Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review: Say what you will by Cammie McGovern

Book Title: Say What You Will
Author: Cammie McGovern
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date:  June 3, 2014
Source: ARC from publisher, Thank you!
Rating: 5/5 stars
Get a copy: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository
John Green's The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel. Cammie McGovern's insightful young adult debut is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them.

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other's lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.
Review

Wow. I didn't know you can love a book that fast even though you're just in Chapter 1. Say what you will started out really good. I was immediately captured by the story. The first chapter itself was beautiful and promising, I don't know if that makes sense, but it was. I knew that it's going to be epic. 



This book claims to be the result of two of my favorite books intertwined. That got me excited and thrilled. Two great books in one, how cool is that? I was ecstatic when Harper Collins sent me an ARC. Imagine how I felt.  


I have a soft spot for books dealing with mental and physical illness. Say what you will definitely is dealing with serious matters. Throughout the book, I feel so much closer with the characters. Cammie McGovern intricately weaved Amy and Matthew. Those two are made for each other. It's obvious that the author has a wide knowledge concerning these illness the characters are undergoing. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Book Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date:  December 2, 2010
Source: bought
Rating: 5/5 stars!
Get a copy: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend. 

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
Review

I'm in love. With this book. With Paris. With St. Claire. Was that convincing enough? Cause that sums up the feels I've been bottling up until now.

Anna Oliphant was forced go to Paris, leaving what she loves- her best friend and her crush.  And she wasn't happy about it. Things have gone uneventful until she meet Etienne St. Claire and friends. This is when the magic begun.

Anna is a wonderful character. She's the type of girl I will be friends with. She's full of energy and enthusiasm. I like her vibrant personality. St. Claire on the other side is the definition of my ideal guy. He had me giggling and smiling at their banters and flirting. It was cloud9 seeing those two together. I don't remember much of the details because I read this book last year and in one sitting too. But I remember loving their relationship. Despite how long it took them to be together due to complications, the overall story was realistic and I like it. A LOT.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

[Excerpt + Giveaway!] Rush by Eve Silver

Hi there! Today I'm going to showcase to you a book much loved by its readers- Rush by Eve Silver. If you haven't read it yet, there's an excerpt provided below and of course a giveaway. Woot! Woot! 


Release Date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen

So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?

When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. 

There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ARC Review: Another New Life

Book Title: Another New Life
Author: Sydney Aaliyah Michelle
Genre(s): NA, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: --
Publication Date:  May 25, 2014
Source: e-ARC from Ashley from Mark my Words Book Publicity, Thank you!
Get a copy: Amazon 
Rating: 3/5 stars
Add book on: Goodreads
Miranda Preston is a walking contradiction. Talented, smart and beautiful on the outside and insecure, haunted and damaged on the inside. Despite these contradictions, she’s ready to start Another New Life. 

When her talent wins her a piano performance scholarship to the University of Texas, Miranda arrives on campus determined to experience everything college has to offer and to keep her secrets in the past where they belong. 

An easy task, until the first guy who catches her eye happens to be someone, she’s known all her life. 

Eight years have passed since the last time Miranda and Troy saw each other. He reminds her of the best and worst times of her life, but she can’t think about one without dwelling on the other. As they grow closer, every day their attraction reminds them they are no longer kids. 

The epic romantic love story that is Miranda and Troy seems to be destined for a happy ending, but Miranda knows it's only a matter of time before her secret is discovered. A secret that will not only destroy their relationship, it will destroy Troy, too. 

Can Miranda focus on her future with Troy while preventing her past from tearing them apart all over again?

Review

**This book contains adult subject matter. Not intended for young readers.**


Miranda went to Texas to get away from her old life and form a new one. With new friends and teachers, she wants to start anew and forget her dark past. For a day she thought everything's going to be alright but then her childhood best friend showed up. Troy and Miranda were reacquainted eight years after. And that reeled her back to horrible memories she's trying to forget.

I occasionally read New Adult books and to tell you honestly, I'm not much of a fan. The plot is cliche, too much drama, the same issues all over again and it gets tiring. Perhaps I haven't found the right NA book than will strike a chord with me. Sad to say, Another New Life fall under my "okay-kinda-good- read". 

Miranda's character was a mystery. Her past was unknown and that gave off a thrilling effect. I was curious and turning the pages faster than usual. And BAM! Her dark past showed up and I was shocked and felt pity for her. She was a simple girl craving for affection and she gets it but not in a sincere manner. She was used as a tool to indulge one's desires. That made her broken and want to have a new life.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

[Excerpts & Giveaway] Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Hello! Today I'm going to share to you a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Here's Take Me On by Katie McGarry. Don't forget to scroll down till the end of the page and join the giveaway. Excerpts are also provided.


Release Date: 05/27/14
Harlequin Teen

Bonus novella included: Crossing the Line.
Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.


West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.


Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.


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EXCERPTS:
Excerpt from West’s Point of View 
I’m used to people talking, saying words aloud to prove they know more than me, that they’re better than me. But they’re just words. Syllables strung together between breaths to fill uncomfortable silences.
Meaningless words.
Haley, on the other hand, speaks volumes with a touch. The way her hand clutches mine, it rips out my heart and tosses it onto a platter.
This moment, it’s too raw. It’s too real. And the instinct is to snatch my hand back and slam the door shut on the sharing, but the other part of me—the part that feels as if my remaining sanity is a gift on the verge of being returned—it clings to her.
I knot my fingers with Haley’s and turn my head so I’m focusing out the driver’s side window—away from her. If I look at Haley, I’m terrified of what I might say, what I might feel. And fuck me, I’ve already said too much.
If she understands this, being without a home, will she understand the rejection? Will she understand the devastation that everything you have ever loved doesn’t love you in return? And because I can’t face those fears, I’m unable to face Haley.
She squeezes once and it’s like her voice caresses my mind: I’m here. I get it.
I squeeze back.
Seconds pass into moments. Moments into minutes. No words. No meaningless conversation. No eye contact. Just our hands combined.
My throat swells. Haley’s the only string holding me together.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Reveiw: The Minimum Wage Millionaire

Book Title: The Minimum Wage Millionaire
Author: Bill Edgar
Genre(s): Parenting, Non-fiction, self-help 
Publication Date:  April 14, 2014
Source: e-copy from the author, Thank you! 
Get a copy: Amazon | Barnes and Noble 
The Minimum Wage Millionaire is a must read for teenagers and parents of teenagers who want to learn about how money works. The book presents a practical approach to accumulating wealth for teenagers who are just starting to earn income with a part time job. Using simple analogies to unravel complex financial concepts allows the young mind to grasp why it is important to invest early and how to start with their first paycheck. Following a simple plan for only six years, they will have a small nest egg that will grow into about one million tax free dollars by the age of 65.
 Review

It's rare for me to review a book aside from fiction but I thought I'd give it a try. Besides, I'm taking up Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, which is a business course and considering that fact, it's rational I'd read this book. 

If I have to rename this book I'd go for "The beginners guide to financial success". Yeah. Bit cliche that was. Generally speaking though, this book is a guide for starters. Its purpose is to inform the readers how to use money wisely. Not only that but to attain financial stability and a larger disposable income in the future.

I thought that it's good to highlight the strengths of the book in a bullet form. So here it is:

Strengths:

The writing
What I really like about this book is the common parlance style of writing. It's uncomplicated and easily understood by someone, regardless of age. And that is a great way to let any teenager get ahead without any trouble about the financial/business terms and norms.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Review: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Book Title: Into the Still Blue
Author: Veronica Rossi
Genre(s): YA, Dystopia, Post-apocalyptic 
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Source: ARC from publisher, Thank you Harper Collins!
Rating: 5/5 stars!
Get a copy: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository
The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do—and they are just as determined to stay together.

Within the confines of a cave they're using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission. Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival--he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her earth-shattering Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.
 Review

No doubt, this is one of my favorite trilogies out there! Into the Still blue, being the last book in the Under the Never Sky trilogy, was a satisfying end. I guarantee that this will put you in a state of awe, cause that's what happened to me. There were bumpy rides along the way but in the end it was what I was hoping for.

Perry, Aria and their people were faced by the ongoing storm that gets worse every now and then. And the search for the Still Blue, a place where the sky is clear and no Aether storm strikes, was never been desperate until now. But they need Cinder to find it. Perry and the group rescued Cinder from Hess and Sable. Unfortunately, it didn't end the way they planned.  Perry had no choice but to deal with Sable. He was up for a serious bargain with him to make Cinder and his people safe and to get them to the Still Blue.  

In the first two books, I've seen Perry as a leader and admired him for his dedication despite the challenge. It was fantastic to see more of him in this book, he wasn't merely a leader for a cause. He treated each of his people with respect and responsibility. He felt that he was accountable for their safety and that's why he acted upon it. Although, at first he didn't know what to do with the Dwellers they rescued, perhaps he thought of them with contempt due to the feud between them. But things have changed and he knew they were a part of his tribe now.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

(BLOG TOUR) Review: Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki



Book Title: Branded (Sinners #1)
Author: Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki
Genre(s): YA, Dystopia, 
Publication Date:  February 18, 2014
Source: review copy from blog tour
Rating: 5/5 shiny stars!
Get a copy: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository
Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best. 
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home. 

Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain. 

Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.

The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me. 
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter. 
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.
Review

**My review is a bit late due to school and exams. So sorry for the delay!

Branded is one of those books that deserves a spotlight. This needs more hype than it usually gets! It was that good, alright?! After reading the synopsis, I knew that I'll love it. And what was more surprising? When I was reading it, I loved it even more. 

Right off the bat I was welcomed with a dark atmosphere, a girl on the verge of killing herself... and from that time on I was hooked and I knew I was up for a great dystopian read. And friends, all I can say is READ IT cause you would be mind-blown.