Forgotten Favorites

I’ve been an avid reader for quite a long time now. I do have a lot of favorites from the years of reading. But isn’t it nice to pay tribute to all those favorites from the past?

Forgotten Favorites was inspired from the original post made by Rachel from A Perfection Called Books (The link to her posts is here) I immediately thought that this is an awesome post to do coz I recalled having a lot of favorites from the past that has been pushed aside by the new books that has been released.

Culling out books to include for this post is no easy task.I actually have 19 books on my initial list which I cut down to 10 – just not to overwhelm you or me. Hi hi. (Just a little disclaimer though, this will be full of YA Books.)

So let’s travel back a little to some of my Forgotten Favorite reads:


This story probably has one of the longest plot . It started from the childhood of the 3 main protagonists  – their friendship and family. Everything was told in detailed, making the story quite long. I  loved and enjoyed That Boy and That Wedding when I read it back in  2012. I remember being so excited as well for the release of That Baby however there’s a long gap between the release of the 2nd book and the last book kinda killing out the initial excitement that I had. In addition to that, I think I kinda outgrew the author’s writing that’s why the third book didn’t make the same impact as the first two books did.


 I love magic in books. I remember reading Garden Spells back in 2011 really at awe with the magical stuffs that happen in the Waverly neighborhood and their apple orchard. I really appreciate how different aspects – from family, loving neighborhood, magic, mystery and romance was mixed here.


How I missed Alona Dare’s wit and Will’s snobbishness. This series is pretty unique and entertaining. It’s not everyday you get to read a story with a dead protagonist that only the school’s “outcast” can see.  I really enjoyed this series’ plot including the twists and turns that I still remember from the third book.😉


I almost forgot that this book ever existed!!! I actually have a paperback copy of this but a friend from college borrowed it and I just realized now as I was writing this post that my copy was not yet returned..*facepalm*

Anyway, There You’ll Find Me is one of the first books that took me traveling to Europe. Though you would feel the sadness and grief on the story, the journey that the main character Finlay goes thru in Ireland with her brother’s journal was healing in a way. Add in meeting up a cute guy – Beckett Rush, the story surely did get more interesting. Ahhh. Maybe I’ll get to read this again soon.


Why do I keep reading books full of Angst and Drama back in 2011-2012? Haha. Between The Lines is probably one of the series that introduced me to angst and drama in all forms. This series brought drama on a different level becasue the characters are young Hollywood Stars and their drama goes out of their film set. And I’m telling you guys, it’s kinda messy and full of ANGST.  The first two books are good but I did enjoy most the 3rd book. The Fourth book kinda feel unnecessary for me.


W ell, the main character died becasue her heart broke. Literally. Her heart breaks in two. I was easily lured in by the pretty cover and unique premise. I remember enjoying the different stages of grief represented on this book plus the musical title of each chapters.

This is the 2nd book that involves dead people on this list, I’m beginning to wonder what’s with me and stories with dead people in it back in 2012?? Kinda weird Karla.


I still think that Katie Kacvinsky is one of the underrated authors out there and this series is also one of the underrated series. I really loved this. I loved how Dylan and Gray are so different from one another yet they  still connect. I love how the first two books left me sad and broken just to bring me back up on the third book. I loved Katie’s writing and how the story was constructed. The romance was slow burn and definitely left me wanting for more.


Another underrated novel that I really loved and enjoy a few years back. Virtuosity’s plot is as simple as we can get but the author has this certain way that gives the readers an adrenaline rush, throwing plenty of surprises and twists and of course tunes.



Time Between Us feels like the younger version of The Time Travellers Wife for me. I remember being so fascinated by all the time traveling and how the relationship would work when the other can’t help but travel in time. This one is definitely one of my top choices for time travel books.


One of the most “kilig” and simple story I’ve read. There’s a certain charm to this novel that would surely capture you from the beginning to the end. It was a pretty enchanting novel and everything about this was swoon-worthy so be prepared to smile the whole time you’re reading it.  *wink*

So, that’s my Top10 Forgotten Favorites. I’m actually feeling a bit nostalgic right now so I might pick up one of these books just to get over this nostalgia that I feel. This was a really fun post to do. Aside from making me appreciate all those old favorite titles, it also made me realize how I grew as a reader with the current favorites that I have now.

You, what are some of your Forgotten Favorite reads?

Hey, It’s me. I’m back.

Hello Everyone! My God. I can’t find the words to express how I missed blogging and interacting with all of you. I’m so excited to FINALLY get back to blogging and writing and even reading properly. Just writing this post really got me so exciiiiiiiiiiiiiiited!

So, what happened ?

The almost 3 months of hiatus that happened was actually unplanned. I enjoyed blogging so much that I was able to squeeze in time to update and do posts since I got back last January. But unexpected things happen.

Basically, the reason for my unplanned hiatus can be summed up with ADULTING, TRAVEL and ROMANCE NOVELS.

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ARC Review: Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

Title:  Girl Against the Universe

Author: Paula Stokes

Published by: 17 May 2016 | HarperTeen

Date Read: 12 June 2016

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Maguire is bad luck.

No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the rollercoaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.

It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid meeting new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away is harder than she thought.

From author Paula Stokes comes a funny and poignant novel about accepting the past, embracing the future, and learning to make your own luck.


Girl Against The Universe gives us the story of Maguire – a girl who believes that the universe is all up against her; She’s cursed and all the bad lucks that the world could give has made its way to her.

“There’s a thing that sometimes happens in your brain when you’re the only survivor of a horrific accident. Part of you is happy because you’re alive, but the rest of you is devastated. Then the sad part beats up the happy part until nothing is left, until all you feel is terrible sorrow for the people who didn’t make it. And Guilt. Guilt because you wonder if the Universe made a mistake. Guilt because you know you’re not any better than those who died.”

Maguire has experienced a series of tragic and unfortunate events throughout her life – a car accident, a roller coaster accident and a fire accident.

With her mind on set that the world is all set up against her she begin to start having her five-second check ritual and even carries charm or lucky trinkets wherever she goes. With the help of her therapist, she takes on challenges that would help her mental struggles and reaching her summer goal – To Ride an Airplane to Ireland.

She’s determined to move past the life that she’s living right now and step out of her comfort zone.

“And Loneliness is just like everything else – if you endure it long enough, you get used to it.”

Maguire is coping not living.

To us readers or to us who are not on her place, we might simply think that maybe she was just unfortunately placed smacked in the middle of these bad circumstances – a case of wrong place at the wrong time – easier said than done, that’s what would Maguire said to us. With these tragic events that happened to her, Maguire’s state of mind was already set differently, it makes her feel guilty so she do the best that she can to protect the people around her even if it sacrifices her own happiness.

From the first chapter, I already begin cheering on for Maguire. She’s a very strong female lead. I love her determination and courage to conquer what she’s on to and has her mind set on her goal. There are mishaps in the middle and it is definitely not an easy task to do but Maguire take it one little step at a time.

Of course, there is the romance part on the story as well. A fluffy, cuddly ball of romance. *squeee* Jordy is a famous Tennis Player and despite of the things that is going on on his own life I really appreciate all his efforts in helping Maguire. The sparks are definitely there between Maguire and Jordy. I like how they were able to relate and help each other along the way. Add in the fact that both of them loved Tennis! Playing it has become an outlet for the both of them.

I really appreciate the great support system that Maguire has on this story – family and friends. It was definitely not an easy road to take but with the right support system, in time, everything will work out, right? Maguire’s relationship with her mother and step-dad is quite rocky at the beginning but it was so heartwarming to see their support to her. Their love is evident and shoots thru the heart.

The subject of this book – PTSD, OCD, Anxiety and such – are not easy topics but what I really liked is despite the heavy topics, Paula Stokes was able to convey it on a very light way. I like how she handled Maguire’s struggles. The story feels realistic and genuine.

“Sometimes terrible things happen and its no ones fault. Sometimes we do the best we can and still have bad outcomes.”

As I turn the last page of the book, I was able sigh happily. I’m happy that Jordy and Maguire were able to conquer their struggles. Seeing both of them overcome it was all so worth the *some* stresses along the way. Girl Against The Universe is a very empowering and uplifting story filled with family love, tennis, self-challenges and a fluffy ball of romance. You will definitely want to pick this one up.

ARC Review: The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game #1) by Evelyn Skye

Title: The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game #1)

Author: Evelyn Skye

Published by: 17 May 2016 | Balzer + Bray

Date Read: 28 May 2016

Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.


*ARC kindly provided by Balzer + Bray thru Edelweiss for review*

Let’s all face it, the hype for The Crown’s Game has been everywhere – twitter, facebook, Goodreads and Blogs – add in the fact that the premise of the story is very interesting and with a Russian setting. No other reason not to pick this up, right?

The Crown’s Game: a display of skill and demonstration of strategy and mettle. The goal is to show the Tsar the participants’ worthiness to become his Imperial Enchanter – his adviser for all things from war to peace and everything in between. They each have five rounds to impress the Tsar so he may be able to choose and eliminate the one who lose.

“For the winner of the game, there would be unimaginable power. For the defeated, desolate oblivion. The Crown’s Game was not one to lose.”

Vika and Nikolai are the two enchanters who will be facing off for the ancient duel called the Crown’s Game. This is the main reason why I did pick-up this book. I was intrigued by the Game – its ins and outs and how it will be done.

Vika is silent and shy but fierce and powerful. She’s a very strong female lead. I really like her because despite the strong power that she has, she remained the same from who she was at the beginning. She just became stronger.

Nikolai is a mystery. He’s an orphan who also has strong powers. He is calm and smart. Despite his life status he was able to maintain good friendship with Pasha.

Pasha is the heir to the Tsar’s throne but all throughout the story all I see is a typical teenage guy. He’s a royalty but he acts like a normal person and is best friends with a commoner like Nikolai.

Evelyn Skye’s writing is very detailed and enjoyable. There are some down and slow moments on the book but I’m okay to overlook those things because the world and story building is really done well. Another thing I really liked is the whole Imperial Russian Setting of the story. I’ve always been fascinated with stories set in Russia. The whole atmosphere, vivid descriptions of the places and architecture was superbly done.

The story is definitely not just about the game. As each chapter goes, a revelation was revealed and there are a LOT. The back-story was surprising and made me crave for the next book to come out now.

“Was Nikolai still merely an opponent? Or was he something more? Vika feared and hoped for the latter options.”

There’s a touch of romance in the story as well, but I actually didn’t get too invested on it. For some certain reason, the romance is not on the forefront of my mind while reading. The love triangle thing didn’t really work out for me as well.

It seems like I really liked the book, so why did I only give 4 stars? Well, because the type of game I was looking for did not really happened. I’m actually expecting a Hunger Games kind of game – full of fighting, action and grittiness. But what I did get was a lot of to and from both the lead characters simply showcasing their magic. Don’t get me wrong, I was fascinated and amazed by all the magic and maybe that’s what the game is really about and I just set my expectations too high, but a little bit more of action can’t do any harm on the story right?

Overall, it was an enjoyable read. I really liked the magical set up and the twists and revelations. If you’re a fan of fantasy and magic, you should definitely pick this one up.

Review: Becoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Title: Becoming Chloe

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde

Published by: 28 March 2006 | Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Date Read: 23 May 2016

Rating: 3/5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Jordy is on his own in New York City, and it’s working fine, until Chloe comes along. She’s 18, blond and pretty. She’s seen things no-one should ever see. She knows the world is an ugly place, and needs Jordy to prove her wrong. Together they hit the road to discover the truth – and there’s no going back from what they find out.


Becoming Chloe is one of the books that have been sitting on my shelf for way too long now. Despite my heavy TBR I find myself that time scouring for back titles and was able to pick this one up.

Becoming Chloe surprised me. Just when I was expecting a typical road trip story, I was given a powerful story about two homeless teens with dark pasts.

“Nothing wrong with the Grand Canyon, nothing wrong with wanting to see the ocean. Nothing wrong with big beautiful things. But sometimes beauty can be some pretty close work.”

Jordy and Chloe’s life is full of darkness, chaos and war. You couldn’t really blame them when all they can see in this life are the negative ones – the ugly ones. From New York to California, they go on a mission to see the beauty of the world around them. They were able to meet good and generous people, see beautiful places and gets more appreciative day by day on the life that they are living.

Jordy oh how I love rooting for Jordy. Despite being on the same poor circumstance as Chloe, he was able lead the two of them on a journey that is literally very hard for two homeless people to do. He remains strong, responsible, and supportive and never fails to uplift Chloe whenever she has her “blue moments”.

Chloe is sweet, bubbly and full of energy on the outside but inside she’s full of secrets from her past. She’s not your typical eighteen year old teen – sometimes she struggles with her emotions that makes me think she’s acting like child but sometimes, her words and thoughts makes her seem wiser than her age.

“Even if this was the only thing I ever did in my whole life, it would be worth having a life just to do this.”

The story was pretty short and actually started a bit slow for me, but as I finished the first page, it has gripped me. Jordy and Chloe are teens thrown together by bad circumstances yet they are able to look on the bright side and beauty of life and just go on.

In all, this story is very empowering and thought provoking. It makes me think that when I feel like I’m experiencing the worst there might be someone out there who are experiencing so much worst than I do, so learn to be strong, find solutions, don’t give up and appreciate all the beauty in life.

ARC Review: Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Title: Wanderlost

Author: Jen Malone

Published by: 31 May 2016 | HarperTeen

Date Read: 23 May 2016

Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Not all those who wander are lost, but Aubree Sadler most definitely is on this novel’s whirlwind trip through Europe.

Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe.

Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. Considering she’s pretending to be Elizabeth, she absolutely shouldn’t fall for him, but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story.

But her relationship with Sam is threatening to ruin her relationship with her sister, and she feels like she’s letting both of them down. Aubree knows this trip may show her who she really is—she just hopes she likes where she ends up.


*ARC Kindly provided by HarperTeen for review*

Europe is a very interesting continent. It feels like every corner of each country there is full of something new to explore about. I work as a Travel Agent for the past two years specializing in USA and European Tours and as a very bookish person, it’s always a good experience to find a common ground with my real life and bookish life – Europe.

I become familiar with Europe because of my work but being able to read about it on the eye of the person who is really there is still totally different. I love how detailed the author went on the places Aubree and her group go to. It totally gives the local visual, smell and feels to us readers.

Wanderlost is the type of book that falls into the category of cute, fluffy, adorable and enjoyable and I really enjoy reading books that fall into these categories. This is the type of YA Contemporary read that makes me want to lie in bed and just read and read. Though the storyline is pretty simple, I really find it so interesting. I find myself excited on Aubree’s journey, the people she’s going to meet and of course, the places that she’s going to visit.

Aubree is perfectly fine spending her summer relaxing in their old town in Ohio. But when her sister got into trouble and was not allowed leaving their town. She was forced to be fake-replace her sister in leading a senior group on their travel in Europe.

And there starts her unexpected adventure..

One Bus. A Spanish-Speaking Driver. Six senior citizens. One European Trip.

Can Aubree handle it?

Aubree is the type of character who is very easy to relate to. She’s the type of person who’s never been the one to just jump into challenges. She’s into safe and comfortable. But with her journey, she was able to step out of her comfort-zone and be all responsible for the work she was tasked to do. There are mishaps along the way, but it just makes her European Adventure more fun.

“So here’s the thing. I’ve done a lot of worrying, a lot of worrying, about this trip and whether or not I could handle it. I’m still doing a lot of worrying. But we’re on day two and so far the wheels haven’t come off this bus, literally or figuratively speaking. It’s actually, well, going fine.”

The group Aubree was handling is an awesome bunch! These are the type of travel buddies that are fun to be with. Mr. Fenton and his history geekiness; Emma and Mary who are best friends with their constant giggling and random acts; Hank and Masey that despite long years of marriage, still can’t get enough of one another and of course Dolores the timid one of the group.

Despite their different personalities, they were able to form an awesome friendship with each other especially Aubree. They are the bunch of senior citizens who don’t let their age hinder their YOLO-moments and that makes them more fun to be with.

“I think maybe it’s just easy to talk to someone on a trip like this, you know? We’re completely removed from our real lives, were in this foreign place and you don’t have to see me after the trip.”

Of course, I will definitely not forget swoon-worthy Sam from his first interaction with Aubree he already hooked me with his charm, charisma and wit. He’s a very laid-back guy who’s there to enjoy each and every day of travelling. I like how he was able to show Aubree the magic that is there when travelling.

Aubree and Sam definitely have a very powerful chemistry. I really like all the “likeyoubye” conversations and his come-on lines. I love their dialogues and banter with each other. Their interactions are so cute and make me all cuddly or such.

“I realized something. I’m not done with Europe yet. Or maybe Europe isn’t done with me. Either way, I’m gonna find out.”

The ending is just the right kind of ending that I didn’t know I was looking for. You see, I’m expecting the entire love-dovey-sealed-with-a-kiss type of ending but the way the story ended is so much better. Aubree was able to really find herself and become a better version of her old self. She was able to reconcile with her sister and get past all the drama that happened between her and Sam.

Reading Wanderlost is one of the easiest read I had this year. I read it in one seating and just flew thru the pages. It was one enjoyable read and would definitely entice you to pack-up your bags and fly to Europe soon.

Bookish Tattoos

Getting a tattoo has long been on my Bucket List. Well, here in the Philippines, getting a tattoo is not that easy especially getting one has a certain connotation to some elderly people. But being a millennial opened me that getting a tattoo is more than just getting it and letting other people see it. It’s more on the meaning of it in your life.

With me being a very bookish person, I thought why not try to incorporate these two = Bookish Tattoos. And guess what, I’m not the only one who’s fascinated in getting one because there are already a lot of people getting a tat related to book stuffs.

What would I like to get? I actually don’t know yet but what I do know is that I wanted it to be simple, small and subtle preferably on my ankle or somewhere discreet.

 I listed here some of the Awesome Bookish Tat designs that I love while scouring the internet and Pinterest:














So, when will I be getting one? I actually don’t know when yet. Hopefully I get to do it before I reach the age of 25. lol. Plus, I still need to make up my mind on what I will be getting coz it will be forever be inked on me [no pun intended]. Here’s to hoping I finally find the right design, courage and time to finally do it. Haha.

Do you have any bookish tattoos? Or just planning to get one just like me? What designs have captured your interest? Hit me up with them.