Top Ten Books I Read in 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year's Eve, everyone! I've been holding off on posting my top reads for 2014 because I was cramming in books the last few days of the year. Too bad I wasn't able to finish Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park because I'm sure it would have made the list. Alas, I couldn't contain my Park feels so I stopped reading to reorient myself. Anyway, I'm blabbing yet again!

I think there's only one book in here which wasn't published in 2014 but heya, the paperback was released in 2014. So I once again, mostly read books released in the year. Without further ado, here are my favorite books last year!


REBEL by Amy Tintera (linked is my review)

I mean, REBOOT (linked is my review) made into the Top 13 Books I Read in 2013, so just imagine my anticipation for the sequel and finale. I was so lucky to get an ARC back in January from National Book Store of REBEL and I remember immediately reading it when I got my hands on it. And I mean IMMEDIATELY. I can't even count how many times I've re-read this duology, guys. I love it so so much, I don't think it's healthy. Goodness.
Amy Tintera will rock your Reboot-loving insides until you're growing a second heart just so there's more space to love Rebel. I had high expectations for Rebel but it blew all of them out into ether. I asked for a lot in this finale and I got them all and more. So much more. I can't even remember how many times I've re-read Reboot and Rebel. Guys, if you haven't started this duology yet, I'm telling you, YOU. SHOULD. START. NOW.


It's such a travesty that I haven't reviewed this book but that's what usually happens when I love the book so much that I can never find the words that will justify how much I love it. I did make a playlist for it if you're interested. And oh, I love it so much (and Elizabeth Fama) that I organized an event called #CountdowntoPlusOne leading to its release. And I also organized blog tours (one and two) for it. Bottomline: I LOVE THIS BOOK. READ THIS BOOK.
You did it again, Beth. You twisted and tore my heart like the Day/Night divide twisted and tore a society and its people. You are an amazing writer Beth and I hope the whole world gets to know that. <3


Duh, it's a given that this will be in here because Jennifer E. Smith!!! I am the administrator of JenniferESmithPH and I actually read this book in an airport and in a plane. I can still smile on cue when I remember how the beautiful words just washed over me and transported me into that magical place only a few authors can put me.
The Geography of You and Me will take you to London, Paris, Scotland, California, Michigan and everywhere else, grabbing your heart without you knowing it. At the end of it, you'll feel the urge to travel, live and love. Such a great read.


The only book in this list not published in 2014. I remember begging to join the blog tour for this because it felt like the only chance I can read the book. And boy, did this book sweep me off my feet.
It will make you laugh, feel, think and all you'll ever want from a book. It's not a romance but it features love, most importantly, love for life. The Paradox of Vertical Flight will take you to a road trip of philosophically epic proportions. I cannot recommend this enough!


My review for this book is still under construction because I still feel like crying again when I think of it. I know that it's a very divisive book but I don't care that I was sort of stupid for not figuring anything out but man, THE PROSE.
"Someone once wrote that a novel should deliver a series of small astonishments."

E. Lockhart, you delivered more than small astonishments.


Yes, my spazzing review for this is still in my drafts. Along with this post as good as a shrine for Peter Kavinsky. It just made me feel so much giddiness and I can't find any fault in it. Like I can't find any fault in Peter Kavinsky. Hahahihi. Yes, I revert to a schoolgirl whenever it's about Peter Kavinsky. But in all seriousness, I love the family dynamics in here because it's very realistic. Sigh, so cute.
PETER KAVINSKY. That's all you ever really need to know. Well, not. Because while I highly (absolutely, utterly, undeniably, certi-friggin-ably, all-the-superlative-adverbs) enjoyed and loved the romance, I ultimately gave this five stars because of the family side. I love families in YA so SO MUCH.


No review for this yet but I will be dedicating an entire week for this book in the blog soon. Because I love it that much. Here's my blurb for the book right after I finished it:

So much ache. So much love. To quote the book:

It feels good, and it still hurts.

That's exactly how I feel. I'm so glad I read the book and it blew me away but it really broke me too at five in the morning.

Cristina Moracho, you owe me a night's sleep but I'd gladly give it to you all if you keep on writing books like this.
And I also said this about the book:
Grittily beautiful - that’s how I’d describe this under the radar gem. The novel was set in the 90s and all the nostalgic feelings just add more dimension and emotions to this already emotion-filled book. You wouldn’t realize it at first but then you’d get thrown aback by how fluid the flow of the words are. The characters are messy and real and raw and this is how I like my contemporary novels. To all those people who look down on YA as sub-par, read this book and go cry in the corner because you haven’t been more wrong in your life.


I read this book just a few days ago but yes, it got into this list. I just love how ridiculous the plot is but how real Travis's concerns and thoughts are. How relatable. And he's got such a funny voice and character.
I was laughing all the time then almost crying the next second but the tears won't fall because he'll have me chuckling again. I love Travis Coates. The raves have all been true. You HAVE to read this gem.

And not pictured in here are two more books I read as ebooks and loved!



This book put Emery Lord in my auto-buy and auto-spazz list. She just writes friendships, families, and romance so so good. I don't know how she does it but this book is summer contemporary romance perfection. There, I said it.
OH MY MATT FINCH
I love it. SO. MUCH. The perfect summer read. Love the characters, the plot, the music, everything. I just EMERY LORD, YOU SLAY ME.

Lovely Vicious (Lovely Vicious, #1)Savage Delight (Lovely Vicious, #2)Brutal Precious (Lovely Vicious, #3)


Absolutely my favorite contemporary series OF ALL TIME. 2014 was seriously the year of LOVELY VICIOUS. The first book (linked is my review) was published back in 2013 but I read it in 2014. Needless to say, I waited for the next books and it was torture. I just want to know what happens next and I just want to spend more time with the characters. And I think I pushed this book to so many people I even gifted it to them. YES. I love these characters and this series that much.
Viciously amazing.

P.S. Of course I cheated. There are actually 12 books in here but hey, I count the Lovely Vicious series as one.
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So, that's it! I feel bad that most of these books haven't been reviewed in the blog. 2014 was the year of the slumpsssss and I hope 2015 will be better and that I'll actually be able to review these books come next year.

How about you? What are your top reads for 2014? Leave a link in the comments section if you've posted one and I'll be sure to visit!

Spotlight + Giveaway: Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

Monday, December 29, 2014


Angel Burn (Angel, #1)
Title: Angel Burn (Angel #1)
Author: L.A. Weatherly
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Date of Publication: May 24, 2011

They're out for your soul.
And they don't have heaven in mind...

Willow knows she's different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people's dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from.

But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself does. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces and that he's one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems; least of all good and evil.

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About L.A. Weatherly

Lee Weatherly was born in 1967 and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. She lives with her husband in Hampshire, England, where she writes, goes on walks, tries out new recipes and has a cat named Bernard.

L.A. Weatherly is the pseudonym for Lee Weatherly. You can follow her on Twitter at @LA_Weatherly


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Stacking the Shelves (42)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

2014 is almost over and this is my last book haul for the year. Leave me a link to your own hauls! To more books this 2015!





For Review

*signed* Love, Lucy by April Lindner
Revolution by Jenna Black
The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury (ARC)
Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Nielsen (ARC)





Gifted

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King
*signed* All's Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria
*signed* The Kitchen When It Sizzles by Chrissie Peria
Prom: A Novel by Ellie O'Ryan
Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Janine Hoole (ARC)






Bought

My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors (review)
The Complete Poems of John Keats
Everyman's Library Pocket Poets: Keats Poems
Yours Truly by Annabel Pitcher


Thank you to Nina of The Bookish Confections for getting my Lang Leav books signed and for National Book Store for bringing Lang Leav here in the Philippines! A lot of thanks to April Lindner, Tor Teen, Scholastic Philippines, Algel of Tea-rrific Reads, Chrissie Peria, Biena of The Library Mistress and Kai of Amaterasu Reads too!

Do share your own haul in the comments section and I'll visit them!

Blog Tour: Payback is Sweet by Kristy Centeno

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Calling all fans of contemporary NA romances! Kristy Centeno's touring her book PAYBACK IS SWEET with OIRA Tours and I hope you can help out and join us in this promotional event!

Payback is Sweet
Title: Payback is Sweet (Love Gamble #1)
Author: Kristy Centeno
Date of Publication: August 21, 2014
Genre: contemporary NA romance

Janessa Rowe is a twenty one year old college girl with little respect for other people. She’s a rich, spoiled brat of a girl who gets her kicks out of humiliating others. When she discovers that her boyfriend of three years has in fact engaged in a physical relationship with someone else, Janessa will stop at nothing to get a little payback. Even if that means using her new rival’s disgruntled fiancée to get what she wants. Dakota Blackwater is everything Janessa is not. He’s kind, sweet, gentle, and a stand-up guy all in all, but when his girlfriend’s betrayal hurts more than his pride, he agrees to take part in a plan that will test both their self-restraints and their feelings for one another.

Problems arise, however, when Janessa’s interest for Dakota shifts from being a pawn to achieve her ultimate goal, to potential lover. After having her heart broken in the past, the last thing she wants is to get involved in matters of the heart, but how can she follow through with her plan when the more time she spends with Dakota, the less she cares about getting payback? Sooner rather than later they are forced to confront the reality that their game has slowly transformed into something else and that what seemed like a scheme to exact revenge, now comprises both their hearts in ways neither of them anticipated.

Schedule

January 26

Wholly Books - Review

January 27

Indy Book Fairy - Excerpt

January 28

January 29

The Hopeless Reader - Review

January 30


Review: Savor by Kate Evangelista

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Savor (Vicious Feast, #1)
Title: Savor (Vicious Feast #1)
Author: Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Date of Publication: December 2, 2013
Genre: paranormal NA romance

I’m Dakota Collins, a tough talking, eye patch wearing, workaholic photography student. Why am I important? Well, maybe because I get to spend an entire month with Vicious, only the sickest indie rock band out there.

You see, I needed a subject for my Spring Showcase introspective in order to graduate. During a chance encounter at a club I’d been sent to cover for the Daily Gossip, our ironically named college paper, the features writer I usually teamed up with introduced me to the band—by accident, I might add. It involved a run in with a scary, bald bodyguard. Anyway, long story short, I signed a contract to take pictures of Vicious.

I should have known their handsome yet way too serious for his own good bassist, Luka Visraya, wouldn't be able to keep his hands to himself. He’s gorgeous and all, but the way he smiles spelled trouble with a capital L. I’m in for a long month with him around.

Crazy shit happens and then some. So, if you want the skinny on Vicious and the events revolving around my stay at Lunar Manor, read my story.

**Mature and explicit content. Not recommended for readers below 18-years-old.

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Review

My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Iris of Paranormal Book Tours for the electronic review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel.

I've been holding off on posting this review for so long and I even thought of never posting it at all because I love Kate and I love supporting Filipino authors. I also liked Til Death (linked is my review) so I thought I'd sweep this under the rug. But the year is ending and I realized I cannot not review this one.

I read this book months ago so my comments are not as fresh as I'd like but I'm fine with that. Because boy, I ranted about this book A LOT to several of my blogger friends. Sab, Charlie and Nina knew all about how much this book frustrated me.

For one, it was so long and full of descriptions. I usually adore and love descriptions but I don't know, maybe it's the time I read this but it felt kind of overkill for me. One ray of sunshine on all those descriptions though is how Kate Evangelista actually described Dakota's photoshoots and pictures. Because, damn, I can imagine them and they are fantastic. But aside from that? Sorry but I admit to skipping non-dialogue parts.

Then we get to the characters. Meh, Luka isn't for me. Maybe I don't love him because this is the first time I'm meeting him because I haven't read Kate's other books but nooooo. I feel sad for not loving him because on paper, he should be a character I would love. But I just didn't. Maybe it's because I can't read him and he's so aloof that I can't even see through him. Maybe it's because he confuses me but anyway, we just didn't work out.

Dakota didn't fare better. I didn't connect with her too. I liked her at first but then towards the middle and the end of the book, her actions were WTF and what-are-you-doing. Actually, the book lost me towards the end and I was just trying my best to finish the book. I didn't understand Luka and Dakota and whatever they did. The supposedly steamy scenes felt off to me. What is wrong with me???

However, I did enjoy the minor characters so yay for that.

Will I be reading the next book? Sadly, no. Besides not being invested in the characters, I just couldn't get behind the things that happened in Savor so I'll pass.

About Kate Evangelista

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she lives in the Philippines and writes full time.

Blog Tour: Keeper of the Lost Souls + Keeper of the Innocents by Kristy Centeno

Friday, December 12, 2014

Kristy Centeno is touring the first two books of her paranormal YA series, The Keeper Witches, with me this 2015! Check out the books below and I hope you can join the blog tours!

Keeper of the Lost Souls (The Keeper Witches Series, #1)
Title: Keeper of the Lost Souls (Keeper of the Witches #1)
Author: Kristy Centeno
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Date of Publication: June 7, 2013
Genre: paranormal YA

Bryn McCaskey is young, naïve, and can talk to ghosts...

Like her mother and grandmother, Bryn comes from a breed of witches called The Keepers of the Lost Souls. Their main purpose is to guard those spirits who are permanently or temporarily grounded in the world of the living. Handling supernatural creatures is something which comes naturally to Bryn, however, dealing with people is a whole different story.

As her 18th birthday approaches it's time for her to take on her first assignment. Bryn is forced to confront her inability to communicate with others in an effort to save the one soul that can mean the difference between life and death for mankind.

Johnny Shaw is a lost soul with a personal vendetta against witches...

A vendetta he has carried on even after death. As much as he hate's them he must join forces with a keeper witch, in order to stop a century old threat. When fate brings them together, not only will they be forced to learn how to work as a team, but they will have to depend on each other to stop an evil witch carrying a six hundred year grudge!

Schedule

January 12

Eccentric Everything - Excerpt

January 13

Indy Book Fairy - Excerpt

January 14

Oops! I Read A Book Again - Excerpt

January 15

Star Crossed Reviews - Excerpt

January 16

Will Read for Feels - Review + Excerpt



Keeper of the Innocents (The Keeper Witches Series, #2)
Title: Keeper of the Innocents (The Keeper Witches #2)
Author: Kristy Centeno
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Date of Publication: July 9, 2014
Genre: paranormal YA

Demi Redding has used her powers to vanquish demons for years, but when one shows up next door she will be forced to set both her experience and instincts aside to battle a war that has nothing to do with magic, and everything to do with matters of the heart.

As a Keeper of the Innocents, Demi’s load as a guardian reduces with only one charge to take on at a time. However, when her new foe proves to be a force she can neither see nor find, she has no choice but to doubt the so-called good intentions of the stranger one door down.

Rhyzel Connor is not your average neighbor by any means. The red specks of color in his green eyes alone sets him apart and his demonic heritage makes him an easy target. Because of who he is he can’t afford a mistake that will result in his demise, but the fact that he knows way too much about Demi quickly raises the suspicion veil over him.

There is a mission he must complete, and secrets he must fight hard to keep, but the biggest hardship he must face will be forfeiting his life in order to save Demi’s.

Schedule

February 9


Star Crossed Reviews - Review

February 10

Indy Book Fairy - Excerpt

February 11

The Voluptuous Book Diva - Review + Excerpt

February 12

Eccentric Everything - Excerpt

February 13


Holiday Reads Recommendations

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Today, I'm sharing five YA books I recommend for some Christmas reading. These books will get you in the holiday spirit as they're set on December and are perfect for making the holidays warm and cute. Without further ado, here are my YA holiday reads!



Let's start with the very obvious choice, My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories. You can click on the title to go to my review. Twelve authors banded together to make this anthology edited by Stephanie Perkins. These authors are Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, David Levithan, Matt dela Pena, Kelly Link, Jenny Han, Gayle Forman, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Kiersten White, Myra McEntire and of course, Stephanie Perkins herself. This collection will surely get you into the holiday cheer with all its cuteness and its depth as well. Just, read this one!



I haven't reviewed this yet in the blog but The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl is by none other than Melissa Keil. Not familiar with her? I know, I think she's super underrated, which is sadly the case for a lot of Aussie authors. But come on, anything Aussie YA is great. This read is cute and unique as Christmas in Australia falls in the summer so I was a bit disoriented at first when they were finding the weather hot. Plus, it's about people flocking to Eden Valley because it's supposed to be the one place the Apocalypse won't affect. Yeah, right? Go get this now! (Or if you can't, Melissa Keil's Life in Outer Space is a nice alternative too. Not really set in December but it'll give you the appropriate Christmas feels. Click on the title for my review!)


Up next is Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas! Again, sorry but I haven't reviewed this yet. I planned on having the reviews of these books up before I posted this but time constraints and inspiration blocks, yo. Anyway, Liz definitely writes fun and cute and funny YA novels and I just dig her style and characters so much. The novel is set on Christmas Eve, with a dash of mystery too and some insulin problems. Chloe is diabetic! Be sure to grab this for your Christmas reading!

You can also try Liz's Ask Again Later, which while prom-themed, is still hella cute and HILARIOUS. Linked is my review!












We're down to our last two! Here's another short story collection from John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances is composed of three stories intertwined and the pay-off is so satisfying and cute. You can check out my thoughts by clicking on the title!

The new cover is so pretty and I want it for my shelf. My copies a bit well-worn and it has the old cover. Anyone interested in gifting it to me? Haha! #shameless

And here's my last recommendation and my personal favorite. It's...



Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan! Guys, you'll see a glowing and raving review when you click the link. This is my favorite Christmas read because dares! Passing a Moleskine notebook! Dash! Lily! I re-read this precious novel EVERY CHRISTMAS SEASON. Since 2012. And it's a tradition I don't have any plan on changing. Just, so so perfect. Dash's snarliness contrasted to Lily's optimism. All the words, the words. I just love it sooooo much.

P.S. I'm also accepting the new version with the pretty cover as a gift. #shameless

P.P.S. It's not set during the holidays but I don't care but Lisa Mangum's After Hello (linked is my review) is P-E-R-F-E-C-T for holiday reading. Seriously. I swear. I swear on my hypothetical son named Vito. It is just too great to be so underrated so I need y'all to read it!

Now it's time for YOU to share your holiday reads. Are there just some books or stories you always read during the holiday season? Or you think are perfect to get any person into the holiday cheer? I'm very open to recommendations as you can see, I only have five. I have nothing else to add here. Maybe next year I can dish out more with the help of your recommendations. So feel free to comment!

Blog Tour: Only A Kiss by Ines Bautista-Yao

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Only A Kiss
Title: Only A Kiss
Author: Ines Bautista-Yao
Publisher: Chamber Shell Publishing
Date of Publication: November 29, 2014
Genre: contemporary romance

When she was nine-years-old, Katie knew she wanted Chris to give her her first kiss. It wasn’t because she was in love with him (no way, he was her best friend! Besides, she was in love with his fourteen-year-old big brother), it was because she could make him do anything she wanted.

Besides, it didn't really mean anything. It was only a kiss after all.

But then things started to change. They grew up. They parted ways and went to different high schools. And other girls and boys—well, just one particular boy—came into the picture, throwing their lives upside down.

Told from the alternating points of view of Katie and Chris, this love story between two best friends will tug at your heartstrings and leave you thinking how the simplest things can mean so much.

Schedule

January 19

Teen Readers' Diary - Review + Guest Post

Geeky Chiquitas - Review + Excerpt
chaotic reader - Review + Excerpt
logodiversity - Review
The Caffeinated Booknerd - Review
Cinderella Stories - Excerpt
The Book Junkie's Blog - Excerpt


January 20

Star Crossed Reviews - Review + Excerpt
The Bibliophile Confessions - Review + Excerpt
Her Book Thoughts! - Review
Girl meets Books - Guest Post
Will Read for Feels - Interview

January 21

Literary Treats - Review + Excerpt + Guest Post
When Books Defy Gravity - Review + Excerpt
RonReads - Review + Excerpt
Bibliophile Soprano - Review

Spiced Latte Reads - Review
The Word Eater - Review
Slice of Reads - Excerpt

January 22

Paradise of pages - Review + Excerpt
Oops! I Read A Book Again - Review + Theme Song
Night Owl Reads - Review
Cinderella Stories - Guest Post
Perfect Nostalgia - Interview
Publishing in Pajamas - Excerpt
Home of a Book Lover - Excerpt

January 23

It's A Wonderful Bookworld - Review + Excerpt
Le bibliophile~ - Review
The Library Mistress - Review
The Enigma of Herself - Review
Slice of Reads - Review + Excerpt

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Excerpt + Giveaway: My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I've already reviewed this book here and I loved it. But I won't let a chance to promote this book pass by. Tellulah Darling writes HILARIOUS books and I know I keep on saying that in my reviews but to actually show you, I included an excerpt today. Plus, the book is on sale for ONLY $0.99 so I suggest you scoot and just get this one now!



My Ex From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy, #1)
Title: My Ex From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #1)
Author: Tellulah Darling
Date of Publication: April 1, 2013
Genre: YA fantasy/mythology

Sixteen-year-old Sophie Bloom wishes she’d been taught the following:

a) Bad boy’s presence (TrOuBlE) + teen girl’s brain (DraMa) = TrAuMa (Highly unstable and very volatile.)
b) The Genus Greekulum Godissimus is notable for three traits: 1) awesome abilities, 2) grudges, and 3) hook-ups, break-ups, and in-fighting that puts cable to shame.

Prior to the Halloween dance, Sophie figures her worst problems involve adolescent theatrics, bitchy yoga girls, and being on probation at her boarding school for mouthy behaviour. Then she meets bad boy Kai and gets the kiss that rocks her world.

Literally.

This breath stealing lip lock reawakens Sophie’s true identity: Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She’s key to saving humanity in the war between the Underworld and Olympus, target numero uno of Hades and Zeus, and totally screwed.

Plus there’s also the little issue that Sophie’s last memory as Persephone was just before someone tried to murder her.

Big picture: master her powers, get her memories back, defeat Persephone’s would be assassin, and save the world. Also, sneak into the Underworld to retrieve stolen property, battle the minions of Hades and Zeus, outwit psycho nymphs, slay a dragon, rescue a classmate, keep from getting her butt expelled from the one place designed to keep her safe …

… and stop kissing Kai, Prince of the Underworld.

My Ex From Hell is a romantic comedy/Greek mythology smackdown. Romeo and Juliet had it easy.

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When the going gets desperate, the desperate send email

To: ????


From: bloomingoddess@gmail.com 
Subject: Seriously?

Dear Your Royal Imperialness Demeter, Goddess of Grain and Fertility, Preserver of Marriage, and Bringer of Seasons,


Or can I just call you Mom?


Bet you never thought you’d be hearing from me. Sorry for not having written sooner, but until about twelve hours ago, I didn’t know you existed. Nothing personal.


See, yesterday, I was plain old Sophie Bloom. My life sucked in your typical 16-year-old ways. I was stuck here at Hope Park Progressive School on probation again (“mouthy behavior”), dealing with cliquish poseurs, rampant hormones, blah blah blah.


Then I met a guy. I know that’s the worst cliché ever. But sadly, it’s true. And of course, me being me, he couldn’t be just any bad boy. No. He had to be Kai, son of Hades, Lord of the Underworld. Anyway, he was really hot and there was this bone-melting kiss and ... whatever. The point is, before he showed up, I thought I was human. Afterward, well, let’s just say everything changed. Who knew when I was cramming Greek mythology for my English final, I was studying the family tree?


They say when you die, your whole life supposedly flashes before your eyes. When Kai and I kissed, here’s what flashed before mine—Mount Olympus, Zeus, the Underworld, Hades, and you. But that wasn’t my life. Or was it?


Here’s the Wiki version. (Do you have Wi-Fi on Mt. Olympus?) Turns out I’m Persephone. Me, Goddess of Spring and Embodiment of Earth’s Fertility? Ew! Which makes me your kid, Hades’ target, and totally screwed. In the myth version, I’m the innocent maiden, you’re the grieving mother, and we’re reunited with great joy. Guess that’s why they call it a myth.


I know I sound like a nut bar. And maybe I’ll wake up in a padded room restrained for my own safety. But in that moment with Kai, it felt real. Like I knew who I was. Or used to be. Those were my memories flashing before my eyes—not some fantasy or hallucination. Part of me remembered those moments. But where do I go from here? And is there an online tutorial I can take?


I don’t exactly have your email. But if you’re a goddess, maybe you’ll know I’m writing. That I really need my mom right now. And if not—well, I guess I’ll save this for my obituary. Which I’ll probably need pretty soon because of the gods-wanting-me-dead thing.


Take care.



Sophie
 a.k.a. Persephone 
a.k.a. Goddess of Spring a.k.a. Your Daughter


About Tellulah Darling

Tellulah Darling
noun

Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?

1. YA romantic comedy author because her first kiss sucked and she's compensating.
2. Alter ego of former screenwriter.
3. Sassy minx.

Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues.

Tellulah Darling is a firm believer that some of the best stories happen when love meets comedy. Which is why she has so much fun writing YA romantic comedy books. Her books span contemporary, teen fantasy romance, and YA Greek mythology, and range from stand alones to series. For Tellulah, teen romance is the most passionate, intense, and awkward there is – a comedy goldmine. Plus smart, mouthy, teen girls rock.


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