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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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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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Book Review: Unexpected Fate by Harper Sloan

UNEXPECTED FATE (Hope Town #1)
Author: Harper Sloan (Website | Twitter)
Publication Date: February 17, 2015

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SYNOPSIS

Have you ever felt like you were living your life for a future that was predetermined? Like there was some bigger picture you just prayed you would someday see clearly? That picture has been crystal clear to me since I was old enough to recognize it for just what it was.

Or I should say recognize him for who he was.

I’ve loved Cohen Cage since I was a small child. He’s been my everything for the last twenty-two years. I’ve loved him through every girlfriend he’s ever brought home. Through his college years and then mine. I’ve loved him through two deployments. And ever since the day I told him how I felt, he’s acted like I’m a stranger.

My name is Danielle Reid, and it’s time for me to get my man.

Our future is an unexpected fate, and no matter what our parents, siblings, and friends say…it’s going to be worth every second of the fight to make it happen.

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Purchase links: Amazon | B&N

BOOK REVIEW

I love it when I’m super teased about a certain book and that when I’m finally able to read it the book matches with my expectations and perfectly got the mix of feels that I was looking for. This book was just that. Unexpected Fate was the sole reason why it got me into reading the Corps Security series. Yes, I’ve been meaning to read CS series for quite some time now but it has always been there at the back of the other books on my TBR list. But then when I spotted Unexpected Fate, learned about its synopsis and who the characters involved are, I immediately got started with CS. When I finally read Cage and met Cohen, then and there I knew that I’m going to love this man. He stole my heart. All it took was a cape and his kiddie questions.

Unexpected Fate is the first book of Hope Town series. It’s a spin-off series that will be focusing on the off-springs of the hot mommas and daddies from Corps Security series. UF follows through the story of Axel and Izzy’s daughter, Danielle Reid, and Greg and Melissa’s son, Cohen Cage. Dani has forever been in love with Cohen, always having that moon-eyed gaze directed towards him. Cohen knows about Dani’s feelings but never acted upon it because of their four year age gap (he thinks it’s inappropriate), their families (Oh joy, the chaos that could possibly ensue…) and lastly is of how unpredictable and tough his life is. Especially, there’s that looming deployment. Cohen feels that Dani deserves so much better than just being tangled along with him so he tried his best to keep his feelings for her at bay.

Key word: Tried.

How do you think Dani and Cohen will work their way to be together? To what extent are they willing to do and sacrifice just to be together? If this feels like your cup of tea, then you better check this book.

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Fresh Release: Don’t Wanna Cry by Seventeen

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On May 22nd, Seventeen dropped the latest single, Don’t Wanna Cry, from their 4th mini album titled ‘Al1’. I highly anticipated for this. I don’t know why and where the feeling came from but I really felt that this song (and basically the album as a whole) will be good.

Yet Seventeen exceeded my expectations.

If you haven’t heard and seen the M/V for Don’t Wanna Cry, do yourselves a favor and watch it HERE. I guarantee you that your eyes and ears will be blessed by the art they have created. Sometimes it takes me two or three times to listen to a certain song before I can decide if it’s a great one or just okay. With Don’t Wanna Cry, I became hooked with it the moment I heard it’s opening line and fell even more as the song continued to play. I don’t even know who’s who were singing (only knew a few members from the group) but I love it. It has been days now since it was released and I still can’t stop listening to it. Don’t Wanna Cry just hooks you in and basically causes for you to have a last song syndrome. It is addicting. Very.

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Maybe the first few times you listen and watch the M/V, you’ll just be in awe with them. Like who wouldn’t? The MV and their choreography are aesthetically pleasing and suited the song perfectly. But as I repeatedly listened to it, I heard and felt the sadness injected in the song. Even though their track was an EDM (with a basic-like beat), Seventeen managed to let the message of the song transcend through the vulnerability of their voices, its progression and the choreography. Notice even the littlest of their movements because it tells a narrative.

Once the English translation was out, I read the lyrics and it made my heart ache more.

With Wonwoo and Mingyu’s 울고 싶지 않아 (ulgo shipji ana), I know I’m going to stay and continue listening to the song. But when that choreography in the GIF above was shown, I knew that I made a great decision. Seventeen’s synchronization is definitely something and their choreography catered to it by highlighting it several times. The choreography showed creativity and complexity and they were able to execute it flawlessly. It truly showcased that they move together as one team. I legit had goosebumps whenever group shots of them dancing were shown in the M/V. It’s so good.

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Book Review: When I’m Gone by Abbi Glines

WHEN I’M GONE
Author: Abbi Glines (Website | Twitter)
Publication Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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SYNOPSIS

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in the Rosemary Beach series, in which we meet Mase, a Texas heartthrob first introduced in Take a Chance who comes to Rosemary Beach to stir things up.

I had an urge to fix all her problems. Which was stupid. She was doing fine without me. But something about those big eyes…

Mase Colt-Manning has always preferred his humble life as a Texas rancher to his birthright as the son of a legendary rock star. In fact, he rarely visits his father’s rarefied world in Rosemary Beach, especially if it means bunking at his vile half-sister Nan’s house—until one visit leads to a chance encounter with a young, gorgeous house maid who awakens him with her off-key but spirited imitation of a country music star…

Reese Ellis finally has her freedom. After escaping a lifetime of abuse from her parents and classmates for an undiagnosed learning disorder, she seizes the opportunity to be a house maid to some of the richest families in Rosemary Beach. But her job is in jeopardy when she causes an accident at the home of her most important client, Nan Dillon. When a hot, half-naked stranger with a cowboy’s swagger comes to her rescue, she’s intrigued—then afraid once he shows his own interest. Reese has never met a trustworthy man in her life. Will Mase be any different?

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BOOK REVIEW

I don’t care if there were parts in When I’m Gone that were predictable because I just love (love, love, love) Reese and Mase together, the Rosemary Beach series and the other characters in it. It is nice to go back from time to time to a world that I love, seeing the other characters from the previous books interacting and knowing what their life is now after their particular books have ended. If I have to compare it to the Sea Breeze series, I have to say that the story lines and characters in RB series are more complicated and has more depth than SB. I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy my time reading books from SB series and that I don’t care about the characters because I genuinely did have fun and I do care about them. It’s just that for me, RB series digs deeper into the characters and character-related conflicts than SB.

Here in When I’m Gone, we are introduced to Reese Ellis who has a whole lot of complications happening with her character. She has a case of untreated dyslexia and a dark past which involves her family. Her problem isn’t fully resolved here but we see her dealing with it and witness her easing herself away from the cloud of darkness that seems to always come along with her. Knowing about her situation, it is always a joy to see her happy and being excited about the changes (even the small ones) that are happening to her. She really deserves happiness in her life. But then, Glines managed to throw in a curve ball. Oh god, the sequel will surely be a roller coaster ride for her character. It feels like she’ll be completely thrown off with this very huge development in her life and I don’t know how she’ll react on this. It could go two ways. I don’t know. I guess, I have to read the next book to find out.

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