Sunday, February 28, 2016

Songs To Get Over You (Playlist 2)

It's harder to get over someone who was never really yours.

They say rock stars get all the girls. But Miki knows that's not always true. He, for one, though the guitarist of popular indie band Trainman, just can't seem to get the girl. It's kind of his fault, really. No one told him to fall in love with Jill. No one told him to stand still and watch as she moved on from a terrible breakup into the arms of another guy - a Japanese celebrity with the face of an angel and the body of a god.

So when someone else comes along, someone who finds him cute, smart, and funny (sometimes in the haha sort of way), will Miki finally move on?
Or will he continue to pine for Jill?

Bookish Diaries BOOK TOURS

Title: Songs To Get Over You
Author: Jay E Tria
Published: February 29 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Hi! I'm a writer of contemporary 
Young Adult and New Adult romance. 
These days I'm writing paranormal/fantasy too,
and it's a fun exercise.
I'm often inspired by daydreams,
celebrity crushes,
a childhood fascination of Japanese drama and manga,
and an incessant itch to travel.

Official site:

Songs to Get Over You

That Thing Called Closure
Also by Jay:
Blossom Among Flowers
Amazon || Buqo || Kobo || B&N

Songs of Our Breakup



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Oh... my God.
(I'm happy I swear)

This gave me such feels! I loved the way it was written, so beautiful with that really weird and breathtaking way the author has with creating her stories. She has a certain style that I've seen so far, and it paints these beautiful moments in my head, even with things as simple and complicated as love. Or in Miki's case, getting over it.

I met him in Songs of Our Breakup (Jill's story) as the supportive BFF and later revealed unrequited love. </3 I so wanted to see him have a HEA and when this came out, I was so ecstatic and relieved! And then I read this and that excitement turned into something more bittersweet.

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If you've read the first one, you know that he loves Jill and needs to get over her with another, right? I knew that. I expected it. And yet it still hurt reading about Ana trying so stubbornly hard to catch his eye when it just as stubbornly refused to refocus on something he needed rather than something he wanted. The whole thing was perfect with Miki's POV, with his talks to his band mates / friends about pining over a taken girl and constantly ruining it for someone who wants to be their one and only star gazer. I freaking loved it every time Kim, Son or Nino spoke because they were a lot more present to me; they became real with every word they spoke, solidifying their own existence in this crazy sad real world. And what a crazy sad real world it is, when your heart hurts for a girl who tries so hard to be loved back, and the story's not even told from her fucking POV-

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I'll try not to spoil the book for you, but I can't say enough about the bittersweet taste in my heart. I went in expecting a HEA and left with more than I didn't even think existed. Ana was persistent, and I loved that they formed a tighter relationship, but I think most of all, I loved how real it all was. That little trickle of reality reminding you that as surreal as love can be, it's still crass, complicated, complex, crushing, and even sometimes cruel.

*I can think of other 'C' words to say but should probably refrain*

And I wish it wasn't so cruel! It broke my heart seeing him with Jill because on one hand I know they're best friends and it was 'always them' in a way, regardless if she had a bf and he was meeting both loves of his life at the same time without realizing it. It sucked because how would I know what to do in a situation I'd never been in myself? And yet wouldn't everyone know that the one thing you should never do is-

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Ugh, I really can't. For spoiler purposes. I'm trying to be good here. T_T But UGHH!!! My heart. Oh my God, my poor battered heart. It just totally failed on me when the thing that happened, happened. Especially because of everyone else involved in it. T__T And then THAT THING had to happen??? OH MY GOD!

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What are you doing to me Tria???????? From there I was just a bundle of mess within my bundle of sheets as I finished this to the end with a clean corner of the blanket. But don't get me wrong, despite it finishing in a excited/I-am-dying HEA, this thing was also hilarious. I LOVE Son and Nino in this even more, especially when they did that "special song". XD They're just the perfect comedic relief whenever things got too heady for my heart to handle. I can take an outright stab-jab-thank-you-ma'am, but give me a slow burning of the feels and I'm just-

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I LOVE THIS SO DAMN MUCH. Despite the way it took my heart on a roller coaster, the beginning was a hilarious and feel-good moment that had me grinning and smiling wide the whole damn time. Trainman has such history and chemistry together that you can't help but fall in love with their relationship, let alone the things they bring to the table in this series.

And omg but I've got to say, the sexy times came early in this installment.

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I swear, I wanted to stop because it was Miki and keep reading because it was Miki. IT'S MIKI! I was both aroused and terrified because- well, it's Miki! I'm a broken record with this logic but like, holy shit balls, I feel like I was peeking on a brother. And then it continued and my brotherly love quickly turned LOL. So yay for that, Tria!

Love was a complicated matter for Miki, and of all the things that happened in this book, I'd still stick with saying that the bittersweet thing of- well, the whole situation -was what took my breath away. Literally and figuratively, since I couldn't breathe through all the snot. T_T Seeing him deal with his love for Jill and learning about loving Ana was beyond what I'd expected to get from reading this.

It's a hardcore recommend for me because this author has a brilliant way of writing about her characters and their little worlds, showing the imperfect faces of love, and not making it something horrid. A lot of not-so-sunny feels were in here, but not once did they feel bad or disappointing. While he had a lot of stuff to go through, I just couldn't see him in a bad light. Or any of them. It was a complete haze of emotions with their better qualities always presented, never giving me a chance to feel anything less than what I needed.

The End.

And P-fucking-S.
Shinta Mori, you are one hot specimen too hot to handle. Every. Single. Time. This isn't even your book and you still made an impression! But I need to know: what the hell did you do in the end that lead to such an amazing climax???

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Thanks to Bookish Diaries and Jay E. Tria for letting me be a part of this blog tour. I loved the book and I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on more Tria stories!

If you missed my post on Saturday, let me tell you that there is a giveaway going on right now for this! You win a WearDPT TRAINMAN shirt and a print copy of STGOY! It's only for the Philippines though, but hey if you live there or know someone who does, get on it!
Happy Reading =^-^=

Saturday, February 27, 2016

"TAKEOVER" ON BINIBINI- Blossom Among Flowers

Book Servants reviews BLOSSOM AMONG FLOWERS by Jay E Tria for this week's #FilipinoFriday!
Posted by B i n i b i n i on Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016

On a Razor's Edge (Darkness 3)

If Sasha thought life would slow down after being captured, she was dead wrong.

Having an extremely high level of magic, but not knowing how to use it, has become more than a little problematic. Struggling to get her power under control has everyone on their toes, waiting for something to blow up. And then there is the issue of loving Stefan, but not being able to mate him because she hadn't a clue how to lead, which is necessary if she wants to rule by his side.

No, things have not gotten any easier.

With the incoming visit to the Regional and his white mage, the pressure turns way up for both Sasha and Stefan. So many issues are riding on the balance, and one word from the authoritative pair could have Sasha back in her old life, still in danger, and without the resources to carry on.

Sasha has to learn to battle while walking on a razor's edge.


****STARS: 4****

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*Oh, WARNING- major spoilerish*

It was so perfect with the major bad ass in Stefan's world turning out to be the man that took a 5-year-old Sasha to the park after that horrible car accident. What a thrill. She's finally got someone other than Charles (and secretly the Boss) backing her up! I was getting annoyed with the way people were picking on her. Ugh. T_T

This installment was pretty good, but the ending wasn't as enticing as the other two. Book one you get a new world; book two gives you an intense tease of the sexuals until BAM. This book? It left me with an anticipating thrill for some shifter chaos... that didn't happen.

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The climax....

Before the Mata (shapeshifters) even come up, Sasha's got to learn to get her shit together and show that she can be the woman at Stefan's side. As leader to practically thousands of his own people, it's not just his heart and soul that she has to win if she wants to be with him. She needs to earn the respect and right to rule his people, as well. So she continues her classes with the teens, and although she doesn't 'have it down', it's more than obvious that she's one of the most powerful beings anyone's ever seen.

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The Big Guy (Stefan's boss) comes to investigate the supposed 'black mage' and low and behold, he immediately recognizes the child he saved all those years ago. EEEEKKK!!! Long story short, he tests her badass abilities, sees the pain she goes through with such untrained powers, and kinda adopts her on the spot, dubbing himself her father in their world and undeniable "Back". Which means.... no one should fuck with her if they don't want to die. >:3

And aaahhhhhhh!!! I was so nervous at first when he had a 'possible' candidate for the role as his mate (and it was She Who Doesn't Matter) because everyone was like "she's the best to give him kids!" and "yeah she's a bitch, but she has the loins!" and I was like "NOOOOOO" but then he was all "Sasha you're mine but I have my people to think about first" and she was like "Oh hey cute teacher" which then made him all "What the fuck who's in your bedroom???" but it was nothing cause it was just her masturbating to him so of course he went all "I'm gonna fucking claim you now" and God knows we were all "Fucking finally!" and then of course he was fucking her and her orgasms eight ways to Sunday and so by that chapter I was just-

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Needless to say, I worried for nothing, and I love the teasing I got out of this. Loved panicking, and I loved it even more when he finally, finally, claimed her. Gaaah.

So aside from that great ordeal, Sasha's making a name for herself. She's surprising people left and right with her gift, but now comes the part that Stefan doesn't want to happen: exchanging her for some of the Mata's other important pack mates to reconnect that long-lost relationship. The Boss is going crazy at the idea, but when his boss says something, he has no choice but to think about it and eventually relent. Sasha helps him out <3 but when she gets there with Charles, Jonas and Bitchana.... I was a little let down.

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Meeting the Mata as she trains with them is a very cool idea, but when I actually read it, I wasn't feeling it. To be honest, I was really disappointed. It wasn't the thing itself so much as my expectation of seeing her do a lot of chaos and wonder, like she did at the mansion the first time she arrived. I wanted to see her interact with the pack and go through the weariness of being a human and the fun times of being this awesome chick. Alas, she ended up in an isolated area to train. At least she hung out with my boy Charlie-Harlie- UGGGHHH!!!!! Speeeaking of my Charlie.

What. The. Fuck.
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You know what you did. I'm so disappointed.

So although this had one of the most BADASS MOMENTS AS OF YET, the ending didn't live up to the hype that the other books have come up with. Kinda sad about it, even after all this time. *sighs* Alas, I still love this series and author and I highly recommend you get on this bitch rocking series. It's got humor, a sarcastic, sassy little heroine with Don't-Fuck-With-Me abilities and a honey pot of Humble to go with it. Let's see, what else... a hot shadow man who's pretty much the boss of the shadow people, a race of hot warriors who embody violence and sex and yet die to keep children and pregnant women safe-

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-but most of all, this thing's got a certain pull that'll tug at your heart strings when it comes to the emotions. This had a lot of my favorite things I look for (badassery, hilarious attitudes, hot scenes, power, violence, etc) but I think you'd like it. It really does embody violence and sex when not centering around Sasha's life of adjustments, but if you give it a chance, you'll either hate it for what it evokes (mentally and emotionally) or you'll love it as much as I do.

Which is a lot.
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Happy Reading =^-^=

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

White Hart (White Hart 1)

Mae never asked to be craft-born. She never wanted that burden.

The realm needs magic again, and the King of Aegunlund has been waiting for the first craft-born to marry his son, Prince Casimir.

In Mae's town of Halts-Walden, the ambitious miller claims his daughter Ellen is craft-born. Mae knows this is a load of hogwash, but she's glad Ellen will have the unfortunate pleasure of becoming queen instead of her. All she has to do is sit back and wait until Casimir and Ellen are married, then she will finally be free of the threat of her fate.

But on that day an event so shocking and terrible occurs that Mae finds herself entering the neighbouring cursed forest on a quest she never thought she'd have to follow.

Join Mae as she rides her white stag through the Waerg Woods with a pampered prince at her heels. She's out for revenge and nothing, no one, will get in her way.


****STARS: 3.5****

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UUGGHH I REALLY WANTED TO LOVE the shit out of this thing, but because the characters were so young, I ruined the moment for myself in expecting things to be better than they were. This was good! It had everything I love in a book: the village, the powerful girl trying to hide as the rest of the world searches for her, the prince, the adventure, the romance. White Hart had it all, and I think I would've loved it... if I were back in middle school.

It started off great with the antsy Mae wanting more than she's dealt with. She lives in a secluded village with her widowed father, and because of her mom's mysterious background, a lot of the people treat them poorly. Though I wouldn't exactly be looking at Mae all weird and judgmental like if I were them, at least not with those faces and hygiene... or lack thereof.

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The beginning was all exciting and shit, and I think you'd really like it! But then Mae and Prince Casimir got put together in the forest, and it just got awkwardly young for me. Yeah we were all young once, but damn, I wasn't that young. I don't know about you, but I couldn't relate. Maybe you could? Anyway the forest was cool and dastardly delicious. Casimir was kind of a wimp / kinda awesome. Mae gave me whiplash with her passive aggressive attitude, but she still found a way into my heart.
*I think we have a thing for free-spirited teens*

Free-spirited. Right. So back to the review. Book was good and it started out great, then got a little boring with the awkward romance that I couldn't get into. The forest's psychotic inhabitants were cool, and they did keep me entertained, but I also found myself a little restless because I wanted to see the story from a broader perspective and not dilly-dally in the vegetation isle of Killers-R-Us. And okay, that one group of people that try to kill her? Totally random. The only thing they have to do with this story is that they live in the forest. Otherwise, I just didn't see a point in them being mentioned and getting to add in their own two cents. I didn't like the character that became important to Mae because I couldn't connect. I want to connect to the people Mae cares about, and the fact that I couldn't, only made it hard for me to like their involvement to begin with. Dude was rushed in, and expected to be loved in just a few pages. Not very cool.

When the end did come up, I was disappointed with how it happened. Compare it to the way the other scenes were steam-rolling, and it kinda feels like a let down. Just anti-climatic. Yes, there was a badass storm but, dude, seriously? That's all? And shit, Casimir! Way to treat your supposed 'best friend'.

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Overall, it was an okay read for me, with a pretty good story. Mae was really stubborn and hot-headed in the beginning, and her issues of hubris and self-confidence didn't make it easier for me to trudge through.
*And yet you still like her...*

You can't blame her, though. She's a poor man's daughter whose mother died in childbirth, and with the weight of such responsibilities as being the only person with powers to fill the rest of the world, it's no wonder that she's so complex. Who wouldn't be? Aside from her, the other characters were okay, and the only one I really liked (to hate) was the king. Someone needs to dethrone that twit soon...

This had some funny moments, a lot of good visuals, and there were a few times of enthrallment. This is a 50/50 recommend for me. Mae's not as developed as I'd have liked her to be for me to entrust her to a young mind I know, but the world was cool enough to be good for entertainment purposes.

Happy Reading =^-^=

Monday, February 22, 2016

Vampire Miami (The Human Revolt 1)

Fire years after the Vampire War, seventeen-year-old Selah Brown is on the hunt for answers. Heading to the vampire-held city of Miami, she plans to track down the origins of 'Blood Dust', the drug her father had been investigating shortly before he disappeared, in the hope of using the information to find him. What she doesn't plan on is meeting Cloud, the young and enigmatic leader of the human rebellion, or drawing the attention of the infamous vampire known as 'The Dragon', and awakening within him a dark passion he had thought long dead.

With the lives of friends and family on the line, only one secret, impossible talent gives Saleh any hope of success - but that very source of hope might start the Vampire War anew...


****STARS: 4****

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Amazon uses another cover when you purchase the book, and I find this one so much better. Really makes the other one more generic-looking when compared to this. But that's just me.
*Well it's your blog, so of course it's just you*

I really liked this one because it was different from what I've read so far. It's got vampires placed in the major cities LA and Miami, all as a means to stop the riots that went on during the Vampire War. Some people see their country as safe again with the vampires caged away in the big cities, and the vampires agree. They're caged. Locked away. Taunted as a quality of killers by the quantity of well-armed ones. Little do the humans know that the vampires have something up their sleeve...

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Selah Brown (GOD I LOVE HER NAME) lost her daddy when he started nosing around some official top-secret businesses, and so she opted to go into the lion's den where her grandmother resides as a deported citizen of the US. She now lives in Vampire's Miami, a place where the poor and dejected reside along the outskirts of the beautiful nightlife that the vamps rule over.

Selah was really hard to like when I first got into this. I was frustrated and almost disgusted at the way she acted, mostly because she really felt like a strong character, so for her to act the way she did just turned me off. I like her recklessness because it shows that she isn't a sheep and does what her hot blood wants, but at the same time, when I was reading it? In the moment, she just annoyed me. At times I even found myself wishing something would happen just so she'd wise up. She's the type of girl who only learns after something's happened. I don't like it when it happens, but hey, it's necessary, and you know what? She shaped up. It had to happen.
*God you need a better vocabulary*

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Aside from her compulsive behavior that gave me whiplash, the details were also a little lengthy. It didn't match the flow the majority of the book took, which is why I ended up trudging through a lot of it just to get to the point. I loved the beautiful details, but with the height of action that this book was at, I didn't think it was wholly appropriate where it happened.

Overall this was a good book. Selah was kinda hard to love at first but by the end, I loved her mostly because of the character development that she went through. The details are my personal fav but because of the lengths, I wouldn't recommend this to those who have no patience for such things. The characters were pretty cool, especially The Dragon, and I think what made this whole thing interesting (aside from the Dystopia) was the story within the story within the story. She's here looking for her dad, and instead gets caught up with all the politics because of her blood- and she gets help from that problem because of a backstory from The Dragon! Some characters left me wanting, like Cloud, but then again, he wasn't in here much, so maybe he'll develop more in the next book. All nice layers that brought it back to the beginning, and I do look forward to seeing what happens next in Vampire LA.

Did I mention that I love the violence?
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Happy Reading =^-^=

Friday, February 19, 2016

Enchanted Revenge (Empyrean Chronicles 1)

When seventeen-year-old Lily finds her parents brutally murdered, leaving her broken and alone, she is determined to bring justice to the fairies responsible.

Her quest leads her to infiltrate The Empyrean, the land of the Fae where terrifying creatures lurk in every shadow. But with a political rebellion mounting, bloody battles and foreign enemies stand in her way. Alec, a mysterious fairy keeping his own secrets, gradually becomes her guide and dear friend in the unfamiliar world, and restores her faith in love.

Disturbing secrets about her parent's true identity are revealed, causing her to be more involved with the devastating fairy war than she can afford. Her vengeful mission becomes compromised and her growing romance with Alec wavers.

She must conquer her fear of the unknown, ignore her grief, and overcome her growing list of enemies if she is to succeed in avenging her parents' death. Or ever make it out alive.

Enchanted Revenge appeals to fans of Julie Kagawa and Jennifer L. Armentrout.

This is a full length novel, and is first in the four-book Empyrean Chronicles. It is a YOUNG ADULT urban fantasy, and has some mild sensuality and language.

*WARNING: spoilers*
****STARS: 3.5****

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This was a pretty good read.

I haven't read Julie Kagawa (or at least enough to get a good impression yet) but I have read Armentrout, and while the world aspect with anticipating action is similar to her, the rest paled in comparison, while the rest were simply too different and great in their own way to compare. For example: Jones' ability to paint a beautiful portrait in my head whenever she prettied the pages with her descriptions.

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Jones was great at that, but I wouldn't be comparing her to any of my favorite authors right now. This book was a little young for me so I couldn't exactly relate to the way Lily acted. She felt younger than the YA, if that makes sense. I am, however, in the age range of Alec, so I thought he was a little weird. Not a bad weird, just weird weird. He acted mature one scene and completely adorable and young the next, which confused me a little because they were too different to be the same person. But again, that's just me.

I really liked the way they made it an adventure to find the guys responsible for her parents' death, and yeah the plot was a little predictable with all the clues in the first half of the book, but it was still fun! I liked the way I was introduced to all these species of fae. It seemed a little too organized but the Sprites were beautiful. Or maybe I'm just partial to mermaids.

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I LOVED THE FANTASY ASPECT OF THIS. I had to trudge through the 'youthful' and awkward parts in the beginning, but it got pretty interesting when people were introduced! I did like the way the characters were given their stories, and my heart totally went out to Alec when I heard his. :( I don't want to spoil it, but- ugh. It was just really sad, and it was really gruesome. And is it bad that I got excited only when bloodshed started peeking its beautiful head again? Probably. Then the romance got to be a little more than the 'just friends/strangers' bit but of course that got a little boring though the teasing was nice, too. Until she got captured and tortured.

It's only then that I totally fell for the book 100%.

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Now don't take me wrong! But when I was reading this, she just seemed like this character who wasn't... I don't know, complete? And then when she survived her torture and became this stronger person, I was much more relieved. I mean yes, of course I'm sad that she went through such a thing, but I'm proud of her for figuring out that she's made of tougher stuff. She was a total badass in the end.

I recommend this book despite the 3.5 rating because I think it'll appeal more to a younger set of readers. The imagination was beautiful but I didn't care too much for the organization with the fae, like the set colors, the constant repetition with one certain race. Or the repetitive way Alec spoke in the first half of the book. God, that was a little too much for my patience. I did enjoy the plot, however, and even though this was YA, I've got to say...

The violence in this was freaking awesome.

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Happy Reading =^-^=

Thursday, February 18, 2016

#FILIPINOFRIDAY: Paper Planes Back Home

When Gianna wakes up on a cloud, she is disoriented yet fascinated. She thinks she's only dreaming until she gets a storm of paper planes- 

"They're thoughts of people who remember,"
a man on another cloud tells her.

-each pleading for her not to leave. The man tells her these planes are the key to get out of there, and while she thinks it's hard to believe, she decides everything is worth trying if it means finding her way back home.



About the Author

Tara Frejas is a cloud-walker who needs caffeine to fuel her travels. When she's not on work mode, she keeps herself busy by weaving her daydreams into stories.

Aside from her obvious love affair with words and persistent muses, Tara is very passionate about being caffeinated, musical theatre, certain genres of music, dancing, dogs, good food, and romancing Norae, her ukulele. She owns a male bunny named Max who sometimes tries to nibble on her writing notes.

Fun fact: She's a Piscean. Go figure.
Go stalk her on:
TW || FB || IG


*****STARS: 5!*****

I cannot get over how beautiful this was. Like... whaaaaa?

So I now have a fascination with paper planes and I'll probably irritate the hell out of my household... but it's for a good cause. DID I MENTION HOW BEAUTIFUL THIS BOOK WAS???

The imagination. I have to commend and THANK the author right now for writing something with such beautiful imagination; the descriptions were so amazing! I never wanted to leave that special place Gianna and Sky found themselves in, but at the same time, I was dying (pun unintentionally intended) to know about what happened to put them there!

The story rotates between a good number of characters' POVs and although the first few pages were a little confusing with the change in scene, I quickly caught on and started to fall for this thing. Usually a lot of different POVs bore me but the way this was written made me wanting more. I liked Anna the nurse, and her ever positive attitude despite some tragic things that happened in her life. Gianna's complicated matters only lead to more heartache and I totally felt for Aaron. I won't spoil anything but I will say that he's got a lot of heart.

*a wee spoiler that won't ruin your life*
He may be the easiest and hardest character to love for me because I was saddened that he couldn't be a 'normal guy' in society and provide for her the way he wanted, but at the same time, I loved that passion about him with pursuing his dreams, and I'm pretty sure that's why Gianna fell for him. It's like, ugh, don't feel pathetic, please cause you're perfect! We both think you're perfect!
I just wanna put you in my pocket...
*end of wee not-life-changing spoiler*

Some characters didn't get a POV, but I loved how all their stories connected and the way it was revealed was set at a nice, good pace that had me gasping whenever something came up. Every character with their story told it with a voice of their own that was easy to recognize (thank God for that) and it's funny how even some of the most difficult characters couldn't rain on my parade. I was very much angered by some of the characters but I'm glad things happened the way it did because... well, they had to happen. The ending was sad for me but necessary, and it made things even sweeter when the epilogue came about.


This thing was touching to me, and I really need to see this brought to life in an art exhibit, and I demand that this be made into a movie. With Anna Kendrick as the nurse cause now I've got it in my head and it just has to happen. It just has to happen...

I recommend this book because of how BEAUTIFUL this was. The author did an amazing job at capturing the things we love most in our imagination and solidifying it onto paper. As a lover of fantasy and romance, this somehow brought the two together and made a gorgeous hybrid of pain, loss, hope and friendship that went beyond the horizon of possibilities. I teared more than I should have for a book so perfectly wonderful and fragile yet unyielding, and I honestly can't imagine anyone not liking this book.

*Frankly, if they don't like this, they're cold assholes who need
to go fold a fucking paper plane.*

Last Thought:

I so wanna do 500 paper planes like G.
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Hmm maybe not.


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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Meant to be Yours (WARNING: Love Moderately 2)

After years of trying to deny her feelings, curvy 21-year-old bookworm Jaike Hepburn has succumbed to the inevitable.

She no longer cares what the whole school thinks if they find out the truth: the devilish wicked and gorgeous billionaire heir Derek Christopoulos has become her Dom, and she his Sub.

By belonging to Derek, Jaike realizes that time, space, privacy - all of it means nothing to Derek. He wants to be WITH her. IN her. Do everything FOR her. Every second of the day.

Life with her possessive Dom is beautifully twisted and dangerously addictive... until the day Derek rips her heart into pieces.

That's when Jaike realizes the truth.

He may be her one and only Dom, but she is just one of the many Subs in his bed.

*received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review*
*WARNING: spoilers*

*****STARS: 5*****

Okay FIRST OF ALL, the synopsis is misleading because I was seriously crying- CRYING -before the damn thing even started because I couldn't comprehend why Derek, who's been looking for this woman his whole life!!! would go to other subs. You made me think he was dealing with an innate need to be dominating or something and could only get it from an abundance of annoying little woman that have no right- NO RIGHT -to be anywhere near Derek.

UGH you make me crazy, sometimes!!!!!

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Now back to the review.

This just beat my heart repeatedly until it couldn't take anymore and I just shattered... like the glass in the Showroom where it all went down...

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UGH! It's been a while since I've read one of Marian Tee's romances, the last one being Death Loves Me Not, which was more of a horror story than anything. When I finished this, I was happy, but the pain still lingered in my head and heart as if Jaike's pain had permanently printed themselves on the back of my skull. The only reason why I walked away with any type of happy was because they made up and the epilogue was fucking epic.
(Good job, Marian)
(I still hate you right now)

It starts off with Derek and Jaike leaving her room the next morning after their first night spent together. She's nervous and terrified of making anything public, but at the same time, she's more afraid of how happy she is. Derek, a natural Dom down to the cells in his body, needs her, and she needs him just as badly. For a while, they go back and forth with their banters. She's a stubborn woman with a lot of scars to hide and hell if she lets him find out about any of it. But with a persistent guy like Derek, it's only a matter of time before she either succumbs or gets driven crazy.

Jaike was all too easy to get into because of her fear of getting hurt, but for her it goes beyond that to the horrible past of seeing first-hand what love can do to a sub when in the grips of a sadistic and sorry excuse for a Dom. With Jaike, she's slowly realized that she wants Derek, but with her past holding her back, she can't seem to just let things go.

Derek knows this, but not the extent of her past, which I'm mildly surprised about because he's such an involved Dom where she's concerned. Then again, she never gave him enough reason to think that something was wrong with her other than trust issues, so I can see why he wouldn't sneak a peek.

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He. Was. Intense. It was all or nothing with him and it was overwhelming at times. He was so intense, it's no wonder that his past lays were frightened! And I love it. I love how scary he is and how primitive he is. And he owns up to all of it. He takes what he wants, and from the moment he met Jaike, it's only ever been her.

It's frustrating because he's an unstoppable force and she's an immovable object, but as a sub, she's losing the battle real fast. I feared for her because of how genuinely scared she was. That's why at times I disliked this because she was demanding for time and he was just pushing to the brink of cracking. She needed the push, but seeing the struggles was still-

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Some may think he's borderline crazy obsessed with her but I like that in him. It shows that he's the type of Dom who needs to devour the one he loves, as she needs that with him as well. I liked what the author wrote about with his inner darkness, because everyone has a deep dark secret they feel no one will ever understand. The rare ones ever get a partner who can share in that pain and ecstasy. It's perfect, that type of intensity their souls possess, that need to crawl into each other's chest cavities and claim ownership of everything that they are. Because that's what they love about the other: everything.

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I enjoyed the funny scenes in this because it showed that with a relationship of a Dom and sub like theirs, it's not all intensity. It's silly, ridiculous, and at times major LOL moments where you love someone so much, you can't help but forgive them because it's just the way they are.

But I've got to say, Derek... he really is intense. I keep going back to that word and I should probably find a better word so I'm not repeating myself, but it's true. As soon as he found Jaike, he moved into her flat without telling her. That's a bit much, but at the same time, I can't fault him because he's the only one to resonate with her. Jaike knows this. I know this. But even so, it'd still be nice to have that option of feeling like there's still some control in my grasp before you run me over, you know? So can you blame her for freaking out?

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Another thing that was hard to swallow was Derek's mean streak. I'm quoting his mother when I say he's a 'very passionate boy', and no words could be more true. He's passionate. And a Dom. What happens when you put those two together with a pinch of creativity?

You get the biggest blow any possessive sub could receive.

Derek's been trying to force himself on her all this time, when he should've backed off. If he didn't, however, Jaike would never have realized the things she already feels for him. It's sad, because she needs that push or her fears will forever keep her in her safe box. He does things naturally but with the way she acts, he forces himself to restrain his instincts, which is why when he assumed she was cheating on him, he snapped.

It's a mess. just one big giant mess.

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She's not cheating on him, she's finding closure with a guy who's finally realizing that she can't love him back. So when she goes back to meet with Derek, it's not what she thinks. I don't want to talk about it because it's too sad for me, but he breaks her heart. He breaks it so bad, she cracks for a minute, succumbing to her fears of being a pathetic sub of a whore just like her mother. Doing everything for the Dom she gave everything to.

As a fellow sub who would sooner cut a bitch for even looking in my Dom's face, this really hurt my feelings. T_T I'm a sensitive reader who likes to put herself in the characters who catch her interest, which is why it was so hard to get over how fucked up it all was. Like... how could you do that to her? Were you so frustrated with her that your jealous streak overpowered your baser instincts to always keep your sub safe?

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Then again, I suppose he could've done worse, like had Doms deal with her. *shuddders* Thoughts like that ran through my heart because I just couldn't accept it, but when it did happen and I had to digest it, I couldn't help but just feel sad for him and eternally relieved that Jaike took him back. If she didn't love him, who would? This man has so much passion in him that when he loves, it's forever, and when he hurts, it's kill or be killed.

I would have liked for Marian to make this longer because of how intense this was. The amount of EMOTION in this was too much for only 125 pages. If the pages were longer, there could've been more room to get into deeper depths with the reasons why Jaike wanted Derek but couldn't find herself to go all the way. When she didn't do what she wanted, she made him look like a guy who didn't know what 'no' was, and that's not at all the kind of light I want him under. I also would have liked to see more on the way she changed after that horrible incident in the Showroom. It was really intriguing to see her go from a happy sub to a cold Dom attempting to hide behind walls once again. It threw me for a loop when she did the things she did (and I kinda hated her for a second because of it) which is why I can only imagine how that would've looked had there been more time to digest and dissect it.

The same thing goes for Derek, too. We all saw that she was the sub in body, but in love? I think he was the sub. Yes, he was the one to keep her safe and do everything for her, but when it came to the raw... thing... of love, he was a sub seeking the comfort of her hand, if she'd only give it to him. I'd have also liked more time to see the extent of his dedication so he didn't look like an asshole. On one hand I like it because it shows how other people see him (when he's not being charming) but on the other hand, it's not something a sub exactly wants to see of her favorite Dom.

Is he my favorite Dom? I'll have to read all the BBFs again, but I know that he's my favorite Ride or Die. I admire his cravings for Jaike and I like that once she was chosen, she was it. You have the fears who wonder, "But what if she wasn't the one?" Well if she wasn't the one, then they'd both be in fucking trouble, wouldn't they? But that's not the case. They are made for each other, and it shows in the way they get each other when no one else seems to even notice it.

Overall, this was a very intense 125 pages of love not properly acknowledged between a Dom and sub. Battles with fear of losing oneself to their worse nightmares, hilarious best friends who will have your back without judgement or shame, and a horrible moment of misunderstanding will leave you crying and laughing with a headache that will either go away or throb every time you think of Reid's Showroom.

Oh, the Showroom...

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Last Thoughts:
That epilogue was such an epic reunion with the guys who found their lady loves.
For Angelo went live on Amazon Friday and you can bet your ass I'm going to read it next. I need to know that Angelo can be happy now, too.
And just tell me what is up with Christien and his fiance?!
And where's Nathan when these boys do their thing?

Happy Reading =^-^=