“Just because you bite into a rotten apple , doesn’t mean you have to chop down the whole tree.”
Skylar Tempest has never understood Alec Hunter’s appeal. So what if he’s a world-renowned historian? He’s also cynical, aloof and determined to think the worst of her. So when a twist of fate finds her spending the lead-up to Christmas with Alec and his family, she’s not expecting the season to be either merry or bright.
Alec has learned the hard way not to trust beautiful women—and Skylar is the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. But as he watches her throw herself into his family’s festive chaos, Alec realises there is far more to this blonde bombshell than meets the eye.
With Christmas around the corner, Alec and Skylar return to Puffin Island, a tentative bond forged between them. Neither intends to fall in love, but as the nights become darker, and the fire between them grows hotter, could this be the chance for Alec and Skylar to find their own happy ending?
“Sometimes it’s hard to keep our life in perspective until we see how other people live.”
A cross-country move wasn’t exactly what McKinley had in mind for her senior trip, but leave it to her parents to up and move to Rhode Island. Her senior year was supposed to be awesome, but when she ticks off popular cheerleader Taylor, it goes from bad to worse.
The only good thing about moving is the mysterious, Camaro-driving, all-around-likeable Nick Phelan. But that mysterious thing that makes him so likeable is also making McKinley suspicious.
Nick hides secrets. McKinley harbors doubts. Taylor bares her teeth. But dealing with moving and Taylor is nothing compared to the biggest secret of all.
Every September there is a book fair in the Philippines held at the SMX Convention. MIBF or Manila International Book Fair is the only book convention in the Philippines. Different publishing house and bookstores gathered around to make this all happen.
There is so much to look forward to in this book fair:
Book signings – there are book signings held by different publishers for local authors; and in the last two days of the MIBF, foreign authors are also present. Although in this year’s MIBF, there is only one foreign author present – Morgan Matson.
Games and freebies – different booths also held different games where you will get freebies like pens, shirt, notepads, books. I heard that one of the bookstores that are present in the book fair held an ARC giveaway! Although I don’t know the mechanics or what ARCs and what publishers participated. You can also have freebies just by buying a certain amount in booths. There’s also a free bookmark.
Finding rare books – this is what I looked forward to every year. Classics and rare books are found in their booths which you do not normally see in their branches.
Book SALE!! – of course, this is what everyone looks forward to. The sale! The majority of the booths have 10, 20 or 50 percent off from selected books or sometimes, in all the books! Of course, we bookworms need to take advantage of it!
The month of August is already over and it is time for another wrap-up! I managed to read 9 books and 1 book that I did not finish. I’ll be linking down below my reviews for the books that I’ve read and I’ll be sharing some thoughts on the books that I didn’t review.
“Maybe when you’d grown up with the bad, you didn’t ever dare trust the good not to disappear.”
Her whole life, Puffin Islander Brittany Forrest has dreamed of adventure. And at the age of eighteen, she thought she’d found it in bad boy Zachary Flynn. But after just ten tempestuous, smoldering days, their whirlwind marriage went up in smoke, and Brittany resolved to put him out of her mind forever.
Zach knows he let Brittany down, but being back on Puffin Island and seeing Brittany again stirs up long-buried emotions. This daredevil pilot has never felt worthy of her, yet he can’t stay away—even when he knows the chemistry between them will only complicate his life.
As long, hot summer days on the beach dissolve into sultry, starry nights, Brittany and Zach find that the sparks between them are more powerful than ever. Could it be that the second time around, their dreams of a happy-ever-after will finally come true?
“Something and Nothing are more closely related than people think, God said.”
Judith and her father don’t have much — their house is full of dusty relics, reminders of the mother she’s never known. But Judith sees the world with the clear Eyes of Faith, and where others might see rubbish, Judith sees possibility. Bullied at school, she finds solace in making a model of the Promised Land — little people made from pipe cleaners, a sliver of moon, luminous stars and a mirror sea — a world of wonder that Judith calls The Land of Decoration. Perhaps, she thinks, if she makes it snow indoors (using shaving foam and cotton wool and cellophane) there will be no school on Monday…
Sure enough, when Judith opens her curtains the next day, the world beyond her window has turned white. She has performed her first miracle. And that’s when her troubles begin.