9 Books I’ve Managed To Read In March

March wrap up

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The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace

Goodreads Rating: 4.04/5 35924698
Pages: 208
Published: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Genre: Poetry, and Feminism


The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.

My thoughts: I love some of the words on these pages, just not enough to love the whole book because some poems I felt empowered and in others I felt like they were unnecessarily cruel.

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Book Review (ARC): Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian



Title: Stay Sweet
Author: Siobhan Vivian
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Publication Date: April 24, 2018
Genre/s: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: eARC
Pages: 368 pages
Purchase links:  Book Depository | Amazon



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Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind…

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Book Review (ARC): Sugar Lump by Megan Gaudino



Title: Sugar Lump
Author: Megan Gaudino
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Publication Date: January 17, 2018
Genre/s: Contemporary, Young Adult, Mystery
Format: eARC
Pages: 226 pages
Purchase links: Book Depository

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Seventeen-year-old travel blogger CC is stuck on a never-ending road trip with her wanderlust-addicted father. When her dad lands the job of his dreams in Sugar Lump—wedding capital of the world—CC finally finds a place to call home. Complete with two quirky best friends and a quixotic guy to crush on, Sugar Lump is more shades of perfect than she can possibly count.

But when CC accidentally overhears the mayor complaining that she has to “take out” a rogue employee for not fulfilling the terms of his contract, the idyllic town’s facade crumbles. Devastated by the possibility of having to move yet again, CC discovers everyone has been keeping a massive secret from her—including her own father.

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Book Review (ARC): Hot Mess by Emily Belden



Title: Hot Mess
Author: Emily Belden
Publisher: HARLEQUIN – Graydon House Books
Publication Date: March 20, 2018
Genre/s: Fiction, Woman’s Fiction
Format: eARC
Pages: 416 pages
Purchase linksBook Depository

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Twentysomething Allie Simon is used to playing by the rules—until Chicago’s most sought-after, up-and-coming culinary genius, Benji Zane, walks into her world and pulls her into his. The only thing more renowned than Benji’s mouthwatering masterpieces and equally luscious good looks? His struggle with addiction and his reckless tendency to live life on the edge, no matter the havoc he wreaks along the way. But loving someone means supporting him no matter what, or so Allie tells herself. That’s why, when Benji’s offered the chance to light up foodie hot spot Randolph Street with a high-profile new restaurant, Allie takes the ultimate risk and invests her life savings in his dream.

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Book Review (ARC): The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel



Title: The Heart Between Us
Author: Lindsay Harrel
Publisher: Thomas Nelson 
Publication Date: March 13, 2018
Genre/s: Contemporary, Christian Fiction
Format: eARC
Pages: 336 pages
Purchase links: Book DepositoryAmazon | Barnes & Noble

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Megan Jacobs always wished for a different heart. Her entire childhood was spent in and out of hospitals, sitting on the sidelines while her twin sister Crystal played all the sports, got all the guys, and had all the fun. But even a heart transplant three years ago wasn’t enough to propel Megan’s life forward. She’s still working as a library aide in her small Minnesota hometown and living with her parents, dreaming of the adventure she plans to take “once she’s well enough.” Meanwhile, her sister is a successful architect with a handsome husband and the perfect life—or so Megan thinks.

When her heart donor’s parents give Megan their teenage daughter’s journal—complete with an unfulfilled bucket list—Megan connects with the girl she meets between the pages and is inspired to venture out and check off each item. Caleb—a friend from her years in and out of the hospital—reenters her life and pushes her to find the courage to take the leap and begin her journey. She’s thrown for a loop when Crystal offers to join her for reasons of her own, but she welcomes the company and the opportunity to mend their tenuous relationship.

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Book Review: Warcross by Marie Lu



Title: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Genre/s: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 353 pages
Purchase linkBook Depository

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For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

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National Bookstore #BookBingeBazaar Haul

Last February 9-11, National Bookstore hosted its first ever #BookBingeBazaar that was held at Megatrade Hall 3 in SM Megamall. I got there on their first day and hauled quite a lot, 11 books to be exact. The books were priced at P75, P175 and P275. I didn’t see any books that were priced at P75 but there P175 are all fiction books, YA to be exact, either hardcover or paperback and as for the P275 it was the non-fiction books.

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Book Review: Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills



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





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



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






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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Book Review: Ang Maglandi ay ‘Di Biro


Title: Ang Maglandi ay ‘Di Biro

Author: Dani Hernandez

Genre/s: Non-fiction

Pages: 161pages

Buy it: National Book Store


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.

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