WWWoW – I Am Reading YA

Sup guys. After posting entirely nothing these past days, I’m back with a bunch of novels that needs to be reviewed, ranted, pondered and cried about.


What are you currently reading?


The premise of Traveler is anything I could ever hope for. Parallel words, metafiction, time loops and people dying—yup, sounds like my cup of tea—and yet the author manages to make these wonderful elements boring. It still is interesting and I hope it picks up its wits halfway.

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Traveler by L.E. Delano

Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles—Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… This Jessa is going to live. (Goodreads)


What did you recently finished reading?


Hah. I’ve read quite a lot of books the past months thanks to my long commute to work and my handy phone. I finished most Rick Riordan’s novels whilst sitting inside a noisy jeepney with its noisy passengers. The Knife of Never Letting Go was read between trips to home and to whatever place I feel like going, mostly by bus where the aircon is either too cold or too warm.

And hey, I’m finally reading YA books. I’ve always been a bit snobby to the genre but inevitably end up reading them. This year was a quite a good year for me in YA because I discovered a few beauties I loved and a few terrible ones that I still enjoyed anyway (glances at Ten and Scythe).


Waiting on Wednesdays


Okay. I decided to put WWW and WOW together since I couldn’t follow-up with the books that I intend to read. Something always comes up that deems far more important to read, so, instead, I’ll post here the books I want to read.

Hah. I never thought I’d be so pumped up on a book that I disliked and liked so much. Look at that cover. Look at that cover.

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all. (Goodreads)


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WWWoW – I Can’t Read YA

Hullo guys, how’s life? I haven’t been posting a lot these past few days but I do have read a lot of books this month. I’m still preparing reviews for my recent reads, which has become rather difficult because my keyboard has gone bonkers. As I wasted all my savings goig to theaters, I couldn’t even afford a cheap plug-in keyboard. I’m currently struggling with an on-screen keyboard so if you notice any missing Bs and Ns on my comments, I apologize.

Click the images for more info about the book.


What are you currently reading?

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Operation Salazar by Dan Lawton

A bunch of people try to outwit each other and fails.

I got a copy of the book from a giveaway hosted by SciFi and Scary. The book builds-up an intense and claustrophobic atmosphere spiraled by multiple characters who are simply trying to do their respective jobs yet are unknowingly caught in each other’s string of problems. I have plenty of reasons to praise this novel but I also have several issues that keeps me from fully enjoying it such as 1) the writing  and 2) the technical errors. I don’t usually mind these things as 1) authors have distinct voices of their own and 2) I couldn’t care less about typos if the story has me hooked. But then, the writing does get tedious in the long run (it has plenty of telling than showing) and when the prose is tiresome, I start to see the typos. I do hope the story has more to offer so I could overlook these little technicalities and just submerge myself into the novel.

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The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafron

David tries his best to write a book for the devil.

The Angel’s Game seems as lost as the main character itself, which works effectively in the story’s context. David’s cynicism was a nice change from Daniel’s innocence and his spiral down to his own demise makes his situation even more hopeless. I appreciate that Zafron is trying something different and darker. Daniel was a teenager with teenage problems (which, I have to say, is stranger than most teenage problemos). David is a grown-up with a proxy Lucifer making him write a Bible. One thing worse than puberty is sacrificing your soul to Satan. He has the right to angst about that, I give that to him.

And like The Shadow of the Wind,  I need breathing space. A lot more, I have to say. This book is far more emotional and depressing than The Shadow of the Wind. Ugh. I remember having to stop for a few days after reading Nuria Monfort’s letter and just take all of it in before proceeding. I need a break from tragedy and despair so I’ll be putting this down for awhile.

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

The Mother of Dragons entertains a glum, wheel-chaired man, and they fall inlove I guess?

The book feels like chick-lit material, a genre I have yet to explore. I just need something light to read but I have reason to believe that it won’t be too long before the tear-jerkers appear.

 

 

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A cyborg-ish girl meets a prince aaandd… I never really moved from there.

For some reason,  I can’t stand the writing of this book. Maybe I’m used to having my heart carved out from the very beginning of the pages?

I like the premise and I think Cinder has plenty of bad-assery hidden up in her sleeves, but there’s something off about the book that I can’t particularly point-out.

God, I need to learn to read YA.


What did you recently finished reading?

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Learning to Swim by Anne Cosby

Teenage angst not handled very well

I received a copy of this book last March.

I’ve been reading this for almost three months.

I just can’t– this book was—UGH. *facepalms *

 

 

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Beneath Wandering Stars by Ashlee Cowles

A very likable protagonist and her not-so-likable partner walk. And walk. They talk a bit. And then they walk again.

I asked for a free copy of this book from Ashlee Cowles after seeing the cover, which is so-so attractive by the way. Review coming – up soon~ Let’s just say it was a mixed journey for me, but there were a few notable aspects about this novel that I want to point out. Hoping I manage to make a review this week..

 

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Forgive me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Catcher in the Rye vr 2.0, with violins, Christians, nazis and apocalyptic letters

So after a string of ‘pretty-okay-but not-very-okay’ YAs, I turn to one that could never fail me, the angsty YA. You can always trust them to stab you in the back, which are my kind of books I suppose?

Anyway, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is GLORIOUS. AND IT’S WRITTEN IN CAPSLOCK TO SHOW YOU THE INTENSITY OF ITS GLORIOUSNESS. Hallelujah. Like mind-blowing, emotionally-shattering- glorious. Another awesome book for the year! I can’t format my text enough to describe how awesome this book is.

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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

I bought Nimona out of whim. This is why I sometimes hide my money from myself.

Nimona wasn’t a disappointment though. It was exactly as it should be and as it is supposed to be. It is perfect.

 

 

 


Waiting on Wednesdays

Okay. I decided to put WWW and WOW together since I couldn’t follow-up with the books that I intend to read. Something always comes up that deems far more important to read, so, instead, I’ll post here the books I want to read.

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Silent Hall by N.S. Dolkart

A coward’ son, a merchant’s daughter, a young prince, a wild girl, and a half-dragon all find themselves refugees from their island home. When a plague destroys their home, they try to forge their own future. Along with a sinister wizard, they awaken a dragon and defy the gods.

After their homeland is struck with a deadly plague, five refugees cross the continent searching for answers. Instead they find Psander, a wizard whose fortress is invisible to the gods, and who is willing to sacrifice anything – and anyone – to keep the knowledge of the wizards safe. With Psander as their patron, the refugees cross the mountains, brave the territory of their sworn enemies, confront a hostile ocean and even traverse the world of the fairies in search of magic powerful enough to save themselves – and Psander’s library – from the wrath of the gods. All they need to do is to rescue an imprisoned dragon and unleash a primordial monster upon the world. How hard could it be? Expected publication: June 7, 2016

An unlikely set of heroes who could either destroy the world or save it. HMMM..


WWWoW – Strange Novels. Just an Inch Strange.

What are you currently reading?

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The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

A writer’s story comes true..??

It seems my hang-over reading The Watcher in the Shadows never vanished, so now I’m reading Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s second book~ I’m just afraid I won’t like it as much as The Watcher in the Shadows because it certainly set the bar too high. We have the Sempere & Sons cameo though, and that enough could make my heart jump (and damn how it did).


What did you recently finished reading?

27003Thursday Next: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

A strong female heroine tries to catch a super villain who thought it a great idea to kill characters from novels. It was.

 Aaaarghh. What the hell were you thinking Fforde?! What the hell?! Eyebrows were raised while reading this book. I’m not sure what to think about it at all. It’s horribly written but really fun to read. Thursday is bland as much as Acheron is amusing. The story is all over the place and some chapters are better left out. I have a lot of issues about this book but enjoying it is not one of them. This is so confusing.


Waiting on Wednesdays

Okay. I decided to put WWW and WOW together since I couldn’t follow-up with the books that I intend to read. Something always comes up that deems far more important to read, so, instead, I’ll post here the books I want to read.

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The Emperor’s Railroad by Guy Haley

Global war devastated the environment, a zombie-like plague wiped out much of humanity, and civilization as we once understood it came to a standstill. But that was a thousand years ago, and the world is now a very different place.

Conflict between city states is constant, superstition is rife, and machine relics, mutant creatures and resurrected prehistoric beasts trouble the land. Watching over all are the silent Dreaming Cities. Homes of the angels, bastion outposts of heaven on Earth. Or so the church claims. Very few go in, and nobody ever comes out.

Until now…

Expected publication: April 19, 2016

Post-apocalyptic stories are always good reads; this is why I’m wondering I don’t read much of them. This one looks weird enough, and I don’t think I’ve ever read a post-apocalyptic book with zombies, monsters and angels.


WWWoW – I Now Have Graphic Novels

It’s been awhile since I participated in WWW. It’s a bit late for Wednesday but I’m not sure I’d be able to publish another post the next few days, so let’s get it onnn.


What are you currently reading?

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Learning to Swim by Annie Cosby

Ms. Cosby was kind enough to give me a free copy of the book inexchange for an honest review. I was super stumped when I received an email from her and whooped with joy because, well, I got a free book and an author noticed me ohemgee. 

I’m still a bit mixed about the book, particularly because the MC is another snarling teenager with snarly problemos, but we’ll see how it all turns out. I’m not a big fan of the cover though.

 

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

You know these guys. It’s a free ebook I downloaded in my tablet and reading it was a spur-of-the-moment-thing. Loving it so far, still not know what to think about, but it’s hard not to like it, so, I guess it’s okay.

 

 

And since I’m earning a bit, I am now able to buy graphic novels and not just stare at them whenever I pass a bookstore. It’s become my recent practice to buy one graphic novel each month and the investment is totally worth it. The first thing I bought when I got my salary was Through the Woods by Emily Carroll, which I recently finished reading. The next are these wonderful graphic novels:

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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, adapted by Nancy Butler

Let me just say that I have never read Sense and Sensibility before, but I could see how difficult it would be to translate the novel or any of Austen’s works visually, and in this case, into a graphic novel. As expected, the graphic novel adaptation is wordy and a bit dull for a comic, but it’s nice to see the characters pop-out from the pages and the warm colors are nice to look at. The artist wanted to keep the adaptation faithful to Austen’s novel so I think it’s a good medium for those who want to try out Austen without having to pick through numerous details.

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Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton

I love Beaton’s comics. I still check them out and read them over and over again on her website during breaks. They always make my day. Getting a physical copy of her works was a relief because I could now read them at home anytime I want. Why I bought the second book, I don’t know. 

 


What did you recently finished reading?

I have finished quite a lot of books this from last month to today. While reading inside jeepneys isn’t really easy, it does pay off and I’m able to cover a bunch of books. Here are a few I’ve finished these past weeks.

They’re all pretty good 😉 The Stranger made me ponder, Through the Woods amused my twisted side, The Last Wish was an adventure, Anansi Boys was the funniest book I have read for awhile and The Most Dangerous Game was a short but action-packed read that kept me awake on travel. Here’s my review for The Stranger.


Waiting on Wednesdays

Okay. I decided to put WWW and WOW together since I couldn’t follow-up with the books that I intend to read. Something always comes up that deems far more important to read, so, instead, I’ll post here the books I want to read.

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Sockpuppet by Matthew Blakstad

Twitter. Facebook. Whatsapp. Google Maps. Every day you share everything about yourself – where you go, what you eat, what you buy, what you think – online. Sometimes you do it on purpose. Usually you do it without even realizing it. At the end of the day, everything from your shoe-size to your credit limit is out there. Your greatest joys, your darkest moments. Your deepest secrets.

If someone wants to know everything about you, all they have to do is look.

But what happens when someone starts spilling state secrets? For politician Bethany Lehrer and programmer Danielle Farr, that’s not just an interesting thought-experiment. An online celebrity called sic_girl has started telling the world too much about Bethany and Dani, from their jobs and lives to their most intimate secrets. There’s just one problem: sic_girl doesn’t exist. She’s an construct, a program used to test code. Now Dani and Bethany must race against the clock to find out who’s controlling sic_girl and why… before she destroys the privacy of everyone in the UK. Expected publication: May 19, 2016

When was the last time I have read a book that incorporates social media and popular technology? Zilch. I cringe everytime I read Facebook on a book. Something’s so cold and unbelievable about that word. Hex did this a lot. I mean, A LOT, it practically smashed the word on my face, and it drove me away despite its promise.

We’ll just have to see how Sockpuppet does its thing. Will it slap me with internet slang, social media apps, iphones and selfies for the sake of proving a point? Or will it be an awesome book about the consequences of science and technology, with an actual story to prove that point? Am I expounding too much? 

Sockpuppet is book one of the Martingale Series. We seem to have politics in the mix so it looks interesting enough.


WWW – Funerals, Cemeteries, Open-Forums, and Merceneries

The Three Ws are:


What are you currently reading?

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The Stranger by Albert Camus

Uh. A guy’s mother just died.

I just started reading this one. I don’t have much of an idea what the book is going to be about but the buzzwords are murder, existentialism, and philosophy.


What did you recently finished reading?

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Daniel Sempere figures out the mystery of his favorite author Julian Carax.

Recently my favorite book. Check out my review of it here.

Rage by Stephen King/Richard Bachman

A boy takes his class in hostage and starts an open forum.

One of King’s more controversial books. Rage was put out-of-print by King himself after a series of school shootings that transpired after the book’s publication. This is the first book he published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. I already made a review of this one here, but somehow lost it in WP. Charlie Decker would have been amazed of my raw screams of pain.


Waiting on Wednesdays

Okay. I decided to put WWW and WOW together since I couldn’t follow-up with the books that I intend to read. Something always comes up that deems far more important to read, so, instead, I’ll post here the books I want to read.

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Stranger of Tempest by Tom Lloyd

Lynx is a mercenary with a sense of honour; a dying breed in the Shattered Kingdom. Failed by the nation he served and weary of the skirmishes that plague the continent’s principalities, he walks the land in search of purpose. He wants for little so bodyguard work keeps his belly full and his mage-gun loaded. It might never bring a man fame or wealth, but he’s not forced to rely on others or kill without cause. Little could compel Lynx to join a mercenary company, but he won’t turn his back on a kidnapped girl. At least the job seems simple enough; the mercenaries less stupid and vicious than most he’s met over the years. So long as there are no surprises or hidden agendas along the way, it should work out fine. Expected publication: May 16, 2016

THIS BOOK BEGS TO BE READ.


Christina Henry Butchers More Children’s Books

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Red Queen by Christina Henry

The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, hopeful. A place where Alice could finally rest, no longer the plaything of the Rabbit, the pawn of Cheshire, or the prey of the Jabberwocky. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash—and hope is nowhere to be found.

Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter, a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen and her goblin or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King.

The pieces are set and the game has already begun. Each move brings Alice closer to her destiny. But, to win, she will need to harness her newfound abilities and ally herself with someone even more powerful—the mysterious and vengeful Red Queen…

Publication Date: July 12, 2016

Alice was an enjoying novel and I look forward for more of Henry’s Alice works. It seems like she’ll be adding more fairytales and children’s stories apart from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. You could read Red Queen’s teaser here.

 

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Why is it even Carry On???

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I’m doing a meme! This one is called Waiting on Wednesday, a weekly event of Breaking the Spine that is all about upcoming book releases you’re anticipating. Today’s pick is:

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Carry on by Rainbow Rowell

Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.

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Carry On was a novel first mentioned in Fangirl that appears some sort of rip-off of the Harry Potter series. I’m not really expecting a detailed Harry Potter-esque world, but a cute and hearty novel with wizards and magic. It’s fun to read something like that every now and then. I’m also interested to see Rowell’s writing style on a fantasy novel.

I also reviewed Eleanor and Park, a book by Rainbow Rowell too. You could check it here.