Book Review: Magic-Price by C.L. Schneider

20319844Enchanting, Magnificent, Unbelievable, Brilliant and a Masterpiece. I couldn’t imagine how C.L. Schneider crafted the world building because I was awestruck with how she built it and introduce it to her readers slowly and amazingly on the novel. I was lost in the world of Troy. I could imagine that I can feel his pain real time. The struggles he fought, the guilt that he tries to hide and his courage, it was outstanding, outrageous and passionate.

Aside from the world building, the another thing to look forward to this book is the magic system. My God. This. Is. The. First. That I completely fall in love with the magic system. I could imagine what is happening when I was reading the book. I could see the fighting scenes and how the incantations of spells work with every details page after page. It feels like diving and drowning and trying to survive all it once while embarking on the lonely and painful journey of Troy.

“ can only outrun a debt for so long before it bit you in the ass.”

1It left me breathless, suffocated with every fighting scenes, panicking on every near death experiences and shocked on every revelation. Let me tell you this, this book is full of revelations that will give you a moment of silence to absorb of what was happening. There are some unfortunate events because of misplacement of loyalty, there are some because of different beliefs and what hurts the most? There are some because you are the reason someone is dead and that someone is the one person you loved the most. Give me a moment to feel my emotion and cry this one out.

This book tore me apart, into little ashes, to pieces of hollow. Gods, Troy is so selfless. He would do everything for what he thinks is right. It is fair enough, indeed. Fair enough to make himself vulnerable, transparent and crazy. But do you know what? I find it too painful, knowing what Troy just had, what just people trade for what he just fight for. They easily barter that moment for every effort and power of Ian just sacrifice for. This book is a manifestation of the endless cycle of pain.
I couldn’t imagine how or what was running through C.L. Schneider’s mind when she was writing this book. It was epic! One of the greatest read I’ve ever read this year. Perhaps, even more on what I read in the past. I love the concept that she puts and I believe, she was one of those talented authors who really did give justice to her characters. And she’s damn amazing writer!

From loving to sacrificing, to fighting and believing, to trusting and being accepted, and to finding who he really is are just a few of the hints on the book. For 2fantasy readers out there, you will love this book unconditionally and no questions asked. This book exceeded my expectations when I was just halfway through. And it blew my mind when I finished it. Fascinating, Interesting, and a major Cliffhanger.

Manipulative, Enchanting, Magical. Few words. Just a few words to describe the unlimited boundaries of The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price. I was succumbed by the beauty of this novel. It feels real. It is real. And I don’t know how to describe my experience with this book. Simply, stunning and extraordinary! 


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7704723Born in the Midwest, I live in upstate New York with my husband and two sons. A huge reader since childhood, I penned my first full length novel in high school on a typewriter in my parent’s living room.

Magic-Price, the first book in The Crown of Stones trilogy, was not only my first published novel, but a lifelong dream come true. With the release of Magic-Borne, the trilogy is complete. Next up: Nite Fire, the first book in an urban fantasy series featuring shapeshifters and parallel worlds.

My stories tend to run in the realm of dark, adult, and epic. If I wrote about vampires, they most definitely would not sparkle.


Book Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

cover-for-everything-everythingLight, Forgiving, Accepting and Dreaming. Those are some words to describe Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. From the moment I read the first word of the novel to the last line of the book, I knew that I’m going to like this. However, I didn’t just like it — I loved it.

The way Nicola Yoon wrote this book is kind of witty, cute, and attractive. I miss this feeling. I actually miss reading Contemporaries that can make me immersed wholly in ink and papers. She makes me miss reading love and forgiveness and appreciating the little things of the world has to offer. She embarks the beauty of simplicity and looks at life in such difficult but positive way.

Here’s what I learned from the book:

  • In every decision, you are going to choose. Love your mother (or parents) but don’t limit yourself from loving someone to be happy.
  • Discover the world. There’s another world out there that you haven’t gone to.
  • Appreciates little things, without them big ones wouldn’t be there.
  • Loving someone could lead you to death, not leaving the world but leaving your heart to someone.
  • Deceiving can also mean protecting.
  • Just love. Even if it is painful.

1I know that this book is actually a good and a bad thing. It is good because it discusses love and seeing beyond the surface — doing what you want to do and risking everything for what you want to achieve. Any less, that’s what life really is, right? Nicola Yoon gives us a glimpse of what could have been the meaning of life in different verses and varies parallel stories of what might be. With the lovely character Maddy and Olly, provides us love that is so raw, pure and young. Maybe by now, why in all of this good in a book, there’s a bad thing?2

Any book wouldn’t be good if it’s perfect. And perfect couldn’t only attain if there’s no mistakes and challenges in the process. To be precise, it is not actually that bad. It just loves portrays as an obsession. Instead, love gave you butterflies it becomes a poison that stung and prevent you from seeing the heaven and skies. It became a mission because someone is loving and protecting you without considering your own feelings. It is a devastation but it is a reality that we must accept that everyone has a different kind of love, and everyone has different kind of how to show love.

3Everything, Everything is a different approach to love. It shows unconditional, new found love and most of all the most honest I’ve ever read. I would like to thank JM from Revelations of a Book Freak for pushing and keeps on convincing and insisting that I have to read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. And he is right. This book is good as how she shares his feelings.

Now, I’m excited to her next book The Sun Is Also A Star and I really have high expectations because I love this book.

For the meantime, here are some quotes that I really like from this book:

  • In beginning there was nothing. And there was everything.
  • “In my head I know I’ve been in love before, but it doesn’t feel like it. Being in love with you is better than the first time. It feels like the first time and the last time and only time all at once.”

  • For us to have met, to have fallen in love, to get to be together is beyond anything either of us had ever thought possible.
  • It’s soothing to see an entire world at once — to see the pieces and know how it all fits together.
  • “Sometimes you have to leave the people who you love you the most.”

  • I’ve learned my lesson. Love can kill you and I’d rather be alive than out there living.
  • My guilt is an ocean for me to drown in.
  • Wanting just leads to more wanting. There’s no end to desire.
  • We’re all unique and complicated. We can never know the human heart, and all that?
  • “It’s weird to miss something you’ve never had — or don’t remember having.”


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7353006Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.

Book Review: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur


“People go

but how 

they left

always stays”

Raw, Beautiful, Empowering, Brave and Breath-taking. Milk and Honey is not your ordinary book. It is not a poetry to underestimate with. It tackles feminism and being strong at the deepest core of your feelings. It discusses love and surviving love by yourself. It is pure, enchanting and magnificent all at once.

“can someone explain that. how even when the love leaves. it doesn’t leave. how even when i am so past you. i am so helplessly brought back to you.”

I was hooked by her words that she captures my heart the moment I read her heart. It was painful – so, so painful that I have to take a couple of minute breaks to indulge with suffocating words and yet manipulated by her stunning conscious voice. It feels like I’m listening to a strong advocate who stands to every woman, to every child, to every person who is conflicted emotionally.

aThis book, the poetry make me feels like drowning and drowning by each time I turn the page. The words are precisely combined with honest emotions that could sip most of your happy memories and turn you into a hollow vessel that is swimming through the darkness of tears. As if you wanted to ripped the pages of her book because of the anger, the sadness, the pain, the loneliness, the sorrow that the author portrays with her ink and papers.b

I love it. I love Milk and Honey. It is simply stunning! It captures the real emotion of people when they are being for who they don’t want to be to the person they are willing to be to the person they chose to be even if they are struggling. It indicates the four part process of moving on, whether you moved on or you didn’t — it is all depends on the readers’ perspective. And as for me? I don’t think that’s moving on. I saw it as accepting for who you are, for what had happened and for standing up not for those you love but standing up for yourself.

cRupi Kaur, Thank you. Thank you for your words that can enlighten a lot of people. Thank
you for writing such an exquisite book. Thank you for writing for yourself. I just hope that this love from me can make you smile, even for a while. For more great, poetry!

Simply, Thank you.


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8075577Rupi Kaur is a writer and artist based in Toronto, Canada. With a focus in poetry, she released her first book of prose and poems in November 2014. Throughout her poetry, photography, illustrations, and creative direction she engages with themes of femininity, love, loss, trauma, and healing. When she is not writing or creating art, she is travelling internationally to perform her spoken word poetry, as well as hosting writing workshops. You can find more of her work at

The 37th Manila International Book Fair

The 37th Manila International Book Fair has come to an end! It is definitely a worth remembering with its annual event where bookstores, organization, publishers and even authors are gathered and invited in one place. Hosted yearly at the SMX Convention Center near SM Mall of Asia with the purpose of expanding the literature in the Philippines and to showcase the different largest, varied collections of different types of literature from academic readings to fiction to magazines and newspapers! And with that, let’s start my recap!

I have to emphasize that before the actual #MIBF2016, I don’t really have the chance to go to the event and then, unexpected things and turns that made me go which is indeed in my favor! You may think it is luck or a curse but it is definitely worth remembering!


You wouldn’t imagine how the day wanted to stop me from going to the convention. Kathleen Alvarez and I planned that we are going to be there at the first day of the event. Fewer people, less toxic, right? But things are really difficult, I have to meet with my brother which I asked for a reschedule because, “Hello? MIBF!” then after three tries of really going there, a heavy rainfall just crashed us after our morning class. Imagine, how our hearts being torn apart just by looking at the sky! Anyway, after an hour of waiting, the rain has subsided. If you were on my feet, you will think that the heavens are toying with us!

Long story cut short, we did go there! So, our initial plans are to visit every booth from end to end horizontally — Yep! We did it and my friend, Kate, keeps on buying things! You wouldn’t imagine how heavy her tote bag is with the huge amount of books, freebies, and things! I went there for that day to investigate and explore what was more to come and I vow to help some Filipino Authors if ever I come on their way! My feet hurts!

On the National Bookstore booth, I couldn’t imagine how awestruck I was! I saw Jiggy Manicad, GMA News reporter, having a book signing which I didn’t really go through since I don’t have the means at the moment. Anyway, I stumbled upon on Zig, Faber Castell, and Stabilo which really caught my attention because I’ve been so inclined with Calligraphy, Lettering or just writing.

Anina Rubilo was introduced there by Zig which she showcases her painting skills and Marjorie Nievas from Stabilo was also there for portrait lettering. I was attracted to them, their works — their arts are just awesome as them! And since, I am really fond of Calligraphy Brush Pens, I bought some! And when I was in line, I remember that National Bookstore has a contest on Twitter which you will say a secret phrase to the Customer Service. I was so eager to finish buying my pens and went to the Customer Service but I have to wait, just wishing that I will get lucky to win an ARC!

And this is where all the my “lucky charms” started. Yep. You didn’t have to guess, I win an Advance Reader’s Copy of Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge! It was a fun-filled experience since I got to see which books that I am going to buy when I go back on a different day. I went home with happy feels because winning a book, having a good company who really loves books too, going home with Calligraphy pens and a most valued experience is a win-win for me! Thank you, Katie, for the thrilling and exciting experience to be with on my 1st day of the 37th Manila International Book Fair!


At 3AM, Eriele from This is Not Your Book Blog sent a message finding someone who to be with to go on the next day of the MIBF — Yep! I went with her. It is so perfect. Why? My professor just posted that we don’t have any classes in the morning and my classes in the afternoon don’t have attendance. It is perfect. So much luck on my end. I already posted this on my Facebook Profile but here’s the summary of what happened that day.

  • I went with Eriele and we were there for like 10:15 AM.
  • Head over to National Bookstore Booth and we won an Advance Copy of The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby. Thank you to National Bookstore Team and Epic Reads for an Epic Contest!
  • I already bought Calligraphy brushes on Day 1 but it doesn’t stop me from buying more! Loving the shades of blue.
  • I got to meet Inah from The Bibliophile Confessions, Hazel from StayBookish, and Joshua from PBFU Family. It was for a moment but I really like it when I am meeting people who also a bookworm at heart
  • After another day of fruitful Manila International Book Fair with Eriele, I decided to travel to the province since I have no classes the next day. Yep. I’m happy to be back home and spend my time with foods! I even bake Bread Pudding which I don’t know if those people I’ve given with, appreciates it.
  • While traveling for 3 hours worth of a bus ride, I decided to read Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, which really caught my interest since every flip of the page is so painful that I can’t contain my feelings. Anyway, my book review will be up later this week. If you have time, please visit my blog!
  • You just don’t know how lucky I was when that day I also received a package from Penguin Random House! Thank you Penguin Random House! The parcel contains Miss Peregrine’s Journal for Peculiar Children, Peculiar Photos, an Advance Reader’s Copy of History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera and a personal note for me. Thank you Penguin Random House!
  • Aside from the parcel which I received from PRH, I also received an envelope contains a signed Earth’s End Bookmark and Air Awakens bookplate from Elise Kova! Thank you, Major Kova, my Dragon Queen!
  • So, I posted some of this on my facebook and after posting that I am feeling blessed that day. Guess what?! My luck is not yet done! I checked my Instagram and holy shit, guys, I won not just one but THREE Advance Reader’s Copy from National Bookstore!! I know that NBS really loves me. I love you too, guys!

Day 3

I didn’t go. Obviously. I spend my time catching up with my high school close friends by chilling under my ceiling.

Day 4

This day’s book buddy and MIBF company is no other than JM from Revelations of a Bookfreak! We had so many plans to meet before this and we didn’t get a chance since our schedules are restricted. Finally! We had a chance to talk about books and books alone! When we finally reached SMX Convention Complex. We didn’t expect the huge amount of people lining up for the 10AM opening of the Fair. It was overwhelming and happy because there are so many bookworms wishes to attend an annual event.

  • Fast Forward. We lined up. Enter to National Bookstore booth. For the 3rd time! I won a copy of an Advance Copy of Be Good Be Real Be Crazy by Chelsey Philpot. Same goes with JM! Again, huge thanks to National Bookstore and Epic Reads!
  • After receiving the prize, I also took this chance to claim my prize from National Bookstore Instagram contest. I received an ARC of I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil which JM insisting to buddy read with since he also has a copy, an ARC of Pushing Perfect by Michelle Falkoff and Another ARC of The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby which I gave to a huge fan of mine, Danica from The Hogsmeade Reader. Yeah, I know. You are a fan of mine. Don’t you deny it!
  • After JM and I received our prizes, we met up with Hazel from Staybookish! We stroll around the booth and JM bought a lot of books on his list. Imagine, how happy he was when he also found a copy of It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. It was pure happiness!
  • Then, we went to Fullybooked to browse some titles and I figured it out to treat myself a book since I’ve been winning since forever. I bought JM’s recommendation which is Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon, Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton and The Inquisition, second installment of Summoner by Taran Matharu. Yep. I’m a happy kid. I just wish Ate Jen doesn’t found out this one because I’m keeping this from her.
  • We received a Sneak Peek of Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth from Fullybooked. Many thanks, Fullybooked. Loving their bookmark too. I hope. I’m really hoping that I could win their raffle!
  • We waited for Ate Jen and she texted me that Edgar Samar, A Filipino Author of Janus Silang was at Adarna House and signing books! Good thing was that the booth was near! I immediately bought his books and have them signed. He was kind and approachable. Didn’t expect that he has a friendly aura on him.
  • I also met Dhon from PBFU Family and Liz from Booksigning peeps. Again, huge thanks to Dhon because he gave me a copy of Jennifer Niven’s Ada Blackjack! I can’t thank you enough Dhon!
  • My friends knew that Ate Jen from Unromantic Girl went to Jakarta last July if I was not mistaken and as amazing as she is, she bought me a copy of Local Books in Jakarta that was translated into English. The books are Dewi Lestari’s Supernova and Nh. Dini’s Departures. Thank you, Ate Jen!
  • Contented as I was, JM and Hazel told us that they will go to the book signing of Morgan Matson in Glorietta. I can’t go because of life. Ate Jen and I decided to eat. We went to D’ Angelo’s and have their best Pesto and Meditteranean Pizza and I’m loving it!

This year’s MIBF is really satisfying, fruitful and loving it. It doesn’t fail to give me pure happiness when it comes to books. I love my experience as I love last years’. Now, I’m really looking forward to 38th Manila International Book Fair!

So, that’s the end of my 37th Manila International Book Fair Recap! If you were wondering why there’s no Day 5, it is because I didn’t go for some reasons. We all have fun, didn’t we?

Tell me. How was your Manila International Book Fair experience? Is it amazing as I’ve experienced thus far? What books did you buy? Comment down and let me know! 

Book Review: A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir

atorchagainstthenight_cv-4-14Splendid, Gruesome, Soul – Shattering and Courageous. A Torch Against The Night is definitely way better than An Ember in the Ashes. Brave, Stunning and Fierce. That’s all that we need to know who Laia is. A sister who wish for her brother’s safety, an ember in the ashes who only yearns for everyone’s peace.

I can’t fathom how I liked this book better than the first installment. I mean, this book made me a complete mess. I could feel pain, tormented, and lost while reading this book. There is so much hope that is clinging on, there are so much past that has yet to be discovered and there is so much life to look forward to. Sabaa Tahir makes her readers believe that there are no chances even the slightest hope that you could hope for can be diminished instantly. In a glimpse, you will lost with her words that can bring you to another world of ashes.

I was so excited and devastated while reading this book. I can’t comprehend how a human emotion can eat your soul away and harness you to someone you didn’t know existed upon you. I don’t know but I didn’t know that words can this be powerful to the extent that you could feel the pain, the sorrow, the confusion of a character. This is not a simple novel, this is beyond a masterpiece.

“I don’t have allies. I have people who owe me things and people who want things and people who use me and people whom I use.”

If I were going to describe A Torch Against The Night, then definitely, it is explosively beautiful. I can’t even express how I love this book so much that it is tearing my heart out, piece by piece. I don’t even know how I will express my condolences to one character in this book because she quote-for-royaljust had so many sacrifices done that made her someone she doesn’t know entirely. Twisted and foreshadowing is the raw definition of this novel.

A Torch Against The Night tackles a lot of sensitive subject like Violence Against Women and Children which I am fond of. Why? Sabaa Tahir doesn’t intend to write something this murderous and violent but on my perspective, I think this is actually a good example of how to raise awareness on the current situation in certain parts of the world which is existing at this moment. Meaning there are still faith, and if there is a life – there is a hope.

Characters of this book have a huge development. I didn’t expect Laia to stand up for everyone, I didn’t know that Elias could this devoted and loved, I didn’t know athat Helene could take all the suffering and the pain, just for someone she loves – even if it takes the every inch of humanity that she has. My heart cries and bleed for her. It is something to look forward to on the Book Three – what would they become?

The magic system actually is something I am eager to see, to know, to indulge in. It feels like an introduction a teaser upon a teaser. Assuming that there will be more to come in the book three. Sabaa Tahir set high standards and expectations on the third installment. So, I’m going to set my standards really really high because I love this book as much as I enjoy reading it. I hope there’s more to come on the magic system, I am eager to know and I want to be filled in by the questions that have been bugging my mind.

cSpectacular plot. I couldn’t ask for a better plot than this. She knows what was she wanted to write in the beginning and I think, she gives justice to it — she just didn’t give justice to her characters making her an evil sadistic author. I really wanted to talk about the book. I just don’t want to spoil everyone who will be reading this book because I want everyone to feel what I felt during the course of my reading journey. I tell you, this book is so worth it than you imagine.

The ending is truthful and satisfactory. I think that’s the best ending that Sabaa Tahir could offer. Now, I’m really looking forward to Book Three that has yet to be written!

Huge thanks to Penguin Random House for inviting me to join this Global Blog Tour and sending me an ARC copy for giving a pure genuine review. I hope readers around the world will love the series as much as I do!


For PH readers, you can purchase your books at National Bookstore and For International readers, you can purchase your books on The Book Depository! Happy reading!

Just in case you want to visit the Global Blog Tour, here are the blogs that are participating!


7770873Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.