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My Booktube-A-Thon TBR 2017


It’s that time of the year again!

BOOKTUBE-A-THON has finally arrived and it’s back better than ever! Bringing up challenges and giveaways all week long. This year’s Booktubeathon runs from July 24-30. It’s actually my first time joining this but I’m happy that I did. I saw one of my bookstagram friends posted about it and it made me want to do this too.

To be honest I’m bad with committing to things but here I am still joining. So enough of the introduction and let’s get started with the challenges and my TBR;

The Challenges

1. Read a book with a person on the cover

2. Read a hyped book

3. Finish a book in one day

4. Read about a character that is very different from you

5. Finish a book completely outdoors

6. Read a book you bought because of the cover

7. Read 7 books

My TBR for Booktubeathon 2017

1. Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

2. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

3. Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey

4. Midnights In Bali by Carla De Guzman

5. The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

6. We Go Together by Carla De Guzman

7. ASOUE #3: The Wide Window

Who else here is joining #Booktubeathon? What books are in your TBR pile? 

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Karmic Hearts by Jhing Bautista

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Title: Karmic Hearts

Author: Jhing Bautista

Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5

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Love. Magic. Fate. Best selling romance novel author Karmina Joan writes about them all. 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 that Karmina has a bigger purpose after all-a mission that can 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 ngel of love will find oddly familiar. This may become the one flaw in an otherwise perfect plan that destiny has in store for them.

Does love truely cpnquer 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.

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First of all, thank you to Pop Fiction for hosting this blog tour for Karmic Hearts especially to the Content team! You guys are the best! Please do check the other blogger’s review that I’ll be linking below.

 

Okay so let me tell you that I was once an OG Pop Fiction books reader and collector! I’m so happy that Pop Fiction has thought of this idea to publish books that truly satisfy our hearts and make us feel kilig through the books that they publish! And to the authors? I love you all for many such amazing stories that we all needed! 

I feel complete. When I finished reading Karmic Hearts the only thing that I could say was, it’s the book I have been waiting for all of my life! It’s so beautifully written and every word made me fall in love with the story more. How do I move on from this? I need more! These kind of books is what I live for, it’s been a long time since I last read a book from the Pop Fiction collection and this book rekindled my love for them. Will definitely buy more!

Stories about destiny, fate and love. I’m all about that, call me hopeless romantic or whatever I still believe that all of us is destined to find our soulmates they may or may not be in this life time but I’m sure they’re somewhere out there.

Karmina’s character?  Never a dull moment, I love her persona! She was willing to take risk’s just to see the people she loves(her “prospects”) have a happy ending even though at first her’s was a blur. Cupid’s character? Don’t get me started! AHHH just swoon! The moment when he first appear in the story, I was already dead because of his smile! I was glad that even the minor characters had there own spotlight in this book, it was nice to see the development from each minor character’s story. There where moments that really touched my heart. Love can be all kinds, love never dies even in the time of death. It flows through a person’s soul and never leaves.

I was just in awe, the plot of this book was everything! That twist at the end, got me! I don’t want to tell myself that it was over. I just can’t put this book down. I wish it never ended, I wish I can read books like this forever. I highly recommend this book to you guys! If you want to believe in love again READ THIS. If you’re new to the Pop Fiction-verse, this book is a great way to start your journey, so pack your bags and head out to the nearest bookstore near you!

Jhing Bautista has captured my heart with her story, thank you for making this wonderful piece of art! I absolutely enjoyed every moment of reading your work!

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Anticipated Reads: September Releases

Heya!

I am back with another monthly anticipated reads for the month of September!

But first, just a short life update 🙂

Since August started, I’ve been so busy with school so I didn’t have the time to post here on my blog and read books, I’m still figuring this out on how I can productively schedule everything for my blog! So many ideas yet time isn’t on my side at the moment. I need to draft posts by the end of the month because in September I will be having my preliminary exams and by the way if you didn’t know it’s my last year in college and I will be graduating next year. *excited and nervous at the same time* So yeah that’s about it, now let’s proceed with my September releases list 😉

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  • Change Of Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn

They’ve spent their lives pushing each other away, but what will happen when they need each other most?28450767

For fifteen years, Ani and Bram have agreed on exactly one thing: they can’t stand each other-until one night when their anger gives way to passion. Yet even as Ani and Bram begin to secretly seek comfort in one another’s arms, they remain emotionally worlds apart. When Ani’s life takes a dramatic turn and she realizes she needs more than Bram can give, their fragile, no-strings relationship unravels. One way or another, Ani is determined to survive. But when Bram finally admits his true feelings, he may discover Ani has moved on without him . .

 

 

  • Louder Than Words by Iris St. Clair31352344.jpg

New plan. Keep up my grades, earn a scholarship, tuck into as tight a ball as possible and roll on out of this town and this life. But this boy, this Casanova transplant with a funny accent, who’s way too charming to be healthy for a girl… Why won’t he let me be? I wish I hadn’t let him in on my secrets…well, most of them. I wish I hadn’t grown to look forward to our daily walks to work.

But mostly, I wish I hadn’t freaked out when he tried to steal a kiss.

Maybe I wouldn’t be parked in the friend zone. Maybe he wouldn’t be dating a girl I loathe. Maybe I wouldn’t be in this hell of wanting what I can’t have but having what I thought I wanted—to be left alone.

  • Keep Her by Leora Krygier

Destiny doesn t factor into seventeen-year-old adoptee Maddie s rational world, where numbers and scientific 28649438probability have always proven to be the only things she can count on as safe and reliable. Still, Maddie is also an artist who draws on instinct and intuition to create the collages she makes from photographs and the castoff scraps she saves. But when her brother falls in with a Los Angeles street gang, Maddie loses her ability to create art. Then fate deals Maddie a card she can t ignore: Aiden, a young filmmaker she meets when a water main bursts inside a camera store. Aiden is haunted by the death of his younger brother, and a life-changing decision he must now make whether or not to keep his baby daughter. Caught in a whirlpool of love and loss, Maddie and Aiden find that art and numbers, a mission to save endangered whales, and a worn-out copy of Moby Dick all collide to heal and save them both.”

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  • Going Geek by Charlotte Huang

A girl forced out of her comfort zone finds that being true to herself is the best way to live her life, in this second novel from the author of For the Record.23471514

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Skylar Hoffman’s senior year at her preppy East Coast boarding school should have been perfect:
amazing boyfriend
the coolest friends
the most desirable dorm
But it’s far from it. To her dismay, Skylar’s not going to rule senior year because she’s stuck in Abbot House, a tiny dorm known for, well, nothing. Living with a group of strangers everyone thinks is lame is bad enough. Worse is that Skylar wasn’t exactly truthful about how she spent summer break in Los Angeles—and her little white lie is causing her once rock-solid romance to crumble fast. And when it turns out that Skylar’s best friend is the one responsible for having her booted from Lincoln? It’s an all-out war.

Stepping out of her comfort zone never felt so scary—or necessary. But everything is different now. Including, maybe, Skylar herself . . .

 

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  • Stealing Snow by Daniel Paige

Seventeen-year-old 28260524.jpgSnow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she’s not crazy and doesn’t belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.

Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn’t what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid–her true home–with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she’s sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything…including Snow’s return to the world she once knew.

 
  • The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis25812109.jpg

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it.

Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone.

As their senior year unfolds, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

  • The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.28372019

Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling. 

From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.

 

  • Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco28962906

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

 


 

There you have it my September Releases list! What are some of your anticipated reads for September?

 

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WWW Wednesday | August 3

This book meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. You just have to answer 3 simple questions, and if you have done this please do comment your post in the comment section below if not feel free to do this book meme😉

The Three Questions are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finished reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Currently Reading

 

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NevernightI’m a bit confused right now, but I’m totally digging the premise but still confused, will this get better? I hope so, almost everyone I know loves this book so much!

 

 

 


 

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Finished Reading

 

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The Sun Is Also A Star – It was such a beautiful story like the constellation of stars at night, it will give you hope as bright as the morning sun. My review for this book will be posted soon! I never expected a lot from this but WOW I was impressed by the author’s writing style.


 

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Next Read

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The Outliers – One of my anticipated releases for the first half of the year and now I have it and I’m so excited to read it!!!!! This was sent to me by the publisher, really thankful to them. I do love a good mystery thriller read once in a while.

 

 


 

Have you read some of the books that are in this post? What were your thoughts about them? If you have a WWW Wednesday post, please do comment down the links so I can check them out. 🙂

 

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Anticipated Reads: August Releases

Hey there bookworms!

So here’s my anticipated reads for the month of August! Whenever I’m trying to find monthly releases I usually search on Goodreads, it’s a big help.

August 2

  •  The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy

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That was before when her life was small and quiet.
Her golden step-brother, Ben, was alive, she could only dream about bonfiring with the populars, their wooded island home was idyllic, she could tell the truth from lies, and Ben’s childhood stories were firmly in her imagination.

Then came after.

After has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, and living with nerve and mischief. But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales, and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten: Love, blood, and murder.


  • Wake The Hollow by Gaby Triana

Traged26114202y has brought Micaela Burgos back to her hometown of Sleepy Hollow. It’s been six years since she chose to live with her father in Miami instead of her eccentric mother. And now her mother is dead.

This town will suck you in and not let go.

Sleepy Hollow may be famous for its fabled headless horseman, but the town is real. So are its prejudices and hatred, targeting Mica’s family as outsiders. But ghostly voices carry on the wind, whispering that her mother’s death was based on hate…not an accident at all. With the help of two very different guys—who pull at her heart in very different ways—Micaela must awaken the hidden secret of Sleepy Hollow…before she meets her mother’s fate.


August 11

  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff29845906

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?


August 13

  • Detached by Christina Kilbourne

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Anna has always been so level-headed, so easy-going, so talented and funny. How could anyone have guessed she wanted to die?

Anna is not like other people. For one thing, she’s been an accomplished artist since she was a preschooler. For another, she’s always felt like she didn’t belong: not with other kids, not with her family, not in her body. It isn’t until her grandparents are killed in a tragic accident, howev
er, that Anna starts to feel untethered. She begins to wonder what it would be like if she didn’t exist and the thought of escaping the aimless drifting is the only thing that brings her comfort.

When Anna overdoses on prescription pain killers the doctors realize she has been suffering from depression and start looking for a way to help her out of the desperate black hole she never thought she would escape. It’s then that rock bottom comes into sight and the journey back to normal begins.


August 15

  • The Architect of Song by A.G. Howard

A lady imp29631300risoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.


August 30

  • Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Feren28110143wood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.


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Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for years, but when her popular radio evangelist father remarries and decides to move all three of them from Atlanta to the more conservative Rome, Georgia, he asks Jo to do the impossible: to lie low for the rest of her senior year. And Jo reluctantly agrees.

Although it is (mostly) much easier for Jo to fit in as a straight girl, things get complicated when she meets Mary Carlson, the oh-so-tempting sister of her new friend at school. But Jo couldn’t possibly think of breaking her promise to her dad. Even if she’s starting to fall for the girl. Even if there’s a chance Mary Carlson might be interested in her, too. Right?


  • Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin

Three sisters struggle with the bonds that hold their family together as they face a dar
kness settling over their lives in this masterfully written debut novel.

There are three beautiful blond Babcoc25372971k sisters: gorgeous and foul-mouthed Adrienne, observant and shy Vanessa, and the youngest and best-loved, Marie. Their mother is ill with leukemia and the girls spend a l
ot of time with her at a Mexican clinic across the border from their San Diego home so she can receive alternative treatments.

Vanessa is the middle child, a talented pianist who is trying to hold her family together despite the painful loss that they all know is inevitable. As she and her sisters navigate first loves and college dreams, they are completely unaware that an illness far more insidious than cancer poisons their home. Their world is about to shatter under the weight of an incomprehensible betrayal…


 

What books are you excited to read this August?

 

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I’m Joining ARC August

Hey bookworms!

Guess what? I’m joining ARC August hosted by Read Sleep Repeat. It’s my first time…

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So I’ve decided to choose from my Netgalley library and my review copy library, these are ARC’s that was sent to me by authors and publishers. Finally I have the reason to read them all at once 😀 So here are my fantastic picks:

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I will have weekly updates on my WWW Wednesday post all throughout the month of August! Are you going to join also? Link me your posts below so I can check out your posts and see the books you’re going to read! 😉

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Book Review: A Totally Awkward Love Story by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison

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Title: A Totally Awkward Love Story
Author: Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Humor
Pages: 320
Edition/Publication: Kindle
Rating: 3/5

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The story is about high school teenagers who will be going to college soon, Hannah and Sam fears that they will be virgins forever, so they promised to themselves that they have to lose their virginity before they go to college. You’ve read that right! This book  also deals with social misunderstandings and true meaning of friendship. I heard that the authors once dated in high school, that was cool, and wow they ended up writing a book together.

The story was written in both Sam and Hannah’s perspective. It was a fast read but I thought that the flow of the story was all over the place.There were also parts of the story that made me feel a little bit uncomfortable because there were seriously a lot of sex talk and I kinda feel weird about it. There were also scenes that I thought just shouldn’t be detailed like that, it was really really weird especially the almost last part in the book. I felt that their relationship was a bit forced. Party, alcohol, hook ups there were too much of it to the point that I just continued reading it just for fun and I was hoping the story would get better. But as the title implies the story was indeed full of awkward moments.

The friends in this book always want to hook up with someone everywhere they go. Why does every time in YA the main character has the lamest set of friends? One more thing, I didn’t feel any connection with the characters it feels like I was just looking at someone’s life and just observing what they are doing for entertainment.

I must say that the humor in this book was on point, I really prefer British humor, there were times that I couldn’t help myself but laugh at the characters that was the only time I think the story made me enjoy it! I wouldn’t say I hate it, I don’t like using that word when I’m talking about books I just didn’t enjoyed it as much as everyone who has read it. 🙂 I still recommend this to everyone, if you’re looking for a light and funny read, it’s the right one for you!

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