Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June 2015 Reads + Monthly Recap

Whew! June was... I don't even know. I have a big project I'm working on (not book or blog related) and I'm definitely feeling the pressure but lately I've been feeling so unmotivated and slump-y. I actually have plenty of time on my hands right now - to read, to blog, to do other significant things. But all I wanna do is sleep, eat, listen to music, dance and watch random Youtube videos. I guess this is my brain's way of telling me to stop for a minute and let it rest?

There are so many books I started this June but didn't finish. Not intentionally. But once I put it down, I couldn't make myself pick it up again. And you should see all the drafts of blog posts I made but left unfinished. Ugh. My laziness and procrastinating habits are at its peak and it's stressing me out. I hope it goes away real soon.

Anyway, enough chit-chat. I haven't read that many books this past month or should I say: I didn't get to finish a lot. But I was able to read 8!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

2015 Most Anticipated Books Part 2

2015 is halfway over! Well, almost but we're getting there. Before 2014 ended I made my list of most anticipated books and movies that are coming out this year. They're all out now and I've seen both The DUFF and Pitch Perfect 2 (loved them so much!) and read half of the books in that list: All Fall Down, The Storyspinner, and The Orphan Queen. So I decided to make a new one that includes all of the books I am VERY MUCH looking forward to that are going to be released on the the second half of 2015.

There are SO MANY titles I am excited about I couldn't keep myself from not clicking that damn to-read button on Goodreads and bookmarking everything. Then there was BEA and everyone who came to the event are posting pictures and talking about all of these upcoming must-haves and my mind just keeps going WANT, WANT, WANT #somuchwant. Here are my top 10:

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Me and My Bookshelf (32): June Book Haul

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.

It's a slightly big book haul this time. So eventhough I didn't spend that much because all of these are bargain books, I will still cut back on next month's purchases because, let's be honest, a book buying ban won't work anytime soon especially since I just saw one or more titles I still want to buy that are ON SALE. For July, my range is going to be $15 - $20. No more.

Here are the books I bought this June!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

June 2015 New Releases: Part 2

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

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
by Stephanie Oakes
Published: June 9, 2015
The Book Depository
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With a harrowing poetic voice, this contemporary page-turner is perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, Julie Berry's All The Truth That's in Me, and the works of Ellen Hopkins.

The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust.

And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it's clear that Minnow knows something—but she's not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is a hard-hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith—and the power of having faith in oneself.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Review: Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood

Inherit the Stars 
(Inherit the Stars #1)
by Tessa Elwood
Expected publication: December 8, 2015




Three royal houses ruling three interplanetary systems are on the brink of collapse, and they must either ally together or tear each other apart in order for their people to survive.

Asa is the youngest daughter of the house of Fane, which has been fighting a devastating food and energy crisis for far too long. She thinks she can save her family’s livelihood by posing as her oldest sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the throne of the house of Westlet. The appearance of her mother, a traitor who defected to the house of Galton, adds fuel to the fire, while Asa also tries to save her sister Wren's life . . . possibly from the hands of their own father.

But as Asa and Eagle forge a genuine bond, will secrets from the past and the urgent needs of their people in the present keep them divided?

Author Tessa Elwood's debut series is an epic romance at heart, set against a mine field of political machinations, space adventure, and deep-seeded family loyalties.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Review: A Faerie's Secret by Rachel Morgan

A Faerie's Secret
(Creepy Hollow #4)
by Rachel Morgan
Published: June 16, 2015




Calla Larkenwood wants nothing more than to be a guardian, but her overprotective mother has never allowed it. When circumstances change and Calla finally gets to join a Guild, she discovers guardian trainee life isn’t all she hoped it would be. Her classmates are distant, her mentor hates her, and keeping her Griffin Ability a secret is harder than she thought. Then an initiation game goes wrong, landing Calla with a magical ability she can’t control. She needs help—and the only way she can get it is by bargaining with the guy who just discovered her biggest secret.

Join beloved characters and new heroes as the bestselling Creepy Hollow series continues.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

June 2015 New Releases: Part 1

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

Sugar
by Deirdre Riordan Hall
Published: June 1, 2015
The Book Depository
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I’m the fat Puerto Rican–Polish girl who doesn’t feel like she belongs in her skin, or anywhere else for that matter. I’ve always been too much and yet not enough.

Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn’t always fat, but fat is what she is now at age seventeen. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn’t gotten out of bed in months. Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat, which is saying something. But she’s large enough to be the object of ridicule wherever she is: at the grocery store, walking down the street, at school. Sugar’s life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home—cooking, shopping, and, well, eating. A lot of eating, which Sugar hates as much as she loves.

When Sugar meets Even (not Evan—his nearly illiterate father misspelled his name on the birth certificate), she has the new experience of someone seeing her and not her body. As their unlikely friendship builds, Sugar allows herself to think about the future for the first time, a future not weighed down by her body or her mother.

Soon Sugar will have to decide whether to become the girl that Even helps her see within herself or to sink into the darkness of the skin-deep role her family and her life have created for her.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Underrated Genre: Steampunk

Steampunk is a subgenre of fantasy and science fiction set in an era where steam-powered machinery is still widely used — usually the 19th century.
"What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner."
Source: www.cmemag,com

I haven't heard a lot of people talk about this genre, or talk about books in this genre. Of course, there are the well-known ones like The Infernal Devices, Parasol Protectorate and Leviathan series. But, overall, Steampunk is probably not the most popular out there especially today. And to be honest, it's not really the kind of genre that everyone would immediately gravitate to and enjoy. I haven't read plenty of Steampunk books either but the few I've read, I loved.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Review: Spellcaster by Claudia Gray

Spellcaster
(Spellcaster #1)
by Claudia Gray
Published: March 5, 2013




When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to it than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia senses a dark and powerful magic at work in her new town. Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is cursed - and that curse will cause him to believe he’s seeing the future … until it drives him mad. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl—Nadia—from a car accident come true, he knows he’s doomed.

Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his family’s terrible curse, and to prevent a disaster that threatens the lives of everyone around them. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s new novel is sure to draw fans of the Hex Hall and Caster Chronicles series, and fans of the hit CW TV show The Secret Circle.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Review: Until the Beginning by Amy Plum

Until the Beginning
(After the End #2)
by Amy Plum
Published: May 5, 2015




When Juneau's clan disappeared, she lost so much more than her friends and family. She soon discovered everything she thought she knew about her life was a lie. Her people's gifts were actually secret abilities that others wanted, desperately enough to kidnap an entire village.

Juneau and her new companion Miles's cross-country journey to find her clan has led them to a game preserve in New Mexico. Now Juneau's people are finally within reach, and she will stop at nothing to save them. But she has a target on her back too, because unbeknownst to her she is the key to unlocking everything. To rescue her people - and herself - Juneau must discover what she, and her abilities, are truly capable of.

Monday, June 1, 2015

May 2015 Reads + Monthly Recap

With how good my April was, I expected the vibe to continue for the rest of the summer. But alas, it didn't happen. I was having positive thoughts at the start of the month and was so excited to read the books in my May TBR but as luck would have it, it put me in a reading AND blogging slump. During summer where I have plenty of time to read and blog! I should have seen it coming given the growing pile of unfinished books I had since March.

I was still able to read plenty of books eventhough I didn't reach my desired goal which is a little disappointing.

The books I read this May:

   

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Me and My Bookshelf (31)

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.

The time I stop buying books will never arrive but at least I'm not spending as much these days. I'd say it's progress. This May I bought 9 books but only 2 of those are in this haul. I have five coming in the mail in a couple of days and two more in a month but I'll save them for another time.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Review: The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

The Mistake
(Off-Campus #2)
by Elle Kennedy
Published: April 28, 2015




He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.


Now he’s going to need to up his game…


After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

May 2015 New Releases: Part 2

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

Read Me Like a Book
by Liz Kessler
Published: May 14, 2015
The Book Depository
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Ashleigh Walker is in love. You know the feeling - that intense, heart-racing, all-consuming emotion that can only come with first love. It's enough to stop her worrying about bad grades at college. Enough to distract her from her parents' marriage troubles. There's just one thing bothering her . . .

Shouldn't it be her boyfriend, Dylan, who makes her feel this way - not Miss Murray, her English teacher?

A thought-provoking coming out story from a highly skilled author.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

5 Quotes From Favorite Books

Listed in no particular order, here are some quotes for you from books I highly recommend.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
by Colleen Clayton
Published: October 9, 2012


How can you talk about something you can’t remember?
Witty and poignant, Colleen Clayton’s stunning debut is a story about moving on after the unthinkable happens.

Why you should read it: This book is heartbreaking but beautiful. If you're looking for something real, this is for you. Also, Corey is amazing.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Thoughts on Game of Thrones Season 1

Source: Sciencefiction
*Beware: rambling ensues.

Whenever my high school batchmates, aka "the loquacious", get together there is the usual catching up and the talking over each other you can't follow what everyone is saying anymore as the discussion heats up until one or two or more would eventually look at each other, laugh, and say, "Holy crap, it's like high school once again." And the better part of the day will always, always be spent talking about practically all the TV series or movies ever made.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Music and Lyrics (19): On Repeat Summer Playlist

Some of the songs that are currently on repeat in my playlist this past week (just because I missed them so much).

1. The Remedy (I Won't Worry) by Jason Mraz


Saturday, May 9, 2015

May 2015 New Releases: Part 1

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

Crimson Bound
by Rosamund Hodge
Published: May 5, 2015
The Book Depository
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When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

(This is a standalone novel, not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe.)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

COVER LOVIN': Crossed by Eliza Crewe

I've been waiting a long time for this book and... well, it's still not out yet but now it has a cover, a summary, and a publication date. Before we move on, let me ask you a question.

DO YOU EVEN KNOW THE SOUL EATERS SERIES? HAVE YOU STARTED READING IT, AT LEAST?

No? Then get out. But seriously, it's time you pick these books up. This series is full of awesome! Two words, SOUL EATERS. Duh.

 
**Click the book covers to add them on Goodreads but if you want to check out my review:
Cracked | Crushed

And now to that cover:

Sunday, May 3, 2015

May 2015 TBR

*This post was previously titled April 2015 TBR. I didn't realize until 4 hours and a dozen social media shares later. It's MAY. Dammit. Sorry for the wrong links I left on your comments or feed :)

Guess this means summer is officially over? It’s been raining a lot since last week and there was that one freaking scary thunder yesterday that I wouldn't have noticed because I had my earphones on with the volume up, but it was so loud it made me jump so high and run for cover because I literally felt the house shake and I was oh-so-alone (everyone's talking about it). Though it’s still unbelievably hot whenever the sun is out and shining. Oh, well.

I’m calling this month's TBR endeavor... operation finish that series. Or duology, trilogy, whatever. But I’m only including five in this list since I know for a fact that I usually – usually? try always – don’t stick to my list. That way I have plenty of room for other books whenever the reading mood deviates. Furthermore, these are series enders so that makes it much harder for me to accomplish.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

COVER REVEAL + Teasers: Joni, Underway by Kelly Oram

This is a surprise. I didn't know Kelly Oram has a new book - a NEW ADULT book - that was co-written with her HUSBAND. Can you tell I'm excited? I'm a big fan of Kelly Oram. And "a journey across the ominous dark blue of the Atlantic Ocean with a small, eccentric crew, and the young Captain Reid, whose gorgeous looks are only outmatched by his talent for care and kindness"? HELLS YEAH!

Title: Joni, Underway
Authors: Kelly Oram & Jonathan Harrow
Publisher: Bluefields
Release Date: August 22, 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015

April 2015 Reads + Monthly Recap

I'd say this year's progress is making me ecstatic. One of my plans is to read as many books in my physical TBR as I can before I buy more. It's not an easy feat but I'm getting there. Another is to try and pick up the books that has been in my Goodreads TBR list for years aka books 1-100 out of the 980 (currently) and I've managed to read a number of them so far.

Moving on to this month's wrap-up pile, I read a total of 12 books including a series (another yay!):

   

Thursday, April 30, 2015

New Blog Look!

So... are you noticing it yet? My baby's got a new look! Honestly, this was a long time coming. I never seem to find the time to sit down and give my blog a makeover especially with school in the way. And eventhough it was on impulse, I finally did it!


Around midnight last night, I thought it's high time I do something to make my blog look presentable. I didn't have any concrete plan like what color schemes or fonts and header would look good so I decided to stick with my previous theme which are pinks and violets and proceed from there. One step at a time. Three hours later and ta da! Have a minute to appreciate all that effort. lol

I'm not an expert at this stuff but I'm pretty freaking happy with the end result. Though I have to admit that as soon as everything's in place my first thought was, "It's so fucking pink I might hurl." But that's probably the exhaustion talking. That, and I've been staring at if for hours while working on it until nearly 3AM.

Hope you guys like it!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

SERIES REVIEW: Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost

Halfway to the Grave 
(Night Huntress #1)
by Jeaniene Frost




Flirting with the Grave...
Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father - the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner - are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Me and My Bookshelf (30)

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 didn't realize it's already the last Saturday of April so I don't have any pictures of the books I got. And since I'm in a bit of a hurry, we'll make do with just their book covers.

This month I only bought three books. Can I get a hurrah? They're all in hardcover and costs $2 or so each. Visiting BookSale is now a habit. I am obsessed with perusing their shelves. While 90% of their books are not YA, there are still plenty of really cheap and great finds.

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