Wednesday, December 28, 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".

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.

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.
Unique storytelling design. 
Funny Characters and Dialogues. 

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.

Beautifully and Philosophically Witten 
Diversity in Characters
Political Background 

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.

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.

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) 

You Can Purchase The Books at the Following: 


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.