Thursday, May 18, 2017

*ARC* Book Review: No Second Chances by Kate Evangelista (Doge Cove #3) + Giveaway

Title: No Holding Back
Author: Kate Evangelista
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Published by: Swoon Read
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Natasha was DEVASTATED when Jackson, her first love, disappeared without a word only to pop up months later as a famous DJ. But now she's over it―over him!―and ready to move on with her life! Isn't she?

Jackson thought he was leaving Dodge Cove behind forever when he set off to LA to start his career as a DJ. But the one thing he had never been able to leave behind was the memory of his first love, Natasha, and now that he's proven his success, he's coming home to win her back...

Get ready to stop time, defy gravity and bring down the stars in this final book in Kate Evangelista's Dodge Cove Trilogy!

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When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University - Manila with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently she writes full-time and is based in the Philippines.

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

          This is probably my favorite book from the Dove Cove trilogy. I know I also said that with the other two books but I just love this trilogy so much and I am so sad to see it end. You can read this book as a stand-alone but I do recommend reading the first two books first because I love seeing the development of the characters from the beginning to the end of the series. I also like seeing old characters. I am the kind of reader that thinks about the characters I've read and the possible things that happened to them after the ending, which makes this trilogy perfect for me because I get to see glimpse of past main characters, such as Caleb and Didi, in this book despite them not being the center of the story. 

          Furthermore, I like how the main characters, Natasha and Caleb, were so relatable and fascinating to read. By reading Natasha's point of view, I felt her heartache and sorrows despite me having no experience of what she have gone through. She is also very strong woman but can be vulnerable at time, which makes her relatable. While Jackson is a very complex character. He is this cool DJ and a Harry Potter geek at the same time, which is attractive for me. I also get why he had to leave without telling anybody. In a way that he had to chase his dream and he was afraid of telling Natasha because she might ask him to stay, which he would do willingly because of his love to her. He avoided the confrontation and left instead, which is a fatal flaw shown throughout the book not just with Jackson but also Natasha. Natasha did not want to talk or see or talk to Jackson after he left her. I guess the value that I have learned from this book is the importance of conversation in a relationship. Whether it might be towards your parents, friends, or your boyfriend/girlfriend; it is important that you talk to one another to avoid confusions that could dampen your relationship with one another.  

                I also like the dynamics of the characters with one another. I like how Caleb, Didi, Nathan, and Preston were there for Natasha and how they are protective of her. In addition, Nathan never fails to make smile with his little antics throughout the book and I am glad that he has found happiness in the past book. To assert, I do recommend this book and the rest of the Dove Cove trilogy. It is a light and fast paced read; perfect if you are in a reading slump. 


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Singapore Haul (Make up and School Supplies)

I went to Singapore last month (April 25-29, 2017) for a vacation. I had a great time exploring the city because I haven't been there since 2008. I also did a bit of shopping but not too much because I books are expensive there and I do not want to spend too much money since May is coming up and there are a lot of new releases that I want to purchase and read. 

Moving on, the first items that I bought are from Guardian, which is like a health and beauty store there. I got a lot of Essence Beauty make up because I've heard this brand before but I have not tried there stuff because it is not available in the Philippines.... and it's cheap so why not. 

2 in 1 eye shadow & liner (Waterproof) 
Shades: 01 Go Bronze and 02 Peach Perfect ($4.90 each)


Top to Bottom: The False Lashes Mascara ($4.90), Get Big Lashes ($4.50), Rock 'n' Doll($4.90), & I ❤Extreme ($4.90)

Camouflage Cream Concealer ($4.50) & Stay Natural Concealer ($3.90) 
Long Lasting Lip Liner
Shades (Top to Bottom): 06 A Girl's Dream and 02 Sweetheart ($2.90 each)

 Foundation and Blush 
Pure Nude Make Up in 3 Pure Honey ($6.90) and Mosaic Blush in 40 The Berry Connection ($5.50)

The I got two earring from TYPO. They were having a promo; two earring for $10. Instead of $7.99 each.
Wonder Woman and Donuts Earring

I also went to a stationary and gifts store called NBC and saw the Stabilo pastel highlighters my sister wants so I got her and me a set. They were $10.25 a set ($1.75 for 1 highlighter).

I also got school supplies in MUJI. I never really buy from there but after seeing how cheap it is compare to the Muji here in the Philippines I went crazy.

A5 Clear Binder ($3.90) and 200 pcs Loose Leaf Paper ($3.90)
Black B5 binder ($6.90)

B5 30 pcs Loose Leaf Paper ($1.60 each) and Brown Paper Divider ($2.90) 

10 pcs Ballpoint  Pen Set 0.7mm ($13.00)

(L to R) 0.5mm Mechanical Pencil, Pink Highlighter, & Gel Pen in Red and Black ($1.70 - $2.50each)
Small Pencil Case ($2.90) 

So that is it for my Singapore haul. Let me know if you want me to do a review of the Essence Beauty Make up that I bought.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

April 2017 Book Haul

1. ARC: The Door Before by N.D Wilson
 Discover fascinating new worlds and reluctant heroes worth cheering for in the prequel to the bestselling and highly acclaimed 100 Cupboards series!

Whether If you ve read "100 Cupboards" and can t wait to learn where the cupboards came from or whether you are new to the series, The Door Before delivers an action-packed fantasy where friendships are forged, dark forces are challenged, and the adventure begins!

Hyacinth Smith can see things that others miss, stop attack dogs from attacking, and grow trees where no trees have grown before. But she s never had a real home. When her father tells them they have inherited a house from their great-aunt, Hyacinth sees trouble brewing. Their great-aunt has been playing with forces beyond her control, using her lightning-tree forest to create doors to other worlds.

When one door opens, two boys tumble through . . . bringing with them a battle with the undying witch-queen, Nimiane. Hyacinth, together with the boys, must use her newfound magic and all of her courage to journey straight into the witch s kingdom in a daring plan to trap evil and kill the immortal."

2. Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare 

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

3. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare 

Danger and betrayal, love and loss, secrets and enchantment are woven together in the breathtaking finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.


A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

4. Geekerella by Ashley Poston 

Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

5. ARC: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli 

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly's totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she'll get her first kiss and she'll get her twin back.

There's only one problem: Molly's coworker, Reid. He's a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.


6. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare 

In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

7.  An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare 

A very special anthology that's a must for all fans of the Shadowhunter novels! Featuring characters from Cassandra Clare's international best-selling novels from the Shadowhunters world including The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices and The Dark Artifices, this anthology showcases beautifully illustrated portraits from Cassandra Jean - creator of The Shadowhunter Tarot - alongside never-before-known details from Cassandra Clare about all your favourite characters.