Keeper of the Lost Cities – Book Review #01 (2021)

Title: Keeper of the Lost Cities

Author: Shannon Messenger

Series: #1 of Keeper of the Lost Cities

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Goodreads synopsis:

Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her family, either. The reason? Sophie’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No one knows her secret—at least, that’s what she thinks…

But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she’s not alone. He’s a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well…she isn’t. Fitz opens Sophie’s eyes to a shocking truth, and she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.

But Sophie still has secrets, and they’re buried deep in her memory for good reason: The answers are dangerous and in high-demand. What is her true identity, and why was she hidden among humans? The truth could mean life or death—and time is running out.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

It took me a while to decide which book to start my year with and I decided to read this one. The year is just starting but for some reason, I feel like 202o is still clinging onto me. I am a bit stressed and in a mini reading slump. I wanted something that will take me away from reality, lol.😅

This is the story of Sophie, a 12 year old prodigy as she learns of her true identity. The book started by showing how Sophie is isolated and bullied due to her being different than her peers. Then she found out that she really was different and she’s something that even she could have never thought possible.

Well the tags for this book will already tell you that this one has an element of fantasy on it. The world building is just enough for me to believe and admire the world the author is trying to build. I love how vivid the places, customs and creatures are when they are described on the book. I feel like they are real places and that this creatures truly exists.

I also love the characters. At first, Sophie kinda irritated me but then she quickly grew on me. She was very relatable and I felt very invested on her story, her life and her emotions. The secondary characters are also well written, there might have been some one dimensional ones but I’m guessing they’ll be fleshed out on the succeeding books. Also, the parents and the adults are actually active on this book. They aren’t decorations here as per usual middle grade and young adult books.😁

The one thing that made me read this quickly is the mystery. I love how the mystery kept me guessing. I love all the action packed scenes and amazingly got very emotional on some scenes. This book made me feel. It made me connected to the story, to the world and the characters of the book.❤

I’m actually scared to start the second book. The bar is high, so I might read the next one after I got over this one, lol.😂

Recommended for people who loves middle grade fantasy.👌

My first book for 2021 and it’s a 5 star read.❤

Keep safe! My goodreads if anyone’s interested.

🎉My 2020 Reading Highlights🎉


How do I start this post? 2020 definitely is a year that I will never forget. I thought pandemic will remain as a second hand knowledge to me. Those of which I only read on books and watch on movies. But here we are now after experiencing a year (or more) of a life during pandemic.

I will not dwell on the negatives of the previous year on this post, instead I will try to list down things that somehow made my 2020 bearable or new or a bit something happy.

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1.) I managed to read 89 books last year. 😊

2.) I was able to review ALL the books I have read last year. Though by the time I managed to finish my pending reviews, it’s already the 24th of January 2021.😅


1.) After years of contemplating if I should do it, last year I finally decided to try out ARCs. I don’t know what I was doing but I still went and created an account on NetGalley, Edelweiss and BookSirens.

I watched and read tips before requesting but I still ended up biting more than I can chew, lol. It was a fun thing though a bit stressful at first.😅

2.) Last year I tried widening my horizon by trying out genres I don’t usually pick. There were some misses (I expected that) but I actually discovered my love for Women’s Fiction. It was a huge surprise for me that I will like this genre. So now I have a new genre to choose books from.😁


1.) I will try to finish all my ARCs on time and clean up my backlist ARCs.

2.) I was hoping I can read 100+ books this year. I was able to do that on 2017 but since then I haven’t reached 3 digits for my reading goal.

3.) I kept on buying/downloading books from Kindle store and I have 300+ of ebooks unread as of this post. I was hoping to make a dent on it this year. I should probably need to stop browsing for free ebooks on the Kindle store. 😅

4.) I will try out more genres this year. I’m a bit hesitant about this but I will try my best.

5.) I will post more on this blog and not just book reviews. I will join in on the usual daily/weekly memes.😉

6.) I’ll also do blog hopping more and comments and likes on blog posts.

For now, this is it! My goals for 2021 is a bit ambitious but 2021 here I come! 😆

Stewed Squid with Honey – Book Review #89 (2020)

Title: Stewed Squid with Honey

Author: Mo Bao Fei Bao, 墨宝非宝

Series: Standalone

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Goodreads synopsis:

Her first time explaining that she is a singer, he… did not understand.

When she said her screen name (fish playing behind closed doors)*, he still did not understand. She continued to explain, this name is from “HunterXHunter” Phantom Troupe’s leader’s attack. He… did not want to keep listening.

She thought she was chasing a 3D hottie, but who knew this person was a legend in the gaming circle.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟

This is the story of Tong Nian who is a famous cosplay cover singer as she falls in love(?) at first sight and decided to pursue a pro gamer.

This was a fairly short story. It is definitely new adult because there are some scenes not suitable for young audiences, lol.

I think this would have been better if it was longer? Unlike some of the books I’ve read with gaming themes on it, I think this one only touched a bit of the gaming world. Then halfway through, it kinda focused on the romance part.

I wanted more because it felt like everything was glossed over. Also, I can’t understand Tong Nian that much.

It was okay for a short read.

My last book review for 2020! Yehey! I finally finished my 2020 pending reviews.🎉

This book isn’t that good BUT the series adaptation of this one is awesome!👌

The series is called Go Go Squid and it’s on Netflix!😍

Keep safe! My goodreads if anyone’s interested.

PUBG Online Romance of the Century – Book Review #88 (2020)

Title: PUBG Online Romance of the Century

Author: Jiàng Zi Bèi, 酱子贝

Series: Standalone

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Goodreads synopsis:

As a new anchor of StarTV, Yu Yan’s ruthless tr*sh-talk, natural rifle-shooting skills, and character of never searching houses earned him a big crowd of fans.

He felt like he was a good anchor who treated all fans of his stream equally—you can suck at the game, you can get knocked down, but if you want the gun in my hand, sorry, no way man.

Until he heard the voice of the streaming platform’s Big Boss.

Yu · ultimate voice-con · Yan: I’m not familiar with this game, swap my Kar98k for your Mini-14.

Yi · brand new noob · Chen: En.

Friend: Daddy, I want to snipe too!

Yu Yan: I think this frying pan suits you very well.

Not-a-very good gamer but dripping with money and looks Big Boss vs Cute, super good tr*sh-talking gunslinger voice-con Anchor.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟.5

This is a light, romantic story with gaming and streaming aspect to it. I do enjoy books with gaming and streaming as a theme on a book. I particularly enjoy it if the over all tone of the book is funny and fluffy.😄

Yu Yan is a new streaming anchor who streams his gaming expertise in a certain PUBG game. He somehow catched the attention of the owner of the streaming company he is signed with, Yi Chen. This is how their love story started.

In stories like this, I always love the interaction between the streamer and their fans. There are lots of gaming jargons here so non-gamers might find it hard to relate. But I really like the story, though there are some slow parts. Also, I love the extra chapters.👍

Recommended for fans of PUBG type of games and also if you’re into light, sweet and fluffy romance.❤

My second to the last pending review. One more 2020 pending review and I’m done…. NOT. 😅

I have read 2 books so far in 2021, so that will be next. Will this ever end? Lol.

Keep safe! My goodreads if anyone’s interested.

Penny Preston and the Raven’s Talisman – Book Review #87 (2020)

Title: Penny Preston and the Raven’s Talisman

Author: Armen Pogharian

Series: #1 of Misaligned

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Goodreads synopsis:

Eighth grader Penny Preston is worse than suspended. She’s misaligned: that means she exists in more than three dimensions at once, which gives her the power to fix and prevent dimensional rifts. She must embrace her special powers when dangerous higher-dimensional beings threaten to invade Piper Falls.

When Shadow-monsters attack in the cafeteria, eighth-grader Penny Preston panics, starts a food fight and unknowingly creates a trans-dimensional rift. Summoned to the counselor’s office, she expects suspension, but instead discovers that she is misaligned: that means she exists in more than three dimensions at once. Unless she immediately begins training to learn to handle her powerful abilities, she risks losing her sanity. She agrees to secretly train with her counselor and his friend Master Poe, an exile from the seventh dimension trapped in a raven’s body, to keep her home town, Piper Falls, safe from higher-dimensional beings seeking to gain god-like powers in our dimension.

Together with Simon, her telepathic multi-dimensional cat, Penny struggles to save her relationship with her best friend, protect her universe, and uncover her connection to Arthurian myth.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25

This book caught my attention on Netgalley because of its synopsis. It mentions different dimensions and that was the hook for me. I quite enjoy books with this kind of premise. I have a bit of an expectation going into the book.

Our main character Penny is a Misaligned. This term is still vague for me, it’s not some talent, more on you were born with it. Being Misaligned enable someone to see beings that aren’t from your dimension. This is Penny’s adventure as she explore this skill of hers together with friends and some unlikely mentors.

The start wasn’t that promising for me, what with the info-dump-ish way of world building. I thought it would be a miss for me. But fortunately, the story and the characters were able to capture my interest and made me unable to put down the book. It was quite a ride and I enjoyed majority of the book. I think if you could push through 30% of the book, you will understand what I’m saying, lol.😅

This book has a very atmospheric tone to it. It felt like this one will be a good Halloween read. It has bits of mythology, archeology and crime solving on it but it did not overwhelm the main plot. The writing is easy to get into.

Recommended for fans of middle grade fantasy.❤👍

P.S. There’s a cute and loyal cat named Simon.🐱

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

NetGalley reads for 2020: 26❤

This is my last netgalley read for 2020. Almost done with my pending reviews. 2 more left for 2020.😥

Keep safe! My goodreads if anyone’s interested.

A Bridge to Love – Book Review #86 (2020)

Title: A Bridge to Love

Author: Lee Colgin

Series: Standalone

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Goodreads synopsis:

Everyone knows a proper troll must never leave his post. Arlo is thrilled to have his own bridge to guard, though it’s a lonely job. A troll should enjoy being alone, but Arlo has never been very good at being a troll. He longs for companionship, but guards that secret like he guards his bridge.

Toby, a cheerful wolf shifter, serves as a messenger between villages. When his route is suddenly blocked by a fearsome troll, he must charm his way across the bridge. Little does he know, he’s charming his way into Arlo’s heart as well. But Toby has his own secrets he dare not reveal.

As the season’s fly by and the holidays approach, their friendship blooms and begins to flourish into something more. But can Toby risk his heart for a troll bound so tight to duty? Will Arlo leave his bridge for love?

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is a sweet, cute, fluffy and heart warming read.❤

The story revolves around our main couple Arlo – a troll and Toby – a wolf shifter. This is how their story started in a bridge. This is an Adult Romance in a fantasy setting. Don’t expect deep plot or amazing world building. One word that can be use to describe the book is simple. It is very straight forward and just a comfortable and calming read.🤗

I love the pacing of the story. Though at first it was a bit slow but gradually picked up. I love the characters and the love story of our main couple. This is a feel good book that focuses on sweet love and a happy family. It’s a bit different from the ones I’ve been reading that are high in tension. This one is just a very comforting read for me.

Recommended if you’re in the mood for a short, sweet and cute read.👍❤

***Thanks to NineStar Press, LLC for granting me access of this book via Netgalley for an honest review.***

NetGalley reads for 2020: 25❤

More on my pending reviews.✌

Keep safe! My goodreads if anyone’s interested.

Honeymoon Alone – Book Review #85 (2020)

Title: Honeymoon Alone

Author: Nicole Macaulay

Series: Standalone

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Goodreads synopsis:

Just how reliable are psychics – specifically psychics hired by your sister for wedding entertainment? 

When irrepressibly romantic Lucy Gray is ditched at said wedding by her date in front of her whole family, the promises of a psychic seem better than her pity-riddled reality. The psychic’s advice seems insightful: stop ignoring fate’s signs – fate will lead you to love. But when “fate” leads Lucy to London, she finds herself tangled in a web of lies.

In a story about finding independence and taking chances, Lucy learns that leaving everything up to fate can be dangerous – and jeopardize her chances at happily ever after.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a pleasant surprise for me. I never knew I will like this book as much as I did. The premise is very simple and can’t be called unique because I have seen some books with a similar premise like this one. We have Lucy, who decided to leave things on fate and went in a supposed honeymoon trip, alone.

This was tagged as women’s fiction. It was just this year that I started reading under this genre and so far I’m enjoying it very much.❤

This book focused on self discovery. I love how Lucy took a leap of faith and went on her first trip abroad alone. I wish I was as brave as her, lol. This book also showcased an amazing family dynamics. I very much relate on Lucy’s dilemma about her family and the constant queries about her love life. I love the characters here as they are very relatable.👍

Also the writing is very engaging. I felt like I was there with Lucy as she excitedly visits London and Paris’ tourist spots. I was very much into the story and finished it on one sitting. The twists are amazing by the way.😊

Recommended for fans of Women’s Fiction.❤

P.S. I got this e-ARC monthSSS after it was published and was already labeled a ‘backlist’ on Edelweiss when I got it. It’s not because I only remembered to read it a year after it was published. Lol.

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

Edelweiss reads for 2020: 7

I’m up this early and drafting posts. I will cling on this mood of mine to finish all my pending reviews last year.👊

Keep safe! My goodreads if anyone’s interested.

Stranded With Desire – Book Review #84 (2020)

Title: Stranded With Desire

Author: Vivien Dean , Rick R. Reed

Series: Standalone

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Goodreads synopsis:

When their plane crashed, their desire took flight.

CEO Maine Braxton and his invaluable assistant, Colby, don’t realize they share a deep secret: they’re in love—with each other. That secret may have never come to light but for a terrifying plane crash in the Cascade Mountains that changes everything.

In a struggle for survival, they brave bears, storms, and a life-threatening flood to make it out of the wilderness alive. The proximity to death makes them realize the importance of love over propriety. Confessions emerge. Passions ignite. They escape the wilds renewed and openly in love.

When they return to civilization, though, forces are already plotting to snuff out their short-lived romance and ruin everything both have worked so hard to achieve.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟.5

This story is a boss-employee ‘falling in love’ trope. As the synopsis stated, things changed when Maine and his assistant Colby experienced a plane crash and ended up in a forest somewhere.

When I was browsing Netgalley, this one caught my attention because of the cover and then eventually the synopsis.

It was an okay read but due to not that much information or scenes with Maine and Colby before the plane crash, I wasn’t that much concern about them post-crash. I feel disconnected while they were trying to survive. ✌

The parts about their dream/fantasy towards each other is a bit long and I feel that they didn’t add that much on the story. Though they are okay and kinda helped establish the chemistry between the two.

Hart and Helen doesn’t make sense to me. Again not that much scenes with them for the characters to be sufficiently established. They somehow ended up one dimensional for me.

I hope the book was longer to know more of the characters. Still an okay and fast read.👍

***Thanks to NineStar Press, LLC for granting me access of this book via Netgalley for an honest review.***

NetGalley reads for 2020: 24❤

I will stop counting my NetGalley reads by 2021 but for my 2020 reads, I will document them.

Keep safe! My goodreads if anyone’s interested.

You Boys Play Games Very Well – Book Review #83 (2020)

Title: You Boys Play Games Very Well

Author: Yi Xiu Luo, 易修罗

Series: Standalone

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Goodreads synopsis:

When he defeats them, he leaves hospice care: A father’s love is like a mountain! Are your shoulders are heavy?

When he is defeated, he leaves backhanded compliments: You boys play games very well~

Ling Meng is a high-ranked casual gamer playing “The Legend of the Galaxy”. Infamous for his poison tongue, he’s known in the forums as Lemon Dad and he carefully cultivates a following of black powder fans over time. The trajectory of his fate completely changes the day he plays a match against the popular god-tier live stream anchor, Mangosteen. A meme created out of his dying words makes him a countrywide laughingstock and he begins to stalk Mangosteen to determine his rival’s weaknesses…to beat him in a match for revenge!

They fight with each other, stream with each other, and even exchange a naked photo with each other.

This is the love story of a lemon and a mangosteen.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is a book centered on two protagonists who are both gamers and streamers/anchors. We have Ling Meng who is just a casual gamer but is known in the game for leaving boastful/hospice comments after a game.

One day he was matched with Shan Zhu, a well know god tier player and lost poorly. Instead of leaving his usual commentary, out of shamelessness/spite, he left the commment “You boys play games very well”. This became viral and the start of their legend on the Legend of the Galaxy game and fandom.

This was a very cute and funny story. It was a feel good story with a balanced elements in gaming, streaming and love. I love the concept of live commentary and streaming on a story. The comments of the viewers are funny.😂

Recommended for lazy reads.👍❤

I’m in the mood to draft posts so I’m grabbing this chance to schedule lots. Wish me luck!👋

Keep safe! My goodreads if anyone’s interested.

President, Our Egg Is Lost – Book Review #82 (2020)

Title: President, Our Egg Is Lost

Author: Yu An Qing, 玉案青

Series: Standalone

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Goodreads synopsis:

A Certain President: Did you lay an egg? Have you lost your egg?

Ji XiaoYu: No, we lost our egg!

According to the legend of Jianghu, rooster eggs can have a great effect as a tonic. If eaten by ordinary people, they can prolong their life, while if eaten by animal spirits, they can greatly increase their power.

One year after the pheasant spirit, Ji XiaoYu, entered the land of humans, he suddenly laid an egg, but he couldn’t remember who the other father of the egg was.

While working hard to earn money to save up for powdered milk and having to also protect the small egg from all sorts of bad characters, this pheasant’s life is really difficult.

Unfortunately, there is also a careless belly black husband entangled with him all day long, bothering the young man to rely on him, asking him not to be afraid!

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟.5

This is the story of Ji XiaoYu, a pheasant spirit who got pregnant because of some shady circumstances. Being a guy and suddenly becoming pregnant scared him and made him depressed as he doesn’t know how to take care of a human baby. Also, he doesn’t have money.😅

This is a cute, funny and fluffy story. I love that it doesn’t have that much conflict. I was in the mood for just a simple feel good story and I got it. Though the world building is a bit lacking and there are lots of cannon fodder.😆

It was okay. Short but cute and funny.👍

Hi guys! I’m just posting my pending reviews.😅

Keep safe! My goodreads if anyone’s interested.