Blog Tour: The Ghost of You

Title: The Ghost of You
Author: Amanda Burckhard
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: February 24th 2015
My Rating: 4 Stars

  Emmy has everything she’s ever wanted: a hot boyfriend she adores, great friends, a promising future, and even a well-connected family. But one night rips it all away.

  A car accident shatters her world, claiming the lives of her twin brother and her best friend. In the wake of the accident, her friends drift away, her family falls apart, and her boyfriend cheats.

  The grief is more than she can handle, so she finds escape at the bottom of a bottle of painkillers. Taking the pills makes her brother alive again, if only in her head. Seeing and talking to her brother as if he were still alive is the only thing that keeps her going. Until Logan King moves to town.

  Logan sees past the mask of pristine popularity she wears in public and he’s the only one who can tell she hasn’t moved on. His uncanny ability to read her forces her to open up and she starts to fall for him, no matter how unwilling she is to admit it. But Emmy isn’t the only one keeping secrets and when a close brush with death sparks events that bring everything to light, Emmy will have to decide what’s more important: learning how to forgive and move on, or holding onto the pills and the ghost of her past.

  Emmy has the perfect life - perfect grades, friends, family and boyfriend. But when her twin and his girlfriend dies in a car accident, everything goes astray. She takes pills to "see" her brother, her family is torn and her grades are dwindling. Then she meets Logan, who sees past the mask that she is wearing. Slowly, her feelings for him grows, but she has to choose between the past and the present - the pills or Logan.

  The Ghost of You was an emotional roller coaster ride, and it was an exhilarating one. I was caught by surprise by how much I enjoyed this one because I had a debate in my head whether to join the blog tour for this one or not. In the end, my curiosity got the best of me, which is just as well.

  There are a lot of things that I liked about this book. The first is how Skye stayed by Emmy's side, even if Emmy doesn't really confide in her. She knew when there was something wrong, and she was always there for Emmy without being too pushy. Second is how close Brayden, Emmy and Derek were. Last, and most importantly, how Emmy went through a journey in this book - from relying on pills to survive, to realizing that she has a problem, to admitting it and deciding to get help. That was an amazing journey, and I just loved how the book ended that way.

  The reason why I couldn't give this book a full 5 stars was because I think the book didn't explain that Brayden is a cousin near the beginning of the book, but correct me if I'm wrong because I'm not sure about this one. My main pet peeve about this was how for the first few chapters, the description of the characters always preceded the name of the character even though Emmy knew who that character is. It annoyed me in a manner because it was done more than twice, and all to characters that Emmy already knew. Other than these two however, I found the book quite enjoyable.

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Blog Tour: Soul Crossed

Title: Soul Crossed
Author: Lisa Gail Green
Series: Of Demons and Angels #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Publication Date: February 25th 2015
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

One Demon.

One Angel.

One Soul.

  Josh lived a reckless, selfish life, so upon his death, escaping the eternal torments of Hell by assuming the role of a powerful, soul-corrupting demon is an easy choice. His first soul assignment doesn’t seem too hard: the mortal Camden is already obsessed with weapons, pain, and torture. If only Josh wasn’t distracted by Cam's beautiful friend, Grace.

  Grace never expected to die violently at age sixteen, but now she’s an Angel, responsible for saving a soul. She can already see past Camden’s earthly flaws, so the job should be be easy. If only that handsome, playboy Josh would stop getting in the way.

  It’s forbidden for an Angel to be with a Demon, so if Josh and Grace stop resisting each other, the results would be disastrous.

  And only one can claim Cam’s soul.

  I had a mini debate in my head while deciding whether to join the book tour for this on or not, but I'm glad that my curiosity got the better of me because I enjoyed it.

  Soul Crossed is about an Angel and a Demon both assigned to the same person, Camden, a man who is capable of causing the apocalypse. As time goes by, Josh and Grace get feelings for each other, but a love between an Angel and a Demon is forbidden, for obvious reasons.

  Soul Crossed is the most unique apocalypse book that I've ever read mainly because it's not that dark. It's a pretty light read, and I found myself enjoying it well enough. I really liked how the story went and ended, and I liked the twist near the end.

  On the other hand, what I didn't like about this book was that I felt like there was something missing, but I just can't point it out. Also, there were some grammatical errors here and there. For example, "put if off" instead of "put it off." Another is "You're girlfriend finding out" instead of "Your girlfriend." One more thing that I didn't like was the inconsistency of the information whereby for the most parts it said that Keira was 350 years old, but there was one part where it said that she was 250.

  Overall, this book was a pretty enjoyable read in terms of the story, but there were small errors here and there. Although I think that those will be quite easy to fix.

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Review: Take Me On

Title: Take Me On
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #4
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: May 27th, 2014
My Rating: 5 Stars

  Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

  Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic  night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

  West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

  Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

  Hailey promised herself that she would never fight or step into the ring again despite being a kickboxing champion. But West, a guy who helped her one night, accepted a fight in her honor and she knows that West won't have any chance unless she trains him. They promised to keep the relationship strictly platonic, but as they spend more time together, their attraction towards each other grows as well.

  Take Me On was a book that I definitely enjoyed. Despite its many pages, I was able to read it in a flash. It was definitely better than Crash Into You, but nothing beats Dare You To. I loved how connected I felt to characters, despite never having have experienced what they were experiencing. 

  Although West and Hailey's story was really great, I kind of miss the first two books' focus on not just the romance and the shitty things, but also on how to appreciate life more. Neverheless, Take Me On is still one of the good ones and I was able to enjoy it tremendously. 

  Katie McGarry has written yet another masterpiece, and I can't wait to read more of what she has in store for this year! I can't wait to get to know the other characters more, especially Abby!

“Don’t think of it as falling. Think of it as jumping- with me.”

“How is jumping better?”

“Falling happens. Jumping you choose.” 

Dress Up That Cover #27 - Brisngr

  Dress Up That Cover is a new feature where I create an outfit based merely on the cover, not the story nor what the characters would wear. Colors of the outfit will all be taken from the cover design, so the books may be ones that I haven't read yet. All sets will be created via Polyvore.
  This week's featured book is Brisngr! I read this series up to this book years ago, back when the last book wasn't published yet. Since it came out though, I've been meaning to reread this but I don't have the time to do so yet..

Book Spine Poetry - The One Where I Tried and Still Failed

  Fully Booked, a local bookstore here in the Philippines, has been posting a lot of Book Spine Poetry lately, and I couldn't help but want to do one too! This is my first attempt with actual books, so please tell me if it makes any sense or not at all. Hope you guys enjoy (and understand)! Haha!

If I stay, you have to stop this.
Say what you will.
Don't you forget about me, ever.

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