Most Anticipated Reads | September 2016

sept2016HOHOHO! Merry Chirstmas! It’s September already and most Fall ’16 books I’ve been waiting to read is getting closer to it’s release day!!! Also, I missed posting my August MAR. Yikes! But anyway, check out these upcoming titles to read this month!

Like a River Glorious (The Gold Seer Trilogy #2) by Rae Carson
Publication: September 27th 2016 by Greenwillow

18054071After a harrowing journey across the country, Leah Westfall and her friends have finally arrived in California and are ready to make their fortunes in the Gold Rush. Lee has a special advantage over the other new arrivals in California—she has the ability to sense gold, a secret known only by her handsome best friend Jefferson and her murdering uncle Hiram.

Lee and her friends have the chance to be the most prosperous settlers in California, but Hiram hasn’t given up trying to control Lee and her power. Sabotage and kidnapping are the least of what he’ll do to make sure Lee is his own. His mine is the deepest and darkest in the territory, and there Lee learns the full extent of her magical gift, the worst of her uncle, and the true strength of her friendships. To save everyone, she vows to destroy her uncle and the empire he is building—even at the cost of her own freedom.

Going Geek by Charlotte Huang
Publication: September 13th 2016 by Delacorte Press

23471514A girl forced out of her comfort zone finds that being true to herself is the best way to live her life, in this second novel from the author of For the Record.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Skylar Hoffman’s senior year at her preppy East Coast boarding school should have been perfect:

Amazing boyfriend
The coolest friends
The most desirable dorm

But it’s far from it. To her dismay, Skylar’s not going to rule senior year because she’s stuck in Abbot House, a tiny dorm known for, well, nothing. Living with a group of strangers everyone thinks is lame is bad enough. Worse is that Skylar wasn’t exactly truthful about how she spent summer break in Los Angeles—and her little white lie is causing her once rock-solid romance to crumble fast. And when it turns out that Skylar’s best friend is the one responsible for having her booted from Lincoln? It’s an all-out war.

Stepping out of her comfort zone never felt so scary—or necessary. But everything is different now. Including, maybe, Skylar herself . . .

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Publication: September 20th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books

25812109Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day
Publication: September 6th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

28220966Together is somewhere they long to be.

Ash Gupta has a life full of possibility. His senior year is going exactly as he’s always wanted– he’s admired by his peers, enjoying his classes and getting the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. There’s only one obstacle in Ash’s path: Eden Moore—the senior most likely to become class valedictorian. How could this unpopular, sharp-tongued girl from the wrong side of the tracks stand in his way?

All Eden’s ever wanted was a way out. Her perfect GPA should be enough to guarantee her a free ride to college — and an exit from her trailer-park existence for good. The last thing she needs is a bitter rivalry with Ash, who wants a prized scholarship for his own selfish reasons. Or so she thinks. . . When Eden ends up working with Ash on a class project, she discovers that the two have more in common than either of them could have imagined. They’re both in pursuit of a dream — one that feels within reach thanks to their new connection. But what does the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds?

The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker by Kat Spears
Publication: September 13th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

28220925Luke Grayson’s life might as well be over when he’s forced to go live in rural Tennessee with his Baptist pastor father. His reputation as a troublemaker has followed him there, and as an outsider, Luke is automatically under suspicion by everyone from the principal at his new school to the local police chief. His social life is no better. The new kid in town is an easy target for Grant Parker, the local golden boy with a violent streak who has the entire community of Ashland under his thumb.

But things go topsy-turvy when a freak accident removes Grant from the top of the social pyramid, replacing him with Luke. This fish out of water has suddenly gone from social outcast to hero in a matter of twenty-four hours. For the students who have lived in fear of Grant all their lives, this is a welcome change. But Luke’s new found fame comes with a price. Nobody knows the truth about what really happened to Grant Parker except for Luke, and the longer he keeps living the lie, the more like Grant Parker he becomes.

As I Descended by Robin Talley
Publication: September 6th 2016 by HarperTeen

28218948Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—even if no one knows it but them.

Only one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey.

Golden child Delilah is a legend at the exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. She runs the school, and if she chose, she could blow up Maria and Lily’s whole world with a pointed look, or a carefully placed word.

But what Delilah doesn’t know is that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything—absolutely anything—to make their dreams come true. And the first step is unseating Delilah for the Kingsley Prize. The full scholarship, awarded to Maria, will lock in her attendance at Stanford―and four more years in a shared dorm room with Lily.

Maria and Lily will stop at nothing to ensure their victory—including harnessing the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school.

But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what is imagined, the girls must decide where they draw the line.

I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil
Publication: September 13th 2016 by Balzer + Bray

23594354Beatrice Maria Estrella Giovannini has life all figured out. She’s starting senior year at the top of her class, she’s a shoo-in for a scholarship to M.I.T., and she’s got a new boyfriend she’s crazy about. The only problem: All through high school Bea and her best friends Spencer and Gabe have been the targets of horrific bullying.

So Bea uses her math skills to come up with The Formula, a 100% mathematically-guaranteed path to social happiness in high school. Now Gabe is on his way to becoming Student Body President, and Spencer is finally getting his art noticed. But when her boyfriend dumps her for Toile, the quirky new girl at school, Bea realizes it’s time to use The Formula for herself. She’ll be reinvented as the eccentric and lovable Trixie—a quintessential manic pixie dream girl—in order to win her boyfriend back and beat new-girl Toile at her own game.

Unfortunately, being a manic pixie dream girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and “Trixie” is causing unexpected consequences for her friends. As The Formula begins to break down, can Bea find a way to reclaim her true identity, and fix everything she’s messed up? Or will the casualties of her manic pixie experiment go far deeper than she could possibly imagine?

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ARC Review | What’s A Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne

29740718Title: What’s A Girl Gotta Do? (The Spinster Club #3)
Author: Holly Bourne
Publication: August 1st 2016 by Usborne Publishing
Format: Advance Reading Copy
Source: Provided by the publisher
ISBN: 9781474915021

How Hard Can Love Be? (Normal, #2)


1. Call out anything that is unfair on one gender
2. Don’t call out the same thing twice (so you can sleep and breathe)
3. Always try to keep it funny
4. Don’t let anything slide. Even when you start to break…
Lottie’s determined to change the world with her #Vagilante vlog. Shame the trolls have other ideas…


I received an ARC of this book from Usborne in exchange for an honest review. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
What’s a girl gotta say? Well, for starters, I’ve only read the 2nd book in the series prior to reading What’s A Girl Gotta Do? and so I’m not typically familiar with how the Spinster Club started.. Although it can be read as a standalone, I think it’s best to read Am I Normal Yet? and How Hard Can Love Be? first not just for continuity’s sake but also for character familiarity. With the being said, I have mixed feelings with this one.
The series introduced 3 girls going through different personal battles. Evie in Am I Normal Yet? struggled with OCD. In How Hard Can Love Be?, Amber dealt with her mother’s abandonment. This time, the spotlight is on Lottie. Lottie and her fight against sexism.
Lottie came to me as a strong, even aggressive, character. Her personality did affect mostly how things turned out in the story. When she was sexually assaulted on the way to college, an idea came to her to start a project where she calls out every sexist things she sees. It’s a great idea to raise awareness about gender equality but I’m not really fan of the execution. I guess it’s the cultural difference though. In my perspective, Lottie took a lot of “sexist?” things WAY TOO FAR. And way angsty which made connecting with her a lot harder. I could be a character in this book though, one of the lookers, maybe. Or someone who’s curious about FemSoc but never really joins? But not the trolls. Definitely not the trolls.
The pacing was a tiny bit low for me and I don’t really know which part is the climax because almost the entire book is just Lottie pointing out sexist things, arguing with her parents, arguing-flirting with Will, worrying-but-not-really about her Cambridge interview. The writing style is a different story. It’s very straight-forward and strong. It’s uncomplicated, realistic and coherent for young readers.
Anyway, speaking of Will… the romance was bleh! I mean, Will is really attractive but and all that, even if he’s some kind of whatever, there was no chemistry between him and Lottie. Sexual tension? LOL. Lottie no. I remember reading a part where *THIS IS A SPOILER.* Highlight with cursor to view >> Lottie and Will were arguing about how Lottie called out a waiter for handing the bill to Will instead of her even if she’s not the one paying. She called him a pr*ck, he called her a b*tch. Then they’re kissing.*END OF SPOILER* Was that supposed to be romantic? Was that for real. My eyebrows literally furrowed in confusion and I just cringed. HAHA.
However, I did like how real the level of friendship in this book is. Evie and Amber are always there for Lottie. There are times where they argue but like a true friend, they always have each others back. There’s also Megan’s storyline which I think was really interesting. I really appreciate her character and her bravery.
To be fair, What’s A Girl Gotta Do? is an eye-opening read. It raises awareness especially on things that’s going on around us that we don’t even realize are sexist. Or even the things we already know are unfair to one gender but we decide to accept it the way it is just because.


  • Evie, Amber and Lottie’s friendship – #bffgoals
  • Covergasm – I just love all the covers of the books in the series and What’s A Girl Gotta Do?’s cover is not an exception. I love how it’s coordinated with the story.
  • A Novella – …And a Happy New Year? is coming in November! Can’t wait!!




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ARC Review | True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan


Title: True Letters from a Fictional Life
Author: Kenneth Logan
Publication: June 7th 2016 by HarperTeen
Format: Advance Reading Copy
Source: Provided by the publisher via Edelweiss
ISBN: 9780062380258

Are You Still There


If you asked anyone in his small Vermont town, they’d tell you the facts: James Liddell, star athlete, decent student and sort-of boyfriend to cute, peppy Theresa, is a happy, funny, carefree guy.
But whenever James sits down at his desk to write, he tells a different story. As he fills his drawers with letters to the people in his world–letters he never intends to send–he spills the truth: he’s trying hard, but he just isn’t into Theresa. It’s a boy who lingers in his thoughts.
He feels trapped by his parents, his teammates, and the lies they’ve helped him tell, and he has no idea how to escape. Is he destined to live a life of fiction?


I received a digital review copy of this book from HarperCollins via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
“If you ain’t scared standing up for what’s right, then you ain’t standing up for much.”
– Not Mark Twain
True Letters from a Fictional Life is about James Lidell, a closeted jock who is having a difficult time with coming out to his family, friends and his sort of girlfriend, Teresa. All his life, James believed he is straight but not until he started to like boys. Coming out isn’t easy especially for James who prefers to keep his thoughts to himself. Aside from his “secret identity”, he never really voices out his opinion about most things but instead, he writes them down through letters he never intends to send to whom they’re addressed to.
And of course, it goes out in the world anyway because life is ironic.
James is a reliable narrator. I love the transparency of his voice through his thoughts and his letters. He might not be as “transparent” when it comes to certain things and to certain people, but everything behind the facade is made clear the readers, making this book such an enjoyable and engaging read.
The pacing was quick and never boring, every part was kept interesting and that’s with the help of such a diverse set of characters. I love how not everything was about James. There were also the struggles of the minor characters that affects the whole plot and how it reflects through James’s letters.
True Letters of a Fictional Life is a great read. It deals with different issues. Aside from it being a coming out story, it also deals with stereotyping, bullying, friendship, family relationships and more.
P.S. I’m hating myself for writing such a short review for this book and that I haven’t gone through a lot of things so I’ll just have to give you reasons to read this book:
1.) James is a sweetheart.
2.) Awesome friends = awesome characters
3.) Engaging writing style.
4.) It’s something you haven’t read before.
5.) If you’re still not convinced, that’s the best reason to pick up this book.



  • Quotes
“It’s only out of tune if you accept someone else’s definition of what’s in tune.”
I’ve always wanted to wake up one day in a world where I liked the right people, and they liked me in return. I worry it’ll never happen.
I’ve always been told that I’m straight. And that’s the story I was trying to make happen. I didn’t come up with the lie. It wasn’t mine. They handed the lie to me, and I tried like hell to make it work for a while.”
  • Overflowing emotions – The wave of emotions that surged through me while I was reading this book is just too much to handle.
  • James – I ADORE this guy right here! He’s such an authentic male narrator that YA books need more of. His voice and his wit, his compassion and fears… everything about him is too damn real.


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Book Review | Signs of You by Emily France

27272341Title: Signs of You
Author: Emily France
Publication: July 19th 2016 by Soho Teen
Format: Finished copy in Hardback
Source: Provided by the publisher
ISBN: 9781616956578

Are You Still There


Since sixteen-year-old Riley Strout lost her mother two years ago, her saving grace has been her quirky little family in the grief support group she joined as a freshman. Jay, Kate, and Noah understand her pain; each lost a loved one, and they’ve stuck together in spite of their differences, united by tragedies only they understand.
When Riley thinks she spots her mother shopping in a grocery store, she fears she is suffering some sort of post-traumatic stress. Then Jay and Kate report similar experiences. Only Noah hasn’t had some kind of vision, which is perhaps why he’s become so skeptical and distant.
When Noah disappears, Riley fears she’s lost another loved one. As they frantically search for him, she, Kate, and Jay are drawn into the mystery surrounding a relic that belonged to Jay’s dead father and contains clues about the afterlife. Riley finds herself wrestling with her feelings for both Noah and Jay—which have become clear only in Noah’s absence. If Riley is to help those she loves, and herself, she must set things right with the one she’s lost.


received a finished copy of this book from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
Signs of You is a book that can’t be shelved into a single category. It’s a mix of a lot of things that it needs it’s own genre. And you will never really know what to expect with this one.
When I first saw the cover of this book, I actually thought that it was YA Contemporary – Romance, little did I know that it’s far from that. I’m quite surprised to see this book in the #ThrillerThursday line up but still decided to give this book a go. (As if it’s a tough decision!😛 ) I instantly wanted to find out the mystery that envelops the plot as to why Riley, the main character, and her friends have visions of their loved ones that were long gone. It didn’t take long to pin down what was behind their sightings but it’s only the beginning of what they’re about to discover. It’s by that time that I realized why the book’s title is “Signs of You”.
I really appreciate the amount of research the author did for the “spiritual” and historical aspect of the story and how she turned her inspirations into something imaginative with the blend of history and fiction. The writing style was spot on too. I love how it was free flowing and easy to follow + the awesome chapter titles! The characters were equally incredible, I’m glad that they weren’t neglected with such a unique plot.
All in all, Signs of You is a book that will touch your heart. Yes, it had some “thriller” in it but like I said, it’s a mix of a lot of things; it deals with friendship, family, high school, slight romance, grief and more. I guarantee that this book is something you haven’t read before and you definitely need to pick it up!



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My Bookstagram (Do Over) and a Giveaway!

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Hello there! This is really random but I just wanted to post about my recently made over bookstagram! I’ve been bookstagramin’ for quite a while now since I first had my book-related Instagram account even before this blog (I started on January of 2015, I just checked), but then, I haven’t really “established” my profile for various reasons. So, I decided that a little do-over might change things up.🙂

Before everything else, let’s take trip down to memory lane and see the evolution my Instagram account…
I first started with the username @readescape_ /@read.escape
(Check out my 1st bookstagram pic!)


The reason behind that name is by that time, I only just discovered the world of reading and it has become my “escape” from reality, hence the name. But aside from that, I picked a username that didn’t include my name because I didn’t want anybody to know that I have a book-related Instagram account. I kept it a secret to my friends and family. I guess I didn’t want to be judged or something? I always had to take pics when no one is around and it was very difficult. The funny thing is that my mom eventually discovered it, (I still don’t know how) and even said I take good pics! Silly, silly me.
Eventually, I changed my name to @beatricereads after I made a blog and a twitter account. But then I stumbled through an “identity crisis” when I couldn’t settle for a theme. I always kept a theme for my feed since the beginning stage of my account because I wanted my feed to organized and pretty looking like all the other accounts I see and of course, I wanted to gain followers too.
I kept changing themes, trying something different then deleting everything again until I just got tired and decided, that’s it. I need to make up my mind!
I checked out a lot of different accounts on bookstagram and got some inspration on how to be creative on taking great photos. I also downloaded photo editing apps that most bookstagramer use. For my photos, I first edit them on Snapseed (Thank God for Snapseed!) and add filters with VSCO. You don’t need to edit much if you have great lighting so I always take my photos during day time. Shoutout to my favorite bookstagram accounts (@ejmellow,, @alybooksandcoffee, @aenteereads)
And now, here’s a glimpse of my new Instagram feed! I promise that I’ll try to keep it like this and maintain it as it is.
What do you think?🙂
Another thing, I have an ongoing giveaway on my bookstagram to celebrate my birthday! I decided to celebrate it on IG since it’s where my bookish world journey began! Head over to my Instagram account (@beatricereads) for full mechanics. Open INTERNATIONAL. Ends 7/27 (MY BIRTHDAY!)


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Most Anticipated Reads | July 2016

july2016I am waaaayyyyyy behind with everything in the blogosphere and the book community. *sobs* But even though it’s half way through the month already, it’s still worth sharing my most anticipated reads for July!

Signs of You by Emily France
Publication: July 19th 2016 by Soho Teen

27272341Since sixteen-year-old Riley Strout lost her mother two years ago, her saving grace has been her quirky little family in the grief support group she joined as a freshman. Jay, Kate, and Noah understand her pain; each lost a loved one, and they’ve stuck together in spite of their differences, united by tragedies only they understand.

When Riley thinks she spots her mother shopping in a grocery store, she fears she is suffering some sort of post-traumatic stress. Then Jay and Kate report similar experiences. Only Noah hasn’t had some kind of vision, which is perhaps why he’s become so skeptical and distant.

When Noah disappears, Riley fears she’s lost another loved one. As they frantically search for him, she, Kate, and Jay are drawn into the mystery surrounding a relic that belonged to Jay’s dead father and contains clues about the afterlife. Riley finds herself wrestling with her feelings for both Noah and Jay—which have become clear only in Noah’s absence. If Riley is to help those she loves, and herself, she must set things right with the one she’s lost.

Cruel Heart Broken by Emma Haughton
Publication: July 1st 2016 by Usborne

29920139Laurie is a good girl – so everyone thinks. But seven months ago she did something that she can’t undo and it’s tearing her apart.

Charlie used to be her best friend. He’s done something he regrets too…and now someone has died.

Two impulsive decisions. Two toxic secrets. Too many hearts broken. Partly inspired by a true story, this is a heart-wrenching novel about impulsive mistakes, and their devastating consequences.

The Killer in Me by Margot Harrison
Published July 12th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion

26095500Seventeen-year-old Nina Barrows knows all about the Thief. She’s intimately familiar with his hunting methods: how he stalks and kills at random, how he disposes of his victims’ bodies in an abandoned mine in the deepest, most desolate part of a desert.

Now, for the first time, Nina has the chance to do something about the serial killer that no one else knows exists. With the help of her former best friend, Warren, she tracks the Thief two thousand miles, to his home turf—the deserts of New Mexico.

But the man she meets there seems nothing like the brutal sociopath with whom she’s had a disturbing connection her whole life. To anyone else, Dylan Shadwell is exactly what he appears to be: a young veteran committed to his girlfriend and her young daughter. As Nina spends more time with him, she begins to doubt the truth she once held as certain: Dylan Shadwell is the Thief. She even starts to wonder . . . what if there is no Thief?

What the Dead Want by Norah Olson
Publication: July 26th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books

2721729716 -year-old Gretchen takes photographs to understand the world around her, a passion her mother Mona fostered and encouraged when she was still around. Since her mom disappeared years ago, Gretchen and her dad have lived on their own in New York City, haunted by Mona’s absence.

When Gretchen’s great aunt Esther calls unexpectedly to tell her that she has inherited the pre-Civil War mansion on her mother’s side of the family in upstate New York, Gretchen understands nothing except that her aunt needs her help. But what she finds there is beyond her imagination. The house is crumbling apart, filled with stacks of papers and journals from decades, even centuries past, and it’s crawling with rodents. It’s also full of secrets and a legacy of racism and violence so reprehensible that the ghosts of the past are exacting revenge on the living.

Somehow the mystery of Mona’s disappearance and the atrocities that happened on the land during the Civil War are inextricably intertwined, and it’s up to Gretchen to figure out how…before even more lives are lost.

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Publication: July 26th 2016 by Point

25486998 (1)What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?

While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she’s flustered — and kind of feels like she’s falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer — but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?

From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.

The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno
Published July 5th 2016 by HarperCollins

23253261A charming and imaginative new novel about getting lost before you can be found.

Frannie and Louis met in an online support group when they were both younger. They have never met face-to-face. They don’t even know each other’s real names. All they know is that they both have a mysterious tendency to lose things. Well, not lose them, exactly. Things just seem to…disappear.

They each receive news in the mail that sets them off on a road trip to Austin, Texas, looking for answers—and each other. Along the way, each one begins to find, as if by magic, important things the other has lost. And by the time they finally meet in person, they realize that the things you lose might be things you weren’t meant to have at all, and that you never know what you might find if you just take a chance.

The Lost & Found is a bighearted novel about connections (missed and found), family (the kind you’re born with and the kind you make for yourself), and unexpected journeys (on the road, and of the heart), from an author who Publishers Weekly called “a fierce new presence.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
Publication: July 31st 2016 by Arthur A. Levine Books

29056083Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

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Book Review | The Merciless by Danielle Vega

1595147225Title: The Merciless (The Merciless #1)
Author: Danielle Vega
Publication: June 12th 2014 by Razorbill
Format: Finished copy in Paperback
Source: Provided by the publisher
ISBN: 9781595147233

Are You Still There

synopsisForgive us, Father, for we have sinned

Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.

Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.

Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .

In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?

reviewreceived a finished copy of this book from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
The Merciless is a different kind of thriller that will make you stop and *cringe* with it’s vivid and uberly detailed story telling.
The moment I saw The Merciless, I immediately had second thoughts about reading it. But the cover got me really curious in knowing what’s it about. If I’m not already creeped out, I already knew that the symbol involves something “religious”. Also, I haven’t read a lot of books in that theme so I just had to give it a go.
The story started of as a normal contemporary with slight hints of weird. It then transitioned into a dark thriller loaded with gore. I really wasn’t expecting the detail loaded exorcism torture scenes. I did skip a lot a few pages because of how vivid everything was. The Merciless was more of a psychological thriller than a horror. It’s not really something that will not make you sleep at night but it’s something that will make you lose your appetite.
One thing I noticed in The Merciless though is the amount of cliché used in the whole story, particularly with the characters. There was the typical “new girl in school” set up that I wasn’t surprised to see and then there’s the almost Mean Girls spin off set of characters. I’ve been seeing a lot of reviews comparing it to the movie that I can’t help but think that it’s a spin off of Mean Girls.
Overall, The Merciless didn’t really scare me that much but it scarred my thoughts with it’s brutality. It’s a fast paced read with an ending you will not expect.



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Book Review | Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch


Title: Never Missing, Never Found
Author: Amanda Panitch
Publication: June 28th 2016 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Format: Finished copy in Hardback
Source: Provided by the publisher
ISBN: 9780553507645
Are You Still There

Some choices change everything. Scarlett chose to run. And the consequences will be deadly.
Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she’s starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life.
Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. Old memories come rushing back. And now as she meets her new coworkers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set into motion? And when push comes to shove, how far will she go to uncover the truth . . . before it’s too late?

received a finished copy of this book from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
Last year, Amanda Panitch’s debut novel, Damage Done, blew my mind away with such a plot twist that caught me off guard and so I had always been on the watch for what’s next for her. I must say that one of the reasons that I wanted to read Never Missing, Never Found was because of the author herself.
It’s difficult not to compare this book from her previous title which is also in the mystery/thriller category because Damage Done really set the bar for me. (You know what they say, “You’re only as good as your last game/performance/success/whatever”) and that’s why I was expecting a lot more from Never Missing, Never Found.
The thing is, Never Missing, Never Found became a bit more complicated for my expectations. In the book, the story is told in Scarlett’s POV. The readers get to have a glimpse of her past where she was taken and kept in a basement for years, the present, where she spends most of her time working at an amusement park, or trying to win her sister back and then, there were bits from the Skywoman comics (which I personally think took a lot away from what’s really going on in the actual story). The narration is uncomplicated but it’s the continuity that made everything a little vague.
But of course, there’s the ever present plot twist that I was waiting for every page I turn. Ms. Panitch is starting to have a reputation for writing unreliable characters and I think that’s what she was aiming for with Never Missing, Never Found. The “thriller” that’s lingering in this book weighs more on the characters rather than the plot. She also mentioned in my previous interview with the author that she likes to write dangerous girls and it’s evident in this book.
Overall, Never Missing, Never Found will keep you turning the pages, and when you reach the end, you’ll be turning them back to the start to see WTF JUST HAPPENED. It’s really messed up (in a good and effective way).



  • Plot twist – It’s always the plot twist. It may have been a little less “explosive” than my expectations, but still, it’s crazy surprising. I swear, you will never see it coming.
  •  Back story – I personally  wanted to read more about what happened in Scarlett’s stolen years. The scenes in the past somewhat felt “gray” if not dark and that’s what I was looking for. And aside from that,
  • Dangerous girls theme – Can’t say much. Just read the book.


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Cover Reveal | The Destined by E.J. Mellow

Hello guys! It’s been a long time since my last post, blame #adulting for that but that doesn’t mean that I’ll skip sharing with you the cover for The Destined, the 3rd and final book for The Dreamland Series. NOT A CHANCE. It’s so gorgeous and beautiful (like every E.J Mellow book covers) and all I’m really saying is you need to see it!!!

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Title: The Destined (Dreamland #1.5)
Author: E. J. Mellow
Publication: October 17th, 2016

How Hard Can Love Be? (Normal, #2)


“I searched for you in the stars tonight.
But I found none
that burned as bright as you.”
—Part of a letter from Dev to Molly
With the loss of Terra’s greatest weapon, the war against darkness escalates rapidly, and time is on no one’s side. While Dev struggles to keep his home and hope alive, Molly and Rae find themselves forced to confront a desperately kept secret and quickly learn that a life-altering sacrifice is the asking price to restore order.
Nightmares, betrayal, the fate of two worlds, and one man’s hunger for vengeance lead Molly down a twisted and dark path she fears she might never come back from. Cornered into making a heart-wrenching decision, Molly teeters between deliverance and damnation. Who is worth saving most—a nation or the one she loves?
In this breathtaking conclusion of The Dreamland Series, The Destined will take you on a spine-tingling and gripping ride through self-sacrifice, the true power of love, and the importance of friendship.

ejE.J. Mellow is the Award Winning author behind the NA Contemporary Fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series. With a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, E.J. Mellow splits her time between her two loves – visual design and writing. Residing in NYC, E.J. is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter. She has no animals but loves those who do.
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Check out the covers of the other books in the series! Aren’t they all dreamy?🙂

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Book Review | What I Couldn’t Tell You by Faye Bird


Title: What I Couldn’t Tell You
Author: Faye Bird
Publication: May 1st 2016 by Usborne Publishing
Format: Finished copy in Paperback
Source: Provided by the publisher
ISBN: 9781474903073
Are You Still There

When love turns to jealousy, when jealousy turns to rage, when rage turns to destruction…
Laura was head over heels in love with Joe. But now Laura lies in a coma and Joe has gone missing. Was he the one who attacked her?
Laura’s sister Tessie is selectively mute. She can’t talk but she can listen. And as people tell her their secrets, she thinks she’s getting close to understanding what happened on that fateful night.


I received a finished copy of this book from Usborne in exchange for an honest review. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
What I Couldn’t Tell You is as straightforward as its synopsis when it comes to telling what you’re about to read when you pick up this book. From love to jealousy that turned into rage that eventually lead to destruction, What I Couldn’t Tell You is a book that will keep you turning the pages with its magnetic storytelling.
The book immediately jumps in to the night of Laura’s attack. Although the chapters for Laura and Joe were kept short, it was already enough to create a build up for where the story will be heading. Then the story follows through with Tessie, Laura’s sister who is selectively mute.
Tessie’s disorder is what made me interested in reading this book. Aside from the fact that it’s a mystery/thriller story, I’ve never read anything where a character is selectively mute and to have that play a big part in the story made everything a lot more gripping.
The mystery was depicted effectively making sure that it’s readers won’t put the book down until you reach the end but personally, I was expecting a lot more with the reveal. I already saw it coming so it wasn’t mind blowing for me but it’s still surprising in a way since it’s not really about the who did what but more of the “why” it happened. But aside from the mystery, What I Couldn’t Tell You is a lot of many things. It’s about coping and the struggle of having to live normally at a time of crisis. It also dealt with bullying. Tessie is an easy target, with her condition, she’s put into a place where it’s difficult to stand up for herself.
It also talked a lot more about “love” or the characters perception of it. I just don’t get Tessie’s feelings for Billy. It strike me as “insta-love” and blind love. I can’t say much but I’m really not buying whatever Tessie feels for him. #sorrynotsorry  But all in all, What I Couldn’t Tell You is an effective thriller book that will keep you on your toes and a definite pick-me-up book for those who are looking for a quick, intense read.



  • The Cover – I don’t know why but I just love the cover of this book. It’s not something that I really find attractive at first glance but you wouldn’t really notice the details if you don’t scrutinize. But anyway, I like how there are 2 people in the cover that I guess represents Laura and Joe. I just love books that incorporate their covers with the story. Not to mention that it already gives off the thriller vibe.
  • Selective Mutism – I don’t remember where I first heard of Selective Mutism but I’m aware that there are really people who are selectively mute. What I didn’t know about it are the things that they go through. It’s not like they just chose not to speak; it’s an actual disorder. And the fact that the book’s major POV is in the shoes of Tessie who suffers from the condition is really eye-opening.
  • Narration – The narration was effortless. It was easy to read and understand, and the transition is thoroughly fluid.






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