Thursday, July 20, 2017

Local Bookish Subscription Boxes

         Bookish subscription box has become a trend to book lovers and collectors. A box sometimes include a book, bookmarks, and other book related items such as bookish candle, tea and many more. There are a lot of popular international bookish subscription box services like owl crate and fairyloot but the shipping can be very expensive. So if you are looking for inexpensive bookish subscription box services I have 3 amazing company here to share with you. Plus, they are local so the shipping is very cheap and they also support local artist and companies as well. 

P.S The companies that I will mentions did not pay me to do this promotion. I just like the service they render and I like supporting local businesses. 

Moving on, the first company is...

1. Empire Crates 
Photo from Empire Crates's Instagram 

Empire Crates is a bookish merch subscription box that started this year (2017). They are a bi-monthly subscription box, which means they are releasing boxes one month apart, so in a year they will be releasing 6 boxes.

Photo from Empire Crates's Instagram 
The picture above is there June box, which is themed Wedding Bells. 
Inside are: 
- Magnetic bookmarks from @angeleillustrate
- Candle with "Wedding bells" label from @thehouseofwicks
- Artprint from @idlestuff -
- Necklace and earrings with infinity design
- Gold Crown
- Bookmark with empirecrates' name
- Personalized letter
- Shells and 2 doves
- And of course the book of the month, which is Once and For All by Sarah Dessen. 

Photo from Empire Crates's Instagram 

The pre-order for their August box is currently happening. The theme for the month of Vanguard. There will be no book of the month but it will include exclusive merchandise inspired by Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom and DC Universe for the price of ₱850 (inclusive of shipping fee to anywhere in the Philippines). But there is a pre-order promo and the details for that is in the picture below.

Photo from Empire Crates's Instagram 
If you want to pre-order the August box click here

To know more about Empire Crate go to their Instagram 

2. Marauder's Dispatch 

Photo from the Marauder's dispatch's website
Marauder's dispatch is a Philippine-based, which includes 10-15 bookish goodies customized and style for the client's liking. 

 A box will include the following: 

- A newly released YA book every month! It's format can either be paper back or hard back.
- 6-10 bookish goodies! 
- With every box, they will be featuring items that are underrated and under appreciated... they feature these items because they need love and attention and because they aren't getting the hype they deserve!
Photo from Arianna Danganan's Instagram

Above is a picture of their June "Mystic Illusions' box, which includes the following:
- An hourglass
- Marauder's bookish hand scrub
- Pocketwatch/necklace
- A5 notebook with the cutest pouch
- Mini mason jar filled with chocolates
- Lightbulb bottle with blue sand
- Let's travel through the pages of a book pin
- Lady Julie candle from @idlestuff that smells of peppermint
- Two bookmarks from @markyourbookph
- And of course, The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein

Photo from the Marauder's dispatch's Instagram
Their August box is up for pre-order and the theme is Enchantments, which is inspired by magic and mischief namely; Alice in wonderland, Disney movies, Harry Potter, and a lot more. 

Pre-order their Enchantments box here

To know more about Marauder's Dispatch go to their Instagram 

3. Pouts & Fluffs Loot Box 
Photo from Pouts & Fluffs Loot box's Instagram

Pouts & Fluffs Loot Box is a Monthly Young-Adult Book Subscription Box that is based in the Philippines. Their box will include: 

- The Book of the Month (It may be hardbound or paperback and it may be about fantasy, romance, mystery, or adventure, as long as it's a YA Novel). 
- Bookish Merch 
- Printed Bookish Items 


Photo from Pouts & Fluffs Loot box's Instagram
Above is there June "Down the Memory Lane" box.
Inside are the following:
- An exclusive drawstring bag from our sub shop @poutsandfluffs.ph
- A Nostalgia candle by @bookish.light
- An exclusive vintage Harry Potter inspired bookmark by @literaryshop
- A mason jar full of Butterballs inspired by The Three Broomstick's Butterbeer from Harry Potter
- A pack of tea bags from @litearary.ph
- A Flame in the Mist inspired Art Print designed by Mr. Pouts
- A Flame in the Mist inspired printed bookmark
- An exclusive sticker adaptation of Flame in the Mist's main character "Mariko"
- A picture holder/hanger from @bookstaprops
- And of course, our book of the month "A Flame in the Mist" by Renee Ahdieh.

Photo from Pouts & Fluffs Loot box's Instagram

Their August "Magical Encounters" box is up for pre-order, if you would like to purchase a box from them. This box will be very enchanting and it will also include 6-8 goodies (or more), some exclusively made for our box and will have items inspired by Alice in Wonderland and Percy Jackson. It will also be a signed copy and will have a letter from the author. Some exclusive goodies from the author will be included too. The price of the box is Php 1, 399.00 (exclusive of shipping fee)

Pre-Order your box here 
Also check out Pouts & Fluffs Lootbox's Instagram


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So those are the three local bookish subscription box services that I highly recommend. The owners are very nice and accommodating. Plus, I have also seen some great reviews about them. Furthermore, I have already ordered boxes from them and I will do an unboxing and review of the following boxes as soon as they arrive on my doorstep:
- Marauder's Dispatch's July 'Swindlers' box 
- Pouts & Fluffs Lootbox's July 'Stay Alive' box
- Empire Crates' August 'Vanguard' box. 

I love the concept of local bookish subscription boxes because you never know the items you are going to get, so it feels like Christmas. So... let me know in the comments section if there are other local bookish subscription box services that I need to try out. 

XOXO,
Isabel 


Friday, July 14, 2017

Book Review: Only A Kiss by Ines Bautista - Yao

Title: Only A Kiss
Author: Ines Bautista - Yao
Release Date: November 29, 2014
Publisher: Chamber Shell Publishing 
PLOT:
(Source: goodreads)

When she was nine-years-old, Katie knew she wanted Chris to give her her first kiss. It wasn’t because she was in love with him (no way, he was her best friend! Besides, she was in love with his fourteen-year-old big brother), it was because she could make him do anything she wanted.

Besides, it didn't really mean anything. It was only a kiss after all.

But then things started to change. They grew up. They parted ways and went to different high schools. And other girls and boys—well, just one particular boy—came into the picture, throwing their lives upside down.

Told from the alternating points of view of Katie and Chris, this love story between two best friends will tug at your heartstrings and leave you thinking how the simplest things can mean so much.


Purchase 'Only A Kiss' on:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Reading and writing are close to Ines Bautista Yao's heart ever since she was a child. She graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in AB Communication Arts. She has been a teacher at the Assumption College San Lorenzo and the Ateneo de Manila University's English department.

Her debut novel One Crazy Summer was first penned in 2007 when she was pregnant with her first daughter Addie. Being a mother has taken much of Ines' time so she was only able to write 13 pages of her novel. She completed her story in April 2011, while three-year-old Addie was sleeping and inspiration struck her again. Two months later her story was complete. After eight months, her dream of publishing her own book came true. The book was only launched last January 26, 2012, but Ines is already writing her second novel.

Most readers can remember Ines as the former editor-in-chief of K-Zone Magazine and Candy Magazine . At present, Ines is working as an editor of Summit Books. She is also married to photographer Marc Yao, whom she says she consults whenever she's stuck in the middle of a story she's writing.
Follow Ines on the following:

REVIEW: 
Disclaimer: I got this book free from amazon during a crazy promo and in return I would like to write an HONEST review. 


              This book follows Chris and Katie, and how their friendship blossomed into romance. I really like the friends to lovers trope. I think it's really cute when authors do that because I love the idea of your great love being your best friend. With that being said, a romantic story is nothing without emotions and this book has so much emotions in it. The author wrote it in a way that you can feel the characters' happiness, heartbreak, and etc... Her words are just so expressive. And I may have shed a tear or two while reading it. 

                  My only problem with this book is that it has a really fast pacing that I could not connect with the characters. The story jumps from milestone to another like from childhood to adolescence to adult years that we do not get to know the characters deeply or more in-depth. But I do like that in the style the author presented the story we get to see the development of the characters and their relationship with one another. 

                   Nevertheless, I did enjoy this book. It is a very light and fast read; it's nothing to deep and it's very entertaining. I think that the author did a great job in writing about love and friendship, and the ups and downs that comes with it. I devoured this book in one sitting because I am eager to know the ending that lies between the two characters. I wanted to know it was a happy or a tragic ending (Side note: I was very happy about the ending). To assert, I recommend this book if you are looking for a romance book that is fast paced and light to read. Plus it is a #RomanceClass book so it will definitely have a lot of kilig and swoon moments. 




P.S What is your favorite romance book? 


XOXO,
Isabel 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 2017 TBR Part 2


This is part two of my TBR list for this month because I have a lot of books that I am planning to read.

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E Schwab 
This is the last book of the Shades of Magic trilogy. 
I have been putting off reading this book because I am 
scared that something sad might happen to my favorite
characters (and by reading V.E Schwab's tweets
I know something bad is going to happen), 
which would then ruin me because I love this 
series so much and I do not want to end it in a sad note. 

PLOT:
Witness the fate of beloved heroes - and enemies.

THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED...
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell - once assumed to be the last surviving Antari - begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace - but never common - thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.



Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity # 2) by Victoria Schwab 

Again another to ending to a series 
or should I say duology since it only has two book.
Anyway, I am so excited for this one because 
I love the first book 

PLOT: 
THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.

KATE HARKER isn't afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she's good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

THE WAR HAS BEGUN.

THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.

Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims' inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?




The Wrath and The Dawn (The Wrath and The Dawn #1) by Renée Adhier
A good friend of mine (Hi Sherna) recommended me 
this book so I am sorry that it took a while for 
me to pick it up... so here I go. 
Better late than never. 

PLOT:
One Life to One Dawn.


In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.


Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?


Dumplin' (Dumplin' #1) by Julie Murphy
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.


With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.



Wintersong (Wintersong #1) by S. Jae-Jones

PLOT: 
Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.



So what do you think, will I accomplish this challenge or will I fail? 

Follow me on Instagram @isabelsamonte where I post pictures daily

XOXO,
Isabel

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July 2017 TBR Part 1

   

               I only have a month left before I start law school and my goal is to read a lot of books in my 'To Be Read' (TBR) pile. It's quite a challenge because I have a lot of books to read but I am planning on reading 20+ books before August. So for this month I am challenging myself to read at least a minimum of 10 or more books, which I have done before but you never know when a reading slump will come. We shall see with my monthly wrap up if I will do good on this challenge. So moving on to the list of books I will read this month (Update: while editing this I have already read five books and I am currently reading my sixth one this month)... 



A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by V.E Schwab


(Side note: This is actually a re-read before 
I start reading the last book of the trilogy, 
which A Conjuring of Light) 

PLOT:
It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell's possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland's dying body through the rift--back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games--an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries--a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.


The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle


PLOT:
Growing up in privileged, Manhattan social circles, Caggie’s life should be perfect, and it almost was until the day that her younger sister drowned when Caggie was supposed to be watching her. Stricken by grief, Caggie pulls away from her friends and family, only to have everyone misinterpret a crucial moment when she supposedly saves a fellow classmate from suicide. Now she’s famous for something she didn’t do and everyone lauds her as a hero. But inside she still blames herself for the death of her sister and continues to pull away from everything in her life, best friend and perfect boyfriend included. Then Caggie meets Astor, the new boy at school, about whom rumours are swirling and known facts are few. In Astor she finds someone who just might understand her pain, because he has an inner pain of his own. But the more Caggie pulls away from her former life to be with Astor, the more she realises that his pain might be darker, and deeper, than anything she’s ever felt. His pain might be enough to end his life…and Caggie’s as well.


Stalking Jack The Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco

 I have been wanting to read this because I am very interested serial killers, 
especially Jack the Ripper and H.H Holmes. 
I was actually planning on waiting for the paperback version 
but I could not wait so I ended up buying the hardback edition. 
I cannot wait to see how the author put her own twists in this historical event. 

PLOT:
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
   

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera 
This is a very hyped up book, which
I am very excited about. But I am also scared
because I have high expectations and I don't
want to be disappointed like the last
with More Happy Than Not

PLOT:
When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

Because of Lila by Abbi Glines 
I am an avid fan of Abbi Glines and
I have been following this series from
the beginning, so of course I am reading this. 

PLOT:
Prim, proper, classic good girl, and her least favorite label - icy.

Lila Kate Carter has heard them all. The last one, being the newest. She is not icy. She just doesn’t care for Cruz Kerrington and his spoiled, selfish, careless ways. That doesn’t make her icy, that makes him a jerk!

Tired of being labeled and doing what is expected of her, Lila Kate leaves Rosemary Beach, Florida ready for an adventure. Wanting to recreate herself, find a new path, and become something more.

Eli Hardy is tired of women who always act the same, do the same thing and expect the same thing. He's ready to swear off women until he can get the rest of his life together.

Two weeks into has no-women-rule he meets Lila. She’s so damn sweet and polite. Like she walked right out of an etiquette book. But he’d already been drunk before she walked in so there was a good chance she might not be as stunning and perfect as he thinks. He’s just too drunk to worry about that.

The next morning, he swears he can still smell her on his skin. He just can’t remember why or what happened after that third dance.

Their worlds are about to collide, and so are the secrets and lies.

Stay tune for part two! 

XOXO,
Isabel 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

June 2017 Wrap Up and Haul


WRAP UP 

1. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices # 1) by Cassandra Clare 

In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.


Mini Review: This is probably the best series in 
the Shadowhunter Chronicles. It's filled with relatable strong yet vulnerable characters
filled with passion and emotions. It also as a captivating storyline. 
I love how it tackles about parabatai because it was never really
explained in the other series but I love how the idea
of it and how the story centers about romance between parabatais, which 
is forbidden. I also like how it glues the story of the Infernal Devices and 
the Mortal Instruments together. In addition, after reading City of Heavenly Fire
I could not wait to read more about Emma Carstairs and the Blackthorns and I am so glad
 that they finally have their own series and I cannot wait to read more. 



2. Heartless by Marissa Meyer


Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.





Mini Review: 
I was so hyped up to read this book.
Many people have been raving about it but
 it just left me really disappointed. The progression 
of the story left me bored. Also, the relationship of 
the characters with each other is very dry and I found myself forcing 
myself to finish this book, which is never a good thing. What really bugs 
me about this book is Catherine and Jest's relationship. If feels like its instalove. 
There was a lack of development in the relationship and it almost feels like 
they fell in love as soon as they saw one another and it was plataue from then.
Nevertheless, I really like Catherine's character. She was so complex and relatable.
I really enjoyed reading her perspective and thoughts. But in the end, in my opinion 
The Lunar Chronicles is better than this book. 


3. Sad Girls by Lang Leav 




“Your first love isn’t the first person you give your heart to—it’s the first one who breaks it.”

Sad Girls is the much anticipated debut novel from international best-selling author Lang Leav. A beautifully written and emotionally charged coming of age story, where young love, dark secrets, and tragedy collide.

School is almost out for Audrey, but the panic attacks are just beginning. Because Audrey told a lie and now her classmate, Ana, is dead. Just as her world begins to spin out of control, Audrey meets the enigmatic Rad—the boy who could turn it all around. But will their ill-timed romance drive her closer to the edge?






Mini Review: 
I commend Lang Leav for her outstanding presentation
 in regards with Mental Disorder more specifically, Anxiety and Panic Attacks. 
This discourse will help people understand Anxiety 
and the people affected by such disorder. My only problem with 
this book is the characterization of Audrey. Her development was 
going great especially when she went to Colorado, got to know
 herself better, and met Gabe but it went totally downhill when she went 
back. I was so frustrated because she went back to zero.

Full Review Here 


4. Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices # 2) by Cassandra Clare 


Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

Mini Review: 
I can't believe I have to read two FREAKING years for 
the next book. The ending almost killed me. It feels like I'm reading 
A Series of Unfortunate Events: Shadowhunter edition. 
I feel bad for the Blackthorns because
it feels like they are always having a bad day. But despite all that 
I like how their optimistic they are.


HAUL 

1. Batman Through The Looking Glass by Bruce Jones and Sam Kieth 



In this original graphic novel, Batman meets his foe The Mad Hatter for the very first time - landing The Dark Knight in a Won-derland he could never have imagined, hot on the heels of a white rabbit. But is this strange place real, or a hallucination? Robinand Alfred have to believe he's deep in delirium - but if that's the case, how does he manage to resolve several mysteries that have plagued Gotham City for decades.This fantastic tale is spun by renowned comics writer Bruce Jones (THE INCREDIBLE HULK) with surreal art by Sam Kieth(THE MAXX, BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM - MADNESS, LOBO).






2. Bad Days In History (A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year) by Michael Farquar
National Geographic and author Michael Farquhar uncover an instance of bad luck, epic misfortune, and unadulterated mayhem tied to every day of the year. From Caligula's blood-soaked end to hotelier Steve Wynn's unfortunate run-in with a priceless Picasso, these 365 tales of misery include lost fortunes (like the would-be Apple investor who pulled out in 1977 and missed out on a $30 billion-dollar windfall), romance gone wrong (like the 16th-century Shah who experimented with an early form of Viagra with empire-changing results), and truly bizarre moments (like the Great Molasses Flood of 1919).

Think you’re having a bad day? Trust us, it gets worse.







2. Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco 

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.





What is your most anticipated read for next month? 

XOXO,
Isabel 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Book Signing: Lang Leav


Me with Lang Leav holding her debut novel, Sad Girls.

              Lang Leav is an international best-selling author and social media sensation. She is the winner of a Qantas Spirit of Youth Award and coveted Churchill Fellowship. Her books continue to top bestseller charts in bookstores worldwide and Lullabies, was the 2014 winner of the Goodreads Choice award for poetry.

                Lang has been featured in various publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Straits Times, The Guardian and The New York Times. She currently resides in New Zealand with her partner and fellow author Michael Faudet.



                      Her book signing was last June 25, 2017 and I was very fortunate enough to attend. There was only 1,000 slots allotted for the Manila signing, so I arrived at the venue, Glorietta, at around 5:20am and I got the 61st slot. It was so crazy because it was only 9am when the all of the slots were filled. I really felt bad for those who got cut off.

See if you can spot me.


                 I also got the opportunity to ask Lang a question. I have attended a lot of book signings but I never had the confidence to ask authors questions so this was my first time and I was very nervous. My voice was shaky but Lang was very kind. I asked about how she researched about Anxiety and Panic Disorder since the main character of Sad Girls, Audrey, suffers from those disorders. She said that she and some of her friends experience anxiety and with that she wrote those experiences in the book. 


             
            There were also a lot of fans who gave gifts to Lang, such as drawings and poetry. It was so sweet to see how kind the fans are. 




Talking to Lang, while she was signing my book.
         I was fangirling so hard. I actually have a video of this moment. I shared it at instagram but I excluded the audio because it was a personal moment for me. I just loved talking to her. She was very sweet and I cannot wait to meet her again soon.



              In addition, I got to see and hangout with some of my bookish friends that I met from previous book signings. I also got to meet new friends that is why I like attending book signings. Not only can you meet your favorite authors but it is also a way to meet new friends.


Me with a copy of Sad Girl
               Sad Girls is the much anticipated debut novel from international best-selling author Lang Leav. A beautifully written and emotionally charged coming of age story, where young love, dark secrets, and tragedy collide.

              School is almost out for Audrey, but the panic attacks are just beginning. Because Audrey told a lie and now her classmate, Ana, is dead. Just as her world begins to spin out of control, Audrey meets the enigmatic Rad—the boy who could turn it all around. But will their ill-timed romance drive her closer to the edge? 

If you want to see my whole review of Sad Girls click here

Question: Which author do you want to meet next? 

XOXO, 
Isabel