Listen To Your Heart by Kasie West ARC Book Review

Title : Listen to Your Heat

Author : Kasie West

Publisher : Point/Scholastic

Release Date : May 29, 2018

ISBN : 9781338210057

Hey you guys it’s been a lot like a year since I posted in here. But hello you for coming over and visiting again. Hope you hang in there.

As I’ve said I’ll always start my book reviews of Kasie’s books with me screaming here that I love her and her books so much! You should read them all. You’re totally missing out of you didn’t.

Disclaimer: I won this galley from @IReadYA’s twitter giveaway. Still thanking you so much I Read YA! Any thoughts and opinions in this review lies solely on me.

The Gist

Kate Bailey, a white 16-year-old, lives in the small town of Lakesprings with her extended family on their lakefront property.

Her best friend, Alana, who is Polynesian from Hawaii, has convinced Kate to enroll with her in a podcasting class. Kate expects to only do behind-the-scenes work, but when her topic, advice, is chosen by the teacher, Kate is expected to co-host the podcast. Meanwhile, Alana is interested in a handsome Latino classmate named Diego Martinez—and when Kate takes her cousin to tutoring, she discovers that Diego works there and tries to get to know him better so she can relay the information to Alana. When a boy calls into the podcast seeking love advice about a girl whom he’s interested in, Kate is sure that it’s Diego talking about his feelings for Alana. However, Kate slowly realizes her own romantic feelings for Diego—even though she is also trying to get over her ex-boyfriend, Hunter, who moved away and has fallen out of touch. Kate tries to abstain from telling Diego anything due to her friendship with Alana. While Kate becomes known for her straightforward advice on the podcast, she seems oblivious to the problems of people around her.

The Review

I can’t even say how much I loved this one. Well like I love all of her books and I now suck at reviewing them. When people write 1000+ words for a book review and I’m just like here THIS BOOK WAS SO GREAT. LOVED IT. 5 STARS. But anyways that’s how I felt for this one. I wasn’t that much of a fan for her latest released book Listen to Your Heart though (I have my reasons please check on twitter)

Anyhow I love how this story manipulates you into actually believing the plot which you know from the first page isn’t true because deep inside you already know how it ends. But still it makes you believe things until the second to the last chapter so nice work Kasie!

I love and hate my girl Kate from here because she’s wonderfully sarcastic, as most of Kasie’s MCs are. I love that she has the courage to try what her parents always tell her so even if it isn’t her passion but you just know that in whatever she do she’ll be excellent in it and shows us it isn’t really too bad to try something new and out of our comfort zones and what we think we’ll be doing for the rest of our lives. Just a little flaw of Kate is just that she gets too self absorbed and she doesnt think of the consequences to other people about the things she does.

Diego is a sweetheart. He’s too shy and too complicated for my taste. I mean boy if you like someone just go for it, man I mean. I like straight forward boys, Diego. You don’t seem to be one for someone who have a very adventurous cousin huh.

What I also adore in this one is that boys should never ruin friendships if they get involved with both girls. Girlfriends before boyfriends always okay? I’m a sucker for forbidden romances like that of Romeo and Juliet’s but Kasie’s too cool for that and probaby does not do shakespearean retellings but fine, at least she put a great atmosphere about that in the book.

Finally I love that this book revolves around water sports and podcasting. I’ve always wondered how it is behind the radio booths and i get a glimpse of that in this book. I get to live it too. I love listening to stuff. This is the first book I’ve read that is centered on podcasting and I seriously loved it.

The Giveaway

Before you leave: Here I’m giving this funny and sweet book back through a giveaway.

Open for a Listen to Your Hear ARC 

The Rating

5/5 waverunner stars for this. I know you have to wait til May 6th but it’ll be worth it.

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Batman Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) Blog Tour and Book Review

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Title : Batman Nightwalker

Series : DC Icons #2

Author : Marie Lu

Publisher : Penguin Random House

Release Date : January 2, 2018

ISBN: 9780525578567

The Synopsis :

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

Disclaimer : This review is part of the International blog tour hosted by Penguin Random House International. A free copy of the ARC was provided by the publisher. All views on the review are solely my own.

The Review:

That rough muffled voice, the guy who defeated superman by cheating with his wealth and kryptonite, that man with a bat symbol, the dark knight. Who does not know him?

I could say I’m a DC fan myself. But I have not taken much like or interest in batman. He’s kind of my least favorite in the DC universe. Though I have watched all of his films anyway when I was a kid, from The Dark Knight rises to Justice League now.

I have not taken any particular liking to batman because I’ve always thought of him more of a machine than human. He doesn’t seem like the one to feel some emotions like most of us humans do because of the grief and trauma he had experienced as a child.

But anyway let’s get talking about the book. Bruce freaking Wayne. Now look, this one was pretty interesting because it felt like another Bruce to me, this young adult Bruce was pretty soft, sad, vulnerable and emo (emotional). I thought young adult Bruce would be some kind of a rebel, a kid who spent time in solitude, unfeeling, hardened by the circumstances of life. But now this book felt more like a fanfic. I don’t even watch the Gotham TV series to even judge but it just doesn’t feel right for me. The plot was explosive, but, predictable. The pacing was okay, Marie Lu is a great writer. But she has this weird way of making me not ship the main pairings of her books (eg. june and day) but I’m not saying I don’t ship Mads and Bruce here, it’s Dianne and Bruce I don’t ship, even their friendship. Don’t get me wrong but books and movies aren’t all about ships and ship wars, that’s not the main point. The main point is always what the book taught you. Read and resist.

Alfred was quite the character here. Interesting father figure and this book actually showed more of him than what movies actually do. This time the father figure is not a bad parent or the villain as most of the YA books out there.

Madeline was a favorite. I like the bad girl but not always when it comes to boys, I have some standards for boys. She has the most intriguing plot point and is actually the main point of this book. She’s the most mysterious and has the best character development as well. I would not have liked this book if was not for her. The romance though is quite uh-I don’t know what to say about it. Unexpected perhaps? I just don’t really see Bruce wayne having a love interest, like ever. But isn’t that books are for? To be written in fiction? What made me keep reading was that it somehow has the Reylo plot, where the light side convinces their evil dark side love interest to turn back to the light (star wars reference-Hi star wars, fans!).

Gotham city was captured pretty well by Marie Lu in this book. Everything felt surreal and vivid. Marie is one of the writers who are the best at writing fight scenes. I love that Marie Lu actually did that.

If you like angst-y romance, a little bit of DC superheroes and much emo Bruce Wayne this is definitely a good read.

The Rating: 3/5 stars

The Fan-Arts:

For the last part, I made fanarts!(Phew who knew Batman and flowers would be a pretty nice mix)

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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.

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
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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!