Review: One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters

One Day Soon (One Day Soon, #1)

One Day Soon
Author: A. Meredith Walters
Publisher: A. Meredith Walters
Published: February 18, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:



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He found me in blood and tears.
I stayed with him through darkness and fire.

We loved each other in the moment between innocence and bitter truth.
We were the kids easily ignored, who grew into adults we hardly knew.

We weren’t meant to last forever. And we didn’t.

He ran away.
I tried to move on.

Yet I never stopped thinking about the boy who had fought to keep me alive in a world that would have swallowed me whole. He was the past that I buried, but never forgot.

Until the day I found him again, years after believing I had lost him forever.

And in cold, resentful eyes, I saw the heart of the man who had been everything when I had nothing at all. So I vowed to hold onto the second chance that was stolen from the children we had been.

Sometimes fate is ugly. Life can be twisted.
And who we are can be ruined by who we once were.

For two people who had survived so much, we would have to learn how to hold on before we were forced to let go.

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“We loved each other. And in the ugly world we inhabited, it was a light we had clung to.”

(I’ve read this book for the #NALitLoversPH #NewAdultAndBeyondPH readalong)

I’ve been devouring romance books with heavy contents and depressing themes lately and it kind of affects my personal thoughts and emotions– to the point where I find myself gross-sobbing alone. Lol. Anyways, I think these books are real gems despite the pain that they cause in our hearts because they simply make us FEEL. Reflect. And learn a lot of lessons.

One Day Soon opened up my box of emotions and stole it all. A story that centers around two characters Imogen “Imi” Conner and Yossarian “Yoss” Frazier, it tackles sensitive issues about homelessness, sexuality, child abuse, and more.

I couldn’t say reading this book was a pleasant experience because almost everything that happened here was sad. Yoss and Imi’s childhood experiences were too horrible to imagine. But I am so glad that these characters found their way to healing when they met 15 years later after the most terrible situation hit them.

Don’t want to spoil you by giving away too much about the story, but this book, as a whole, was a cry-worthy book, heavy with the angst, and beautifully written. This was my first A. Meredith Walters read and I could say that she’s brilliant in this genre. I find her poetic writing comforting and more than soothing to the soul.

I have a slight issue though. The ending was a bit blurry and I don’t know what really happened or how the book really concluded. Was it a sad or a happy ending? I guess the author just wants the reader to really dig deeper and think about it countless times. Either way, I’m sticking to a happy ending. That’s how I want all the stories to end, anyways. 🙂

“Because one day soon, I promise you that all this ugly will become something beautiful.”



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You can read reviews of this book from my bookish sisters from #NALitLoversPH #NewAdultAndBeyondPH Book Club here:

Rechellyn’s review

Kat’s review

Claire’s review

Bea’s review

Allie’s review

Jam’s review


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REVIEW: Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James

Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3)




When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.

Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.

Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.

This book is intended for mature audiences.


This book is way BETTER than the second installment. It started off really well. I love the honeymoon part where they traveled to Europe, the gift-giving and generous Christian Grey, the passionate scenes, the jealousy/protectiveness Christian always displays– everything! It’s just too perfect to be true! And if ever this story happens in real life, I’d definitely be crazy!

This book is great. I was about to rate it 5 stars, but then, I was not at all convinced when it comes to its ending. All right, they have a perfect, happy ending and they created a happy family. But — I don’t know. Maybe I was expecting a different conclusion with this trilogy.

I also didn’t like how Ana became pregnant and how EL James incorporated a bit of action in the near-end. I’m not so sure why I wasn’t thrilled. Maybe I was just impassive or something. But all in all, I mostly enjoyed this book. Ana and Christian’s love affair is insanely surreal!

The Book Is…


Romantically driven. There are sweet moments that will definitely entice you and melt your heart away. It has, as expected, a happy ending.


There are scenes that are superfluous. And some things are also quite unbelievable and exaggerated.

My Rating for this book: 4 Stars (I love this book and I totally recommend it!)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“I want your world to begin and end with me.”

“We always hurt the ones we love, darling.”


REVIEW: Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)



Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

This book is intended for mature audiences.


This book is indeed a lot darker than the first. No offense, but I have to say I’m a bit bored with this second installment of E.L. James. The storyline seems a bit slow-paced and there are also repetitive scenes that show dullness and monotony. The only interesting part of this book is Christian’s revelation as of why he became fifty shades of f*cked up. Other than that, the story was not thoroughly given with substances that will make you feel engrossed.

To better give you the entire scenario of the book, these scenes are what you will certainly encounter: They’ll make love today, they’ll have misunderstanding later, they’ll make love tomorrow, they’ll become okay the next day– and then repeat from the top. It’s like a bizarre routine and yes, it happens until the end of the book. I hate to admit it, but it has a lot of major cliches.

However, I still managed to get the gist of it and eventually reached the end of the book. Didn’t regret it, though. It was still a great book. Christian Grey continues to be domineering and romantic and generous to Ana, and Ana is– well, her character development improves here. *smirks. We can see her blossom into a beautiful, stunning woman. Not like the Ana we’ve met in Fifty Shades of Grey.

The Book Is…


Just like the first installment, it has interesting parts. Also, you will discover a lot more about the characters especially Christian’s dark past.


The scenes are quite repetitive.

What I Think About the Characters

Ana Steele

Well, as mentioned, Ana grew more stunning and classy here. She no longer borrows dress from Kate. Lol 😀 And the way she approaches situation is a lot more different compared to the first book. I think she really developed a lot here.

Christian Grey

I’m glad he finally opened up and revealed his fears and imperfect struggles to Ana. This made me understand him even better. I think it’s also a good start for both of them. And as usual, this man never fails to entice me. The way he communicates with Ana through text and email is kind of gasp-inducing. 🙂

My Rating for this book: 3 stars (It’s a great book, but not nearly as good as the first book.)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“You’re the only person I’d fly three thousand miles to see.” – Christian Grey

“We have to learn to walk before we can run”

REVIEW: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)



When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

This book is intended for mature audiences.


Okay, so I read this book out of curiosity since this had gone viral two years ago that even celebrities made a big deal about it. Surprisingly, I found myself engrossed with this book. I love how E.L. James particularly described the characters from the very beginning. They are kind of fascinating, especially Christian Grey. I know for some people this book is a piece of trash but I cannot simply put it down, for the very exact reason with anybody else who were getting hyped with this book– it’s interesting.

How Christian and Ana became attracted to each other and how Ana wasn’t able to stop herself from thinking about him after their first encounter was already one of its key scenes. You see, Christian, a dominant character, searched for his submissive and basically found it on Ana. At first, I was a bit apprehensive about it but as the story went, I realized that it isn’t just all about kinkiness or whatever sexual exploits we all expected. The story was all about how their attraction to each other grew into something else.

Ana particularly went through the point where she was confused about her feelings toward Christian. There is no denying that she’s not only attracted to him but it seems like she was slowly building that kind of emotion that she couldn’t easily deal– not with Christian who only became interested with her because of her potential for a “rare” relationship.

“The only man I’ve been attracted to, and he comes with a bloody contract, a flogger, and a whole world of issues.”

I admit that the only thing that makes me wince about this story are the scenes that introduce detailed descriptions about how Christian uses those sort of things (ropes, ties, etc.) while they are making out. But that’s understandable since it’s an erotic genre and we’re expecting that from the beginning, right? That’s what made the book a real buzz to begin with.

The ending was also astonishing. I didn’t exactly expect that. I guess what Ana did in the end was just right. It left me hanging with lots of questions that can only be answered in the next book.

The Book Is…


Unique, exciting, and intriguing. The storyline also promises real romance between the characters.


Some people will never appreciate the kinky sexual adventures of this book and may also find them unsuitable in any way.

What I Think About the Characters

Ana Steele

She was described as an innocent college girl. I think she’s basically naive in an amusing way. She easily fell with Christian and I couldn’t even blame her for that. In this book, I also admire how she interacts and deals with Christian. I love her for her smart mouth!

Christian Grey

Well, does anyone here find him unattractive? I don’t think so. He’s unreal and he basically does not exist in real life. Lol. He was described as a dignified man with an extremely attractive face and a real hot physique. And incredibly rich. But he has an ultimate drawback and that’s all about him being accustomed to his BDSM dom/sub lifestyle.

My Rating for this book: 4 Stars

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“Never trust a man who can dance.”

“We aim to please Miss Steele”

“Later’s, baby.”


REVIEW: Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

Dear Johnok


An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life–until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who has captured his heart.

But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else.

Dear John, the letter read… and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true love—and face the hardest decision of his life.


Well hello there, Nicholas Sparks! I can now finally make a review for your book after what, three? Four years? This is actually my first ever Nicholas Sparks read. I have grabbed and read this book in 2010 and I can still remember how it made me feel, and here I am, about to be reminded again of how my heart has been shattered four years ago and how I was such an emotional mess after finishing it.

Dear John is a story that talks about John Tyree, the guy who grew up in a single parent home in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was raised by his father who had a problem with his growth and development, and who was so fond of collecting coins. As he grew, John was not entirely enthusiastic with life. Knowing he could make a difference if he joins the US army, he applied for it and was able to successfully land a promising career in the military. But when he met the beautiful and vibrant Savannah Lynn Curtis, of course, his life changed and confusions about his career and love life quickly developed. While he chose his calling, he left Savannah behind though their relationship continued in a form of “love letters”. At first their communication was great. There was consistency and I really thought and hoped that their LDR thing will survive. Of course, it didn’t happen as (*Spoiler’s alert) Savannah fell in love with her friend, Tim. And there, the drama began… And so was my heart being broken.

This story is quite remarkable. The fact that it’s far more real made it become sensational. It’s reality-based. What happened in this book also happens in real life.

It’s just that… 😦 I knew everyone doesn’t always have a happy ending love story –but ugh, this one’s just too heart-shattering. It took me a while to compose myself after reading this.

But surprisingly, although Nicholas Sparks didn’t provide the happy ending the characters at least deserved, he totally earned my respect. He’s the kind of author who gives straight forward plot with a blend of Christian theme– very impressive. And hey, did I tell you that men’s POV is rather different and emotionally driven? This book proves it. Overall, the book is entirely great. It’s compelling, you will really find yourself fully engaged up to its very end.

The Book Is…


Realistic, emotional, captivating, and well-written. The characters are also remarkable and very well defined.


The ending will really rip your heart apart. You might cry in spite of yourself.

What I think about the Characters

John Tyree

I love this character. He makes me admire the bravery and heroic acts of the military men — sacrificing emotions for the sake of their dedication for the country and fellow countrymen.

Savannah Lynn Curtis

I admire how Savannah held on to their relationship in spite of the distance and how she actually tried to make an effort to make their relationship work. But in the end, I wish she pushed more. I mean, I know it was difficult, but she could’ve extended more of her patience and waited for him– if she truly loved him. But well, who am I to judge? Lol.

My rating for this book: 5 well-deserved stars! 🙂

(I also watched its movie adaptation. But, of course! How could I miss Channing Tatum on big screen? That wouldn’t happen! *laughs. For me though, I prefer the book’s sequence and emotional approach rather than the film’s. 🙂

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“I finally understood what true love meant…love meant that you care for another person’s happiness more than your own, no matter how painful the choices you face might be.”

“When you’re struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realize that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it’s just as hard as what you’re going through.”

“Our story has three parts: a beginning, a middle, and an end. And although this is the way all stories unfold, I still can’t believe that ours didn’t go on forever.”


REVIEW: The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

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In Boston, there’s a killer on the loose. A killer who targets lone women, who breaks into their apartments and performs terrifying ritualistic acts of torture on them before finishing them off. His surgical skills lead police to suspect he is a physician – a physician who, instead of saving lives, takes them.

But as homicide detective Thomas Moore and his partner Jane Rizzoli begin their investigation, they make a startling discovery. Closely linked to these killings is Catherine Cordell, a beautiful medic with a mysterious past. Two years ago she was subjected to a horrifying rape and attempted murder but she shot her attacker dead. Now she is being targeted by the new killer who seems to know all about her past, her work, and where she lives.

The man she believes she killed seems to be stalking her once again, and this time he knows exactly where to find her…


I was never a fan of thriller and suspense genre books, but because a co-worker of mine lent me this book simply because she wants to share its story, I read it out of obligation. Lol. However, there was a part of me which became curious because of the fact that the story is medically-based and yeah, I thought I can relate.

The story involves a rape victim named Catherine Cordell who happened to be a physician. She had an awfully horrible past I couldn’t even imagine which had something to do with a serial killer who violated her and even attempted to take away her– ugh, uterus (womb). Sounds strange? For me, it’s creepy! And a little unnerving. How can somebody take away anyone’s intimate organ? Gross. But the book explained it later. It was because the serial killer hated women, and to satisfy his desire to destroy women, he needed to remove something that proves them their femininity.

“He identifies and removes only the organ he wants. Nothing more. And what he wants is the womb.”

I don’t know but I find this story a bit disturbing. Somehow I managed to finish it (thank God!). Perhaps the only thing that kept me from reading it is the medical involvement in the story. I admit I was curious as of how these detectives do their job when it comes to medical crime investigation. It was pretty cool and very detailed. That’s what makes me get along with it until the very end. But the storyline? Nope. Not even by the way the author particularly incorporated a bit of romance between Catherine and homicide detective Thomas Moore. It wasn’t convincing, and that’s also a problem. What’s worse, (*Spoiler’s Alert) Thomas was not even able to personally save Catherine right on the climax part– when she needed him. It was Rizzoli who’s there. Well. *sigh

Overall the book was entertaining. There was action but not what I was really expecting. It was a good suspense/thriller story. It’s just that this book didn’t get me. However, if you guys want to just read something that connects well with the medical world, it wouldn’t be bad to spare a little bit of your time with this book. 🙂 It’s still a recommended one.

The Book Is…


Action-packed. The settings, especially the medical and crime labs, are well-detailed.


I find the plot not appealing. There are foul scenes which might not also work for you.

What I Think About the Characters

Catherine Cordell

She’s a physician. Confident and very composed, but deep down inside she’s not self-assured– which is understandable because of her traumatic past. Yet often times she annoys me. There was a time when she blamed herself and every woman for being raped. Wait, what?

Thomas Moore

I think he’s a competent detective, and smart. But there are times when I think he’s not acting reasonably. I also find him– useless. I mean, he wasn’t even there to protect Catherine especially (*Spoiler’s Alert) during the final chapters. 😦

My Rating for this book: 3 Stars. (It’s a great book, but lacks some factors which would’ve gotten more stars.)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“The most intimate feeling people can share is neither love nor hate, but pain.”

“We never know until the beast of opportunity is staring us in the face.”



REVIEW: Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

Dreaming of You



She stood at danger’s threshold—then love beckoned her in.

In the shelter of her country cottage, Sara Feilding puts pen to paper to create dreams. But curiosity has enticed the prim, well-bred gentlewoman out of her safe haven—and into Derek Craven’s dangerous world.

A handsome, tough and tenacious Cockney, he rose from poverty to become lord of London’s most exclusive gambling house—a struggle that has left Derek Craven fabulously wealthy, but hardened and suspicious. And now duty demands he allow Sara Fielding into his world—with her impeccable manners and her infuriating innocence. But here, in a perilous shadow-realm of ever-shifting fortunes, even a proper “mouse” can be transformed into a breathtaking enchantress—and a world-weary gambler can be shaken to his cynical core by the power of passion…and the promise of love.


So this is my first Lisa Kleypas novel and I have to admit that this author basically owned me after reading this. She writes the best characters– both male and female and a romantic twist that really sits well on me. Dreaming of You is one of a kind. I always have an undeniable taste in historical romances from the moment I encountered a Judith McNaught book. And now, Lisa Kleypas– she’s made of awesomeness!

This book talks about the beautiful country girl Sara Fielding who works as a novelist, and of course, the hot-damn sexy owner of a gambling house Derek Craven. They both met when Sara rescued Derek from a fateful attack. Sara, who went to London for the sake of research for her upcoming novel, eventually landed in Derek’s infamous underworld of gambling — only to fall for him in the long run. Being known as one of London’s notorious and wealthiest men, Derek wasn’t really the perfect man Lisa defined here. He’s one with a broken soul because of his unfortunate and painful childhood, which led him to be somewhat cautious when it comes to getting his heart involved with a woman. Realizing that he was also slowly falling for Sara, he intentionally let her go and sent her back to her local place, and basically tried to forget about her. But fate played irony on both of them as they met again and together, they battled their emotions whether to keep the attraction going or just let it slip away.

What I love about this book is the way Lisa made every scene unforgettable. The romance is alive, the sexual tension obviously exists, and the storyline is neatly done. Honestly, I’ve been through a whirlwind of emotions with this book. It has the right mix of romance and action all at the same time.

The setting is also worth noting. I love how Lisa described the beautiful countryside Sara was residing. I was also engrossed with the details the author described when it came to Derek’s gambling house. Everything was sophisticated! Totally love it!

The Book Is…


Superb. One with an unforgettable ending and a dramatic climax. Each character was presented with clear and well-defined personality. It’s also full of romantic and sweet scenes.


There weren’t any, in my opinion.

What I Think About the Characters

Sara Fielding

She’s actually a very admirable character. I didn’t have a hard time liking her. She’s plain and simple and yet very smart and headstrong. She’s not pretentious when it comes to showing her emotions and feelings for Derek.

Derek Craven

I have to admit that I wasn’t smitten with this man at first. But as the story went, I slowly developed a huge liking on him. He’s kind of aloof at first but eventually, I found out that he’s a sweet guy as he bared his soft side. He’s also very protective and passionate. He’s an ultimate book beau!

My Rating for this book: 5 awesome stars! 😀

Favorite Quotes

“Separately they had different strengths. Together they were complete.”

“I didn’t want to give you the one last part of myself that I couldn’t take back. And then you were gone… And I realized it was already yours. It had been since the beginning. Except that I hadn’t told you. It drove me mad, the thought that you would never know.”


REVIEW: The One by Kiera Cass

The Oneok



THE SELECTION changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. Now, only one will claim Prince Maxon’s heart…

It’s swoon meets the Hunger Games in the final installment of THE SELECTION trilogy!

For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they’ve formed, rivalries they’ve struggled with and dangers they’ve faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives.

Now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown – or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realises just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

The breathtaking finale to THE SELECTION trilogy will make you swoon!


First off, I’m so proud that I’ve completed this series! 🙂 I thoroughly enjoyed this third and final book of The Selection. Finally the competition for the crown and the Prince’s heart came to a conclusion. But just like how I expected, the ending was really predictable. In this book, I found some answers to my questions, but ugh, was never enough! Is it just me or the story seems a bit rushed? I have to admit that I wasn’t really satisfied with its flow. The only consolation I got was its fairy tale happy ending which was (as expected), predictable.

On the lighter side, I appreciated how Maxon exerted effort just to prove his feelings for America. Many times in this book, the hero was always the one who was chasing the heroine. Honesty, it took me forever to get those scenes into. Meanwhile, I was also looking for a bit of thrill during the final chapters. Yes, there were quivering moments, but not the ones I was really expecting. This book has flaws, but of course, it was actually a rather satisfying finale. So, I gave this four stars out of five. Congrats, Kiera Cass for such a wonderful series! More to come! 🙂

The Book is…


Entirely dramatic. There were cute and sweet moments that you can’t easily get over. (*Spoiler’s Alert) Maxon’s love letter to America is seriously heart-tugging!


Slow-paced at the beginning, how the characters act was a bit exasperating at times, and the story was apparently rushed. (I don’t know why Kiera has to do that.) 😦

What I Think About the Characters


In this book, America proved to be worthy of my admiration. She was learning from her mistakes. It’s just that, it was almost too late for her to realize what she wants or rather, who she wants. But all in all, I thought she really deserved the great things that happened to her in the ending.


This book continued to remind me that Maxon really had the thing for America since the very beginning. Gah! I will never get enough of him!

Favorite Quotes

“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.” – Maxon

“The best people all have some kind of scar.”

“This isn’t happily ever after. It’s so much more than that.”