Review || All That Glitters


Title: All That Glitters
Author: Ines Bautista-Yao
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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Synopsis:

When they have nothing better to do, college students Billie Santiago and Carlos Angeles enjoy imagining what their lives will be like five years into the future. It’s never serious—just a whole lot of teasing and poking fun at each other. Until blindingly handsome, PR professional Iñigo Antonio saunters into the university bookstore where Billie works. All of a sudden, she finds herself face to face with the physical manifestation of the very dream she tells Carlos about.

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Review || Dirty Like Me


Title: Dirty Like Me
Author: Jaine Diamond
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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Before anything else, I received a digital Advance Reading Copy (ARC) of this book from the author herself in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Jaine, for your generosity!

Having been left at the altar in her wedding dress, Katie Bloom has spent the last two years struggling with her self-worth. Little does she know her life is about to drastically change once Jesse Mayes, rock star extraordinaire, enters it (and quite literally, her).

Coerced into participating in Jesse’s rather intimate music video, Katie never imagined making out with a stranger in front of a camera crew as a means for her to heal her broken heart. The sex is fake but the chemistry between her and Jesse is so real it’s terrifying, and soon the steamy video is topping the charts. Somewhere along the way, Katie agrees to pose as Jesse’s girlfriend for six weeks while he promotes his new album.

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Review || Kalopsia


Title: Kalopsia
Author: Andrea Michelle
Genre: Poetry
Copy: Digital
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Kalopsia, the first book of Michelle’s Beautiful Words series, is a collection of contemporary, modern poems generally aimed for the youth. The topics and themes it touches include, but are not limited to, life, love, truth, healing and the essence of being an imperfect human being.

Truth be told, I have an embarrassingly limited experience with poetry books. I have read a total of three literary collections, if I’m not mistaken. Regardless, I am glad to have picked this one up! While Kalopsia definitely has its fair share of shortcomings, I cannot deny that the poems in this book provoked thought — and I don’t know about you, but anything that provokes thought is always worth reading.

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Review || Titanborn


Title: Titanborn
Author: Rhett Bruno
Genre: Adult, Science Fiction, Thriller
Copy: Digital
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I received a digital Advance Reading Copy (ARC) of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Rhett Bruno!

After a massive meteorite nearly wiped out the human population to the point of extinction, mankind shifted its focus towards human expansion, actively seeking out means to safely inhabit other celestial bodies in the universe.

The story begins three hundred years after the meteorite hit. At this point, several places in the solar system—such as Luna (the moon), Mars, Europa (one of Jupiter’s moons), and Titan (one of Saturn’s moons)—are now populated by man. Those who are born on Earth are referred to as Earthers whereas everyone else is called as off-worlders. Additionally, the old forms of government all collapsed and have been replaced by the United Sol Federation (USF). However, the USF is actually a structure without real power due to the existing, prevalent corporate politics. Private corporations—namely Pervenio and Venta—are truly the ones in control.

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Mini Reviews || Batch 6

The books for Batch 6 are as follows:

  • Always Kiss Me Goodnight by Megan Gaudino
  • Ugly by Margaret McHeyzer
  • False Idols by Alexis Grove


Title: Always Kiss Me Goodnight
Author: Megan Gaudino
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Copy: Digital
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Official synopsis:

Sophia Destino is supposed to die.

All seventeen-year-old Sophia wants is to coast through her junior year. But with her parents obsessed with her Olympic-swimming-hopeful brother, a psychic best friend with a penchant for reading tarot cards, and prophetic dreams that predict her death—that won’t be easy. As her nightmares begin to come true, Sophia finds herself dodging death and longing for the time when getting over her ex-boyfriend was her biggest problem. Until she meets Leo Knight. The mysterious stranger seems determined to keep her alive—and steal her heart. But Leo has a secret that is about to change everything and Sophia is about to learn that sometimes…your number is up.

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Mini Reviews || Batch 5

Hi! This is my fifth batch of mini reviews. I honestly did not expect that I’d be doing these frequently as I prefer writing reviews that are more comprehensive and in depth. But I’m doing what I can.

This batch is sort of different from the rest. I’ll be reviewing the following books:

  • Gyre by Jessica Gunn
  • Angelborn by L. Penelope
  • Sapient Salvation: The Selection by Jayne Faith
  • Every Beat by Samantha Rey

Now, what makes this batch different? The answer: what makes these books different from what I’ve read so far. Okay, hold on, that sounded pretty vague.

What I mean is I’ve decided to add another element in my mini reviews. Specifically, from this point onward, I’ll be dedicating a portion of my review to discuss what makes the book different or what makes it stand out. This is to make up for the book review’s lack of detail. I’m hoping that doing this will not only produce better quality reviews but also push me to be more observant and more susceptible to noticing specifics when reading novels. All right, here we go!



Title: Angelborn
Author: L. Penelope
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Paranormal
Copy: Digital
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Official synopsis:

Maia

It’s hard to be normal when you see the dead everywhere. So I gave up. I just focus on staying out of their way. But the guy haunting my roommate is different. He’s impossible to ignore, and now other people can see him too.

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Mini Reviews || Batch 3

The books for Batch 3 are as follows:

  • Mayan Blood by Theresa DeLayne
  • Homewrecker Incorporated by S. Simone Chavous
  • Can’t Lose You by J.R. Brown


Title: Mayan Blood
Author: Theresa DeLayne
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology
Copy: Digital
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Official synopsis:

Their empires have fallen, but their mythology lives on…

Zanya Coreandero is a seventeen-year-old orphan with only a single friend and no hope for a normal life. Diagnosed with anxiety and night terrors, no one believes her cuts and bruises are a result of an evil entity, and not a brutal case of self-harm.

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