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July: Life Update + Wrap-Up

Hey there everyone!

I haven’t posted one of these since last year I think? Well for now I am motivated to show you guys my not so lengthy wrap up and life update post! I would like to say that July was a huge month for me!

Remember me talking about fresh new beginnings? Well I guess here it is, I finally decided to create a new bookstagram account and left my old one here are my reasons:

  •  the number of followers that I have (9.4k) seems unreal to me because only a few people see my posts and I only get to interact with a few people. I created my bookstagram account back then because I LOVE READING, that’s probably the main reason why. I rather interact more than have a lot of followings. The second reason is that I want to meet new people who share the same interest as I have. It’s great to talk to people who understands your “feels” whenever you just finished reading your new favorite book! This community is one of the best!
  •  I want to be more of myself, yes bookstagram has indeed changed. I saw it with my own eyes, 5 years ago it was just a small community now, WOW I am so proud of this book community. I have seen so many of my favorite bookstagrammers grow. I appreciate how all of you take the time and effort for your photos, I do admire people sharing photos of their current reads and recommendations. To be honest, there are some of you that made me buy a book because of your recommendations 😚
  • I want to share more books with all of you, both old and new releases. All the books that I love and didn’t like lol! I want to make this platform more real and authentic.

It’s hard to leave a community who has been a big part of your life. That’s why I made the decision to make a new account and start anew. Meet new faces but share the same love and passion for books!

Okay enough of this and let’s get onto my July Wrap-Up!

This month is a huge deal for me because I was on my A game, I read 14 books this month and it’s been a year since I last read more than 5 books. Clearly life has been happening to me aka ADULTING! With so many things running through my mind , reading is my only channel to relax and keeping myself sane.

Read books in July
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Foodventure: Fat Fook

Everything All At Once by Katrina Leno

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus

What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn

My Booktube-A-Thon TBR 2017

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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If you didn’t know this about me, I’m currently a contributing writer(Candy Correspondent) for Candy Magazine the number one teen magazine here in the Philippines. I want to share with you guys my articles if you want to check out the articles that I have written here are the links!

 

What books were your favorite/s last month?

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber 

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Title: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber 
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Published January 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books
Rating: 5/5


Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away. 

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First of all, I want to thank Macmillan International for sending a review copy my way. This will not affect nor influence my review.

Caraval has been on my radar since its release day, everyone I know raved about this book so much that I myself won’t lie that I fell into it. But I’ve been seeing/hearing mixed reviews as time passed, that’s when I became hesitant about reading it BUT thank God I didn’t listen to that small voice inside my head and I continued on to FINALLY reading probably one of my favorite books this 2017!

The only thing I knew about this books is that it’s somehow like a circus themed setting and compared to the Night Circus which I haven’t read yet so I don’t know the comparison between the two. But I do get the whole circus vibe of this book I recommend you guys reading this without knowing anything and you’ll be surprised with what you’ll be getting in the end of the game.

Last night I saw Stephanie Garber tweeting about the cover reveal of the second book in this series(?) AHHH! I’m so excited but there’s no exact date when it’s going to be released in the public so that means I’m going to wait for a little while.

I can’t explain how much I enjoyed my journey through Caraval! I liked how the parts of the book were divided on each day you spend on that place, at least we weren’t stuck in a book where a bunch of things happen in one day! To be honest the pacing of the book was pure perfection, I didn’t notice that it was almost 400 pages long because I kept on tearing through the pages and read it in one sitting. I love every element that was introduced in this book; it’s mesmerizing, enthralling, whimsical and had me bewitched!

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of reading Caraval. Every chapter has new characters thrown in that added excitement to the story! The author’s writing style worked for my reading preference. I am not a big fantasy reader but I can say that this book is really worth giving a try. I liked the whole circus theme of it, it gave out a dark-fairy tale-esque vibe to it. Everything seems so magical and vivid in my head. I do the like the budding romance between the characters which I thought made the story more interesting.

The ending was EVERYTHING! I want more, will I be getting more? I’m glad that I picked this book up and the only thing that made me sad is that I had to finish reading and end my adventure in the magical world of Caraval. I’ll be back again soon, this definitely deserves a reread!

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Little Monsters by Kara Thomas 

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Title: Little Monsters

Author:Kara Thomas

Genre: YA, Thriller, Mystery

Published July 25th 2017 by Delacorte Press

Rating: 5/5

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Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone. 

 

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I want to thank Penguin Random House International for sending this book my way!

I’ve had the copy of this book for the longest time now and thank God I picked this book up for the Booktubeathon first challenge and in time for its release day!

As some of you may know I fell in love with Kara’s debut novel, The Darkest Corners! But I didn’t expect she’ll blow my socks off with her second novel. She just keeps better and better with her stories and her characters as well. Little Monsters is a gripping novel that has an intense storyline and incredible characters.

This is basically about a new girl in town who thought her life is all settled in but one event changed everything when Kayce and her friends together with her step-sister sneaked out and had a little “adventure” in the depths of the night. But after that everything changed.

I FREAKIN LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!

The mystery part to it was on point never have I read something so straightforward and eerie at the same time. I was like a sleuth trying to investigate who was the one responsible for everything that’s happening. This book just kept me going, I didn’t want to read it at night because I know I’ll be having a problem with sleeping. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I felt my heart racing in scenes that were so intense and I felt that I was sucked into the story! The revelation at the end really got me. All of the questions I had in mind were answered.

There were a lot of red herrings that were thrown in different directions. Every evidence was literally circling everyone and I had no idea who was the culprit until I was at the end of the story. The narrators were unreliable. As I was reading their POVs I myself don’t know who to believe at some point, all the events that happened and the twists were mind-blowing. This has a potential to be a movie!!! *keeping my fingers crossed*

It’s a wonderful masterpiece by one of my favorite authors. Here it is, everything I could ask for in a mystery thriller book! The way Kara writes keeps me loving her books more. Do I recommend this? YES!!!

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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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Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn

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Title: Wesley James Ruined My Life

Author: Jennifer Honeybourn

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Published July 18th 2017 by Swoon Reads
Rating: 4/5

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Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.

So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant, the last thing Quinn’s going to do is forgive and forget. She’s determined to remove him from her life and even the score all at once—by getting him fired.

But getting rid of Wesley isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. When Quinn finds herself falling for him, she has to decide what she wants more: to get even, or to just get over it.

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Huge thanks to Macmillan for sending an ARC my way, this will not affect nor influence my review in any way, shape or form.

What should I read next? I immediately picked up Wesley James Ruined My Life and I don’t regret anything. It was a quick, light and fluffy read perfect if you have to stay in for the day and if you’re looking for something that will get off of your slump. 

There were certain factors that I didn’t like about this books, the story was good and I liked it all throughout! I just read this in one sitting so that’s one reason that I should say proved that I enjoyed reading it though the depth of the story wasn’t too much, nothing really NEW happened it felt like I’m reading another book I knew and read before. But I had hopes because the plot was interesting and I love the setting with all the Medieval English concept and everyone talks about London.

The characters worked in a medieval themed restaurant called Tudor Thymes. If you don’t know me, I love everything about the English monarch, so this story got me. The employees there were so much fun to read about and I myself would absolutely love to work there too and have a good time. I wish I’d seen more character development between Quinn’s parents and I wish that her grandmother’s character could’ve been in the scenes more and played along with the storyline.

Quinn had a lot on her plate the only thing she was looking forward to is the band trip to London. When Wesley suddenly showed up she knew she needed to get even with him. The story all falls about her hate towards Wesley because she thinks that he ruined her life, well some parts of it. I’m into the hate to love troupe in stories but I wish I could’ve seen more from these two(Quinn & Wesley) I NEEDED MORE SWOON!!! I NEEDED MORE KISSES AND CUDDLES!

I recommend this to everyone who’s having a hard time deciding on what to read next or if you’re having a reading slump this book is perfect way to get you out of it! 

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What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

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Title: What To Say Next

Author: Julie Buxbaum

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mental Health
Published July 11th 2017 by Delacorte Press
Rating: 4.5/5

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Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her. 

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

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First of all I want to thank Fay @ The Bibliophile Soprano for hosting this blog tour, WTSNPHBlogtour! Also for Penguin Random House International for sending this book my way this will not affect nor influence my review.

Julie Buxbaum is one of my auto-buy authors because her books are such precious gems to me. All of them are so cute and have their own special “feel” about them.

What To Say Next is not your ordinary YA Contemporary read, when I looked at the cover I immediately feel in love with it. Made me think of summer but to my surprise the story has a deeper and more complicated topic. It tackles deeper issues; grief, longing and losing someone you love and mental illness representation.

All of the characters where a complicated bunch. David was a bit weird, sweet boy, a genius and keeps note of everyone in his high school I think it was his MI that made him do those notes, he always knows what, where and when things happened and he has descriptions of everyone in his school. He has autism( Asperger’s syndrome).

“When you meet someone who has Asperger’s syndrome, you might notice two things right off. He’s just as smart as other folks, but he has more trouble with social skills. He also tends to have an obsessive focus on one topic or perform the same behaviors again and again.” — WebMD

Kit was dealing with grief because his dad died in a car accident, things would slowly unravel about the incident and it will literally touch your heart and make you cry. Kit’s friends are awesome; Annie & Violet are wonderful set of friends. They were always there to support her and they never left her no matter what happened. I love every character in this story! Even the parents. If you read this, you’ll absolutely agree with me especially David’s parents!

To be honest I don’t want to compare it with Tell Me Three Things but I’m gonna do it anyways hahaha! I think TMTT was a tad better and way fluffier. Though I still liked What To Say Next, the story was adorable and it felt real to me.

I highly recommend this book if you loved Tell Me Three Things you’ll definitely enjoy reading this one too. We need more books by Julie Buxbaum, who’s with me?

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One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus

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Title: One Of Us Is Lying

Author: Karen Mcmanus

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mystery
Published May 30th 2017 by Delacorte Press
Rating: 5/5

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One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

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Huge thanks to Penguin Random House International for sending this book my way! This will not affect nor influence my review.

One Of Us Is Lying just made it to the New York Times best sellers list and I have to say that it totally deserves it! This book deserves EVERYTHING! I knew it, that this book has the potential to be a best seller!

I saw the synopsis of this book at a Twitter chat and I had to immediately follow the author and add her book on my Goodreads page. The plot sounded so interesting and right there I knew that I needed a copy of it as soon as possible. Talk about The Breakfast Club feels to it, of course except the fact that one of them didn’t got the chance to go home alive.

From start to finish I just couldn’t stop from reading, it’s like I needed to know who or what was truly happening. That’s why I only read it in one sitting. I thank myself for doing that because I loved it, those twist and turn of events I didn’t expect happened! It was one of a kind!

I just loved how the story flowed kept me at the edge of my seat as I turn the pages up until the last page. Never bored me, kept my mind going. What I love about this is that all of the characters were flawed, this to me made it more realistic. Everything was fucked up! Also the characters had their own story to tell and it goes and binds the whole story as one in the end. I liked that it was multiple POVs but sometimes I ended up confused on who’s who, there were times that it sounded like they all have same voices.

I was literally confused on who the real “murderer” was but at the end that big reveal! Blew my mind. Though it tackles a deeper issue about this “thing” which I cannot mention because I think it plays a huge role in this story. It is relevant now and widely talked about but never really understood well on why certain people commit such crime. I didn’t knew this was going to happen but I know there were signs of it at the very beginning if you will look closely.

All in all, I absolutely enjoyed everything and didn’t regret picking it up. I highly recommend this book to everyone(period)

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