currently reading: The BLOOD of OLYMPUS


Ola 2015! I regret that I never got the chance to write a welcoming post for the new year. It’s been so busy as of late and I’ve become a lazy panda along the way. My blog probably feels abandoned, if it ever has any feelings at all. But let me make it up to you dear blog. We’re nearing our second year together. 🙂

So let me start by posting my first read for 2015. 🙂

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SYNOPSIS:

Though the Greek and Roman crew members of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it “might” be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

Finally! The last book of the series. It is a bitter-sweet feeling, as it is always the case when you’re nearing the end of a book series you fell in love with. You just want to finish the book, but at the same time feel compelled to take your time to enjoy it before you get to the last page. Probably why I’m still not finish with it, I just felt I needed to find a new book series to get addicted to before I finally get to close the book.

currently reading: WILD ABOUT YOU (Love at Stake #13)


Ever since I’ve read the first book, “How to Marry a Vampire Millionaire”, I have fallen in love with the Love-at-Stake series by Kerrelyn Sparks. Would you believe it when I say that I’ve finished reading the first 6 books in just a month? Well I did. That’s how I’ve gotten so into it.

Unfortunately, reality peered its ugly head out at me and I became too occupied with work, not to mention far from the presence of bookstores. And after almost 5 years (yes I’m embarrassed to say that it took that long), I’m reading another book from the series that I downloaded online. I know I should start reading the 7th book first, but I already started this one so I’d rather finish it first then just back track to the previous ones after. Good thing that each one is a stand-alone book, so I’m not really too concerned of reading it in order of release. Teehee!

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SYNOPSIS:

Handsome Howard…
Hunky Howard…
Hot Howard…

It’s not every day that Elsa Bjornberg feels delicate, not when she hosts a home renovation show where she can effortlessly demolish a kitchen. But from the moment she meets Howard Barr, this bear of a man makes her feel like a woman. And the way he looks at her, as if she were a pot of honey he’d like to lick…

Howard is not like most men. For one thing, he’s a shapeshifter. And he always thought his celebrity crush would never amount to anything more than drooling at Elsa on TV. When his meddling vampire employer gets involved, the star is suddenly within his grasp—and within a hair of her life. For an ancient curse forbids their newfound love, and Howard is suddenly torn between his desire for her and his desire to keep her alive.

 

currently reading: DAUGHTER of SMOKE and BONE (trilogy)


I am going to read a book trilogy. I wasn’t sure at first if I wanted to do this, since it would suck if I end up hating the first book and then feel obligated to read the next one. Because that’s what I am as a reader, or at least when it comes to book series. It is much easier to put down a non-series book if it bored me.

So, seeing as I’ve decided to take a gamble, here’s a bit of something about the books! 😀

8490112SYNOPSIS:

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

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SYNOPSIS:

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far shell go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

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SYNOPSIS:

By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz … something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

currently reading: THE HOUSE OF HADES


 

Aside from neglecting my blog lately, I have not read a single book since the “Fall of Five”, which I find pretty sad considering I have a small stockpile of books in my closet left unread and some unfinished. I’m not even counting yet the number of e-books in my ipad waiting to be read as well. I would have thought, after all the negative energy I’m surrounded with, I would go back to reading to help me escape.

Well, let me start again….

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SYNOPSIS:

At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

currently reading: THE FALL OF FIVE


I tend to forget dates of book releases when it comes to book series, especially if a year has gone by since the last book. Because of this, I am totally bowled over when out of the blue, I would find the next installment silently screaming right at me on a book stand or any bookstore I enter when I visit the malls.

Anyway, here I am reading it while trying my hardest to remember what had happened from the previous book. So yeah, I’ll be back in a jiffy! 🙂

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SYNOPSIS:

The Garde are finally reunited, but do they have what it takes to win the war against the Mogadorians?

John Smith—Number Four—thought that things would change once the Garde found each other. They would stop running. They would fight the Mogadorians. And they would win.

But he was wrong. After facing off with the Mogadorian ruler and almost being annihilated, the Garde know they are drastically unprepared and hopelessly outgunned. Now they’re hiding out in Nine’s Chicago penthouse, trying to figure out their next move.

The six of them are powerful, but they’re not strong enough yet to take on an entire army—even with the return of an old ally. To defeat their enemy, the Garde must master their Legacies and learn to work together as a team. More importantly, they’ll have to discover the truth about the Elders and their plan for the Loric survivors.

And when the Garde receive a sign from Number Five—a crop circle in the shape of a Loric symbol—they know they are so close to being reunited. But could it be a trap? Time is running out, and the only thing they know for certain is that they have to get to Five before it’s too late.

The Garde may have lost battles, but they will not lose this war.

Lorien will rise again