Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!!!


I know. I am early greeting everyone a happy new year. But better early than late. :P This year is such a good year to me. I have so many things I am thankful for. So many things happened this year that I must say were a challenge for me. I got almost everything I've ever wanted in life, well except my dream car, Porsche, a house and lot and MILLIONS of DOLLARS. Yes, DOLLARS, though I'm a Filipino and our currency is PESOS. Lol.

ARC Challenge: WEEK 7

Together with +Deniz of Closet Geeks and Slow Mo, we decided to do an ARC Reading Challenge. It's simple. Just go and read your pending ARCs from NetGalley, Edelweiss, authors or publishers. Read at least one or how many you like, review and post them and of course, link them here! :)

This is the LAST WEEK!!!! As Deniz mentioned, was thinking of doing this again next year. BUT I found lots of Reading Challenge for year 2014. :P Look here to see my post. For this last week, I have read TWO ARCS. :)
Don't have a review for those two arcs I read yet. Since The Almost Girl is on Blog Tour for January 4, 2014. And The Hunted One.. Well, I just finished it. Like literally minutes ago. :P

2014 Challenges!!!

I've been looking for 2014 Challenges again today. I have found Rachel of Fiktshun's 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge. I joined there in hope of diminishing my TBR pile. Soooooo... I found three... YES, THREE new Reading Challenge for the year 2014. And I am now tagging 2014 as "The Year of Reading Challenges for us ARC hoarders". Sounds like a mouthful but whatever. I'm actually doing this for the ARCs I got. LOL.

So here are the challenges I found today! :)

2014 Series Challenge by Read. Sleep. Repeat.
For this 2014 Series Challenge... I'm doing a 1-3 series. I'll try. I'll upgrade to the other levels if I am done with the first 3 series I planned.
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - I plan to read the second and third book this 2014. :)
  • Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta - my GR/online friends are bugging me to read it for almost a year now. I have not yet started it and I now have the reason to! :)
  • (still thinking what will I put here)
2014 NetGalley Reading Challenge by Ariel Avalon
2014 NetGalley Reading Challenge - I plan to do at least 10 for now. I'll up this one soon cause I got lots of NG ARCs more than my fingers and toes could count. :P

2014 NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge by Falling For YA.
2014 NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge - basically it's just the same with the one above, just added the Edelweiss. ;) And I'll be doing 10 for this too. Since I don't wanna cheat unless I am desperate, this one is solely for my Edelweiss ARCs. But yes, I think my NG ARCs could also fall into this... Again, unless I'm desperate. LOL. :P

I love joining these reading challenges. Especially if I got friends who could do it with me too. Thank you +Deniz Yildiz and +Ornella Russo for joining the reading challenges this coming new year! Love you guys!!! Hope we could up our rating in both NG and Edelweiss and leave a dent in our TBR Pile this coming 2014! :)

EDIT: Adding the 2014 Don't Let It End Reading Challenge post. ;)


I'm on a short hiatus! But I just want to greet you all a very Happy Christmas!!!!

I have received a lot of gifts already and yes, I did opened them too. :P I'm one impatient girl. Can't handle not opening gifts even if it is not mine. LOL. We did secret santa with my family within the office and one within my team. ;) I got the things I wished for.

David Palubon (FormOps Family) got me my wish! The latest book of Mitch Albom, The First Phone Call from Heaven and two sharpie pens!!! One silver (I absolutely adore it!) and one bronze (should have requested for Gold instead of Bronze. LOL. But either way, I love them all! :)
The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom. Sharpie Pens from David!!! :)
From my Team, Marvin Yordan gave me a mini planner and set of pens! YAY!! :)
Pens and Mini Planner from exchange gift within our Team! 
T. Gretz got me Ferrero Rocher. It made me so giddy with joy! :D
Ferrero Rocher Collection!!!!
My other officemates got me pens, notepads, kisses (chocolates) and mamon cups. Hehe. 
From Mai-Mai
From Jonas

 My mom gave me perfumes. I dunno what kind yet since I haven't opened it yet. :P
Elizabeth Arden Collection
My boyfriend, Marco, gave me books!!! YEAH! Read that one right! BOOKS! The Heroes of Olympus series books! :D Loved it! YAY!!! :)))))
Heroes of Olympus Set! Plus pens from my Babe. <3
I'm still waiting for other gifts. lol. But not hoping. ;) What about you? What gifts did you get this Christmas? ^^

ARC Challenge: WEEK 6

Together with +Deniz of Closet Geeks and Slow Mo, we decided to do an ARC Reading Challenge. It's simple. Just go and read your pending ARCs from NetGalley, Edelweiss, authors or publishers. Read at least one or how many you like, review and post them and of course, link them here! :)

WOW. We're now on Week 6! Have you guys been able to read any ARC? I only read one for the week. Cause I've been reading it for whole 5-6 days. lol. So here you go.

For this week, I've started reading The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard. ;) 

Blog Tour Guest Post on Jim Morgan and the Pirates of the Black Skull by James Matlack Raney

Title: Jim Morgan and the Pirates of the Black Skull
Series: Jim Morgan #2
Author: James Matlack Raney
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Release Date: 22nd November 2013
Publisher: Dreamfarer Press
Purchase Links: Amazon | TBD
Book Blurb:
Over a year has passed since Jim Morgan outwitted the King of Thieves and escaped from London with his friends, Lacey and the Brothers Ratt. Now, at long last, Jim is ready to return home to Morgan Manor. 
But a dark vision haunts Jim’s dreams – a Crimson Storm with the face of a black skull. Soon, Jim is thrust into a deadly race against his father’s old enemies, Count Cromier and his son, Bartholomew. This time, he will face terrors beyond his imagination – pirate battles, hidden islands, sorcerers, and sea monsters. 
New foes and magic forces will tempt and test Jim. For there are terrible secrets he has yet to learn, secrets about his father, the Treasure of the Ocean, and his own incredible destiny…
Adventure has a new name – Jim Morgan!
I’ve met a great many authors over the years who have told me writing villains are far more enjoyable than writing heroes. I agree completely! The inner rebel of every author loves to inhabit the skin of a good villain, one who leaves nothing off the table, no rule unbroken, and no depth left unsunk – it can be a thrilling experience. Heroes, on the other hand, must be at least a bit more restrained, possessing of a code, and holding the moral high ground. Because of this, there are many times when heroes come across as well…a little boring. When I wrote the Jim Morgan novels, I wanted to write a hero that at least bent that mold, if not broke it completely.

Blog Tour [Review & Giveaway]: Addicted For Now by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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Tour stop of Addicted For Now by Krista & Becca Ritchie! This stop is supposed to be a review stop. But as I am still reading it... I'll give you my insight about the book.

Title: Addicted For Now
Series: Addicted #2
Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Abuse
Release Date: 30th November 2013
Review Copy: Blog Tour @ YA Bound Book Tours
Book Blurb:
He's addicted to booze. She's addicted to sex...staying sober is only half the battle.
No. More. Sex. 
Those are the three words Lily Calloway fears the most. But Loren Hale is determined to be with Lily without enabling her dangerous compulsions. With their new living situation—sleeping in the same bed, for real, together—Lily has new battles. Like not jumping Lo’s bones every night. Not being consumed by sex and his body.
Loren plans to stay sober, to right all of his wrongs. So when someone threatens to expose Lily’s secret to her family and the public, he promises that he’ll do anything to protect her. But with old enemies surfacing, Lo has more at stake than his sobriety.
They will torment Lily until Lo breaks. 
And his worst fear isn’t relapsing. He hears the end. He sees it. The one thing that could change everything. Just three words. 
No. More. Us. 
New Adult Romance recommended for readers 18+ for mature content
*Thank you for the review copy YA Bound Book Tours!*

For now, I'll talk about this book based on the 30% or so I have read. Let me first explain as to why I'm not yet done with it... I didn't expect it to be this long. And I thought I could do finish it in two days but well, I have not. I started on Monday but I'm still not done. Add the workload I got for the past days. I do work and I didn't just expect the Ricochet novella to be long too. :o I thought it'll be less 150 pages. But it neared to 300. Anyway. Long story short, I think I'll be done with it by tomorrow or early Friday.

I can't say that I love the story. I mean, it's not bad. Ugh. I can't seem to phrase it correctly. Okay.. Let's try again... The way it was written is so good that I had an epiphany that THIS is how an addict are. THIS IS ADDICTION. It is NOT easily removed into your system, especially if you did it for years.

I liked that they TRY their damnest to battle their own addiction. I know it is hard but they just have to keep on trying. I love how supportive their friends are. I love Rose and Connor, two power couple. I enjoyed reading their intellectual battles. I feel like Lily whenever she looks at those two couple. :P I am rooting for them too!

Now, I'm off to read some more! Will do a full review soon!!! Thank you!

EDIT (12.22.13):

I loved this book. It makes me smile, laugh, smirk, angry and bawled like a baby. This was written beautifully. All the right words was said without making it cliché. I do believe that this is how addicts act. I love that it is real. Lily and Lo struggled to get past their addiction. It is most especially hard for Lily. I get them. And I love them for trying their best to do the right thing. Also, I liked the way the authors made their characters. Lily and Lo are growing to be good persons. 

You know, I do not think that Jonathan Hale is that bad, actually. I know what Ryke says about him but thinking about it, I do think, like Lo, Jonathan Hale loves him in his own f**ked up way. It might not be right but that was the only way Jonathan knows how to show it. So yes, I don't see him as a big bad monster, really. Cause at the end of the day, if Lo really needs him, he'll be there. Well except in dealing the alcoholic thingy.

I am so looking forward to reading Rose and Connor's story. :) Those power couple is really something. Loved Rose! :)

Definitely a MUST READ book. :)


Becca Ritchie is a carnivore of pop culture, television, film and of course YA and NA books. While in college, she worked at The CW television network and put her vampiric knowledge to good use, blogging about hit series and swooning over actors’ abs. When she’s not blogging, she writes novels and has teamed up with her twin sister for their New Adult novel ADDICTED TO YOU. Available July of 2013.
Krista Ritchie is the mind behind popular trading website YA Book Exchange and created Nawanda Files, a book blog that also features books into movies news. When not pouring over entertainment news and the newest releases, she spends her time conducting research in a genetics lab. She’s happy to join forces with her sister, harnessing their twin powers to produce the first in a New Adult series.
Becca’s Links:
Krista’s Links:
1 - $25 Amazon Gift Card, Paperback copies of Addicted to You and Addicted for Now (Open Internationally)

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

Top Ten Tuesdays Meme by The Broke and the Bookish
Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013...
 For this Tuesday, my first time in joining this meme... I would like to present my Top Ten New-To-Me authors I have read this year... This is in no particular order.

  1. Lauren Blakely - First book I have ever read of hers is The Thrill Of It.
  2. Krista and Becca Ritchie - The sisters Addicted series. Still reading the second one, Addicted for Now for the Blog Tour. I am looking forward to Rose and Connor's story. Love that power couple.
  3. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff - Her Accidentally Yours series. I love all the witty comments, especially Cimil's.
  4. Cassie Mae - I had fun reading her Switched novel. Looking forward to more. ;)
  5. Wendy Knight - I adore her Warrior Beautiful novel! I am a believer of children's fantasy too. ;) Yes, I believe in Unicorns and all the things mentioned in the book.
  6. Mina V. Esguerra - Awesome cause she's a fellow Filipina! And she had her book published at Amazon so she is now known all over the world. Sadly, not so much here in our own country. Read her Interim Goddess of Love.
  7. Tahereh Mafi - I read her book first time this year because I wanted to attend her book signing. And yes, I did get my books signed. :)
  8. Courtney Cole - Beautifully Broken series.
  9. Michelle Rowen - Nightwatchers series. 
  10. Kate Avery Allison - The Frost Chronicles
Guess that's it. How about you? What or Who are your Top Ten? :)

ARC Challenge: WEEK 5

Together with +Deniz of Closet Geeks and Slow Mo, we decided to do an ARC Reading Challenge. It's simple. Just go and read your pending ARCs from NetGalley, Edelweiss, authors or publishers. Read at least one or how many you like, review and post them and of course, link them here! :)

Week number 5!!! Soooooo... I have read 3 ARCs last week. I'm soo good. LOL. Here are the list of books I have read and review. :)
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For this week, I started reading Ricochet by Krista and Becca Ritchie and then will follow by the second book of the Addicted series for the Blog Tour. Hopefully I could cram it all. >.< 

ARC Review: Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton

Title: Witch Finder
Series: Witch Finder #1
Author: Ruth Warburton
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Paranormal
Release Date: 2nd January 2014
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Review Copy: NetGalley
Pre-Order: Amazon | KoboTBD
Book Blurb:
London. 1880. In the slums of Spitalfields apprentice blacksmith Luke is facing initiation into the Malleus Maleficorum, the fearsome brotherhood dedicated to hunting and killing witches.
Luke’s final test is to pick a name at random from the Book of Witches, a name he must track down and kill within a month, or face death himself. Luke knows that tonight will change his life forever. But when he picks out sixteen-year-old Rosa Greenwood, Luke has no idea that his task will be harder than he could ever imagine.
*Thank you NetGalley and Hodder Children's books for the review copy!*

Took me long enough to read this one. I was closed to DNF-ing but I cannot, for the life of me, do that again to Deniz. >_< She finished it so I must suck it up and be done with it.

Blog Tour [Teaser & Giveaway]: My Name Is Rapunzel by K.C.Hilton


Title: My Name Is Rapunzel
Author: K.C.Hilton
Genre: Young Adult, Retellings, Fantasy
Release Date: 23rd November 2013
Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N | TBD
Blog Tour: Chyna of Lite-RATE-Ture
Book Blurb:
My tale has been told again and again, and I’ve heard each one. Except for my hair, I barely recognize the pitiful renditions. Muddled versions, crafted to entertain laughing children…but the children wouldn’t have laughed if they’d known the real story. It wasn't their fault. They didn't know the truth. Nobody did. My name is Rapunzel. I will tell you my story. I will tell you the truth.
Just go, Henry. Save yourself. I tried to shout, but my mouth wouldn't give way to sound. I was paralyzed. Was it with fear, or something else? The cackling witch at the tree line convinced me it was her doing.
I heard Henry continue to shout for me to flee, but I didn't respond. I didn't move. I didn't run. I was frozen like a lifeless statue in a cold museum. With only the movement of my eyes, I pleaded with him to help me. A tear escaped one of my eyes then rolled down my cheek. That single tear managed to do what my heart and body could not. Escape.
Fear, like unseen hands, gripped my lungs and tried to crush them slowly. My stomach churned and threatened to empty. Would we die here?
The gentle chill of night had turned into a mid-winter's frost. Tiny bumps rose on my arms and the small hairs prickled to attention. I opened my mouth to speak, but the words remained trapped in my throat.

Born and raised in Aurora, Illinois I spent my childhood climbing trees and playing street games with the neighborhood kids. I was a proud tomboy, until the day I didn’t want to hike the land to an old graveyard. From that point forward I was considered a “girl”.
At the age of seventeen I moved to Kentucky and eventually began to raise a family of my own. Having worn several “hats” my life has been an adventure all on its own. Still, to this day, I yearns to be a mechanic and own a pink toolbox with pink tools.
I can usually be found updating my website, reading great books, watching awesome movies or creating videos for my YouTube channel. Most days I craves Diet Coke, pizza and chocolate, in no particular order.
I don’t read scary books or watch horror movies… I’m way too scared! Lol.


Reviewing Contemporary Romance...

Have you ever had a hard time reviewing Contemporary Romance? Like you don't know what to say? What to include in your review? How to review a delicate subject, like for example, abuse? Drugs? Or is it just like reviewing other genre? Like Paranormal Romance? Post Apocalyptic? Fantasy? Sci-Fi?

Blog Tour [Review & Giveaway]: Crystal Fire by Jordan Dane

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Welcome to my tour stop of Crystal Fire by Jordan Dane~! This is the second book of her series, The Hunted. I have read the first one this year and reviewed it in my other blog, Ramblings of a YA Reader. Please take a look if you are interested. :)

Title: Crystal Fire
Series: The Hunted #2
Author: Jordan Dane
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date: 26th November 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Review Copy: NetGalley & YA Bound Book Tours
Book Blurb:
Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.
A storm is brewing on the streets of LA, one that has intensified since a tragic and deadly confrontation claimed an innocent life.
While Gabriel Stewart trains his army of teen psychics to stop Alexander Reese--the obsessed leader of the Believers--the fanatical church becomes more bent on the annihilation of all Indigo and Crystal children. They're silencing the voices of the telepathic hive, one soul at a time, with frightening experiments cruelly executed on vulnerable minds.
When the Believers torture a mysterious homeless boy, Oliver Blue, they brainwash him into betraying his own. The boy becomes a deadly pawn to take Gabriel down. As the fires of chaos burn around him, Gabe is running out of time. He'll need to confront his past--and the man who made him--before the hope of peace for the future is silenced forever.
*Thank you for the ARC copy NetGalley and YA Bound! :)* 

This is a huge step up for me. I rated the first one 3 stars but for this I gave it a 4 stars. I quite liked it. It makes me feel on edge. Wanting to know what will happen next, I need to keep on reading it. I need to understand why they did what they did. 

I started to like the multiple POV. I got glimpse of each main characters. I see Oliver Blue, Calia, Gabe, Rayne, Lucas, Rafe and Kendra. They each got their own baggage. We know that being an Indigo kid, they faced hardship, from their own parents and from the Church who doesn't stop hunting them. I was introduced to that hardship they have experienced.

The story actually continue where it left off. Maybe some weeks after or so. Gabe was training the Indigo kids for the soon-to-be battle with the Church. I love that one lesson they got. It's like in Harry Potter where he needs to defend his mind from Voldemort and therefore Dumbledore had Snape teach him Occlumency/Legilimency. The difference is that the defender wouldn't know what memory did the attacker see. We all know that if Legilimens was used against you, you'll see the memory the attacker saw. I liked that part in Crystal Fire too. Especially for Lucas and Gabe's training. 

I also liked the new characters the author, Jordan Dane, introduced to us. Like the first book, in Crystal Fire, Gabe and the others crossed paths with Oliver Blue. And that the ending for Caila was liked that. I do think she deserved it too and it was the right thing to do. 

I spilled a bit of tears too. When it was time for Rafe's POV and he met someone. You'll know what I was talking about if you read the book too. It's just heartbreaking. And the ending? I honestly thought that it this will be a two book series. But I guess the root of the cause is not yet eradicated. So yes, it is not yet over. But I liked the ending. More are coming.


Bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Jordan Dane’s gritty romantic thrillers are ripped from the headlines with vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. Publishers Weekly compared her intense novels to Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Tami Hoag, naming her debut novel NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM as Best Books of 2008. She also pens young-adult novels for Harlequin Teen. Formerly an energy sales manager, she now writes full time. Jordan and her husband share their Texas residence with two lucky rescue dogs.
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ARC Challenge: WEEK 4

Together with +Deniz of Closet Geeks and Slow Mo, we decided to do an ARC Reading Challenge. It's simple. Just go and read your pending ARCs from NetGalley, Edelweiss, authors or publishers. Read at least one or how many you like, review and post them and of course, link them here! :)

FOURTH WEEK!!! I managed to read ONE. lol. I consider it an ARC because I got it from the author for the Blog Tour I joined. :) And it's not even my favorite genre since this one is about Aliens and... *shudders* ZOMBIES. >.< But I liked it. And the author said that she's working on the next book, Silence, which will hopefully be out 2014. :)

Title: Sanctuary
Author: Pauline Creeden
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Post Apocalyptic
Release Date: 11th September 2013
Review Copy: Pauline Creeden & BTMS Tours
Read my review here.