Monday, July 25, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #9 by Era Penera

It's Monday! What are you reading is a weekly meme that comes to us from Sheila at Book Journey. To participate, simply post what you finished reading in the past week and what you plan to read this week. It is a good way to find other books you may enjoy reading. After you write your post, head over to Sheila's blog to leave your post's link on the link entry form at the bottom of the What are you reading? post.

What I Finished

Waterfall (River of Time, #1) by Lisa Tawn Bergren

What I'm Reading

Cascade (River of Time, #2) by Lisa Tawn Bergren

 Gabi knows she's left her heart in the fourteenth century, and she persuades Lia to help her to return, even though they know doing so will risk their very lives. When they arrive, months have passed and all of Siena longs to celebrate the heroines who turned the tide in the battle against Florence - while their enemies will go to great lengths to see them dead.

Even in the midst of the battles, Gabi's heart is increasingly drawn to Marcello, just as Lia's is to Luca. In medieval Italy, the sisters discover things inside themselves that they couldn't seem to find in the present - connection with their mom, courage within, and the understanding that a life well lived often means encountering sacrifice. But in a world long past, many things still keep Gabi from giving Marcello her heart... and one thing in particular calls all three of the Betarrinis home.

Betrayal's Shadow (The Guardians of Eden, #1) by K.H. LeMoyne

Amazon Product Description

What would you do to save your people from extinction?
What if your race held the key to mankind’s future?
One Guardian will risk hell to change the future.

Descended from a race of Guardians created in the far edges of Eden, Turen’s people have survived the last two hundred years, quarantined by plague to Eden’s Sanctum. Risking death to save his people from eternal damnation, Turen chooses capture at the hands of his enemy to seek answers to change the future. Living in secrecy with no mates and no offspring, they fail to deliver on their covenant for mankind, the ability to replenish and heal human souls through the birth of their Guardian children. 

Mia Bowman’s full human lineage decrees her off limits for knowledge of Guardian’s secret race. But her uncontrollable nocturnal visits to Turen’s prison cell and her strong sense of justice leave her with little choice but to help. She can heed Turen’s warning and stay clear of his people’s problems or she can ferret out the lies and unravel an ancient tale of murder and deceit. As the complications escalate, the two forbidden lovers race to stop a fatal end to the Guardian line. But it may require their ultimate sacrifice to stop the betrayal and save the Guardian race. 

To Read Next

Across The Universe by Beth Revis

The Vampire Dimitri by Colleen Gleason

Sunday, July 24, 2011

[Review] The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

The Duke and I (Bridgerton Series, #1)

by Julia Quinn
Publication Date: January 5, 2000
Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Avon

Can there be any greater challenge to London's Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke?
--- Lady Whistledown's Society Papers,
 April 1813

By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend's sister, the lovely---and almost-on-the-shelf---Daphney Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth--it's all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers. And as for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable.

But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it's hard to remember that their courtship is a complete sham. Maybe it's his devilish smile, certainly it's the way his eyes seem to burn every time he looks at her...but somehow Daphne is falling for the dashing duke...for real! And now she must do the impossible and convince the handsome rogue that their clever little scheme deserves a slight alteration, and that nothing makes quite as much sense as falling in love...


My Thoughts?

So it doesn’t always happen that I read adult romance novels. I mean sure I have read some of them before but I have settled for young adult fantasy. But this book was actually really pretty. It was nothing but elegance and beauty of the 1800 England.

Well honestly, I had no idea, once again, that this was an adult romance novel. Jeesh I say it like there’s something wrong with it. Anyway, I hadn’t had the slightest bit of a clue that this was also written more than a decade ago. This could’ve been very well be almost as old as me.

As I’ve said it was beautifully written. There’s a slight touch of an intrigue and seriously, there’s a Lady Whistledown character that entertains me at some point. She’s not the lead here, but somehow she could be as well one of the main characters. She’s kind of the 1800 gossip girl or something. It was really interesting.

This book too gave me the picture of the life from before. Well yes, it centers in London, but kind of enough to show that the “ambitious mamas” exist to marry off their young daughters. I swear I would not want to be born as a woman at that point in time. They had so many responsibilities and honestly, I feel like they are also stupid in a sense that well they are ignorant.

That’s another advantage for this book too. It could give you somewhat a picture of from before with the touch of passion and romance. It’s pretty nice actually. And the credits of course all goes to Julia Quinn. Her writing is really good. It gives me smile every time. I’d probably be reading the rest of the Bridgerton series. There are characters from this first installation of the series that I happen to be interested at. Maybe I could mention Colin Bridgerton or whatever. Ha.



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Saturday, July 23, 2011

[Review] Across Eternity by Aris Whittier + Contest

Across Eternity

by Aris Whittier
File size, 314 KB
Format: Kindle Edition

Born a genius; education, wealth, and prestige came easy to Logan Richards. Actually, there wasn’t much that Logan couldn’t learn or acquire. However, he knew there was more to life than money and power. Logan was determined to find the woman who he'd dreamed of his entire life and know what it was like to love her before he died.

Amber Lewis, a waitress for a five-star restaurant in, Dana Point, California, was overworked, stressed, and wary of life since her sister, Heather, had passed away. Then, one evening while working she fell hopelessly in love with Logan Richards, a chivalrous man who felt deeply familiar.

For Amber, it was the beginning of a voyage of self-discovery and renewal. For Logan, it was the completion of life. For each of them it was the deepest sort of love.

You can buy it here:

My Thoughts?

Across Eternity had a beautiful story. I had to admit that I did cry because of it.

The story started so normally. But then there are always mysteries at the beginning. You know there’s something to look forward to.

The story is about two people who had loved each other in every lifetime they get. They are bound together through eternity.

And it does sound so sweet to me. I mean it’s the two of them not just for a lifetime but for eternity. So when the story progressed, I was hoping for a reliving of their past lives. And I got it only not to the extent in which I also wished that their past has some kind of life changing pattern to make it more interesting. I would’ve really liked it.

But still, when I think about it, their lives were pretty together. I felt the happiness. Only it hurt me when it ended. I couldn’t help it. I’m always a sucker for such an ending. When I think about it, it did make me feel sad.

 It’s a lovely story.



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Ends 8/5/2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Feature & Follow Friday

Hi Guys *waves* Yes! it's our time to shine~ We are the feature blogger of the week for Parajunkie's View

Something about We Fancy Books

We are a group of Bloggers who mainly do YA reviews, we live in the Philippines :)

now for the Question:

Do you have a book BFF? Someone that you can pass a book on to and you know they'll just love it if you loved it?

I don't know. I guess so. Yes.

Yes, Definitely! If you may ask me and addictedToV are classmates so we talk about books and recommend books to each other.

"She won't be able to answer this question cause she's still at her dance practice"

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

[Blog Tour] Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens

The Overprotected Blog Tour hosted by yours truly has kicked off!

Go to Jennifer's Website and see what prizes are to be given away!

Tour Dates + Blogs to follow

20 Jennifer - Kick Off
21 Me & Reading - Interview
22 Amaterasu Reads- Excerpt
23 Book Whisperer - Guest Post
24 Reading Angel - Guest Post
25 iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books - Excerpt
26 Reading Little Bit of Everything - interview
27 Fragments of Life - Excerpt
28 Reading Away The Days- Character Interview
29 Teen Readers Diary - Review
30 I'm a book shark - Character Interview
31 We Fancy Books - Winner Announcement

Make sure to comment on each blog for a chance to win amazing prizes!

Prizes are:


A Book of Choice from Jennifer's book!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

[Review] Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz


by Cara Lynn Shultz
Publication Date: 
Expected Publication: June 21st 2011
Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Harlequin, Original edition

Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.


My Thoughts?

It was a pretty good book. Yes, pretty story and good book.

Truthfully, I had no idea what I was reading. It started with a typical new girl, Emma, trying to survive her new school, the prominent Vincent Academy that teaches the rich and famous high schoolers of the city, and stuffs like that. Well for me though I personally hoped for something bigger. So I kind of took the title, Spellbound, literally. But it was a little hard to continue thinking about love fantasy for this book because everything just seemed normal. The guy was really hot and gorgeous and the girl fell for him because of the written description. Not that it made the book any less interesting. I am so cool with the typical bad boy and new girl story, even though it’s cliché. But I mean there are stuffs where you’d really want to see, or read rather, something extra ordinary… or that’s just probably me considering that that’s the genre I’ve kind of been reading for the past few days.

I wasn’t really disappointed. I hoped for something “not natural” and I kind of had it. Only it wasn’t that intense or wasn’t that striking. I seriously liked the idea of reincarnated lovers, ops that sounded like a spoiler but anyway, it’s really interesting for me. And well you’d think of something mystical about it too at the beginning so I’d say it wasn’t really that a waste. Maybe it’s just me hoping for something more. But I really like it though. Just not enough.

I mean really, Brendan sure looks, in my head, hot and he’s worth swooning for. It’s usually what we like in the book. The prince charming. But anyway I’d hope for a sequel for this. Because I feel like it sounded like that at the last part. I want to read more of it. And probably there’d be more action and magic. 



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Teaser Tuesday #4 by Era Penera

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Waterfall (River of Time, #1) by Lisa Tawn Bergren

My Teaser:

I wanted to look away from him, but I couldn't. He was the most handsome guy I'd ever seen, with a model's physique and a face to match. Big, chocolate-brown eyes, square jaw, aristocratic nose, pronounced cheekbones... a serious hottie. I'd never encountered such Italian hotness outside of Roma.                   

[Review] Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

Can You Keep A Secret?
by Sophie Kinsella

Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Dell 

Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets: Secrets from her boyfriend: I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken. Secrets from her mother: I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur. Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world: I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is. Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger.…Until Emma comes face-to-face with Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her...


My thoughts?

How could I not love Sophie Kinsella? She's extremely creative, unique, and just brilliant! She's the one who made me love chick-lit novels, and I'm very grateful being able to read her books. She's sooo hilarious and I wanna meet her one day.

First of, this is a great deal of laughter! Just when they say first impressions last, the second I read the first page, I know I'm going to read it throughout. The premise is engaging, and is really one of a kind! I've also read the first few books of the Shopaholic series (and I'm not gonna miss the rest of the installment), and at first, I thought there are some resemblance between Rebecca (from Shopaholic) and Emma (from this book) and I had doubts that Emma will ever channel a totally different character. But nooo, they're unique in their own different way, and just as funny! I had high expectations that this will be something new and refreshing, and actually, I enjoyed it! As sympathetic as I can be for Emma because she lies all the freaking time, I just can't get enough of the humor her tactless babbling mouth speaks! It's just remarkable.

Surely, there are too many scenes that made me laugh out loud (literally, everyone around me stares) and I know I wouldn't forget ever! Like when they raided Jemima's wardrobe, and they were very careful they thought she made traps (and she really did), and when Emma pretends to like crochet, and just everything! I thought the love story is really good too! I love a bit of adult material in terms of romance, because love at first sight thingys or cheesy teenage lines and plotlines are bit freaking me out. Their love story is a perfect mix and Jack is pretty adorable, I must say! The progression about Emma is also something that I want to commend. Sophie Kinsella creates characters who starts with a lousy, peccable behaviors at first, but you'll be very pleased how they change and transit into a better one.

Another lighthearted read that I totally enjoyed, the humor is irresistible and utterly captivating!



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