A Legendary Sunday: Marie Lu in Manila!


National Book Store’s announcement that New York Times Bestselling author Marie Lu is coming to the Philippines set my heart into fangirling frenzy! It was early this year that I wished Marie Lu would visit the Philippines and it came true! In fact, I just came home from the Q & A / book signing hours ago. 🙂 Here’s a rundown of today’s bookish event!

Book display

A display of Marie Lu’s books

While waiting for the Q & A to start, my blogger friends and I caught up with each other as we always do, exchanging stories about what we’re up to these days, what we’re reading, and book recommendations! The happy and excited energy in the room escalated when Marie Lu arrived at the venue. Marie was so friendly. She answered all our questions with a smile on her face! We learned a lot about her writing process, the origin of her characters’ names (June and Day from the Legend trilogy!), and a whole lot more. You may listen to the full audio recording of the Q & A here.

Q and A

Q & A with Marie Lu

The book signing followed right after the Q & A. Meeting Marie in person was a joyful moment for me! As she was signing my books, I asked her what the Colonies accent sounds like. To my surprise, Marie replied that she doesn’t really know. This makes the accent more intriguing, don’t you think? It’s okay for me, though, that the accent does not have a definite sound because it leaves room for us to imagine what we think it sounds like. 🙂

With Marie Lu

With the lovely Marie Lu! 🙂

PH Book Bloggers with Marie

PH Book Bloggers with Marie Lu

Of course, selfies play a huge part in every book signing event. Some of you might have noticed the tradition that me and my blogger friends (Louisse of The Soul Sisters, Lyra of Defiantly Deviant, and Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs) have that started at Gayle Forman’s signing, which we call the Hardest Selfie Ever. Why the name? Because the first time the four of us took a selfie, we had difficulty squeezing ourselves into the frame! Since we had fun, we decided to make Hardest Selfie Ever a habit every signing event. With each selfie we took in the succeeding signings, we experienced more struggles like the phone slipping from someone’s hand, the timer’s too fast, someone’s face was cut in half in the frame, etc. But as usual, we enjoyed it in spite of all the glitches! Now we’re on our 8th Hardest Selfie Ever and we have a new member: it’s Sab of Sab The Book Eater! 🙂

Hardest selfie 8.0

Hardest Selfie Ever 8.0

Today was undoubtedly incredible! I had a blast! To Marie Lu, the wonderful PRODIGY who writes LEGENDary stories, you are forever CHAMPION in our hearts! Thank you so much for visiting the Philippines! We hope to see you again one day. 🙂 Huge thanks to National Book Store for making #MarieLuinPH possible. Attending your fantabulous bookish events is a pleasure every time!

Signed books collage

My signed copies of Legend, Prodigy, Champion, and The Young Elites! 🙂

Signed post-it

Signed Post-it!

Were you in any of Marie Lu’s book signing events in the Philippines? Share your experience in the comment section below!





Blog Tour: The Young Elites by Marie Lu [Excerpt]

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Hello everyone! Today’s my stop for The Young Elites blog tour hosted by the awesome Pinoy Book Tours. I’m excited to share with you an excerpt from New York Times Bestselling author, Marie Lu’s new novel! Enjoy! 🙂


Excerpt from The Young Elites

I rushed to jump back on my stallion, but I wasn’t fast enough. One moment my father’s horse was bearing down us, and the next, he was here, his boots splashing into a puddle and his coat whipping out behind him. His hand closed around my arm like an iron shackle.

“What are you doing, Adelina?” he asked, his voice eerily calm.

I tried in vain to escape his grasp, but his hand only gripped tighter until I gasped from the pain. My father pulled hard – I stumbled, lost my balance, and fell against him. Mud splashed my face. All I could hear was the roar of the rain, the darkness of his voice.

“Get up, you ungrateful little thief,” he hissed in my ear, yanking me forcefully up. Then his voice turned soothing. “Come now, my love. You’re making a mess of yourself. Let me take you home.”

I glared at him and pulled my arm away with all my strength. His grip slipped against the slick of rain – my skin twisted painfully against his, and for an instant, I was free.

But then I felt his hand close around a fistful of my hair. I shrieked, my hands grasping at the empty air. “So ill-tempered. Why can’t you be more like your sister?” he murmured, shaking his head and hauling me off toward his horse. My arm hit the sack I’d tied to my horse’s saddle, and the silverware rained down around with a thunderous clatter, glinting in the night. “Where were you planning on going? Who else would want you? You’ll never get a better offer than this. Do you realize how much humiliation I’ve suffered, dealing with the marriage refusals that come your way? Do you know how hard it is for me, apologizing for you?”

I screamed. I screamed with everything I had, hoping my cries would wake the people sleeping in the buildings around me, that they would witness this scene unfolding. Would they care? My father tightened his grip on my hair and pulled harder.

“Come home with me now,” he said, pausing for a moment to stare at me. Rain ran down his cheeks. “Good girl. Your father knows best. ”

I gritted my teeth and stared back. “I hate you,” I whispered.

My father struck me viciously across the face. Light flashed across my vision. I stumbled, then collapsed in the mud. My father still clung to my hair. He pulled so hard that I felt strands being torn from my scalp. I’ve gone too far, I suddenly thought through a haze of terror. I’ve pushed him too much. The world swam in an ocean of blood and rain.

“You’re a disgrace,” he whispered in my ear, filling it with his smooth, icy rage. “You’re going in the morning, and so help me, I’ll kill you before you can ruin this deal.”

About the book:

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Title: The Young Elites

Author: Marie Lu

Publication date: October 7, 2014

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Pages: 355

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


I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads