How is being called kitten better than being called pussy?

The Perfect Game by J Sterling

★★☆☆☆

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J. Sterling might have my $3.99 but this story just isn’t sold on me.

The Perfect Game feels like a very juvenile but very dramatic and over-the-top love story between two crazy new adults with trust issues. As I was reading, I felt the author was being overly ambitious; however, the story falls flat. This is also the first book in a trilogy.

As most new adult novels go, the playboy, who happens to be named Jack Carter, falls in love with an elusive girl, who happens to be named Cassie Andrews. There is a couple of attempted witty bantering between H/h but it’s been done plenty of times, and after a few, they become eye-rolling. I have seen (or rather read) this sort of plot a dozen times, but J Sterling doesn’t make her book stand out.

I am actually very conflicted as to rating this book. The beginning was slow and Jack Carter did not appeal to me. Jack is a heartthrob in the college campus and playboy who does not sleep with the same girl twice. His falling in love with Cassie was too instantaneous and unbelievable that it was actually ridiculous. The rate of tying my shoes as to how fast Jack fell in love with Cassie is slow. He also called Cassie “Kitten” and I don’t think this endearment is sweet. A Kitten is a young pussy and hell would have to freeze over before I would want to be called pussy. I think kitten as an endearment is offending, but I am just talking for myself. But if you honestly like being called kitten, I would actually think something is wrong with you. No offense.
The story dragged at the beginning and I felt the same things were happening over and over again, just with little differences in scenarios. Heroine gets mad, hero tries to win her over, they make up, and then it happens again.

The Perfect game is told in first voice and in alternate narrations by Cassie and Jack. Jack gets his spotlight less often, but with these spotlights, I can’t help but think that Jack is a wuss. I am a female and I find emotions attractive on a guy. But sorry, Jack Carter might have the body of a god, but I feel he’s gay. He is so emotional, I feel like he is a girl on a perpetual menstrual period.

This doesn’t make Cassie any more mature than Jack is. *spoilers ahead* One of Cassie’s schoolmate shows her a picture of a smiling Jack opening a door for a girl and Cassie goes ballistic! She ignores Jack insisting that she would prefer to talk to Jack in person to gauge his reactions. But to ignore him all was too much.

As I was reading, I was actually looking for the third wheel which happens in almost all new adult novels. And alas, I was not disappointed as the third wheel did come.

The choices Jack had made did not sit well with me. *spoilers ahead* After Jack does a perfect game where none of the batters of the enemy team hit any base, the team decides to celebrate. Jack drinks too much and ends up in bed with someone else. Next day, as he calls Cassie, instead of manning up, he pretends that everything is perfect. However, this incident haunts him. He ends up getting this woman pregnant. He calls Cassie to let her know of his infidelity and the news. And he decides to marry the woman! He is crazy over Cassie but he decides to hurt her even more just because of the reason that he doesn’t want his son or daughter to end up without a father. Despite Cassie’s begging, he still goes on with marrying her.

The Perfect Game is definitely not perfect. The writing is okay. Nothing stellar here. The story is frustrating. However, I am just one reader. On amazon, the book has 4.4 stars out of five and 992 readers out of 1,509 gave this book five stars, I’m at the minority here so that might just be me.

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I have something to confess though. I am continuing on with the series as I have already bought the second book months ago, even though I haven’t read the first book yet. Blame all the sale prices on the amazon store. I have no control whatsoever when I see the words reduced price. They just lure me in. Argh. This will be a lesson learned for sure.

This plot has been echoed quite a lot already.

Echoes of the Heart by Alyssa J Montgomery
★★★☆☆

The blurb:

She betrayed him and left him to be with another. Now that she’s alone again, nothing is going to stop him from coming for her.

Australian media tycoon Jake Formosa does not believe in forgiving…or forgetting. So when he discovers that Amanda — the woman who once broke his heart — is newly widowed, he immediately enacts his revenge. Jake is intent on making Amanda remember him, and making her suffer for what she did. He will leave her broken and alone, and finally have his closure.

But Amanda is not the sweet girl that Jake remembers, and her life is far from perfect. As the web of lies surrounding her begins to unravel, Jake finds himself once again ensnared. Can he learn to overlook the past and risk his heart again?



First and foremost, let me tell you I am Filipino. And you might be saying, “so what?”. If you were Filipino, you would know that we love our drama. Almost every tv show at night is heavy on drama, the bawl your eyes type. And I can tell you this story has been done. Plenty of times.

Though Echoes of the Heart may not be highly original and predictable, Alyssa Montgomery’s writing can deliver. Though storyline is rushed, I have liked the characters she had created.

Another book inescapably resembling twilight

Inescapable by Amy A Bartol
★★★☆☆


Inescapable by Amy Bartol

Knock, knock!
Who is it?
Twilight!
Twilight who?
Twilight. The book with vampires and werewolves.
Twilight is it you?
Yes, it is me!



Cause ‘Inescapable’, you are inescapably familiar to Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. 

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Twilight series. But reading too much of the same thing gets old eventually.

So what do we have here? 

Damsel who seems to be a magnet for danger. CHECK!
Snobbish hunk who hates heroine at first bat. CHECK!
Of course, the love triangle. CHECK!
“I’m too dangerous for you, we can’t be together”. CHECK!
Stalking windows. CHECK!
Villains who want a piece of our heroine. CHECK!
Hero who never gets old and filthy rich and driving jaw dropping cars but goes to school. CHECK!

I’m not bashing the book, I’m just trying to make a point. The book was enjoyable in some parts, but eye-rolling most parts.

So instead of vampires we get angels instead. And these angels’ forms are stuck in, guess what age? In their late teens. And what do they do? Go to school. And take note these angels are a thousand years old. They should teach their teacher. Not the other way around. Deliver that history right!

Story revolves around Evie Claremont who goes to Claremont college on a scholarship. She meets a hot snob, Reed Wellington, who dislikes her instantly. We have the other love interest, Russell, who protects her from everything, even beings who can throw cars despite him knowing that he doesn’t have a chance.

I was initially opting for two stars, but author did catch me off guard with the ending, so I give another star. The writing is actually good, but as I said, too much of the same thing gets old. Probably if it wasn’t too Twilight-y, then this book probably had a chance.

So, I highly recommend this book to Twilight fans who don’t mind reliving it another time.

It is just a Matter of Fate til you read it and fangirl with me

It is inevitable. It is just a Matter of Fate until you discover this book, and add it to your to read list, and find a way to obtain a copy of this book (e.g. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, friend, library), and read it, and finish it on the same day. Power of suggestion. Is it working?

A Matter of Fate by Heather Lyons
★★★★★★★★★★ 

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A RAVING TEN OUT OF FIVE STARS!!
THIS IS MY FAVORITE READ FOR 2014. So far.

Look at that cover. It looks like a regular young adult contemporary romance book. *wrong buzzer sound*. There is no way this is a regular contemporary romance because this is an awesome magical one! And don’t forget the villains! It’s also action packed. 

First let me point out that Heather Lyons’ writing is magical and lyrical. Beautiful use of adjectives and very superb storytelling, that I was like a hooked from the beginning.

The world the author builds is intriguing and yes, I was fangirling. Unfortunately, this book is sadly under the radar with only a couple reviews and there wasn’t much online either. What the author created was magical. 

There are seven planes (human, dwarf, elven, gnome, fairy, goblin and Annar). There are magicals and non-magicals (AKA nons). They can live in either plane except Annar, which is exclusive for only the magicals. The nons do not know of the existence of the magicals, despite them being everywhere. There are different kinds of magicals and they are responsible for influencing events. A magical could either be an elemental, a seer, a storyteller, an intellectual, an emotional, a creator and many more. 
This story however focuses on Chloe, a creator. Creators are very rare and usually there are only two at a time. They are extremely powerful as they have the ability to create and destroy. Atlantis anyone? Chloe is next in line, as the previous creator is old and tired. He is very ready to relinquish his throne. But despite Chloe being the strongest magical around, she’s still a teenager and she’s stressed out of her head on how she can fit the bill of being creator. Destroying civilizations does not sit well with Chloe. Her parents also expect too much from her that her only refuge has been her dreams. She has fallen in love with a guy she dreamt of every night. Her dreams have been interactive until a couple of years ago, they just stop. This depresses her, until the guy in her dreams, Jonah, actually shows up in her class. 

But Jonah doesn’t just pop up by himself. In tow is his twin brother Kellan. And let me just say that Chloe makes a connection with both of them.

You would think that a love triangle with twins would be disgusting. But let Heather prove you wrong. I don’t know which twin I am actually routing for, so I am team Switzerland. 


I wish I could have made a better review, because I honestly think the books need to get out there cause it is very good. I encourage all Harry Potter and romance fans to get this book. 

Looks can be very deceiving.

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Endless by Amanda Gray
★★☆☆☆

I can be a book cover wh*re. Look at that cover, isn’t it just gorgeous? Stunning, in fact.. But unfortunately, it ends there.

The book seemed interesting, so I was glad that I got it on Netgalley on the read now list. It also had a very interesting beginning. It started with Jenny and some of her friends playing on the Ouija board. This causes Jenny to space out and the Ouija board gives Jenny a cryptic message.

Warning, my review may contain minor spoilers.

Jenny Kramer can see other people’s past life as she touches them. Thus, she wears gloves to avoid this. We are introduced to this ability, but we never get to see her use her powers.

Jenny’s father is an architect, who asks Jenny to help out once in a while. He brings Jenny to the Daulton house to take pictures. The Daultons want to hire Jenny’s father to flip a house. (Let me point out that an architect is supposed to design exterior of a house and inside layout. The Daultons wanted a cheap fix, and I bet employing an architect is expensive. I think a regular handyman or contractor would work in flipping houses.) As Jenny is taking pictures, she comes in the son’s room who is playing Moonlight Sonata on the piano. The tries not disturbing Ben, but she does and this causes them to get off on the wrong foot. But of course, this doesn’t last long. Jenny comes back to take more pictures and she goes to the attic and helps Ben segregate the trash upstairs. They come across a music box that plays Moonlight Sonata. It also comes with instructions to mesmerism. They do it, and they end up in the same dream.

On top of being her father’s assistant, Jenny is also painter. On the night of her exhibit, Jenny dreams of being Maria Romanov who has an illicit relationship with Nikolai. Who she of course meets up and they get all gooey eyed with each other.

Endless is not a stand-alone book. It is a start of a series. It actually reminds me of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series. Both involves soulmates, but Lauren Kate’s is an angel version, where Amanda Gray’s is a time travel one. The time travel theory was an interesting concept. That all timelines are happening simultaneously, and you just have to cross over the other side. Endless honestly wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t stunning as its cover. As usual with a book of a series, this ends in a cliffhanger, but, I do not have the compulsion to pick up the next one.


I do feel bad that I am giving this book two stars, since I didn’t really have to pay for it, but I do have to be honest. Initially, I was giving it three stars, however, as I was writing my review, I felt like I had to go for less.

I would also like to thank Netgalley for my copy.

Walter Mitty is off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz!

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Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber

★★☆☆☆

 

Let’s cut to the chase. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is grand. It’s the real life of Walter Mitty that is so dull. He is just daydreaming. He is so disconnected with his real life that he goes to tralalaland.

 

For the narration, Ben Stiller is amazing. The audiobook runs for less than 15 minutes with a tiny interview with Ben Stiller at the end. I actually had to listen to the book twice since I got confused with the sudden change of settings. One minute, Walter is a pilot, next his wife is nagging at him.

 

For a short listen, I could say it wasn’t a waste of time. It was ok, but I am sure in a few days, I will forget all about this. But I am curious on how the movie adaptation will work, since I am pretty certain that the movie will not just run for a mere fifteen minutes.

 

Do I recommend this book? Sure, why not? It’s free.

Dystopias are the new black. I mean, they’re trendy like my handbag.

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Legend by Marie Lu

★★★☆☆

Legend by Marie Lu is a dystopian young adult fiction which happens in a futuristic America, mainly in California. Kids take a test, the higher the score, the better your odds for better jobs. Kids with lower scores are sent to camp. And you don’t want to know what they do to you at camp.

This book reminds me of Divergent by Veronica Roth. It is not similar in many ways aside from it being futuristic dystopian fiction, and the test the kids take. But in both books, the test does determine their future. I have absolutely loved Divergent, so Legend seemed to be right up my alley. But no. Legend falls short.

This futuristic California is no longer known for Hollywood. The people have no idea of history. Everything is kept secret, that possession of a penny from our year would cause a lot of trouble. Also, there are plagues, but it’s all a giant conspiracy.

June Iparis is a prodigy. She has been born with wealth. She has scored a perfect 1500 on the test. You would think she would have a lot of opportunities, but she ends up a soldier. It seems like the only logical option for her. Her hobbies include climbing walls and getting in trouble. Her brother Metias is killed by the most wanted criminal Day. She is pulled out from school, and been promoted to soldier.

Daniel Altan Wing aka DAY is the most wanted criminal in all of the republic. And he’s fifteen for goodness sake. You would think that he has killed hundreds of people, but he’s just revolting against the republic and stealing some medicine here and there.

The world painted in Legend is just not logical IMHO. So if I got a high score in the test, why would I want to be a soldier? And why would the officials want to waste these smart kids on the battlefield? Why not make the people who flunk soldiers? I was born with money, why not get someone to fetch me some water? And why would the adults rely on the fifteen year old to catch the “most wanted criminal”? Why the adults send the kids to do their job? And how could June, a rich kid, survive on the slums by herself?

The development of the love story between the June and Day is eye rolling too. It’s i-just-saw-you-but-you-are-the-prettiest-i’ve-ever-seen.

With all my ranting, why did it still end up with three stars? Though the test and characters did not appeal to me much, the science-fiction part of it did work for me. The plague makes me curious enough to pick up the next book.

Ms Marie Lu, you are very pretty BTW.