Thursday, November 13, 2014

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #18 | Which Weasley character would you be?


This is a weekly meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts. Check her out for more information about the meme.

This is probably one of the hardest questions, because I really don't have an idea. I could be Bill or Charlie, because I'm pretty responsible and I know my priorities, or Ginny because I have her I-don't-take-crap-from-anyone attitude and she's a female, or even the Weasley twins because they're pretty witty and sarcastic, which I kind of am. But, I think would be most likely to be Ron Weasley. 

This is me every minute of the day:

 I share a lot of characteristics with Ron, such as I like to procrastinate, I'm pretty loyal to my friends,  I like to sleep and eat, I get scolded by mom many times, I'm pretty clumsy and impulsive and sometimes I'm really, really dense. 
The only thing I'm different from Ron is that I don't really get jealous that often because I don't really see the point in it. 

Tell me who you picked in the comments below!

Monday, November 10, 2014

November TBR & What's Coming



I know this is so late, but better late than never, right? 


My TBR:


1. Prime Deception by Carys Jones (Currently Reading)


2. House of Hades by Rick Riordan (Currently Reading)


3. Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan


4. The Black Circle by Patrick Carman 


5. In Too Deep by Jude Watson


6. The Viper's Nest by Peter Lerangis


7. The Emperor's Code by Gordon Korman


8. Storm Warning by Linda Sue Park


9. Into The Gauntlet by Margaret Peterson Haddix


10. Vicious by V.E. Schwab


11. The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker 


A bit ambitious, I know. But I really want to push myself to get reading done this month. Besides, I'm not too sure about the last two books because they are both a bit hefty while the 39 Clues Series books, which I really want to finish, are more in the thinner side. Let's hope that I get to at least half of this! Crossing my fingers. 


What's Coming


- 39 Clues Series Review
- Prime Deception Review
- Another Installation in My Top 3 Series
- A TAG! *I am so excited*
- A couple book memes, aye?

What are you reading this month?
What would you like to see on this blog?
Tell me in the comments below!
Have a great reading month. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

October Wrap-Up



Hello? Is anyone still there?
Yes, I am alive and well. I'm so, so, so sorry for the lack of posts because, yes you guessed it, school. It is being a pain in the butt and 2nd quarter has always been hectic because of all the projects and the holidays and all that jazz. Just please bear with me!
Anyways, I didn't really had much time to read, and write, so I only finished two books. 

Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan


This is probably my favorite Rick Riordan book, and that's saying something because I completely adore the Percy Jackson and Olympians series and the Heroes of Olympus series, as well, but this book is just up there. It had the right amount of humor mixed in with the full-blown action scenes and mystery and just everything. Also, because of Annabeth. Annabeth was such a huge part of this book and it was the first time we finally got to see her perspective, her story and how her mind works, and it was just so fun to see. My favorite part in this book was the last chapter. It was just mind-blowing and sad and FEELS. This is mainly the reason why I couldn't continue on with House of Hades as fast as I would've wanted because I was so scared of the things that might happen. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. 

The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway


This is actually for school, for my Language Arts class, and it was also my first Ernest Hemingway book! I wouldn't say I hated it, but I didn't love it also. I probably would never have picked this up if it weren't for a class because, as I said before, I'm not one for classics. Never have, and probably will never be. But, I did like some parts in this book, especially about Santiago's (the old man) view on life and the sea, and how his past experiences shaped him. I gave this book a 3 out 5 stars on Goodreads. 

Blog Posts!


Hopefully, this month will be better, reading-wise and for writing-wise.
November TBR will up soon, so look out for that! 
Comment below what you think of the two books I read during the month of October!

Monday, October 27, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #19


This weekly meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, go check her out for more information and the Linkys list to check out the other participants!

School is already catching up with me and we're only 3 weeks in the 2nd Quarter. 

Currently Reading:

Prime Deception by Carys Jones
&
House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan (STILL) Almost there, guys. 


Book I Recently Finished:



The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan 
Should I do a reaction of the series? Tell me in the comments below!

Books I am Planning to Pick Up Next: 


The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus #5) by Rick Riordan  



Previous Blog Posts:


Please check out my other blog posts and tell me what you think!
AND, How are y'all doing? I hope that you have a great reading week!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall Reads | What Am I Reading This Season?

In light of fall being a month in already and a day off from school, I want to talk about the books I want to pick up this season. To be honest, I never liked reading creepy/scary books during the fall, maybe because I've never been a Halloween-type of person. To me, fall is all about being cozy, warm, (even though I probably don't need that because I live in Hawaii) and just something comfortable, so I like to read contemporary and romance (not full-on, though) books. So, here are the books I want to read this season:


1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell



2. Anna & The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins



3. Winger by Andrew Smith



4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell



5. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews



6. Paper Towns by John Green



7. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini 



So, what do y'all think?
What are you reading this fall?
Tell me in the comments below!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #17 | If there was one thing you could change about Harry Potter, what would it be?


This is a weekly meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts. Check her out for more information about the meme.


I want to say that "Harry Potter is perfect just the way it is," but then I would be joking myself, because let's face it we all want one thing. And, that one thing is for the series to last forever. Right?
Tell me I'm not the only one.

With that being said, though, I do like the ending, the epilogue, and the closure the last book gave me. 
BUT I STILL WANT MORE.

And, I know J.K. Rowling is sending some cryptic tweets out there and the movie about Newt Scamander and The Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. And, also the Pottermore website, and the story or snippet (maybe that's just my wishful thinking) that came out a few months ago. 
BUT I'M STILL HERE WANTING MORE.

I want to know everything. Not just the 19 years after, the in between, how they rebuilt themselves and just their whole world after Voldemort. Were there any dangers, what happened to the other Death Eaters? Even the Ron-Hermione relationship, because we only got to see it in the last book, technically.
I JUST WANT TO KNOW EVERYTHING. PLEASE. 


Monday, October 20, 2014

Top Ten Tuesdays #14 | (Not So) New Series I Want To Start

 This weekly meme is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. Go check them out and don't forget to add your blog post's link so everyone can see your top ten, if you do decide to join!

Okay, I'm most probably going to cheat because I really, really, really need to start so much series and here's my top ten:

1. Legend (Legend) by Marie Lu 
This just needs to be done. I've heard so much good things about this series and I want to pick it up so bad. 

2. Shatter Me (Shatter Me) by Tahereh Mafi 
When this exploded in the BookTube community, I was so intrigued (mainly because of the cover). I really don't know what's going on with this one, but I really want to know. 

3. Shadow and Bone (The Grisha) by Leigh Bardugo 
This one has been recommended to me by so much people and I just keep forgetting to pick up.
 
4. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J. Maas 
Another BookTube community favorite, although I don't blame it because I heard there's a kick-butt female protagonist.... 

5. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer 
I've never really read fairytale retellings, except for Beastly, and I heard this series is the epitome of greatness when it comes to fairytale retellings. 

6. I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies) by Pittacus Lore 
So, I have the first two books from this series and they have been sitting on my shelves for the longest time. I liked the movie and I'm sad they didn't continue it, but I hear the books are so much better.

7. The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner Trilogy) by James Dashner 
I bought the trilogy box set out of impulse because of the movie, mainly because I didn't want the movie tie-in covers. And, now I am hearing mixed reviews on this one, so I don't really know when to pick it up but I really want to. 

8. The Selection (The Selection) by Kiera Cass 
I've always liked princess-type books growing up, I don't really know if I still like them, but I feel like this series will definitely help me figure that out. 

9. Anna and The French Kiss (Anna and The French Kiss) by Stephanie Perkins 
I just want to know what the hype is all about so I will be definitely picking this series up really soon.

10. The City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare 
Okay, so I actually have started this series, I got to half of the third book then just stopped for no reason, and now I don't remember anything. So, I am hoping to marathon this during Christmas vacation. 

So, what do you think?
What are your top picks?
Tell me in the comments below!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #18


This weekly meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, go check her out for more information and the Linkys list to check out the other participants!

So, so, so happy to finally get on track with this blog and my reading habits. Although, last week was a bit slow because I did prepare some drafts for my trip in about two months, which I'm sure I won't be able to get anything done. Better to start preparing early than to procrastinate, right?

Currently Reading:

Prime Deception by Carys Jones
&
House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan Almost there, guys. 


Book I Recently Finished:



The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan 
Should I do a reaction of the series? Tell me in the comments below!

Books I am Planning to Pick Up Next: 


The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus #5) by Rick Riordan  

Previous Blog Posts:


What are y'all reading this week?
Tell me in the comments below! 

Eon and Eona Duology by Alison Goodman | Book Review




Title: Eon: Dragoneye Reborn, Eona: The Last Dragoneye                                                  
Author: Alison Goodman                                              
Series: Eon
Released: December 26, 2008, April 19, 2011
Pages: 531, 637
Rating: 

Synopsis: (First book only)
Sixteen-year-old Eon has a dream, and a mission. For years, he's been studying sword-work and magic, toward one end. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye-an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.

But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a twelve-year-old boy. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured.

When Eon's secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a deadly struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic...and her life.

I read this duology for about a month or so because right I after a finished the first book, which I did in under a week, school started and that totally threw me off and my reading schedule/habits. Although, when the second picked up, which wasn't that long, I read the rest of it one sitting. 

I've never read a Chinese astrology book before, or just any Chinese books, so that already piqued my attention. The world-building, tied in with Chinese history, politics, social and cultural traditions, was just wonderfully done that you couldn't help but be drawn to it. Although, in the first few chapters book it had me scratching my head a few times. Also, this was my first dragon book (if you count Harry Potter, then no) and now my hands are itching to read more. 

The plot was just so original to me, it being my first ever dragon book, and I loved it. The fantasy world, the action (trust me there was a lot), the hardships and internal struggle were just gut-wrenching and beautiful. The characters were easily relatable and very interesting, especially in this modern society, where we're all just different. We have characters such as a handicap posing as another gender to be accepted, a son fighting hard to do what's right, and a servant who isn't really looked up to because of his sexual orientation. And, I feel like that it is so important to see themes of loyalty and friendship. AND, no plot holes. Yes, I said it. From my previous book reviews, you could see I'm a bit big on plot holes but this one did not have any! And, it was glorious.

Let's talk about our protagonist Eon, or Eona. She was infuriating, to say the least, but maybe because in some parts I related to her while in some situations her decisions just made me want to rip my hair out. In the first book, you could see her struggling with self-identity, which definitely crossed over the second book, but then it transformed to this whole another level of struggle. Her actions definitely made me wonder if she's joking or not and a whole lot of them made me think how much of a hypocrite she actually is. BUT. Eona's character development was so noticeable in the end, where all of her actions seem to tie in, somewhat at least. 

THE FEELS IN THIS BOOK WERE JUST ON THE ROOF. Obstacle after obstacle, wrong decisions after the other, it felt like it was never going to end. This is mainly pointed toward the second book, because the first was like the calm (ish, not really) before the storm. And, there wasn't even a big spotlight on romance, in the first book at least, and I didn't think that that could be done. 

Alison Goodman's writing was just so detailed, precise, and somewhat lyrical. She uses words to encapture the readers' senses; nose, eyes, everything, and make them feel like as if they were physically there. From the scents to the rumble of the earth, I was there. The way she was able to give so much different characters, from the way they spoke to their actions, was just mind-blowing because they were all so distinct and that definitely added to the emotion/tone of the book because the characters were so different, so obviously they all clashed with one other. 

To conclude, please just read this book. Absolutely brilliant, with unique characters and plot, tied in with themes that complimented each other so well. Definitely a well-rounded book. Just make sure to have tissues with you, because those tears will definitely come, whether it be just from serious frustration or just happiness. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Memes | The House of Hades

 
The Friday 56 is hosted over at Freda's Voice! While the Book Beginning is hosted over at Rose City Reader. So, go check both of them out if you need more information. 
The rules of The Friday 56 are very simple:
- Grab a book, any book.
- Turn to page 56 or 56% if you are reading from an e-reader.
- Find any sentence or sentences that grab you then post them.
- Make sure to add your post url to the page which is at Freda's Voice, so all of the participants can see!
Book Beginnings:
Share the first sentence, or so, of the book you are currently reading. Share your thoughts and don't forget to also add your post url at Rose City Reader's page!

The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan


AHHHHHHHH. The Mark of Athena ending took a huge toll on me, so I'm very cautious with this one but I feel like I'm never prepared with what's going to happen and yes, I'm one of the few people who are still not spoiled with this series so please don't tell me anything. 
Anyways, I had a good blogging week, because I got so much drafts and ideas started that will start going up next week, but reading wise, not so much. I've been really drowsy this week because I do wake up very early for school and I can't really focus in the evening, hence the drowsiness but I will try to get this book done during the weekend. Crossing my fingers. 

Book Beginnings
"During the third attack, Hazel almost ate a boulder. She was peering into fog, wondering how it could be so difficult to fly across one stupid mountain range, when the ship's alarm bells sounded."

The Friday 56
"Kelli had almost killed Percy. She had manipulated Annabeth's oldest friend, Luke, urging him to commit darker deeds in the name of Kronos.
Annabeth really wished she still had her dagger."

I really, really love the humor in this book, because it makes the book multi-dimensional in a way that it's just not adventurous or gut-wrenching but also funny and light-hearted, at times.
Anyone currently reading this series/book?
How are you liking it?
How's everyone's week went?
Tell me in the comments below! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #17


This weekly meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, go check her out for more information and the Linkys list to check out the other participants!

I was MIA for about two weeks and now I am officially back! Yay! Fall break definitely helped me refresh, mentally and physically, and I am so happy!

Currently Reading:

Prime Deception by Carys Jones For review, which may or may not have been sent two months ago.... I know, I'm so sorry!
&
House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan AHHHHHHH.  


Book I Recently Finished:



The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan The ending of this book got me messed up. So good, definitely going to be my favorite from the Heroes of Olympus series, because so much character development, the plot was so rich, and the FEELS. I tell you there's a lot. 

Books I am Planning to Pick Up Next: 


The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus #5) by Rick Riordan I got this on the mail on Friday and I was screaming my head off, no joke. But, I'm still on House of Hades so this will have to wait. 

Previous Blog Posts:


How are y'all doing?
Tell me in the comments below!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #16 | Judging by your family, would you be a Muggle-Born, Half-Blood, or Pure-Blood?


This is a weekly meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts. Check her out for more information about the meme.

Judging by your family, would you be a Muggle-Born, Half-Blood, or Pure-Blood?

No matter how much I want to say I'm a full-blown witch, I feel like I'm a Muggle-Born. Although, a lot of legends pertain to Filipinos being witches and wizards, but those aren't the good kind. I feel like I'm a Muggle-Born because I'm the odd ball out, I'm pretty much the only that reads in both sides of my family, so from that already they can't relate to me, or vice versa. Also, my family just doesn't seem the "magic" kind. It doesn't mean that I'm not proud to be a Muggle-Born though, because Hermione is one and look where she is now. But, I'm still waiting for that Hogwarts letter, though even though I may or may not be 16 already.....


This is so me, by the way, in school, just not with a smile.