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.


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.


Book Review: The Universe of Us by Lang Leav 

“He and I collided like two predestined stars and in that brief moment I felt what it was like to be immortal.” 

International best-selling author of Love & Misadventure, Lullabies(Goodreads Readers Choice Award), and Memories Lang Leav presents a completely new collection of poetry with a celestial theme in The Universe of Us.

Planets, stars, and constellations feature prominently in this beautiful, original poetry collection from Lang Leav. Inspired by the wonders of the universe, the best-selling poetess writes about love and loss, hope and hurt, being lost and found. Lang’s poetry encompasses the breadth of emotions we all experience and evokes universal feelings with her skillfully crafted words.

I love everything about this book! The poems are very deep and I can relate so much. The words are very profoud, powerful and inspiring. I highly recommend this to people who’s passionate about reading and writing poems. Indeed a great read!

*Big thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing for sponsoring this!*

P.S. This review is NOT IN ANY WAY BIASED. My opinions are mine and the publisher has nothing to do with it.

Book Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

When Emily’s best friend disappears, the only thing left is a to-do list. There, thirteen tasks were written for Emily, most of which she wouldn’t normally do. Thinking this might bring her best friend back, she tries to complete them all. But through the journey she will realize why her best friend left her a list and above all, she’ll discover things she never knew about herself.

I give the book 5 out of 5 stars! It was a great read. I like the concept and how it was written. I was never bored reading the book. And the fact that Emily’s committed to bringing her best friend back, that just makes it all better. Over all, the book’s fantastic and mind blowing. Highly recommend! 

ARC Review: Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s modern day outside the palace of Versailles. Inside, the people act like it’s the eighteenth century with the added bonus of technology. A lot of girls dream to be betrothed to the king but Danica isn’t one of them.
The novel follows Danica Grayson, who witnessed a murder done by the king. Her mother, knowing what she witnessed, found it a great chance to sell her daughter to the king. She had no way out until she discovered about Glitter–a drug so powerful, even a pinch can make a person addicted. With the drug, she can make more money than she ever dreamed. That could help her escape.

Falling with a drug dealer outside the palace, it’s one risk she had to take. But secrets are hard to keep inside the palace of Versailles.

I give the book 4.5 out of 5 stars! The book was an amazing read. I was interested till the end! I love everything about it–the characters, the setting, the plot and the theme. It’s very inventive! It has a creative mixture of the past and the future. The author worked with both elements so great! It mixed very well with the concept of the book. The scene transitions went really smooth.

I love the characters best. They’re vivid–the emotions were conveyed clearly. As for the plot, I like it. The scenes and the cause were explained well enough to keep the readers aware of what they need to know. Add to that, the story was unpredictable! I didn’t expect that the book would end with such an ending! It was shocking and I can hardly process that I already finished the book. Indeed a great read!


Book Review: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

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Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she’s not crazy and doesn’t belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.

Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn’t what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid–her true home–with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she’s sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything…including Snow’s return to the world she once knew.

This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero.

I give the book 3 out of 5 stars! It was a nice read. I like the concept and the characters but I didn’t like the plot. I think it’s flat and there’s little explanation to what’s happening. I had so much expectations while reading the book because I’ve heard great stuff about this book. I enjoyed reading the first few chapters but I didn’t have the motivation to continue reading the chapters so I’ll admit, I skipped a few chapters. Well, not because I think the book’s boring but because the book’s just slow for me. So I had to know what big happens next.

Maybe the book isn’t just for me. Anyway, at least I tried.

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Book Review: Replica by Lauren Oliver


Before anything else, I just want to thank Harper Collins for the advance review copy. I wouldn’t have read this in advance and for free if not because of them. This book will be out on October 4th so be sure to stay tuned!



Replica (Replica, #1)Replica by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Replica by Lauren Oliver is a novel that follows the story of two girls’ point of views — Lyra & Gemma.

Gemma’s been a sickly child ever since she was born. Her world revolved around her house, school and her bestfriend. When she discovers that her father’s related to Haven, a research facility, she started to became curious and was eager to find out the connections on why her father’s name seems linked to it.

Lyra aka number 24 along with number 72, a fellow replica, managed to escape when a tragedy hit the facility. In a world they thought never existed, they meet Gemma. As Lyra and Gemma try to understand each other, they’ll see that there’s beyond connection than they thought there is between them.

I give the book 4 out of 5 stars! The book was amazing. I love the concept — it’s new & fresh. The way the novel was written is very unique! I’ve never seen a book with such style. I must say it’s a good attraction for the book.

Anyway, I liked the plot. It was shocking and unexpected. So love the conflict! As for the characters, I loved Lyra better than Gemma. I think Lyra’s a bit easier to read than Gemma. Although I can’t deny that things were better explained with Gemma’s point of view. Anyhow, they’re both fantastic characters and are very likeable.

The book was brilliantly written. I don’t have any more words for this book. It’s fantastic and one of a kind! I’m so looking forward to the next installment. If you’re into young adult & science fiction, I suggest this book suits you. I highly recommend this book to ages 15 & up.



Lauren Oliver is the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren’s bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by AwesomenessTV; a major motion picture adaptation of Before I Fall was announced by Open Road Films in 2016.

Lauren is also the author of novels for middle grade readers: The Spindlers; Liesl & Po, which was an E. B. White Read Aloud Award nominee; and the Curiosity House series, co-written with H. C. Chester. She has also written one novel for adults, Rooms.

A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU’s MFA program, Lauren Oliver is also the cofounder of content development company Paper Lantern Lit. You can visit her online at www.laurenoliverbooks.com.


Book Review: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I have known this book ever since yet I didn’t have the urge to pick it up. I heard lots of great things about it which actually, is the main reason why I read the book. While I was checking my Instagram followers last week, I found out that Jennifer Niven was following me on Instagram. I was literally shocked!! I didn’t know she’s been following me for a long time. Also, if you didn’t know, she went to the Philippines for a signing event. I actually felt bad for not coming but it’s all up during the summer and summer’s over. The signing event took place in Manila but I don’t live in Manila. I live in a province which is 2 hours away from Manila which honestly, is the reason why I wasn’t able to come. Anyway, it’s time to proceed. I hope you’ll find my book review helpful!


All the Bright PlacesAll the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is a novel that follows Finch and Violet. Finch is a guy who ventures with death. He constantly thinks of ways he can die but then is being stopped by the good little things that happens. On the other hand, Violet, dealing with her sister’s death, she struggles to live by the present. She always thinks of her future, her life after graduation. Having the same thoughts at the same place, they met at the ledge of the Bell Tower at school. When they pair up for their project, they have to wander to different places in Indiana before graduation. Violet finds herself with Finch, wandering more than what they should leave and explore. There they discover: Finch can be himself when he’s with Violet while Violet can stop thinking of the future when she’s with Finch.

“But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.”

I give the book 5 out of 5 stars! The story was amazing. I have heard a lot of good comments about this book yet I haven’t read the synopsis, not even before I read it. I always love to surprise myself and I wasn’t disappointed with this book. I love everything about it – the plot, character, message and so on. The plot was unpredictable as well as the characters. The message of the book was conveyed clearly and emotions were reflected. As for the characters, I love finch the best. He’s weirdly awesome. Not only did he try to hide his pain, he saved the girl he loves. He let Violet see how wonderful life is. I love it when Finch becomes funny, weird, unpredictable and positive. He’s unpredictable but he’s not a freak.

This book made me cry and smile a lot. Everything felt real. The book’s worth it and one of a kind. I highly recommend this to readers!







BOOK REVIEW + FAN ART: Red Queen, Glass Sword & Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard

Attachment-1Hello everybody! It’s been awhile since I last posted a book review. I usually post separate book reviews but since this is a series and I really loved it, I decided to make a special post for it. I didn’t only reviewed the books but I also drew a simple fan art just to express my feels about the book. It was really great! I wasn’t disappointed. If you’re into young adult, fantasy, fiction and a bit of dystopian, then I think these books are for you. I recommend them to ages 13 & up. Hope you guys find my reviews helpful. Enjoy!


Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is the first novel in the Red Queen series. It follows Mare Molly Barrow’s adventure towards their world divided by blood: red & silver. She’s from the red blood — the slaves, the workers and the soldiers; except something about her is different. A twist of fate leads her to the palace and there, she discovers one thing about herself. The thing she thought only silvers can do.

Fear of curiosity from the people drove the king to force Mare live in the life of a lost silver princess and betroths her to one of his sons. As Mare discovers more about the silver world, she gets to be a part of a rebellion — the Scarlet Guard. Every decision has its own way of molding the future. Anyone can betray anyone. Mare’s actions put many lives at stake and her heart against herself.

I give the book 4.5 stars! The book was amazing; I loved it till the end. The plot twists were unexpected which makes the book better. The characters are likeable and the concept was fantastic. All in one amazing it is!

I gave it 4.5 because I think something’s missing in the book. I don’t know what but it didn’t satisfy me well enough to give it a five. Despite the rating decision, I cannot deny that this book’s one of the best! Victoria Aveyard did a wonderful job writing the book.

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard is the sequel to Red Queen. It follows Mare Barrow, turning against Silvers, who has turned her into a weapon that they tried to control. Pursued by Maven, the prince who betrayed her, she sets out to find others like her and do what’s best to bring Queen Elara and Maven down. Lies were told, secrets unfolded. Mare finds herself becoming the kind of monster she’s trying to defeat.

I give the book 5 out of 5 stars. Literally one of the best sequels I’ve read! The scenes were intense, very well written. Plot twists were unpredictable!! I had a serious emotional roller coaster ride which makes it unforgettable. I can remember myself crying while reading the last 5 chapters. It was amazing! Words can’t explain how beautiful this book was written. It’s so hard to process the scenes. The middle part was amazing, I found myself smiling while reading that part.

Anyway, the cover’s great, description’s catchy and the book content’s awesome. All in one amazing! Highly recommend.


Queen Song (Red Queen, #0.1)Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Queen Song is a Red Queen novella by Victoria Aveyard. It follows Cal’s mother & reveals her untold story.

The novella was fantastic! I give it 4 out of 5 stars. There’s not much to say but over all, the novella’s worth the read.



This is just a simple fan art. I could do a tutorial if you like – just comment below & I’ll see what I can do. Anyway, this fan art represents the first book. I’m planning to make one for Glass Sword but I’m still planning the format and what elements I should use.




BOOK REVIEW: Crossings by Ashley Capes

CrossingsCrossings by Ashley Capes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Crossings by Ashley Capes is a novel that follows Lisa Thomas uncovering the truth behind the deaths that’s somehow associated/related with a giant white kangaroo. Along with it, she’s also dealing with her ex. Ben, who’s rage is quickly growing.

I give this book 2.75 out of 5 stars. I’ll round it up so it’ll be 3 out of 5 stars on goodreads. The book’s fine. The cover’s great and the description’s catchy. Although I didn’t like how the plot went. I like the idea but it wasn’t handled smoothly. There were holes which I found. Also, I find the story very slow.

Despite everything, I liked it. Nice read.

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