BOOK REVIEW: The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby

Gorgeously written and emotionally charged, The Secret History of Us explores the difficult journey of a teenage girl who must piece her life together after losing her memory in a near-fatal accident.

When Olivia awakes in a hospital bed following a car accident that almost took her life, she can’t remember the details about how she got there. She figures the fog is just a symptom of being in a week-long coma, but as time goes on, she realizes she’s lost more than just the last several days of her life—she’s lost her memory of the last four years. Gone is any recollection of starting or graduating high school; the prom; or her steady boyfriend Matt. Trying to figure out who she is feels impossible when everyone keeps telling her who she was. 

As Liv tries to block out what her family and friends say about who she used to be, the one person she hasn’t heard enough from is Walker, the guy who saved her the night her car was knocked off that bridge into the bay below. Walker is the hardened boy who’s been keeping his distance—and the only person Olivia inexplicably feels herself with. With her feelings growing for Walker, tensions rising with Matt, and secrets she can’t help but feel are being kept from her, Olivia must find her place in a life she doesn’t remember living.

From the beginning until the end of this book, I WAS SO FREAKING CURIOUS!!! It got a hold on me, seriously!

In this 250+ pages of a book, I felt:

  • CURIOUS about what really happened
  • SAD for what happened to Olivia
  • EXCITED to know what really happened
  • MAD when I knew what really happened
  • GLAD on how the story ended


  • We can never have too many stories about PTSD
  • We need to raise more awareness about PTSD
  • It’s so light and easy to read
  • It’s just like reading your best friend’s diary
  • It is a satisfying story


  • It’s a bit slow-paced for me, but it’s just 25% slow, so that’s still bearable for me!

*A review copy has been sent to me by Harper Collins International but it does not affect my opinion in any way, okay? Okay.*


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REVIEW: What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum | #WTSNPHBlogTour

TITLE: What To Say Next

AUTHOR: Julie Buxbaum

PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House



From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes a charming and poignant story about two struggling teenagers who find an unexpected connection just when they need it most. For fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Niven, and Rainbow Rowell.
Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they?  I don’t even understand.
DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her. 

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David.  Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?


What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum is a weird (“good weird” 😉) book for me. It has weird (“good weird”😁) main characters. It has a good weird plot. I good weirdly love it!

My attention hasn’t been caught until Chapter 7. For the first six chapters, I thought it was kind of slow-paced, and I hate slow-paced books. But, when I got to Chapter 7, I already thought that “Wow, it’s getting interesting!”

Before reading this book, I have zero idea of what it is about. I think the synopsis is so vague, especially when you get to actually read the book, you’ll just realize that the synopsis gives nothing about what the book is really about; and I think it’s good. It’s good to be surprisingly amazed!

This is my first time reading a book by Julie Buxbaum and I’m thinking why I haven’t read Tell Me Three Things (and her two other novels) before. Now, I’m putting Tell Me Three Things on my to-buy-and-to-read-ASAP list because I REALLY LOVE JULIE BUXBAUM’S WRITING!

What I love about What To Say Next:

  • It’s so fun to read! I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed getting to know David and Kit.
  • It’s like David and Kit are my BFFs and they’re telling me their story! It’s so cool to be part of the their tribe. 😉
  • It is such a DIVERSE read! 💓
  • It has unique characters and unique plot.
  • David is so weird, good weird.
  • I get to know more about David’s situation (I’m not gonna say what situation because I think it’s spoilery? 😀)
  • I feel so connected with David and Kit.
  • I love how the feeling of loss and being different was dealt so real and raw here.
  • All these are caused by one thing actually: SUPERB WRITING!

    There’s only one thing that I didn’t like about it though. It’s the last part, like the last four or five chapters. I think the ending is somehow good, but I think it could be better. It’s just that I feel cheated. But nevertheless, I want more of David and Kit! 💓

    I recommend this if to everyone. You’ll surely love it! It’s now my new favorite YA contemporary novel. Welcome to my tribe!

    *Thank you so much to Fay of Bibliophile Soprano and to Penguin Random House for making this blog tour happen. This, however, does not affect my opinion on the book.*

    MY RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


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    COVER REVEAL: Her by Danielle Rose

    Kemper Academy is over a hundred years old, but it has only recently reopened after a series of murders and stories of hauntings shut it down. Avlynn, a new student, refuses to let the rumors scare her, chalking them up to a bit of friendly freshman hazing. But when night falls and screams draw her from her room, she finds the truth is much more horrifying than any ghost story.

    COVER REVEAL: Carry Me Home by Jessica Therrien

    Carry Me Home
    Jessica Therrien
    Published by: Acorn Publishing
    Publication date: September 26th 2017
    Genres: Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult

    “A riveting page-turner… Jessica Therrien broke my heart into a million pieces — and then put it back together again. This book will haunt and uplift readers long after they turn the last page.”

    -KAT ROSS, best-selling author of The Midnight Sea

    CARRY ME HOME is a fictional novel inspired by the true story of a teenage girl’s involvement in several Mexican gangs in San Jose and Los Angeles. The members of her crew call her, Guera, Spanish for “white girl” and it doesn’t take long for her to get lost in their world of guns and drugs.

    * * *

    Lucy and Ruth are country girls from a broken home. When they move to the city with their mother, leaving behind their family ranch and dead-beat father, Lucy unravels.

    They run to their grandparents’ place, a trailer park mobile home in the barrio of San Jose. Lucy’s barrio friends have changed since her last visit. They’ve joined a gang called VC. They teach her to fight, to shank, to beat a person unconscious and play with guns. When things get too heavy, and lives are at stake, the three girls head for LA seeking a better life.

    But trouble always follows Lucy. She befriends the wrong people, members of another gang, and every bad choice she makes drags the family into her dangerous world.

    Told from three points of view, the story follows Lucy down the rabbit hole, along with her mother and sister as they sacrifice dreams and happiness, friendships and futures. Love is waiting for all of them in LA, but pursuing a life without Lucy could mean losing her forever.

    Ultimately it’s their bond with each other that holds them together, in a true test of love, loss and survival.

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    Author Bio:

    Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult paranormal fiction series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release.

    Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica’s work can also be found in a published collection of flash fiction stories called Campaigner Challenges 2011. Out of over 350 submissions her story, The Soulless, won first place for people’s choice and fourth place in the judging round of Rachael Harrie’s Writing Campaign Challenge. Her story, Saved, is also available as part of the anthology.

    Jessica spent most of her life in the small town of Chilcoot, California, high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In this town of nearly 100 residents, with no street lights or grocery stores, there was little to do but find ways to be creative. Her mother, the local English teacher, inspired her to do all things artistic, and ultimately instilled in her a love for language.

    In 2003, Jessica attended California State University Long Beach where her passion for language found her studying Chinese, and in 2005 she moved to Taiwan to study abroad. From 2005 to 2006 Jessica was fully immersed in the Chinese language as she attended National Taiwan University, and in 2008 she graduated from San Diego State University magna cum laude.

    Jessica currently lives in Irvine with her husband and two sons. She is working on an adult novel and a children’s picture book.

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    TBR: READ-O-RAMA Round 7

    Hey, bookish people! It’s the summer vacation (but the rainy season here in the Philippines 😀 ) and it means I have more time to read. One of my summer favorites is that there are a lot of readathons around the corner! More readings, more new friends!

    The first readathon I’ll be participating in this summer of 2017 is the Read-O-Rama Readathon Round 7 which is hosted by Chloe of @brunettebiblio, Elizabeth of @theowlerybooks, Alyssa of @puckspaperbacks, and April of @maydawn. I must say that Read-O-Rama is one of my favorite readathons because the hosts always think of cool, fun and sometimes really challenging challenges! Plus, the people participating in this readathon are so friendly. Hi, there Read-O-Rama people! ❤ ❤

    This year’s Read-O-Rama is happening from 11th-17th June, and I’m most excited for the reading challenges! Below is the list of challenges and the books I will be reading for each challenge.

    • Read seven books (see list below for my 7 books)
    • Read a book with RAMA in the title



    The Half Life of Molly Pierce is about a seventeen-year-old girl who is forgetting bits and pieces of her life until now that she figures out why. This book is a psychological suspense mystery book. I can’t wait to read this because I love mysteries and Katrina Leno. 😉

    • Read a book with water on the cover

    The Percy Jackson series is a really famous story but I haven’t read it yet. I bought my nephew a copy but I borrowed it from him so I could read it during this readathon. I watched the movie and I loved it so I have high expectations on this book!

    • Read a short book (150 pages or less)

    January, the first book in the Calendar Girl series, by Audrey Carlan is about Mia whose father has a high debt due to gambling. To pay off for his father’s debt, she has to work as a high-priced escort to her aunt’s company. I found this randomly on Goodreads’ listopia because I badly wanted to read something new and underrated for this readathon.

    • Read a graphic novel

    I’m not really into graphic novels, so thank you so much to Read-O-Rama for opening up an opportunity for me to widen my reading preferences. 😀 I found this on Amazon while I’m looking for graphic novels that would catch my attention. I liked the synopsis so I sent it directly to my Kindle and I’m lucky that it’s free! 

    • Read a book you’ve been anticipating

    I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about Nicola Yoon’s books and I think it’s time for me to finally read her debut novel, Everything, Everything. It’s also a preparation for me for its movie which will be out here in the Philippines soon.

    • Read an #ownvoices book

    I’ve started reading this two years ago but I never got the chance to continue reading it. I think now’s the best time to continue. I will try to find a paperback copy because I’ll be reading it as an ebook only and I’ve been hearing amazing things about it so I guess it deserves to be read as a physical book. Hehe.

    • Read a book that was released in the summer of any year

    I currently have a Katrina Leno book hangover, after reading an advance copy of Everything All At Once, so I decided to put her two other books on my TBR this week. 

    Those are all the seven books I’m excited to read this week for the Read-O-Rama! Are you also participating in this readathon? If yes, comment down the link to your TBR because I’m curious! Also, if you have read any book from my list above, please comment down also your thoughts because I’m curiouser and curiouser… 😉



    REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Everything All At Once by Katrina Leno

    TITLE: Everything All At Once

    AUTHOR: Katrina Leno

    PUBLISHER: HarperCollins

    PUBLICATION DATE: July 25, 2017


    From the author of The Half Life of Molly Pierce and The Lost & Found comes a magical new YA novel about 24 dares, 3 weeks, and taking a leap into the unknown.

    Lottie Reeves has always struggled with anxiety, and when her beloved Aunt Helen dies, Lottie begins to fear that her own unexpected death might be waiting around every corner.

    Aunt Helen wasn’t a typical aunt. She was the author of the best–selling Alvin Hatter series, about siblings who discover the elixir of immortality. Her writing inspired a generation of readers.

    In her will, she leaves one last writing project—just for Lottie. It’s a series of letters, each containing mysterious instructions designed to push Lottie out of her comfort zone. Soon, Lottie’s trying some writing of her own, leaping off cliffs, and even falling for a boy she’s only just met. Then the letters reveal an extraordinary secret about the inspiration for the Alvin Hatter series. Lottie finds herself faced with an impossible choice, one that will force her to confront her greatest fear once and for all.

    This gorgeous novel is perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven, with the scavenger hunt feel of Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes, and a dash of magic that evokes Tuck Everlasting.

    (Read more for my review.)

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    REVIEW: Fireworks by Katie Cotugno


    TITLE: Fireworks

    AUTHOR: Katie Cotugno

    PUBLISHER: HarperCollins

    PUBLICATION DATE: April 18, 2017


    From Katie Cotugno, bestselling author of 99 Days, comes Fireworks—about a girl who is competing with her best friend to become the new pop star of the moment—and all the drama and romance that comes with it—set in Orlando during the late-’90s boy-and-girl-band craze.

    It was always meant to be Olivia. She was the talented one, the one who had been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, was the level-headed one, always on the sidelines, cheering her best friend along.

    But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who’s never sung more than Olivia’s backup. Dana, who wasn’t even looking for fame. Next thing she knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who’s destined to be the next big thing.

    It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift . . . and there’s only room at the top for one girl. For Olivia, it’s her chance at her dream. For Dana, it’s a chance to escape a future that seems to be closing in on her. And for these lifelong best friends, it’s the adventure of a lifetime—if they can make it through.

    Set in evocative 1990s Orlando, New York Times bestselling author Katie Cotugno’s Fireworks brings to life the complexity of friendship, the excitement of first love, and the feeling of being on the verge of greatness.

    (Read more for my review.)

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