This Week Recap #41: Weight Loss and Fasting

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Long story short: I have officially discovered the love of my life: fasting.

To sum up: I lost 3 kilograms over the course of…two weeks I think. But recently, my binge monster has kind of..t.aken over me, but I have promised myself I’m going back on track, so I’ll continue fasting to the day after tomorrow.

To anyone out there, if you want to lose weight, don’t ‘try diets. That’s so much harder. Try fasting.

A fantastic video for you to understand fasting:

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Book Promotion: Whizzers by Michael J. Sahno

ARC Review: The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

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Blog Tour: Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry

Blog Tour: Everything I Knew to be True by Rayna York Promotional Post

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I believe every book and all its effort behind its creation should be recognized. As a book blogger, even though my platform is not as big as others is still a platform that is mine, and I will use it as a tool to help promote every effort behind the art of literature. If you are interested in being featured in this section, please shoot me a message in my message box or message me! Writers and readers are two sides of the same coin, and I’m just doing my part to support them.

Time Travel

Author: Roxanne San Jose

Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel

Publication date: April 15th 2019

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Angelie Thompson invented a time machine in 2015 and her boyfriend, John Salvador, was accidentally transported back to 1970. Left with no other option, Angelie journeys through time, searching for John. Along the way, she encounters several adventures, meeting new people on her desperate search for her lover.

Meanwhile, stranded in 1970 and with no hope of ever returning back to his own time, John begins a new life, working as a receptionist in Lesti Hotel where he finds a new love, Elisha.

Conflict arises among the characters due to their complicated relationships and when disaster strikes, it’s up to Angelie to save the world with her time machine invention.

The tale of ‘Time Travel’ highlights love, determination and friendship.

I am born in the Philippines but I resides now in Las Vegas, Nevada. I self-published my first book, Annagram, in 2015 about three countries fighting for an island.

Colossal: Issue #1 (The Colossal Series)

Author: Lennox McCaskill

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Meridian isn’t a typical town, and this is no typical murder. When Detective Wreings pulls up to a fiery crime scene he’s left wondering whether he’s chasing a man or something more. With a thin list of suspects, the detective’s search leads him to the hospital bed of a man with no name who can’t say for certain whether he is or isn’t the killer everyone is looking for. While trying to prove his innocence, he discovers the key to remembering his past puts him in the path of a girl trying desperately to forget hers. Each passing chapter reveals another piece of the puzzle that will change all their lives and the city of Meridian forever.

I’m an American author and Georgia native with a passion for various forms of storytelling. Growing up, I had a very active imagination that was pretty hard to contain. Whether pretending to be a superhero or an actor, I loved the idea of living in a fantasy world of my own making.

But the worlds weren’t just for me, I also created a number of characters, some of which made it into my writings as an adult. I’d give them backgrounds, motivations, and even drew out their stories as comics. Flash forward to today, and those stories aren’t limited to a strip.

My first published work, “Colossal”, is a culmination of my interests and inspirations, including my love of TV detectives, science fiction, and of course, super powers. At the same time, the pages of “The Colossal Series” have also housed many of my childhood fears and dreams – some of which have been personified by certain characters.

When I’m not writing, I’m busy being a dad to a very smart and imaginative toddler, a husband to a much smarter wife, and an avid sports fan (my favorite teams are Arsenal and Atlanta United).

I do love people as much as I love stories so I’d always love to talk and hear from you. Happy reading!

This Week Recap #40: Holy crap it’s hot 🔥🔥🔥🔥

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I have never been so grateful for the invention of the air conditioner. You know it’s hot when the moment you enter a room without air-conditioning you just start sweating. Water was legit going out of my body like I’m just spouting water, and so much sweat was going down my face that I feel like I’m crying.

I know that is way too descriptive for you but I just want to give you an idea that IT IS HOT OKAY. Also, as I’m writing this, I’ve been in the air-conditioned room for five-minutes now and I am still sweating heavily.

Joy.

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Monday Mini-Reviews: Reading New Type of Books

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Orphic

Series: The Bestower’s Ruin #1

Author: C. J. Rodgers

Genre: Fantasy

Category: New Adult

Being an outsider amongst family can be very lonely, Rose knows this well. Sticking to her routine helped keep her out of the way, from constant glares and questions regarding the gifts she did not possess. As Rose got older, anger and resentment fueled growth as she sparred in the arena, the one place where she was better than her faultless stepbrother. With her 21st birthday on the horizon, Rose is tasked with standing before The League, protectors of mystics and creatures. Though dreading the day, she thinks maintaining control will keep her on the narrow path but a deviation may be what she needs. Accidentally catching a conversation not meant for her, a part of her past is revealed, leaving her with questions that are desperately in need of an answer. Discovering a death swept under the rug, Rose begins to see that The League has a darker agenda. Putting freedom on the line to find the truth, the lies uncovered may shake the very foundation of her world.

Reading has never been a stranger to C.J., even as a little girl, she could pick up a book and read it without hesitating. The true stranger was writing. Usually, a casual relationship between the two, as she would take the time to write in a journal when her mind grew foggy. Last August, she took that casual relationship and expanded the dynamic of it, beginning the process of writing her first novel. Her first novel is a fantasy and mystery wrapped together. But she does not want to be bound to just those genres. She has an interest in romance, fantasy, mystery, and thrillers. But we all must start somewhere! Subscribe to C.J. Rodgers website newsletter to keep up to date on her book blog and upcoming info on future stories to come at https://www.cjrodgersauthor.com

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This Week Recap #39: Internship has ended

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My internship has just ended, and it’s moments like this that truly made me realize how fast time goes by. Time is truly an irreplaceable treasure that would cause regret if it is wasted.

I again had some fantastic hauls this week (if you want to see in detail my monthly recap for ARC see here) to the point that I don’t know where to start. I wonder if I’m the only one that feels this – the pure joy of getting approved of so many good books and not knowing where to start because you’re excited to read them equally.

How are your weeks? In your personal life and blogging life?

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ARC Review: Pirate Nemesis by Carysa Locke

ARC Review: Box of Frogs by Helen Harper – “Don’t go in expecting this to be your next all-time favorite and you’ll be fine

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This Month Wrap Up: Catching Up

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I believe every book and all its effort behind its creation should be recognized. As a book blogger, even though my platform is not as big as others is still a platform that is mine, and I will use it as a tool to help promote every effort behind the art of literature. If you are interested in being featured in this section, please shoot me a message in my message box or message me! Writers and readers are two sides of the same coin, and I’m just doing my part to support them.

TheThing.WithFeathers

Author: Jennifer Fowler

Genre: Dystopian, science fiction

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They are watching. It has been this way all of Amala’s life but, as she learns to break into the codes that oversee her world, she gets glimpses of what life was like before They came into power. The more she learns, the more questions arise. Why are there only two inhabited quarters left in the city? Where did They send her father? And what is behind the Endless War? A forbidden encounter with an old woman from the Southern Quarter will help her realize that it is not the things happening around her that matter most.

Can she awaken her own humanity and uncover the emotions that have been stifled by her authoritarian society? Or, will learning to love put her more at the mercy of those in control?

About the author

Jennifer lives in the Northwest with her husband and seven kids. She leads a busy life of homeschooling, outdoor activities, attending her kids sporting events, and reading a good book when the opportunity arises. Other titles by the author include Seeds of the Heart and The Christmas Guest.

The Nibiru Effect

Author: G. Sauve

Series: Will Save #1

Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel

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A cryptic dream. A strange symbol. A magical ring.

Will’s life will never be the same.

Lured away from his life at the orphanage by the promise of a family reunion, fifteen-year-old Will Save unwittingly embarks on an adventure through time and space.

Catapulted into the distant past. Struggling to survive a dinosaur-infested land. Plagued by a mysterious shapeshifting ability. These are only some of the challenges Will faces as he battles mythical creatures in a desperate attempt to save a race of prehistoric humanoids from a deadly plague.

Avalon is obsessed with altering the course of history. If she succeeds, Will’s entire life will come crumbling down around him. Desperate to protect those he loves and reunite with his long-lost mother, he must accept his destiny and become the saviour everyone believes him to be.

Can he live up to his name and save the world?

Find out in this action-packed, pulse-pounding first installment in a brand-new YA series about courage, love, and destiny.

About the author

G. Sauvé had an unusual childhood. He grew up in a straw bale house. He was homeschooled. And he didn’t have a TV until he was a teenager. No wonder he fell in love with the written word at such a young age. He wrote his first book at fifteen (it sucked), and he now resides in Montréal, where he spends his days writing (much improved) novels and making bad puns.

Pronunciation: G. So-vey

He loves to hear from his readers. Contact him at: GSauve.ca

Join his mailing list to receive a FREE STORY!

Rijel 12: The Rise of New Australia

Author: King Medlin

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Chandra Press

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If you like Star Wars, Battlefield Earth, and Forever War, you’ll love Rijel 12: The Rise of New Australia!

The remote Intergalactic Penal Colony on the planet Rijel 12 is a very profitable enterprise. Its desolate surface is an uninhabitable wasteland relentlessly scorched by its sun, but inside the planet is a vast treasure trove of the most precious resources in the galaxy.

Prisoners sentenced to Rijel 12 know it’s a one-way ticket. It used to be a convict would serve their time and come home. That stopped a while ago. Inmates are forced to work the mines in wretched conditions and the death rate is staggering. Luckily for the warden, new inmates arrive monthly to replenish the labor pool. Business has never been better.

From the darkness of their miserable existence, one prisoner decides to take a stand and begins to organize a resistance. Inmates rally to the cause and prepare for rebellion. Can the rag-tag rebels of ‘New Australia’ succeed in their quest for freedom or will the warden and the overpowering might of the Interplanetary Authority extinguish their only hope?

From new author, King Everett Medlin, comes an action-packed epic of hope, rebellion, and the quest for redemption.

About the author

King Everett Medlin has been writing since 2013, when he first developed the idea for Rijel 12. It was originally designed to be a SciFi series, with the objective of creating several short installments. Instead he got a lucky break when Chandra Press from San Diego responded favorably to the original draft, deciding to publish it as a full length novel. King lives in Denver, Colorado with his lovely wife Caroline and has two grown children. He’s a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he played college Rugby; and remains a diehard Sooners fan to this day. His specialties are Science Fiction and Mystery/Suspense novels, focusing on unusual stories with intriguing plot-lines and amazing characters.

This Week Recap #38: Amazing progress this week for ARC haul

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I’m working at an internship where I’m working with historical archives for 4 weeks, and I’m talking about this now because I realized that I never mentioned this. It’s a really cool experience, handling real historical primary sources/documents while learning how they are stored and handled.

Aside from this, not too much else is happening in my life. I’m trying to get back from my blog, and it’s a little bit upsetting to see that my visitor counts had dropped TREMENDOUSLY, which was expected because I didn’t focus for a while to focus on school but still really hard to see. I just hope that I can at least get it back to the same level again.

I’m also super proud of my ARC haul this week – seeing all those amazing books that I’m so excited to read really re-ignited my inner reader-maniac. Also, I’ve recently just finished Pirate Nemesis Audio-book, so look out for that review soon.

this week on the blog

Blog Tour: Alarum by Talis Jones Book Spotlight

Book Review: The Lost Sisters by Holly Black

Guest Post: Author Victoria Corva – “How My Username Became My Pen-Name”

ARC Haul this week

ARc finished this week

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I believe every book and all its effort behind its creation should be recognized. As a book blogger, even though my platform is not as big as others is still a platform that is mine, and I will use it as a tool to help promote every effort behind the art of literature. If you are interested in being featured in this section, please shoot me a message in my message box or message me! Writers and readers are two sides of the same coin, and I’m just doing my part to support them.

War of Mist

Author: Helen Scheuerer

Series: The Oremere Chronicles #3

Genre: Fanatasy, YA, fiction

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War is here.

Toxic mist drives all life to the brink of destruction and the conqueror queen, Ines, has her talons in the kings of the realm.

Bleak, having discovered her true heritage, must now scour the lands for the one thing that might save them all. But the search is a treacherous one – and it will push her to the very limits of endurance.

Amidst secrets, lies and the intricacies of battle, Bleak and her companions learn just how far they’ll go for the ones they love.

But will it be enough?

As deadly forces grapple for power across the continents, families, friends and allies unite to take one final stand.

Explosive revelations, heart-wrenching betrayals and breathtaking magic soar in the epic conclusion to Helen Scheuerer’s bestselling trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles.

This Week Recap #37: OKAY I AM OFFICIALLY THE WORST BLOGGER EVER

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OKAY I DON’T HAVE MUCH TIME BECAUSE I FORGOT TO SCHEDULE THIS POST AND I REALIZED I FORGOT OT WRITE THIS PART BUT I SWORE TO MYSELF I’LL POST IT THIS WEEK SO HERE IT IS ENJOY! THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ANYONE WHO BOTHERED TO COMMENT TO NO CONTENT I’M IN THE RETURNING-TO BLOGGING-PHASE XD (IF YOU THINK YOU’RE A BAD BLOGGER PLEASE DO THINK AGAIN).

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book promotion of the week

I believe every book and all its effort behind its creation should be recognized. As a book blogger, even though my platform is not as big as others is still a platform that is mine, and I will use it as a tool to help promote every effort behind the art of literature. If you are interested in being featured in this section, please shoot me a message in my message box or message me! Writers and readers are two sides of the same coin, and I’m just doing my part to support them.

Books and Bone

Author: Victoria Corva

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A Librarians-and-Necromancy Fantasy with Small Town Charm in a City of the Dead


The others believe in blood and bone. Ree believes in books.


She manages the libraries and draws maps for the denizens of her hometown, a secret society of necromancers hiding in a sprawling underground crypt. Though they look down on her for not practicing their craft, Ree has bigger ambitions than raising the dead. She’s going to resurrect therianthropy, the ancient magic of shapeshifting. Or at least — she’ll do it if it really exists. And if she can find the books that prove it.


But Smythe, a chatty historian from the world above, stumbles into the crypt and takes a curse meant for Ree. Now she has to find a way to save him, keep the townsfolk off her back, and convince her necromancer parents that shapeshifting is a viable career path.


Ree is certain that if she and Smythe combine their scholarly skill sets, they’ll find the right books to solve their problems. But Ree’s search for power might put the entire town in danger, and her father and the other townsfolk want Smythe dead lest he reveal their home to a world that hates them.

You can also read the first three chapters for free here.

The Elyrian

Author: D.P. Rowell

A witch’s most powerful tool isn’t magic, it’s deception. Witches haven taken the land of Yutara. Only no one knows yet. No one but the Emerson Stone. These witches aren’t the sickly green, wart-faced witches from bedtime stories. They hide in plain sight. And they’re everywhere. When Ace Halder discovers a mysterious stone on his grandfather’s ancient Earth ship, he learns of a power he can neither contain nor understand. Now he’s faced with a choice. Run and hide? Or risk everything to save Yutara.

This Week Recap #36: Am I Slacking off with Blogging?

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Hello everyone~! How were your Christmas and vocation so far! I truly hope everyone had been soaking up the Christmas festivity vibes and enjoying the lack of things on the to-do list. If you’re an adult, I hope you’ve enjoyed your time off work, if you’re a student (like me), I hope you’ve been enjoying your break after you’ve received your quite…disastrous exam scores *sad laugh*.

Okay, I had been getting “back” (kind of) to blogging for a while now. If you look at my posting history, you’ll notice that I had been scheduling to post for weeks now. Thank god I had read a lot of books during my “book hype” phase, so I had a lot of books for review, designed specifically for periods of book slumps when I’m not reading so I can still post at least once in a while.

But I guess it can be argued that I’m still “slacking”. I’ve been letting myself lose with the weekly recaps and monthly recaps, and I can’t remember the last time I actually replied to a book review request (I am so sorry about that by the way, I swear I am getting to it).

This week during my Christmas break, I went to a hospital to help out. I won’t disclose the name and didn’t take any pictures due to obvious privacy concerns for the patients and the hospital.

It was a pretty good experience. Even know I didn’t get to see, experience, or learn as much as I would’ve liked, I still get to see things I normally wouldn’t get to see. I saw many patients and listened to their stories, and as a volunteer, I was able to get the experience of working as a staff at a hospital and experience what that would be like.

There are some things that are good with my reading slump though. For example, it managed to get me to completely forget (and almost don’t care) about some of the most anticipated sequels for me. I was dying – physically suffering from having to wait for the release of The Wicked King by Holly Black. I don’t want to talk too much about this either because…well, again, I don’t want to remind myself constantly about it until it’s released (to ease my suffering).

(LAST FEW WEEKS) on the blog

ARC Review: Trying to Live with the Dead by B.L. Brunnemer

Blog Tour: The Dark Lands by Christina Bauer ARC Review + Exclusive Giveaway

ARC Review: Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Blog Tour: Three Mages and a Margarita + Review + Exclusive Giveaway

ARC Review: Kiss Me in Paris by Catherine Rider

Blog Tour: Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil by Mary Fan Exclusive Excerpt + Spotlight + Exclusive Giveaway

ARC Review: When the Dead Come A Knockin’ by B.L. Brunnemer

Cover Reveal: Vortex Visions by Elise Kova

ARC Review: When To Fear The Living by B.L. Brunnemer

Book Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Book Review: Wildcard by Marie Lu

Book Review: P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

ARC Review: Whispers from the Dead by B.L. Brunnemer

ARC Review: When Evil Comes To Play by B.L. Brunnemer

ARC Review: Evenfall by Gaja J. Kos

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This Week Recap #35: ARC Haul Week

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THIS WEEK ON THE BLOG

Book Review: Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book Review: Review: Sugar and Spice by Shari L. Tapscott

Book Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

Book Review: Slouch Witch by Helen Harper

ARC Review: Olympian Challenger by Astrid Arditi

ARC Review: Perfect Harmony by Emily Albright

ARC Haul This Week

Thief of Cahraman by Lucy Tempest

Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Perfect Harmony by Emily Albright

Box of Frogs by Helen Harper

Quiver of Crobas by Helen Harper

Riches to Rags by Casey L. Bond

Academy of Assassins by Stacey Brutger

Heart of Assassins by Stacey Brutger

Shout-out to Tanor Audio, thank you guys for providing me so many of these books. You guys are amazing.

This Week Recap #34: School Started

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So my school started this week (yay?), and…it wasn’t that bad. Yet. My classes seem okay, my teachers seem nice, and I tried out for soccer (which I failed the fitness part by the way)… So I guess calling this week uneventful (again) would be quite…wrong.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m recovering from two OTP hangovers (Cardan and Jude from The Cruel Prince, and Hideo with Emika from Warcross). These two books (especially Warcross) are probably the first books I truly suffered a book hangover from. Like, a legit book hangover. I wasn’t able to stop thinking about these two books for WEEKS. It was the most exhilarating feeling to come across books that are so tailored-made for you, but the after-math suffering is just so painful…I don’t know if it’s worth it.

I know I need to do a monthly recap post (like, now). But I don’t know why I just can’t do it. Is life getting too busy (probably), am I just really lazy (just say the truth, it’s yes)?

How’s your week! Tell me in the comments below!

THIS WEEK ON THE BLOG

next week on the blog

  • Book Review: Sugar and Spice by Shari L. Tapscott
  • Book Review: Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Book Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This Week Recap #34: I Really Want Wildcard by Marie Lu…

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This Week on the Blog

next week on the blog

  • Book Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
  • Blog Tour: The Afterlife of Walter Augustus by Hannah M. Lynn | Exclusive Excerpt + Author Q&A!
  • ARC Review: Furyborn by Claire Legrand

arc haul this week

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

What were you guys reading this week? Tell me in the comments below!

This Week Recap #33: I Really Should be Studying, But I Literally Cannot Stop Reading and Re-reading

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I should be reading my ARCs right now. I should be finishing them.

But instead, I am re-reading Warcross by Marie Lu, the entire Shatter Me series, I want to give the Cress Series another chance, and I want to read Caraval.

I should really, really be studying. My future is on the line.

AND I’M STILL BROWSING EDELWEISS. AND GOODREADS BOOK RECOMENDATION LIST.

SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME.

I should be reading my ARCs right now. I should be finishing them. But instead, I am re-reading Warcross by Marie Lu, the entire Shatter Me series, I want to give the Cress Series another chance, and I want to read Caraval.

I also should really, really be studying. My future is on the line.

AND I’M STILL BROWSING EDELWEISS. AND GOODREADS BOOK RECOMMENDATION LIST.

Oh my god…I have a problem *shakes my head*.

THIS WEEK ON THE BLOG

Book Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Book Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

ARC Review: One Small Thing by Erin Watt

Book Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

5 Series When the Heroine Unexpectedly Falls for and Chooses the Second Guy PART II

Blog Tour: Sanctuary by Caryn Lix Review + Dreamcast | Exclusive Giveaway

ARC Review: I Am Justice by Diana Munoz Stewart

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