Spotlight Saturday: Once Upon A Book Club

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My first Spotlight Saturday goes to… *drum rolls*, ONCE UPON A BOOK CLUB! ❤

Once Upon a Book Club is a US-based monthly subscription box that offers a newly released book to read for the month together with 3-5 individually wrapped gifts. The gifts included in the box have page numbers attached, where in readers can’t open the gifts unless they are already on the designated page number. These gifts are also connected with the book, they are mentioned in the book. Once Upon a Book Club have Young Adult boxes that has the ff. genre: Fantasy, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Sci-Fi and Mystery while their Adult boxes has the ff. genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction and Historical Fiction.

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Blog U P D A T E

Hello amazing bookworms! 🙂

It’s been awhile since I last posted. It was last year when I told you guys that I would be active here again but then school ate me alive, but thank God I survived. Last May 28 2017, I graduated from college and ever since then I’m active on my bookstagram and this time, I wanted to go back and be active with blogging again. This time, I promise I would be active every month, I need too, right? Haha. Since I would be back, I need to post weekly and because of that I decided to have SPOTLIGHT SATURDAY.

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Book Review: Killing Kate

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Title: Killing Kate

Author: Alex Lake

Genre/s: Fiction, Thriller

Pages: 416pages

Buy it: Amazon

SYNOPSIS:

A serial killer is stalking your home town.

He has a type: all his victims look the same.

And they all look like you.

Kate returns from a post break-up holiday with her girlfriends to news of a serial killer in her home town – and his victims all look like her.

It could, of course, be a simple coincidence.

Or maybe not.

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Book Review: The Dreamer

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Title: The Dreamer

Author: E.J. Mellow

Genre/s: Fantasy

Pages: 149pages

Buy: AmazonBarnes&Noble & Book Depository

 

SYNOPSIS:

It’s night. Always night. Dreams guard against the evil forged by nightmares. Infinite shooting stars illuminate a moonless sky. A city stands alone, surrounded by a darkened field. On its fringes, a man watches one star separate from the masses and fall. What survives the crash will unveil a secret centuries long hidden.

Molly hasn’t slept well since the night of her twenty-fourth birthday. Being struck by lightning might have something to do with it, but then again, her chicken did look a little undercooked at dinner. Whatever the culprit, her life quickly catapults from mundane to insane as, night after night, Molly is transported through her once dreamless sleep to a mysterious land illuminated by shooting stars.

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Book Review: Suitcase of Happyness

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Title: Suitcase of Happyness

Author: Mark Jaffe

Genre/s: Self-Help

Pages: 149pages

Buy: Amazon

SYNOPSIS:

Can you honestly say, “I’m a happy person”?

Think about it – you’ve worked hard, you’ve had great results, you have people that love you, you’re a good person. Why does it still feel like something is missing?

What would it be like to just be happy and feel good every day?

“Happyness” is a new way to feel, a new way to live. A state of being that lasts and endures.

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Book Haul: September 2016 + MIBF Exeprience

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Hello, Hello! It’s been months since I last posted and opened this blog, the past few months has been crazy for me with all life realities (balancing academics, organizations, social life and my newly opened food business), but the good news is I am definitely back.

September is absolutely the most awaited month for us, Filipino Bookworms and you might be asking yourself now why? Well, Manila International Book Fair or MIBF is a long week book fair with all different publishing companies and bookstores that offers discounts on books plus there’s also a few local and international book signings on the said event that is usually held every September. This event helps us save a lot of bucks but at the same time makes our wallet cries because in this moment we becomes a book hoarders, but then no regrets here.

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Review: White Hot Kiss

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Title: White Hot Kiss

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre/s: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Pages: 388pages

 “I lost myself the moment I found you.

 

SYNOPSIS:

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

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Book Review: Dreamology

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Title: Dreamology

Author: Lucy Keating

Genre/s: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 329 pages

SYNOPSIS:

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

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Book Review: Step Back In Time

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Title: Step Back In Time

Author: Ali McNamara

Genre/s: Romance, Science Ficiton

Pages: 436pages

 “Sometimes we think we know what we want, but we don’t actually know what we need until we find it.

 

SYNOPSIS:

How many lifetimes would you travel to find a love that lasts for ever?

When single career girl Jo-Jo steps onto a zebra crossing and gets hit by a car, she awakes to find herself in 1964. The fashion, the music, her job, even her romantic life: everything is different. And then it happens three more times, and Jo-Jo finds herself living a completely new life in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. The only people she can rely on are Harry and Ellie, two companions from 2013, and George, the owner of a second-hand record store.

If she’s ever to return from her travels, Jo-Jo must work out why she’s jumping through time like this. And if she does make it back, will her old life ever be the same again?

MY THOUGHTS:

After a year of buying this, I finally read it. I bought this on the Book Depository’s Bargain shop for only $7 and when I saw the cover page, I was immediately hooked! That “How many lifetimes would you travel to find a love that lasts for ever?” made me add this book at my cart and checkout as soon as possible. With the title itself, I knew it has a touch of time travel and I haven’t read any time travel books so this would be the first one.

I was really curious about the time travel thing since I haven’t read any book about that topic. This book opened my eyes to time travel and I love it. I love how Jo-Jo travels from decades to decades. With different decades comes different whole new world, the fashion, the trends, the music and more. Hands down to Ali McNamara for perfectly showing us how each decade looks like, I mean I can imagine perfectly each decade, and feels like I was there too.

And The Beatles was mentioned a lot of times, and another band Take That, bands that were really popular in their time. I never heard any songs from The Beatles, but because of this book I will try to listen to them. This book is not just about traveling through time just because Jo-Jo wants to, but because she needs to find and realize about some things that will help Jo-Jo with her future life.

If I could just travel through time, I would. If you guys want to read some fun and feel-good comedy of time travel and romance, then I suggest you definitely read this book.

 

Rating:  ★★★★★

Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2016

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May passed by quickly and with reality interfering, I managed to read 5 books:

The Crown – Last book from my favorite series, The Selection. My ship didn’t sail at all and I’m very disappointed. Read my full review here. Rating: ★★★

Our Demons, Best Friends – This was given to me in exchange for an honest review. I love how this book let us take a look of a resident’s life in the hospital. Read my full review here. Rating: ★★★★

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