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.
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