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[REVIEW]: Running in the Dark by Sam Reaves

36265071Running in the Dark
by: Sam Reaves

Genre: Adult Fiction, Mystery & Thriller
Published on: February 6th 2018

My Rating: ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆


**I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

It’s not always that I read mystery books, but when I do, I look forward to the plot twist and how the case was set. With a synopsis dropped like that, I couldn’t help myself but request for it over at Netgalley. When I finally wound up reading this book, I was excited! Unfortunately, Running in the Dark felt a bit bland for my taste. Continue reading “[REVIEW]: Running in the Dark by Sam Reaves”

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[REVIEW]: 806 by Cynthia Weil

by Cynthia Weil

Genre: YA, Adventure
Published on: March 13th 2018 by Tanglewood Press

My Rating: ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

**I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

I feel so lost. Where do I start?? I feel like I’m losing my sense of direction just like the way this book did. I’m sorry, It just didn’t work well with me. Now I’m really confused if my standards are way too high for a contemporary novel or the story wasn’t just good enough. I just couldn’t connect with the story, the characters, nor the plot. Is there something wrong with me??? Continue reading “[REVIEW]: 806 by Cynthia Weil”

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March Shelf

A new month has begun and I feel so robbed of time! This month, hopefully, will be a lot less stressful and I’m hoping to read beyond my usual four books a month. Hopefully I could at least reach somewhere five, or six, or seven, or maybe even eight! That is, if I don’t get sooo distracted. But anyway, here are the books that I’m hoping to finish this month:

March Read Goal: 5-8 books

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That’s a whole lot of books to read and I truly hope to finish them all! What books are you planning to read this month? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 🙂

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Hi everyone! It’s that time of the month and while January was like a snail, February is the complete opposite! But thankfully, I was able to achieve some goals! No WHUBUT Wednesday was posted last week as I was extremely exhausted and decided to have a rest. Although I tweeted this, I would just like to say again, THANK YOU SO MUCH for being a part of my blogging life and helping me reach 100 followers! Without you, I don’t think I could achieve this! *cries sweet tears*

Drama aside, let’s start up with this week’s WHUBUT Wednesday.

“What Have U Been Up To, Atheinne?”

Last week, I had a field trip in one of my classes where we got to visit a marine reserve which was INCREDIBLE! It’s a perfect place to be at peace and if you’re up for some snorkeling, there’s a lot beautiful corals of fishes to see!

After two days of resting, I unfortunately caught a sore throat but somehow, with the help of the right medications, the pain alleviated, which I am extremely thankful for because major events are coming up that I seriously have to survive!

So far, the week was tiring but it was wonderful at the same time. I regret nothing at all!



I had little time to go book shopping this month as there was a lot of things going on: school work, projects, quizzes, exams, homeworks, presentations, a field trip. And, my goodness! I feel like I’m sinking to the ocean’s bottom! In addition to that, I was hoping to save up for other things and so, I tried to choose carefully the books I bought, strictly implementing spending less money. So here’s the books I’ve fished for this month:

Physical Books

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Amazon Kindle Ebooks

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books read this month: 8*

I was able to pass through my average amount of books read in a month despite the hectic schedule and here’s a recap of the books that I’ve completed for this month. By simply clicking on the book’s cover, you will be redirected to my review on it.

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*The Now or Never Moment is an Omnibus that contains 4 books, hence the number of books read is 8.


I think that’s it! March is a few hours away and *whispers* I actually requested more than five books this month (whoops!!). But anyway, it’s nearly the end of classes and I think I’ll be focused more on reading (YIPEE!!) since I’d be having a ton of free times (hopefully). Until then!

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[REVIEW]: The Phantom’s Apprentice by Heather Webb

35965526The Phantom’s Apprentice
by: Heather Webb

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Retellings, Romance
Published on: February 6th 2018 by Sonnet Press

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

**I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

I love classics despite the fact that I’ve only read a few. There is something precious in those books that you just have to read them. Now, here’s a retelling of a book I’ve only seen as a movie and apparently led me to rewatch it and boy, I seriously can’t remember how many times I’ve replayed the song “Think of Me”! Continue reading “[REVIEW]: The Phantom’s Apprentice by Heather Webb”

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[REVIEW]: The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane


The Upside of Falling Down
by: Rebekah Crane

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Published on: January 30th 2018 by Skyscape and Two Lions

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

See, the problem with good books is that you don’t know how and where to start reviewing it because it would be injustice if you started wrong. I handpicked this book out of its vibrant cover, a nice title and an interesting description. And let me tell you, the choice I made was not a regret!

Did You Know fact: it took me some listening to classical music to rid myself of the heartache of finishing this book because I didn’t want to part with it.

Continue reading “[REVIEW]: The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane”

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[REVIEW]: The Now or Never Moment by Katie Kaleski


The Now or Never Moment: Omnibus
by: Katie Kaleski

Genre: Romance, Young Adult
Published on: January 23, 2018

My rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

What I saw interesting in this book is the cover along with its synopsis. It pushed a button in me that made me want to read it. But alas! A good read wasn’t what I was expecting. Let me break it down on the next paragraphs. But before I start writing about what I felt toward the book, let’s get on with a brief overview about its content.

Continue reading “[REVIEW]: The Now or Never Moment by Katie Kaleski”

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#3: A Narrative on Why I Read Books

Hey! Hey! It’s WHUBUT Wednesday! It’s been a week full of sleeping in and lounging about and yet, I haven’t finished a book! Well, that’s because the book I’m reading is an Omnibus version, with four books in it, and I’m halfway through with the third book! So it won’t be long before my review is up. 😀

Because it’s Heart’s Day (Happy Heart’s Day to you all! ❤), today’s WHUBUT is a proclamation of my love for reading! I’m a 100% certain that we all have our own thoughts about why, exactly, we put so much time and effort in staring at letters and lines and hallucinating all day long. But here’s my side of the story.

Books contain stories with real life situations where, as readers, we can very well relate to. The events are so diverse that it’s like living multiple lives in a thousand different situations, that I’m starting to believe this is the logic behind multiverse!

Through these well-thought circumstances, I developed empathy and appreciation. As a human being, I’m not great at empathizing with others, and being exposed to books that show the events happening in the society and what people are going through allows me to understand, appreciate, and put things in perspective. To be honest, if it weren’t for books, I would be an ignorant fool, blindly walking on two legs with barely a care for little yet meaningful things.

See, books never fail to keep the mind open and I believe that this is the best part of being immersed in reading.

Why is reading important to you? How has it impacted your life? Share your thoughts in the comment below! 🙂

Current Read:


Shelby and Tanner have been inseparable ever since freshman year when she intervened to save him from a bully’s beating. Fast forward four intense years–Shelby is leaving for college. Without Tanner. Three days before she’s set to move, he hands her a thick envelope with explicit instructions:

In no way shape or form is she to open the envelope until she is perfectly settled in at school. She is not to even think of it until then.

No one has seen Tanner since that moment.

She opens the envelope to find a letter of epic proportions inside that spans their years in high school together. When she reads it out loud to almost her entire dorm, Shelby relives the good and all of the bad, and together they learn details that Tanner held back, the things he never told her. How much he really loves her.

Sometimes, all it takes is walking in someone else’s shoes to realize what you’ve known all along. Sometimes, that realization comes too late.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

A few days ago, I was nominated by Angela of The Cat With A Book  for this amazing award and I am sooo honored to be a nominee. Thank you so much!! This is my first ever award as a blogger and I am thrilled to infinity and beyond!


The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

Here’s a guide of how it works:

Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
• Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
• Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
• List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Here are Angela’s question for me:

  1. What do you love most about blogging?
    • There’s so much to love in the world of blogging: racking for ideas to write a blog post, interacting with other bloggers, expanding my circle of friends. The blogging community has become my new home for random ramblings and I love every moment of it!
  2. What’s your story behind your blog name?
    • My hobby for combining two unrelated words to form a new one is the reason behind my blog name. There are two parts:
      • Part 1: I’ve always been fascinated by uncommon words and  the word “labyrinthine” (definition from Google: like a labyrinth; irregular and twisting) captured my attention. My blog name was supposed to be simply “labyrinthine.wordpress.com” but it felt so dull so I added a twist to it, hence the part two.
      • Part 2: The name I use for blogging is Atheinne (plot twist: a combination of two of my names. Told ya I love combining words *wink wink*) and I’m going to assume at this point you get where my blog name comes from 😉 If not, then here’s a simple formula to illustrate what I just explained: (labyrinthine – ine) + (Atheinne – A) = labyrintheinne
  3. What’s one of your favorite quotes?
    • My favourite quote is from Six of Crows: No Mourners, No Funerals. Currently, I don’t have a motivational quote yet but there are so many, I can’t remember one!
  4. Which book/series makes you happy?
    • Six of Crows. This series is filled with so much diversity and sarcasm *cough* Kaz *cough* and tricks and amazing plot and subplots. It’s a perfect bedtime storybook!
  5. What distracts you most from reading?
    • INTERNET. Take away the internet and I can finish a book in a day.
    • Music. I easily get distracted with music because I end up singing the lyrics in my head or if it’s something classical, I end up focusing on the melody. Don’t get me wrong, I love music. It’s just that I can’t focus with two senses being used.
  6. What is your favorite genre to read?
    • My favourite genre used to be the young adult genre only. But recently, I’ve decided to branch out into other genres: fantasy, literary fiction, historical fiction, poetry, classics, a bit of sci-fi.
  7. Any favorite type of music you listen to while reading?
    • I did mention that I find it difficult to focus on reading while listening to music but there are a few exemptions: chirping birds, rustling of leaves, rain, and the combined conversations of people in a cafe (it sounds gibberish so yeah, not distracting).
  8. Who is your favorite fictional character so far?
  9. Are there any movie adaptations you prefer more than the book?
    • So far, there is none.
  10. Which author would you ask to write your biography?
    • Leigh Bardugo (She wrote Six of Crows so I’m leaving my biography to her).
  11. If your life, as it is up to this point, was made into a film what song would be playing during the end credits?
    • Hmmm. Rise Up by Andra Day.


That’s it for my 11 questions and I hope you enjoyed getting to know me! Meanwhile, I am nominating the following bloggers for The Sunshine Blogger Award:

Sam of Bean’s Bookshelf and Coffee Break

Morgan of Bibliobakes

Aimee of Aimee Always

Alexa of A Thousand Worlds

Carmel of Bookablereads

Wanders Between Pages

Myrth of Cliste Bella

Sabrina of The Reader Devotee

She Always Reads

Tiffany of Read by Tiffany

Pam of Moonlight Reader

Here are the 11 questions for my nominees:

  1. It is the apocalypse. What book are you taking with you and why?
  2. What’s your go-to food and tea when reading a book?
  3. How do you organize your shelf?
  4. When did you get into reading?
  5. Who is your favourite author and why?
  6. Hardcopy or paperback?
  7. Cat person or dog person?
  8. What is your favourite classic book?
  9. Have you DNF-ed a book before?
  10. A book you dislike but everyone seems to love?
  11. Do you change positions while reading or simply sit still until you finish the book?


And that’s it! Thank you for your time and until then! 🙂

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[REVIEW]: The Secret Life of Mrs. London by Rebecca Rosenberg

35655162The Secret Life of Mrs. London
by: Rebecca Rosenberg

Genre: Historical Fiction
Published on: January 8, 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


I don’t have an inkling of how or where I should be starting off in reviewing this beautiful book with an interesting story. Here is a book that mixed fact and fiction like water and alcohol. Near convincing, making it such a great read!

Continue reading “[REVIEW]: The Secret Life of Mrs. London by Rebecca Rosenberg”