Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Book Review: The Kitchen When It Sizzles by Chrissie Peria


Title: The Kitchen When It Sizzles
Author: Chrissie Peria
Publisher: Spark Books
Published: September 2015



Olivia Nadal is an almost perfect girl with an almost perfect life. She has stunning good looks, an exciting job that pays well, men lining up to date her, and a homey little condo she calls her own. The only thing keeping her from perfection is her utter inability to cook.

Enter Nate Olivarez, a hotshot chef who's filling in for Olivia's cooking instructor. Sparks fly when they meet, but a fling with the visiting hottie is the last thing Olivia needs. But as things keep heating up in the kitchen, she can't help but wonder. Can things work out between her and Nate? Or is the sizzle all set to fizzle?

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


First of all, I want to thank the author for allowing me to review her book. She warned me though! about this book, it is not like her other book All Fair's In Blog and War. The book was entertaining to read, why not? who wouldn't want to read something about a hot chef right?! LOL. Reading the first chapter of the book makes me want to finish it right away, the book is catchy and lovely. The story is simple yet it will make you smile (especially Nate's part).

When talking about Nate, it's like ...


via GIPHY

Back to my review, can there be a book two? p-l-e-a-s-e?

For Olivia, her relationship with Nate is a bit challenging but then, in this type of book the quote "If it's meant to be it will be" is applicable. The ending, I really want to have another book but the ending is satisfying too. And good news to readers! It is a happy ending!

My Ratings
When not obsessing over fictional people doing fictional things, Chrissie obsesses about food: the eating, the cooking, and the procuring of it.

An advertising copywriter in her past life, she now spends most of her time writing, taking photos, cooking, and babysitting a tiny human and a curly-haired dog. She still plays with dolls and she thinks that bacon is the answer.
 
 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Book Review: A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir


Title: A Torch Against The Night
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: August 30, 2016

 

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

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


A Torch Against The Night is the second sequel of An Ember in the Ashes, with all honesty I enjoyed the second book so much. More revelations, more emotions poured and more fight scenes. My heart just hurts on some scenes in the book and I can't help shouting in my head the word NO so many times.  The twists and turns of the book is really good and it is not something you will get confused in fact the puzzles from the first book was solved. This book answered the questions left in my head.

*me when reading*

As for the characters, Laia, became the stronger person than she was on the first book. She became the fighter and her ability get enhanced even more. Elias, is still the type of man who will sacrifice everything for the person he cares for. What he did in this book was heart breaking for me at least. I knew he will do that act but I still didn't believe it at first so I had to read the sentences twice. It's the big sacrifice he did. Helene, had a hard role in this book, I can't imagine the sacrifices she needs to face for the Empire. My heart broke a thousand times for this woman. Keenan, is someone who had a great disguise. His act created a good twist in the book. Who will imagine that... (i can't say it sorry!) 

All in all, this book is mind-blowing, beautiful and entertaining.  I suggest that other readers who love stories that involves something medieval, they should read this book. It is addicting! I had a hard time putting the book down, I decided to finish the book first before doing other things (LOL). And I felt that, it was sad that I already finished the book. I can't recover from it. I bet another reading slump this week.

The book's ending satisfying but can there be an after story? Will there be another book? *begs*

My Ratings



Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

Source: Goodreads

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Stacking the Shelves ... (47)

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga of Tynga's Reviews
 
 
Hello fellow bookworms! 
 
Here's another set of books that I got for the past week.
 
 
Book bought

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (signed)

Received from Harper Collins

An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney
The Deviants by Cj Skuse
Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin
The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby 

Received from Penguin Random House

Miss Peregrine's Home of a Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (movie tie-in cover)
Miss Peregrine's Journal For Peculiar Children
Unforgiven by Lauren Kate
Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields 
Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez

I found these lovely wooden bookmarks in EGG (exciting gifts + goodies) store. It's available in any branches. I got mine in SM Mall of Asia branch! Thank you for these! They're lovely.
 



Friday, September 9, 2016

Book Event: 37th Manila International Book Fair



Hello fellow bookworms! 

The Manila International Book Fair is celebrating it's 37th year! The event will start on September 14, Wednesday and ends on September 18, Sunday at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. 


Are you all excited? There are book events that will happen on different days, book launch, book signings, etc. You guys could check the schedule on this LINK. Hundreds of exhibitors are going to be here on this event and of course they offer discounts! (sounds fun?).



For more details please visit their website. You can also check their Facebook and Twitter page.



Disclaimer: Photos are not owned by me. This is for promotional purposes only.



Thursday, September 8, 2016

Book Review: An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


Title: An Ember In The Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Published: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27774758-an-ember-in-the-ashes 

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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


It's been a while since I've read a book that I will enjoy, I was under the reading slump spell *lol* and this book pushed me out of it. I like how the author wrote the setting of the book, like a combination of the a roman empire and tribal era, aside from that it has a magical side of the story. Every character is special, they have a hidden ability that comes out without them noticing.

Laia is a slave who used to live with her grandparents until before her brother was incarcerated by the people they called Masks. Keenan, is part of a rebel group named Resistance, he hates Laia the first time they met because he thinks she will just bring danger to them. Elias, is a soldier, he's one of the Masks, but at the same time he wants to turn his back from the empire and be free. Helene, is Elias' best friend and a soldier too. Laia and Keenan's rapport is better than Laia and Elias, that was just my observation while reading the book. I'm thinking of them and I'm getting more excited when Keenan and Laia meets. Laia and Elias on the other-hand is good but it was more like they are just friends or just an acquaintance but then, I am hopeful and looking forward to reading the second book A Torch Against the Night.

Despite the character's romance confusion, I still enjoyed the story. It is a promising and interesting book. I do recommend this book to readers who love young adult or dystopian type of books.

Question for the readers: Who do you think is the best guy for Laia? is it Keenan? or Elias?

My Ratings



Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

Source: Goodreads


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