Monday, December 23, 2013

My Advance Christmas Present to All of You

Monday, December 23, 2013
Hi everyone! Advance Merry Christmas!

I'm sorry if I haven't posted anything this past two weeks. The Christmas spirit brought out my inner procrastinator which resulted in a review slump. But don't worry, I didn't waste all my time watching movies/anime with my siblings. Some of my time was spent drawing/sketching stuff. So since I owe all of you an apology for my sort-of semi-hiatus, I will show you a book-inspired fan-art I created recently.

I got inspired to create this drawing after I received an email from the awesome publicist of Abrams & Chronicles regarding my most anticipated book of 2014. It is not a secret that I'm a huge fan of Splintered by A.G. Howard (read my review here) and I was over the moon when I found out I got approved for Unhinged. The excitement and giddiness from the news gave birth to this fan-art of Morpheus. Here he is in his chibi form.

This is my raw sketch of him. I wasn't planning on coloring it, actually but when I transferred that photo in my laptop, I realize how bland it is. I mean, it wouldn't be Morpheus without his blue hair, dark wings and eccentric outfits, right? So I used my Photoshop skills (which is nothing much to be brag about) to give life to it. What do you think? Did you like his Christmas-themed outfit?

If you didn't like it, here's more matching outfits to choose from.

To be honest, I dont like Morpheus because he's manipulative and cryptic. But despite my dislike of him, I have to admit that he is an interesting bug, I mean, guy with a morbid sense in fashion. I really had a blast drawing him especially his hat. And speaking of hat, I don't know how to draw a top hat adorned with moth and bugs so I just made it a little bit steampunk. It still suits him, don't you think?

Anyway, that's all for now. Fans of Jeb, don't worry. I'll chibi-fy him too and of course, Aly and the other Wonderland characters. 

I will appreciate every comments and constructive criticisms about my drawing so don't be shy to say what you honestly think of it. Okay? Thank you in advance! 


Friday, December 13, 2013

ARC Review: Cracked (Soul Eater #1)

Friday, December 13, 2013
Title: Cracked (Soul Eater #1)
Author: Eliza Crewe
Genre/s: Young Adult, Paranormal Fantasy, Horror,
Released Date: November 5, 2013
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Meet Meda. She eats people.

Well, technically, she eats their soul. But she totally promises to only go for people who deserve it. She’s special. It’s not her fault she enjoys it. She can’t help being a bad guy. Besides, what else can she do? Her mother was killed and it’s not like there are any other “soul-eaters” around to show her how to be different. That is, until the three men in suits show up.

They can do what she can do. They’re like her. Meda might finally have a chance to figure out what she is. The problem? They kind of want to kill her. Before they get the chance Meda is rescued by crusaders, members of an elite group dedicated to wiping out Meda’s kind. This is her chance! Play along with the “good guys” and she’ll finally figure out what, exactly, her ‘kind’ is.

Be careful what you wish for. Playing capture the flag with her mortal enemies, babysitting a teenage boy with a hero complex, and trying to keep one step ahead of a too-clever girl are bad enough. But the Hunger is gaining on her.

The more she learns, the worse it gets. And when Meda uncovers a shocking secret about her mother, her past, and her destiny… she may finally give into it.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Book Review: Just Like Fate

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Title: Just Like Fate
Author: Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young
Genre/s: Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Stand Alone
Released Date: August 27, 2013
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Caroline is at a crossroads. Her grandmother is sick, maybe dying. Like the rest of her family, Caroline's been at Gram's bedside since her stroke. With the pressure building, all Caroline wants to do is escape--both her family and the reality of Gram's failing health. So when Caroline's best friend offers to take her to a party one fateful Friday night, she must choose: stay by Gram's side, or go to the party and live her life.

The consequence of this one decision will split Caroline's fate into two separate paths--and she's about to live them both.

Friendships are tested and family drama hits an all-new high as Caroline attempts to rebuild old relationships, and even make a few new ones. If she stays, her longtime crush, Joel, might finally notice her, but if she goes, Chris, the charming college boy, might prove to be everything she's ever wanted.

Though there are two distinct ways for her fate to unfold, there is only one happy ending...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Book Review: The Originals

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Title: The Originals 
Author: Cat Patrick
Genre/s: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Contemporary, Stand Alone
Released Date: May 1, 2013
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Ella, Betsey and I look like sisters: triplets, you might think.

But that's not what we are at all.

We are clones in hiding. We split our lives and exist as one person in the outside world. And we've always been happy.

But now I've fallen in love ... and that changes everything.

Because to let love in, I need to be allowed to be Me.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Book Review: Blackout (Blackout #1)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Title: Blackout (Blackout #1)
Author: Robison Wells
Genre/s: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Released Date: October 1, 2013
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Deadly attacks are sweeping across the country.

Alec and Laura are at the center of the violence, while in a small remote town, Aubrey and Jack feel sheltered from the turmoil.

But these four seemingly normal teenagers are about to find their lives connected in ways they could never have imagined--and one wrong step could trigger an explosion that ends it all.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Book Review: Night Witches

Monday, December 09, 2013
Title: Night Witches
Author: LJ Adlington
Genre/s: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, History, Romance
Released Date: September 5, 2013
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A supernatural thriller-romance set in an all-girl teenage bomber-pilot regiment, combining witchcraft and legend.

Rain Aranoza is a teenage bomber-pilot from Rodina, a nation of science and fact ruled by the all knowing Aura, where the belief in witches or any type of superstition is outlawed. Rain's regiment is made up of only teenage girls and their role is vital to the war effort against the Crux, a nation of faith and belief, where nature and God are celebrated and worshipped.

But Rain is struggling with another battle. She's always had a sense that her nature is different from everyone else's, and that a dormant power threatens to burst out of her.

When she encounters a young Scrutiner she falls in love with him, but is torn between what she has been taught is right, and what feels right. As her understanding of her latent power grows, the enemy threatens both her friends and her love. She can no longer ignore the power but she must choose how she uses it ...
But what will she lose in the process?

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #10/ GWIMM #25

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

Christmas came EARLY!!!! You don't know how excited I am to receive all this upcoming 2014 books. But sadly, I am currently in a reading ban until I review all or most of the review copies I received this year. You see, I'm a faster reader than I am as a writer so most of the books I finished were piled in the pending-for-review and that's where I'm focusing on right now. So expect a lot reviews this month because I'm eager and extra motivated to end this reading ban.

Anyway here are the books I received this past two weeks.


(I read The Almost Girl before I enforced the reading ban and it was AMAZING!!!)

I'd like to THANK Megan of HarperCollins and Caroline of Strange Chemistry for being so awesome and for giving me this books. 

What did you get this week? Leave your links here! I'd love to see them too.
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