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.

PURCHASE THE BOOK HERE:
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 Global 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!
 
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