Saturday, April 20, 2019

[Book Review] Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Best Blogger Tips
Heya dear readers! It’s been so long since I updated my blog. And even longer since my last book review. Hehehe~ But yeah... I’m back to share with you my thoughts about my latest read, Bloodwitch by author Susan Dennard. I also posted a short version of this review on Goodreads and Facebook. šŸ˜ƒ

I started reading The Witchlands series last year. Truthwitch was good, but it was only an okay read for me. It actually took me a year to pick up its sequel, Windwitch. And then poof! It just kept getting better and better. After that, I rushed through Sightwitch so I can read Bloodwitch ASAP. It helps a lot that Aeduan is my favorite character. šŸ¤Ŗ




Bloodwitch is the third book in the Witchlands series. It is the sequel to Windwitch. And just like its predecessor, it was really engrossing... from the first page to the last! This book practically put me out of a reading slump! 


Plot:

The first chapters starts off immediately where Windwitch left off. No flashbacks to remind you of the previous events there.

As always, the author tells the stories in the perspectives of different characters. The pacing forces the reader to focus and to put the puzzle together. There are viewpoints from Safi, Iseult and Merik... but Aeduan’s parts are what interests me most! And since the book is titled after him, the character development focused on him. His past is shown which gives readers a deeper understanding of the Bloodwitch that he is. And watch out for the mind-blowing twist! The author just dropped it like a bomb! You need to read the prequel novella Sightwitch for it.

I personally like the plot and how the author lays it all out piece by piece and in small, detailed chunks. Betrayal, warfare, pain... all these are part of the roller coaster of emotions you will experience.

But of course, this book is a balance of love and war. There are also romantic scenes but only hints. It frustrates me at times, because really... come on!

Characters:

The personalities of each character is uniquely written. The perky Safi, the hot-tempered Merik, the calm Iseult, and the conflicted Aeduan... Susan Dennard sees to it that each perspective is written to reflect what the character would or should do in a given situation. And this gives The Witchlands series a promising mix of stories borne out of their differences.

Writing style:

It amazes me how authors improve their articulation and writing skill in each and every sequel. Susan Dennard’s word mastery has come a long way since Truthwitch. And I’m very glad of the result Bloodwitch has become.

Only with Susan Dennard do I get to read about plants, trees, water, and land formations in exact detail. She narrates about Cattails and Rhododendrons, about deltas, plateaus, and waterfalls. It helps the reader come up with the best imagery possible.

The fight scenes are clearly described and the author writes it with realistic detail. There are also subtle hints of romance in all of Aeduan’s chapters. The way the author wrote it is so superb, I want to make Aeduan my book boyfriend (as if he’s not already :PšŸ¤Ŗ)! 

"Te varuje". My favorite quote in Bloodwitch.

Conclusion:


Rating: 5/5 stars




There’s still a lot of unanswered questions about the Witchlands world: the legends, the magic, its histories, and some characters. I’m still confused as to how the Cahr Awens, Palladins, gods and goddesses would fit in together. But I trust the author and I know her style. She will reveal these along with the plots in the sequels! Hmmm... I think it’s best to wait for the release of all the Witchlands books first before you start reading it... but nah... no one wants to do that! You’ll be missing a lot if you do! šŸ˜‚

I want more but it ended abruptly! Noooo! A cliffhanger! You mean, I need to wait for almost a year for the next book? šŸ˜­šŸ˜±



 Get your copies of Bloodwitch, guys! It's a worthy read!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Bookish Dreams at The King and Queen Tour

Best Blogger Tips
As seen on my Instagram, you would know that I love to read YA books. The fantasy world is just amazing and I find it awesome how authors conjure up different worlds from their imagination.

The author Cassandra Clare is quite renowned in #bookstagram. Her popularity influenced me to read her books. A year ago, I saw a copy of Clockwork Prince on sale in National Bookstore and bought it. That book now has a sentimental value to me because it’s my first Cassandra Clare book!

That’s how I’ve come to love The Infernal Devices series. Ah! Will Herondale! Jem Carstairs! Swoon-worthy, yes! When I finished reading the series, I secretly wished in my heart to meet Cassandra Clare someday!

I knew from social media that there will be a book signing tour of Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. But I didn’t expect it to be so soon! The book signing events have been coming in fast lately, with Monstress and Love Looks Pretty on You a few weeks apart. My 2019 bookish year started out amazing and I feel so blessed! And now, I’m writing about The King and Queen Tour.  šŸ˜Š

It was on the day of March 10 that I went to SM Megamall early and lined up outside. It was the easiest queue for me because I didn’t have to wait for a long time. The registration started just a few minutes later. Yay!


It's not just another stage! It's THE stage for The King and Queen Tour.





A lot of people were there! I saw some bookstagrammers but I was too shy to approach them. HeheheThere were cosplayers, too! šŸ˜ƒ I think this is the first time in a book signing that I saw cosplayers! 



Shadowhunter cosplayers at The King and Queen Tour
FoxRots as Isabelle Lightwood

Dinny Grayson as Clary

Snow as Magnus Bane
Books written by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare were available for purchase, too. šŸ˜


Cassandra Clare bookish paradise! :)


Gorgeous books by Holly Black on display.


When the event started, fans screamed with excitement as the two authors took their seats on stage. They introduced themselves and talked about how they met. It was because of books, yes! Then, they let the fans ask them questions about anything. 


Holly Black and Cassandra Clare greeting their fans.

Seeing them exchange hilarious answers made us laugh. They are truly BFFs. It’s like they know what the other is thinking. It’s fun seeing them like that, showing us the power of true friendship. And the topics were about their books! My own kind of genre! It was very interesting to listen to. Shadowhunters... Magnus Chase... Jude... It’s very fun to converse when you know the topics at hand. And it just kept getting better when the juicy bookish scoops came from the authors themselves! I found myself just drawn to the conversation that I lost track of time.


Can't help but take a lot of photos! Especially with Cassie's big smile! :)

And they gave us writing tips. Holly Black said that she sometimes doesn’t follow a timeline, but Cassie Clare does. So it’s all about flexibility but staying true to the plot in the end. It's one of the writing advice that I will hold in my heart.

And when the moment of book signing came, I couldn’t help but feel ecstatic and nervous! 



Look at this large crowd of bookworms! :)
Meeting them in person was so surreal! I was speechless that I almost forgot to take a photo with Holly Black. She has sparkling eyes, a mirror of joy that is so contagious! 


Holly Black's joy is contagious.
And Cassie is a very kind person! I didn't get the chance to tell her my what’s in my heart but having to get a photo with her is a great joy to me! Plus, she signed my copy of Clockwork Prince, my first Cassie Clare book! Now that book is all the more special to me. Yay! šŸ˜ƒ








These two! Mirror images of each other. It was a lot of fun listening to them. We had a cozy conversation with their hilarious moments. I’m still trembling and I can’t believe I met them! ✍šŸ» When Holly Black @blackholly asked me, “How are you today?”. I got speechless, my vocabularies all gone. šŸ˜‚ I took a deep breath to compose myself. She was so sweet and perky. I told her about Red Glove, how it was my first signed book ever bought. And how I’m excited to read it but it’s in my overwhelming TBR. Something we both laughed at. šŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚ ✍šŸ» Oh with Cassandra Clare @cassieclare1 , the queue was getting long and we only had a chance for a picture. I was not able to talk to her. I wanted to tell her that I loooove Jem Carstairs. I’m thankful that she created such a character with a good and kind heart. I wanted to tell her Jem’s words that I can never forget, “Ni hen piao liang.” Because I see a beautiful soul in her. I hope she will be able to read this. šŸ™ˆšŸ„°❤️ ✍šŸ» Thank you, @nationalbookstore ❤️šŸ„°šŸ“š ✍šŸ» #cassiexhollyinph #cassandraclare #hollyblack #thewickedking #clockworkprince #theinfernaldevices #book #booksigning #nbsevents
A post shared by Angel Mariel (@myangelmariel) on



My books, signed by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black.

I feel grateful to Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, National Bookstore, and to all the people who were involved in this wonderful event. My heart is overwhelmed with happiness and joy! This event made me believe in dreams again... and the fact that sometimes, dreams just effortlessly come to you because you wished for it.



Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Love Looks Pretty on You With Lang Leav

Best Blogger Tips
Back in 2016, I failed to get a slot for Lang Leav’s Sad Girls Tour. It was supposed to be the first book signing event that I would go to. I didn’t know what to expect and I arrived at the venue too late. I was disappointed because I waited weeks for it. And I failed. So, when National Bookstore announced that they’d be bringing Lang Leav back, hope filled my heart. It’s my second chance to see her and get a book signed!
At the date of release, I went to buy her new book right away. It has a very apt title, “Love Looks Pretty on You”. The exclusive NBS edition is so cute with its pink edges. It’s so adorable to look at.
I read it a few days later. And what a beautiful book it is! Poetry touches the heart in a very profound way. Lang Leav shares her experiences and encourages other women to be strong and to accept themselves. I am particularly drawn to this book. It has a lot of happy poems, especially the one entitled “Love Looks Pretty on You”. No wonder they chose that to be the title of the book!


Then came February 24! Of course, I learned my lesson from 2 years ago and I went to Alabang Town Center waaaaay earlier than its opening hours. I found the loooong line and queued up for two hours. Yep. Two hours. šŸ˜‚ And the early bird catches the worm... or in this case, a book signing slot! Yay! šŸ˜ƒ
My book and slot stub!
The ATC Activity Center was packed! There was excitement and anticipation in the air. Also, copies of Lang Leav’s books were on display, too. Sigh, if only multiple books were allowed, I could’ve bought more. Hihihi~ šŸ˜‚
ATC Activity Center
More copies of Love Looks Pretty On You...

...and other books by Lang Leav. :D

The crowd erupted with cheers and applause when Lang Leav arrived! Even I couldn't contain my excitement.
Lang Leav on stage.
Lang shared a moment with us and talked about her new book. She also told us about her life experiences for the last ten years as an author. What really struck me the most was her advice on doing your work with integrity. Though honesty brings about the longer and harder way... in the end, you’ll get to where success is. “In the end, you’ll always find your way,” she said. And I think, it’s more rewarding to bask in success when you know you earned it with integrity and without hurting other people.
Lang Leav sharing her life experience with us.
And lastly, the moment we’ve all been waiting for! The chance to get my copy of Love Looks Pretty on You signed! During my turn, I told her that I’m glad that she wrote it. I like the book because it has a happy theme. And she told me how delighted she is in hearing that. Wheeee~ Aaaand yes, a posed photo with her! šŸ˜ƒ
A dream that waited two years! Finally!

Lang Leav is as beautiful as her poetry! She’s so kind and gentle. And looking at her makes me feel so calm. If ever there will be another of her book signings next time, I’ll surely be there to listen to her and to see her again. What about you? Have you read Lang Leav’s books?
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Twitter Bird Gadget