Sunday, December 14, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #13




Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book blog feature hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews.  It gives book bloggers the opportunity to share the books they get each week with other bloggers and their readers

Here are the books I got this week. 

Bought:

I had the first book a long time ago but I haven't read it yet. I decided I'll be reading this series when I have most of the books already. So now that I have them, I am ready to dive into the story! I heard so many good praises for these books. I couldn't contain my excitement anymore! Plus, it comes with a cute bookmark.

For Review:

      


Got this two e-ARC from Netgalley. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Update: We survived another typhoon

Hello guys!

I'm bloody happy to say that we are safe and sound! My family are alright, our house had a tiny bit of damage (not complaining, there are worse things that could happen) and no casualties reported in our place. Thank God.

The whole experience was just like last year when Typhoon Haiyan hit our city but less devastating. PAGASA informed us about Typhoon Hagupit couple of days before it hit Dolores Eastern Samar, which is if I'm not mistaken 161km from our place. The report made a difference. We prepared ourselves, stock food and water for a week-long sustenance just in case stores here were heavily damaged to the point of nonoperation. People evacuated to higher buildings that are less likely to be affected by storm surge. And our efforts and worries paid off.

Typhoon Haiyan served as a lesson to us. We didn't prepare back then, confident enough that surely Haiyan won't be that bad just like the previous typhoon that we surpassed. But we were wronged.

I am thankfull that my country prepared ahead of time and people are more submissive and trusting to our government. That cooperation kept us alive today.

All is well. So no worries :)

Sharmaine X

P.S.
It's December already, did I mention? So excited for Christmas :)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Blog Update

Hi there!

Just wanted to inform you guys that another Typhoon is coming to my place, again. There's no certainty if I can update this blog after it hits. So I'll probably be gone a couple of weeks or so. But if our internet connection is well, hopefully, I'll be back before you know it ;)

See yah!

P.S. I'm sorry if I haven't been a good blogger this year.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

(ARC) Review: The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas

Book Title: The Perilous Sea (The Elemental Trilogy #2)
Author: Sherry Thomas
Genre(s): YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date:  September 16, 2014
Source: ARC from the publisher, Thank you!
Rating: 6/5 stars!
Get a copy: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository
After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.

Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother's prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.

Review



I have never rated a book above the maximum stars of 5. But 6 stars isn't a violation, right? I mean, C'mon this book merits thousands of stars as a reward! Yes. You heard me right. This book is bloody fantastic! 

This is my most anticipated book this year. I recalled praying so hard that Harper Collins would grant me to review this book and was so ecstatic when they sent me an ARC. *fangirling mode activated.

The first book in this trilogy was full of surprises and I love its fantasy-themed setting. It was one of my favorite reads last year. I remember adoring the first book so much I actually gave the book to my friend so that I'll have someone to talk to about it. And suddenly realizing, there's no copy for me to reread again (dun dun dun). I was planning to buy a HB copy of it anyway so no regrets there. Besides, my friend loved it too!

I'm happy to tell you that the second book is better. There's so much more to it guys! The alternating POV from Iolanthe and Titus never failed to catch my attention. Their voices were raw and vibrant. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Review: Champion by Karren Rens Sena

Book Title: Champion (The Lost Chronicle of Eden )
Author: Karren Renz Sena
Genre(s): Fiction, Paranormal
Publisher: Shepherd's Voice Publications, Inc.
Publication Date:  September 2014
Source: e-book from publisher, Thank you!
Rating: 5/5 stars!
Get a copy: Shepherds Voice Publication
IN WAR, HEROES ARE MADE. LEGENDS ARE BORN. CHAMPIONS WILL RISE.

Present day, Cielos, the city closest to heaven. The Sword of Sargatanas has been stolen from the most powerful stronghold in Cielterra. When used at a time when the planets align, the sword has the power to open Gate Pandora and unleash unto the Worlds legions upon legions of monsters and beasts from hell.

Present day, location undisclosed. One clueless Human acquaints himself with the barrel of a gun—belonging to the woman he almost fell in love with, no less—and finds himself kidnapped and whisked to a world standing on the brink of war. 

The Worlds—both visible and invisible to us—are in danger. The Towers that guard the Flaming Sword of Eden have chosen the heroes. It just so happened that the heroes aren’t really… hero-material. Not at all. 

Seven angry, sarcastic, violent, belligerent, uncaring and uncompassionate young men and women were forced to team up to stop a possible apocalypse from happening. As they journey towards the Far West to retrieve the stolen sword, the seven Champions brave one trial after another (including, but not limited to, falling in love with ill-tempered bullies) and ultimately find out what it means to become a true hero.
 Review

I have never truly appreciated Filipino fiction writers until now. Karren has this prowess of drawing the reader into the mystical world she created. She opened a door of opportunity for me to embark more on my country's written works. She changed how I see Filipino writers and I'm thankful for that. 

I am lost for words to describe what I feel about this book other than remarkable; simply remarkable! Not very creative there, I know. But it really was. The characters' stories were given emphasis, and I like how I can see through the mask they're putting up. It was right before my eyes, from their unsaid feelings of gratefulness to inner despair. I can relate to them and feel their spirit. I couldn't ignore the feeling of being connected to the characters. And honestly, I have grown attach to them, making me teary-eyed when I reached the end. I quite miss them already. 

My heart goes to Solenn's cranky personality. Not that I don't like the others, in fact I love them all! Solenn just have this way of making you like her more. She stood out among the seven characters. I adore the I-don't-care feign look she puts up in front of her friends. And don't get me started on her rebellious side. She complains a lot.

Monday, November 3, 2014

(Cover Reveal) Rite of Rejection by Sarah Nevogetich

Hello there my lovely readers! Today I have a very special book to showcase. It's Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich. I started reading it and so far I'm liking the setting. I'm excited to be plunge into the story! So without further adieu, here is the cover reveal of the book....

http://www.sarahnegovetich.com/p/author.html
Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich
Release Date: December 4th, 2014
Straight-laced, sixteen-year-old Rebecca can’t wait for her Acceptance. A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labeled as a future criminal, she’s shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony.
A life behind barbed wire fences with the world’s most dangerous people terrifies Rebecca. She reluctantly joins a band of misfit teens in a risky escape plan, complete with an accidental fiancé she’s almost certain she can learn to love. 
But freedom comes with a price. To escape a doomed future and prove her innocence Rebecca must embrace the criminal within.
Pre-order now: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iTunes

Isn't the cover amazing? I love the dystopian feel to it. It reminds me of The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Love the cover? Go on then and read the first chapter...

One


Before You Stands the Future. The dark-red banner strung across the storefront awning matches the dozens of others lining the streets of the shopping district. Each one with the same clock counting down to Acceptance. Tomorrow morning can’t get here soon enough.
 I push the glowing blue button and the door slides open with a staccato puff of air. Overhead, an electric bell dings as I shuffle into the upscale boutique packed with other Candidates. Cheryl is right behind me, bouncing on her toes with each step. My mother would die of embarrassment if I showed the same lack of decorum as my best friend, but I’m bouncing on the inside. Our mothers walk in behind us and the door slides shut with another whoosh of air.
 We visited half the shops in Cardinal City this morning in our search for the perfect dresses and dyed-to-match shoes. I got a thrill buying my first pair of silk gloves, Cheryl and I gushing over the tiny pearl buttons, but this is the purchase I’m looking forward to the most.
 Shelves bursting with dance cards cover every square inch of wall space. Dozens of girls sigh and squeal over the small books we’ll use to record the names of our dance partners for tomorrow’s ball. I wipe damp palms against the cool material of my skirt and force myself to focus on the goal. One of these books is the perfect one for me. Hopefully, by the end of tomorrow night, it will hold the name of my future husband.











ABOUT THE AUTHOR

LINKS: Website | Twitter
Sarah Negovetich knows you don't know how to pronounce her name and she's okay with that.
Her first love is Young Adult novels, because at seventeen the world is your oyster. Only oysters are slimy and more than a little salty; it's accurate if not exactly motivational. We should come up with a better cliché.
Sarah divides her time between writing YA books that her husband won’t read and working with amazing authors as an agent at Corvisiero Literary Agency. Her life’s goal is to be only a mildly embarrassing mom when her kids hit their teens.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review: Say what you will by Cammie McGovern

Book Title: Say What You Will
Author: Cammie McGovern
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date:  June 3, 2014
Source: ARC from publisher, Thank you!
Rating: 5/5 stars
Get a copy: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository
John Green's The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel. Cammie McGovern's insightful young adult debut is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them.

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other's lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.
Review


Wow. I didn't know you can love a book that fast even though you're just in Chapter 1. Say what you will started out really good. I was immediately captured by the story. The first chapter itself was beautiful and promising, I don't know if that makes sense, but it was. I knew that it's going to be epic. 


This book claims to be the result of two of my favorite books intertwined. That got me excited and thrilled. Two great books in one, how cool is that? I was ecstatic when Harper Collins sent me an ARC. Imagine how I felt.  



I have a soft spot for books dealing with mental and physical illness. Say what you will definitely is dealing with serious matters. Throughout the book, I feel so much closer with the characters. Cammie McGovern intricately weaved Amy and Matthew. Those two are made for each other. It's obvious that the author has a wide knowledge concerning these illness the characters are undergoing. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Book Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date:  December 2, 2010
Source: bought
Rating: 5/5 stars!
Get a copy: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend. 

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
Review

I'm in love. With this book. With Paris. With St. Claire. Was that convincing enough? Cause that sums up the feels I've been bottling up until now.

Anna Oliphant was forced go to Paris, leaving what she loves- her best friend and her crush.  And she wasn't happy about it. Things have gone uneventful until she meet Etienne St. Claire and friends. This is when the magic begun.


Anna is a wonderful character. She's the type of girl I will be friends with. She's full of energy and enthusiasm. I like her vibrant personality. St. Claire on the other side is the definition of my ideal guy. He had me giggling and smiling at their banters and flirting. It was cloud9 seeing those two together. I don't remember much of the details because I read this book last year and in one sitting too. But I remember loving their relationship. Despite how long it took them to be together due to complications, the overall story was realistic and I like it. A LOT.

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