Read: V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram

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When Val Jensen gets dumped for her decision to stay a virgin until marriage, the nasty breakup goes viral on YouTube, making her the latest internet sensation.

After days of ridicule from her peers, Val starts a school-wide campaign to rally support for her cause. She meant to make a statement, but she never dreamed the entire nation would get caught up in the controversy.

As if becoming nationally recognized as “Virgin Val” isn’t enough, Val’s already hectic life starts to spin wildly out of control when bad boy Kyle Hamilton, lead singer for the hit rock band Tralse, decides to take her abstinence as a personal challenge.

How can a girl stay true to herself when this year’s Sexiest Man Alive is doing everything in his power to win her over?

Ratings: 5/5 stars

Release Date: 5th December 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N

Review:

I think my friends all knew I’m a fan of Kelly Oram. Since I made them read Being Jamie Baker which I totally love even though some of my friends criticize it. :o So when I saw this V is for Virgin book months ago before it was released, I was ecstatic and excited to read it. Although I didn’t like Serial Hottie very much, I simply love this one but not like I love BJB, of course.

First of all, I so freakin’ love the cover.

OMG. I cried! I freakin’ cried because of this book! What the heck is wrong with me? LOL. I liked it. A lot. Not because the guy, Kyle is so swoon worthy or that he’s incredibly hot. It’s because I like how the story went. From the first page, V is for Virgin, have my attention. I like Valerie’s character. Her fight for this cause, for what she believes in, is so… honorable and responsible of her. Well, okay, I don’t know the right words to describe Valerie.

I liked how she got her doubts about it cause let’s face it, that is so not easy to do. Especially when a lot of people doesn’t want to believe in you and they are ridiculing you. It’s normal to get doubts. Especially because those big things, you need to decide carefully.

So Kyle here, the lead vocalist of Tralse, is up for the challenge which is Valerie. I like him okay, he made me smile and laugh, but I still like Ryan Miller more than him. LOL. It’s all because of the way he approach Valerie. His methods are not good. :/ I actually want to shake him a little as to why can’t he be THAT kind of person. And why does he make things so difficult to the point they always argue every time they meet.

In that second to the last chapter, or is it third? Anyway, I keep on wondering like Valerie. I mean, is love really not that enough to enjoy the relationship? Is it really that necessary to have sex when you are in a relationship? I’m not being prude, but I just have to admit that that questions got me.

Well, I love Valerie’s cause. So much that I’m giving this book a well-deserved FIVE stars. Although it’s really a bit lacking since I really dig love story. But am turning a blind eye for that one because of Valerie and V is For Virgin cause. Btw, that last chapter reminded me of a movie called, Crazy Little Thing Called Love. It’s a Thai love story and I love it. ;) It just remind me of that because of the interview and the guests. ;)

Oh! I so want those jewelries too! I was like trying to see if there’s really visforvirgin.com site. LOL. :P

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BOTW: City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte {14th December 2012}

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Cosmically fast-paced and wildly imaginative, this debut novel is a perfect potion of magic and suspense.

  Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it’s whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Prague is a threshold, Sarah is warned, and it is steeped in blood.
Soon after Sarah arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all. Could his cryptic notes be warnings? As Sarah parses his clues about Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved,” she manages to get arrested, to have tantric sex in a public fountain, and to discover a time-warping drug. She also catches the attention of a four-hundred-year-old dwarf, the handsome Prince Max, and a powerful U.S. senator with secrets she will do anything to hide.
City of Dark Magic could be called a rom-com paranormal suspense novel—or it could simply be called one of the most entertaining novels of the year.

Ratings: DNF (Did Not Finish)

Release Date: 27th November 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Kobo

Review:

First of all, I was the one who nagged or recommend it to everyone. It is my BOTW. I was looking for people who might want to read it WITH me so I decided to make it the BOTW. Sooooo… I am the one who didn’t finish it. LOL. Half of my friends finished the book and didn’t like it… I really thought I’m gonna like it because the concept is interesting. BUT no, the writing… It bored me to the point I don’t understand it anymore and didn’t bother to read all of it.

See. My fear is really spot on for this book. I know that this was MY pick and I should finish it but why should I waste my time to reading something that is not really making me want to finish it? The only thing that is keeping me from reading it is because I was the one who choose this and made everyone read it. But really, that’s not enough reason to finish a book. They (GR friends) might bully me for not finishing it, but really, I don’t give a damn anymore. I’m done with this book. And for those people who I asked to read this, you don’t have to finish it. And sorry.

It’s true by the way, they did bully me. LOL. Ah, but that’s just how they are, that’s how they show their affections for me. :D Anyway, I got this friend who likes it and rated it 4-stars. :)

BOTW: In Too Deep by Portia Da Costa {21st December 2012}

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Librarian Gwendolyne Price starts finding indecent proposals and sexy stories in her suggestion box. Shocked that they seem to be tailored specifically to her own deepest sexual fantasies, she begins a tantalizing relationship with a man she’s never met. Soon enough, erotic letters and toe-curlingly sensual emails don’t suffice; she has to meet her mysterious correspondent in the flesh.

Ratings: 2/5 stars

Release Date: 1st November 2008

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | TBD

Review:

I finally continued the book. I finished it like an hour ago and totally forgot to mark it read. Been busy looking for Logo Quiz apps in my tablet. LOL. Anyway…

I spent 4 days reading it but in actuality if you just count the number of hours I spent reading it… it would only be just less than 6 hours. What? I am busy watching House M.D. so I didn’t bother reading anything. Plus I am always out with my bf or friends.

The book is, was, okay. I feel like it’s really lacking and it could still grow and developed into a good book. I mean, towards the ending where she wrote a letter, I was waiting for something MORE to happen. Not that kind of ending. There’s supposed to be more to that. I know he didn’t admit the Nemesis thing but if they don’t want to verbally confirm it… I NEED TO KNOW. Confirm it verbally. I don’t like guessing even though I am probably right about it.

This book is just sex. Might as well put it in a short story category and there’s no real substance. BUT still… I want the plot to grow. damn. LOL.

oh heck. Anyway… Merry Christmas! :P

Read: Play With Me by Piper Shelly

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Ryan Hunter’s parties are legend. And tonight she’s going to be there.

Liza Matthews anticipates the return of her best friend and only love since kindergarten from soccer camp. But when Tony finally shows up, his mind is more focused on another girl. And worse, she’s a soccer player. Fighting for the attention Liza craves, she’s just a hairbreadth away from making a very stupid decision. But when extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, she’s prepared to play ball to get her man.

The tryouts are hell, the first match ends bloody, and the morning after the selection party she wakes up in the worst place possible—in the arms of the captain of the soccer team. The hottest guy in school. Ryan Hunter.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Release Date: 8th December 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | Kobo

Review: 

 

Wow. I love this book. Full review when I wake up later. ;)

 

Morning came… and I still love this novella. I think this is the first book after months that really made me giddy because of the sweetness? Ah! I don’t know what to phrase it in English but we do have this word in Tagalog called ‘kilig’.

kilig (KEE-lig) – To shiver. When used in topics of love and romance, it means to shiver with delight when something romantic or cute…

That’s what I freakin’ felt while reading this novella. I’m grinning from ear to ear (Thank God it’s night time when I read this), stupidly feeling happy and I’ve been biting my lower lip while reading to stop myself from smiling. BUT I JUST CAN’T HELP IT.

“I strongly suggest you don’t do that. During a game you will have to stop the ball. But you’re not allowed to use your hands. So you use your body to block it. Your shoulders, or head, but mostly your chest.”

“Aha. There’s only one problem with that.” I cupped my boobs with both hands. “I’ve got these!”

Struck silent, his gaze traveled from my eyes downward and didn’t return. The spark in his eyes almost scared me. Like I was Snow White and he was the…Hunter. In fact, I didn’t want to even imagine what thoughts crossed his mind right then. I sapped my fingers between our faces.

“Eyes up here.” He obeyed. Reluctantly. The sliver of an impish smile crept to his lips.

It’s a light novella, a bit predictable, BUT I really love it cause it made me really really smile, an honest-to-goodness smile. An innocent smile and laugh, not the smile because I know something would lead to something adult-like. LOL. I’ve been reading new-adult books a lot now, so this is just a good change of pace.

House M.D. VS Reading Books

OH. MY. GOD. I haven’t been here for days! Why?? Blame Dr. House! Or blame my brother for giving me DVDs of House M.D. for Christmas! >:( I don’t really have books to review because I wasn’t reading anything. And okay, so I finished this book called Fallen Kingdoms but I only got a short review. Look at my Goodreads here.

Who the heck wouldn’t love Dr. House? He’s like Sherlock Holmes. And I just read in Wikipedia that the creator is a fan of Sherlock Holmes, hence, Dr. House and Sherlock Holmes are almost the same. I love both of them. I’m really a fan of Sherlock and Dr House even though both topics they cover are unknown to me.

Oh you know, I don’t really understand ALL the stuffs they’re spouting. I’m not a detective and/or a Doctor. But I like watching genius, jerk, weird guys trying to save people or uncovering the truths.

I’m now on Season 2 finale. Well, almost. Just 2 more episodes I’ll be on Season 3 now. But I need to read Indigo Awakening first. :-\ Pretty hard to do when you got Dr. House to distract you.

So that’s why I haven’t updated my wordpress yet! :( Sad but I love watching him sooooo… I’ll try to read more… :-\

Blog Tour: The Keeper’s Curse by Diana Harrison {Review & Author Spotlight}

BannerWelcome to my stop of The Keeper’s Curse Blog Tour! This Blog Tour is hosted by Sel of Bookcase to Heaven. This is my first ever Blog Tour Stop so I am excited! :)

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After fifteen-year-old Emmy Rathers unintentionally summons a strange glowing cloud during a break-in, her mother rips her from her home, her father, and her world, forever.

When she lands in the rustic, militant land of Methelwood, she is told she’s a crafter – a person who can perform magic by conjuring souls of the dead. But starting life over normally in the midst of grieving for the life she has left behind, while at the same time attempting to fit in in her new war-obsessed school, becomes impossible when she begins to hear a voice in her head. Complicating the matter further is the fact that the voice belongs to a boy at school named Breckin, who just also happens to be the most powerful crafter in the world, and the future ruler of Methelwood.

But that’s not the worst part – suddenly Breckin’s most hostile adversary is coming out of the shadows and trying to kill her. With no other choice, Emmy must travel deeper into this bizarre, dark world she is so unfamiliar with to find out why this is happening to her, and more importantly, how to stay alive.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Release Date: 29th November 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Review:

I already admit this a lot of times now… First, I love the cover. That’s the reason why I looked it up in the first place. I am a cover slut. So I mostly picked books based on pretty covers. Although I try not to judge the books by its cover. Second, I saw Diana’s – the author herself – review about it. Since she put pretty pictures and what you will get if you read it, she had me at that.

I must say that this book is a page-turner. I wanted to know what would happen as soon as I read the next dialogue. I even cheated accidentally, I mean I was reading this part and then my eyes wandered to the next part where there’s this interesting dialogues. LOL. So I hurried to finish the part I am reading so I could move onto the next one.

Just to be clear, I am not the type of reviewer that tackles about how it was written. I mostly review what I feel about it. It might be biased or something, but that what I am comfortable with. Anyway, I love how the story progress, how Emmy need to go to the Methelwood, try to blend in and go to school, then she still hear voices and then knowing it was Breckin Crawford. Then knowing what it’s all about, knowing Cyrus Crow, and all that. It’s a good plot, great execution of story.

I’m not a big fan of Emmy since sometimes she irritates me like that when she was first brought in Methelwood where she blamed her mother, hated her even. I mean, sure you feel angry about it cause your Mom keep a secret. But she didn’t take her time to think about the WHY. Or maybe she did, but she let her anger and hate surfaced more as to being reasonable.

There’s this bit of a love triangle. I don’t like love triangle BUT I hated it when the female MC can’t decide who she wants and the two guys both love her. In this book, it’s not like that. From the first time Cyrus came in Methelwood and when he and Emmy was together, I like him more than Breckin. Maybe it’s because Cyrus is a bit of a jerk and a bad boy reputation or something, but I definitely LOVE Cyrus. I want him to be with Emmy rather than Breckin. But who am I to say that they’ll really end up together and not Breckin, anyway? LOL.

I love how it ends but I am craving for more. I want Emmy to explore more of the Methelwood and it’s orbs and citezens and what ability does she have.

But regardless of that, I really liked it and I enjoyed reading it. I am excited to read the second book now! Omg. I hope Diana’s doing the second installment now. Wonder when will it be published? :) Grab your copy now!

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

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Diana Harrison, author of The Keeper’s Curse

Diana Harrison is a proud Canadian, currently studying English literature at the University of Calgary. With a passion for books, magic, and teens, as well as being a chronic daydreamer, it is only logical that she is a young-adult fantasy writer as well.

You can friend her on Goodreads.

Her debut novel, THE KEEPER’S CURSE, releases in November 2012.

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Check out the next stop of the tour tomorrow at A Dream Within A Dream

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Chapter reveal of Reckless by S.C. Stephens!

Please help us to reach 20,000 like for this page! :) Thanks!!! :) It’s for Lis and Dan. LOL. And for their sanity, as Lis already mentioned. ;)

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Katy and Mitch (mainly) stick with YA books so I guess it is safe to say I explore the adult (and lately the new trend of new adult) books more often than they do, most of the time influenced by my little partner in crime Dan. In that category Dan and I have one huge obsession soft spot, the Thoughtless series by S.C. Stephens. You haven’t read those yet? Oh my… Poor you! Cause you missed out on Kellan! In that case I feel obliged to fill you in, so here are the book blurbs for Thoughtless, Effortless and -coming in March- Reckless:

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For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together, Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university…

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Read: Rock Chick #1 by Kristen Ashley

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Indy Savage, cop’s daughter, rock chick and used bookstore owner, has been in love with Lee Nightingale, once bad boy, now the man behind Nightingale Investigations, since she was five years old. No matter what ingenious schemes Indy used to capture his attention, Lee never showed an interest and Indy finally gave up. Now Indy’s employee, Rosie, has lost a bag of diamonds and bad guys are shooting at him. When Indy gets involved, Lee is forced to help. Complicating matters, Lee has decided he’s interested, Indy’s decided she’s not. But she can’t seem to keep Lee out of her life when she’s repeatedly stun gunned, kidnapped and there are car bombs exploding (not to mention she’s finding dead bodies).

Indy’s best bet is to solve the mystery of the diamonds before Lee. Lee’s challenge is to keep Indy alive and, at the same time, win back her heart.

Ratings: 5/5 stars

Release Date: 4th March 2011

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&NKobo

Review:

Whoa. Okay. First, Rock Chick was recommended to me by Dan, I said I’ll read it some time later… Then last Sunday, I think, Glam asked me to join their (Dan and her) re-read of Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley. I said yes. BUT all of them was like, “Read Rock Chick first. You’ll like it better.” so again, I said OKAY. Then started to read Rock Chick. I honestly thought that I’ll shun away from all Kristen Ashley’s books. Because I was bored by Sweet Dreams (Dan said it was good, so I tried it for her but I ended up not finishing it) and so I was wary to read other Kristen Ashley books.

Another thing, KA’s books are incredibly LONG. And it’s not that I hate long books, it’s just I worry about whether I will like it to keep reading it. I had this habit or I should say rule that if I start a book, I would finish a book no matter what. I got three books that I stopped reading because they either bored me to death or I didn’t really understand what’s happening. PLUS, long books really takes me a lot LONGER TO READ. I’m a slow reader, so now I got a headache and my eyes are hurting. Still is even after a good night sleep of almost 10 hours.

my initial internal state before starting Rock Chick.

Yes, me putting on my big girl panties.

Okay, enough side-talk. :P Onto the review…

I was so surprise that I really liked this book. Yes, the girls are right about it. I absolutely love it. I was like grinning the whole time. Even to the first few chapters. Even when I got this stupid headache, it was WORTH IT.

I was like this the whole time.

Well… Does that makes everything clear? ;) So Indy Savage, is a daughter of a Cop. She got an extended family, her father, Tom Savage‘s best friend with Malcolm Nightingale, her mom’s best friend with Kitty Sue Nightingale, and Indy’s best friends with Ally Nightingale, the daughter of Malcolm and Kitty Sue. And Malcolm is also a cop, Hank, the eldest of the three children of Malcolm and Kitty is also a cop. Liam, however is a different story. He’s not a cop. Just a Private Investigator that is mysterious and got lots of underworld assets and what-not.

I love Indy. I think she’s on her 30s? But she act like she’s still on her teens. She got qualities that I have. I mean, it’s just that she got attitude, I got one too. And I do that “nanny nanny foo foo” thing too! LOL. And I do it while stick out my tongue. :D She got a sharp tongue, I sometimes got it too. Just sometimes… Cause the whole time, I am nice and would say YES to almost every thing my friends say. BUT really, Indy got kidnapped way too much. Once is enough, Twice is too much, and I don’t know what’s for the third. :P

Liam Nightingale... Lee… HE made me smirk that smirk and smile The Smile. Lee is hot. Well, he’s the badass of all the badasses. And so he’s the SHIT, man. BUT, there’s always the but here… I don’t like the excuse he gave Indy for not being together when Indy was throwing herself to him every single time back then. Pfft. That’s not an excuse! >:( In any case, I still like him though. He’s sweet. BUT controlling, good thing is Indy doesn’t like to  be controlled. Lee IS overprotective. Well I would too in everyone I love.

I like the Denver Police Department. They took care of their own. Indy was considered one of their own. And they are all protective of her. Especially since her father is one of the cops. But sadly, I didn’t see Tom or Malcolm AS A COP IN ACTION. Did they already retired? I didn’t think it was mentioned. I love all the characters. Well, except the bad guys. I love all the supporting characters.

SO there you go! This is my FIRST KA book that I really finished and I LOVED it. :) 

Live Author Chat: Telling Fairy Tales

Just last Sunday, 2nd December 2012, Figment hosted a Live Author Chat with Julie Kagawa and Holly Black. I got lucky enough to see the tweet of Julie Kagawa an hour before the chat. So I decided to cover it for A Girl, A Boy and A Blog wherein I am a Guest Contributor and mainly do their Live Chats. :)

So I got the whole convo, well, just the important parts copied and edited. Since my article at the aforementioned blog, was incredibly long. It’s 7 pages in Microsoft Word! I was shocked by the number of pages. LOL. So I decided to just mentioned it and to not repeat the post. :)

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BOTW: Harbinger by Peta Crake {7th December 2012}

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As an Olympic messenger, suburban Aussie girl Ophelia Lind is used to being at the beck and call of the gods. But when gorgeous demigod Aden moves into her neighbourhood and starts taking advantage of her services, Ophelia believes life could not get any worse. She’s about to be proven very wrong.

Ophelia tries to enjoy a normal, everyday life while running messages for the Greek gods – but without warning an odious creature – evil incarnate – begins to stalk her. As a messenger dealing with the all-powerful and sometimes frightening gods, Ophelia is accustomed to adventures and scrapes. But this is different. Even Aden, who is madly and deeply in love with Ophelia, finds it difficult to protect her. Suddenly Ophelia is in a battle for survival and begins to question everything – her upbringing, her identity, and her true feelings for the alluring and entirely frustrating Aden.

Ratings: 2.5/5stars

Release Date: 16th August 2012

Where to Buy: Kobo | iTunes

Review:

Okay… First of all, I really love Mythologies. Although I read Greeks and Roman Mythologies only. Second, I love the cover. ;) So when Harbinger was recommended to me, I really thought that I would really love it. So it’s kinda sad that I am just okay with it. I mean, it started out good. But then I don’t know what happened, it just fall apart. It went down, down, down. And I am bored by it. I was stuck at that 78%. Struggling with it to end.

I keep putting off that last 22%. Cause that part got a long monologue. So I skip those part, like describing the place Ophelia’s in. Really, why does it have to be so long and without any dialogues? And the characters connection? It was just okay. I think I like Hermes more for Ophelia than Aden. :/

It was such a slow paced book in my opinion. And the action part I thought would show, didn’t. I was actually left a bit hanging cause I want to know Ophelia’s powers or new job. I want to see the romance between her and Aden which really really, lack. For crying out loud, she spent most of her time in that awful place and the time with Aden is so short you don’t feel it.

But I give the author kudos for the Mythology part. It was good although not that great. And I liked that part with Aphrodite and Ophelia. That showdown. ;) All in all, it was okay-ish good. So 2.5 stars.