The Warlock by Michael Scott: A book review

Title: The Warlock (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #5)

Author: Michael Scott

Started Date: June 18, 2012

Finished Date: June 23, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

“The fifth book in the New York Times bestselling series The Secrets of the Nicholas Flamel—The Warlock

Alcatraz:
Although their ally Dr. John Dee has been declared utlaga, Machiavelli and Billy the Kid will follow the plans the Elders have laid before them: they will loose the monsters of Alcatraz on the city of San Francisco, thereby triggering the end of the humani race.

Danu Talis:
The Shadowrealm that Scatty and Joan of Arc have entered is far more dangerous than they could ever have imagined. And they haven’t landed here by chance—the warriors were called for a reason. So were Saint-Germain, Palamededs, and Shakespeare. The group was summoned because they must travel back in time to Danu Talis and destroy it. For the island of Danu Talis, known in humani myth as the lost city of Atlantis, must fall if the modern world is to exist.

San Francisco:
The end is finally near. Josh Newman has chosen a side, and he will not stand with his sister, Sophie, or with the Alchemyst, Nicholas Flamel. He will fight alongside Dee and the mysterious Virginia Dare.
Unless Sophie can find her twin before the battle begins, all is lost – forever.

In the fifth installment of this bestselling series, the twins of prophecy have been divided, and the end is finally beginning.”

MY THOUGHTS.

Wow!!! Another book I love from Michael Scott! He really never fails to capture my young heart!!! There are so many things I love about the whole series. I love the mix and twist of different mythologies, and the amazing characters and settings. The series is also well-written and researched. And I think this is the best book for me in the series, but I might change my mind in the future when I’m done reading the last book, LOL! Michael Scott writes beautifully, every chapter has an action-packed adventure and ends with a good cliffhanger. Every chapter also contains different settings and characters, and I love each characters but my most favorite in this book is Tsagaglalal. She is a new character but also an old one, but I will not reveal why and who she is in the series, it’s a surprise for everyone to find out. LOL! It’s because I was shocked and surprised when I found who she is and her true identity. I also like other characters, like Billy the Kid because he’s funny and Virginia Dare because she’s mysterious and I was intrigued by her. Anyway, I will not say much so that I will not also spoil the book. I like the fact that more secrets were revealed here and more answers were answered. I am so excited to read the last book from the series, The Enchantress, which is also already out. 😉

 

xoxo

Stacking the Shelves #5

Stacking the Shelves is a new meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, which is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I’m so excited for my StS post for this week because I got a lot of good books! LOL! I’ve bought a lot of paperbacks and I hope I get to read them all soon.

Bought:

I received the Goddess Interrupted last Wednesday from TBD and I bought The Maze Runner at NBS for 349PhP (which is about $8) at NBS.

Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon (hardbound)Heartwishes by Jude Deveraux (paperback), Stargazer by Claudia Gray (paperback) and Glass Houses by Rachel Caine (paperback)

I bought these four books today in a mall near us, they are all bargain books, and all of them cost only 75PhP (around $1.5o) each except for the small book which cost 50PhP (aroung $1). They had a huge number of sale books in a cheaper value, and I was really happy when I got there today. I enjoyed it very much, even though it took me an hour to raid the store! LOL!

 

E-books:

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

That Boy by Jillian Dodd

 

That’s all for the week.

How about you, what did you add in your bookshelf today?

😉

 

xoxo

 

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday #5

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each blogger’s most anticipated books.

This week, my pick is Hidden (Firelight #3)

“Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the “prince” of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian’s sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.

The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there’s no guarantee they’ll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning….

Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan’s Firelight trilogy.”

 

Why I Can’t Wait:

Another cover that I love! LOL! I’ve enjoyed reading the first book, even though it’s not that amazing because of the annoying heroine. But I still liked the book because of the unique and creative story about dragons and shape shifters. And I seriously love all kinds of dragons! They’re my favorite mythological creatures! I’ve enjoyed all the children’s books about them, and the Firelight series is my first YA dragon book! LOL! 🙂

 

Expected publication:

 September 11th 2012 by HarperTEEN 

xoxo

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Stacking the Shelves #4

Stacking the Shelves is a new meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, which is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Got the following ebooks last week:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2) by Andrea Cremer

Bloodrose (Nightshade #3) by Andrea Cremer

Crave by Melissa Darnell

Hana: A Delirium short story (Delirium 1.5) by Lauren Oliver

 

That’s all for the week.

How about you, what did you add in your bookshelf?

 

 

xoxo

 

Waiting on Wednesday #4

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each blogger’s most anticipated books.

This week, my pick is Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3)

“Try as she might, Evie can’t seem to escape her not-so-normal past. And what was supposed to be a blissfully normal school break is ruined when a massive group of paranormals shows up at her house, claiming that Evie is the only one who can protect them from a mysterious, perilous fate.

The deadly war between the faerie courts looms ever closer. The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its future rests solely in Evie’s hands.

So much for normal.

With a perfect blend of humor and suspense, Endlessly is everything readers could dream of in a conclusion—and the unexpected twists will keep them guessing until the very last page.”

Why I Can’t Wait:

I just love the cover!!! Isn’t it beautiful? The girl is so pretty with her purple dress, and I’m so jealous! I want to snatch the dress from her! LOL! Anyway, I admit, the cover of the first book from this series was the one that really caught my attention and the sole reason why I decided to read it. But I really like the first book, I remember I had so much fun reading it, it’s funny and definitely with a lots of humor. I like the fact that it is not an ordinary paranormal book, so I’m so excited for this third installment even though I haven’t read the second book because I’m still waiting for the paperback edition. LOL! 😉

Expected publication:

 July 24th 2012 by HarperTeen 

xoxo

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Stacking the Shelves #3

Stacking the Shelves is a new meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, which is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I just bought one paperback this week because my TBR list is still not moving, I’m just reading two books a week because it’s quite busy at work. But I have few ebooks again from my friend.

Bought at NBS Glorietta last Tuesday for 349Php

The Warlock by Michael Scott

Ebooks:

Fire by Kristin Cashore

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Spectral by Shannon Duffy

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

Awesome books, right?

That’s all for the week.

How about you, what did you add in your bookshelf?

xoxo

Waiting on Wednesday #3

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each blogger’s most anticipated books.

This week, my pick is The Mark of Athena.

“Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close— the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare. . . .”

Why I Can’t Wait:

As a huge fan of Rick Riordan, I’m really excited to read this third installment of the Heroes of Olympus series. I was really ecstatic when the cover was finally revealed last week! The cover is so awesome and I love the color combination! I really wish it’s October already.  The second book somewhat has a cliffhanger and I’m hoping that Percy and Annabeth will reunite again. I will reread the second book one of these days as a preparation for this book. I’m also excited to see who the four demogids that will narrate here. 😉

 

Expected publication:

 October 2nd 2012 by Hyperion Book CH 

 

xoxo

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Stacking the Shelves #2

Stacking the Shelves is a new meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, which is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

It’s my second StS post and I’m so excited to share my books that I acquired this week! 😉 They are ebooks I’ve recently downloaded and I really want to read them soon. I haven’t bought any books from the bookstores because I’m broke, and my wallet is already shouting! LOL!

Anyway, here are the books:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Dig by Audrey Hart

Existence by Abbi Glines

Going too far by Jennifer Echols

Easy by Tammara Webber

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

 

That’s all! How about you, what did you add in your bookshelf today? 😉

 

 

xoxo

Jona

The Selection by Kiera Cass: A book review

Title: The Selection

Author: Kiera Cass

Started Date: May 29, 2012

Finished Date: May 31, 2012

Rating: 4/5 stars

“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 the palace and compete for the heart of the 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.” 

 

MY THOUGHTS.

I finished the book last night! This book definitely reminds me of Hunger Games and The Bachelor, so I say it is a combination of the two. I would have given this book 3 stars if not because of Aspen. He’s the boyfriend of the heroine for two years. Yeah, I really like him a lot even if he’s poor. He is definitely man enough to stand on what he believes in and he’s full of pride. While America Singer is sometimes an insecure and immature girl, but I like the fact that she is being just herself throughout the time she’s in the competition. Prince Maxon, the “Bachelor”, is very charming, he laughs a lot and he really knows how to keep a conversation. But I like Aspen more, because the prince seems an ordinary prince for me, a gorgeous and rich prince. Anyway, the book seems a bit short for me and I felt like the author just decided to end it that way without further elaborating about the contest and the setting. The writing style needs to be improved too. But I still like it, it felt more like a contemporary book with a bit of dystopian, with more romance than action. And I’m definitely Team Aspen! 😉

Here’s my favorite line from Aspen:

“America Singer, one day you will fall asleep in my arms every night. And you’ll wake up to my kisses every morning.”

xoxo

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