BOOK

The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes

THE BASICS

Title: The Fall of Butterflies

AuthorAndrea Portes

Series: N/A

Genre: Young adult, contemporary, romance

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Publication Date: May 10, 2016

My Rating: 4 STARS

GOODREADS SUMMARY:

Willa Parker, 646th and least popular resident of What Cheer, Iowa, is headed east to start a new life.

Did she choose this new life? No, because that would be too easy—and nothing in Willa’s life is easy. It’s her famous genius mother’s idea to send her to ultra-expensive, ultra-exclusive Pembroke Prep, and it’s only the strength of her name that got Willa accepted in the first place.

But Willa has no intentions of fitting in at Pembroke. She’s not staying long, she decides. Not at this school—and not on this planet. But when she meets peculiar, glittering Remy Taft, the richest, most mysterious girl on campus, she starts to see a foothold in this foreign world—a place where she could maybe, possibly, sort of fit.

When Willa looks at Remy, she sees a girl who has everything. But for Remy, having everything comes at a price. And as she spirals out of control, Willa can feel her spinning right out of her grasp.

In Willa’s secret heart, all she’s ever wanted is to belong. But if Remy, the girl who gave her this world, is slip-sliding away, is Willa meant to follow her down?

Andrea Portes’s incandescent, heartfelt novel explores the meaning of friendship, new beginnings, and the precarious joy and devastating pain of finding home in a place—a person—with wings.

MY TAKE: 

Review of the ARC provided by National Bookstore from a Twitter giveaway

“So you’re like… living in the margins, making your case in the margins, trying to make a difference maybe, from the margins…but nobody really wants to listen to you. To see you, ’cause you’re not the story they want to tell.”

The Fall of Butterflies is a standalone contemporary YA book. Though I was able to meet Andrea Portes during her PH tour (Thanks to National Bookstore!!!!), this is my first book by this author. And huge thanks to Harper Collins and National Bookstore for giving me an ARC because, Twitter. *winks*

I am not sure why I am having a hard time rating this book. Is it because I read it in just one sitting or is it because I can somehow relate to the main character? I don’t know. Anyhow, I love the writing style. It was odd, i know. Because Willa tells the story directly to you, to us, the reader, with her eccentric humor and an interesting view on life.

The characters. I love Willa definitely, because of her bizarre humor, the way she talks, the way somehow I can relate to her. When it comes to Remy and Milo? I like their story, I like that the author was able to emphasize that there are a lot of rich people who are not happy even though they can get all the material things they want.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. The ending was sudden and unexpected. The middle part kind of made me sleepy, thanks to Willa’s humor I was able to stay in the story. Definitely a good read! The character development as well as the narration will be the strenght of this book.

One question though, why the hell is it called The Fall Of Butterflies? I have no idea. Andrea?

❤,

April

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More Than This (More Than, #1) by Jay Mclean

THE BASICS

Title: More Than This

AuthorJay Mclean

Series: More Than Series, #1

Genre: New adult, romance

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Publication Date: July 10, 2013

My Rating: 5 STARS

GOODREADS SUMMARY:

When Mikayla imagined her prom night, she envisioned a fairy-tale evening full of romance. So when betrayal and tragedy come in quick succession, Mikayla is completely destroyed. Suddenly, everything she loved and everyone she relied on are tragically, irrevocably gone.

Jake, a handsome boy she just met, happens to witness her loss. With no one to turn to, Mikayla is forced to depend on this near stranger and his family, and he in turn is determined to take care of her. But Mikayla—thrust into adulthood with no one to guide her—is desperate to contain her grief and hide what she considers to be her weakness. Mikayla and Jake both want more, but despite their growing closeness and intense chemistry, she tries to keep her distance and protect her heart. As he does everything in his power to win her trust, Mikayla must choose between remaining alone and safe or letting love in.

MY TAKE:

5-I MORE THAN A LOT LOVED THIS BOOK-STARS!!!!

“HE WAS MY PRINCE CHARMING. MY WHITE KNIGHT. MY HAPPILY EVER AFTER. MY EVERY FUCKING THING”.

Well this one will be automatically added to my favorites shelve!

Jake will be the 2nd on my book boyfriend list (Hi, Travis Maddox you’re always be my no.1). I really liked how Kayla’s vulnerability made her appealing instead of being annoying like a lot of new adult books I have read lately, at certain points of the story, I was actually crying. It was easy to form a certain emotional connection to the story and the characters.

This book hooked me from the start I couldn’t put it down. This book had such a powerful, gripping story line that broke my heart and made me anxious. I don’t think I have ever read another book that is equal parts sad, funny, sweet as this one did.

Ms. McLean definitely did not disappoint. I am so so proud of you!

More Than This (More Than, #1)
Jay Mclean, signed my book.Yay!

I was not able to meet the author yet, but she is very kind to signed my book. Hopefully I will have the chance to meet her. Visit PH soon, Jay!
Bye,

April

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The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

THE BASICS

Title: The Law of Moses

AuthorAmy Harmon

Series: The Law of Moses, #1

Genre: Romance, new adult

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Publication Date: November 18, 2014

My Rating: 4. STARS

GOODREADS SUMMARY:

If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.

And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.

And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all…a love story.

MY TAKE:

“There are laws. There are rules. And when you break them, there are consequences. Laws of nature and laws of life. Laws of love and laws of death.”

To tell you the truth, I was well-prepared. I know that I am going to experience countless of emotions because it was written by the phenom Amy Harmon!

“If I were to paint you, I would use every color”

I fell madly inlove with the characters most especially Georgia. She was lively and full of spirit. A loving daughter. She loves horses, she was a horse-riding cow girl. And then there was Moses. He was a crack baby, found abandoned in a laundry basket when he was only a few hours old. He has always been different from other little boy his age.

The last thing Moses expects to find in his life is Georgia. As the story continues, Georgia grows more and more attached to Moses, when suddenly a heartbreaking loss strikes the man’s life again and changes his life forever. Moses then decides to leave and never to return again, leaving a heartbroken Georgia.

As life changed them both deeply, their paths cross after a couple of years but still their love never fade away they survived all the hurt.

Flawless writing as usual. Truly an inspiring tale that forever will be tattoed in my heart. Amy’s words are the best! If you haven’t read one of her books, you’re missing a lot!

MOVIE

Would You Erase Me?

I have watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind a long long time ago. I first heard the movie when I was in highschool, I had my copy of the movie in my old phone, and as I was decluttering stuff on my phone earlier, I saw that I still have a copy of it, and since it is my rest day, and out of boredom, I found myself watching it for the nth time.

The movie is based in a world where technology exists to erase a particular parts of your memory. It revolves around a couple, Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) and Clementine Kruczynski, (Kate Winslet) though much of the film takes place in Joel’s mind, who choose to undergo the process after a sloppy breakup and in taking over both painful and the beautiful parts of their relationship. There are a lot of things this movie does right. With a star-studded casts, the acting is fantastic! What else would you expect from Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, eh? The image of memories is so charming as well and absolutely, utterly smashes on the world of wistfulness.

Confused with the title, i googled it and it says that, it was taken from the poem, ELOISA TO ABELARD by ALEXANDER POPE, the story of tragic love affair where forgetfulness became the heroine’s only comfort:

“How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d”

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is such a fucked up depressing movie, yet, still I love it despite the fact. This was already added to my favorites!

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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

THE BASICS

Title: Carve the Mark

AuthorVeronica Roth

Series: Carve the Mark #1

Genre: Young adult, science fiction, fantasy

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Publication Date: January 17, 2017

My Rating: 3 STARS

GOODREADS SUMMARY:

In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.

The Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth’s stunning portrayal of the power of friendship — and love — in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.

MY TAKE:

“I am a Shotet. I am sharp as broken glass, and just as fragile. I tell lies better than I tell truths. I see all of the galaxy and never catch a glimpse of it.”

Let us be honest here, we all love Divergent in fact I have read the book 5 times already. But after what happened to Allegiant, I was a little wary going into this book. What gave me the courage to read this is because there’s been a lot of discussion about the harmful nature of this book in terms of racial stereotyping, but I don’t think that, that is the point of this review and also those things have already been mentioned by other reviewers who have been able to explain way way better than I could. So yeah.

Carve the Mark is the first book in hopefully a duology of the same name. It features dual POV of Cyra and Akos. This was what annoys me the most, when it comes to Cyra’s POV it was in first person which I enjoyed reading and then when it switched over to Akos it turned into third person which really irked me. I like the concept of current gifts. Reminded me of Tahere Mafi’s Shatter Me and ofcourse Star Wars. With regards to the story, it was slow. It was confusing, I was not able to connect and to remember what is happening until almost half of the book.

However, just to conclude, Carve the Mark still met my expectations of being a good read but I have to admit that this book absolutely lacked in some areas. I love Veronica Roth, and I really really like to love this book but I think the author tried too hard, I mean this is a simple plot, and all she had to do is add new twist to it.

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Pushing Perfect by Michelle Falkoff

THE BASICS

Title: Pushing Perfect

AuthorMichelle Falkoff

Series: N/A *Review of the ARC

Genre: Young adult, contemporary, mystery

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    Publication Date: October 25, 2016

    My Rating: 4 STARS

    GOODREADS SUMMARY:

    A girl’s quest for perfection results in dangerous consequences in this layered, suspenseful YA novel by the author of Playlist for the Dead.

    How far would you go to be perfect?
    Kara has the perfect life. She gets perfect grades. She never messes up. Until now. Because perfection is an illusion, and Kara has been struggling to maintain it for as long as she can remember. With so much pressure to succeed, it’s hard not to do whatever it takes. 

    But when Kara takes a new underground drug to help her ace the SATs, she doesn’t expect to get a text from a blocked sender, telling her to follow a set of mysterious instructions—or risk her dark secret getting out. Soon she finds herself part of a group of teens with secrets of their own, who are all under the thumb of the same anonymous texter. And if they don’t find a way to stop the blackmailer, their perfect futures will go up in flames.

    This dark, emotionally resonant contemporary YA novel is perfect for fans of We Were Liars and The Secret History. 


    MY TAKE:

    “It’s the person you least expect, it always is.”

    Review of the ARC provided by National Bookstore and Harper Collins.

    This book caught my interest not because I read the author’s debut (Pardon me, I haven’t read Playlist for the Dead, yet) but because it seemed like this is the type of book that would amaze me. The book started good, pulled me in but the more I read, the more I found myself able to figure out what would be happening.

    The characters were interesting. Kara is a very good narrator, we got to see her struggles just to maintain her perfect image. Since she is having a hard time dealing with a lot of pressure from her parents, her friends and the expectations she had for herself. She thought that becoming part of the group of teens who do the underground drugs would help her. Little did she know, she will become a instrument until somebody tried to blackmail her. Kara and her friends found a way to decipher the mystery. And Kara did not know that the drug dealer is someone close to her. I also loved the supporting characters.

    The ending was… THE ENDING. LOL. No, I was expecting more. I guess the best thing I learned about this book was, pushing ourselves to perfection is not a good thing, because there is no such thing as perfect, right?

    Review originally posted on Goodreads however, Goodreads ate it. 😜

    BOOK · LIFE

    Otherwise Known as my Book Heaven

    Every Tuesday morning after shift, I see to it that I’ll drop by at my favorite secondhand bookstore, either on SM North EDSA or SM Supercenter Valenzuela, not only because it is my restday but because Tuesday is delivery day, yes, new stocks!

    Secondhand bookstore such as Booksale is such a good place to explore and spend an hour or so browsing. It is like a maze of books. The smell of old paper was incredible!
    And I was able to find Jude Deveraux titles for my friend too 🙂

    I wouldn’t mind standing for hours just by browsing books in all genres, back issues of magazines and even word puzzles.

    And after 3 hours of non-stop browsing, I came home with these: 😘😍

    In short, I got 6 books for 760. Not bad right? 😁