Monday, 15 May 2017

ARC Review: The Love Interest

The Love Interest
Title: The Love Interest
Author: Cale Dietrich
Rating: 3.5 Stars!!! 
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: May 16, 2017, by Feiwel & Friends
ISBN: 125010713X (ISBN13: 9781250107138)

Synopsis : 

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

Source: Goodreads


Hi, guys! I know it has been a really long time since I posted anything on this blog. A lot of things happened, mostly I was busy with work and I just tend to read another book after I finished any current book that I read. But now, I am back - hahaha! 

I've joined The Love Interest Book Blog Tour hosted by JM at The Book Freak Revelations. I was so excited when I received an eARC of this book because I've been wanting to read this ahead of time. Given its synopsis, I can already tell that this will be another great book to read.

If you want to know my thoughts of The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich, just continue to scroll down a bit. :D

BOOK REVIEW

There is nothing more exciting than seeing words like a spy, teenagers, love and secret organization that ignites to read a book. Which I automatically mark the book as To-Read on my Goodreads. The synopsis was captivating and straight to the point. Teenagers are trained to be the 'ideal guy or girl' for their designated target. But what indeed made The Love Interest sparked a lot is the world building within its secret organization. The details on getting on the organization and the slim chances of getting out of it made the book interesting.

The secret organization designates for two division, the Nice and Bad. They were trained to become physically attractive, from the build of their muscles up to their posture, everything is monitored to reach their goal. Each of them needs to become a lifetime partner for a few people which the organization sees the target as an influential person. The Love Interest eyed Juliet for a long time for her remarkable talent and undiscovered inventions. They wanted every piece of information into it. They trained Caden and Dylan to fall for one of them and choose one, the one that will be rejected will suffer the consequence.


Nice's are red. Bad's are blue.
For Caden and Dylan, it is a chance to live and experience freedom. They were trained and made to play to become the lover of Juliet. It was a competition that requires a lot of tactics and a lot of reading and decoding what typically a girl is thinking about when she is falling in love with a guy. It was fun to read how Caden and Dylan made sure that everything will go well, every event was timely accurate to fall at the right moment. They put up several romantic tactics in order for Juliet to slowly fall in love for them. 

But what made me surprised is the bond of Caden and Dylan. All those times, I was expecting a lot of betrayals with each side but it wasn't that much of an impact. It was their feelings that suddenly entwined in the process that made me really surprised. Both characters were confused and yet, they feel a lot brighter and warmer with each other. And I loved the way these characters accepted their own fate and choose the dangerous path in order to escape the organization that locked them in. 

Aside from that, I loved the way Juliet handled everything that she's been through within the course of the plot twist. Her determination and wits was clearly another thing that made me really excited to turn the page to see what will be her next move. She was the art of science that made my heart really happy.

The Love Interest is purely a YA book that readers will be curious about. From the structure of the organization up to its surprising plot twist, Cale Dietrich put a lot of art and sexiness into this book. I was really surprised with every emotion the characters felt in each chapter. I recommend this to the readers who wants to see a game of love with a spice of action.

About the Author


Cale Dietrich is a YA devotee, lifelong gamer, and tragic pop punk enthusiast. He was born in Perth, grew up on the Gold Coast, and now lives in Brisbane, Australia. The Love Interest is his first novel.

Check him out on


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Late Valentines Day Post

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Last week was Valentines Day and wow there are a lot of lovers everywhere I go. Every streets that I passed by, boys carry their flowers and wait for their girlfriends. A week before that, my boyfriend and I had a date and then we spent the night with his friends on a condo that they rented via Airbnb. I actually kept on telling him how much I wanted a Kindle. But then, he keeps on insisting that I should buy things if I really needed them. Needing and wanting have the gray area between it. So being persistent is the only way to get what I want/need.

Then I won, he searched and contact a Kindle seller on our local online buy/sell shop. Luckily, fate was on my side. He found one and he agreed that we can meet him up and buy it immediately. I was so excited and curious on how it feels to have a Kindle at last. My friends know how much I wanted to have one but I always had a doubt if it was really worth it. When he finally bought it, I already knew that Kindle is one of the best thing that I had as a booklover.

I requested for the latest version of Kindle Paperwhite and the only available color was white. But seriously, white looks really flawless when I hold it. The common is the black one, so having a white one makes me really giddy every time I read.


The funny thing is the packaging, it is Certified Frustration-Free. I had no problems on opening it, like the usual packaging that comes with a tape in every corner. So this is a plus points if you plan on buying one, you won't have any problems opening it. HAHAHA!

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At the moment, I already have 37 books saved on my Kindle. I only purchase books on Amazon when they are on sale. *Insanely on sale* I got The Star Touched Queen and A Darker Shade of Magic for only $2.54. Almost every night I search for the books that I love that could be on sale, and so far, I got those titles. The others books were $1.99 only. If I'll compare the price the printed copy to the kindle one, they have a huge difference. So I save a large amount of price when I purchase on Amazon Kindle.

Of course, this doesn't mean that I will not buy printed books anymore, it's just that this time, I will limit the books that I will buy now. And I am really delighted on that and I want to thank my boyfriend for buying me a Kindle.


What's your experience when you had your Kindle?

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Queen of Shadows



Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)Title : Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass#4)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Rating: 5 Stars!!!
Published September 1st 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens 

Synopsis:

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.
 

Source : Goodreads

"When you shatter the chains of this world and forge the next, remember that art is vital as food to a kingdom. Without it, a kingdom is nothing, and will be forgotten by time. I have amassed enough money in my miserable life to not need any more-so you will understand clearly when i say that whatever you set your throne, no matter how long it takes, I will come to you and I will bring music and dancing."

One of the great things about Sarah J. Maas is her characters decision to get the hell out of the war. But, it was in a time mannered way. Aelin started off on thinking the consequences if she marched ahead inside the tower. Though we all know Aelin will pretty much do it, she control herself no to and think about other people. And the people who died for her.

In Queen of Shadows, a lot of pressured has been placed into Aelin's back. There is Aedion that believed in her that someday, the Queen of Terrasen will be back and rule them all. While Chaol has been contemplating Aelin's plan to save or kill Dorian. A lot of doubt was actually added on that end. And Rowan, who suddenly appeared to be so much more than just her carranam. Of course, add some Valg Princes and The Thirteen and now every thing seems on piling up on Aelin. 
 
As Aelin realizes the deadly damages the King of Adarlan keeps on doing, she put a lot of risk on trusting people. Even if it means getting allied with Arrobyn. The man who put a lot of painful lessons on her. From that point, I know Aelin has a plan on turning the tables on him. But I didn't know it was freaking deadly and bloody. A pool of blood has been shed to be exact. I could say it has bit of foreshadowing but I did loved how Aelin planned all along on killing Arrobyn. HAHA!
 
But of course, one of the most thrilling part of the Queen of Shadows is The Thirteen! From Heir of Fire, Manon has been one of the apple of my eye when it comes on being the menacing character that I love to read. She has a voice that speaks out the truth of living as well the tragedy of surviving with it. But now on this book, it came deeper on what I expected. The secrets behind the Blackbeak and Yellowlegs clan boost up the thrill of the plot.

Most importantly, nothing gets better when Aelin, Aedion, Rowan destroys every thing. From the Valg Princes up to the King of Adarlan himself, for Dorian and for the future that was caged for a long tim, it was all magic in my eyes.

Queen of Shadows surpassed the characters limit of expressing their emotions. Every chapters intoxicates the reader to imagine what it feels like to act when fate decides to pin them up. And add it up when feelings get tied up in a middle of the war. This book put a lot tragedy and redeeming every characters life.
 


 

Monday, 16 January 2017

January Bookhaul

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Hey guys! It's been a while. *seriously* Last year, I've went through a lot of things in life. Which resulted me on a hiatus and made my blog like a ghost town. Months passed by it was even hard to finish a single book. Everytime I went home, my body just gives up on doing anything worthwhile. It comes to the point that I just stare on my bookshelves and feel nothing at all. For a while, I was scared that I thought I do not love books at all and that made me hate myself. 

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*this is what I ultimately wanted to say to my books. :(*

Fast-forward to this year, my bookish life had its colors again! I finished Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas!!! Dang it, that book is just freaking majestic! I am now reading the Empire of Storms, it was satisfying to start a new book; a hardbound one. Also, the main topic for this blog post is that I've got a bookhaul!!! It was indeed a cool start to read books. 

Last week with my bookish friends Kate and Kai, we went to our local bookstore - Fullybooked, the bookstore has 4 floors. Imagine coming back to your wonderland after a long months of reality. I was overjoyed to be surrounded with books again. We talked a lot of new things that happened in YA books this past few weeks. Also, the great thing is that the store has its 20% discount. Now we are talking about destiny. HAHAHA! Me + books + 20% discount = euphoria. My boyfriend was with us and I felt like I am the luckiest girl in the world! HE BOUGHT ME TWO BOOKS! I also received my ARC that I requested from HarperCollins and I cannot wait to dive in to those new books from them!

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HERE ARE THE GLORIOUS BOOKS THAT I HAVE RIGHT NOW! <3 p="">

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From HarperCollins
Girl Code by Andrea Gonzales, Sophie Houser

Bought at Fullybooked

AND NOW IT IS OFFICIAL, I AM OUT WITH MY HIATUS. HAHA! 

What books did you got this month? :)

Monday, 26 September 2016

The Unexpected Everything



The Unexpected EverythingTitle : The Unexpected Everything
Author: Morgan Matson
Rating: 4.5 Stars!!!
Paperback, International Edition,
519 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1481486071 (ISBN13: 9781481486071)

Synopsis:
  
Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing - if everything's planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?


Source: Goodreads

“Theoretical crushes could remain perfect and flawless, because you never actually had to find out what that person was really like or deal with the weird way they chewed or anything.”

The Unexpected Everything is my first Morgan Matson book. I actually saw a lot of her published book even when Amy & Roger's Epic Detour came out. But at that time, I honestly did not care any of it and now I felt I have been missing a lot of her books all this time. Suddenly, National Bookstore announced she will be here. It was a call sign to me to get into her books obviously. 

From the beginning, the political issues are all there. The conflicts were quite vague and accusations are still not clarified. But even so, Andie's father whole-heartedly accepted the fact of it. The nature of getting into politics is seriously a deep one on me. But I did like how it went all simple and straight-to-the point. 

So when it instantaneously hit Andie's life-changing internship, I saw her heart broke. Or maybe her dreams getting grind down into dust. It was a long and deep kind of realization for someone like her when she was used on having all things planned out. It was entertaining with the idea of letting Andie shift into another pace of life. She became this free-spirited girl that needs to stay positive whatever it takes.

Meeting Clark hits all the sparks in me. I can only imagine Clark's shy voice and I already feel myself giggle in a second. He is not the kind of guy that are commonly on contemporary books I've read, Clark is a conservative guy. He's all clean from the start and no pretense on any of it. And I did like how it all went with the outgoing personality of Andie. 

The conflicts that the characters had are so realistic. Andie has her father-and-daughter issue with her Dad being in and out of the congress. Clark having a conflict with his ideas as an author, both of them managed to solve what was missing. And I think it was the closure that they needed to the ones that they fear to lose. I was glad how Morgan Matson made the characters pushed their hearts to fight for what they wanted the most.

The Unexpected Everything brings up a full package of falling in love and friendship. Morgan Matson created an art of falling in love in the cutest way! Most importantly, this book gave out the feeling to cherish what a family can do to solve any problems. All it takes is to risk chances, you might never know what to expect, right?

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Sunday Chat with Morgan Matson #MorganMatsonInPH


The author of Second Chance Summer, Since You've Been Gone and The Unexpected Everything came to the Philippines last week. National Bookstore gave a chance to the Filipino booklovers to see Morgan Matson. Everyone on the social media are sharing and posting their anticipation see her. Especially on Twitter, readers are very much excited to get to sign their books and to know a lot about her. It was one of the highlights of September to every booklovers that I know of. 

We had a forum with her in which we had a lot of fun. Interestingly, I got to see one of the bubbliest author I knew.


One of the things she does to starts on writing is creating back stories of the characters to fill in the gaps. Like, what are their siblings or what are their parent are. Creating details about the characters deepens the story and creates a lot of fun. 

When it comes to advice on writing, one of the advice that made impact on her is to just finish what she started. Back then, she usually creates a 30 pages draft of the story and after that she tends to get sidetracked. But one of her friend told her that she need to finish what she had started with the 30 pages draft. When she finished her first book, she felt she's on a rollercoaster that slowly sets down to the track. And it was a huge moment for her.

Writing realistic theme for teenagers is the only thing that she feels comfortable to write. People asks her if she wants to try fantasy but at the moment, it does not feel comfortable for her. She drawn to write stories about real people and their relationships.


Writing as Katie Finn was definitely fun for her. It was like having a secret identity that she can play around in a different genre. In her books as Katie Finn, it is a little more extreme. People are trying to get revenge on each other and holding grudges. But the only thing that makes it difficult to write on another pen name is when it gets to be a bit time consuming. At that time, she is working on a trilogy and she is doing two books at a time.


On Since You've Been Gone there are list of task that makes the character to get out of her comfort zone. If she will give a task to herself, the top 3 things would be.

1. Skydiving - She really wanted to try it but she's really scared to. Only if her friends will accompany her, then she will probably do it.

2. Drive on the other side of the road - One of the things that she wanted to try is to explore different kinds of places. And to see how people goes around in other places.

3. Get a cat - It could be a lot of fun and scary because she has a dog and she's curious how her dog will react on it.

These are some of the things that we had learned about her. I hope you also had a lot of fun and a great experience on meeting her. Afterwards she signed our copies and we had a group picture with her.


*Signed copies* OMG!


Group picture with the lovely Morgan Matson. 
*Credits to Jesselle of The Lifelong Bookworm*


AND IT IS ME WITH MORGAN MATSON! *flails*

From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much National Bookstore and Morgan Matson for making us extremely happy. 

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

New Books!!!


Last week was indeed one of the greatest September of my life. Simply because 1.) the US paperback copies of Queen of Shadows are now released and 2.) Empire of Storms are also released in all bookstores! It instantly felt like I hit two birds with one stone! My boyfriend and I had a date and I dragged him down to the bookstore. But before I did that, I reserved copies from FullyBooked SM Megamall branch via landline and they are accommodating. They understand the tone of my pleading voice to have the books reserved on me even though there are tons of readers who made the same thing that I did. 

The conversation went like this:

Me : Can i please reserve a paperback copy of Queen of Shadows and Empire of Storms?

FullyBooked Staff: We can reserve you a copy of Queen of Shadows but Empire of Storms are all reserved at this moment.

Me: *internal panic attack*

FullyBooked Staff: But we can reserve you in line just in case someone might not get it on the deadline of their reservation. 

Me: Yes. Yes. PLEASE *on bended knees*

FullyBooked Staff: Oh, we now got one! I can reserve it to you now. Would you want it?

Me: *hell yeah!!* Yes please. hehehe.

And so I finally obtain these lovely books of Sarah J. Maas


My boyfriend understands how crazy I am with books that is why he's the one who paid for it. I actually begged for him to have me these copies 2 months ago before they will be released. WAHAHA!