Monday, December 5, 2016

Blog Tour: Target Earth by Mary Louise Davie

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Book Title: Target Earth Author 
Name: Mary Louise Davie 
Genre: Science Fiction /Fantasy 
Hosted by: Ultimate Fantasy Book Tours


Blurb: It’s a new day on Earth in the twenty-third century, and an awestruck public is witnessing the stunning arrival of what looks like a lunar lander in Washington, D.C. Called in for their scientific and linguistic expertise, husband and wife team Danny and Chris Marama wait eagerly to meet the alien visitors, whose spacecraft now rests in the American president’s Rose Garden. When two space-suited beings emerge, they surprise exo-linguist Danny by speaking English, among other languages, as they disclose their agenda: to explore Earth’s technology and return to their home planet with it. Accompanying them is a prestigious assignment Danny is only too happy to take on. What she doesn’t discover until later is their secret agenda, much more sinister and life-changing for Danny, Chris, and the entire human race. And both Danny and Chris must choose: loyalty to Earth, whose leaders may be targeting their own people for death, or to the alien race—and life. 

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Author Bio: Born in rural Scotch Plains New Jersey (or at least it was - progress?) Now in very rural West Milford NJ (Bears and all!) A background as a chemist, then in Information Technology, with an English Teacher for a mother and a musician for a father - all the ingredients necessary for a Hard Science Fiction writer. Visit her at:
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Book Review: Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn

Title: Forget Tomorrow
Author: Pintip Dunn
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: November 03, 2015

Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.

It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes the hellish prison.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all.

Callie herself.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

First of all I want to thank the author for giving me a chance to read and review her book. I've been curious with this since I saw a post from my fellow book blogger. Also, who won't be attracted with the book cover? I love how it was designed and it is so attractive! I want to have a hard copy of this book! It will look good on my shelves! 

Reading this book was quite challenging for me. It took me three to four tries before I continue reading and it took me a month before I finish the book, if you think that it was bad, it wasn't! It's just that I haven't read a book like that for a long time since I've been reading contemporary lately, aside from that I was just busy at work and I can't read much. The book was nice and it has a promising story, I actually got curious at the middle part of it but I can't lie about the slow paced story. The book revolves around Callie and her "future" that involves killing her sister. She's been through a lot and she had a chance to live a normal life but her love for her sister can't be ignored. Her mission is to save her only sister and the question was how will she do it? Can't reveal much but the ending of the book is like fifty-fifty for me so it made me want to read the second book right away! (Thank you for the copy!).

Callie and Logan has a chemistry together but on this book, it feels like there's still a wall between them. I guess that's because of the five years gap of not talking but it isn't something that can't be fixed. I hope in book two, there will be more connection between them and I think what I like about Logan is that he has cool powers!

Despite of the hindrances, I'm glad that I finished it. Maybe it wasn't what I expected but I am looking forward for the second book. I'm just really curious on how will Callie save her sister. Will she be able to save her? or still kill her? I guess readers must find this out!

"We can't live our lives in fear of the future. We have to make the right decision, for today, and trust that tomorrow will work itself out."

 My Ratings

When her first-grade teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, Pintip replied, “An author.” Although she has pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered.

Pintip graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. 

Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. She is a 2012 RWA Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. 

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Book Signing [recap]: Lauren Kate in PH

Lauren Kate, the author of Fallen series visited the Philippines last November 5-9 for her Fallen movie promotion at SM Megamall and Glorietta also for the book signing event at National Bookstore Greenbelt 5. Lauren Kate visited together with the casts of Fallen movie Harrison Gilbertson (as "Cam") and Addison Timlin (as "Lucinda Price"). 

It was my first time to meet Lauren Kate and the experience was amazing! She's lovely and kind. I asked her while she was signing my book if she's already tired from all the people who came just to see her and have their books signed. She said to me "No, it's alright I'm actually hyped up seeing you all and thank you for being here". I told her it was my first time to see her because I wasn't able to attend her previous signings and she said "You finally made it! Thank you very much for coming".

Oh! And I was able to talk and have a picture with Harrison Gilbertson. He's really kind. I told him I knew him from Need For Speed, he said "Really? That's awesome thank you for watching". He was standing the whole time, he hugged and talked to his fans and to everyone who wants to take selfies.

AND of course, being in a book event isn't fun without my lovely friends! 

Days after the book signing was the Fallen movie premier and I am one of the lucky fans who won a movie ticket! 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Book Event [recap]: Romance Class Feels Fest, October 2016

Romance Class presents Feels Fest happened last month, October 22, 2016 at Glorietta 5 Atrium and hosted by Ms. Mina V. Esguerra. This event is to celebrate and mingle with the indie Filipino authors and readers.
There were live readings of selected books/chapters from the authors, book selling and other book merch found in the event. 

Aside from that, they promote the new released books from Agay Llanera, Jay E. Tria, Ines Bautista-Yao, Ysa Arcangel, Racquel Sarah A. Castro, Addie Lyn Co, Kristine Cuevas, Suzette de Borja, Carla de Guzman, Tara Frejas, Elizabeth Galit, Georgette S. Gonzales, Arlene Manocot, Chris Mariano, Maita Rue, C.P. Santi, Yeyet Soriano and Justine Camacho-Tajonera.

Getting new purchased books signed and talking to the authors are always the best experience as a book blogger and book lover. I'm looking forward reading all the books they've written! They're all lovely and worth it! And of course, my day won't end without the selfies with the authors and with Ms. Honey de Peralta. 

Top photos (left to right): with Jay E. Tria, Ms. Honey de Peralta, Mina V. Esguerra & Chrissie Peria
Bottom photos (left to right): with C.P. Santi, Agay Llanera & Dawn Lanuza

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Book Review: Instructions For A Second-hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray

Title: Instructions For A Second-hand Heart
Author: Tamsyn Murray
Published: November 01, 2016
Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Jonny isn't like "normal" teenagers. Every day he wakes up in hospital, kept alive by a machine. Every day he wonders if this is the day they'll find a donor match for his heart. Every day he wonders if this is the day he'll die.

Every day, Niamh fights with her "perfect" brother Leo. Every single day, Leo wins. Every day, Niamh dreams of a life without Leo. But all that changes on the day of the accident: the day EVERYTHING falls apart.

This is a story about facing the future no matter how frightening. This is a story about healing your heart, no matter how much it hurts.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

The first time I saw this book, I'm really curious with the story aside from that, the title and the cover is really catchy. I am glad to be able to read this one. 

Instructions for a second-hand heart broke my heart in to many pieces. The first chapters of the book already made me teary eyed, but the story is beautiful. While reading there were times that I had to put the book down because I can't stop myself to react from every surprises in the book, aside from that, it was hard to bring it down. I read it during my break time at work! LOL. I am curious with Jonny and Niamh's story, how will they end up together and what will happen to them once Niamh finds out the truth? How will Jonny tell the truth to Niamh? Will there be a happy ending or not? Those are some of the questions inside my head and I can't stop to come up for more questions.

"Sometimes it helps people if they feel as though they are making a difference in some way, no matter how large or small. Do you see?"

Even if the book has a tragic story, I cherished every part of it. I enjoyed reading this and I loved how the author wrote their story though it was a challenging one because of Jonny's case, the author researched a lot to come up with a perfect book. And because of this, I am currently under "reading slump". It was hard to go back to reading unless I'll read something that is beautiful as this book. 

"Life would be so much simpler if I could just be grateful and move on."

My Ratings

Hertfordshire-based writer of books. Lives with one husband, one daughter, one son, one mad chocolate labrador, one aged tabby cat, five gorgeous bunnies. Likes animals (no, really?), Marmite and messing about on stage. Dislikes spiders, celery and arrogant people.

Source: Goodreads 

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