Cover Reveal: Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake

 

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing with you the cover of Mortal Gods, the much-awaited second book in Kendare Blake’s mind-blowing Goddess War series! Are you ready?

Here it is:

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I loved Antigoddess so much and I can’t wait to read Mortal Gods! What do you think of the cover? How excited are you for Mortal Gods? Sound off in the comment section below! 🙂

Can’t Be Hushed: Becca Fitzpatrick in Manila!

March 29, 2014 is one of the grandest days I’ve ever had as a book blogger. This post chronicles the day that Manila bookworms couldn’t be hushed as Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times Bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga, had a book signing at National Book Store Glorietta 1.

Prior to the event, I attended the bloggers forum where the whole PH YA Book Bloggers crew bonded a lot  and of course, had the opportunity to ask Becca Fitzpatrick some questions. Exuding a friendly, sweet, and gentle disposition, the lovely Becca graciously interacted with us. It was such a delight listening to her as she voiced out her thoughts. Her answers provided enlightening insights about her books and her writing journey. For the full transcript of the Q&A, you may head over toThe Bookaholic Blurbs’ post here.

After the bloggers forum was the book signing event! Hush, Hush fans waited excitedly for Becca’s arrival. Soon, the modulated noise crescendoed into the highest tone of cheers as Becca entered the venue. It was an amazing melody! It felt like I was watching a concert and the band is about to perform their grand finale. Anything but silence vibrated throughout the room.

That day was totally unforgettable! Big thanks to National Book Store and Simon & Schuster for making this event possible! We all had a great time! But most of all, thanks to Becca Fitzpatrick for visiting the Philippines! We hope to see you again sometime in the future. 🙂

 

PICTURES!!

Bloggers forum Bloggers forum

Selfies with Becca

Selfies with Becca Fitzpatrick!

Black Ice ARCs

Becca surprised all the bloggers with BLACK ICE ARCs!!! HOORAY! Thank you, Becca! 🙂 *hugs*

*Photo from Kayla of The Bookish Owl

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Kayla and I with our BLACK ICE ARCs!

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With my fellow bloggers!

Shoutout to US-based Filipina blogger Alethea Allarey of Read Now Sleep Later! Louisse, Kate, and I enjoyed hanging out with you. 🙂

*Photos from Kai of Amaterasu Reads & Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs

 

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Selfies with Kate, Lyra of Defiantly Deviant, Louisse, Kayla, and Dani of Book Whales

 

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Wearing our blogger shirts! Proud to be PH YA Book Bloggers!

(L-R): Leslie of Bibliophile Kid, Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs, Dianne of Oops! I Read A Book Again, Kai of Amaterasu Reads, and me! Oh and Louisse of The Soul Sisters with her fabulous pose in front of the table. 😀

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Public signing at National Book Store Glorietta 1

 

Signed books

My signed books! 🙂

 

Liv, Forever Blog Tour – Excerpt

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Hi guys! Today’s my stop in the Liv, Forever Philippine Blog Tour and I’m glad to share with you an excerpt from the book! Are you guys excited to read it? Click on the link below! Enjoy!

Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington

 

 

About the book: 

LIV FOREVER

 

When Liv Bloom lands an art scholarship at Wickham Hall, it’s her ticket out of the foster system. Liv isn’t sure what to make of the school’s weird traditions and rituals, but she couldn’t be happier. For the first time ever, she has her own studio, her own supply of paints. Everything she could want.

Then she meets Malcolm Astor, a legacy student, a fellow artist, and the one person who’s ever been able to melt her defenses. Liv’s only friend at Wickham, fellow scholarship kid Gabe Nichols, warns her not to get involved, but life is finally going Liv’s way, and all she wants to do is enjoy the ride.

But Liv’s bliss is doomed. Weeks after arriving, she is viciously murdered and, in death, she discovers that she’s the latest victim of a dark conspiracy that has claimed many lives. Cursed with the ability to see the many ghosts on Wickham’s campus, Gabe is now Liv’s only link to the world of the living. To Malcolm.

Together, Liv, Gabe, and Malcolm fight to expose the terrible truth that haunts the halls of Wickham. But Liv must fight alone to come to grips with the ultimate star-crossed love.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

 

 About the author:

AMY TALKINGTON

 

Amy Talkington is an award-winning screenwriter and director living in Los Angeles. Before all that she wrote about music for magazines like Spin, Ray Gun, Interview, and Seventeen (mostly just as a way to get to hang out with rock stars). As a teenager in Dallas, Texas, Amy painted lots of angsty self-portraits, listened to The Velvet Underground and was difficult enough that her parents finally let her go to boarding school on the East Coast. Liv, Forever is her first novel.

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Tumblr / Goodreads

*Photo credit: Katrina Dickson

*Author bio and photo from the author’s website

 

 

Book trailer:

Becca Fitzpatrick Book Signing Tour!

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National Book Store brings Hush, Hush series author Becca Fitzpatrick

Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush series, is coming to Manila for book signing events on March 29 at 4 pm in National Book Store, Glorietta 1 and on March 30 at 4 pm in National Book Store, Ayala Center Cebu.

Hush, Hush is the debut novel of Fitzpatrick where humans are under the command of fallen angels. Described by Publishers Weekly as a “fast-paced, exhilarating read,” it is about a sacred oath, a fallen angel and a forbidden love. It follows the story of Nora Grey, a responsible and smart sophomore student, who falls for Patch, one who has made countless mistakes in the past, after several encounters. Nora does not know who to trust and is torn between falling into his arms or run and hide. Later on, she realizes that she is in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen. Any wrong move she makes can cause Nora her life. This paranormal romance continues in Crescendo, Silence and Finale, which all debuted as New York Times bestsellers. The film rights to the series have been optioned by LD Entertainment.

Becca Fitzpatrick graduated with a degree in health, which she abandoned because of her love for storytelling. Her memories from her high school years explain why she writes young adult novels. She was a member of VICA and the National Honor Society and was played clarinet for the marching band. Her next book, Black Ice, is a riveting thriller that centers on the dangers of falling in love set against the treacherous mountains of Wyoming. Black Ice will hit shelves in October.

Hush, Hush, Crescendo, Silence and Finale are available in National Book Store and Powerbooks. Shop online and buy eBooks at nationalbookstore.com. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for updates on the latest events, promos and contests.

 

*Poster and press release from National Book Store 

ARC Review: Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Better Off FriendsTitle: Better Off Friends

Author: Elizabeth Eulberg

Publication date: February 25, 2014

Publisher: Point

Pages: 288

Source: ARC from publisher (Thank you, Scholastic!)

Purchase the book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble Book Depository

Synopsis: 

For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can’t be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan’s friends. They are platonic and happy that way.

Eventually they realize they’re best friends — which wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t keep getting in each other’s way. Guys won’t ask Macallan out because they think she’s with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can’t help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?

From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again — and one kiss away from true love?

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

My review: 

Better Off Friends is the first Elizabeth Eulberg book I read and it totally blew me away. It’s beyond wonderful!

For this novel and me, it was love at first sight. The book description extremely caught my interest and never let go. As a huge fan of romantic comedies, Better Off Friends is both a want and a need. It’s one of my most anticipated contemporary YA novels this year so imagine how elated I was when I received an ARC! I wore a huge smile the whole day and guess what, that smile remained until after I finished reading the story.

The realistic experience of best friends falling in love with each other is amazingly illustrated in Better Off Friends. I adore Elizabeth Eulberg’s writing because it’s full of truth and heart. This explains why the story resonates with me.

Written in dual POVs, readers will get to know Macallan and Levi as these two characters give them a glimpse into their personal lives. At the same time, Macallan and Levi recount how their friendship began and evolved into something special. Macallan and Levi are well-developed main characters with very engaging voices. They are highly noteworthy and without a doubt, unforgettable. The relaxed and effortless disposition of Macallan and Levi’s relationship produced a natural chemistry that is undeniably swoon-worthy. Moreover, readers will appreciate the characters’ sense of humor, which I consider as the magic element in this awesome novel. I truly enjoyed reading the inside jokes and witty conversations! With its quick pacing of events, I breezed through the book. Nevertheless, I absorbed the significant moments and dialogues that led to the satisfying ending I hoped for.

A cute and uplifting tale of friendship and love, Better Off Friends shows that sometimes, the happiness we’re all looking for is simply with us all along. Grab this book for a sweet and euphoric treat!

Rating:

4/5 stars

ARC Review: Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

Faking NormalTitle: Faking Normal

Author: Courtney C. Stevens

Publication date: February 25, 2014

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 336

Source: ARC from publisher (Thank you, HarperCollins!)

Purchase the book: Purchase the book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble Book Depository / Fully Booked

Synopsis: 

An edgy, realistic, and utterly captivating novel from an exciting new voice in teen fiction.

Alexi Littrell hasn’t told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in “the Kool-Aid Kid,” who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.

A searing, poignant book, Faking Normal is the extraordinary debut novel from an exciting new author-Courtney C. Stevens.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

My review: 

It took me days to figure out how I’m going to write my review for this book. Words kept on popping inside my head but I could not put them into phrases and sentences. Up to this day, the stream of emotions that cascaded all over me as I read is still as powerful and deep. I never thought that Faking Normal would affect me so much. Believe it or not, I still reel from the feels every time the story visits my daydreams.

Faking Normal is a gem of a novel that speaks of love and bravery. The raw and honest writing style contemplates the heavy, delicate atmosphere of the story. Everything felt so real. I commend the author, Courtney C. Stevens, for showing readers what bravery is all about. Dealing with an emotionally disturbing social issue entails a huge amount of courage. Courtney is an outstanding personification of the aforementioned virtue.

Alexi Littrell has worn a mask of make-believe since the night at her backyard pool. Haunted by a horrible incident, she blames and hurts herself for what happened. And the worst part is that nobody else knows about it except Alexi. Then Bodee Lennox steps into her life and from then on, Alexi begins to see things in a different light. She found a friend in Bodee—someone to talk to, someone to lean on, and someone she can trust. Soon, both characters spend a lot of time together and eventually, share their darkest stories. Readers will feel the gravity of Alexi and Bodee’s situations as circumstances and secrets unfold.

Bodee is extraordinary—sweet, caring, loving, and protective. Anyone who will read Faking Normal would swoon and fall in love with him. I admire the weaving of Bodee’s story into Alexi’s life and how it became the rock to a meaningful friendship. Alexi and Bodee became each other’s strength and that for me, is the most amazing thing that transpired in their relationship.

Two broken people brought together by their beautiful brokenness and yearning to be whole, what more can this story emanate other than genuine perfection? It’s wonderful to see Alexi and Bodee’s friendship develop into love. They’ve gone through hard times together and because of that, they grew to embrace each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Indeed, these two make a great pair!

It takes a lot of courage to be brave. After reading this book, I realized that we become our bravest when we break free from the chains of fear that hold us back. A heartwarming and remarkable debut, Faking Normal reminds us that there’s no fear we cannot conquer. Drop the fake and channel your brave!

Rating:

4/5 stars