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Waiting on Wednesday (20)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The book we’ve picked for this week is…

dare you to

Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. “Dance with me, Beth.”

“No.” I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again….

“I dare you…”

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t get her, but does….

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all….

Ever since I finished Pushing the Limits, I’ve been dying to read its spin off, Dare You To! I’ve always been intrigued by Beth, because her character is so complex. I guess I’ll find out more about her in…26 days!

Stacking the Shelves (23) & In My Mailbox (13)

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews wherein book bloggers get to share their haul for the week, be it borrowed, won, given, or bought! :)
In My Mailbox was a meme started by Kristi of The Story Siren
ALYANA
Received for Blog Tour (E-book): 
 
Mila 2.0 (MILA 2.0 #1)  by Debra Driza >Goodreads<
Thanks to Mae of Bookworms Avenue, who is hosting the blog tour, for sending me a copy!
 
What about YOU? What’s your haul this week? Leave a comment, and we’ll stop by your blog and check out your haul! 
 
 

GFC Shutting Down? Preparations and Precautions for the Hopefully Unlikely Event.

I guess now with all the news speculating Google shutting down GFC, a lot of bloggers are already taking the necessary steps in order to secure their followers, one of which being Bloglovin.

I have to say that both Tiffany and I were rather shocked when we heard about it. I mean, what could the reason be for Google wanting to shut down GFC? We’re crossing our fingers that it would not actually happen–after all, an event like this has already occurred in 2011, though Google did not take down GFC at the end.
However, whether it will happen or not, we just want to make sure that we still have our followers with us at the end of the day! Tiffany and I enjoy spending our time interacting with you guys everyday, and we don’t want to lose that. So, please take the time to follow us on BlogLovin!

Just click on the link below the logo, and follow this blog in just a few seconds! 

 

 
 
Another way to follow us is through NetworkedBlogs! All you need to do is to click follow on the NetworkedBlogs widget on the right side of this blog! 
If you want us to follow you back, just leave a comment below–we’ll be happy to do so!
Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this post!

Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

  • TitleHopeless (Hopeless #1)
  • AuthorColleen Hoover
  • SourceReceived from Edelweiss
  • No. of Pages391
  • PublishedDecember 19, 2013
  • Rating5/5
  • Check it outGoodreads or Amazon
Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

Wow. Just…wow. That was all that I could say after I flipped to the last page of Hopeless. There’s so much more to this supposedly light and fluffy contemporary novel I first assummed it was when I began reading it. But as I went along, it practically shattered my heart into a million pieces, and put it back together again. I felt like I was riding a rollercoaster—wanting to laugh, cry, be confused or furious all at the same time. On top of that, I could never tell when the drop would come.

It’s so difficult to define love, much less to be able to experience it. Sadly, those wise words did not come from me, but rather, from this book. But I found myself being able to relate to it—which is probably why I hate insta-love so much. (Come on, I-love-yous a day after you met him?) What I especially liked was how the characters felt that their feelings were more than just like, but not exactly to the point of love yet. So they come up with a new term by taking the first two letters of like and last two letters of love: Live.

I believe I’ve already started hinting—not exactly subtly—how much I adored the characters. Holder definitely isn’t your cliched handsome, popular, leading male character that is oh-so-perfect in every single way possible. He is boy surrounded by this mystique—brooding one moment, and then a completely different person the next. I wouldn’t describe him as bipolar, per say, because there’s something so much deeper in his past that makes him act that way. What I love about Holder so much was his protectiveness of Sky, and how he is the only one who knows exactly what she wanted. Sarcastic, kind and handsome, I think this imperfect-perfect character just became one of my favorites.

Sky, on the other hand, is the hermit of the digital age. There are no electronics in her house. Yes, you heard me correctly. No TV, computer, cellphone or even a phone—I can’t fathom how she managed to survive all these years without any connection to civilization. You’re probably wondering about school, but she was home schooled her whole life, until the beginning of this novel, when she opts finish her senior year in an actual public school for the first time. She applied because she was suppposed to go with her best friend, Six, but then Six suddenly had to go to Italy to be an exchange student. Still, Sky decided to continue with public school because she stubborn to admit to her adoptive mother that she wanted to back out.

Then she met Holder.

At first, she only knew him based on assumptions and rumors flying around. But then, she realized that she shouldn’t be judgmental, seeing that nothing is true unless she sees it for herself. That’s when they get to know each other. (And the part when I got all fan-girly.) Sky barely remembers her past and how she came to be adopted, but that’s part of the mystery and thrill of the story. With Holder’s help, she begins to find out who she really is, and who he really is as well.

Hopeless is truly one of those rare, spectacular stories. Though simple, it enables the reader to delve into the mysteries and wonders that life can bring to you. And like how the saying goes, there’s always more than what meets the eye.

Stacking the Shelves (22) & In My Mailbox (12)

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews wherein book bloggers get to share their haul for the week, be it borrowed, won, given, or bought! :)
In My Mailbox was a meme started by Kristi of The Story Siren
ALYANA
Received from Edelweiss: 
 
Hopeless (Hopeless #1)  by Colleen Hoover >Goodreads<
TIFFANY
Bought:
 
Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare >Goodreads<

Rise (Nightshade Prequel #2) by Andrea Cremer >Goodreads<

Won:

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman >Goodreads<

Special thanks to Nicole and Michelle of The Twins Read for their twitter giveaway!

As you can see, we received quite a small haul this week, which is probably why I decided to  insert pictures of the books to liven up the post a little! Even though we only got four books, Tiffany and I still have the BEST week of our bookish lives.

Why?

First of all, CLOCKWORK PRINCESS.

I don’t think I need to say more. Just that I’m extremely jealous of Tiff right now. But thank goodness she’s letting me borrow it. See, that’s an awesome co-blogger right there. (Though I will never admit it ever again.) Check out her 5 star Review for Clockwork Princess!

But, my week has been great as well, thanks for asking. (Haha, just kidding.) I received Hopeless from Edelweiss, and I practically screamed when I got the email.

And yes, it was AMAZING.

I think I just fell in love with the characters. And lost a whole lot of sleep in the process. The review for Hopeless is coming up soon, so don’t forget to stop by and take a look at it!

What about YOU? What’s your haul this week? Leave a comment, and we’ll stop by your blog and check out your haul! 

 
 

Feature and Follow (28)

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.
This week’s question:

Q: What is your guilty pleasure as far as reading? Is it a genre, or is it a certain type of book?

A: Reading IS a guilty pleasure, ha. Everything I read practically falls under my guilty pleasures (Hey, they’re YA.) but I guess if I really HAD to choose, I’d pick good contemporaries (Jodi Picoult, Kody Keplinger, Stephanie Perkins, etc.) because I usually finish those in a matter of hours.

Tiffany and I would love to know YOUR answer to today’s Feature and Follow question! Just don’t forget to leave a comment and a link so that we can follow you back! 
 
 

Waiting on Wednesday (18)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
The book we’ve picked for this week is…

This book will feature Cinder and Rapunzel and will take place in the Sahara Desert.

 
 
Oh, not much of a summary yet, seeing that it isn’t set to come out until next year. But, we just couldn’t wait to share Cress, because Scarlet is absolutely awesome! Marissa Meyer is truly an amazing writer, and we can’t wait to see with she cooked up next with Cinder and Rapunzel being the next characters!
 
What about you? What are YOU waiting for this week? Drop us a comment, so that we can check it out! 

Feature and Follow (27)

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.
This week’s question:

Q: Activity! Hopefully warm weather for most of us is here soon…so tell us about your favorite outdoor reading spot. Or take a picture.

A: I don’t really like reading outside, (it comes with living in a tropical country: bugs and mosquitoes everywhere, 24/7) but if I HAD to choose a spot, it would be at the lanai/veranda or at a park near my house. It’s especially cozy there early in the morning, when it’s still quite cool and there are no children playing outside, but after noon, it gets really hot and noisy there, so it’s back in the room for me!
 
We love to know YOUR answer to today’s Feature and Follow question! Just don’t forget to leave a comment and a link so that we can follow you back! 

Stacking the Shelves (20) & In My Mailbox (10)

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews wherein book bloggers get to share their haul for the week, be it borrowed, won, given, or bought! :)


In My Mailbox was a meme started by Kristi of The Story Siren

ALYANA AND TIFFANY 
Bought: 

1) Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi >Goodreads<

2) Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2)  by Tahereh Mafi >Goodreads<

3) Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs >Goodreads<



Tiffany and I got our copies signed by Tahereh Mafi at the blogger forum hosted by National Bookstore last week, and we bought extras as well! Check out our recap on the blogger forum

Not only that, but we have a 300 FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY running at the moment. We’re giving away signed copies of both Shatter Me and Unravel Me, signed Unravel Me bookmarks and more! (Just click the link to the recap or on the picture below.)

TIFFANY
Borrowed:

1) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor >Goodreads<

2) Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor >Goodreads<

3) The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse >Goodreads<

Thanks to Alyana for lending me all of these! (She is making me read her TBR pile for her, no doubt.) =)))))))


What about YOU? What’s your haul this week? Leave a comment, and we’ll stop by your blog and check out your haul! 

Click on the picture below to get a chance to win all these fabulous prizes! 

Recap: Tahereh Mafi Blogger Forum and 300 Follower Giveaway!

First of all, Tiffany and I would like to apologize on the delay of this post. It was initially supposed to be put up the day after, but due to final examinations and last minute to-dos, it was pushed back to today. Nevertheless, here it is!

Last week, we attended the very first blogger forum that National Bookstore ever hosted! Not only that, but it was with Tahereh Mafi! Just in case you don’t know who she is (Which is a horrible and unforgivable sin.), Tahereh Mafi is the author of the Shatter Me series, with Shatter Me debuting on November 2011. Last February, Unravel Me, the second book in the series was released. (And, it was absolutely, breathtakingly amazing. Read it. Or else.) 

There are novellas as well, like Destroy Me being Shatter Me #1.5. This is in Warner’s point of view, so your perspective on the story (And for Warner, in fact.) takes a huge turn. Shatter Me #2.5 is set to come out later this year, but Tahereh is still contemplating on the whose POV she should put it in (Warner, Warner, Warner!) 

Oh, did I mention that the release of the third and last installment of the series is STILL NEXT YEAR?! I swear, I am not going to hold out for that long. No title has been released yet, but you know… it doesn’t hurt to imagine. *cough* Undress Me *cough*. 

If you want to know more about the series, check it out on Goodreads, or take a look at Tiffany’s 5 star ARC Review for Unravel Me

Funny Story: 

We actually met Tahereh Mafi AND Ransom Riggs before the blogger forum. Well, Tiffany did, at first. Let me rewind. 

Tiffany, Chyna (a friend of ours from school who also happens to be a blogger) and I were eating at a Thai restaurant when suddenly, we looked out the window and saw Tahereh Mafi and Randsom Riggs strolling outside
Now, what do you think happened? 

This: Chyna and Tiffany both got up, ran outside freaking out, leaving a very embarrassed me to deal with the other diners’ weird stares and the waiter’s suspicious glare. 

So this is what I did: Duck my head, pretended to use my phone and tried to eat the rest of my Phad Thai calmly. 

While I was doing that 
They were doing this 

















Thanks guys. 

IMMA KILL YOU BOTH!!

Eh, at least I got to chew them out when they got back. 

<---

(But then again, they were sort of on Cloud Nine, so I think my sermon just went in one ear and out the other. *sigh*) 

Anyhoo, when we left the restaurant to head over to the blogger forum, guess who we saw?

Yeah, that’s right. Emma Watson.

Kidding! Yes, it was Tahereh and Ransom again! All I’m proud to say is that while Tiffany and Chyna forgot how to speak in coherent sentences, I was able to complete a full one. Sort of. 

Our conversation: 

Us: *sees Tahereh and Ransom*
Me: Hey…
Chyna: Omg
Tiffany: It’s them! 
Tahereh and Ransom: *passes us* Hi again! 
Me: I’m the friend they left behind.
Chyna and Tiffany: Ah…ahaha 
Ransom: Sorry. *smiles*
Me: Thanks? 

Then we walked away awkwardly. 

Moving on. When we got to the forum, Tiffany I were lucky enough to snag numbers 7 and 8, which meant that we would be the 7th and the 8th persons to ask Tahereh Mafi our questions! Not only that, but since Tahereh and Ransom always tour together, he was there at the forum too. Thus, we got our copies of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children signed as well! 



Tiffany and I with Tahereh 
Tahereh and Ransom eating the dried mangoes that Tiffany gave them


Eeep! That day just couldn’t have been better. 

While the blogger forum was in session, Tahereh Mafi answered all of our questions–tons of them–patiently one by one. It was then when I learned even more things about the upcoming books and the current books that are being sold in book stores. 

Take this one: Did you know why Tahereh changed the original title, Touching Juliette, to Shatter Me? 

I didn’t. Heck, I didn’t even know that there was a title before Shatter Me! Well, basically, it’s because since this was a trilogy, the other titles have to be related to the first one. If they went with Touching Juliette, book 2 and 3 would probably come out as Sniffing Adam and Washing Warner. 

So that’s why they changed it to Shatter Me. 

After that, we got to have all of our books signed–by Tahereh and Ransom! 


Tahereh defaced Unravel Me for the both of us
Ransom signing our copies of his book


Now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for! 


To celebrate the fact that we crossed yet another milestone and reached over 300 followers, we want to give you the chance to win SIGNED copies of Shatter Me and Unravel Me, and bookmarks of Unravel Me that Tahereh signed for us all well! Not only that, but we’re throwing in some surprises as well! This is open INTERNATIONALLY, and we’ll be picking ONE winner a month from now. 

These rules and conditions apply: 

1) This is a FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY so being a follower is mandatory. You must be 13 years or older to enter. 

2) There will be ONE winner. They will be chosen through a raffle draw. 

3 ) This is INTERNATIONAL.

4) You have 48 hours to respond to our email if you do win, or else we will be forced to pick a new one. 

5) We hold the right to stop this giveaway at anytime, should circumstances arise.

Good luck! We wouldn’t have had this giveaway if it wasn’t for you guys, so thank you all so much! 

Win 1 signed paperback of Shatter Me and Unravel Me plus a huge signed bookmark and random surprise swag we will pick out of the third picture above.

Love, 

Tiffany and Alyana 
Thanks to National Bookstore for providing us with the fun and exciting blogger forum and for bring Tahereh Mafi here to Manila! Also, many thanks to Lyra from Defiantly Deviant and Ge from The Soul Sisters for taking us along with them!