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Thursday, December 24, 2015

BOOK REVIEW : RED QUEEN BY VICTORIA AVEYARD!

Hello wonderful and amazing readers!

I am here once again (I know for the 5th time this month, crazy right?) to bring up my thoughts and feelings and to discuss Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard which I happen to finish hours ago today. This is kinda a fresh review because a day has not passed by after I finished the book.

Let's begin!




Details:

Title: Red Queen (Red Queen #1)

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Number of Pages: 388

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-fi

Publisher: HarperTeen

Published on: February 10, 2015

Format: Paperback

Price: $11.91 (BD), Php 432.00 (FB), Php 435.00 (NBS)
*Prices may change due to different sales/offers.

Purchase the book at:
*I am NOT getting any profit for endorsing these sites



Synopsis:

Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard's sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king's palace. Will her power save her or condemn her? 
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.



About the Author:



I’m a writer repped by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. I split my time between my hometown East Longmeadow, Massachusetts and Los Angeles. After graduating with a BFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California, I decided to try my hand at writing a novel. My debut RED QUEEN came out of the terrifying, unemployed year after college.

Currently I’m revising the second book in the RED QUEEN series, along with pursuing other projects in literature and film. My proudest achievements are riding a horse in the mountains of Montana and navigating from London to Edinburgh without GPS.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

BOOK TAG : TIS THE SEASON!

Hello wonderful readers!

I am here today to bring you something very festive and fun! As you all know (well you probably have noticed), book tags are something that I enjoy recently and I am a big lover of everything Christmas. I have found the perfect solution to enjoy the best of both worlds. I went across Regan's PeruseProject and she recently uploaded a tag video doing Tis the Season book tag. What better thing to do, as it is 7 days left before Christmas, than to do it as well, right?



Let's begin!



Tis the Season Book Tag is created by RichardDenney. It's basically answering 7 questions about the Winter Season (or the cold/wet season here in my country, the Philippines) and everything about it. This is a very fun and festive tag and I am excited to do it!


1. Do you have a favorite Winter read?


  • I don't have much of an annual rereading thing going on with my life, so my complete answer to this question is very complex. I'm just gonna go with the first thing that came into my mind. When I think of a cozy, cold, tucked-up-in-bed kind of weather the first thing that comes to my mind is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. What better book right? To let your tears drop (well, I never experienced this before, haha!) while the rain pours outside while drinking a cup of hot chocolate. It's just to comfy to read (and a little heartbreaking). It's fun to read while giggling and Amsterdam! It's a great book to read in this season. Do I need to explain this book? You probably know it already. For me, I want to read this while it's freezing cold and I have a thick blanket on my bed with hot chocolate by my side.

2. Find a book with blue on the cover!



  • I don't just want to choose a book that has a blue cover, I wanted to choose a book with a blue cover that I loved the story and the cover. I choose The Young Elites by Marie Lu which I absolutely loved! I actually made a book review about it, here. So, you can read it to know more about it.  I just love the mysterious effect of the cover that doesn't show off. I also like this shade of blue. And at some point these dark clouds remind me of the Winter (Cold/Wet) Season here in the Philippines. Maybe because of the frequent typhoons happening here. I absolutely adored this cover and I choose this one for this questions.

3. Find a book you’d use as the star on a Christmas tree? 


  • I honestly have no doubts on my answer to this one. I chose the hardcover edition (very particular about the format because the paperback's quite small) of Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan, illustrated by John Rocco. Is there any doubt about this? It's just so elegant from the inside and out. It's enormously huge and amazing. The outside is breath-taking and the inside is even more amazing than that. The illustrations on this one is wonderfully made. I just love it so much. Who would not? I mean, no one would disagree that this is a great choice for a star (but quite heavy). 

Friday, December 11, 2015

BOOK TAG : WOULD YOU RATHER 2.O!

Hello wonderful readers!

As I've mentioned on my previous post here, I'll be doing Would You Rather Book Tag versions 1 and 2. I already have done the first one, here. So, I'll be doing the 2nd one! I am very much excited to answer the set of questions below!

Let's begin!






This version was created by steakuccino with a bunch of new questions different from the first one. And also, because we're technically in a book blog, I'm gonna pretend that the questions about booktube are questions about book blogs. Yeah?


Would you rather...


1. Would you rather do only review videos or only tag videos?

  • Hmm. I am having doubts on this one. I love making both. But, if I had to choose, I'd probably choose to only do tag videos. Tag videos are just like compilations of books that I've read. So on another way, I'm kinda reviewing books too. I am also a very on and off reader. There are times when I read five books in a month and there are times when I read a book in three months so, I don't know what I'm gonna do when the reader in me is off. Also, as I've said, I can still talk about how I loved a book in a tag, right? So a book tag is something I would enjoy more.

2. Would you rather always see the film first or never see the film version of books?
  • I am a movie person as much as I am a book person. So, I would rather always see the film first than to never see it again. Although it would probably annoy me because I've been spoiled, I would still want to see the film. In the film, I would also know if I wanted to read the book. But, I never base my desire to read the book based on the movie's plot, I decide base on If I want the topic in the movie. This is what happened in my Percy Jackson experience. I've watched the film first, and we all know that it sucks, but because I am really interested in Greek mythology, I still read the books. So, I would prefer to see the film first.

3. Would you rather have a list of every book you've ever read (like Goodreads from birth) or still have the physical copy of your first favorite book?
  • I am a very sentimental person but I think I would prefer to have a list of every book I've ever read. I really liked a lot of books when I was young but I can't remember their title. It would be fun if I can reread and search for those books. Also, if I have the physical copy of my first favorite book, I would probably crave for more. So I need that list. I really need it. I also like to know what I've been reading because I've read a lot of stories with the same plot. So, I'll go with the goodreads since birth.

4. Would you rather have an active in-person book club of non-book bloggers or have lunch with your best book blog buddy once a year?
  • I don't really know. I am an ambivert. I tend to become introvert to people who've seen me extrovert in the internet. And I tend to become extrovert to people I get to bond with, like physically. So, I think I'd rather have an active in-person book club of non-book bloggers. I'd like to meet them like for the first time so we can bond and talk about books. Unlike my best book blog buddy, they probably have seen me in my worst form. Haha! And, I am more of an internet person, so having an in-person book club will develop my social and physical skills.

5. Would you rather have the time to read everything you want to read or the money to buy everything you want to read?
  • I believe that time is priceless. It can never be paid for. You can never pay to have time to read. But money can be earned, you can work for it. So, I'd obviously pick time to read everything than the money to buy everything. And for a student like me? A couple of hours of leisure is a blessing!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: THE YOUNG ELITES BY MARIE LU!

Hi Readers! I've finished The Young Elites by Marie Lu a way back. So here's a book review for y'all! 





Details:

Title: The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)

Author: Marie Lu

Number of Pages: 355

Genre: Fantasy, Sci-fi, Dystopia, Young Adult

Publisher:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers 

Published on: October 7, 2014

Format: Hardcover

Price: $23.16 (BD), Php 760.00 (FB), Php 745.00 (NBS)
*Prices may change due to different sales/offers.

Purchase the book at:
*I am NOT getting any profit for endorse these sites


Synopsis:

"I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside. 
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all. 
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen. 
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt."

 About the Author:



Marie Lu is the art director at Online Alchemy, a video game company, and also owns the children’s brand Fuzz Academy. She was first inspired to write Legend while watching Les Miserables one afternoon, and wondered how the relationship between a famous criminal vs. a prodigious detective might translate into a more modern story. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2006 and lives in Los Angeles, California. 




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Thursday, December 3, 2015

BOOK TAG : INSIDE OUT!

Hello wonderful Readers!

So I am here today with another tag. It originated in youtube and has been done by a lot of awesome booktubers like jessethereader, maureenkeavy, etc! It was created by Kristina Horner (click here to see her video) and I absolutely love the concept of the tag, so I am here to bring it (or bring it back) to the book blogger community and enjoy it with you guys!




So basically, it's all about the previous Inside Out movie from Disney and Pixar which I absolutely loved and watched for like a ton of times. There will be five different questions surrounding the main characters in the story -- Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger, and Fear and you'll just have to answer that honestly and tell which book fits on the question. Simple isn't? I bet this is fun!

Let's begin!

P.S. Please excuse my handwriting and my editing and lighting and all. I am trying my best. XD





1. JOY - Which book brings you the most Joy?


  • What else to pick than my most favorite book by my most favorite fantasy author and the book that became the reason of me reading today, right? You got it right, Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is the book that brings me most joy. Actually, the whole series does, but this book is extra special. It's about a boy named Percy Jackson which apparently is a demigod. After spending almost all his childhood as a regular dyslexic human being, he now's wanders off to Camp Half Blood, the only safe place for demigods like him. After entering camp, he then gets the accusation of stealing the Lightning Bolt, which is the weapon of the god of thunder, Zeus. Then the story revolves around that with so much sassy-ness, fun, adventures, and all of that. This book is the most amazing book ever. Just hearing the word "Percy Jackson" quickly makes me happy, It's literally the best book for me. When you associate the word "Joy" with "Books", this instantly comes to mind. It's so light yet fun and filled with lessons and all. It's just so so good and funny. If you haven't read it, you're missing a lot. So just read it and join me, admiring the powers of Rick Riordan.

2. DISGUST - Which book grossed you out the most?

  • Now, this question is quite hard. I picked the book that grossed me, not because I hate the story, but because of some things in it. I chose, Fly on the Wall by E. Lockhart. It's about a girl named Gretchen Kaufman Yee who is an art student and a love of anything Spider Man. He always observes a group of guys, the Art Rats who is kind of loud, sweet, and all of those things. Titus, is the apple of her eye, she finds Titus attractive and smart. She then wishes to be a fly on the wall on the boy's locker room, just to get to know the boys more and their secrets. Suddenly, she becomes a fly on the wall on the boy's locker room. And then she sees everything. Don't get me wrong, I love this book! Rated it like 4 out of 5 stars. It was a good read. It shows a girl's perspective of boy's secret and all of that. But it kind of gets a little gross at the locker part because she sees everything that boys like me hides. From stinky things to unpractical hygiene, you'll shortly find it there. This book also has romance, by the way. It's a fast paced read and is a light, cute one. Grab this book if you can.

3. FEAR - The book that scared you more than anything.

  • This was hard because I don't read much of horror or thriller books, I am more to the dystopia - fantasy side. So, I decided to pick a book that scared me because I was shocked of some of the events and afraid on what might happen next. I picked The Young Elites by Marie Lu. It's about three main character, namely Adelina Amouteru, Teren Santoro, and Enzo Valenciano and their lives after the Blood fever. The blood fever is kind of a deadly illness that swept through their land. Adelina is a malfetto, an abomination--her father believes. A malfetto is those left with marks after the blood fever. Some of the malfettos is believed to have supernatural powers and Enzo leads the Dagger Society, a group of young elites or those with abilities against the inquisition. Teren works for the king, he seeks out the young elites and destroys them. Their lives unfold as Adelina discovers her powers on an encounter with his father. Their lives collide as Adelina avenges herself. Isn't that cool? My explanation quite sucks so better watch out for my book review coming very soon! I really liked this book. It kept my heart beating from the very first page up to the last. It scared me more than I expected. This book is something to watch out! Marie Lu is the queen. You should go read this, now!

4. SADNESS - Which book made you cry the hardest?

  • I probably have the most cliche answer here, but I'll be super honest. The Fault in Our Stars by the one and only John Green. I mean yes, there are other books but I had to say the first book that made me almost cry. I haven't actually cried (like literally) in a book but this one came close. Do I have to tell you what's it about? Well, it'a about Hazel Grace Lancaster and the poetic Augustus Waters as they go on a journey of love and life. With their sickness and all, they find happiness. And the story pretty much revolves their and the support group. This book is amazing. It's cute and fun and heartbreaking and all. It's just wonderful and poetic and filled with cute majestic metaphors.

5. ANGER - Which book pissed you off?

  • Now this didn't piss me off because it was bad. It just made me like "just do it" and all. It's Looking for Alaska by John Green. It follows Miles "Pudge" Halter as he journeys through life and all. Miles is an admirer of people's last words. He's fascinated about that. He meets the ever mysterious Alaska and slowly falls in love with it. That was before and after? Everything is never the same. This book is about life and about how everyone affects everyone. I really liked this book, it'll make you wonder. But, there were just moments when I was like, "just do it, Miles", "why won't you do it?", and all. It started out as disgust but developed into anger. There was also a part in the ending where I was so pissed off at a certain character but I quit understand him. This book is great, don't get me wrong. Read it and you'll understand me.

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And that is it for today's post! As a book tag tradition, I should tag other bloggers as well! I tag:

Erika over at The Nocturnal Fey
Raffy over at Eccentric Everything
Rexy over at Reading Rexy

and Everyone reading this! (because I am too lazy to tag every blogger that I know)

Thank you so much for staying up to this far! I hope you had lots of fun, because I did! *hugs*


I hope you guys liked and enjoyed the colors and all the efforts! Haha. It may look easy but I've put a lot of effort to be able to put that up together. I hope you guys have a cool and wonderful December filled with Joy! New posts will be up very soon, so, let's begin again then?



Friday, November 20, 2015

INTRODUCING: RANDOM TALKS AND WRITING LITERATURE (& WHY I'VE BEEN OFF)!

Hi Readers!

So as the title says, I have two new things I'd like to add here in my blog and I'll be explaining later on, why, I've been off and not active for a while. 

Let's begin!



What are Random Talks and Writing Literature?

It's basically how you interpret the title. Random Talks will be about the random things and rants I want to talk about. It maybe about life, food, places, etc. Just randomly random things that comes to my mind. Writing Literature, on the other hand will be filled of literature, may it be poems, haiku, stories, etc, about a wide variety of topics that I want to express on. It's basically just me, expressing myself, but without or not about books this time. But, don't worry, this is just added features on my blog. Book reviews and such will still be seen on my blog.


Why add those two features?

It's mainly about one thing -- to pursue writing. It's basically that. I want to write, to write seriously, to write not just my opinion. If you are following me on twitter (that's @readingwluigi) you would know that my ultimate goal in life is to become a legit New York Times Bestselling Author. Just imagining myself as a legit author, it gives me goosebumps. And also, this is for my slow (on purpose) upgrade of my blog. I'm and I will make this blog into something that's more of me. That even though my reader life is off (which is practically every time, this year) I can still share something to you guys. I'm making this blog into something bigger.


Why were you always off? Until when will you be not active?

I was not active because my reading life is not active as well. I'm not active in my bookstagram as well. I can't read. I'm too busy with school and life. I'm busy with contests, projects, exams, all of that things. And I've been suffering with a reading slump. I think it's because of The Rose Society. I still, until now, don't have a copy of that book. And I was so looking forward to it. I want to read so bad, that everytime I read another book, I end up thinking of it which leads me to not understand the story. The gif below is basically how I read the past few weeks.



Now, until when will I be off? probably 'til Christmas vacation. I'll undergo an operation in my tonsils next week. And it requires more than 10 days rest. So yeah. And also, January, February, and March are not great months for reading. There's contests, our schools's intrams, exams, and all. So, yeah.


Upgrade in your blog, you say?

Yes. I am slowly upgrading my blog into something bigger and is much more me. You get to see me, in all perspectives. That's basically all I have that's clear. The rest are vague details I want. I'm also thinking of changing my blog name and url, crazy right? But that's how big this upgrade might get.

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So that's it for today's explaining things post.

I'm sorry for the boo-boo. 

That's all for now.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

BOOK TAG : WOULD YOU RATHER!

Hi Readers! 

As I was wandering over Booktube, I came across Katytastic's latest video which is entitled "WOULD YOU RATHER 2.0 | BOOKTUBE EDITION" and I watched and liked it. I then discovered that there were two versions of this tag, and I became interested in doing it! I decided to do the first version of the tag and do the second one next time. So here I am bringing this tag to the book blog community (or bringing it back if someone already brought it here)! I hope you'll have lots of fun as I will surely have in today's post!

Let's begin!





Would you rather...


1. Read only trilogies or stand-alones?

  • Wow, this is a hard one. If I had to choose, I would probably pick trilogies. Just because I am able to read more if I am reading trilogies. Also, I find it hard to kind of jump to one story to another, so trilogies keep me reading. Unlike in stand-alones in which you have to adapt to every story and that will probably build up my reading slump. Another factor is, I rarely read contemporaries which is commonly in stand-alone form. I also want to stay longer in a character is I love it so much, and a single book is not enough for that.

2. Read only female or male authors?

  • I am an advocate of equality, so I don't really like this question. But, if I really had to, I would choose to read only female authors. Although my favorite author is male, I enjoyed a lot of female authors' works. I actually have read more of female authors than male. I also noticed that there are lots of recommended books written by female than male. So, if I'd really have to choose, I'd prefer to only read books written by female authors.

3. Shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon?

  • This is an easy one, of course Amazon. I am fully aware that Barnes & Noble has a physical store but since I'm in the Philippines, I base on their online sites. I haven't tried buying in both just because of the shipping rates. But if I had to choose based on reviews and stuff, I'd choose Amazon.

4. All books become movies or t.v. shows?

  • It depends. Is both good? If yes, than i'd have to choose all books become movies. I'm not a fan of commitment. I don't like committing my time to a single activity. I also haven't tried watching a whole season of a TV series. What I like about movies are the conclusion the plot are all there. I don't like waiting, it irritates me, haha! And, I'm a movie fan, so I'd definitely choose all books become movies.

5. Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

Saturday, September 26, 2015

FEATURED BOOKSTORE : MT. CLOUD BOOKSHOP!

Hi Readers!

Today, another bookstore will be featured.

And I am very excited for today's post, as this post will feature an 'actual' bookstore and not an online one! This will be my first time to do so!




Let's begin!

P.S. Be prepared for a lot of pictures! Haha.



So last August 21 (I know, it's a long time now), me and my family had a three day vacation at Baguio City.

Having been there for many times already, I have realized that I was only able to visit National Book Store SM Baguio to buy books. I, then, asked my friends over at Pinoy Book Freaks United to recommend some bookstores or book related places at Baguio. They recommended many other bookstores, but Mt. Cloud Bookshop got my attention the most. I researched about the place, and asked my mom to give me a ride over there. Then, I was able to visit the place.

About the Bookstore:

Mt Cloud Bookshop was opened in August 2010 by Baguio born sisters Padma and Feliz Perez. It was a long-time collective dream of the family to run an independent bookshop in Baguio City, inspired in part by Cecile Afable’s Ato Bookshop and Gallery, and Jorge Arago’s Angel’s Trumpet. Both bookshops were once havens for intellectuals and artists alike.

Mt Cloud’s selection presents a wide spectrum of Philippine literature and scholarly work. The titles on the shelves vary from popular reads to rare finds. Although Mt Cloud is 80% Filipiniana, we also carry a few choice books from foreign publishers. The bookshop is a great place to discover independent authors or the fine work of small publishing houses. A special section is dedicated to books on Northern Luzon, including works of writers who have lived in Baguio.

In Mt Cloud Bookshop, a reader might find books remembered from childhood or from lifetimes away and choose to sit, read and draw memories from these books. The bookshop is a portal to the wilderness and landscapes of literature, history and social issues. At the same time, it is a labyrinth, encouraging and leading readers to move inward in silence, into the many worlds tucked away in our shelves and selves.

Mt Cloud Bookshop evokes a sense of Baguio as home, and we hope you feel that when you walk through our doors. We exist for those who know the wild beauty of books, who hold them as though they are about to come alive. We exist for those that open books and inhale deeply, as though the book was giving them new life. We can’t imagine a life without books, and if you can’t either, then we exist just for you, too. Come visit and discover the rest of our story and all the other stories waiting in the bookshop.


Visit them!

10:30AM - 8:00PM Daily

Mt Cloud Bookshop, Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City 2600

They're just a stone's throw away from the Session Road rotonda!

Telephone: (+63) 74 424 4437
Email: queries@mtcloudbookshop.com


Reach the bookstore at:

Review:

I am very glad that I've visited the bookstore. It offers a different ambiance then most bookstores do. I'm gonna try my best to break down my thoughts so that you could understand me more. Hopefully, this would be the reasons why you'd be thrilled to visit the place!

1. The bookstore offers a wide variety of wonderfully selected books!
From children's books to comic books, they have it. Having mentioned, Mt. Cloud Bookshop offers books you probably have never seen before. I find it fascinating that they offer books mostly from indie authors, small publishing companies, and local Filipino authors. It brings pride to our country. Visiting the place, I have learned a lot and seen a lot of new books that people probably have never heard of. The bookstore will make you bring home books you fell in love with first sight!

Children's books from Mt. Cloud Bookshop.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: LISA SCHROEDER!

Hi Readers! 

So I've recently finished All We Have is Now by Lisa Schroeder, and luckily, I got the chance to interview her!

Oh, and also, I've recently reviewed Ms. Lisa's book, click here.

I loved All We Have is Now and so I am very excited for this interview! Also, this will be my first ever author interview! Yay!




About the Author:



Lisa Schroeder is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including the YA novels I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME and ALL WE HAVE IS NOW and the middle grade novels IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES and MY SECRET GUIDE TO PARIS. She loves tea and cookies, flowers, family hikes, books and movies that make her laugh and cry, and sunshine. Living in Oregon, she doesn't get nearly enough sunshine, but the hikes are amazing. You can visit her online at www.lisaschroederbooks.com or on twitter at @lisa_schroeder.

Reach the author: 
Website * Facebook * Twitter Instagram * Goodreads




Author Interview:


1. What is your favorite color?
  • Pink. 
2. What is your favorite film?
  • The Sound of Music.
3. Pizza, Ice Cream, or Salad?
  • All three!!
4. What is your favorite season?
  • Summer.
5. What are your hobbies besides reading and writing?
  • Baking, watching TV/movies, hiking, traveling.
6. When you have less than a day left, what would you do? (See the reference? Haha!)
  • :) I'd try my hardest to get to Paris - I've never been and it's my one BIG dream!



1. I see a lot of book references in your book, what is your favorite book of all time?
  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee.
2. Who is your most favorite author?
  • I have so many favorites, it's impossible to narrow it to even three.
3.  What genre do you like most?
  • Historical or realistic/contemporary.
4. What time of the day and where do you like to read most?
  • Summer - after lunch on the patio; Winter - in my cozy bed before drifting off to sleep.



1. In a different way (than the synopsis), describe and introduce your book to new readers.
  • Two teen runaways spend their last 24 hours helping people's wishes come true.
2. What inspires you to write books? What inspired you to write All We Have is Now?
  • I'm inspired by a lot of things - songs, bits and pieces of movies or books, news stories, conversations overheard. This book was inspired by a memory I've carried around for a long time. In high school a teacher had us sit in a circle and say what we would do if we only had 24 hours to live. It got emotional fast, with people crying as they thought about family and/or friends they hadn't seen in a long time. And I wondered, so what if you have mixed feelings about your closest family members - what happens then? That was one of the things I wanted to explore in this book. 
3. You have a lot of very interesting characters in your novel (All We Have is Now). Who is the closest to your heart? Why?
  • I love Vince. He has a big heart, and I just really love that about him. 
4. Your book mainly talks about the wishes in your last day. Was one of the wishes mentioned in the book yours? Or to someone close to your heart?
  • Yep - going to Paris. :)
5. How would you introduce Vince and Emerson to readers who haven't read the book?
  • They're kids who have been through some hard stuff, and maybe they've made some mistakes and have some regrets, but they're doing the best they can, and when push comes to shove, they show the world that kindness matters, and if you don't give up, you *will* find people who appreciate who you are.
6. What would you like to say to your fans all over the world, especially here in Philippines?
  • Hi you wonderful country, you! One of my best friends in elementary school was Filipino and her family was one of the most gracious families I've ever met. They were always so kind to me, and never made me feel bad about not wanting to try the octopus they loved to eat, haha. I'd love to visit someday - I hope I can.
7. Finally, what advice/tips would you give to aspiring writers, like myself, in publishing novels and all?



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And so that's it! Thank you for reading my post!

Thank you to Ms. Lisa for giving me an ARC of her book and for allowing me to interview her. I'm truly grateful!

I had fun! Did you? Feel free to tell your opinions on the comments!

Also, don't forget to check out All We Have is Now and more of Ms. Lisa Schroeder's books! She's a kind person and writes wonderful books!

Thank you and I will see you guys with another post that will be out very soon!


Friday, August 7, 2015

BLOG TOUR : OVERBOARD BY ELIZABETH FAMA! [EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY]

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Details:

Title: Overboard

Author: Elizabeth Fama

Number of Pages: 186

Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Survival

Publisher: CreateSpace

Publisher on: June 9, 2015

Format: Paperback

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Synopsis:

"She swam up for what seemed like an eternity, with her chest so achingly empty it felt as if it had collapsed, seeing only white bubbles in front of her face until she broke the surface.
One moment of rashness, and fourteen-year-old Emily Slake finds herself amid hundreds of panicked and drowning people in the dark ocean waters off Sumatra. Miles from shore without a life vest, she resolves to survive. But in facing the dangers of the ocean, the desperation of her fellow survivors, and her own growing exhaustion, Emily must summon wits and endurance she's not sure she has. 
Striking out on her own, Emily encounters Isman, a frightened young Muslim boy, floating in a life vest. Together they swim for their lives, relying on Emily's physical strength and Isman's quiet faith.
Based on a true story, Overboard is both a riveting tale of survival and a sensitive portrayal of cross-cultural understanding in a time of crisis."


 About the Author:

Plus One was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in April, 2014. A 2015 RITA award finalist, Plus One was also a highlighted book in VOYA magazine, and was listed among the "Top 12 Young Adult Books of 2014" in the Huffington Post. 

Monstrous Beauty, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in September, 2012. It won won the 2013 Odyssey Honor Award, and was included on the 2013 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list and the 2013 YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults list. 

My first novel, Overboard (Cricket Books, 2002), was named a 2003 Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association (one of only eleven books selected unanimously by the committee that year). It received the 2002-2003 honor award from the Society of Midland Authors, and it was nominated for five state readers' choice awards (New Hampshire, Texas, Illinois, Utah, and Florida).


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