Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Passage (The Passage #1) by Justin Cronin: Book Review

Title: The Passage
Series: The Passage #1
Author: Justin Cronin
Publication details: June 8th 2010 by Ballantine Books
Genre: Science fiction, fantasy, thriller, suspense


“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.


First off, the book is huge (and heavy). My copy is hardbound, and it has 766 pages! Also let's appreciate the reflective covers. Haha!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1) by Veronica Roth: Book Review

Title: Carve the Mark
Series: Carve the Mark #1
Author: Veronica Roth
Publication details: January 17th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: YA, fantasy, science fiction


In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.

Then Akos is thrust into Cyra's world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?


Before getting to my review, let's first admire the cover without the dust jacket featuring Carve the Mark's "solar system" 😍

Sunday, November 5, 2017

On Shelving: Different Ways to Arrange Books

There are different ways to arrange our books- in the box, under the bed, on the floor, on the table, and of course, on our beautiful shelves. The art of arranging our books- there's something quite therapeutic about it eh?

Some may have already figured out their own system of shelving, and some may have not. It may vary from time to time, depending on the mood, or not. But regardless, each of us bookworms has his or her own preference. Thus for this post, I thought of enumerating some common ways of arranging or cataloging books.


Sunday, October 29, 2017

What Happened: September and October 2017

Hi folks!

No, I won't explain myself anymore. Haha! I had little bookish comings and goings for the last two months, but life has been okay in general. 😊

Here's a quick recap:

Books Read:


The Passage by Justin Cronin - ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Whisper on the Wind (The Great War #2) by Maureen Lang - ⭐⭐⭐

Currently Reading:

The Twelve by Justin Cronin - I'm almost halfway, and so far it's good! 😊

Blog Posts:

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Told you folks, it was not much. I only finished 1 book! Goodness! 😁
But I think I'll have a lot of reading time at the end of November and on December. So yey!

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That's all folks!
Have a nice day!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Book Haul #22: 38th Manila International Book Fair

Hi folks!

Why is it October already? 2017 sure wants to rest ASAP! 😁
Anyway, as promised here are the books I bought last 38th Manila International Book Fair!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

38th Manila International Book Fair: Photo Diary

Hi folks!

Last September 13-17, the 38th Manila International Book Fair was held at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia. I've been anticipating this annual book fair! And I was able to visit three times! Haha! 😁

For this year's book fair, they have extended and utilized the second floor halls of the SMX Convention. The second floor housed children's books and other non-books booths. Hence, the first floor housed adult books (fiction and non-fiction), some YA novels, references, Christian and other spiritual books.

I did not take much photos because I think they just look the same every year. But here's a very short photo diary:

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Book Haul #21: Collective BOOKSALE Haul

Hi folks!

Since my college days, I've been frequenting BOOKSALE to detox myself. Seeing their stacks of books- aaah, it just relaxes me. Whenever I go to one of their branches, I don't really have the intention to buy anything, but sometimes I walk out with one book or two. You just never know when you'll find a treasure there! 😍

BOOKSALE is one of the big bookstores here in the Philippines. They house mostly used books, thus they offer them at very low prices. So you see? It's quite impossible to walk out of the store without buying. 😁

For this post, I want to share with you folks the books I bought in BOOKSALE over the years, and two recent purchases from the store!


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Illuminae (Illuminae #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: Book Review

Title: Illuminae
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Series: Illuminae #1
Publication details: October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: Science fiction, young adult


This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

What Happened: June-August 2017

I know, I know. I was not able to post as much. And you already know my reason right? 😁

Life happened.

But anyway, I did manage to read one book in June, and I was able to read-a-thon four books from end of July to August. How's that? The 'reading hunger' has awakened and I couldn't stop.

Books Read:


Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan - ⭐⭐⭐
Graceling by Kristin Cashore - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir - ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Blog Posts:

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For September, I'll have bookish events/posts lined up plus two of my pending book reviews. Hopefully, I'll be able to write them soon. Haha!

And also, the biggest book fair in the Philippines, the 38th Manila International Book Fair, will be held on September 13-17 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia! I am so excited! Though I have to limit my budget this year, I am still looking forward to seeing fellow readers and book lovers! 😁

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That's all folks for my wrap-up!
How's life?

Have a nice day!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: Book Review

Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1
Pubication details: April 28th 2015 by Razorbill
Genre: Fantasy, young adult


Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself (from Goodreads).

A page-turning read about risks, bravery and loyalty.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Graceling by Kristin Cashore: Book Review

Title: Graceling
Author: Kristin Cashore
Series: Graceling Realm #1
Publication Details: September 7th 2009 by Graphia (first published October 1st 2008)
Genre: Fantasy, young adult


A deadly grace. Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight- she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graces as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po's friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace--or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...

(from Goodreads)

A gripping, adventurous story about identity and embracing one's strengths and weaknesses.