Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2020)

2020 is one hell of a year and definitely life changing because of the pandemic and we have to adapt into the “new normal”. It’s also a good escape for most of us and spent time reading. Checking in for my reading goals: I’ve read 58 of 100 books this year and I’m right on track! Today, I’ll share with you my reading updates — best and worst books etc. this year.

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Cover Reveal | The Loop Breaker by Russ Thompson

COMING SOON from Russ Thompson and Winter Wolf Press!

THE LOOP BREAKER: A Beacon and The Darkness

This is a story that combines southern elements with the struggles of a young person overcoming the loss of a loved one.

After the death of her mother, teenager Lee Ann Daniels must leave the suburbs to live with her dad in the country, in the town of Laverne.

There she discovers lost souls seeking help from her. As she struggles to uncover their fate, she realizes she can communicate with them.

Souls have been trapped from the loops and it’s up to Lee Ann to discover how to free them amidst her own grief and fear.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

 

Author Russ Thompson has a uniquely southern gothic style. Being born and raised in Memphis, TN, Thompson is well versed in the southern culture that he brings to life in his writing. During his college years, he cultivated a love for writers such as Kurt Vonnegut, William Faulkner, Shirley Jackson, Herman Hesse, Stephen King, and Neil Gaiman and went on to teach Science for fourteen years.

In 2014, he published a collection of short stories, Tales from the Rim. It established Thompson’s voice as a southern Gothic storyteller. Many of the stories were based on real Tennessee ghost stories in which Thompson takes the framework of a myth and fills in the details with masterful fiction. Shortly thereafter, he began to write articles for Click Magazine and became a beta reader for Winter Wolf Press.

In the spring of 2018, Thompson finished his first novel, The Loop Breaker: A Beacon and the Darkness. Russ Thompson was signed as an author with Winterwolf Press and will soon publish his debut novel. After finishing a second collection of southern Gothic short stories, he will begin work on his second novel.

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Facebook: facebook.com/russtauthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/russthompson54/

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Movie Thoughts| P.S. I Still Love You

To All The Boys P.S. I Still Love You soundtrackCR: Netflix
To All The Boys P.S. I Still Love You soundtrack CR: Netflix

IMDB Rating: 6.2 / 10

My Rating: 9 / 10

Cast: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Jordan Fisher

Director: Michael Fimognari 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: February 12th 2020

Synopsis: 

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

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Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear MartinPages: 210

Goodreads Rating: 4.35 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Publication Date: October 17th 2017

Publisher: Ember

 

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Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.

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#LaroTour: Ang Larong Nagwakas Sa Atin by Fe Esperanza Trampe

Ang-Larong-Nagwakas-Sa-AtinPages: 344

Goodreads Rating: 4.50 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: 2019

Publisher: Anvil Publishing

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Mula pagkabata, buhay na ni Dennis Manansala ang paglaro ng chess. Dito lang siya siguradong magaling siya. Nang ilipat siya sa St. Louise de Marillac Academy o LdMA para sa high school, akala niya natukdukan na ito. Pero isang panibagong laro ang magsisimula nang makilala niya ang babaeng magpapaintindi sa kanya sa kahalagahan ng pamilya, pagkakaibigan, at pangarap.

Kinder pa lang, planado na ang buong buhay ni Esther Pamintuan. Para makapasok sa panagarap niyang university, mangunguna siya sa klase at magiging aktiba sa pahayagan ng LdMA. Ngunit nang hindi inaasahan, mapapasali siya sa laro ng chess at makikilala ang lalaki na magpapabago ng takbo ng mga plano niya.

Isang oras. Tigtatlumpung minuto sa orasan. Sa isang huling laro nakasalalay ang apat na taon ng pagsasamahan nina Dennis at Esther. Isa lang sa kanila ang magwawagi, gagawaran ng scholarship, at hihiranging Chess Player of the Year.

Sundan sina Dennis at Esther magbaliktanaw kung paano sila nagkatagpo, nagkalapit, at nagkaibigan.

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Exploring Tropes: Mafia Romance

As promised, I’ll write a book recommendation based on tropes. I have a list of my top five romance tropes and you can check it out here. On my first Exploring Tropes, we’ll venture on Mafia Romance. Honestly, books that has this trope is thrilling and addictive. The romance is always explosive and I just love mafia men. You know I’m a sucker for bad boys. The heroines are feisty and call out their lover’s bullshit.

It’s understandable this isn’t for everyone as it has trigger warnings such as violence, profanity, kidnapping, drugs, abuse etc. Everything is not sugarcoated and admittedly some of them are problematic. It’s your discretion to read them. I’ll do my best to rank it according to its darkness level so you’ll have an idea what to expect or if you can handle the story. It’s a lengthy post so please bear with me. Here are the mafia books / series I enjoyed:

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Love, Life and the List by Kasie West

LLLPages: 400

Goodreads Rating: 3.81 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: December 26th 2017

Publisher: Harper Teen

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Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

This is the first in a set of three standalone books with crossover characters.

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PH Blog Tour: The Shadow Glass by Rin Chupeco

38504533Pages: 432

Goodreads Rating: 4.47 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy

Publication Date: March 5th 2019

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

 

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In the highly anticipated finale to the Bone Witch trilogy, Tea’s life—and the fate of the kingdoms—hangs in the balance 

Tea is a bone witch with the dark magic needed to raise the dead. She has used this magic to breathe life into those she has loved and lost…and those who would join her army against the deceitful royals. But Tea’s quest to conjure a shadowglass—to achieve immortality for the one person she loves most in the world—threatens to consume her heart.

Tea’s black heartsglass only grows darker with each new betrayal. And when she is left with new blood on her hands, Tea must answer to a power greater than the elder asha or even her conscience…

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The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco

THFPages: 528

Goodreads Rating: 4.31 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy

Publication Date: March 20th 2018

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

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In The Bone Witch, Tea mastered resurrection―now she’s after revenge…

No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life…and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her―and took the life of her one true love.

But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea’s dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can’t kill someone who can never die…

War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe.

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