I Expected More: Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh

Posted August 28, 2017 by Nick in 2.5 stars, ARC, review / 18 Comments
I Expected More: Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh

When a book is described as “Pacific Rim meets Korean action dramas”, it’s hard for a fan of both of those things to ignore. Rebel Seoul comes highly recommended from fellow bloggers, which just added to my excitement of reading the book. Perhaps it was my high expectations, but Rebel Seoul wasn’t the book I was led to believe it would be. The premise of the book is certainly interesting. The futuristic/dystopian South Korean setting is fresh and unique, but only bare bones of the world are explored here, which makes it hard to become invested in the story. A lot of the world building, and the history of the war that led to this new Korean society feels like info-dumping, which means the book is peppered with these dense chunky paragraphs explaining the world. It’s not how I personally enjoy reading the world building of a book, and it led to moments of boredom for me. The plot is also slow-paced, which didn’t enhance my enjoyment of the story. […]

The Weekly Recap (249): Nick Is Sad While Poor Nereyda Is In Clarinet Hell

Posted August 27, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 19 Comments
The Weekly Recap (249): Nick Is Sad While Poor Nereyda Is In Clarinet Hell

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi guys! How are you all doing? I’ve been a bit down lately. I don’t know what it is but I’ve been freaked out and panicked this whole week. I think it’s finally dawning on me that I’m about to enter my final year of school, and I guess with everything else going on, I’m just really nervous about life in general. I’m not ready to be an adult, and I desperately want to have a stable job around this time next year. So there’s a lot of internal freaking out going on inside my head. I’m also sad because I’m going to go back to Philly soon, and I’m going to miss my parents. I mean there’s Skype and everything, but it’s not the same. And my parents aren’t rich enough to buy flight tickets regularly to come see me. Maybe if I were still in Colorado I would be happier to go back, but though I love my school and program, Philadelphia is not for […]

Why I Miss Good NA: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Posted August 24, 2017 by Nereyda in review / 18 Comments
Why I Miss Good NA: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

I feel like it’s been so long since I read a good New Adult book. I have loved New Adult books by both these authors before although this is my first book by them writing together (I think), but I was hoping that this would be another book to add to the ‘I forgot how much I liked good NA books’ list. Although the beginning was a bit rocky for me (to be fair, I find that most things that annoy me now didn’t back then) I really did end up liking this book. It had good characters, great family and friendships, really good romance with swoony scenes that were just the right amount of sexy and not over the top and/or cheesy and it was relatively drama free, which is always a plus for me these days. Like I already stated, this book did start off a bit rocky for me. There was just something about both of the main characters that kind of rubbed me the wrong way. […]

A Book Set In South Korea, A Book That Put Me To Sleep & A Book With Dragons

Posted August 23, 2017 by Nick in 2 stars, 3 stars, 3.5 stars, ARC, review / 10 Comments
A Book Set In South Korea, A Book That Put Me To Sleep & A Book With Dragons

Ferocious by Paula Stokes Winter Kim and her friends race back in this sequel and finale to the Vicarious duology, this time armed with a thirst for revenge for the deaths of her loved ones and the desire to find and protect her brother, on the streets of South Korea. Winter’s dissociative identity disorder (DID) plays a much more significant role in Ferocious, and is an interesting look into the mental health illness. Though I can’t speak to how authentic the representation of DID is in the book, it certainly feels like Stokes has taken her time to research the subject matter meticulously. Admittedly, the DID is used as a plot device at times, and the book could have done with a deeper look at Winter’s alternate personalities, to make it come across as a stronger element of the novel. Winter’s blood-thirst, determination and struggles with who she really is make her an interesting protagonist. Though she often time makes questionable decisions, she remains a likable character throughout Ferocious, and […]

A Refreshing YA Contemporary: Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Posted August 22, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 16 Comments
A Refreshing YA Contemporary: Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

I’ve been trying to get back into contemporary YA and since my last book with this genre wasn’t impressive, I was really hoping Girl Out of Water would be the kind of book I was looking for. A few pages in and I knew this book and I would get along well. The fact that Anise actually cussed like most normal teenage girls was actually really refreshing and made me like the MC more. Sure, maybe Anise cusses more than the average teenager, but I loved that her dad cared more about what kind of person she was rather than if she uses words like fuck or shit. It really set the tone to what kind of relationship they have and what kind of person Anise was and I liked both. Anise has the perfect life. She plans to spend her summer days in Santa Cruz surfing, hanging out with friends and hopefully having her crush with her friend develop into something more. When her aunt in Nebraska gets in a serious car […]

Simply One Of The Most Romantic Books Of The Year: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Posted August 21, 2017 by Nick in 5 stars, ARC, review / 30 Comments
Simply One Of The Most Romantic Books Of The Year: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare is an absolute master at what she does. Of course there are hundreds of historical romance authors out there, but no one quite does it like Tessa Dare. Her books are priceless gems. each one better than the previous one. The Duchess Deal was no exception. Telling the story of two unlikely personalities in a marriage of convenience falling slowly but hardly for each other,  The Duchess Deal is Tessa Dare’s most magical, most romantic, and sexiest novel to date. As always Dare writes characters that are full of heart and soul. Emma, darling darling Emma, is a witty seamstress who has made a life for herself after she’s ousted and disowned by her vicar father. She is a woman with a lot of strength, self-possession, kindness and compassion. Life may have dealt her a bad hand, but she moves on from that and instead channels her grief and disappointment into her passion of making dresses. In many ways, she is the complete opposite of the brutally scarred […]

The Weekly Recap (248): Babies & Bad Moods

Posted August 20, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 19 Comments
The Weekly Recap (248): Babies & Bad Moods

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi guys! What a dumspter fire of a week in international news, no? I’m so over evil winning what seems like on a daily basis. The future does not look very bright, friends, and I’m not quite sure how to play my role in bettering it. Anyways, I don’t want this recap to get all dark and gloomy, so I’ll go on to cuter news. We had to look after the baby again this week while his mom went to some appointments. He, by the way, still doesn’t have a name! His parents are religious and in Buddhism, you are given potential alphabets for names based on your time and date of birth. They just got back that the letter “T” would be the most auspicious for him so they are now looking for names. We just call him “The Baby”. He’s a surprisingly good baby when he comes to our house. He just sleeps and doesn’t make a noise, which is how I like babies. We […]

When A Favorite Author Disappoints: The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby

Posted August 18, 2017 by Nick in 2 stars, ARC, review / 13 Comments
When A Favorite Author Disappoints: The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby

I have loved every book by Jessi Kirby, and any time I hear about a book from her, I pounce on it. The Secret History of Us sounded very different from her typical book, but I had faith that she’d write yet another compelling, character-driven book. I’m so sad to even write this, but this book was a huge disappointment. I’ve decided to do this review in bullet form because it’s much easier for me to express my thoughts about this book this way. What I Liked The writing was lovely. As always, Kirby’s writing is stunning. I knew very early on this book wasn’t working for me, but I also was not able to put it down because of the writing. Olivia’s reaction to her amnesia was realistic. I thought the author handled that part brilliantly. When Olivia’s emotions surfaced, especially, I found the book to be very engaging. She’s obviously struggling with her memory loss and trying to figure out what happened to her over the years, and […]

What Do Scientists, Wedding Photographers & Vampires Have In Common? They All Find Love In This Post!

Posted August 16, 2017 by Nick in ARC, review / 29 Comments
What Do Scientists, Wedding Photographers & Vampires Have In Common? They All Find Love In This Post!

Under Fire by Scarlett Cole I’ve been looking for a new romantic suspense series to start for a while now, and Under Fire came to my attention when I found out our heroine was a scientist. For the most part, this book was enjoyable, and I’m excited to read the rest of the series as it releases. Louisa was most definitely the star of Under Fire for me. She’s very stoic at times, but also super intelligent, goal-oriented and passionate about her research. She’s got personal ties to her research project – her dad had the genetic disease she was studying – and she had channeled all her grief into her research trying to find a potential cure for the disease. At the beginning of the book, she was shy, introverted, and not usually a fan of people, which I related too. We see a lot of growth in her character as the story progressed. By the end, she was still the introverted girl, but she’d had also found her inner […]

10 Minimalist (aka Easy) Weekly Bullet Journal Layouts

Posted August 15, 2017 by Nereyda in Bullet Journal / 24 Comments
10 Minimalist (aka Easy) Weekly Bullet Journal Layouts

Last week, I talked about how you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get into bullet journaling and shared some inexpensive dupes you can try. Some of the other comments I usually get in my journal-related posts are how people aren’t good at drawing or how they don’t have a lot of time to spend on creating layouts. I’ve been journaling for a year now and I am not good at drawing, I don’t have nice handwriting, I don’t know how to do calligraphy and I don’t like spending a lot of time on my monthly/weekly spreads either. I’ve developed into a more minimalist approach for my journal, which really helps me be more productive since I spend less time worrying about making my journal nice and I’m able to actually utilize it. I’m not against people who pretty up their journals with drawings because it works for them as a creative outlet and I love looking at them on Pinterest, but in real life, I like […]

Why Aussie Authors Are The Best: No Limits by Ellie Marney

Posted August 14, 2017 by Nick in ARC, review / 25 Comments
Why Aussie Authors Are The Best: No Limits by Ellie Marney

I only have one rule when it comes to Ellie Marney’s books: I read them all. We met Harris, the hero of No Limits, in the last book of the Every series, a Sherlock Holmes retelling, and while I was initially quite wary of his character, I grew to appreciate the important role he played in the series, particularly in Rachel’s life. I was very eager when Ellie Marney announced she would be releasing a standalone novel all about Harris. And folks, she’s done it again! She’s crafted a book that’s intricate, entertaining and just gorgeous in every way, and I’m in awe of her incredible talent with words. First things first, if you’re coming into No Limits expecting it to be like the Every series, then change your expectations ASAP. This book was much darker, more mature and more complex, in my opinion. Of course, it still had all those elements that make Ellie’s books Ellie’s such as the character development, as well as a vivid setting, this time of […]

The Weekly Recap (247): Nereyda Tries Coffee

Posted August 13, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 20 Comments
The Weekly Recap (247): Nereyda Tries Coffee

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi guys! How’s everyone doing? I’m fine and have been mostly chilling this week. Other than get ragey about a book romanticizing incest and child abuse that is, but most of you have probably seen me complaining about that all week, so I’m not going to talk about that lengthily here. The baby from last week, who still doesn’t have a name, was over at our place for a couple of hours while his mom was at a doctor’s appointment. He wasn’t at all fussy, and basically was very quiet. All he did was sleep and fart while he was here haha. He’s a cutie though. Apparently, he’s pediatrician thinks he drinks too much milk because he’s gained weight quickly since he was born. His mom said he’s constantly hungry and scream-cries until he’s fed. My mom says it’s because he’s a boy. Other than having him over, my mom and I went to this fair to get me some cheap clothes. I usually buy most of […]

The Book That Did Not Stop Surprising The Two of Us: Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Posted August 10, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in 4 stars, ARC, Audiobook, review / 16 Comments
The Book That Did Not Stop Surprising The Two of Us: Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Nereyda: I had honestly never even heard of this book (to be fair, I’m so out of the loop when it comes to books) until it came up on my emails for audiobooks. I had heard good things about her last thriller even though I never got around to reading it, but there was something about this book that intrigued me. I don’t usually bother with YA thrillers because most of the time they are way too predictable, but Little Monsters managed to escape the predictability with an unexpected POV and some added twists along the way. Nick: I was curious about Little Monsters but didn’t pick it up until Nereyda mentioned that she liked it. I read it over the weekend and thought it was one of the more brilliant YA mystery I have read. What I liked the best about this book was how it kept making me second-guess my theories at basically every turn. Nereyda: When Kacey’s friend Bailey goes missing, the whole town is shocked and […]

When An Aussie Author Makes Me Read A Genre I Normally Wouldn’t: The Undercurrent by Paula Weston

Posted August 9, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, review / 25 Comments
When An Aussie Author Makes Me Read A Genre I Normally Wouldn’t: The Undercurrent by Paula Weston

Well, that was one heck of a ride. I’ve been in love with Paula Weston’s writing and books ever since I read Shadows, the first book in one of my all-time favorite series, The Rephaim. With The Undercurrent, a standalone, Weston delves into an entirely different genre, but once again, she has penned an engaging and thrilling story. If The Undercurrent had been written by any other author, I would have skipped it because it’s a futuristic thriller, and I personally tend to struggle with those. The Undercurrent however was compelling from the start. It opened up with a bang, literally with a building explosion, and the pacing did not let on. The story is filled with secrets, corruption, government conspiracies and bio-engineering, which made for an exciting book start to finish. What’s awesome here is that the story slowly built up, and you’re only fed information one chapter at a time, which made the book almost impossible to put down. The Undercurrent was non-stop action, non-stop revelations, and non-stop danger, which […]

Fierce MC, Horrible Romance Take II: Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Posted August 8, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 21 Comments
Fierce MC, Horrible Romance Take II: Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Confession: I don’t think I like Fantasy books anymore, especially not YA Fantasy. To be fair, Fantasy has never been a favorite genre of mine but there are some Fantasy books that I do enjoy from time to time. Especially if I can listen to them in audiobook format with a really good narrator. Luckily, this series has a fantastic narrator which is one of the things that helped me not hate this book. Another thing could be that it was just freaking… entertaining. In as much as killing people and gruesome battles can be entertaining (think Game of Thrones). I really was surprised by the first book because the MC was so damn fierce and tough, but the romance was just awful! I won’t rehash it too much here but the love interest, Mehmed, has a harem of girls and has multiple baby mamas and although he claims he loves Lada, he isn’t quite ready to give up his harem. Also, Lada’s brother Radu also has the hots for Mehmed, […]

Do You Review Every Book That You Read?

Posted August 7, 2017 by Nick in Discussion, Let's Talk About / 31 Comments
Do You Review Every Book That You Read?

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of books. Around 5-7 a week. If you check my monthly recaps, every month I read about 20-30 books. However, half the time, I only review about 70% of those books. Not because I don’t want to, but because I don’t have enough blog space. Co-blogging with Nereyda means I get 2-3 days a week to post my content, while she gets the others, as well as one day to post our weekly recaps. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have zero complaints about this scheme. In fact, I like it, because it’s relaxing, and once I got into the habit, it became a very natural part of my life. I do admit though that I also feel guilty for not reviewing everything that I’m reading? I’m not quite sure how to explain why I feel that way. I know there’s no rule that says that you HAVE to review everything that you read – there is no right way to blog, after all! […]

The Weekly Recap (246): Children, Fires & Nail-Biting Dilemmas

Posted August 6, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 14 Comments
The Weekly Recap (246): Children, Fires & Nail-Biting Dilemmas

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi everyone! How are you all doing it? I hope you’ve had fabulous weeks. Mine was an OK week, and very eventful. Well, relatively speaking. On Monday night, my mom woke me up at around midnight to tell me she’s off to the hospital because her friend’s water had broken, and the woman and her husband were freaked out of their minds. They have another daughter, but they are new to the country, so they wanted my mom to be there. Turns out my mom spent the whole night/early morning there until the baby was delivered.  She gave birth to a red-faced little boy! The next day we had to look after her daughter, which we were very nervous about. She’s shy and doesn’t talk yet. She’s also very attached to her parents and doesn’t like other people a lot. She was fine with us though and spent the whole day without crying or anything. But man, taking care of toddlers is hard work! My poor mom […]

I Was In Food And Romance Heaven: North To You by Tif Marcelo

Posted August 3, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, review / 35 Comments
I Was In Food And Romance Heaven: North To You by Tif Marcelo

Well, this book was charming, and sweet and so very endearing! I owe Ari big time for introducing me to North To You, a foodie romance debut that swept me off my feet. It’s not always that I encounter a debut novel that immediately makes me fall in love with the author’s writing, and turn me into a life-long fan, but Tif Marcelo’s North To You did exactly that for me. This is a book that has a lot of heart to it, and it’s all thanks to the lovable characters. These are characters that are built up so solidly throughout the book that you grow to know every aspect of their personalities intimately. And what great personalities they had! I immediately clicked with the heroine, Camille, a passionate food truck owner,  because of how resilient she was. She has had many obstacles thrown her way, but she continued to rise up from every difficult situation she has faced. Camille was hardworking, and very devoted to her sister’s success and […]