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Love your Frenemies by Mina V. Esguerra

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Summary from Goodreads

Kimmy Domingo was the kind of girl everyone hated and envied -- until her fiancé dumped her a week before their wedding. Soon after, she quit her job, hopped on a plane, and just hid from everyone who knew her. A year later and she's back in Manila to be maid of honor at a wedding she can't miss.

Kimmy's home because she's ready to start over, but she also knows that some people at that wedding were responsible for the mess her life turned out to be. The first step to recovery? Cutting off the ones who caused her troubles to begin with: her best friend and her first love

Love your Frenemies is not anything that I have expected from a contemporary romance short story.  For one, the protagonist isn't the sweet, klutzy, good girl type whom everybody loves. In fact people hated Kimmy Domingo. Words such as rude, manipulative, and heartless have been attached to her at one point or another. Now, what I realized as I was in the first few pages is th…

Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters

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Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters

1. Podrick Payne (A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin) - Pod, a squire, became memorable and instrumental to his Lord (Tyrion), at a certain battle. And I think he brings out something in his master, sets up a good example for him. At least, make him still believe that their are such things as trust and loyalty a midst the traitors and liars in King's Landing. 

2. Sandor Clegane(A Clash of Kings by Geroge R.R. Martin) - What I like about Sandor Clegane as a supporting character is that he has a pretty interesting back story and that he is quite ambiguous, in terms of whether he is a good guy or a bad guy. He is layered character, which challenges major characters that interact with him in the story, like Sansa for example who can't seem to put a finger on him.

3. Luna Lovegood(Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling) - Anyone who can think up words like Spectrespecs, and Crumple-Horned Snorkack is memorable in my book. P…

In My Mother's House by Joni Cham

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Description from Goodreads

An honest and insightful exploration of the complex, sometimes tortured, relationship between an immigrant Chinese mother and her Philippine-born daughter.

In My Mother's House guides us across a minefield of personal, familial, and cross-cultural trauma to that place made safer by the finality of death and the possibility of forgiveness and re-birth.

In My Mother's House begins with the return of Nina, the Philippine born daughter to the house of her childhood, in order to care for her ailing Chinese mother. And both mother and house, she has been running away from, for the trauma they have brought her. With the former being the cause, and the latter being the witness. And now being back in that house with her mother has opened up a Pandora's Box inside of Nina, and released an onslaught of feelings. Feelings of unworthiness, of ugliness, of being unwanted, of shame, and guilt, and longing, memories of a tragedy and of deaths, and a long trail of…

A Clash of Kings (ASoIaF #2) by G.R.R Martin

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Summary from Goodreads:

Time is out of joint. The summer of peace and plenty, ten years long, is drawing to a close, and the harsh, chill winter approaches like an angry beast. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who held sway over and age of enforced peace are dead...victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns, as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms prepare to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. 


As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky—a comet the color of blood and flame—six factions struggle for control of a divided land. Eddard’s son Robb has declared himself King in the North. In the south, Joffrey, the heir apparent, rules in name only, victim of the scheming courtiers who teem over King’s Landing. Robert’s two brothers each seek their own dominion, while a disfavored house turns once more to conquest. And a continent away, an exiled queen, the…

Required Reading: August 2013

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July was a great month. I had Television Themed Reads and was able to finish them all, and more. Plus, I was also able to watch two of the tv shows that I had pending. Doctor Who Season 5, the first 10 episodes out of 13, and Sherlock Seasons 1-2. 

Okay, so reading-wise, here's what I have accomplished last month:

1. A Game of Thrones by G.R.R Martin - (5/5) This is my new found fandom. I will be plowing through the entire series soon enough. 

2.Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Puffin E-Shorts - Lovely shorts that are all wonderfully wibbly wobbly timey wimey good fun.  

The Roots of Evil by Philip Reeve (#4) - (4/5)Tip of the Tongue by Patrick Ness (#5) - (3.8/5)Something Borrowed by Richelle Mead (#6) - (3.8/5)
3. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle- (4/5)  I did not realize that I would enjoy this as much as I did. The collection of stories are clever, unusual, and baffling. I enjoyed Sherlock's deductive reasoning in solving these cases. 
4. All's Fair in…