Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Seriesly Hooked! 2012

Hello everyone!

I just realized I have a ton of book series to finish and a ton to start on too! In the middle of it all I keep on forgetting to pick up the next in the series release so I figured I should make a post where I can update my progress in them including a few thoughts on the series as a whole. Titles in Green are available in book shops but I haven't purchased them yet. Titles in Orange are books with available information but are not yet available for purchase. Titles in Violet are books already in my shelf/reader but I haven't read them yet.

The Mortal Instruments

City of Bones 1/6
City of Ashes 2/6
City of Glass 3/6
City of Fallen Angels 4/6
City of Lost Souls 5/6
City of Heavenly Fire 6/6

Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy 1/6
Frostbite 2/6
Shadow Kiss 3/6
Blood Promise 4/6
Spirit Bound 5/6
Last Sacrifice 6/6

My thoughts on the series: Blood Promise was AMAZING! I was so caught up in Rose's and Dimitri's love story but in Spirit Bound, how much I like Dimitri just dropped! I remember him saying if he had to choose between saving Lissa and Rose, he would choose Rose without hesitation. That's the Dimitri I like! In the end of Last Sacrifice he said he didn't know who he would choose and he still seems to be in awe of Lissa. Yes, Lissa did save him but her efforts were nothing compared to what Rose did for him. Call me a romantic but it would have been a rocking end to the story if Rose and Dimitri just ran away from it all. And! I would've wanted Dimitri to grovel a little to get Rose back damn it!


Night Huntress

Halfway to the Grave 1/*
One Foot in the Grave 2/*
At Grave's End 3/*
Destined for an Early Grave 4/*
This Side of the Grave 5/*
One Grave at a Time 6/*

My thoughts on the series: I don't want to say this but if I were to give a rating on the series as a whole, One Grave at a Time will drag that rating down, it feels like a bonus story and This Side of the Grave would have been a good final book.

Trylle Trilogy

Switched 1/3
Torn 2/3
Ascend 3/3

The Last Apprentice

Revenge of the Witch 1/11
Curse of the Bane 2/11
Night of the Soul Stealer 3/11
Attack of the Fiend 4/11
Wrath of the Blood Eye 5/11
Clash of the Demons 6/11
Rise of the Huntress 7/11
Rage of the Fallen 8/11
I am Grimalkin 9/11
Lure of the Dead 10/11

My thoughts on this series: A lot of fans want this series to end but for me, the quality of each book is still excellent even on its tenth book unlike other series that seem to drag after the fifth book. I don't know what to do after this series finishes! (lol) Just like Harry Potter, I don't think there'll be anything quite like The Last Apprentice.


The Selection

The Selection 1/3
The Elite 2/3 (2013)
Untitled 3/3 (2014)

Blood of Eden

The Immortal Rules 1/3
The Eternity Cure 2/3

Fever

Dark Fever 1/5
Blood Fever 2/5
Fae Fever 3/5
Dreamfever 4/5
Shadowfever 5/5

My thoughts on this series: I love this series! Each book just brings you deeper and deeper into Mac's story and the fae world. Mac and Barrons' chemistry is electric! The two of them together in the same room and the sexual tension is palpable. A lot of humorous but intimate scenes between them too like their "silent conversations" and you just realize that they love each other long before they both admit it! 


Monday, August 20, 2012

In my Mailbox #9

Hello beauties!

Let me first remind everyone to join my book of your choice giveaway, you can find out how here. As it is my first giveaway, your suggestions are welcome on: how long the duration of the contest should be, the cap of the prize, and other contest guidelines. Thank you!




Saturday, August 18, 2012

My little Bookworm corner #8 Products I'm loving now!

Hello everyone!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm starting to build my make up collection again as I threw away all my make up products from before because I follow make up expiration strictly being very careful of my skin and eyes. For today, I'm just wearing a simple and fast look before heading out for breakfast. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake (4/5 stars).

Title: Girl of Nightmares
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tor Teen
Date Published: 07 Aug 2012
Genre: Horror/Urban Fantasy
Paperback: 336 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars


"It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can't move on. 

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they're right, but in Cas's eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with. 


Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he's asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong...these aren't just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.

Cas doesn't know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn't deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it's time for him to return the favor."

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

My little Bookworm corner #7 Karl Lagerfeld x Shu Uemura Holiday 2012 Collection

*FAINTS* 

 "I wanted to invent my personal vision of a Japanese manga"


- Karl Lagerfeld


Collection will be released in Manila (Internationally) this November. Can't wait!





Monday, August 13, 2012

My little Bookworm corner #6 Discussion: What kind of giveaway do you want to see in BWM?

Hello beauties!

Bookworm Mia is now a product & book review blog and I want to host giveaways for my lovely followers but I need to know:

What kind of giveaway do you want to see in Bookworm Mia?

Make up products? (Palettes/eyeshadows/lipsticks/blush/bronzer/highlighter etc.)
Books? (Book of your choice)
Bath & Skin care products? (Lotions/shampoos/facial creams/bath bombs/bath sets/candles)

Let me know in the comments below! Thank you.



Happy list! / Can't Wait Books #6 August Edition!

These will surely turn that frown upside down!

Happy list is the same as my monthly feature, Can't wait books, but I added some products with my to buy book list.


Here are the stuff I'm picking up this month:

1. The Last Apprentice: Lure of the Dead (Book 10). My next favorite book series to Harry Potter is on the top of my happy list and it's the last book in the series too. Picture I'm posting is the UK edition I believe, because that girl is gorgeous! 

Time is running out for Thomas Ward. His final battle against the Fiend is drawing near, and the Spook's apprentice has never felt more alone in his task. Isolated and afraid, the Fiend is set to send the greatest of his servants against him - Siscoi, a Vampire God more ferocious than anything he has yet faced. Tom must risk his life to prevent the evil beast from entering this world, even as he learns that the final destruction of the Fiend may involve a sacrifice more terrible than he can imagine.


International edition will come out August 21. Can't wait!


2. August 07

Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.



3. August 28

Mason Starling is a champion fencer for Gosforth Academy, but she’s never had to fight for her life. Until now. When a ferocious storm rips through Manhattan and unleashes terrifying creatures onto Gosforth’s campus, Mason barely escapes alive. Without help from the mysterious stranger who appeared in the midst of the storm, she might not have made it at all. But now, in the aftermath, Mason’s life begins to spin dramatically, mystically out of control, and the only one who seems able to help her is the stranger who can remember nothing but his name: Fennrys Wolf.


As Mason and Fenn uncover more about Fenn’s past and the strange events that surround them, they realize that Mason’s family — and its dark allegiance to the ancient Norse gods — is at the center of everything. A predetermined fate seems to be closing in on Mason, but is it possible to change one’s destiny?


4. When I saw them in Essie's site, I thought - NEED! Essie's Yogaga collection is dreamy! Boxer shorts is perfect for some cozy reading, pilates hottie for coffee with the girls, and marathon for a lunch date with my guy. 




5. CONFIDENT is my attitude this fall with this creamy lip color from LUSH, which is becoming my new favorite shop! 


6. New skincare from Chanel, Hydra Beauty Creme suitable for colder weather. I got confused by their website description, if you did too, it's the Gel type that is suitable for hotter weather. We're having extra cold weather this month with a new storm in the horizon and my bottle of Laneige moisturizer is almost empty, so time for a new purchase! 







What's on your happy list this month? Thanks for reading!



Sunday, August 12, 2012

[CLOSED] Giveaway! Book of your choice (International) & FOTD

Thank you mr. Sun for coming out today! Because you did, I was able to get my nails done.

Hello my belles! 

I'm very happy to announce my first blog giveaway! I'm quite sad that a follower stopped following just as I was about to post this. But, let's get started.

What am I giving away?

I'm giving away a book of your choice up to 20 USD from The Book Depository (TBD). This is open internationally in the countries where The Book Depository delivers free of charge, please check if your country is included here before joining. Please note that the giveaway only covers up to 20 USD and only within the TBD site. I have not yet bought anything from TBD that's why I'm not familiar with their terms so please bear with me. 

How do I join?

You must be a follower then comment on this post with your blog address so I can contact you if you win (or any other way I could). I will be assigning raffle numbers to your comments. Then to earn more entries you can do the following:
+5 entries if you create a blog post about my giveaway, don't forget to give me the entry link so I can check.
+5 entries if you link my blog on your sidebar (please use my blog icon), again don't forget to give me your blog's link so I can check.

Anything else?

Giveaway period is from August 12, 2012 until September 15, 2012 and the winner will be announced the following day. 

There will be more giveaways of course! This is my first so it's kind of a trial thing. Next I am trying to figure out those LUSH online certificates. Wish me luck!

If you have any questions, just ask.

Now for my nails..



I was trying to do a gradient nail of sorts.

Hope you have a lovely weekend!


Saturday, August 11, 2012

My little Bookworm corner #5 Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice (Products I'm loving now!)

Hello everyone!

I didn't get to read so much last month (well books that I wanted to read but I still had to read a ton of other stuff) but July has been quite fun too with my current faves:





Clockwise from bottom left: Burberry Brit Summer Edition for Women; Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait; Urban Decay Lip Junkie in Naked (part of the UD Naked2 palette); Urban Decay Naked2 Palette; Deborah Lippman in Fashion; L' Oro Vita Argan Oil; MAC Mineralize Charged Water Cleanser.

Burberry Brit Summer Edition for Women
Burberry Brit Summer is such a gorgeous summer-ender with a crisp and fresh scent. The only thing I didn't like about it is that the scent only lasts up to a little over two hours on me. 

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait
Who wouldn't be addicted to these Lip Butters? It's easy to apply, gliding smoothly on the lips, moisturizing and has a delicious buttery scent. It applies sheer so I have to layer a bit to get the opaqueness I want but for its price point, it's amazing. I also love how glossy and shiny my lips look wearing it. 

Urban Decay Naked2 Palette
Urban Decay is not available in my place or in Hong Kong so to get my own Naked2 palette I had to order online from a seller who delivers to Manila and it was a gamble. I had to pay around 67 USD for it (others are even selling it here for 100 USD) without knowing if it's real or if it's a fake as there are a lot of fake UD palettes out there. I found this post helpful as well as watching youtube videos that featured the fake UD Naked2 palette. Some telltale signs: the fake palette does not have the lip junkie and the original palette is in a transparent plastic box, not a gold box. My seller also has a money back guarantee that the product is original. The shades are just divine! I love playing with it. 

Deborah Lippman in Fashion
Fashion is such a delicate nail polish shade. Add a black tip for a modern French manicure perfect for Fall! 

L' Oro Vita Argan Oil
Put Argan Oil everywhere before you sleep! Face, underarms, elbows, knees, feet, hair, nails, I mean everywhere! You'd be surprised your skin can still get smoother.

MAC Mineralize Charged Water Cleanser
I needed a cleanser that is water based but would still be effective in removing gel eye liner because I have eyelash extensions and oil based formula can remove the eyelash glue used on me and this cleaner works perfectly.

I hope you've had a beautiful July and an even better August! Don't forget to tell me what your July favorites were in the comments. Thank you for reading.




Wednesday, August 8, 2012

My little Bookworm corner #4 My first LUSH haul!

Hello my lovelies!

Last week, I was in The Fort High Street and my friend and I decided to drop by the LUSH boutique there. My first visit to a LUSH shop in Trinoma, I left without buying anything because the strong smells just overwhelmed me and I got a headache. This LUSH boutique is more spacious so the smells aren't as concentrated and the sunlight outside makes the shop seem brightly happy. I'm meeting a friend for dinner that day and decided to try their hair products first because I want to get a blow dry before then. 

The first product I got is BIG and the SA told me that they usually run out of stocks of this shampoo fast that I might have to wait for them to restock if I don't get it now. SA just said the magic words, I hate waiting for restocks but I have no regrets on getting BIG at all. BIG is made of 50% course sea salt which can make your hair have that gorgeous beach volume. When I was at the salon, the assistant who was blow drying my hair commented after I told her I want volume at the crown of my hair that my hair is setting voluminously and she hasn't used a roller brush yet. Someone else shampooed my hair so I know it's really the product working  and I'm hooked! 



The second photo below is another one of LUSH's bestsellers called NEW, it's a solid shampoo for thinning hair, my concern with this product, which I forgot to ask the SA is that if it stimulates the follicles for hair to grow, what would happen if I get some on my face? I'm putting use of NEW on hold until I get an answer. 



Third product which I'm currently loving is AMERICAN CREAM, a hair conditioner that makes my hair smell sooo vanillalicious all day long! I keep getting compliments on how my hair smell so good and with the hot and humid weather here in Manila, that's pretty awesome.




I also got a bath bubble bar in KARMA, LUSH's most famous scent and a bath bomb in HONEY BEE with a honey and sweet orange oil scent. I haven't tried these yet but will let you know soon what I think of them. That and more LUSH goodies so don't forget to catch part ii of this post. Love love, Bookworm Mia.






I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (4/5 stars).

Title: I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1)
Author: Barry Lyga
Publisher: Random House UK
Date Published: 03 April 2012
Genre: Mystery Thriller/Crime
Paperback: 320 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars

"You’re seventeen years old and your father is the most notorious serial killer America has ever produced.

He brought you up. Taught you everything he knows. Everyone in your ordinary American town knows who you are. So even though Dear Old Dad is safely behind bars, when the killing starts all over again, you are the first person the police come to see…

They don’t know whether it’s nature or nurture. And neither do you…"




Monday, August 6, 2012

Hello my belles!

I went on hiatus because as you all know, I've started working and work can be a bit hectic at times (well most of the time actually). During this time I was also thinking of closing my blog because I won't be able to post book reviews as much as before. Now I've made the decision to instead post more things about myself, new things I want to try and have tried but of course I will always be posting book reviews too, I just want to expand the subjects I can write about. 

Moving on! Recently, every time I'm stressed out I just go on a make up and skincare shopping spree, bad, I know, but I do feel better afterwards. As you can probably tell from that sentence, make up and skincare will be the new topics on my blog. 

I have had a ton of products I regret buying only because I didn't do my research before heading to the shops and just relying on what the Sales Assistants (SAs) say and now I'm shopping wiser looking for my holy grail (HG) products. I also threw away A TON of make up because I bought them more than two years ago and I'm starting all over again in building my make up collection. I just lost interest in make up when I went to law school. I used to live and breathe make up when I was in college! Shopping as soon as we stop getting these storms in Manila, I hate going out in the rain and photos will follow soon!

Last book I've read was The Selection by Kiera Cass and it was swoon worthy! I cannot wait for the tv series!




(Photo from zimbio.com) Don't you think that Aimee Teegarden looks perfect for the role of America?! Speaking of book series turned tv series, I am in love with the fashion of pretty little liars! Hannah Banana's outfits are L-O-V-E, Aria got me layering my necklaces with my favorite little black dress and they seem to have the perfect nails to match their outfits all the time! They're my new nail role models. Catch me wear these PLL's nail fashion soon.

Next book I'm dying to read: Anna Girl of Nightmares. Review coming up. 

So those are the new things you have to look forward to in my blog.

I missed you guys!

Love love,