BOOK REVIEW – EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING BY NICOLA YOON

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18692431BOOK: EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING

AUTHOR: NICOLA YOON

FORMAT / PUBLISHER: HARDCOVER / DELA CORTE PRESS


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My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.


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*i would like to thank PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE for sending me A FINISHED COPY OF THIS book. this doesn’t affect nor influence my review.*

Let me just tell you that this book is fast-paced. I finished reading this in a day! I (almost) loved everything about this book. This is my cup of tea (or coffee? just kidding!).

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.

Madeline. Madeline doesn’t leave her house. She has not left her house for seventeen FREAKING years. Holy guacamole. I know it sounds strange but you’ll know why she never left her house when you’re finally holding and reading the book. Teenagers nowadays usually go outside every single day or at least once a week. You get me? You get me. Madeline almost made me cry especially when I was reading the last few chapters of this book. OH GOSH. If you’ve read this book, you know what I mean.

Olly. He’s Madeline’s new neighbor. Let me just tell you that he’s the kind of friend or older brother I’m looking for. I badly want to have someone to accompany me whenever I want to go here, there, and wherever I want. Olly is best friend goals, tbh. I loved the way he treated Madeline throughout this book.

PLOT + TWIST.

Okay, guys. This book was pretty crazy. I won’t spill anything that happened in the book because it might spoil you but HOLY FREAKIN’ SHIZ, it went crazy until the last few chapters. I didn’t see that twist coming. Well, I expected a twist but not that kind of twist! *mind blown* *what the flying f*ck did just happen?*

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This is my most favorite line from this book. This is me sometimes. I know I’m not the only one. Hey, sometimes you need to sacrifice for someone you really love.

Also, these are some of the lines that I really loved from this book:

“There are entire worlds that exists just beneath our notice of them.”

“You learned your lesson the hard way. Some things you just have to experience for yourself.”

“Maybe I’m holding out hope that one day, someday, things will change.”

This book may (or may not) make you cry. Nevertheless, this will leave a mark on your heart. I’ll always remember this book.


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BOOK REVIEW – WE ALL LOOKED UP BY TOMMY WALLACH

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18392459BOOK: WE ALL LOOKED UP

AUTHOR: TOMMY WALLACH

FORMAT / PUBLISHER: ARC / SIMON AND SCHUSTER


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Before the asteroid we let ourselves be defined by labels:
The athlete, the outcast, the slacker, the overachiever.

But then we all looked up and everything changed.

They said it would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we’d been, something that would last even after the end.

Two months to really live.


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*i would like to thank TOMMY WALLACH for sending me AN ARC OF THIS book. this doesn’t affect nor influence my review.*

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To be honest with you, I had a rough start with this book. I don’t know if it’s because of the fact that I was thinking of finals and my grades or this is not the typical kind of YA I usually read.

What makes this book different?

  • There are 4 POVs. Yup, this means there are 4 persons describing what’s happening to them and to the world they’re living in. When I’m reading 2 POVs, I always get confused. (Screw my short memory retention) I always need to go back or reread some parts before going to the next page or else…….
  • These people have different personalities. Different blends. Different likes and dislikes. In the end, they proved that nothing will beat true friendship.

 

Okay, some parts really made me feel MEH but the last few chapters made me keep going. My favorite character is Eliza. She has a blog (just like me!) and she’s very frank. She’s very realistic (except the fact that she’s a fictional character) and straight forward. The ending? I liked it. I think it satisfied my feels for the book.

These are some of the lines that I’ll not forget from this book:

“And that means  you get to choose what you want to do with your life, instead of life choosing for you.”

 

“This may come as a shock for you, but some of us actually care about stuff.”

 

“Could love really disappear so quickly? Or did that mean it had never been there in the first place?”

 

“That was the problem with understanding someone too well – you couldn’t help but forgive them, no matter what they did.”

If you’re intrigued with what happened to them, you should read this book now.


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WHERE DO I USUALLY BUY MY BOOKS?

Where Do I Usually Buy My Books

A lot of you already know that our libraries here suck are not updated. Yup, they don’t have YA books and such. It makes me sad, to be honest. Not everyone (like me!) can afford to buy ALL new releases and pre-order upcoming releases. I’m really jealous with the libraries in other countries.

Also, a lot of people have been asking me where do I usually buy my books. Guys, here are my answers. These are the only places I usually buy my books. Please click the image to see their websites.


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  1. National Book Store

This is the nearest local bookstore from my house and uni. I’m 1 hour away from this bookstore and they just had their Cut Price Sale last month. If you’re following me on Twitter and Instagram, you know that I bought Scarlet and Cress at 20% off! They sell a wide variety collection of books but it’s still incomplete. Nevertheless, I love this bookstore.

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2. Fully Booked

Let me tell you that this bookstore is my most favorite. Yup, you’ve read it right. The nearest Fully Booked branch is 2 hours away from me. I badly want to go there every single time but the fare is quite expensive. The nearest Fully Booked branch from me has 4 floors full of books. How cool is that? That’s what you call, “HEAVEN”.

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3. The Book Depository

Okay, guys. I barely order something from The Book Depository because a) I don’t have a credit card. b) I only order books which are not available here. c) 2-3 weeks waiting time makes me crazy unless I’m busy doing things that I’ll forget about this. The thing that I really love about TBD is their free shipping. This is a great advantage to all international peeps! Another one is their bookmarks. They’re just so stunning that I badly want to have all of them.


 bookstore / bookseller goals:

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Where can you find a $2 – $5 worth of hardcover book? Book Outlet has it. I badly want to order from this online bookstore, tbh. The prices are SO cheap. The shipping fee is my worry. Bookworms from the US and Canada are so lucky to have this. Very lucky.

I hope you liked my post. Please comment down some of the places where you usually buy your books. Thank you! 😉

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GLOBAL BLOG TOUR: WHY NOT ME? BY MINDY KALING

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Book: Why Not Me?

Author: Mindy Kaling

Publisher: Crown Archetype

ISBN No: 9781101905579

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Mindy Kaling also wrote Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me?


aboutthebookIn Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

In “How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet’s Confessions,” Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, (“Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn’t the land of appropriate–this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman’s traditional hair color is honey blonde.”) “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.”) In “Unlikely Leading Lady,” she muses on America’s fixation with the weight of actresses, (“Most women we see onscreen are either so thin that they’re walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.”) And in “Soup Snakes,” Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak (“I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.”)

Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.


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*I WOULD LIKE TO THANK PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE FOR SENDING ME A COPY OF THIS BOOK. THIS DOESN’T AFFECT NOR INFLUENCE MY REVIEW.*

To be honest with you, I don’t know much about Mindy Kaling. Also, it was my first time reading a memoir and Why Not Me? didn’t disappoint me. I can’t stop laughing when I was reading this. It’s just SO relatable and funny all the way.

This book has all the feels. Whether you’re a kid, a teenager, an adult, an alien, or whatsoever, you can totally relate and laugh your ass out (Have I said that enough?). Dead serious, guys. This book clarified that even though you’re in Hollywood, life isn’t perfect. Life is full of surprises. It doesn’t go the way it was planned. Mindy Kaling (almost) nailed everything!

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This line hit me. It totally hit me. Not all jokes are considered jokes. Just no.

With regard to Mindy Kaling’s writing style, it’s like she’s talking to a close friend or someone she knows for a very long time. It’s very easy to understand every single thing she’s trying to point out. Also, the photographs are funny and amazing. I admire her for being so true to herself and to everyone. *I’m running out of words while writing this review.* Words can’t fully describe how I admire Mindy Kaling right now. Trust me, you’ll LOVE this book.

If you’d like to read memoirs and choke with your own laugh, I’ll definitely recommend this to you! I’ll rate this book 4 shining stars! 🙂

P.S. If you’re from the Philippines and would love to buy this book, this is available at National Book Store and Fully Booked.


> WHY NOT ME? GLOBAL BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE <

Marjolein Reads : 10/19

Defiantly Deviant : 10/20

Jasmine Pearl Reads (me!) : 10/21

Home of a Book Lover : 10/22

Oops! I Read A Book Again : 10/23

The Bookaholic Blurbs : 10/24

The Soul Sisters : 10/25

When Books Defy Gravity : 10/26

Bibliophile Soprano : 10/27

Serendipity : 10/28

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S.F.D OPEN LETTER TO LYGIA DAY PENAFLOR (AUTHOR OF UNSCRIPTED JOSS BYRD)

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If you missed my earlier post about the S.F.D., here is a recap: Sassy’s Fangirl Debuts was created by Talina from Sassy and Dangerous. It’s a feature wherein we, the secret agents, help the authors dominate the bookish nation. Today I am so excited to go on with my first mission for Sassy’s Fangirl Debuts and this mission is all about writing an open letter to a debut author! I have been assigned to write a letter to: Lygia Day Penaflor.


Letter ToDear Lygia,

I’m very glad that I’ve met a Filipina author through Twitter. I still remember the day you followed me on twitter and when I read your bio, I had a feeling that you were a Filipina. Your surname is the surname of one of my true friends in college! Coincidence? I believe not. I can’t wait to meet you soon. This will happen. I promise you. I’ll go to NY, we’ll have coffee, we’ll have a long chat about books, and we’ll fangirl.

“Lygia is a private academic teacher for young Hollywood stars. Her students have included the young casts of Gossip Girl and Boardwalk Empire as well as I Am Legend.” Let me just tell you how awesome you are. You’re already successful. Don’t give up with your dreams. We’re always here for you!

Let’s talk about your upcoming book entitled “Unscripted Joss Byrd”. Based from the synopsis, I can feel that this is very realistic. “Struggles. Expectations. Crushes. Work.” This is life. This is my favorite type of book. This is what I’m always looking for. I need this book now. I hope you can blurb something about your upcoming book soon. We need some hints! 😉

I won’t make this long but I’ll definitely keep in touch with you, always. Please remember that I love you. ❤

Love,

Jasmine Pearl ❤


There’s no cover for Unscripted Joss Byrd yet. Nevertheless, I’ll be leaving its goodreads link and synopsis.

Synopsis:

In this affecting debut novel, America’s most sought-after young actress navigates the pressure of working on a new film. Shooting on location in Montauk, NY, twelve-year-old Joss Byrd struggles with her mother’s expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and an ambitious director’s disturbingly gritty script. Joss’s emotional narrative reveals the hopes and fears of a child star on the verge of either greatness or colossal failure.

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If you want to read the letters of the other agents, feel free to check their blogs. I know they’re awesome-sauce! ❤

Name Twitter handle Blog
Talina (our fearless leader) @talinaroma http://sassyanddangerous.blogspot.mx/
Stefani @StefaniSloma http://caughtreadhanded.wordpress.com
Emily @Emren http://www.emilyreadseverything.com/
Heather @hermitlibrarian http://hermitlibrarian.blogspot.com/
Eileen @BookCatPin http://bookcatpin.blogspot.ca/
Karina @Watcha_Reading areaderunderthesea.blogspot.com
Deanna @deeschwazy booksablog.com
Nori @ReadWriteLove28 readwritelove28.com
Alexandra @lit_legionnaire http://literarylegionnaire.blogspot.com/
Claudia @penmarkings penmarkings.com
Kaitlin @NextPagePlease_ next-page-please.blogspot.com
Jasmine @JasmineRaymundo jasminepearlreads.wordpress.com
Angel @AvidReaderBlog avdreader.wordpress.com
Blessie @iBlessThee13th mischievousreads.blogspot.com
Bex @AureliaLit aurelmedia.wordpress.com
Melissa @MeliRobles http://www.thereaderandthechef.com
Kaitlin @KaitlinS16 readingismytreasure.blogspot.com/
Aila @aila_1woaa onewayoranauthor.wordpress.com
Jess @PrincessicaOB princessicaofbooks.wordpress.com
Jamie @booksandladders booksandladders.blogspot.ca
Lauren @BetweenDPages livelovereadya.wordpress.com
Aimee @AimeeReads deadlydarlings.wordpress.com
Erin @xerinxlynnx thehardcoverlover.blogspot.com
Lizzie @LizzieSarcastic bigbooksandgrandelattes.blogspot.com

AGENT JASMINE REPORTING FOR DUTY FOR SASSY’S FANGIRL DEBUTS :)

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AgentJasmineHello and welcome to Sassy’s Fangirl Debuts a feature that was created by Talina over at Sassy & Dangerous! The S.F.D is a top secret organization (AKA a debut author street team!) that helps authors dominate the book world and succeed in brainwashing their readers…(just kidding…but who knows…)

Over the past few weeks, Talina has put together a team of highly trained professional debut supporters and the S.F.D team has been planning a way to destroy reader’s TBRs and we believe, after careful planning and years of training, we have finally come to a conclusion: Sassy’s Fangirl Debuts.

Although there was a slight delay due to a giant, angry green problem, (TOP SECRET clearance needed for more details!) everything is now back on course. With the help of a few other agents, our plans are finally being launched.

Sassy’s Fangirl Debuts (S.F.D. for short) is a fun, unique way in helping readers to keep track of all the debut authors and their new books that are coming out, and it is also a way for authors to promote their books and get readers interested. The feature, which Agent T has decided to make it into a debut author street team, will include author interrogations, (interviews), confidential file exposures (guest posts) and the radioactive surprises (giveaways) which will all be posted on her blog, Sassy & Dangerous.

Agent T’s highly skilled team of agents will be going on special missions that will include fun, awesome posts to feature these lovely debut authors and their books. Tomorrow will be the agents first mission, so don’t forget to stop by Jasmine Pearl Reads (this blog!) tomorrow and to also check out the list of rest of the agents blogs below!

Name Twitter handle Blog
Talina (our fearless leader) @talinaroma http://sassyanddangerous.blogspot.mx/
Stefani @StefaniSloma http://caughtreadhanded.wordpress.com
Emily @Emren http://www.emilyreadseverything.com/
Heather @hermitlibrarian http://hermitlibrarian.blogspot.com/
Eileen @BookCatPin http://bookcatpin.blogspot.ca/
Karina @Watcha_Reading areaderunderthesea.blogspot.com
Deanna @deeschwazy booksablog.com
Nori @ReadWriteLove28 readwritelove28.com
Alexandra @lit_legionnaire http://literarylegionnaire.blogspot.com/
Claudia @penmarkings penmarkings.com
Kaitlin @NextPagePlease_ next-page-please.blogspot.com
Jasmine @JasmineRaymundo jasminepearlreads.wordpress.com
Angel @AvidReaderBlog avdreader.wordpress.com
Blessie @iBlessThee13th mischievousreads.blogspot.com
Bex @AureliaLit aurelmedia.wordpress.com
Melissa @MeliRobles http://www.thereaderandthechef.com
Kaitlin @KaitlinS16 readingismytreasure.blogspot.com/
Aila @aila_1woaa onewayoranauthor.wordpress.com
Jess @PrincessicaOB princessicaofbooks.wordpress.com
Jamie @booksandladders booksandladders.blogspot.ca
Lauren @BetweenDPages livelovereadya.wordpress.com
Aimee @AimeeReads deadlydarlings.wordpress.com
Erin @xerinxlynnx thehardcoverlover.blogspot.com
Lizzie @LizzieSarcastic bigbooksandgrandelattes.blogspot.com

I really hope that you’ll like our missions and upcoming events. I assure you that this is a fabulous team. Plus, all the bookworms included in this team are sweet and amazeballs. You should definitely check them out! ❤

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LIVING FOR A DECADE AND (ALMOST) 8 YEARS!

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Hi there, bookworms! Just so you know, I’ll be turning 18 on the 22nd of November. I’ve been living for a decade and (almost) eight years. I’m proud to be part of the 90’s generation. There were many things that had happened way back then that we can’t experience anymore right now. My life ten years ago was very simple and not-so-techie. Agree? Agree.

I’ll consider 2015 as one of the most memorable years of my life. Why?

  • I met my favorite author, Michelle Hodkin, this year! I still remember the date, guys. That’s January 18 (Sunday). Huge thanks to Fully Booked for making it happen!
  • I started my book blog this year.
  • I met new bookish friends! Huge thanks to facebook, twitter, instagram and wordpress for giving me instant bookish friends.
  • My blogging career was SO blessed this year. I’m very thankful to everyone who entrusted me to review their books.
  • I’m a scholar at our uni. Yup, I got 100% scholarship but I’m (well, my parents are) still paying for the miscellaneous fee.
  • I’ve been into a lot of adventures this year. Dang, one of them is I had to sacrifice my 5 hour class for the sake of that freaking minor subject. We had to interview someone. My friend and I went to MNL. It took us 2 hours to get there and another 2 hours to return to our uni. No regrets though. I got the highest grade in midterm and he’s second to the highest. I never go to MNL without my parents but this forced me to go with my classmate. HOLY GUACAMOLE. What a crazy adventure. x)))
  • I’ve faced a lot of struggles this year. I slayed them. ^____^

I still have a ton of things to share but I don’t want you to get bored so……

You. Yes, you. If you’re reading this, I’m sending you virtual hugs. Thanks for stopping by. I love you, bookworm! To all my international followers, I’d love to have an international giveaway soon. I’m still planning on it. I’m still looking for someone to help me out. Great news for my PH followers, I have something for you! As part of my 18th birthday celebration, I’m going to give away a HARDCOVER FINISHED COPY of ILLUMINAE by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. Yup, you’ve read it right. Don’t miss this chance! 🙂


Rules:

  • This giveaway starts today (October 13, 2015) and it will end on my 18th birthday (November 22, 2015).
  • Again, this giveaway is only open to my PH followers.
  • Click the giveaway image to enter the rafflecopter giveaway.
  • May the odds be ever in your favor. ❤

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The winner of this giveaway will be announced on the 22nd of November on my twitter account (@JasmineRaymundo). 8AM EST / GMT +8 8PM.

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