August Rush

singing his heart out

ramsey’s favorite song: twinkle, twinkle little star!

every time we sing it to him, he sings along! he doesn’t just hum, he sings it with a tune! we are really impressed. five stars for my baby 🙂

bummer i did not catch him singing on video. 😦

nowadays, he sing along with the tv commercials. anne curtis’ palmolive commercial. colgate ‘brush brush brush!’ ad. and lucky me’s ‘nam-nam’ commercial with Vhong, Luis, Billy, and John Lloyd.

he really enjoys those jingles!

during the mass yday, he stops playing when he hears the choir sing, then he sings too. 🙂

so adorable.

ramsey, next time, let’s do a rock n’ roll number, alright? 😉


Book Review: Guild Hunter #1: Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh

Rating: StarStarStarStar


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.

***** ***** *****

Love. Happiness. Joy. What did any of that matter when the flip side was murderous rage, blood-soaked anarchy?

i admit it. i have a thing about angels. blame it on the frustration i have from the Hush, Hush and Fallen series. After reading Unearthly (and i couldn’t stop gushing about it), i crave for more angel stuff from YA.

well, let me tell you about Angels’ Blood. it is not YA. and it is not about goody-two-shoes angels (archangels, no less) that i grew up imagining them to be.

Even when i was already halfway through the book, i couldn’t get past the concept of archangels with vampires as slaves. i just couldn’t past it. but i read on.


Angels and vampires live among humans.

Archangels rule specific parts of the world. Raphael, for instance, has New York as his domain. Archangels are a race of immortals, and not descendants from God. They are ruthless, cruel, and has no regard with human lives.

Archangels have the discretion who will be ‘Made’ into vampires. There is a waiting list and you have to be compatible, otherwise your request to be Made will be denied.

Hunters like Elena doesn’t necessarily kill vampires. They hunt vamps who ran away from their Makers/Masters (the archangels), bag them, tag them, then bring them back to their Masters. This reminded me of Evie from Paranormalcy.

Elena was summoned by Raphael to hunt not a vamp, but an archangel. Elena is hunter-born, scenting vamps is her specialty. but scenting an archangel? no way.

the charged electricity between Elena and Raphael intervenes with her doing her job. not to mention her being scared out of her wits of Raphael.

Even if the concept of vamps made by angels is new to me, i really liked this book.


She has a death wish. this heroine is hardcore! there was this scene when a vamp wanted to taste her (erm, have sex is more like it), and instead of just saying no, she slit his throat then she ran. 😀 i loved her witty remarks, her constant denial to Raphael, and her tendency to protect her family even if they (her father, specifically) disowned her for choosing Hunting as her profession. There are many who wanted her dead. Dmitri. Michaela. Venom. Riker. even Raphael. what does she says about that? Get in line! lol


despite his cruel streak and and an iron fist to rule New York, i liked him. more so when he’s beginning to show a little humanity. all things he did (and didn’t do) have a purpose. like Elena said, he doesn’t torture someone just for the sake of torturing them.

Ilium and Jason:

these angels intrigue me! i want them more in the next books! Ilium the blue-winged angel. Jason the midnight-black-winged angel, sigh… can someone slap me back to reality?

first half of the book was all seduction and sex. c’mon, Nalini, am i here to read just about sex??? (uhm, maybe?) *big evil grin*

second half was all about bloodbath. and mutilation. and sex. 😐 well the bloodbath and mutilation reminded me of Dexter so i love it!

fave scene:

Raphael is into the Quiet state. Elena realizes he is not himself. Raphael still sex personified but detached. Elena realizes he’s going to kill her, so she did what is needed. she protected herself. BANG! so who’s immortal now, huh? 😉


this book is a pretty good start for a series. as Raphael would put it, “i’m ready to f*ck you into oblivion.’

He watched over her for the rest of her days, knowing she no longer knew him. Is that love?

Don’t you know?

I’ve seen love defined a thousand ways over the centuries. There is no constant.



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Book Review: Strange Angels #3: Jealousy by Lily St. Crow

Rating: Star


It’s a good thing Dru Anderson is fast. Because the sucker chasing her isn’t slowing down—and he won’t rest until he has tasted her blood and silenced her heart . . .Dru’s best friend, Graves, and her strange and handsome savior, Christophe, are ready to help her take on the ultimate evil. But will their battle for Dru’s heart get in the way of her survival?

***** ***** *****

i decided to read this series because in book one, Dru was described as a chick who does not submit to anyone. well, if there’s one criteria that i look for in a book, it’s a strong heroine. Dru seemed like one. i was so wrong!!!

Dru evolved into a whiny, UNself-sufficient babe in book three. WTH? where did punk-ass Dru went? did she died and the author replaced her with a mumbling-bumbling bimbo who cannot decide which boy she really wants? for someone who grew up with training for chasing and killing monsters, Dru cannot figure out a way to stop the vamp who’s hell bent on killing her. i was like, huh? maybe her mind was befuddled with guy issues 😐 yeah, right. *snorts*

the only thing that made me salvage my opinion for this series is the Dru-Ana face off in the gym. this is not an ordinary catfight. Svetocha vs Svetocha. FINALLY. for one who’s hoping for some heart-stopping action since page 1, i was rubbing my hands with anticipation when i reached this scene. sadly, it is the only note-worthy chapter in this horrible book.

this is the first book series i read where the story and plot rapidly dwindles and snuffs out like a candle flame with every book released.

will i read book 4? for christophe’s sake, yes. but i have a feeling Team Graves has something to celebrate by the end of this series.



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”