Forever in Love by Susane Colasanti Book Review

Title: Forever in Love
Series: City Love #3
Author: Susane Colasanti
Publication Date: 7/11/2017
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Contemporary

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The Gist:

Sadie is trying to find the strength to confront a past family trauma and forgive the boy who broke her heart. Darcy needs to figure out how to make it on her own for the first time and finally accept the love she deserves. Rosanna’s boyfriend might still be in love with his ex…and she can recognize the abuse of her past reflected in a girl who needs her help. As the summer comes to an end, will they learn to love themselves and support one another with a bond of sisterhood that will never be broken?

Told from alternating points of view, Forever in Love celebrates three girls who will be forever in love with the endless possibilities their futures hold.

The Review:

Can I just say that DarSaNna is my ultimate girl trio of all the YA Contemporaries I’ve read. What I also like about City Love is that it is actually a Contemporary Trilogy, which are few. Usually only the fantasy and fiction books are released by series.

I have not reread Lost in Love before reading this one so I was kinda lost. I thought Sadie was done for good about Austin, I was like ???? Also compared to the last two books it was harder and heavier to read emotionally, not a good way to end a series but it was still as good as I expected, still.

I kind of don’t ship Sadie and Austin but some part of me tells me it’s okay because I also ship a couple in real life in which the girl actually is divorced with her husband and is dating a soft co-star so, who am I to judge right? I shipped Darcy and Jude but the book actually gave me nothing but a confused Darcy the most of the book. Rosanna and D was supposed to be my ultimate ship in this series but it’s just sad that they’re not really for each other. I’ve come to realize my love for iced watermelon because of them somehow.

The character development or you could say change was very much for the girls I think. Being in college changes you, in a good or bad way, you will know when you experience or read it yourself. Rosanna has the biggest character development. She learned to be open and rather be a fighter after all that she’s been through; assaulted, mistreated.

What I loved about this last book is that it openly dealt with the issues all the girls were facing and that whatever happens they will always be together no matter what; and that is what girl power is. Also city love, I loved Ney York through reading this book and I wish that someday I’ll find my own city love as well. The things that would stay with me from this book is too always be kind and make warm fuzzies for everyone.

The Verdict:

I’m sending it warm fuzzies with 4 stars. I really hope I’d see New York in this lifetime with the three books so I can read them at the places that’s been written on all those three books, I dream of walking around New York City with City Love, Lost in Love and Forever in love in my bag.

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Lucky in Love by Kasie West Book Review

Title: Lucky in Love
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 07/25/2017
Genre: Contemporary

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The Gist:

Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment —
She wins!
In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.
Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

The Review:

I’d probably start all my Kasie West books reviews like this; yeah, totally all of them. Hell read all the Kasie West books you can find in the book store or library. I swear you will never regret I told you so. You’ll also thank me but you’re welcome.

As always I can’t always pace myself in reading all the books of Kasie, they are all page-turners, totally all of them. Like I always say, I would never not read any of her books, every year I’d be stoked waiting for the new stuff she’s written. Even if you hate romance or love story novels, consider hers different because she makes the most mainstreamist of stories to be as funny and as entertaining no one else could, maybe it’ll convert you if you try you know.

Lucky in Love is about a girl who actually won the lottery, yes you heard it right. Have you ever read a YA contemporary about a person who won the lottery? No? I thought so. You’ve probably watched it on TV or the movies. Again, as usual I’ve read the whole book up to the acknowledgements in a whole 4 hours the most? Yeah, always that fast with Kasie West.

I just love how Maddie and Seth are both into taking care of animals. I love the anteater! I will do anything for Heebo, I swear. I want to protect the zoo they’re volunteers for. You’d read in the book how you get the issues you’d have if you ever win the lottery, eg. That money doesn’t actually solve your family problems etc. Love the plot twist! All the books of Kasie has this kind of unpredictable plot twist even if it may seem that your guess is right; you will be wrong I assure you that.

This ones light, fluffy as always, not as heavy as the last one; By your side. This one deals about divorce and sibling issues and knowing who your friends are when you have or don’t have money and the like. I kinda felt like Elise here, the girl who can’t choose what she wants to do in life, like I relate so hard but it’s sad that Kasie unfriended her in Maddie’s group.

The Verdict:

Moral lesson of the story; a guy really loves you if you winning the lottery and being able to do almost everything, won’t change anything. So, 5 stars. I may be bias but yeah it’s really always a 5 star for Kasie’s books.

Layap Vol V & VI Review

I’d first like to thank ading Angeline Ponce for the free review copies of these student publication editions of Layap c/o of University of Northern Philippines, Vigan City S.Y.0 2017

Layap Vol 5
New Tandem
Pula

This volume I suppose deals with red being a symbol of revolution, in which young people should really be aware about: a peaceful revolution starting with themselves, with the hope maybe to make the readership realize that speaking up and revolting about things; political, social, economical etc., is way too easy now, there is social media. Unlike in Rizal’s time, freedom of speech is low-key unappreciated, compared to what they had back then. The privilege shouldn’t really be devalued, especially these days. Who knows when our freedom of speech will be over, right? So why not make the most of it; social media or not.

I see that the print is of the normal size as during our time: 2015, I think. The cover page had literally improved. I’d say 3/5. It’s simple and that’s good. I’m not really a good judge of black and white; Polaroid style of printed materials, I’m a more of a color-inclined person. It’s good but the black pictures are kind of like too dark and  I can’t make out some of the photos. I think the contrast should be lightened a bit. And the font is inconsistent some are in bold and the others are light. I think it should be more consistent and if it’s all black and white, make it all black and white; if colored, make it consistent still.

I think it conveyed the message really well though and I hope the students really read this one and get involved, write, speak-up, do something.

Layap Vol 6
New Tandem
Memoir of a Millennial

I love how this volume is very aesthetic and minimalist. Compared to the last volume, I’d say I like this way better. I could give it a 10 to be honest, almost. The cover is very good, sleek, simple. I’ve never seen anything like it in my whole life as a student. Anyway it’s very modern, very relatable, if your readers are all these college teenagers and the so called millenials, us. The size is perfect. The pages are very nice, they even smell good. Plus points on that. I’m in love with the header for the titles and the font. The font is consistent, thus the force is strong for this one. The layout is flawless. I adore the choice of pictures. I’d also like to commend the resident illustrators and photographers, I. Am. In. Awe. I’m rooting for the watercolor cover pictures. Just one thing though; I don’t know if it’s intentional or not but the spacing in some articles is left out unchecked perhaps? Otherwise everything is cool with this one.

Most importantly the message and the readers; of the Millennials for the millennials. The context of this volume is A++. The poems, the articles, the stories are all excellent and on-point. I love this volume, this one’s my favorite student published material so far.

If you’re a UNPian, get yourself a copy and read it from first to last page, maybe it’d inspire and ignite something in you too. Anyway kudos to Team Layap, New Tandem, their advisers and publishers, job well done!

Lucky Boy Book Review

Title: Lucky Boy
Author: Shanthi Sekaran
Publisher: Pemguin Random House
Publication Date: 01/10/2017
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction

Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran

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I’d just like to take a moment and thank Penguin Random House International for the review copies that I was sent even if I was away from home and reviewing for my CPA (certified public accountant) exams and being on a blog hiatus as much as I hate that I miss reading and reviewing these books so much so I’m sending over my warm caramel hugs and soft vanilla sundae smiles because I got to pass that exam and I’m already a CPA in my own right and I owe the publishers a toast for that. Thank you. I love you to bits and pieces.

The Gist:

Eighteen years old and fizzing with optimism, Solimar Castro-Valdez embarks on a perilous journey across the Mexican border. Weeks later, she arrives in Berkeley, California, dazed by first love found then lost, and pregnant. This was not the plan. Undocumented and unmoored, Soli discovers that her son, Ignacio, can become her touchstone, and motherhood her identity in a world where she’s otherwise invisible.

Kavya Reddy has created a beautiful life in Berkeley, but then she can’t get pregnant and that beautiful life seems suddenly empty. When Soli is placed in immigrant detention and Ignacio comes under Kavya’s care, Kavya finally gets to be the singing, story-telling kind of mother she dreamed of being. But she builds her love on a fault line, her heart wrapped around someone else’s child.

“Nacho” to Soli, and “Iggy” to Kavya, the boy is steeped in love, but his destiny and that of his two mothers teeters between two worlds as Soli fights to get back to him. Lucky Boy is a moving and revelatory ode to the ever-changing borders of love.

The Review:

I literally finished this book with a fever. As I mentioned on twitter I read this book with a feverish speed. I couldn’t stop reading it. If this was only the kind of home reading reports we did on high school not some stuff I can’t even remember. Maybe we would have been better young people these days. That we’d fight with and for people that can’t fight for themselves even in the smallest ways we possibly can.

At first I thought this was like some kind of those teledramas on tv that we have here in the Philippines, I was wrong. Those are nothing compared to this book. This book hurt me. This book made me mad. This book made me nauseous. This book made me think of how lucky am I as a girl and a young woman. I realized how ungrateful I am, how I take everything for granted, I wanted to slap myself.

I see Soli and what she’s been through. I can’t even count how many times she’s been used, harassed, objectified and raped. I was always crying with her with pity, with empathy, with hurt. If only I could get back and have revenge to the people who hurt her. I hate those smugglers, immigration guards and authorities who do these violent things to undocumented immigrants in real life. They have a special place in hell those people. I did some research and even found about an unseeable thing, the rape tree; they rape these smuggled in, immigrant girls under that tree and have them hang their underwears there. How…I don’t even have words. I’m so sorry.

(I’m actually writing this review with a tight thoat. I feel like crying again.) Soli is so soft yet so brave. I can’t even begin to wonder what she’s got to be that strong. She’s so young yet I see her as the perfect mother. She’s just 20. I’m even older than her and the things she’d already been through. That’s what got her going her child. Nacho is a lucky boy to have a mother like her. I’m glad that no matter how cruel this world can be there are still a few but has a good heart strangers. I feel a connection to the Maxicans because here in the Philippines it’s no different. You can see girls harassed and trafficked in the news, everywhere, just to have a chance to make their lives and their family’s lives in provinces far away. Even the Mexican expressions are so Filipino.

I high-key respect the Indian couple; Rishi and Kavya. If I ever decide to get married someday, I want a husband like Rishi. A supportive one, he’s with Kavya through her struggling of having a child, therapies and even adoption. I feel so sorry for them not having a child. If losing an unborn baby hurt how much more with a baby that isn’t yours but you’ve learned to love and raised your own.

But as hard as it really is, Rishi and Kavya doesn’t own Iggy so Soli have a right. I don’t know who to side with really but after all that Soli has been through for her baby boy, I think she deserves to be with him because he’s basically her life. I think Soli will never really survive or stop fighting for Iggy until death. These two women, is clearly a mother of the child in their own right.

These things let me just shout to the void; Immigrants, undocumented or not are human beings, they have a right to life, to be respected, to the law. They are humans and it is very unacceptable to treat them like animals. Because of this book, I’m thinking about pursuing law. And I’d probably spend my life helping girls like Soli. I’m with Soli and all the immigrant girls who experienced the things she experienced in spirit. Stop with the violence Down with the hate. I really hope that love and peace will someday rule the world, the kind of love like what Soli and Kavya for the boy, Ignacio.

The Verdict:

After I read this book I really got a headache and a fever. This book is that good, it makes your inside turn up and your heart hurt and burst with have and love. This is a blast of a book. Read it and get informed. Don’t be ignorant and speak up. Be brave, be soft. Fight for yourself, love and life. 5 stars, forever and ever.

Dreamfall Book Review

Title: Dreamfall
Author: Amy Plum
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 05/30/2017
Genre: Science Fiction

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I’d just like to take a moment and thank Harper Collins International for the review copies that I was sent even if I was away from home and reviewing for my CPA (certified public accountant) exams and being on a blog hiatus as much as I hate that I miss reading and reviewing these books so much so I’m sending over my warm caramel hugs and soft vanilla sundae smiles because I got to pass that exam and I’m already a CPA in my own right and I owe the publishers a toast for that. Thank you. I love you to bits and pieces.

The Gist:

Seven teenagers who suffer from debilitating insomnia agree to take part in an experimental new procedure to cure it because they think it can’t get any worse. But they couldn’t be more wrong.

When the lab equipment malfunctions, the patients are plunged into a terrifying dreamworld where their worst nightmares have come to life—and they have no memory of how they got there. Hunted by monsters from their darkest imaginations and tormented by secrets they’d rather keep buried, these seven strangers will be forced to band together to face their biggest fears. And if they can’t find a way to defeat their dreams, they will never wake up.

Dreamfall is perfect for fans of dark and edgy young adult novels from authors like Danielle Vega, Natasha Preston, Kendare Blake, and Madeleine Roux. It is the first book in a spine-tingling duology full of action, suspense, and horror that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seat until the very last page.

The Review:

I can’t say anything much as for this one. I picked it up because it’s a duology and I’m a sucker for one. It was an okay read. It didn’t scare me as what I thought. I read it though with the light on as what it said. I hate horror stories and horror movies. It’s just nonsense to me. These books are just not my type although I’ve read books kind of like this one in the past. This book is basically about nightmares, I do have my fair share of bad dreams but nothing is really reoccurring and I will probably forget them in the morning anyway.

The only thing I probably appreciate in reading this one is that it kind of made you understand how lucky you are through discussing some teenagers go through like; aneurism, post traumatic disorder, narcolepsy, etc. The main thing here though is insomnia; it lets you know that sleeping and being able to sleep is such a blessing and sometimes a curse. To me it’s more of a blessing because I know that my body needs sleep as much as it needs food as sustenance. So from now on I’m not taking sleep for granted.

The book is pretty predictable and somehow pretty uncoordinated. I sometimes can follow through with what is happening. As the kids here is alternating between nightmares and a safe haven every so minutes just for them to have a chance in getting a good night’s sleep. I’d say the plot twist didn’t surprise me just as much but it’s a good one. I’m also so impatient with this that I keep on reading faster so that I can get to where they’re all awake, too bad I was cliff-hanged. Guess I’ll have to wait for the second book.

The Verdict:

Until then, I’m giving it a 3 stars!

Romancing the Throne Book Review

Title: Romancing the Throne
Author: Nadine Jolie Courtney
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 05/30/2017
Genre: Contemporary

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I’d just like to take a moment and thank Harper Collins International for the review copies that I was sent even if I was away from home and reviewing for my CPA (certified public accountant) exams and being on a blog hiatus as much as I hate that I miss reading and reviewing these books so much so I’m sending over my warm caramel hugs and soft vanilla sundae smiles because I got to pass that exam and I’m already a CPA in my own right and I owe the publishers a toast for that. Thank you. I love you to bits and pieces.

The Gist:

For the first time ever, the Weston sisters are at the same boarding school. After an administration scandal at Libby’s all-girls school threatens her chances at a top university, she decides to join Charlotte at posh and picturesque Sussex Park. Social-climbing Charlotte considers it her sisterly duty to bring Libby into her circle: Britain’s young elites, glamorous teens who vacation in Hong Kong and the South of France and are just as comfortable at a polo match as they are at a party.

It’s a social circle that just so happens to include handsome seventeen-year-old Prince Edward, heir to Britain’s throne.

If there are any rules of sisterhood, “Don’t fall for the same guy” should be one of them. But sometimes chemistry—even love—grows where you least expect it. In the end, there may be a price to pay for romancing the throne…and more than one path to happily ever after.

The Review:

I definitely devoured this book. I actually left off on the third chapter when I started reading this book, since I didn’t have my reading mojo back on then, but when I got on track, damn this book has gripped me hard. I started to continue reading it at about 11 pm and I just couldn’t put the book down. I still had to sleep though with 3 remaining chapters unread.

I had a very serious love-hate relationship with this book. I hate it because for the first time in all the royal books I’ve literally read, this is the first time-literally the first time I was not into the prince (which basically I always am)-that I didn’t have a crush or was rooting for the prince. So now it’s a ground rule, I only like medieval princes not the modern day ones. They seem not so interesting anyway.

I have to say I was team Libby at first, but girl asking your sister if it’s okay to date her ex-boyfriend after she’s heart-broken, hurt and betrayed you still went for it. Nice try. But after that I hated you more than Charlotte ever did. I wish it was the law not to date your sibling exs. Because I don’t know, isn’t it awkward and all that mess. I just don’t approve. I tried.

Like I always say I like my girls bad, headstrong and trouble makers. I’m not very much into perfect picturesque girls. My faves are more of the broken, wounded, scarred ones. It’s opposite for the boys though. I like my boys soft. I utterly abhor heart-breakers, especially guys who wants dates the whole sisterhood. Because ew. Prince or no prince.

I basically followed Charlotte in her heels. I felt the emotions she felt, I felt her frustrations, her joys, everything. At first I thought she was this social climber and doesn’t really pick her friends well. But all that changed when everybody felt like they made her feel second best because she definitely isn’t. And everyone keeps on betraying her and she’s too good not to forgive. (That’s my girl) This is why I love her so much. I wanted her to have everything in the world. I wanted to protect her, from boys, from her sister, from her family. I love seeing from her perspective.

The Verdict:

This book is one hell of a royal read. If you’re a sucker for royal reads, put me on the slate for my word. GET THIS BOOK! Page-tuner, passion-flarer, game changer kind of read! Put it in your book cart already. 5 stars!

I see London, I see France Book Review

Title: I see London, I see France
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 07/11/2017
Genre: Contemporary

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I’d just like to take a moment and thank Harper Collins International for the review copies that I was sent even if I was away from home and reviewing for my CPA (certified public accountant) exams and being on a blog hiatus as much as I hate that I miss reading and reviewing these books so much so I’m sending over my warm caramel hugs and soft vanilla sundae smiles because I got to pass that exam and I’m already a CPA in my own right and I owe the publishers a toast for that. Thank you. I love you to bits and pieces.

The Gist:

I see London, I see France…I see Sydney’s underpants.

Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She’s spending the next four and a half weeks travelling through Europe with her childhood best friend Leela. Their plans include Eiffel Tower selfies, eating cocco gelato, and making out with très hot strangers.

Her plans do not include Leela’s cheating ex-boyfriend showing up on the flight to London, falling for the cheating ex-boyfriend’s très hot friend, monitoring her mother’s spiraling mental health via texts, or feeling like the rope in a friendship tug of war.

In this hilarious and unforgettable adventure, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Mlynowski tells the story of a girl learning to navigate secret romances, thorny relationships, and the London Tube. As Sydney zigzags through Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy, and France, she must learn when to hold on, when to keep moving, and when to jump into the Riviera…wearing only her polka dot underpants.

The Review:

I’ve read this for weeks now. I just procrastinated on writing the review. It’s long overdue. Because I either think too much or not think about anything at all, there is no in between.

Anyway, I liked this book. It made me want to teleport to Europe and just go on tour in like the middle of June since I don’t have the funds and a passport or visa to let me do that. It’s disheartening, really. Though someday I really want to, I’m planning on it and I’m definitely bringing this book on my Europe tour as a guide to places I’d visit.

Sydney. Sydney, the girl who has basically looked after her mom all her life because she’s got this random panic attacks which also basically held her off the things she wants to do in life. Like this travel in Europe thing with her friend, Leela. It’s the typical I want to be a better friend after being separated for too long and so their adventure goes on.
I love Leela, the supporting actress in this book. The pretty girl that just can’t get over her boyfriend no matter what suckup he totally is. Sydney though she’s the funny one. She made me laugh and she made her bestfriend laugh and she’s basically perfect except for her anxiety. In which she struggles with in this book and kind of I relate to so much like to a soul level.

This book is about the places in Europe and the best food to try and the best places to go. It’s really like being there with the two girls that instead of just being a duo, with you the reader it’s a legit trio. Also it’s about taking risks, not small risk but huge ones. It’s like a leap to the void but you know there’s a net that will catch you on the way down just like the dauntless leap on Divergent. Also to detach yourself from a person to let them cope up with their problems and let it be solved by them. I think sometimes leaving is the best thing to do. And also finding love in random adventures and how to make long distance relationships work. If you’re looking for a fluffy travel book get this one. I wish to read more books like this in the future! It’s so fun.

The Verdict:

Can’t say anything more about this book it’s just that you need to read it for yourself and enjoy the travel in Europe in the comforts of your bed at home. So on July make sure to grab this book on the bookstore and put Europe in your bag, okay? I’m giving it a definitely 5 star.