Monday, June 30, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? #1

Hi folks!
Happy Monday!


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.

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I joined another weekly meme. I didn't know that memes could be fun! Haha!

 So, I am currently reading:

God, Just Tell Me What to Do by Michael Youssef. This is a review copy I got from NetGalley. I'm currently in Chapter 3, and so far I am enjoying the lessons and reminders from this book! :)


I am also rereading The Summer I Turned Pretty, the first book in the Summer trilogy by Jenny Han. :)

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 Last week, I finished reading Relaxing with God by Andrew Farley (Review here). And I just finished reading BZRK by Michael Grant (Review here) last Saturday, June 28. Ugh! It was amazing! So I'm planning to read BZRK Reloaded soon!

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What are you currently reading folks?


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Book Review: BZRK by Michael Grant

cover from Goodreads
Title: BZRK (BZRK #1)
Author: Michael Grant
Published: February 28, 2012 by Egmont USA
Copy: eBook (ePub format)

From Goodreads:

Set in the near future, BZRK is the story of a war for control of the human mind. Charles and Benjamin Armstrong, conjoined twins and owners of the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation, have a goal: to turn the world into their vision of utopia. No wars, no conflict, no hunger. And no free will. Opposing them is a guerrilla group of teens, code name BZRK, who are fighting to protect the right to be messed up, to be human. This is no ordinary war, though. Weapons are deployed on the nano-level. The battleground is the human brain. And there are no stalemates here: It’s victory . . . or madness.

BZRK unfolds with hurricane force around core themes of conspiracy and mystery, insanity and changing realities, engagement and empowerment, and the larger impact of personal choice. Which side would you choose? How far would you go to win?

My thoughts:

I read this because it's Michael Grant's. I've never read any works of him but I've heard really good reviews about his novels, especially the Gone series. :)
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The Plot:

The story starts with Noah, one of the main characters, visiting his brother in a mental institution. From that scene began all the questions I have about BZRK. I didn't read any synopsis or blurb about this book so it piqued my interest.

The first few chapters gave a brief background. And that's when I learned BZRK is a science fiction. I don't read much sci-fi but this one's very interesting. The use of nanotechnologies to rule the world is a unique concept, as well as the fight between the nanos and the biots, and how these worked. I've never read anything like it before. It was, at the same time, amazing and scary. In our world today, one of the uses of nanotechnology is in medicine, although in the form of nanoparticles like gold or platinum. In BZRK, nanos were first used to cure, only they weren't particles, they're robots. Then the technology became a weapon.

The plot was pretty believable. The technology may not be possible as of the moment, but it is possible, I think. The fight between the two groups, BZRK and the Armstrong Twins or AFGC was also something understandable. The goal of AFGC seems good- unity, equality, universal happiness. But the end does not justify the means. Also, taking people's freedom will not make a person human, yeah?

BZRK fights for the freedom to choose. But they're not like AFGC, or so they say.

The characters were also introduced in the first chapters, saying who is on what side. It was characters-overload as they were being introduced. And I learned as I was reading not to get too attached because you will never know their fate. One scene was a little too gory, a la Final Destination, but it set the mood for some action.

The rest of the chapters were the preparation for the "big fight." A lot was going on so it's a little bit dragging. Just a teeny bit. In the day of that fight, everyone was on the move. It was intense. And I liked it.
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The Characters:

As for the characters, as I've mentioned earlier, there was a number of main characters. I did not have favorites though. I liked them all. They're all equal. And I think they were written that way. Each have a story of his or her own, and I am happy to find out more about them in the next books. I especially liked how they were able to act for their causes despite their differences and yeah, arguments.
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The Writing:

BZRK was narrated in third person. It took me some time to get used to it but it was okay. I think that's one of the reasons why I did not have favorite characters. Because I somehow knew what's going on in their minds.

A lot of nanotechnology terms were used so if you're not the type to remember everything, note-taking will be helpful. And perhaps, notes for the characters will be helpful too.

So yeah, I enjoyed reading this book. It was amazing, mind-boggling and scary. I would totally recommend it especially if you're a fan of sci-fi novels.

This is my first Michael Grant novel but I'm looking forward to reading more of his works. His style of writing in BZRK was great. I liked the flow of the events, how the characters were different but made a good team, how everything was connected and even the weird outcome.

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About the Author
ph source: guardian.co.uk
Michael Grant has spent much of his life on the move. Raised in a military family in the USA, he attended ten schools in five states, as well as three schools in France. Even as an adult he kept moving, and in fact he became a writer in part because it was one of the few jobs that wouldn't tie him down. His dream is to spend a whole year circumnavigating the globe and visiting every continent. Even Antarctica. He lives in Marin Country, California, with his wife, Katherine Applegate, their two children, and far too many pets (Source: BZRK back cover).

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Book Blogger Hop #1

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by  Billy at Coffee Addicted Writer. In this weekly meme, a question will be posted every Fridays for the book bloggers to answer and then talk about with other bloggers.

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This week's question:
Do you follow a lot of blogs but rarely read them or do you follow a few you read regularly?

This is my first Book Blogger Hop! :) Anyway, I follow a lot of blogs, not only book blogs but also fashion and beauty blogs. I have my favorites, and them, I visit regularly (although I don't comment as much). For other blogs, I click whenever I see posts that interest me. I do an occasional blog hop though. :)


That's all folks!

Friday, June 27, 2014

ARC Review: Relaxing with God: The Neglected Spiritual Discipline by Andrew Farley

cover from Goodreads
Title: Relaxing with God: The Neglected Spiritual Discipline
Author: Andrew Farley
Publication Details: July 1, 2014 by Baker Books
Copy: ARC eBook from NetGalley

From Goodreads:

Jesus called his followers to exchange the heavy yoke around their necks for his light one. So why are so many Christians feeling weighed down and burned out? The simple answer is that they are being told from many pulpits across the country what they "should be" doing for God.

Bestselling author Andrew Farley calls this for what it is--works-based religion--and then shares with readers biblical wisdom on the neglected art of resting in Christ. Anyone longing to experience true release from the crushing expectations that the world throws their way will find life and rest in Farley's revolutionary message.




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My thoughts:

Relaxing with God is a refreshing read. In a world where religiosity is everywhere, this book presents a pretty radical ideas but nevertheless, Bible-based.

At first, I was having a hard time grasping what the author's trying to say. And I was like, hey so it's okay to sin? But of course, it's not about that. It's all about connecting with Jesus. I think it's more on redirecting our focus on who really matters, resting in Him and trusting His saving grace.

Basically, it tells us this: believers are saved because of Jesus. Because of His love, we are redeemed of our sins. We are of new spirit. Thus, it follows that sin must no longer be in our lives. We must live in union with Jesus Christ.

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Though the subject matter is serious, I liked that the author has injected humor in delivering the topics, making the learning "session" enjoyable and less dragging. He also used some analogy for difficult-to-grasp concepts which is very helpful.

Back-upped with Bible verses, one can easily refer to the Bible and do further understanding. However in reading this book, one has to access all the lessons, teachings, principles, every knowledge one has gained with regards to faith and Christianity. There were a lot of information, so I think note-taking will be helpful.

It also has a chapter about money and tithing which, I think, are important concerns especially in our world today where money doesn't really come that easy. 

I also liked how the different ways of relaxing with God were sectioned. It made my reading organized and the information "downloading" easier. There's also a seven-part study experience at the end of the book which can help if one wishes to study more on the different topics.

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My rating is 0.5 short because it took me a really long time to finish the book. Haha! I guess, there were just too many information, and some were quite radical, that digesting them may require time.

Overall, I recommend this book especially for those finding themselves in the midst of tiring "religiosity" that they lose focus on the true faith that is in Jesus Christ. :)

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That's all folks!

PS: I am yet to research about the author. Haha!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #3

Hi folks!

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Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly book blog hop hosted by Pen to Paper, where we will post that one book we can't wait to get off our ever growing wishlist and onto our shelves!

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cover from Goodreads

From Goodreads:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.








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This has been on my list for a really long while. I've heard really good reviews about Cinder, the first book in The Lunar Chronicles. The series has also been all over Tumblr, and I'm very careful not to be spoiled. Haha! Aah! I plan to buy this on September, in the 35th Manila International Book Fair. *fingers crossed*

So, what's your Wishlist Wednesday? :)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Book Signing Event #4: Jenny Han

Hi folks!
Last June 21 was Jenny Han's book signing event at National Book Store Glorietta 1.

I woke up really early for this event- 3:15 AM. Lo and behold, I was 7th. Haha! While waiting, I read To All the Boys I've Loved Before and made new friends. :) Also, Jenny Han gave the first 30 participants a cup of hot chocolate. Yay! I was hungry at the time so I was really thankful for the hot choco. Haha!


Yeah, I only bought two books. I have eBooks of The Summer trilogy so I only bought the first book. I don't feel like reading the Burn for Burn series so I didn't buy them. :)




 The new found friends: Abbie and Jerzon! Hi guys! :)


The interview proper. There seemed to be no organization because the interview was kind of jumping from one subject to another. Haha! 

Jenny Han talked about her latest book To All the Boys I've Loved Before. She said that the characters were fictional but Kitty, the youngest Song girl, was based on Jenny's sister, Susan, to whom the book is dedicated to.The letter-writing idea was also based on her own life because she also used to write private letters. She was asked if she already knew who Lara Jean is gonna end up with, and she answered that she is still in the process of writing the second book, titled P.S. I Still Love You, so there's no final guy yet. (Hoping it would be Peter Kavinsky! Haha!)
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About The Summer trilogy, she was also asked if she already knew how it was going to end, like who among the Fisher brothers Belly is going to end up with. Haha! Jenny said that it was hard for her to choose which brother because in Book 2, Jeremiah came in strong and she also fell in love with him. So it was really a difficult to decision for her, and she was going back and forth at the time of her writing.
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Going a bit personal, Jenny was asked if she had a Conrad and Jeremiah in her life. Well, she was not lucky enough to have Jeremiah. But she said she had a Conrad, but thankful that they didn't end up together because her Conrad was a bit of a jerk. Haha!
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Jenny Han went to a graduate school in New York City, where she took up Master of Fine Arts. And folks! Her teacher was David Levithan! How awesome is that!!! Haha! She also met her best friend Siobhan Vivian, the co-author of the Burn for Burn trilogy, in New York. Jenny said that writing with a best friend was fun. They wrote together so they can spend more time with each other. She also elaborated their writing process in the Burn for Burn trilogy, but I wasn't able to pick them up. Teehee! Sorry folks! Then came the discussion of the Burn for Burn series, which is darker compared to the other books of Jenny Han, as it is about revenge. Lucky people were also able to get ARCs of Ashes to Ashes. Haha! :)
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Jenny Han also mentioned that she writes her books first by hand; and that she has so many notebooks where she writes down her ideas. Her favorite books include The Time Traveler's Wife, The Hunger Games and Harry Potter. :)
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She also said that she didn't imagine being a writer. It was only until college that she considered it. She used to work in a children's bookstore and in a school library.
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The Summer trilogy was also optioned to be a movie/ TV show. However, Jenny said that just because it was optioned doesn't mean it's really going to be a movie/ TV show because of the long process and strict criteria.
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There were other things discussed and there was a short open forum. But I wasn't able to get them all. :(



The early birds. I don't think I can ever beat them. They were in line outside NBS on Friday (June 20), 11 PM. Wow! Just wow!


Me with Ms. Jenny Han :)


I also got a free pen! Yay!


Signed copy of The Summer I Turned Pretty


Signed copy of To All the Boys I've Loved Before!

There folks! It was tiring yet fun. I really adore Jenny Han. She is super awesome. And I can't wait for her next book P.S. I Still Love You. Aaaaaah! Haha! The next signing event will be Stephanie Perkins' on July 6th. Expect me to be there! :)

That's all folks!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Book Review: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

cover from Goodreads


Title: To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Published: April 22, 2014 by Simon & Schuster
Copy: Paperback

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.






To All the Boys I've Loved Before was a quick yet fun read. I finished reading this while waiting for Jenny Han at her book signing event. Haha!

At first, I was not sure if I like it because I find the Lara Jean-Josh-Margo thing really weird. However as I read on, it became more enjoyable (at least for me).  :)

The Song sisters are far different from each other but their relationship is something special and valuable. Despite the misunderstandings between them (and they have a lot!), love prevails. I really admire them for that.

Josh is this sweet, nice guy that everybody loves. He is an integral part of the story. However, I wished it didn't have to be so complicated. (No spoilers. Don't worry.) I see him as a brother figure and I really really wish for him to stay that way.

Peter Kavinsky, on the other hand, is very interesting. He has a "reputation" to maintain, being this beautiful guy, a lacrosse player and all. But he is more than that. I think his character development was quite modest?  I feel like I needed to know more. Uhm, yeah. Haha! :)

As for Lara Jean, I think I can somehow relate to her. How she has a poor sense of direction. How she overthinks. And how she values the opinion of others even though oftentimes it doesn't matter. I think her realization at the end of the book is a step towards her development, so I'm looking forward to the second book. :)

To All the Boys I've Loved Before is about friendship, family, and of course, love. Being inexperienced in the matters of the heart, Lara Jean is in a complicated position as she is trying to understand her feelings. Not to mention the additional responsibility given to her and her adjustments in other aspects of her life.

So as I've said, it was an enjoyable read. I liked the style of writing and how the characters were written and connected to one another without the whole story being too much. It's definitely a must-read. :)

The second book will be out next year! Ugh! I can't wait! :)



That's all folks!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Photo Diary: Bookshelf Tour: June 2014

Hi folks!

I've decided to give you a little "bookshelf tour" Haha! Last January 2014, I posted my first tour (here). But of course, I have acquired more books since then. I just can't help it, you know. :)

I actually have no idea how to organize my books. I find it difficult to categorize them by genre. But hey, I did my best. Okay? :)

So let's get started!


From left to right:
Books by Carlos Ruiz Zafon- The Prisoner of Heaven (unread); The Prince of Mist (unread); The Midnight Palace (unread); The Shadow of the Wind; The Angel's Game
(Then my UP CP Centennial Mug)
The Sherlockian by Graham Moore (unread)
Sugat ng Alaala by Lazaro Francisco
Who the Hell is Pansy O'Hara? by Jenny Bond and Chris Sheedy
Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani
One of Our Thursdays is Missing; The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde (both unread)
The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz (unread)
The Black Isle by Sandi Tan (unread)
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake (unread)


From left to right:
Po-on by F. Sionil Jose (unread)
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (unread)
Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones (unread)
Sherlock Holmes box set (unread)
The Sly Company of People Who Care by Rahul Bhattacharya (unread)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Persuasion by Jane Austen (unread)
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
Animal Farm; 1984 by George Orwell
On Looking by Alexandra Horowitz
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Great Political Theories Volume II
The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz by Denis Avey (unread)
The Great Awakening by Jim Wallis (unread)
Nelson Mandela: A Biography by Peter Limb


My Christian/ spiritual books :)
Our Daily Journey and Our Daily Breads
Cross Roads by WM Paul Young (unread)
Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris
Under Cover by John Bevere (unread)
Hearing God by Dallas Willard (unread)
I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris
The Compass by Tammy King and John Spencer Ellis (unread)
The Shack by WM Paul Young
Light Moments by Fr. Jerry Orbos
Conversations with God Books 1-3 by Neale Donald Walsch (Books 2 and 3 are unread)
The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom (signed)
Daily Inspirations for the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
Like the Flowing River by Paulo Coelho
Tomorrow can be Different by Norman Wright (unread)
(Not included in the picture: The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom)


No One You Know by Michelle Richmond
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (unread)
Toxicology by Jessica Hagedorn (unread)
From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant by Alex Gilvarry (unread)
The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (unread)
Finding Mr. Flood by Ciara Geraghty
Can You Keep a Secret; Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern
An Honorable German by Charles McCain (unread)
City of Thieves by David Benioff (unread)
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (unread)
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (unread)


Now my YA novels except the first one in the left. :)
The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory (unread)
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Fault in our Stars; Paper Towns; Looking for Alaska by John Green
Along the River by Adeline Yen Mah (unread)
Under the Never Sky, Through the Ever Night, Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi (signed)
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (signed) (unread)
Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Pandemonium (2), Delirium (1), Requiem (3) by Lauren Oliver
Blink Once by Cylin Busby
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (unread)
Trash by Andy Mulligan- One of my favorites!


More YA novels! I have to stack because I have no more space. :(
Stack 1:
Prodigy (2); Legend (1) by Marie Lu
Allegiant (3), Insurgent (2), Divergent (1) by Veronica Roth
Gone; Plague by Michael Grant
Fuse (2); Pure (1) by Julianna Baggott

Stack 2:
Ignite Me (3); Unravel Me (2); Shatter Me (1) by Tahereh Mafi (signed)
The Death Cure (3) (unread); The Scorch Trials (2); The Maze Runner (1) by James Dashner
The Dark and Hollow Places (3) (unread); The Dead-Tossed Waves (2) (unread); The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Jealousy (unread); Defiance (unread); Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow


Last!
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (Bought this for the book signing event)
The 100 by Kass Morgan (unread)
Just One Year (2); Just One Day (1) by Gayle Forman (signed)
Panic by Lauren Oliver
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (unread)

Whew! My next bookshelf tour will probably be on November! :)
And hopefully, I will have a new bookshelf by then, and of course more books! Haha!

That's all folks!

Wishlist Wednesday #2

Hi folks!

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Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly book blog hop hosted by Pen to Paper, where we will post that one book we can't wait to get off our ever growing wishlist and onto our shelves!

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From Goodreads:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.





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I know, I know. I should have read this by now. It's just that I thought The Selection trilogy is too girly for me. But I've heard really good reviews so now I want to read it. Hopefully, I will be able to buy a box set soon.

That's all folks!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sneak Peek Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Folks! Stephanie Perkin's newest novel Isla and the Happily Ever After will be released on August 14, 2014! Wah! Aren't you guys excited?! Because I am! Yay!

cover from Goodreads

I got to read a sneak peak of this amazing book through NetGalley. And oh my goodness! Isla Martin is quite an introvert. And for that, I instantly love her. Of the three (Anna, Lola and Isla), I think I will be able to relate to her more.

Of course, Josh! He's a puzzle. He really intrigues me so I am looking forward to finding out more of him. Josh and Isla are very awkward to each other. I want to know how these two will play out their awkwardness. Haha! And they're just really cute.

And since Isla and the Happily Ever After is the finale all fans of Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door are waiting for, I am very much excited to know what happened to Anna, Etienne, Lola and Cricket, and how their stories will be intertwined with that of Isla and Josh. Wah folks! I am really excited!

So yes, again Isla and the Happily Ever After will be out August 14, 2014. :)

From Goodreads:
From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

That's all folks!


PS: Stephanie Perkins will also visit the Philippines on July! :)

Monday, June 16, 2014

ARC Review: Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly

cover from Goodreads
Title: Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly
Authors: Stephen Graham Jones and Paul Tremblay
Publication Details: October 21, 2014 (Paperback) by ChiZine Publications; May 27, 2014 (eBook) by ChiTeen
Copy: ARC eBook from NetGalley

From Goodreads:
Things Mary doesn’t want to fall into: the river, high school, her mother’s life.

Things Mary does kind of want to fall into: love, the sky.

This is the story of a girl who sees a boy float away one fine day. This is the story of the girl who reaches up for that boy with her hand and with her heart. This is the story of a girl who takes on the army to save a town, who goes toe-to-toe with a mad scientist, who has to fight a plague to save her family. This is the story of a girl who would give anything to get to babysit her baby brother one more time. If she could just find him.

It’s all up in the air for now, though, and falling fast. . . .




My thoughts:

Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly follows the story of Mary, a 14 year old girl from Ipswich, Massachusetts, who unintentionally strikes a friendship with the "Floating Boy" in a quest to save her little brother Terry. The story started with Mary and a bunch of relatives witnessing a boy climbing up the tree and then floating away. What happens next is a little adventure to find and save Terry, and perhaps, also to find who the Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly are.

I requested for an ARC because it sounded interesting. It didn't quite meet my expectation but it still is a good read. Mary seems like a normal teenager but she is battling anxiety with her "zombie pills." She regards her parents "weird" but the Claremonts are "weirder." She has Liv, her best friend who is loyal but also, well, weird.

Despite Mary's anxiety, she stays strong and she's really funny. I liked how she doesn't allow herself to be consumed by her emotions, and how she stays focused on the important things. I kind of feel sorry for her so I was really happy to know about her resolution. :)

And of course, we have our Floating Boy. It's hard not to feel for him. He's this lost boy craving for human connection. It's really sad, makes me want to give him a hug. And I do wish there's a different ending for him because I want him to be happy. *sigh*

Anyway, this book reminded me that not all normal is good, that just because everyone's doing it doesn't mean you also have to. Moreover, it reminded me that everyone is unique and special in their own way. One should not focus on what he or she cannot do, but on what he/she can do despite the limitations.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. It was a bit dragging at first, but things got interesting later on.


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That's all folks!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Reread: The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

Hi folks!

With my ever growing TBR, I never had the time to reread my favorite books. Since I became an avid reader, I've only reread two books: A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks and By the River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho. Now, though, I have a lot of free time, and I am 14 books ahead of my Goodreads challenge, so I decided to reread The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom.


I can't remember when was the first time I read this, but I remember liking it. :) It was full of lessons about life, and uhm, time. Haha! I will actually use some excerpts for my Midweek talk on June 18. :)

Time is a precious thing. Whether we're given with so much or so little, it does not matter. What matters is how we live our life, and enjoy the gift of time.

I will leave you folks with some of my favorite excerpts from this book:
"Man alone measures time.Man alone chimes the hour.And because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures.A fear of time running out."
"Had he been wiser, he might have marveled at the beauty of the sunrise and given thanks for being able to witness it. But Dor was not focusing on the miracle of the day, only on measuring its length."
"Soon man will count all his days, and then smaller segments of the day, and then smaller still- until the counting consumes him, and the wonder of the world he has been given is lost."


That's all folks!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Book Review: Rush (The Game #1) by Eve Silver



Title: Rush (The Game #1)
Author: Eve Silver
Published: June 11, 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Copy: eBook, ePub format

When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.

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It took me some time to write a review. I just couldn't after I finished it. It was.... ugh!

Uhm, okay. As I've mentioned in my previous post, Rush was pretty interesting. I liked the idea of the "game" and a group of teenagers "being pulled" to fulfill a mission. And though I'm not a gamer, I liked that gaming terms and concepts were used. It was new to me.

Also, I liked how the book focuses not only on its sci-fi aspect but also on Miki's struggles with her grief and for always trying to stay in control. And because I am somewhat a control freak myself, I can relate to her. But I liked how in the end Miki's situation taught me how being in control is not always the answer. That sometimes you just have to go with the flow and obey. :)

And of course, there's Jackson. Our typical gorgeous bad boy. From the start it was clear that it'll be Miki-Jackson but their budding romance was not the main focus of the book. I also felt that his character needed more explanation. Sometimes he's annoying but I liked him. Haha! And  I AM VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO READING MORE OF HIM.

Anyway, though I liked reading Rush, some things did not click for me. First was the pacing of the story. It was slow at first, with all Miki's questions and Jackson's crypticness. Through the middle part, the game and the identity of the characters were being established. The slow pacing would have been okay had it not changed near the end. I felt like the answers were just dumped. Like, "okay you want answers? Here are the answers." And I didn't even find them "deep" enough for Jackson to be so secretive.

Second was how I did not get some characters. Well, okay. Maybe it's just me. But unnecessary interactions or relationships are just really unnecessary. Anyway, if there are reasons for such things then I'm looking forward to knowing them in the next books.

Last was the cliffhanger ending! CLIFFHANGER! I still do not know when I'll have a copy of Push. And it's killing me not knowing what happened. I was not prepared for that ending. Not at all. And my emotions were just messed up (still are) after I read it. Huhu! :(

And yes, because of the ending I want to read the next book. That and also the fact that I still have unanswered questions about the game.

So, will I recommend this book? Uhm, yes!. It was an enjoyable read and again for the nth time, it was pretty interesting. Haha!




That's all folks!