Book Review: Where There’s Fire (Panopolis, #2) – Cari Z.

Where There's FireI knew I would enjoy this one as much as I’ve enjoyed the first book, Where There’s Smoke. I just totally loved the progress on the characterization of the story’s main protagonist, Edward Dinges – the newest villain in the city of Panopolis. Here, we see how Edward try to learn to control his his new Superpower with the help of his boyfriend, Raul aka the Mad Bombardier.

This second installment also introduced us to new characters – villains and heroes alike such as Firebolt, Maggot, Vibro etc… Ooh, I even laugh out loud when there was a villain named Mother Monster. >_@

I super loved the story development as well – it’s just fluid all throughout like you’re really moving along with the characters until the very exciting conclusion! And by gawd, speaking of that conclusion – that was totally way awesome than what I’ve expected!

Again, bravo to Cari Z. for such solid writing and ATM, I’m dying to read the next book and find out who will be challenging the Mastermind!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Published July 13th 2015 by Riptide Publishing (first published July 12th 2015)

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About The Author
Cari Z. is a Colorado girl who loves snow and sunshine. She has a wonderful relationship with her husband, a complex relationship with the characters in her head and a sadomasochistic relationship with her exercise routine. She feels like Halloween should happen every month, which is why you get this picture of her, and hopes that you enjoy reading what she’s put out there as much as she enjoyed writing it in the first place.

America’s Next Top Model Cycle 22 Episode 4 – The Girl Who Has a Close Shave (Makeover Episode) [Recap]

‘Tis one of the most awaited episodes every cycle where the models will get their “Tyra” makeover. The thirteen models underwent IMO, not so extreme makeover this time save for a couple of girls who totally benefited from their haircuts.

Makeover Fadeout

My thoughts on the makeover of each contestant

Ashley – not really buying her look, she kinda reminded me of Saleisha (cycle 9)  – look wise.
Ava – I think this look could get her far in the competition! She’s totally rocking it!
Bello – wow. He looks different, a fresh version of himself if I may say.
Courtney – I really loved this girl and I think she’s got a very big potential but I don’t see much changes from her former look to her makeover.
Devin – he’s got a unique look so makeover or not, he’s really going to stand out.
Dustin – should’ve gone ultra-platinum blond IMO.
Hadassah – she looks really pretty with an even longer locks. not very high fashion but very pretty.
Justin – pure sex appeal.
Lacey – Ugh. This girl KILLED it. She’s got Saleisha’s hairstyle but hers looks better in motion.
Mame – no drastic change. Still gorg but…
Mikey – Obviously one of the strongest models in the house. He’s rocking his do!
Nyle – I really loved Nyle and this looks just made him sexier
Stefano – nah. He got fucked up by this mo

Meanwhile, check out this cycle’s opening – I totally loved it!

As for the photoshoot, they will be posing side by side with retired Marine corporal and now model Alex Minsky and former U.S. Army officer and paralympic swimmer Melissa Stockwell.

ANTM AshleyAshley



ANTM Bello


ANTM Courtney


ANTM Devin


ANTM Dustin


ANTM Haddassah


ANTM Justin


ANTM Lacey




ANTM Mikey




ANTM Stefano


First Call Out – Ava
Bottom Two: Hadassah and Stefano
Eliminated: Stefano

Book Review: Wolf by Wolf – Ryan Graudin

wolf by wolfWolf by Wolf is nothing if not a very rare literary piece of gem authored by Ryan Graudin that takes us to an alternate history where Hitler and the whole of Axis powers controls most of the world after winning the second world war and holds an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents to commemorate their victory.

This motorcycle race popularly known as The Axis Tour will also pave the way for the resistance to assassinate Adolf Hitler and ignite a revolution in the hopes of changing the world’s order. And they are all pinning their hopes with Yael who is competing as Adele Wolfe. Only Yael didn’t factor in the emotional turmoil brought upon by Adele’s brother, Felix and fellow competitor Luka.

Reading this book made me compare Yael to Katniss’s plight to bring hope to the people oppressed by the Capitol in the Hunger Games Trilogy. Then, I thought it’s not a really good comparison since this book could very well be a book that would really make its mark with its readers. The stirring narrative of the book’s main protagonist Yael combined with a flight or fight mentality made me feel nervous and excited at the same time and flipping its pages until the very end left me yearning for more.

The whole skinshifting thing just made the whole book more exciting in a whole new level. I loved the intensity of each chapter and the edge-of-your-seat feel especially when Yael’s gets into a compromising position. And then there’s the secondary characters most especially the five wolves that totally made its mark one me despite their little “screentime” in the book.

One of the themes in this book has always been one of my interests when it comes to reading historical fiction. I still can’t get my head around the Nazi’s atrocities towards the Jews. It’s just beyond my comprehension – these evil deeds. I just cant. Each book with the Holocaust theme always breaks my heart and I end up having to take a break from ‘em because I get overly emotional. This I have to drag on reading for so many reasons and one of them is what I have just mentioned and the number one reason is because it’s just so so good I hate to have to end it.

This is a relatively lengthy book but there’s something about it that made me want to finish it right away but then I realized that prior to reading this book, I’ve found out that the sequel will still be next year which made me so frustrated because I just need more from this story! People, I am telling you – it is that good. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Expected publication: October 20th 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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About The Author
Ryan Graudin grew up in Charleston and graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Creative Writing in 2009. She is the author of All That Glows and The Walled City. She resides near Charleston with her husband and wolf-dog. You can find her online at

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Book Review: KAGE Unleashed (KAGE Trilogy) – Maris Black

Kage UnleashedThe first book of this trilogy went on to become one of my top 3 reads this year (so far)  which left me quivering in anticipation with this second installment and I am so fucking glad that it didn’t disappoint! Not one bit! Maris Black simply has that magic touch because I loved everything she has written so far and KAGE Unleashed just totally skyrocketed my fangirling mode to another level towards Michael “Kage” Santori and little oh-so-naïve Jamie Atwood.

“I’d wanted to destroy him. To fucking obliterate him for making me love him, and for being able to live without me. For being able to turn that necklace around with no more thought than changing his socks.”

So, it starts off where the author left me just about dying with that cliffhanger in book one and now, I get to read part of the story from Kage’s point of view. It’s very much refreshing to read the emotional depth of this trained-killing-machine. Kage obviously has a traumatic past with everything orchestrated by his douche of an uncle.

“The truth is, I deserved what I got. For the bad things I’d done in my short twenty-four years of life, I deserved that and a whole lot worse. It was karma.”

The first chapter alone left me nervous (dunno why) with all the feels! It was intense getting a glimpse of Kage’s inner turmoil and what he really feels towards Jamie. Then right after the first chapter, it’s almost a non-stop mirage of events with both Kage and Jamie letting pride and doubts get in their way. I was at the edge of my seat (bed) trying not to yell at both of them for their stubbornness and I wanted to jump for joy  at the same time for staying true to what they feel at the end of the day. Kage asked Jamie to trust him and so he did and vice-versa.

The manipulation of his uncle and that stupid bitch therapist was so laughable because it’s so predictable but I don’t mind predictable if the writing’s this awesome! And speaking of Uncle Santori – we’ll obviously get to hear more from him in the final installment of this trilogy because we didn’t get much of Kage’s past in this book and I really,really hope that Kage will put him in his place. Maris Black just gave us something to nibble on (at least this time, we have some info about the guy) and I honestly cannot wait to get hold of that freaking third book! I’m mentally willing myself to calm down or I’d go berserk and go write a fan fiction about these two. Or maybe not. Haha!

Before reading this, I was warned about another cliffhanger but really, not a big issue at all. It’s not much of a cliffhanger at all if I’m being honest. Just know that this trilogy is just unreal. Just so good and I cannot wait for Kage Unmasked to finally make its way on my reader.  Super fucking mighty fucking highly recommended!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Published August 24th 2015 by Maris Black Books

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About The Author
Maris Black lives in the Southern United States. In college, she majored in English and discovered the joys of creative writing and literary interpretation. After honing her skills discovering hidden meanings authors probably never intended, she collected her English degree and got a job at a newspaper. But she soon figured out that small town reporting wasn’t going to pay the bills, so she went to work in the medical field. Logical progression, right? But no matter what she did, the self-proclaimed compulsive plotter couldn’t stop writing fiction.

“The M/M genre feels sort of like coming home,” she says. “I can’t quite explain it. I’ve always had openly gay and bisexual friends and relatives, the rights and acceptance of whom are very important to me, so it feels great to celebrate that. But there’s also something so pure and honest about the love between two men that appeals to me and inspires me to write.”

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Book Review: Catch Me When I Fall – John Wiltshire

Catch Me When I FallWhen an angel named Gabriel fell into Jake’s backyard, he didn’t have any choice but to take him in. Unknowingly, the angel’s presence stirs up something he has been trying to stay buried in the deep end of the mountains of Afghanistan. However, there must be a reason why Gabriel falls from heaven right? With revelations confronting him, Jake would have to make the ultimate decision of his life.

Catch Me When I Fall is one funny book and one that is equally poignant. Just how do we deal with choices in our lives? How do we know which things to sacrifice? Is love truly worth sacrificing? How do we deal with something that isn’t there physically but knew about its existence? There are a lot of things one could ask regarding this book if you’re the philosophical type. I am not or not really, but I’d like to think that there really are angels in our lives. Either on a romantic or religious point of view, it’s up to you which one to believe but I fervently believe their existence.

The story here flows easily from the beginning until the appearance of Jono (Jake’s bestfriend from the military). I would’ve given this an easy five star rating if not for that near-end conflict that didn’t sit well with me involving Jono and the supposed plan of Gabriel to have him as a fallback for Jake. I honestly didn’t get that and refused to accept the logic behind it.

John Wiltshire without question is one of the most artistic writers of this genre. He has a unique writing style and knows how to put soul into his characters. If you’ve read any of his novels prior to this title, you can easily see how he creates each character with unique individuality but if this is your first book from Mr. Wiltshire, you won’t be disappointed one bit.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Published October 2014 by MLR Press

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About The Author
John is an ex-army officer who currently lives in South Island New Zealand. He’s been writing for many years and has a number of novels published.

Much of his fiction is based in England, particularly Devon, where he grew up.

When John isn’t writing, he can usually be found at the beach, surfing.

Book Review: The Prince Of Tides – Pat Conroy

The Prince Of TidesEvery now and then, I find myself rereading some of my old books that shaped my views on a lot of different topics most especially the ones from one of my favorite authors of all time – Pat Conroy. The Prince of Tides along with Beach Music, Red Sky At Morning and Lonesome Dove became the seminal books from my youth.

In this very particular book, many things have struck me speechless. Who could ever forget that rape scene? and that oh-so-endearing scene at the park when Tom started coaching Bernard? Just a lot of fantastic scenes that I will always remember from the book.

The lyrical rendition of Conroy on telling the past and the present events in the book through his character Tom Wingo left me with different emotions. I cried, I laugh and I cried again. Then I got mad, I was sad. Mad, then so, so sad and cried all over again.

The Prince of Tides is a book full of emotion that will leave you hopeful in some way, thoughtful and perhaps too maudlin to get out of bed on any given day.

“Lowenstein. Lowenstein.”

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Published March 26th 2002 by Dial Press Trade Paperback (first published 1986)

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About The Author
Pat Conroy is the New York Times bestselling author of two memoirs and seven novels, including The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, and The Lords of Discipline. Born the eldest of seven children in a rigidly disciplined military household, he attended the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. He briefly became a schoolteacher (which he chronicled in his memoir The Water Is Wide) before publishing his first novel, The Boo. Conroy lives on Fripp Island, South Carolina.

America’s Next Top Model Cycle 22 – Episode 3 The Guy Who Gets Shipped Out [RECAP]

tyra episode 3

I was trying to get my friend Livvy to do the recap for me this week since some gig came up and I was unable to watch the latest episode of Cycle 22 right away (but ala, bitch says NO CAN DO)  so of course, I did try to watch it before writing this despite the shitty net connection in the mountains. I cannot believe Delanie (sorry, no spoiler tag) actually went home over *********.

So from last week, the remaining models are to do this really embarrassing runway where they would find  out whether they actually made the cut. Really, mama TyTy? :/

On to the runway/elimination pre-final 14 – these (this) are (is) the model (s) that made the mark for me. -> Lacey – She’s clearly the frontrunner of this cycle. That jaw, that look, that personality. This cycle is hers to lose at this early stage of the competition.

You gotta love the angle between Devin and Bello.LOL OMG. Those two are TV golden!

Challenge winner by the way was Mame – still gorgeous but I thought Lacey killed it!

Photoshoot:  Each model were paired and bounded together for the shoot . Here are the photos and the pairings.

Ashley and Devin

Ashley and Devin

First Call Out: Devin = 36  (It was a great photo but honestly not the best for me – so don’t fret Devin fans – that just IMO *wink)
2. Justin = 35.5 (lovely shot but getting points way higher than Lacey was just ridiculous – doesn’t he look like Rain in there though?)
3. Lacey = 34.7 (I still think this girl should’ve taken the best photo)
4. Mikey = 34.5 (He’s good, like really good but he should learn to stfu because his attitude just totally suck donkeyballs)
5. Ava = 33.3 (she totally nailed it, not the best but she’s the one who carried the picture)
6. Mame = 33 (I hope she wont be stuck just being the very pretty mdoel)
7. Bello = 32.3 (I’ve to give it to Bello – he worked really well with Lacey)
8. Ashley = 32.2 (forgot about her as of this writing)
9. Courtney = 30.7 (it was a pretty photo but Mikey totally overshadowed her)
10. Hadassah = 30.1 (meh – girl, you are so pretty but that shot *smh*)
11. Nyle = 30 (just not spectacular – too blank IMO) 
12. Dustin = 29.5 (bae, what happened?)
Bottom Two: Stefano (it was awful so just stop with your cocky attitude already) and Delanie (wtf? Delanie??!)
Eliminated: Delanie

Again, I cannot believe Delanie went home first! Do you think the right model got the boot?

photos via america’s next top model

Dear Auteur,


giphy (1)Dear Auteur,

You’ve already been published by a reputable publishing house – please don’t do this to yourself. I live in a third world country and writing isn’t where I am getting my income – I simply just love to read.  I am only doing it for fun and I’m not even writing in English. I could send you my awful writings in English if you wished to so you can rate it and maybe rant how awful the book was. Also, it’s not even my dream to be known as a writer. Hell, I know I don’t even write that well so who am I kidding? If people loved what I wrote, then thank you very much. If not, thank you very much as well for taking the time to read my “free for all stories.”

I didn’t even attack your book the way other people are so ruthless with their reviews going as far as attacking the author. That is not my style. I even congratulated you for releasing your first book. I don’t understand why you’d have to go and do what you’re doing now.

Here’s my advice, perhaps you can just attack me on a non-conspicuous way because seriously, it’s really starting to look pathetic. It’s fun at first and I could easily laugh it off but it’s getting to a point that it’s annoying especially after enduring a 12-hour trip and you’d be notified by these cheap attacks.  Man’ I don’t even know that you have it in you because you sound really mature on twitter whenever I see your tweets and I feel good when you tweet your support on LGBTQ causes.

Why don’t you talk to me directly? You can pm me here and it’d just be between the two of us. I’d love to hear from you and would easily forget everything if you can just be straight with me. No pun intended.

I even bought your book from kobo for P240.99 ($5 and some change) because a friend recommended it. See, I even spent my hard earned-money on your book so of course, I will fucking read it! And I fucking did. I even gave you a 3.5 rating so man’ just stop with what you’re doing now.


Book Review: Mad About the Hatter – Dakota Chase

Mad About The HatterHenry has never believed his sister Alice’s tales about the Wonderland until he finds himself thrown in it with an instruction to find the Mad Hatter. Enter Hatter who’s trying to keep his head from rollin’ by delivering Henry also known as Boy Alice to the evil Red Queen.

This modern take on Wonderland by author Dakota Chase is nothing short of ‘wonderful.’ At the beginning, I was a bit wary because I find the first few chapters slow-going with all their ‘adventures’ at the Drawrof, the Neverglades, the confection mountains and so on and so forth. I thought it‘d just be a series of adventures where they have to pass through it and that would be it. But no, all along – we see how Hatter and Henry seemed to be developing feelings for each other. I really loved the subtle approach of the author here when it comes to the budding romance between the two main characters. There’s sweetness in it. It’s not hurried and you know it’s there even if it’s not obvious. It’s feel good and I loved that in this story. There’s this sweet innocence about it. I also loved the fact that sexuality wasn’t such a big deal for both Hatter and Henry.

I also adore their banter. I especially love Hatter’s characterization here. He’s about the most charming and adorable ever especially when he went to Henry’s world and got to see the vehicles, the buildings, taste the food, watch cinema – he’s just so funny, charming and all kinds of adorable I just wanna keep him! Haha!

The conclusion was rather anti-climactic but apt for our characters since it was established early on that it’s not gonna be some sort of an all-out war thingy and stuff.  Overall, the author’s fresh approach on the story will endear its readers to the characters especially with Hatter. Plus, it’s absolutely well-written so hat’s off to Dakota Chase.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Expected publication: August 20th 2015 by Harmony Ink Press

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About The Author
Dakota Chase writes stories of the fantastical, of ghosts and monsters, and time travel. She lives right on the border of Normal, and has been known to take quick trips into the next town over, Crazy, although she usually finds her way home again without little trouble. She shares her home with Nibbles, her Shar-Pei/Labrador mixed breed that may or may not be a werewolf in disguise, and a husband who definitely isn’t a werewolf even though he’s been known to be shaggy and howl from time to time. She has four grown children, one of whom has spawned, resulting in two grandchildren whom she adores. When she isn’t writing, Dakota likes to crochet odd things, like killer shark slippers and skull dolls. She loves sushi, spicy foods, and grapes, but is highly allergic to any form of math.


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Book Review: We’ll Never Be Apart – Emiko Jean

We'll Never Be ApartWe’ll Never Be Apart is a young adult psychological thriller that you’ll either love for its good writing or dislike for its unoriginal twist. I called the twist early on in the book but that did not deter me to continue with it. There are some good parts in the book and some maybe underdeveloped ones that the author could’ve explored more to enhance the story as a whole.

The start of the book was from Cellie’s point of view as she started a fire intent on killing her twin sister Alice and her boyfriend Jason. Then the next chapter until the epilogue switches to Alice’s POV at the hospital and her admittance at the same mental institution she and her twin sister have been to the first time around. There she meets fellow patient, Chase who volunteered to help her with her plan to seek Cellie for vengeance. Only things didn’t go as planned when she was finally confronted by the truths she has been hiding all her life.

The writing as I’ve mentioned was enough to get you on with it despite the easy predictability of the story. There’s something captivating about Alice and Cellie’s character. They’re a product of unhealthy childhood which leads to doing what they did in the story. I guess even If I were to be put in the same situation as Alice and Cellie, I’d also feel ruined and start to see things differently.

I would’ve like a more detailed characterization on Chase but his character was apparently not that important since half of the time, it was Alice, Jason and Cellie monopolizing the story. It would’ve been great to exploit the romance aspect between Alice and Chase. I personally think that Chase is the most interesting character in the book. What happened to him (or at least the way it was narrated) made him bland once he admitted it to Alice. Like, his character suddenly became pointless.

Overall, this is still a very engaging story that I won’t really mind recommending to people for its good writing. With this being a debut novel, I’d expect for the author to release more engaging story and perhaps new materials on her future endeavors. Congratulations Miss Emiko Jean!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Expected publication: October 6th 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers

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