Review: Everywhere You Want to Be

This was a Little Red Riding Hood retelling but I forgot that it was.

Honestly, it doesn’t remind me of anything about the fairytale except that she has a grandmother and there’s a mean girl which I suppose was the wolf.

I loved It Started With Goodbye (a Cinderella retelling about Tatum, Tilly’s stepsister) and I was excited about this. So believe me when I say that I’m really, really sad that this turned out to be a disappointment.

Review: Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2)

When you think you already know what will happen, think again.

The story starts where Strange the Dreamer ended. Sarai — now a ghost — is being used by Minya to threaten Lazlo to take her to Weep so she could finally fulfill her purpose: revenge. Before reading the book, I already had an idea in mind. Minya will threaten Lazlo, Lazlo will comply and people from Weep will think he betrayed them. In the end, they will find a way to stop Minya. But I was so, so far from the truth.

Review: The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2)

This is my first Helen Hoang book so I had no expectations. I heard about The Kiss Quotient — it was big on the book blogging community — but I haven’t had time to read it yet. But when I got an ARC for the second book, I couldn’t miss the opportunity.

Right from the beginning, I was hooked. It even made me stay up late until 4 AM even though I had work in the morning. It was that good.

Review: Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful

What if we could modify our bodies to eradicate all diseases, enhance our intelligence and strength, be able to fly or breathe underwater, and do so much more than what we’re currently capable of? If mankind was given the power to redefine what it means to be human, what would we do?

Sounds amazing, right? But as the author put it, “We will definitely find some way of messing this up in spectacular fashion.” Because that’s what humans are good at — destroying anything.

Review: Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav

Lang Leav is not for me.

I read my first Lang Leav book, Love & Misadventure, when I was broken-hearted (ha ha) and I loved every bit of it. But looking back, I’m not even sure if I would still think the same way if I read it again. My standard for poetry has changed and Lang Leav is not enough for me anymore.

I tried to give it a chance. I really did. I tried to feel the emotions that the poems were supposed to convey. But I just couldn’t do it.

Review: The King of FU by Benjamin Davis

If I were to describe this book in two words, I would say:

entertaining and honest.

If you want to write a memoir that is not boring, this is how you do it.

To be honest, I don’t even know how to properly describe this book. I haven’t read anything like it. I wouldn’t really say it’s poetry but it is written like a poem. The kind of poetry that annoys me the most are those that attempt to sound like poetry but are actually just sentences separated into lines.

But interestingly, it works for this book. Maybe it’s less about the format but more on how it was written. Benjamin has a way with words that makes it feel natural.

Unboxing: October 2018 Owlcrate

Hello everyone!

Okay, I know it is already November and this is a month late but hey, better late than never, right?

So, I ordered my first ever Owlcrate box. I was having second thoughts on subscribing because although I think it’s good, the shipping fee is expensive. But when I saw the hint that it will contain not just one but TWO books, I gave in. Especially when I already read an advanced copy of one of the books — which I absolutely loved — so I was planning on buying it anyway.

Music Mondays: La vie en rose by Michael Bublé feat. Cécile McLorin Salvant

Michael Bublé’s latest album is out now! There was a rumor that he is retiring but I’m glad he clarified that he isn’t yet. I really like his songs and covers, it relaxes me.

The song I am choosing this week is La vie en rose, which I’m sure many of us are familiar with. This version is a duet with Cécile McLorin Salvant. I personally love the French parts.