Monday, February 19, 2018

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness

Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Author: Patrick Ness
Series: Chaos Walking
Publication details: 2014 by Candlewick Press (first published 2008)
Genre: YA, science fiction



Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets.

Then, just a month away from the birthday that will make Todd Hewitt a man, he unexpectedly stumbles on a spot of complete silence. Which is impossible.

A refreshing and entertaining YA read.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Book Haul #24: Big Bad Wolf Book Haul

Alright folks!

As mentioned in my previous post, here are the books I bought last February 15 during the Preview Sale of Big Bad Wolf book fair! 😁

It was a difficult moment for self-control. I went over my budget, but whatever, I had a good haul! 😁

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Big Bad Wolf in the PH: Photo Diary

Hi folks!

Happy February! It is a month full of books, and I'm loving it!

We don't usually have book fairs in the Philippines during this time of the year. But thanks to Big Bad Wolf, we will be starting our 'book year' right. 😁

Big Bad Wolf (or BBW) is a Malaysian book fair that started in 2009. Since then, they've been having book fairs not only in Malaysia, but also in Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka (source: BBW FB page).

And now for the first time, Big Bad Wolf is here in the Philippines! Bringing ~2 million new books and slashing 60-80% off the original prices, this book fair will surely bring joy to us book lovers!

What a way to celebrate the love month, eh? Here's my photo diary:

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Twelve (The Passage #2) by Justin Cronin: Book Review

Title: The Twelve
Author: Justin Cronin
Series: The Passage #2
Publication Details: October 16th 2012 by The Random House Publishing Group


In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as “Last Stand in Denver,” has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned—and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.

One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation...unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price (from Goodreads).

The fight and survival against the virals continues with The Twelve.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

What Happened: January 2018

First month of the year, done! That was quick!

As always, January was a busy month but I still managed to squeeze in time for reading and blog posts. Although... I am so behind my book reviews. I must get to them soon. 😅 Anyway, here's a quick recap of my January.

Books Read:


Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
God's Not Dead by Rice Broocks - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Currently Reading:


Tree (The Rosales Saga #2) by F. Sionil Jose

Book Haul:


The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Blog Posts:

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Also, since it seems like I don't have much time to write book reviews, I'm thinking of doing mini reviews? Especially for those books I read last year. Haha! I'm having a hard time remembering them. Haha! Anyway, I'll see about that. 😉

February's still quite a busy month. But, but, but I have an exciting bookish event to go to! Yey! Stay tuned for my photo diary and book hauls! 😁

Have a nice day folks!
Happy reading!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf: Cover Reveal

In a new series Publishers Weekly has listed as “one of the most anticipated YA's of 2018”, we're excited to share the cover for Bring Me Their Hearts! NYT best-selling author Sara Wolf delivers a fast-paced, gritty fantasy sure to thrill fans of Holly Black, Sabba Tahir, and Sarah J. Maas.


Zera is a Heartless—the immortal, unaging soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum: if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy Zera’s heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him—every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him—until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.

Literally.



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Release Date: June 5th, 2018

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Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Bookends: Independent Book Shop in the Philippines #5

Hi folks!

As I've mentioned in my previous post, I visited two independent book shops last December. I posted a photo diary of the first one- Mt Cloud Bookshop, here. And for today's post, let me have a quick photo diary of the second one- Bookends. 😁

Bookends is located at T. Claudio St. - UCPB Bldg, just behind Burnham Park in Baguio City. My cousin and I had a difficult time finding the shop, since it was also early in the evening when we visited. Good thing they have signs posted outside the building. Here's a short photo diary:

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Mt Cloud Bookshop: Independent Book Shop in the Philippines #4

Hi folks!

Welcome to another indie book shop post! It's been a while since my last one (click here). But I visited two independent book shops last December and I'm excited to share them with you!

For this post, let me show you Mt Cloud Bookshop.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan: Book Review

Title: Smaller and Smaller Circles
Author: F.H. Batacan
Publication details: 2015 by Soho Press, Inc. (first published in 2002 by UP Press)
Genre: Crime fiction, mystery


Payatas, a 50-acre dump in the northeast Manila, is home to thousands of people who live off of what they can scavenge. It is one of the poorest neighborhoods in a city whose law enforcement is stretched thin and rife with corruption. So when the eviscerated bodies of preteen boys begin to appear in the trash heaps in the rainy summer of 1997, there is no one to seek justice on their behalf- until two Jesuit priests, forensic anthropologist Father Gus Saenz and his protege, Father Jerome Lucero, take the matter of protecting their flock into their own hands.


I think this is my first literary fiction by a Filipino author so I was really excited to read the book. My copy is a mass-market paper back with a movie tie-in cover. It was a short read yet I had a good reading experience.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Bookshelf Tour January 2018: Photo Diary

Hi folks!

How's 2018 so far? I hope you're having a good day! For this post, let me show you guys my book collection as of January 2018. 😁


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Hopes for 2018: Bookish Goals

Happy 2018!

I hope you're excited for 2018 as I am! Last year, I did not quite reach my reading and other bookish goals. Thus, I am going to try again this time. 😉