Most Anticipated Books for 2018

Read a lot, and write a lot. Write what you LOVE, even if people tell you it’s not worth your time. And never, ever give up.- Sarah J. Maas

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I am very patient when it comes to books, when the author says the next installment would take years, I do wait. I spend my whole year discovering novels while waiting for the next release but I would always look at my list and be excited for my own most anticipated reading list, it’s a nice feeling. Though the year 2017 was quite different, there were some big events happened and I know that it’s lame to say but reading wasn’t really my priority. I traveled twice last year visiting two countries in Asia and I had innumerable life changing trials in my personal life. So now for my 2018, I once again took the 2018 Reading challenge. as ambitious as it maybe, I put fifty to sixty books for the entire year! I am starting my list with some few upcoming YA novels.  I recently joined a group so I can explore and read new books via Net Galley before they even publish and soon I will start sharing those here in the blog.

Note: I will list down all the names of the books; in case no description it only means that those books are so popular. (Everyone is forestalling those novels too 🙂 )

  1. Legendary by Stephanie Garber (May 29, 2018)-

    I am so excited for this next installment! I am seriously yearning for this one, following the story and journey of Scarlett’s younger sister Tella on her perilous bargain with Legend. Have you guys read Caraval? I remember I was reading the book to its last page hoping for Legend’s part but holy macaroons! It was not there! hahaha His story is even more thrilling and I can’t wait for the day of release.  😀

Caraval master Legend is a seemingly magical character in the novel Caraval. His story seemingly starts off as any story: with love. He wanted to be a famous magician and caraval master, to save up enough money to be able to marry the love of his life. He went to a witch, who told him she could grant one wish, to either be able to marry her, or to have a legendary Caraval. He could have one, but not the other. He thought if he was famous, his girlfriend would love him even more, so he therefore chose to be famous. But when that wish was granted, he was no longer the same man. She didn’t love the man he had become, and she ended things with him and married another man.

  1. Throne of Glass 7 (Coming on Fall 2018) –

    The ending of the Empire of Storms was shocking and Maas for sure will never disappoint her readers. I am on the lookout mode for its cover and title. 🙂

  2. A Court Of Thorns and Roses book # 4 

    A Court of Thorns and Roses book # 4 ( Expected publication by Bloomsburry in 2019, as per Goodreads)

  3. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black 

    Published date was actually last January 02 but then here in the Philippines we will still have to wait for weeks or months for the availability.

  4. Beneath the Haunting Sea by Joanna Meyer (January 9)

    Talia is an empress-to-be in exile, whose mother died just after their banishment, sacrificing herself to the sea she believes, is hunting them in order to save Talia. Orphaned and adrift, she finds herself in the care of a baron whose son, Wen, she’s expected to marry. Soon Talia and Wen are searching for answers about the deaths of both her mother and his, which leads to a dark revelation: a death goddess is keeping the dead captive beneath the sea, and it’s up to Talia to rescue them.

Thanks for reading! What’s your reading challenge for 2018?

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My Five Best Fantasy Novels for 2017

“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”
― J.K. Rowling

 

A year ago I took a reading challenge but sad to say I failed it this year. I read about thirty books and fantasy actually did consume me. Ever since I was a kid I was imaginative, animated and so I chose the most magical ones. It made me dreamy on those long hours of commute and the best part was that it made me feel young again.  I took most of my time imagining and reading about faeries, fire breathing assassins and those Beauty and the Beast retelling novels. I was pretty excited sharing these books because these are the ones that made my heart stopped, made me cry a river and made me fall in love over and over again. If you are reading this and looking for books to read for your holiday readathon, I highly recommend these books that will surely make you want to be part of it. Happy reading! J

 

“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”
― J.K. Rowling

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses Series Yes! It’s a series and if you haven’t read any then help yourself and grab your copies now! No words! Ugh! So worth reading it though I don’t recommend kids below sixteen years old. Lol! You can also check out reviews at goodreads and it did actually received various nominations for different categories for 2017. If we talk about magical, this one should be on my list! 🙂
  2. Throne of Glass Series- Brace yourself guys! I read seven books! Seven! And another book is on its way for publish. Among other dystopian, this one is enchanted and exciting with unbelievable action scenes. I recommend this book because even though it’s a fantasy, romance was also a highlight on this series. And just in case you didn’t know, ACOWAR and TOG are both written by the same author Sarah J Maas so if you did like the other for sure you will love the other master piece of hers. I recommend for you guys to check out any bookstagram in social media and this series will surely be on the top hashtag lists. (wink)
  3. Caraval I was trying to rewrite the list to get a standalone book but I just couldn’t. This book is so worthy to be on the top three as I really did enjoy this book, from the first chapter until the end. I remember browsing online right after I finished reading it because I so wanted to know if the second book was already available but apparently not, another upcoming on my list for next year though. 😀
  4. The Wrath and the DawnWhat I love about this book is that book doesn’t have to be heavy to be a good book yet it should be entertaining. This sequel is uncomplicated, romantic feel good fantasy. Yes there may be some serious circumstances in the story but it was written in a very unfussy manner. When my friend and I read about the synopsis online we laughed, a king murders his wife before the crack of dawn (every day?!). Who wants to read that? Right? But I was wrong. As I flipped those thick pages I started to get hooked and you will be if you start reading the first few chapters.
  5. Mistborn- It is also a series but this one has a different story among other dystopian novels I listed above. Brandon Sanders did a pretty good job though I couldn’t explain it as other book experts do but girl! This is hell of a book. The magic, ashes falling in the sky, the strength that metals do in their power, everything was just perfectly plotted. A bonus points are the nuggets of wisdom from a character named Sazed, a scholar on this book.

Please do let me know if you read any of those! Happy holidays!

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Haters of Empire of Storms

It was all borrowed time anyway.

It took me a month to finish the book as I was trying to savempire-of-thrones-uke the moment that I can finally sit down, have a coffee and read. But that moment never came instead I finished the book while having mini breaks at work. And as I closed the book in my lap, I realized you shouldn’t be reading GOT series at work, the emotions you wouldn’t know how to handle. Okay peeps I don’t want start to rant, it just that ugh! It’s just sad. Ooops Spoiler alert!

 I was reading some rude comments and reviews about this book saying the plot of the story was predictable. Claiming how it was called YA instead of erotic novel? A lot of sex scenes and so on and so forth rants. But I’m gonna tell you what I think about this book and obviously it’s gonna be contradictory. Empire of storm was really a storm of surprises and sadness and if you intend to go and finish all the books which happened to have an upcoming 8th book, I tell you girl; it’s gonna be devastating when this series is over.

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The Actual Rants:

  1. SO MANY SEX SCENES! Girl I DON’T MIND! I was waiting since Heir of Fire for that scenes but there was NONE! I was looking forward for those, I mean? Hello?! Who wouldn’t want Rowan Whitethorn? This novel was really a storm! Bonus part of Manon and cute little jiffy of Lorcan and Elide (blush). 😉
  2. ERROTICA and NOT YA Novel: Fine! So what? It’s romance!! 👿
  3. It’s too long! Girl this is not a pocket book, we need details and this book gave us exactly what we needed. Never shortcut for Maas I guess and Aelin was just an amazing Bi*ch Queen! Exquisitely planned and executed by Aelin Galathynius . 👍
  4. HOW IS THIS STUPID SERIES NOT OVER YET?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?: Because it’s NOT OVER YET!!!!!!!!! Ugh so much hate!
  5. It was so predictable:  No it was not! Admit it, ending was sad and remarkably unexpected. I was fascinated by how things are all connected, planned and you would know that the author spent so much time connecting all the pieces in the story. On the other hand there were few confusing moments like those riddles since the beginning, wrydkeys and Elena’s true purpose but over all it was so good.

My favorite character would be Abraxos ♥

I can’t wait to unfold more secrets and exciting vengeance for those betrayals. 🙂

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Caraval

Remember, it’s only a game…

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By Stephanie Garber
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books

 

 

 

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

 

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

 

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

 

 

Review

 

It was just a game. But a kind of game that would turn Scarlet’s life upside down.

Scarlet received a surprising invitation from Legend the master of Caraval. It was a letter that she have been waiting for many years. She wrote letters to Legend pleading for him and his troop to visit their small Island to perform for years but never received any retort. She got tired of waiting and eventually moved on with her life. They say that if you get the chance to play and win Caraval’s game, Legend will grant whatever wish you desire. As of the folktale she heard, Legend doesn’t grow old, he can make every woman fall for him but this powerful magician swore never to fall in love again.

Scarlet’s character was not really a main character type, she always say no and has a lot of fears. It was contradicting as she wanted to play the game but was also unadventurous. The revelation part towards the end was perplexing as well as her acceptance about it was also disappointing. Challenges on the book was muddled but despite of those, it was entertaining and animated.  The author gave me a picture similar to harry potter as the layers of Caraval was similarly amusing.

A kind of book you would like to read during summer break or a book in hand while sitting in a café. If the romance within you is sleeping well this novel will make you fall in love again. I’m serious! I fell in love with Julian, a heartthrob! **giggles**

Warning: The ending will make you want to ask for more but the second book will be released next year.

If in any case that you don’t believe me that this book is a good one well Fox bought the movie rights. 😀

Extra:

Julian: The Sailor boy and a lover boy  ♥ Ugh! Yes please! Be mine!

Scarlet: Somehow I hated her character because she has a lot of fears

Tella: You Prick! But I can’t wait to read yours soon

Legend: No comment. I want to say something but I might spoil some info. Read the book!

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Book Review: Hunted

“if you’re reading this book, then you’re also that child reading by flashlight and dreaming of other worlds. Don’t be scared of her, that inner Beauty, or her dreams. Let her out. She’s you, and she’s me, and she’s magic. There’s”
― Meagan Spooner

Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Published by HarperTeen on March 14th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult

Rating: ★★★☆

Hunted-MSBeauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.
So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.
Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

“Fairy tales are about lessons. Those who are virtuous and true are rewarded, while those who are wicked and greedy are punished.”
― Meagan Spooner

I was not aware that rain started pouring as I was lost for hours in deep reading trying to absorb those last few chapters of the book. Sadness crawled and childhood memory becomes clearer again. I grew up loving Beauty and the Beast, my all-time favorite of all fairy tales. I haven’t read any Beauty and the Beast retelling book but I must say that this is a good one. For me it was animated! I liked how she put some twists with some Russian fairy tale, In a place where I live we also have folklore that is very similar to this Russian fairy tale.

I will give this a rating of 3.5 stars. I liked it however it took forever for the story to pick up. The pacing was slow and I felt some details are missing in the story. I was asking myself when Yeva went to the Cave “Where did Doe-Eyes go?” Though I said it was slow I also felt that somehow the story itself was too fast. Do I make sense? I guess not. Lol. I wish she added some stories for Lemya and others characters. The ending was okay but I wanted more. I wanted it to be as magical and as romantic as Beauty and the Beast. It was just me, okay? Don’t get me wrong. 😀 I know how difficult to write a retelling book because of the pressure to meet the expectations of the readers.

Extra:

  • I did not like the castle, the description of it. I was expecting more enchanting castle
  • I did not understand why Beast kept on saying “We” when he is just alone
  • I love how Yeva loves her dog, Dog-eye 😀
  • It’s heartbreaking when Anenka and Lena waited for their sister and father to return but never did
  • This story is somehow sad

It may not be my favorite ending but I loved the lesson it conveyed. Often times it’s difficult to find contentment. We humans, we will always want more. We always keep looking for something great, losing the moon while counting the stars and losing ourselves in the process

Note: Pictures shown are all from google image.

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Big Fat Love in this New YA

The story centers to Libby Strout and Jack Masselin. Libby used to weight over 600 pounds but has now lost almost half of it after a couple of years of proper counseling and medication. Still she stood out to be the heaviest girl in school. This makes her a jerk magnet; she seems to always attract insults from bad people and from people who are just influenced to be bad by others. But she is the kind of person who is brave and just naturally kind. She is a really good dancer too.

Holding up the Universe

by: Jennifer Niven

Reviewed by Eden

 

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“People are shitty for a lot of reasons. Sometimes they’re just shitty people. Sometimes people have been shitty to them and, even though they don’t realize it, they take that shitty upbringing and go out into the world and treat others the same way. Sometimes they’re shitty because they’re afraid. Sometimes they choose to be shitty to others before others can be shitty to them. So it’s like self-defensive shittiness.” ― Jack Masselin

The second installation to Jennifer Niven’s young adult read, All the Bright Places is another refreshing story that went out this year called Holding up the Universe. No, it’s not part two of Finch and Violet’s story. At first glance it could be about a girl hypothetically a fat turtle, which needs a bigger and wider shell to support her weight and about a boy hypothetically is a brain-damaged lion, which needs identifiers to be able to recognize familiar faces. As to why I chose a turtle and lion, your guess is as good as mine. Reading through the story, it could also be about surviving the unforgiving circumstances that happen when you are a high school student, how to fight your battles within the scary hallways pack with people who pretend to know you and how to just live life after a great deal of humiliations. I realized that as the story teaches us a thing or two hundred things about almost everything, it still identifies this young love between two unlikely people who decides to come out of their shells and claim their place in the world. So, it could be about two turtles after all.

The story centers to Libby Strout and Jack Masselin. Libby used to weigh over 600 pounds but has now lost almost half of it after a couple of years of proper counseling and medication. Still she stood out to be the heaviest girl in school. This makes her a jerk magnet; she seems to always attract insults from bad people and from people who are just influenced to be bad by others. But she is the kind of person who is brave and just naturally kind. She is a really good dancer too.

Jack on the other hand, is the cool guy in every high school. He is the one who dates the prettiest girl. He is the one with the cool hair. You could say that he’s got everything any person would want to not be the sole target of pranks in high school. The thing is he can’t remember faces. He looks at his mom, dad or brothers and sees complete strangers. He has a whole manual structured in his brain that contains all the identifiers for each people he knows, replacing the part of the brain that evidently sucks in recognizing faces.

Their paths crossed when Jack’s best friend dared him to play Rodeo Fat Girl, which involves grabbing some fat girl and holding onto her as long as you can. Because of Jack’s face blindness, he rides along to whatever the situation brings him. He dates a girl he doesn’t even like just to feel safe. That’s when he grabs Libby and I have a feeling that in some way, Libby was able to grab Jack too. Oh, yes she punched Jack afterwards.

My favorite character in the story is Jack’s youngest brother, Dusty. He is the one who keeps Jack from falling apart; being the hypothetically gay kid, he gets bullied for carrying a purse. He makes sure his brother doesn’t do the same to other kids. He is a charming little boy and if this becomes a movie, Jacob Tremblay will be a good choice to play Dusty. Then Chloe Grace Moretz will play Libby and Freddie Highmore is going to be Jack. I can imagine Freddie with a wild afro now. LOL.

Even though I’m not anything close to being fat; I’m actually a very skinny girl, I can attest to the difficulty of being in high school. It’s a jungle out there; a whole Kingdom Animalia with unidentified species gathered together. Cliques are formed to the benefit of peaceful segregation in the cafeteria. It’s really funny; the idea of grouping and regrouping based on looks, interests, and popularity, but it has always been the unbreakable system of sticking to the status quo and has somehow become unbreakable because it is still invisible to eyes of most educators. It is awesome to have your own group of friends, someone you can hang out with after class, and someone you can chat with if you don’t like the subject (hahaha). But it should never feel as if you’re being pressured to choose friends or to be chosen as a friend. Otherwise, you are putting yourself in a situation where you get to know limited people personally. Eventually, you may get the impression of not feeling wanted and may give everyone the impression that they are not wanted too; the vibe you give, the vibe you get. So imagine what Libby has to go through. She tries to have a low-profile even if it’s already twice as hard because of her weight, until Jack brings all this unwanted attention to her by taking her as the bait for this stupid game.

I will have to give the book a three out of five stars and a seven out of ten rating not because I am saving my perfect score for the best book (which probably I am), but because I feel that a character like Jack Masselin is too good to be true. He is so kind; the kind of kind that is so real that you can feel it right away and the type of kind that makes you fall in love with him again and again. I hate it. There are a lot of Jack and Libby moments that I dread because it made me wish I am Libby. HAHAHA. My favorite part of the book is when Libby takes a stand for herself and parades the hallways in her purple bikini to show everyone the coward they all are and my least favorite part is when Libby makes out with one student on a house party. I’m all about loyalty here.

Will I recommend that book? Yessssss! I would recommend the book to anybody who needs a break from peer pressure, from crowd control, and societal norms. This book will solidly give your dampen spirits some light and like how Jack sees Libby, you’ll see this as a work of sunshine. I can’t say that every young adult reader will love the story. Maybe because it is written in a simple way to highlight more Libby and Jack’s complicated situations. If you’re a hard to please reader and are waiting for something amazing to happen, you will get it. It will get to you sweet and slow.