[Bookish Announcements #2] Kiera Cass in The Philippines! (v2.0)

It’s no secret how much I loved The Selection series. It’s one of those series which I could just pick up, read, and just feel good about everything. I don’t know why it has that kind of effect on me, but that’s just how it is. Also, I am a huge fan of America Singer, Maxon Schreave, and Princess Eadlyn Schreave. And with that said, I am happy to share another bookish announcement! (Even if this has been announced months ago. Haha!)

The New York Times Bestselling Author of The Selection Series, Kiera Cass, is once again gracing our nation for the second time around for another book signing event! Once again hosted by the ever reliable National Bookstore, this event will happen both in Cebu and in Manila. The schedules are as follows:

  • September 1, 2015 at 4 p.m. at The Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu
  • September 19, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Grand Atrium, Shangri-La Plaza
  • September 20 2015 at 2 p.m. at the National Book Store booth at the Manila International Book Fair, SMX Convention Center (limited to 200 slots only)

I am more than excited! I will be attending the Shangri-La Plaza event with my friends and I would be delighted to meet some of you guys, should you find yourselves at that venue.

Will you be attending this one? Are you a fan of Kiera Cass? And if so, what book from The Selection Series is your absolute favorite? Sound off down below in the comment section!

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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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[Stacking The Shelves #4] May 2015 Bookhaul

IMG_3771These books were all purchased within the month of May, and I must say that my book buying game has gone to an all new level. I acquired a discount from a specific bookstore last May 3, and I took a good advantage of it. And as some of you may know, May is the last month of my classes and on the month’s last week, I went on a haul to reward myself for my hard work this semester. Below are some details of my haul.

  1. The Selection by Kiera Cass – Hardbound, from National Book Store – PhP625.00
  2. The Elite by Kiera Cass – Hardbound, from National Book Store – PhP625.00
  3. The One by Kiera Cass – Hardbound, from Powerbooks, Trinoma – PhP649.00
  4. The Heir by Kiera Cass – Hardbound, from National Book Store, SM North Edsa – PhP685.00
  5. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Hardbound, from Powerbooks Greenbelt – PhP865.00
  6. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – Hardbound, from Powerbooks Greenbelt – PhP865.00
  7. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – Hardbound, from Powerbooks Trinoma – PhP899.00
  8. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover – Trade Paperback, from National Book Store – PhP609.00
  9. Looking for Alaska 10th Anniversary Edition Signed Copy by John Green – Hardbound, from National Book Store – PhP839.00
  10. 99 Days by Katie Cotugno – Hardbound, from National Book Store – PhP649.00
  11. This Girl by Colleen Hoover – Trade Paperback, from National Book Store – PhP595.00
  12. Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover – Trade Paperback, from National Book Store – PhP595.00
  13. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – Hardbound, from National Book Store – PhP385.00
  14. Slammed by Colleen Hoover – Trade Paperback, from Powerbooks Trinoma – Php609.00
  15. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes – Trade Paperback, from National Book Store – PhP665.00

I, personally, want to thank my parents, for never having failed to give my allowance from which these books were from. And I would like to thank a friend for granting me discounts from your store. You are heaven sent! And lastly, my discount cards for always being reliable whenever I go on book hauls. Lastly, I want to thank the Lord for allowing me to make this possible! Life is so good right now! 🙂

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[Book Review #29] The Heir by Kiera Cass

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Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

Book Specifications:

Author: Kiera Cass

Format: Hardbound

Part of a Series: Yes. The Selection Series #4

Release Date: May 5, 2015

Publisher: HarperTeen

No. of Pages: 342 pages

Price: 685.00Php

Genre:  Romance, Drama, Chick Lit, Young Adult, Love, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy

Book Review:

The Cover: Need I actually say more? Being the 4th book in the Selection Series, I was expecting highly of the cover. The cover, as I said, needed to remain regal, plain, and yet extremely elegant. Was I disappointed? NO I WAS NOT. Featuring a different face from the 3 past covers, it was important that they asked the help of a different model to represent this 4th installment, considering that it was told from a different perspective. But everything still looks perfect to me. Don’t you agree? (5 out of 5 stars)

The Story: Well, the story, obviously, is about Eadlyn Schreave’s rise to fame as she trains and follows the footsteps of her parents to claim the throne of Illéa while trying to find her very own prince in the process of saying yes to her own Selection. The story was filled with just the right amount of romance, wit, and substance, just like the previous installments in the series. Below are some good details about the story:

  • I love how Eadlyn, to date, is the most feisty protagonist I have ever came to read about. She’s like the main protagonist AND antagonist of her own story. In the beginning of the book, she has so many issues which I know will hinder her happily ever after the end. But, thankfully, her character development was extremely satisfying as well. In a span of 342 pages, she went from a brat princess, to a regal queen-to-be. I loved this fact about The Heir.
  • I like how America and Maxon were depicted in this 20-years-later novel. America, unlike when she was undergoing her own selection, was no longer whiny, and she was more focused than ever and procrastination was no longer her strongest suit. Maxon, as responsible as he ever is, came to be the King that Illéa truly deserves. Amidst all the issues in their small country, it still seems that they did arrive at a happily ever after kind of situation. They’re royalty. They have fantastic children. And they have the most loyal friends. I don’t think it’s going to get any better than that.
  • For me, Ahren Schreave, Eadlyn’s twin brother, wasn’t really paid enough attention. I know he’s 7 minutes late to become the heir. He’s in love with Princess Camille. But other than these major details, I don’t think I know him at all. I wish he just got a chapter that was dedicated to telling readers a little bit more about who would’ve claimed the throne if Eadlyn wasn’t 7 minutes early. The same goes for Kaden and Osten. Hopefully, I get to see what happens to them on the next (and last) installment.
  • As for the suitors, they weren’t quite as I imagined. Some of my favorites are Henri (and Erik, they seem like a duo to me), Fox, Hale, and Kile. (KILE!!!!) For me, they were all equally deserving to hold Eadlyn’s heart (most specially Kile). I can’t wait for Eadlyn’s decision and it seems that the Selection was anyone’s game until the next book arrives. But how about you guys? Who are you rooting for? I am on #TeamKile. ♥
  • The spark between Eadlyn and Kile is totally undeniable. Am I right? Ever since Kile was introduced to us in the scene where they bump into each other, I knew right then at that moment that there was something about Kile that will make him one of the selected in Eadlyn’s own selection. And afterwards, once Kile was duly selected, their relationship just went on to a whole new level. There was a point where their relationship felt like abused by Eadlyn when she wanted Kile to kiss her while expecting the both of them to just be casual about it, but… You know what I mean, right? Haha! I just adore them both so much 🙂

I waited a whole year for this book, and I’m happy to say that I am more than satisfied with Eadlyn’s story and version of finding true love. Next to The One, this might be my most favorite book in the series. (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.*  AMERICA IS SICK YOU GUYS! Please hold me!!! I can’t even imagine Illéa without America Singer Schreave. I just can’t. For three books, I’ve been attached to her as a spoon is attached to a fork and I will just completely lose it if America really dies! Did I even mention how I hate the cliffhanger of an ending? Come on, Kiera! You know I love you, but why must you do this? WHY? Oh, and before I forget, I’m happy for Eadlyn being able to narrow down his pool of suitors to a number that suits The Elite. She might not have made a decision before this book ended but I am damn sure she will end up with a husband on the next installment! I can’t wait! Hopefully, it’s Kile. ♥ (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: Just like all other books in The Selection Series, this is a story that I will surely read on and on for the rest of my life. I will probably even let my future kids (should the Lord bless me) know the stories of America Singer, and Eadlyn Schreave, and their family. I seriously love this series, you guys, I can’t even explain it! (10 out of 5 stars) (is this even possible?)

Quotable Quotes:

“I’m not sure anyone knows what they’re looking for until they find it.”  – Eadlyn Schreave

“There are some things you don’t learn about yourself until you let someone else into the most intimate places of your heart.” – Eadlyn Schreave

“I only have one heart, and I’m saving it.” – Eadlyn Schreave

“You can be brave and still be feminine. You can lead and still love flowers. Most importantly, you can be queen and still be a bride.” – Ahren Schreave (THIS IS MY FAVORITE)

“I kept thinking that I couldn’t live my life for other people, that love was nothing but chains. And maybe it was, but so help me, I needed these chains.” – Eadlyn Schreave (ANOTHER FAVORITE, OMG)

“I’m not sure if fate or destiny is real. But I can tell you that sometimes the very thing you’ve been hoping for will walk through the door, determined to fend you off. And still, somehow, you will find that you are enough.” – Kile Woodwork

“Didn’t they know who I was, what they’d trained me for? I was Eadlyn Schreave. No one was more powerful than me. So if they thought I was going down without a fight, they were sadly mistaken.” – Eadlyn Schreave

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