Book Haul at the Christmas Fair


This is such a late post as most of my post probably are, but I do want to share the books I was able to acquire during the “2nd Chance Christmas Fair” event last December 2, 2016. You can see my full post about it HERE.

As I’ve mentioned before, a friend and I went to the Christmas Fair with a goal to check out their book sale – aside from the many fun stalls and activities prepared for that day. And you could say that not only were we successful in our goal, we also had such a great deal out of it.

Here are the books I’ve hauled.

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Can you imagine? Each book only costs 10QAR!

Six books for only 60QAR is dirt cheap if you tell me. Plus the books aren’t even worn-out and still looks pretty new. So yeah, I was very happy with this purchase. Now all I had to do is find the perfect time to read them all. 😀

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currently reading: MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME for PECULIAR CHILDREN


Been a while since I picked up another book and I find this one right on time before I watch it’s film adaptation directed by Tim Burton.

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SYNOPSIS: 

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

I planned on finishing the book a few days before I watch the movie; however, I was not successful in doing so. I think I was already about two-thirds in the book when I watched the movie in the cinema and I regretted the decision. I wished I watched the movie first before starting the book, because in all honesty, the movie failed me. I was even so excited to watch it since it’s a Tim Burton film plus there’s the lovely Eva Green.

I guess I’ll just try to share my two cents about the movie right after I finish the book. :p

Book Review: HARRY POTTER and the Cursed Child


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is a two-part West End stage play written by Jack Thorne and based on an original new story by Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany.  The story is set nineteen years later after the events of  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and follows the story of  Harry Potter’s younger son, Albus Severus Potter and his friend, Scorpius Malfoy.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places

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I just finished reading this book, and as always, thought it was brilliant! Though some websites are listing that Jack Thorne, John Tiffany and J.K. Rowling authored the script, I find that it must not be the case. For some reason, I don’t feel much of J.K. Rowling in the script except for a few lines here and there. She probably was a part of it, but I believe more on the official website that says Thorne as the sole script writer. Anyhow, it would have been better if the book was a real novel than just a rehearsal script, but still it was a treat for a Potter fan such as myself. ❤

The story starts with the introduction of Harry Potter’s family: Ginny (his wife), James Potter (eldest son), Lily Potter (daughter), and Albus Potter (main protagonist of this story and Harry’s youngest son). Though the book is considered the 8th story in the Potterverse, I see this book as more of Albus Potter’s story and his utterly beautiful bromance with Scorpius Malfoy, who happens to be Draco Malfoy’s only child.

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And it’s something I should have said a long time ago. In fact, you’re probably the best person I know. And you don’t – you couldn’t – hold me back – you make me stronger – and when Dad forced us apart – without you –

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I didn’t much like  my life without you in it either.

Awwww. They make me feel all kinds of good feels.

Anyway, I sadly wasn’t jumping up and down with Albus’s character. He has so much unjustified anger towards his father, Harry Potter, that it took him almost 4 years, a time turner, witness death, and an encounter with a child of Voldemort before he realizes just how lucky he was to be Harry Potter’s son. Or maybe my opinion here is invalid, since in my mind’s eye I see Harry Potter as who he was more than 20 years ago and not Harry Potter as the Head of Magical Law Enforcement nor as a father. Whatever the case is, I was more drawn into Scorpius’s character than Albus. I particularly love Scorpius in Part 2, Act 3, Scene 1-9 of the book.

As a whole, I consider this story more as a stand-alone book than a sequel. It’s a less magical story and more character-driven than the preceding books, but remarkable nonetheless. It’s utterly nostalgic to once more read familiar characters I’ve loved for years. I guess my heart will always have that soft spot when it comes to Harry Potter. My rating of this book might as well be irrelevant, given that I’m going to be forever biased. 😀

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! 😀

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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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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.