Last Week Wrap Up Books

On a busy week I was able to finish two novels based  in Russian folk tales and a story from Net Galley. My weekend was spent profligately by curling up in my bed, sipping coffee with whip cream on top and a kindle on the other hand. It was truly awesome weekend! I also did binge-watch Netflix series in between those times that my brain was really cracking up. I wish it’s always a weekend! Sigh. Anyhow I am going to share my rants, opinions about these books that made my weekend so frosty. 🙂


So let’s go ahead and jump right in.


Book Review: Wintersong by S Jae-Jones


I had difficulty in assessing this novel, It seems that I liked it as well as I did not. The phasing of the story was a bit slow and it took a while to pick up. There were times that I just got bored by those musical metaphors however on the other hand I also enjoyed the sweet and sexy romance between the two characters. It was a beautiful sad love story, a Labyrinth retelling with a Russian twist.


The story was about a nineteen year old girl named Liesl who has a fiery passion for music, a genius composer as they call her and the Goblin King who reigns the underground. For the first few pages, my interest started to upsurge when I started reading legend stories about the girl’s small town. Old granny place food along the nook of their small house as an offering, they believe that the Goblin King will one day walk in their lands to look for a maiden to be his Goblin Bride.

Interesting isn’t it?

Will I read the next installment? Yes I will and definitely on my reading list for the next weekend.

So what’s my rating? 3.00

Book Review: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden


I read the book purely because of its catchy and light title but then when I went through those pages wow! So good! I couldn’t count how many times I felt sad while on the corner reading. It brought many childhood memories and it made me realized how I missed listening to tales like I used to when I was young.


This novel was a story of a little girl with a brave heart, her name was Vasilisa. I followed this little girl’s adventure with her horse named Nightingale and the Frost Demon. It may sound simple but the book and story offers so much more and I would recommend to each and every one of you to please grab a copy. Upon opening the book, first few sentences blew me away, I immediately surrendered myself into my bed, put on my blanket and curl up. It would be perfect if you read it on a winter or stormy cold night with creepy weeping and dead walking scenes.

Book 2 is on my reading list now! 😀

Five thumbs up!

So what’s my rating? 5.00

Book Review: A miracle Christmas Holder by R. A Cabral


It was a difficult book to read. Strong to start, I know but I did not enjoy it at all. It was a story of a family who’s facing legal matters due to infringement. The dilemma started when the store’s logo design was almost exactly the same with other company. It doesn’t sound Christmas at all isn’t it? Neither magical. I was like reading a book with middle aged woman flirting with a widower, that’s it!

So there you go! I can’t wait for the next weekend guys! Thanks for reading! Happy Weekend!


So what’s my rating? 1.00



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Most Anticipated Books for 2018

Read a lot, and write a lot. Write what you LOVE, even if people tell you it’s not worth your time. And never, ever give up.- Sarah J. Maas

I am very patient when it comes to books, when the author says the next installment would take years, I do wait. I spend my whole year discovering novels while waiting for the next release but I would always look at my list and be excited for my own most anticipated reading list, it’s a nice feeling. Though the year 2017 was quite different, there were some big events happened and I know that it’s lame to say but reading wasn’t really my priority. I traveled twice last year visiting two countries in Asia and I had innumerable life changing trials in my personal life. So now for my 2018, I once again took the 2018 Reading challenge. as ambitious as it maybe, I put fifty to sixty books for the entire year! I am starting my list with some few upcoming YA novels.  I recently joined a group so I can explore and read new books via Net Galley before they even publish and soon I will start sharing those here in the blog.

Note: I will list down all the names of the books; in case no description it only means that those books are so popular. (Everyone is forestalling those novels too 🙂 )

  1. Legendary by Stephanie Garber (May 29, 2018)-

    I am so excited for this next installment! I am seriously yearning for this one, following the story and journey of Scarlett’s younger sister Tella on her perilous bargain with Legend. Have you guys read Caraval? I remember I was reading the book to its last page hoping for Legend’s part but holy macaroons! It was not there! hahaha His story is even more thrilling and I can’t wait for the day of release.  😀

Caraval master Legend is a seemingly magical character in the novel Caraval. His story seemingly starts off as any story: with love. He wanted to be a famous magician and caraval master, to save up enough money to be able to marry the love of his life. He went to a witch, who told him she could grant one wish, to either be able to marry her, or to have a legendary Caraval. He could have one, but not the other. He thought if he was famous, his girlfriend would love him even more, so he therefore chose to be famous. But when that wish was granted, he was no longer the same man. She didn’t love the man he had become, and she ended things with him and married another man.

  1. Throne of Glass 7 (Coming on Fall 2018) –

    The ending of the Empire of Storms was shocking and Maas for sure will never disappoint her readers. I am on the lookout mode for its cover and title. 🙂

  2. A Court Of Thorns and Roses book # 4 

    A Court of Thorns and Roses book # 4 ( Expected publication by Bloomsburry in 2019, as per Goodreads)

  3. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black 

    Published date was actually last January 02 but then here in the Philippines we will still have to wait for weeks or months for the availability.

  4. Beneath the Haunting Sea by Joanna Meyer (January 9)

    Talia is an empress-to-be in exile, whose mother died just after their banishment, sacrificing herself to the sea she believes, is hunting them in order to save Talia. Orphaned and adrift, she finds herself in the care of a baron whose son, Wen, she’s expected to marry. Soon Talia and Wen are searching for answers about the deaths of both her mother and his, which leads to a dark revelation: a death goddess is keeping the dead captive beneath the sea, and it’s up to Talia to rescue them.

Thanks for reading! What’s your reading challenge for 2018?

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My Five Best Fantasy Novels for 2017

“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”
― J.K. Rowling


A year ago I took a reading challenge but sad to say I failed it this year. I read about thirty books and fantasy actually did consume me. Ever since I was a kid I was imaginative, animated and so I chose the most magical ones. It made me dreamy on those long hours of commute and the best part was that it made me feel young again.  I took most of my time imagining and reading about faeries, fire breathing assassins and those Beauty and the Beast retelling novels. I was pretty excited sharing these books because these are the ones that made my heart stopped, made me cry a river and made me fall in love over and over again. If you are reading this and looking for books to read for your holiday readathon, I highly recommend these books that will surely make you want to be part of it. Happy reading! J


“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”
― J.K. Rowling

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses Series Yes! It’s a series and if you haven’t read any then help yourself and grab your copies now! No words! Ugh! So worth reading it though I don’t recommend kids below sixteen years old. Lol! You can also check out reviews at goodreads and it did actually received various nominations for different categories for 2017. If we talk about magical, this one should be on my list! 🙂
  2. Throne of Glass Series- Brace yourself guys! I read seven books! Seven! And another book is on its way for publish. Among other dystopian, this one is enchanted and exciting with unbelievable action scenes. I recommend this book because even though it’s a fantasy, romance was also a highlight on this series. And just in case you didn’t know, ACOWAR and TOG are both written by the same author Sarah J Maas so if you did like the other for sure you will love the other master piece of hers. I recommend for you guys to check out any bookstagram in social media and this series will surely be on the top hashtag lists. (wink)
  3. Caraval I was trying to rewrite the list to get a standalone book but I just couldn’t. This book is so worthy to be on the top three as I really did enjoy this book, from the first chapter until the end. I remember browsing online right after I finished reading it because I so wanted to know if the second book was already available but apparently not, another upcoming on my list for next year though. 😀
  4. The Wrath and the DawnWhat I love about this book is that book doesn’t have to be heavy to be a good book yet it should be entertaining. This sequel is uncomplicated, romantic feel good fantasy. Yes there may be some serious circumstances in the story but it was written in a very unfussy manner. When my friend and I read about the synopsis online we laughed, a king murders his wife before the crack of dawn (every day?!). Who wants to read that? Right? But I was wrong. As I flipped those thick pages I started to get hooked and you will be if you start reading the first few chapters.
  5. Mistborn- It is also a series but this one has a different story among other dystopian novels I listed above. Brandon Sanders did a pretty good job though I couldn’t explain it as other book experts do but girl! This is hell of a book. The magic, ashes falling in the sky, the strength that metals do in their power, everything was just perfectly plotted. A bonus points are the nuggets of wisdom from a character named Sazed, a scholar on this book.

Please do let me know if you read any of those! Happy holidays!

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Haters of Empire of Storms

It was all borrowed time anyway.

It took me a month to finish the book as I was trying to savempire-of-thrones-uke the moment that I can finally sit down, have a coffee and read. But that moment never came instead I finished the book while having mini breaks at work. And as I closed the book in my lap, I realized you shouldn’t be reading GOT series at work, the emotions you wouldn’t know how to handle. Okay peeps I don’t want start to rant, it just that ugh! It’s just sad. Ooops Spoiler alert!

 I was reading some rude comments and reviews about this book saying the plot of the story was predictable. Claiming how it was called YA instead of erotic novel? A lot of sex scenes and so on and so forth rants. But I’m gonna tell you what I think about this book and obviously it’s gonna be contradictory. Empire of storm was really a storm of surprises and sadness and if you intend to go and finish all the books which happened to have an upcoming 8th book, I tell you girl; it’s gonna be devastating when this series is over.


The Actual Rants:

  1. SO MANY SEX SCENES! Girl I DON’T MIND! I was waiting since Heir of Fire for that scenes but there was NONE! I was looking forward for those, I mean? Hello?! Who wouldn’t want Rowan Whitethorn? This novel was really a storm! Bonus part of Manon and cute little jiffy of Lorcan and Elide (blush). 😉
  2. ERROTICA and NOT YA Novel: Fine! So what? It’s romance!! 👿
  3. It’s too long! Girl this is not a pocket book, we need details and this book gave us exactly what we needed. Never shortcut for Maas I guess and Aelin was just an amazing Bi*ch Queen! Exquisitely planned and executed by Aelin Galathynius . 👍
  4. HOW IS THIS STUPID SERIES NOT OVER YET?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?: Because it’s NOT OVER YET!!!!!!!!! Ugh so much hate!
  5. It was so predictable:  No it was not! Admit it, ending was sad and remarkably unexpected. I was fascinated by how things are all connected, planned and you would know that the author spent so much time connecting all the pieces in the story. On the other hand there were few confusing moments like those riddles since the beginning, wrydkeys and Elena’s true purpose but over all it was so good.

My favorite character would be Abraxos ♥

I can’t wait to unfold more secrets and exciting vengeance for those betrayals. 🙂



Remember, it’s only a game…


By Stephanie Garber
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books




Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her 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 faraway, 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. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.


Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.





It was just a game. But a kind of game that would turn Scarlet’s life upside down.

Scarlet received a surprising invitation from Legend the master of Caraval. It was a letter that she have been waiting for many years. She wrote letters to Legend pleading for him and his troop to visit their small Island to perform for years but never received any retort. She got tired of waiting and eventually moved on with her life. They say that if you get the chance to play and win Caraval’s game, Legend will grant whatever wish you desire. As of the folktale she heard, Legend doesn’t grow old, he can make every woman fall for him but this powerful magician swore never to fall in love again.

Scarlet’s character was not really a main character type, she always say no and has a lot of fears. It was contradicting as she wanted to play the game but was also unadventurous. The revelation part towards the end was perplexing as well as her acceptance about it was also disappointing. Challenges on the book was muddled but despite of those, it was entertaining and animated.  The author gave me a picture similar to harry potter as the layers of Caraval was similarly amusing.

A kind of book you would like to read during summer break or a book in hand while sitting in a café. If the romance within you is sleeping well this novel will make you fall in love again. I’m serious! I fell in love with Julian, a heartthrob! **giggles**

Warning: The ending will make you want to ask for more but the second book will be released next year.

If in any case that you don’t believe me that this book is a good one well Fox bought the movie rights. 😀


Julian: The Sailor boy and a lover boy  ♥ Ugh! Yes please! Be mine!

Scarlet: Somehow I hated her character because she has a lot of fears

Tella: You Prick! But I can’t wait to read yours soon

Legend: No comment. I want to say something but I might spoil some info. Read the book!



Book Review: Hunted

“if you’re reading this book, then you’re also that child reading by flashlight and dreaming of other worlds. Don’t be scared of her, that inner Beauty, or her dreams. Let her out. She’s you, and she’s me, and she’s magic. There’s”
― Meagan Spooner

Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Published by HarperTeen on March 14th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult

Rating: ★★★☆

Hunted-MSBeauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.
So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.
Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

“Fairy tales are about lessons. Those who are virtuous and true are rewarded, while those who are wicked and greedy are punished.”
― Meagan Spooner

I was not aware that rain started pouring as I was lost for hours in deep reading trying to absorb those last few chapters of the book. Sadness crawled and childhood memory becomes clearer again. I grew up loving Beauty and the Beast, my all-time favorite of all fairy tales. I haven’t read any Beauty and the Beast retelling book but I must say that this is a good one. For me it was animated! I liked how she put some twists with some Russian fairy tale, In a place where I live we also have folklore that is very similar to this Russian fairy tale.

I will give this a rating of 3.5 stars. I liked it however it took forever for the story to pick up. The pacing was slow and I felt some details are missing in the story. I was asking myself when Yeva went to the Cave “Where did Doe-Eyes go?” Though I said it was slow I also felt that somehow the story itself was too fast. Do I make sense? I guess not. Lol. I wish she added some stories for Lemya and others characters. The ending was okay but I wanted more. I wanted it to be as magical and as romantic as Beauty and the Beast. It was just me, okay? Don’t get me wrong. 😀 I know how difficult to write a retelling book because of the pressure to meet the expectations of the readers.


  • I did not like the castle, the description of it. I was expecting more enchanting castle
  • I did not understand why Beast kept on saying “We” when he is just alone
  • I love how Yeva loves her dog, Dog-eye 😀
  • It’s heartbreaking when Anenka and Lena waited for their sister and father to return but never did
  • This story is somehow sad

It may not be my favorite ending but I loved the lesson it conveyed. Often times it’s difficult to find contentment. We humans, we will always want more. We always keep looking for something great, losing the moon while counting the stars and losing ourselves in the process

Note: Pictures shown are all from google image.


A Court of Wings and Ruin

“I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have… the wait was worth it.”

A Court of Wings and Ruin

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy,  New Adult,
Rating: ★★★★★



Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.


I admit that the only reason I read the ACOTAR was because I was literally bored. But as I started going through the pages I felt something, it was as if the bond snapped! I needed more. Curiosity began to rise the moment Feyre traded herself to Tamlin in exchange for the freedom of her family. It started from that part and now I love every bits of it. It’s soooo good! I’ve waited for so long for the third installment and it was worth it. I didn’t know how Sarah put it together but she did a pretty good job in wrapping this one. She gave me millions of heart attacks! Lol It was that good and now I can’t wait for next installment even though there was a part that I was worried… For Nesta

“I have no regrets in my life, but this. That we did not have time. That I did not have time with you, Nesta. I will find you in the next world – the next life. And we will have that time. I promise.”


I got some parts I did not like only because it was heart breaking to read. I wanted to be a character to save The Suriel, The Bone Carver and the human father. I even wanted to be Azriel’s partner! I was that attached when I was reading it. I had so many “if only I could” moments and for that I thank Sarah for creating such a wonderful piece, full of emotions and twists.

My favorite part/ best part was when Rhysand was trying to destruct Feyre.

I love you, he whispered into my mind.

The First Crack was healed.

Then the second.

“I tried to turn–

I love you, he said again

The third and final crack began to heal over.

I turned.

He looked like he was sleeping. But as I breathed in—

Wew! I’ll stop from there, but yes it was intense! 😦


  • I read some reviews about Tamlin on this book but I still love him no matter what. I love Rhys too but Tamlin was my first love.
  • I loved how the author described Feyre’s gown, the one she wore for the meeting with the highlords. ( The gown from Starfall)
  • Velaris is such a nice place to live
  • Amren was so cool especially on the last chapter (I won’t spoil too much on this review)
  • Rhysand and Feyre are so sexy! This book is sexy! Bow.
  • Remember the vampire in Breaking Dawn? The one who betrayed the Cullens and went to Vulturi? I imagined Nesta’s face.
  • And I hate the Cauldron!

Over all I will still give ACOWAR five stars even though I felt something is missing or lacking perhaps? But since there will be a fourth book, what’s lacking might be revealed in the next chapter including Cassian’s and Nesta’s.



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