[BOOK REVIEW] It Only Happens in the Movies

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Title: It Only Happens in the Movies

Author: Holly Bourne

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review: 

I SQUEALED AFTER I HAD FINISHED THIS.  THIS. IS. THE. LEGIT. BEST. BOOK. I’VE. EVER. READ.

Ok I jumped into this book mainly because of the actress x director romance. I was surprised  it was far from what I expected but I kept going because I’m an actress and a director myself. That doesn’t make sense but you see when you encounter something in fictional world that is the closest to your real life, instead of repulsion you get to feel a different affection towards it different from what you usually feel towards other books. That’s just how it is. Well that’s how it was for me.

Moving on, I haven’t ever felt this intense connection with a character until this one. I feel like I was exactly breathing the same air as Audrey Winters. Her views in life were frighteningly alike as mine. Mum, I think I might have found my soul mate!

Someone who hated romance films?

Someone who loved acting?

Definitely Audrey and oops.. me.  I hate how romance films literally glamorize everything, it repulsed me every time and I love how Audrey feels the same way too.

Throughout the pages of the book, we get to know Audrey Winters, a girl fresh from break-up and is currently under the pressure of having to take care of her sulking mother with her older brother away for college. With her dad leaving his own family for another, Audrey felt suffocated and forced to mourn for the loss of a fatherly love while trying to make sure she doesn’t lose her mother’s. With all these weighing down on her, she knew she had to have a break and that by all means working for their town’s cinema wherein she met Harry who she has been warned off to. Harry is a director working on his zombie film and couldn’t have been lucky enough to find Audrey to play his zombie bride. Starting then, Audrey and Harry embark on their journey with the former being anxious that Harry could be just another man who would just break her already shredded heart. But the latter, determined to prove her wrong.

Needless to say, I love Audrey, my strong and independent girl, so much I could marry her! I love how she stood through it all. She handled the matters into her own hands which turned out damn well, so damn well to the point that I want to pat her on the back and say that’s my girl” because she is!! I love how opinionated she was taking the “preach” into another level and she doesn’t let anyone deter her from what she believes in. And last but not the least, she doesn’t take ANY BULLSHIT from ANYONE.

Harry, God I swooned over him! He’s literally the one of the few that I didn’t mind hearing sexual comments from. I usually roll my eyes at any guy who tries to squeeze in sexual antics into every damn conversation but Harry? Oh I don’t mind because well 1) he knows his limits 2) he’s actually funny 3) he damn well knows he’s good at it 4) it comes off as natural unlike the ones I usually read that make my eyes hurt from rolling them a hundred times. Despite his love for the whole female population, I especially love how he genuinely cares for Audrey, knowing when to push and when to retract.

Overall, I love their relationship. I love everything especially when they are together. They’re at their best and most real selves when in the arms of each other. I love how they genuinely enjoy each other. The banters are highkey okay-ed from me!!!

And oh…

God I effing love the ending. I was actually about to give 3 stars but noooo this book doesn’t deserve that because Holly Bourne knows exactly what she’s doing and knows exactly what I wanted!

“The movie either ends when the couple gets together, or someone dies before you can see the relationship develop.  So you only see this perfect idea of this couple. You don’t see the niggles that can become cracks and how those can become giant crevices over time”

“Love changes over time. No person is ever perfect for another person. No couple goes through life without an argument or a bad patch.”

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You gotta love a book that teaches you something 😉

 

 

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Black Lies

introductory-imgTitle: Black Lies

Author: Alessandra Torre

My Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Brant: 
Became a tech billionaire by his twentieth birthday. Has been in a relationship with me for 3 years.
Has proposed 4 times. Been rejected 4 times.

Lee: 
Cuts grass when he’s not banging housewives. Good with his hands, his mouth, and his cock. Has been pursued relentlessly by me for almost 2 years, whether he knows it or not.

Go ahead. Judge me. You have no idea what my love entails.

If you think you’ve heard this story before, trust me – you haven’t.

My Review:

“Years I’ve loved you through. I don’t love you despite this. I love you, including this. Every part of you, even parts you don’t know”

Wow this book wow. Honestly, upon reading the blurb I expect myself to put this book into the deepest part of my own dungeon,never read it again. You see I seriously can’t take cheating. Any forms of it. But then I find myself flipping through this book not giving a damn if this book defines all the things I hate, or so I thought. The entire book I was lost, that irritated me but never became the reason to stop reading. Every chapter, it feels like I skipped a whole previous chapter, with irritation came intrigue. I knew within myself this book has more to offer and I WAS NOT DAMN WRONG. HOW THE HELL DID I MISS THAT??!! It was cleverly written that I found myself rolling on the floor smacking myself for missing that!! When it comes to the MC’s, I can’t talk about them without throwing away spoilers so I’ll just leave it up to you 😉

If you think you’ve heard this story before, trust me – you haven’t.
That I couldn’t agree more!

Becoming A Vincent (The Wild Ones #1)

introductory-imgTitle: Becoming A Vincent

Author: C.M. Owens

My Rating: 5 ROFL STARS!!!

Goodreads Summary:

When you live in a place where “turbo speed” internet is a slight step above dial-up, men carry on nine-year beard-growing challenges out of stubborn pride, and your brothers do things like nail all your panties to the outside of your cabin just for funsies, you tend to be a little crazy. You can call it a “locational” hazard, if you will.

That’s Tomahawk for you.

We rank people based on just how crazy they are. And the four craziest families in town are called the Wild Ones. 
I’m on the bottom tier of those, so technically I’m not as crazy as the other Wild Ones. In fact, if it wasn’t for my brothers and their endless antics, I wouldn’t be considered a Wild One at all. Ahem. Sure. We’ll go with that.

Anyway, I have a best friend who endures it all with me. Benson Nolans is my one, constant favorite person.
Without him, I’d probably go really crazy, and not the fun kind. It’d be ridiculous, after three years of a flawless friendship, to mess that all up by falling for him.

I mean, even if we did get a little too close one night, it’d be reckless endangerment. Even if we did suddenly feel the chemistry that’s always been there and stop toeing the line, it’d be a foolish risk to take.

It’d be stupid to start hoping a really fun, but completely irrational, night with zero inhibitions might accidentally happen.
Really stupid… 

Right?

My Review:

It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed reading a book like really enjoy it. People around me may be weirded out because of my occasional laughs every now and then, and those are with no subtlety I tell you. This is the funniest book I’ve read in a while or maybe til forever. God I love this so much.

No unnecessary drama.

Just pure fun.

Exactly what I need right now.

If you ever think you’re funny wait til you meet the people in Tomahawk. They’re crazy and strange in a good way. God I would love to meet these people. In fact I’m on my way to their town bye–oops one more thing… if ever you’re having a bad day, let this book do its thing and you’re good. Give it a read and I’m sure you’re gonna understand what I’m saying 😉

The Layover Book Review

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Title: The Layover

Author: Whitney G.

My Rating: 5 IWishThisWasLonger STARS!!!

Goodreads Summary:

I don’t care which city. I don’t care which flight. I just need to get the hell out of here… Paris Weston is tired of all the broken promises her boyfriend has given her over the years. Instead of showing up to their ‘secret’ engagement party, she shows up to the airport—ready and willing to go wherever the next flight is bound. Determined to get away and start again, she’s certain that a week or two away will solve all of her problems. Until she never makes it to her final destination. Until the sexy, dirty-mouthed stranger who sits next to her on the plane changes everything. Until the unintended layover leaves her never wanting to go back home.

My Review:

Quick and short read but all the things I want in a book are found here. Blake and Paris are remarkable characters. They couldn’t have expressed themselves better but through their smartass mouths. I love their banters and smooth exchange of sarcasm. The only thing I hate in this book is the existence of Adrian, he’s such an opportunist and selfish asshole. Overall I love it so much I wish it was longer (this is just the fangirl side of me talking) but it’s perfect the way it is. One thing I’m sure of, I definitely would love to read all the books of this author.

 

The Sea of Tranquility Book Review

You wouldn’t know what a good book is until you read this one.

Title: The Sea of Tranquility

Author: Katja Millay

My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Review:

Wow. I’m a real lost for words. You know the feeling when you want to say everything but words would hide in the deepest part of your brain and are afraid to be said because it would mean ruining what was good? It feels like no words could justify how good this book is. What do I feel when I was reading this book? I felt everything that when I finished it I was spent and craving for more. I hate how beautiful things end, I am left with nothing and I feel so betrayed and I ask a thousand times how could this end? Why?

I am never good with book reviews so I am afraid to write this solely because I might be the ugly thing that would cause this book to be less perfect but hush it now.

I had cried, laughed, got angry and frustrated and all things entitled to be an emotion. And it’s rare to find a book that would make me feel everything. This book certainly did. I also really love the writing,  the word choices are brilliant, I hadn’t found any word that would set off the mood and imagery. The way the author created the suspense in narrating Nastya’s past, it was so awesome. I felt her pain and her reluctance to actually tell the story which makes it more heartbreaking. It wasn’t downright said (neither it was said in one narration) which would usually create confusion but no the author has a way with words and that’s astounding.

This book is about two people,not to mention young, who had been through the dark and still living in it. This story embarks on a love story of Josh and Sunshine (I wouldn’t call her any other :p) and how they found light in each other’s arm. I loved the slow burn romance. I wouldn’t have it in any other way! Josh and Sunshine are literally my favorite people in the book world. It was so easy to connect with them. The conversations that flowed between them were raw and real and I love it so much. I love them so much. Characters are the ones who give life to a book and I must say this book has so much life, it had no part that bore me at all. And I think that this is the best platform to say that I FUCKING LOVE DREW SO MUCH.

The author also knows how to establish the atmosphere, and as a reader that’s the most important thing for me. ( I love how the characters played with the tangency. It wasn’t awkward, it was so natural I find myself smiling). The author knows how to establish the readers mood. It’s so easy to create the story’s tone or scene’s tone but never the mood. It would vary between the readers. But I have this inkling that we all felt the same. Millay knows exactly what buttons to push. That my friends, I would associate with the author’s efficiency to deliver a story.

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Josh knows how to navigate through my heart😭

On the other hand, Sunshine/Nastya is the bravest woman I know, not know know but you all know how it is. Anyway, THESE TWO DESERVE THE WORLD. I LOVE THEM BOTH.

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My heart breaks every damn time, I don’t exactly know how I even managed to finish this edit. 

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Talk about tears falling and hearts breaking. Oh well… you mean me?

Redemption. It was what had been engraved in my mind after reading the book. Why? Well, you have to figure it out yourself 😉 Another thing folks…

You wouldn’t know what a good book is until you read this one.

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Warcross Book Review

Title: Warcross

Author: Marie Lu

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads summary:

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

My Review:

To say that I was overwhelmed with this book is the understatement of the year. To say that this book fucked me up is another. I’ve read all of Marie Lu’s previous books and they were pretty much on top of my favorite books. After Midnight Star I was scarred, I was quiet uncertain if I should read this but to hell with it, it would be worth it, wouldn’t it? BUT IDK ANYMORE MARIE LU YOU’VE OUTDONE YOURSELF WITH THIS ONE. This is like like Legend all over again but even more so.

The entire time I was reading this book, i dont remember closing my mouth (disgusting right?) I was in awe the entire time. It was beautifully written but that was expected of Marie Lu, I can’t find the exact right words to describe the entirety of it tbh. I’d say this was brilliant, amazing, fantastic and all adjectives synonymous to them still wouldn’t just fit right.

If it were up to me, Marie Lu creates the best heroines, with June Iparis from Legend and Adelina Amouteru from The Young Elites, Emika Chen of Warcross doesn’t fall behind! I LOVE HER SO MUCH THAT’S IT. NO SURPRISE THERE. I SEEM TO LOVE ALL OF HER HEROINES YEAH AND I WOULDN’T BE ASHAMED OF IT. I couldn’t even begin to describe her without bringing up spoilers so I’ll leave you to it.

“I’ve wanted to kiss you, the night I saw you in that white dress”
HOLY SHIIIIIIIIIITTTTT HIDEOOO MY LOVE. HE LITERALLY HAD ME ALL WORKED UP. EMIKA AND HIDEO IS MY NEW FAVE SHIP, OOPS NO ROOM FOR ARGUMENTS.

Side characters? Asher Wing, Hammie and Roshan OH HELL YESSSS!!!! Not much was said about them but I’m still up if they are gonna have their own stories.

As I’ve read previous books of the author, her endings appeal to me as the best endings and this doesn’t disappoint. Marie Lu never seems to disappoint. THE. ENDING. HAS. ME. ALL. OVER. THE. PLACE. MARIE. LU. WHAT. HAVE. YOU. DONE. OHMYGOD. AND I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR FOR THE SECOND BOOK JUST KILL ME ALREADY.

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