JASMINE PEARL’S #BLOGGERCONFESSIONS

Blogger Confessions

I have a lot to confess about my blogging life. This #bloggerconfessions will most probably be one of my most favorite posts ever because this is me, the REAL me. I will try to enumerate all the things that make Jasmine, Jasmine. Without further ado, let’s get started.

 

  • I think you already know that I started my book blog just last year. I’ll celebrate my first blogoversary soon and I just can’t believe how time flies so fast. Jasmine Pearl Reads wouldn’t be the same without you, guys.

  • I love receiving emails from authors, but I can’t always say “YES” with your review requests all the time. I have to stop saying “YES”. I don’t want to hurt nor offend you, but I think it would be better to say “NO”. I’m sorry. I know my limitations. I need to take control. Who knows? Maybe in the near future, right?

  • When I started book blogging, I was so afraid of DNF-ing a book. I feel like I’m going to offend an author or a bookworm or a friend. You know what I realized before the end of 2015? You need not to be stuck with a book that doesn’t match your interest and taste. And if it’s not really worth the read, just let it go *sings Let It Go*. There will come a time wherein you can pick it up and read it again. Just go with the flow. If you’re forcing yourself to read that not-so-interesting book, you’ll end up having a reading slump. Also, YOLO. You still have a ton of books in your TBR pile, remember???

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BOOK REVIEW: A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES BY SARAH J. MAAS

A Court of Thorns and Roses


27871283 BOOK: A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES

AUTHOR: SARAH J. MAAS

FORMAT / PUBLISHER: PAPERBACK / BLOOMSBURY

 

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Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever..


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This was my first book by Sarah J. Maas and I’m glad to say that I LOVED ACOTAR. Like HELL YEAH! I think you guys know that I’m switching genres and not sticking with just YA contemporary. AND OH MY GOD, fantasy is by far my most favorite genre this year. Fantasy with a slight touch of romance. *grins*

I will not go into much detail about the characters because I don’t want to spoil anyone who hasn’t read it yet. I want them to feel the MOMENT of PERFECTION (well, almost for me).

Let’s face it, if you’ve read ACOTAR, of course you know Tamlin. TAMLIN. Another check on my bucket list: “FIND YOUR BOOK BOYFRIEND OF THE MONTH.” Well, he’s mine for now. I don’t know if he’ll be my book boyfriend of the month. Maybe “… of the year?” DUHHhH. If you haven’t read ACOTAR yet, you should probably read it now because *squeals* HELLO… you’re missing a lot. I’m not going to give any clues about him, too. Feyre is one of my most favorite characters of all time. She’s the bad-ass type of character, but she slayed it.

I’m glad I trusted my instincts about ACOTAR and it’s also a retelling (right?). The story was beautifully and carefully written by the Queen. The choice of words were just on point. Each chapter will leave you hanging like “Jasmine, nope, you can’t eat yet. NO. NO. Just read.” YES. I ate my lunch a little bit late because of this book. I was continuously reading this book (like I don’t have any school stuff to do) and was enjoying every single page. So, why did I just give it 4 stars instead of 5? My 4-star rating means “almost perfection”. I am SO looking forward to reading the sequel and who knows? I might give it a 5.

Also, I would like to thank all the people who told (and forced) me to read ACOTAR. You know who you are. Sarah J. Maas, you’re such a talented + a gorgeous author. HANDS DOWN TO YOU!


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MINI BOOK REVIEWS (YES, I DNF-ED THEM) :(

DNF

DNF stands for DID NOT FINISH. Sometimes, bookworms are using it as a verb (or is it just me?).

Ex. I DNF-ed a book yesterday.

DNF-ing is not bad. You need to let go of a certain book if you think it doesn’t suit your reading mechanism. We have different opinions so that’s most probably the reason why. Of course, we can’t always have the same ratings in our Goodreads page, right? That’s creepy. 😛

The first week of 2016 has officially ended. Sadly, I had to DNF 2 books. I don’t think this is a reading slump or something. I expected some things from these books, but they haven’t met my expectations.


 

18245617Every year on her birthday, Ashley Perkins gets a card from her grandmother—a card that always contains a promise: lose enough weight, and I will buy your happiness.

Ashley doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with the way she looks, but no amount of arguing can persuade her grandmother that “fat” isn’t a dirty word—that Ashley is happy with her life, and her body, as it is.
But Ashley wasn’t counting on having her dreams served up on a silver platter at her latest birthday party. She falters when Grandmother offers the one thing she’s always wanted: tuition to attend Harvard University—in exchange for undergoing weight loss surgery.

As Ashley grapples with the choice that little white card has given her, she feels pressured by her friends, her family, even administrators at school. But what’s a girl to do when the reflection in her mirror seems to bother everyone but her?

Through her indecisions and doubts, Ashley’s story is a liberating one—a tale of one girl, who knows that weight is just a number, and that no one is completely perfect.

“THE CONCEPT WAS GOOD, BUT THE WRITING STYLE WAS NOT FOR ME.” and i think i will keep saying this over and over again.

I really liked the potential of where this book is going, but everything just went MEH for me. The plot really had me because this was also me a few years back…… it just didn’t go with flow. I didn’t like it, but I didn’t hate it. You know. It’s like I only have a neutral feeling for this book. It’s just not good, I’m sorry. It didn’t work for me.


25773842Nikki Kill does not see the world like everyone else. In her eyes, happiness is pink, sadness is a mixture of brown and green, and lies are gray. Thanks to a rare phenomenon called synesthesia, Nikki’s senses overlap, in a way that both comforts and overwhelms her.

Always an outsider, just one ‘D’ shy of flunking out, Nikki’s life is on the fast track to nowhere until the night a mysterious call lights her phone up bright orange—the color of emergencies. It’s the local hospital. They need Nikki to identify a Jane Doe who is barely hanging on to life after a horrible attack.

The victim is Peyton Hollis, a popular girl from Nikki’s school who Nikki hardly knows. One thing is clear: Someone wants Peyton dead. But why? And why was Nikki’s cell the only number in Peyton’s phone?

As she tries to decipher the strange kaleidoscope of clues, Nikki finds herself thrust into the dark, glittering world of the ultra-rich Hollis family, and drawn towards Peyton’s handsome, never-do-well older brother Dru. While Nikki’s colors seem to help her unravel the puzzle, what she can’t see is that she may be falling into a trap. The only truth she can be sure of is that death is a deep, pulsing crimson.

“yes, she doesn’t see the world like anyone else. she’s different (in a good way, for me)…. again, i was looking for something and i ended up not having it again.”

Admit it, this was one hella good plot. I’ve never read something about synesthesia and this book introduced me to that. I’m almost halfway when I finally thought that this book is lacking intense feels and suspense. Ughhh, I feel like there is something wrong with the writing style that it didn’t keep me going. I came to a halt and my mind told me, “OKAY….. IT IS NOT-SO-INTERESTING ANYMORE…”

And that was the end of my journey in the world of Shade Me.

As much as possible, I’m avoiding to DNF books. Why? I know that these books were carefully written by the authors and they’ve sacrificed so much time in order to publish these. As what the saying goes, you can’t please everyone. And you can’t force everyone to like a certain thing. That’s just it. Maybe it didn’t work for me, but I do hope it would work for you.

How many books have you DNF-ed so far this year? I hope you didn’t DNF a lot.

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WELCOME 2016! (+ 2015 RECAP)

2016

2016 means another year for book blogging and other bookish experiences. I’m so glad with everything that I’ve achieved in 2015. It was really indeed my most favorite year. Before I say goodbye to 2015, let me share with you some of the most memorable things that made it so special.

In 2015,

  • I started my book blog. (Imagine how time flies so fast.)
  • I met Michelle Hodkin. Yes, she’s the author of the Mara Dyer series. The Shaw Confessions comes out in 2017 and holy guacamole, I need it right now.
  • I was granted 100% scholarship (until now!).
  • My book blog and bookstagram boomed in a good way. Some publishers and authors sent me books for review and I’m really grateful for everything. Thanks for trusting me. ❤
  • I met SOME of my internet friends in REAL LIFE. If you’re reading this, we definitely need to meet soonest, okay? 🙂
  • I’ve been into different places. I went out of town. I finally traveled by airplane. OMG. YES.
  • I reached my 2015 reading challenge. 50 books this year. LIFE’S GOOD.
  • I received a TON of books. I now have 100+ books sitting on my shelf.
  • Me and my friends were into coffee dates. Starbucks is our best buddy, too.
  • Crazy things happened, but they were crazy in a good way. *winks*

Again, these were just SOME of the things that were so memorable to me. I’m so excited with what 2016 holds for me.

I still haven’t decided on what to do this year, but I’m really looking forward to some things. Surprises are the best, right? The only thing that I’ve decided so far is the number of books that I’m going to read this year… 50 books AGAIN! How about you? How many books are you planning to read?

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