Tuesday, May 29, 2012

NEW ON THE SHELF (23): THE LONGWAITISOVER EDITION.

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May 26, 2012

Finally I got it! Been waiting for the paperback edition for like forever now. Can’t wait no longer! I know its expensive but I am really hoping that I wouldn’t be disappointed! Yay! Super stoked!


BOUGHT: (Bibliarch Glorietta 3)
🔼 Die For Me (Revenants #1) by Amy Plum

Thanks Mom and Bibliarch!

REVIEW: THE DEVOURING BY SIMON HOLT.

Title: The Devouring
Author: Simon Holt
Series: The Devouring #1
Edition: Paperback
Publication: January 1, 2008 by Little, Brown and Company
Source: Bought
Pages: 231
Genre: Horror

Synopsis:

The Vours: Evil, demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on Sorry Night, the darkest hours of the winter solstice.

When Reggie reads about the Vours in a mysterious old journal, she assumes they are just the musings of an anonymous lunatic. But when her little brother, Henry, begins to act strangely, it's clear that these creatures exist beyond a madwoman's imagination, and Reggie finds out what happens when fears come to life.

To save the people she loves, Reggie must learn to survive in a world of nightmares. Can she devour her own fears before they devour her?

The Devouring is an engrossing tale of terror that will have you wondering: what if your worst fears became your living nightmare?

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I am not really fond of anything horror since The Ring (Japanese version) and you will really really REALLY frighten me if you would show me... Argh, can't even type it!! *Goosebumps* Since I was a kid, I became paranoid with ghosts and all because I grew up in the province plus I think I could sense them. I could be brave at times but whenever I think of The Ring, I feel like my heart is going to come out of my chest because I am so much scared of it. *Goosebumps*

When I saw the synopsis of The Devouring on Good Reads, I immediately thought that it's a good one. But never did I anticipate that it would scare the hell out of me! Yes, it did. Especially the part where there's this sinister smile on Henry's face. I hate my brain when it starts to imagine it! Come one! It's really a scary story.

The book was I think the first horror one I owned and read so I don't have anything to compare it to. I could say that yes, its got the thing that would give you adrenaline rush (if that's what the story intended to its readers) and its something you would definitely finish no matter how scared you are. (Imagine, I kept reading till 12MD!). The story about Vours has a very good flow because as we all know, an evil could make you see anything and I think fear is something it would showcase. The story would not just make you hide under your blankets but it teaches its readers how to conquer fears. That part was essential not only when it comes to demons but in our day to day lives, right? But you know what, I fell for Quinn! HAHA! Oops, not too much spoiler!

Reggie was a tough kid and I would have done the same thing to save Henry. Such a cute, fragile kiddo! I also like the part that Reggie was working for a small library! HAHA. This is going nowhere! All in all, I can't wait to get my hands on the Soulstice!

"I know a secret and secrets breed paranoia."

NEW ON THE SHELF (22): THE LADY KATSA EDITION.

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My 67th. This is the book that provoked me to break my promise. I couldn’t help it. I’ve scoured so many bookstores around the metro for this. Fully Booked Greenbelt held its last copy captive. Sorry.
Graceling, Y U SO HARD TO GET?


BOUGHT:
🔼 Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore

Thank you, Fullybooked!

REVIEW: ASCEND BY AMANDA HOCKING.

Title: Ascend
Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: Trylle #3
Edition: Paperback
Publication: April 24, 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
Source: Bought from National Bookstore
Pages: 326
Genre: Paranormal, Romance

Synopsis:

Wendy Everly is facing an impossible choice. The only way to save the Trylle from their deadliest enemy is by sacrificing herself.  If she doesn't surrender to the Vittra, her people will be thrust into a brutal war against an unbeatable foe.  But how can Wendy leave all her friends behind... even if it’s the only way to save them?

The stakes have never been higher, because her kingdom isn't the only thing she stands to lose. After falling for both Finn and Loki, she’s about to make the ultimate choice... who to love forever. One guy has finally proven to be the love of her life—and now all their lives might be coming to an end.

Everything has been leading to this moment.  The future of her entire world rests in her hands—if she’s ready to fight for it.
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* SPOILERY REVIEW *

This is the last book in the Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking. I was really thrilled to get it because I couldn't get enough of Finn. However, there's this very huge twirl of events in this last book that I didn't anticipate like:
  • how Wendy fell in love with Loki. Yes, Wendy got a point. Finn did nothing to fight for her which was very annoying.
  • how Elora all of a sudden showed love for Wendy when she's about to die.
  • how Wendy showed infidelity in this book which I think is not suitable for kids (she just followed her heart I know).
  • how easy it was for Wendy to defeat her dad, I mean they've been researching on how to kill the King of the Vittra and they couldn't find anything. She didn't even struggle. Then when they started fighting and something triggered her emotions, she defeated a very powerful king just like that.
Well, I think the author was very straight to the point. Drama was less which I think cool but I wish the war between Trylle and Vittra could've been a bit action oriented not just like what happened. You wouldn't feel that the characters have done something to win. I couldn't even consider it a war though the book says it is ongoing for centuries, in the story, you would only feel like it happened for five minutes. Well, all in all, I was satisfied with the trilogy because for the first time, this didn't include vampires plus the consistency is good.


"I don't want only one night. I want all the nights. I want all of you, forever."

NEW ON THE SHELF (21): THE SERPENT'S SHADOW EDITION.

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Yay! Finally got the complete set of this series! Can't wait to re-read books 1 and 2 then this! I know this would be an epic ending!


BOUGHT:
🔼 The Serpent's Shadow (Kane Chronicles #3) by Rick Riordan

Thank you National Bookstore!

NEW ON THE SHELF (20): THE SHINY EDITION.

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64th and 65th. Goodbye my one-week allowance! hello happy bookshelf!


BOUGHT: (Fullybooked, SM Mall of Asia)
- City of  Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5)by Cassandra Clare
- Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

Thank you, Fullybooked!

NEW ON THE SHELF (19): THE BOXED SET EDITION.

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My 60th to 63rd! I actually got the boxed set on sale! 500+PHP so that's around $11! Good buy, right?



BOUGHT: (National Bookstore, SM Mall of Asia)
🔼 Ascend (Trylle #3) by Amanda Hocking
🔼 Evermore (The Immortals #1) by Alyson Noel <
🔼 Blue Moon (The Immortals #2) by Alyson Noel
🔼 Shadowland (The Immortals #3) by Alyson Noel

Thank you National Bookstore for taking all my money HAHA

REVIEW: DIVERGENT BY VERONICA ROTH.

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Edition: Paperback
Publication: April 25, 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Bought
Pages: 487
Genre: Dystopia, Romance

Synopsis:

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves.. or it might destroy her.

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I've been seeing good reviews about Divergent and since, I couldn't stop myself from getting my own copy. Luckily last month, I was able to find and get that pocketbook edition I've been searching for. I just felt like reading it but unfortunately, work has been consistently eating my time.

This weekend, when I had my time off from the world, I was able to focus on it. And here's what I thought about it.

Faction. Abnegation. Dauntless. Erudite. Amity. Candor. WTH? On its first few chapters, I started feeling disappointed because I couldn't understand the plot itself like where the story is going, what the characters are really going to portray and how was it called a dystopian book. I couldn't grasp the gist, you know. The story kept on going and going without at least giving a bit of history. I didn't stop reading because I still hoped for a miracle. For me, the story only started when Caleb and Beatrice chose different factions (like district in The Hunger Games). It is also a bloody one. This is a dystopian book so you would see similarities with The Hunger Games, only in this story, you would fight for your people and for what you really are, not just food for yourself. I wouldn't go through the story that much because I don't want to spoil those who haven't read the book yet. To those of you who haven't, I suggest you read the last part first where Veronica explains everything about the factions and I guarantee that you would love the story to bits!

Honestly, I can't wait to get Insurgent. I am expecting more of that adrenaline-boosting scenes and of course, the continuation of Four and Tris' love story.

Oh BTW, I think I was born for DAUNTLESS!! Go Tris!

"We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another."
"Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it."

REVIEW: TORN BY AMANDA HOCKING.

Title: Torn
Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: Trylle #2
Edition: Paperback
Publication: February 28, 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
Source: Bought
Pages: 324
Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Synopsis:

When Wendy Everly first discovers the truth about herself—that she’s a changeling switched at birth—she knows her life will never be the same. Now she’s about to learn that there’s more to the story...

She shares a closer connection to her Vittra rivals than she ever imagined—and they’ll stop at nothing to lure her to their side. With the threat of war looming, her only hope of saving the Trylle is to master her magical powers—and marry an equally powerful royal. But that means walking away from Finn, her handsome bodyguard who’s strictly off limits... and Loki, a Vittra prince with whom she shares a growing attraction.

Torn between her heart and her people, between love and duty, Wendy must decide her fate. If she makes the wrong choice, she could lose everything, and everybody, she’s ever wanted... in both worlds.

As a special gift to readers, this book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “One Day, Three Ways,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.

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When Wendy and Rhys escaped, of course Matt was just glad they came back. But they where attacked by the Vittra and Loki took her. Then Matt was informed about the Trylle world and Wendy learned a lot of revelations about her family. I thought that Finn and Wendy would somehow try to be together but Finn was just so selfless that he would willingly set aside his feelings for the welfare of the kingdom. I felt Wendy's pain when Finn continued to ignore her COMPLETELY DID NOT FIGHT FOR HER. It would be the same thing for Wendy because she made a decision that she thinks is the best for the people. And it was very shocking to know that there's a gay character in the story. Just like Alex in The Mortal Instruments. HAHA. It never occurred to me, though. The twists and turns of the story wasn't something you could expect but there's something lacking in it again. Oh well, can't wait to get hold of the last book!

"Not all prisons have bars."

REVIEW: SWITCHED BY AMANDA HOCKING.

Title: Switched
Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: Trylle #1
Edition: Paperback
Publication: January 3, 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
Source: Bought
Pages: 318
Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Synopsis:

When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.

Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit. But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.

Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become.

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NOTE: If you're looking for vampires, wolves and angels, THIS ISN'T THE RIGHT BOOK!

When we hear the word TROLLS, we immediately think of that ugly doll with a very weird hair. In this book, trolls of what Amanda referred to as TRYLLES gave a new meaning to it (except for the hair). Tyrlles here are very powerful and take not , BEAUTIFUL. They were (as per description) not human, they have greenish skin colors but the body anatomy aspect is the same as ours. They hated shoes (of all things) BTW. At first I thought I should not have purchased the book but once more, my impressions have proven me wrong. The way Amanda wrote it was quite leveled up compared to the other books I've read. The story though was lacking something (maybe to make the readers want for more) because there are important things left hanging that's why I bought Torn. Characters didn't give all necessary info like how or why Princess Wendy needed to be saved. You just have to get Torn to know the real deal! HAHA.. But IMPORTANTLY, this book made me care and value my family MOST because I would've done what Princess Wendy did -- escape just to get HOME.

"A foolish man thinks he knows everything. A wise man knows he doesn't."

NEW ON THE SHELF (18): THE SNOWY EDITION.

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58th and 59th. Oh God, forgive me for hoarding.


BOUGHT:
🔼 Starters (Starters and Enders #1) by Lissa Price
🔼 Torn (Trylle #2) by Amanda Hocking

Thank you National Bookstore!

NEW ON THE SHELF (17): THE DARK EDITION.

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BOUGHT:
🔼 Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi
🔼 The Devouring (The Devouring #1) by Simon Holt

Thank you National Bookstore!