Book Review: Landline

You have to believe me when I say that Rainbow Rowell weaves perfectly magical stories because she really does! Read Attachments. Read Landline. These books are magical not in a way that the stories include fairies and spells but in a way that she based her stories in an ordinary person’s life and put in the word extra. Who would have thought that one can create a masterpiece out of something we go through every single day?

Rowell told Georgie’s and Neal’s story so vividly that I could almost feel everything Georgie felt and went through. She knew what she wanted from the start and she was really good in her chosen career. However, this took so much of her time that her marriage suffered and she felt like Neal was slowly slipping away from her. She was stuck in a crossroad. She was so near to achieving her dreams and at the same time so near to losing her family.

On the other hand, Neal was so perfectly patient and truly a man who stood by his promises. Though he was not sure what he wanted to do in his profession, he knew that Georgie was the right woman for him. He did everything he could to make her happy, to make their marriage work. He built his world around Georgie and their daughters and never said anything about Georgie coming home late at night because of work. He knew it was everything his wife wanted so he supported her, kept quiet, and just made sure that there was food waiting for her in the fridge after her long busy day.

This book just tugged a lot of heartstrings: Would you sacrifice your family to achieve your lifelong dream? Is pursuing your dream worth losing the person you are married to? How far would you go to fight for the love of your life?

Landline is a solid 5-star read for me. It is something written not only to entertain but also to remind everyone who reads it about the most important thing in this life: FAMILY.

Book Review: Mr. Sin

Mr. Sin is about a Sasha, an independent career-driven woman, who met a Vincent, a dashing multimillionaire, during one of her work-related trips in Vegas. There was an undeniable physical attraction between them that night and she thought that the chance of seeing Vincent again, after sharing the night with him, was very slim. Little did she know that fate has planned it all for them. They met again in the most unexpected place and fell in love. However, Vincent’s past came haunting him once more and Sasha found herself being involved in a situation she never dreamed about.

This book has a mature content and topic. It is not a YA novel neither a NA novel. It has it’s own share of romance that will keep a reader entertained but there were times when I found myself getting annoyed with the main characters. I found myself hating Vincent in the first chapters because I felt bad for Sasha; though there were other times when I felt like Sasha deserved it because she did not love and respect herself enough to leave. I know for a fact that Vincent was a product of his past but then come on, there is something we call “communication”. That was when I realized I was already involved in the story.

Vincent and Sasha are representations of real life people. They are more than characters of a book and the author was able to tell a story about how an ordinary person will react when faced with a certain situation. Though I know many stories about a woman meeting a multimillionaire man and then falling in love, there was something about this book that made it one-of-a-kind: the connection between Annie and Sasha. Who is Annie? Read the book and you will find out.

I was entertained by this book and I am looking forward to reading Sin Too. This time, I want to know how the tough Angelo, Vincent’s cousin, found his match.

Book Review: The Girl with the Whispering Shadow

“The most wondrous things, the most impossible of things, are often just ordinary things doing what they are best at.”

The Girl with the Whispering Shadow was about the continuation of Ivy’s journey to finding out more about her family and how to keep the people, and places that mean a lot to her safe from the Dark Queen. She was once again accompanied by her best friend, Rebecca, and her more-than-beloved friend, Fyn, in her second year in the Halls of Ivy.

In this book, she learned how to play Quogo – a game popular in The Town, which helped her practice her innate skills and magic. 

I truly enjoyed reading the second installment of this series. It was an easy, fast, and interesting read for me. I was entertained by the adventures, as well as the humorous conversations, of the Quality Quills Club (QQC) members. I know the orbis incident should have been a horrendous incident for a reader like me but I found it pretty hilarious. I knew it was coming. By doing what they were doing, they were unconsciously looking for something like the orbis and I was like, “Uh oh, here it goes.” Read the book to know more about the orbis.

Ivy and Fyn were so adorable together. I know that this is a middle-grade novel but I cannot help myself but ship them together. They are the reasons why I am looking forward to read the next book, apart from how Ivy will defeat the Dark Queen, of course. 

A lot of reviews that came out about this series compared it with the Harry Potter books. I did, too. Yet TGWTWS gave The Crowns of Croswald series more depth and back story to set it apart from the well-established and extremely popular wizarding world of Harry. Though both series have included magic in their plots, the differences between them will keep any readers entertained until the very last page of each book of the series.

Book Review: Attachments

Jodi Picoult was right when she said, “If Attachments were an e-mail, I’d be forwarding it to my entire list of contacts.” Sure enough, I would do the same. This book was simply phenomenal, entertaining, and all the good words I could think of. No chapter had I encountered in which boredom claimed me and decided to put this novel down and do something else. Beth and Jennifer were just so easy to relate with. Most especially when you had experienced sending and receiving messages from your colleagues during work hours which were not quite work-related but entertaining enough to make your day. Their friendship was so real that one would believe that it was based on something in real life.

Lincoln. Let us talk about this cute guy, Lincoln. He had a lot of things going through in his mind and in his life that he was not able to be fully present to enjoy the present. His past relationship broke something in him that made him doubt who he was and what he was capable of. It took quite a handful of e-mails and pieces of good-intentioned advice from his friends to remind him that he was just wandering, not lost. All that he needed was to focus on things that were right in his life and everything will fall back into place.

I fell in love with Beth and Lincoln even before the first time their eyes met. Rainbow Rowell did a terrific job weaving stories out of these characters’ pasts to make them perfect fit for each other: a woman wanting to be seen and appreciated by the man she loved and a man who had all the love in the world to give but was left behind.

In addition, this novel was set in year 1999, when computers were newly-introduced and people were going loco over the Y2K bug, coupled with their personal concerns about their own lives as the millennium was coming to an end. I did not know year 2000 had been a huge thing. Maybe I was so busy with life back then to even notice. I was 9 then, by the way 🤣

This book is a solid 5-star read for me. I know it is Rowell’s first novel but that only thrills me even more. If her debut was this good, then what adjectives would best describe her next books? We will see, I still have Fangirl and Landline in the shelf. 😊

Book Review: The Office Knight

The Office Knight was totally a refreshing read for me. It was a light read and it took me a day, with breaks in between chapters of course, to finish the entire book.

The story was unique. Though it includes non-humans, I have never encountered any book that includes them in the present work setting. Goblins and ogres in the office? Who would have thought of that? I found myself wondering that maybe, that reason why the copier jammed every time I was in a hurry to use it, was not because it sensed my fear and pressure to be on time for class but maybe because the goblins were doing something with it that made it malfunction every single time. This book offered something new to me and I was glad I had the opportunity to review it.

The lines of the characters and point of views were not hard to follow for me. It was written in a way that I can thoroughly enjoy the plot with seamless transitions between the chapters. The prologue kept me guessing until the last chapters.

Let us talk about some of the characters. Luciva has piqued my interest the very moment she was introduced while I kept on wondering where the woman in the prologue would be again included in the storyline. In addition, Todd has been a relatable character. There were times when I felt like Todd in my own career path. I felt young, new, and not that great in what I do. I also see people who are better in the career that I chose and just like Todd, these people inspire us to strive harder, to take each day at a time, and to remain at peace and unmoved on my own track because when timing and luck meets, the opportunity that is meant for me will happen.

If this book has a sequel, I would definitely read it. This is something I would like to keep in my shelf.

Book Review: The Unveiled

The Unveiled is a YA novel that I enjoyed reading. There were just a lot of characters that a reader can identify and relate with. I think that is one of the important things in writing a novel, as it makes it hit closer to home and as something a reader can invest his/her emotions in.

Alya, the main character, grew up in a place where she has everything she needed but nothing she ever wanted. She grew up inside the veil protecting their world, believing she was safe from something she has no idea about. Their community was segregated into groups, one more superior than the other; she was taught why but still she had questions about it. She grew up with good friends but time, circumstances, and responsibilities led them to different paths. So she learned to explore her world, her destiny, her purpose alone.

The world building was awesome though it was a little bit slow at first but when it picked up the pace, it kept me on the edge of my seat trying to decipher clues and guessing what would happen next. I found myself in awe of twists in the story. I did not see them coming and I am sure many readers of this book did not, too.

Overall, The Unveiled is a solid opening to a series by M.C. Ray. The author did an amazing job weaving a story about adventures, friendships, and finding one’s purpose in a well-established world.

Book Review: The Beauty of Words

The Beauty of Words is a collection of poems about life, love, and family. Each poem was written in a way the reader can relate with the message that it wanted to convey. What I appreciate best about it was that the author wrote the poems simply, focusing more on the emotions, lessons, and messages that she wanted to share with her readers.

The book pretty lived up to its title. It showed me once again the beauty and magic of words and with more experience and confidence, I am sure that the author will be able to write and show us more what beautiful words could do.

Book Review: Birthright

Birthright, with its first few chapters, seemed like a retelling of a familiar story: a young girl finding out who she really was after living a miserable life in the hands of a wicked person, but as the story unfolded, I found myself in awe of the events, relationships, and magic this book held. I liked how I was not able to guess what was going to happen next and how I was so involved with every character’s situation and what they were going through. The book was written in a way that I got to focus on the flow of the story without being bothered by unnecessary pompous words.

I also liked how the book was written in many characters’ point of view, giving me a glimpse of their thoughts and how they felt about their challenges and current situations.

Oherra and Tocarra, the two worlds where the story was set, were described and built successfully in my mind. The map included in the book would also help any reader to visualize the movement of the characters in the novel.

I am looking forward to the next installment of this series. There are a lot of things that I am excited to read more about, most especially, about Graydon and Arleth.

Book Review: The Game of Satori

The Game of Satori (The Awakening) was an excellent read for me. It was thought-provoking. It made me feel like I was part of Ellie’s team trying to decipher the meaning of each clue and to break out from the not-so-typical escape rooms. There were a lot of things that I have learned while reading this book. Through the characters’ situations, I was reminded of things that I somehow have forgotten about.

My key takeaways from this book are: (1) You are important and loved. (2) You are brave and you can conquer your fears. (3) Choose love over fear, wonder over judgment.

There are times in our lives when we blame ourselves because of the choices made by the people around us. We think that we made them choose certain options or made them leave us because we are unworthy, unloved. The Game of Satori teaches us that we are all going through something, we do all have our own personal demons to face. There are no small or big demons, no matter what our fear is, it makes us suffer, it makes us see ourselves less. So whatever happens, we have to choose to be kind to each other, extend help, be there for each other.

This book was very well written. The world building was amazing. It took me to the different escape rooms with the team and it was not difficult to picture out scenes in every chapter. It also helped that the author included references like paintings and songs throughout the novel which made it more relatable.

The escape rooms in this book were insane and I cannot imagine what it will happen next to Ellie and her team in the second escape room. Looking forward to whatever it is that lay in store for them in Book 2.

Book Review: The Mad Girl

The topic of this book is intriguing. It had always left me thinking about Cee and the circumstances that she was in whenever I close the book to turn in for the night. Having to go through traumatic situations like the ones she had would surely break any young girl her age. The book vividly discussed the social issue called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which is seldom given attention. It gave a glimpse of what could possibly happen when young adults fall under the supervision of wrong people. 

It also showed how important is the presence of parents or adults in the lives of young adults. It made me realize that it is vital that kids know in their hearts that no matter what happens, they could always trust their parents and that they are safe with them. Cee felt like she had no one to go to; in fact, she never believed that her mom was strong enough to do something about what she was going through. So she had to rely in other people to protect her, to let her know her worth; and that, most of time, is where major problem starts.

The book also talked about how the world of many young people nowadays revolve around social media; how they try to bring each other down to create a world of mundane popularity while paying a price that is too much for them to pay. 

This book is alarming. Dark. If you are one of those who want to read and enjoy a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, then this is one of the books for you.