OCTOBER BOOK HAUL (aka the book buying ban haul)

The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Tomorrow by Sherry D. Ficklin | Not Quite Dead by Lyla Payne | Celestial (short story collection) | Talented by Sophie Davis | The Dark of Twilight by Kate Danley | White Hart by Sarah Dalton | The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen | The Standout by Laurel Osterkamp | The Dead List by Martin Crosbie


...and YAY for a (somehow) successful book buying ban! I only bought The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas and  an e-book copy of The Queen of Tearling because it's only $3.99 which is crazy (it was even $1.99 a week before I bought it. ugh.). Anyway, I'm really glad about that. The rest of my e-books, as usual, are free from Amazon. The last two, The Standout and The Dead List came from kindle scout and the Queen of Tomorrow is a book I won from Eileen's blog, BookCatPin

[REVIEW] They Call Me Alexandra Gastone

Series: Alexandra Gastone #1
 T.A. Maclagan
 young adult, thriller, suspense, mystery, espionage, romance
May 20, 2015
 Full Fathom Five Digital
Purchase: Amazon | Full Fathom Five Digital

When your life is a lie, how do you know what’s real? 
Alexandra Gastone has a simple plan: graduate high school, get into Princeton, work for the CIA, and serve her great nation.  
She was told the plan back when her name was Milena Rokva, back before the real Alexandra and her family were killed in a car crash. 
Milena was trained to be a sleeper agent by Perun, a clandestine organization from her true homeland of Olissa. There, Milena learned everything she needed to infiltrate the life of CIA analyst Albert Gastone, Alexandra’s grandfather, and the ranks of America’s top intelligence agency. 
For seven years, “Alexandra” has been on standby and life’s been good. Grandpa Albert loves her, and her strategically chosen boyfriend, Grant, is amazing. 
But things are about to change. Perun no longer needs her at the CIA in five years’ time. They need her active now. 
Between her cover as a high school girl—juggling a homecoming dance, history reports, and an increasingly suspicious boyfriend—and her mission in this high-stakes spy game, the boundaries of her two lives are beginning to blur. 
Will she stay true to the country she barely remembers, or has her loyalty shattered along with her identity? 

[REVIEW] The A.B.C. Murders

Series: Hercule Poirot #13
Agatha Christie
 adult, suspense, mystery, thriller, crime fiction, detective, 
 February 1, 2011 (first published 1935)
Publisher: HarperCollins

"Let us see, Mr. Clever Poirot, just how clever you can be."
There's a serial killer on the loose, working his way through the alphabet and the whole country is in a state of panic. 
A is for Mrs. Ascher in Andover, B is for Betty Barnard in Bexhill, C is for Sir Carmichael Clarke in Churston. With each murder, the killer is getting more confident - but leaving a trail of deliberate clues to taunt the proud Hercule Poirot might just prove to be the first, and fatal. mistake. 
"Agatha Christie has provided entertainment, suspense, and temporary relief from anxieties and traumas of life both in peace and war for millions through the world." -P.D. James, New York Times bestselling author.

[REVIEW] Return Once More

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Series: The Historians #1
Trisha Leigh
 young adult, science fiction, time travel, romance, fantasy
Published: September 29, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark

Purchase: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even though you will never meet— would you? 
Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting your one true love. 
If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist? 
Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians—a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past—and she can’t resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance. 
Or would you have the strength to watch him die? 
But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own—and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it— in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.


some books from my vacation tbr list


SO, I'm having a month long vacation from university. Would have been 3weeks long but great thanks to the APEC Integration Meeting that's happening on November, 2nd semester starts a week delayed.

Anyway, I was talking to my young sister and I decided, together with her, that I tackle my huge TBR list! In my usual productive reading month, I read around 10 books. This time around I'd like to go around more than that. I hope to read around 20 books (which is really going overboard) but I set my challenge to 15 books :) at least 15 BOOKS IN 4WEEKS!! Not my usual number of reads but I really hope that I can do this..

[REVIEW] The Girl on the Train

Series: N/A
Paula Hawkins
 adult, suspense, mystery, thriller
 January 13, 2015
Publisher: OME Trade Paperback

There she sits, the girl on the train. What she sees, gazing out the window, will change everything.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She's even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. 
And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, and in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? 
Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut. 

[BOOK BLITZ] Glittering Shadows

Series: Dark Metropolis #2
Author: Jaclyn Dolamore
Genre: young adult, science fiction, dystopia, horror, zombies, fantasy, magic, lgbt

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Published: June 16, 2015
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

The revolution is here.  
Bodies line the streets of Urobrun; a great pyre burns in Republic Square. The rebels grow anxious behind closed doors while Marlis watches as the politicians search for answers—and excuses—inside the Chancellery.  
Thea, Freddy, Nan, and Sigi are caught in the crossfire, taking refuge with a vibrant, young revolutionary and a mysterious healer from Irminau. As the battle lines are drawn, a greater threat casts a dark shadow over the land. Magic might be lost—forever.  
This action-packed sequel to Dark Metropolis weaves political intrigue, haunting magic, and heartbreaking romance into an unforgettable narrative. Dolamore's lyrical writing and masterfully crafted plot deliver a powerful conclusion. 

[BOOK JOURNAL] The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Series: N/A
 Gabrielle Zevin
 adult, contemporary, romance
 December 2, 2014 (first published April 1, 2014)
 Algonquin Books

"Funny, tender, and moving, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry reminds us all exactly why we read and why we love." - Library Journal, starred review
A.J. Fikry's life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and how his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over - and see everything anew.
"This novel has humor, romance, a touch of suspense, but most of all love -  love for books and bookish people and, really, all of humanity in its imperfect glory." - Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child

[BOOK BLITZ] The Keepsake

Series: The Empress Chronicles #2
Author: Suzy Vitello
Genre: young adult, historical fiction, fantasy, romance, adventure, supernatural

Publisher: words in a hurry press 
Published: October 1, 2015
Purchase: Link Here!

In this second Empress Chronicles book, Liz and Sisi continue their intertwined journey through time. On the heels of discovering a magical locket in the empress diary, Liz comes to understand its very special power: the wearer must speak the truth. Not only that, but it turns out that there are three lockets, each with their own magic and power. 
Meanwhile, Sisi realizes that she’s communicating with a girl who lives 150 years in the future. A girl who knows what awaits her if she marries the emperor: lack of personal freedom and a legacy that will refer to her as the "reluctant empress." 
With the world's future hanging in the balance, the two heroines must work together to thwart Lola, whose ambition to rule the Habsburg Empire will rewrite history, and lead to a terrifying new version of reality. 

[REVIEW] Bread of the Dead

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Series: Santa Fe Cafe Mystery #1
Ann Myers
 adult, mystery, cozy mystery
Published: September 29, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow

Purchase: Amazon | B&N

The Day of the Dead is approaching in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and cook Rita Lafitte is busy decorating sugar skulls, taste-testing pan de muerto (bread of the dead), and refashioning her post-divorce life. She loves her job at Tres Amigas Cafe and feels like she’s found a good home for herself and her teenage daughter…until her kindly landlord is found dead next door, seemingly from suicide.Although Rita discovers evidence of murder, the police aren’t convinced, especially one of the lead detectives who’s also Rita’s ex-husband. To uncover the truth behind her friend’s death, Rita teams up with her octogenarian boss Flori, the town’s most celebrated snoop. Soon, their investigation encompasses other crimes, including break-ins and the murder of their number-one suspect. Rita won’t feel safe until the killer is caught. But when she unearths a long-buried secret, will she become the next victim?



September is like my procrastination month (and this roundup post also came out so late because of my procrastination. ugh.). I've read a decent amount of books but I have stalled finalizing my reviews on them. I have a few notes and all that but for some reasons I'm not really up to writing anything. Same goes for my school works. I don't really have a lot of things right now except for this three newsletter articles I should be working on right now for Creative Copywriting Class. I've been holding off this assignment since Friday last week. Just how lazy have I become? -__-

LOST by Donnielle Tyner | Pawn by Ernie Lindsey

[RELEASE EVENT] Poet Anderson...Of Nightmares

Series: N/A
Author: Tom DeLonge, Suzanne Young
Genre: young adult, science fiction
Published: October 6, 2015

Publisher: To the Stars
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository | IndieBound

From the critically acclaimed transmedia project Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, comes one of the most anticipated collaborations in YA literature this year: a thrilling, edge of your seat story written by award-winning musician, producer and director Tom DeLonge and New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young. 
Poet Anderson...Of Nightmares follows the epic journey of two orphan brothers, Jonas and Alan, who are Lucid Dreamers. After a tragic car accident lands Alan in a coma, Jonas sets out into the Dream World in an attempt to find his brother and wake him up. What he discovers instead is an entire shared consciousness where fear comes to life as a snarling beast called a Night Terror, and a creature named REM is bent on destruction and misery, devouring the souls of the strongest dreamers to get closer to the Waking World. With the help of a Dream Walker—a guardian of the dreamscape, Jonas must face his fears, save his brother, and become who he was always meant to be: Poet Anderson.

[BOOK BLITZ] A Curse of Ash and Iron

Series: N/A
Author: Christine Norris
Genre: young adult, science fiction, 
historical fiction, steampunk, fantasy, retellings, romance
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Published: May 21, 2015
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Benjamin Grimm knows the theater is much like real life. In 1876 Philadelphia, people play their parts, hiding behind the illusion of their lives, and never revealing their secrets.  
When he reunites with his childhood friend Eleanor Banneker, he is delighted. His delight turns to dismay when he discovers she has been under a spell for the past 7 years, being forced to live as a servant in her own home, and he realizes how sinister some secrets can be. She asks for his help, and he can’t refuse. Even if he doesn’t believe in ‘real’ magic, he can’t abandon her.  
Ellie has spent the long years since her mother’s death under the watchful eye and unforgiving eye of her stepmother. Bewitched and hidden in plain sight, it seems no one can help Ellie escape. Not even her own father, who is under a spell of his own. When she sees Ben one evening, it seems he is immune to the magic that binds her, and her hope is rekindled along with her friendship. 
But time is running short. If they do not find a way to break the spell before midnight on New Year’s Eve, then both Ellie and her father will be bound forever. 

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