Book Reviews, Books, Mini Book Reviews, Quick Thoughts

Quick Thoughts: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett, A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery and Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels

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ALEX, APPROXIMATELY
Author: Jenn Bennett (Website | Twitter)
Publication Date: April 4, 2017

SYNOPSIS

The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

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Just by reading its synopsis you can already tell that Alex, Approximately will be a fun and adorable read and it truly lives up to that. With all the geeky chat conversations of Alex and Mink to the fueled and witty banters that took place in between of Bailey and Porter, oh I’m so sure it will keep you entertained. Funny how they are just the same persons involved but you’ll be able to see the difference when it comes to how they approach each other. It just suggests that people really do have multiple layers and with social media involved you have the power on which part of you you want to share to the public. Alex and Mink’s conversation dwells more on the serious and film side and just having their phones to convey their thoughts. While Bailey and Porter have that daily face-to-face encounters, in which they always seem to clash with each other (especially during the early chapters). But once they smoothed out themselves, they figured out that there are actually some things quite common with them and that despite their differences they fit and complement each other. (Awww…) Bailey and Porter really makes a cute couple, you guys. Porter is such a swoony male lead.

In spite of the fluffiness and mystery (to Bailey) of it all, the book managed to incorporate some concerning issues and personal struggles of our main characters. We see them little by little pouring themselves out and we learn that they’re just like us, flawed and are facing hang ups too. It was handled perfectly. Bailey and Porter became each other’s support system (inspiration) to overcome their issues.

Yes, the synopsis dropped a major spoiler about the plot and the characters but the book still remained to be engaging. It was funny when hints were right in front of Bailey and yet she can’t seem to see it and connect all the dots. She’s overthinking things when she should have just thought of it simply. Definitely look forward to that particular scene wherein Bailey figured it out. (LOL)

I got fuzzy feelings thinking that no matter what version of themselves, Bailey and Porter seems to find a way and be with each other. Like they are linked together. Swoons. Kilig. 

RATING: 4 Stars

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Fresh Release, Korean, KPop, Music

Fresh Release: As If It’s Your Last by BlackPink

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Seven months since Square Two, BlackPink makes a comeback with a track titled ‘As If It’s Your Last’. 

As If It’s Your Last is definitely different from their previous releases. It’s more of an upbeat song that gives you the feel of making you want to jump and dance along with it. Also infused with synths in places. It’s a total bop!

The music video is a splash of bold colors and captured three sides of BlackPink: their sophisticated, school-girl type and fun side. The play of colors and how they were styled perfectly fit the sense of the lyrics since it revolves around someone’s excitement and bold take on love. You can check the English translation here. (Though, I just have to say that this song and MV gave me a 2NE1 vibe…)

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Click on the picture to watch AS IF IT’S YOUR LAST M/V! 🙂

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Book Review: In This Life by Christine Brae

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IN THIS LIFE
Author: Christine Brae (Website | Facebook | Twitter)
Publication Date: January 22, 2016

SYNOPSIS

It started out so simply. Anna runs away to Thailand, drags her best friend Dante with her and spends a few weeks away, taking on other people’s problems while getting away from her own. She meets the enigmatic Jude Grayson, and for as long as it’s clear to both of them that it ends when they leave, she thinks she’s got the perfect fling planned out.

Or does she?

Anna returns home to find that her life is no longer the way it once was, and that she can’t stop thinking about him. She learns through tragedy that nothing she’s ever believed in has turned out to be true. The worst part? The people she loved were keeping a secret from her. And that no matter what she does, no matter how hard she fights against it, every path she takes keeps leading her back to Jude.

This is a story about love, found in a faraway place by two very unlikely people. It is also a story about friendship and loyalty and fighting for what you have despite the illogical mystery of fate. And with the struggle between morality and guilt, faith and acceptance, there comes a learning that even the best-laid plans are powerless against the alignment of the universe.

From the beaches of Thailand to the streets of New York, three friends, Anna, Dante, and Jude will learn the hard way that once providence steps in, there is nothing in the world that can change what is truly meant to be.

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Purchasing Link: AMAZON

Review

In this life, I hope you can take some time and read In This Life by Christine Brae. It’s emotional. It’s real.

One of the simple joys that I have when I read all the works of an author is being able to witness the growth taking shape when it comes to their writing style. Just like her previous works, Christine Brae’s prose for In This Life is that of poetic and beautifully weaved truths. But this time around, her words packed a lot more punch which resulted for the emotions of her characters to freely flow to us, her readers. Brae’s thoughts and words is the perfect match to flawlessly execute such a plot line as with In This Life. It’s a story that truly requires a certain bravery and sincerity to radiate through the words and pages of the book for readers to fully feel and grasp its vital points. Aside from those, I do think that one of Brae’s strengths lies on how her words leave marks, make people think and reflect about their personal lives. In This Life may be about Anna’s self-discovery journey but a bonus to this is having our own self-discovery journey while reading the book and beyond that.

“Don’t you ever just want to forget who you’re supposed to be and just be who you really are?”

Just when I thought I was immune to Christine Brae’s shocking twists and I go, read this one. Actually, the first few chapters were a breeze to read through. I was immediately captivated by Anna and Dante’s friendship and Anna and Jude’s blossoming feelings towards each other.

But then the story took a very surprising turn and pretty much started the emotional avalanche inside of me.

Jaw drops.

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Book Review: Fall Like Rain by Ana Tejano

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Rain De Castro has been in love with her best friend, Mark Velasco, for almost the entire time she has known him, but she’s clearly in the friend zone because he’s happily in a relationship. Or so she thought, until the news of his break-up reaches her. Now that Mark’s single again, she decides that it’s time to get out of the zone. But when her cousin Lissa comes into the picture and sets her eyes on Mark, Rain feels troubled when he gets a little too friendly with her. Rain is determined to fight for what she feels this time, but is it worth the effort if it’s a losing battle from the start? Will she back off to give way for her best friend’s happiness, even if it means losing him to someone else again?

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Review

Fall like Rain is more than just its pure and slow burn romance. 

While I was scrolling through my timeline, I saw someone who retweeted a tweet saying that Fall like Rain by Ana Tejano is available for only $0.99 on Kindle. (For someone who frequently purchases ebooks that is a total steal!) So the price drew me in but what ultimately made me click the purchase button is its synopsis. You may or may not know this; I’m actually a sucker for books with premises which involves someone being on the friend zone and the typical best friends to lovers romance. Fortunately, Fall like Rain both have that.

“If only life, feelings, and love were as simple as making programs – you know, put in the right code, the correct input, and things will happen the way you want them. If something went wrong, then fixing it was as easy as adding or removing a character, or rearranging some lines.”

Rain De Castro is real. I’m going to start this off by saying that I’m no way near to Rain’s situation. Well, I do have guy friends but we’re buddy buddy and all that. But I do know that a lot of girls out there would be able to identify themselves with Rain, stat. Girls like Rain who are experiencing situations wherein they have to guess and ask themselves the meaning of this and that gesture made this certain someone towards them. Does it qualify as a friendly gesture? A romantic one? Ana Tejano was able to perfectly capture and put Rain’s confusion, fears and frustrations into words. I felt it. The entire time I was reading the book, I felt like I was her – being doubtful, on the edge and thinking of all the possible what ifs. Add Francis’ character voicing out every scary scenario out there, oh the horror.

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Book Review: Playing Autumn by Mina V. Esguerra

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Playing-Autumn-shareSYNOPSIS

The last thing Haley Reese wants to do is head home to Houston. It’s been years since she pursued a career in music and mentoring at the annual Breathe Music Festival makes her feel like a fraud. But after sharing a plane ride with her idol, rock star Oliver Cabrera, things start looking up.

Oliver hasn’t called any place “home” since he started touring professionally in his teens. With his career just about over, he decides to accepts an invitation to mentor at the Breathe Music Festival. Helping Haley just might be the distraction Oliver needs.

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Purchasing Link: Amazon

Review

Playing Autumn is just the perfect book to read on a day that you would just want to chill out.

I had fun reading this book and the story and characters really aided me to have a very relaxing day. I like the premise of the story and that the main characters (Haley and Oliver) are quite different from each other but their passion for music is what binds them together. Through music, you’ll witness Haley and Oliver get to know each other and in which it eventually led them to fall in love.

Haley and Oliver’s personalities and actions could’ve used a little more tweaking here and there for it to pop more. Though, I’m certain that Haley will come across as a character whom people can easily identify themselves with. She is a fangirl and today’s generation seems to be like a pool of fangirls and fanboys.

Myself included.

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Book Tag, Bookish Activities, Books

Rapid Fire Book Tag

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Not tagged. But I recently followed Tea With Mermaids and saw that she did this, Rapid Fire Book Tag. I thought it was quick and fun to answer and so I made my own blog post. GirlReading over Youtube originally created it, so be sure to drop by her account and watch as she answers these questions.

Question 1: E-Book or Physical Book? 

I would go for E-Book since lately I’ve been reading more through my Kindle.

Question 2 : Paperback or Hardback?

Paperback. It’s light and easier to carry around.

Question 3 : Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

Lately, I’ve only been enjoying through online shopping. But still nothing beats the In-Store Book Shopping experience and be googly eyes with physical copies. Heaven. 

Question 4 : Trilogies or Series?

Trilogies.

Question 5 : Heroes or Villains?

Villains. Because most of the times they come across as more complex characters than heroes.

Question 6 : A book you want everyone to read?

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma (Hahahahahahahahahuhu just because…)

Question 7 : Recommend an underrated book?

In this Life by Christine Brae

Question 8 : The last book you finished?

Fall like Rain by Ana Tejano and I highly recommend it!

Question 9 :The Last Book(s) You Bought?

Prep and Prejudice by Miren B. Flores and Fall like Rain by Ana Tejano

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Fresh Release, Korean, KPop, NCT, Uncategorized

Fresh Release: Cherry Bomb by NCT

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Cherry Bomb comeback marks the first one that I’m on board with all the NCTzen (our just announced fandom name)! To say that I’ve been highly anticipating for their M/V and mini album to drop is totally an understatement.

When SM entertainment started releasing comeback teasers (first wave was of Doyoung, WinWin and Taeyong), the impression that it left me were NCT Dream-ish and Pop. It got me thinking, would they be taking on a NCT Dream kind of concept with a 127 twist? Are they going to release poppin’ songs because of how bold the colors used for the teasers? The video teasers weren’t that big of a help at all since it was mostly a montage of the M/V. Well, if you consider having Na Na Na NaNa stuck in your head and yes it worked. But still I’m at wits end because I couldn’t really grasp what the song will sound like and its overall vibe.

… And just a few hours ago, I got my answers for those thoughts and questions.

 

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Click the picture to watch the M/V for Cherry Bomb by NCT!

 

NCT 127 made a poppin’ comeback with Cherry Bomb as their title track.

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