[Blog Tour] I Was Here by Gayle Forman: Review

Friday, January 30, 2015
I Was Here
Author: Gayle Forman
Release date: January 29th 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Series: N/A
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary / Romance / Realistic Fiction
Purchase: Amazon | The Book Depository 
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This characteristically powerful novel follows eighteen-year-old Cody Reynolds in the months following her best friend's shocking suicide.

As Cody numbly searches for answers as to why Meg took her own life, she begins a journey of self-discovery which takes her to a terrifying precipice, and forces her to question not only her relationship with the Meg she thought she knew, but her own understanding of life, love, death and forgiveness. 
(via Goodreads)

A copy of this book was lent to me by Pinoy Book Tours. This however did not influence my opinion of the book or of the author in any way.

Review

I don't know what to say except that I was disappointed in a way when I finished reading this one. I've read a couple of novels regarding the people who have been left behind by someone who committed suicide. Of course, each novel is unique. I thought this one would be a friendship story. Sadly, at the end, romance won out. Not that I have anything against romance, you guys. It was just a little disheartening that the start of the novel reached out for a lot of potential (for me) but it only ended with a romance.

I told Dianne of PBT that I already got teary-eyed only with a few pages in this book. Gayle Forman definitely knows how to give the feels. Throughout the novel, I felt heavy. How will you react if your best friend committed suicide and it was all planned-out? I'd probably lose my shit if I was Cody. Cody though was a strong protagonist. She went out of her way to know the truth. But along the way she met a guy. I honestly didn't feel their connection. The only thing that connected the two of them was Meg. I somehow think that's the reason why Cody was pulled to him. But their romantic attraction? Nada for me. It sort of felt fake, actually.

The things that Cody found out about Meg's suicide was absolutely terrifying and sad. I can't imagine someone going through that. I already have a guess as to why Meg committed suicide and I was right. It wasn't something that Cody can control or anyone else for that matter. Along the journey of Cody, I realized that maybe she wasn't looking for the reason why Meg did it. It was more about her finding a way to make herself feel that it wasn't her fault. It's that guilt. The guilt that everyone feels when someone close to them commits suicide. This is the reason why I felt that the story kind of turned a different way. It would have been nice to actually delve more into that. It made me feel that even if Meg knew about things, it was the romance that saved it. I know it wasn't the point but the romance part somehow made the more important topic just on the sideline.

I Was Here is an emotional and heartbreaking journey of coming to terms with your other half  (you'll get it when you read the book) committing suicide. Despite me not liking the romance part, the reality of this book saved it for me. Be ready as Gayle Forman gives you another bunch of the feels!



About the Author

Gayle FormanGayle Forman is an award-winning, international best-selling author and journalist whose articles have appeared din numerous publications. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went, as well as Sisters in Sanity (HarperTeen)

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Breaking Saint Jude and Falling from the Sky by Nikki Godwin

Friday, January 16, 2015
Nikki Godwin, author of Chasing Forever Down and American Girl on Saturn among others, has a treat for you! In celebration of her newest contemporary M/M YA romance novel Breaking Saint Jude releasing this January 14, her LGBT YA novel Falling from the Sky is FREE this week across all retail sites! Yes, you read that right!

Read more about these two novels right here and don't forget to get both!


Breaking Saint Jude
Title: Breaking Saint Jude
Author: Nikki Godwin
Date of Publication: January 14, 2015
Genre: contemporary LGBT YA romance

When sixteen-year-old Jude Calvert sets out to steal stained glass from a broken cathedral window, he finds more than shards of red. He finds Max Rangel - his eye candy from his new LGBT support group - hauling a giraffe carcass across an abandoned part of town with a pack of guys. And he still accepts Max's dinner invite a few days later.

Still, animal lover Jude can't get the giraffe out of his mind. It doesn't take long for him to confront Max, who gives him partial answers and introduces him to a secret brotherhood of not-so-typical game hunters. Unable to tell his mom (the savior of black cats everywhere) or his dad (the zoo's head veterinarian) and unwilling to go back to his overbearing therapist, Jude quickly finds himself sucked into the underground world of taxidermy, theft, and drug deals.

At first, he's willing to do anything for the brotherhood just because he's so thankful to belong to someone again after serious drama with his ex-clique and ex-boyfriend. But when his underground life collides with his life above, he realizes he may have bitten off more than even the biggest animal can chew.

Purchase from Amazon | B&N | Smashwords (For only $2.99!)


Falling From The Sky
Title: Falling from the Sky
Author: Nikki Godwin
Date of Publication: February 21, 2014
Genre: contemporary LGBT YA romance

All stability in sixteen-year-old Ridge McCoy’s life crashed and burned in the plane crash that killed his dad. This summer-long basketball camp is his chance to improve his skills and escape his problems back home. But his summer plans take a turn in an unexpected direction when he meets Micah Youngblood, the guy who runs the carousel at the local mall and has a reputation for devouring straight boys’ heterosexuality for breakfast, alongside his chocolate chip pancakes.


Ridge needs a way to avoid the guys at camp, whose only quest for the summer is to drown in beer and hook up with girls. So when Micah offers to explain how the ten unique horses on the carousel are significant to his tribe, Ridge takes him up on it. Still, Ridge can't decide if this is a bad thing or not. All he knows is that he hasn’t felt this alive since his dad fell from the sky, and as the horse adventures come to an end, Ridge finds himself falling as well – for Micah.

Purchase from Amazon | B&N (It's free from January 12 to 16!)

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Lastly, it's also Nikki Godwin's birthday this January 14.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NIKKI!

Three celebrations, three swag packs to give away! Join the giveaway to get a chance to win swag items from Nikki. Open internationally!

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[Blog Tour] The Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil: Review

Saturday, January 3, 2015
The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl
Author: Melissa Keil
Release date: September 1st 2014
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont
Series: N/A
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Add to your library: Goodreads

Alba loves her life just as it is. She loves living behind the bakery, and waking up in a cloud of sugar and cinnamon. She loves drawing comics and watching bad TV with her friends.

The only problem is she’s overlooked a few teeny details:

Like, the guy she thought long gone has unexpectedly reappeared.
And the boy who has been her best friend since forever has suddenly gone off the rails.
And even her latest comic-book creation is misbehaving.

Also, the world might be ending – which is proving to be awkward.

As Doomsday enthusiasts flock to idyllic Eden Valley, Alba’s life is thrown into chaos. Whatever happens next, it’s the end of the world as she knows it. But when it comes to figuring out her heart, Armageddon might turn out to be the least of her problems. 
(via Goodreads)

A copy of this book was lent to me by Pinoy Book Tours. This however did not influence my opinion of the book or of the author in any way.

Review

I was hesitant to read this one as I am not a fan of comics. Still I took the risk as I am curious as to how Alba would find her way through the chaos around her.

Alba is definitely an artistic and creative character. It was not hard for me to relate with her as I was once in her shoes, trying to find her way in. While everyone around her was busy planning for college and trying to survive doomsday in her town, she was reluctantly ignoring the facts that surround her. Like how everyone was not staying at one place, how some people were trying to run from a hoax doomsday, how her life was not getting any easier, how her best friend Grady was slowly pulling away from her, how her friend Daniel suddenly came back and how she was oblivious to what she really wants. Although I think for the most part, she totally knew what she wanted. She was just scared to accept it as it would be life-changing for her. Thankfully, there were characters around her to make her realize that it's all worth it. These minor characters are absolutely a joy to read about. Especially Grady. I thought at once there would be a love triangle but I realized that Daniel was no match for Grady. 

Sure enough, the comics references in the book were not familiar to me, not even an inch close. Though I've heard some of the titles, I still did not get the hype or the excitement when the specific comics was mentioned. I may have not connected with Alba through her love of comics but I sure did enjoy when she was making her own. I had a vivid imagination as I was reading about her making her comics. It was fun to see how her story started as to nothing and ended up to something more than just a couple of pages and drawings.

The Adventures of Cinnamon Girl is a delightful light read that anyone will enjoy. Comic-lovers probably will enjoy this more. Nevertheless, get lost into the world of Alba and her chaotic world.


            About the Author

Melissa KeilMelissa Keil was born in Melbourne, Australia, and has been a giant book nerd for as long as she can remember. She studied Cinema and Anthropology at university, and then spent a few more years dabbling in graduate study, including Professional Writing and Editing. In between she has been a high school teacher, Middle Eastern tour guide, waitress, community theatre dogsbody, and IT help desk person (hands down, her most unsuccessful job to date). Now, by day, she is a children’s book editor, and spends the rest of her time reading, writing, buying comic books, watching YouTube, and wrangling a cheeky spoodle named Hugo. Her debut YA novel, Life in Outer Space, was the winner of the 2013 Ampersand Project. It’s a young adult romantic comedy that combines some of her many loves – movies, music, karate, the Astor Theatre, Star Wars, and all things geek. Life in Outer Space was the recipient of the 2014 Ena Noël award, and was shortlisted for the 2014 CBCA Book of the Year (Older Readers). Her second YA novel, The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl, will be published in 2014.

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[Blog Tour] The Boyfriend Backtrack by Dawn Lanuza: Excerpt & Giveaway

Friday, December 19, 2014


Author: Dawn Lanuza
Release date: October 3, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Series: N/A
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary / Romance
Purchase: Amazon 
Add to your library: Goodreads

If they say that life flashes right before your eyes when you die, do you also get a flashback of your exes when your perfect boyfriend is proposing to you? At least that's the case for Regina Cortez. There's her dramatic high school boyfriend, her first college crush, the irresistible heart breaker, and the ever elusive one. By backtracking to her past, will Regina make it to 'I Do'? Or will she just keep running away? (via Goodreads)


Excerpt


I watched Dirk for days when he came in. Not that I was waiting for him to notice me; it’s just that the more he tries to blend with the background, the more I see him in the foreground. He would always sulk under the bleachers and light a cigarette even if smoking wasn’t allowed on school grounds. At night, he would be hanging out in the parking lot of a convenience store, waiting for his older friends to get him packs of cigarettes and beer. He still doesn’t smile even if he was already with his friends.

So after following him for two weeks – from a distance of course – I had a breakthrough. We were having lunch by the kiosk while he was sulking under the bleachers, smoking, when he caught my eye. This happened a couple of times before, but I always manage to look away or pretend that I was looking at Amy, my friend who is usually talking about her hair. But that day, I didn’t look away and neither did he. So we stared at each other for a whole minute. Maybe less, but that felt like eternity in teenage

I didn’t come near him, not for another month or so, but since that day, Dirk and I would have a staring competition during lunch. I always lose, because my eyes would get watery and sometimes, Amy shoves her hair right in front of my face so I can check if she has split ends.

Then one day, while we were in the middle of our staring match, he and his deep intense stare turned into something more than I’ve bargained for.

Dirk smiled.

Generally, when you meet someone for the first time, they give you a smile, as if they’re welcoming you into their lives. His smile wasn’t just an invitation.

It cracked his whole world open.

      About the Author




Dawn Lanuza has been imagining and writing love stories since she was a kid. She works for the music industry by day, and writes about meet cutes and snappy comebacks by night. She writes short stories, chick lit and young-adult fiction. She has a degree in Development Communication from the University of the Philippines.
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[Blog Tour] Street Food and Love by H.A. Enri: Interview

Friday, October 31, 2014

Street Food and Love
Author: H.A. Enri
Release date: Summer 2014
Publisher: Martin Sisters Publishing
Series: N/A
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tour organized by: Xpresso Book Tours
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes and Noble  
Add to your library: Goodreads

Sole Eaby, seventeen, has a few complaints he’d like to lodge against life, the main one being that his dad, Cedro, has recently quit his job and withdrawn his entire life savings, which included Sole’s college fund. Why? To launch a food truck business he knows nothing about.
To cope, Sole uses his knifelike wit to moonlight as a stand-up comedian, and so far, it’s paying off. He’s not only replenishing his college treasury, he’s making people laugh; but it’s one person in particular he performs for. Her name is Ava. When the fated bond of humor joins the two, and they begin a sort of quasi-romance, things begin to seem somewhat bearable. Of course, that’s when an ill-timed event decides to put another spin on things. Just when Sole is ready to move on with his own life and disconnect himself from his father and the family business, he suddenly finds himself in charge of the food truck he desperately loathes. Here is where Sole must realize that the answers to love and life are not to be found apart but, rather, are more like a savory recipe: only by combining the ingredients will the wonderful flavors reveal themselves. When comedy isn’t enough, the future seems ever bleak, and a fledgling love has barely had a chance to bloom, where will Sole turn? 
(via Goodreads)


Interview with H.A.


Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I've actually known I've wanted to be a writer since I was twelve. The brief excerpt of that mini epiphany is on my website’s FAQ's. As for YA, I didn’t know I actually wanted to write for young adults until about eight years ago. This book made it through the publication portal, but there are other predecessors on my hard drive, many young adults megabyte format wondering why they never got to graduate from being mere Word docs to full blown, bound, edited and printed books.

If you were a dish on a food truck, what would you be called?
I would be a patty of thick, ground, kobe beef, topped with cheese, caramelized onion, tomato, guacamole and a special sauce, all between buttered and toasted, thick sourdough. I’m simple, like a burger, but I am also not just your regular driver through or diner burger either (does this sound like some dating site profile? Ha!). In any case, it would be called the Soul Melt because more than deeply satisfying the palate, it would penetrate the soul of anyone who ate it. P.S. I really am into the world “soul” and all it connotates.

Novelists who inspired you?
The list is long. In YA we have Sarah Dessen, Gary Schmidt, Caroline Cooney, Ned Vizzini, I will add that not many people mention Vizzini—God rest his talented soul, and it’s shocking. He’s been considered a pioneer of the modern YA lit genre, and I agree. Hopefully, I see him on the other side and we can collaborate.

Talk about YA Lit.
It is summarily different than it used to be even twelve years ago. And pre 2000’s—forget it. That was like reading Homer. Seriously, I mean you have to practice writing effective scenes during commercials (do don’t delete them, you aspiring YA writers, from your DVR. They may prove to be useful yet) in order to match the pace of the current ideal YA. Secondly, don’t forget the lingo the characters used in your favorite sitcom right before the commercial. It should be transposed to your novel. Remember they used to teach, “Don’t write how you speak”? Not so anymore. Those teachers, apparently, were wrong. And no, I haven’t perfectly mastered the art of copy-matching-and-pacing at commercial speed in my writing style. you remember reading with a dictionary handy? Hey, with apps now, it should be easier, except that rarely do YA books require readers to have to use one anymore. Remember when you read something and went WTF? Even after three reads! And it wasn’t because you checked out. Sometimes it was like the writer just wrote and invited you to his house but said, “There’s the fridge and stove. If you’re hungry, do your best.” I’m not saying I don’t appreciate what is happening now and don’t get it, I do and am not against it. But something in my writing approach still doesn’t mind if readers are expected to sort of work through certain language tones and aspects.

Love and romance aren’t depicted the way the YA genre seems to be going in your novel. Why?
Have you been around a high school aged lately? Till death do us part, mad love isn’t en vogue. Most young adults aren’t really sure where love fits into their lives, and to begin to truly to answer that is scary enough for many people, let alone young people. I wanted Sole to reflect a kid who didn’t just zero in on one girl and know she was the one. That’s usually not how it works anyway, at least not when your age still has “teen” as a suffix. As for Ava, many young girls with allure have older guys after them, and that’s why I wanted to show that in the first chapters. That’s reality for many young adult girls of her capacity. Sometimes, too, they chose those guys. I don’t think this makes my book not YA. Upper YA? Sure. But still YA definitely.

I sense an intentional avenue in your book carved out, specifically referring to your focus of a father and son conflict. Explain that.
Well, it’s got nothing to do with my own relationship with my father. We have an outstanding and close one. But you’re correct about the father and son aspect. Many fathers take a backseat in literature or are two dimensional caricatures who are hands off and don’t really permeate the minds of the young adult protagonist. Really? That is most dads? Huh... Anyway, I wanted to write not for guys, but so that guys could related to the literature as easily as girls could and do. Let’s face it: girl readers vastly outnumber young males, and I sort of wanted both to equally relate here. I can say I’ll probably continue to develop that in other novels.

You have a lot of comedy in your book. What’s the best joke (keep u clean) that you’ve ever heard?
I heard Dennis Miller onstage and, though I’m not saying this is my favorite, I’ll mention it because it just came to mind: he was speaking of the past and with subtlety, in his verbal memoir, he said, “It was hot back then...” and he paused. It was all about the way he said it. The audience slowly got it. Then he said, “The sun was still hot then, right?” He was comparing it to the way people think the past happened in black and white. The genius was, he didn’t even have to say that part to get audience in on it. Brilliant.

Are any of the characters in the book based off of someone you know?
Most characters are concoctions of many people in various forms—those we know, those we’ve heard about, those we’d like to know and those we knew. Once you put all that together, my answer, like a writer, would technically be kind of but not really. Not very technical, is it...

               About the Author


H.A.'s love for all things caffeinated is what keeps him awake and alert so he can pursue that glorious tyrant called Nostalgia. And after all, isn't that what provokes most adult authors to write stories about the teenage years they long ago left behind (referring to Nostalgia, not the caffeine...he hopes)? When he isn't writing, H.A. can be found quaffing coffee (Yes, he might be addicted--don't judge) reading, riding his bike, snapping photos, making music, working on his theory of everything, and, on rare occasions, attempting to discover the elusive, and maybe impossible, secret to time travel. H.A. lives in So Cal. Street Food and Love is H.A.'s first novel.
 




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[Blog Tour] Not In The Script (If Only # 3) by Amy Finnegan: Review

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Not in the Script (If Only . . . #3)
Author: Amy Finnegan
Release date: October 7th 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Series: If Only # 3
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Millions of people witnessed Emma Taylor’s first kiss—a kiss that needed twelve takes and four camera angles to get right. After spending nearly all of her teen years performing on cue, Emma wonders if any part of her life is real anymore . . . particularly her relationships.

Jake Elliott’s face is on magazine ads around the world, but his lucrative modeling deals were a poor substitute for what he had to leave behind. Now acting is offering Jake everything he wants: close proximity to home; an opportunity to finally start school; and plenty of time with the smart and irresistible Emma Taylor . . . if she would just give him a chance.

When Jake takes Emma behind the scenes of his real life, she begins to see how genuine he is, but on-set relationships always end badly. Don’t they? Toss in Hollywood’s most notorious heartthrob and a resident diva who may or may not be as evil as she seems, and the production of Coyote Hills heats up in unexpected—and romantic—ways.

This novel in the deliciously fun If Only romance line proves that the best kinds of love stories don’t follow a script. 
(via Goodreads)

I received an e-copy of this from Tara Gonzales and Bloomsbury Children's through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This however did not influence my opinion of the book or of the author in any way..

Review


I have never really read a novel with hollywood actors as characters. So my expectations were all about swoony moments (knowing that some friends loved it because of Jake.)

I got hooked right from the start. It was easy to read and there was a smooth flow as to what the plot is all about. Besides the characters being actors and a good writing style, I particularly felt that I was reading a usual contemporary romance novel. Given that Jake and Emma were all about flirting, that there was a jealous friend, a judgmental society, overprotective parents, assuming friend and just about everything present in one.

What I enjoyed the most is definitely the swoony moments and the characterization. It's not everytime you get to read a novel wherein the characters were explained well. Even with minor characters like Brett and Kimmi. As for the swoony moments, you have to read them for yourself. I'd just say that I kept smiling and giggling to myself like a fool while reading.

I can't say I liked Emma from the start. For me, she was this whiny young actress with a lot of complaints. I never really understood where she was coming from. Knowing that she was an actress, I know that it is just normal for her to be like that. But as the story progressed, I realized that she was just as human as we are. I know that real-life actors are just like us though some have this different sense of reality already. With Emma, I saw how she struggled and tried to correct things. Of course, there were things and reasons that Emma had that I didn't like. Like how she waited a long time to do something that she should have done already. Nonetheless, Emma is one delightful character. Oh, and I admire her for setting up a foundation like that. That's one of my dreams in forever.

Moving with 'The Bod.' Can someone give me a Jake now? I can use all the sweet thoughts and all through this stressful period. Seriously though, Jake grew up like that given his family circumstances. Not everyone would have done that so salute to him. I practically saw the difference between a male and a female when it comes to relationships. That thing and reason that Emma had  was not entirely clear with Jake. Sure, he respect her decision but he was all confused as to why she cannot just do it immediately. See? Gentleman right there. He may have been a little stupid in the end but he figured that out anyway. And hey, this guy was so goal-oriented and the love he had for his family is admirable.

The Hollywood filming was so evident. The filming, the paparazzi, the annoying co-stars. Their TV series reminded me of Gossip Girl and the like. It was entertaining reading about them shooting. There was drama on and off screen. So Hollywood.

I cannot finish this without saying how much I swooned over Jake and Emma. Their not-so-flirtatious moves made my heart go giddy and excited. Yeah, I know. I have mentioned that earlier but it is worth mentioning more than once.

Not In The Script is one funny and sweet novel about two young actors trying to find who they are and what they want in life amidst the chaotic world of Hollywood. You'll get an inside scoop of shooting a series, handling paparazzi and everything about an actor's life.



   About the Author

Amy FinneganAmy Finnegan writes her own stories because she enjoys falling in love over and over again, and thinks everyone deserves a happy ending. She likes to travel the world—usually to locations where her favorite books take place—and owes her unquenchable thirst for reading to Jane Austen and J.K. Rowling. Her debut novel, NOT IN THE SCRIPT (Bloomsbury, Oct 2014), came about after hearing several years of behind-the-scenes stories from her industry veteran brother. She’s also been lucky enough to visit dozens of film sets and sit in on major productions such as Parks and Recreation, and Parenthood.

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[Blog Tour] The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing by C.K. Kelly Martin : Review & Giveaway

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing
Author: C.K. Kelly Martin
Release date: September 1st 2014
Publisher: Dancing Cat Books
Series: N/A
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary 
Tour organized by: Xpresso Book Tours
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes and Noble  
Add to your library: Goodreads

Losing weight over the summer gains Serena some popularity, but it also means discovering first-hand the pains of being a fifteen-year-old girl in a world that both sexualizes and shames young women. After narrowly avoiding exploitation in a shortlived relationship, Serena aligns with a new friend who was the victim of an explicit image that was shared at school. When Serena finds herself in a relationship with a new guy, she is surprised to find a different set of expectations. But have her previous experiences damaged her too much to make it work? As Serena struggles to find who she is as opposed to who she is expected to be, she begins sighting Devin – her older brother who disappeared months earlier. (via Goodreads)

I received an e-copy of this from C.K. Kelly Martin and Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This however did not influence my opinion of the book or of the author in any way.

I had this feeling that I would totally like this one. Yet when I got to a certain point in the book, I thought that it wasn't what I expected. Then again I reached another point in the book and realized that I liked it more than I thought I would. Judgments and conclusions are not really enough, huh?

Everything about Serena's life is more of a cliche. Still it did not bore me entirely. The things that happened to her, how she managed them and how the people around her managed them were all a little expected. Though I guess that's a given in a contemporary novel. What set out this one apart is the realistic thoughts and actions that the characters had. They said and did things one will say and do in real life. It may be rude and all but it's the truth and you can't always get that. At first, I didn't like Serena. Like I've said, the characters were realistic and so she was being a fifteen year old obsessed-with-herself kind of girl. As the story went on, I learned how to soften with her. She had her reasons and stuff. Though that's one thing I didn't exactly feel genuine with. It was like I just read she was having her closure in the end and that's it. I don't know why but it seemed a little rush for me when that happened. I didn't get to feel that heavy weight lifted off my chest.

This novel may be about Serena trying to be contented with herself, trying to find her brother, trying to be enough for her parents. But for me, it was more than that. It was about being fat, about swearing off guys, about judging people based on their looks, about how you cannot help people when they don't want your help, about family issues and just about everything else. I guess anyone can relate to these things even in the most indirect way. So you definitely won't get bored with this. 

I have to commend Kelly's writing for making this novel entertaining while still tackling the issues in a serious way. Truly one of the most realistic light-but-heavy novels I've read with realistic concerns.




  About the Author


C.K. Kelly MartinC.K. KELLY MARTIN’s bestselling debut novel, I Know It’s Over, was published in 2008. It was followed by One Lonely Degree, The Lighter Side of Life and Death, My Beating Teenage Heart and the sci-fi thriller, Yesterday. A graduate of the Film Studies program at York University, Martin loves good books, movies, music, web design, and Ireland. She currently resides in Oakville, Ontario. 






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Book Nerd Blast + Giveaway: Memories From A Different Future (Jump When Ready # 2) by David Pandolfe

Monday, September 29, 2014

Memories From A Different Future: Jump When Ready, Book 2
Author: David Pandolfe
Release date: August 23rd 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Series: Jump When Ready # 2
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Tour organized by: Jean Book Nerd Tours
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository
Add to your library: Goodreads

For Nikki, it feels like no time has passed since they rescued Henry’s sister from her abductors. After all, in the in-between realm, time is completely different than for those still “living.” Even though it’s been almost twenty years, only lately has Nikki started crossing between realms again. She’s been checking on Ian—the person they knew as Curtis before he jumped into a new life. Nikki hasn’t admitted it to the others but she’s been curious. Could Ian’s life really be as good as it seems? Can she find the courage herself to try the other realm again despite what happened last time?

When Nikki suddenly starts receiving ghostlike visits from Curtis—all these years since he returned to the physical realm—she can’t imagine how it’s possible. She also realizes it has to mean something serious. Nikki soon learns that, three days from now, an incident on Earth will end Curtis’s new life. Now, Nikki, Henry and Jamie must find a way to alter the outcome of a future event only they know will take place. They’ll also have just minutes to make that happen. Otherwise, Curtis is going to die again, taking with him any hope Nikki and her friends had for starting over. nbsp;
(via Goodreads)

About the Author

David PandolfeDavid Pandolfe is the author of three novels, Streetlights Like Fireworks, Jump When Ready and Memories From A Different Future (Jump When Ready #2). His short fiction has also appeared in literary reviews.

While he's still writing about himself in third-person, David should probably also mention that he lives outside Richmond, VA, with his wife, two kids and a dog who's terrified of thunder (not the best situation since it thunders from spring until fall in Richmond). 

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[Blog Tour] Proxy (Proxy # 1) by Alex London: Excerpt, Giveaway + Signing Event Details

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Proxy (Proxy, #1)
Author: Alex London
Release date: June 18th 2013
Publisher: Philomel
Series: Proxy # 1
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopia
Tour organized by: Pinoy Book Tours
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository 
Add to your library: Goodreads

Knox was born into one of the City’s wealthiest families. A Patron, he has everything a boy could possibly want—the latest tech, the coolest clothes, and a Proxy to take all his punishments. When Knox breaks a vase, Syd is beaten. When Knox plays a practical joke, Syd is forced to haul rocks. And when Knox crashes a car, killing one of his friends, Syd is branded and sentenced to death.

Syd is a Proxy. His life is not his own.

Then again, neither is Knox’s. Knox and Syd have more in common than either would guess. So when Knox and Syd realize that the only way to beat the system is to save each other, they flee. Yet Knox’s father is no ordinary Patron, and Syd is no ordinary Proxy. The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test both boys’ resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay. Some debts, it turns out, cannot be repaid. (via Goodreads)
 
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Excerpt


     He swiped through his datastream, clutching the wheel with just his palms, and locked onto a holo of a long-faced puppy, its tail wagging and its little pink tongue hanging out. It bounded to her side of the windshield and licked her in 3D. She laughed. It was an old stock pic; he’d used it a thousand times before, but it never failed him.
     She waved her fingers around the glowing projection in the air and tossed a text back to Knox.
    CUTE, lit up on the windshield in front of him.
    She wasn’t just talking about the puppy. Knox half-smiled and bit down on his lower lip.
    She noticed. He was watching the road, but he knew that she noticed.
    Alice? Debbie?
    Her mother was on one of those Benevolent Committees. Saving the orphans or matching organ donors or something. Maybe both. They’d go well together. Her father was a mining executive for one of the big firms, data not dirtware. The real value was in data. He was a client of Knox’s father’s company, but that didn’t narrow it down much. Everyone was a client of Knox’s father’s company.
    Her father was bald, right? Knox thought he remembered a shiny bald head when he’d met the man. Must be nostalgia, like her old fashioned name. No one with money needed to go bald. He was probably a history buff. Or was that the last girl’s father? It was hard to keep these fathers and their hobbies straight. Charming fathers was so much more work than charming their daughters, with so much less reward.


               About the Author


Alex LondonAlex London writes books for adults (One Day The Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War), children (Dog Tags series; An Accidental Adventure series) and teens (Proxy). At one time a journalist reporting from conflict zones and refugee camps, he is now a full time novelist living in Brooklyn, NY, where he can be found wandering the streets talking to his dog, who is the real brains of the operation.
In 2011, James left teaching to write full-time and now lives in London.

Hollow Pike is his first novel for young adults.








TO ALL FILIPINOS:
I'm inviting each and every one of you to go on Saturday at Alex London's Signing Event. Please see details below. See you there.

Let's not forget to thank NBS for making this event possible.


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