Tuesday, October 26, 2010

In My Mailbox #17: Senior Year Is Here!

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by  The Story Siren.

Do you feel sometimes that when you're reading a particular book, you want to read something else? Not because the book isn't good or entertaining. You just want to read a different kind of book that's out of your usual reads. I decided to have my own In-Between Reads Bookshelf, where I can read two books at the same time. I've read from a certain fellow book blogger that she reads two to five books simultaneously. Wow. How can you possibly do that? Isn't that confusing in regards to the story and the characters for each book? Well, there's only one way to find out, try this kind of reading for myself!

I've been seeing a lot of SVH: Senior Year titles whenever I'm out doing my book hunts. I've read numerous Sweet Valley High and Sweet Valley University books when I was still in high school and college. And I can honestly say that I enjoyed them. I love school themed books and I think this started in pursuant to reading SVH. So I told myself that maybe I should read the Senior Year series. If ever I can gather all the books.


It's not easy to get a hold of these books since they were published many years ago. But there's a saying that, "If there's a will, there's a way." And I'm the type of person who just love book hunts! So, after long hours and days of book hunting and looking over the net for possible book sellers, I give to you the six books in the SVH: Senior Year series! Tada! Lol. I don't know if I can find them all, but I'm very enthusiastic with this challenge that I've given myself. I will not be reviewing these books. I just want to enjoy them in a relax reading experience...

Monday, October 25, 2010

♠Book News: Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag♠


I've been visiting Tami Hoag's website regularly for news and updates regarding a possible book release this year. And last night I've just found out that she will indeed be releasing a new book entitled Secrets to the Grave. Yay! I'm a bit disappointed because I was expecting a Kovak/Liska release, but that's okay. Maybe next year. Lol. I just love the cover of this book. It's simple and yet very intriguing...

I've read her other titles and each one is a great read for me. Tami Hoag is a wonderful author and her writing style is unique and her stories are interesting and very informative. The book is set to be released on December 28, 2010. So mark your calendars and I hope you can grab a copy! Cheerz! 


Friday, October 22, 2010

In My Mailbox #16: Two J's

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by  The Story Siren.

I got two new books this week. I saw these titles while I was out doing my book hunts and I was so lucky to have found Ice Hunt by James Rollins! I've been keeping an eye out for this novel for quite some time now and it paid off to wait patiently for this book to be available! It's been so long seen I've last read a James Rollins novel, and I miss the nonstop action and adventure this author is capable of giving whenever I'm reading his books. I can't wait to read it!

I've also got a new author on my ever growing list of books to read. The story of Heartstopper by Joy Fielding is a very complex one. I find the plot very interesting and wanted to try out this author and see if she can be one of my regular reads in the future. I've added these two on my Bookshelf and I've marked them TBR [To-Be Read]. So many books to read! Cheerz!


Thursday, October 21, 2010

♠Book News: Sweet Valley Confidential♠


Now with this striking new adult novel from author and creator Francine Pascal, millions of devoted fans can finally return to the idyllic Sweet Valley, home of the phenomenally successful book series and franchise. Iconic and beloved identical twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are back and all grown up, dealing with the complicated adult world of love, careers, betrayal, and sisterhood.
Here are the covers for the Sweet Valley Confidential-Ten Years Later novel for the US and UK release. It will be available on March 29, 2011 by  St. Martin's Press. Read an excerpt here.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cravings #1: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins


"Book Cravings are  books that I really want to have but can't buy them for now.  Reasons may vary on not having the money to purchase it and sometimes coz it's not available locally. I will post my book cravings every week and tell something about that particular book."
When I've first read the review of this book on Raila's blog  Books Out Of the Bookshelves, I was captivated by the story of it. It's one of those books that beckoned to me and as if asking me to read it. Lol. I can't help but compare it to Harry Potter. The premise of the book is also somewhat similar with Hex Hall. Sophie is attending a school for witches and other unusual creatures. Loads of trials, adventure and non-stop fun awaits her. I love school themed books, anything that has got to do with school is a great read for me. I hope someday I can get Hex Hall and finally read it. I've inquired on local bookstores and it seemed like it's only available in hardbound on Fullybooked. :-( Will have to wait for the paperback to be released over here...


Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters. By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect. As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Review: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan


SYNOPSIS:

Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane. One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives. Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them--Set--has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe--a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the Pharaohs.

MY REVIEW:

I've seen the movie adaptation of Rick Riordan's first Percy Jackson book and I think the film was just great. It reminded me of Harry Potter in some way.  I learned that the movie was based on these series of books for children and apparently adults also patronize them. During that time I was a bit skeptical if I wanted to read The Lightning Thief because it was a series after all. And in my experience, if it's a series I guess you have to buy all of them. In the end, I decided not to get the book. I wanted to learn more about it, read reviews (without spoilers) from other bloggers as well. Then, The Red Pyramid came along. It was a brand new series from the same author of the Percy Jackson Series, so it got me thinking, why not just read this? If I like it, then I'll get the next one...The only problem is I didn't.

Okay, first I want to thank again my friend for giving this book to me. Don't feel bad that I didn't like it. Lol. The story started strong and interesting for me. I just love Ancient Egypt, everything about it, their culture, the people, the history, the country itself. Rick's main characters are Sadie and Carter. The thing that made it hard for me to  read the book was that the story-telling is narrated by Sadie and Carter. I was confused most of the time, even though their names are on every chapter of every page. I don't like this kind or writing. I want the story to be told by the author. I prefer it that way. Carter's  character is likable, he seems like a nice kid. Sadie's just awful. Whenever I'm reading her part, I just want to skip it entirely!

I gave the book 3 ½ Stars: Could've Been Better. In terms of the plot, the story was really okay. But it didn't impressed me towards the middle and end. :-(

My Rating: 3 ½ Stars

Friday, October 15, 2010

In My Mailbox #15: Hurray For YA!

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by  The Story Siren.

Yesterday, I went out to do some errands for my sister who is now officially in Roxas City for good...See this link to know more. She needed some paperworks couriered to her so she called me and asked if I can do this for her. Well, of course, being his only brother I immediately acquiesced.



After doing the task, I asked myself... Hmm...where else to go? Ah! The bookstores! There are I think seven bookstores in Araneta Center Cubao and I went to each one to do my book hunts. I'm already there, so I might as well do my book rounds. Lol. And after the arduous book hunt, I ended up buying two Young Adult titles. Posh by Lucy Jackson and Platinum by  Jennifer Lynn Barnes.  I've added them up on my bookshelf. Labeled them as TBR [To Be Read]. Cheerz!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

♠Bookable Reads Clan♠


Hi guys! I'm starting to build a book clan that will allow us readers to text each other and share our everyday experiences in regards to reading, blogging and books! Send me a private message if you're interested in joining! Just fill in this book form and send it to me on this link. Philippine residents only! (Preferably Sun Subscribers) Thanks!

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

In My Mailbox #14: Stephen is King

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by  The Story Siren.
I haven't read any Stephen King novel. Ever. But I'm familiar with his books that were adapted to films and TV series. Who haven't watched Pet Sematary? Carrie? The Shining? Dreamcatcher? These are but a few of his ingenious works that have captured legions of fans worldwide.

I came upon the book Under The Dome while I was doing my "book hunts". When I first saw the book, I told myself that there is no way I'm going to read a book that thick! It was like a dictionary. 1088 pages long! At the same time, I was curious...So I gave in and read the synopsis. It was a mistake. The minute I learned about the story, I didn't hesitate and purchased the book. I splurged a little bit. It wasn't on sale but I wanted the book so bad. So, there you go...Officially, this is my first Stephen King novel and I think that this is the longest book that I'm going to read this month...Lol. Cheerz!


Sunday, October 10, 2010

♠Book Cravings♠



Book Cravings is an idea I had a few days ago. I wanted to post books that I really wanted to have in the future, because I can't buy them for now. I will post my book cravings every week and tell something about that particular book. Gosh, there are so many books that I want to have! You can check out my Book Wish List on the sidebar of my blog. I haven't updated it for the longest time and the list is growing more and more as I discover new books to read.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

♠November Book Giveaway Poll♠


Hi there guys! For my November Giveaway, I want you all to VOTE for the book that you want me to give you! There are six books to choose from but I will only select two books to giveaway. The two books that gets the highest votes will be my giveaway this  November! You can vote as often as you want to! Open to PHILIPPINE RESIDENTS only! Voting closes on October 31, 2010.


Which books do you want me to giveaway this November?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Review: Gone by Michael Grant

 SYNOPSIS:
GONE...Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...

MY REVIEW:

I don't watch Lost, but I've seen all the X-men movies and two seasons of Heroes. What do these three things have in common? Gone by Michael Grant. After reading the synopsis of Gone, I knew in that moment that I have to acquire the book. There's not a single doubt on my mind that I will be disappointed with the book later on  after I've read it. That is how strongly I felt for the book. I don't know, it's like a feeling I've experienced after reading the first book on the Harry Potter Series. A gut feeling that I will love this book. And I did.

I must applaude Michael Grant in this book. All the elements of what to be deserved in an absorbing read is present in Gone. The story of Gone for others would seem like ordinary because of the powers that the kids have and the usual good versus evil plot. But believe me when I say that it's not like your average heroes vs. villains crap. Lol. This is much more entertaining and mysterious...

The story revolves around the town of Perdido Beach, California. Pandemonium erupted after all the adults disappeared into thin air. No one knows what has happened and why. Kids started to panic without their parents to calm them. Bullies are emerging like mushrooms everywhere and those who are weak are left to fend for themselves. When this kind of situation arises, there is only one thing for you to think about: Survival.The town is sealed off by an invisible barrier that prevents people from leaving the area. So many questions entered my mind after reading this, what if the food supply of the town is not enough to feed all the kids? What will happen to them? What about all the adults? Where are they? And the most important question of all...why are the kids mutating and having inexplicable and deadly powers?

Essential to the story are the lead characters, Sam and Astrid. Sam is like the hero type kind of guy who would do anything to make things right. He is strong both in mind and body. He can shoot deadly heated light from his palms and killing anything it touches. Sam and Astrid are my favorite characters in this book. Well, if there are good guys, the bad ones are just around the corner. Caine and Diana are the villains in this story. Caine is this manipulative type of person that in order to survive he will do things that are crazy and horrible. Cementing the hands of the kids who have powers so they can't use it against him? How cruel is he? He's a psycho...Diana is not far behind. She has the ability to read the strength of an individuals powers. But she's a bitch and I hate her. Lol. I won't mention all the characters and their respective powers coz this post will be longer than I want it to be.

The bottom line is, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I was totally blown away. And I suggest that whoever is reading this post should go out and buy the book. I'm now patiently waiting for the next book entitled HUNGER. It's already out in the market,  and thank goodness it's on trade paperback. Cheaper! But I'm still saving money to buy it. I hope I can accomplish this! Cheerz!


My Rating: 5 stars

Thursday, October 7, 2010

♠Books for Less?♠


I've just recently found out that there's a new branch of Books for Less at SM Marikina. I was surprised that I haven't spotted it before! You see, I usually do my groceries here.  And the exit from the grocery goes directly to the bookstore. Madalas ako sa mall na ito, considering it's the nearest to our house. Five minutes tops lang ang byahe. And nadadaanan ko ang place na ito before. If I'm not mistaken it was a different shop, I think they sell figurines or something like that...According to the person in charge, September 1 pa daw sila nag-open. I couldn't believe it. There's no way I have overlooked their bookstore. Well, baka nga hindi ko lang nakita talaga. Lol.

Anyways, this is not good news for me. Lol. It's impossible for me to stay away from these kinds of bookstores.  The temptation is just too strong for me to repel! Lol. Even if  I intended on not buying anything, I will surely end up with a book  on my hands anyway...And that's what happened. I ended up buying a certain book that I was eyeing for quite sometime now. I know, I'm such a loser. Lol. I have a feeling that I will be seeing a lot of this "new found haven". Cheerz!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

♠B.I.C.♠

Hey there! B.I.C. stands for Blogger Information Card. I totally made this name up. I was reading a book when this idea popped inside my head. I thought that it would be nice to have a card that will have informations regarding my blog. So here is my personal B.I.C. I'm very proud of it, in view of the fact, that I've made it myself. I'll be handing them out to friends, relatives and also to people I occasionally meet whenever I'm out doing my "book hunts".


Thanks to my cousin Ate Melissa and her friend Ate Marivic for the help they had given me to make this card possible! Cheerz!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

♠Blogger Interview: Raila Soares♠

Good day to all! Here it is! My very first blogger interview! I can't believe it! Lol. When I started blogging, I never thought that I would be able to interview another fellow blogger. I mean, I only wanted to post reviews and book purchases and stuff. But as time goes by, I've learned that you can spread your wings and do some new features on your blog. I chose Raila for my first interview because she is the first blogger that I'd made friends with. She is nothing but nice to me at all times. So this interview is very special to me. 

1. First of all, could you tell something about yourself and when and why did you begin blogging?
About myself? I am a Brazilian high-school student, who loves to read, blogging and going to the movies. Basically. (lol). Actually, the reason why I first thought about creating a blog was because of the book contests and giveaways out there. I had just started reading books in English so I thought entering contests/giveaways would be a good point for me to get new books in English, besides also buying them. Then, a second reason showed up: I definitely found myself enjoying that blogosphere and becoming a blogger, too.

2. How did you come up with the title Books out of the Bookshelves?
No idea at all. I had some other titles I do not even remember anymore that were not available. So, “Books Out of the Bookshelves” just came out. Really suddenly.

3. How much do you enjoy reading?
How much? I love reading, I do. But I am not that kind of person-in-love-with-books that lives with the head behind an open book. I read what and when I am in the mood, you know? I mean, I can stand living during a whole month without reading. (lol). I should say I am more of a “shop-bookaholic” than a real in-love-bookaholic. I tend to buy, buy and buy more and more books than read them all super fast.

4. Is there anything you find particularly challenging when it comes to blogging?
Being able to write (kind of guessing) what your readers are going to like. It gets me super down when I write something that I LIKED but get no comments. So, I mean, what would I think? I would probably think my readers did not like the post, right?

5. What is the first book you've read?
The first ever, ever? No idea. But one that I clearly remember: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. I was addicted to this series when I was about 10 years old.

6. If you will be given a chance to personally meet and interview a particular author of your choosing, who will it be and why?
Personally meet? I would meet so many. THAT is something challenging for me. I would LOVE to meet Tess Gerritsen, but I do not know if I would be enough conscious or would have enough intelligence to come up with as good questions as those I once interviewed her with on my blog. So, others I would LOVE to personally meet and interview would be: Phoebe Kitanidis, Richelle Mead, Jennifer Echols and Becca Fitzpatrick.

7. How do you write your book reviews?

I sit in front of the computer when I am feeling inspired to write about that book. I am not used to take notes or mark pages while I am reading, which am trying to get used to, though. But, well, I just sit and type. If the inspiration goes away, I stop and try when I feel it is back.

8. Some authors started out as book bloggers, did you consider becoming an author? Why?

Never. I can’t write a single story. I am such a loser. (lol). Really, I am not even a creative person, so I probably would copy every book/author I love and this would NOT be any good.

9. How much do you enjoy blogging and how does it affect your everyday life?
Like I said, I love and enjoy something only when I am REALLY in the mood. I suck when I am not, and I won’t blog or read or do anything. I consider myself as a not so much easygoing person, do you? But I try to blog as much and better as I can, as I feel it will be great for me and for my readers.

10. Do you have any advice for other book bloggers out there?
Write, get in touch with your readers, ask them what they like, show that you really love what you do. And read other blogs, show other bloggers that you liked this or that post and comment on their posts. Be friendly, not selfish and ambitious. Just blog if you do love. Do not blog just for blogging, with no reason.
Thanks again to my friend Raila for this wonderful interview. It means a lot to me! Be sure to visit her blog "Books out of the Bookshelves". You'll see why she is one of the best book bloggers around! Cheerz!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

♠Author of the Month: OCTOBER♠

Author of the Month: OCTOBER

John Ray Grisham, Jr. (born 8 February 1955) is an American author, best known for his popular legal thrillers. He's a Galaxy British Book Awards winner and one of only two authors to sell two million copies on a first printing.John Grisham graduated from Mississippi State University before attending the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981 and practiced criminal law for about a decade. He also served in the House of Representatives in Mississippi from January 1984 to September 1990. Beginning writing in 1984, he had his first novel A Time To Kill published in June 1989. As of 2008, his books had sold over 250 million copies worldwide.

He has innumerable bestsellers, he is one of the most celebrated author of his time, plenty of his novels has been made into blockbuster movies and famous actors and actresses portrayed many of his characters from his timeless books.

Nowadays, he is still writing and giving his readers engrossing, riveting and thought-provoking legal dramas that only he can deliver with precision. He is without equal to courtroom matters and creating memorable characters. The Confession is his latest novel set to be released on October 26, 2010. 

I've read the books  The Testament, The Broker, The Rainmaker , The Brethren, The Pelican Brief, The Partner, and Skipping Christmas. It's only right for me to feature John Grisham to be the author for the month of October. Be sure to read any of his books and find out for yourself the meaning of a compelling read! Cheerz!

 

Friday, October 1, 2010

♠October Releases!♠

1.The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Release Date: October 12, 2010

2.The Confession: A Novel by John Grisham
Release Date: October 26, 2010

3.The Reversal (Harry Bosch) by Michael Connelly
Release Date: October 5, 2010

4.American Assassin: A Thriller (Mitch Rapp) by Vince Flynn
Release Date: October 12, 2010

5. Worth Dying For by Lee Child
Release Date: October 19, 2010

6.Ranger's Apprentice, Book 9: Halt's Peril by John Flanagan
Release Date: October 5, 2010

7.Painted Ladies (Spenser Mystery) by Robert B. Parker
Release Date: October 5, 2010

8.In the Company of Others: A Father Tim Novel by Jan Karon
Release Date: October 19, 2010

9.Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Release Date: October 26, 2010

10.Crave (Fallen Angels, Book 2) by J.R. Ward
Release Date: October 5, 2010

11.Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Release Date: October 12, 2010

12.The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner Trilogy (Hardback)) by James Dashner
Release Date: October 12, 2010

13.Misguided Angel (Blue Bloods, Book 5) by Melissa De La Cruz
Release Date: October 26, 2010

14.Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
Publication Date: October 19, 2010
 
15.Thirst No. 3: The Eternal Dawn by Christopher Pike
Publication Date: October 5, 2010

16.Belle of the Brawl (Alphas) by Lisi Harrison
Publication Date: October 5, 2010

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