Book Review: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1)
by Claudia Gray
Genre: Young adult sci-fi
Expected publication: November 4th 2014 by Harper Teen
Format Acquired: ARC from publisher via Edelweiss
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | National Book Store
Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.


Have You Seen This? The Philippine Literary Festival with AMY TAN and CHANG-RAE LEELif

Lifted off http://www.philippineliteraryfestival.com/index.php

Amy Tan and Chang-rae Lee at The Philippine Literary Festival
Frequently Asked Questions

When and where are the events?

The Author Spotlight featuring Amy Tan will be on October 24 at 1:30 p.m. and her book signing will be on October 25 at 2 p.m. The Author Spotlight featuring Chang-Rae and book signing will be on October 25 at 9 a.m. View the complete schedule and get details of all events at philippineliteraryfestival.com. All events will be held at the Raffles Makati.

When will the registration be?

Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. from October 23 to 25 at the Raffles Makati. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. Separate registrations for each event is required should you wish to attend all events. First come, first served.

Is there a registration fee?

No. There is no registration fee. Admission is free.

How many and which books can I have signed? Is there a limit as to how many people can have their books signed?

There are only 1,000 signing passes for each author. To get a signing pass, customers must purchase any Amy Tan or Chang-Rae Lee book at the Philippine Literary Festival 2014 in Raffles Makati starting October 23 to 25. Only books purchased at the Philippine Literary Festival will be entitled to a signing pass.

One (1) Amy Tan book purchased at the Philippine Literary Festival = One (1) Amy Tan Signing Pass = One (1) Amy Tan book to be signed.

One (1) Chang Rae Lee book purchased at the Philippine Literary Festival = One (1) Chang Rae Lee Signing Pass = One (1) Chang Rae Lee book to be signed.

The signing passes are on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis. Amy Tan and Chang-Rae Lee books purchased elsewhere will not be entertained and will not be entitled to a signing pass.

Do I need to buy on-site?

Yes. Only books purchased at the Philippine Literary Festival from October 23 to 25 will be entitled to a signing pass. First come, first served.

Can I bring old books or other editions of the book?

Yes. As long as you have a signing pass for the book. One (1) Signing Pass = One (1) Book.

Can I have other items signed?

No. Only books will be allowed to be signed by the authors.



Happening on Saturday! #GrayandRouxinPH

What: Claudia Gray and Madeleine Roux Book Signing Tour

When: October 18, 2 pm
Where: National Book Store, Glorietta 1

When: October 19, 4 pm
Where: National Book Store, Ayala Center Cebu

Registration starts at 10 am for both events. 

Join New York Times bestselling authors Claudia Gray and Madeleine Roux for book signing events on October 18 at 2 pm in National Book Store, Glorietta 1 and on October 19 at 4 pm in National Book Store, Ayala Center Cebu. Registration starts at 10 am for both events. The events are made possible in partnership with Raffles Makati, Metro magazine, Chalk magazine and Sweep. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for more details. Tag #GrayandRouxinPH to join the discussion.

Claudia Gray is the young adult paranormal romance bestselling author of the Evernight series—‘Evernight’, ‘Stargazer’, ‘Hourglass’, ‘Afterlife’, and ‘Balthazar’—and the ‘Spellcaster’ trilogy—‘Spellcaster’, Steadfast’, and ‘Sorceress’. Her latest book ‘A Thousand Pieces of You’ is the first book in her new series ‘Frebird’. She worked as a lawyer, journalist, disc jockey and a waiter before becoming a published writer. 

Orphan Black meets Cloud Atlas in the first book of this epic dimension–bending trilogy about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. To accomplish her goal, she must learn how each world works, and confront the many people she has the capacity to become. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows — including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where the truth is elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all. 

Madeleine Roux is the author of the bestselling young adult thrilling and photo-illustrated novels ‘Asylum’ and its sequel ‘Sanctum’. She received her BA in Creative Writing and Acting from Beloit College in 2008 and completed an Honors Term in 2009. 

Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-novel perfect for fans of the New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it's a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it's no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux's teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.


4 STARS for Not In The Script by Amy Finnegan, Book Talk with The Author, and a Giveaway!

Not in the Script (If Only . . . #3)
Genre: Young adult contemporary romance
Published: October 7, 2014 by Bloomsbury Children's
Format Acquired: ARC via NetGalley (thank you Bloomsbury!)

The best kinds of love stories don’t follow a script.

Millions of people witnessed Emma Taylor’s first kiss—a kiss that needed twelve takes and four camera angles to get right. After spending nearly all of her teen years performing on cue, Emma wonders if any part of her life is real anymore . . . particularly her relationships.

Jake Elliott’s face is on magazine ads around the world, but his lucrative modeling deals were a poor substitute for what he had to leave behind. Now acting is offering Jake everything he wants: close proximity to home; an opportunity to finally start school; and plenty of time with the smart and irresistible Emma Taylor . . . if she would just give him a chance.

When Jake takes Emma behind the scenes of his real life, she begins to see how genuine he is, but on-set relationships always end badly. Don’t they? Toss in Hollywood’s most notorious heartthrob and a resident diva who may or may not be as evil as she seems, and the production of Coyote Hills heats up in unexpected—and romantic—ways.


David Estes' Brew Bash!

Salem’s Revenge strikes without warning or mercy, ravaging the powerless human race under the forces of united gangs of witches, wizards, and warlocks. During the slaughter, Rhett Carter's foster parents and sister are killed, and his best friend and girlfriend are abducted by a gang of witches calling themselves the Necromancers, who deal in the dark magic of raising the dead. Rhett’s sword-wielding neighbor with a mysterious past saves Rhett from becoming another casualty of the massacre and teaches him the skills he needs to survive in this new world.

Rhett is broken, his normal high school life of book blogging and football playing shoved in a witch-apocalyptic blender. The only thing he has left is his burning desire for revenge. Armed with his new witch hunting skills and a loyal, magic powered dog named Hex, he sets out into the unknown with one mission: hunt and destroy those who took away everyone he ever loved.

But Rhett isn’t just a witch hunter; He has secrets of his own that he has yet to discover, secrets that his enemies will stop at nothing to keep him from.

And discovering the truth about himself is the human race’s only hope.
Revenge. That’s all that’s left for witch hunter Rhett Carter. The magic-born have stripped everything from him - killed his friends, cursed his warlock father, shattered his future - leaving him bare and broken, but not dead. Their mistake.

When Rhett and Laney are suddenly thrust in different directions, Rhett must decide who to trust and who to kill. Backed by his trusty canine sidekick Hex, Rhett will embark on his deadliest mission yet, one that will lead him directly toward those who want him dead, pushing his unique resistance to magic to the edge and back again as he tries to remove his father’s curse.

Separated from Rhett, Laney seeks to understand the strange changes to her sister, Trish, who’s believed to be the last living Clairvoyant, and what role she’s destined to play in the future of humankind.

Wrapped around everything are four major groups: the Necromancers, the Changelings, the witch hunters, and New America, the remnants of humanity. When the major forces are brought together for an epic battle, the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

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David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. David grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife. They now live together in their dream location, Hawaii. A reader all his life, he began writing novels for the children's and YA markets in 2010, and started writing full time in June 2012. Now he travels the world writing with his wife, Adele. David's a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table.

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See You Tomorrow at #AlexLondoninPH

What: Alex London Book Signing Event
When: August 30, 2014, 2 pm
Where: National Book Store, SM Aura
Registration starts at 10 am. 

Join Alex London, author of the young adult dystopian novels “Proxy” and “Guardian”, for a book signing event on August 30, 2014, 2 pm, in National Book Store, SM Aura. Registration starts at 10 am. The event is made possible in partnership with Raffles Makati, Metro magazine, Chalk magazine, Sweep and SM Aura. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for more details. Tag #AlexLondoninPH to join the discussion.

5 Reasons Why You SHOULD Read 'Proxy' by Alex London (Blog Tour + Giveaway)

Proxy (Proxy #1)
by Alex London
Published: May 1st 2014 by Speak (first published June 18th 2013)
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction, Dystopia
Format Acquired: Paperback from National Bookstore
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository

Knox was born into one of the City’s wealthiest families. A Patron, he has everything a boy could possibly want—the latest tech, the coolest clothes, and a Proxy to take all his punishments. When Knox breaks a vase, Syd is beaten. When Knox plays a practical joke, Syd is forced to haul rocks. And when Knox crashes a car, killing one of his friends, Syd is branded and sentenced to death.

Syd is a Proxy. His life is not his own.

Then again, neither is Knox’s. Knox and Syd have more in common than either would guess. So when Knox and Syd realize that the only way to beat the system is to save each other, they flee. Yet Knox’s father is no ordinary Patron, and Syd is no ordinary Proxy. The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test both boys’ resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay. Some debts, it turns out, cannot be repaid.


I Don't Know What To Read Next... OH BUT I DO! (Day 2 of the PMS Rant)

Just in case you were wondering:

  1. Day 1 is here (*chants* CLICK IT! CLICK IT! CLICK IT!)
  2. NO I do not PMS for weeks. I had trouble getting my thoughts out immediately after day 1 so I figured I'd post it next month if it still applies and viola! It still does! NO SURPRISE THERE!
So my dilemma this time is this: I have a hard time deciding on my next read when my brain is being extra-fickle minded. Hormones ruin everything, dude. I'm serious. Bookworms have a hard enough time picking out their next read. It's even more difficult when you just finished an extremely good book. Am I right? *nudge nudge*

But when it's that time of the month, I can go from happy to sad in a snap.

Gee, Sab, that must suck.

It does, teeny tiny voice in my head asking me questions. (ha-ha, maybe I'm "just" going out of my mind and it's not the PMS-ing that's screwing me up) HOW ON EARTH AM I GOING TO CHOOSE WHICH BOOK TO READ NEXT? Just this weekend, I sat on my bed and stared at my shelf for a good 20 minutes or so. I pulled (and eventually put back) the following books, in this order:


Thoughts on Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day (Every Day #1)
by David Levithan
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Published: August 28th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Format Acquired: Paperback from Fully Booked
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day


Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)
by Michelle Hodkin
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Published: October 23rd 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format Acquired: Paperback from Fully Booked
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.


Sab Recommends Youtube Channels

When I'm not reading, going over my Facebook newsfeed (I know. I'm one of those people who just looove Facebook), or chatting with Dianne/Charlie/Melo, I'm... on Youtube. Most of the videos I watch only last for 5 minutes or less but I spend an insane amount of time on the website. I guess shorter videos simply make you browse more. Today I'm sharing my list of channels I frequently visit in the hopes of passing on the fantarding to you.

If you want to binge on some good ol' talk show comedy, I recommend...

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
I must say, The Tonight Show improved a lot when Jimmy took over. More than the guest interviews, I also enjoy the variety of skits that Jimmy does. He reads #hashtag contributions on Twitter, writes hilarious thank you notes, and even plays games with his guests! I think it also helps that Jimmy has great dynamics with Steve Higgins and The Roots. It makes the show so much more fun. I can't get enough. And that's why I keep watching them.


Book Review: Forever Kinda Love by Clara Stone + Giveaway (Blog Tour)

Forever Kinda Love
by Clara Stone
Genre: Mature YA Contemporary Romance
Published: August 15th 2014
Format Acquired: ebook from author (Thanks, P!)
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Paperback from Amazon | Signed Paperback Directly from Clara Stone (US ONLY)
Life’s. Little. Surprises.

The last thing seven-year-old Carrigan "Ace" Casper foresaw was an eight-year-old Heath Lovelly walking into her life the day her mother died. From that moment on, Heath sticks by her side, slowly becoming her strength, her confidant, and her entire world. What she doesn’t know is, she's his saving grace, too.

Ten years later, Ace is handed another crippling challenge that threatens everything in her almost perfect life. Only, this time, she doesn't turn to Heath, hiding the truth instead. But Heath knows Ace too well and won't back down easily. He's ready to do whatever it takes and will stay by her side until she accepts that their love is the kinda love worth fighting for.

Will he be her forever triumph or her unexpected downfall?

Two lives.

One story.

And an unexpected journey to falling in love.


Blog Tour Book Review and Giveaway: (un)breakable by Kesh Tanglao

(un)breakable (Gezellig #2)
by Kesh Tanglao
Date of Publication: July 16, 2014
Genre: contemporary romance/chick-lit
Purchase: Amazon | Smashwords
Format Acquired: eARC from the author (thanks, Kesh!)
Lorin Perez’s life is finally back on track after almost losing it six years ago. She knows meeting and dating sizzling hot professional rugby player Spence Clarke is a huge part of her healing process. But with her father starting a new family, she decides to follow her best friend Caitlin to UK–Spence’s home country–and start a new life.

However, moving to UK brings certain complications in the form of Gezellig band member Nigel Whitmore, a.k.a. the one who didn’t follow through three years ago. And even though Lorin is very clear about her no commitment rule, Nigel ignores this and pursues Lorin like never before.

Caught between the man who made her feel safe and the one who makes her feel alive, will she finally be able to set her heart free and make the right choice?


Help! I'm Having Potterhead Crisis! (Day 1 of the PMS Rant)

I've been having insane hormonal imbalance the past few days. I'm angry one minute and then really happy the next. But mostly I've been feeling... blue. I think this is the only time I can use 'blue' to describe how sad I am without laughing. Seriously! 'Blue' is the perfect word to describe how I feel whenever I'm PMS-ing. (If you're a dude, heh, look it up. But I doubt you don't already know because we practically make you targets when we're PMS-ing) And before you call me out on my TMI confessional, let me say this: This is my first blog post this month and things haven't been that great (in terms of blogging) and it's been a while since I felt this inspired to write and I like using and so let me.


This is day 1 of the PMS rant. I haven't noticed how greatly it (the enemy) affects my reading/blogging life until recently. So I decided to blog about it. Because I feel oddly inspired.

First off: HARRY POTTER.

If you're following me on Instagram or Twitter, and you happen to come across my update, you'd know that I just started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. But if you haven't, here it is (you really don't have a choice):


National Book Store Even Alert: #StephaniePerkinsPH

Join Stephanie Perkins, the international bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door for book signing events on July 5 at 1 pm in National Book Store, SM Cebu, and on July 6 at 2 pm in National Book Store, Glorietta 1. Registration starts at 10 am for both events. These events are made possible in partnership with Raffles Makati, Metro magazine and Chalk magazine. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert), and tag #StephaniePerkinsPH for more details.

What: Stephanie Perkins Book Signing Tour
When: July 5, 2014, 1 pm
Where: National Book Store, SM Cebu
When: July 6, 2014, 2pm
Where: National Book Store, Glorietta 1
Registration for both events starts at 10 am. 


It's going to be an extra stressful week at work (month... make it a MONTH) and Stephanie Perkins coming to the Philippines is basically the only thing that can perk me up for the week ahead. Anna and the French Kiss is one of the first books I reviewed on my blog. In fact- it's the book that got me blogging. My friend recommended it to me when I was in a major reading slump. She bugged me to read it, so I did (because at that time I had a lot of free time in between classes). I ended up loving it so much I figured I want to do the same for other people. I want to recommend books that will give readers a major hangover after. Just like what Janeen did for me. (Hi, Janeena!) :)

That's why I'm so stoked for the event on Sunday! This is one event I have to go to. HAVE TO. I want to personally tell Stephanie Perkins just how big of an influence her writing is to me and my blogging.

...and I also want to stare at her hair. O_O (Staring would suffice)

SO! See you there??? :D


Top Ten Books I'd Read If I Had More Free Time

Hello, booknerds! I have the day off today! Day off from work means more time for reading and blogging. I reckon this'll be the perfect time to share with you all my list of books I'd immediately read if I had more free time. Like, more than the usual I get at night after work. Get my drift? These are books that I want to read but somehow haven't. I bet you can relate because all booknerds have endless TBR piles. Am I right? *nudge, nudge*

The List!

I'm a fan of Divergent. I'm not sure if I'm a fan of the series though. Ever since I read Insurgent, I felt my fangirly feels waning. I already knew a lot of readers didn't like the conclusion to the trilogy that is Allegiant but it didn't stop me from continuing the series. I thought, it's different for everyone. I might like the sequels. But after reading Insurgent? Okay, maybe I have to back up a bit. I honestly felt like the series was going downhill even before I read the last book. I was considering not picking up Allegiant. However, I am not a wimp. I will power through the last book like I still care. Like I don't already know what's gonna happen (thank you, spoilers) I will finish Veronica Roth's trilogy... right after I read, like, 20 other books.

I didn't like Delirium that much. And I heard Requiem is pretty meh. I know what you're thinking  So why is Pandemonium in this list, Sab? To be honest, I'm not sure. I just have some friends who convinced me to give it a shot. They told me it gets so much better in the second book. To be fair, Delirium had good parts that were intriguing enough for me to continue the trilogy. Because, who knows? I might just like it after all.


National Book Store Event Alert: #JennyHaninPH

New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han of The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy will have book signing events on June 21 at 2 pm in National Book Store, Glorietta 1 and on June 22 at 2 pm in National Book Store, SM Cebu.

Jenny Han is currently promoting the first book in her latest young adult contemporary duology, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, which is described by Kirkus Reviews as “An ultimately compelling exploration of teenage growth and young love.” Half-Korean Lara Jean writes romantic letters to all the boys she has ever loved never intending for them to be read by anyone. Through these letters, she can pour out her heart and soul saying all the things she would never say in real life. One day, she panics as her secret letters are mailed out and her once imaginary love life suddenly becomes wild and out-of-control, especially because one of the boys to whom she dedicates one of her letters is the ex-boyfriend of her sister.  

Jenny Han received her MFA in Writing for Children at the New School in New York City. She is the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream and Shug, her debut novel about a girl’s troubles during her first year in junior high. Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty series has almost a million copies in print. We'll Always Have Summer, the final book in the series, debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestsellers list while the second book It's Not Summer Without You landed at #10. She is also the co-author of Burn for Burn and Fire with Fire with Siobhan Vivian.

Who's going? I know I am! I really enjoyed To All The Boys I've Loved  Before and I want nothing more than to have my copy signed! I'm so excited! 

See you all there on June 21st! If you see me, say "hi!" I want to meet fellow booknerds! :D (it's also important to tell you guys I have poor eyesight so... poke me, wave hard. That kind of stuff.)


Blog Tour ARC Review: Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

Say What You Will
by Cammie McGovern
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publication date: June 3rd 2014 by HarperTeen
Format acquired: ARC from publisher via Edelweiss (thank you!)
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
John Green's The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel. Cammie McGovern's insightful young adult debut is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them.

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other's lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.


22-ooooh ooh ooh: Sab's Post Birthday Giveaway! (INT & PH)

On May 22nd, I turned 22. Uhuh. I've been waiting for my 22nd birthday just so I can sing Taylor Swift's song and be like

And no, there's no video. But I did do that. In my room. Where no one can judge me.

Here's a brief recap of my day:
1. Had lunch out with my colleagues. There were cake and singing waiters involved.
2. I dropped by the bookstore to pick up a book. It was originally Dianne's (Oops I Read A Book Again) but she already got a copy from a different store so she had it reserved under my name instead. And there was a  surprise book that came with it. ♥
3. Had dinner with my family (fun fact: my dad's birthday is on the 21st and my sister's on the 23rd). I did shots.


Blog Tour: There Will Come a Time by Carrie Arcos (Excerpt + GIVEAWAY)

There Will Come a Time
by Carrie Arcos
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Published: April 15th 2014 by Simon Pulse
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
Mark knows grief. Ever since the accident that killed his twin sister, Grace, the only time he feels at peace is when he visits the bridge on which she died. Comfort is fleeting, but it’s almost within reach when he’s standing on the wrong side of the suicide bars. Almost.

Grace’s best friend, Hanna, says she understands what he’s going through. But she doesn’t. She can’t. It’s not just the enormity of his loss. As her twin, Mark should have known Grace as well as he knows himself. Yet when he reads her journal, it’s as if he didn’t know her at all.

As a way to remember Grace, Hanna convinces Mark to complete Grace’s bucket list from her journal. Mark’s sadness, anger, and his growing feelings for Hannah threaten to overwhelm him. But Mark can’t back out. He made a promise to honor Grace—and it’s his one chance to set things right.


Times a-Changin' for Sab The Book Eater

This sort of like a topic post except it sounds more like me thinking out loud. Which isn't always pretty. Or organized. This is me blabbing. That's why I'm calling this The Confessional.
I usually try to start my confessional titles with "I have a confession" but it's not appropriate in this case. I have to get ready for work in a while so I'll make a list instead of a long blog post (when I say it won't be long, it ends up being long). You ready?

Yes- I'm a working girl now! :D Okay that sounds totally cheesy so let's redo that: I HAVE A JOB! My career in finance has begun! I am finally part of the working class! I pay taxes! I have bills to pay! (kinda) I am a responsible adult! You know, all that overwhelming stuff. It's been pretty fun at work, of course. I'm still a trainee after all and if I'm already complaining then I think I have a serious problem. Work is great, my colleagues are great. What's not working? My personal life. For the first couple of weeks I've been feeling so bad that I can't read as much anymore or that I'm too tired when I get home that I can't even post an excerpt on my blog. But lately I've had some thinking time and I was able to change the way I view things. Here's what I told myself (it's crazy how often I have conversations with myself. I feel a little cuckoo):

  1. Things change. Inasmuch as I want to maintain the same reading and blogging habits, I can't. I have to face the fact that my life is different now. I have an 8-hour job five days a week. It's not like school anymore where I have plenty of chill time in between even if I'm in school from 7am to 7pm. I actually work for 8 hours so naturally, when I get home - I'm dead tired.
    I don't look as adorable though. Ha-ha.


An Excerpt from C.J. Flood's Infinite Sky

Infinite Sky (Infinite Sky #1)
by C.J. Flood
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: May 20th 2014 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
A truly beautiful book about the summer that changed one girl's life, as her mum leaves home, travellers set up camp in the family's field, her older brother goes off the rails, and she falls in love for the very first time. Opening with a funeral, Iris is mourning the boy in the casket - but who is it? Sam, her tearaway brother, or Trick, her tentative boyfriend? Over one long hot summer, we find out just how their three lives were turned upside-down.


Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Forever Kinda Love by Clara Stone

Life’s. Little. Surprises.

The last thing seven-year-old Carrigan "Ace" Casper foresaw was an eight-year-old Heath Lovelly walking into her life the day her mother died. From that moment on, Heath sticks by her side, slowly becoming her strength, her confidant, and her entire world. What she doesn’t know is, she's his saving grace, too.

Ten years later, Ace is handed another crippling challenge that threatens everything in her almost perfect life. Only, this time, she doesn't turn to Heath, hiding the truth instead. But Heath knows Ace too well and won't back down easily. He's ready to do whatever it takes and will stay by her side until she accepts that their love is the kinda love worth fighting for.

Will he be her forever triumph or her unexpected downfall?

Two lives.

One story.

And an unexpected journey to falling in love.

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**Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language and sexual content.
GENRE: Mature YA Contemporary Romance.
About the author

Priya Kanaparti lives in the beautiful city of Boise, ID.  Unlike what most believe about Idaho, it’s more than a sack full of potatoes. When she’s not writing, you’ll catch Priya reading YA and NA books, mostly romance, and enjoying time with her family. She is a proud CW TV addict.

She also write Mature YA and New Adult romance under the name Clara Stone. She is published through Reuts Publications.

To contact Priya directly, please email: pkanaparti @ gmail . com

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Royally Lost by Angie Stanton (Blog Tour + Giveaway)

Royally Lost
by Angie Stanton
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Dragged on a family trip to Europe’s ancient cities, Becca wants nothing more than to go home. Trapped with her emotionally distant father, over-eager stepmother, and a brother who only wants to hook up with European hotties, Becca is miserable. That is until she meets Nikolai, a guy as mysterious as he is handsome. And she unknowingly finds herself with a runaway prince.

Nikolai has everything a guy could ask for-he's crown prince, heir to the throne, and girls adore him. But the one thing he doesn't have...is freedom. Staging a coup, he flees his kingdom and goes undercover on his own European tour.

When Nikolai and Becca meet, it’s their differences that draw them together. Sparks fly as they share a whirlwind of adventures, all the while dodging his royal guard. But Becca's family vacation ends in a matter of days. Will Nikolai and Becca be forced to say goodbye forever, will his destiny catch up to him, or will they change history forever?


Check Out This Excerpt of Scan by Sarah Fine and Walter Jury (Blog Tour)

Scan (Scan #1)
by Sarah Fine, Walter Jury
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Published: May 1st 2014 by Putnam Children's
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
Tate and his father don't exactly get along. As Tate sees it, his father has unreasonably high expectations for Tate to be the best - at everything. Tate finally learns what he's being prepared for when he steals one of his dad's odd tech inventions and mercenaries ambush the school, killing his father in the process and sending Tate on the run from aliens who look just like humans.

All Tate knows - like how to make weapons out of oranges and lighter fluid - may not be enough to save him as he's plunged into a secret inter-species conflict that's been going on for centuries. Aided only by his girlfriend and estranged mother, with powerful enemies closing in on all sides, Tate races to puzzle out the secret behind his father's invention and why so many are willing to kill for it.


Review and Giveaway: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1)
by Veronica Rossi
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
Published: January 3rd 2012 by HarperCollins
Format Acquired: Paperback from Powerbooks
Purchase: National Book Store | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered.

This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland — known as The Death Shop — are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent energy storms will. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild — a savage — and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must come together to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.


(ARC) Book Review: Ringer C.J. Duggan

Ringer (Summer #3.5)
by C.J. Duggan
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: April 2nd 2014
Format Acquired: Review copy (thanks CJ!)
Purchase: Amazon
They say it’s the quiet ones you have to worry about, and she was quiet, very quiet—when she wasn’t busy despising me with a burning passion.

Ringo ‘Ringer’ James has a no-strings-attached policy.

Love them, leave them, and remain the eternal bachelor.

After a summer in which every one of his mates has succumbed to settling down, or so it seemed, Ringer is on the lookout for a quick exit. Having had enough of the stomach-turning love fest witnessed over the past three months, Ringer jumps at the opportunity to help out his mate, Max, by heading to Max’s dad’s property for a working holiday.

It’s just what he’s looking for. A remote, dusty homestead in Ballan, with only hard work, a cold beer and a comfy bed to worry about – no women.

Until Miranda Henry.

The privately educated daughter of his boss has returned home from overseas and things are about to get very complicated, very fast. As summer draws to its end, Ringer is about to learn that sometimes attraction defies all logic, and that there really is such a thing as ‘enemies with benefits.’


I'm Giving Away a SIGNED Copy of Hollow City by Ransom Riggs!

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #2)
by Ransom Riggs
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Published: January 17th 2014 by Quirk Books
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike.

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine's island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.


Event Recap: Veronica, Tahereh and Ransom Book Signing in Manila #VTRinPH

This'll be a really messy and fangirly recap but I don't care. I just ended my blogging hiatus so I'm like YOLO! (do kids still say that? 'YOLO'?)

You know that feeling when you were a kid, the night before a field trip, and you're just too excited that you have trouble sleeping? Well, that happened to me. I slept at 2am the night before because maaaaaaaaaaan I AM GOING TO MEET THREE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING YOUNG ADULT AUTHORS.

Veronica Rossi, Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs were in Manila yesterday, April 26th, for a book signing hosted by National Book Store. Fans lined up early, even before stores opened, to register. The girl who was first in line? She got there at 1:54 a.m. I'M NOT KIDDING. The next one arrived just 10 minutes after. Can you say awesome?! (awesome)


Happening TOMORROW: Veronica Rossi, Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs Book Signing in National Book Store!

Veronica Rossi, Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs book signing tour in National Book Store

National Book Store brings three New York Times bestselling authors—Veronica Rossi, Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs—for book signing events on April 26 at 2 pm in the Glorietta Activity Center and on April 27 at 2 pm in The Gallery of Ayala Center Cebu.

Veronica Rossi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Under the Never Sky trilogy, a post-apocalyptic young adult series. Foreign rights to the trilogy have been sold in over 25 territories and film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros. entertainment. Described by Examiner.com as “an unforgettable dystopian masterpiece,” and deemed as one of the Best Books of the Year by School Library Journal, Under the Never Sky follows the story of Aria, who meets Perry after being exiled from the enclosed city of Reverie because of a terrible incident. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine who will survive the Death Shop, a place full of cannibals and violent energy storms. Aria’s journey continues in Through the Ever Night and Into the Still Blue

Tahereh Mafi first visited her Filipino fans in 2013. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me, the first book in a trilogy, which has received positive reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly among others. Shatter Me is currently being sold in over 25 foreign territories and has been optioned for a movie adaptation by Twentieth Century Fox. Ostracized and incarcerated her whole life, seventeen-year-old Juliette is freed on the condition that she use her horrific abilities in support of The Reestablishment, a post-apocalyptic dictatorship, but Adam, the only person ever to show her affection, offers hope of a better future. The story of Juliette continues in the sequel Unravel Me, and the heart-stopping conclusion Ignite Me.

Ransom Riggs is the author of the bestselling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which became part of the New York Times bestsellers list for 52 consecutive weeks. The movie adaptation is currently in production which will be directed by Tim Burton and penned by X-Men: First Class writer Jane Goldman. Sixteen-year-old Jacob journeys to a remote island off the coast of Wales as he tries to recover from the tragic death of his grandfather. There he discovers and explores the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s home where he meets the peculiar children who once lived there and finds out that they may still be alive and in danger. The sequel to the book, Hollow City, continues the journey of Jacob and his friends as they flee to London, the Peculiar capital of the world.

The events are made possible in partnership with Raffles Makati, Glorietta and Ayala Center Cebu.

Books by Veronica Rossi, Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs are available in National Book Store and Powerbooks. Shop online and buy eBooks at nationalbookstore.com. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for updates on the latest events, promos and contests.


Polly Holyoke's Five ADVENTURES

The Neptune Project (The Neptune Project #1)
by Polly Holyoke
Genre: Young Adult Sci-fi
Published: May 21st 2013 by Disney/Hyperion Book
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
With her weak eyes and useless lungs that often leave her gasping for air, Nere feels more at home swimming with the dolphins her mother studies than she does hanging out with her classmates. Nere has never understood why she is so much more comfortable and confident in the water than on land until the day she learns the shocking truth—she is one of a group of kids who have been genetically altered to survive in the ocean. These products of the "Neptune Project" are supposed to build a better future under the waves, safe from the terrible famines and wars and that rock the surface world.

But there are some big challenges ahead of her: no one ever asked Nere if she wanted to be part of a science experiment; the other Neptune kids aren't exactly the friendliest bunch, and in order to reach the safe haven of the new Neptune colony, Nere and her fellow mutates must swim across hundreds of miles of dangerous ocean, relying on their wits, their loyal dolphins and one another to evade terrifying undersea creatures and a government that will stop at nothing to capture the Neptune kids ... dead or alive.

Fierce battle and daring escapes abound as Nere and her friend race to safety in this action-packed marine adventure.


(ARC) Book Review: Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando

by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Expected publication: December 24th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format Acquired: ARC from publisher via NetGalley (thank you!)
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
It's time to meet your new roomie.

When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl's summer -- and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.

As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives . . . and each other. Even though they've never met.

National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr and acclaimed author Tara Altebrando join forces for a novel about growing up, leaving home, and getting that one fateful e-mail that assigns your college roommate.


LoveLines by S.Walden is NOW AVAILABLE! (And look! A giveaway)

by S. Walden
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Pre-order: Smashwords | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
Arrive to work at 7:58 A.M. sharp. Check. Count forty-seven steps to cubicle. Check. Arrange pens in their red-blue-black-green-purple order of importance. Check. Apply hand sanitizer before opening email. Double check.

And that’s just the first few minutes of her work day.

Thirty-one-year-old proofreader Bailey Mitchell is a slave to her tics. She inherited Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder from her father, and it’s done nothing but inhibit her love life. She’s run the gamut of boyfriends—none of them willing or able to cope with her condition.

Enter 32-year-old Reece Powell, her new coworker at Beach Elite Marketing Firm. He’s more than willing to cope. He finds her habits cute and quirky . . . for now. Reece wins her over, and life coasts along for them until Bailey experiences a devastating blow. Tragedy exacerbates her OCD, and Reece realizes her tics aren’t so cute and quirky anymore. Just like all the others, he has the choice to leave.

But Reece isn't like all the others.

The Wilmington Saga
Follow the stories of Wilmington, NC residents as they fall in and out of love, mend and break hearts, grow, change, lose, win, and experience what it means to truly live in this small coastal community.


The Right Moves by Emma Hart (Book Blitz + INTERNATIONAL Giveaway)

The Right Moves (The Game #3)
by Emma Hart
Publication date: March 27th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Her past is wrought with demons.

His past is full of heartbreak.

Yet he’s the one person that can remind her what it means to live.

Abbi Jenkins never thought she would leave the walls of the mental institution that’s housed her for the last year. Now she has, but that doesn’t mean she’s forgotten everything Pearce put her through.

She knows there’s only one way to deal with the depression that claws at her mind each day, and ballet becomes more than a hobby, a dream. Ballet – and Julliard – becomes a reason to live. Something to hold on for.

Blake Smith left London for one reason and one reason only. Running from the heartbreak of his past was never something he wanted to do, but with constant reminders everywhere he turned, it became his only option. When he arrives in New York City, he vows he’ll keep the promise he made to his sister and get into Juilliard.

But he doesn’t expect to be paired with Abbi in class, the girl whose eyes show a world of pain he’s seen before. Pain he knows too well. As each hour they spend together pulls them closer, Blake can’t fight his need to save her from herself.

Lines blur as their pasts are wrenched into the open, and they have to ask themselves whether they’re  too broken to ever to be fixed, or if they’re the healing the other needs.