Sway – Book Review #10 (2017)

Title: Sway

Author: Adriana Locke 

Series: #1 of Landry Family

Goodreads synopsis:

BARRETT LANDRY has it all. 
Power, prestige, and plenty of women, the dapper politician’s life is pretty phenomenal. But in the midst of the biggest campaign of his life, he needs to focus. The last thing he can afford is a distraction.

ALISON BAKER is a work-in-progress.
As a single mother to HUXLEY, she’s rebuilding life on her terms. She’s focused on family, faith, and a future for her son that can’t be taken away. Putting her child first means not being careless, no matter what. 

A chance encounter forces Barrett and Alison to redefine what they really want out of life. But everything comes at a cost … and sometimes, even for love, it’s a price too steep to pay. 

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Let me just start this by saying that I love series that follows the life of each member of a family and very much into stories of brothers who are loyal to each other. This book is an example of that.❤

This was really an engaging read. I breeze through this book. And let me tell you guys, I wasn’t able to put this down.😸 I mistakenly started this book at about 10pm. I always try not to read at that time and just go straight to sleep because tendency is that I’ll end up reading until dawn.😝

I finished this on one seating. What I also love about this is the ‘single mother’ theme. I love the relationship between Alison and her son Huxley. Also Barrett and his brothers’ interaction.👍

It was well written and the story just flows. But there was one glitch. That grape fruit scene is weirdly hilarious.😂

Gah, forever scarred for grapes. Can never look at grapes without *tries bleaching my memory*😵

There are times that Barrett and Alison test my patience but all in all, I love this book.💜

Monster in His Eyes – Book Review #9 (2017)

Title: Monster in His Eyes

Author: J.M. Darhower

Series: #1 of Monster in His Eyes 

Goodreads synopsis:

Ignazio Vitale is not a good man.

I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I’m thinking before I even do.

It’s alarming and alluring. It’s dark and deadly. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.

It doesn’t take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it’s too late. He has secrets, secrets I can’t fathom, secrets that make it so I can’t walk away, no matter how much I beg him to let me go. I see it sometimes in his eyes, a darkness that’s both terrifying and thrilling. He’s a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟

After not liking Ruthless People that much, I was hoping I can read another one to redeem this kind of theme for me, so I started reading this book. It was not good. It was slow on a lot of parts and there are a lot of plot holes.

I don’t even think this is a mafia story. There’s a hint that it could be. But it was more focused on the err romance part. I was expecting action and guns blazing but meh.😑

This is the story of Karissa and Naz. It’s actually a May-December affair with 18 years, I think, of age gap.

It was a story of love, obsession and revenge. But sadly, I did not connect with the story. Sometimes it’s okay, sometimes it’s not. *sigh*

TBR Finds #1 (2017)

Hello world! 🙋

It’s been a while since I posted a TBR finds post (that was redundant,lol) on my blog. So for those who haven’t encountered this, it’s just me featuring the recent books I added on my Goodreads to-read shelf. Click on the title to lead you on their respective Goodreads page.
Here they are:

1. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

– I added this because it has the “how to get away with murder” vibe. Not sure if I’m correct. 😁
2. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

– I promised to read a lot of fantasy this year. My first two tries are not that great but hopefully this one will be great. ❤

3. Sabriel by Garth Nix

– I watched a booktube video praising this book and I think it’s also a fantasy book. ❤

4. The Hogwarts Collection  by J.K. Rowling

This one I added for nostalgia purposes. I haven’t read The Cursed Child and I’m not sure I ever will but this book (collection of snippets) I will surely read.👍

5. Backward Glass by David Lomax

I have seen this on one of the Top Ten Tuesday underrated books post. The concept of travelling through time using mirrors is intriguing. We’ll see if it’s good.
6. The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

Those covers are sooo pretty and adorable. Hopefully it will be a great story. This is not yet published so I might wait for a little while for this.😸
On the side note, my work sched changed. I’m a bit stressed but still fighting.👊


Ruthless People – Book Review #8 (2017)

Title: Ruthless People 

Author: J.J. McAvoy

Series: #1 of Ruthless People 

Goodreads synopsis:

Ruthless People is a romantic crime fiction set in modern day Chicago, following the life and marriage of Melody Nicci Giovanni and Liam Callahan—rivals by blood and leaders through fear. Their marriage was arranged by their fathers in hopes to end years of bloodshed between the Irish and the Italians.

Liam, next in line to lead the Irish, believes he’s getting a simple-minded wife, one he can control, one who bends to his every need . . . the complete opposite of Melody. Bred to be a Boss, a world-class marksman, master of disguise, with no mercy and no fear. Twenty-four years later, she has achieved more than any man could even dream of, killing anyone who steps in her way. She knows exactly what type of man Liam is, and she would rather die than give up the power she has spent her whole life building. But with no other family left, she must not only learn to work with Liam, but the whole Callahan clan.

The Mafia of the past is evolving, and with rival bosses gunning for them, Melody and Liam will have to figure out how to work as one to take down those who stand in their way, all while keeping up appearances.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟

This is a mafia story, so expect violence, murder, guns and drugs and a lot of dangerous stuff, like torture.

So if you’re not into that, this is not a book for you. I guess this was not a book for me.😿

This is not my first book with a mafia theme on it. But among the many that I’ve read, this was the most brutal and barbaric.

It was torelable at first but then halfway through, things started to get too nonsensically violent. I actually thought this will be a 4 or 4.5 stars.

The romance was hot and cute between Melody and Liam. I love majority of the side characters. I don’t like Olivia and I almost skipped her POV. Why would they even give her a POV?😑

But the violence and all the deaths are too much for me. I guess the way innocent lives are regarded as collateral damages are so callous that it hinders me from connecting to Liam and Melody. You heard that right, the lead girl is also a badass.

I recommend this for people with stronger stomach than me,lol.😁

Leo Loves Aries – Book Review #7 (2017)

Title: Leo Loves Aries

Author: Anyta Sunday

Series: #1 of Signs of Love

Goodreads synopsis:

Theo Wallace usually laughs at the horoscopes his mom sends. Still hung up on his ex-girlfriend and practically friendless, this one begs him to reconsider. Because a friendship that stuck, that thrived…

Well, that would be a reason to leave past pains behind and look to the Bright Future.

When his sister Leone challenges him to find her the perfect date for a spring wedding, Theo uses it as a chance to make new friends. Theo’s ex economics tutor and newest roommate Mr Jamie Cooper seems to be a possible and convenient match. Real convenient. Like written in the stars, convenient.

All he has to do is make sure this Jamie is good enough. Could really be the one for her, and the friend for him.

But watch out, Leo, the stars have a surprise in store…

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟.5

After reading Dark Matter, I wanted something light for a change. I was right on choosing this.

This was a light, cutesy and cheesy read. It’s about two unlikely people becoming friends and then becoming more.😁

It was a simple story. If you’re looking for a light read and a short one. Try this book.👍

I love the characters on this book. Even the side characters are great. Especially the moms.👍

My Bookish Update (Jan1-12)

Today is my 10th blog monthsary! 🎉🎉🎉

Two more months and I’ll reach my 1st anniversary! Wow, time flies too fast. 💜

I just realized that I didn’t post my December Wrap up.:'(

Anyway, for this year 2017:

1. I will beat my Goodreads challenge: 150 books. 👊

2. I will post a review for each book that I’ve read, both on Goodreads and here on WordPress.🙋

3. I will read fantasy, science fiction, suspense/thriller and a lot more genres that I don’t usually read. By the way, I usually read New Adult and Paranormal romance. I will still read them but I will prioritize the ones that I’ve been scared of.😆

4. I will be more active on tags and memes and comments and likes on posts.😸

5. I will finish the series that I started but never continued. This will apply for series starters that I love but for some unknown reason I did not continue.✌

And here are the books I’ve read since January 1:

Click the title for my review on the book.:)

1. Falling Kingdoms – 🌟🌟🌟.5

2. Him – 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

3. Just a Bit Confusing – 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

4. Just a Bit Ruthless – 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

5. Shadow and Bone – 🌟🌟🌟.5

6. Dark Matter – 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

It was an amazing time of reading since this year started. I’m just pumped to binge read. I love this mood of mine.😘

It’s a bit scary to post a review for every book that I finished. All you guys will know what I’m reading,haha.😁 But I am determined to accomplish this.👊

How are you guys? Any book recommendations? 🙋💜

Dark Matter – Book Review #6 (2017)

Title: Dark Matter 

Author: Blake Crouch 

Series: Standalone 

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

*WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! Read at your own risk!*




The idea of multiverse and the Many Worlds theory is not new to me. I’ve read a bunch of books exploring the “what ifs” of quantum theory. Honestly, I can’t say that the premise of this book is unique. But this is the first time I’ve read of where the multiple copies of that person is trying to kill each other to gain their place on that world.

The other multiverse book I read seems to have a simplified scenario of multiverse except maybe Michael Crichton’s Timeline novel. That was an epic book.👍

Anyway, I love the suspense, the action, all the emotions I felt and even the science stuff. The ‘box’ is a bit vague for me. I was not able to imagine that, lol.😁

This book made me think a lot about myself. What defines me? Who am I? In this infinitely wide universe (and multiverse, if there’s such a thing) how tiny could I be? How unimportant?

If some psycho version of me did a Jason2 manuever on me, will my parents recognize me? Will they even notice the change?

This was an emotional and thought provoking book. It made me question a lot of things in my life.
I felt Jason’s emotions. His love for his family. At times I did not agree on some decisions and actions he did but I really felt him. I was just full of emotions for this book.

There are stuff that were left hanging but I think it was meant that way.

I love this book.💜