In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.
How They Met and other stories
Just Like Fate
Say What You Will
Love is the Higher Law
Yup! Keep calm ’cause whoopeeyoo and I are getting back together! Yes, you read that right, I’m back! After more than 1.5 years of not constantly blogging in my original home, I’m back. Seriously, whatever happened to me, right?
October 2012: I made a book blog.
January to March 2013: I didn’t have a stable Internet access so naturally, all Internet-related hobbies were not fed. No KDramas, no blogging, no anything. I also started reading a lot. I was also doing my thesis and being a one-hobby-at-a-time kind of a person, all my free time went to reading. And book blogging. I dropped watching The Vampire Diaries altogether (WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT WOULD HAPPEN????) and all other shows. In the end, I only kept Suits and Baby Daddy.
April 2013 to April 2014: I was up to my neck with my blog. All my free time went to reading and blogging. It has been really really fun. I met lots of new people, some who I talk to EVERY DAY now. (Hullo, Sab, Charlie and Nina.) Yeap. THAT fun.
Until it wasn’t…
April 2014: Known as the massive reviewing slump. I’ve been reading but I just can’t review anything… It was also my Ansel Elgort fandom (more like obsession) peak.
May 2014: Extended reviewing slump. Dane DeHaan phase.
June 2014: I got back into watching films and I realized I miss it all. Movies, TV shows, all forms of visual media I have been not watching since I focused on reading.
July 2014 – present: Orphan Black marathon + more movies + reading slump. I just didn’t want to read anything I have for review and it ended up with me not reading at all. All my blogging existential woes also surfaced. I felt like my blog is so common, I mean, my reviews all sound the same by now. I was yearning for an outlet to my newfound gusto with movies and TV shows and music. Music! I’ve been listening to tons of great stuff and I had nowhere to share it except to Charlie and Nina. That’s a shame. Music must be shared to everyone. I felt like I needed an outlet for my personal stuff because I don’t really blog about MYSELF on my book blog. Hence…
I really miss talking to the ether about songs I love, movies I watched and just generally talking about all the things I fancy. That’s what this blog is all about, anything and everything I fancy. So, yes, I am back in here and I have tons of things I want to say. Tons of music to share and lots of rants and ramblings about TV shows and movies.
I know I lost most of my readers and that my readers are actually into my Korean-related posts and TVD posts. However, my Asian phase is over so I’ll just be talking about anything I want aka Dane DeHaan, Ansel Elgort, Suits, DYLAN FUCKING BRUCE, and pretty much every yummy guy out there. Wow, I really needed this.
So if you’re aboard this train, then you are! Let’s try to have some fun! And rant, of course. Definitely rants. 🙂
*Photo edited from source
I started obsessing over this song last Monday, thanks to Cel‘s previous recommendation. It didn’t stuck to me at the time she fangirled over Rixton but when I saw an acoustic version in one of my favorite Youtube channels, I listened to it once then I listened to it more than a hundred times that day. I ended up listening to it on repeat EVERY SINGLE DAY UNTIL TODAY. I’m not even exaggerating. I haven’t listened to another song except for this. I know all the words to it, I sing it in the shower, I sing it everywhere, I just can’t be stopped. The vocalist’s voice, the melody, the lyrics, I love everything. Just everything. So, yeah. This requires a #nowplaying post and hey, watch out for an announcement tomorrow about the future of this blog!
*signed* Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (ARC)
*signed* Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski (ARC)
Noggin by John Corey Whaley
This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Proxy by Alex London
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
Dog Blood by David Moody
The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
These Broken Stars
Free to Fall
(like a) Firecracker
When the picture tells the story…Senior year is almost over, and Jamie Peterson has a big problem. Not college—that’s all set. Not prom—he’ll find a date somehow. No, it’s the worst problem of all: he’s fallen for his best friend.As much as Jamie tries to keep it under wraps, everyone seems to know where his affections lie, and the giggling girls in art class are determined to help Jamie get together with Mason. But Jamie isn’t sure if that’s what he wants—because as much as Jamie would like to come clean to Mason, what if the truth ruins everything? What if there are no more road trips, taco dinners, or movie nights? Does he dare risk a childhood friendship for romance?This book is about what happens when a picture reveals what we can’t say, when art is truer than life, and how falling in love is easy, except when it’s not. Fan Art explores the joys and pains of friendship, of pressing boundaries, and how facing our worst fears can sometimes lead us to what we want most.
“What if we could go there? Somewhere that makes us normal? I mean, hypothetically of course. If that place existed, would you want to spend eternity there with me?”Sadie Bradford’s life is one anxiety attack after another. Being forced to spend a week without her best friend Aaron almost broke her but now he’s back and all she wants is for life to go back to its normal status of being screwed up. That changes when her grandmother makes other plans for her: this summer Sadie will get a job and meet new friends. Friends without brain injuries that make them forget everything. Friends that aren’t Aaron.While Sadie struggles to survive her anxiety with all these new changes, she and Aaron find the portal to an alternate world. Isola Fiona isn’t just a fun escape—it’s a place that cures memory loss and anxiety. It’s a place where they can fall in love. But no one stays in that world for long and every time they return home, Sadie’s anxiety is a little better but Aaron’s memory is still gone. Frustrated that he doesn’t remember their time together, Aaron makes a rash decision that might ruin everything.
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Fathomless Reveries – Review + Excerpt
Deal Sharing Aunt – Excerpt
That Girl With Books – Excerpt
Christina Channelle – Review + Excerpt
A Thousand Lives Lived – Review
Shayna Varadeaux Books & Reviews – Review + Excerpt
Bottles & Books Reviews – Review + Excerpt
Bibliophile Soprano – Excerpt
PartnersinBooks – Review + Excerpt
The Bibliophile Confessions – Excerpt
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Because Reading is better than real life – Review + Interview
Teen Readers’ Diary – Excerpt
Untold dangers await telepathic twins in this sequel to the futuristic, romantic thriller called classic sci-fi, space-travel adventure at its best. After Elissa and Lin exposed the government’s secret experiments in Linked, which Booklist called a roller-coaster ride into space that just about everyone should enjoy, their home planet Sekoia is thrown into chaos. Determined to do their part to help the planet they’ve hurt, they return to Sekoia only to discover that things are far worse that they imagined. Resources are suddenly scarce, people are scared, and there’s a rising current of anger against the Spares. When Lissa and Lin find themselves among another group of Spares and twins, they feel like they’ve found their kindred spirits at last. But a threat none of them could have expected is lying in wait for Sekoia’s Spares.
Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere.Finally, she’s promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she’s been seeing the world through another girl’s eyes.Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed.Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose—secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world.Riveting, thought-provoking and utterly compelling, Linked will make you question what it really means to be human.
Follow the Tour
These are the things of which Lydia is now certain:The Montauk Project has been experimenting with time travel for years.The Project’s subjects are “recruits” from across time, recruits like Wes, Lydia’s ally, friend, and love.The Project is now responsible for the disappearance of two members of her family…The conspiracy theorists were right about the Montauk Project all along. In this sequel to So Close to You, they’re coming for Lydia next…
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Thank you to HarperCollins International for the review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel.
HOLY GODS OF TIME TRAVEL, I THANK YOU FOR RACHEL CARTER.
With how SO CLOSE TO YOU ended, Rachel Carter left readers demanding about WHAT HAPPENED and WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN in the sequel. So when I got my hands on THIS STRANGE AND FAMILIAR PLACE, I dived into it immediately. Because I needed to know. NEED. And boy did TSAFP deliver on all my questions. But as great sequels go, it only raised even more questions and made me hungrier for more answers. I’m greedy like that.
Lydia and Wes travel back in time to 1989 in TSAFP. Wes is in a mission and Lydia tags along, to be with Wes and to plot together his freedom. I’ll be partly mum about the plot because not knowing is part of the fun. But let’s just say that it deals with the changes our main characters did back in 1944 and them trying to right the wrong they’ve inflicted in the past. At first, Lydia’s wary of changing the timeline yet again but then it seems like they need to and it’s inevitable.
On the conspiracy front of the Montauk Project, Lydia and Wes learn more about the inner workings of the project, which puts their lives in even more danger. More danger, more action and more stakes equals a tightly plotted and thrilling novel in our hands.
Moreover, being in 1989, makes it Wes’s original timeline. Lydia has been an open book since the first book but even after SO CLOSE TO YOU ended, Wes still remained as that mysterious boy. We don’t know much about him. We know close to none about him. Being in his supposed timeline lest he didn’t became a recruit of the Montauk Project, we got to see who Wes was prior to the project. Layer by layer, we got to peel off and get to know more of Wes. We got to read his playful side, his smiling self, and we even meet his friends back then. He’s not just the mysterious boy now.
More importantly, we also see Lydia grow. As I mentioned in my SO CLOSE TO YOU review, although I admire Lydia for loving her grandfather so much enough to risk her life and the whole world, it was also a bit stupid and insane for me. In here, we see how the changes she brought into the present timeline changed her as well. She is now more wary of changing anything as she learned that the hard way. I was looking for that growth in her and now I got it and I love it.
Similar to SO CLOSE TO YOU, Rachel Carter has written side characters so fun and enjoyable to read about. LJ! Tag! Nikki! I love them all and it was sad to part with them. I just had a blast reading THIS STRANGE AND FAMILIAR PLACE because it has the elements I need to keep me reading page after page: characters I’m invested in, romance I’m even more invested in (WES AND LYDIA KISSING. OH AND KISSING AGAIN. I’m a happy reader.), questions I can’t wait to be answered, mysteries I want to be solved, missions, issues on morality, etc etc. This novel just had me from start to finish.
That pre-ending though??? IT GUTTED ME. But thank you Rachel, thank you for the ACTUAL ending. Like Lydia, I feel hopeful. Curious what I’m talking about and spazzing about? You sure are! So go now and read THIS STRANGE AND FAMILIAR PLACE. Astounding sequel, with even deeper and complicated mysteries and the subsequent reveals, and more challenges and obstacles to face for Wes and Lydia to be together. Gah, love this sequel even more and HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? All time travel romance lovers, get on this series STAT!
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