This week’s book haul!

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Hey guys! How are you all doing? Hope everyone had a great weekend. 🙂 Anyway, I’d like to share with you the books I got this week.

1. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell  (Fully Booked)

I know it’s not YA but I just want to share it with you. I became a Rainbow Rowell fan after reading Eleanor & Park so when I saw Attachments at the bookstore, I knew I had to get it. Rainbow Rowell’s writing is sooooo good. If you haven’t read any of her books yet, I suggest that you run to a bookstore now and grab copies!

2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Fully Booked)

I planned to buy this after payday but upon seeing it on the bookshelf, I couldn’t resist its call. I loved Cinder so much and I know I’m definitely reading this sequel anytime soon. So excited to find out what happens next in the series. 🙂

How about you, guys? What books did you get this week? What amazing book/s did you read?

Jesselle xx

P.S.

I’m currently working on new book reviews and I’ll be posting them as soon as they’re polished. 🙂

Kiera Cass Book Signing Event

I read The Selection in 2012 and since then, I’ve been a fan of the author. When National Bookstore announced last July 1st that KIERA CASS is coming to Manila, I squealed with delight in my seat…at work!  That announcement totally made my day. 🙂 So, are you as excited as I am to meet Kiera on August 3? Here are the details of the event:

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Frequently Asked Questions

When will the registration be?

Registration opens at 10:00 am on August 3 at National Book Store, Glorietta 1 and 12:00 pm on August 4 at the Activity Center of Ayala Center Cebu. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. 

Is there a registration fee?

No. There is no registration fee. 

How many books can I have signed?

You may have any number of books signed as long as they were purchased from National Book Store, Bestsellers or Powerbooks. However, although we will take every effort to get as many books signed as possible, we reserve the right to limit the number of copies per person depending on how many attend the event. First come, first served.

Can I bring old books or other editions of the books?

Yes, as long as the books were purchased from National Book Store, Bestsellers and Powerbooks.

Do I need to buy on-site?

No. You can buy books before or during the event.

How much are the books?

The Selection (Trade Paperback) is P349. The Elite (Trade Paperback) is P349. The hardcover edition of The Elite will be available at the events for P625.

Can we have our photo taken with the author?

Yes, you can have your photo with the author when she signs your book. However, we strictly allow one photo per person only.

 

 

New books this week!

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What I got in the mail: 

Transparent by Natalie Whipple (for review)

Shiloh by Helena Sorensen (for review)

*Thank you Hot Key Books and author Helena Sorensen! 🙂

Bought: 

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Power Books)

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (Power Books)

Thanks to a family friend’s birthday gift to me last month (Power Books gift cards!), I was able to buy books without spending any cash. Although I haven’t read Anna and the French Kiss, I bought Lola and the Boy Next Door because I feel that I would need it right away. I’ve been hearing lots of good things about Stephanie Perkins’ novels! In fact, author Kara Taylor told me in a Twitter chat the other day: “Your next mission: Read a @naturallysteph book as soon as possible.” So yeah, I’m going to read Stephanie Perkins’ books soon! Then there’s Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi which I’ve been eyeing since last year. I’m glad I finally have a copy now. 🙂

Happy Saturday, everyone!

Cheers,

Jesselle xx

Cover Reveal: Wings by Elizabeth Richards

Hello everyone! Are you ready to see something AWESOME? Well, here it is! 🙂

Today we are super excited to share the cover to WINGS, the third and final book in author’s Elizabeth Richard’s BLACK CITY series!


Check out this beauty! 
Wings (Black City #3) by Elizabeth Richards
 
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Book Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

ELEANOR AND PARKTitle: Eleanor & Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Published: February 26, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 325

Source: Bought from Fully Booked

Synopsis:

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

*Image and synopsis from Goodreads

My review: 

I’ve always been a fan of contemporary fiction and picking up Eleanor & Park was a good decision. It was the first contemporary YA I read after a long streak of dystopian, paranormal, fantasy, and science fiction. I had a difficult time putting the book down as soon as I started reading. I even brought the book at work because I couldn’t part ways with it! Yeah, I’m clingy like that. 🙂 I would squeeze in a few minutes of reading during break time.

 Eleanor & Park is a remarkable novel about first love. Eleanor and Park are two misfits brought together by music and comic books. As gravity pulls them closer to one another, Eleanor and Park build a world where both of them are the only inhabitants. And in that world, they explore each other’s mysteries and differences.

Awkward and unforgettable firsts as well as issues of insecurity, parental abuse, fitting in, and bullying make up the slide show of events in Eleanor & Park. Readers will be submerged in a vortex of emotions as they journey with Eleanor and Park toward the road of falling in love, self-discovery and acceptance of one’s flaws.

Eleanor and Park bear distinctive qualities that make them who they are. What I like about both characters is that they stay true to themselves no matter what others think of them. The book enlightens readers that imperfection is what makes a person interesting. The flaws of every human being are marks of one’s uniqueness. I’m certain that readers who presently go through a rough time in high school would find light in the story.

Eleanor and Park’s love for each other gave them courage to confront difficulties that cross their path. And because of love, Eleanor and Park realize that things, regardless of how impossible or complicated they may be, are worth fighting for.

I commend the author, Rainbow Rowell, for capturing the essence of high school life amazingly. Her writing is so genuine and natural, drawing emotions and igniting senses that make readers feel alive. Her descriptions explode with radiance and clarity that produce vivid images in the mind. The alternate POVs excellently illustrated the story, giving an eloquent, rich and insightful narration of events. Although the story is written in past tense, every action feels immediate and intimate which I really find astonishing.

Rainbow Rowell breathed life to her characters with so much heart; thus, marvelously infused authenticity and color to a fictional world. Eleanor & Park touched my heart and soul. It is contemporary young adult fiction at its finest. I recommend the book to anyone who wants to experience falling in love for the first time. I definitely cannot wait for Fangirl!

Rating:

5/5 stars

New Books + Swag!

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Hooray for new books and swag!

 

What I got in the mail this week: 

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (for review)

Black City and Phoenix bookmarks (signed)

Of Poseidon, Of Triton and Degrees of Wrong bookmarks (signed) + magnet

The Beautiful and The Cursed bookmark and book plate (signed)

*Thank you Disney Hyperion and to authors Elizabeth Richards, Anna Banks and Page Morgan!

 

Bought:

Paperback copy of My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (from National Bookstore)

 

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Cheers,

Jesselle xx

P.S.

Sorry if I wasn’t able to update my blog for two weeks. I’ve been really busy with work.  I will post new content (mostly book reviews) very soon! 🙂