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My day job involves the graveyard shift, stethoscopes, and Ativan. Self professed dork. Jewelry designer. Geek chic. One of my earliest memories as a child was staying up late getting myself lost in the pages of a kid's encyclopedia set, I've been bit by the bookworm ever since.

Currently reading

The Basic Eight
Daniel Handler
The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
The Eyre Affair
Jasper Fforde
How They Met, and Other Stories
David Levithan
LoveSick
Jake Coburn
Before I Fall
Lauren Oliver
Beautiful Darkness
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School
Alexandra Robbins
Invisibility
Andrea Cremer, David Levithan
The Rules for Disappearing
Ashley Elston
Icon of the Indecisive - Mina V. Esguerra An epic sweeping end to a fantastical tale of contemporary romance. Mina V. Esguerra deftly ties all loose ends, answers burning questions, and reveal the intricate rules behind a world of college kids and Philippine myths. She gives her headstrong heroine, Hannah with what could only be described as a uniquely satisfying sendoff (Team Quin!), leaving us readers happy and fulfilled. Lesson learned perhaps best said by our resident Sun God / college heartthrob -- Life is short.Best to spend it reading books you love and getting swept into a feel good / heart happy story.
The Elite - Kiera Cass Surprisingly fast paced, but half of the time America's fickle attitude was getting annoying. It wasnt until towards tge end of the book when a few twists were revealed that protagonist redeem herself that as I found myself as reader rooting for her again.
Double Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Story - Ally Carter Lovely crossover novel between Ally Carter's characters... loved the fact that Hale keeps reiterating that he's "engaged" or "spoken for."Video review coming soon!
Queen of the Clueless (Interim Goddess of Love, #2) - Mina V. Esguerra The second installment to author Mina V. Esguerra's Interim Goddess of Love! Having discovered the first book and enjoyed it immensely I was very excited to read this book. The appealing charm of how Ms. Esguerra writes a heartfelt romantic tale set in modern day Manila is what draws me to the plot in this second book. Here Hannah Maquiling has gotten off a successful "project" as the Interim Goddess of Love, and while she's getting the hang of it.. she still tends to be rash and not to confident of her acquired powers. She fumbles in her interactions with the the three guys in her life -- Quin, the impossibly stoic God of the Sun, the proactive and troublemaker Diego (also conveniently God of the Sea) and mortal Robbie who might actually perfect had she not continuously compare him to Quin. For a goddess and still technically a mortal, Hannah shines as the heroine that you find yourself rooting for. When Hannah makes it her mission to help her bestfriend Sol, the stakes are set higher as she might be putting herself in danger. New characters are introduced in this fantasy love story -- Neil, Sol's convincingly persuasive yet suspicious rebound boyfriend and Denise Cabral, a young history professor in Hannah's college who Quin seems protective about. I actually have a theory of who Denise Cabral really is, and because something about her characterization feels like she's just temporarily a mortal.I'm still left so curious as to whether she will end up with Quin (if the fates and Bathala will allow it?) and what was the old argument between Quin and Diego?You end up craving for the third and last installment, Icon of the Indecisive, just to get all the questions the ending of this book leaves you.
Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher An utterly poignant look at teenage suicide that is both a haunting eulogy and a compelling young adult cautionary tale.
The El Bimbo Variations - Adam David, Josel Nicolas Discovered this after being nostalgic for Eraserheads songs, fueled by having just watched The Reunion, a movie filled EHead songs produced by Star Cinema. Undoubtedly my most loved EHeads song is Ang Huling El Bimbo - from the first line "Kamuhka mo si Paraluman, nung tayo'y bata pa."This is the line that author Adam David chooses to base his variations, a literary gem of different perspectives and styles. Amongst my favorites were Reductive, Doubtful, Different Generation, SpecFic, and Tabloid News Clipping.
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan A love story penned for bibliophiles alike...
The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin In this equally thrilling second installment to the Mara Dyer series, we find ourselves questioning sanity as much as Mara does through out the book... is she crazy, or really bad shitty creepy things really happening?More on my video review -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SW0yubkEsJI