Saturday, November 21, 2015

November 2015 New Releases: Part 2

New Book Releases this November 2015
*cover image links to Goodreads*

For the Record
by Charlotte Huang
Published: November 10, 2015
The Book Depository

If Almost Famous were a YA novel... a raw, honest debut celebrating music, friendship, romance, and life on the road.

Chelsea thought she knew what being a rock star was like... until she became one. After losing a TV talent show, she slid back into small-town anonymity. But one phone call changed everything

Now she’s the lead singer of the band Melbourne, performing in sold-out clubs every night and living on a bus with three gorgeous and talented guys. The bummer is that the band barely tolerates her. And when teen heartthrob Lucas Rivers take an interest in her, Chelsea is suddenly famous, bringing Melbourne to the next level—not that they’re happy about that. Her feelings for Beckett, Melbourne’s bassist, are making life even more complicated.

Chelsea only has the summer tour to make the band—and their fans—love her. If she doesn’t, she’ll be back in Michigan for senior year, dying a slow death. The paparazzi, the haters, the grueling schedule... Chelsea believed she could handle it. But what if she can’t?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Book Cover Battle: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Today's book cover battle features one of my favorite covers this year: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston. But before we go there let us talk about the book first.

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

So far I've heard mixed things about this. It's a One Thousand and One Nights retelling that I have yet to read but certainly will. I read The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, which is another One Thousand and One Nights retelling that was released earlier this year and I loved it. But I've heard not to compare it to A Thousand Nights because while they have the same premise, they are complete opposites.

Now to the covers...

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Currently Reading

So it seems I've fallen into another slump. Well, not really. I've started and finished 5 books this month already but I also have a number of them on my "currently reading" pile. It's been a while since that happened and this is usually when I'm in a reading slump. Or maybe the book I've picked up just isn't doing it. But anyway, I'm determined to finish all of them before the month is over.

These two are books I started last month:


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Review: Lumière by Jacqueline Garlick

(The Illumination Paradox #1)
by Jacqueline Garlick
Published: December 12, 2013

One determined girl. One resourceful boy. One miracle machine that could destroy everything.

After an unexplained flash shatters her world, seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth sets out to find the Illuminator, her father’s prized invention. With it, she hopes to cure herself of her debilitating seizures before Professor Smrt—her father’s arch nemesis—discovers her secret and locks her away in an asylum.

Pursued by Smrt, Eyelet locates the Illuminator only to see it whisked away. She follows the thief into the world of the unknown, compelled not only by her quest but by the allure of the stranger—Urlick Babbit—who harbors secrets of his own.

Together, they endure deadly Vapours and criminal-infested woods in pursuit of the same prize, only to discover the miracle machine they hoped would solve their problems may in fact be their biggest problem of all.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

November 2015 New Releases: Part 1

New Book Releases this November 2015
*cover image links to Goodreads*

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
by Jenn Bennett
Published: November 3, 2015
The Book Depository

Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she's ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?

Friday, November 6, 2015

Covers Revealed: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater and The Crown by Kiera Cass

A few days ago the cover of one of my - and probably everyone's - most anticipated book was revealed. It's highly likely you've already seen it but I can't not share because, goodness, IT IS GORGEOUS! 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

November TBR

Today is a holiday. Woo-hoo! We are on the 5th day of November already but I am just now making my TBR post. That is because I haven’t picked up any book since this month started (well, I have, but they were rereads) to even contemplate about a TBR pile. I went back to my hometown for the Halloween weekend and I knew I wouldn’t be able to get any reading done because most of those time would be spent talking to people. I rarely visit anymore (and only for a night at most) because of school, and now work, so I didn’t want to start anything when I can’t sit and focus on it anyway. Then I had to catch up with some work when I got back in the city and – ahhhhh – this month is already so exhausting. I can’t bear to think that I won’t be having any Christmas break *cries*

So earlier I decided to start reading Saga by Brian K. Vaughn. I'm only about to start chapter two but I am already really liking it so I am probably reading this series for the rest of the week.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Mara Dyer Spin-Off Series

What is this MADNESS?

Ha! Get it? Cause Mara Amitra Dyer + Noah Elliot Simon Shaw = MADNESS.

Okay, don't mind me. My mind is a bit fried by this news. I had no freaking idea this was happening. But it must be for real, 'cause I found it on Entertainment Weekly.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

October 2015 Reads + Monthly Recap

Another month over! We are so close to this year's end and I am kind of freaking out about a lot of things that needs to be done before I welcome 2016. I am focusing most of my energy on that but I make sure to allot some of my time on books and my blog as well, even if it is not much at the moment.

This October I read:


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Me and My Bookshelf (36): October Book Haul

This is where I feature the books I received, bought, gifted or won that are recently added to my physical shelf, which means no e-books and the like, and recount epic book hauling stories. It is usually posted on Saturdays.

Oh my gosh. GUESS WHAT? I only spent P80 ($1.7) on books this month and it makes me so freaking happy to think about this accomplishment. The restraint, guys! I can't count the times I had said: I'm gonna stop by the bookstore for a minute. Just to browse. No buying. And eventually be like: Nah. I don't wanna risk it.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

[BLOG TOUR] Review + Giveaway: A Faerie's Revenge by Rachel Morgan


Welcome to the blog tour for Rachel Morgan's A FAERIE'S REVENGE, 
the fifth book in her Creepy Hollow series!

A Faerie's Revenge
Creepy Hollow (Book #5)
by Rachel Morgan
Published: October 27, 2015
Format: Ebook & Paperback
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Still reeling from a shocking revelation, Calla Larkenwood finds the threads of her world unraveling further when she's accused of a horrifying crime she didn't commit. In a world where everyone keeps secrets and someone is intent on framing her, how will she figure out who to trust?

Saturday, October 24, 2015

October 2015 New Releases: Part 2

New Book Releases this October 2015
*cover image links to Goodreads*

The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School
by Kim Newman
Published: October 6, 2015
The Book Depository

A week after Mother found her sleeping on the ceiling, Amy Thomsett is delivered to her new school, Drearcliff Grange in Somerset. Although it looks like a regular boarding school, Amy learns that Drearcliff girls are special, the daughters of criminal masterminds, outlaw scientists and master magicians. Several of the pupils also have special gifts like Amy’s, and when one of the girls in her dormitory is abducted by a mysterious group in black hoods, Amy forms a secret, superpowered society called the Moth Club to rescue their friend. They soon discover that the Hooded Conspiracy runs through the School, and it's up to the Moth Club to get to the heart of it.

Friday, October 23, 2015

GIVEAWAY: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp ARCs

Sourcebooks Fire is giving away advance copies of This Is Where It Ends along with chalk boards and chalk. We invite you to read This Is Where It Ends and use the chalkboards to express how this book made you feel. Feel free to use words - even a single word - or pictures. Was there a certain character that spoke to you? Were you left speechless and angry? We want to know - and SEE it on your board. Snap a photo and share on the Tumblr site for the book, or any of your social networks. Please tag all posts with #thisiswhereitends #sourcebooksfire.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

October 2015 New Releases: Part 1

New Book Releases this October 2015
*cover image links to Goodreads*

This Ordinary Life
by Jennifer Walkup
Published: October 1, 2015
The Book Depository

Sometimes Hope is the Most Extraordinary Gift of All.

High-school radio host Jasmine Torres's life is full of family dysfunction, but if she can score the internship of her dreams with a New York City radio station, she knows she can turn things around.

That is, until her brother Danny’s latest seizure forces her to miss the interview, and she’s back to the endless loop of missing school for his doctor appointments, picking up the pieces of her mother’s booze-soaked life, and stressing about Danny’s future.

Then she meets Wes. He’s the perfect combination of smart, cute, and funny. He also happens to have epilepsy like her brother. Wes is living a normal life despite his medical issues, which gives Jasmine hope for Danny. But memories of her cheating ex-boyfriend keep her from going on a real date with Wes, no matter how many times he asks her.

Jasmine can’t control everything. Not who wins the internship, not her mother’s addiction, not her brother’s health--not even where her heart will lead her. She wishes she could just have an ordinary life, but maybe what she already has is pretty extraordinary after all.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Review: A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

A Madness So Discreet
by Mindy McGinnis
Published: October 6, 2015

Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Me and My Bookshelf (35): The Too Many Cheap Books Edition

This is where I feature the books I received, bought, gifted or won that are recently added to my physical shelf, which means no e-books and the like, and recount epic book hauling stories. It is usually posted on Saturdays.

September, aka book sale left and right (see my September 2013 book haul post). It was The 36th Manila International Book Fair a few weeks ago which I still haven't been able to attend - why do I live SO FAR from the venue? - and discounted books were everywhere. Lucky me, bookstores (National Book Store in my case) usually have nationwide cut price sales following the event. Naturally, I got me some, too.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Q4 Review Pile Reading Challenge

I only joined two reading challenges this year. I'm already done with one of them so I decided to try another! Rachel @ Fiktshun is currently hosting a Review Pile Reading Challenge which I think is pretty much perfect. I have huge pile of books I need to review and joining this challenge will make me more determined on tackling them.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September 2015 Reads + Monthly Recap

It's getting colder so, yes, it's October. Ha! That rhymes.

September was cray-cray as expected. It's what I call the birthday month. My dad, my sister, four of my cousins, my second cousin, my aunts (who are twins, by the way), my teacher, three of my close friends -- they were all born on September. How crazy is that?

Also, I ran a 5K last Sunday. I couldn't move a muscle the next day. Do you have any idea when I last ran a 5K? No, of course you don't. It was 4 YEARS AGO. What was I thinking? Well at least now I can say I got to exercise ONCE this year.

Anyway, it wasn't a great reading month for me. I was only able to read 10 books and majority of it were 2-star and 1-star reads :(


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Review: Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown

Velvet Undercover
by Teri Brown
Publication Date: October 20, 2015

Samantha Donaldson’s family has always done its duty for the British Crown. In the midst of World War I, seventeen-year-old Sam follows in their footsteps, serving her country from the homefront as a Girl Guide and messenger for the intelligence organization MI5. After her father disappears on a diplomatic mission, she continues their studies of languages, high-level mathematics, and complex puzzles and codes, hoping to make him proud.

When Sam is asked to join the famed women’s spy group La Dame Blanche she’s torn—this could be the adventure she’s dreamed of, but how can she abandon her mother, who has already lost a husband to the war? But when her handlers reveal shocking news, Sam realizes there’s no way she can refuse the exciting and dangerous opportunity.

Her acceptance leads her straight into the heart of enemy territory on a mission to extract the most valuable British spy embedded in Germany, known to the members of LDB only as Velvet. Deep undercover within the court of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Samantha must navigate the labyrinthine palace and its many glamorous—and secretive—residents to complete her assignment. To make matters worse she finds herself forming a forbidden attraction to the enemy-a dangerously handsome German guard. In a place where personal politics are treacherously entangled in wartime policy, can Samantha discover the truth and find Velvet before it’s too late…for them both?

From author Teri Brown comes the thrilling story of one girl’s journey into a deadly world of spycraft and betrayal—with unforgettable consequences.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Review: When the Stars Align by Jeanette Grey

When the Stars Align
by Jeanette Grey
Published: September 1, 2015

Their passion burned hotter than the stars . . .

For Josephine "Jo" Kramer, nothing has ever been easy. When she earns a summer internship in Puerto Rico, working at one of the world's preeminent scientific facilities, she'll let nothing distract her. Not her own insecurities, not the arrogant scientists, and definitely not her tall, chiseled research partner, Adam.

For Adam McCay, physics is simple-it's women who are complicated. Especially brilliant, beautiful ones like Jo. From the moment they meet, he can feel the heat smoldering deep beneath her icy exterior. And Adam knows just what it will take to make Jo melt . . .

Under the endless stars of a tropical sky, Jo and Adam indulge their every desire. But as their internship comes to an end, their perfect island paradise is threatened. Was their time together a summer fling? Or is their passion hot enough to last the long winter nights?

Saturday, September 26, 2015

September 2015 New Releases: Part 3

New Book Releases this September 2015
*cover image links to Goodreads*

Walk on Earth a Stranger
(The Gold Seer Trilogy #1)
by Rae Carson
Published: September 22, 2015
The Book Depository

Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Leee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might muder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

SERIES REVIEW: Superlatives by Jennifer Echols

by Jennifer Echols
Published: May 20, 2014

Biggest Flirts
"Tia and Will’s lives get flipped upside down when they’re voted Yearbook’s Biggest Flirts in this sassy novel from the author of Endless Summer and The One That I Want."

Saturday, September 19, 2015

September 2015 New Releases: Part 2

New Book Releases this September 2015
*cover image links to Goodreads*

Drift & Dagger
by Kendall Kulper
Published: September 8, 2015
The Book Depository

I’ve always been a monster. And monsters destroy things. Things like magic and friendships and futures.

Mal used to have a home, a best friend, and a secret. But he lost all three on the day Essie Roe exposed him as a blank. Blanks cannot be cursed or saved or killed by magic. And everyone is afraid of them—even Mal himself.

Now Mal travels the world in search of dangerous and illegal magical relics, never stopping in any one place too long. When his partner in crime, Boone, hears of a legendary dagger that can steal magic, Mal knows he finally may have found a way to even the score with Essie. Crossing oceans and continents, Mal and Boone travel from Boston to Paris to Constantinople in search of the dagger. Finding it would mean riches, fame, and revenge—but only if Mal can control the monster inside him.

Kendall Kulper weaves a vivid story of betrayal and determination—and the road to forgiveness—in this new adventure set in the world of Salt & Storm.

Friday, September 18, 2015

SERIES REVIEW: Castles Ever After (1, 2, 3) by Tessa Dare

Castles Ever After
by Tessa Dare
Published: January 28, 2014

In the first in Tessa Dare's captivating Castles Ever After series, a mysterious fortress is the setting for an unlikely love . . .

Saturday, September 12, 2015

September 2015 New Releases: Part 1

New Book Releases this September 2015
*cover image links to Goodreads*

Vengeance Road
by Erin Bowman
Published: September 1, 2015
The Book Depository


Revenge is worth its weight in gold.

When hers father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.

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