[Author Interview] Randy Ribay (Author of An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes)

Not so long ago, I interviewed the awesome Randy Ribay. He’s Filipino like me which is cool, right? Right. He is a debut author of a contemporary novel entitled An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes and it will come out on October 6. So put it on your to-be-read list!

About the author:

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Randy Ribay is the debut author of the contemporary YA novel AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES (Merit Press, October 2015). He’s also a book reviewer & blogger for THE HORN BOOK and a high school English teacher. He can be found in Camden, NJ walking his dog-children, gaming, or making lightsaber sound effects with his mouth.

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  1. What/Who inspired you to write?

Other storytellers. I love it when I read a book, watch a movie or TV show, or play a game that moves me deeply, that disrupts my life and reminds me what it means to be human. Those are the kinds of stories I wanted to create.

  1. What is the title of your favorite book?

As any bibliophile will probably say, that’s an impossible question! So I’m going to cheat and name several: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, Cane by Jean Toomer, If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin, The Autobiography of Malcolm XNoli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal, The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin…I could go on, but I’ll stop there!

  1. Do you eat when writing? If so, what do you eat?

Nope. I just have an IV in my arm that delivers coffee straight into my bloodstream.

  1. What is your least favorite thing to do?

Wear pants.

  1. When you are not writing, what do you do?

I’m either teaching high school English (with pants on), reading, watching TV, playing video games, or napping with my two dogs on the couch.

  1. What is your all-time favorite movie and TV show/series?

Again I’m going to cheat and say several…

Movies: Star Wars, The HP films, Garden State, Thin Red Line, Interstellar, The Land Before Time

TV: Battlestar Galactica, The Wire, Friday Night Lights, The Simpsons (seasons 1-10), Bachelor in Paradise

  1. Give your best ‘one’ word to describe your upcoming book: An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes.

Geektastical.

  1. What’s the feeling that your upcoming book will almost finally be released?

I have a LOT of mixed feelings. There’s certainly the excitement of achieving a lifelong goal, but I am not without anxiety, which I detailed in a recent blog post.

  1. Can you give an advice to aspiring writers out there?

It’s been said a million times before, but I think you just need to read and write a lot. Don’t worry about writing a masterpiece. Just try to get some words down every day–even if its just a few hundred at a time–and then remind yourself that you can fix them later. Like any skill, your writing only improves with practice.


It’s been a long time since I did an interview. I hope you enjoyed reading my interview with Randy Ribay. Have an awesome day, guys! 🙂

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[Top Ten Tuesday] Authors I Love

It’s been a long time since I did this Top Ten Tuesday feature, and I have finally decided to do it again. Hooray for me! Yes, clap your hands, and rejoice on my comeback.

Today, I’m going to show you my top 10 authors, not my all-time favorite authors, but my top ten, be it their books or their kindness.

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1. Andrew Smith

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Andrew Smith exemplifies the good people in the world! He has a kind soul and heart. He replied to my messages before and he is really nice despite that I’m a total stranger. He also holds my all-time favorite book entitled Winger. Yeah, you guys should read that. It’s amazing! (Also, Stand-Off, Winger’s sequel, is sooooo good!)

2. Becky Albertalli

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Yeah, it’s pretty obvious. One, Becky has a book called Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda which I REALLY loved. So let’s leave it at that. Not to mention that she replies to people. Well, that’s the second. Need I say more?

3.  Marie Lu

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Do I really need to explain? Marie Lu writes good books and never fails to please her readers. Legend is my all-time favorite dystopian novel. The Young Elites is good as well. I met her last November and she’s funny! Totes!

4. Joshua McCune

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You probably don’t know him. But he’s been a good friend of mine and he’s really nice (He is also scary because of his physical structure, kidding! Haha). He writes a book called Talker 25 which is about dragons and they are my thing so… You just have to go to any book stores, online or not, and buy his books now, okay?

5. Michelle Hodkin

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I met Hodkin last January and she was a total sweetheart and darling. She is so friendly and she is just nice. That’s it! Also, she writes good books. So don’t forget to read Mara Dyer.

6. Robyn Schneider

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Robyn is an author you’ll wish to write more contemporary novels. The Beginning of Everything is one of my favorite contemporary. And you don’t want to miss out in everything she writes. You just have to read them. Just.

7. Alex London

alex londonThis dude writes one of the best dystopian books that I’ve ever read. P.S. The first book broke my heart. I met him a year ago and he was just too nice and I’m just completely speechless. I couldn’t even say a word to him. Yeah, I’m too introvert-sy. I suck, okay? 😦

8. Melissa Kantor

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Okay, I haven’t even read any of her books before. Sorry! But I saw her last month along with Robyn Schneider and Katie Cotugno. And you know, she’s just so nice even though I admitted that I haven’t even read her books. She’s like, “It’s okay, I hope you enjoy them.” Oh, I definitely will.

9. Sarah J. Maas

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Don’t judge me for this… but, I only read one book by her and it’s A Court of Thorns and Roses. I admit, I so, very, totally loved it! And I’m soooo excited to read Throne of Glass which will probably be soon. Can’t read it yet. I have some priorities. But rest assured that it’s one of my anticipated reads.

10. L.J. Devet

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He is an Australian author who you surely don’t know, but he’s really a close friend of mine. And he sent me his book called Altor: The Shadow Rebellion which I really loved because of its world he built and the characters who I absolutely love.


Thank you guys for reading this (boring?) article. I hope you enjoyed it even though it’s not really that interesting. Anyway, have a good day everyone!

[Review] Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

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Title: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publication: September 1st 2015 by Poppy
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 256

Format: ARC

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?


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My thoughts: 

As much as I have enjoyed reading her other three books, this was the book that I felt bland and boring. Don’t get me wrong. Her other three books are completely different from this. She tried writing a love story in a different perspective, and I could just say that this didn’t turn out to be the book that I would think that I would love.

This book started with two lovers with long distance hindering their relationship, leading them to maybe break up or not. The characters were cute, but they were completely b-o-r-i-n-g. I wanted to enjoy another of her book, but I think she should’ve written a book that is way up her alley.

That being said, I will still read any of her books because this book did quite entertain me. But I hope it won’t fail because I want to love a book that is written by someone I met and I still adore.

“I would’ve waited all day. I probably would’ve waited forever.”

I was glad this was short because the introduction to this story was nonsensical and I just didn’t know where the story was going to… until the end. The end was the most enjoyable part in this book where the answer to the awaited question of breaking up or not will be revealed.

Contrary to the negative aspects of what I have said about this book, I love the adventure– the “scavenger hunt”– which made everything much more fun and exciting. Every place they have gone to holds a dear memory to them. Memories they want to treasure as they part ways.

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Clare is a girl who only says the three-magic-words, I love you, to someone who will be with her forever and ever. She is an I-love-you virgin. For me, she’s a selfish idiot. I don’t know. Why can’t she just say those words if she doesn’t want him to leave her?

Aidan is so unrealistic. He’s not the kind of guy you can see somewhere. A man who will sacrifice his time and a man who is understanding. It’s too fictional for me though. Unless it’s me. Well maybe I’m that man. *clears throat*

All this, and the only thing it means is goodbye.

I guess I’m not that big of a fan of contemporary novels, unless they’re really great then I would recommend them to everyone. But this book is not just for me.

3 swordsI love dove this book.


About the author:

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Jennifer E. Smith is the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned her master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City. Her writing has been translated into 28 languages.

[Review] After Hours by Claire Kennedy

after hours Title: After Hours
Author: Claire Kennedy
Publication: June 16th 2015 by Simon Pulse
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: ARC

 Isa, Xavi, Peter, and Finn know that a job at the high-end Waterside Cafe isn’t just about waiting tables. It’s about the gossip, the hook-ups, the after-hours parties and, most of all, it’s about Tips.

Tips–the high-stakes game based on dares. Whoever completes the most dares wins the collected money. A sum that could change a wasted summer into a Summer to Remember.

Isa is the new girl with an embarrassing secret, and as long as she stays on top of her game, she sees no reason why anyone could ever find out.

Xavi will do anything for the money…absolutely anything.

Peter, Xavi’s stepbrother, has been in love with her for years, and he thinks the game is the perfect time to confess his feelings.

Finn is in the game just for the thrill. He has enough tips coming in to keep him happy…even if those tips come with some conditions.

From seduction to stealing to threats, the dares are a complete free-for-all, and only the best can win.

The sophisticated Waterside Cafe is anything but classy behind the scenes…and things are about to get dirty.


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My thoughts: (may contain spoilers)

(I was sent a review copy of this book from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.)

Well, that was weird…

Reading this book was entertaining, but there was just so many boring parts, leaving me undecided if I should like it or not. This book has a lot of point-of-views, namely Isa’s, Xavi’s, Peter’s and Finn’s. I enjoyed their perspectives, and it was well-written on that part.

My problem on this book is that the premise of this book was really good, but the execution was a total failure. I love how four of the main characters were given enough point-of-view which helped me understand this book better.

“No one should be judged on who they love. Unless they love Hitler. Then maybe we can judge a little.”

Isa is the new waitress in the critically-acclaimed restaurant, Waterside Cafe. She starts the job without any knowledge about the Tips, a dangerous game to earn money. Having been invited by her boss to the game, it completely changes her life. And the game completely changed her as well at the end.

Xavi, being constantly teased by money, does everything that will ruin her life. She falls in love with a man who she doesn’t expect to love. Money and love change her life.

Peter, Xavi’s stepbrother, does everything for her stepsister who he fell in love with. And Finn falls in love with the new waitress and wins most of the games in the Tips history. Both of the guys sound like hunky jocks in this book, but as you get to know them, you’ll like them.

Rico, their boss, isn’t really what they think who he is. He’s the complete opposite. He’s a pedophile and a thief, and almost ruins the life of her workers. I just hope that he be given a point-of-view in this book to understand what he is doing and why he is doing things.

I don’t have a lot to say in this book because it was just a quick read. But the romance, the dares (the thrill of doing the dare) and the story are what made me enjoy this book. The characters? Not so much.

Not to mention that I almost wanted to DNF this book.

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2 swords for the entertainment


About the author:

Claire Kennedy lives and works on Nashville, Tennessee, where she is hard at work on her next novel.

Tips on How to Interview an Author

I have been asked by someone to post on how to interview an author because he/she has seen a lot of my posts having an interview with an author, and she is very much interested to know. This is probably too random for you all. I don’t know if it’s going to be helpful.

There is really nothing to know about… You just have to be friendly to an author. Authors don’t want people who bite, am I right? They are friendly, and they are nice people. Feel free to approach them. They like to accommodate their fans, and especially the people who are most interested to read their books.

I should be giving tips # 1 to 1,000,000, am I exaggerating? But, I just want to elaborate that we should send them a message in any means possible. And ask nicely. Not all people are frequently replied by the authors– they may be sleep-deprived, or sick, or just simply asleep. So don’t barrage them with messages that could annoy them. Savvy?

Okay, here it is…

TIP # 1Find the perfect medium on sending your message.
You should know where the particular author you want to interview is very active. If it is Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, message them there. But don’t send them messages on every social media possible. You are most likely to be replied when the author is active in that certain social media.

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TIP # 2Be nice. 
When you have finally found the perfect way to message the author, be nice. Use the appropriate words when sending a message to an author. They will probably reply to messages that capture their eye. Make it count and make it clean.

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TIP # 3Ask the appropriate questions for the interview.
Find the perfect time before asking the questions. They probably do not have enough time to answer your questions so narrow down your questions into a few numbers. Since they are authors and they write to please their readers, they are probably busy writing. When they finally agrees to be interviewed for your blog (maybe), then that’s the time you ask your questions.

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TIP # 4Be thankful.
Not all people have been granted by the authors to be interviewed. If you have interviewed a particular author, be thankful. Thank him or her. Thank them for giving some of their time to answer the questions you’ve given.

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I hope that helped you interview an author. This isn’t really that informative and detailed but at least, I hope it helped even a bit, maybe?

Thank you all for reading this post, have a good day/night!

[Review] Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publication: April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ
Pages: 303
Format: Hardcover

 Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


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My thoughts:

THIS IS SUCK AN ADORABLE BOOK. Wait, dick an adorable book. No! I mean it’s SUCH an adorable book!

The writing style is so simple that it hooks you in every moment and it will never let go (but Jack did). The mystery itself in this book will make your eyes crave for more words and will make your hands flip the pages. Everything is just too swoon-worthy for me. Even though I rarely read these kinds of books, this book got me enamored.

The Homosexual Agenda? I don’t know. I think it’s more like the Homo Sapiens Agenda. That’s really the point, right?

Simon, of all people, just became one of my spirit animals. He’s so funny and shy, and those are what made me like him. He sends e-mail like a pro, proofreading it multiple times before clicking ‘send’ to not disappoint his one and only mysterious love who he hasn’t even met yet.

Yes, Simon is gay. So what? I like how this book is all about being diverse, and it never failed to impress the readers. I have read a lot, wait. A LOT of awesome reviews on this book and seriously, this has become one of my best reads this year. Although some of the parts in this book were a tad unrealistic. I was expecting their parents to get mad or something because that’s what makes up the society today.

I did my best to finish this book, well, forced is a better word. I stayed up all night and it was all worth it. What I like about this book is that the author kept Blue’s mysterious identity as a secret which has delivered a lasting thrill throughout the book. Finishing this book was hard because I didn’t want it to end. Jacques’ (Simon) and Blue’s (*beep*) e-mail messages to each other are what I was looking forward to every time. I just want more. More. Give me a sequel. Or a movie, please?i want more

Simon is too cute when he sends clues to Blue about who he is. And always sexually desires to meet Blue, imagining that he is kissing (probably French, who knows?) with Blue and doing some you-know-what stuffs that could happen between them.

Simon’s parents are to-die-for; they are so funny and they are supportive in anything their children do. So that’s a plus. Can I order a supportive family, please? No? Okay. Now to Simon’s friends, Leah, Abby and Nick, they’re such good friends. Everything is perfect here.

Martin, Simon’s blackmailer, finds out that Simon is gay through reading his e-mail with Blue.

AND PLEASE, LET US NOT FORGET OREOS! Oreos are the talk of the town here! My mouth itches for all Oreos possible everytime I read anything about them. Fried Oreos with ice cream on top are the best, just saying.

But I’m tired of coming out. All I ever do is come out. I try not to change, but I keep changing, in all these tiny ways. I get a girlfriend. I have a beer. And every freaking time, I have to reintroduce myself to the universe all over again.

If you get to the ending, it will become so much cuter. It’s debatable though if you think that their e-mails are more adorable and cuter.  If you’re asking if this is a really good book, it’s obviously yes. A gazillions of YES!

5 swordsUndeniably 5 swords for this fun and cute book!


About the author:

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Becky Albertalli is a clinical psychologist who has had the privilege of conducting therapy with dozens of smart, weird, irresistible teenagers. She also served for seven years as co-leader of a support group for gender nonconforming children in Washington, DC. She now lives in her family in Atlanta. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is her first novel.