Quote... Unquote - Angels' Blood

Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, Book 1)

"Oh, this is a special blend for you."
Taking one of the fingers she hadn't licked, he rubbed it along her lips.

"What we usually shed is apparently comparable to the most delicious of chocolates or the finest of wines. Decadent, rich, and very expensive."

Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh

Book HeART ♥ #12 - Guild Hunter Chibi

Such a cutie right? I got this from Nalini Singh's website. The Guild Hunter series is my current favorite! Although I haven't read the other books yet, I heard that as the series progresses, it gets better! Here's my review of the first book Angels' Blood. I'm excited to read the next book in the series, Archangel's Kiss, that garnered high ratings from Goodreads. Fellow book blogger Gabby reviewed the third book and rated it five. So far, it's her favorite book in the series! I have to push those books to the top of my to-read pile! :)

♥ xoxo, Edil ♥

Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter #1)

Author: Nalini Singh
Published March 3rd 2009 by Berkley
339 pages
Series: Guild Hunter
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux is hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael. But this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor's edge of passion. Even if the hunt doesn't destroy her, succumbing to Raphael's seductive touch just may. For when archangels play, mortals break.

PASSIONATELY AWESOME! I was asking myself why I didn't read this one first before those YA books which I didn't really enjoyed that much. I should have trusted my instincts! Enough of that. I finally finished it and it's oh so good! I think that is an understatement. The book is amazing! : )

We have a kick ass heroine named Elena Deveraux who is a hunter-born. She's a guild hunter and has this great ability of sensing vampires. She is hired by the Archangel of New York, Raphael, who's oozingly hot (I love his wings). Together they have to track and kill this archangel on the loose killing people. But it turns out that Elena will also be haunted by her own seductive thoughts of Raphael.

I very much liked the story about angels, vampires and humans that coexist. This is the first adult angel book I've read and I wasn't disappointed. The book is a combination of fantasy, suspense, mystery and romance. So what else could you ask for? The characters are amazing! I sometimes like Elena's stubbornness especially when she's with Raphael. I've always liked strong female characters and that's a plus factor why I really liked this book. And oh, Raphael. Why do angels always have to be so beautiful? The vampires are not what you would expect them to be. They are made by angels. And you can apply to be made a vampire! How does that sound?

It's also my first time to read Nalini Singh's book. I think I have a new favorite author. I love her writing in this book. It's impressive with a little mystery to it. That's why I didn't see the last part coming. I was so surprised that I literally giggled and my brother's saying I'm crazy. The book is filled with intense emotions and sexual tensions that build the sex scenes very well. The plot is detailed. This is not your typical angel story.

Angels' Blood is a very impressive read that will certainly fill your fantasies! I have to read the next book! Can't get enough of Elena and Raphael and the story! : )

♥ xoxo, Edil ♥

Quote... Unquote - Delirium


"It´s so strange how life works: You want something and you wait and wait and feel like it´s taking forever to come. Then it happens and it´s over and all you want to do is curl back up in that moment before things changed." 

Book HeART ♥ #11 - Book Sculpture by Stephen Doyle

This is called Hypertext Book Sculpture created by Stephen Doyle.

 This book art was up for auction but I think it's already sold for $2,000. Wow!

♥ xoxo, Edil ♥

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #1)

Author: Lauren Oliver
Published February 1st 2011 by HarperCollins
441 pages
Review Copy from NetGalley and Publisher
Series: Delirium
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Haloway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

I didn't know anything about this book before I read it. So I was surprised when I read the first sentence from the book. So intriguing! And I kept reading to know what this book is all about.

The book is about Lena Haloway. She is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life until she met Alex. Love has been declared as a dangerous disease and people of the right age should be cured. And after meeting Alex, Lena understands that an emotional connection to another person is something she's always been missing -- and now it's something she won't live without. 

I enjoyed reading this. I was fascinated by the concept of love as a serious illness, that when you get infected, you should be cured. If only that's possible when you have heart aches right? But indifference is a more serious condition. I think the book is more of a love story than dystopian. Well for me it came out good although some people have mixed feelings on this one. I liked the character development. From the "I want to be cured" Lena to the "In love" Lena. And of course the mysterious Alex. You would see how this has changed the whole point of the story. 

This book made me realize... What if we really have a cure for love? Would you want to get cured and live a peaceful life or would you stay in love and bear the consequences? Oh well... one word for this, Sacrifice.

Delirium is a great start for a series. Good concept and such a nice cliffhanger at the end. I will definitely read the next book!

♥ xoxo, Edil ♥

Quote... Unquote - North of Beautiful

North of Beautiful

"Beauty--real everlasting beauty--lives not on our faces, but in our attitude and our actions. It lives in what we do for ourselves and for others."

Book HeART ♥ #10 - Paper Dress

I first saw this Paper Dress on Tumblr. My first reaction was "Wow! Stunning!". It definitely is right!

This awesome dress is created by Jolis Paons for a creative class. The paper dress is actually made purely out of phonebook paper! Oh well, it turned out absolutely gorgeous! Here are the details of the dress.

the pleated skirt
It looks perfect from the top!
the back is beautiful!
 see more here!

♥ xoxo, Edil ♥

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

Author: Justina Chen Headley
Published February 1st 2009 by Little, Brown Young Readers
373 pages
Rating: ♥ ♥

It's hard not to notice Terra Cooper.

She's tall, blond, and has an enviable body. But with one turn of her cheek, all people notice is her unmistakably "flawed" face. Terra secretly plans to leave her stifling small town in the Northwest and escape to an East Coast college, but gets pushed off-course by her controlling father. When an unexpected collision puts Terra directly in Jacob's path, the handsome but quirky Goth boy immediately challenges her assumptions about herself and her life, and she is forced in yet another direction. With her carefully laid plans disrupted, will Terra be able to find her true path?

Written in lively, artful prose, award-winning author Justina Chen Headley has woven together a powerful novel about a fractured family, falling in love, travel, and the meaning of true beauty.

I understand why people rated the book higher than what I rated it. The whole idea of the book about beauty is admirable and can make a great impact to teens. However, I just couldn't bring myself to like the flow of the story and the emotions the book brings to its readers.

Terra's 'flawed' face seems to be the center of the story. Not to mention the flawed family where she belongs. She also has a boyfriend who just like her because of her body and the mask she would always wear outside. That is, not until she met this Asian boy who will see her real beauty.

The story started a little slow. It also narrated some events that I think are not essential for the book. Those are the ones that made reading it somewhat boring. When I was already at the middle of it, I wanted to end it soon and start another book worth reading. I'm maybe harsh on judging this book but I felt that the readers don't need more of the dad's rudeness and the shallow characters who can't look beyond what they see.

North of Beautiful is not a bad book at all but I wouldn't recommend it. Unless you are one of those people who only like superficial beauty.

♥ xoxo, Edil ♥

Quote... Unquote - Before I Fall

Before I Fall

"I guess that's what saying good-bye is always like--like jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it. Once you're in the air, there's nothing you can do but let go."  

Katniss Revealed

So what do you think of our Katniss? I have a feeling she can give justice to the character. Let's just hope it would be a great movie! I can't wait!

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Author: Lauren Oliver
Published March 2nd 2010 by HarperCollins
470 pages
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

This book is okay. It's not like those books that will give you the 'wow' feeling but it will teach you some lessons in life.

So the book was about Sam, her love life, best friends and the last day of her life. How would you feel if you are to live the same day each time you wake up in the morning? It may be weird or exciting, but it can be boring as it repeats the events all over again. Well, I think that's what I felt when I was reading the book. It was interesting at first but I got bored as I read on. However, the characters are likable and they reminded me of the movie Mean Girls. Four young ladies with different personalities but share the same hate for people they don't like. Of course one of them is the good girl who will try to make things right.

Although I have lots of unanswered questions in my mind, still Before I Fall is a well written book that will move you and make you realize to live like it's the last day of your life.

♥ xoxo, Edil ♥

Quote... Unquote

Across the Universe
"Dreams are like that: they go in and out of memories and scenes, but they are never real. They're never real, and I hate them because they aren't."

Book HeART ♥ #9 - Book Sculptures by Jacqueline Rush Lee

For this artist books are not only for reading but also for making sculptures. Book artist Jacqueline Rush Lee created book sculptures that are truly eye-catching.

At first glance, you wouldn't notice that these are made of books. See more here!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ♥ xoxo, Edil ♥

Across the Universe by Beth Revis (Across the Universe #1)

Author: Beth Revis
Published January 11th 2011 by Penguin Group (USA)
400 pages
Series: Across the Universe
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

Pretty good cover isn't it? But don't judge the book by its cover. There's more to it than you'd think.

The book started a little intriguing. Amy and her parents are to be frozen inside this box that looks like a coffin to be sent on a mission. Three hundred and one years before they are supposed to be awaken, hoping to live a new life. Little did Amy know that when she wakes up, she will be on where she isn't supposed to be.

These futuristic novels I've been reading interest me a lot. That's one reason why I decided to read this book besides the beautiful cover which fooled me. While Across the Universe is one of those novels, it managed to capture it's readers with it's own unique stories of lies, leadership and love. There are frexing, brilly words that indicate the future settings but won't leave you confused. The characters are okay. Not very much likable especially Eldest. I think the character development is not that impressive but can improve. The book is more of a science fiction and mystery. The romance part, well, we need more Elder and Amy romance! The book needs more of it so that it won't be that serious.

I liked the premise of Across the Universe. It was still a good read for me although the whole idea can be terrifying. Read the book to know what I mean. I thought it is not a series. Well, it shows in Goodreads that there's a sequel and it might still be about Elder and Amy. I have to read the next books to know what's gonna happen to Godspeed!

♥ xoxo, Edil ♥

Quote... Unquote - Outside In

Outside In (Harlequin Teen)  

"Knowing and believing are sometimes hard to combine."

Book HeART ♥ #8 - Paper Tube Heart

Don't have anything to do with those old books? How about turning those pages into something useful? This week's book art is Denise Kiggan's latest project.

This Paper Tube Heart would definitely be useful on your desk. Her ideas are really admirable. To check more of her creativity, click here!

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Outside In by Maria V. Snyder (Insider #2)

Author: Maria V. Snyder
Published March 1st 2011 by Harlequin Teen
320 pages
Review copy from NetGalley and Publisher
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥



Okay, I did prove that there’s more to Inside than we knew. That a whole world exists beyond this cube we live in. And finding that led to a major rebellion—between worker scrubs like me and the snobby uppers who rule our world. Make that ruled. Because of me, we’re free. I thought that meant I was off the hook, and could go off on my own again—while still touching base with Riley, of course. He’s the one upper I think I can trust. But then we learned that there’s outside and then there is Outside.

And something from Outside wants In.
I enjoyed reading Outside In and I didn't really expect that I would. The dystopian genre appeal to me so much ever since I read a series in that same theme.

Trella is back on exploring air ducts but this time without the fear that she will be caught by the PopCops. The rebellion has ended and the Insiders have a new committee to lead them. What they don't know is freedom might not be beyond their reach.

When I read the first book, Inside Out, I was impressed with the world building. The futuristic theme may be a usual one for a story but the author managed to create her unique stories for the series. I liked the character development. In this book, Trella's character is admirable. You'd learn she's not always as tough as we think but she also has her weaknesses and limitations. It's good to read the development of Trella and Riley's relationship. The new characters are introduced timely with respect to the events happening in the book. The conspiracies and conflicts are well written that you wouldn't stop reading until you know who's the real culprit.

Although there are parts that could be a little boring or should I say confusing with all the terms used in the book, Outside In is still a good sequel for the first book.

♥ xoxo, Edil ♥

Quote... Unquote - City of Bones

City of Bones (Mortal Instruments)

"Declarations of love amuse me. Especially when unrequited." 

I am a Bookworm

I don't remember how I became a bookworm. I also don't really remember the first fiction novel I read. What I remember is that once I read a book, I have to finish it. The thought just came to my mind when I saw the photo above. How did I become a book lover?

I wonder why some people are just not fond of reading. When they see thick books, they'd feel that it would be boring. Some doesn't have the patience to read even just few chapters of a book. They give up easily. 

I'm thankful that I have the patience and the passion to read. I even created this blog to share my thoughts about the books I read and maybe to encourage people to read. I may not know the exact answer to the question above, but what I do know now is that I'll continue to explore and read books.

How about you? Are you a bookworm like me? :)

"There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love."

- Christopher Morley

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #1)

Author: Cassandra Clare
Published February 19th 2008 by McElderry (first published March 27th 2007)
485 pages
Series: The Mortal Instuments
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with odd markings. This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

Well, what can I say? I have mixed emotions. I'm not sure if I love it or hate it. There were some parts that I totally love reading but some parts were just too much to bear!

The book has been on my shelf for months and I just couldn't bring myself to read it. Maybe because of lack of time, or I just don't want myself reading it only because of the hype it gets. Finally, I decided to read it since it's vacation and I can read it without too much distractions like school. heh!

So it started out fine. It's not like the other books that you will just judge based on the first few chapters. You have to keep reading to decide whether it's a good read or not. After reading the first part, well, I was a little confused. Information overload! There were jargons from the world of Shadowhunters. I was like Clary, feeling confused. The book got better on the second part. I finally understood why the book's title is City of Bones. It became more enjoyable especially with all the action-packed, romance and the "unraveling the truth" parts. Well there's this one truth that I just don't get. I think it's stupid. It's supposed to be tragic because of the feeling that has already arisen... I don't want to spoil!!! oh, my favorite chapter is The Midnight Flower. :)

The characters are likable and well developed. Miss Clare is good in describing her characters. Clary is one tough chick. If I was the one who can see creatures I'm not supposed to see, I'd totally freak out! And then we have Jace, the lovable Jace. Girls are swooning over him. Not the girls from the book okay! I think it's because of how Jace's personality was introduced in the book. Quite arrogant but still lovable.

The reason why I have mixed feelings on this one is because of the story building. The whole concept is good but some parts are irrelevant in my opinion. The twists about the characters, hmm not great. Surprising yes, but I think they totally ruined the reader's imagination. I don't know. It's quite hard to explain. In Filipino, if you read a good twist you'd say, "Aaah, kaya pala ganun!" but a bad one would be "Nyeh ano kaya yun!?". I'm out of my mind.

Reading City of Bones was like a roller coaster ride. It has it's ups and downs, twists and turns. I guess it was still an enjoyable ride. :)

♥ xoxo, Edil ♥

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