Bookish Tag: Dreamy Book Covers Tag

Hey Everyone! I’m back for another edition of a Bookish Tag. I know we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but most of the time, we still did, right? 😉 This week, I’m doing the Dreamy Book Covers Tag (originally from The Book Raven – post).


The Rules:

1. Thank the lovely person who tagged you, spread the love!

2. Mention Tiana @ The Book Raven as the awesome-sauce creator of this book tag!

3. Use the original tag image in your post. (However, Feel free to add whatever other graphics your heart desires!)

4. At least tag 1 fellow blogger for this tag. Even if your like me sometimes and feel a bit lazy 😉

5. List the rules and have fun!


“No Ideas But in Things” : A book cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside it.

Wink Poppy Midnight’s cover may seem like a simple mix of colors and random objects but once you’ve read the book, each and every item/object on the cover will have it’s own meaning. I really appreciate the creativeness of the cover. The mixture of colors was also made well.

“Dark and Lovely” : A book cover that is so creepalicious you just want to eat it up.

The May Queen Murders’ cover literally gives me the chills. I can’t even stare at it for more than a second without getting chills. (NOT REALLY KIDDING) I haven’t had the chance to read this book yet but it has on my TBR List for quite sometime. Hopefully I’ll get to pick this up soon and I’ll definitely make sure that I read this on broad daylight.

“Sugary Sweet” A cute cover that is so fluffy you want to give it a hug.

I will always and forever be in love with the cover of Morgan Matson’s Unexpected Everything. I really love the summer vibes that the book cover emits and don’t even get me started on those cutie-patootie dogs! 😍😍

“The Simple Aesthetic”: A book cover that stuns with the most minimalistic of design.

Stolen is a long time favorite of mine and one of the most heartfelt books I’ve read. The cover doesn’t give us much aside from the title, some cracks and a lone butterfly. I love how simple and minimalist it looks.

“Cover Envy”: A book cover you wish you had on your shelves, but don’t yet.

These Classic Puffins books with new designs has been on my “to-buy” list for quite some time but they are so damn pricey here in the Philippines. The cost of one of these books can already buy you 2 or 3 other regular books. That’s pretty pricey, right? But I’m not losing hope a huge sale will come and I’ll finally have one of these on my shelf.

“Traveling Abroad”: A beautiful book cover featuring a country outside of your own.

I loved this series by Stephanie Perkins! I’m from the Philippines and these three books brought me to France and USA!

“The Color Wheel”: A cover that showcases one of your favorite colors.

I didn’t have to think hard about this because aside from being one of my favorite books Their Fractured Light has one of my most cover. I love the color violet and any shades near that so no surprise there that I sooooo loved this cover.

“Switching Gears”: A cover change you absolutely adore.

The Shatter Me Series‘ covers are pretty and very coordinated. From the original cover of Shatter Me on the left to the new cover on the right, the change was really for the better, right?

“Oldie but Goodie”: A favorite cover of your favorite classic.

Aside from the Puffin Classic set I have mentioned above, I love this new edition of Alice In Wonderland as well. The left side with the maroon-ish cover is the book jacket while the one on the right side with the blue cover is how it looks without the book jacket. So pretty, right? right?

“And the Winner is…” Which book cover mentioned above is your favorite?

Wow! I didn’t expect this last question! But above all, I really love these classic puffin books! 💖


Once again, I’m tagging all of you friends to do this tag as well.

Please feel free to leave your answers on the comments below. Or if you ever made your own version, leave your links below. 💜

Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Published: 07 April 2015 | Balzer + Bray

Date Read: 13 April 2017

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts and write-ups from my bookish friends gushing about Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. I’m scared to read it because of the “hype” it is surrounded with especially now that it is being made into a movie. But after several hard teasing and egging, I finally pick this one up and read it and OH MY GOD I’m literally so happy that I finally read it!!

“And you know what? You don’t get to say it’s not a big thing. This is a big fucking thing, okay? This was supposed to be—this is mine. I’m supposed to decide when and where and who knows and how I want to say it.”

Simon Spier – sixteen-year-old, high school junior, Harry Potter fan, Oreo Lover and Gay. But no one knows about that last part. Yet. Simon is a very likeable and charming character. He’s the type of gay that I really wanted to be friends with. He’s fun, smart and have a great sense of humor.  From the very first chapter, we already saw him struggling with the personality he’s trying to hide to his friends and family. But there is a little sunshine on Simon’s life – his email chatting buddy under the pseudonym – Blue.

That is until he finds himself being blackmailed by his classmate Martin. Martin discover Simon’s secret when he accidentally stumbles into Simon’s open email account at the Library Computer Hall. He’s threatening to post the emails on the school Tumblr page if Simon will not agree to fix him with Simon’s close friend Abby.

To say this book made me smile from beginning to end is an understatement. I devoured each page. I feel myself getting more and more excited as the story goes.

I really ate up and love the mystery that is Blue – the smart, grammar nerd who Simon has been chatting with. I don’t have even the littlest idea who Blue is (the reveal was so surprising) and I guess that makes my reading experience more exciting.

Though the only communication they have is thru their email exchanges, Simon and Blue have a lot of cute and adorable moments. I’m living with their email exchanges and salivates over their talk and common love for Oreos. Simon feels that he can be his real self with Blue. He finds himself confiding and telling cute random things to Blue. Their email banters are everything! I always do the “squeee” expression especially when there’s some flirting going on. *wink*wink*

Aside from our two main characters, Simon’s friends and family also played a huge part in the story. I really appreciate the unique characters of Nick, Abby and Lea. I do love Simon’s family – his parents and sisters – and their love for TV Shows and random family games and activities. These people made Simon’s coming out easier than he thought so. I really appreciate the support and the acceptance that they have given him. Without any questions.

“People really are like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.”

Another thing I really liked about reading Simon vs The Homo Sapiens agenda is there no unnecessary big drama, unwanted turn of events or whatsoever. It was straight up to the point of the story which is all about Simon, Blue, their family, friends and school.  It is a great LGBT story that offer us a window for the voice of the teens on the same situation as Simon and Blue.

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens deserves all the hype and attention it is getting. A definite must read for everyone. Now that the movie is in the works, I’m so excited to see all the characters I met here really come to life.

ARC REVIEW: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Title: Hunted

Author: Meagan Spooner

Published: 14 March 2017 | Harper Teen

Date Read: 08 April 2017

Synopsis:

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

* ARC Kindly provided by Harper Teen thru Edelweiss for review *

Disclaimer: It took me a very very very long time to finish reading Hunted and I’m the one to blame or erm my busy work schedule. As much as I love the whole concept and the story of Hunted I feel bad for not having the chance to immerse myself fully into reading this. Due to my busy schedule, I only get to read a couple of pages and bits and pieces from time to time. But anyway, I finally finished it and I was able to write a review as well so here it goes.

Hunted is a tale as old as time. A retelling of one of my favorite fairytales – Beauty and The Beast. A very intriguing fantasy story about Beauty and the Beast set it the wilderness and snow. The release date of Hunted is very timely for the release of the new movie adaptation and I’m overflowing with love and happiness that is all about Beauty and the Beast.

“The depths of the wood were dangerous, far more deadly than the more commonly hunted perimeters of the wilderness.”

Ever since she’s a little girl, Yeva thrives on freedom and exploring the wilderness. She felt more comfortable being near nature. She seeks more from the daily norm of her life. But something dangerous lurks in the forest and when her father went missing Yeva hunts down the dangerous creature that might have gotten into her father. But what she finds is not quite what she’s expecting. He’s a Beast that supposed to be without a heart not a beast with a penchant for the stories she’s telling and cares for her.

Like Yeva, The Beast wanted freedom. Freedom from the curse that he’s been into. They are both trapped into something unfortunate and they must find a way out of it.

I love Yeva. She’s not an ordinary heroine. She is fierce, brave, selfless and will do anything and everything for her family. I really appreciate the familial bonds presented in the story. Yeva, Lena and Asenka’s loving relationship as sisters and their love for their father. I also love the friendships that has been made along the story.

The beast’s character was greatly written as well. He’s someone that you’ll love to hate especially in the beginning when he’s all rude and impatient with Yeva. But overtime, I can’t help but love him and understand his own story.

“The Firebird made him a being of two natures. You changed him into two beings grappling for a single heart.”

There is a romance part on the story but don’t expect to get something all touchy-feely kind of romance. It was all more focused on the emotional kind of romance where as a reader you’ll just feel that there is a romantic connection between the characters that you are reading.

Magic also played a part in the story. Though the story didn’t have talking coat racks or tea kettle and pot, the story does have magical creatures. The story of the Firebird and the other creatures were creatively written. I got invested with Yeva’s stories – stories that were passed on to her by her father.

On a side note, is it just me or does Beauty and the Beast really do have an aspect of Stockholm Syndrome somewhere? I don’t know why I just realized it now but there’s a case of Stockholm Syndrome, right? What differs from to the other books that I’ve read that do have an aspect of Stockholm Syndorme is that Yeva realizes that she shouldn’t feel something for beast as he’s her captor.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Hunted. The thing that I liked most is the fact that it didn’t stray from the original plot line of Beauty and the Beast. It just changed setting but the plot line is just the same. If you love fantasy stories especially retellings, please do yourselves a huge favor and pick this one up now. You’ll definite love it.

PS. I NEED AN EPILOGUE WITH BEAST AS A HUMAN PLEASE.

Authors on my Auto-Read List

Do you have a certain author in mind that no matter how many books he/she released in a year you MUST read it and own a copy? Do you have an author in mind that no matter how long he/she release a new book you will most definitely wait for it even your hair grew grey waiting?

Well, I think we do have our own favorite authors in mind (and heart) that we may somewhat call our auto-buy or auto-read authors. No matter what genre they are writing – a new stand-alone book, a novella or a new series – you all get so excited and giddy because you love them and their writing.

Below is my own list of some of my auto-read authors…

Colleen Hoover
Books: Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Never Never Series, Confess, November 9, It Ends With Us.

Colleen Hoover made me laugh, cry (legit ugly cry) and learn. Her stories are just out of the norm and feels very personal. I can’t remember reading a book by her that didn’t make me cry. Is there one? Every book she has written hits straight to the heart – touching and remarkable. I immediately feel in love not only with how her stories were written but how approachable her characters are. Will most definitely be on the lookout for her future books.


Emma Chase
Books: Tangled, Twisted, Tamed, Tied, Overruled, Sustained, Appealed, Sidebarred, Royally Screwed, Royally Matched

Emma Chase’s books are my guilty pleasure reads. If I’m in the mood for something light, romance-y and sweet thing to read, her books are on top of my list. I loved the way she’s writing the romance on each of her story and don’t even get me started on the HOT HOT HOT leading guys on each story. Tangled Series made me laugh in each installment, I loved all the legal stuffs and of course the non-stop erm sexual tension between the characters on the Legal Briefs Series and totally enjoyed the whole Royalty within the Royally Series. I can’t wait for her upcoming books and series!


Amie Kaufmann
Books: These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, Their Fractured Light, Illuminae, Gemina

If you’re looking for the best intergalactic-outer space-y kind of story – just look for Amie Kaufmann’s stories and you will not be disappointed. I loved her Star bound Trilogy which she has written together with Meagan Spooner and The Illuminae Series was just AMAZING which she has written together with Jay Kristoff. Her vast imagination of the outer space greatly reflects on the story she’s written. Each book is very detailed, believable, catchy and remarkable!


Leigh Bardugo
Books: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising, Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom

Leigh Bardugo is the queen of the Grisha World! The Grisha and Six of Crows Series were just amazingly good. I really enjoy Leigh Bardugo’s creative writing and the worlds she’s building. The setting/world is interistingly uniqueespecially with the whole Russian thing being woven into each of her story. This year, she will be releasing a new book – Wonder Woman: Warbringer and I honestly can’t contain my excitement for this one. 😆


Marissa Meyer
Books: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, Fairest, Stars Above, Heartless

Who among us doesn’t love fairy tales? Marissa Meyer introduced us to the one of a kind retelling of some of our most loved classic fairy tales – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White. Her world making, characters – leads and the villains, writing are so on point. There’s definitely no reason for you not to love whatever Marissa Meyer is writing just like I do.

 


Morgan Matson
Books: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Second Chance Summer, Since You’ve Been Gone, The Unexpected Everything

I own every single one of Morgan Matson’s book. I don’t know. It’s a compulsion – I think? I loved every single book she has written. Even the characters from each books. I love how easy, fun and fluffy her books are. I’m a sucker for YA Contemporary stories with cute plots and cute characters.

 

 


You, who are some of your Auto-Read Authors? Please do share them on the comments below. 💜

Blog Tour + Giveaway: The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend


Title:
The Other F-Word

Author: Natasha Friend

Published: 07 March 2017 | Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Date Read: 02 April 2017

Synopsis:

A fresh, humorous, and timely YA novel about two teens conceived via in vitro fertilization who go in search for answers about their donor.

Milo has two great moms, but he’s never known what it’s like to have a dad. When Milo’s doctor suggests asking his biological father to undergo genetic testing to shed some light on Milo’s extreme allergies, he realizes this is a golden opportunity to find the man he’s always wondered about.

Hollis’s mom Leigh hasn’t been the same since her other mom, Pam, passed away seven years ago. But suddenly, Leigh seems happy—giddy, even—by the thought of reconnecting with Hollis’s half-brother Milo. Hollis and Milo were conceived using the same sperm donor. They met once, years ago, before Pam died.

Now Milo has reached out to Hollis to help him find their donor. Along the way, they locate three other donor siblings, and they discover the true meaning of the other F-word: family.

If you’re going to ask me what interests me to pick this up and read this book I’m probably going to answer you that it’s because of its catchy title and that intriguing but cute cover.  I honestly don’t have an idea what the story of this book will be about when I hit the “to-read” button on Goodreads and requested for a review copy as well. But then, I regret nothing because this book surprised me.

Told in the alternating POV of Hollis and Milo, The Other F-Word follows the story of two teens that are biologically connected with each other because they both have the same sperm-donor. Half of their genes came from their mom and half from a sperm donor.

They barely know each other but when Milo gotten in touch with Hollis on his quest to find their father erm their sperm-donor they discovered a lot more than what they are looking form.

I liked Milo and Hollis. They are the type of characters that are so easy to like plus they are bookworms too! Their banters never fail to entertain me as well.

Aside from the main characters Hollis and Milo, I really love how the secondary characters were also given a highlight on the story. I love their moms. I also enjoyed reading about their other siblings. I really enjoy the uniqueness of each character.

Overall, it was a fun, quick and easy read. I really appreciate how the same-sex family was portrayed and in the end learning that family is not really just by blood.

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Review: Joyride by Anna Banks

Title: Joyride

Author: Anna Banks

Published: 02 June 2015 | Feiwel & Friends

Date Read: 19 March 2017

Synopsis:

A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber’s mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh.

Joyride started in a very interesting way. It’s another ordinary night on duty at the convenience store for Carly when she witnesses her frequent customer Mr. Shackleford being robbed in front of the store. She went on his rescue and from there started a new path on Carly Vega’s life.

“Heroics brings attention. Attention bring scrutiny. And scrutiny exposes secrets.”

Carly Vega’s family is an immigrant in the USA from Mexico. She goes to school in the morning and works at night and/most of her free time. Working hard is necessary for her and her brother Julio not because of their personal needs but the money they earned will be put into savings to pay for their parents and younger siblings way to come back illegally to the USA across the border.

Carly’s character is an open-book. It’s easy to get to know her and understand her life situations. She’s kept to herself at school seems shy and reserved but she do have a strong personality. What really saddens me a bit about her life is that she’s sixteen years old but have yet to experience childhood/teenhood. Until she met Arden Moss – the sheriff’s son.

Arden Moss is into crazy pranks but not really into school related activities. His character is charming and easy to like. I really appreciate all the help he did for Carly – finding her a job that pays higher and even driving her to/from the workplace. Despite the easy-go-lucky persona he lets the people see, his back story was heartbreaking.

“Everyone deals with things differently, son. But you don’t seem to be dealing with it at all.”

Arden’s sister committed suicide. His sister’s passing left a huge emotional mark on Arden as she – his sister –  was the one who is into the pranks originally. I just felt bad for Arden because it seems like though he has everything materially he’s lacking on fatherly and motherly love.

The dual POV really did great in getting to know both of our main characters Carly and Arden. These two are very much different and it’s pretty interesting how they were able to work out their relationship despite these differences.

The plot of the book is also something new for me. The story flowed smoothly and it didn’t go as to where I was expecting it to go. However, the last 2 chapters feels a bit rushed for me. As much as I wanted to savor the last few pages of Carly and Arden, I have this feeling the it ended abruptly.

Overall, I enjoyed reading it. Will surely look forward to Anna Bank’s next works.

Cover Reveal: All Closed Off (Rusk University #4) by Cora Carmack

Hello Everyone! I am so excited to be a part of this SURPRISE from Cora Carmack! We now finally have faces for the third installment of the Rusk University Series – All Closed Off.

And and and it does not end there yet, it is set to be released on May 01, 2017! A month of waiting but it will surely be worth it!

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From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack, comes the highly anticipated fourth standalone title in her Rusk University Series, ALL CLOSED OFF! A passionate story and journey, get ready to be mesmerized with Stella’s story! ALL CLOSED OFF is coming your way May 1, 2017!

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Cover Design and Photography by Kelsey Kukal-Keeton at K. Keeton Designs

ABOUT ALL CLOSED OFF (Releasing May 1, 2017):

Stella Santos is fine.

Maybe something terrible happened to her that she can’t even remember. And maybe it drives her crazy when her friends treat her like she’s on the verge of breaking because of it. Maybe it feels even worse when they do what she asks and pretend that it never happened at all. And maybe she’s been getting harassing emails and messages for months from people who don’t even know her, but hate her all the same.

But none of that matters because she’s just fine.

For Ryan Blake, Stella was always that girl. Vibrant and hilarious and beautiful. He wanted her as his best friend. His more than friends. His everything and anything that she would give him. Which these days is a whole lot of nothing. She gets angry when he’s there. Angry when he’s not there. Angry when he tries to talk and when he doesn’t.

When Stella devises an unconventional art project for one of her classes all about exploring intimacy—between both friends and strangers—Ryan finds himself stepping in as guinea pig after one of her subjects bails. What was supposed to be an objective and artistic look at emotion and secrets and sex suddenly becomes much more personal. When he hits it off with another girl from the project, Stella will have to decide if she’s willing to do more than make art about intimacy. To keep him, she’ll have to open up and let herself be the one thing she swore she’d never be again.

Vulnerable.

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Cora Carmack is a twentysomething New York Times bestselling author who likes to write about twentysomething characters. Raised in a small Texas town, she now lives in New York City and spends her time writing, traveling, and marathoning various TV shows on Netflix. She lives by one rule: embrace whatever the world throws at you and run with it (just not with scissors).

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You, are you excited for Ryan and Stella’s story? What do you think about the book cover? Share your thoughts on the comments below. 💜