Saturday, April 29, 2017

BOOKSALE HAUL!

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.
Hello, everyone! It's been a while since I posted a haul on the blog! Aside from I've been extremely busy with work, I was also a little bit lazy to take photos. This January, I posted my haul at the end of the month so I thought of just posting on a monthly basis but I missed February and March! The photos are ready now but I might just post them next month.

So today's post isn't actually for April (ha! You thought wrong!) but my haul for the last 3 days. I went to 3 separate Book Sale Stores (local book shop that sells used books) on three separate instances and I was able to score amazing titles! If you have been following me on IG and Twitter (one, two, three), you would have an idea what sets of books I found and bought!

Here's what I have accumulated for the past 3 days! These are amazingly cheap by the way.


BOUGHT FROM MAKATI CINEMA SQUARE BRANCH DAY1:
Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland
L.A. Candy (L.A. Candy #1) by Lauren Conrad
Shades of Doon (Doon #3) by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

BOUGHT FROM ALPHALAND BRANCH DAY2:
Adaptation (Adaptation #1) by Malinda Lo
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls #5) by Ally Carter
Homesick by Kate Klise

BOUGHT FROM CASH AND CARRY BRANCH DAY3:
Wanted (Pretty Little Liars, #8) by Sara Shepard
Twisted (Pretty Little Liars #9) by Sara Shepard
Ruthless (Pretty Little Liars, #10) by Sara Shepard
Starstruck (Starstruck #1) by Rachel Shukert
The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide (Twilight ) by Stephenie Meyer

Most of these books are priced between 80php-90-php (less than 2$) and the most expensive is the Illustrated Guide at 230php (less than 6$). I was skeptical in getting the Illustrated Guide because this copy is published by Atom and all my Twilight hardcovers are by MT Books so there's this height issue here. But I guess I am okay with it for the mean time HAHA. Also, I was really not planning to get the PLL books because the series is too long BUT these copies are 80php only and they look brand new! AND I SHOULDN'T REALLY BE SPENDING MONEY ON BOOKS BECAUSE ACOWAR IS FOR SURE HELLA EXPENSIVE BUT WHO COULD SIMPLY RESIST? I obv and def couldn't because ughhhhh bargain prices are my weakness!



Could you seriously resist book sales?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.


Sorry it took me a while to participate! It also took me awhile to film and basically decide how am I gonna do it. I am 384738975893% uncomfortable posting this but for the love of books and public libraries, here's my entry to National Bookstore's #ReadOutloudChallenge :) It isn't every day that we're given such an opportunity to help out make something THIS big so I have swallowed fear, discomfort and awkwardness so I can do my part! Talk about getting out of my comfort zone! It looks easy but it isn't really haha! I was nervous the entire time I think my tongue froze.

I read from Tahereh Mafi's Ignite Me:
"No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh."
Thank you for tagging me, Dawn! I've tagged Kai of Amaterasu Reads, Lyra of Defiantly Deviant and Hazel of Stay Bookish!

Thank you NBS for all that you do!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

SCHOLASTIC WAREHOUSE SALE 2017.


*I drafted this last night*

I literally just got home from Scholastic Warehouse Sale and damn son, I am the epitome of sticky sweat right now. It's summer (feels like all year long though) here in the Philippines so the heat and humidity are *gaaaaaad* almost unbearable. Imagine walking to the bus station  (well, I rode a van at the bus station) at 3:45 in the afternoon with 41°C heat index and 736261719915251% humidity, that leaves you with such nasty attitude. I mean, it's fucking hot. So yeah, arrived at the warehouse after around 45 minutes.

HELLO, BOOKS!
Seeing the room jam-packed with people is a view I have anticipated. Who would pass up the chance to hoard from a "book buffet" table for only 799php (9$) right? I can get books from the "buffet table" as long as the books do not overflow from the box. But hold your horses, that isn't what happened. Apparently, I can only get from the table full of children's books and not from the shelves with YA. Okay, fine, I don't mind. But the shelves are bareeeeeee!!! I mean, there are YA books in there but 97% of them are YAs I never heard of and are paperbacks (lucky you paperback collectors, this sale is for you! Drop everything and go there right away). As a hardbound collector perspirating 3738262181 miles per second, I am starting to get ticked off. So okay, again, probably they wouldn't display the nice ones today since it's just the first day of a month long sale.

BOOK BUFFET TABLE
So I tried searching for the titles I really came there for. I have been holding off purchasing my hardcover set of Harry Potter thinking I could get it there way cheaper. (Scholastic published HP, they should have it there, right?) So after like 20 steps, I was able to literally inspect the shelves and I saw HP1 3 and 4! Yaaaay! But wait for eeeeeeet!! THEY ARE ONLY ON 10 FUCKING PERCENT OFF!! LIKE, UGH WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO MEEEEE! I didn't get them. I can but I won't because I am stingy like that haha, or practical? Because I could get them cheaper from online stores selling pre-loved copies IN A VERY MINT CONDITION compared to what they sell at the warehouse. I was fuming and legit, my irritation and disappointment started showing!

PAPERBACKS ON 10 TO 20 PERCENT OFF
So I asked the people there. They told me like, a few years back they did sell HP sets in bargain price (ughhh where was I). Okay fiiiiiiine, I was trying to tell myself calm the fuck down, Kate. I tried again to search for the second book I came there for but they don't fucking have it either!! I mean, Scholastic published The Hunger Games so why aren't they selling it? At this moment, I admitted to myself that I was cheated on. HAHAHA sorry but bruh, I expected so much haha! So I settled for a battered copy of The Red Pyramid at 25% off price just so I have something to go home with.

BOOK BUFFET TABLE
Someone came out of the office and was kind of manning the staff. I asked him if they have atleast The Hunger Games. I was told they don't have yet but they will replinish the stocks the next day. So I asked him politely if they atleast have one available because I came all the way from Makati just for it. He went back inside for me and gave me a copy. He wasn't supposed to display it but I guess he wanted to make me happy so he did it for me. I mean, guyyyys, that's one of the best customer service ever! My shitty trip to the sale became worth it because of what he did for me! So thank you ever so SO much, Ezekiel of Scholastic Philippines! I truly appreciate what you've done for me today! THANK YOU!!!

MY HAUL!
I can't promise that I'd be back there this season but I was assured that they will keep displaying newer titles and replenish stocks every day! Overall experience: 4 over 10 (to justify this, I collect hardbound books and this is just me guys! I might have just gone to the sale on the wrong day!) Overall customer service received: 11 over 10.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

#NBSFEELSCAFE EVENT RECAP: MY FIRST ROMANCE CLASS EVENT.


I said this before and I will say it again, took me a while to join the #RomanceClass fandom because of reasons. I've read a few in the past that I didn't click with and I've had a few mishaps with some of the authors. I was too afraid that I won't be supporting them ENOUGH if I didn't like the books and all those other reasonings. Luckily, Sab (from Sab, The Book Eater) was reading one of the #RomanceClass books a few months back and that gut-feeling just took over me. I went and grabbed my very first #RomanceClass book (The Boyfriend Backtrack by Dawn Lanuza) and I loved it! The hoarding started and I just couldn't stop. If you check my February reads, they're all RC books (some are low ratings though) and the rest is history! I still have a few more left to read then I will hoard some more.

Because of this new found love for RC books, I attended the #NBSFeelsCafe event last February 18th at Shangrila Mall in Mandaluyong (I KNOW I'M SO LATE)


I've had so many firsts that day. It was my first time attending an RC (please read it as R-C :p) event, first time to go our with my eyebrows on fleek (color too dark tho haha), first time in Shang, first time in meeting the lovely authors, first time watching Chad film his IG Stories series: #ChadTV and first time to listen/watch a live reading! It was so thrilling!


The ambiance was so warm and cozy plus it smells coffee in there. Aaaaaah. Books and coffee are the best combo ever. Stage setup was so perfect for the event and Valentine's mood. Everything was so SO lovely.


I saw friends: Chad, JB both from NBS, Sab of Sab, The Book Eater, Miss Mina Esguerra, Miss Kate Evangelista, Dianne of Oops, I Read a Book Again!, Gela and I finally met Bianca of The Ultimate Fangirl and Dawn Lanuza! (!!!!!!!) These ladies are even more gorgeous and amazing in person! I also saw Jenni of Rurouni Jenni Reads again! The RC authors are very welcoming but gaaahd, I was too shy to say hello to them! Maybe next time, I won't be a stranger anymore haha!


Then the live reading! So much feels, guys! And goosebumps! And love! And admiration and respect! It was beautiful.


**Unfortunately, I couldn't upload the live reading videos. They are absolutely shake-y. Ughhhh! Sorry! I'd try to use a tripod next time!**



This event is a proof that we have very talented authors locally and that the Romance Class community is such a welcoming group I want to be a part of. This experience is extremely amazing and I want more!!

Thank you National Bookstore and Romance Class for hosting such lovely event! I cannot wait to attend the next one in April! #RomanceClass for the win!

Friday, April 14, 2017

TWEAKED THE BLOG (AGAIN!)

Hello, all! How are you doing? Just dropping by again to say a few things. I am currently on social media fasting on both my personal Facebook account (which is currently deactivated until further notice) and on Twitter (just until next week). I got some free time yesterday and today so I decided to tweak stuff on the blog. I was aiming for a palette that is still pinkish but not so bright. One that is similar to a rose gold but without the shine? LOL. The last theme was inspired by watercolor and I loved it but I just wanted to have a simpler page now. The header is made from a font I got online but I think this one is the closest to my calligraphy so I am absolutely satisfied with it. I am happy with how flat the blog looks! I kept the same formatting though.

There are also a few reviews lined up next week so watch out for them! Thank you and talk later!
New button!


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

REVIEW: LITERALLY BY LUCY KEATING.

Title: Literally
Author: Lucy Keating
Series: Standalone
Edition: Paperback
Publication: April 11th 2017 by HarperTeen
Source: ARC provided by the publisher
Pages: 256
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy

Synopsis:
A girl realizes her life is being written for her in this unique, smart love story that is Stranger Than Fiction for fans of Stephanie Perkins.

Annabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine.

It turns out, Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her.

But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word?

The real Lucy Keating’s delightful contemporary romance blurs the line between reality and fiction, and is the perfect follow-up for readers who loved her debut Dreamology, which SLJ called, “a sweet, quirky romance with appealing characters.

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Been on a reading slump these past several weeks that I just cannot get into anything that I read. I was not really into any contemporary but I decided against it so I picked up Literally. This was my first Lucy Keating book and was excited to start it. Now I have mixed feelings.

Annabelle's life is perfect until one day, everything in her world starts to shatter. Her parents announced they are separating and they are selling their home. It shocks her when author Lucy Keating visits their school and told her class she's writing a new book which sounded so much alike AB's life. AB's even more shocked when Lucy confirms she's a fictional character in Lucy's book.

Bulleted thoughts/Questions:

  • Well. There are a lot of inconsistencies in the story which irk me so much.
  • How Ava easily believed her when she told her she thinks they are all a fictional character, meaning she doubted their existence?
  • AB is a bit girl-hating
  • She has OCD but nowhere in the book it was acknowledged?
  • Ava is against the sidekick trope but... she's just a sidekick all throughout the story
  • Will was just too fucking perfect
  • Wait - is this paranormal or fantasy? HAHA because I couldn't really tell
  • If Lucy acts God and they hated it, then why did AB act God-like at the end?
  • How did they fight the author?
  • Logistics of this? Is Lucy continuously writing? Thinking? Drafting?
  • I don't mind the love triangle in this story because I think it's cute
  • Elliot is a douche though.
  • How can the author not know anything in the bathroom?
  • Will knowing he's a fictional character is awkward
  • Good concept though but I felt like there are a lot of areas in need of improvement/development
  • I didn't get anything from the story? Like, what did I just read, really?
  • Graduation speech was so lame
  • This is a two-star rating for me but slated it to three because can we just talk about Elliot for one minute please? 

Literally is another hit or miss type of story. If it wasn't for the intriguing bookish plot (and Elliot), I don't know if I would have even finished this. It's something that doesn't stick well and somethiing I wouldn't talk about much either.

Thank you, Harpercollins International Sales for the ARC!


"I think you have to try your best to find your best self, and the person who makes you your best self."
"I don't do this because it was my plan; it was my plan because I love it. But I'm determined no to stick to it too closely. I have no idea what surprises the future will hold. Now my plan is to follow my dreams. My plan is to surprise myself, and write my own story. I hope, whatever age you are, each one of you chooses to do the same"

Saturday, April 1, 2017

SUMMER READS!


It is officially summer! Woohoo! Hello, stunning beaches! Hello, fresh laundry! Fuck off humidity and too much heat! (Dunno why I always rant about the weather in my Release Picks posts! Oh, well!) I only have three picks this month but I am not sure if I would be able to get copies right away. But I am stoked, nonetheless!



I have an eARC of Upside and currently reading it! So far, so perfect!
What are you currently anticipating that hit shelves this month?

Friday, March 24, 2017

REVIEW: 10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE BY CARRIE MAC.

Title: 10 Things I Can See from Here
Author: Carrie Mac
Series: Standalone
Edition: Paperback
Publication: February 28th 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC provided by the publisher
Pages: 320
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, LGBTQIA+, Contemporary, Mental Illness

Synopsis:
Perfect for fans of Finding Audrey and Everything, Everything, this is the poignant and uplifting story of Maeve, who is dealing with anxiety while falling in love with a girl who is not afraid of anything.

Think positive.
Don’t worry; be happy.
Keep calm and carry on.

Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom—the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through—is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver.

Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Between her dad’s wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves?

PURCHASE THE BOOK HERE:
ISBN13: 9780399556258

!!! TRIGGER WARNING: ANXIETY/PANIC ATTACKS !!!
If you suspect you have anxiety or if you are diagnosed and can be triggered right away, I suggest you lielow with this book. It triggers page by page. I had so many attacks by reading this book but I survived (yay!) and loved it at the same time (double yay!). It also talks about different kind of abuse. I just don't want readers to dive into this one without being warned.

I wanna copy Kelly's note-format from the ARC. Here goes my review:

1) For those of us who suffer from anxiety/panic attacks no matter how mild or wild, this book is screaming TRIGGER. So if you think it would be hard for you, I don't recommend it. But if you wanted to get past the fear of being triggered, go for it.

2) The family dynamics in this book is just pure reality. I adore the twins, Claire most especially but I learned to appreciate Billy at the end. Billy is all fucked-up dad but he's trying his best to come back clean. And Claire is just so sweet and kind for a step-mom/mom and that's all wonderful and amazing.

3) I am always amazed by art. In this book, different kinds of art played such fantastic roles in the character's lives which put such a kick to it. We have great musicians and artists who portrayed how such talents can be an outlet or expression.

4) Bioluminescence is one thing I've only seen on Facebook. I've always dreamed of getting to experience and see it one day and I am truly happy that this breathtaking mystery is a part of someone's unforgettable experience.

5) This book is allows readers to see first hand how anxiety destroys lives. How it can control every single aspect in every day life, how it brings so much horror to the person with anxiety, how it also affects the people around and it could lead to unhealthy relationships. I can totally understand why people would find the MC annoying at times because of the repetitive way of thinking gruesome thoughts, but the interpretation of anxiety in this book was just so fucking raw there's no other way to interpret it.

6) I am just so tired of having a man save a woman from herself all the time. I may sound sexist but it's just so fucking freeing to see a woman be there for another woman.

7) Maeve and Salix's relationship is the best ever!!! Awkward, confusing, sexy, romantic and genuine! There were definitely off moments (like the one at the park) but they tried to make it work and I can't help but be happy for them. Oh, my heart!

8) Sexual assault is sexual assault. This book didn't romanticize it but showed the reality of it. It also touches drug abuse and domestic/verbal/mental/emotional abuse. Could be triggering but such important aspect of the book that shouldn't be dismissed. It is sad that these things are still happening in real life and I wish people would just stop harrassing one another. It truly breaks my heart.

9) Owen just filled my heart with warmth and joy!

10) Gnomeville fantasy story should be a separate MG book! It sounds captivating!

10 Things I Can See From Here is so emotionally invested that you really have to be ready before giving it a go. This novel puts you in a mood that is both electrifying and heart-filling!

Thank you Penguin Random House for the ARC!

"Go for it. Break the rules. Do something that makes you uncomfortable. Be a rebel"

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

REVIEW: HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME BY ADAM SILVERA.

Title: History Is All You Left Me
Author: Adam Silvera
Series: Standalone
Edition: Hardbound
Publication: January 17th 2017 by Soho Teen
Source: Finished copy sent my the publisher
Pages: 294
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, LGBTQIA+, Contemporary

Synopsis:
When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

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ISBN: 1616956925

I am happy to have finally found another book that rendered me speechless. Not only because of its moving prose but more importantly, because of its strong impact. KNIFE STRAIGHT TO THE HEART. History is All You Left Me is one of the important books everyone needs to read and I highly recommend this bittersweet novel to all. Adam's writing is a gift to literature, it speaks to you, it haunts you, it warms you.


Griffin, Theo and Wade make a perfect trio. Griffin's OCD didn't stop Theo from loving his bestfriend back. Instead, Theo adjusts and sees it as Griffin's special attribute. They are a happy couple that at times, they make Wade feel as the third wheel. When Theo is about to leave for college, Griffin breaks up with him thinking they would not workout, that eventually, Theo will break up with him. Theo met this beautiful guy, Jackson and they fell in love. Leaving Griffin in pain and Wade lost. Not knowing, they would lose Theo forever. The last person Griffin would go to is Jackson but their grief and love for Theo bound them. Wade was left alone dealing with his loss but love made all of them have hope at new beginnings.

I dove in to this book unprepared because this is my first Silvera book. HIAYLM is narrated by Griffin as if he's talking to Theo directly. This felt like such a personal touch to it and absolutely adored how Griffin functions. Actually, I love all the characters. Griffin, Theo, Wade and even Jackson. They have different personalities but they all have this pure love in their hearts that make them shine. These boys are written in such a way that they reflect your own emotions and I just couldn't help but drown in feels.


History is All You Left Me is perfect in unperfect ways. It welcomes, it gives, it educates.

Thank you, Penguin Random House for the review copy!

"People are complicated puzzles, always trying to piece together a complete picture, but sometimes we get it wrong and sometimes we’re left unfinished. Sometimes that’s for the best. Some pieces can’t be forced into a puzzle, or at least they shouldn’t be, because they won’t make sense."
"History is nothing. It can be recycled or thrown away completely. It isn’t this sacred treasure chest I mistook it to be. We were something, but history isn’t enough to keep something alive forever."