Wednesday, April 30, 2014

APRIL 2014 RECAP + BOOK OF THE MONTH.


What a way to wrap up the month! Been into a lot of stress lately but am still thankful that blessed and I have friends to go to whenever I feel off beat! I haven't posted much (much positive reviews either) this month but I surely did experience another awesome bookish signing! Let's get on it!

April 01 - New Release Picks!

April 05 - Stacking the Shelves (45): The Collective Haul Edition v2.0

April 11 - 3/5 stars for Jolene Perry's THE SUMMER I FOUND YOU.

April 17 - 2/5 stars for Rainbow Rowell's FANGIRL.

April 24 - 2/5 stars for Kiersten White's THE CHAOS OF STARS.

April 27 - TAHEREH MAFI, RANSOM RIGGS AND VERONICA ROSSI IN MANILA 2014.

April 28 - 3/5 stars for Jenny Han's TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE.

April 30 - APRIL 2014 RECAP + BOOK OF THE MONTH.



Unfortunately for this month, I won't feature any books from the list of what I read. The highest I've rated was 3 stars and in order to be featured, it has to be 4 stars up. Ummm, maybe next month.

Monday, April 28, 2014

REVIEW: TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE BY JENNY HAN.

Title: To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1)
Author: Jenny Han
Edition: Hardbound
Published: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368
Source: Bought from Fullybooked, Fort
Category: Romance, Contemporary
Trailer: Not applicable.

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Synopsis:

Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them... all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren't love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she's written. One for every boy she's ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
I've attacked the social media universe with my undying anticipation of Jenny Han's new contemporary novel, To All the Boys I've Loved Before. Not only the cover is too mesmerizing but the title itself says SO MUCH about the novel. JUST. THE. TITLE. ALONE. It got me right at it. No second thoughts, no double takes. JUST THE TITLE. Since the moment the ARCs have been revealed, I knew I would do anything in my power to possess a copy. Thankfully, our local book store got it in stock several days early before the release date. Imagine how I shrieked like a pig when I learned it was available and how much I tried to control myself from running over the book store to get my copy. My feelings for this book was THAT intense. I also mentioned that I would cry tsunami if this novel disappoints me. This is my first Han (solo) (see what I did there?) novel and I am not crying tsunami at this point. Am just crying super megatron TSUNAMI.

Why you ask? There is nothing wrong with the book or the story. There isn't. What is wrong in this review is ME. I was expecting so much from this book. (Mind you, my contemporary standards were set by Hopeless by Colleen Hoover) I was expecting heart-breaking lines, mind-blowing twists, adorable characters and loveable plot. But then I thought my standards were ridiculous so I settled for the heart-breaking lines instead and good plot. And you know what? NOTHING. I got nothing. Halfway through the book I started to become skeptical about it and the rater in me was starting to contemplate between 2 - 3 stars. I wanted to give it 2 stars but then there were aspects of it that I liked so I gave it a chance and pulled it up one star higher. But being disappointed with myself wasn't an easy chore. And am hoping that the sequel would live up to my expectations.

**START OF SPOILER**
Lara Jean is an emotional teenager. She loves her family so much and she values things like no other. Lara Jean liked a few guys and one way of her coping with her feelings and saying good bye is through letters. She wrote the guys about how they made her feel, what she liked most about them and why she's saying goodbye. However, her letters got sent out to the guys. One of them is her school's heartthrob, Peter, whom she kissed in the past. And one is Josh, her sister's ex-boyfriend. Once she realized what happened, embarrassment flooded her and couldn't even look at Josh because she still feels something for him. When Josh confronted her, she pretended that Peter's her boyfriend and it just so happen Peter's around and she kissed him. Peter was trying to make her ex jealous and took the chance to make Lara Jean his pretend-girlfriend. As they go out on dates and spend more time together, Lara Jean started to like Peter. Only Peter's actions was different with what he hays to her. Peter's the one she loves all along and not Josh but she felt like he's still in love with his ex. Then she wrote him a letter.
**END OF SPOILER**

I honestly cannot decide between going through the disappointments or the fun stuff first. Okay. Here we go. The disappointments: No depth (like nothing at all. I wish there was more to it than just simply being in love with your first kiss. It would have been better if there were moments a reader could really ponder on.). Title didn't really connect that much to the story (well, I guess it did on the first 50 pages but then it dropped everything. I thought it would be more of a back story of the boys she loved but then, not really). The story is mostly family issues rather than romance (am not sure if I liked that part but naaah). Unbelievably fickle-minded supporting male character (Josh? How can you be so... I couldn't even believe him!)

Fun stuff: family love (well, their relationship as a family is knit and I loved how clingy Lare Jean is to her sister), self-respect, simplicity of the female protagonist, adorable baby sister, awesome best friend, diversity when it comes to race and ALL THE FOOD. 

Oh. AND THAT ENDING? EPIC.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before is one quick read. It is I believe a good one if you're feeling down or upset about your day. A simple story with a simple plot is sometimes what we need in the middle of our complicated lives and still, I recommend this one to people who love contemporary. My suggestion only is that do not expect too much and you'll definitely enjoy this novel!

"To belong to someone -- I didn't know it, but now that I think about it, it seems like that's all I've ever wanted. To really be somebody's, and to have them be mine."
"This is the moment I realize I don't love him, that I haven't for a while. That maybe I never did. Because he's right there for the taking: I could kiss him again; I could make him mine. But I don't want him. I want someone else. It feels strange to have spent so much time wishing for something, for someone, and then one day, suddenly, to just stop."
"I don't want to be with a boy whose heart belongs to somebody else. Just once, I want to be somebody's first choice."

Sunday, April 27, 2014

MEETING THE AUTHORS: RRIGGS, TMAFI AND VROSSI IN MANILA 2014. (BLOGGERS FORUM)

Where I relive the experience and share all the feels before, during and after meeting these fantastic authors WHO ARE BASICALLY LIFE.
One of the most anticipated events of the year has reached its final date and I am so stoked to share with you how swell this event has been. National Book Store brought not one but THREE New York Times Best Selling Young Adult Authors in Manila. Meeting Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi the second time is just mind-blowing knowing that they wouldn't remember me but they did! And Veronica Rossi's so gorgeous and swell friendly in person! There were almost 2000 people who lined up for the public signing and yes, I was so lucky to have been given the chance to attend the Bloggers Forum, thus meeting these authors upclose and personal.

#PHYABookBloggers
The Q and A didn't last that long but it was as if everyone's in a hurry. I understand that clearly because Tahereh and Riggs arrived in Manila around 4 in the morning and obviously, they're still jetlagged. I totes adored how Tahereh could be so gorgeous without even showing skin and her shoes? Fantastic. I loved Veronica's as swell and her teeth? Stunning. (Now I sound super creepy). I guess one of the most important question asked yesterday was what lesson did Veronica want her readers to learn from her trilogy and she answered:

"The most important lesson I wanted you to take away is the one you needed to hear the most. But I think that what emerged from me and what I noticed after writing the books is that there are two main ideas: first was the idea of being persistent, treating others well, love and kindness that you can be happy and that you can find happiness. The second is the idea of home. Is it actually a roof, is it the people you have in your life? What home really means to you."

The forum didn't also last long because the public signing would start in an hour. So we took what we could and did what we would normally do in a short span of time. I think this is the first time we all fangirled this hard. I mean, there were a little pushing and a lot of rushing but still enjoyed the entire forum nonetheless. You wouldn't pass on having the chance to giggle with your bookish friends around your favorite authors.

Awesome authors signing awesome books!
I couldn't stop staring at Tahereh to be honest. I was so start struck that she asked about my tattooes, she freaking remembered me from last year and she appreciated my tabbed copy of Ignite Me!! Goodness gracious. That moment was everything. Then Ransom kept bullying me about how many pictures I was planning to take with him and he was just so cool the entire time. He's still funny and ummm HANDSOME.

Also, we didn't attend the public signing anymore. Why you asked. We didn't want to add up to the number of people having their books signed and also we weren't needed there anymore. So we just dropped by and took these pictures.

over 2000 bookish people attended the event! awesome craycray, right?
And to wrap it all up, I had a swell time laughing my gums off with my bookish friends. Not only being a part of #PHYABookBloggers makes me so darn lucky, having them as friends makes blogging all worth while!


All my books are signed even my blogger shirt!
with sexy Veronica!
With gorgeous Tahereh!
With handsome Ransom!


Am so privileged for having been chosen as a part of Bloggers Forum and I truly feel that all my years of investing in blogging has finally paid off. Thank you National Book Store for recognizing my labor of love for books and for choosing me to attend this swell event. I will be forever grateful for all the chances you've allowed me to grab.

(Oh, and how many times did I say SWELL again? Because this was really a SWELL SWELL TIME!!)


Thank you ever so much (over and over again) #PHYABookBloggers , Veronica Rossi, Ransom Riggs, Tahereh Mafi and National Book Store for making my bookish life phenomenal!
 Don't forget to check these photos out:
*will add more*

Thursday, April 24, 2014

REVIEW: THE CHAOS OF STARS BY KIERSTEN WHITE.

Title: The Chaos of Stars
Author: Kiersten White
Edition: Paperback
Published: September 10, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 288
Source: Finished copy provided by the Publisher
Category: Romance, Mythology
Trailer: Not applicable.

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Synopsis:

Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy, is back with The Chaos of Stars—an enchanting novel set in Egypt and San Diego that captures the magic of first love and the eternally complicated truth about family.

Isadora's family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you're the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she's only worthy of a passing glance—so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there's no such thing as a clean break from family.

Blending Ally Carter's humor and the romance of Cynthia Hand's Unearthly, The Chaos of Stars takes readers on an unforgettable journey halfway across the world and back, and proves there's no place like home.

Being dazzled by such a gorgeous cover has always been my issue. I usually grab books randomly based on covers and this book is on of those instance. When I saw it being raved on by book bloggers from Twitter and Instagram, it didn't take a lot of effort for me to anticipate it. And I was so tempted to buy my hardcover copy at one point but thankfully, I didn't yet. HaperCollins sent me a finished paperback copy for review, and after months, here I am, struggling so bad coming up with a decent review.

The Chaos of Stars is my fourth White novel. I loved Paranormalcy and Mind Games and enjoyed Supernaturally. This is my first meh review and I am deeply disappointed with this. I was so stoked about her new Egyptian Mythology story but I think, the only good thing about this is the cover. I mean, I seriously did not enjoy anything at all. Nothing. White's take on Egyptian Mythology would have been revitalizing only if there weren't loopholes in it. I don't understand how can a child of pure-blooded Gods can be mortal and honestly, what is the plot? Was it how to design the museum?

Again, I was drowned by the raging waves of insta-love. Sigh. I will never be a fan of it because it doesn't happen in reality. Too bad though that the book oozed with left and right insta-love. I can only shake my head so much.

I couldn't find the right or decent words to express how disappointed I am with The Chaos of Stars hence the short (shortest I've written I think) review. I am giving another star though for effort and originality.

Thank you ever so much HaperCollins for the review copy!

"I didn't fall in love with you. I walked into love with you, with my eyes wide open, choosing to take every step along the way. I do believe in fate and destiny, but I also believe we are only fated to do the things that we'd choose anyway. And I'd choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I'd find you and I'd choose you."
"I get that you're scared and that you've been hurt. But doing what is easy and safe is no way to live, and a life without passion and love is so far beneath what you deserve."

Thursday, April 17, 2014

REVIEW: FANGIRL BY RAINBOW ROWELL.

Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Edition: Hardbound
Published: September 10, 2013
Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen
Pages: 438
Source: Gifted
Category: Romance, Contemporary
Trailer: Not applicable.

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Synopsis:

A coming-of-age tale of fanfiction, family, and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan.... But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she's really good at it. She and her twin, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fanfiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go. She doesn't want to.

Now that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn't want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She's got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend; a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world; a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words...and she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
After reading Eleanor & Park (which I absolutely loved), I became a Rowell fan. Following it up with Attachments, Rowell proved that she deserves to be included in my Auto-Buy Authors list. Attachment may have been an adult novel but I reviewed it and fell deeply in love with Rowell’s writing. She wrote it fantastically and her books always tickle my love for Contemporary. Until Fangirl.

I received my shiny hardbound copy of Fangirl last year (on its release week, yay!) on my birthday. I basically forced my ever loving brother to buy me one and used my birthday as the best excuse so he wouldn’t say no. Imagine how long it took me to read it (7 months) because as always, I was waiting for the right time for it to nudge me. I don't know about you guys but I have this weird book calling. I feel like there's always the right time for a certain title to be read (like what happened with TFiOS). Hearing so much raving about it made me proud that I am a Rowell fan (and I will always be). But after trying so hard for two weeks to finish Fangirl, I knew something in me changed. Just me, though. Sad to say that I didn’t like Fangirl. Rowell’s writing is still crisp, refreshing and fun. However, the characters and plot of this novel just didn’t entwine with what I expected. Like holding someone’s hand but the person keeps pulling back. You can reach it and hold it again but the person wouldn't let you hold it so long. I was so disconnected the whole time. Aside from the slow pacing that irritated me, I whole-heartedly couldn’t understand why I feel like I was reading two books at the same time: one contemporary/coming of age and one middle grade/fantasy.

I hated 80 percent of the book. The fanfiction, Cather’s character and I believe I am missing something in the plot. But mostly the fanfiction. This book was so uniquely written but maybe I just wasn’t made for this kind of story. I skipped 80 percent of the fanfiction specifically when Cather’s reading it to Levi. I couldn’t completely connect to it. I hated how a fanfic writer can refuse an opportunity to write an original story. Like, really? REALLY? I hated how awkward Cath was thinking she’s 18 and should be more open-minded to things, like to Wren’s urge for freedom. Seriously, I’ve been to that phase and have seen a lot of people who are socially awkward but not to Cath’s level. She’s like the awkwardest awkward ever. Weird doesn’t even do her justice. At some point, I felt like her weirdness is bordering in mental disorder and that she has to really see a shrink. The fact that a person can live on energy bars alone can be acceptable but trying to suppress hunger to avoid people and to not go to the cafeteria? Absolutely bonkers. No. Unacceptable for normal people. I knew in the pit of my stomach that she isn’t normal. She just isn’t.

Cather’s too clingy also. Not only to her twin but to almost everything. I totally get how hard it is to let go of the things that matter to you most, but at one point in this life, you just really have to. Wren made the right decision to be separated to her. That part I agree on. It would make them have their own identity (only Wren took it too far). However, Cath chose to remain the same. I didn’t see her character progress at all. Like she’s the same old Cath from page one till the end. I was expecting her to at least try to open up but she’s focused only on her fanfiction and almost shuts everyone out. What in the world is normal with that? Ugh. This review is starting to be ranty, I know. I apologize but Cath is probably one of the weakest protagonists I’ve encountered. And I don’t want to ever repeat this hair-pulling experience again. Ever.

I thank the goddess of literature for balancing this novel with Reagan. She’s straight to the point, would have been a little strong at first but definitely knows herself. I wanted to know more about her but since she’s just a supporting character, I know I wouldn’t. I knew that Reagan is going to be a good influence in her own way to Cath and how I wish they spent time together. In short, I enjoyed reading Reagan’s normality in amid of their awkward situation and differences.

Another thing to be thankful for is Levi. Rowell made his character the only character PERFECT for Cath. Imaging a different one for Cath makes my brain hurt. Good thing Levi liked her in spite of her weakness. Levi’s very likeable and I adored how much he’s willing to go for the people/things he like the best. His efforts made me awww the whole time especially at the last 100 pages. He’s respectful and cute and funny and honest. Without Levi and Reagan, this novel would have received a one star rating. Seriously, I couldn’t wrap my mind about THE other things.

I said this a few times but Fangirl is my first Rowell let down book. My giddy expectations of it was because of Eleanor & Park and Attachments, confidently knowing it would knock me off my feet once more but this just didn’t do me any good. It was so weird I kept questioning where this would lead to. I am just glad Cath and Levi worked out for the best in the end. Fangirl and I are seemed to be like oil mixed in water. We wouldn’t mix at all, no matter how you do it, no matter how to try.

Thank you brother Arman for gifting me this one!

"I miss you."
"That's stupid," she said. "I saw you this morning."
"It's not the time," Levi said, and she could hear that he was smiling." It's the distance."
"How do you feel about Gravioli?"
"I like it. Is that what we're having for dinner?"
"No. That's the client I'm on."
"That's the ultimate kind of broken. The kind of damage you never recover from."

Friday, April 11, 2014

REVIEW: THE SUMMER I FOUND YOU BY JOLENE PERRY.

Title: The Summer I Found You
Author: Jolene Perry
Edition: eARC
Published: March 1, 2014
Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen
Pages: 256
Source: eARC was requested from Netgalley
Category: Romance, Contemporary
Trailer: Not applicable.

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Synopsis:

All they have in common is that they're less than perfect. And all they're looking for is the perfect distraction.

Kate's dream boyfriend has just broken up with her and she's still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he's a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life. When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?
You know how much sucker I am when it comes to these kinds of covers right? So the moment I saw this I panicked. I went immediately to Goodreads and searched for it and researched where I could request for it. Thankfully, Netgalley has it up already and I was approved. I was super stoked I got it and yes, I did enjoy this story.

Kate is suffering from diabetes that she has to check every now and then how high her sugar is and even shot herself insulin. She has to go through it her entire life and as a teenager, she couldn't help but rebel a little. Her parents are too strict about it and even her best friend reminds her all the time to check herself. When she met Aidan, an ex-military who lost his arm and who happens to be her best friend's cousin, she felt attracted immediately. They were set-up and she enjoyed his company. Only she couldn't tell him about her situation. She doesn't want to be treated differently. But little did she know, keeping the truth to herself would eventually backfire.

I guess I would first start with the things that didn't really make enough impact on me. Like how fast everything happened. After finishing the book, I was still trying to find the depth of the story. Because everything transpired almost as fast as a snap of a finger, I feel like the contemporary-ness of it is lacking something. My hunger for the character back ground and plot development weren't fully met that the focus was merely on the romance. I expected a little more explanation, you know, the hows and whys. Unfortunately, I didn't get much.

I like fast-paced stories. The Summer I Found You however is just a little too fast for me. With that being said, I believe it missed a lot of vital parts when it comes to story-telling. I would have wanted to know more about Aidan and not just his depression; what is Deena's point and her importance in the story; why are they fussing about a 2-year age gap or even why Kate is so grossed out with Aidan's battle scars. Little things that I hope wouldn't left me hanging but did. I would have wanted to know how Aidan joined the military or how Kate's diabetes started. The most important part I would really really have wanted to know is: why Kate's turning point is just because Aidan learned about her diabetes. Her parents have been telling her that for a year yet all it took for her to be serious with it was Aidan's disappointment in her. It would have been better if the realization was given some time to fully sink in to her because I don't think it would only take minutes to put it all to pieces. Again, in real life, it wouldn't be THAT fast.

There are reasons why I enjoyed this book and why I gave it 3 stars instead of 1. First is Aidan. He's young and a little immature at times but his character shows not only heroism by serving in the military but also, what they are going through. It isn't every day that we encounter stories like this but I believe we have to start showcasing how brave they are and how we all should thank them often for what they do. Aidan lost an arm and a dear friend in Afghanistan and his depression is very understandable. It isn't easy to be in that situation and I could say he handles it well. Perry wrote a story that pinched a part of my heart because she was able to make a character that has passion in serving his country. Second thing is Aidan's disability. When I read Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, it was my first book with a male protagonist with disability and it was so special I never thought it would be this sexy. Not that am a bad person and don't mind special people but I treat them normally as far as I can. Ridge isn't far from Aidan. Aidan tries hard to cope with his new life and being depressed as I've said is a part of it but his character is also trying to let people know what it feels like to be like him. It made me appreciate little things more not just because he's missing an arm but I always take thing for granted. His character brings gratitude and lesson we don't normally see in a normal way. And I liked that. It reminded me to be grounded and helpful. Last thing is Aidan's take on honesty. One of my many pet peeves is dishonesty. I liked how much he values the truth and how much he's willing to trust to honest people. Not all men are like this. It almost made it restore my faith in humanity.

The Summer I Found You really is a quick and fun read. It embodies bravery, perseverance and honestly that makes it more fun! I may have found some aspects that I didn't fully like, but overall, I would still recommend this to readers who love semi-serious but quirky stories!

Thank you so much Albert Whitman Teen for the advance reading copy!

"All night I rested in his warm arms and felt his lips on my forehead and I suddenly understood why people get married. Who wouldn't want to sleep like that every night?"
"The way she watched him. Who would give someone power over them like that?"
"The stupid painkiller is enough drugs for me. It's just not enough to dull the ache in my chest."
"But do I want there to be?"
"I know there's a chance we could make it, but I realized it doesn't matter either way because I love him right now."
"Sometimes trying to focus and think on something makes it even more elusive."

Saturday, April 5, 2014

STACKING THE SHELVES (44): THE COLLECTIVE HAUL EDITION V2.


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that showcases newly acquired books or goodies we bought, received or borrowed during the week.

After a month of not posting StS, am finally back! Maybe this monthly post thingy would continue for a while because yes, I am too lazy to post weekly. Plus, I seldom buy books nowdays so that's that. But anyway, here are the books I got for the past month.

I won hard bound copies of Splintered and Unhinged on Facebook and I was super stoked when I got them! They are so so pretty in person and I needed these copies in my life. I have a paperback copy of Splintered and ARC of Unhinged so I was able to review them. Derek, my boss from PA, visited Manila a week ago and got me Shadow Kiss and Frostbite. I was originally asking him to but me hard covers but he couldn't find one so he bought these instead. I now have double copies of these titles! Then Elizabeth sent me an ARC of Wings that I will use for the #WingsPHBlogTour happening in May! And then Becca from Source Books sent me Rose and Rose and the Lost Princess for another blog tour in May!! The only books I bought were Til Death which was signed by Kate Evangelista, Half Bad, Shadow Throne, Finding Cinderella and Maybe Someday!


BOUGHT:
- Til Death (Fractured Souls #1) by Kate Evangelista (signed)
- Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (Reviewed: 8/5 stars!)
- Finding Cinderella (Hopeless #2.5) by Colleen Hoover
- Half Bad (Half Life Trilogy #1) by Sally Green
- The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy #3) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

WON:
- Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard (Reviewed: 8/5 stars!)
- Unhinged (Splintered #2) by A.G. Howard (Reviewed: 4/5 stars!)

GIFTED:
- Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead
- Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead

FOR REVIEW:
- Rose (Rose #1) by Holly Webb
- Rose and the Lost Princess (Rose #2) by Holly Webb
- Wings (Black City #3) by Elizabeth Richards

I've also received a ton of eARCs mostly from Harperteen and Harlequin but am too lazy to post them!
Thank you National Bookstore Glorietta 1, Fullybooked Fort, Abrams and Chronicle UK, Harlequin Teen, HaperCollins, Derek Plank, Source Books and Elizabeth Richards!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

APRIL 2014 RELEASES.


Hello April!!

Well, here are all my picks for this month's new releases and OMG my wallet is seriously going to kill me. Am going to be bankrupt soon enough and yes, I will die poor but happy! Hopefully I would be able to buy all these.

I just sent a request for The Summer I Wasn't Me and hopefully the pub would approve me and I will receive an ARC of Geography soon enough! I think I also have an eARC of Sea of Shadows. Aaaaaaaah! I just want all these especially:

The Last Forever, Open Road Summer, To All The Boys I've Loved Before and What I Thought Was True! (All Contemporary I know!!)

*Info are all from Goodreads so release dates might change*


April 01 - The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi
April 01 - The Last Forever by Deb Caletti
April 01 - The Ring and The Crown (The Ring and the Crown #1) by Melissa de la Cruz


April 08 - Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3) by Laini Taylor
April 08 - Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends #1) by Kelley Armstrong
April 15 - The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith


April 15 - House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
April 15 - Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
April 15 - Frozen (Taken #2) by Erin Bowman
April 15 - To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han


April 15 - What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
April 22 - Deception's Princess (Deception's Princess #1) by Esther M. Friesner
April 22 - Meridian (Arclight #2) by Josin L. McQuein
April 29 - Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy #3) by Wendy Higgins

WHAT ARE YOUR PICKS FOR THE MONTH?