Synopsis: When Coraline explores her new home, she steps through a door and into another house just like her own - except that things aren’t quite as they seem. There’s another mother and another father in this house and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. Coraline must use all of her wits and every ounce of courage in order to save herself and return home… but will she escape and will life ever be the same again?

Elsewhere in this collection, a sinister jack-in-the-box haunts the lives of all the children who ever owned it, a stray cat does nightly battle to protect his adopted family, and a boy raised in a graveyard confronts the much more troubled world of the living. From the scary to the whimsical, the fantastical to the humorous, Coraline and Other Stories is a journey into the the dark, magical world of Neil Gaiman. -  Goodreads

Review: I’ve seen the movie and I didn’t have any idea that it came from a book! When I learned that it did, I immediately sought out the book and read it. I was in awe. It was haunting and beautiful at the same time. You can never outgrow this even if it is categorized in the children’s book section. It is an easy light read and there are no boring moments. It just took me a long time to finish this read because I needed to put it aside to study for my exams. I finished reading this yesterday and I was really scared. The ending of this book screams creepy, creepy, creepy. I would want to spoil some parts but I think it’s best not to. I hope you’ll read this, it’s really worth your time. ;)



At an unspecificied time in the future everyone turning sixteen is given a surgery to become “pretty”. Tally Youngblood is a young woman, counting down the days to the procedure which despite being extremely intensive is considered worth it for a life of luxury and decadence among her peers. She’s waiting to be reunited with her best friend and enjoy the life of being pretty together.

That is until she met Shay, a girl who shared her birth date and who puzzled Tally because unlike her, Shay doesn’t want to become a Pretty like the others.

The story freely flowed and is an easy read to everyone. I was right then hooked up the moment I started reading the first chapters. I was fascinated by the absolute bizarre imagination of Scott Westerfeld. Being in his imagination made me think if this could be possible in the future. What I liked in the book was his precise description on about every detail in the story. I loved the characters he created, especially headstrong Shay and shy Peris, I also liked David and Croy.

I started reading this book last Saturday but stopped at Sunday and Monday because I had exams to study to, but because I was so curious on what will happen next, I closed my academic books to continue reading it. There was a time when my friends and I had an overnight study session, and instead of reading my lessons, I ended up reading a couple of chapters in this book. It was that captivating. I really had a great time reading Tally’s adventure.

I recommend this to all dystopian lover. ;) I can’t wait to read Pretties! (It’s the sequel to this novel)

Rating:  \m/

Why did I take up engineering???

This question never ceases to exist inside my mind whenever my subjects challenge me to the highest level. I know that the road I’ve chosen is hard, REALLY hard and I have always wondered why I have picked this path.

There were countless opportunities when I was about to enter college. I was accepted to take up nursing in this university I’m in and my father really wanted me to take up that course. When enrollment day came, he really tried to change up my mind. He told me how the nursing department had so much space while enrolling was taking place unlike in the crowded engineering department wherein hundreds of students were lined up. What made me stay? The over population of unemployed nursing student graduates discouraged me and so I refused to be one. BS in Biology was in the list of my interests because I was thinking I could become a doctor or a lawyer somehow. Fashion Designing was also one of my dream course, tourism and literature too. So many choices, so many what ifs, so many things to decide and think about.

So, why did I choose engineering? Why did I choose to be one of those sleep-deprived students, those stressed-with-no-social-life-when-exams-are-on people, those intelligent-species-in-school guys? My answer is quite simple. I wanted to become an engineer. You would probably think I’m stupid, but before I stepped into college, enrolled in this course, I never really knew what to expect. I didn’t have any idea that this course would be so full of mathematics, so full of calculations and analyzations. I wasn’t equipped with knowledge of these; what burned through my veins to conquer this endeavor was my strong desire to become an engineer, to finish what I’ve entered myself into, to never fail my parents and to prove to myself that I am capable of deciding things for myself.

This reason may not be enough to some people, but it’s enough for me to keep me moving forward. I may not finish on time but I will do my best to finish what I’ve started. I will become an engineer someday. I will make my parents proud of me. I will prove to myself that I chose the right path. I will succeed in this race and when that time comes, I will be proud of myself for the very first time.

If I Stay

Author: Gayle Forman

Overview: In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…

A sophisticated, layered, and heart-achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

Thoughts: Lugubrious. Heart wrenching. Saddening.

From the very beginning, when I started to read this book, I have little expectation. I heard from various people that this a really good book and I was convinced to put it on my to-read list. Not until the day before yesterday did I decided to finally read it. I was completely captivated by the aura of the book. It was an amazing read.

It was a heartfelt story of a young girl who suffers a coma after having a road accident with her family of whom which had all passed away leaving only her to survive. She experienced an out-of-body occurrence and had grasped all the views and feelings of those who cared for her well being. The thing that clutched my heart most was the way her grandfather (whom she calls Gramps) accepted if ever she decided to let go. She wasn’t really that close to Gramps but he was the one who somehow understood her most.

I love how Gayle pictured it all out to be wholesome. The relationship of Mia with her mom was enviable. I liked how the way she and her mom talk openly about relationships and stuffs that normal teenagers find too embarrassing to share to parents. In fact, I love everything about her family. They were open to each other and you can really see that they bonded. They were happy. :’)

Mia’s relationship to Alex was real. Real enough because it wasn’t just a joke to find them together. You could read through the words that they really worked their relationship out. Their major differences were put aside and were accepted because it was really love that they had felt for each other. Although I sometimes find it was superficial and too good to be true, I think that a relationship like that is possible.

The whole setting of the book just happened less than 24 hours, but in this short time frame, I got to know more of Mia’s life. She recalled every memorable thing that happened in her 17 years of living. I definitely cried when she found out (I found out) that Teddy, her brother, had also passed away. It was hard enough to take in that her parents are no longer living, but including Teddy in that circle was heart breaking. She had a deep bond with her brother and that relationship was beautiful.

I cried hard after I finished reading this novel, it was just impossible not to because all the feelings that this book has at the very beginning was summed up and heightened at the end. It was emotional but really beautiful. I recommend this to everyone.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

If there’s a 6th one, it would be 6 out of 5, haha.

Dear Reader, 

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing. 

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

I started to read this book last night after downloading an epub file format on the internet. I loved the movie based on this book way back 2004 and I was a tad interested in reading it. I finished it all the way down through the last page last night, I was up until 2 am and guess what, in the end of the book, I felt angry towards Count Olaf and his men. I loved how smart the Baudelaire orphans were and how they managed to trick their uncle. But as Mr. Lemony Snicket wrote, the book didn’t have a happy ending so I was quite torn. But then, it still has parts 2 to 12 so I think there’s more to be read. :)

It’s not just a child’s book, you can learn many things in it, increasing your vocabulary is a good start.

Good Evening!

The Selection

Author: Kiera Cass

Synopsis: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Review: I LOVE THIS BOOK! SUPER LOVE THIS BOOK! The cover is gorgeous and it just told me to pick it up and read it.

When I started reading it, I just can’t take away my eyes from it. I spent the entire day devouring every word till the very end. It was so beautiful; I can’t put to words how I felt about it.

I especially love the Maxon-America shipping. I hope that there will be more moments of them together on the sequel. The book was easy to read and really very good for those who are girly and loves to read from the YA genre.

There is just one thing that really bothered me, IT WAS SUCH A CLIFFHANGER!!! I can’t believe it ended like that, I want more! The 2nd book won’t be out until April and I can’t just wait!!!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Dear Reader,
If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick-witted, but their lives, I am sorry to say, are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched, and the one you are holding may be the worst of them all. If you haven’t got the stomach for a story that includes a hurricane, a signaling device, hungry leeches, cold cucumber soup, a horrible villain, and a doll named Pretty Penny, then this book will probably fill you with despair. I will continue to record these tragic tales, for that is what I do. You, however, should decide for yourself whether you can possibly endure this miserable story.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

After living with the cheerful Dr. Monty who was killed by Count Olaf in the the previous book, the Baudelaire orphans were sent to live with yet another relative, and this time, it was always-so-frightened Aunt Josephine. It’s pitiful to read another story of their ill-fated life but then, I love to go on because I’m curious on how the series will end. I’d like to find out if the orphans will have a happy life in the end, and if Count Olaf will be punished for all the bad things he did. I really hope that he will be punished, he deserves to be for all the horrible crimes he did. He’s just disgusting.

I’m on to the next book right now. I think I will finish this tomorrow, or if not, then the next day. :)

The best-est gift ever, and now my best-est friend :)

Ever since I was in grade school, I’ve been fond of reading books. My parents had bought me tons of it and I can still remember that whenever we went out to go to the mall, my day wouldn’t be perfect if I can’t take at least one book home. Growing up seeing my father with a book at hand influenced my reading habit. I was always curious on what he’s reading, not letting go of the book until he finishes it up. I admire my father’s ability to read books in just a short length of time, I admire the vocabulary he has and the depth of words he uses when he writes.

The most treasured books that my father gave to me was an hardbound storybook of Rapunzel, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears and Hansel and Gretel back when I was still in Grade 4. I loved those books, I remember reading it over and over again every night.

Ever since, my love for reading books just grew and grew. And up to now, I still have a lot of books I want to read. It’s just that there’s not enough time to read everything all at once.

Every time I finish reading a book and I loved its story, it would take time before I could overcome its essence. I would be trapped inside the book’s world and I would obsess over its characters. This thing happened when I finished reading The Hunger Games Trilogy. My 2012 summer was completely surrounded by my fascination of the trilogy. I even read the novels twice! I became so obsessed with it, my friends even thought I was nuts. Then came Heaven is for Real and The Fault in our Stars. Books complete my craving on having to travel far and wide. Books took me places I can’t even imagine.

Now that I own this piece of technology, I became very grateful that I was given this. Because of it, I no longer buy books. It helped me save a lot. So to my Mommy Jenny, I can’t thank you enough for me giving such a wonderful thing. I know this thank you is awfully late but at least, I did right? :)

Prom Special

I have always loved dressing up and having to go on a prom would be the best event to go on all out on formalities.

It’s February and we all know that it’s prom season and I’m probably late to post this but I just want to share to you guys what my ideas for dresses to wear to prom. :)

First to consider on deciding on what dress to wear is your body type. You should also determine what style you want and if you will be comfortable on wearing a certain dress. Lastly, don’t forget the budget you will be allotting for your dress. This isn’t the only thing you will have to get to go to prom. You still need shoes, accessories, nail care, hair and make up; so yeah, prom can be a bit pricey. But the memories you will be creating that night with your friends will be worth it all.

Here are the classic sweetheart cocktails.

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Looking for Alaska

This is but another book of John Green that I’ve finished reading today, October 23, 2012. It’s a story about a group of friends in a boarding school who, despite all their differences, got together because of one unpredictable girl, Alaska. It was fun reading through their lives with Miles’ perspective. A friend told me that this book wasn’t as good neither as appealing as the author’s The Fault in Our Stars, but I still read it even though. I can’t just not compare it with the book that has become one of my all time favorites, but nevertheless, I liked it.

I loved Miles’ character, he’s approachable, he’s easy to get along with, he’s intelligent and I find his love for last words remarkable. I pitied him though because I felt and knew that throughout the story, he really does have a deep affectionate feeling for Alaska. And it was sad that he didn’t have the chance to tell her to her face of those feelings he has.

I find Alaska’s character impulsive and reckless and impetuous. She is so spontaneous that one moment you get her, then the next, you don’t. She’s not the girl you will get to know on normal days. A girl like her takes moments before you discover who and what she really is. And I find myself admire her even though she’s got that flawed personality.

Chip aka The Colonel, has this indescribable vibe in him. I can’t quite point out what and why I like him, but I do. He is so farfetched from Miles that it’s a wonder how the two of them got along right away. But he’s a good friend, even though he always get in a lot trouble, he is still trustworthy to save your butt from harm. And he loves his mom so much; I just hope that he will get what he dreams for for her (even though I know it’s only fictional).

I finished this book in just a day and it was a good book, though it’s not that great like The Fault in our Stars. (I know, again with the comparing, sorry) I give this book a 4 out of 5, know why? Because even though that the lives of these group of friends center on how drunk they got, on how many pranks they did, on how many cigarettes they’ve burned, it’s nice to know that they stuck together till the end even though that one of them passed away. And even though it seemed like it was the end of the world, still they persevered to live and study and finish what they went to school for. One thing that lingers in my mind, the very thing that is implanted in me was the question Alaska had on her final paper for religion. It was “How will I ever get out of this labyrinth of suffering?” And I thought to myself, how would you? Would you do it like Alaska did? As straight and fast? Or would you do it the Miles way, by living in it and pretending that the labyrinth does not exist? 

Oh Little Butterfly...

Come fly little butterfly,
Don’t be afraid of the night.
Soon your worries will be gone fluttering by,
Soon your world will be bright.

Come fly little butterfly,
Be courageous and be sly.
The world won’t be good to you
So take advantage of those beautiful hue.

Come fly little butterfly,
Fix those wings and fly so high.
You are unique without a price.
Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Come fly little butterfly,
Through the rainbow and through the sky.
Not long after will all those problems be gone
So enjoy your flight and have some fun. 

I did this poem a while ago DURING our exam. I can’t think of anything to answer anymore and this butterfly thing had just been circling in my head for weeks. So finally I decided to put it down on paper. And to let you know, the exam was hemorrhaging! T_T I wouldn’t be surprised if I failed that. :’(

I watched this film just this Tuesday and I was like, “Why did I just watched it NOW?” It was a great movie! I loved the story and the characters, ZAC EFRON is so hot there! :>

The ending of the movie was heart warming. I’d love to watch it over again. I can’t get enough of Zac Efron eh. HEHEHE

Good Evening!