Top Ten Reasons Why I Hate and Love ACOTAR and Sequel

I have kept my feelings welled up inside me– I have many times considered tearing the book apart were it not for my parent’s peaceful upbringing. So, I had to settle on tearing potato chips with my teeth as I scan the book and write my review.

Because I HATE A Court of Thorn and Roses yet, at the same time, I LOVE it.

Damn you Sarah J. Maas. Damn you.

I intended this as a different post but when I saw that TTT is having a freebie week, I decided to put the two together since I was having a hard time organizing my thoughts. The post shall contain rants and praises and god knows what else. Maybe profanity unless my zen upbringing proves stronger than I thought. At the moment, I’m listening to the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack, thinking of the time when fairytales were simpler but memorable; ACOTAR is anything but simple and its impact to me is as powerful as an ant crawling inside my ear. I think it is a brilliant book that subverts common fairytale cliches such as Instaromance and Happily Ever Afters into realistic affairs and turns innocent kisses to hot, steamy sex scenes. At the same time, it is a flawed book, which makes it more or less an interesting book to discuss. I’ll be talking about BOTH novels so there are spoilers of course.  Continue reading

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Eight Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While

Hah. Here we are. The post where I get to talk about my favorite novels. And ten eight of them. Gush.

THE STAND

My favorite of all King’s novels. It drove me to read twenty of his novels and become obsessed with anything related to King. This epic book provides lots of room for discussion, especially about its characters, so I’m not sure why I haven’t brought it up that much in my blog, or to anyone at that matter.

The Stand begins with Captain Trips, a virus that wipes out most of the population…

No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side.

Or you don’t.

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There was an instance of my life when I was driven to madness by Tumblr. Shuuen no Shiori was one of the catapults that turned me into an academic in that wretched place. A terrible one. I just couldn’t stop talking about it. I made twenty-pages worth of character analysis, with bits of psychology and sociology thrown here and there. The funny thing is that it barely comes across my mind these days.

Shuuen no Shiori or Bookmark of Demise is a vocaloid series about four friends who got involved in a Demise Game where one of them is the fox. They have to kill the fox or else, all of them will die. It’s a wonderful psychological horror/drama with lots of unexpected twists and turns.

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I’ve been a huge reader of Martha Grimes works since I was 15. I even wrote a letter to her once.

Her RY books is a series of mystery novels starring Richard Jury, our melancholic yet charming detective and his sidekick, Melrose Plant, the ex-earl who can buy pretty much anything with just a card and cheque and one of the funniest characters I have ever come across. A very fascinating mystery series with lots of quirky yet thoughtful characters (especially the dogs and children~). It’s always a delight to read.

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Oh yes. I was one of those people who gawked hallelujah to this series, which spawned hundreds of YA Dystopian rip-offs and quadruple movies that are better off as trilogies. I thought it was pretty awesome book, and still is. It was an exciting read that kept me awake for days with a powerful ending.

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A middle-grade book that more people should read and I ought to talk more about. It features a boy who could see witches and takes place in New York City, where magic is being replaced with machines. It’s a very colorful book with lots of promise. Now, if Moriarty could just start writing the next book

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The third book/series that blew up my mind. The Discworld series couldn’t taught me enough about race, politics, jingoism, morality, and so much more but not without pulling off laughs. I used to contribute a few Disc stuff on Tumblr but haven’t talked much of it lately.

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To Kill a Mockingbird was the second book that blew me away. A lot of explosions happened during my teenage years and thankfully enough, this book was one of them. I was fifteen when my eyes were opened about racism and, though the book didn’t explicitly said that word, I grew to learn that such things happened. Racism isn’t a common topic in our education (but patriotism and the English language are, funnily enough) so, after reading this book, I was simply stumped. 

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Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.

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You guessed it. The first book that blew away my life and my world. I’ve been an avid fan of the series when I was twelve onwards and what it did to me was very, very life-changing. It taught me to think and listen. It taught me to flip over the chessboard and see things from another person’s point-of-view. It made me love puzzles, mysteries, and most of all, books. It taught me that space in reality that is reserved for magic and how to grasp that. It taught me how to look beyond the catbox. It taught me to empathize and to reason. How I miss this one.

It is easy to cast magic on other people. And believing in other people’s magic is not so difficult. The hardest thing is casting magic on yourself.

Top Ten Valentine Reads

It’s Valentines Day! How freaking exciting. So, for this week’s Top Ten Tuesdays, we’re having a Valentine-themed post. Here are a few books I’ve read that would be perfect Valentines reads, whether you’re celebrating it with your special someone or alone.

15745753Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Eleanor and Park is the perfect contemporary romance lit that captures first love and first heartaches.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. If you’re in-search of any romance reads, I couldn’t recommend Rainbow Rowell enough. Fangirl isn’t just a love story though. It’s about an awkward girl trying to come out of her shell with romance as a special plus. It’s still a fun, light-hearted read with lots of cute bits.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It’s Pride and Prejudice.

Momoiro Heaven by Mari Yoshino. It’s about a highschool student who writes erotica to provide for her family’s needs. She is discovered by this gorgeous guy who’ll tell her out unless she becomes his slave. One of the few Shoujo manga I managed to read. The jokes are good, we have erotica, and the guy doesn’t act like a cold-blooded vampire, so why not?

110095The Gentleman Series. A Pride and Prejudice fanfic from Darcy’s perspective. It’s pretty crazy with a Gothic murder-mystery (of a pig) by the second book to keep you glued to your feet (and your eyebrows bursting out of your forehead). There’s romance of course but with lots of Darcy that you’d almost get sick of him.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. A tragic tale of two lovers representing the American Dream. If you think you are representing the American Dream, then there’s no better book than The Great Gatsby. Hey, not everyone could represent the American Dream but if you’re not, then why not read it as a book about rich people committing adultery. Lovely.

Gerald’s Game by Stephen King. A sexy read about a woman who accidentally kills her husband while handcuffed to a bed during a bondage game. I couldn’t recommend this enough.

30597The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo. There’s a hunchback, a stalker priest, the beautiful Esmeralda and a lot of poor people. The romance could get pretty intense as well.

Things my Girlfriend and I Argue About by Mil Milington. It’s about the adventures of this guy and his girlfriend and their daily life of arguing about tomatoes, trousers, remote controls and potted plants. Real fun.

Fifty Shades of Mr. Darcy by William Codpiece Thwackery. A 50 Shades AND a P&P parody. A hot book about hot people. And it has a lot of hot lines you could use every now and then. “I do not make love, (your special someone’s name). I bonk. I have it off. I get my end way, I rodger, I boff.” That would get the heat going.

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Top Ten Top Tens

Today’s Yesterday’s Top Ten Tuesdays could be anything under the sun, so I decided to put in.. other people’s Top Ten Tuesdays! After browsing over 200+ lists, I roughly estimated that 40% of book bloggers are procrastinators and 33% would kill themselves to read certain books this year. In short, we are sociopaths.

Most in the list consists of genre-specific books or simply a list of books that I more or less added to the bulk of my endless expanding To-Be Reads. I just want to have a booklist of booklists~

Click the titles to check out the list.

  1. If you like 5th Wave – 10 Tales of Alien Invasion @ Come Hither Books
  2. Top Ten Ancient Egyptian Books You Need to Read @ Darcy’s Book Blog
  3. Top Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read and Want to Read @ Reading Every Night
  4. Favorite WWII Books @ Reading with Wrin
  5. Top Ten Gothic Novels I need to Read @ Angel Erin’s Book Obsession
  6. Top Ten Good Science Fiction @ Anthony Biondi | Must Read Sci-Fi @ Lynn’s Book Blog
  7. Alternate-History Mysteries @ By Singing Light
  8. My Favorite New Adult-Romances (and a Call for Recommendations) @ Writing my Own Fairytale
  9. Ten Recommendations For Lively Book Co-Ed Discussions @ Sarah’s Book Shelves
  10. Top Ten Graphic Novels/Memoirs Collection @ Musings of a Bookish Kitty

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Top Ten Bookish Resolutions I have this 2016

More like Top Ten Bookish Resolutions I have this 2016 that I will not follow. I quit making resolutions for the reason that I forget I made them the next day. Since I am writing this in a blog and the whole world is my witness, I will strive to resolve these resolutions and you shall be my judges. By the end of the year, I will post the same list again and we’ll see if something happened or not. That’s pretty cool, isn’t it?

  1. Goodreads reading challenge. I challenged myself to read 50 books this year. That’s 25+ books compared to last year, but I want to focus on short, stand-alone books and expand my author’s list.
  2. Buy local comics. There’s a lot of amazing Filipino artists I still need to discover.
  3. Classics Challenge.
  4. Write the freaking novel. I’m writing a novel! And I’m trying not to talk about it (except in Goodreads)! Buzzwords are time-travel and trains. And trees! Yey!
  5. Blog. Perhaps the hardest one in this list.
  6. Write the Dark Tower review. The last book of the series that I should have reviewed last year. I have forgotten the face of my father.
  7. Write a big, big article atleast once a month. Big, as in well-researched, long-ish essays. May it be the growing trends in YA (that’s a bit overused huh) or stereotypes we want to bring up.
  8. Connect to people. Also hard. I’m not a very sociable person.
  9. Get a library card and go to a library. Yes. I do not have a library card. I do not go to libraries. I have reasons but they shouldn’t stop me. Someday, I will blog about my first, serious trip to the library (my library visits are often not serious) and I will feel happy whenever I see my post.
  10. I will video myself doing a parkour if I do not succeed. If I do, then I will not do a parkour; I will make you guys a caricature for free. Just comment below and the pact shall be done.

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Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

Here we are again with another list of 2016 books. I made a similar list before but this one will be focusing on novels that will be released on the first half of 2016.

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever. (Goodreads)

Expected Date of Publication: January 5

Cover Stuff: Yes. That is amazing photo manipulation there.

22811780The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos

All Imogene Scott knows of her mother is the bedtime story her father told her as a child. It’s the story of how her parents met: he, a forensic pathologist, she, a mysterious woman who came to identify a body. A woman who left Imogene and her father when she was a baby, a woman who was always possessed by a powerful loneliness, a woman who many referred to as troubled waters.

When Imogene is seventeen, her father, now a famous author of medical mysteries, strikes out in the middle of the night and doesn’t come back. Neither Imogene’s stepmother nor the police know where he could’ve gone, but Imogene is convinced he’s looking for her mother. She decides to put to use the skills she’s gleaned from a lifetime of her father’s books to track down a woman she’s never known, in order to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she’s carried with her for her entire life.

Rebecca Podos’ debut is a powerful, affecting story of the pieces of ourselves that remain mysteries even to us – the desperate search through empty spaces for something to hold on to. (Goodreads)

Expected Date of Publication: January 26

Cover Stuff: A cool, lovely cover.

Others/Thoughts: This looks like one depressing novel. One reason I’m especially interested with this one is because of a novel I’m currently writing that deals with loneliness and depression (and time-travel shenanigans) and The Mystery of Hollow Places has this solemn tone in it that I want my novel to have.

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The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap? (Goodreads)

Expected Date of Publication: January 26

Cover Stuff: That typography alone could make the cover.

Others/Thoughts: The author’s works usually fall into Sci-Fi/Fantasy, all interesting and well-reviewed. She calls her latest book “Pride and Prejudice meets Buffy in English high society” because it is always a trend to turn the 18th century into a hell hole of demons and mutants and zombies.

His reputation is as black as his lingering eyes. Of course it is.

You could read the excerpt here.

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Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year

1. The Art and Making of Hannibal
2. Big Ideas Simply Explained
3. Grimm’s Complete Fairytales
4. Neil Gaiman stuff- Hansel and Gretel, The Sleeper and the Spinner, The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Sandman Graphic novels
5. The Guardians by William Joyce
6. Calvin and Hobbes Collections by Bill Watterson
7. Game of Thrones, The Noble Houses of Westeros
8. Shingeki no Kyoijin Colossal Edition by Hajime Isayama
9. To Kill a Mockingbird Leatherbound Edition by Harper Lee
10. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

What about you guys? Feel free to leave your TTT on the comments below. Happy holidays!

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