Sunday, September 30, 2012

Unraveling (Unraveling #1) by Elizabeth Norris (4/5 stars)

Title: Unraveling (Unraveling #1)
Author: Elizabeth Norris
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Date Published: April 24, 2012
Genre: Science Fiction
Paperback: 445 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars

 Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

But her revival, and Ben's possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father's files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what's right in front of her: Everything that's happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben's sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process. 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Feature & Follow # 5

Hi all and thank you for hopping by my blog! Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme being hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read as a fun way for us to meet and connect with other bloggers. If you're not a follower yet, just comment below and I'll hop on by your blog. I always return the follow!

This week's question is:

What is the BIGGEST word you've seen used in a book lately - that made you stop and look it up? Might as well leave the definition & book too.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins (5/5 stars)

Title: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Date Published: September 01, 2009
Genre: Dystopia
Hardcover: 391 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

" Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before...and surprising readers at every turn. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer (3.5/5 stars).

Title: Between the Lines
Author: Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Date Published: June 26, 2012
Genre: Fantasy
Paperback: 358 pages
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

" Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.

And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.

Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale. "

Monday, September 24, 2012

In my Mailbox #11 Reader Overload Edition!

Hello everyone!

Welcome to my In my Mailbox, hosted by The Story Siren where I post books I've bought/been gifted/received for review the past week. I know my reader is too full with books already but these new releases aren't available in my local bookstore yet and I want to get started on reading some of them. I do buy a paperback/hardcover copy of books I really like or find amazing (4 stars/5 stars) and make sure those books are in my reader too to show support for the author who wrote them. Same goes even if I already have an ARC of the book, I'd still buy a paperback/hardcover copy plus ebook. Click Read More to find out what I got this week!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires #1) by Rachel Caine (3.5/5 stars)

Title: Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires #1)
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: Allison and Busby
Date Published: 2008
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Paperback: 348 pages
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

" It’s a small college town filled with quirky characters. But when the sun goes down, the bad comes out. Because in Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows—one that will spill out into the bright light of day.

Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. The popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks on the school’s social scene: somewhere less than zero. And Claire really doesn’t have the right connections—to the undead who run the town.

When Claire heads off campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Hew new roommates don’t show many signs of life. But they’ll have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood."

Feature & Follow Friday #4

Hi all and thank you for hopping by my blog! Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme being hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read as a fun way for us to meet and connect with other bloggers. 

This week's question is:

What hyped up book was worth all the fuss?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Stormdancer Giveaway! (Sept 20-30)

NEW RULE: You can pick Stormdancer (in paperback) or any other paperback title of your choice up to 20 USD.
Why: I'm so sorry, I should have read the book first before I decided to choose this book for my giveaway. After reading the first few chapters, I ended up not finishing the book. My second DNF (did not finish). I had a few issues with Stormdancer. I will discuss only one of them here. I'm not Japanese and yet the cultural appropriation was blatant even to me, with the author misusing a lot of Japanese terms. I knew from the cover that the world of Stormdancer was inspired by Japan, the place, its people and its culture. However, I assumed, and I think everyone else did, that the author did his research. From what I've read, he obviously didn't, and to my horror, he admits to using Wikipedia for his research.  Wikipedia articles are not accurate which is why it should never be considered as an authority on anything. Further, because you don't know who contributed the material, you don't know how reliable it is, it may false or it may contain errors. Again, I should've read the book before choosing it and I promise to do so for my next giveaway.

Hello everyone! 

Stormdancer is hands down, the most raved about book this month, I have not seen a negative word said of this book and you can win a copy of it by joining my second giveaway!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins (5/5 stars)

Title: The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Date Published: 31 October 2008
Genre: Dystopia
Hardcover: 374 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

"Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love."

Monday, September 17, 2012

In my Mailbox #10 my biggest haul ever Edition!

Hello all! 

This weekend has been a blast for me! I watched The King and I theater gala performance last night with my boyfriend at Resorts World Manila. The production was oh so grand! The music played by the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra was beautiful. Philippine Ballet Theater dancers performing Uncle Tom's Cabin Siam style was hypnotizing! I loved the voices of Tanya Manalang as Tuptim, Lorenz Martinez as Lun Tha, and Gina Respall as Lady Thiang. I shall look out for them in future theater performances. 

I was still able to squeeze in a little book shopping this weekend and a little reading (and work huhu). Here are my book hauls this week:

*too tired to charge my camera and take photos of this week's haul so goodreads pictures for now*

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Congratulations Veronika!

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To everyone who joined, thank you! 

I have a read-along event coming up, I will put up a blog post all about that and one lucky participant will get two books from the author of the series I've chosen.

Have a happy Sunday!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Switched (Trylle Trilogy #1) by Amanda Hocking (3/5 stars)

Title: Switched (Trylle Trilogy #1)
Author: Amanda hocking
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Date Published: 03 January 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Paperback: 318 pages
Rating: 3/5 stars

When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.

Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit. But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.

Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…

Friday, September 14, 2012

Feature & Follow Friday #3

Hi all and thank you for hopping by my blog! Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme being hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read as a fun way for us to meet and connect with other bloggers. 

This week's question is:

What hyped up book do you think was not worth all the talk?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #3) by Charlaine Harris

Title: Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #3)
Author: Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Orbit
Date Published: 06 May 2006
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Paperback: 274 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars

Things between cocktail waitress Sookie and her vampire boyfriend Bill seem to be going excellently (apart from the small matter of him being undead) until he leaves town for a while. A long while. Bill's sinister boss Eric has an idea of where to find him, whisking her off to Jackson, Mississippi to mingle with the under-underworld at Club Dead. When she finally catches up with the errant vampire, he is in big trouble and caught in an act of serious betrayal. This raises serious doubts as to whether she should save him or start sharpening a few stakes of her own.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2) by Charlaine Harris (4/5 stars).

Title: Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2)
Author: Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Orbits
Date Published: 01 April 2004
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Paperback: 288 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars

Sookie Stackhouse likes living in Bon Temps, Louisiana, and she likes working as a cocktail waitress at Merlotte's. But she is having a streak of bad luck. First her co-worker is killed, and no one seems to care. Then she comes face-to-face with a beastly creature which gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn't enjoy it).

The point is: the vampires saved her life. So when one of her bloodsuckers asks for a favour, she obliges-and soon Sookie's in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She's supposed to interview certain humans involved, but she makes one condition: the vampires must promise to behave, and let the humans go unharmed. But that's easier than done, and all it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass (3/5 stars).

Title: The Selection (The Selection #1)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: Harper Teen
Date Published: 24 April 2012
Genre: Dystopia/Chick Lit
Hardcover: 327 pages
Rating: 3/5 stars

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1) by Bethany Griffin (3/5 stars)

Title: Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1)
Author: Bethany Griffin
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Date Published: 24 April 2012
Genre: Science Fiction
Hardcover: 319 pages
Rating: 3/5 stars

Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population, and those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club--in the depths of her own despair--Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club, and Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for--no matter what it costs her.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Dead until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris (4/5 stars).

Title: Dead until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1)
Author: Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Ace Books
Date Published: 01 May 2001
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Paperback: 292 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars

Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quite, keeps to herself, and doesn't get out much. Not because she's not pretty. She is. It's just that, well, Sookie has this sort of "disability." She can read minds. And that doesn't make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He's tall, dark, handsome - and Sookie can't hear a word he's thinking. He's exactly the type of guy she's been waiting for all her life....

But Bill has a disability of his own: he's a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of - big surprise - murder. And when one of Sookie's coworkers is killed, she fears she's next.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Can't Wait Books September Edition! #7

Hello my belles!

September is my favorite month because it's my birth month, because I feel like Christmas is just around the corner *smile* and the weather has gotten colder. Don't you just think there are a lot of reasons to be excited for September? Well here are more reasons to love September:

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Lure of the Dead (The Last Apprentice #10) by Joseph Delaney (5/5 stars).

Hello everyone! If you're my follower and you haven't joined my book of your choice giveaway yet, please go here and check it out! 

Title: Lure of the Dead (The Last Apprentice #10)
Author: Joseph Delaney
Publisher: Random House
Date Published: 21 Aug 2012
Genre: Horror/Urban Fantasy
Hardcover: 275 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

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.