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


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.




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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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


“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.**





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.


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.


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.


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!


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.




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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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BOOK REVIEW: Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

Title: Perfect

Author/s: Cecelia Ahern

Publication Date: April 4th 2017

Publisher: by Feiwel & Friends

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 341

Purchase at: Amazon


“Celestine North is Flawed.

Ever since Judge Crevan declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carrick, the only person she can trust.

But Celestine has a secret—one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save just herself or risk her life to save all Flawed people.

My Thoughts

In “Perfect”, I learned to love each character, be it the good and the bad ones.

Unlike in the first book, the romance was more present in this one. The characters’ real intentions were also revealed, and oh my that was just what I am looking for! the thrill, the answer to the mysteries!

Celestine North, once again, developed. And it was from a hundred to perfect. She learned how to embrace her flaws, and to accept other people.

The supporting characters were quite developed too. And that is what I loved most. How her family, those who love her, did not turn their back against Celestine. They stood beside her, fought with her, fought for her, despite knowing the fact that they are in a really dangerous place.

The novel also showed how power drives a person crazy, how much of a person is willing to give and take just to have the power that they desire.

Cecelia Ahern’s writing style is what gave this book a perfect 5 stars. It was compelling, regardless the fact that some parts are too descriptive and irrelevant, I did not dare to skip.

Perfect was a wonderful ending to the duology. I just wish that there are still more, for the reason that the first and this book was beautifully written but it felt like it was a bit rushed.

Overall, I recommend this action-packed and intense book to Dystopian lovers!




Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly fifty countries, and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series.









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BOOK REVIEW: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Title: Flawed

Author/s: Cecelia Ahern

Publication Date: April 5th 2016

Publisher: by Feiwel and Friends

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 336

Purchase at: Amazon


You will be punished…

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

My Thoughts

**Thank you Macmillan International for providing a copy of Flawed by Cecelia Ahern, in exchange of an honest review.**

Flawed grabbed me from its very first line: “I am a girl of definitions, of logic, of black and white.”

I don’t know why, but it happened that I used to avoid this book. No, I used to avoid books with a concept like this one. I am not a fan of Dystopian. However, Karina of @afirepages ‘ love for this book made me really curious, and got me asking for a review copy to read. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

In the first few chapters, we were introduced to the main character and the Guild- government’s temporary solution to people’s wrongdoings. If you are branded as Flawed (literally) it may be because you made a bad decision, you lied, you committed theft, or you’ve been disloyal to the Guild. The branding location will depend on the error of one’s judgement. And there are only a few things branded people are allowed to do.

Celestine North, Art Crevan’s girlfriend, daughter of an admired couple, a girl who’s been Perfect her entire life not until she made a choice of helping an old flawed man. Now she must face the consequences of her decision.

The pacing is another factor why this book was rated 5 stars. It was quick-paced but it’s pleasing enough since it has thrilling events. I think the pacing also worked for the novel’s world building.

Did I mention that this books
is diverse? Celestine having a black father and a white mother.

I liked how the main character, as well as SOME of the minor ones improved. Their development are pretty much satisfying knowing that Celestine was once a people-pleaser, as well as her mother. They used to obey the rules and make sure that they aren’t doing anything that will ruin them. All of those changed when one had the courage to stand and fight for what she knows is right. Needless to say, the characters, almost all of them has loud voices. Just read between the lines and you’ll get the messages they convey.

“Remember, in this world, image is everything.”

Flawed is has perfect storyline with an amazing concept and a wonderful writing style. Hats off to Ahern!

This novel was my most favorite read last month. And Cecelia Ahern, surprisingly, made it to my “auto-buy authors” list.

Piqued your curiosity? Please do read the book.




Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly fifty countries, and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series.








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BOOK REVIEW: House of Furies by Madeleine Roux

Title: House of Furies

Author/s: by Madeleine Roux

Publication Date: May 30, 2017

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 416

Purchase at: Amazon


“After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved.

Louisa begins to fear for a young man named Lee who is not like the other guests. He is charismatic and kind, and Louisa knows that it may be up to her to save him from an untimely judgment. But in this house of distortions and lies, how can Louisa be sure whom to trust?

Featuring stunning interior illustrations from artist Iris Compiet, plus photo-collages that bring Coldthistle House to chilling life, House of Furies invites readers to a world where the line between monsters and men is ghostly thin.

My Thoughts
I was fortunate enough that I got approved on being provided an ARC of one of my most anticipated reads this year. Thank you so much HarperCollins International!
Madeleine Roux has always been my favorite author when it comes to Horror novels, so I was beyond ecstatic when I heard about House of Furies. Good thing my expectations were met! As always, Roux is full of surprises.
I started reading this book in the midst of the night, and it was seriously spooky. Even reading this in broad daylight still got me goosebumps! I demand more concept and storyline like this.
The book has a somewhat slow pace, but enough to keep you on the edge of your sit. The mystery behind the Coldthistle House, the servants, the boarders, and Mr. Morningside slowly unravels. Lots of great stuff are happening inside the house. Everything was so devious. The dark magics, dark secrets and even the book! 
Roux even managed to put some mythological beings I am not well aware of. I even had to search more about the creatures, and oh god it was really eerily amazing! The imagery created was pure awesomeness. I can’t wait to see all of the illustrations!
What made me love this book more is that there aren’t any Romance, or I think none yet. What’s between Louisa and Lee is a blooming relationship. But to be honest, I am shipping Louisa and Mr. Morningside! 
And so it happened, that again, I am left with lots of questions. I need more. What will happen to Lee? What has become of him? Will he change? I need to know more about Louisa especially after the decisions she had made.
I highly recommend House of Furies to fans of horror and mystery novels.




New York Times Bestselling Author of the ASYLUM series, Allison Hewitt Is Trapped, Sadie Walker Is Stranded and the upcoming House of Furies series.

MADELEINE ROUX received her BA in Creative Writing and Acting from Beloit College in 2008. In the spring of 2009, Madeleine completed an Honors Term at Beloit College, proposing, writing and presenting a full-length historical fiction novel. Shortly after, she began the experimental fiction blog Allison Hewitt Is Trapped. Allison Hewitt Is Trapped quickly spread throughout the blogosphere, bringing a unique serial fiction experience to readers.

Born in Minnesota, she now lives and works in Seattle, Washington.


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ARC REVIEW: Grit by Gillian French

Title: Grit

Author/s: Gillian French

Publication Date: May 16th 2017

Publisher: by HarperTeen

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 304

Purchase at: Amazon


is presence beside me is like heat, like weight, something I’ve carried around on my back too long.
Raw and moving, this contemporary realistic debut novel will leave readers of E. Lockhart and Gayle Forman breathless as it unflinchingly unfolds the tragic secrets being kept in a small, deceptively idyllic Maine town.

Seventeen-year-old Darcy Prentiss has long held the title of “town slut.” She knows how to have a good time, sure, but she isn’t doing anything all the guys haven’t done. But when you’re a girl with a reputation, every little thing that happens seems to keep people whispering—especially when your ex-best friend goes missing.

My Thoughts

**Thank you HarperCollins International for providing an ARC of Grit.bBeing provided a review copy doesn’t affect nor influence my thoughts about the book.**

Primarily, this book disappointed me. 
The book was a bit different than what I thought. I expected conflicting mysteries, some sort of character insanities and mind-blowing twists and turns.
Instead of having read those, the author just showcased the daily life of the main character. The story revolved around Darcy’s journey, her continuous mention about the thing that happened on the fourth of July, the sudden disappearance of her former best friend, the problems that she’s currently facing and their preparation for the beauty pageant. Speaking of, I still don’t understand the part that the pageant played, what’s its concern, why is there a need to make a storyline with a pageant or what message it’s trying to convey. 
I don’t understand a lot of things. The story focused on too many activities at once. Turning the pages, I kept on waiting to be exposed to the real mystery, with hopes of finally reading a surprise revelation. So much is going on with the plot. I struggled looking for the main point of the story. 
I admired Darcy Prentiss’ character, she’s a strong girl who gives importance to her family. A girl full of determination. Someone who doesn’t care about what other people say to her. I liked how she handled all the issues about her, the slut-shaming and all. She managed to force a smile and laugh at the insults. I guess I focused more on this kind of real-life issues (sexual assaults) than the mysteries. 
Aside from the characters’ strong voice, what kept me reading this novel is the writing style of the author. French was able to use figures of speech that sometimes I tend to forget that the confusing plot is pissing me off. I appreciated her style. 
Altogether, I think Grit has a lot of potential, and it would be an okay read if the plot wasn’t as busy as it was. Just some cleaning up will do. 




Gillian French is the author of three novels for teens: GRIT (HarperTeen, 5/16/2017), THE DOOR TO JANUARY (Islandport Press, 9/5/2017), and THE SUMMER BOYS (HarperTeen, 5/2/2018). Her short fiction has appeared in Odd Tree Press Quarterly, EMP Publishing’s anthology Creepy Campfire Stories (for Grownups): Tales of Extreme Horror, Sanitarium Magazine, and The Realm Beyond. She holds a BA in English from the University of Maine, and lives in her native state of Maine with her husband and sons, where she’s perpetually at work on her next novel.








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UNBOXING: “A Sparkle of Hope” Pouts and Fluffs Loot Box

Pouts and Fluffs Loot Box

Hello there! I am happy to share with you guys that for the first time since I started being interested on bookish subscription boxes, I finally decided to order a bookish subscription box from the country I live in. I settled on having my first order at Pouts and Fluffs Loot Box.


Pouts and Fluffs Loot Box is a monthly Young-Adult Book Subscription Box that is based in the Philippines. To know more about the story of the subscription box, click here. Inside the subscription box is a YA book, bookish merchandise, and other printed bookish items.


May 2017 “A Sparkle of Hope”

“Don’t ever think that you are just a speck of matter prancing across he universe. You’re worth it. You can shine more vibrantly than the brightest star in the galaxy. Don’t lose hope. Everything’s getting better if you chose to see the light and slowly get off from the darkness.” – Mr. Pouts


Mr. Pouts and Ms. Fluffs gave us a lot of sneak peeks so it made me more curious about what’s inside the box. And instead of having 8 items inside the box, they decided to add 2 more so it’s a total of 10 items!

What are the items inside Pouts and Fluffs’ MAY 2017 Loot Box?

  • A magnetic bookmark by @camlin_ph ; exclusively designed by Mr. Pouts for #pandaofthemonth
  • A bookish Button Pin by
  • A Pouts and Fluffs lootbox main quote button pin

Magnetic bookmark, bookish button pins, I’ve been dying to have these bookish items. Finally, they are now in my hands!


  • A Beauty and the Beast’s “Rose in Dome Glass” Replica
  • A Beauty and the Beast-themed Temporary Tattoo

Have you watched the movie? read the book? IT WAS MAGICAL! Though the temporary tattoo is beautiful, it’s big, and I don’t know if where am I going to use it.

  • An ACOWAR-themed Poster designed by Mr. Pouts
  • A galaxy-inspired bathbomb by @balneumph

A BATHBOMB! I wouldn’t use it yet, for the reason that we don’t have a bathtub. Might as well go to a hotel again! AND OMG LOOK AT THAT POSTER! MR. POUTS HAS TALENT. IT IS A M A Z I N G!


  • An ACOWAR-inspired Bookish Scented Candle “Starfall” by @thebookflame

If you are a friend of mine, a personal or a social media friend, you must know that I badly want a bookish candle. HERE IT IS NOW! I ALREADY HAVE ONE! And it was inspired by my most anticipated read this year!


Seeing the featured book made me jump in joy! Literally! I was just thinking about reading this book and now it’s here! Please click this or the book’s title above so you will be directed to Goodreads. Though to be honest, I kinda expected ACOWAR hehe. Anyway, NO REGRETS! I TRULY LOVED THE FEATURED BOOK! I can’t wait to read it.


and for the final look…

Pouts and Fluff’s MAY 2017 Loot Box:

“A Sparkle of Hope”


**A star-themed vial keychain made by Ms. Fluffs is also included in the box, unfortunately, my youngest cousin decided to take it and bought it home. I screamed at her over the phone. Thankfully, I managed to take a picture of the items inside the box before she stole the vial.**

Overall, for a starter, they did a pretty well job, especially when it comes to interacting with their customers. I totally recommend this to my fellow bookish people.

I want to thank Pouts and Fluffs Loot Box for making my experience of unboxing a siubscription box worthwhile. 

I really had fun sharing the lootbox with you guys! ‘Til my next unboxing!

Pouts and Fluff’s JUNE 2017 theme is

“Down the Memory Lane”


Do you love that rustic vibe? The aura of the cabin in the middle of the woods? How about some vintage stuff? Well, this box is for you! Join us as we go back to the past and travel time with our June 2017 Box theme “Down the Memory Lane”. This box is also perfect for Potterheads as you will see maybe 1-3 Harry Potter merch inside this wondrous boxes. You might want a sweet treat straight from Hogsmead 😉

Order your box now at our website (link in bio). As of this month, we decided to collaborate a book or movie fandom merch every month alongside our book boxes’ theme. This May 2017 you will see two book/movie fandom merch inside our boxes (BATB and ACOWAR). So what book or movie fandom do you want next? Comment down below.

We do apologize for the delay on some updates for the last few days. We have a very hectic and crazy schedule lately between the preparation of the boxes’ contents and our work. We hope you guys understand 😞
Going back, shipping of May boxes this weekend! Who’s excited? I AM. 😂🙌 I can’t wait for my box haha 😍
Should you have any questions and inquiries, feel free to DM us. Stay tuned for more good news, sweethearts! 😊💕

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