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Book Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US
Author: Kasie West (Website | Twitter)
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen

SYNOPSIS

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

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The Distance Between Us offers a quite complicated love story between Caymen Meyers and Xander Spence. But despite that, Kasie West managed to inject a certain air of lightness to it through her characters. She has proven herself (once again) that she can really create great characters, give them distinct voices and breathe life into them through their personalities.

Diving into this book, I was thinking of how she will be able to separate the voice of Caymen from her other female protagonists. Then oh dear, I was just a few pages in and I was already loving Caymen’s character. West crafted Caymen into this very witty and sarcastic girl. Complete with her dry sense of humor. Seriously. I couldn’t even count the number of times I gave myself a face palm (even pounded my head on a pillow) when I was reading this book. She’s such a fascinating character that even her train of thought fascinates and entertains me. Fun and great times is definitely what awaits you.

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To Watch Out For: Love You To The Stars And Back

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On the afternoon of August 10th, Director Antoinette Jadaone tweeted the poster for her upcoming movie, Love You To The Stars And Back, with Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto. It sent my timeline into a frenzy – also the reason why I got a hold of her tweet and was able to see the said poster. I know Joshua and Julia is bound to have another movie together but I really had no idea that it would be released as early as August 30th.

 

 

My First Impressions towards Love You To The Stars And Back’s poster:

  • It reminded me of the movie poster for The Fault in Our Stars wherein Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace were laying in opposite directions but with their heads close by and facing each other. Rotate LYTTSAB’s poster and you’ll see TFIOS. Basically, the poster just have TFIOS vibe all over it.
  • Double exposure gaming is too strong. But with this, people were able to formulate their early theories about the story. On Garcia, we see a serene road with green pasture and a scenic sunset (or is it sunrise lol) as its background and on Barretto we see the city at nighttime all lit up with its lights. So, probably it involves a province boy and a city girl? And a road trip?
  • The poster is definitely aesthetically pleasing because of the color palette that they went for.

Surprise! Last night, Star Cinema and Jadaone uploaded the trailer for Love You To The Stars And Back on their respective accounts. Because the poster got me curious, I immediately clicked on it and watched the whole thing.

Can we just skip the following days and weeks and let it be August 30th already?

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The trailer started with this weird incantation: “Ashira grevinda mama ajaarum”. Nicely done. At 0sec, it already grabbed my full attention. People who will attempt to watch it will surely be more curious on what it’s all about because of its weirdness. Is the movie going to deal with some kind of sorcery?, was my thought. But I got my answer immediately during the following scene wherein Mika (Julia) and her mom were talking about aliens and dying. I’m sure her mom died.

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Book Review: Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard

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TRUTHWITCH (The Witchlands, #1)
Author: Susan Dennard (Website | Twitter)
Publication Date: January 5, 2016

SYNOPSIS

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

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Oh hell-gates, Truthwitch is such an impressive series starter. 

Truthwitch basically follows the story of the Threadsisters, Safiya and Iseult, who are on the run after encountering such doomed dealings. One thing lead to another and the next thing they know a Bloodwitch (someone who has the ability to sense and control their blood), named Aeduan, is hunting them down. Oh ho ho, that’s just the beginning of it. Safiya and Iseult find themselves in the middle of political machinations, truces, battles and mystifying religious connections.

Susan Dennard created such a complex, rich and vibrant world. As I flicked through the first page of the book, it made me feel like being transported into a new world wherein unknown adventure awaits for me. I love the fact that there’s no information dumping. It’s wherein terminologies are being shoved on our throats as early as page one so it’s out of the way already. Here in Truthwitch, we’re on our own. Us, readers, have to grasp whatever it is being presented and introduced to us as they come. It sparked an element of surprise in me because I never know what I and the characters will be facing next. Once I got the hang of the world, terms and everything, I completely breezed through this book. Though, I need a guide-like novella or something for me to get really acquainted with every single thing that involves all the Witchery stuff in Witchlands.

I do think that Truthwitch has a great pacing – story wise and as the book that will set the movement of the series. A lot of hints and conflicts were dropped in this book as to where the series could possibly go. So I can see a lot of back stories and mysterious elements entering in the sequel (and the next books after that) and I do think will do wonders again for the world building. We are not just going to pick up where we left off but we’ll surely be digging deeper into the heart of everything where this story is built upon. Going back to Truthwitch, there was no room for any dull moment in it. It’s packed with detailed and intricate action sequences, lull moments wherein we get to know more about our characters and their world and numerous curveballs thrown into the story. There were times when the story gets predictable, like you clearly know where it is heading and your theory is actually correct. But then, how you get to that certain point of your theory and the moments following that will leave you breathless. I tell you, it’s an intense roller coaster ride.

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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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