Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Anna Dressed in Blood: Meet Anna and Cas

Have you heard (or read) the news? Anna Dressed in Blood is jumping in the bandwagon and is about to become a movie, too!

If you haven't heard of the book, here's a little something to help.

ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD 
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. 
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay. 
Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home. 
Yet she spares Cas's life.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Stacking The Shelves (13): April 2016


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! Hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

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April has been a busy month for me and my personal life. That is why I haven't blogged as much as I used to like the past two months. I also haven't bought any book this month. But thankfully, Harper Collins sent me three ARCs that I can feature in this month's Stacking the Shelves post. Thank you, HC Int'l!

Friday, April 29, 2016

NBS EVENTS: Jennifer Niven Book Signing Tour

I know I am a week late with the announcement, but it doesn't matter. It does not change the fact that Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places, is coming to the Philippines this May. So get your books and camping gears ready, as we prepare for another book signing event.

What: Jennifer Niven Book Signing Tour
When: May 28, 2016, 1 p.m.
Where: Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu
When: May 29, 2016, 2 p.m.
Where: 2nd Level Mega Atrium, SM Megamall

For full details of the event and the discussion,
here's the link to the National Book Store event's page
But if you're too lazy to click and wait for another page to load, just read on.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

BOOK BLURB: Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2)

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Number of Pages: 435
Date Published: June 4, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Goodreads:


Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

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My Thoughts:

Honestly, I don't know how to start organizing my thoughts and feelings regarding the second book of The Grisha trilogy. Although I sort of figured out its widespread appeal to people who loved it so much, I am still not at awe with the books. So, if this review seems kind of all over the place, I apologize in advance.

If you have read my review for Shadow and Bone (the first book of the trilogy), you would know that I am not as happy as I thought I would be during and after reading it. Maybe it's just not the book for me. I don't actually hate it, because I really did enjoy some parts. I just didn't like it as much as most of the readers did.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Blog Tour: LOVE ME NEVER Review + Giveaway


Author: Sara Wolf
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Number of Pages: 352
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance/ Dark Comedy

Previously published as Lovely Vicious, this fully revised and updated edition is full of romance, intrigue, and laugh-out-loud moments.

Don’t love your enemy. Declare war on him.

Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to Buttcrack-of-Nowhere, Ohio, to help her mom escape a bad relationship.

All the girls in her new school want one thing—Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.

Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game.

The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.
The game board: East Summit High.
The reward: Something neither of them expected.

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My Thoughts:

When I first heard of Sara Wolf's Lovely Vicious trilogy, I knew I had to read it. Despite the "cliche-ness" of the plot based from the blurb, I still want to read about a spunky female lead who somewhat hates (and is at war with) the most popular boy in school. There's just something about their "cat and mouse" sort of relationship that's exciting to read. And we kinda know how this will end, don't we?

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Cover Crazy: UNKNOWN by Wendy Higgins Cover Reveal

Author: Wendy Higgins
Expected Publication: August 16, 2016
Genre: Apocalyptic Sci-Fi NA Romance

Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technological communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

BOOK BLURB: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

ILLUMINAE (The Illuminae Files #1)
Author: Aime Kaufman; Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Number of Pages: 599
Date Published: October 22, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Goodreads:


This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.


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My Thoughts:

Young adult science fiction (or sci-fi in general) is not something I would usually "go to" and read. Stories about the universe, aliens, space travel, or intergalactic politics and relations is not something I like to read about a lot, and I don't normally enjoy them. So despite my extreme desire to buy Illuminae, I still had hesitations. Also, I do not know if the story will live up to the book's physical awesomeness. I had a fleeting thought in the back of my head that people liked it only because of the book's unique and cool appearance, and that the story is presented in a different way, not because the story was that great and impactful. But thankfully, I was wrong.

Illuminae is aesthetically pleasing and very entertaining. Not only does it look so good both inside and out, but the story is quite impressive as well.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Stacking The Shelves (12): March 2016


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! Hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

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This March, I feel like I have purchased quite a number of books, even though I know it's not a lot compared to some people's monthly book hauls. It has been a long time since I bought more than two books in one month. The cause of this impulsive book buying is the extremely low price of some great hardback titles in the bookstore. Honestly, I only wanted to get Lady Midnight because that was the only book I really saved up for. But the other books were so tempting, and when I looked at the prices, I know I just had to grab them and go (after paying, of course).

Now, my March haul...

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday Updates

Hello beautiful people of the blogoshpere! Today is Wednesday, but as you can see, this is not a "Waiting On Wednesday" post. If you care to look at the post before this, it was my WoW post last week. Meaning, I haven't been able to put in some substantial blog content for the past seven days, and I aplogize for that. I don't want to be that kind of blogger who just posts memes or scripted weekly features, so I'd rather not post at all. Sorry for the weeks worth of inactivity. I have been distracted quite a lot, and I was really not in the mood to read lately, so my planned book reviews and posts did not materialize immediately.

Now, I am posting to give you a short update on the things I have been up to these past few days, the stuff that kept me busy and the distracted me from drafting blog posts, and the like...

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

WOW (6): The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski



Waiting On Wednesday (WOW) is a weekly event or bookish meme, hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that readers and bloggers are eagerly anticipating and patiently waiting for.

This week, I am going to feature a book that a lot of people are waiting for. It's one the many books that are highly anticipated this year - the conclusion to The Winner's Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski.

BOOKS AMINO Ruined My Day (Sort Of)

This post was initially called BOOKS AMINO (Kinda) Ruined My Life. But I changed it, and opted for a milder title because there people who only look at titles, and they might get too worried and condemn Books Amino without reading the whole content of the blog post. And NO, my life is not actually ruined. I'm perfectly fine. Thank you for your concern. But although I am somehow exaggerating with that blog post title, I can tell you there's a hint of truth to that.

Before anything else, let me introduce you to Books Amino.

Books Amino is a free iOS/Android application that lets bookworms and book lovers from all over the world interact. It's like a social media app for book lovers that lets them post and share pictures and blog posts, vote on polls, ask questions and let other people answer, and the like. It's a book community - a bit like Goodreads or BookLikes in a sense, where you will find a lot of bookish people posting what they are currently reading, their book reviews and joining book discussions. But unlike Goodreads, I think Books Amino is geared towards user interaction more than actually reviewing and managing the books you have read (or to read).

Now, let me tell you how it kinda ruined day (Yes, I'm exaggerating.)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

COVER CRAZY: A Few Weeks Worth of Book Covers Revealed + Some Bookish Updates


For the past few weeks, a lot of authors and publishers (through bloggers and other websites) have been revealing some teasers and covers for some of the most anticipated books to be published and released this 2016. And every time a cover reveal pops up somewhere on the internet, I immediately want to blog about it. But then comes another one, and another, until I don't know how to manage the supposed cover reveal blog post anymore.

Now, I decided to just put it all out there in one blog post. So, for the past weeks (or months), these are the book cover reveal, bookish news and updates that I have come across on social media sites.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

WOW (5): Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry



Waiting On Wednesday (WOW) is a weekly event or bookish meme, hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that readers and bloggers are eagerly anticipating and patiently waiting for.

This week, I am "waiting on" Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry, which is the second book of the Thunder Road series. I have been wanting to read this book since I finished reading Nowhere But Here last year. After finishing the first book, I immediately wanted more. Since the second book is not out yet, I kind of binge read Katie McGarry's Pushing the Limits series instead (which is also a great series).

#StayPeculiar: MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN (Movie Update + The Hand-Me-Down Story)

Weird introductory question:
When you and your boyfriend/girlfriend break up, do you keep the things he/gave to you?

The reason I am asking this is because it's how I happen to have acquired a copy of Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. And every time I hear or see Miss Peregrine, I always remember the story of how got my hands on the book. If you want to skip the story, it's okay. You can just scroll down below and jump right on to the movie update.

Monday, March 14, 2016

BOOK BLURB: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1)

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Number of Pages: 358
Date Published: June 5, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Goodreads:


Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.


Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

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My Thoughts:

The Grisha trilogy is one of those books that has developed a large fan base since its release. It's a high fantasy young adult series set in an alternate Russian universe, centered around Alina Starkov, an orphan girl who did not know she was a Grisha (or a human with some sort superpowers) until a near death experience almost took her and her best friend's life. Sounds interesting? Yes, it does. And the fact that a lot of readers loved it made me want to read the books even more.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

WOW (4): It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover



Waiting On Wednesday (WOW) is a weekly event or bookish meme, hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that readers and bloggers are eagerly anticipating and patiently waiting for.

A few days ago, Colleen Hoover revealed the cover of her upcoming book, It Ends With Us. Honestly, I totally forgot that she will be releasing a new book this year. This has been on my TBR since I don't know when, and I am super excited for another CoHo book, but with all the wonderful releases this year, you just can't keep track of everything all the time.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

BOOK BLURB: Adulthood is a Myth, A Sarah's Scribbles Collection

Author: Sarah Andersen
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Number of Pages: 112
Expected Publication: March 8, 2016
Genre: Comics / Graphic Novel

Goodreads:


Are you a special snowflake? Do you love networking to advance your career? Have you never wasted a fresh new day surfing the internet? Ugh. This book is not for you. Please go away.

Sarah's Scribbles — casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by young Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Andersen — confront head-on the horrors, anxiety, and awkwardness of modern adult life. From the agony of holding hands with a gorgeous guy to the yawning pit of hell that is the wifi gone down to the eye-watering pain of eating too-hot pizza because one cannot stand to wait for it to cool down, Sarah fearlessly documents it all.

Like the work of fellow Millennial authors Allie Brosh, Grace Helbig, and Gemma Correll, Sarah's total frankness on extremely personal issues such as body image, self-consciousness, introversion, relationships, and bra-washing makes her comics highly relatable and consistently hilarious.

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My Thoughts:

Before any thing else, have you seen this scribbles? This is what made me want to grab this book and devour its greatness. Thankfully, Netgalley has the book available to read before it was released to the whole world.

Monday, March 7, 2016

BOOK BLURB: Eve & Adam (Eve & Adam #1)

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Number of Pages: 291
Date Published: October 2, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Goodreads:


And girl created boy…
In the beginning, there was an apple—

And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker’s head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.

Just when Eve thinks she will die—not from her injuries, but from boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.

Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect... won’t he?

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My Thoughts:

Evening "Eve" Spiker broke her leg due to an accident, and was transferred to an elite facility, Spiker Biopharm, owned by her mother to be treated better. While waiting for her leg to fully heal and to appease her boredom, she was granted access to one of programs that lets you create you very own human simulation. Add into the mix a dysfunctional best friend, a vengeful young employee who is a possible love interest and some mentally unbalanced scientists and doctors set out to make money out of illegal means, you get THIS BOOK.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

WOW (3): Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare



Waiting On Wednesday (WOW) is a weekly event or bookish meme, hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that readers and bloggers are eagerly anticipating and patiently waiting for.

This week's WOW book is... Lady Midnight. I have seen this book being featured on a lot of blogs lately, and I am so jealous of the people who received their ARCs weeks (even months) before the release of the book. I know. I know. It's been receiving a lot of hype, and it's likely that a lot of people will not read Cassandra Clare's new book because they think she's just milking out her Shadowhunters stories for cash. But to be honest, I don't really care if it's for money or whatever. As long as it's a good book, I'll read it. And I saw Alexandra from Goodreads post a review that fueled my excitement for the release of Lady Midnight.
"Saying LADY MIDNIGHT is an emotional roller coaster ride is an understatement. I'm shell-shocked by Cassandra Clare's improvement in writing, world building, character development, EVERYTHING."

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Blog Tour: HOLDING COURT Review + Giveaway


HOLDING COURT
Author: K.C. Held
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Number of Pages: 352
Release Date: March. 1, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Mystery

Sixteen-year-old Jules Verity knows exactly what's in store at her new job at castle-turned-dinner-theater Tudor Times. Some extra cash, wearing a fancy-pants dress, and plenty of time to secretly drool over the ever-so-tasty--and completely unavailable--Grayson Chandler. Except that it's not quite what she imagined.

For one, the costume Jules has to wear is awful. Then there's the dead body she finds that just kind of...well, disappears. Oh, and there's the small issue of Jules and her episodes of what her best friend calls "Psychic Tourette's Syndrome"--spontaneous and uncontrollable outbursts of seemingly absurd prophecies.

The only bright side? This whole dead body thing seems to have gotten Grayson's attention. Except that the more Jules investigates, the more she discovers that Grayson's interest might not be as courtly as she thought. In fact, it's starting to look suspicious...

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My Thoughts:

Holding Court is an honest-to-goodness fun, entertaining and very interesting read. I don't know how it managed to feel light and easy while being mysterious and a little creepy altogether. But that's what it is - an odd mix of surprisingly delightful comedy wrapped around the mystery of a disappearing dead body. Although the story had a few mildly negative quirks, all in all, it still delivered pretty well.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Stacking The Shelves (11): February 2016


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! Hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

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Hello beautiful people of the blogoverse! This is my first Stacking the Shelves post this year. To be honest, I have not purchased any books since the year began because I have no money to spend on impulsive book shopping extravaganza. I am saving the little cash I have with me for something big. Hopefully, I'll be able to share that soon.

So, let's get on with it. Here is my February book haul...

LOVE BOOK #06: Ugly Love

The sixth, and probably the last, Love Book for the February Reading Challenge is Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. Last I heard, this book is actually going to be a movie soon, and they are already filming. So if you want to know more about it, or if you're planning to read it before the movie comes out, read on!

Publisher: Atria Books
Number of Pages: 337
Date Published: August 5, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance

Goodreads:

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.
Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

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My Thoughts:

Thursday, February 25, 2016

COVER CRAZY: LOVELY VICIOUS Series by Sara Wolf Cover Reveal by Entangled Teen

Cover Reveal: 
Lovely Vicious Series by Sara Wolf
presented by Entangled Teen

YA Contemporary Romance / Dark Comedy? YES PLEASE!
Welcome to the Cover Reveal for the

Lovely Vicious Series by Sara Wolf
presented by Entanged Teen!

Can you say binge read series!

Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious, #1)
Author: Sara Wolf
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: Apr. 5, 2016

Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to Buttcrack-of-Nowhere, Ohio, to help her mom escape a bad relationship.

All the girls in her new school want one thing—Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

WOW (2): Adulthood is a Myth, A Sarah's Scribbles Collection by Sarah Andersen



Waiting On Wednesday (WOW) is a weekly event or bookish meme, hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that readers and bloggers are eagerly anticipating and patiently waiting for.

This week, I am so pleased to share a book that I have been wanting to read since the moment I knew there was book about it. It is a collection of short sketches or scribbles (comic-style) by Sarah Andersen about the true to life accounts of awkward situations we often get ourselves stuck in.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

LOVE BOOK #05: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You

The Love Book to be featured today is the first book of one of my favorite series of ever  by one of my favorite authors of all time.

(Gallagher Girls #1)
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Number of Pages: 284
Date Published: April 25, 2006
Genre: Young Adult Contemporay

Goodreads:

Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it's really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she's an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real "pavement artist"-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she's on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.

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My Thoughts:

I read this book in 2010... back when I was a teeny bopper, super fangirl, easy-to-please girly girl myself. The plot, the cute cover, and the catchy title (I am a sucker for long catchy titles e.g. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Catastrophic History of Me and You) sold the book to me. And I really enjoyed it.

Monday, February 22, 2016

LOVE BOOK #04: Wanderlove

I think I'm in some kind of a reading slump. READING SLUMP! Why? Why now? It's been 2 weeks since I last read a book, and I am seriously not liking it. So, I guess the featured book today will not be something from my recent read pile, but something I dug out from my Goodreads archive.

The fourth "Love Book" that is part of my February "Love Book" Reading Challenge (for the full details, click here) is Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard.
 
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 338
Date Published: March 13, 2012
First Published: March 8, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Goodreads:

It all begins with a stupid question:

Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.

But Bria comes to realize she can't run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.

Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry to this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story


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My Thoughts:

I am not entirely sure of the exact sequence of events in the book and all the details because I read it almost four years ago. But what I'm sure of is that this is one of those books that will deeply satisfy you after (while) reading it. It's the kind of book that will take you places, make you see realities, and has characters that you can, in one way or another, relate to.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

COVER CRAZY: PLAYING DEFENSE by Cate Cameron Cover Reveal by Entangled Teen Crush

Cover Reveal:
Playing Defense (Corrigan Falls Raiders #2) by Cate Cameron
by Entangled Teen Crush

 
Swoony hockey players? SCORE!
Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

Playing Defense (Corrigan Falls Raiders #2) by Cate Cameron
presented by Entanged Teen Crush!

Sounds like the perfect book to snuggle with on a cold, winter eve!

Playing Defense (Corrigan Falls Raiders #2)
Author: Cate Cameron
Publication Date: March 14, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush

This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, swoon-worthy kisses, and sexy hockey players. It may cause you to watch a hockey game...or ten.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

WOW (1): A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro


Waiting On Wednesday (WOW) is a weekly event or bookish meme, hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that readers and bloggers are eagerly anticipating and patiently waiting for.

The book that I am "Waiting on" this week is actually a book that I just seen a couple of hours before typing this post. I was on twitter, somebody shared an article about the most anticipated books to be released on March, and the thumbnail was a picture of the cover this book. It spoke to me, and I clicked it. Then, I read the blurb, and I knew immediately that I had to read it. The rest is history.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

LOVE BOOK #03: Love and Other Unknown Variables

The third "Love Book" of the month is Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander. This is part of my February "Love Book" Reading Challenge  wherein I'll read as many books as I can or feature some "Love books" I've already read with the word "Love" in the title. Here's a link to my previous post fully explaining everything.

Since I haven't been reading for the past couple days. I'm going to feature a book I read on January 2015. I completely forgot I wrote some kind of review of the book on Goodreads, but haven't blogged about it yet. So, I just copied everything I wrote and pasted it here so you'll know how I really felt immediately after reading the book.

Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Number of Pages: 336
Date Published: October 7, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he’ll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe’s greatest unanswered questions. He’s that smart. But Charlie’s future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl’s neck.

The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she’s counting on the present. She’s not impressed by the strange boy at the donut shop—until she learns he’s a student at Brighton where her sister has just taken a job as the English teacher. With her encouragement, Charlie orchestrates the most effective prank campaign in Brighton history. But, in doing so, he puts his own future in jeopardy.

By the time he learns she's ill—and that the pranks were a way to distract Ms. Finch from Charlotte’s illness—Charlotte’s gravitational pull is too great to overcome. Soon he must choose between the familiar formulas he’s always relied on or the girl he’s falling for (at far more than 32 feet per second squared).


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My Thoughts:

Most of us are already so familiar with the “boy/girl meets cancer kid/teen (or any kind of terminal illness)” story. There are a handful of books with that kind of plot in the YA world. And when we look at this book from afar (the farthest distance you can manage), you'll probably see that it belongs to that infamous story line.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Short LOVE LETTER From Me to You


Dear Friends,

Before anything else, HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!


To be honest, I did not prepare a Valentine blog post because I can't think of any new ideas for a bookish post related to today's heart-filled holiday. Most of the blog posts today are probably book recommendations, favorite couples, best romance books etc... And I'm just not in the mood for that this year. (Maybe next time)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

THIRST: BLOOD OF MY BLOOD Spotlight + Giveaway

Thirst: Blood of my Blood
By: R P Channing


Kira Sutherland ~

After a near fatal accident (and getting cheated on by her 'boyfriend'), and beating up the lead cheerleader (with whom the boyfriend cheated...), and being labeled as having 'issues' in her school because she, uhm, sees ghosts, Kira is left with two choices:

1. Continue her 'therapy' (where she's told the ghost is a hallucination and also gets her legs ogled too often...)

Or

2. Go to Starkfield Academy, a boarding school for "Crazies and Convicts" (as the social media sites call them.)

She chooses the latter...

Cory Rand ~

Cory Rand has not had an easy life. His mother died in a car accident when he was twelve, and so did his mother's best friend...sort of. You see, Janice made a promise to take care of Cory just before she died, and so she lingers. Undead. A ghost that watches out for him.

Monday, February 8, 2016

LOVE BOOK #02: F*ck Love

It's the time again to feature my February "Love Book" Reading Challenge. Here's a link to my previous post fully explaining the challenge. On this challenge, I'll read as many books as I can with the word "Love" in the title. Aside from that, I will also feature some "Love books" I've already read (or I've been meaning to read), like this next book.

Author: Tarryn Fisher
Number of Pages: 257
Date Published: December 31, 2015
Genre: New Adult Romance

Goodreads:

Helena Conway has fallen in love.
Unwillingly. Unwittingly.
But not unprovoked.

Kit Isley is everything she’s not—unstructured, untethered, and not even a little bit careful.
It could all be so beautiful … if he wasn’t dating her best friend.
Helena must defy her heart, do the right thing, and think of others.
Until she doesn’t.


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My thoughts:

You could not get much out of the synopsis provided, for it was short and vague. That's probably one of the reasons why I read it - out of curiosity and the need to know more how the story will unfold. Also, a I've been seeing the book a lot on Instagram, Twitter and Goodreads when it was released and there were many good reviews about it.

F*ck Love is about Helena, a girl who has fallen in love with her best friend's boyfriend.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

THE LUNAR CHRONICLES: The Books, The New Story, and The Amazing Giveaway


THE LUNAR CHRONICLES

It was the year 2012 when the first book of The Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, came out. Four years later, the last book of the series finally makes it way to the shelves of our book stores. Time flies so fast, doesn't it? Now, with four books and two companion novels, The Lunar Chronicles is finally  complete.

I have actually read the first two books of The Lunar Chronicles a few years ago, the same year they were released. But due to some circumstances, I was not able to continue where I left off in the series. Now that all the books are available, maybe it's time to binge read the whole series.

If you are not familiar with the books I am talking about, well... I guess you should get yourself acquainted with them. Because once you start this series, you will become hooked. You will be wanting more and more of it. And there is no going back.

If you want to read them, here are the links to my review of the first two books, CINDER and SCARLET. I hope it helps.

So, what is The Lunar Chronicles all about?

Friday, February 5, 2016

NBS EVENTS: Sarah J. Maas Book Signing Event

Last week, National Book Store announced (here's the link) that Red Queen author, Victoria Aveyard, is coming to the Philippines for a book signing tour on March 2016. As if it was not enough, NBS has invited Sarah J. Maas to a book signing event just a week after Aveyard's event! Yes, the Sarah J. Maas, the creator of fire-breathing bitch-queen, is coming to the Philippines, too!

What: Sarah J. Maas Book Signing Event
When: March 12, 2016, 2 p.m.
Where: National Book Store, Glorietta 1
Registration starts at 10 a.m.

Keep on checking National Book Store event's page
for more updates on the details and mechanics of the event.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

#LiveBoldly: ME BEFORE YOU (Movie Update)

I knew that the book was going to be a movie. I read about it when it was announced and I knew Emilia Clarke (Game of Throne's Daenerys Targaryen) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Game's Finnick Odair) got the two lead roles for the film. But I was not a big fan of the book. I read it almost two years ago, and admittedly, it was a profoundly moving and a gut-wrenching book. It successfully stirred emotions and might even (most probably)  make you shed (a lot of) tears. The story was great and the characters were alright as well. But it was not my cup of tea (and I probably had a different taste back then), so I did not pay much attention to movie updates and whatnot.

So, surprise! Surprise! I was indeed surprised (sort of) when Jojo Moyes herself revealed the movie poster yesterday, and the movie trailer was released a day after (which is today!). Here is the poster:

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

LOVE BOOK #01: Love and Other Perishable Items

The first book in my February "Love Book" Reading Challenge is also the first book I read this month. If you are somewhat confused with this "Love Book" thing, here's a link to my previous post fully explaining the challenge. To sum it up, I'll read as many books as I can with the word "Love" in the title.

LOVE AND OTHER PERISHABLE ITEMS
Author: Laura Buzo
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 243
Date Published: December 11, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Goodreads:

From the moment Amelia sets eyes on Chris, she is a goner. Lost. Sunk. Head over heels infatuated with him. It's problematic, since Chris, 21, is a sophisticated university student, while Amelia, 15, is 15.

Amelia isn't stupid. She knows it's not gonna happen. So she plays it cool around Chris—at least, as cool as she can. Working checkout together at the local supermarket, they strike up a friendship: swapping life stories, bantering about everything from classic books to B movies, and cataloging the many injustices of growing up. As time goes on, Amelia's crush doesn't seem so one-sided anymore. But if Chris likes her back, what then? Can two people in such different places in life really be together?

Through a year of befuddling firsts—first love, first job, first party, and first hangover—debut author Laura Buzo shows how the things that break your heart can still crack you up.

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My Thoughts:

Basically, the book is simplistic in many ways. The story, the characters, the setting, the way it was written, even the cover - plain and average, nothing very special about them. There's no "wow" factor after reading it. But despite that, it was a surprisingly great read.

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