Book Review: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships–but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.

That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor–and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when Stanford’s reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive’s career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding… six-pack abs.

Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

I’ve read this book a while back and I’ve been meaning to write a book review but I can’t make myself to. I’m not sure how to express myself on this. The Love Hypothesis is a hype! and all I could say was it was worth it. I end up buying a Book of the Month copy before finishing the other half of the story and I end up reading from the start so I could put the tabs. This book is a fast, enjoyable and funny read. I’d definitely read this again if I got time! And, FYI there’s an Adam POV!

The book is really awesome! I loved every parts of it! But, it’s funny that Olive didn’t realize right away that the guy (Adam) is the guy she already met all those years ago. Olive and Adam is such a perfect match. It’s not everyday you’ll find someone like them, right? It’s fun to see them together. I’d love to read more about them and their love story. Olive is just an overthinker woman and Adam is the guy who put all things together, he’s calm and he understands his assignment well.

Some people thinks the book is too cheesy, or something, but… I think, it’s the kind of book that you’d want to read when you think you need a good romance and a good laugh. This romcom book made me laugh a lot and made me want to read things over and over. I keep telling my friends to read it too! I hope this book gets a book 2 though! It deserves another story with Olive and Adam in it!

My Ratings

I’m Ali, and I write contemporary romcom novels about women in STEM and academia. I love cats, Nutella, and side ponytails. I’m also currently learning to crochet, so as you can tell I’m a super busy gal with an intense and exciting life!

Source: Goodreads

Book Review: In The Wild Light by Jeff Zentner

Life in a small Appalachian town is not easy. Cash lost his mother to an opioid addiction and his Papaw is dying slowly from emphysema. Dodging drug dealers and watching out for his best friend, Delaney, is second nature. He’s been spending his summer mowing lawns while she works at Dairy Queen.

But when Delaney manages to secure both of them full rides to an elite prep school in Connecticut, Cash will have to grapple with his need to protect and love Delaney, and his love for the grandparents who saved him and the town he would have to leave behind

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

Jeff Zentner is one of the authors that I could say my “automatic read”. It’s just, when they publish a new book, without further ado, I’ll get their book and read it. I don’t even read the blurb, I just know it will be beautiful. In The Wild Light didn’t disappoint. It’s worth reading, it gets me in some way and I can relate. The book actually made me cry in some parts of it. I even tweet and tagged Jeff Zentner about it (sorry not sorry!) I love the book so much and I need the physical copy of it, unfortunately it’s not available locally yet (Philippines, FullyBooked please have more copy?)

Cash and Delaney are solid. They are best friends and they are the type of person who will do anything for their friend. One big opportunity came which took a few convincing but, eventually, both agreed to try and grab it. Despite all the worries and fearful idea, this opportunity is their big shot. Both characters grew differently as the story goes, Cash and Delaney discovered new things like a normal teenager would, and to add up, these two have the world around their shoulders, lifting something heavy and the only people they got for support is each other. Cash is a good man/teenager who lives with his grandparents since his parents died in an accident. He manages his own business (mowing lawns) to help his grandma and save up for school. He’s an adorable kid who worries for his grandpa who’s sick. Cash is like an average kid who befriended a genius girl, Delaney. She’s smart, determined and does things her way. She wanted to become a doctor and save lives of people who needs the most. She made a promise to Cash’s grandpa. Delaney works in Dairy Queen to make ends meet, she has her own family issues and she needed to support herself.

This book inspired me to do all the things that you’re afraid to do. Trust yourself and eventually things will get better. Also, family is a big factor of the life decisions. In the Wild Light is such an amazing book. Once again, Jeff Zentner written an amazing work. I’m not surprised that there are a lot of praise already, it’s worth reading. I’d still get my copy once it’s available to complete my Jeff Zentner collection (I hope there’s signed hardbound too!)

My Ratings

Jeff Zentner lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He came to writing through music, starting his creative life as a guitarist and eventually becoming a songwriter. He’s released five albums and appeared on recordings with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Thurston Moore, Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan, and Lydia Lunch, among others.

Now he writes novels for young adults. He became interested in writing for young adults after volunteering at the Tennessee Teen Rock Camp and Southern Girls Rock Camp. As a kid, his parents would take him to the library and drop him off, where he would read until closing time. He worked at various bookstores through high school and college.

He speaks fluent Portuguese, having lived in the Amazon region of Brazil for two years.

Source: Goodreads

Book Review: That Weekend by Kara Thomas

Three best friends, a lake house, a secret trip – what could go wrong?

It was supposed to be the perfect prom weekend getaway. But it’s clear something terrible happened when Claire wakes up alone and bloodied on a hiking trail with no memory of the past forty-eight hours.

Three went up the mountain, but only one came back.

Now everyone wants answers – most of all, Claire. She remembers Friday night, but after that… nothing. And now Kat and Jesse – her best friends – are missing.

That weekend changes everything.

What happened on the mountain? And where are Kat and Jesse? Claire knows the answers are buried somewhere in her memory, but as she’s learning, everyone has secrets – even her best friends. And she’s pretty sure she’s not going to like what she remembers.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

Kara Thomas did it again! I’ve enjoyed all of the other books written by her and this, That Weekend did not disappoint! The book twists and turns are unexpected and promising. Every chapter explains a lot of things that the readers will surely look out for. This book is surely hard to put down, all I wanted was to continue reading and know what really happened during that weekend.

Waking up in the middle of nowhere and not remembering any thing that happened before is scary right? You are not sure of your past, your identity and you feel helpless at all (if that’s me, I’m not sure if I will believe all the people around me too). This is what happened to Claire, she has been clueless of all the memories except that last Friday night. Claire was worried with her friends missing, or they might be dead. Who knows, that’s for the readers to find out. I will not spoil it (or at least, try not to). Claire for me is a good person who is in love at the same man that her bestfriend is in a relationship with, Jesse. This guy, (Jesse) is somehow a lost person who is madly in love with Kat. He will do anything for her (I mean it, ANYTHING; I think, that’s crazy though). Kat, she’s a rich girl with controlling family, she’s not happy at how things work and she can’t the things she wanted, she’s a nice person and a good friend to Claire. The story of the book basically revolves around these three (3) characters and it’s insane on how the events of the story patches at the end. Everyone had a reason for doing things I suppose.

As a blogger, I’ll recommend this book to all other readers and to my friends. The book is exciting and promising. I am confident that you all will enjoy it as much as you enjoyed the other books. I can’t wait to have my physical copy soon! I’ll buy it once it’s available in our local book stores.

That Weekend, has been a great book to get away from my reading slump too! I think, most of you all will agree with me. Better start reading that book if you haven’t yet.. *winks*

“You can’t just convince yourself not to care about someone when they were a huge part of your life.”

My Ratings

Kara is the author of The Darkest Corners, Little Monsters, and The Cheerleaders. She is also the author of the Prep School Confidential series from St. Martin’s Griffin under the pen name Kara Taylor.

Kara has written for Warner Brothers Television and currently writes full-time on Long Island, where she lives with her husband and rescue cat.

Source: Goodreads

Blog Feature: The World of Aeora by Brett Palmer

Weekend blog feature!!! I should make this a thing, what do you think? I think it will be fun though. I would be searching for authors or bloggers that wants to be featured, to be known by other people. I’d love to help in some way if I could. I do hope you guys will support me on this. Thank you so much! Moving on, today’s feature will be The World of Aeora by Brett Palmer.

This is interesting, you would be thinking what is in The World of Aeora? I think this is the time I’ll tell you to go check the blog here: https://www.worldofaeora.com/. This blog contains free stuff (downloads) that you may use for yourself to read or for personal projects. The author is really friendly and easy to talk to so, you may reach out to him via his blog or Twitter: https://twitter.com/BGPportfolio.

Readers, check his work, Tales of Aeora, Part 1 at this link: https://www.worldofaeora.com/2021/07/tales-of-aeora-part-1-beta-20.html.

Source: https://www.worldofaeora.com/p/home.html

July Wrap Up!

It’s a wrappppp!!!!

So far… despite the busy week, I’ve managed to read three books this month! I’m hoping to read more this coming July. I also joined a blog tour and I haven’t done that in ages so it’s fun! Take a look at my R-E-A-D books this month.

This is the book I reviewed and I’ve been part of a book tour. I haven’t read this kind of book in a while, it’s a fantasy book and there’s a lot going on, but in a good way. This book is the second part of the series, two books have been published so far and I’m waiting for the third! I’m sure you’ll like this. Readers can check my book review here.

Nina LaCour didn’t disappoint me!!! I loved this book. I somehow can relate on this, also I thought it’s some kind of a horror type of book but, aahhhh.. nope.. it is something else. Something more deep, entertaining and emotional. I liked this book a lot more than readers can imagine. I’ll recommend for you all to read this.

This book is cute!!! the character is a Swiftie! (I AM TOO!) I could relate on that also, she’s an IT geek (points-to-self). It’s a quick read kind of book. I bet readers will like this as well, I’d love to reread this when I get some time again.

This is not a lot but every books I read were awesome! What’s your JULY wrap up? Let me see! ^_^

Book Review: My Epic Spring Break (Up)

A fun and upbeat paperback original romance about a girl who finds a cheat sheet for love.

Spring break . . . heartache?

For coder extraordinaire Ashley, high school is all about prepping for college. Her love life? Virtually nonexistent. She’s never been on a date. Never been kissed. Never been in love.

When her plans veer off course, Ashley realizes she might be missing out on her high school experience. Now that spring break is finally here, Ashley vows to have fun . . . and, for the first time, follow her heart.

Starting with Walker Beech, her gorgeous, maybe-not-so-unrequited crush. But with Jason Eisler–her childhood friend turned prankster–in the picture, trouble is bound to follow. Will Ashley’s epic spring break lead her to love, or will her heart crash and burn?

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

I’ve been looking for a book that is a quick read, something that’s entertaining, and uplifting moods, after a few minutes of browsing from my to-be-read (tbr) pile I found this book. I got curious, I don’t usually read an excerpt because I wanted to be surprised about what the book has to offer. Annddd, this book did not disappoint. I got sucked into the story because of two things, coding and Taylor Swift. I’m a swiftie too and I love being one, it connects life stuff sometimes, I just can relate.

My Epic Spring Break (Up), is a good book that I think every high schooler can relate to. It’s love, seeking for adventures, dealing with the future and aiming for what you want before college comes. The characters are just so lovely and I liked the friendships between these characters. They’re just amazing and they never give up on their goals. It’s a bit sad when Ashley had to experience losing but it turns out, that’s just another opportunity for her in a different direction. She’s lucky that she has everyone’s support behind her back, no matter what it takes friends, family are there for her.

The concept of the book is just simply beautiful. I’m sure every reader will love it. It’s simple yet entertaining. And oh… before I forget, Walker Beech, there’s something about him that I am curious about, at the same time I don’t like this guy, he smells trouble. But I’d love to know his side of story (can there be one?!) It’s going to be nice if there’s another book like this, or some other point of view from this book.

“I’ll never give up on my dreams.”

This one is my favorite quote from this book. It inspired me at some point. It’s true, never give up on your dreams no matter how hard that is. It’s always good to have purpose, to have something to look up to and inspire yourself to do more and challenge yourself on achieving those dreams.

My Ratings

Kristin Rockaway is a native New Yorker and recovering corporate software engineer. After working in the IT industry for far too many years, she finally traded the city for the surf and chased her dreams out to Southern California, where she spends her days happily writing stories instead of code. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, browsing the aisles of her neighborhood bookstores, and trying to catch up on sleep.

Book Tour: The Lost Soul by Patrick Johns

Jahrys Grent, now King of Astenpoole, is faced with restoring Astenpoole and cleaning up the Junkland. While King Jahrys reshapes the kingdom, dealing with lords and knights, word of another sorceress, Emilia Danell, reaches Astenpoole. Preparing for another fight, Jahrys worries that Emilia comes for the same reason as the previous sorceress, Nadia Danell.

Once Emilia reaches Astenpoole, Jahrys quickly realizes things are not as they seem. With nightmares plaguing him, and a power he doesn’t understand, The Lost Soul takes Jahrys on a quest beyond the Western Mountains and into his destiny.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a book review, and I am honestly honored to be part of this book tour. It was actually a bit challenging for to do reviews lately since my job could go insane and I literally don’t have time for everything, but joining in this tour made me more focused on reading again which I enjoyed. Reading the two books reminded me on how fun it is to have other things to do aside from work and I’ve got no regrets on stopping work just to read this.

This book have three (3) character point of view and a lot of other character names involved on each chapters. Readers will know each and everyone of them eventually as they go along and read the book *wink*. Each characters are interesting and they have a fair contribution in the story and the readers will love them, some will be hated but, that’s how books goes right? Focusing on the main characters: Jahrys, Emilia and Piller these three makes the book interesting and worth reading. Their stories makes the book alive, the flashback makes the book interesting, that makes you understand the characters more. Jahrys, being the new king of Astenpoole, a new role and responsibility for him, is he the sorcerer they expect him to be? Emilia being the Sorceress who wanted to revive a lover, will she be successful bringing Belvadere to life? and Piller, the captain of Knights of the Poolesguard, will his worries about Astenpoole fades away, will he turn his back?

This book has it’s big twist and it gave me chills! Like for real though! It makes me even more excited for the third book! Tell me there’s a third book… I can’t wait for this one. The return of one person from the previous book changes everything! This makes me want to reveal!!! But.. I can’t, I just can’t, LMAO.

I’ll end my review here now before I spill some more spoilers. Once again, I’m glad to be part of this book tour. I’d love to be part of the tours again and read more books on free time. I also want to congratulate the author for doing Junkland and Lost Souls, both books are amazing and I can’t wait to see those in a local bookstores specially here in the Philippines.

Readers, enjoy The Hoarding series! No regrets on this one *winks*

My Ratings

Patrick Johns is a wordsmith who grew up in Ramsey, New Jersey, where he would play for hours in his basement with his dino-saurs, and out back in the woods with his imaginary friends in imaginary worlds. He has been writing since he was young—creating worlds and drawing the made-up characters within them, but his imagination was put on hold while in college.

Patrick is a graduate from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!), with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a second de-gree in Mathematics. While he is doing very well, he never forgot his imaginary friends, and always imagined bringing their world to life in a novel.

Upon graduation, Patrick’s wonderful parents took him to see Aladdin on Broadway, one of his favorite childhood stories. And yes, it is his dream to one day soar high into a diamond sky on a magic carpet, singing a beautiful duet with someone he just met and fell madly in love with! After the play, Patrick’s creativity sparked and he started writing again to make this dream come true—as well as his childhood dreams of imaginary worlds.

Junkland is his first novel, now available on Amazon. The sec-ond novel in The Hoarding series is underway, with the third soon to follow.

Summer Bucket List 2021

I hear the beach calling for me! Summer is near. I usually enjoy winter, but this one was rough and I’m definitely ready for a new season. 


Summers in Manitoba are hot and humid. sometimes temperatures reach up to 35 C. We go through many fire watch’s, intense storm warnings and even the odd terrifying tornado. But, summers in Manitoba bring the most amazing waves at the beach, and the most beautiful gardens that seem to dance in the suns rays.


My summers are usually very laid back and filled with a lot of time at my parents house swimming. I find my days fly by so fast and I’m not left with as many intentional memories as I’d want. I’m really trying this year to be intentional and purposeful. So, here are 10 things I want to do, visit, see, or experience!


SUMMER 2021
1. Take a walk in a different town.

2. Tie dye some shirts with the kids.

3. Paint and hide rocks.

4. See a waterfall.

5. Paint my toe nails.

6. Watch a sunset.

7. Read in a park.

8. Try swimming in the beach.

9. Take A LOT of photos.

10. Laugh every single day. The uncontrollable kind.


I want this summer to fuel my soul. It’s been a tough year. It’s time for a different season.


What’s on your summer bucket list?

Love Always,

Enn

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December 2020 Book Haul

Hey everyone! I know this is a late post but, I still want to share my book haul last year, December 2020. I pretty much completed the one’s in my list and I don’t have regrets on buying them. I haven’t read all of the books yet because I’m still reading the books I bought prior December.

These are gifts from my friends. I love everything in this photo ^_^
December gifts for myself ‘coz why not? I found the books I’m looking for while we were roaming around the bookstore
I got everything from a book sale!!! It was really a good buy
Everything here will be read and used by next month!!! I’m super excited. More books to read and I got my journal too

So that’s it.. I mostly share my photos at my book Instagram account. You may check that here too: instagram.com/homeofabooklover

I’ll post my January book haul soon too and some book reviews. I have a lot of books to review both e-books and physical books. I can do this!!! *fingers crossed*

What’s your first read for February? Share it will ya? I’d like to check it out too!