Hello, It’s Me

I just wanted to drop by and say I miss blogging. It’s been a while. To be precise, it’s been almost 3 weeks that I haven’t posted anything on my blog. I don’t know if I should feel sorry or not because I’m kind-of enjoying the freedom and liberation from blogging. I know a lot of people like to have a break from blogging because of work or studies.

It’s still summer here, and I’m already having a break from my blog. I don’t want to say that I hate blogging, but as from my previous post, I just joined the men’s volleyball team of our school. It’s been a fun and great experience for me because I’m finally doing other stuff rather than always reading or playing video games. My eyesight could have gone worse.

Aside from that, the reading slump remains intact. I have never finished a book YET, and I’m very upset about it. I JUST WANT TO FINISH A BOOK. PLEASE LET ME FINISH A BOOK, BOOK GODS. HAVE MERCY ON ME! Yeah, I just finished 2 books this month. Not proud. Not very proud. I finished 13 books last month, and now it has gone way, way worse than I have imagined.

Have pity on me, people. Kidding. But seriously, I really need to finish a book, so good-bye. Going to try my best or force myself to finish a book.

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Do you miss me? (joke) Comment below and let’s talk about you. How are you?

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Why I’m Gone Again and Not Sorry About It

Well, that was a really long title because I want to be frank about it. It’s been a few days since I’m gone. I really miss blogging, but I have been freaking busy with life even though it’s summer break. I know I have a lot of duties to do as a blogger. Book reviews are one of them, and believe me when I say that I have a lot of books to review.

I’m now overwhelmed. Not really. I want to get into them soon, but I’m completely distracted right now. Just recently, I have joined the men’s volleyball tryouts in our school, and now, my body freaking hurts as hell because of that. I’m trying my best to read in my free time, but I just can’t. I smell reading slump, and it got to me in a very, very wrong time.

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So I’ll probably be gone again in a while because of life. I also don’t know if I’m going to review for colleges’ entrance exams, but I will probably review someday. I just hope I can read soon and blog more here.

Well, ciao for now. Don’t worry, I won’t be gone for long. I won’t probably be gone. I don’t know.


How often do you get reading slumps (ugh)? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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[Review] The Season of You & Me by Robin Constantine

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Title: The Season of You & Me
Author: Robin Constantine
Publication: May 10th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: ARC

Cassidy Emmerich is determined to make this summer—the last before her boyfriend heads off to college—unforgettable. What she doesn’t count on is her boyfriend breaking up with her. Now, instead of being poolside with him, Cass is over a hundred miles away, spending the summer with her estranged father and his family at their bed-and-breakfast at the Jersey Shore and working as the newest counselor at Camp Manatee.

Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with your date at prom. One miscalculated step and Bryan’s life changed forever—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. This is the first summer he’s back at his former position at Camp Manatee and ready to reclaim some of his independence, in spite of those who question if he’s up for the job.

Cass is expecting two months dealing with heartbreak.
Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments.
Neither of them is expecting to fall in love.


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My thoughts:

I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from Harper Collins International in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.

This book was profoundly cliché wherein I find every part of the romance unoriginal, but I do not blame the author. I mean, somehow, contemporaries only get to an extent where they get to be the same. That’s why contemporaries are a no go for me unless they have been recommended by a lot of people.

The Season of You & Me follows two main perspectives: Cassidy who just broke up with a jerk who cheated on her; and Bryan who recklessly did something and made him seated on a wheelchair. Both meet at a beach camp and unexpectedly fall in love with each other.

“I hate when things end.”

Let me start with the very start of the book – it was terribly dragging, and I don’t know if I’ll continue reading or put it down. After the next several pages, it didn’t begin to feel like it anymore. However, the fact that it didn’t feel original plays a huge role in my rating for this.

I don’t know if I have something that I like about this book. Maybe the characters because the guy, Bryan, is disabled, and most contemporaries portray perfection and normality. This imperfection implies reality, and that’s what I really enjoy while reading this book. Diversity.

“Sometimes I even believed it — that she could like me that way — but I didn’t now how to pursue anything more. One moment I was sure we were friends, and completely content with it, then the next she would pout, or smile, or hell, breathe next to me and I ached for more. I was starting to want it too much, especially if she didn’t, and I’d settle for being around her, even if it meant we were just friends.”

Like I said, reading this book felt like it has been done by another author before. Same summer setting. Same kind of endings. Same problems with life. That’s what I have observed from reading contemporaries, and I’m looking for something new and fresh.

Will I recommend this? Maybe, if you want something light and summery romance read, you can read this, but I don’t fully recommend it because of its similar aspects to other contemporaries. Also, I saw one of my favorite bands in this book – Neck Deep! That also kept me reading further, but that did not affect my review at all.

3 swords3 swords for being cliché?


About the author:

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Robin Constantine is the author of The Promise of Amazing and The Secrets of Attraction. A born-and-raised Jersey girl, Robin likes to spend her days dreaming up stories where love conquers all, eventually, but not without a lot of peril, angst, and the occasional kissing scene. She loves swoony books, flip-flops, dark chocolate and the full moon.


Do you enjoy reading contemporaries? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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April Reading Wrap-Up + Monthly Recap

I’m very very proud to have read 13 books last month. Yes, 13. I’m not a reading machine nor someone who does nothing but read. I’m just thankful that I have no distractions last month. Now, guess what, I have. I already read 2 books, but that’s a few number to me because I want to read a lot of books this summer. When school comes, I doubt I’ll be able to read quickly.

This is the month when my 5-star ratings have been given out.

  1. Touched by Elisa S. Amore
  2. Dying to Live by Vincent J. Monteleone
  3. Never Stop Falling by Ashley Drew (e-book)
  4. The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
  5. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  6. Swan Boy by Nikki Sheehan
  7. The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne
  8. My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights by Brooks Benjamin
  9. Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
  10. The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
  11. Ruined by Amy Tintera
  12. The Blood Between Us by Zac Brewer
  13. The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

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My very first 5-star read this year was The Manifesto on How to be Interesting, and it was literally good from start to finish. It was funny and relatable, and I already posted my review of this. You can check it out here. That book is the highlight of my month, and I have never been disappointed with Holly Bourne’s books.

However, the book that was a complete disappointment is, sad to say, Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes. Before you kill me, I want to explain why. The book kept on rambling nonsense about the Queen, and I’m baffled why this one is a book. It has no story at all. I’m warning you – it’s boring as hell.

Also, there’s another disappointment. A lot of people loved this book. I didn’t. It’s a hyped series and when I read The Raven Boys, it felt dull. I didn’t understand the story; the writing was hard to get into. Everything was just pointless, but I continued reading with The Dream Thieves. Questions remained unanswered. I put down the book, and read a new book. Sorry, The Raven Boys fans. 😦

5 stars

  • The Manifesto on How to be Interesting
  • Ruined

4 stars

  • Touched
  • The Darkest Corners
  • Never Stop Falling
  • Swan Boy
  • My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights
  • The Square Root of Summer
  • The Blood Between Us

3 stars

  • The Raven Boys
  • The Outliers

2 stars

  • Queen of Hearts

That’s it for my reading wrap-up. For my blog recap, it wasn’t a really big improvement because I had a mini-hiatus, and to be honest, I feel lazy to update my blog sometimes. I think everyone becomes lazy from time to time. As much as I want to stay from my blog for a while, I can’t because I have a lot of books to review. Even though it feels like a chore, I’m still glad that it keeps me on my blog.

So for last month, my blog has:

  • 2,461 views
  • 1,394 visitors
  • 684 likes
  • 192 comments

Not bad right? Hopefully, I’ll be able to improve my stats this month because I’m losing my skills, yo. I need to get my creative juices back. If only grocery stores sell these kinds of juices. Please.


What are your humble-brag-worthy (lol) achievements last month? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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[Review] Swan Boy by Nikki Sheehan

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Title: Swan Boy
Author: Nikki Sheehan
Publication: May 5th 2016 by Oneworld Publication
Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Dance
Pages: 352
Format: ARC

When Johnny moves house and starts a new school he has to deal with a bully who can’t leave him alone. But help comes from an unexpected and surprising source and Johnny’s growing power soon puts him in a very special place.

A chance encounter with a swan sparks a series of events that result in Johnny playing the lead in a school ballet. His teacher wants him to live the role, and when feathers start sprouting on his chest, Johnny begins to understand his true potential. But will he be strong or brave enough to beat his bullies, take care of his brother, support his mother and find a place for himself among all the chaos that is prevailing in his life.


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My thoughts:

I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from HMH Kids in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.

I have never been fascinated with books about dance because I haven’t tried reading one. Ever since I requested this, I didn’t know what to expect. As lovely as the cover, I was astounded by the story itself. It left me emotionally unstable, and I just want to plead for more story in this setting. Well, it’s not just about dance.

Johnny has just moved to a new school where everything feels new and unfamiliar. Since his father died, his mother is the only one supporting them financially, leading them to move into another house and enroll in another school. In this new school, he is obviously bullied and has been called Swan Boy because the onlookers saw him controlled the swan to attack Liam, the school bully. After being continuously bullied and cornered in the school, they are caught fighting and got into detention, but instead of letting them go litter-picking, they are given a chance to join a dance club to be a part of a show.

“You didn’t need to dance. Dancing is mere presentation. You did something better – you became.”

I love how the way this book was written, even though I was in a mid-reading slump, it swiftly took it away from me. Boy, am I relieved. It was a short book and a book that will definitely give you the real emotional feels. I have never been emotional for a long time by reading a book, and now, it finally gave me a deserving read.

As I told you about me being emotionally unstable, it is because of the fact that I was able to easily connect with the character and adapt with the setting. There is a thing about the characters that make them perfect for its genre. Characters with simple and kind personality combined with the writing style of the author that give the emotional aspect of the book are what I completely love, and this book had it all.

“It’s not love. It’s more like . . . awe. Johnny, when you see the beautiful swan, it’s as if a light bulb goes on in your head, and you finally know what, or who, you want to be. You don’t want too be a prince, pampered and spoilt, but ultimately held prisoner by your status. You want to be wild and free. You want to swim and fly.”

There is something about the beautiful style of writing which I really want to read in every book possible. I can feel the author pouring her heart into her book and how she delivered her writing to reality. Every word she’s written breaks my heart (in a very positive way) because she knows how to convey the story through means of making the audience emotional as the story embarks in a negative mood.

A truly recommended read for middle-grade lovers. This will twist your heart in a good way and will leave you emotional in some way. I enjoyed reading this one because of my connection with the protagonist, Johnny. Also my first time reading a book about dance and not being disappointed at all. Good job!

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4 swords for being dance-tastic!


About the author:

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Nikki Sheehan is the youngest daughter of a rocket scientist. She went to a convent school in Cambridge where she was taught by real nuns in long black habits. She studied linguistics and then psychology and worked as a subtitler for the Simpsons, followed by many years as a journalist. She lives in Hove near the beach with her husband, three children, two dogs, one cat and definitely no more hamsters.


Have you read any book that is about dancing or anything related to it? Comment below and let’s talk about it.
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Books I Badly Want to Buy This May

I love doing this monthly feature aside from Stacking the Shelves because I get to showcase all the new releases and what I’m really anticipating that month.And this May, there are a lot of new releases that I’m REALLY, REALLY, REALLY DYING TO READ. If only my money multiplies by the minute, I would’ve bought all of them, but no. There are a lot of May releases that I already own (e.g. The Square Root of Summer, Ruined), so I’m not going to include them here as much as I want to.

And now, I’m opening up a Bookwormaniac Book Charity. Donate a book, save a life. (I wish)

Here are the May releases I’m dying to buy:


1. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

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I’m going to reveal the truth. I mentioned this book a lot of times already on my Twitter and on my blog, and I can’t stop thinking about how good the plot sounded that it made me want to request for an ARC for this but didn’t get one. I’m not mad because I’m going to buy this one one way or another. For the past months, I’ve been eagerly waiting for this book to come, and THIS MONTH HAS FINALLY COME. HALLELUJAH!

I mean, come on, check the summary here on Goodreads. I hope this will be a magical read!


2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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A Court of Thorns and Roses is my very first Sarah J. Maas book, and I adored it! It is no secret then that I will buy this book. I’m just scared because it’s another hefty book unless it’s worth it. I think Sarah J. Maas is an auto-buy author for me? Maybe. I love her so much. I didn’t get a chance to meet her before when she cam here.


3. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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Okay, here it is. MORGAN MATSON’S NEW BOOK! I only read Since You’ve Been Gone, and it’s one of my favorites last year. I just simply adored it. The cover, the dust jacket, the book itself. Ahhh! It definitely gives you the summer feels. And this one looks like another of it. I can see ice cream again. Morgan Matson is an amazing author and you guys should check her books out.


4. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

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I have never read any John Corey Whaley book even Noggin, but this cover completely sold me. I’m a sucker for anything colorful. THE HYPE FOR THIS BOOK IS REAL. The summary itself sounds good too because it covers mental illness, and I adored every book I read about that. Thus, I know I’m going to enjoy this one too because everyone seems to love it.


Other books I might consider buying this month:


What are your anticipated releases this month? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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[Review] Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake

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Title: Suffer Love
Author: Ashley Herring Blake
Publication: May 3rd 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 352
Format: ARC

Hadley St. Clair’s life changed the day she came home to a front door covered in slips of paper, each of them revealing the ugly truth about her father. Now as her family falls apart in the wake of his year-long affair, Hadley wants everyone-her dad most of all-to leave her alone.

Then she meets Sam Bennett, a cute new boy who inexplicably “feels like home” to Hadley. Hadley and Sam’s connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret about his family that could ruin everything.


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My thoughts:

I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from HMH Kids in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.

This book unexpectedly tore me into pieces. It’s been a while since I read a book that has a tragic ending, and this one showed me a cry-worthy tragedy. However, I didn’t cry because I have never cried while reading books at all. Teary-eyed, maybe? But that’s still once in a blue moon.

The story follows two characters namely Sam Bennett and Hadley St. Clair with their own problems with their own family, and then they meet at school and get closer to each other. The truth only starts to unfold when they deeply get to know each other and when they were actually in love with each other.

“I guess the world really does end with a whimper. A whole lot of quiet, a million things left unsaid until it’s too late to say them.”

You will definitely ugly-cry when you get to the ending because that’s what I felt. Likewise, reading this book made me emotional because of its beautiful writing. The writing is absolutely the big factor that really made me like – wait, LOVE – this beautiful book.

However, I didn’t much have a connection with the characters. It’s definitely there, but it didn’t fully connect. I still love the characters as they are. I don’t have an issue about not being able to connect as long as the story as a whole is amazingly written. Still, this could’ve been improved.

“We couldn’t not be together, because being together was the only thing that made sense. The only thing that kept us both from disappearing.”

I was supposed to give this book 3 stars until the book finally hooked me and gave me this shocking ending. I know I have to add another star because it deserves it. Again, 4 stars because there’s something lacking in the book that could’ve been better. The start of the book didn’t really capture my attention which is disappointing.

A recommended read for everyone who loves characters with tragic life meeting together not knowing the truth about their own. This is a book that will drive you to insanity. Shocking ending, strong characters and perfect plot combined together make a beautiful story like this one.

4 swords4 swords for making me so emotional! *cries*


About the author:

ashley blake.jpgAshley Herring Blake is a poet, teacher, and YA novelist. Her debut novel, SUFFER LOVE, follows two teens as they attempt to wade through an intense relationship complicated by their parents’ infidelities. Ashley lives in Nashville, TN.


What’s your favorite YA contemporary debut? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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