The Boyfriend Bracket by Kate Evangelista


The Boyfriend Bracket by Kate Evangelista

Publication Date: June 19, 2018 by Swoon Reads

Genre: Young Adult Romance

[I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!]

Blurb:

Stella has had a hopeless crush on Will, her older brother’s best friend FOREVER, but now that Cam and Will have graduated and are going off to college, this year is her chance to really strike out on her own. Without her overprotective brother and his sidekick around to distract her, she can focus on having all the typical high school experiences that she’s always dreamed of—starting with finding a boyfriend! With the help of her best friend Franklin, she comes up with the perfect plan to have a boyfriend by Christmas: The Boyfriend Bracket.

Or it seems like the perfect plan…right up until Will starts showing up again. How is she supposed to find the perfect boyfriend when none of her dates measure up to the one boy she can never have?

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A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole


A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

Publication Date: February 27, 2018 by Avon

Genre: Romance

[Special thanks to Ms. Chachic of Chachic’s Book Nook for lending me her ARC! I’ve bought my own copy of the book, so this is a review of the finished copy.]

Blurb:

From acclaimed author Alyssa Cole comes the tale of a city Cinderella and her Prince Charming in disguise . . . 

Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise.

Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his crown.

The chemistry between them is instant and irresistible, and flirty friendship quickly evolves into passionate nights. But when the truth is revealed, can a princess in theory become a princess ever after?

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[Blog Tour] Second Wave Summer by Six de los Reyes, Tara Frejas, and Jay E. Tria


Second Wave Summer by Six de los Reyes, Tara Frejas, and Jay E. Tria

Publication Date: May 19, 2018

Genre: Romance

[I received a review copy from the authors (thank you, Ate Six, Ms. Tara, and Ms. Jay!) and I also purchased the book on release day. This is a review of the finished Kindle edition.]

Blurb:

All roads lead back to beachside music festival Summer Crush for another weekend of high waves, rock & roll, and the promise of summer romance.

On any given day, Michael Brian doesn’t need to do much to hit the right notes with a girl, but there’s something about this day—and something about this girl—that’s got him out of tune. (A Taste of Summer, Six de los Reyes)

Indie filmmaker Datu puts on his dusty event videographer hat for Summer Crush. But memories of a love he let slip away resurface from every corner of this surf town. Now what he thought would be an easy job just isn’t so easy anymore. (Rushes, Tara Frejas)

Corporate-highflyer-on-vacation Ringo has a question to which cookie bar boss woman Kris has the answer, if only they’d stop getting in each other’s way. (Ask Me Nicely, Jay E. Tria)

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The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang


The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Publication Date: June 5, 2018 by Berkley

Genre: Romance

[I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!]

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Blurb:

A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

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What Kind of Day by Mina V. Esguerra


What Kind of Day by Mina V. Esguerra

Publication Date: May 31, 2018

Genre: Romance

[I received an e-ARC from the author (thank you, Ms. Mina!) and I also preordered the book on Amazon. This is a review of the finished Kindle edition.]

Blurb:

It’s a bad day for Ben. After years of earnest work, he’s been fired from his job as a speechwriter for a Philippine senator. Name tarnished and bridges burned, he steps into what he thinks is a shuttle ride home, and accidentally joins a tour of his own city.

It was supposed to be a good day for Naya. Her passion is traveling, her hobby is discovering cool things to see and do, and taking people on tours of Metro Manila is her only job right now. An extra person at the last minute isn’t ideal, especially if the person is a former colleague and the subject of the day’s hottest political trash fire. But work is work, and she decides to let him stay in the tour.

She’s hoping she won’t regret it. He’s hoping his day turns around. What kind of day could it be? Maybe the best kind.

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Chasing Mindy by Carla de Guzman


Chasing Mindy by Carla de Guzman

Publication Date: April 1, 2018

Genre: Romance

[I received an e-ARC from the author (thank you, Ms. Carla!) and I also purchased the e-book on release day. This is a review of the finished Kindle edition.]

Blurb:

Mindy and Javier are not friends, okay.

Despite their mothers’ matchmaking, they’ve managed to stay out of each other’s way. Until Mindy goes to Paris for a week, and her mother insists she meet up with Javier. He’s in Paris to study, really looking forward to see you, she says. Watch over each other.

No thanks. Javier is taciturn and boring, Mindy is dramatic and has a tendency to yell at things when her eight siblings are brought up. It’s not a great combination.

But things start to look a little different under the Paris lights, and what felt like hate feels a lot closer to love.

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Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza


Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Publication Date: February 7, 2017 by Razorbill

Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi

[I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!]

Blurb:

Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an wants vengeance.

The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, Rhee has spent her life training to destroy the people who killed her family. Now, on the eve of her coronation, the time has finally come for Rhee to claim her throne – and her revenge.

Alyosha is a Wraetan who has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. Despite his popularity, Aly struggles with anti-Wraetan prejudices and the pressure of being perfect in the public eye.

Their paths collide with one brutal act of violence: Rhee is attacked, barely escaping with her life. Aly is blamed for her presumed murder.

The princess and her accused killer are forced to go into hiding – even as a war between planets is waged in Rhee’s name. But soon, Rhee and Aly discover that the assassination attempt is just one part of a sinister plot. Bound together by an evil that only they can stop, the two fugitives must join forces to save the galaxy.

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The Year We Became Invincible by Mae Coyiuto


The Year We Became Invincible by Mae Coyiuto

Publication Date: August 8, 2015 by Anvil Publishing

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Blurb:

Dear Future Reader,

If you’re reading this book, it’s either:

1. You’re my future partner

2. I’m famous and my writings have been immortalized

3. You’ve violated my privacy and these are not meant for you

Let’s hope it’s not the last one. Before this year, I had my life all planned out. This book contains the story of the year that changed my life (well, my life so far). It’s the year I learned how to be invincible. That wasn’t really specific, but I guess you have to read on to see what I’m talking about.

Love,

Camille

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Book Haul-ish


We all know that not all bloggers post book hauls because they feel like their book haul is not big enough – or they have an invisible book haul (no books, haha) so Erin and I thought of…

Book Haul-ish
Encouraging bloggers to post their book hauls no matter how small (or invisible!) they may be. ❤

My sister Erin is not blogging anymore, but I wanted to relaunch this feature because I enjoyed doing it before. I hope you can join me now that it has returned!

How to participate:

All you have to do is talk about your book-haul (ish) and use the hashtag #BookHaulish when posting. You can post pictures if you like, and you may use the image provided that you link it to this post.You can also tweet me (@bookishsongs) so I can share your post! 🙂

If you have just one book, no problem! And if your haul is invisible  YOU’RE AWESOME FOR PARTICIPATING! The whole point of this is to celebrate whatever the size of your book haul is. #InvisibleTeamFTW

We’ll post every Saturday (ideally at 8 a.m. EST) – but you don’t really have to post on a Saturday if you feel like posting on another day. 🙂


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Looking Back, Moving Forward v.3


Happy new year, bookish friends! ❤

I barely survived 2017 because a lot of unexpected trials came my way, but I am welcoming 2018 with a stronger heart.

I want to thank everyone who made me smile this year. Thank you for your kind words and continuous support!

Shoutout to my bookstagram friends and favorite accounts:

I also want to thank my book fairies at Macmillan International, Penguin Random House International, Harper Collins International, Usborne YA, and Scholastic Philippines for granting the wishes of my bookworm heart. Thank you for helping me spread my love for books! ❤

This new year post won’t be complete without my bookish awards, so here you go:

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