[Stacking the Shelves] January Book Haul!

To finish off this month, I’m going to post my all-time favorite feature ever because I get to showcase my monthly book hauls, few or many books. I’m glad that I have able to publish 18 posts this month, and have earned TONS of followers. When I say TONS, it means REALLY MANY.

So for this month, I got 8 books. The most expensive I bought would be the new edition of A Song of Ice and Fire.

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  1. The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini
  2. A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard
  3. Broken Sky by L.A. Weatherly
  4. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  5. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  6. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
  7. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
  8. A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

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The Other Normals and A Darkness Strange and Lovely are books that I bought for like $2 each because they’re on sale. I bought them impulsively, but I was actually looking for Truthwitch by Susan Dennard then I ended up with these. There are still no Truthwitch available in our country, bummer!

Broken Sky is a book I just recently received from the ever-amazing Usborne YA in exchange for a review. I have never heard anything about this book yet nor the author, but I’m so excited because they included a tarot card swag along with this book. This book will come out on March 1st 2016.

Then came A Song of Ice and Fire. I was actually looking forward to buying this box set for a long time now, and since I received money for Christmas, why not, right? I BOUGHT THEM AND I’M SO RIDICULOUSLY HAPPY.


 

How many did you haul this month? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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[Atelier Article Unboxing] Of Bookends And Bookmarks

aaJust yesterday, I received a package from Ukraine. It’s bookish merchandise for your information. One of the promoters of this company asked me if I would like to pick a pair of bookends and some other stuff. Of course, why would I deny this wonderful opportunity? So for this post, I will show you the beautiful eye-candies.

I never had bookends before, so I’m so excited to receive this pair because it’s so pretty for my eyes. I hope it will be for yours too.

 

Things in the package:

  • A pair of London Bridge bookends.

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Don’t they look beautiful? Can we say that the company is amazing? This is not the only pair that looks beautiful. There are lot of bookends to choose, and seriously, I couldn’t even choose one. However, I ended up with this one. (lol)

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The pair of bookends with the books set in London makes this cooler. My personal favorites out of these books is definitely Harry Potter and The Bone Season. They’re amazing. But why are we talking about those, let’s talk about how those bookends compliment the books. I have to take more pictures with it. Stay tuned.

  • Four bookmarks 

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Look at these beautifully-packaged bookmarks. The bookmarks: Chic eyeglasses, Darth Vader, Rifle gun, and Instagram logo. I love how the company package these bookmarks… because they are tied on the wood. For Pete’s sake, who does that? I love the creativity of this company. Definitely recommend to bookmark lovers!

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Look how every block of wood has an etched stamp saying, “Reading is good for you.” Would I throw these away even though I have a bookmark holder? No! No! NO!!! Even though I have a holder, I would still keep these bookmarks where they are originally from. I really commend the company for being so unique. The variety of bookmarks in their store made me cry because I want them all. *cries*

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Okay, again, look at how cool they are inside the book. Have I at least made you want to buy these? Yes?

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If you seriously don’t buy anything from this amazing store, then what are you doing? No seriously, it’s one of the most unique store that sells these amazing stuff. I’ll be linking their website and other social media you may want to check out.


So there you have my book mail unboxing. It was fun tearing all the papers and tapes while opening this package.

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Go search some good stuff in their store:
Website: http://atelierarticle.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/articleua
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designatelierarticle/

And take some amazing pictures when you finally buy tons.


Do you like bookends and bookmarks? If so, what’s your most treasured bookends/bookmarks? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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[Review] The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1) by C.J. Redwine

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Title: The Shadow Queen
Author: C.J. Redwine
Publication: February 16th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings
Pages: 400
Format: ARC

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.


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My thoughts:

After finishing this book, I was undecided and was contemplating whether to give it 3 or 4 stars, but I ended up giving it a 4 because of its amazing concept. I love how mardushkas, people who wield magic, are able to use magic anywhere just by saying something and literally do anything such as “lend me your powers, water.” If you didn’t know, this book is a Snow White retelling which does not really interest me because I have never read a retelling before.

It turns out that this one is enjoyable. It really is like Snow White without the apple at the end which is kind-of disappointing. Instead of the apple, the author used another thing to substitute for it, symbolizing the highlight of Snow White– the apple. Even without it, I am impressed by the quick world-building of Redwine, and I love her rendition of its world.

“A warrior doesn’t focus on the odds stacked against her. She focuses on her heart, on her will to face the evil in her world and defeat it, and then she finds a way to do it.”

The characters, too, were an amazing rendition. Lorelai, a mardushka, as Snow White. Kol, a Draconi (or being able to turn into a dragon), as Prince Charming. Irina, also a mardushka, as Evil Queen. They were a great impression of the original cast, but no dwarves, so there’s that. Lorelai started off as a helpless princess, and her character development was evident as I flipped those very pages. She became the woman as I expected her to be because most fairy tales end like that, thus it’s pretty much expected.

This book being filled with magic made it way better than the original Snow White, but the book feels completely lacking. The inconsistency is the only thing consistent in this book. There are a lot of times when this book finally becomes interesting, then suddenly it’s all gone. There are also times when it’s just plain uninteresting like the first part ofo the book which really did not grab my attention.

“My heart already belongs to you. Come and take it.”

Just today, I learned that this series is going to have a different retelling per book, but it’s a series. So I was like, The Lunar Chronicles, is that you? However, I don’t know how that series work, so maybe this one will be quite different to that. Also, I have never read a book written by Redwine and I’m not really planning to, but I’m glad that I read this one because it was worth it because Snow White just got more interesting than before.

To conclude, I recommend reading this book because it’s a successful retelling of a fairy tale. Having not read any retelling yet other than this, I know that this one has potential. I can’t wait for the next books in this series and what fairy tale it will be based on. Considering that the series is called Ravenspire, a land in the series, the characters from the next books with a different set of characters will be based here. If you like a fast-paced fantasy book with an amazing set of characters, be it the main characters or the villain, then this one is definitely for you.

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About the author:

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C.J. Redwine loves fairy tales, Harry Potter, and any movie starring Johnny Depp. She is the author of the Defiance trilogy, a post-apocalyptic fantasy from Balzer + Bray. C.J. lives in Nashville with her husband and children. If the novel writing gig ever falls through, she’ll join the Avengers and wear a cape to work every day.


Do you like fairy tale retellings? Have you already added this book to your TBR? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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[Top Ten Tuesday] Books I Want To Re-Read

To cap off this weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, I want to say that I personally enjoy writing my top ten books about random things. This week is a freebie one which means that I can create my own title out of this Top Ten Tuesday feature. For this week, I’ll be featuring ten books that I want to re-read.

As a different kind of read, I have to be honest that I have never re-read a book ever. In my history. I’m planning to do so, but I’m too lazy to do re-read because in my mindset, I already read this book, why would I read it again? Even though I don’t fancy re-reading, I still plan to read again my favorite ones, especially my all-time favorite books.

Without further ado, here are those ten:

  1. Winger by Andrew Smith
  2. Stand-Off by Andrew Smith
  3. Legend by Marie Lu
  4. November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  5. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  6. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  7. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
  8. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  9. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  10. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Winger has been the only book I’ve been wanting to re-read for a long time already. It’s funny and heartbreaking, and it makes me want to relive my past when I was still reading this. Definitely recommended!

Stand-Off, of course, is the sequel to Winger. I thought it was going to be worse, but it was just as good as Winger. I didn’t expect that. I totally want to read this two books again.

Legend is one of my all-time favorite books, and I met her last 2014. This series still remains as one of the best dystopian novels ever. I want a movie adaptation, pronto.

November 9 is a new-adult book that I’m head over heels with. This book just gave me the most feels ever. I love the romance and the characters. The plot twist also made this book so much better.

Everything, Everything is the proof that the cover gives justice to its story. The cover is amazing. The story is amazing. Well done.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is definitely a cute book which is about LGBT. I honestly craved for Oreos after reading this.

Queen of Shadows is one hefty book that I probably didn’t give justice when I read it. It’s such a beautiful book, and I need to re-read it again soon.

Fangirl is a book that I didn’t expect to like. They said it was boring, but it was definitely not. Cath writes this fan fiction that makes the whole story much cuter and better.

Illuminae is a sci-fi book that I really enjoyed reading. It was a book filled with fun pages like documents, chat conversations and illustrations. Not to mention its OUTSTANDING acetate cover. The only cover that needs to be given an award to.

I’ll Give You the Sun is also a book that contains LGBT elements, but how it is written is so beautiful for my eyes. It revolves around two siblings, Jude and Noah. That’s just what I only want to say. Just read it.


 

What books do you plan to re-read? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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Weekends Are For Reading Books

Lately, I haven’t been able to read books because of school. Too many assignments bombarded from here to there. I badly want to read, but sadly, I couldn’t. Assignments shouldn’t be given over the weekends. I just want to bask myself in a book basically doing some random positions. Nowadays, I can’t do those. Here I am wishing for the summer to come quickly as I want to finish my TBR list which will never end, by the way.

There are so many books I want to read on weekends, but my plans are slowly being deteriorated by my teachers. To help me, I have my favorite bands to soothe and calm me down. At least, I am hearing my favorite voices when I do my assignments. Definitely worth it! Still, I just wish that they ban assignments being given over the weekends. It’s just too unfair!

My statements against weekend assignments:

  1. I need some time to relax. I wake up every day early in the morning, and I’m so exhausted. I’m not at college yet, but I know it’s worse.
  2. There’s too much information in my head because of the blabbering of my teachers’ discussions that I can’t read without thinking of those.
  3. Instead of reading or sleeping, I stay up late just to do those. It’s unhealthy.
  4. I can’t do some family agenda on Sunday because I have to do these.
  5. And finally, do you know how many books I haven’t read on my shelves? I told you; my TBR will never end.

What are your thoughts about this? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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The Best Feeling About Being a Blogger and a Bookstagrammer

I’m so glad that I started this blog because it completely changed my life.  I gained friends and a lot of things I could ever ask for. By being a blogger, I’m able to write using my own and since I aspire to be a writer soon, why not try blogging, right? I can let out my feelings once in a while.

However, my blogging life doesn’t just end there. I love how everyone appreciated my presence here. I really earned a lot of appreciation, and I’m truly grateful to everyone. Even authors and publicists notice my blog since I started my Bookstagram (Instagram) first.

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This post wasn’t meant to be a really long one, but I just want to say this one out loud. The best feeling, really, is that I’m able to receive review copies from various authors and publishers, and I’m really overwhelmed with those. I, for once, feel guilty when I can’t read or review the books before a book’s publication date. Since these days, a lot of people are sending me books, subscription boxes and book merchandises because of my growing blog and Bookstagram.

Without these two, I’ll probably cannot fathom without me being able to take photos and write blog posts about random stuff that I want to voice out. Photography and writing are both of my favorite hobbies, and this is the other best feeling about being a blogger and a Bookstagrammer.


What’s your best feeling as a blogger? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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[Review] The Siren by Kiera Cass

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Title: The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass
Publication: January 26th 2016 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Mermaids
Pages: 336
Format: ARC

A girl with a secret.
The boy of her dreams.
An Ocean between them.

Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of.

Falling in love with a human breaks the Ocean’s rules. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.


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My thoughts :

My very first mermaid/siren book that I have read, and I am not disappointed entirely. Throughout the book, I felt like the author was playing safe on making it a neutral book for everyone. Understanding that this was Kiera Cass’s very first book and having not read The Selection series yet, this was an okay book for me. It didn’t really make me excited or surprised in some aspect that I thought it would, considering that she’s a popular author who gained a lot of positive reviews.

This issue was the downside of her book, and I was hoping for something risky because even though the characters were great and well-developed, the story just didn’t seem to keep up with the pace of the characters.

“I instantly dragged my fingers across a shelf of book spines, in love with each one already. Books were a safe place, a world apart from my own.”

Now, let me tell you a story about Kahlen who has become a siren in exchange to live.  She has found love unexpectedly, but unfortunately, her voice is deadly. She serves the Ocean who is their Mother who provides and makes her sirens live. The Ocean always commands her sirens to feed her whenever She’s hungry, and by the singing of the sirens, they lure people to the sea. These people being lured are eventually getting eaten by the Ocean.

Cool, right? I hope I did give a spoiler-free gist of the book because the plot itself is intriguing; however, the execution was lacking. For a really short book, it was fine since this book is unlike any other trashy romance novels (*cough*) which they say that The Selection series kind-of is. I really hope that Kiera Cass can deem herself worthy after I read that series.

“Life is pointless. Love is pointless. And still, wouldn’t I do every second of it all over again?”
“I’m guessing yes.”
“Undoubtedly. Yes. Yes every time.”

From the beginning of the book, it did not really grab my attention as it pertains to the story. The writing of Kiera Cass is all right due to being easy to read. She continually fails to pique my interest until the climax of the book finally appeared somehow, making everything much better. To be honest, the concept of this book is too good to be executed poorly. The author was so close to making this book an exceptional one. I also want to commend her for creating one of the most satisfying endings ever that left me completely astounded. I was like this the whole time, “What’s happening? How did that happen? Did I miss something?”

Despite of some of my negative insights about this book, I still recommend this to everyone who is a big fan of mermaids and mythology. Also to Kiera Cass’s fans, of course. If you are in a mood for a short book with a few romance scenes, then this one is for you. I can’t wait to read the rest of her other books.

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4 swords of tail-floppily awesomeness.


About the author:

kiera cassKiera Cass is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series. She is a graduate of Radford University and currently lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, with her family. Kiera spent the first nineteen years of her life by the ocean. It never tried to eat her. You can learn more about Kiera’s books, YouTube videos, and love of cake at http://www.kieracass.com and follow her on Twitter @kieracass.

 


Have you added this book to your TBR? Have you read The Selection series? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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