SARAH J. MAAS PH BOOK SIGNING

Howdy y’all! Last month, I just had the best day of my life when I finally met my favorite author, Sarah J. Maas.

** Thank you so much to Sarah’s team, Bloomsbury, National Bookstore, Louisse Ang and every single person who made this event possible. You guys fulfilled my dream. (Even until now I still feel like it was a dream. Somebody pinch me.)

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THE TRAVEL

March 13 was a Sunday and since I wasn’t from Manila (I’m from Bicol, in a little town called Pili), I had to leave at 8 on Saturday morning, to make it to Manila and eventually camp out. It took me roughly 14-15 hours to reach Manila (we could have arrived about 3 hours earlier but traffic happened so) and all the while those hours were a mix of anxiety, excitement and worry. I felt so anxious to see the very person who inspires me with her books and created such a huge impact in my life. As cheesy as this may sound, I started believing in myself ever since I read the line “I will not be afraid” in Throne of Glass.

On Saturday noon, I was constantly checking updates on twitter and saw that there were already people camping out that very moment. I panicked. Slots were only limited and I was getting worried I might not make it. Updates were tweeted all throughout the day so you could already imagine how anxious I was.

We finally arrived at Manila around 11 on Saturday evening. But we were still at Cubao where a family friend offered for us to stay while we were there. (My family came along even though I told them they didn’t have to.) So I quickly washed up, *barely* ate dinner – I couldn’t eat much because of too much excitement – prepped myself as best as I could, and left for Glorietta 1, where the book signing would take place.

 

CAMPING OUT

I arrived there at a quarter before 12 and practically walk-ran to the very end of the line. I was 96th. I released a breath I didn’t know I was holding. Ha ha. Cliches aside, I instantly felt literal relief when I knew I was still part of the first hundred.

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This sign was placed right beside where I sat waiting so I decided to take a picture with it. LOL

It was my first time attending a book signing event and my first time camping out as well. It was such an awesome experience! Discussing bookish theories and other books to fangirl over while waiting in line with some people I just met felt like the animal inside me was finally unleashed.

EVENT PROPER

A few hours before the actual event, I got to know more readers and I couldn’t be any happier. And of course, ship wars were an inevitable topic: Celorian, Chaolaena or Rowaelin. And I must say, being a Chaolaena shipper myself, I’m pretty proud with how strong we still are despite our sunken ship. And just to get it straight, I ship Chaolaena and *occassionally* Rowaelin because I consider Celaena and Aelin as two different people, which Sarah has emphasized in several of her interviews and in her books.

I remember checking the clock and realizing it was already 1:54 in the afternoon and started counting down the minutes til I finally see Sarah. The anticipation at the bookstore was so palpable you could literally feel it. The crowd started cheering their ships, and conveniently most of the Rowaelin shippers were on the other side while Celorian and Chaolaena shippers were on the other.

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My hands were shaking so hard at this point and they were so cold and I kept looking at my card to check whether the signing pass was still there

When the emcee entered the venue, the screams and cheers were crazy and just when you thought it couldn’t be any crazier, Sarah finally entered and all screaming hell broke loose. And let me tell you, my eyes lined with silver the moment I saw her. Even just thinking about it makes me cry. I felt like I reached reader heaven.

When Q&A came, a million questions streamed in my head but zero words came out from my mouth. Even though I wasn’t able to ask her anything, I had the book signing to look forward to, plus the questions asked were way better than what I could have asked so. 😅

I “patiently” waited for my turn in the signing, I mean I was only 96th and when you’re nervous and excited at the same time, you’ll wonder where all that time went. And then it was my turn.

When she saw my name, she told me that our names were almost alike (my first name and her last) and I couldn’t breath for a moment because all that’s going in my head was she’s actually in front of me — she’s talking to me oh my gosh — she’s so pretty — what do you say to your literary hero???

MY EMOTIONS

I just blabbered how thankful I was of her for creating characters like Celaena and Feyre who inspire me every day. And she was so nice for signing all my books and she wrote my name in all of them because of how long I travelled just to see her. I said she didn’t have to but she insisted.

She’s an angel. 💖 I know how exhausted she must be, too, but she’s so selfless, very much like Feyre. I told her I couldn’t believe this was really happening and until now I really can’t. It still hasn’t sunk in.

*This is me shamelessly fangirling in front of Sarah. I was probably already embarrassing myself in front of her but I didn’t mind – I don’t even know what I’m saying here.*

And now this is me when I was internally trying to calm down so I could go home with a picture with her where I actually looked okay.

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And I got to meet the amazing person behind the ThroneofGlassPh twitter account, Louisse.:D

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I’m sorry this post is very long but I just really had the time of my life that day and I’m happy to share it with you. 💖

Thanks so much for reading! Til the next post 🙂

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February + March Wrap-Up

Howdy y’all! I know, I know. This monthly wrap-up is waaaaay overdue. But I still decided to post about this so I could keep track of all the books I have read by the end of the year.

For the month of February, I have read

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Wizardry, magic, flying broomsticks, and outrageously delicious Hogwarts food. All these and lots more are what’s in store for you when you read. And despite it being a middle-grade book, it is absolutely enjoyable by all. Harry Potter isn’t this hyped for nothing. Read my review here.

In Over Her Head by Anne Plaza

February is often dubbed as the month of love. Ideally, books about love are the perfect books to read during this month to feel its spirit. Whether it be the lack or loss of love, or the pronouncements and joys of being in love, books like In Over Her Head are the ones you should go for! I enjoyed reading and reviewing this. You can read about my thoughts here.

Never Never Part 3 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

If you’ve read a CoHo book before, I’m sure you could already tell this is gonna strike your heart in the best way possible. The love story in this book is quite unique and a really fun, easy read. I highly recommend these for readers who love to read interesting, distinct, and twisted complicated relationships.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Love to read a book that will break you and make you cry for hours? Looking for a book so beautifully tragic it just hurts so good? Need I say more? This book is practically waiting for you to pick it up. Full review to come.

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For March, however, I was able to read more books than I expected.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Oh, what a joy it was to come back to the wonderful of Harry Potter (except meeting the Dursleys again, that is). The story just gets better and better! I’m reading this for the first time and now I understand why fans keep asking for more. Secrets are revealed and the past is revisited as our famous trio get to the bottom of everything and try to save Hogwarts. And yes, I recommend this to the few percent of the population, like me, who have yet to read the entire series until now.

In Time by Alexandra Bracken

In this novella, you get to read Suzume’s, or better known as Zu, story when Gabe, a PSI officer, finds her and eventually finds himself wanting to protect her instead of turning her in like what a good PSI officer would do. I liked how we got to read from a different perspective this time as opposed to being all too familiar with what the other side tells us.

After You by Jojo Moyes

This is the sequel of Me Before You, and I adored MBY so much I kind of had high expectations for this one. Unfortunately, I did not think this sequel was necessary because I wanted the ending of the former to be left at that. On a positive note, we get to read what happens next in the life of one Louisa Clark and the least I could tell you is that it’s complexingly relatable (if that’s even a word).

Cities by Carla de Guzman

A love story touched by he uniqueness of the exploration of multiple universes, I was very much satisfied and happy when I read this. You can read me gushing about this here.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

This is a wonderfully written book, hands down. I want to gush about it so much a mini-review wouldn’t do. All I know is that I will recommend this to all of you because I think that this is a book everyone has to read.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

This book will make you laugh and cry and touch your heart so much. It’s about finding happiness, even in the darkest and saddest of places, and living in a world where society shames you for not conforming with everybody else. Not only was this such a good book, it will open your eyes and enlighten you with the important things. For my full review, click here.

Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six bad asses banding together to perform an impossible heist. From this statement alone, you’d know this book is going to be epic. And it does not disappoint. Full review to come! 🙂

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Aside from that, March was such a special month for me because it is when I got to meet one of my favorite authors, Sarah J. Maas! I was able to read all of her books and am in love with every single one of them  not to mention the characters there, too, so meeting her was so great and it meant the world to me. I’ll be posting a recap of my journey soon so stay tuned 🙂

I didn’t set a TBR for April since I noticed I can’t follow through the list lately and just read books I’m in the mood for. I am currently reading The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater which is also Fanboy Book Club’s Book Of The Month.

That’s it for today’s update. Thanks for reading!

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[Backlist Revival Project] Cities by Carla de Guzman

Howdy y’all! This is my third month going into the Backlist Revival Project and the stories simply get better and better. For March, the project’s book of the month is:

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Cities by Carla de Guzman

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Instead of a goodreads summary, here is an excerpt from Cities:

Chapter 1: Dreams

 

The thing about dreams, there’s always something in the back of your mind that tells you that you’re dreaming. It’s like a subconscious warning signal, telling you not to get too involved, not to believe what you think you can see. In dreams, there’s a glow about the edges that you can’t place. Everything is wonderfully unreal. Dreams can end when you want them to.

I was trapped in a dream, a dream that felt like a memory.

There were no glowing edges, or subconscious warnings in my mind as I walked through it. The breeze was humid and real, my toes kicked against the warm rocks baking under the sun. It had to be a memory. I never came back to this place after graduation, no matter how much I had loved attending this school. In the harsh and scary real world, I was an adult with an adult job. Now…here I felt I was a young, naive little thing, still excited at the possibilities of life, still brave about love. That wasn’t who I was anymore, and that hadn’t been who I was in a long time.

 So what was I doing here?

I stood in the hallways between the parking lot and the Communications building, one of my favorite spots in my school. The sun spent its last moments by glowing brilliant and orange, casting its golden light on everything it touched. My skin prickled in the warmth and my heart fluttered. I turned my hand over and realized that I was holding a fresh white rose.

Oh. This was a memory. A particularly bad one that I had hoped to forget.

The school bells chimed in the distance, and my heart twisted in my ribcage. I tried to wake myself up and stop myself from remembering the horror of this moment, but the light kept me rooted to the spot.

He’s not coming, I told myself, like I was trying to keep my own heart from getting hurt. He didn’t come, remember? He never showed up. Wake up, Celia. Wake up!

I held my breath. You may not die in dreams, but in memories I wasn’t so sure. The world was still and he wasn’t coming.

As the last of the chimes faded away and the sun shed its last rays, a figure appeared at the end of the hall. The footsteps squeaked and drummed against the pavement as I gasped.

Is that…?

“Celia!” He exclaimed, catching his breath as he finally stopped in front of me, his own white rose in his hand. “Am I late?”

Wake up!!!

 

For the goodreads summary, kindly click here.

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I am not a big of a reader of contemporaries, however when I do get to read a good one, it would have been something that made me think, something I related to (either on a spiritual level or at least non-primordially), and a story I hold dear in my heart. I didn’t expect this, but Cities comes into my life checking all those aforementioned.

When I read the first few chapters, I thought “oh no, not another insta-love contemporary again.” I was worried that the book would go on that way. But boy, was I wrong. As I read on, I got to understand and see the concept and general idea of the story which was a love story exploring multiverses.

It definitely caught my attention and made me think how it was the perfect recipe for a good read. Contemporaries usually follow the obvious and cliche types of plots but Cities was pleasantly different and distinct. It also satisfyingly answered the common question usually raised by stories following this genre. The question of maybes and what ifs.

The beginning of the book described about the distinction between dreams and memories. At first I was a bit caught off guard how the storyline was like this for one moment and suddenly turned into that on the next. I had to pause and ask myself, is this scene happening in present time? Is this a dream, or a memory? But as I thought about it, there was a light bulb that just pinged to light in my mind. Oh, this is what happens in a parallel universe.

And in line with the idea of multiverses, the author narrated three different possible outcomes and futures of our characters — Celia, Ben, Vivian, and Henry. All of which showed the different positions and relationships the characters could have had but somehow lead to only one ultimate fate. Which brings me to another concept covered by the story: determinism. What I loved most about this, was how in all those universes, they would still have inevitably crossed paths with each other.

In the first part of the story, our main character, Celia, was going to be the maid of honor for her bestfriend, Vivian’s, wedding to her friend and former crush (and ex-*sort of* lover) Ben. All throughout the time, there was a thought that clouded over Celia. Looking at Ben, it made her think about where would she be if only she took that offer in Seoul? What if she was the one walking towards Ben on that aisle? What if she and Ben were supposed the couple that lived happily ever after? What was worst of was that we got to find out that if not for Celia, Vivian and Ben wouldn’t even be marrying each other in the first place. Ouch.

Good thing, her good ol’bestfriend Henry was there. Always by her side, ready to comfort her or make her laugh or just hang out. Or is it? 😉

So then started her dreams — or memories — or rather, a glimpse of multiverses. And let me tell ya, her journey towards finding herself– towards finding closure for her feelings– were soooooooo good. Everything just came clicking into place and you got to read conclusions and closures and it was so well-written that I wouldn’t have wanted it to be told any other way.

As much as I would  like to tell you everything that went down, I don’t want to spoil you. It’s quite seldom that I get this excited to discuss a contemporary though so please, please, if you haven’t read this yet, go get a copy so we could discuss its wonder together. Okay? Okay.

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So with all that’s said and done, you could probably guess by now that I absolutely loved reading this book. I give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carla de Guzman started out like any writer, sitting in front of her dial-up Internet computer and discovering fanfiction. Riddled with sleep apnea and a vivid imagination, she started writing every midnight.

she still reads good fics obsessively, writes fanfiction secretly and still loves the idea of finding good fics.

she, her parents and nine crazy siblings love to travel together, eat together, and watercolor together, so she could say she’s pretty happy.

LINKS:

Website // E-mail // Tumblr // Facebook

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Thanks for reading! Til the next post. x

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Fanboy Book Club: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Howdy y’all! It’s been a long while since I posted here and I missed reviewing books, so let’s get to it! For this month, the Fanboy Book Club‘s book of the month is:

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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

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In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

 

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I read this book without knowing or reading about its plot or summary. All I knew was I was reading about a book with a male lead. As I read further, I realized this was no ordinary book with a male-lead. It was a diverse book that talked about being gay in a world where it wasn’t socially acceptable and that hiding who you really were and forcing yourself to be straight for the sake of other people’s opinion was more important.

This book made me feel a lot of feels. It made me cry in some parts, and empathetic in most. I felt for the main character, Aaron, in this book so much that I also felt whatever experiences and feelings he had as I read it. One of the most important things I’d like to emphasize here is how this book opened my eyes to the challenges faced by people labeled as “abnormal” and “outcasts” just because they finally decided to be true to who they were. People calling them hurtful names and ostracizing them as if they weren’t humans apparently wasn’t enough. Some people even resort to physical assault to express their hatred for the gay community. Now you tell me, how does punching and kicking and hurting gay people make you any more human than they are? Does calling them names make you proud? Stronger? Smarter? How is it fair that their happiness is deprived for another’s satisfaction? I couldn’t logically think of a reason why people would label the LGBTQI community as anything less than a human being. No matter what a person’s sexual preference is, they are still human. They will always be. Perhaps even better humans than those who criticize them.

The book started off taking on a light and funny route, but as you read further, lines start blurring for Aaron and he starts to question things happening in his life and his identity until things go so wrong he attempts suicide, and eventually pursues undergoing procedure in Leteo Institute, an insititute that helps you forget memories, just so he could forget about being gay and be accepted by his friends and family again.

All I wanted to do was go inside the book and give Aaron a hug and tell him he was more precious than he thought he was. It hurt me to read that he said it was better off being brain dead than waking up as himself. It makes you think: the ostracizing and the judging of people are getting so out of hand that it drives some people to sacrifice their own happiness and change themselves just to feel welcome and feel that they belonged.

The book was about finding happiness and there are two major things that the book taught me: First, I think happiness is found when you let yourself be happy despite everything — all the hardships and challenges — you’ll inevitably go through. Happiness is a choice and you shouldn’t let other people dictate your own. You hold it in your hands and no one other than yourself has the right to make you feel wrong about it; and second, that life is definitely worth living. And there’s one quote in the book which I really love in relation with this:

I’ve become this happiness scavenger who picks away at the ugliness of the world, because if there’s happiness tucked away in my tragedies, I’ll find it no matter what. If the blind can find joy in music, and the deaf can discover it with colors, I will do my best to always find the sun in the darkness because my life isn’t one sad ending  – it’s a series of endless happy beginnings.

This book definitely made me more happy than not and I’d rate it a 4 out of 5 stars.

I really enjoyed reading this book and I hope more people will get to read it and love it as much as I did. 🙂

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Thanks for reading! Til the next post. X

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[Fanboy Book Club] BOOK TALK: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Howdy y’all! As I told you in one of my posts earlier this month, I am a part of this awesome book club whose proprietor is Bianca @ notoriouslaylow. This is also co-hosted by other awesome bloggers namely MC @ blameitonthebooks; Nicka @ readbynicka; Trisha @ thebookgasmblog  and yours truly.

This month marks the club’s official start and our first Book of the Month is one heck of a book indeed. It is also what we are reviewing for today. It’s none other than

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HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE BY J.K. ROWLING

 

I’m going to pretend most of you aren’t basically experts on the awesomeness that is Harry Potter so here’s a summary:

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Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. (Dudley, however, has two bedrooms, one to sleep in and one for all his toys and games.) Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed forever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard! The first book in the “Harry Potter” series makes the perfect introduction to the world of Hogwarts.

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DISCLAIMER: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS MILD SPOILERS

Before anything, I don’t know how I can truly and eloquently justify how much I loved reading the book, but I shall try.

In all honesty, I am no stranger to the Harry Potter movies but this was my first time reading the book. Yep, you’ve read it right. I’m one of those few who haven’t read this series yet, which is why I saw this as the perfect opportunity to get it started.

Well, I finally did it, and what I could say is that it was a joy to read. It was very light and easy, and there were several parts that made me laugh and chuckle and of course some parts that frustrated me with the unfairness of Harry’s life and all. I can also say that it is one of the best starter books I have read; no wonder it became such a big hit and no wonder why the hype is still as strong as it is today.

In terms of visualization of the characters and the setting, I didn’t experience any difficulty, having watched the movies first before I picked up Sorcerer’s Stone. I loved how the movie portrayed the characters as close to the book as possible and how Hogwarts in general was perfectly exhibited – from the grandiose Great Hall to the simplicity and the coziness the common room brings. It was easy to lose yourself in the pages as if you were in the scene that Rowling wrote.

Something that stood out to me the most while reading the book was the premise of friendship and the kind of familial love you still receive even from those beyond your bloodline. I empathized for Harry and kind of related to how ignored he felt sometimes but he never lets this bring him down. I liked that about him. As this club emphasizes male leads, I felt that this particular male leads sets a great example for Muggles *oh, sorry,* readers like me, in terms of rising to the occasion – numerous occasions, in fact.

In the book, he was found at the doorstep of the Dursley’s house one night and they have adapted him ever since. For ten years, Harry lived with them, having the cupboard under the stairs as his room, having Dudley’s, the Dursley’s son, old clothes as his, not to mention being bullied in school for it. But he didn’t act like someone you would pity. He didn’t cry and sulk of the miserable things and people surrounding him. That, for me, already says a lot. It sets quite an inspiration for people who were bullied or lived an unhappy [childhood] life.

The character that I connected the most was not Harry, though. It was Ronald Weasley. Personally, he’s the type of person you’d notice, but not entirely conspicuous kind. He’s always ready to help his friends and is brave enough to fight for them when situations get tough. The fact that most of his things have a great tendency to be hand-me-downs are just another  thing to add to the list of the things I can relate with this fellow. And as one of the male leads in this story, he also sets a great example and influence to those who have the privilege of getting to know him.

I particularly liked the twist at the end; how certain characters have been the epitome of deception. You would never have thought that Professor Snape wasn’t really out to get Harry, but quite the opposite. Throughout the book, several instances appeared as though he were trying to sabotage Harry’s Hogwarts student life and get him kicked out of there as soon as possible. The bigger shock was how one stuttering Professor Quirell didn’t seem to be the coward he pretended to be. You would never know between those stutters and that absurd turban that a Dark Lord would ever choose him to carry his wicked endeavors.

Over-all, I had fun reading this and by the end of the book, I found myself wishing that I would be a student at Hogwarts, myself. Even if I am technically a muggle, I refuse to think so and would prefer I’d be someone like Hermione, perhaps? Wouldn’t it be cool to receive a letter from owls and just go through life with the power of magic? Or when you want to contact a person, wouldn’t it be more fun saying “send me an owl” rather than “here’s my e-mail”? Man, oh man. Let me pick the next book up and take me back to Hogwarts.

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What do YOU think about Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks for reading! Til the next post. X

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[Backlist Revival Project] BOOK TALK: In Over Her Head by Anne Plaza

Howdy y’all! For today’s post, we’ll review the Backlist Revival Project‘s book of the month which is:

 

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 In Over Her Head by Anne Plaza

 

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All she wants is to get even…

Erika Apostol’s quiet and unassuming life gets disrupted when she learns that Richard Javier, the very same person who broke her heart many years ago, is now back in the country. Her world is turned upside down as old feelings she thought were buried resurface to haunt her once more.

Determined to give Richard a dose of his own medicine, Erika finds herself involved in an outrageous plan devised by her friends. They enlist the help of Jerome Gonzales, an attractive and charismatic DJ (with a playboy reputation), to pose as her significant other.

As the plan goes in full swing, Erika discovers Richard’s jealous side, and that there’s something more to Jerome than meets the eye. Will this grand charade work out the way it should, or will she be left with nothing in the end?

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This relatable, light and romantic however, occassional-headshake-inducing book is the perfect read for this month of love. To cut it short, it’s about a long term relationship which ended without any closures. Then years later, the past comes biting back at them which leaves them the chance of either rekindling their love or continuing their lives, living separate ways.

First thing I want to discuss is how mad I was at the male lead in this story, Richard, who broke up with his long-time partner, Erika, over a job he landed at another country. Considering this is how the book opened, this is how I felt towards Richard for the most part of the book.

Simply put, I don’t think any relationship should end like that; abrupt and without closures, especially when it’s long term. I don’t see how the guy respects the relationship in these situations, and I could see why it would take a long time for the girl to move on and mope around. However, I feel that this should not dictate a girl’s happiness (or sadness, rather), their dependence on men. Which is why I was frustrated for a while at the female lead as well, for wasting a whole decade thinking about that one guy. I’d rather see it as an opportunity to dust the pain off and be your better self, if not for your ex’s sake, then yours.

This being said, it goes to show I dislike girls whose lives and happiness depend on their partner. I sincerely want to scream at them to wake up and realize that there are more things in life than the love from the opposite sex.

Considering this is my opinion on things, beginning the book, I felt a little unsure. I didn’t feel the story at first but as I read further, I honestly felt how Erika was feeling: all that hate and anger, not to mention the need for vengeance after knowing that during your ex’s stay at Singapore, he has allegedly found someone to replace you, while you were still stuck, upset and sulking around for the last few years.

The schemes in this book, how Erika and her friends thought of a way to inconspicuously get back at Richard was a cliché at its best- and I mean this in a good way. I didn’t find it boring, but instead found myself rooting for Erika’s happiness. These were the parts I liked the most, of which made me chuckle a lot despite a few cringe-y moments between them.

However, as I was reading towards the end, I started shaking my head. I am actually not in favor of how this book ended, with them getting back together again. I’m not bitter or anything, I tell you; I just don’t like it how Erika agreed with Richard’s proposal of starting over again, even after he explained why he had to leave in the first place and why he couldn’t tell her the real reason then. It wasn’t enough for me and I would’ve wished Erika showed a stronger way as to how she dealt with the situation. (Like maybe declining Richard’s offer, taking in mind the quote do not go back to the things that hurt you?) But people are suckers at love. I get that now.

I must remind myself that this is a love story. Being a fan of tragic love stories and all, you already know how I would’ve wanted the book to end.

Despite the things I disliked and disagreed with it the book, reading it thoroughly entertained me. I had fun while reading it and gained me several insights as to how a long term relationship should be dealt with, in its ups and downs. Most of all, it got me thinking -which is essentially the best part about this whole experience.

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I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars and would like to recommend it to my friends and followers who would love a good love story, and an exciting one at that.

Thanks for reading! Til the next post. X

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Backlist Revival Project: In Over Her Head by Anne Plaza [Dream Cast]

Howdy y’all! The Backlist Revival Project has chosen a very fitting book of the month for February, the month of love. This book is none other than In Over Her Head by Anne Plaza.

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But before I dive in to the book, I decided to ask the author as to who would be her dream cast for this book. Here is what she said:

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When I was writing In Over Her Head for #romanceclass, Mina asked us to come up with character profiles for our stories. At that time, I had visual pegs for the characters, one was a Korean actor, and a Hollywood actress. I realized they weren’t really the right pegs for the people I had in mind since I’m writing romance with Filipino characters. And after thinking about it overnight, I’ve finally come up with what I think would be the perfect actors to give life to the characters of In Over Her Head.

 

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Jessy Mendiola as Erika Apostol

I find Jessy very pretty in a girl-next-door kind of manner. I’ve watched a couple of soaps with her in the lead role and I find her innocence appealing for a female MC. She can also play tough roles aside from sweet characters, suggesting her versatility in her craft. I think she’d be perfect to play Erika.

 

 

coco Coco Martin as Richard Javier

Okay, I am a little bit biased here but I LOVE Coco Martin. Richard doesn’t have a lisp, but I think it adds more to Coco’s personality, don’t you think? And who notices the lisp anyway? But seriously, Coco is just a shoo-in for this role. I love how intense he gets in every character he portrays. He’s brilliant in every role, and I just adore seeing his emotional, mushy side.

 

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 Rafael Rosell as Jerome

Who doesn’t love this hunk of a man? Rafael was pretty much under my radar, that was, until I watched ABS-CBN’s TV adaptation of Martha Cecilia’s Kristine series (which I am a SUPER fan of). He portrayed a role that was suave, mysterious, drop-dead gorgeous—your typical playboy if you may. But when the romance started kicking on, boy, I was SOLD. Coincidentally, there’s a GMA7 soap where his character is named Jerome. How’s that for serendipity?

 

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Yassi Pressman as Lorra Quiambao

I like Yassi’s sassy roles and I think she’s spot on for the role of Erika’s best friend. Have you seen the trailer of Girlfriend for Hire (with Andre Paras)? That was the one that sealed the deal for me.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anne Plaza writes contemporary romance, young adult, and speculative fiction novellas. She has been into writing since high school and has een actively pursuing it on a professional level despite having a totally unrelated bachelor’s degree. Her first contemporary New Adult romance novella In Over Her Head was published in 2013 and was subsequently nominated for the 2014 Filipino Reader’s Choice Awards Romance in English.

When not writing, Anne juggles time in her day job, obsessing over her TV show fandoms, and shopping for new books to add to her growing TBR pile.

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You can contact Anne through the following links:

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In Over Her Head Book links:

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Thanks for reading. See you on the next post! x

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Rock My TBR Challenge (Song and Book Tag)

Howdy y’all! I was tagged by Sarah K. with this last year and I honestly planned to post this on the last week of December but since I am the natural procrastinator that I am, and 2016 is just about beginning (despite being a month in and all), I decided to do this tag now.

The #RockMyTBR challenge is hosted by Sarah K. You can find here on twitter here and to visit her blog (which you absolutely should) click here.

  1. SMELL LIKE TEEN SPIRIT (Nirvana) – A Contemporary I Want To Read

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – I miss reading Contemporary books and I think this is just the right book to go back to this genre 😉

2. SHUT UP AND DANCE (Walk To The Moon) – Most Anticipated Book I Have

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – This was actually the D.E.A.R. Book of The Week last week and I just finished it last night. Review to come 🙂

3. CENTURIES (REMIX) (Fall Out Boy) – A Twist On A Classic Fairy Tale

Winter by Marissa Meyer – I don’t have the physical copy yet but I plan on buying one when I go to Manila. I love this series and I honestly don’t know why it’s taking me this long to read it.

4. YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOT (The Flaming Lips) – A Science Fiction Book or Book Set in The Future

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Across The Universe trilogy by Beth Revis – I have been dying to get into this series ever since I heard about this so I can’t wait to finally get this started!

5. SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT (5SOS) – A Book With A Girl On The Cover

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Natural Born Angel by Scott Speer – I knew about this in one of Sasha’s (abookutopia on YouTube) recommendation videos and I think the plot is interesting.

6. AFRICA (Toto) – A Book Set In A Foreign Country

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Legend trilogy by Marie Lu – I finally FINALLY have this in my hands. I tried reading this a few months ago, I forgot why I put it down, but this year will be the year I delve myself into this trilogy.

7. ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST (Queen) – A Book or Book Series That Will Complete A Series

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Blood Of Olympus by Rick Riordan – I’m on the third book in the series now which is Mark Of Athena so I’m excited to finish the series.

8. SOMEONE NEW (Hozier) – A Book by an Author You Haven’t Read Yet

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Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick – I’m crossing my fingers that this would be a good book for my first Becca Fitzpatrick encounter. I’ve heard mixed reviews about it so we’ll just see 🙂

9. HELLO (Adele) – A Book You DNF or Weren’t In The Mood for at the Time

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Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer – I bought this because I was attracted to the plot of this book. But when I had it, I remembered my already handful TBR.

10. LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT (Kylie Minogue) – A Book you Bought Because of the Cover

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – I’m going to let the cover speak for itself 😉

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So, there you have it! What are your thought about these books? 🙂

Thanks for reading. Til the next post! x

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