Book Post: The Fraud Squad by Kyla Zhao

ABOUT THE BOOK

*A working-class woman who infiltrates Singapore’s high society to fulfill her dreams risks losing everything in the process—including herself—in this propulsive millennial women’s fiction novel by debut author Kyla Zhao.*

For as long as she can remember, Samantha Song has dreamed of writing for a high-society magazine—and she’d do anything to get there. But the constant struggle to help her mom make ends meet and her low social status make her dream feel like a distant fantasy.

Now, Sam finds herself working at a drab PR firm. The closest she’ll get to that life is living vicariously through her socialite coworker and friend, Anya Chen. Then she meets Timothy Kingston: the disillusioned son of one of Singapore’s elite families—and Sam’s one chance at infiltrating the high society world to which she desperately wants to belong.

To Sam’s surprise, Tim and Anya both agree to help her make a name for herself on Singapore’s socialite scene. The borrowed designer clothes and plus-ones to every glamorous event can only get her so far; the rest is on Sam, and she’s determined to make an impression on the editor-in-chief of Singapore’s poshest magazine. But the deeper Sam wades into this fraud, the more she fears being exposed, especially with a mysterious gossip columnist on the prowl for dirt–forcing her to reconcile her pretense with who she really is before she loses it all.

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Kyla Zhao had her first women’s magazine byline at the age of sixteen, writing about weddings for Harper’s Bazaar Singapore before she even had her first kiss. Since then, she has also written for the Singapore editions of Vogue and Tatler. A native Singaporean, Kyla now works in Silicon Valley after graduating from Stanford University in 2021. She’s still trying to understand why Californians adore hiking and Patagonia fleeces so much.

Summer Read Picks 2022!

Hey readers! How’s it going? It’s summer season once again (well for us in the Philippines, it started last month, March). I’ve been meaning to post something about what to read this 3-month long summer season and I seriously can’t decide because there are so many good books! If you, ladies and gentlemen have any suggestions, feel free to comment. I prefer Young Adult (YA) or Romance books at this point (if there’s a good RomCom! please let me know?!) I will share a few books that I have already added on my list but, of course this isn’t enough… I will try to read as much as I could this summer. I will try my best since I still have other life than reading.

I won’t make this post very long, so, below is my list of books for this summer season. Also, if you have a book review of the said book, kindly leave a comment for your link I’d love to follow and read your blog!

Summer List (TBR)

  1. Kisses & Croissants by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau
  2. You’d Be Home By Now by Kathleen Glasgow
  3. Meet Me in Paradise by Libby Hubscher
  4. Places We’ve Never Been by Kasie West
  5. Beach Read by Emily Henry
  6. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
  7. The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary
  8. The Matchbreaker Summer by Annie Rains
  9. On Schedule by Summer Dowell
  10. Set On You by Amy Lea

Sooooo, yup basically that’s my list! Let me know what do you think about the listed books but NO SPOILERS please!

Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

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

The Hating Game is the first book I’ve read from Sally Thorne. I accidentally watched the movie but I’m not 100% paying attention. So, I’ve decided to finally read the book and I’m glad that I did I will now compare the movie and the book once I re-watch the movie. First, I liked this book cover it’s simple and catchy and it makes me curious what’s the extent of this game? What actually is the hating game? Didn’t you readers got curious as well?

The book contains amazing characters, I can’t imagine working with someone whom I will actually hate, I don’t like hating people. LOL. Okay, back to my review, Lucy and Joshua is funny together. They tease each other like kids, there’s an old saying, the more you hate the more you love and this book really showed it. They’re cute together and lovely, I’m not sure what more I love, them teasing or being in love? Lucy is a simple woman who plainly wants to achieve her dreams, her family owns a farm and she haven’t visited back home for a while, but Lucy is very close with her parents. Joshua is her colleague who I can say is handsome and tall man. He’s somehow not close with his dad since he didn’t follow the path of being a doctor or a surgeon. His father treats him differently. These two characters Lucy and Josh, they have a lot of differences but, they make the whole story fun their love and hate relationship isn’t something that’s irritating. I love these two!

The book is fun to read and I laughed at some parts of it although, I have a confession, I had a hard time to finish it, I’m probably too busy with work or, just too distracted with every thing around me. Anyhow, I’m glad I did finish the book which I really enjoyed reading. I’m looking forward to read more Sally Thorne books. Any recommendation what to read next?

My Ratings

Sally Thorne is the USA Today bestselling author of the office rom-com The Hating Game (2016). It is her debut novel that has sold in over twenty-five countries and is being made into a major motion picture, directed by Peter Hutchings and starring Lucy Hale and Austin Stowell. Filming wrapped in December 2020. It was named in the top 20 romance novels of 2016 by the Washington Post and was a top ten finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards romance category. The Hating Game has been cited as a book that has reinvigorated the romantic comedy genre.

Sally’s much anticipated second novel, 99 Percent Mine, was released on 29 January 2019 by William Morrow Books and debuted at #37 on the USA Today Bestseller List.

Source: Goodreads

Book Review: Sunkissed by Kasie West

Will the stars align?

Avery has always used music as an escape. But after her best friend betrays her, even her perfectly curated playlists can’t help her forget what happened. To make matters worse, her parents have dragged her and her social-media-obsessed sister to a remote family camp for two months of “fun.” Just when Avery is ready to give up on the summer altogether, she meets Brooks—mysterious, frustratingly charming Brooks—who just happens to be on staff—which means he’s off-limits.

What starts as a disaster turns into . . . something else. As the outside world falls away, Avery embarks on a journey of self-discovery. And when Brooks offers her the chance of a lifetime, she must figure out how far is she willing to go to find out what she wants and who she wants to be.

Fan favorite Kasie West is back with another unforgettable summer romance that reminds us falling in love is full of wonder, heartache, and—most of all—surprises.

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

Kasie West is one of the authors who’s books I’ve read a lot. In fact, when I see a Kasie West book, I’d add that to my to-be-read (TBR) list right a way and buy her book, or request it to NetGalley. I’m so thankful that I’ve been granted this book (e-book) via NetGalley. I love how Kasie West writes, it’s always been an easy read, fun and lovely book. Once again, this book proved that how she creates stories never fail.

Sunkissed is a good book where you can actually feel the summer vibes. I’ve never been to a “camp” but, this book gave me a good view on what it actually looks (or at least a glimpse of what a camp looks). The characters are all lovely and funny at the same time. I love the charm between Avery and Brooks. Both characters are trying to discover their selves, escaping reality being with each other’s comfort. Avery made this trip to escape her best friend, they had a complicated relationship because of one guy. Brooks, is an employee at the camp who is also a breadwinner of the family. He works hard to achieve his dreams at the same time, to make his family proud. Avery’s parents is a good one who supports their kids a lot (some kids are not that appreciative to this kind of parents). And Avery’s sister is a social media obsessed kid. She records everything and especially this camp trip which she’s been looking forward to (but then, no internet. LOL). She decided to record Brooks band and cover the day to day activity up until their big break. To be honest, I like this kid a lot. She helped her sister in ways that big sisters can’t do.

As I’ve said earlier, the book is amazing and it’s fun to read. It is a fast read too. It’ll be fun to have a second book for this since I’m already invested on Brooks’ band, I’d love to know what comes next. LOL. I’m looking forward to more Kasie West book! I’d love to collect all of her books (someday though, someday)

My Ratings

I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, BY YOUR SIDE, LUCKY IN LOVE, LOVE LIFE and the LIST, LISTEN TO YOUR HEART, FAME FATE and the FIRST KISS, MAYBE THIS TIME, and MOMENT OF TRUTH. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson

Source: Goodreads.com

Birthday Giveaway!

Hello to friends, readers and fellow bloggers! It’s my birth month! So, I have decided to conduct another giveaway. I haven’t done this for a while and I’d love to take this opportunity to give back. This giveaway is open INTERNATIONAL but, make sure that BOOK DEPOSITORY delivers in your country. Also, take note that, there will be delays on delivery once the winner has been chosen, this is due to COVID situation and some deliveries are affected, but rest assured that you’ll receive the book/s.

Giveaway guidelines isn’t hard, all you have to do is follow the rafflecopter instructions. This will end on February 28th and I’d announce the winner to my social media accounts and here on my blog. Without further ado, you may follow this link for the giveaway instructions:

Rafflecopter Giveaway

That’s it!!! Good luck everyone and may you all have an amazing year ahead!

PS. for those who will tweet, you may do that once a day for extra points!

PPS. try to open the links in other browser/s if the Rafflecopter isn’t showing or, you may access via your laptop/PC web browsers

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