Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Book Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date:  September 10, 2013
Source: bought (ebook)
Rating: 5/5 stars!
Get a copy: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Note: This review may contain spoilers!

It’s an understatement to say that Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is the best book I read last year. I devoured this book lavishly. It’s fast-paced, super cute, relatable and has adorable romance. The feels in this book is unbearable! After I read it, I can’t stop thinking about it for days! It had a huge impact on my being. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

[ARC] Review: The Third by Zhu Hsia

Book Title: The Third
Author: Zhu Hsia
Genre(s): YA, Romance, Paranormal
Publisher: KONG Publishing House
Publication Date: March 21, 2014
Source: eARC from publisher, Thank you!
Rating: 3/5 stars!
Ji Sun, heir to the powerful Lee clan of bloodsuckers brings disgrace to her kind by not only mixing with humans, but leaving the clan to marry one, and she is banished for ever from her family.

After five years, Ji Sun’s happiness is threatened. For although she has no intention of returning to her life as a bloodsucker, she has not yet renounced her inheritance, for to do so is to risk stigmatization and a much shortened life. However, Mun Oh, her younger brother, now fifteen years old and already a formidable bloodsucker, is ordered by his parents to visit his sister and demand that she goes through the Ritual of Renunciation in his favor.

But the spoiled and capricious Mun Oh, accustomed to getting his own way the minute he wants something, and his teeth into any human he fancies, encounters more obstacles than he bargains for, especially from Ji Sun’s troubled and troublesome step-daughter Hyeon Jin, the unpopular school bully.

Hyeon Jin hates Mun Oh and would get rid of him at all costs if she could. When Hyeon Jin discovers Mun Oh’s secret, she thinks she has found the perfect weapon. Mun Oh, however, detects certain weaknesses under Hyeon Jin’s hard exterior and plays on them ruthlessly. And it seems for while, that he has the upper hand . . . But then the trouble-making bloodsucker Han Kyung makes his appearance. He is jealous of the handsome Mun Oh, and would do anything to reduce him in the eyes of the clan.

Events start to spiral out of control. Hyeon Jin discovers what it is like to be on the receiving end of hurtful behavior, and as Mun Oh gets more and more attracted by the human world, he soon transgresses the strict rules of the bloodsucking clan. He is to learn the secret of the Rule of Thirds the hard way. But Will he have to pay the heavy price for his disobedience?

It is down to Ji Sun to find a solution. She has to make a choice. But will she have to sacrifice her happiness and that of her beloved husband and step-daughter to do so?

I read this book for the sole reason that it is a Korean based novel. And as a person who admires Korean telenovelas, it was hard to resist! I knew I was up for a sweet, cute and clean romance so I immediately picked it up.

The Third follows a prominent bloodsucker, Lee Mun Oh and his quest in acquiring the throne of their clan by asking his sister to renounce the position. During his stay in his sister’s house he met a girl, Hyeon Jin, who became his adversary. They always fight even in smallest of things. But when Mun Oh saw a different side of Hyeon Jin, he had a change of heart. And having this feeling would either make Hyeon Jin his Third or the end of the great Mun Oh.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review: How to Love by Katie Catugno

Book Title: How to Love
Author: Katie Catugno
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date:  October 13, 2013
Source: ARC from publisher, Thank you!
Rating: 3.5/ 5 stars
Get a copy: Amazon | Barnes and Noble 
Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he's never seemed to notice that Reena even exists until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated-and pregnant-Reena behind. 

After: Almost three years have passed, and there's a new love in Reena's life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena's gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she's finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn't want anything to do with him, though she'd be lying if she said Sawyer's being back wasn't stirring something in her. After everything that's happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

Reena was abandoned by her boyfriend without knowing he got her pregnant. And having religious parents make things worse as it already is. Her parents gave her a hard time. Ever since then, she struggles from acceptance of her family. 

Years have passed, and now shes used to their treatment to her and her situation. She thought of pulling things off but it went the wrong way. When Sawyer, her boyfriend, came back everything falls unexpectedly.

I had mixed feelings with How to LoveI wasn't fully invested into the story, not even with the characters.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Book Title: These Broken Stars
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Genre(s): YA, Science Fiction
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date:  November 13, 2013
Source: ARC from publisher, Thank you Hyperion!
Rating: 3/5 stars
Get a copy: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. 

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. 

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

Set in outer galactic space, Lilac LaRoux, the daughter of the richest man in the galaxy, and Tarver Merendsen, a prominent soldier, were bounded by fate when the Icarus was annihilated. When the ship was on the verge of falling, Lilac and Tarver was forced to escape together despite their previous requited bitterness. And in a planet where no one resides, there they stayed and waited for rescue to come.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

My experience during the strongest typhoon that hit the land...

Hello guys!

I am online only when we have enough load to spare for internet. And that’s not what I was hoping for, especially now that I just got back. You see our internet connection here in Tacloban isn’t stable enough for me to put up a post every now and then. Actually, we don’t have an internet connection yet because they’re still working on reviving it since the typhoon. Which sucks. Another thing, it’s very costly. I couldn’t afford to subscribe every day! :’(

Anyways! As promised, I’m going to share to you my unforgettable experience. So here it is…

It was November 8, 2013 when super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) hit Leyte, Philippines. One of the cities that were greatly hit was Tacloban City, the second place that I dearly call home. All of the Taclobanons suffered from the devastating rage and the rising of the seawater. It was like the end of the world but more like the end of Tacloban...

Monday, January 20, 2014

I'm finally back, whole and alive!

I use Grammarly's plagiarize check because... what other simple and trusted ways out there that can automatically detect copy-cats? And besides Mahatma Ghandi once said and I quote "Imitation is the sincerest flattery." To imitate the works of others is like fooling yourself into greatness which you're not.

Hello there!

It is such a wonderful thing to be back in the blogging community! After two months of absence, I'm so glad to say that I'm officially back, whole and alive.

A lot of things happened during my long unexpected hiatus that greatly affected my living. One was that Super Typhoon Haiyan, a record breaking storm, hit the city where I live. And that plainly explains my abrupt leave. My experience during the strongest typhoon that hit the land was one of the unforgettable events in my life.I could have died that time. It was like being in an apocalyptic world! I'll share my experience on a different post.

Another thing was that we didn't have classes for two-months. Two-months! Ha! Which gave me an ample amount of time to read. But there was no electricity up to now. So my reading time is limited only during daylight, and when our generator is on by night. I didn't have much money to buy new books, so I read a couple of books that were never read just sitting on my shelf. And I have to say that they were all freakishly amazing! I also finished three series, Percy Jackson & The Olympians, Harry Potter and The Divergent Trilogy (not really a series...) I couldn't wait to share my thoughts with you guys.

Resume of classes started today so I'll be busy again studying. I'm glad that my school is still standing firmly after the typhoon. Sadly some schools here in Tacloban were closed due to the damages. I'll try my best to make it up to you guys despite my schedule.

Lastly, I started writing a story! I'm not really the type who loves creative writing, and I always had this trouble finding the right words, so I was surprised that I actually wrote a freaking story. Haha!

I guess that sums up the things that I did for the last two months. I know I'm way behind, and I have tons of catching up to do ,but I'm excited to be back. My email probably looks like a gigantic pile of papers waiting to be read. Haha!

I really did miss you guys!

Goodbye for now. See you around!

Grammarly is amazing! You should try it out someday.

Monday, November 4, 2013

(Guest Post) Karolyn James' Novels

I love coming back to blogs where I’ve posted before because it’s fun to see how much has changed since the last time I visited. I’ve been honored to have such a great follow of fans and readers, not to mention the support of blogs like Bookworms Avenue.

Last time I was here, I was getting ready to launch the third book in the Brothers of Rock series featuring Chasing Cross.

What has changed?

Check this out… not only has Bitter Farewell come out, but the fourth and fifth book in the series has come out too! Buried Notes followed bassist, Chris, and Last Song, followed drummer, Rick! The response for the two new books – and the entire series – has been amazing. Readers sent Last Song into the top 100 in contemporary romance in the Kindle store!

If that’s not enough, the Brothers of Rock series will continue in 2014! It will follow another band called Fallen Tuesday. Those who follow the entire Chasing Cross books will be know who Fallen Tuesday is. The first five of the Brothers of Rock books are available right now!

In late summer I had the opportunity to get some of my western romance books published. Now… this has been the shock of the year for me. Why? Because the first book in the Mail Order Romance series – West For Love – is #1 in Kindle Western and has been there for over two months! Readers have taken the series and made EACH book a top 100 western book! I’ve released four books in the Mail Order Romance series with the fifth coming in the next couple weeks.

It’s been a busy summer and busy fall… and I cannot thank everyone enough for all the love. I wake every single day to Tweets, Facebook posts, and emails from readers. I love it! Please stay in contact! I’ll be back here soon with more books, I promise!

See the entire Brothers of Rock series here – http://karolynjames.wordpress.com/books/brothers-of-rock/

See the entire Mail Order Romance series here – http://karolynjames.wordpress.com/mail-order-romance/

Friday, November 1, 2013

(Book Blitz): Family Portrait Changes Vol. 1 by Gillian Felix

 Title: Family Portrait Changes Vol. 1
 Author: Gillian Felix
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Adriana Banovic’s 15th birthday sucked! She got fired after eight years of playing Shayanne Montgomery on the #1 soap in the country, found out that her family was on the verge of bankruptcy and worst of all, forced to return to Westwood Academy. Her only saving grace was a chance glance at dreamy mystery boy Haze Lyndon. Armed with only his picture and a determination to find him—even if it means turning Los Angeles over on its ass.

In this new adult novel you'll meet Robin Banovic, Adriana's father; financially challenged, dealing with the death of a family member and his brother's disappearance. You'll meet Savannah DaCosta aka Savi, mother/manager; Savi enjoys the life her rock star daughter Leighann has provided. When Leighann makes a choice to end her career, Savi sees it as a personal attack. You'll meet college boy Haze Lyndon; New to Los Angeles, Haze soon realizes how quickly money changes hands in the City of Angels. Will he return to questionable ways to survive or go back to the safety of his family in Wisconsin?

This novel is NOT for children, it contains strong language, reference to drug use and sexual situations, this novel is meant for mature teens and adults.

Fun facts about Changes Vol. 1, (Family Portrait)

Writing Adriana’s character was fun and challenging because she is such a minx. It’s tricky because she shares the leading role with Leighann, who is sweet, and kind—they are polar opposites of each other. They both grew up in the entertainment industry but that’s about all they have in common. Adriana makes no apologies for who she is, she is reckless and wild and I’m sure some readers will hate her. It is only later on in the series you get to really see why she is the way she is.