Book Review: A Study in Charlotte

Title: A Study in Charlotte

Author: Brittany Cavallaro

Date of Publication: March 1, 2016

Pages: 321

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Format: Physical Book


The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

Rating: 2.75 stars

I love mysteries and murders, no worries, I’m not a psychopath, I just happen to develop an interest in such topics because I watched a lot of series and movies in the same genre.

Even with the books I read, I get drawn to reading mystery plots, it’s highly influenced by Nancy Drew and Sidney Sheldon’s (now known as Tilly Bagshaw’s) books.

I was so excited to have this trilogy, it’s been on my radar for almost a year and I was finally able to buy it last year during one of the book fairs in the Philippines.

A Study in Charlotte left me disappointed. The problem wasn’t in the plot, because it was generally a good mystery/thriller plot altogether. The writing style was too challenging and confusing, it felt like my book lacked pages — it would jump from one thought/topic to another. The backstory pops up like mushrooms in the most unexpected chapters.

I will read the second book, because I already bought a copy of it but I am not expecting anything just because writing styles are not easily “fixed”, plus the fact that this book probably appealed more to others, if they prefer or could at least follow the writing style.

One of the best mystery book I’ve read under YA was Prep School Confidential by Kara Thomas. It’s super intriguing and fast-paced!

It’s been a long time since I last reviewed a book, so forgive me if my post sound rushed or all-over the place, I need to get my groove back. I’ll do better in the next posts, I’m thinking of doing some stuff and styles for my posts so we’ll see.

Read and Reviewed,


Review: Before We Were Strangers

Hi, Flamingos!

I trust that everyone is well and having a great start of the week! Mine pretty much starts out the same, no exciting news or happenings to look forward to. Given that my career is in events, this 9-hour job is just exhausting everything in me.

Honestly, if I didn’t need the money, I would rather just lounge around the house and spend my days reading. But oh well, I’m not privileged with such good life but in the future, I’m sure I’ll have all the time in the world to read ’til my heart’s content! I’m planning to launch my small business soon; it will be a side business until its fully ready to hold up on its own and increase the income to match my basic necessities.

Moving forward, a review is here! I finished Before We Were Strangers by Reneè Carlino, just last night. When I was around 10-years old, my mom didn’t have enough money to buy me brand new books and here in the Philippines, book sales consist mostly of medical and religious books but for fiction–it focuses highly on Adult Fiction. My mom loves to read, and I believe I got that from her; so to satisfy my hungry baby mind then, I dived into the works of fiction. My childhood consisted of Danielle Steel and Sidney Sheldon, hence the love for crimes and mystery.

Now that I’m earning my own money, and have a few ones to spare for books, I am finally able to buy more YA. However, my respect and appreciation for Adult Fiction had not faded completely. Earlier this year, I fell in love with Crazy Rich Asians trilogy by Kevin Kwan –it was a great start to accustom myself with adult fiction again.

I never would have known about Before We Were Strangers if it weren’t for GabbyReads youtube channel. She’d talked about the book constantly and how she loved it so much. I finally gave in, and got an ebook of the novel.


Title: Before We Were Strangers

Author: Reneè Carlino

Publication Date: August 18, 2015

Publisher: Atria Books

Pages: 320 pages

Format: epub / ebook

Goodreads Synopsis:

From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a love story about a Craigslist “missed connection” post that gives two people a second chance at love fifteen years after they were separated in New York City.

To the Green-eyed Lovebird:

We met fifteen years ago, almost to the day, when I moved my stuff into the NYU dorm room next to yours at Senior House.

You called us fast friends. I like to think it was more.

We lived on nothing but the excitement of finding ourselves through music (you were obsessed with Jeff Buckley), photography (I couldn’t stop taking pictures of you), hanging out in Washington Square Park, and all the weird things we did to make money. I learned more about myself that year than any other.

Yet, somehow, it all fell apart. We lost touch the summer after graduation when I went to South America to work for National Geographic. When I came back, you were gone. A part of me still wonders if I pushed you too hard after the wedding…

I didn’t see you again until a month ago. It was a Wednesday. You were rocking back on your heels, balancing on that thick yellow line that runs along the subway platform, waiting for the F train. I didn’t know it was you until it was too late, and then you were gone. Again. You said my name; I saw it on your lips. I tried to will the train to stop, just so I could say hello.

After seeing you, all of the youthful feelings and memories came flooding back to me, and now I’ve spent the better part of a month wondering what your life is like. I might be totally out of my mind, but would you like to get a drink with me and catch up on the last decade and a half?


Weren’t we though? Timeless? Nothing could change what we’d had all those years before, even the idea of what might’ve been lingered between us.

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Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

You can’t re-create the first time you promised to love someone or the first time you feel loved by another. You cannot relive the sensation of fear, admiration, self-consciousness, passion and desire all mixed into one because it never happens twice.


• I loved the backstory of Matt and Grace. It was refreshing and bold, yet it flashes an invisible sign of proceed with caution or love at your own risk.
• ‎Before We Were Strangers is a well-written story about a love once lost, only to be found years later and realize nothing’s changed at all.
• ‎I loved the certainty of Matt towards Grace. His feelings have been direct and simple, no going around the bush. He’s loved her from the start and that was that.
• ‎I loved that it didn’t revolve around why the relationship didn’t work out the first time, or in the reasons why they grew apart in the past. Rather, it focused on the good things, the positive and the negatives of their past.
• ‎I love the simplicity of their relationship. It makes it so natural and relatable.
• ‎The emotions and actions of these characters felt real; they weren’t exaggerated or stretched out too thinly.
• ‎All the characters were memorable, despite having a few of them. They left an impact and a lasting memory in my head.


• I didn’t so much enjoy too much discussion of their sex life. At some point, it felt as if all they did was that and that the relationship revolved around the excitement of touching and making love to each other. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that there are couples who see sex as an important component of their relationship. All I’m saying is, I would’ve liked to get more of their mushy couple activities, though there had been a lot of that too–in short I’m just asking for more.


• I rated the book 4.5 because of some things that didn’t sit comfortably with me. One of them being, the deceit was handled all too easily. It caused strings of events to occur (and almost destroyed your life), and yet the book still managed to give it enough emphasis.
• ‎There were so many overwhelming happenings towards the last five or so chapters, and it felt a bit abrupt. It felt as if the author chose to speed things up, instead of increasing the length of the book at least another two chapters to cover and make the situation more reality-based. I would have loved to see more of their family’s new lives, how the characters adjusted.
• ‎Lastly, what ended the marriage of Matt–the very reason behind this, it makes my blood boil. It’s never okay, and you can never expect anyone to get over or forgive such a serious matter just because they apologized for it. I could just never accept and learn to understand that kind of betrayal and the reasons why some people do it. If you’ve read the book, you’ll understand this (I haven’t figured out how to write spoilers, then have them appear as a button for people’s option to read it or not.)


All in all, it was such a great book. I am glad to be able to carry these characters, their experiences and their lives inside my heart for the rest of time.

I related a lot with Grace during their senior year at college. Having first fall in love, dealing with friends and first relationships, the reality of adult life where money is a necessity. Though all these, I’ve not gone through during my college days but just a year ago. It was hard dealing with excitement and moving forward in the relationship with caution, so as not to overdo or smother my partner. I can definitely see mysely recommending this continuously to a lot of people in the future.

I’m sorry if that was quite long, guess I just have a lot of things to share that occurred over the weekend. Anyway, please don’t forget to visit and support my bookstagram account: @reeyuhbeegale, I will highly appreciate it. Also, I’ll be hosting an international giveaway soon as I reach 300 followers on Instagram!

Don’t hesitate to leave me some comments, I don’t bite! Watch out for an upcoming PH Blog Tour here at Reading Flamingo, for Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, towards the end of October.
QOTD: Do you have a “the one that got away” moment in your life? Do you still think about it until today?

With love,


Abi, the Flamingo

Review: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Hiya, Flamingos!

I hope you’re all well and feeling the fall vibe! It’s already windy here and somehow the air breeze is cool, symbolizing that December is near. I wasn’t super busy with work today, and powered through a book. Today marks the first review under my new handle, Reading Flamingo, together with new graphics and designs.



I get all worked up when I have to talk about gender roles, equality and the importance of having your own opinion even if you’re a woman. If you’re interested to know about my thoughts on Moxie, then read on, flamingo!


Title: MOXIE

Author: Jennifer Mathieu

Pages: 330

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Publication: September 19, 2017

Format: EPUB

Goodreads Synopsis:

Moxie girls fight back!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution. 

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Actual rating: 3.50 stars



I personally consider myself as a feminist; I have a lot of opinions and perspective that are not exactly traditionally in-lined. I’ve been raised in a Christian household, my mom and my extended relatives are active in Church; but at an early age, I had this sense and urge to always form my own opinions – not just to follow what others say.


When I was still in high school, I thought being a feminist meant that I NEVER have to rely on a man’s effort and strength. I would scream and let the boys have it when they would offer to carry my rock heavy backpack, or when they would let me inside the car first before them – I never accepted any help because I thought I was being looked down as woman, too weak to do anything. Apparently, I wasn’t being feministic, I wasn’t fighting for gender equality – what I was, was being mean. I didn’t realize it until I was in my last year of high school and was choosing which college to go to. Truth be told (and mind you, I never told anyone about this), I went to an exclusive school for girls, partly because I wanted to exercise women empowerment, but half of it was just because I easily get distracted with boys and boy drama.
Okayyy, back to what I was originally saying. I loved college, it was the best years of my life! I didn’t have friends, I gained SISTERS – sisters who share the same advocacy and campaign as mine. We had school campaign movements which heavily focused on women’s rights, two most memorable were:
1. BRING BACK OUR GIRLS – our rally against the group of men who kidnapped 276 Nigerian girls from their boarding school to become sex slaves and wives to Boko Haram’s group. This was done to send a message to the Nigerian government; our school went ahead and spearheaded this “noise barrage” within the vicinity of our school, encouraging civilians and other universities nearby to be aware.
2. One Billion Rising (Annual Dance Mob) – yearly, my school invited and encouraged the student body (from preschool to college) and the faculty / administration to dance. This activity was done to promote women rights; I believe this had been covered by various local newspapers and international ones.
Both events I participated in wholeheartedly, and my four years in college taught me the true meaning behind feminism. It’s not about being the stronger gender or being too independent, but rather, fighting for equality and to abandon the traditional gender roles. Promote that what men can do, women are just as capable and vice-versa.
Men belong to the kitchen as much as women; women has a place in politics as much as men.

The first ever feminist book I’ve ever read was V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram; and in all honesty, if I am to do a comparison, I say I love Kelly Oram’s duology so much more than Moxie. I enjoyed Moxie, it was definitely feministic and it made me realize a lot more, but it lacked on the angst in my opinion.
Another claimed “feminist” YA novel is Shut Out. It’s not nearly as good as Moxie or V is for Virgin – it was actually a misrepresentation of what it means to be a feminist. Shut Out focuses heavily on how a lot of men are only after sex, and that one of the means to control them is to withhold or deny them of it [despite being in a relationship]. To me that book wants more of women’s control or edge over men; first of it’s not fair to hold a human nature over someone’s head to gain control, and second, that’s not at all feminism.
Moxie, on the other hand, was just about the right mix and start-up to call upon the spark on women to fight when they are in the minority or given unfair treatment.

BA2A6956-922B-46D0-BE95-078DB8A3BF08• I love ALL issues of Moxie! They were so cute and nostalgic, and revolutionary.
• I love the idea that Moxie wasn’t spearheaded by anyone (I honestly thought this would tackle the idea of being nice girl to being bossy). Not having a leader made everything more personal and relatable; the best description for it is one that’s found in the book: Moxie doesn’t belong to just one person. It belongs to every girl who wants to be a part of it.
• It balanced on friendships (sisterhood), family relationships and personal relationships.
• It was feministic because the girls weren’t man-hating, they understood that there are existing guys who don’t act like douches.
• The minority group of guys who have respect for women were represented through Seth, and it’s a good inclusion in a book that claims to be focused on feminism – again, feminism is about equality.
• It was good and clear what the girls of the East Rockport High School were fighting for. The initiatives and the campaigns were simple, yet they were very relatable and valid.
• It didn’t go overboard on showcasing their stand against the school’s rules, just enough to be noticeable and to call out that the girls will no longer turn a blind-eye on the misogynistic traditions within ERHS.



EC090CC7-8301-42F0-9836-9166FEEEBB8C• The acts of sexual harassment brought up in certain scenes of this book were taken lightly. I understood that it was trying to highlight the lack of fairness within the school system [of a sexist school] but I wasn’t a fan of how the issues were handled in the book. To me, it seemed like they were just dismissed and used as a point of unity for all these girls to fight back.


Honestly, I related to Moxie in such a personal level. Viv and I have a lot in common, we’re both raised by single parents (who, at some point, questioned the new partner of her hardworking and loving mother) – though my mom wasn’t nearly as cool and hip as Viv’s. I’ve had too many encounters with boys whose thoughts swirl into lust and hormones almost 24/7; but eventually, I landed to a sweet simple man, with an ambition and instilled respect to women (or any person for that matter).
Reading this book brought back memories, and looking back to my college days, I wish I could’ve done more. I wish I had enough courage to start a movement as important and direct as Moxie. There are still a lot of misogyny in this world, and I never believe that it will really be gone but I am hoping that in the future, someone will be as brave as Viv and all the girls of ERHS to stand and fight back. I don’t believe that the view in terms of gender and equality will ever be fully different from how it’s been all these centuries, but at least it gives a chance for both men and women to be more open and accepting.

It’s not the best YA feminist book written, but it’s definitely something. It will ignite your inner girl power, and soon after reading, you’ll be strutting down your own high school hallway with your sisters for life! Unleash the Moxie living within you!


Photos are not mine, except for the speech bubbles which separates the ones I loved and disliked about the book. I will be using them from now on, but the feminist stickers are all from Google. Apologies for the pixelated ones, I am currently blogging on my phone.

So any thoughts on the new blog format?

Also, I am one of the hosts for Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao, for the PH Blog Tour, the book came out this October 10th! It’s my first time to be a host, I’m both nervous and excited. Hopefully, this will be the start of many.

Question of the day: Have you read Moxie? What is your stand regarding feminism? 


Last reminders, Flamingos, please do follow my bookstagram! I’ve recently poured efforts and transformed my account officially into a bookstagram. Give it some love? @reeyuhbeegale

With love,


Abi, the Flamingo.

A Book Review: The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone

Hello, Cabbages!

I know what you were thinking–that I won’t be writing AGAIN even if I already said I will. Well, I can’t really blame you, I am one to grow lazier by the minute.

Some life update before we proceed with the actual review, first off, I’m writing this via my laptop and I haven’t touched my laptop for almost 3 months now–LOL. I know, who does  that right? Anyway, second, basing from this post, I assume you’ve figured out that I was able to buy a new book because I finished 3 which was my agreement with Pups. This Sunday I got This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. I haven’t started that one ’cause I’m really not feeling the story yet, though I hope to read it soon. Please let me know if you’ve read by leaving a comment below.

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As you may have remembered, I joined the Emojiathon and this is my 3rd entry for it! I still haven’t done a post about Emojiathon and the books that I plan on reading for that and I don’t think I’ll ever get around to actually writing one, sorry. I’m still getting back to the feeling of blogging and I don’t want to overwhelm myself and feel like this is a responsibility. So this book falls under the category: “Book You Purchased because of its Cover”


TITLE: The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone

AUTHOR: Adele Griffin

DATE PUBLISHED: August 12, 2014


PAGES: 256

Goodreads Summary: Brilliant young artist. Her mysterious death. Fandom that won’t let her go. From the moment she stepped foot in NYC, Addison Stone’s subversive street art made her someone to watch, and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more. I conducted interviews with those who knew her best—including close friends, family, teachers, mentors, art dealers, boyfriends, and critics—and retraced the tumultuous path of Addison’s life. I hope I can shed new light on what really happened the night of July 28. Fully illustrated.



Love! It’s like strolling along the milky way!

I am not one for reading non-fiction, I rarely venture out to that genre unless it’s for a school project, but since I’m out of College already, I don’t get to ready anymore of that. I also picked this book up during the MIBF 2016–Manila Book International Fair and I’m not going to lie, I did it because of the cover. I appreciate art and I love the drama vibe that surrounds its cover. I saw it in the shelf and I knew I had to get it!

Getting to reading this book wasn’t hard, mainly because it’s not real–basically it’s a faux biography of a fictional “celebrity-like popular” character, so obviously it’s not heavy on the non-fiction elements we usually see in real biographies. I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did, I gave it a solid 4 out of 5 stars because I connected with it and if you’ve known me, you’ll understand that a connection is a stronger pull on me rather than a fluid plot line.


The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone was dark and problematic, but at the same way, I was drawn into her. I think the author did such a great job by writing a protagonist who is realistic and full of character. I’ve never read any Adele Griffin book except for this, but I love her writing style. Such a brilliant author for being able to suppress all that emotion in one character and still not bombard or overwhelm the readers at the same time. Her character was written in such a charismatic way and you can’t help but put your attention to her; the entire persona of Addison Stone demands the attention of every reader out there.

This book explores a lot of mental issues and how people don’t necessarily understand them. It made me realize that being mentally unstable or unhealthy can drive you to the brink of exhaustion. It deals heavily on how each and everyone of us have our own battles and monsters to face, and the only we can count on to help us is ourselves. There are haunting points in this book which I felt very appropriate; it was so dark and delicious.

Another aspect I loved about this book is how it was written in a series of interviews with people who have interacted with Addison at some point in her life–both significant and acquaintances were featured. Addison Stone and her different phases in life were narrated through the eyes of these strangers and loved ones, and yet they all have different interpretations on how she was as an individual. It created an impact for me because it’s the truth–no matter how many people we meet in our lives, none of them will know the truth in the core of our individual existence. People form judgments of who we are, both good and bad but we can never trust anyone to tell the truth of our story because that is ours and only us can set the facts straight, unless you are six feet under the ground.

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The beauty in the misery in the death of Addison, is that I only regret not meeting her. Most of the books out there, presents some protagonists in the most awful way. I don’t approve of protagonists getting away with their attitude and flaws, just because I have to sympathize with her situation, like I am expected to root for her because “everybody’s out to get her”. In this case, as a reader I am presented with how problematic Addison is. There’s no hiding her dark and wild spirit; it’s almost like I am made to hate her for all the vile things she’s done but because I am exposed to all this, is what actually allows me to empathize with her. I am brought to understand her for why she is what she is.


There were so many characters involved in Addison’s life, and though most of them were significant, I don’t feel the need to discuss all of them. However, I only loved Lucy–the best friend of Addison Stone. I believe she’s the closest to the truth as I’ll ever get to knowing Addison. She’s seen her demons, her flaws and she’s the same old Lucy you’ll see from start to finish. I love her versions of Addison because I was given the privilege to witness the young Addison up until the time before she drowned.

In a lot of times while reading this book, I’ve happen to remember Alaska from Looking For Alaska of John Green. It was actually my favorite John Green book, I loved the drama in that. However, reading this, Alaska suddenly felt unrealistic. Her character was wild and lost and dark, yet she felt flat in comparison with Addison Stone. Alaska was became shallow for me and that’s sad, I’ve loved her since I read the book back in 2013. It just so happen that I now appreciate more of the darkness that surrounds Addison Stone.

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Like I said, this book was written in such an interactive and realistic way that I barely noticed it was fiction. I can’t describe it or review well for you guys, because just like the synopsis in Goodreads, I don’t think it will give justice why this book is beautiful in all its darkness. You have to read it for yourself; trust me, it will be a shame not to have a glimpse of Addison Stone.

There were such great art, and photos to document the life of Addison and they were just so fun to skim through. Also, the model who they got to portray Addison Stone in the book is so stunning and full of charm.

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So that’s not a good review, but like I said, I don’t trust myself to give justice to how powerful this book felt for me. I wish a lot more people would give it a go, it deserves to be devoured and not left accumulating dusts on the bookshelves.

I’m still thinking about writing a review for Crazy Rich Asians, or if I missed my “hype” for the book already. But I finished it way before this one, and it was part of my entry to Emojiathon as A Book With Marginal Characters–well it was about the life of rich pure Chinese clans.

If you’re wondering, I also didn’t continue on with When Dimple Met Rishi because I’m quite overwhelmed with the Indian language they use there, and unlike the Crazy Rich Asians, ALL unfamiliar words were translated. However, it’s still my most anticipated contemporary read but I’m putting it off for now because I’m craving for some fantasy books which I don’t have much on my shelf.

Please let me know me down below in the comments if you’ve also read this book and your thoughts about it or if you’re participating in the Emojiathon as well! I’d love to hear from all you so do leave me some love! Thank you all for your time and for the support, I know I’m far off from the great reviewers out there, but I’m trying to give my best in discussing the books that I read. It might take some time before I get back to my old blogging style or for me to develop a new one, but I’ll get there. Until my next post, Cabbages!


Trading Is Off Limits

Hello, Cabbages!

I wasn’t feeling “bloggy” yesterday, plus the fact that I came in late to work and I had to rush work load because I needed to go to a meeting. I had fun getting out of the office though, being able to be free from my monstrous work station. Honestly, I don’t want to work anymore, but oh well…the need for money is just overpowering [maybe, I just need another source of money].

I’m so excited to announce that I am devouring And I Darken pretty quickly than I imagined. It’s probably the pacing of the story, and the knack for violence that keeps me drawn in. I LOVE IT. Ever since I started reading it, my night phone calls with my boyfriend consist of raving about this savage novel. I’m almost to Chapter 30, and I’ll DEFINITELY be posting a review immediately after I finished this [by that I mean, a day or two after I’ve coherently managed my thoughts].

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Alright! Let’s move on to the main purpose of this post, which is to entertain you all with my very awesome [weird] thoughts. Have you heard of Top 5 Wednesday? Well if you haven’t, it’s a weekly book meme created by Lainey, and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes.


→ Honestly, most of the time, I envy fictional characters. And because of that, I’ve never had a lot of time to think about the ones I wouldn’t want to be but now that I pondered, there are a lot of choices. *Chill, I only chose the Top 5, this list won’t be including 100++*

5.RADU from And I Darken


Of course I’d love to be beautiful, and to be able to gain people’s trust and adoration just by simply starting a conversation with them. What I don’t want though is to be such a helpless, needy person who can’t as much as punch back. I would like to be able to defend and protect myself; I would hate to be picked on and to be seen as a weakling.

4.CHE from My Sister Rosa


While reading this book, I was filled with so much pity for Che. I can’t imagine myself being around a couple of psychopaths, much less be blood-related to them. I understood the anxiety that maybe I carry the same demonic genes that they do; also the constant worry that my sister has such strong killer instincts might be what actually kills me. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy plots like this, I like seeing what goes inside a killer’s mind, but I wouldn’t actually wish to live with one—I’d be like a guinea pig for them.

3.PARKER from Ten Below Zero


I’ve rarely talked about this book; it was one of those that I found out because of my College friends. I read it but the genre isn’t exactly my cup of tea. Anyway, I wouldn’t want to be like her simply because she was physically assaulted. She was beaten an inch away from death, and half of her face bears a nasty cut from the assailant, for no particular reason. I’ve never been one to endure extreme physical pain.

2.ANI from Fault Lines


She’s one of the coolest characters there is, and her story is one that I can never forget. Fault lines haunt me continuously, and is buried somewhere in my subconscious, shallow enough to resurface at anytime. Ani is a controversial character, whose tragic accident had no conclusion. I don’t want to be her because I can’t fathom the idea of being promiscuous and flirty and have no memory of it the next day. I avoid going to parties, and I don’t drink alcohol because I’m afraid to lose control of my actions and wake up with regret. I have high hopes that I will never have to encounter this, especially because I literally flinch at someone’s touch, even at a simple touch of the shoulder. The only people I’ve let physically close enough are my closest friends, family and my boyfriend.

1.STACY STELLARD from What We Saw


Similar to the one above, but this one is just more unbearable for me. To be branded as a slut, and have no one believe me, is just detestable. I have too much concern for my body, I want it respected. I don’t want to be Stacy and be sexually abused, and have people not do anything to help me. This is different from being “able to protect myself”, as this is a situation where the victim has no control over what’s happening.

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There you have it, Cabbages, a list of fictional characters who I wouldn’t want to be. Honestly speaking, over the years I’ve learned to truly love myself, and be content with who I am while looking forward to who I will become.

A million thanks, Cabbages for your continuous support! Let’s keep the hype going! Don’t forget to subscribe so you can receive notifications about the happenings in Written Constellations! If you joined this week’s Top 5 Wednesday, kindly place your links down below.

Also, if you’re looking into getting your books free of shipping cost, I suggest you shop at Book Depository!




Bookish Audiophile

HELLO, Cabbages!

I’ve had quite an adventure during the last few days, which I will be sharing in a brief post [whether you like it or not].

A. MIBF (aka Manila International Book Fair)

→ It ran from September 14-18; and my boyfriend accompanied me last Saturday! I only got 3 books, because prior to MIBF, I already bought Furthermore in our local bookstore. I know I should’ve maximized the event because books were on 20% off; I was leaning towards purchasing my books online already to give me ample of time to save money [leading to acquiring more books). I bought Rebel of the Sands, The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone and I got my mom Tipping Point as a gift for her recent job promotion.

B. I SKIPPED WORK yesterday to go to Laguna. I was feeling a bit clingy [like I do all the time], missing my boyfriend [though we spent the entire Saturday together, and we talk everyday] and I couldn’t focus on work so I went to their house in Laguna. I called it an adventure because what you need to understand is this, I live in the City, and I work in the City too— while Laguna is a province in the South.

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I would love to share a lot of things (both bookish and non bookish) that I do or did, but I figured it might not be of public interest. Anyway, I haven’t found any energy in me to publish any “original weekly meme” or other topics to rave about on here + my work is consuming 9 hours of my day [despite me being able to post regularly]. If you still don’t know, I’ve started And I Darken last week, and is currently in Chapter 23 – so that’s a worthy bookish update. HOORAY for reading time! Funny, I actually read on my way to work every day, and I downloaded a PDF of it so I can read it on my laptop while “working”.

On to today’s post: TOP TEN TUESDAY! Yup! That’s a regular meme here on Written Constellations, and though the original creator of this are the lovely bookish ladies from The Broke and the Bookish; I am an active participant! I encourage all of you to join the fun; all you need to do is visit their page and post your picks on any of your social media (Instagram, Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, Youtube, etc).

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→ Okay, because I am possibly the weirdest person you’ll ever meet in this planet, I don’t listen to a lot of Audio books. I used to be able to function well, even if there’s noise in the background, but for the past 3 or 4 years, I started getting annoyed whenever I have to read and there’s too much distraction around. So today, I chose a few titles, which I’d rather listen to than read [for reasons that will be disclosed per book below].

5.LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell


All I have of Rainbow Rowell is Fangirl which I still have to finish; I started it but got stuck at some chapter, and just grew tired of the story that I couldn’t get past 1 page. I need to find the energy to pick it up one of these days. Landline though is [humanities] fiction, and as you all know, I’m not much of an “adult” fiction reader. I think I would enjoy listening to this much more than if I will read it; plus, the book deals with a magical telephone that allowed the main character to speak to herself from the past—that will be cool [if I say so myself] to listen to.

4.THIS ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover


I’d say I’m a supporter of Hoover, because I enjoyed Hopeless and I loved Maybe Someday. This particular book written by her though deals with heavy topics on abuse, and it’s [humanities] fiction, I’m not sure if I’ll enjoy it but I think I’d prefer to listen to it as an audio book.



I rarely read diverse books, though I am a supporter of LGBT. I’ve been meaning to pick this up since last year, but I still haven’t because I don’t know if it’s something that I’ll enjoy. This is one book I’ve been eyeing that I haven’t searched any reviews on yet; I want to go in partly blind on this one. I would prefer to finish an audio book of this because I think I will be able to enjoy the adventures more if I’m hearing them like legends told on a campfire.

2.THE GLASS CASTLES by Jeanette Walls


This is non-fiction; an autobiography of the author about her and her siblings’ experience with their neglecting parents. I’ve never been good in finishing non-fiction or true to life books—probably because most of the time, I prefer depressing/sad non-fiction novels than the happy ones, that I cringe at their sufferings. One of the book blogs I follow mentioned Tiger Tiger: A Memoir and it was compared to this book in Goodreads, that’s how I got interested with The Glass Castles. I heard a sample of its audio book on Goodreads, and the narrator’s voice was soothing and full of emotions that I’ve been compelled to listen to this.

1.MISTBORN TRILOGY by Brandon Sanderson


As far as I remember, I made a research about this a few weeks ago and I was quite fascinated by other people’s testimonials that this is one of the BEST books they’ve ever read. Another reason why I rarely read [humanities] fiction is because of their size—and to think; this is a trilogy, DEFINITELY lengthy. I don’t have a lot of free time to dedicate in finishing this, so the only way for me to dive into their world is if I listen to it in audio book. Afterwards, if I like the story, I will definitely purchase it in UK edition, because well…don’t you just adore those breathtaking covers!

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There you have it, Cabbages! My Top Ten Tuesday [which I prefer to do in fives], discussing about books that I would love to listen to in audio book formats. Please let me know down below if you’ve read/listened to any of these titles, I’d love to hear your thoughts about them. Also, if you participated in this week’s TTT, do leave a link of your post as well so I can check it out!

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I Promise To Answer Honestly

CABBAGES! Hello, I’m back! [I told you you’ll be getting more from me soon].

I’ve been stalking a lot of book blogs lately, and I’ve seen a few bookish tags I’d like to do! So today, I’ve decided to post about The Reader’s Confession Book Tag! I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I still would like to participate, and so here I am! By the way, you’re HIGHLY encouraged to do this tag—if you haven’t been tagged, *tag* there, I just did [you’re welcome].

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Have you ever damaged a book?

If by damage, we mean ripped a page, soaked a book in water and other destructible to a book, then no. But I did however, used to crack the spines of my books [I stopped that habit a long time ago], which I have deemed to make the [my] books look ugly.

*Bonus: I folded the front cover of my Mockingjay, but it doesn’t look so bad [forever in self denial].

Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

No, I haven’t wreaked havoc to anyone’s beloved collections. I’ve always been careful with other people’s books as much as I am with mine. As a book lover who doesn’t like lending books, I understand how hard it is to trust someone else with your precious gems.

How long does it take you to read a book?

Because I am bitter on how much change there have been, we will be discussing this matter in my own way.

PAST: [as in before I had a job, before I entered adult life], I could finish a 400-page novel in 3-4 days.

PRESENT: [as in now that I’ve been a prisoner of the corporate life], na-da. Kidding. It depends; the number of days [months], varies.

Books that you haven’t finished?

Well  as I have answered above, my reading pace has dwindled down by a million notch, I have quite a number of started books that I haven’t finished. No judgments. A lot of readers are guilty of this too!

School for Good and Evil book 2, Night Owls, PS I like You, and Wondrous Strange. I have a lot more, but I will stop the brewing embarrassment coming my way.

Hyped/Popular book that you didn’t like or thought was only okay?

I am aware that I am on the minority when I say; I didn’t like Throne of Glass. I DNF-ed it to be precise. I rarely read hyped books [because I was a weird kid, and stayed away from the bandwagon #hipster ], and it is only recently that I try to read popular books.

Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

I’ve never encountered such situation where I had to lie with regards a book I’m reading. I always read books that I like, and I know I can defend over other people’s opinions—but I think, I could care less with what other people think of my reading preferences.

How many books do you own?

Physical books? I think I own around 70-80? I used to have more, but I gave a few of my middle grade books when we moved houses – they were about 30+ books as well.

Ebooks, I have almost 400+. I know it’s probably weird, that I have that much ebooks but I do get most of mine for free. This was how I survived when I was in College and could not afford to purchase physical copies whenever I pleased.

Are you a fast or slow reader?

I’d like to say I’m a fast reader, but like I’ve said, my pace has gone way down from how I used to read. I’ll rate myself as a “depends on interest and time” kind of reader. [I know that’s a bit like cheating].

Do you like to buddy read?

I’ve only tried it once with a friend of mine from the bookstore I worked in. She and I buddy read Beauty by Nancy Olin. We haven’t had the chance to review it together though, which was the actual purpose of buddy reading the book.

Do you read better in your head or out loud?

I’ve been trained to read only in my head, because I used to read with my mom and she gets distracted from her book whenever I read out loud. I do whisper a few of the words just to test it out, on how I think the character would say it. Also, I whisper the sentences when there are too much activities going around me and I can’t focus or understand any of what I’m reading.

If you were allowed to own only one book, what would it be?

I can’t decide between Tiger Lily or Isla and the Happily Ever After. I think I’ll have an easier time re-reading Isla and the Happily Ever After, because it’s my first ever re-read anyway.

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There you have it, Cabbages! I had so much fun answering those questions! And like I’ve said, if you haven’t been tagged to do this, now’s your chance because I TAG YOU! If you decide to do this tag, make sure you place your link on the comment section below so I can view your post.

*If you got this far, leave I SAW YOU AT THE BOOKSTORE. We’ll leave the others wondering what that meant.*


Television Series Madness

HELLO, Cabbages!

Welcome back to Written Constellations, your daily dose of bookish goodness [or so I think]!

We have a lot of things to cover today, I have a few other posts coming up within the day because I’m too lazy [as always] to do any office work. I actually skipped lunch [technically, I just opted to eat late], I’m feeling a bit antisocial today; I’d rather just read And I Darken and explore book blogs or any bookish matters.

So, you’re wondering why you’ve received another notification from me. Well, it’s a Wednesday! And you all know what that means–I mean come on, this is such a regular on here. May I present to you my Top 5 Wednesday for this week…

→ What is Top 5 Wednesday, you may ask? It’s a weekly bookish meme created by Lainey, but is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. You may head over to the group’s Goodreads page to read more about it. Come join the fun, bookish Cabbage!



→ If you’ve seen one of my newest bookish tags, I named a few books I’d love to see adapted into other mediums like TV Series, Movies, Graphic Novel, Theater Play, etc. I love TV series, it keeps me from pulling my hair out of boredom, but I’m terrible in sticking to them. When my character pick starts to go downhill, I will more or less lose interest in the series entirely [eg. Spencer + Toby/Spoby of Pretty Little Liars — I SHIP this so bad, and they had to break them up. Well played.] Anywayyy, I’m ready to share other books that I’d love to see turned into TV series. Shall we?



An action-packed book series, deserve to be adored and fawned over in television! I loved this book, BEST DYSTOPIAN ever! It will be cool if episodes will be alternate of June and Day’s perspective.

This is about June, a Military prodigy and Day, a rebel/wanted criminal; who crossed paths because of June’s older brother’s death. A lot of political matters, features badass combat skills and conspiracy theories.

4. AUTUMN FALLS (Trilogy)

I adore Bella Thorne so much! And I’ll be honest, I only wanted to read her book because I was interested to see how she writes. I liked it, I mean, as far as contemporary novels go, it’s pretty good.

Autumn Falls is actually about Autumn, who found her father’s journal to be making her wishes come true as she writes on it. It’s quirky, and cute–much of what you’d expect in cutesy coming of age series & movies.



If you haven’t heard of this, I’ll probably understand why. It’s a lengthy series, around 13 books if I’m correct. When I bought this, I thought there were only 8 books, and I did “complete” those. Until I found out that Rachel Caine’s wrote 5 more additional books, and because the 8th book [supposedly the finale] was a cliffhanger in the end. I lost interest in it, plus the fact that I outgrew vampires and werewolves.

Morganville Vampire series is about a community/town which houses both Vampires and Humans. They live peacefully as long as the humans donate blood in the blood bank every month. I enjoyed this because it wasn’t focused on a vampire and a human, being star-crossed lovers.


This has been one of the YA books that I did not expect to be good when I first picked it up, but I was hooked after the 2nd chapter. Safe to say that this is one of my most favorite YA novels of all time, in the mystery/thriller genre.

Prep School Confidential is a trilogy, revolving Anne, an Elite girl shipped to attend boarding school. There she stumbled upon 3 mysteries, particularly involving murder. It was super interesting and definitely fast-paced. I’d really love to see this turned into a TV series. I will be waiting until the day that my wish comes true.



There was no way that I could not include this on here! I’ve waited for the movie since it came out way back 2008 [I think], because this was one of my most anticipated middle-grade series–just so happen that I didn’t have enough money to complete all the books. Then around 2012, news of a TV series came out but it didn’t actually aired. FINALLY, Netflix has made an announcement that this will soon break ground in television! My insides are literally jumping up and down, I want the wit of the Baudelaire children in a multi-colored flat screen.

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There you have it, Cabbages! My top 5 books I’d love to be adapted into a TV series. Did you participate in this week’s Top 5 Wednesday? I’m interested to read your posts, so please do leave a link down below. Also, leave me some messages, I’d love to chat with you for a bit.


Once again, I’d like to thank each and everyone of you who take the time to read my posts, and to those who continuously leaves me comments. A hundred million thanks to you, bookish Cabbage who’s reading this.

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Old School Loving

Hello, Cabbages!

We’ve had a recent holiday just yesterday, which meant I got an extended “weekend”—definitely long weekends are the best time to catch up on my reading, but force of laziness is just too strong. So I did the second most productive activity of a [lazy] spuds: I caught up with my [massive] TV series line up. I got the 6th episode of Grimm (season 5), until my DVD started to not cooperate; and I also started Scream Queens.

My friends have been pressuring me to watch Game of Thrones already; and the way I see it, I have enough time until the last season comes out next year. My boyfriend and I decided to binge watch it together, and yesterday, we’ve finally finished the first season! I understand why there’s a lot of hype around the series, too much conspiracy and lies and not to mention, deceit. I think I’m going to have to post a whole TV series review about this probably by tomorrow [or today, if the feeling of excitement becomes unbearable]; and we’ll start season 2 tonight!

Anyway, as you are all aware, I haven’t gotten far with the 2nd book of Soman Chainani’s School for Good and Evil, and sadly, I’ve decided to put it aside for now. I love it, but I just haven’t been feeling the story. Since I’m quite hung up with Game of Thrones, I’ve started And I Darken by Kiersten White today. Follow me on Goodreads if you’d like to see my progress.

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It’s Tuesday, meaning it’s time for TOP TEN TUESDAY! This weekly meme is very popular in the book community; it’s easy to participate, all you need is any social medium where you can post your Top 10 picks for the week. This was created by the lovely ladies from broke and the bookish.

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TOP TEN ALL TIME FAVORITE OF”X” GENRE —basically, participant gets to choose what particular topic they’d like to feature today.


I started on reading at a very young age; my mom used to read The Berenstein Bears to me at night. She love books [though she hardly reads now], and she’s passed on the hobby to me because I grew up with enormous bookshelves, overflowing with different adventures. Today, I’d like to share a few of the “middle grade” books I enjoyed back during my Grade School years—some of these might no longer be being printed now.




This book is about Dorie, a science geek, who transferred to a new school and wanted to become popular. She then befriends the Queen Bee and her minions, who all have been dumped by Grant Braddish. I love this book so much; a friend of mine lent it to me when I was in high school. This doesn’t really go way back as much the other books in this list, but when I requested to have a copy purchased for me from a bookstore’s supplier, it no longer print copies of this.



Who wouldn’t know about this super popular horror books for youngsters?  I’ve seen the movie, and I LOVED IT! Honestly, I haven’t read newer ones published, I think it’s entitled The Fear Street—it’s closely similar to the original Goosebumps. Memories of waking up early on a weekend to catch an episode of Goosebumps return whenever I see few copies in book sales. This used to be my fix when I was 10 years old, and whenever I finished one, I’d feel like I’m a strong girl for surpassing such a bone chilling story of R.L Stine. Right now, I think I’ve only managed to save one: which is a Choose Your Own Adventure: Goosebumps.



There came a time when this was the most glorious books ever! This series were pretty much my “adolescent” books, I thought I was a grown-up because I was able to read this. I got started on this because of my grade school friend who decided to sign us up as library help every Friday, and lunch time of every school day. There was also a TV series for this, which I haven’t really gotten to watching—though I did re-watch the movie a hundred times.



I don’t remember much about this, but I won’t forget it though. Back when I was younger [90’s generation], middle grade books are written like these. Mostly they’re contemporary, and they always contain a group of friends. I miss series like this, I wish there’d be more of this—something that gives a right amount of ideas about romance [puppy love, and first crushes].



Before Monster High and The Clique, there used to be Sweet Valley Kids! I remember rushing towards the library to borrow books from this series before the rest of my classmates did. I think my twin obsession came to be because I kept on reading this book—Elizabeth and Jessica. Its written with certain topics/dilemmas per book that tackles familiar problems, friends, school and sibling rivalry. I believe Francine Pascal wrote a particular book that gives you a glimpse of how the twins ended up ten years later, after the last Sweet Valley High was written.



This is actually more of a kid’s book, rather than a middle-grade book. It’s leveled with books like Geronimo Stilton, and The Adventures of Bailey School Kids. Junie B Jones is a young girl who’s got a lot of silly adventures and funny tricks. Back then, this was the best humor there was—but it’s sort of like a classic now.



Raise your hand if you haven’t read any Nancy Drew book! I don’t care what other people say, this is a classic for me. Before all the badass heroines came to be in the books nowadays, there was Nancy Drew, who outsmarts people with her wit and natural knack for solving mysteries. Of course since I was such a fangirl, I watched the movie adaptation—can you guess? Hundred times, yes.

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There’s a lot more titles, especially Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events, but I wasn’t able to finish all of the books in the series. I did watch the movie AND I am so pumped for the upcoming TV series in Netflix! It’s finally happening, people! After years and years of [im]patiently waiting, it is about to take Netflix by storm.

CABBAGES! I’m sure most of you uses Book Depository to purchase books, and I became an affiliate for both Book Depository and AbeBooks. If you want no shipping cost, use Book Depository–and if it’s not so much to ask, maybe you can use my link?

Anyway, I’m interested to see your Top Ten Tuesdays for this week, so if you participated, do leave me the link of your posts down below! Also, I’m quite wondering, has anyone else read the books I’ve mentioned on here?

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A Lucky Guess #4

HELLO, Cabbages!

I’m sorry I haven’t quite gotten around much in the community; I’m just swamped with a lot of work. We’ll be having an event tomorrow [to which I excused myself from going, by the way], and we’re a little short in manpower. I need a stress reliever but I also need to finish a lot of tasks, so this will be a quick post.

Cabbages? I still haven’t found a book to read. Maybe I need to buy new books so I can find a new read [but we all know that’s just an excuse to shop for books—hello growing TBR].

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Anyway, today is dedicated for When I First Saw You. This meme only happens every 2nd Thursday of the month, and was created by Sophie from Sailing Through Books, co-hosted by Izel from A Bookish Flower. Basically, the goal is to try and guess the correct synopsis of any of the four books featured, based on its cover.


This month I picked, Roseblood by A.G Howard. And my my, will you take a look at that gorgeous cover! It instantly drew me to it, I haven’t read any of her books but I’ve always adored their covers. I have copies of the Splintered series in ebook format.


In a place where women are seen much like items that bear a corresponding price, human race is at stake. Beyond the darkness, lives a spark of hope.

Carylyne was raised in a loving home; the only pride and joy of a blacksmith and a shaman, she’s been locked away from most of the world. Little did she know that inside those four walls, is a deadly secret.

A small town in a middle of nowhere, men was known to be aggressive towards marriage; to marry the most beautiful woman awards you recognition, and so the quest began. Even at an early age, boys are concerned with finding themselves a wife.

Carylyne has always held captivating blue eyes, rosy cheeks, and luscious lips. Her smile is that of a vibrant summer day, and to most she’s sculpted to perfection. As she turns 18 and can be legally married off, men had been showering her with gifts with hopes of getting picked, but a year passed and she’s yet to pick a husband.

Ruled by impatience, the men charged their house and managed to cut Carylyne’s face during the commotion. Her parents vowed to protect her, and with her mother’s last breath, she uttered a curse, one that will put Carylyne in seclusion.

A house by the end of the forest, rumored to be home for magical creatures, has become her haven. Years have passed, but she’s not aged. Only a man whose heart is pure may cross the black villainous vines guarding Carylyne, and human race can regain balance once more.


 In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

A. G. Howard brings the romantic storytelling that Splintered fans adore to France—and an entirely new world filled with lavish romance and intrigue—in a retelling inspired by a story that has captivated generations. Fans of both the Phantom of the Opera musical and novel, as well as YA retellings such as Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, will devour RoseBlood.

→ Okay. I need a moment of silence to let it sink in. It’s a twist of The Phantom of the Opera! I never would have guessed, I thought it was a novel about faeries and pixies, just magical creatures in general. After finding out that it’s a retelling, I AM COMPELLED TO READ IT. Is it possible to pre-order this immediately in Amazon or something? Its release is January 2017. I’m definitely putting this on my wishlist, as early as now. [fingers crossed that I can get an ARC]

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I’m interested to know if anyone else has done When I First Saw You (WIFSY) for this month, please leave a link of your post down below. I’d love to know more about you, so please do give me some messages too! Spread the hype, loves! Hope you’re all having a bookish day!