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Book review: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Plot – 5
Writing style – 4.5
Characters – 4.5
Romance – 4.5

In which two clans quarrel each other to death but everything turned upside down when a girl ascertained that her brother is alive after all these years and is in the enemies’ side.

Plot – I love everything about the novel, I swear. There are no boring moments. Every page has its role in the book. There are many events in the book to the point you thought you just read a duology.

The novel gave me a bit of Wonder Woman and Black PAnther vibes for some reason.

And you know what, as far as I know, this is a stand-alone novel and usually, I don’t go well with them but in this case, I am totally fine. Why? Because I have a feeling this book belongs to the type of books where the book one was totally amazing but the sequel sucks.

Writing style – fast paced. Read it in on sitting. Like I stated, no dull moments. No unnecessary informational or flashbacks.

Direct to the point. Emotional. I rarely cry when reading this kind of genre but damn, this book sure is a roller-coaster ride of emotions.

Characters

Eelyn – despite her prejudice in the beginning, I immediately love her. She’s kickass, stubborn and has a heart made of gold that she isn’t aware of.

Kinds remind me of Throne of GLass’ heroine. The difference is, I love EeLyn more.

Fiske – what intrigued me the most about this fella was that, he was not mentioned as handsome which is a bit strange for YA novels. But you know what, that’s one of the things I like about him.

Responsible. Family-oriented. Truly has a heart made of gold. Husband material. Haha.

Iri – from the very beginning, he has this brother vibes on him. We can truly say he loves his sister so much.

To be honest, of all the characters, he is the one who is underrated.

I just wish the author shown more moments about this trio.

Romance – as long as it’s not insta-love, I am fine with it.

What I like about the romance is that, it’s not forced. Obviously, from the very beginning, you know who EeLyn will end up with but the author only began giving hints about how they feel about each other halfway through the book.

I just wish we get to see more about their romance. 🙂

Nevertheless, the ending was perfect. Will read more about the author’s other works.

Adrienne Young is the New York Times Bestselling author of Sky in the Deep. A born and bred Texan turned California girl, she is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun.

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Book review: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Plot – 4
Writing style – 3.5
Characters – 4
Romance – 3.5

In which a siren and a pirate, both royalties end the long feud between the sea creatures and humans.

Plot – when I first read the synopsis, of course, I was intrigued. “A Little mermaid” retelling with an awesome twist.

Of course, I had some issues with the elements of the story especially the monologues.

The ending too was a complete disappointment for me. I think they are still unanswered questions. I get it, I don’t expect the couple to marry in the end like in the “Little Mermaid” but a girl could dream, right?

Nevertheless, the novel is exciting. who wouldn’t want to read stories with an involvement of pirates and princess-in-disguised?

Writing style – a bit slow paced especially in the beginning. Many dull moments, to be honest. The monologues and the dialogues don’t sit well with me.

Though I have to applause the author for writing two POV because we don’t always get to stumble upon more than one POV in ya.

Characters – I was merely intrigued at the fact that the heroine was somehow described similar to Ariel from the little mermaid. But wait, forgive me but I just can’t remember the color of Ariel’s eyes. Was it blue?

Anyways, I do appreciate the heroine’s backstory. Lira is an eighteen-year-old siren who has a reputation of killing human princes. I do admire her bravery throughout the book. Really.

Now for the male protagonist, I have to be honest with you, I just can’t connect with him. I find him really cliche. A prince who doesn’t want to be a prince in the first place. Ugh.

I was really, really bored when reading his POVs. Whining and thinking highly of himself are the only think he does. Truth be told.

Anyways, when the author introduces the male lead, I was excited because I thought he has a dark skin like his father because let’s be real, not everyday do we get to read male protagonist who isn’t fair.

Romance – I love that it’s not love at first sight but also, I hate how it became forced at the ending.

Sorry but I failed to see a chemistry between the two protagonists. Like I said, it felt forced. Heck, they didn’t even exchanged i-love-yous to each other, not that it’s important but still…

Throughout the whole novel, the author rarely hints about their romance. As soon as the heroine saved the Jeri’s life, suddenly, they have feelings for each other like what the hell?

There was no development in their romance. They were fighting and the next thing we know, they’re kissing while freezing to death.

Alexandra Christo decided to write books when she was four and her teacher told her she couldn’t be a fairy. She has a BA in Creative Writing and works as a copywriter in London, both of which make her sound more grown up than she feels. When she’s not busy

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Book review: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Plot – 4
Writing style – 4
Characters – 4.5
Romance – 4

In which five high school students went to the detention together. Minutes later, one of them died. The remaining four became primary suspects of the said murder.

plot – It’s been ages since I last read a mystery novel. The last book was probably And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Queen of Mystery herself.

The thing I love bout reading mysteries is guessing who the killer is and most of the time, it’s the good guy. The least you expect. The wallflower or whatever.

Halfway through the book, I already have a feeling who the suspect is and what really happened to the dead student but no worries since at the end of the day, I still found myself enjoying the book.

What drives me nuts but in the good way was the revelations about the four said suspects. Exciting indeed.

Anyways, in the end, they all got their happy ending so cheers. Or not since it’s not college yet so screw your high school romance.

• writing style – since the very beginning, I was hooked because of the writing style, not really because of the plot, to be honest. It’s one of the good things about the book.

I mean, the writing style feels like the characters were just talking to me which was pretty good since I tend to always get bored.

Usually, I am not really into more than three povs but in this case, I absolutely don’t mind because we get to know the four main characters better. Though, I have to say, that kinda spoils the whole thing that none of them were really the suspect since you have an access to their minds.

characters – interesting enough. All I can say is, I grew fond of them.

Most of the time, when reading high school novels, I tend to hate the queenbee or the jock but boy do I love it here.

Thank God the author pretty much didn’t focused on the mean girls since all I want to do is unravel the mysreries. Also, I only get to read one sucky hogh school party.

romance – cute. Typical high school romance. Too bad you know it won’t last.


Karen M. McManus is the New York Times bestselling author of the young adult thriller One of Us Is Lying, which has been translated into 37 languages worldwide. Her second book, Two Can Keep a Secret, will be released in January 2019. Karen lives in Massachusetts and holds a master’s degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, which she mostly uses to draft fake news stories for her novels

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Book review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Plot – 4
Writing style – 4.5
Characters – 4
Romance – 4

In which two enemies strive for the same position but ended up falling in love with each other along the way.

Plot – felt like I was watching some romantic movies that middle-aged ladies rage about. The plot was unique for I have read books that seriously involve office and such throughout the novel.

Course, there’s some things that I do not like in this novel but let us not dwell on those right now.

Writing style – fast paced, as far as I remember, there are no dull moments. Read it in one sitting.

I do love the dialogues! I felt like I was an idiot for smiling at most scenes because they’re just so hilarious.

Characters

Lucy – she’s the type of character I can see myself 10 years from now. Absolutely have zero friends, cannot say “no”, and lives in a trashy apartment.

Of course, she’s the type of heroine you just can’t hate because she’s just so beautiful inside and out. However, I do wish she’s not really eager in the idea of “sex”

Not that I am saying it’s a major turn off for her to ask for it.

Josh – tall. Intimidating. Shy. Smart. But actually sweet.

Yep, he’s definitely that male protagonist who is rich af and has daddy-issue.

Throughout the novel, I cannot help myself from swooning over him because he’s just so cute and mature. Damn, didn’t thought those two words can come together.

Romance – adorable. Like I said, the dialogues are just so hilarious.

However, I do wish we get to see more of their quarrels with a bit of clues on how they truly feel about each other.

Personally, I would prefer if there’s no involvement of sex in this book.

Sally Thorne lives in Canberra, Australia and spends her days writing funding submissions and drafting contracts (yawn!) so it’s not surprising that after hours she climbs into colorful fictional worlds of her own creation. Sally believes that romance readers are always searching for intensity in their next favorite book – and it isn’t always so easy to find. The Hating Game is her first novel.

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Bookworm struggles: 1st world problem

Some says, reading is like dreaming with your eyes open. That you read to escape the cruel reality but to be honest, sometimes, being a bibliophile can be pain in the ass.

Today, I am going to enlist all the hardships we, bookworms go through or at least what I can think of and all the Google can provide.

1. Constantly being ask what’s your favorite book of all time.

Why? Because for every genre, I have like two or three favorite books. I just can’t choose one. There’s this book I love when I want to cry, to laugh, or to whatsoever.

2. People actually thought you’re super smart.

Little did they know, I always search for the unfamiliar words in the dictionary. That I am too lazy to even read the required reading in our literature class.

3. Torn between wanting to make your favorite book as a movie and not.

It’s because we are all afraid we’ll not like it. That they’ll change a bit in terms of the plot and the casting is not really your cup of tea. I mean, my imagination regarding their faces are already set, no need to change it.

4. You have an unending tbr list.

Let’s face it, despite the fact you have billions of books slowly rotting in your shelves, you still kept purchasing books. Why can’t we just stop?

5. Reading in public is a struggle.

You know why reading in public is so hard? Because people will constantly ask you what you’re reading even though you know they know that you’re in the midst of reading. Of course, you’ll just show them the cover but they’ll ask another question and that is, what is it about?

6. Bad covers

This is not all about cover shaming and believe me, I do believe you should not judge a book by it’s cover but there are just these books that have an amazing plot and characters but have a sucky covers. Type of covers you’re embarrassed to take pictures of or read in public because they’ll thought you’re reading a fantasy version of fifty shades.

Plus, you cannot release your emotions. You can’t cry right in public for fear they’ll gonna judge you.

7. Waiting a year for the next book to come out.

Patience is a virtue but too much waiting is agony. You know what’s worse? You’re waiting too much to the point you forgot what you just read and by the time the book is released, you need to reread the book.

8. When you accidentally rips a page out of frustration.

The author just brutally murdered your favorite character, what do you want me to do? And since you don’t want to be called book monster, you pretended as if nothing happened.

9. Expensive books = growling stomach.

Am I the only one who starves myself(not to the point I’ll die though) just to afford the books I badly want? By that, I’ll just survive by free foods from my family and even from free tastes.

And that’s it, folks. I am already sleepy and I am too dumb to think of another struggle. Perhaps next time though.

Now, how many of these have you experience? And if you have your own struggle of being bibliophile then don’t hesitate to comment down below.

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Book review: Alex and Eliza by Melissa Dela Cruz

Plot – 5
Writing style – 5
Characters – 5
Romance – 5

In which Alexander Hamilton, the president’s secretary fell in love with Eliza, a smart and beautiful gentlewoman who he thinks is too good for someone who came from a nameless family like him.

Plot – I believe I have no rights to say much about the plot since it was based on true event. However, I have to commend the author herself for bringing it to life. Oh, how beautiful this novel is.

Truth be told, I am a little dumb when it comes to Alexander Hamilton. I barely know him, all I know was that he was a prominent person. One of the founding fathers of America. An orphan. A dude who wears white wig which was pretty much the norm back then. Clearly, I have no clue he was the romantic sort of lad.

Nevertheless, after reading Alex and Eliza, I immediately researched about him and boy do I realize that the author indeed stay true to the flow of the romance. Not only that, she also managed to spill the horror of the war which I honestly love and wished for more.

Now, I am not going to read the sequel simply because I have a feeling I won’t like it and also for the fact that I already have a clue on what will happen. Thanks Wikipedia even though you’re not 100% reliable. I failed to aced my assignment back in 8th grade.

writing style – one thing I am sure of, the writing style was amazing. A bit descriptive but not to the point you’ll roll your eyes heavenwards and murmur the words “Good heavens, who cares about her itchy toes?”

Fast-paced. Unfortunately, did not read it in one sitting because I had to go to the dentist but hey, I read it in two sitting. Hahaha.

Anyways, no dull moments. One of the things I absolutely love about the novel was the dialogue. The couple’s bickering slash flirting were truly amusing. God knows how many times I chuckled throughout the marvelous book.

characters

1. Alexander Hamilton – Smart. Determined. A bit insecure which is cute. Hopeless-romantic.

Before I stumbled upon the novel, my first impression of Sir Hamilton himself was that he was nothing but a serious man. I genuinely thought he’ll fall into the mysterious slash flirty badboy leads category. Alas, he was not. He was so much better.

I do enjoyed reading his monologues. It was indeed entertaining and makes you wanna love him more than ever.

If his character was not true, I’ll say he was too good to be true.

2. Elizabeth Schuyler – intellectual. Simple. Kind-hearted.

From the very beginning, Elizabeth immediately caught my attention. How I love her amusing slash smart remarks.

She was like this fine rolemodel. She refused to wear extravagant gowns not because she wants to be Im-not-like-other-girls which by the way, she was. Elizabeth repel herself from wearing expensive gowns in order to pay honor of the soldiers of the war. She simply cannot digest the idea of acting like a privileged spoiled brat while many men out there are suffering. And that she insisted on helping the soldiers in line with their health and comfort.

romance – one of the best pairing I’ve ever read for a while.

Their whole love story was like too good to be true. Indeed, it was not insta-love which believe me, I thank the heavens for but what I really do find myself enjoying was how determined Alexander was in capturing the gal’s heart while being insecure about himself. Elizabeth meanwhile was totally not the type of woman who’ll secretry smirk and say, “Come and get me, big boy,” hahaha.

Anyways, both Alex and Eliza were described to be handsome and beautiful. Of course, activating the curious side of me, I searched for their faces and mama mia, they truly do look good. Uhm, remind me again what age their youngest son is? Hopefully not a was.

Kidding. Or not.

Really, I am kidding. He surely was older than my great-great-grandfather.

Melissa de la Cruz (born 1971) is a Filipina-American author known for her work in young adult fiction. She has written several series of young adult novels, including the Au Pairseries and the Blue Bloods series, and a contemporary fiction series following The Beauchamp Family, as well as a number of stand-alone novels.

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The Ten Book Tag Challenge

I’ve had enough of my mountain-like sins so I guess I’ll just be honest with this one. I am not tagged my anyone due to the roaring fact I have no friends. I am just simply eager to answer all these questions.

The rules:

List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way.

Do not take more than a few minutes and do not think too hard.

They do not have to be the “right” books or great works of literature,

just ones that have affected you in some way.

Paste these instructions and tag 10 friends, including me, so I can see your list.

1. A book that made you think.

Look, to be fair, not only is the romance of this very novel is excellent, the issue it tackles as well. Obviously, I am fortunate enough to not experience the horror of the World War Two. With the help of this book, I’ve come to realize all their hardships during the war that made me think about the real victims. Why are the commanders, the one who hides inside their offices were well known, how about the real unsung heroes? The soldiers who truly fought the battle? The widows and the orphans?

2. A book that will always be special to you.

Truth be told, I am not really a fan of this book nor the movie. The reason why this book has a special place to my heart? It is the very first foreign novel I’ve read that got me into reading more books like this. In short, I owe this fella a lot.

3. A book that exceeded my expectations.

When my heart joins the thousand remains one of my favorite novels of all time. I just stumbled upon it on the internet and decided to give it a shot and look and behold, I was surprised at how beautiful yet heartbreaking this novel is. If I were given a chance to write my own novel, it would totally be similar to this one.

4. A book that made you cry.

I am not the type of reader who usually cry. I mean, in the back of my mind, I am sobbing yet zero tears fall. Anyways, the very book that seriously made me sob hard was “My Oxford Year”, go and give it a shot, guys. Besides, I heard it’s going to be a movie soon.

5. A book that made me feel nostalgic.

Majority of you might not know this but it would be The Bet. My very first physical book that really got me into reading in general, way before reading Perks of Being a Wallflower.

6. A book that made you feel happy.

I seriously can’t think of any novel because I usually read books with open ending, that made me stay awake at night thinking what happened to the characters. But since I have to answer this, I have to think hard. The least problematic novel I’ve read that I loved, as far as I remember is The Hating Game.

7. The book that I’ve read the most.

No doubt would it be The Host. Despite how massive it is, I still love rereading it so many times. Due to how addicted I am to it, I even read a handful of fanfictions.

8. A book that broke my heart.

No joke, it would totally be Throne of Glass series. I know it’s not a single book but hey, you get my point. The first and second book were nothing but masterpiece for me but the third installment? Went downhill, if you ask me. Not really a fan of a huge number of characters and constantly changing love interest. And yes, I stopped reading the series at book 5.

9. A book that gave me feels.

To be frank, I don’t 100 percent understand this one but I guess I’ll go with The Ring and the Crown. One minute, I am totally loving it to the point I am considering of making the male protagonist as one of my few book boyfriends though the next few chapters, I was sad, angry, and frustrated. Then the following chapters, I’ll go back with being elated once again. A rollercoaster-ride, indeed. By the way, the emotion I’ve felt in the end was nothing but frustration.

10. A book I wish I hadn’t read.

I have so many books I wish I never picked up nor bought. The first book that pops in my mind is And I Darken. Complete waste of time and money, to be honest. If I could only turn back time.

And that’s all, nerds. See you again next challenge. Oh, if you want to do this tag then feel free to. It’s not like you’ll rot in jail if you do this tag without anyone tagging you. Ha!

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Book review: The Shape of Water

Plot – 5
Writing style – 3.75
Characters – 4
Romance – 3.75

In which a beautiful 33-year-old mute fell in love with an amphibian man.

• plot –
I still haven’t watch the movie though I can assure you, I will but forgive me, my friends but I don’t think I can digest the scene with a cat involvement. So, I guess I’ll just skip that part.

First off, The Shape of Water strikes me as a pure romance novel at first but boy was I wrong, it has a mixed of action. Truth be told, I was kinda disappointed. Haha.

Anyways, despite that, it was not a major hindrance for me to applaude this novel. The climax sure was amazing. I mean, that’s what you call climax, folks! I almost can’t read it properly due to how nervous I was.

I was like, I have no times for your feelings or whatsoever, just tell me what the antagonist’s next move is.

One of the things that caught my attention was how the author didn’t solely focused on the two main leads. Almost all the prominent characters had their own chapters which to be honest, was both intriguing and somehow boring.

But hey, at least there was character development. Like loads of them.

writing style – read it in one sitting but I have to say, there are soooo many chapters that bore the hell out of me. Mainly because of pov of some characters that I hardly care about.

Anyways, still, it was still beautifully-written. In short, it’s more like it’s not you but me.

characters – I love the mute protagonist’s strong friendships with her old homosexual neighbor and colored co-worker. The last few chapters were utterly emotional and beautiful.

It’s been a while since I hate an antagonist like in this one. Man, he was the most sexist slash racist horny motherfucker I’ve ever read.

Many times while reader, I stopped reading for a bit to calm my anger. My blood was surely boiling, I’ll tell you that. He was like that antagonist from Tarzan. Forgot his name, sorry.

One of the few things I wished was that the author wrote more chapters with the amphibian man for us to get to know his character better. To be honest, I failed to see any character development on him. As if he was just this trophy to all teh characters.

romance – like I said, the amphibian man doesn’t really connect well with me though I have to say, I find the scenes between him and the female protaginist okay.

The two did slept together but it was not really described so no worries, my sweet innocent Goodreads friends.

Guillermo del Toro was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, del Toro developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist(1973)) and worked on making his own short films. At the age of 21, del Toro executive produced his first feature, Dona Herlinda and Her Son (1986). Del Toro spent almost 10 years as a makeup supervisor, and formed his own company, Necropia in the early 1980s. He also produced and directed Mexican television programs at this time, and taught film.

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SEPTEMBER BOOK HAUL

As we all know, September was the very month where you began to have your Christmas countdown. I bet by now you already have dozens of to-buy-list despite the fact your to-be-read list can be compared to a mountain.

For the month of September, I managed to score ten books. All of them I got from Manila International Book Fair (MIBF), meaning, they’re all on sale. Really, who wouldn’t want discounted books?

1. The Becoming of Noah Shaw

(The Shaw Confessions #1)

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In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right.

2. Forbidden

(Forbidden #1)

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In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart.

Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden’s heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb’s increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden’s every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying.

With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family’s survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself.

Set against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and Kadesh will leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be together.

3. Saint Anything

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Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans.

4. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter

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“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.”

Finn looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task is now to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion…and more. But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world, and in Cat’s heart.

5. Written in the Stars

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This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?

Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.

6. At the Table of Wolves

(Dark Talents #1)

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy meets X-Men in a classic British espionage story. A young woman must go undercover and use her superpowers to discover a secret Nazi plot and stop an invasion of England.

In 1936, there are paranormal abilities that have slowly seeped into the world, brought to the surface by the suffering of the Great War. The research to weaponize these abilities in England has lagged behind Germany, but now it’s underway at an ultra-secret site called Monkton Hall.

Kim Tavistock, a woman with the talent of the spill—drawing out truths that people most wish to hide—is among the test subjects at the facility. When she wins the confidence of caseworker Owen Cherwell, she is recruited to a mission to expose the head of Monkton Hall—who is believed to be a German spy.

As she infiltrates the upper-crust circles of some of England’s fascist sympathizers, she encounters dangerous opponents, including the charismatic Nazi officer Erich von Ritter, and discovers a plan to invade England. No one believes an invasion of the island nation is possible, not Whitehall, not even England’s Secret Intelligence Service. Unfortunately, they are wrong, and only one woman, without connections or training, wielding her talent of the spill and her gift for espionage, can stop it

7. Twilight / Life and Death

(Twilight #1, 1.75)

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Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer.
Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.

Twilight has enraptured millions of readers since its first publication in 2005 and has become a modern classic, redefining genres within young adult literature and inspiring a phenomenon that has had readers yearning for more. The novel was a #1 New York Times bestseller, a #1 USA Today bestseller, a Time magazine Best Young Adult Book of All Time, an NPR Best-Ever Teen Novel, and a New York Times Editor’s Choice. The Twilight Saga, which also includes New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, and The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, has sold nearly 155 million copies worldwide.

8. Origin

(Corpus #1)

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Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rainforest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home―and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.

Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia’s origin―a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost.

Overall, I am quite pumped up to read these books.

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My Second Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) Experience

Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) is definitely one of the most anticipated event of us, booknerds. It’s our very version of early Christmas, to tell you the truth.

I can proudly say I am one of the bibliophiles who seriously take this event seriously to the point as soon as the event ended, I am already saving and counting the days till MIBF began again.

My friends and I were supposed to attend the said event at Saturday. Unfortunately, due to the very gloomy weather, we decided to just postponed our plan and go the day after that despite how we all know last day will surely be packed and boy are we correct.

The whole place was so jammed to the point I have to say excuse so many times, no kidding. My friends and I lose each other countless of times, to be honest, I was hesitant to approach the Customer Service and request if they could page my friends but alas, that would be really embarrassing. In case you’re wondering, no, I don’t have any load to text them. Also, my life is as sorted out as the books on the discounted section. Ha!

Anyways, regarding the books, I can say I am a bit disappointed with it. Let’s start with Fullybooked. All of the books that are in my list can only be found in them and boy am I a bit blue because they were all out of stock. Nevertheless, I still manages to score two classics in them so let’s just forget the first part. Aside from that, all their books are on sale so that’s something you want to applaud Fullybooked for.

Now, let us talk about National Bookstore, the first thing we noticed as soon as we stepped inside was how jammed it is. No kidding, we only managed to stay for like 5 minutes there because we need to buy the first book of Noah Shaw in them. Nevertheless, it was all still worth it because NBS books are way cheaper than Fullybooked’s, no kidding. Also, I get to have free tote bag so who the hell am I to complain?

For the most awaited part which is Book Binge Bazaar, I can say I am torn between disappointed and satisfied with it. Why? Simply for the reason the selections of books were not really good though don’t get me wrong, I still managed to gain like a book which I am so excited to read. Personally, I do prefer the previous Book Binge Bazaar than this one.

One thing I also noticed was their marketing strategy. They mostly sell 2nd and 3rd book on a series instead of selling the 1st book first for us to know if the series is worth continuing and if it’s worth our cha-ching.

Right after we finished our little shopping galore, of course, we searched for an instagrammable areas to shoot but sadly, they were none. Well, we found a pretty clean wall right beside the comfort room but the security guard told us to get the hell out. Kidding, she just said we should move somewhere which we did without any complains. Luckily, we did managed to shot each photos for us three.

My friends and I were desperate enough to enter Book Binge Bazaar once again to sit right in the corner and shoot a couple of photos there. What do I mean by couple? Uhm, let’s say about 150 photos? Hahaha.

This is me, by the way.

Most memorable moment of this year’s MIBF for us? It would absolutely be meeting Nico Tortellini right in the escalator. To be honest, my friends and I were totally bewildered at the sight of him to the point all we did were smile and wave like a bunch of fools. Alas, at least we don’t need to queue to see him up close. To be fair, my friend wanted to buy his poetry book even before we met him but it was a bit expensive for us so pretended we saw nothing. Haha.

If you’re reading this, Nico then I just want to grab this opportunity to say…Fancy hat you have there, ma fren.

Before I end this, I just want to commend all the staffs. I envy the very sharp memory of Fullybooked’s staffs and the enthusiasm of the security guards’ of Book Binge Bazaar. The real unsung heroes.