The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

I have been seeing Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag in the BookTube for quite sometime now, and recently from Anna-Reader and Proud, and so I decided to do it myself because it looks so fun and interesting. Although, to be quite honest, I have not been reading so much during the first half of 2017 hence I already apologize in advance for the limited pool of choices!

Off we go!

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Where do I even begin with One True Loves? My god. This book is just so close to my heart that I would read it over and over again until I no longer have the energy to do so. This is an adult novel, basically because of the age of the characters. The content, however, I would recommend to any age group. Briefly, this book tackles two great loves in the life of the main character and how she has to choose between the two. It’s not a simple romantic story, believe me it’s NOT AT ALL JUST A ROMANTIC STORY. I had so many feels reading it and I just can’t recommend it enough!

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I’m a bad series reader. In fact, I can’t think of a series I have finished recently because, yup – bad series reader. When it comes to Emma Chase’s New Adult novels, though, you can count on it that I am always updated. Her Royally series is just so cute and funny and oh so totally sexy, and it’s second book Royally Matched is just something you have to pick up if you’re an NA fan!

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Everybody’s raving about these two: THUG and When Dimple Met Rishi, but because my life has been a hundred shades of hectic recently, I haven’t picked these up yet. I can’t wait, though!

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Ahh, A Thousand Pieces of You. 😦 I have long been wanting to read this series. In fact I bought the first book last year intending to get into it right away. But when I started it a couple of months back, I can’t seem to get into the world and the characters I have a difficult time relating to. I know a lot of you guys loved this, though, and so I’m not closing my doors just yet. I’m hoping to re-read it and hopefully see it in a different light.

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Oh man, Mindy McGinnis! To say that this is my biggest surprise for this year is definitely an understatement. I was BLOWN AWAY by this book! The Female of the Species is a very underrated book and it’s a shame that not a lot of people are talking about it! I MEAN, COME ON. THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!

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YES! Stephanie Garber is now a must-buy author for me after reading her first published work! I loved Caraval so much – the world building, the character development, the connection I had with the characters although they are in a totally different world. Everything! Stephanie has her way of writing that totally touches the reader and I love it!

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Molly Peskin-Suso. PERIOD. No other words! 😉 She’s perfect, she’s me, and she’s every fat girl that ever existed! I just want to hug Molly in every page of this book! ❤ So much love for her!

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I guess it only makes sense that my best book of the year so far is the same book that has made me cry. This is not at all a sad book, but the writing was poignant and ever emotional. ❤ Needless to say, I did not only shed a tear or two, as I was bawling my poor eyes out even before the ending, but especially at THAT ending! ❤

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I would love to hear about your faves so far! Tagging everyone who wants to do this fun tag!!! ❤

 

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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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3 YEARS OF BOOK BLOGGING + GIVEAWAY!

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Sooo. The BIG DAY has come, and it looks like it has been three full years since I first hit that PUBLISH button! THREE YEARS. Wow. I sure was very clueless back then – with what to do, how to deliver my message across your monitors, and with what’s in store for me. I didn’t know anything about the book blogging world, and I was completely terrified with all the possible things that can happen with my little nook in the interweb.

The past three years didn’t go smoothly, though. You know I started this blog while I was in second year law proper, and back then I was very positive that I would be able to completely devote time to blogging and reading. Balance. But nah. Never happened, though. Law school took over my life, and one of my greatest fears happened – I lost time to read fiction, I lost time to blog, and I pretty much lost all my connections with my reader friends. For at least a year, I stopped. I was in a huge hibernation stage and I was so consumed by school. 🙂 I was happy though, like really really happy, with what I was doing and in pursuing my passion. But there will always be this tugging feeling in my heart that pulls me back to reading and blogging. And so I came back, re-established what I had lost and taken for granted, and here we are today. 🙂 Still a little rough on the edges, but definitely back. 🙂

Anyway, enough of the drama! I think all I wanna say right now is that I’m so glad I came back! 🙂 Through Kat Reads PH (previously The Booklander),  I get to talk to a lot of you guys about our similar passions; I get to attend events that I never thought I would be able to go to, with people who are now so dear to me; I’ve met friends who I know I will forever treasure because really, who else would understand a reader but another reader, eh? 🙂 Just some names I will throw out in here, but if I missed some, you know I love you as well!

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My Rainbow Bookclub girls, I know I have been in and out, and pretty much a black sheep when it comes to reading, but know that I really really appreciate all of you! It’s been what, 3 years for us? Wow. Camillia, Melissa, Tina, Sandee! ❤

My lovely friends from Twitter to real life!!! I’m so so glad to have met you JM, Allie, Jam, Hazel, Kate and my BFF Eunice! I can’t wait to see you guys again soon! ❤

The beautiful ladies of our #NALitLoversPH book club, Pearl, Bea, Claire, Rechellyn, Nicay, Blessie! I miss you girls! Let’s read a good NA title again soon! You don’t know how happy I am being in this little group talking just about NA! I miss swooning with you all! ❤

Again, there are so many may more I wish to thank for helping make it to three years! 🙂 If you are reading this, you are one of those people, and know that I am hugging you so hard right now 🙂


As my way of saying thank you, I am putting together a little giveaway here (but for PH residents only! I’m sorry!!!). It’s really a very sudden idea, hence the lack of prep time for this, but I’m still excited because I will be giving away three #romanceclass books! 🙂

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RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!


So that’s it! I hope to see around here guys! And know that I love each one of you!

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Blog Tour Review: Keep the Faith by Ana Tejano

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Hola, lovely readers of this blog! As you all know, one of my 2017 resolutions is to actually read more works by Filipino authors. I have long been seeing the #romanceclass hashtag in Book Twitter but for some reason, I’m always skipping the events. I knew it must be changed in 2017, though, and I am starting by participating in this blog tour!

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As a community development worker, Faith was quite familiar with heartbreak and recovery after all the time she spent on disaster relief missions. So when her five-year relationship ends right before she left for a mission trip to a typhoon-stricken town in Iloilo, she tries not to make a big deal out of it. How can she be broken up about a breakup when she’s with people who literally lost everything?

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But now that she’s back, all Faith wants is for her life to go back to normal and have people stop looking at her with pity. Never mind that she still has a lot of questions about the breakup, or that she feels a tiny ache every time her ex comes up in conversations. She’s okay now, and happily distracted by Nico Tamayo, the attractive new guy at work.

With new possibilities in the horizon, Faith thinks she is well on her way to moving on. But when her past comes calling back to her, will all the good things in her present be enough to keep her on the path? Or will she finally learn that there was more to heartbreak and recovery than what she knows?

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5 out of 5! 7 out of 7! 10 out of 10! 100 out of 100! You name it. Perfect. Hands down!

Well, what can I say, this book made me feel all the feels. I felt like my very own story was unfolding right before my very eyes! Keep the Faith is a beautiful tale of love, loss, hope, and ultimately, faith.

Faith, the main character, is moving on from a break-up with her long time boyfriend. 5 years to be exact. You may say she’s in a quite vulnerable state, because really, who throws away 5 years just like that? So the story unfolds when after her breakup, Faith arrives from a community development project from a faraway province, and finds in her table, the sleeping and so ruggedly handsome Nico Tamayo.

Nico, on the other hand, is probably one of the most mysterious personalities I have encountered thus far. He’s rugged and quiet and you’ll never imagine him to be a community worker. I especially loved that he is a family person too, which was highlighted wth how he was taking care of his younger sister an all. ❤ Really, there’s no other way but to fall for him!

Faith and Nico’s friendship had a cute little start and as a reader, it was a good bonus because things aren’t forced. In fact, nothing in this book is ever forced. I felt like everything just unfolded very naturally, like how things happen in real life. Maybe that’s why I related to Faith so much, and fell for Nico so much more 🙂

There were so many moments that I teared up a little, my heart touched by the little stuff Nico does for Faith, and the other way around. Everything here is just too real that it can happen to you, me, to anyone, really.

If you are looking for a light read, but with rich content and one that will definitely move you, I definitely recommend Keep the Faith. For people who never lose hope, faith, and the will to love again despite all the hurt, this one is for you, for us.

Overall, I’m giving it a perfect rating! I know I’m in a great start with my #romanceclass bookventure!

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About the Author

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Ana Tejano has been in love with words and writing ever since she met Elizabeth Wakefield when she was in Grade 3. She has contributed several non-fiction pieces in print and online publications, and has been blogging for years. When she’s not writing, she works as a communications manager for a payroll outsourcing firm, and serves in CFC Singles for Christ in every other time that she doesn’t spend reading or sleeping. She lives in Metro Manila and is also known by another name in her other circles (but it’s not a secret identity, really).

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Lists: December 2016 TBR!

 

It’s been a long while since I last made a TBR list and actually followed it. So for the last month of 2016, for the sake of appearing to be being a good book blogger (Heh!), I’m making a list of the books I’m hoping to hit this month!

 

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I’m currently reading The Raven Boys, the first of the Raven Cycle series. Currently on the third chapter and definitely loving every single bit of it!

 

 

 

 

 

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I have read Throne of Glass mid-2015 and I remember giving an almost perfect rating in Goodreads. I loved it so much that I intended to start Crown of Midnight right after closing the last page of the first book. Life has gotten in the way, though. I was reading it during my finals week and also while I was writing my thesis. So, ugh, I had to put the series down 😦 Anyway, now that I have all the time in the world, I’m re-reading Throne of Glass so I can binge read the rest of this series! ❤

 

 

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I’ve been seeing Nina Lacour’s Everything Leads to You for sometime now in booktube and I have long been intrigued by it. I’m not sure if I’d pick this book up by myself, though, so it’s a really good thing this was chosen as our book-of-the-month over at Rainbow Bookclub!

If you are looking for a good LGBT-YA, I think this would be one good choice! Will definitely update you about my whole reading experience here!

 

 

 

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I have long been a HUUUGE Emma Chase fan! I read every single one of her works right at their very time of release. Again this year, however, things were quite heavy with school so when Royally Screwed was published last October, I didn’t have a choice but to let it pass. Sigh. 😦

But now the time has come!! I finally have it in my hands and I just can’t wait to read it soonest! ❤

 

 

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The Goal is the 4th and final instalment of the Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy. The first three books are definitely the best NA romances I’ve had in months, and I am expecting no less for this one!

Elle Kennedy is definitely hitting what NA should be and I’m definitely reading whatever she publishes! ❤

 

 

 

 


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Life Update!

 

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I can’t believe it has been four (lonesome) months already of not posting anything here! 😦 I wish I could say I have a valid and legitimate reason for this whole MIA-in-the-blogosphere thing, but sadly I don’t. Really. Only one word, though – SCHOOL. It may be a legitimate reason for some (and for that, I thank you for understanding and for still being here), but I don’t think I am entitled to just leave things without warning or whatever kind of notice I should have given.

If you’ve been hanging out here for a little while already, you’d know that I am in my senior year in law school. Those are actually two of the scariest things for me – SENIOR YEAR. And LAW SCHOOL. But what can I do, it’s here and it’s consuming all of me, so I apologize for not being around here too much. 😦

Anyway, I am sooo back and I promise to try my hardest and my best-est to compensate for the lost time.  I missed interacting with you, guys! 🙂  I missed doing book reviews and I missed doing tags and I miss just about everything in the  universe of book blogs! 🙂

It’s still not going to be hundred percent, full on, book blogging though, because I still have Bar Exams to hurdle this year, but I promise to be around much more. The next 6 months are definitely going to be full of pressure and crazy stress as I review for one of the most difficult exams in my country, but I’ll be around for some fun! 🙂

Missed you all! And I hope to see you ’round here more often now!

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Dashing Through the Snow Tag!

I have been tagged by the lovely Jenna, over at Reading With Jenna Book Blog to do this Christmas tag and it was just so fun to do! Tell me if we have something  in common! 🙂

1. Name a book you’d like to see under your Christmas Tree

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Two of my most anticipated reads for 2015 are Confess and November 9 by Colleen Hoover! 🙂 And although I badly wanted to buy these two the moment they were released, I did my best not to do so yet because my current TBR is just overflowing! Now I just want to see them under my Christmas tree if Santa would be more generous this year! 🙂

2. A book you’ll be reading during the Christmas season?

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I will be reading many, definitely, but the one I am most excited to read is Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell. 🙂 When I read Eleanor and Park earlier this year, I knew I had to collect and read all of Rainbow’s books! So Attachments is definitely one of my most anticipated reads this season!

3. Favourite Christmas movie? 

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Love Actually! Ahhh. This is definitely the most perfect Christmas movie ever created! I love every bit of it! 🙂 And Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister of Great Britain? Just made it more perfect!

4. Do you like snow? 

I dunno really. It doesn’t snow here in the Philippines! But I love the rain, if it has any relevance to this question whatsoever. I’m a rain person, so yeah. I guess I would love snow as well because of that 🙂

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William Herondale. ‘Coz he’s perfect. Period.

6. To give or to receive? 

Well, they say it is better to give than to receive, so I guess to give would be the better answer 🙂

7. What fictional place would you like to spend Christmas Day at?

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I would love to be in any historical romance ball 🙂 I have always been a big fan of Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas, and all authors of historical romances and I always love it when the female protag attends balls! Everything is just so fancy! ❤

8. Fondest Christmas memory

When I was a kid, my parents would always give me snow globes each year. And I would always wake up with snow globes beside me on Christmas morn, with its soft melody playing to stir me up 🙂

I am tagging the following beautiful people! 🙂 And whoever wants to do this tag, feel free and post away! 🙂

Bea (Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic)

Joey (Thoughts and Afterthoughts)

Mel (Melissa Discovers the Secrets of Reading)

Aria (Aria Stuck in Wonderland)

Camillia (Twentry Three Pages)

Happy reading, and happy holidays!

KAT SIGN