[Bookish Thoughts #3] JM’s Top Fifteen (15) Books of 2015

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I’ve been meaning to post this for quite some time now but I’ve only found the inspiration to draft it this morning, so… Today, I’m bravely sharing my Top 15 Reads of 2015!

I know it goes against the idea of a “Bookish Thoughts” post, seeing that it’s a list, but, as the year draws to a close, I realized why not give this post some special treatment, seeing that it’ll be my last for 2015?

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[Book Tags #6] The Midyear (3rd Quarter, Actually) Book Freak Out Tag

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The amazing Trisha Ann of The Bookgasm Blog tagged me to do the Midyear Book Freak Out Tag! You should check out her entry here. I’ve been wanting to do this tag for quite some time now, but, as you may already know, I just came back from a hiatus because of my exams, but now, no one or nothing is going to stop me from this tag! Huzzah!

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[Top Ten Tuesdays #2] Fan Casting of my Top Ten Book Boyfriends in YA Dystopia/Fantasy

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I’ve been wanting to do this post for quite some time now, but the courage to do so didn’t come to me until this weekend, seeing how many I have on my list. But now, I shall list down my most probable book boyfriends in Young Adult Dystopia/Fantasy plus my fan casting. Some of the GIFs I used are my choice for the specific character, while some are the real deal.

Book Boyfriend (n) – A male fictional character that a person wants to be in a relationship with.

#10: The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo – I really wasn’t a big fan of this series but The Darkling really appealed to me. He’s a very dark and mysterious character that compels the reader to get to know him more. Alone, he was a great character. But that does not change my opinion of The Grisha Trilogy.

My fan cast: Sean O’Pry. Dark hair. Mesmerizing eyes. Yes. Oh, just yes!

#9: Number Nine from The Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore – Sometimes, a fangirl really need cocky boys to mess around with. And who would be more perfect for this than Number Nine? Right? He’s muscular, strong, and so manly. He might be a big ego maniac, but hey. He still has a heart! And with a heart as big as his, who knows what we have in store?

My fan cast: Colton Haynes. I’m basing it on his character from Teen Wolf, Jackson Whittemore. He’s one cocky human being, and I can’t imagine someone as perfect as he is for Number Nine.#8: Darrow au Andromedus from Red Rising by Pierce Brown – Darrow is one of the most passionate, most caring, and bravest characters I have ever came to read about. It is with these traits that I have fallen in love with him and his story. He’s driven, and he will go to different heights just to attain the dream that his wife, Eo, had for him. Who wouldn’t want him for a boyfriend?

My fan cast: Alexander Ludwig. If you’ve watched him on Vikings, or The Hunger Games, you would know just how much he has in common with Darrow. Believe me. He’s freakishly strong and quite a determined creature. Just give him a little darker complexion and we have ourselves a Darrow!#7: Dorian Havilliard from The Throne Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas – A peaceful, caring, and passionate Prince with a love for the printed word, Prince Dorian of Adarlan will surely swoon all types of women, whether a bibliophile or not. Also, he is a prince with a strong disposition. He will stand by his decisions. He’s the type of prince who won’t let you down. *sighs*

My fan cast: Douglas Booth. I don’t even know why. There’s just something about him that reminds me so much of the Crown Prince of Adarlan. Also, his bone structure is on fleek in this gif. You’re welcome, ladies.

#6: Minho from The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner – Minho is a brash yet dependable leader. He will never let you down, and he won’t leave you in your time of need, the same way he didn’t leave Thomas in the maze. I’m adding him to my list since every book boyfriend list needs at least one Asian. Haha!

The cast: Ki Hong Lee. Yep. Asian. Also, he’s a great runner. So, that seems sufficient. Right. And he’s cute!

#5: Tobias “Four” Eaton from The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth – A trained fighter, a born leader with a knack for epic action, Four is absolutely one of the best book boyfriends ever. He’s capable of loving someone as hard-headed as Tris, and for me, that seems enough reason. But also, he’s that kind of guy who would help you especially in times of great need. He’s perfectly capable of leading a nation, and with that said, I know he’s capable of leading a family. Hehehe.

The cast: Theo James. He portrayed Four rather well, if you ask me. He’s rugged, just as the character is defined in the best-selling books. He’s muscular, and everything in Theo is highly believable in reference to Four.

#4: Percy Jackson from The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan – They say that humor is, among many others, a trait that easily captures the heart of women (or men, whatever floats your boat). In that case, Percy Jackson is a shoe-in for this list. Filled with wit, sass, and comedy, our favorite demigod will not only swoon us with his jokes, but also with his healing abilities. Right? Also, those blue eyes? Dayum!

The cast: Logan Lerman. A lot of people might disagree with me on this but The Lightning Thief was one of my favorites at the time it was released. I can recall it vividly: I once handled an account dedicated to him on Tumblr. I used to open and post daily. But circumstances have changed and time constraints led me to leave it to a friend.

#3: Alec Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare – I’m going to be honest. I’ve only read a little about Alec Lightwood. I’ve only read City of Bones, but I know just how brave Alec is. At first, he was afraid to tell the world about his sexuality. Since the Clave shuns those who are “different”, he kept it to himself, but eventually found the courage to come out. I admire bravery. Especially when it comes to homosexuality.

The cast: Matthew Daddario. I don’t know a lot about him either. All I know is he’s a great Alec, physically speaking. Also, he’s a great guy as well! Now, I really can’t wait to watch the Shadowhunters series! Oh! And he’s also playing a role in the Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List movie!

#2: Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – A fae living under a curse, Tamlin is a grungy character with a temper. He is nowhere near the likes of Percy Jackson or any other humorous male characters, but deep, deep, DEEP down, he has a heart bigger than his Spring Court. He’s capable of not only casting magic, but also loving with every fiber of his being. No one would ever turn down someone like Tamlin.

My fan cast: Tyler Hoechlin. For fans of the hit TV series Teen Wolf, I know that you know what I’m talking about right here. Derek Hale, the character he’s portraying on the show, is an immensely dark character. They have the exact same traits. Give him a different shade of hair color, and we’re good to go!

#1: Chaol Westfall from The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas – And of course, how could I forget my most favorite Captain of the Guard? Chaol Westfall is the bravest, most sensitive, most caring, and most passionate captain in literature that I have come to read about. He puts up a brave front, that’s why at first, you would think of him as a snob and immensely disinterested. But deep down, he has a love bigger than Adarlan, and it’s no secret that he’s good in many things, if you know what I mean. 😉

My fan cast: Chace Crawford. Well, to be honest, I had a hard time trying to find a perfect match for Chaol. I have never seen Chace in an intense action movie. His complexion, however, makes me agree with my decision, thus, making me unsure of my choice for this one.

There you have it, folks! A list of my favorite book boyfriends in the YA Dystopia/Fantasy genre! :Let me know if you agree, or disagree, on the comments below! And tell me who’s your number 1 book boyfriend! Add in a fan casting of your own!

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[Book Tags #3] The I Am More Happy Than Not Book Tag

TAGSNot long ago, Miel of Bookish and Awesome tagged me to do another book tag entitled “I am More Happy Than Not” book tag. He also created it, and you all know how much I love him! Also, his posts breed awesomesauce. To those who don’t know or follow him, might as well go on over to his blog and show him some love!

Basically, if tagged, all you have to do is list the things that make you, as you may have guessed, more happy than not. It’s as simple as that.

When am I more happy than not?

Whenever I go on book hauls, even if I’ll end up with no money left for food, or anything else, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I spend hours in the kitchen, cooking for breakfast, or any meal that will be devoured by my family, friends and other loved ones, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I pour myself into writing book reviews, features, and book tags for this blog, I am absolutely more happy than not.

Whenever I spend a day reading a book with a nice cup of coffee, when my comfort is at it’s maximum, I am obviously, more happy than not.

Whenever I discover new restaurants in the metro which offers budget friendly yet quality dishes, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I get home on a Friday night without any school work, just tons of blog posts to draft, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I talk to my best friends about the state of life I am in, and whenever I get to hear their own stories, I am definitely more happy than not.

Whenever I experiment on new recipes to try in the kitchen, with sufficient ingredients to try out, I am certainly more happy than not.

Whenever I see and spend time with my baby cousin, Liana, and I get to teach her some of life’s lessons, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I attend book signing events, and I get to converse with the amazing authors that visit the Pearl of the Orient, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I meet, talk and/or bond with old and new friends, bloggers or not, bibliophiles or not, I am absolutely more happy than not.

Whenever my reviews, tweets, or photos are replied or acknowledged by authors, publishers, etc., I am more happy than not.

Whenever I watch romantic comedy movies with my mom or best friends, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I buy a new book, when I get to smell it for the first time and know that I have found another piece of treasure, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I visit my favorite book stores, browse their amazingly tall and elegantly filled shelves, and converse with and meet new and old staff, I am surely more happy than not.

Whenever I check my mail and find messages from authors, publishers, or editors to have their books reviewed and whatnot, I am more happy than not.

This list could go on and on, but I don’t want to tire everyone’s eyes, you know? Anyway, I want to know what makes my beautiful friends more happy than not, so I’m tagging:

And, check out the mother of all “I am More Happy Than Not” posts here. Miel also compiled every single post that did his tag. You should check that out!

How about you? Tell me, what makes you happy?

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[Book Review #40] A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beastwith faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

Book Specifications:

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Format: Hardcover

Part of a Series: Yes. A Court of Thorns and Roses #1.

Release Date: May 5, 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

No. of Pages: 416 pages

Price: 874.00Php

Genre: Romance, Young Adult, High Fantasy, Magic, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction Fantasy

Book Review:

The Cover: Featuring a blood red background with a silhouette of forest tress on the right, and an incomplete image of a woman or a huntress, per se, the cover of this new book from a new series is absolutely stunning! It’s regal, it’s complex, and there’s just no words to describe it better. Plus the addition of the title in a simple font style, and the white color, for the title, blended beautifully with the red background. I am in awe right now! (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The Story: A Court of Thorns and Roses is a retelling of the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, where a mere mortal falls in love with a creature who is living under a curse. True, the story did seem similar to said fairy tale, but Sarah J. Maas, once again, shocked me, along with a lot of her readers, with her best work yet! She told the story of Feyre, a mundane huntress who, expectedly, falls in love with Tamlin, a High Lord of the Spring Court who’s living his cursed life. Her writing, as creative as ever, propelled me to turn the pages of this book rapidly, just like with what happened with my reading of the books in the Throne of Glass Series. Once again, Maas introduced us to wonderfully developed characters, strategically invented worlds, and creatively imagined creatures. Matched with a great writing style, A Court of Thorns and Roses, just like all of Sarah J. Maas’ books will not disappoint readers with a heart for High Fantasy. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* I know what happened when Beauty and the Beast ended. Belle broke the beast’s curse, and they lived happily ever after. But, of course, with Sarah J. Maas controlling the story, there’s bound to be some twists and changes. But there’s quite a lot of elements that made me fall madly in love with this book’s ending: Again, just like always, I’m listing it down.

  • Amarantha’s riddle? Yeah, if I just heard that before the story ended, I would’ve guessed the answer ASAP! I don’t know, but I felt like it was absolutely easy for me to comprehend.

“For though each of my strikes land a powerful blow,
When I kill, I do it slow…
But scorned, I become a difficult beast to defeat.
But I bless all those who are brave enough to dare.”

Yep, the answer is LOVE!!

  • Amarantha’s last task for Feyre, in which she was tasked to stab three innocent Faeries was, in every way, heartless. I had a painful time reading that chapter, but I have to say, when I got to the part where she was supposed to stab Tamlin himself, all hell broke loose in me! I had to compose myself before reading on, and was so happy to discover that everything was just a false alarm. *Phew*
  • Amarantha’s death, for some reason even I can’t comprehend, wasn’t at all predictable to me. I actually predicted for a main character to die before the story ended but I am thanking every thanking every God in Olympus for having that nasty wannabe queen killed!
  • I never imagined or predicted for Feyre to become High Fae, but I have to admit that I am absolutely curious as to what happens to her next. Along with all the characters, they took me for such a joyous ride!

As I’ve expected from the beginning, once again, Sarah J. Mass did not disappoint, and with this book, she just became my favorite author in the High Fantasy genre! (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: The only mistake I’ve made in reading this book, is that I have to start waiting now for the sequel to arrive. That is one of the biggest mistakes I have ever made. But, just like any other books by Sarah J. Maas, this is pure gold! (4.83 out of 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.” – Feyre

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.” – Tamlin

“I love you, thorns and all.” – Tamlin

“You look . . . better than before.”
Was that a compliment? I could have sworn Lucien gave Tamlin an encouraging nod.
“And you hair is . . . clean.”

“Because when the legends get written, I didn’t want to be remembered for standing on the sidelines. I want my future offspring to know that I was there, and that I fought against her in the end, even if I couldn’t do anything useful.” – Rhysand

“I would have been gentle with you, though. I would have had you moaning my name throughout it all. And I would have taken a very, very long time, Feyre.” – Tamlin

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