Review + Giveaway || Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen

Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen
Publication Date: March 13th 2017 by Entangled Teen
Source: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★
Amazon

Synopsis

Kate ships tons of fictional couples, but IRL her OTP is her and Mick, the hot quarterback she’s crushed on since, like, forever. With only one semester left of senior year, it’s now or never if she wants to land him in time for prom. Since she’s flirtationally challenged, she enlists Cooper Callihan, the guy who turned popular seemingly overnight but who used to be a good friend.

Cooper lives and breathes rowing, but his partner just broke his wrist. When he remembers Kate’s good with a set of oars, he strikes a deal: help him train, and he’ll make sure her crush notices her. Only he didn’t know how addicting spending time with her would be. Or how the more successful the Operation is, the more jealousy he experiences.

The mission has been set. The troops have their marching orders. But what if the target is the wrong guy all along?

I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

This book was super cute! Friends to lovers is my favorite trope, so it wasn’t hard for me to love the story. I rooted for Kate and Cooper since the start because their chemistry is so cute and undeniable!

This is my first read from Cindi Madsen so I didn’t know what to fully expect and I’m really glad to say that I definitely enjoyed the story. Kate and Cooper’s characters are easy to relate to, especially with Kate and her fangirl talk. I felt like we had so much in common, which was one of the reasons why it felt easier to read the story.

I also enjoyed the characters’ journey from friends to lovers. It was fun to see the whole thing unfold. I adored Cooper so much, since the beginning. Also there’s the fact that Cooper is a big space nerd, which I loved BECAUSE SAME, MAN. SAME!

Overall, I love the whole dynamics of the story. From friendships, family, and the romance, everything felt perfectly balanced. I just wished there was more distinguished voice difference between Kate and Cooper because it was a little confusing to read from two POVs, and this hasn’t happened to me before. Anyway, this book is overall great and definitely swoonworthy!

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Stacking the Shelves #27 || The Cheapskate Edition

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I’m back with a book haul!! For the past few weeks, bookstores were truly busy blessing us with cut-off prices and discounts so, obviously I had to check them out. Not to mention a casual trip to the local book thrift store, Booksale.

These are the titles I got for the past month.

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Books Bought / Received:

Adorkable by Sara Manning
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Consider by Kristy Acevedo
Wherever You Go by Heather Davis
All Our Yesterdays by Christine Terrill
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Prom Queen Perfect by Clarisse David
The Last Time I’ll Write About You by Dawn Lanuza

For Review:

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
By Your Side by Kasie West
Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Alterations by Stephanie Scott
Infinity by Jus Accardo
We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen
Textrovert by Lindsey Summers
A Promdi’s Guide to Self-Discovery by Rhea Gonzales

I got Gemina and More Happy Than Not from National Bookstore’s Cut-off price sale last month. Then last weekend, Fully Booked Trinoma was on sale so I got Wherever You Go and All Our Yesterdays for PHP50 (1 dollar) each! I also scored Adorkable from Booksale. I got Consider from Naz of Read Diverse Books‘ giveaway. I also got some e-books that went on sale like How To Hang A Witch and Tell Me Three Things (that I had to reread because it’s sooooo awesome!!

Huge thanks to National Bookstore and Fully Booked for spoiling us with your awesome discounts! Also to Penguin Random House International for Little Monsters, that I read already because I just had to! Thank you also to HarperCollins, Bloomsbury, Disney-Hyperion, St. Martin’s Griffin, Entangled Teen, Kids Can Press, and Ms. Rhea Gonzales for the review copies. Also to Kai of Amaterasu Reads and Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs for The Shadow Queen! They’ll be keeping me company as I read my way to Christmas season!

LIFE UPDATES

I AM SEEING COLDPLAY ON APRIL! I’m so lucky to have scored tickets for their first (and probably last) Manila show! I’ve been a huge fan of them since 2004 so imagine how happy I am right now! My friend and I lined up an hour before the mall opened last Thursday just to secure tickets for the show. When the mall opened, everyone was running to the ticket counter (which was on the third floor, so that was a good exercise haha). Good thing, my friend was secretly Barry Allen so he was second in line. It was definitely a nerve-wracking experience because the servers were super slow due to the huge traffic the ticket site was getting but with patience, we were able to buy tickets!

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I also attended the nationwide protest against the late dictator-president Marcos last night. In case you didn’t know, Marcos declared Martial Law in the Philippines in 1972 basically to stay in power. During that time, there were a lot of cases of human rights violations, some resulting to death. In 1986, Marcos was overthrown from the presidency, the People Power Revolution. Last night was definitely eye-opening, inspiring and fun overall. Martial Law victims were present and some of them shared their stories. Some bands and artists performed too. It was a successful peaceful protest and it was so great to see the youth and the elders gather and unify for a common goal. Hopefully, the government will acknowledge us.

This week was definitely full of events. I can’t wait to hear about yours! Tell me something cool that happened to you this week!

inah

Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes

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Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes
Publication Date: February 3rd 2015 by Entangled Teen
Source: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★
Amazon / Goodreads

Synopsis

Welcome to SmartMart, where crime pays minimum wage…

Busted. Alexis Dubois just got caught shoplifting a cheap tube of lipstick at the local SmartMart. She doesn’t know what’s worse—disappointing her overbearing beauty-pageant-obsessed mother for the zillionth time…or her punishment. Because Lex is forced to spend her summer working at the store, where the only things stranger than the staff are the customers.

Now Lex is stuck in the bizarro world of big-box retail. Coupon cutters, jerk customers, and learning exactly what a “Code B”really is (ew). And for added awkwardness, her new supervisor is the totally cute—and adorably geeky—Noah Grayson. Trying to balance her out-of-control mother, her pitching position on the softball team, and her secret crush on the school geek makes for one crazy summer. But ultimately, could the worst job in the world be the best thing that ever happened to her?

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

Okay so this book was exactly what I needed. We’ve been having a pretty crazy weather since last week, and while classes weren’t exactly suspended, I still had the chance to curl up in bed and enjoy couple of good books. One of them is this one.

When I first heard of this book, I didn’t really give it much notice, until I saw it again on Entangled Teen’s newsletter, and I thought “What the hell? Might as well give this a chance!” So I did and I don’t regret anything because I really enjoyed this one! I could have easily finished it in one sitting if only I wasn’t so busy with school, but hey! I finished it!

“When a person is naive enough to believe things are starting to look up, that’s exactly when they begin falling down.”

The main character, Lex, was forced to work at SmartMart in punishment of her stealing a cheap tube of lipstick at the very same store. She has absolutely no intention of having the job so she started pretty much annoyed to be doing such thing. She came off as bratty at first and a bit rebellious, but as the story progressed, I got to see more of her nicer side. She’s actually really compassionate, kind and sympathetic with everyone. Although, there were moments where she seemed a little selfish and naive, but I guess every teenager has their own moments.

Working at SmartMart, Lex encounters Noah Grayson, a schoolmate of hers and isn’t exactly a part of her social circle at school. Noah works at SmartMart as a manager. She’s a little indifferent towards him at first, since her friends, especially Bryce, isn’t exactly in good terms with Noah. Noah’s actually one of the most adorable characters I’ve ever read. He’s so sincere, honest, loyal, kind, and has a great sense of humor. I’m legit swooning just from typing these. I really like the dynamics and chemistry between him and Lex. And he’s responsible too, and family-oriented and his background added a real depth to his character.

“Our hearts connect with others all the time, the electricity zipping and zapping all over the place. We can’t even sense it most of the time, but then we meet The One, and that’s when the beat changes ever so slightly to match theirs. That’s what they call a match – when the music inside your chest beats in synchronization with the one you’re meant to be with.”

I also enjoyed reading about Lex’s workmates at SmartMart, especially Bessie, Ruthie, Jake, and Mr. Hanson. Mr. Hanson should be everyone’s dream boss because he’s so kind and considerate towards his employees. Lex’s family wasn’t exactly perfect, but it was a treat reading about them. Her mom sometimes annoyed the heck out of me, but isn’t that what all moms do? I love Lex’s relationship with his Dad and Grandma, but I wish I could’ve seen more interaction with her and her little sister, Rory.

This book was easy to read because I got hooked from the first chapter, and well it’s relatively shorter, but full of content! The characters were easy to relate to and have a very realistic portrayal which was awesome! The romance was a bit slow-paced but heck, the tension was there and I could slice it with a knife. The book was overall enjoyable and a quick, light-hearted read.

inah

Romancing The Nerd by Leah Rae Miller (ARC)

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Title: Romancing The Nerd (Nerd, #2)
Author: Leah Rae Miller
Publication Date: April 5th 2016 by Entangled Teen
Source: ARC from Publisher for Blog Tour
Rating: ★★★
Amazon / B&N / Goodreads

Synopsis

Dan Garrett has become exactly what he hates—popular. Until recently, he was just another live-action role-playing nerd on the lowest rung of the social ladder. Cue a massive growth spurt and an uncanny skill at taking three-point shots in basketball and voilà…Mr. Popular. It’s definitely weird.

And the biggest drawback? Going from high school zero to basketball hero cost Dan the secret girl of his dorky dreams.

A band geek with an eclectic fashion sense, Zelda Potts’s “coolness” stat is about minus forty-two. Dan turning his back on her and the rest of nerd-dom was brutal enough, but when he humiliates her at school, Zelda decides it’s time for a little revenge—dork style. Never mind that she used to have a crush on him. Never mind that her plan could backfire big time.

It’s time to roll the dice…and hope like freakin’ hell she doesn’t lose her heart in the process.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

It’s actually my first time to read a novel from Leah Rae Miller but I’ve been told that she writes really cute and funny romances and I wasn’t disappointed! This book is just the right one I’m looking for.

This is about Dan and Zelda, who used to be close friends, until Dan became popular. After an accident, which humiliated Zelda, she planned on taking a little revenge on him.

“It feels like one of those moments when you know you’re screwing up, but you still move forward.”

People who have read The Summer I Became A Nerd would have already met Dan and Zelda, but since I haven’t read it, I have no idea about their character backgrounds. Anyhow, I still found them very interesting, not to mention they’re both dorks which I definitely adore!

The plot may seem a little predictable but it didn’t take away the thrill of reading the story. It’s a treat to see the relationship between Dan and Zelda unfold and grow. Their banters are amusing and sweet. The depiction of friendships between them and the other characters is really great and strong.

Overall, it’s a sweet read, perfect for those in need of a cute romance with funny banters and strong friendship bonds. I definitely recommend this book!

ABOUT LEAH RAE MILLER

leah-rae-millerMother, wife, and YA author living on a windy hill in Louisiana. I love fuzzy socks, comic books, cherry coke, and brand new office supplies. THE SUMMER I BECAME A NERD released Summer 2013 and ROMANCING THE NERD released in Spring 2016 from Entangled Teen.

Author Links: Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

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