Monday, September 14, 2015

Blog Transfer!

Hello everyone! I just want to let you guys know that I will be transferring my blog to WordPress.
I've been using this blog for years and it's a wonderful experience to meet fellow bookworms here.I decided to move into a new page and explore more. I'll be transferring some of my posts there and I'm still exploring on it. :)

Here is my link to my new blog (the name is still the same.)
 Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic

Feel free to follow me and hopefully, I will still see you there! Thank you very much! :D

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Pages: 404
Goodreads Rating: 4.23 / 5 Stars
My Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Summary:


After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined. 


My Review:

Review originally posted on Goodreads

Looks like I need to catch up in reading this series. I've been putting this off for quite a while because of the hype and I wasn't in the mood to read fantasy novels. When I finally had a chance to read it, I guess it lived up with its hype.

Throne of Glass is an engaging, action-packed and fast paced read. It's definitely a great start and I'm so pumped to read more of it. I got to admit that it wasn't easy read for me at first because it's been a while since I've read a fantasy novel and I keep going back to its map every time a place was mentioned. Yep, that kinda slow me down. After a few chapters in, I'm officially engrossed with the story. Sarah J. Maas well-crafted such a fantastic setting and the concept is surreal. Praises to Ms. Maas' captivating writing style.

Celaena Sardothien is a feisty, badass heroine. She definitely got the angst,wits and sarcasm. As a penance for her crime, she suffered in Endovier. Her life had been miserable and I cannot imagine how this woman endured the pain she experienced in the salt mines. It's horrible. Being offered a freedom she craved for by Dorian Havilliard, the Prince of Adarlan. She is convinced to participate on a competition to become a new assassin. She underwent an intense training for her to become more competitive and she's supervised by the Captain of the Royal Guard, Chaol Westfall, whom she considered a brooding yet sarcastic guy. This challenge is not an ordinary one. She's determined to win this competition so she could be free but she needs to be careful because someone threatens her life. 

The characters are very likable and interesting. They all made me curious, even Princess Nehemia Ygter. As for the guys, Prince Dorian is indeed a sweet, charming, confident and gentleman. I think I get why some people root for him. Plus, he's a bookworm. ;) While Chaol is this brooding, sarcastic hero with guarded feelings but there's something about him that makes me curious. These two are irresistibly attractive, no doubt about that. However, I am kinda rooting for Chaol on this. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book though there are some parts that are quite unclear to me and I need answers for that.

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

I was tagged by the lovely, Dre of Sporadic Reads to this awesome tag. Thank you so much Dre for tagging me! I will be tagging: Jasmine of Jasmine Pearl Reads , JM of Book Freak Revelations , Yani of Paper Boulevard, Jules of Jules Bookshelf and Angelica of The Bookish Angel

The Questions:

How long have you been blogging? 

  • I've been blogging for 5 years but most of the time I'm using my Goodreads. However, this blog I'm using right now has been running for 2 years, I think. (I forgot) :) 

At what point do you think you'll stop blogging?

  • NEVER. haha! I love blogging or reviewing books. I will do it as long as I wanted to.

What is the best thing about blogging?

  • You get to express your thoughts about the things you love to other people by posting book reviews, recommendations, tips etc.
  • Meeting people with common interest all over the world. 
  • MORE BOOKS TO READ IN DIFFERENT GENRES. YES!

What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

  • Reading slump. Ugh. I hate it when I experience this. Usually I pick a contemporary book to read or just watch a movie.
  • Not getting into the hype. Sometimes you feel left out when all people read the same book at the same time. Well, I just read what I want to read, probably I'll read it when I'm in the mood or let the hype go down.
  • Plagiarism. Yep, that's the worst thing and experiencing one is a really horrible feeling. I settled this privately in a nice, very calm and respective way because I don't want to embarrass anyone in the social media and will not deprive anyone from blogging. so yeah. :) 

How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

  • I usually go to Pinterest to find the perfect picture for my post and edit them via Paint. I'm not good with graphics and editing. I need help on that department. haha!

Who is your book crush?

  • I have a LOT. hahaha! I'm going to break it according to YA, NA and Adult. It's hard to answer this. LOL.
  • For YA: Tobias Eaton from Divergent by Veronica Roth. For NA: Will Cooper from Slammed by Colleen Hoover. For Adult: Gabriel Owen Emerson from Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard. 

What do you wear when you write your blog post?

  • Tank top and shorts. haha! I usually write my blog post during night time. Yep, I'm a night blogger. 

How long does it take you to prepare?

  • It depends on my mood. Sometimes I'm on a blogging hiatus, I usually post my reviews on Goodreads first before posting it here. Sometimes it takes longer when I'm editing pictures. lol

How do you feel about the "Book Blogger Community"?

  • I love it. They are very welcoming and supportive. You get to share the passion for reading and just spread all the love for books. They truly understand you when other people don't. So glad I met fellow book lovers. :)

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

  • Be honest with your thoughts regardless it's a positive or a negative feedback. Not all books will definitely not please us. 
  • Be legit. As much as possible, do not rush on writing a review. Sometimes it's hard to think of words to express your thoughts. Let your inner thoughts take over! Write your own review and you'll never go wrong.
  • Be friendly and kind. Talk to those people commenting on your posts and of course thank them whenever they praise you. 
  • Keep an open mind. There are times people will not agree with your review or post. It's important to respect it and it can be challenging to reply those. Have a nice constructive discussion out of it, for sure you'll gain respect. 
  • Lastly, just be inspired and continue in what you are doing. Passionate bloggers will be successful with that. :)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

You by Caroline Kepnes

Pages: 422
Goodreads rating: 3.79 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Summary:


When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.


My Review:

Review originally posted on Goodreads.

Creepy, odd and surprisingly addictive.

First of all, this book is not for everyone because it is dark and disturbing. So I suggest you keep an open mind while reading this. I've listened to its audio version and Santino Fontana's narration is fantastic and I'm so hooked with it. (He's just perfect as Joe.) Plus, it's written in second person which makes the whole reading experience creepier than ever.

Joe Goldberg isn't your ordinary character. You will definitely love or hate him and I'm so CONFLICTED. He works on a book store and when he laid his eyes on Guinevere Beck, he became completely obsessed with her. Damn. He is a creepy, manipulative, psycho stalker. He will do anything to make him as her lover even if it means of hurting people. I swear, he is absolutely insane and messed up. I know this is WRONG but I'm impressed with his stalking abilities and it made me go "WTF. Did you just do that"? This guy is really smart but I feel like he's just longing for love. As for Beck, well.. I hate her. It's hard to understand her motives though but just like Joe, she is longing for love as well. 

OMFG. These two are CRAZY. IDK WHY I LIKE JOE. I think he is a romantic guy but his mind is MESSED up and he deserves some help. His ACTIONS are not acceptable though. Very vile and so sick. OMG SOMEONE FIX THIS GUY. I hate for liking this bastard.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It's very entertaining and indeed a crazy read. Just a reminder, this book might make you uncomfortable. It's up to you to read it or not.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY (5): Book Series You Wish Had More Books

Gonna participate for this week's topic TOP 5 WEDNESDAY. This is created by Lainey of gingerreadslainey and check out the goodreads group for more topics and discussions. For this week's topic, I'm gonna pour my hearts out for Book Series You Wish Had More Books because I CRAVE FOR MORE.  So here are my  answers:


1. To All the Boys I've Loved Before Duology by Jenny Han
  • Yes. Yes. This is on my top list. I crave for MORE of this adorable, fluffy, giddy-yeah series. My heart isn't satisfied that this is ONLY a duology. Jenny Han, I beg.. we beg (for some of you) for a third book. More Peter Kavinsky. More John Ambrose McClaren.




2.  Bad Romeo & Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven
  • You might be wondering why I put these two and you know that this series is on-going. The next book for this series is about Elissa Holt's story (Ethan's sister).  Basically, Bad Romeo & Broken Juliet are Ethan Holt and Cassie Taylor's story. Which I really love but I WANT MORE. I am so engrossed with their story and they gave me a book hangover. I can't believe I'm done. I wished it could be longer because I don't mind reading another book with Cassie and Ethan in it. They are just my favorite book couple with angst and sarcasm. Their chemistry? On the scale of 1-10 = It's 35. (borrowing Ethan's hot scale meter) ;) PS. I'm still excited for the next book. Leisa Rayven's books = I recommend it.  


3. Legend trilogy by Marie Lu
  • Warning: A little SPOILER

“Hi," he says. "I'm Daniel."
"Hi," I reply. "I'm June.”

If you have read Champion, I'm sure your heart is ripped in pieces because of this line. Ms. Lu.... :"( MOREEEEEEEEEEEEEE. You know what I mean guys.. you know what I mean.


4. Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver
  • I've read this trilogy years ago and I really enjoyed it. However, the last book ended really vague. I feel like there's no closure at all. I may have gave it 4 /5 stars because I like this one character MORE than the main one. Not going to talk to you about it because.. SPOILERS.  I want another book for a closure.    


5. The Dark Duet trilogy by C.J Roberts
  • This is an adult series and it contains contents that is not advisable for young readers like kidnapping, rape, abuse and the theme is dark. If you're into dark reads, I recommend this. So Epilogue is the final book for this trilogy though there's an after novella, but it's not really about Livvie and Caleb. I want more Livvie and Caleb. 



The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Pages: 323
Goodreads rating: 3.85 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Genre: Adult, Mystery/Thriller

Summary:


Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.


And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? 


My Review:

Review originally posted on Goodreads

“The holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mould yourself through the gaps.”


Three flawed and twisted women in one book. We hear their stories and none of them can be trusted. I've listened to its audio book and I really like the women who narrated each characters. At first, I had a hard time getting into it but as I continued, it gets more intriguing. 

For some reason, I enjoyed this more than Gone Girl merely because of the writing style and I'm more invested with its story. Gone Girl is still great because it's darker and more twisted. But these two do have similarities. When it comes to the surprise factor I still have to go for Gone Girl. (I'm on the mystery vibe and enjoying them lately) 
“A tiding of magpies: One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told”


Meet the women: Rachel Watson. A miserable, dramatic, and an alcoholic woman. Rides on the train and every time she passes by on her former home, she sees a couple whom she named "Jason & Jess". She assumes they ARE a perfect couple and wishes she had a life like theirs.. Apparently, she's divorced and her husband lives in their perfect home... with another woman. Megan Hipwell. The artsy perfect wife of Scott Hipwell but this woman have her own demons and her marriage seems going to its downfall. I will not tell you much about her because.. well. I'm not sure if I pity her. Anna Watson. The opportunistic, man-stealing bitch. She is married to Tom, Rachel's ex-husband and she's living with Rachel's property. I loathe her. 

ALL characters are odd, and unreliable. What a bunch of crazy people. I didn't see the ending coming but it wasn't mind blowing either. Still, I enjoyed it no matter what. To those who will read this book:

Enjoy the ride with the crazies!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Pages: 374
Goodreads rating: 4.31 / 5 stars
My Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi

Summary:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

My Review:

Review originally posted on Goodreads

In every game we play, our goal is to finish its quest. It's like an achievement when you finish one because you've gone through the toughest stages and the mere fact you conquered it, you just want to fist bump someone. 

The whole concept of Ready Player One is indeed fascinating and gives me nostalgia. I love video games though I'm not really a big gamer. It brings back the memories of me playing Gameboy and PS One. Another thing that I really like in this book is all the geek references mentioned. Like Famous 80's games, movies, music, and others.

The virtual reality game, Oasis is so good. If this game existed, I would definitely play this and join the quest in finding that virtual egg. I would love to take that challenge. Cline well crafted everything and the twists indeed surprised me. Parzival/Wade is such a smart gamer and a damn pro! I love how he solves those riddles and puzzles. 

I know this is an unpopular opinion but too much of nerdy references can be too overwhelming and annoying. Sometimes I feel like mentioning them all isn't necessary. It kinda turns me off. The ending of course is predictable. What do you expect? :) Overall it's still a great book