[REVIEW] The Girl Who Came Back to Life

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Series: N/A
Craig Staufenberg
middle grade, fantasy, adventure
April 16, 2014
The Girl Who Came Back to Life: A Fairytale
A book about love and loss, and how to live in a world filled with both... 
When you die, your spirit wakes in the north, in the City of the Dead. There, you wander the cold until one of your living loved ones finds you, says "Goodbye," and Sends you to the next world.  
After her parents die, 12-year-old Sophie refuses to release their spirits. Instead, she resolves to travel to the City of the Dead to bring her mother and father's spirits back home with her.  
Taking the long pilgrimage north with her gruff & distant grandmother-by train, by foot, by boat; over ruined mountains and plains and oceans-Sophie struggles to return what death stole from her. Yet the journey offers her many hard, unexpected lessons-what to hold on to, when to let go, and who she must truly bring back to life.

[Book Blitz] Confessions of a Teenage Rape Survivor

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Series: N/A
Author: Holly Dae
Genre: contemporary
Published: October 16, 2014
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Confessions of a Teenage Rape Survivor
Before she was raped, almost sixteen-year-old Allison Sommer knew exactly what she wanted and was in total control of her life. Get through high school, go to college to appease her dad, somehow stay fit, lithe, and athletic through all the stress and become a professional cheerleader. Normal teenage stuff. Simple. At least it was simple before she was raped.  
Now Allison's whole life is out of her control. She can't trust in her own choices, can't rationalize anything anymore, so she just goes through the motions, hoping that eventually she'll go back to normal, can stop pretending. That doesn't happen, especially when she's forced to reveal what happened to her family and closest friends. 
On the MTV commercials and reality shows that emphasize that she has nothing to be ashamed of and guide viewers to some website like don't-be-a-victim.comand a support hotline, no one warns her that the aftermath is more difficult than the rape itself, that her family's efforts to be supportive make her feel more alone and confused. 
And being raped has more devastating consequences than Allison ever imagined, forcing her to make one of the most difficult decisions she's ever had to make. It should be a no-brainer, everyone says, but being raped makes Allison question everything and everyone she thought she could trust. 
Either way, Allison won't let anyone force her to do anything again, not like her rapists did, even if it makes her already difficult enough circumstance more difficult. Uncensored and unflinchingly honest, these are the confessions of a teenage rape survivor.

[REVIEW] Following Zippy

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Series: N/A
young adult, realistic fiction
July 2014
Flower Child Publishing
Purchase: Amazon
Following Zippy
At fifteen most kids only have to worry about their homework or the style of their shoes. Gabe Perkins isn't most kids. When diagnosed with a terminal illness, he begins to make friends with a girl so ethereal, he starts to question his own sanity.

[STACKING THE SHELVES] my pre-sembreak book haul

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted at Tynga’s Reviews.

Sooooo this post is more like my comeback + update post! :D

The semester just ended and I’m crossing my fingers for a great outcome (Dean’s Lister please >_<). After those tiring and sleepless weeks, I’ve decided that I’ll dedicate my three-week vacation to enjoying myself – reading + watching anime! First off, here’s my book haul!

Cinder + Scarlet. AND you can all say FINALLY! Yes, finally I have my copy of Cinder and Scarlet. I’ll definitely read them later on this year. I won’t be getting Cress anytime soon since I’ll be getting it in paperback (yes, I’m a bit OC… I NEED my books in the same edition).
The Dark Side of Nowhere. I got this on an unexpected book sale and I feel really great after grabbing another Shusterman book :)
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. I’ve been eyeing this book ever since I saw it in goodreads and I’m really glad to finally get this. I got this along with the Dark Side of Nowhere.
The Young Elites. Paperback copy because I can’t find the hardcover one && I don’t really have so much money lately… but either way, I am so glad to get it the moment it came out… at exactly Oct7 here in the Philippines! XD that was totally unexpected (and I was actually looking for another book when I saw this).
A Thousand Pieces of You. Soooo this was another book I’ve been meaning to grab. I was expecting this on November and seeing it this early really pumped me up. I can’t wait to read this soon along with the Young Elites! AND I bought this because I was thinking of going to Claudia Gray’s book signing :3 Who’s going? :D

[TOP TEN TUESDAY] Books on my Fall TBR List

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This Week's Topic: Books on my TBR List.

Fall is my favorite season for anime but it looks like Fall will also be my favorite season for books. There are just so many interesting books that will be released (and five of these books I chose are those that I'm eagerly looking forward to because I've read a book or two from these authors).

The other half of the list is composed of books I own but haven't had the time to read yet. AND hopefully by listing them here, I'll always be reminded that I should read them soon (actually 3 out of 5 of these books are newly bought and I'm sooo excited for them so I'll probably read them soon either way).

[STACKING THE SHELVES] some of my supposedly MIBF2014 book haul.

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I’m bitter. Yes, I know.
and this post is late. but who cares anyway? :P

I tried going for a book buying ban a few months ago because I was eagerly looking forward to attending the 35th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF). In the first couple of months, I miserably failed (LOL) but come September, I was able to save a decent amount of cash – maybe enough to get me at least 10 books. BUT unfortunately things happen – typhoons happen.

In other words, I wasn’t able to go to MIBF. SO I decided to go to the nearest bookstore and shop away some of my bitterness ( - ω - ).

[REVIEW] Avery

Series: the Chronicles of Kaya #1
Charlotte McConaghy
Genre: adult, romance, fantasy
July 1, 2013
Random House Australia

Purchase: Amazon
Avery (Random Romance)
Avery is a sweeping, romantic fantasy novel about loss and identity, and finding the courage to love against all odds. Published as part of the Random Romance series. 
The people of Kaya die in pairs. When one lover dies, the other does too. So it has been for thousands of years - until Ava. 
For although her bondmate, Avery, has been murdered and Ava's soul has been torn in two, she is the only one who has ever been strong enough to cling to life. Vowing revenge upon the barbarian queen of Pirenti, Ava's plan is interrupted when she is captured by the deadly prince of her enemies. 
Prince Ambrose has been brought up to kill and hate. But when he takes charge of a strangely captivating Kayan prisoner and is forced to survive with her on a dangerous island, he must reconsider all he holds true . . . 
In a violent country like Pirenti, where emotion is scorned as a weakness, can he find the strength to fight for the person he loves . . . even when she's his vengeful enemy?