Saturday, May 31, 2014

BLOG TOUR (14): WINGS BY ELIZABETH RICHARDS + INTL GIVEAWAY.

I simply could not believe that another fantastic series is about to end. Here I am, reviewing an awesome Advance Reader's Copy of a book I seriously don't want to end yet want to have. The struggle of saying goodbye and devouring this book all at once was pretty hard core because well, I want to claim that I've seen this series from the beginning. It is truly one of those series that is so dear to my heart. Thank you Elizabeth for allowing me to tour all three books here in the Philippines. Your books are not only beautifully created but your generosity and kindness struck me hard. *wipes tears* I will never say good bye to Black City because it holds a part of me and recommending it wouldn't do it justice.

Title: Wings (Black City #3)
Author: Elizabeth Richards
Edition: Paperback
Published: June 12, 2014
Publisher: Putnam/Penguin Teen
Pages: 382
Source: ARC provided by the Author
Category: Paranormal, Romance, Dystopia
Trailer: Here

Synopsis:

Following the cliffhanger ending of Phoenix, Natalie finds herself separated from Ash and unexpectedly reunited with her parents, including the father she thought was dead. But she can only think of Ash. She hasn't heard a word of him since she and Elijah were brought to the underground headquarters of the Sentry Rebellion. But she vows to find him.

Ash, meanwhile is back in Black City; it's the perfect place to hide from the Sentry government. But not for long. He won't give up on Natalie or bringing an end to the terrible reign of Purian Rose.

A pulse-racing end to an exciting series.
**JUST LITTLE SPOILERS**

Phoenix, the sequel to Black City, left me so broken I thought I will never recover. Not only the cliffhanger ending did serious damage, but the entirety of the story did it. It left me with serious book hangover for weeks and I kept catching myself staring at nothing wondering what the book did to me. After a year of waiting for Wings, here I am again, lost for words. I got damaged for the second time. You know what they say about love being sweeter the second time around? Well, pain is horrible the second time around. No kidding.

Wings started off stronger that I had anticipated. I was introduced to a new character who sounded so familiar yet I couldn't put a finger to it. The war is still on going and Nat and Ash's determination to put down Purian Rose transitioned smoothly. I thought I would have to skim through Phoenix because I've partly forgotten what transpired but Richards did a remarkable job in incorporating small details from Black City and Phoenix so the reader could remember. The events were consistent and I honestly didn't find any loopholes. At first I was like, "here we go again, the teens will save the world when the adults couldn't". I always have this notation in my head when I read Young Adult Dystopia or Paranormal genres. But with Wings, I wasn't disappointed. Each character, especially the adults, did a lot of "saving" and the young protagonists were only highlighted because the point of views are their voices. I was amazed how no one was left out and each of them have seriously wicked vital roles. Yes, everyone was given fair chances to share their histories or even their current contribution to the story. The book is three hundred plus pages but I just couldn't get enough. I want more. I want more Ash. I want more Edmund. I want more Black City. The pacing is just the perfect blend and honestly? There were no dull moments. Each chapter produced the right amount of adrenaline rush so you can go and read the next one immediately. Wings is undoubtedly one of the unputdownable books I've read this year. Even if it is the conclusion to a series so close to my heart, I want to devour it in one sitting yet slowly take everything in at the same time. If that even makes sense.

In Wings, I learned to love and forgive Purian Rose. Yes, I did. Unbelievable really. He's one of the villains I hated so much to the extent I wished him tortured twenty times over. Wings is partly about the war the Darklings are fighting for and partly about Nat and Ash's romance. In my opinion, it is mainly about Purian Rose's past. How he truly became the meanest, soulless and heartless antagonist we've all learned to hate. I would have to leave it at that because this review will turn to be too spoilery if I try to explain why I said that. But his past pinched and took a small part of my heart I didn't know I could give him. His character was clouded with and blinded by misinterpretation, pain and environment's morbid influence. He was just a young boy who fell in love and .... But still, he didn't have the right to do all those hideous things he did. But honestly, Purian Rose's background put a stunning spark in Wings.

Richards might have planned it during her outlining/plotting days, but I wasn't prepared for the shocking pain waves I received while reading Wings. I felt like every flip of each page I would lose a limb. The revelation and the magnitude of loss left me astounded with awe, pain, mostly pain, whys and nos. There were definitely screaming in between and tsunami tears. The rawness of it all brought so much emotion that I had to pause reading for a few hours just to breathe. It was that intense. I also wasn't kidding when I said "magnitude" of loss. It wasn't only one or two but multiple characters gave up lives to help with Ash's cause for the Darklings. That alone not only took me by surprise but caused ugly tears to flood my face. The pain felt like someone's aiming my heart and stabbed it with a machete or something over and over again.

Wings is the perfect conclusion to such amazing series. I will never have sufficient adjectives to describe how Wings gave euphoria and all sorts of unnamed emotions to me. Highly fitting to be the last installment (because there is nothing that would top this), every fiber of Wings suited the need for answers and satiated the cravings for action. Gripping with blood and vengeance, Wings turns out to be the key to all the madness. Treacherous, dangerous and brutal it may appear but Wings is by far the best part of the series. Breath taking and breath stopping altogether!

Again, thank you Liz for sending this in for review/tour! Love, love!

"But the Darklings are different. They don't just kill you, they play with you first. They drug you, make you think you are in love with them, so you willingly let them feed on you, until there's nothing left of you but an empty shell. It's sick."
"It's easy to hate. The truest test of our hearts is to forgive."
"Forgiveness is the only way you will ever find peace."



If you want to check the blog tour, just visit #WingPHBlogTour on Twitter or Facebook!
And that is not all!! We are giving away awesome stuff!!
Check this out!

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THANK YOU SO MUCH ELIZABETH RICHARDS FOR MAKING THIS TOUR POSSIBLE AND TO ALL #BlackCityPHTour , #PhoenixPHTour and #WngsPHBlogTour PARTICIPANTS!! THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH FOR ALL THE SUPPORT!! *wipes ugly tears*

STACKING THE SHELVES (48): THE BOOKSALE EDITION.


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.

So... I went to a Book Sale store few weeks back and found these amazing books. They were less than 2 dollars each and still in a crisp condition! I've been meaning to get copies of Dan Brown's novels but I couldn't find the heart to until that day. These UK versions are wicked! And they have the same height! I wish I could find the same edition of Inferno, though. And don't you love my pink data cable??


BOUGHT: (Book Sale Store, SM Megamall)
- Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
- Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon #1) by Dan Brown
- Deception Point by Dan Brown
- The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon #2) by Dan Brown
- Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

There you have it! I just cannot simply leave a bookstore without bagging anything! What did you get this week?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

THE BOOKAHOLIC BLURBS TURNS 2!


Woohoo!! The Bookaholic Blurbs just turned 2! (Been technically blogging for 3 years, but this blog officially is just 2) OMG. Who would believe that I'd last this long in the blogging world? Am just super grateful that though I've been on a on/off reading/blogging slump since late last year, am still here, trying to cope with everything! HAHA! So guys, thank you for sticking with me through these years!

The blog (and blog related) stats moved up a notch this year, too. Look!






And GFC followers (340), Bloglovin' (200) as well as page views (70k) went up, too! So thank you so much bookish friends for the continued support! Seriously, this has been an amazing bookish year!


I know I've been a terrible blogger and honestly, all I did lately was to buy books and Instagram them HAHA. I've been so addicted to this mobile game called Clash of Clans and it truly consumes all my free time. Thus the lack of reviews. But now, I would try again to go back to reading and reviewing. Hopefully I could post twice a week just like before. I will be better this year. *fingers crossed* And I don't know what else to say aside from thank you, guys! Our bookish community is really the nicest one to belong to. All the support I need is right here! So thank you, really from the center of my heart!
Thank you to all publicists, publishers, authors, HarperCollins, PBT and international bookish friends, National Bookstore and Fullybooked! THANK YOU ENDLESSLY!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

WINGS (BLACK CITY #3) PH BLOG TOUR.

WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL #WingsPHBlogTour Introduction Post!

It has been a year since we've toured Phoenix here in the Philippines and I couldn't simply contain my happiness when Liz (THE Author) sent me my copy of Wings ARC. I hosted the tours for both Black City and Phoenix and it will be my forever pleasure to again tour Wings, the conclusion to this fantastic series. Today my lovely bookish friends, I present the official participants and schedule for the #WingsPHBlogTour and there's more! We will be hosting an international giveaway of the entire series!!

Thank you Nicole of The Twins Read for this amazing Blog Tour Banner!
Again, the international give away will run for a month and I hope you guys would follow the tour! The series is one of the best ones I've read and seriously, am super stoked for Wings!! Thank you ever so much Liz for the opportunity to showcase your books and also I love working with you!

#WingsPHBlogTour Participants, please enter your review links here:

Saturday, May 24, 2014

STACKING THE SHELVES (47): THE FULLYBOOKED EDITION.


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.


BOUGHT: (Fullybooked, Bonifacio High Street Branch)
- Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare
- Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare
- The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass 0.1-0.5) by Sarah J. Maas
- The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski
- To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han (3/5 stars)
- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (Read it but haven't reviewed it yet. Gave 3/5 stars)
- Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor (for Blog Tour: 3/5 stars)

So I bought these books during To All the Boys, Winner's Curse and Assassin's Blade's release week. I was so stoked I got these titles immediately. As soon as I got my copy of To All the Boys, I read it in a breeze but was a little bit disappointed with it. And FINALLY!! After waiting for months, I now have Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince in hard bound!! Woohoo!! Cannot wait to marathon this trilogy!!
Thank you Lucy of Fullybooked for reserving these titles for me. You rock, Lucy Fruit!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

REVIEW: WE WERE LIARS BY EMILY LOCKHART.

Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Edition: Paperback
Published: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 240
Source: Bought from Fullybooked, Fort
Category: Contemporary
Trailer: Not applicable.

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Synopsis:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
Less is definitely more.

Truth be told, I never heard much about We Were Liars. Yes, I've seen ARCs around but I didn't give much fuss about it. Until THAT day. That perfect day when 3 of my bookish friends (aka my #WWLSupportGroup Kai, Jesselle and Leslie) couldn't stop gushing about how much We Were Liars ruined their minds. That was also the day I found early copies from our local bookstore that I just had to grab my own copy. I devoured it like I didn't eat words for 5 lifetimes. That was the day I was torn apart, piece by piece, beyond repair.

We Were Liars is a story like no other. Unique, thrilling, magnificent, absolutely mind blowing and it is one billion sadness compressed into 240 pages. The confusion and questions I encountered the entire time were overwhelming. I saw Cadence's character as a very broken protagonist within a very greedy family that I hated the composition and combination of the Sinclair family. Their differences somehow collided with their motive which was their old man's wealth. I couldn't understand how Cadence was just so fragile that everyone seemed to be shutting her out. The mere fact that she met a terrible accident no one wanted to talk to her about, even her cousins and Gat, drove me insane. Like, what is wrong with these people? She deserves to know. I would have never understood it if I stopped reading and finding out the truth myself. It felt like I was sitting with Cadence the entire time, patiently waiting for the truth for reveal itself. And when it did, hell, I was a goner.

My bookish friends really did try to warn me about the last 50 pages. How those glorious pages will be the cause of my bleeding heart. How those fantastic pages with cut my breath short. And how those crazy pages will push my soul into oblivion. Their warnings weren't enough for me to be  prepared BECAUSE THERE IS JUST NO FREAKING WAY YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO. THE LAST 50 PAGES RUINED ME, ROBBED ME OF MY SANITY, SHOCKED ME, TORE ME APART AND COMPLETELY TOOK MY SENSE OF LIVING FOR 5 HOURS. IT WAS SO PHENOMENALLY SAD THAT I COULDN'T THINK STRAIGHT, I COULDN'T FOCUS ON ANYTHING AND LOOKING AT THE BOOK MADE ME WANT TO GRAB CADENCE AND HUG HER FOREVER. THERE IS JUST NO WAY, NO NO WAY FOR ME TO MOVE PAST THAT. THAT PART WHEN THEY LEFT. IT JUST WRECKED EVERY EMOTION I HAVE, EVEN THE TINIEST ONE BECAUSE IT WAS THAT PAINFUL. THE ENDING WAS TRULY, TRULY PAINFUL. I COULDN'T EVEN TALK ABOUT GAT WITHOUT SOBBING, LIKE SERIOUSLY. OMG.

*breathes slowly*

As I have shared on Facebook, I couldn't recommend this book enough. It isn't only mysterious but highly intriguing and it plays so good with the mind. Lockhart sure enough nailed this one, the characters are so lovely, the plot is one of a kind, the romance is ugh, to die for and that tingling sensation on each chapter gives an out of the body goosebumps. This book is surely one of the amazing novels I've read this year. And be warned: prepare for a support group. You wouldn't survive longer after you're done with this.

"Be a little kinder than you have to."
"I want to know everything, understand everything; I want to hold [him] close and run my hands over him and never let him go. But perhaps this is the only way we can start."

Saturday, May 10, 2014

STACKING THE SHELVES (46): THE HARPERCOLLINS SUMMER EDITION.


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.

YAHOOOOOO!!

Guys, I just wanted to let you all know how extreme my happiness was when I got this package from HarperCollins last Monday (May 5)! I was doing the dishes when the DHL guys came over and literally shoved the package in my arms! I still had soap all over my hands and all I did was scream and giggle! It has been a while since I received a package and you know what, it never gets old!


FOR REVIEW:
- Seven Wonders Journals: The Select by Peter Lerangis
- Fan Art by Sarah Tregay
- After the End (After the End #1) by Amy Plum
- The Tomb of Shadows (Seven Wonders #3) by Peter Lerangis
- Tease by Amanda Maciel
- Rebel (Reboot #2) by Amy Tintera
- Wicked Games by Sean Olin
THANK YOU SO SO MUCH HARPERCOLLINS US FOR SENDING THESE IN!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

BLOG TOUR (13): MAYBE ONE DAY BY MELISSA KANTOR.

I apologize for posting my review several days late for Dianne of Oops, I Read a Book Again (Admin of Pinoy Book Tours) Maybe One Day Blog Tour. It was honestly a very slow read that I almost DNF-ed it but thank you to Dianne for giving me ample amount of time to finish it and still post my review. I only gave Maybe One Day 3 stars but don't be fooled by shiny things. This is gonna be a gushing review, people.

Title: Maybe One Day
Author: Melissa Kantor
Edition: Paperback
Published: February 18, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 384
Source: Bought from Fullybooked, Fort
Category: Contemporary
Trailer: Not applicable.

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Synopsis:

Critically acclaimed author Melissa Kantor masterfully captures the joy of friendship, the agony of loss, and the unique experience of being a teenager in this poignant new novel about a girl grappling with her best friend's life-threatening illness.

Zoe and her best friend, Olivia, have always had big plans for the future, none of which included Olivia getting sick. Still, Zoe is determined to put on a brave face and be positive for her friend.

Even when she isn't sure what to say.

Even when Olivia misses months of school.

Even when Zoe starts falling for Calvin, Olivia's crush.

The one thing that keeps Zoe moving forward is knowing that Olivia will beat this, and everything will go back to the way it was before. It has to. Because the alternative is too terrifying for her to even imagine.

In this incandescent page-turner, which follows in the tradition of The Fault in Our Stars, Melissa Kantor artfully explores the idea that the worst thing to happen to you might not be something that is actually happening to you. Raw, irreverent, and honest, Zoe's unforgettable voice and story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.

I've always wanted to read Maybe One Day because a) the first cover was stunning b) I want to read a Contemporary that doesn't focus on romance but friendship and c) I couldn't really pass the chance to be a part of a tour. It has been a long time since I participated in one. And I thought Maybe One Day was a very good starting point.

Maybe One Day absolutely ground my heart into microscopic pieces. It was terribly, terribly slow up until page 200 but once you past that excruciating slow pacing part, the good stuff come pouring over. It will hit you in the chest hard that you wouldn't notice you're choking with your own tears. God. This book is so emotional that 12 hours after reading it, here I am, struggling to come up with a decent review and it still hurts.

Livvie and Zoe are best friends for more than a decade. They share the same passion for ballet. Everything in their lives they've already planned. However, they were kicked out of the dance program and then Livvie got sick. Zoe was just so worried about Livvie because she didn't know how to live her life without Livvie around her. They love each other so much that their friendship is something they treasure and cling to. Zoe's just lost and hallow.

Well, the plot is that simple. Even the lines. Even the characters. Even the romance. Yes, there was a little bit of romance on Zoe's part but mostly, the story revolved around their friendship in the middle of a very tragic event. No one expected that their friendship would be tested this hard. What I adored most I guess aside from the fact that I could somehow relate to Zoe is that, Zoe did everything she could for her best friend. It was like she wanted to turn her back from the rest of the world just to make Livvie happy. And am like that with my best friend. He just have to say the word and I would do whatever I can to make him safe and happy. I adored Zoe for sticking with all they've been together that no matter how life-threatening Livvie's case was, she tried to be strong for both of them.

This friendship is super special that Zoe's journey just crushed me. My best friend left and I am absolutely feeling lost like how Zoe felt. It was hard to move on from a life you shared with someone for so long and the pain is constant. Everything reminds you of the person. Kantor perfectly captured the raw emotions and that struck my heart. Maybe One Day absolutely is worth all one gallon of tears I shed because. Just because.

It is truly beautifully worded.

"I thought, 'Oh, God, I did this thing, this stupid thing that's going to hurt [you].' And I didn't want to be the person who did something to hurt you, because I love you.."
"Time does not care how precious it is, how hard you are working not to squander it. Time passes."
 

Thank you so much Dianne and Pinoy Book Tours!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

STACKING THE SHELVES (45): THE COLLECTIVE HAUL EDITION V3.0.


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.

AM BACK!

Unfortunately, am still too lazy to post book haul thus the collective haul title. This is my third collective haul however, I just scheduled 4 more STS posts. Yes, I purchased a lot last month. I couldn't post them all at the same time because I purchased different sets from different vendors and I got a package from a publisher. Am so excited to share what I got and here they are!


BORROWED:
- Defy (Defy #1) by Sara B. Larson
- When the World Was Flat (and we were in love) by Ingrid Jonach

BOUGHT: (National Bookstore, Glorietta 1)
- Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1) by Becca Fitzpatrick (signed)
- Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick (signed)
- Silence (Hush, Hush #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick (signed)
- Finale (Hush, Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick (signed)
- Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) by Stephanie Perkins
- The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation #1) by Avery Williams

FOR REVIEW/GIFTED:
- Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Becca Fitzpatrick came over to the Philippines for her long awaited book signing. We were lucky to be given an ARC of Black Ice! Here's the link to the event!
Thank you ever so much JB of National Bookstore, National Bookstore, Becca Fitzpatrick, Simon and Schuster, Sir Miggy, Kai of Amaterasu Reads and Dianne of Oops, I Read a Book Again!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

MAY 2014 RELEASES.


OMG. Again. O.M.G.

I am really hoping that this is the last month of summer because I officially hate summer. You know why? Because the temperature reaches 38 degrees Celsius! Isn't that insane? Just like what Ransom Riggs tweeted, the Philippines is like a huge sauna! UGH! I hate, hate, hate summer!

Enough with the weather complains. Here are my picks for this month's new releases! I was able to buy a couple of April releases and am still waiting for some paperbacks to be available. Don't believe that paperbacks come after a year because most of the new releases I've seen has PBs already. So, enjoy!


May 06 - After the End (After the End #1) by Amy Plum
May 06 - The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass
May 06 - Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
May 06 - Rush Too Far (Rosemary Beach #1.1) by Abbi Glines

May 13 - Of Neptune (The Syrena Legacy #3) by Anna Banks
May 13 - We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
May 13 - Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
May 13 - Rebel (Reboot #2) by Amy Tintera

May 13 - Free to Fall by Lauren Miller
May 13 - Renegade (MILA 2.0 #2) by Debra Driza
May 27 - Meridian (Arclight #2) by Josin L. McQuein
May 27 - City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

Am so looking forward to all of these but of course, CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE is the top one am anticipating! I asked my local book store to reserve me an early copy! Also, this is a late post and I just posted it May 1 (I really finished this post May 6), I already bought copies of The One and We Were Liars! Cannot wait for the weekend!