Read: The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale

BLURB:

The rules governing middle school are often a mystery, but for Eric Haskins, they’re a mystery he needs to solve, and fast. He’s a normal, average kid, until sixth grade starts. For some inexplicable reason, the class bully and his pack make Eric the Grunt. Even his best friend since first grade turns on him. Eric can’t figure out why he’s the Grunt until he hears about the Bully Book, a cryptic guide that teaches you how to “make trouble without getting in trouble, rule the school and be the man” and how to select the Grunt-the kid who will become the lowest of the low.

Eric Haskins may be this year’s Grunt for now, but he’s determined not to stay at the bottom of the social ladder forever. Hilarious and compelling, The Bully Book is a must-read for every tween, tween parent, librarian and educator!

Ratings: 5/5 stars

Release Date: 26th December 2012

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

Review:

Wow. I honestly don’t know why I like reading stories about bullies. No, I am not a bully, I mean the worse kind of bully. I am a playful bully, the person/s I am bullying knew I was just joking so they don’t let it hurt them. I even let them bully me back. LOL. That’s how we show our love. :p

But the stories in a book like this one is something that is real, happening to a kid or kids in all over the world. There would be a bully in different country, cities, schools. There’re lots of bullies and bullied in every corner of our different countries. This is an insight on how they work, how the bullies affect their targets, how they cope up, how they try to make it better.

This is a way of letting everyone all over the world that bullying needs to STOP. And by bullying, I mean excessive name calling, physical abuse, verbal abuse, emotional abuse. Bullies, you could still enjoy your school, classmates or have fun WITHOUT making fun of someone else. You need to put yourselves in their shoes first. Don’t give us a reason that because he/she is lame you are doing bad things to this kid.

The Bully Book gave us insight on how Bully Bookers made Eric’s life miserable and HOW he LET them. You’ll know after you read this book the reason how they choose you to be the GRUNT. The reason is somewhat helpful to the said Grunt, but the way the Bully Bookers do it is NOT.

I feel that everyone should read this book. And please stop bullying. Some people couldn’t cope with bullies so sometimes they end up taking their own lives. America got the worst of it. They got bullies too many to mentioned. And the rate of their suicides because they are being bullied at schools are high. Please know that you are not alone and you should talk to someone.

It’s hard and adults may not listen to you, but there is someone out there who definitely will listen and help you. Don’t give up. Ever.

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

BLURB:

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

BLURB:

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?

Read: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover {Jan 1st}

BLURB:

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

Ratings: 5/5 stars

Release Date: 17th December 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon| B&N | Kobo

Review:

I don’t know what to rate this book… I didn’t expect the plot to be like that. Speechless. :/ I’ll make a proper review later when I get home. :) For now, 5 stars.

After two days… I still don’t know what to say about this book… Hmmm… Okay… Let’s try…

First, I love the cover. That’s ALWAYS the first thing I notice about a book. Then of course, I DON’T read the blurb. But this book… I always saw people in my Goodreads Updates that they say it’s so good, it was amazing and all that positive feedback that I just had to bump it up in my TR List. I was that curious as to why they we’re having raving reviews. Oh, I didn’t read their reviews by the way, even the spoiler free reviews. :/ I want to know on my own.

So there, I started to read it… Then put it off cause I was on vacation and my family was demanding attention. :P Then when I got back, I started reading it again.

By the way, this is my first Colleen Hoover book. I have not read Slammed or Point of Retreat or whatever other books she have. So okay, back to the review…

“I want you to keep them open…because I need you to watch me give you the very last piece of my heart.”

Linden Sky… she reminds me of Ang. Well, just because she’s also a noob in technology. :P In any case, I like her character because she’s strong. Contrary to her belief, I so agree with Dean Holder. That she is a strong woman. I don’t think plenty of women would be back up and walking again if that scenario happened to them.

“The sky is always beautiful.Even when it’s dark or rainy or cloudy,it’s still beautiful to look at….it’ll be there no matter what…and I know it’ll always be beautiful.”

Dean Holder… When we (Sky and I) first had a glimpse of Holder, my first thought was “HUH.” But that changed when he did what he did in that parking lot. I was now officially intrigued by this plot. I know there’s something in Holder. We both know there’s something holding Holder back.

I was so focused on Holder. I didn’t know that what he knew had would affect Sky too. (view spoiler) So imagine my shock when the secrets were all coming down fast to Sky.

(view spoiler) I did not cry. I was beyond horrified that someone could do that, when all the secrets were revealed. It actually made me remember my own written stories 4 or 5 years ago. I also wrote something like that. (view spoiler) The only time I cried was when Holder and Sky were talking in the hotel. I feel for them. :(

I like how the story progressed. How it was all connected to Sky. Why her ‘adoptive’ mother did all that. I like how Holder and Sky still got each other in the end and they tried to heal together. It’s not easy, but I think they could do it. :)

“Its real, Six. You cant get mad at a real ending. Some of them are ugly. Its the fake happily ever afters that should piss you off.”

I know this is not a good review, but that’s what summed up my thoughts on this book. So I’m retaining my 5 stars rating for this book. :)

P.S. To view the spoilers, click it and it’ll redirect you to my Goodreads review of this book. :)

Read: V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram

BLURB:

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