Book Review Dump.

After our board exams, I am gonna be posting books reviews I’ve written and I will write for the following:

  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
  • The D.U.F.F.: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer

These reviews will serve as a post-hiatus blogging spree.

Hiatus.

Guys, I’m gonna be off for a while, at least 3 weeks. Our Physical Therapy Licensure Exam will be on August 2 &3, and I have to study like crazy. In order to do that successfully, I have to veer off from some of my social media ties. One of the websites eating up most of my time is Tumblr. So, I’ll be having a break from blogging and I promise to come back after our exam. I hope you guys can understand, and still stick with me after all these. I love you and I can’t wait to see and talk to all of you amazing guys, soon!

meisterful:

Now I love young adult books as much as the next girl but I would just really love more books about people my age, like why do we jump from high school to late twenties? Where are all the books about 18-25 year olds? Maybe Im just missing them, but any recommendations?

This though. I am turning 21 this month and I haven’t found a good book with my age range that I can relate too well. I just graduated from college and so far, the best one I know is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Other books with characters at around early to mid 20’s are all erotic, if not, romance books. Like, hello, there are other things that we do, finding a job, enjoying freedom, meeting new friends, etc. So where are OUR good books?

Physical Therapy Board Examination is just a month away.

And guess what the hell I am doing. FUCKING READING. And not the textbooks or the review manuals, but a freaking novel! I know, I’m crazy. This is one of my worst traits: prioritizing leisure reading over important “life” stuff. Ugh. But what can I do? I just started reading Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl this morning, and I am already halfway through the book. Yes, it’s that good!

If only I can do this with my review books. AAARRRGGGHHHH. I am so gonna die. Hahaha.

BOOKWORMS, BOOK NERDS, BOOK GEEKS, & BIBLIOPHILES

I need your help guys. I know you know what book hangover means, and well, let’s just say that I would soon reach that point. I am more than halfway done with Cress, the 3rd book in the Lunar Chronicles quartet, and the last book won’t come out until the 10th of November next year. So yes, that means I would have to wait for another year. Which brings me to my problem: WHAT BOOK SHOULD I READ NEXT? 

I know that this is a very vague question seeing that there is a vast number of unread books from my TBR pile. But really, I love the Lunar Chronicles so much, all the action, twists and turns of the plot, the romance—you get me right? And I don’t know what I would do after I finish Cress. Any suggestions? YA is preferred, fantasy or contemporary, just any good book that would satiate my thirst for another good read. Can you help me, guys? Pretty please?

A message from Anonymous
hi ate, i came across your explanation regarding PT in UST. unfortunately, i am not fluent in tagalog. do you mind explaining it in english? thank you :)

Which post? Sorry, there’s a lot of people asking me regarding PT and I can’t keep track of them all. Haha. 

Afire Love
Ed Sheeran

Afire Love - Ed Sheeran

I heard the doctors put your chest in pain

But then that could have been the medicine

And now you’re lying in the bed again

Either way I’ll cry with the rest of them..

This song has been playing on repeat on my playlist ever since it was released. It’s my most favorite from Ed’s new album. It just speaks to me in so many ways. I have so many relatives who suffered and died from disease, especially cancer. And now, my grandma just got out from an operation due to complications from multiple myeloma. This song just struck right through the heart.

Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan

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So, I read Erin McCahan’s Love and Other Foreign Words (also on my Kindle) because I want a break from fantasy/dystopian novels I’ve been reading. I don’t know with you guys, but I usually alternate light-themed contemporary books with heavy complicated-plotted books because I tend to get overwhelmed and have the worlds mixed up in my head, if you get my drift. And this book, is one easy breezy read.

Basically, you get Josie, our sixteen-year-old quirky lead character who is into different languages. This is not limited to your typical languages such French, German, etc. but also with the jargons of highscool talk, college terms, jock/varsity slang, adult slurs and the likes. She can easily translate words or phrases uttered by other people depending on how they say it and their context. But this isn’t what she calls her “native tongue”, that language is only specific to her, her best friend Stu, and her sister Kate.

She is very much confident of her talent in words until Kate introduced her fiancé to the family. Suddenly, Josie gets all worked up believing that this guy isn’t worthy of being married to his sister. She is all set to put a stop at their relations and prevent the upcoming union of this guy into her family. This brought about fights and bickering between the sisters and lead to Josie looking deeper into what she believe she understood well enough: love. She soon finds out that there might be some languages that she cannot fully comprehend and that she might need to experience a lot more things for her to understand.

Reading this book has brought about my love-hate relationship the Josie, the main character. You can tell from the beginning that she is really an intelligent girl from all the semantics, and terms she talks about. But that somehow came a bit too know-it-all-ish and made me irritated. As I continued reading, I soon realized that it was her personality and that it has its ups. Her nasty and sarcastic remarks made me laugh out loud like a crazy person. I learned to appreciate her as I went through the book. Plus, you will be able to see a good character development as Josie learn more about love.

Love. You all know how I don’t like overdone romance right? Well this book did use love as its central theme but it was done in a way that different types of love were examined. First was the familial love. The story did a great job portraying family relationships. There were fights, made-ups, real talk, openness, and just plain family connection. The story focused a lot on the on-and-off relationship between siblings and I could relate so much, with me having a sister, too. Then there’s the friendly love which does not really made a good impression in the story. I don’t know but somehow, Josie’s relationship with her varsity mates seemed a bit withdrawn, like she’s forced to be with them and therefore, like them. I think the only one who she consider to be her real friend was Stu since she was more herself and they understood each other well. The last type of love discussed in the book was the romantic love which Josie has a difficulty understanding and that’s basically where the story bloomed.

I really liked the book and it’s the generic contemporary type in which you could probably guess what would happen in the end even when you’re just a few chapters in, but it was worth the read. Plus points to it being so hilarious and fun. It makes you take a step back and try to view things in a lighter perspective, and it teaches you that you don’t really have to over-analyze things because some things are just the way it is and you don’t have to look for a deeper logical reason.

I’d give it a 4/5 just because of the book’s realism and how they showed that even the smartest person has her own fair share of bewilderment.

2 New Fan-Girl Shirts!
Yup, that’s right! I got two more shirts to add to my fan-girl shirt collection. I think half of the shirts I own are already book/series-related but what can I say, I just love me some nice cute tees like these. And yes, I am proud of being a geek and what best way to express that than to wear them!
So I got the Muggle and the GoT characters shirt both from The Perfect White Shirt, a local brand catering book/series-based and personlized tees. I got the muggle shirt because sometimes, I feel like I should just get real, being a non-magic folk but still show how I love the Harry Potter series, thus the statement. As for the GoT one, I was actually planning to buy their House-themed shirts but then this caught my eye, and I just love it more! Look how adorable Ghost looks! Hahaha.
Anyway, that’s it. I’m just sharing my new find. And I hope to add more to my growing collection. Yes, I am a t-shirt type of girl because let’s face it, they are more comfortable than to frilly, lace type one (not that I don’t wear one!).

2 New Fan-Girl Shirts!

Yup, that’s right! I got two more shirts to add to my fan-girl shirt collection. I think half of the shirts I own are already book/series-related but what can I say, I just love me some nice cute tees like these. And yes, I am proud of being a geek and what best way to express that than to wear them!

So I got the Muggle and the GoT characters shirt both from The Perfect White Shirt, a local brand catering book/series-based and personlized tees. I got the muggle shirt because sometimes, I feel like I should just get real, being a non-magic folk but still show how I love the Harry Potter series, thus the statement. As for the GoT one, I was actually planning to buy their House-themed shirts but then this caught my eye, and I just love it more! Look how adorable Ghost looks! Hahaha.

Anyway, that’s it. I’m just sharing my new find. And I hope to add more to my growing collection. Yes, I am a t-shirt type of girl because let’s face it, they are more comfortable than to frilly, lace type one (not that I don’t wear one!).

A message from Anonymous
This isnt related to books but... ano pong ginagawa sa msurg1, general medical/surgical conditions? course po sya sa 4th year. =)))

uhm MS1 if I am not mistaken is Patho, Cardio, and Ortho? I’m not really sure anymore. But basically, you will discuss different conditions related to PT and this subject will be taught by doctors. :) 

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

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I am going to take advantage of my blog actually working again, and write a review for this book. Sorry, I have no pictures because I do not own the book yet. It is actually the first book I finished reading in my Kindle! So, yay for me! And yes, I am officially into the Lunar bandwagon! Anyway, here goes.

Cinder is the first book in The Lunar Chronicles series written by Marissa Meyer. It is a fairytale re-telling of Cinderella. Before you go on ignoring this book, let me just say that it is not a mirror of the actual fairytale. Yes, there may be some general parallels you may encounter while reading, but plot-wise and world-building-wise, this is a very different book.

The story was set in the future wherein Earth has already gone through 4 world wars and wherein advancement in technology has created androids, cyborg, etc. There are also beings inhabiting the moon called Lunars, who is a great threat to the people on Earth. Aside from that, there is also the plaque called Letumosis, which endanger the lives of mankind.

The main character Cinder, is a Cyborg living on Earth. Basically, a cyborg is human with machines as substitute for any body part destroyed by accident, illness, or any disease. Cinder has a mechanical arm and leg, and also has a microcomputer inserted in her nervous system allowing complete sensation of her mechanical limbs. She works as a mechanic for her stepmother and stepsisters. Through this job, she met the Emperor’s son, Prince Kai, who wanted his android to be fixed. This meeting lead to the intertwining of their paths, and soon, became an unraveling of secrets that might either help or ruin the Earth.

That’s all I’m telling about the gist of the story. I don’t want to spoil anything at all. Plus, I also feel that you will be able to predict what’s going to happen as you read more into the book. Yes, the book was quite predictable and I was able to make connections even before I reach halfway through the book. But this does not, in any way made me want to put it down. And that brings me to the reasons why I love the book:

First, is the amazing world-building: I don’t know with you guys, but I love me some futuristic/sci-fi/Star Wars-y feel. I have read a few sci-fi books and honestly, I do get a bit overwhelmed by the tech-y stuff going on with these books, but as for this, I totally can imagine it all inside my head. The terms were explained clearly and I don’t have to rattle my brain too much to understand them.

Second, is the diversity of the characters in the book: Since the story was set in New Beijing, plus the characters were named Asian-sounding, like Kai, Linh Cinder, Iko, etc., I assumed that these are Chinese characters. And I don’t encounter that in a lot of books. Plus, I guess this added to the book’s appeal since one of the main themes in the books is discrimination, not exactly in race but between human, cyborgs, and androids.

Third, is the humor: I love character who have a great sense of humor, you know, that witty sarcastic remarks which are not overly done. This book has it, and I enjoyed every bit of it especially Iko’s character. I love the her sidekick persona and her lines. 

Fourth reason is that I love how it was not a cheesy romance book. If you have been following me for quite some time now, you would know that I don’t really enjoy mushy-too-cheesy-romance novels. I cringed at sappy love quotes and daydreaming scenes. Don’t get me wrong, this book has some fair share of squeal-worthy parts but I did not cringe at all. It was in moderate amounts, and more importantly, in appropriate timing. I love the chemistry between the characters at the same time did not hate their lovey-dovey exchanges.

And lastly, because of this quote: “It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself that you are beautiful.”

All in all, I will give this book a 4.5/5. The 0.5 deduction is for the predictability of the plot. I completely fell in love an am already halfway through the second book, Scarlet. This might as well be one of the best fairytale re-telling I have read. 

This is really frustrating. I already made a new account because this blog is acting up and I cannot post anything at all or do anything, and then… VIOLA! It’s working again. Seriously Tumblr, what shit are you playing at right now? I just want to write more reviews for the books I finally finished reading and follow people, and like their posts in peace. Why won’t you let me? Is this final, like is it working again for real this time? Or am I going to be stuck again? Please let me have my blogging happiness again. I. AM. BEGGING. YOU. TUMBLR. GODS.

So ny new Kindle arrived at home 2 days ago, right? Well, I finally got my hands on it last night when I got back from my dorm. I went on an eBook downloading spree and guess what? I now have 400+ books on my Kindle! Crazy! Haha. I guess I enjoyed myself a little too much. I think I need to star reading so I can knock off books from my TBR pile (print or ebook form).
Any books you want to recommend?

So ny new Kindle arrived at home 2 days ago, right? Well, I finally got my hands on it last night when I got back from my dorm. I went on an eBook downloading spree and guess what? I now have 400+ books on my Kindle! Crazy! Haha. I guess I enjoyed myself a little too much. I think I need to star reading so I can knock off books from my TBR pile (print or ebook form).

Any books you want to recommend?

OMG OMG OMG. My Kindle just arrived! I am so thrilled!!

Okay, before you start raising your eyebrows and spout all those eBooks-are-not-real-books dialogues, understand that:

(1) this is a gift from my uncle for my graduation last March

(2) I do appreciate ebooks because they are freakin’ portable!

and (3) I still prefer the printed word and I won’t stop buying them but for some books that are not available in our country, ebooks are way easier to find.

So yeah. I am so excited! I don’t have any idea how to use it, though. And I won’t be seeing the actual device until tomorrow because it was sent at our house, and I’m still in my dorm. Anyways, I am just so happy about it. Sharing! HAHA.

Uhhhhm. I guess you’re wondering who these people are and why I posted this photo. Well, I watched TFiOS for the 3rd time last June 8th, this time with my sister and three cousins. I was supposed to blog about it the very same day, but as I’ve mention in my previous post, my tumblr was acting up and I was not able to be active for 2 weeks.
So, to the movie: Everyone in the cinema was laughing like hell during the first half of the movie, with all the brilliant sarcastic and dry humor. I particularly lost my breath during Isaac’s scene wherein he smashed Augustus’ trophies. But then as the movie approached the halfway mark, the whole cinema grew quiet and then well, you know what happened in the movie. Suddenly, every single movie-watcher was sniffing their noses, wiping away ugly tears. I am not even exaggerating when I say every single one! I saw the guy behind me crying, too! Even the cinema house ushers were crying. The movie was really so moving!
Anyways, here are their post-movie faces and well, the other photo is me, doing the stupidest crying face I could show. I almost had a stomachache as I looked at their faces while going out of the movie house. They all had red puffy eyes and clogged noses from crying. It was not their fault, it was John Green’s and the whole movie’s. The Fault in Our Stars movie was so beautifully made and I am willing to watch it as many times as I can. It stayed faithful to the book and changed so little. It was brilliant and fantastic. Any doubts I had with the cast was gone 5 minutes into the movie. Every single one did well. It was certainly one of the best book-to-movie adaptation I have seen, and that’s saying something because I am one of those people who cannot be easily pleased by a book-to-movie adaptation because I feel like they ruin the book. But this one did not! I love it so much.
I guess the only bad thing I can say is that, the movie left out my most favorite quote of all: 
"Lonely, vaguely pedophillic swingset seeks the butt of children."

Uhhhhm. I guess you’re wondering who these people are and why I posted this photo. Well, I watched TFiOS for the 3rd time last June 8th, this time with my sister and three cousins. I was supposed to blog about it the very same day, but as I’ve mention in my previous post, my tumblr was acting up and I was not able to be active for 2 weeks.

So, to the movie: Everyone in the cinema was laughing like hell during the first half of the movie, with all the brilliant sarcastic and dry humor. I particularly lost my breath during Isaac’s scene wherein he smashed Augustus’ trophies. But then as the movie approached the halfway mark, the whole cinema grew quiet and then well, you know what happened in the movie. Suddenly, every single movie-watcher was sniffing their noses, wiping away ugly tears. I am not even exaggerating when I say every single one! I saw the guy behind me crying, too! Even the cinema house ushers were crying. The movie was really so moving!

Anyways, here are their post-movie faces and well, the other photo is me, doing the stupidest crying face I could show. I almost had a stomachache as I looked at their faces while going out of the movie house. They all had red puffy eyes and clogged noses from crying. It was not their fault, it was John Green’s and the whole movie’s. The Fault in Our Stars movie was so beautifully made and I am willing to watch it as many times as I can. It stayed faithful to the book and changed so little. It was brilliant and fantastic. Any doubts I had with the cast was gone 5 minutes into the movie. Every single one did well. It was certainly one of the best book-to-movie adaptation I have seen, and that’s saying something because I am one of those people who cannot be easily pleased by a book-to-movie adaptation because I feel like they ruin the book. But this one did not! I love it so much.

I guess the only bad thing I can say is that, the movie left out my most favorite quote of all: 

"Lonely, vaguely pedophillic swingset seeks the butt of children."