Moody Writing Prompts Theme: Mind and Heart

Happy December, folks! I’ve taken some break and here I am. I’ll be writing more soon before the year ends. Here are my works while I was gone and contemplated the time of sleep I needed.

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What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera (Book Review)

I’m still not over with their gushy relationship!

Plot: Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is? (Source: Goodreads.com)

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Even the cover is cute

The story made me feel I’m either in a roller coaster ride of emotions or I’m in a Ferris Wheel of sweetness. They are both sweet to each other even Ben is trying his best for Arthur. My poor sweet Arthur.

By the way, there are a lot of Broadway references like Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen, especially the latter since most of the songs are used in the book. So, I must listen to DEH songs, then. Thanks Becky and Adam!

And oh! I have found that sweet snack in this book. Becky’s previous books have one as I have noticed.

In Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda, it was Oreos, the Upside of Unrequited, it was Cadbury Mini Eggs, then Leah on the Offbeat, it was that maple syrup on each square of her waffles (I can’t find that “sweet tooth” of Leah, she’s so tough, it’s so cute!). As for this one, it’s Chocolate Cookies! Arthur’s favorite!

I imagined Ben to be a bit moody but he is alright and has more chill than Arthur but they are perfect for each other. I think I have crush on Adam’s characters even before What If It’s Us. I hope I’ll be ready for They Both Die at the End

My favorite quote from him after that huge break-up with his ex.

“I just wasn’t good enough to remind him love could be a good thing.” -Ben

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I would recommend this book especially near the holidays. If you want to sweeten up your relationship or if you just want to have a good time, this book is perfect!

 

October Reads 2018

It’s that time of season again where witches and werewolves roam around the streets. It’s Halloween month! I also want to dedicate this month with new reads and I just realized that the theme of the books I have read is about ghosts (what a coincidence).

Let me start with the first one, which I finished it just this morning:

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My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Plot: You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights (Goodreads.com)

So the story was fun and a lot twists on the characters where the author (Charlotte) and her main character (Jane Eyre) are best friends and one of them sees ghosts. I like how it has solving mysteries and a bit of wit to their words when they converse each other, especially from Alexander Blackwood (from now, I still can’t believe it’s not Alexander Graham Bell but CURRER?! Alexander CURRER Bell?!). And of course, ghost hunting.

I recommend this book because it’s fun and it has a bit of mystery.

My next book to read is:

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City of Ghost by Victoria Schwab

Plot: Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself. (Goodreads.com)

I’ve read in the reviews that it’s a great book for middle school students/kids but I’m already an adult and I find the plot interesting so why not give it a try and she has a pet cat. Nice right?

After that, my next book is:

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Invisible Ghosts by Robyn Schneider

Plot: Rose Asher believes in ghosts. She should, since she has one for a best friend: Logan, her annoying, Netflix-addicted brother, who is forever stuck at fifteen. But Rose is growing up, and when an old friend moves back to Laguna Canyon and appears in her drama class, things get complicated.

Jamie Aldridge is charming, confident, and a painful reminder of the life Rose has been missing out on since her brother’s death. She watches as Jamie easily rejoins their former friends–a group of magnificently silly theater nerds–while avoiding her so intensely that it must be deliberate.

Yet when the two of them unexpectedly cross paths, Rose learns that Jamie has a secret of his own, one that changes everything. Rose finds herself drawn back into her old life–and to Jamie. But she quickly starts to suspect that he isn’t telling her the whole truth.

All Rose knows is that it’s becoming harder to choose between the boy who makes her feel alive and the brother she isn’t ready to lose. (Goodreads.com)

It’s a romantic/paranormal story and yes, it has a ghost. Why not I give it a try. This is my first book I’ve read from the author.

So there, I’ll update this as soon as I finish reading those two books.

There will be a lot of ghosts for this month!

 

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon (Book Review)

Finally, I’m able to review this wonderful book!

Plot: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? (Goodreads.com)

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Look at that beautiful book cover

What I like about this book is that it’s not the ordinary love story I’ve read but it’s about learning the differences of one another and accepting that how fate is. The recent news about immigrants and separation has brought my interest in this book and it’s still happening. It’s a fiction story but the events are real.

I’ve read this book twice and honestly, I teared up in the end because I know they won’t spend their time like they have imagined but they are able to meet in the most unexpected place and time.

Natasha is Jamaican and Daniel is half Korean and half American. Natasha is the practical and smart character while Daniel is the romantic and artistic one. And they love each other but Natasha needs to be deported because she is an undocumented immigrant and Daniel wants to spend their time in just one day.

In the end, they are able to find each other and their love sparked again.

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My favorite quote

Here’s my favorite quote from the romantic Daniel: “There’s a Japanese phrase that I like: koi no yokan. It doesn’t mean love at first sight. It’s closer to love at second sight. It’s the feeling when you meet someone that you’re going to fall in love with. Maybe you don’t love them right away, but it’s inevitable that you will.”

And also, this book is going to be made as a movie adaptation and I’m so excited to watch it. I hope it’s going to be good as the book.