Wednesday, March 8, 2017

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY: DEFY THE STARS BY CLAUDIA GRAY.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine that highlights our much anticipated books.

Expected Publication Date: April 4th 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that's now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth's robotic "mech" armies for decades with no end in sight.

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel's programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis--even though her plan to win the war will kill him.

Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel's devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.

I haven't read any Claudia Gray books yet (oops) and when I heard that this is a sci-fi read (I rarely read synopsis), I knew I had to get to this one soon! It's giving me Illuminae slash Wall-E feels! Aaaaah, this is going to be an epic one, I can feel it. Plus, some of my fave bloggers are raving about this so I am in good hands! April can't get here fast enough!

What title/s did you pick this week?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

REVIEW: SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA BY BECKY ALBERTALLI.

Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Series: Standalone
Edition: Hardcover
Publication: April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Source: Bought from Fullybooked, Cebu
Pages: 320
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, LGBTQIA+, Contemporary

Synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda has been on my radar for quite a while now. I didn't get to it right away because the hype is overwhelming, plus, I didn't have a copy yet. It just so happen that I spotted a copy on sale last year when I visited Cebu and I knew it would be the best memorabilia I could take home. I didn't read it until late December. Simon is the first book I read this year and it couldn't have been more perfect.

Thank you, Becky, for writing Simon vs. This is one of those moving, influential and important books we all need to read (I will definitely re-read!). I loved every single part of this book because it's so raw that it brings out all sorts of emotions. I loved loved loved Simon's parents, Simon, Martin (I learned to love this character at the end), and BLUE. OMG I NEVER GUESSED WHO HE WAS IT BUT I LOVED HIM EVEN FROM THE START. FROM HIS EMAILS UP UNTIL THE END. IT WAS FREAKING MAGICAL YOU GUYS. AAAAAAH I LOVE YOU, BLUE!

I can't find the right words to express how happy I am with Simon vs. I mean, this is the book I will forever push down everyone's way because Becky wrote THE perfect book!

"White shouldn't be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn't even be a default."
"He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to."
"Being secure in you masculinity isn't the same as being straight."

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

OMG, THESE MARCH RELEASES ARE THE BOMB!


March has come and here I am, conflicted between loving summer (beaches!) or hating it (darn heat!)! I said this before and will say it again, I love the beach but I hate the sun so it is safe to assume that this is my least favorite season. (As if I have three more options to choose from right? haha we only have summer and rainy seasons here).

Anyway, I am bookishly excited about this month because ughhhh look at all the releases this month! I picked out the ones I am MOST MOST excited for and here they are!


March 28

March 07

March 07

March 17

I am not a fan of The Star-Touched Queen but St. Martin's sent me an eARC of A Crown of Wishes. Who am I to refuse, right? I am still promoting this series because the issue was me and not the book and also, Roshani is half-Filipino! So much yay for that! The next three books are I believe standalones and oh, how much I appreciate these ones! The titles sound so amazing and I didn't have to wait years to complete the story, I mean, win, right?


March 07

March 07

March 28

These last three picks for this month are making me drool so hard I can't keep my mouth closed! Bone Witch by another Filipino author, TRAITOR !!!! OMG REBEL IS SO FANTASTIC I AM AND I AM CURRENTLY READING THIS SEQUEL! ANNNNNNNNDDD STRANGE THE DREAMEEEERRRR! Who in this bookish world isn't ready for this one? I will surely grab a copy of this as soon as it is available locally because LAINI TAYLOR IS QUEEN.

What releases are you excited for this month?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

REVIEW: ALL THAT GLITTERS BY INES BAUTISTA-YAO.

Title: All That Glitters
Author: Ines Bautista-Yao
Series: Standalone
Edition: Paperback
Publication: 2017 by Spark Books
Source: Bought from National Bookstore
Pages: 124
Genre: New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
hen they have nothing better to do, college students Billie Santiago and Carlos Angeles enjoy imagining what their lives will be like five years into the future. It’s never serious—just a whole lot of teasing and poking fun at each other. Until blindingly handsome, PR professional Iñigo Antonio saunters into the university bookstore where Billie works. All of a sudden, she finds herself face to face with the physical manifestation of the very dream she tells Carlos about.

Captivated by Iñigo’s magnetic personality, Billie is lured into his dazzlingly glamorous world—much to Carlos’s frustration. But as Billie notices Iñigo might not be playing by the rules, Carlos begs her to stay away from him. When Billie doesn’t listen, she realizes too late that she is in over her head and it may take a miracle (or a boy who cares deeply about her) to help get her out of it.

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Bulleted thoughts:

  • Bestfriend turns lovers trope. Was absolutely stoked about this but then I was just underwhelmed.
  • The plot is too predictable.
  • Typos here and there (siiiiiigh).
  • Carlos Angeles, the bestfriend, is another character that is just too good to be true.
  • Billie, the female lead, the female-jealous-and-girl-hating lead. Why would you hate someone just because they like glittery things?
  • And then we have Iñigo, the hunk who Billie fancies the first time she saw him and then she started stalking him on social media.
  • Practically skimmed sixty pages of it because a) predictable and b) too flowery.
  • What happened (SPOILERY): Billie practically is drooling over Inigo. Carlos is with glittery girl Patricia (she's nice to be honest, she didn't deserve the hate and cold treatment from Billie). Billie hates Patricia. Inigo offered Billie a part time job but only to bust Inigo's extortionist ass. Billie is jealous with Patricia. Carlos is jealous with Inigo (and it's as if he used Patricia for distraction/diversion which is so unfair). Then Billie had undergone makeover. Carlos fell for her. Dafuq.
  • How shallow it is for a person to realize he's in love with someone right after her makeover. Women are more than their physical appearance so fuck you po Carlos. You could have assessed yourself in the middle of the story but no, you waited till she had her makeover. So fuck you po Carlos.
I definitely won't read this again. Sigh. I wish I loved it like a lot of people did but I just can't. Here's hoping Ines' other books would redeem me because this one certainly let me down.

"Quote to follow."

Saturday, February 18, 2017

REVIEW: SOUNDS LIKE SUMMER BY SIX DE LOS REYES.

Title: Sounds Like Summer
Author: Six de los Reyes
Series: Summer Storm Series but can be read as standalone
Edition: Paperback
Publication: 2016 by Anvil Publishing Inc.
Source: Bought from National Bookstore
Pages: 128
Genre: Mental Illness, Romance, New Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis:
It’s not just a weekend for Lux Castelo. She has a plan, of course.

Phase One: Escape to the beach for a music festival.
Phase Two: Deal with what she can’t control.
Phase Three: Return to reality whole and ready.

Nowhere in that plan is Micah Jacinto, self-proclaimed adventurer and the kind of boy with his head stuck in the clouds and the moon inked on his arm—everything her rational sense tells her to stay away from. And yet Lux finds herself welcoming the distraction. As they spend the entire weekend together, Micah leads her to rediscover the lost pieces of herself amidst the excitement and the confusion of a raving mosh pit.

But all weekends come to an end and Lux needs to return to the dreaded reality she’s running away from. Does being brave enough to leave summer behind mean being brave enough to ask Micah to stay?

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My thoughts in bullet points:
  • Pacing is slow.
  • Coachella feels! HUHUHUHUH
  • Lux is sarcastic and I like it haha.
  • I think I've read lines bashing other girls though.
  • She's unbelievably uptight.
  • She's all self-preserving but agrees to share a room with a random guy like it fucking defeats the purpose.
  • There are bits and pieces of her I saw myself in like the sadness and how she shuts everyone out but most of the time I was just pissed off at her. I wanted to connect to her even for just a little bit but I can't.
  • She said she had perfect attendance but she cut classes?!
  • Micah is legit too good to be true but I am glad he's there for Lux.
  • I was so surprised to find out that Lux is depressed. I mean, nothing says depression in any of the publicity materials. Could be triggering to other readers.
  • When Kara confessed she would have dated Micah, it could have been the queue for Lux to kind of bridge them together but of course she didn't.
  • Typos here and there.
  • Yes to Cubao and Zambales! It always makes me happy to be able to easily imagine the setting because I know these places!
  • Six's writing legit is science plus a little bit methaphorical, I LOVE IT! (But this book made me stop being a user of "I love you to the moon and back" phrase)
  • Cover love because look at that beauty and music? MUSIC IS LIFE woohooo!
  • The connection between Micah and Lux strongly felt forced.
  • Leaves you that heavy feeling even if the ending isn't.
Sounds like Summer felt so different in ways that only made me feel upset (most of the time). Well, technicall I had mixed feelings about it. I know in my heart that this is a 2-star read for me but there are aspects I truly appreciated and enjoyed so I bumped it up by one star. Its just that I couldn't connect to and with the characters. The ending didn't lift that heavy feeling in my chest. You know that feeling when people expected for the pain to go away just right after a quick 'sorry' but it actually didn't? I don't know really. Maybe a re-read in the future would make me change my mind.

"This is where the scientific method fails me. This is where all my knowledge of the universe, of atoms and the molecular basis of life prove inadequate. I can tell you why the sky is blue, why Manila sunsets are so vivid, I can show you the chemical reaction in a kiss, but I cannot explain the brightness in Micah’s smile. I have no elegant solution to the problem wracking my head right now."