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Recent Reads #5 [Jennifer E. Smith, Sarah J. Maas and more]

Hello bibliophiles! Your gurl is back with another set of recent reads. I know I stopped doing that earlier last year because I fell down a writing slump and writing individual reviews was a fan thing to do that time. But now that I am so behind my reviews and some thoughts had already drifted away, I thought it would time to go back to doing recent reads. So this Recent Reads #5.

The Astonishing Colors of After by Emily X.R. Pan


First up on the books I recent read is The Astonishing Colors of After by Emily X.R. Pan. The sole reason why I decided to read this because a friend of mine recommended it when I ask for recommendations to diversify my reading. This book really helped me start diversifying my reading this year. It being a mental health book and a book written by a Taiwanese and Chinese American author, that already diversified my reading. Plus I was tagged to do the New Year Reading Challenge.

You can take away a lot of lessons from this book. Although this book have depression, suicide and grief, you pick up life lessons that makes your life a little easier than it is now. I felt the emotions that Leigh gone through, not that I lost my mother, but because I fear of losing her too soon in my life. I’m not ready if she leaves me and my siblings but this book just prepared me for that moment, if that would come, not that I am wishing losing my mother, no way. If you know what I mean, then you get it. It was also nice to see a Filipino representation despite how little that was. It just means so much that Filipinos are not forgotten by other Asian authors.

I have an issue with this book though, it just too long and sometimes I didn’t enjoy those chapters from her younger years. Although I know why they were there, I personally just don’t like it. I sometimes skip through it. But that didn’t hinder the emotions I felt while reading the book. It’s nice to see Leigh move on from blaming herself that she wasn’t there when he mother took her own life. I also see why things happened that way. Also the fact that Leigh gets to see a culture she didn’t grew up with when she visited her mother’s country.



I recently got this book from a bibliophile decluttering her books. I decided to get it because it was so cheap and I knew that this was going to be a really fast read because it was so short. I read it in 3 days I believe because I was out and about and didn’t have time to read physically.

Anyway, I didn’t know that this book was going to take place in just 24 hours and it is going to be an insta love story. But I didn’t unlike it. I really enjoyed reading the book and seeing how their romance would bloom and how Hadley’s relationship with his father would turn out after not seeing him for over a year and finally meeting her step mother.

I really love how different this book was to most of the books I’ve read. It is usually fast pace but reading this book and seeing them talk for hours. It was also nice that we don’t only get to see the current situation but also the past that would bridge the gap between the last time she’d seen her father as well as the moment that she’d be seeing him again. I also like seeing the bond and relationship between Hadley and Oliver. And even if the story is about Hadley, it was nice seeing Oliver’s story as well.

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas


I honestly was planning to write a full length review for this book but I realized that I couldn’t explain my thoughts without spoiling anyone. And as much as it is nice to share them, I couldn’t be that awful person who would be reckless and spoil the good stuff. I am just not that person because I hate getting spoiled too, that might one of the reasons why I seldom stay at book communities for hours and hours.

I have to be brutally honest though, I didn’t like Nesta or Elain in the previous books because I was too invested with the Inner Circle to deal with their shit. But we cannot deny how Nesta was the one who killed the King of Hybern and not Feyre or Rhys, or someone else from the Inner Circle. I guess it has to do with that fact that Sarah J. Maas is setting that as Nesta having her own story. In this book I was able to understand and really appreciate where Nesta’s anger came from. I personally think that Sarah J. Maas did a good job with how she started the book. Some might find the first few chapters boring or too much info but it is just perfect. I also have to say that I didn’t pay much attention to Cassian, I don’t know why, to be honest. But I appreciate and see how great of a person he is. I adore everyone in this book, just like how much I adore them in the other books.

I had so much emotions for this book. I felt so much that I was losing my mind when the unthinkable almost happened. It was just heartbreaking. I cannot share that specific moment but I have to share a funny experience. When I got to that point, I was being so emotional and all of a sudden my sister came down from her bed, scaring the hell out of me and ruining that moment. I have to take a little breather before I decided to resume with my reading.

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett


I have to say, reading this was such a relief and I really enjoyed it. I really love the chemistry and how things are going for Birdie and Daniel. But I have to say their meet-cute has to be the weirdest and funniest one I have read, but it wasn’t as cute as a really cute meet cute. (Okay I have said too much cute in that sentence). I love how this book is contemporary but it still holds a little bit of mystery. I also liked that most of the story is revolving around their hobbies and developing their chemistry.

I love that both Birdie and Daniel have this different personalities and hobbies as well as disabilities that we don’t usually see in other books. Birdie was a narcoleptic played a part in this story, as well as Daniel being deft. Then they also have hobbies that isn’t just there for show but it was there because it means more than just hobbies for them.

It took me awhile to finish this book because I was having mood swings. But binge watching Riverdale helped me get into this book even more. The mystery in Riverdale made me jump into this book because it also holds a mystery with this anonymous author. Then at the end we found out who this author is and how he is important, or somewhat important in their lives.

So that ends this round of Recent Reads. Check out my other short reviews here:


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