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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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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BOOK IN MY BAG #1

Book in my Bag is a feature of this blog where I talk about my current read – the book that is currently IN MY BAG and the one that I currently bring everywhere. It’s just like your little what-I’m-reading-at-the-moment update so I can share with you guys all the feels I’m having during those times when I can’t post yet a full blown review of what I’m reading! 🙂 

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Being on a slump sucks. And since I have been in a huge huge reading slump for four months now, I have nothing to review and nothing to wrap up as the month of May came and ended.

Thank heavens, though, I found something up in my Kindle that really caught my attention and is now consuming all my free time and all of me – and that is The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay!

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I didn’t know this book was such a huge thing a couple of years back! It was published in 2012 and I can’t believe that I discovered it just now. Bummer.

So I was browsing through my Kindle hoping to find something that would drag me out of this lonesome and very depressing reading slump. Lo and behold, I accidentally tapped The Sea of Tranquility and it was love at first chapter. This book and I? We’re meant to be.

 

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Book Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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I never thought I would love this book soooo soooo much! It’s been a while since I’ve stumbled upon a YA contemporary that made me smile and fall in love and hurt and feel all the feels all at the same time. Since You’ve Been Gone is definitely one of the best YA contemporaries I have read in 2015.

Quick Stats

Title: Since You’ve Been Gone 

Author: Morgan Matson

Date of Publication: May 6th 2014 

Read from: May 21st to June 7th, 2015 

My book format: Paperback, published by Simon & Schuster 

Goodreads blurb:

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?

 My thoughts

Where do I start, though, coz I have a lot to say about this book. ❤ ❤ ❤

This is my first ever Morgan Matson read and I am glad it is, because now I am so pumped to read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer. ❤ ❤ ❤ It’s not in my immediate TBR, actually, but my little book club has chosen it as our book for the month of MAY (we needed a green book!) so yeah. 🙂 Looking back now, I’m really really glad we picked it.

Anyway, at first, I didn’t think I would like this book. To be honest, the hype made me feel just meh about. I was expecting it wouldn’t be for me, coz you know, I wasn’t in high school anymore and I really don’t think I’d relate well to the character. BUT BOY WAS I WRONG!

It was soooo good. Morgan Matson, hands down! 

The characters were the best part of this book. I mean, yeah, the plot is unique and everything, but the character development! Ahhh!! It’s all so fleshed out, and so intricate. Like, every single one of the character grew and developed, not just Emily. ❤

I really loved how Emily’s character developed so greatly. I mean, yeah, at first she’s like super dependent on Sloane and it’s like she can’t do anything without her. I know some of my book friends got really annoyed with this personality, but I think it’s natural for a high school student to be such – especially when you have always been the shadow of your friend, then once she’s gone, you can’t find where you’ll cling to 😦 Anyway, so that was Emily before. And I loved how she realized towards the end that she’d been doing the list not for Sloane anymore, but more for herself. ❤

I also loved the rest of the characters! Frank Porter was adorable. Your typical student council president, staright A guy who wants to save the turtles and the rest of the environment. But deep down, he’s just a guy who has weaknesses too, like running 🙂 I am so invested in Frank’s character that when he left Em after their kiss (and didn’t text nor showed up for a week) I was already starting to get disappointed in him! Ha! But I knew he’d be back. And knew he’s break up with Lissa. 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤ Oh, Frank, just so perfect 🙂

I also loved Dawn and Collins! Expecially Collins!!! ❤ He is your typical funny friend who is so self absorbed but in such a good good way. Like, he shows he knows he’s a catch for all the girls in the world and all but deep in a lot of insecurities are boiling up. AND OH, my fave Collins moment was when he really got to be honest that he didn’t want his best friend get stolen from him. Sigh. That was the best Collins moment for me – so raw and so emotional! Dawn was cute, too, and she’s a really cool friend. I just didn’t like how she just dismissed Em after the latter told her about the kiss 😦 It’s like she left her hanging in the air without anyone 😦 I mean, yeah, she hates cheaters and all but Emily is her freaking friend who was there for her when here boyfriend cheated on her and she’ll just leave her without no one?! I mean come on, Dawn, I thought you were better than that! I hope they become friends again, though, ‘coz there really was no resolution in the ending about them 🙂

So I guess that’s about everything. This book is so character driven and I loved loved loved every bit of it 🙂 Oh, I especially loved the skinny dipping part! It was so cute and Em was just staring all the time! Haha. I loved it!

The Boklander Rating

4 Stars

A 4.5 for Since You’ve Been Gone! ❤ ❤ ❤

So that’s it guys, I’ll see ya next post and happy reading always!

KAT SIGN