Lauren Oliver’s Book Signing!

Finally!

I’ve met one of my favorite authors, Lauren Oliver! It was a book signing event hosted by National Bookstore and Powerbooks at Greenbelt 4, Makati. I got there before lunch, and I was surprised I’m 28th in the registration line.

Here I am tearing the plastic of a newly bought delirium book that my friend Tina gave me. 😉

I’m with my very supportive boyfriend, waiting for Lauren to arrive.

That’s Lauren Oliver, signing the books of the host!

Lauren and me! Do you see how happy I am?! I love her, she’s very nice and friendly!

Those are my books that she has signed! 😉

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Cloaked by Alex Flinn: A book review

Title: Cloaked

Author: Alex Flinn

Started Date: March 24, 2012

Finished Date: March 24, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

“I’m not your average hero. I actually wasn’t your average anything. Just a poor guy working an after-school job at a South Beach shoe repair shop to help his mom make ends meet. But a little magic changed it all. 

It all started with the curse. And the frognapping. And one hot-looking princess, who asked me to lead a rescue mission. 

There wasn’t a fairy godmother or any of that. And even though I fell in love along the way, what happened to me is unlike any fairy tale I’ve ever heard. Before I knew it, I was spying with a flock of enchanted swans, talking (yes, talking!) to a fox named Todd, and nearly trampled by giants in the Everglades. 

Don’t believe me? I didn’t believe it either. But you’ll see. Because I knew it all was true, the second I got CLOAKED.”

 

I’m a certified Alex Finn fan, so I had to read this even though there are some not so good comments about it. What the heck, I just love this book! I read it in only for three hours, I enjoyed the adventures of reading it that I didn’t notice the time. There are seven fairy tales that were used in this book, The elves and the Shoemaker, The Frog Prince, The Six Swans, The Golden Bird, The Valiant Tailor, The Salad, and The Fisherman and his wife. The story is fun, full of magic and wonderful characters. Johnny is the main character, who works in their shoe repair shop and has a great passion for shoes, but unable to fulfill his dream because they are poor. Then came his once in a lifetime adventure when a princess asked for his help. I like him, his funny at most times, and a very responsible son. There are also many magical creatures who helped him in his journey, like the swans, a fox and a cute rat. Also, Meg, her bestfriend also came along. The romance is wonderful, imagine having a love story that involves magic, that’s quite a unique one. 😉 It also contains a lot of different life’s lessons. I realized that there are few books like this nowadays. Anyway, I highly recommend this book to those who love fairy tales and magic, and those who believe that dreams do come true!

 

My favorite quote from the book:

“And I’d hate not being with you. You are literally magical.” -Johnny

 

The Hunger Games Movie: I SUPER LOVE IT!

This is just a short post about how much I love the movie! I just got home from watching it at Greenbelt 3, Makati and it’s already 1am here, I’m so sleepy but I want to write here to tell and yell all my rants and raves about how awesome it is! It’s perfect, and it’s how I wanted it to be. Every scene did not disappoint me. At first, it felt like it is a little dragging, but I guess it is how it really should be because that is also what happened in the book. Jennifer Lawrence is such a good actress! She got Katniss right, she’s into the character! I even cried when it came to the scene where she volunteered for Prim. I couldn’t believe it. Josh Hutcherson is also great! I love him so much! LOL! He’s also perfect as Peeta!

Anyway, so much for that, I’ll continue tomorrow, I need to sleep, my bed is already calling me!

Love! Love! Love it!

xoxo

😉

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi: A book review

Title: Under The Never Sky

Author: Veronica Rossi

Started Date: March 15, 2012

Finished Date: March 18, 2012

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

“Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’s searching for someone too. He’s also wild – a savage – but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers.”

 

 

ADDICTIVE. I like how the story goes. The flow of events are right, each chapter did not disappoint me. However, the first part was off for me, it felt like I have a bunch of questions in my head. But as I read, I just can’t stop, the characters are amazing, especially Perry, the man from the Outside. Well, how could I forgot Aria? She’s a very strong heroine, I enjoyed her development as she survives the Outside. But sometimes, I felt like reading Graceling and I couldn’t stop myself to compare the characters. I’m not really sure, but if you’ve read Graceling and this book, it seems that Perry is somewhat similar to Po, with their ability. The way the romance grows is also similar. Also, I’ve learned on Veronica Rossi’s blog that she is obssessed with Kristin Cashore. I guess that’s the reason why there are obvious similarities.
Anyway, I still like this book, maybe it only lacks the explanation or back-story of how and why the world became how it is. I’d like to know the whole story of the Unity.

 

 

In My Mailbox #1

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi of http://www.thestorysiren.com/ inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie where bought or received books during the week are featured.

This is my first In My Mailbox post, so I’ll just make it short. This week, I promised myself not to buy any books. But I still visit bookstores every time I go home from work. So today, I went home late and it was 30 minutes before closing of stores when I walked to NBS branch at Glorietta 5 and saw that they have 20% off on ALL imported books. Tada! I broke my promise and bought these books! OMG! I just can’t help it!

Shatter Me, Under the Never Sky and Cloaked.

Anyway, apologies with the quality of the picture because I just borrowed my brother’s phone and took a picture of the books immediately. It was more convenient for me to use his phone than to find and use my camera.

Do you also experience those moments that it seems like books are calling you? 😉 That’s what happened to me. LOL! That’s it. What did you get this week?

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs: A book review

Title: Forgive My Fins

Author: Tera Lynn Childs

Started Date: March 8, 2012

Finished Date: March 11 2012

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

“Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush. 

Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview high school ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious, biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk – Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type – when they “bond,” it’s for life. 

When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.”

 

This is my first mermaid book. I like mermaids so I decided to read it. It was fun and light read. I’m torn between giving it a 4 or 3, so I settled with 3.5 because I hate the main character, Lily. She’s so irritating, and she’s a pessimist too. It’s like the whole book consists of her nagging moments and her complaints about Quince, the boy-next-door who likes her but also her pain in the head. She’s also obsessed with her crush Brody. I just finished and liked the book because of Quince, he has a bad boy character but he’s also lovable when it comes to Lily. She doesn’t deserve him at all. At least, the book is a happy ending, but I won’t read the next book, maybe I’ll read it someday if I change my mind in the future. I won’t say much, it seems I don’t need extra effort to write this review. I still recommend it if you like an easy, fun, light read for the summer, and if you don’t easily get irritated by a weak main character. 😉

 

 

Graceling by Kristin Cashore: A book review

Title: Graceling

Author: Kristin Cashore

Started Date: March 1, 2012

Finished Date: March 7 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

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 Graced 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 . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.      With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.”

 

BRILLIANT! SUPERB!
The best Fantasy YA book I’ve ever read!
Cashore is a gifted writer indeed. I love everything about this book, the characters, the setting, the plot and the uniqueness of it. For me, it’s like a combination of fantasy and historical romance, a total package of a wonderful book.
At first, I was hesitant to read it. The first three pages had me confused, I couldn’t get into it. I had to adjust with the language used, because it has been a long time since I’ve read books like it. There are many characters that I couldn’t track and settings that I couldn’t imagine. When I continued reading, it got me hooked up that I couldn’t even put it down. It really caught my interest, especially the concept of Grace and the different colors of the eyes. And the names of the characters are very unique I’d like to use them someday.;) Every one of them is dear to my heart. Katsa is a strong heroine, independent and confident. Po is a wonderful match, funny and yummy! LOL! Did I say yummmy? I mean he’s a gorgeous prince! I got to know the characters that I laughed and cried and feared right along with them.
Anyway, I’m glad I decided to give it a try and I know, I’m a bit late and everyone has already raved about it, but it’s ok, I’m a late bloomer. LOL! I highly recommend the book to everyone who loves fantasy and romance in a beautiful world. 😉

 

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan & Rachel Cohn

Title: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

Author: David Levithan & Rachel Cohn

Started Date: February 28, 2012

Finished Date: February 29, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary:

““I’ve left some clues for you. 
If you want them, turn the page. 
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.” 

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Timesbestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?”

 

CUTE. Do you think its appropriate? LOL! All I can I say is the whole book is cute, because of the cute story and cute characters. I like it, its funny, and at the same time very informative. I learned a lot from it such as different books and words. It is also unique, that it is hard to compare it to other young adult contemporary or chick-lit book. I enjoyed it so much that I will not write a constructive review about it. You must read it too so you can find out how wonderful it is. 😉