Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Pages: 416
Goodreads Rating: 4.51/ 5 stars
My rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy

Summary: (Goodreads)

The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

My review:

I finally found a dystopian novel with a satisfying ending.


Every page of this book was so worth it that I marked post-its on my favorite parts (Which I have never done before.) There are character improvements, exciting twists, humor and the romance. OH MY GOD. the romance! Five stars is not enough for this book. Actually, IT BROKE THE DAMN SCALE. I, we have been IGNITED . Oh my goodness! this is a JAW DROPPING, HEART STOPPING CONCLUSION . Everything just feels. I think I have another book-hangover just like what Unravel Me did and my high expectation for this book exceeded again.

Juliette Ferrars had a huge improvement character improvement. She's braver, less vulnerable and literally broke out of her shell. Warner's motivation did helped her a lot. She started believing herself which made her more powerful than ever.

Kenji's sense of humor just... uggh! I love this guy! He's really a cool and funny guy. Thank you for making me laugh throughout this book. It keeps my stress away

I was utterly disappointed with Adam. I expect more improvement on him but ended up for being such a jerk to Juliette. His anger and accusation on Juliette turned me off and that frustrated me. A LOT.
As much as I wanted him to end up with Juliette, he was definitely a let down on this book and I think he holds too much grudge in his life.

Here it goes.

"Ignite, my love. Ignite"

Warner. Aaron Warner Anderson. OMFG!
I feel so giddy right now and I don't know how will I review this book. I hope you don't mind I'm gushing, blabbering or whatever. I FEEL SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW. I've never been this happy whenever a dystopian trilogy ends. I am definitely going for TEAM WARNER this time. HANDS DOWN. This guy who we thought a villain was kind, gentle and compassionate. You'll be in love with him in this book. Guaranteed.

CHAPTERS 55 & 56 DEFINITELY BEAT CHAPTER 62 OF Unravel Me (you know what I mean. hahaha!)and I hope there's a novella of what will happen on Kenji and Adam. I am still curious and hoping there will be a final novella.

I will definitely miss this trilogy. One day, I will re-read this trilogy. Tahereh Mafi, you are AMAZING! I will be looking forward on your books in the future and see you again on April 26th to get this book signed. :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Mitch Albom in Manila!

 Last February  22, 2014, Saturday.

Manila, Philippines

Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie, Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day, The Time Keeper, Have A Little Faith and his latest book, The First Phone Call From Heaven went to Manila for a book signing event.

He became popular for writing these novels, for touching the lives of many readers around the world. It was one of the most awaited and the biggest book signing event happened here in the Philippines next to Nicholas Sparks. I have read two of his books (Have A Little Faith and For One More Day) which really touched my heart, left me with tears and enlightened my life with a lesson.

So, if you want a book that will make you inspired, I highly suggest you read his books. You will definitely not regret it. 

I was really excited that day because I was going to meet him and get my book signed. I even bought his book one week ahead before the signing. Hahaha! I was with my my classmate, Angelique and with my lovely bookish friends, Rhyzza, Jane, and Kathrina during the event. I tell you, having a book signing event here in the Philippines was an awesome experience and totally worth it. I always grab the opportunity of meeting them. :) 

By 11 am, the registration was cut-off because the crowd was massive already and hit 2000, which is ridiculous! Glad we were there and got a good view and we were just waiting for him to come out.
From L-R Jane, Rhyzza, Kathrina, Me, & Angelique

How many people attended the event?

From what I heard, 4,000 people attended the event. Or more? I don't really know the exact number. One thing I know is, IT'S MASSIVE. (credits to National Bookstore) This is just an epic crowd. I am proud to be one of these people.

Mitch Albom was definitely surprised with this crowd and considered Filipinos as one of his biggest group readers in the world (next to Americans). It was such an awesome experience to attend this event and everything is worth it. I don't mind waiting for hours because good things come to those who wait (as an old saying says. haha!)

He was so kind and friendly. I wouldn't forget he talked to me for such a short period of time and thank him for signing my book. Here is a picture of me with Mitch. (I'm really sorry if I looked so haggard. I went to the event immediately after my class.

From L-R : Angelique, Jane, Rhyzza and Me

After the book signing event
I can't help smiling. I just had a book-signing hangover.
There's more to come and I will update you on that.

The Pinay Bookaholic

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Pages: 452
Goodreads rating: 4.12/5 stars
My rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal

Summary: (Goodreads)
Mara Dyer does
n’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.

My review:

I was not in the mood for mystery novels last year, so I decided to pick this up again for my second attempt and I'm glad I made the right decision to not give up on this.

The story was totally unpredictable and creepy. I don't really read psychological thrillers (actually this is my first time to read) but after reading this, I think it's good to explore more on this genre. Usually I made wild guesses on mystery novels but this time, I let myself go with the flow and be surprised with its twist.

I love Mara Dyer for the way she talks. She's really tough despite she lost her friends and blames herself for their deaths. A lady who doesn't give up easily just to make things right. I also love Noah Shaw, but where do I start? I love him to bits! He's really sweet, adorable, hot, and so honest. He just talks straight-to-the-point. I also love him for being protective to his lady. Who wouldn't love that guy?


I can't wait to find out more about Mara and Noah!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Unteachable by Leah Raeder

Pages: 356
Goodreads rating: 3.99 / 5 stars
My rating: 4 / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Summary: (Goodreads)
I met him at a carnival, of all corny places. The summer I turned eighteen, in that chaos of neon lights and cheap thrills, I met a man so sweet, so beautiful, he seemed to come from another world. We had one night: intense, scary, real. Then I ran, like I always do. Because I didn’t want to be abandoned again.

But I couldn’t run far enough.

I knew him as Evan that night. When I walked into his classroom, he became Mr. Wilke.

My teacher.

I don’t know if what we’re doing is wrong. The rules say one thing; my heart says screw the rules. I can’t let him lose his job. And I can’t lose him.

In the movies, this would have a happy ending. I grow up. I love, I lose, I learn. And I move on. But this is life, and there’s no script. You make it up as you go along.

And you don’t pray for a happy ending. You pray for it to never end.

My review:

First and foremost, I would like to thank Ms. Leah Raeder for a signed copy of this book and I would like to praise her for how beautifully she wrote this book. It's definitely worth reading this.

Unteachable is a  teacher-student romance story with an intense twist. It might took me a while to read this but it doesn't mean that I got bored on the story.

Seriously, I love everything about it. Though sometimes Maise O'Malley gets on my nerves for being so whiny. She's a girl who lived in a miserable family where she's looking for a parent image. It makes my heart wrenched that someone like her have to endure all these pain at a very young age. She just didn't deserve a drunk mother. Despite of that, she is the strongest character in this book. Her angst and passion prevails in her which made me love her and I want to give her a virtual-book hug to her.

As for Evan Wilke, he defined HOTNESS in this book. I mean, I find his personality hot. (Okay... added with his GOOD LOOKS.) He is very compassionate and just sweet. Gosh. I love this guy. Nothing gets in his way when he found Maise. He will do everything to make her happy and love her with all his heart. I can't help this giddy feeling!

“You can call it love or you can call it freefall. They’re pretty much the same thing”

- Probably the best quote that describes to what I feel about this book. I fell in love with the characters and how it was written... Everything!

The last part of this book made me say:

You know that feeling when you thought it's a bad ending and surprised that it wasn't? I love that kind of twist that will make you dance from happiness. Seriously, it was a <i>freefall</i> ending.

and as I am browsing... I saw this poem entitled  which reminded me of this book.

Definitely recommended if you love reading New Adult books. Kudos to Leah Raeder!