Jan 24, 2017

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David


Today is the cover reveal for Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. This cover is designed by Daniel Tinagan


Keeping the DistanceKeeping the Distance 
(I Heart Iloilo #1)
By Clarisse David
Genre: Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: February 6, 2017

Blurb:

No bets. No fake relationships. Just a very real one that has to be kept under wraps.

Seventeen-year-old Melissa wants to dye her hair cotton candy pink and focus on her ukulele instead of Physics. But she can't. As the daughter of a Catholic school principal, living up to her model student image 24/7 is a must. Something's about to give under all the pressure. She only hopes it isn't her.

Getting involved with a troublemaking basketball player is the last possible thing she needs...

Lance is used to getting what he wants. With a pretty face he uses to full advantage and his role as co-captain of the basketball team, the easy way is the only way he's ever known. Until the day he notices the prim Melissa he's known forever is actually hot and decides to ask her out. He has no idea he's about to learn the lesson of a lifetime.

Not getting what he wants might exactly be what he needs.


You can find Keeping the Distance on Goodreads

You can pre-order Keeping the Distance on Amazon


Clarisse DavidAbout the Author:

Clarisse David is a Young Adult and New Adult author from the land of epic heat waves a.k.a. the Philippines. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and cannot survive without Taylor Swift songs, red lipstick, and books. When not hanging out on Twitter, she can be found working on her latest writing project.


You can find and contact Clarisse here:

- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads
- Instagram
- Pinterest
- Newsletter


Giveaway

There is a cover reveal wide giveaway for the cover reveal of Keeping the Distance. These are the prizes you can win:

- One winner will win an ebook copy of Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David and an ebook of their choice from #romanceclass. See the whole list of romanceclass books here: http://www.romanceclass.com

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Jan 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To



Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But
Didn't Get To (But TOTALLY Plan To)


*I wanted to read these so much (that's why there's more than 10 books in this list)
**2016 was the year I got a job...and said job hindered me from have enough time to read more books (even though I completed my GR Reading Challenge 102/100 books, STILL)


 

WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna Marie McLemore (October 04, 2016) - this sounded like a best friends to lovers trope + it has witches and magic.

TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL by Melina Marchetta (October 11, 2016) - it's Melina Marchetta... and she's one of my favorite authors ever... so this is definitely a must-read (that I failed last year)

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon (November 01, 2016) - so I loved Everything Everything and I am hoping to love this one as well. And the MCs are Jamaican-American and Korean-American!!


  

OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS by Krystal Sutherland (October 04, 2016) - I don't know how sad this will be but I got a copy and I still plan on reading this...even if it might break my heart.

VASSA IN THE NIGHT by Sarah Porter (September 20, 2016) - this was even one of my most anticipated reads of 2016 but oh well, I failed to read it.

THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne (August 09, 2016) - there's SO MUCH buzz about this book and as always, my Twitter timeline got too convincing. I didn't evenknow this was New Adult + a hate to love trope? Sign me up.




WAIT FOR IT by Mariana Zapata (December 07, 2016) - a Zapata book that I have yet to read... I need that slow burn in my life again.

THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR by Katharine McGee (August 30, 2016) - I bought this book a few days after its release because I was captivated by the pretty cover (A Weakness)

THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis (September 20, 2016) - again, my Twitter timeline convinced me to read this + the plot sounds interesting.




IRON CAST by Destiny Soria (October 11, 2016) - the cover alone was enough for me to want to pick it up.

LABYRINTH LOST by Zoraida Cordova (September 06, 2016) - this is about witches and it really sounds interesting because our MC decided to get rid of her powers but it backfired to her...resulting to her family vanishing into thin air.

OF FIRE AND STARS by Audrey Coulthurst (November 22, 2016) - queen-to-be and future king's sister get together instead. And its set in a fantasy world!


  

THREE DARK CROWNS by Kendare Blake (September 20, 2016) - three queen sisters fighting for a crown with lots of magic = my kind of story.

EVER THE HUNTED by Erin Summerill (December 27, 2016) - I was too busy during Christmas time that I forgot about this...and to think this was one of my most anticipated reads of the year 2016.

NEVER EVER by Sara Saedi (June 21, 2016) - another anticipated read that even made it to one of my Waiting on Wednesday posts


Dec 14, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: The Book Jumper


Hosted by Breaking the Spine


WHAT I'M WAITING FOR


Title: The Book Jumper
Author: Mechthild Gläser
Publication Date: January 03, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Add to: Goodreads

Amy Lennox doesn't know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother's childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay.

Amy's grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House—but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy's new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts—at whatever cost.

WHY I'M WAITING

I saw this on my twitter timeline long ago but I forgot about it. Yesterday, I saw it again on bloggers' Top Ten Tuesday lists. So... I immediately added it to my TBR. The cover and blurb are so convincing.

Really... "Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside."
  • the protagonist can go to the world that's inside the book
  • she can also interact with the characters
  • we have moments where we want to escape reality and that's why for us, we read books, now imagine actually living IN IT.
  • that's like...every avid reader's dream...


Dec 13, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'm Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017



Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To 
For The First Half Of 2017


*I sorted this via release date
**Krista and Becca just said Infini will be released next month with no specific date yet BUT this is my most anticipated so it's my number 1


01. Infini by Krista and Becca Ritchie
January 2017
- best friends to lovers trope! (I'm forever a sucker for this)
- female MC is is a WOC (she's Jamaican-American)
- male MC is a kleptomaniac (Luka is a precious cinnamon roll)
- strong!! family!! relationship!! (I'm forever weak in this department)
- Krista and Becca are two of my all-time favorite and trusted authors and not one book of theirs has let me down yet

02. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
January 31, 2017
- protagonist wants to see Caraval, a show where the audience could participate
- her sister helped her escape so she could see the said show
- unfortunately, her sister got kidnapped as part of Caraval's game
- and if said sister is found, then whoever found her is the winner
- lots of magic
- sisterhood (like I said in Infini above, I'm weak for this kind of stuff)

03. Wintersong by S. Jae Jones
February 07, 2017
- I was too late to get an ARC for this so... *cries*
- it's a Labyrinth retelling
- protagonist loves writing songs and the Goblin King is her muse
- "a life for a life", protagonist agrees to marry the Goblin King in exchange for her sister's freedom
- Marie Lu enjoyed and loved this, and I trust her review 

04. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
February 07, 2017
- IMPORTANT
- protagonist's best friend was shot to death by a police officer
- inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement
- serious issues that's happening in society will be tackled for sure
- is definitely going to be sending out a deep message for the readers
- this is actually optioned for a movie already though?

05. The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
February 28, 2017
- sequel to The Girl from Everywhere
- we got pirates here
- and we also got time-traveling
- I hope my ship sails... (not talking about the one you ride on the water)
- I was happy to know that there's a sequel because the first book's ending left me with some questions

06. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
March 07, 2017
- sequel to Rebels of the Sand
- the first book was really, really promising
- we got magic, legends, prince, princesses, and Djinnis
- the cute romance in the first book had me wanting more
- lots of interesting characters that possess their own power
- friendships (this is another thing I love reading about)
- there's that "who to trust" thing

07. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
April 04, 2017
- when Jenny Han dropped the cake picture on twitter, I almost cried
- let this be a good conclusion to Lara Jean's story and I just want everyone to be happy
- please let there be more baking
- and more of the precious Song Sisters, please
- Peter Kavinsky. That's it.

08. Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
May 02, 2017
- the one who brought us The Wrath and the Dawn is now bringing us another series(?) set in feudal Japan and I'm here for it
- protagonist is ambushed but escaped
- she dresses up as a boy to learn about the people who wanted to kill her
- a mash-up of Mulan and 47 Ronin
- if there's romance, I wonder if it's gonna be an enemies-to-lovers trope

09. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
May 30, 2017
- two Indian-Americans and an arranged marriage
- male MC is a hopeless romantic
- female MC is not and just wants a break from her family
- their families are sending them both to the same summer program
- figured this is going to be a light, romantic YA read and I need that
- also how precious is that cover? *heart eyes emoji*

10. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
May 30, 2017
- female MC is a NBSB (No Boyfriend Since Birth)
- sucks at romance and can't flirt to save her life
- starts watching Korean dramas in hopes to learn about the romance
- actually uses the things she learned from the K-dramas




Dec 6, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016



Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The 
First Time In 2016


*I'll be starting from 10 here.
**Some of these authors aren't really new to me. I've heard/seen them around but I never given the chance to check out their works until this year.

10. M. Hollis - This recently debuted author published her book The Melody of You and Me and it was one of the cutest reads for me this year. Hollis delivered a good F/F story not just on the romantic side but also making you admire her characters as they talk about the things they're passionate about and how they're so in love that it makes you go awww nonstop.

09. Alwyn Hamilton - First of all, congratulations to Alwyn Hamilton for winning Goodreads' Debut Goodreads Author! Rebel of the Sands was a great start for a series...? I still have no clue of this is going to be a duology or trilogy or saga or something. But all I know is that her debut novel kicked off to a start that had me wanting more of it. We're talking about magic here. Jinnis to be exact.

08. Melissa Landers - Starflight was recommended by a friend and I needed a good sci-fi book to read after The Lunar Chronicles so I went for it. After I read the book, I visited her profile and landed on her works. Alienated was one of them. I've heard the book so many times in Booktube that it actually surprised me that these two books are by the same author. I've been wanting to read Alienated but never got the chance...or time, I don't really know why.

07. Heidi Heilig - If not for The Book Voyagers' #amazingbookrace and Keep It Diverse's book of the month on Twitter, I would've never picked up The Girl From Everywhere this year. It was my first pirate book and another thing to add in my time-travel shelf. There's also going to be a sequel so you can definitely say I'll be reading it once it's out.

06. Mariana Zapata - I gotta hand it to her for the ever so slow-burn romance in her books. I've read Kulti and The Wall of Winnipeg and Me this year and sports sports sports!! (I love sports though and bonus points if the female protagonist actually plays) and if the tension between the two characters...and that WHEN ARE THEY GONNA KISS feeling. Yes, the author makes you feel that until who-knows-when while you're reading.

05. Melissa de la Cruz - I've seen her around: across the internet, the bookstores, even on TV (eye emoji at Disney's Descendants). This year, I've picked up my first book of hers: Something in Between. I'll be honest, the story was honestly realistic and it's actually based also on the author's experience but I wasn't into her writing. It felt flat to me but I really, REALLY, appreciate her for sharing what she went through by writing this book. I've had family members who are immigrants and their stories aren't as different as the protagonist's so this book is an eye-opener. Just that...the writing wasn't my cup of tea, sadly.

04. Nicola Yoon - I just read Everything Everything last month and I am impressed. I've discovered her through the numerous tweets about The Sun is Also a Star so I checked her GR profile and immediately went for EE first. I fell in love with the book and THERE PAGES WITH DOODLES! It really made the book so cute and so worthwhile reading. Now I'm all here for her other works.

03. Con Template - Many thanks to The Book Voyagers for creating a thread of diverse books and Con Template's work caught my attention: Welcome to the Underworld (have yet to make a series review for this). Now this series has made its home in my heart and I gotta give it to the author because this was a "fanfic series turned to published book series". Talk about achievement. I read fanfics and it's rare to find fics with a very interesting plot. That series belonged to the rarity, I had to give it to Con Template for putting me on the edge of my seat many times.

02. Mina V. Esguerra - As a Filipina, I was looking for Filipinx authors because I wanted to give my support to the local authors. So I searched for lists and I found a bunch of Esguerra's works (especially her Interim Goddess of Love - which was cute and have a pinch of Filipino mythology bits in it) her in the list so why not? I needed a good book with a Filipinx rep in it and her books are it. Plus, she recommends other Filipinx authors with their works too.

01. Melina Marchetta - I devoured her books this year. I've seen Finnikin of the Rock around in Goodreads, it was even recommended to me THRICE. But I never really had this...pull, to read it. I've known her for On the Jellicoe Road but it was when my Twitter timeline (or let's say my mutuals) were tweeting about a good fantasy series and kept bringing up Lumatere. I had no idea what Lumatere was so I searched it on GR and it's the name of the series and the first book is Finnikin of the Rock. So I finally picked it up, thanks to Twitter, and I got hooked. I've read her other books and I recently reviewed Saving Francesca. I've read majority of her books and I can say that this author has not yet disappointed me.


(I wanted to provide pictures of their works but I remembered about today's TTT while I was already in bed and ready to sleep)

Nov 30, 2016

Book Review: The Blazing Star


Title: The Blazing Star
Series: TBA
Author: Imani Josey
Publication Date: December 06, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Add to: Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

Sixteen-year-old Portia White is used to being overlooked—after all, her twin sister Alex is a literal genius.

But when Portia holds an Egyptian scarab beetle during history class, she takes center stage in a way she never expected: she faints. Upon waking, she is stronger, faster, and braver than before. And when she accidentally touches the scarab again?

She wakes up in ancient Egypt—her sister and an unwitting freshman in tow.

Great.

Mysterious and beautiful, Egypt is more than they could have ever imagined from their days in the classroom. History comes alive as the three teens realize that getting back to the present will be the most difficult thing they’ve ever done. Stalked by vicious monsters called Scorpions, every step in the right direction means a step closer to danger.

As Portia and the girls discover that they’re linked to the past by more than just chance, they have to decide what it truly means to be yourself, to love your sister, and to find your way home.

MY THOUGHTS

Portia's used to being the twin that goes along with everything her sister does. Same clothes, same hairstyle, even agreeing to go to the same university with her once they graduate high school. But Portia wanted to be more than that. More than to be that twin who is behind the spotlight while the world looks at her sister. A class trip to a museum not only changed Portia's relationship with her sister, but it also took her back to the past. Ancient Egypt kind-of past.

I've studied bits of Ancient Egypt when I was in high school and I love how I understood (or remember) some terms that I didn't feel the need to Google them. I had the time of my life reading The Blazing Star because not only did this took me to Egypt's ancient times but it also packed some magic and humor between the pages.


This was gods and goddesses, myths and legends, and very old magic.

Aside from the quote above, the book has POC characters, female characters with different personalities and have their own strengths, a relationship between twin sisters that's going to be tested as the story goes on, a protagonist finding more for herself than being in the shadows of her twin, a prince who's nice and sweet (and adorable when he doesn't understand any "present/current terms/things"), and unexpected twists. This was also light on the romance department and I love it because it wasn't rushed. It was developed and I'm eager to see what's in store for it in the next book.

There was also a scene here where I teared up. It was when Portia finally told Alex, her twin, what she really felt and how she wanted to mean something for herself this time. I felt Portia's pain and I don't even have a twin or a sibling to relate this kind of emotion. Alex isn't bad though, she just wanted her and Portia to be together (and maybe until forever) but Portia wanted other things this time. This was honestly the one that really got me going because I've mentioned many times before that family relationships will always have the biggest impact on me whenever I read a book, despite me being a big sucker for romance.

I'm excited for the next book because that ending somehow left me wanting more, and not to mention that it was a bit of a cliffhanger. I also had no idea that this wasn't a stand-alone but I'm not complaining.

AND CAN WE JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO ADMIRE THE VERY BEAUTIFUL COVER? You all should know by now how covers are important to me because they are the ones that attract me first, the blurb comes second.

***ARC kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.





MY RATING