My Bookish Update (July25-31)

Moment#1: I finished these books.

RE-READ:

1. Burn by Suzanne Wright – 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Knox and Harper’s story always make me smile.😁 I’ve read this book a lot of times.

World building is great. I’m not a fan of the cover edition that I have but the story inside is engaging and entertaining. I love Harper’s personality, she is fierce but loyal to her family and the ones she loves. It’s usual for me to find the lead girl a bit infuriating but Harper is a really likeable heroine.👍

And Knox is possessive, a bit over protective but totally HOT!😍 I really find it cute that Knox and his demon is sooo besotted on Harper. The plot is strong and the supporting characters are well established. I love this book!😁👍

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2. In Bed With Mr. Wrong by Katee Robert – 🌟🌟

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This book is infuriating!😠 Halfway through the novel, I’m considering DNF. The lead girl Bri has sooo much issues, it’s a wonder Ryan is still with her. Stop with your judgemental and hypocrital tendencies Bri! I’m really starting to hate her!😭 And girl stop over thinking and over analyzing every single thing! Just. Stop.✋

After all the things I went through, you’re gonna shove an epilogue for an attempt at HEA? No, thank you.😭

3. Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G. – 🌟🌟🌟.5

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The story was cute. Well written. And I love the concept. I almost gave it a 4-star rating but I didn’t like the conflict in the end, a bit lame. And that abrupt ending? Lol.😁

But it was a nice read and plus points? It didn’t infuriate me.👍

4. Evermore by Alyson Nöel – 🌟🌟🌟

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It’s been a while since I read a paranormal-ish book. It has a Twilight-kind-of feel.. Not sure which book came first. Anyway, the world building is shaky. The mysteries, major one at that, were not solved. The Summerland thing and the attempt at metaphysical basis was lame.

Drina, the immortal, died just like that. Hello HEA, haha.😁

Moment#2: Did Not Finish.

1. You by Caroline Kepnes

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– at page 85 I stopped. The writing is good. But, I’m getting bored. Hopefully, I’ll pick it up someday.😮

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I attempted to avoid NA novels this week but still, I ended up reading 2 out of 4 of the books I finished. 😛

4 books in a week!🙌

There’s a little glitch with one DNF. I attempted to read something I don’t usually pick but this time failed.😿

My July Wrap-Up will be up soon-ish..😸 What a fast-paced(?) month.😭

Happy weekend!🙋

🌸angie🌸

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TBR Finds (July29)

There’s a lot of books I’ve been adding on my goodreads this week and here are some of them. Title links to their respective goodreads page:

1. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

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The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.

2. Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat

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Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the truthful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country. 

3. Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson

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Odea Donahue has been able to travel through people’s dreams since she was six years old. Her mother taught her the three rules of walking: Never interfere. Never be seen. Never walk the same person’s dream more than once. Dea has never questioned her mother, not about the rules, not about the clocks or the mirrors, not about moving from place to place to be one step ahead of the unseen monsters that Dea’s mother is certain are right behind them.

4. Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

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Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’s searching for someone too. He’s also wild – a savage – but might be her best hope at staying alive.

5. The Dreamer by E.J. Mellow

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Molly hasn’t slept well since the night of her twenty-fourth birthday. Being struck by lightning might have something to do with it, but then again, her chicken didlook a little undercooked at dinner. Whatever the culprit, her life quickly catapults from mundane to insane as, night after night, Molly is transported through her once dreamless sleep to a mysterious land illuminated by shooting stars.

There she meets the captivating but frustrating Dev, and together they discover Molly possesses a power coveted by his people—the ability to conjure almost anything she desires into existence. Seduced by the possibilities of this gift, Molly shifts her attention from waking life toward the man, the magic, and the world found in her dreams.

6. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

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Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. 

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August is approaching… July passed by sooo fast. Ugh… I need more time to read.😭

That book entitled You-Know-What is about to be released.. 😻

🌸angie🌸

–Donating A Book–

It’s hard to part with a book. At first, I was so sure about donating a book to help fill up a library of sorts that an organization is trying to build for bookworms or I think anyone who might be interested.

But then, while taking pictures of the first ever physical book I’ve ever bought (dated Feb10,2008), I’m having second thoughts.

I feel so nostalgic, lol. It’s like I’m giving away my favorite pet (not that I have a pet).😿

The book I’m about to donate today is The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. If you’ve been following me for a while now, you might have caught on my fascination on royalty, especially princesses.

Here are the pics I took. Sorry for the poor quality.✌

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Can you see that spine? Lol.😁 Can’t remember how many times I’ve read this book.

But this is for the better good, so go me! 🙌

🍦angie🍦

My Bookish Update (July18-24)

So I’m sticking with ‘My Bookish Update’ as the title for my weekly updates.😛 Here goes:

Moment#1: I finished these books.

RE-READ:

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1. Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren – 🌟🌟.5

I recently added this on my to-read shelf on GR. But when I started reading it, I realized I’ve already read this before. Though the deets are blurry on my mind, this is technically a re-read, lol.

Both of the lead characters are indecisive most of the time. They kind of infuriated me. The conflict is real but their relationship is somewhat unhealthy. Bad enough that I laugh at parts that aren’t supposed to be funny. Still, I managed to finish it.

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2. The Billionaire Wins The Game by Melody Anne – 🌟🌟.5

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It was sooo fast-paced. The switch of point of views is confusing. It was rushed and the characters are a bit one dimensional. It has a promising plot but it didn’t worked for me. 😿

3. On The Surface by Kate Willoughby – 🌟🌟🌟

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I can’t believe I started another hockey series – In The Zone, lol.😁 Anyway, the first book is about Tim and Erin. Right wing for the San Diego Barracudas and a nurse. The plot is simple. It has its amazing and some funny moments.

It was an okay start for the series. I just didn’t feel the “bang”. Though it made me want to continue on book 2. 🙋

4. Across The Line by Kate Willoughby – 🌟🌟🌟.5

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The second book is better than the first. It’s a story about Calder and Becca. There’s a lot of hurdles they needed to overcome. I love how the problems on their relationship – long distance, work over love, pride and a lot of things were so realistic.

I was a bit frustrated on Becca with her need to be independent all the time but I get it. Sometimes a lot of misunderstandings happen because of miscommunication. I love this book but it could have been shorter. But still, it was a nice read.👍

5. Out Of The Game by Kate Willoughby – 🌟🌟🌟.5

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The third book is about Alex and Claire. I saw this one coming since book one. I didn’t expect the conflicts they had to face but it was really realistic.

I love Alex and Claire’s relationship. I like Claire’s personality. Alex is a bit of a coward sometimes but I understand where it’s coming from. I like it that Tim and Erin was in the story as supporting characters. Nice book.👍

6. Under The Spotlight by Kate Willoughby – 🌟🌟🌟

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I was hesitant to read book 4 because I don’t like the blurb for this story. I was hoping for Mac’s story but it gave me Joe’s story. I was like “why Joe? He wasn’t even mentioned on the previous books (I think).” He was  pictured as a veteran but I thought Tim, Alex, Jason and Hart (and Calder?) are the only veterans on the team. It was a bit inconsistent unlike the first three books that has interlapping time lines and scenes.

It’s an okay book but it could have been shorter. It felt like infinite struggles are thrown on Joe and Christine and then it was hastily solved in the end. I’m seeing a pattern on the books and again I still think they could have been shorter. I’m not sure if I’ll continue on this series.:?

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I kinda binge read on NA novels this week (I read 6).😸 Hopefully, next week I’ll be able to switch to fantasy because I need to at least dent my ever growing fantasy books TBR.🙋

It’s already Monday here. May we all have a good week.😘

🍦angie🍦

TBR Finds (July16-24)

I have this portion on my blog where I post my recent TBR finds called Friday Finds (it’s a meme I’ve been participating for about some time now). But since it’s already Sunday here, I don’t feel right using that as my title. So I named it: TBR Finds. I’m so creative, lol.😁

Here are some books I recently added on my to-read shelf on goodreads and what made me add them (title links to their GR page):

1. Gathering Frost by Kaitlyn Davis

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– that cover is pretty😍. And a snippet from its blurb:

Jade was only a little girl when the earthquake struck. Before her eyes, half of New York City disappeared, replaced by a village that seemed torn out of a storybook. Horses and carriages. Cobblestone streets. A towering castle. And, above all, a queen with the magical ability to strip emotions away.

Interesting right?😸

2. Minders by Michele Jaffe

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– mysterious cover.😮 Snippet from its blurb:

Q: If the boy you love commits a crime, would you turn him in?

Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She’s been accepted to the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she’ll spend six weeks as an observer inside the head of Ford, a troubled boy with a passion for the crumbling architecture of the inner city. There’s just one problem: Sadie’s fallen in love with him.

Unique premise.👍

3. Hereafter by Tara Hudson

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– another intriguing cover.😮 Snippet from its blurb:

Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she’s trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

I love the concept.😻

4. The Scarecrow King by Jill Myles

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– it’s a retelling and that cover.😍 Snippet from its blurb:

Princess Rinda of Balinore knows of only one way to get her cold father’s attention – to be an obnoxious, spoiled princess. When she finds out that the king plan to marrying her off to a far-flung nobleman, she puts on her best bratty show in front of the entire court. But Rinda’s plan backfires, and she soon finds herself married to the most ineligible man ever. Her new husband is monastery raised, poor as dirt, and a traveling minstrel.

A very, very bad traveling minstrel.

A princess and a retelling to boot? I’m sold.😻

5. The Storyteller’s Daughter by Cameron Dokey

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– a retelling of the Arabian Nights.🙋 Snippet from its blurb:

In a faraway kingdom, a king has been betrayed. Deeply hurt and bitterly angry, he vows never to be deceived again. Unfortunately, the king’s plan to protect himself will endanger all of the realm’s young women, unless one of them will volunteer to marry the king – and surrender her life. 
To everyone’s relief and horror, one young woman steps forward. The daughter of a legendary storyteller, Shahrazad believes it is her destiny to accept this risk and sacrifice herself.

See? I love retellings.👍

6. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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– dubbed as an underrated series, so im adding it, lol.😛 Snippet from its blurb:

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Curious, curious.😁

7. The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove

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– I’ve seen this on booktube. Love the premise.👍 Here’s a snippet from its blurb:

Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World—a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods.  Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself.

I love love love the premise.💜

8. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

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– another retelling.😍 Snippet from its blurb:

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Can’t get enough of retellings.😍

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Yay. I added a lot more on my to-read shelf on goodreads but these are the ones I’m really excited for.😍👍

Happy Sunday friends!😘

🍦angie🍦

Hype Or Like Friday: Hyped Books You DNF

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Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by JillLarkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and then post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is the book of the month.

For this week, topic is Hyped Books You DNF.

I haven’t been that active on this goodreads group.✌ But I love the topic for this week, so even if it’s a bit late, here goes the Hyped Books I DNFed.

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
–  I’ve been trying sooo hard to finish this book. The main characters (Clary and Jace and Simon) are sooo annoying. But I really want to finish this. Hopefully by the end of the year, I’m done with this book. Wish me luck.😘

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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
– the Door, bow.😭 The world isn’t interesting for me. This was my first Neil Gaiman book and so far the only one. I have Coraline, The Graveyard Book(?)and others on my shelf and TBR but I’m hesitant because of Neverwhere. Maybe someday?😮

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The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
– I didn’t have an issue on this book. It just so happens that a very helpful friend of mine spoiled me on the ending. I hate spoilers. I haven’t seen the movie and still trying to NOT remember the ending. But maybe, I’ll never read this.😿

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
– I don’t know why I stopped reading this book. I think I wasn’t in the mood for YA contemporary that time. I don’t usually reach for books on this genre but it was so hyped that I tried it and fail.😿

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Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
– Same with To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, not in the mood for this kind of book but because of the hype…😑 I didn’t like the tone and feel of the story. I can’t relate to the main character – Anna. There.✌

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My internet connection was cut yesterday, that’s why I’m cramming a lot of supposed Friday posts today.😁

I knew I should’ve scheduled them.😿

Happy weekends😘

🌸angie🌸

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2016)

I’ve been seeing this tag since the start of July. I wasn’t tagged to do this but it really looks fun. So, I’m tagging myself.😛

❤BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ YET IN 2016❤

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I’ve read a lot of good books this year (so far), so I’m giving you my recent 5🌟 reads.

❤BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2016❤

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Dean is 💜.😁

❤NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO❤

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This is the 11th book in the Scanguards Vampires series. Finally, Blake’s story.😸

❤MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR❤

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Can’t wait…😍

❤BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT❤

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I was really excited when I read the blurb of this book but then…👎💔

❤BIGGEST SURPRISE❤

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I didn’t expect to like The Iron Trial, I honestly thought it will be a meh because Harry Potter is my standard for magic schools. I was burned on The Magicians. The Iron Trial is different with the wizarding world because of elemental magic.👍

Idol is sooo good. I have no words. I didn’t expect to love it sooo much.😍💜

❤FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR❤

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Marissa Meyer is my new author to watch for.😁

❤NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH & NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER❤

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Killian from Idol is my super recent fictional crush and favorite character.😍 But I can’t just set aside my Off-Campus boyfriends: Garrett (did I spell it right?), Logan and Dean.😍
*I combined newest fictional crush and favorite characters because I only have one set of answers, but on the tag they are supposed to be separate.*

❤BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY❤

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Unrequited love really tugs at my heart strings and tear ducts.😭

❤BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY❤

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Both of these books are hilarious, they surely made me happy.😁 And the story inside are awesome!👍

❤FAVORITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION❤

Sadly, I haven’t seen a book to film adaptation this year (yet?).😿

❤FAVORITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR❤

I love lists and I love doing Top Ten Tuesday and Top Five Wednesday posts. All of those posts, I had fun doing.😻

❤MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR❤

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I haven’t read this book yet. But that cover is adorbs.😍💜

❤WHAT BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THIS YEAR❤

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These are at the top of my TBR, especially the completion of the Lunar Chronicles and Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus series.🙋

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It was difficult to answer this tag but I had ALOT of fun.😘

I’m tagging EVERYONE.🙋

*All book covers from goodreads. I do not own any of the images on this post. Credits to respective owners.*

🍦angie🍦