The Score by Elle Kennedy

TSEKPages: 310

Goodreads Rating: 4.38 / 5 Stars

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports

Publishing Date: January 11, 2016

Publisher: Self-Published

Summary (Goodreads):

He knows how to score, on and off the ice

Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she’s going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over

Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

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TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Disappointing Eye Candy Books

I guess this is my first T5W post for 2016 and I’m very excited for this week’s topic: Disappointing Eye Candy Books [Beautiful Covers with awful stories]. This weekly meme is created by Lainey of Ginger Reads Lainey and you can check out the weekly topics on the Top 5 Wednesday – Goodreads Page.

Please don’t hate me if I ever post a book that you like/love. These are just my personal opinions. 🙂 Peace guys!

Here are the books:

FEVER

  • Fever by Lauren DeStefano – I really like Wither but this sequel is enough for me not to proceed on the final book.  Nothing much happens and it really didn’t answer my question on the first book. Read my full thoughts here.

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  • The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak – I always love contemporary novels with beautiful covers like this. However the chemistry between the characters is lackluster and it didn’t really gave me the feels. Plus, it’s an insta-love. Full review posted here.

JOY

  • Just One Year by Gayle Forman – I am very disappointed with this sequel. It is told in Willem’s perspective but it’s not the one I’m expecting. If you want to know what to know on what’s left on Just One Day, just jump on the novella.

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  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – It’s truly an eye-candy book because it looks like a YA Horror novel. Apparently, it’s not. The concept is amusing but I wasn’t a fan of its writing style. I was really bored and the pacing is excruciatingly slow. The story is okay but I’m not really a fan of it.

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  • Never Never Part 3 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher – Look at how mysterious and intriguing it is. The cover is just gorgeous. After waiting for a long time for this final novella, I can’t help expressing my disappointment. I’m so underwhelmed.

What are your disappointing eye candy books? Have you read any of these? Feel free to share your thoughts on the comments. 🙂

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The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

TMPages: 296

Goodreads Rating: 4.19 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Publishing Date: May 6, 2015

Publisher: Createspace

Summary (Goodreads):

He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have towork for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.

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10 Thank You’s For This Day

January 21st 2016 – I think I have the right to sing “22” by Taylor Swift, even if I’m off the key. Still, it was a fun day for me to celebrate my 22nd Birthday. So, I would like to share the 10 Things I Am Thankful For. It may be bookish related or something more personal. Without further ado, here are my 10s:

  1. God. I’m thankful for all the blessings that he gave me. He guides me to lead me on the right path and enlightens me whenever I’m lost.
  2. My Mama. You are the best mother in the world and I’m lucky to have you as my mom. Thank you for being my coffee buddy and for introducing Archie Comics to me when I was a kid. Thank you for teaching me with everything and I can’t enumerate them all because it’s a LOT. Thank you for comforting me whenever I’m stressed with school and duties. Haha! I love you, Ma! :*
  3. My Papa. Thank you for spoiling me with food. Especially cooking my favorite. Like: ‘Chicken Feet Adobo’. Thank you for introducing me to books that aren’t my cup of tea. You are the reason why I read in random genres and also taught me how to book hunt on BookSale. That really saved me a lot of budget. Thank you for making me laugh whenever I’m mad. I love you, Pa! :*
  4. For me having a good health and to all the people I knew.
  5. Thankful for my Family for being supportive and respecting me on what I do.
  6. To my elementary classmates. For still keeping in touch with me though I haven’t you guys for years. Magpakita kayo!! haha!  It’s nice to bring back old hilarious memories. Thank you for the quick mini reunion. Hi Jhanyn and Lourdes! I miss you guys!
  7. My High school classmates. Marnelly (Drebels – the no. 1 J.Law fan and Katniss Evahdin LOL. The wacky selfies exposer and bus buddy), Fhernandine (Hi Twin Twin!), Hanesel (Hi Swing!), Denise, Sean, Nerissa Mae, Clarkie, Rhian, Sharmaine, Sunshine,   Maylene The IV-St. Francis boys etc.. Thank you for making me comfortable whenever I feel awkward. I miss you all!
  8.  My fellow College buddies. CEU Makati – BSN Batch 2014. My bebe cakes: Angelique (my book buddy. who loves Nicholas Sparks and Mitch Albom), Fatitets (my fellow PSG for Angelique and Gigi. haha! ) and Gigibels (who is my total opposite because she hates rice. I love rice and I get exta cups. She hates books by the way and I’m making fun of her to accompany me on Powerbooks. I swear, she gets dizzy with book titles.)
  9.  Book Girlfriends PH. The NA/Adult romance lovers and sometimes YA. The ladies I met on Goodreads and met them as well in real life. Camille, Rhyzza, Jane, Kath, Allen, Fau, Nickle, Asser, Guia, Ate Lindsay, Ate Jobelle, Ate Glai, Ate Grace, Ate Elaine, Ate Ana and many more.  🙂 See you soon ladies and I miss you all!
  10. The Bookish Community, Bloggers, Bookstagrammers, Goodreads Reviewers.  You guys are all awesome. I may not have met some of you personally and mostly talk online. All those conversations and buddy reads are so fun! Thank you for sharing your love for books and fangirling our mutual favorite books. There are so many of you guys! I want to fit you all here!

          P.S. Thank you sis Pearl (all time buddy read! ) for these birthday gifts/ beautiful books! Thank you for the letter as well. 🙂 I really love it and I’m surprised with these. I really appreciate it 🙂 Thank you again!  Let’s buddy read The Moment of Letting Go soon 😉

P.P.S. Thank you to Ate Rachel and AJ the Ravenous Reader (click to read their fabulous reviews) who buddy read one of my favorite New Adult novels, Butterfly Dreams by A. Meredith Walters as a birthday greeting/surprise. 🙂

Thank you for all the warm, birthday greetings! I really appreciate it. You guys made my day! 🙂 Hugs & Kisses to you all xoxo

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Reviving Izabel by J.A. Redmerski

RIPages: 373

Goodreads Rating: 4.27 / 5 Stars

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: Romance, New Adult, Thriller, Suspense, Dark

Publishing Date: December 4, 2013

Publisher: Self-Published

Summary (Goodreads):

Determined to live a dark life in the company of the assassin who freed her from bondage, Sarai sets out on her own to settle a score with an evil sadist. Unskilled and untrained in the art of killing, the events that unfold leave her hanging precariously on the edge of death when nothing goes as planned.

Sarai’s reckless choices send her on a path she knows she can never turn back from and so she presents Victor with an ultimatum: help her become more like him and give her a fighting chance, or she’ll do it alone no matter the consequences. Knowing that Sarai cannot become what she wants to be overnight, Victor begins to train her and inevitably their complicated relationship heats up.

As Arthur Hamburg’s right-hand man, Willem Stephens, closes in on his crusade to destroy Sarai, she is left with the crushing realization that she may have bitten off more than she can chew. But Sarai, taking on the new and improved role of Izabel Seyfried, still has a set of deadly skills of her own that will prove to be all she needs to secure her place beside Victor.

But there is one test that Izabel must face that has the potential to destroy everything she is working so hard to achieve. One final test that will not only make her question her decision to want this dangerous life, but will make her question everything she has come to trust about Victor Faust.

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Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski

KSPages: 393

Goodreads Rating: 4.21 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Romance, Suspense, Thriller, Contemporary

Publishing Date: June 19, 2013 (1st Edition)

Publisher: Self-Published

Summary [Goodreads]:

Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years.

Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape. But things don’t go as planned and instead of finding transport back to Tucson, she finds herself free from one dangerous man and caught in the clutches of another.

While on the run, Victor strays from his primal nature as he succumbs to his conscience and resolves to help Sarai. As they grow closer, he finds himself willing to risk everything to keep her alive; even his relationship with his devoted brother and liaison, Niklas, who now like everyone else wants Sarai dead.

As Victor and Sarai slowly build a trust, the differences between them seem to lessen, and an unlikely attraction intensifies. But Victor’s brutal skills and experience may not be enough in the end to save her, as the power she unknowingly holds over him may ultimately be what gets her killed.

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The RIP IT or SHIP IT Book Tag

It’s time for another book tag. Thank you JM of Book Freak Revelations for tagging me to do the RIP IT OR SHIP IT Book tag. I’ve seen this a lot on YouTube. It’s really funny when characters from different books are paired up. Some of them are interesting and some of are just.. NO WAY. I wrote the character names in tiny pieces of papers and just pick them randomly. Without further ado, let’s begin.

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Changing Course by Aly Martinez

CCPages:  251

Goodreads Rating: 4.11 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3.5 / 5 Stars

Genre:  New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: January 29, 2014

Publisher: Createspace

Summary (Goodreads):

I met Sarah Kate Erickson when I was twenty-one years old. I was lucky enough to keep her for seven years before a tragic accident stole her from me. She didn’t die, but sometimes I think it would have been easier if she had.

I lived in a haze for those four years after the accident. Catering to her every need, even though she hated the very sight of my face. I tried to hold on to her and the future that we were supposed to build together. But you can’t hold on to someone who doesn’t exist anymore.

It wasn’t until I met Jesse Addison, a barista at the local coffee shop, that I realized I didn’t just lose Sarah that tragic night, I lost myself as well. Jesse taught me how to let go of the past and learn to love again. But what happens when your past haunts your present, and the woman you used to love refuses to accept the woman you can’t live without?

*Intended for readers 18+. Each book in this series can be read as a standalone.*

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The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

TLTWSGPages: 386

Goodreads Rating: 4.08 / 5 Stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Publishing Date: February 10, 2015

Publisher: Harper Teen

Summary (Goodreads):

There’s death all around us.
We just don’t pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn’t look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she’s just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that’s all she’ll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there’s a secret she hasn’t told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex’s brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn’t have to be real to keep you from moving on.

From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a gorgeous and heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and letting go.

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Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

FSRTPages: 320

Goodreads Rating: 3.81 / 5 Stars

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Publishing Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Summary (Goodreads):

Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.

Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy- so far. Her absentee mother isn’t home nearly enough to know about Mercedes’ extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won’t even say the word “sex” until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn- or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.

When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her reputation and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process. Funny, smart, and true-to-life, FIRSTS is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up.

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