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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The Crisis That Is Social Media

“Everyone lives three versions of themselves; a public life, a private life and a secret life.”

Hullo pips! I haven’t been updating the blog much but I’ve been reading Broken Monsters for quite some time now and still have not quite finished. To those not familiar to the novel, it is a supernatural-thriller written by Lauren Beukes who has done several award-winning novels with unique premises, one of them about a time-travelling serial-killer which I am going to read soon. Hah, look who’s excited. Anyway, Broken Monsters has an equally riveting premise that touches the horrors of the unknown, making you question what is real and not.

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When I picked up this book, I’m not sure what I was up against. A generic cop-thriller, maybe? A sympathetic serial-killer? A goldfish? It was far better than that (I could do with the goldfish though) and far more different than expectations (there was no goldfish). Broken Monsters is filled with different personalities that at times it barely resembles a mystery novel. The multiple-POV approach introduces us to different characters and allows us to see the city dynamically, from a cop’s more cynical perspective to a journalist’s embellished eye for detail. What is distinct about this book is that it’s all about the characters, not the murder or the story, and the book is shaped through their drive and quirks– how each person keep up with their relationships, their jobs, their sanity and their dreams in a city that is gradually falling apart. Take Tom Perrota’s Little Children and add the hallucinatory experience and social commentary of Paranoia Agent in the mix, and you get a snarky and progressive thriller that’ll make you laugh and scared for your life.  Continue reading

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When my friend held my arm, I have the strongest urge to slap it away. I could clearly see her pores, as clear as the fucking moon, and the sweat dripping out of it that reminds me of the syrupy liquid drops my mother used to force down my throat. They have the same urine-like color and it revolts me to think that it was touching my skin, her urine colored sweat rubbing against my arm.

She is laughing, oblivious of the discomfort she is giving me. Laughing about her cute boyfriend. Laughing about her five-year old son who has memorized the story of Goldilocks and the Three Little Bears. She does not notice the spit coming out of her mouth, the ant crawling at the corners of her narrow nose– they’re always there in your body, those ants, coasting the edges and corners and holes of your body as if they were surfing the great pacific.

We pass by a marketplace. A batch of melons catches her eye. Her son loves melons, she says, and picks through a couple of good ripe ones. She weighs them with her sweaty hands and she doesn’t see the worms, silky white and about a hundred of them, budging out of the melon’s soft shell. She doesn’t see the scratches and the things stuck between them, a person’s filthy nail, a drop of red paint that may be nail polish or blood, and another ant making its fast, steady run across the melon, leaving dirt and shit that no human eye could possibly see.

But I could see. I could see them all so clear. 

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It came from the woods. Most strange things do.

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SYNOPSIS

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there… (Goodreads)


Oh, but you must travel through those woods again and again… said a shadow at the window… and you must be lucky to avoid the wolf every time…

But the wolf… the wolf only needs enough luck to find you once.”

Through the Woods is a series of short stories written and illustrated by Emily Carroll. The graphic novel touches horror shorts that brings to mind Grimm’s fairytales for their simple yet fun, twisted stories. With illustrations, each page is always a delight to turn.

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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.

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.


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.