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.

Lucky Girl Book Review

Title: Lucky Girl
Author: Amanda Maciel
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 04/25/2017
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:

Rosie is a beautiful girl—and it’s always been enough. Boys crush on her, men stare at her, girls (begrudgingly) admire her. She’s lucky and she knows it.

But it’s the start of a new school year and she begins to realize that she wants to be more. Namely, she’s determined to be better to her best friend, Maddie, who’s just back from a summer program abroad having totally blossomed into her own looks. Rosie isn’t thrilled when Maddie connects with a football player who Rosie was hooking up with—but if it makes her friend happy, she’s prepared to get over it. Plus, someone even more interesting has moved to town: Alex, who became semi-famous after he stopped a classmate from carrying out a shooting rampage at his old high school. Rosie is drawn to Alex in a way she’s never experienced before—and she is surprised to discover that, unlike every other guy, he seems to see more to her than her beauty.

Then at a party one night, in the midst of a devastating storm, something happens that tears apart Rosie’s life and sets her on a journey of self-discovery that forces her to face uncomfortable truths about reputation, identity, and what it means to be a true friend.

The Review:

I had been on like a book slump for about 7 months so it’s really hard for me to get my gear up again and started reading and exploring these other worlds. I have trouble getting way past the third chapter lately but anyway I got into reading again through Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh but that’s another story.

So anyway this is perhaps my fourth book after that coping up with my book slump phase and this really got me triggered. I binge-read this one, I picked this one up because it’s just thin and the fonts are normal sized not the small ones so I thought I could just read it easily. When I read the prologue, what I thought was this was a book where the main girl or her friend gets raped, but apparently I was wrong (I blame binge-watching 13 reasons why), also when I was on the third or fifth chapter I already though I that I would be giving it a 3 star.

Yes it’s the normal high school drama, where the popular girl is too beautiful for her own good and jocks are into her and yeah that is where the plot kinda revolves around. The thing I liked about this book, is the normal thing I liked in books. In which in this case the friendship thing between Rosie and Maddie and the sister thing for Rosie and Ayla in which I relate to. Sort of. Let me just shout the message of the friendship: BFFS BEFORE DUDES! FRIENDSHIPS BEFORE BROS! FRIENDSHIP IS WAY MORE IMPORTANT THAN FIGHTING OVER NONSENSE STUFF LIKE BOYS! The siblings’ relationship though is where you now, the siblings don’t get along, they have fights, they have insecurities but at the end of the day they’re still siblings, blood is thicker than water and there is always that sibling bond. The romance was cute and sweet where Rosie finds love in the mysterious popular guy who doesn’t think of her the way most guys thinks about her and doesn’t droll at her face or her body for that matter. I also loved how a gentleman Alex is. I approve.

As for the plot, it was okay, the pace is fast which was really good since I was binge-reading. The plot was not about rape then it was sexual assault and beauty and self-worth and knowing that beauty comes with a certain price especially these days, more specifically with teenage girls. It’s always really hard to read these kind of books since it triggers me. In which I think did fulfill the purpose of this book and that is a very good thing about it.

I hate that boys and men in general sometimes forgets that women owns their bodies and that they are not objects they can just grab whenever they feel the need to or something to just stick their awful manhood with and that women deserves respect and gentleness and damn consent. What I hate so much is the disrespect shown to girls and like they can’t do anything about it and that some shitty nonsense pathetic worthless sport is more important than treating women the right way, treating girls the way they deserve; and that is with care and affection alone. Even if some people doesn’t know how it feels like to be sexually assaulted or harassed or raped or even get paranoid about men: at least these kinds of books pass that message on and I’m grateful for the eye-opener that they are.

The Verdict:

Since this got me triggered and it was in fact good, the message was crystal clear and I’ve felt different kinds of emotions: I’m giving it a 4, instead of just 3 stars.

The Beauty of Darkness Book Review

Title: The Beauty of Darkness

Author: Mary Pearson

Publisher: Macmillan

Publication Date: August 2, 2016

Genre: Fantasy

Rate: 5/5

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Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous – what will happen now?

Let me first thank Mary for this beautiful book as the cover it definitely insinuate; from the cover, to the words, to the scenes down to the kisses. (Some books definitely lack the kisses.) And thank you very much Stacey for suggesting the kisses. We owe you so much. I literally loved everything about this book, no one could even stop me reading for a second. I gladly gulped it down in one swallow like the sweetest wine.

I couldn’t be more in love with Rafe and everything about him. From the first book of the remnant chronicles to this last one I have been so rooting for him. There’s no one I could love more than Rafe right now for I have not read so great sacrifices than what he had made for Lia. Risking his life, his crown, even his kingdom. Could I get a Rafe for myself please just a single piece or bit of him.

Lia now is too headstrong. She can’t be swayed by anyone. Not by one kingdom, not by a kingdom, not even by the man she loves. She became a queen yes, but too much of one I’d say. She’s been too dedicated in saving kingdoms and she hardly regarded what others had sacrificed and gave up to keep her alive. But that is what a queen should be right? To disregard the wants of her heart because the kingdom and the people came first. Sometimes it gets me thinking that if it was me, I’d be selfish for once. Easy for me to say though because I am not a queen, no responsibility that big whatsoever. But I still love her for loving Rafe.

I loved what turned out of Kaden. And Pauleen. I hated the guy but I guess he ultimately redeemed himself in the end. Rafe and Kaden teaming up in this book in every simple ways is the best thing ever. Strangely I wanted their own story, Pauleen and Kaden after the war.

I’m very very hapy and sad at the same time because this series I’ve adored has come to an end although I’m assured Mary has a lot of stories on store for us yet to read.

By the way I suggest playing Dangerously by Charlie Puth on your earphones while reading the book. 😉

Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas Book Review

Title: Rose and Thorn
Author: Sarah Prineas
Publisher: HarperTeen; HarperCollins
Publication Date: October 2016
Genre: Retelling
Rate: 4/5
After the spell protecting her is destroyed, Rose seeks safety in the world outside the valley she had called home. She’s been kept hidden all her life to delay the three curses she was born with—curses that will put her into her own fairy tale and a century-long slumber. Accompanied by Griff, the handsome and mysterious Watcher, and Quirk, his witty and warmhearted partner, Rose tries to escape from the ties that bind her to her story. But will the path they take lead them to freedom, or will it bring them straight into the fairy tale they are trying to avoid?
I received an advanced review copy (arc) of this book from HarperCollins International. So much thanks for giving me the chance to read it before it can be released to the public. As I always love and cherish their books to the deepest parts of my heart.
            I’ve not yet read enough retellings (of the fairytales) to say I’m really into retellings. I’ve probably have read a two or more. This particular book is about a retelling of Sleeping Beauty in the most exact and realistic events possible that we could relate to this modern times. As it has been said it retells the story in a “big, bold way.”
            Yes, it does in fact. I’ve loved fairytales all my life but after reading this book I think I kind of understand something that I wasn’t able to before not yet reading this book. It is basically a story of a girl who had been protected and is now fighting against the default tale we know. Here the Stories (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the beast, etc.) is meant to happen again and again and again in an unending cycle experienced by different persons.
            Rose, our main character (MC) is trying and fighting to escape her destiny or might as well say it her enemy(the Story itself). She wants to make her own choices, make use of her will and love who she wants. She doesn’t want to be another girl who will sleep for another hundred years. The love interest here is my favourite kind; the guy who shuts people out because they think of him as unfeeling and is not capable of love. Find out how these two will find their way to each other.
            This book is just of the medium pace but I find myself wanting to read the following chapter after the next just because. This book has all the most significant and topics of this present time, abuse, sexuality, love. And yes I’ve never read a fairytale come to life retelling as bold as this one. Might as well grab one if you see it in a bookstore somewhere.

A Torch Against The Nightby Sabaa Tahir Book Review

Title: A Torch Against The Night
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Razorbill; Penguin Random House
Publication Date: August 2016
Genre: High Fantasy
Rate: 4.5/5

After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire. Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom. But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike. Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

I received a review copy of this book from Penguin Random House Global. So much thanks for sending me a copy of the book I requested. As I always love and cherish their books to the deepest parts of my heart.
            How could I even begin to review a book I loved so much as this one. It’s really hard to summon the words. But I must.
            I love the voices of Laia, Elias and Helene in my head while reading this book. They are so real and vivid. As if I’m really hauled to the Empire and Serra and witnessing everything with my own two eyes. The heartbreak and hopelessness that leaks on every page is so palpable I really can’t honestly find the air to breathe. I’m awed and at the same time loathed the brutality of it all. I hated like I’ve never hated anyone before the antagonist, the Commandant, the Emperor, and the Night Bringer.
            I was so frustrated throughout the whole book though because Helene just doesn’t deserve that too much pain. My heart is breaking all over again for her just as I’m writing this but I know she’s stronger than any character I’ve ever read and she’s going to withstand it all, have her revenge, and finally be loved. She needs to be loved. She must be. For all she’s gone through. All those power, authority, fierceness, and loyalty spent on the wrong things and wrong people are too much to handle even for me.
            Bleeding hells. I love Elias Veturius too much, it hurts. He’s so committed and loyal to the girl (shh it’s Laia lol) who honestly is too stupid sometimes but I can’t really blame her because one can be desperate for care and love especially in dire times. It was Elias’s fault in the first place so how could I hate Laia, she just loved and care too much which is definitely the flaw on her armor.
Fault me perhaps but I needed more Laia and Elias from the beginning of the book. I was definitely starving for the both of them but circumstances just couldn’t keep them together. It hurts. I’d say this book is a too excellent sequel except for the romance part because I definitely felt deprived. Well crafted, well organized an definitely make you feel the feels! Btw look out for plot twists! They’ll gonna catch you unguarded,
Sabaa is a very very very good author and writer and I really really really hope to meet her in person one day (and Renee Ahdieh as well, her soul sister). I just love them and their books so much. Hope you come to the Philippines soon. Seriously if you haven’t picked up An Ember in The Ashes and A Torch Against The Night, you’re missing out the best books of the year. So go on then! Read these first before the others on your TBR list! I’ll leave you guys with an aesthetic.

Also I made some fanarts for A Torch and An Ember and they’re actually available on my RB shop! Just click the images below.

The Secret Heart of A Note by Stacey Lee ARC Review

Title: The Secret Heart of a Note
Author: Stacey Lee
Publisher: Katherine Tegen; HarperCollins
Publication Date: December 2016
Genre: Cute Contemporary
Rate: 4.5/5
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Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make.
I received an advanced review copy (arc) of this book from HarperCollins International. So much thanks for giving me the chance to read it before it can be released to the public. As I always love and cherish their books to the deepest parts of my heart.
Did you know that heartbreak smells like Blue Berries and love smells something sweet and cold (but I won’t yet tell what it is) you’ll know it when you read it.
I never really thought the sense of smell and plants could be very, very interesting. That is just what Miss Stacey Lee did with her book. She put in the sense of smell as the top sense of a person (to be specific; an aromateur) and made the scents of plants as an indication of someone’s feelings and personality. I’ve read books in which the MCs (main characters) can see colors or auras of people and associated them with how they feel, but I’ve never really encountered a book like this one on the sense of smell except a bit on werewolves and some characters that could turn into some animal form. I adored this book because it was extraordinary and because I’m partial to reading very original concepts.
            So Mim here is like the girl in which the future generations are dependent to and their spider web-thread-aromateur linage. She’s her mother’s apprentice while having high school. She could smell your unique scent or notes (as called in this book). Their nose is like a thousand times more powerful than the ordinary noses. She’s fighting for the life she wants and what her mother and basically the whole universe is expecting her to live. It’s either fall in love or lose your power in her case her extraordinary sense of smell). I’ll leave it there for you guys to figure out. I wouldn’t want to spoil anything.
            This book has the perfect blend of fluffiness, lightness, romance and so much interesting facts about plants. This is another book you could read in one sitting if you’re industrious enough or no other stuff to do. It is also one of the most adorable books I’ve ever read in the history of YA. And right now I just so badly want to know what my scent is and what my heart notes are. Let me guess I probably smell like despair, broken dreams, and hopes and it could be like antiseptic or some banana or coconut lol. Anyway read this book when it comes out (on December!) You’ll love it as much as I did. I just know.