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)


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Poem: My All

you were a good friend before you were a good lover
we were two different people but now we’re one
you used to tell me tales now you tell me the future
I used to reach for the stars but now I’ve found my treasure

you were once a what if but now you are mine
we were great together now I have a Valentine
you’re my star, you’re my hero, you’re my downfall
you’re everything I’ve ever wanted, you’re my all

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Perfect by Ed Sheeran ♫♪


I found a love for me
Darling, just dive right in and follow my lead
Well, I found a girl, beautiful and sweet
Oh, I never knew you were the someone waiting for me

'Cause we were just kids when we fell in love
Not knowing what it was
I will not give you up this time
But darling, just kiss me slow
Your heart is all I own
And in your eyes you're holding mine

Baby, I'm dancing in the dark
With you between my arms
Barefoot on the grass
Listening to our favourite song
When you said you looked a mess
I whispered underneath my breath
But you heard it,
Darling, you look perfect tonight

Well, I found a woman, stronger than anyone I know
She shares my dreams, I hope that someday I'll share her home
I found a love to carry more than just my secrets
To carry love, to carry children of our own

We are still kids but we're so in love
Fighting against all odds
I know we'll be alright this time
Darling, just hold my hand
Be my girl, I'll be your man
I see my future in your eyes

Baby, I'm dancing in the dark
With you between my arms
Barefoot on the grass
Listening to our favourite song
When I saw you in that dress
Looking so beautiful
I don't deserve this
Darling, you look perfect tonight

Baby, I'm dancing in the dark
With you between my arms
Barefoot on the grass
Listening to our favourite song
I have faith in what I see
Now I know I have met an angel in person
And she looks perfect
I don't deserve this
You look perfect tonight 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Book: Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim


*Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for providing me with a copy of this book.*
i shake cinnamon into my coffee,
& i don’t think of you.
i write your name over and over
until it no longer has meaning.
i fold my memories of you, craft
them paper wings,
in hopes they might one day drift
into amnesia,
& you might leave me,
without a trace.
Before this book, I have never heard of Sabrina Benaim but now, after finishing this one beautiful book, I want to know more about her and her works. Depression and Other Magic Tricks was a very raw and relatable poetry collection! If you know me, you already know how much I love poetries and this one is something I’m glad I got to read. It explores themes related to mental health, family and relationships among others.
Some of the entries really tugged my emotions and I liked how the words spoke to me. I now know that the author does perform slam poetry that’s why this book has a different sound to it and a different writing style. Overall, this book is recommendable and if you love a book with depredsion/anxiety as a main topic, this one’s for you.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

October Music Videos 2017

Not My Ex - Jessie J (Oct 12)

Penthouse Floor - John Legend ft. Chance the Rapper (Oct 12)

Whatever It Takes - Imagine Dragons (Oct 12)

Ready to Change - Kodaline (Oct 13)

Sway - Danielle Bradbery (Oct 15)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Poem: This Feeling


I hate this felling


When I have tears in my eyes but smile on my face


I hate this feeling


When I want to touch you but you're so far away

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