Thursday, June 30, 2016

What Happened: June 2016


Hi folks!

I think June was my most unproductive month (blog-wise) so far.

I was not able to finish:
 The Many Selves of Katherine North by Emma Green
Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde (I had to put this one down because of the impending feels. Haha! I will pick this up again soon though.)
Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones

And I only finished one book- The Marked Son by Shea Berkley.

Reviews Posted:

Others:

Currently Reading:
The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Which I am having a difficult time to finish because feeeeeels. My dear Sam. But I'm going to finish this one soon, and I will definitely be re-reading Throne of Glass and continue with the series. :)

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So that's all folks. My month was filled with work (surprise, surprise) so I was not able to read and blog much. Again, I'm hoping July will be different!

Have a nice day folks!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Currently Reading: The Assassin's Blade


Title: The Assassin's Blade
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #0.5
Publication Details: Published March 4th 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin's Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas - together in one edition for the first time - Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn's orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

I am almost halfway, and I am very much loving it! I don't read novellas or prequels but I'm glad I forced myself to read this one.

While Celaena is still learning to have "proper" social skills (whatever that means), it's interesting to know her story prior to Endovier. And dear Sam, I know what happened to him as per Throne of Glass, but I'm dying to know how. Also, I cannot wait to find out the extent of his relationship with Celaena. So basically, I just want to torture myself with their story.

But yeah, I am excited to finish The Assassin's Blade and I am thinking of rereading Throne of Glass soon just because.

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That's all folks!
Have a nice day!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #25: Mankind Limited by Scott Bailey


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme where we will showcase that one book we can't wait to hit the market!

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Title: Mankind Limited
Author: Scott Bailey
Publication Details: June 12, 2016
Genre: Sci-fi; Dystopian

Trapped. In a world where everything is measured and control pervades every area of life, four people begin to break down. Instead, they break through the walls of deceit and propaganda and into a world of revolution.

Each, in their way, vow to overthrow the established order. They embark on a journey against the forces arraigned against them, forces of state and self-doubt.

Ultimately their paths converge on a dangerous road and the discovery of an ancient secret.

On one level this is a story about how different people react the ever growing and relentless pressure of everyday oppression. It explores their journeys as they are broken and rebuilt and investigates their modes and motivations for rebelling.

At another level it is a critique on the darker side of capitalism and free markets and how that has driven us further and further away from the evolutionary advantage that gave us supremacy in the first place. It questions whether the human race has doomed itself or whether we still have the capacity to wrench ourselves from the track we have so tightly committed our society upon.

Okay, this book has just been released. Haha! With premises involving a political/social thought, Mankind Limited sounds like something I would really enjoy reading. I'm getting a 1984 (by George Orwell) vibe with this book, but with more action in it. I hope it will not disappoint. Smashwords actually offers a 15% sample of the book, so I'm going to have to look at that.

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What about you? What are you waiting on?

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Book Review: The Marked Son by Shea Berkley

Title: The Marked Son
Author: Shea Berkley
Series: Keepers of Life #1
Publication Details: July 10th 2012 by Entangled Teen Publishing
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Copy: Free from the publisher through NetGalley

Seventeen-year-old Dylan Kennedy always knew something was different about him, but until his mother abandoned him in the middle of Oregon with grandparents he's never met, he had no idea what. When Dylan sees a girl in white in the woods behind his grandparents' farm, he knows he's seen her before... in his dreams. He's felt her fear. Heard her insistence that only he can save her world from an evil lord who uses magic and fear to feed his greed for power. Unable to shake the unearthly pull to Kera, Dylan takes her hand. Either he's completely insane or he's about to have the adventure of his life, because where they're going is full of creatures he's only read about in horror stories. Worse, the human blood in his veins has Dylan marked for death.

I requested a free copy because of the interesting synopsis. And it did not disappoint.

But before anything else, I would just like to say that I think the new covers of the 3 books are much better than the first ones. :) Ok, moving on...

Monday, June 6, 2016

Book Review: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Title: Steelheart
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: The Reckoners #1
Publication Details: September 24th 2013 by Delacorte Press
Copy: Bought from Powerbooks


Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart — the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning — and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He's seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

June Reading List (Pile Be Gone #7)


Hi folks!

While June is the start of summer in other parts of the world, here in the Philippines, it's start of the rainy season. Meh. Rain is cool when you're just in bed, but not so much when you have to go to work and commute. Meh.

Anyway, on to my reading list... I have no idea why I requested book reviews to publishers. Thus, instead of lowering my pile, I added to it. But I have good books...


The first book in The Keepers of Life trilogy, The Marked Son by Shea Berkley

NETGALLEY: The first in the lyrical, exciting Keepers of Life trilogy by new talent Shea Berkley. Seventeen-year-old Dylan Kennedy always knew something was different about him. When Dylan sees a girl in white in the woods behind his grandparents' farm, he knows he's seen her before in his dreams. He's felt her fear and heard her insistence that only he can save her world from an evil lord who uses magic and fear to feed his greed for power.

And I also have the second and third books:


The Fallen Prince (The Keeper's of Life #2) by Shea Berkley


The Rising King (The Keeper's of Life #3) by Shea Berkley

I also got Life After Juliet by Shannon Lee Alexander


NETGALLEY: Becca Hanson is a reader-a voracious reader. And with all those fictional friends, she never had time for real ones. Plus real ones come with uncontrollable quirks, like constantly filling a room with song, drawing on any available surface, and worst of all, dying. Real friends are more trouble than they're worth. Since her best-and only-real friend Charlotte's death six months before, Becca has returned to a life of books in order to distance herself from heartache and constant loneliness as her junior year at Sandstone High begins.

When a class project forces her into the Drama Club, she attracts the attention of not one, but TWO guys involved in the production, onstage and off. Meanwhile, she's still dealing with the grief of Charlotte's death--the fact that Charlie is away at MIT--and that she finally has to build a life for herself on her own terms. Ultimately she learns more about who she is, what she wants, how she feels--and how to find what she's looking for. (And while she isn't sure what comes next, she's pretty sure there'll be more kissing involved.)

Thank you Entangled Teen for these books!

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For physical copies, I am hoping to finish:



Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones
Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde

Funny, eh? They both start with "Lost". :)

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That's all folks for my June reading list. It's a little bit ambitious, but we'll see. :)

How about you? What will you be reading this month?

Friday, June 3, 2016

Feature & Follow #27: Interesting Bookish Experiences


Feature and Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. It is where we, book bloggers, can meet new people and gain followers as well!

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This week's prompt:
What is your most interesting bookish experience or memory?

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Aah. I can't choose a specific one. I'll give 3, in no particular order. :)

Manila International Book Fair (MIBF)
MIBF is the biggest book fair here in the Philippines. It is held yearly, every September, at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia. I always look forward to attending this book fair because of different bookish activities and book discounts!


Here's the lates MIBF I went to:
Photo Diary: 36th Manila International Book Fair Part 1
Photo Diary: 36th Manila International Book Fair Part 2

Visit to MV Logos Hope- a floating book fair!
Last year, my folks and I went to Subic to visit MV Logos Hope. I was so excited seeing the shelves of books.


Here's a recap of that experience: Photo Diary: MV Logos Hope- World's Largest Floating Book Fair.

Book Signing Events
It's not very often that we get authors here in the Philippines, so it's always an interesting experience to see them in person, have our books signed, and photo-ops! Though I get annoyed by people screaming while there's an author interview, in general, I do enjoy book signing events.


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That's all folks! I hope in the future I'll have more interesting, memorable bookish experience!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Update on TBR Pile Be Gone #1

Hi folks!

Last November 2015, I put myself on a book-buying ban, unless I read 10 from my TBR pile. Of course, nobody is perfect. I did break the ban. Haha! But somehow I managed to lessen the books I bought over the past few months. I also managed to remove 11 books from my pile, excluding digital copies and the 3 books I bought during the ban period and have read immediately.

Eleven books in 7 months. The number is quite small, I know. I've been a slow reader because of work, but I'm happy nonetheless with my progress. Slow progress is still progress, right?

Here are the 11 books I read. The titles are linked to their respective reviews. :)


Gone by Michael Grant
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The Gift by Cecelia Ahern
Hunger by Michael Grant
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (Review to follow!)

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There folks. Hopefully this June I will be able to read more. Haha! And I hope for my second Pile Be Gone update, there will be more books included. :)

How's your TBR pile?

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