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text 2015-10-04 02:11
Recap #1: Semestral Break Here I Come!

I link to The Sunday Post (hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer), Stacking the Shelves (hosted by Tynga's Reviews) and Bought, Borrowed and Bagged (hosted by Talk Supe Blog).



Mid-August and September have been an exhausting month, as there was a college event celebrating World Tourism Day at my university. Our section was one of the participants, so we had to prepare for the following competitions: dance, booth making and food showcasing. That said, last month I was only school, props, school works, repeat.
This October, only a few more days left of blood, sweat and tears which consists of roleplay, declamation, research, documentation, projects and more school works. One more week until final exams and I'M FINALLY FREE!



Last month, I have received some mails and books that brightened up those days even though I haven't had much time as I'd like to read, but I'm hoping I can get back on track soon as semestral break is near. Yay!
The titles in purple are signed.

Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis

I immediately signed up for the blog tour of Cage of Deceit as soon as I've read its synopsis. I've always been a fan of books that have assassins in it! Blame if for my love of Assassin's Creed and Throne of Glass series. That said, I've had high expectations of books like these and I'm very happy that this book, Cage of Deceit, has exceeded my expectations! Check out my review post as part of the blog tour. 
Also, I just learned that this book was a spin-off story of True Reign series. How amazing is that? In case you didn't know, the first book of True Reign series, The Key, is free right now! Go one-click it on Amazon!

Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow

When Michelle Madow posted on the street team that there was a bunch of copies of Diamonds in the Rough hanging around and giving them away in exchange for a review, I couldn't email her fast enough! I was so happy; this was the time when my aunt was coming back here to the Philippines. I haven't read Diamonds in the Rough yet and I think I will need to re-read The Secret Diamond Sisters because I haven't touched my other books for quite a while now. (I'm sorry, my preciouses!)  
You can check Diamonds in the Rough on Goodreads.

Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Seriously, September was the month that I was unlucky and lucky at the same time. Elise Kova had posted that there were misprints of Air Awakens sent to Amazon. They were going to destroy those, but she said someone would want the books; giving them away in exchange for an honest review. It was a US only shipping, but I still filled out the form, fingers crossed, hoping I'll get lucky and have one. Like I've mentioned before, my aunt was coming back home and that time my dear friend back in the US was willing to ship my things to me so I also included that when I was filling out the form. I didn't receive a reply at first, but then I joined a twitter chat and started spreading about it. Elise tweeted me back that I would be receiving one! YAY!
Now, the precious book is here! I'm halfway finished because I've been busy with school works. (Bummer.)
Even though I have one now, I still bought a digital copy. Haha! I can't resist its gloriousness. 
You can check Air Awakens on Goodreads.

Sparked by Lily Cahill

I won Sparked by Lily Cahill from a BookLikes giveaway! The synopsis intrigued me; it's like a forbidden love type of story I think. I haven't read it yet, but I have high expectations for this book. I hope it will bring strong emotions out of me and I hope the guy is swoon worthy, if you know what I mean. *winks*
You can check Sparked on Goodreads.

Fire Falling by Elise Kova

I received Fire Falling from the author in exchange for a review. I hope I can finish Air Awakens fast enough, but I still have final exams so maybe I can sneak reading in between lectures ... Haha! No spoilers, please!
You can check Fire Falling on Goodreads.

I also received some Fire Falling bookmarks to give away so check back occasionally on my blog for my review of Air Awakens and Fire Falling to win signed bookmarks!
How are you? Get any good books recently?
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text 2015-02-01 10:31
Stacking the Shelves #69 / BB&B #19

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Stacking The Shelves #69 – BB&B #19

Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is all about the latest additions to your library – virtual or actual, with books that are  bought, borrowed, won or ARCs  you will be reading soon. BB&B is a homage to to Barron’s Books and Baubles from Karen Marie Moning’s amazing Fever series, and is hosted by Braine over at Talk Supe. My new STS /BB&B Logo was made by Silvia @ Darkest Sins – isn’t it amazing?


Netgalley ARCs:

Uncovering Ray cover - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Uncovering Ray (Ellery College #1) – Edie Danford

When the right love uncovers the wrong secrets…
Hey, man–you a chick or a dude? Dealing with the same old boring question is a downer for college drop-out Ray Fayette, especially when it’s asked by the low-tipping, over-privileged students at the Ellery Diner.
When six-foot-five, muscle-bound straight arrow Wyatt Kelly publicly smacks down a fellow frat bother for caveman behavior, Ray’s interest is sparked. Wyatt’s not-so-subtle attraction sparks a few other things too.
But getting to know Wyatt proves dangerous. His sexy smiles and smart questions slide under even Ray’s prickliest defenses. Worse, his academic mentor happens to be Ray’s ex-stepfather, the dictatorial jerk who just kicked Ray out of his house. Again.
Wyatt suggests a housing arrangement that has surprising appeal—there’s space available at his frat house—but he’s unaware just how complicated Ray’s “identity issues” are. Ellery College kicked out Ray for a reason—a reason that could deep-six Wyatt’s academic career and Ray’s newly hopeful heart.


Edelweiss ARCs:

The Lake Season cover - (un)Conventional BookviewsThe Lake Season – Hannah McKinnon

Iris Standish has always been the responsible older sister: the one with the steady marriage, loving family, and sensible job. But this summer, as her carefully-constructed life spins out of her control, a cryptic postcard from her beautiful, free-spirited sister Leah arrives at the perfect time: Please Come. Iris seizes her chance to escape to her childhood lakeside home, where Leah is planning her wedding to a man their New Hampshire clan has never met.
Still, despite the rush of dress fittings, floral arrangements, and rehearsal dinners, Iris is learning to put herself first. And amid a backdrop of late-night swims and a soul-restoring barn renovation comes Cooper Woods, an old friend who beckons with the promise of a new start.
But Leah has secrets of her own, and while her sister faces a past that has finally caught up to her, Iris prepares to say goodbye to a future that is suddenly far from certain. As Hampstead Lake shimmers in the background, Iris must decide when to wade in cautiously and when to dive—and, ultimately, how to ferry herself to safe harbors in this enticing novel of sisters, second chances, and the ties that bind.

Kindle Purchases:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark HaddonThe Curious Incident... cover - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.
This improbable story of Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.











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Bound by Flames (Night Prince #3) – Jeaniene Frost

Play with fire, pay the price.
Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin…
Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…




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I Was Here – Gayle Forman

Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.
When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.
I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

Did you get some exciting-looking books this week? Remember to leave me your link so I can check out your Stacking the Shelves and or Bought, Borrowed and Bagged post, too :) Thanks for stopping by! Have a spectacular Saturday.


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text 2015-01-05 11:25
Week of Dec. 28th-Jan. 4th (1)


Added Because of Cover:




Added Because the Bio Sounded Good:




Added Because a Friend's Review Persuaded Me:




Just Added:




Moved Spots:

(was already on TBR, just was moved since i read some, then put back)




TBR Before: 1317

2 moved to Read, 1 moved to Currently Reading, 2 changed numbers.

TBR After: 1339




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text 2014-12-28 01:06
Stacking the "Shelves"

I was looking for a good post to do on Saturdays, and i saw a lot of people doing Stacking the Shelves. The only difference, i almost never buy books. So i'm just gonna share what books i've add to my Goodread's "Shelves" that week :]



Added Because Zombies!



Added because of Covers


Added Because of Good Reviews Among Friends


Added to Use in the 2015 Popsugar Challenge


TBR "Shelf" before - 1308

TBR "Shelf" after - 1322


Have you read any of these?

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text 2014-11-27 10:35
Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Stacking The Shelves  #59 – BB&B #9

Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is all about the latest additions to your library – virtual or actual, with books that are  bought, borrowed, won or ARCs  you will be reading soon. BB&B is a homage to to Barron’s Books and Baubles from Karen Marie Moning’s amazing Fever series, and is hosted by Braine over at Talk Supe.


Kindle Purchases:

Coming for You cover - (un)Conventional BookviewsComing for You (Dirty, Dark and Deadly #3) – J.A. Huss


James, Harper, and Sasha are products of their environment. Born into a secret organization that runs a global shadow government, and taught to kill since they were small, they find themselves both indispensable and expendable to all the people they used to trust.
Twenty-eight year old James Fenici has been an assassin since he was sixteen. He’s amassed debts and favors from countless Company brothers and participated in hundreds of Company jobs. But there are not enough favors in the world to clear his debt and make him worthy of the only girl he’s ever wanted.
Eighteen year old Harper Tate is the girl who doesn’t exist. Born and raised on a megayacht in a tropical paradise, she was destined to be a secret until now. No history, no records, and taught to have no opinions or ambition of her own, Harper is suddenly presented with more choices than she can handle.
Thirteen year old Sasha Cherlin is the girl who knows everything and understands nothing at all. Her future is filled with vengeance and death, but her dreams are filled with hope and a promise. A promise who no longer wants her.
The game is on, the pieces are in place, and the players have everything to lose. But who can you trust when everyone’s a traitor?


So, I am preparing what I am going to do for my MA thesis, even if I still have time. And thanks to my class called Romance and its Remediation, where we have read romances from medieval times and up to the 20th century, I figured, why not take one of the romance tropes and some contemporary stories I really love and go from there? So, I will write on love triangles and what they do for the character development of the main character (or something like that). And I’m using The Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi and The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins as my primary sources. Therefore, I needed the paperbacks, so I can quote and cite passages with page numbers an all that.

Shatter MeThe Hunger Games - (un)Conventional Bookviews


Giveaway Wins:

I won this one with the necklace and two bookmarks from author Chantal Fernando in a giveaway a while back, and the book arrived this week. I’m excited to read it!

Maybe This TimeMaybe This Time – Chantal Fernando


Moving in with my half-brother Xander, I had no idea what to expect.
But nothing could have prepared me for this.
My brother’s friends are wild, protective, secretive, always around.
And drop dead gorgeous.
Out of all of them, there’s something about Reid Knox.
Brooding, temperamental, guarded…
And I want him more than anything I have ever wanted in my life.

Did you get some exciting-looking books this week? Remember to leave me your link so I can check out your Stacking the Shelves and or Bought, Borrowed and Bagged post, too :) Thanks for stopping by! Have a spectacular Saturday.

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