Mini Review: Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: Macmillans Kids UK
Published: February 25, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Short Story
My Rating:



Synopsis new

‘Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.’
‘Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?’

If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels. Kindred Spirits is an engaging short story by Rainbow Rowell, author of the bestselling Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On, and is part of a handful of selected short reads specially produced for World Book Day.

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This short story is Fangirl junior. So cute and irresistible and I loved it!

Elena is a Star Wars obsessed. When another sequel of the film series was about to hit the theater, she camped out for four days prior to the show and eventually met guys, Gabe and Troy who are also Star Wars fanatics.

I loved the fun moments that happened here. Even the witty and nerdy banters shared by Gabe and Elena. They just clicked with every part of me! These characters are very interesting and adorable and though the story was only short, it captured my heart because of how the entirety of it made me happy.

And oh, there’s a plot twist here that made me LOL. If you want to be entertained for a few minutes, go grab Kindred Spirits!



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Review: Our Demons, Best Friends by Diana T. Scott

Our demons, best friends (Half of Me, #1)

Our Demons, Best Friends
(Half of Me #1)
Author: Diana T. Scott
Publisher: Diana T. Scott
Published: May 10, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Rating:



Synopsis new

Ava and Sebastian are two medical residents who in a perfect world, would really like each other. But both of them are closely watched by their demons. Their baggage is not light – Ava has hers carefully folded in vacuum bags to occupy as little room as possible; Sebastian wears his like a lead armor that makes him slouch sometimes. They like each other, but how are their demons going to get along?

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OUr Demons, Best Friends

“My demons love your demons like crazy. They just needed each other, the same way I need you.”

I could swoon like crazy all day with this book! Such a fantastic, cute novel that I will gladly read again and again. First off, I was instantly hooked the moment I set my eyes off its beautiful cover where a guy and a girl sit across from each other while the spirit-like objects above them are hugging. Wow! COVERGASM. Secondly, I loved the premise. It has an air of mystery which really puts a reader into an i-want-to-read-it-now mode. And that’s what happened to me exactly. Little did I know that I was really in for a ride!

Our Demons, Best Friends is a New Adult Romance Contemporary book about two medical residents namelySebastian and Ava who met in the same hospital. Their relationship started off as being strangers which later on turned into friendship and then so much more. Basically this book features a simple plot that everyone can truly enjoy– even teenagers. It’s a clean romance that highlights a wholesome romantic plot.

A lot of things made me really love this book. One of them is the humor and the entertainment factor that the author didn’t fail to bring out in this book. And while it’s enriched with funny and witty dialogues (especially Ava’s hilarious POV), the emotional and romantic aspect of the book were successfully inflicted and it just made everything *sigh PERFECT.

I especially love Ava’s character. She’s funny and always on the go. Yes, she carries emotional baggage with her but I love how she handles everything and basically just chills with her group of friends. Sebastian’s character is also amazing. I mean, he’s a hot, swoon-worthy guy (His character actually reminds me of those gorgeous physicians and surgeons I work with in the hospital LOL. XD) And I love his gentle personality behind his rugged features and how he cares for Ava. *swoons! Ava and Sebastian’s relationship development was also perfectly remarkable and genuine and not hurried or even dragged on. Their love story simply makes me smile and sigh. And of course– the playlist! I love the songs being featured here and the lyrics behind them. 🙂

I most certainly was not disappointed with this book as my expectations were met right even when I was still at the beginning chapters. I only have a tiny issue with some of the unedited/uncorrected words/spellings/grammars on some parts, though. But they’re just minors and can easily be ignored so it’s not really a big deal.

Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely. It made me laugh and cry and everything! If you fancy cute, romantic, and light NA stories, this book is a real treat. It’s beautifully written and totally engaging. Plus, the characters are all wonderful, so that perfectly seals everything. 🙂 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!



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Review: With This Heart by R.S. Grey

With This Heart

With This Heart
Author: R.S. Grey
Publisher: Createspace
Publication: April 6, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:



Synopsis new

If someone had told me a year ago that I was about to fall in love, go on an epic road trip, ride a Triceratops, sing on a bar, and lose my virginity, I would have assumed they were on drugs.

Well, that is, until I met Beckham.

Beck was mostly to blame for my recklessness. Gorgeous, clever, undeniably charming Beck barreled into my life as if it were his mission to make sure I never took living for granted. He showed me that there were no boundaries, rules were for the spineless, and a kiss was supposed to happen when I least expected.

Beck was the plot twist that took me by surprise. Two months before I met him, death was knocking at my door. I’d all but given up my last scrap of hope when suddenly, I was given a second chance at life. This time around, I wasn’t going to let it slip through my fingers.

We set out on a road trip with nothing to lose and no guarantees of tomorrow.

Our road trip was about young, reckless love.

The kind of love that burns bright.

The kind of love that no road-map could bring me back from.

**Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual situations.**

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With This Heart by R.S. Grey

“Love will make you reckless. It can drag out parts of you that common sense and fear usually keep hidden away. Because love is selfless and selfish.”

Lately I’ve been reading such great contemporaries and I wanna thank the book gods for leading me to the right books. This novel is one of them! And what a journey!


With This Heart made me fall in love all over again. It’s such a sweet, refreshing, and captivating read. I’ve never read any R.S. Grey‘s work prior to this and my first impression was, she writes beautifully and she plots her story uniquely.

The book starts when Abby, a 19 year-old heart transpant recipient, met the gorgeous Beck at a funeral home. (Yes, that’s the place where they first met.) Sounds so creepy and not so romantic, but actually, the chemistry already became invisible the moment they met there. They immediately had the connection which eventually led them to a road trip together. Their journey, which was all kinds of sweet, became a very unforgettable event of their lives as they got to know more about each other, became bolder, and discovered everything that the world has to offer.

As a person who easily gets hooked with light and cheesy romance, this book definitely sold me. It gave me the sweet escape feel that I haven’t felt in a long while. It was like watching a mushy romantic film where you just find yourself smiling and getting all ooey and gooey on the inside.

All throughout the story I was also struck by how adorable the characters are. Abby showed up as a weak character but I’ve seen her development as the story continued. She had the inferiority complex in the beginning because of her condition and she had this trouble of facing the future and the opportunities that are laid in her hands, but later on she became a remarkable and matured character thanks to Beck who pulled her out of her shell and made her learn to face the world with so much thrill and adventure. The romance, on the other hand, was also delivered naturally.

The book was also laced with humor and smart and witty dialogues between the characters and at times I also found myself being carried away by the emotions delivered by them. And when it comes to its ending– it totally made me smile because it was cute. Yes, it felt a little too cheesy but I found myself liking every bit of it.

Her hand wrapped around my fingers, tightening my hold on the tarnished locket. “I love you with this heart.” She tipped her head forward and pressed a kiss to my lips. Then she moved her hand and pointed to her scar, to the beating heart that lay beneath, “and with this heart.

This book is now shelved on my favorites.



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Review: Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)

Addicted to You
(Addicted #1)
Author: Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
Publisher: Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
Publication: May 22, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

five stars


She’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom.

No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.

Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.

But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex.

Their real vice may be each other.

New Adult Romance recommended for readers 18+ for mature content

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We’re terrible at so many things, but the only thing we’ve always been halfway decent at is being together.

A New Adult book at its finest! So many feels!


To my fabulous friend Scarlett who heartily recommended this book and this series to me, I owe you one, girl! A big thank you! (Check out her beautiful review on this book 🙂

Addicted to You is definitely a book that made me become literally addicted. As a lover of New Adult genre, I expected myself to feel drawn with this book the moment I started it, because well.. it’s apparently a guilty-pleasure read. And I’m happy to say that this book is not just about sex. It comes in a very emotional, unique romantic storyline that absolutely tugs the heart.

This book is a story about Lily Calloway and Loren Hale— two perfectly flawed characters who are secretly self-conscious about their addiction. Lily, a girl who is addicted to sex, grew up together with her bestfriend and pretend boyfriend Loren a.k.a Lo, who is on the other hand, addicted to alcohol. On the outside, they may look a really perfect couple because of their rich, shiny families, but little did everyone know that they have secrets that they shamefully keep. Thus, they choose to appear perfect and depend on each other to sustain their addiction.

We may not be good for each other, but sometimes I feel like he’s the only guy who could ever love me.

The book definitely gave me a lot of surprises. The characters have this undeniable chemistry. Not to mention that Lo is absolutely one scorching hot male lead. Definitely a new book boyfriend to add on my list. And as the cover suggests, apparently it’s one hot and smexy read. But like I said, it’s not only about sex– it’s filled with emotionally-driven romance, twists, and drama. I was so surprised to find myself ugly crying with this book, especially at the last parts. The ending was so emotional and a cliffhanger as well.

And I suppose, the fear of losing each other is always stronger than the pain we cause.

As a whole, this book is definitely a must-read. I appreciate the message it carries, specifically about accepting the person you love despite the imperfections and holding on to that person until the very end. I also appreciate the way family love was emphasized here. It’s a book with a real emotional depth. Officially, it’s now my new favorite New Adult book! 🙂

Rating: 5 Stars

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Review: Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken

Ruin (Ruin, #1)

(Ruin #1)
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Publisher: Rachel Van Dyken
Publication: August 10, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

three stars


I’m not your typical girl. I’ve been running away from the memories that haunt me for so long that depression has become my only comfort. I was content in the darkness…until Wes Michals offered to be my light.

I didn’t know that time wasn’t my ally — that every second that ticked past was one step closer to the end of something that was beginning to mean the end of myself. He tried to warn me. He promised me all he was able to offer–each moment as it came–but it would never be enough.

Sometimes when you think it’s the end, it’s only the beginning. Wes thought he could save me, but in giving me everything, he ruined me. Because after one kiss, one touch, I couldn’t–I wouldn’t ever be the same.

And from that moment on, his heartbeat became my own.

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“You rescued me and I found my ruin. I’m ruined for you– and I won’t ever be the same.”

This was just an okay book. It wasn’t that great, but it wasn’t crazy bad either. What I love about this book was Weston. He’s one of the best male leads I’ve encountered in a New Adult book. He actually reminds me of Cam from Wait for You. Anyways, I really love characters with a great sense of humor. Kiersten was also a great character. She wasn’t exactly the most likable of people to read about at first, but I was glad that I quickly warmed up to her. I love her enthusiasm to step away from her nightmares and grief over her parent’s death.

The book mainly focuses on illness, grief, hope, and love. It was not 100% emotionally-packed because there was humor in it which made the book a light read, so don’t expect it to really tear your hearts like what some illnesses and death books do. The main concerns I have with this book were 1.) the insta-love, 2.) the un-original concept, and 3.) some clichés. The romance was good and it was sweet, but majority of it didn’t grab me at all.

Otherwise, the story was still a nice piece of fiction. It has life lessons to teach you and it also inspires you to never give up and continue to fight no matter how hard life takes you at some point.

“Sometimes when we think God has written The End, what He really means is The Beginning.”

Rating: 3 Stars

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Review: P.S. I Still Love You

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)P.S. I Still Love You
(To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2)
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: May 26, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
My Rating:


Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.



“So much of love is chance. There’s something scary and wonderful about that.”

— Spoilers ahead —

The second book of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is more entertaining, witty, and hilarious.

What disappointed me was Peter.

Wait a minute…

Is Peter Kavinsky the same Peter Kavinsky I’ve read in the first book? Why the heck did he turn out to be such an effin’ dick?


Seriously. Why did Jenny Han build transform his character like that? I admire Lara Jean’s character development here. She grew up emotionally with so much calmness and control despite the hell that happened to her.

But Peter. Why, Jenny Han? Why made me hate Peter? You know I love him in the first book, right? Did you seriously just turn him into an immature A-hole? The way Peter treated Lara Jean? It didn’t sit well on me. It just didn’t. Not to mention the fact that he’s still attached to his ex-girlfriend, Genevieve. SMH.


And the plot. Why was it such a big mess?

And that ending. THAT’S IT??! Like, THE END? And just like that? Whoa! I don’t even know if that’s a good ending at all.

But the good thing, nevertheless, is that I enjoyed most parts of it. Like I said, it was highly entertaining and even funnier. Give it all to KITTY!!

Another good thing was JOHN AMBROSE MCCLAREN. This guy is a total bae and I just want to make that unequivocally clear. Ha! While Jenny Han made Peter such a dick, she built such a great character out of John. A complete opposite with the male lead. And up until now, I still could not get why the author did that. Transforming the lead man into a complete jerk and highlighting a secondary male character by giving all the good traits on him.

The ending was unsatisfactory. There was no real conclusion whatsoever. I don’t even agree with Lara Jean accepting Peter back like that. I think the kiss-and-make up thing was too easy. After all?


Honestly, I feel like I’m being generous with my 3-star rating on this, but well.

It was still a fun read after all.

Rating: 3 Stars



REVIEW: After the Bridge by Cassandra Clare

After the Bridge (The Infernal Devices #3.1)

Clockwork Angel
(The Infernal Devices #3.1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
Published: March 19, 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
My Rating:

4 Stars

Short Story about Tessa, Jem and what happened after that meeting at Blackfriar’s Bridge at the Epilogue of Clockwork Princess.


Thank you Carol and Sandy for introducing this to me! xoxoxo

I won’t be making this review long because it will spoil those who haven’t yet read the final book of The Infernal Devices.

So here’s my opinion…

This short story is somewhat a continuation to what happened during the epilogue of the Clockwork Princess. I have to say that  this one is satisfying, though it’s not at all necessary (for me) because I am quite satisfied with the Clockwork Princess’ ending. But because I was still hangover with the book, I didn’t hesitate to read this short story because I was too curious and I think I can’t sit still without finding out more about the characters.

The short story did not disappoint me as it entertained me and well, made me feel in love all over again. Still, I don’t know how to move on with this series. Ugh. It’s hard, you know.

So if you guys have already read the Clockwork Princess, you might as well proceed with this short story after reading the book, to extend the feels. 😀

(NOTE: Don’t read this short story if you haven’t completed The Infernal Devices series yet. Okay?) 😀

Rating: 4 Stars