Passion by Lauren Kate Book Review

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Author:  Lauren Kate

Pages: 420 pages

Publication: May 8, 2012

Rating:

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5 stars

    Let me start this review by congratulating myself because I’ve managed to finish the third book in three days! I’m internally screaming right now because I’ve finally moved on from my one year reading slump. Okay, okay I need to calm down but I must admit that my mind is in whirlpool right now. It’s been a while since I’ve read this fast and my eyes has taken its toll but I’m alright, this just needs a rest and some music. Gotta hit up my Sheeran playlist later. Now, let’s dive in to my review cause I’ve got loads of things to say. Exciting!

   First of all the prologue. This is one of the most important thing to me because it’s the introduction of the book and it is where the magnetic pull effect happens. The prologue did not disappoint me at all especially when the characters that were introduced first were the infuriating villains. It gave me some feeling that this book would be more intense than before and there are more challenges to come. This is actually expected but meeting the villains in the prologue is something intimidating. It gives you this kind of nervous feeling and adrenaline that keeps you awake and it definitely continued throughout the whole book which made me restless and out of breath. Once you’ve read the prologue you’ll never be able to put the book down and no matter how much I love to sleep, I pretty much avoided it again and again because I’d rather have the adventure given by this book. This is the whole effect of the third book and it seriously ate me up and I never regretted it.

   If you think the second book was an adventure, your definition of adventure should level up. This book offers an extreme knock-your-feet-off-the-ground-that-will-make-you- forget-about-oxygen adventure. Why? Because it involves time traveling and not just any simple time traveling but it is a heavy time traveling that will lead you back from different eras up to the ancient civilization of Earth. Can you imagine that? It really left me breathless because each adventure contained adrenaline and intense events and I don’t even have the time to collect myself first because each chapter is an adventure. EXTREME ADVENTURE.

   The main character Lucinda Price is now in real action and she needs to go back in time in order for her endless questions to finally have a real and honest answers. She needs to go see it for herself or else she will still be clueless and in doubt with her current situation. What makes this book wonderful is that it really draws you inside the adventure of Luce. You don’t just get to sit back, relax, and read but you’ll be part of the story and learn so many things. I’m a person who is fascinated with history and Lauren Kate portrayed history in this book brilliantly. Even though the story focuses about Luce and Daniel’s love life, Lauren Kate managed to connect history within their story beautifully. It all made sense and somehow realistic because the pieces were put carefully together. You can really see the mind of Kate working thoroughly to have this wonderful and fascinating book.

   The big surprise with this book, as if those things I mentioned above are not enough surprising HA! Anyway, the big surprise was DANIEL GRIGORI our lovely Daniel finally got to have his own point of view! With the given circumstances, of course Daniel do really need to have his own point of view and I’m more than glad to finally get to know his character deeper. Having Daniel’s perspective really got me to trust his character and avoid doubting his decisions and declarations. I can now clearly see his motives and his personality. I even get to have more assurance than before and it really answered a lot of my questions that were really bothering my brain cells since the first book. Lucinda Price however made me prouder of course. We saw her in action in the second but in this book, she toughen up and became more mature than before. We can really see she finally got to balance her emotions and let her mind lead her for certain situations. Although, there were still some tidbits of her old self but it’s okay because without those characters she’ll not be Luce at all. She’s not acting like a helpless damsel in distress anymore. You’ll see her pick up a sword, run from a war zone, a nurse in a war zone, and do some crazy things that you’ll never imagine that she will do at all. Ahhh! I’m so proud of her. I can finally see how the author made the story work on different angles.

   I am satisfied on how Lauren Kate wrapped up the book by having a little reunion within Luce and Daniel’s circle of friends. The dilemma between Luce and Daniel’s relationship was finally solved and all of Luce’s doubts were finally ended same as with Daniel’s. Now that their relationship got finally intact and secure Luce, Daniel, and the rest of their circle have greater challenge to face. This is not all about Luce and Daniel anymore but it’s more than that because it affects all of them. I’m so pumped up to see unity and trust building within their circle. Their circle is composed of complicated members and experiences, but the author made those things as a factor for them to unite and stay closer to defeat what needs to be defeated and to finally have justice in their lives. It really got more interesting and thrilling. As what I’ve said each book is getting better and better. I can’t wait to read the final book of the series!


That’s it for this review and I need to go in order for me to read the next book!

I think it will take more than three days for me to finish reading the book because I want to take time digesting the events and take it slow.

It seems like I’m not ready to let go this series yet.

The world of angels, demons, and nephilims is too fascinating and I want to stay there for now.

Until my next post guys!

Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts down below about the magnificent third book of the Fallen Series.

See ya! 🙂

SIG

– Shawna a.k.a BookishshimmyCaster

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Torment by Lauren Kate Book Review

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Author:  Lauren Kate

Pages: 452 pages

Publication: September 28, 2010, Delacorte Press

Rating:

four point five

4.5 stars

      I can’t believe I already finished the second book so fast! Well fast enough for me since I’ve been in a reading slump for a year. So why the fast paced reading? Well guys good news! The second book is way better than the first one. I was really disappointed with the first book as you could read in my Fallen book review, but the second book did not fail me. As what I said in my previous book review, I was hoping for the story to develop and to grow deeper and indeed it did. The story and the characters jumped higher than my expectations and I was so glad I did not gave up on this series. Well, I don’t give up easily when it comes to books and I always give it a chance no matter what.

    The prologue got me instantly. It was written in a way that you can’t get your hands off the book anymore. From the state of dullness and annoyance I was immediately snared and hypnotized, and it was a great prologue compared to the last book. Why? because the pages contained an intriguing and dark event that bothered me and at the same time made me excited. It was kind of expected but it is still unbelievable. To make it simple, the prologue simply captures the attention of the readers by being surreal and giving the readers more questions and mysteries to solve. However, the author gave a strong assurance through the prologue that our questions from the first book will be finally answered. As a reader who is too keen to have some answers and finally got a crystal clear assurance, I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best as I hopped into the story.

     I totally did not put my efforts into waste crossing my fingers because the characters and the story developed thoroughly especially Luce Price the main character. There are times that I still get annoyed with Luce’s behavior but in this story at least she is now in action. Daniel however seems to be distant. He’s actually distant in the first book but in the second book it seems like I can’t even grasp anything from him anymore. Maybe because he doesn’t have any point of view in the book aside from the prologue and the last chapter of the book. It was quite unfair because I also want to understand the motives of Daniel and his feelings towards Luce and the more I read Luce’s point of view the more Daniel became distant and unreachable. I really don’t want to be a biased reader because mostly, I want to be in the center weighing both sides in order for me to understand them and put all the pieces together. I know this is a kind of strategy created by the author and at first it taken me aback because I’m not used to it, but now I think it’s a brilliant idea. It may frustrate the reader but the frustration makes you desperate to go on and proceed and finally have some answers and peace of mind.

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     I am absolutely in love with the change of setting of the book. From a very dark and gothic setting we now jump into a paradise. I did not expect this happening since the series has that dark aura radiating, but Lauren Kate made an excellent job in fitting a lighter setting. It actually put me into ease after the creepy, gothic, and punk setting in the first book. The setting successfully made a democratic environment compared before. Although, the setting changed into a lighter one but the dilemmas absolutely did not. It became heavier and darker and I am again frustrated with the fact that they still keep on babying Luce which makes her blind with the reality. I am so glad to finally see Luce using her stubbornness into a good use. She may be called reckless but at least she is trying to find a way to help Daniel and the world. Luce doesn’t care about the risks because she is mostly driven by her emotions and that’s what makes her reckless and stubborn but when we look at the brighter side it is somehow selfless for me. That is where I proved that Lucinda Price is starting to grow.

     With the change of setting comes the new characters and I’m more than happy to see new personalities popping out into the life of Luce. Aside from the whole badass undefeatable angel squad of Luce, it’s good to see her mingle with normal people. Well not one hundred percent normal but at least they’ve got some normalcy in their veins. Luce’s circle of friends actually became bigger and more meaningful. I finally found myself laughing within the last few chapters of the book because of the immediate gathering that took place. Another shenanigans of Lauren Kate that I did not expect at all. Other characters were absolutely given a chance to display their personalities and assured me that I can trust them throughout the series. There’s also no denying my heart got slightly broken because of the situation of Luce and Daniel’s relationship, but the last chapter concluded that there’s nothing else than can tear them apart. Luce made another stubborn and reckless act but I think it is for her good and for the good of everyone. She must go away first and discover some things for herself in order for her to understand things and create a plan on how to save herself, her love ones, her Daniel, and the world from destruction.


It was a great read and I’m now into the third book. I’m still hoping the series won’t deeply fail me and I’ve got a strong instinct it won’t.

I’m bowing down to Lauren Kate right now.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this book review and don’t hesitate to bring out your thoughts down below. 🙂

I had fun again and until the next post!

SIG

– Shawna a.k.a BookishshimmyCaster

How does it feel to be a left out in the book community?

 Hello fellow bookish citizens! I can really feel the heat of summer. Isn’t it great? Despite its heat I’m so glad summer is finally here. I can finally do what I want to do without academic stuffs stressing my physical and mental health out. Well, I’m absolutely exaggerating but there’s some truth in there. School can just steal away your time for your hobbies sometimes but it’s okay as long as you know how to manage your time! Right?

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 Oh, come on some support folks Spongebob supports me! Kidding. Just trying to lighten up the somber mood of mine. As you can see I’ve been in a hiatus for six months. You can actually prove it by scrolling down below and see the records there. It was a busy, frustrating, laughable, stressful, mind blowing, oh put all the other adjectives both good and bad you can describe about school life. All I can say is I had fun and I had a lot of memories that I could keep and treasure last school year. It was all academics, fun, and games until I felt some guilt and emptiness. I’ve been away from the book community for a long time. This community has a huge part in my life and it’s so toxic to be away and not able to communicate and keep in touch in this community. So in this post I’ll be listing down the things that I’ve felt while I was away in this community. Let’s get down to business!

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1.) CONSCIENCE GNAWING DOWN AT ME LIKE THERE’S NO TOMORROW.

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       Every time I open my laptop and social medias there’s a tiny voice whispering inside my head saying: “Go check out your blog!” “Make a blog post woman! It’s been a while!” “Why you laughing and enjoying when you just totally left something important to you.” Well, I really find this annoying and upsetting at times but when we unravel the meaning behind it, it just mean I still care. I still care for my blog and I just can’t find a right time to make a post. When I have time, I don’t have any ideas what to write since my mind is focused somewhere else specifically school stuffs. I also don’t like the idea of making a blog post just because it’s a kind of responsibility but instead I want to write a post because I’m into it and I’m passionate about it. This kind of idea makes me connect with my readers even more and it makes me more real and not fake. That’s how I see it and that’s my opinion though, peace out people. It’s just that I don’t want to make a blog post that is half baked because I did it halfheartedly. It’s quite a dilemma since I really want to always keep in touch with my readers and the book community.

2.) READING SLUMP RAGING ON ME AND I’M BEAT.

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       This is what I hate the most and I can also conclude 2016 was not my year for reading a lot of books. You see, I’ve been targeting to read 100 books in that year and I decided to cut it down into half. I should’ve know better though cause reading slump ate me up and it was a pure torture. Let’s see, I’ve just read less than 20 books and I hated myself for it cause I really want to read more as in M.O.R.E. I’ve tried a lot of methods to get off my reading slump but it always switches on and off. I finally accepted defeat and let the slump take over me that year. I still read books but in a very slow paced manner. Worst case scenario is when I read a certain book within three months. It was awful because the story was good and it’s my taste. I just can’t get into it because I was so distracted with things and unfocused. It’s like I’m eaten by a black hole where I was shut out to the things that I love. Thankfully, I’ve finally got over my reading slump this 2017 and I’m hoping I could read more books than I have before.

3.) ENVY. ENVY. ENVY.

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        Annoying as it is I just can’t help to envy my fellow bookish people because they’ve got a lot of time to read many books as much as they like and go make some blog post anytime. I mean not all people in the book community can do these things instantly but at least they got some spare time which I envy the most. I may have some spare time but I just use it for me to have some sleep after a stressful event from school. I tend to avoid opening my Instagram sometimes since the book community is so active right there aside from Twitter and Facebook. Facebook and Twitter can cover up the book community but in Instagram? It’s way too inevitable.  Too depressing right? But I know I can change this kind of fate if I’ll know how to manage my time and let some unnecessary things stay out of my life. It’s all about the balance actually and I’m starting to act and learn some things about it.

4.) MOTIVATION AND DETERMINATION TO BECOME A BETTER BOOKISH CITIZEN.

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          The good thing about failure is it keeps you motivated and determined to become a better person. It goes in two ways actually the positive way and the negative way. It might be tempting to give up and leave everything behind but when I imagine myself me without books, me without my book blog, me without bookstagram, and me not in the bookish community, what I am then? A soulless person of course. Another exaggeration but it actually describes everything if I’ll give everything up. We all have something we cling upon and it seems like books, blogging, and even writing are the things I cling upon. It’s part of me and without these things it’s not me at all. I can’t express myself without these things. So instead directing myself in a destructive path I decided to change the course of events and I geared up towards my home which is reading, blogging, and writing. It motivated and gave me determination to improve and not to take this community for granted.


 

Such an emotional blog post indeed. *laughs*

I really had fun making this blog post and I hope you guys have learned something in it.

Did you guys felt these things? Or nah? Or just in a different manner?

I’m actually excited to read your thoughts down below and talk about it.

Thank you guys for reading my posts.

Until I post again!

See ya! 🙂

SIG

– Shawna a.k.a BookishshimmyCaster

Fallen by Lauren Kate Book Review

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Author:  Lauren Kate

Pages: 452 pages

Publication: September 28, 2010, Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Rating:

three point five stars

3.5 stars

    Before I start this book review I’d like to say hello guys! It’s been a while again and I’m so pumped up to have my first ever book review for this year. Cheers for that and cheers for me to have finally found some time to make a blog post after many months of missing in action. I’ve got a loose schedule nowadays since it’s summer break and I can finally tuck myself into bed peacefully with my pillows and blankets, read more books, have time for my blog, and write some stuffs so I’m trying my best to make this summer productive while having fun.

     Now into my book review, I’ve started to read Fallen last Sunday and finished it today. Basically, it took me one week to finish the book. While I was in the first few chapters, I decided to watch the movie adaptation of Fallen which I regretted in the end. I’ve got a lot of expectations from this book and these expectations are in a form of questions. The movie gave me some ideas about the book and it also made my expectations higher since the movie did not explain the story well and it’s expected because it’s a movie. There’s a huge line between movie adaptation and the book and I already knew that, but the reason why I watched the movie is to have some ideas about the characters and its story. I totally regretted watching the movie because my ideals for the book got turned off and as I continued reading I am starting to get annoyed by the characters.

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   Luce Price the main character, I can understand her at first but as I start to know her character better it annoyed me on how cowardly she is. No offense though and I don’t know if I’m being biased right here but I just can’t get some parts of her character. I know that she’s clueless about everything and I don’t know why it annoys me so much and I also know I shouldn’t  get annoyed because it’s somehow part of the story process. I just can’t help myself but I’m actually doing good on making my common sense work in order for me to just get into her character. All I can say is maybe because the story is just slow paced and I’m not really used with slow paced stories, maybe that’s why I got annoyed and frustrated with Luce.

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    There are also many questions that are hanging everywhere inside my head and I know I shouldn’t push through yet because you know this is just the first book of the series. I can say that Lauren Kate did a great job in keeping her readers intrigued and frustrated because she hid a lot of secrecies and mysteries behind the story. Most of the series that I’ve read, I’ve observed that most questions were already answered in the first book and new questions will be formed in the other books but it’s still connected. Whereas, in this series it’s totally different because the questions are continuous. All of your questions will not be answered by the first book and when there’ll be some answers, it is very very  vague. In other words, this book will not leave you satisfied but instead it will really leave you hungry for answers and frustrated because of its vagueness. Believe me or not, this is how I interpreted the book and I don’t know if it’s a good thing or not. You’ll really not have an idea about what’s happening just like the main character. There are no other point of views so it’s really up to you and the main character on how you’ll unveil the secrets and mysteries. I just hope as the series goes deeper, answers will be really provided and somehow in the end there will be no loose ends.

      I think I’m just not used with this kind of format where readers are always left hanging and frustrated. I’m a reader who usually loves fast paced stories and with different questions per book inside my head and right now in this series same questions are still hanging inside my head. It’s really bothering me and it keeps me frustrated but I think I just need to stretch my patience a little bit longer. I also hate the way the other characters make Luce so clueless, vulnerable, and somehow unimportant then immediately important in certain events. Like why? How could you do that without an explanation? Why always the vague expressions and answers? JUST WHY? It frustrates me because it makes Luce so coward and a dependent useless main character. Sure, she finds way to solve the mystery but she gets interrupted and unfocused that in the end it took too much of her time. She’s a smart witty character I admit but I just hope as the story goes I’ll find her finally doing a real action for the dilemma and somehow she’ll learn how to keep her balance and emotions aside. I really really hope so and I’m crossing my fingers right now.

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    I’m looking forward to see Luce grow in the story and get to know the other characters even more especially Daniel Grigori and Cam Briel. They also play a huge part in the series since they are the love interest of our very own main character Luce Price. Though, I really want to call Luce with her real name which is Lucinda. It sounds classy and ancient it’s definitely my taste.

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   I think this is it for my book review and I feel relieved. I finally ranted everything out and now I can continue reading the second book peacefully.

We can also discuss and rant more about the first book down below just feel free to comment. 🙂

Thank you guys and next time again!

–  Shawna a.k.a BookishshimmyCaster

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.

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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.

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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!

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Author:  Kiera Cass

Pages: 279 pages

Publication: May 3rd 2016 by: HarperTeen

Rating:

four

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.

BUT THEN DUE TO PURE EXCITEMENT AND FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO PURCHASE THE BOOK A SOON AS POSSIBLE… I SPOILED MY HELPLESS SELF.

*WARNING: SPOILERS ARE ON THEIR WAY SO IF YOU DON’T WANT TO GET SPOILED LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! 😀 SAVE YOURSELF BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!*

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.

DAVAO CITY MY CITY, YOUR CITY, OUR CITY. DAVAOEÑOS MO BANGON KITA!

PHILIPPINES LET’S UNITE!

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.

 

         * A FAIR WARNING FOR READERS WHO DID NOT READ THE SERIES YET

SPOILERS ARE ON THEIR WAY*

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!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

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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?

or (my) PRINCE NIKOLAI LANTSOV?

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Leave your comments down below! LET’S HAVE AN ENTHUSIASTIC CONVERSATION ABOUT THIS~ 🙂

See you all on my next blog post!

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

-Shawna 😀

Shadow and Bone by: Leigh Bardugo Book Review!

Yo! I’m alive and still kickin’ fellas!

I’ve been very very busy with school stuffs! Senior High made my life busy nowadays and I’m not complaining at all. Well… maybe sometimes but Senior High is fun and I hope it will continue until the end of the school year. 🙂

So, let’s go back to the main topic for this post and start the book review!

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Author: Leigh Bardugo

Pages: 327 pages

Publication:  May 7th 2013 by: Square Fish

Rating:

four

I’ve finished reading Shadow and Bone within the month of May. Probably, within the last two weeks of my summer. I’ve been procrastinating to read this book since last year because I knew that I might get hooked by the series. I was still in the middle of my Throne of Glass series hungover when I decided to grab this book. I was really having a hard time concentrating on the books that I’ve read before Shadow and Bone and it was so frustrating! It was kinda hard to recover from the Throne of Glass series. Even in my dreams Aelin Galathynius would still haunt me. But what got me to push through the book was its mysterious setting and these hard words to pronounce.The first sentence of the book brought me back to the world of Harry Potter. Seriously, I’m not kidding. The book gave me some Harry Potter feels but the book is unique in its own way. The terminologies, the places, the hierarchy was beautifully made.

In this story the world is composed of  Humans and Grisha. Grisha are those people who possessed a supernatural power while humans well, they are just humans they don’t have any special abilities and that made them feel intimidated. The Grisha are divide into orders: Corporalki, Etherealki, and the Materialki. The names are so brilliant and hard to pronounce right? Which made this book awesome and interesting. Like where did just these names came from? How did the author came up with these stunningly insane ideas?! Anyway, let’s discuss more about the orders. The Corporalki are divided into two which are the Healers and the Heartenders. Corporalki can be also called as The Order of the Living and The Dead. We can also say that the Corporalki is the highest order of Grisha aside from the Darkling of course. The Darkling is like the king of the Grisha and it seems like the Darkling is the villain of this story which is kinda sad for me. Etherealki, this order is composed of Inferni, Squallers, and Tidemakers. They can be called as The Order of Summoners. Yup, that’s right they can summon fire, air, and, water. Then there was this girl who was discovered by accident that she can summon a light. She was called as the Sun Summoner and she’s considered as a special summoner. She caught the attention of the Darkling and boom the adventure began. Lastly, the Materialki which is composed of the Durasts and Alkemi and they can be called as The Order of Fabrikators.

You see, the hierarchy of the story will really get you and the magical setting too. The story would not be that wonderful without its interesting love affair right? So don’t worry the love affair in this book is not that confusing and heart breaking. Well at least for me I guess, compared to the series I’ve read before Shadow and Bone. But still it was enough to give me some feels. So out of 5 stars I rate this book with 4 stars. The book was interesting, fast paced, magical, and a lot more. But I’m still searching for some factor that will really leave a mark inside my head, heart, and probably my soul. (HAHAHA!) So 4 stars for now.

I’m currently reading the second book which is The Siege and Storm and I’m reading it in a slow manner. Good heavens, I’m so busy with school stuffs that even my time for reading was consumed. I’m doing my best to finish the book within this month though. My Preliminary Exams is fast approaching. *crosses my fingers*

Wish me luck fellas! That’s it for this book review! Hope, to make a book talk about this series when I finished reading them all. 🙂 Don’t forget to leave your thoughts down below.

See ya’ll soon.

-Shawna 🙂

Senior High!

Hello folks!

This is not going to be book related but this is going to be about my experiences during the first two days of my senior high school life. Yes, that is right SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL life.

It is getting real fellas!

During the past few months I can’t help myself to think about Senior High. I can’t help myself  to ask lots of question to myself and to be curious. I was so excited and nervous. Why I’m acting like this? It’s just senior high not a big deal. Well, it’s a big deal for me because I’m moving into a university and to a new environment. My last school was not that populated but a university? Dear heavens it’s going to be different!

Everytime I woke up in the morning the first thought that will always bugged me was this. SENIOR HIGH. Always senior high. I’m so excited for new opportunities, possibilities, and of course to meet some new awesome and loving friends. I have lots of expectations but sometimes I need my expectations to calm down cause it’s going to get crazy if my expectations will not be met. I’m also scared it can’t be helped. Scared for the new challenges and trials, scared of other personalities that I might not get into, scared of judgmental people, scared of prejudice, and a lot more.

But I need to pull that away cause it’s going to bring me down and I don’t like that. I have goals and dreams that I need to achieve for my future so I must be always optimistic even though there are some negative thoughts and doubts surrounding me. I need to be strong and brave to face these challenges and trials. I need to be an open minded person and always see the positive side of the person that I will meet. I can’t handle this own my own I knew that. So I always seek God for guidance and help so that I will not be lost and I will be always strong and I will survive senior high. Of course there are my supportive parents who are always there for me whenever I have problems and gives me words of wisdom all the time. I’m so thankful to have them.

So during summer I’m always in contact with my friends who are going to the same university. We shared goals, expectations, and fears. It was comforting to know that I’m not the only person who felt this way. I always look for an update about the senior high school department in our university Facebook page and when my friend told me that the senior high school department will have 45 sections and will have 1,800 students or should I say learners (in our university senior high students are not called students but learners instead awesome right?) I was mind blowned! 1,800?! THIS IS INSANE! It’s only the senior high school department and there are still the college students! It is so different from my last school! It is a university indeed. Through the insanity I was excited about the 1800 learners. Excited to meet them and to have some new friends and to observe the different personalities of these people. I’ve already met some of them on Facebook and Twitter and it was cool.

Now, I know you’re wondering what happened to my first two days?

MY FIRST TWO DAYS WERE AMAZING, CRAZY, EXCITING, KINDA SCARY, THE BEST!

Before the first day I haven’t got enough sleep because of too much excitement and nervousness. My mind won’t shut at all my mind always gave me a lots of thoughts that sent butterflies fluttering in my stomach. Yes, senior high gave me the butterflies.

Even though I haven’t got enough sleep it didn’t stop my energy from drooping. My excitement was more dominant it was crazzzzzy! So before I entered the university I waited for my friends so that we can go inside together but then again lots of things changed. I entered the university alone and I WAS SHOCKED TO SEE THE NUMBER OF LEARNERS! IT WAS SO OVERWHELMING! My heart was beating faster and I immediately grabbed my phone and called my friends cause I know I can’t survive this crowd alone. It was insane! I was thankful when I saw a girl seating alone and I got excited when she smiled at me. I smiled at her and approached her and so we became friends. I have a new friend! FINALLY! Then my friends arrived at last so I introduced them to my new friend it was fun and kinda nerve wracking.

The crowd was so unpredictable because I got to see some of my old classmates and some friends that I haven’t seen for a long time. We shrieked and hugged everytime we saw each other. It was overwhelming too. I missed them so much and after how many years who would have thought that we will be going in the same university? When we entered the meeting hall I almost froze. THE CROWD WAS SO BIG! It was so new to me ! Everything is so new to me. It was getting out of hand that kind of crowd was not my comfort zone. But I’m already there so I must face it! I was buzzing with excitement and nervousness. The excitement faltered a little bit when I was separated from my friends. The senior high department is composed of 45 sections so the odds are really not in my favor cause I don’t have some friends that I already know in my section and same goes for my friends. I really felt lonely and was so nervous to meet my new classmates and teacher.

New faces, new personalities, new adjustments it was tiring but I need to fight! I felt uncomfortable at first but I was still in the process of adjusting. Somehow I’ve already had a friend from my section phew! Our teacher discussed about the rules and we introduced ourselves. Now the most challenging part was during the lunch break. THE HALLWAYS WERE PACKED WITH LEARNERS! And of course it was noisy. The learners were very busy contacting their friends from the other sections so that they could eat together and I was one of those learners. I was having a hard time contacting my friends cause I can’t hear them when I called them cause it was so noisy! I got really nervous cause I really don’t like to end up alone. It was awful. In the end I saw my friend and then we ate our lunch together but somehow I was kinda sad cause I haven’t got the chance to see my other friends. I was so worried.

Thankfully, before the lunch break ended I saw my other friend and we talked it was great then I proceed to my classroom and somehow I was already comfortable. Kinda I guess but it was a progress. The rules of the university were strict but it was reasonable it’s for our sake after all. I was also glad that my adviser is such a joker and jolly. It took the tension of the classroom away. I know I’m such a lucky learner to have him as my adviser. With the academic stuffs I can already feel the pressure and I know that my efforts should be tripled by now cause senior high is going to get harder. After the discussions of rules the whole senior high department were gathered again in the meeting hall. There are some awesome presentations from the learners and teachers. It was so cool and amazing. I was mesmerized. I’m so thankful that I chose this university. No regrets at all just love!

So my first day ended with successfully. Even though I felt like I was in a roller coaster ride at least I somehow made some adjustments and new friend already. I was tired and sleepy but I’m already looking forward for the second day.

The second day gets even better my best friend because was finally present and somehow I’ve got to meet her friend too. It was awesome we were already a squad in instant. Second day was more exciting because it was a club fair day. So it was the time for me to choose what clubs I want to join. When our director announced the clubs  I was so confused of what clubs that I will choose. We are only allowed to join 2 clubs and yet here I am wanting to join seven clubs all in all! HAHAHA! It was so insane I want to join the school paper, book club, faith club, photography club, debate club, poetry club, and SHS Knights. IT WAS CRAZZZZY!!! My heart was pounding with excitement with the options. I can’t believe it! My interests and hobbies are all here! I actually want to shout with excitement at that time.

I also made a new friend within my section and I’m so thankful for it too. She is so nice and kind. I hope to get to know her more. Aside from that the most exciting part of my second day was the time when we need to go to the booths of our chosen clubs and drop our names there. It was an adventure! I was nervous at first because I couldn’t find my squad in the crowd but with our awesome communication we found each other and there we find our club booths together and dropped our names. It was so cool because while we were searching for the booths we got to see some other friends and got to meet new friends. IT WAS SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS AWESOME! I can still feel the excitement right now. Ahhh! Help me I’m already loving that kind kind of activity.

IT. WAS. SO. FUN.

My second day ended successfully too and when I went home I can’t help myself from smiling and I was so excited to share my experiences to my mum.

By next week I will already have my regular classes and I know my adjustments will still be on going but I’m looking forward to it. I really need to cast this nervousness and negative things away cause without them I’m going to learn lots of things while I’m having fun!

Shout out to my old friends and new friends out there! I don’t know if you are reading this but thank you so much for being there and for being so friendly and for always stopping just to greet me.

Lyka, Rodrich, Gendy, Sofia, Prime, James, Ainel, Shoji, Ice, Vanessa, Jooyin, Yuki, Christine, Cris , and a lot more. (I’m sorry if I spelled some of your name incorrectly.)

AGAIN THANK YOU SO MUCH!

I also want to thank my teachers from my section. Thank you so much for being so jolly and for making some jokes. It really helped me to feel comfortable with the new environment. Thank you so much.

I also want to thank our director for always giving us pieces of advise and reminders about manners, the rules of the university, claygo, and a lot more. Thank you so much sir Ricci your words motivates me to do good.

AND HELLO! ST. MATEO RICCI! MY VERY OWN SECTION! I know I’m just silent and a very shy girl but when I’m already used with the environment. Believe me I will not stop talking! I HOPE TO GET TO KNOW ALL OF YOU SOME MORE! I’m sorry for not talking much yet but I will do my best next week!

I also thank my little sister for texting me and making me laugh when I’m nervous during the first two days your concern touched me. I was so shocked with your words though but thank you!

And lastly I want to thank my parents for allowing me to enter this university and for being always there willing to listen about my first two days. I can’t wait to share more experiences that I will encounter to both of you! Thank you so much ma and pa.

That’s it for this post! 🙂

-Love, Shawna!

Since You’ve Been Gone by: Morgan Matson Book Review!

SINCE YOU’VEEEEEE BEEEEEEEN GONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

I CAAAAAAAAANNN BREATHEEEEEEE FOR THE FIRSSSTTT TIIIIME!!!!!!!!

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That…was…an…awful…singing…

I’m sorry guys but I can’t help to sing Kelly Clarksons’ Since You’ve Been Gone everytime I see or read this book.

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Hey you! 😀 Hello guys I am back! Two book reviews in one day this is sweet!

Anyway, I’ve finished Since You’ve Been Gone last Tuesday and it was clearly unexpected.

So without further rants, let’s start! 🙂

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Author: Morgan Matson

Pages: 449 pages

Publication: May 6th 2014 by: Simon & Schuster

Rating:

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I’ve been waiting for a long time to read this book but I kept on hesitating to buy the book because I prefer to buy a series rather than a contemporary novel. So I read the book in epub form instead. I’ve read the first two chapters of the book about a week ago and then I stopped because I’ve concentrated reading Red Queen after that I took a break because good heavens Red Queen killed my feels. Anyway, when Tuesday came I was installing a game and while waiting I don’t have anything to do so I grabbed my phone and took a chance to read Since You’ve Been Gone. GUESS WHAT? I’ve finished the book in a day because it was so so so good.

I was drawn to this book because of its unique plot like what kind of best friend leaves you own your own without a word at all and then after how many days of searching, wondering, and emotional breakdowns you receive a letter from your best friend which composed of lists you need to do during summer. AMAZING RIGHT?

I can truly say that this book was not filled with cliche events I swear it doesn’t. I don’t know for you guys but every moment in this book was unique and inspiring. You’ll be truly lost in its story and you’ll never notice the time and how many pages are left to read. The events were perfectly matched and it everything made sense. In this book you’ll see how true friendship works and how to be brave and strong when facing your biggest fears in life. I highly recommend this book to you all guys. Please, you’ll get lots of realizations and moral lessons reading this book.

Family, Friendship, Love life? This book contains everything!

That’s it for this review guys and don’t forget to leave your thoughts down below! 🙂

Til’ next time!

-Shawna 😀