WWW Wednesday #5 | May 24, 2017

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It’s been a little while since I last posted and  gaaah, I missed book blogging! 🙂 I have been a little pre-occupied by a new project (a personal blog! Sssh. Shut Up Kat) and neglected my book blog for a while. But hey I’m back, and what better way to get back in the zone than to update you about  my reading! 🙂


WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words where you just have to answer the three W-questions! 🙂 It’s some sort of a quick reading update, so here we go.

The 3 W’s are:

  1. What are you currently reading? 
  2. What did you recently finish reading? 
  3. What do you think you’ll read next? 

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I am currently reading two sort of heavy books but I’m definitely definitely enjoying both of them so far:

I have just finished re-reading Throne of Glass by the great SJM and I immediately jumped right away to Crown of Midnight. I know a lot of people didn’t love this as much, but being TEAM CHAOL that I am, I am loving it so much so far! 🙂

Another current read is One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I’ve only heard about this very recently, as well as its author. I don’t know why it didn’t reach my radar last year when it was released as everybody was just loving it!

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Like I said I just finished re-reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and I’m so glad I re-read it! I enjoyed it as much as I did when I first read it, if not more this time. Another recent read is The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich, where I discussed all my feels here.

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Aaah, I am so much excited for this part! I have so many good ones lined up for the next couple of weeks! 🙂

One of my most anticipated releases for the year is The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Abertalli. Luckily, we have this as our book of the month for April over at Rainbow Bookclub, and I am so excited to finally finally start it! 🙂

Also, I have just recently finished reading Royally Screwed and I cannot wait to jump right into Royally Matched by Emma Chase! This is Book 2 of the Royally series, I believe that’s what they call it, and I’m pretty sure it’s just as sexy and as entertaining as the first book!

Lastly, I am planning to read The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. After finishing Everything, Everything last month, I just knew that I need to get my hands into whatever Nicola Yoon published and will publish.


How’s your Wednesday so far? Have you read any of the titles above? I would love to talk to you guys in the comments below! 🙂

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Blog Tour: The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich #TLIBlogTourPH

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31145148There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.


Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

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First of all, a huge huge thanks to my friend JM from Book Freak Revelations and Macmillan for hosting this tour, and for letting me be a part of it! ❤ This did not, in any way, influence my opinion about this book. 

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OH WOW. Let me start off by saying that it has been a loooong while since I read something that was so gripping and kept me at the edge of my seat. Let me be honest with you: I intentionally set aside some important office work (and decided to do it on the weekend instead! Don’t worry it’s still going to be done, boss!) just so I could finish this book! It was THAT gripping and intense.

I honestly have so many points I want to talk about The Love Interest, I’m afraid this might be a messy review. But here they go:

The cover. That gorgeous cover. The contrast between the white, black and red is just super eye catching and intriguing. And the fact that it already shouts to the world that there is going to be a love triangle is definitely a very bold but effective move!

A secret organization/spy novel? I AM ALL INI can’t remember the last time I read a spy YA novel. Or I probably haven’t. Hence, when I learned what The Love Interest is about – oh my, I definitely jumped right into it! The premise is a refreshing taste from my usual YA reads. It’s new, it’s unique, and it beautifully delivered.

Caden. Dyl. Juliet. Man, these characters are lovable and unforgettable. I know they will stay with me a for while longer, because again, they were placed in such a unique situation and they each had a unique person of their own. Loved Caden from the very beginning. Adored Dyl til the very end. And rooted for Juliet through and through. I’d say these are definitely some of the most unique characters I have encountered so far! ❤

The whole idea of being the existence of Love Interests is just so cool. I don’t know how Cale was able to come up with such a unique idea, but I’m sure glad he did! I would admit that at some point while reading the book, I imagined how things would be if Love Interests exist in the real world? Like, what if my current boyfriend is someone from the LIC? Or is it possible that when I broke it off with my ex, he was sent back to the LIC and was crushed by those huge robots?! I mean, the whole idea is crazy, but definitely so great! 

Overall, it was definitely a successful first book by Cale Dietrich – it wasn’t perfect of course, there are things that I wanted to be fleshed out more, but it was definitely a good read! I know I’d pick up the next one Cale publishes. 🙂

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Cale Dietrich is a YA devotee, lifelong gamer, and tragic pop punk enthusiast. He was born in Perth, grew up on the Gold Coast, and now lives in Brisbane, Australia. The Love Interest is his first novel.

 


 

 

JM’s Review at Book Freak Revelations

Allie’s Review at A Literary Wanderer

Leslie’s Review at The Bibliophile Kid

Bianca’s Review at Stay Bookish

Nicka’s Review at Read by Nicka

Shealea’s Review at The Book Shelf Bitch

Jhed’s Review at When Books Defy Gravity

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Book Talk: Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

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29991719Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

Another solid one from Emma Chase! This girl never stops to amaze me with her witty and quirky novels.

In Royally Screwed, book one of the Royally series, we follow Prince Nicholas, the next in line to be king of Wessco. He is mandated by his position as the future king to marry a woman who is of noble blood and one from his circle. To betray this mandate is betray the people. On the other hand, we also follow Olivia Hammond. Liv is running a pastry shop her mother left her to make ends meet. She’s badly struggling with life and she is nothing but penniless Liv.  The big question is, will there ever be a happily ever after for Nicholas and Liv? How it all ended will pleasantly surprise you!

Nicholas is a natural charmer, and I loved him for that. He does  not even need to try! Or maybe it was his being a prince that did all that! 🙂 Either way, I loved how crass and dirty and romantic he is all at the same time. Liv, on the other hand, is a very relatable and lovable New Yorker. She’s practical and smart, but she also dreams of a happy ending.

Overall, I liked Royally Screwed. There so many times that I felt my heart being wrenched and I feel my chest aching. Emma Chase is just so good making scenes that touches me and stabs deep in my heart. This might not be the best one she’s ever written (because Hello, Drew Evans!), but i totally recommend!

Four solid royal stars!

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Top Ten Most Beautiful Covers of 2017

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about covers! It’s a freebie actually and you can make a list of anything as long as they are about book covers. I then though of making a list of the most beautiful covers of 2017, because why not? 🙂 I’m sure I’m missing a lot in this list, but so far I have these beauties that really caught my eye.

 

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What are your favorite covers of 2017? Or probably the covers you hate? Lets talk in the comments! 🙂

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WWW Wednesday #4 | April 26, 2017

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As you probably all know, WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words where you just have to answer the three W-questions! 🙂 It’s some sort of a quick reading update, so here we go

The 3 W’s are:

  1. What are you currently reading? 
  2. What did you recently finish reading? 
  3. What do you think you’ll read next? 

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I’m currently reading two, one I’ve been reading super slow on purpose because I don’t want it to end, and one I’ve been holding off because of heavy work load.

 

I am enjoying both Caraval by Stephanie Garber and Royally Screwed by Emma Chase so far. I like doing this, you know, reading two books at one time but of totally different genres. I usually do fantasy and new adult at the same time, it’s my fave combo!

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I just recently finished reading Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon and I have a full non-spoiler review of it here in my blog! 🙂 It’s a good YA and I loved it! 🙂

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Well, this is a tough one. I’m probably getting into Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, which is my Rainbow Bookclub book of the month for April. I’m also looking at two of the e-arcs I’m provided with by their publishers: My Life as a Bench and Undeclared. Or I might finally be picking up Thirteen Reasons Why before I get into the show! Which do you recommend, guys? I’m kinda torn tbh! 🙂


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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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