Top Ten Tuesday #1: 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t!

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2015 was a year of great book releases. But it was also the year I entered my senior year in law school and defended my thesis (which was my whole life during that time!) so I really didn’t get to catch all the good books published that year. There were so many anticipated books for me in 2015 but I just kept on adding them in my Goodreads TBR list without really getting into them. Anyway, here’s my top 10 of the books released in 2015 I meant to get into but didn’t! I really hope to get to read them soon! 🙂  Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday #1: 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t!”

My 2015 in Books!

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Thank you, Goodreads, for this awesome summary!

Happy reading and happy new year everyone! 🙂

KAT SIGN

 

BOOK REVIEW: ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER BY STEPHANIE PERKINS

                 “There’s no story,’ I say. ‘I saw you one day, and I just knew.” 

Omygodthisbook! I can’t believe I am giving 5-stars to Isla and the Happily Ever After after my semi-bad, shaky relationship with Anna and Lola. But this one, though, sooo freaking good!!! 

Quick Stats

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Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After 
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Date Read: December 4th to 8th 2015
Date Published: August 14th 2014 by Usborne Publishing 
My book format: Physical copy! 🙂 
Goodreads blurb:
The café is boiling. The atmosphere is clouded with bittersweet coffee.
Three years of desire rip through my body and burst from my lips: “Josh!”
His head jolts up. For a long time, a very long time, he just stares at me.
And then…he blinks. “Isla?”

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Set against the stunning backdrops of New York, Paris and Barcelona, this is a gorgeous, heart-wrenching and irresistible story of true love, and the perfect conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

My thoughts
Honestly, I quite had very low expectations getting into this one, because, as I said, I quite had a rough relationship with Anna and Lola, giving them both a 3.5 in Goodreads. I mean, I did not hate them, but it wasn’t as moving and as engrossing and they were just okay for me. However, I knew I had to complete the collection and get Isla’s story, because, duh, I can’t have a bookshelf without the green book in Stephanie Perkins’ companion series. So long story short, I got the third book just for the heck of it.  Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER BY STEPHANIE PERKINS”

October Wrap Up!

It’s been a crazy month! Probably the craziest of this year and I’m so glad that it’s finally over! 🙂 So I just read three books this month. And i think it’s pretty decent looking back into all the work that needed to be done in October. Yeah, 3 books is totally decent don’t you think? #not

Anyway, I will just have a quick wrap up here and have mini reviews for each ‘coz that’s what wrap ups are all about, right? 🙂 So here goes!

1. Wait for You by J.Lynn

The Boklander Rating5 Stars

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Let me start by saying that Jeniffer L. Armentrout is the queen! SHE. IS. THE. QUEEN. 
OMG GUYS. It’s been a while since I have read a new adult book that made me feel all the emotions I could possibly feel!!! I probably won’t be able to make a proper review here because all you’re going to see is me gushing over Cam and Avery! And I’m just putting it out there that not even once did I doubt this book! I knew I was gonna love it, and I knew it was gonna be the awesomest. And good heavens, it did not disappoint! I WAS FREAKIN’ RIGHT!!! Because if there is a feeling more than LOVE, then I am definitely feeling that one!

The characters. I think these two, Avery and Cam, will stay with me for a long long time. I loved the character development, the individual internal conflicts, the emotions that are just so raw and so real. I totally felt Avery’s hurts and pains from her past and Cam’s eternal want to get into Avery’s mind. I guess their own individual issues are what made this book different from other New Adult titles, because there was so much depth in this story.

I mean, yeah it’s not the sort that changes your life forever, but it’s one that would make you hope again, and believe again, and just give you all the good feels!

AND! They are just so good for each other! And I loved loved every bit of this book!

2. On the Fence by Kasie West

The Boklander Rating4 Stars

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4 stars! Gah. This book, guys! I can’t believe I only discovered Kasie West, and I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to read one of her works! 
On the Fence is my book club’s October book of the month, and quite frankly, I did not expect a lot from this one. I thought it would just be your typical YA contemporary with a beginning, a conflict, an underdeveloped romance and an ending. In short, I thought it was gonna be a 2-star read!

But man! WHAT EVEN! I can’t even describe how wrong I was! 

I loved every page, every chapter, and every one in this book! Even the minor characters were so relatable and close to home that I could relate to them! 🙂 It was such a perfect package for those of you who wants to have good dose of contemporary romance!

The build up was good, the ending was sooooo good – I just had one issue and that was the reason why it did not get 5 perfect stars from me. The peak – that moment that Charlie realized she was in love with Braden. (This is not a spoiler, so worry not!) I just think the realization was a bit rushed and I don’t know – the timing is just not right, as well as the setting. It could have been fleshed out more in my opinion. But hey, I guesss it doesn’t matter now, ‘coz what was lacking in this particular peak was compensated, oh definitely compensated!, in the latter part of the story! Braden and Charlie were just, aaaah, perfect!!! I can’t stop gushing! 

3. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

The Boklander Rating4 Stars

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4 stars! 🙂 This is a surprisingly pleasant read! 🙂 I’ve Got Your Number is my first ever Sophie Kinsella novel and honestly, I had very very low expectations! I mean, I know Sophie is a good writer, and I know the Shopaholic series is just super well-known and well-loved by many, but I thought it won’t suit my taste – I don’t know the reason behind this mindset actually, but I thought it’s just going to be a so-so read. Not very good – but not too bad either. Probably a 2.5 at most.

But boy was I wrong!

Poppy Wyatt and Sam Roxton made me laugh, and giggle, and smile, and just be all over the place in such a good way! 🙂

At first, things are kinda unfolding slow, and everything is just about Poppy and her upcoming wedding and her bluffs. Very little traces of Sam, to none at all! And I was like, hey come on give me more of Sam Roxton! I was already kinda getting disappointed but when Sam was finally in the picture, siiiigh.

Although some of the scenes are just too convenient for the plot, it did not affect my perception of the story at all. It was light and fluffy and oh just all the good vibes!

If you are having a bad day, this one will definitely turn that frown into smiles – even giggles! 🙂

October TBR!

Whoa. I cannot believe it’s October already, which means September is over (duh, Kat) and we’re only a couple of months away from December! OMG! It’s Christmas! It’s Christmas!

Anyway, before I get too excited here, I just wanna share with you guys my October TBR. I am not reading a lot this month because I have a thesis to defend in the middle of October and I sure won’t be reading fiction come that week. (Please pray for my defense, guys! Huhu. I really hope it turns out well.) So what I have here is a couple of books to finish and a couple to start, and that’s it! I won’t even try to aspire to read more this month because it’s going to be hectic. Also, you might notice that what I have on my list are all contemporaries and light reads, and that’s because I really don’t wanna deal with a lot of heavy stuff this month. I want everything to just be nice and warm and fluffy! 🙂 So here goes!

 1. Wait for You by Jeniffer L. Armentrout

I’m halfway through Wait For You and what can I say, guys? I am genuinely loving each page of this book! It’s hilarious and sweet and all mushy but with substance and depth. Do you get what I mean? I know you do. ❤ If I don’t have too much school work, I know I’ll be finishing this in one day, but again, things are going cray and it’s been days since I started reading this one. I just wanna finish it already coz I can’t wait to see what happens with Cam and Avery! ❤

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2. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

This is my first ever Sophie Kinsella read. I kinda peeked into it and started reading the first couple of chapters and gah, I know I’m going to love it! It’s the very book I need this month – so light and so funny! Now I know why Sophie is the queen of chick lit. I never grew up reading her Shopaholic series because I thought they were too shallow and all. But I guess that assumption is going to have to be turned over now, coz I’ve Got Your Number has totally got me smitten. I’m sure I’ll be picking up more of her works in the future!

Oh and by the way, I’ve got my copy from a Book Blind Date sponsored by Bookbed.org. Readers from all over the Philippines sorta exchanged books and it was so much fun! You can read more about the exchange here.

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3. On the Fence by Kasie West 

This is my Rainbow Book Club’s book of the month! And I am so excited because I think this is the first YA contemporary that’s become the book of the month! 🙂 Also, it matches my October theme of reading light and romance-y novels, so yay! Fits perfectly well in my TBR!

Anyway, I have never read a Kasie West work, ever, but I’ve seen her books a lot in the bookstores. Their covers are cute and their plots are usually your typical YA contemporary plots. I don’t know yet, however, how she does her twists or how she makes her stories unique from the others. I have yet to see with this one! I’m definitely excited to read this!

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4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han 

This last book in my TBR has been sitting in my shelf for like forever. And I mean, forever with a capital F! Ugh. I know I bought this early this year and I just could not understand why I have not read it at all! I’ve always been meaning to pick it up and it’s been part of my other monthly TBRs, but I don’t pick it up and I don’t even get why. 🙂 Haha. Anyway, I’m definitely definitely going to read it this month already!

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So that’s my October TBR and I would love to hear what’s on your list in comments box! 🙂

Happy reading always!

KAT SIGN

In A Reading Slump! Noooo!

READING UPDATE

Guys! I think a huge reading slump is coming! HEEEELP 😦 😦 😦

So for the past couple of days, I have not been reading. And I mean, zero. Nothing. Nil. None at all. 😦 And oh my god, I don’t want this! Help!

Do you guys have recommendations that would get me out from this curse? Or at least prevent the slump from extending to a couple more days! I need to get out of this! I BADLY NEED TO!!! 😦 

Please, please. Recommend something I should get (contemporary, fantasy, stand alones!). I don’t wanna be stuck in here!!!

In dire need of help,

KAT SIGN

Book Review: Sustained (Overruled Book #2) by Emma Chase

Book Review

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How do I make a review of a PERFECT BOOK, I have no idea. I’ll probably just ramble all the good things in Emma Chase’s latest masterpiece and hope that it would be enough to entice you guys to read it.

GUYS. THIS BOOK. IT IS PERFECT. 

Quick Stats

Title: Sustained (Book 2 of the Legal Briefs Series)
Author: Emma Chase
Date Read: September 8th to 12th 2015
Date Published: August 25th 2015 by Gallery Books
My book format: eBook/Kindle copy
Goodreads blurb:

A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I’m going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal’s office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that — that, I know how to do.

My thoughts Continue reading “Book Review: Sustained (Overruled Book #2) by Emma Chase”

BOOK REVIEW: ZODIAC BY ROMINA RUSSELL

Book Review

Quick Stats

Title: ZODIAC
Author: Romina Russell
Date Read: August 31st to September 15th 2015
Date Published: December 9th 2014 by Razorbill
My book format: eBook/Kindle copy
Goodreads blurb:

At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

My thoughts

This book makes me sad. Not because it’s about some sad story or what not. But because of how awful it is 😦

I know I have so much to say, but I can’t be bothered anymore. Read it, don’t read it, I just don’t care anymore. And it’s the saddest thing one could ever feel about a book.

But I don’t want to sound unreasonable here. Like. I know I have to at least base this DNFing thing onto some reasons, right? Alright, I’ll do my best here and list the things that made me say “Enough!”:

1. The world was too confusing!!! It was way too confusing for me! At the beginning, the author seemed to just throw descriptions about random stuff the existence of which aren’t even established in the first place! I know, I know, this is prolly my legal mind talking. I welcome intricate worlds, they’re interesting. But the way it’s done here isn’t just for me.

2. I felt no connection to the characters. The first think I always look forward when reading is the connection I am going to have with the characters. Feeling their pains, sharing their happiness, getting giddy over their love lives, and all those stuff. But in Zodiac, nah. I didn’t even care what happens to all of them 😦 And it’s just a sad sad thing.

3. Annoying main character. The main character here is Rho and she’s a bit off for me since the beginning. There are just some little things that she does which she shouldn’t be doing through out the story. One of my super annoyed status while at 34% was

“So you’re being attacked by the most powerful enemy the whole of the universe could ever have and you’re thinking about how your heart bounces all over your rib cage when Mathias is around. Please, Rho. I’ve expected more from you. They were freaking being attacked and she’s supposed to lead as the head of their Cancerian clan and SHE’S FREAKIN THINKING ABOUT THE ADVISER SHE’S HAVING A CRUSH ON?!? I MEAN, COME ON. 

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So yeah. That’s my little rant about Zodiac. Don’t let this review stop you from reading it. It’s just my personal take on it and it might work for you, y’know. And it you’re only starting to read it, I wish you all the luck in the world. You’re going to need it 🙂 

The Boklander Rating

1 Star

Book Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Book Review

 

Quick Stats
Title: A Monster Calls 
Author: Patrick Ness
Date Read: July 25th to July 29th 2015
Date Published: March 12th 2013 by Candlewick Press
My book format: Paperback/Own copy 
Goodreads Blurb:
An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself– Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.
 My thoughts
This book is going to change your life. I promise. 

So. This is my very first Patrick Ness book and to be honest, I did not expect a lot of things from it. Yeah, I know Patrick Ness is like one of the greatest authors out there, but I didn’t think I’d really love his works.

But boy was I wrong. After reading A Monster Calls, all I wanna do right now is to just go to the bookstore and get all the Patrick Ness novels I could get my hands into. HE IS THAT GREAT.

The writing was so simple, straight forward, direct to the point, and add all those adjectives describing clear and on point writing. He seemed to have compressed into a 200-something paged book all the lessons a person should learn through out his whole life. He touched on a lot of things – life, death, sacrifice, hope, happiness, pain, and most important of all – TRUTH.

This book just touched me in so many ways, and in so many parts of my life.

“ Sometimes, people need to lie to themselves most of all.”

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“It’s only a dream.”
“But what is a dream, Conor O’Malley? Who is it to say that it is not everything else that is the dream,?” 

I look at this book and I ask how could it possibly have all the words that I need to hear right now? I just can’t explain how everything in this book is just so simple but at the same time so deep and so touching and so true.

I would totally recommend it to anyone. Whatever age group you may be, this book is for you. If you’re 10, read it. If you’re 25, you definitely should pick this up. If you’re 40, it doesn’t matter. Just please read this book because it’s going to change your life forever.

“You do not write your life with words,” the monster said. “You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.” 

The last few pages made my heart break so hard I just sat and stared at the window after closing the last page. In fact I was still in denial that it was the last page already so I just kept on flipping and flipping the pages though the remaining ones were all blank already. It’s just so good, guys.

I know this book will stay with me for a long long time. In fact, though I don’t re-read books (at all), I would love to make re-visit with this one.

Generally
It was an awesome awesome experience reading this book! 🙂 I loved every bit. Loved every single part of it!
The Boklander Rating
5 Stars
4.5 stars! It was almost perfect! The thing that made me take away that 0.5 rating is probably because I wanted more and I wanted it to be longer, ‘coz it’s so good, guys. So achingly good!  
So that’s it, guys! I’ll see ya next post, and happy reading always!
KAT SIGN

#TBRTakedown V2.0

READING UPDATE

I am so excited to finally be participating in #TBRTakedown 2.0! I didn’t get to join the first one, so I’m really really excited to take part in Version 2.0! 🙂 Here’s LeaningLights’ video explaining what this read-a-thon actually is: 🙂

Anyway, I’m going to be joining this read-a-thon with my book club friends Cam, Sandee, Tina, Mel, and Arya! 🙂 Since it’s going to be happening on July 24th to 31st, I think I’m up to doing the challenges that comes with this read-a-thon!

TBR Challenges:
1. First Book in a series
2. Sequel Book in a series
3. Out of your comfort zone (genre, author, reviews, etc)
4. On your shelf over a year (or the longest)
5. Most recently hauled book

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1. First Book in a series – SHATTER ME by TEHEREH MAFI 

I have long been meaning to start this series and I don’t know what stops me everytime. I have the first and second books and I just know that I will love it! Guess #TBRTakedown 2.0 is the best chance to start with this awesomeness that Tahereh Mafi has created! 🙂 

2. Sequel Book in a series – CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by SARAH J. MAAS 

I looooved Throne of Glass! So it is not surprising that I am picking the second book in the series in this category! 🙂 I was supposed to read Crown of Midnight right after reading Throne of Glass, but finals week got in the way! Ugh. 

3. Out of your comfort zone (genre, author, reviews, etc). – PANIC by LAUREN OLIVER 

I honestly haven’t heard of super good reviews about this book! I mean, yeah, there are some people who liked it, but the reviews have always been mized! A lot hated it, in fact! But I have it in bookshelf, so I am picking it as one that is out of my comfort zone! I am scared of this book actually! I’m scared because of all the negative reviews! But I am trying it out anyway 🙂 

4. On your shelf over a year (or the longest) – LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by STEPHANIE PERKINS

I’m not entirely sure if this book has been sitting in my shelf the longest – actually, I’m sorta sure it is not! Haha. But I am picking it anyway because it has always been part of all my TBR lists since January this year, but I never get to read it! Ugh. I have always been meaning to read it, but for some reason I end up not reading it. So. Yeah. I hope I get to get around it this time! 

5. Most recently hauled book – A MONSTER CALLS by PATRICK NESS 

I’m really really excited with this one! I have never read any Patrick Ness book before, but I have been hearing so much good things about his works! Regan from Peruse Project (in YouTube) talks non-stop about him, and I just can’t not read his works! I actually browsed through the first chapter of this book while I was in the bookstore and I was instantly hooked! I can’t wait to read it!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ All I know is that it’s scary! Haha. 

So that’s it, guys! Are any of you participating the #TBRTakedown? Please tell me if you are! I would love to know your TBR list! 🙂

Happy reading!

KAT SIGN