[Stacking The Shelves #13] Post-Internship Book Haul + Life Updates

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Hi, all! I’m so ecstatic to be able to post again after all that’s happened for me during my senior year in college! By the time this is posted, my internship will have ended, and all I’ll be waiting for is my graduation and the release of a few books. I’m listing down a few life updates, should you wonder where I’ve been for the past few weeks.

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[Book Review #43] ARC: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith (Book Tour + Giveaway)

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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?

This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions.

Book Specifications:

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Format: ARC

Part of a Series: No

Release Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Poppy

No. of Pages: 256 pages

Price: None. Sourced from Dianne of Oops! I Read a Book Again.

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Chick Lit, Teen, Love Story

Book Review:

The Cover: Once again, Jennifer E. Smith is releasing a cover-buy book! And now, it’s in my favorite shade! Featuring a gray image with a black, white, and Pink fonts for the title, this cover of Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, in one word, is stunning! Absolutely stunning! Also, I’m in love with this concept of possessing only one vibrant color per book for a cover. It brings out the beauty of both the image and the single-colored title. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Story: The story’s concept was simple. Being accepted at two different colleges, Aidan and Clare simply had one last night before they go their separate ways. This was their last hurrah, a chance either to go on through their lives as a couple with a long distance relationship or as two people who will have to undergo a new phase, without any commitment with each other. What I loved about this is that it was refreshing to read a romantic contemporary which started out with a couple who was already together. It was fun reading through their last night together, going on “stops” to places where memories can be found.

To those who know me, as a person, friend, or relative, they know that I am humorous. I enjoy anything that’s comedic. And with that said, I am thrilled to share with you that I am absolutely in love with Aidan and Clare. They are witty, comedic, and such humorous characters whether individually, or as a couple. They complement each other and it is with this fact that I fell in love with them from page one.

Reading this was reminiscent of watching High School Musical 3. The conflicts found within this book are alike with the movie’s. The struggles of choosing among different colleges, the pressure of hanging on to a relationship from a long distance, and trying to keep your friends close while enduring higher education: everything is here! The characters might as well be named Troy and Gabriella. And this made me so happy because HSM3 was my favorite movie back then.

I’m summing this up with an encouragement I’ve learned while reading the pages of this stunning book: Be brave for love, people! It will take you to further heights. And it will show you that some risks are worth taking, especially with someone you love. (4 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* As the night turned into morning, the inevitable indeed occurred. Clare had to go to college. She had to leave their town behind, even if it meant leaving Aidan too. Heartbreaking, yes. But the story taught me so much more about the wonders of letting go. Letting someone go doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t love them. It just means that you love them enough to trust time and your love to be stronger than present situations. You trust that destiny WILL make a way for that person to find you again, when circumstances are in your favor. Everything was as it should be with this novel. The protagonists both got what they wanted: happy families, successful adjustments, and last but certainly not the least, Clare and Aidan were both happy. Also, the two have another shot at love. What more can a reader ask for? (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: A fast-paced read with immeasurably appealing characters and an epic storytelling, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between will surely appeal to YA Romance lovers worldwide. It will touch the hearts of millions of readers as Jennifer E. Smith’s past works already have. And, yes. Jennifer did a great job squeezing an entire love story into one night. A great read indeed!(4.67 out of 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“It’s true that the world is full of signs. They just mean different things to different people.” – Clare

“You’re gonna do great things too. You just don’t know what they are yet.” – Clare

“But this is the type of closeness you don’t notice until it’s gone, until you’re standing on opposite ends of a dimly lit porch less than an hour after deciding to break up, and all that’s left between you is a vast and painfully polite distance”

“And now, two years later, they’re finally here: folded together like this, with the night thrumming all around them and the sound of his heartbeat loud in her ears.

And yet, he’s no longer hers.

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

“The day will come when you’ll be sitting there looking up at the sky, and you won’t be thinking of me at all. You won’t need to anymore. And it’ll be a good thing, because it means you’ll be happy.” – Aidan

GOOD LORD, THESE QUOTES WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME!

About The Author:

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, The Comeback Season, This is What Happy Looks Like, The Geography of You and Me, and Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between. 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.

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[Waiting on Wednesday #3] Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

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Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine— Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

Is the blurb from Goodreads enough to convince you how much I want and NEED to read this wonderful book? Well, if you knew me personally, you would know that:

  1. Just like Willowdean, I, too, am 100% Dumplin’ material.
  2. I am absolutely head over heels over the idea of “Love” in general, and seeing that someone like Willowdean, who’s Dumplin’ material, found love, makes me really want to read about it. So maybe I could get some tips for myself! Haha!
  3. I am not a stranger to experiencing the decline of my self-esteem. I am a confident individual, but sometimes, there are instances that will bring you down, and every day isn’t as good as the last one, and maybe reading about how Will overcame this instance is something that makes me excited about this book.

There! I’ve listed it all down! I would have listed some more but this post is getting too personal for my own comfort.

For Philippine Residents, you may be aware of how National Book Store held Twitter contests with a Dumplin’ ARC for a prize. I am so sad that I wasn’t able to obtain and win one but I’m glad I have friends who are willing to lend their prize copies to me! Yes, I’m talking about you, Jayvee! ♥

Are you excited for this book as well? What makes you excited for it?

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[Book Tags #3] The I Am More Happy Than Not Book Tag

TAGSNot long ago, Miel of Bookish and Awesome tagged me to do another book tag entitled “I am More Happy Than Not” book tag. He also created it, and you all know how much I love him! Also, his posts breed awesomesauce. To those who don’t know or follow him, might as well go on over to his blog and show him some love!

Basically, if tagged, all you have to do is list the things that make you, as you may have guessed, more happy than not. It’s as simple as that.

When am I more happy than not?

Whenever I go on book hauls, even if I’ll end up with no money left for food, or anything else, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I spend hours in the kitchen, cooking for breakfast, or any meal that will be devoured by my family, friends and other loved ones, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I pour myself into writing book reviews, features, and book tags for this blog, I am absolutely more happy than not.

Whenever I spend a day reading a book with a nice cup of coffee, when my comfort is at it’s maximum, I am obviously, more happy than not.

Whenever I discover new restaurants in the metro which offers budget friendly yet quality dishes, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I get home on a Friday night without any school work, just tons of blog posts to draft, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I talk to my best friends about the state of life I am in, and whenever I get to hear their own stories, I am definitely more happy than not.

Whenever I experiment on new recipes to try in the kitchen, with sufficient ingredients to try out, I am certainly more happy than not.

Whenever I see and spend time with my baby cousin, Liana, and I get to teach her some of life’s lessons, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I attend book signing events, and I get to converse with the amazing authors that visit the Pearl of the Orient, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I meet, talk and/or bond with old and new friends, bloggers or not, bibliophiles or not, I am absolutely more happy than not.

Whenever my reviews, tweets, or photos are replied or acknowledged by authors, publishers, etc., I am more happy than not.

Whenever I watch romantic comedy movies with my mom or best friends, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I buy a new book, when I get to smell it for the first time and know that I have found another piece of treasure, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I visit my favorite book stores, browse their amazingly tall and elegantly filled shelves, and converse with and meet new and old staff, I am surely more happy than not.

Whenever I check my mail and find messages from authors, publishers, or editors to have their books reviewed and whatnot, I am more happy than not.

This list could go on and on, but I don’t want to tire everyone’s eyes, you know? Anyway, I want to know what makes my beautiful friends more happy than not, so I’m tagging:

And, check out the mother of all “I am More Happy Than Not” posts here. Miel also compiled every single post that did his tag. You should check that out!

How about you? Tell me, what makes you happy?

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[Book Review #40] A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beastwith faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

Book Specifications:

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Format: Hardcover

Part of a Series: Yes. A Court of Thorns and Roses #1.

Release Date: May 5, 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

No. of Pages: 416 pages

Price: 874.00Php

Genre: Romance, Young Adult, High Fantasy, Magic, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction Fantasy

Book Review:

The Cover: Featuring a blood red background with a silhouette of forest tress on the right, and an incomplete image of a woman or a huntress, per se, the cover of this new book from a new series is absolutely stunning! It’s regal, it’s complex, and there’s just no words to describe it better. Plus the addition of the title in a simple font style, and the white color, for the title, blended beautifully with the red background. I am in awe right now! (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The Story: A Court of Thorns and Roses is a retelling of the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, where a mere mortal falls in love with a creature who is living under a curse. True, the story did seem similar to said fairy tale, but Sarah J. Maas, once again, shocked me, along with a lot of her readers, with her best work yet! She told the story of Feyre, a mundane huntress who, expectedly, falls in love with Tamlin, a High Lord of the Spring Court who’s living his cursed life. Her writing, as creative as ever, propelled me to turn the pages of this book rapidly, just like with what happened with my reading of the books in the Throne of Glass Series. Once again, Maas introduced us to wonderfully developed characters, strategically invented worlds, and creatively imagined creatures. Matched with a great writing style, A Court of Thorns and Roses, just like all of Sarah J. Maas’ books will not disappoint readers with a heart for High Fantasy. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* I know what happened when Beauty and the Beast ended. Belle broke the beast’s curse, and they lived happily ever after. But, of course, with Sarah J. Maas controlling the story, there’s bound to be some twists and changes. But there’s quite a lot of elements that made me fall madly in love with this book’s ending: Again, just like always, I’m listing it down.

  • Amarantha’s riddle? Yeah, if I just heard that before the story ended, I would’ve guessed the answer ASAP! I don’t know, but I felt like it was absolutely easy for me to comprehend.

“For though each of my strikes land a powerful blow,
When I kill, I do it slow…
But scorned, I become a difficult beast to defeat.
But I bless all those who are brave enough to dare.”

Yep, the answer is LOVE!!

  • Amarantha’s last task for Feyre, in which she was tasked to stab three innocent Faeries was, in every way, heartless. I had a painful time reading that chapter, but I have to say, when I got to the part where she was supposed to stab Tamlin himself, all hell broke loose in me! I had to compose myself before reading on, and was so happy to discover that everything was just a false alarm. *Phew*
  • Amarantha’s death, for some reason even I can’t comprehend, wasn’t at all predictable to me. I actually predicted for a main character to die before the story ended but I am thanking every thanking every God in Olympus for having that nasty wannabe queen killed!
  • I never imagined or predicted for Feyre to become High Fae, but I have to admit that I am absolutely curious as to what happens to her next. Along with all the characters, they took me for such a joyous ride!

As I’ve expected from the beginning, once again, Sarah J. Mass did not disappoint, and with this book, she just became my favorite author in the High Fantasy genre! (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: The only mistake I’ve made in reading this book, is that I have to start waiting now for the sequel to arrive. That is one of the biggest mistakes I have ever made. But, just like any other books by Sarah J. Maas, this is pure gold! (4.83 out of 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.” – Feyre

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.” – Tamlin

“I love you, thorns and all.” – Tamlin

“You look . . . better than before.”
Was that a compliment? I could have sworn Lucien gave Tamlin an encouraging nod.
“And you hair is . . . clean.”

“Because when the legends get written, I didn’t want to be remembered for standing on the sidelines. I want my future offspring to know that I was there, and that I fought against her in the end, even if I couldn’t do anything useful.” – Rhysand

“I would have been gentle with you, though. I would have had you moaning my name throughout it all. And I would have taken a very, very long time, Feyre.” – Tamlin

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