Death by A Thousand Books Reading Challenge

Hello there, allies, archenemies, and everyone in between! Today’s the day I officially announce this life-altering reading challenge I’ll undertake for the next 7 years. YES. YOU’VE READ THAT RIGHT. A READING CHALLENGE LASTING FOR 7 FREAKING YEARS.

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The Perks of Dating A Mood Reader! + Valentines Blog Countdown

Hello there allies and archenemies and everyone in between! It’s the time to update my blog again because I haven’t had the time and will power to live write or READ ANYTHING for 3 WHOLE WEEKS WHICH IS ???????? ((Also I’m 4 books behind schedule)) Continue reading “The Perks of Dating A Mood Reader! + Valentines Blog Countdown”

Pre – Netflix Grishaverse Tag!

Hello there, allies and archenemies, and everyone in between! It’s another exciting time again to jump on the hype train for the upcoming Netflix series of THE MVTFCKING BEAUTIFUL GRISHAVERSE!

Dang son, I was so stoked when I saw the news! Tbh, I didn’t give a single sht with the Shadow & Bone trilogy, IT’S THE FRICKING NEWS ABOUT SIX OF CROWS THAT GRIPPED MY POOR BARDUGO HEART. So let us first take a moment to gawk and squeal over these amazing fanarts by amazing artists! (LET’S SUPPORT THEM GUYS)

 

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Art by Charlie Bowater

I was tagged on Twitter by Rachael Marie, you can go check her Booktube vid here for this tag. So without further ado, here are all the prompts!

Nina Better Be Plus Sized: A Book with fantastic fat rep 

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Of Covens and Undead Girls. I really love Mila, here! She’s Wiccan, fat, brown, and so unapologetic with fighting off all the white supremacist sht in her school. Although I only gave this book a 3-star rating, this is by far the best fat rep I’ve read in a book!

MALINA is NOT my OTP: A Book where you couldn’t get behind the romance

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I loved this book so so so much–until the romance happened. Probably the only chick lit that I despised because of how the romance easily unfolded.

‘The Darkling Isn’t Dead’: A Book in which you connected with the villain

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Art by Salome Totladze

SAY HELLO TO MY FIRST EVER BELOVED VILLAIN! This is Maven Calore from the Red Queen Quartet (still haven’t read Warstorm because of a lot of fans were disappointed  XD) I always pine for the MC you know, and this is the first book that persuaded me to root for the villain. Dang, I was just so compelled by him. I even had a pseudonym in Goodreads before derived from his name. 😂

Don’t You Dare Whitewash!: A Book to TV/movie adaptation where character’s ethnicity was respected.

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I just found out from Rachael, that this was supposed to be whitewashed as well! LIKE THE WHOLE CAST? But dear me, good thing Kevin Kuan fought for this! I haven’t finished watching this yet, but I assure you there’s so much Asian bad-assery here!

The King of Scars: A Book by a beloved author you are super excited about

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The Poppy War left me gasping for air. And I still haven’t reviewed that monster, but I am so fcking stoked for The Dragon Republic! *screamstothevoid*

Inej & Kaz: Fan Cast Your Faves

I’m not so good with fancasting tbh HAHAHAHAH although I have to agree that Chris Hemsworth fits Matthias! OHMYFCKINGGLOB I LOVE MATTHIAS HELVAR SO MUCH.

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No Mourners. No Funerals: A Book quote that has stuck with you.

The world is not a wish-granting factory. – John Green, The Fault In Our Stars

Tag your faves and spread the hype!

The Grishaverse fandom is undoubtedly so vast, so if you ever loved these characters and their stories, feel free to tag yourself! Whether you have a booktube, blog, or just Twitter, you can do this tag and spread the hype and love for our dearest Grishaverse!

However, I’m still tagging these people hahahahaha. I hope you’ll enjoy this tag as much as I did.

Hamad | Lili | Justine | Brianna

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The Wicked King by Holly Black Book Review

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Title: The Wicked King

Author: Holly Black

Date Published: January 8, 2019

Rating: 4.50/5.00

Synopsis:

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

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Hello there, allies and archenemies, and everyone in between! It’s the time to review again and The Wicked King is officially the first book published in 2019 that I’ve read. Dear me, this is fcktastically better and amazing than The Cruel Prince! I really don’t know if I have enough words to convey my growing love for this series but dang son, I will try.

ALSO CAN WE JUST PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO INHALE AND SQUEAL OVER THAT FCKING ART? Let’s support these amazing artists! Follow and check out Salome Totladze other works as well.

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Art by Salome Totladze

“It occurs to me that maybe desire isn’t something overindulging helps. Maybe it is not unlike mithridatism; maybe I took a killing dose when I should have been poisoning myself slowly, one kiss at a time.”

CHARACTERIZATION: 4.00/5.00
Have you ever heard of the elusive word called character development? Because ohohohoboy was this effectively drawn out here. I don’t want to get too spoilery since some of you still might not have read it, but let’s breakdown the reasons why I love Cardan more than ever the characters’ growth in this book.

Jude Duarte

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Art by Salome Totladze

“Kill him, a part of me says, a part I remember from the night I took him captive. Kill him before he makes you love him.

YA Fantasy is full of incredibly smart and terribly young heroines, and sometimes I just get sick of how they’re all born in that particular formula in books. Not saying that I don’t love them, I just kinda need some variety so I could remember them individually. Now let’s take a closer look at Jude.

  • She’s young. Check!
  • Incredibly smart. Not so sure but kinda check!

What I love about Jude here you see, is she’s getting worse and ironically getting better at being the worst. In the last book, she was power-hungry and had a little dose of it later on. Now in The Wicked King, she gets quite a mouthful of it. We get to see her explore this deep well of power she now wields, and see her desperately fail or succeed in her plans without taking away the fact that she’s still a young adult.

I sometimes think that Jude is a frustrated competitive college student who desperately wants to achieve that Cum Laude title, thus ignoring her family duties and social life. But she also has to get some sleep and proper hydration first, and you know? Go have some little romance and a stable circle of friends, but she keeps herself isolated in the library and realized by the end of her 3rd year in college, that she’s pretty burned out, and could not figure out where and when her life went wrong.

That actually pretty sums her up HAHAHAH. I don’t hate her and I don’t like her either, but she has this stupid resilience and unerring courage that you just can’t help but pine for her. Quite, the anti-hero I’m looking for.

Cardan Greenbriar

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Art by Salome Totladze

Trigger Warning: Cringe-worthy confession of love for a fictional character. Please skip this part if you’re just going to throw unwarranted insults, this is my safe space so get tf out if you’re just going to disagree. (Too defensive? I know. I’m so sorry)

I’m a sucker for evil kings with bitter origins. *coughs*I mean Maven was my first love after all*coughs* And one thing’s for sure, I’m ready to sacrifice my virginity life for Cardan, especially that he has grown so much in this book. His is by far the best character development in this one, and he has grown much wiser and funnier as opposed to his previous unchecked cruelty.

To those who already love him in the first book here’s a virtual hug! Oof. Y’all will definitely like him more here with the way he’s fleshed out. We get to see a lot more of his roots and ohmyfckingglob I just kept on fanning myself for air when I read those parts. WHICH MEANS, YOU HAFTO READ IT AS WELL TO GET WHAT I MEAN.

P.S. He’s gotten more seductive and fcking attractive here.
P.P.S. I actually really hated him in the first book until that accidental kiss with Jude tipping her knife to his chin.

Side Characters
1.Taryn – Never liked her in the first book and after that half-assed apology novella, I’m pretty sure I still didn’t like her here. Prepare to hate her more in this book!

2.Madoc – Still the frustrated cunning dad that I liked.

3.The Court of Shadows – Here, we get see the more fleshed out and we’ll definitely have a closer look at their origins!

4.The Sea Folk – I totally called for it! This is probably the only spoiler I’m gonna reveal since the cover already screams of them getting involved. We get to see them more in their entirety and I really love the world building in their kingdom. The technicalities of how their magic works are also laid out here perfectly, even if it only gets 2 chapters to explain, more or less.

Other than that, I think this book weighed more heavily on Jude’s crappy and occasionally successful decision making skills. The characters were all kind of existed as a means for Jude, that is actually one thing that I disliked here but find it understandable. There were also new characters introduced that emphasized the magical aspect of the world building more and while some may have crucial parts in how the plot is going to play out, they weren’t really THAT important.

PLOT AND TWISTS: 4.50/5.00

The Wicked King’s format is divided into two books like that of The Cruel Prince. The first half was more of exploring how Elfhame is going to work now that there are new shifts behind its political power. New conflicts of interest were introduced, new political alliances were formed and reformed, and new shifts in the story made my heart full with delight! I really didn’t mind that it took 200 pages more or less to actually get a taste of the multiple plot twists because it was all worth the wait.

I personally loved how the first part went through, and unlike The Cruel Prince, this was executed smoothly with only slight disturbances. There weren’t that much unnecessary plot devices that exist for the sake of filling in the number of pages as opposed to The Cruel Prince’s plot.

Other than that, the one thing that you have to look out for is Book Two because ohohohoboy, the number of plot twists and turns that sprang into action will get you high. There were a lot of times that I stopped reading the book just to squeal and fan myself for dear life. It was that good!

Also, I’m a sucker for the enemies to lovers trope, and I have my fill with all of Jude and Cardan’s passive-aggressive flirtations.

Overall, this was a fcktastic amazing read and this is officially the first favorite book of my 2019 reading year! I’m so excited for the third installment because that title is so fcking accurate. I NEED THE COVER AND AN ARC OF THAT BOOK SOON.

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  • Have you read this sequel already? If so TELL ME ALL ABOUT YOUR FEELS OR COMMENT DOWN YOUR REVIEW LINK AS WELL SO WE CAN BOTH FANGIRL.
  • What did you think about Jude and Cardan’s relationship after this book?

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18 Books That Unapologetically Gutted My Heart Out and Hastily Pieced It Back Together this 2018!

It’s the end of another reading year but for me, this seems to be just the beginning of an era.  And the beginning of another batch of kitchen duties before Media Noche. Seriously, my Christmas break seems to be taken up by chores instead.😥 So before my nanay calls me for another round of duties, let’s take a look back at these mothafvckas that wrecked me this year! Continue reading “18 Books That Unapologetically Gutted My Heart Out and Hastily Pieced It Back Together this 2018!”

Christmas Characters Tag!

I’d like to thank Lili from Lili’s Blissful Pages for tagging me with this! She’s very welcoming for new book bloggers and she’s also one of the moderators of the online book club, Diverse Divers in Goodreads. Please do check out this club (I’m also a member) and you’ll definitely have your fair share of diverse books from diverse voices! I would also like to thank Anthony from Keep Reading Forward for creating this tag. 😊

RULES:

  • All prompts must be answered.
  • All answers must be honest
  • Tag 1-12 people
  • Link back to the tag post
  • Credit the tag creator

1.) Santa Claus – A Gift you received or want this year.

I would say that the best gift I received this year are books but they’re too obvious HAHAH so instead, I’d answer as to what gift that I want this year. It would probably be my old model of Ray Ban eyeglasses which I misplaced on September 2017, and my parents still don’t know that I’ve lost it so yup! (IT’S SO EXPENSIVE BTW) I need to redeem it before I get caught XD Also, I’d like to have a black watch this year as well since I lost it also this year. Dammit vine! Yeah, I know, it’s pretty ironic that I call myself a sentimental but don’t even keep my stuff safe.

2.) Mrs. Claus – a favorite Holiday Treat to have Every year

DUH. Of course MACARONI SALAD BTCHES!!! I think this one could be pretty applicable for every Filipino, may it be on birthdays, death anniversaries, and Christmas. It’s a staple, and my nanay is definitely the undisputed overlord of macaroni salad! It’s not an exaggeration mah friends, it’s just the unbiased naked truth HAHAHAH.

3.) Ghost of Christmas Past – A Holiday memory from your past

I remember when I was in my first year in college, we were required to finish our drawing exam plates for the Christmas break in our Design subject, and oh boy was it stressful. I did not enjoy the vacation at all but it was also a funny experience since I was both doing my plates by the end and the start of the year. I stopped drawing when it was 12:00 AM and happily shouted “Happy New Year” for 3 minutes to my fam then went back to work ahahaha. (I need that kind of motivation back in my life right now)

4.) Buddy the Elf – a Holiday song you like to sing each Holiday season.

Christmas in our Hearts by Jose Mari Chan. Idk, probably every Filipino crank the volume up when this plays on the local radio. It’s actually more of a recurring meme every time it’s Ber Months hahahah and it’s just stuck.

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Welp! HAHAHAH there are too many of these iconic memes lurking in the net.

5.) Misfit Toys – An unpopular toy you really wanted to get one year.

Toys??? HMMMM hahahahahah I don’t like toys though hahahahhaha and my brain just keep conjuring inappropriate stuff so nope. I don’t need one.

6.) Grinch – A moment when your heart grew three sizes

I went to the Ben&Ben concert this year and it was such a very heartwarming experience. I was with my friends, saw some acquaintances in school, friends in other schools, relatives etc. I never thought that a concert could be so much more than just a throng of people singing along to the band. It’s such an immersive feeling and I can consider it as one of the best moments in my life.

7.) Jack Frost – A tradition you like to do every winter

Well we don’t have winter here in Ph HAHAHAH but we do have a tradition every Christmas. Instead of doing the usual Noche Buena during Christmas Eve, we skip it and celebrate exactly on December 25. My parents want to have some privacy when it’s Christmas eve (plus it’s their wedding anniversary).

8.) Hero Boy – A memory you believed in a Holiday Wish/Miracle

Idk??? Although I did believe once that there was an actual Santa and just realized that he was not real when there was a decline in my gifts HAHAHHA. I knew for a fact that Santa was consistent with giving me expensive gifts, it was then that I realized that my tatay was the one who actually gave us the gifts under the Christmas tree and not Santa. After that, I didn’t expect any expensive gifts anymore and juts became grateful with every little thing my tatay gave us. Also, my favorite gift that he gave me was an Encyclopedia with 100 facts and whatnot. I got into it so much that I memorized these useless facts AHAHAHH I really felt so smart at that time, but tbh this was also one of the many factors why I love books.

9.) Cindy Lou Who – a Favorite Holiday Tradition

I really don’t care for traditions??? hahahha but I always demand macaroni salad for the Holidays.

10.) Frosty the Snowman – A memory involving snow or a memory you would like to have involving snow

WE DON’T HAVE SNOW HERE SADLY. But if there was, I’ll probably be making a snow angel, a snowman (duh), snowball fight, watch snowflakes float outside the window, AND FINALLY, read a book while I’m all covered up in sheets while the fire is crackling in the hearth and it’s snowing outside. Totally a cliche that I want to happen in my own life!

11.) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – A holiday activity you like doing.

Probably just greeting “Merry Christmas” to everyone in social media AND ALSO THE CHANCE TO CHAT MY CRUSH AHAHAHHA. (Unfortunately, I don’t seem to have a crush this year though)

11.) Ebenezer Scrooge – “Bah, Humbag!” A favorite holiday saying or Quote

“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

I would probably tag others but I don’t know any bloggers yet so anybody who wants to do this tag are free to participate! Anyway, Merry Christmas!!!!

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