Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Book: Leave This Song Behind by John Meyer, Stephanie Meyer, Adam Halwitz, Cindy Spertner

★★12/★★★★★ 

"Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful."

*Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for providing me with a copy of this book.*

Another poetry book I finished last week this time a collection of entries submitted by teenagers to Teen Ink. Some of the best were chosen and put together to create this book.

I admit that I found this one different from the other poetry books I've read but this is as lovely just the same. Sometimes I forgot that teenagers actually wrote these poems and while I liked some, the others just didn't make sense to me which I think was okay. It's divided into sections, each with style and impact of its own. 

I can't say that I loved this one since there where times when I skipped pages especially when I can't connect with the words. Don't get me wrong, there are some which I really liked but I think the book as a whole isn't just for me.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Book: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

★★★/★★★★★

He leans close and whispers into my ear, “You belong here with me.”
And for that moment, I believe that I do.


Alex, Approximately has been on my TBR for months now and I was only able to get around it a couple of weeks ago. It's my first Jenn Bennett book, a lighthearted contemporary with fun characters and classic movie references which are also cute! It's a good book but not good enough for me to give it a higher rating than 3 stars.

The book tells the story of Bailey Rydell who goes to live with her dad at the beginning of summer in California after things got bad with her mom and her mom's new husband. Living with her dad is actually what Bailey really wanted for she gets along better with her dad. And besides, she's excited to be in the same city as Alex, an online friend who is also a classic movie fanatic and who constantly tells her to come and visit. Now, being in the same city as Alex, all Bailey has to do is find him, and maybe stalk him a little, before she decides if she actually wants to meet him in person because what if he's not what he tells her online or what if she's a bad guy or something. Enters Porter Roth, the hot quiz-obsessed/weather geek security guard at the museum Bailey is having her summer job at. Bailey and Porter can't stand each other at first but as they spend time together at the museum, they realize that spending time with each other is not as bad as they thought it would be. Distracted by Porter, Bailey almost forgets about her other plan for the summer until her other plan finds her instead.

He holds his hand up, and I slap it, but instead of it being a simple high five, he laces his fingers between mine, squeezing. It’s probably only for a second, but it feels longer. When he releases my hand, I’m a ball of chaos: fingers tingling from where his just were, mind trying to make sense of it. Is he just being friendly, or is this maybe some sort of surfer handshake?

Honestly, I didn't like Bailey in the first few chapters. I don't know *shrugs* but I didn't connect with her right away and found her a bit frustrating and pretentious. She keeps telling us that she's an evader, that she's a pro when evading situations she doesn't like or not prepared for, but I didn't buy that at all. Also, she's clueless! For someone who is supposed to be a great detective, she fails to figure out one of the important things for her. Because I knew who Porter was the moment he was introduced. I mean, sure, at first Bailey wouldn't know it but come on! Even her dad figures it out eventually.

The characters are fine, but like I said, it took me a while to finally warm up with Bailey. Porter is adorable but I didn't like that he was an ass to Bailey in the beginning for no reason at all and then next thing we knew he and Bailey were all lovey-dovey with each other and that's not okay! I understand that this books is mainly about the romance between them (and believe me it's cute) but I would prefer it if the author explored other things too like Davy's character or Bailey's family issue. Despite that, I did love Porter's mom and Bailey's dad because they're both super cool.

I didn't have any problem with the writing style and actually loved the film references at the beginning of every chapter. I haven't seen some of the films mentioned but I still think it's cute. Overall, this book is good with swoon-worthy romance. A bit predictable but I get why many loved it. I guess the romance between Bailey and Porter is just too cute to resist.

Monday, July 31, 2017

July 2017 Music Videos

 Glorious - Macklemore ft. Skylar Grey (Jul 6)


 Praying - Kesha (Jul 6)
 

 New Rules - Dua Lipa (Jul 7)

Rain - The Script (July 14)

Goodbye - Echosmith (Jul 14)

Lonely Call - RaeLynn (Jul 14)

Sorry Not Sorry - Demi Lovato (Jul 19)


Why - Sabrina Carpenter (Jul 19)

Shut up and Kiss me - Marianas Trench (Jul 20)
 

 Back to You - Louis Tomlinson (Jul 21)

Boys - Charli XCX (Jul 26)

Learn to Let Go - Kesha (27)


Another Love Song - Ne-Yo (Jul 28)


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Poem: Maybe pt. 2

Maybe I'm just excited
Maybe it's only temporary
But these feelings seems true
And he makes me really happy

Maybe it will last
Maybe he will stay
But who knows what will happen
And I'll pray anyway

Maybe this is it
Maybe this is real
But is he feeling the same?
Or am I only dreaming?


Monday, July 24, 2017

Book: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

★★★★/★★★★★

“Is this how it goes? You fall in love, and nothing seems truly scary anymore, and life is one big possibility?”

Always and Forever, Lara Jean was a big surprise when Jenny Han first announced that To All the Boys I've Loved Before (review here) will have a third book. Everyone was excited, so was I! The first two books were lovely and swoon-worthy but I think my favorite is Always and Forever, Lara Jean.

The conclusion to Lara Jean and Peter's story is inside Always and Forever, Lara Jean which I think is so cute and just perfect. I can't say I was a big fan of Peter Kavinsky in P.S. I Still Love You (review here), or To All The Boys I've Loved Before for that matter, but in this book, he's just so adorable and he's such a sweetheart! 

“Peter will love Lara Jean with all his heart, always”

 Lara Jean is enjoying her last year in high school; she's in love with her boyfriend Peter, her dad is going remarried and Margot will be home just in time for the wedding which excites them all. Everything is going right and she's having the best time of her life when suddenly her plans change when her College acceptance letter arrives. It makes Lara Jean think of a new plan which might affect her relationship with Peter. 

I love how the book focuses on Lara Jean and some of the changes in her life. Her father re-marrying Ms. Rothschild is a big change for them and I love how it makes not only her but Kitty and Margot as well to grow and accept the new addition to their family. Graduating high school and going to College is another big thing for Lara Jean and when her plan to go to the same university with Peter has changed, she has to think of a way how to compromise. Of course she wants to stay in a relationship with Peter and she's going to do everything just to keep it. 

All the characters have grown so much in me and I still love how heartwarming the story is. Lara Jean getting even closer with her family, her relationship with Chris (yes, her bestfriend, Chris!) and Peter, how she makes big decisions for herself and how much she's matured in this book. And the romance, of course I'm going to talk about the romance! Lara Jean and Peter are just sooo cute I want to keep them to myself! Peter Kavinsky actually made me fall in love with him!

“Being vulnerable, letting people in, getting hurt... it's all part of being in love.” 

Overall I adored this book! And if only it's not the last book! My advice, if you want a cute and lovely read, try To All the Boys I've Loved Before series if you haven't already. It wouldn't disappoint.

Friday, July 21, 2017

21 ❤


Don’t just give your heart to any guy, give it to someone who reaches for your hand during a prolonged moment of silence, just to remind you they’re still by your side. Give your heart to a man who pulls you close after a fight instead of pushing you away. Give it to a man who doesn’t make you doubt yourself or causes you to feel guilty for something you didn’t do. Give your heart to someone who’ll comfort you throughout periods of insecurity, when you’re feeling inadequate or lost. Someone who continuously reminds you of your worth.

Give your heart to a guy who would never cause you to feel inferior in your relationship, because he’ll do everything his power to make you feel the opposite. Give it to a man who shows genuine interest in your passions and supports you in every aspect of your life. Someone who will go the extra mile to make you smile.

Give your heart to a guy who will make you a priority instead of a second option.

A guy will follow you anywhere in the world merely because a life without you is unimaginable. 

Give your heart to a person who asks if something is wrong, instead of keeping silent for the sake of not starting an argument. Give it to the guy who takes responsibility for his actions and apologizes when he’s done something wrong. Someone who doesn’t allow an argument to overshadow your relationship or keeps score. Give it to the man who shows up at your doorstep to apologize simply because the thought of you being upset hurts him. Give your heart to a person who finds time to text you when he’s out with his friends rather than waiting until the end of the evening. Give it to someone who won’t take your feelings for granted and reminds you how he feels each day.

Give your heart to a man who will safeguard it with his life, because he knows the true value it holds. Don’t just give your heart to anyone. Find someone spectacular and never let go.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Book: Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook

★★★/★★★★★
Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately is another poetry book I was excited to get my hands on. It talks about grief, loss, love and such which will surely hit you at some point. The book is divided into two sides, Side A and Side B, and each side has track list like a cassette tape. 
Side A has full length poems, some I related with and some I totally loved! The song associated at the end of each poem also added some impact which I also liked. Side B has black out version of some poems from Side A which I think are my favorites.

Track Twenty Five
I am never going to be the girl with the perfectly
straightened hair or creased clothing. Even at my
most put together, I’ll look a bit   d i s h e v e l e d.
My socks will never match, but no one will notice
that except for my lover and airport security. At
the most inopportune times, I’ll have a run in my
stocking or a runny nose.
I’ll combine foods even a pregnant woman
wouldn’t crave. On way more than one occasion,
my friends have said out loud, I would not want to
spend one minute in your head.
I was always aware of what I encompassed. I have
never tried to conform because I did not feel the
pressure to do so (thanks, Mom!). Yes, this self-
assurance led to my grade school years being a
living hell, but even then I recognized that time
of my life as temporary .
I do not fear, nor am I ashamed of, myself.
As long as I am happy, it is my God-given right
to be odd. To be my true self.

Currently Listening To:
Taylor Swift, “Mean”

Track Sixty Three

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Poem:Prove Me Wrong

I’ll give you my heart, not in half
Because I want you to have all of me
My smile, my pain, my whole being
If you take it, you take everything

I’ll give you my word, that sweet “yes”
But promise you’d never break my heart
My mood swings, my hobbies, my past
Accept them and I promise we’ll last

Just prove me wrong, that you’re not like the others
That you won’t hurt me too
Then my heart, my words, my all
My everything will be yours

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Book: The Night Stalker (Detective Erika Foster #2) by Robert Bryndza

★★★★/★★★★★

My point is that bad people are everywhere. The world is filled with good, but it’s equally overwhelmed with bad. People who commit horror and evil. You have to concentrate on what you can do, what you can influence. The ones who you can hunt down.

Several months ago I picked up and enjoyed The Girl in the Ice, the first book in the Detective Erika Foster series by Robert Bryndza, and now I just finished the second book The Night Stalker which I can say I liked better. We see more inside of Erika's character and I know she's not perfect, she has her flaws and all, but don't we all have some? She may act all though in front of her colleagues but deep inside she's also scarred. And that's what makes her an interesting protagonist.

With a suspenseful start, The Night stalker was able to keep me glued to the pages while Detective Erika Foster tries to catch yet another serial killer. It starts off with Erika and her team investigating the murder of Dr. Munro, which at first they suspected has something to do with gay bashing because of the gay magazines they found on the scene but when they found another body, killed in the same manner as Dr. Munro, they start to think otherwise. And if there's one thing Erika is sure, it is that there's another serial killer in town and she's going to get him. Or her.

The twists and turn of events made the book more thrilling and I liked playing the game of guessing who the killer is or who will be the next victim every time I read something like this! I always try to guess or find clues but in this one I failed to. I was actually quite impressed with the flow of the story and how Bryndza put depth into every character in the book. The respect and loyalty between Erika and his colleague were something I also liked. I especially adored Peterson and Moss! And Isaac! We see more of Erika and Isaac's friendship in the book and I liked it because we see a different side of Erika whenever she's with Isaac.

Isaac put his hand on hers. 
You can’t save the world, Erika.
But I could do a better job trying, she said, wiping away a tear.

That said, The Night Stalker is a great sequel to The Girl In The Ice and Bryndza did a good job in this one. More compelling plot line, well-developed characters and an intriguing character for a killer!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Movie: Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017

★★★★/★★★★★
Main characters:
Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes
Jon Favreau as Harold "Happy" Hogan
Zendaya as Michelle "MJ" Jones
Marisa Tomei as May Parker
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man

Director: Jon Watts


With his first appearance in the movie Captain America: Civil War last year, Spider-Mar surely excited everyone for his new solo movie Spider-Man: Homecoming which is one of the most anticipated movies this year. I've seen the movie with my sisters and a friend the other day and we really enjoyed it!

Tom Holland plays the new Spider-Man and seeing him on the big screen is refreshing. Spider-Man is much younger in the movie and trying to prove he can be an Avenger too, he does what Tony Stark always does and what Tony Stark shouldn't do, always looking for trouble. Lol. Honestly, I was waiting for more action but what I got were more laughter and entertaining scenes. Tom Holland played his role very well and I think he was born to be Spider-Man! 

*****

If you haven't watched Spider-Man: Homecoming, watch it now, you guys!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Yana's 21st Birthday!


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 Had a simple celebration for Yana's 21st birthday! My sisters and I prepared dinner and of course, there was a DIY photobooth which we really enjoyed! :D


 

*****

 Wishing you all the best Yan, good health, more birthdays to come and of course good luck on your career, whatever you decided to take. :)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Book: Her by Pierre Alex Jeanty

★★★★★/★★★★★

She hesitates
when it comes to opening up
because she has fallen in love
too quickly before and none of those
she fell for opened their arms to catch her.

Can you blame her for making sure that
your hands are big enough
to hold her heart,
your intentions are true enough
for your arms to open,
and you’re strong enough to catch her.

Another poetry collection that I totally loved! I related to almost everything inside this book and every piece spoke to me. It's empowering and all the feelings were real that I was touched though sometimes it hurt.

She is independent, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t like having someone she can depend on.

It's really a lovely book with beautifully written and inspiring words. If you find yourself looking for a great poetry collection, I highly recommend you pick this one up!

You deserve
to be with
someone
who searches
for the beautiful
things in you