Accidental Mark – Book Review #21 (2021)

Title: Accidental Mark

Author: 蝶之靈

Series: Standalone

Format: Web Novel

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Goodreads synopsis:

Pei Shaoze unintentionally heard about a novel called Accidental Mark. Once he woke up, he found he had transmigrated into the alpha scumbag in the book, Pei Shaoze. The omega protagonist of the novel, Cheng Xia happened to have his pheromones out of control. The original scumbag not only took the opportunity to mark the protagonist but also killed the protagonist’s parents and ruined his reputation. The protagonist was completely blackened and returned five years later to stab the scumbag to death.

Pei Shaoze, “……” What type of melodramatic plot was this? Why not invest well in movies and TV shows when he was the boss? His brain was used to bully the protagonist. No wonder why he would be stabbed to death.

Therefore, he thoughtfully sent Cheng Xia home and helped select a school drama for Cheng Xia. “This drama is suitable for Cheng Xia and has the potential to be popular.”

It turned out to be really popular. Cheng Xia said, “Thank you, President Pei!”

“Cheng Xia should expand his shows and challenge himself.”

Cheng Xia whose fans soared to the tens of millions. “Thank you so much, President Pei!”

“Do you want to try this drama? I think you are talented enough to handle this difficult role.”

At the awards ceremony, Cheng Xia said, “The person I want to thank most is President Pei!” More

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is the first book I finished this month. I’m in a bit of a reading slump and it’s quite hard for me to finish a book recently but… finally!😃

This is a web novel about Pei Shaoze who woke up and found himself in the world inside of a novel. This novel is an ABO world which isn’t something our ML is knowledgeable with.

On this world, our ML is supposed to gain 100 points of favorable impression with the main protagonist Cheng Xia to be able to get back on his original world.

Though it’s a transported-to-another-world kind of premise, it didn’t focus on that point. It’s like a slice of life in the entertainment industry, mainly on acting.

I enjoyed reading the book because it was very sweet and fluffy with just a little bit of conflicts added. I think I read it on the right time when I needed something that isn’t too complicated.

It has a simplistic plot with our main couple enjoying their smooth ride to HEA. Recommended for lazy reads.❤👍

Tomorrow is Monday again. PAUSE.😩


Pastel Pink – Book Review #20 (2021)

Title: Pastel Pink

Author: Nikki Minty

Series: #1 of Zadok Series

Format: eARC

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Goodreads synopsis:

From one ending comes a new beginning…

Ruby was murdered on Earth eighteen years ago and reincarnated on Zadok as a Pastel Zeek named Harlow. To be born at the bottom of her race’s caste colour system to a middle-class family of Magentas has made Harlow a source of conflict amongst the ruling Purples, and a source of derision from all three colours.

When Harlow is attacked by a fuegor on Zadok, the effects of its slow reacting venom triggers an unforeseen phenomenon, and due to the strong connection she had with her former twin sister Jade, her human spirit is unexpectedly drawn back to Earth.

Now living a double life, she has plunged into a world of intrigue on both planets.

On earth, she watches on in horror as Jade reconnects with Lucas, the man who murdered her and got away with it. And to complicate things further, she’s being pursued by Alex, the ghost of Lucas’ twin. On Zadok, she becomes embroiled with Jax, the son of the Commanding family. He’s determined to bring about change to the colony’s colour system, but it’ll come at a cost.

As Harlow mixes with the political intrigue of the Zeeks, will she become a victim of those trying to rigidly maintain the status quo or will she usher in a revolution?

And will ghost Ruby resist the temptation of the handsome Alex or pursue an impossible relationship that could have dire consequences on both planets?

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟.5

This has a very interesting premise. So we have Ruby, a human who died on Earth and reincarnated in a different world. On this world, there’s a division of races and a person is grouped by their place of origin and their color and race.

Ruby was reborn as Harlow, a Pastel. Pastels are the lowest among the Zeek race. The Zeek has 3 levels of hierarchy. The highest are Purples, the strongest ones able to cast ice and water magic. Next are the Magentas, also strong but only able to cast water magic. And lastly, the Pastels where Harlow belongs. The lowest ones, treated like slaves and the poorest among the Zeeks.

World building wise, it is quite decent and I was able to imagine the world created by the author. The writing is engaging and I enjoyed reading the earlier parts of the book.

My main reason for not giving it that high of a rating is because of the characters. Among the many characters in this book, I only like RJ and he’s not even a main character. I just feel like it’s either the characters are inconsistent or are flat out evils without dimensions.

Harlow or Ruby irks me at a few instances. She’s so undecided on things that I don’t even know what to do with her. Maybe she’ll change on the succeeding books but at the moment I’m not a fan. My main issue with her is that among the 3 (yes there’s 3) people seemingly into her, she thinks/acts she can choose one but the other two are still hers. Got me? It was infuriating.😬

The plot has a potential and things might get interesting on the next book. It was a fast read for me and I still enjoyed reading it despite Harlow/Ruby.😅

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

A lot more reviews to come.🤗


The Grave Digger – Book Review #19 (2021)

Title: The Grave Digger

Author: Rebecca Bischoff

Series: Standalone

Format: Audiobook

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Goodreads synopsis:

In 1875 Ohio, twelve-year-old Cap Cooper is an aspiring inventor—and a reluctant graverobber—enlisted by his father to help pay for his mother’s medical expenses. When one of the dead returns to life at his touch, Cap unearths a world of dark secrets that someone at the local medical school wants to keep buried. On the brink of discovery, he’ll have to use every ounce of cunning he has to protect those he loves most and save his own skin. The Grave Digger is an eerie mystery set in the aftermath of the Civil War, filled with action, friendship, and a hint of the paranormal, perfect for those who enjoy reading late into the night and long after the lights go out.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟.5

This is my first try of listening to an audiobook from NetGalley. I honestly thought I won’t be able to listen to this because the app wasn’t working when I first tried. After about 2 updates, finally I was able to listen to this.

This is a middle grade story with a hint of mystery and thriller on it. We have Cap Cooper who was coerced by his father to do grave digging to earn money for his mother’s medical expenses.

The narration was okay and it kept me interested on the story. I think if I have ‘read’ this like my usual way (via ebook), it might have been a boring read for me.

The plot was simple and I kinda guessed who the villains are halfway through. It was an okay story but not that remarkable.

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

One review posted. More to come. Hopefully.


Superstars of Tomorrow – Book Review #18 (2021)

Title: Superstars of Tomorrow

Author: Lazy Cliche

Translator: Min_Lee

Series: Standalone

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Goodreads synopsis:

Toward the end of the apocalyptic period, Fang Zhao lost his life. However, instead of dying, he found himself 500 years later in the body of a young and aspiring composer who shared the same name. Having received a second chance at life, Fang Zhao sets out to achieve the previous owner’s dreams.

Armed with the experience of living through an apocalyptic age and his profession as a composer before that period, Fang Zhao uses his talent, wits, and knowledge to make his mark in the entertainment industry of the future.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

What a long journey. It took me about 5 days to finish this book.😁

This web novel has 500+ chapters, per chapter is about 2 pages worth, so more or less 1000 pages? I didn’t realized it was sooo long BUT worth it.👍

This is the story of Fang Zhao. This is a reincarnation, sci-fi and fantasy themed book. So Fang Zhao died during an apocalyptic war and reincarnated after 500 years. This is his journey as he try to leave his mark on history and enjoy the things he was unable to do on his previous life.

World building alone is already 5 star worthy for me. I don’t usually like over powered mcs but this one amazingly worked for me.

This one has lots of clichés, face slappings and comedic undertone to it which are common on web novels. I totally enjoyed reading this.❤ I lost a lot of sleep trying to finish this.😅

I love that it has composing, gaming, acting and military themes on it. Our mc is very versatile.😂

A very enjoyable read recommended for fans of web novels.👍❤

I will try to post my backlog reviews today. Wish me luck.🤗❤


The Seeing Eye Dog – Book Review #17 (2021)

Title: The Seeing Eye Dog

Author: 青色羽翼

Series: Standalone

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Goodreads synopsis:

Lu Chengye’s dream was to live freely and have fun until he died. Unfortunately, he inherited a company and was worked to the bone!

After finally taking over the company, he had just prepared to begin his carefree life when he was hit by a car and died. His last thoughts were that it would be much better not to be human in the next life.

And so, Lu Chengye was reborn as a Labrador.

My rating: ⭐⭐.75

What a disappointment.😧

The premise of the book is when Lu Chengye died and reincarnated as a Labrador.

It started okay-ish and it was a bit heavy because of all the things that Lu Chengye’s owner experienced. I was hoping for a meng read, instead I was given an emotional start for the book.

I thought it will be a 3-4 star rating kind of book but things turned weird when Lu Chengye became a human again.

I did not feel connected to the monotonous plot. And it bored me and I almost dnf this book but I persevered hoping for the best. But I was totally disappointed and the 2 extra chapters are ridiculously unnecessary.

This book wasn’t for me.🙁

It’s been a while friends.😅

Thinking of Deer Fei Fei – Book Review #16 (2021)

Title: Thinking of Deer Fei Fei

Author: Mo Li

Series: Standalone

Goodreads synopsis:

Fei Chang never thought that his secret would be known by everyone overnight.

If only his black history of talking back to his elementary school teacher came to light as soon as he made his debut… The problem was, he had not even made his debut yet.

Chen Yue Yang. What word should be used to describe him? Extraordinary, perfect, sexy, overbearing beauty. Just because Chen Yue Yang glanced at Fei Chang in the crowd, that very same night Fei Chang ran to check how many countries in the world allowed homosexual marriage.

Fei Chang is not gay. But he had to be prepared, just in case his idol proposed marriage, he must cry and say “Yes, I do”, and he must cry prettily ah.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟

This is a short web novel about two guys in the entertainment industry.

I didn’t realized how short this is until I finished it in just one seating.😅

So basically Fei Chang is a huge fanboy of Chen Yue Yang. And this story is how their lives suddenly entangled.

This is leaning more on the sweet side and it is a slice of life kind of story. It doesn’t have that much plot and I feel like it’s lacking on the sweetness and fluff too.

It was okay-ish for a short read. But I wanted more.

I will hopefully make a dent on my pending blog posts today. Fighting.👊

The Trophy Wife – Book Review #15 (2021)

Title: The Trophy Wife

Author: Sunday Tomassetti

Series: Standalone

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Goodreads synopsis:

What are friends for?

Wallflower Cate Cabot has always been content to keep the world at arms’ length, particularly from behind the register at the upscale Floridian boutique where she’s worked for the last nine years. Her days are filled with old-moneyed locals and nouveau-riche tourists, most of them paying her no mind as she rings up their lavish hauls.

Until Odessa DuVernay.

At first glance, she’s just another picture-perfect Palm Shores trophy wife—until she proves herself personable, humble, and unassuming. She even goes so far as to take a genuine interest in Cate, inviting her for lunch dates, matinees, and girl talk—a refreshing change of pace for the woman who never quite mastered the art of making (and keeping) friends. 

But what begins as an unlikely friendship detours into the unthinkable when Odessa leaves Cate a panicked voicemail asking to meet—and then ghosts her. And worse—when Cate attempts to find her, it’s as if the enigmatic Mrs. DuVernay never existed at all… 

Consumed, Cate refuses to stop searching. But the truth won’t come easy.

In fact, it could cost her everything.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟

I rarely read books under the mystery genre. I have a few books under the genre that I could choose from. But lately I’m kinda in the mood for mystery, so I decided to read this.

Firstly, this is the story of Cate. She is a normal shop cashier and just living a seemingly routine life for the past years. Then came in a new customer of their shop and despite looking very rich is somehow approachable. They started a friendship and this is where the story is centered.

I will try to review this book without spoiling anything. This was a slow read for me on the earlier part and it was a bit boring for me. Nothing is happening apart from Cate obsessing over her mysterious friend. Midway through the book I was sure I can see the plot twist from afar. Then on the final reveal, turns out my predictions are wrong. But that’s because I didn’t catch any clues leading to the great reveal. Plot holes anyone?

Instead of goosebumps for the genius of the twist, it was more of a ‘Huh? What happened?’ kind of feeling.

Unfortunately this was a bit of a bland read for me. I guess Sean is the only sunshine on the book. Might still try out mystery this month.

I have so many pending posts. Just soooo lazy.✌

Hidden Hollywood – Book Review #14 (2021)

Title: Hidden Hollywood

Author: Kylie Gilmore

Series: #1 of Happy Endings Book Club

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Goodreads synopsis:

She’s on top…
When superstar actress Claire Jordan researched her role for the Fierce Trilogy movies, she never expected the bond she feels with the author and her romance book club aka The Happy Endings Book Club. Soon Claire finds herself confessing her secret longing for a regular guy—no more egocentric wealthy players—and the book club is all too ready to help. In disguise as a regular girl, she’s all set for a date with book-club-approved Josh Campbell.

He’s on top…
Billionaire tech CEO Jake Campbell is weary of gold-digging women, especially the glamorous superficial types. So when his identical twin Josh calls in a favor asking Jake to step in as him on a date, Jake figures one of Josh’s cute girl-next-door types might be just what he needs. One night of passion with the sweet girl-next-door leaves Jake wanting more, except she seems to have vanished.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟

This is one among the many free contemporary romance that I got for free from the Kindle store. What interests me from the synopsis of the book is where a famous actress will end up in a date with a seemingly normal guy.

The story started okay with the book club thing going on. It was cute and I like the fact that the members have different personalities but are linked by books.

It kinda went downhill when the romance part started. The pacing is too fast it didn’t strike as believable to me. The conflicts that weren’t conflict at all. I didn’t feel connected to the story nor the characters. I just felt like things were flashing by and am unable to grasp on things.

It has potential if things were slowed down, just my opinion. Also instead of the main couple, the character that stood out for me is Hailey and Mad. Mad is great, quite interested with her story. But Hailey is such a chore to read. I didn’t like her at all.

If you’re looking for a quick romance read, this one’s for you. For me, this was a bit so-so.

I’m having difficulties drafting my posts after updating my WordPress app. 😣

Infinite – Book Review #13 (2021)

Title: Infinite

Author: Brian Freeman

Series: Standalone

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Goodreads synopsis:

One rainy night, the unthinkable happens: Dylan Moran’s car plunges off the road into a raging river, his beautiful wife drowning as he struggles to shore.

In the aftermath, through his grief, Dylan experiences sudden, strange visions: wherever he goes, he’s haunted by glimpses of himself. Dylan initially chalks it up to trauma, but that changes when he runs into a psychiatrist who claims he’s her patient. She says he has been undergoing a unique hypnotherapy treatment built on the idea that with every choice, he creates an infinite number of parallel universes.

Now those parallel universes are unlocked—and Dylan’s doppelgänger has staked a claim to his world. Can Dylan use these alternate realities to get a second chance at the life that was stolen from him? Or will he lose himself…to himself?

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This book got my interest because of its synopsis. The mention of parallel universe in a synopsis always hooks me. I very much love the multiverse or Many Worlds concept. Whenever I see a book with this premise, I will be very much willing to read it.❤

This book is about Dylan Moran. He was in an accident and it traumatized him. One day he met someone that claims to know him. That’s when he realized that another version of himself is in this world, his world. Those aren’t spoilers by the way as it was in the synopsis.

The writing is very engaging. I think this my first book from this author and it was a blast.👍 I felt the tension, misery and helplessness of the characters while reading. There were times that I didn’t agree with Dylan’s decisions but I was still rooting for him until the end.

The mysteries and the twists kept me reading this. It was very action packed and it kept me on edge all throughout.

It kinda reminded me a bit of Dark Matter, just a bit. I love how the story concluded.👍❤

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

A 5 star rating from an eARC under the Read Now section of NetGalley. So happy I decided to read this.😄

The mystery genre is not something I tend to reach out to but sometimes when I’m watching action themed tv series, I just am in the mood for them.❤

Game Changer – Book Review #12 (2021)

Title: Game Changer

Author: Sierra Hill

Series: #1 of Change of Hearts

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Goodreads synopsis:

Up until two years ago, I was living large and my life’s priorities were anchored to three things – my NBA stardom, money and celebrity.

I was also a colossal dick.

Until one night turned my world upside down and I suffered unspeakable loss. That event changed the man I was and made me a widowed-single father.

Now I’m a desperate parent trying to raise my special needs son and find him a trustworthy live-in nanny.

Grad student Brooklyn Hayes may be the one, with her single-minded focus on caring for my son and finishing her Master’s degree. She’s the perfect fit for our needs.

Maybe too perfect… with her bright smile, nurturing kindness and gentle touch. Caleb isn’t the only one who’s fallen for her.

I don’t know when or how it happened, but she changed the game for me. Turning my losing streak into a winning second-half.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟.5

This is a single dad and nanny romance, so if you’re into that, this might interest you.

On this story, we have Garrett and his 4 year old (not sure) son Caleb. Their old nanny retired and needed to hire a new one asap. Here comes Brooklyn a grad student looking for a summer job.

I wanted to love this book so much but there’s just too many things that didn’t work for me. I only love one character on this book and that’s the young child Caleb. Caleb is soooo cute and just tugs at my heart. I love him to bits and the only sunshine while reading this book.😍

The main couple’s chemistry is believable but the reason for it? Attraction at first sight. The push and pull that they were doing all throughout the book was soooo frustrating.

Time skips are deal breakers for me especially ‘after a month’ kind of trick. The pseudo conflict that was fixed on its own and a one dimensional villain that didn’t add anything on the story.

I still love some parts of the book especially the sweet moments with Caleb. Caleb saved my rating for this book.👍

My go-to books are adult contemporary romance. I have lots of books under this genre and I will try to make a dent on them this year.👊