• Mystery Thriller Book Review

    Arsenic and Adobo

    My Thoughts I had never read a cozy mystery and I hadn’t had much of an interest until I spotted this book. I’m Filipino, so it was an instant yes for me to read. Aresenic and Adobo follows Lila, a Fil-Am woman helping her aunt manage a struggling restaurant that finds herself caught up in a murder mystery involving her ex-boyfriend. The chapters are short which keeps the pacing of this book snappy, it’s an easy book to binge. “Food was how she communicated. Food was how she found her place in the world.” One of my absolute favorite aspects of this book is the great emphasis on food. All…

  • Manga Review

    Peach Girl

    Also in this series: Peach Girl: Sae’s Story, Peach Girl NEXT Also by this author: Pre Mari, Loco Moco, Papillon: Flower & Butterfly Warnings: Violence, Sexual Assault, Kidnapping, Bullying, Statutory Rape, Abuse My Thoughts Peach Girl is a nostalgic series for me, it is one of the first shojo series that I really got hooked onto. I loved the bold art style and the characters, the romance, the drama. I really related a lot to Momo, an outgoing but insecure girl that worries about her tanned skin and struggles with a manipulative and jealous friend, Sae. This manga struck a chord with me particularly because of the duality between Momo…

  • YA Romance Book Review

    Smash It!

    Warnings: Sex, Discussions of Sex My Thoughts Drama nerds rejoice for the year of fuck it! Smash It! is all about a shy girl that decides to take a page out of Shonda Rimes “year of yes” to start overcoming her shyness. Liv feels that she has always been on the sidelines next to her two rockstar friends, Eli and Dré. She is hopelessly in love with Eli and fears taking the leap, feeling that she’s the uncool girl that nobody notices. But owning oneself is not as easy as it sounds, and everything becomes more complicated when other people and feelings are involved. I loved the main characters and…

  • YA Romance Book Review

    P.S. I Still Love You

    My Thoughts What a delightful and frustrating book, this series has become such a guilty pleasure for me to read. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was such a delight because it introduces an understandable dilemma, and the reader follows Lara Jean as she clumsily falls in love with her first boyfriend. Drama ensues when another letter recipient shows up, and Lara Jean’s new squeeze Peter is still very close to his very jealous ex-girlfriend. “There’s no way to protect yourself against heartbreak, Lara Jean. That’s just a part of life.” In this book we see Lara Jean come into her own more and it was refreshing to see.…

  • YA Romance Book Review

    To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

    My Thoughts I had been eyeing this series for a while despite the fact that I rarely read YA contemporary romance. I picked up the boxed set on a whim because I had always been interested in the story blurb and the fact that the main character is biracial like me. I’m so glad that I finally picked this up because if it wasn’t for my husband starting to tuck us in for bed at five a.m., I would have devoured this entire book in one sitting. I was hooked. “They’re not love letters in the strictest sense of the word. My letters are for when I don’t want to…