Thursday, January 12, 2017

Heart's Tug ~ Thailand Drama


Name: Heart's Tug (Thailand name - Hua Jai Rua Puang)
Language: Thai with English Subtitles
Episodes: 20

My Review

Heart's Tug is about Pat a young woman whose older stepsister goes to jail and because she feels indebted to her for raising her as a child, she decides to take in her stepsister's teen daughter, Rantida. When she goes to pick up Rantida from her grandmother's house, she sees her being kicked out of her home for becoming pregnant.

Pat being a kind and responsible person wants to give Rantida a second chance at a new life and decides to bring up the child as her own, so that Rantida can start anew. Five years later, Rantida is grown up and is working at the Peera Rancho Resort. While Pat is working at a different company as a organizer while taking care of Atom. There is a lot of gossip floating around about how Pat was abandoned by her husband but she doesn't mind one bit. Pat is happy to take care of Atom but sadly, Rantida wants nothing to do with Atom.

Then in comes Pete, Rantida's boss who is the owner of Peera Rancho Resort and every girl's dream. He is looking for a suitable bride in order to make his mother happy after he finds out she has cancer and doesn't have long to live. Not long after Rantida and Pete start dating, even though neither of them loves each other.

When Rantida introduces Pete to her Pat, she dislikes him, especially after hearing gossip of him being a player and being older than Rantida. Everytime Pete and Pat meet, they butt heads and fight constantly (which is why I shipped them from the beginning, I just love bickering couples). Pete and Pat had such great chemistry and it was hard not to ship them although they pretty much hated each other in the beginning. But honestly their chemistry was off the charts. 

(You just can't help but fall for him, he's so handsome!)

Sadly, Pete and Rantida become engaged but unbeknownst to all of them, Rantida's past and lies are coming back to haunt her in the form of Atom's father, Tarit who is shockingly Pete's cousin and has a sickly wife named Taksaorn.

That's when all the drama starts, with everybody with the wrong people and Rantida's lies coming to light. With all this drama happening around them, you'd think it couldn't get any worse but Pete has enemies that are after his life and won't stop until he's dead. With all this happening, Pete and Pat shouldn't have the time to fall for each other but they do. Slowly, Pete starts falling for Pat but he wants his mom to be happy and believes he needs to marry Rantida in order to do that. While Pat wants Rantida to have a happy life and decides it's best that she marry Pete. Unfortunately Rantida is meeting Tarit in secret and things are just getting even more complicated.

To be honest, Rantida would sometimes get on my nerves, she was just all over the place. She still loved Tarit after everything that happened and was just using Pete to get over him. Thank goodness Pete never fell for her and ended up falling in love with Pat. Pat and Pete were just my favorite couple in this whole drama, I loved how he loved teasing Pat (it made me laugh a lot). 

As for the romance between Tarit and Rantida, it was romantic, I suppose. I did find Tarit and Atom's scenes adorable because he was finally meeting his father although neither of them knew it.
In the end, I quite enjoyed this drama and the roller coaster it took me on. It had everything that I was looking for, such as a strong female character, a good romance (amazing kiss scenes), action, and family dynamics and the ending was really good. It left me with a smile on my face. Definitely rewatching it!

Rating: 5 stars

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #14


Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews  and is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves be it in virtual form or physical. You can include books you’ve won, bought, borrowed from the library or review books.

Hi, everyone! I haven't posted much but hopefully I can get into the motion of things! I only have a short holiday, since I start school again on January which is sooner than expected but that's college for you.  I haven't been physically reading much but I have recently gotten into audiobooks. I wasn't really an audiobook person but after finishing up The Diabolic by S.J. Jones, I needed more.

Now on to the books I've received.....


Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm
The Rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster

I didn't post any stacking the shelves for the past month or two, so these books are from those past months that I missed. I received Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales and Crooked Kingdom as a gift on my birthday in October by my sister. As for The Rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster, I received it in November and have already reviewed it. 

These I borrowed from library recently..



I have cut back on borrowing audiobooks from the library, since I went a little audiobook crazy before. So, for now I'm only listening to Starflight and The Star-Touched Queen!


Thanks for stopping by! Leave a comment and/or link to your Stacking the Shelves. I'll make sure to check them out too. Have an awesome weekend!

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster Review



Publisher: Harper Voyager
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Pages: 380

ABOUT THE RIFT UPRISING

Normal seventeen-year-old girls go to high school, binge watch TV shows all weekend, and flirt with everyone on the face of the Earth. But Ryn Whitaker is trying to save it.

Ryn is a Citadel. A soldier. A liar. Ryn and her fellow Citadels were specially chosen and trained to guard a Rift—one of fourteen unpredictable tears in the fabric of the universe that serve as doorways to alternate Earths. Unbeknownst to her family, Ryn leaves for school each day and then reports for duty as an elite, cybernetically-altered soldier who can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL—which comes in handy when she’s not sure if axe-wielding Vikings or any number of other terrified and often dangerous beings come through the Rift. A fine-tuned weapon, Ryn is a picture-perfect Citadel. But that’s all about to change.

When a young man named Ezra is pulled through the Rift, Ryn finds herself immediately drawn to him, despite her training. What starts as a physical attraction quickly grows deeper, and Ezra’s curiosity throws Ryn off balance when he starts questioning the Rifts, the mysterious organization that oversees them, and the Citadels themselves—questions that lead Ryn to wonder if the lies she’s been telling her family are just the surface of a much bigger lie told to her. As Ryn and Ezra desperately try to get to that truth, they discover that each revelation blurs the line between the villains and the heroes even more. 



My Review

The Rift Uprising starts off introducing us to Ryn, the main character whose life is not a normal teenage one. Ryn is a cybernetically-altered soldier and along with her team mates/friends Violet, Boone, and Henry; they are led to believe by the ARC program that being a soldier or Citadel as their called is the only way to keep the world and their families safe. What the ARC entails is that Ryn and other Citadel's like her, guard the Rift a portal that brings in all type's of different beings to their world and make sure that they aren't hostile. Ryn doesn't enjoy killing but she believes what the ARC tells her until all that changes when she meets Ezra.

I admit that I felt put off by how fast Ryn fell head over heals for Ezra but I blame it on the ARC and how it kept all the teenagers in the program sexually frustrated. I mean can you blame them? I can't. The ARC made them incapable of human touch by the opposite sex, for god sake's (read the book if you want to know why because spoilers)! On the other hand though, regardless of what Ryn did I couldn't quite come to dislike her. Yes, she annoyed me at times and made me want to throttle her and tell her to stop thinking with her nether regions.  She still managed to have moments of badassery and also make me laugh.

As for Ezra, the boy who managed to capture Ryn's heart and make her question all that she was led to believe of the ARC, I have mixed feelings for. Not that I didn't like Ezra, in fact I found their romance believable and enjoyed how they grew close enough to trust each other and know each other's boundaries. I also liked how Ezra wasn't quite a push over when it came to Ryn even though she was stronger than him that didn't stop them from clashing. The main reason I have mixed feelings for Ezra is that although he was in the book a lot (after all he is a main character), I felt like we only saw glimpses of his personality. I could also say the same for Violet, Boone, and Henry, I liked their character's and would have liked to have seen more of them.

Overall, I quite enjoyed this book and will definitely be anticipating the next one! Hopefully, with a lot more of Ezra and Ryn's friends. If you're in the mood for some science fiction, romance, and action just check this book out!


Rating: 3 stars

I recieved this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

                              ABOUT AMY S. FOSTER
Amy S. Foster is a celebrated songwriter, best known as Michael BublĂ©’s writing partner. You might recognize her work in his four hit singles, including "Home" and "Haven't Met You Yet.”  She has also collaborated with Destiny’s Child, Diana Krall, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and a host of other artists. She is also the author of the novel When Autumn Leaves. When she's not in a studio in Nashville, Amy lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. Amy is the daughter of singer B.J. Cook and the legendary music producer, David Foster. Fun fact about Amy: Her extended family tree includes Bella and Gigi Hadid, Sara and Erin Foster and Brody and Brandon Jenner, and Clay Aiken! The Rift Uprising, her YA debut, was released on October 4, 2016.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Announcement!


I know I haven't posted much even though I'm back on the blog but I just started school and decided opening an Etsy would be the greatest idea ever. *sarcasm* Seriously? There's a ton of shi*** you have to do (sorry for the curse but it was necessary). I know it's called doing research and making sure you know what you're doing/ready to do it and taking a toooooon of pictures and editing (props to my sister for helping me take pictures). But I thought it wouldn't take me more than one week but it took me two to three weeks or longer I'm not good at keeping track of time. 

Yeah that's pretty slow....but I had a lot of arguments (with myself mostly) on whether I should do it or not but I finally decided to do it. How did I finally convince myself to do it? I told myself, people will either like it or won't, it's not like the world's going to end. Just stop putting yourself down and go for it! And I did and I'm pretty proud if I do say so myself.


If you're interested, please check it out!


EtherealNymphJewelry


Why did I name it that way? Well, honestly I wanted to incorporate fairy in my shop title but most were already taken and I just decided with Ethereal Nymph Jewelry and man did it fit well. I didn't even notice until after but most of my jewelry looks nature-like (and shiny, I love the shiny). So, I guess I chose good?


Anyways on to book blogging, I haven't posted any reviews recently but I did finish reading Truthwitch by Susan Dennard but I'm still putting my thoughts together. Did you guys like it? I've also finally read An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir which I loved (need to buy A Torch Against the Night ASAP). So, watch out for those reviews this coming week.


I almost forgot to mention I've also made an Instagram, I haven't posted that much lately but I will. If you want to follow please do, I do follow back and I hope to see your pictures, they might even help me out. Since, I never really know what to take pictures of. So, I feel like I'm pretty much all over the place.

Here's my Instagram or you can just click on the sidebar ~ ISoldMySoulForBooks 

Aaaaand that's pretty much it! If you guys have any recommendations or questions on anything leave a comment. Bye!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Long Time No See.....?!


Hey everyone! I hope you all have been well! I know I haven't been on in months and I apologize for that. I know I said I'd only be gone a month but instead it turned into 7 months! Gosh how time flies! Honestly not going on my blog felt so lonely and I missed it, so much. 

Moving along, to those of you who are curious the move went well and thankfully me and my family have settled in nicely. But to be honest when we first moved in, it felt weird in a new home, especially since the neighborhood we moved into is very quiet especially at night verrrry different from where we used to live. But slowly we started getting used to it and I'm not gonna lie, what also helped is that we got a new addition to the family.....drum roll please...........

Meet Luna our new most treasured family member. She's barely 6 months and still pretty small but don't let that fool you, she's really feisty.

(But isn't she so cute? By the way my sister took this picture, all the credit goes to her. I fail at photography.)

(If you just want more pictures of Luna skip to the end!)

As for what I've been doing these past couple of months....well I've bought a couple of books throughout the months that I was gone but I haven't read some of them just yet. I haven't done much reading.  Don't throw rocks. *ducks* I've mostly spent my time with my family and working on jewelry (I might open an etsy shop, but I'm still debating, more info later). As for why I haven't been reading....well I decided to take a mini break but I've still read, just not as much as I did before....which made me really miss it terribly. And also made me realize how attached I am to my blog because not posting anything made me ache to do so. But we changed internet providers and......well the wifi we have now really sucks, it goes super slow and just buffers all the time. We might have to change internet providers....AGAIN.



These are the books I bought in the past 6 months. On a side note I still can't seem to take good pictures but Luna's in it. Lol but only because I bribed her with a treat. I planned on making an Instagram but I really suck at taking photo's (if this photo isn't a big indication then you need to see all my other photo's, seriously I'm terrible) but I still might. Just be warned it'll mostly be books and dog photo's. And that's about it, you guys. 

As promised...Luna pictures!

This was her as a 2-3 month old puppy....






Now this is her in the present at 6 months...haha in most of these she's fast asleep! They grow so fast! *wipes tears*




Thank you to all that have stopped by! I hope you all have an amazing day and I hope Luna brightened your day by at least a little! ;)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Bye For Now!


Hello, everyone! I'm sure most of you have noticed the silence on my end and I apologize for that. Especially to those who come to my blog and don't see a post up (only book blitz). And as much it kills me to say this......I'm not going to be on again until at least January or earlier, hopefully. For those of you that are wondering why, read on......

Apart from having college finals, my parents have decided its time to move (talk sbout stressful) and they've found a good place but moving isn't easy, especially on the busiest month of the year. 

(Basically my room except I also have soooooo many toys and clothes, that I apparently just shoved in my closet.)


On a side note, for some reason I remember as a kid thinking of moving as an adventure, now not so much. Especially, when you come to realize that you're a hoarder and you can't possibly take everything that you have. So, now you see my dilemma....

(This is just one bag...didn't want to show the rest, its a mess. My books are all over the place and it would hurt everyone's book lover heart.)

Now I'm sure most of you are wondering as to the sudden move, well it's been something my parents always wanted but never went through with. But with recent events they realized we didn't have much of a choice, I know I'm being vague but I'm sure most of you have gone through rough patches as well. And I don't mind the move but moving my books is my biggest problem yet. I basically hauled my books rather than clothes!


And as of right now the move isn't what's making me feel like the world is ending, what is making me feel that is.....I will be without WiFi for two or three weeks because we have to settle in first and then set up the WiFi. I know I know I'm being a tad bit dramatic but just I don't even... I can't....see my brain is already combusting! I'm gonna go mad if I can't go online or watch my Asian shows or Twitter. No Twitter! The horror! *faints*

Anyways, with all that aside, I really am gonna miss my blog and you guys! Sorry for going all mushy all of a sudden, I suppose it does give me an incentive to read all those unread books. 

Bye for now! *virtual hugs to everyone*

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Quirky Tale of April Hale by Kathy Octo ~ Blog Tour: Spotlight & Giveaway

quirky tale of april hale cathy octo banner

About the Book:

The Quirky Take of April HaleTitle: The Quirky Take of April Hale
Author: Cathy Octo
Publication Date: October 27th, 2015
Publisher: Blvnp Publishing Incorporated
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Tall, dark, and mysterious—Ryder Black is everything a girl wants. The catch? He’s trouble. Naturally, he’s irresistibly charming. Surprisingly, he’s impressively academic, too. But it’s his knack for getting into fights that makes him notorious.
Dorky, clumsy, and just plain odd—April Hale talks like Yoda, eats her food based on the day of the week, and prefers binge watching TV shows to partying. She has also spent the past few years eavesdropping on the Blacks’ morning fights. It was her daily routine. Until that one morning that Ryder catches her looking into his bedroom window… and she becomes all but anonymous in his eyes. Hell-bent on making contact, Ryder gets a sneak peek into the quirky world of April when she stuffs all of her fingers in her mouth and faints the first time he talks to her. She’s unusual. He’s captivated. In this delightfully wacky and fun story, we discover that sometimes what makes us outcasts from the world are the very things that make us special. Join April and Ryder in their journey to discovering more about life… and about each other. It will give you butterflies in the stomach, tickle your funny bones, and pull at your heartstrings until the very last page.  


  About the Author:
Cathy Part writer, part illustrator. Cathy’s life has always been filled with imagination and stories that will keep her up all night. For years, Cathy had read and written lots of stories, stemming from a deep love for flawed characterizations and interesting relationship dynamics. Finally, she started posting on Wattpad before getting discovered by BLVNP. Aside from writing, Cathy draws quite a bit and also plays a ridiculous amount of Dota 2.

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Excerpt
"Ryder 'Heart-Stopping' Black at two o clock, approaching us in alarming velocity!" Corinne was panicking.

"Oh my God, he looks so cute." Since Corrine and Marcy were mostly associated with books and the whiteboard, the closest thing that they could count as contact with the male was when they were dissecting frogs.

They didn't know how to react around boys, especially the confident ones. Marcy would  resort on twiddling endlessly at her sweaters and sputtering random Tumblr quotes. Corinne, on the other hand, would go to a total frozen state, and was only capable of talking in Science lingo.

As for me, Quentin often had his hormone-crazed, rambunctious friends over so I could manage boys better than them. But Ryder Black was different. The closest I'd ever been from him was ten meters, and anything closer than that?

I went into a Yoda-mode.

"Stars, my darned." Said I.

"Hey." Ryder's voice was now behind me.

The total lack of commotion that my friends emitted confirmed me that both of them had already spiraled into temporary brain deaths.

I stared at the wall. Ryder didn't say my name, so there was still possibilities that he was trying to talk with someone else. Maybe someone a little more normal. Maybe someone who hadn't just witnessed the way he and his family bickered earlier this morning.

"Hey." He tried again.

Closer, this time, and I could practically feel his breath fanned my back.

"Neighbor."

"Idon'tknowanyneighborsIwon'ttellanyonewhatIsaw, don't kill me, please!" I was shaking all over due to fear that blossomed uncontrollably fast.

There was no record of Ryder hitting women, but everyone was talking about how good he was at transforming people's faces into unrecognizable pulps. My face quality certainly wasn't as good as Emma Watson, but I didn't want my face to turn into a blob of pulp.

"What the hell are you talking about?" Ryder put a hand on my shoulder and spun me around, so that I was facing him.

He wrinkled his nose a bit, when he saw that all ten of my fingers were inside my mouth in a sad attempt to control the quivering of my mouth.

"You can.. You can take out all of your fingers, Neighbor. I'm not going to bite." He said, mildly amused and mildly disgusted at the same time.

I took out all of my fingers, slowly.

"Now, we need to talk." He said again, slower this time, as if he was trying to communicate with a starfish.

And boy, I did feel like a starfish at this very moment.

"Oh-uh." I shook my head.

"No. Please? Scared I am. Talk we never." I hated myself for letting my Yoda-mode take over me like that.

"It's about this morning." He took a glance at my friends, both were gaping at him and in the verge of drooling.

"Can I kidnap your friend for five minutes? It's kinda important." Neither Marcy or Corinne looked like they were capable of answering.

"Cool." Ryder said, before then, he once again shocked me to the oblivion by grabbing my elbow, and dragging me with him.

It was even worse than I imagined. I thought that we were going to talk in the corner, but he went deeper than that. When I thought we were going to have audience for our talking at the stairs, he went even deeper than that.

A few minutes, lots of tugging, and three near-death-experiences by heart failure later, the word 'Janitor' was approximately one meter above my head, and I stared at the door with aghast horror.

We were going to talk in the Janitor's closet. As the realization was sinking in, I felt every hair on my body falling out. This place was legendary, not because of the smell, but because of the history that it preserved. This was where a lot of relationship was made. This was where a lot of innocence was lost. This was where women turned insane, and men showed their demons.

And Ryder wanted me to talk with him here. 

"Let's talk here." Ryder said. "We'll have privacy."

My whole existence wasn't built for this.

In my whole seventeen years of living, I hadn't spent even one second preparing myself for this kind of experience. Talking with boys was a chore. Talking with bad boys was a torture. Talking with bad boys in a very secluded, very historical area, was... Well, it was pandemonium.

And so my defense-mechanism took over, and I did something I never thought I would.

I fell into Ryder's arms, and the moment my head crashed against his chest, I lost consciousness.

So much for talking to the Bad Boy for the first time.


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