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I finished Stealing Snow first week of January but, when I bought it last Christmas, I was sure that this novel should be my book recommendation for December.

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige (499 php)

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We exchanged gifts at the office for my pre-birthday celebration/Christmas party. We settled for 300 php for the present that we wanted to receive and we even had wish list. I only had one in my mind: National Bookstore GC’s. I really hoped to purchase the book that I’ve been itching to read from the first book in the series made me cry like I was chopping an onion.

I didn’t expect to receive a 500 php GC instead of 300 php. I was giddy and I couldn’t wait to use it. Unfortunately, the book was out of stock from several NBS that I went to. I saw this being featured in the NBS instagram account and it piqued my interest so I ended up purchasing it.

 

Snow Yardley was locked in Whitaker, a psychiatric hospital where she met the love of her life. When Bale disappeared right in front of her eyes, Snow followed a mysterious stranger into a frozen magical world to find him.

 

What I like about the story:

The Three Witches of Algid and King Lazarus. Algid is a place that Snow doesn’t know that exists. When she came to Algid, she was informed about the three witches: River (Nepenthe), Witch of the Woods (Margot) and Fire Witch (Ora). Nepenthe was secretly in love with the King while Ora is a commoner whom the King fell in love with. King Lazarus was the evil leader of Algid who wants to be the most powerful. But, there was a prophecy that said that his daughter would have the strongest power that can destroy him and his kingdom.

Meet the Three Guys in Snow’s life: Bale, Jagger and Kai! Bale is Snow’s love of her life. She would do anything for Bale even going across the other side of the world. It was a surprise twist on what happened to Bale and who he really was. I knew that there was more than to Kai. He was a non-magic boy who enjoyed building things and protecting Gerde, but he was not easy to read. He held some secrets that might be helpful to or probably it should stay being secrets at all. From the very start, I already liked Jagger. He has been a thief yet, I am drawn on how mysterious his personality is and the fact that it is not his real face he is using and I wonder how he looks like. I’m rooting for him and Snow!

Enter the Ward D, Robber Girls, Gerde and Temperly. She is inside the Whitaker since she is a child. Snow is informed that she has this rare disorder and she has to be treated. In Ward D, she only interacts with Vern, Chord, Magpie and Pi. When Snow goes to Algid, she met Gerde, an apprentice to the Nepenthe and a girl who has a soft heart with magical creatures despite of being a monster. The Robber Girls are amazing for me because they have unique features and power. They also have different personalities which added to Snow’s colorful life. Temperly was a huge surprise! She is Snow’s twin who is secret to Algid but it is quite difficult to figure out if she would be an ally or an enemy to her own sister.

Watch out for the Tree, Prophecy and Mirror. When Snow first saw the Tree, she couldn’t believe that it exists. It was the most unusual tree that she had seen with its intricate script and pictures and its unbelievable height. The Tree is actually the ‘gateway’ to Algid. An oracle was spoken to the Three Wicthes as soon as Snow was born. It was pronounced that Snow will claim the throne or she can give more power to the King. It would not be an easy path though, because Snow should face the prince, the thief, the thinker and the secret before the King would fall. The Mirror is said to be the most powerful thing in Algid and it can amplify the power of King Lazar. The witches broke the mirror and it is scattered among them so that Lazar would have the difficulty of finding and putting it back together.

 

Quotes:

Vern to Snow

“Sometimes saying something is harder than not saying it. You wouldn’t know because you have no filter, but out there in the world people spend most of their lives afraid to say what’s really on their minds.” – I agree!

Jagger to Snow

“You are not crazy, Snow. You were just lied to. You are not evil. You have magic. It’s not a curse. It’s a gift. I maybe a liar, but I know this much is true.”

 

How It Ends:

Temperly fled with the piece of the mirror. King Lazar followed her. Ora were killed by Snow. Nepenthe welcomed Snow in her arms.

 

Verdict:

I loved the concept of prophecy, missing pieces of mirror and a frost kingdom. I was excited from the beginning until the end. There were abrupt twists and turns of events which was very welcoming. There were so many questions on my mind like: Where will Temperly go? Who is her secret lover? Will Nepenthe have a chance now with Snow King? Who would Snow chose, Kai or Jagger? What will happen to the Robber Girls?

I’m hoping that the next book in the series will be out very soon.

Next week, watch out for my January Book Recommendation, I will be reviewing two lovely novels that would make you swoon.


It was the book cover that immediately captured my interest.

No Love Allowed book cover

Photo from Goodreads.com

I fell in love with the lovely cover! I was fortunate enough to read the Advance Reader’s Copy from Pinoy Book Tours and it perfectly came this month of love!

Expected publication: April 19th 2016 by Swoon Reads

 

Synopsis:

It’s all fun and parties until someone falls in love in this modern fairy tale from author Kate Evangelista.

Caleb Parker desperately needs a fake girlfriend. Either he attends a series of parties for his father’s law firm with a pretty girl on his arm, or he gets shipped off to Yale to start a future he’s not ready for and isn’t sure he wants. And sadly, the last unattached girl in his social circle has just made the grievous mistake of falling in love with him.

Fortunately, DianaDidi’ Alexander, recently fired waitress and aspiring painter, is open to new experiences. As the summer ticks by in a whirl of lavish parties, there’s only one rule: They must not fall in love!

What I like about the story:

The Fake Relationship. I’ve been reading a lot of stories about pretending to be in a relationship for the sake of moving on but this one as soon as I started reading, it didn’t make me feel feigned about it. Caleb’s concern to Didi was priceless and Didi’s personality was contagious.

The Parker boys. It was like I was being tortured while I read about Caleb, Nathan and Preston. Can they be real? Their descriptions were so effective that I wanted to be Didi or Natasha at the same time!

All the ‘FIRSTS’ for Didi and Caleb. This couple made me believe of happy ever after and forever though there were a lot of complications from both sides. The surprise jump from the cliff, the exciting event from Fourth of July, their memorable kiss and who won’t forget their dinner at the museum with their very special meal?

Quotes to remember:

*Page 37

Nathan to Caleb

“Love is love. If she feels that way, then let her. It doesn’t mean you have to return it.”

*Page 143

Caleb to Didi

“That was when I realized all love does is hurt people. It lulls you into false sense of security, and then bam! You slam into a brick wall of pain. A shit ton of pain. Love destroys people to the point where they don’t even care who else they hurt in process.”

 

*Page 201

Caleb to Angela

“I can’t see the future, Angela but I do know one thing. Whether I stay in your daughter’s life or not should be up to her. Just let me see her.”
*Page 209

Angela to Didi

“But no matter how wrong I thought your relationship was I can’t ignore the fact that you were happy. That he made you happy. I think I made a mistake in asking him to disappear from your life. And I think you’ll regret it someday if you allow him to leave. I don’t want to deny you the chance to be with him if that is what you truly want.”

*Page 225

Caleb to Didi

“I should have known that from the moment I met you that there would be no going back. That I will never be the same. I know now that I’ll never recover from loving you, Diana Alexander.”

*Page 228

“You’re the first girl I’ve ever fallen in love with.”

“You’re the first boy I’ve ever allowed myself to love.”

 

How it ends:

Dinner. McDo. Paintings. Van Gogh. Museum.

 

Verdict:

This is the first novel that I read from Kate Evangelista and I enjoyed it very much! It was light and fun to read. It was very realistic that it can happen to anyone. Kate’s writing style was flawless and the words which she used was not very complicated. The vibe of reading this novel made my heart burst in happiness from the beginning up to the end.

I highly recommend that you purchase this book once it hit the leading bookstores!

I can’t wait for April and have my own physical copy of this novel! Hopefully Miss Kate will have a meet and greet and she signed this book for me.

Perk’s rating: 5/5 (I’m a huge fan of Caleb and Didi!)

Again, thank you very much to Pinoy Book Tours for the ARC and the blog tour!  And to Kate Evangelista for this wonderful story!

 


The first time that I saw Romancing the Dark in the City of Light, I instantly became interested.

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Photo from Goodreads.com

  • Long title: Perhaps!
  • Ann Jacobus: First time to hear about her!
  • Paris: Please bring me there now!

Yet what actually caught my attention was the book cover and the hidden meaning behind the title. That’s why I immediately signed up for the Pinoy Book Blog Tour for Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus.

Expected publication: October 6th 2015

Synopsis:

A troubled teen, living in Paris, is torn between two boys, one of whom encourages her to embrace life, while the other—dark, dangerous, and attractive—urges her to embrace her fatal flaws.

Summer Barnes just moved to Paris to repeat her senior year of high school. After being kicked out of four boarding schools, she has to get on track or she risks losing her hefty inheritance. Summer is convinced that meeting the right guy will solve everything. She meets two. Moony, a classmate, is recovering against all odds from a serious car accident, and he encourages Summer to embrace life despite how hard it can be to make it through even one day. But when Summer meets Kurt, a hot, mysterious older man who she just can’t shake, he leads her through the creepy underbelly of the city-and way out of her depth.

When Summer’s behavior manages to alienate everyone, even Moony, she’s forced to decide if a life so difficult is worth living.


What I like about the story:

Moony and Summer: My favorite couple.  The first scene that Moony was introduced, I knew that I’m going to fall in love with this guy! I can’t blame Summer either. He is the perfect boy next door (with crutches), very friendly and alive! His optimism is very contagious. Summer, on the other hand, is a typical rebellious teenager who only wants attention. I am sad for her and while I was reading the novel, I want to hug her.

Struggle within their selves. From the beginning, Summer’s behavior is like an open book. She wanted to kill herself. Moony was a surprise. I couldn’t believe what truly goes into his mind. Wow!

Kurt, who? Seriously, I hated this guy from the beginning. I saw him as the ‘love triangle’ between the two. Yet,as the story progresses,  hey there is something going on with this creepy man who is like a mushroom popping everywhere! Hands down with the revelation of his ‘real identity’!


Quote to remember:

*Page 202

A text from Summer’s mother

“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that there is within me an invincible summer.”-Albert Cadmus


How it ends:

Airport. Airplane. Moony and Summer, together. 


Verdict:
Honestly, this is so far my favorite Young Adult Novel for 2015!  It is quite a dark YA, but refreshing and compelling to readers like me. Congratulations for the debut novel Ann Jacobus! I’m going to buy my own copy as soon as it arrived in the leading bookstores in the Philippines!


Perk’s rating: 5.5/5 (Highly recommended!)


Thank you Pinoy Book Tours for the Advance Reader’s Copy!

Don’t forget to check out the tour schedule of the other bloggers! Here is the link: http://pinoybooktours.blogspot.com/2015/10/ongoing-romancing-dark-in-city-of-light.html