Book Review: Wicked Fox (Gumiho, #1) by Kat Cho

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Rating: ★★★★☆

“Maybe it’s wrong for us to hold any one person as our whole world. Maybe it’s wrong of us to owe all of our happiness or sadness to one person.”

I finished reading this book early last month and I just finished writing my review about it. Now, where to start? Well, for one, I totally enjoyed reading this book. It’s about a girl who kills people in order to survive and a boy who was trapped in the forest and was captured by a dokkaebi. Ironically, the girl saves his life and both their worlds has never been the same since.

I’m not really that into K-drama, so I can’t say that I’ve been waiting for a book of this kind like everyone else. But I do love mythology of all sorts, so when I heard about this urban fantasy-romance book, I thought, “Why not?” And I ended up loving it more than I thought I would. All I can say is that for a debut novel, this has the makings of an awesome story. It’s a light, fun, fast-paced read that will surely keep you turning its pages. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Many thanks to Penguin Random House for providing an ARC of this book. ♡

Book Review: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Read: August 2017

Another YA Contemporary Romance I’ve read is Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley and I swear I just digested the whole book in one sitting, it’s that adorable!

Here, we follow Rachel Sweetie and Henry Jones, who have been bestfriends for years and have been inseparable since they first met. Rachel has been secretly in love with him, but Henry has his eyes on Amy. Before Rachel leaves for Sea Ridge, she left a Henry a letter declaring her love inside one of Henry’s favorite books in the Letter Library, a section Henry’s family’s secondhand bookshop.

This book just gave me all the feels and I just can’t explain how much I loved it. I can drink up all the words Cath Crowley has written in this one. Her writing is astoundingly adorable which made this book so freaking endearing. The humor and the “drama” is balanced.

I just love books that talk about books. I’ve jotted down so many titles that were mentioned in this book that I wanted to read soon. I like how it also taught us that we should never let go of the things we love, even when it gets hard, especially when it gets hard. I loved, loved, loved this book to bits and I recommend it to everyone. Just read it!

“If we all gave up on the thing we love when it gets hard, it’d be a terrible world.”

Book Review: Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff

Rating: ★ ★ ★
Read: August 2017

I’ve been reading YA Contemporary books recently and in this one, we follow Sam who’s grieving for his bestfriend’s death. They’ve been friends their whole lives and, well, each other’s the only one they’ve got. So when Hayden took his life, Sam was lost and the only thing he’s left with is a playlist. Throughout the book, Sam’s trying to figure out the answers to why Hayden did what he did using the playlist he’s left Sam with.

I liked the idea of this book and how lessons are thrown in chapter after chapter. I gave it a flat three stars because I just felt like I didn’t connect to the characters as much as I thought I would. The book entirely wasn’t dragging, but I feel like it lacked something along the way, like, there could’ve been more.

The cover was amazing and I liked it very much. Michelle Falkoff’s writing was okay, and I’m definitely going to read Pushing Perfect.

 

“People are going to say a lot of things. And some of it will be helpful, and some of it will be annoying, and lots of it will get on your nerves. But they’re saying it because they found it helpful when they lost someone. They mean well.”

 

Book Review: Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Read: August 2017

In this hilariously sarcastic novel, we follow Audrey who just broke up with his boyfriend, Evan. He’s in a band and all he talks about is himself, the band, and did I mention himself? Oh, yeah, right. As she does, his boyfriend came up with a new song for his band and it’s all over the radio, which is totally okay for Audrey if it wasn’t about her and their breakup!

What made me love this book so much is the humor, the sarcasm, and just plain Audrey herself. I just loved reading her so much, and I just can’t enumerate all the thing you should love about this book.

The strong points in this book for me beside the characters are their love for music. Really, I just found myself listening to all the songs they’ve mentioned in this book. Victoria’s and Jonah’s characters are just as adorable, although I found Victoria annoying somewhere along the book, but in the end, I just loved them.

Robin Benway has made a very great job writing this book as it truly has made me laugh out loud the whole time. The lesson for me is that, we can’t run away from our problems. Sooner or later, we just have to go out and face it. It’s just the way life goes.

 

“The more you start to love someone, the more you ache when they’re gone, and maybe it’s that middle ground that hurts the most, when you can see them and still not feel like you’re near enough.”

 

Book Review: The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Read: July 2017

I know it’s been a while since I last read a Nicholas Sparks novel, but this year, I found myself chain-reading his books. One of the things that I love about reading a Nicholas Sparks novel is that it always feels like catching up with an old friend, and it just draws me closer to him every time. I don’t think there will ever be a book by this author that I will hate.

In The Best of Me, we follow Dawson Cole and Amanda Collier, two high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. More than 20 years later, their paths cross again in the same place where they made so many memories years ago. As they look back and catch up on the years they’ve been apart, they realized that their feelings for each other has never changed.

This book was gripping and overall emotional. It’s a combination of the magic of true love and tradgedy, but it’s amazingly written just like any of his other novels. It just made me admire Nicholas Sparks even more; the way he writes is inspiring and I cannot stress enough how much I loved it.

The ending may not have been what the readers wanted, but it has still moved me in so many ways. Truly, this book has turned into one of my favorites.

“Because you aren’t just someone I loved back then. You were my best friend, my best self, and I can’t imagine giving that up again,“ he hesitated searching for the right words. “You might not understand, but I gave you the best of me, and after you left, nothing was ever the same.”