Event Recap: Kiera Cass in PH!

New York Times Bestselling author Kiera Cass is in the Philippines again for a book signing tour! How cool is that? 🙂 My fellow bloggers and I attended a Q&A with Kiera this morning and it was a lot of fun!

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Q&A with Kiera Cass

Here are a few awesome bits I got:

*Once her books are out in the world, Kiera doesn’t read them again.

*The Siren is currently a standalone.

*The first draft of the 5th (and final) book in The Selection series is done!

*There’ll be more kissing in the 5th book!

*Book 5 is slated to come out in May 2016.

*Besides The Selection series and The Siren, Kiera has a contract for two more books with HarperCollins.

You may listen to the full audio recording of the Q&A here.

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With the lovely Kiera Cass!

Kiera is still as effervescent and wonderful as she was when I first met her in 2013. It was such a delight to see her in person the second time around! 🙂

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PH YA Book Bloggers with Kiera!

Aside from the Q&A, I also had a great time bonding with my blogger friends! We talked about books and planned for an upcoming special event that you’d definitely love! 🙂

Signed books

Signed books! Yay! 🙂

Thank you very much National Book Store for bringing Kiera Cass again in the Philippines! 🙂 Till next bookish event!

Blog Tour: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith [Excerpt + Giveaway!]

Hi guys! Thanks for dropping by! For the Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between  PH blog tour, I’m happy to share with you an excerpt from the lovely book! Hope you like it! 🙂

EXCERPT

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“Aidan raises an eyebrow. “That’d better not be a list of reasons why we should break up. . .”

“It’s not,” she says as she hands it over to him, watching as he scans the page with a bemused expression. “I just figured maybe we could use a plan.”

“And this is it?”

She nods. “This is it.”

“Okay,” he says, taking a deep breath. “Then I guess we should get going.”

Together, they start to walk in the direction of the car, but halfway there, Clare stops short, suddenly and unaccountably nervous, her heart drumming hard in her chest. She looks over at Aidan with slightly panicked eyes. “This is kind of crazy, isn’t it?”

“What?” he asks.

“That we leave tomorrow,” she says, her voice rising a little. “That after all this time, we only have twelve hours left. I mean. . . we’re finally here, you know? At the end of the road.”

“Or,” he reminds her, “the beginning.”

Clare doesn’t say anything, she wants desperately to believe him, but standing here on the edge of something so big, it seems impossible.

“Trust me,” Aidan says, reaching for her hand. “A lot can happen in twelve hours.”

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Title: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Publication date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Poppy

Pages: 256

Purchase the book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / Fully Booked / National Book Store

Synopsis:

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

 

 

GIVEAWAY TIME!

We’re giving away an ARC of Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between!

Open to PH residents only.

Please click on the Rafflecopter link below:

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*For the complete schedule of the blog tour, please head over to Pinoy Book Tours

 

ARC Review: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

23369370Title: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Publication date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Poppy

Pages: 256

Source: ARC from the publisher (Thank you, The NOVL!)

Purchase the book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / Fully Booked / National Book Store

Synopsis:

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

My review:

One of the things I love about reading a Jennifer E. Smith book is getting this hopeful, magical feeling inside me every time. This year, the remarkable author gives readers another YA contemporary rich in thought and emotions that will surely leave a lasting impression in their hearts.

Wrapped in a sincere and nostalgic undertone, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is a story is about love and the difficult decisions we make in life. It follows Clare and Aidan, a couple on their last night before leaving for college. Both are contemplating whether they should break up or keep their relationship intact. Clare and Aidan go on a trip to memory lane—back to where their love story began—hoping to find something that will help resolve their dilemma. Now who wouldn’t be keen on reading a story as unique as this?

Raw and realistic, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is a well-conceptualized novel that fascinated me. The idea of revisiting your past in a span of twelve hours was indeed refreshing and exciting. I’m consistently on the lookout for books with ingenious and attention-grabbing concepts. I’m happy to say that Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between falls under the classifications I mentioned. The story makes you realize a lot of things! Oh, and the feels are so spot on! They punch holes in your heart one moving scene after the other. Mind you, most of my sticky notes have “Awwww”, “Oh my heart!” and “The feels!” written on them.

The characters are genuine and easy to associate with. Clare and Aidan’s relationship is a delight to behold! I enjoyed visiting their past with them and seeing their relationship unfold. I also liked Scotty and Stella! They are downright cute and entertaining! I wish there would be a book about them. 🙂

As always, Jennifer E. Smith writes beautiful and authentic stories that readers don’t want to end. Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is definitely one of them! I will always look forward to reading Jennifer E. Smith’s books!

Instilled with surprising discoveries and hopeful beginnings, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is brilliance and heart in one exceptional novel.

 

Rating:

4.5/5 stars