Event Recap: Victoria Aveyard Manila Book Signing

Last March 6, 2016, New York Times Bestselling Author Victoria Aveyard visited Manila for a book signing tour! My fellow book bloggers and I had a privilege to attend a Q&A with the author, and as always, it was a lot of fun! While waiting for Victoria, my friends and I chatted about the latest books and what we’ve been up to. It was really great to see them again after months of not seeing each other. Soon, Victoria arrived and everyone welcomed her with smiles and cheers.

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The Q&A was wonderful! Victoria answered our questions with gusto and so much insight. I enjoyed listening to her talk about writing and the things she loves! You may listen to the full audio recording of the Q&A here. Special thanks to Kai of Amaterasu Reads for sharing the link of the audio recording! I have my own, but unfortunately, my laptop failed to recognize my phone. Boo! 😦

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With the lovely Victoria Aveyard!

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A display of Victoria Aveyard’s books

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PH YA Book Bloggers with Victoria! Photo grabbed from Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs. 🙂

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Hardest Selfie Ever 13.0 with Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs, Lyra of Defiantly Deviant, and Louisse of The Soul Sisters!

I wasn’t able to drop by at the public signing because I had somewhere important to go to after the Q&A. But I was glad to hear that a huge number of fans showed up! Woohoo! *happy dance*

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My signed copy of Red Queen! 🙂

Thank you very much National Book Store for this remarkable event! Can’t wait for the next one! 🙂

 

Victoria Aveyard in PH!

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Victoria Aveyard Book Signing Tour

ONLY BOOKS PURCHASED FROM NATIONAL BOOK STORE, NATIONAL BOOK STORE EXPRESS OR POWERBOOKS WILL BE ACCOMMODATED.

Book Signing Mechanics
1. Registration will start at 10:00 a.m. First come, first served.
• March 5 at The Gallery, Ayala Center Cebu
• March 6 at National Book Store Glorietta 1

2. Each participant is allowed to have a maximum of three (3) books to be signed (1 personalized and 2 with signatures only). The books must be presented upon registration. Only copies of Victoria Aveyard books bought at any National Book Store, NBS Express, and Powerbooks branches will be allowed. The book must have its official receipt or price tag.

3. A participant can register only once. Each participant will be given the following:
• Numbered Signing Pass
• Stamp mark on the hand to indicate your registration

4. NBS will take every effort to get as many books signed as possible. However, should there be an excessive number of guests, NBS reserves the right to limit the number of copies per guest or limit the number of guests in line.

5. There will be an official photographer from NBS who will take your photo with the author. However, we strictly allow only one photo per person.

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where are the book signings?
March 5, 1:00 p.m., at The Gallery, Ayala Center Cebu
March 6, 2:00 p.m., at National Book Store, Glorietta 1

Is there a registration fee?
No. There is no registration fee.

When will the registration be?
Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. on March 5 at The Gallery, Ayala Center Cebu, and 10:00 a.m. on March 6 at National Bok Store, Glorietta 1. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. First come, first served. Guests must present their book to get a numbered Signing Pass. The book must have either of the following as proof of purchase: Price Tag or Official Receipt from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks.

How many books can I have signed? Is there a limit as to how many people can have their books signed?
Each participant is allowed to have a maximum of three (3) books to be signed (1 personalized and 2 with signatures only). The books must be presented upon registration. We do not have any preset limit as to the number of people.

However, should there be an excessive number of guests, NBS reserves the right to limit the number of guests in line. 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, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks. The books must have either the price tag or official receipt.

Do I need to buy on-site?
No. You can buy books before or during the event.

Can I have other items signed?
No. Only books will be allowed to be signed by the author.

Can we have our photo taken with the author?
Yes. There will be an official photographer from NBS who will take your photo with the author. However, we strictly allow only one photo per person.

How much are the books?
Red Queen (Hardcover – P649)
Red Queen (Trade Paperback – P435)
Cruel Crown (Trade Paperback – P359)
Glass Sword (Hardcover – P699) – Available starting February 9
Glass Sword (Trade Paperback – P435) – Available starting February 9

Details from National Book Store Facebook page

See you there! 🙂

ARC Review: This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

23719423Title: This Raging Light

Author: Estelle Laure

Publication date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers

Pages: 288

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

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

Synopsis: 

“A funny, poetic, big-hearted reminder that life can—and will—take us all by surprise.”—Jennifer E. Smith, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Can the best thing happen at the worst time?  Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

My review:

Of all the contemporary novels I read last year, there’s only one that took me three days to finish. That, my dear readers, is the fastest reading time I could afford at the moment because of my busy work schedule. It was such a breeze that I only stopped reading for bathroom breaks or when I needed to get back to work.

Showcasing a fresh, hypnotic writing style and decent pacing, This Raging Light is a debut novel that expresses raw and honest emotions with impactful depth. The feels claw out of the pages, making readers a part of the story. The characters are so authentic in a sense that they would pass off as living, breathing humans with problems and experiences that anyone could relate to. Lucille, the main character, is a strong and amazing sister to Wren. The romance is electric and beautiful! You’d feel the intensity of Lucille and Digby’s (the love interest) attraction to each other.

I love how This Raging Light is about being brave to face a scary world. Author Estelle Laure opens readers’ eyes to the firm realization that standing up on your own is all right. And yet you also have to keep in mind that it’s okay to ask for help. Oftentimes, there’s someone willing to extend a hand. You are not alone.

Burning with the brightness of hope and love, This Raging Light will definitely touch readers’ hearts.

 

Rating:

3.5/5 stars

 

2015 Highlights

2015 was a wonderful year! I had a great time in all 12 months! In this post, I’m sharing with you 4 things that indeed made my 2015 unforgettable.

I got a job! 

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After a year of being jobless, I had the opportunity to work at the Public Relations and Marketing department of an international school here in the Philippines. In my 8-month stay in the institution, I learned a lot about publicity and the ins and outs of marketing.

The opportunity to read amazing books by equally amazing debut authors

Books such as All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi truly made a huge mark in my life. ❤

Bookish events and bonding with blogger friends

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Book signing events are the ultimate get-together with blogger friends. We don’t see each other often so those events are reunions for us. Can’t wait for more bonding moments in 2016! 🙂

Speaking about book blogging 

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It was my first time to be part of a panel discussion on book blogging last November 28. It was a lot of fun! I was with Kai of Amaterasu Reads, Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs, and Hazel of Stay Bookish. We shared tips on writing good book reviews, establishing social media presence, choosing a blogging platform, and a lot more to bookworms and aspiring book bloggers!

Procuring a newfound love for local television shows

I haven’t watched a single Filipino TV show in years (I was 13 or 15 when I last watched one!), and all it took was one show to break the long streak. Hailed as “2015’s Most Romantic Teleserye (television series)”, On The Wings of Love (OTWOL) captured the hearts of many including mine. When teasers for OTWOL started to air on TV, I thought it was very promising. But then I didn’t plan on watching it because I’m not really into local shows. One night, I was flipping through channels in search for a good show and I chanced upon an episode of OTWOL. So I watched it, and my, was I very impressed! It was love at first watch! I adored the storytelling, the great acting, the spot on portrayal of Filipino values and culture, and most of all, the swoon-worthy, heart-melting love story of main characters Clark Medina (James Reid) and Leah Olivar (Nadine Lustre). The characters made me believe that true love is worth the wait. ❤  I won’t say much about the show to avoid spoilers! Watching OTWOL is like reading adult fiction that has YA feels! 🙂 If you wish to know more about On The Wings of Love, head over to the show’s website here.

 

Thank you 2015 and Hello 2016!

Happy New Year everyone! 🙂

 

 

The Lifelong Bookworm’s Best Books of 2015

Hi guys! Today I’m sharing with you the books that impressed me this year because of their awesomeness. These books are dear to me! Without further ado, I now present you The Lifelong Bookworm‘s Best Books of 2015! 🙂

 

All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

“Brimming with the brightest of hopes and the darkest of heartaches, All the Bright Places is a memorable tale of love, loss, and the beauty of being alive.” (Full review here.)

 

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

“An effervescent and uplifting coming of age story, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is a spectacular book that fills your heart with the warm glow of infinite bliss.” (Full review here.)

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The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

“An outstanding second novel from a talented author, The Start of Me and You is pure heart and soul and the best kind of perfect.” (Full review here.)

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The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

“Bursting with the brightest intensity of awesomeness, The Wrong Side of Right is an extraordinary debut novel that warms the heart in every beautiful way.” (Full review here.)

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

“Sparkling with the glamour of timeless magic, A Court of Thorns and Roses is a phenomenal first book in a new series that everyone is sure to love!” (Full review here.)

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The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

“Gleaming with heartfelt moments and the brightest of possibilities, The Night We Said Yes is a remarkable debut novel that beautifully captures the core of love, friendship, and second chances in a magical and unforgettable way.” (Full review here.)

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Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

“Instilled with surprising discoveries and hopeful beginnings, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is brilliance and heart in one exceptional novel.” (Full review here.)

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Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

“Brimming with optimism and profound clarity, Every Last Word is a remarkable novel that you need to add to your TBR pile!” (Full review here.)

*All book covers from Goodreads

How about you, fellow bookworms? What are your best books for this year? Share them on the comment section below! 🙂

A Series of DNFs 2.0

Hey, everyone! It’s been a month since I last posted as I have been busy with work. For today’s post, I’m going to share with you three books that I DNF-ed. The question is WHY? I couldn’t connect with the stories and the pace was slow for me. I tried to keep on reading but I always felt bored or sleepy along the way. So I had to DNF them. I’m so sorry! 😦

Please don’t let this post discourage you from reading these books. If they are in your TBR pile, please give them a chance!

 

For The Record

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The Trouble with Destiny 

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What’s Broken Between Us

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*Photos from Goodreads

A Series of DNFs

What is it like to write DNF reviews? For me, it seems to be the most terrible thing I’ve ever done as a book blogger. Books are treasures, but what if you don’t like a particular story? Or in my case, one story after another? I feel that I’m the odd one out when I don’t like the story everyone loves as well as feel very awful when I write DNF reviews.

Now this post is for three books that I have DNF-ed in the past few months because I didn’t enjoy them. I’m soooo sorry! 😦 Most of you loved these books, but I just couldn’t identify with any of them and their characters. There were also dragging parts that felt like forever. Plus, with the endless TBR pile that all book bloggers have, I don’t want to waste my time reading a book that doesn’t thrill me. 😦

 

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

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Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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ARC Review: Red Girl, Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

23848094Title: Red Girl, Blue Boy

Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Publication date: October 20, 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 304

Source: ARC from publisher via NetGalley (Thank you, Bloomsbury!)

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

Synopsis:

Enjoy Red Girl, Blue Boy and the other standalone titles in Bloomsbury’s contemporary If Only romance line centered around an impossible problem: you always want what you can’t have!

Sixteen-year-old Katie and Drew really shouldn’t get along. After all, her father is the Republican nominee for President of the United States while his mother is at the top of the Democratic ticket. But when Katie and Drew are thrown together in a joint interview on a morning talk show, they can’t ignore the chemistry between them. With an entire nation tuned into and taking sides in your parents’ fight, and the knowledge that—ultimately—someone has to lose, how can you fall in love with the one person you’re supposed to hate?

This title in the If Only line is a frank and funny romance that shows how sparks fly when opposites attract.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

My review:

Red Girl, Blue Boy is a book that I have mixed emotions for. There were times that I found it sweet and enjoyable, but most of the time, it was annoying. It was a roll-your-eyes kind of annoying. Oh, I did roll my eyes a lot while reading it because of how fast the romance happened and how Katie, the female protagonist, acted so childish. She’s a rich girl, has politics running through her veins, and hasn’t experienced normal teenage life. I completely understand that that’s the nature of her character. However, the portrayal of that character was over the top. There were parts wherein Katie was so naïve that she seemed like an airhead. She’s also too focused on her dad’s campaign and too enthusiastic, too bubbly. I just couldn’t stand it! Honestly, I feel terrible that I’m saying these words, but that’s how Katie’s character appeared to me. On the other hand, Drew, the male protagonist, was funny and amusing. His character was the reason I continued to read the book.

The writing is good! It’s clear and not dragging, that’s why Red Girl, Blue Boy was a breeze to read. Overall, the book is all right. Although it’s not fluffy as I imagined it would be, Red Girl, Blue Boy is still a story that would cater to those who like politics and a witty YA contemporary.

 

Rating:

2/5 stars

 

 

ARC Review: Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

23310761Title: Tonight the Streets Are Ours

Author: Leila Sales

Publication date: September 15, 2015

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Pages: 342

Source: ARC (from BEA) gifted by Hazel of Stay Bookish (Thank you, Hazel!)

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

Synopsis: From the author of This Song Will Save Your Life comes a funny and relatable book about the hazards of falling for a person you haven’t met yet.

Seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley is recklessly loyal. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But she’s tired of being loyal to people who don’t appreciate her—including her needy best friend and her absent mom.

Arden finds comfort in a blog she stumbles upon called “Tonight the Streets Are Ours,” the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter. When Peter is dumped by the girlfriend he blogs about, Arden decides to take a road trip to see him.

During one crazy night out in NYC filled with parties, dancing, and music—the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does—Arden discovers that Peter isn’t exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn’t exactly who she thought she was, either.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

My review: 

Tonight the Streets Are Ours is a book I looked forward to reading this year because of its promising storyline. Leila Sales’ writing is good! The way she tells the story is refreshing and distinctive. The book started okay for me, however I felt the story drag in the succeeding chapters. I think it’s because I didn’t relate with the characters. And there weren’t any scenes in the story that made me enjoy reading it. I finished the book, but it still didn’t make an impression. I’m sorry to say that Tonight the Streets Are Ours fell flat and I just can’t like it.

 

Rating:

1.5/5 stars

Event Recap: Kiera Cass in PH!

New York Times Bestselling author Kiera Cass is in the Philippines again for a book signing tour! How cool is that? 🙂 My fellow bloggers and I attended a Q&A with Kiera this morning and it was a lot of fun!

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Q&A with Kiera Cass

Here are a few awesome bits I got:

*Once her books are out in the world, Kiera doesn’t read them again.

*The Siren is currently a standalone.

*The first draft of the 5th (and final) book in The Selection series is done!

*There’ll be more kissing in the 5th book!

*Book 5 is slated to come out in May 2016.

*Besides The Selection series and The Siren, Kiera has a contract for two more books with HarperCollins.

You may listen to the full audio recording of the Q&A here.

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With the lovely Kiera Cass!

Kiera is still as effervescent and wonderful as she was when I first met her in 2013. It was such a delight to see her in person the second time around! 🙂

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PH YA Book Bloggers with Kiera!

Aside from the Q&A, I also had a great time bonding with my blogger friends! We talked about books and planned for an upcoming special event that you’d definitely love! 🙂

Signed books

Signed books! Yay! 🙂

Thank you very much National Book Store for bringing Kiera Cass again in the Philippines! 🙂 Till next bookish event!