Book Review

BOOK REVIEW: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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About the Book:

“Wrenching and revelatory.” An instant #1 bestseller, the widely acclaimed Turtles All the Way Down is John Green’s brilliant and shattering new novel.

“A tender story about learning to cope when the world feels out of control.” – People

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

ISBN: 9780525555360

Publisher: Penguin Random House

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my thoughts

How can a book both feel fictional and realistic?

Here are just some of the many reasons why I love this book.

  1. It feels both fictional and realistic to me. The fictional part almost feels like Paper Towns to me. The realistic part feels REALLY realistic to me. I will explain further in the upcoming reasons.
  2. The story itself represented life in general. It was sad at one point, then at some times it’d become happy, then anxious, then back to being sad. It’s like life… It goes on.
  3. It gave justice to its mental health representation. The way that the mental health issues were represented here was just so raw and real. The emotions felt all real. It’s like being simulated into the mind of a mental health representative. What I’m really trying to say is JOHN GREEN DID A GREAT JOB ON THE MENTAL HEALTH REP. OKAY??? OKAY…
  4. It’s not all about the emotions. It’s also the character development and settings development. It’s amazing how John Green (implicitly) introduced the characters to the readers; how (as I’ve said earlier) it seems like a simulation of a mental health rep; and how it felt like I was really in Davis’ house.
  5. It’s achingly beautiful. It just proved that not everything that hurts is ugly, and not everything that is beautiful is perfect and happy. As I’ve said earlier, the story perfectly represented life.

Overall, this book is a really good book for me. It is something that I would want to reread in the future. It is something that I think is an important book because of how it talked and dealt with mental health, how it showed the important topics in today’s society, and how it represented this generation very well.

I highly recommend this to everyone!

I’m so glad to have found another favorite book of mine.

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About the Author:

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John Green is the New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Alaska,  An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars, and Turtles All the Way Down. He is one half of the vlogbrothers on YouTube and co-creator of educational series Crash Course.

 

 

 

 

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Book Review

BOOK REVIEW: Mistry By Moonlight by Claire Merchant

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About the Book:

After a year in Europe, Taylor Mistry returns to South Coast a changed woman inside and out.
While some people barely recognise the person they have known for years, similarly Taylor doesn’t recognise herself, finding it difficult to fit back into her old life.
The once overweight young woman who felt invisible to everyone is suddenly getting attention from all sides: an old infatuation and a mysterious stranger are vying for her attention, while the handsome man who quickly stole her heart back in Italy is still in her thoughts.
Life seems more complicated than ever, but Taylor is soon to find out that it’s worse than even she realises. Her life is in danger but she’s not sure why. Are her suitors more than they appear? And does it all have something to do with an act of kindness towards an injured wolf?

ISBN: 9781843867579

Publisher: Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie

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my thoughts

*The publisher sent me a review copy of this book in exchange of a review but this does not, in any way, affect my opinion on the book.*

To be honest, I didn’t expect that I would love this book. Let me explain.

When I started reading it, I was thinking it is fast-paced, but the writing was kind of confusing for me. I had some issues on how the main character, who was also the narrator, referred to her parents. Instead of just saying “mom” or “dad”, she would always say, “my mom Charlie” or just “Charlie” and she was also pretty inconsistent on how she referred to her mom and dad. I don’t know if it’s a shallow thing for me to say, but I found it weird and it affected my first impression of the book.

But, what’s important, I think, was when I read further into the book and the story just caught my attention. I was so invested to the story because it’s just so intriguing and fast-paced (y’know I’m a sucker for fast-paced books).

I had some assumptions because I just love doing that (making assumptions) when I am reading. Some of my assumptions were true, while some of them just misled me. Ha! Shame on me, I know. I know. And maybe that’s another thing I like about this book. The story was both expected and unexpected.

Being a fantasy novel, I like how it doesn’t have a LOOOOT of characters unlike other fantasy novels! The characters here were easy to remember and they were all remarkable and essential to the story. The character development of the main character and her twin brother was not that good, though; but the development of the main character’s love interest and the villain were pretty good! Hmmm… Now I’m wondering what would it be like to read the POV of either the love interest or the villain. 😉

Another cool thing about this book is even though you’re already near the end, the author’s writing style would still keep you thinking about what will happen next. It did not fall short towards the end of the novel. I was pretty much still excited on how the story would end. I was actually thinking that the story won’t end yet on the first book since there would still be two more books; but it ended really well. The author did not put just an easy ending. I think the ending was well-thought of…. And now, I cannot wait to read and see how the story continues on the second book!

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About the Author:

7925431Claire Merchant is an Australian writer and published author of young adult fiction novels set in the imaginary city of South Coast.

She has written stories in genres ranging from fantasy and supernatural fiction, to adventure, drama, and romance.

Claire has a passion for storytelling and character building, and spends a lot of her time drinking black tea and trying to make sense of the voices in her head.

When she’s not busy working on her next novel, you will most likely find her by the Swan River in her hometown, Fremantle.

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Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

BOOKISH (AND NOT SO BOOKISH) THOUGHTS | 001

Hello, avid readers! Welcome to my first Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts. This is a weekly book meme tag created by Christine @ Bookishly BoisterousBookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts is a chance for book bloggers to dabble in areas besides books (but those are welcome too). Share your plans for the weekend, a rant on people not using their turn signals in parking lots, or your love of Sunday morning mimosas.


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Breakfast Date, McDonald’s Guimba, 13th June 2018

Before I graduated from the university, I thought that I wouldn’t be able to meet with my friends anymore. I thought that breakfast dates are impossible after I graduate. I am so glad that until now, four months after I graduated, I still get to eat breakfast, sometimes lunch (or dinner), with my friends. I am always grateful for my friends who are honestly a family to me. They’re my constants.

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Walking alone, along the Graduation Site, Central Luzon State University, 13th June 2018

“It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.” —Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

This is probably my favorite place to walk through alone at university. There’s something about this place that makes me feel safe and at peace with myself every time I walk through it. It feels good to walk here early in the morning when the sun is striking down through the trees that makes it neither scorching hot nor irritating. It also feels good to walk here in the afternoon, just when the sun is setting down at around 5-6 pm, after a tiring day of classes. One of my college best friends, Ate Shiena, and I love walking here after our classes in the afternoon just to eat snacks and then we would go to the student publication’s office which I was a part of and we would go home (or go to our apartment) after some time. I didn’t expect that I would miss my college days this much.

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It’s my first time to do a cover reveal on my bookstagram. I decided to put the cover on an existing book photo that I took a couple of months ago. It made me want to do more cover reveals so I could practice my photo editing/manipulating skills. I would like to thank Inkstagram Tours and Inksplinger PR for the opportunity to share this very amazing cover!

*I got the idea of putting a photo then a caption in this weekly book meme tag from Laurel @ LaurelRainSnow.*

QUESTION OF THE DAY: How are you? Honestly and sincerely, I would like to know how you are doing lately. Let’s talk in the comments, okay? Okay.

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Readathon · TBR

Read-O-Rama Round 10: TBR

Hello, avid readers!

It’s been a while, I know, but what’s important is I’m back! What’s more exciting is I’m back with another TBR list for one of my favorite readathons, Read-O-Rama, which will be happening from June 9th-15th!

This is gonna be just a quick update or post because I don’t wanna bore you. Before we go into the list of books I will be reading for the readathon, please comment down below if you will be participating or not! If you’ll be participating, then please leave a link to your TBR post on your blog, Twitter or Instagram!

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The Challenges:

  1. Read 7 books. I’ll TRY my HARDEST! Gotta make myself accountable! I will be reading Royals by Rachel Hawkins to complete this challenge!
  2. Read a book with R A M A in title/author name. For this challenge, I will be reading Mistry by Moonlight by Claire Merchant.
  3. Read an underrated book. My book choice for this challenge is kinda unique because I chose a book from my shelves which has mixed reviews. The book that I’ll be reading for this challenge is Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. I’ve read on Instagram that you would either love or hate this book and as a fan of Green, I wanna discover for myself if I’m gonna love or hate it.
  4. Read a book with mental health representative. The book that I will be reading for this challenge is one that I am so excited about! It’s The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde. The reasons why I’m excited to read it: a) I love reading about mental health reps and b) I’ve heard so many great things about Wilde’s writing!
  5. Read a host’s book pick. I chose to read Alyssa‘s choice, Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, because I have been meaning to read it ever since Jill from A Book Nerd Reads mentioned that it has an asexual representative and it’s #ownvoices too.
  6. Read a book with flowers on it. I am both guilty and super excited for the book I picked for this challenge! I chose A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland. The reason why I’m guilty is because I was sent an ARC of this but I’ll be reading it just now, months after it has been released; but, the reason why I am super excited to read it is because I totally loved Sutherland’s debut, Our Chemical Hearts!
  7. Read a book by an author from your state or country. Well, I was originally thinking of reading The Girl Between Light and Dark, the sequel to The Girl Between Two Worlds, by K.M. Levis but I told myself that I would never buy a book again just for the sake of readathons. So I changed my mind and decided to pick up that’s already been on my shelf for too long and that is Wagi/Sawi which is an anthology of short stories by various Filipino authors.

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Annnnd those are all the books that I will try to devour in a week! I am so excited to read all of these books, especially now that I’m totally missing the feeling of binge reading since I just came back from an almost two-month reading slump!

Again, tell me in the comments section if you will participate or not, and definitely link up your TBR posts! That is all for now. I’ll talk to you in the comments section! I love you all, avid readers!

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Book Review

BOOK REVIEW: The Girl Between Two Worlds by K.M. Levis

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About the Book:

The day after Karina’s sixteenth birthday, supernatural things start to happen around her and she has no idea why. Her mother, who disappeared soon after they migrated from the Philippines to America, speaks to her in prophetic dreams. Stranger still is the old man who turns up at her house one day and claims to be her grandfather, even though Karina’s mother had told her he died a long time ago.

Karina discovers that her mother is an engkanto princess who ran away from Engkantasia. Karina is now of age to take the throne and must do so to prevent a war between Engkantasia and the human world. She must learn to control her powers and fight a range of weird creatures trying to kill her and her family. To make matters worse, she finally meets a boy she likes and there’s something about him she can’t quite figure out.

ISBN: 9789712733604

Publisher: Anvil Publishing

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My Thoughts:

  • First Impressions

The first few chapters already made me think that it is gonna be a unique book. Not just because it is written by a Filipina, but also because it talked about Philippine myths which we often see in young adult fantasy fiction. I also thought that the start of each chapter (news articles, journal entries) are cool and made me understand things more.

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Firstly, I like how simple but hooking the writing style is. It has the characteristic that always gets me focused on a book: chapter cliffhangers that would make me want to read further. When I was reading it, I didn’t notice the time passing by. It is just so interesting to read something that has both the perspectives of a human and a mythical creature. Of course, what’s a book I love without it being FAST PACED? Yasss, this book is definitely fast paced!!!

The story was developed exactly the way I wanted it to be. BUT IT ENDED REALLY UNEXPECTEDLY!!! Man, that ending just got me shouting “WHAAAAAT??!??!?!?! WHY??!?!??!!!”

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Speaking of development, I ABSOLUTEFREAKINGLY LOVE HOW KARINA WAS ABLE TO FIND HER PURPOSE IN LIFE even at a young age. She was so brave to take the risks and leave her teenage life and do her responsibilities. She is an inspiration, young people, she truly is.

This is the book that made me remember the saying, “Maturity does not come with age, but rather it comes with the acceptance of responsibility.” Ever since her mother disappeared, she has been the one of full responsibility in their house wherein her dad was the only other person in there. She was the one who decides what to eat, what to buy for grocery, and other “adult” stuff that a teenager girl like her was not supposed to be worrying about. Take note: she was only around 13 years old when her mother disappeared and she started being the decision-maker in her family.

I can totally see the similarity of this situation in the real-life situation of some families wherein a child has to act as a parent just to make the family stick together and for them to be able to survive.

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I was just a bit disappointed with how the romance in the story has built up. I am really hoping for a Karina-Mark love story, eh? Also, it was not quite explained enough how Karina and Jason had feelings for each other…

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My Rating:

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About the Author:

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Born in the Philippines and based in Sydney, Australia, Kristyn Maslog-Levis has been working as a journalist both internationally and locally for over 13 years. Her work has been published in various publications, including The New York Times and Al Jazeera. She’s also an award winning photographer and an avid mummy blogger. In 2011, Kristyn self-published her first children’s picture book based on a story her mother used to tell them when they were kids. In 2013, Kristyn self-published her second children’s picture book based on their life as little kids in the Philippines.

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TRAILER REVEAL: Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced by R.J. Garcia | YA Bound Book Tours

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Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where fifteen-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with Finn Wilds, a rebellious local who lives with his volatile and abusive stepfather, who also happens to be the town’s sheriff.

Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods, where Tommy gets to know two girls. He forms a special and unique connection with both girls. The meetings become a place where the kids, who don’t fit in at school, or home can finally belong. As the group of friends begin to unravel clues to a cold case murder and kidnapping— they learn the truth is darker and closer than they ever imagined. Even if they live to tell, will anyone believe them?

Genre: YA Mystery/Suspense

Release Date: May 1, 2018

Publisher: The Parliament House

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About the Author:

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R.J. Garcia is a wife and proud mom. She earned her MSW and worked with foster children and as a school social worker. Writing has been her other great love. She has published several non-fiction pieces. She has been writing short-stories for as long as she can remember. To her amazement, those short stories became novels!

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BLOG TOUR + BOOK REVIEW: The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk | PRH International

29736467About the Book:

Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together. Death wants to tear them apart.

Autumn always knew exactly who she was—a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan always turned to writing love songs when his love life was a little less than perfect.

But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered.

Despite the odds, one band’s music will reunite them and prove that after grief, beauty thrives in the people left behind.

ISBN: 9780525578284

Publisher: Delacorte Press

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