BOOKMAIL!

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!  πŸ’•

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

REVIEW: One of Us is LyingΒ 

Title: One of Us Is Lying 

Author: Karen M. McManus

Pages: 368

Genre: Fiction 

Publication date: May 30, 2017

Publisher: Delacorte Press

ISBN: 978-1-5247-1468-0



Synopsis:

Pay close attention and you might solve this.


On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.



Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5)

Review:

Mystery books are one of the genres I just love to read. Why you ask? Because they’re intriguing and captivating. There are puzzles to solve and as a reader, I get to play Sherlock Holmes piecing together clues, thinking about possibilities and drawing my own conclusions. Doesn’t that sounds thrilling?

I have read various mystery books before which I have enjoyed reading, but this one is different usually take a few chapters or so before something really good happens that seals the deal, but the author doesn’t beat around the bush just to make the story line longer than necessary. In fact, she drops the ball from the very first page. BAM! you’re hooked…and I was.  

As readers, we all have our own favorite genres, writing styles, and reading habits. Personally, I’m not too fond of dual or multiple POVs  Every character has their own chapters which I found a little frustrating because I wanted to read my favorite character’s side most of the time. Some character POVs just weren’t that interesting. Nevertheless, I think this writing style is a good way for the readers to have an understanding of each character’s personality.  

On the first part of the book the main characters were introduced; Bronwyn the Brain, Addy the Beauty, Nate the Criminal, Cooper the Athlete, and Simon the Outcast. Each of these characters are flawed to some extent harboring secrets they don’t want people to know. When Simon dies, each of them become suspects…but only one is lying. Deep in misery, these characters all begin to publicize their darkest secrets until the truth is finally unveiled.   

Apart from the mystery, the suspense and the thrill, I love that this book is about discovering that you can actually become friends with those you normally gossip about through unexpected scenarios in our lives. The people who we least expect to be our friends actually are the ones who sometimes end up sticking by our side through the rough times.One of Us is Lying is a story about acceptance and forgiveness. The characters are flawed and so are we. No one is perfect and we all make mistakes. We keep secrets because we think it’s safer to do. But we should all remember that nothing will remain a secret forever. The truth always comes out no matter what we do. It’s best to just accept and do what is right even though the right thing can be scary. 

I highly recommend this book to everyone, you should all read this and be in love with all the characters villain or not.. it turns out my guess about who did the crime was right…read the book and let’s talk soon!πŸ˜‰

MellanieAnnSDuque

REVIEW: I Believe In A Thing Called Love

Title: I Believe In A Thing Called Love 

Author: Maurene Goo

Publisher: Margaret Ferguson Books

Publication date: May 30, 2017

Genre: Fiction (Contemporary, Romance, Ya)

Ages: 14-18

Pages: 336

ISBN: 978-0-374-30404-1



Synopsis:

​Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and has never had a B in her entire life. She’s for sure going to Stanford. Butβ€”she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation-magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for yearsβ€”where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her β€œK Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakosβ€”and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐(4/5)


Review: 

  Everyone seems to be so addicted with Kpop, and Kdramas including me. Kpop, Kdrama and other Korean stuff are really fun to watch, listen and learn! They do have that magic to persuade their audience. Since I was born in Korea, I grew up learning about Korean culture and learned how to speak basic words. I eventually became a big fan of Kdramas, so when I heard about this book… my world suddenly stopped. I was beyond ecstatic… I mean who wouldn’t be thrilled to read a book inspired by Kdramas?

   I’ve never tried to read books inspired by Kdramas before, so I’m not really sure what to expect. However, the whole concept of first love in this book, which the author links with Korean Dramas, is intriguing and really unique that will make the reader go gaga over it. In fact, if you’re a big fan of Kdramas, I suggest you check this out 100%… Don’t even think about. Plus, look at that cover! It’s so pretty and I love the colors!! 

   Let’s talk about the main character, Desi is such a cute girl. She’s so pretty and sweet though she’s also a disaster, in the book she doesn’t have luck when it comes to boys even though people see her so perfect because she’s one of the top in her class, she work so hard for things because she wanted to be like her mum, to make her dad proud. She is also funny! On the other hand, is her night shining armour; oh my! I really love him! He’s so cute! He’s one of my fictional crush now (here). 

  What I love about this books is the bond Desi and her dad. They are really adorable, though Desi grew up without her mum her dad managed to make Desi a good kid, I salute him for that! And the author for creating such inspiring character like Desi and her Dad. I know being a single parent specially if your kid is a girl and you are a dad it’s hard to take care your child… plus Desi’s friends they are really amazing! Makes me miss my best friend even more when I read this one.

  One thing I slightly disapproved about it is that some words like nuts, crazy is used in the book quite often which I believe not okay with readers who have anxieties just like my friend. It would be a little stressful for them if they read those words.

  But over all I did love reading it, it was an easy read! It was really enjoyable!;) A total diverse book because Desi’s parents are from different parts of the globe.

   If you love k dramas I guarantee you’ll love this too!

MellanieAnnSDuque

Happy Release Day!

I just realized i wrote the words on the wrong hand 😂

Happy book birthday THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS BY EMILY BARR! 

I am definitely excited about this release, for those who hasn’t read it yet go grab your copy now! My review is also live on my blog! Go check it out!

Plus they made a trailer for the book’s release today The One Memory of Flora Banks Trailer

 Have a nice day everybody!!


-MellanieAnnSDuque

REVIEW: THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS

Title: The One Memory of Flora Banks

Author: Emily Barr

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Philomel books

Publication date: May 2, 2017

Pages: 304

ISBN: 9780-399-54701-0


Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life. 


With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)


Review: 

   Technically the book has been out in UK for a few weeks or so but this will be released on May 2, 2017 (Monday). And I’m so happy to have the opportunity to be able to read it first before anyone could.

   Honestly speaking, I don’t know what to expect about this book but i have that feeling that it will end good; not to mention that very intriguing blurb it has… which the main character has sorta memory impairment (in other words amnesia). I have read a lot of books before but I never encountered characters in that kind of situation; which I found very interesting…

   I’m not being overacting but the first chapter of this book is already good to set up your mood (maybe just mine but I’m sure it’ll work on you too!) this is the first book that I have read that really made me go read it all the way to end. I know it’s really hard to look for books that you’ll enjoy from its first page to last but this one is the one! Maybe it has to do with the character Flora Banks. 

   Flora is the main character on this book, I just love everything about her. Her whole personality makes her so perfect despite of all the things that she lacks of. I found her funny and very interesting to be a friend. Also, I adore how she managed to deal with all the changes around her in spite of her condition. Well, I don’t have any trouble with all the other characters they are all amazing! And so there’s a few that I hate Flora’s parents (I’ll keep this as a cliff hanger lol. You better read the book to find out).

   But one thing I don’t like about this book is that it’s like your running into circles.. literally I got a little annoyed about being in that phase over and over again but I still managed to read it and enjoy it until end. Besides that’s main concept of the story…

  The One Memory of Flora Banks is about friendship; which shows what is the real meaning of it by forgiving despite of all the things happened between Flora and Paige (her best friend). Love, which at first Flora was quite unreasonably in love with a guy she just kissed once.. it’s all about finding the best in yourself, proving the things that you can do to the people who doesn’t believe in you…and also fear that make us people fragile…

And finally, I want to express how much I adore Flora and her brother’s love for each other. They are perfect siblings!. His letter for Flora made my heart hurts a million times. 

This book should be read by everyone, it’s a really touching and inspiring novel…how Flora faced her fears, she traveled all by herself and I salute her for that!

Please do check this out! I know you’re gonna love it as much as I did!

(This is all I could say about the book at least the the only things I need to tell because I don’t want to spoil anyone.)

MellanieAnnS.Duque

Books for reviewΒ 

​THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS ( MAY 2, 2017)

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life. 


With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

-posting my review tomorrow!
-MellanieAnnSDuque

Review: The Red Sun


Title: The Red Sun

Author: Alane Adams

Genre: fiction 

Publisher: SparkPress, a BookSparks imprint, A division of SparkPoint Studio, LLC Temple, Arizona, USA, 85281

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ISBN: 978-1-940716-24-4



Synopsis: 

Sam Baron is about to get the shock of his life. First his substitute English teacher claims to have turned his old teacher into a lizard; then a strange dwarf bamed Registered arriveand claims Sam is from a magical realm called Orkney. When his friends are taken prisoner, it’s up to Sam to save them.

Sam embarks on a journey to Orkney through a stonefire to find his friends, but when he arrives, he discovers that an ancient curse has turned the sun a poisonous red and threatens to destroy the land. With only young witch girl to guide him, Sam must choose: save his friends, or stop the red sun from consuming the land?

Drawing on Norse mythology, The Red Sun follows Sam’s journey to uncover the truth about his past-a journey during which he has to overcome the simmering anger inside of him, learn to channel his growing magical powers, and find a way to forgive the father who left him behind.


As you can see i have portrait the cover design of the book which is the red sun to be particular.


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)


Review:

     The Red Sun is the first mythology novel I have read that’s why when I received it was too eager to start it. But first let me talk about the cover, the cover is one of the stunning covers I have ever seen! In fact it is one of my favorites now! If you love cover buying or you do cover buys this one is for you. I’m not telling that the cover is the only thing that makes this book interesting… but I swear if you will read the synopsis you’ll be convinced to read it to!. The cover is really eye catching which really a big factor for this book… I love the colors used and the tiny details that are on it, it’s really enchanting! I really hope they publish a hardbound soon…

  Since I am not that familiar with Norse mythology it just add up the excitement for me to read it, giving me all the hype! The prologue is really satisfying, like something you know you’ll enjoy until it’s last page..

Well the characters are all amazing! They are really interesting to be with fun personalities, and the settings are really breathtaking specifically Orkney. It was vividly shown on the book. I am really amazed how the author managed to make a fantastic world like that! It was like experiencing Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter at the same time… since it’s a book for middle schoolers I would say this is a right selection for your child if you are a parent. The book is not just about magic and traveling but it shows so much lessons about family, friendship, trust, self knowing and learning what is good and not..

Forgive me I’m really having trouble fishing the right words to describe such good book like this, it’s really hard to explain but I really do enjoyed reading it all the way to the end… plus I’m being extra careful with what I was telling on this book review to avoid spoiling you from everything! 

If you are planning to read this book you are on the right track! I assure you this book is really great to read! You should prepare yourselves to enter the world of magic, darkness and many more! 

This is the kind of book that will make you laugh and scream out loud because of so much emotions it will give you while reading it! It was like watching your favorite show and acting like you’re one of the cast. (Oh my I wish I was one of the characters)
I highly recommend this to all who love mythology! The book is a great passage to a fantastic world you haven’t seen before! I bet at the end you’ll end up uttering magic spells like me too! Plus there are lots of characters you’d wish you were them. 

PS. I end up doing face painting to portrait some of them πŸ˜‰

Go check out and read now!



MellanieAnnSDuque 

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Review: Holding Up the UniverseΒ 

Title: Holding Up the Universe 

Author: Jennifer Niven

Genre: Romance Fiction 

Pages: 387

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

ISBN: 978-1-524-71320-1


Synopsis:

EVERYONE THINKS RHEY KNOW LIBBY STROUT. The girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Since her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. I know the past I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do everything.
Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the art of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his own brain n so he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game-which lands them in group counseling-Libby and Jack are both angry, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5)


Review:

This I the first Niven book, I haven’t read AtBP before. And it took me a while to pick this up. I bought the book last December 2016 but I read it March of this year. 

I have heard so much good things about HUTU. Until I started reading it it became clear to me how beautiful this book is.

Let me start with the characters, Libby is such a cute girl; I love everything about her in fact i see myself to her in different ways.  Jack is such amazing man and his personality quite surprised me when I turned to read each chapters. I just can’t describe how attached am I with the characters of this book specifically Libby. 

This book is about finding and loving yourself, friendship, fun, bullying.

Yes, the book discussed about bullying which for me is really amazing. Why? Because it shows how can bullying changes or ruins the person being bullied. This book is a big shout out for those who are afraid to speak up for themselves. 

I found the story really relating because I’ve been bullied when I was in high school. I guess me and Libby see High School as the worst time in our lives and of course it has still fun sides…

I am really happy to read such book like this, It literally made me feel loved and belong… I did enjoy reading it the whole time. 

If you are planning to read HUTU I guarantee you you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!… I don’t know but all I can say about this book is that it’s beyond great.. everything seems to be perfect. I love how Ms. Niven pictured all the things happens around us. A really inspiring and moving read…

Such an easy read you could finish it in one sitting without any hustle. A must read for teen who are being bullied. The book made me realize that no matter how much trouble we are experiencing we shouldn’t let these stop us from doing what we love. Though, we all know, in this world, people throw stones that happens to hurt us so much. Loving ourselves is the only key to be happy, being contented to what we have and what we are is the best and of course being sensitive enough for others feelings.

This book have thought me so much lessons.. I would highly recommend this to all, especially to parents and teachers… this book could be a guide to stop bullying..

Let us stop bullying and make everyone feel wanted.💙💙💙

This book has touched my heart and soul so much.

-MellanieAnnSDuque




REVIEW: Lost NowhereΒ 

Title: Lost Nowhere 

Author: Phoebe Garnsworthy

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy 

ISBN: 0-9954119-9-9


Synopsis:
Lily doesn’t like change although it seems to follow her everywhere she goes: change of heart, change of school, change of friends. 

She does a pretty good job at rejecting it every chance she gets, but when she stumbled upon an enchanted world full of crystal stone beaches, mermaids, and witches, everything moves faster than she can even perceive possible. And no one seems to be bothered by it! She has two choices-stay in misery on her own, or learn hot to surrender. 


Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐


Review:

My first impression about this book is that it’s a magical read; which is 100% yes.

This book is about a father and a daughter; the daughter experiences some sort of anxiety. 

The characters are good, though at some parts you might hate Lily (the daughter). But you’ll be amazed how wild her imagination is. I myself was awe how the author make this book, everything in this book enchanting and really interesting… the world the author have created is indeed fantastic. 

Mermaids, witches, and anything that is magical will surely stops your world and make you read it slowly to dive into these breathtaking places you are about to travel with the characters in this book.

There are points in this book that will reminds you about the adventure of Alice in the Wonderland. I love how the author come up with that idea on how Lily discovered the places.. 

The book is really amazing! If you have read fantasies before, this one is different it will surely me you go wild and dream it every night; a story that will surely linger for so long.  Really magical and vividly written. I love the whole concept of this book, this should be read by middle graders. 

Though the book is full of magic that will surely supply all your imagination needs. But what makes this very interesting is that I teaches lessons to everyone who will read it. You will learn to love yourself, forgive and move on. 

I love how an enchanting read teachers a lesson at the same time. A very wonderful book that you can relate to. 

-MellanieAnnSDuque

#InternationalWomensDay

β–ͺβ–«

we are all born

so beautiful 

the greatest tragedy is

being convinced we are not -Rupi Kaur

β–ͺβ–«
As a celebration of #InternationalWomensDay I wrote an essay… 

   In the eyes of the Almighty God we are all born equal. Boys, girls everyone. Being a girl isn’t as easy as others may thought; in this world people throw rocks that happens to break us. Women are born equally though we vary in different ways. Eyes; blue, black, green and brown. Short and long hair. And sometimes we are being judged by the color of our skin. They see whites as superior while blacks are not. Let us not be selective on people we care for no matter what color our skin is we are still human beings.  I myself has a fair complexion for my great grandparents in both sides are Spanish. I may have a pale skin that everyone might adore to have. Though my skin is pale I still have this flaws I’ll forever be hated; my freckles are starting to show now, from my cheeks to my nose and down to my collar bone. Sometimes I hated everything about me. Feeling insecure about the things you wanted to change. But in the end I have in carve to my mind that these flaws makes us beautiful; Perfectly imperfect. Everyday we should always remember that we are all beautiful and we have the power to change everything around us. Don’t let other break you instead gather these stones to build stairs to achieve are dreams. Be proud to be a woman! 

Greeting every song woman of the world a happy #InternationalWomensDay 
-Mellanie Ann S. Duque