Sunday, May 31, 2015

Stacking The Shelves #25 (5 Months' Worth of Books)

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Where you can post all the books that you're adding to your shelves each week.
Inspired by TST IMMs' posts



After a year and a half it seems, I'm inspired enough to write about all my new books hehehe.
I can't believe it! I'm slowly but surely coming back to blogging and it feels amazing!!

Now for my books...
I haven't been able to get ahold of much physical books lately but I've been one-clicking the hell of some others! I can't help myself, especially when eBooks deals are concerned.
Here's a list of -most- of the books I've gotten this year.
Hopefully next post will be all about weekly new additions if I'm blessed enough to get to buy new books weekly that is lol >_<

The number of ->  show my rating on the book.

Here's what will be stacking my shelves this week
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Phyisical
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 
(Thank you NAT!!)

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
(Thank you Bella!!)

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones (5/5) 
Fifth Grave Past The Light by Darynda Jones (5/5)
(Thanks Elena!!!)
Both books were AMAZING reads!

-Cover Reveal- Immortalis by Leah Lozano


Hallo my beautiful people!
I'm here to introduce you to a brand new cover and book!!

Hope you give it a try!!


*** As she struggles to deal with the loss of the only family she has ever known, twenty-year-old Lina’s strange visions catapult her into the midst of a war on the other end of the universe. Torn between two men—the unnamed midnight-eyed man, who exists solely in her visions and Archos, her ever-present neighbor who makes her intuition scream danger despite his gentlemanly ways—Lina must save herself from a rebel force who believes she is the dangerous answer to their prophecies, find the truth of her own origins and inner strength, and battle epic forces of evil while facing a terrifying realization ...

HE  IS  COMING

Begin the epic fantasy series, Immortalis and be enlightened!

Mysterious and sensational, dangerous yet exciting, Leah Lozano’s spine-tingling fantasy takes readers on a spellbinding ride that they will never want to end. ***



Stalk the author!

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Wish To Be Reading... #2

Another Friday, another wishful read.

This time I'm in a really paranormal/urban fantasy romance kind of mood. I'm a moody reader I'm craving (rather strongly) anything that contains mythical/magical creatures and steamy romance scenes here and there...

While I own some of the books in the series, I don't own them all and haven't been able to continue reading them... I stopped at book 5.
I'm in need of a reread to fall in love all over again with the captivating characters of Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series.

But! I WISH I would've already done that and caught up so I could read...


First of all, the COVER is so completely gorgeous! I love cool yet at the same time dark colored book covers.
Second, after what happened in the previous 2 books I can't even fathom how the author will come up with yet more torture for my booknerd feels.

**Book description might contain spoilers from the previous books, if you haven't read them yet I STRONGLY suggest you skip this part.**

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Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans.

Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he'll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed. No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.

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What already released book do you wish you could be reading right now?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Book Releases, May 26th

Here are some of the books that are releasing this week!!!



The Illusion Of Annabella by Jessica Sorensen

Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler (Cannot wait for this one!)

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han

Charmed (The Witch Hunter #2) by Michelle Krys

The Cage (The Cage #1) by Megan Shepherd

The Tenderness of Thieves by Donna Freitas  (Want this one!!!)


Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider


Kissing in America by Margo Rabb  (NEED THIS ONE!!! Seems like everyone is praising it already.)

Anything Could Happen by Will Walton

Ultraviolet by Jessica Sorensen [Favorite cover, author, I mean, book covers ;) ]
This one is being released in short novellas. This is the first "Episode".

The Other Man by R.K. Lilley

21 Stolen Kisses by Lauren Blakely


UPDATE

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry (One of my favorite authors!!! Ahhh!! Can't wait to get my hands on this one!)


Until next time my beautiful people!!
-Alba

Friday, May 22, 2015

Wish To Be Reading...

This is what I wish I could be reading this friday...



After reading a lot of Colleen Hoover's books I cannot for the life of me accept the fact that I haven't even been able to snag this book so I can add it to my shelves... AND read it.

But well, that's how $$ is haha.

Anyway.
If you've been lucky enough to get it or even read it I send my dark envy aura your way, you lucky son/daughters of cloud.

I'll leave you guys with the book description.
Happy Friday!

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Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn't expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.


For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can't seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…


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Get the book! -_- before me


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

I love reading! Do you? -BookPics Is Curious-

I never really thought bad things, really really bad things could happen to such good people.

Not that this "bad" thing is anything new. But I always thought that something would give, you know? Like, life would be a little easier, friends would be easier to come by, money would be much more reachable. And a lot more.

But now, my mom's been sick since fall last year and I thought it would somewhat change me, change me and my aversion to socialize, change me and my fear of new things, change me and my low self esteem, change me and my struggling to make decisions, change me and a whole family.
The only thing so far that's really changed is my mom, I've seen her grow slowly and constantly and without a pause, weaker. Her family abandoning her and my dad's family being there when I thought they wouldn't really.

I've seen my dad get years older in a matter of months, both my sisters and I live in denial. And my relationship with God take a nosedive. Not that I blame God, I blame me for a lot of stuff, sometimes even for my mom's bad days.

No, she hasn't cancer but yes it is a common illness here in my country.
She's in need of a transplant but we don't have any sort of waiting list or donors list whatsoever.
Good treatment is eating up a lot of $$$ because the public/free kind of treatment would only help her get worse.
No my sisters and I won't be able to donate because doctors say we're too young and my mom and dad refused the thought without us even able to offer. But offer we did, beg we did.

There are some really good days when we will all forget my mom's condition.
Then, there's the bad days, when I feel like building up walls around me is the best thing I can do, I'm almost 25 but when she gets so down even my dad can't be of much help I feel like I'm only 5 and I need my mom back.
The one who always would bicker with me back and forth, the one who would sneak up on my bed in the middle of the night to stay up talking with me because she couldn't sleep and didn't want to wake up dad.
The one who fought me and my sister when we decided we wanted to go abroad to study.
The one who was so strong she would carry every burden of each and every member of her family if she could.

I want her back.
I know it'll be a hard and maybe even long road.
We are in desperate need of a kidney.
I would have never thought such a tiny or tiny organs would have such a huge part in one's health.
She has had to refrain herself from eating so many things it's completely ridiculous and sad for her.
If there's one thing my mom has always enjoyed? Food!
Specially the saucy hot type. If it had tomatoes my mom would definitely be taking a huge bite out of it.
But now that's poison to her. Literally.

I know it won't change overnight.
But, there's been some good things.
I've learned a lot.

I now know what true love is like, looks like... How it interacts, how it treats, how it touches, how it sees, hears, strokes, how it is simply there, no questions asked.
My dad loves my mom so much even I can feel it over me. My mom loves my dad so much I can't help but infected along with it.
I see it every single day now. Even more so than before.
They never say it to each other, they're shy that way.
But whenever my dad cooks for her, when he lets her sleep in, when she cooks for him, when her eyes search and search for him inside an overcrowded room just to find him already looking at her.

I'm happy and sad.
I'm helpless but hopeful.
I'm empty but full.
I'm the same but changed.
I still believe in God.
I still strongly believe that love is the greatest weapon of all.
After all, God is love and love is God.

But if you have a family member sick, ill, or suffering from one condition or another. Now I can relate better than ever.
Maybe you don't believe that things will get better. Maybe you do.

But I just want you all to remember.
We are not alone.
You are definitely not alone.
Your pain can be heard, can be seen, can be smelled and even touched.
Having faith isn't bad. Disappointment isn't wrong.
Hopefulness isn't a weakness.
Smiling is possible.

There's always tomorrow. There's always a minute from now. You never know...

I love my family. I can't tell you how much more appreciative of it I've become.
I love the friends I've made through the blogging/reading/kpop community. I don't regret all the time I spent writing reviews or reading books... It relaxed me, it made me breathe a little easier.

I know I've come back and back again trying to find some semblance of normalcy between real life and the internet but I wasn't able to, haven't been able to yet.
I tried coming up with reviews for the amazing books I've been able to read this year but I just couldn't even make myself pick up my laptop.
I've tried new things and at least one of them stuck with me.

But I just cannot for the life of me give up on this blog.
I can't.
It's been my sanity more times than I can count.
It's been with me since I gathered enough courage to put my thoughts out there for everyone and anyone to see.
2011...

We've come a long way, BookPics and I.
I thought it was all over a month ago.
I thought I would officially delete the blog, the facebook page and also delete all friends and authors from all the other social media. I felt like I would just somehow someway bring them down with how things were going in my family.
I felt so alone.

But now, I just can't.
I love books, I love reading, I authors. I'm thankful. I'm so freaking thankful is laughable!
If I were to recognize an author strolling outside my house I'd freaking attack-hug him/her.
And this is where I get to interact with them. My blog, social media. The internet.

I still have dreams of changing my scared and fearful persona. I still have faith in me.
I hope some of you get to read this.

I'll try to come back.
Slowly maybe, but surely.

I can't wait to tell you about all the reading I've done! All the new authors I've stumbled upon! All the pictures I've taken! All the music I've listened to! All the makeup shenanigans I've learned! All the amazing support my BookAngels have been!

So I don't have as much $$ to spend on books as before... still. I need to find a way.
I will find a way.

And even if most of you won't read this. I'll still just continue.
Because I took it for granted before.
But not anymore.
This tiny thing is mine!
All of this! I did it!
My space, my words, my fangirlingness!!!!
All mine!!

Love is everything you guys!!
I love reading!!
Do you?!