The Crown by Kiera Cass Book Review and Rant!

Hello there! How are you doing guys?

Me? How am I doing?

Never mind how am I doing guys… my midterms… it broke my hopeful heart.


BUT IT’S OKAY!  😀 Midterms is finally out and I’ll be saying hello to pre-finals soon!

For now, I finally have a free time to make a post, read books, watch anime, take pictures of books, and surf the heavenly internet.


Oh, how I miss this and guess what everyone? Semestral break is fast approaching! I’m so pumped up for sembreak and I really do wish they’ll not make it into one week break. That is somehow awful cause I want a 2-3 week break!

Say I’m demanding but blimey, I’m so done with school stuffs I want to go rest for a while.

Now, let me stop ranting about this and let me rant about the fifth and final book of Kiera Cass’ The Selection Series: The Crown!


Author:  Kiera Cass

Pages: 279 pages

Publication: May 3rd 2016 by: HarperTeen



Woooaaah! A very stunning and lovely book cover isn’t it? It just made my heart pop with excitement and I can’t help to make my expectations for this book grew higher back then.



Now, now. Where are we again? Oh yeah right. Me being spoiled.

After that spoiling incident, I don’t know what should I feel or think! *cries*

So here’s what happened we all knew that in the fourth book, our lovely queen America got a heart attack and princess Eadlyn was forced to make The Selection process a little bit faster. The situation got quite complicated and in the fifth book, the boys were narrowed down into the Elite immediately and these boys are Kile, Henri, Hale, Fox, Ean, and Gunner.

I was practically cheering because of course my two favorite boys got in, and those boys are Kile and Henri! But then… again I spoiled myself and discovered that Eadlyn did not end up with these two boys nor with the other four boys. MY MIND, HEART, AND SOUL WAS BLOWN AWAY INTO THE DARKNESS OF DESPAIR! Because… why? why? why? not Kile or Henri!

I was really rooting Kile for Eadlyn and you can clearly see their chemistry in the previous book! I’m not blind or numb in order for me not to see their chemistry. *cries* It was a real waste for me back then but still I did not give up and hoped that Henri will end up with Eadlyn. But then then it turns out they did not end up with each other too. AGGGH! It was sooo frustrating and I almost decided not to read the final installment of the series.

Thankfully, I gave the book a chance to explain itself and in the end it was justified. I already saw the twist coming when I was reading the fourth book a few years back. I did not took it seriously because it was a really insane and heart wrenching plot twist. But when I read the whole story of the book? My perspectives changed and I was satisfied in the end. The book did not only contained this one major twist but there are a lot more. You’ll be surprised and maybe you’ll get scared for Eadlyn’s fate but you’ll see how she will deal with things maturely. She is much more a stronger person in this book and finally, she really did open her heart already. She’s not the stone cold princess anymore.

For my part, I may say the plot twist was heart wrenching but don’t get me wrong guys no one died okay? Jusr relax! It was just heart wrenching for me because the twist was so far away from my expectations. I may saw it coming but I clearly avoided the possibility. The Crown is the shortest and the most fast paced book of The Selection series and somehow wanting for more chapters can’t be helped.

Hail Kiera Cass! This book is bloody brilliant because of the twists that will really make you roll with a lot of emotions and feels.

The book gave me justice by answering my questions and for making me realize a lot of things in life. This is what I love about books though, it will not just give me happiness but it will give me a lot of realization too.

That’s it for this post everyone and please don’t forget to smile each day!

Cause I’m trying my best to smile each day too! HAHAHA! 😀

See ya’ll on my next blog post everyone!

-Shawna 😀


A message for my countrymen.



I’m a person who does not care about the world. Why? Because the world is so chaotic and I cannot handle it. I have my own personal problems and I don’t want to make the problems of this world my problem too. Why it is a problem for me? It is a problem for me because I can feel the pain of those people who suffered from the chaos. I want to help them, I want to fight justice for them, I want to make this world peaceful for them but instead all I can do is to watch the news and be slowly killed by the pain because I cannot do these kind of things yet. To avoid this pain, I decided to shut myself out of this world I focused on my own problems. I don’t watch or read the news anymore. If I heard a bad news about the society whether it was political, social, or economical I don’t mind anymore. I’ve been numb to these things for years but everything changed when September 2, 2016 came.

I’m having a normal Friday night watching anime and just chilling around but then when I opened my Facebook I was shocked by a live video. It says: “Disturbing graphics. Explosion at Roxas Night Market.” I almost laughed because I thought it was just a hoax, a really bad hoax because dude why would you make up something that would really affect the public? It’s not funny. But when I watched the video I can’t believe what I’m seeing. My city was in chaos people were panicking, they were in terror, in confusion, in shock, in pain. I for one was also confused. Why did it happen? What’s the reason? Am I seeing things? What should I do? This is my city. I was in denial but as the live video continued it broke my heart. I was so nervous and scared I even panicked as I approached my mother to tell the news she was also shocked. Everyone was shocked. We tuned in to CNN Philippines and kept on updating myself and my family about the incident through Facebook and Twitter. A lot of people were still debating about the explosion. By that time, it was not yet confirmed by the police if it was a bomb or a LPG tank that caused the explosion. But as I look through the photos and videos it was horrifying. Dead bodies, injured people, traumatized people. It was too much and my years of numbness shattered. It woke me up.  I realized that I can’t be numb cause this kind of pain is inevitable.

This is now different; this is my city they are messing with. I need to take an action and voice out. I read articles, watched the news, scroll through Facebook and Twitter to be updated. I can’t help myself to be scared but then there’s a spark inside my heart that wants to fight for the people who were unjustified.  I cried for those people who lost their lives. It was all unexpected. They were at the Night Market to have an income, have fun, and to eat. It was all peaceful intentions but suddenly it was ruined. Innocent lives were immediately lost and in critical danger. All walks of life were in that market. A mother, father, son, daughter, students, professional workers, vendors, and more. Roxas Market is a kind of place where you can see different walks of life. It is unusual to have that kind of place within a country but then it was terrorized. These people were innocents and I know these people still have their own goals and dreams in their lives. They still want to do something in this world, they still want to achieve something, and I’m pretty sure they still want to make something right in this world but it was stolen from them. The chances were stolen from them and the most painful thing? THEY ARE INNOCENTS. Why do this? Why kill innocent lives with dreams? Why kill innocent lives with families to take care of? Why kill innocent lives with loving parents from other town who always wait for their children to come back home? Why kill innocent lives who works to have income to raise their families WHY?! WHY?! WHY?! With just one click and everything vanished.

I am also disappointed with my fellow Filipinos who laughed at the incident. It really angered me to see them mocking my city and my fellow Davaoeños. What the hell is wrong with you people? WHY DO YOU MOCK YOUR FELLOW COUNTRYMEN? Why do you need to show your insecurities hence, your IMMATURITY DURING THIS CRUCIAL TIME? When Paris and other countries were terrorized you showed your empathy or is it really empathy? I really don’t know. But now your countrymen were terrorized you just laughed and mocked! What a HYPOCRITE! Now, don’t blame the president or either question the president. The president knows what to do and so don’t act as if you’re smarter and wiser than our president. Please just stop and please stop tainting the name of the president. You voted for him now you stabbed him again, I say WHAT A HYPOCRITE! I won’t dwell with this problem anymore. Please stop this nonsense and wake up! WAKE UP! Davao City is not the only place that is in danger but THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS NOW IN DANGER.  Filipinos should unite, we should unite against terrorism. A country without unity is a country that will be filled with unjust, chaos, sadness, terror, hatred, and fear. WOULD YOU LIKE THAT? WOULD YOU LIVE IN A COUNTRY WITHOUT UNITY?! NO, YOU DON’T! WE DON’T! WE SHOULD WAKE UP!


I went to the heart of the city earlier and it was a mournful situation. The streets were empty, the mall was quiet, people are disturbed. Eventually, I could see that the city is paralyzed. I can feel the emptiness and the sorrow of the people, of the city. Wherever I go it’s like the attack that happened yesterday is a cursed shadow that will always follow us. The pain, injustice, and sorrow it was too much. My heart is aching, all of our hearts are aching but it does not end here. Do not let these awful things consume us. Instead we should use these things as an inspiration for us to do better for our city and for our country. Use these things as an inspiration to UNITE AND TO STAND UP AGAINST THESE SCHEMES. We mourn now and then we fight! Do not let that spark in your hearts die. USE IT! BECAUSE THAT SPARK IS HOPE. Hope that can bring us unity, peace and, justice. Soon enough it will not just be “Davao Life is Here” but it will be “Philippines Life is Here”.

This incident woke me up and it slapped me with realizations. I wrote this to raise my voice and to encourage and motivate people.



P.S. This is not a book blog related but I need to post this I want to help my countrymen.


The Tracker, The Darkling, and The Prince.

Helloooooooooo everyone! *cries*

It’s been a long time my dear friends. 😀

Senior High kept me busy and midterm is apparently killing me. My prelim was not good though, so I’m pretty stressed out right now. But since I have this vacant time and we will not have a quiz later, I decided to make a blog post. Yes, that’s right I’m making a blog post here at school! I’m quite excited about this cause this is my first time to make a blog post here at school. I mostly make my blogs at home so I hope this blog post will turn out right.

So this post will be talking about The Tracker, The Darkling, and The Prince.!

Do you have any ideas who they are or from what series they came from?

Yep! That’s right they came from the Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.




We all know that Alina Starkov, the main character of this series have an interesting love life. She is actually in love with her childhood best friend Malyen Oretsev or we can simply call him as Mal. Then here comes the Darkling, the leader of all Grisha’s. The Darkling is the antagonist of the story but Alina and the Darkling somehow shared a history. Afterwards, a dazzling handsome prince named Nikolai Lantsov appeared. He’s the second son of the Ravkan King and he also shared some moments with Alina.

So we can basically call this situation a Love Square!



Now, let’s proceed to my opinions about these love teams.

Honestly, Alina and Mal’s relationship does not appeal me. I appreciate their deep friendship but for me I think it would be best if they would just stay as friends. I just can’t find the chemistry between Alina and Mal. Also, childhood friends then as time passed by they will turn into lovers? Guys forgive me but it is a little bit cliche. I’m over with those kind of situations. (I’m not bitter though) I’m looking for some kind of love story that will really flip the status quo that’s why when the Darkling appeared into Alina’s life, I immediately shipped them.

I love how the Darkling tamed Alina and how Alina was submissive to the Darkling. (for heavens sake it sounds like I’m talking about Fifty Shades of Grey in here hahaha!) But the Darkling is the antagonist of the story, but I don’t have a problem with that! I want the villain to end up with the main character for a change. I knew that Alina and the Darkling will somehow workout. They do have a solid chemistry guys believe me they have! Even though they hate each other but when they’re close with one another, they cannot help the temptation of attraction and need.

Fortunately a witty, humorous, genius, handsome, powerful prince came in to Alina’s life. This prince is the kind of prince that every girl want. Well, every girl wants a prince I get that but this prince is somehow different and unique. His name? well it’s Nikolai Lantsov. He may act arrogant and annoying but I love how he carried these with a class. Yup, with a class that’s why instead of getting pissed with Nikolai most readers will be amazed with his wits and classiness. Afterwards, readers well fall head over heels with this prince. We fall head over heels with Nikolai Lantsov but unfortunately Alina Starkov did not. *screams like a wild pig* AGGGH! I still cannot get over it. Alina shared moments with Nikolai but it is different. She can’t find a spark between them and those times when she wants to kiss Nikolai? I guess it was just her desire and desperation for Mal.

Nikolai wants to marry Alina for power but I think Nikolai is starting to have some deeper feelings for Alina as time passed. If Alina just gave Nikolai a chance? Oh holy molly, I will be very happy and I guess they will be part of my favorite couples. Alina considered marrying Nikolai but in the end her childhood best friend will always rule her heart. Nikolai and Alina may be opposites but I am 100% sure their relationship will work out. They will go through with some adjustments but they’ll survive because as what I’ve observed Alina and Nikolai balances each other. Hoping is good but Alina end up with Mal. *cries*  So is it possible that Nikolai could end up with me? or with you? HAHAHA! Kidding guys. I still feel awful though, these two are like parallel lines. They’ve met but they were never meant for each other. (ouch, the pain is real) BUT I DON’T CARE! I WILL FOREVER SHIP ALINA AND NIKOLAI!

So let me ask this to you folks, Who do you ship with Alina?

Is it MAL?

The Darkling?


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See you all on my next blog post!

P.S. I’m going to my next class! Wish me luck!

-Shawna 😀