Review: The Auctor Trilogy

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The Auctor TrilogyThe Auctor Trilogy by T.R. Wolf

My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When seventeen-year-old Addie Auctor’s mother is murdered by her father, she must confront many secrets that her family has hidden from her. The worst of these secrets is that Addie’s father, Donovan Hawthorne, is still hunting Addie because of an ancient blood feud between her mother’s family, the Auctors, and her father’s family, the House of Hawthorne. In order to be protected from the House of Hawthorne, Addie and her brother, Augustus, are sent to Initiation at an exclusive University, the Wicked Cabal.

Initiation is nothing like Addie expects. She is immediately separated from Augustus and thrown in with four complete strangers – Fallon, Maddox, Liam, and Tempe. Addie must try to forge friendships with her fellow Initiates while they solve clues, battle mystical creatures, and explore increasingly dangerous places.

Readers of all ages will love this adventure filled with suspense, treachery, and romance.

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When the author contacted me to review this book, I was ecstatic! Finally, a fantasy book that is up my alley. Nonetheless, I had no expectations going into this book and I didn’t even know what was it about so I was really surprised on how much I enjoyed reading it.

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Blog Tour Review: Better At Weddings Than You

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Better At Weddings Than YouBetter At Weddings Than You by Mina V. Esguerra

Amazon | CreateSpace | Barnes & Noble | Print (Philippines)

My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Daphne Cardenas is the best wedding planner around, and everyone knows it. That’s why her friend Greg hired her as an emergency replacement one month before his wedding—because he fears his fiancée Helen is falling for the guy they first hired for the job.

Aaron Trinidad is new to the wedding industry but years of conference planning and loads of charm make him good at it. Really good at it. Planning the wedding of his friend Helen should be easy, and it is. To be unceremoniously fired isn’t good for his new career, but the chance to learn from the best might be the silver lining.

Aaron and Daphne have chemistry, but there’s history with Helen that at least one other person considers a threat. Who’s the planner who can fix this impending disaster?

(Part of the Chic Manila series, but can be read as a standalone.)

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Yes, this isn’t a Young Adult book and it’s a bit out of my comfort zone but since I really enjoyed reading my first #romanceclass novel which is Keep The Faith by Ana Tejano (click here for my review) I signed-up for this tour. And surprisingly, I enjoyed reading this as well.

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Review: The Upside of Unrequited

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The Upside of UnrequitedThe Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

My Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love-she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness-except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny, flirtatious, and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

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I just want to throw all the heart-eyed emojis to this book because IT’S SO ADORABLE AND THE FEELS ARE #REAL. Though I liked Simon just a bit more compared to do this because of the whole crew and oreos and geeky and cute stuff there but this book still lived up to the author’s debut! It’s like the best friend that understands and will feed you cookie-dough to heal all your unrequited feelings.

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Review: Geekerella

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GeekerellaGeekerella by Ashley Poston

My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

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It’s Cinderella’s story but it’s geeky, fluffy, modern, and magical in a realistic way! I love reading Retellings especially the ones about the classic fairy tales so I was so excited when I got approved of this eARC, and I was not disappointed because Geekerella is just AHHHHHHH *insert other fangirling sounds here*

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Review: The Careful Undressing of Love

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The Careful Undressing of LoveThe Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu

My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Everyone who really knows Brooklyn knows Devonairre Street girls are different. They’re the ones you shouldn’t fall in love with. The ones with the curse. The ones who can get you killed.

Lorna Ryder is a Devonairre Street girl, and for years, paying lip service to the curse has been the small price of living in a neighborhood full of memories of her father, one of the thousands killed five years earlier in the 2001 Times Square Bombing. Then her best friend’s boyfriend is killed, and suddenly a city paralyzed by dread of another terrorist attack is obsessed with Devonairre Street and the price of falling in love.

Set in an America where recent history has followed a different path.

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Whenever I read books from the Magical Realism genre, I always get this weird and whimsical feeling from them. This book wasn’t an exception, the plot and characters were weirdly good and the writing was the best part! It was lyrical and beautiful, it kind of reminded me of another magical realism read—The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.

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Review: Optimists Die First

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Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Petula has avoided friendship and happiness ever since tragedy struck her family and took her beloved younger sister Maxine. Worse, Petula blames herself. If only she’d kept an eye on her sister, if only she’d sewn the button Maxine choked on better, if only…

Now her anxiety is getting out of control, she is forced to attend the world’s most hopeless art therapy class. But one day, in walks the Bionic Man: a charming, amazingly tall newcomer called Jacob, who is also an amputee. Petula’s ready to freeze him out, just like she did with her former best friend, but when she’s paired with Jacob for a class project, there’s no denying they have brilliant ideas together – ideas like remaking Wuthering Heights with cats.

But Petula and Jacob each have desperately painful secrets in their pasts – and when the truth comes out, there’s no way Petula is ready for it.

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When I read, “A love story for cynics,” at the cover I clicked the request button on Netgalley so fast. As someone who always sees a half-empty glass of water, I was really excited to read this one because cynics and pessimists are my kind of people. But did I got what I wanted? Well, not quite.

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Review: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

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The Inexplicable Logic of My LifeThe Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

From the multi-award-winning author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe comes a gorgeous new story about love, identity, and families lost and found.

Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican-American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?

This humor-infused, warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging is a triumph.

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I think this book, out of all that I read, made me shed the most tears. I literally cried every 5 pages, so yes this isn’t sunshine and rainbows—it’s a sad book. But it’s also a beautiful one, I swear my heart was soaring the whole most of the time I was reading.

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Blog Tour Review: Pillow Thoughts

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Pillow ThoughtsPillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell

Amazon / Book Depository / Barnes & Noble

My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Pillow Thoughts is a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love and raw emotions.

It is divided into sections to read when you feel you need them most.

Make a cup of tea and let yourself feel.

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I like to read and write poetry from time to time, but I never reviewed a poetry book/collection before so this is definitely a first for me and I don’t know what I’m doing and just deal with my ramblings and I’m so sorry if it won’t be coherent enough.

Anyways, this book initially had me singing and thinking about Zayn whenever I read its title and just like with Pillow Talk—I’m seeing the pain, I’m seeing the pleasure while reading this.

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Review: 10 Things I Can See from Here

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10 Things I Can See from Here10 Things I Can See from Here by Carrie Mac

My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Perfect for fans of Finding Audrey and Everything, Everything, this is the poignant and uplifting story of Maeve, who is dealing with anxiety while falling in love with a girl who is not afraid of anything.

Think positive.
Don’t worry; be happy.
Keep calm and carry on.

Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom—the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through—is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver.

Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Between her dad’s wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves?

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Maybe, terrible things would happen.
In six months, roughly twenty-eight million people would die in the world.

Cancer, murder, speeding trains. Hurricanes, poison, depression, starvation. War, shark attacks, random acts of chaos.

I love reading books that deal with mental illness, so I was really excited when I got the chance to read this book. Plus it also promises a cute g/g romance and a focus on the main character’s family. Basically, everything that I love in a contemporary. And with all that expectations, I’m confident to say that this book managed to deliver…well sort of.

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Review: Found

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Found: Letters on Life, Love, and GodFound: Letters on Life, Love, and God by Isa Garcia, Crae Achacoso (Illustrator)

Buy here / Amazon / Google Play Books

My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Isa Garcia believes that everybody deserves love letters. She wrote these letters in Found for you: the girl who has been feeling a bit lost; the girl who likes to run from pain; the girl who is ready to go; the girl who is a lot of things at one time or another. Isa knows that there are days when you would need to be reminded that you matter, you are not alone, and the world is a far better place with you in it.

In this book, may you find a friend who takes you as you are, a safe space for your secret hopes and fears, and the assurance that no matter where you are in your life right now, you will always be found.

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There are days when you will grasp at straws for something that seems close to what is true. There are days when your voice will shake with the weight of uncertainty. There are days when you will feel like you aren’t enough. And there are days when the small cure to sadness will be the simple marriage of love and words. This book exists for those days. This book exists for you.

I’m so happy that I found this book, even though I don’t usually review these kind of books I’m thankful that I signed-up and was included in its blog tour. This book is a collection of letters about love, God, and life.

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