[TOP TEN TUESDAY] Books I Recently Added to my Goodreads TBR List

This Week's Topic: Books you recently added to your To-Be-Read List.

I don't always add books I want to read to my TBR. Sometimes I just keep them in mind. When I see a book, I keep them in mind especially if they're upcoming releases or incredibly popular. I just add books when I buy them or when I get them for review or when I'm quite sure I'll forget them (if they're not very popular).

SOOOO here're the ten books I recently added on my Goodreads TBR :)

Girl Underwater by Claire Kells. I literally just added this a few hours ago after reading a review :) Survival and Adveture.
The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa. I got this as well as its sequel, The Decaying Empire for review. I think this is something about teleporting,
Forsaken by Kristen Day. Saw a book blitz (or something) of the final book. Saw that this was for free. SO why not try?
Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman. Historical Fiction about Alexander the Great. It was an insta-add to me :) This will be on one of my Waiting on Wednesday posts for sure...
Dreamscape: Saving Alex by Kirstin Pulioff. I have this for review. I think this is the one about being inside a game.


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Series: Soul Shamans #1
Author: Cady Vance
Genre: young adult, fantasy, witches, supernatural
Publisher: Sagan Press
Published: February 3, 2015
Purchase: Amazon

Sometimes it isn't as easy as choosing right or wrong. 
Sixteen-year-old Holly Bennett is a comic book nerd, a con artist, and a shaman. Most days Holly wishes she could trade in her power of spirit communication for something more useful--like fireballs or Wolverine claws. She knows spirits aren't exactly Casper the Friendly Ghosts. They're dangerous beings from Lower World who snack on human life, and messing with the magic from their world is an express ticket to big trouble. But when a shaman sticks her mom's mind between their world and ours, Holly becomes the unexpected breadwinner in the family. She uses her burgeoning shaman powers to set up fake hauntings and "banish" the so-called ghosts from her wealthy classmates' bedrooms. For a fee, of course. 
When actual spirits start manifesting, Holly discovers that other shamans have come to town, summoning life-sucking spirits for their own ends. And the newcomers may just hold the clue Holly's been looking for--the one that can release her mom's mind from its Lower World prison. With the help of both a cute web comic artist and her partner-in-con, Holly plots to take them down, throwing her into a whirlwind of speedboat getaways, breaking and entering, and astral projections into the spirit world. And as her mom's mind slips further away, Holly has to fight to save her, and the rest of the town, before they get sucked into Lower World permanently.


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn | Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang | The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin |  Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver | Golden Son by Pierce Brown


March was really crazy but I'm really glad that I was able to somehow manage it. I just spent a whole week lazing at home - reading Red Rising, Delayed Death, and Material Girls. I was also busying myself with watching Ace of Diamond, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, and Barakamon. Check out my review of Gekkan Shoujo if you haven't done so. It was a pretty good anime :)


Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos | As the Crow Flies by Damien Boyd | Blur by Steven James | The DUFF by Kody Keplinger | Delayed Death by Beate Boeker | Silk by Chris Karlsen | The Fade Out, vol1 by Ed Brubaker | The Blast by Sarah Perlmutter | Dreamscape: Saving Alex by Kirstin Pulioff | Beastly Bones by William Ritter

[REVIEW] Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

English Title: Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
Studio: Dogakobo
Genre: shoujo, romance, school, comedy
Episodes: 12
Anime Director: Yamazaki Mitsue (Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun)
Adaptation: manga

Sakura Chiyo confesses her feelings to her schoolmate Nozaki. Due to a misunderstanding, Nozaki thinks Sakura is just a fan. She then discovers Nozaki's other identity; a shoujo manga artist. As she gets closer to Nozaki, she befriends Nozaki's quirky acquaintances who assist him and serve as inspirations for his manga.

[REVIEW] Delayed Death

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Series: Temptation in Florence #1
 Beate Boeker
 adult, mystery, cozy mystery, romance
 October 23, 2013 (first published December 1, 2012) 
 Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords

Delayed Death is Book #1 in the Temptation in Florence Series, a cozy murder mystery romance series with a strong dose of humor and romance. 
The title of the series comes from the lingerie store that the protagonist, Carlina, owns and runs, Temptation, on one of Florence, Italy's, premier shopping streets. The Temptation in Florence Series follows the life, adventures and loves of Italian-American Carlina, and of her extended eccentric Italian family, many of whom live in apartments in the same building in central Florence. 
The family's eccentric members and their whims and wishes are a never-ending source of amusement for Carlina. While often treated like the family's Cinderella, Carlina is also a sexy, saucy, funny thirty-two-year-old woman.
When a crisis occurs, right at the beginning of Delayed Death, and Carlina gives in to her domineering cousin's wishes, Carlina sets herself on a collision course with police Commissario Stefano Garini.


Series: N/A
 Kristin Halbrook
 young adult, contemporary, realistic fiction, death, suspense, chick lit, drama
Expected Publication:
 April 21, 2015

Perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson and Gayle Forman, Every Last Promise is a provocative and emotional novel about a girl who must decide between keeping quiet and speaking up after witnessing a classmate's sexual assault.

Kayla saw something at the party that she wasn't supposed to. But she hasn't told anyone. No one knows the real story about what happened that night—about why Kayla was driving the car that ran into a ditch after the party, about what she saw in the hours leading up to the accident, and about the promise she made to her friend Bean before she left for the summer.

Now Kayla's coming home for her senior year. If Kayla keeps quiet, she might be able to get her old life back. If she tells the truth, she risks losing everything—and everyone—she ever cared about.

[REVIEW] The Walls Around Us

Series: N/A
 Nova Ren Suma
 young adult, paranormal, fantasy, ghost, horror, mystery
 March 24, 2015
 Algonquin Young Readers

“Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.” 
The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living, and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Vee, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries: What really happened when Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve – in this life or in another one? We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture – which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see. 
In prose that sings from line to line, Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and of innocence, and of what happens when one is mistaken for the other.



My 2nd academic year in my university just ended last week. It was a really tiring year for me especially with all my major subjects joining together with opening up my blog again :) It was a real roller coaster ride for me. Balancing everything was driving me crazy (and I barely did that, really).

I don't really understand why but I NEED to attend Summer classes this April. I have three good weeks of vacation and I really want to maximize it :) I have a great deal of things in mind but I'd like to start things up with setting the things I'd like to read & watch over my short vacation. I posted some books I intend to read over the season a few days back.

I'm currently rereading Red Rising just because I want to. I'm hoping to finish it soon and proceed to these five books I found people suggests more:

Golden Son by Pierce Brown | Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos | Scarlet by Marissa Meyer | Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M Lee | Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton 

[REVIEW] My Daylight Monsters

Series: Mary Hades #0.5
 Sarah Dalton
 young adult, paranormal, mystery, horror, ghosts, thriller, suspense
 October 2013

I always thought my demons came out in the day, rather than at night. I’ve never been scared of the dark. I’ve only ever been scared of real things: getting ill, having injections, physical pain… death. Those are my monsters, not ghosts or vampires or whatever else can hide under your bed at night.  
I was wrong.  
The dark makes everything worse.  
When 17-year-old Mary Hades is admitted by her parents to a psychiatric unit, her worst nightmares are confirmed. How can she get better in a place that fills her with dread? Her friendships with the other patients — her wacky roommate Lacey, her protector Mo, and the mysterious, green-eyed Johnny — begin to fill her with hope, until she realizes that people in the hospital are dying without explanation. Something sinister stalks the corridors, and it’s up to Mary to stop it. But the closer she gets to the answer, the more perilous her situation becomes, and Mary discovers the only way to get out alive is to confront the things that scare her most. 
Sarah Dalton is the author of the Blemished Series. Her fiction has appeared in Medulla Literary Review, PANK magazine and the British Fantasy Society publication Dark Horizons. She grew up in the countryside of Derbyshire.

[COVER REVEAL] A Batter of Life and Death

Series: A Bakeshop Mystery #2
Author: Ellie Alexander
Genre: adult, mystery, cozy mystery,
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Expected Publication: June 30, 2015
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound

Welcome to Torte--a small-town family bakeshop where the coffee is hot, the muffins are fresh, and the cakes are definitely to die for…

It's autumn in Ashland, Oregon--'tis the season for a spiced hot apple cider with a serving (or two) of Torte's famous peach cobbler. It's also the perfect time for Jules Capshaw to promote her family's beloved bake shop by competing in The Pastry Channel's reality show, Take the Cake. The prize is $25,000. But as Jules quickly learns, some people would kill for that kind of dough. Literally.

Then, just as Jules dusts off her Bavarian Chocolate Cake recipe and cinches up her apron, the corpse of a fellow contestant is discovered--death by buttercream. What began as a fun, tasteful televised adventure has morphed into something of a true-crime detective show for Jules and everybody else on set. Who could have killed Chef Marco, and why? Can Jules sift out the killer before someone else gets burned?


Series: N/A
 Sabaa Tahir
 young adult, fantasy, romance, dystopia, science fiction
Expected Publication:
 April 28, 2015

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution. 
ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier— and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor. 
When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself. 

[TOP TEN TUESDAY] Books on My Spring TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and The Bookish.

This Week's Topic: Books on my spring TBR list

Spring season is technically my summer vacation. SO I had really fun coming up with this tbr list. I had fun because I'm quite sure that I'll really be able to read these books. I've been VERY busy this March because of my major subjects. While I'll still have summer classes come April 13, I'm quite sure that my subjects then will not be as heavy as those I have right now.

I didn't add any upcoming books on this list because I'm quite sure my country won't have the new releases until the next season -__-

Golden Son by Pierce Brown. I told myself that I'll read it the moment I was able to buy it but I was bloodydamn busy so I'll just read it once my vacation starts. I'm also planning to reread Red Rising before jumping into this one :)
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. This one had so much love on my previous book haul post, SO I'll just go ahead and read it. Although as far as I can remember this one had mixed reviews. Hopefully I won't fall on the disappointed side.
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I keep on telling myself that I'll read this. I'll read this. I'll read this. And I will. It's just that I always get stuck with my current read because I become to busy to finish them so I can't move on to my next book. BUT this time I WILL READ HAVE THE TIME TO READ THIS.
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake. I also keep on placing this on my tbr list. SO yeah, I promise myself that I WILL FINALLY READ THIS.
Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Ummm... I'm adding this here just because I really need to finish this book && it's practically the oldest book I bought that I still haven't read.

[REVIEW] Silent Scream

Series: D.I. Kim Stone #1
 Angela Marsons
 adult, mystery, thriller, crime fiction
 February 20, 2015

Even the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever… 
Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult-sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood … 
Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country. 
But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades. 
As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late?
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