Thursday, June 22, 2017

ARC Review : Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Title : Seeking Mansfield
Author : Kate Watson
Genre : YA contemporary, retelling
Release Date : May 16th, 2017
Publisher : Flux

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Sixteen-year-old Finley Price has perfected two things: how to direct a world-class production, and how to fly way, way under the radar. The only person who ever seems to notice Finley is her best friend, the Bertram's son Oliver. If she could just take Oliver's constant encouragement to heart and step out of the shadows, she'd finally chase her dream of joining the prestigious Mansfield Theater. 

When teen movie stars Emma and Harlan Crawford move next door to the Bertram's, they immediately set their sights on Oliver and his cunning sister, Juliette, shaking up Finley and Oliver's stable friendship. As Emma and Oliver grow closer, Harlan finds his attention shifting from Juliette to the quiet, enigmatic, and thoroughly unimpressed Finley. Out of boredom, Harlan decides to make her fall in love with him. Problem is, the harder he seeks to win her, the harder he falls for her. 

But Finley doesn't want to be won, and she doesn't want to see Oliver with anyone else. To claim Oliver's heart—and keep her own—she'll have to find the courage to do what she fears most: step into the spotlight.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Seri(es)ously Need to Start These!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

sorry for the lame title! i thought it looks cool though 😂 anyway, me being me of course have a lot of series i meant to start 235641 years ago but still haven't. since today's TTT prompt is about that, i thought i'd share it to you guys and also remind me which series i need to start asap. here they are :


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

ARC Review : The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Title : The One Memory of Flora Banks
Author : Emily Barr
Genre : YA contemporary
Release Date : January 12th, 2017
Publisher : Penguin UK

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Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora's brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend's boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora's fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life. 

With little more than the words "be brave" inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must "be brave" if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Review + Discussion : Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Title : Lord of Shadows
Author : Cassandra Clare
Series : The Dark Artifices #2
Genre : YA fantasy
Release Date : May 23, 2017
Publisher : Margaret K. McElderry

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Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Monthly Recap : May

Sunday, June 4, 2017

life
may is basically the month of reading! after 4+ months suffering tests and exams and all that fun senior stuff, i finally could read some of the books i've been dying to read all year long. so yeah, all i do is read and watch movies and sleep for as long as i want. this might sounds boring, but my introvert self is very happy and it's all that matters 😊 also this actually didn't happen on may but yesterday, i finally graduated! i'm happy but also kinda sad because we're all heading into different direction right now. i actually plan to post some photos but it's all still on my phone and i'm too lazy to move it so maybe next month!


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ten Books I'm Going to Read This Summer

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

this week's theme is summer freebies, and since i can't come out with a specific theme, i decide i'll just do the standard one : my summer tbr! to me, summer is the only time i could read as many as possible, and i'm hoping i could read all of them by the end of summer. anyway, here they are :


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Review : A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Title : A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author : Sarah J. Maas
Series : A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Genre : YA/NA fantasy
Release Date : May 2nd, 2017
Publisher : Bloomsbury UK

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Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Best and Worst Mother and Daughter/Son Relationship

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

This week, in commemoration of Mother's day, I'm going to list books with both great and bad mother and child's relationship. Without further ado, here they are :

BEST


Saturday, May 13, 2017

5 Perks of Reading Books

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Reading, undoubtedly, has many perks that other hobbies didn't have. I never give much thought the perks of reading, but a few days ago I suddenly curious about what I got from reading. That's why I decide to compile the perks of reading books and share it with you guys. Here they are :


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

ARC Review : It Started With Goodbye by Christina June

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Title : It Started With Goodbye
Author : Christina June
Genre : YA contemporary
Release Date : May 9th, 2017
Publisher : Blink

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Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Review : Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Friday, May 5, 2017
Title : Crooked Kingdom
Author : Leigh Bardugo
Genre : YA fantasy
Series : Six of Crows #2
Release Date : September 20th, 2016
Publisher : Henry Holt

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When you can't beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Life Updates (and other things)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

life
it's been so long since i last write a monthly recap post, that i don't know where to start. basically, senior year has been super hectic. i didn't have much time to study and sleep, let alone to blog. in addition to that, since it's last year of high school, there had been many activities that i had to participate so i'm often dead tired by the time i got home. but anyway, now that senior year is over, i proudly say that I'M BACK. not really sure what i'm going to post (beside reviews) since it's been so long, but i'm still excited nevertheless. earlier today i just updated some parts of my blog (sidebar + about page, which is long overdue), and it motivated me to blog again. i'm planning to write more lifestyle posts, especially about travelling, but don't worry, it's still mainly about books. i'm also thinking of changing my blog's theme, perhaps? let's just see since i got 3+ months of holiday before college starts!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Blog Tour : Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman

Thursday, April 27, 2017







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Title : Blacksouls
Author : Nicole Castroman
Series : Blackhearts #2
Genre : YA fantasy, historical fiction
Release Date : April 11th, 2017
Publisher : Simon Pulse

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Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Review : The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Sunday, April 16, 2017
Title : The Scorpio Races
Author : Maggie Stiefvater
Genre : YA fantasy
Release Date : October 22nd, 2011
Publisher : Scholastic UK

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Every year, the Scorpio Races are run on the beaches of Skarmouth. Every year, the sea washes blood from the sand. To race the savage water horses can mean death, but the danger is irresistible.
When Puck enters the races to save her family, she is drawn to the mysterious Sean, the only person on the island capable of taming the beasts.
Even if they stay together, can they stay alive?
A breathtaking ride that will make your heart race.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

ARC Review : Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Title : Geekerella
Author : Ashley Poston
Genre : YA contemporary, retelling
Release Date : April 4th, 2017
Publisher : Quirk Books

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Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Authors I Wish I Could Meet

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
originally created by the Broke and the Bookish

One thing that sucks being an international bloggers is how hard is it to meet your favorite authors. Authors never come to my country (and other Asian country, except Philippines, perhaps), and I, as a 17 years old student, definitely can't just come to US like that. That's why, so far, all I can do is stare through my computer with burning jealousy at those who's lucky enough to meet their favorite authors (haha, just kidding guys. i'm happy for you). Anyway, here's 10 authors I wish I could meet someday.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ARC Review : Things I Should've Known by Claire LaZebnik

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Title : Things I Should've Known
Author : Claire LaZebnik
Genre : YA contemporary
Release Date : March 28th, 2017
Publisher : HMH Books

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From the author of Epic Fail comes the story of Chloe Mitchell, a Los Angeles girl on a quest to find love for her autistic sister, Ivy. Ethan, from Ivy’s class, seems like the perfect match. It’s unfortunate that his older brother, David, is one of Chloe’s least favorite people, but Chloe can deal, especially when she realizes that David is just as devoted to Ethan as she is to Ivy.

Uncommonly honest and refreshingly funny, this is a story about sisterhood, autism, and first love. Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan, who form a quirky and lovable circle, will steal readers’ hearts and remind us all that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal.  

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Love-A-Thon 2017 : Mad Libs Fairytale Edition

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Welcome to the first challenge of Love-A-Thon! I'm so glad I decide to sign up this year because last year is so much fun. Anyway, without further ado, here's the mad libs!

"Once upon a time, in a far away England , there lived a smart Swashbuckler. She lived alone in a Bookstore, where she had grown up with the deceased owner. She had beautiful fingers, and she was known for its shiny red glass, the only thing she had left of its parents. 


Friday, February 10, 2017

Review : Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Friday, February 10, 2017
Title : Lady Midnight
Author : Cassandra Clare
Genre : YA fantasy
Series : The Dark Artifices #1
Release Date : March 8th, 2016
Publisher : Margaret K. McElderry

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In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Tiffany's Staying-in Essentials

Friday, February 3, 2017

As an introvert bookworm, I definitely would choose staying at home reading rather than going out any days (well, not any days, but most days). I mean, who doesn't love curling up in bed just reading or watching movies? When Leesa Mattress asked me what my staying-in essentials are, I thought it would be fun to share with you guys! Here they are :


Friday, January 20, 2017

My Dream Bookish Panel

Friday, January 20, 2017

Every international blogger knows how hard it is to attend a bookish panel. Me is no different. Up until this point, I've never attend one because there isn't any in my country. The closest one is probably in Philippines, and it still cost a lot of money to go there. So when Eventbrite is running a project to encourage bloggers to share their dream bookish panel, I thought why not? Since I can't attend one, might as well make one! If you haven't heard of Eventbrite, they are the largest self service ticketing platform that helps people find and plan events with their event planning softwareHere it is!


Saturday, January 7, 2017

ARC Review : A List of Cages by Robin Roe

Saturday, January 7, 2017
Title : A List of Cages
Author : Robin Roe
Genre : YA contemporary
Release Date : January 10th, 2017
Publisher : Disney Hyperion

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When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn't easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can't complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian--the foster brother he hasn't seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He's still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what's really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 Reading and Blogging Challenges

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Another year, another challenges to join! I participated on 4 different challenges last year, and guess how many I completed? ONE (which is the Goodreads challenge). That's why I decide to try another challenge this year (minus the Discussion Challenge), and I hope I actually could complete them all! 

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