BOOK REVIEW: Little Fires Everywhere  by Celeste Ng

Title: Little Fires Everywhere

Author/s: Celeste Ng

Publication Date: September 12th 2017

Publisher: by Penguin Press

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 352

Purchase at: Amazon

synopsis

“In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

My Thoughts

Little Fires Everywhere is one of the most engrossing 2017 release that I’ve read. From the writing down to the plot, man, it was beautiful.

One of the many things that amazed me in this novel is the setting. Shaker Heights, I still can’t believe how planned everything is, imagine, included is the way to dispose or collect garbage. Even mowing a lawn!

The characters. Pearl seemed to be a young girl who’s innocent, but then like most of us teenagers, we can’t help but hangout and spend some time with people. Those who have different lifestyle than us, different mindsets. And little do we know, we’re adapting. We’re changing. Peer pressure, wanting to fit in, craving to be a part of what’s in trend.
Izzy, one who is so unique, crazy in ways others can’t explain and understand. I saw myself in her, someone who wanted to have a different life, one who feels like there’s more to her life than this. The other characters, each and everyone of them has their own deep voices. Reading the book, I realized that almost everyone was given a spotlight, a chance to be heard.

The Mother-Daughter relationship. There was a misunderstanding, a miscommunication between a mother and a daughter. Mothers, most of the time, only want what’s best for their children.

Both families in the book are different in nature, different in many ways. The Richardsons are loving an almost perfect life, while Pearl and Mia are like nomads, Mia doesn’t even have a stable or regular job. Still, one can’t deny the fact that NOT EVERYTHING IS ABOUT WEALTH.

“It bothers you, doesn’t it?” Mia said suddenly. “I think you can’t imagine. Why anyone would choose a different life from the one you’ve got. Why anyone might want something other than a big house with a big lawn, a fancy car, a job in an office. Why anyone would choose anything different than what you’d choose.”

Little Fires Everywhere did not just explore the weight of secrets, not just motherhood as well as art and identity. It also explored one’s rights. It delved into a child, a teenager, an adult, and a parent’s life and perspective. It tackled about making the right decisions and, choosing. Determining the fine like between right and wrong. It captured life and its complications, relationship complexities.

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE FELT SO REAL!

Rating

5stars


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164692Celeste Ng is the author of the novel Everything I Never Told You, which was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of 2014, Amazon’s #1 Best Book of 2014, and named a best book of the year by over a dozen publications. Everything I Never Told You was also the winner of the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the ALA’s Alex Award, and the Medici Book Club Prize, and was a finalist for numerous awards, including the Ohioana Award, the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.

Celeste grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio, in a family of scientists. Celeste attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan (now the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan), where she won the Hopwood Award. Her fiction and essays have appeared in One Story, TriQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, the Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere, and she is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize.

Currently, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her second novel, Little Fires Everywhere, will be published by Penguin Press in fall 2017

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UNBOXING: “Something Wicked This Way Comes” OwlCrate’s August 2017 Box

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Hello everyone! I am ecstatic to share with you guys my experience with OwlCrate! If you’ve been following me from quite some time now, you probably know that I am a huge fan of OwlCrate (But I haven’t yet subscribe to their boxes, yep, disadvantage of being a broke college student). Anyway, last June 2017 OwlCrate hosted a rep search wherein I took the opportunity and joined. There were too many entries! Luckily, I’ve been chosen to be one of their AUGUST REPRESENTATIVES. 

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August 2017

“Something Wicked This Way Comes”

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We are happy to let you know that the August SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES box is now available to order!
😈 The August box is perfect for fans of atmospheric and slightly dark stories. Our book pick for this box is a truly hidden gem of a novel. It’s all about dark deals and demons, but also about the power of friendship and finding your inner strength. It’s a book that flawlessly blends multiple genres; creating a story that is incredibly special. The book will also come with an OwlCrate exclusive cover!
😈 The book is not a horror story, but it does have some spooky moments!
😈 This box is packed with SIX amazing goodies! There are items inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, This Savage Song, Harry Potter, Sleepy Hollow, Six of Crows and more!
😈 We also wanted to let you know that this will be the first box where we will be including coffee! We’ve received so many requests for coffee in our boxes and we’re so happy to have found a coffee company that speaks to our nerdy souls. Not into coffee? This is only one of many amazing items, and we definitely think you’ll enjoy the box regardless. Hopefully you can gift the coffee to a friend!
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Now what’s inside the Something Wicked This Way Comes box?

Something Wicked This Way Comes OwlCrate Box includes:

  • An OwlCrate print and button pin
  • Dark Arts inspired medium roast coffee made exclusively by @happenstancecoffee (I don’t usually drink coffee and I am a bit picky when it comes to flavors, but I’d give this one a shot)

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  • An exclusive Edgar Allan Poe socks from @outofprint (Are you a huge fan of Happy Socks, or Iconic? Then better check out Out of Print they sell book apparel and accessories.)
  • Fountain Pen from Ooly (There were two colors available and I got the violet one!)

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  • An exclusive edition of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories published by our friends at Rock Paper Books (This one intrigued me! I can’t wait to read this)

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  • A signed bookplate, a super cool lapel pin, and a letter from the author herself.

And finally, the most awaited part! OwlCrate’s August 2017 book is…

To be honest, I expected the book to be one of my most anticipated reads this year. STILL, after reading the book’s synopsis, I got interested! Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:

“When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.”

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OwlCrate’s August 2017

“Something Wicked This Way Comes”

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OwlCrate’s September 2017 Theme is…

“Mythical Creatures”

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🦄 This box is perfect for fantasy and mythology lovers! Our book pick is an intricate story about politics, survival, finding your inner strength and DRAGONS! SO MANY DRAGONS! The book will also have an EXCLUSIVE COVER, signed bookplate and letter from the author!
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🦄 There will also be an item we’ve received hundreds of requests for over the years…we can’t wait to officially reveal it! Those of you who have seen the sneak peek card in the August boxes know how exciting this is. Due to this special item, we expect boxes to sell faster than normal so make sure you order early!

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BOOK REVIEW: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Title: History Is All You Left Me

Author/s: Adam Silvera

Publication Date: January 17th 2017

Publisher: Soho Teen

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 320

Purchase at: Amazon

synopsis

“When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

My Thoughts

**Thank you Penguin Random House International for sending a copy of the book my way in exchange of an honest review, this however does not affect the content of my book review.**

Adam Silvera stabbed my heart a thousand times. This novel made me smile, laugh, mad, but most especially, it made me sad.

The story was told in alternating chapters between the history, and the present event. From the title per se, Griffin, kept on reminiscing everything that includes Theo. We were given enough reasons to be able to feel and understand his grief. And how hard it was for him to accept that the person whom he wants to spend his life with, broke his promise. The different timelines were interesting, for one makes Theo alive, and the other one just makes the reader realize that he is not.

I had a hard time liking the entire book. I was invested in the story, but at the same time, I hated how the main character annoy me. I WAS NOT A HUGE FAN OF GRIFFIN. Aside from the fact that he is a horny character, HE IS SELFISH. Still, I know that he’s just going through some things. Griffin has OCD, I can’t help but imagine how Griffin thinks, he has a distinct personality and somehow, it was handled perfectly. It may also be because I have never experienced grief, so I can’t relate that much to Griffin. That is what disappointed me, I failed to connect to the grieving character.

As for the plot, it was okay. I find it common but exciting. There was an event that I did not see coming. And when I say I did not see it, it was not even that obvious. You wouldn’t even think that that is possible. The complicated relationships played a huge part in me liking the plot of this novel.

Adam’s writing style is raw and simple, yet it made me feel as if every single thing is real.

A story about death, love, lost, grief and acceptance. A kind of book that I wanted to put down, but glad that I did not.

Rating

4stars


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Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children’s bookseller, marketing assistant at a literary development company, and book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. His debut novel, More Happy Than Not, received multiple starred reviews and is a New York Times bestseller, and Adam was selected as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. He writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason

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PH BLOG TOUR: Warcross by Marie Lu (BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY)

29385546Title: Warcoss

Author/s: Marie Lu

Publication Date: September 12, 2017

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 368

Purchase at: Amazon

synopsis

“For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

My Thoughts

**Thank you Penguin Random House International and Raf The Royal Polar Bear Reads for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour, this however does not affect my review.**

Warcross is my first Marie Lu book, and she instantly became one of my favorite authors. Hands down to this astounding book, which is so far, my most favorite read this year. 

Who would’ve thought that rainbow-colored hair, hacking… Science, will have the power to make me feel as if I am on the edge of my seat? I am not a fan of Science Fiction, I am a Fantasy and YA Contemporary/Fiction lover. However, this Sci-Fi novel was beautifully made, I had to change my mind. I’ll go and try Sci-Fi’s now. Intimidation almost prevented me from reading this book because Warcross’ genre is something that is out of my comfort zone. 

Let’s first talk about the world building.  Imagine a world transformed by a virtual reality called Warcross. A game where an individual uses a cool pair of glasses called Neurolink (which fools the audience into thinking everything is real) a brain-computer interface. 

Warcross was pretty simple: two teams battled each other, one trying to take the other team’sArtifact (a shiny gem) without losing their own.

The futuristic components like the advanced technology, the virtual reality, especially Warcross’ world-building were handled in excellent and detailed ways. Reading the novel made me feel like I myself is inside their world, as if Marie Lu just pulled me in. I didn’t want to get out. What surprised me most is how easy it was to get along with Marie’s writing, knowing the fact that it’s Science (the main reason why I fear reading such genre) that we’re talking about here, Scientific aspects were explained meticulously. Also, Marie Lu dared to vividly discuss how technology and other innovations can change a person, how it affect one’s life. I mean, it was absolutely evident that the characters inside the novel are pretty much addicted to Warcross. 

The pacing was fast enough for such an action-packed story. I have no more words for this part, for the pacing was greatly made.

The diverse characters. Emika, Hideo, and the other characters are way different from each other, aside from the fact that most of them are gamers/players. Hideo is Japanese, Emika is Chinese-American. There are those who belong to the LGBTQ community. As well as there are characters of color. Having said about the diversity of the characters, let’s now talk about how developed they are. Emika is a bounty-hunter, a good, tough, and determined one, while Hideo is pretty interesting, he’s too mysterious in which it is a good fit for his character as the founder of Warcross. Both are tough, but complicated. Both are also SMART, and I’ve always envied people who are good in Science and Technology. 

I DISLIKE INSTA-LOVE. But I can’t say that I didn’t like the romance in this book. Because:

1.) The love was somehow showed in a slow and timely manner (but the attraction was dead obvious in the first place) 

2.) Emika did not depend her actions to her feelings. She quite used her head and thought about some things first. Hats off!

3.) I AM IN LOVE WITH HIDEO TANAKA. The entire time that I was reading parts where the spotlight was focused only on him and Emika, I CAN’T HELP BUT SWOON. 

Marie Lu introduced me to a remarkable plot that is full of hidden agendas, secrets, and lies. There were not any dull moments. Marie managed to show a balance between the imaginative and the real life stuff. Sadly, I managed to predict one of the twists. It kind of almost disappointed me because during the time that I was reading the book, it kept on surprising me. BUT it happened that I almost slapped myself for thinking that I predicted the biggest reveal. BUT MARIE LU PROVED ME WRONG, FOR I DID NOT SEE THAT ONE COMING! THAT PLOT TWIST LEFT ME TOTALLY FLABBERGASTED. 

Warcross was so intense, so thrilling, I did not even put the book down. It’s amazing how entertaining the book was. THE ENDING HURT ME. The book ended in the most intense part! I can’t believe that I would have to wait for a year for the next book. 

Overall, I JUST WANT YOU TO READ WARCROSS and hope that you’ll love it as much as I did.

Rating

5stars

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4342215MARIE LU writeS young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, she was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, she was an Art Director at a video game company. Now she shuffles around at home and talk to myself a lot. 🙂

She graduated from the University of Southern California in ’06 and currently live in LA, where she spends my time stuck on the freeways.

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BLOG TOUR: Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust (Book Review + Mood Board + Giveaway)

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Author/s: Melissa Bashardoust

Publication Date: September 5th 2017

Publisher: by Flatiron Books

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 384

Purchase at: Amazon

synopsis

Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale

At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.

My Thoughts

*I want to say thank you to Macmillan International, Flat Iron Books, and Karina of Afire Pages for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this magical blog tour*

What are words? I actually don’t know how and where to start. So please bear with me guys, for this review will be very random. I’ll put my thoughts into words without any hesitation.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass is probably the most powerful Snow White reimagining I’ve ever read. It’s no secret that the book is a feminist YA novel, and surprisingly, Melissa did a pretty great job. It’s quite diverse, which I didn’t expect.

The story as well as the characters seemed familiar, yet refreshing. The strong female leads were portrayed in amazingly different ways. Wherein I didn’t presume it to be that good. Too good. This is a character-driven novel. I am pleased that though I’m someone who has a weak spot for plot twists & turns, this one did not even disappoint me a bit. I loved the characters of Mina, Lynet, and Nadia.

The concept of this book mesmerized me. Especially how wonderful the girls were made. How they were handled. Mina was a human, whose heart was replaced by glass, while Lynet was made of the magician’s blood, and snow. Mina and Lynet’s relationship was downright beautiful. Where I fell in love with are the girl’s stories, their personalities, and their relationship. For this isn’t your typical mother-daughter conflicted story. Their relationship was so complex. It was all about love. Craving love, wanting to feel loved, and the desire to be able to give it. I was in awe as to how developed the characters are. There were no knights in shining armor, no prince charming. Man, that was what I’ve been looking for! Girls/women who can fight for themselves, stand, be courageous, be their own hero. The girls were strong, brave, they know what they want, and they’re persistent. Mina, Nadia, and Lynet, just proved to every reader that they can be whatever they want, they can do whatever they want to. And that their only limit is their self. 

I originally rated the book 4.5, but of course, I needed to round it up. 4.5 stars for the reason that the pacing disturbed me, if the pacing wasn’t too slow, it’s too fast. Also, I want to point out the lack of world building. More background about the curse that was placed in Whitespring. I needed more, but despite these facts, GMOSAG was written beautifully, it was well-thought of.

Overall, I was really hooked. Beyond impressed. Melissa captured me, wholly, in ways I wouldn’t want to forget. With her exquisite and moving writing style, she dared to touch her me as her new reader. MELISSA THAWED THIS FROZEN HEART! 

Rating

5stars


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Melissa Bashardoust (pronounced BASH-ar-doost) received her degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where she rediscovered her love for creative writing, children’s literature, and fairy tales and their retellings. She currently lives in Southern California with a cat named Alice and more copies of Jane Eyre than she probably needs. Girls Made of Snow and Glass is her first novel.

 

 

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BOOK REVIEW: What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum #WTSNPhBlogTour

Title: What to Say Next

Author/s: Julie Buxbaum

Publication Date: July 11, 2017

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 272

Purchase at: Amazon

synopsis

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes a charming and poignant story about two struggling teenagers who find an unexpected connection just when they need it most. For fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Niven, and Rainbow Rowell.

Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her. 

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

My Thoughts

 I remember it too clearly, right after I finished reading Julie’s Tell Me Three Things, I said to myself: “Julia Buxbaum now belongs to my auto-buy-authors list.” 
And here it is, I’ve been given a chance to be a part of a PH Blog Tour, hosted by a fellow Filipino, and sponsored by Penguin Random House International. Thank you so much, guys!
This quick, sweet, and interesting read would have gotten a perfect 5 stars if it wasn’t for the fact that I thought the book centered on death, and I am soooo tired of stories with such subject. (I am not telling you that this novel is mainly about death)
I was once a high school student, and as everyone knows, being one is not a joke. Especially if you’re around people who are mean (the total jerk and bitches). You will be afraid to speak out. You wouldn’t like each other. You will want to be someone else. Wish that you’re in a different place. But that is high school, that is life. And you need to have courage to stand for yourself, because only you can.
I sometimes find myself connected to the characters. And that’s what makes me like this book even more, the connection. The diversity present in the novel, and the characters who have strong voices make the story stand out. I enjoyed reading about David’s qualities, as well as being inside his head, I liked that I got to learn more information about such mentality. 
Overall, this novel made it to my 2017-favorite-reads, and this has been another beautiful book written by such a lovely author.

Rating

5stars


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Julie Buxbaum is A New York Times best selling author of Tell Me Three Things, her young adult debut, and the critically acclaimed novels The Opposite of Love and After You.  Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. Julie’s writing has appeared in various publications, including The New York Times. She is a former lawyer and graduate of Harvard Law School and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young children, and an immortal goldfish.

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5 REASONS WHY YOU MUST READ KARMIC HEARTS BY JHING BAUTISTA (+deleted scene)

Title: Karmic Hearts

Author/s: Jhing Bautista

Publication Date: 2017

Publisher: Summit Books, Pop Fiction

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 241

Genre: YA Contemporary, Fantasy

synopsis

“Love. Magic. Fate. Best-selling romance novel author Karmina Joan writes about these things. She believes that every person has a purpose, that every soul has a destiny to fulfill. She thought hers was simply sharing her stories.

Her story unfolds with Cupid, the Angel of Love himself. He brings with him a mysterious vessel and a message from on high. It turns out Karmina has a bigger purpose after all—a mission that will make or break humanity as we know it.

As Cupid teaches her the tricks of his trade, Karmina unknowingly gives him something unexpected in return— something the angel of love will find oddly familiar. This may become the one flaw in an otherwise perfect plan that destiny had in store for them.

Does love truly conquer all or are there limits to what humanity can do in the name of love? Witness as Karmina struggles to find the answers before time runs out on true love.

My Thoughts

**Thank you Pop Fiction for hosting this wonderful blog tour for Ms. Jhing’s Karmic Hearts. I’m also grateful to those who are behind all of this. Thank you so much for this opportunity.**

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5 REASONS WHY YOU MUST READ KARMIC HEARTS BY JHING BAUTISTA

 

1. THE MALE PROTAGONIST IS SWOON-WORTHY 

Some of you may have known Cupid from a classic mythology. He is the considered as the god of love, affection, and desire. This Cupid from Karmic Hearts is the Angel of Love. A sweet, charming, yet a serious one, a character that you wouldn’t get enough. I’m quite sure I’ve been swooning the entire time I’m reading this book.

2. STRONG CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT WAS PRESENTED

Now let’s talk about the female protagonist, Karmina Joan. I was impressed by how the author handled her. Karmina is a kind of character who reflects real life people. An imperfect one. She started off as someone who seems lost, someone who doesn’t know what to do, and as the story progresses, so does she. Her decisions became well thought of. It was also pretty obvious that she learned a lot.

3. IT HAS AN ASTOUNDING CONCEPT AND PREMISE

The idea of this novel, is forbidden love. Thus, the growing love between Cupid and Karmina. This kind of concept isn’t new to me, but the fact that it’s between an Angel who’s famous to a lot of readers is concerned, and a typical innocent girl who was suddenly tasked to do something, is what intrigued me. The author dug down enough interesting information, and found something unique that will capture her audiences. Next is the premise. The main characters have their own goals, as well as their personal fears. There were serious obstacles that rose between them. Which made the book more interesting due to the fact that it’s fiction but the message it conveys is realistic. IT WAS ALL AMAZINGLY DONE.

4. THIS IS A BOOK ABOUT LOVE, FATE, AND DESTINY

Who wouldn’t love to read a novel like this one? I will be honest, I am someone who doesn’t believe that what happens in our life is beyond our control. For me, we always have to have the right answer and to do the right thing. And love? Due to past experiences I decided to not think of it as such a powerful feeling. BUT I DON’T KNOW WHAT THIS BOOK DID TO ME. WHAT ARE WORDS!

5. FAITH AND LOVE’S IMPORTANCE WAS MANIFESTED

I saw myself in Karmina, being someone who doesn’t usually pray. There are parts where Cupid asked her to do so. Told her to be sincere and humble when doing it. It made me realize that having faith to someone is important, it gives you hope, strength, and will. It’s like saying if you aren’t afraid, you can do anything. And that I believing in what-could-be’s aren’t bad.

Ms. Jhing Bautista’s writing was exquisite. I enjoyed reading her book. I almost forgot how fun it is to read pop-fiction novels. How such books make me feel. Now I think I’m gonna read more.

Rating

4stars

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‘Cupid! Nasaan ka ba?!’

Hinanap ko sya sa buong bakuran namin, sunod sa bahay… hindi ko pa rin sya makita. I took a shot and went near the old well again. Baka nandun sya.

True enough, he was there. He was sitting on the well’s rim.

“Hoy! Nandito ka lang pala! Kagabi pa kita hinahanap!” He was busily plucking the petals off a sunflower. Tinabihan ko sya. “Hoy…” untag ko. I bumped my shoulder on his. Hindi nya ako pinansin.

“So ganyan? Hindi ka mamamansin?”

“Leave me alone,” he muttered.

“Is it about Joseph?” I sighed as he threw the last petal on the ground. “Look, I didn’t invite him here. Kusa syang sumunod. Hindi ko naman alam na susundan nya ako eh,” paliwanag ko sa kanya.

“It doesn’t matter.”

“I swear! I didn’t plan this. Sure, I gave him directions on how to get here pero—“

“Why are you explaining? I’m not asking you,” he said coldly.

“Ano ba’ng problema mo ha? Bakit ka ba nagkakaganyan?” Naiinis na ‘ko ha. Kahapon pa ‘ko nag-aalala sa kanya tapos ganyan pa sya sa ‘kin?

He looked at me then. His stare is icy. “Your boyfriend is coming this way.”

True enough, nakita ko si Joseph mula sa malayo. Hinahanap yata ako. Agad akong kumapit kay Cupid. Alam kong aalis na naman ‘to eh. I saw Joseph stop. Tapos saka ito nagpalinga-linga. Hindi na ako nakikita.

He then gave up looking and retraced his steps back to my relatives.

 

 

Joseph Marco is Wattpad’s version of Carlo (from the KH book). In the original story, he became Mina’s love interest who made Cupid super jealous resulting to an early confession. I decided to remove the JM – KJ love affair because it’s not necessary to the story. And as you may have noticed, Mina and Cupid were able to hold hands, touch, in the old version. I removed that as well and replaced it with this ‘no touching whatsoever’ thing. It just made the story more frustrating, and I love to frustrate my readers. Haha!

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