April 2021 Monthly Wrap Up

Wow, April is done again and I feel like the month just passed by in a blink of an eye.πŸ‘€

April was a slow month for me in terms of reading. This month I only managed to finish 3 books.😢

Below are the books I have read:

1.) Strongly Pampered Male Wife by θ΅€θ„šδΈ‹ηš„θ·― – 🌟🌟🌟.5

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2.) I Am Not Thirteen by A.O. Monk – 🌟🌟

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3.) The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle – 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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There are lots of stuff that distracted me from reading this month. I’ll mention a few (my excuse for just reading 3 books✌) things that occupied my time.πŸ˜…

1.) Netflix – this black hole is the major culprit for my measly progress on my reading. Though watching series is a way for my mother and I to bond so I really can’t dislike it.

For this month, we finished 2 series. Yep, TWO.πŸ˜… Both of these deals with afterlife and ghosts.πŸ‘

πŸ“Ί Abyss – 7/10 🌟

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πŸ“Ί Hotel Del Luna – 8/10🌟

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2.) Legend of the Phoenix game – I spend a lot of time playing this. I can’t believe I’m trying to maintain 4 accounts on this game.πŸ˜†

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So this is what happened in April. Hopefully I’ll accomplish more on May.πŸ€—

The Swedish Prince – Book Review #10 (2021)

Title:Β The Swedish Prince

Author: Karina Halle

Series:Β #1 of Nordic Royals

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Goodreads synopsis:

I never believed in fairy-tales.

Never held out for Prince Charming.

Growing up poor in small-town California as the oldest of six siblings, I knew I would never ride off into the sunset with anyone. That was even more apparent when a senseless tragedy took the lives of my parents, forcing me to become the sole guardian of our dysfunctional household at the mere age of twenty-three.

Then a fateful encounter literally brought Prince Charming to my doorstep.

At first I thought Viktor was just your average businessman passing through, albeit obscenely handsome, six-foot-five, blue-eyed, and mysteriously rich.

But soon I discovered the truth behind Viktor’s faΓ§ade.

Beneath his quiet, enigmatic gaze and cocky charm, is a man who is running away from who he really is. A role he’d rather not fulfill.

He is Viktor of House Nordin, His Royal Highness, The Crown Prince of Sweden.

Yet uncovering Viktor’s secret was only the first step.

I didn’t expect to fall in love with him.

I didn’t expect to have my whole life turned upside down.

When you’re from two different worlds, can your hearts meet somewhere in the middle?

Or do happily-ever-afters only exist in fairy-tales?

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

I love modern day Cinderella trope and fortunately I happen to chance upon this book on Kindle store for free.πŸ˜„

This is the story of Maggie and Viktor. Both of them recently lost a loved one and made it possible for their lives to intersect. Viktor is the prince of Sweden and while in a vacation or break incidentally checked in on a hotel where Maggie is working.

This book has lots of steamy scenes on it so you’ve been warned.πŸ˜… I love that we are given both the povs of Maggie and Viktor. I love Maggie’s family especially Callum and also Viktor’s friend Magus. I love how descriptive the writing is. I feel like I was really in Sweden.πŸ‘

Usually with tropes like this, there are lots of hurdles needed to overcome before attaining an HEA. I felt the conflict and very much into the story. There are just some parts that were slow and I feel like things happened too smoothly that it was a bit unrealistic(?).

Overall, it was a pleasant read. A bit too cheesy at some parts (imo) and also lots of scenes nsfw that I think aren’t that necessary. But still recommended for those who loves romance and royalties and light reading.πŸ‘

Modern day Cinderella is a trope I never get tired of.πŸ˜…

Any recommendations you can give me?πŸ€—

I Am Not Thirteen – Book Review #09 (2021)

Title: I Am Not Thirteen

Author: A.O. Monk

Series: Standalone

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Goodreads synopsis:

Yesterday, Amy was about to turn twenty-six. She didn’t have much: a decent job, too much student debt, an ex she couldn’t quite get over. Today, that’s all gone. Today is Amy’s birthdayβ€”her thirteenth birthdayβ€”and the first day of seventh grade. Her entire adult life vanished overnight.

Amy doesn’t know how she got here or how she can get back.
If she can get back. If she confides in the wrong person, she could be ridiculed, bullied, committed, even killed. So how can she tell the wrong person from the right one?

On top of all this, Amy has to survive middle school, again. All the bullies, mean girls, belittling teachers, and hormone-crazed hellions are still there. Every cutting comment hurts just as much the second time around. And what’s the story with that strange snake symbol she sees everywhere, or the guy who seems to know way more about her than he’s willing to tell?

My rating: 🌟🌟

You know those synopsis that just completely hooked you? This is the case for me for this book. A premise of an adolescent woman that suddenly goes back in time when she was 13. I love that premise so much and very excited to read this. But unfortunately this book was not a hit for me.πŸ˜‘

This book centers on Amy when she goes back in time when she was just a measly 13 year old teen. It features her life and her family and people from her future.

This book has time travel, cult, religion and a bit of fantasy on it (which doesn’t make sense to me). It also tackles family, mental health issues and tw for mention of substance abuse.

It has lots of concepts on one book that made a very chaotic read for me. I actually felt disconnected to the story and the characters. Scenes and settings are changing abruptly and confused me a lot. I also have issues with the characters as they are not making sense to me especially Leah.πŸ˜’

It has a promising concept but unfortunately me and this book didn’t clicked.

***Thanks to the publisher and author for making this book available for review via Netgalley.***

My first low rated book this year.πŸ™

Though I was not able to enjoy this, I’ve seen some high ratings for this book and surely someone out there will relate with this book.πŸ‘

Ebook Haul #1 (2021)


I have this habit of browsing the Kindle store and looking for free ebooks. Like I spend a loooooong time browsing books. This results to having 300+ unread books on my Kindle.πŸ˜…

But yours truly can’t stop. I see free, I click.πŸ˜†

Here are my recent finds on Kindle. When I got them, they were FREE (not sure if they still are). So I immediately got them.😢

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1.) Love at Last by Kate Kisset

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2.) Aloha Hideaway Inn by Elana Johnson

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3.) The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury by Marc Levy

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4.) Fluffy by Julia Kent

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5.) Love Like This by Sophie Love

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6.) Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft by Mindy Klasky

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7.) The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavik

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8.) No Tomorrow by Carian Cole

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9.) Escape From Samsara by Nicky Blue

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10.) Elsie Street by Gabriella West

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11.) The Art of Taking Chances by a lot of authors. (See cover below⬇)

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12.) The Billionaires of Belmont Boxed Set Books 1 & 2 by Shadonna Richards

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That took me a while to finish. I’m still blogging using my phone.😒

Do you also like freebies on the Kindle store? I might post an ebook haul once in a while to share my recent finds to everyone. Hoping you’ll find something interesting too via this post.πŸ€—

Strongly Pampered Male Wife – Book Review #08 (2021)

Title: Strongly Pampered Male Wife

Author: θ΅€θ„šδΈ‹ηš„θ·―

Series: Standalone

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Goodreads synopsis:

How long would a marriage be able to sustain itself when it had nothing to do with love? Then how would a marriage based merely on power and a monetary transaction be able to last?

The person in Shang Yushang’s embrace was his male wife. A temporary wife that was bought to get rid of bad luck. But ever since the moment he had this person in his arms, he decided not to let go of him.

He Changning obeyed his so-called family’s decision and married himself off. Thinking that, when this transaction was over, he can live his own life happily ever after.

But, little did he know that he had just stepped into a big net filled with warmth that was specially woven for him, and that he would never have a chance to get out of it.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟.5

This is the first web novel I have finished this year. It was overall a pleasant read.

This story revolves around our main couple Shang Yushang and He Changning. It is an arranged marriage trope with lots of intrigues and family drama. Also this one has an mpreg tag on it so you might consider that before reading this.

The start has lots of face slappings and eventually turned fluffy when the main couple are finally together. And surprisingly it has elements of fantasy on it.πŸ˜…

It was okay. A bit too sweet and mushy but still enjoyable.πŸ‘

I’m reading web novels again instead of focusing on my ARCs. Send help!πŸ˜…

Jan – Mar 2021 Monthly Wrap Up

Hi friends! πŸ€—

As you can see on the title, this post is all about my reading updates for the month of January to March. Why am I doing an update for three months in one post? Because yours truly doesn’t have much time recently to do an individual monthly update.😒

I thought 2021 will be different. A new beginning and all that but it wasn’t. I even had a huge reading slump on the month of March. So many wasted time not reading.😧

Though I planned to read lots of books this year, my start isn’t that promising. With my ambitious plan to read 100+ books this year, I merely managed to read 7 books in 3 months.😭

Here are the books that I have read:

1.) Keeper of the Lost Cities by by Shannon Messenger – 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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2.) Soulkeepers by Steve Dean – 🌟🌟🌟.5

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3.) The Happy List by Briar Prescott – 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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4.) Until I Die Again by Tina Wainscott – 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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5.) You’re The One by Layla Hagen – 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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6.) Love At First Kiss by Olivia T. Turner – 🌟🌟🌟.5

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7.) Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado – 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

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I will work read harder this April. Shall I join some readathon to motivate myself?πŸ€”

Wishing everyone a great reading week!πŸ˜„

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega – Book Review #07 (2021)

Title: Fat Chance, Charlie Vega

Author: Crystal Maldonado

Series: Standalone

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Goodreads synopsis:

Coming of age as a Fat brown girl in a white Connecticut suburb is hard.
Harder when your whole life is on fire, though.

Charlie Vega is a lot of things. Smart. Funny. Artistic. Ambitious. Fat.

People sometimes have a problem with that last one. Especially her mom. Charlie wants a good relationship with her body, but it’s hard, and her mom leaving a billion weight loss shakes on her dresser doesn’t help. The world and everyone in it have ideas about what she should look like: thinner, lighter, slimmer-faced, straighter-haired. Be smaller. Be whiter. Be quieter.

But there’s one person who’s always in Charlie’s corner: her best friend Amelia. Slim. Popular. Athletic. Totally dope. So when Charlie starts a tentative relationship with cute classmate Brian, the first worthwhile guy to notice her, everything is perfect until she learns one thing–he asked Amelia out first. So is she his second choice or what? Does he even really see her? UGHHH. Everything is now officially a MESS.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

So, I was wondering if I still have it in me to enjoy young adult contemporary novels. Turns out there are still aspects of young adult contemporary novels that I like.πŸ˜†

This is the story of Charlie Vega as she navigates high school and life filled with struggles and insecurities. This book resonated to me as a reminder to love myself, flaws and all.❀

At first I was feeling old as I read some ‘teenage angst’ as I call it, lol.πŸ˜… I was wondering if maybe I’m not the targeted audience of this book, that maybe I should have read it when I was younger? (Which is impossible since it was just released and I can’t turn back time.😁) But then came in all the life struggles that Charlie encounters and it actually reminded me when I was young and foolish and naive.πŸ˜…

This book was a fast read for me. The writing is very engaging. I feel like I know these characters. It has a very diverse cast and this book made me feel. It also tackles different kind of relationships. I got emotional on Charlie and her mother’s situation. It was a sad thing on my opinion and I wished it was better. I cried.😒

I like how Charlie and Amelia’s friendship developed on the end and I very much root for Brian and Charlie’s story.😍

This review is all over the place but final thoughts is that it was a good read and very ‘cleansing’ to read. Recommended for younglins who are still trying to find their place in this chaotic world or for oldies who needs a reminder of who they were once upon a time.πŸ˜„

***Thanks to the publisher and author for making this book available for review via Edelweiss.***

My last pending review… DONE.πŸ˜€ Now, I can start reading again. Reading slump, are you still there?πŸ€”

Love At First Kiss – Book Review #06 (2021)

Title: Love At First Kiss

Author: Olivia T. Turner

Series: #1 of Love Comes First

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Goodreads synopsis:

It was only supposed to be one night.

A thousand dollars to pretend to be Nolan Cline’s girlfriend.

How could I say no to that?

I was probably the only virgin escort on the planet, but Mr. Cline didn’t have to know about my lack of experience for the job.

All I had to do was hang onto his arm, smile, and look presentable to the rich CEO billionaire’s friends and coworkers.

It was all great until I saw the possessive and territorial look in Nolan’s eyes when he first spotted me in my red dress…

Then, I knew that there wouldn’t be any pretending between us.
It started in the limo… it continued at the gala… until we were so consumed with need for each other that I ended up looking anything but presentable.

I might have been the first virgin escort on the planet at the start of the date…

But I definitely won’t be by the end of it.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟.5

This is a book I got for free from Kindle store. I don’t usually read short story because the pacing is always too fast for me. This is only 70+ pages.

This book is about a rich guy who fell in love at first sight on a budding actress. This is a dual POV kind of book. We both have Nolan and Arya’s perspective. This is definitely a whirlwind romance.πŸ˜…

The writing is engaging and I didn’t feel bored. There are some cringey dialogues but all in all it was an okay read if you’re looking for a short romantic(?) read.πŸ‘

Short stories always ends up as a so-so read for me. Maybe someday?πŸ™‚

You’re The One – Book Review #05 (2021)

Title: You’re The One

Author: Layla Hagen

Series: #1 of Very Irresistible Bachelors

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Goodreads synopsis:

Hunter Caldwell has never encountered a challenge he can’t conquer. He’s built an impressive real estate business in New York, succeeding against all odds. He shatters every obstacle in his way…until now.

He only has one option: asking for help the one woman who is off-limits…his best friend.

It all starts as pretend…

The first kiss is unplanned, but Josie surrenders to him instantly, driving him crazy. The second one is in front of his tight-knit family. They have to be convincing, but he’s not pretending at all. Her taste is addictive, the scent of her skin is intoxicating.

On their first night together, he barely stops his fingers from pushing down the straps of her dress…

Their second night is sexy as hell, intense and unforgettable.
How can he stop the lines from blurring when all that really matters now is Josie?

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

I usually don’t read bestfriends to lovers trope because I’ve read lots of those before and I feel like I’m done with them? Lol.

But recently I’m gravitating towards the Romance genre again. So this is my first Layla Hagen and it was a good read for me.

This is a dual POV kind of book. We have Josie and Hunter’s story. They’ve been friends for years and they always have each other’s back. So when Hunter needed Josie to help him do something, Josie was hesitant but still agreed.

I’ll say it now, this one also has the fake dating(?) trope. In case anyone is into that, this one has it too.πŸ‘

The book is a bit long but I feel like the only characters that were fleshed out is our main couple. Though I guess that will be remedied on the succeeding books.

There are lots of intimate scenes between Josie and Hunter but for some reason it fell flat for me(?). It was okay but didn’t blow my mind? Still good for fans of bestfriends to lovers trope.πŸ‘

Another free ebook that I have enjoyed.πŸ‘

Until I Die Again – Book Review #04 (2021)

Title: Until I Die Again

Author: Tina Wainscott

Series: #1 of Soul Change

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Goodreads synopsis:

Returning from Heaven can be Hell…

Chris Copestakes’s young life ends in a second filled with twisting metal, shattering glass, and her own terrified cry. Against all odds, she wakes up in a hospital and discovers she’s been given a second chance. But there’s a catch. A big one. She’s been returned to earth in the body of beautiful Hallie DiBarto, the soon-to-be-ex-wife of a wealthy resort owner.

Thrust into an unfamiliar world of glittering prestige, Chris struggles to hide her identity and make a new life for herself. But the self-destructive Hallie left a legacy of dangerous secrets and angry people for Chris to deal with. And when she finds herself falling for Jamie DiBartoβ€”a man both husband and strangerβ€”her new life becomes wonderful and precarious. Because lurking in the past, both hers and Hallie’s, is a danger that could end it all.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This one has a very interesting premise for me. On this story, we have Chris who died then woke up in a different body, a different life. Her memories of her past life intact. I really like this trope of waking up in someone else’s body after dying. I can’t believe I’ve had this book for a while now but just decided to read it yesterday.

You know that exhausted feeling after reading an action and mystery filled book? I felt that after reading this. It has been a while since I was very deep into a book, I basically felt every emotion while reading this.πŸ˜₯

I love how fleshed out the characters are. I felt very emotional while reading some parts of the book. I wanted more.😒

The story is filled with misunderstanding, conflict, mystery, danger, yearning, family and love.❀

It was a roller coaster of a ride while reading this book. I was definitely hooked on the story and the characters. I’m being vague but I suggest you guys dive in blind to enjoy more of the story.πŸ‘

This was a fast read for me. The writing is very engaging. It managed to transport me to the story. Super recommended.πŸ‘Œβ€

I read the synopsis of the second book and I am shook! I want to read it now!πŸ˜†

This is a book I got for free from Kindle store and very happy to have enjoyed it. What a gem.❀