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Ten Series I Quit Reading

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.This week’s TTT is a variation of the topic “Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit” and I chose to focus on series that I’ve tried but have stopped reading. There used to be a time when I wouldn’t even start reading a series until I have all the books that are a part of it. But then I realized that it’s better to try the first book (or maybe even until the second or third book) to see whether it would be something that I’d be interested to continue. Here are some series that I started but didn’t feel the need to read more:

Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs – I know several book blogger friends who love this series and it keeps being recommended for fans of Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews. I tried the first three books but just couldn’t get past a traumatic incident that happened in the series.
MoonCalled BloodBound IronKissed

October Day series by Seanan McGuire – This was another urban fantasy series that kept being recommended to me so I tried the first two books but the series just wasn’t engaging enough for me to continue.
Rosemary and Rue A Local Habitation

Psy / Changeling series by Nalini Singh – I really liked the worldbuilding in this series and I found the Psy and Changeling dynamics interesting. I think I read four books in this series before stopping. It’s just that it’s hard for me to be totally into a series when it feels like it’s never going to end. I like reading series that have a definite resolution, so that the characters can have the happily ever after that they deserve.
Slave to Sensation Visions of Heat Caressed by Ice Mine to Posess

Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh – Another series by Nalini Singh where I loved the worldbuilding. I was fascinated by the gritty portrayal of angels and vampires in the first book. I read the second book as well but didn’t feel that it was as strong as the first one. And again, my issue with the series being never ending popped up.
Angel's Blood Archangel's Kiss

Darkest London by Kristen Callihan – I think I started this paranormal romance series because the first book is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I tried the first two books but just didn’t feel invested enough in the characters to continue. I think the author’s new adult romance is more to my taste.
Firelight - Kristen Callihan Moonglow

Elder Races by Thea Harrison – I enjoyed the first book in this paranormal series but couldn’t get into the second book, which became a DNF for me.
Dragon Bound Storm's Heart

For the rest of my list, I only read the first in the series then decided not to continue:
The Knife of Never Letting Go Divergent Air Awakens Throne of Glass cover

Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness – Several blogging buddies recommended this dystopian trilogy to me, so I decided to try The Knife of Never Letting Go (my review). Sadly, I felt detached from the characters and I just wasn’t sucked into the story. I have copies of the sequels but I’m not planning to read them.

Divergent by Veronica Roth – I read the book because a friend and I planned to watch the movie. I don’t know if I’m missing the dystopian gene but I didn’t really enjoy Divergent enough to pick up the sequel.

Air Awakens by Elise Kova – I was wowed by how gorgeous the cover design for this book was so I decided to give it a try to see if the writing would be as beautiful as the cover. Nope, it wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass – I know there are so many Sarah J. Mass fans out there but I’m sorry to say that I was severely disappointed with this first book in the series (my review) and I’m not remotely interested in reading the sequel. I’m not sure if I’ll consider reading her other books that are not part of this series, though.

So those are ten series that didn’t work for me. It makes me sad that some of these didn’t work out for me but it’s not like I can force myself to like them. Sometimes, we really can’t predict what our reactions will be to the books that we read. How about the rest of you, what are series that you’ve tried reading but didn’t work for you? Or if you chose a different TTT topic, please feel free to share that as well.


Cover Reveal: Learning to Fall by Mina V. Esguerra

I previously posted the covers for the first two books in the Addison Hill new adult series by Mina V. Esguerra, and today, we are presented with the cover for the third book: Learning to Fall. I’m very excited for this book to be released in the wild (release date is sometime next week) because it has one thing that I’ve always wanted to seen in the books that I read: a book blogger main character! One day, I asked Mina if she would ever consider writing a book with a book blogger for an MC and *BOOM*, here we are today.

Learning to Fall

About Learning to Fall

“Go out with a stereotypical romance novel hero WHO ISN’T YOUR TYPE.”

Avid reader and art student Steph is participating in a monthly blog challenge to Live Like Fiction, and this was the task for October. When Grayson, former co-captain of her university rugby team, walks into her class, she knows it’s meant to be – she has to go out with this guy. Even if she’s never been attracted to big, hunky, athletic types. With Grayson’s “player” reputation off the field, Steph thinks he’ll be good for one date that’ll be worth blogging about, and that’s it.

But you know how it goes: Soon, it becomes more than just one date – and Steph and Grayson are caught up in “living like fiction.” How long can they keep up playing their roles, before reality steps in?

This title was previously published as Someone Else’s Fantasy.


I read an early copy of this, and I’m planning to review this with the rest of the series. I just need to find time to sit down and write those reviews! So what do you guys think of this cover? I really like the consistency in the designs of all the Addison Hill books – mint and white color scheme, couples kissing, pictures edited in the same style (high contrast, high brightness, low saturation). I hope the relaunch of these titles will encourage more readers to pick up the books. :D


Sunday as a Book Godmother

I’ve been sick since Friday because of the haze in Singapore. Haze is pollution caused by forest fires in the region. These fires are deliberately done to clear the forests for commercial use. And the haze spreads out to nearby countries. The haze has reached hazardous levels and was bad enough that schools cancelled their classes last Friday. I’ve tried my best to get as much rest as I can over the weekend, but sadly, I still feel like crap. I only ventured out of the flat to grab dinner and tonight, I also dropped by the bookstore to pick up some books for my friend’s baby shower next weekend. Books were in their gift registry so being the self-proclaimed Book Godmother that I am, that’s what I decided to get for them.

Kinokuniya - book haul - Sept 27 2015
These were the titles I grabbed:
Kinokuniya - book haul gift wrapped - Sept 27 2015
Kinokuniya - book haul baby books  - Sept 27 2015

I actually got four books but I wasn’t able to take a shot of all the titles because the bookstore was about to close. So here’s a list:
All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee
Oh, Baby, the Places You’ll Go! by Tish Rabe, Dr. Seuss
There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! by Dr. Seuss
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram

I think this is the first time I’ve seen and read All the World and was pleasantly surprised by how lovely it was. I might consider getting another one for my toddler godson back in Manila. Dr. Seuss books and Guess How Much I Love You are staple titles for me, and I’ve gifted these to my other godsons before. Aside from these, I also got some Filipino kiddie books during my last trip home:
NBS - book haul - Sept 27, 2015
Ang Palasyo ng mga Duwende / The Palace of the Dwarves by Christine S. Bellen, Albert Gamos
Ang Pitong Tanga /The Seven Idiots by Christine S. Belen, Ruben de Jesus
Ang Prinsipeng Unggoy / The Monkey Prince by Christine S. Belen, Hubert B. Fucio

While my friends IRL rarely check my book blog unless I send them a specific link, I still need to keep my fingers crossed that my friend won’t see that titles that I got for her baby prior to next weekend!

I didn’t get any books for myself during this bookstore visit, but I was tempted to join the adult coloring book bandwagon. I just didn’t have enough time to browse and choose a good one:
Kinokuniya - Sept 27, 2015 - adult coloring books

Well, I hope you all had a much nicer weekend that I did! I’m going to go to bed soon and I’m hoping I’ll feel better tomorrow because this upcoming week will be super busy at work. If you have any recommendations for kiddie board books or adult coloring books, feel free to let me know.


Bookish Skirts

On Monday, I received a package that I’ve been waiting for from the UK. I knew right away what it was: the skirts I ordered from Interrobangart.

Interrobangart - package

Interrobangart - skirts

Aren’t they pretty? I think I was browsing on Instagram when I came across the bookish/library skirt. I think every book blogger would agree with me when I say that I like having book-related items of clothing. I really, really wanted that skirt because I’ve always wanted a bookish skirt or dress that I can wear to work. I even considered ordering bookish fabric from Spoonflower but then I realized that it would be a pain to find someone to sew it into a nice dress or skirt. I eventually gave in to ordering from Interrobangart, even though I initially hesitated because the price was more than I would usually spend on a skirt. And since I was going to pay for shipping, I thought why not order another one? The fairy design caught my eye because it is somewhat related to fairy tales. :P Plus blue is my favorite color.

I think the last time I ordered bookish clothes was when I had my Threadless phase, back when their shirts were just around USD 9 each and shipping wasn’t too expensive either. I haven’t worn those shirts in ages! Mostly because I’ve gained weight and I look like a sausage in them. :( I’m going to think positively and say that I hope I can fit in them again soon.

Do you have bookish items of clothing too? Any tips on where else I can buy them that wouldn’t cost too much? My usual worry is that shipping to Singapore will be expensive.


Ten books in my TBR pile in the coming months

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. Singapore doesn’t have four seasons (similar to the Philippines where I’m from) so while I haven’t put the word “fall” in this week’s TTT, I still wanted to participate and enumerate titles that I want to read in the coming months. I’m hoping that this list will help me keep track of books that I’ve been meaning to read. I feel like I’ve read a lot of contemporary novels in 2015 so I want to focus more on non-contemporary novels before the year ends. I’m planning to read these titles:

Black Dove White Raven - UK Under a Painted Sky Out of the Easy A Thousand Nights The Crystal Cave

Among Others book cover Archivist Wasp The Lie Tree Crimson Bound The Emperor's Soul

My list has a mix of historical fiction and fantasy titles. How about the rest of you, what books are in your TBR pile in the coming months?

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Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

I have been an Ilona Andrews fan ever since I read the Kate Daniels series in 2010. I think that’s pretty obvious if you take a look at my current blog header because the design was partially inspired by the series. I can still remember devouring the first four books in the series that were out at that time. I read the first two books and thought the story and the characters were interesting. Then I picked up Magic Strikes and BOOM! I fell in love with the series and I haven’t looked back. I’ve tried reading other urban fantasy series and Kate Daniels is still my favorite. There’s just so many things to love in this series – from the flawed characters who are so easy to love and care for to the magic vs. tech world they live in. So of course, I wanted to read Magic Shifts as soon as it was released. Unfortunately, I was swamped with work during the week so I had to wait until the weekend before I can dive back into this world. It’s been a few weeks since I finished reading the book but I haven’t been able to catch up on reviews until now. Spoiler warning: this review will contain spoilers for the earlier books.

Reading order, with the thumbnails linked to my reviews:
Magic BitesMagic BurnsMagic StrikesMagic BleedsMagic SlaysGunmetal MagicMagic RisesMagic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Magic ShiftsHere’s the summary from Goodreads:

After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…

Reading a new book in a series that you love is similar to coming home. That’s how it feels like whenever I pick up a Kate Daniels novel. I’m familiar with the world, with the characters and I trust Ilona and Gordon enough to know that I’ll enjoy whatever they write. The main story arc of the previous books was concluded with Magic Breaks, with Kate and Curran giving up the leadership of the Pack. I was curious what direction the story will take after that. In that aspect, I was wholly satisfied with the changes that Kate and Curran have made in their lives because I felt that they remained true to themselves. It felt realistic and in keeping with their personalities. As the series has progressed, the characters and their relationships have also developed. Even though Kate has been with Curran for several books now, their relationship still has its ups and downs and I like seeing them deal with their problems together. I also enjoyed seeing all the other characters I’ve come to love like Julie, Derek, Andrea and Raphael, Dali and Jim, Dolittle, etc. It’s nice that we still got to see Pack members even if Kate and Curran are technically not members of the group anymore. I also liked seeing more of Roland! I think he’s a really good complex character, and it will be very interesting to see what will happen to him in the last two books in the series.

The magic in each Kate Daniels book has been inspired by a different mythology. In Magic Shifts, the focus is Arabian mythology. I really feel like the authors research the subject matter intensively and it shows in their writing. While I didn’t feel like Magic Shifts is one of the stronger books in the series, it was still a lot of fun for me to read it. Like I said earlier, diving into a favorite series is always a good idea. After finishing the book, I immediately wanted the next one in the series. There were hints about what can happen in the near future and I’m really looking forward to finding out more about Kate and Curran. Just two more novels until the whole Kate Daniels series ends! I can’t wait to see how things will unfold. Of course I want these characters to have their happy ending and I will be keeping my fingers crossed for that.


Cover Reveal: The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen

Ahem, ladies and gentlemen, we have a book cover for The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen! This is the next installment in the Ivy Years series which I glommed through late last year. Sarina made me realize how much I enjoy sports romance novels, and I can’t wait to read her one. Boy, does she write fast! I’m thrilled that we’re getting another Ivy Years book before the year is out, considering that The Shameless Hour was just released a few months ago.


Announcing: Ivy Years #5
The Fifteenth Minute
by Sarina Bowen

The Fifteenth Minute

Freshman Lianne Challice is known to millions of fans as Princess Vindi. But sometimes a silver screen sorceress just wants to hang up her wand, tell her manager to shove it, and become a normal college student. Too bad that’s harder than it looks.

She’s never lived a normal life. She hasn’t been to school since kindergarten. And getting close to anyone is just too risky — the last boy she kissed sold the story to a British tabloid.

But she can’t resist trying to get close to Daniel “DJ” Trevi, the hot, broody guy who spins tunes for hockey games in the arena. Something’s haunting his dark eyes, and she needs to know more.

DJ’s genius is for expressing the mood of the crowd with a ten second song snippet. With just a click and a fade, he can spread hope, pathos or elation among six thousand screaming fans.

Too bad his college career is about to experience the same quick fade-out as one of his songs. He can’t get close to Lianne, and he can’t tell her why. And the fact that she seems to like him at all? Incredible.


Pre-order on Amazon

LINKS for Sarina Bowen:

Gorgeous cover, right? I like the scruffy look that this hot guy is sporting. And I’m a fan of aviator sunglasses (I have two RayBans myself). I always appreciate series covers that have consistent matching designs – The Fifteenth Minute definitely has the same look and feel as the rest of the covers in the series. Partially hidden faces, sky background, and a color scheme that’s easy on the eyes. I’m not sure how to describe it but I also like the type of filters and faded effect used on the photos. Funny, but I just realized that all of the Ivy Years cover designs have nekkid people on them! How could I have missed that? Here, I’ll make it easy for the rest of you to check them out:

The Year We Fell Down The Year We Hid Away The Understatement of the Year ShamelessHour

So, so, so, what do you guys think of this shiny, new cover? And if you haven’t read Sarina Bowen’s Ivy Years, you still have time to catch up before the release of The Fifteenth Minute. :)


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