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Review: Fallen Crest Home (Fallen Crest #6) by Tijan

“THIS IS WORTH THE PAIN,” HE SAID. -Fallen Crest Home

“Be normal! Be boring even! At least you’ll be alive then!” -Fallen Crest Home

Fallen Crest Home (Fallen Crest High, #6)Fallen Crest Home by Tijan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I want to say tons of things about this book because there are tons of things about this book that made me feel all tons of emotions in a short period of time. It pains me when I think about Fallen Crest’s last book because I don’t think I will ever be ready to say goodbye. Fallen Crest Series has been one of the top favorites of mine! I love the Kades too much I don’t think I can ever let go. I love this series for so many reasons and sometimes I question myself for loving this book too much. Too much that sometimes I think it’s unhealthy. FC is the most angsty book I ever read. I get chills every time I read any of the book in this series. No other book gave me chills like that–from page 1 up to the end, I was never at ease. Reading this book was like waiting for a bomb to explode. I love Mason and Sam. Nate, Mark, and I have to say that Logan and Matteo added super spice to the cuisine, but of course, Logan will always be the epic one. Wit and sarcasm has always been Logan’s forte and he sure know how to throw them and you’ll find yourself laughing even in the middle of a tense situation. Mason and Sam always give me the heartburn, Logan makes it easier to bear. The combination of these hardcore characters made this book so appealing to me, they kept me entertained. That’s one of the things I love about this series and one thing I admire about Tijan. She hasn’t let me down yet. The characters and their bonds, they are like no other. Tight. Real. Haven’t seen anything like it even in all the books I already came across with. And the ending. I kind of figured out that she’ll end it like that, but still, I was open-mouthed. I should’ve expected it… but WOW! 10 awesome stars!!! Give me the next book asap!

Haven’t started the book yet?

Fallen Crest will soon come to an end. Just one more book! If you haven’t started this series, I suggest that you start it as soon as you have time. I totally enjoyed this and I highly recommend the books especially if you’re a fan of angsty, sexy, heart-thumping books that are hard to put down. If you love badass characters and stories that are challenging to read–dysfunctional, dark, maybe twisted, sexy and full of angsts, this book will surely satisfy your cravings. Fallen Crest is YA/NA Contemporary Romance that revolves around the life of Samantha Strattan whose life was suddenly turned upside down when her mother decided to leave her father for another man. This man whom her mother fell in love with has two sons, Mason and Logan Kade, who hated her and whom she hated but eventually grown to love. Their bond is unbelievably strong and it never seize to amaze me how tight their relationships are. “You attack one. You attack all. That was our motto.”

You’ll also meet other badass characters–some were friends but the majority were enemies, you can’t be sure who to trust or who to watch out for. It is a roller coaster kind of feeling and you’ll surely enjoy every minute of it.

Here is the list of books in the series:

0.5 Mason
1- Fallen Crest High
2- Fallen Crest Family
3- Fallen Crest Public
4- Fallen Fourth Down
5- Fallen Crest University
5.5 Logan
6- Fallen Crest Home
7- Untitled (To be release on May 2017)

Fallen Crest have plenty of things that are opposite to what I believe in. The characters that I’ve grown to love and care about are the opposite of the kind of friends I have in my life. They did things that in normal life I wouldn’t even dare to do. When I first started reading Fallen Crest High, I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. Sometimes I wonder what is it that really made me enjoy this series.

Francois Muriac once said, “If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads but what he rereads.” I have plenty of favorite books but I don’t reread them all. I only have a couple of titles that I enjoy rereading and Fallen Crest is one of these. Now, I don’t know what that says about my character or my “heart” because I don’t really wanna know. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t read this book without recoiling IF I were still in my High School years. Fallen Crest isn’t the sweet, romantic, cheesy kind of book that I used to read and enjoy back then. It was far from that kind of book actually. It is dark. It is dysfunctional. It is wild. Fallen Crest High is the first book that I read that made me question myself about things. It may be funny but it’s the truth. And as I continue to love this series, I began to open myself up to other kinds of books that I don’t usually read and aren’t actually in my comfort zone. I continue learning. I began to realize that when you read books, maybe they don’t really change you but they show you who you are. They open your eyes by making you question yourself, what you believe in, what you stand up for in life. They reveal something that existed on you. Whatever it is that made me fall in love with these books, I am thankful for it. The series may come to its end but its influence won’t. If there is one thing I will treasure most about this series is the sense of family, loyalty, and friendship. What they say is true. Family isn’t all about blood. They are the ones who were there with you at your lowest, the times when you had no one else. And when someone else betray you, they are the ones who got your back. They will always come for you no matter what.

 

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Review: Finding Kyler by Siobhan Davis

findigkylerFinding Kyler (The Kennedy Boys #1)

By Siobhan Davis

Release Date: January 9th 2017

Summary:

Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny.
You shouldn’t want what you can’t have.
Faye Donovan has lost everything. After her parent’s tragic death, she’s whisked away from her home in Ireland when an unknown uncle surfaces as her new guardian.

Dropped smack-dab into the All-American dream, Faye should feel grateful. Except living with her wealthy uncle, his fashion-empire-owning wife, and their seven screwed-up sons is quickly turning into a nightmare—especially when certain inappropriate feelings arise.

Kyler Kennedy makes her head hurt and her heart race, but he’s her cousin.

He’s off limits.

And he’s not exactly welcoming—Kyler is ignorant, moody, and downright cruel at times—but Faye sees behind the mask he wears, recognizing a kindred spirit.

Kyler has sworn off girls, yet Faye gets under his skin. The more he pushes her away, the more he’s drawn to her, but acting on those feelings risks a crap-ton of prejudice, and any whiff of scandal could damage the precious Kennedy brand.

Concealing their feelings seems like the only choice.

But when everyone has something to hide, a secret is a very dangerous thing.

******
Full of scandal, dysfunctional families, teen soap-opera-style angst and drama, secrets and lies, mean girls and catfights, lust and love, book one in the unputdownable Kennedy Boys series will have you flipping the pages’ way beyond bedtime!

Only recommended to readers aged 17+ due to mature content and language.

Oh wow. This book! The feels! Fallen Crest Series and The Royals fans, you’ll gonna lurrrrv this book!

This is my first book by Siobhan Davis and I was thrilled that I got the chance to read it. I was hesitant at first but I’m glad I said yes for the review!

Dysfunctional families, high school drama, uber rich male characters that are top to toe gorgeous and absolute swoon-worthy plus badass female lead who is stubborn and feisty but kind and never backs down. I know you want this story and you wouldn’t want to not meet Kyler and the rest of the Kennedys!

Angsty, achingly sexy, and heartbreakingly twisted. The writing is beautiful, I was hooked from the beginning! Maybe I am a part twisted for loving this book, but I think it shows reality and that it is not impossible to happen in real life. You don’t choose who you fall for even if you know it’s forbidden. I felt sad and heartbroken for these seven guys who needed a good role model in their lives. All of them were looking for attention and love that it made them do stupid things. These guys are all messed up in different ways and you would want to save them. I’m a fan of books that have strong characters especially when it comes to lead roles and the way the story is being told is a big deal for me as well.  I am a sucker for beautiful writings and badass heroines. Lucky for me, this book did not disappoint. Faye is a strong main character that I immediately liked. She’s witty and sassy, other than being hot and stunning. Kyler is a bad boy with a good heart underneath. You’ll gonna love him. There are times that you will want to smack him in the face, other times you will want to comfort him. Faye and Kyler made the mistake of falling in love and now, as if being cousins isn’t hell enough for the two of them, their world turned upside down again in the end. Even though I kinda want to hate the author for the cliffy ending she threw at my face, I enjoyed the book as a whole.

Finding Kyler is one titillating ride–from the start to the peak and down to the torturous, cliffhanger ending. I couldn’t put it down! I loved this book and it’s killing me knowing I have to wait for the next book. To me who is an ultimate fan of Tijan’s Fallen Crest Series, it was hard not to compare them. I dove into the book knowing that it was being compared to FC and yes, I’ve seen the resemblance, BUT it’s NOT a copy of the series. It’s more like The Royals by Erin Watts to me and I really liked that series as well. It is actually a mix of both but with a more serious issue thrown in the mixture. I am not a fan of taboo related books, but having read Finding Kyler made me feel like I am a bit twisted myself because I enjoyed the book as much as I hate to admit it. Yes, it’s taboo. Incest. Yet I feel like there is something more to the story than what the author let me believe. A twist of fate isn’t impossible in a world full of lies and betrayals, high school and dysfunctional family drama. All throughout the book, I didn’t feel comfortable and I don’t think you should be comfortable! Things are wrong that even modern society won’t approve. Comfort zone? Forget about your comfort zone when you read this book.

Writing a story like Finding Kyler must take guts because writing a book with taboo repelled most readers and they are usually subjected to bad criticism. But I think the author writes without hesitation or fear of being judged at all. It felt to me like she wrote what was necessary for the story to make the readers feel the excitement and the heartbreak at the same time. With a big cliffhanger ending, Dear Author has lots of explaining to do. I can’t wait to see how she will turn the wheels of the story. I can’t wait to see how she will make everything right for these beautifully broken characters. They need to be saved and I’m agonizing over about how their story will end.

5 STARS for the Kennedys!

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sara J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sara J. Maas

Published: May 5th 2016

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

It was sort of a Beauty and the Beast kind of story, but not entirely a copy of the popular and beloved fairy tale. This book was enchanting and beautiful on its own!

The story is about Feyre and her journey to the land of the Fae–a magical and enchanting world, beautiful but more dangerous than you can imagine. It was said to be forbidden to kill a fae and Feyre knew it too well. However, that didn’t stopped her in killing the wolf-like creature she found in the forest. I imagined Feyre shooting the wolf with her arrow, and skinning it (or more likely “him”). Too much detail there! Anyway, so that was what really happened. She sold what she could sell, and keep what she and her family could eat. Because if you’re the only one who can support your disabled father and your too sheltered beautiful sisters (they irritated me immensely!), then you probably didn’t have a choice but to hunt whatever and whoever is out there available in the forest. So Feyre probably just crossed her fingers and wished that the creature wasn’t a wolf at all but, if it was a fae, then she’ll just face the consequences. She might as well take the risk rather than die of starvation, right?  She couldn’t be that unlucky! But yet she was. ‘Cos the wolf that she killed was Andras. Soon enough, another beast-like creature, as big as a bear, was on their footstep and ready to collect the debt.

I’ve never been a fan of faerie books but since it was written by Sara J. Maas, I decided to give it a try. I loved her Throne of Glass so my expectation for this book was quite high. Once again, she threw me into a world of enchanting beauty–the world of the fae, a place we could only imagine and she made me feel like it was real. I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses for many different reasons, but mostly because of how it made me feel. It kept me awake way past my bedtime cos it wouldn’t let me put down the book.

I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.

I also liked the characters that the author created. There is nothing I like better than a girl who is brave and who knows what she wants, a girl who won’t back down during a fight, and a girl who is willing to die fighting for what she cares about. She’s stubborn and she needed to learn to “feel and love” in the hardest way possible. I liked Tamlin and he was adorable in some scenes, but there was something missing in the chemistry between him and Feyre. I loved them when they’re together, but it wasn’t as spectacular as I expected. Feyre and Tamlin are both good characters. Separately, they seemed to shine on their own… but together they don’t fit perfectly. Feyre is a badass character and she’s a fighter. Someone as complex and as strong as her needs more than just protection from a guy like Tamlin. She  has this hunger to hunt, to fight, to protect and she needs someone who is willing to fight alongside her instead of someone who will put her inside some protective walls… and though it pains me to even think of these two being apart, I couldn’t shake the feeling that there is more about Feyre and Rhysand–the powerful High Lord of the Night Court.

Rhysand stared at me for long enough that I faced him.
“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

The pacing of the story was good even in the first few chapters where it felt like nothing much happened. The last part of the book though was awesome!  Those last chapters were my favorites because they kept me on the edge of my seat. I always loved an exciting twist!

For though each of my strikes

lands a powerful blow,

when I kill, I do it slow…

If you love fantasy books especially the epic ones, this book is for you. A Court of Thorns and Roses is a page-turner, a gripping, spellbinding story that shouldn’t be missed.

5 STARS

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Blog Tour | Review & Giveaway : SAVOR (Vicious Feast #1) by Kate Evangelista

Hello bookish friends, bloggers, authors, readers, passersby, etc. Welcome to SAVOR Review Tour on Books 4 Juliet! 
{A bunch of Thank Yous to the fantabulous Author Kate Evangelista and Paranormal Cravings Book Tour.}
SAVOR (Vicious Feast #1)
by Kate Evangelista
Paranormal NA
Published by Crescent Moon Press
Available now on:

Summary | Add on Goodreads


Mature and explicit content. Not recommended for readers below 18-years-old. Yup, you’ve got to be that old to read my story. Consider yourself warned.

I’m Dakota Collins, a tough talking, eye patch wearing, workaholic photography student. Why am I important? Well, maybe because I get to spend an entire month with Vicious, only the sickest indie rock band out there.
You see, I needed a subject for my Spring Showcase introspective in order to graduate. During a chance encounter at a club I’d been sent to cover for the Daily Gossip, our ironically named college paper, the features writer I usually teamed up with introduced me to the band—by accident, I might add. It involved a run in with a scary, bald bodyguard. Anyway, long story short, I signed a contract to take pictures of Vicious.
I should have known their handsome yet way too serious for his own good bassist, Luka Visraya, wouldn’t be able to keep his hands to himself. He’s gorgeous and all, but the way he smiles spelled trouble with a capital L. I’m in for a long month with him around.
Crazy shit happens and then some. So, if you want the skinny on Vicious and the events revolving around my stay at Lunar Manor, read my story.
Again, refer to the warning above.

My Thoughts:

I know that you’re here to read my review, or maybe because of the giveaway *winks*, or you were just passing through and happened to be at the right time to see this post, or maybe I begged for you to come and visit my page so I can have an audience at least 🙂 hehe. Just kidding. But either ways, I just want to warn you, don’t expect too much on my review, I’m not even sure if I can pull off a decent one after being on hiatus for so long. So anyway, here’s what I think about Savor
When I read Savor, all I can think about is Taste. I know it’s not right to think about it that way but a person like me who loved and devoured Taste wouldn’t be able to help it. You see, I loved the book so much and I was hoping for a sequel but I didn’t expect for it to come in a totally different package. I honestly assumed that Savor was somehow connected to Taste because all the characters I loved and kept close to my heart are there. Then I saw Ms. Kate’s post about the Genesis of Savor (read it here). That’s when I realized I was wrong. 
Savor is actually the first book in Vicious Feast. A whole new series but with the same characters in Taste, except Dakota. Dakota is a photography student who is in need of a subject for the Spring Showcase in order to graduate. The eyepatch-wearing girl soon found her subject in the flesh of Luka Visraya, the bassist of the popular indie rock band Vicious Feast. And if you know Luka, then you know how things can go when he’s around. His charm alone can get any girl in trouble, much more his hotness and oozing sexiness. Even the independent, ever-so-persistent, driven and motivated Dakota can’t help but fall for Luka. Though I must admit that I’m not a fan of Dakota, I still appreciate her uniqueness and bold personality. She’s not a favorite of mine and I’m still not convinced that she’s good for Luka but I can see that she’s a strong character in spite of her flaws. I might still need a lot of convincing to totally like her though.
Savor takes on a unique journey where in you wouldn’t figure it out exactly how the story will go, heck, you couldn’t even tell if it’s entirely paranormal romance, or chic lit or what. I read and loved Taste and that’s definitely Paranormal, but when it comes to Savor, I was doubtful until I came to the last part. There are some serious things going on and the exciting part is you wouldn’t know what it is. There are mysteries surrounding the Lunar Manor, its habitants–Demitri, Phoenix, Dray, Yana, Calixta, and Luka. It’s lurking behind the shadows but it’s not even close to the surface. Until now I am still clueless. But one thing I know for sure– fans of new adult genre will enjoy this book… Luka alone is one source of hotness, plus the rest of the Vicious band. Another plus that will surely get you hooked is the photography aspect of this book which the author impressively embedded in the story. The details, the concept, the techniques… you’ll think that Kate is not only an author but a professional photographer. It’s like I can see through her eyes, through Dakota’s, the beauty that her lenses see. You’ll also be surprised that it’s not only photography that adds flavor to this book but it also has music that flows in the story too. Lovers of music and photography, you’ll gonna enjoy it.
My post is now longer than I thought, but I haven’t even started with my favorite parts yet. Sorry for the long review but I’ve kept my mouth shut long enough. So…
The biggest surprise for me was the time I learned about WHO the members of the band are. I knew in that moment that this book is going to be awesomesauce. First, I loooove Demitri and Phoenix. I loved them since their Barinkoff days in Taste. I loved Luka but I am all the way Demitri’s. I don’t care if Savor isn’t any way connected to Taste, still, the feeling hasn’t changed. So when I read that moment of Phoenix with Demitri inside the library… I just *blushed* to the max, and as shy as I was to admit it, I am telling you now, I’ve read that part more than once. It was uber sexy, so intimate and beautiful. You’ve got to read it to understand. It was actually my most favorite part of the book. 
I can’t tell you to read what you don’t wanna read, but if you’re looking for something that will keep you occupied for some time, then you might as well pick this book. It was well-paced and beautifully written. The words just flows in… it made the story easy and enjoyable to read. The book isn’t only full of mysteries but also sexiness and wit. And of course, an ending that will surely keep the readers hanging. A big cliffy is waiting for anyone who dare to read this book. I dare you. You’re going to have lots of questions but don’t expect answers… not yet. I’d say Kate, you rock for pulling that off. I’m not sure if I sill hate you for doing it but it worked and I’m impressed. You just made the second book more appetizing and desirable. Relish can’t come soon enough.
SAVOR Exclusive Excerpt:

“Dakota Collins!”

I lowered my camera. The use of my full name never came with good consequences. I blinked my vision back at her even if I wanted to spend the rest of the night taking his picture. Sweat rose over my upper lip. I may just have found my subject for the Spring Showcase.

The only problem?

I had to find a way to convince him to be in my project. Something told me this wouldn’t be easy. By the way my heart beat in my ears, drowning out the music and Silvia having a fit in front of me, I wanted it too much. I wanted him too much.

“This the guy you were saying?” I showed Silvia the picture I’d taken. This seemed to pacify her because she sidled closer, mesmerized like a moth to a flame.

“Luka Visraya,” she said with a moan like she’d just tasted the most luscious chocolate before taking a long gulp of her cocktail. The name didn’t register. Silvia must have noticed my blank expression because she continued. “He’s the bassist for Vicious.”

Still no pings of recognition in my head.

She slapped her thigh. “Where have you been? It’s weird that you haven’t heard of them. Their songs are on the radio like every second.”

Of course I hadn’t heard of them. I liked listening to country and I hardly kept up with current events.

“Name one?” Okay, I had a name. Luka. Exotic. A bassist. Part of a band I should know about. So he’s famous. I slowly felt my chances of asking him to be my subject slip from my grasp. If he was someone famous, fat chance he’d say yes to a graduating photography student like me. I just about deflated when Silvia mentioned one of their songs. “Oh, I know that one!” By accident. It played in the radio of the cab I rode in to Sacrifice. I stared at the picture of him then lifted my gaze to where he sat. “He’s gone.”

“What?” Silvia whipped around in time to come face to face with a wall of man. “Whoa!” She pushed at him. “Watch it, buddy!”

“Give me the camera,” he said in a threatening tone.

Big. Beefy. Bald. The three Bs that made up the quintessential bodyguard.

I clutched my DSLR closer to my chest and looked up at him with my good eye. “And why would I do that?” The patch didn’t seem to intimidate him because he just reached out. So much for my Bond villain aspirations. I moved away from his grubby hand. No one touched my camera but me.

Despite her size, Silvia came between me and the mountain. “We’re here to cover Sacrifice for our college paper. You don’t have the right to take away my colleague’s camera.”

Yeah! You give it to him, Silvy.

Not that I couldn’t take care of myself. But if Silvia wanted to play hero, I wouldn’t stand in her way.

“What seems to be the problem here?” a soft, authoritative voice chimed in.

The bodyguard moved aside to reveal the Gothic Lolita. She stood at just about the same height as Silvia, but she possessed an older aura even if she seemed to be our age.

“She’s been taking pictures,” Baldy said.

Lolita’s kohl eyes landed on me then shifted to my camera.

“As I was saying to the big guy,” Silvia explained. “My colleague and I are covering the opening of Sacrifice.”

“For what paper?” Lolita asked without taking her eyes off me. I clutched my camera like an extra appendage. In some ways it was. After losing half my sight, I relied on my camera like an extra eye, seeing the world through its lens. I would rather die than lose it.

“The Daily Gossip,” I said before Silvia could answer just to relieve some of the awkward tension building in me under her gaze. “We study at Wexler U.”

She tilted her head, crossing her arms.

“Okay,” I quickly stammered out. “I get that the name of our paper sounds like a tabloid, but the Daily Gossip is a cool campus paper.” The last part maybe only I believed since Silvia raised her eyebrow at me, but Lolita and the mountain didn’t have to know that.

No one spoke after that. Even in a noisy club, the silence in our group rang in my ears. Not waiting for the situation to get any more awkward, I plowed forward with my own selfish intensions.

“You know Luka.” I said it more as a statement, but it came out like a question.

Lolita nodded.

“I’m Dakota Collins and I’m graduating this spring. I was wondering if Luka would be interested in—”

“What would I be interested in?” a smooth voice joined our group.

The walls of my throat closed, chocking the rest of what I had to say. All eyes turned to Luka. Silvia dropped her empty glass. It bounced off the bodyguard’s shoe and landed in a clatter but didn’t break. Even with my height, I still had to look up at him.

“What are you doing here?” Lolita admonished. “You should be backstage.”

One side of his lips came up. God. Without the scowl, his face lit up. I had to stop the urge to lift my camera and start snapping away. And his eyes were piercing blue. The kind that stretched over my mother’s farm in the summer. Damn.

Seeing him up close, I knew I’d give any one of my kidneys for a chance to take his picture in a formal shoot.

“We have five minutes. Chill, Yana.” He tugged at one of her pigtails.

“Luka,” Silvia managed. “I’m a big fan. Will you sign my chest?”

Bypassing my petite colleague, Luka’s intensely blue gaze studied me. He reached out and I flinched back. His fingers almost grazed my patch. What the hell was the matter with him? Trying to touch my eye patch was tantamount to poking a bandage over a wound and asking the person if it hurts.

Gothic Lolita—Yana—yanked Luka’s arm down. “I’m so sorry!” Her whole aura changed. She went from all business to panicky. “My brother sometimes forgets his manners. He didn’t mean anything about touching your…” She bit her lower lip, maybe trying to keep herself from saying the wrong thing.

That little faux pas cleared my head of the Luka haze and spurred me into action. “Luka, will you let me take your picture for my final project?” I didn’t know where my courage came from, but I knew if I didn’t take this chance, I’d regret it. I had to have him as my subject.

Still not removing his gaze from my face, like my patch transfixed him, he tilted his head to one side very much like his sister did earlier.

“Luka, don’t!” Yana said, but from the consideration on Luka’s face, she was too late.

“You’re a photographer?”

“Yes.” I nodded, in case the word wasn’t enough.

“And you’d like me to be the subject of your project?”

God yes! This time, I could only nod. I didn’t want him to see how eager I was. And I couldn’t live with myself if I embarrassed myself further.

I waited with baited breath.

It seemed everyone in our group waited with baited breath for what the golden god had to say about my brazen request. I soon realized when Luka spoke, everyone listened. The way he pronounced every word precisely yet still spoke so smoothly, like butter on warm toast, captured everyone’s attention. To say he captivated us was an understatement. Something in me certainly wanted to hear him keep speaking. He could read from an accounting textbook in that voice and no one would get bored.

“I need to know that you’re good,” he finally said.

Something about his words seemed to hold a different meaning. I must have missed the alcohol in the soda Silvia had given me. Maybe I was drunk and this was all a blackout dream.

“What are you saying?” Yana faced Luka all the way now, her petite form all rigid.

He unleashed a full on megawatt smile my way. I almost had to cover my eye from it. At my side, Silvia gasped. Her long nails dug into my arm. Like staring at the sun, I couldn’t take my gaze away from him no matter how bad it was for me.

“We’re about to perform. I want you to take several pictures then send them to Yana. If she approves, we’ll see about your request.”

Then, like smoke, he disappeared into the crowd.

 

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When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master’s courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she lives in the Philippines and writes full time.

Review: ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terril

All Our Yesterdays
Author: Cristin Terril
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Published: September 3, 2013

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“You have to kill him.” Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.
Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside. 
Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was. 
All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.
My Thoughts:

“I start to shake. In this time and place, a letter I don’t remember writing means something very specific. But it’s the last line that made me scramble for the toilet in the corner of my cell.



You have to kill him.”



There are plenty of time travel books out there and you probably think it’s the same old thing. But I tell you, this book lived up to my expectation. The concept and the theories revolving around this subject are not easy to grasp, but it always fascinates me. Could we really have a different present if we made things differently in the past? Or can we really go back in the past and change the things we’ve done to have a different future? 
I want  the readers to enjoy this book as much as I did and it won’t be possible if there are spoilers. One wrong word and it will break the story. One wrong word and I might ruin the book for you. So I will try my best to give my honest to heart review without giving anything away.
All Our Yesterdays is a story of friendship, love and sacrifice– how friendship play its vital role just when you needed it, and how true love can get you what you want and lose what you already have.
The story started four years from now, with Em locked inside her own cell. We didn’t know how she got there, only why she was kept inside– somebody wants something from her and she’s not willing to give it up. She won’t give them up. With every torture and pain she had suffered, she takes comfort in the voice of the boy behind her prison’s wall. The boy she knew but the face she couldn’t remember. She knew that she holds his life in his hands and there is no way she would let him die. Both of them were trying to protect each other from the man they only refer to as the “doctor”. And they need to escape again and save the world from the hands of this man. 
It’s true that there are books to be tasted and books to be devoured. This book is the kind to be devoured. It was addicting. The first chapter got me hooked and I knew right away that I want this book. It was hard to put down especially when almost every chapter has revelations to tell. Figuring some of them doesn’t make them less surprising either. It actually made me want to read more and it felt like I was the one chasing time. I was caught up in a whirl of emotions–fear, sadness, disappointment, surprise, and anticipation. Another best thing is the plot. It was fast-paced and very well executed. It amazed me how it was written so flawlessly. And though I think that the story was lacking a bit on world-building, I easily overlooked it. A better description of the world where Em and Finn came from could have enriched the backstory more but then again, it wasn’t a big deal for me this time. Other than that, the rest was pretty neat and the story was really good. I appreciate the storytelling–the alternating POV of Marina and Em. The personalities of both girls are total opposites and I’d say I loved Em more. Marina was a bit selfish and immature. She was annoying most of the time but it was obvious (for the good reason) that the story needed it for the other characters to be more effective and real. Finn and James are well developed as well, and I liked Finn specifically. Finn, James, Marina and Em– it was great to see these characters grow and become those persons they couldn’t have possibly imagined. 
Gripping and emotional, with meticulously executed, fast-pacing plot, great twists and underlying secrets, with interesting characters that will hold your heart, this book makes an awesome read. I shouldn’t have been surprised because I expected it to be good, and yet I still was. If you find time traveling a fascinating story, you’ll surely enjoy this one. I hope there’s a sequel, because stories like this doesn’t need to end just yet. It’s one of the best I’ve ever read in a while and if there’s one time travel book I will recommend, it’s this one. All Our Yesterdays lived up to my expectation, I hope it will also live up to yours.


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You can read the first chapter of All Our Yesterdays and 
watch the web series at Cristin Terril Homepage.


Book Review: REBEL HEART by Moira Young

Rebel Heart (Dust Lands #2)
Author: Moira Young
Published: October 30th 2012
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Genre: YA, Dystopian

It seemed so simple: Defeat the Tonton, rescue her kidnapped brother, Lugh, and then order would be restored to Saba’s world. Simplicity, however, has proved to be elusive. Now, Saba and her family travel west, headed for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But the fight for Lugh’s freedom has unleashed a new power in the dust lands, and a formidable new enemy is on the rise.

What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants? In this much-anticipated follow-up to the riveting Blood Red Road, a fierce heroine finds herself at the crossroads of danger and destiny, betrayal and passion.

My Thoughts:
You couldn’t find nobody more pig-headed if you tried. An she’s always thinkin she knows best, even when she don’t, especially when she don’t. She’s prickly an stubborn an everythin you’d put at the bottom of a list if you was makin a … a list of that kind. Which I ain’t. I didn’t. but ohmigawd… she shines so bright. The fire of life burns strong in her. I never realized till I met her… I bin cold my whole life… – Jack
I couldn’t even say any other word that would fit Saba’s personality other than Jack’s description of her. She’s fierce, she’s intense, she burns, she’s Saba. I liked her more in this book than in Blood Red Road. I appreciate how Saba grow as a woman from being the immature Saba I met in the first book. She didn’t irritate me like in Blood Red Road, and I loved how determined she was in proving that Jack  didn’t betrayed them. She believed in him and even if it means hurting his brother and and her friends feelings, she knows what she needs to do and she’s doing it no matter what.
Keys ain’t her style. She kicked the door down. – Jack
I have mixed emotions about this book. I loved Blood Red Road so much that it became one of my most favorite books. Rebel Heart is good but I don’t think it’s as good as the first book. BRR is more action-packed, more thrilling, more exciting, more touching and romantic than RH. I only had Jack at the beginning and at the end, that’s it. I wanted more of him, more of him and Saba together and I wanted romance too. So much had happened in this sequel but it felt like something is missing. And once again I was heartbroken and torn apart because one of my favorite characters just died. I got annoyed with Lugh more than anybody else in this book but I’m glad that Saba isn’t as irritating as she was in BRR. Many characters died, but there are new ones that will touch your heart. I wanted to see the Free Hawks soar high again, I wanted them alive not dead. I don’t want to give away anything but believe me, this book knows how to tear up a heart. It’s not a light read and definitely not a happy one. It’s for those who wants adventure in Dust Lands, a journey to fight for peace and for what is left of the world. It’s a story full of losses, deaths, pains and harshness. But more than that, there’s the story of friendship, family, companionship, love and survival.
There are some people… not many, who have within them the power to change things. The courage to act in the service of somethin greater than themselves. – Auriel
Emmi. When everybody seems down, she’s the one left standing… for Saba.
Maev. What more can you ask for in a friend? You need her, she’s there.
Lugh. The one I want to strangle from the very beginning. Tie him and throw him into the lake! Reeeeaaaaally!
Jack. I don’t need a heartstone to find him. Loved this guy.
De Malo. Oh. My. Shocking. Goodness. I smell a love triangle brewing. (Or as my friend Jenny calls it, A LOVE SQUARE brewing.)
Molly, Tommo, Slim, Bram, Ash, Creed, Nero and Tracker. These amazing characters deserve more than a pat in the back. 
I still loved this book even though I didn’t get exactly what I really hoped and wanted. It’s worth reading and I will certainly read the next book or books to come no matter what.
What happens to you changes you. Fer good or ill, yer changed forever. There ain’t no goin back. No matter how many tears you cry. – Saba

Blog Tour | Review & Giveaway: Reaping Me Softly by Kate Evangelista

Welcome to Reaping Me Softly Official Blog Tour hosted by AToMR Tours. Special thanks to the lovely author Kate Evangelista for letting me participate in this tour. Once again, I got the awesome opportunity to join. Thanks to ATOMR Tours for including me in the stop even in the last minute. Thanks to everyone of you for being here today and joining me in this tour stop. If you are all looking for a good read this Halloween Season, Reaping Me Softly, published by Omnific Publishing will be a perfect choice! It’s available now, October 30th
About the Book:

REAPING ME SOFTLY by Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Published Date: October 30, 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Ever since a near-death-experience on the operating table, seventeen-year-old Arianne Wilson can see dead people. Just as she’s learned to accept her new-found talents, she discovers that the boy she’s had a crush on since freshman year, Niko Clark, is a Reaper.At last they have something in common, but that doesn’t mean life is getting any easier. All while facing merciless bullying from the most powerful girl in school, Arianne’s world is turned upside down after Niko accidentally reaps the soul of someone she loves. This sends them both into a spiral that threatens to end Arianne’s life. But will Niko break his own Reaper’s code to save her? And what would the consequences be if he did?

About the Author:

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master’s courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she has four completed Young Adult novels. (Find her in the following sites: Website | Goodreads | Twitter)

MY REVIEW:

The first word that came to my mind when I first heard about this book was “reaper”. I was intrigued and I was hoping that I’d be able to get a copy as soon as possible. This book did not disappoint. From the time I started to read it, I was hooked. It wasn’t something I’d expected either and I appreciate a bit of surprise. I enjoyed it and I’m happy that I got the chance to be one of the first people to read this book.
Arianne can hear and see the ghosts of the dead eversince her traumatic experience inside the operating room. This wasn’t fun at all and seeing them naked doesn’t help either. Crushing on the gorgeous boy in school, Arianne doesn’t know that Nikolas is a reaper of Georgia. Actually one of the best reapers Death has in his care and command. Learning about Nico and his world doesn’t help things about her ill sister either. Not when Nico is the reaper assigned to reap her sister’s soul when she die. 
Reaping Me Softly is a fast read that is exciting and gripping. A good start for an interesting paranormal romance series. The pacing is good, not boring and it doesn’t drag. The characters, though I can’t say that I loved then just the same as I loved Phoenix and the gang in Taste, Arianne and Nikolas are both likable enough. Plus, the story has some unexpected twists that made me appreciate it more. I can’t say that it’s particularly a unique story but this book is actually good, and I know that those of you who likes to read paranormal romance will likely enjoy this one too. I also liked the ending of this book because it didn’t feel like I was left hanging. But there was a sudden turn of event that makes me anxious to see what will happen to the characters. I loved how the author pulled everything together to create such memorable ending. It was touching, heartbreaking yet beautiful. The next book will surely be something to look forward to.
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