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ARC Review: The Queen’s Game by Carla de Guzman

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There are only two reasons why Nina would come back home to Cincamarre–one, if Auntie Delia promises to stop butting into her business, two, if her father died and she was made to ascend the throne to be queen.

Unfortunately for her, it was the second thing that brought her home.

As a princess who’s sunk a yacht and been caught kissing popstars, it’s easy for her aunt, the regent, to think she’s ill prepared for the throne. But Nina doesn’t think that having to fake date Felipe, the handsome, squeaky clean Prince of Concordia was the best solution for that.

Nina’s ready to learn the ropes of her new role and make it hers, and reconnecting with Felipe only makes her want to be a better queen. But is the monarchy ready for Queen Nina?

Purchasing link: Amazon

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The Queen’s Game is a story that I didn’t know that I needed. 

Lurking around on Twitter certainly has its perks and one of ’em is being able to spot upcoming releases that are up for reviews. That’s how I ended up with The Queen’s Game. Once I saw the ARC request link on my timeline, I clicked on it and immediately became so enamored with its premise. I want it. So without a shadow of doubt, I jumped into the opportunity of reading and reviewing it before its publication date. Just read that synopsis, I don’t know how you can say no that.

Filipino Royals, fake dating, childhood friends to lovers, badass and refreshing Princess – this book has it all.

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Book Reviews, Bookish Activities

Book Review: The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred

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Author: Katherine Allred


Sweet tea, corn bread, and soup beans—everyday fare for eight-year-old Alix French, the precocious darling of a respected southern family. But nothing was ordinary about the day she met ten-year-old Nick Anderson, a boy from the wrong side of town. Armed with only a tin of bee balm and steely determination, Alix treats the raw evidence of a recent beating that mars his back, an act that changes both of their lives forever.

Through childhood disasters and teenage woes they cling together as friendship turns to love. The future looks rosy until the fateful night when Frank Anderson, Nick’s abusive father, is shot to death in his filthy trailer.

Suddenly, Nick is gone—leaving Alix alone, confused and pregnant. For the next fifteen years she wrestles with the pain of Nick’s abandonment, a bad marriage, her family and friends. But finally, she’s starting to get her life back together. Her divorce is almost final, her business is booming, and she’s content if not happy—until the day she looks up and sees Nick standing across the counter. He’s back…and he’s not alone.

Once again Alix is plunged into turmoil and pain as Nick tries to win her love, something she resists with all her strength. Only one thing might break the protective wall she’s built around her emotions—the truth about Frank Anderson’s death. But when that truth comes out and those walls crumble, neither Alix nor Nick is prepared for the emotional explosion that could destroy as well as heal.

Purchasing link: Amazon

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Katherine Allred truly has a powerful way of writing that can surely and easily evoke the emotions from within her readers.

The Sweet Gum Tree focuses on Alix French’s life. At eight years old, she met Nick Anderson, son of Frank Anderson – a person who has a marred reputation in their small town because of his filthy/repulsive ways of living. Alix made it her life mission to save Nick Anderson from everything, even from the wrath of his father. Alix befriends him and alongside with her grandfather, Judge, they welcomed Nick into the French family and offered him to house the vacant room in their barn.

As time passed by, Alix’s relationship with Nick blossomed. From just two people acknowledging each other’s presence with a nod it turned to Nick being Alix’s protector. Innocent touches turned into something more. Their relationship got deeper and deeper until they ended up having a secret relationship. Nick’s insecurities of being his father’s son and the existence of another person, Lindsey (a girl that Nick feels like protecting because of an unexplainable circumstance at that time) were the factors that hindered them from being fully and publicly together.

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Book Reviews, Books, Pop Fiction, Wattpad

Book Review: Karmic Hearts by Jhing Bautista

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Love. Magic. Fate. Best-selling romance novel author Karmina Joan writes about these things. She believes that every person has a purpose, that every soul has a destiny to fulfill. She thought hers was simply sharing her stories.

Her story unfolds with Cupid, the Angel of Love himself. He brings with him a mysterious vessel and a message from on high. It turns out Karmina has a bigger purpose after all—a mission that will make or break humanity as we know it.

As Cupid teaches her the tricks of his trade, Karmina unknowingly gives him something unexpected in return— something the angel of love will find oddly familiar. This may become the one flaw in an otherwise perfect plan that destiny had in store for them.

Does love truly conquer all or are there limits to what humanity can do in the name of love? Witness as Karmina struggles to find the answers before time runs out on true love.


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I can guarantee you, the tale in the pages of this book is as beautiful (or even more than) as its cover. 

Karmic Hearts is Jhing Bautista’s best story, to date. I read Karmic Hearts back when it was just a Wattpad story. I was already a reader of Jhing prior to this and how can I not be intrigued with KH? The plot itself just screams “READ ME!” and so I did. I was so excited to see how she’ll venture into fantasy because she’s trying out something new this time around. Her past stories leans more solely in to the romance genre. I’ve read most of her Wattpad stories and so I can say that I was able to witness her growth as an author. Especially with Karmic Hearts. I saw how she took the challenge with KH, explore deeper into fantasy and create a masterpiece of her own.

With that being said, yes I read it in its original form and I noticed some differences but I won’t dwell on that. In this review I would like to just focus on the strengths of the published version. I think I fell in love with it even more.

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I’ll start with Karmic Hearts’ book cover. With other Wattpad stories turned pocketbooks, I can pass up in buying the physical copies of it. But it’s not the similar case with this one. I already love the story in itself but when they revealed the cover, I knew then that it is a must to buy one. I would never get tired of saying that Karmic Hearts has got to be the PopFiction (PF) book with the most gorgeous cover. How would you top that one, PF? A big bonus of being able to capture one of the powerful scenes between Cupid and Mina too. Gorgeous cover and when I popped open the book I was welcomed with two enchanting illustrations. Because of those illustrations, I found myself crushing on Cupid really hard. Why does he have to be that handsome and fashionista?

I’m also glad that when PF decided to publish it, they took some time to have it translated in English because I do believe that it is worthy to have a wide exposure and to be read by an even wider range of readers.

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Book Reviews, Books, Mini Book Reviews

Mini Book Reviews: Changing Forever by Lisa De Jong and Ten Tiny Breaths & One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker

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Author: Lisa De Jong (Website | Twitter)


I’ve always let my past dictate my future, letting it paint a picture of exactly what I don’t want to be. Where I don’t want to end up.

Drake Chambers is as arrogant as I am stubborn. A college quarterback, a national star. I thought he was just another one of those guys … the type every girl should stay away from, but he’s carrying more than the weight of the football team on his shoulders.

He unravels the feelings and beliefs I’ve held onto for so long.

I thought we had it all figured out. Two people who’d finally found their happily ever after, but the past always has a way of sneaking into the present.

With one decision, everything changes … forever.

Purchasing link: Amazon

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Changing Forever is a good read and addition to the Rain Series. Yes, there’s definitely feels between Emery and Drake but it wasn’t as emotional as When It Rains with Kate and Asher.

The plot for Changing Forever was quite simple. If you’re a keen observer or tries to note down some lines in your mind (and try to think if there are hidden messages behind it), I’m sure you’ll be able to figure out the story line/twist of this book even before reaching the 50% mark of the it. And I hate myself for being that! Though, I ended up still being surprised because it really did follow through with my guesses.

I love how the build up between Emery and Drake happened. It wasn’t an insta-love type or anything near rushed. There were parts of the story that tended to be a bit dragging (which I understood why it’s needed) because of the situations the characters were in and the decisions that they’ve made. Decisions that they were subjected to do because of them still chained to their pasts. There were some moments wherein I would want to jump inside the pages of the book already and shake some sense into them.

Lisa De Jong delivers another heartfelt book injected with important messages to her readers. Through this book, we see how one’s past can greatly affect his/her life if he/she doesn’t free his/herself from it. It somewhat limits us on what were supposed to do in life which is to enjoy and live it. Sometimes we tend to over think everything we do in life that we forget to have fun while doing it. I’m not saying that it’s bad to plan out and think about it but when you do it too much it defeats the purpose of fun, being in the moment and living our life to the fullest. Another thought that this book imparted to me is that some of the best things in life happens when it isn’t planned. Be spontaneous from time to time ’cause you’ll never know that it could probably bring out the best moments you’ll have in life.

All in all, I definitely recommend this book to you guys. To those readers who’ve read When It Rains already, I’m sure you’ll want to know and read about a book also set in the WIR’s world. The author tried to inject a few cameos of Kate and Beau … a mention or two about Asher. All good stuff.

“Two different people. Two different worlds. Two different dreams”

Rating: 4 stars

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Book Tag, Bookish Activities, Books

The Cookie Book Tag


Not tagged. I was going through my WordPress feed when I stumbled across the blog post of Ann @ Ann’s Reading Corner about The Ultimate Book tag. Curious and so I checked the entire post. When I reached the end of it, I saw some book tag related posts from her blog and one of them was The Cookie Book Tag. It seemed fun and interesting and so I decided to do it!


  • Be sure to link back your post to the person who tagged you (which is not applicable in my case, since I tagged myself lol) and be sure to link it back to Nicole @ Sorry, I’m Booked who personally curated this cute book tag.
  • Pick a book that corresponds to the cookie’s theme.
  • Tag 1-3 people.
  • But most especially, have fun!


  • Chocolate Chip: A Classic Book That You Love or Really Enjoyed (interpret classic how you want, it can be a classic written 100 years ago or 20 years ago)
  • Thin Mints: A Fandom That You Really Want to ‘Join’ AND/OR a Hyped-Up Book You Want To Read (your source(s) of a book being hyped can be from anywhere)
  • Shortbread: An Author You Can’t Get Enough Of
  • Samoas/ Caramel DeLites: An Emotional Rollercoaster (this cookie was hard … so any book that made you feel more than one emotion, strongly. The choice of emotions is up to you)
  • Oreos: A Book Whose Cover Was Better Than The Story OR Vice Versa, Where The Story Was Better Than Its Cover
  • Tagalongs/ Peanut Butter Patties: A Book That Wasn’t What You Expected (good, bad, or just different, interpret how you wish)
  • Snickerdoodles: A Book You May Never Stop Rereading/ Loving

A Classic Book That You Love or Really Enjoyed


A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

I fell in love with this book ever since we were tasked to do a play for it back in my last year in primary school. I forgot if we were really required to read the book in full but I know that I made an effort to do so because the synopsis piqued my interest. Even bought my own copy of it ’cause I was so into it. Wild ride of events with crazy characters (Helena, Demetrius, Hermia, Lysander, Oberon, Titania, Puck and more) awaits you. But aside from the entanglements that happened, one thing that I could not forget the most about this book is the Fairies’ Lullaby.


I just have to include Little Women by Louisa May Alcott in this category too. This book was actually one of the first non-kiddie books that I’ve ever read. My grandmother own a copy of it (I remember that it’s book cover is in color yellow with ladies gathering around) and I saw it in one of her desks. I picked it up and read it. It was later on that I found out that there was a movie adaptation for it which I also love. I love Beth and I’m still sad about what happened to her. 😦

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A Hyped-Up Book You Want To Read


The Illuminae Files Series (Illuminae and Gemina) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I noticed that there’s so much hype, love towards this series and I’ve just been hearing nothing but praises about it from my fellow readers. Even bloggers. Basing it from how the books were presented, I can feel it and I know that it’s such a bad-ass series. I hope I can come out of my Young Adult – SciFi – Fantasy reading funk and be able to read this.

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