Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hello September: Introducing #BookishRecs!

Sunday, August 31, 2014
Hello book buddies!

Since I haven't posted much last month, I planned something to do this September. Basically, through the whole month of September, I'll post a bunch of book recommendations. Each week will be a different genre. This thing isn't something new in the blogosphere, I have seen many people do this. Anyone is free to do this tag!

You can find the genres I picked for the whole month of September:

First week (09/01-09/06) = YA Paranormal/Fantasy!
Second week (09/07-09/13) = YA Contemporary/Romance!
Third week (09/14-09/20) = YA Mystery/Thriller!
Fourth week (09/20-09/27) = YA Horror!
Fifth week (09/28-09/30) = YA Science Fiction/Dystopian!

If you have some recommendations, feel free to join me by using the hashtag #BookishRecs on both Instagram and Twitter! I'd love to see all of your recs since I'm always open to read something new. :)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mini Review: Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Title: Long Lankin
Author:
Publication: July 12th 2012 by Candlewick Press
Format: Hardcover, 484 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Horror
Source: Borrowed from Carmel (Thanks!)

Synopsis:

In an exquisitely chilling debut novel, four children unravel the mystery of a family curse - and a ghostly creature known in folklore as Long Lankin.

When Cora and her younger sister, Mimi, are sent to stay with their elderly aunt in the isolated village of Byers Guerdon, they receive a less-than-warm welcome. Auntie Ida is eccentric and rigid, and the girls are desperate to go back to London. But what they don't know is that their aunt's life was devastated the last time two young sisters were at Guerdon Hall, and she is determined to protect her nieces from an evil that has lain hidden for years. Along with Roger and Peter, two village boys, Cora must uncover the horrifying truth that has held Bryers Guerdon in its dark grip for centuries - before it's too late for little Mimi. Riveting and intensely atmospheric, this stunning debut will hold readers in its spell long after the last page is turned.

Review:

Long Lankin is quite slow paced but even though it is, I fell addicted to the story. The way Barraclough wrote this book was impressive. I was impressed by everything about this book. The plot, characters, and cover was simply amazing.

This book has multiple point of views and I like that though they were some parts that were totally unnecessary to the story. The beginning was really good but then it felt boring. I couldn't quite express my feelings for this book. I love the book but I expected more. With the horror elements, I expected more of it. I wasn't really scared, to be honest. I'm like;"Okay, yeah. Whatever."

I did enjoy reading the book but as I said, I expected more. I would recommend this book but don't get your hopes so high.

Rating:
★★★

That's all for today. Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Buddy Talk: Why I Haven't Posted Much + Planning A Read-Along!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Buddy Talk is a feature on my blog where I talk about my life and bookish randomness. It's where we can talk about our similarities and differences.

Hello book buddies! Today, I am going to talk about why I haven't been posting much.

Here's some reasons why:

1. School. Yes, school. As you all know, I am still in 7th grade and there's a loooot of work to do. I thought middle school will be a lot greater than grade school but I was wrong. It was much, much worse, well, in my opinion.

2. Limited free time. Unlike summer days, I can sleep and wake up late when I want to. When school days came back, I found myself back in the real world and realized I had limited free time

3. My brain doesn't work. I know that's a pretty lame reason but it's true. Sometimes, my brain doesn't work, I mean I just feel blank sometimes. When I visit this blog, I don't know what to post. If I do reviews, I can't do it because I can't make out sentences to describe a book.My brain goes dead like an exhausted battery.

4. I don't know what to post. Yes, I read books every time I can, I do book reviews, but sometimes I feel like posting it on the other blog. I do bookish random stuffs, but I sometimes think whenever I do them, I feel super lame. Other times, I feel blank. BLAAAANK. My brain goes empty.

I think that's pretty much all the reasons why I don't post much. I'll post more when semester break comes! Promise.

ALSO!

I am planning a Young Adult - Contemporary read along, maybe, this coming September. I'm still planning more books to read for the upcoming read along. If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comment section below. You can also vote for books I have chosen so far, you can find the titles below. Be sure to follow me on Twitter for the read along update!

I choose...

Golden by Jessi Kirby
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales


 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Suggestion Sunday: BookTubers I Love!

Sunday, August 24, 2014
Hello book buddies! I am so glad to do a Suggestion Sunday post again! It's been a while since I posted a SS post because I became more focused on reviews but anyways, enjoy!

So, my Suggestion Sunday this week are BookTuber(s) (or Book-Tuber) that I love! If you don't know what a booktuber is, basically they are book bloggers who posts about bookish stuffs on YouTube, so that's why they are called Book-Tuber(s).

Below are my favorite booktubers:
(In no particular order!)

1. Giselle from BO-OK NERD Canada! She is one of the many BookTubers that I love watching on YouTube and she also have a book blog with the same name as her YouTube channel. Be sure to check her videos out! :)

Giselle's Links:
Blog || Twitter || Facebook || Goodreads

2. Kassidy from Kassidy Voinche! She is also one of my fave and I love her videos because she's very lovely to watch and she is a really sweet girl when she talks plus she's very pretty! And of course, she also have a book blog but I think she's much active on YouTube more.

Kassidy's Links:
Twitter || Booklikes Blog || Goodreads

 3. Amber from Books of Amber! I love watching Amber's videos especially when she traveled to Germany! Not just her travel videos but also her book haul videos! She makes great videos and you should really check it out! Plus she also have a book blog! :)

Amber's Links:
Twitter || Blog || Facebook || Goodreads

Be sure to check all three of them because they are really great! Leave some of your favorite booktubers below so I can check them out! :)

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Book Mail!

Saturday, August 23, 2014
Hello book buddies! So, yesterday my Aunt went to the post office to collect some parcels for me and my cousin. When she arrived, I was so happy to receive a box of books! There are actually three books in the box and another book in a small parcel. And also, I got a bookmark and a wristband from Nadege Richards! Thanks a lot to everyone who sent me stuffs. I appreciate each and every one of them! :)

Here are the books I obtained yesterday (and probably I'll obtain this month):


Delusional by Scott Spotson
The Four Kings by Scott Spotson
Life II by Scott Spotson
Ping: The Rescue of Eden by Stuart Avery Gold

Thanks to Mr. Scott Spotson for sending your novels to me! And Mary Walewski of Buy The Book Marketing LLC for sending a copy of Ping: The Rescue of Eden written by the international best selling author of Ping, Stuart Avery Gold! ❤️❤️❤️

That's all I obtained this week (and probably this month)! Did you receive anything recently? Let me know about it in the comments below! :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I've Been Nominated For A Liebster Award!

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Hello book buddies!  

Deasy from The Bibliophilism, nominated me for Liebster Award. I'm truly honored to receive such nomination. Thanks a lot Deasy! Basically I need to answer 11 questions that Deasy left out for the us (bloggers she nominated for the Liebster Award).


THE RULES:

1. Link and thank the blogger who nominated you 
2. Answer the question they asked 
3. Pick 11 other bloggers with no more than 200 followers to nominate 
4. Ask them 11 questions and let them know you nominated them.


~ooooooooooooooo~
 
1. What films you love the most which are adapted from books?
- The Hunger Games! (And hopefully soon, If I Stay!)

2. What are your favorite parts of Harry Potter?
- To be honest, I haven't read nor watch Harry Potter.


3. Do you often relate some particular songs with the books you read?
- Yes, specially when I'm reading YA contemporary books. 

4. Which book blog you like the most?
- Probably between Stay Bookish and Books For A Delicate Eternity.


5. Do you have any special treatment to keep your books in good condition?
- I cover them with plastic acetate. I do it with my paperbacks only.

6. What inspired you to create a book blog?  
- My love for books and the book bloggers I am following.

7. How do you usually pick your new readings?
- Through Goodreads and usually recommendations from other people who loves to read, too.

8. Do you like to write fictions?
- Yes! Actually I'm working on one, right now. :)  


9. If you were able to jump into some particular universe of a book, which one you would choose?
- In the universe of Starters by Lissa Price.

10. Most memorable characters?
- Katniss of The Hunger Games, Lexi of Branded, Callie of Starters, June of The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June, and Sophie of Vain.

11. Which do you prefer, a paperback or e-book?
- It depends on my mood but usually, paperback.

Thanks a lot for these questions, Deasy!

Below are the 11 bloggers I am nominating for a Liebster Award!

Ailla of Le Bibliophile~
 Anna of Enchanted by YA
http://saturdaynightwriting.wordpress.com/ 
http://littleonionwrites.wordpress.com/  
  
 Okay lovely bloggers, here are the 11 questions you need to answer:

1. What book(s) do you want to be on the screen someday?

2. What is your favorite book of all time?
3. If you could be in a paranormal book, what would you be, werewolf or vampire?
4. Who is/are your favorite author(s)?
5. What's the best book(s) you've read this year?
6. If you could live in a book, what book would it be and why?
7. Why did you join the book blogging community?
8. Describe the last book you've read in three words and what book is it?
9. Do you fall for fictional guys, if so, can you name at least two of them?
10. What's the best thing about book blogging, in your experience?
11. What is/are you favorite book blog(s)? 

That is all the questions you need to answer! Please do check out all the lovely blogs I mentioned above! :)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Review: Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

Saturday, August 16, 2014
Title: Nerve
Author: Jeanne Ryan
Publication: September 13th 2012 by Dial Books (Penguin)
Format: Hardback, 294 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery
Source: Borrowed from Carmel (Thanks!)

Synopsis:
 
For fans of The Hunger Games

A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly.

When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it's exhilarating--Vee and Ian's fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they're directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they're playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?

Debut author Jeanne Ryan delivers an un-putdownable suspense thriller.

Review:

Nerve is basically about a online game of dares. If you play the game, you can get a prize. Not just a simple prize but something bigger, something the players of the game will never expect. Vee decided to play the game because she was mad at her best friend, Sydney, and she wanted to impress Matthew, the guy she's been crushing on. The game tempted Vee with the prizes at stake and since she would really love to win the prizes, she decided to play along, and she was teamed up with a hot guy named Ian to do the much riskier dares.

At first, the dares was simple but then as the story goes on, it turns deadly but this does not happen until about several chapters left and it wasn't really that deadly. I expected more dangerous dares and lot of blood. That may sound extreme but I wanted someone to die because they introduced the word, deadly. Another thing I don't like about this book is, insta-love. I mean, there's nothing wrong with being in love but you just met the guy a few hours ago!

Though it kind of disappointed me at first, it totally made up with the ending. What I like about this book is it was fast paced and it's filled with mystery. Plus the cover looks great and the synopsis was intriguing but this could have been better.

The only question left by this book for us to answer is;"How far would you go to get what you want the most when it's right there, offered, in front of you?"

Rating:
★★★
 
Leave your thoughts below because I'd love to know your opinions! 
 

Review: Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

Title: Nerve
Author: Jeanne Ryan
Publication: September 13th 2012 by Dial Books (Penguin)
Format: Hardback, 294 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery
Source: Borrowed from Carmel (Thanks!)

Synopsis:
 
For fans of The Hunger Games

A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly.

When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it's exhilarating--Vee and Ian's fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they're directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they're playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?

Debut author Jeanne Ryan delivers an un-putdownable suspense thriller.

Review:

Nerve is basically about a online game of dares. If you play the game, you can get a prize. Not just a simple prize but something bigger, something the players of the game will never expect. Vee decided to play the game because she was mad at her best friend, Sydney, and she wanted to impress Matthew, the guy she's been crushing on. The game tempted Vee with the prizes at stake and since she would really love to win the prizes, she decided to play along, and she was teamed up with a hot guy named Ian to do the much riskier dares.

At first, the dares was simple but then as the story goes on, it turns deadly but this does not happen until about several chapters left and it wasn't really that deadly. I expected more dangerous dares and lot of blood. That may sound extreme but I wanted someone to die because they introduced the word, deadly. Another thing I don't like about this book is, insta-love. I mean, there's nothing wrong with being in love but you just met the guy a few hours ago!

Though it kind of disappointed me at first, it totally made up with the ending. What I like about this book is it was fast paced and it's filled with mystery. Plus the cover looks great and the synopsis was intriguing but this could have been better.

The only question left by this book for us to answer is;"How far would you go to get what you want the most when it's right there, offered, in front of you?"

Rating:
★★★
 
Leave your thoughts below because I'd love to know your opinions!