Author: Daniel Gage
Publication: August 15th 2015, Vanquish Books
Genre: Science-Fiction & Fantasy
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“It’s nothing personal. You’re just part of the transaction.”
Cameron Briggs always wondered what the strange birthmark on his shoulder meant. For his entire life, it seemed he was never meant to be anything special, that is, until the day it happened. Something dormant inside of him awoke.
In the near future, birthright theft is on the rise, a vast network of dealers offering desperate buyers the chance to steal a more desirable next life. Their power and influence is absolute, with little standing in their way. However, unexpected anomalies in the process endow unique abilities to their victims who, once identified, are offered one chance – to save our world or destroy it, one Unborn child at a time.
With the truth shrouded in conspiracy, Emma Jennings, a troubled but strong-minded young agent with a defiant reputation, is determined to prove these crimes exist. But in order to accomplish her goal, she’ll need to find the one victim who can turn the tide of her war.
*First of all, I’d like to thank Daniel Gage and Vanquish Books for giving me an opportunity to review this book. My review is unbiased in any way, and all that’s written is fully based on what I feel about the book.*
Title: The Time Keeper
Author: Mitch Albom
Publication: September 4th 2012, Hachette Books
ISBN: 0751541184 / 9780751541182
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The inventor of the world’s first clock is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.
He returns to our world – now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began – and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.
“We all yearn for what we have lost. But sometimes, we forget what we have.”
Last Sept. 17, me and some of my friends went to Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) 2015 where all the bookworms and book lovers unite (sort of 🙂 ) because all the books are 20% off, some are even 50% and some are like 70% or 80% off! And of course, I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
We were there even before SMX opened because we were so excited! And I really was thankful that I came as early as I could because some of the books that I bought were sold out after about an hour or so. Also, it feels like heaven, though my wallet until now is crying, because wherever you look at, all you got to see are BOOKS! There’s no place like home. 🙂
I was expecting a slower payment and longer queue but NO! Everything seems organized and the payment was fast enough though there are really a lot of people. I think the secret is to really come as early as you could so you can find books without too much hassle and can visit more booths!
I promised myself that next year, I’d save up more money to buy more books! I’d like to thank the people behind #MIBF2015 for making this event possible and for giving every book enthusiast the opportunity to buy more books with lesser price. YOU ARE SIMPLY THE BEST.
Here are the new members of my book family and I am so delighted that I finally have them!
Let me tell you the reasons why these ten books won my heart and why I chose to buy them above the million of books in the #MIBF2015.
Title: Maybe Someday
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication: March 18th 2014, Atria Books
Genre: New Adult, Young Adult
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At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.
Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.
A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.
“We try so hard to hide everything we’re really feeling from those who probably need to know our true feelings the most.”
Last Sunday, I went to a book signing event of authors Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher and Christine Brae. Thanks to National Bookstore, lots of Filipino book lovers were able to meet and greet these three astounding authors.
This is actually my first time attending a book signing event and let me just share you how memorable this day turned out. I was really ready to leave my house at around 7 AM but due to some delays (like my auntie being so late) I end up leaving around 9 AM and I arrived at SM Megamall at 9:45 AM. When I went to the gate, I was a little puzzled because there is no line. But when we asked the guards, they led us at the activity event centre where people are swarming like bees. I. WAS. SHOCKED. But do you ever feel like your heart is about to explode because of too much happiness? And all your insides just turned up side down? Because you know that all the people there, all the people surrounding you, all the people that are patiently waiting in line have the same passion as you. It was the best feeling. I really can’t explain it.. It’s just nice to know that I know where I really belong. I really didn’t meet any other bookstagram-er nor book bloggers because, yeah, I was
shy and I don’t know how to approach them. (Maybe next time I’ll pack up my courage and make friends with them 🙂 )
Thanks to my mom who accompanied me when I claimed my prize from #MyFaveBookMySelfie, I was able to buy another set of books, which means another bucket of happiness.
To be honest, I was planning to buy the books of Marissa Meyer but all of her books are out-of-stock, so I end up with these books.
Yesssss! I am so excited to read all of these but of course let me warn you that I am now indulging myself to Hogwarts and I hope I’ll love the book/s as much as I love the movie/s. *PS: If ever I’ll have a HP-hangover, please just bare with me 🙂 )
Does my title sounds familiar? (Especially to my Filipino book lovers out there!) Yes! This post is mainly about my experience when I joined and won this contest. *Yayy cheers!*
For everyone’s information, MyFaveBookMySelfie2015 is a contest held by National Bookstore in partnership with Philippine Star, which you will take a picture of you with your favorite book for 2015.
This is the actual mechanics for this contest: MyFaveBookMySelfie Mechanics
As for choosing which book is my favorite (as of now) I end up with Falling into Place by Amy Zhang. I really was rooting for Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick, and my winning entry, Falling into Place. But I’ve read the first two books for quite some time, and I was having a hard time making the book description- so yep, I used Falling into Place since it was my recent read. All the details seems fresh and without a doubt, I do love the book! When I read the book, it just hit me.
Deep. Down. Right. Where. It. Supposed. To. Hit. Well, what I really like about this book is it talked about the two side of the story. It talked about the cause and domino effect of a scenario. And of course, it talked about the dilemmas faced by every teenager.
So much about the book, joining this contest is really fulfilling! Because it gave me the freedom to express my thoughts about a certain book. Another thing that I enjoyed is looking through the other entries and discovered some great books. Win-win situation! Right? Right! Also, it’s my first time to join a contest this big, and believe me that just by joining, you’re confidence will really boost up! I’m really used to be the shy-type kind of girl, but through this contest, by showing my love for books, I got the strength to step out of my comfortable zone.
Title: Made You Up
Author: Francesca Zappia
Publication: May 19th 2015, Greenwillow Books/ Harpercollins
Genre: Young Adult
ISBN: 006229010X / 9780062290106
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Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson, Silver Linings Playbook, and Liar.
Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal.
Funny, provoking, and ultimately moving, this debut novel featuring the quintessential unreliable narrator will have readers turning the pages and trying to figure out what is real and what is made up.
“Believing something existed and then finding out it didn’t was like reaching the top of the stairs and thinking there was one more step.”