Month of July Blog Hiatus Alert...

*le sigh*

Hello, my ever dynamic damsels. Today, I'll be talking about the details of the title of this post. As what the it says, hiatus. According to TheFreeDictionary ,

" A gap or interruption in space, time, or continuity; a break"

For me it means....



See, I don't want to leave reading. I don't want to freaking leave blogging. Hell, I'm still starting out with this blogging experience and so is my college experience. And the two aren't really compatible with each other. I swear, I'm turning mad cause it's been so long since I've read books. Young Adult books. It's literally killing me. But the month of July is very full packed with exams and other screw loosening activities of the Mass Communication Department (I'm taking up BA Journalism). Not to mention the preliminary exam of the school. So I decided grudgingly to pause all school unrelated things for the month of July. Let me just clarify this, THE HIATUS IS ONLY TEMPORARY. I don't want to leave all my pretty damsels alone for a long time. I love you all like how I love my unicorn fantasies.

I hope that by the time return to my blog, you'll still be there. I'll commence the non-hiatus period with a double review of the two books of the ah-mazing Chelsea Fine's Anew and Awry. Expect something worth laughing. Expect something with the Stressed Damsel Johanna's trademark.

Adios (for now) and don't start a chaos without me, okay? :D You can still connect with me in my Twitter. I assure you, I live there. You can still forward your comments, suggestions, har bloody har reactions or simple hellos via Twitter.

PS. Look at the labels. XD


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
So we meet again, my noble damsels. The last time I made my WoW it was a tad early, now it's kinda late. But no matter, I'm here and there's no changing that. XD College and traffic's a b*tch and so I am. I started my crazy "Goodreading" search for the WoW worthy books and hey, I thank my friends or more specifically the GR feed for making me notice these two books :) Onto the show...
All the Broken Pieces
 What if your life wasn’t your own? Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but she is?

 Putting aside the gorgeous cover, the synopsis pulled me in. Like harshly. I'm such a sucker for lost memories. Those amnesia factors of a certain book or TV series in our country really entice me like hell. It's probably because of my sick sense of humor, I really want to feel the poor heroine's helplessness. So heart-wrenching and pitiful *insert evil laughter* Anyways, since all of the books I've read from the Entangled Publishing blew me away like a knight swept me off my feet, I wanna give it a try. Entangled Publishing is indeed fresh and new but mind you, the titles they're offering are raw and very enjoyable. Or swoonable... *coughs*OBSIDIAN*coughs* Or lovable *coughs*TOUCH*coughs*  Expected publication will be December 11th this year. Let's make this an early Christmas present, shall we? ; )
There's an island off the coast of Maine that's not on any modern map. Shrouded in mist and protected by a deadly reef, Trespass Island is home to a community of people who guard the island and its secrets from outsiders. Seventeen-year-old Delia grew up in Kansas, but has come here in search of her family and answers to her questions: Why didn't her mother ever talk about Trespass Island? Why did she fear the open water? But Delia's not welcome and soon finds herself enmeshed in a frightening and supernatural world where ancient Greek symbols adorn the buildings and secret ceremonies take place on the beach at night. Sean Gunn, a handsome young lobsterman, befriends Delia and seems willing to risk his life to protect her. But it's Jax, the coldly elusive young man she meets at the water's edge, who finally makes Delia understand the real dangers of life on the island. Delia is going to have to fight to survive. Because there are monsters here. And no one ever leaves Trespass alive.
I was both weirded out and stunned by the cover. I can't decide if it deserves a two thumbs up or a two thumbs down. *shrugs* The title is interesting by the way and so is the blurb. I'm also in need of a mermaid or any water-related books and guys, let's just disregard the fact that I haven't read anything yet. Did I tell you college is a b*tch? I did?  Good. Now you know. Expected publication will be on February 12th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. I want to use this opportunity to ask one question...

If you already read OF POSEIDON by Anna Banks, is it worth reading? I mean really really worthy of my heaven forsaken time?   

                                                 Caps Lock and bold letters for emphasis.

Damsels and gentlemen, the title of the Immortal Rules Blood of Eden Series Book #2 was announced 2 hours ago in the Harlequin TEEN FB page. *drumrolls* Photo credits to Harlequin Teen.

                   "THE ETERNITY FOR CURE"

       It was also stated there that it will be out on May 2013.
                                        *cues party music*

                                                     Stormdancer (The Lotus War, #1)
                                                 Caps Lock and bold letters for emphasis.
Mister Jay Kristoff of the Stormdancer fame finally launched his official website. And personally, I think it was uber awesome I blew my head off screaming with the badassery and coolness of the website. DEFINITELY CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE EPICNESS TO THE NTH LEVEL OR ELSE SHE (look up,please) WILL CUT YOU. You can view his post in his Wordpress account, it explained more accurately than this and enter the giveaway that made my heart stop. Mister Kristoff, if ever you're reading this, you just made my dream come true. Just how awesome can you get?

PS. For Johanna's sake, answer the question about the Poseidon thingy in the comments section as well as link me up because I'm amazing and I adore you. Kidding! I wanna see your WoWs too, of course.

PSS. Law of Karma is applied in this blog. You follow me=I follow you. 

Stacking the Shelves (3) and an exciting book news!

Hi, my beloved damsels! I am so happy and excited to see you again. How's your weekend? Mine's very tiresome and energy-draining but it was expected. I had very little blogging and reading these days because of college so I have a very minimal report I can give you.

Blog activity overview for this week:

Review of Dearly,Departed by Lia Habel.
My Waiting on Wednesday entry. Check it out! I have 2 awesome books there.

Le books~
                                     Clicky the photos to add to your list via Goodreads.
Intangible    What A Boy Wants

What a Boy Needs  When the Sea is Rising Red
The Book of Blood and Shadow Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick
My own personal thoughts on my haul: Intangible was generously offered to me by the author J. Meyers for a review. It was my very first review request because as we all know, this is still a baby blog. I was jumping and squealing all over the place.  As for the two "What a Boy..." books, I've discovered them through Twitter because of Kathleen Peacock (Hemlock) and Nyrae Dawn, the author. I stalked her for a bit and I loved the synopsis and the boy POV of the books so I have them.  If any of you already read one of the books in my haul, tell me if it's a must-read.

A DARE TO ALL MY DAMSELS: Because I noticed that these books has very little reviews on Goodreads, I want to spread the awesome. Together, let's try reading Intangible ,What a Boy Wants and What a Boy Needs. Let's make a review, whether we love it or not. Just no flames in GR please.I've had enough that drama to last me a lifetime, thank you.  And then you can contact me through Twitter and gush all you want. If you hated it, you can send flames in my Twitter. If you love it, let's swoon. That simple.

We need to publicize worthy books and support author appreciation. Because it's deeds like these that we can be proud of calling ourselves bloggers.
The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1)                                                                                                                                                  You saw this hottie right! Iron Fey lovers far and wide, WE HAVE A PUBLICATION DATE!!! It was announced on the Iron Fey Facebook Page 16 hours ago (XD) that The Lost Prince, Call of the Forgotten #1 will be published on OCTOBER 23 2012. Excuse me for a minute as I scream my heart out.

1 minute after...

It's an exact 2 days and 1 year release after The Iron Knight. My pretty damsels, this calls for some faery wine and a countdown.
Cheers and long live the fae!

PS. Thank you for reading through that rambling if you did. Oh and also, the Law of Karma= You follow me, I follow you. :) Link me up in the comments section, I would love to see your hauls this week.

Waiting on Wednesday (2)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
Greetings, my lovely damsels! This will be an early post of WoW because I won't have time tomorrow since it's my second day in college. Anyways, today I'll be introducing the two books that caught my book eye while I was searching desperately in Goodreads for 2013 releases. Too long a wait when they're so freaking *squeals*

  In a desert land where serpents made of unbreakable glass fly through the sky and wolves made of only sand hunt within storms, Liyana is destined to be a vessel, to sacrifice herself so that her clan’s goddess can inhabit her body... but her goddess never comes.

Dude, I just had a COVERGASM after spotting this. I bet my little pony, that lady is Asian. And the rusty colors swirl so prettily they sparkle in my view. I would love to have that beauty grace my shelves.  The blurb is as interesting as the cover itself,  "serpents made of unbreakable glass fly through the sky and wolves made of only sand..." Talk about the impossibility of eradicating these creatures. Crossing my fingers that the protagonist will be badass. I wanna know how she can handle these. Oh, Goddesses of Badassery, this humble damsel begs of you to make the heroine fit her tastes. Here you can have her 0.001 % chance of having her knight in shining armor fall in love with her in exchange for that plea. XD Expected publication will be on  September 11th 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry. Ooooh, I really <3 McElderry books. The same publisher who brought Blood, Red, Road to my world. Eeeeppp! Speaking of which *winks* Click here to add this wonder via Goodreads.

Going Vintage
 The story of a girl figuring out the truths and illusions of life and love, both in the nostalgic past and in the very real now. Laugh-out-loud humor combines with a hint of romance in this delightful contemporary novel.
The cure for a broken heart? Go vintage and live like it’s 1962! Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, isn’t just cheating on her. He’s cheating with an online girlfriend. So Mallory decides to swear off boys and modern technology. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory decides to “go vintage” and return to a simpler time. She sets out to complete grandma’s list: run for pep club secretary, host a dinner party, sew a homecoming dress, find a steady, do something dangerous. The list proves to be trickier than it looks. Obviously finding a steady is out . . . no matter how intriguing she finds Oliver (er, Jeremy's cousin). But with the help of her sister, Mallory will finish the list and find peace. Somehow.
I need my contemporary fix so bad. Humor + Romance= Johanna's surrender. I GOTTA HAVE THIS! The cover is really a looker in the modern perspective. Past and the present rolled in one would turn out to be a very compelling combination. I just hope this book would pull this off. I don't want any disappointments or else, there'll be a lot of unladylike swearing that will ensue. Believe me, I swear like a pirate. My teachers could attest to that. Hahaha! The synopsis landed the book in my TBR. It's super interestin'~ And I have a soft spot for the name Mallory. I thought it was a boy name. Hmm... expected publication will be on  March 19th 2013 by Bloomsbury. Hope it's worth the long wait, fellas! Goodreads.

So those are my anticipated reads this Wednesday. Share me yours and link me up in the comments section. I'll drop by if I'm not too tired. I will do anything in my power to apply the Law of Karma, my lovely damsels.

PS. Still recruiting followers to be my damsels. Let us stress books together! 

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

Dearly Departed. by Lia HabelWARNING. Zombies ahead. *laughs*

Love can never die. 
Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?
In Dearly, Departed, romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.

Series: Gone With The Respiration #1
Published September 29th 2011 by Doubleday Children's Books

Dearly, Departed was my very first zombie (baby) read. And boy, I was not disappointed! It was one of the books that even if I was still reading the prologue, I already have the notion that I’m gonna rate it 5 stars a hundred stars. Original, soul-stirringly beautiful and heart-renderingly hilarious, Dearly, Departed made me look at zombies with new eyes.

*These eyes exactly*

It's not surprising because the author, Lia Habel (she's gorgeous, by the way), is a zombie advocate. It was an insta-cover love for me. I mean, dude, stare and be enthralled with that beauty. If you're not liking it, I'mma send a bad zombie horde to you this very moment XD. The inside was more beautiful. I laughed, I cried and I fell in love (not necessarily in that order) with zombies. I know, I know. You're probably screaming "JOHANNA, THEY'RE Z-O-M-B-I-E-S. HOW CAN WE LOVE THEM WHEN THEY'RE RIPPING OFF BODY PARTS?" but worry not. This book can change your views. I MEAN IT.

The world building is precise and flawless. It explains how the world became apocalyptic long time ago and how the Lazarus virus, the prion that makes zombies, affects humanity. Plus, the three things that are closest to my heart, Steampunk, Dystopian and Neo-Victorian era. Elegant dresses, neoclassic traditions and the somehow balanced figure of technology and refinement of the Victorian history are the major points in the book that gained those stars. 

Onto the characters..hmmm *rubs hand* Due to my absolutely endearing habit of wholly accepting good characters, I have made a love list.
  • Captain Abraham R. Griswold aka. Bram- A charming capable soldier that captured my heart, my soul and half of my body since I'm hesitant to touch decayed flesh. Humorous and gentlemanly, you have to watch out for him.
  • Nora Dearly- Kick-ass and a devoted friend, Nora's interaction with any zombies, good or bad, made me yell "GO NORA! GO!GO!GO!" She's very hilarious too and her rooftop scene had me going, "Woah. That is seriously awesome!" And Nora is also "special" Despite being a "royalty" Nora is not a snob and knows how to handle guns.Bram, honey, it's no wonder you're in love with this girl.
  • Pamela Roe- Nora's bestfriend and the zombie hunting Queen, I hated her at first because she was really whiny when Nora was kidnapped and started these depressive thoughts in her POV that had me shuddering. But when faced with the zombies and Michael (her I-thought-love interest) , she turned into a fighter and that's when I looked up to the lady.
  • Chas, Tom, Coalhouse and Ren- Bram's EPIC team. Chas was the makeover bestfriend and a "loving" girlfriend to Tom. Coalhouse was Tom's victim and I'm gonna quote a very funny scene between the two of them.
"You killed me! That’s not something you can ever apologize for!”
“Well, then, I’m not sorry.”
“You son of a—”
“Hey, you leave her out of this."
 Ren was the bookish -yeah, bookish- cultured zombie who loves machines more than girls. Got a question for him. 
*Hah! Answer that, Ren, answer that! XD*
  • Dr. Victor Dearly- Nora's dad and the fact that he was such a loving father is enough. He cares for everyone-well, anyone who's on his side- and is a brilliant doctor who discovered the Lazarus prion.
The romance between Nora and Bram followed the restraint of the era and the courtship is very sweet and touching. Your heart will definitely swell with awe-inspiring emotions from these two. There was this one heartbreaking scene that *sniffs* I won't spoil* sniffs* .You have to read it yourself. The acceptance of a zombie and human love is clearly disturbing but it was overshadowed by the fact that these two are really fascinated with each other. Not to mention they're in all ways compatible except for their alive and undead difference.

One thing I hated about the book is the multiple narration. Well, it's probably because I can't get enough of Bram's POV or whatever but I do believe it was the downfall of the novel. Good thing the plot was impressive enough so it was saved from the fires of Johanna's hate. 

Vastly entertaining and a must read, Dearly, Departed takes the lead of my very high standards if you want me to read a zombie book. Do know, I never watch those horrifying movies without 2 or 3 warm bodies around me. I am that awesome and cowardly : D

PS. If you're my Twitter follower and happened to read all my tweets regarding Dearly, Departed, you'll understand how I think this book is the greatest zombie book ever. And how I went crazy over Bram too. A zombie in my harem? Hah! That's unheard of, hm? ;) 
Zombie love and peace out, guys!

“Real ladies can give orders, real gentlemen can take them, and real zombies don’t eat brains.” 
“The fact that she made this beeline for me both warmed my soul and made me want to turn around, walk out the door, and find a cliff to fling myself off of.” 
 “I ran this through my "girl talk" translator and said, "I could eat him, if either of you'd like. Seems like it might be the easiest thing to do. -Bram to Nora & Pamela” 

Stacking the Shelves (2)

Hello, my dear damsels! I am so glad to see you again. How's your weekend? Well for me, it's a bit stressful and lots of fun because of the *drumrolls* ARMCHAIR BEA! Yup! Maybe some of you or most of you joined this amazing event. So onto the main events....

Blog activity overview for this week:

Phew! Now without further ado, let me present to you, my books.
         Clicky the photos to add to your list via Goodreads.
Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1) The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys, #1)

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

The Vampire of HighgateKeep Holding On 
Thief's Covenant (Widdershins Adventures, #1)

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy, #1)
My own personal thoughts on my haul: The first four ones are I considered old because I scoured all over for them while the rest are new. I want to give The Selection a shot. No, not a shot from a gun XD but maybe reading it couldn't hurt, right? I am willing to sacrifice a few brains cells. If it so much as kills one, I'm choking the life outta it. When You Were Mine was put ON HOLD. I'm excited to read the rest especially Shadow and Bone. 

What's your haul this week, damsels? Link me up in the comments section and I'll check it out! The Law of Karma applies in this blog. :)

PS. Law of Karma: You follow me, I follow you. Pweeeesssh? :">

Wrapping Up ArmchairBEA in every kinds of Awesome!

Photo credits to Ninareads

My very first time attending Armchair BEA and I'm at a loss for words. But then again, after spending a few minutes staring at an empty document, first things first.

I sincerely appreciate all your efforts and time to make this event full of fun, fun and fun! Kudos! For making all of this happen and for removing me from my emo corner after I saw those happy tweets about how them peeps  enjoying the BEA. Even if I had sleepless nights to catch up with our very different time zones, it was worth it after enriching my mind of all those tips and advice.

Commenting like crazy in different blogs, reading different voices in posts and appreciating more books made Armchair BEA a very memorable event. To the new friends/damsels and followers I made for sparing the time to read all my nonsense blabbing, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Woah, I really can't believe so many bloggers are there in the sphere and they are very amazing too! Very approachable and friendly but most of all their love for books lead them to the path of Armchair BEA. So very delighted to meet y'all.

And who would forget the Twitter parties? Heavens, my Twitter feed was a jumble of Armchair BEA mess that really entertained and enlightened me to no end. Those amazing bloggers made my everyday during this week.

Truthfully, this is the my most amazing and busiest week of my entire blogging existence. Hope to see you all again next year because I certainly wouldn't miss this for the world. And Minty wants to send her gratitude too!

*cues closing theme song Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson XD*

PS. Follow me, maybe? ; )

ArmchairBEA Day Five: Experts Say and The Future of Blogging

Hello, guys! So you mean this is the last day of Armchair BEA? *cries waterfalls* I didn't know! But I truly, irrevocably enjoyed and love the event and hopefully will still be attending. To all my new found peeps and all those encouraging comments, I thank you from my bottomless heart XD To the crazy Twitter parties and crazy blog commenting, kudos, for I will truly miss 'em all. I know I am very,very,very late for this entry and I would like to catch up.  The reason for my tardiness will not be divulge else I choke myself with excitement and worry. Anyways, the topic was 

Today's topic is Ask The Experts. In your post, ask the visitors to your blog for blogging advice. What did you always want to know about blogging but were afraid to ask? Now is the time!
I  got only two questions for you, my dear damsel. And I hope you'll spare a tiny bit of your time answering.                       

*cutie cutie eyes power on* 
*I knew this would help so...*

Same in the real life, there are instances that you'll make a wrong move or step on one's toes and then BOOM! Everything just explodes and you'll just find yourself thrown off the circle.

Surprisingly, believe it or not, I'm really,really shy when it comes to approaching long time bloggers and experts on the field of blogging. I feel insecure. Even though I sound brave and bold in my posts (really??!) I really am reluctant to reach out to them. For fear of rejection. So, will I just observe in the sidelines or I'll strike while the iron is hot? ; )

Two tips for all. I've been doing this since I've started blogging 2 months ago, don't laugh.

Triple check and triple think before you post. 
 Put yourself in other's shoes or heels or slippers...whatever.
Yes, this is not a very enriching post about the future of blogging and if you want a very precise and brilliant post go here. Now about my opinion, honestly, I have no idea about the future of my blogging. Or blogging in general. All I can envision is me sitting on a rocking chair, surrounded by my grandchildren and holding a kindle. Because kindles are suitable for grannys with bad eyes, hey! you can change the font size ; ) Kidding aside, I want to have a humongous library full of physical books. I want my lineage to pass it along for future generations. That is my dream. And if I could still blog even if I'm full of wrinkles and probably (Heavens! I hope not) blind, I would still do it. But considering the transition of technology, I think I can. I will read books as long as I live because when I was still  one year old, I was told that I'm already flipping through books. I think it's my destiny to appreciate its musty smell, its coarse papery feel (It's PAPER, DUH!?) and the countless magic of words embossed on its pages. And I do believe it's yours too.  I'm living in the present and apologies if this is off topic. :) 

So I guess that's all I can say about the two topic. I'll be waiting for your responses and link me up in the comments section so I can drop by your blog. Love and peace out, damsels!

PS. Hear ye! Hear ye! The kingdom of the Stressed Damsel Johanna is seeking for followers who are willing to hear her nonsense. 

ArmchairBEA Day Four: Beyond the Blog..Opportunities and All

So here we are, guys, with the Day Four of this uber awesome Armchair BEA and today we will be talking about any opportunities your blog has given you, aside from the free books and stuff. Well for me, there's almost nothing really I can tell because again this is a baby blog, born right smack the controversy that rocked the YA blogging world. *wink**wink**nudge**nudge*

Blogging for me is a prerequisite since I'm taking up Journalism for college (Oh, wait. That was a hint again to my age eh?) and that in itself is an opportunity. It harnesses my skills in communicating with the masses through the media. I'm not paid ever to write those reviews. Though I am wishing I was that capable. But the feeling of satisfaction after you press that Publish button after writing a rev for a book is incomparable. Whether it's a bad or a good review, the fact that you part with a little bit of yourself making it is already an accomplishment. Then the comments will appear and you'll go gaga over how happy you are and how endearing those people are for even reading your review. Meeting with fellow bloggers of the community in the net is an opportunity for you to convince yourself that you're not anti-social that you thought yourself you are. What the heck? But you get the idea, guys. Reading books, appreciating authors and interacting bloggers are the magical ingredients that made up this EPIC TO THE NTH DEGREE blogging experience. And the way I look at it, we will weather through the storms of change just fine. *raises glass* For the love of books and books of Love!
 Audience: Not very convincing, Johanna.

Thank you for reading my entry of the Day Four of Armchair BEA and I do fervently hope I stated my opinion on the topic clearly. If you didn't understand my rambling up there, well there's no return policy, right? XD Love and peace out, guys! 

PS. I just met you and this is crazy, but here's my blog, so follow me maybe? : D

ArmchairBEA Day Three: Let's Talk Networking...say what?!

For Day 3, we want you to share your positive experiences of using your blog to get involved in your community.  This can involve partnerships with the local literary scene, attending author events and signings, or getting together with bloggers in your area.  We want to hear it all!

I was really surprised with today's topic since this is only my third month of blogging, there's really little I can say. But because I have the tendency to tell everything, I'm gonna say my part, on or off topic. xD Now hold onto your seats, my lovely damsels, we're onto a very long and bumpy ride!

Blogging led me to meet awesome people. And I already mentioned one  in my Armchair BEA Day One post. This certain lady who is also a Filipina lives in Australia and I met her while I was flooding the Twitterverse with my constant swearing. I was reading Obsidian  that time. My tweet that said, "Asshole!!!" caught her attention and she asked me who was it. I told her it was Daemon Black, the hot guy of the book and then I started gushing out these phrases, urging her to read the book like immediately. Ate Lalaine then obliged, I don't know whether she was scared or just persuaded by my barely readable fangirl talk and then everything else was history. Twitter is my main magic medium of Networking followed by Blogger.
                                  My first author encounter
Our country, the Philippines, was seldom visited by authors from the US and if they do visit, they were only ushered in Manila. SO when I heard that Lauren Kate, the author of Fallen, was visiting my city, I beat all the odds and went to the signing. I collected her books, drawn by the gorgeous cover and I do believe it was the beginning of the elegant lady dresses cover era of the Young Adult genre. I brought my two books, (one missing because it was borrowed by my classmate) and my reluctant father to the mall and wore my "angelic" clothes. The wait was so suspenseful. I was constantly shifting in my seat. Then she walked in and it was poetry in motion. I was enamored by the statuesque woman walking towards the stage like a dream. And so was my father until I glared and threatened to call my mother, he stopped drooling staring.Hahaha. When it was the time for the audience to ask her questions, they froze entirely. See, we, people are really awkward. Until I braced myself, stood up and smiled at the organizer who thanked me. I was the first one to ask her a question. Can you believe that? I actually had the face to talk to her considering my anti-social skills. The question I asked was this, "Who inspired you to write Daniel?" OMG! It was lame, I know but my mind totally went blank and that was the only one I could utter. Lauren answered it charmingly and one by one, the others joined in to question her. I was so proud, my father was so proud and my invisible angel was so proud too. Fast forward to the signing, I boldly told her that I was the one she retweeted in Twitter. Now that was the lamest ever. She laughed and when I asked her if she's enjoying her stay, she answered me that she was loving the Philippines. *insert a silly grin* But of course, pictures!!! Who can forget them? Heh. 

              *My signed books* 

[Image removed due to the blogger's notoriety as an infamous criminal in hiding XD]
*Can somebody shout "awkward" at the top of their lungs please? :D*

There you have it! My boring and utterly awful  Armchair BEA entry for the topic Let's Talk Networking...(say what?!), what are yours? Link me up and I'll check em out!

PS. Needing followers to be my lovely damsels. I'll be sure to follow back. Just inform me in the comments section. Love and peace out, guys! 

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Hello my pretty damsels! This is my very first entry of this awesome meme. Today, I'll introduce two of the books I've been anticipating and if it's even possible, I would sacrifice my ovaries to snag an earlier copies of these babies. xD They all belonged to my  most favorite author of all time aside from Edgar Allan Poe, THE JULIE KAGAWA.So here they are...
The Iron Legends (The Iron Fey, #1.5, 3.5, 4.5)
The Iron Legends(The Iron Fey #1.5, 3.5, 4.5)by 

Summer, Winter, Iron.Together at last.
Dangerous faeries. Heartbreaking romance. Thrilling action and limitless adventure. The world of the fey has never been so powerful. This collection includes three novellas set in the world of The Iron Fey plus the expanded Guide to the Nevernever and exclusive information about Julie Kagawa's unforgettable world of Faery.

Everyone, let's admit it. Anything by JULIE KAGAWA is worth fighting for. Now that right up there is the main reason why sometimes I find myself rocking in my emo corner, pining for the date that EPICNESS up there will be published. Or will hit the shelves. Considering in our country, it takes months for Julie's books to come, the emo rocking is pretty reasonable, don't you think?  The final book that will finish up the first Iron Fey Series will surely cause an uproar in the YA blogging community. In a very good way. The expected publication will be on August 28th 2012 by Harlequin. People, start counting!

 The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten)
The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1)
Don't look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.
That is Ethan Chase's unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he's dare to fall for.
Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister's world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myths and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.
My name is Ethan Chase. And I may not live to see my eighteenth birthday. 

DO I NEED TO SAY MORE? DO I REALLY NEED TO SAY MORE? No way. What's the use of the very warm reception over there at Goodreads for Ethan then? If you want to know my reactions, click the picture and scroll down to be transported in the battlefields different views of the majority of the masses using the deadly power of gifs and all kinds of freaking out at Ethan Chase's coming. Now that sounded very dirtyyy..bad Johanna, bad. *wipes drool*
Now because I love you guys, I decided to grab the back cover and inner flap of THE LOST PRINCE from Julie's blog.  The same summary from up there, anyways. I just wanna trouble myself because I'm crazy  for Ethan. <== weak attempt of covering her sudden fangirling upon seeing the shirtless in all his glory. Y'all, I already marked my calendars and set my phone's alarm for the expected publication date on October 23rd 2012 by Harlequin Teen. Oh the horror and the agony of waiting! 
Now there you have it, my two most anticipated books this Wednesday. What are yours? Link me up in the comments section and I'll check it out!

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ArmchairBEA Day Two: Best of 2012

Today I will be highlighting the books I've read in 2012 that made an impression to me in the Young Adult genre. Like for example, it hit me in the gut because of its dark sorrow or sent me flying to paradise because of the hot guy in it.  It is in order and as for my highly anticipated books, I'll be featuring it tomorrow for my very first Waiting on Wednesday entry. So you can come back *puppy dog's eyes* and take a look at it. : )

Obsidian (Lux, #1)                                               
   Need I say more? I spent half of my life fangirling over Daemon Black and Katy Swartz's steamy relationship. I officially became a rabid fangirl. And yes, the author gained another stalker. Check out my review of this phenomenon here. You can't miss this.                                                                                                     


Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)                                             
Yes, damsels and knights, Under the Never Sky grabbed the second spot of my Best of 2012 because this fresh and futuristic dystopian novel rocks. Like seriously, everything in my world. My teddy, my pony, my socks, my fish and etc. Breathtaking. I know this is no excuse but unfortunately I didn't make a review of this  awesome yet. But you can clicky the picky for Goodreads. *grins*

Storm (Elemental, #1) 

Why oh why did I forget about Storm? Anyways, Storm bagged the second spot tied with Under the Never Sky.Because it was paradise. Specifically boy paradise. Again no review because I was probably too busy wiping my drool and nosebleeding to even write one. xD


Don't Breathe a Word
 This powerful novel bagged the third spot as it brought me to experience  how a runaway lives. And the suffocation brought by a sickness, emotionally and physically. Very moving and compelling, Don't Breathe A Word will take you to an unavoidable reality where security and over-protectiveness varies differently. No review again. *waves NO TO VIOLENCE! banner*

Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #1)
Dark and stunningly engrossing, The Masque of the Red Death, got an award for worldbuilding. Plus it's a retelling of Poe's book so, nuff said. Diseases as potent as fear and desperation were highlighted in this bleak and artistically gloomy book. A must read for Poe fans out there. My complete review here 


Hemlock (Hemlock, #1) 
The last but certainly not the least, Hemlock, is one of the book in the werewolf genre worth reading. Filled with suspense and built with a surprisingly unique plot, Hemlock will make you howl. xD No just kidding! Please read it. Even when it's angst-ridden, it will get better when you venture farther. Read my complete review here. If you dare. Mwahahaha!

Eherm...that laugh was certainly creepy. There you have it, my Top 5 Best of 2012 for the day two of #ArmchairBEA. Unfortunately, I can't hold a giveaway because I'm totally broke. Body, money and soul.

Thank you for reading through this torture post and for celebrating Day Two with me. Link me up and I'll be sure to check out your Best of 2012 too! Happy Armchair BEA to each and everyone!
Photo credits to Goodreads for the book covers and NinaReads for the Armchair BEA banner.
PS. Apologies for the super long spaces. I now know that blogger was my arch-nemesis in my past life. Don't worry, if it's any consolation, I'm still swearing here. ; ) 
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