Posts by: Amy

Hey, It’s March!

Posted 12 March, 2018 by Amy in Bookish Thoughts / 0 Comments
Hey, It’s March!

It’s already mid-March, guys. Obviously, I’m so behind in the world of books. To be honest, I haven’t been reading much. I used to be ahead in my Goodreads challenge by like 2-3 books. Now I’m just on track. I’m in a terrible reading slump. (I’m also trying to desperately save all my money, and the books I want to read at the library have long waitlists…) On the bright side, prime-time television is back to its regular programming. I have lots of TV shows to watch to fill my time. I’m loving The Good Doctor. Although, I tend to just watch Big Bang Theory reruns on TBS to fill my evenings… I’ve also been watching a lot of Buzzfeed videos on YouTube. Watching guys wear pants with no pockets is hilarious. Also, I really want to try a bath bomb one of these days. This month there are a quite […]

Review: Lies That Bind by Diana Rodriguez Wallach (Anastasia Phoenix #2)

Posted 6 March, 2018 by Amy in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

**SPOILER ALERT: This review may contain spoilers for the first book in the series. Please do not read this review if you have not yet read Proof of Lies. Without reading the synopsis, I totally thought this book was going to be an adventure finding Marcus’s brother Antonio. I was wrong. They found him in the first chapter or two. He claims he no longer works for Department D and is no longer a spy. Therefore, he becomes a part of their group. (I don’t know about you, but I found that quite suspicious…) Since that obviously wasn’t the story… The story is actually about Anastasia, Marcus, Keira, Charlotte, Julian, and Antonio trying to take down Department D after the death of Anastasia’s close friend. To do so, they travel the world looking for Dresden Kids whose families have been wronged by Department D hoping to collect evidence. The overall story […]

Review: Darkest Night by Tara Thomas

Posted 2 March, 2018 by Amy in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

I love romantic suspense novels. I have also enjoyed novels of a different genre by Tara Thomas under a different pen name. Sadly, while I did love the Benedict brothers and Tilly Brock, I did not enjoy Darkest Night as much as I hoped to. Overall, I thought Darkest Night simply had too many elements leaving it feeling a bit underdeveloped. There was Tilly and Keaton’s second chance romance. There was the mystery behind the embezzlement case that separated Tilly and Keaton as teens. There was Tilly’s ex-best friend that was scheming to be the future Mrs. Keaton Benedict. There were more family secrets, people getting falsely accused and arrested, dead bodies, and a mysterious man determined to bring down Benedict Industries. As a reader, it was a difficult story for me to follow and get into. (The formatting of the eARC also did not help.) With all of the different things going on plot-wise and […]

Trying Non-Fiction Books

Posted 20 February, 2018 by Amy in Bookish Thoughts / 0 Comments
Trying Non-Fiction Books

I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t read non-fiction. I’ve avoided it most of my life. I always felt that I read enough non-fiction in school and work. Between textbooks, scientific journals, the news, I wanted reading to be an escape from the real world. So fiction it was. This year, I’m trying to diversify my reading more, and I think reading some non-fiction books will be one way to do so. I recently read #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso. To be honest, it was an okay book, but it wasn’t as difficult to read as I thought it’d be. It didn’t sit on my shelf for months for me to complete it. I’d call that a win. Haha! Anyway, here are some of the non-fiction books, I’m considering reading. If you have any recommendations, please let me know as well! 1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That […]

Review: Assassin of Truths by Brenda Drake (Library Jumpers #3)

Posted 9 February, 2018 by Amy in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

**SPOILER ALERT: This review may contain spoilers for the first two books in the series. Please do not read this review if you have not yet read Thief of Lies or Guardian of Secrets. Assassin of Truths by Brenda Drake was by far my favorite book in the series. There was action, romance, and a ton of feels. Assassin of Truths was a thrilling end to the Library Jumpers series. I truthfully don’t know how to talk about Assassin of Truths without giving it away. There was so much going on in Assassin of Truths and talking about any of it feels like I’m giving away major spoilers. I mean, how do I talk about a book that is all about this epic battle where Gia either saves the human world or lets it fall to the Mystik world? One thing that truly struck me about this book, however, was how 180 my thoughts about Arik […]

Review: Guardian of Secrets by Brenda Drake (Library Jumpers #2)

Posted 5 February, 2018 by Amy in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

**SPOILER ALERT: This review may contain spoilers for the first book in the series. Please do not read this review if you have not yet read Thief of Lies. In Guardian of Secrets, Gia, Nick, Arik, and the rest of the team are back to the human world. This time they’re hiding from the Mystik world by blending in with the human population. Gia and the rest of the Sentinels are training, Gia and Nick are on the hunt for the missing keys to unlock the Tetrad, and unrest is brewing in the Mystik world. Everything she learned about the Mystik world is starting to come into question. There was a ton of action in Guardian of Secrets. A ton of revelations was made, and people that were thought to be dead were found. Of course, the book ended in an epic battle to set up the next and final installment. Guardian of Secrets […]

Hello February!

Posted 1 February, 2018 by Amy in Bookish Thoughts / 0 Comments
Hello February!

So it’s February, guys… How are we already a month into 2018? I still write 2017 whenever I write the date. Obviously, I’m not ready for it to be February or 2018 for that matter. Anyway, February is genuinely one of my favorite months. It’s short and sweet with an even 28 days (unless it’s a leap year). There’s Valentine’s day or Single Awareness day (take your pick), which is basically a holiday where you’re meant to consume ALL THE CHOCOLATE. It’s also the month of my birthday! So February is a good month, in my personal opinion. It probably also helps that I no longer live in a state that experiences winter. Just like every other month, February brings a slew of fantastic new books. Here are some of the books I’m highly anticipating. 1. American Panda by Gloria Chao (2/6) – Taiwanese-American main character, Japanese love interest, and the […]

Review: Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake (Library Jumpers #1)

Posted 29 January, 2018 by Amy in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

This review is based on my reread of Thief of Lies. For my initial review, please check out my review on Goodreads. I reread Thief of Lies in anticipation of the final book coming out on February 6th. I frequently suffer from book amnesia. Unless we’re talking about the book I’m currently reading, don’t expect me to remember much. So a reread was necessary. Anyway, I truly enjoyed my reread of Thief of Lies. I may have even enjoyed it a bit more the second time around. Thief of Lies is a story about a girl that finds out she is able to travel through gateway books into libraries around the world, that there’s another magical world that exists including bad guys and monsters, and of course, that she’s the “doomsday child” destined to save or destroy the world. (Don’t expect there to be any talk about books though. Just because they can travel […]

Review: Proof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallach (Anastasia Phoenix #1)

Posted 16 January, 2018 by Amy in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Proof of Lies by Diana Rodrigues Wallach was a fun spy-themed mystery/thriller. The story had a ton of secrets, lots of action, and even a bit of romance. Anastasia has been jet-setting around the world with her scientist parents and her older sister. She’s a black belt and knows four languages. At the beginning of the story, Anastasia loses her parents after an argument about moving away from Boston. Soon after that her sister/guardian disappears and is presumed dead. Believing that her sister is alive has her digging into her sister’s life and traveling to Europe with Marcus, a boy she barely knows and whose parents work for the same company as her parents did. Dresden kids stick together after all. On this adventure to find her sister, secrets are revealed that may possibly turn her life around more than it already has. As a YA thriller, Proof of Lies was on […]

Books featuring Asian Main Characters I want to Read

Posted 8 January, 2018 by Amy in Bookish Thoughts / 0 Comments
Books featuring Asian Main Characters I want to Read

Being an Asian American, I’ll admit I do not read enough diverse books. I know I want Asians to be represented in mainstream media, but I’m also a bit terrified that we will continue to be misrepresented.  Regardless, I know for a fact that there are fantastic books featuring main characters of Asian ethnicity, and the only way to continue the publishing of books featuring Asian main characters is by supporting those books and authors. So I want to make a point to diversify my reading this year. Here’s a list of some of the books I’m hoping to read featuring Asian main characters: 1. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo – This is my current read (as I’m writing this), and so far I’m loving it! It’s a YA contemporary romance featuring a character that excels in all areas except flirting and dealing with her crushes. […]