30 August 2016

[Book review] The Vrai Domicile


Q437B was ready to die for the Second Revolution. Then she entered the Muertre…

Q and B expected death when the Elders ordered their execution. What they discover instead changes everything they thought they knew about their world. Saved by the mercy of the Elders, they awaken in the Vrai Domicile, a mysterious place hidden below the Sixth Domicile housing hundreds of former rebels. Except these rebels have been brainwashed, conditioned to be blind followers.

Q quickly learns of the Elders’ new plan for her – she is to become their warrior, to reunite the Vrai and Sixth Domiciles with purity, love, and unwavering faith. But to Q, she’ll be undoing everything she and the rebels fought for.

Now Q and B must fight to survive once more, forced to forge new alliances with strangers who promise nothing is as it seems. But surviving comes with a choice – follow the Elders and quash the Revolution, or defy them and free the people, putting B's and Grandmother’s lives at risk.

In a place where the fire of rebellion is extinguished at every turn, can Q continue to be the spark that fuels the Revolution?
My Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮彡
***Given an ARC copy for honest review***

After reading the first book The Sixth Domicile, I was static that the author contacted me for the second one book of the series. I love the first book. Note: it’s on my “most amazing read” list in Goodreads.

I like Q in book one and fell in love with B. But in Vrai Domicile, a whole set of feeling surged through me. B still had my heart, but Q, wow, Q sure leveled up nicely. She became stronger and personally, as much as I hate saying this, I think that her grandmother’s decision near the end was best for Q.

I have many notes when I started reading all the way to 70% of the story, but nevermind those now. I’m writing this review now on adrenaline.

The story start in a shocking way then annoyed the hell out of me. It bored me a bit someplace in the middle, then made me sad and sympathize with everyone, aside from the elders who made me want to beat black and blue (if I could). Near the end, my blood rushed because the action was perfect. I love it so much, I was screaming “hurry, hurry!” wishing everyone to push and run faster. As I read the last words in the book, I was stunned. I don’t know if I should say I was depressed or impress, probably both because that ending sure made my heart constrict.

Thanks Courtney, for another great read!


About the Author

Courtney’s love for writing started pretty much when she learned to read, which her mother would tell you was a feat in itself back when she was in the first grade. Once she aced those flashcards with vocabulary words, Courtney’s writing took off. And her love with it. In school, she was always writing short stories on a word processor (What?? Word processor with floppy disks?). Oh yes, she literally had a card filing case full of floppy disks.

Now getting her Doctorate in social work, she’s used this education to help her writing some of the gritty issues entwined in her stories. When Courtney isn’t writing her next book while drinking coffee, you can find her doing homework (drag) with chocolate chip flavored coffee, reading series of books (because school books are only so interesting) while drinking pumpkin flavored coffee, playing with her little boy, or daydreaming of future beach houses while drinking some other scrumptious flavor of coffee.

Website: www.courtneyruggles@yahoo.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCourtneyRuggles
Twitter: @AuthorCRuggles

22 August 2016

[Book Tour] Beneath The Void

Beneath the Void (2) 


Sadie Reynolds is drowning.
Months have passed since Ian Daniels and Newton Daily opened fire at Atwood High school, killing dozens of students before turning the guns on themselves.
Determined to pay tribute to her fallen classmates and teachers, Sadie’s thrown herself into the memorial project at the newly rebuilt school. But it’s not enough. Horrific dreams of the shooting intertwined with memories of the night her mother was murdered keep her up at night and haunt her during the day.
The constant stream of hate raining down on her from faceless social media trolls only make matters worse. Her boyfriend, Hayden brings the only source of relief when he sneaks in to sleep next to her on nights her dad is at work.
Desperate for normalcy, Sadie fills every waking moment of her day with anything to take her mind off her pain. If she’s exhausted, she’ll be too tired to acknowledge the new threat gunning for her.
BENEATH the VOID is book 2 in Elisa Dane's Fighting Chance series, a hard-hitting and unapologetically raw look at teen violence in schools and the aftermath of learning to pick up the pieces and heal.

Author Bio

Elisa Dane loves books, chocolate, reality television, her family, and All Star Cheerleading. Not necessarily in that order! She writes contemporary YA romance with cheerleaders. Yep. She writes what she knows, and it's her hope that her
stories will not only take you on a romantic journey that will warm your heart, but that you'll find a new respect for the sport of All Star Cheerleading you may not have had before. She's represented by Brittany Booker of the Booker/Albert Agency, and has published a NA paranormal series under her real name, Lisa Sanchez.


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19 August 2016

[Book Review] Interim Goddess of Love


College sophomore Hannah Maquiling doesn't know why everyone tells her their love problems. She's never even had a boyfriend, but that doesn't stop people from spilling their guts to her, and asking for advice. So maybe it shouldn't be a surprise when the cutest guy in school tells her that she's going to have to take on this responsibility -- but for all humanity.

The Goddess of Love has gone AWOL. It's a problem, because her job is to keep in check this world's obsession with love (and lack of it). The God of the Sun, for now an impossibly handsome senior at an exclusive college just outside of Metro Manila, thinks Hannah has what it takes to (temporarily) do the job.

While she's learning to do this goddess thing, she practices on the love troubles of shy Kathy, who's got a secret admirer on campus. Hannah's mission, should she choose to accept it, is to make sure that he's not a creepy stalker and they find their happily ever after -- or at least something that'll last until next semester. (As if she could refuse! The Sun God asked so nicely. And he's so, well, hot.)

Rating: ✮✮✮✮


When I first started reading this book, I immediately stop after a few page. It didn't make sense (at least that time.)

For #BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy, I decided to take this book and give it one more chance. And I still feel that it didn't make sense, not for the same reason as the first, but rather I was questioning myself why didn't make sense for me before because this book is great!

I love Quin but after Diego and Hannah's first talk my inner fangirl was screaming that they'll be together. I agree with Sol, Diego is better! He just has that effect. Besides, I feel a great chemistry between him and Hannah.

The story ended nicely in HFN, understandably so as this book is not only about the Interim Goddess but also many other students at the Ford Academy. I'm looking forward to reading the next book.


 Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance and young adult novellas. She has a bachelor's degree in Communication and a master's degree in Development Communication, put to good use in her work as trainer and content management consultant. Mina lives in Metro Manila, Philippines, with her husband and daughter.

She finds inspiration in the lives and experiences of other people, so the answer to "Is this story based on you?" is always, always "No."

Website: http://minavesguerra.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/minavesguerra


13 August 2016

[Book Review] It's a Match


(A short story)

Cams Ronquillo is single and ready to mingle - at least, online. After finally moving on from her last break-up, she decides to try online dating thanks to the encouragement of Gabriel Evangelista, her friend, business partner, and serial (online) dater. As she learns to navigate through the potential dates at her fingertips, Cams decides to break one of their online dating rules...and gets a very unexpected match. 

 Rating: ✮✮✮✮

Short Review:

It's short, sweet and totally addictive you can't help but wish for more. I love Gabriel and Camilla first encounter all the way to end. The story ends at what I would consider their beginning, but the story is totally worth reading.

 Ana Tejano has been in love with words and writing ever since she met Elizabeth Wakefield when she was in Grade 3. She has contributed several non-fiction pieces in print and online publications, and has been blogging for years. When she’s not writing, she works as a communications manager for a payroll outsourcing firm, and serves in CFC Singles for Christ in every other time that she doesn’t spend reading or sleeping. She lives in Metro Manila and is also known by another name in her other circles (but it’s not a secret identity, really).

05 August 2016

[Book Review] Maybe This Time


An accidental reunion . . . a sneaky plot . . . things finally falling into place.

Maybe This Time contains three heart-warming stories of love and second chances. Because when fate gives you a break, you grab the chance to finally make things right.

 Rating: ✮✮✮✮


The best collection ever! All three stories in the book have unique charms I can’t describe, and by the time I hit the ending of the last 3rd story, I felt my heart sunk, thinking “aw, no more?”

This was the second book I’ve read from C.P. Santi, and I would say that I love it more than Be Careful What You Wish For.

The first story “Sweeter by the Second” is my least favorite, but I love the storytelling. The way the author vividly describe the town made Jimenez so alive in my head. I like the melancholy touch but not so dramatic feel.

The second story “Exorcising my Ex” was cute and funny. I loved how the daughter played matchmaker to her parents. I can’t sympathize with Viv and Geno’s past, though, probably because I’ve always been mature for my age that I found their reason for drifting apart stupid. Being young isn’t an excuse. The past aside, the present made me giggled and restless in my seat. My favorite remains to be Pamela.

The third story “Meant to Be” is my most favorite. I love the interaction between Arne and Bea, the way they transit from friends to lover super kilig! Also, I could kiss the author’s cheek for writing “Blue-eyed Viking at your side” this is my biased opinion I married one. Haha :D And the ending of this story is also the best. I love Bea’s family to the point that I wish to be a part of it. Hehehe :D

Despite being busy with my writing and catching deadlines, this book keeps me dragging me back to read. Luckily I manage to resist the temptation and read it in three days. One story a day. I would have loved to sit and read the whole book in one sitting, but that would destroy my fun of enjoying it slowly. (sigh) I wish the book had more stories.



C. P. Santi is a Filipina writer based in Tokyo, Japan. She is a wife to an engineer / musician / jokester and a full-time mom to two energetic boys. She loves cooking and feeding people, gorging on chocolate, watching J-doramas, belting it out in the karaoke box, and running around the house playing tickle tag. She also loves dreaming up stories about the people she meets.

In another life, she is also an architect and academic.

C. P. Santi blogs about writing and creative stuff at http://thejapayukichronicles.blogspot.jp. You can also view her other works in progress at http://www.wattpad.com/user/cpsanti

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