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

Goodreads │ Amazon

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 (www.sabthebookeater.com)

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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Swoon Saturday (7): You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando


You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

Publication Date: January 10, 2017 by Swoon Reads

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

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

Goodreads Summary:

Fighter. Faker. Student. Spy.

Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan. Now Reagan must decide: Will she use her incredible talents and lead the dangerous life she was born into, or throw it all away to follow her heart and embrace the normal life she’s always wanted? And does she even have a choice?

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Swept Off My Feet by Ines Bautista-Yao


Swept Off My Feet by Ines Bautista-Yao

Publication Date: September 19, 2017

Genre: Young Adult Romance

Goodreads Summary:

Why my life sucks
by Geri Lazaro

1. My dad left when I was a kid.
2. My mom is in love (insert eye roll).
3. With a guy who is like 10 years younger than her!
4. My friends think he’s hot. (Gross)
5. I love ballet but our dance studio has a leak and we have to dance in this smelly studio that doubles as an aikido dojo.
6. There’s this Dojo guy who thinks the studio belongs to him.
7. Friends think Dojo guy is cute. (Ew.) (Okay, objectively maybe but still, ew.)
8. I’m failing algebra.
9. Need to quit either basketball or ballet. Or both.
10. Dojo guy keeps showing up! (Fine, he does aikido in the same building but whatever.)
11. Dojo guy is asking me to dance with him. And maybe he is as cute as my friends say.
12. I don’t know what to do anymore!

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Ghost of a Feeling by Celestine Trinidad – Filipino Version


Ghost of a Feeling by Celestine Trinidad

Publication Date: October 31, 2017

Genre: Romance

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

Preorder the book on Amazon! ❤

*Click here for the English version of this book review!*

Goodreads Summary:

All Cris Villareal had ever dreamed of was becoming a doctor. But after the death of a patient under her care and the subsequent humiliation she suffers under a senior resident in her hospital, she begins to lose faith in herself. And no one else could understand her and her despair.

So one Halloween night, up on the rooftop of her apartment building, she decides to end it all.

She is stopped from jumping by Emilio, the ghost of a young man who haunts her building, who also committed suicide there many years ago. Eventually, Cris finds herself opening up to him, in a way she had never before, with anyone living or dead.

There is only one problem.

Emilio isn’t really a ghost.

He is actually a living young man named Nathan Morales, and Cris was just one of the unwitting victims in a prank he had once played on the tenants of her apartment. But being Emilio was the only way he could think of to stop her that night, and the only way now he could get her to open up to him. As Emilio, he was someone she could trust enough to help her, in a way Nathan himself never could.

As their relationship grows deeper and their feelings grow stronger each day, can he finally help her find a reason to keep living?

But how long can he keep lying to her?

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Ghost of a Feeling by Celestine Trinidad


Ghost of a Feeling by Celestine Trinidad

Publication Date: October 31, 2017

Genre: Romance

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

Preorder the book on Amazon! ❤

*Click here for the Filipino version of this book review!*

Goodreads Summary:

All Cris Villareal had ever dreamed of was becoming a doctor. But after the death of a patient under her care and the subsequent humiliation she suffers under a senior resident in her hospital, she begins to lose faith in herself. And no one else could understand her and her despair.

So one Halloween night, up on the rooftop of her apartment building, she decides to end it all.

She is stopped from jumping by Emilio, the ghost of a young man who haunts her building, who also committed suicide there many years ago. Eventually, Cris finds herself opening up to him, in a way she had never before, with anyone living or dead.

There is only one problem.

Emilio isn’t really a ghost.

He is actually a living young man named Nathan Morales, and Cris was just one of the unwitting victims in a prank he had once played on the tenants of her apartment. But being Emilio was the only way he could think of to stop her that night, and the only way now he could get her to open up to him. As Emilio, he was someone she could trust enough to help her, in a way Nathan himself never could.

As their relationship grows deeper and their feelings grow stronger each day, can he finally help her find a reason to keep living?

But how long can he keep lying to her?

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