Friday, April 29, 2016

Emmy and Oliver Audiobook Review

Title: Emmy and Oliver
Author: Robin Benway
Publisher: Harper Audio
Narrator: Phoebe Strole
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Rating: 5/5 Stars

This is the perfect book for a childhood love story. Like, that story wherein you fall in love with your childhood neighbor best friend. Which I bet doesn’t happen it real life but it’s still like, cliché.

But this book kinda makes you feel that magic without making it mainstream or anything like that. Oly is this kid next door who got kidnapped by his own father. (What kind of parent does that?) But it happened and he kind of left everything like his mom, his childhood crush, and his best friends without a trace for 10 years and then boom one day he’s back and reclaiming the places in everyone’s heart, especially Emmy.

It’s a kind of complicated thing with the parent who hauled him away because he just wants to be with his son. (Maybe some parents do that after all) Oly loves him even if everybody judges him to be a criminal. We just have no right to judge because people have their own reasons why they do what they do and maybe it’s twisted but still it can be justified.

Emmy is the kid who get’s over protected by her parents because of what happened to the kid next door and maybe that’s what Em made her do the things she does secretly like surfing and applying for college when her life is all planned out. Maybe some of us don’t want our lives handed to us in a silver platter. Maybe we want to work some things with destiny or fate or what our heart truly desires.

I love this book. It’s a refreshing read. And most of all I love that Phoebe Strole narrated it. (Boy, do I ever listen to Phoebe a lot. I love more than love her voice.) Please reconsider and listen to this wonderful audiobook.

Get your audiobook here: Audible

The Fall of Butterflies ARC REview

Title: The Fall of Butterflies
Author: Andrea Portes
Publisher: Harper Collins
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Publication Date: May 16, 2016

This advance reader’s copy is generously given by HarperCollins International and Epic Reads. All the thanks, book shimmy and publisher love for my favourite publisher ever! 

All thoughts in this review are my own.

You know with every Andrea Portes’s novel that from the first page you read you would not expect a happy ending with rainbows and unicorns and stuff like that nope. She straightforwardly tells you it’s not like this in this book. Change your perspective. This is what I love in every book she writes because it’s very authentic and original. Unlike any book you’ve ever read.

Willa’s narration is a very witty one. Her thoughts are very smart and even if not well thought she manages to think straight connecting those things up. And even if it isn’t very organized, that is how people think, like, in real life. If you put your literally exact thoughts in a book this is what it will look like or (read like). She’s this girl-a misfit (like in most of Andrea’s books) in a new town-searching for the right place and people to fit in. And thank God, she found it for herself. Because that’s what people do in life, get lost and the maybe by any chance find their way back.

What’s better than a book full of feels? Books which have the characters you relate to the most. It’s like really scary. Like this thing really happens to you sometimes and you’re scared because you think you are the only person experiencing it or doing it but somewhere even in a fantasy world there may be someone like you. And there’s no such a great thing than a book that can put your thoughts in the exact words you can never string together.

Remy is the kind of person I only allow myself to get attached to be honest. I’m like Willa, in some significant ways. Willa is the person in the background and Remy is the "thing", that expensive painting and Willa is the wall she hangs in. Remy takes things to make her feel like she’s in love with everything and everyone but it come with a cost and that is, her slowly slipping away from everything. If this book didn’t make me think of things to try because of Remy I would be kidding you. But thank God again I’m not like her nor I’m like the guy in this book. I’d take this pretty ordinary life of mine, thank you. But it’s tempting though but I’m not giving in.

I had been wondering what the title means as I read page by page and now I think I get it. Sometimes butterflies aren’t meant to always fly or flutter or sip nectar in the garden. Some get pinned in science experiments, some fall to the ground unnoticed. Butterflies can never fly as high as an eagle because if they do they would fall to the ground and die. Better be content in the garden they are right now.

Another excellent book by Andrea! And look at that gorgeous cover. Just stare at it for a moment. I know you're tempted. Give in. You got to get yours.

Pre-order your copy here: Amazon\B&N

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Lost in Love ARC Review

Title: Lost in Love
Author: Susane Colasanti
Series: City Love #2
Publication Date: May 16, 2016
Rating: 5/5 stars

Lost in Love

This advance reader’s copy is generously given by HarperCollins International and Epic Reads. All the thanks, book shimmy and publisher love for my favourite publisher ever!

I can’t tell you how much I love this series and all its warm fuzzies and random acts of kindness things. This book makes me want to be a nicer, kinder and a better people person. I guess that’s what good books do they make you want to change because of the how you relate to what the characters do and their personalities.

I love Sadie, Rosanna, Darcy all the same and equally, because they’re three different girls who have different stories, lives, and beliefs about love. The only thing they have in common is they’re city love for New York. The place feels beautiful and all majestic as told in their different point of views and it makes you want to reach that place someday even if you’re from the other side of the world. I love how the girls deal distinctly about their relationships, especially heartbreaks. It actually gives you an idea how to deal with it even if you’ve never been into a relationship. All the boys in this book are boyfriend goals but Donovan is my favourite. I can relate to all of the girls but I’m more of the Rosanna of the three.

I adore books about girl power and amazing sisterhood goals so much. They’re not just focused on a love triangle or saving the world but on minimal events that really happen in real life.

You gotta get this book if you love fluffy, light, and super adorable contemporaries. Even if you don’t you gotta get it still. Susane now is my second favourite contemporary author next to Kasie West. I love love love love this series so much it hurts.

Pre-order your copy here: TBD

The Crown ARC Review

Title: The Crown
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #5
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Heads up. It wasn’t as good as the Section Series, not enough to compare to Maxon and America but it’s good enough to get me over my months of book slump.

I love how Kiera makes her plot and the light and fast flow of every book she writes. It’s not dragy or anything but it lacks the magic. I didn’t recognize this Eadlyn in this book because she’s the exact opposite of the Eady I’ve read on The Heir. She’s not super bitchy anymore and she’s forgivable, understandable and a mental cry baby. Well I would suppose it’s because of what happened to her mother. But it’s a good change though it was a super fast transition I would say.

I am just happy it did not end how a lot of people thought it was going to end. A bit cliché still but I’m good with it. I’ll have you also know that I’ve only read The Heir and The Crown because of my love for Henri, Maxon and America. I’m not a big fan of Eadlyn but I am for her parents. I love them til I get 90 and forget who I am. And I’m the founder of #TeamHenri. He’s just so precious and so sweetly joyous. I am happy that I got to know him. I’d marry him first hand even if I don’t understand any single word he says. I love him forever and ever and ever.

I can’t wait for you guys to read it and tell or tweet me what you think.

Pre-order your copy here: TBD

Monday, April 4, 2016

Thanksgiving & mystery giveaway!

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