Calling All Book-nerds, it's time for a GIVEAWAY!

Hey there fellow bookworm!

When was the last time I posted on this blog? I bet it's been awhile. So to compensate the days I've been away, here's a giveaway for my loyal readers who never gave up on this blog. A massive THANK YOU for the support!

So let's start,

THE PRIZE? Books of course!

One winner will get the chance to choose any book/ books from The Book Depository as long as it does not exceed $25. You can choose 2-3 books if you want to.

-The giveaway is open to wherever the Book Depository ships. Basically international, but check the link and make sure.
-The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email, otherwise, a new winner will be picked.


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Review: We Were Liars

Fanart I made with my sister as the model xD
Book Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Genre(s): Contemporary, Ya
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date:  March 13, 2014
Source: bought
Get a copy: Amazon | The Book Depository
Local Bookstore: NBS | Fully Booked
A beautiful and distinguished family.

A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

"Be a little kinder that you have to"

Let's talk about the Liars (Cadence, Jonny, Mirren, and Gat), they're spoiled brats living their life to the fullest in that island of theirs. I don't even know why they are called the Liars, they're just that. During Summer fifteen, something terrible happened that Cadence lost her memories. And what's that? Oh, I'm not telling you. 

The characters didn't have much impact on me except for Gat, who reminds me of Ari from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and his wits. However, Cadence is our main protagonist here so no escaping her and her confusing actions and memories. Although the others intrigued me, I didn't really like them.

Books in Foreign languages, Yae or Nay?

Let’s talk about Harry Potter books in foreign languages.

Unlike some of you who have read Harry Potter books during childhood, I read them in my late teen years, but that didn't stop me from loving the books so much. Since then it’s my favorite series of all time and The Throne of Glass follows of course. 

Anyhow, Harry Potter books have been there for years and sold a million copies worldwide. It has been translated into different foreign languages, including my country’s language- Tagalog. As much as I wanted to be happy of how HP books are getting widespread, I couldn't help but feel fear that the translation will ruin the book. I fear that maybe it might be bad I would flinch. 

I haven’t actually read the whole book, but skimmed through it while I was in our local bookstore. And one thing that I noticed is the overuse of some words. It doesn't make it creative enough.

The translation of books to different languages has created a bridge of understanding between variety of cultures, norms and ethics. It has been used as a tool to connect to readers worldwide. So you see it’s important that translation of a written work is done properly and carefully. 

What I expect from translated books:

Words are weapons. It’s through words that you feel THE FEELS in the book, isn’t it? So mostly, my main concern really is just the choice of words. The choice of words during banters should make me feel the way I felt when I was reading it in English. Or it could go different shades of cringe-worthy-statements.

There are words in English that couldn’t be translated in my language, sometimes intimate moments in a book just sounds cheesy and funny in Tagalog. And I don’t want to find myself rolling my eyes. I actually want to capture the moments and feel THE FEELS not to critique the translation.

I don’t think I’ll read The Filipino Edition of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, not sooner anyway. But maybe someday if I feel like it, I mean it would not be that bad right?

Have you read HP books or any book in particular in different language? How did it turned out?

Cover Reveal: Proven (Daughters of the Sea Series #5)

 Hey there! Today I'm sharing with you guys the cover of Proven (Daughters of the Sea Series #5). I read the first book and liked it! Do check out the other books in the series.

So here's the cover of Proven!

Available on May 25, 2015
Add it on Goodreads:
The thrilling last installment of the Daughters of the Sea series is the culmination of a breathtaking saga that will steal your heart and enchant your soul.

As the Atlantean Games draw near, every Order will descend upon the magical island of Atlantis; resurrecting an ancient tradition and setting in motion a fate determined centuries earlier. In her relentless search for retribution, Selene uncovers the one vulnerability capable of destroying not only Stasia, but all fifty of the Nereids. Traitors will emerge and old rivals are reawakened as Stasia discovers the shocking end of her elusive prophecy.

With Fallon and Olivia still missing and an Army of Auras preparing for battle, Stasia and her Council must unlock the secrets of the Nereids and find a way to save their world before destiny intervenes. But like the Nereids themselves, even destiny is vulnerable to the sands of time.
 MY THOUGHTS ABOUT IT: I was expecting to have a darker shade of color for this book since its predecessors's covers were dark. This cover looks more of a contemporary book rather than a paranormal book. BUT, Doesn't it look pretty? The lighter color might indicate a happy ending. :) What do you think?

MASSIVE GIVEAWAY! Featuring Dystopia books.

Hey guys! I'm so excited to be a part of this huge giveaway that Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours has organized. Scroll down below to join the 
giveaway. Good luck!  

Spotlight on Dystopia 

From March 20th to April 3rd, over 70 authors come together to give away hundreds of books. The YA Spring Fling is an opportunity for readers to find new books, new authors and take part in something very special. Here is a sneak peek of some of the books involved in the giveaway.

All are featured in the YA Spring Fling giveaway. Click here to win free books!

Strikers by Ann Christy

One hundred and twelve years after the fall, the Republic of Texas is built on two foundations: total freedom and total responsibility. A law broken means a strike against the lawbreaker. Five strikes means execution. The only hope for the law breaker is to escape Texas—to go Striker—before justice comes for them. Now, it's Karas and friends who must Strike or die.

Bristles by Donna Callea

Humiliated, subjugated and dubbed Bristles by her stepmother, Bryssa yearns to be free. But fleeing the dystopian city-state of Erba to seek her late mother’s magical homeland means leaving behind the boy who loves her, bristles and all.  And returning means putting everything she's gained at risk.

Outage by Ellisa Barr

After a terrorist attack destroys the U.S.'s power and communication grids, 15-year-old Dee must learn to survive despite disease, lawlessness, and the end of the world as she knows it.  Written for all fans who love apocalypse stories, Outage mixes useful survival tips with an action-packed story.

(ARC) Review: The Sin Eater's Daughter

Book Title: The Sin Eater's Daughter
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Genre(s): YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date:  March 1, 2015
Source: e-ARC from Scholastic Press through Edelweiss, Thank you!
Rating: 3.5/ 5 stars.
Get a copy: Amazon | The Book Depository

I am the perfect weapon.
I kill with a single touch.

Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has it's price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla's fatal touch.

Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla's chilling role to the girls she truly is.

Yet in a court as dangerous and the queen's, some truths should not be told...

Basically, this book is about The Sin Eater’s Daughter, hence the title, who chose to become a Daunen Embodied instead of inheriting her mother’s job which is sin eating. Sin eating is a ritual done at funerals. Different kinds of food representing the sins of the dead are offered to the sin eater to devour. It’s like the sin eater is someone who’ll purge the soul of the dead. Pretty cool, huh?

Although the overall impression of this book has lead me to request a review copy, some parts of the story failed to catch my attention. The storyline was dragging at the first half of the book and it was descriptive. I was thinking of stopping by then. But, with the help of some of you guys who recommended being patient and just finish the book because it’s worth it, I read it all. And OH MY GOODNESS, I’m so happy that I did! Because this book, I tell you, THIS BOOK is a sweet surprise! 

(ARC) Review: Soul Crossed

Book Title: Soul Crossed
Author: Lisa Gail Green
Genre(s): YA, Paranormal
Publisher: Full Fathom Five Digital
Publication Date:  February 25th 2015
Source: e-ARC
Rating: 2/5 stars
Get a copy:  Barnes and Noble
One Demon. One Angel. One Soul.

Josh lived a reckless, selfish life, so upon his death, escaping the eternal torments of Hell by assuming the role of a powerful, soul-corrupting demon is an easy choice. His first soul assignment doesn’t seem too hard: the mortal Camden is already obsessed with weapons, pain, and torture. If only Josh wasn’t distracted by Cam's beautiful friend, Grace.

Grace never expected to die violently at age sixteen, but now she’s an Angel, responsible for saving a soul. She can already see past Camden’s earthly flaws, so the job should be be easy. If only that handsome, playboy Josh would stop getting in the way.

It’s forbidden for an Angel to be with a Demon, so if Josh and Grace stop resisting each other, the results would be disastrous. 

And only one can claim Cam’s soul.

Grace is an angel. 
Josh is a demon.

They're assigned to a mortal named Camden, who has the potential to be the anti-Christ. Grace was given the role to mold Camden to a good person while Josh was there to corrupt Camden's mind and turn him into a demon that will destroy the earth.

First thing that comes to mind- forbidden love. You're probably thinking that too. And you're right! This is a book about forbidden love. What better way to catch the readers attention than writing about forbidden love. Eh?

I love forbidden love but because of the overuse of angels-and-demons-falling-in-love theme, this book felt cliche. You know, just the typical angel falling for the demon and not knowing about each others true nature. Pfft. I'm so done with those books. 

HELP! I need your opinion on this matter.

Okay. I'm not going to waste your time. So let's get to the point.

Recently, I started reading The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury. I'm like 30% on the book, and I'm ready to give up. Don't judge, okay? Just let me tell you what I felt while reading the book.

0% progress: OMG. Look at that pretty cover! *pets the pretty* 

10% progress: OMG! This sounds so bad-ass, the world-building is great. Lemme read a few more chapters.