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.]


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!]


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


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.



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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. 🙂

Looking forward to seeing your posts!Signature II

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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Seize Today by Pintip Dunn

Seize Today by Pintip Dunn

Publication Date: October 3, 2017 by Entangled: Teen

Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi

[Special thanks to the publisher for the review copy!]

Goodreads Summary:

The third book in the New York Times bestselling and RITA®-award-winning Forget Tomorrow series is a thrilling conclusion to an epic trilogy.

Seventeen-year-old precognitive Olivia Dresden is an optimist. Since different versions of people’s futures flicker before her eyes, she doesn’t have to believe in human decency. She can literally see the path to goodness in each person—if only he or she would make the right decision. No one is more conflicted than her mother, Chairwoman Dresden, and Olivia is fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be.

But when the Chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, a boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia is forced to reevaluate her notions of love and faith. With Ryder’s help, Olivia must come to terms with who her mother is in the present—and stop her before she destroys the world.

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Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David

Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David

Publication Date: February 6, 2017

Genre: Young Adult Romance

[Special thanks to the author for the review copy!]

Goodreads Summary:

No bets. No fake relationships. Just a very real one that has to be kept under wraps.

Seventeen-year-old Melissa wants to dye her hair cotton candy pink and focus on her ukulele instead of Physics. But she can’t. As the daughter of a Catholic school principal, living up to her model student image 24/7 is a must. Something’s about to give under all the pressure. She only hopes it isn’t her.

Getting involved with a troublemaking basketball player is the last possible thing she needs…

Lance is used to getting what he wants. With a pretty face he uses to full advantage and his role as co-captain of the basketball team, the easy way is the only way he’s ever known. Until the day he notices the prim Melissa he’s known forever is actually hot and decides to ask her out. He has no idea he’s about to learn the lesson of a lifetime.

Not getting what he wants might exactly be what he needs…

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All That Glitters by Ines Bautista-Yao

All That Glitters by Ines Bautista-Yao

Publication Date: 2017 by Spark Books

Genre: Romance

[Special thanks to the author for the review copy!]

Goodreads Summary:

When they have nothing better to do, college students Billie Santiago and Carlos Angeles enjoy imagining what their lives will be like five years into the future. It’s never serious—just a whole lot of teasing and poking fun at each other. Till blindingly handsome, PR professional Iñigo Antonio saunters into the university bookstore where Billie works. All of a sudden, she finds herself face to face with the physical manifestation of the very dream she tells Carlos about.

Captivated by Iñigo’s magnetic personality, Billie is lured into his dazzlingly glamorous world—much to Carlos’s frustration. But as Billie notices Iñigo might not be playing by the rules, Carlos begs her to stay away from him. When Billie doesn’t listen, she realizes too late that she is in over her head and it may take a miracle (or a boy who cares deeply about her) to get her out of it.

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[Blog Tour] You Out of Nowhere by Jay E. Tria

You Out of Nowhere by Jay E. Tria

Publication Date: November 4, 2017

Genre: Romance

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Goodreads Summary:

At 31, Kris’s dating life is starting to resemble a reality show. So when she strikes up a conversation with a nerdy but gorgeous stranger on the train, getting serious is the last thing on her mind. Been there, done that, and she has the emotional baggage to prove it.

At 24, Ringo knows what he wants—and when a train flirtation turns into a night he can’t forget, he knows he wants Kris. But it’s clear she has other plans, and they don’t include him. So when they find themselves on the same flight to Seoul, it’s Ringo’s chance to turn up the heat, and convince Kris to take a risk.

In a new city, with someone new—the right someone—what could change? Maybe nothing. But also, maybe everything.

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The Last Time I’ll Write About You (Revised and Expanded Edition)

The Last Time I’ll Write About You by Dawn Lanuza

Publication Date: January 30, 2018 by Andrews McMeel Publishing

Genre: Poetry

[Special thanks to the publisher for the review copy!]

Goodreads Summary:

“Poetry that hits you right in the feels. The magic of Lanuza’s writing flows effortlessly with every piece. Definitely left wanting more. “ – Sab (

The Last Time I’ll Write About You is popular Filipino YA and romance writer Dawn Lanuza’s debut collection of poetry. Featuring beautiful, relatable poems about first love, this book is the perfect companion for anyone who has loved, lost, and emerged anew.

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