Event Recap #24: Interview with Pierce Brown and The 2017 Philippine Readers and Writers Festival

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To say that the previous week has been one of the bests for me would probably be a huge understatement because just last week, not only was I invited to be a panelist for National Book Store’s 2017 Philippines Readers and Writers Festival, but I was also fortunate enough to be invited to casually interview one of my literary heroes, Pierce Brown, for a post on Book Freak Revelations. I’m hoping those who weren’t able to attend the 3-day long event could live vicariously through this recap.

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Bookish Announcements #11: The Philippine Readers & Writers Festival 2017

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Bookish events are always something that I fully intend on being 100% involved with and I (almost) always make it a point to find (or make) time just to attend. In this year’s Philippine Readers & Writers Festival, I won’t just be attending. I’m also going to be one of the many panelists that National Book Store invited, and I can’t wait to share with everyone some of my thoughts regarding our discussion topic. Read on for the full schedule of the 3-day festival from August 25th to the 27th!

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[Book Review #63] Golden Son by Pierce Brown

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With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation.

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.

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[Book Tags #5] The TBR Book Tag

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Not too long ago, Jenna of Reading with Jenna tagged me to do 2 book tags for my blog. She basically combined the How I Read Tag with the TBR Book Tag but I, personally, wanted to separate it and create two posts out of one tagging. Thank you for tagging me, Jenna! You are wonderful! (Check out her post here. Also, I already posted my entry for the How I Read Book Tag here.)

So, basically, just like most of the tags I am tagged to do, there are some questions for me to answer. Read on for my answers to the TBR Book Tag.

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[Book Tags #2] The Gossip Girl Book Tag

TAGSLast July 28, I created a book tag together with Miel of Bookish and Awesome, Kevin of Tomebound, and Salve of Cuckoo for Books. As you may have already guessed, we entitled it “The Gossip Girl Book Tag”. It actually started with a single tweet from Salve. Of course, with the instincts I have and my undying love for the TV show, I had to respond, and I had to make Salve know how much I adore Blair Waldorf.

Then a little later, some friends took notice of our online conversation and wanted in on this nostalgic book tag. Both wanting to participate and create the tag, Kevin and Miel jumped in on the action:

And after days of coordination with these awesome Gossip Girl fans, we have finally made a tag that’s perfect for bibliophiles AND fans of Serena Van der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, Chuck Bass, as well as the whole show.

If tagged, you just have to answer the following questions, which were all based from the characters appearances, and personalities. There’s a question for each character in the franchise. Please take note that there might be some spoilers along the way, and I apologize if you ever get spoiled. *gives virtual hugs*

Click on the titles of the books found in my answers and it will redirect you to the Goodreads page of said book.

  1. Serena Van der Woodsen – The “It” book of Young Adult Fiction – The “It” book of Young Adult Fiction as of now, in my opinion, is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. That book is all the rave lately. With a badass female Assassin for a protagonist, two swoon-worthy men who’s both had their eyes on the female lead from the start, and an impeccably magical world named Erilea, how can a reader possibly go wrong with this book?
  2. Blair Cornelia Waldorf – A book/character you love to hate We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is a book I really love to hate. For me, that book is the biggest let down of 2014. And it is really overrated. The writing was all over the place, the characters had slow development, and the protagonist, Cadence, seems like she doesn’t know what’s happening most of the time. But I LOVED the first page introduction and the major plot twist, though. (Sorry, fans!)
  3. Charles Bartholomew “Chuck” Bass – A roller coaster ride of a book/character – I have to go with Daniel “Day” Wing from the Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu. He has been through some of the worst moments of life in general. He witnessed the death of a loved one, he was literally experimented on by The Republic, and he went through some other shitty experiences, especially in Champion. But he came out on top of everything. “Hi, I’m Daniel.” Oh, excuse me while I cry my eyes out.
  4. Nathaniel “Nate” Archibald – A book cover eye candy – I’m definitely going for the covers of all the books in The Selection Series by Kiera Cass. Those books, for some, maybe laughable due to its story and “irritating” characters (which I highly disagree with), but you have to admit. The covers of those books are stunningly breathtaking. Come on. Give it some credit!
  5. Daniel “Dan” Humphrey – A book you think deserves more love than it gets – I have to go with The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler. That is one of the most underrated books of all time. The story is great, the love story is good, the characters are not at all irritating, and a great story about familial love can be found in that little piece of treasure. I recommend it to everyone who loves Familial Contemporary! You won’t regret it.
  6. Jenny Humphey – A character that went through a drastic transformation, for better or worse – I think there is only one answer to this. Adelina Amouteru from Marie Lu’s The Young Elites is one of my favorite characters who went through drastic changes. The Young Elites is the first book in the series of the same title, and in under 355 pages, she went from being an outcast of a malfetto into a feared enemy of Kenettra. And it is with good reason. She’s like my spirit animal. You should read about her if you’re into books with vengeance, and pure evil. *insert evil laugh here*
  7. Vanessa Abrams – A book that doesn’t have a lasting impression – I’m gonna have to go with The Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Calleti. That was one of the books with the slowest story pacing, and you know me. I hate it when a book is so dragging to read. The concept of the story was nice, but I felt like the writing style by the author was all over the place. Hmm.
  8. Lily Van der Woodsen and Rufus Humphrey – An OTP that could have been – I have to go with Juliette and Adam from The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi. In the first book in the series, they were inseparable. They were madly in love with each other, but as the story progressed, I fell deeply in love with Warren. And so did Juliette. But I had such high hopes for them, you know? I was rooting for them but that ship sunk faster than the Titanic. So sad. 
  9. Georgina Sparks – A villain who’s killing it with villainyQueen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is one of the most cruel villains I ever read about. She’s nasty, and yet, there’s something about her that makes me feel like she’s just misunderstood. But her deeds? Killing off her people just because they were “different”? That’s pure evil.  
  10. Dorotha Kishlovsky – A favorite sidekick character – My favorite sidekick character so far would have to be Sevro au Barca from Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Trilogy. He’s a loyal friend and follower and he’s the type of sidekick that will follow you to the ends of the Earth just to prove to you that he is worthy of your trust and love.
  11. Ivy Dickens – A book you always mistake for something else – Hmm. I have to go with The Jewel by Amy Ewing. I once mistook it for another book in The Selection Series given it’s regal cover. I don’t know anything about it, and I am yet to read it, but I also know that the name of the main character is Violet Singer. Somehow, I really find this book purely similar to The Selection. 
  12. Lola Rhodes – A book/character you wanted to love more than you actually did – I would have to go with The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I’ve read the first two books in the series: Shadow and Bone & Siege and Storm (Click on the links for my individual reviews) last June and July, and so far, I am not loving it. It’s not a bad read, but I find the pacing of the story incredibly slow, and you know how I hate slow-paced stories. But what’s making me want to hang on to it is because I’ve met the author, Leigh Bardugo last June, and she’s such a lovely person. I don’t know if you guys get it, but I really wanted to love that trilogy!
  13. Prince Louis GrimaldiA Prince-Charming-turned-A-plus-jerk characterJesse Cain from Christine Brae’s The Light in The Wound duology is a perfect match for this one. He was a darling during the first parts of The Light In The Wound. He loved the main lead, and he genuinely cared for her, but as the story progressed, he turned out to be a complete jackass. Which was so sad, since I really really liked him!

And that’s that! I had the best time answering the questions that were made through the combined efforts of my co-bloggers. They were very enthusiastic and cooperative with this tag that it makes me want to do more with them! Here’s to hoping for more book tags!

And I will be tagging the following people to do this tag as well:

Also, you might want to wait for my friends’ answers as well! They’ll be posting towards the end of the week!

I can’t wait to read your answers! And I hope everyone enjoys the tag that we excitedly created!

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