PH Blog Tour: History Is All You Left Me

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Before Reading:

Yes, I am aware that this book will definitely make me cry. Yes, I am aware of the consequences that I will have to face once I start reading. I had a soft spot for Adam Silvera ever since I read More Happy Than Not. Now when it comes to things I cannot turn down, it can be books by authors I love very much, or any fandom stuff in between.

I was genuinely surprised because it was intertwined somehow. Alright, my eyes are ready. I have a bucket, just in case I need more reassurance that I will cry while I read this book. Adam, I give you the permission to tear out my heart again.

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25014114Title & Author: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Genre:  Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT

Year Published: 17th of January 2017

Series: None

Pages: 320

Publisher: Soho Teen

Source: Hardback, provided for the tour

Rating:  4.5/5 stars

Buy it on: TBD || Amazon

Summary:

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

After Reading:

Some memories have resurfaced, and some tears were shed. I love Griffin, and I love Theo as well. But my heart breaks as I continue to remember them. I swear, Adam Silvera must live off from his reader’s tears. Semi-kidding. Alright, let’s get to the review.

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A reader’s mind can conjure a lot of thoughts while reading a certain book. Meanwhile, an author has that power over the reader that can be effectively played out if you add the right tone to it. History Is All You Left Me has the capability to make a reader feel the highest and lowest emotions that can be felt, and there is no in between.

We have history, where we join Griffin as we go through a journey of being true and accepting who he is. We also get a glimpse of what Theo was like, making it somewhat difficult to transition to today. Because like Griffin, Theo is the kind of character that you can easily get attached to. But it’s like a spike in the heart to remember that he has already past in the beginning of the novel. History manages to capture the essence of young love, same-sex relationship, and accepting oneself (re: OCD). How Adam Silvera managed to capture all of that while talking about zombie pirates and alternative universe theories, I will never know how.

But we also have today, in which we join two significant others that left a mark in Theo’s life, one way or another. Dealing with grief and loss is not easy to do, and coping up with it is certainly tough. That is why we also get to see another side of the characters that we did not get to see in history. Today matters because it gives a new light to the brutally honest truth on what everyone has to face in the aftermath. Adam writes with the truth; the beautiful yet heartbreaking truth.

History Is All You Left Me is practically an invisible roller coaster. You cannot see it, but you don’t exactly know that you are on it. You ride it once you start reading, and you will get all of these honest human emotions reflected on every single page. The ride is enjoyable, but it is one that you won’t forget because it has that huge of an impact. If you want to read a book that is beautiful, wonderfully crafted, and a true expression of #ownvoices, then this one’s for you.

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Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children’s bookseller, marketing assistant at a literary development company, and book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. His debut novel, More Happy Than Not, received multiple starred reviews and is a New York Times bestseller, and Adam was selected as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. He writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason.


Alright, I think that was enough tears in one review. Huge thanks to Nicka at Read by Nicka for letting me be a part of this tour. It has been wonderful. ❤

So, have you read History Is All You Left Me? If so, share your feels with me! If you haven’t read it yet, why not? You should soon! Or if you have not yet read a book by Adam Silvera, what exactly are you waiting for? GO PICK UP ONE OF HIS BOOKS BEFORE THE OTHER ONE COMES OUT. You will not regret it, I swear. Now we go big tonight, okay?

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The Sun Is Also A Star, and it shines so bright: A Review

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Before Reading:

Okay. I am freaking out. Penguin Random House actually granted my request to read this much loved book. Can I get a holla? Well, to be honest, I am a bit skeptical about this book because I have not read anything by Nicola Yoon before. I don’t know if she and I will connect, but this story has touched so many lives and people raved about it. How good is this book? Honestly, I will probably go into this blindly. I stopped reading the blurb when I saw that it will have a guy’s perspective. Ah, some things never change. Alright, let’s get to it!

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28763485Title & Author: The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Genre:  Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Year Published: 1st of November 2016

Series: None

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Source: eARC, provided by Netgalley

Rating:  4.5/5 stars

Buy it on: Amazon | TBD | National Bookstore | Fully Booked

Summary: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

After Reading:

Oh my dear sweet lord that was so beautiful! This book is everything that I wanted in life and more! I have never read a book that tackled my philosophy in life. In this case, it goes like this: everything we do is interconnected.

All our actions have effect on every person that we interact with. Some are small, some are big. But it creates an impact either way.

I have been living with that mantra since my second year of high school. And I know it’s true, but I never thought that it could be beautifully manifested through a book. And then came The Sun Is Also A Star, and suddenly my dreams came true.

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The Sun Is Also A Star is a magnificently-written book. All of the feelings that can be felt while reading this book is too hard to be put into words. But I will try, even if it will probably be the equivalent of the incoherent noises composed of fangirl screams in real life.

In my case, a story about instalove can either be a hit or miss for me. A story with multiple perspectives often enchants me, and a story with mixed point of views is already a winner. The Sun Is Also A Star nailed all of those aspects and it hit the bullseye. Natasha and Daniel’s love story caught me just after they met. There was an immediate click. These two characters are meant to be together because all of the chain reactions that happened to them that day. They were meant to meet and fall in love that day, despite of all the prejudices breathing down their necks. Call me a hopeless romantic, but I do believe that this story is an example of one of the extraordinary cases where you just know that it’s young love, but also something more. Though a stretch from reality, the love that can be felt in this book is genuine.

Now if it has an overpowering instalove, what makes it so unique? Basically every other element in this book. The trouble with being deported, the prejudices of being pressured by an older generation, the aftermath of every single action has it’s equal opposite reaction. I am not about to go all science-y here, but that is just a fact. In those other perspectives, with something brief about how everyone has something to do with anything shows us a glimpse on how faith probably works. The inclusion of other people in the narrative makes the story more wholesome and compact, solidifying a solid standpoint on where the book wants to place itself. Now it is obvious on where The Sun Is Also A Star stands: on a pedestal, where a person can choose to read it and love it, or stand by and let them be overpowered by the tropes. Either way, it makes a reader feel something. And that will have an effect on another person. See how the ripple continues on the loop. 🙂

In summary, I loved this book. It is one of the best books that I have read in 2016, and it will definitely stand the test of time and I will probably put it on my best of the best shelf.

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Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.


I think it is safe to say that I have jumped aboard the Nicola Yoon hype train. Believe me, once I get my hands on her other book Everything,  Everything… It will be devoured like hot fudge on a cold winter night. I just like fluffy things, okay? And her book is just the best. Honestly made 2016 a wee bit better.

Have you read Nicola Yoon’s books yet? If so, let’s fangirl/fanboy together in the comments below (but don’t leave spoilers for Everything, Everything, okay?) If you have not read Nicola’s books yet, what will you probably pick up first? Does her book remind you of any other book? Let’s chat, please! 🙂

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FBCYA Tour: Timekeeper (Review + Giveaway)

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Before Reading:

Alright, I guess it is the proper time for me to say it. It started when I had this crazy idea to make things interesting for the book club. So I say, why not host blog tours and stuff like that? I was starting to lose hope because it did not seem like no one wanted to take a shot. But then, Sky Pony Press was kind enough to let us host a blog tour for Timekeeper. If you want to imagine what I was like, I was ridiculously giddy. Timekeeper is something special, because it deals with a lot of topics that I personally love. Okay, let’s get to it!

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25760792Title: Timekeeper

Author: Tara Sim

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Teen, Mental Illness

Date Published: 1st of November 2016

Series: Timekeeper #1

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Source: eARC from the publisher

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Buy it on: Amazon / TBD

Summary:

Two o’clock was missing. 

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

After Reading:

Maybe… just maybe… this is the best alternate history book that I have read in a while. I have never felt this relieved about an ending since reading the Percy Jackson series. Everything was keyed in place like a smooth glove. It was ridiculously satisfying. I just want to hug all of Tara’s characters because this book is the perfect mix of fluffiness, history, and fantasy. I love it, okay?

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The three things that I mostly loved about Timekeeper are: the clock spirits, the boy love, and the historical setting. Those factors made Timekeeper a gem underneath everything.

The concept of clock spirits are oddly fascinating. The thought of having one for each clock in every city is unique in the sense that those clock spirits are essentially guardians. And not only that, but the spirits are humanlike. Not just in form but in terms how they act and feel. As a reader, knowing what the character feels is vital. The clock spirits give life to the pages that they are in, and that is just incredible. Also I want to note that the extra stories added a lot more for me to invest myself in the story. I’m already reading something from an alternate history retelling and I am still getting a mythology lesson in it. Dear gosh Tara, you spoil us too much with these lovely side stories. It is beyond fascinating.

Second, I’m a sucker for boy romance to begin with. I love a good story where the guys fall in love with each other. But since this is somehow my area, what makes Timekeeper so special? One of the boys, Colton, is a clock spirit. He can’t leave his tower because REASONS. Reading Timekeeper for Danny and Colton’s romance is like the cheesecake from Friends. You start with little bits of detail here and there, telling yourself that it is going to be bad for you (looking at you, Danny Hart) and then you fall so hard after you taste it. Legit, I was on the edge of my seat (or bed, rather) when the two of them were basically the sweetest things to grace this earth. Bless their romance so much. And all the things that Danny is willing to do for Colton, it’s honestly true love right there.

Third, historical settings are the bomb. Granted, it’s an alternate one. But it’s London. And it’s set in Victorian England. The world is as big as ever, stretching out to other places in the world. The book leaves a lot of room for the reader to imagine the setting. It is simply wonderful. It opens a lot of opportunity to be discovered.

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The lovely ladies in Timekeeper. Girl power all the way! This book knows how to empower women, I can tell you that.

Timekeeper is a really amazing book. It is a book that is not afraid on what it wants to be. It’s a refreshing story that can cure a reading slump. And it is amazingly satisfying till the end. There’s unique factor in there with the writing style that grips you and pulls you in once you get to dive in the story. Honestly, I loved every aspect.

Not only that, but this book inspired me to read more steampunk books. This one is a first for me, and since I loved Timekeeper, I may read a lot more books that belong in that genre.

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Tara Sim is a YA author found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not writing about magic, clocks, and boys, she drinks tea, wrangles cats, and sings opera.

Tara grew up in California, but braved the elements of Virginia to study English/Creative Writing at Hollins University.

Half-Indian and full geek, she eats too many samosas and awkwardly dances to Bhangra music.

TIMEKEEPER (Sky Pony Press, Fall ’16) is her debut YA novel.

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And of course, for you to know what I’m talking about, you have the chance to get Timekeeper into your lovely hands. This giveaway will end by the 20th of November and is only open for U.S. and Canada residents only. May you have all of the lucky stars to win this amazing book.

And that, fangirls and fanboys, is the end of our Timekeeper blog tour. But of course, our support for Timekeeper does not end there. Huge thanks to Sky Pony Press and Ms. Tara Sim for the endless support for this tour.

So what do you think? Ready to add Timekeeper to your TBRs? Let’s discuss below.

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PH Blog Tour: Nevernight (Review)

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Before Reading:

I don’t really know what I am getting myself into. Kidding! Of course I know what this is. Jay Kristoff has a history of ripping people’s hearts out in pieces. I could give you Illuminae for that. But this is not it. Nevernight’s on the spotlight now, and it has the moment. Considering how I am shattered and devastated by Jay’s writing style, I decided to give it another go because it comes with the weirdness of my inner self. This book is beautiful, dark, gritting, and is unlike any book I have ever seen.

Please don’t tear me to bits.

Too late.

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Title: Nevernight

Author: Jay Kristoff

Genre: Young Adult (?), Fantasy

Date Published: 9th of August 2016

Series: The Nevernight Chronicle #1

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Source: Paperback, ARC for the tour

Rating: 4/5 stars on Goodreads

Buy it on: Amazon / TBD

Summary:

The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

After Reading:

I do not have feelings. I am numb. I do not know what to feel. What is this sensation that is left within me? Am I even allowed to even speak or squeal? I can feel a reading slump brewing. OH MY gods…

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Entering a new world is always scary, especially if that specific genre is not your usual cup of tea. Yet in all of the glory it holds, Nevernight managed to convince me to stay and read the bloody book in less than a hundred pages. Nevernight is an example of an exquisite and delicate book with a promise so great that it could instantly hook you in. It also has it’s fair share of your usual young adult fantasy tropes that will hit you right in the face if you’re as meticulous of a reader as I am. Add in an author who is fantastically hilarious, and you get 600 pages worth of all the sleep that you may need to sacrifice to finish this badass book.

Within Nevernight’s pages is the world of Mia Corvere, a girl who is out to seek revenge for her family’s downfall in the hands of powerful men. She enters the Red Church to be trained as a deadly assassin, where she faces the challenges that will either make or break herself. I cannot help but draw my comparison of Mia Corvere to Juliet Capulet in the anime adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. They have similarities in regards to what motivates them to do what they do, and seeing that comparison helped me to connect with Mia. Mind you, I have a history of disliking female characters in some cases so this book automatically gets plus points for that. But the comparison with Juliet stops there, because Mia is not your sometimes damsel in distress. She is still a growing character, and I want to continue on hoping that as the series will progress, she will grow into a character worth of all the praise that anyone could throw at her. She is a strong individual who can stand alone, and I admire her for that. She is an amazing female lead that many can look up to.  She is honorable, courageous, and imperfect. Honestly, she might not even need a love interest. That is how badass she is.

In Mia’s journey, we get this array of characters that we have to be careful not to have feelings for, because as a reader, you must keep your guard up on this book. We get a look of her mentors, who are (almost) too good in almost every aspect. They are almost intimidating, but there is this side of them that is still practically human. As for her peers, let me just say that I will never look at people the same way again. It is difficult not to judge a book by the cover, but you can always see through if you are observant enough.

It is not difficult to get into Nevernight’s atmosphere because of Jay Kristoff’s beloved footnotes. Not only were they hilarious, but they were a reliable souce to get you hooked into the story. Think of the footnotes as your crash course to the history of Itreya. It is my personal liking to know more about the history of the world that I am getting myself into. The setting of Ancient Rome and The Prince of Venice sat well with me. I could just imagine the grandiose and the extravagance of it all. And I would dare not leave out the Red Church. The Red Church is breathtaking, almost as if it will kill you with it’s beauty. It is the perfect setting for would-be assassins and their respectful Shahids. I love the brutality, the frankness, and the attitude that the Red Church gives out. Not really surprised if someone is already dying in the next book. Kidding.

Noting these factors, I would recommend you read Nevernight in all of the glory it contains. Not only would you expect blood, but you will expect something different. Mia Corvere is not your typical YA heroine, and Nevernight is not your typical book with similar fantasy plots. Give this book a try, and you might get that #stabstabstab vibe, too.

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Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE LOTUS WAR, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE. He is the winner of two Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over twenty-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 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.

Follow Jay on social media!

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Huge thanks to Kate at The Bookaholic Blurbs for letting me join this lovely tour for Nevernight and Harper Voyager UK for providing the ARC for the tour. I will also be leaving the links of the other blogs who joined the tour so as to spread more love for this amazing book. (Also for you, the reader, in case you need more proof of Nevernight’s sheer awesomeness.)

JM at Book Freak Revelations – [Review]

Inah at The Bibliophile Confessions – [Review]

Imogene at Amidst the Pages – [Review]

Mara at Mara Was Here – [Review]

Kim at Divergent Gryffindor – [Review]

Lyra at Defiantly Deviant – [Review]

Kazhy at My Library In The Making – [Review]

Kai at Amaterasu Reads – [Review]

Kate at The Bookaholic Blurbs – [Review]

Alright. I know that I am not alone on this lovely train. Hit me up with your thoughts on Nevernight and let’s fangirl over in the comment section.

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PH Blog Tour: Everyone We’ve Been (Review + Giveaway)

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Before Reading:

I love books like these. It seems promising, and I want a book to break my contemporary reading slump (Spoiler alert: it did cure my contemporary reading slump.) From the synopsis itself, the book draws attention and a lovely thought: loving oneself before anything else. I badly need this one, alright.

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28503699Title: Everyone We’ve Been

Author: Sarah Everett

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

Date Published: 4th of October 2016

Series: None

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Source: Paperback, ARC for the blog tour

Rating: 4/5 stars

Buy it on: Amazon / TBD

Summary:

Addison Sullivan has been in an accident. In its aftermath, she has memory lapses and starts talking to a boy that no one else can see. It gets so bad that she’s worried she’s going crazy.

Addie takes drastic measures to fill in the blanks and visits a shadowy medical facility that promises to “help with your memory.” But at the clinic, Addie unwittingly discovers it is not her first visit. And when she presses, she finds out that she had certain memories erased. She had a boy erased.

But why? Who was that boy, and what happened that was too devastating to live with? And even if she gets the answers she’s looking for, will she ever be able to feel like a whole person again?

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Here’s why you need to read this lovely book:
1. It may sound clićhe, but it’s not.
Girl in a small town rediscovers herself with the help of the people from her past. That’s the general storyline. But the main point here is that it does not stop there. When things started to get a bit weird, I buckled myself in. I expected that there will be paranormal elements, since Addie is seeing things from her past that no one else can see. Yet it is so much more than that. What I can say without spoiling you guys is that it does not dive deep into the paranormal aspect as the story stays true to its form in the entire book. If less means more, then Everyone We’ve Been shines in that aspect. It delivered a poignant story that made the main character shine, and it succeeded that way.

2. Addie is wonderful lead to follow.
It is very comforting when we get a lead whose voice is easy to understand. She is equally relatable as well, and I find her charming and unique. Addie has this sweet and innocent voice, and it adds up to the build up of the story. Chapter by chapter, her voice intensifies, leading up to the point where the story takes its stand. She blossoms into this amazing girl who is one with her music.

3. It is all about support.
Last but not the least, it is not always smiles and sunshine when it comes to the family notion behind this story. Yet, it becomes a key to the story that puts pieces together.
Addie has a wonderful family that was pulled apart by a divorce. It was not an easy decision, and bit by bit, we see it unfold in the story. Developing the bond of this family is no easy task, and I admire the author for helping the character find herself through the people that she loves.

This book is refreshing on its own, and I love how different it is despite being cornered as a book that seem to be like other ones. It’s not really, and all you have to do is to pick this wonderful book up and see for yourself. Go on a journey with Addie, and you may find yourself as well.

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Thank you so much to Inah at The Bibliophile Confessions for letting me join this blog tour. Check out the rest of the tour below:

Inah at The Bibliophile Confessions

Areli at Books at Photographs

Nicka at Read by Nicka

Hazel at Stay Bookish

JM at Book Freak Revelations

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Now, have you read Everything We’ve Been? Why have you not read it yet? How did you find it? Comment below!

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ARC Review: If The Dress Fits

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Before Reading:

Since when have I turned down the chances of reading a Carla de Guzman book? Let’s say, never. (Well actually, once. But the reason behind that was because I badly wanted to interview her. Do you get me? I hope you do.) I was ridiculously anxious when she announced about this book, because the cover is gorgeous! Is it even possible to make grabby hands mentally? I think so, yep. And then, late at night while scrolling through Twitter,

Good news: There was an opportunity for me to read it.

Bad news: It was the most hectic week of my life so far.

I still signed up to read it. Because like I said, I never miss chances like this. Oh the things I would do for a favorite author, haha.

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Title: If The Dress Fits

Author: Carla de Guzman

Genre: Adult, Romance

Date Published: 15th of October 2016

Series: None

Publisher: Midnight Books

Source: eARC, provided by the author

Rating: 5/5 stars

Summary:

Martha Aguas kind of has it all–she’s an accountant who loves numbers, an accident-prone puppy that loves her, and the perfect wardrobe.

Yes, she wears a dress size 24, her bras don’t fit and she’s never had a boyfriend, but so what?

It becomes a big deal when her perfect cousin Regina announces her engagement to Enzo, the only boy she’s ever loved (he doesn’t know, so don’t tell him!) Suddenly Aguases from all corners of the globe are coming for the event, and the last thing Martha wants is to be asked why she still prefers her lattes with a waffle on the side.

Thank god for Max. Goofy, funny, dependable Max, who finds himself playing the fake boyfriend at the family festivities. But why does it feel like only one of them is pretending?

After Reading:

You might have guessed that I have actually read it since you are reading my review after all. How did I manage to pull it off, you ask? I read during breaks, when I felt like my workload lightened up just a little bit, and also on the jeepney rides on my way home. But the real MVP was the stressful day before I finished this book. I slept early, and then I read the rest of the book (around 40% if I recall my progress) the morning after. ALL. IN. ONE. SITTING. Because that is how good this book is.

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I received an eARC for review of this book from Ms. Carla herself. Please know that this is an honest review and all the thoughts and opinions that I have for this book are all mine.

Is it possible to feel all the feels? For some reason, I have been reading a lot of books that tell me that I should love myself. And it is probably why I liked this book very much.

First, the book shines as a character-driven story. Martha is this person who seems very collective, but is actually very down to earth and is like any other person who has insecurities. Max is this cool amd calm dude who just gets how things are done. Their duo has this amazing chemistry that is somehow electrifying. Gosh, if only Max exists. Martha is such a lucky gal to have him as a best friend. If you’re running low, and you need to feel some romance, I swear just think of the fluffiness that Martha and Max has to offer. I mean if I have to be honest, even their dogs have chemistry! Is that even possible? It is quite charming, haha.

The majority of the characters are within the Aguas clan, each one with their own quirk and funny side. I love how the family dynamic was embedded in this story because it was expanded up to the extended family, branching to Martha’s aunts, cousin, and lola. What shines in the story, besides the kilig moments, was the relationship between Martha and her cousin, Regina. We all have those wounds that never heal, and sometimes it opens up again when we see the person who caused it. That aspect of their relationship was really heart warming and it is also a good notion that there is nothing bad with being honest to oneself and to the family.

Second, I have to commend the author for her lovely writing. When this book is not giving me the feels, it makes me very hungry. And I mean that as a compliment! The writing style is as unique as ever, and it will really draw you into the story. I can’t help but to laugh out loud when Martha is in quite an awkward situation with her food or literally anything else. There’s humor and fun in it, but there is also seriousness since it also tackles a topic such as body shaming. There’s wittiness in conveying that topic in this book, as it is subtle yet the message is there. Throw in the mix of romance and every emotion, and you get to ride this rollercoaster of feels.

And third, I cannot put emphasis enough on how I was moved and how much I have swooned over the romance in this story. Color me a hopeless romantic, but this is one of those books that make me feel that love is literally everywhere. In short, pag hindi ka kinilig sa kacute-tan ni Martha at Max, i-assume ko na baka bato ka. Joke.

(English translation: If you don’t feel anything when it comes to Martha and Max’s cuteness, I will presume that you are a rock.)

Pick this book up and you will know what I am talking about, ladies and gents. It is such a lovely read, (and take it from someone who was stressed while reading it) and it will definitely take you away to a land where feels fly free.

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Carla

Employee by day and writer by night, she has a blog that serves as her free space to post things about her travels and her adventures as a self-published author. She is a proud part of#romanceclass and loves supporting Filipino authors and artists.

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Alright! I neeed someone to talk to about feels. Are you dying to read If The Dress Fits? Comment below!

P.S. Max looks like someone I know IRL. Guess who’s still swooning?

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January Wrap-Up + February TBR

 

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Goodbye January, hello February! As much as I hate to say it, but January is already over. I mean come on! Why did you have to come by so fast? I don’t want to take my final exams yet! You were a good month, January. I was so productive, even without a new year’s resolution. But darn, I actually smell a hiatus in February. Even though I am only practically on the verge of my 2nd year, I already have my thesis. And I am already panicking. 😦

Nonetheless, January gave me a lot of books to read during my spare time and it was delightful just to stare at them. But, I am not proud of the things that I have done with a certain books.



Books In The Freezer aka February TBR

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The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

I believe my e-book sickness has been cured thanks to this book. I just cannot put this book down. Literally, my phone needs to be charged 24/7 just for this one. I am too lucky to be granted an ARC by NetGalley! ❤

The Academy: Alignment by David Davis and Andra St. Ivanyi

Definitely one of the books that I hope can satisfy my craving for fantasy.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

This is the first read of the Fanboy Book Club! I am so excited to finally discuss it with people!

It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

I’m actually halfway through this baby already. I have been wanting read it before I got into book blogging but it was only available at Fully Booked so I never got the chance to request for it. And now I have it, I’m just gobbling it up. I am in love with Craig and all of his imperfections.



Books I Read

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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I know a lot of you guys love this series so much. But I don’t think my reading experience with this book was healthy and very… primeval in the sense. It’s not that I didn’t like it because I was infatuated with the writing style. It’s just that the characters were really frustrating me. Except for Kenji and James. Because they make the sense happen.

Slippery Things by Lane Baker

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Read my full review here

It was a refreshing read, but it lacked certain qualities that did not hook me up that much. I loved the family aspect and genuity of the heroine though.

Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

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Okay, I’ll just let it out. This book deals with certain that I cannot fathom with. The book made me realize some things, but it also hooked me up so bad that Jeff started to go to my head and let me be. I don’t regret knowing about the book for so long and but never reading the blurb properly. Jeff had a really nice voice for a character, which proves my point on why I’ve always loved male leads. Also, sneak peek. This book deals with LGBT topics. Although, I don’t really advise younger readers to read it. While I was reading, I had to double-check if I was 18. Luckily, I am. 😀



Book Haul

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Book Reviews

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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 Well that’s a wrap everyone! I’m just here crossing my fingers and I am praying so hard because I really want to read and ace my finals all at the same time. Hope you had a lovely January 😀

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