FEBRUARY BOOK HAUL (aka been-waiting-for-these-books haul)

The Monogram Murders by Hannah Sophie | Afterschool Charisma, vol1 by Kumiko Suekane | Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang | Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige | Winter by Marissa Meyer  | Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collections by Marissa Meyer| Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Solstice by Jane Redd | Unforgiven by Stephanie Erickson | Undivided by Stephanie Erickson


Let me first start by saying I'VE BEEN WAITING TO GET MY HANDS ON Winter and Stars Above!! When I had my sister to buy it for me, I was soooooo glad that she was able to do so. A couple of more books are still not in here though. I had my sister get Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys for me and it's still with her AND I ordered Morning Star from the local bookstore, Fullybooked, and it will arrive a couple of weeks from now.

[REVIEW] How (Not) to Find a Boyfriend

Series: N/A
 Allyson Valentine
 young adult, contemporary, romance, realistic fiction, chick lit, humor
 June 12, 2014 (first published June 6th, 2013)
Publisher: Speak
Purchase: Amazon

With the perfect plan to get the guy, what could possibly go wrong? 
Nora Fulbright is the most talented new cheerleader at Riverbend High. She may have been a friendless overachiever in the past, but this year Nora is determined to transform from social larva to full-blown butterfly. Even if it means dumbing herself down. But when Adam moves to town and steals Nora's heart with his ultra-smarts, she devises a plan to wow him with her intellect. Every move she makes getting closer to Adam is move complicated, and she quickly loses control of her strategy. Can Nora prove that she's not a complete airhead while keeping her image in check? 

[REVIEW] Earth & Sky

Series: Earth & Sky #1
Megan Crewe
 young adult, science fiction, fantasy time travel, aliens, adventure, romance
 October 28, 2014
Publisher: Skyscape
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Seventeen-year-old Skylar has been haunted for as long as she can remember by fleeting yet powerful sensations that something is horribly wrong. But despite the visions of disaster that torment her, nothing ever happens, and Sky’s beginning to think she’s crazy. Then she meets a mysterious, otherworldly boy named Win and discovers the shocking truth her premonitions have tapped into: that our world no longer belongs to us. For thousands of years, life on Earth has been at the mercy of alien scientists who care nothing for humans and are using us as the unwitting subjects of their time-manipulating experiments. Win belongs to a rebel faction seeking to put a stop to it, and he needs Skylar’s help to save the world and keep the very fabric of reality together. Megan Crewe’s latest tale takes readers on a mind-bending journey through time with a cast of unforgettable characters.

[COVER REVEAL] Caught Bread Handed

Series: A Bakeshop Mystery #4
Author: Ellie Alexander
Genre: adult, mystery, cozy mystery,
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Expected Publication: June 28, 2016
Purchase: Amazon | Vintage Books

Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bakeshop where the oven is heating up as high as the body count…
Jules Capshaw is still chewing over her husband Carlos’s return to Ashland, Oregon. Could there be too many cooks in the kitchen? Whatever is stirring between those two will have to wait. Despite the Oregon Shakespeare Festival being dark for the winter, the bakeshop is bustling, the dough is rolling, and there’s no rest for the weary… especially when murder is thrown into the mix.
When Mindy Nolan, the owner of a new restaurant in town, turns up dead, the batter at hand thickens. Jules knows that there was bad blood between Mindy and others in town, and tracking the killer could prove to be an unwelcome treat. And to top it all off, there’s Carlos, who is pleading—with those delicious dark eyes and sexy Spanish accent—for Jules to take him back. Is home where the heart is or will she make a fresh start… and risk getting burned?

[WEEKLY MUSING] when I'm not reading...

live in the moment

It's quite apparent that I've been (once again) busy - with thesis, projects, unexpected obligations as university organization officer and such. This past week has been a whirlwind of crazy events and I'm so glad that even though it's finally our pre-finals week, I'll get that lay-low moment from everything.

After the crazy events in Friday that really stressed the hell out of me and my friends, I decided to de-stress by doing things I love. While it did include reading, I'd love to talk about in this post, the things I love to do aside from reading.

[WEEKLY MUSING] 10 of my Book Cruhes and/or Fave (male) Characters

tell me i'm not dreaming alone (against the current)

It's Valentine's Day and I spent the lovely day with my family. I've read a couple of pages of Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger. And now, I'll be working on my univ. homework. Ugh.

Anyway, since I didn't do anything that screams Valentine's Day today, I decided to create a list of my book crushes (or book boyfriends!!) and or fave male characters in books. Just because why not?

Peter Kavinsky (To All the Boys I've Loved Before Duology) | Dorian Havilliard (Throne of Glass Series) | Frank Porter (Since You've Been Gone) | Ben Parish aka Zombie (The 5th Wave Series)

These are my top book crushes. I don't usually swoon over characters but when I do, I just end up fangirling so hard over them (you can go ask my younger sister for it).

[WEEKEND READS] Stars Above + Winter (i wish)

next read!!

Nothing new about the week for me - busy with school shiz, getting better at procrastinating and greatly improved my ability to poorly manage my time. Yup, my life.

Anyway, this week, I went crazy on NetGalley and ended up downloading several books (maybe around 5 books or something). I've resisted for so long and I cannot believe myself for giving in. I won't request for the next few months to try and clean my list up. Ugh. Also yesterday, I finally got my hands on Marissa Meyer's Stars Above. Unfortunately though I still don't have Winter.

Redeem (the Caelian Cycle #2.5) | Donnielle Tyner
This novella was good and it did made me understand Kian more. Unfortunately though, there's still no connection between him and me. I hope that certain elements of this novella will be fused well into the final book of the series :)
Earth & Sky (Earth & Sky #1) | Megan Crewe
I really like the concept of time travelling aliens. The historical parts weren't that great though but the whole explanations about the world - the aliens and their connection to Earthlings were really interesting. There's a hint of romance and the ending was meh. It felt forced or what. Review will be up soon.

[REVIEW] UnSouled

Series: Unwind #3
 Neal Shusterman
 young adult, science fiction, dystopia, fantasy, romance, thriller, horror, adventure
 October 14, 2014 (first published October 15, 2013)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Purchase: Amazon

Connor and Lev are on the run after the destruction of the Graveyard, the last safe haven for AWOL Unwinds. But for the first time, they're not just running away from something. This time, they're running toward answers, in the form of a woman whom Proactive Citizenry has tried to erase from history itself. If they can find her, and learn why the shadowy figures behind unwinding are so afraid of her, they may discover the key to bringing down unwinding forever.
Cam, the rewound boy, is plotting to take down the organization that created him. Because he knows that if he can bring Proactive Citizenry to its knees, it will show Risa how he truly feels about her. And without Risa, Cam is having trouble remembering what it feels like to be himan. 
With the Juvenile Authority and vindictive parts pirate on the hunt, their paths will converge explosively - and everyone will be changed. 

[REVIEW] Redeem

Series: The Caelian Cycle #2.5
Donnielle Tyner
 young adult, science fiction, dystopia, fantasy
 January 18, 2016
Purchase: Amazon

A boy without a voice.
A teen without a home.
A man without hope. 
Kian knows the way his life is headed will be the death of him. It doesn’t matter how many criminals he catches for Gordon's Bounty Detective Agency or how deep he tries to fall into the bottle – those eyes haunt him. All it took was one whisper of bad advice, one wrong choice, one mistake, to wipe out years of confidence he had struggled to build while living on his Grandmother’s farm. Then Kian found the box of files overflowing with unsolved crimes. Those cold cases jolted his soul from its vegetative state and awakened his resolve. Kian knew those cases were meant for him to solve, but the last thing he expected to find within a few wrinkled folders was his ultimate redemption.

[BOOK BLITZ] Earth's End

Series: Air Awakens #3
Author: Elise Kova
Genre: young adult, fantasy, magic, adventure, romance

Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Published: February 11, 2016
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | iTunesKobo | Google Play | The Book Depository

A woman awoken in air, a soldier forged by fire, a weapon risen from blood. 
Vhalla Yarl has made it to the warfront in the North. Forged by blood and fire, she has steeled her heart for the final battle of the Solaris Empire’s conquest. The choices before Vhalla are no longer servitude or freedom, they are servitude or death. The stakes have never been higher as the Emperor maintains his iron grip on her fate, holding everything Vhalla still has left to lose in the balance. 
Book Three of the Air Awakens Series

[REVIEW] Revealed

Series: the Rumors #2
A.C. Arthur
 adult, mystery, romance, thriller, death, crime fiction
 October 27, 2015
Publisher: Alloy Entertainment
Purchase: Amazon

When Nathan Hamilton was accused of killing Landy Connor just weeks before their college graduation, he lost everything—his friends, his reputation, and the love of his life, Tenile Barnes. For ten long years, the murder has remained unsolved, nothing but false leads and dead ends. Desperate to bring Landy’s killer to justice and win back Tenile’s heart, Nathan starts his own investigation. But the first break in the case comes at a high price: Landy’s old roommate Nicole is kidnapped... possibly by the same person who killed Landy.  
Nathan and his old friends comb through every memory, every photograph, and every trace of evidence for clues about who killed Landy then and who has taken Nicole now. As they separate fact from vicious rumor and piece together what really happened that night, they discover that the truth is darker and more twisted than they ever imagined. The killer is close, waiting in the shadows, ready to strike again. 
In the shocking sequel to Rumors, will the friends finally reveal Landy’s killer . . . or will Nicole be the next to fall?

[WEEKLY MUSING] 6 Tips on Finding Out Mystery Suspects

...because Queen of Mystery

If you've been following my blog for a few months now, you'd probably know that I'm a mystery and crime fiction reader (at least I hope you noticed that). My addiction with crime fiction and mystery thrillers, in general, started when I came across Robert Galbraith's The Cuckoo's Calling. It was a crazy attempt since crime fiction was so out of  my comfort zone then.

Anyway, after reading a decent amount of YA mysteries, mystery-thrillers, crime fictions, and cozy mysteries, I came up with this crazy list.

[WEEKEND READS] I'm a Procrastinating Night Person


I had a pretty stressful week. I ended up sleeping after school, waking up at 11PM or 12MN, THEN working on whatever project I was supposed to work on. Generally, I think this happened because I'm a procrastinating night person. Yup, perfectly reason.

But really, I need to work on my time management. Like today, I pretty much failed at that when I woke up at 8AM and get up at 10AM. Just how much time did I waste? Aside from that instead of actually working on my school homework (which is to be submitted tonight), I plainly read through How (Not) to Find a Boyfriend by Allyson Valentine. Now... Now I'm still procrastinating.
UnSouled (Unwind #3) | Neal Shusterman
Finally finished it last Thursday!! There were so many things going on and a few more characters introduced. I still don't feel confused although I have to admit that the number of events going on seems overwhelming at some point. But the ending and where everybody is at was just so great. Review will definitely be up this week!

[REVIEW] The Standout

Series: A Robin Bricker Novel
Laurel Osterkamp
 adult, mystery, contemporary
 November 10, 2015
Publisher: Kindle Press
Purchase: Amazon

First Robin gets the email with its simple demand: dump your fiancé or else. Then someone puts up the slanderous Rotten Robin Website that threatens to crush her chances to win The Standout, a ballet-themed, fashion reality show. Surrounded by backstabbing co-contestants and haunted by mysterious ghosts from her past, Robin can't trust anyone, including herself. Her only allies are Zelda, a ballerina and model, and her older brother Ted, both of whom have ghosts and secrets of their own.

The Standout is a psychological thriller about love and betrayal, life and death, tall buildings, and finding the courage to jump.


my first Rainbow Rowell read: Eleanor & Park

January ends with me procrastinating on everything I should be working on. I know I'm not supposed to be super busy but I ended up being that because of delaying everything. I promised myself to change that but it seems that nothing really happened. Little by little, I promise. By the end of February I should see some changes on myself. *sigh*


[REVIEW] Eleanor & Park

Series: N/A
 Rainbow Rowell
 young adult, contemporary, romance
 February 26, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Purchase: Amazon

two misfits. one extraordinary love.
Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough... Eleanor. 
Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she even gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises... Park. 
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds - smart enough to know that first love never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
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