Book Review: Foolish Hearts

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Title: Foolish Hearts
Author: Emma Mills
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Genre/s: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320 pages

Synopsis

A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even a new love.

The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn’t supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn’t know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they’re both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.

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Book Review: Wild Beauty

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Title: Wild Beauty
Author: Anna-Marie McLemore
Genre/s: Young Adult, Magical Realism, LGBT
Pages: 352 pages

Synopsis

Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

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Let’s talk about Big Bad Wolf Books + Tips

Big Bad Wolf Books is one of the largest book fairs that offers 2 million titles with 60-80% discount on brand new books. The fair originated in Malaysia and every year they travel to different Asian countries to host it there. They have been to Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka and has a plan on going to South Korea, Taiwan and Bangladesh in the future.

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Weeks before they finally arrived in the Philippines, they already have their Facebook page where they post updates of some books that people will see in the fair as well as hosting giveaways to win preview day passes. I kept on joining their giveaways and luckily I was able to win a preview day pass. I was thrilled to be one of the first people who would be able to buy and hoard books at the event.

When the preview day came, my sister and I arrived at the World Trade Center at 8:45 in the morning and the line was already long with different bookworms of all ages, some even bringing luggage bags. At 9am the doors opened and let everyone inside. The shopping begin. It was heaven for a bookworm like me to be in a place with thousands of books surrounding me.

What I love...

1. Big Location – The place was huge that can be able to fit hundreds of people and still be able to move their carts. Just don’t go there on peak hours and weekends!

2. Wide Range of Books – Typically here in the Philippines when there are book sales, most of the books offered are fiction with the sub category of Young Adult novels, while in Big Bad Wolf Books they had different genres offered. There is definitely something for every bookworm of all ages. You can even bring a non-reader and let them browse for an hour or two, I’m pretty sure they won’t go home empty-handed.

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Book Review: Ang Maglandi ay ‘Di Biro

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Title: Ang Maglandi ay ‘Di Biro

Author: Dani Hernandez

Genre/s: Non-fiction

Pages: 161pages

Buy it: National Book Store

Synopsis

Aminin mo na. Anong klaseng nilalang ka man, paniguradong minsan (o madalas) sa buhay mo eh naging one-sided lover ka!
Kung ikaw ay nasaktan, umasa, pinaasa, umiyak, na-depress, na-brokenhearted, nagpakamartir, naging forever alone, NBSB, binigay ang lahat, niloko, winasak at umibig mag-isa? Para ‘to sa’yo.
Hindi madali…
Hindi nakakatawa…
Dahil pag ganito ang setup…
Ang paglalandi ay mahirap…
Dahil ang maglandi ay ‘di biro.
Promise

My thoughts

First of let me say how much I love the cover, the overlapping of instax prints with different illustrations plus the blue cover color just made a perfect combination. With over a hundred pages I was able to read this hilarious book in one sitting.

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UNBOXING: The Bookish Box August 2017

Yes I can see you stare at me, SORRY for this late unboxing but I’m still posting it anyway. Better to post than not, right? I’ve been a rep for The Bookish Box from May to August 2017 and this was my last rep package from them. The Bookish Box is another subscription box that has been running for almost two years now. The creator Justine Brooks, created the box for book nerds to have a monthly box full of goodies. The shop also promote diversity, empowerment, and positivity through reading.

The theme for August was “FLORAL & FEMENITST”. The YA book features a story about sisters in a dark and magical way. Fans of Leigh Bardugo and Holly Black will definitely love this. The box was inspired by books with beautiful cover and strong female lead characters, think about Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones or Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass.

Inside the box:

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The Handmaids Tale inspired body purse by The Bookish Shop

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Book Review: Monsters: A Love Story

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Title: Monsters: A Love Story
Author: Liz Kay
Genre/s: Fiction, Romance, Womens Fiction
Pages: 368 pages

Synopsis
A cracklingly funny and poignant debut novel about the ways we love, even when we’re not at our best.

Stacey Lane feels like a monster. Tommy DeMarco might be one.

Since her husband died eight months ago, Stacey’s been a certified mess—a poet who can’t write anymore, a good mother who feels like she’s failing her kids. She’s been trying to redefine herself, to find new boundaries.

Tommy has no respect for boundaries. A surprisingly well-read A-list Hollywood star, Tommy’s fallen in love with Stacey’s novel-in-verse, a feminist reimagining of Frankenstein, no less. His passion for the book, and eventually its author, will set their lives on a collision course. They’ll make a movie, make each other crazy, and make love—but only in secret.

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How to Find FREE BOOKS in Kindle

FREE BOOKS in KINDLE

Have you ever wondered why some of your bookworm friends have ton of ebooks in their Kindle? I have a friend with over two thousand books on her ereader. What?! When she finishes one book, she just starts another without even having to shop for a book in the Kindle store.
I did a little research to figure out the best places to get free Kindle books and I discovered it’s actually pretty easy to load up your Kindle with thousand of free ebooks. It might take some time, but it’s easy.

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UNBOXING: Whimsify Box July 2017

A few days ago I received my Whimsify box for July and I adore every single item the team included in the box. If you didn’t know, Whimsify Box is a subscription box for lovers of YA Fantasy books.

The theme for July was “SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES”. The July box is all about the mystery and dark magic of the carnival and has SIX items perfect for fans of Caraval, The Night Circus, and Menagerie. The book for July is a dark YA fantasy set in a traveling carnival filled with unusual illusions and dangerous secrets.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2017

July 2017 was a good month for me as I’ve read 7 books in total:

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – I SHOULD’VE READ THIS BOOK SOONER. I was bored with the first half of the book but things really get pretty exciting at the second half. Rating: ★★★★

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas – Since I was really intrigue with the second half of the first book, I decided to jump right next to the second book and it didn’t disappoint. Rating: ★★★★

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Book Review: Under Rose-Tainted Skies

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Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Genre/s: Contemporary, Young Adult, Mental Health
Pages: 330 pages

“We can assume the best, but we can’t choose how people perceive us. We can, however, choose how those views affect us.”

Synopsis
At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.

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