Do you have a Kindle?

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Did you know that I lost my Kindle 3G last December? *sniffs*
Yeah. I did. =( I was on my way home, riding a van. I stopped reading (because the motion was giving me a headache) so I put my Kindle on my lap. It must’ve slipped and dropped on the van’s floor when I fell asleep. I only realized my Kindle’s missing the day after. I did not find it anywhere near Temple (the iPad), because they usually on top of each other when both are inside my laptop bag. *sad, sad sigh*

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I cried once during that night. I went hiatus on blogging and reading. I had my Kindle for two years and I just felt I got more than I paid for it. Imagine all the good times I had with him..! But I picked myself up in three days.

While I did not go shopping for a new bag, I braved the Amazon site… and bought another Kindle. Thank goodness I have money that time. And I bought the exact model and color. 😀 Well, I still have two leather covers (one with a light). It seemed like a waste to buy another model, then buying a new cover for the newer model. Besides, I thought Kindle 3G (or Keyboard) is sturdier than the new Kindle models released.

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Meet and Greet Ilium II!

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I decided to retain Ilium as the name of my Kindle. But since it’s my second one, I call him Ilium II. 😀 I’m using my green leather cover again, so in my mind, I did not lose my Kindle (I’m crazy, I know). It lessens the hurt, somehow. So I am a happy camper again!

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To my bookish friends who offered their heartfelt consolation (Haha) when I was grieving, Thank You. Only you guys can understand what I went through. Thinking about it, I lost a hundred of ebooks, right? Yeah, yeah. I hear ya. But really, thanks!

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So what’s my reaction when I finally had my hands on Ilium II? I felt like doing this.

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Book Review: Across the Universe #2: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

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Young Adult > Dystopia > Science Fiction

(Across the Universe #2)

It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. Everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship “Godspeed.”
But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He’s finally free to act on his vision–no more Phydus, no more lies.
When Elder learns shocking news about the ship, he and Amy must race to discover the truth behind life on “Godspeed.” They must work together to unlock a mystery that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier. Their success–or failure–will determine the fate of the 2,298 passengers who remain aboard “Godspeed.” But with each step, the journey becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and love between them more impossible to fight.
Beth Revis catapulted readers into the far reaches of space with her “New York Times “bestselling debut, “Across the Universe.” In “A Million Suns, ” Beth deepens the mystery with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: THEY HAVE TO GET OFF THIS SHIP.

Book 1: Across the Universe review

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…so, so much better than Across the Universe!

My ebook copy has 72 chapters. O_o It should’ve deterred me from pursuing A Million Suns, knowing I didn’t like AtU that much. But the chapters are really short, so it was breeze reading through it. End of chapter 1 was a shocker. I say, now we’re talking! End of chapter 2, a secret was revealed. And it went like that after every chapter..! For the lack of fluidity and quick pace from its predecessor, A Million Suns zoomed very, very fast!

I liked Amy better here. She’s very afraid, but she got to this guy’s face and threatened to kill him if he ever get near her or Victria again. And that’s acknowledging your fear but doing it anyway! And how her feelings towards Elder evolved into something more substantial? It was really nice. My eyebrows raised in the end though, when she was so keen on her hatred for Orion. Her rage was unreasonable, as compared to that guy who nearly damaged her. Really, Amy? You’re throwing a tantrum now over Orion, when Godspeed’s falling apart?

Elder raised the bars of being the Godspeed leader to be looked upon. But not without hardships and dissention. Everything was in chaos, even in his own heart, for he’s conflicted on how to save everyone on the ship without losing Amy. I liked him, really liked him in this installment. 😀

I was miffed at the constant tug-and-pull on the mystery angle. I had this feeling that maybe, the story was bound to get ridiculous..? I found a few inconsistencies that niggled my mind, and the ending was bland, but… *huffs* Whatever, man. I enjoyed the ride nonetheless.

A Million Suns was a vast improvement compared to AtU. For everything set in outer space, everything should be in rapid-fire to give that whirlwind exhiliration to readers. and I experienced that here. Thankfully, I experienced it. Let’s see how it goes in Shades of Earth!

#6 Dystopia Challenge 2013

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A MILLION SUNS by Beth Revis

Published January 10th 2012 by Razorbill

4.5/5 stars

Splurged: Les Miserables.. Take Two! (with Sweet Valley on the sides)

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Wow. I had a fantastic day! How about you? It’s only Thursday but I managed to feel accomplished at work before I go home. 🙂 Yes, I started a bit lazy (judging from my morning tweets), but my day wrapped up pretty well! Even if going home, I was stuck at the metro train for 45 minutes (because the train before us was having technical problems), I was fine. I just whipped up Temple the iPad and continue reading This Lullaby. And I even finished it before reaching our house. *fist pump*

But enough of that. January has passed and my book hoarding hasn’t stopped. Better I share it already, huh? 😉

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Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Luxe by Anna Godbersen

I ordered Rossi’s second book through Book Depository, but I bought a copy when I saw one at the local bookstore. Hee. Bray’s and Godbersen’s – I bought for $1 only. woot!

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Tall Story by Candy Gourlay
Sinner by Sharon Carter Rogers
Rafa: My Story by Rafael Nadal
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

My dear friend Veronica gave Tall Story to me (technically, it was not for me, but it’s free book! who am I to refuse?). Sinner I bought together with the Libba Bray book. I found Rafa on the bargain bucket of Book Depository! Naturally, I have to buy it. 😀 He’s my all-time favorite tennis player, duh.

Now, I bought another copy of Les Mis, and this time it’s the unabridged copy. I cannot resist! After wetting my eyes when I watched the movie, I have to buy it. Period.

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Channel X and Killer Party by Francine Pascal

Whenever I saw a Sweet Valley book on bargain, I always buy it. Heck, it was so expensive for me back when I was in high school. Now, it barely cost a dollar (P39)! Yeah, I collect them. I get nostalgic when I see SV covers. It brings back memories of the time when YA was unknown here in Manila, and all I could get hands on are a handful of the Wakefield twins. 😀 Good times!


So which books have you read? Can you recommend them?

Cheers!