Ph Blog Tour: Wildcard (Excerpt + What to Expect….)

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Title: Wildcard

Author: Marie Lu

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Release Date: September 18th 2018

Edition: ARC

Pages: 232 pages

ISBN: 9780399548017

Buy Links:  National Bookstore / Amazon / Audible / B & N / Kobo / iTunes / Google Play / Indigo Books


SYNOPSIS

Return to the immersive, action-packed world of Warcross in this thrilling sequel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

In this explosive sequel to the New York Times bestselling Warcross, Marie Lu delivers an addictive finale that will hold you captive till the very last page.


What to Expect about Wildcard

  1. First, be amazed for the nth time how incredible Marie Lu writing style is.
  2. Expect to be bombarded with lots of twist you surely don’t wanna miss.
  3. Expect to love and hate new and old characters.
  4. Expect that you can finish the book in one sitting as it’s a fast paced book.
  5. Expect new learning about the ginormous things technology can do in our daily life nowadays.
  6. Expect that you will cry in the end as you want to read more about the book but sadly it is just a duology.
  7. Expect to read diverse characters
  8. And lastly, expect that you will spend money TO BUY AND PRE-ORDER THE BOOK, as it is one of the book that you should add to your gigantic and never ending TBR and collection of books. ( Attached is the link where you can enter and get amazing swags by pre-ordering the book. Pre-order link

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EXCERPT

Chapter 23

One Day until the Warcross Closing Ceremony

I don’t stir until the first rays of dawn enter the room, casting a weak palette of light against  my tangled sheets. For a moment, I can’t remember where I am — an unfamiliar room, in an unfamiliar bed. The space next to me is empty. The room is rocking  ever so slightly. A boat?

Slowly, the memories from the night before come back to me.

I frown, gathering the blankets around my chest and pulling myself up into a sitting position. Did Hideo leave? I look around the room until my eyes finally settle on a sliding glass door left ajar, beyond which the silhouette of a man stands bathed in gold, leaning against the ship’s railing and looking out at the city.

I let myself watch him for a moment. Then I reach for my clothes, pull them on, and slip out of his bed.

The air outside is still cool, smelling of salt and sea, and my skin prickles as I stop to lean against the open door. Two steaming mugs sit on a small table beside where Hideo’s standing. Morning dew lingers on the doors’ glass. I run an idle finger along it, noting the feel of the moisture, and remind myself that I’m in the real world now, not in a virtual one.

Hideo looks to his side so that I can see the profile of his face. “You’re up early,” he says.

“You knew I’d be,” I reply, nodding at the two mugs of coffee. “Or you wouldn’t have poured me that.”

He glances briefly at me, a small smile on his lips, and takes a sip of his coffee. He looks pale this morning, dark circles still under his eyes, but other than that, I wouldn’t be able to tell what he went through. Every vulnerability that he had exposed to me the night before has been neatly stores away again, and for a moment I’m afraid he’s gone back to not trusting me again. Thinking this was all a huge mistake.

Then I meet his gaze, and in it, I see something  open. No, he hasn’t retreated entirely. The real Hideo I’ve been searching for is here.

When I still linger by the door, he nods for me to come join him, handing me my mug of coffee as I reach him. “Taylor expects you here,” he says quietly, his eyes going out to the stirring city.

I nod. My mind returns briefly to Zero. They might be watching us right now  from some unknown place on shore. “They want me close to you,” I reply as I put my mug back down on the table.

Hideo’s eyes flicker, and I know he’s thinking about his brother. Whatever it is, though, he doesn’t say it out loud. Instead, he reaches for me and pulls me to him. His hand are warm from the coffee mug. I stuck in my breath as he turns me around so that my back is against the balcony, and his arms are pressed against the ledge on either side of me, pinning me in.

“This is what they expect to see, isn’t it? he murmurs, his face tilted toward my ear.

“Yes.”  My skin tingles at his closeness, and all I can think of is what happened last night. He’s right, of course, and if the Blackcoats are watching, it’ll help my case for them to see me with Hideo. Again, I find myself thinking of my dream of shattered glass, where Zero was watching us from the other side of the bedroom. It’s enough to make me glance to my side, half expecting him to be here on the yacht.

But it’s just us.

Hideo gives me a half smile, leans close, and presses his lips against my neck. “Kiss me, then,” he murmurs, and pulls me toward him.


My Rating:

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I would like to express my gratitude to kuya Raf of The Royal Polar Bear for giving the opportunity to be part of this blog tour. Thank you also to Penguin Random House for giving us the copy of the book and allowing us to review the book.


About the Author

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Marie Lu is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Young Elites, as well as the blockbuster bestselling Legend series. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry as an artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing games, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles with her illustrator/author husband, Primo Gallanosa, and their dogs.

Author Links:

Website / Goodreads / Twitter

The Cheerleaders (Short Review)

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Title: The Cheerleaders

Author: Kara Thomas

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Edition: Paperback

Pages: 384 pages

Buy Link: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

 

 

 

synopsis

There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.

First there was the car accident—two girls gone after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they lost.

That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.

There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe.

 

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There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe.

Every time that we encounter the words ” the cheerleaders” we always come up with the meaning that it is about girls who cheers in a school. Girl who wears uniform. Girls who are beautiful and sometimes, girls who are bitchy.

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas is same with the connotation that is being said above. But little did every one knows that it is not your typical story about them. As the story don’t have a happily ever after.

The story is about Monica Rayburn finding who really is the suspect behind every accident that happen to the five cheerleaders five years ago. Also, whom her sister is one of the victims that causes the squad to be disbanded.

The rising action of the story started when Monica found out some evidences that will leave her to know who really killed the cheerleaders. She found out her sister’s old cellphone and even a boy who she didn’t expect to be part of her sister’s life.

The writing is fantastic. It takes you to an adventure of mystery where you enable yourself to think what really happen. It helps you to imagine and come up with different scenarios of what should happen and what could the flow of the story would be.

The most likable part of the story is when my predictions about the story is somehow true and sometimes it doesn’t match what the story is all about. It takes us the reader to be amaze on how twisty and cliff hang the story is.

I love how some of my questions while reading the story is being answered at the ending. It’s the kind of story where the readers are aware of what the story is.

To warp it all, the cheerleaders is not an ordinary story. It is a story that will take your brain in a roller coaster ride.

 

MY RATING:

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The Poppy War (Review)

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Title: The Poppy War

Author: R. F. Kuang

Publisher: HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction

Edition: Paperback

Pages: 544 pages

Buy Links: Barnes & Noble

 

 

synopsis

When Rin aced the Keju, the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies, it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard, the most elite military school in Nikan, was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.

 

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As the cliché goes, “With great power comes with great responsibility.”

The Poppy War is a coming of age story that will make you crave for more fantasy story about mystical arts and shamanism. At first, you will be intimidated as the book is gigantic with its 544 pages but once you have started reading, all you wanna do is finish it. With this, you’ll likely agree with the hyped that is going on with the book.

The story has a similarity with Game of Thrones by George RR Martin. Unlikely with GoT it doesn’t have dragons, but it has lots of PG 18 scenes like gruesome, drugs, rape, brutality and misogyny and the likes. It also tackles the existence of Gods, magic, and shamanism. All in all, you should prepare to a roller coaster ride.

Regards with the writing, the writing is unique. Unique in a way that you can’t predict what will likely to happen. It also let you imagine the things that are happening in the story. It takes you to experience, feel the emotion that the characters are portraying. Once you are reading it, it makes the reader go to the world where he/she doesn’t want to stop reading but continue finishing the book.

The characters are well-developed where you can relate to each of them. When a new character is being introduced, the reader find themselves to attached and listen to another story that will enable them to understand more of what the story is all about.

To wrap it all, the poppy war is a story that everyone should read. It is the kind of story that will teach you what is love, friendship, family, finding and accepting who you are. And lastly, how having a great power comes with a responsibility on your shoulder and what the consequences it has to give you in owning them.

 

MY RATING:

5 stars

 

Blog Tour: The Accidental Bad Girl

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Title: The Accidental Bad Girl

Author: Maxine Kaplan

Publisher: Abrams

Edition: Hardcover

Book Links: Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / Kobo / IndieBound / iBooks

 

 

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After getting caught hooking up with her best friend’s ex on the last day of junior year, Kendall starts senior year friendless and ostracized. She plans to keep her head down until she graduates. But after discovering her online identity has been hacked and she’s being framed for stealing from a dealer, Kendall is drawn into a tenuous partnership with the mastermind of a drug ring lurking in the shadows of her Brooklyn private school. If she wants to repair her tattered reputation and save her neck, she’ll have to decide who she really is—and own it. The longer she plays the role of “bad girl,” the more she becomes her new reputation. Friends and enemies, detectives and drug dealers—no one is who they appear to be. Least of all Kendall.

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Tight gripping mystery novel and a bit of twisty plot and characters is what the book is.

The moment I read the synopsis for this book, I was already hook and I wanna read it immediately. That’s why, when it is up for a blog tour I sign the form right away.

Just like the first time that I knew about the book. I was hooked already reading the first three chapters. It is the kind of book where you wanna read more to find out what will happen next.

I love how twisty the plot is. And how the author wrote it in a way that readers will surely remember it to be a good mystery book.

With regards of the characters. I love how the characteristics of each character is being developed throughout the story. I like how they are the characters that you will love. They also are the ones who are not irritating. And that’s one aspect to live about the book aside from the plot and how it is written.

I highly recommend the book to everyone. As a reader who enjoyed this and hooked with the writing. I was kinda sad that has low ratings in goodreads.

I love the whole aspect of the book and will recommend it more to others. So that others can know how good the book is.

My Rating:

5 stars

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Maxine Kaplan was born in Washington, DC. She and her twin sister spent their early child-hoods trotting behind their journalist parents as they traveled around the world, eventually set-tling in Brooklyn, NY. Maxine graduated from Oberlin College in 2007. Following a long stint in the world of publishing, she has worked as a private investigator since 2009. She lives in her adopted hometown of Brooklyn, NY, with her lovely husband and complex cat. THE ACCIDENTAL BAD GIRL is her debut novel. Follow Maxine on Twitter @MaxineGKaplan

 

GIVEAWAY

  • Prize: 1 copy of THE ACCIDENTAL BAD GIRL by Maxine Kaplan
  • Starts:6/26
  • Ends: 7/10

Click here to be entered

 

Tour Schedule

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Ph Blog Tour: Lifel1k3 (Review)

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Title: Lifel1k3

Author: Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Edition: Paperback

Buy Links: Amazon / Book Depository / Barnes & Noble

 

 

Hello and welcome to the third day of the Ph blog tour of Lifel1k3. Before anything else, I would like to say thank you to Penguin Random House and Raf of TheRoyalPolarBear for this wonderful opportunity.

 

synopsis

From the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Illuminae Files comes the first book in a new series that’s part Romeo and Juliet, part Terminator, and all adrenaline.

On an island junkyard beneath a sky that glows with radiation, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap. Seventeen-year-old Eve isn’t looking for trouble–she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she’s on the local gangster’s wanted list, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive is the money she just lost to the bookies. Worst of all, she’s discovered she can somehow destroy machines with the power of her mind, and a bunch of puritanical fanatics are building a coffin her size because of it. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it. The problem is, Eve has had a worse day–one that lingers in her nightmares and the cybernetic implant where her memories used to be. Her discovery of a handsome android named Ezekiel–called a “Lifelike” because they resemble humans–will bring her world crashing down and make her question whether her entire life is a lie. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic sidekick Cricket in tow, Eve will trek across deserts of glass, battle unkillable bots, and infiltrate towering megacities to save the ones she loves…and learn the truth about the bloody secrets of her past.

 

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With the technologies that we have nowadays, it’s not that undeniable that with the scientist and mechanics miraculous hands that they can build and create robots or lifelike as we call in Jay Kristoff’s new novel. We couldn’t even know if the people that surrounds us are actually people or they could be even ………….. ROBOTS. Terrifying as it seems but it’s not that bad to be surrounded by robots. Especially how the author, Jay Kristoff, wrote the novel Lifelike. With his impeccable writing and narration, it welcome us to be open-minded and welcoming robots in our environment is not actually a bad idea.

To be honest, I’m terrified at first to read the novel and ask myself “would I will enjoy this novel of his?” as I did DNF his another novel that is titled “Illuminae” which he co-wrote with Amie Kauffman. When I reach the first three chapters, I know that DNFing this novel will not happen.

The book is written with flashbacks. It tells and show us what’s the life of Eve before she was fostered with her grandfather, Silas. With this type of narration. It helps us see what the book is all about. It let us imagine and answer the questions that we have in mind about the plot.

Aside from having lots of action, having Lemon Fresh and Cricket in the story gives us nonstop laughter with their humorous and out of this world lines. Just by hearing the name of Lemon Fresh already gave us a smile.

All throughout reading the book, I was wondering and puzzled why the title is formatted in a unique way. When I reached the end of the book, I’m not just been bombarded with the plot twist of the book. But was amazed why the letter “I” and “E” in Lifel1k3 is spelled with the number “1” and “3”.

If you as well is wondering with the title, I challenged you to read and finish the book and be  amazed and shock with Jay Kristoff’s way of writing a book.

Lastly, with Lifel11k3, now I know why lots of the book community is going gaga with all of Kristoff’s work.

 

RATING:

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                                   ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Jay Kristoff is the #1 international, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE LOTUS WAR. He is the winner of five Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, has over half a million books in print and is published in over thirty-five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 12,000 days to live.

He does not believe in happy endings.

 

Ph Blog Tour: Tell Me No Lies (Review + Giveaway)

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Title: Tell Me No Lies

Author: A.V. Geiger

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Buy Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / Indigo / IndieBound

Hello and welcome to my stop for the Ph blog tour of Tell Me No Lies. Before anything else I would like to thank Shaine of Wanderer in Neverland for allowing me to be part of this tour. Also, to Sourcebooks Fire and Netgalley for providing the copy of the book for the tour. 

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Love. Obsession. Jealousy. Murder. Find this and more in the pulse-pounding sequel to FOLLOW ME BACK, the thriller for the online generation that New York Times best-selling author Anna Todd called “an enthralling page turner from beginning to end.”

No one knows what happened to pop icon Eric Thorn. His Twitter account? Frozen. His cell phone? Cracked and bloody, buried in the snow.

Agoraphobic fangirl Tessa Hart knows the truth, but she’s finally left her #EricThornObsessed days behind. She has no intention of ever touching her Twitter app again. But Snapchat… That’s safer, right?

After months of living under the radar, Tessa emerges from hiding, forced to face the deadly consequences of her past. But in the interrogation room, answers only lead to more questions in the jaw-dropping conclusion to the Follow Me Back duology.

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The number of people who used social media everyday is rapidly increasing. That even kids at the age of five already knows how to use phones, an iPad and computer. Let’s be honest,  using the internet and social media like facebook, instagram, twitter and snapchat is really a big help for us especially in communicating. But do we really know the consequences that we have to endure by using it in a wrong way? If no, then, let’s find out what are the scary things that could happen to us by using different social media platform in a wrong way.

Tell Me No Lies is the second book continuing what left us hanging from Tessa and Eric story in Follow Me Back. Just like the first book, Tell Me No Lies is written with police interview transcript, twitter conversation, direct messages or DMs and lastly, Snapchat chat conversations which you cannot find in the first book. Just like what I said earlier, reading the book is where we can learn that using social media platform is not a safe place to tell our whereabouts and private things.

The characters are lovely. They are the characters that depict how a character should act in a story. It is where a character should compliment the other characters. They are the one who doesn’t uprise the other character just to have an exposure. The love story is also good. I love that even Tessa and Eric show minimalist efforts, they still let me feel the love they have for each other.

With regards with the story, I like how it is told in way that let us readers to think and imagine what would happen next. It also pushed us to act, think like a police to solve who the suspect is.

To tell you frankly, I’m already half way reading and enjoying Tell Me No Lies that I’ve come to realized that it is actually the second book. With what happen to me, I should feel that the story is confusing but no. What I actually feel is good. Good in a way that even without reading the first book unconsciously, I still enjoy and understand what is happening and what it is really all about. And that people, is a book could contain and possess. That even without realizing that is it the second book, we still can enjoy reading it.

There are a lot of mystery and thriller books out there. But Tell Me No Lies is a book that everyone should read as it is a book that will let readers to hang tight in their chair and be hungry for more.

RATING:

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Don’t miss out following and reading the reviews of other bloggers who review Tell Me No Lies by checking the tour schedule below:

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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A.V. Geiger is an epidemiologist who spends far too much spare time on social media. By day, she studies women’s psychiatric and reproductive health. By night, she can be found fangirling, following people back, and photoshopping the heads of band members onto the bodies of unicorns. Her writing career began with celebrity fan fiction, and her work draws extensively on her own experiences with online fan culture. Her original teen fiction has received millions of hits on the story-sharing website Wattpad, ranking as high as #1 in the mystery-thriller genre. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and twin boys.

Author Links:

Website / Twitter / Instagram

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The Kiss Quotient (Review)

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Title: The Kiss Quotient

Author: Helen Hoang

Publisher: Berkley

Edition: eARC

Buy LinksAmazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository

 

 

 

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A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

 

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I received the eARC from the publisher Berkley thru Netgalley and Read It First. With this, my review and opinion is on my own.

Sexy, funny, and a heartwarming story that will surely melt your heart and will swoon you off your feet.

The story revolves around Stella Lane, an econometrician who has Asperger’s or simply  Autism. And Michael, the escort that Stella hired to teach her to be better at sex.

It is a story where both characters has their flaws. Having that flaws didn’t let them to be a hindrance to their relationship but instead it is the main ingredients to make their relationship stronger and unbreakable.

Stella in the book is kinda naive. She wasn’t a fan of talking to others, noises and self-confident as she have what we call Asperger’s or Autism. When her mother told her to have a relationship and children already she hired Michael Phan, an escort that will help her to come up on her own shell and teach her about sex. Michael didn’t fancy the idea at first as he only allowed one client to have one and only session with him. And one session with him will not allow Stella to learn all the things she need to know. Later on, Michael had the heart to teach Stella as he learns that she really needed the teachings and she have Autism.

As they goes by and their relationship is going into something, Michael broke up with Stella as he have lots of baggage in his own that he knows that Stella didn’t need. But Stella on the other hand was really devastated as she didn’t mind what bad things Michael has as she love him already.

I adore the writing style of the author as she really write the book in a way that readers will enjoy and be swoon off with their feet by the steamy scenes in the book. Helen also depicted in the story that people who have Autism has the right to be in love, be free with what they love and be respected by others.

With regards with the sex and kissing. You don’t have to worry as it was narrated in a wholesome way that readers will not feel awkward. That’s also the thing that I love in the story. The erotic scenes didn’t let me feel awkwardness, but instead, let me feel the love of love-making in a beautiful relationship.

I’m giving the book a solid 4 stars as it really gives me the joy and fun in reading it.

5 stars

 

 

 

 

Blog Tour: Always Forever Maybe (Review + Giveaway)

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Title:  Always Forever Maybe

Author: Anica Mrose Rissi

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: June 5, 2018

Buy Links: Goodreads / Amazon / B&N / Book Depository / Kobo / IndieBound / iBooks

 

 

 

Welcome to my stop for the Always Forever Maybe blog tour. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club for hosting the tour and HarperTeen for providing an eARC.

 

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When Betts meets Aiden at the candy store where she works, their connection is like a sugar rush to the heart. Even before they share a first kiss, Betts already knows the two of them are destined to become an us.

Betts has a bruised, cautious history with love, but she feels safe and empowered in Aiden’s arms. He trusts her with the darkness in his troubled past, and his devotion opens up a new future for Betts just as everything else in her world is changing. With graduation inching closer, Betts and her best friend, Jo, have been sliding slowly apart, and that fissure is blown wide open by Aiden.

Betts has only ever kept one secret from Jo, but suddenly there’s a long list of things she won’t tell her, things Jo wouldn’t understand. Because Jo doesn’t see how good Aiden is for Betts. She finds him needy. Possessive. Controlling.

She’s wrong. With a love like this, nothing else matters.

 

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Always Forever Maybe is a quick easy read about Betts falling in love with Aiden when she first met  him in a candy store where she works. The story also talks about physical abuse.

At first, I love how cute their relationship is. It shows how beautiful love at first sight is and the pros and cons of it. But later on, you will be a kinda bit of irritated how one of the lovable character in the story shifts into a non-lovable character.

The characteristic of all the characters are  well-developed. Each of them contribute with each other. There are no characters who were left behind and each of them are all lovable.

One thing that readers will love in the story is  Jo, Betts’ bestfriend. Jo is one of the strongest character that you will encounter in the story. She really helps a lot in building the plot of the story. She did contributed as well in reminding us good things to expect from our friends and family.

The story and style writing is good that it helps readers to open up their minds that not all relationship has good influences to us. It also show us that our family and friends will be by our side despite the bad and unintentional things we did.

After reading the story, it will tell us that toxic relationships is not good and always love yourself first and no matter what happens, do not let others hurt us either  physically or emotionally.

I recommend this book and giving it a 4 stars.

5 stars

 

 

TOUR SCHEDULE

May 29th

Pink Polka Dot Books– Welcome Post

May 30th

Never Too Many To Read– Creative Option
Rurouni Jenni Reads– Review & Favorite Quotes

May 31st

Velvet Spade Reads– Review & Favorite Quotes
The Book Slayer– Review
Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf– Review

June 1st

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Anica Mrose Rissi grew up on an island off the coast of Maine. After college, she moved to New York City, where she worked as a cheesemonger and book editor. She now writes, fiddles in the electro-country band Owen Lake and the Tragic Loves, and walks with her dog, Arugula, near their home in Princeton, New Jersey. Anica is the author of several books for younger readers, and her essays have been published by The Writer and the New York Times. Always Forever Maybe is her YA debut. Visit her online at anicarissi.com, and follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @anicarissi.

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GIVEAWAY

  • Prize: 1 copy of ALWAYS FOREVER MAYBE
  • Starts: 5/29
  • Ends: 6/14
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BLOG TOUR: The Way You Make Me Feel (Review + Fav. Quotes + Giveaway)

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Title: The Way You Make Me Feel

Author: Maurene Goo

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc

Edition: ARC

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Hello and welcome to my stop for the Blog Tour on The Way You Make Me Feel. Before anything else I wanna say thank you to the host of this tour, Tin of The Book Maiden. And also the publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc. Without them this blog tour is not possible so thank you. 

 

*SYNOPSIS*

Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn’t so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind?

With Maurene Goo’s signature warmth and humor, The Way You Make Me Feel is a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look.

*MY THOUGHTS*

Laughing the whole time, getting annoyed by the protagonist and appreciate the learning are the feels that The Way You Make Me Feels made me feel.

The book follows the life of Clara Shin, who is known not only for being both a Brazilian and Korean but also in causing havoc and pissing people around her.

Before, we seldom see diverse books that are being published. But now, if you notice, majority of the books that are being published nowadays are about people of different races. That we also see black people who is being portrayed as the main character. With this, people are happy to see and learn not only one culture and races but different, unique and beautiful that other races has to offer.

As a Filipino, I’m more than entertain reading the book as I read that mostly of the characters that are being described in the story are Filipino. It made me proud that the author showcase not only one race in the story but got to share other races in the story.

“Kody was a Filipino American babe with a Patti Smith haircut and a raspy smoker’s voice.

“The photo accompanying the link was of a little Filipino girl.

At the first part of the book, Clara is so annoying that I just wish she isn’t the main character. But nonetheless, I like how strong independent woman she is and how she really stand on what she believes in. As time goes by, Clara’s characteristics bloom into a beautiful one where she change to be an annoying person to a lovable one. I also like how father and daughter relationship is being portrayed well in the story. It lets us see the beauty of love a father can do to her daughter or son.

With the romance between Clara and Hamlet. I found it as an instant romance which is not my type but I found it cute and romantic. The development in their relationship is also strong and lovable that makes me want to find my own Hamlet.

I really want to express my feelings more but that will really spoil you. And I know that people hate being spoiled. So I suggest that you should just read the book. AS IN PRE-ORDER AND READ THE BOOK IMMEDIATELY AFTER ITS RELEASE.

My rating would be a solid 4  out of 5 stars as the book let me feel to be loved, and show that being a carefree person sometimes is not as bad as other thinks.

RATING:

  • 5 stars

*FAVORITE QUOTES*

Here are some of the quotable quotes that I find funny and pretty when reading the book.

  1. It was easy and almost always more fun than actually trying.
  2. You only start liking them when they stop paying attention to you.
  3. People who would be there for you even when you messed up and behaved like a little jerk? They were the good stuff.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maurene goo

Maurene Goo grew up in a Los Angeles suburb surrounded by floral wallpaper and piles of books. She studied communication at UC San Diego and then later received a Masters in publishing, writing, and literature at Emerson College. Before publishing her first book, Since You Asked, she worked in both textbook and art book publishing. She also has very strong feelings about tacos and houseplants and lives in Los Angeles.

Author Links:

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GIVEAWAY

Wanna win a hardbound copy of The Way You Make Me Feel? Then, click here to enter the giveaway. And don’t you worry, the giveaway is International.