Sunday, June 30, 2013

Review: Imaginable by J. Meyers

Imaginable (Intangible #2)
by J. Meyers
Published: April 16, 2013

Twins Sera and Luke Raine’s unusual abilities are growing. Sera is healing vampires now, making them human again. And, at times, Luke can actually change the future he Sees.

But Sera’s healing has dangerous consequences, and though Luke is altering the outcome of more visions, he can’t control them yet.

Now Sera is in danger as the dark creatures of the Realm seek to use her. As Luke struggles to master his gift in order to save his sister, he discovers even more about his powers.

And what he learns just may put him in greater danger than Sera has ever been.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Me and My Bookshelf (12)

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.

From now on, Me and My Bookshelf will be featuring my monthly haul. I don't get that many books in a week, sometimes nothing, and sometimes I get a month's worth in one day. It all depends on when they arrive in the mail, when I have money, or when I have time to go to the bookstore. Like last month (May), I haven't bought anything. Um, wowza. I just realized last week when I was thinking of posting this meme and well, yeah, that's really good news especially with the book buying limit and all. It helped that I was always on the road most of the time that month so instead of buying more books to compensate I did.. nothing. I saved my money. This month I still bought not more than 5 books which is my max. Yey!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White

Mind Games (Mind Games #1)
by Kiersten White
Published: February 19, 2013

Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I made a TBR Jar!

Yes. I made a TBR jar. This was inspired by Kat of Katytastic. You know her? She’s amazing! And I sincerely thank her for this wonderful idea which I wouldn’t have come up with on my own for sure. You should watch her latest video:

See? Told ya. But I digress. So last night as I was going over the list of the physical books I own, I saw that I still haven’t read a few – okay, a lot – of them (and counting), a few of which I bought years ago. Let’s not include my TBR e-books in this topic; it’ll take time.

What is a TBR Jar?

Monday, June 24, 2013

Review: Aberrant by Ruth Silver

Aberrant (Aberrant #1)
by Ruth Silver
Published: April 28, 2013

In the future Dystopian society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question, including the government's match in marriage and "The Day of the Chosen", a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children as natural means hasn't existed in generations. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she's arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence. Olivia is unlike the rest of the world born not from "The Day of the Chosen." The truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one simple fact would destroy the perfect system.

With Joshua's help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Author and Book Spotlight: The Game Changer by J. Sterling

The Game Changer
(The Perfect Game #2)
by J. Sterling
Expected publication: June 25, 2013

Jack & Cassie's story continues in the follow up to the Best Selling book, The Perfect Game.

Thrust into the spotlight, Cassie must learn how to navigate the waters of this sometimes unforgiving and cruel world. It's a lifestyle that makes you question your happiness and sanity as the past is never truly far behind.

How do you stay together when the world's trying to tear you apart?

Friday, June 21, 2013

Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera

Reboot (Reboot #1)
by Amy Tintera
Published: May 7, 2013

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Music and Lyrics (10)

It's supposed to be review day. I planned on writing my review of Reboot by Amy Tintera yesterday and then post it now but I got caught up doing A FEW school works which resulted to me sleeping at 3 in the morning and waking up late (7 freaking o'clock) with only 20 minutes left before my first class. And there I go again, doing my daily morning exercise which consists of running from our university's second gate to the farthest building on campus, up 4 flights of stairs and I'm fit! Anyway, it seems like I don't have much time to write a decent review so I opted for a short and easy post. Music and Lyrics!

I've mentioned in one of my previous post about a few of the training seminars I attended this summer and one of it required a 3-day stay away from civilization. Kidding. I only meant no internet and gadgets allowed except our facilitators and one of them has a really cool playlist. I also heard a few songs that were presented during talks, played for wake-up calls or during breaks that I thought was awesome so when I got home, they immediately went on repeat.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Review: Rouge by Leigh Talbert Moore

Rouge (Cheveux Roux #1)
by Leigh Talbert Moore
Published: November 11, 2012

QUARTER FINALIST---Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, 2013

Romance, velvet, sequins, and murder...

Hale Ferrer is the rising star of the hottest cabaret in New Orleans. And her one goal is escape. Escape from the lies, from the crime, and from her growing fear that one day she'll have to earn her living in the secret back rooms, where the dancers do more than dance.

But she won't leave behind Teeny, the orphan-girl she promised to protect.

Freddie Lovel is rich, handsome, and in love with Hale, and he's ready to sweep her away with him to Paris. But her heart is captured by Beau, the poor stagehand with eyes as blue as Louisiana iris flowers.

Denying her fears, Hale is ready to choose love and a life with Beau, until a predator hidden in the wings launches a chain of events that could cost her everything--Teeny, their one hope of escape, and possibly even her life.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

June New Releases: Part 1

Newly released books this June
*Cover image links to Goodreads*

Secret for a Song
by S.K. Falls
Published: June 3, 2013


Saylor Grayson makes herself sick. Literally.

She ate her first needle when she was seven. Now, at nineteen, she’s been kicked out of college for poisoning herself with laxatives. The shrinks call it Munchausen Syndrome. All Saylor knows is that when she’s ill, her normally distant mother pays attention and the doctors and nurses make her feel special.

Then she meets Drew Dean, the leader of a local support group for those with terminal diseases. When he mistakes her for a new member, Saylor knows she should correct him. But she can’t bring herself to, not after she’s welcomed into a new circle of friends. Friends who, like Drew, all have illnesses ready to claim their independence or their lives.

For the first time, Saylor finds out what it feels like to be in love, to have friends who genuinely care about her. But secrets have a way of revealing themselves. What will happen when Saylor’s is out?

Friday, June 14, 2013

Review: The Perfect Game by J. Sterling

The Perfect Game
(The Perfect Game #1)
by J. Sterling
Published: October 11, 2012

He's a game she never intended to play.
And she's the game changer he never knew he needed.

The Perfect Game tells the story of college juniors, Cassie Andrews & Jack Carter. When Cassie meets rising baseball hopeful Jack, she is determined to steer clear of him and his typical cocky attitude. But Jack has other things on his mind... like getting Cassie to give him the time of day.

They're both damaged, filled with mistrust and guarded before they find one another (and themselves) in this emotional journey about love and forgiveness. Strap yourselves for a ride that will not only break your heart, but put it back together.

Sometimes life gets ugly before it gets beautiful...


Suitable for ages 17+
Contains strong language, sexual situations and references

Sunday, June 9, 2013

[BLOG TOUR] Review + Character Interview + INT'L Giveaway: Phoenix by Elizabeth Richards

Hello! Welcome to my stop. For this post I will be doing a review of Phoenix, the sequel to Black City by Elizabeth Richards, a character interview and an international giveaway! Follow the rest of the tour HERE and on Twitter (#PhoenixPHTour).

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Splintered (Splintered #1)
by A.G. Howard
Published: January 1, 2013

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Music and Lyrics (9)

Yesterday, I told myself I will write three reviews to post or schedule the following day. But I didn't because I'm lazy and I'm tired. What I did was set my alarm really early so I can do it before I go to school for enrollment and a program I needed to attend. What really happened was that I woke with just enough time to get ready, have my breakfast and travel. I wasn't late by the way. So now here I am, I just got back home after spending 8 hours at school with no review or anything at all for that matter, the reason why I decided to do a Music and Lyrics post instead which I haven't done in a while anyway-- *knock, knock*

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Cover Reveal: Infinite by Jodi Meadows

Okay! So guess what I saw just now. The cover for the third book in the Incarnate trilogy! You know, the one with the gorgeous covers. Have you seen it yet? No? Well, go ahead!

Monday, June 3, 2013

[BLOG TOUR] Review: The Faerie Prince by Rachel Morgan

Hello everyone! Welcome to my stop for The Faerie Prince Blog Tour! TFP is the second book in one of my most favorite series ever. Check out the rest of the tour schedule HERE.

The Faerie Prince
(Creepy Hollow #2)
by Rachel Morgan
Published: May 30, 2013

Guardian trainee Violet Fairdale is just weeks away from one of the most important occasions of her life: graduation. After messing up big time by bringing a human into the fae realm, Vi needs to step up her game and forget about Nate if she hopes to graduate as the top guardian of her year. Everything would be fine if she wasn’t forced to partner with Ryn, her ex-friend, ex-enemy, current ‘sort of friend’. They might be trying to patch up their relationship, but does she really want to spend a week undercover with him for their final assignment? On top of that, the possibly insane Unseelie Prince is still on the loose, free to ‘collect’ as many specially talented faeries as he can find—and Vi is still at the top of his list. Add in faerie queens, enchanted storms, complicated not-just-friends feelings, and a murder within the Guild itself, and graduation is about to become the least of Vi’s problems.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

May Reads + Monthly Recap

If you've noticed, I kind of disappeared and it got pretty quiet here in my blog for more than a week. Between final exams and tons of activities at school, I got very little time for anything else. And I'm extremely sad to say this but in that span of time I was away from blogging, that's also how long I wasn't able to pick ANY books to read. You'd think now that summer classes were over, I'd be having the time of my life diving in books but as soon as school let out, club meetings here, trainings and seminars there, blah, blah, blah. I spent three days at our school's Eco Park out of town after exams for our school's Leadership Training Seminar and we were not allowed to bring any gadgets with us. I also did not bring any books which I wouldn't be able to read anyway since our activities end really late (our socials and last night ended at around 2AM) and I'm already exhausted by the time I hit our dorm room. I slept like a log when I finally got back home. I planned to catch up but last Friday I was once again out of town for our club's team building activity. I'm still pretty beat so I only did a quick post when I got back yesterday. Anyway, here's a quick recap of my monthly posts and reads.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Cover Reveal: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

So. I've been waiting for this reveal forever especially after I read The Mark of Athena last year which was crazy awesome. Unfortunately, I was out of town yesterday and I did not bring my laptop with me. I actually just got back and the first thing I did as soon as I opened my browser was of course, look for The House of Hades cover! So, in case some of you guys missed the official reveal, too, well.. here it is!

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