Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins

6936382Title: Anna and the French Kiss

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Series: Anna and the French Kiss#1

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Number of Pages (Hardcover): 372

Date Published: December 2nd of 2010

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Synopsis (through Goodreads):

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Rating:  (4 of 5)

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This is like one of the most recommended YA romance novels so I won’t really go far with my notes but I just loved it and whatever you’re assuming about it because of the title and the cover and what-not, it doesn’t hold. Because this might perhaps be the most well-written teen romance book I have read.

I have been passing by on this bookstore which has a lot of stocks of this book for the longest time. I always thought the title was so cheesy and the cover didn’t really entice me all that well. It’s the alternate cover, not the one above. As years pass by, I have found myself to be taking less and less fancies on cheesy, teen-y books. With that in mind, look at that title and that cover and tell me if I was the type to pick this up. So, I always didn’t put my attention on this book even though many people say that it’s great.

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Book Review: Stitched #1 by Mariah McCourt

31451222Title: Stitched #1

Author: Mariah McCourt

Illustrator: Aaron Alexovich

Genre: Children’s, Comics, Fantasy

Number of Pages (Paperback): 96

Date Published: May 2nd of 2017

Publisher: Charmz

Synopsis*:

Crimson Volania Mulch has a problem; she just woke up in a crypt and, besides her name, has no idea of who, where, or what she is. Welcome to the Cemetery of Assumptions, a vast landscape of stones, mausoleums, and secrets. Home to monsters and mayhem, it may also hold the answers to her unknown parentage.

Crimson is a resourceful patchwork girl and determined to find them. Along the way, she meets the mysterious Wisteria, who has a tendency to change and a witch named Parameter whose spells tend to go awry. And two boys, Simon and Quinton, who make her feel something besides lost and confused. She must battle ghosts, zombies, and monsters in order to learn where she came from and who her real “mother” is. But will she do it alone, or will she have help from her new friends and unexpected crushes?

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 of 5)

I want to thank the publisher for making it possible for me to have an access to the book in exchange for an honest review, via Netgalley.

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Before I start with my review, I just want to tell you all that today marks my one year anniversary with this blog! My blog is one year old! Time blows by so fast and I cannot believe it has been a year since I actually decided to make these little notes on all the books that I read! What a year! Anyway, here goes my review for Stitched #1!

This might have been the cutest thing I have read in a while. Though the fact that I am still fond of children’s books still holds, I am also feeling that I’m shifting quite a bit into the Young Adult genre as of late. So, what I’m saying is, I may be veering away from children’s books as much as I can because I feel like I’m already too old for the genre. Crazy, I know but I’m glad my reading taste is also evolving.

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Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

23403402Title: A Darker Shade of Magic

Author: V.E. Schwab

Series: Shades of Magic, #1

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

Page Number: 400

Date Published: February 27th of 2015

Publisher: Titan Books

Synopsis (through Goodreads):

Kell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 of 5)

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I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.

Back in the old days of yore—2015 to be exact—I gave up on this book after several chapters in. Whether it was the sheer fact that I was under so much pressure in college or just that I didn’t really like the premise of the book, I may never know. I’ll leave that aspect to the past. But no kidding, dramatics aside, really I just forgot why I DNF-ed this this when it first came out because it is so good! (And yes, I’m totally beating myself up for doing that! 😣)

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REVIEW// The Saturday Evening Girls Club by Jane Healey

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31815418Title: The Saturday Evening Girls Club

Author: Jane Healey

Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Literature

No. of Pages (Paperback): 250

Date Published: April 25th of 2017

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

For four young immigrant women living in Boston’s North End in the early 1900s, escaping tradition doesn’t come easy. But at least they have one another and the Saturday Evening Girls Club, a social pottery-making group offering respite from their hectic home lives—and hope for a better future.

Ambitious Caprice dreams of opening her own hat shop, which clashes with the expectations of her Sicilian-born parents. Brilliant Ada secretly takes college classes despite the disapproval of her Russian Jewish father. Stunning Maria could marry anyone yet guards her heart to avoid the fate of her Italian Catholic mother, broken down by an alcoholic husband. And shy Thea is torn between asserting herself and embracing an antiquated Jewish tradition.

The friends face family clashes and romantic entanglements, career struggles and cultural prejudice. But through their unfailing bond, forged through their weekly gathering, they’ll draw strength—and the courage to transform their immigrant stories into the American lives of their dreams.

Rate: 4 of 5



Thoughts bannerI had no high hopes for this book when I picked it up assuming that it would just be another one of my endeavors in reading Historical Fiction again after quite a while.  And the cover didn’t speak to me so much at the time. What I didn’t expect is how immersive and beautiful both the writing and the story will be. I was completely taken aback when this book became the object of my adoration for the four days that I’ve read it. Continue reading

Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor

26221374Title: Definitions of Indefinable Things

Author: Whitney Taylor

Series: None

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Number of Pages (Kindle edition): 336

(Expected) Date of Publishing: April 4th of 2017

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

This heartbreaking, humorous novel is about three teens whose lives intersect in ways they never expected.

Reggie Mason is all too familiar with “the Three Stages of Depression.” She believes she’s unlocked the secret to keeping herself safe: Nobody can hurt you if you never let them in.

Reggie encounters an unexpected challenge to her misanthropy: a Twizzler-chomping, indie film-making narcissist named Snake. Snake’s presence, while reassuring, is not exactly stable—especially since his ex-girlfriend is seven months pregnant. As Reggie falls for Snake, she must decide whether it’s time to rewrite the rules that have defined her.

Rate: 4 of 5

Get a copy: Book Depository (Hardback)

I want to thank the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group to have given me the chance to read an advanced reader copy through Netgalley.

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Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (Pottermore Presents, #3) by J.K. Rowling

31538647Title: Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide

Author: J.K. Rowling

Series: Pottermore Presents, #3

Genre: Fantasy, Short Stories, Young Adult

Number of Pages (Kindle Edition): 79

Date Published: September 6th of 2016

Publisher: Pottermore

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

‘The Ministry of Magic felt strongly, however, that to construct an additional wizarding station in the middle of London would stretch even the Muggles’ notorious determination not to notice magic when it was exploding in front of their faces.’ – J.K. Rowling

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

Hogwarts An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide takes you on a journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You’ll venture into the Hogwarts grounds, become better acquainted with its more permanent residents, learn more about lessons and discover secrets of the castle . . . all at the turn of a page.

Rate: 4 of 5


Hogwarts is teeming with secrets.

Now THAT’S a Potter book–at last! Since I am a Potterhead, it is with a little sadness that I’ve already finished the short stories series released by Pottermore. I was actually holding it off for the longest time but oh well.

I enjoyed this very much because I have always loved the air of mystery that Hogwarts imposes right from the start of reading this series. That’s also the reason why my favorite movie of the series is the Sorcerer’s Stone because there was such a massive world-building effort.  To get a glimpse on the mysteries and to have answers on the questions I’ve been itching to ask in so long about Hogwarts was so satisfying. Additionally, I loved the approach of this book because instead of characters, the magical things of the wizarding world was cast into the limelight. This has the cohesiveness I was looking for. Although I might say, I’m very confused with Cursed Child all the more with this time-turner section tackled. I’m just SO confused. Blasted Cursed Child. 

 Of the three short stories releases, I enjoyed this the most–this is a very nice close to the Pottermore Presents series. Although, I’m quite sure there will be more because, erm, Rowling hello? 

Do I recommend it? Yuppsss! This is perfect for all the Potterheads out there! Great, now I want to reread Harry Potter again.


*Cover image and Synopsis via Goodreads.

Lunarbaboon Presents: We All Have Powers: And Other Things You Learn as a Parent by Christopher Grady

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30754981Title: Lunarbaboon Presents: We All Have Powers: And Other Things You Learn as a Parent

Author: Christopher Grady

Series: None

Genre: Comics, Humor

Number of Pages (Paperback): 128

(Expected) Date of Publishing: April 4th of 2017

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

Explore the daily struggles and humor of family life with Lunarbaboon. He’s just like any other dad–but vaguely hairier because he’s half man/half moon monkey.

We All Have Powers shares life’s parenting moments from the perspective of a 30-something man/father/husband/chaos survivor. Together with the savvy, laid back Mom, wild child Moishe, baby Matilda, and a former Julliard student (their cat), Lunarbaboon must navigate the family and social dynamics of everyday life. Ranging from the hilarious (defeating closet monsters with a “stun” blaster that offers surprising facts about bears, Mars, and cats) to the sweet (the gray scale-to color transition out of depression at the touch of a loved one), this collection explores the bonds within a family and all the characters who bring both order and chaos to life.

Lunarbaboon’s perfect meld of crabby humor and moments of impactful honesty give these comics a wide range and distinctive voice that’s both comical and sincere.

Rate: 4 of 5

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Okay, first off, I’m sorry if this has been the third comic book I have posted in a row but I just went ham on comic books lately! Haha.

Ah, another webcomic that I’m particularly fond of. What strikes me everytime I read Lunarbaboon is to how practical and deep it’s portrayed meanings are. It’s one of those comics that taps into the realness of life but with a pinch of humor added in–another attribute that I’m particularly keen on. As much as I am familiar with the webcomics, this is the first book I have read of the said webcomics. There are two previous works by Grady under the Lunarbaboon titles, as well.

Delving into this has been a breeze. Certainly the perk of reading comics is the ability to finish it in one sitting. The cover wisely summarizes the tale that this book is trying to portray. It’s delightful as to how this showcased the innocence of children that it’s quite funny and thought-provoking at the same time. Straight-up, I’m not a parent but I still enjoyed this as much.

Lunarbaboon leaves me the impression as one of those comic striips that are too true that it’s funny–it also reminds me of Deep Dark Fears. It has these momentary deep thoughts and I’m all for it!

P.S. If you’ve read this, please tell me I am not the only one still reeling from laughter with the butt daddy bit.

Do I recommend it? Yes


*Cover image and Synopsis via Goodreads

**Thank you to the publisher (via Netgalley) for kindly giving me access to an advanced reader copy for an honest review.