Monday, October 9, 2017

Book: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

12/

“The truth is, nothing really matters unless we decide it matters.”

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

I was happy when I received an ARC of this book and hearing a lot of mixed reviews made me want to read it right away! It was my first book of Wendy Walker and I was told that it's good but not as good as her other books. 

To summarize, the book is about two teenagers, Emma and Cass Tanner, who went missing one night and after three years, Cass just suddenly showed up, ready to tell their story.

“I think there are two types of people. Ones who have a scream inside them and ones who don’t.”

To be honest, I was so intrigued with the story that the pages just flew by in a couple of days. I like how complex the characters are especially Cass that I wanted to figure her out myself, dig into her mind and all! The pacing made it more exciting, with the flashbacks and how Cass tells the stories. I didn't connect with Abby that much but she's a strong character. Along with Cass and her family's story, we were also shown Abby's past by giving us bits and pieces about her own family. This way we can see how she can relate with them. I hated the Martins and Witt is a sweetheart!


It always excites me when I read psychological thrillers because they promise a lot of things and thankfully Emma in the Night didn't disappoint. Though I can say that there were times that I wanted to just skip some pages just to get to the ending and finally know what exactly happened! But overall, it was a thrilling experience and I loved the ending!


Maybe I'll try and get a copy of Wendy Walker's other book and see if I'll like it just the same.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Triple Birthday Celebration 🎂🎂🎂

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!!!
(Dez, Kia, Larra)
I wish for more birthdays to come, good health, more blessings and happiness in everything we do :D
Cheers! 🍻🎉

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

September 2017 Music Videos

Staying Up - Matoma & The Vamps (Sept 8)

The Last of The Real Ones - Fall Out Boy (Sept 13)


Let You Go - Machine Gun Kelly (Sept 13)

Cut To The Feeling - Carly Rae Jepsen (Sept 14)


Too Good at Goodbye - Sam Smith (Sept 18)


Find You - Nick Jonas (Sept 19)

Too Much To Ask - Niall Horan (Sept 21)


How Do You Feel - The Maine (Sept 22)


Hello Summer - Danielle Bradberry (Sept 22)


Stargazing - Kygo ft. Justin Jesso (Sept 26)

Monday, September 25, 2017

25 ❤


Hey, guys! So, it’s my birthday today and I just want to express how grateful I am to everyone who has been there for me and for all the blessings I’ve received up until now. Can you believe I’m quarter of a decade old now? Wow, that’s old! And I’m really happy to have had 24 years of good and fruitful life. I just wish that my 25th year would be as amazing and blessed as my previous years.


I celebrated with my sisters and had a really fun day! ❤

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Poem: 2am

Looking up the stars, I’m missing you more
The cold air of the night makes it worse
I miss your hand on mine, your arms around me
I miss the feel of your body, your kiss mostly
The moon’s shining but my heart is crying
Every moment without you is the worst
I long to hug you, I long to be with you
I long for the day you’ll come back, I really do

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

One Love - Mariana's Trench ♫♪


I wake up tonight, feeling paper thin and I'm paper white
You say, "Just come back to bed"
Voice sounds strange, but I soon forget
And your sad blue eyes, like mine
Full of pity now, but I don't know why
The light dims without regret
'Til now you're nothing more than a silhouette
But just hold quick, you're fading right
In a cold trick of the light
I'm just so sick, I thought you might be here
But you di-disappear

Now I wake up and I forget that you were gone
A phantom limb is all that I am hanging on
So don't stop, no stopping it yet
What if the one true love's the only one that you get?
And you've been wishing but you don't know how to stay
And I've been broken but I'm better every day
So don't stop, no stoppin' it yet
What if the one true love's the only one that you get?

One love (one love), one love you get
One love (one love), one love you get
One love (one love), one love you get
One love (one love), one love you get

Lost and gone so fast
You get me every time
But I live with that
I might do this to myself
Only made it worse but I just can't help
You know I get so attached
Listen everyday 'til the dark is back
Now I pine for phantom pain
It's the only time that I see your face
So just hold quick you're fading right
In a cold trick of the light
I'm just so sick, I thought you might be here
But you di-disappear

Now I wake up and I forget that you were gone
A phantom limb is all that I am hanging on
So don't stop, no stopping yet
What if the one true love's the only one that you get?
And you've been wishing but you don't know how to stay
And I've been broken but I'm better every day
So don't stop, no stoppin' it yet
What if the one true love's the only one that you get?

One love, one love, one love you get
One love, one love, one love you get
One love, one love, one love you get
One love, one love, one love you get

What if you still feel me too, still?
What if there was still a way of taking care of this?
What if I wake up tonight and you are real?
What if we could find a way to try to heal?
What if there's no stoppin' us yet?
What if the one true love's the only one that you get?
What if there was still a reason not to go?
What if there was still a little bit of hope?

So don't stop, no stoppin it yet
What if the one true love's the only one that you get? (Love you get)

One love, one love you get
One love, one love you get
One love, (one love) one love you get (One love)
One love, (one love) one love you get
One love, one love you get
One love, one love you get
One love, (One love) one love you get (one love)
One love, (one love) one love you get

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Book: Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers

★★★/★★★★★

“She’s probably wondering what just happened, but I’m too rattled to stop and explain things: The more I get to know her, the more I like her. And the more I like her, the more I want her to like me.”  

Okay, so I'll be totally honest with this one because Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers is one of those books I really wanted to love because it has music, romance, interesting plot line but sadly the characters were a bit disappointing. I was all excited when I picked this up thinking it'll be a great one but it somehow failed to impress me. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it but there were things that I found lacking and the romance felt rushed which sucked! 

The book tells the story of Ali who at a young age lost her hearing due to a brain tumor. It took away Ali's chance of being a great musician and around the same time, she also lost her mother, leaving her to her abusive father. Now seventeen, Ali wants to escape the hands of her father so when an opportunity presents itself, who is she not to grab it? Then there's Jace Beckett, lead singer of Tone Deaf. Jace has his own issues but when Ali suddenly comes into his life, or band, he realizes that some pain are worth feeling.

You're the best kind of pain I've ever felt. I've always avoided pain but as much as you hurt, I don't want to leave you.”

 I expected so much from this book and I won't say it didn't live up but the characters irked me a bit especially Jace! Yes, he has his issues but it didn't grant him a pass to be a class A jerk. I initially didn't like him and all through out the book he kept annoying me. He's arrogant and I hated that he can switch character in an instant like one second he's this cold person and the next he's all sweet and what-not. Maybe it was my first impression of him when he first met Ali. But despite Jace, I liked his band mates! Killer is probably my most favorite just because he's hilarious and Arrow, well, he's also my favorite! Ali is a so-so. I liked her at times but sometimes I didn't understand her actions.

The romance between Ali and Jace was sweet. Another insta-love but it was okay, I think, when you meet a rock star and he kinda saved you from a hell-hole that is your life. I loved the music and though I was expecting more of concert scenes and music writing session, I guess what the book had was enough. The ending was fine but it felt rushed! Like I was around 95% but it felt like there were a lot more that could've happened.

Overall, the book was good and I liked that Ali is different from the typical YA characters. It has complex characters and a promising story line but if you don't like insta-love and cheesy romance, well, this has both.


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?