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.

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