Review: Crazy Messy BeautifulΒ 

Sorry im trying to be like Callie 😂

Title:  Crazy Messy Beautiful 

Author: Carrie Arcos

Genre: Fiction (ages 12 & up |grades 7 & up

Pages: 320 

Publisher: Philomel Books an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC Penguinteen.com

ISBN: 9780399175534

Synopsis:

When your namesake is Pablo Nerudaβ€”the greatest love poet of all timeβ€”finding β€œthe one” should be easy. After all, sixteen-year-old aspiring artist Neruda Diaz has been in love many times before. So it’s only a matter of time before someone loves him back.


Callie could be that someone. She’s creative and edgy, and nothing like the girls Neruda typically falls for, so when a school assignment brings them together, he is pleasantly surprised to learn they have a lot in common. With his true love in reach and his artistic ambitions on track, everything is finally coming together.

But as Neruda begins to fall faster and harder than ever before, he is blindsided by the complicated nature of loveβ€”and artβ€”in more ways than one. And when the relationships he’s looked to for guidance threaten to implode, Neruda must confront the reality that love is crazier, messier, and more beautiful than he ever realizedβ€”and riskier, too, than simply saying the words. (Courtney of goodreads)


RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5)

REVIEW

 This book is a contemporary work, I was never been found of contemporaries but this one made me love contemporaries. The way it was written is really impressive, I really love the author’s style on writing, such an easy read. You can finish the book in one sitting because the story is really interesting. I fell in love with the characters of Neruda and Callie immediately. Neruda is such a cute character specially Callie. The way the author connects Neruda’s character to the poet Neruda is such a magnificent thing. It made his character vividly beautiful and fascinating. Callie on the other side has an interesting character. 

This book is about friendship, love, family and art 💜. 

I don’t know how to start to review this but the book is really amazing. One thing I love about it is that it shows me how love changes people, how art give life to anything to anyone. A book full of art is so magnificent it gave. I am motivated by this book to do more art because since I went to college I’ve been busy and stop doing art but this book brought back the magic in me πŸ™‚ thank to the author for giving it back.

Well the setting is amazing, because I visited museum, I got to know Picasso, and other works of art specifically that museum Neruda and Callie had visited; yellow spaghetti is one of my fave moment because the picture was so vivid (well I have seen my best friend with a picture with that yellow spaghetti that the author was telling in the book that is why I’m very much happy about it because I finally travelled there.)

One of my favorite quotations is from Ezra about family. There are lot of things here that I can relate to which is great. 

About the ending, I’m satisfied how the story end it might not what others expected but I really think it’s the perfect ending for such a great story like this.

I’m trying my best not to say parts that might spoil you guys. I highly recommend this book to everyone. All of you should check out this book. 

This book was sent to me by the author; my rate/review has nothing to do with that. All the things I said about this book is genuinely true. 

Thank you so much Ms. Carrie for giving me a chance to read and review your book💋 
-MellanieAnnSDuque

Bullet journaling Β 📝

I never tried journaling to be exact Bullet Journaling.  Until I read many articles about bullet journaling which caught my attention. Bullet journal is a very fun thing to do plus it will help you organize lot of things, agendas, events, to do list, everything you can do. 

  I started my #BuJo first month of this year. At first I can’t express myself lol. I think my crafting talent is quite rusty now. Since I started college my time for doing crafts became limited because I have to pay attention with the college stuffs. Even my love for drawing, painting seems have flown away.. but my love for reading never fades. 

I have attached some of the parts of my #bujo not including my entry for the month of January (lol because it’s so embarrassing). Here are some of my entry for February.

February first page

On the first page I glued a page of book (angels and demons by Dan Brown) which I did a blackout poetry. And some old pages of news papers.



2nd page.

On this page the events for the month. Inside the hearts you can see the events.

Page 3 and 4


 These are two events last foundation day at our school. I’m a bit creative those days lol.

Page 5 and 6

Right is about my night out with my cousin at the carnival and I we had a blast. I haven’t been motivated to do the next page but hopefully this next weekend. πŸ™‚ Stand by for my next bullet journal post!

-MellanieAnnSDuque

Book mail!

last Valentine’s day I received my first book mail of the year and im so happy about it! Thank you penguin random house for sending!! 

Synopsis:
When your namesake is Pablo Nerudaβ€”the greatest love poet of all timeβ€”finding β€œthe one” should be easy. After all, sixteen-year-old aspiring artist Neruda Diaz has been in love many times before. So it’s only a matter of time before someone loves him back.

Callie could be that someone. She’s creative and edgy, and nothing like the girls Neruda typically falls for, so when a school assignment brings them together, he is pleasantly surprised to learn they have a lot in common. With his true love in reach and his artistic ambitions on track, everything is finally coming together.

But as Neruda begins to fall faster and harder than ever before, he is blindsided by the complicated nature of loveβ€”and artβ€”in more ways than one. And when the relationships he’s looked to for guidance threaten to implode, Neruda must confront the reality that love is crazier, messier, and more beautiful than he ever realizedβ€”and riskier, too, than simply saying the words. (Courtney of goodreads)



Review: Pachinko

Title: Pachinko

Author: Min Jin Lee

Genre: Historical Fiction. Culture. Literal fiction

Hardcover490 pages

Expected publication: February 7th 2017 by Grand Central Publishing

ISBN

 

1455563935 (ISBN13: 9781455563937
Edition Language

 

English 



About the Author:

Min Jin Lee went to Yale College where she was awarded both the Henry Wright Prize for Nonfiction and the James Ashmun Veech Prize for Fiction. She then attended law school at Georgetown University and worked as a lawyer for several years in New York prior to writing full time. 

Her debut novel FREE FOOD FOR MILLIONAIRES was a No. 1 Book Sense Pick, a NEW YORK TIMES Editor’s Choice, a WALL STREET JOURNAL Juggle Book Club selection, and a national bestseller; it was a Top 10 Novels of the Year for THE TIMES of London, NPR’s FRESH AIR and USA TODAY. FREE FOOD FOR MILLIONAIRES was also published in the U.K. (Random House, 2007), South Korea (Image Box Publishing) and Italy (Einaudi). 
She lives in Tokyo with her husband and son where she is working on her second novel PACHINKO. 
Synopsis:
A new tour de force from the bestselling author ofFree Food for Millionaires, for readers of The Kite Runnerand Cutting for Stone

Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. 

So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity. 
Rating: 5/5

Review: 
 This book is the first one I enjoyed reading this 2017 so far. I just can’t express how I was moved by the story. This book is about family that strive to live. The setting of the story will give you nostalgic feelings of the past whether you’ve leave from the past or not it can still make you a part of it. The characters in this book are (well a bit) problematic about living. While reading this I feel all the characters hardships, sorrows. I wanted to cry whenever they are so down. 
Some of the characters which has deformation in their features, I adore how they ignore the the stones that people throw onto them. I know leaving in this world can make you feel small specially of they see you different from them. Love that leaves all people broken; such a powerful thing to have and somehow dangerous too. This book shows how cruel the world is how it make people live miserable. A great eye opener to everyone that we can relate with the present life we have. As we know life offers us everything but somehow it destroys us too. Book about different personalities, the poor, the rich and all other people we met in life.
I highly recommend this book to everyone, this is such as inspiring book for everyone. A book full of lessons, struggles and fun about life. If you are planning to buy you won’t regret anything. 
-MellanieAnnSDuque

REVIEW: Sinking (Book 1 Sinking Trilogy)

Title: Sinking 
Author: Sarah Armstrong-Garner

Genre:  YA fantasy 

Pages: 271

Publisher: Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing, LLC 

ISBN: 978-1-943788-04-0


Synopsis:

 Jocelyn washes up on the shore of eighteen century Ireland, alone, naked, and missing all her memories. Taken in by a lonely old woman full of plots and schemes for the lovely yet enigmatic creature, Jocelyn knows only one thing. She longs for the sea with every ounce of her being. Yet it tried to kill her.

Aidan Boyd loves two things. His ship and the sea. When Jocelyn is thrust upon his vessel in the midst of his superstitious crew, he finds himself intoxicated by her-willing to give up everything for her. He soon finds her cannot live without her.

But something holds Jocelyn back. The whisper of another’s love. The embrace of water. Does she belongs to his world? Or could Jocelyn possibly be from the sea?



Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(5/5)



Review:
   If you fall in love book with pretty covers you better check this one the cover is really stunning and so does the whole concept of it. I have read many YA Fantasies before but I could say this one is different, though some parts are predictable, the author still managed to make everything enjoyable. No parts in this book made me bored or slump-ish because honestly once you started reading it yyou’ll finish it in one sitting. (If I wasn’t that busy I had finished it immediately.) 

  The main characters as well as the others are very entertaining specifically Jocelyn. Her whole character is mysterious and strong.  Some guys which I hated so much for being bossy (lol). 

This book is about love, self knowing and lots of stuff. I don’t know but the author made me fall in love with the sea though I fear to swim. Read this book and appreciate magnificent places and all the fantastic creatures of the ocean And all the sunken treasures of it.  

I am looking forward to read the sequel of this book and drift away with Jocelyn. The language that is used in this book is really great, old but still beautiful. The setting was really captivating. 

I highly recommend this to all fantasy lovers. I guarantee that you will enjoy it!.


-MellanieAnnS.Duque

Review: About a DogΒ 

Title: About a Dog
Author: Richard Bloss

Genre: chapter book
Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers LTD.

ISBN: 978-1786296368

Synopsis: 

Falling in love is never easy. True love is involuntary. We love because we have to, not because we want to. For middle-aged Richard, the last thing on his mind was to fall in love with a little puppy that he never wanted in the first place.

But life has its own humour. “About A Dog” is a dry, cynical, black, intensively funny, day to day account of how a little dog callBarney somehow becomes Richard’s best buddy, his soul mate, that opens a door to a new universe of affection.

“About A Dog” is a story for every dog lover – and for all those that would like to be. It is a journey about all of us, in our relationships, our life situations, where – in smiling and laughing at Barney – we can look at ourselves.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Review:

 I found this book very entertaining. A perfect book not only for dog lovers but to all pet persons. Enjoy reading Richard’s journey with his pets and how they enjoyed each other’s company. There are many points here that is really relatable. It really did made me smile, laugh and nod while reading it. Which will surely give you throwback thoughts about your hard times with your goofy pets. 

It is also perfect for those you just got their pest recently. The book is amazing it can be your guide to a perfect relationship with your dogs, cats what ever pet you have. 

After reading this I have truly understand how pets changes humans, they become part of our lives, they provide happiness and sorrows somehow but being a pet owner is a great thing!

Fall in love with this amazing book! After reading this book you will definitely love your pets even more! I highly recommend this to all. If you are a patent with a kid which a big fond of animals this is a nice book to read to them. This book can provide learning for everyone, we may have different styles and taste when it comes to animals but we should always know their importance in our life. Most of the time they provide company and give love that we don’t usually get back from people around us!  

So, start reading the book and understand your pets more!


-MellanieAnnS.Duque

Review: Ashes to Ashes


Title: Ashes to Ashes 

Author: Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Genre: Romance, Fantasy Paranormal Fiction 

Publisher: Simon and Schuster 

ISBN: 978-1-4424-4082-1

Synopsis:

New Year’s Eve ended with a bang and Mary, Kat and Lillia may not be prepared for what is to come.
After Rennie’s death, Kat and Lillia try to put the pieces together of what happened to her. They both blame themselves. If Lillia hadn’t left with Reeve… If Kat had only stayed with Rennie… Things could have been different. Now they will never be the same.
Only Mary knows the truth about that night. About what she is. She also knows the truth about Lillia and Reeve falling in love, about Reeve being happy when all he deserves is misery, just like the misery he caused her. Now their childish attempts at revenge are a thing of the past and Mary is out for blood. Will she leave anything in her wake or will all that remain be ashes? 
Courtesy of Goodreads


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Review:

I’ve been a big fan of this Trilogy (burn for burn) Han and Vivian are great authors. I can’t explain my feelings about this book but it’s great. Really great to read. The whole concept the book is very interesting, friendship, love, family, and revenge this book is made up.

I wanted to thank the authors for making amazing characters like Cho, Kath, Mary.  Kath the wild one, I love Kath’s personality she’s such a strong personality; Lilia Cho the cutest one (for me she’s the cutest) she’s such a doll I cried for the times she’s in trouble i really did!. And Mary, the wicked one ( I won’t crack any clues so you’ll die wondering about her lol). Mary is the most mysterious of all the characters in the book. It really made me wonder all the way which made me want to finish the whole trilogy. I’m still curious how did these authors come up with the idea with Mary’s character. I just hate that I fall in love with Reeve and Lilia the n voila 😂 

If you are planning to read the book I’m telling you, it’s worth reading for.💜   Prepare yourself to dive in to Jar Island, you will definitely hate some of the characters but in the end you’ll surely miss their presence.  

This book is phenomenal. I just can’t believe it has to end. 

I highly recommend it to all of you ! Specifically those who are experiencing anxieties, self-pity, depression. Once you started the first book you’ll beg for more. (Swear you that!)

Christmas Book Haul!

Hello everyone! Happy Holidays to all! Sending you tight warm hugs and kisses! 

Sorry for being MIA here on the blog. Life has been busy, currently I’m on my last semester for my last year in college.  I’m teaching grade 8 and grade 9 English. Being a teacher is so fun though I always go home exhausted. But I still managed to post on my Instagram account @no.shelf.control

 I have also received review copies lately and I’m still waiting for the others. (I’ll post them soon)

A few weeks before Christmas day I received bookish presents from my cousin. I was too eager to open them all which i end up opening 4 books she sent me. She sent me 9 book in total, tote bags, nail polishes, coloring books, bookmarks and many more! 

Here are the books she sent me:

I’m beyond happy for everything she sent me specially the hardbound copy Six of Crows. Why? Because here in the Philippines I haven’t yet spotted a hardbound copy of it. The paperback is not worth for buying tho.

THANK YOU SO MUCH ATE (ate is a word we use to show politeness to girl who is older than us/sister) KAREN FOR THE STUFF YOU SENT ME. I LOVE YOU! 

Review: You Know Me Well

Title: You Know Me Well

Authors: David Levithan and Nina LaCour

Genre: Romance 

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin 

ISBN: 978-1-250-10332-1 (international edition)

Copyright Β© 2016


Synopsis: 

   Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but their paths outside of class have never crossed.

   That is, until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend, Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

   When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other – and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐



Review:

     First, I would start on how the story was told. The story was told by the two main characters Mark and Kate which I believe very effective to make the readers understand well what kind of characters they are.

This book is about possibilities in everything we have relationships with friends, dreams and many more. How much can we take for the sake of love and friendship. This book will make you realize about many things, relate with the characters and all the challenges they have gone through. 

Prepare yourself to be drown by Marks sad life and how long can he hold on with his best friend which for long he have loved ever since. And Kate, as she fight for what she is.

The whole concept of the book is very seasonal which perfectly fit the kind of community we have now… a different kind of novel about LGBTQ+ (which we all know Levithan is a genius when writing a different flavor of novels). I have read some of the books of David before so far I never felt bored nor dissatisfied about them and to Nina, I’m looking forward to read more of her books. Until know I just can’t stop thinking about the ending (no spoilers so just purchase the book and read it at your own risk).

Read this book and find yourself and true happiness for the people around you… an epic read from amazing authors.. if you are planning to read the book prepare yourselves on asking for more…
-MellanieAnnS.Duque

Review: Jodie’s Adventure with Auntie Ann


Title: Jodie’s Adventures with Auntie Ann

Author: Annie S. P. Glynn 

Genre: Picture Book

ISBN: 978-1786128386

Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers LTD.
Synopsis

 Join Jodie and Auntie Ann on six charming tales of friendship and adventure.

In Jodie’s Ester, the characters explore Arthur’s Seat, before making some beautiful cakes.

Meanwhile Jodie and Ryan’s Visit to the Park sees the gang discovering a group of tadpoles in the local pond.

In the following tale Jodie visits the pet shop, and is amazed at the variety of beautiful aninashe sees. Which pet will she choose to take home?


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐


Review:

This book is full of amazing adventures of Jodie with beautiful and colorful pictures that will surely capture the readers… this book is perfect for kids who loves adventures and discovery!  Jodie’s Adventure with Auntie Ann is indeed beautiful, which educates the reader the good things about adventure; it will bring you(as a parent) and your children back from your past adventures which can provide a perfect bonding for the both of you!…