Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

 
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Happy Halloween Troglodytes! Today, we are going to feature our top 3 recommended reads. Do you find porcelain dolls creepy? Do you want to take a road trip to a remote town? Can you handle an exorcism? It's hard to choose what books to talk about. But in the end, we both agreed on ...
BAD GIRLS DON'T DIE

April 21st 2009 by Disney-Hyperion

Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents' marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude. When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.

Alexis wants to think that it's all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening--to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she's the only person who can stop Kasey -- but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?
(Add to Goodreads)


CREEPY FACTOR: 
Kyla: I love dolls until I read this book. Everything about dolls are now creepy for me. Thanks, Katie Alender! *coughs* Plus look at the cover! It feels like the girl is going to stand up and strangle you any minute.
Carmel: Dolls are seriously creepy! AND LOOK AT THAT COVER! IT'S LIKE THE GIRL IS MOVING!
 


CREED
November 8th 2014 by Flux

Three went in. Three came out. None even a shadow of who they once were.

When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house.

But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town's inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins, who plans to make Dee his new wife. Elijah's son, Joseph, offers to help them escape . . . but the price of his help may be more than Dee and her friends can bear.
 
(Add to Goodreads)


CREEPY FACTOR: 
Kyla: A piece of advice? READ THIS. If you don't, your reading life will never be complete.
Carmel: If you love THE FOLLOWING, this is for you! No YA book is as intense as Creed!
 

 
   
THE MERCILESS
by
  
Publication: June12th 2014 by Razorbill

Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned

Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.

Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.

Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .

In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?
(Add to Goodreads)



CREEPY FACTOR: 
Kyla: A creepy novel with demented characters. And it's fast-paced. Here's a tip: read this at 3AM and tell me the results.
Carmel: I just read this fast-paced twisted book! That end got me gasping!

 
Have you read these?
Recommend your top picks below. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Introducing... Friday Feels!




Hello, troglodytes! Kyla here~ I'm very glad to introduce Friday Feels to y'all. Basically, this meme is about anything that we have the feels for. In other words, we will post about the things that we love using the Friday Feels. This is not something you love during Fridays only but it's something you love in general. You are free to join us and share your feels during Fridays! Looking forward to see your posts in the coming weeks.

Disclaimer: We are aware that the hashtag "friday feels" have already been used on several sites like Twitter and Tumblr. If anyone out there has already created/used this meme, please let us know right away and we'll give credits to you.

Since it's Friday, I am going to share something that I am currently loving and its...

SCREAM 4

Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer.

Director: Wes Craven

Check out the official trailer here:


WHY?
Favorite line from the movie: "I don't need friends, I need fans." - Jill Roberts (played by Emma Roberts)

I just recently watched Scream 4 (with Carmel) and I wasn't expecting to love it this much. It was amazing even though I kind of guessed who the killer was. At first, I'm really suspicious of everyone because every single person has a motive but then as the story progresses, I had dibs on someone and I was right! YES, PEOPLE. I GOT IT RIGHT! Okay, well, I'm just so happy I guessed who Ghostface was. Anyway, I hope you'll give Scream 4 a chance and I hope you'll love it as well! Also, if you've already watched this, give the TV series version of Scream a try because it's also amazing! With that said, I wish y'all a happy Halloween!

(PS. Carmel: I always love slasher movies so this is definitely on my list also! Contains the usual violence and gory scenes that I love!)
 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Blog Tour: ILLUMINAE by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman


Young Adult - Science Fiction
Publication: October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.


Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called "Captivating to the very end," Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.









I don't even know where to start. All I know is YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!
Illuminae is probably the BEST of YA Sci-Fi!

It's visually entertaining because this is bloody brilliant book is an epistolary novel told through reports, instant messages, interviews, hacked files. It's so FUN and REFRESHING to read a book like Illuminae.

To be honest, I was hesitant when I was starting the book. Normally, I would not read science fiction novels, but Illuminae is definitely an exception. It's started out really fast and I was smacked in the middle of an invasion.

I totally did not expect that the authors could weave to the already complicated story a dash of romance. I thought I would get annoyed thinking that the romance would just ruin the book. BUT BOY I WAS WRONG! I ENDED UP ROOTING FOR EZRA AND KADY!



I think the greatest strength of this Illuminae is Kady, the rebellious hacker. The authors were able to make Kady such a powerful young woman! Damn, she's bad-ass! She reminded me of Katniss Everdeen and no one even comes close to Katniss on my list. I personally admire Kady for being so strong despite all the diabolical circumstances.

Illuminae is now setting the bar on how Young Adult books should be. It's unique, creative, action-packed, intense, all in one huge book! I will definitely look forward to the next books in the trilogy. Everyone should read this. Illuminae undoubtedly stands out from the rest!
 




I have never thought that I would get the chance to read Illuminae. Physically. Before it was even published, there were already a lot of pictures of Illuminae (ARCs, different versions of the book; from paperback, hardback, to Audio even) circulating around the bookish world. It looked really cool. That was the first time that I've seen an ARC in hardcover! CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?!

Photo not mine. Credits to YAKO Books.
When I first checked it out on Goodreads, I wasn't ready for it yet because I felt like it was heavy (futuristic, not set in Earth and all that stuff). You see, I'm not a full-blown SciFi geek so I don't know what to expect from Illuminae but I hoped it will be great. People at Twitter are always talking about it. About how amazing it was. About how beautiful it was. Blah, blah, blah. And since it was getting all hyped up, I always reminded myself not to raise my expectations so high because maybe it'll disappoint me in the end.

The reason that I got the chance to read Illuminae is because I got an email about a blog tour for this book and I couldn't just stop myself so I signed up! In that way, I'll get to experience the goodness of the book personally. So the time finally came and the book arrived, I was so happy because "Yay! I FINALLY have it in my hands!" "I'm holding such beautiful book!" "I'm going to read one of 2015's highly anticipated YA novel!"

Okay, I'll stop blabbering now. Let's move on to my actual review.

If I had to describe Illuminae in one word, it would be: brilliant. I couldn't compare it to anything because I've never read a book like Illuminae before. It's original. This is definitely one of the best YA scifi novels! Trust me.

The content was refreshing, creative, and fun. I enjoy every page of this book, it entertained me and kept in my room for HOURS. I swear. Even though it's already time to eat dinner, I did NOT stop. I just continued reading until I decided I was too hungry already. ;)

Kady Grant is the epitome of BAD-ASS. She is everything I want to be. She's sassy, smart, and fearless. I love how she works with computers (yes, she's hacker!!!). Awww, I just adore her. All of the characters were flawed but genuine. If I had to describe Ezra Mason in a sentence it would be: "he is the cheesiest human being fictional character alive."

If you're wondering if this book has romance, yes it has but don't worry! It didn't overpower the story. In fact, it made the story better. It's da cute kind of romance between Kady an Ezra. I ship them so hard. I AM ROOTING FOR YOU, GUYS. Do not fail me.

Kaufman and Kristoff worked great together. They created such magnificent story. I WISH I HAD THEIR WRITING SKILLS. You guys are my #goals. Continue on creating such wonderful stories!!!!!

If you're looking for an action-packed, unique, and romantic (yes!!!) novel then Illuminae is for you!



Are you dying to read ILLUMINAE?
Do you want to have your own copy of ILLUMINAE?
Do you want to experience the goodness of ILLUMINAE firsthand? 

If your answer to the questions above are all YES then you're in to win a HARDCOVER copy of ILLUMINAE by Jay Kristoff + Amie Kaufman!

Did I mention it was hardcover? Yes, that's right, you'll get to win the beautiful hardcover edition of ILLUMINAE.

But before you enter, please read the rules carefully.
RULES:
  • This contest is open for PHILIPPINE RESIDENTS ONLY. Sorry, INTL folks!
  • You must be 13 years or older, or have parents’ permission to enter.
  • All your entries will be disqualified if you pickup entries for something you haven’t done. (I had to do this for so many of my last giveaways, please don’t make me do this again.)
  • If you only use ONE account to do all these tasks and enter under different names, they will still only constitute as ONE entry.
  • If the winner does not respond to my e-mail within 48 hours, he/she will be disqualified. Then I will have to choose another winner.
  • I am not responsible for any items lost in the mail.

Big thanks to Random House Kids and Pinoy Book Tours for making this possible

Monday, October 19, 2015

Book Blitz & Giveaway: Gabriel (The Styclar Saga, #2) by Nikki Kelly

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Welcome to the Gabriel Book Blitz!!!
I am super excited for Gabriel because Lailah (The Styclar Saga, #1) was amazing!
In case you missed my review of Lailah, you can view it here.


GABRIEL (The Styclar Saga, #2)
by
  Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: October 27th 2015
Check it out on Goodreads!
Pages: 352
SYNOPSIS:

The handsome Angel from Lailah gets center stage in this continuation of Wattpad sensation Nikki Kelly’s romantic and action-packed series about mortals, vampires, and angels. Gabriel is an Angel Descendant. He's also an ally to a generation of vampires who want to break away from the demon who controls them. His faith in the power of good over evil wavers, however, when he discovers that Lailah, the woman he considers his only true love, may be both angel and demon. Is their love enough to overcome the dark forces who are ready to go to war with Gabriel, the vampire Jonah, and the angel and vampire forces? And can Gabriel compete with Jonah, who is also in love with Lailah? Once again, Nikki Kelly looks deeply into the heart and soul of good and evil to create a romantic, action-packed reading adventure.

Don't forget to checkout Styclar Wattpad page for the preview
chapters of Gabriel. Meanwhile, you can read through the interview with Nikki below.
(AND THERE'S A GIVEAWAY!)

What did you do on your research trip to France?
Mainly, I visited all the locations used in the book! I also spent some time writing while I was there of course! I think the nicest thing about my research trip was that I ended up using my Auntie and Uncle's barn conversion as a base for the property our gang find themselves staying in! Everything in the story form the barn, the village itself and various locations (including the snowy mountains) are completely real - you could even go and visit them all yourself!



Was the writing process for Gabriel a lot different than Lailah?
The writing process for GABRIEL was shorter, because this time around I was writing full time! But the actual 'writing' part was much the same. I start with a premise, have an idea in my head of the beginning/ the ending/ a specific character etc etc. and start writing! I only ever do rough outlines, it's all pretty much in my head, which is another reason why I have often said I feel like this story was implanted in my brain sometimes and I am the mere mortal who gets to put pen on paper to bring it to life!



What can we expect from Gabriel (the novel) ?
Gosh, A LOT! The story picks up right where it left off, and continues to be told form Lailah's POV - The main cast are back, but we get to meet some lush new ones too! I am still a great fan of the twist - suffice to say, just when you think you know, really you have no idea! ;) Oh, and also, did I mention... #NoMercy ;)



Would you say that you’re similar to Lailah in any way?
Naturally, Lailah and I have a few of the same traits, I think every character in my stories have a little something piece of me, whether intention or not! But I think we can all relate to Lailah's plight, I think most of us go through a time in our lives where we are working out who we are and making choices that carve out who we ultimately end up becoming.



What are youcurrently reading?
I have a new baby, so my hands are a little tied at the moment! But I can tell you what I will be reading next *grabby hands* Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo !!!



Any advice for aspiring authors?
If you have a story to tell, don't stop until it's told... and Never.Ever.Give.Up!



How much of your personal experience is tied into this series?
A very large percent! A good example — In GABRIEL Ruadhan tells Lailah 'You only fail, if you never try.' That is the very advice my Mom gave me, and one of the reasons I am living my dream today... I think it all goes back to that great advice you hear again and again about writing - about writing what you know. So in this case, for example, I know very well the true meaning and the importance of that message... Even down to the mythology in the story -- it's all based loosely on my own belief system (you'll see plenty more of that in Book2 and especially in Book3)




And in case you haven't read Lailah yet. . . .
LAILAH (The Styclar Saga, #1)
by
Release Date: October 7th
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.
On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.


About Nikki Kelly:
 

NIKKI KELLY was born and raised only minutes away from the chocolately scent of Cadbury World in Birmingham, England. Lailah was first launched to Wattpad, an online readers and writers community. Within six months, the novel had over one million reads. Lailah is Nikki’s debut novel, and the first book in The Styclar Saga. She lives in London with her husband and their dogs, Alfie (a pug) and Goose (a Chihuahua).

LAILAH is my debut novel, and first launched in serial form to wattpad, a readers & writers community. Within just 6months, LAILAH had over a million reads and thousands of comments and votes.

Since then, The Styclar Saga has gone on to pick up a traditional deal with Feiwel & Friends, and LAILAH, the first book in the series is due for release on October 7th 2014.
 These days I spend my time balancing my amazing job of writing fantasy fiction, with my other, very important role of Chocolate Connoisseur. I like to multitask and do the two together. It makes me happy.


CONNECT WITH NIKKI:
| Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Wattpad | Tumblr | Goodreads | Wattpad | Youtube

 

**GIVEAWAY**




Thank you Amber and Jessica of The Book Bratz for making all this possible!

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Happy Release Day to CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell!


Hello, troglodytes! I am so excited for this post because CARRY ON by THE Rainbow Rowell releases today! *happy dance*


|| sadly, I haven't read any of rainbow rowell's books but don't worry, I will once I get the chance. and I sure heard a lot of good things about her books! :D ||

CARRY ON
by Rainbow Rowell

Publication Date: October 6th 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
Young Adult - Fantasy, Romance

BOOK SYNOPSIS:
Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen.
That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right.

Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here -- it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up.

Carry On - The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story - but far, far more monsters.

Don't forget to join the launch party for CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell at the Powerhouse Arena and of course, share your thoughts about Carry On over at Twitter using the following hashtag: #CarryOn!

|| for more details about the launch party, check this out: ||

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
RAINBOW ROWELL writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (Attachments and Landline). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they're screwing up. And people who fall in love. When she's not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don't really matter in the big scheme of things. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

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Big thanks to St. Martin's Griffin (imprint of St. Martin's Press) for making this possible!

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