people deal with situations the way you do or perceive people the same way. Even if it's a book with a heavy theme that I can't actually relate to, I still enjoy flipping through it. Granted, they're fictional people, but there's more realism there than any other genre so I think it still counts! (haha) Contemporary books don't have the frills of other genres (e.g. fantasy, paranormal, and dystopia) so it allows me to focus on the human emotions prominent in the book. However, no matter how much I love the genre, it sometimes becomes monotonous, especially when you read one after another. Simply put: frills - too much; lack of frills - boring. I think I need to balance out my selections (and the order in which I read them) to solve this.

Now for dilemma 2 of 2: I don't have enough books! I claim to love contemporary yet I don't have much of it in my shelf! I think the fantasy books outnumber the contemporary (and every other genre). It's just that whenever I shop for books, it's not the first thing I take to the checkout counter (reason: see dilemma 1). It's not like I don't want to buy/read them. I just don't know which one will be worth my money. BUY ALL THE BOOKS! ...LOL no I have bills to pay. *sigh* Which is why I choose my books carefully! 

So here's where you come in. I want contemporary books for February because "LOVE MONTH" (haha........no) I prefer young adult but if you have recommendations that fall under the adult age bracket, feel free to share it! It doesn't even have to be romance! I want to find my next favorite contemporary read and I think YOU can help me out. *points. winks.* Super excited to add new books to my shelf! :D

Love,
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1/24/2016

Audiobook Adventures: Yes Please by Amy Poehler



Time for another round of audiobook adventures and this time I present to you *drum rolls* YES PLEASE BY AMY POEHLER! 

A bit of warning: I had a full MUG of coffee before writing this so I am very much !!!!!!!!!!!!-ed up.
I've been a fan of SNL since I was in highschool and one of my favorite actors on the show is Amy Poehler. So when she wrote a book, I knew I had to have it. I'm the kind of fan girl who supports her favorites in obsessive ways and for Amy, I bought two copies of the book: one in audio format and one in hardbound. Yes, I already have a hardbound of Yes Please (and it's soooo pretty! Pics later!) but I couldn't resist getting an audiobook as well especially since Amy herself narrated it along with some notable people. I feel like I'm getting a premium on my spending. Anyone else who feel the same? Show of hands?

Anyway! As per usual, I finished the audiobook in the car. But this time I listened to it in a span of months, on several occasions. I didn't finish it in one week like I did with Fangirl. I got this before Fangirl and back then, for some reason, it didn't occur to me that I could plug my phone to my car radio and play audiobooks. So I tried listening while doing chores, running errands, sitting in the backseat of a van full of people en route to a vacation destination. In short, I was very distracted. I couldn't finish it as quickly as I hoped to so I gave up on it for a while. Until recently. Because I discovered I can listen while driving. And it was awesome. (!!!)

1/20/2016

I Like/Don't Like Unteachable by Leah Raeder


Here lies Unteachable, the new adult novel that stressed the shit out of me.

I would totally write that on the book's gravestone if I buried it like how Joey of FRIENDS stuffs The Shining in his freezer whenever he got to the scary parts

I'm totally kidding. Or not. 

Unteachable is not like most of your usual new adult novels (save for the many many sex in each chapter... but I'll get to that later). For starters, the main character Maise is... colorful. She's headstrong but a bit fragile and scared on the inside. She can be crass but she's also delicate. She's a contradiction of a lot of things but surprisingly, it all works. You know how there are a lot of NA characters who pretend to be good but are actually hypocrites? Nope, Maise isn't like that. She fearlessly owns up to who she is or what she does, even if she can be a class A bitch lots of times. It's refreshing, especially in a new adult novel. 

I think, with everything going on in the book, Maise's realness made for a great anchor in a book filled with passion, romance, and drama. There was a lot of that ~new adult flare~ to lengthen the plot but what made me interested in all of it was our protagonist. You don't need too much realism in a book but at least have some form of it to keep the readers glued til the end. In this book, it was Maise and the way she took everything in and reacted on/to them. Am I making sense? I HOPE I AM. 

Not a lot of people know this about me, but my top two favorite tropes are: 1) faux-relationships turning real and 2) teacher-student relationships. (You may judge me. I give you permission.) The latter being, quite frankly, the main reason why I picked this book up. Much to my disappointment though, the build up was lacking. It started so fast and kind of stalled in the middle and went quickly again towards the end. There was none of the excitement brought about by a budding (forbidden) relationship. It's like hiding was just so easy for them! I didn't feel any real threat to their relationship except for the school diva threatening to tell on them but she just seemed like a scapegoat towards the end. 

1/12/2016

Audiobook Adventures: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Yesterday marked the first time I finished an audiobook. Yes, folks, it is a big deal. See, last year I went on and signed up for Audible. I forgot why exactly I did it. I think it was because I saw the app on my tablet (it was new at that time) and I decided to just go for it. First month was free, right? It was enticing! But after a few months I realized the membership fee's on top of my would-be purchases was burning a hole in me pocket. This is an expensive hobby.

Fangirl is one of my first purchases on Audible. I already read the book, not to mention I own three different editions of it, but somehow I just knew in my heart that I needed an audiobook copy of it to add to my collection. Now, I wasn't sure I wanted to re-read it again in this version (because I don't re-read books to begin with) but thanks to Manila traffic, I went on and began listening to it one Monday morning on the way to work.

I'll be honest: I didn't like the narrator at first. I think her voice threw me off in the beginning. But I kept listening. And listening. And listening. I got to work and realized, wow. I actually listened while driving. It's not my first go at the whole audiobook thing but this is certainly the first time I was able to fully comprehend what I was listening to. (It was such a struggle with To Kill A Mockingbird and Girl on The Train) Perhaps it was because I was left with only two tasks to focus on: to drive and to listen. Guess it works like a radio show? Anyway, I was happy to know that I could listen to an audiobook and possibly finish it.

And I did, after 6 working days. I only ever listened to it in the car, going to work and back home. I managed to finish an almost 13-hour long audiobook in SIX working days. That's how bad traffic here is. (Not the point)

1/04/2016

Thoughts on The Heir by Kiera Cass



Let's get one thing straight: I loved The Selection series. I loved it more for its entertainment factor than the entirety of the plot. Because let's face it, you won't get much out of it other than feels. (Was that harsh?) So when Kiera Cass announced that the then trilogy had a baby (HEHEHE not her words but I feel awfully proud of myself for saying that) and that the fourth book would be about America and Maxon's daughter, I didn't know how to feel. First off, I asked why? Why continue a story that ended on a good note. Sure, I fantasized about what could have happened after the coronation, but to create a new story centred on their teenage daughter? I don't think I care enough. (But apparently I do because I read the damn book!) Second, I wondered what else could she possibly write about when the first series of books were already running low on a good storyline. I'd like to think that more than the love story, there's a lot more to say about the character growth in the books. And I loved America and Maxon's transformation (although we don't get to see much of Maxon's). However, I couldn't imagine how the same could possibly extend to the fourth book without it being repetitive. Having said that, I think there's still some redeeming factors that helped me get through The Heir and eventually want to read the fifth and final book in The Selection series, The Crown

1/03/2016

ARC Review of Dreamology by Lucy Keating



This book is refreshing! Lately, I've been extra stressed at work and I was looking for a fun book. Dreamology was exactly what I needed. Now I'll make this quick because this book is so easy to pitch to anyone, there's no point in writing a very long post about it.

Okay, so long story short, Alice and Max have been dreaming about each other since they were about six years old. The thing is, they've never met before. Until one fateful day, Alice starts her first day in a new school and tadaaaa! Max is in the same class. Turns out, he's not just a boy her subconscious conjured. He's an actual person who apparently dreamed of Alice too growing up. (eeep! FUN!) Together, they search for answers. How is any of it possible? And how they could prevent any more dreams from bleeding into their life? Uhhh, yeah, that's the main conflict by the way — they may or may not be going insane. (but FUN, right?!)

1/02/2016

It's 2016 and I'm Back


Hello, bookish people! Happy new year!

*party poppers*
*fireworks*
*sparklers*
(too lazy to look up appropriate gifs and pictures. LOL I am starting my 2016 RIGHT!)

So... I've been gone a while. I'm not going to make excuses, not gonna lie. I was just... too lazy to blog? Between working and lying in bed (because that's the only thing I can do after work. Hah! I'm so sad), I simply did not have the energy to read and/or blog. I can get a few pages in everyday but it usually takes me a loooong while to finish an entire book. Writing a blog post about it after? FEELS LIKE A CHORE!

I'd like to say that's all going to change now. But I won't. Because I don't know what the future holds! (I can get dramatic at times) Seriously though, I can only promise to make a better effort this year. On top of that, I promise to keep it simple. Often times, the only hindrance to me clicking the PUBLISH button is my laughable standards. Yep, like a lot of bloggers out there, I pressure myself. I've said it multiple time: BLOG FOR YOURSELF! But what if your standards are getting to you? Sometimes, even if I'm pretty much done with my short review, I stop and think to myself isn't this a bit too short? Maybe I should do a full review? Are people going to care?! (Yeah, it's not fun being inside my head. It's noisy) This year, I will push myself to click that orange publish button once I'm done with a post. No more second guessing! That's a realistic resolution I can keep. 

I also found some bookish resolutions while browsing Twitter and Instagram and I got inspired by them. I plan on tackling one every month. Here they are:

JANUARY: Finish two young adult books I put on hold and never opened again

FEBRUARY: Read a non-fiction book