[Author Interview] Michelle Madow (Author of The Transcend Time Saga and The Secret Diamond Sisters)

I’ve recently reviewed her book The Secret Diamond sisters, check it out here: [Review] The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters, #1) by Michelle Madow

About the author:

michelle madow

Michelle Madow wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college. Remembrance is the first book in The Transcend Time Saga, a three part series about reincarnation and true love that Michelle successfully self-published. The series was inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” music video. Michelle’s latest YA series, The Secret Diamond Sisters, about three sisters who discover they are the secret heirs to a Las Vegas billionaire casino owner, was published in March 2014 by Harlequin Teen. The second book in the series, Diamonds in the Rough, released in November 2014, and the third book, Diamonds are Forever, will be coming out in November 2015. A tireless promoter of her work, Michelle is active on social media networks and has toured across America to promote her books and encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing.

Michelle Madow wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college. Remembrance is the first book in The Transcend Time Saga, a three part series about reincarnation and true love that Michelle successfully self-published. The series was inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” music video. Michelle’s latest YA series, The Secret Diamond Sisters, about three sisters who discover they are the secret heirs to a Las Vegas billionaire casino owner, was published in March 2014 by Harlequin Teen. The second book in the series, Diamonds in the Rough, released in November 2014, and the third book, Diamonds are Forever, will be coming out in November 2015. A tireless promoter of her work, Michelle is active on social media networks and has toured across America to promote her books and encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing.

the secret diamond sisters remembrance


1. What/Who inspired you to write?

In my junior year of college, I signed up for an Intro to Creative Writing class. It was the first time I’d shared original fiction with anyone since elementary school, and I was terrified! For my first homework assignment, I handed in the first chapter of Remembrance, and read it out loud. I was thrilled when my teacher and classmates LOVED it — they all told me that it was the best in the class, and that they wanted to know what was going to happen next. I ended up finishing the draft of the book by the end of my junior year. So, it was the people in that class — my teacher and classmates — who inspired me to write my first novel!

2. What is the title of your favorite book?

That’s such a hard question, because I can’t really pick ONE favorite book. Some of my favorite books are: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, Harry Potter by JK Rowling, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. For a full list of my favorite books, check out my Favorites Shelf on Goodreads.

3. What is your least favorite thing to do?

Laundry. Seriously — I hate doing laundry. Right now I’m looking at my laundry basket, which is PILED with dirty clothes. I always forget to switch the laundry over because I get involved with something else, and then I avoid putting away the clothes once they’re clean, so the whole process can sometimes take over 24 hours.

4. Give your best ‘one’ word to describe your books: The Secret Diamond Sisters, Remembrance.

The Secret Diamond Sisters: Glamorous
Remembrance: Enchanting

5. Can you give an advice to aspiring writers out there?

A writer I know once told me, “You have to write one million bad words before you write anything others want to read,” and that is so true. Writing is a skill, and like any other skill, it takes practice to improve. Experiment with different approaches to writing a novel so you can find what works best for you. Most importantly, above anything else, you have to write. Know what time of day you get your best writing done, and force yourself to write during that time, even if you’re not feeling “inspired.” Writing is work, and it’s not going to be fun all the time. There will be parts you will struggle with, that will frustrate you to no end and make you want to hit your keyboard, but you need to keep your end goal in mind. Set a minimum goal of how many words you can comfortably write per day, and reach that minimum five days a week. Make sure your goal per day is attainable for you—if it’s too high, it will be frustrating and will make you want to quit. And remember that even if you’re having a rough writing day, force yourself to reach that minimum. First drafts don’t need to be perfect, since you will edit it afterward. Once your draft is completed, edit to the best of your ability. Show it to friends, family, and teachers to ask their advice on how to improve. Then, once it’s edited to the best of your ability, research the publishing industry as much as possible to figure out what the best path of publication will be for you.


I really liked her answers for my questions. So I hope you guys will check her out. The last book of The Secret Diamond Sisters series entitled Diamonds are Forever will be out this October 27th 2015. Please check out her books. Sasha Alsberg really liked her books, so don’t forget to check it out!

Her books are available on:
Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

[Review] A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas

a court of thorns and rosesTitle: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication: May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury Children’s
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.


Shelf this on Goodreads.

Also, you can buy this on: Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

My thoughts:

This is beyond from what I expected this to be.

I really love Sarah J Maas’ writing. She writes like she does not put a big effort on writing this book. This was beautifully written and really easy to get into. So, if you just read contemporary and want to read fantasy, it would be really easy to flip the pages. Throughout this book, I didn’t get bored and everything was a page-turner. And, I have heard a lot of great things about this book, and gladly, it didn’t disappoint. It was a fun, quick read filled with detailed fantasy world and creatures.

I wanted to fade into it, wanted the light of that sun to burn me away, to fill me with such joy that I would become a ray of sunshine myself. This wasn’t music to dance to– it was music to worship, music to fill in the gaps of my soul, to bring me to a place where there was no pain.

Feyre is a merely mundane hunter. She lives in a world where human and faeries are divided. Faeries own most of the land in this world. A big wall blocks the land of the human and the faeries. She started as a simple, poor and loving daughter who helped her sisters, Elain and Nesta, get out of misery. She developed as time goes by in the Spring Court where she currently lives to compensate for the crime she did.

Tamlin is an immortal high-lord faerie. He lives in the Spring Court with Lucien who is also a faerie. Basically, two of them played an important role in this book which helped in making this book way better. And there’s also this male faerie, Rhysand, but I’m not going to talk about him.

Now we go on to this evil faerie which goes by the name Amarantha. I think I just found myself a new hate-able villain. I applaud Sarah J Maas for a spectacular job on making me hate a villain (finally waiting for this for an eternity). Amarantha is the queen. The queen that deserves to die.

“I love you,” he whispered, and kissed my brow. “Thorns and all.”

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Okay, look whose heart just broke. Yes, it was mine. Knowing that this book is a fairy-tale retelling with a whiff of faerie lore, I’m just completely mind-blown. The world she created is beyond what I expected from this book. Nagas, Suriels, and more. I need a bestiary for this book!

Although I have lots of positive feedback on this book, I also have one problem. I just think there’s something lacking in this book. I don’t know what, but there was just something wrong.

I am expecting more greatness on Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass series because everyone is raving over it.

4 swords4 swords for its epic-ness.


About the author:

sarah j maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

[GIVEAWAY] SIX OF CROWS (ARC) BY LEIGH BARDUGO (PH RESIDENTS ONLY)

FINALLY, MY VERY VERY FIRST GIVEAWAY. Only open to PH residents only. (Sorry international peeps) 😦

Are you all excited? You already know what I’m giving away, so there’s nothing to surprise anymore. But, are you excited to WIIIIN!?

SIX OF CROWS! BY LEIGH BARDUGO! Not only that…
And a pack of Grisha swags is awaiting for its new master.

Who wants more Grisha-verse? *raises hand*

six of crows

This book will be out on September 29th 2015.

Few things you should know to enter my giveaway:
1) You should follow my blog. Either blog or e-mail. Yes, it’s required.
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Thanks for joining! 🙂

Blogging is Fun?

I have had trouble on getting active on my blog lately because of school. But I’m not pressuring myself to write a post when blogging is only my somewhat third option. Blogging has been fun. It has changed my life. I like the blogging society, and everyone is really nice.

I have been told not to force myself to blog when I don’t feel like it. To all bloggers out there, don’t force yourself to post every day. It will be really hard for you. Yes, it is fun to post. Maybe just take breaks. Writing a post requires a great brain-storming (maybe).

Personally, I love blogging. Because one of my passions is to write, and with a blog, I could enhance my writing skills (or not). Soon, I’ll take up journalism, but I’m undecided on what course I should get. Ever since, I have no idea. It’s like I’m dreaming of an endless all-white world of nothingness — my mind clueless of goals and imagination.

So, yeah. Color me weird.

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This is probably your expression right now that you know me. 😦

Anyway, have a good day!

[Review] Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

illuminae

Title: Illuminae
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publication: October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books
Genre: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 608
Format: ARC

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.


Shelf this on: Goodreads

Also, pre-order it on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

My thoughts:

Wow! Just, wow!

Am I not merciful?

Everything is not perfect. Well, nearly perfect. It’s just so beautiful… The illustrations. This is seriously a book that was brain-stormed. Every page of this book is created beautifully, and honestly, I have no words for it (well, there are some).

wowThere are three known spaceships (battleships, maybe), namely Alexander, Hypatia, Copernicus and Lincoln. Well, four actually.

Kady Grant is a powerful, bad-ass female character in this book. She also has pink hair (Laini Taylor approves). Kady Grant is a skilled hacker, and has been hacking confidential documents and making people get in trouble. Who will not love her?

Ezra Mason is Kady’s ex-boyfriend and became a second lieutenant in Alexander. Nothing to talk about him except that he is cool, and he is a boy whose words are ██████ true and loving.

Now let’s talk about mother█████ AIDAN. It’s a self-repairing computer machine that is beyond intelligent than a normal person. It’s an überbrain according to Kady. Sometimes, I do ship a computer and a normal person. You just got to ship a non-living thing to a living thing. You just don’t see things like that every day. Kidding!

I’ve seen people die. Die hard. Die messy. Job like mine, you live with the reaper every day. But if you’re unlucky, it’s not the bullets that kill you in this gig. It’s moment like these. Killing you one piece at a time.

This gigantic book is not your typical book. It’s way different than you can imagine. You’ll just be surprised when you open this book and see the illustrations. Very epic!

I have to admit, there were some parts that really bored me to death. Nevertheless, the drawings compensated for those. I think I just broke my neck after seeing those illustrations. The ending of this book was really satisfying. I thought it will break my heart into a million pieces. I was never so wrong in my life.

“Now watch me read, Illuminae-nae” 

Let’s talk about the cover. It’s so ███ing AMAZING! It has this transparency thing on the paper, and seriously, I have seen no book like this before. Ever. In my life. It’s just an ARC. An Advanced Reader’s Copy that is also in hardcover format. Talk about perfection. I will always cherish this book wherever I go. 

Get this book when it comes out on October. You will go bat███ over this book!

4 swords

One four █████ swords for this book!


About the authors:

amie kaufman

Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of These Broken Stars and This Shattered World, and Illuminae, the first in a new series starting in 2015. She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

jay kristoff

Jay Kristoff is the award-winning author of THE LOTUS WAR trilogy, a Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy. Part 3, ENDSINGER, is out now. He’s also co-author of the upcoming ILLUMINAE (with Amie Kaufman), a YA Sci-Fi… thing, to be released by Knopf/Random House in 2015, and NEVERNIGHT, the first part of a new fantasy trilogy kicking off in 2016.

Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 13380 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.


To my Filipino readers,

This book will be out on October 20 in National Book Store. Don’t forget to check it out in any NBS branch on its release date. Buy it! It’s worth it! 🙂

The Would You Rather Tag (I Would Rather Sleep?)

I was tagged by the awesome Shelumiel from Bookish and Awesome. Thank you so much, you awesomesauce! Go check out his blog, it’s filled with awesomeness, you won’t regret it!

So… let’s start.

Would you rather read trilogies or stand-alones?

I would rather read trilogies. Why? Because there are some books that I really don’t want to end. And if I end up reading a VERY GOOD stand-alone book, I’m just completely heartbroken.

Would you rather read only male or female authors?

Why is this even a question? It shouldn’t even exist. Get lost.

wut

Would you rather shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon?

Definitely Barnes & Noble, but there’s no Barnes & Noble nor Amazon here in the country I live. Darn it.

Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?

Uhh. Movies, duh? Who wants to wait for a week for another episode? That’s a complete nightmare. I just hope a movie doesn’t ruin the book’s story.

Would you rather read only 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

First of all, reading 5 books in a week is completely impossible unless you’re a robot or you just really don’t sleep. Secondly, reading 5 pages in a day is not even a progress. How can you finish a book if you only read 5 pages a day. I’ll go for 5 books per week if I’m a robot. 😉

Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?

A professional author, duh!

Would you rather be a librarian or a book seller?

Book seller, of course! Hosting book signing events would be awesome too.

Would you rather read only your favorite genre or every genre but your favorite?

I say widening my horizon. I can’t be stuck only in my own genre. Being stuck in one place would be boring. Finding new favorites in another genre would be great.

Would you rather read only e-books or physical books?

Physical books, because e-books are too painful for my eyes. Lol.

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Well, now you know the bookish me.

I’m tagging a few people:

Josiah @ The Bookish Fanboy
JM @ Revelations of a Bookfreak
Bailey @ planandread
Alyssa @ alyssaisreading
Lia @ BookLand

Anyway, thanks for reading this post. I hope you guys have a great day! 🙂

[Review] The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters, #1) by Michelle Madow

the secret diamond sisters

Title: The Secret Diamond Sisters
Author: Michelle Madow
Publication: February 25th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
Genre: Chick-Lit, Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 382
Source: Author

Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip’s most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

My thoughts:

(I received this book from the author herself for review, and this does not change my opinion or anything else.)

This book is just another 9O21O episode written through a book. I was absolutely disappointed throughout the book. It started and ended blandly. However it did quite entertain me as I read the book.

It had been compared to be the next Gossip Girl/ Princess Diaries, but all I see is disappointment. It didn’t live up with the hype. There are a lot of flaws and room for improvement that I just wish could’ve been rewritten.

shame

Savannah is fifteen. Savannah is a flirt. Oh, God. There are many ways that could’ve go wrong, but she having an intimacy with an older guy who probably had an intercourse with somebody else is very, very wrong. How stupid can teenagers be, seriously?

 dishonor

Courtney is what? Sixteen? And is probably the most mature of them all sisters. I salute her for being the role model. She is probably the most likable character in this book.

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And lastly, Peyton. The most immature character but everything changed in the end. As we all know, the three sisters have different characteristics. Savannah being the girly-girl. Courtney being the responsible woman. And Peyton being the boyish/goth woman.

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Also, don’t forget their dad who is a multi-millionaire who is also a failure. Talk about the worst family that you could ever imagine. Rich dad, poor soul. Drunk mom, sick body. Let’s clap our hands to the parents of the year. Well at least the dad is rich; let’s give him that.

There were some words I was hoping for to pop up on the pages like a good quote, but it’s all concentrated on the story and the characters. Every chapter is almost always talking about getting the boy or the girl, the clubs, the Diamond family, and the good-looking couple. What good can I even get from this story?

Let’s talk about pacing. The pacing is smoothly good and I have nothing to complain about. But the choice of words used in this book I have problems with. There were no complexities and such. Everything felt dragging.

If you like chick-lits, give this one a go. Well, it had some great reviews too. And if you want something mind-blowing, I strongly do not suggest this one.

2 swords2 swords for the Diamond family


About the Author:

michelle madow

Michelle Madow wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college. Remembrance is the first book in The Transcend Time Saga, a three part series about reincarnation and true love that Michelle successfully self-published. The series was inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” music video. Michelle’s latest YA series, The Secret Diamond Sisters, about three sisters who discover they are the secret heirs to a Las Vegas billionaire casino owner, was published in March 2014 by Harlequin Teen. The second book in the series, Diamonds in the Rough, released in November 2014, and the third book, Diamonds are Forever, will be coming out in November 2015. A tireless promoter of her work, Michelle is active on social media networks and has toured across America to promote her books and encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing.

Michelle Madow wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college. Remembrance is the first book in The Transcend Time Saga, a three part series about reincarnation and true love that Michelle successfully self-published. The series was inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” music video. Michelle’s latest YA series, The Secret Diamond Sisters, about three sisters who discover they are the secret heirs to a Las Vegas billionaire casino owner, was published in March 2014 by Harlequin Teen. The second book in the series, Diamonds in the Rough, released in November 2014, and the third book, Diamonds are Forever, will be coming out in November 2015. A tireless promoter of her work, Michelle is active on social media networks and has toured across America to promote her books and encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing.