Book Reviews

Review: You Out of Nowhere by Jay E. Tria

“How many more low-key goodbyes did I have to bid this guy? I wouldn’t put it past him to be conspiring with the universe, if I believed he liked me that much.

You Out of Nowhere

Title: You Out of Nowhere
Author: Jay E. Tria
Genre and Themes: Adult, Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 182
Publication: 4 November 2017
Read: November 2017

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At 31, Kris’s dating life is starting to resemble a reality show. So when she strikes up a conversation with a nerdy but gorgeous stranger on the train, getting serious is the last thing on her mind. Been there, done that, and she has the emotional baggage to prove it.

At 24, Ringo knows what he wants—and when a train flirtation turns into a night he can’t forget, he knows he wants Kris. But it’s clear she has other plans, and they don’t include him. So when they find themselves on the same flight to Seoul, it’s Ringo’s chance to turn up the heat, and convince Kris to take a risk.

In a new city, with someone new—the right someone—what could change? Maybe nothing. But also, maybe everything.



Review: The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

“Live in the moment whenever you can. You don’t need a memory for that.”

The One Memory of Flora Banks

Title: The One Memory of Flora Banks
Author: Emily Barr
Genre and Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: eARC
Pages: 313
Publication: Penguin Books, 12 January 2017
Read: January 2017

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life. 

With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.


Review: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You

“All these years I’d thought being a spy was challenging. Turns out, being a girl is the tricky part.”


Title: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You
Series: Gallagher Girls, Book 1
Author: Ally Carter
Genre and Themes: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 284
Publication: Disney-Hyperion, April 2006
Read: October 2017

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Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.


Review: Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan

“We are powerless when we wait for other people to act on our behalf.”


Title: Smaller and Smaller Circles
Author: F.H. Batacan
Genre and Themes: Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Serial killer
Format: Paperback
Pages: 357
Publication: Soho Press, Inc., 2015
Read: October 2017

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Payatas, a 50-acre dump in northeast Manila, is home to thousands of people who live off of what they can scavenge. It is one of the poorest neighborhoods in a city whose law enforcement is stretched thin and rife with corruption. So when the eviscerated bodies of preteen boys begin to appear in the trash heaps in the rainy summer of 1997, there is no one to seek justice on their behalf – until two Jesuit priests, forensic anthropologist Father Gus Saenz and his protégé, Father Jerome Lucero, take the matter of protecting their flock into their own hands.


Nakalimutan mo ba ang curfew? || Review: 12:01 ni Russell Molina at Kajo Baldisimo

“Ang tagal naming hinintay ang pagkakataong ito, na tumugtog sa harap niyo. Wala nang matatakot! Wala nang tatakbo! Walang iwanan! Madaling araw na… gising pa ba kayo?”


Title: 12:01
Author: Russell Molina
Illustrator: Kajo Baldisimo
Genre and Themes: Philippine history, martial law, EDSA revolution
Format: Paperback
Pages: 48
Publication: Adarna House, Inc., February 2016
Read: September 2017

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Hatinggabi na.

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