Book Talk: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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“I don’t entirely understand how anyone gets a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend. It just seems like the most impossible odds. You have to have a crush on the exact right person at the exact right moment. And they have to like you back. A perfect alignment of feelings and circumstances. It’s almost unfathomable that it happens as often as it does.”

 

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Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

 

Screen Shot 2017-05-19 at 3.05.16 PMWhat a cute and fluffy read The Upside of Unrequited is! But never get deceived, though, because it is so full of depth and insights, and the combination of everything in this book is just perfect.

The Upside of Unrequited is about Molly Peskin-Suso, who easily gets crushes (twenty-six, and counting) but none of them were really ever reciprocated. She doesn’t care so much, though, until her twin sister started getting to have a serious girlfriend and her closest friends gets through break-ups and gets to experience stuff that only people in relationships get to experience. Suddenly, Molly felt alone and wanting. She suddenly wanted to be “in” the circle – to experience being crushed back on, to know how rejection feels like, even heartbreak. But she can’t experience those things because she is not in a relationship in the first place. However, things were suddenly changing – now she’s kinda sorta torn between for two boys she just met: cool guy Will and the ever geeky Reid she goes to work with.

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What I love most about The Upside of Unrequited is the representation aspect, and Becky Albertalli just did it so perfectly. Molly is a fat main character – and to this I have related one way too many. Molly is portrayed to be really pretty, talented, a lot of fun to hang out with, funny (and I mean really really funny and witty, I love her!), she’s perfect. But like in real life, her size sometimes gets to her and a lot of times hinders her to do what she wants to.

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I love how the story captivated reality. It has been so relatable in so many aspects – whether the reader be a plus-size or not. Molly maybe a very typical girl for high societal standards, but isn’t that what we all need? Because that’s just what we are – WE are all typical in our own ways.

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While I was reading this book, the thought that would always cross my mind is that I’d give this title to my future daughter. If there’s some sort of a handbook on growing up in this society saturated with high standards, The Upside of Unrequited would be it.

I also love how the story got resolved without Molly getting thinner, or by just falling in love. Although, sure, Molly was happily in love (or in-crush) at the ending, but the focus was steered from those issues to a good character development all through out.

Finally, everyone in this book is just so huggable and cute. I felt like I gained a lot more friends in their person after finishing this book, and I just can’t wait to re-read it soon!

And please, everything in this book is just quotable!

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Four solid stars for this one! Love it and recommend it! Probably one of those books I will shove around to people and insist that YOU read it! Now GO!!! READ IT PLEASE!

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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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Top 10 Tuesdays: Top Ten Books that will make you read the whole day away

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This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is centered on books that will not take so much of your time, not because they’re short, but because you just won’t be able to put them down! Yes, my friends, we are doing a list of the unputdownables! 

Upon seeing the prompt, I knew right away that my NAs are gonna go in handy here. Oh,  and all those fluffy contemporaries too! 🙂

Above are my middle grade fantasy picks that are just oh-so-gripping you could finish them in one sitting!

  1. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  3. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Now here’s a  combination of my faves. Legend is probably my all time favorite dystopian trilogy and I can’t recommend it enough. On The Fence is just so nice and sweet you wouldn’t wanna pass up on reading it. And Never Never. What can I say? Although the 3rd installment disappointed me, it’s definitely something you would wanna finish in a day, because you will not be able to sleep with all those cliff hangers!

  1. Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
  2. On The Fence by Kasie West
  3. Legend by Marie Lu

Ahh and finally,  all these titles make me happy ❤ If you’re looking for something to read the whole day away, just pick any NA book by any of these authors (especially Emma Chase! <3) and you’ll be good to go, my friend. NA is always the way.

  1. The Deal by Elle Kennedy
  2. Hook Up by Kristen Callihan
  3. Tangled by Emma Chase
  4. Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Let’s talk about the books you’ve read in just one sitting! 🙂 I would love to hear your recommendations too! Don’t forget to holler below!

 

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*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Check the awesome blog here!

Top 10 Tuesdays: Top 10 2016 Book Releases that I Wish I Read Right Away

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It’s not Tuesday. I made my own prompt. But I’m doing this anyway! Ha! 🙂 

Since Top Ten Tuesday will be on hiatus until March 7th, I decided to just make a list of my top 2016 releases that I wished I was able to read, but sadly missed. There were just so many good releases last year and I hope I could catch up on ALL of them this year! Let’s get started!

1. The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

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Nicola Yoon is recommended by practically everyone in Book Twitter, in BookTube, even all my blogger friends are so into her works, and I just can’t let this year pass without reading them! 🙂 When The Sun Is Also A Star was released last year, I fully intended to get a copy and read it right away, however it was Bar Exams month and I just had to put it off for a while. I’m really excited to read this one, though, and I can’t wait! ❤

2. Walk The Edge by Katie McGarry

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Katie McGarry’s works are probably one of those that are always in my TBR list but never had the chance of reading. It always makes me sad whenever I had to bypass her works, and I intend to remedy that this year. I, however, need to read Nowhere But Here (the first book!) first before getting into Walk The Edge. 🙂

3. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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This book, guys, this book! I never heard of anything bad about it, just all praises. All praises! The thing is, I don’t KNOW anything about it, too! Ha! I’ve never had the chance of looking into it’s synopsis in Goodreads, and I think I want it to remain that way. I wanna be surprised and I think this is the book that will best do the job!

4. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

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We all know that Lady Jane Grey never had her happy ending, but this book is just about to change history for her! My Lady Jane gives a comical and entertaining twist on what really happened in the history of England. It’s been a long while since I’ve read something that really made me laugh out loud and I think this might be the next best thing to make me LOL. 😀

5. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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Ahhh, Kasie West probably holds one of the top tiers when it comes to writing good YA contemporaries. Her novels are just so fluffy and bright and with a really really good balance of finding oneself while at the same time  finding the beauty of relationships! ❤ I can’t wait to get into another one of Kasie West’s pieces and just fall in love again!

6. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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So far I have only read one Morgan Matson book, and I know, what am I even doing with my life? I hear ya. And again, this curse is going to be remedied sooner because I ain’t finishing the first half of 2017 without getting The Unexpected Everything in my hands!! I believe this is another Matson book about finding oneself in the midst of everything going haywire. I just love this kind of story lines as I deeply relate to them. Can’t wait! ❤

7. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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One of my resolutions for last year is to explore and expand to reading the works of V.E. Schwab. I never got the chance, though, and you don’t know how it is frustrating me to my wits end! I want to read V.E. Schwabs works!! I want to so bad that I think something is wrong with me because until now I don’t have any of her books yet! 😦 The frustration is again fired up when July (or August?) last year, she published yet again another book that everybody seems to be loving and raving about! Sigh. Me reading This Savage Song should happen soon!

8. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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The second book of this series has just been released this year and I really wanna get into this world! I have been hearing so many good things about Truthwitch, and it’s going to be a perfect entry for my YA Fantasy challenge this year! 🙂 Witches and angsty characters? Game on!

9. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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I’ve not read any Time Travel novel before, and I am honestly intrigued about how they go. Enter Passenger. I have long been hearing about Alexandra Bracken and The Darkest Minds series (and this is another series I have yet to devour), and I definitely became very very interested when I learned that she’s coming up with a time travel book. I have really high  expectations for Passenger and I hope it doesn’t disappoint! Plus, guys, this cover! My eyes are feasting! 🙂

10. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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The main reason why I have not picked this up is because I have not started with the Mortal Instruments series. I know, guys, what have I been doing with my life, AGAIN!? However, I have read the Infernal Devices, though, and I loved them! 🙂 This year I am starting with City of Bones, and I hope I could binge read them throughout the year! 🙂 I definitely can’t wait to get into Lady Midnight after that! Gah, so many books!!!


 

That’s it, guys! I know there are so many good releases from last year that are not in this list! Let’s talk about them below! 🙂 I would love to hear your most anticipated releases in 2016 but were not able to get into! 🙂

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WWW Wednesdays #2 | February 15th

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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, too!

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 Learning To Fall by Mina Esguerra, a #romanceclass novel. This year, I have made it a point to read more works of Filipino authors, and am by far enjoying!

Check it out on Goodreads here!


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I just finished reading Ana Tejano’s Keep the Faith, again a #romanceclass novel. here as I participated in its blog tour 🙂 I greatly enjoyed this one too, and without a second thought gave it a perfect 5 star rating! Everything here is just so natural and sweet!

Check it out on Goodreads here!


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I honestly have no idea about what to read next. I have so many titles in my list that I don’t know where to start! Any of following, maybe?


What are you guys reading? Just finished reading? And your plans to read this week? Let’s talk in the comments below! 🙂

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2016 in Review: My top 10!

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You know how everybody seems to be disappointed with 2016 in general? Yeah? Well, that’s how I’m feeling about it too and I just can’t wait for it to end! I’d say it’s not a very good year for me – save for the fact that I graduated from law school and I hurdled the bar exams this year! – the rest of 2016, though, was a total mess. And that includes the books I’ve read.

I honestly thought of not making a top 10 since I only read 27 books this year. I know, I know. Am I even a real book blogger, reading only 20 something books in 365 days? Like I said, it has been a rough year.

Anyway, this year was mostly dedicated to New Adult and a number of middle grade ones. Let’s get started!


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There was a time when Jake Becker had it all together. He was controlled, driven, ruthless—in and out of the courtroom.

Then, six irresistible orphans and their heartbreakingly beautiful aunt crashed into his perfectly ordered life. They changed everything. They changed him. Now he’s a husband, an upstanding member of society, a father figure—a family man. And he’s pretty damn good at it.

Sure, he has to referee sibling smackdowns, re-learn algebra, ensure his clients stay of jail, and keep his wife happy—but it finally feels like he’s got it together again….

So, of course something has to screw it all up. It’s huge. Life-changing. Kind of terrifying.

And it will be the most amazing, perfect thing he’ll ever do.

Tenth in my list is Emma Chase’s Sidebarred. If you’ve been following this blog for a while now, you would know that Emma Chase is MY queen of New Adult! I love everything she writes about and I’d basically stop everything when she publishes a new book! Sidebarred is a novella for Appealed, the story of Jake and Chelsea and their lovely kids! If you are into lawyer-y kind of romance, and if you’re looking for a good laugh and heartwarming tale of love, this one is definitely for you!

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What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s a brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also may find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot, but at least there’s make-up sex now.

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed? Or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?

Although the title suggests that it’s totally going to be a smutty read, it was way more than that! It isn’t just your typical smut novel without a plot. Both Blake and Amanda has their own story to tell, plus author Karina Halle delved into what really goes in the minds of erotica authors and how they do it! It’s just that we have a twist here and that’s for you to find out if you haven’t read this!

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From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.
These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. 

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees. 

The mystery. The characters. The plot. I can’t say anything else anymore, guys! I just need you to read Paper Princess and let me know when you get to the ending. Because a cliff hanger has never been done this good!

7.

18667779A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.
 
A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.
 
Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

You know you have a good novel in your hands when it speaks not only to your experiences but to your inner soul. It has the perfect formula of acceptance, hope, and self love. Nina LaCour also has a very poignant way of writing that every minor detail shouts a lot of meaning. I really enjoyed this book and I highly highly recommend it whether you’re trying to get over someone or just starting and hoping to find that one true love.

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After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting-things don’t just happen for no reason. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory–even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy’s achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe…and the potential for love and hope right next door.

“The things is, a persons gets so few chances to really fix something, to make it right. When one of those opportunities comes along, you can’t overthink it. You’ve got to grab hold of it and cling to it with all your might, no matter how crazy it may seem.” – If you’re feeling down and lost and feels just you have nowhere to go, go get this one. It’s perfect.

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More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing—kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery—one that will change Rithmatics—and their world—forever.

The Rithmatist is the first Sanderson book I’ve read and it just made me want to read everything BRANDON SANDERSON! It’s true what they say, you can never go wrong with Sanderson! Not only is this a middle grade fantasy, it also is a story of love, loss and getting back to your feet when everything just seems to be going against you. Definitely a must-read!

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She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cockycaptain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

Remember when I told you that 2016 is mostly a year of NA’s? It’s actually The Deal that made me go back to NA without hesitation! After finishing this first installment, I knew I need to get into the rest of the series and I knew that whatever Elle Kennedy is publishing, I would get and read it. If you want a no-nonsense sexy story with perfectly lovable characters, you need to go grab this one!

3.

OneDaySoon-Amazon-683x1024He found me in blood and tears. 
I stayed with him through darkness and fire. 
We loved each other in the moment between innocence and bitter truth. 
We were the kids easily ignored, who grew into adults we hardly knew. 
We weren’t meant to last forever. And we didn’t. 
He ran away. 
I tried to move on. 
Yet I never stopped thinking about the boy who had fought to keep me alive in a world that would have swallowed me whole. He was the past that I buried, but never forgot. 

Until the day I found him again, years after believing I had lost him forever. 

And in cold, resentful eyes, I saw the heart of the man who had been everything when I had nothing at all. So I vowed to hold onto the second chance that was stolen from the children we had been. 

Sometimes fate is ugly. Life can be twisted. 
And who we are can be ruined by who we once were. 
For two people who had survived so much, we would have to learn how to hold on before we were forced to let go.

One Day Soon shattered me to pieces. It was a tale of love, loss, pain and sacrifice. This is probably the heaviest book I’ve read in the past couple of years, emotionally speaking. It does not only talk about young love and finding it again after how many years in the future. It is not your usual New Adult book, and I’m not even sure if it should be classified under that genre. I totally recommend this one! I think words aren’t enough to describe all the realizations I’ve had after closing its last page!

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16151178Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

Just thinking about this one stirs something in me that I can’t even dare explain. It’s just perfect. The Sea of Tranquility is one beautiful piece of literature that I would even go on saying that books like this one is the reason why I read. So please please please if you haven’t picked this one up yet, plunge into it right now and don’t even think twice about it. I promise you, it’s going to be a perfectly wonderful experience!

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collared-williams-ebook-2When a seventeen-year-old girl vanishes,
A community is shaken.
Parents turn desperate.
Friends hold vigils.
And the boy who loves her searches.

When a year goes by,
The community is recovering.
Parents feel hopeless.
Friends feel helpless.
And the boy who loves her continues his search.

When ten years go by,
The community has forgotten.
Parents cling to the past.
Friends move toward the future.
And the boy who loves her . . .
Brings her home.

Jade Childs spent ten years in captivity, but now that she’s back, the real battle for survival begins. The media shadows her. Flashbacks haunt her. Her old life evades her. Her so-called new life rejects her. She spent too many years in the dark to recognize the light. She spent too long repressing her feelings to remember how to express them. She spent a decade abandoning hope and cannot dare letting it back into her life. Jade’s not just defined by what happened to her—she’s collared to it.

When the twenty-seven-year-old woman is found,
A community wants to know the story,
Parents want to forget the story,
Friends want to be a part of the story,
And the man who still loves her faces the greatest challenge yet: letting her go.

I can’t ever imagine how my 2016 would be without having read Collared. I plunged into it without reading the back blurb and I was in awe with every page, with every word. I can’t stress enough how beautiful this book is and if there’s one title I would recommend over and over and over and over, it would be this!


Those are my top 10 of 2016, guys! I admit I didn’t read a lot and I wasn’t able to grab  many new releases and recently published ones, but I’m intending to fix that this year! Please leave a link of your 2016 review below, I can’t wait to see them!

Happy new year, everyone!

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Event Recap: The Philippine Readers & Writers Festival 2016

 

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I have to say 2016 is fast becoming my Im’ma-table-flip-everything-and-be-spontaneous year. I mean, seriously guys, I am a walking planner and I never do things not in my calendar. But things are changing these days, and change is always good 🙂

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Attending the Philippine Readers & Writers Festival 2016 hosted by National Bookstore is probably the last thing I thought I’d do in August since the November Bar Exams is fast approaching (only 2 months away!) and I knew I had to really focus on reviewing. I felt, though, that I needed (1) some sort of a reward for the past months that I have been toiling and (2) something to inspire me for the hell months ahead. So what better way to do it than be somewhere I haven’t been and do something I haven’t done 🙂

Allie from A Literary Wanderer and I planned to go to the event together. We just recently knew each other from our newly created book club (#NALitLoversPH), and decided to finally meet up in real life and go to the event together! We also got to meet up with JM from Book Freak Revelations and everything was just so fun with JM around! I have met JM  when I attended #BookwormsUnitePH 2016 and he was one of the hosts-slash-organizers. 🙂 I was so glad I got to go around Raffles with these two, and had real good fun during our lunch together! Couldn’t have asked for a better company! 🙂

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The Philippine Readers & Writers Festival is a 3-day event held at Raffles Hotel Makati. It is three days of book signings, discussions, and panels about books, literature, and culture from top Filipino writers and artists. I wanted to attend several discussions and panels but I was only able to go to one: Book Blogging 101: Growing Web and Social Media Presence to Promote Books and Literature

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