Saturday, February 28, 2015

Me and My Bookshelf (28): I Broke My Book Buying Ban

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 broke my book buying ban. Are you surprised? The last time I bought a book was way back in November last year when I went to Cebu to have my books signed by Marie Lu (majority of the books in my previous book haul posts were preorders).

So I lasted almost 3 months! I would have lasted longer except I saw these books for a cheap price and then the seller offered all of them for an even cheaper total. These books were in my Goodreads TBR for a long time and I don't want to pass up these good deals.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Music and Lyrics (18): Nothing Without Love

It's not Fun. but it's still Nate so, yeah, I was pretty freaking ecstatic when his first solo single's music video came out came out a few days ago.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

A Little Something Different
by Sandy Hall
Published: August 26, 2014

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out. But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together....

Sunday, February 22, 2015

February 2015 New Releases: Part 2

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

The Ruby Circle
(Bloodlines #6)
by Richelle Mead
Published: February 10, 2015
The Book Depository

The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead's New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here...

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

Friday, February 20, 2015


Hello everyone! Happy Friday! I hope you all have a good weekend. I'm just stopping by to tell you that Icy Pretty Love is on sale on Amazon so head over HERE now to grab your copies.

You can also check out my review HERE to read more of what I thought about the book. It's a great read! I loved both the main characters and have reread Icy Pretty Love a couple of times already because of them. I SHIP THEM :)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
by Kody Keplinger
Published: September 7, 2010

Buy from Amazon

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

February 2015 New Releases: Part 1

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

I'll Meet You There
by Heather Demetrios
Published: February 3, 2015
The Book Depository

If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.

Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Review: Icy Pretty Love by L.A. Rose

Icy Pretty Love
by L.A Rose
Published: November 15, 2014

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

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 fiancĂ© 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.

Sunday, February 8, 2015


Initially, I wanted to do a finished series post that includes all the duologies, trilogies and series that I have finished reading but after I counted all of them -- all that I can remember anyway -- I realized there are a lot. Around 40 or so. So I'm going to break them down into parts and for now I am going to talk about the duologies I have read and that you might be interested in binge-reading if you are impatient for sequels. *cover image links to Goodreads*

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Book 1: Unraveling - REVIEW
Book 1.5: Undone
Book 2: Unbreakable - REVIEW


One of my most favorite YA Sci-fi ever! Not to mention the super cool concept of a multiverse and the way the author made it so awesome and believable. It started with an accident that should have left the main character, Janelle, dead. She died, but for some unknown reason was brought back to life by Ben Michaels. Then she finds a clock counting down towards the end of the world and she tries to discover how it all connects. It's kick-ass. I didn't expect this to be duology (a fact I learned with only a hundred pages left in Unbreakable) and it made me sadder than I usually get when it comes to last books.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Saturday, January 24, 2015

January 2015 New Releases: Part 2

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

(Vicious Feast #2)
by Kate Evangelista
Published: January 12, 2015
The Book Depository

I left Lunar Manor broken, seeking comfort in the hands of Laurel “the Dragon” Hardy, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Gossip. Okay, I may have used him to ease the pain He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named caused by his confession of loving someone else. On New Year’s Eve! Granted, he was drunk off his ass, but still! I stay with Larry mainly because the dreams are getting worse. Worse enough to wake me in the middle of the night needing the touch of another to save me from losing my mind.

Unfortunately, the handsome bassist of the uber successful indie rock band, Vicious, is never far from my mind. I thought I was rid of him once and for all only to have him show up at my hotel in London. Luka Visraya’s power over me is intense. No matter how far I run, I always end up circling back to him.

If you think my story is just some romance about two lovers getting back together, think again. Little did I know that returning to Luka meant I’d be plunging myself into a world more familiar than I ever thought possible. Trust me when I say I didn’t believe it either when the truth finally came out.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


By that I meant my physical bookshelf. According to my trusty list, I now have 222 books. Okay, time to fess up. I have way more than 222 books. Encyclopedia sets, text books (lots and lots of them), books I had since I was a child, mass market paperbacks, e-books, etc.. Yes, I love collecting books. Even my textbooks I wouldn’t give away. I would let people borrow them as long as they return it and frown when I see creases on it. But, oh well.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Hello everyone! I can't help but notice that there are plenty of readers who are interested in buying books online especially those that are here in the Philippines so I am going to make an offer.

I'm sure most of you are familiar with the Book Depository. It is, as far as I know, the only online book store that ships for free internationally including the Philippines. To those of you here in the Philippines who wants to buy books from them but doesn't have an applicable method of payment or just doesn't know how to, I am willing to do that for you. No additional fees. Book prices will be the same as what is posted on their site (converted to PHP).

Just to make a few things clear:

Orders will be directly shipped to your address so you don't have to pay additional fee for local shipping.

Their are some packages that requires a custom fee in order to claim them in the post office. This rarely happens in a Book Depository package but if it does, I am not responsible.

Book Depository orders usually takes a month or two to arrive here. Sometimes less than a month, sometimes more. Regardless, I am not responsible for the shipping and lost or damaged packages. But I will help you report it to the site when that happens.

If you are younger that 18, please make sure people in your household knows you are expecting a package. No reason to make them suspicious of stuff suddenly coming in your mail from someone they don't know.

Also, I receive a tiny commission for every book purchased in TBD using my affiliate link but it does not change the price of items you buy so don't you worry.

Lastly, this is not a scam. Just want to put that out there :) I am genuinely willing to help you.

If you have any other concerns, questions or you are willing to try this out, feel free to leave a comment here or send me a message on Twitter or Instagram to discuss it further. I don't bite!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

January 2015 New Release: Part 1

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

(Vendetta #1)
by Catherine Doyle
Published: January 1, 2015
The Book Depository

When it comes to revenge, love is a dangerous complication.With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.

When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell's life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys' dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties - the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Review: Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens

(Thoughtless #1)
by S.C. Stephens
Published: June 11, 2011

For almost two years now, Kiera's boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she's ever wanted: loving, tender and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together, Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university, everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart.

Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source—a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he's purely a friend that she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes...and none of them will ever be the same.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015

2014 Highlights

So even if last year was an exhausting and stressful one I still had great moments to treasure forever.


For the first time, I went to a book signing event right at the beginning of 2014! And two more throughout the year. I got to meet four of my most favorite authors so obviously I had a superb time.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

December 2014 Reads + Monthly Recap + 2014 Wrap-up

I realized I have some unfinished business. And then I realized some more that I needn't have bothered. Last month I was only able to read.. *drum roll* 6 books!! And two of those I already started months before. I think this is my fewest monthly read ever since I was three? Kidding. Not really :( The thought makes me sad.

Books I read this December 2014:


Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

I didn't do so good with last year's reading challenges. I guess I did okay with the reading but the linking up and the updates.. ehhh. Anyway, I'm going to try and do better this year so I am once again joining the Witches and Witchcraft Reading Challenge (I love witches!) hosted my Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf.

Visit this LINK to sign up and check out the challenge rules.

I am going for the Maiden Level. The goal is to read 6 - 10 witchy books and hopefully will be able to level up soon.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Me and My Bookshelf (27): BookOutlet 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.

This is still a part of my November 2014 book haul because yes, no more buying books for me this year unless I read more than half of my physical TBR pile. It's not like a lot of the books I buy go unread anyway. No, my sister have read most of those that are still in my TBR but this is a matter of me having 110 books in my shelf waiting for me to pick them up.

I bought 16 books from BookOutlet for my last book haul of 2014 and probably the better part of 2015. It's my birthday and New Year's gift to myself. Let's get started.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2015 Most Anticipated

It's almost 2015 and here we are with yet another storm hitting our place that will last until the New Year. And here I am, still in a freaking reading slump and buried in school projects. But it's hard not to get excited. New Year! I can't believe the year is almost over. To be honest, this year feels like the fastest to fly by. Anyway, here are the things that I am most excited about in 2015.


(The Rephaim #4)
by Paula Weston

Friday, December 26, 2014

Top 10 of 2014

I only read 136 books this 2014. My original goal was 150 but I didn't get to that before the year was over. Technically, I've read way more than 136 books. I've been in a lot of reading slumps this year and I always reread favorite books when I'm not in the mood to start a new one but I don't include them in my reading challenge so there you go.

Just last week, for instance, I reread Shimmer by Paula Weston twice, and then reread Haze after that, then Shimmer again (I love rereading if you haven't noticed that yet). And then agonized over Christmas dinner of the sequel's release.

So out of those 136 I've given 5 stars to - what a coincidence - exactly 10 books.

Top 10 books of 2014:

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Review: James Games by L.A. Rose

James Games
by L.A Rose
Published: September 30, 2014

Buy from Amazon

Every year, the girls of Phi Delta Chi, Fiona Arlett’s dream sorority, hold a competition.

The prize?

James Reid, king size bar of eye candy and famous actor turned haughty undergrad.

The rules?

No girl but the winner can touch him.

The problem?

Fiona miiight have unknowingly banged his brains out last week.

Losing the competition may mean wearing a chicken suit to the sexiest Halloween costume contest, but she’d rather have feathers up her butt than let the truth out.

Unfortunately, she and James have lots in common and more chemistry than the science wing. Soon they’re sneaking around behind the backs of UCSD’s hottest and most vengeful girls.

If they find out?

Fiona’s screwed.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Review: Adrian Lessons by L.A. Rose

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

Buy from Amazon

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.

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.

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