The Friday 56 + Book Beginnings: Ghost of a Feeling, by Celestine Trinidad {and grab the book for free!}


Title: Ghost of a Feeling
Author: Celestine Trinidad
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary

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SYNOPSIS.

All Cris Villareal had ever dreamed of was becoming a doctor. But after the death of a patient under her care and the subsequent humiliation she suffers under a senior resident in her hospital, she begins to lose faith in herself. And no one else could understand her and her despair.

So one Halloween night, up on the rooftop of her apartment building, she decides to end it all.

She is stopped from jumping by Emilio, the ghost of a young man who haunts her building, who also committed suicide there many years ago. Eventually, Cris finds herself opening up to him, in a way she had never before, with anyone living or dead.

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Mini Reviews || 3 anticipated fantasy titles that felt underwhelming

As most of you should know by now, fantasy is hands down my favorite genre. I really cannot get enough of magical worlds, mythical creatures, and all that other wonderful jazz. For this batch of mini reviews, I will be talking about three fantasy titles that I was extremely excited about: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson, The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine, and Society of Wishes by Elise Kova.

From what I’ve gathered, these titles have been positively received by my trusted sources (i.e. bloggers and friends whose opinions I consider before I pick up a book). Unfortunately, however, I ended up not liking any of the three books. In fact, I found them to be really underwhelming.



Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Copy: Digital
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Synopsis:

A skilled painted must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

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Sign up for the Reign of Mist (by Helen Scheuerer) blog tour!


Title: Reign of Mist
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: 13 September 2018
Publisher: Talem Press

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Synopsis:

The realm’s darkest secret is out.

The cruelty of the capital and the power-hungry King Arden have scattered Bleak and her companions across the continents.

On the run in a foreign land, Bleak finds herself tied to some unexpected strangers. When the answers she yearns for are finally within reach, she must face the hard truths of her past, and take her fate into her own hands before it’s too late.

Meanwhile, secrets and magic unravel as a dark power corrupts the realm. Bleak’s friends are forced to decide where their loyalties lie, and who, if anyone, they can trust.

But one thing is certain: war is coming, and they must all be ready when it does.

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The Friday 56 + Book Beginnings: Heart of Mist, by Helen Scheuerer {and blog tour announcement!}


Title: Heart of Mist
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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SYNOPSIS.

In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.

Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital.

But the kind isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers.

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Review || Second Wave Summer, by multiple #romanceclass authors


Title: Second Wave Summer
Author: Six de los Reyes, Tara Frejas, and Jay E. Tria
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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* For Philippine residents, purchase a paperback edition by filling out this form (Jay) or this form (Tara).

Synopsis:

All roads lead to beachside music festival Summer Crush for another weekend of high waves, rock & roll, and the promise of summer romance.

On any given day, Michael Brian doesn’t need to do much to hit the right notes with a girl, but there’s something about this day—and there’ something about this girl—that’s got him out of tune. (A Taste of Summer, Six de los Reyes)

Indie filmmaker Datu puts on his dusty event videographer hat for Summer Crush. But memories of a love he let slip away resurface from every corner of this surf town. Now what he thought would be an easy job just isn’t so easy anymore. (Rushes, Tara Frejas)

Corporate-highflyer-on-vacation Ringo has a question to which cookie bar boss woman Kris has the answer, if only they’d stop getting in each other’s way. (Ask Me Nicely, Jay E. Tria)

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Wrapping up May 2018, a trip to Bolinao, and bouncing back from an unplanned blogging hiatus

Hello, everyone! In my last blog post, I mentioned my intention to blog a lot less for the month of May so that I could focus on the last stretch of my semester. However, I ended up not blogging altogether, which resulted to the unplanned blogging hiatus throughout May. But I’m back(!!!) with a long overdue blog post.* This is going to be a lengthy one.

* Honestly, I spent around 3 to 5 minutes internally debating on whether this post more appropriately falls under ‘Shealea Struggles’ or counts as a monthly synopsis. Ultimately, my monthly synopses pertain to blogging updates — that is, a summary of what I’ve read, what I’ve done, and what I’ve written — and since I didn’t actually blog for an entire month, there is literally nothing for me to summarize.

So what, pray tell, happened in May that took up all of my waking hours (and arguably, even a large chunk of my sleeping hours)? The answer is so simple and obvious — and one that I’ve mentioned repeatedly throughout my 2 years of blogging: college.

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The Friday 56 + Book Beginnings: Chasing Mindy, by Carla de Guzman


Title: Chasing Mindy
Author: Carla de Guzman
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary

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SYNOPSIS.

Mindy and Javier are not friends, okay.

Despite their mothers’ matchmaking, they’ve managed to stay out of each other’s way. Until Mindy goes to Paris for a week, and her mother insists she meet up with Javier. He’s in Paris to study, really looking forward to see you, she says. Watch over each other.

No thanks. Javier is taciturn and boring, Mindy is dramatic and has a tendency to yell at things when her eight siblings are brought up. It’s not a great combination.

But things start to look a little different under the Paris lights, and what felt like hate feels a lot closer to love.

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