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text 2013-07-21 15:55
First Giveaway Win at BookLikes + Manila Book Exchange on FB
The Gifting - Anne Brooke

I just won an e-book of The Gifting by Anne Brooke. Yay for me~ I'm going to start reading it next month for sure.

I still haven't finished reading the last three books to lift my book buying ban. I've been so busy at work. I also want to update my Book vs Movie of Memoirs of a Geisha. I got the manuscript online but I haven't been able to read through it yet. :(

Anyway, someone FINALLY made a Facebook group for books! It's called Manila Book Exchange. I saw it on my wall (because I am a part of the group Philippine Book Lovers) and immediately joined this one.

 

I'm so excited to sell and trade books with people here in Manila. Some of my books really do need a new home. (And I did once say that I'll post it but here I am, still not posting. Haha. OTL)

 

That's all from me for now. 

 

Have a great week ahead!

 

- Anj

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review 2013-07-03 00:00
The Gifting - Anne Brooke Not sure what happened/was supposed to happen, but what I read about was definitely not what the blurb talked about. The advanced praise shit annoyed me because bitch, don't tell me what to think. It was written in third person present tense interspersed with present perfect. Why? Why would you do something like that? And the "switching between characters" thing was weird. It didn't really feel like there was a need to do so.And it dragged on. It just felt melodramatic. I couldn't get into the story at all. I didn't know the characters and I didn't care for any of them.I feel like if this story actually had been about what the blurb said it was about, that would have been nice. Well, maybe it would have been about what the blurb said it was about later, but the beginning seemed like a spin-off story of the blurb description.Also, third person present tense with bouts of present perfect *shudders
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review 2013-06-20 00:00
The Gifting - Anne Brooke The Gifting is now FREE at Smashwords and Omnilit Books!

Happy BD to Anne Brooke!^^
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review 2012-12-02 00:00
The Gifting
The Gifting - Anne Brooke I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.This is a fantastic fantasy that kept me glued to the pages! I loved it!Johan and Isabella are brother and sister. They are complex characters. Johan is a man of pure spirit; he is kind and considerate. Isabella has a secret, and is willing to kill to protect it. They have been sent on a mission to find Simon, in the hopes that he will be The One to stop the mind-executioner, Gelahn.Simon is another fantastic character. He has a big heart, but has his love been misplaced? I really felt for this character, as he has to face the consequences of his actions. He see's himself as a coward, but I don't see him that way. He is actually quite brave, but misguided.This story is totally captivating! I loved the imagery and vivid descriptions of the different worlds that the trio traverse.I love the way the story flows, with the different points of view from not only Johan, Isabella and Simon, but from Annyeke (one of the Gathandrian's) too. This is a tale of magic, love, loss and betrayal that had me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. The ending is bittersweet, but it makes me look forward to reading the next book in the series.Anne Brooke has written a compelling fantasy that swept me away to a land of danger and adventure. I am adding Anne to my favourite authors list - not only is she an accomplished children's story writer, but a fantastic fantasy novelist! I highly recommend this book if you love fantasy novels. - Lynn Worton
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review 2012-12-02 00:00
The Gifting (The Gathandrian Trilogy)
The Gifting - Anne Brooke I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.This is a fantastic fantasy that kept me glued to the pages! I loved it!Johan and Isabella are brother and sister. They are complex characters. Johan is a man of pure spirit; he is kind and considerate. Isabella has a secret, and is willing to kill to protect it. They have been sent on a mission to find Simon, in the hopes that he will be The One to stop the mind-executioner, Gelahn.Simon is another fantastic character. He has a big heart, but has his love been misplaced? I really felt for this character, as he has to face the consequences of his actions. He see's himself as a coward, but I don't see him that way. He is actually quite brave, but misguided.This story is totally captivating! I loved the imagery and vivid descriptions of the different worlds that the trio traverse.I love the way the story flows, with the different points of view from not only Johan, Isabella and Simon, but from Annyeke (one of the Gathandrian's) too. This is a tale of magic, love, loss and betrayal that had me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. The ending is bittersweet, but it makes me look forward to reading the next book in the series.Anne Brooke has written a compelling fantasy that swept me away to a land of danger and adventure. I am adding Anne to my favourite authors list - not only is she an accomplished children's story writer, but a fantastic fantasy novelist! I highly recommend this book if you love fantasy novels. - Lynn Worton
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