Read: Reckless by S.C. Stephens

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Can love survive when life gets Reckless? When the band hits it big, Kiera and Kellan must ask themselves: Can their love for each other withstand the constant pressures of superstardom? The friendships they’ve formed, the new family they’ve found, and the history they’ve forged will all play a part in helping them navigate the turbulent waters of the band’s exploding popularity. A greedy executive hell-bent on success, a declining pop star looking for an edge, and a media circus that twists lies into truths are just some of the obstacles the lovers will have to overcome if they are going to remain together. Fame comes with a price—but will it cost Kiera and Kellan everything?

Ratings: 5/5 stars

Release Date: 5th March 2013

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

Review:

SHORT REVIEW

Wow. I finished it after almost… 2 weeks?! :O And well, as someone said.. It’s worth it. Reading Reckless is worth your time. Worth the effort. Worth everything. Although at some scenes, I still want to shake Kiera for being so stupid about the whole “I want to be invisible to public eyes even though Kellan is making it big” thing. UGH.

But all in all, I love it. I like how they could be honest to each other. And how they still do everything together. They fight for each other. Stephens is a really good author. She made me experience all emotions. Cry, laugh, the H word (lol, Kellan is hot, so who wouldn’t get H?!), mad at Kiera and THAT girl.

Stephens really outdone herself with this book. :) I like Effortless and Reckless a whole LOT. :)

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Read: If You Stay by Courtney Cole {02.12.2013}

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24-year old Pax Tate is an asshole.
Seriously.

He’s a tattooed, rock-hard bad-boy with a bad attitude to match.

But he’s got his reasons.

His mother died when Pax was seven, leaving a hole in his heart filled with guilt although he doesn’t understand why. What he does know is that he and his dad are left alone and with more issues than they can count.

As Pax grew up, he tried to be the kid his father always wanted; the perfect golden boy, but it didn’t work. His dad couldn’t overcome his grief long enough to notice and Pax couldn’t keep up the impossible perfect façade.
So he slipped far, far from it.

Now, he uses drugs and women to cope with the ugliness, the black void that he doesn’t want to deal with. If he pretends that the emptiness isn’t there, then it isn’t, right?
Wrong.

And it’s never more apparent than when he meets Mila.
Sweet, beautiful Mila Hill is the fresh air to his hardened frown, the beauty to his ugly heart. He doesn’t know how to not hurt her, but he quickly realizes that he’s got to figure it out because he needs her to breathe.

When memories of his mother’s death resurface from where he’s repressed them for so long, Mila is there to catch him when the guilt starts making sense. Mila is the one…the one who can save him from his broken troubled heart; from his issues, from the emptiness.

But only if he can stop being an asshole long enough to allow it.

He knows that. And he’s working on it.

But is that enough to make her stay?

Ratings: 3.5/5 stars

Release Date: 7th February 2013

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N

Review:

I finished it before our BOTW this Saturday. Yay! :)

Hmmm. I don’t know if I really like this book. One, Pax said “I’m not a pussy” or “I’m no pussy” every dang page. I mean, whenever it was his time for POV. And I was like “I know, I got it already, you’re not. Stop saying it for God’s sake.” And I don’t know. The plot was okay. It did teared me up a bit. I was reading it here in the office and I was getting teary eyed that I had to stop for a second. :/

I’m not quite sure on how to say it. Or what to feel about it. Anyway, I was a bit shocked on how it first started out. :O I know that this is totally their book. And by ‘their’, I meant Alisa and the rest of the girls. LMAO.

And too much drama. Too much baggage. But of course not ‘too much’ of sex scene. LOL. But that’s only my opinion. Whatever. Oh! I just saw that this is a series when I first started it. But then the ending is quite okay for me. So what is the second book about? If it’s Maddison’s story, then I might bail out of reading this series.

Don’t really care about the other characters much. I’m not curious on how they went on with their life. In any case, 3.5 stars for me.

Read: Hooked by Liz Fichera {ARC}

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When Native American Fredricka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to become the only girl on the school’s golf team, she can’t say no. This is an opportunity to shine, win a scholarship and go to university, something no one in her family has done.

But Fred’s presence on the team isn’t exactly welcome — especially not to rich golden boy Ryan Berenger, whose best friend was kicked off the team to make a spot for Fred.

But there’s no denying that things are happening between the girl with the killer swing and the boy with the killer smile…

GET HOOKED ON A GIRL NAMED FRED.

Ratings: 3.5/5 stars

Release Date: 29tht January 2013

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&NKobo | TBD

Review Copy: NetGalley

Review:

Uh, I don’t really like watching golf since I don’t understand it. I mean the rules. I do understand you need to swing the club and hit the ball. Lol. But it’s like educational ride for me.

I didn’t even know that golf could be a team kind of game. Anyway, Hooked is not really something new. I mean, sure the golf is new but the story, not so well. Already read it somewhere else.

It is also a bit predictable in some parts. Like that thing between the two bestfriends. I already know how they would end up when I read they are best friends and that the other hates the race of the partner. :/

Although I have to admit that I didn’t expect the ending with the best friends be like that. It’s good that it ends like that. Oh, I don’t really like Ryan that much since he can’t man up. :/ It takes him like a long time to man it up.

I don’t really like the subject of racism, so I don’t like the way the kids treat the Indian kids. Anyway, it is fun and cute read. :)

For people like me who loved Play With Me by Piper Shelly. An exclusive excerpt from the first chapter of Tony’s story. :) Yay!!!

Love Stories

I feel like I should say something. Something like… All of you, who read PLAY WITH ME, loved it, posted a review on Goodreads and Amazon, and keep sending me messages, yeah, all you guys rock!

I never expected this hype about the book to happen, but 12,000 people have read the book in less than two months. And seriously, if you imagine that number of people in one place, you could fill a concert hall with them. This is amazing. Thank you very much!

As a little “give-back-to-you”, I thought some of you might like to get a glimpse at the story as it continues. Tony’s book is already in progress, and here’s an exclusive excerpt from the first chapter.

Happy reading!

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BOTW: Vain by Fisher Amelie {01.13.13}

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If you’re looking for a story about a good, humble girl, who’s been hurt by someone she thought she could trust, only to find out she’s not as vulnerable as she thought she was and discovers an empowering side of herself that falls in love with the guy who helps her find that self, blah, blah, blah…then you’re gonna’ hate my story.

Because mine is not the story you read every time you bend back the cover of the latest trend novel. It’s not the “I can do anything, now that I’ve found you/I’m misunderstood but one day you’ll find me irresistible because of it” tale. Why? Because, if I was being honest with you, I’m a complete witch. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a friend using, drug abusing, sex addict from Los Angeles. I’m every girlfriend’s worst nightmare and every boy’s fantasy.

I’m Sophie Price…And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most envied girl to the girl no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

Ratings: 4/5 stars

Release Date: 24th December 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N

Review:

BOTD: 01.17.13

This better be good. I see that my friends who read it gave it 5 stars or 4. :)

It is pretty much really good. Sophie Price is hateful at first. I was so worried about not liking it that much cause I really don’t like girls who boast a lot that they are beautiful, powerful, etc. She’s so vain and I know that if this continued on, I wouldn’t like this book.

Sophie Price is filthy rich. Or her father is. She’s an only child. I think we all know that children who are so freakin’ rich would be bound to be defected. I just mean, parents not really there when you grow up, you are raise by nannies, you got to have whatever you want but you feel hollow still. You parents giving you ultimatum when you disgraced them. You know. The likes. It is so predictable what would happen to her, what would her father would do, what Ian would do, what Pemmy would do.

I mean, yeah, predictable. Cause I already read it somewhere, by somewhere it’s like reading Tagalog pocketbooks. The stories Filipino writers made, some are similar with this. Filipino writers love that kind of story so I know well what would happen.

Regardless, I am giving it a 4 stars because I like Masego. I like how the author shows us the life in Masego. Some part of Africa are really poor. It’s like reminding me to be grateful to what I have. From clothes, food, electricity, water, safe home, complete limbs and so on. I was also reminded the things that happened in our own country.

I just meant that this is a good eye opener to what is happening to other countries. Not only Africa or Philippines. It is also happening in other countries, Middle East, Europe, it’s all over the world. We see it happening but we really don’t do anything about it.

Well, anyway, I should probably just shut up. :p It is a good read nonetheless.

Read: Nobody But Us {eARC}

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Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.

They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.

Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger….

When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.

Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love…and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.

Ratings: DNF

Release Date: 29th January 2013

Where to Buy: Pre-order at Amazon | B&N | TBD

Review Copy: at Edelweiss

Review:

Uh… I give up. After 32%, I give up. I don’t know. I would not rate it since I haven’t read it all. Because that would be unfair.

The story didn’t really intrigued me that much. Yes, I want to know what’s the deal just because I want it to be finish already and not drag on. I don’t really find it engaging enough to continue reading. The characters are not really interesting enough too. It is also not descriptive enough for me to visualize what does Will or Zoe look like.

So yes, I am sorry but I’ll mark this one as DNF. I tried. Really. But it really didn’t do it for me.

BOTW: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker {01.08.13}

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Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

Ratings: 3/5 stars

Release Date: 9th December 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Review:

Er. BOTD: 01.08.13 :P My pick.

I don’t know what the heck is wrong with me picking books with this kind of plots. And I keep on reading Contemporary a LOT these days. :/

In any case… Ten Tiny Breaths… 

“Just breathe,”

“Ten tiny breaths…

Seize them. 

Feel them. 

Love them.”

That quote… I honestly didn’t understand it too. At first. I know, it’s simple but I have my moments and I plead the fifth. :P

Seriously… It’s a bit boring at first. The start is slow. But gradually picks up. Not that fast though, just right, I think. And by the way, it is a standalone. I mean it can stand as a standalone because the next book is about Kasey’s little sister, Livie.

Er… Okay. So this book got those kind of lessons where drinking alcohol then driving is SO BAD in so many levels and got HUGE consequences after. About making a mistake that could really alter one’s life. By alter I mean HUMONGOUS effect on someone else’s life.

This was what happened to Kasey Cleary. And no, she was not the one who got drunk. She’s the ‘someone else’s life’ I am talking about. She’s so broken. Even after all the hospitalization and doctors trying to help her cope and heal. It didn’t help her one bit.

Then Trent Emerson came along. She started to feel happy again. She’s not healing but she could muster to smile again. She let Storm and Mia, mother and daughter, in her heart. And all the people she later became friends with.

She thought it’s getting better, a bliss. Well, a short bliss, apparently. So when after 40% I think, I know the whole truth. Well, okay, not ALL. I just mean, I just got this hunch what’s the real score. Yeah, I was so right.

I’ll leave it at that. Anyway, it’s pretty okay. I mean, I don’t hate it. But I don’t like it either. It was good. The writing is good, characters are good although sometimes I want to smack Kasey. I liked Storm. :) I feel there’s something else missing though. But I can’t point it out. So yeah. 3 stars for me. :)

Read: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

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Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.
Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.
Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

Ratings: 4.5/stars

Release Date: 10th August 2012

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

Review:

Again. I’m questioning it… Why the hell do we need a second book if it ends all good? :/ I mean, we got the Epilogue. I’m happy with it. So why bring another drama? LOL. Oh fine then. I’ll start the review.

So… Slammed… It was recommended by Lis and when she asked me when will I read it yesterday, she said ‘NOW!’ and since they all know I easily succumb to their clutches… They know how to make me read the books they want me to read. :P

Anyway… I don’t get it. I just mean the ‘Slam’ thingy. I mean, I do understand they make poetry then perform it. But how exactly did they perform it? Like what Shakespeare do? Er… Cause the whole time I’m reading that slam thingy when they’re at the Club, I don’t know what and how to imagine the scene. And maybe that’s why I feel a bit detach to the characters.

Mostly, I easily feel what the Hero or heroines feel. I feel a pang in my heart and there’s this grip on my heart that’s so strong that I really sympathize a lot. Sometimes I cry too (mainly cause the heroes cries in the books. I’m a sucker for crying men. :P) BUT that didn’t happen with this book. Sure, it intrigued me enough that I keep on reading it. I wanted to know why and what is the main issue. Cause from the first something chapters, I don’t see how they would have problems.

Lis told me it was all about the girl. Same with Hopeless. I thought it’s all about the guy but then it’s really about the heroine. So while reading this, I keep on waiting and make my own conclusions. (view spoiler) But of course what my own version of story didn’t happen. :P Still, when the bomb was dropped, I was just like, ‘Okay.’

Don’t get me wrong. I like the story. Because it’s real. It’s life. I mean, it really happens. It can happen (or already did) to you or you know someone who got this similar story. What I mean is, this is the real life that was just turned into a book. It can happen to anyone. There’re lots of life lesson in here that I really like.

Life lessons. Death. Healing. Grieving. Acceptance. No Regrets.

The only time I got teary eyed was when it was Eddie’s birthday and when it ended. I mean just the scene at the club at the end. It didn’t even continue, the tears I mean. LOL. Why is my tear ducts being mean to me and not let me cry even though I want to. >:(

For the story, I’m giving it a 5 stars but for the other parts, just a 4 stars, So in total, that’s 4.5 stars for Slammed.

P.S. I still don’t know why there’s second book. LOL. btw, it was said it’s two book series but I think I saw a third one. What’s up with that?