Monday, February 27, 2017

Marry, Date, or Kill (Romance class edition)

                            

In this blog post, I decided to play the Marry, Date, or Kill using characters from Romance Class books. In this game, I selected three characters from a romance class book and evaluated who would I marry, date or kill.

1. Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David

Marry - Hunter. He is totally my type and I can't wait to read more about him.
Date - Lance. 
Kill - Jace, he is too neat and I am too messy.  

2. Serenade by Claire Du

Marry - Connor 
Date - Ray
Kill - Julian for obvious reasons 

3. All that Glitters by Ines Bautista-Yao 

Marry - Carlos Angeles 
Date - Carlos Angeles. I am a sucker for friends falling in love. 
Kill  - Iñigo Antonio for being a slimy user 

4. The Boyfriend Backtrack by Dawn Lanuza 



Marry - Chase.  
Date - Kevin
Kill - Joshua because he can't distinguish the difference between Harvard and Hogwarts 😂

5. Bucket List to Love by C.P Santi 
Marry - Ryo, I don't mind sharing my cookies with him.
Date - Luc. Green eyes and brown hair 😍
Kill - Adrian. I'd like to pour boiling coffee on him too. 

6. The Art of Shifting Gears by Chi Yu Rodriguez 

Marry- JR
Date - Yuan 
Kill - Mike. For being a major D-bag and for indirectly calling Rae a whore and forcing her to kiss him after. 

7. Simply Joei by Clare Elisabeth Marquez 

Marry - Jake! Obviously
Date - Francis/Oliver 🐶 
Kill - The man who assaulted Joei in the library. Thank God for Jake being the hero. 

8. Keep The Faith by Ana 



Marry - Nico 
Date - French fries 🍟 Unlike Faith I don't discriminate, I love all fries equally. 😂
Kill - James 

P.S Comment down below who is your book boyfriend or girlfriend? 

XOXO,
Isabel 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Bookish Event Recap: Philippine Romance Convention 2017 + Book Haul



Last February 19, 2017 (Sunday), I attended The Philippine Romance Convention 2017 in Alabang Town Center, Activity Center. I had a lot of fun. I met a lot of authors with books that I have read and I've also discovered authors with books that I have not read and I was eager to try out their books thus breaking my book buying ban again. I also learned a lot of things especially about writing books and the process behind it. 

           I first attended the Sweet love discussion, which is a panel discussion on young adult, new adult, and inspirational romance. In this talk, the speakers were: 

Arelene Manocot
              She has written fantasy, suspense, and romance novels, She has also launched three books iin her Fangirling series in the span of a year. 

Clarisse David 
              She is a young adult author. She has recently released her book 'Keeping the Distance' in her I heart Iloilo series after her debut novel Prom Queen Perfect. This was my first time meeting Clarisse and I was so excited to meet her in person because we have only talked on twitter. 

Chinggay Labrador 
               She is the author of the Popped series and also a freelance writer, yoga instructor, and intuitive tarot reader. Furthermore, she has contributed to anthologies like Sola Musica, Coming of Age, and Friend Zones. 

Kate Evangelista 
                 She was a former English teacher and the author of the Dodge Cove series published under Swoon Reads and the Vicious Feast series (available from Anvil's spark books). This was my second time meeting her. The first time was during the launch of the first book in the Dodge Cove, No Love Allowed. 

The second talk that I attended was Steamy stories, which is a panel discussion on sexy romance. Let me just say that this discussion got a bit hot!. And in this panel the speakers were: 

Bianca Mori
 She started writing sweet romance but shifted to the steamy side with her book 'One Night at the Palace Hotel' and 'Tame the Kitten'. She also has romance suspense books with her Takedown trilogy.
Mina V. Esguerra 

With having written over 20 contemporary romance novels, she has written a variety of books with young adult, new adult, and adult genres, which were published traditionally and independently. She also heads the #romanceclass group of writers and readers.

Georgette S. Gonzales 
She writes steamy stories in Tagalog with 'My Special Valentine' as Edith Joaquin and English in her own name. Her collection of short romances inspired by Barry Manilow songs, Of Love and Special Things, launched in 2016.

Jennifer Hallock 
She is originally from New England but she has lived and worked in the Philippines. Her Sugar Sun romance series was called "intensely absorbing" by the Historical Novel Society due to the fact that her books about Manila, Dumaguete, and Bais during the American colonial period.

(Left to Right) Kate Evangelists, Clarisse David, Yeyet Soriano, Arlene Manocot,
Bianca Mori, Georgette S. Gonzales, Jennifer Hallock, and Mina V. Esguerra  

 In addition to participating in those panel. I got some of my books signed by the authors

Learning to Fall by Mina V. Esguerra 

“Go out with a stereotypical romance novel hero WHO ISN’T YOUR TYPE.”

Avid reader and art student Steph is participating in a monthly blog challenge to Live Like Fiction, and this was the task for October. When Grayson, former co-captain of her university rugby team, walks into her class, she knows it’s meant to be – she has to go out with this guy. Even if she’s never been attracted to big, hunky, athletic types. With Grayson’s “player” reputation off the field, Steph thinks he’ll be good for one date that’ll be worth blogging about, and that’s it.

But you know how it goes: Soon, it becomes more than just one date – and Steph and Grayson are caught up in “living like fiction.” How long can they keep playing their roles before reality steps in?




Playing Autumn by Mina V. Esguerra 
Haley Reese is going back home to Houston and she's dreading this trip. She volunteers as a mentor to young musicians at an annual festival, and the longer she's been doing it, the more she feels like a fraud. It's been years since the web videos that made her sort-of famous first came out, and she hasn't done anything else to pursue the career in music she's always wanted. Things start looking up when she shares a plane ride with Oliver Cabrera, music prodigy, rock star, and the reason why she picked up an instrument in the first place.

Oliver Cabrera hasn't called any place "home" since he started touring professionally in his teens, but Houston is as close to it as any. He's also nearly broke, his career just about over. When he gets the invitation to mentor at the Breathe Music Festival again, he decides, what the hell, he should finally show up. He meets Haley, Hot Piano Girl herself, and finds her fear of failure might be easier to fix than his own.
Relish by Kate Evangelista 
I left Lunar Manor broken, seeking comfort in the hands of Laurel "the Dragon" Hardy, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Gossip. Okay, I may have used him to ease the pain He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named caused by his confession of loving someone else. On New Year's Eve! Granted, he was drunk off his ass, but still! I stay with Larry mainly because the dreams are getting worse. Worse enough to wake me in the middle of the night needing the touch of another to save me from losing my mind.

Unfortunately, the handsome bassist of the uber successful indie rock band, Vicious, is never far from my mind. I thought I was rid of him once and for all only to have him show up at my hotel in London. Luka Visraya's power over me is intense. No matter how far I run, I always end up circling back to him.

If you think my story is just some romance about two lovers getting back together, think again. Little did I know that returning to Luka meant I'd be plunging myself into a world more familiar than I ever thought possible. Trust me when I say I didn't believe it either when the truth finally came out.



Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David 

Seventeen-year-old Melissa wants to dye her hair cotton candy pink and focus on her ukulele instead of Physics. But she can't. As the daughter of a Catholic school principal, living up to her model student image 24/7 is a must. Something's about to give under all the pressure. She only hopes it isn't her.

Getting involved with a troublemaking basketball player is the last possible thing she needs...

Lance is used to getting what he wants. With a pretty face he uses to full advantage and his role as co-captain of the basketball team, the easy way is the only way he's ever known. Until the day he notices the prim Melissa he's known forever is actually hot and decides to ask her out. He has no idea he's about to learn the lesson of a lifetime.

Not getting what he wants might exactly be what he needs...

See my full review of this book here 

Tame the Kitten by Bianca Mori 
Girl gets off cab, boy nearly runs her over.

Kit Torres can't believe her awful luck when she's assigned to babysit a motorcycling superstar for her boss. But sexy sparks fly when he teaches her all about the finer aspects of control. Can Kit keep her cool when the race starts to heat up?

Fab Magnani lives on the edge of disaster -- he makes a good living out of it as a pro racer. Will his instincts for squeezing out of danger serve him when he comes face to face with an Puerto Rican spitfire who takes an instant dislike to him?


 They were also selling books there and me having no self control I bought some.

So here are the books that I purchase in the event. 

Maybe This Time by C.P Santi
An accidental reunion . . . a sneaky plot . . . things finally falling into place.

Maybe This Time contains three heart-warming stories of love and second chances. Because when fate gives you a break, you grab the chance to finally make things right.

In Sweeter by the Second, when paintings conservator Rina David arrives for the Arts Festival in the heritage town of Jimenez, she’s reunited with Tony, the guy she once loved and lost. Now vice-mayor of Jimenez, Tony wants Rina back in his life and will do everything he can to convince her that they belong together.

Pamela Quiroz hatches a plot to get her parents back together in Exorcising my Ex. But will a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner succeed in reconciling Geno and Viv? After all, it’s been more than fifteen years since they first got together and they aren’t the hormone-driven teenagers they once were. Will wine and cheese balls still do the trick?

Torch, meet hand. Arne Weichmann has been waiting twenty-one years for Bea. Is it finally the right time to make his move and convince her that they are Meant to Be? He hopes so. Because he doesn't think he’ll survive losing the one person who brought warmth and sunshine to his life.

All's Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria 
Five Cuevas @fivetravels
Three guesses to where I'm going next. Starts with an M. Ends with a U. Has a lechon named after it. #travel

Twenty-something travel blogger Five thinks she has hit the jackpot when she gets invited to glittering Macau for an all-expense-paid bloggers tour. Think majestic old churches, sparkling casinos, exhilarating bungee jumps, and the world's most unforgettable egg tarts. The trip is practically perfect, except for one little glitch. She gets assigned to be travel buddies with Jesse, the world's most infuriating photo blogger, and it's definitely war at first sight.

Will Five let Jesse turn her dream vacation into a total nightmare? Or will falling in love be on the itinerary?

Cities by Carla de Guzman 
Celia has dreams.
She dreams of going to Seoul for that scholarship she never took, of leaving everything behind and moving to New York.
In all those dreams, she finds herself attached to Benedict, the boy she has always loved, who didn’t love her back.

Ben believes in parallel worlds.
Worlds where the things you didn’t do come true—worlds where he went to London and fell in love with Celia, where he shows up on the day she needed him most. He believes that dreams are glimpses into that parallel world, and it’s not a coincidence that Celia’s been having them too.

It’s the day of Ben’s wedding, in the middle of a typhoon in Manila. How will these dreams and unmade decisions change their lives? Will they bring them closer together, or just drive them further apart?

 
If The Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman 
Martha Aguas kind of has it all--she's an accountant who loves numbers, an accident-prone puppy that loves her, and the perfect wardrobe.

Yes, she wears a dress size 24, her bras don't fit and she's never had a boyfriend, but so what?

It becomes a big deal when her perfect cousin Regina announces her engagement to Enzo, the only boy she's ever loved (he doesn't know, so don't tell him!) Suddenly Aguases from all corners of the globe are coming for the event, and the last thing Martha wants is to be asked why she still prefers her lattes with a waffle on the side.

Thank god for Max. Goofy, funny, dependable Max, who finds himself playing the fake boyfriend at the family festivities. But why does it feel like only one of them is pretending?

Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David
I only had the digital arc version given to me by the author but I wanted to buy the physical copy so that I can get it signed. 

I also won this goodie bag from Chris Mariano in the Raffle. Thank you so much PHRomCon2017! I had so much fun. 

P.S Comment down below your favorite Filipino romance novels, whether it may be written in English or Tagalog? 

XOXO, 
Isabel 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Book Review: Simply Joei by Clare Elisabeth Marquez + Q&A with the Author + My Dream Cast

Title: Simply Joei
Author: Clare Elisabeth Marquez
Release Date: January 2017

About the Book:

Pay -up Time! Or Is it?


One never gives up on true love. So Jake didn't.


Holding on to the one that shouldn't have gotten away, gorgeous Jake Calleja - engineer, entrepreneur and all-around hunk of a man - brings up old debt to bring in possibilities of future love with the beautiful and elusive Josephine Telencio. The two had a brief but unforgettable "history" in college, a past that Jake would seek to bring back in order to bring his "Joei" back in his life. To face their "unfinished past" entails a make-believe relationship for the sake of an ailing matriarch, an unforgettable country drive into the heart of the storm, a family drama of the queen mother and the wicked sisters, the inevitable supermodel ex, and lots of sparks in between.


A story of second chances and risking it all for a journey to a lifetime love - Jake and Josephine will take you to laughs and tears, to the highs and lows, to knowing when to hold on ... or to let go.


Are things better left in the past? Or will true love prevail in the future?


Review:
         

This book should have a warning on the cover. It is filled with so much kilig and sweetness that might have gave me diabetes. I mean who need chocolates when you have this book and Jake Calleja. I am never much of a hopeless romantic but this book changed me. There is just something about this book that makes me gush over it like a fangirl seeing her favorite boy group. Maybe it is because Jake Callejo is so damn perfect and Josephine is a very relate-able character.


I actually have a funny story behind this book. I'm not going to lie I almost did not buy this book. I was a bit hesitant in reading this because the synopsis seems like it was not up in my ally but I am a sucker for books with road trips on them so I decided to give it a go and it was one of the best decision I have ever made. When I read this book, I just came home from the mall and it was already past midnight and I couldn't sleep so I decided to read this book and thought that maybe it could help me fall asleep. Boy was I wrong as soon as I read the first chapter where Jake save Joei in the library I could not put this book down. I had to finish it before going to bed but even when I was done I still fangirl over it before exhaustion hit me.


The storyline is very entertaining. I like how it deals with second chances and it shows that not all relationships are perfect and that communication is vital in a healthy relationship. In the case of Joei and Jacob, they have a problem communicating with one another because Joei is a girl that doesn't like confrontation and she was not sure of herself. She kept doubting Jake's interest in her. She thinks that she is not good enough for him. Plus Gretchen and Jake's sisters are not helping with her insecurities but rather adds problems to her and Jake's relationship. But in the end, Joei matures and stood up for what she wants, which is Jake. Meanwhile Jake is someone who is bossy but sweet at the same time. In my opinion, he is the bearable kind of alpha male. He is like the perfect guy; smart, handsome, and has an attractive personality. Then we have their two crazy friends Kate and Francis. Kate is very outspoken and she is very protective of her friend, Joie. While Francis is a very dependable guy. He is always there to comfort Joei during her stay with Jake's family. And the sexual tension between Kate and Francis is very evident. I cannot wait to read their story soon. And despite the different personalities of the characters the author made it work. I love their dynamics and how they interact with one another.


I also love the kinda cinderella feels of this book with Joei being like Cinderella and with Jake's sisters and ex-girlfriend being Cinderella's mean step sisters. But it is different with Cinderella because Joei did not transform on the outside but rather she transformed on the inside. I love how the author did not make Joei transformed aesthetically but she made Joei changed to be more sure of her self and more confident. And I love that because it means that Jake's love for her is not because of her looks but more in her personality and character. I also understand why Jake's sister acted the way they acted towards Joei so I can't be mad at them. And like them I also want what is best for my siblings that is why I can get kinda protective. I guess I an not alone with this, a lot of this kind of scenario is prevalent especially in Filipino families. Furthermore, I highly recommend this book to everyone. I have read this four times already and I am not close to being sick with it. It is just a good feel book and it is nice easy read. This book will definitely make you believe in love and be not afraid of taking second chances.



Kilig Level: 100/10

Swoon Count:

My favorite parts


- Truth or Dare part because wiping all the sodden, sopping, dripping, drenched parts of Jake sounds like a dream.

- Chapter 5: Inntimate. If you've read the book you know what I am talking about. Plus, Jake and his furious, hungry, aching mouth your beautiful, luscious lips *Sigh*

- The talk between Mamang and Joei

- Kate and Francis meeting for the first time


My dream cast
Joei - Maine Mendoza or Julie San Jose





Jake - Paulo Avelino





Kate
- Yassi Pressman


Francis - Andre Paras



About the Author: 
Clare Elisabeth Marquez enjoys sitting in her pajamas while looking out the window from her amazingly massive writer’s desk, reveling in the glorious beauty of snow-capped mountains as she sips her warm, soothing coffee.

Then she wakes up. And writes.

A closet romantic through and through, C.E. Marquez is a voracious reader, writer, and dreamer, never failing to believe that dreams can come true for those who wait . . . and do something about it! Her towering piles of notes of handwritten stories (which she started collecting when she was ten!) are her well-kept treasures, tattered and bruised, but still waiting for their chance to see the light.She writes about things that matter: love, life, and everything else in between.


You can contact her through authorcemarquez@gmail. com—but only if you want her to reply!

Twitter: @ClareEMarquez
Instagram: @CEMarquez
Email: authorcemarquez@gmail.com

Q&A 


Hi Ms. Clare Elisabeth Marquez and thank you for answering some questions for me,

First things first, can you give me five fun facts about yourself?

1. I have two Kindles. One for Kristen Ashley books (she has over 50 and counting). And the other for all others.

2. I do yoga and cross-training.

3. I love to bake.

4. I am a mother of two stray cats, an aunt to a Beagle and soon-to-be mother to a Jack Russel Terrier.

5. I’m a closet singing diva and rockstar! J




Why write about second chances and forbidden romance?

I love second chance romances. Not all are given second chances, especially in love. And these kinds of love are the ones you really need to try to hold firmly and closest to your heart because it doesn’t come often. Second chance love gives us hope that we can have a moment in our lives to re-do things in our story and come up with a different outcome, hopefully an ending we have wanted to happen the first time around - Happy.

I think Joei and Jake’s love story is not necessarily a forbidden romance. But I guess, in a sense, when Jake’s family was against it – at least his sisters! – it became a bit problematic to Joei who was starting to fall in love with Jake. It’s not easy to love someone when the people closest to that person don’t like you. Worst, if they rub it in your face and blatantly parade the competition! But life isn’t always easy, we don’t always get what we want in the most convenient ways possible. There are struggles, hurdles we need to overcome. And sometimes, the beauty of life – and love - is with knowing you have conquered it in the end.


Who or what was your inspiration for Josephine Telencio and Jake Calleja?

Joei was inspired by one of the female leads in an old, 90s TV show Dawson’s Creek. Plus I’ve always like the name Josephine. For me, it’s a sophisticated, classic, feminine name. I wanted Joei to be reserved, someone who is quiet but must not be mistaken as a wallflower. I wanted her to be wise for her years but a little gullible too when it comes to matters of the heart. I wanted her to have a good, strong sense in the head and a bigger, beautiful, brave heart.

Jake Calleja is a man of his own image in my head. He’s the strong-willed ‘manly man’ that we all need our love interest to be. I wanted Jake to come out as the strong and sensitive kind of a man, someone very intelligent and funny, someone family-oriented. I wanted him to want Joei in ways he knows he will never want or need any woman in his life. That’s why he was risking it all to make Joei his.



What was it like writing Simply Joei? Did you experience some trouble?

Writing Simply Joei was a rewarding experience. Finishing the novel was the reward itself. It was a product of an online class facilitated by Mina Esguerra, the first time I was introduced to this amazingly talented community of romance writers, bloggers and readers. There were challenges because of the deadline (though they were reasonable deadlines!) because I also have a day-job and other stuff to do. Writing the story really needs to be given thoughtful reflection, time to put all ideas into words as well as allow some head-space for the swirls of ideas about it. It wasn’t much trouble at all because I always enjoy my time writing. I remember spending five solid hours of writing Simply Joei at Starbucks in Eastwood on my birthday. It was a happy experience, doing something I love on my birthday.



One of the things that caught my interest in the book was the relationship between Josephine and Jake’s sister, is there a story behind that or was it based from your own experience?
Heaven forbid I wouldn’t get along with my future sister(s)-in-law! I wouldn’t want that and I didn’t want that for Joei, really. But I wrote the relationship struggle between Joei and Jake’s sisters because it does happen in real life. The conflict between the family and the woman/ man we love happens in the real world. We are sometimes caught between this struggle and it’s a pain in the tush!

I think Filipino men are still very family-oriented. They hold a special place for their family, especially their mothers and sisters. They value their opinions and thoughts and subliminally, they do want them to love the woman they want to spend their lives with. So that being said, I wanted the story to reflect this kind of dynamic love between a young man introducing the woman of his dreams to his family, who happens to be an all-women team. I want to show how it’s a painful burden for both parties because it’s never easy to choose one over the other, right? I’m just glad that Joei and Jake’s sisters were able to reconcile in the end and find common ground for Jake’s sake.



What advice would you give to teens that are going through what Joei was going through throughout the book, which is unsure about second chances and afraid of taking risks?


There really isn’t anything sure in life and to feel uncertainties is, I think, normal. Even the most confident individuals are afraid, were in doubt at one point in their lives. I think when it really comes to what truly matters, especially matters of the heart, we have our own insecurities. We sometimes measure ourselves short. BUT I do think we need to rise above these self-deprecating feelings, we need to doubt in one beat and then bounce back in confidence next. Because the reality of it is that nothing will ever come to you if you do not take the risk you need to take. You will never make it happen if you don’t do something about it. You need to make it happen. You need to make it happen. You have to at least try and make it happen. It is only then you know you have lived, anyway.

Not everyone is given a second chance. So when you are given one, grab it and change the outcome of your story. So in the end, you do not have the nagging regrets and painful what-ifs.


Are you planning or writing another book? Maybe about Francis and Kate.

I have finished Francis and Kate’s story! It has been read by my editor and I am re-reading it for another round of edits. I plan to pass it on to another author to get a feel of the manuscript. Then from there, we’ll see. I hope to be able to release these two nuts before April Feels (April 30)!

I have also started writing another NA where the characters are best friends - Kulas and Luna. Theirs is a life caught between the friendship they value so much to keep and the changing, tumultuous emotions that each felt toward the other amidst their crazy, busy college life. Kulas is a genius, computer guy - the nerdy type who wears swimming trunks for the varsity team, ala Michael Phelps while Luna is the bookworm who works part-time in a coffee shop she wishes to own someday. There are different characters that will be mentioned here and you might recognize some people from the first two stories I wrote.

Then there is another outline to draft where characters are in their late 20s, early 30s. This will be Andres Bagatsing's story. He's a lawyer who needs freedom from the pressure and expectation of his family as well as the heavy responsibility of his job as a man of law. I'm still thinking of a strong woman who can love a wounded soul like Andres. He needs the strongest one because he's not an easy man to love. Thoughts on this, people? Please let me know. Email me at authorcemarquez@gmail.com.

The characters in these story drafts have had appearances in the other stories I made/ am making as they sort of lived in the same universe. In my head, they all do.



Last question, what advice would you give to people who would like to be an author someday?

You know, I started writing when I was ten. I knew it was something I wanted to do. But sometimes, life happens that you need to make some choices that writing takes a backseat over more seemingly important stuff. But it’s in me, the passion to write so even if it was for my own pleasure, I continue to do it.

I’ve never dreamed of becoming a published author, to be honest. But opportunity comes in the most unexpected ways and here I am with my first published book.

It’s NEVER too late to do what you’ve always wanted to do. Just write. Your thoughts, the stories in your head, your ideas, your opinions. Just get it out there and write. Doesn’t even matter if it isn’t perfect just yet. Practice makes perfect. Getting published nowadays is easy because of the proliferation of indie publishing. But you have got to write first. And as in life, all else will follow.

BTW, I think to be a good writer, one must be well-read. Read. Read. Read. You learn from others’ work. You get inspiration from it. You learn the tricks of the trade.


Thank you so much for answering my questions and congratulations on your book, Simply Joei.

Simply Joei is now available. Purchase the in the following for 225 pesos 
Anvil Publishing , National Bookstore, and Powerbooks Branches.  


XOXO, 
Isabel 


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

January 2017 Wrap Up



Books I've read 

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake 
- About 100 pages in and I was still confuse.
- Lack Luster Characters
- Slow Pacing
- But that ending tho!!!!

Breakup Anniversary by Dawn Lanuza 
It is a cute and easy in between book read because it is short and fun to read.

Rescued by Love by Melissa Foster

- What can I say Melissa Foster has done it again. She has given the world another sexy and romantic book for us to enjoy.
- I think that this is the BEST book that I have read from Melissa Foster. She has matured as a writer and it is evident in this book.
- The characters now, such as Addison and Jake, have more dimensions that I got to really know them after reading this book.

Read my full review here

Saw Her Standing There by Patrick Formanes 

- This book is so refreshing.
- It is different from other contemporary young adult books that I have read in a way that it is written in a very realistic way.
- It is a book that is relatable, especially to teenagers like me because the conversation between the characters is what the teens are also discussing about which is love, sex, and relationships (And Food in the case of Rob).
- The dynamic and conversations between the characters is so good.

Read my full review here 
 

Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David

- The story of Lance and Melissa is so sweet and fun to read.
- I love the bad enemies to lovers and forbidden love tropes imbibed in this novel.
- Melissa is a protagonist with many layers. She hides her true self by showing a different character due to the fact his father is the principal in their school and is very strict.
- Then Lance comes along and helps her break free from the constrains she has on herself.

Read my full review here 
 

Keep The Faith by Ana Tejano 

- This book has so many feels despite being a short book. 
- The story plays with the office romance troupe with Faith and Nico both working as community development workers. 
- The author did an marvellous job in the Characterization of Faith. 


Read my full review here 



Shadow Queen by C.J Redwine



- I love retellings.
- There was never a dull moment with this book.
- It is action and romance pack.
- Plus the characters were very diverse but they have a strong dynamic with one another.

Read my full review here 
 


The Wish Granter by C.J Redwine 

- This is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin.
- I like how the author included Rumpelstiltskin's background story because it made me pity him for what has happened to him in the past but at the same time hate him for the bad things he has done.


Read my full review here




The Art of Shifting Gears by Chi Yu Rodriguez 
- This book is very well-written.
- Rae is a character that everyone can relate to. She is very passionate about the things and people she loves, she is very sensitive, and like everybody else she goes through ups and downs. You can see her development and how she matures from the start of the book to the end. This just shows how the author has a talent for creating realistic characters that you will love or hate.


Read my full review here


Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland 
- There were parts that seems unnecessary in the development of the story.
- There were draggy and boring parts
- I love the characters and how they interact with one another.  



Moonlight on Nightingale Way by Samantha Young 

- As always I love the character by Samantha Young but this story has the same repetitive elements as the other books in the series.




Books I've re-read 

The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines


The Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines 


Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young



Echoes on Scotland Street by Samantha Young 



XOXO,
Isabel