Tuesday, March 13, 2018

March 2018 Music Videos

No Excuses - Meghan Trainor (Mar 1)

The Champion - Carrie Underwood ft. Ludacris (Mar 2)

 I Believe - DJ Khaled ft. Demi Lovato (Mar 7)

Delicate - Taylor Swift (Mar 11)

Monday, March 5, 2018

Book: Frostblood (Frostblood Sage #1) by Elly Blake


“Those who can't control themselves will find themselves under the control of others.”

Well, it's not like I didn't enjoy this book but there are some things that didn't quite sit well with me. You may say there's nothing special about this book because you've read something like this before, I have, but there were surprisingly some elements that I did enjoy. The book itself felt unoriginal with all its Fire vs Ice and "the girl" saving the world tropes so in short, this book is your typical YA fantasy. 

The book tells the story of Ruby Otrera, a Fireblood living in a world of Frostbloods. She's probably the last of her kind since the Frost King orders the death of any Fireblood in their kingdom. When she is found by the soldiers, Ruby witnesses the death of her mother and village in their hands. She is then kept in prison for months until two hooded figures visit and offer her freedom. Soon, Ruby is training with Arcus and living in an abbey with the monks with a mission to kill the Frost King.

“Frostbloods are fully capable of feeling in every way. The danger is that those emotions, while powerful and deep, may be covered with a layer of ice that prevents the natural expression of them.”

I didn't instantly liked the characters but Ruby was a so-so. In the beginning she's weak, scarred and the typical heroine who questions the world why she's the chosen one. She doesn't make wise decisions and sometimes too stubborn for her own good. Arcus, I liked less especially when his character shifted from being all too mean to somehow bearable! I mean, one second he's mad at Ruby but the next he's all sweetheart. Argh! I loved the monks so I think there's that. The pacing was sloooow up until the middle of the book where everything started to get intense. There was actually a point when the whole book felt just like a long premise/introduction to the real book!

The world-building is okay since you already know what to expect. The romance, yes there is, felt forced. I think it would've been okay if there was none but there just have to be one! Then there's the division between the Firebloods and Frostbloods, with the former as dominant. Worlds with this kind of divisions always end up in war so we also know what to expect with this kind of trope. And like I said, I did like some things in this book. For starter, I liked the cover! And that counts. Another thing is the myth on how the Frostbloods and Firebloods were created, it wasn't new but I think that was interesting. There's also a bit of the twist I admit I didn't see coming. Aside from those, all the others we just okay for me.

Overall, Frostblood is an okay book. I'll probably read the next book at some point but not soon.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Poem: Trying

I lay down for today
Trying to forget the day’s sadness
And every yesterday’s

I close my eyes now
Trying to tell myself it’s okay
And that I will be

Then I dream about myself
Trying to wake up from this nightmare
And all the others

I try and try and try
Believing I’ll wake up soon
And then I try again

Monday, February 19, 2018

from me to you #37

Hiiiiiii! Oh I’ve missed blogging! So, I’m back from a week of vacation and it was great and fun and amazing! I mean, I really needed that off from work and everything else and now I feel… well, like myself again. 😁 Anyhow, I missed this! I missed writing, I missed reading blogs, I missed talking to you all lovely people but I especially missed reading! You see, when I filed that vacation leave I also told myself I would take a break from reading, too, because lately I was kinda not in the mood to read and yes, we call it a slump. I have books I’ve been meaning to finish for a while now that until now are still sitting on my night stand. But, but! now I’m back and I’m all fired up to read everything I left behind.

My friends and I travelled north and it was three days of fun and adventure. We visited museums, windmills, beaches, falls and even tried sand boarding! It was crazy fun though my expecience was not that good. My boyfriend and I shared a board and unfortunately it went a little off track causing us to crash. But still, we were okay and the experience were great for our friends. It was also Valentine’s Day on our second day and I was happy to spend it not only with my boyfriend but also with my lovely friends!

Well, I’ll tell you more about my vacation in a separate post because for now I just want you to know now I’m so totally back with blogging! I know I’ve missed out on so much but hopefully I catch up. Okay then, until my next post. Bye for now. Happy reading!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January 2018 Music Videos

 What Lovers Do - Maroon 5 ft. SZA (Jan 3)

End Game - Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran and Future (Jan 11)

 IDGAF - Dua Lipa (Jan 12)

Finesse - Brunor Mars ft. Cardi B (Jan 25) 

Say Sorry - Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton (Jan 25) 

 For You - Rita Ora & Liam Payne (Jan 26)

 Middle - Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey (Jan 28)

Capital Letters - Hailee Steinfeld (Jan 31)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Poem: Why?

10.42 pm

I miss you tonight
I miss your voice that tells me goodnight
I long for the sweet words that make me smile
Why aren’t you with me tonight?

I miss your touch
I miss it when you tell me you miss me so much
I want to feel your warmth all around me
Why are we losing touch?

I miss you
I miss you so much
I need you tonight and forever
Why aren’t you kissing me goodnight?

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Book: Without Merit by Coolen Hoover


“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.

So, I’ve probably said this a thousand times before that Colleen Hoover is a brilliant writer because yes, she is! I love all her books (even the ones I haven’t read, Lol) and now I can’t help but love her even more. Without Merit is my latest read from Hoover and I still can’t get over it until now. It’s one of the last books I finished last year.

Honestly, for me, it’s not Hoover’s best but it’s just as brilliant as her other books! There are relatable characters, exciting storyline and some unpredictable twists and turns. Also, I dove into the story without really reading the plot so I’d no idea what to expect but I trusted Hoover. Fortunately, Hoover never disappoints! I love every part of the book and yes, I’m in love with Sagan, as I am with Hoover’s other Male leads. Hahaha.

Without Merit deals with issues around a family who’s like any other. A family with divorced parents, sibling rivalries and a wicked step mom. It stars Merit Voss, a girl who feels left out because she doesn’t know a thing about her family, or rather she knows everything about the member of her family. There’s Barnaby Voss, her father who cheated on his wife with his wife’s nurse. Victoria Voss, her mother who never leaves the basement because she’s sick. Utah Voss, the older brother with a secret that hurt Merit. Then there’s Honor Voss, Merit’s exact opposite though they’re identical twins. The other Victoria, Victoria’s (the first) nurse, the one Barnaby cheated with. And of course, there’s Luck which I came to really love at first but ended up hating a lot! Sagan, well, he’s the only normal character in the story, I guess, and oh, the sweet innocent Moby too,, of course! Butspite having complicated characters, they are all well-developed and I love how the story unfolds. I can say I related much with the story and if anything, it gives us a good message: it’ll surprise you how much communicating with your family will strengthen your relationship with them!
“I like you enough to kiss you. Believe me. But I just wish you could like yourself as much as I like you.
Merit and Sagan hit it off the first time they met and I’ll be honest, it was a bit predictable but I didn’t care. I love how the story went and every turn of the page was like “can’t you just get together now please?!” because I was rooting for them from the very first page. Anyway, I know I’m not really giving you an informative review but there’s only one thing you need to know about this book: it’s crazy but not far from the reality of some family out there.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Poem: One Sided

do you only see your side
what you do, what you say
we only make you mad
you’re always right, you’re always mighty

do you?
see the efforts we make
what we do, what we say
do you?
hear our side, our take
everything’s our fault, everything’s on us

can you?
at least listen for once
to our feelings, to our side
can you?
see we’re doing our best, our all
because we love you too

Sunday, December 31, 2017

from me to you #36

*Saying goodbye to 2017* 

Hi, guys! I’m sure this is gonna be my last post this year so I’ll take this chance to thank everyone who’s become a part of my 2017 here in the blogosphere! I admit this year has been wonderful since each and everyone of you has been there viewing, commenting, and interacting with me which meant a lot to me. I enjoyed my books this year and was happy to share them with you. Unfortunately I’m still finishing the book challenges I have but hey, I still have a couple of hours before the year ends. And speaking of the year ending, I want to greet everyone in advance a Happy Happy New Year! Cheers to more blogging years!!

Love, Dez

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas! 🎄

Hi, guys! Just want to greet you and your family a Merry Merry Christmas! 
God bless and I hope everyone's enjoying the holiday! 🎉🎁

Love, Dez

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Book: Making Faces by Amy Harmon


Maybe everyone represents a piece of the puzzle. We all fit together to create this experience we call life. None of us can see the part we play or the way we see are just the tip of the iceberg. And maybe we just don't recognize the blessings that come as a result of terrible things.

My first book of Amy Harmon surely left a mark on me. Making Faces is a beautifully written story of scarred people, both emotionally and physically, that will definitely melt your heart. It's such an emotional book with a brilliant storyline and characters you will surely love.
Making Faces tells the story of Fern Taylor, Ambrose Young and Bailey Sheen, three people who share their passion in wrestling. The lives of these three are connected in such a way they live to support, care and love each other. Fern is one of those characters you will immediately love. She's kind-hearted, loving and she cares so much for her cousin, Bailey, who has a muscular dystrophy. She doesn't see herself as pretty but plain and she has the biggest crush on the handsome Ambrose Young who doesn't see her. Ambrose is a wrestler in high school. It's his sport, the one thing he lives for. Same for Bailey who loves wrestling, but because of his disease he can't even lift his arm without Fern's help.
“I want to be a hero.” Bailey looked at Fern gravely, as if he was disclosing highly classified information. “I don't know what kind yet. Maybe like Hercules or Bruce Baumgartner. And if I can't be a hero like that, then maybe I could just save someone.”

My heart broke for Bailey everytime. He's a sweet guy, full of charms and his love for life made me want to hug him! He knew eventually he's going to die but that doesn't scare him, if anything it makes him want to live more, do more and enjoy everything to the fullest. He and Fern are so close they are practically brother and sister. He is also friends with Ambrose and the rest of the wrestling team since his father is their coach. He's watched every camp his father had with them and with it formed a dream of becoming a great wrestler like Ambrose.

As the story unfolds, we see how Ambrose decided to join the military together with his friends. Fern and Bailey continue to care for each other, left in their little town. Life continues until people in Fern's town receive a bad news. It's a tragedy that will stay in them for a long time.

I've cried a lot of times because of this book. It hurt and my heart ached for everyone. Honestly, I know what will happen next but it still broke my heart. It's deeply moving and it relays a beautiful message about beauty not only being physical. My first Amy Harmon book and I totally loved it!

“If God made all our faces, did he laugh when he made me?
Does he make the legs that cannot walk and eyes that cannot see?
Does he curl the hair upon my head 'til it rebels in wild defiance?
Does he close the ears of a deaf man to make him more reliant?
Is the way I look a coincidence or just a twist of fate?
If he made me this way, is it okay, to blame him for the things I hate?
For the flaws that seem to worsen every time I see a mirror,
For the ugliness I see in me, for the loathing and the fear.
Does he sculpt us for sure, for a reason I can't see?
If God makes all our faces, did he laugh when he made me?”

Overall, Making Faces is a highly recommended book! An emotional book with brilliant storyline and beautiful characters.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Hello, December! 🎄

Only few more days and it's already Christmas. 🎄🎄🎄 How fast the days are passing by! I'm so excited since my parents are coming home and it means we're spending the holidays together. :D

These past few months have been busy and I haven't had much time to update my blog so forgive me if it's been a while since I last posted a decent post. And I tell you, I miss blogging! I used to blog everyday but now it's a miracle if I get the chance to write a post once a week. I've been trying to manage my time but my work schedule tires me so much I only get to sleep when I get home. Anyway, it's Christmas break so I think I'll use this time to write and schedule posts as much as possible.

And I hope everyone's enjoying their December so far. I'm signing off again but I'll be back soon with new blog posts!


Thursday, November 30, 2017

November 2017 Music Videos

 Personal - The Vamps

 Bedroom Door - Liam Payne (Nov 6)

  Perfect - Ed Sheeran (Nov 9)

 Paris in the Rain - Lauv (Nov 16)

Fake Happy - Paramore (Nov 17)

 Let Me Go - Hailee Steinfelt, Alesso ft. Florida Georgia Line, watt (Nov 17)

Beautiful Trauma - P!nk (Nov 21)

One Last Song- Sam Smith (Nov 29)