Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Book Review (ARC): Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan

Title: Julia Vanishes (Witch's Child, #1)
Author: Catherine Egan
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Published: June 07, 2016


Julia has the unusual ability to be . . . unseen. Not invisible, exactly. Just beyond most people's senses.

It's a dangerous trait in a city that has banned all forms of magic and drowns witches in public Cleansings. But it's a useful trait for a thief and a spy. And Julia has learned--crime pays.

Her latest job is paying very well indeed. Julia is posing as a housemaid in the grand house of Mrs. Och, where an odd assortment of characters live and work: A disgraced professor who sends her to fetch parcels containing bullets, spiders, and poison. An aristocratic houseguest who is locked in the basement each night. And a mysterious young woman who is clearly in hiding--though from what or whom?

Worse, Julia suspects that there's a connection between these people and the killer leaving a trail of bodies across the frozen city.

The more she learns, the more she wants to be done with this unnatural job. To go back to the safety of her friends and fellow thieves. But Julia is entangled in a struggle between forces more powerful than she'd ever imagined. Escape will come at a terrible price.

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

I am not sure how to begin with my sentences for this book review. I'm lost for words, not because I don't like the book, I honestly love it. It's just that this type of book is what I'm looking for these past months because I had my reading slump and this book made me want to finish the other books on my pile.

Julia Vanishes is a young adult, fiction type which involves magic and witches, a good to read book and something enjoyable since it involves adventures. Some people might fight it dull on the first parts of the story but the middle until the end is the one that really catches my attention. Every character has it's own secrets that you will just discover on the middle part of the story and that I could say is really interesting and of course that's for you readers to find out *wink*. Julia, herself is powerful and she might not know what she is yet, but I couldn't wait for the next book to reveal her real identity. On this book she showed other ability aside from her ability to get invisible, and what makes this book more interesting is that, I feel like I'm reading a Percy Jackson type of book.

Finishing this is really satisfying at the same, time I can't wait to read the next one to come out. The book could stay as what it was now but there are more things to happen, --- SPOILER --- they wasn't able to defeat the enemy but they were able to escape so the next book? It is worth the wait. Julia's ability isn't the usual one from time of Mrs. Och and maybe it is a new one, I wasn't sure too so I can't wait to find out. Hopefully!!! Book two soon?

My Ratings

My superpowers: high-kicking, list-making, simultaneously holding two opposing opinions
My weaknesses: fear of flying, excessive list-making, lame-ass mortality
My allies: The Canadian Mounties, my made-for-walking-in black boots, Mick, the English Language
My enemies: decaf, low blood sugar, the passage of time
My mission: the coexistence of ambivalence and joy. 

Source: Goodreads

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Book Review: Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

Title: Don't You Cry
Author: Mary Kubica
Publisher: MIRA Ink
Published: May 17, 2016 


New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl, Mary Kubica returns with an electrifying and addictive tale of deceit and obsession 

In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she's the person Quinn thought she knew.

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under Pearl's spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us in the end.
I got the e-book copy via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. 

It was a challenge for me to read this book, I had a hard time to pick up the pace and read the book continuously. It's not bad, if you are thinking negatively now, it's just that reading thriller stories for me is under experiment and with this, I felt like the first part of the story was a bit sluggish but that doesn't stop me from reading the book. I tried my best until I reach the climax and on that part onward, I felt the excitement. I didn't think I'll enjoy it that much and it will scare me for a bit. The twists and turns of the book is something to look forward to. 

Esther Vaughan's disappearance is one twist in the book that will leave you hanging. There could be lots of possibilities but she is a very secretive woman so it's hard to think of a reason why she is suddenly missing in action. She doesn't talk about her family and her closest friends are Quinn and Ben. 

Quinn Collins is Esther's room mate and best friend. When Esther disappeared she tried to track her down but what she found was something horrible. Quinn thought her room mate is the one responsible for the death of Esther's former room mate Kelly. As she continue digging for answers in Esther's disappearance, Quinn ended up in the old storage room where Esther hides her old things that contains the information about Esther's family.

Alex Gallo is a teenage guy who lives with his dad. He's a drunkard, so Alex is the one that is doing all the works for them to live. Alex is a good man who also run errands for a woman named Ingrid but he's a curious type of man. One day he saw a girl in the beach who he called Pearl, since then he was attracted to her. They became friends but things changed when Alex discovered her darkest secret. 

My overall reaction?

My Ratings

Mary Kubica is the bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL (2014) and PRETTY BABY (2015). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. Mary lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.

Source: Goodreads

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday ... (30)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill of Breaking The Spine. This event highlights the upcoming books that we're eagerly anticipating.
Title: Something In Between
Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date of Publication: October 4, 2016


It feels like there's no ground beneath me, like everything I've ever done has been a lie. Like I'm breaking apart, shattering. Who am I? Where do I belong? 

Jasmine de los Santos has always done what's expected of her. Pretty and popular, she's studied hard, made her Filipino immigrant parents proud and is ready to reap the rewards in the form of a full college scholarship.

And then everything shatters. A national scholar award invitation compels her parents to reveal the truth: their visas expired years ago. Her entire family is illegal. That means no scholarships, maybe no college at all and the very real threat of deportation.

For the first time, Jasmine rebels, trying all those teen things she never had time for in the past. Even as she's trying to make sense of her new world, it's turned upside down by Royce Blakely, the charming son of a high-ranking congressman. Jasmine no longer has any idea where—or if—she fits into the American Dream. All she knows is that she's not giving up. Because when the rules you lived by no longer apply, the only thing to do is make up your own. 

Source: Goodreads

Title: As I Descended
Author: Robin Talley
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date of Publication: September 6, 2016


Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—even if no one knows it but them.

Only one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey.

Golden child Delilah is a legend at the exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. She runs the school, and if she chose, she could blow up Maria and Lily’s whole world with a pointed look, or a carefully placed word.

But what Delilah doesn’t know is that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything—absolutely anything—to make their dreams come true. And the first step is unseating Delilah for the Kingsley Prize. The full scholarship, awarded to Maria, will lock in her attendance at Stanford―and four more years in a shared dorm room with Lily.

Maria and Lily will stop at nothing to ensure their victory—including harnessing the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school.

But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what is imagined, the girls must decide where they draw the line.

From acclaimed author Robin Talley comes a Shakespeare-inspired story of revenge and redemption, where fair is foul, and foul is fair.

Source: Goodreads 


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Book Review: Breakup Anniversary by Dawn Lanuza

Title: Break-Up Anniversary
Author: Dawn Lanuza
Publisher: Self-published
Published: April 04, 2016 


It's Beck's break-up anniversary! Not that she's been counting the days but there’s a possibility of a relapse. So what’s a girl to do? Call her best friend and tag her cubicle-mate turned drinking buddy, Jamie, along for the ride.
I want to thank Ms. Dawn Lanuza, the author, for giving me a chance to review one of her books.I got the copy through instafree in exchange of an honest review.
The book is just a short story about Beck who had break up with her former boyfriend, Nat. She maybe one of the 'indenial type' of women, she think she already moved on but she have doubts. She was the one who made the first move on texting her ex about the band that they used to love and with that, she's been waiting for Nat's reply for who knows how long. Her friends are the one's who keeps helping her to move on and Jamie, her workmate. 
I'll cut it there, Break Up Anniversary is a good book, it is enjoyable and I guess I read it in less than an hour. It's that short yes.. maybe a 200 page e-book? or something like that but it is interesting enough. And to be honest, I am so looking forward to Beck and Jamie's story which is yet unwritten. I would love to read something about the two of them and how can he help Beck to move on from her past? There's something about them, a spark, a lovestory that needs to bloom.

PS. I'm good at waiting so I'll wait.. I asked the author if there will be an after story and what she said was here:


My Ratings
Dawn Lanuza started writing stories when she was just a kid (they weren't good or even finished). She's a music elf by day and a meet cute writer by night. 'The Boyfriend Backtrack' is her first book. She currently lives with her family and an adopted dog.

She sometimes blogs at dawnlanuza.com.

Source: Goodreads

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