SUMMER PLAYLIST ’17

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So here are the songs that I listen to the most since the beginning of summer. It’s a mix of dance and slow songs. Some have a fun beat to them, others have a sadder tone. I like mixing both so, here they are:

  • Versace on the Floor by Bruno Mars
  • That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars
  • Dive by Ed Sheeran
  • Perfect by Ed Sheeran
  • The Shape Of You by Ed Sheeran
  • What do I Know by Ed Sheeran

(Yeah, I’m addicted to Ed’s recent album)

  • Good Life by G-Eazy & Kehlani
  • Despacito by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee
  • Rockabye by Clean Bandit
  • Attention by Charlie Puth
  • Sign of the Times by Harry Styles
  • There’s Nothing Holding Me Back by Shawn Mendes
  • I’m The One by DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne

SPRING 2017

 

 

Spring 2017 was probably the best Spring I’ve had in years. I’ve done a lot more than stay home, read or browse on the internet all day long. Not that I don’t do that anymore, but it was nice to do something different, like spend more time with friends and loved ones. Of course, along with going out more, I had to spend quite a bit, but you know what? When you make money a problem, you won’t be happy in life. In my opinion anyway.

First half of Spring, I was still in school. It was my last semester in College, but from where I live, College is different from University.

I took a Pre-University program at my college, where I studied English Literature for two years. So yeah, I was in a stress mode from beginning of April to early May. Thankfully, everything went great. I graduated with honours, which I was a little surprised about. I guess I just don’t consider myself as one of the smart ones (self-conscious much? xD).

My birthday was on May 4th, but I was in the middle of final presentations, writing final papers and studying for finals, so I had to postpone it. For the past two years or so, I’ve celebrated my birthday with my very good, sometimes crazy, friend Claudia since our birthday is a week apart.

This year, we went to this resto-bar called Univers. We ate their very delicious nachos. I didn’t get to take a picture though, but I definitely recommend it! We also enjoyed their Sangria. Overall, it was a really fun 20th Birthday party for me and Claudia, and a nice get together with some of our closest friends. We didn’t get to see each other a lot because of our busy semester, so it was nice to meet after everything.

On the last day of school, I went bowling with my friend Sangeeta and Veronica. It was really fun, but also sad because I was graduating, whereas Veronica and Sangeeta are taking an extra semester.

Since my vacation started, I’ve gone to three breakfast restaurants. I went to Allo Mon Coco, their food were delicious, but I couldn’t eat for the rest of the day (So full!!!). Then I went to Galleria, their food were good too, similar to Allo Mon Coco. Then I tried Tutti Fruitti with Veronica, and we weren’t a huge fan.

I also read a lot of novels during my first week of vacation, but slowed down after that.

I also went picnic with friends. Which was super fun. We played cards, charades, and just talk about different things. We were always being “attacked” by insects though which was annoying, but we still had a blast.

I went bowling again and went to the arcade with my coworkers a week after our music recital. Then I went pooling with Sangeeta and Veronica which is something I want to do again this summer.

Then finally, on the last day of Spring (June 20th), I graduated. It was one of the rare moments where I was really proud of myself. My parents and two of my closest friends being there meant a lot to me. It was a really awesome night.

I’m looking forward to what’s yet to come!

Story Writing | I

Hi!

So, I’m just going to give my first update on my story. I did not write a lot of words just yet. I have around 800 words written. I was mostly focusing on writing informations about my main characters and think about their role in the story; You can say that I was making an outline.

I normally don’t do outlines because I just wanted to write the story right away (I couldn’t wait!), and outlines just take a lot of time. However, in my previous works, I always have trouble trying to find a good way to end the story and that is one of the reasons why I don’t finish my stories. So, I thought that this time I would make an outline to organize my ideas and know what each chapter is about and develop each scene; especially building characters because they’re the most important part of the whole thing, I believe.

I also have been making this playlist for it. One of the songs I listen to is The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody) by Bebe Rexha feat. Lil Wayne. It’s very catchy and I found out about it on Spotify. It’s like the modern I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston with rap added into it 😀

Other than that, after my week of reading sprints last week, I haven’t been reading much lately. Instead, I’ve been watching movies and tv series. I recently just started Riverdale and I am addicted! It’s also a good way to get inspirations and ideas.

That’s it for this update, stay tuned for the next one (:

x

Rochelle

 

Writing Series!

 

Hi,

I am starting a new series in this blog which will include updates on a story that I have in mind. This is inspired by Christine Riccio over at polandbananasbooks on Youtube. I’m still trying to think what I’m going to call this series.

Now, I’ve had problems with writing stories in the past. The main one is that I don’t finish them. Also, my mindset was bad because I was always criticizing my work, I was not confident with whatever I was writing and I just had a hard time sharing it because of the fear that people might hate it.

During my last semester, I had a class called Creative Writing Workshop, and the main purpose of that course is to share our work, get feedbacks and comment on other people work. You might have guessed that I struggled in this class. Maybe I’m exaggerating. Maybe people in my class didn’t even see me struggle THAT MUCH, but that’s probably because I’m really good at hiding what I really feel, or just pretending that everything was fine.

Thankfully, my fellow classmates were really nice and helpful with the feedback they had given me. At one point, I did get criticisms, but I was expecting them because I wasn’t really proud of the work I submitted that class. Before beginning the workshop, I just told myself that I was going to listen carefully to their feedbacks and criticisms, take them positively and use them to improve my writing. And they did.

Now, since summer for me started, I’ve been reading a lot, and been getting a lot of ideas and inspirations to write.

Now, without revealing too much, the story I’m currently trying to write is a DIVERSE NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE, inspired by my group of friends.

That’s all I’m going to say for now…

x

Unrequited Love? PART 1

*Disclaimer, I will use “they/their” to refer to the person you admire or like, so I don’t repeat “she/he, his/her” every time*

Hello readers,

This is a different post. It is not book related… well… it is not mainly about books, but I want to discuss this with you guys because maybe you can all relate to it.

What is unrequited love?

To be honest, I’ve never really known the meaning of it until we were discussing Othello by Shakespeare in one of my classes this past semester. Unrequited Love is the same as one-sided love. For instance, you can like someone, but that person doesn’t share the same feelings. As I tried to process the word unrequited, I looked at my friend, and we both started to laugh because it was so accurate to what we were going through at that time.

Have you ever felt an instant connection with someone just by making eye contact? You don’t even know who the hell that person is, what their name is, how old they are or are they even single? But for that one second you looked at each other, you felt something and you tried to ignore it.

As days passed, and you keep noticing them looking at you, you start to think about all the different meanings. They kept looking to the point that it becomes creepy but it’s not… It’s not creepy because you like it and you have no idea why.

You start to have these different ideas. You think they like you; they have a crush on you. You start to see all their actions as signs that they are probably trying to make a move on you. Everything starts to remind you of them. For instance, songs that you’ve been listening to will start to remind you of them.

Then they start talking to you for the first time, and you start to have butterflies in your stomach; it makes your day and you think they definitely like you.

Then you go home and replay the scene over and over in your head, and you start to realize how stupid you’re thinking; that maybe you’re just imagining things; that they don’t like you; and you tell yourself that you need to get over it.

But then you see them again, and you just can’t.

It goes on for days, weeks, months and maybe years? You pretend you don’t care, that you’re not affected because you refuse to make the first move; because what if you’re wrong? You’d just embarrass yourself and you don’t want that. You wait for them to make more moves; to make it obvious to you that they like you, but you get none.

Then you think they probably are not interested, but a small part of you thinks that it’s because they’re shy.

You start to hate everything, hate them for not making a move when you think they like you too.

But then you realize, what if you’ve been imagining this whole thing? What if all this time, you’ve been idealizing them? Just like how Emilia idealizes Iago. What if the reason they were looking at you was because you looked familiar, or something else? What if their actions are just part of who they are?

It’s hard to admit,  but maybe that’s just it?

Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

  • 25486998Genre: YA Contemporary
  • Publication date: July 26th, 2016
  • Publisher: Point
  • Number of Pages: 330 (Hardcover)
  • Date Read: January 6th, 2017
  • Rating: 3.5/5

GR Summary:

Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

My review:
I’ve been wanting to read this ever since I heard about it. Fortunately, I got a chance to read one of Kasie West’s books before called The Fill-In Boyfriend, and loved it. However, I didn’t have high high expectations for this book because of the mixed reviews I’ve read.

I have to say, I almost gave up on this book. I even thought, “I’m glad I didn’t purchase this book and just borrowed it from the library” , but there was just something in me that told me to keep going.
AND I’m SO GLAD I did. The second half of this book was really GOOD. Just like The Fill-In Boyfriend, the romance was swoon worthy! Except when he calls her “adorable”, that just made me cringe lol. It’s just me I guess.

I can’t really say this was really predictable. I had my suspicions, my guesses and predictions, but I was never sure. It didn’t surprise me, but sometimes I didn’t expect something to happen even though I guessed it could happen. If you know what I mean…

As of the characters, there were a lot of them that I didn’t really care about or didn’t understand their “role” in the story. I feel like some of them are just there as an “ornament” character, but then they keep appearing for some reason.

All things considered, I give the first half a 2/5 stars and the second half a 5/5 stars which results to a rating of 3.5/5 stars!

About the author:

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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, and BY YOUR SIDE. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

Site: http://www.kasiewest.blogspot.com

Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire & Thorns #1) by Rae Carson

  • 10429092Genre: YA High Fantasy
  • Publication date: September 20th, 2011
  • Publisher: Greenwillow
  • Number of Pages: 423 (Hardcover)
  • Date Read: January 10th, 2017
  • Rating: 3/5

GR Summary: 

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

My review:

Finally read this!

I find this first book has potential in getting better. Based on the ratings, it will. With that being said, I will continue on with the series even though I only find this book ok.

I’m still a little confused on what’s going on with the world. I wish there are a little bit more details in what the conflict is. I mean I kind of understand, but at the same time I’m still uncertain about some things. I feel that some scenes are a bit short/rushed. For me, in this genre of high fantasy, it’s easy to get lost if things aren’t described clearly or enough. I hope the next books will clear up everything I did not get in this first book.

Now, the positives! There are some plot twists that I did not expect and if I expected them, it’s because I read so many reviews about this book before reading it. haha.

I really, really love the main character Elisa! She is really different, she is not the typical YA protagonist with a perfect body, perfect personality, perfect everything. She is dark skinned and overweight. There’s nothing wrong with that; but in a lot of YA novels, most of the female characters are white, tall and skinny. So, this is a really nice change.

I can relate to Elisa in so many ways. One, is that she gets hungry all the time. I’m so like that and sometimes I worry about my weight, but you know what? Screw it. Another thing is that we are both anxious about making decisions or doing something really important. We both wish another person was there to guide us or to make the decision for us. I appreciate how even with those worries, Elisa develops a certain courage and uses her intelligence to make decisions herself without depending on anyone. She becomes independent and it’s so great to read how she grows into this independent princess. It shows, in a way, that women can be brave and independent and can survive without a male.

If you’re looking for a diverse YA novel, I recommend this to you. There is romance, awesome female protagonist, good secondary characters and many twists and turns. The beginning is slow, I have to admit, but once you get passed that, you’ll be fine.

About the author:

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“I write books about teens who must do brave things. I’m originally from California, but I now live in Arizona with my husband, who is the smartest and therefore sexiest man I know. My books tend to contain lots of adventure, a little magic and romance, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. I especially love to write about questions I don’t know the answers to.”

Site: http://raecarson.com/

Review: A Place In The Sun by R.S. Grey

  • 31823218Genre: New Adult/ Romance 
  • Publication date: October 24th, 2016
  • Publisher: R.S. Grey
  • Number of Pages: 274 (Kindle)
  • Date Read: January 9th, 2017
  • Rating: 4.5/5

GR Summary: 

When her mother’s incessant matchmaking hits an all-time high, Georgie Archibald does what any sensible woman would do: she flees the country.

Seeking refuge in the picturesque seaside village of Vernazza, Italy, Georgie’s only plan is to lie low, gorge herself on gelato, and let the wine and waves wash her troubles away… that is until she wakes up in a bed that belongs to the most romantic-looking man she’s ever seen.

Gianluca.

After going out of his way to rescue her, the former London financier turned mysterious recluse makes it clear that despite acting as her white knight, he has no plans to co-star in her fairytale.

But Georgie isn’t asking for his heart—she’s merely intrigued.

After all, Gianluca isn’t just gorgeous—tall and tan from days spent in the sun—his touch sets her world on fire. With him, Georgie experiences the most intoxicating passion she’s ever known, and it only takes a few steamy nights for her to realize that sometimes running away from trouble is the best way to find it.

Book review: 

I am so glad I decided to read this. I was hesitant, I think the summary just didn’t “call for me”, if you know what I mean, but I love this novel.

I love the protagonist in this one. She is really relatable, mostly because of the way she acts around her crush. I totally understand what she’s going through with Gianluca, who is by the way a character that surprised me.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that he doesn’t care about Georgie, even a little bit, in the beginning of the book. It was like a breath of fresh air. It’s not like any other new adult male protagonist who finds this connection with the woman right away or is attracted to how beautiful the woman is so soon. Gianluca is SO different and I really, really love him because of that.

Again, like in Scoring Wilder, the secondary characters are GREAT. I love everyone in this book. They are just so likable and well developed.

AND the writing style! Oh gosh, BEAUTIFUL. Grey’s descriptions of the setting makes me want to go to Italy to find love just like Georgie. hahaha. But honestly, I’m in love with her writing style and if you want to learn how to use imagery and good descriptions in whatever story you want to write or currently writing, read this one.

This book includes a little bit of a love/hate relationship, but not for long. If you hate that trope, do not worry, you’ll most likely enjoy that part in this novel. Basically, this book deals with a deeper subject than just love and relationship and the author just makes everything so interesting with her writing style.

I gave this a 4.5/5 instead of a 5/5 stars because this year I want to be more picky in the books that I want to give a 5/5 star rating to. But this book was great and I HIGHLY recommend it!

About the author:

7324934I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, metaphors and similes, black labs, and cold weather.

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Review: Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

  • 21843117  Genre: New Adult/ Romance (Soccer Player Love Story)
  • Publication date: June 15th, 2014
  • Publisher: R.S. Grey
  • Number of Pages: 402 (Kindle)
  • Date Read: January 7th, 2017
  • Rating: 3/5

GR Summary: 

What started out as a joke— seduce Coach Wilder—soon became a goal she had to score.

With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing nineteen-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He’s a professional soccer player, America’s favorite bad-boy, and has all the qualities of a skilled panty-dropper.

• A face that makes girls weep – check.
• Abs that can shred Parmesan cheese (the expensive kind) – check.
• Enough confidence to shift the earth’s gravitational pull – double check.

Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits . Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear. (i.e. “Score with Coach Wilder anywhere other than the field and you’ll be cut from the team faster than you can count his tattoos.”) But that just makes him all the more enticing…Besides, Kinsley’s already counted the visible ones, and she is not one to leave a project unfinished.

Kinsley tries to play the game her way as they navigate through forbidden territory, but Liam is determined to teach her a whole new definition for the term “team bonding.”

A fun & sexy New Adult Romance (age 17+)

Book review:

This book was entertaining and It was a great escape.

One of the things I liked is the secondary characters. I really enjoyed reading about each one and I felt like they are really part of the story and it wouldn’t be the same without each one of them. Becca is probably my favourite character; She’s just really nice, relatable and I want to be her friend!

For some reason, I felt a little disconnected to the main character Kinsley. I just wasn’t rooting for her . She’s not annoying whatsoever. She makes decisions that I would probably make if I was her, but I just couldn’t find myself to really love her as a protagonist. I don’t hate her though. We’re just really different I guess.

Another thing that I wish was a little different was how Liam was portrayed and how his relationship with Kinsley developed. I felt that their relationship is a bit rushed. I wanted to know more about Liam before he starts this “thing” with Kinsley. Like, they barely know each other and next thing you know, they’re all over each other. It’s kind of a turnoff.

This was supposed to be a romantic comedy, I think. The beginning was a little funny I have to say, but after that, I can’t say the same thing. It was good, but not funny enough that I would call it a romantic comedy.

Now, I’m not a huge fan of long descriptions, but R.S. Grey really amazes me with her writing style. She describes everything so well and that’s one the things that kept me reading and wanting to read her other books.

Now, a lot of people seem to really enjoy this book, so don’t let my 3/5 rating stop you from reading this novel.

About the author: 

7324934I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, metaphors and similes, black labs, and cold weather.

Contact me: AuthorRSGrey@gmail.com

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REVIEW: The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy

  • 24920901Genre: New Adult/ Romance (Hockey Player Love Story)
  • Publication date: February 24th, 2015
  • Publisher: Elle Kennedy Inc.
  • Number of Pages: 342 (Kindle)
  • Date Read: December 13th, 2016
  • Rating: 5/5

GR Summary:

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cockycaptain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

My Review:

Cheesy? Typical? Uncomfortable? NO.NO.NO.

THIS BOOK IS SOMETHING ELSE. You like romance? Read this and you won’t be disappointed, trust me.

If you didn’t know already, I’m a HUGE hockey fan. Not because the players are attractive, which I gotta admit they are, but just the sport itself is just really addicting and I just love the feeling of the game. I love how passionate the players and fans are. I love it when we win, I hate it when we lose, It frustrates me when my team plays bad, I stress the f out in overtimes and shootouts because my team usually lose in those. But my point is, HOCKEY is my favourite sport to watch and if you love it too, you know how I feel. So, when I heard about this book, I really wanted to read it.

Now back to the story. SHIT. IT’S FKN AWESOME. It’s not your typical New Adult Romance. Okay. Let me tell you what’s in here:

Love/Hate Relationship

Romantic Comedy

Dirty Talk (obviously, it’s New Adult)

Characters with Dark Past

Likable protagonist

Main male character you’ll fall in love with for sure (if not, something is wrong)

Basically.

So, Hannah is not the usual new adult female protagonist you would expect. She doesn’t fall in love at first sight with Garrett, ok. I’m glad because that trope really annoys me a hell lot. What I really love is that the author really develops the relationship between these two characters and it’s not even boring to read. Sometimes, couples takes a long time hooking up and I get bored with the waiting, mostly because nothing is really happening and I don’t feel like the relationship is going anywhere and then suddenly BOOM, sex. But here, the relationship building is GREAT. I can read the dialogues a million  times and I wouldn’t stop laughing. The characters in this book are hilarious and they won’t just make you go “haha” chuckle, but a real belly laugh. This book will make you pee in your pants. Okay, not that much but you know–

Now, if you like hockey, romance, entertainment, laughter and you want a quick read to escape reality because it can suck sometimes. Read this.

This is the first book of the Off-Campus series. Each book is a companion novel to this, meaning you don’t have to read them in order if you don’t want to. You can read each book as a standalone, but I recommend you to start with this one and then see after.

That’s all I’m going to say. Don’t look much into this, just go read it now and then continue reading reviews. hehe.

I hope you enjoy!

About the author:

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an 1935000early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!