Spoiler Free Book Review: Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz

A big HELLO from Philippines!!! I’m proud to say I’m finally pulled out from my long term reading slump. It was horrible! I wanted to read something for so long yet I just couldn’t. Because of what, I’m not really sure. Maybe it’s a mix of factors inluding school and personal stuff.

Anyhow, my second read of the year is Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz. I’ve been eyeing this book before its release. So happy I finally got it in my hands. This book is actually special and close to my current situation. I’m not being deported, don’t get me wrong.😆😂 But being a Filipino student who grew up in the Middle East, I was able to relate to Jasmine’s thoughts.

Saudi Arabia has been my second home for 12 years now and to go back to my motherland, the Philippines, is a really big adjustment. Growing up, I get to visit Philippines annually for 2 months. I learned to embrace both countries’ cultures. I may be Filipino by blood, but by heart I’m also a proud Arabian.





> What I like about the book:

>>>>>> Relatable

Something in Between did not only focus on the deportation of Jasmine’s family. It also explored the teenager’s thoughts and aspirations in terms of love, career, friendship, and family.

Love <<<<<<

There is a heavy focus on Jasmine and Royce’s journey in this book. Their relationship portrayed love, compassion and sincerity. The two characters showed courage as they face the adversity life gives them.

Jasmine is from a family of immigrants while Royce is from a family of politicians. It is evident that their worlds are different from each other. Just by that, you can already see what flows from it. But don’t get it wrong, it’s not always what you think it is.

Career <<<<<<

Jasmine has always had known what she wanted to be. She planned herself a future she’s ready to flaunt. But just as she thought things were going well, it’s not.

I admire how Jas handled the situation. It’s not easy to stay intact while everything around you seems falling out of place. You can see outright from this situation how eager and passionate she is about what she wants to do, what she wants to be, and where she wants to be. I think that is something everyone is worthy to see.

Friendship & Family <<<<<<

Jasmine is from a Filipino family, whom is known to be very culture strict and family-oriented. They value their friends as much as they do with their relatives. Filipino values such respecting the elders, eating together with family, excelling academically, and working hard for a goal were seen in the book.

>>>>>> Empowering

The main character in the book is an incoming freshman college. Though some of you may think this age is old enough to be given the freedom, we’ll see about that in the Filipino culture.

Some Filipino families are very strict and don’t usually let their children go out without permission. Yet if ever they would, a lot of reminders will be said before one even gets out of the door. (hahahaha, kind of unbelievable, but yes it’s the truth.)

In the book, it is something Jasmine has to overcome before she gets to do her thing.

This only tells us to be brave to stand up for what we want. If you want something and you are from a Filipino family, most probably they will reply: “Then work for it. Prove us you are worthy.”

>>>>>> Informative

Let’s be real, there are still people who are undocumented in United States. This book carries a message to those people out there to seek help from their family and friends. To break the law is not something anyone would want, and to take the legal process is very important.

> What I don’t like about the book:

>>>>>> Ending

Personally, I didn’t like how the story ended. It was a good ending, but not that good.


SEPTEMBER 2017: Mini ARC Haul


It has been awhile folks! I miss blogging and doing bookish stuff. Life has been very busy and things were happening at the same time. Of course, priorities–we need to work on those first. I’m kind of pressured by the expectations but yeah, just gotta deal with it. I’m going to try to put back my consistent habit of posting in the bookish community. I’ve been inactive for months and had been saying almost the same thing every time I post. I’m not promising anything though. I hope you’re all still there. xoxo

General updates aside, these are the new ARCS I received this month. ((Not the best number for hauls but hey, I’m so left behind in my TBR list. I can’t afford to acquire more books.))


This Tiny Perfect World by Lauren Gibaldi

On Sale Date: February 27, 2018

304 pages
Young Adult Fiction \ Romance \ Contemporary  // Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 And Up


A contemporary “clean teen” coming-of-age story about a small-town girl who opens her eyes to life’s endless possibilities

When Penny wins a scholarship to a prestigious theater camp, she thinks it’s the start of a perfect summer. But when she arrives at camp, Penny is thrust into a world of competition and self-doubt. And as she meets new friends, including Chase, a talented young actor with big-city dreams, she begins to realize that her own dreams may be bigger than she ever imagined.


Here So Far Away by Hadley Dyer

On Sale Date: March 20, 2018


368 pages

Young Adult Fiction \ Social Themes \ Depression // Ages 14 And Up, Grades 9 And Up


Award-winning author Hadley Dyer’s YA debut is a smart, humorous, and emotionally gripping story about a girl who finds love only to lose it … and more.Feisty and fearless, George Warren (given name: Frances, but no one calls her that) never lets life get too serious. Now that she’s about to be a senior, her plans include partying with her tight-knit group of friends and then getting the heck out of town after graduation.

But instead of owning her last year of high school, a fight with her best friend puts her on the outs of their social circle. If that weren’t bad enough, George’s family has been facing hard times since her father, a police sergeant, got injured and might not be able to return to work, putting George’s college plans in jeopardy.

So when George meets Francis, an older guy who shares her name and her affinity for sarcastic banter, she’s thrown. If she lets herself, she’ll fall recklessly, hopelessly in love. But because of Francis’s age, she tells no one—and ends up losing almost everything, including herself, all on her own. This is a gorgeous, atmospheric, and gut-wrenching novel that readers won’t soon forget.

Free Verse Ballad: Elaine by Bea Flores

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Hello everyone! I’m back 🙂 It’s been awhile, I know. I just finished taking tests today and I’m sooooo happy to say I now have the time to post and just go back to the book community. So as a come back, here’s a piece that I wrote for a project in English. It’s not the best and it has its flaws. I hope you’ll like it though. Good day everyone! ❤

He said to her picture, “You can always break my heart, and put it back to pieces.
But just know that it will never be the same again.”
His heart is hers to hold, hers to break.
Always on the go, beating Elaine.

They were free, young, and reckless; far from the truth.
They talk for hours like it’s the end of the road.
Once Elaine had asked, “Do you love me yes, do you love me not?”
The young man thought; he didn’t answer yet he showed.

Saturday night the young man went to Elaine’s house.
“Elaine, Elaine, here’s a bouquet of flowers.”
“Noah, Noah, what are these for?”
“I offer purity and pride—zest of me that showers.”

Sunday morning the young man went to Elaine’s house.
“Elaine, Elaine, here’s a note and a coffee.”
“Noah, Noah, what are these for?”
“I offer friendship and affection—avidity of me that comes with jolly.”

Days went by and the young man gave more of him.
“Is there more you will offer?”
But this time, Noah had nothing at hand.
“Indeed, there is. Take my heart, and it will forever be yours to foster.”

One day Elaine asked again, “Do you love me yes, do you love me not?”
“Aren’t what I gave you enough?”
Silence took place, and they locked eyes.
“I’m sorry, I can’t. I’m sorry for messing it all up.”

Tears shed from the young man’s eyes.
“It will never be the same again.
She broke my heart.”
Noah cried, and then there came memories of Elaine.

2 years after, they saw each other.
“Noah, forgive me but I love you still. Please don’t let my heart bleed.”
The young man didn’t feel anything.
“Elaine, forgive me but I am already healed.”





Author Interview: Emily Sowden


IMG_1139 colourI was born in Hampshire, U.K., to loving parents who taught me everything I ever needed to know. Mum gave me her love of reading and passion for words, while Dad taught me patience and helped to develop my renown optimism, all together creating a little monster that spent most of its time day-dreaming, reading and writing.

As I grew, my love of film, television and video games developed; passions which continued to balloon and mutate until it was all I could ever think about.

In 2013, I graduated from Bath Spa University with a Ba/Hons in Creative Writing after studying for three years, focussing on professional writing, script writing, and novel writing.

Today I’m a news editor for Pocket Gamer, and have previously contributed to GameSpew and Brash Games.

As for the exciting stuff: after plenty of ups and downs since leaving university, I joined the Oftomes family in May 2016 and my debut YA novel, Trapped in Silverwill be available on February 7th 2017, with two more books to follow.


Courage comes from a shadowed place in our hearts; a blurred line that straddles love and sheer stupidity.
To seventeen-year-old Ava, wild woodcats, hungry stragglers, and simple-minded townsfolk are the evils she’s grown accustomed to. But when Ethan, an unusual man with eyes of smoke and fire opal, enters her world she quickly understands that there are worse things out there than drunken men and carnivorous forest creatures. She’s a specialised liar and a hell of a fighter, but against a group of animalistic men called Berserkers she struggles to survive the encounter as the desperate swing of a dagger is all it takes to change her life for good.

Half-dead and hunted by the Berserker’s leader when he forms a monstrous obsession with her, Ava escapes his pursuit in an unfamiliar land full of impossible creatures, unlikely allies, and the man she doesn’t know whether to kiss or kill.

But after dreadful news of her missing brother surfaces, Ava becomes more involved in the centuries-long war and begins to unravel the reasons behind her relentless nightmares, discovering truths long-buried in a violent history of love, loss and betrayal.


What is the one word that describes you best as an author?

Scatty, and I guess a bit odd.

Do you love reading as much as writing?

I absolutely love reading but I’m so fussy with books sometimes. I also never read in the lead-up to a huge writing session otherwise it affects my writing.

What are the things you love most being an author?

I love making things out of nothing. Like, I was thinking the other day to myself, ‘My characters  and worlds wouldn’t exist if I didn’t imagine them’, I’m essentially their book-mum and they, my book-babies. It’s a really wonderful feeling.

What is the hardest thing in writing Trapped in Silver?

The hardest thing sometimes was pushing through the rejection. Trapped in Silver got re-written a couple of times until it was near-perfect and through those periods actually gathering up the emotional strength to sit down at the computer and start re-writing ‘chapter one’ again was really something, especially after a 10-hour shift.

Where did you get the idea of Trapped in Silver?

Okay, (sorry if you read this mum), but I was sitting through my AS-Biology class when I was about 17. We were one term in and I’d already accepted that I was more likely to sprout wings than I was to pass the class so I spent most of my lessons day-dreaming. I’d just finished reading the first Twilight book and I got so mad that the Vampires were sparkly beasts instead of the hideous, gnarled creatures of legend that I wrote half a book with Vampires in it. Eventually as the years went on the Vampires turned into Demons and Berserkers and thus Trapped in Silver was born. I actually kept a traditional Vampire (or Vampyr, as it’s written) in my book for one scene just to allow myself a little nostalgia.

What’s your favorite quotation from Trapped in Silver?

It’s a long one but it’s from chapter 6, describing the Equinox festival: “We arrived on the far side of town just after sunset and the festivities were in full swing. There were so many people singing, drinking and dancing in the city’s central parks and halls that it made my head hum with excitement. People passed around glasses filled with all colours of liquid and drank them down before pouring someone else another. Around the fire pits the townsfolk shared their pipes with nomads and traded stories of adventures and old loves, teaching the small crowds of people ditties they’d picked up on their travels. From wooden stalls the traders sold wildmeats and hair adornments made up of bloodroot and lilacs, while passing musicians led people of all backgrounds in the songs of spring.” – I actually surprised myself by how well the detail came out that it’s always stuck with me. There are more romantic ones, sure, but this is definitely one of my favourites.

To whom do you recommend your book?

I’d recommend my book to anyone who’s interested, to be honest. It’s a young adult fantasy by name but with elements of horror, light-hearted humour, and new adult themes tucked into the folds, it’s definitely suitable for people between the ages of 14 and 120.

Where can we find you?

Social media-wise you’ll find me most of all on:
Twitter : https://twitter.com/EtSowden
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15284813.Emily_Sowden Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/etsowden/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/emilysowdenwriter


Book Review: The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace

The Princess Saves Herself in this OneThe Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Princess Saves Herself in this One is a collection of poems written by Amanda Lovelace. It is written in four parts mainly the princess, the damsel, the queen and you. This isn’t the book one will enjoy. Instead, it will tear you into pieces and will make you think twice about life. It explores love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, and inspiration.

I give the book 4.5 out of 5 stars! The book was great. It’s relatable—the words are so deep and well played. Different emotions filled my heart while reading the poems. I have read a few poetry books but this one’s a bit different. The writing style’s new to me which I loved. This book is definitely a MUST read. Highly recommend it to everyone!

is a
then I
must have
all of
my armor

– a war I never agreed to fight.


Insidious by Victoria Evers

The Marked Mage Chronicles, Book #1
Victoria Evers

January 6, 2017
All Kat Montgomery wanted was a fun night out on
the town. What she got was a death warrant. As it turns out, the quaint little
hamlet of Mystic Harbor, Maine houses more than sandy beaches and adorable
B&B’s. Beneath the New England charm rests a deadly world where shifters,
demons, vampires, and angelic hunters all vie for power.
A world where magic is the greatest weapon.
Magic that Kat now possesses.
After that one fateful night, she can feel the
changes beginning to take hold of her. Only problem, she doesn’t even know what
she’s turning into. With threats hiding in plain sight, deciphering the lines
between friend and foe is nearly impossible. As if things couldn’t get any
worse, Kat learns her only real ally rests in the one person she can’t stand:
Reese Blackburn, an insufferably handsome magician whom the town fears most.
Kat’s very soul is at stake, and destiny doesn’t
seem to be playing out in her favor. Can these two unlikely partners challenge
fate itself before it’s too late?
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Curiosity got the better of me as I looked over
my shoulder, only to find the last human being I ever wanted to see heading
towards the back of the store. That familiar knot formed in my stomach, as it
always did anytime Reese Blackburn was near. I rocked back and forth on my
heels, trying my best to keep my patience in check as the old guy in front of
me continued buying virtually every lottery ticket available.
Come on, come on, come on. I needed to get out
of here. PRONTO.
Footsteps started making their way to the
counter from the back of the store, and I immediately deflated, knowing a
confrontation was now inevitable.
“Montgomery,” spoke a silvery voice directly
behind me.
I regrettably turned to face the ass-hat in
question, giving him my best artificial, Pan Am smile. “Blackburn.”
The guy always looked like he’d just waltzed off
the set of a Tim Burton movie, and tonight was no different. He was dressed in
his typically peculiar attire, sporting a gothic knee-length horseman’s jacket
laced in chains, a pair of black slacks, a silk tapestry vest, and dark brogue
boots adorned with skulls on the metallic buckles.
“Never thought I’d see you south of Providence
Street,” he remarked in the sarcastic fashion he always saved for me. “Get lost
on your way to the country club?”
“No, I was actually out looking for your heart.
Should’ve known better that it’s long gone,” I retorted. “And what about you?
Never thought I’d see you out in public on a full moon. Get lost on your way to
your cult meeting in the woods?”
“That’s later in the evening,” he chuckled,
flashing me that dimpled smile and perfect set of pearly whites. Such
infectious, boyish charm seemed misplaced, considering he was stab-worthy. It
really was a shame, because Reese wasn’t half bad looking.
And by ‘half’, I mean not entirely.
Sure, he had cheekbones that could cut glass,
not to mention bedroom eyes so amber they looked to be stowing flames inside
them, but still… Okay, okay. Even I had to admit, Blackburn was hardly an
Even with my heeled boots, I still stood a good
half foot shorter than him, but his lean frame thankfully made him less
The old guy in front of me started ordering
cigarettes as well, causing my fisted fingernails to start biting into my
palms. Knowing how quickly our conversations always descended into verbal smack
downs, I grasped at anything I could think of to divert us back to small talk
until I could move to the register.
“Did you go to the game earlier?”
Reese shrugged. “I considered it, but then I
started thinking of other excruciating things I’d rather do, like have a root
canal, and I decided to pass.”
“You heading to the bonfire?” I tried again. He
merely cocked a brow, and I realized how ridiculous I sounded. “Oh, that’s
right. You don’t do anything fun. How could I forget?”
“If you call watching a bunch of drunken idiots
gyrate around and trash a field while you suffocate from smoke inhalation
‘fun,’ then yes—I don’t like fun.”
“It wouldn’t kill you to be normal, ya’ know.”
“Maybe, maybe not. Haven’t tried it.”
“So, Mr. High and Mighty, what superior plans do
you have this evening?”
“Test my alcohol limits, take off my clothes,
and harass innocent bystanders.” He thumped the side of his head. “Oh, wait a
minute. No, that’s your friends.”
“At least I have some.”
He stole a look outside and leered. “With friends like that, I consider myself
grateful that I don’t.”
“Bite me.”
“I probably shouldn’t. Wouldn’t want to get
“I beg to differ. Foaming at the mouth would
probably be an improvement for you. Anything to get you to stop talking.”
He smirked. “Touché, Princess.”

VICTORIA EVERS is a debut paranormal fiction
writer who feels really awkward referring to herself in the third person….
When she’s not vacationing in Narnia, you’ll probably find her reading,
watching horror movies, spending time with her AMAZING family, or daydreaming
about the newest story in her head.



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IPSA Film Fest Entry: I’m Possible (Written by Bernadette F. Ocampo a.k.a. abookwithbea)


Hello everyone! It’s been awhile since I last posted here. I’m so sorry for my inactivity. Anyhow, I’ll be back by winter break. I have a lot of good ideas for my future blog posts. I hope you’re still with me.

Anyway, I’m publishing this blog post because I wanted to share to y’all what I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks. I’ve been staying late at school doing this. If you wouldn’t mind, it would really help if you will share, like & maybe post a comment on the actual video on Youtube. This is our school project for two quarters. It covers 4 subjects and that’s a lot! I ask for your support. It may only be a simple like & share to y’all but it means a lot to me and my classmates. It’s not the best but we sure did our best! Hope you like it.

Oh and I almost forgot, I was the one who wrote the script.


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IPSA Film Fest Entry
“I’m Possible”
A film by Dauntless Noble
Coming January 2017

“If only you know what I know,
If you only see what I see,
If you only feel what I feel,
You would know this nightmare is real.”

STARRING: Allen Gabriel Estorque, Bernadette Ocampo, Rolland Carlos Gamez & Kian Alcayde

DIRECTED BY: Alyssa Aranas and Charles Pedeglorio
WRITTEN BY: Bernadette Ocampo
EDITED BY: Margaret Alba




> Always tell the truth

>Be Supportive

>Communicate whenever you can

>Don’t spill their secret

>Express what you truly think

>Forgive them if they made a mistake

>Give them the freedom to be friends with others

>Have faith and hope to them

>Inspire them to always do their best

>Judge them fairly

>Know their likes and dislikes

>Love them as they are

>Motivate them to chase their dreams

>Never doubt their abilities

>Offer your help whenever you can

>Pray for them

>Quiet their anxiety

>Restrengthen them

>Stay loyal

>Trust them

>Understand their feelings and perspectives

>Value their efforts

>Wish and hope them best

>X-ray yourself before judging them

>Yank them back to earth when they need it

>Zest them with love and laughter

Book Release: Hold Me Still by Britaini Armitage

hms-coverBillionaire Ella Parker has always been strong, focused, and independent. As the founder and CEO of Parker Enterprises and one of the world’s youngest billionaires, she doesn’t have time for love or the drama that comes with being New Orleans’ most eligible bachelorette. When mysterious threats surface, Ella is forced to take on additional security and hire a full-time protection detail. When former Navy SEAL and security expert Elliott Quinn enters her life, she finds that her priorities are shifting, and just maybe she can take a chance on love.

After leaving the Navy, Elliott turned his expertise into a lucrative business, taking on Ella’s job due to his connections with her past. He has always been married to his work, but despite their best efforts, he soon finds Ella breaking down the walls he worked so hard to build around himself. An intense attraction draws them together, but Elliott knows that breaking the rules and falling for those he is charged with protecting can be a matter of life or death.

Clinging to her faith, Ella knows that she has to trust that everything is a part of a greater plan. Elliott isn’t sure what he believes in anymore. Both have endured loss and are longing to fill a need within. As the threats against Ella mount, will Elliott be able to protect the woman he has fallen in love with, and will Ella escape with both her life and her heart?


About the Book

Hold Me Still
by Britaini Armitage

n/a; standalone

Contemporary Romance


Publication Date
October 29, 2016

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About Britaini Armitage

britaini-armitageBritaini Armitage is an author, novelist, and blogger. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Creative Writing. Darkest Light is her first published book, and she is working on book two of The Light of the Magi series titled, Lustrous Shadows. When she isn’t writing she is spending time with her three boys Hayden, Wyatt, and Connor, and her husband Cory. She currently resides in Louisiana with her family.


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Book Release: The Destined by E.J. Mellow

The Destined
E.J. Mellow
(Dreamland #3)
Publication date: October 17th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult

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?

From Award Winning author, E.J. Mellow, comes the breathtaking conclusion of The Dreamland Series. A story that will take you on a spine-tingling and gripping ride through self-sacrifice, the true power of love, and the importance of friendship.

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Author Bio:

E.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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