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Keep Calm Because I’m Back!


I probably should explain myself.

The past few years, I have been inactive in this blog. It is entirely because the password has been changed on both my blog and e-mail and I haven’t been able to retrieve it. Oddly enough, I have tried so hard to claim it back, but, alas, after few years of longing to blog again, I lost interest on creating a new one with the hope of retrieving this one back. Fortunately for me, I happily tried it again just recently and bam! it worked!

I ran through my e-mail as well after retrieving both, and I am disheartened to see that there were book review requests from different authors all around the planet which I was not able to read, reply on and review. Tons, may I just add. And I want to be able to get back to them. I will. One by one, delayed as it may be. I will do everything I can to fulfill the reviews they have long waited for.

I truly am sorry for not being responsive on those emails, you lovely authors. Truthfully, and shamefully as well, I am not a very tech-savvy person. Having my privacy touched by somebody else left me without a choice but to accept my defeat. However, that was all in the past. Suffice to say, I have learned from that mistake and never will I let that happen again.

So, starting today, I will be reviewing all the requests I received and make sure that they will all get the honest reviews these authors wished to get from my blog.

Thank you, whoever you are reading this, for holding on and for keeping updated on this blog.

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Cover Reveal: Taste by Kate Evangelista


Ms. Kate Evangelista e-mailed me about this cover reveal, asking me to do this favor. But honestly, with this beautiful cover, it feels like I am the one being done a favor. 🙂 Also, the plot seems interesting!

About the Book:
Publication Date: TBA
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Summary | Add to TBR
At Barinkoff Academy, there’s only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Yuri has other plans.
When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Yuri the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.
KATE EVANGELISTA
When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master’s courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she has four completed Young Adult novels. If you want to know more about this quirky writer who loves romance and fantasy and everything in between, click on the links above.

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Long or Short Reviews, What Do You Prefer?


[Image from ©Ali M. Abougazia’s DA page]

I happened to pass by on my co-Filipino Book Bloggers member’s blog, Chachic, and saw her post regarding the length of reviews reviewers make and I want to share what I think about it.

Like what she said, each bloggers has his or her own way of writing a review. And I have my own way as well. In my case, I make my reviews not too long because people, generally, I guess, doesn’t like reading really long reviews. I based it on myself. Like me before I went to book blogging, whenever I read reviews written by book bloggers, I skip the long ones and look for a shorter review because I only want to know the basic elements of the story and not know how the story really goes. Most of the reviews I’ve read in the past, the long ones I’m talking about, contains spoilers. And it takes away the thrill of my reading if from the beginning, I already know what’s really gonna happen.

I’m not saying that I’m already saying no to the possibility of me writing longer reviews. What I’m trying to say is that I, both as a reader and book blogger, prefer reviews long enough to explain the basic elements of the story, the description of the characters, and that expresses the emotion the book blogger felt while reading the book. Also, I prefer reviews which are spoiler-free, and I’d rather read reviews that talks not only about the books but talks about the blogger’s ideas as well about what else he/she thinks the author could’ve done to make the story more effective.

Reviewers sometimes forget to keep their reviews spoiler-free (and I also do forget it at times) and this is something, in my opinion, we should try to prevent.

Ab uno disce omnes,

Lee M. 🙂

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“We don’t want L.J. Smith to not be able to finish the series!”


AUTHOR’S NOTE: I didn’t write this post. It is originally posted here. I am just re-blogging this because I believe that everything which the post says is right, and I back them up on this one! AND I FREAKING LOVE LJ SMITH to let this happen to her!!!

One of my friends (who wants to remain anonymous) who consistently writes to L. J. Smith about The Vampire Diaries series recently wrote her a letter complimenting her on the book Midnight that was released in Australia. LJ’s response turned out to be way more than my friend ever thought it would be:

“Thank you for writing me such a beautiful, kind email. Yes, I think epic is the word for the love Elena and Damon have for each other in Midnight. I mean, she completely destroys a moon for his sake. I wrote a lot about Damon and Elena—and Bonnie and Damon, too—to show that Damon is finally discovering his deepest feelings. In the case of Elena, they amount to three simple words that makes Stefan think that Elena no longer loves him. He thinks that she simply wants to be with Damon now—and after all she does, it’s hard to blame him.

But authors don’t go free of consequences. This is still confidential, but In my case, the consequence is that I have been fired from writing the Vampire Diaries.

Midnight is the last book you will ever see by L. J. Smith in this series. I even wrote the next book, Phantom, for the book packagers and my publishers, HarperCollins, but

Instead of sending me edits, they sent me a letter addressed to the anonymous ghostwriter who will be taking over the Vampire Diaries series. Because I wrote about Damon and Elena’s love—and Damon’s feelings for Bonnie, too, no doubt—I have been dropped from the series.

You may wonder how they can go on writing books without me. It’s because when I was originally called by an agent to write the first trilogy, that agent was from a book packager (someone who puts together books and sells them to publishers) and what I wrote, I wrote “for hire.” Although I didn’t even know what that meant back in 1990, when I wrote the first books, I found out soon enough. It meant that even though I wrote the series, Alloy Entertainment (the book packager) owns the series. I own nothing. And Alloy and HarperCollins wanted me to write straight Stelena, and doubtless less about Bonnie, and I wouldn’t do it. I had to follow the characters and what they were telling me in my heart. But it was a very expensive and reckless thing to do. Book packagers like meek, obedient authors who do exactly as they are told. I’m not that way. And so now the rest of the Vampire Diaries series, however long it lasts, will be written by an anonymous ghostwriter, and not by me. I have fought and fought until even my agent wouldn’t back me. But Harper (the publisher) and Alloy are in perfect agreement. They think that you readers won’t be able to tell the difference, or won’t care. And since I wrote Phantom before they told me, that book may even sound a bit like my writing, because the ghostwriter can do anything she likes with it, all the while making every coming book strictly Stelena. I was told explicitly that I should have Elena realize that though she is fond of Damon her one true love is Stefan. I chose not to do that because it wasn’t what I felt in my heart. But that’s what the rest of the series will be because I won’t be around to say any differently.

I am very, very sad—sadder than I have ever been since my mother passed away—but there is absolutely nothing I can do. There will be no more Delena in the series—although Elena may be fond or physically attracted to Damon. I don’t know what it means for the Bamon faction. All I know is that I’m sad and hurt and horrified all at once.

By the way, don’t feel guilty because Delena moments were undoubtedly a big part of the reason I was fired. I simply wrote about Elena, and Bonnie, too, what I chose to write. And I can’t bring myself to regret writing Shadow Souls and Midnight, even though I’m desolated now.

Lisa

L. J. Smith”

We don’t want L.J. Smith to not be able to finish the series! This is not just about Damon and Elena or Bonnie or whatever other ships or character you love from these books but it is about a woman who has dedicated over 15 years of her life to this series. It is her baby! She should be able to finish the book the way she wants to. Let Harpers and Alloy know that you want L.J. Smith to finish the series by e-mailing them at: info@alloymarketing.com. Let them know you won’t be buying the books if there is a ghost writer involved. Let yourself be heard!

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Haven’t blogged in a week…


It’s been seven days since the last time I have posted something here in my blog. The past week has been very hectic for me. There were two projects that were due last week which I had to finish in an instant, I had to review for the midterms examinations, I had to take my midterms examinations, had fun and hanged out with some people, I was reading a book, I was writing my own book, and asking some authors if I can send them questions for the “Interview” segment of my blog.

So for those who’ve been wondering, those are just some of my reasons to why I wasn’t able to post anything in here for a week. But as soon as I’d be able to get out of my busy schedule, let’s keep in touch, okay?

~ LEE M.

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Hello readers!


Greetings!

I’m Lee M. and I love reading which is why I’ve decided to create a space on the internet dedicated to all the books I was able to read. I just started reading recently. Not recently recently, but recently as in months ago. I’d like to be able to share the feeling I’ve felt, the thoughts that went inside my head while reading the books I’ll feature. If ever this book blog will be successful (and I hope it will be), I’m planning to read more, blog more, and maybe share my love of reading by giving away some books that I was able to read… But that will be a little bit far from today. So, please support this newbie blog! Thanks!

~ Lee M.

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