bookmail from ate Karen (unboxing)

Hullooooooo!!!! It’s been a few months since the last time I posted on my blog. I’ve been busy at work and reviewing but thank God I passed the Licensure Examination! (Yay!). I’ve been missing blogging and bookstagam community so much. Unfortunately, my busy schedule won’t let me post as regularly as before. But! But! Will surely try my best to post as often as I can 🙂
Last November I received a package from my cousin Karen . I already uploaded an unboxing video on my YouTube channel and if you’re interested to watch my video (and see my awkwardness and funny face) go check it out! But since I have a blog I wanted to share you personally some photos of the stuff I received since some things might not be seen on my video.

Here are some of the books I got, most of them are wrapped with these colorful-cute gift wraps. I can’t stop looking on them. Made a big effort stopping myself not to open them but my mum also insisted that I should unwrapped them on Christmas day. Haha but I’ll see! 

Some of the books she sent me is Just Another Girl I guess it’s a contemporary! You know contemporaries are really good to read to setup your mood on a tough week and another gem Under the Never Sky.

And here’s a cute bag which I’ve been using since the day it came. I just love the design!

Some beauty products that im really digging to use for the whole year. I never been so into beauty products before but im thankful to ate Karen for poking my inner girly side 😉

So this box includes a cute panda socks, a handful of bookmarks, note pads which are really adorable, and sickers!

And of course my fave book by my fave writer/playwright im very very much happy with my new edition copy of works of Shakespeare.

And a bunch of Arc copies which im about to use for my blank poetry. (Idk if im right with that term tho lol)

Two packs of tea; im freaking enjoying these two!

A peak of these teas. Its a hand blended teas from canada.

That’s all for today I hope you guys enjoy reading my content. More post coming in a couple of days so stay tuned. Don’t forget to give this a like and comment down your questions and suggestions. Thank you!

-MellanieAnnDuque

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REVIEW: Things That Happened Before The Earthquake

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TITLE: Things That Happened Before the Earthquake

AUTHOR: Chiara Barzini

GENRE: Fiction

PUBLICATION DATE: August 15, 2017

PUBLISHER: Doubleday Books

ISBN: 978-0-385-54227-2

PAGES: 320 pages

 

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synopsis

Mere weeks after the 1992 riots that laid waste to Los Angeles, Eugenia, a typical Italian teenager, is rudely yanked from her privileged Roman milieu by her hippieish filmmaker parents and transplanted to the strange suburban world of the San Fernando Valley. With only the Virgin Mary to call on for guidance as her parents struggle to make it big, Hollywood fashion, she must navigate her huge new public high school, complete with Crips and Bloods and Persian gang members, and a car-based environment of 99-cent stores and obscure fast-food franchises and all-night raves. She forges friendships with Henry, who runs his mother’s movie memorabilia store, and the bewitching Deva, who introduces her to the alternate cultural universe that is Topanga Canyon. And then the 1994 earthquake rocks the foundations not only of Eugenia’s home but of the future she’d been imagining for herself.  (courtesy of Goodreads.com)

RATING: 4/5

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REVIEW:

 

I have read bunch of books before and Things That Happened Before the Earthquake is one of those books I enjoyed reading; a very intriguing story of a young girl Eugenia. For me reading this book is such an extraordinary experience. It talks about different topics which I think really diverse; social differences, families, friends and self-finding. There is something with the first chapter that got me hooked with the whole story, I mean, Eugenia is such an interesting character! She was careless for the world was cruel for her. They moved to LA and everything in her life started to change. Her personality and her story is something that everyone should know. She is the BEST representation for those teens who lost their way in our society, those who tries to find themselves and wants to express who they really are. At the same time, she seeks attention and love from the people around her specially from her own family. What makes me cry is when the time she asked, why can’t her family be like the other families? It really hurts like hell for me at that point; I felt all the emotions of the character.

There is some point in this book that you will feel down, happy, angry and so many other emotions. The author’s way of describing each scene is really vivid and the characters are really amazing. I love how the author makes everything in this book so natural in real life which you will find so relatable and will keep you reading it until the end. I have learned so much from this book about friendships, family values, happiness; self-finding which Eugenia often struggles about. I know she’s not that perfect character for everyone but her story is worth reading! There are lot of lessons in life here. I love how imperfect each character is and how they find happiness out of those flaws they have; this reminds us to love ourselves infinitely.

One thing I slightly dislike about the book is that it took time before the earthquake happened. (lol) but anyway I love everything that happened after that EARTHQUAKE, it was so perfect. Those parts really mark on my mind and makes me realize many things like we take things for granted most of the time. We humans only see the value of a thing/ when it’s already gone; this book reminds us to be intact with our family. Their return to their home country signifies “THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME” we may find ourselves happy in a strange place, there will always a time you’ll find yourself longing for HOME.

All in all, I love this book. I highly recommend it to all

rchace

 

-MELLANIEANNSDUQUE

 

 

BOOKMAIL📫 | HMH

Last Thursday I have received a book mail from HMH. They sent one of my anticipated read this year! Thank you so much for sending HMH! If you want to know what HMH sent me you can watch my video on my channel for more updates you can follow me on my Instagram @no.shelf.control 

Review: Tash Hearts Tolstoy 

TITLE: Tash Hearts Tolstoy 

AUTHOR: Kathryn Ormsbee 

IMPRINT: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 

ON SALE DATE: 6/6/17

ISBN: 978-1-4814-8933-1

FORMAT: Hardcover 

AGES: 14 up

PAGES: 384

Synopsis:

   VIR(TU)ALLY YOURS

After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight; She’s gone viral. 

   Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina-written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver *the best web series ever* 

   And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award. Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Cause; a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL-if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

   Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐(4/5)



Review:

   I’ve read a lot of romance novels before, and I’ve been so picky about romance books; Tash Hearts Tolstoy is one of my newest favorite romance novels this year! 

   If you are looking for a light and easy read for summer this one is for you! The story is really cute! I just love everything about this book. 

   First the cover, it’s really adorable the color used for the cover is so stunning, it’s pretty much simple but looks cute! plus say hi to the guy on the cover (Leo Tolstoy). The story is about a girl who loves Tolstoy she literally talks to her Tolstoy posters (that’s so cute!) She got recognized for her Unhappy Families YouTube series which shocks her and everything quite change. She felt pressured about things.

   It also talks about family, I like Tash’s family it wasn’t perfect like everyone have but they are so cute together. 

   Tash is really a lovely girl; jolly and do everything for the things that makes her happy and that’s what I love about her! 

   It also talks about happines, the real meaning of happiness. I made me realize a lot of this like in order to have genuine happiness we should first be true to ourselves and that what we really call BLISS.

   The friendship of Tash, Paul and Jake is really unbreakable. They support each other no matter. 

   (I wanted to talk about more about this book but I’m afraid I might spoil you all hehe.)

   All in all I love the book and I highly recommend it to all. I hope you love it too! 

Posting my review on YouTube this weekend! Watch out for it! 


-MellanieAnnSDuque
  

BOOK MAIL 📫 | HARPER COLLINS INTERNATIONAL 

Synopsis:

Mark and Giulia’s life together as a fairy tale romance. They fell in love at eighteen, got married at twenty-one, and started their dream life in San Francisco soon after. But when Giulia was twenty-seven, she suffered a terrifying and unexpected psychotic break that landed her in psych ward for nearly a month. One day she was vibrant and well adjusted; the next, she was delusional and suicidal, convinced that her loved ones were not safe.

Eventually, Giulia fully recovered and the couple had a son. Soon after Jonas was born, Giulia had another breakdown, and then a third a few years after that. The couple’s life were pushed to the edge of the abyss, and everything they had once taken for granted was upended.


Huge thanks to HarperCollinsInternational for sending me this book! You can also watch my short unboxing video on my channelBookmail from Harper Collins http://youtu.be/uSYqEdD5i5M

-mellanie

BOOKMAIL📫| DOUBLEDAY BOOKS

Earlier this morning I was handling my I.D to my mum just in case there’s a bookmail coming today and then she asked me “how on earth did you know something is coming?” “I just feel it” I said to her while laughing.  So, it poured so hard that is why I stayed home and cancelled my agenda today..and luckily a book mail came!! 

Here’s the book I got today from Penguin Random House and Doubleday books. Thank you so much for sending!  💕

About the book:

Title: Things That Happened Before The Earthquake 

Author: Chiara Barzini 

Synopsis:

Mere weeks after the 1992 riots that laid waste Los Angeles, Eugenia, a typical Italian teenager, is rudely yanked from her privileged Roman milieu by her hippie-ish filmmaker parents and transplanted to the strange suburban world of the San Francisco Valley. With only the Virgin Mary to call on for guidance as her parents struggle to make it big, Hollywood fashion, she must navigate her huge new public high school, complete with Crips and Bloods and Persian gang members, and a car-based environment of 99-cent stores and obscure fast-food franchises and all-night raves. She forges friendships with Henry, who runs his mother’s movie memorabilia store, and the bewitching Deva, who introduces her to the alternate cultural universe that is Topanga Canyon. And then the 1994 earthquake rocks the foundations not only of Eugenia’s home but the future she’d been imagining for herself. 

About the author 

CHIARA BARZINI is an Italian screen and friction writer. She has lived and studied in the United States, where she collaborated with Italian Vanity Fair, GQ, XL Repubblica, Italian Rolling Stone, Flair, and Marie Claire, while writing essays for American publications such as The Village Voice, Harper’s, Vogue, Interview, VICE and Rolling Stone. Her fiction has appeared in BOMB, The Coffin Factory, NOON, The New York Tyrant, VICE, and Dazed & Confused. She is the author of the story collection Sister Stop Breathing. 

Website: chiarabarzini.com

Twitter: @chiarabarzini

Instagram: @chiarabarzini

Facebook: chiara.barzini

-MellanieAnnSDuque