Tuesday, April 28, 2015

News: Book Signing Event: Katie Cotugno, Melissa Kantor, Robyn Schneider

Hi folks!

Another awesome book signing event from the National Bookstore!

The authors who will be coming here in the Philippines are Katie Cotugno, Melissa Kantor and Robyn Schneider! :)

Pub mat from NBS Facebook page:

I've only read How to Love by Katie Cotugno; and I really liked it. (My review is here.) However, I'm not sure about the other two because I haven't read any of their books.

So folks, have you read Better than Perfect and Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor and Extraordinary Means and The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider? If so, what do you think? Are they good reads? Please let me know. :)

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That's all folks!
Have a nice day!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Feature and Follow #8: Blog Name

Hi folks!
Happy Friday!
 
 
Feature and Follow Friday 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 question is suggested by The Paperback Princess.
 
How did you come up with your blog title and address? Does it have a special meaning for you?
 
My URL is just my first name and last name because it was difficult to get an address. Haha! My choices of URL at the time were all taken. :)
 
As for the blog name, when I first started this blog, I named it Moments in Life because it's more of a personal one than a book blog. But when I decided to be a book blog (with few personal posts from time to time), I changed it to One Page at a Time.
 
I chose One Page at a Time because it kind of represents reading- taking my time and enjoying the story one page at a time. But at the same time, it also represents my take on life- living and enjoying each day one day at a time.
 
So yeah. There's the story behind my blog name.
What about yours? :)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Blog Tour + Giveaway + Review: Cursed by Fire by Danielle Annett

cover from Goodreads
Title: Cursed by Fire (Blood & Magic #1)
Author: Danielle Annett
Release Date: January 28, 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal
Buy: Amazon

It has been six years since the Awakening and peace in Spokane, Washington is still tenuous at best. The vampires and shifters are all vying for control of the city and the humans seem to be the ones suffering the consequences, or so it seems.

Aria Naveed has spent the last two years of her life fighting to make the many wrongs of the world right, but soon finds out that the humans aren’t as weak as they appear and may be a more terrifying foe than any of the other races combined.

When a stranger rolls into town with trouble on his heels, Aria finds herself trapped in the middle of a battle that could cost her more than she has bargained for as a fight for justice turns into an unexpected fight for her life.


A very entertaining read!

I was contacted by the author to participate in the blog tour. I've been into fantasy lately, so I was really excited when she e-mailed me. She gave me a free copy in exchange for an honest review. :)

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Plot
Cursed by Fire is a short yet entertaining read. While vampires and shifters (wereanimals) are old news, the incorporation of psykers, or humans with psychokinetic abilities, brought an interesting play to the story. While other paranormal creatures were mentioned, the book focuses more on those three.

The story started with a case Aria, our protagonist, is working on. Aria is a psyker who can control fire. She works as a mercenary and uses her ability plus her intelligence to take on cases involving paranormals. But what started as a murder case may be something more. Something bigger. And Aria will have to make sure that whatever it is, it won't happen.

Cursed by Fire is the first book in the Blood & Magic series, so it's a one big introduction to the world of Aria after the Awakening, the time when paranormal creatures came to earth.  Conflicts were given but no resolutions yet. I still have questions about certain plot threads but since it's the first book, I'm pretty sure my questions will be answered in the next ones.

Characters
Aria is a brave and intelligent one. I liked that she is independent, strong and sassy. However, she can be a little arrogant and condescending (?) at times. I think her character is a bit cliché but nevertheless, I'm still interested to see her character development. There's more to know about her especially after one of the revelations in the book.

James is one of the shifters and works with Aria on this specific case. He's been friends with Aria for two years, I think. I can feel that James may be feeling more, but I'm not so sure. I don't want to ship people yet, afraid for my heart to be broken. Haha!

Then there's Inarus. He's a psyker, like Aria, but has telekinetic abilities. He's still a mystery and his motives are not yet fully known. I think he is also feeling something for Aria? But then again, I am not sure. Haha!

Yep! I can smell love triangle, which I am definitely not a fan of. But let's see how things will turn out.

Other characters are yet to be known as well, so I can't say much about them. I'm looking forward to knowing them though, and finding out their roles in Aria's quest in bringing justice and maintaining peace.

Writing
The story was told in Aria's perspective and in a first person voice. Reading Aria's thoughts can be a bit dragging but her sense of humor redeemed the dragging part.

In general, Cursed by Fire was easy to read and the events easy to follow. However, I expected more action and some resolutions to the conflict. But nevertheless, I did enjoy my reading.

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Would I read the next book? Yes! I still want to follow Aria's adventure and see how things will play out. If you're up for an entertaining urban fantasy/ paranormal read, then Cursed by Fire is for you! :)



Danielle is also hosting a giveaway so be sure to participate! :)



Danielle Annett is a reader, writer, photographer and the blogger behind Coffee and Characters. Born in the SF Bay area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood & Magic series.

Addicted to coffee at an early age, she spends her restless nights putting pen to paper as she tries to get all of the stories out of her head before the dogs wake up the rest of the house and vye for her attention.

Monday, April 13, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading? #13

Happy Monday!


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.

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Last week, I finished reading:

Undertow by Michael Buckley
I enjoyed reading this one. I will post my review on May, probably on its release date. :)

Currently, I'm reading:
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (see sidebar)
I've been reading a lot of fantasy lately so I figured to read this one to balance things out. I'm enjoying it so far. And also, I've been hearing good reviews about this book. :)

After that, I'm planning to read:

Cursed by Fire by Danielle Annett
Please visit my blog on April 18 for the blog tour and giveaway! :)

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That's all folks!
What are you reading?



Saturday, April 11, 2015

News: Book Signing Event: Leigh Bardugo

Hi folks!

Yep! Another author will be visiting the beautiful Philippines! Yey!

Leigh Bardugo, author of The Grisha Trilogy, will be having a book signing event at SM City Cebu and Glorietta 1 on June 20 and 21, respectively.

Pub mat from NBS Facebook Page:


I'm excited folks! I've been meaning to buy and read the trilogy. But I never got around to doing so. Haha! This time though, I'll have no excuse. :)

That's all folks!
Have a nice day!

Book Review: The Labyrinth Wall by Emilyann Girdner

cover from Goodreads

Title: The Labyrinth Wall
Author: Emilyann Girdner
Published: November 2013 by Lulu

Araina’s isolated teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man emerge through a rippling wall into the dark labyrinth she calls home. As a result of the stranger’s arrival, Araina’s Creators have unleashed a series of magical attacks using the labyrinth against its inhabitants. Now Araina must decide if she will trust potentially deceitful allies in order to reach safety on the other side of the labyrinth wall.



I got a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Labyrinth Wall is an entertaining, captivating read.

Plot
It's unpredictable and somehow refreshing. The pacing was just okay, bordering slow. It has the right amount of action though so it's not too overwhelming and too boring. I liked how every chapter seems to present a new challenge for Araina and her companions. It made me look forward to what will happen next. However, despite those challenges and adventures, I felt like it lacked the 'amazing' factor. I was entertained but I don't think it got me completely.

World-Building
The idea of a labyrinth isn't completely unique. But the small details and elements were woven together to create a somehow refreshing story. There's still so much to learn about the world they're living in. But since The Labyrinth Wall is the first book in a series, my questions may be answered in the succeeding books. Otherwise, the labyrinth, I think, is a well-created world. It's an interesting puzzle. And I'm looking forward to exploring their world more.

Characters
I liked Araina's character development. It was slow and calculated. But I liked how Araina was able to trust her companion and open up, even if it's just a little.

Aside from Araina, I was also intrigued by Korun and Darith. There's still so much to learn about them, as well as the other characters, so I'm looking forward to that.

I especially liked how the characters were able to form a bond despite the cruel world they're living in. In a world where trust and friendship are unfamiliar, the characters were able to stick together to overcome the difficulties and challenges.

Writing
I liked the style of writing. The Labyrinth Wall is easy to read. Even though, it's a completely unfamiliar world, the author was able to tell the story without me questioning what was happening. Haha! The flow of events was smooth while maintaining its unpredictability.

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Overall, I did enjoy the book. Again, I was not totally wowed but The Labyrinth Wall presented refreshing and interesting things. Would I read the next one? Yes. Maybe in the next ones, the story will pick-up and things will be more exciting.

Nevertheless, The Labyrinth Wall is a good read. More than the adventure, it is a story about trust, relationship and being brave. Bravery in experiencing the unknown, in trying something unfamiliar, in opening up to connect to others.



from Goodreads

Though she was born in Germany and raised in Turkey until the age of five, Emilyann Girdner spent the majority of her grade school years in Tallahassee, Florida. She discovered early she had a love for stories. Reading books, watching movies and then acting them out with friends or toys gave living an extra flavor. This is likely why she spent the first part of her college career studying Creative Writing, before switching to Graphic Design and then graduating with a BFA in Digital Art from Missouri State University in 2011. Her writing has appeared on websites and blogs including Center for Work Life, Easter Seals Florida, MU Museum of Art & Archaeology’s Musings and Examiner.com. She is best known for her Amazon Best-Selling novel, The Labyrinth Wall. Emilyann is now living and working in Florida.

Given her three focus transitions as an undergraduate, it isn't a shock that she is a multi-medium lover, exploring writing, digital art, photography and design. She finds that her creativity is most fluent when given the opportunity to bounce between artistic outlets.

To truly understand this Author, there are two things to know about her. Emilyann hopes to share a love for others and God in all she does. She believes that imagination sparks beauty in the soul (Source: Goodreads).




Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wishlist Wednesday #13: The Summer Remains by Seth King

Happy Wednesday!


Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly book blog hop hosted by Pen to Paper, where we will post that one book we can't wait to get off our ever growing wishlist and onto our shelves!

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cover from Goodreads
Title: The Summer Remains
Author: Seth King
Published: February 14th 2015

Twenty-four-year-old Summer Johnson knows two things. The first is that due to a quickly worsening medical condition, she faces a risky surgery in three months’ time that may or may not end in her death. The second is that she would like to fall in love before then.

As spring sinks into her namesake season on the Florida coastline, Summer plays the odds and downloads a new dating app - and after one intriguing message from a beautiful surfer named Cooper Nichols, it becomes clear that the story of what may be her last few months under the sun is about to be completely revised. All she has to do now is write something worth reading.

Tender, honest, devastating and triumphant, The Summer Remains explores a very human battle being waged in a very digital age: the search for a love that will outlast this temporary borrowing of bones. In an era when many feel compelled to share and re-share anything about everything, prepare to feel a love so special, you will want to hug it close and make it yours forever.


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Why? Because first, look at the cover! Yes it is simple but I find it pretty. And second, the synopsis sounds really interesting and intriguing.

I'm not sure when I will get this though because it's not available in the Philippines and I can't buy through Amazon. So yeah... I will probably ask someone in the US to buy it for me and then have it shipped here. Haha! Or hopefully, The Summer Remains will be available on Book Depository! :)


That's all folks!
Have a nice day!

Monday, April 6, 2015

It's Monday! What are you Reading? #12

Hi folks!


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.

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Since my It's Monday post, I finished reading:

Rot and Ruin (Rot & Ruin Comic Series #1) by Jonathan Maberry
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (My review here.)
The Labyrinth Wall by Emilyann Girdner (My review will be up on Thursday!)

I'm pretty slow with my reading because of work. So yeah...

Currently, I'm reading:

Jonas Salk: A Life by Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs

Yep, still reading this one. I like reading this book. Jonas Salk's life and work ethics are inspiring. But it's 500 pages long, so bear with me. Haha!

Undertow by Michael Buckley

This is an interesting one. It's an urban fantasy, YA read about sea creatures assimilating with humans. :)

After Undertow, I'm planning to read Cursed by Fire by Danielle Annett... I have to be ready for the blog tour! :)


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That's it for now! I hope to read more books this month. I'm really behind my reading schedule. Haha!

 By the way folks, please like One Page at a Time Facebook Page here. Thanks!

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So... What are you reading?

Friday, April 3, 2015

Feature and Follow #7: Recurring Dreams

Hi folks!
Happy Friday!


Feature and Follow Friday 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 question is suggested by Second Run Reviews.
 
Have you ever had a reoccurring dream? What was it?
 
Interesting question. Actually, I have two recurring dreams when I was younger. First dream was me flying. Oftentimes I flew high. Sometimes I flew really low.
 
The second was a chasing one. I dreamed of being chased by I-don't-know-who or -what. In these dreams, I just ran fast and sometimes I flew into familiar and unfamiliar places. Despite being chased, I don't remember being afraid. It felt nice actually running and flying.
 
I still do not know what these dreams meant. So if you know, tell me. :)
 
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That's all folks!
Do you have a recurring dream?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

cover from Goodreads
Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Published: May 13th 2014 by Delacorte Press
Copy: Paperback bought from National Bookstore

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.




I've been seeing We Were Liars all over Tumblr. I've been hearing about how good it was, and that plot twist almost everyone was raving about! It made me really intrigued but never had the chance to buy the book, until National Bookstore announced E. Lockhart's book signing event.

I finished the book one day before the signing event. Even though I knew that there'll be a plot twist, the reveal still surprised me. And that book made me cry. It was, however, a good kind of sad cry.

I was in a bus when I started the book. I smiled and gasped (Haha!) when I saw the map in the beginning of the book. Well, it may be just me. I always get excited by maps in books. Haha!

Plot and Characters
The story started a bit slow for me, but I was really curious about Cadence's 'accident'. It was really intriguing what happened that summer 15. The story built up as I went through my reading.

With flash backs from the previous summers up to summer 15, I was able to look into the Sinclairs, their lives as a family, as well as individually. Their story, who they are and what they live for, was also strengthened through the little fair tale sections. I liked how the fairy tales were told, how they were incorporated in the story.

I was not able to know  the characters deeply but I liked how mysterious they all are. The characters are three-dimensional. There's a lot to know about them. There's a lot to know about Cadence.

I also liked the reference to Wuthering Heights. I find it very interesting. I've read the book and it's so dark. I think it matches the mysteriousness and darkness of Gat, as well as Cadence's grand dad.

Overall, I really liked the story, how it was told, the build-up, the mystery and of course, the twist! I did double-take when I got to that part. And the ending folks, as I've mentioned, I did cry. But it was a good kind of sad cry. :)

Writing
We Were Liars was a fast read. It was only around 200 pages. The way it was written made it easy to read. The writing was almost lyrical, like in a poetic manner. I loved it!

I liked how the flash-backs and fairy tales were incorporated to summer 17 chapters (present) to create a beautiful story about the Sinclair family.

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Beautifully written and thought-provoking. We Were Liars is a story about family, relationships, individuality and moving on.

Furthermore, I think We Were Liars teaches us to be beyond material things, the worldly things. Oftentimes, we can be blinded by money, by possessions that we forget the really important ones- family and relationships.

I think We Were Liars teaches us that our actions, no matter how small they are, matter. That people can see us. That our actions, no matter how small, can affect people, especially those around and close to us.

I definitely recommend We Were Liars! I think everybody should read this amazing book! :)


from Goodreads

E. Lockhart is the author of We Were Liars, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, The Boyfriend List and several other novels.

Disreputable History was a Printz Award honor book, a finalist for the National Book Award, and recipient of the Cybils Award for best young adult novel. We Were Liars is a New York Times bestseller and a Goodreads Choice 2014 winner.

E. Lockhart has a doctorate in English literature from Columbia University and currently teaches creative writing at Hamline University’s low-residency MFA program in Writing for Children (source: Goodreads).






For my E. Lockhart book signing post, click here.

That's all folks!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

What Happened: March 2015

Hi folks!

March went by really fast! My month was a momentous one because I already have a job (yey!), and I attended a book signing event after missing two last December and January. I was not able to read as much though, because I was busy. But I did read nonetheless. :)

Books I Read:
Rot and Ruin #1 (Rot and Ruin Comic Series) by Jonathan Maberry
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The Labyrinth Wall by Emilyann Girdner

I will not review Rot and Ruin but my reviews for We Were Liars and The Labyrinth Wall are in order. Haha!

The Book Signing Event: E. Lockhart post is here and the video of interview is here. :)

What will happen on April:
Hmmm. Let's see. I'm currently reading Undertow by Michael Buckley. And on April 18 is my schedule for Cursed by Fire (by Danielle Annett) blog tour. :)

So far, those are the only things on my table. I'm not sure what I'll read after those two. But hopefully, I will be able to read more. I'm really behind my Goodreads challenge.

Anyway, that's all folks!
It was a lovely March.

How was your month?