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’s 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 
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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.

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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.

Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe

Book Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, GLBT, Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
Publication Date:  February 21, 2012
Source: bought
Rating: 5/5 stars!
Get a copy: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository

A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

First, let's take a moment of great appreciation for the longest and most beautiful title of a book ever. And because I love this book so much, let me share to, throughout this review, some of my favorite parts in this book.

First paragraph in the book and we're welcomed with a very intriguing character- Aristotle.
This book is more like "Me discovering the secret of Aristotle and Dante's Universe". And I regret nothing. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. Simple as that. The words inked on the paper felt like the truest of words. It's poetic, genuine and truly comes from the soul of the characters. I love this book to pieces and I couldn't even pour out the right emotions I felt when I read it.

"Sparrows Falling from the Sky: When I was a boy, I used to wake up thinking that the world was ending."- Aristotle
Aristotle always has been a loner ever since his brother, Bernardo, was convicted and imprisoned. His world is like a blank canvas waiting to be painted. But how can he put color to his life when, he, himself doesn't allow people in? The only people he has is his family, which isn't much of a family because of the gap between him and his father. That's where Aristotle's ever-loving mother comes in. Aristotle might lack the love from a father, but his mother gives twice as much love to him. Their mother-son relationship wasn't near to perfect because as he build a barrier to enclose himself from other people he forgot to actually look that he has his mother who will listen to him, no matter what he says.

Top Ten Tuesdays #1: All Time Favorite Books from The Past Three Years

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme founded by the ladies at The Broke and Bookish. Each week there will be new Top Ten list that bloggers can participate in by posting a list on their blog.

A Top Ten list may be cliche, but it's fun. I am so happy to be a part of this meme. So for this week our topic is: All Time Favorite Books from The Past Three Years.

For the past three years, I have discovered tons of different books that I massively loved. Here's my list:


1.-3.) Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas. 
 -I might be a bit late getting into these books but somehow it managed to be my ultimate favorite series for the past three years. I haven't even read Heir of Fire yet but I know I'll love it more than its predecessors. TEAM CHAOL anyone?

4.) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.
- This book speaks the truest of words. It reflects the soul of two misfits and their beautiful lives. Watch out for my review soon.

5.) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
-This is the book that I've read that I can most relate with. EVERYTHING about it is pure magic. I can't even...ASDFGLKVM! I'm going to forever love this book. EVER. 

6.) The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas
-This book reached my Top Ten Favorite books because I ship Iolanthe and Titus so hard. THEY ARE MY OTP.