Book Review: Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star

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Title: Sisters One, Two, Three
Author: Nancy Star
Published date: 1st January 2017
Genre: General Fiction, Women’s Fiction
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
Date read: 1st March 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Summary:

After a tragic accident on Martha’s Vineyard, keeping secrets becomes a way of life for the Tangle family. With memories locked away, the sisters take divergent paths. Callie disappears, Mimi keeps so busy she has no time to think, and Ginger develops a lifelong aversion to risk that threatens the relationships she holds most dear.

When a whispered comment overheard by her rebellious teenage daughter forces Ginger to reveal a long-held family secret, the Tangles’ carefully constructed web of lies begins to unravel. Upon the death of Glory, the family’s colorful matriarch, and the return of long-estranged Callie, Ginger resolves to return to Martha’s Vineyard and piece together what really happened on that calamitous day when a shadow fell over four sun-kissed siblings playing at the shore. Along with Ginger’s newfound understanding come the keys to reconciliation: with her mother, with her sisters, and with her daughter.

At turns heartbreaking, humorous, and hopeful, Sisters One, Two, Three explores not only the consequences of secrets—even secrets kept out of love—but also the courage it takes to speak the truth, to forgive, and to let go.

Thank you to Netgalley, and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

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Top 5 Wednesday | Favorite Non-Written Novels (15th Feb ’17)

Hey guys~ As usual, I am late. Wednesday was yesterday for me. This also happens to be my first T5W post of the year. 😀 As you all know, Top 5 Wednesday is a discussion group on Goodreads, started by Lainey and now moderated by Sam.

This week’s topic is Favourite Non-Written Novels. Basically, it means any top 5 fav manga, comics, graphic novels…etc. any others books except for the normal novel, you can list it down.

Mine will definitely be filled with manga, haha. I mostly read shoujo manga (romantic, sweet, fluffy manga that is sure to make a girl’s heart go doki doki), and yaoi manga (LGBT manga, well, yaoi specifically focused on gay love). But sometimes I do like to read action/ fantasy manga.

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Blog Tour + Giveaway: Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux Book Review

Title: Gold Rush
Author: Jennifer Comeaux
Publication date: January 9th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: Xpresso Book Tour
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Liza Petrov’s entire life has been about skating and winning her sport’s top prize – Olympic gold. She’s stayed sheltered inside her bubble, not daring to stray from her destined path.

Until she meets Braden Patrick.

He makes her heart flutter with possibility, and for the first time she gets a taste of a normal teenage life. She longs to have both the boy and the gold, but stepping outside her bubble comes with a price. As Liza begins to question both her future and her past, can she stay focused on the present and realize her ultimate dream?

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I read Gold Rush in one-sitting, and I loved it so much!

I’m a fan of competitive figure skating, and I love reading books about it, and I have to admit that it was the main reason why I decided to participate in this tour. I didn’t expect to love it this much.

When I reached the part about the first time Liza and Braden met, I thought it would be like all the other cliché YA contemporary romance books, where the two main characters meet, fall in love, throw in some misunderstandings here and there, maybe a break in the relationship before making up and their happy ending. I was wrong. Well, okay, some of those did happen, but most didn’t. The whole story was a big ball of fluff, and you’ll only feel a teeny bit of frustrations. There’s also an element of mystery (only a tiny bit though) in the book that caught me off guard.

I like Braden so much— well, I like Liza too, but I like Braden the most. He is just too sweet. And I love the relationship between him and Liza. I love the interaction between them when they first met (the awkward flirting!), I love their interactions before they became official, and I love their interactions after. I just love them. I love Braden’s family too. I just love relationships like that, like when Liza became friends with Braden, she didn’t just became friends with Braden but also with his family.

Me loving Braden’s family didn’t mean Liza’s own family wasn’t great. I love them too. Her father came off strict at first in regards of Braden, but he’s just an overprotective papa bear. I love Liza’s younger siblings, and the relationship she has with her stepmom was great. There are lots of stories where stepmoms are made into this wicked, evil person, and it’s just nice to read about a stepmom who is so nice for a change.

Also, just because this book is sweet and fluffy, doesn’t mean it didn’t have its sad moments. I didn’t bawl my eyes out, but I think a few tears escaped here and there. This is where the lil bit of mystery came. I’m not going to say what so that I don’t spoil anyone. But I’ll just have to warn you readers who are so emotional like me, maybe you’ll have to prepare some tissue papers when you read this book.

To sum it up, this is the perfect book for readers who are looking for a light YA romance book to read. I like how Jennifer Comeaux managed to make me so invested in these characters. And I think fans of figure skating might enjoy this book too. I think the figure skating parts were described perfectly.

I rate this book 4 / 5 stars.


Author bio:

Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. When she’s not writing, traveling, or calculating taxes, you can find her feeding her television addiction.

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Book Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

20801166Title: A Little Something Different
Author:
Sandy Hall
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Published date: 26th August 2014
Source: Own copy
Date read: 14th January 2017
Rating: 4/5 stars
Summary: 

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together….


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True facts:

  1. I didn’t buy this book because of the cover (Okay, I lied. 45% IS because of the cover).
  2. This book totally failed the Bechdel Test, but
  3. It has diverse characters!

So, when I went into the bookstore today, I saw this book, oh so pink, and I went to the shelf and picked it up. I looked it up on Goodreads, and happened to read the few sentences of this one review:

“The book was so adorable” and “the reviewer loved the bus driver and the squirrel POVs”.

A Little Something Different is a book about Lea and Gabe doing their awkward dance around each other before finally getting their shit together BUT — and here’s the twist — it is written in the people around the two main characters’ POV ie. friends, brother, baristas…

To add on the drama in the book, there’s this little mystery in there that we’ve got to figure out. I am so dying to tell about me being a great sleuth, being able to put two and two together, but then I don’t want to spoil it for other readers who might want to connect the dots themselves too.

Using the multiple POVs to tell the story is the main reason why I bought this book. One, it was unique; and two, people say that it was well-written. And I am happy to say that it really was. And the adorableness. People say it was adorable, and it was. I couldn’t help squealing and smiling ear-to-ear.

I think my most favourite POV has got to be Inga, their Creative Writing Professor. At first, it was mainly because she used Buffy the Vampire Slayer reference, even if it wasn’t intentional. She was also funny, with how much she shipped Lea and Gabe, and the extent she’d go to push Lea and Gabe together.

I also loved the Squirrel’s POV, and I was glad I did, because this was another reason why I wanted to read the book. The Squirrel’s POV was funny, and it felt like a little reprieve from the drama between Lea and Gabe. Aside from that, the squirrel was cute, unlike that crazy squirrel from Ice Age.

This was a bit surprising, but I came to like Victor’s POV too. It was funny to read about how he hated Lea and Gabe but then, he was all tangled in their business. Also how, even though he didn’t want to admit it, he thought the two of them were cute together.

There are more POVs I liked, like Charlotte the barista, and Maxine the waitress, but I’m afraid if I write about every one of them, this will never end. So, I’ll leave you guys to make that discovery on your own.

Of course, even with how much I love one book, there has to be something that I didn’t like. And I’m afraid to say that, there was a time when I didn’t like Lea a lil bit. I get why she acted that way, but I wished she could be a bit nicer when Gabe wanted to open up.

To sum it all up, this book is so adorably sweet that you will get cavities. If you wanted to do some light reading, this is the book for you. If you wanted a pick-me-up book to cheer you up, this is your book. If you wanted a book with sweet brotherly relationship, this is your book.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.


About the author:

Sandy Hall is a teen librarian from New Jersey where she was born and raised. She has a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. When she’s not writing, or teen librarian-ing, she enjoys reading, slot machines, marathoning TV shows, and long scrolls through Tumblr. A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT is her first novel.

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Book Review: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

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Author: Kathleen Glasgow
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: 30th August 2016
Source: Own copy
Date read: 4th January – 7th January 2017
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Summary:

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.


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I am a masochist for going through this beautiful, mental torture. Seriously, it was mentally exhausting, which is why it took me three days to read it. But at the end of the day, it was so worth it.

Going into the story, after reading the summary, I thought it was about a girl cutting herself (I was right about that one), and set in high school — she was bullied, and met with friends and support group that helped through it. But the most important thing was, the main character herself worked to get through whatever things that she had to go through. But meh, I was wrong. The book was much more than that. It was a coming of age book, and self-discovery, in a way.

There was so much hype surrounding this book, and I tried not to keep my expectations so high, in case I was disappointed. But it turned out I didn’t have to worry about that at all. The book was well-written, and it was so beautiful, and realistic. I felt like I was there too, experiencing all the clusterfuck that Charlie had to go through. I felt so damn sad reading it, that when I am not ugly sobbing, it left me feeling choked as I read page after page.

To sum it up, if you need a book, a realistic, well-written and beautiful story that will make you cry so hard, this is your book. If you want a book that tells you that only YOU can change your life, that you can ask for help, but it’s only if you make the effort that your life will change, well, then this is your book. I think fans of Aristotle and Dante Discovers the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa, Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick, and Am I Normal Yet by Holly Bourne would really enjoy this book.

I bet you’re wondering why, when none of the books I’ve listed out involved cutting. Well, they have something else in common. And it’s not the mental illness issue. It’s about making the readers feel like everything’s going to get ugly when the shit hits the fan with all the clusterfuck, and the despair, and everything gets worse before it gets better. That is what these books have in common, and that is why I think they’ll enjoy reading Girl In Pieces.

I rate this book 5/5 stars.

November/Birthday Book Haul 2016

Hello guys~ It’s been awhile since I posted, and even longer since I posted a book haul. You may or may not know, last month, November, was my birth month. I am born on the 30th of November, and because it was my birthday, I received discounts at my local bookstore. So, of course, I went all out and bought books.

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Tadaaa~! This is my November/ Birthday book haul. I bought all but one at my local bookstore, MPH Bookstore. And for An Illustrated History of Noble Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld, I bought from Book Depository.

an-illustrated-history-of-notable-shadowhunters-and-denizens-of-downworld-9781471161193_hr1. An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean

So, I bought this mainly because I’m such a Shadowhunters chronicle fan that I have to own all Shadowhunter-related books out there.

Of course, that’s not the only reason I bought this. I bought it because I really love Cassandra Jean’s arts for TID, TMI, TDA, TLH, and Bane Chronicles too.

And another reason is…I write fanfictions. Therefore, this book is great for research purposes 😀

1481443259-copy2. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

I have read these novellas earlier this year. I owned the eBook copy for the novellas, but as I mentioned before, because it is Shadowhunter-related, I have, no need to own the physical copy. So, tadaa~ I bought it.

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3. What’s A Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne

I’ve read the previous two books (Am I Normal Yet? and How Hard Can Love Be?) and I really loved them. Which is why, I bought this one too. I would’ve bought it earlier, but if I waited till my birthday, I get a discount. So there~ :3

 

 

 

 

97814749272224. …And A Happy New Year? by Holly Bourne

I bought this one from the same bookstore, but unlike the others, I bought this one at one of the outlets in my town instead of online. Because for some reason, the one online was listed as “Paperback” and the one sold at the outlet was hardback and sold at the same price…which was weird. I didn’t have the chance to email customer service, so I bought the one at the outlet instead. Better safe than sorry, right? Plus, hardcover!! And the cover is beautiful~ ❤

 

 

978014135705825. Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

I’ve always loved reading books about mental illness or some disorders. In this book, one of the main character has a cognitive disorder called Prosopagnosia. I’ve only once read a story where someone had the same disorder (but it was a fanfiction), and it was great. So, I’m really looking forward to reading this book.

 

 

 

the-fall-of-butterflies6. The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Proter

I’ve been wanting to buy this book since it came out but I kept on buying other books first. This book has all the elements that I like in YA Contemporary so I am looking forward to reading this. The rating on Goodreads is only 3.4 / 5 stars though, but I’m hoping that it doesn’t disappoint me.

 

 

 

9780373212057_fc_proof7. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Just like The Fall of Butterflies, I’ve been wanting to buy this book since it came out, but I ended up prioritizing other books. And similar to the Fall of Butterflies, this book also has all the elements that I love in YA Contemporary. I am really looking forward to reading this.

 

 

 


So… That concludes my November/Birthday Book Haul. Is there any books that I’ve listed out that you’ve read and loved, or wanted to read? Also, isn’t it sad that all the books for my birthday book haul, I bought myself. For my birthday present. LOL

Book Review: Savour the Moment by Nora Roberts

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Title:
Savour the Moment (Bride Quartet #3)
Author:
Nora Roberts
Publisher: Piatkus
Publication date:
2010
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Women’s Literature
Source: Personal Copy (MPH Bookstore)
Rating: 4/5

Summary:

New Love takes the cake in the third novel in #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts’s Bride Quartet—in a stunning French flap edition

Wedding baker Laurel McBane is surrounded by romance working at Vows wedding planning company with her best friends Parker, Emma, and Mac. But she’s too low-key to appreciate all the luxuries that their clients seem to long for. What she does appreciate is a strong, intelligent man, a man just like Parker’s older brother Delaney, on whom she’s had a mega-crush since childhood.

But some infatuations last longer than others, and Laurel is convinced that the Ivy League lawyer is still out of her reach. Plus, Del is too protective of Laurel to ever cross the line with her-or so she thinks. When Laurel’s quicksilver moods get the better of her-leading to an angry, hot, all-together mind-blowing kiss with Del—she’ll have to quiet the doubts in her mind to turn a moment of passion into forever…


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I have to say, Savour the Moment has got to be my favourite among the the four Bride Quartet books.

Let’s start with the cover. From the wedding cake on the cover, we all know that this book is about Laurel McBane and Delaney “Del” Brown (that is, if you read the book in order. OR, if you’re like me, and bought and read Happily Ever After on impulse without knowing that that was the final book in the Bride Quartet Series). But the hair of the model! For a whole year, I thought Laurel was dark-haired because of it. Turned out Laurel was blonde. The second time I read the book, it was hard to shift the image from a woman with dark brunette hair to blonde.

By the time I read Savour the Moment, I have already read Happily Ever After, Vision in White, and Bed of Roses. So, because of that, I could already see a pattern. It was not surprising when Laurel and Del got together, stayed together and have their HEA ending. But putting that aside, Laurel and Del’s story is my favourite of all, and Parker and Mal was a close second. Anyways, I’m getting ahead of myself. 

Part of the reasons I love this book was because Laurel is a baker, and I love baking. Even though I can’t relate to Laurel in other ways, I can relate to her through that. Other than, I like how Laurel and Del’s life has been intertwined since they were young kids. She was Parker’s best friend, one of Del’s girls, and he was protective over her. I also like the fact that Del was “the one” for Laurel. It made Laurel’s character more vulnerable, especially since she always acts so tough.

Because Savour the Moment is about Laurel and Delaney, I won’t talk about the other characters. They have their own book (Mac and Carter: Vision in White, Emma and Jack: Bed of Roses, and Parker and Mal: Happily Ever After), so they have their own time to shine.

Let us talk about Laurel:

I love Laurel, she bakes and sometimes she cooks, and I just love that because I love to bake and cook too. But if I have to rate her character, based on her overall personality, I’d say she’s 7/10.

As I’ve mentioned above, Laurel is a tough character. She has to be, after all that she’s been through. I love the quartet’s friendship, their lives are so connected. I love that kind of friendship. But you can’t deny that Laurel has her temper. I guess, it’s partly because of what she’s been through. But still, sometimes, it feels like she was looking for something to argue about with Del. I mean, okay, I can see where she’s coming from when she bit Del’s head off when he tried to pay her for the lemons, but for Dara’s cake? Del asked her as a client, so she shouldn’t have snap at him.

Now, let us talk about Del:

Del is handsome, a great lawyer with an ivy league education, comes from a rich family with good upbringing—he is practically perfect. Usually, I don’t like it when the character is a perfect guy. I don’t trust perfect guys.

But Del is different. He’s caring and overprotective when it comes to his girls (his sister, Parker, and Parker’s friends, Mac, Emma and Laurel). I guess that’s also because he knew them since they were young and they grew up together. But he’s also generous with his friends, like when he invited Mal to come with them for a vacation at the new beach house he and Parker invested in. Yes, he did invite Jack and Carter too, but that’s because they’ve been friends for a long time and they are Emma and Mac’s significant other. Mal’s different, he’s a new addition to the group but Del still asked him to join them on their vacation. So, that makes me like Del too. And if I have to rate Del, I’ll give him 7/10. Hmm, look at that, the same rating as Laurel. They’re perfect for each other. Haha

Of course there are also some things that I didn’t like about this book. No matter how much I love a book, it is impossible that there’s nothing I didn’t really like about it (okay, that’s a lie). After reading this series, one after the other without reading any other books in between, the plot becomes kind of bland and predictable for me. There wasn’t really any conflict, aside from the arguments that Laurel and Del has. There’s also no other competition for Laurel’s or Del’s love. I used to like that, because when I first read this series, I didn’t want complicated books with complicated feelings. But now, a little bit of competition for one of the main character’s affection would’ve add up some spice.

To sum it up, this book is the perfect book to read if you want something with strong friendship relationship, something with a close-knit family feel, and an uncomplicated love story. This book is also the perfect book to read when you’re feeling down, or feel like you can’t succeed in whatever business you’re attempting, because Laurel, and her friends can make it happen. Vows was and still is successful. And with this book, you can pretend that you can be that successful with your venture too, or you can really make it happen. Because of the straightforward love story, you can read this in one-sitting (if you don’t have work or chores to do).

Four years ago, I gave it a 5 / 5 stars rating. Now, I give it 4 / 5 stars rating. Even if I’ve discovered the imperfectness of this book, I am still biased.