Book Talk: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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18692431-2My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Let me start off by saying that Everything,Everything is my most anticipated read for early 2016. Therefore when I got it this month, I didn’t wait too long and placed it in my TBR right away. 🙂 I want to say that it has been a roller coaster ride with this one. I started it with too high of an expectation definitely because of the hype surrounding it all over BookTube and Book Twitter and in the book blogging community. Everything, Everything was EVERYTHING and it had to be read ASAP!

When I started reading this, I was so engaged and so excited about all the possibilities – everything I could know about SCID, the characters, the plot twist, the is-she-gonna-die question that lingers in my head and just about everything! Even the first line in the very first chapter was very artistically crafted:

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…because of course she has read more than any of us has read, being trapped in her house for 18 full years with nothing to do but read! Ahh, Maddy’s books and her library are to-die for! Anyway, I just found this line to be a really good opening.

So the first quarter of the book, I was all in. When I was around the halfway mark, though, I felt like nothing really interesting was happening anymore. I tried pushing through because despite some of the bland scenes, there was something in me that has been invested to what will come out of this sort-of forbidden love between Olly and Maddy. I honestly thought of putting it down for a while, though, because I kinda got annoyed with how young love could be stupid sometimes. I mean, if you’ve read the book, there are just super stupid stuff Olly and Maddy are so willing to do for love. Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand the feeling, it’s just that I wanted Maddy to LIVE so bad and I want to protect her!

I was able to psych myself, though, and I placed myself in their shoes – young and in love and in a huge want (need!) to live life! It worked. And so did the rest of the book. The latter part definitely pulled everything nicely and compensated for what went haywire in the middle. The wrap up was so good, the ending was a gold mine for realizations on life.

Characters

Maddy and Olly are probably two of the characters that will stay with me a long time. They are so different yet so similar. There wasn’t much character development that I was looking for, but they have made closures about their life issues and they turned up generally good in the end.

Honestly, though, there are some points in this book that I wanted to stop them with whatever they’re doing and remind them that HEY, MADDY IS SICK! AND YOU CAN’T BE THIS RECKLESS!! I mean, I know it’s probably the age difference, I’m sorry! Haha. But then again, they’re 18! And speaking of age, I kinda also had a hard time reconciling the fact that they’re 18 already because their voices felt so much younger. I pictured Maddy to be 15-ish actually, because that’s what I “hear” from her. It’s not much of a big issue, though. Still loved them.

Overall

I loved Everything, Everything. It wasn’t perfect, but it made me laugh, definitely made me cry, touched my heart, touched my soul, and made me think about my life. I guess the best thing about it is that it will reach you – it will make you feel.

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Have you guys read Everything, Everything? How did you like it? Let’s talk in the comments below! Can’t wait! ❤

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My April 2017 TBR!

Since I’ve only read 3 books last month, I wanna make it up in the month of April and get back to my reading zone like I did in January! 🙂 Can I do it? Oh yesss. I definitely will push myself and read at least double of the number of books I read last month. That’s pretty ambitious, I know, considering my very hectic work schedule and some travels booked for this month, but I’m pushing it. 🙂 I’m at least 8 books behind my Goodreads Reading Challenge anyway, so might as well do all the work now 🙂

Without further ado, my friends, here are the books I hope to get into in the month of April!

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Definitely one of my most anticipated reads this month. I honestly didn’t feel like reading this one right away, but when I saw the trailer, OHMYGOD THAT TRAILER!!!, I was instantly hooked! I can’t wait to start reading Everything, Everything, and binge read its every page!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Caraval is a very hyped book since its publication in January, and three months later, I still haven’t read it! Oh don’t get me wrong, I definitely was riding the hype – bought it the first chance I got after it was published. But then for some reason, other books got in the way and I didn’t feel like reading it right away. But now, I am not letting the month end without me getting into Caraval! I can’t wait any longer!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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I was definitely planning to read A Court of Thorns and Roses by the QUEEN Sarah J. Maas, but only after I finished the Throne of Glass series, which is a long way to go since I am only in Crown of Midnight. However, do I really want to finish a long and huge series before I get into ACOTAR? I didn’t so, especially that ACOWAR, the third installment of this series, is coming up this May! I need to binge read this series soon!

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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I honestly did not expect Thirteen Reason Why to be in any of my TBR lists this year. I mean, this has been published in around 2007 (republished in 2011) and I just thought back then that I’m not really so interested with the concept. But lo and behold, look at where it is now! In my April 2017 TBR! I am honestly just including this one here because of all the hype the TV adaptation is getting. Everybody is just loving it, and I know I’ll be diving into it as well sooner or later. But first, the book needs to be read.

Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

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This is my current read as this post is being published. Early this year, I made a pact with myself that I will get into all the books published in 2016 that I missed, and Royally Screwed is one of them! I think it’s been a little while since I last read a legit NA novel, and I can’t wait to get back! Emma Chase, as usual, writes awesome as ever.

Undeclared by Julianna Keyes

31141489Another NA novel in my list is Undeclared by Julianna Keyes, which was something I got from NetGalley. The publisher kindly sent me a copy of this book for review, and I’m liking the premise so far. Fact is, I didn’t know that this was part of a series/companion novels, hence I didn’t know that this was the second installment already. In any way, this could be read as a stand alone, so no worries I guess.

My Life as a Bench by Jaq Hazell

34107779Lastly, My Life as a Bench by Jaq Hazell is another ARC provided by its publisher for an honest review. This has a very interesting premise, and I am honestly very intrigued by it. It follows its main character who have dies and was “resurrected” as a bench. It’s different from the usual YA books that I follow and I feel like this could be a breath of fresh air.


So that’s it, guys! Those are the 7 books I plan to read this April, and hopefully be able to finish! Share with me your TBR? Let’s talk in the comments below!

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Book Talk: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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Writing this review right after I just closed the last page of the book and I am wanting for more. I mean, it couldn’t have ended with that, right? Please tell me it didn’t end with JUST that? I need more.

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7664334Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

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March 2017 Wrap-Up!

Whoa, that was fast! March is over and just like that, the first quarter of the year has gone by already. Phew. Slowly, 2017, nobody’s rushing here!

Anyway, since it’s March 31st, a wrap -up is at hand. I would say that reading-wise, I did fairly meh. But blogging-wise? Man, I was in the zone!


Books Read

Let’s start with the books I’ve read this month. I’ve read only three books this month and I’m actually surprised that I was able to read at all. As you know, since I started working in january this year, my reading time slowly went to decline, and ugh, I just hate it. Anyway, the three are the following:

  1. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – Finished Reading: March 15, 2017 25883848
  2. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis – Finished Reading: March 25, 2017 25812109
  3. All That Glitters bby Ines Bautista-Yao – Finished Reading: March 29, 2017 33911392

Blog Posts

The awesome thing is that I have released a total of 8 posts this month, the most number of posts I have ever done since this blog started! Haha! If you have been a follower from way back, you know that at best I would only post once a week. This month, however, I breached my record and actually doubled my usual! 8 posts may be nothing for some, but it’s goooold for me! Haha! 

I reviewed (only) two books this month, and you can check them out here:

  1. Book Talk: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
  2. Book Talk: All That Glitters by Ines Bautista-Yao

I also posted a couple of Top Ten Tuesday memes:

  1. Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 2016 Releases That I Wish I Read Right Away
  2. Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Books That Will Make You Read The Whole Day Away

WWW Wednesday? I did one this month!

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March has also been so much fun because I started participating book tags. I did one (although I wasn’t tagged here at all! Haha!) and I had a blast answering all the questions!

  1. Tag: The Book Blogger Insider

Finally, I was so happy to  celebrate my blog’s third year anniversary this month. I reminisced a little in my 3 Years of Blogging + A Giveway post and actually hosted my very first giveaway! And finally, finally, my very first discussion post also went up this month in my Let’s Talk About series: Let’s Talk About: So I Never Finished the Harry Potter Series. You don’t know how scared I was in finally putting my insecurity about Harry Potter into words, and I was so grateful about everybody’s response! I super appreciate each and every comment I got in that post! ❤


Anyway, let me hear how the month of March went for you? How many books did you read? Was it a good reading month? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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Book Talk: All That Glitters by Ines Bautista Yao

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All That Glitters is probably one of fastest books I’ve read this year, not because it’s short, but because I just kept on flipping the pages non-stop!

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When they have nothing better to do, college students Billie Santiago and Carlos Angeles enjoy imagining what their lives will be like five years into the future. It’s never serious—just a whole lot of teasing and poking fun at each other. Until blindingly handsome, PR professional Iñigo Antonio saunters into the university bookstore where Billie works. All of a sudden, she finds herself face to face with the physical manifestation of the very dream she tells Carlos about.

Captivated by Iñigo’s magnetic personality, Billie is lured into his dazzlingly glamorous world—much to Carlos’s frustration. But as Billie notices Iñigo might not be playing by the rules, Carlos begs her to stay away from him. When Billie doesn’t listen, she realizes too late that she is in over her head and it may take a miracle (or a boy who cares deeply about her) to help get her out of it.

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Let’s Talk About: Sooo I never finished the Harry Potter Series

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I have long been meaning to do discussion posts but whenever I start making one, I always feel like I don’t have so much to say about the topic, and that it might just turn out more rambly and ranty rather than a legitimate discussion of what I really wanna talk about. But we all gotta start somewhere right? Right. So let’s jump right ahead and begin!


This topic is both exciting and scary for me to discuss. Exciting, because I finally would be able to resolve, more like for myself,  why I didn’t get to the last four books of the series; and scary, definitely because – well, it’s out in the open now! – I am the girl who never finished the Harry Potter series! What a shame. And what a muggle.  Continue reading

Review: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

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This is the first book by Mindy McGinnis that I’ve ever read and I am not disappointed at all! The Female of the Species is the book of the month for March by my Rainbow Book Club, composed of Camillia, Melissa, Tina and Sandee. I had fairly low expectations starting this book, because the back blurb, gripping as it was, was way too low key – but on the hindsight, I really like that it was!

Trigger warnings: Murder, rape &  cheating. 

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25812109Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

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