Friday Printables: CTC Watercolour Bookmarks

Hi bookies! In a few days, I’ll be meeting Colleen Hoover, Christine Brae and Tarryn Fisher for their book signing event here in Manila. And I’m very much excited to see them. Colleen Hoover’s works includes Ugly Love, Maybe Someday, … Continue reading

Kiera Cass to visit Philippines on September 2015

Yep, you heard that right. New York Times Best selling author of The Selection Series, Kiera Cass, is coming to the Philippines for the second time around! The fourth installment of the trilogy will be hitting the shelves tomorrow, May 5, 2015.

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Join Kiera Cass for book signing events on September 18 at 4 p.m. in the Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu, on September 19 at 2 p.m. in the Grand Atrium, Shangri-la Plaza, and on September 20 at 2 p.m. in the National Book Store booth at the Manila International Book Fair. Registration starts at 10 a.m. for all events. Only books purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks will be accommodated. The events are made possible in partnership with Raffles Makati, Shangri-la Plaza, SM City Cebu, Metro magazine, Chalk magazine, and Sweep. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for more details. Tag #KCinPH to join the discussion.

THE HEIR
Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story…but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought. Available on May 5.

ABOUT THE ONE
The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice…and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.

Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!

THE ELITE
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, she is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

THE SELECTION
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

For more details, visit NBS’ facebook event here.

Save the Date!

Hello everyone! It’s so good to be back from a month long hibernation! Apologies for the lack of posts and updates as I had just came back from various out of town and out of the country trips. Despite that, … Continue reading

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Currently Reading

When you thought about a place so enchanting, so beautiful, I would only say Paris, definitely Paris. Sometimes, Copenhagen or Saint Petersburg but it would always revert back to Paris.

I’m a reader who swoons immediately when it comes to describing how wonderful a place could be. When an author describes a place in his/her story, there is that magical moment where I am being transported at the heart of it. I walk on the cobblestones, wind blows on my cheek, the smell of the breeze that makes it the place as it is, or the ordinary people passing through — it’s a picturesque world that comes to life, breathed by the author.

Once again, Laini Taylor proved herself as a deemed storyteller. I cannot fathom the exact words to describe how good she is with laying descriptive narrations for this novel. Every page of her book sprung to life. I inhabited Prague — these beautiful, eerie, and enchanting city. What she describe was Prague itself. I sat in the Poison Kitchen, or atop the cathedral, or walk in the bridges of Old Town, and eat goulash. Or for my breakfast, chocolate. Those simple things wasn’t just a narration, it is life. A life I wanted to experience.

I’m getting a ticket to Prague.

Karou had my dream hair colour, that surely the first pages of the book I am green with envy. She’s an artist and has an uncanny ability to work wonders with brushes, pencils, and paints. (And now, take me to Prague.) I share this connection whenever I read novels with characters who are artists. I understand a whole lot of Karou, minus the parentage, of her vast frustrations, the palm-twitching yearn to sketch, and draw, or paint, even amidst in the worst circumstances. And by the way, Karou had the resources to be the wanderlust I always wanted to be.

Akiva is another thing. He is absolutely perfect. You cannot ever, ever,ever describe something or someone who is perfect. And that’s what he is.

I’m so curious to know how this novel would play out in the big screen, although I’m sure Hollywood would ruin it. I just hope it wouldn’t come to that. I could imagine the beauty of Prague, the eerie Poison Kitchen, Brimstome, Issa, Yasri, and Twiga, and the monsters and angels, the reverse marionette with Zuzanna. Liraz and Hazael. Madrigal.

I could only describe Akiva and Karou as the ultimate forbidden love. I still haven’t finished the book because of too many non-important works I needed to finish. And please tell me Karou is a daughter of a Chimaera and an Angel. Oh please let it be. I imagine Akiva falling in love with Madrigal but Madrigal fell in love with another angel. And that was what broke Akiva. Or am I completely and utterly wrong?

I needed to finish it, but I don’t know how. I have work. Also, I can’t wait to finish the book and start the second book and the third. And now I regret not buying the last book. *cries*

I can’t wait to start my reviews on this. So, just yell me to finish the book.

xoxo

It’s Official! E. Lockhart at National Bookstore this March

Mark your calendars, readers! It’s official, New York Times Bestselling Author of “We Were Liars“, E. Lockhart is coming to National Bookstore, SM City Cebu on March 21, and National Bookstore, Glorietta 1, Makati on March 22. Registration starts at … Continue reading

E. Lockhart to visit Philippines on March 2015

“We Were Liars” author E. Lockhart is set to visit Philippines this March 17th. In her tweet last January 30, she confirmed her week-long visit to the Philippines.

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So far, no official announcement has been given by either National Bookstore or Fullybooked. But in her earlier tweets, National Bookstore retweeted it.

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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.

Follow E. Lockhart at @elockhart on twitter!

Book Signing Events in the Philippines

Hey guys, I apologise for the lack of posts these past few weeks. I am having a hard time juggling work, work, books, and work, and books.

This week I got to meet, James Frey, author of the New York Times’ best selling novel, Endgame:The Calling. Also, he happens to be none other than Pittacus Lore, penned one of the most successful book series “Lorien Legacy”. But this post isn’t about him because, I have grand plans for a blog post with my encounter with him. (He’s so adorable, and amazing, and I can’t wait for him to come back to the Philippines. And more spoilers about his books!)

I’m blessed enough to have friends like Jo and April because they were the ones who reminded me of book signing events. I check my emails daily or social media (not oftenly though), and yet I still miss the announcements. So, thank you guys. You both are an adorable angels!

I tried googling for blog posts regarding the schedules of international authors who are visiting Philippines and nada. And now, I’ll start posting those schedules to help my fellow book lovers in the Philippines to be updated with the events.

So tune in, guys! And see you on those events!

xoxo

Just Finished: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Author: Michelle Hodkin Release Date: October, 2012 Pages: 528 Format: Paperback Series: Mara Dyer, #2 Genre(s): Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Thriller Summary:  Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past. She can’t. She used to think her problems were all … Continue reading

2015 First Read: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Author: Michelle Hodkin Release Date: January, 2011 Pages: 452 Format: Paperback Series: Mara Dyer, #1 Genre(s): Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Thriller Summary: Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she … Continue reading