Veronica Rossi, Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs Book Signing Tour in PH

Mafi Riggs & Rossi Book Signing PH

Veronica Rossi, Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs book signing tour in National Book Store

National Book Store brings three New York Times bestselling authors—Veronica Rossi, Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs—for book signing events on April 26 at 2 pm in the Glorietta Activity Center and on April 27 at 2 pm in The Gallery of Ayala Center Cebu.

Veronica Rossi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Under the Never Sky trilogy, a post-apocalyptic young adult series. Foreign rights to the trilogy have been sold in over 25 territories and film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros. entertainment. Described by Examiner.com as “an unforgettable dystopian masterpiece,” and deemed as one of the Best Books of the Year by School Library Journal, Under the Never Sky follows the story of Aria, who meets Perry after being exiled from the enclosed city of Reverie because of a terrible incident. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine who will survive the Death Shop, a place full of cannibals and violent energy storms. Aria’s journey continues in Through the Ever Night and Into the Still Blue.

Tahereh Mafi first visited her Filipino fans in 2013. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me, the first book in a trilogy, which has received positive reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly among others. Shatter Me is currently being sold in over 25 foreign territories and has been optioned for a movie adaptation by Twentieth Century Fox. Ostracized and incarcerated her whole life, seventeen-year-old Juliette is freed on the condition that she use her horrific abilities in support of The Reestablishment, a post-apocalyptic dictatorship, but Adam, the only person ever to show her affection, offers hope of a better future. The story of Juliette continues in the sequel Unravel Me, and the heart-stopping conclusion Ignite Me.

Ransom Riggs is the author of the bestselling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which became part of the New York Times bestsellers list for 52 consecutive weeks. The movie adaptation is currently in production which will be directed by Tim Burton and penned by X-Men: First Class writer Jane Goldman. Sixteen-year-old Jacob journeys to a remote island off the coast of Wales as he tries to recover from the tragic death of his grandfather. There he discovers and explores the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s home where he meets the peculiar children who once lived there and finds out that they may still be alive and in danger. The sequel to the book, Hollow City, continues the journey of Jacob and his friends as they flee to London, the Peculiar capital of the world.

Books by Veronica Rossi, Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs are available in National Book Store and Powerbooks. Shop online and buy eBooks at nationalbookstore.com. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for updates on the latest events, promos and contests.

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

A Midsummer's Nightmare

“Screw nightmares. I was waking up.”

Whitley Johnson’s dream summer of shopping, partying and tanning on the beach has just turned into a nightmare. Because Dad didn’t tell her he doesn’t live by the beach anymore, or that he’s no longer a bachelor. He’s picked up and moved to a tiny, lame town called Hamilton and gotten himself a fiance. A fiance whose son just happens to be what’s-his-name from last week’s drunken graduation party one night stand. Just freakin’ great.

As if the summer couldn’t get worse, Dad seems to forget Whitley’s even there. She doesn’t fit in with his perfect new country club family, and Whitley does what any kid lucky enough to go all summer unsupervised does: she parties. Hard.

So hard that she doesn’t even notice the good things right under her nose: a younger future step-sister who is just about the only person she’s ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn’t ‘do friends’) and a smoking hot, sweet guy who isn’t her step brother (yet) and who actually seems to care for her. It will take all three of them to convince her that they’re not phoneys, and to get Whitley to get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

From the author of The Duff comes another Hamilton High story.

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Personal Thoughts:

Whitley Johnson is a pretty wild girl. Since her parents separated, she began acting out by partying and drinking. But no one really noticed which equally mean to her as no one really cares. From then on she started pushing people away from her so she won’t get hurt anymore. If there’s one thing she treasure so much is the summers she spend with her father. It’s the only time of the year that she see her dad, and she always looking forward for it. But this summer, she is shock to find out that she won’t spending time alone with her father, because her dad got a new fiancée with two children of her own. The alone time she’s expecting with her dad suddenly become a nightmare, not only because her dad seems to forget about her but also there is the living complications brought by her last wild night out.

Whitley is a kind of character that is quiet challenging. She can be very difficult to like but somehow I cannot hate her. Even she is being pessimistic which I normally dislike for a character I still root for her. Same as she can’t say “no” to her future step-sister, Bailey, I can’t managed not to care for her. It’s like her difficult side is also part of her charm. She is a troublesome teenager with some bad habits, which can be easily blame to her broken family status. Though, it’s not really an excuse to do some of the things she do, it easy to understand where she is coming from. It is easy to feel for her or at least see life from her perspective.

Nathan on the other hand is very easy to love. He is considerate and understanding. I like his open-minded and straight forward personality. He isn’t afraid to say what he thinks and f eels. It’s really a breath of air from those mysterious leading man characters from YA fictions. I just don’t get much why the author need to push him to be nerdy, when clearly he doesn’t fit the bill and he doesn’t have to be one.

Then there’s Bailey, Whitley’s soon to be younger step-sister. The bond between her and Whitley is cute and sweet. Of course, it doesn’t really started pretty well, there are lots of issues and misunderstanding because Whitley is so good in pushing people out of her lives. But Bailey doesn’t back out. She really wants a sister and loves Whitley so much that she continue to give Whitley chances. She always forgive her even at times that you thought she cannot, which is very heartwarming. I enjoy reading their interactions – the way she makes Whitley fold is endearing. She reminds me so much of my nephews, the way I can’t say no to them even I’m really irritated or frustrated. Kids are easily my weakness.

Harrison, Whitley’s self-proclaimed (because Whitney doesn’t really do friend thing) gay friend is so funny. Everyone should have a friend like him.

As for the story, without being heavy dramatic, this book deals with some tough and real issues. Family drama, neglection, online bullying, and even forbidden romance. Normally, I would freak out reading romance between step-siblings, even technically they are not blood related. It’s not only awkward but also unacceptable. But somehow the author managed to get around with this sensitive issue with ease. For some reason I didn’t find Nathan and Whitney’s interactions creepy or disturbing. But that doesn’t mean every readers will feel the same. For me, though, the chemistry between Nathan and Whitley is believable enough to get past the future step-sibling issues. The sizzling tension between them together with the author’s flowing narrative push me to read more.

Speaking of the writing, Kody Keplinger’s style is honest and straight forward without being boring. Right from the start, she open her story with a painfully awkward scene yet so funny that can’t help but laugh or smile. She weaved her characters realistically which makes their stories resonate. It’s like she’s writing from real experience. She knows teenage perspective pretty well. The pacing is also perfect, add the flowing narrative, you won’t get bored reading Whitley’s story.

Overall, A Midsummer’s Nightmare is a light and quick read. With its well-rounded and realistic characters, and a story line that easily resonate, A Midsummer’s Nightmare is a perfect summer read.

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*This review is based on a copy I received courtesy of the publisher, Hodder Children’s Books, an imprint of Hachette Children’s Books UK in exchange of honest opinion.

Share Your Shelf – Kayla of The Bookish Owl

Share Your Shelf

Share Your Shelf feature is back on the blog and today we have Kayla of The Bookish Owl to share her bookshelves with her collections of books and to answer bookshelves related questions.

For those who haven’t met Kayla yet she is the lovely owner of The Bookish Owl Blog. She used to host her blog under the free wordpress.com but now she got her own domain, thebookishowl.net, which I recommend for everyone to visit. She got this clean and sleek design that I like because it is so easy to navigate. Very user friendly. And her reviews are a must read.

I first met Kayla during the Pinoy Book Tour’s Christmas Party last year. I don’t really get the chance to chat much with her that day since I’m busy as one of the organizer. Then recently I got the chance to chat with her at NBS Bloggers’ Forum with Becca Fitzpatrick. Kayla is really nice, bubbly and very enthusiastic. There’s no dull moment with her. Add her own unique get-up every time I see her, she’ll surely leave a mark. I’m not good with names but when Dianne first introduced her during our Christmas Party I easily remember her. There’s something vibrant about her. Anyway, before I rant so much, I’ll just let Kayla sway you away with her own words as she answer all bookshelves related questions below.

1. How do you organized your books? Do you have a shelving obsession? Like arranging them in alphabetical order of author/titles, or by genre, height, or using a color coded system.

I used to have an organization method for my books but then I ran out of shelf space. As of this moment, I buy books and I pile them up on either my bookshelf or my nightstand. It’s not the best shelving method as there’s always a possibility that the books will fall on your feet, but it creates that neat disorganized look so I’m alright with that. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of very neat shipshape shelves.

2.  If you can pick just one book from your shelves to stay with you, what book are you going to keep? why?

Oh my goodness, this is so hard! I’ll probably pick The Book Thief by Markus Zusak because it had a huge impact on me when I first read it. The Book Thief is a brilliant piece of work because every time I reread it (3 times so far) I come away with a new piece of meaning or another message. It doesn’t feel as if you’re rereading a book because with the beautiful writing and the fantastic story, you wouldn’t get tired of it. I know I haven’t.
The Book Thief is beautiful and I love it to pieces.

3. What was the first book you ever bought with your own money and does it reside on your shelves now?

I honestly can’t remember. I always use either my ATM or my credit card whenever I’m purchasing books so it feels as if it’s my money but in reality, it’s my mom’s.

4. Do you have any quirks in buying, shelving or stacking your books? (I know someone who actually buy two copies of books, one for reading and one for collection purposes.)

My books need to be stacked in the order of which I bought them. For example, all the books I bought on Tuesday are piled together, the books from Wednesday’s spree are in another stack and so on and so forth.
Ever since I started book blogging, I’ve been very picky about covers, especially with classics. I hate the Signet and Enriched classics editions as the covers are very blah and dull. Even if they’re expensive, I will always buy the new Penguin covers.

5. Do you have different bookshelves for different books (for example, I have all my signed books on one shelf, my favorite titles on a different shelves, and more shelves for my TBR pile) or systems of separating them/spreading them out?

Not really a shelf but sections on my shelf since my bookshelf has dividers on it. All my classics share two sections, all my review copies are in the bottom section and all my non-fiction books are in the middle section. I used to have my TBR pile on my nightstand but as I stated earlier, I ran out of shelf space so I now utilize my bedside table as another bookshelf.

Kayla's Bookshelves

6. Do you keep book(s) on your shelf that you don’t have plan on reading? Like maybe keeping them for the sole purpose of impressing others?

Nope. I loathe the idea of using my love of reading as a way to impress others. It’s pretentious, pompous and I just hate it. I’m not judging others if they do this but I don’t think I will ever do it.

7. Are there any guilty pleasures on your bookshelves you would be embarrassed people might see, or do you have a hidden shelf for those somewhere else?

No. I think I’m very immature when it comes to books because I can’t read NA or Erotica. Sex scenes are alright with me but when it turns graphic and detailed, I find myself cringing. It’s weird because violence is fine with me (one of my favorite books is A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess) but vivid sex is another story. I guess it’s due to the fact that I come from a very religious family and have been studying in a Catholic school all my life.
Environment really does play a major part in a person’s reading habits.

8. What was the last book that you added to your bookshelves?

*Books. I received for review World War I by Robert Freeman and The French Revolution by the same author. Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen. My last purchase included Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe and Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers.
My 10th StS will be out soon!

9. Are there any books that you wish you had on your bookshelves but don’t have it now?

All my Geronimo Stilton and The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes are now in the attic because of the lack of shelf space.

10. If someone will peruse your bookshelves, what do you think they would think of your reading taste, or what would you like them to think?

Mostly they’d find YA, Historical Fiction, Classics and Middle-grade. A few adult fiction and fantasy and a good amount of non-fiction. Perhaps they’d think that I have a weird taste in books, haha. 

Thanks for having me on your blog! I enjoyed answering your questions! It really made me reevaluate my shelving methods, lol.

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Thank you so much Kayla for sharing to all of us your bookshelves and for taking time answering all the questions above. Seems you got a nice collections of classic on your shelves! I wish every reader I know still read them like you do. It’s nice that between middle-grade and YA books you got to mixed some classics on your reading list. I hope you like Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, it’s one of the best book I’ve read. As for The Book Thief, I couldn’t agree more with what you said about the book. I think I need to do a reread soon.

Thanks again Kayla for letting us see your bookshelves and books!

Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood #1) by Victoria Scott

Fire & Flood

“….there’s often more truth found when we sleep than when we wake.”

A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother’s life—and her own.

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she’s helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

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Personal Thoughts:

Tella Hollaway’s brother Cody is dying due to unknown sickness and her family is helpless with the situation. They can’t cure Cody nor send him to hospital. It’s an impossible battle for them until Tella gets an invitation to join The Brimstone Bleed — a competition that promise cure to any sickness. In order to win Tella needs to defeat hundreds of contenders in this race that travel across jungle, desert, sea and mountains. She needs to survive and win before her brother die.

Fire and Flood is a promising book with its great and interesting premise but suffers with the popularity of The Hunger Games, a series of books that almost sounds the same as this one. Though technically the only similarity is the fact that the main character is entering a contest of life and death to save her sibling, the overall feel of the novel is still unmistakably the same as The Hunger Games. It’s not a total riff-off but to those who have read and loved Suzanne Collins’ series like me the comparison cannot be avoided. Which somehow took away the full enjoyment of my reading.

In all honesty, Tella is not my favourite character. I even think she is the weakest link of this book. For the role of character/narrator she is too weak to be part of the Brimstone Bleed. Her voice and thoughts sounds very juvenile which makes it hard for me to relate or connect to her. She annoyed me most of the time, specially when she act like a spoil-ed brat or when she is too vain or worst even swallow. I keep on wishing that she’ll show some maturity but it didn’t really happen, at least not on the level I want her to be. If she wasn’t in the battle field I may not care much about her immaturity since technically she is still young, but she’s in arena trying to save her brother and even her own self so I assume the environment will push her to grow fast, or that she’ll adopt accordingly.

Then’s there’s the villain who I think fall to the category of paper-thin character – a one dimensional villain who spend his time doing evil for no reason. I didn’t get his motivation or the reasons behind his cruelty. If only there’s more dept or reasons beyond his evil doings I think I’ll like her character better.

If not for the Pandoras, those genetically engineered animals with special powers that hatch from eggs, I’m not sure how Tella or the other characters will hold my attention enough to finish the story. These Pandoras kinda remind me of Pokemons, to the point that I imagine them as the live version of those animated Japanese characters. They are the one who really captured my interest. They are great addition to the story not only as a weapon for contenders but also the role they provide to the back story.

Another thing I like I guess is the descriptive writing. I appreciate the fact that Victoria Scott doesn’t shy away in writing some of the gruesome and horrifying details during The Brimstone Bleed. There are bloods, casualties, and killings. Even the natural creatures like insects and bugs were used as a weapon, which may weaved some reactions to readers especially those with sensitive stomach.

Overall, Fire and Flood though suffers from a weak protagonist is still an enjoyable read. With lots of actions and a little political intrigue Victoria Scott managed to deliver a thrilling race of adventure and a story of survival in this book.

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*This review is based on a copy I received courtesy of the publisher, Sholastic Press Philippines in exchange for an honest opinion.

Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman’s Daughter #2) by Megan Shepherd

Her Dark Curiosity

“And desperation could lead a person to things one might never do otherwise.”

To defeat the darkness, she must first embrace it.

Months have passed since Juliet Moreau returned to civilization after escaping her father’s island—and the secrets she left behind. Now, back in London once more, she is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget Dr. Moreau’s horrific legacy—though someone, or something, hasn’t forgotten her.

As people close to Juliet fall victim one by one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes, Juliet fears one of her father’s creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again.

As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in the midst of a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.

With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the hidden natures of those we love and how far we’ll go to save them from themselves.

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Personal Thoughts:

From The Madman’s Daughter, a story based on H.G. Well‘s classic novel, Island of Dr. Moreau, we are introduced to Juliet Moreau’s dark world. Through Juliet’s eyes we visited a mysterious island and discover Dr. Moreau’s mad creations and personal dealings. We also witness her escape from the Island leaving those people who grew close to her.

Now in Her Dark Curiosity, with the elements of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde classic tale, Juliet is back to London after escaping the island. With the help of her father’s former colleague, Professor von Stein, Juliet is trying to rebuild her life and reputation. Having a high class gentleman to support her, she was easily accepted by London’s society, almost forgetting her previous status as low worker and daughter of a mad man. Though Juliet is living a much nicer life now, she still can’t remove herself from her past and her father’s legacy. Her illness is getting worse, desperate to cure herself she set-up a lab where she works for a serum that will cure her.

While she is busy experimenting, Scotland Yard is harboring a murderer. The street of London is not safe anymore. As the victims continue to rise, Juliet cannot help but notice that she has some sort of connection to each casualty. Add the familiar claw-like slashes, maybe Juliet past isn’t exactly left behind in the Island. Thinking that she is the link and with the possibility that she knows who the killer is, Juliet is determined to stop the killer before it’s too late.

When I first found out that this second installment is based on the classic novel, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde I get excited to read the book because I know that Edward from the first installment will surely return playing an important role to the story. I assumed that Edward will finally get his spot light in this installment and lucky for me he did have his moments.

He is still mysterious, though not as mysterious as he is in the first book but still intriguing enough. His dual personally guaranteed him a bigger role just like Juliet.

I’m still not a fan of the love triangle in this series, not because I don’t like any of the gentlemen involved but more on I like Juliet when she is not into boys. I like her better when she is more focus in discovering her father secrets, or when she is analyzing and doing her own experiment than her thinking of Montgomery and Edward. I think she is a smart woman but when her thinking is clouded with boys, she is capable of making unintelligent decisions.

Though this second installment is as thrilling and intriguing, it is not as daring and gruesome like The Madman’s Daughter, which makes me miss the creepy tone of the first book. I expected to get more horrifying descriptions, like the vivisection and the creepy experiments, though there are murders in here they  are not as gore as expected.

The plotting is well executed. Megan Shepperd’s story flow works perfectly as she intertwines all the characters and the happenings from previous book. She bring her stories together in a way like two pieces of the puzzle fit perfectly together. The way she weaves the classic stories together with her own retelling is both subtle and seamless. I really salute Sheppard in her clever way of connecting different classic novels into one series.

The way Shepperd utilized The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story in this installment is brilliant. The theme of dual nature not only reflected in her characters but also in her settings. As Juliet’s continue interact with the London’s upper class society we see the wealth, beauty, and extravagance of the upper class which contrast to the damp and grimy underside of the King’s College where murder and secrets experiments happen.

As for the characters, two major characters shown a great deal of battle between darkness and light. Edward, the most obvious representation of dual nature theme in the story is defined in the most conflicting but believable way. The distinction between the good and evil side of him is well executed. He is clearly a representation of two side of the same coin. Readers may like and hate him at the same time. As for me, I enjoy reading about his character whether he is The Best or Edward. I even think that the Beast side of him though a killer is the most honest and straightforward character in this book.

Another character that represent the dual nature theme is Juliet. Her inner struggle in fighting her dark curiosity is interesting to read. She clearly hate what her father has done, all the experimentation in the Island that cost a lot of lives, but still she can’t help but get curious with the experiments at the same time. Her desire to learn more about her father works and discover more about the science and experiments while trying to a fight or accept her dark side is really well done.

“I could only stare at him, lost for words. I didn’t like what he was suggesting—that he and I were the same. I hadn’t killed my father because I’d hungered for blood. And yet the results were the same. What did motivation matter, when death was the result?”

Beside the dual nature theme of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Sheppard also added other twist with bigger motives in the story. There are secret groups, political intrigue, bigger issues and even bigger consequences which all makes the story more intriguing and engaging.

As always Sheppard’s writing style is sleek and beautiful. The lovely prose like in the first book, The Madman’s Daughter is still present. Sheppard’s words are flowing and engaging that I can’t help but read more and more.

Overall, Her Dark Curiosity is an entertaining follow up to The Madman’s Daugther. Megan Shepperd’s done a great job in delivering a thrilling retelling of one of the most read classic tale. And with a very promising ending, I can’t wait to read the final installment of this amazing series.

* This review is based on an advance readers copy I received courtesy of the publisher, HarperCollins International in exchange of honest opinion.

Alpha Goddess by Amalie Howard (Review & Giveaway)

Alpha Goddess“People believe in a lot of different things, but at the core it’s all really the same—good versus evil, gods versus demons. But what people believe in may not be the whole reality; they could just be parts of one giant truth or versions of a single truth.”

In Serjana Caelum’s world, gods exist. So do goddesses. Sera knows this because she is one of them.

A secret long concealed by her parents, Sera is Lakshmi reborn, the human avatar of an immortal Indian goddess rumored to control all the planes of existence. Marked by the sigils of both heaven and hell, Sera’s avatar is meant to bring balance to the mortal world, but all she creates is chaos.

A chaos that Azrath, the Asura Lord of Death, hopes to use to unleash hell on earth.

Torn between reconciling her past and present, Sera must figure out how to stop Azrath before the Mortal Realm is destroyed. But trust doesn’t come easy in a world fissured by lies and betrayal. Her best friend Kyle is hiding his own dark secrets, and her mysterious new neighbor, Devendra, seems to know a lot more than he’s telling.

Struggling between her opposing halves and her attraction to the boys tied to each of them, Sera must become the goddess she was meant to be, or risk failing … sacrificing the world she was born to protect.

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Personal Thoughts:

This is my first foray to Amalie Howard’s books. Though I’ve been getting a lot of positive things about her from other reader friends, I haven’t really got the chance to read any of her works until now.

The story follows Sera, a confess atheist who don’t believe in heaven nor hell. Soon she found out that she is a half Goddess and half demon and a reincarnation of an Indian Goddess. In her world there are three realm of existence – the Mortal world where human are living, the Illysia which is the counterpart of Heaven, and Xibalba the counterpart of Hell. Sera being half demon and half goddess is not only powerful but has a unique ability to travel on any world of existence. And with that ability she becomes the target of a powerful demon who wants to possess her to create hell on earth.

What I really like in this book is the Hindu mythology. I haven’t read much fiction stories that focus on it. Though I’m not that deeply familiar with Hindu itself, I still find their culture and traditions fascinating. I can’t vouch whether Amalie Howard’s take on Hindu myths in this book are true or not, but for a fictional world, I think Howard successfully delivered a believable story line in this book.

She did a successful job in balancing the mythology and fantasy aspects of the story. Not only the world is believable but also intricate and fascinating. If anything else, this book makes me want to read more about Hindu mythology or at least refresh my memory of the story of Ramayana.

Sera as a character was fierce and strong. It took a while for me to really care for her as lead but once she found out that she is a deity she become easily likeable, not because of the power she discover but because of the internal level of transition it made to her.

Nate, Sera’s younger brother is simply adorable. I love the kid! He is resourceful, witty, and smart. He add balance to this intricate world of gods, goddess, demons and hell by simply being more normal than the other.

Kyle, Sera’s best friend who possess an ability of his own is another interesting character. His struggle in doing good or evil is handle very well. It add complexity to his character and an interesting theme of choices and redemption for the story.

Another interesting character is Dev. Wish I could describe him more without giving too much details about his real identity, but since he is all mysterious let me leave it that way and let you find out on your own what he is really like. All I can tell for now is, I like his confidence and knowing answers that is surrounded with mystery.

“The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.”

With its rich mythology Alpha Goddess is a pleasing tale of a timeless love story that somehow raised an interesting questions about choices and beliefs. Amalie Howard successfully delivered a unique and intriguing take into an epic love story of Rama and Sita of Hindu mythology.

About the Author

Amalie-HowardA rising star among young adult writers, Amalie Howard developed a loyal following after releasing her debut book, “Bloodspell,” in 2011. Now, she is returning with five new books that are sure to excite her devoted fans and catch the attention of new readers.

A bookworm from the beginning, Howard grew up on a small island in the Caribbean with her nose buried in books. When she was just 13 years old, her poem “The Candle” was published in a University of Warwick journal, marking a sign of great things to come. Howard immersed herself into other cultures, globetrotting through 22 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. After moving to the United States, she earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies and French from Colby College in Maine. She also holds a certificate in French literature from the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, France. Traveling around the world, Howard has lent talents as a research assistant, marketing representative, freelance writer, teen speaker, blogger and global sales executive.

Howard is a recipient of a Royal Commonwealth Society award, an international youth writing competition. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Howard’s first book, “Bloodspell” (June 2011, Langdon Street Press) earned rave reviews and was named a Seventeen Magazine Summer Beach Read. Readers will hear more from Howard as she releases a pair of two-book series, “Waterfell” (November 2013, Harlequin TEEN) and “The Almost Girl” (January 2014, Strange Chemistry), as well as “Alpha Goddess” (March 2014, Skyhorse/Sky Pony Press) over the next two years.

Howard lives in New York with her husband, three children and one willful feline that she is convinced may have been a witch’s cat in a past life.

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Becca Fitzpatrick Book Signing Tour Soon in PH!!!

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Becca Fitzpatrick Manila Book Signing

When: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Time: 4:00pm
Where: National Book Store, Glorietta 1
Registration: Starts at 11am

Becca Fitzpatrick Cebu Book Signing

When: Sunday, March 30, 2014
Time: 4:00pm
Where: National Book Store, Ayala Center Cebu
Registration: Starts at 11am

Her Books:

Hush, Hush is the debut novel of Fitzpatrick where humans are under the command of fallen angels. Described by Publishers Weekly as a “fast-paced, exhilarating read,” it is about a sacred oath, a fallen angel and a forbidden love. It follows the story of Nora Grey, a responsible and smart sophomore student, who falls for Patch, one who has made countless mistakes in the past, after several encounters. Nora does not know who to trust and is torn between falling into his arms or run and hide. Later on, she realizes that she is in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen. Any wrong move she makes can cause Nora her life. This paranormal romance continues in Crescendo, Silence and Finale, which all debuted as New York Times bestsellers. The film rights to the series have been optioned by LD Entertainment.

About Becca Fitzpatrick:

Becca Fitzpatrick graduated with a degree in health, which she abandoned because of her love for storytelling. Her memories from her high school years explain why she writes young adult novels. She was a member of VICA and the National Honor Society and was played clarinet for the marching band. Her next book, Black Ice, is a riveting thriller that centers on the dangers of falling in love set against the treacherous mountains of Wyoming. Black Ice will hit shelves in October.

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