Book Review: Champagne and Lemon Drops

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Author: Jean Oram
Genre: Chick Lit, Romance
Published: March 7, 2013 by Jean Oram
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Synopsis: 

One woman. Two men. One meddling small town.

Raised by her older sister in the small town of Blueberry Springs, all Beth Wilkinson wants is to create a family so big she’ll never be alone. Things are going great until her accountant fiancé, Oz, experiences a family trauma, forcing him to rethink everything from his own career to their nuptial plans—leaving Beth alone.

As Beth works to rediscover her former bold and independent self in hopes of reattracting Oz, she catches the eye of the charming new city doctor, Nash. Not only does he see her as she’d like to be seen, but he knows exactly what he wants from life—and that includes Beth.

Torn between the two men, as well as two versions of herself, Beth discovers that love and dreams are much more complicated than they seem.

Review: 

I’m not gonna lie. I read this book because the title seemed interesting. Jean Oram also has the same last name as with one of my favorite chick lit authors, Kelly Oram. So maybe it’s going to be awesome too? Plus, the book cover was eye-catching. I know, I know I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But what can I say? I’m but a girl who’s a sucker for pretty things.

Anyway, when I read the prologue, I thought this is going to be interesting. Two guys fighting over a girl? Hmmm… sounded like an intense love triangle to me.

Then, there was Oz, who’s supposed to be super in love with her fiance, Beth, but is somehow experiencing an early mid-life crisis. And because he doesn’t want Beth to get mixed up with his personal issues, he asked for a cool off to figure things out on what he wants to do with his life. Hmmm… a guy in a period of self-discovery. I liked it.

But then after that part, the story went on a downhill. I couldn’t wait for it to end. While I understand that Beth was left on a cliff hanger, I just don’t understand her actions. Yes, she used Nash just to get Oz jealous but it wasn’t fair for him. Considering that Oz was in such a vulnerable, her actions only pushed him away. If she was my friend, I’d probably say, “Serves you right!” Haha!

Anyway, the story was interesting in the first and last parts. The in between was a major snooze fest in my opinion, so I gave it a two-open book rating. If you want to read to unwind after a long day or if you want to clear your thoughts so you can sleep, I’d recommend this book. That was pretty much the case every time I go to bed.

Favorite Quotes: 

There are no guarantees in life, but we can always improve our odds a little.

Men can’t always say the words we need to hear.

Don’t rush one of the most important things in your life. … Trust your instincts. Trust your heart.

 

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Happy Sweet 2016!

Happy 2016

Happy sweet 2016, you guys!

And I’m finally back to the blogging world.

The last weeks of 2015 have been a pretty hectic one, what with our holiday trip and all. The hubs and I went to Manila to spend the holidays with his family, as we haven’t seem them in AGES (two years to be exact), so we had busy days catching up with his fambam. Not to mention that there was a wedding, shopping trip, mini reunion, family portrait taking and an Oceanarium adventure in between.

Of course, there were days when we just stayed in our cave we call home, which gave me plenty of opportunities to blog, but not doing anything except lazing up on the couch and binge eating on chocolates while watching TV dramas seemed very appealing. Haha!

So anyway, I have a book review  post lined up already so watch out for it. I’ll also be blogging about our mini holiday adventure. Expect to see lots of vacation pictures. Or maybe not. We’ll see. I’m still hungover from our trip. I wonder when I’ll get over this feeling.

Anyway, how was your Christmas and New Year holidays? I hope you had fun as much as I did.

x.o.x.o.

 

Merry Christmas!

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Hi guys!

Christmas season is upon us so as usual, my schedule is pretty booked. I’m currently out of town, spending the holidays with my husband and family. Which means no book reviews until next year. But don’t worry. I’ll catch up next year. 😀

For now, I just want to wish a very happy Christmas and a prosperous year. May you have peace, love, health and prosperity all through out the coming years.

Merry Christmas and take it easy with the massive feast. Hehehe…

In the mean time, you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. See you there!

LookbookStore.com Review and an OOTD

blue printed Bohemian long dress

I know that I’m more in to posting book reviews and all, but today I’m going to post a different kind of review.

For those who know me personally, they know quite well that I’m also a bit of a fashion  enthusiast. I like clothes, I love shoes, and I like dressing up. Of course, since I work at home I’m mostly wearing my PJs than my Levi’s and chucks. It’s only once a week that I get to dress up to go to church. Sometimes never for a month.

So anyway, I’m quite  excited to  be sharing to you guys my first ever experience buying clothes online (I know. Where was I when online clothes shopping became a thing? Haha). More particularly, a review about this online boutique called Lookbook Store.

I was fortunate enough to win a discount code from them, so on their Halloween Sale in October, I made sure to buy something from them. What I bought was a dress, a blue Bohemian printed long dress, that I’d thought would pair well my ankle boots since their model was also wearing one. (Yeah, what a way to make shopping decisions based on what I see from a store’s model. Hahaha!)

Here’s what I got from them and several pictures of my #OOTD. Notice that I didn’t wear my boots because it just didn’t pair well with the dress as I hoped it would be. (Lesson learned: don’t follow in my footsteps. Teeheehee!).

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Now on to my review.

In case you don’t know what Lookbook Store is, it’s a fast-growing online boutique for women that sells really trendy clothes at reasonable prices. They have over two million followers on their Instagram and over a hundred thousand followers on Facebook.  What I like about this store is that they have free shipping worldwide. Yay!

Lookbook Store package

When it came in the mail, it was wrapped in a thick black plastic bag with a address sticker. Yep, it’s in Chinese. From what I gather, their manufacturing and distribution center is in China. When I opened it, the dress was placed inside labeled zipper bag and a sweet ‘Thank You’ card from them.

I was surprised to get a text from my local post man about the parcel because I thought it’d take more than a month to get to me, considering that I chose economy shipping which for free. When I counted the days, it only took three weeks for the dress to get to me. It’s supposed to be delivered after 15 days but because of the APEC here, all shipment going to and from Cebu was delayed for a week. Still, it was fast for me.

I ordered a size 4, which was a bit loose for me, but it was nothing to be worried about it. I wasn’t sure what size to get since it my first time to order a dress online so. So I took a chance on a size bigger than what I normally choose when buying at a brick-and-mortar store. At least, it’ll give me enough clearance to re-size the piece. And I did. The dress I wore on the image is already adjusted to a size 2.

As for the quality, I thought it was okay. The seams were clean. The fabric felt soft breathable. It didn’t feel cheap, in my opinion. My OOTD pictures were taken in the middle of the day but I didn’t feel hot or sweaty at all. My armpits didn’t sweat at all hahaha!

The V neck was a bit low for my my modest style taste, though, so I wore a bandeau top underneath just to cover my cleavage a bit.

I tried pairing it with may ankle boots for that Bohemian look, but I chose otherwise and went for my pointed flats instead.

Anyway, if you ask me if I’m happy with my purchase, I would say ‘Yes, I’m pretty happy with it.” The only thing that I wasn’t happy about was the size was bigger than me. Still, it wasn’t a problem to go gaga over because I remedied by re-sizing it. What I really like about the dress is that has a floaty feel to it and the color. Also, I think it would go well with my strappy flat sandals and a floppy hat.

Would I buy from Lookbook Store again? Yes, I would in the near future.

| Outfit: |
Dress Lookbookstore.co
Ballet flatsChelsea
EarringsDrea Drazz (handcrafted wire jewelry)

 

 

Book Review: The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant (Fred, the Vampire Accountant #1)

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5 open booksAuthor: Drew Hayes
Genre: Paranormal / Vampire Fantasy
Published: July 26, 2014 by REUTS Publications, LLC
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Synopsis:

Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one. Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort.

One fateful night – different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful – Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos that is the parahuman world, a world with chipper zombies, truck driver wereponies, maniacal necromancers, ancient dragons, and now one undead accountant trying his best to “survive.” Because even after it’s over, life can still be a downright bloody mess.

Review: 

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant  is one of those books that I hate to see it end. It’s good thing that is the first of the book series because I definitely want to read more about Fred and his band of paranormal misfits.

If you’re a vampire fantasy freak, like I am, then you have to read this. The book quite similar with  the Twilight series, Vampire Academy  and Bloodlines (just you know, the latter two book series are personal favorites), what with magic, vampires, werewolves, romantic love interests and all, but it has none of the seriousness, the violence and the heavy drama those books offer. Well, it does have a little violence but nothing bloody and gore at all.

Let us just put it this way. The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant (yes, I’m fully aware that’s it a mouthful and it takes several taps on my keyboard to write the entire title, but hey I just like to type) is a paranormal, vampire fantasy novel that has a chock full of humor and wit infused in to the plot as well as in the characters.

Although Fred is a vampire, you may guessed by now, he doesn’t have the suave of Adrian Ivashkov, the sexy, dreamy royal moroi character in Richelle Mead‘s Bloodlines or the strength and bloodlust of Damon Salvatore before he turned good in the The Vampire Diaries.  He doesn’t even have the wealth of Edward Cullen. He is none of those irresistible vampire heroes that many vampire fantasy authors have created. He’s just a lowly, lonely, weakling vampire accountant who’s content in working on his own home and feeding on packed blood.

Krystal, on the other hand, is a tough chic who opened the vast world of paranormal and parahuman to Fred. Since their meeting, his whole life changed and has led to him to meeting other undead beings just like him. She’s independent, strong, smart, funny and not afraid at all. She and Fred are complete opposites but I love their tandem.

Since Fred’s discovery of the vast parahuman world, he’s met lots of other beings who share the same secret. There’s Albert, Bubba, Nick, Amy, Richard — and they’re just the tip of the iceberg. I’ll leave you to discover what they are. Teeheehee!

Indeed, The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant  is a worthwhile read. The writing style is conversational. It was very easy to understand. There were some parts that had me at the edge of my seat. It’s basically perfect for light reading and still get your dose of vampire fantasy. Best of all, it’s a comedy.

So go ahead and discover the world of Fred, the vampire accountant. As for me, I’m looking forward to book 2. And I’ll definitely keep Drew Hayes in author radar from now on.

Favorite Quotes: 

We aren’t humans, but that doesn’t make us monsters.

Harvest is one of the hardest working periods on a farm. A night off is not just reason to celebrate; it is reason to celebrate to the umpteenth degree.

The upside of never having good looks was that I didn’t have to fear losing them with age. Pity I wasn’t pretty though; they would have kept for eternity then. Although, for all I know, I wouldn’t have been bitten if I were good-looking, so I suppose there’s no sense second-guessing fate.

Thee people didn’t matter; their laughter wasn’t important. The only thing we needed to focus on was saving our friend.

I missed the days when I would silently judge seemingly crazy people in a park, instead of being one of them.

Let me just say that while I am not skilled in many things, I am a twentieth-degree black belt in running away.

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Oasis (The Last Humans Book 1)


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Author: Dima Zales
Genre: Dystopian / Science Fiction
Published: January 19, 2016 (Expected) by Mozaika Publications
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Synopsis: 

My name is Theo, and I’m a resident of Oasis, the last habitable area on Earth. It’s meant to be a paradise, a place where we are all content. Vulgarity, violence, insanity, and other ills are but a distant memory, and even death no longer plagues us.

I was once content too, but now I’m different. Now I hear a voice in my head, and she tells me things no imaginary friend should know. Her name is Phoe, and she is my delusion.

Or is she?

Review: 

So I got a chance to give a review  on Oasis (The Last Humans Book 1) before it’s published, and I’m pretty excited to do.

Just so you know, this was sent to me by the publisher via Tomoson to provide a review, but all my opinions are my own and are not biased. Also, I didn’t receive any payment in any form for my honest review.

Okay, now we’re cleared on that, let’s proceed with my review.

I don’t recall ever reading sci-fi book so when I got an offer on my inbox, I thought I’d give it a try. Plus, the synopsis seemed interesting.

And it was.

I thought it was going to be something like the Maze Runner, The Hunger Games or Divergent, but it wasn’t. Although the story was set in a post-apocalyptic era, they weren’t enslaved or segregated by districts or personality types. There were no zombies either.

What it does have is technology so advanced that it’ll get  Star Trek fans excited. Augmented reality, virtual reality, nanocytes, hovering/flying disks, super smart AIs, mind control, mind manipulation, holograms, extrapolation — you name it, this book probably has it. I got lost in tracking everything because they were just too many than my brain can cope. Haha!

Don’t get me wrong when I compared Oasis to the top books mentioned above. I also love them — all three book series. This was just different.

What I like about the Oasis is that it had me guessing all throughout the book, except for Phoe. I knew right then and there that she’s an AI, what with her ability to hack into different systems and control Theo’s nanocytes inside him. Most of the time, it had me flipping through the pages of my Kendra (My Kindle’s name. She has a name and don’t laugh) because I just wanted to know what’s going to happen next.

I also like Theo’s character. Although he’s sort of skeptical, he’s open minded to a lot of things. And that’s probably led him to meet Phoe and to know more about their past and everything behind Oasis.

I also like Phoe. She kind of reminds me of Scarlet Johansson’s character in the movie, Her. 

As for the plot, I think it’s pretty unique, the goo and all. There were some parts, though, that kind of reminds me of Ender’s Game, Her, and Inception. Despite that, I enjoyed the book.

What I didn’t like, however, was that I got lost in some areas because I had a hard time following the conversation. For instance, the part when Phoe was explaining the rationality between being able to materialize objects through hand gestures. I didn’t get that part.

Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable one. As a matter of fact, I want to know what’s next now that Theo knows the truth behind Oasis.

Overall, I give it a four-open book rating because the plot was unique and hard to guess. I also want to know what’s going to happen next. I think the next book is going to be an interesting one. I do hope though that they’d be more characters as I feel like the entire book was focused on just Theo and Phoe. But then, I guess that’s how that story should go.

Anyway, if you enjoy reading dystopian novels and sci-fi, Oasis (The Last Humans) is worth the read. You can pre-order a copy on Amazon.

Favorite Quotes: 

Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

His sense of humor was permanently replaced by the Pythagorean Theorem.

The good of the society outweighs the good of an individual.

 

Book Review: Eleanor & Park

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Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Young Adult
Published: February 26, 2013 by St. Martin’s Press
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Synopsis:

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Review:
I got to say I love Eleanor & Park!

I first learned about the book when a friend of mine posted a film adaption about it on Facebook so I got curious. I thought hey if she’s excited about then it must be worth the read.

And dang was I right.

From the epilogue to the very last paragraph of the last chapter, I was hooked.

It’s one of those books that I can’t put down; that I was willing to stay up so late just so I could finish it; that if I stop, I’d still be wide awake wondering what’s going to happen next so I might as well just go on reading.

Oh, the feels. I still can’t get over it as of this writing.

Eleanor & Park is a story about two high school students who had didn’t have a good first impression about each other but who ended up falling in love. It tells the tale of teen romance, of how two common interests (music and comic books) can lead to a beautiful, heart-wrenching love story.

Another thing that I love about this story is that it isn’t shallow at all, even the drama. My eyes even got watery at the part when Park’s mom told him of what it’s like to be with a large family. I, myself, belong to a big family. Food was scarce growing up. I even remember my mom feeding us rice porridge with cut taro for a week because money was tight. Sure it filled our stomachs but it never fully satiated our hunger.

Anyway, I really like their tender romance. It definitely reminded me of the glory of my first love. I also warmed up to the characters, especially Eleanor. She doesn’t care about what she looks like and she doesn’t care if she’ different, and that’s make her cool. And Park, for me, is like a modern-day knight in shining armor.

What I like about his character is he stands by what he believes. He didn’t even care what his friends think when he started dating Eleanor. I think that’s something that we all should learn, especially those who are in the dating market looking for a partner. There’s more to a person than looks.

Overall, I give this book five open books because I couldn’t get enough of it. The ending is a cliffhanger, making me think that writer wants us to make our own interpretation about what she meant about the three-word long postcard Eleanor sent to park.

If you just want to feel giddy and in love, this book is worth the read.

Favorite Quotes: 

Maybe he was Filipino. Was that in Asia? Probably. Asias’s out-of-control huge.

Eleanor had only known one Asian person in her life — Paul, who was in her match class at her old school. Paul was Chinese. His parents had moved to Omaha to get away from the Chinese government. (Which seemed like an extreme choice. Like they’d looked at the globe and said, “Yup.. That’s as far away as possible.”)

(Because being assaulted with maxi pads is a great way to win friends and influence people.)

Sometimes she wondered if the shape of his eyes affected how he saw things. That was probably the most racist question of all time.

Holding Eleanor’s hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive.

“I don’t like you, Park,” she said, sounding for a second like she actually meant it. “I…”– her voice nearly disappeared–“think I live for you.”

All I do when we’re apart is think about you, and all I do when we’re together is panic. Because every second feels important. And because I’m so out of control, I can’t help myself. I’m not even mind anymore, I’m yours, and what if you decide that you don’t want me? How could you want me like I want you?

“It’d be better if you thought I was pretty when I don’t.”

“Nothing before you counts,” he said. “And I can’t even imagine an after.”

Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like an art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.

 

Cebu Bloggers Society Presents Best Blogging Practices

Trying your knack on blogging but can’t seem to lift your blog off the ground (like I am)? Then you’re going to love this blogger event happening pretty soon. For more details, read on below:

Cebu Bloggers Society (CBS), Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino and Smart Communications present #CBSTalks: Best Blogging Practices

#CBSTalks: Best Blogging Practices is one of the major events that Cebu Bloggers Society is holding this year. This initiative manifests the Society’s commitment to promote best practices and nurture professionalism in blogging and social networking.

Patterned after the rousing TED Talks, it will feature Cebu and Davao’s best digital influencers who will share their personal inspiring stories of best practices related to content, website management, ethics, and online interactions, among others.

Their stories will be captured on film, edited and uploaded on Cebu Blogger Society’s YouTube channel, website and other social media channels.

Join us on November 28, 2015, 9AM-4PM at the Jimei Room of Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. Admission is FREE! Visit http://www.cebubloggers.com/cbstalks for more registration details.

This FREE event is organized by the Cebu Bloggers Society, Cebu’s first and premier blogging organization, established on February 14, 2008.

CBSTalks Best Blogging Practices

Co-presentors

Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is the Philippines’ leading wireless services provider.

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino is the official venue of #CBSTalks. The hotel is grandly situated at the heart of the city’s commercial and business district. A convenient 30-minute drive from the Mactan International Airport, the hotel is home to 561 guestrooms and suites, 10 wining and dining outlets, and is popularly known for its superior meeting and conference facilities. With a seating capacity of up to 4,000, the hotel’s Convention Center is outfitted with 4 function rooms and 2 grand ballrooms designed to host all event types and sizes.

Gold Sponsor

Megaworld Corporation is the Philippines’ biggest developer of integrated urban townships and the largest lessor of office spaces. As the country’s pioneer in integrated urban township developments, Megaworld now has 18 townships all over the country. The Megaworld Group has around 4,000 hectares of land in its portfolio. Around 80 percent have been dedicated for LIVE-WORK-PLAY townships or mixed-use communities, the concept of property development that Megaworld pioneered in the Philippines way back in the 1990s. The townships combine the residential, office, commercial, retail, recreational and institutional components to form mixed-use communities.

Silver Sponsors

Islands Souvenirs revolutionized souvenir shopping by transforming cottage-industry type products and giving it a fresh take. It carved out a new niche for itself by providing premium quality souvenir items that are creatively designed and packaged in vibrant shopping environments.

Sheb’z Cakes and Brownies

Abiza

The Spa by Omnia Bellus

Maison des Fleurs Cebu Flower Shop is a flower shop in Cebu city and your personal florist online. They offer flower deliveries, wedding giveaways and party souvenirs like wines and perfumes.

Program Flow

8:00AM-9:00AM – Registration
9:00AM – Welcome Remarks
9:10AM – Morning Session
11:40AM-12:40PM – Lunch Break
1:00PM-3:40PM – Afternoon Session
3:40PM – Closing Remarks

The Speakers

For full list of speakers, their topics and profiles, visit http://cebubloggers.com/cbstalks/.

Isn’t it exciting? If you’re from Cebu or can come to Cebu City, don’t miss out on this event. Register now at http://cebubloggers.com/cbstalks/ADMISSION IS FREE! 

Book Review: A Spy Like Me (Circle of Spies Book 1)

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Author: Laura Pauling
Genre: Young Adult / Spy Thriller
Published: April 9, 2012 by Redpoint Press
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Synopsis:

Games can be deadly.

Eighteen-year-old Savvy Bent expects fireworks on her first date with Malcolm – in Paris! Except over a picnic of sparkling cider and strawberry tarts, a sniper shoots at them.

That’s only the beginning. From the top of the Eiffel Tower to the depths of the catacombs, Savvy must sneak, deceive, and spy to save her family and friends and figure out whether Malcolm is one of the bad guys before she completely falls for him.

Review: 

I’m not really a fan of teen espionage. For me, I find it superficial and over the top. However, I did enjoy that movie, Spy Kids, so when this was placed on a free offer on Bookbub, I thought I’d give it a try. Plus, the book cover looks really nice.

I know. I know.

I’m not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I can’t help it. I’m a sucker for great covers. So yeah, any one who’s planning on publishing a book some time in the future, it’s important to consider a really great cover for your book.

Moving on. The book, A Spy Like Me begins with Savvy Bent, the heroine, going out on a date with a hot waiter, Malcolm, in a river near the Eiffel Tower. The date started off pretty smooth before her expectations were crushed by a huge disappointment that her date failed to prepare something romantic. Despite that, they exchanged romantic banters and with a few flirtations here and there.

Now I can probably understand her sentiment, but c’mon. That was their first date. It’s not like they’ve been dating for months and it was a special day for them. So I find the opening scene pretty shallow.

And then while exchanging flirty banters at each other, bullets were suddenly raining on them, which was kind of a surprise on my part. So I thought, why it’s only the first chapter and I’m start to get some good action. Yay!

But the excitement only stayed as long as the first chapter.

Because after that I was like what was that all about?

Although I find that Savvy was a concerned about her date’s well-being, I think she could’ve done better than by lying to her dad and checking up on him at cafe he was working at the next day. It’s good that she remained calm during the whole the time but anyone who’s smart enough would report the incident to the police. I know I would.

After that first part, the next chapters where like a blur to me. I was having a hard time following who was who and what’s the reaction and all that. Sure, the plot was getting interesting the moment her friend Aimee disappeared and she was pulling some spy tricks to find her friend. I think that was pretty noble of her to do that.

However, the way I saw it, it seemed what Savvy was doing was all child’s play to her. And even though she was in the brink of death, she still didn’t take her situation seriously. Worse of all, most of the sticky situations she fell into was largely due to her own shallowness and, can I say, stupidity? If you’re going to stalk someone or spy on someone, you’re going to come prepared, right? Like I said, all child’s play despite being in a serious situation.

Another reason I’m giving this book a three-open-book rating is that the whole writing was pretty confusing, especially Savvy’s thoughts. Hers was all over the place. But since she’s a teenager, I’ll forgive her because her fickle mindedness is probably due to hormonal changers in her body, you know. Teenagers (cue: rolled eyeballs) Haha!

Anyway, I find the plot original for a spy book. However, the characters didn’t warm up to me. Even Malcolm, who’s supposed to be hot and gorgeous. The storyline was pretty confusing. It also lacked the element of thrill as it is expected in an espionage book. To be honest, as I ran the scenes in my mind, I felt like was watching a slapstick action movie. Irritating and not funny at all.

If you’re looking to pass the time, then this could be good for you. However, if you want something that will get your heart racing, you’re better off reading another book. The say the Gallagher Girls series is a better option.

As for me, I’m not sure if I’ll read the next two series. I might in the future if I have nothing else to read. But for now, the answer is no.

Favorite Quotes: 

None, unfortunately. As I said, Savvy’s thoughts were all over the place and the writing was pretty confusing.

 

One of the Best Sundays Ever!

Great food is best shared with great people.

So even though you’re on a diet, making the decision to make the day a “Cheat Day” is easy.  No qualms at all.

Besides, nothing is better than free food! Hahaha!

So I’ve been a two-day cheat day (not a first but not definitely the last, for sure) as November 7th marks the death anniversary of my mom. It also marks the second anniversary of the Yolanda devastation.

And to commemorate the occasion, we had a simple gathering with the rest of the fambam. I would’ve taken pictures of the feast for food porn’s sake, but then I’d prefer to concentrate on satiating my hunger after having a no-rice diet for the rest of the week. Anyone who’s been holding back would really understand.

Then on Sunday, I had no qualms again on declaring it a cheat day because my bro decided to surprise me with a mouth-watering chocolate mousse cake.

Yup. Who could resist it?

I definitely couldn’t. This delectable beauty was simply calling out to me to eat it. Hahaha!

Then at dinner time, as if my diet isn’t already ruined yet, the hubs and my siblings drove out of town just to eat Korean food. Imagine we had to cross one city just to reach Lapu-Lapu City. It was a 2-hour drive the most just to spend a few thousand pesos to satisfy our cravings for anything hot and spicy. There goes my allowance for the week. hahaha!

Regardless, the time and money spent was worth it.

Unlimited ssambap. Unlimited greens. Unlimited banchan (Korean side dishes). Unlimited water, too! 😀

Of course, the day wouldn’t end completely without receiving a gift from the hubs. 😀

Such a beautiful day, indeed. I wouldn’t exchange it for anything.

By the way, in case you’re wondering what’s all the fuss about this particular Sunday, it marks my 23rd year here on earth.

Happy Birthday to all the Scorpios out there!

P.S.
23 isn’t really my real age. 😛

P.S.S.
We had our Korean dinner at Mori Restaurant in Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Cebu.