Friday, June 23, 2017

Book Review: Another Word For Happy by Agay Llanera

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What does it take to come out of the closet?

Since he was thirteen, Caleb has always known he’s gay. Now a college freshman, he falls in love for the first time. If it’s true that love conquers all, then will Caleb finally find the courage to reveal his secret?

In this tale about family, friendship and self-discovery, find out how Caleb discovers the path to the freedom he’s always longed for. Here’s a hint: it involves doing things outside his comfort zone, such as joining a spoken word group!


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32497120-another-word-for-happy

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.


First of all, I am grateful because I was able to read and review Another Word For Happy by Agay Llanera and I am one-hundred percent sure that this is my first ever book from her. I could say that I am a satisfied reader. 

Another Word For Happy is a thin book with an entertaining story that is simple, direct and beautiful in all possible way. It is a story of acceptance, self love and friendship. It has a little love story on the side but the story is focused on Caleb. He's gay, a musician and he is afraid to show his true self because the society might not accept him. He's not confident to tell his own mother or his friend Ginny about his little secret because they might not understand his feeling but with the help of Franco, Caleb was able to come out of his little world. 

Reading this book made me realize how closed minded some people are because of the LGBTQ community. It was annoying in someway because at the end of the day these people who are being judged by the society is still a person, right? I just hope that one day people will change their minds. Anyway back to my review, I had a great time with every pages of it, each turn is beautiful. My favorite part is when Caleb plays piano. I wish I could listen to him playing those songs. What hit me on this story is when Franco admitted his real feelings for Caleb. I was like "darn it! why?!" But I am glad to know that this book ended well. 

I have one question though, will there be a sequel for this? I feel like there should be more  Caleb story. I would love to read more about him and what happened to him after everything. I have this feeling that Caleb will be a great pianist as well. 

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Agay is a freelance writer for TV and print. In her spare time, she enjoys writing Romance, New Adult, and Young Adult novellas.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Book Tour: Karmic Hearts by Jhing Bautista


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Love. Magic. Fate. Best-selling romance novel author Karmina Joan writes about these things. She believes that every person has a purpose, that every soul has a destiny to fulfill. She thought hers was simply sharing her stories.

Her story unfolds with Cupid, the Angel of Love himself. He brings with him a mysterious vessel and a message from on high. It turns out Karmina has a bigger purpose after all—a mission that will make or break humanity as we know it.

As Cupid teaches her the tricks of his trade, Karmina unknowingly gives him something unexpected in return— something the angel of love will find oddly familiar. This may become the one flaw in an otherwise perfect plan that destiny had in store for them.

Does love truly conquer all or are there limits to what humanity can do in the name of love? Witness as Karmina struggles to find the answers before time runs out on true love.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35392947-karmic-hearts

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.



It's been a while since I had a great time reading a book. Lately I keep starting a book but I was too lazy to finish it (book slump is worse) but then I saw Karmic Hearts and it suddenly catch my attention and I was like "I want to read this book!" I got lucky to be part of this book tour and since it is my first time reading a PopFiction book, I don't know what should I expect. I was excited and nervous at the same time.

Karmic Hearts is the kind of book that I would love to re-read again. I really enjoyed reading it to the point where I had a hard time putting the book down so I needed to find a place where I can finish it without anyone bothering me. I end up in PaperMoon at SM Mall of Asia, I ordered coffee and I knew it was the perfect moment to finish that beautiful book. Anyways, back to my review, I enjoyed each characters so much. Cupid and Mina are a perfect match, their chemistry was impossible to ignore. I loved Cupid from the beginning he's charming and funny meanwhile Mina is the serious type but full of curiosity. Without them? I'm not sure how will my review end up. LOL. I loved the flow of the story, it was an easy read and it has a little flash backs from their past lives. The book was a bit predictable since Cupid mentioned about the love of his life, but aside from that,  I don't think people will guess what will really happen because it has a bit of twists and turns too. The ending was heartbreaking and happy ending. Well I thought at first it will be heartbreaking, but I'm glad for the twists.

I do have a question though, will there be a part two of the book? Or a Cupid side story at least? I am hoping there is one because this book deserves a series. Karmic Heart is beautiful, not just the cover but the content as well. It caused mixed emotions to me as a reader. (PS. I hugged the book after reading it I just loved it so much!).

Lastly, thank you to the publisher for giving me a chance to be part of this tour. It was a great honor.

My Ratings
EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 19

Staring into his eyes was like looking into the galaxy— wide and deep. It was like I was being sucked in, inviting me to discover all of him. If he was cute from a few feet away, he was breathtaking up close. 
I would have passed out if he didn’t say, “Breathe, Mina.” 
I breathed, then saw him smile. His dimples deepened. There was a mixture of mischief and maturity in his eyes. I couldn’t explain it. 
“You’re too close,” I told him, taking a step back. I felt a little relieved. 
He held out his hand and in it was a golden ribbon. “Do you want to dance?” 
I looked at the ribbon, then at him, then back at the ribbon because he was staring way too intently and it was making me blush. I didn’t know what the ribbon was for and how it was relevant in the situation. I shook my head. “There’s no music,” I pointed out. “Are we really going to dance to the chirping crickets?” 
His smile widened. 
What’s happening? Before he looked indifferent, now he looks like he wants to kiss me. Is that even okay? 
“Do you want me to?” 
I clutched one hand to my chest, the other I held up to my face. I couldn’t breathe again. “Y-You’re reading my thoughts?!” 
“You’re practically screaming them,” he said. He bit his lower lip to stifle a laugh. 
Look who’s amused, trying to stifle a laugh at my expense. But then again my cheeks are probably red from all the blushing. 
“Like a ripe tomato,” he teased.
“Stop reading my thoughts!”
He laughed. “Answer my question.”
“I told you there’s no music to dance to.”
“I’ll take care of that. So...?”
I didn’t answer. He knew I couldn’t do it. First of all, how would I even hold him without hurting him again? 
“You worry too much,” he told me. “Place your hand over mine.” 
With a deep frown and much hesitation, I did what he told me. I placed my hand on his and at that very moment, the gold ribbon lifted itself and wrapped around my hand. It bound our hands together, but our skins weren’t touching. The bow in his hand was becoming longer as it circled us. I was able to place my hand on his shoulder, as he placed his hand on my waist. 
He gently swayed as he hummed. I was careful not to step on him, careful not to have my hand slip on his arm. We were touching, all right, but it wasn’t the kind of touch that I wanted. Not skin to skin. We were still restrained, but I knew it was the closest we could be. So close, but not close enough. I couldn’t help but feel sad. It was wrong. The feelings were wrong. They were leading to nowhere. 
I stopped moving.
“Mina, look at me.”
Why did it hurt? It wasn’t supposed to. I didn’t know him that well to be this attached. 
He caressed my face. I couldn’t feel the warmth of his touch, but I felt the ribbon. 
“T-This is wrong,” I told him. I leaned away and added, “You’re in love with her.” I didn’t want whatever I was feeling for him to get stronger. 
I know that he’s in love with someone else. I know that he still loves her. So why am I in this situation?” 
“Mina...” “But it’s true. You love her, whoever she is.” He lowered his gaze. “I do.” “You still do.” “Up to this day.” I withdrew my hand and untied the bow. “It has been a lovely dance.”
“Mina, wait!”


Monday, March 27, 2017

Book Review: Nikki White Polar Extremes by Jack Chaucer


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When Nikki Janicek sprints from the 200-degree sauna out into the 100-below darkness wearing nothing but bunny boots, at least she’s not alone.

She already has survived months of solitary confinement, a forced swim with sharks and a scary journey to the South Pole. Now she’s a member of The 300 Club, an exclusive group of people on the planet who have endured a 300-degree temperature swing in a matter of seconds.


It’s all part of her training for a six-person, one-way mission to Mars.


Nikki wants to go, but not with The Bridge — a space-obsessed company that abducts, controls and violates people.


She wants to take a stand.


She wants to free her father, her former lover and herself.


And she’ll attempt it with the help of the young man who shot her seven years ago.


It’s a previously inconceivable alliance, bonded by polar extremes.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32701847-nikki-white

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.


Nikki White Polar Extremes is the third book from the Nikki Series. I feel honored to review the entire series and now I can say this one is my favorite. 

The book was full of twists and turns, which makes it more exciting to read. There were also heart stopping events on the first and last part of this book, it literally made me curse (i don't curse). LOL. Anyway, back to my review, Nikki stayed in South Pole for her Mars expedition training, I could say it wasn't easy -- I think I will die there though -- and the appalling part? her companion, I think that was the challenging part, Nikki was forced to be with him. They're the "chosen one" for this expedition but despite these tricky incidents, I ship them both! *fangirling*. Nikki here is more of a fighter, she changed a lot from book one.

I would love to reveal who I'm talking to so bad but I think it's better for you guys to find out. I'm still swooning between Nikki and that guy. This book left an open ending though it was a happy one. 

Before I end this review, I would like to thank Jack Chaucer for trusting me this book. I loved every books, from Streaks of Blue, Nikki Blue: Source of Trouble and now this book, Nikki Blue: Polar Extremes.  Every book was worth reading and I could say I enjoyed Nikki's adventures. She's the type of person who will fight for what's right and that's what I really love about her. So, once again, thank you Jack Chaucer, I'll be waiting for more Nikki stories. *hopefully there'll be more*

PS. it's hard not to spoil the readers! 

"Every relationship has boundaries that should never be crossed."
 
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Jack is the author of the YA novel "Streaks of Blue" (2013) and its NA sequel, "Nikki Blue: Source of Trouble" (2015), as well as the political sci-fi thriller "Queens are Wild" (2012) and YA rock 'n' roll novella "Freeway and the Vin Numbers" (2010). The third book in the Nikki series, "Nikki White: Polar Extremes," was published on March 24, 2017. He's also working on an easy reader children's book titled "The Password is Whishpers." Jack lives in Connecticut, U.S.A., with his wife and twin 5-year-olds. He also enjoys reading and reviewing a variety of genres, watching "Game of Thrones" and "Halt and Catch Fire," and drinking pints of mead.

 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Book Review: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner




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What if you could spend one last day with someone you lost?

One day Carver Briggs had it all—three best friends, a supportive family, and a reputation as a talented writer at his high school, Nashville Academy for the Arts.

The next day he lost it all when he sent a simple text to his friend Mars, right before Mars, Eli, and Blake were killed in a car crash.

Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident, and he’s not the only one. Eli’s twin sister is trying to freeze him out of school with her death-ray stare. And Mars’s father, a powerful judge, is pressuring the district attorney to open a criminal investigation into Carver’s actions.

Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a Goodbye Day with her to share their memories and say a proper goodbye to his friend.

Soon the other families are asking for a Goodbye Day with Carver, but he’s unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these Goodbye Days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or—even worse—prison?



Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.




This is the first Jeff Zentner book that I've read and I already fell in love with it the moment I started the first few pages. The book put me in a slight depression state but I still decided to continue reading it because I badly want to know what will happen in the end. This kind of book affects me for some other reason but I still want to read because I learn from it, at least somehow I know what to do. Books like this can be a channel to some readers to become better. 

Accidents happen all the time, anywhere and we didn't know how. For Carver Briggs, he's supposed to meet his best friends but they were killed in a car crash right after he sent one of them a text message. Carver never stopped blaming his self from what happened until he was forced by his sister to get help. That's where he met Dr. Mendez. Aside from that, Blake's (one of his best friend) grandmother asked him to do a Goodbye Day to formally let go and share the memories they had with Blake. Despite the hesitations, he agreed. Soon after, the other families of his friends asked him the same thing. Carver was confused at first but this Goodbye Day had a big impact in his life, he agreed without knowing what will really happen.

"Let me tell you about the God I know. My God judges a whole life and a whole heart. He doesn't judge us by our worst mistakes. And let me tell you something else. If God is someone who makes us walk a tightrope over the fires of hell, then I don't care to sing his praises for eternity on some silver cloud. I'll jump off the tightrope before I'll do that."

Goodbye Days gave me chills. It broke my heart, I cried, I had to stop reading for a few hours just because this hurts a lot especially when this one scene with Eli's parents, it makes me think life was so unfair for this young child. But aside from that, let's not forget Eli's ex-girlfriend, Jesmyn who became Carver's companion. I love Jesmyn and Carver's side story. It makes the book more interesting to read. That balances the depressing parts because their partnership is full of possibilities. 

I think this book is the second best I've read this year. I love it so much to the point where I will never get tired of reading it over and over again. The story was beautifully written and worth reading for. It touches the heart of the readers from different levels of emotions. I'm glad that I was able to read and finish this book. 


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Jeff Zentner lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He came to writing through music, starting his creative life as a guitarist and eventually becoming a songwriter. He’s released five albums and appeared on recordings with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Thurston Moore, Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan, and Lydia Lunch, among others.

Now he writes novels for young adults. He became interested in writing for young adults after volunteering at the Tennessee Teen Rock Camp and Southern Girls Rock Camp. As a kid, his parents would take him to the library and drop him off, where he would read until closing time. He worked at various bookstores through high school and college.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Book Review: Ever The Hunted by Erin Summerill


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Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.



The first time I saw Ever The Hunted I fell in love with it already. The cover was stunning and the combination of white and gold is perfect. As I started reading, I already knew I won't be able to put the book down easily.



As a reader one of the things I love reading is about a female character who can defend herself from her enemies and this book has that character. Britta Flannery, smart hunter,  strong and beautiful. She became the king's bounty hunter when she was arrested by the guards for poaching on the king's land, she had reasons why she did that but it wasn't up for discussion. And since she's known as one of the great hunters trained by her father Saul, she was hired to capture her best friend Cohen Mackay in exchange of her freedom. Cohen was accused of killing Saul, and he's hiding since that incident happened. His dagger was found together with her father's cloak. Britta's mission began when she had no other choice but to accept Lord Jamis' offer.



"Trust is a delicate thing, so easily broken and not so effortlessly repaired."



Did that summary catches your attention? I tried my best to give you all a hint. LOL

Another thing that I loved about this book is not just the medieval set up but also the magic and other secrets that this book can offer. I think it was amazing at least it's not just a normal castle soldiers. The twists of the story is something worth reading for! I can't avoid the curiosity on some parts of the book so I had to read it again. THE ENDING THOUGH! that's mind boggling!

Anyway,  I had a really great time reading this book. It was one of my best read in 2016! and with that, I can't wait for the next book .... I don't mind waiting *tries to be patient*. This book is a MUST READ!

"Don't reflect on the negative. Think about all the positives in your life."
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https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1417389560p5/8171797.jpgErin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally, provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot tamales.

You can follower her on twitter: @erinsummerill

Source: Goodreads

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