Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Me and My Bookshelf (26): More Signed Books

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

Well, it's not Saturday but I was busy studying all weekend. Yesterday was the worst exam of my life. Four of my hardest subjects all in one day, from 9AM to 7PM straight (I had a 15-minute lunch, of course). The first one made my jaw drop as soon as I got my exam paper, wondering if I enrolled in the same class this semester. The second made my head spin with all the variables and computations (a combination of Advanced Math, Circuits, Calculus and whatevertheheckelse) the entire two hours of it which would never ever be enough and in the end nearly made my hands fall off. The next one is yet another computation only this time it's all costs and benefits and net worth, blah, blah, blah. I almost didn't want to take my next exam. But I survived! Barely. I'm dreading midterm exams already.

Anyway, here I am with the second part of my November book haul and these are the books I got in the mail.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

[BLOG TOUR] Excerpt + Giveaway: Icy Pretty Love by L.A. Rose




ICY PRETTY LOVE
Genre: NA Romance
Author: L.A. Rose
Release Date: November 15th, 2014

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Synopsis:

Glass-doll beauty. A shy, proper smile. Georgette Montgomery is the perfect billionaire’s fiancé.

Or she would be, if she existed.

A dark past. A smile that hides everything. At nineteen, Rae Grove escapes her disaster life by pretending to be other people—specifically, whoever the man paying her that night wants her to be.

Until she’s offered enough money for a one-way ticket to a better life. All she has to do is fly to Paris and pretend to be the fiancé of young business tycoon Cohen Ashworth for one month. Within an hour of meeting Cohen, Rae knows three things about him:

1. He hates everyone and everything.

2. He has abundant wit and a knife-sharp tongue.

3. He uses 2 to make everyone aware of 1.

Before long, Rae’s determined to crack open his unbreakable shell. Cohen’s determined to stay unbroken.

But no one escapes unscathed when two opposite worlds collide.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CEBU WEEKEND GETAWAY PART 1: Marie Lu Signing + City "TOUR?"


Last, last... last Saturday I went to Marie Lu's signing event. There have been plenty of authors who went here in our country for signings I badly wanted to be a part of. Unfortunately, both venues are too far from where I live and the closest of the two are usually during Sundays and I can't have that because of school. The first time I went, it was Gayle Forman's and that's because there's no way I'm not attending. Lucky for me, we didn't have class that Monday. Not so lucky for me, there was a storm (that was more than a couple of months after Typhoon Haiyan and in the same vicinity) and ALL trips were cancelled. I was stuck at the terminal for two freakin' days and was only able to go home Tuesday morning so yeah, at least I was only absent for one day instead of two.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Me and My Bookshelf (25): November Haul Part 1 - Marie Lu Signed Edition

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

I've accumulated a heaping 27 books this past month from books I bought in-store to review copies I received in the mail to online buys. Yep, let's hear it: whatever happened to no more? Actually, I only just bought 2 books and 1 boxed set last November. The rest are purchased a few months ago only they took a long time to arrive in my country.

Since I'm pretty sure this would end up to be a very long post if I put them all here at once, I'm going to divide the haul into parts. I'm certain this is going to be my last haul of the year, anyway. Not counting if I receive more review copies.

Friday, December 5, 2014

[AUDIOBOOK TEASER] Endsinger by Jay Kristoff

Endsinger
(The Lotus War #3)
by Jay Kristoff
Published: November 25, 2014



A TREMBLING EARTH
The flames of civil war sweep across the Shima Imperium. With their plans to renew the Kazumitsu dynasty foiled, the Lotus Guild unleash their deadliest creation—a mechanical goliath known as the Earthcrusher, intended to unite the shattered Empire under a yoke of fear. With the Tiger Clan and their puppet Daimyo Hiro in tow, the Guild marches toward a battle for absolute dominion over the Isles.

A BROKEN REBELLION

Yukiko and Buruu are forced to take leadership of the Kagé rebellion, gathering new allies and old friends in an effort to unite the country against the chi-mongers. But the ghosts of Buruu’s past stand between them and the army they need, and Kin’s betrayal has destroyed all trust among their allies. When a new foe joins the war tearing the Imperium apart, it will be all the pair can do to muster the strength to fight, let alone win.

A FINAL BATTLE

The traitor Kin walks the halls of Guild power, his destiny only a bloody knife-stroke away. Hana and Yoshi struggle to find their place in a world now looking to them as heroes. Secret cabals within the Lotus Guild claw and struggle; one toward darkness, the other toward light. And as the earth splits asunder, as armies destroy each other for rule over an empire of lifeless ash and the final secret about blood lotus is revealed, the people of Shima will learn one last, horrifying truth.

There is nothing a mother won't do to keep her children by her side.


Nothing.


Monday, December 1, 2014

November 2014 Reads + Monthly Recap

Oh, gods. I'm not sure if this blogging month is even worth recapping. Long story short, I've been busy. I had high hopes at the start of November especially with my reading pace since I was able to read a few books during my semestral break and I really thought I would be able to catch up to my reading challenge! I was only 3 books behind then before school started but now? I'm 9 freaking books behind. Ugh.

Books I read this month:

Sunday, November 30, 2014

November New Releases

New Book Releases this November 2014
*cover image links to Goodreads*

The Retribution of Mara Dyer
(Mara Dyer #3)
by Michelle Hodkin
Published: November 4, 2014
The Book Depository
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Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

Retribution has arrived.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

[FREE Audiobook] THE IRON TRAITOR by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Traitor 
(The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2)
by Julie Kagawa
Narrated by Jake Lewis

Summary:

In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice.

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as "normal" as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he's forbidden to see her again.

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, "normal" simply isn't to be. For Ethan's nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan's and Keirran's fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan's next choice may decide the fate of them all.

Read my review HERE.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

TROUBLE TUESDAY

So.. my class schedule today is like this:

                                    10:30am - 12:00nn             Control Systems (Lab)
                                    12:00nn  - 1:30pm              Database Management System (Lab)
                                      1:30pm - 3:00pm              Microprocessor Systems (Lab)
                                      3:00pm - 4:30pm              System Analysis and Design (Lab)

At first I was like:

And then I thought, "You know, I've always wanted to be on a diet but I just can't seem to step away from food like that. Now's the time."

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

October 2014 Reads + Monthly Recap

Well, this is sad. For one, another month is over, this time with seven blog posts published and I’m no closer to actually making progress for the following days or months (I’m working on it). Two, break is over: first day back to school. Three: this post was already a few days late but when I made it yesterday GR was acting up and I couldn't load some of the links. Four: Just because.

Friday, October 31, 2014

HALLOWEEN Reads

I’ve been procrastinating. Can you tell? Bwahahahaha. But can you blame me? My precious days of sleeping in(?) are dwindling. School starts next week! Speaking of which, I’m almost done with enrollment – almost. There are just a few conflicts in schedule to settle and if everything works out, I’m gonna be taking 11 classes this semester. ELEVEN! Le sigh.

Anyway, I’m going back to my hometown for the weekend to visit my relatives (I only get to visit maybe two or three times a year) and I’m bringing flowers to my grandpa and great grandpa’s grave. Also, the food. So I’m leaving you a few books you might want to read this Halloween season.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

[BLOG TOUR] Review + Giveaway: Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram


Hello! Welcome to my stop on the Cinder & Ella Blog Tour. Pretty soon you'll be hearing me rave about it and there's an international giveaway at the end of this post. Check out the other stops HERE.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

October New Releases

New Book Releases this October 2014
*cover image links to Goodreads*

The Body Electric
by Beth Revis
Published: October 6, 2014
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The future world is at peace.

Ella Shepherd has dedicated her life to using her unique gift—the ability to enter people’s dreams and memories using technology developed by her mother—to help others relive their happy memories.

But not all is at it seems.

Ella starts seeing impossible things—images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, using her ability to experience—and influence—the memories of traitors. But the leader of the rebels claims they used to be in love—even though Ella’s never met him before in her life. Which can only mean one thing…

Someone’s altered her memory.

Ella’s gift is enough to overthrow a corrupt government or crush a growing rebel group. She is the key to stopping a war she didn’t even know was happening. But if someone else has been inside Ella’s head, she cannot trust her own memories, thoughts, or feelings.

So who can she trust?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SEMBREAK TBR Pile

I am blogging. I AM BLOGGIIIING!!!! 

Forgive me. I am that excited. Up until yesterday I was seriously dreading the fact that we were still going back to school and doing projects when semestral break had supposedly started the previous week. Finals wasn't that hard compared to others I've taken before. Of course, there was the hardest exam it couldn't compare to all my other exams combined, there was also one you could take wasted and pass, there's another that was just 'Meh. Whatever', one was cancelled and one I was exempted to take. Projects, though... Argh! Right after we finished our last exam, we all went out to celebrate because eff yeah we survived another semester! But the day after that was back to school stuff. I've been reading a few books since exams ended but with projects in the way I didn't have all my time focused on that. And also, I've been sleeping a lot. Gotta compensate, ya know ;) I mean, we only get more or less - definitely less - than two weeks of break including holidays and enrollment which could take forever just so we can have the most convenient schedule for our classes (and that's next week already!). So it was kind of a downer thinking that I wouldn't be able to read ten books, write plenty of reviews and blog, after all.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

QUOTABLE QUOTES

SO. Last night I woke around 11PM, ate my dinner (yeah, my schedule is messed up) and wondered what to do next, still in a post-sleep haze. I was about to find something to read when I got sidetracked by the quotes I have in my computer so yeah. Blog post. Why not?

These aren't all deep or thoughtful or the best quote ever or something. But they made me smile or remember a certain part I really liked in the book. I love to go over them sometimes and just enjoy. These are randomly picked since I have A LOT of them in my laptop. Here are some for you to enjoy as well.

Rafa glances at me as we walk. His hair looks fairer out here in the sunlight. Right now I’d like to run my fingers through it, get a good handful, and smack his head into the brick wall we’re passing.
Haze by Paula Weston

‘You believe what he’s saying—that they’re demons?’
Simon nods.
‘Like, from hell?’
‘No,’ Rafa says, ‘from Comic-Con.’ He shakes his head. ‘Yes, from hell.’
Haze by Paula Weston

Friday, October 3, 2014

September 2014 Reads + Monthly Recap

THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY! Two more weeks and this semester is no more. That also means I only have one week left to finish my projects and then finals but whatever. I am so looking forward to break. And then maybe I'll have more time to read and catch-up to my reading challenges because, holy molly, we only have three months left until 2015 and I am oh so behind. Right now I'm happy with the number of books I've read so far but it would be fantastic if I achieve my goal of reading 150 books this year. Also, I'm just dying to be able to read without interruptions. It's been a long time since I was able to do that. Anyway, this September I read 11 books which was a surprise since it's not often that I find the time to sit and read these days except - occasionally - for an hour or two before I sleep (provided I'm not too exhausted to fall asleep in the middle of it) but I guess I did.

September Reads:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September New Releases: Part 2

New Book Releases this September 2014
*cover image links to Goodreads*

The Infinite Sea
(The Fifth Wave #2)
by Rick Yancey
Published: September 16, 2014
The Book Depository
Amazon
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How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Me and My Bookshelf (24)

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

Well, here's me catching up. I meant to do this - and more - during the weekend but I got really sick. Nothing I can do about it except rest which my body is begging me to do forever anyway.

Before I proceed to my September book haul, I got one book left I wasn't able to include in my August haul post and that is:

Friday, September 26, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: The Maze Runner

Saturday morning I got a text from my friend asking me to watch The Maze Runner together with my high school buddies. Unfortunately, I already saw it the previous night because I couldn't wait when I REMEMBERED - at around 5pm! - that: "Wait, The Maze Runner is showing TODAY?" 

Yep, after the events of that week - and the weeks before that - I totally forgot. I was too excited to watch it that it didn't really matter if I haven't read the book yet which I told myself that I would before seeing the movie. I texted my sister immediately, waited for her classes to finish and dragged her to the mall. It took her so long that we had no choice but to watch the 9pm showing.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

COVER REVEALED: The Wondrous and the Wicked by Page Morgan

This cover has been out for a while but I didn't know that. I just saw it a minute ago. Cover looove.

The Wondrous and the Wicked 
(The Dispossessed #3)
by Page Morgan
Expected publication: April 14, 2015

Monday, September 15, 2014

Review: Crushed by Eliza Crewe

Crushed
(Soul Eaters #2)
by Eliza Crewe
Published: August 25, 2014




Meda Melange has officially hung up her monstrous mantle and planted her feet firmly on the holy and righteous path of a Crusader-in-training. Or, at least, she’s willing to give it a shot. It helps that the Crusaders are the only thing standing between her and the demon hordes who want her dead.

The problem is, the only people less convinced than Meda of her new-found role as Good Girl are the very Crusaders she’s trying to join. So when a devilishly handsome half-demon boy offers escape, how’s a girl supposed to say “no?”

After all, everyone knows a good girl’s greatest weakness is a bad boy.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

[BLOG TOUR] Excerpt + Giveaway: Adrian Lessons by L.A. Rose

Adrian Lessons
by L.A Rose
Published: August 25, 2014



If there’s one thing Cleo Reynolds knows, it’s that she’s not into Adrian King.

The son of a model with the looks to prove it, the experienced author of her school newspaper’s sex advice column, the cocky playboy with a hint of darkness. That Adrian King.

Nope. Nuh-uh. No way.

The problem is, he’s very into her.

After accidentally flashing him, and slightly-less-accidentally-but-still-totally-unintentionally making out with him in front of the whole class, she expects to be called crazy. Instead, he asks her out.

Cleo’s determined not to end up as another notch on his bedpost. Except she hasn’t done…you know…it in a while. (Read: ever.) And as a girl who pays her tuition by writing all the sex scenes in her roommate’s bestselling romance series, the lack of inspiration has served up a fat slice of writer’s block.

Until her roommate proposes that Cleo and Adrian act out all the steamy scenes in her book.

It’s just research. No feelings involved.

Nope. Nuh-uh.

No way.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

September New Releases

New Book Releases this September 2014
*cover image links to Goodreads*

Heir of Fire
(Throne of Glass #3)
by Sarah J. Maas
Published: September 2, 2014
The Book Depository
Amazon
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Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

Friday, September 12, 2014

HEY, HEY

Ten years later aaaand.. I’m here. So how’s life? Well. After 12 hours straight of much needed sleep after yesterday’s events, my head hurts, I feel like throwing up, my eyes feel bloated, I’m still sleepy and I think I’m coming down with something.

CURRENTLY READING:
The Scorpio Races
by Maggie Stiefvater
Published: October 18, 2011


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