Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Book Launch: Saw Her Standing There by Patrick Formanes




              Last November, I was invited by Sarah from Icon International Events to a book launching of Saw Her Standing There by Patrick Formanes. The event took place at The Forum, Fully Booked in The Fort, Bonifacio Global City. During the event the author together with his wife, Eileen, talked about the book and he even read a chapter sampler. According to Patrick, the novel is inspired by his and his wife's life. He also dedicates the novel to his wife saying that it is a love letter to her.

Patrick reading a chapter of his novel with Eileen beside him. 
About the Author.




              Patrick Formanes is a Filipino-American and was born and raised in New York city to immigrant parents. He also has one brother. He graduated from New York University (NYU) with a degree in Journalism. Saw Her Standing There is his first published novel.



About the Book "Saw Her Standing There".




PLOT:
In New York City, there were these two people, Ryan and Lane. They met in high school, fell in love, and later married. Yes, to each other. From here, it would be easy to ask, “Does anyone die? Did they turn into wizards? Witches? Ghosts? Vampires? How about zombies? Or, are they monsters of unknown origins, their only aim to annihilate their neighboring monsters by gnashing them to delicious morsels with their ridiculously sharp incisors, leaving the planet to stew in the juices and horrific odors of rotten animal flesh, splintered bones, and exposed innards, then kill each other because: (1) they get hungry again and (2) they don’t like vegetables?” No. None of that stuff will be found in this novel. Through these pages, you will learn about Ryan and Lane, who are regular humans devoid of any superpowers, as well as their fellow Filipino-American friends, and how they maneuver through personal challenges while attending their Queens high school. Follow them as they play sports, kiss (and more), use the foulest language, excel academically (at least most of them), fight, go to parties, eat food, take public transportation, and, most importantly, learn about each other.

FACTS ABOUT THE BOOK:
Where did the title came from? 
* The title is inspired from The Beatles Song "I saw her standing there" and also a scene from the book. 

What lessons can we get from the novel? 
* Teens and their perspectives 
* The Importance of words, communication, and human interaction.
* Timeless friendship and family

What the author wanted to show with this novel?
* A young adult book that is real and genuine.
* A book that is fictional but based on reality thus making the flow naturally and fluid. 

What is/are the difference/s of this novel from other YA contemporary books?
* The ending is in the start. 
* The dialogues are real and genuine. 
* It covers the difficulty of a Filipino-American immigrant in the U.S. 

Where to purchase the book? 
It is also available in Fully Booked branches in Bonifacio High Street, Alabang Town Center, Powerplant Mall, Rockwell Center, Promenade Greenhills, Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, and Eastwood City.  

Thursday, December 1, 2016

November 2016 Wrap Up

1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff




This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.


This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.
Pros: 
Unique storytelling design. 
Funny Characters and Dialogues. 
Ezra!!!! 

Cons:
There are some boring parts.  


2. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera


In The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera tells the story of a young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing and one of his mistresses and her humbly faithful lover. This magnificent novel juxtaposes geographically distant places, brilliant and playful reflections, and a variety of styles to take its place as perhaps the major achievement of one of the world’s truly great writers.

Pros: 
Beautifully and Philosophically Witten 
Diversity in Characters
Political Background 

Cons:
There are some boring parts.
As well as weird parts
Also Tereza for staying with Thomas. 


3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas 


When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
 

Pros:
Based on Beauty and Beast (which is my favorite disney film)
Strong female character  
Great villain  
Hot romance 
Fast pacing and action pack


4. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

*Warning: Spoilers*

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
 

Pros: 
Rhysand (from loving Tamlin to being Tamlin who)
CHAPTER 55!!! (with the table and the paint)
ROMANCE FILLED (so much ships  Cassian/Nesta,  Azriel/Mor, & Lucien/Elain) 
A stronger and more mature Feyre (Beyonce will be proud girl!)
Cassian and Azriel (and where to find them cause I need me some strong guys) 


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XOXO, 
Isabel 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Giveaway: Vicious by V.E Schwab

It is almost Christmas and to start this season of giving I will be giving away a hardbound copy of Vicious by V.E Schwab. I love this book so much and I would like to share my love for this book to my fellow bibliophile. 


About the book:
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

This giveaway is international and it ends on January 1, 2017. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Book Signing: Amy Ewing + News about her new series.



About the Author: 
source: http://amyewingbooks.com/bio/ 
Me with the author of the Lone City Trilogy, Amy Ewing.
                     Amy Ewing is the young adult author of The Lone Trilogy. She grew up in a small town outside Boston, where her librarian mother instilled a deep love of reading at a young age. Amy moved to New York City in 2000 to study theater at New York University. Unfortunately, her acting career didn’t quite pan out. She worked in restaurants, as an administrative assistant, a nanny, and a sales representative for a wine distributor before the lack of creativity in her life drove her to begin writing.



            Amy received her MFA in Creative Writing for Children from The New School, where she was lucky enough to meet a fabulous community of YA writers who keep her sane on a daily basis. She lives in Harlem, where she spends her days writing, eating cheese, and occasionally binge watching The Vampire Diaries.

           
Her Books: 
Source: Goodreads 
The Lone City Trilogy
The Jewel (The Lone City #1)
The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.
 

The White Rose (The Lone City #2)
Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.

But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.

But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel that fans won’t be able to put down until the final shocking moments.

The Jewel (The Lone City #3) 
For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived in service to the royalty of the Jewel. But now the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power.

And while Violet knows she is at the center of this rebellion, she has a more personal stake in it—her sister, Hazel, has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake. Now, after fighting so hard to escape the Jewel, Violet must do everything in her power to return to save not only Hazel, but the future of the Lone City.

You Can Purchase The Books at the Following: 


Upcoming Books: 
During the event, Amy announced that she will be having a new series called "The Cerulean", which is another fantasy series. It tells a story about Sera and it is set in the clouds, which is known as Sapphic Utopia, where all women have three mothers and a young woman is chosen every 100 years to be abandoned on the planet below as a sacrifice. But something goes wrong with the sacrifice and Sera ends up being kidnapped by two siblings. According to Amy, the book will be published in 2018. It's a long wait and I cannot wait to read more from her. The Cerulean is very different from other books that I have read and I cannot wait to see how Amy executes it. 

Event Recap: 
The line around 8am


This is probably one of the most memorable book signing I attended because even though I waited 8 hours to get my books signed I had so much fun. It was great to meet new friends who shares the same interest as me, which is reading, and in those 8 hours of waiting we all talked about books. And in addition to waiting and talking about books, National Bookstore hosted a giveaway via twitter. They gave numerous ARC and I was fortunate enough to snag one. How I won was a funny story. On twitter they asked who's your favorite charater from a YA novel and I answered Chaol from the Throne of Glass series. Then seeing as I was one of the first five who replied I won The Wish Granter By C.J Redwine. At first I did not check my twitter because I knew I was not going to win but my friends shouted that I won so I checked my twitter and it was true that I won. 

Me and my friend who I met while in line both got a copy. 


Avy (MorganMatsonPH), Josh, and I 
Furthermore, meeting Amy Ewing was a whole new experience. She was so sweet and she even drew a black key in my book so I can get it tattooed soon. I really love how she talked about her books and I was shocked about some additional informations about the series. First was it was inspired by the movie Taken with Liam Neeson. At first I was surprise about the revelation because I don't see any similarities between the books and the movie but she explained that it was based on the auction scene and she wondered what if instead of men buying girls it would be women buying girls. She also explained why she did not make Garnet Violet's love interest, which saddened most of the readers like me in the event. Moving on, Amy also discussed what happened to the characters after The Black Key since it ended in a way that you really do not know what happened to the characters after the major event. Needless to say I was sad and happy about the fate of the characters in the end of the story. In the end, I was satisfied with the discussion since it answered all of my questions I had regarding the series. 


My Signed Books with an ARC of The Wish Granter and Bookmark from Epic Reads 
I would like to thank National Bookstore and Epic Reads for making this event possible. 

XOXO,
Isabel 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Book Signing: Lauren Kate


         Lauren Kate is an internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages and include The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove and Fallen, which reached number 3 on the New York Times Best Seller List for children's chapter books on January 8, 2010, remaining there throughout April 2011. 

         Harrison Gilbertson  is an Australian actor. he appeared in Need for Speed, with Aaron Paul, and the thriller ghost feature, Haunt, with Liana Liberato and Jackie Weaver.
          I was fortunate enough to go to Lauren Kate's 3rd book signing here in the Philippines. I was not able to go to her first two book signings so I am finally happy to finally attend her third one. I arrive in Greenbelt 5 quarter to 7pm and I got lost. I did not know where the line was and when I found the line I'm glad that it was still short and I got the number 38 signing pass. Moving on, the Fallen series has a huge impact on my life. It was one of my favorite series when I was in high school. I remember one of my teacher scolding me for reading Torment, which the second book of the series, during her lecture. And due to my addiction towards the series, my books are so battered due to re-reading it so much that I was so shy to show them to the Lauren.

            During the interview portion, Lauren Kate and Harrison Gilbertson talked about the movie. The casting and filming process in particular. and hearing them talk about the movie made me so excited. The whole event gave me deja vu. It brought me memories of me reading and loving the series. Which brings me to what I love about the series that is the unexpected twists. They really caught me off guard especially in the first and last books, which was pretty unusual for me because I usually know what is going to happen in books next unlike in this series. Also, the love story between Luce and Daniel is so unique and heartfelt. Moreover, I cannot wait to see the movie on November 10! 
With Harrison Gilbertson, who plays Cam in the movie. 

Me with the author Lauren Kate.


My signed books to add to my collection. 
         I bought unforgiven, which is Cam's story, during the event that is why it looks brand new compared to my three books. Also, you were only allowed to have three books signed and thankfully a sweet girl got my book signed since she only has two books. So thank you again to that lovely girl. 
I also met some of my old friends, who I met in other book signing events and new ones. 


Thank you so much National Bookstore and Penguin Random House for this event.

xoxo,
Isabel

Saturday, November 5, 2016

November 2016 TBR


            This month I am trying to read more classical books. I will also be re-reading Pride and Prejudice and The Beautiful and The Damned. In addition, I am currently reading Illuminae and will also be reading the second book. Moving on the following novels I will for the month of November are the following: 

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.

2. The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus 

One of the most influential works of this century, this is a crucial exposition of existentialist thought. Influenced by works such as Don Juan and the novels of Kafka, these essays begin with a meditation on suicide: the question of living or not living in an absurd universe devoid of order or meaning. With lyric eloquence, Camus posits a way out of despair, reaffirming the value of personal existence, and the possibility of life lived with dignity and authenticity. 

3. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

In The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera tells the story of a young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing and one of his mistresses and her humbly faithful lover. This magnificent novel juxtaposes geographically distant places, brilliant and playful reflections, and a variety of styles to take its place as perhaps the major achievement of one of the world’s truly great writers.

4. The Beautiful and the Damned by Scott Fitzgerald 

First published in 1922, The Beautiful and the Damned followed Fitzgerald's impeccable debut, This Side of Paradise, thus securing his place in the tradition of great American novelists. Embellished with the author's lyrical prose, here is the story of Harvard-educated, aspiring aesthete Anthony Patch and his beautiful wife, Gloria. As they await the inheritance of his grandfather's fortune, their reckless marriage sways under the influence of alcohol and avarice. A devastating look at the nouveau riche and New York nightlife, as well as the ruinous effects of wild ambition, The Beautiful and the Damned achieved stature as one of Fitzgerald's most accomplished novels. Its distinction as a classic endures to this day. Pocket Book's Enriched Classics present the great works of world literature enhanced for the contemporary reader. Special features include critical perspectives, suggestions for further read, and a unique visual essay composed of period photographs that help bring every word to life.

5. Gemina: The Illuminae Files_02 by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy's most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station's wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They've totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.
 

6. Illuminae: The Illuminae Files_01 by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.


This is also the booksplosion book of the month 


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XOXO, 

Isabel