My Most Anticipated Book Releases of 2017

I can’t believe we are at the end of 2016 already *sigh*. Why times must flies that fast? I feel like I haven’t accomplished much.

Okay, first, Let’s go over my Bookish Resolution for this year.

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BOOK REVIEW: Replica by Lauren Oliver

replica-by-lauren-oliverTitle: Replica

 Author:  Lauren Oliver

 Published:  October 4th 2016 by HarperCollins

 Pages: 544 pages.

Summary: From Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy, comes an epic, masterful novel that explores issues of individuality, identity, and humanity. Replica is a “flip book” that contains two narratives in one. Turn the book one way and read Lyra’s story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma’s story. The stories can be read separately, one after the other, or in alternating chapters. The two distinct parts of this astonishing novel combine to produce an unforgettable journey. Even the innovative book jacket mirrors and extends the reading experience. (Goodreads)

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Lauren Oliver has become my auto-read author. I’ll read anything that woman writes 😀

Replica is two-for-one novel. You get two story in one book. The idea is not new whatsoever because I had read a book with multiple stories that entwined in the end. However the reading experience is somewhat new and I’m quite enjoying it even though my hands are tired because I had to flip the book back and forth. LOL

Replica is about human model experiment that were told by two different narratives, Lyra and Gemma. These are their journey to exposing Haven Institute. But they’ve found a rather shocking truths about themselves instead.

I love that one of the main heroines, Gemma, is different than typical heroines out there. As someone who had the same condition as Gemma, I appreciate and relate so much with her inner struggles. Or the fact that her love interest is not some kind school’s famous jock or something. It’s all makes the story somewhat… realistic.

The plot and twist were predictable but it doesn’t take away the fun. Well, except that certain someone’s death. :-/

If you like the TV Show Stranger Things, you might want to read this book.

I gave this book

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BOOK REVIEW: The Privileged by Emily Hourican

the-privileged-by-emily-houricanTitle: The Privileged

 Author:  Emily Hourican

 Published:  May 31st 2016 by Hachette Ireland (first published April 7th 2016)

 Pages: 320 pages.

Summary: A gripping atmospheric story of the privileged world of three young girls.

On the cusp of adulthood, in their final year of college, they struggle to hold on to the one thing they hold dear — their friendship.

But then a split second decision one night changes everything

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Thank you Hachette Books Ireland for giving me a digital copy via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review!

The Priviledge is about a friendship of three different girls.

Amanda, the rich and famous one in the school, the social butterfly. Laura, the shy, introverted ones. And lastly, Stella, the protective ones with strong principles. And three of them bond an unlikely friendship.

Amanda goes missing, after all these years, they decided to help Amanda for once and for all,  so Laura and Stella made a mission to go to London and search for her. Both Laura and Stella reminisce their time together in the past and trying to remember what made them drifting apart in the first place.

We always know that one person who has everything and accomplished so much but they kept complaining how terrible life is treating them. Or that one messy friend who keep making the same mistake over and over again. That who is Amanda reminds me of.

I love that despite of their [couldn’t be more] different personalities, they completed each other. They just…clicked.

I love the ending and see how Laura had become an independent woman who can stand-up for herself. And of course, I love that my ship happened. Although I’m pretty sure this one particular character would end up with someone else. So, I’m a bit surprised and happy obviously. I’m rooting for them since the beginning.

What I learned from this book is no matter how drifted afar you are from your friends, you’ll always be there the second they needed you the most. I recommended!

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BOOK REVIEW: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

salt-to-the-sea-by-ruta-sepetysTitle: Salt to the Sea

 Author:  Ruta Sepetys

 Published:  Published by Philomel (first published February 2nd 2016)

 Pages: 391 pages.

Summary: Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets. Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war. Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.

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We got to see the tragedy from four—Joana, Florian, Emilia, and Alfred—different perspectives. How their paths somehow intertwined with each other.

This gotta be the most intense book I’ve ever read in 2016. Also it took me so long to finally finished this book because how intense it was… I had to take a lots of break while reading this book. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t because this book was bad, because the imagery was so vivid I feel like I was there experiencing this all with all of the characters. Like when something happened, I had to close the book and process all the emotion that’s coming through, because sometimes it could get too much and I just couldn’t handle it. It sounds like I’m exaggerating,  but I’m not.

That’s one of the specialty of Ruta Sepetys. You just don’t get to know something new, she also has the ability to transport you into her story with her writing. As if you were them, the characters.

Like she basically makes history sounds interesting!  Not mind numbingly at all. And it was just a little glimpse of what happened.

I highly, highly, recommended this book to anyone who’s interested in or those who is new to historical fiction. Salt to The Sea is a great starter, I would recommend her other book, Between Shades of Gray, as well.

I gave this book

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BOOK REVIEW: Match Me If You Can (Chicago Stars #6) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

match-me-if-you-can-chicago-stars-6-by-susan-elizabeth-phillipsTitle: Match Me If You Can (Chicago Stars #6)

 Author:  Susan Elizabeth Phillips

 Published:  August 2006 by AVON Books (first published August 1st 2005)

 Pages: 388 pages.

Summary: Annabelle’s endured dead-end jobs, a broken engagement . . . even her hair’s a mess! But that’s going to change now that she’s taken over her late grandmother’s matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City’s hottest bachelor as her client, and she’ll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

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Hate-to-love relationship is definitely one of my favorite tropes.

What I love the most about this book was the heroine—Annabelle. Only because she doesn’t have the “lip biting” ticks or clumsy or saying the most famous line we know by heart “I’m such a klutz

Annabelle, thirty-one years old, no stable career,  and single.*cue to Friends theme song*.  Her mom keeps badgering her to go back to school to become an accountant. Added her successful brothers who won’t hesitant to rub their success in her face and love to give her a hard time. Despite their own unique way to show how much they actually care about Annabelle, they knew when to be in Annabelle’s sides when needed.

Meanwhile the hero—Heath—in  this book was so frustrating I feel like hitting his head to knock some sense into it and I’m not even a violent person. Oh boy, do I love when he was grovelling.

I find the secondary couples meh. I mostly skimmed their chapters. Eventho later we know why they’re important to the plot. It doesn’t bother me that  much tho.

Can’t wait to read SEP’s other book!

I gave this book

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Book Haul #1

img_20161015_075117 These are the books I have acquired for the past  few months.

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I haven’t bought a book, physical book, in a long time and it feels so good when I finally did.

So, which one I should read first? 😉

Mini Reviews #5

octopus-pie-vol-4-by-meredith-granTitle: Octopus Pie Vol. 4

Author: Meredith Gran

 Publication: Published June 9th 2016 by Image Comics

 Pages: 248 pages.

 Summary: In the fourth installment of OCTOPUS PIE, dreams and harsh reality are beginning to blur. This volume follows our Brooklynite heroes as they descend into the throes of heartbreak.
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Welp. So now Eve dating Will? (Mar’s ex) their friendship is so weird. Also whatever happen with Park?

I’m so excited they added colors at the last section. I prefer it that way. I hope they keep it up.

Thanks to publisher who gave me free digital copy via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review!

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stuck-up-suit-by-vi-keeland-penelope-wardTitle: Stuck-Up Suit

Author: Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

 Publication: Published April 11th 2016 by C. Scott Publishing Corp.

 Pages: 245 pages.

Summary: It started out like any other morning on the train. Until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle. He was barking at someone on his phone like he ruled the world. Who did the stuck-up suit think he was…God?
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I feel like reading a bad fifty shades fanfic. And fifty shades IS bad. The writing was so bad and I don’t really care about the characters at all. What waste of time.
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amazing-forest-by-erick-freitasTitle:  Amazing Forest

Author: Erick Freitas

Publication: Published September 6th 2016 by IDW Publishing

 Pages: 208 pages.

Summary:  Tales for the bold. Ideas for the strange. Wicked concepts that stir the minds of those with darkness in their hearts. A modern anthology that lends itself to a time when stories were short and ugly. Written by Ulises Farinas & Erick Freitas, each story is drawn by a different, amazingly talented artist, each lending their unique talents to bring horrible happiness to the readers skulls!
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Thanks to Publisher who gave me free digital copy via NetGalley!

Amazing Forest is a compilation of short stories from different artist. Each stories have their own amazing weirdness.

My personal favourite was The Bird Watcher art by Yumi Sakugawa. The message behind that story was simple yet hit so close to home. And the art work wasn’t less amazing than the story itself.

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reproduct-volume-1-reproduct-by-austin-wilson-logan-faerber-seth-t-hahne-author-sabrina-scott-illustrationsTitle:  Re*pro*duct Volume 1: Reproduct

Author: Austin Wilson, Logan Faerber, Seth T. Hahne (Author), Sabrina Scott (Illustrations).

Publication: Published September 27th 2016 by Magnetic Press

 Pages: 96 pages.

Summary:  In the future, robots have been legally granted the right to life. Their intelligence is not artificial, and it may not be the best approximation of a personality. But they reflect all the intricacies of a human mind and personality, only from within a manufactured shell, developing and learning as the rest of us do. They mirror us in all the ways we would want, but also in those ways we would wish to exclude…
In addition to the core storyline, this book includes several short interstitial tales that further explore the world of Re-Pro-Duct.
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The artwork definitely not my style. And I’m not even sure if I could tell you what this story about. Because the dialogues were really hard to follow. I only know this was about robot living among humans and basically it from what I’ve remembered.

I really wish I could like this though. I tried.

Thanks to Publisher who gave me free digital copy via NetGalley!

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i-d-by-emma-riosTitle:  I.D.

Author: Emma Ríos

Publication: Published June 28th 2016 by Image Comics

 Pages: 80 pages.

Summary:A dystopian tale that analyzes the conflict between perception and identity through the struggle of three people who consider a ‘body transplant’ as a solution to their lives.
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Thanks to the Publisher who gave me free digital copy via Netgalley!

This was such a great story about three people who struggled with their own life because of their identity and body transplant is the only way to solved it.
On their journey to the transformation, they bonded such an unlikely friendship… The artworks was fantastic as well!

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