Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson: Book Review

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Synopsis: When it comes to love there’s no such thing as conventional.

Everyone thinks Colton Neely is special.

Lilly Evans just thinks he’s fascinating.

Once friends when they were younger, their bond is cut short due to her accident prone nature and they go their separate ways. Years later, they meet again and Lilly learns that there is something special about the boy she once knew, but she has no idea what it all means. And she’s not sure if she’s ready to find out.

When he walks through the corridor of her school the first day of her senior year, she knows that it’s time to get to know the real Colton Neely. The more she learns, the deeper she falls.

Their friendship grows into love, even as Colton does not express it in words. But one decision threatens to break down the world that Lilly has tried so hard to integrate into and she must figure out if the relationship can survive if they are apart.

Date Published: June 29, 2014

Publisher: Self-published.

No. of pages: 121 pages

Date Read: October 2014

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Honest. Innocent. Sweet sprinkled with a sparkle of uniqueness.
Lilly’s voice is like no other, it was consistent, precise, it is like a voice I would love to read over and over.The way the book portrayed the characters was really amenable. There was truth and sincerity, there was coyness and heart. It was a mixture of everything amazing.

It was a breath of fresh air, it was the cold side of the pillow, it was a newly laundered bed sheets, it is a cup of tea on a cold night, it was everything that will make you feel good and then some. It was a book that celebrates life and not be bothered by the differences because in the end was the heart wants that matters.It was exhilarating as it was heartfelt.I could go on and on with endless comparisons and adjectives, but this book is just one of the best out there. It was never pretentious, it is what it is, and it was nothing short of perfect to me.

I love how the story was well thought of, I love how unconventional it is, not like those cliche type of books with one hell of a hot guy and a not-so popular girl, where the girl has dark secrets and the guy is a bad boy and they will eventually fall in love, no, it is not this book. This book is different from every book recently popping out these days. It painted love into this kind of surreal and magical way, that yes indeed love comes in different forms. It is something you would want to reread and not get tired of the whole story.

I cried and laughed, with this book I was able to reach that sense of satisfaction. Colton and Lilly’s story will stay with me to the end of days.

Can I give it more than five stars???

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How To Love by Katie Cotugno

 

Synopsis:

Before:
Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.

After:
Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.

Date Published: October 1, 2013

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

No. of Pages: 389 pages

Date Read: November 2014

REVIEW

Chaotic and Complicated.

Sulking from the loss of someone you thought you will have forever. Starting from square one yet again. The feeling of having the weight of the world put on your already fragile shoulders. The feeling of the universe conspiring to make you sad and miserable. All that and more. That was what this book has been trying to let out from the blurb down to the very end. I get the message it was trying to send across. However a bad boy and a good girl falling for each other seemed to be too mediocre for me. Yes it was realistic, but there was something missing that I cannot quite put my finger into.

Also, I had an issue with the Before and After format (is that what you call it?) It is like there was this one chapter that everything was building up and then all of a sudden there was a shift to the time frame. The momentum was gone. Poof! It became flat and kind of anticlimactic. I was more frustrated than eager to know what’s going to happen next. Maybe the fact that I had high hopes for this book contributed to me being a little disappointed in more ways than one. And the characters, don’t get me started with Sawyer. “Oh Sawyer, oh Sawyer” was what I have been blurting out every chapter. There may or may not be some pulling of my hair for the lack of right words to show how I am affected by the characters, their decisions and all, especially Reena. There are parts that I wished turned out differently. There are words that I wished the characters never said.

All in all it was a good read. I liked the book but not really loved it to the extent of shoving it to someone else’s throat. One thing I am happy about this book is it was beautifully written, I was blown away by how the author was able to formulate such sentences. The beauty of the words written was never lost on me. And yes, if you’ll be asking me if I will read another book by this author, I definitely would.

Rating: 3 stars

“…I hate myself for letting him know that I still think about him, that I carry him around inside my skin.”

Bookmarks Are Not Dead

So in a reading world where e-readers dominate over physical copies, bookmarks are set aside. Well not in my world! (Oh my god I sounded so corny, haha) So yep, presenting these lovely bookmarks. My dear cousin made them for me! 🙂

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Harry Potter themed bookmarks! My favorite!

Don't You just Love custom made bookmarks. Hahah I feel so legit using them. And yes, the one in the middle is my mantra haha!

Don’t You just Love custom made bookmarks. Hahah I feel so legit using them. And yes, the one in the middle is my mantra haha!

Aside from these custom made bookmarks I also collect bookmarks from Book Depository.

If you're lucky,  one of your orders will contain one of their cool bookmarks.

If you’re lucky, one of your orders will contain one of their cool bookmarks.

It is fun collecting bookmarks as it is fun collecting books! Show me your bookmarks! I tag anyone who sees this! Bye!

Book Wishlist

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UPDATED: May 16, 2017

It would be fun to strike out one of these books. 🙂

  1. Public Library by Ali Smith
  2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  3. The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro
  4. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes 
  5. Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
  6. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone Illustrated Edition
  7. Naked by David Sedaris
  8. What’s Not Yours is Not Your by Helen Oyeyemi
  9. Boy Snow Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
  10. We Are All Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
  11. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  12. After I do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  13. Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  14. Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  15. Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino
  16. Nowhere But Here by Renee Carlino
  17. The Crown’s Game by Everlyn Skye
  18. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
  19. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  20. Prayers for The Stolen by Jennifer Clement
  21. Delta of Venus by Anais Nin
  22. Little Birds by Anais Nin
  23. The Waves by Virginia Woolf
  24. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Leather-bound Boxed set
  25. I was Told There’d be Cake by Sloane Crosley
  26. Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis
  27. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  28. Human Acts by Han Kang
  29. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  30. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
  31. A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab
  32. Vicious by VE Schwab
  33. All My Puny Sorrow by Miriam Toews
  34. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
  35. Accidental by Ali Smith
  36. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  37. And Again by Jessica Chiarella
  38. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
  39. A History of Love by Nicole Krauss
  40. The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth
  41. The Interesting by Meg Wolitzer
  42. The Wild Flowers of Baltimore by Rob Roensch
  43. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  44. Residence of Earth by Pablo Neruda
  45. On The Edges of Vision by Helen McClary
  46. Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine
  47. At The Mouth of The River of Bees by Kij Johnson
  48. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Arringer
  49. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  50. Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
  51. Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near
  52. Rebel Spring by Meghan Rhodes
  53. Gathering Darkness by Meghan Rhodes
  54. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  55. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
  56. Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  57. Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
  58. Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
  59. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
  60. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  61. A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab
  62. Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
  63. 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
  64. Tiger’s Destiny by Colleen Houck
  65. Rites of Passage by Joy Hensley
  66. Making Faces by Amy Harmon
  67. All Graphic Novels of A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin
  68. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  69. Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk
  70. The Beautiful One by Chuck Palahniuk
  71. The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon
  72.  Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  73.  Rogue by George R.R. Martin
  74. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  75. The Husband’s Secret by Moriarty
  76. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  77. The Gold Finch by Donna Tart
  78. The Magician by Lev Grossman
  79. Tigerlily by Jody Lynn Anderson
  80. Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons
  81. Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  82. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  83. People in The Trees by Hanya Yanagihara
  84. Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav
  85. Naked Human by Christopher Poindexter
  86. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  87. Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
  88. Burnt Tongues by Chuck Palahniuk
  89. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
  90. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
  91. Alice in The Wonderland (Barnes and Noble edition)
  92. How to Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran
  93. Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
  94. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  95. The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness
  96. More Than This by Patrick Ness
  97. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
  98. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrelle by Susan Clarke
  99. Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke
  100. No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay
  101. B by Sarah Kay
  102. The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  103. Chasers of The Light by Tyler Knott Gregson
  104. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  105. In the Darkest Corner by Emily Haynes
  106. All The Words Are Yours by Tyler Knott Gregson
  107. Waiting for Bluebeard by Helen Ivory
  108. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  109. The Lush and The Architect by Matt Baker
  110. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
  111. Beginners by Raymond Carver
  112. Elephant by Raymond Carver
  113. On The Road by Jack Kerouac
  114. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  115. Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern
  116. The Incendiary by Chris Cleave
  117. Poems of Edgar Allan Poe HB
  118. Queen of the Tearling by Ericka Johnson
  119. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  120. Covet by JR Ward
  121. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsch
  122. Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
  123. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  124. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
  125. Twenty Love Poems and A Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda
  126. Ariel by Sylvia Plath
  127. Selected Poems by T.S. Eliot
  128.  Poems of Ee Cummings
  129. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  130. Slaughter House Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  131. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste NG
  132. Racing Hummingbirds by Jeanann Varlee
  133. Essays in Love by Alain De Botton
  134. A Natural History of Dragons by  Marie Brennan.
  135. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
  136. Saga Vol.1
  137. Poems by Emily Dickinson
  138. Collected Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  139. Daughter of Smoke and Bone in hardcover (boxed set)
  140. The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
  141. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  142. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  143. Selected Poems of Virginia Woolf
  144. The Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  145. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzama
  146. The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  147. Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven
  148. The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
  149. Trumpet by Jackie Kay
  150. Men Explain Things to Me and other Essays by Rebecca Solnit
  151. B is for Bad Poetry by Pamela August Russell
  152. Anatomy of American Soldier by Harry Parker
  153. Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
  154. Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith
  155. A Wilful Disregard by Lena Andersson
  156. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  157. The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan
  158. The Gap of Time by Jeannette Winterson
  159. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  160. Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
  161. The Girls by Emma Cline
  162. The Days of Abandonment by Ella Ferrante
  163. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
  164.  Animal Farm by George Orwell
  165. Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting
  166. Inked Armor By Helena Hunting
  167. S by JJ Abrams
  168. How to be A Woman by Caitlin Moran 
  169.  Marrow by Tarryn Fisher
  170. Black Butterfly by RM Drake
  171. End of Days by Susan Ee
  172. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  173. New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
  174. Sunset Park by Paul Auster
  175. Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
  176. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  177. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  178. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
  179. The Muse by Jessie Burton
  180. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  181. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  182. Speak by Laurie Halse Andersen
  183. Courage: Poems for Gutsy Girls by Sarah Kay
  184. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  185. Jamaican Inn by Daphne Du Maurier
  186.  Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  187. Stranger by Albert Camus
  188. The Outsiders by SE Hinton
  189. Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews
  190. Arabian Nights
  191. Complete Sherlock Holmes
  192. Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes
  193. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  194. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  195. The Hurt by Tabitha Suzama
  196. The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  197. Will you Please Be Quiet by Raymond Carver
  198. Poems of Oscar Wilde
  199. After Henry by Joan Didion
  200. A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver
  201. 3 AM Heartbreak Material by Marissa Crane
  202. The Art of Sleeping Alone by Sophie Fontanel
  203. Recipes for Sad Women by Hector Abad
  204. Poems Anne Sexton
  205. Why I wake Early by Mary Oliver
  206. Illuminae by Amie Kauffman
  207. Complete Poems of Ernest Hemingway
  208. Poems the Make Grown Men Cry
  209. All the Odes by Pablo Neruda
  210. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
  211. The Grown Up by Gillian Flynn
  212. The First Bad Man by Miranda July
  213. No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
  214. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  215. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  216. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
  217. A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms by George RR Martin
  218. The Yellow Wall Paper by Charlotte Gilman
  219. You by Caroline Kepnes
  220. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  221. Redeployment by Phil Klay
  222.  This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  223.  Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  224. The Martian by Andy Weir
  225.  Paper Lantern by Stuart Dybek
  226.  The Receiver of Many by Rachel Alexander
  227.  F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher
  228.  The Voyage and the Basilisk by Marie Brennan
  229.  The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  230.  The Secret History by Donna Tart
  231.  Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  232. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  233. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  234. The Devils Mode by Anthony Burgess
  235. Very Good Lives by JK Rowling
  236. The Lord of The Rings Leatherbound Boxed Set
  237.  Boy Snow Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
  238.  The Hours by Michael Cunningham
  239. We are all Completely Beside Ourselves
  240. A Wild Swan by Michael Cunningham
  241. Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  242. Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur
  243. Fates and Furies by Lauren Kristoff
  244. Love Poems by Pablo Neruda
  245. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
  246. Callum and Harper by Fisher Amelie
  247. Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino
  248. After You by Jojo Moyes
  249. Girl, Stolen by April Henry
  250. Girl with Many Gifts
  251. Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  252. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  253. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
  254. Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

Please God Let it Be Herpes by Carlos Kotkin

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Synopsis: Humorist-writer-mammal Carlos Kotkin is lucky in love-if lucky in love means he’s had enough horrible, pathetic, and downright bizarre dating experiences to write a book. His trouble with females usually begins upon opening his mouth.

Here, Carlos shares his ups and mostly downs of bachelorhood, including romantic conquests with a slew of childhood crushes, insane yogis, a Playboy vixen, a STD host, the flaky, the deaf, and the just plain dumb. His unique mating style is not to be duplicated, but it will definitely make readers laugh-and want to get tested ASAP.

Date Published: March 6, 2012

Publisher: NAL Trade

No of Pages: 304

Date Read: March 2014

REVIEW

Funny and witty.

It was the kind of book that you would want handy after you have read a life-shattering kind of book. It has that hilarious tone to it, not taking life too seriously. I won’t lie it did make me laugh out loud, to the point that whenever I remember a scene from the book I will literally laugh out of the blue. I had to admit I read this during one of my darkest days, which I was pretty sure I was close to having depression, but this book actually did something good to me. Thanks to the wit and sometimes laugh-until-your-stomach-hurts dilemmas of the author. And yes, it was really the title that got me!

Rating: 4 stars

Captive in The Dark by CJ Roberts

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Synopsis: Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature. If Caleb is to get close enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors and kidnap a beautiful girl to train her to be all that he once was.

Eighteen-year-old Olivia Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only a calm male voice to welcome her. His name is Caleb, though he demands to be called Master. Olivia is young, beautiful, naïve and willful to a fault. She has a dark sensuality that cannot be hidden or denied, though she tries to accomplish both. Although she is frightened by the strong, sadistic, and arrogant man who holds her prisoner, what keeps Olivia awake in the dark is her unwelcome attraction to him.

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.

Date Published: July 20, 2011

Publisher: Self-published.

Series: The Dark Duet

No. of Pages: 267 pages

Date Read: June 2014

REVIEW:

Let me gather my thoughts first, I seem to have lost it somewhere in the book. I had to pause for a while to come back to my senses.

Okay. (Inhale, exhale)

That was a tough one! I don’t really know what exactly to feel. Should I feel enraged? Should I feel depressed? Should I feel happy?. It was all jacked up emotions plummeting inside me, and I kind of hate it and love it at the same time. This book cut me open letting me bleed with too much raw emotions I can barely handle. It feels like there is this heavy load placed in my chest that I just couldn’t get off me no matter how I want to. But one thing I am very certain of, this book is too heavy to bear. I had to catch my breath every single chapter, I gasped, my heart went into erratic beating, I was at the edge of my seat and at some parts I was speechless and dumbfounded. I was like Livvie who was too confused. And I swear, I have never felt such kind of roller coaster of emotions for the longest time. This book is anything but mediocre. This book CAPTIVATED me in a hundred different ways.

However I fully understand that this book is not easily for everyone, some may hate it with so much passion, some may love it like treasured jewel. On my part I am kind of in the middle, it was really a love-hate relationship. But what important was the book’s capability to suck you in, to engulf you into a wholly different world. I for one, felt really dirty the whole time I was reading it, but that was what made this book good, it can give you the weirdest of emotions yet you would still want to know what will happen in the end. And if I may add this book haunted me for days.
Now please, give me a happy book.

RATING: 4 stars

“Love. What the hell did that word even mean? It got tossed around so flippantly, by everyone.”

With This Heart by R.S. Grey

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Synopsis: If someone had told me a year ago that I was about to fall in love, go on an epic road trip, ride a Triceratops, sing on a bar, and lose my virginity, I would have assumed they were on drugs.

Well, that is, until I met Beckham.

Beck was mostly to blame for my recklessness. Gorgeous, clever, undeniably charming Beck barreled into my life as if it were his mission to make sure I never took living for granted. He showed me that there were no boundaries, rules were for the spineless, and a kiss was supposed to happen when I least expected.

Beck was the plot twist that took me by surprise. Two months before I met him, death was knocking at my door. I’d all but given up my last scrap of hope when suddenly, I was given a second chance at life. This time around, I wasn’t going to let it slip through my fingers.

We set out on a road trip with nothing to lose and no guarantees of tomorrow.

Our road trip was about young, reckless love.

The kind of love that burns bright.

The kind of love that no road-map could bring me back from.

**Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual situations.**

Date Published: April 6, 2014

Publisher: Createscape

No. of Pages: 318 pages

Date Read: June 2014.

REVIEW

Simply Amazing.

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