Sunday, March 31, 2013

Demon by Laura DeLuca Release Day Giveaway

Demon, Book Two in the Dark Musicals Trilogy, inspired by Sweeney Todd is available now!


When Justyn and Rebecca set off for the New York School of
Performing Arts, they think their dreams are about to come true. To their
dismay, they aren’t in high school anymore, and the competition is steep.
Rebecca must compete against accomplished singers for a role in the production of Demon Barber, including a stunning Gothic diva with her sights set onJustyn.

It doesn't help that things keep disappearing from their
apartment or that Rebecca's father refuses to accept that Justyn is an
essential part of her life. Yet, all this seems minimal in comparison to the
serial rapist terrorizing the campus.

Consumed by fear and obsessed with revenge, Rebecca and
Justyn start living the story of Sweeney Todd—both on and off the stage.

 Head to facebook to join the Demon Release Party.  You can also add Demon to your shelf on Goodreads.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Me and My Bookshelf (10)

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.

Hi everyone! I'll keep this post short since I'm not feeling very well.
So, what's new on my shelf?

Friday, March 29, 2013

Cover Reveal: Almost Night by Emily White

Hi! What's up on this blog this Friday? Today I am going to reveal the cover of Emily White's upcoming book Almost Night. So without further ado..

Thursday, March 28, 2013

From Page to Film: Warm Bodies

Hi everyone! It's a holiday so.. what are you guys up to today? You game for a movie? If you haven't watched Warm Bodies yet, well, you better. I know this post is pretty late - schedule's a little messed up but hey.. it's never too late to enjoy a nice day on the couch watching zombies eat brains! Kidding! Seriously, this movie is amazing. Who'd have thought zombies can be a lot of fun?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

2013 TBR Pile March Extra Challenge

Hi everyone! How are 'ya doin'? It's the third month of this year's TBR Pile Reading Challenge and so far I have read 17 books! See my updates here. Technically, I reached my goal but I am so behind on my reviews that I haven't participated at all during last month's wrap-up. And it's not over 20 yet so I don't think I'm going to raise my level. But I'm getting there. 

Anyway, for this month's challenge, Justin of Justin's Book Blog wants us to:

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Review: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2)
by Maggie Stiefvater
Published: July 13, 2010

The astonishing #1 New York Times bestseller.

In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

Prodigy (Legend #2)
by Marie Lu
Published: January 29, 2013

June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

In this highly-anticipated sequel, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Random: I'm So Free.. But Not For Long

It’s official - school’s out! Somehow, the thought makes me happy, a feeling that will last only for a week or so. I’m sorry I haven’t been replying to all your comments. I’ve been really busy with finals – exams, projects, deadlines to meet and whatever. Well, exam hasn’t been much of a problem; I only have 2 out of 8 subjects left to take on exam day. I was exempted on three of them and the rest we took in advance which I am very thankful about because if that wasn’t the case, I don’t know what I would have done just to finish everything else. Anyway, it's over now so.. partyyy!!!

.. and cut! Yeah, that pretty much sums up how short-lived my free time is. I have summer classes to look forward to. No choice, it’s required. Three major subjects. Three hours for each of them daily. Same old, same old. So yeah, I have to make the most out of what I can in two weeks, maybe lesser.. And by that I meant:

I have A LOT of catching up to do (that includes sleeping). Alone time with my books is a perfect getaway I can ever hope for even if it is for a short time. Not that I ever stopped reading, I make it a point to read at least one chapter a day but lately it's been tougher than usual trying to pry myself away from books because of other responsibilities I have to attend. Speaking of responsibilities, I have this project where I have to ask my friends and relatives their perception about me and here's a tidbit of what my sister wrote:

"..she doesn’t appear to have the ability to pry a good book off from her hands until late morning, instead of studying like a normal girl. She’s a good writer, loves music, and sings a crapella—this often causes tension and dispute in the house, sometimes post traumatic disorder."

And here I thought we were friends! Whatever sis, just remember that when you ask me to buy books for you again. LOL! Well, my plans this summer: blog, read, school, read, a little shopping, a little partying and more reading!! That's all there is except of course, if something exciting comes up along the way - I'm always on the go. Sounds good, right? Happy weekend! ;)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)
by Maggie Stiefvater
Published: August 1, 2009

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Music and Lyrics (7)

With the stress of exams and everything else, I haven't been very attentive of my blog. Since I have free - albeit little - time for now, I am going to use it to wander way off of school related works. By which, I meant to convince you guys to listen to this amazing song. That is, if you haven't heard it yet.

by Switchfoot
Album: Vice Verses

I've been listening to this album for very long time now but it still feels like I'm hearing it for the first time. I loved all of the songs in it - the beat, the lyrics.. I can't get over it. If it is entirely up to me, I'd feature all 12 songs now, but I'm afraid I haven't got much time. The reason why I particularly chose Thrive over the others is because it reminds me of Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. One of the things we - my sister and I - loved in the movie is its soundtrack so when we heard this song she asked me if it's included in the OST and I told her I'm not sure. True enough, it's not in the movie but I have to admit it's perfect so I decided to make this my theme song for the book.

If you listen to the entire lyrics, it definitely sounds like 'R'. I hope you love this song, and don't let me stop you - listen to the whole album. Switchfoot is freaking amazing! :)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium (Delirium #1)
by Lauren Oliver
Published: February 7, 2012

They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever.

And I've always believed them.

Until now.

Now everything has changed.

Now, I'd rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Cover Reveal: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater ++

So, I was poking around Goodreads as usual, checking out updates of some of the books I can't wait to read. You know, covers, blurbs and stuff that would at least assure me and my broken feelings that the book is on its way to publication. And I saw several covers that had me completely undone.

First on the list is:

The Dream Thieves
(The Raven Cycle #2)
by Maggie Stiefvater

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Review: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

(The Lynburn Legacy #1)
by Sarah Rees Brennan
Published: September 11, 2012

Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Me and My Bookshelf (9)

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.

Hurray! I'm back from my book shopping hiatus. There are a lot of new releases I've been eyeing and dying to own and read. But I have to start being practical and stop this madness over books (which is what makes my life exciting, by the way) because my TBR pile is growing and growing. Buy 10 books, read one - yeeaah, so not good.

Anyway, I can't seem to totally stop hoarding books - never! - but I've limit myself to at least 5 or less in a month. haha! So.. what's new on my shelf?

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Capitol Couture: A Look at the Capitol Portraits

Loved the series, loved the movie. I can't wait to see Catching Fire! It's my favorite book in the series and I'm excited to see it on film. Here are some of the amazing portraits unveiled: the ladies of the capitol..

Katniss Everdeen
"The girl on fire who stole everyone's hearts."

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Review: Sovereign Hope by Frankie Rose

Sovereign Hope (Hope #1)
by Frankie Rose
Published: July 1, 2012

Everyone has a soul

Some are just worth more than others

Farley Hope was seventeen when her mother disappeared. In the last six months not much has changed, except that her eighteenth birthday came and went and still no sign of Moira. Her life is just as complicated as it always was. Since her father died in a car crash before she was even born, she’s officially parentless, and to top it all off she’s still suffering from the hallucinations. Mind-splitting, vivid hallucinations- the kind prone to induce night terrors and leave you whimpering under your covers like a baby.

The last thing on her mind is boys. Farley is on break from St. Judes’ when she meets Daniel. It’s not some casual run in at a party, or even a blind date with friends, though. Daniel is the guy following her in his 1970′s Dodge Charger; the guy standing at her window in the LA lunch hour traffic, trying to persuade her to leave everything behind and follow him. And he's hot as all hell.

The moment Farley lays eyes on Daniel, everything changes. He is cold and withdrawn, but there are cracks in his harsh veneer- cracks that betray the secrets he is trying so hard to hide. Farley is drawn into a world that will shake apart everything she thought she ever knew. There are truths out there that she must learn: that a person’s soul is their only real currency, and there are people who would do anything to take hers; that loving someone can hurt so much more than hating them; but, most importantly, when your future is predestined, there is little you can do to change it.

Farley Hope is prophesied.

Her coming has been awaited for hundreds of years.

She is destined to end the tyranny of the Soul Reavers.

To do so she must die.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Cover Reveal: The Liberator (Dante Walker #2) by Victoria Scott

The first time I heard about this series last year, I thought I would die of anticipation. I'm serious. Read the summary. Killer, huh? I can't wait to read the first book which will come out less than a month from now. April seems longer than a month away. Ha, imagine what I felt last year. Anyway, before I reveal the cover of The Liberator (how's that for the title?!), I have to make sure you really watch out for the this:

Saturday, March 2, 2013

February Reads + Monthly Recap

February has been my busiest month yet. So many things I had to do! First week was dedicated to midterm exams and you know how it gets. You'd think that I would be free for at least a few days after, but no. There was the preparation for our club's activity which took a lot of time for meetings and calls and weekend tasks. One time I got home at around 10PM, I was so tired I've gone straight to my room and was unconscious as soon as I hit my bed. I didn't even bother eating dinner. I woke up the next day at 7:45AM - 35 minutes left before my first class - still in my previous day's clothes (lifting a finger seems like a very difficult job then). And the fact that well, it's endterm which means projects, projects, projects. I remember saying to make the most out of 28 days reading and being productive. In a way, I was. I made 19 blog posts this Feb despite my busy sched! That's definitely an improvement for me (supposedly, there was still more I have to post but I ran out of time). I got through with exams sane, and then were able to produce a very successful event. Unfortunately, I wasn't that lucky to have read a lot of books. I only read 6 - I'm satisfied, considering. But I wish I could have read more. Anyway, that is my bookish goal this March! To read as many books as I can, I missed reading so badly!

This month I read:

I watched Warm Bodies with my sister and I was planning to post a "From Page to Film" for it but something came up so I have to move it to a different date. Maybe this March. And that's that. I really had a great time last month, no matter how tiring it was and how frustrating it got sometimes :)

And by fun, I meant:

No one is even looking at the camera. Actually, there's a lot of cameras flashing at once, so we really don't know where to look but I'm looking down! Goodness, I absolutely have no idea what I found so fascinating on the floor.

February posts:

2013 TBR Pile January Extra Challenge
February Releases: Week 1 + Free Previews
February Releases: Week 2 + Free Previews
Music and Lyrics (6): Valentine's Day Edition
The Last Dance by Kiki Hamilton RELEASE + Giveaway
I'm BACK To READING! + Weekend Plans
With All My Soul Mini-Reading Challenge Participation Post
Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Review: Glass House by Rachel Caine
Review: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen
Review: Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter
Review: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Review: Double Crossed by Ally Carter
Cover Reveal: Thornhill by Kathleen Peacock
Cover Reveal: Deception by C.J. Redwine
Cover Reveal: Just One Year by Gayle Forman
Cover Makeover Reveal: Astarte's Wrath by Trisha Wolfe
DELIRIUM Read-a-Long Discussion Post #1 (Chapter 1 - 7)
DELIRIUM Read-a-Long Discussion Post #2 (Chapter 8-14)
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