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Haggard. Twisted. Awkward. Weird? Bubbly. Hungry. Sleepy. I am a 20 year old something Registered Nurse, but ‘something’ by heart. I don’t know that ‘something’ yet, I’m still soul-searching, you know? I'm a master of none, I march to the beat of a different drummer and have the ability to laugh at most any situation.

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Scarred

Scarred - J.S. Cooper

stars

 

GODS. Reading this is soooo painful. Not that kind if painful where you're hurting along with the characters and sobbing while reading it. It's that kind of pain where the beginning has that some sort of potential and then, BOOM, it just circled the drain. I don't want to be mean, but, it's like it was written by some kid in High School where the characters were poorly, erm, developed, the banters the characters have were blah and the plot was ekk. Obviously I ran out of adjectives to describe it. HAHA. I'm not trying to generalize, I mean, I used to write that kind of plot back then...that's why I have this cringe factor whenever I read my previous so called works (and by GODS, I will never ever post that. It's just sooooo embarrassing) I haven't got around with writing again because I have this major case of writer's block...well, I'm a feeler writer. HEH. But yeah, the cringe factor was back when I read this. It's a waste of time. I don't recommend it...but it never came to that point where I actually hated it. It's such a pity that that potential gone to waste. And I might not read the next one. I scanned the next book actually...and yep, my hunch was right.

 

I'm going to post this in booklikes first...goodreads is acting up. GEEZ.

Invisible - Mhia Leigh

<b>2</b> stars.

 

This was one of those books under my don't judge the book by its blurb list.

 

"Being invisible was something Gemma Cameron was used to in her life. It didn’t help that she was shy or average and that she always seemed to be in her own little world. She didn't have a social life, which meant she didn't get any dates. But when she finally wanted to be noticed by a guy, he prefers her crazy roommate and leaves on a date.... a date that was meant for her. Although the relationship didn’t last long, it still hurt her to be the cast over. A year later, minus the crazy roommate, Noah stayed around and she got stuck in the ‘friend zone’. Falling in love with a guy who only saw her as a friend, she knew it was time to move on. Except she didn't realize that he wanted her more than a friend........

Noah Alexander knew he made a mistake when he dated the crazy ex-roommate. Realizing that the sweet and shy Gemma was the one he wanted, he stayed around to be close to her. But when he found out that she was dating, he knew it was time to make his move before someone else did. Now it’s just the matter of convincing her........a lot of convincing."

 

I got hooked by the blurb although I have a feeling what I might eventually get in the end...still, I might enjoy the ride while reading it.

 

But, I was wrong.

 

Gaaaah. I'm so freakin' disappointed for making my hopes a little high, here I thought I'll read something that I can finally relate to, but then, tssk. NOPE..but, they had their moments that I liked, well, little moments that I liked. But, Cliche was the main dish. Annoying on the side. Mary Sue and Gary Stu as the appetizer. And apparently, I am hungry so I might as well eat some nourishment now and my stomach is having some kind of bowling game...well, <i>not that kind</i> of bowling game...I'm just hungry.

Tripping Me Up - Amber Garza

*testing*

 

2.5 stars.

 

This book was one of those books I have put on hiatus for the past months...and with my history of forgetting things, yep, I totally forgot the plot and have to re-read from the start.

 

I ain't gonna tell the blurb and all that crap because I don't want to post a lengthy sort of review, so, yeah.

 

While I have to admit that the characters were actually like-able for me, this story is sort of cliched and blah-blah, you will see what will come, yeah-yeah. Maybe if I haven't read a lot of YA, I might probably will rate this higher.

 

*hmmm. Let's see if this thing will be posted in goodreads.*

Some sort of predicament

After four freakin' years, I have finally opened my first shelfari account!! I finally figured out how to open that one because I was sooooo frustrated for forgetting my email and password...and for some reasons, that 'amazon' sign up thingy makes things more confusing than ever...so about two years ago, I made up another shelfari account. I may not be active there unlike in goodreads but still, I would like to see my first ever bookshelf profile. I should have read all the options below when I was signing in before...I must have not made another acct. there if I did. Now, the predicament, I think...which account must I use? The more recent that I have made or the first one which is four years old now compared to the two year old more recent account? I know it's petty and too shallow...it's just that, GAAAAAH. I'm more active in goodreads anyway...so why bother? HAHAHAHA. I'll try to be active here though. I loved the design of this page. It's classy and I liked the idea of having a lot of options here. I'll get used to this. :D

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... things only readers can relate to.

Skip Beat! Vol.29 [Japanese Edition] (Sukippu Biito!) - Yoshiki Nakamura I have actually first watched the anime first (about four years ago) before reading finally it this year. We all are aware that the anime series and the manga have different pacing and there will be a little tweak here and there when it's finally in its anime form and there will always be this kind of cliffhanger especially if it's still an ongoing manga (which is evident in this case). I liked the heroine, Kyoko--all the things that she went through for the man she thought she loves and loved him back went down to the drain: the pain, loss and sense of revenge to get even with the guy. I liked her fierceness...although she's bitter, heck, her bitterness is actually hilarious but pitiful as well. It was fine...but I guess the thing that I have issues with mangas is its slow pacing. Still, I will read it...although not really religiously just like before. When the mood strikes me, I guess. My review is crap, I know.:D
One Tiny Lie - K.A. Tucker 4.5 stars

Just when I thought I told myself I'll refrain myself from reading these kind of new adult books, you know, with broken hero/heroine past and present and read some feel good or funny themes, yet, I found myself reading this kind, again...and after finishing it, I haven't regretted it. I actually have a lot of half-finished books lately that I put on hold as of the moment because of that theme and, I don't know, I kinda got tired of it...but, I will eventually get back on it when I'm in the mood to read it. I just hope that I haven't forgotten the previous happenings in that book so I will not scratch my head and ask myself, why???

Now. Wow. This is pretty intense. I loved how [a:K.A. Tucker|4866520|K.A. Tucker|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1351111292p2/4866520.jpg] makes her character--the perfectly flawed one that you can't help but be sort of attached to it. I can pretty relate with the heroine, Livie, with all that awkward, blushing ferociously and sweating like a pig on uncomfortable situations and yep, attractive-uber-hot guys and embarrass myself on how I handle it not very well...and yes, the things that you made up in your head because you think they would be proud if you go on that path. I appreciate that the author made that part be sort of vague in the end...although I would have loved to know what was really her final decision. Trial and error, eh? And then there's the hero, Ashton. Gods, the fuckin' tension is so palpable between Livie and him and I can't help but cheer them on...knowing my opinion about "cheating". Well, there's that phrase about exception to the rule and all that shite, and there are a lot of technicalities with their situations...so, yeah, that's why I am not uncomfortable on reading this unlike. And yep, I loved his character, too. All in all, this is a good read...but, I think in term of dramatics and all that crap, the first one was a lot emotional and heavier than this...and maybe I should be thankful for that because I don't really need this kind of drama as of the moment? Um. Dunno. But, unlike the first book, this actually made me shed a tear. Maybe, I'm a little "unemotional" when I read the first book...and if I probably read the first one now, I might probably cry just like what I did here. Hah.

Looking forward for the next book. :)
French Kiss - Sarra Manning 3.5 stars.

Aaaah. Teenage love and all that sha-la-la's. The giddy feeling of first love, the devastating acknowledgement of the unrequited feelings and mooning over someone so out of your league, or so you thought. I enjoyed reading this and I am on that light romance mood sans too much dramatics of being broken and angst... although the petty teenage angst is present, I really liked it. I got tired of too much dramatics, I put a lot of novels on hiatus, I'm actually half way the story then decided to read something light and this, this is just the right story to read.

Since the author disclosed that it was a magazine story, it reminded me of Candy's (a teen magazine here in the Philippines) Katie's diary which I have loved, by the way, to the point that I purchased back issues just to read the previous stories I haven't read yet before the September 05 issue...and read some of it in the Candy website. I am that obsessed with the story back then. Heh. So, anyway...I am looking forward with Manning's next diary entries. I actually loved Manning's You Don't Have to Say You Love Me because I really liked and sort of relate with the characters she makes--the awkwardness, insecurities, sassy mouth snd all that. Yep. Right book at the right mood and time.
Perfect Regret (Bad Rep 2) - A. Meredith Walters 4 stars.

I can't freakin' remember the details from the first book but from what I remember, I liked it. Come to think of it, I think I swore to have some serious review for it but never came up with one. So much for promises and la-la-la's eh?

Now. I liked it too...but I might have liked the first more...and I might have liked this more if the sizzling down part never came--if I never became annoyed and frustrated with the heroine. I actually liked her character, she's like the girl I want to be when I grow up or to be best friends with because I love her personality. HAH...but not her fucked up decisions, well, some decisions. And the hero? I liked him too. He have the personality I actually want from a guy, well, not really...he might be downright cruel and harsh when hurt, but damn, he's so damn sensitive, a good guy with an edge and a musician to top it off. I would want to be someone's inspiration for a song...well, not really, if it's good, sign me up for being a muse...my heart might not take it if it's negative. HEH. LOLWUT? The girl was just fucked up though. I get where her indecision and wariness comes from but If someone betrays you once, it's their fault. If they betrays you twice, it's your fault. if it's the third time, that's stupidity and batshit crazy. The guy must have been crazy. And I don't make sense now. HAH. The first part were entertaining, I loved the heroine's monologue and her feistiness. The middle part was kinda annoying, I'm reading in the crack of dawn wanting to bitch slap the heroine and I'm like, just kiss and make up already! Damn these holier than thou acts, gurllll. Just stop it already and make out! The latter part was actually sweet but I seen it as a little anticlimactic...maybe I wanted more drama, I think? I have expected more...but didn't got what I wanted and got disappointed. That's the thing with letting your hopes high. I should've known better. HAH.

Looking forward for her next books though. :D
A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin 4.5 stars.

I'm so proud of myself for finally finishing this one...and I still have four more books to go, a lot thicker than the last and a novellas on the side as well. It took me almost a year before finally reading it until the end. Gods. I've been wanting to read this ever since I've watched the first episode of Game of Thrones season one...but been distracted with a lot of things back then--if it's not by another book, it's for the progress of my so called career and la-la-la's. So. Yeah. An epic tale isn't really my thing, although it's pretty obvious that I have liked the TV series so much (Yeah. Yeah. Bite me for being not aware of this until the TV series came. Heh.) because I am more fond of fast paced stories and my attention span isn't really that long, well, sometimes. It's one of the reason why it took me that long. And it's kinda frustrating that I have to reread it from the start when I've already been halfway through the novel because my brain stored it in my short term memory. Damn. Though that is not actually new. So. Yep.

I would not make a lengthy review for this one, a lot of A Song of Ice and Fire fans have already covered that. Heh. While, yes, it's too damn long for my liking and The devil is in the details, they say. A book this size has a lot of devils, any of which will bite you if you don't watch out. I really liked it as much as I have liked the TV series, but, thank the gods for small favors, for me, it's a good thing that they made the TV characters a little older compared to the book...still, it almost remained faithful to the plot.

I will read the next ones...how I wish it will not take me a year to finish the second one. Heh. :)
My Unexpected Forever (Beaumont, #2) - Heidi  McLaughlin 3.5 stars.

I wasn't supposed to finish this right away and was supposed to be like, um, a breather book from [b:A Game of Thrones|13496|A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)|George R.R. Martin|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1369520317s/13496.jpg|1466917]...but, what the heck, I finished this first when I promised that I'll finish GOT this time. Promises are indeed made to be broken. Well, some are. But, really, I'll get there eventually and really finish it this time.

So. Yeah. I actually forgot some of the details from the first book for this series, so, yeah, I was a little confused but eventually got right back on track of some sort...although I wasn't that attached to the characters. I liked the hero--this drummer may have this bad boy vibe going on with him but he's a softy, a loving dad and so damn romantic and a good person in general. And then there's the heroine. While I understand what she's going through and people do have different coping mechanisms and what not's...but, heck, I hated her for being so naive and not sorting her shit out. Their "problem" is kinda petty to me...but, what the heck, that's what the story comprises. The redeeming parts, which made me rated this as a 3.5 is the kids...and yep, the drummer. I always have a thing with drummers. HAHAHAHAHA. But, I liked how to author made that character and although I wanted to have the heroine to do some groveling first...I wanted to read the HEA at the same time and to..



...not that it has one here. Still.

HAH.

And now back to reading GOT and I have a few chapters left...
Unbroken - Melody Grace 3 stars.

Aside from friends-turned-to-lovers themed stories, I'm a sucker for past loves and second chances and ya-di-da's...and this novel has that kind of story.

And here is the part where I say, but...

I don't like the hero. His decision of letting go of the heroine is not considered, for me, as an act of selflessness and love...rather, it's stupidity. I'm not that satisfied on how it went out. I didn't appreciate the decisions made years before and the reason behind it. I guess, the redeeming quality for me is that I felt that heart pinching drama of heart aches and indecisiveness. I was actually teary-eyed. It would have been too good...if not for that reason. This novel kinda reminded me of the summer I turned pretty series, minus the love triangle between two brothers and a girl, the warmth of family love and friendship. The sickness is there but yep, cold and rigid family relationship present...and oh, a beach house.

I'm still giving this series a chance. I'm actually looking forward to that story between the heroine's best friend and her ex-boyfriend. I have a feeling there's something brewing between them, well, with the girl's side anyway...if it will be made. Heh. :)
Skip Beat!, Vol. 28 - Yoshiki Nakamura I have actually first watched the anime first (about four years ago) before reading finally it this year. We all are aware that the anime series and the manga have different pacing and there will be a little tweak here and there when it's finally in its anime form and there will always be this kind of cliffhanger especially if it's still an ongoing manga (which is evident in this case). I liked the heroine, Kyoko--all the things that she went through for the man she thought she loves and loved him back went down to the drain: the pain, loss and sense of revenge to get even with the guy. I liked her fierceness...although she's bitter, heck, her bitterness is actually hilarious but pitiful as well. It was fine...but I guess the thing that I have issues with mangas is its slow pacing. Still, I will read it...although not really religiously just like before. When the mood strikes me, I guess. My review is crap, I know.:D
Skip Beat!, Vol. 24 - Yoshiki Nakamura I have actually first watched the anime first (about four years ago) before reading finally it this year. We all are aware that the anime series and the manga have different pacing and there will be a little tweak here and there when it's finally in its anime form and there will always be this kind of cliffhanger especially if it's still an ongoing manga (which is evident in this case). I liked the heroine, Kyoko--all the things that she went through for the man she thought she loves and loved him back went down to the drain: the pain, loss and sense of revenge to get even with the guy. I liked her fierceness...although she's bitter, heck, her bitterness is actually hilarious but pitiful as well. It was fine...but I guess the thing that I have issues with mangas is its slow pacing. Still, I will read it...although not really religiously just like before. When the mood strikes me, I guess. My review is crap, I know.:D