Monday, April 23, 2012

It's been a while

Lately I've been uber busy that I didn't have the time to update my blog. and because it's summer, I'd rather not spend too much time near my pc which is hot. Anyway, last week my cousin and I went on a little holiday to Baguio. I call it a holiday because it's been a long time since I've been anywhere relaxing far from home.



Besides relaxing (and feeling like a tourist) we went to my Alma Mater - Saint Louis University to process my cousins application for their college entrance exams. I missed the hallways I used to roam when I was in college. I was also able to get my Alumni ID after 6 years - finally.

Anyway, I'm posting some of the pictures I took of the view from Ambuklao road on our way to Baguio. They view is breath taking if I saw so myself.





I'll be going back to Baguio in a couple of days so I'll take more pictures then. I've lived in Baguio for 7 years but I felt like a tourist when I was just there. Good thing I still know my way around the city. And this time around I swear not to get blisters even if I'm wearing sensible ballet flats.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Leibster Award!

I've been meaning to update my blog but I was in-between reads so I didn't have a review to post then surprise I got an email from a friend and fellow blogger and she gave me an award! Isn't that just awesome?



I received the "Leibster Award" from my fellow blogger Milka Bago. The Leibster Award means "favorite" or "beloved". The award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers and the blogs are called "the best kept secrets". Thank you Milka for giving me this award and for our shared passion for books and reading. I hope this award makes a way for a lot more readers and bloggers.

You can check out Milka's blog at:


I'm paying it forward by sharing my friends equally amazing blogs:


Milka Bago: http://couchpotatoism.blogspot.com/
Chucha Delfin: http://reviewsofabookmaniac.blogspot.com/
Yui Santos: http://yuiproject365.blogspot.com/
Junix Malongga http://imsopelicanfly.blogspot.com/
Brandon Scott http://youngadultbookz.blogspot.com/


Check out these blogs and I hope you enjoy reading them! 



Winners, here are the rules to participate:
1. Thank the person which nominated you in a blog post.
2. Nominate up to five other blogs.
3. Let them know via comment on their blog.
4. Post the award on your blog.



Monday, March 26, 2012

Review: Quest for the Secret Keeper (Oracles of Delphi 3) by Victoria Laurie



Title: Quest for the Secret Keeper (Oracles of Delphi 3)
Author: Victoria Laurie
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Pub. Date: Feb.14,2012
ISBN: 0385738617 (ISBN13: 9780385738613)
Pages: 384
Formats:  Paperback , Ebook
Rating: 5 Stars



Delphi Keep is awash in activity, and for Ian, Theo, and Carl, their safe haven might be nearing its end. The Royal Navy has taken the keep to use as a hospital and the tunnels running under the keep and the castle are ideal to set up a central communications outpost for the approaching war. The earl is happy to help the effort, but now the keep is no longer safe for the orphans and they must be evacuated to his winter residence. 
Ian, Theo, and Carl know that if they're sent away, they'll no longer be protected. But more important than their safety is deciphering the third prophecy. All clues point to a quest. The orphans don't know where they must go, but they know they must rescue the Secret Keeper.
To do that, however, they need to work out who this Secret Keeper is. And what, exactly are the secrets he's keeping?



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I waited quite some time for this book (more than a year) and I can now say that it was worth the wait and I haven't been disappointed. These books written by Victorie Laurie are an epic series with lots of action and adventure. It doesn't matter that it's geared for a younger audience I still loved it. 


Quest for the Secret Keeper is the 3rd book in the Oracles of Delphi Keep series and it continues the adventures of Ian Wigby and his friends called the United - 7 children who will defeat the 4 children of the Demigorgon. Ian and his sister Theo have to find the other children and fulfill the prophecies left to them by the Oracle Laodamia of Phoenicia. I've become so attached to these characters that reading their adventures feels like I'm having the adventure with them. I even cried at the end of this book when Ian realized that his suspicions about his origins have been confirmed - and I knew it from book 1! Now that is the best evidence of a well written book. It's on to waiting for the next book which I expect to be as epic as the rest of the series.





Friday, March 23, 2012

Review: Don't Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough



Title: Don't Expect Magic
Author: Kathy McCullough
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: Nov.8, 2011
ISBN: 0385740123 (ISBN13: 9780385740128)
Pages: 256 
Formats:  Paperback, Ebook
Rating: 4.5 Stars



Delaney Collins doesn't believe in fairy tales. And why should she? Her mom is dead, her best friend is across the country, and she's stuck in California with "Dr. Hank," her famous life-coach father—a man she barely knows. Happily ever after? Yeah, right. 


Then Dr. Hank tells her an outrageous secret: he's a fairy godmother—an f.g.—and he can prove it. And by the way? The f.g. gene is hereditary. Meaning there's a good chance that New Jersey tough girl Delaney is someone's fairy godmother. 


But what happens when a fairy godmother needs a wish of her own?


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I needed this book after reading so much adventure, paranormal, and fantasy books. It's a light and funny read that was perfect for that in-between reads. I loved the heroine Delaney, she's not a pushover, she talks her mind, and she didn't freak out when she discovered her dad's secret. I liked the part when she goes back to school and everybody says hi to her despite her punk-rock look, and that she doesn't care what people say about her. She even turns out to be a better F.G. than her dad. I gave it 4.5 stars because I really had fun reading this book.





Review: Break Away (Away 1) by Tatiana Vila



Title: Break Away (Away #1)
Author: Tatiana Vila
Publisher: Createspace
Pub. Date: Oct. 10, 2011
ISBN: 1466426217 (ISBN13: 9781466426214)
Pages: 306
Formats:  Paperback, Ebook
Rating: 3 Stars



Ice Queen. That's what everyone calls Dafne at school. The girl with the striking looks of a Raven Princess but whose cold-steeled touch freezes everyone in her way. Her reputation works for her and she even likes it. People don't mess with her—except for her sister's infuriatingly handsome boyfriend, Ian, who loves pushing her subzero temper to its limits. 


Life in Berryford is flowing exactly as she wants it—no drama, no boy trying to get into her pants—until she starts noticing odd, glazed-eyed students everywhere. Something weird is happening and, unusual enough for her, she needs to find out why. But when people start falling into a coma with no reason, among them Dafne's sister, she decides to take the matter in her hands, because if her intuition is right, this isn't something doctors or virologists can fight. This is something…more. 


With frustration and guilt leading her way, and Ian forcing himself to her side, Dafne will step onto a road that'll open her eyes to why ignorance is bliss, why hate is so close to love, and why our imagination might be the most dangerous weapon ever known.



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I loved the cover of this book and the story is, well, different - no vampires, werewolves, zombies, and such. I just thought the place Chimera was a wee bit weird. I just want to know if Dafne isn't all human since she can go to Chimera all on her own. I gave it 3 stars because its not the usual plot I always encounter and because the cover is pretty. Teehee.





Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Review: Fury's Goddess (Rogue Angel #35) by Alex Archer



Title: Fury's Goddess (Rogue Angel #35)
Author: Alex Archer
Publisher: Harlequin
Pub. Date: March 6,2012
ISBN: 0373621558 (ISBN13: 9780373621552)
Pages: 320
Formats:  Paperback, Ebook
Rating: 4.5 Stars




A dark goddess. An ancient cult. And a dangerous zealot…On the outskirts of the recently developed and prosperous city of Hyderabad, India, a new and luxurious housing complex has arisen. But several residents have been found brutally murdered. Some believe the killer is a rogue tiger. Others whisper that it is the work of the servants of Kali, the Hindu goddess of death.Her feet are barely on Indian soil when archaeologist Annja Creed finds herself swept up in Hyderabad's modern prosperity. But something about the recent spate of killings seems unusual and Annja begins to dig deep for answers. Instead, she finds herself taken prisoner and held in a maze of ancient caves. She's being held captive by a cult of thieves who are under the thrall of a charismatic leader.In only a few short hours, Annja is to be sacrificed—unless she can channel the vengeance of the goddess Kali herself….


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I've loved the adventures of Annja Creed ever since I picked up her first book. There were some hits and misses due to Alex Archer being a bunch of other writers under that publication to write the Rogue Angel books. But still, Annja has the sword of Joan of Arc and she wields it to the tune of good. Annja attracts trouble like the most heady perfume, but she gets to go places with it too. In the 35 books I've read Annja should probably be dead from all the concussion she gets fro fighting the bad guys. But no one can kill of a kick-ass the female Indiana Jones. I'm giving this 4.5 stars, all I didn't like from this book is that Annja isn't being the archaeologist that she is; she as archaeologist first and TV host 2nd. Oh and I miss Garin and Roux.





Review: Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) by Jessica Spotswood



Title: Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1)
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Pub. Date: Jan.25,2012
ISBN: 0399257454 (ISBN13: 9780399257452)
Pages: 330
Formats:  Hard cover
Rating: 2 Stars



Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave. 


Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra. 


If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.



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I was lured in by the pretty cover. Then I discovered that this book is not for me. It's like they made witch hunts into a proper young lady who drinks tea. Yes it has elements of magic but the time it was set on was horrible. The pace was so slow and nothing exciting ever happened. So I give it 2 stars because I love the cover and Tess.





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