COVER REVEAL: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Now I bring to you the book cover that has been trending this week:

JUST ONE DAY BY GAYLE FORMAN
Expected publication: January 8, 2013

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“When sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

Gayle Forman is one of my favorite authors, and I’ve been dying to get my hands on this new book of hers. Her first books, If I Stay and Where She Went have marked beautifully in my heart. I love the writing style and the characters, especially Adam whom I fell in love with. Her books depicts a lot of heartbreaks, family bond, relationships and true love. Any reader can easily relate to her writings and eventually love her style, and I’m one of those. 😉

There are so many good books I’m eagerly anticipating for next year, and I wish it’s 2013 already.

 

 

xoxo,

Everneath by Brodi Ashton: A book review

Title: Everneath

Author: Brodi Ashton

Started Date: September 19, 2012

Finished Date: September 24, 2012

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

“Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned–to her old life, her family, her boyfriend–before she’s banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance–and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s queen.”

MY THOUGHTS.

This book is amazing, and really unique for me. I like the idea of Everneath, Everliving, Feed and Tunnels. I thought this is another version of Hades and Persephone because of the idea of six months and Everneath. But then, I learned it’s a version of the tragic love story of Orpheus and Eurydice. Yeah, it’s really that tragic, even this book. I would have given this book 5 stars, if only it would have been happier. Not only the ending was sad, but the whole book itself. It actually pained my heart and broke it into pieces. I love Jack Caputo, he’s definitely the perfect boyfriend. A guy who fell in love with Nikki since she was young, a guy who fell apart when she left him, a guy who only wants one girl and she’s the only one who couldn’t see it. If only she trusted her, things could have been different. But no, she became the immature girlfriend any guy can have. Anyway, I don’t hate her that much, because she also suffered a lot. But Jack doesn’t deserve what happened to him. While for Cole, the immortal who enticed her to the Everneath, I don’t like him and I don’t trust him either. I can’t understand him, and I think I will never ever do so. He should just go back to where he belongs. I’m sorry for my emotions towards this book, I’m sure you will understand me if you’ve also read it. Now, I need to calm down and think of happy thoughts! 😉

So there will be two more books, and I have to hope for a happy ending. And I’m eagerly hoping…

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This is my favorite part from the book, because this is the part where I cried, literally cried…:
“I remember the way your hand could cover my entire shoulder. The way your lower lip stuck out when you were working out a problem in your head. And how you flick your ring finger with your thumb when you get impatient. And when something surprises you and you don’t know what to say, you get a tiny wrinkle in between your eyebrows.It showed on the day the coach told you you’d made first-string quarterback. And it’s showing now.”
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Because you know, not everybody remembers, especially the slightest details.

xoxo
 
 
 

Stacking the Shelves #13

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!

Hi everyone! It’s another week of my book haul and I only got few ebooks! I didn’t get any paperbacks this week because the previous book sales got me bankrupt. LOL! So here’s my ebooks:

Inbetween by Tara Fuller

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Futures and Frosting by Tara Sivec

I’d Tell you I Love you but then I’d Have to Kill you by Ally Carter

PS. I’ve already read Inbetween and I loved it! I’ll post my review soon!

I will read Cursed on Friday as a buddy read in our group in Goodreads. 😉

That’s all! How about you, what did you add in your book shelf this week?

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Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti: A book review

Title: Waiting For You

Author: Susane Colasanti

Started Date: September 17, 2012

Finished Date: September 21, 2012

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

“At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road—including her parents’ unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek—test Marisa’s ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground podcasts have the school’s ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is—or does she? In Waiting For You, this third romantic novel from Susane Colasanti, Marisa learns how to “be in the Now” and realizes that the love she’s been waiting for has been right in front of her all along.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

A very cute story… I think everyone can relate to this book, especially if you’re in high school. Even if you’re old enough, the book will bring you back your childhood and teenage memories.
At first, I find it very boring, there are so many confusing parts that I couldn’t handle. And the lead, Marisa, is very annoying, she has too many thoughts in her mind and a lot of insecurities. I don’t remember someone as insecure like her. So maybe you’ll hate the first 15 chapters, because that’s where I got bored. But I promise you it will get better.

I know, I know, the book is kind of predictable, especially when you take a look of the cover itself. You’ll get the ending of it. But the other half of the book is really amazing that I can’t put it down. There have been a lot of changes in their personalities, they changed and became better, because of some significant factors in their lives like family drama, school stuff and relationships. I got hooked on how cool Nash is, especially how he makes her happy, on how he remember things, and how he loves bells so much.

To everyone who started reading this book, or to those who will start it, always remember don’t give up on it. Better things will come your way. You’ll be surprise that it will give you highlights from your own teenage life, and how you will relate to it, and it will make you remember how strong you became through the years.

We all do have the same sentiments, especially when we are waiting for the one. But we don’t have to wait, we just need to look around us.

I have so many favorite quotes from the book, but let me give you one:
“When someone rips your heart out, there’s nothing you can do to change how you feel about them. You just have to keep feeling that way until it goes away. Until it never does.”- page 185

 

 

xoxo

Stacking the Shelves #12

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 another Stacking the Shelves post and I’m so excited to bring to you my book haul this week during the event of the 33rd Manila International Book Fair at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Sept 12-16.  Of course, I attended the book fair on the first day! I’ve met with my fellow Goodreads friends and we had fun raiding the different bookstores and publishers booths. We also got freebies and entered raffles! There were also book signings of Filipino authors.

Here are the books I bought last Wednesday at the Fullybooked booth (so sorry for the picture quality, just took them from my cellphone:

Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

The Duff by Keplinger

Then I went back there early today and got these:

One Night That Changes Everything by Lauren Barnholdt

Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti

Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer

That’s all! How about you?

What did you add in your bookshelf this week?

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Waiting on Wednesday #12: Asunder

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 Asunder by Jodi Meadows

“DARKSOULS
Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

SHADOWS
Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

LOVE
Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.”

Why I Can’t Wait:

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the cover! It is so gorgeous, right? I’m a sucker for beautiful covers and this one did not fail to catch my attention. And the story is as beautiful! I love the concept of reincarnation, souls, and other mythical creatures. It’s a combination of fantasy and dystopian, and a unique story.

Expected Publication:

January 29th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books

How about you? What book are you waiting for?

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The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan: A book review

Title: The Serpent’s Shadow (Kane Chronicles #3)

Author: Rick Riordan

 

Started Date: September 2, 2012

Finished Date: September 9, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

“He’s b-a-a-ack Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sade Kane can’t seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Unfortunately, the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos. The Kanes’ only hope is an ancient spell that might turn the serpent’s own shadow into a weapon, but the magic has been lost for a millennia. To find the answer they need, the Kanes must rely on the murderous ghost of a powerful magician who might be able to lead them to the serpent’s shadow . . . or might lead them to their deaths in the depths of the underworld. Nothing less than the mortal world is at stake when the Kane family fulfills its destiny in this thrilling conclusion to the Kane Chronicles.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

5 stars again! Again and again! A perfect book to end the series!

A massive applause for Rick Riordan for another job well done!
This book is SO amazing! Riordan is such a brilliant author!
I love it so much my heart could burst!

So ok, there are so many things I like about this book! I think of the same old reasons with the rest of Riordan’s books, I love them for a whole lot of reasons a middle grade kid can do. I laugh a lot! I grabbed this thinking that it would cheer me up, and it never failed me. The characters are very funny, especially the two heroes, Sadie and Carter. They are perfect role models for siblings who take care of each other even though they used to fight a lot with their differences. Carter is now a confident teen who faced his destiny. Sadie is still annoyingly talkative, but she’s got a lot of sense of humor, and that’s what I like about her! And I also love her cute romance with Walt and Anubis, she’s confused in the right way. And my most favorite character is back, BES, and I’m so happy!!!! Bes and Tawaret’s love team for the win! LOL! Before I forget, I have a favorite new character here, and that’s Hapi, the god of Nile. If you have also read it, I’m sure you know why I’m fond of him. LOL!

Anyway, I love the ride of adventure that I took while reading this book, and I’m looking forward with more, especially the spin off series, hopefully! 😉

 

 

xoxo

Stacking the Shelves #11

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 been a month since I last posted my STS, so expect me to have lots of books to show here. As I said in my last post, the sale in our local bookstore has been extended, and I bought two books with 20% discount last August 30. Here they are:

The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore (paperback)

Supernaturally by Kiersten White (paperback)

I also received my order from The Book Depository last September 4. They are individually packed and each has a bookmark in it. Also, both are UK paperback edition. Here are the books:

Everneath by Brodi Ashton (paperback)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (paperback)

I also got tons of ebooks!

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Epic Fail by Claire Lazebnik

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Oppression by Jessica Therrien

Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sivec

Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas

Tiger’s Destiny by Colleen Houck

Two-way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

While it Lasts by Abbi Glines

That’s all! Oh, before I forgot, I’ve already read Two-way Street and Oppression, they are easy read, I finished them in a day. Well, I liked them, but not much. Two-way street is funny and creative, very cute story. Oppression has interesting premise, but kind of slow and boring. Both with 3 stars. *Sorry for the commercial, I didn’t get to review them, so that’s my reaction. LOL!*

So, that’s all for my STS for the last three weeks. How about you, what did you add in your bookshelf? Let me know, so I can stop by! 😉

xoxo

MY AUGUST TOP READS!


As a blogger, I admit I haven’t posted a lot of book reviews lately. The reason behind this is the fact that I’m reading more than usual, and I have no time for writing proper reviews. So, I decided to post my August Top Reads!!! They are the books I’ve read this August that I gave a 5 or 4 star rating in Goodreads. And of course, I loved them! Here they are:

1. Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

These are two books in the Infernal Devices series: the first one is the Clockwork Angel and then, the second is the Clockwork Prince. I love this series and I think it is way better than the Mortal Instruments, but they are both good. I just love the Victorian London setting of this that’s why I prefer it. And the love triangle is so amazing! LOL! I am definitely Team Jem!! I fell for him so hard, I’ve been thinking about him these past few days. My favorite character from the first book is Jessamine because she’s a brat and she’s hard to deal with. LOL! The second book totally broke my heart. I love it more than the first, mostly because it has more Jem in it and I also learned Will’s secrets. I admit I hate Tessa because she loves them both. Or it’s Will she really loves but she agreed on Jem’s proposal. I should be happy for Jem, but it just broke my heart. Jem is a good person, with a pure kind heart, but he’s dying, and he deserves someone better, someone who really loves him. Anyway, I’m excited and a bit scared of the final book, Clockwork Princess. 🙂

2. Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck

5 stars for the awesome adventure! 5 stars for 5 dragons! LOL! I definitely enjoyed the book in spite of the love triangle. I think it was overdone. Kelsey is still as frustrating as ever. Ren is still a perfection, and I love him. Kishan, on the other hand, is kind and gentleman, and also gorgeous. So I firmly believes that Kels doesn’t deserve any of them. At first, I thought she’s right for Ren, but I changed my mind after the second book. I can also see her with Kishan, but now, there’s no one for her. LOL! Anyway, I still enjoyed it so much. Especially the appearance of the 5 dragons! I love any book with dragons, and of course, tigers!

3. Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Another praise for Julie Kagawa! I didn’t expect it to be so amazing and I must say it really exceeded my expectations. I don’t read much vampire books, but i decided to give it a try, since it is on our buddy reads. I love and adore the book, it is intense and gripping. It is definitely a different kind of vampire story with a touch of dystopia. Dark and brutal, and beautiful at the same time. If you want a kick-ass heroine, you will definitely like Allison. The romance is also heartbreaking, but made me yearn for more. I want more of Zeke, and the mysterious vampire Kanin. I need the second book now!!! 🙂

4. The Legacies (Lorien Legacies: The Lost Files 1-3) by Pittacus Lore

Fast paced and action packed! I enjoyed it so much! A perfect bonus story of the series! Tragic at most times but well written because I felt most of it. My favorite part is the POV of Adam, a kind hearted mog. But I also liked the love story of nine, I think his story is the most tragic among them. As always, six is amazing, the coolest character! Now ready to read The rise of nine! 😉

5. Where you are by Tammara Webber

You may notice that this is the only contemporary romance in this post. Well, I rarely read this kind of books but I think I am liking them nowadays because they are easy and light read. But I’m very particular with picking a book in this genre. And I must say, any book from Tammara Webber will do for me. I love her book, Easy, and I had high expectations with Between the Lines series of her. I honestly say that I didn’t like the first book from it, but I did finished it, and the ending of it made me want to read this second book, Where You Are. And I definitely enjoyed it!! Graham and Emma are perfect for each other! I love how they ended up together, their romance, and the amazing ending. I haven’t read the third book because it is about Reid, but I might someday. 😉

6. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Finally, let me give you the only book I made a proper review in my blog this August, check it out here. I’m sorry guys, I have to include it here because it is definitely my top read for August. For me, this is a perfect and unique retelling of Romeo and Juliet. The writing style has flaws but the romance is captivating, especially the combination of tragedy and true love.

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That’s all my fellow readers and bloggers! What are your thoughts? Have you also read them? Let me know so we can discuss! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

xoxo

Waiting on Wednesday #11: Through the Ever Night

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 Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

“It’s been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don’t take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe’s precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.”

Why I Can’t Wait:

The first question I had in my mind when I saw the cover: Is this Perry? I thought he’s blonde?! Nonetheless, I still love the cover, and it still feels like that’s Perry. LOL! I’ve read the first book early this year and I had mixed emotions about it, but I still loved it in spite of it’s flaws, slow start, and it’s remembrance to Graceling. Check out my review here. I’m excited for this next installment because I’d like to know more about Perry, umm, I mean the Unity and the world that the author created in this series. 🙂

Expected Publication:

January 8th 2013 by HarperCollins

How about you? What are you waiting for? Link me up so I can stop by!

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xoxo