Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Confusing Book Reviews & Ratings

confusing book reviews and ratings | mara was here
Looking at the title, one might think that I’m going to talk about how it’s really hard to properly rate reviews in accordance to how I really feel, which is actually 100% true but, that’s not what I’m going to talk about today.

For the months I’ve come back to use my Goodreads account again, I’ve come to realize something:

Some star ratings don’t reflect their reviews, or vice versa.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Zero & ACOTAR: The thief and the village girl

Zero by Morgan Dark book cover
TITLE: Zero (Zero #1)
AUTHOR: Morgan Dark
GENRE: YA Thriller
PUBLICATION DATE: June 28, 2016 by Rubiños, 1860

A baffling robber.

A mystery hidden for years.

And an elite boarding school where no one is who they say they are.

Kyle Bradford is the envy of Drayton College, but everything takes a turn when a dangerous shadow, hidden in the darkness, starts to stalk him. From then on, his life falls apart. Unjustly accused of being the main suspect behind the robberies terrifying high society, he is forced to prove his innocence. And to do so, he has to find the real culprit: Zero, an infallible criminal who keeps his identity hidden under a silver mask. What Kyle does not know is that his enemy is keeping a secret. A secret he would sacrifice everything for.

A dizzying, heart-stopping thriller you won’t be able to put down.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Book Depository: The Glorious Online Bookstore for Lazy Readers Like Moi

my book depository experience - Mara Was Here
A few months ago, I won a giveaway hosted by the lovely Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books which was the VERY FIRST GIVEAWAY I ever won. (Like, seriously, I didn’t join even a single giveaway until I started book blogging because I never knew where to find them.) The prize was a $50 book shopping spree at the Book Depository, and it was GLORIOUS.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Monstress: The artwork made me fall in love from page one

TITLE: Monstress (Monstress #1)
AUTHOR: Marjorie M. Liu
GENRE: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Sci-Fi (Steampunk)
PUBLICATION DATE: July 19, 2016 by Image Comics

Steampunk meets Kaiju in this original fantasy epic for mature readers, as young Maika risks everything to control her psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, placing her in the center of a devastating war between human and otherworldly forces.

Monday, July 11, 2016

My Sister Rosa: This book is my kind of crazy

TITLE: My Sister Rosa
AUTHOR: Justine Larbalestier
GENRE: YA Contemporary Thriller
PUBLICATION DATE: November 15, 2016 by Soho Teen

What if the most terrifying person you know is your ten-year-old sister? Seventeen-year-old Aussie Che Taylor loves his younger sister, Rosa. But he’s also certain that she’s a diagnosable psychopath—clinically, threateningly, dangerously. Recently Rosa has been making trouble, hurting things. Che is the only one who knows; he’s the only one his sister trusts. Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and very good at hiding what she is and the violence she’s capable of. Their parents, whose business takes the family from place to place, brush off the warning signs as Rosa’s “acting out.” Now that they have moved again—from Bangkok to New York City—their new hometown provides far too many opportunities for Rosa to play her increasingly complex and disturbing games. Alone, Che must balance his desire to protect Rosa from the world with the desperate need to protect the world from her.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

4 of My Blog Post Essentials

After nearly ten (TEN!!) months of blogging, I’ve finally found a typical style for me to use on my blog posts. If you’ve been here since the beginning (last September or October), you’re probably aware of how I’ve changed from “Nervous girl who doesn’t know if being polite and using deep English is the only acceptable way to blog and has no idea what she's doing 99% of the time” to “Oh who cares I’m using all caps and GIFs as much as I want” sort of girl.

(Of course, I still have no idea what I'm doing, but still.)

I can pretty much say I’ve evolved (or changed, but I like using evolve because POKÉMON) a lot. Especially on my reviews.

But I’m not here to compare how I’ve changed these past few months. That’s a blog post for another time. I’m here to show you guys the essential things my blog posts should almost always (of not all the time) have.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

MWH is on Semi-Hiatus!

Hey guys! I don't know if you've noticed it, but the blog's been pretty silent lately and I'm really behind on my blog posts. I tried really hard to write and publish them on time but I just... can't.

The reason for this is because of school. Yes, I know I survived school and blogging last year, but I had no idea that tenth grade would stress me out this much. I can't focus on both school and blogging at the same time — I've already even done gazillion homework in just two weeks of school! (And we also have a ton more activities I need to be a part of as well.) It's been making me really frantic and I just can't risk my grades to drop.

Don't get me wrong though — I love this blog! I've known a lot of people and read a lot of books. But it's really hard to find extra time for reading quickly and blogging when I'm doing my best to be really productive at school, especially since I'll be reaching senior high next year and I really need to watch my grades.

Anyway, why I'm saying is: Mara Was Here will be on semi-hiatus for a while. I have no idea how long, but hopefully it won't be too long.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Unexpected Everything: That time when I finally met the man of my dreams

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson book cover // Review by Mara @ Mara Was Here
TITLE: The Unexpected Everything
AUTHOR: Morgan Matson
GENRE: YA Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION DATE: May 3, 2016 by Simon & Schuster

Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?

Thursday, June 9, 2016

YA Books vs. Textbooks: There really isn’t much of a debate here, is there

YA Books vs Textbooks: There really isn't much of a debate here, is there
All right. So much to my utter dismay: SCHOOL STARTS TODAY.

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I know most of you are probably having your summer vacation this month (which is totally cool and makes me very jealous), but schools in my country work differently (we usually have ours from late March to early June). And now that I’m dreading the thought of going through the first day of school yet again (with classmates that I’m not really that fond of), I thought it would be fun to have a bookish school-related blog post for this Thursday.

So as I am most probably sulking at the darkest depths of the classroom in school right now, let’s just get on with the actual topic on the blog today, shall we?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


TITLE: A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)
AUTHOR: V.E. Schwab
GENRE: YA Fantasy
PUBLICATION DATE: February 24, 2015 by Tor Books

Kell is one of the last Antari, a rare magician who can travel between parallel worlds: hopping from Grey London — dirty, boring, lacking magic, and ruled by mad King George — to Red London — where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire — to White London — ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne, where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back — and back, but never Black London, because traveling to Black London is forbidden and no one speaks of it now.

Officially, Kell is the personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see, and it is this dangerous hobby that sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to take her with him for her proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save both his London and the others, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — a feat trickier than they hoped.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Ivory and Bone Blog Tour: Prehistoric times, yay! (+ Giveaway)

TITLE: Ivory and Bone (Ivory and Bone #1)
AUTHOR: Julie Eshbaugh
GENRE: YA Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Retellings & Romance
PUBLICATION DATE: June 7th 2016 by HarperTeen

A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

May 2016 Recap: School (EEP), Air Awakens, Reviews for June & More

May 2016 Recap post header for Mara Was Here
I don't think there's much that happened this May that I can chat about with you guys. Though I did just join the Air Awakens fandom because VHALLA AND ALDRIK AHHH HOW CAN YOU NOT EVEN. (I'm still hungover about those things that happened on Fire Falling and Crystal Crowned. To those of you who've read the books, I KNOW YOU KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. *weeps*)

(Oh and I swear I don't intentionally join new fandoms every month. It just... happens.)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Collector: A Great, Well-Written Dystopian Sci-Fi

The Collector by David Luna book cover
TITLE: The Collector
AUTHOR: David Luna
GENRE: Adult Dystopian Sci-Fi & Romance
PUBLICATION DATE: July 16, 2015 by Lunatime Publishing

Years ago when the dam collapsed, the city’s water supply went with it. Combined with a decades-long drought, polluted waterways, and gross overpopulation, people were encouraged to voluntarily sell their lives in exchange for water rations to those they leave behind.

Neil Vaughn, a hardened 3-stripe Collector, is part of an elite squad who has sworn an oath to the Agency to round up, transport, and deliver the volunteers to the processing facility where they are to be killed. But when he makes the mistake of falling in love, it reawakens his humanity and threatens his most important assignment yet, one which could undermine the Agency’s control over the system should he fail.

In a world where everything including life is stripped away, nothing can suppress our ability to love.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

4 Ways to Convince a Non-Reader to... Well, Read

If I remember correctly, I’ve mentioned in my past blog posts that I have a family full of non-readers. My mother told me she used to read like I did when she was young, but nowadays she’s too busy with work and our family to actually pick up another book again. My father also liked to read before, but now he’s the same with my mom.

Now I can’t really talk to anyone in my family about books. Like, no one. Zero. Total sadness. But I’ve been unsuccessfully trying to influence my older sister who can barely find the strength to read synopses. (Though for some reason she can read like crazy when she’s invested in a manga series.)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Cargo Blog Tour: An interesting new dystopian (+ Giveaway!)

Ladies and gentlemen... THIS IS MY VERY FIRST TIME TO PARTICIPATE IN A BLOG TOUR. AM I EXCITED? DO I LOOK EXCITED?? YES I AM EXCITED. I’m so happy to introduce to you guys Cargo, Jen Castleberry’s debut dystopian novel. But before I start off on my review, here’s some information about the book first:

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Conversations: Please Have These on Your Blog or I Will Cry

I SWEAR I AM NOT LATE THIS POST IS NOT LATE IT'S STILL SATURDAY (I basically have less than 10 minutes left before Sunday - err, in Philippine time anyway.) SO PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR BEING A BIT, WELL, LATE. (I'm technically not really late, but, you know.)

Anyway, I really wanted to join the prompt for Conversations because I love this meme. And the prompt for this Saturday is really interesting to write about, which is "What are the essential things the blogs you follow have to have?", So YAY HERE I AM. The following are the top three things I always check first whenever I visit a blog.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

5 Book Habits I Constantly Do

I think I’ve properly established the fact that I’m weird and I do weird things. (If you don’t know that yet, then you’re probably a new reader.) Why did I mention this? Because I’m about to tell you guys all the habits I do while I’m reading, which most of you may or may not do as well. Though I’m clinging to the possibility that I’m not the only one who does these things. (I also have no idea how my first sentence connects to my actual post topic, but oh well.)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Get To Know Me Tag! (In which I admit that I don't watch TV and claim to have a fictional son)

The Get To Know Me Tag!
Before anything else, I would like to hand out all the chocolates in the world to Erin @ The Book Archive for the tag! (This is a big deal, because chocolates are my LIFE.) After my previous post about the stuff I do when I’m not reading, you guys may or may not be sick of knowing more about me by now. BUT NONETHELESS, I SHALL THROW YOU MORE FACTS ABOUT ME.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Throne of Glass – Queen of Shadows: HA HA HA I AM DEAD

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas book cover
TITLE: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
AUTHOR: Sarah J Maas
GENRE: YA High Fantasy & Romance
PUBLICATION DATE: August 2, 2012 by Bloomsbury

Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

Thursday, May 12, 2016

6 Things I Do When I’m Not Reading

I admit I spend most of my time reading books. However, there are still times when I want to take a small break from doing so or just feel like doing something else. (*GASP* Yes, I do feel that way, but it usually lasts for only a few hours!)

So, I thought it would be fun to share with you guys all the stuff I do when I’m not reading, as well as telling you all the other things I love besides the obvious. I realized I haven’t really talked much about my other hobbies, so... I think this would be a great way for you guys to know about them. :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Ink: I Liked It... But Then I Didn't

AUTHOR: Amanda Sun
GENRE: YA Urban Fantasy, Mythology, Contemporary, Romance
PUBLISHING DATE: June 25, 2013 by Harlequin Teen

On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building. Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on him arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth. Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they’ll both be targets. Katie never wanted to move to Japan – now she may not make it out of the country alive.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

The Story of My (Blogging) Life

The Story of My (Blogging) Life | Mara Was Here
*Cue One Direction song*

I’m linking this up with Joan and Geraldine’s bimonthly meme called Conversations. This Saturday’s prompt is “What pushed you to start blogging and why do you continue to blog.” I figured this would be a great chance to finally get to tell you guys how weird I was as a kid and what kind of embarrassing things I did when I was exposed to the internet at a young age.


Let me begin my story from the time when I was twelve. (This is going to be a long one, by the way, so go to the bathroom and grab your popcorn first.)

Thursday, May 5, 2016

I Like to Read Books Where People Die

I’d like to talk about my favorite kind of book. By “favorite” I mean those books I just can’t help but not read because, well, I like them. Even though they give me chest pains and is 90% of the reason why I have a hard time breathing because FEELS.

Oh, and I’m not talking about a specific genre here. I’m talking about a book that has *this* kind of trope inserted in them.

I’m talking about books where people legitimately die.

I’m not going to mention books here because I have a feeling you guys will punch me for spoiling you that someone’s going to die in that particular book. So I’m just going to explain myself here. (Come on, I’m not THAT mean. I love you guys too much. *cue “aww” in the background*)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Wink Poppy Midnight: Okay, so… What was I supposed to get from this?

Wink Poppy Midnight book cover
TITLE: Wink Poppy Midnight
AUTHOR: April Genevieve Tucholke
GENRE: YA Mystery/Thriller, Romance, Contemporary, Magical Realism, Fantasy
PUBLICATION DATE: March 22, 2016 by Dial Books

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

April 2016 Recap: My Right Knee Hurts, and I’m Also a Sucker for ToG Now

By “A Sucker For ToG” I mean excessively flailing over how badass Celaena is and how Chaol went from “OH MY GOD THIS GUY IS MY BAE” to “EXCUSE ME WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?!” in a span of two books. And also Rowan. EXCESSIVELY FANGIRLING OVER ROWAN. WHO DOESN’T LOVE THAT GUY?!?

Also, poor Aedion who’s forever the sad fifth wheel. SOMEONE GET THAT GUY A WOMAN.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

13 Reasons Why You Should Read The Wrath and the Dawn

The Wrath and the Dawn book cover
TITLE: The Wrath and the Dawn
AUTHOR: Renée Ahdieh
GENRE: YA Historical Fantasy & Romance
PUBLISHING DATE: May 12, 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she;d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzard has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

5 Cliché Scenarios in YA Literature I’m 99.9% Sure You’ve Encountered

If you’ve been reading a lot of YA books like I am (well, I’m pretty sure you are – I mean, if you haven’t, then how on earth did you find your way here?), then you’ve most probably encountered a ton of book clichés to the point that you already know what’s going to happen in the book before it actually, like, happens.

Maybe some books don’t follow these clichés, and that’s great! If you know a title or two, then feel free to recommend me some in the comments below. But for now, I am going to amuse you with this short list of young adult clichés that’s happened in a gazillion books already.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Mortal Instruments Book Tag! (I’M STILL HUNGOVER OKAY, I’M SORRY)

If you’ve been a victim of my Twitter or Goodreads feed, then you’re probably aware of how obsessed I am with The Mortal Instruments, or the Shadowhunter Chronicles in general. I’ve read The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments and Lady Midnight, and have yet to read The Bane Chronicles and Tales From Shadowhunter Academy, but I’ll get there.

In the meantime, I shall bombard you all with intense fangirling using this glorious tag.

(Also, thank you so much Celine (@ Celine Reads) for letting me know about this wonderful tag. I found it on her blog, and you can check out her own answers here.)

SPOILER WARNING: If you haven’t read TID or TMI, then please read at your own risk.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

City Of Fallen Angels – City of Heavenly Fire: Come, Darling, Let Us Cry Together (and like before, minor & major spoilers below, SO BEWARE)

TITLE: City of Fallen Angels
AUTHOR: Cassandra Clare
PUBLISHING DATE: April 5, 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry
GENRE: YA Romance, Paranormal & Urban Fantasy

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

The stakes are higher than ever in the #1 New York Times bestselling fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Short Chapters or Long Chapters?

Mara Was Here: Short Chapters Or Long Chapters? Which do you prefer?So, currently I’ve been writing an outline for my untitled novel. I don’t know if I’ll ever stick to this one, but the gist of it really appealed to me and I think it would be totally awesome to write about it, so I am. ‘Nuff said.

Moving on, as I was writing my outline, I realized something: Some of my chapters seemed a bit... short. I ended up writing more stuff into them to make it longer (yet still interesting), but then I thought, should chapters really be that long?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Love That Split The World: Wait, why is there so much science talk?! (+ Discussion about the ending!)

TITLE: The Love That Split The World
AUTHOR: Emily Henry
GENRE: YA Contemporary, Romance, Magical Realism
PUBLISHING DATE: January 26, 2016 by Razorbill


Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start... until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Conversations: Diverse Books and the Kind that I Love the Most

Phew, it’s been a while since I did another meme post during the weekend! Recently, I’ve decided to join in on Geraldine and Joan’s new meme, Conversations. Every fortnight, they will post a question to be answered that will hopefully spark up discussions!

If you think this is extremely rad, then check out Geraldine or Joan’s posts for more information.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Have You Ever Hesitated to Read a Book Before?

Imagine this: It’s time to read a new book. You look through your TBR and find that book you’ve always wanted to read. But, something’s holding you back. The question is, what’s holding you back?

Hopefully I’m not the only one who experiences this (I may be weird, but I’ve done enough Google Searches in my lifetime to know there’s someone out there who’s at least nearly as weird as I am). I don’t know about you, but I’ve hesitated a lot before reading a book on my shelf. And here are most of the reasons why:

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

City of Bones – City of Glass: Well that was intense (also some major & minor spoilers below, BEWARE)

TITLE: City of Bones
AUTHOR: Cassandra Clare
GENRE: YA Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
PUBLISHING DATE: March 27, 2007 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. And she’s more than a little startled when the body disappears into thin air. Soon Clary is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. And Clary is introduced with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster. How could a mere human survive such an attack and kill a demon? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Friday, April 1, 2016

March 2016 Recap: In which TMI Has Completely Ruined My Life - and Also, I've Made My Own Instagram!

It's time for another monthly recap! (Yes, I know it's April now and yes, please just go with it. My apologies.) Now, let us get on with ze wrap-up.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

7 Signs to Know You’ve Delved Too Far Into a Fandom

One of the reasons why reading is a very dangerous hobby is how it gets you sucked into its world. Sometimes, it sucks you in too hard and you’ll find yourself stuck in a fandom you weren’t even prepared to delve into in the first place. The next thing you know, you’re already fangirling. Or fanboying. (*Eagerly waves to ‘dem rare fanboys*)

I guess what I’m trying to say here is that I’m pretty sure most of you – if not all, which is highly improbable – are fangirls or fanboys. And I think we all agree here that that life isn’t as easy as it sounds. (Heh.) Maybe even you are getting yourself involved into the business, without even realizing it.

Thus, in my attempt to make another weird list, here are 5 signs to know you’ve already stumbled upon a fandom waaaay to hard.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Lady Midnight: Definitely Not What I Expected!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. Book review by Mara Was Here.
TITLE: Lady Midnight
AUTHOR: Cassandra Clare
GENRE: YA Urban Fnatasy, Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy
PUBLISHING DATE: March 8, 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books


It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

5 Things My Family Often Tells Me (Because I’m A Bookworm)

I’ve been getting a lot of comments from my family (my mom and older sister, specifically – love you, dad) lately about my reading habits. I mean, I honestly don’t think anything’s wrong with it. Maybe there’s something they’re seeing that I don’t see. But hey, I still try to understand them nonetheless, since I’m the only one who loves to read in the family. Maybe they just don’t understand… or something.

Not that that’s what a bookworm would say.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Marie Lu's Champion book cover. Review by Mara @ Mara Was Here.
TITLE: Champion
AUTHOR: Marie Lu
GENRE: YA Dystopian Sci-Fi & Romance
PUBLISHING DATE: November 5, 2013 by Putnam Juvenile

He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

10 Things I’d Ask a Genie for as a Bookworm

Let’s face it: we’ve all wished for something impossible after reading all those books we have in our bookshelves/e-readers. We know it won’t come true anyway, but we just wish a genie would magically appear and make them come true.

What? You’ve never wished for anything at all? HAH. Don’t fool me. Admit it. I know you do. Because I do, too. Just kidding. It’s not like I’m forcing any of you to have them.

Hence, I decided to list a few of the things I wish I had as a bookworm (if only I had a legit genie lamp to make them come true), which can be laughed at read below.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

15 Thoughts While Reading Prodigy by Marie Lu

Prodigy by Marie Lu book cover
TITLE: Prodigy
AUTHOR: Marie Lu
GENRE: YA Dystopian Sci-Fi & Romance
PUBLISHING DATE: January 29, 2013 by Putnam Juvenile

Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Having Incomplete Series Collections

I know, I know… *GASP* YOU HAVE INCOMPLETE SERIES COLLECTIONS?!? Honestly, I could react the same with you if I could, but I’ve already accepted the horrid truth weeks ago (yes, only weeks ago, because The Infernal Devices was the last straw for me).

You see, I always make myself complete a series because it looks so pretty that way (obviously). But that doesn't mean it's easy. The moment I lost the will to buy Clockwork Princess just to complete my collection of its old edition, I was all, Oh, screw it.

There are various reasons as to why I'd rather not complete a series I own in paperback.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Legend: The Book that Helped Me in History Class this One Time...

TITLE: Legend
AUTHOR: Marie Lu
GENRE: YA Dystopian Sci-Fi & Romance
PUBLISHING DATE: November 29, 2011 by Putnam Juvenile

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Friday, March 4, 2016

February 2016 Recap: In which I Went Scouting for the TMI Box Set and Am Plotting to Take Over Instagram

Hey there! It's been a while since I've done my last monthly wrap-up post. I kind of got busy at the end of January, so I didn't have time to write one, unfortunately. BUT, I did have time to write one this February, so here it is!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Holding Out For A Hero: Let's Head Back to the 80s!

TITLE: Holding Out For A Hero
AUTHOR: Victoria Van Tiem
GENRE: Chick-Lit, Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHING DATE: January 14, 2016 by Macmillan


Their love survived the 80s. She wished she hadn't.
A funny, bitter-sweet romantic dramedy set to an 80's soundtrack, proving first love never truly dies...

Libby London fell in love in with the 80s, came of age in the 90s, and now, in the 21st Century, she's completely falling apart... Her New York City fashion sensibility is more 'vintage tragedy' than 'retro babe' and might just be what's holding her back in all matters of life and love...

At least that's what her well-meaning friends think. They've staged a #80sIntervention in an effort to bring Libby bang up-to-date. But how do you move forward when the one you love holds you in the past? Between her dreaded birthday party, friend's madcap ambush, and being forced to relocate her Pretty In Pink thrift shop, Libby's nearing the end of the rope... If her therapist isn't quick, it could be a literal one.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Do Real-Life People Know About Your Blog?

Have you ever told your family or friends about your blog?

I haven’t. In all honesty, I’ve considered it for the past few weeks. It would be nice to talk to my friends about my blog and what I do – especially how fun it is. I might even convince them to make one, too. I’m sure my other bibliophile friends would consider it. But there’s this feeling about other people I know finding out about my blog and having the freedom to visit it anytime is just... scary.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Clockwork Princess: A Great Conclusion to the Series

Clockwork Princess book cover  
TITLE: Clockwork Princess
AUTHOR: Cassandra Clare
GENRE: YA Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Historican Fiction
PUBLISHING DATE: September 5, 2015 by Walker Books Ltd


A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

BBH: My Favorite Place to Read

Previously hosted by Jen @ Crazy For Books, and now by Ramblings of A Coffee Addicted Writer, Book Blogger Hop is a weekly post to help book bloggers connect with each other. The only requirements to participate in the Hop are to write and link a post answering the weekly question and then visit other blogs that are also participating to see if you like their blog and would like to follow them.

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