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The Bibliophile Confessions

I'm Inah. 20 years old and I read books for passion.

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A Darker Shade of Magic - Victoria Schwab I should have never requested this sampler because I SERIOUSLY NEED MORE OF THIS BOOK! 150 pages is not enough for me!!

I love the way the world was built in the book. I had the best glimpse of what this book can offer. I haven't read any of Schwab's books yet but I do have The Archived on my TBR. And I'm very much looking forward to it.

I felt kinda confused with the changing POV focus but still, I enjoyed meeting a lot of characters!! I'm seriously waiting for this to hit the shelves and pick up my own copy!

My Heart and Other Black Holes

My Heart and Other Black Holes - Jasmine Warga I became really interested with this book since the first time I saw it. The premise was really catchy and it made me curious. I may have been interested with books that deals with issues such as suicide lately. It seems dark and sad, yes, but there's something about these kinds of books that makes me want to read them all, because I know that there are life lessons waiting to be learned from them. My Heart and Other Black Holes perfectly fit the list.

Aysel and Roman are two teenagers who are both plotting their suicide. Being suicide partners, they spent a chunk of time together which made them realize things that might change their decision to die after all. I found both characters to be really interesting and it's one of the things that made me really invested into this novel. Both characters present a realistic personality, which made their characters to be very relatable. They have such great chemistry together, which twists my heart in a way because I do find them adorable at times. And well, scared at some point because I really didn't want them both to die. I love the fact that they did try to fill each other's holes.

The humor in this book, although it wasn't that much, it was very much on point. For such a sad theme, it was really helpful to have something that will make you smile or laugh throughout the story. The main characters' snarky attitude was one of my favorite things because it really made them very "teen".

I loved the ending, although it seemed a bit abrupt and short, it really fits the book. The feels just punched me straight in the gut and I loved it. For a debut novel, this one says a lot of things. Being in the hype, it didn't stop me from reading this one, since I tend to (recently) turn away from things that are in the "hype". Moreover, this book deserves all the attention it's getting!

I totally commend Jasmine Warga for delivering such great talent in writing a heartfelt story. This book is beautifully written. It's moving, touching, emotional, poignant and the touch of humor makes the book perfect.

I Remember You

I Remember You - Cathleen Davitt Bell The first thing that came across my mind while I was reading the book was “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” I’ve never seen the film nor read the book. I just knew they were somehow similar.

I was really invested in the book. The prologue was just enough to keep mu curiosity and get through this book in less than 24 hours. It’s so compelling and just hands-down captivating! I’m really glad I gave this book a closer look.

The characters were really well-written. Each of them were given enough exposure which made their character more relevant to the story. Juliet was very easy to relate to. She might just be a typical teenager but they way her character was written made it so much more than that. This goes as well for Lucas. I felt so attached to their characters which made it so much easier to read the book. I really loved Lucas’s character from the start. I found him really cute and dorky during the first few chapters but he turned out to be so much better as the story went on. I loved the small gestures which basically made my knees buckle and face blush (I bet Juliet’s did).

I had trouble with Juliet’s best friend, Rosemary. She’s the kind of girl I don’t want to mingle with ever. I hated how he treated Dex and how she acted like a total bitch. A fact that was acknowledged in the book. Although, sometimes she’s kind of a voice of reason for Juliet, but still, I couldn’t make myself like her. Dex was such a great character. I liked him so much and how he helped Juliet go through some hardships even though it didn’t seem like they really knew each other.

I was also mindblown with the memories Lucas had described to Juliet. At first, I was also skeptical but it’s what made me intrigued and kept me going. It was really an amazing love story. I had to admit though that I craved for more!

I really loved the variety in this book. It was such an amazing combination. There were enough humor, drama, romance and thrill, which made me feel a whole lot of emotions for this book. It made me cry, for one. There’s no single word to describe this book but I really loved it and I’d definitely recommend it!

Only A Kiss

Only A Kiss - Ines Bautista-Yao I really did adore this book! I’ve read a few Filipino Contemporary romances and I’d probably tag this as one of my favorites. I love the sense of familiarity I got from this book.

It started out a bit slow but once I got into the rhythm, I couldn’t put it down. The setting and plot seemed cliche, a typical Filipino thing, but it worked and I’m really glad it did. The book was really a fast read. It registered only 75 pages on my reader so, obviously, I flew through the pages.

The characters, Katie and Chris were very relatable. Typical Pinoy, I’d say. I adored their chemistry. I definitely knew they were going to be an endgame. Since this is very Pinoy, I can’t stop myself from feeling so mushy and kilig all over. Besides, those bestfriends-turned-into-lovers stories are my favorites.

I also liked how the book had different parts that described different stages of the characters’ lives. From them being childhood bestfriends to them being adult.

If you need a fast-read, contemporary romance with a happy ending, I’d definitely recommend you to pick this one up!

Cities

Cities - Carla de Guzman I actually had a hard time reading this book because of the multiverses it offered but it was pretty much enjoyable. I think, I might have just been a bit overwhelmed by the idea of parallel universes. Still, I did enjoy reading this book. It was really a fast read. I devoured this book in four hours or less.

The thing about this book that kept me going was the experience I got from the characters' perspective of being in Seoul, London and New York. In a span of 119 pages, I got to experience the three places (four if you include Manila).

The characters were interesting, yet a bit unappealing for me. I certainly couldn't relate to them but they were pretty well-written. I also couldn't feel the chemistry of Ben and Celia, although I adored their geekyness for things I also like such as TV series. I liked the pop culture references throughout the book such as Doctor Who, TeenWolf, Star Wars, Sherlock and Vampire Weekend (I like this band :D). I really couldn't describe the characters because they seem different for every chapter except for some, which I assume, is the real universe in which they exist. Well, for starters, they're definitely Filipino and that's the only thing I'm familiar to with the characters. I loved Henry though. I shipped him and Celia since the start. Haha

I certainly enjoyed the London chapter of this book. From the way the story was told and the setting to the situation of the characters, I really loved it! It being bands and music fests/gigs to places in the UK that I want to visit sometime.

I certainly enjoyed the ending! That's for sure. Despite some issues I had with the book, I'd still recommend this especially to fellow Filipinos craving for a contemporary read that's close to the heart.

Make it Last

Make it Last - Megan Erickson Dear Max, I’m so sorry but Cam Ruiz totally stole my heart. I hope you’ll understand.

I am absolutely in love with this book! The pages definitely flew. I love everything about this. I think that this is actually my favorite from the series! Megan Erickson did it again! She definitely knows how to write a book that’s balanced with romance, humor and drama.

I have to admit that I had my doubts when I saw the cover because I was totally shocked to see people in undies compared to the first two, which looked more wholesome. I tend to be very picky with NA novels, preferably the “clean” ones. However, I’d still tag this one as clean. Hahaha!

I really love the characters in this book. All of them! From the protags, Cam and Tate, down to the minor characters like Van, Jamie, Anne, Ted and Teresa. Tate is very adorable. I love the fact that she’s responsible and I could really relate to her and I think that was because we’re both first borns. I love her willpower and sass and despite that her vulnerability was actually my favorite part because it makes her human and easier to relate with. Cam, oh Cam! I’m swooning over him. I like the fact that he’s not an all-high-and-mighty alpha male. Male protags from NA novels tend to be like that, oh but not in Megan’s novels I guess, so plus points for that. I mean, yeah he’s got his moments where he seemed controlling but it was all done in good reason, and in a very gentleman-like manner I’d say. He’s very much responsible as well and I really admire that. He’s very passionate about Tate, their chemistry is off the radar and I love it so much. Van is that bff every girl should need. She’s funny and interesting. Jamie was a bit of a trouble at first but I love the fact that he got his shit together. It was such a great thing to witness in the book and it has a lot of relevance to the plot. I think Anne might be my favorite. I just love the woman’s wits and concern for both of them, especially for Tate and her family.

Cam and Tate also had this special game called Utope. It’s a simulation game, bit of like The Sims. It was absolutely adorable!!

I also loved the cameos of Kat, Alec, Lea, Max and Danica. That scene reminded me of the Isla and the Happily Ever After, especially the Point Zero scene. I hope you got the reference guys because my eyes just transformed into hearts like that of an emoji, while reading that scene.

Overall, this book had me rolling to and fro in my bed because my heart couldn’t take all the emotions rushing in. I definitely love this book and I’d definitely recommend it to you guys!

Legacy (Legacy #1)

Legacy (Legacy #1) - Ellery A. Kane I'm very much amazed with how this novel started. I got hooked from the prologue. It got me very much excited because I haven't read any book that got me going from the first page in a while now. The story wowed me during the start but somehow it kinda fell back and the excitement I was feeling towards the book dissipated.

I liked the protags. Lex was very strong-willed but I found her a bit stubborn somewhere towards the end of the book but I can't blame her. Teenagers are stubborn. Quin was kind of hard to understand. I couldn't really relate to both characters but damn, their chemistry worked for me so much. Also hurrah for the lack of love triangle!! The minor characters I loved dearly, like Elana, Edison and Max. Especially Max. He's kind of the guy bff every girl would need.

The plot was very interesting though. It kept me going, even though I mentioned that I couldn't relate much to the main characters. The way the setting was built up in this novel is very realistic and believable. I love dystopian novels that mostly deals with the government's faults, like how it somehow reflects how people would stand up for their rights and fight against the government. I like them better than dystopians that mostly deals with sci-fi things.

Another thing I had problems with was the way the chapters were written. Some chapters were really short. I'm kind of not a fan of that. I would have loved this more if the story unfolded with more details because it kind of seemed very rushed for me.


Overall, this book was really a great read. I would have never imagined that this was a debut novel. Also I love that this book had a closed ending even though this is a first in a trilogy.

Atlantis Rising

Atlantis Rising - Gloria Craw I really enjoyed reading this book! At first, I thought this was going to be about mermaids or something but it turned out to be more amazing than that! I loved the concept, it's very refreshing. Perfect to start the year with this one.

I loved the characters. I could definitely relate with Alison, an ordinary teenager I'd say. She's a bit introverted but I love how badass she can get. I also loved that even if she was adopted, she acknowledges her foster family. Her relationship with her foster family was really adorable. Ian was kind of hard to describe when it comes to his physical appearance. He's blond but I can't imagine him as blond. When I think of him, a dark-haired boy always comes into my mind. I think he's pretty hot though. I loved his character as well. He's a bit cocky but in an adorable way and it doesn't lead to you making faces or rolling your eyes. He's really kind and funny. Brandy is definitely my favorite character. I just hands down love her. So yeah, I'm a bit emotionally attached to her. *cries*

The ending fell a bit short for me though. I felt like it was a bit abrupt. Like, the climax was building all throughout the book and I was pretty much looking forward to the ending and I was on edge but then towards the end of the book, it seemed like things went too fast. Still, I enjoyed it.

The concept of the Atlantis is a bit foreign to me. All I know about Atlantis is that it's a lost island at the bottom of the ocean. I haven't seen the animated movie yet, was it from Disney? I'll probably check it out. So yeah, foreign concept... which made me check out this book. I'm really glad I did because I like it so much! I definitely enjoyed reading it and I wanted more!!! Okay, I tweeted Gloria Craw earlier and asked her if there's going to be a sequel and she said yes!

I love the simple narration because it's so direct and on-point. No dilly-dallies. I definitely recommend this one!

Desperate Reflections

Desperate Reflections - Shay  West This is a very overdue review. I don't know why I've been putting off reading this book. The premise was really great and I loved the first two but I can't seem to fully grasp this one. Is it because I didn't want the series to end? Or am I not in the mood? I just don't know.

Okay so this book picked up the events from Twisted Reflections wherein Alex continues to fight Drifter and his Master. It started really good and interesting but I was kinda bored in the middle that I actually was skipping some pages and was looking for action.

To be honest, I was very annoyed with Alex's attitude in this book but it's a fact that she's stronger and more confident in this book compared with the first two. However, her confidence were overshadowed by her stubbornness and a little immaturity when it came to her mother dating someone. I was also bothered with the way she always tell herself to get a grip. I don't know why, but I searched for the phrase on my reader and 18 results came out which means the phrase, "Get a grip, Alex!" appeared in the book 18 times.

The plot was really intriguing. I got the answers I was looking for but the narration somehow fell which makes the book dragging. The ending was a bit abrupt for me and somehow open-ended so I'm wondering if there will actually be another one. Also, there were lesser time-travel scenes but it suited the plot.

Still, this book was a good read. The experience I got from reading this book, and series, in general was spectacular.

Beau, Lee, The Bomb & Me

Beau, Lee, The Bomb & Me - Mary McKinley DNF at 10%

Things We Know by Heart

Things We Know by Heart - Jessi Kirby Beautiful does not even begin to describe this book. I felt so attached with this. My first Kirby novel and I am in love with the way she writes.

Full review tk near release date. Oh, but be sure to add this in your TBR.

We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a true story

We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a true story - Josh Sundquist The book started really funny and hilarious. I don't mostly read memoirs but I found this to be really interesting. The book is about Josh looking for his "exes", asking them why they never worked out.

The book is so genuine and realistic but it was repetitive, which made me a bit bored of it. Yes, there were silly graphs and footnotes throughout the book which made me laugh but the story itself made me want to stop reading. The graphs mostly made me look forward to reading until the end. The graphs were pretty much informative to be honest, and very real when you come to think of it. Haha!

The book was targeted to YA audience but I think it's more appropriate to a higher level of age range since this book was basically comprised of flashbacks presented in different parts. I loved the hypothesis part though. It's really hilarious.

The exes were 6 different girls, which had their own parts in the book. This almost reminded me of John Green's An Abundance of Katherines, except his exes weren't called Katherines.

Overall, this was a good read. Although, I'm a bit disappointed, I think some people will still enjoy this one. There's some parts that'll bring inspiration to readers.

The Light in the Wound

The Light in the Wound - Christine Brae DNFed at 20%

I had issues with the book. I couldn't actually stand it. I cringed so many times in different parts and I'm not even halfway in. I thought I was going to enjoy it since it got a lot of great 4-5 star reviews but nah.

I hated how Jesse treated Issy. I used to like him when the book started but I've grown to dislike him so much.

Love, Lucy

Love, Lucy - April Lindner Love, Lucy reminded me of books like Gayle Forman’s Just One Day and Jennifer E. Smith’s The Geography of You and Me. This book is one of my most anticipated reads for 2015. I love books that deals with the aspect of traveling, especially to Europe so this one just immediately escalated through my TBR pile.

This book was a total fast read. A cute contemporary fic perfect in times you need it. The story was a bit cliche but hey, sometimes we do need cliche in our lives.

Lucy, the main character, is in a trip with her besfriend in Italy. There, they met Jesse Palladino, and his friend Nello. At first, they thought Jesse was a rude, snob guy, but throughout their stay in Italy, Lucy ended up falling into him.

I like Lucy’s character, although I can’t relate much to her except for her love to Italy. She’s a theater actress. Her persona is a typical teenager, that much I could say. I think her character wasn’t explored fully in the book, so was Jesse’s. I liked Jesse too and admire his character. I think I might have more in common with Jesse compared to Lucy. Plus, he’s really adorable. I loved the chemistry between them.

The thing I liked most about the book was I somehow got to be in Italy for that short while that I was reading the book. The descriptions of the places were really spot on. I could imagine I was there while reading the book.

Overall, this book was a great read. I’d recommend it to readers who enjoyed Just One Day, The Geography of You and Me, and other books with the aspect of traveling. Oh, and if you have enjoyed watching Chasing Liberty! Yes, because Matthew Goode looks so good on that one!

Extraordinary Means

Extraordinary Means - Robyn Schneider God I am lost for words.

This is the sort of book that you’ll grow to love and adore and then it’ll leave you somehow broken and yet fulfilled at the same time.

I read this book back in this month because what the hell right? I haven’t read anything from Robyn Schneider but I’ve been eyeing The Beginning of Everything for a long time. So I dove into this book without knowledge of how she writes.

This book is told in alternating POVs of Lane and Sadie, which meant extra points for me because dual POVs are very cool. Haha! Lane and Sadie both have tuberculosis and they’re staying at Latham, which is kind of like a hospital-slash-boarding school for people like them.

I instantly loved their chemistry. The first chapters for both characters really left me craving for more. I loved Lane’s character because he’s really an ideal guy. He’s smart, kind and really has a good sense of humor, not to mention good looking. Well, at least according to Sadie. Sadie’s character kind of reminded me of Alaska Young from John Green’s Looking for Alaska. She comes up as a carefree, smart and kind of rebellious type but really there’s more to her than her strong facade.

The book kinda reminded me of The Fault in Our Stars to be honest, but it’s got a different kind of caliber. Along the pages, I occasionally pick up life lessons which makes me want to highlight every single word of the book.

This gave me a great emotional experience. Hahaha! I got to laugh and gush and yes, cry. It’s been a long time since I last cried so hard because of a book. And well, that was TFiOS which I read back in 2012. I loved every single thing about this.

TL;DR I love this book to pieces and I’d definitely recommend this book!
SPOILER ALERT!

The Right Equation

The Right Equation - Tracy Krimmer This is really adorable! I liked every bit of this book, though I was craving for more! Haha! The chemistry between Penny and Will is really strong! I loved how their casual friendship from high school evolved into something more romantic after one night during their high school reunion.