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Things I Did 101

Belated Happy 4th of July to my USA friends out there!!

There were several things that got me busy that I’ve been absent from the blogosphere for weeks. So, allow me to take this moment and share with you what I’ve been up to!

Thing #1: Building my fortress

It’s more likely my fortress is building itself. This sounds completely unusual because pfft. Since when did fortresses build themselves?! But really, all I do is water it, and let it grow itself.

OH WAIT. Did I say fortress?

I meant forest. Mini forest aka garden. I’ve been building an herb garden to make potions because the Southern Witches need them ASAP for the fun of it. Not like some being are in need of it. I mean, I honestly LOVE gardening  but hadn’t had the time before. Now I’m back from the dead a busy life and living that leisure-ish life.

Gardening is such a simple task that you don’t have to be a green thumb to start growing a plant! Here are the basics: Grab a seed. Bury it 3 inches deep. and wait for it to grow Don’t forget to cross your fingers and hope you grew this cute little thing:

and not this one…

Thing #2: Surprising Momma

Recently, my mom had her 50th birthday and we planned to surprise her, and surprising her we did! It was such a marvelous sight to see her oozing with so much happiness. I believe that our mommas are the ones who sacrifice the most in the family, and she deserves all the good things the world has to offer. This reminds me of the Q&A of Miss World 2017. If you haven’t yet, check out Manushi Chhillar’s answer!

Thing #3: I GOT THE ROLE OF CINDERELLA!!!

That sounds like a misleading subheading because I did NOT audition for a drama or a play or a movie or any films. Nevertheless, I still got the role.

I’ve been cleaning a LOT lately (I sound like complaining but really, I’m not) and oh boooooy. There’s more of it out there so I’m going to be like:

And that’s it! Those are the things I’ve been doing so there is little reading I’ve done lately. Well, it’s either read 10 novels straight or read nothing for a month or longer. There’s no in between.

 

HOW ABOUT YOU?

  • What do you do when you’re not reading?
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Posted in Book Reviews

Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari

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★★★★☆

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Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, YA
Published on: June 5th 2018 by Penguin Teen
Pages: 288 (Kindle Edition)

 

 

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

Imagine waking up at the bottom of an enclosed space several feet below the earth, in the middle of the night. No light, no idea how that happened, no ladder to get yourself out of there.

Just you. And darkness. And probably an unknown creepy crawly. And some bones of a dead something. HOW DO YOU DO?? I’d panic. I’m a claustrophobic person and it truly TRULY sucks to be in one.

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For Ari Sullivan, survival is key. Well, panic first, then find ways to get the heck out of that frightful cistern she was dropped in by someone. As her head was hit, it was literally and figuratively a pain to tell who was behind it all. Her memories were like cutout paper, missing bits and pieces here and there. But for now, she needs to climb out of that hole and figure out the next move later… while her sadistic artist of a captor goes on a couple of silent killing spree, running around town with little notice from its citizens. Ari needs to unravel the mystery before someone becomes a museum-worthy masterpiece of blood and gore.

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The way the story flowed was wonderful. A good pacing was set and I found it easy to follow through the story. There were two alternative narratives in this story, as the blurb had mentioned: the predator and its prey. The hunt was a tango with one an expert, the other an apprentice. It was such an entertaining dance that I just had to keep my eyes open.

The story kept me intrigued with who was it that set the dominoes going. When reading mysterious, suspenseful stories, I always keep in mind the thought, “Always watch out for the most innocent, shortest dialogue, and smallest scene type of character”. I should’ve known but I didn’t expect to fall in that trap! Darn it.

This genre is still relatively new for me and this book is such a good book that was able to capture my attention just right.

Blood Will Out is great for light reading and will keep you guessing and wondering who truly is the suspect.

He doesn’t recognise the wolf even when it sits beside him.

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Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich

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★★☆☆☆

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Genre: Romance, SciFi, Young Adult

Published on: May 10th 2018 by Write Plan

Pages: 382 (Kindle Edition)

 

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

Solanine Lucille and Ember Lucille are living in the same world but under different roofs. Escaping the government’s grasp, Solanine lives as a rebel, together with her fiance, Quill, outside the walls of the infamous City of Graven. On the other hand, Ember is a government’s soldier, robbed of her memories, tasked to give the “Choice” and trained to be emotionless.

Now there’s a rebel group of ex-soldiers and Solanine just needs to figure out if her sister is among them. But when an unexpected ambush resulted to the death of Solanine’s fiance, Solanine vows to avenge Quill and bring back her sister from the government’s hand. Little did she know that her fiance died at the hands of Ember.

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Night Beast by Ruth Joffre

 

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★★☆☆

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Genre: Short Stories, LGBT

Published on: May 8th 2018 by Grove/Atlantic

 

 

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

Night Beast is a compilation of eleven short stories with a diverse genre that ranges from scifi, and fantasy, to romance and slice of life. Focusing on the lives of queer women and mothers, this book will take you to dark alleys and hidden alcoves of a woman’s thoughts. Continue reading “Night Beast by Ruth Joffre”

Posted in Monthly Wrap-Up

May 2018 Wrap-Up!

We’re halfway through the year and WOW!!! How time flies so fast. If that was how quick the months went by, then you bet December will be right around the corner and it will be my blog’s first bloggoversary! I’m planning on doing something special on that day and I hope you guys would join me in celebrating it.

Now, I may or may (pun intended) not be too late in putting up a wrap-up for the month of May but I’m writing one anyways, for recapping purposes.

Okay. So May was definitely not a month of reading for me. I was able to finish a couple books but that was it. The rest of the month went on in a blur with all the other things I was preoccupied with in my personal life. As of this moment, I’m focusing on getting back on track, getting organized a bit more, journal writing and soul-searching.

Here are the books I was able to get on the month of May:

Physical Books

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Kindle Books

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Monthly Reads

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And that’s it! I hope y’all have a great day! 🙂

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Short Blog Update

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all doing well. You might have noticed my absence this past couple of weeks but I can explain. There has been a lot going on and it exhausted me so much! There was a wedding to attend to, a 2-day retreat over at the mountain side, and a sleepover at my cousin’s. All this in 6 consecutive days!! So I had to take a pretty looooong rest after so much travelling.

Now, I’ve somehow accumulated enough energy to blog and hopefully *cross fingers* I could share a post soon.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the 200 follows!! Without you, I wouldn’t be able to reach this far ❤ It is an honour to be a part of the blogging community and meet such amazing people.

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston

 

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★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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Genre: Contemporary, Retelling, Romance, YA

Published on: April 4 2017 by Quirk Books

Pages: 320 (Kindle Edition)

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

First of all, I’m a Cinderella-story fanatic. Second of all, I love retellings. So putting them together is BIG for me. Ironically, Geekerella didn’t click well with me, so my feeling is pretty much so-so. I’ve never felt so confused in my life. Everyone (and by this, I mean my bookish friends in and outside social media) is in love with this book. I’m feeling like a villain right now. Hmmmmm. After a debate with myself, I’ve come to share my unpopular opinion.

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If The Shoes Fit by Pauline Lawless

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★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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Genre: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance

Published on: January 1st 2010 by Poolbeg Press

Pages: 434 (Kindle Edition)

 

 

Who would’ve thought that because of a shoe advertisement, a priceless friendship is born? That’s how four women found each other, each struggling with a dilemma in her stage of life. Having a unique set of personalities, Tessa, Amber, Rosie and Niamh creates a bond that unites them in their newfound career. Continue reading “If The Shoes Fit by Pauline Lawless”

Posted in Monthly TBR

May 2018 Shelf

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Hey everyone!

Last month, I achieved reading two out of seven books from my planned anthill TBR (Song of Isabel and Starlings) and managed to insert not two, not four either, but FIVE books that I didn’t plan on reading! …Woops again! I actually did the same for March LOL  BUUUUTTT I achieved my monthly reading goal of reading 7 books. YAY!!

Moving on, it’s time to put up an anthill TBR for May so here it shall be! I know that I’m going to stray away from this list but this has become my monthly mantra, why not just dive in?

Monthly Reading Goal: 7 or more books

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