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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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!



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.



Continue reading “A Court of Wings and Ruin”

The Other Land Down Under

“When life gave you a taste of insanity, it would be hard to stay sane.”






370 pages

First Harper Mass Market Printing: March 2014


“When life gave you a taste of insanity, it would be hard to stay sane.”



Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is one of those books that I really forced myself to finish, but turned out to be great in the end. London is the main setting of the book, but not the kind of London that all Londoners are made to know. There is what they called London Below, a dark place filled with dark creatures who are blinded by dark desires.


What’s killing the reading process is the fact that I have not been to London yet. There are references in the book that only people who have been to London can relate to. BOO-HOO. What’s fair is that nobody has been to London Below other than Gaiman, that’s why I really worked hard to come to the last page. Funny enough, I loved it.


The main character is Richard Mayhew. He has everything, a stable job, a fiancée and the good old London which he is starting to like just fine. Until. . .


Door, a wounded girl appeared in the streets one night. Richard has the strong urge to help the girl and ended up losing Jessica, his fiancée that night when he made up his mind and chose the Door. This changes everything. As Richard is getting more acquainted with the strange creature before him, the more informed he becomes to the danger that lurks around as long as he is with her. He first met Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar, both equally vicious creatures who I might not be able to imagine if Gaiman didn’t use the fox and the wolf to describe them. They are after killing Door and Door is after finding out who the two works for. Richard could have forgotten everything, tell her sorry to Jessica and move on after sending Door safe to London Below. But. . .


Nobody can see Richard when he returned to London Above, not even when he tried to hail a cab more than once. He has now become one of the Londoners Below. He has saved Door in the past, but right now, not out of owing favors, he believed that he needs Door’s help.


I end the storytelling here. If you have not tried Gaiman yet, I suggest you start with Neverwhere. The adventures that Richard Mayhew experienced will both scare the life out of you and at the same time leave you wondering what really happens in the alternate world where they don’t have to pay taxes, or if there really is an alternate world.


What else awaits the readers aside from a girl who can open all kinds of doors, a sinister fox-like creature who has a good brain for killing, and a ruthless wolf-like creature who will eat just about anyone and anything? There are a lot that will surprise the readers, but the best one would probably the character that turned out to be the villain. Twisted plot, I should say.

Here is my favorite line in the book:

“And they set foot on Night’s Bridge and Richard began to understand darkness: darkness as something solid and real, so much more than a simple absence of light. He felt it touch his skin, questing, moving, exploring: gliding through his mind. It slipped into his lungs, behind his eyes, into his mouth. . .”



This Book Will Bark at You

I knew then that I would have to recommend this book so badly to everyone who loves their dogs, but this book would also speak to everyone who had or have a dog who loves them just as much.

A Dog’s Purpose

by W. Bruce Cameron

Reviewed by Eden


A Forge Book

First Edition: July 2010

306 pages

I guess I had never bothered to consider that there might such a thing as a boy, but now that I had found one, I thought it was just about the most wonderful concept in the world. He smelled of mud and sugar and an animal I’d never scented before, and a faint meaty odor clung to his fingers, so I licked them.” ― W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose


How does your dog usually get your attention? That’s a silly question. Is there ever a time that we don’t notice them? They lick, they bite, they bark and they destroy. They’re everywhere. But when we’re so busy doing human work, how does your dog make you realize that it exists? The most common attempt a dog would probably do without looking too aggressive or needy is to sniff you. If you’re not seriously busy, he could do a little trick of wagging its tail and if you still seem uninterested, it may do a bitter whining because it cannot curse you loud in the face. Now, the dog in this book surely got me listening when it started speaking.

I prefer novels written in a first person-point-of-view because all the details that you would need in the story are all first rated. See my reasons:

First Person:
*I could almost taste the victory just waiting for me across that yellow lane when I accidentally shifted, using the wrong foot and stumbled, elbow first to the ground.
Second Person:
*You could almost taste the victory just waiting across that yellow lane when you accidentally shifted, using the wrong foot and stumbled, elbow first to the ground.
Third Person:
*The girl could almost taste the victory just waiting for her across that yellow lane when she accidentally shifted, using the wrong foot and stumbled, elbow first to the ground.

In the state of the following sentences, the first person takes the blow of the pain and the blow of being a loser, the second person mocks and just makes the whole thing a lot more awkward, while the third person is someone you can call the supporter who had let bad things to happen so there’s something to talk about.

Going back to the book, A Dog’s Purpose is told through first dogperson-point-of-view. The tale started when a young stray mutt, Toby begins to acknowledge the existence of his siblings and the great deal of annoyance they cause him in fighting for the attention of their mother. But before I tell more on the book, I asked my co-muggle, Jamin about the one memory with her dog that she would not be able to forget.


The best memory I have had with my dog was when we fought Parvo together. Parvo is a contagious life threatening disease that attacks blood cells and affects intestinal tract. It was heart breaking! I saw my dog skinny and not moving. He was very weak and I knew in my heart I will lose him. I came home one day and there was blood in his bed. His eyes are closed. I ran! Runnn!!!I cried and held him in my arms. I ran and took him to the vet; the doctor said he’s no longer responding. I went home with all the needles in his paws. I told him that it’s okay to let go now and if he was already tired. I gave him water even if I was told not to. I wanted him to die than suffer internal bleeding. The nest day, a miracle happened. I woke up and I saw his tail wagging! He was weak, yes! But he was trying to tell me something. Now, almost three years after, is a super active dog named Wappi. He protects me from anyone (even from my dad! Lol) 🙂 He is very strong! A fighter! A survivor.

In reading this, we can say that my co-muggle, Jamin is a very, very kind-hearted master. She loves her dog so much that she would rather part with her dog than to see it being tormented in pain. A Dog’s Purpose will let us know what the dog has to say to this kindness and affection. This book will tell us what the dog feels every time we ran our hands through its fur. This book will tell us that if we often  go crazy trying to figure out why we’re here on earth, the dogs, too, wonder just why are they trapped in someone’s  backyard, why they share a living space with feral beings pretending to be domesticated (cats), and why they constantly receive disapproving looks every time they would make such a minimal disturbance like howling and barking in the middle of the night, but gets rewarded if they do this and there’s actually a bad man hiding in the dark.

Toby, the puppy went from being Bailey, the Golden Retriever to Ellie, the female German Shepherd then to Buddy, the Labrador. Each roles he played as a different dog made him wonder what real purpose he has to fulfill. With his transformations, he learned something vital that will help him pursue his greater will: To be with the boy that’s made for him. In the end, Buddy concluded this:

“The job of a good dog was ultimately to be with them, remaining by their sides no matter what course their lives might take . . .,”

I cried a lot at the very end. I would not hide that part. It’s also the kind of crying that I did after reading Me Before You. Now, what is the purpose of the author in writing this? It was long before established that dogs are man’s best friend. It was long ago said what all dogs can do. But . . .

Still, not everyone is aware that a dog cannot exist without a man, because its sole purpose is to be with a man.

Line taken from the book:
“This was what happened to dogs who tried to live without people, they became beaten down, defeated, starved.”

I knew then that I would have to recommend this book so badly to everyone who loves their dogs, but this book would also speak to everyone who had or have a dog who loves them just as much.