Tuesday, August 22, 2017

REVIEW: WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER BY LEIGH BARDUGO.

Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: DC Icons #1
Edition: Paperback
Publication: August 29th 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC provided by the Publisher
Pages: 384
Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis:
She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

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ISBN: 978-0-399-54973-1

I was sent an advance copy of Wonder Woman: Warbringer back in May and I couldn't contain my happiness. It is one of my Most Anticipated Titles this year but I didn't devour it right away. I read it right after I watched Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman and it was the perfect time to read it. I was still super hungover with the movie that I was hoping to cure it with another dose of awesomeness which is Leigh Bardugo but it only gotten worse. I NEED MORE. I. NEED. MORE.


I have everything I need in this book! I fell deeply inlove with the book not only because of Diana, the kickass plot or Queen Leigh but because of how diverse the characters are. And most importantly, they have been given equal amounts of 'airtime' (pagetime? exposure?) to really expound their parts in the story. It was amazing to see that this book didn't just revolve around Diana but with the rest of the crew. Also, I'm floored that we have a superb friendship in this book, Diana and Alia are the perfect BFFs! Leigh just knew how to empower women and that doesn't always need to have THAT romance in it. NIM IS MY FAVORITE!!


There's now way I could give justice to how hilarious and fabulous this book is. Leigh proved that she's not only an NYT Bestselling Author but she could be THE NYT Bestselling Author. Wonder Woman: Warbringer gave me what I hoped and more. This one speaks volumes. I cannot believe I'm this lucky to have read another bestseller in advance! Truly unputdownable, astounding, brilliant!!!!


Thank you so much, Penguin Random House International Sales for the ARC!

"Sister in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine."

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

LET'S TALK BOOKISH: THE PHILIPPINE READERS AND WRITERS FESTIVAL 2017 PANEL TALK.

Hello there again, guys! I am so excited (well, this year I am ninety-seven percent nervous; last year it was just ninety!) to share with you all that my blogger friends


and I will be in a panel on August 27. Our panel will kick off at 5PM and will end around 6:30ish. This will be at the Namayan Room, Raffles! Our panel is right after Pierce Brown's event so please do drop by!

This year, we will be discussing: Diversity, Cultural Representation, Bookish Disputes not limited to Authors Behaving Badly, Bloggers Behaving Badly, Book Shaming, Bullying and a lot more hot, sensitive and IMPORTANT topics! So I really am hoping to see you all there! This is our second year at the event so if you missed us last year, this is another chance to come say hi? PLEASE?


I am so thankful to have been invited again and I hope we'll all leave the panel more educated and happy! I will also bring some ARCs for lucky attendees! SEE YOU!!!

Thank you National Bookstore and their sponsors for hosting this amazing event and for inviting us!
 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

#GODSGRAVEPHBLOGTOUR SIGN-UP FORM!!!

Last year when I hosted the #NeverNightPHBlogTour, it was such a disaster I don't want to even think about it. But I truly appreciate the active participants who did their best to do their part. I committed that I won't let that happen again. So this year, I was given another set of ARCs to tour (weeeeeeeh!) and I am opening up the form for those people who want to be a part of this:



I will only have 5 participants for this tour to avoid unncessary dramas and I will be absolutely picky this time. I originally plan to get 15 people but we will see. If you have read Nevernight and loved it, come sign-up!


Thank you, Harper Voyager UK for the copies!

Monday, August 7, 2017

AUGUST RELEASES I AM EXCITED FOR!


I really don't know what's happening but OMG it's August already? Woooow. Few more weeks and we will be in the BER months! Woooohooo! I cannot wait for Christmas to be honest! But here are the books I am most looking forward to reading!


August 29th 2017 by HarperTeen

August 8th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

And the Best Book of 2017 Title Holder for me is this amazing, amazing book! I was given the chace to read it early and OMGGGG, I loved it to bits and I will post my review anytime this week!


August 29th 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Thank you so much, Penguin Random House International for my Warbringer ARC!

What titles are you excited for this month?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

ARC AUGUST STARTS NOW!


Hellewwww beautiful people! I am so excited to participate in this year's #ARCAugust hosted by the lovely ladies over at Read. Sleep. Repeat.This reading activity motivats me to get through my (high-prio) review galleys! The fact that we're like, a huge group, reading together makes me so happy I couldn't wait to get started! I sucked so much at reading the last few months so this month, I have a very ambitious TBR. Look:


I read 7 out of 16 (pictured):

- Whenever I'm with You by Lydia Sharp -3-star review
- Blood of Wonderland (Queen of Hearts Saga #2) by Colleen Oakes -5-star review
- Poison's Kiss (Poison's Kiss #1) by Breeana Shields -5-star review
- 10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac -5-star review
- Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia -5-star review
- Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1) by Leigh Bardugo -5-star GR review
- Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1) by Julie C. Dao -5-star GR review


Review galleys I need to finish:

- Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez (Stopped at page 60)
- Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton (Stoped at page 65)
- The Wonder of Us by Kim Culbertson (Stopped at page 190)
- The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (Stopped at page 200)
- That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim
- Keys to the City by Lisa Schroeder
- Dark Breaks the Dawn (Untitled Duology #1) by Sara B. Larson
- The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby
- Lucky in Love by Kasie West
- Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown (Stopped at page 160/eARC/not pictured)
- The Color Project by Sierra Abrams (Currently reading/eARC/not pictured)
- #famous by Jilly Gagnon (stopped at page 130/eARC/not pictured)

I know these are a lot especially for a slow reader like me. But I will really try to power through these and hopefully I could atleast read 3-5 books from the titles left unread in my 2017 ARCs stack. I want to be a 'success story' by the end of August haha!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

THE BREAKER OF CHAINS IS COMING.


How to even start this without getting too excited? I don't know really. There's no intro beautiful enough that could do justice to how much joy I am feeling right now. *shakes head* No, there isn't. Words will never be enough for something as huge as this.


If you have been following me on Twitter for quite some time now, you would know how much I loved Red Rising and Golden Son. *starts getting nervous* There was so much shouting and pleading for help in the course of the my reading. Both books were insanely good. *starts crying* Right then, all I ever wished for was to meet him.

As if the heavens heard me (us, I know heehee), here I am now, typing this blog post. The stars have aligned for this to happen, not just to me but to his Filipino fans.

AND IT IS FINALLY GOING TO FUCKING HAPPEN!!!!!!!!!!! (!!!!!!!!!!!!)

I wish I could post the video of me stealthily taken by my brother. This video contains tears, squeals, flails and some more inhuman noise I wasn't expecting I was capable of creating. It was when I was told that he will be visiting. Just to give you an idea, you may want to check out my ridiculously loud thread: Click Me

Grabbed from NBS' Facebook Page
OH-MY-GODDDDDD!!!!!!!!

Pierce will have a signing event here in Manila this August. It is for The Philippine Readers and Writers Festival on the 25th to 27th! I don't have the full details yet but watch his and National Bookstore's pages for more info. Schedules should be announced soon! You can also check the events' FB Page!

I have been pushing this book to people since 2014 and if you aren't convinced enough, here are my reviews:

4 stars for Red Rising
"Red Rising is absolutely heart-racing, hair-raising and mind-blowing take on a very cruel sci-fi world. It speaks a language so uniquely and tells a story so admirably. Holding distinct characters as its strength, it doesn't stop there. Love, revenge, and freedom are cooking in such impeccable way that tasting Red Rising would have you begging for more."
8 stars for Golden Son
"Intoxicating and nerve-wracking, Golden Son brings full blast of action and suspense that will leave you grasping for air. With a remarkable plot and shocking ending, Book 3 couldn't be here fast enough. It holds love, loss and vengeance in its center that if this incredibly phenomenal sequel will not break you, I don't know what else will."
SEE YOU SOON, PIERCE BROWN!!! AND THANK YOU NATIONAL BOOKSTORE FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY!!! AAAAAHHHHH!
 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

REVIEW: ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN BY JENNY HAN.

Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Author: Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #3
Edition: Hardbound
Publication: May 2nd 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Bought from National Bookstore
Pages: 336
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Chick-Lit

Synopsis:
Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean is a suprise follow-up book for the To All the Boys I've Loved Before series. It wasn't supposed to come out but Jenny Han loves her readers she gifted us another one that we will treasure forever. However, I think PS was the perfect ending.

I am thankful that I get to spend so much time with Peter K in this book and we get to see old characters again. But since I marathon-ed the books, the gap between PS and Always is so obvious I felt like I was reading a totally different series. I felt it. And half of the book kind of dragged for me. It was just so fortunate that Peter K's retorts made me laugh and love him even more.

The last seventy pages shattered me. I wasn't expecting it to be this raw and I felt so much pain for myself and for Peter. He didn't deserve that treatment, no he did not. He's worth it too just like Lara Jean and I couldn't help but shed a tear or two because damn heartache is real.

Also, I am going to miss Stormy.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean is best read if you miss the characters so badly. This series just became one of my favorite series of all time and thank you, Jenny for making me love the entire cast even more. Bittersweet ending, I know I wouldn't be able to say goodbye just yet. I keep making up stories in my head because I NEED A BOOK IN PETER K'S POV!


Other posts you might also want to check out:
"Peter will love Lara Jean with all his heart, always"
"Pack light and figure the rest out as you go."
"I guess that's part of growing up, too--saying goodbye to the things you used to love."

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

REVIEW: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU BY JENNY HAN.

Title: P.S. I Still Love You
Author: Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #2
Edition: Hardbound
Publication: May 26, 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Bought from Book Outlet
Pages: 337
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

Synopsis:
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

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The first time I read To All the Boys I've Loved Before was back in 2014 and it was an underwhelming read to me. I was all hyped up about the book but then I didn't get anything from it. It was such a bummer I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to. Fast forward to 2017 and after re-reading it in prep for books 2 and 3, I was like, OMGGG?? WHAT WAS I THINKING BACK THEN?? WHY AM I JUST NOTICING PETER K NOWWWW? I LOVED IT SO SO MUCH?? The experience this time was absolutely different I still feel my heart go wild whenever think about this book! Like, I couldn't believe my review back then. PETER K LEGIT CAPTURED MY HEART AND GOD DAMN IT, I AM SO EXTREMELY JOYFUL TO HAVE MET LARA JEAN AND PETER K THE SECOND TIME AROUND!

I have so many feelings and thoughts about PS I Still Love You I can't map them all out properly. Just like TATBILB did to me, I am a huge mess right now. THIS BOOK IS PERFECTION. A quick read but packed with everything I needed in a story. It's just amazing to see how much a book can do damage to your well-being (in a good bookish way).

PSISLY isn't what I can put in the Middle Book Syndrome List. It's one of the best sophomore books I've read in a while and it just makes me so happy that I loved it. The amount of awww, oh, and OMG expressions I've uttered while reading blew me away because this one is THAT good. But there are just some points I didn't understand (but didn't make me love this any less)

- How can Peter let Gen manipulate him?
- How can he let her get away with everything when he says he is over her?
- How can he put Lara Jean in a position where she feels she's just his option? (LIKE, REALLY, PETER K?)
- How can Lara Jean not trust her get and still believes nothing is going on between Peter and Geb when she saw it with her own eyes? (COME ON)
- How did Gen become the victim?
- How can Gen's manipulative and abusive behaviour not discussed and given attention to? Nothing she did is okay.

Even though I didn't get much of Peter K in this book, I appreciated Lara Jean's development here. She's not that naive anymore and she's a much better sister to Kitty in this book. Her relationship with her family is one aspect I am thrilled about and I'm absolutely happy to have been given plenty of that. I still adore Kitty so much for being a child and an adult all at the same time! You get me? She is so fierce and she made everything happen!

Jenny Han wrote the love triangle in a quirky way. I was so against it being the center of the story, I couldn't help but feel angsty towards Peter K. I do love him its just that his actions are ridiculous to me (regarding Gen). Lara Jean did put up a fight and to be honest, she made the right choice BECAUSE THAT IS THE CHOICE I WANT HAHA

P.S. Still Love You made me fall in love with Peter K harder (and Lara Jean). This story keeps making me squeal and I still have butterflies while writing my review! It is absolutely the perfect follow-up installment and man, I wish I read it sooner!

*I call this sophomore book because I read it long after Always and Forever, Lara Jean was released. This was supposed to be a duology.*

"I know now that I don’t want to love or be loved in half measures. I want it all, and to have it all, you have to risk it all."
"People come in and out of your life. For a time they are your world; they are everything. And then one day they’re not. There’s no telling how long you will have them near."
"You have to let yourself be fully present in every moment. Just be awake for it, do you know what I mean? Go all in and wring every last drop out of the experience."
"It doesn't become important until you don't have it anymore."

Saturday, July 15, 2017

REVIEW: THE LAST TIME I'LL WRITE ABOUT YOU BY DAWN LANUZA.

Title: The Last Time I'll Write About You
Author: Dawn Lanuza
Series: Standalone
Edition: Paperback
Publication: 2016
Source: Bought from the author
Genre: Poetry

Synopsis:
Should I be
Thankful
Or
Regretful
That my only idea
Of love
Is
You?

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This is the first poetry book I owned and I quite enjoyed it. It wasn't as deep as opposed to what I am accustomed to but it still pinches the heart greatly. The lines are written as if you wrote them yourself in the middle of the night while nursing your broken heart and this one is absolutely relatable!

Made these by the way:


"I meant to keep you but I didn't want to be kept. You see the problem?"
"You are the dream but I've had wake-up calls"

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

REVIEW: FALL LIKE RAIN BY ANA TEJANO.

Title: Fall Like Rain
Author: Ana Tejano
Series: Standalone
Edition: Paperback
Publication: September 29th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Source: Bought from the author
Pages: 164
Genre: New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Rain De Castro has been in love with her best friend, Mark Velasco, for almost the entire time she has known him, but she's clearly in the friend zone because he's happily in a relationship. Or so she thought, until the news of his break-up reaches her. Now that Mark's single again, she decides that it's time to get out of the zone. But when her cousin Lissa comes into the picture and sets her eyes on Mark, Rain feels troubled when he gets a little too friendly with her. Rain is determined to fight for what she feels this time, but is it worth the effort if it's a losing battle from the start? Will she back off to give way for her best friend's happiness, even if it means losing him to someone else again?

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THAT ONE STORY THAT MADE ME WANNA GET DRUNK.. TO KILL THE FEELINGS.. BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE.. AND IT FUCKING STINGS TOO MUCH...

So ummmm. Man, this is heavy (for me, at least). I'm sobbing so hard right now because this book is my story. I wish I wrote this but thankfully Ana did because I just got no writing talents. Oh, gosh, I'm trashed. This story is so freaking familiar I wanted to change Rain's name to Kate. I looooooved it. I'm so disgustingly incoherent right now omgggggg what am I even trying to say

*inhales, exhales*

Fall Like Rain is a book that made me feel waves of emotions that were all too familiar to me: dancing around a feeling I have been trying to deny to myself, reading too much into simple things, at war with myself all the time, weighing two sides of a story to justify a certain action, jealousy, disappointment, expectations and a lot more. After reading this, it felt as if I was drowning with my own feelings. Like I said, I wanted a drink after I read this. It's so SO real to me because this is MY experience. Ana, what are you doing to me? My heart is so fragile stop breaking it (also don't stop?).

I related so much to Rain and Mark's story because six or seven years ago, I was in the same exact place as Rain. Holding everything back to save a friendship that is too important to me is one of the hardest things I ever had to endure. OMG I can go oooooon about this but no, I won't. #SoMuchHugot There's really this magic in the way Ana writes and I think I've said that over and over but you can't go and be wrong when it comes to Ana's books.

This is the ending I have hoped for myself. Only it didn't happen. Ouch HAHA. Thereby the slight bitterness and the reason for the tsunami tears.

Fall like Rain is an amazing take on how fate finds ways to connect hearts that are meant to be. It's a story of uncertainty and dispair turned to happy the-best-thing-ever and it-is-finally-happening moments.

"Because you're here and I don't have to look for you anymore."
"But what if this doesn’t work out?" I asked, my voice cracking a little. "What if he still doesn’t choose me?"
"Only best friends can keep this dancing game on for so long."
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