Wednesday, November 23, 2016

REVIEW: AMY & ROGER'S EPIC DETOUR BY MORGAN MATSON.

Title: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Series: StandAlone
Edition: Hardbound (signed)
Publication: May 4th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Bought from National Bookstore
Pages: 344
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Travel, Realistic Fiction, Romance

Synopsis:
Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it's Amy's responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn't ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip - and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar - especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory - but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

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Amy and Roger's Epic Detour has been on my book radar ever since I laid my eyes on its glorious hardcover copy. It took a while (as always) for me to get a hold of one and I would just like to thank National Bookstore for not only getting copies but also for inviting Morgan Matson for a signing here! It was just one of the best moments ever!

This book is the first road trip themed novel I've read and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I loved the scrapbook entries so so much and how intricate the details of each place is! My wanderlust heart is suddenly so full because of this book and I can't help but be adventurous - like Amy - along the way. Definitely a book I would re-read and recommend.

Amy obviously is going through a hard time accepting such a huge loss and adjusting to the absence of her father. I felt her pain and how it is just so darn hard to miss someone that much. I also felt her regret and the self-blame I believe is understandable. I wish that her mother though helped her instead of going away to mend her own heart. Leaving her children like that is an act of selfishness - but somehow, still understandable from a different point of view. What felt a little off for me is the insta-romance and how romance-centered the plot turned out to be. (What was I expecting, a fantasy? This is a roadtrip romance story, silly!) I mean, there's gotta be other ways to develop romance. Even though Roger is cute and sweet, I find him too good to be true. (I might be biased here because I have a thing for villains). Can't they just get off as friends or whatever? The romance was just iffy to me.

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour is an epic story that made me giggle, cry, mad and happy. This one is a ride I would not hesitate to follow again!

"The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren't looking for them."
"It's not about the destination. It’s getting there that’s the good part. - Leonard"
"...You can do something extraordinary, and something that a lot of people can't do. And if you have the opportunity to work on your gifts, it seems like a crime not to. I mean, it's just weakness to quit because something becomes too hard.."

Monday, November 7, 2016

MEETING THE AUTHOR: LAUREN KATE IN MANILA 2016.


So 16 hours after the event, my legs are still noodles and my shoulders still hurt but my heart is happy. I missed my blogger friends so much I wish I had seen them all yesterday but most of them are busy they couldn't attend. Thankfully, Louisse, Hazel and Lyra attended the event and it was all I could hope for. It has been a while since I went to a public signing and true, it was legit tiring but you know, nothing could top off the screaming and enthusiasm of fans! Just worth all the blood and pain haha


Just like what I told Hazel, Fallen series is one of the first novels that introduced me to Young Adult that's why my love for it just never dwindles. Imagine meeting the love of your life but when you kiss her, she dies? Then you meet each other again after seventeen years? Then this time, when she dies, that's it? LIKE WTAF? My faves are Fallen and Rapture because I think the essense of the entire series are in there. I have been trying to find hardbounds of these but the only ones I saw are in a boxed sets. I want them all in hardbound, you guys.


I arrived in Greenbelt 5 around 12 noon and I was 228 in line. So we went around first, ate lunch then waited. I wasn't there when Lauren and Harrison arrived but the Q and A was happening. Harrison Gilbertson looked short from afar but when I stood next to him, I think he's around 5'9"! Oh and he's soooo good looking you guys! HAHA! I never heard of him actually but when he was waving hello, I couldn't help but giggle! He's sooooo nice! (AND SOFT)


I was only able to get three of my books signed: Fallen in Love, Torment and Unforgiven because I don't have Fallen, Passion and Rapture in hardbound (also because only three books are allowed). So yeah, I have no issues waiting for like, three or four hours to get to meet Lauren but I was legit disheartened when it was my moment, right there, in front of her. She was absolutely tired AF and didn't have the energy to talk. She sounded condescending in a way, like, she didn't wanna talk at all? I DUNNO MAN AM SORRY BUT SHE SOUNDED SARCASTIC LOL. I didn't ask her what I've been wanting to anymore because I felt like she just wanted to get the signing over with. (Now I am actually wondering how Victoria Aveyard did it for 1k fans). I waited for this moment, to meet Lauren, since that time I fell in love with Fallen which was around 2012. I am thankful forever to National Bookstore for bringing her here. But it wasn't what I hoped it would be. It felt like Colleen Hoover Encounter again but worst.


I'm still grateful though that I was able to have the opportunity to meet her and I will forever treasure the experience. I cannot wait to re-read Fallen series! Fallen and Rapture are my top faves! (I said that, right?)



"What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?" - Fallen


"I want you to know that I would do it all again. I will choose you every time." - Rapture

Thank you National Bookstore, Lauren, Harrison, Pioneer Films, Greenbelt and Penguin!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

NOVEMBER NEW RELEASE PICKS.


Hello, November!! YAAAAS only fiftyish days left before Christmas! Not that am excited, I just need those holiday breaks so I can read more HAHA! Happy Holidays, everybody! I am currently doing my December Bujo spreads because I've finished my November ones (if you follow me on Twitter, you know what I'm talking about) and I can say these are the best spreads I made yet. So excited to complete my christmas theme! I wasn't able to decorate my Bujo much this month because I didn't have the tools last month (I make them a month in advance) so I stuck with my galaxy-ish theme for November.

BUJO is life!

Made a list of the books I need to take photos of!
Anyway, I want a lot of books hitting shelves this month but I only have two titles that are what I am most looking forward to getting!



Thank you to my friend Louisse of The Soul Sisters for giving me an ARC of Heartless!

What titles are you looking forward to getting this month?