I’ll Take The Challenge (YA-D2 Challenge)

September 26, 2010 4 comments

Since all my friends in GR who loves YA and also a dystopian fanatics will join this challenge, then it’s about time for me to join them in Bart’s Bookshelf’s YA-D2 Challenge.

I’ll be joining the die-hard category of the game and it goes like this:


Level 3: Is for the dystopian die-hards! Minimum requirement for this level is five young adult dystopian novels, between the 1st October and 19th December. There is, however no maximum cap, you can keep reading for as many books as you like!

And my list is here:

1. Atherton: House of Power No. 1  by  Patrick Carman

2. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

3. The Enemy by Charlie Higson

4. Lies by Michael Grant

5. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

6. Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey

7. Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien

8. Feed by Mira Grant

That’s my list for now. I intend to read more, but not sure if I can finish my list if I add more books because I’m now in a graveyard shift.

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The Thin Executioner By Darren Shan

September 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Jebel is one of the sons of the executioner in their town (I forgot the name), a thin and accused as weak unlike his brothers. Time has come for his father to retire from being an executioner, so he endorse his two sons excluding Jebel to join a competition to become the next executioner.Because of his pride, Jebel think of joining the competition, but he knows it himself that he can’t win the game.

There is only one way for him to gain the strength he needs to win the competition, Jebel need to do a quest, he need to go in a certain mountain to seek for the god. For him to be granted a quest, he must find a slave who he can offer to the God of that mountain and ask for the invincibility he needs to win the competition. He didn’t fail on finding a slave for his quest and for that, he was granted a quest… This is where the story began…

The book tackles about the equality of the people living in that place, the relationship of a slave and the master. Shan also touched the most controversial topic, religion, though he wrote it in a fictitious and gruesome way (One of the scenes in the book is really disgusting that made me want to vomit). He is lucid on the message he wanted to tell his readers.

And in the end, Shan showed that nobody is perfect whether you’re in a high or in the lowest society, and everybody can be a tool for a change, it is not based on the status you have in your life.

Shan is really a good story teller. He can make you move and can keep you amazed all throughout his novel, this is what I felt while reading his Cirque Du Freak and The Thin Executioner. And because of this, I will certainly say that I am a fan of him.

And by the way, the ending? Did I say “The Ending”? Oh! The ENDING!

*** The names of the characters and places are weird, so I really can’t remember the names except for the protagonist, Jebel…

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Freebies From Mockingjay

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

I hope it’s not yet late for posting this stuff…

A week before the release of the most awaited book of the year, “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins, me and my bookworm friends already file a reservation in National Bookstore. It is not just we can get the book during the release date, but there’s a freebie for every reservation, as for this, we got a free “Mockingjay” shirt and some of us got a bookmark.

"Mockingjay" bookmark, shirt and book

I can’t help myself going as early as possible to the bookstore where I made my reservation (I’m just lucky that my boss allowed me to have a leave of absence during this day) and luckily, the shirt they gave me fitted me.

I run as quickly as I can to start reading after they gave me the shirt and the book,  I finished reading  “Mockingjay” after two days of  devouring it (I honestly don’t know if I can do a review of  “Mockingjay”, I still need to read it again and decide if Suzanne really disappointed me).

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Naughty or Nice?

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Today, September 1, 2010 is the start of BER months, meaning, Christmas is nearly approaching…

I’m thinking if I had been naughty or nice! I don’t know how will I answer the question. But one thing I am sure of, I’ve met a lot of new friends this year, and I’m so glad about it.And by the way, I’m still making my wish-list so if Santa will visit our house, he would know what I want, and maybe he can grant at least one of my wishes in my list.

Soon to follow:  My Wish List

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Mockingjay Launch Party

August 31, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve never been excited to a book launch, until Mockingjay…

August 29, 2010, the day when Mockingjay was officially launched here in the Philippines, and boy! It was great. The Launch party was held in NBS Bestseller Robinsons Galleria Branch. There were so many activities happened in that event like: book discussion, free food and drinks in Haymitch’s bar, picture booth (I don’t really know how they call that) and the most exciting part of the program was the LARP or the Live Action Role Playing Game. The program started by discussing the “The Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire” though they didn’t discuss stuffs from “Mockingjay” coz the discussion should be a spoiler free, and followed by the most awaited activity of the day, The LARP…

The GR Filipino Group invades NBS Bestseller's Mockingjay Launch Party

Tina is trying to shoot an arrow, but failed... hehehe!

I am very eager to attend the said event because I know that some of my friends in Good Reads and The FFP will also be there, and also to show my support to our group LARP’s lovers ( I really mean Tributes, hehehe!) Ariel and Tina, but sad to say that they got eliminated after the first round (though it’s really OK coz it’s their first time to join a game like this, and at least, they don’t need to bleed just to win). The event ended by awarding the Tributes and by giving them some prizes for joining the game.

The GRFG's "lovers" I mean, "Tributes"

After the event, Good Reads Filipino Group and The FFP  united for a dinner (I forgot the restaurant’s name) and had a blast of talking about books and bloggings. After a while, we can’t really get enough of the talking we’re having that’s why we decided to find another place where we can discuss the same things, and we found Coffee Bean as the most suitable place to talk about books and books and books. I adore these people when it comes to books and how they interpret the story. They are really awesome!

talk about books, books and books

Time came to really say our goodbyes, and I thought I’ll be home after a while. But wait! There’s more! Ranee called Jason while we are still waiting for our bus to go (thanks to the driver coz he still needs to fill the bus with passengers) and asked us if we want to go for a drinking session, so I said I’m into it…

Inuman session with Ranee, Jason, Ruby, Sheryll (Sheryll and Ruby is not in the picture).

We went to Watering Hole near Megamall and Shangri-La Mall with Ruby, Sheryll, Ranee, and Jason (Unfortunately, some of our friends didn’t make it to the drinking session coz they already on their way home). We talk and talk and talk until we got tipsy and finally said the final goodbye for the day. I got home around 4 AM and slept deeply and very happy.

GR and FFP peeps

I can’t wait for another meet up, and I hope it will be as soon as possible 🙂

***Thanks, Tina and Ruby for letting me use your pictures for my blog.

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Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz (The Gatekeepers #1)

May 30, 2010 3 comments

Matthew Freeman or Matt as they call him is a problem child. His parents died in a car accident and he never believe that it is just an accident. One night, Matt and his friend robbed a warehouse and got arrested by the police. Since he is too young to be in a jail, the court decided to just give him a sanction by the means of LEAF project. This is the project wherein somebody will adopt him and he needs to do all the chores he is being given. Mrs. Derevill, his new foster parent is a strange woman. She acts so weird. Matt knew there’s something wrong in the place where he is now and decided to investigate what is really happening around him, until he found one thing that will change his life forever, he’s going to die…

I have this book sitting on my shelf for a while, until last week, I pick it up and started to turn the page. I am expecting something on this book because the reviews its getting is quite impressive, and the book didn’t disappoint me. Horowitz made the book believable even though it’s in a supernatural category. I also expect that the ending will be a cliffhanger, and boy! I was right! It made me want to read the next book in the series, but my self-control is stronger than the urge I felt. I really need a breaker after reading a book that’s a part of a series, I want to keep myself as excited as possible. I am planning to read the second book two weeks from now, and I hope Horowitz kept the excitement the “Raven’s Gate” have.

Tell-All by Chuck Palahniuk

I’m a Chuck Palahniuk fan, I admit it! I have a collection of most of his books sitting in my shelf.

Since I’m a loyal customer of Powerbooks, they are texting me of the new books arrived in their store and asking me if I wanted to make a reservation of the titles they’ve texted.

Last week, I received a text message  from them and here’s the message:

“We are happy to inform you that Tell-all by Chuck Palahniuk is now available in hardcover.

Please call us to reserve a copy under your name”

What did I do? Of course I call them to make a reservation of the book…

Anyway, Tell-All by Chuck Palahniuk is now available in the Philippines in Hardcover… Yeeeeeppppiiii!!!!

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