Bookish Thoughts #003: the one about Book Merchandises

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Every book has that certain mark or logo that we want to wear. There’s also that accessory the character wears that we also want to have. Well sometimes we want to have something that symbolizes the story and the characters we love….

Well that opening sucked.

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What I’m trying to say is we want book merchandises. I noticed that I haven’t noticed much online fandom merch shop that’s Philippine based. There are some but the merch I want isn’t there. I can only find them in other countries. Some people can’t freely order internationally because of…some..things and so we depend on Philippine based online shops. I also noticed there aren’t much shops here that sell special edition or UK edition books. At first, I wanted to mainly sell fandom merchandises and sideline selling other edition of books and books that aren’t found here but things got a little complicated and so I decided to sell books first but I promise, when things get better, I will start selling merch because that’s what I really want to sell. This is my first time in business and you guys know how young I still am but I grew up observing my mom do business and she’ll guiding me. I will try to give the people quality service to the best that I can. Please be patient with me as I take my baby steps in both business and blogging. 🙂

So, what merch do you guys usually like? What books and edition of books that aren’t here in the Phil. do you guys like? What mode of payment do you prefer? and lastly, what shipping courier do you guys prefer?

ARC REVIEW: Mean Streak by Sandra Brown

TITLE: Mean Streak
AUTHOR: Sandra Brown
PUBLICATION: Published August 19th 2014 by Grand Central Publishing
GENRE: A > Romantic Suspense | Mystery
PAGES: 409pages (hardcover)
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4 ★★★★

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Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her.
While police suspect Jeff of “instant divorce,” Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won’t even tell her his name. She’s determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive.
Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can’t turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law.
As her husband’s deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer.
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I was fifteen when I first read a Sandra Brown book and it was the first time I read a book without taking a break. It is no question that Sandra Brown is a queen in this genre. Her books are so addictive. I don’t even remember attending a day when I was in highschool and I don’t have a book from her in my backpack. Its so easy to get lost in her books because of her writing and the unbelievable mystery and suspense.

To be honest, I’m having a hard time reviewing this book. I’m so nervous that I wouldn’t do it right and my review wouldn’t give the book justice. So maybe I’ll just make it up by recommending this book to everyone. All of her books are phenomenal to be honest. I can’t find another author that I can compare with her.

So. As expected, the characters in this novel are completely fleshed out. I really felt how authentic they are. From the first chapter, I already connected with Emory and I’m with her when it comes to figuring out the mystery man, also known as Mr. X because he won’t say his name, who saved her and holed her up in the cabin. Mr. X is such a hard puzzle to solve. It took me a lot of pages to figure out if he’s really a bad guy or not. Bad guy or not though, the chemistry between Emory and Mr. X is off the charts. You can feel it from the first moment they interacted. The level of the epicness of the mystery is just the same when it comes to the romance. Though the book is more suspense than romance, it just made the book more compelling and gripping.

I have no words. Sandra Brown did it again. Mean Streak just blew me away and I can’t see this book other than a bestseller.






Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including DEADLINE(2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), CHILL FACTOR (2005), WHITE HOT (2004), & HELLO, DARKNESS (2003).

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages.

A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University, majoring in English. Before embarking on her writing career, she worked as a model at the Dallas Apparel Mart, and in television, including weathercasting for WFAA-TV in Dallas, and feature reporting on the nationally syndicated program “PM Magazine.”

In 2009 Brown detoured from her thrillers to write, Rainwater, a much acclaimed, powerfully moving story about honor and sacrifice during the Great Depression.

Brown recently was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She was named Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


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ARC REVIEW: How (not) To Fall in Love by Lisa Brown Roberts


TITLE: How (not) To Fall in Love
AUTHOR: Lisa Brown Roberts
PUBLICATION: Published February 3rd 2015 by Entangled: Teen
GENRE: YA > Contemporary | Romance
PAGES: 352pages (paperback)
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3 ★★★1/2

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Seventeen-year-old Darcy Covington never had to worry about money or where her next shopping spree was coming from. Even her dog ate gourmet. Then one day, Darcy’s car is repossessed from the parking lot of her elite private school. As her father’s business hit the skids, Dad didn’t just skip town, he bailed on his family.
Fortunately, Darcy’s uncle owns a thrift shop where she can hide out from the world. There’s also Lucas, the wickedly hot fix-it guy she can’t stop crushing on, even if she’s not sure they’ll ever get out of the friend zone.
But it’s here among the colorful characters of her uncle’s world that Darcy begins to see something more in herself…if she has the courage to follow it.




The title is a little bit unfitting in my opinion because when you come across this book and read the title, it may seem like another cute and fluffy read out there. But it is so not. How (Not) to Fall Inlove is so much more. Yes, the romance is indeed very swoony and grin-worthy but the brilliance of this book are the characters. Their development throughout the book is just off the charts.

This is Lisa Brown Roberts debut novel and I must say that I’m surprised. Its like she’s been making her reader swoon for a very long time now. The plot of the book is not something you read in every YA Contemporary out there which is great because I’m getting tired of clichés. I feel like the ending was kind of abrupt though. I really want to know what happens after Darcy’s father got back. I mean, that’s where the novel is centered and when the disappearance was solved, I think readers should know what happens too. And Lucas and Darcy needs more chapters as a couple. Seriously, I feel deprived.

Like I said, the character developments are just off the charts. Lucas turns me into jelly EVERYTIME. The boy is so fine. He’s incredible and Darcy is one lucky girl. The boy is kind and attractive and funny. I think I’m melting. Darcy, is of course, the star of this novel. I really thought that this girl is gonna irritate the life out of me because she’s a rich girl who attends a private high school and has a public figure as a father. I know… I’m judgmental that way. But in my defense, it tends to happen a lot! But anyway, Darcy was kind of like at that on the first few chapters. But she grew up.. a lot. The way she handled all the tragedy that happened on her life is just impressive. You really wouldn’t expect it from the girl you will read at the first few chapters. And yeah, it pains me to say this but… Darcy and Lucas are just PERFECT for each other.

Overall, How (not) To Fall in Love is perfect for every romance readers out there. I absolutely recommend it.





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Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn’t recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly tweezing off both eyebrows and having to pencil them in for an entire school year. This and other angst-filled memories inspire her to write YA books about navigating life’s painful and funny dramas, and falling in love along the way.
Her almost forever home is Colorado, though she occasionally pines for the days when she lived within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean. Her house is full of books, boys, several four-legged prima donnas, and lots of laughter.










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ARC REVIEW: One Of The Guys by Lisa Aldin

ppTITLE: One of the Guys
AUTHOR: Lisa Alsin
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: February 10th 2015 by Spencer Hill Press
GENRE: YA > Contemporary
PAGES: 320pages (kindle edition)
SOURCE: arc via publisher (netgalley)


3 ★★★1/2


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Tomboy to the core, Toni Valentine understands guys. She’ll take horror movies, monster hunts and burping contests over manicures. So Toni is horrified when she’s sent to the Winston Academy for Girls, where she has to wear a skirt and learn to be a lady while the guys move on without her.
Then Toni meets Emma Elizabeth, a girl at school with boy troubles, and she volunteers one of her friends as a pretend date. Word spreads of Toni’s connections with boys, and she discovers that her new wealthy female classmates will pay big money for fake dates. Looking for a way to connect her old best friends with her new life at school, Toni and Emma start up Toni Valentine’s Rent-A-Gent Service.
But the business meets a scandal when Toni falls for one of her friends–the same guy who happens to be the most sought-after date. With everything she’s built on the line, Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love.




So the story started with Tonya (Toni to her friends) and her guy friends being out in the lake before their senior year starts and they didn’t find what they were looking for. After that, Toni kind of freaked out because it felt like an end and everything’s going to be different after that so she decided to do something. She and Ollie, one of her friends, played a prank to their school principal. Guess what? They were punished. Ollie was being given a hard time by his parents and Toni was sent to an all-girl school.

Of course, Toni felt like an alien in there. She was always “one of the guys”. She doesn’t think she was going to fit in. But when she discovered something and that could help her still be close with her friends, she goes “Why not?”. She started a business about kind of renting her guy friends to some girls for some reasons. (which totally sounds weird, right? Anyway it was all strictly PG so nothing to worry about.. I think.) But sometimes plans don’t always go as we expect them to be (DID THEY EVER?) and maybe what she thought could bring her friends closer to her push them even farther away from her…

So.. to the review.

Toni was your average teenage girl who I believed wasn’t dumb like most of the protagonist I’ve read about. (Sadly, I’ve encountered a lot of them.) She was actually pretty smart but does that mean she will never make mistakes? Of course not.

I kind of roll my eyes on Toni’s antics sometimes but then I realized she was just afraid of change. Who wasn’t right? It feels right to just settle on what’s familiar and safe. Taking risks meant getting out of your comfort zone and that’s not something everyone has the courage to do.


I SO love a romance between two best friends. They’re the best for me. Do you guys think so, too?  Anyway, I don’t like the part where they get both idiotic at times THOUGH. Like “what if he doesn’t feel the same way? Our friendship would be ruined.” I mean, dude, he just kissed you okay? How the hell did that DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING? -_-

This book also got genuine girl friendship. So Emma asked Toni if it’s okay to date Loch(one of her guy friends) because Toni seems kind of in love with him (she’s totally denying it, however) and she must have seen something on Toni’s face after that so Emma backed off. Some girls don’t and Toni just met her when she changed schools so I guessed that’s something. Also, the parents weren’t absent. They were very much involved, thank you heavens. I mean, contemporary at its finest guys. Everything was realistic.

This book’s lesson would probably be about how change can’t always be good but change wasn’t always bad either. That was what I’m proud about being a human. We are constantly changing. We learn to adapt and then we move on.

The plot was simple enough and somehow predictable but I think it was what I needed right now. After a bunch of exams, this made me relax even for a little bit. So guys, if you’re looking for a really fun read with a cute and light romance, this book is something to watch out for.


ARC REVIEW: Rise (Rock solid #1) by Karina Bliss


TITLE: Rise (Rock Solid #1)
AUTHOR: Karina Bliss
PUBLICATION: Published January 28th 2015 by Karina Bliss
GENRE: A > Contemporary | Romance
PAGES: 338pages (paperback)
SOURCE: arc via tour host

4 ★★★★

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“You have the ability to make controversial characters sympathetic. Maybe I just want to be understood.”
Acclaimed literary biographer Elizabeth Winston writes about long-dead heroes. So bad boy rock icon Zander Freedman couldn’t possibly tempt her to write his memoir. Except the man is a mass of fascinating contradictions – manipulative, honest, gifted, charismatic, morally ambiguous.
In short, everything she sought in a biography subject. When in her life will she get another chance to work with a living legend? But saying yes to one temptation soon leads to another.
Suddenly she’s having heated fantasies about her subject, fantasies this blue-eyed-devil is only too willing to stoke. She’d thought self-control was in her DNA, after all she grew up a minister’s daughter. She thought wrong.
Outside your comfort zone is the only place worth living…
Zander Freedman has been an outlier – many would say an outcast – for most of his life. But there’s no disaster he can’t overcome, from the break-up of his band to the fall-out on his reputation. His Resurrection Tour is shaping up to be his greatest triumph – if his golden voice holds out. Contracting a respected biographer is simply about creating more buzz; Elizabeth’s integrity the key to consolidating his legacy as one of rock’s greats.
All the damn woman has to do is write down what he tells her. Not make him think.
Or encourage the good guy struggling to get out. And certainly not to fall in love for the first time in his life.
Turns out he is scared of something – being known.
Rise – a redemption story of a rock star going straight(er) through the love of a good(ish) woman.



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“What do you call on when life gets tough?”
“Alcohol, denial and fast women.”
She smiled. “Seriously.”
“I am serious.” Zander passed the cigarette inches under his nose to breathe in the acrid scent of tobacco, then regretfully dropped it in the trash.
“What would your answer be?”
“Prayer. Conscience. Faith,” she said without a trace of embarrassment.

How can two totally different people can be so perfect for each other?

Two words: Zander Freedman. Cue screaming fangirls, flailing fangirls, fangirls who deserves to be restraint. And then cue me who will crush them all because I don’t care about the age difference but I call dibs on Zander Freedman. I always have a soft spot for arrogant rockstars. Too bad he already has an Elizabeth though.

I am so tempted to just talk about Zander in this review. He’s a rockstar. He’s a total alpha male. And he’s way out of my league. But he makes my chest explode. All. the. time. He’s a masterpiece. A flawed one but a masterpiece nonetheless. And Karina Bliss gave him to us. She’s amazing I think I’m gonna cry. Elizabeth is also a very wonderful character. She’s what I hope I’d be when I reach her age. This is how a woman should act. And I really admire her traits, her beliefs and her feistiness.

I enjoyed the bakstage pass that the author gave us the moment we read Rise. I got glimpses to what really goes on before and after the show. I’m not a rockstar and I unfortunately don’t know anyone that is a rockstar but I can say that everything seems to be meticulously researched. Even Elizabeth’s job were obviously planned out as well. It made me love the book more because everything looks credible.

I have no other word for the romance in here. Just.. wow. Wow! Intense, sweet, and totally tears-worthy. Karina Bliss made an unbelievable chemistry between Zander and Elizabeth. I anticipated every chapter. I enjoyed every banter. And my knees turned into jelly for how many times every time Zander turns on his charm. Oh what am I saying, it doesn’t turn off!! I don’t think I’ve ever fangirled this hard. Its not even funny.

People, you do not.. I repeat- YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS BOOK. There, on caps lock so you know I’m dead serious. This book is a page turner. I finished it for 5 hours! Rise definitely a forget-your-hunger-forget-your-bladder kind of book. Karina’s brilliant mind made a heart melting and intense romance that I’m sure lots of us yearns for. You will laugh, you will sigh (whether its because of sadness or happiness, you will) you will swoon, and you will be charmed. Karina Bliss made Zander Freedman, for that she is EPIC!







New Zealander Karina Bliss’s debut, Mr Imperfect, won a Romantic Book of the Year award in Australia, the first of eleven books published through Harlequin SuperRomance. Her most recent release, A Prior Engagement, was a Desert Island Keeper at Her next release, Rise, is a single title, self-published contemporary which continues the story of Zander Freedman, who first appeared as a villain inKarina’s bestselling title, What the Librarian Did – a book that made DearAuthor’s Best of the Year list in 2010.Two of Karina’s books have also featured in Sizzling Book Chats at SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.

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