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Refraction by Joanna Hoffman and Omar Holmon

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I want to think that i’m strong enough to handle this on my own

Don’t tell me to snap out of something I never snap into

Each heartache is underlying with guilt for feeling this way

Don’t tell me everything is gonna be fine

It always gets worst before it gets better

Just tell me you love me

That you aren’t going anywhere

Let me know your voice will be my anchor to my now

Be the anchor for my now when i’m drowning

Off in the distance

All i need to come back to the shore is for you to say,

“follow my voice”

That home is here waiting for me/you to come back

And I will always come back

You will always be my home

MacRieve is almost here!!!

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MacRieve

I’m a huge Kresley Cole fan and I love the Immortals After the Dark series… I can’t wait to read MacRieve!  It will be out in a week, yay!!!

The author is giving away an Ipad for the release of MacRieve, check out this page for more details:

http://e2.ma/webview/ah9dd/20e1bfcdee8753300221e2a0cde52aab

 

To JK Rowling, from Cho Chang by Rachel Rostad =)

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When you put me in your books, millions of Asian girls across America rejoiced! Finally, a potential Halloween costume that wasn’t a geisha or Mulan! What’s not to love about me? I’m everyone’s favorite character! I totally get to fight tons of Death Eaters and have a great sense of humor and am full of complex emotions!

Oh wait. That’s the version of Harry Potter where I’m not fucking worthless.

First of all, you put me in Ravenclaw. Of course the only Asian at Hogwarts would be in the nerdy house. Too bad there wasn’t a house that specialized in computers and math and karate, huh?

I know, you thought you were being tolerant.
Between me, Dean, and the Indian twins, Hogwarts has like…five brown people? It doesn’t matter we’re all minor characters. Nah, you’re not racist!
Just like how you’re not homophobic, because Dumbledore’s totally gay!
Of course it’s never said in the books, but man. Hasn’t society come so far?
Now gays don’t just have to be closeted in real life—they can even be closeted fictionally!

Ms. Rowling. Let’s talk about my name. Cho. Chang.
Cho and Chang are both last names. They are both Korean last names.
I am supposed to be Chinese.
Me being named “Cho Chang” is like a Frenchman being named “Garcia Sanchez.”

So thank you. Thank you for giving me no heritage. Thank you for giving me a name as generic as a ninja costume. As chopstick hair ornaments.
Ms. Rowling, I know you’re just the latest participant in a long tradition of turning Asian women into a tragic fetish.
Madame Butterfly. Japanese woman falls in love with a white soldier, is abandoned, kills herself.
Miss Saigon. Vietnamese woman falls in love with a white soldier, is abandoned, kills herself.
Memoirs Of A Geisha. Lucy Liu in leather. Schoolgirl porn.
So let me cry over boys more than I speak.
Let me fulfill your diversity quota.
Just one more brown girl mourning her white hero.

No wonder Harry Potter’s got yellow fever.
We giggle behind small hands and “no speak Engrish.”
What else could a man see in me?
What else could I be but what you made me?
Subordinate. Submissive. Subplot.

Go ahead. Tell me I’m overreacting.
Ignore the fact that your books have sold 400 million copies worldwide.
I am plastered across movie screens,
a bestselling caricature.

Last summer,
I met a boy who spoke like rain against windows. –
He had his father’s blue eyes.
He’d press his wrist against mine and say he was too pale.
That my skin was so much more beautiful.
To him, I was Pacific sunset,
almond milk, a porcelain cup.
When he left me, I told myself I should have seen it coming.
I wasn’t sure I was sad but I cried anyway.
Girls who look like me are supposed to cry over boys who look like him.
I’d seen all the movies and read all the books.
We were just following the plot.

Happy Father’s Day to all Dads out there!!!

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Today is Father’s Day in the Philippines and I would like to send my love to my father back home. Papa, Happy Father’s Day! I miss your cooking already! When I get home make sure that your famous Igado is waiting for me! LOL

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Igado is a popular Ilocano dish made of pork meat and liver.

I want to share this video of Marshall Davis Jones’ Spelling Father… I couldn’t find a better video but I hope you guys will listen to this one. It’s really good and very touching. This is for all the single mothers out there who also fills the role of a father to their children, you guys are awesome and you all should celebrate this day too! Happy Father’s Day!!!

Book Review: Abhorsen (Abhorsen #3) by Garth Nix (audio book)

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5/5 Stars!!!

Wow, this book is EPIC! I didn’t expect to finish the book quickly because I used an audio book. I can’t believe I finished the entire series in just a week! This is a new record for me. I never finished an audio book before let alone an entire series!

As I have mentioned in my review of Lirael, book 2 ended in the middle of Sameth’s and Lirael’s journey. Abhorsen is the continuation of Sam and Lirael’s search for Nicholas Sayer, who was held captive by Hedge. With Lirael and Sam’s new found titles and powers, they will face more difficult challenges with the help of their Free Magic pets— Mogget and Disreputable Dog.

I am completely amazed by Lirael’s character development. From being mopey and pessimistic, Lirael become braver and a real bad-ass in this book. Sam’s characters improved too. I think the relief of being not an “Abhorsen-in-Waiting” anymore brought him courage and confidence. His new title as the “Wallmaker” fits him well because he really loves to create/invent stuff. Mogget and Dog are still lovable as always. I know already how powerful those two were, but I was still surprised when their real status was revealed in the end.

Abhorsen is a mind-blowing, breath-taking and heart-pumping finale. I think this is even better than Sabriel! If you’re looking for romance, you can’t find it here, but the hero and heroine’s relationship with their pets warmed my heart. The chapter A Tin of Sardines was really cute and touching, and I did tear up a little when Disreputable Dog died.

To those who read Lirael and gave up, please pick it up again, it’s so worth it! I don’t even have the right words to describe how amazing the binding in the end was. It’s so freaking good. Garth Nix is a genius!

Book Review: Lirael (Abhorsen #2) by Garth Nix (audiobook)

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3.5/5 Stars!!!

I’m currently listening to Abhorsen (Abhorsen #3) while writing this review. Even though I enjoyed Lirael, I couldn’t give it a rating higher than 3.5 because it ended in the middle of Lirael and Sam’s journey… I hate cliffhangers!

Lirael takes place 14 years after Sabriel’s appointment as the Abhorsen. While Sabriel is happily married to King Touchstone and have two children, there is a girl in the Clayr’s Glacier approaching her 14th birthday in misery. Lirael is the oldest in the Glacier who haven’t received the Sight and she feels like she doesn’t really belong there. She doesn’t know who her father is, her mother left her when she was only 5 years old and her Aunt Kirrith doesn’t really treat her as a close family member. On top that, she looks physically different from the other daughters of the Clayr. On her 14th birthday, she decided to end her own life but she witnessed the King and Queen’s quick visit to the Glacier and she was caught by the seven most important Clayr. Despite the trouble she found herself in, the Clayrs understood where she’s coming from and she was given an option to take a job for the Clayr that will keep her busy—she chose to work in the library. In the Great Library of the Clayr, Lirael learned a lot of things about the Charter Magic, got a friend in a form of a dog, had accidentally released a Stilken and encountered a lot of other magical creatures. Her time in the library had also prepared her for something that awaits her outside the Glacier.

Prince Sameth have been in a boarding school in Ancelstierre and is graduating soon. After a successful cricket game, their team bus went on a detour which led them near the wall to the Old Kingdom, there they encountered Dead that were raised by a necromancer. To save his friends, Sam had to go into Death unprepared to face the necromancer who brought trouble in Ancelstierran border. Sameth survived the face-off but he was badly wounded. Sameth weht home to the Old Kingdom scared and unsure of the future that was waiting for him.

This book started slow but it was very interesting. Not as good as Sabriel though. I liked Lirael’s POV than that of Sam’s. Her adventures in the library are more exciting than Prince Sameth’s whining. Actually, I didn’t like Sam at all in this book because he’s a coward and a spoiled brat. Lirael on the other hand is so smart and very powerful. She’s not perfect though, sometimes she gets a little mopey and she have suicidal tendencies but she later become stronger and embraced her new responsibilities not just as a daughter of Clayr but also as an Abhorsen-in- Waiting. I have to add that I really loved Disreputable Dog, she’s Lirael’s only friend and have always been there for Lirael specially on her dark moments. Mogget’s return is also one of my favorite things in this book. I swear that sarcastic cat always makes me laugh!

Lirael cannot be read as a stand-alone, you have to read Sabriel first so that you won’t get lost once you dive in. Also, make sure that you have a copy of book 3, because you’ll definitely want to know what happens next once you get to the page that says: “to be continued…”

Book Review: Sabriel (Abhorsen #1) by Garth Nix (audio book)

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5/5 Stars!

Sabriel (Abhorsen #1) by Garth Nix

I was reluctant on reading this book at first because the cover isn’t very enticing.  Also, when I read the blurb I found out that it was about the undead, and I rarely enjoy zombie novels. However, since this book was recommended by a friend, I decided to give it a shot anyway. I challenged myself to finish the audio book, and I was surprised on how much I enjoyed it. I listened to audio books before but I never finish them because I’m too impatient– I always switch to eBooks after listening to a few chapters. Anyway, I am so glad that I was able to finish Sabriel in audiobook, this is a first for me!

Sabriel is an 18 year old daughter of a necromancer. Actually, her father is called Abhorsen– a person in charge of dealing with the undead and putting them back where they belong. Sabriel have very little knowledge about magic despite her father’s abilities because she was sent to a boarding school away from her homeland since she was four years old. When a creature from the dead visited her one night, delivering her father’s bells and sword— she knew that her father is in trouble. Sabriel decided to go back to the Old Kingdom to know her father’s whereabouts. On her journey, she’ll meet friends and enemies; she will learn more about her past and her future, and she will also experience magic like she never had before.

“ Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?”

Listening to Sabriel is such a wonderful experience. Aside from the brilliant story line, the narrator–Tim Curry, was pretty awesome. I was hooked just after listening to the prologue! I liked the world Nix created, it’s old, magical, creepy and full of zombies. How can Sabriel’s journey get anymore exciting right? Also, I absolutely adore the characters. Sabriel is smart and a really bad-ass heroine. Mogget is such a funny and sarcastic cat, he cracked me up a lot of times. Touchstone is… well, to be honest I didn’t like him at first because he keeps on beating himself for what happened to the Old Kingdom, which isn’t his fault (at least not entirely) anyway. But, he did won me over towards the end. He’s pretty strong and a gentleman too.

Sabriel is thrilling, magical, action-packed, with healthy dose of humor and romance. This is highly recommended to YA Fantasy/Paranormal fans especially to those who loved the Harry Potter series.

I found out that the next book, Lirael (Abhorsen #2) takes effect 14 years after Sabriel’s journey! I’m itching to read Lirael but I’ll stick to the audio book. =)

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