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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: The Boyfriend Backtrack by Dawn Lanuza


By Dawn Lanuza
3rd October, 2014
154 pages, Self-published
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Purchase link: Amazon

If they say that life flashes right before your eyes when you die, do you also get a flashback of your exes when your perfect boyfriend is proposing to you? At least that's the case for Regina Cortez. There's her dramatic high school boyfriend, her first college crush, the irresistible heart breaker, and the ever elusive one. By backtracking to her past, will Regina make it to 'I Do'? Or will she just keep running away?

- goodreads.com


The Backtrack Boyfriend was an enjoyable read. It was a slow start for me though. Like in the synopsis, she had flashback of her exes when she got proposed. It didn't make sense to me. But then she started to track down her exes. So on one hand I was like, 'Who the f*ck traces their exes right before they're about to get married?!' But on the other hand I was like, 'OMG! This is so FUN!'

I am so there with her friends. Regina must complete her unfinished business. She always runs away from her problems so when she tracked down her exes? You go girl! Progress! I didn't feel any chemistry going on between Regina and her current fiance, Kevin(which explain the slow start for me). But with her exes however?  I can't. Help. I'm drowning in Chase galore! And Thomas is just too adorable. *fans self* Regina's character from the past and present is so different. Nothing wrong with it but it explains the word 'we grow up' or 'life happened'. I LOVE her arrays of streaks in her hair! And she took ART! 

The Boyfriend Backtrack is just my kind of read though. It feels too close to YA Contemporary. It's near fluff, it's funny and there's chaos and embarrassment along the way. The Boyfriend Backtrack is a perfect read for people who just wants to kick back and relax with a cup of coffee or tea in hand. A relaxing, fun and funny read!


About Dawn Lanuza

Dawn Lanuza has been imagining and writing love stories since she was a kid. She works for the music industry by day, and writes about meet cutes and snappy comebacks by night. She writes short stories, chick lit and young-adult fiction. She has a degree in Development Communication from the University of the Philippines.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

This year I'll be joining a reading challenge hosted by the lovely peeps at Bookish! So basically, you have to read whatever you have in your TBR pile from the year 2014 and earlier. Nothing from the 2015 and onwards. Should be easy enough right? Right.

This is the grading thingy.


1-10 A Firm Handshake
11-20 A Friendly Hug
21-30 First Kiss
31-40 Sweet Summer Fling
41-50 Could This Be Love?
50+ Married with Children

And I'm probably aiming for First Kiss

Are any of you joining any challenges for 2015? Or do you have something that you aim for yourself? If so, tell me in the comments below. I'd love to know ^^ 

Happy reading!

XOXO

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Blog Tour: Autumn in London by Louise Bay Review


Autumn in London (The Empire State Trilogy #2)
By Louise Bay
2nd December, 2014
Self-published


Anna Kirby went to New York to escape heartbreak and have some fun. She wasn't meant to meet someone . . . someone like Ethan. Now, back in London, she's having to get over a man who's three thousand miles away....


Ethan Scott broke every one of his rules during his week with Anna and now he can't seem to go back to life before her. A business trip to London gives him the opportunity to change his rules for good. Will he take it? 



Autumn in London is the second part of The Empire State Series, a series of three novellas.



Follow up to A Week in New York.


- goodreads.com

I can say without a doubt that Autumn in London is better than the 1st book. Now that the introduction's all over in the 1st book, there was a lot of progress going on in the 2nd one. 
I actually didn't like A Week in New York that much. I thought there was just a lot of scenes and no progress in plot. Autumn in London however, was SO MUCH BETTER than that. When Ethan and Anna met again after cutting all ties, I can't help but squeal. Like, how much more coincidental can their relationship be? Let's admit it, it's fate between them. I mean, there was NO WAY to contact each other after New York!

Their relationship definitely progressed after meeting each other again. Like, this is it. This isn't a fling anymore. They are considering and getting into a serious relationship and there are obstacles and bumps along the way while learning something new about each other.

Besides their relationship... SOMEONE NEED TO TALK TO ME ABOUT ETHAN'S SISTER OKAY?! Jessica is so funny! James and Jessica's relationship is just so adorable. And I can't get over the fact that they're married just makes them much more adorable. I will never be bored reading about Jessica and Ethan's conversation. And with Anna in the picture now, their conversation never cease to make me smile. 

But after I closed the book, I can't help but think that somehow I think it's better if A Week in New York and Autumn in London was combined in one book instead. Nevertheless, it was a good read and I am definitely looking forward to the last book in this trilogy. Bring me more of Anna and Ethan's chemistry! (And Jessica and James' please. A little Izzy doesn't hurt too ;))

About the Author

I write sexy, romantic, contemporary novels - the kind I like to read!
Ruined by romantic mini-series of the seventies and eighties, I love all things romantic. There's not enough of it in real life so I'll settle for books and films.
I love the rain, the West Wing, London, days when you don't have to wear make-up, being alone, being with friends, elephants and champagne. 


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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Double Review: Sentient and Broken Ties by Kenechi Udogu

Sentient (The Mentalist Series #2)
By Kenechi Udogu
28th October, 2013
Self-published, 155 pages



Mastering her Progressive Empath abilities isn’t going as well as Gemma hoped. In fact, months after finding out what she really is, she still has no clue what this truly means. All she can do is wait to see if any new abilities will eventually manifest. Things aren’t going great with Russ either. Unsure of how to handle her Sentient Link with him, she tries to integrate herself in his busy social life but struggles to adjust to her new circumstances.


When she is plagued by recurring nightmares, Gemma realises things are changing and knows she has to do something, fast. The arrival of two sets of strangers in town, both offering the much needed assistance she needs to unearth her powers, escalates the situation even further. Gemma attempts to decipher whose intentions are genuine, but does she have enough time to figure out who has her best interest at heart?

- goodreads.com description

Let me start off with this: This book is EASILY better than the first one! I definitely loved it more! I'll admit though, the beginning was a little slow for me but when the plot thickens, it's just like, BAM! Action!

I think I should list down the pros and cons.


Cons:
-Slow beginning but the introduction is definitely needed.
-I kinda feel like Gemma is more uptight in Sentient than in Aversion?

Pros:
-Character growth. Gemma's uptightness? It didn't last long. 
-MORE SUPERPOWERSSSSS!!!!
-Russ. Definitely Russ.
-And new fun character! I LOVE LAURA!!!

Sentient has everything! It keeps you guessing with suspense, the tension between Russ and Gemma keeps you at the edge of your seat and that small plot twist in the end like, WHAT?! Also, I am giving credit to Kenechi Udogu for not making Sentient into a cliffhanger. Like, if she did, I will DIE. Second book syndrome is a bitch. Cliffhanger or no cliffhanger, I am EXCITED to see what she has for Keeper.

PS: I am LOVING that cover! If I ever see this book on Malaysia's shelf, I will buy it without a second thought :D


By Kenechi Udogu
13th May, 2014
Self-published, 84 pages


"There was nothing unusual about the night everything changed. No flashing lights in the sky, no searing fire in my belly; no sign whatsoever to suggest the shift which was to come…Nora Brice did strange things to me. Strange and awful things…" 

Paul Colt has a problem, and it is not one most teenage boys face. Yes, he likes a girl; one he’s pretty certain he’ll do foolish things for, given the chance. But he can’t go after her, or any other girl for that matter. That’s what he gets for being an Averter; forced to toe the line for the propagation of the collective. He knows some rules are okay to trifle with, and there are some which should never be broken. The gravest of them all? 

Don’t fall in love. 

Ever. 

This is the story of how Paul breaks that rule. 

This prequel novella to the Mentalist Series can be read before or after Aversion, Book One of The Mentalist Series.

-goodreads.com description

As for Broken Ties... it was an okay read. There wasn't anything that I hate about it. I just think that it's missing some UMPH in it. I would say that I wish there's more fluff in it, but I could say that to every book because I just like fluff and stuff ;)

It was an interesting read though. It makes you understand more about the series and what actually happened in the past. Like, you can see which trait from her father and mother that Gemma inherited. And I find similarities in Gemma's love story and her dad's love story. But this is not because of their Sentient link. But because of like, 'I can't believe he/she's talking to me' and stuff. It's not a bad thing. I just felt like I've read this before.

Okay, I'm not making sense. But you'll understand it when you've read Aversion. So overall? Okay.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Top 10 Books Farah is Looking Forward to in 2015

Every Tuesday, The Broke and the Bookish post their top ten lists on various topics. Anyone can hop on the band wagon and post your Top 10 and link it to their Top 10 Tuesday posts :)




The Heir by Kiera Cass
WHY IS THERE A FOURTH BOOK?! Now I need it. There is gonna be a little baby Maxon right? RIGHT?!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass
DUDE. This is pretty self-explanatory for people who's read Throne of Glass ;)

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
Is this contemporary? Or is there a mix of supernatural in this story?

I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
SUMMER STORIES!!!

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
I JUST KNEW LAUREN OLIVER HAS A NEW BOOK COMING LIKE, 5 SECONDS AGO. WHAT?!?!


Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry
More Noah and Echo? Sign me up!

All Fall Down by Ally Carter
More actions by Ally Carter! A definite fav! :D

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
May 5th 2015? MAY 5TH?!

Life Was Cool Until You Got Popular by Sarah Billington
I read her The Kiss Off and I loved it! So I'm definitely looking forward to anything she will write :)

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
No cover yet but a Young Adult Contemporary by Sophie! I TOTALLY freaked out when I find out about it ;)

So what's yours? Put your Top 10 in the comment box below and I make sure I'll check it out! :D


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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram Review

Kelly Oram
1st October 2014
269 pages
Bluefields


It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder. 
 
Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancĂ©e—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.


- Goodreads.com



This book is just straight out my kind of read. Fluff & melodrama. And like the whole time I was like, if this is not Disney then I don't know what is. 

Ella literally lost everything when she got into that car accident. She's pretty angsty against the world and especially her father. I understand that. She's angry at him because they haven't talked for 10 years but her dad suddenly wanted to take her in is just beyond awkward. And with everything she's been through, I'd like to curl in a ball and cry or just feel nothing. But she pulled through it despite all the trauma. 

Brian's character is so fun if not over dramatic. I like him. A lot. But there's something that needs to be done about the fact that he can't stand up against his management team. I could understand if he's still 18 and not at a legal age yet, but he's 22! He should be able to stand up for himself. So... Yeah. A little bit unrealistic there but I love him anyway. 

And I love Cinder & Ella's conversation and banters through IM & text messages. They are just so adorable. Like, cuteness overload! But OMG! All the cheesy lines! I had to stop myself from reading another line and go 'Really Brian? No. OMG. No.' *facepalm out of embarrassment*

I kinda wish Oram tune down the melodramatic ness a little bit tho. At some parts I felt like this is just unnecessary and Ella cried too much. I wished it'd be like, stuff just piling up and then explodes at the end. That would've been more dramatic. 

In the end, I really did enjoy the book immensely. A little bit unrealistic on some parts here and there but I like it just the way it is! It's a perfect book for any YA Contemporary lover or for anyone who just wants to take a break and read something cute and fluffy :) 

PS: That cover is SO not doing it for me though. Something needs to be done about it. A) All of Kelly Oram's other books are definitely CUTER than this. B) I TOTALLY did not imagine Brian's face like that. Probably more like Dylan O'Brien.


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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park
By Rainbow Rowell
26th February, 2013
St. Martin's Press, 325 pages


Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.

Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.


- goodreads.com description

I am writing this review RIGHT AFTER I put down the book. And believe me, it was unputdownable.

Seriously though, this is my first book in MONTHS and it has to KILL me like this.

After I read it, I seriously have to think if I like it or if I hate it. Because most of the time(or half, i don't know xD), the ending justifies more to me than the journey. Which is totally bad, by the way. Like, the journey was supposed to be the best part. And it is(but I still can't over the ending though).

If I have to describe this book to someone, I'll say that it's BEAUTIFUL and MOVING and HEART-WRENCHING and KINDA REALISTIC and just... OMG.

Like, I have no more words other than that otherwise this won't be a review anymore. It'll be FULL of FANGIRLING and just... a lot of fangirling.

PS: DID RAINBOW ROWELL WATCH SUPERNATURAL OR SOMETHING? Or am I just too obsessed with the show that I see everything Supernatural? I mean, COME ON!

Asian kid, nerdy: Kevin
Green eyes, Impala: Dean Winchester.

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