Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cover Reveal: Goddess

Goddess (Starcrossed #3)
by Josephine Angelini
Expected Publication:
May 28, 2013

After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.

To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.

In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.

Ahh.. That cover is stunning. I really love blues and violets together. Looks otherworldly. I can't wait to read this! It's one of my favorite Greek Mythology reads. 


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Music and Lyrics (4)

I love it when I hear an unfamiliar song randomly, say when I am walking and I hear it playing in the neighborhood's radio or in the mall, in a movie soundtrack, etc. and immediately like it. All I can think is I have to know what song that is, no matter how last year it may be. Even if it is softly playing in the background of a movie; I notice it and that's why I never fail to check a movie's soundtrack afterwards. For me, it's every bit as important as the movie itself.

Rule the World
by Take That
Album: Beautiful World

This song is one of the soundtrack from the movie Stardust. I really love this song. It's perfect for the the movie. You rarely hear this type of music these days and lately I've been listening to a lot of songs I used to listen long time ago. It's nice to hear them again after thousands of more modern and up-beat ones that "rule the world" now. It's very stirring and comforting.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

The Lost Prince 
(The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1)
by Julie Kagawa
Published: October 23, 2012

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Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

This novel is one of Julie’s books that will have you demanding for the second one as soon as you finish your read.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Review: Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

Hemlock (Hemlock #1)
by Kathleen Peacock
Published: May 8, 2012

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Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.

Since then, Mac's life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac's hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy's killer:

A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome--also known as the werewolf virus--is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy's murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy's boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Kathleen Peacock's thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1)
by Rae Carson
Published: September 20, 2011

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Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can't see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.
And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Music and Lyrics (3)

Wipe Your Eyes
by Maroon 5
Album: Overexposed (Deluxe Edition)

Wipe Your Eyes is one of my favorites in Maroon 5's latest album, Overexposed. One of my most played album recently, even my mom hums it. I loved most of the tracks actually, but Wipe Your Eyes reminds me a lot of Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout (read my review here). I think it's playing in the background while I was reading Onyx and the song suddenly registered and then I was all giddy saying how a perfect coincidence it was hearing the song when I was in the most fitting part of the book!

See? See? Have you heard this song? What do you think? If not, well, you guys should definitely check it out. And that's it for my post today. I have to go study for my exams. Happy Wednesday! :)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Random: October - MassKara Festival

Happy October everyone! Wow, less that 3 months left before the year ends. But I still have a lot to look forward to this October. For one, this means it's my finals next week! One more week of tests, projects, late night dates with my notes to study and then I'm free... hopefully. I'm really looking forward to spending more time with my books and my blog.

Also, October is our city's MassKara Festival.

MassKara is coined from two words: Mass, which means “many, or multitude,” and Kara, a Spanish word for “face,” thus MassKara is “a mass or multitude of smiling faces.” It is a celebration and expression of thanks for the abundance of blessings life brings.

Our City Hall

From last year's event:
*photos from

Yay! More fun! That's definitely something to look forward to! And then three weeks of vacation before the second semester starts. I know it's not that long but it can mean a lot! And I really want it to be a productive one.

Also, last week I got these really cool t-shirts! One for me and one for my sister. I really love them, so check 'em out:

What do you think?

Me and My Bookshelf (5)

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. It is usually posted on Saturdays.

Here are the new books in my shelf this week!

Nightshade (Nightshade #1)
 by Andrea Cremer

 The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3)
by Rick Riordan

 Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn #1)
by Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)
by Richelle Mead

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Elite

The Elite (The Selection #2)
by Kiera Cass
Expected Publication: April 23, 2013

The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

That dress! It's GORGEOUS! Gotta love that cover.


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Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx (Lux #2)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: August 14, 2012

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Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

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