Sunshine Blogger Award!

Greetings, amazing people! How’s your day? Mine’s pretty spectacular, as the title suggests. I am so pumped to be writing this because I don’t normally do this type of posts. Heck, I haven’t done them at all before. So you can image my bliss when I got a notification for the *drumroll* —wait for it, although I’m pretty sure you already know—Sunshine Blogger Award!!!

I was nominated by the lovely Lena May from Lena May Books, and the amazing Clo from Book Dragons a long, loooooooooooong time ago, but I haven’t really gotten around to this until now. I’m so sorry it took me so long, I really wanted to post this as soon as I got tagged but life got in the way. Please don’t hate me.


THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

This award is given to bloggers who are considered inspiring and to those who make the blogging community much more fun! So thank you very much to Lena May and Clo for this. It means so much to me, you don’t even know. And, not gonna lie, I got so emotional when I found out my eyes perspired lol *winks*. Now, here are the rules:sunshineblogger

  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Since I’ve been nominated by two different (fantastic) bloggers, I will be answering two separate sets of questions!


✨ Lena May’s Questions (And My Answers) ✨

 

  • Where do you write the majority of your blog posts from?

Anywhere, really; whatever’s available and most convenient for me. Although mostly, I type my initial drafts on my phone’s Notes app and then continue editing on WordPress via my laptop. This works really well for me since my phone is constantly with me as opposed to pen and paper while editing on laptop is easier for formatting and proofreading.

  • How long does it typically take you to write a post? Edit it?

Ooh, this is a tricky one. This wholly depends on the type of post. Sometimes it can take me no more than a few hours while other times it takes freaking ages to put up one post. Although maybe I take 1-2 hours on average to write a draft for a book review and another 1-2 hours on average to edit. This is considering that I’m productive and won’t leave them on drafts. When writing discussion posts though, that’s a whole different story. It takes me weeks or months to finish those!

  • What is your go to drink or snack while writing?

For my go-to drink, it would probably be a huge cup of hot chocolate if the weather’s chilly or a nice tall glass of iced coffee if the weather’s hot. Food-wise, you can never go wrong with freshly baked pastries. Give me a platter of those and I’ll inhale them without even a glance at my book.

  • What inspired you to start your blog?

Since I was young, I’ve always had a passion for reading. However, there is literally no one in my family and my close group of friends that share my love for books so I felt really isolated for a long time. Imagine having no one to scream with about books!! It wasn’t until recently, during my teenage years, that I’ve learned about this amazing community. And I’m forever grateful to become a part of this.

  • What is your five year plan?

I have no idea how to answer this question. I’m not really one to worry about the future and I think that would be the end of me. But for the sake of this post, I would have to say that I see myself exactly as I am now but manifesting more maturity and wise decision-making. Also, I plan to devote more of my time in my passion for blogging and reading.

  • If you were to write an autobiography what would the title be?

“The Art of Not Knowing What to Do” I’m pretty freakin’ proud of coming up with that title (and I hope to god this ain’t a title of a real autobiography yet) since I think it absolutely embodies my whole life so far. I have no clue on what I’m doing with my life but hey, at least I’m happy!

  • What are your guilty pleasures?

I’m pretty sure I have lots of guilty pleasures but unsurprisingly, I can’t remember all of them. So from the top of my head: watching rom-coms, eating powdered milk, buying a cheap book without knowing what it’s about, staying inside the house for days on end and CURSING AT THE SMALLEST THINGS AND WHATEVER THE SITUATION.

  • If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

Unlike most people I know, I’m not a really big fan of traveling. I get the heebie-jeebies just thinking about being in a completely foreign land and out of my literal comfort zone. However, two places that has awed me the most for their beauty are Aix-en Provence in France and Iceland.

  • If you could meet anyone dead or alive who would you like to meet?

Can I meet my soulmate already? Lmfao.

  • How long have you been blogging?

Apparently, I started this blog in 2016 and I can’t remember it being that long ago! But during that time, I suck at time management so I ended up constantly ignoring my blog and taking up a lot of long, unannounced hiatuses. It isn’t only until late 2018 did I fully get into blogging. By this, I mean I actually commit to being active in blogging however hard life hits me. And I’m absolutely proud of myself for that.

  • What do you do when you are not blogging?

Aside from the obvious answer which is reading and binge-watching TV shows, I am a full-time student who loves making memories with the people I love!

✨ Clo’s Questions (And My Answers) ✨

  • If you could read any series/book again, like it was the first time you were reading it, which series/book would you choose?

A no-brainer for me, definitely Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I would give my soul just to experience the pure emotions I had the first time I read the series. Anna and the French Kiss would be a very close second to PJO series.

  • Current song on replay?

Technically cheating since this is an album but… WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO by Billie Eilish. It is physically impossible for me to pick a favorite from this.

  • Are you bilingual? If no, do you wish you were?

I am. My mother tongue is Filipino and I speak English as well! Although I do want to learn French.

  • Favourite 3 posts of yours you’ve done and why?

First of my favorite posts is Luxe’s Thoughts: UK vs US Book Covers since it is the first discussion post I’ve ever done. Writing discussion posts intimidate me so I’m hella proud of making that one. My second favorite is Wrapping It Up: JANUARY 2019. I’ve put in a lot of effort in that post and it signifies my (rare) organization that month. Lastly, I love my blog tour review on Field Notes of Love. I can remember how fun it was writing that review. I felt so warm and happy inside because that book really made me fall in love with it.

  • How long have you been blogging and do you intend to ever quit forever?

As I’ve said in the previous similar question, I have started this blog in 2016 but haven’t really been active until late 2018. I don’t see myself quitting in the near future, maybe a few hiatuses here and there, but it would be awful if I were to quit permanently.

  • Thoughts on book to movie adaptions? (e.g do you enjoy them? or do you usually find they don’t meet your expectations after reading the book?)

I detest book to movie adaptations that do absolutely no justice to the books. In fact, I haven’t found a single movie that I liked more than a book.

  • If you could be a season which season would you want to be?

I would 100% be Autumn! Aside from the lovely colors, I adore the coziness it brings. Imagine being in a huge, comfy sweater with a cup of hot chocolate in hand and a good book in another. Not to mention, autumn reminds me of one of my absolute favorite movies: When Harry Met Sally.

  • Aside from travelling in books, have you ever traveled? If so where, if not do you want to and where do you want to go?

I’m not one for travelling, as I’ve said. But I have been to Singapore and Malaysia! They’re both such breathtaking countries and I long to visit again.

  • Odd or even numbers?

Even! Weirdly, odd numbers make me uncomfortable except for the number 5.

  • Do you DNF books?

I do but I always feel bad when I DNF them. But life is short and there is not enough time in the world to read books that you don’t enjoy!

  • A popular ship everyone seems to ship in a series, that you just weren’t on aboard with?

I’ve been racking my brain for an answer to this but I honestly can’t think of any.


NOMINATIONS AND MY QUESTIONS

  1. What is one of your favorite underrated reads?
  2. What was the last book or movie that made you cry?
  3. If you were a Greek god/goddess, which one would you be and why?
  4. What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
  5. If you can live in any time period you desire, which would it be?
  6. What characters from any book/s do you wish were real people?
  7. Share some of your favorite quotes from books!
  8. What are your comfort foods?
  9. Which do you prefer, TV series or movies? Recommend a few of your favorites!
  10. What’s your favorite holiday?
  11. If you can have any superpower, what would you choose?

I nominate the following people because they make me smile and they’re some of my favorite bloggers! Of course, you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to. No pressure!


Again, I am so sorry for such a belated post for this award. I hope you got to know me a bit more through my answers. Thank you so much, and words can’t express how much I appreciate being nominated for this!

Blog Tour: Two Like Me and You by Chad Alan Gibbs [REVIEW + GIVEAWAY]

TwoLikeMeAndYouBlitzBanner.png

Goodreads Amazon B&N iBooks Kobo

TwoLike.jpgBook Title: Two Like Me and You
Author: Chad Alan Gibbs
Publication Date: May 20th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Edwin Green’s ex-girlfriend is famous. We’re talking cover-of-every-tabloid-in-the-grocery-store-line famous. She dumped Edwin one year ago on what he refers to as Black Saturday, and in hopes of winning her back, he’s spent the last twelve months trying to become famous himself. It hasn’t gone well.

But when a history class assignment pairs Edwin with Parker Haddaway, the mysterious new girl at school, she introduces him to Garland Lenox, a nursing-home-bound World War II veteran who will change Edwin’s life forever.

The three escape to France, in search of the old man’s long-lost love, and as word of their adventure spreads, they become media darlings. But when things fall apart, they also become the focus of French authorities. In a race against time, who will find love, and who will only find more heartache?


I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of the blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.

MY THOUGHTS

My initial reaction upon finishing this book was relief, partly because the whirlwind of suspense (about the main characters’ adventures) was over and I don’t have to constantly worry about them anymore. But also, I felt relieved mainly because I ended up liking the book despite the few troubles I had with it.

Just to get it out of the way, let me tell you that I did not feel a connection to any of the characters so that’s a major turn off for me. At that point, I was starting to get worried that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy this as much as I expected. Also, I felt that the book could have been a little shorter because it felt dragging for some times. But despite those, I carried on reading and I’m glad I did!

This contemporary book is unlike any I’ve read before. Since I mostly read romances in this genre, Two Like Me and You was kind of like a breath of fresh air for me. I love how it does not entirely focus on the romantic aspect despite love having somehow a significant role in the story. Plus, this book is jam-packed with adventure that keeps me biting my nails in anticipation. Most of the happenings here are ludicrous and absolutely unbelievable which gets the excitement constantly flowing! Not to mention, the World War II references were very interesting for me to read about.

Overall, I enjoyed this one despite a couple of points for improvement. I’d recommend this one if you’re looking for a crazy and fun contemporary read.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chad.jpg

 

Chad Alan Gibbs lives in Alabama with his wife, two sons, two dogs, and an embarrassingly large collection of Star Wars action figures. Two Like Me and You is his first novel.

Website Goodreads Twitter Facebook

 

 


GIVEAWAY

Get the chance to win (INTL):

3 signed copies of Two Like Me and You

3 eBook copies of Two Like Me and You

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Blog Tour: Happy Messy Scary Love by Leah Konen [REVIEW, FAVORITE QUOTES + GIVEAWAY]

p

Goodreads Amazon B&N iBooks Kobo Book Depository Google Books

p

Book Title: Happy Messy Scary Love
Author: Leah Konen
Published by: Amulet Books
Publication Date: May 14th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

As everyone at her Brooklyn high school announces their summer adventures, Olivia harbors a dirty secret: Her plan is to binge-watch horror movies and chat with her online friend, Elm. Olivia and Elm have never shared personal details, apart from their ages and the fact that Elm’s aunt is a low-budget horror filmmaker. Then Elm pushes Olivia to share her identity and sends her a selfie of his own. Olivia is shocked by how cute he is! In a moment of panic, assuming she and Elm will never meet in real life, she sends a photo of her gorgeous friend Katie. But things are about to get even more complicated when Olivia’s parents send her to the Catskills, and she runs into the one person she never thought she would see. This sweet and funny summertime romance is perfect for fans of Love and Gelato and The Unexpected Everything.


I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of the blog tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club.

MY THOUGHTS

Having read and loved the author’s other work, The Romantics (you can read my review here), I was pretty psyched to find out I was given the opportunity to read and review her latest book. The premise of this book was just as interesting for me as The Romantics’ premise was, so I had no problem getting into this one.

Olivia Knight, also known as CarrieRevenge on Reddit, is an aspiring screenplay writer and is a huge horror buff. That’s why, on her late night escapades on Reddit, she met a fellow horror fan on there with the handle named Elm. They’ve hit it off right from the start and after months of online friendship, Elm sends a picture of him to Olivia (or Carrie) and asks one in return. So, in typical teenage fashion, Olivia lets her uncertainties get the best of her so she sends a picture of Katie, her best friend, instead. It’s totally fine because there’s no chance in hell that they would meet, right? Wrong!

From the beginning, readers get to be well-versed on who our main character is and what events prompted the mess that would eventually befall her. Olivia was an okay main character for me. Because although I do enjoy her enthusiasm for horror films and understand the self-issues she’s been dealing with, she never really warmed up to me all that much. Still, I really loved getting to explore about her happy, messy and scary summer romance.

Elm, on the other hand, was a character in the book that I absolutely adored. For a fictional character, he just seemed so real to me. He is so charming, nerdy and an overall sweet guy. That, amongst other things! Katie was another one that made the book so enjoyable! Another touch of spice and realism to an otherwise fictional story. She’s honestly the best best friend anyone can ask for; the one that’s always got your back but isn’t afraid to let you know when you’re being too much. Her own character was explored for a bit in this book too, despite the story not revolving around her, which I appreciate a lot.

The romance itself was sweet, because Olivia and Elm are perfect for each other, and thrilling, in the sense that I have this anticipation of when Olivia’s facade will all come tumbling down. The banter that they had, both online and in person, were a delight to read and I can see how they get on so well together. However, I do think that the ending wasn’t what I hoped it would be. It was a bit rushed, in my opinion.

Overall, though, this was a good read! Happy Messy Scary Love is a cute and fun read whenever you’re in the mood for something quick, especially during the summer season!


FAVORITE QUOTES

“Photos are a different level. Photos have flaws, pimples, and pores. You can’t capture your witty banter, your love for 1930s noir, in a photo.

“I know I’m playing with fire. I know that this is unsustainable, that it can’t go on this way. Only it’s so lovely, it’s so wonderful, seeing every side of him like I do.”

“When it comes to romance, sometimes right and wrong isn’t always so black and white.”

“I know I’m playing with fire. I know that this is unsustainable, that it can’t go on this way. Only it’s so lovely, it’s so wonderful, seeing every side of him like I do.”


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

p-1Leah Konen is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied journalism and creative writing. She’s the author of the forthcoming HAPPY MESSY SCARY LOVE, LOVE AND OTHER TRAIN WRECKS, THE ROMANTICS, THE LAST TIME WE WERE US and THE AFTER GIRLS. She lives in Brooklyn and Saugerties, NY, with her husband and their dog, Farley.

Website Goodreads Twitter Facebook Instagram


GIVEAWAY

Win a copy of Happy Messy Scary Love by Leah Konen (US Only)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Blog Tour: Alien Minds by Christina Bauer [EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY]

AlienMindsTourBanner.png

Goodreads Amazon B&N iBooks Kobo Google Play

AM.jpg

Book Title: Alien Minds
Author: Christina Bauer
Series: Dimension Drift #1
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication Date: April 23rd 2019
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

DIVERGENT meets OCEAN’S EIGHT in this urban fantasy heist!

On my seventeenth birthday, I wake up in the hospital to find I just survived a sketchy but terrible accident. My parents stand by my bedside—both are beautiful, wealthy, and super-nice. They tell me that once I leave the hospital, I’ll attend the prestigious ECHO Academy, where I’ll churn out equations for the government along with my mega-smart peers.

So, I’m living the perfect life.

Then why does everything feel all wrong?

My parents, my house and even ECHO Academy…none of it fits. Plus, what’s up with Thorne, my brooding yet yummy classmate who keeps telling me I need to remember my true past, which seems to have included a lot of us kissing? That’s one thing I’d really like to remember, except for the fact that I’m pretty sure Thorne is hiding a ton of nasty secrets of his own, including the fact that he may not be from this world. But considering how my own past seems alien to me, it’s not like I can judge. Plus, Thorne has dimples. That’s a problem.

And worst of all, why does it feel so yucky to work on these calculations for the government? It’s all supposed to be part of ECHO, but my heart tells me that I’m helping something truly terrible come to pass. Thorne seems to think that kissing him again will release my real memories.

Maybe it’s time to pucker up.

“Appealing and engaging. Love the strong female character!” – Arlene’s Book Reviews

This new series is perfect for: fans of urban fantasy, action & adventure, cool science, evil corporations, forbidden romance and hot new classmates who may or may not be aliens.


EXCERPT

Excerpt – Opening Chapter
Meimi

In this moment, I know four things.

One, I just woke up in a hospital bed.

Two, I don’t remember anything about my life before today. Hello, amnesia!

Three, I want out of here now because …

Four, there’s a creepy couple in my room—Luci and Josiah—who claim they’re my sponsor parents. According to them, I’m a seventeen-year-old science prodigy called Wisteria Roberts.

Huh. That name rings zero bells.

Plus, these two make my skin crawl.

“We sponsor you financially,” explains Josiah. “Then in the fall, we’ll fund your senior year of high school at ECHO Academy.” Josiah’s a lanky guy with slicked-back hair, a frayed suit, and an overly large Adam’s apple.

“Afterward, you’ll pay us back with interest,” adds Luci. “Forty percent. Compounded annually.”

Luci is tall and willowy with white-blonde tresses. By contrast, I’m a curvy girl with brown hair and green eyes. I’m also wrapped up mummy-style with bandages. According to Luci and Josiah, I took a spill on Newbury Street and lost my memory. So sketchy.

Some small voice in my head cries that I should be terrified right now. Instead, I just feel numb. Must be a happy side effect of having no memory. Like an amnesia bonus.

“You’ll love living in our dorm,” says Josiah. “In fact, think of me more as your sponsor friend than your sponsor parent.”

At this point, that small part of me screams how Josiah is a disgusting pig. But more of me is still happily numb, so the warnings go nowhere.

Screech, screech, screech!

A chorus of alarm bells sound. Red lights flash in the outer hallway. An overly calm female voice drones through hidden speakers. “Cleansing search commencing … cleansing search commencing. All hail the Authority … All hail the Authority.”

With that, the inner cogs of my brain connect and whir. Feelings return. My blood chills over with fear. I may not recall my personal history, but I do remember how our evil government—what we call the Authority—conducts cleansing searches. They find the sick or poor, label them as undesirable, and slate them for cleansing. It’s a fancy word for murder.

The alarms wail louder. My heart rate skyrockets. If there’s a cleansing search, I’m a slam dunk to be undesirable. Yipes.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

AB Christina Bauer pic.jpgChristina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

Be the first to know about new releases from Christina by signing up for her newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/CBupdates

Blog Twitter Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Website


GIVEAWAY

Win a copy of Alien Minds (print or ebook) and more!

 a Rafflecopter giveaway