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Book Review: What If by Rebecca Donovan

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WHAT IF
Author: Rebecca Donovan (Website | Twitter)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: September 16, 2014

SYNOPSIS

A new novel by the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Breathing Series . . .

What if you had a second chance to meet someone for the first time?

Cal Logan is shocked to see Nicole Bentley sitting across from him at a coffee shop thousands of miles from their hometown. After all, no one has seen or heard from her since they graduated over a year ago.

Except this girl isn’t Nicole.

She looks exactly like Cal’s shy childhood crush, but her name is Nyelle Preston and she has no idea who he is. This girl is impulsive and daring, her passion for life infectious. The complete opposite of Nicole. Cal finds himself utterly fascinated-and falling hard. But Nyelle is also extremely secretive. And the closer he comes to finding out what she’s hiding, the less he wants to know.

When the secrets from the past and present collide, one thing becomes clear: Nothing is what it seems.

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Purchase links: Amazon | B&N (Paperback | Nook

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Our actions not only just create an impact towards ourselves but also towards the people we love and care about.

After years of not communicating with each other and nobody seeing her since graduation, Cal Logan is shocked to see his childhood crush, Nicole Bentley, sitting across him at a coffee shop. He swears that this girl is Nicole. Everything about her screams Nicole. So how come that this girl showed no sign of recognition of him? But that thing got answered immediately when “Nicole” introduced herself as Nyelle Preston. What?

Cal’s sure that something’s shady about this girl and he plans to unravel this mysterious cloak that covers up Nyelle. As he spent more time with Nyelle’s company, he noticed that the girl he’s with is completely the opposite of how he’s childhood crush is. What happened and where is the “real” Nicole? Could Nyelle Preston possibly be the Nicole Bentley from his childhood years? Is he right of thinking that kind of thing? But if she’s this Nyelle Preston now, what drove her into changing herself to the complete opposite of her old self? If ever, is he ready to know everything behind this huge change?

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Mini Book Reviews: 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: 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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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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SYNOPSIS

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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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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