TBR: November 2017

Hey there!!! I know I’m super late with this month’s to be read blog but I still wish to share to you the books I plan to read and give you my initial thoughts about these books.

First up on my TBR list is BOY BAND by Jacqueline E. Smith. I have started this book already but due to my hectic schedule, I failed to finish it. So, so far, I am enjoying the book. I love how I can relate to it so much because I’m such a huge fangirl of a certain boyband. I also wrote a couple of fan fiction surrounding three different bands. So reading this book really brings back those days when I can still write a chapter non-stop.

The second book on my list is the sequel of Boy Band, which is BACKSTAGE, still by Jacqueline E. Smith. I already love this book because Harry freaking Styles is mentioned in the dedication section of the book. And I am just so in love with that! I wonder if Harry knows about this, though.

The third book on my list is GIRL ONLINE by Zoe Sugg. I heard, correct me if I’m wrong, that this book was written by a ghost author. I’m not sure but I sure do know what a ghost author. But I don’t blame Zoella for deciding that because sometimes we can’t really put our idea into words, how much more into a book, am I right? But I am still excited about reading this book because I love Zoella so much. I enjoy watching her YouTube videos.

The fourth book is Queen of Shadows by Queen Maas. I’ve been putting off this book for months now because I’m not yet ready to finish this series because I love the characters so much. It pains me to say goodbye to them, even though the last book is still set to release next year. But this month, I want to read this book and continue it with one ToG book per month, which isn’t much since I have to read only three more books before the series really ends.

The last and final book on my list is Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. A lot of my friends has been requesting and suggesting this book because the fourth installment of the series is going to be out next year. I need to catch up because I’ve been dying to read this book since my high school days but failed to do so. Now that I have time and have received a ton of requests, I’ll do just that. I love the premise of this book and I am totally in love with the covers of the entire series. Even the fourth book has a gorgeous eye cover.


 

So those are the five books on top of my TBR list this month, I may or may not add more books into the list, but we’ll find out at the end of the month. I will definitely share to you my thoughts through a book review or the monthly wrap-ups. So until then.

Thank you!

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BOOK HAUL & WRAP-UP: October 2017

Hello Bibliophiles!!!

I’m back with a new blog. I’ve been missing in action because we had troubles with our connection but now it’s okay and I can do some catching up now! This time, I’ll be sharing to you the books I was able to read in the month of October as well as the books I bought or was given to me.

Let’s start of with the books I was able to acquire last month. As a bibliophile with responsibilities, we wish to have books all the time. For me, books are my comfy blanket. I find the greatest comfort in reading books and shopping for books, even just by strolling around the book store and not buying anything. I went to the book store a couple of times last month. From one of the trips, I was able to buy two books for a cheap price.

I got the ninth book of The Clique Series by Lisi Harrison, Bratfest at Tiffany’s. I got it for a cheaper price than buying it somewhere else. I bought it for only Php115 or less than $3 USD from a bargain bookstore at the mall. I’ve been trying to collect and read the entire series and I am glad our bargain bookstore has copies of these books at cheaper prices. So, now I am in search for the rest of the series and it’s companion summer collection series. (Although, I’m a bit too old for these kinds of books but I’m a child at heart, so you can’t prevent me from not reading them! Ha.)

With that book I was also able to get a book with a Christmas theme. Since Christmas is fast approaching, I want to read a book set in the holidays because that would just be perfect for the season. The book is compilation of two novellas written by Colleen Coble. The first novella is Silent Night then the other one is Holy Night. With just the title, I know I would definitely enjoy it in our Christmas break next month.

And on that same very day I bough those books, I received two mails from Book Depository (You might have seen the unboxing blog already). Each package has a book in it and it’s the books I’ve been dying to receive ever since I chose it as my giveaway prize. And those books are A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury, both by Sarah J. Maas. I am so in love with these books. Receiving them makes me want to reread them! I do plan to reread it next year or soon as my copy of ACOWAR would arrive.

Days later, I got my very first Sarah Dessen book. I heard a lot of great things about this author and her books, so you can’t imagine how excited I was to own one of her books. This was the Book of the Month of Empire Crates June box. I have this book for months but haven’t decided to actually call it as my own. So the book is Once and For All. I like the premise of this book and I really wish to read it soon, but my increasing TBR Pile doesn’t allow me to do so, for now.

So those are the books I acquired, now for the books I was able to read over the month of October.

First up is The Raven God by Alane Adams. I’m such an awful reviewer that it took me awhile before I was able to read this book fully. But at the end of the day, I loved it and kinds miss the adventures of Sam and his friends.

The next book I was able to read is Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover. It’s clear that I’m still in a CoHo marathon over the whole year and I regret nothing because her books are so amazing. I loved the first book but had a few issues but this book is amazing. You can clearly see that raising your siblings and balancing school are not an easy job for someone who just went through the death of both parents in a span of two years. I won’t be able to handle that if I was in her/their shoes. I cannot wait to read the last book soon.

I also was able to read Nowhere to Run by Jeanne Bannon. She was kind enough to give me an Amazon Gift Card to purchase her book and review it for her. I was so glad I accepted it because the book was amazing. I didn’t know that I enjoy reading mystery books before. I was never a kind of person who reads mystery or what, but this book makes me want to read more mystery now. (If you have suggestions, feel free to comment below or hit me on my Instagram account, @wandersbetweenpages).

I have rewatched the two Descendants movie for the 5th time last month and cannot help but fall in love with all the characters over and over again. And I just remembered that the movie was based from a book written by a Filipino author! So I decided to read the first two books, Isle of the Lost and Return to the Isle of the Lost, of the series (or is it a trilogy?). With that, I fell much more in love with the characters as I read the book and as I watch again the movies.

Ratings:

  • The Raven God – ★★★★★
  • Point of Retreat – ★★★★★
  • Nowhere to Run – ★★★★★
  • Isle of the Lost – ★★★★★
  • Return to the Isle of the Lost – ★★★★★

All in all, last month was a productive month, I am close to achieving my GoodReads Reading Challenge goal and I plan to surpass it.

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Most Anticipated Book Releases: November to December 2017

Hello Bibliophiles!

Another year is fast approaching, with that I want to share to you the books I am excited about.  Before the year ends, many Young Adult books are set to release from November to December 2017. I may not be able to get a copy of these books but I want to read them soon enough.   (These books might not be known that much but I find them nice and maybe worth a read, so I’ll be including those)

November Young Adult Releases

  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer (November 7th)

28421168.jpgSecret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

  • Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi (November 14th)

31563982A new adventure about a girl who is fated to wash the bodies of the dead in this companion to Furthermore.

Our story begins on a frosty night…

Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair, and her own ever-increasing loneliness and fear.

But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appears, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship.

  • Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne (November 7th)

29346927A healer who cannot be healed . . .

When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.

A soldier shattered by war . . .

Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.

Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.

This smart, sweeping fantasy with a political edge and a slow-burning romance will capture fans of The Lumatere Chronicles and An Ember in the Ashes.

  • The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin (November 7th)

25548744In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right.


December Young Adult Releases

  • The Young Queen by Kendare Blake (December 26th)

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Three black witches, born to a descending queen. One would rise to become queen in her place. Perhaps the strongest of the three. Perhaps the cleverest. Or perhaps it would be the girl born under the best shield of luck.

Katharine, Arsinoe and Mirabella – three young queens born to fulfil their destiny – to fight to the death to win the crown. But before they were poisoner, elemental and naturalist, they were children, sisters and friends . . .

  • Love, Life, and the List by Katie West (December 26th)

35520012Everyone knows Abby Turner is in love with her best friend, Cooper Wells. Including Cooper Wells. But despite what people tell her, it doesn’t affect their friendship. And she’s practically over it, anyway. What she really can’t get over is when her boss at the local museum tells her that her paintings lack heart.

Art is Abby’s passion and she hopes her future as well. She is determined to change his mind and earn her way into the upcoming exhibit at the gallery. So along with her family’s help, she compiles “The Heart List,” a series of soulstretching experiences that are sure to make her a deeper person and better artist in six weeks or less. When Cooper decides to complete the list along with her, she realizes this list is expanding her heart in more ways than one. Maybe she needs to start another project.

Love, Life, and the List is about a girl who, in an effort to bring more emotional depth to her art, compiles a list of soul-stretching experiences to complete with her best friend—a boy she also happens to be in love with.

This is the first in a set of three standalone books with crossover characters.

  • Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill (December 5th)

33413892Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.
After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she’d like to, and now he’s insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be lost.

The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart.

So that’s just the books I wish to read someday. I’ll probably be doing another set of this kind of blogs when 2018 is close, but for now, those are the books I cannot wait to be released.

Any books you cannot wait to be released? Was it mentioned above? Lemme know in the comments and let’s talk about them!

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BOOK REVIEW: Nowhere To Run by Jeanne Bannon

What’s a girl to do when she falls in love with the man whose mission it is to bring her down?

With the murder of her only sister, Sara, just a few months past, Lily Valier—a woman of beauty and substance—tops the sheriff’s list of suspects in small town Maine, and for a very good reason. Dear old Dad had willed his fortune to Sara and only Sara, leaving Lily to fend for herself. However, with no murder weapon or witnesses, the evidence against Lily is only circumstantial.

Enter P.I. Aiden O’Rourke, black-haired and blue-eyed, charged with gaining Lily’s trust and learning her secrets, all to finally get the goods on her. Things move fast and feelings run deep, yet when Lily discovers the truth about Aiden, everything begins to come apart.

Aiden’s torn. Despite his feelings for her, Lily is the most logical suspect, with a great big fat motive. Except something’s not quite right. Aiden trusts his instincts and they’re screaming at him to have a look at a former suspect with far more to hide than first appeared. With little left to lose, Lily decides to stand her ground, and staying put has its consequences when the murder weapon finally turns up—and it’s Lily’s gun.

What happens to love, when trust is betrayed?

Hello Bibliophiles!!! I’m back once again with another review. The author was looking for reviewers to review this book by giving the reviewers with $5 to purchase the book in Amazon. I was willing to accept her offer because I find her book really interesting. I fell in love with the plot right away.

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Author: Jeanne Bannon

Format: Kindle

Published: October 2nd 2017 (first published in 2014)

Publisher: Blueberry Hill Press

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synopsis

What’s a girl to do when she falls in love with the man whose mission it is to bring her down?

With the murder of her only sister, Sara, just a few months past, Lily Valier—a woman of beauty and substance—tops the sheriff’s list of suspects in small town Maine, and for a very good reason. Dear old Dad had willed his fortune to Sara and only Sara, leaving Lily to fend for herself. However, with no murder weapon or witnesses, the evidence against Lily is only circumstantial.

Enter P.I. Aiden O’Rourke, black-haired and blue-eyed, charged with gaining Lily’s trust and learning her secrets, all to finally get the goods on her. Things move fast and feelings run deep, yet when Lily discovers the truth about Aiden, everything begins to come apart.

Aiden’s torn. Despite his feelings for her, Lily is the most logical suspect, with a great big fat motive. Except something’s not quite right. Aiden trusts his instincts and they’re screaming at him to have a look at a former suspect with far more to hide than first appeared. With little left to lose, Lily decides to stand her ground, and staying put has its consequences when the murder weapon finally turns up—and it’s Lily’s gun.

What happens to love, when trust is betrayed?

my thoughts

Before anything else, I would like to thank the author for trusting me in reviewing her book as it is republished. Thank you so much!

This book really reminds me so much of the TV show I love watching.  The premise of both this book and the TV show are so alike that I enjoyed the book so much. I really love the mystery in this book. And also the entire premise of the book. I enjoyed every chapter that gives so much detail and ends up making you question who really killed who.

Just one murder incident and the town is going around blaming people. But in this case, the sister of the victim is the principal suspect because someone saw her with a gun, her gun! So it’s clear that she was responsible of the murder.

*beware of spoilers*

Aside from the mystery in the murder of Sara, I love the tension between Lily and Aiden. I liked that despite what other people are saying about Lily being the murderer, Aiden didn’t believe them one bit. He is determined to know who the true murderer.  I liked the fact that Aiden wasn’t blinded by the rumors circulating the town. It’s nice that he decided to get to know Lily first before accusing her of murder.

I didn’t like how things went during the cabin scene, I hated that someone has to die but he was an awful person, so it’s not much of a lost. But it’s awful to know that the daughter of the guy her sister had an affair with was responsible of everything. I pity her for being too much of a daddy’s girl. She begs for her father not to leave them even though it’s clearly her father’s fault why every clue leads to their family.

I think I’ve said too much, so if you are interested to read this amazing book, check it out. Got a few links to where you can find them above.

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Thank you for reading my long over due review of this amazing book. You can still get a copy of this book and enjoy it!rose

[Book Recommendation] Halloween Reads

Hello bibliophiles!!!

It’s October, which only means Halloween is just around the corner. To kick of the Fall Season, I’ll be sharing 10 books that can give you the chills. These books are books that I haven’t read and I am curious as to how scary or creepy it is. I hope this list would help you in any way.

#1  IT by Stephen King

#2 THE SHINING by Stephen King

#3 ‘SALEM’S LOT by Stephen King

#4 CAROLINE by Neil Gaiman

#5 THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman

#6 THE HALLOWEEN TREE by Ray Bradbury

#7 SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by Ray Bradbury

#8 DRACULA by Bram Stoker

#9 FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Wilstonecraft Shelley

#10 THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HALLOWS by Bo Hampton

That’s about it! Hope that helped. And lemme know other Halloween Reads that you are reading or planning to read for the Halloween, comment down below.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Raven God by Alane Adams

After defeating the Volgrim witches, life in Orkney is quiet. Too quiet. Before Sam Baron can catch his breath, an army of fire giants led by Surt gather in the Eighth Realm of Musspell, determined to destroy Orkney–and it’s all Sam’s fault. After all, he took Odin’s life with an ancient cursed dagger, and now, mankind has lost its protector. To make matters worse, the God of Mischief, Loki, is on the loose and determined to reunite with his evil wife, Angerboda, and their three children: Fenrir the wolf, Jormungand the sea serpent, and Helva, Goddess of Death. Orkney’s only hope lies with Sam and his stalwart friends. As Surt prepares to launch his forces against Orkney, Sam and two of his fellow witches, Perrin and Mavery, set out on a journey to rescue Odin, aided by Skidbladnir, a magical ship of the gods that can fly over land and sea, and Geela, a Valkyrie who can transform into a battle-ready goose. Meanwhile, Leo and Keely travel north to stop Loki from starting a war between the Eifalians and the Vanir, while Howie is left to watch over Skara Brae. With time running out, our heroes try frantically to prove once again that they can find the courage to do what’s needed when the odds are stacked against them–even when the sacrifice asked is greater than any of them could imagine.

Hello Bibliophiles!!!

I’m back another review. This time it’s going to be my last review for the Legend of Orkney Trilogy. If you haven’t checked out my review of the first and second book, check it out now. (Be warned that this review is super late as I have ton of school work to do over the past few weeks.)

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Title: The Raven God (Legend of Orkney #3)

Author: Alane Adams

Publisher: Spark Press

Published: September 12, 2017

Format: Paperback (review copy)

Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Middle Grade

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Grab a copy here:

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synopsis

After defeating the Volgrim witches, life in Orkney is quiet. Too quiet. Before Sam Baron can catch his breath, an army of fire giants led by Surt gather in the Eighth Realm of Musspell, determined to destroy Orkney–and it’s all Sam’s fault. After all, he took Odin’s life with an ancient cursed dagger, and now, mankind has lost its protector. To make matters worse, the God of Mischief, Loki, is on the loose and determined to reunite with his evil wife, Angerboda, and their three children: Fenrir the wolf, Jormungand the sea serpent, and Helva, Goddess of Death. Orkney’s only hope lies with Sam and his stalwart friends. As Surt prepares to launch his forces against Orkney, Sam and two of his fellow witches, Perrin and Mavery, set out on a journey to rescue Odin, aided by Skidbladnir, a magical ship of the gods that can fly over land and sea, and Geela, a Valkyrie who can transform into a battle-ready goose. Meanwhile, Leo and Keely travel north to stop Loki from starting a war between the Eifalians and the Vanir, while Howie is left to watch over Skara Brae. With time running out, our heroes try frantically to prove once again that they can find the courage to do what’s needed when the odds are stacked against them–even when the sacrifice asked is greater than any of them could imagine.

my thoughts

I would like to thank Alane Adams for sending me an ARC of the third book of the Legend of Orkney, The Raven God. I am honored and thankful that she sent me this book.

I won’t talk about how this book started because that would be a total spoiler! So lemme just go straight into my thoughts of this amazing book.  I love this book because of how jam packed with adventures and mysteries it is! Like you get to meet so many people that makes you so curious about them and all.

Just like the first two books of the series, the world building in this book is amazing! I didn’t have trouble getting into the different places or even the description of the characters didn’t confuse me. It’s all clear and understandable.

The first two books has great character development, this book has better character development. Sam, Keely, Howie, Mavery, Leo, and Perrin has developed greatly through out the duration of the book. You can see how they become stronger and how they have changed into a better person than they were before. And I loved that!

I also enjoyed the entire story line of this book. I love it so much. I also love it because it’s Norse Mythology, even though it’s my first time reading a book or series that talks about any mythology.  It’s such a good series to welcome me with this kind of genre. I love that I somehow get to learn about the gods and goddess and also how the author made it work and seem like it’s all real.

I highly recommend this series if you love Norse Mythology and Percy Jackson because it’s a combination of the two.

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8348634Alane Adams grew up in an old Quaker town called Whittier in Southern California. Adams attended Whittier High School and was active in every possible sport including basketball (proudly claiming the nickname Breakaway Adams!) and swimming and diving. For college, Alane attended the University of Southern California where she wanted to be an English major, but family convinced her to become an accountant to help run a family business. After spending the next few decades helping to build one of the largest recycling companies on the West Coast, Alane left the family business behind to pursue her writing career. Before launching into writing full-time, Alane began teaching full-time at a local university. Finally, the Legends of Orkney series was born when her then 12-year-old son challenged Alane to write a book he could read. She hasn’t stopped writing since that day.

Alane’s favorite books include any story involving folklore, fantasy and fairytales. When Alane is not writing or teaching, she is hanging out with her three boys, each who have grown up having adventures to rival those of her characters.

Find out more at: www.AlaneAdams.com

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Thank you for reading and I hope it makes you want to read the series.

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UNBOXING: Giveaway Prize (Book Depository)

Hello Bibliophiles!!!

It’s time for me to share to you the giveaway prize I’ve been dying to receive for the past eight months. Yes read that right, it took eight months before these packages arrived in my door steps.

So last February, I won a giveaway hosted by @aus.fangirl.reads. She’s giving away a $30 AUD worth of books from Book Depository. I didn’t know what I should get but later that day, I finally decided on which book/books I’ll be getting.

As everyone have told me, it would take only one month and a half before the books would arrive from United Kingdom to the Philippines. When the one month mark passed, I didn’t worry that much. I waited for another month, and still nothing arrived. No notice from the post office. I didn’t worry that much as well because I know how crappy and awful our postal system is.

After four months of waiting, I decided to inform the host about it and she was so kind enough to email Book Depository and I was glad BookDepo decided to send me replacement for the books. It took just around three months or so for the books arrive. It actually arrived around September 29th here in my country but it arrived at my city’s post office by October 2nd. And I got it the following two days.

I was excited when my sister woke me up and gave me two packages that has a Book Depository logo on it! Out of excitement I opened it right away! Who wouldn’t right? I’ve been waiting for them to arrive that long!

I was so happy to finally get physical copies of these books! First books is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I got the UK Paperback to match with my Throne of Glass books.

Second book is, of course the sequel, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

And I was so happy to get my very first Book Depository bookmarks! I love them so much! Aside from excitement over the books these bookmarks were also the reason why I was so excited to open the packages. I was wishing to get multiple bookmarks with each book like others are getting. But who am I to complain? I got two new bookmarks to my growing collection of bookmarks!

I can’t wait to reread this books and to hopefully get my copy of ACOWAR soon (which I also won from a giveaway) I still hope it would arrive later this year.

Anyway that ends my short unboxing/unpacking the books I won from a giveaway. Expect to see more unboxing or unpacking or book mail in the near future! For the mean time, enjoy reading!