PH Blog Tour: History Is All You Left Me

Before Reading:

Yes, I am aware that this book will definitely make me cry. Yes, I am aware of the consequences that I will have to face once I start reading. I had a soft spot for Adam Silvera ever since I read More Happy Than Not. Now when it comes to things I cannot turn down, it can be books by authors I love very much, or any fandom stuff in between.

I was genuinely surprised because it was intertwined somehow. Alright, my eyes are ready. I have a bucket, just in case I need more reassurance that I will cry while I read this book. Adam, I give you the permission to tear out my heart again.

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25014114Title & Author: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Genre:  Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT

Year Published: 17th of January 2017

Series: None

Pages: 320

Publisher: Soho Teen

Source: Hardback, provided for the tour

Rating:  4.5/5 stars

Buy it on: TBD || Amazon

Summary:

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

After Reading:

Some memories have resurfaced, and some tears were shed. I love Griffin, and I love Theo as well. But my heart breaks as I continue to remember them. I swear, Adam Silvera must live off from his reader’s tears. Semi-kidding. Alright, let’s get to the review.

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A reader’s mind can conjure a lot of thoughts while reading a certain book. Meanwhile, an author has that power over the reader that can be effectively played out if you add the right tone to it. History Is All You Left Me has the capability to make a reader feel the highest and lowest emotions that can be felt, and there is no in between.

We have history, where we join Griffin as we go through a journey of being true and accepting who he is. We also get a glimpse of what Theo was like, making it somewhat difficult to transition to today. Because like Griffin, Theo is the kind of character that you can easily get attached to. But it’s like a spike in the heart to remember that he has already past in the beginning of the novel. History manages to capture the essence of young love, same-sex relationship, and accepting oneself (re: OCD). How Adam Silvera managed to capture all of that while talking about zombie pirates and alternative universe theories, I will never know how.

But we also have today, in which we join two significant others that left a mark in Theo’s life, one way or another. Dealing with grief and loss is not easy to do, and coping up with it is certainly tough. That is why we also get to see another side of the characters that we did not get to see in history. Today matters because it gives a new light to the brutally honest truth on what everyone has to face in the aftermath. Adam writes with the truth; the beautiful yet heartbreaking truth.

History Is All You Left Me is practically an invisible roller coaster. You cannot see it, but you don’t exactly know that you are on it. You ride it once you start reading, and you will get all of these honest human emotions reflected on every single page. The ride is enjoyable, but it is one that you won’t forget because it has that huge of an impact. If you want to read a book that is beautiful, wonderfully crafted, and a true expression of #ownvoices, then this one’s for you.

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(Know more about my rating system here.)

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Connect with Adam!

Twitter || His official site || Goodreads || Youtube

Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children’s bookseller, marketing assistant at a literary development company, and book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. His debut novel, More Happy Than Not, received multiple starred reviews and is a New York Times bestseller, and Adam was selected as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. He writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason.


Alright, I think that was enough tears in one review. Huge thanks to Nicka at Read by Nicka for letting me be a part of this tour. It has been wonderful. ❤

So, have you read History Is All You Left Me? If so, share your feels with me! If you haven’t read it yet, why not? You should soon! Or if you have not yet read a book by Adam Silvera, what exactly are you waiting for? GO PICK UP ONE OF HIS BOOKS BEFORE THE OTHER ONE COMES OUT. You will not regret it, I swear. Now we go big tonight, okay?

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FBCYA Tour: Timekeeper (Review + Giveaway)

Before Reading:

Alright, I guess it is the proper time for me to say it. It started when I had this crazy idea to make things interesting for the book club. So I say, why not host blog tours and stuff like that? I was starting to lose hope because it did not seem like no one wanted to take a shot. But then, Sky Pony Press was kind enough to let us host a blog tour for Timekeeper. If you want to imagine what I was like, I was ridiculously giddy. Timekeeper is something special, because it deals with a lot of topics that I personally love. Okay, let’s get to it!

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25760792Title: Timekeeper

Author: Tara Sim

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Teen, Mental Illness

Date Published: 1st of November 2016

Series: Timekeeper #1

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Source: eARC from the publisher

Buy it on: Amazon / TBD

Summary:

Two o’clock was missing. 

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

After Reading:

Maybe… just maybe… this is the best alternate history book that I have read in a while. I have never felt this relieved about an ending since reading the Percy Jackson series. Everything was keyed in place like a smooth glove. It was ridiculously satisfying. I just want to hug all of Tara’s characters because this book is the perfect mix of fluffiness, history, and fantasy. I love it, okay?

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The three things that I mostly loved about Timekeeper are: the clock spirits, the boy love, and the historical setting. Those factors made Timekeeper a gem underneath everything.

The concept of clock spirits are oddly fascinating. The thought of having one for each clock in every city is unique in the sense that those clock spirits are essentially guardians. And not only that, but the spirits are humanlike. Not just in form but in terms how they act and feel. As a reader, knowing what the character feels is vital. The clock spirits give life to the pages that they are in, and that is just incredible. Also I want to note that the extra stories added a lot more for me to invest myself in the story. I’m already reading something from an alternate history retelling and I am still getting a mythology lesson in it. Dear gosh Tara, you spoil us too much with these lovely side stories. It is beyond fascinating.

Second, I’m a sucker for boy romance to begin with. I love a good story where the guys fall in love with each other. But since this is somehow my area, what makes Timekeeper so special? One of the boys, Colton, is a clock spirit. He can’t leave his tower because REASONS. Reading Timekeeper for Danny and Colton’s romance is like the cheesecake from Friends. You start with little bits of detail here and there, telling yourself that it is going to be bad for you (looking at you, Danny Hart) and then you fall so hard after you taste it. Legit, I was on the edge of my seat (or bed, rather) when the two of them were basically the sweetest things to grace this earth. Bless their romance so much. And all the things that Danny is willing to do for Colton, it’s honestly true love right there.

Third, historical settings are the bomb. Granted, it’s an alternate one. But it’s London. And it’s set in Victorian England. The world is as big as ever, stretching out to other places in the world. The book leaves a lot of room for the reader to imagine the setting. It is simply wonderful. It opens a lot of opportunity to be discovered.

Honorable mentions:
The lovely ladies in Timekeeper. Girl power all the way! This book knows how to empower women, I can tell you that.

Timekeeper is a really amazing book. It is a book that is not afraid on what it wants to be. It’s a refreshing story that can cure a reading slump. And it is amazingly satisfying till the end. There’s unique factor in there with the writing style that grips you and pulls you in once you get to dive in the story. Honestly, I loved every aspect.

Not only that, but this book inspired me to read more steampunk books. This one is a first for me, and since I loved Timekeeper, I may read a lot more books that belong in that genre.

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(Know more about my rating system here.)

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Tara Sim is a YA author found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not writing about magic, clocks, and boys, she drinks tea, wrangles cats, and sings opera.

Tara grew up in California, but braved the elements of Virginia to study English/Creative Writing at Hollins University.

Half-Indian and full geek, she eats too many samosas and awkwardly dances to Bhangra music.

TIMEKEEPER (Sky Pony Press, Fall ’16) is her debut YA novel.

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And of course, for you to know what I’m talking about, you have the chance to get Timekeeper into your lovely hands. This giveaway will end by the 20th of November and is only open for U.S. and Canada residents only. May you have all of the lucky stars to win this amazing book.

And that, fangirls and fanboys, is the end of our Timekeeper blog tour. But of course, our support for Timekeeper does not end there. Huge thanks to Sky Pony Press and Ms. Tara Sim for the endless support for this tour.

So what do you think? Ready to add Timekeeper to your TBRs? Let’s discuss below.

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Timekeeper Blog Tour Kick-Off + Giveaway

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Wait, apparently it’s already November! I never thought that this day would finally come. If you have been a follower of my blog for quite some time now, I made this book club because I badly want to promote books that have amazing male leads. Now this has only been my dream for a while now, but thanks to Sky Pony Press, our book club is finally doing a lovely purpose.

I am more than happy to announce that for the next two weeks, some of the loveliest members of FBCYA and a few guest bloggers joined together to share their love for Timekeeper by Tara Sim. The tour will run from November 8 to November 16, and I hope you will keep coming back to this post as I will be updating it once each blogger has posted their review.

MC at Blame It On The Books

November 9

Michelle at The Writing Badger

November 10

Windie at Dip into Books

November 13

Christina at Books and Prejudice

November 14

Inah at The Bibliophile Confessions

November 15

Reg at She Latitude

November 16

Maan at The Pigeon Reads

November 17

Bianca at The Ultimate Fangirl

November 18

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Title: Timekeeper

Author: Tara Sim

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Teen, Mental Illness

Date Published: 1st of November 2016

Series: Timekeeper #1

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Summary:

Two o’clock was missing. 

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

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Tara Sim is a YA author found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not writing about magic, clocks, and boys, she drinks tea, wrangles cats, and sings opera.

Tara grew up in California, but braved the elements of Virginia to study English/Creative Writing at Hollins University.

Half-Indian and full geek, she eats too many samosas and awkwardly dances to Bhangra music.

TIMEKEEPER (Sky Pony Press, Fall ’16) is her debut YA novel.

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So to celebrate the release of Timekeeper, and courtesy of Sky Pony Press, we’re giving away a finished copy to one lucky winner! Giveaway is for U.S. and Canada only. (Sorry international peeps!) Click on the picture to be redirected to the giveaway link. Go go go or else you will miss the chance to win this lovely book. ❤

Are you excited for Timekeeper as I am? Honestly, I am still getting jitters since this is the first event that I have handled. But either way, I would choose Timekeeper. 🙂 Don’t forget to add Timekeeper on your TBR’s, okay!

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Historical Figures I Want To See in YA

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As much as I love the young adult genre, there seems to be an underlying note that historical fiction is either a hit or miss for readers. In some cases, it depends on the reader’s tastes. Sometimes they mix in a hint of fantasy, because authors are given the liberty to put small twists on some fix points. Exploring history can be quite fun if you find the right person to retell it for you. But in some cases, it could be disastrous. I always have room to read such books because not only do I love the young adult genre, but I am a sucker for historical fiction.

Fear not, with the right characters, one can develop a story that is unique and different than any other book out there. Which is why I created this list of historical people who would be amazing to cast as the leads for a young adult book. Inspired by Legacy of Kings written by Eleanor Herman, I decided to list down the top 4 historical figures that I want to see in YA literature. I believe that these historical figures are worth writing a book about, and despite being tricky, is all but worth it with the stories that they hold in their years as a young adult.

Note: Years indicated below are the years of their respective tenures on the throne/job.

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Elizabeth I, Queen of England and Ireland (1558 – 1603)

As one such as myself that is ridiculously fascinated by the Tudors, it is still unclear to me on how Elizabeth I managed to carry herself when she was declared a bastard and an illegitimate heir to the throne of England all while she is in her teens. We already got a sense of Edward VI’s POV in My Lady Jane, but I want to read more about this lady and how she became one of the most famous monarchs in Britain’s history. Is it possible that what developed in her years as a teen led to her brilliant ways of thinking and led England reach it’s golden age? There are tons of possibilities, and mind you, I am aware that there is a movie. But I need more!

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Elagabalus, Emperor of Rome (218 – 222)

Controversial, yes. A new spin on your usual history book? Most definitely, yes. Elagabalus is a controversial figure for being an emperor of the largest empire the world has ever seen. Rome, in the hands of a teenager? Elagabalus was barely fourteen when he was given an empire to rule. Calling him eccentric is a bit… off. I really want to see a YA book that focuses on him entirely. It is just ridiculous if you think about it, but his story will definitely be the most refreshing historical take that will ever exist in the genre. He can be the villain, or he could be this misunderstood boy who got misguided by the people around him.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer (1762 – 1791)

If you have written a concerto at the age of four, a symphony at the age of seven, and a full scale opera at 12, I bet my cents that your life is nothing but extraordinary. Based on what I know about Mozart so far, being a child prodigy took him across Europe. It is no easy feat, because it can be quite intriguing to know what kind of a teenager he was. What went on in his life? And how majestically twisted is that brain of his? I have much to believe that his rise to fame happened while he was a teenager. I guess I don’t believe everything that I saw in the movie Amadeus…

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Marie Antoinette, Queen Consort of France and Navarre (1774 – 1791)

Imagine being queen of France at a young age? Not only that, but being the daughter of one of the largest dynasties is an extraordinary place to be. I might not want to imagine the pressure she’s on, but those are tasks that are too heavy to put on a teenager’s shoulders. Not only that, she’s being judged because she is a foreign consort. The Marie Antoinette movie that starred Kirsten Dunst is a favorite guilty pleasure movie of mine, but wouldn’t a book detailing it be a great idea?

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And that’s about it, guys and gals. Who are your favorite historical figures? Would they fit the bill as an amazing lead ? Share your thoughts below!

P.S. I’m saving Alexander Hamilton for a later date, just you wait. 😉

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#FBCYA Recap: Six of Crows

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Where do I begin? Not only is this post overdue, but it is about time that I recap the awesomeness that is the Fanboy Book Club chats that we have on twitter. Since the book club started, we hold twitter chats every month for each book of the month. We never miss a month where we do not talk about the book of the month. That is how dedicated we are for this book club. For the month of July, we did a Twitter chat for Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

Now during the chat, I was so busy retweeting and liking the tweets of those who joined that I forgot to answer my own Q’s! Now I have the chance to answer the questions thanks to this recap, yay! Onto the recap!

Q1. Introduce yourself with your name, blog and other social media accounts! #FBCYA

  • Hi! My name is Bianca and I blog over at The Ultimate Fangirl on notoriouslaylow.wordpress.com. So great to be here!

Q2. What is your current read? #FBCYA

  • I am currently reading Six of Crows and I am gosh darn excited that I don’t know what’s happening.

Q3. If you could go back in time, who would you save from a dangerous situation? Think history. #FBCYA

  • My baby Newt. (In history’s case, Alexander Hamilton and Andres Bonifacio)

Q4. Who would you invite to come to the Crow Club? Tag them! #FBCYA

  • Everyone! As long as you guys buy your own drinks. Haha

Q5. In a heist, what would be your role? (Ex. Leader, Right hand man, Healer) #FBCYA

  • I will be the one who gets all the resources!

Q6. Who are some of your favorite fantasy OTP’s? #FBCYA

  • Oh definitely Kaz and Inej, Cinder and Kai, Celaena and Chaol (DON’T SPOIL ME GOSH DARN IT HAHAHA)

Q8. What are your thoughts on books that don’t have “the chosen one” theme? #FBCYA

  • I personally think that it’s an overused trope, but it depends on the story on how it will carry it.

Q9. Recommend some of your favorite fantasy books using three words. #FBCYA

  • Stab stab stab jk

Q10.  If you have read Six of Crows, why should everyone read it? If you have not, will you check it out soon? #FBCYA

  • Reading it, loving it… and it’s the best thing ever.

Last Q! Q11. WHO’S EXCITED FOR CROOKED KINGDOM? #FBCYA

  • I know I am!

There you go guys! Technically, that is only a gist of what we do for the Fanboy Book Club. And I swear, this is one of the monthly twitter chats that you would not want to miss. I should do these recaps more often. 😉

Interested in joining the Fanboy Book Club? Visit our page here, or click the button on my blog’s sidebar, or click the FBCYA menu above!

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June Wrap Up + Announcements

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… Yes, I am aware that I did not post a May wrap-up. I was serious in that hiatus of mine, haha. I did not read anything. But I did get to meet one of my favorite authors. 😉

Despite starting with a hassle, June ended up being a lovely month. Book-wise, it was fantastic. Life-wise, I guess I am torn. School was a real bust, and I cannot wait to get up on my feet again (aka revenge plot against my lovely classmates, kidding). Yet there were a lots of things that I want to be thankful for:

  • Getting the chance to travel to another country (though I never knew walking could that be exhausting).
  • Being able to finally breathe and relax.
  • Getting a knife off my back (my statistics class).
  • Having an upgrade on just about everything.

Let’s just get into my shenanigans this month.

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All The Feels by Danika Stone – ALL. THE. FEELS. I mean it literally, since it has slowly crawled into my heart. It can be a book similar to Fangirl. While Cath is more into writing, Liv is a force to be reckoned with due to her video editing skills.

Rating: Stars 4 blah

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – I live tweeted again, this time about how this story made me cry and how it moved me to bits. I do not want to say much, because my review for this one is still pending. However, I hope my rating shows how much I loved this book.

Rating: Stars

Sticks and Stones by Abby Cooper – Again, my full review for this one will have to wait. This one was for a blog tour that I joined. I found the concept unique, because it was like some sort of medical sorcery.

Rating: Stars 3 blah

The Lady in Pink by Carla de Guzman – I raved about this novella last year when I first joined a blog tour, and I was fortunate enough to keep in touch with the author. 🙂 I was able to reread it in a whole other light again, and her additions to the story were just fantastic!

Rating: Stars 4 blah

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I haven’t really had the best experience with the Grisha trilogy. It was dragging and I practically just skimmed Siege and Storm. I don’t know if I will ever pick up Ruin and Rising, but I am really in awe with the concept of Six of Crows. (Plus multiple POV’s)

Timekeeper by Tara Sim – I finally got approved with an eARC! Yay! The book seems so unique because of the time travel and LGBT aspect.

What Happens Now by Jennifer Castle – This is due to Ate Kate’s from The Bookaholic Blurbs influence. I read the first few lines and I got hooked! It was like learning that you can breath for the first time.

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Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is like the Oreo version of a young adult novel. It’s the sweetest thing that you will ever read. Once you have read it, you will always look for it and want it. The aftertaste is equally sweet that it will give you a fluffy feeling because of the satisfying ending. It was the perfect helping of Oreo that you need. In all that is good in the world, Simon Spier is the cherry on top. He is an admirable male lead who is generally a good guy with a big heart for his family and friends.

Full review here.

 

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The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

The world of Osfrid and Adoria was greatly mixed. I love how it was derived from the UK and the US, despite the timeline difference in the book. Being a history freak, this would have made me queasy since those are two conflicting timelines. Yet Richelle Mead delivered a wonderful historical fiction novel that connected the two as a whole. This setting was spectacular, and imagining those places will give future readers a wonderful time.

Full review here.

All The Feels by Danika Stone

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The book was all about trying to balance things out. The story can be compared to an emotional rollercoaster of feels for Liv, because she just wants to contribute to her beloved fandom and get her mother’s approval, pass college, and at least get a love life (aren’t we all? Nope. Just me.) The book does have all the feels and it can make you feel the feels. Because it makes you feel for the characters, make you feel what you feel about your respective dominant fandoms, and makes you feel like it’s you. (Feeeels.)

Full review here.

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  • I will be hosting the Fanboy Book Club this month! Isn’t that exciting? What is our book of the month you ask? Why, it’s Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo!

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  • To make things more festive, I actually plan on encouraging you guys to do a challenge. But don’t fret, there will still be a twitter chat per usual.
  • Aside from having an exciting month for July, our book club also… wait for it…

WILL BE DOING BLOG TOURS!

*cue in the confetti*

That’s right! You have read it right. Of course the lovely catch is that FBC will do blog tours for YA books that feature the coolest male leads out there. Club members will have certain access and privileges. 😉

Sign-up for the Fanboy Book Club here:

If you’re already a member, no need to sign-up again. I have surprises waiting. And to give you a hint of what is in store, I suggest you check out my TBR up there. 😉

So that’s about it for my June. How I wish July can live up to it’s semi-awesomeness. What happened to you guys? I would love to know!

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Book Review: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera + Playlist

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The Fanboy Book Club is created by Bianca at The Ultimate Fangirl (aka me). It is a book club dedicated into reading and promoting books that feature strong and inspirational male leads.

Before Reading:

Another month of abundant reading for the Fanboy Book Club. I love that since January, I have been reading a diverse book. One per month, because I can only handle so much. This one got me excited. I have been meaning to pick it up this book up since a lot of people were definitely hyping about it. I am about to find out why and what it is with this book that made people cry. Not that I have a heart of stone or anything, in fact I easily cry. Which is probably why I will tear up while reading More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.

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Title: More Happy Than Not

Author: Adam Silvera

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, GLBT

Date Published: 2nd  of June 2015

Series: None

Publisher: Soho Teen

Source: eBook

(Click the book to go to its Goodreads page)

Summary: In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving debut—called “mandatory reading” by the New York Times—Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?


After Reading:

What does it feel like to feel? Such magnificence unfolded right before my eyes. Why have I not picked this book up sooner? Was I such a judgmental person to not see the beauty that was in this book? Or am I just so daft when it comes to my book choices? This book is heaven sent. I was on the verge of crying everytime because my relatives were with me while I was reading this book. You can only imagine my distraught in the car when I finished it and I had to be quiet. This book is amazing. And you should definitely read it too.

Plot-wise, it was mindblowing. There were certain parts (a little bit down the middle), where it all gets interconnected. You get this Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind vibe that feels so different. The similarities are uncanny, but there were more twists and turns for this book. It is a light read, but it will give you with a heavy heart and an open mind.

The book was not romance-heavy, but it did deal with certain feelings. As a reader, you cannot help but feel for Aaron, especially if you’re a huge sucker for unrequited love. The book is rather family-oriented, since Aaron’s family is more than what they seem. Only his mother and brother, though. It cannot be helped but to feel nothing but hatred for his father. It is amazing how they have done so much for him, which is a proof on how much your family is there for you no matter the preference.

Character-wise, almost every character created an impact. You may think they are just there because the author wanted to, but each one of them actually has a connection with Aaron. From Genevieve to Thomas, from Brendan to Me-Crazy, and from Aaron’s mom to his old babysitter. It is quite complicated to say how everyone is involved without giving spoilers but here’s the overview: some are dicks, some just care for Aaron’s well-being, and everyone else loved him very much.

Aaron himself is a rather complex character. He is so convincing, because of his will and power to persuade. He is a main character you want to root for, but you’re also hesistant since his actions are very limited. Aaron can be pretty rash, and he is a sucker for happiness, waiting for it to be handed out on a silver platter. Yet you can’t blame him for wanting to be happy. Despite everything, it can be said that Aaron is the perfect role model for everyone who want to live happy.

If you feel like you’re having a bad time, you should read this book. Aaron Soto will comfort you and will make you think that life is worth it. And that other things will come into place. If you want to read a good book, but you’re in the mood for something that exposes a lot of feels, this is for you. I can say that I have already forgotten some of the chapters in this book, but I am more happy than not because I remember the feelings it gave me whilst I was reading. It was fun to savor the moment while it lasted. Yes, as you may not have noticed, I gave this book 5/5 stars because of everything this book has given me.

Finally figured out how to link a Spotify playlist so I hope you enjoy it!

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Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children’s bookseller, marketing assistant at a literary development company, and book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. His debut novel, More Happy Than Not, received multiple starred reviews and is a New York Times bestseller. He is tall for no reason and writes full-time in New York City.

Watch out for his upcoming books,  History is All You Left Me and They Both Die at The End.

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More Happy Than Not Tag

Blogging Extravaganza

Get Up Offa That Slump Blogging Extravaganza is hosted by Rachel at Beauty and the Bookshelf.

The Fanboy Book Club read for the month of March is hosted by MC at Blame It On the Books.

Hitting two birds with one stone gives such a wonderful feeling. I did not mean for this to happen though, but it is really something else. More Happy Than Not is a ridiculously good book that I cannot fathom with right now. And with this tag, I get to express myself more than usual.

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Okay, in case you have not yet heard of this tag yet, this is the More Happy Than Not Tag. This tag is originally created by Miel at Bookish and Awesome (who is on a hiatus right now because… stuff. But I do admire his blog because it was one of those blogs that I admired from afar when I was still too shy to approach anyone.) I don’t think anyone has tagged me for this. But I’m getting off a blogging slump and fulfilling Fanboy Book Club duties at the same time. So without further ado, onto the tag we go.

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When I get to draw like crazy because inspiration strikes hard, I am more happy than not.

When people commend me for my writing, I am more happy than not.

When I don’t remember how I usually embarass myself because of my clumsiness, I am more happy than not.

When my friends remember me for reasons that they just want to talk to me, I am more happy than not.

When I get to edit AMV’s, kinetic typography, and music videos without my pc or application lagging, I am more happy than not.

When people say that I am too grade concious, I am more happy than not.

When I finish a really good book and finally give it a well-deserve 5 star rating, I am more happy than not.

When I get to buy books, I am more happy than not.

When I get to post on my blog, I am more happy than not.

And last but definitely not the least, when I hear my family sleep safe and sound during the night while I am still awake, I am more happy than not.

Huzzah. Well, this tag brings out the best out of you. So hey, I’ll tag the bloggers that I am more happy than not to have the pleasure of meeting/interacting.

Trisha at The Bookgasm Blog

Bea at Beatrice Learns to Read

Bea at When Curiosity Killed The Cat

Maan at The Pigeon Reads

Joan at Fiddler Blue

Dee at The Bookish Khaleesi

Windie at The Geek Apprentice

Hope you guys will enjoy doing the tag as much as I did. If you have already done the tag, it’s okay to ignore it. But if want to do it again, hey! It proves that you have a lot to be happy about.

What makes you more happy than not? Comment below 🙂

Brb

Random Recommendations: Diverse Books Galore

RecsThis is what lack of sleep does to you. It makes you word vomit at wee hours in the morning.

In lieu with the Fanboy Book Club’s awesome read for the month of March which is More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, this is the part where I recommend some of the stuff that embodies the book club. Meaning: I recommend things that has male leads, hooray! And here’s the twist, it’s connected to our theme this month. Hence, more stuff to fanboy/fangirl on. It is all about diversity, and of course I have read most of these. I know how hard it is to find a good diverse book out there sometimes, but here I am to the rescue.

But there’s a catch. I myself have not read that many diverse books.

So I will recommend the ones that I have read, in which I thank the book gods for granting me with such great ones. I will also recommend some books on my TBR, because I have been hearing nothing but words of praise ever since I found out about the books in question.

How We Met and Other Stories by David Levithan

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I know for a fact that David Levithan writes like a god when it comes to dealing with diversity. Luckily, I read this one before 2015 started. It was timely, because most of the stories were really fluffy. And the best part? You won’t even know the difference, which is the point. Love wins. From coffee shops to helping their partners get out of the closet, the short stories are really worth reading. Every story is a unique story, and David Levithan will keep you hungry for more.

 Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Oh please, no one can bear not fangirling over Simon Snow and Basilton Pitch. Are they not the cutest couple ever? I have to admit that Simon alone cannot “carry” the book alone, but with Baz in the picture, things just got way, way more interesting. I won’t say anymore details, because I might give away the plot. But it can be similar to reading a Draco-Harry fanfiction. Magic, spells, fantastic beasts, and a plot twist that will make you go “whoa” at the end. Trust me on this one 😉

Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

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Have you ever read a book where the character started off as someome you think he is but then you realize that he’s really not that person at all? Which is why he was in the book’s setting in the first place? Well, meet Jeff. I actually thought Suicide Notes was like It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, but clearly I was wrong. It was just the same setting. And how… wait okay it is quite the same. But there’s a reason why I put this here. You’ll have to read the book first to understand why Jeff got in that institution in the first place.

Now for some of the books that I really want to read sometime soon.

Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Oreos. Blackmailing. Blue. Honestly, being the neurotic reader that I am, I should have been done with this book already. I’m a few chapters in and I liked the story very much. So to convince you to read it, I’ll tell my twin’s experience. She was fangirling over the revelations and she found the book very cute, despite her not reading too many books tht deal with LGBT/diverse books.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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Be that as it may, I want to go and read this book blindly. I know that this book deserves to be on this list, which is why I included it. I just know that it is worth reading, since based on the cover, it has won a lot of awards. If that doesn’t guarantee the book’s greatness, then I guess I have to see for myself.

And that is it for the meantime. I know there are a lot of great diverse books out there. I hope you could recommend some to me, because I really want to read more when it comes to diverse books. Leave them down in the comments. ♡

Brb

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Before Reading:

This is actually a reread for me. The first time I read Harry Potter, I was just a kid. My mother actually read the book so I can sleep, but I vividly remember falling asleep before she even finished. So I tried reading it. Imagine a 4 year old trying to read Harry Potter. I know, crazy. Maybe that’s why my tutors never lasted. Anyways, I am excited to read Harry Potter again, because I can now read it at as semi-adult. (18 is just legal. It still has -teen so I am still a teen.)

Harry_Potter_and_the_Sorcerer's_StoneTitle & Author: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Genre:  Middle Grade, Fantasy

Date Published: June 26th 1997

Series: Harry Potter #1

Publisher: Scholastic

Source: Really old copy from my childhood

Summary:

Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. (Dudley, however, has two bedrooms, one to sleep in and one for all his toys and games.) Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed forever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard! The first book in the “Harry Potter” series makes the perfect introduction to the world of Hogwarts.

What are you waiting for? Get a copy!

If your library does not have this book, hands down.

After Reading:

I literally flew through the pages! How amazing is that? It was a good call that this is the first book that the book club has chosen to read. Not only did it bring back a lot of memories, but the magic stayed the same. I felt like I was 4 again, asking my mother if there were owls here in the Philippines. It brought nostalgia. But it brings new perspectives.

When you cannot word, that means that the book did a successful job in rendering you speechless. I feel like I want to marathon the whole series again. Harry Potter, in all the sense, is a truly marvelous book. Harry Potter raised the bar for every other fantasy book out there.

The world building was just as incredible as I remembered. It was like taking your first baby steps. The idea of Hogwarts was not crammed into a huge puddle of mess, but rather was introduced like you were a child going to school for the first time. Hats off to that required items list, because one cannot be more excited to know what Hogwarts is really like. Getting your first wand, getting a pet, and imagining what Gringotts and Flourish and Botts looked like was really satisfying to read. And when you finally enter Hogwarts, you get this sense of feeling that each of those houses are equally intriguing, but of course you cannot help but root for Gryffindor in the first place. I might spoil anyone who has yet to read the Harry Potter series so I am stopping right there. Just so you know that the point I am saying is that the Harry Potter world defines the word “magical”.

In terms of characters, J.K. Rowling left some room for improvements on the characters. They are not entirely perfect, nor are they built like gods. They each have their separate flaws and strengths, which one can admire from afar. If you ask me, Hermione is still my favorite character and Harry Potter will still be my crush. Ron Weasley will forever be the loyal best friend and Draco Malfoy will forever be the kid that I will hate if I will ever reread the series again.

Plot-wise, I loved the way how there is so much going on yet it seems that they’re all interconnected. I was still shocked on some of the parts, thinking that some of it will look weird on the movie. But then again, the ones who made the movies are geniuses in their own right. It was just perfect, nothing feels rushed and nothing feels slow. See what I’m doing here? I told you I cannot word anymore.

Now, will I read this again? Hell yes.

Is this still the best book ever? Hell yes.

Potterhead till the end? I swear on my grave.

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I swear, if you don’t know who this goddess of writing is, I don’t even think you’ve been living under a rock. Are you galaxies away, my friend?

Joanne Rowling was born in July 1965 at Yate General Hospital in England and grew up in Chepstow, Gwent where she went to Wyedean Comprehensive.

Jo left Chepstow for Exeter University, where she earned a French and Classics degree, her course including one year in Paris. As a postgraduate she moved to London and worked as a researcher at Amnesty International among other jobs. She started writing the Harry Potter series during a delayed Manchester to London King’s Cross train journey, and during the next five years, outlined the plots for each book and began writing the first novel.

Jo then moved to northern Portugal, where she taught English as a foreign language. She married in October 1992 and gave birth to a daughter in 1993. When the marriage ended, she and Jessica returned to the UK to live in Edinburgh, where Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone was eventually completed. The book was first published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books in June 1997, under the name J.K. Rowling. The “K”, for Kathleen, her paternal grandmother’s name was added at her publisher’s request who thought that a woman’s name would not appeal to the target audience of young boys.

More about the Queen here: http://www.jkrowling.com/en_GB/


I don’t know about you, but one can never get enough of Harry Potter. Oh, and if you’re a member of the Fanboy Book Club and you have written a review, feel free to link it up here!

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