Top Ten Books I Read in 2014

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! I’ve been holding off on posting my top reads for 2014 because I was cramming in books the last few days of the year. Too bad I wasn’t able to finish Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park because I’m sure it would have made the list. Alas, I couldn’t contain my Park feels so I stopped reading to reorient myself. Anyway, I’m blabbing yet again!

I think there’s only one book in here which wasn’t published in 2014 but heya, the paperback was released in 2014. So I once again, mostly read books released in the year. Without further ado, here are my favorite books last year!


REBEL by Amy Tintera (linked is my review)

I mean, REBOOT (linked is my review) made into the Top 13 Books I Read in 2013, so just imagine my anticipation for the sequel and finale. I was so lucky to get an ARC back in January from National Book Store of REBEL and I remember immediately reading it when I got my hands on it. And I mean IMMEDIATELY. I can’t even count how many times I’ve re-read this duology, guys. I love it so so much, I don’t think it’s healthy. Goodness.

Amy Tintera will rock your Reboot-loving insides until you’re growing a second heart just so there’s more space to love Rebel. I had high expectations for Rebel but it blew all of them out into ether. I asked for a lot in this finale and I got them all and more. So much more. I can’t even remember how many times I’ve re-read Reboot and Rebel. Guys, if you haven’t started this duology yet, I’m telling you, YOU. SHOULD. START. NOW.



It’s such a travesty that I haven’t reviewed this book but that’s what usually happens when I love the book so much that I can never find the words that will justify how much I love it. I did make a playlist for it if you’re interested. And oh, I love it so much (and Elizabeth Fama) that I organized an event called #CountdowntoPlusOne leading to its release. And I also organized blog tours (one and two) for it. Bottomline: I LOVE THIS BOOK. READ THIS BOOK.

You did it again, Beth. You twisted and tore my heart like the Day/Night divide twisted and tore a society and its people. You are an amazing writer Beth and I hope the whole world gets to know that. ❤



Duh, it’s a given that this will be in here because Jennifer E. Smith!!! I am the administrator of JenniferESmithPH and I actually read this book in an airport and in a plane. I can still smile on cue when I remember how the beautiful words just washed over me and transported me into that magical place only a few authors can put me.

The Geography of You and Me will take you to London, Paris, Scotland, California, Michigan and everywhere else, grabbing your heart without you knowing it. At the end of it, you’ll feel the urge to travel, live and love. Such a great read.



The only book in this list not published in 2014. I remember begging to join the blog tour for this because it felt like the only chance I can read the book. And boy, did this book sweep me off my feet.

It will make you laugh, feel, think and all you’ll ever want from a book. It’s not a romance but it features love, most importantly, love for life. The Paradox of Vertical Flight will take you to a road trip of philosophically epic proportions. I cannot recommend this enough!



My review for this book is still under construction because I still feel like crying again when I think of it. I know that it’s a very divisive book but I don’t care that I was sort of stupid for not figuring anything out but man, THE PROSE.

“Someone once wrote that a novel should deliver a series of small astonishments.”

E. Lockhart, you delivered more than small astonishments.



Yes, my spazzing review for this is still in my drafts. Along with this post as good as a shrine for Peter Kavinsky. It just made me feel so much giddiness and I can’t find any fault in it. Like I can’t find any fault in Peter Kavinsky. Hahahihi. Yes, I revert to a schoolgirl whenever it’s about Peter Kavinsky. But in all seriousness, I love the family dynamics in here because it’s very realistic. Sigh, so cute.

PETER KAVINSKY. That’s all you ever really need to know. Well, not. Because while I highly (absolutely, utterly, undeniably, certi-friggin-ably, all-the-superlative-adverbs) enjoyed and loved the romance, I ultimately gave this five stars because of the family side. I love families in YA so SO MUCH.



No review for this yet but I will be dedicating an entire week for this book in the blog soon. Because I love it that much. Here’s my blurb for the book right after I finished it:

So much ache. So much love. To quote the book:

It feels good, and it still hurts.

That’s exactly how I feel. I’m so glad I read the book and it blew me away but it really broke me too at five in the morning.

Cristina Moracho, you owe me a night’s sleep but I’d gladly give it to you all if you keep on writing books like this.

And I also said this about the book:

Grittily beautiful – that’s how I’d describe this under the radar gem. The novel was set in the 90s and all the nostalgic feelings just add more dimension and emotions to this already emotion-filled book. You wouldn’t realize it at first but then you’d get thrown aback by how fluid the flow of the words are. The characters are messy and real and raw and this is how I like my contemporary novels. To all those people who look down on YA as sub-par, read this book and go cry in the corner because you haven’t been more wrong in your life.



I read this book just a few days ago but yes, it got into this list. I just love how ridiculous the plot is but how real Travis’s concerns and thoughts are. How relatable. And he’s got such a funny voice and character.

I was laughing all the time then almost crying the next second but the tears won’t fall because he’ll have me chuckling again. I love Travis Coates. The raves have all been true. You HAVE to read this gem.


And not pictured in here are two more books I read as ebooks and loved!


This book put Emery Lord in my auto-buy and auto-spazz list. She just writes friendships, families, and romance so so good. I don’t know how she does it but this book is summer contemporary romance perfection. There, I said it.

OH MY MATT FINCH
I love it. SO. MUCH. The perfect summer read. Love the characters, the plot, the music, everything. I just EMERY LORD, YOU SLAY ME.

Lovely Vicious (Lovely Vicious, #1)Savage Delight (Lovely Vicious, #2)Brutal Precious (Lovely Vicious, #3)


Absolutely my favorite contemporary series OF ALL TIME. 2014 was seriously the year of LOVELY VICIOUS. The first book (linked is my review) was published back in 2013 but I read it in 2014. Needless to say, I waited for the next books and it was torture. I just want to know what happens next and I just want to spend more time with the characters. And I think I pushed this book to so many people I even gifted it to them. YES. I love these characters and this series that much.

Viciously amazing.


P.S. Of course I cheated. There are actually 12 books in here but hey, I count the Lovely Vicious series as one.

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So, that’s it! I feel bad that most of these books haven’t been reviewed in the blog. 2014 was the year of the slumpsssss and I hope 2015 will be better and that I’ll actually be able to review these books come next year.

How about you? What are your top reads for 2014? Leave a link in the comments section if you’ve posted one and I’ll be sure to visit!

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My 2014 Obsessions – Part 3

This is Day 3 of me sharing my obsessions for the year and the penultimate post on this series (I love that word). If you want to know my favorite albums or my favorite tracks of the year, click on the links and it’ll take you to my kind of jam. Day 3 will focus on movies so yay!

I love watching movies and since 2011, I had a movie challenge that I always failed. Either because I watch too many TV shows or because I got so busy or because I gave all my time to reading. This 2014, I challenged myself to 120 movies (hahaha) then I rescinded that to a hundred because it felt impossible. But then, just a few days ago, I cheated and lowered the bar very very low to 50 movies. And this year, I conquered the challenge! YAY!!! Don’t call me out on cheating, it’s not your place.

Having only watched 53 movies this year, it’d be weird to choose my top 10 movies. That’s 20% of my total count. So I only chose five and 10% seems fair enough. (What are these hang-ups I have?)

If you want to check out all the movies I watched this year, you can do so HERE. I also include short reviews for each film so you can read what I thought. Without further ado, here are my top five movies of the year!

Top Five Films
(in order of watching)

On The Job (2013)

I am so happy to have a Filipino film in here. This was the first movie I watched this year and goodness, I can still vividly remember it. I am so happy to have started the year with a bang with this. My heart felt like it was shredded into pieces.

About Time (2013)

Before this film, I could never quite answer what’s my favorite film. Now I can because it is this film. Goodness.

 

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

Probably the only four-star movie in this list but come on, it was about the Beat Generation and it has DANE DeHAAN AND DANIEL RADCLIFFE. Love the script, love the plot, love the acting, the directing, everything. So yeah, deal with it.

Ruby Sparks (2012)

Because of this film, I’m pretty much a Zoe Kazan fan for life. This movie is perfection. I don’t have any qualms about it.

 

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

2014 was the year I became a fan of Matthew McConaughey. I have yet to watch a lot of his films but damn, I’ve long forgotten the rom-com Matthew McConaughey. It is really the McConaissance. And please, Jared Leto. Here’s what I thought about this film right after I watched it:

Fucking A+. I didn’t even see Matthew McConaughey or Jared Leto. All I saw were Ron Woodroof and Rayon. Fucking amazing acting. It definitely deserves all the awards it won.

Done! How about you? What are your favorite movies of the year?

My 2014 Obsessions – Part 2

So yay, for today, I’m sharing the tracks that I got obsessed to (read: played again and again and again for at least a week) this year. (If you want to check out my favorite albums for the year, you can do so HERE.) Here goes!

Top Fifteen Tracks I Loved This Year
(in no particular order because I want to keep my sanity)

Me and My Broken Heart by Rixton

I mean, I don’t blog much here anymore but I blogged about this song here. Seriously, guys, I played this for more than a week. This one song only for more than a week. Good thing I was wearing headphones (except when I was doing the dishes) because boy would I have been decked for listening to this repeatedly.

Somebody To You by The Vamps feat. Demi Lovato

Here’s another one. Like I said in my post here, I didn’t get addicted to this song until the second listen that happened months after the first. Then, I couldn’t sing any other song for a week. And yes, this has been the song that accompanied me in so many dishwashing duties I had. Oh, and I don’t like the album version actually. I love the music video version because Demi was more heard there. #LovaticForever

Lesson for the day: Dianne is the designated dishwasher in their household.

Ramona by Velociraptor

Damn these Aussies. Seriously. Their sound is a bit raw, well, it’s garage-rock so whadduyaexpect but heck if it ain’t catchy. And I really like the story of the lyrics. Can’t wait for more from Velociraptor!

Warning by Autre Ne Veut

Thank you, MTV and Faking It for introducing me to this song. Thank you. So catchy, so melodious, so infectious. Gah!

Tigers by The Submarines

Yeah, I pretty much get my songs from TV shows and films. So I got this one from Two Night Stand (starring Miles Teller and Analeigh Tipton and a movie I enjoyed so much) and I watched the film months ago but this song is still in my roster this time of the year. Once again, love the lyrics, and I don’t really know my way around music terminologies but this is just my jam. (It appeals to that side of me that still likes some cutesy indie pop and don’t look at me like that.)

Dreaming by Smallpools

If I have to thank Spotify for one single thing for this year, it’d be for this song. Actually, no, there are two more songs in this list brought to you by Spotify. And dude, they streamed WALK THE MOON’s Talking is Hard a week early and Spotify will forever be on my nice list during Christmas. ANYWAY, as I was saying, I discovered this song and Smallpools for that matter because of Spotify. ALL HAIL SPOTIFY. This song is so in-your-face and standing-up-to-the-man and I DIG IT SO HARD.

1957 by Milo Greene

I actually have Spotify to thank again for Milo Greene but not for this song. I listened to On The Fence on Spotify and I like what I heard so I dug more of Milo Greene’s discography and BAM, THIS SONG. So soothing yet so nostalgic and I love the message. Folk pop, man. The way into my playlist is via folk pop.

There’s Nothing In The Water We Can’t Fight by Cloud Control

Love love love the religious shit this song has going on if my interpretation is correct. It’s about the Ganges River, right? I listened to this song to calm me down and to let me focus during school days and I also slept with it playing. Not exactly good for studying if it can make me sleep but man, I think this is even better than bathing in lavender-scented milk.

Salvation by Gabrielle Aplin

I shouldn’t like Gabrielle Aplin on paper because her music is not usually my thing but boy, I can’t say no to this v talented artist and her heartfelt lyrics and melancholic tunes and voice. Plus, I associate this song to one of my favorite books of the year and it’s just apt that this is here as well.

Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me by London Grammar

London Grammar. I mean, heck, I can listen to Hannah Reid sing haunting ooohhs and aaahhhs the rest of my life, okay. HER VOICE, MAN. With the disbandment of Cavalier Rose (which broke my heart even if no one knows them which broke my heart even more because damn why aren’t they big), London Grammar filled up the gap after years of me searching for that band with the haunting female lead voice. Hey Now was my first song from them but I actually like this song better, I don’t know why.

Tous Les Memes by Stromae

I have to thank Cel for this but Stromae! STROMAE! Fucking Stromae. I can’t even explain how much his music videos are such works of art (HALLO, IT’S FRENCH) and gutting his lyrics are and most of the time. Of course I read a translation, dumbass, I don’t speak French. But man, talent. Talent. *slow claps*

Riptide by Vance Joy

Thank you, Spotify! I haven’t really listened to Vance Joy’s other songs because they didn’t really stick to me at first listen. But this one did. It’s even the first song I learned to play in my ukulele. Go figure.

Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? by Arctic Monkeys

I’m not really a fan of Arctic Monkeys because I haven’t really listened to their songs but thanks to Miley (yes, Miley Cyrus), I got to know this song. I remember repeating this non-stop during my first weeks at work.

Let Me In by Grouplove

While I’m not a big fan of the The Fault in Our Stars movie (and the book for that matter), I love the soundtrack immensely. Here’s one I got off of it! I remember even having the lyrics on my phone so I can memorize it and sing it a capella. Uh, yeah, I’m that person.

Boom Clap by Charli XCX

I initially hated this song and then I got over it and I love it. It’s just so damn catchy and I’m powerless to it. Plus, Charli XCX! I like Nuclear Seasons too but that’s not really a recent release and I was way more addicted to Boom Clap than that song.

So that’s it for Day 2! Tomorrow will be dedicated to movies!

Spotlight + Giveaway: Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly


Angel Burn (Angel, #1)

Title: Angel Burn (Angel #1)
Author: L.A. Weatherly
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Date of Publication: May 24, 2011

They’re out for your soul.
And they don’t have heaven in mind…

Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from.

But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself does. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems; least of all good and evil.

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About L.A. Weatherly

Lee Weatherly was born in 1967 and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. She lives with her husband in Hampshire, England, where she writes, goes on walks, tries out new recipes and has a cat named Bernard.

L.A. Weatherly is the pseudonym for Lee Weatherly. You can follow her on Twitter at @LA_Weatherly


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My 2014 Obsessions – Part 1

You know me, I like to keep track. And you know me, I am highly obsessive and easily excited. So I’ll be sharing the albums, tracks, movies, TV shows, and books I obsessed over the past year. Because I’m usually late at watching movies and listening to songs, everything mentioned in here won’t be strictly 2014 releases.

Part 1 will be albums, 2 for tracks, 3 for movies and lastly, 4 for TV shows. If you want to check out my favorite books from 2014, I’ll be posting that in my book blog soon. So, let’s get to it!

Top Five Albums I Loved This Year
(in no particular order because I don’t need added stress)
(and by album, I mean the WHOLE album, ALL the songs)

BLUE FILM by Lo-Fang (2013)

When I discovered Lo-Fang, I thought I reached nirvana. THAT. VOICE. THAT. TALENT. He’s a classically trained musician and he plays the cello, violin, etc in his gigs. And I won’t be able to stop if we get to the LYRICS. Damn, boy, you got me hooked on you 5ever.

Favorite tracks: When We’re Fire, Confusing Happiness

HOZIER by Hozier (2014)

Then I discovered Hozier and I set it my goal to marry him. Hahaha! I am mostly kidding. He’s freakin’ 24 and Take Me To Church has already been nominated for a Grammy. Sheer talent, man. His lyrics? So freakin’ gold. I am also absolutely proud of his success story because he came from nowhere and now he’s this big. He even performed in the VS Fashion Show. GAH. Plus, his long hair and scruff. WAHAHA. But seriously, I think he’s quite the greatest artist of this generation. I love Allen Stone too but Hozierrrrr. THAT HUSKY, RAW VOICE. DAMN.

Favorite tracks: Take Me To Church, To Be Alone (Jackie and Wilson, Angel of Small Death & The Codeine Scene, uhm every track?)

TOWARDS by We Were Evergreen (2014)

I haven’t blogged about it here because December was such a blur of busy days after busy days but We Were Evergreen went to the Philippines and I was there in their first show. I. WAS. THERE. I’m that cool, you guys. Haha! I love how fresh their sound is and duh, Fabienne’s mad xylophone skillz is enchanting. Ugh, I should have greeted them with Enchante when I saw them. That’s French, right? Anyway, they’re madly talented and they sound so good live. I love love love We Were Evergreen and their songs and I even got the CD I bought signed because they’re SO kind and approachable and I’m getting incoherent again because it was honestly one of the highlights of my year. I’ll try to post a recap of the event but don’t hold your breath on that.

Favorite tracks: Daughters, False Start (Quicksand, Best Thing, etc)

VESSEL by twenty one pilots (2013)

I will forever be thankful for my friend Miguel for introducing me to twenty one pilots. I didn’t really heed his recommendation until I heard WALK THE MOON cover their song House of Gold. After that, I was a goner. You’ll notice that I value the song lyrics so high and twenty one pilots won me over in that facet and with the chopped-up-but-it-works-greatly sound they have. I mean, they rap, they have slow songs, they do almost everything and everything is awesome. Goodness.

Favorite tracks: Holding On To You, House of Gold (Car Radio is so sad, you guys)

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TALKING IS HARD by WALK THE MOON (2014)

And of course, this album, which is still on repeat even though a month has already passed. WALK THE MOON is just my absolute favorite band and I love all of the songs in this album and how diverse the stories the lyrics are telling and I JUST LOVE THEM, OKAY?

Favorite tracks: EVERY TRACK (but between you and me, I love Come Under The Covers most)

Yay! Tomorrow, check out my top fifteen tracks. Because I rarely listen to whole albums.

Stacking the Shelves (42)

2014 is almost over and this is my last book haul for the year. Leave me a link to your own hauls! To more books this 2015!





For Review

*signed* Love, Lucy by April Lindner
Revolution by Jenna Black
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury (ARC)
Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Nielsen (ARC)


Gifted

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
*signed* All’s Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria
*signed* The Kitchen When It Sizzles by Chrissie Peria
Prom: A Novel by Ellie O’Ryan
Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Janine Hoole (ARC)



Bought

My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors (review)
The Complete Poems of John Keats
Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets: Keats Poems
Yours Truly by Annabel Pitcher


Thank you to Nina of The Bookish Confections for getting my Lang Leav books signed and for National Book Store for bringing Lang Leav here in the Philippines! A lot of thanks to April Lindner, Tor Teen, Scholastic Philippines, Algel of Tea-rrific Reads, Chrissie Peria, Biena of The Library Mistress and Kai of Amaterasu Reads too!

Do share your own haul in the comments section and I’ll visit them!

Blog Tour: Payback is Sweet by Kristy Centeno

Calling all fans of contemporary NA romances! Kristy Centeno’s touring her book PAYBACK IS SWEET with OIRA Tours and I hope you can help out and join us in this promotional event!

Payback is Sweet

Title: Payback is Sweet (Love Gamble #1)
Author: Kristy Centeno
Date of Publication: August 21, 2014
Genre: contemporary NA romance

Janessa Rowe is a twenty one year old college girl with little respect for other people. She’s a rich, spoiled brat of a girl who gets her kicks out of humiliating others. When she discovers that her boyfriend of three years has in fact engaged in a physical relationship with someone else, Janessa will stop at nothing to get a little payback. Even if that means using her new rival’s disgruntled fiancée to get what she wants. Dakota Blackwater is everything Janessa is not. He’s kind, sweet, gentle, and a stand-up guy all in all, but when his girlfriend’s betrayal hurts more than his pride, he agrees to take part in a plan that will test both their self-restraints and their feelings for one another.

Problems arise, however, when Janessa’s interest for Dakota shifts from being a pawn to achieve her ultimate goal, to potential lover. After having her heart broken in the past, the last thing she wants is to get involved in matters of the heart, but how can she follow through with her plan when the more time she spends with Dakota, the less she cares about getting payback? Sooner rather than later they are forced to confront the reality that their game has slowly transformed into something else and that what seemed like a scheme to exact revenge, now comprises both their hearts in ways neither of them anticipated.
Schedule

January 26

Wholly Books – Review

January 27

Indy Book Fairy – Excerpt

January 28

January 29

The Hopeless Reader – Review

January 30

Review: Savor by Kate Evangelista

Savor (Vicious Feast, #1)

Title: Savor (Vicious Feast #1)
Author: Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Date of Publication: December 2, 2013
Genre: paranormal NA romance

I’m Dakota Collins, a tough talking, eye patch wearing, workaholic photography student. Why am I important? Well, maybe because I get to spend an entire month with Vicious, only the sickest indie rock band out there.

You see, I needed a subject for my Spring Showcase introspective in order to graduate. During a chance encounter at a club I’d been sent to cover for the Daily Gossip, our ironically named college paper, the features writer I usually teamed up with introduced me to the band—by accident, I might add. It involved a run in with a scary, bald bodyguard. Anyway, long story short, I signed a contract to take pictures of Vicious.

I should have known their handsome yet way too serious for his own good bassist, Luka Visraya, wouldn’t be able to keep his hands to himself. He’s gorgeous and all, but the way he smiles spelled trouble with a capital L. I’m in for a long month with him around.

Crazy shit happens and then some. So, if you want the skinny on Vicious and the events revolving around my stay at Lunar Manor, read my story.

**Mature and explicit content. Not recommended for readers below 18-years-old.

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Review

My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Iris of Paranormal Book Tours for the electronic review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel.

I’ve been holding off on posting this review for so long and I even thought of never posting it at all because I love Kate and I love supporting Filipino authors. I also liked Til Death (linked is my review) so I thought I’d sweep this under the rug. But the year is ending and I realized I cannot not review this one.

I read this book months ago so my comments are not as fresh as I’d like but I’m fine with that. Because boy, I ranted about this book A LOT to several of my blogger friends. Sab, Charlie and Nina knew all about how much this book frustrated me.

For one, it was so long and full of descriptions. I usually adore and love descriptions but I don’t know, maybe it’s the time I read this but it felt kind of overkill for me. One ray of sunshine on all those descriptions though is how Kate Evangelista actually described Dakota’s photoshoots and pictures. Because, damn, I can imagine them and they are fantastic. But aside from that? Sorry but I admit to skipping non-dialogue parts.

Then we get to the characters. Meh, Luka isn’t for me. Maybe I don’t love him because this is the first time I’m meeting him because I haven’t read Kate’s other books but nooooo. I feel sad for not loving him because on paper, he should be a character I would love. But I just didn’t. Maybe it’s because I can’t read him and he’s so aloof that I can’t even see through him. Maybe it’s because he confuses me but anyway, we just didn’t work out.

Dakota didn’t fare better. I didn’t connect with her too. I liked her at first but then towards the middle and the end of the book, her actions were WTF and what-are-you-doing. Actually, the book lost me towards the end and I was just trying my best to finish the book. I didn’t understand Luka and Dakota and whatever they did. The supposedly steamy scenes felt off to me. What is wrong with me???

However, I did enjoy the minor characters so yay for that.

Will I be reading the next book? Sadly, no. Besides not being invested in the characters, I just couldn’t get behind the things that happened in Savor so I’ll pass.

About Kate Evangelista

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master’s courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she lives in the Philippines and writes full time.

Blog Tour: Keeper of the Lost Souls + Keeper of the Innocents by Kristy Centeno

Kristy Centeno is touring the first two books of her paranormal YA series, The Keeper Witches, with me this 2015! Check out the books below and I hope you can join the blog tours!

Keeper of the Lost Souls (The Keeper Witches Series, #1)

Title: Keeper of the Lost Souls (Keeper of the Witches #1)
Author: Kristy Centeno
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Date of Publication: June 7, 2013
Genre: paranormal YA

Bryn McCaskey is young, naïve, and can talk to ghosts…

Like her mother and grandmother, Bryn comes from a breed of witches called The Keepers of the Lost Souls. Their main purpose is to guard those spirits who are permanently or temporarily grounded in the world of the living. Handling supernatural creatures is something which comes naturally to Bryn, however, dealing with people is a whole different story.

As her 18th birthday approaches it’s time for her to take on her first assignment. Bryn is forced to confront her inability to communicate with others in an effort to save the one soul that can mean the difference between life and death for mankind.

Johnny Shaw is a lost soul with a personal vendetta against witches…

A vendetta he has carried on even after death. As much as he hate’s them he must join forces with a keeper witch, in order to stop a century old threat. When fate brings them together, not only will they be forced to learn how to work as a team, but they will have to depend on each other to stop an evil witch carrying a six hundred year grudge!

Schedule

January 12

Eccentric Everything – Excerpt

January 13

Indy Book Fairy – Excerpt

January 14

Oops! I Read A Book Again – Excerpt

January 15

Star Crossed Reviews – Excerpt

January 16

Will Read for Feels – Review + Excerpt



Keeper of the Innocents (The Keeper Witches Series, #2)

Title: Keeper of the Innocents (The Keeper Witches #2)
Author: Kristy Centeno
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Date of Publication: July 9, 2014
Genre: paranormal YA

Demi Redding has used her powers to vanquish demons for years, but when one shows up next door she will be forced to set both her experience and instincts aside to battle a war that has nothing to do with magic, and everything to do with matters of the heart.

As a Keeper of the Innocents, Demi’s load as a guardian reduces with only one charge to take on at a time. However, when her new foe proves to be a force she can neither see nor find, she has no choice but to doubt the so-called good intentions of the stranger one door down.

Rhyzel Connor is not your average neighbor by any means. The red specks of color in his green eyes alone sets him apart and his demonic heritage makes him an easy target. Because of who he is he can’t afford a mistake that will result in his demise, but the fact that he knows way too much about Demi quickly raises the suspicion veil over him.

There is a mission he must complete, and secrets he must fight hard to keep, but the biggest hardship he must face will be forfeiting his life in order to save Demi’s.

Schedule

February 9


Star Crossed Reviews – Review

February 10

Indy Book Fairy – Excerpt

February 11

The Voluptuous Book Diva – Review + Excerpt

February 12

Eccentric Everything – Excerpt

February 13

Holiday Reads Recommendations

Today, I’m sharing five YA books I recommend for some Christmas reading. These books will get you in the holiday spirit as they’re set on December and are perfect for making the holidays warm and cute. Without further ado, here are my YA holiday reads!



Let’s start with the very obvious choice, My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories. You can click on the title to go to my review. Twelve authors banded together to make this anthology edited by Stephanie Perkins. These authors are Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, David Levithan, Matt dela Pena, Kelly Link, Jenny Han, Gayle Forman, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Kiersten White, Myra McEntire and of course, Stephanie Perkins herself. This collection will surely get you into the holiday cheer with all its cuteness and its depth as well. Just, read this one!



I haven’t reviewed this yet in the blog but The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl is by none other than Melissa Keil. Not familiar with her? I know, I think she’s super underrated, which is sadly the case for a lot of Aussie authors. But come on, anything Aussie YA is great. This read is cute and unique as Christmas in Australia falls in the summer so I was a bit disoriented at first when they were finding the weather hot. Plus, it’s about people flocking to Eden Valley because it’s supposed to be the one place the Apocalypse won’t affect. Yeah, right? Go get this now! (Or if you can’t, Melissa Keil’s Life in Outer Space is a nice alternative too. Not really set in December but it’ll give you the appropriate Christmas feels. Click on the title for my review!)


Up next is Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas! Again, sorry but I haven’t reviewed this yet. I planned on having the reviews of these books up before I posted this but time constraints and inspiration blocks, yo. Anyway, Liz definitely writes fun and cute and funny YA novels and I just dig her style and characters so much. The novel is set on Christmas Eve, with a dash of mystery too and some insulin problems. Chloe is diabetic! Be sure to grab this for your Christmas reading!

You can also try Liz’s Ask Again Later, which while prom-themed, is still hella cute and HILARIOUS. Linked is my review!











We’re down to our last two! Here’s another short story collection from John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances is composed of three stories intertwined and the pay-off is so satisfying and cute. You can check out my thoughts by clicking on the title!

The new cover is so pretty and I want it for my shelf. My copies a bit well-worn and it has the old cover. Anyone interested in gifting it to me? Haha! #shameless

And here’s my last recommendation and my personal favorite. It’s…



Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan! Guys, you’ll see a glowing and raving review when you click the link. This is my favorite Christmas read because dares! Passing a Moleskine notebook! Dash! Lily! I re-read this precious novel EVERY CHRISTMAS SEASON. Since 2012. And it’s a tradition I don’t have any plan on changing. Just, so so perfect. Dash’s snarliness contrasted to Lily’s optimism. All the words, the words. I just love it sooooo much.

P.S. I’m also accepting the new version with the pretty cover as a gift. #shameless

P.P.S. It’s not set during the holidays but I don’t care but Lisa Mangum’s After Hello (linked is my review) is P-E-R-F-E-C-T for holiday reading. Seriously. I swear. I swear on my hypothetical son named Vito. It is just too great to be so underrated so I need y’all to read it!

Now it’s time for YOU to share your holiday reads. Are there just some books or stories you always read during the holiday season? Or you think are perfect to get any person into the holiday cheer? I’m very open to recommendations as you can see, I only have five. I have nothing else to add here. Maybe next year I can dish out more with the help of your recommendations. So feel free to comment!