Sunday, March 12, 2017

*ARC* Book Review: Origin (Glory MC #2) by Ana Jolene

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an HONEST review.

Release Date: March 14, 2017


One drunken kiss ignites an inferno of burning desire. Sworn enemies, Lucky Winters and Seven Douglass struggle to forget the kiss that shouldn't have happened. Then Lucky’s past comes back to bite him and he suddenly disappears for months, leaving Seven wondering where they both stand.

When Lucky returns, he is a changed man and his prolonged absence means he must once again prove himself to the club he's sworn his life to. Except Lucky can’t seem to shake off the recent events as much as he wants to.

Seven is no stranger to this feeling. Her own mysterious past threatens to disrupt her future and when neither of them are able to stop the ghosts of their pasts from resurfacing, the only person they can turn to is each other. Suddenly, hatred morphs into love. And where there is fire and ice, there’s bound to be some steam . . .


           I went on reading this book without reading the first one and boy was I surprise by it. I expected to be a cheesy hot romance with a dangerous guy and a helpless girl but I was so wrong because it is so much more.

        First of all this world is set in an apocalyptic or post apocalyptic time wherein the world is plague by solar flares, which changed how the people are living and how the society runs. The world is now divided by wards. The MC club Glory governs Ward 4. We are then introduced to these two main character, Lucky and Seven. They both had a though childhood. Lucky had a troubled past with her mother being a drug addict and now her sister is suffering the same faith. While Seven and her little sister was abandoned in a grocery store. They were then taken up by a couple who raised them, took them to school, and fed them. But since money was a problem, they expected Seven to help out and when she couldn't find a job, they made her a prostitute when she became of age. The same thing to her sister. But because her sister couldn't cope up with it she committed suicide. I like how despite the terrible things that had happened to them, they are still strong and fighting for their lives. I am very glad they got to have their happy ending with each other.

          Furthermore, I love the enemies to lovers trope. The sexual tension is very evident but they initially did not want to act out their attraction for each other. I also like that there is a sense of realism in this story because Lucky and Seven's background story is happening around us. There are children with parents who are using drugs, and there are girls who are being directly or indirectly forced into prostitution. Also, the notion of the apocalypse is also a reality. 

            Lastly, the thing with Trey is very predictable but I had some doubts about my assumptions in some scenes. Also, for me the author did not delve into Lucky's background story that much. I have some much questions about him like how did he and her sister survive growing up with a drug addict for a mother and how did he become a member of Glory club. To assert, I really like this book. The ending really shocked me and I can't wait to read it. I also just read the synopsis of the first book of this series and I will be also reading it too because I would like to see how the author tackle Bipolar  II disorder in her book. 

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About the Author: 

Ana Jolene is the author of the Glory MC series and the Contemporary Romance series, Moonrise Beach.

Growing up as a rebellious kid didn’t allow for much reading time. It wasn’t until she was in university that she found her passion for books and has since then devoured every book placed before her. Ana holds a B.A. in Psychology and has worked in both IT and Administration. But she’s had the most fun in the bookish world, working as a reviewer, columnist and assistant to multiple sites and authors.

Ana currently lives in Toronto with her family and an extremely lazy Shih Tzu whom she adores. To learn more about Ana and her books, subscribe to the newsletter to be notified of the hottest new releases and giveaways!



Friday, March 10, 2017

February 2017 Book Haul

1. 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?

  2. 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?

3. 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.

4. The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand 

There's death all around us.
We just don't pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn't look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she's just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that's all she'll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there's a secret she hasn't told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex's brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn't have to be real to keep you from moving on.

From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a gorgeous and heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and letting go.

5. Keeping The Distance by Clarisse David
No bets. No fake relationships. Just a very real one that has to be kept under wraps.

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...

*** Check out my full review here ***

6. Caraval by Stephanie Garber 
Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

7. Heartless by Marissa Meyer 
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

P.S What are you currently reading? 


Thursday, March 9, 2017

February 2017 Wrap up (20+ books)

I've read/re-read a total of 26 books in the month of February and I am so proud of myself. And since I have a lot of books on my wrap up I won't be into detail of what I think about the books but rather I would only rate each book with 5 stars being the highest and 1 star being the lowest.

1. Tame The Kitten by Bianca Mori

2. First To Fall by Farrah F. Polestico

3. Simply Joei by Clare Elisabeth Marquez

Check out my full review here 

4. All That Glitters by Ines Bautista - Yao

5. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (Re-read)

6. Love and Misadventure by Lang Leav

7. Psych101: A Crash Course in the Science of the Mind by Kleinman

8. The Mediator 4: The Darkest Hour by Meg Cabot

9. Serenade by Claire Du

10. Relish by Kate Evangelista

11. Learning to Fall by Mina V. Esguerra

12. Bucket List to Love by C.P Santi

13. King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard

14. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

15. Maybe This Time by C.P Santi 

16. Do Over by MK Schiller 

17. The Friendzone by Kristin Callihan 

18. One Day by Samantha Young

19. The Deal by Elle Kennedy

20. Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne

21. The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg (Re-read)

22. Like A Memory by Abbi Glines 

23. On Dublin Street by Samantha Young (Re-read)

24. The Wedding of Deadpool by Kely, Gischler, Duggan, and Priest 

25. The Boyfriend Backtrack by Dawn Lanuza 

26. What About Today by Dawn Lanuza 

Comment down below or tweet (@IsabelSamonte) which book do you want me to do a full review. 


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Ship it or Rip it (Romance Class edition)

I have gathered 18 characters from 9 books and chose 2 character randomly to see if I would ship it or rip it.

The 9 books that I have chosen for this tag are the following:

Bucket List to Love by C.P Santi

Serenade by Claire Du

What About Today by Dawn Lanuza

All That Glitters by Ines Bautista-Yao

The Boyfriend Backtrack by Dawn Lanuza

Simply Joei by Clare E. Marquez

First to Fall by Farrah F. Polestico

Keep the Faith by Ana Tejano

Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David 

1. Lance from Keeping the Distance and Nico from Keep the Faith

    It might work. Lance is a funny guys while Nico is a serious one. I see them balancing each other out.


2. Billie from All That Glitters and Ryo from Bucket List to Love 
     I can see this happening. Billie is the girl next door type just like Aya, from the Bucket List to Love, and they have the same humor so.... I SHIP IT.

3. Aya from Bucket List to Love and Joei from Simply Joei 

      This might work because they have the same personality but in a way it might not work and they clash with each other. They are both introverts and their insecurities is one of their main weakness.
For this one I have to RIP IT. Their relationship will be boring. They both need someone to push them out of their comfort zone.

4. Melissa from Keeping the Distance and Carlos from All that Glitters 
        I approve of this paring. They are like the ultimate high school sweethearts. Carlos being the perfect gentleman and Melissa being this sweet girl. Plus I can see them joking around and hanging out in the park.

SHIP IT #Melos

5. Aiden from What about Today and Georgina from First to Fall 

        They both come to me as being dominate in the relationship and this might cause some problem. Plus they don't have the same humor and I think Georgina can be a little bit uptight for Aiden.


Do you agree with my decision? Leave your answers in the comments section below or tweet me (@IsabelSamonte).