Thursday, October 31, 2013

[Wrap-Up] October 2013


Book Junkie Joint is already a year old!

Would you believe it? I've been doing this book blogger/book reviewer for a year now! I feel... old! haha! I've certainly come a long way from when I just started blogging about books. I've met more people and connected with a lot of authors! I feel insanely awesome!

Anyways, what have I been up to in the month of October?

Monday, October 28, 2013

[Book Review] Zen and Sex

Zen and Sex
Author: Dermot Davis
Date Published: February 9, 2013
Publisher: Expression Unleashed Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor, Comedy

Links:
Goodreads // Amazon

Book Info:
Martin is a content twenty-four year old single guy whose peace is disturbed when he receives a wedding invitation from his ex-girlfriend with whom he still pines for. 
Does he go? 
He considers that if he doesn't go to the wedding, he will be perceived as a sadsack loser. If he goes alone he'll be perceived as an even worse loser.
However, if he attends the wedding with a drop-dead gorgeous bombshell who looks like she's crazy about him, then it's his ex-girlfriend that's going to look like the loser. 
Problem is he's not dating a drop-dead gorgeous bombshell. 
He's got three weeks. 
After many disastrous online initiated dates, he finally does get to meet a gorgeous bombshell who agrees to attend the wedding with him. 
Problem is, not only is she fourteen years his senior, but she's all about putting Zen into relationship, which involves every guy's worst nightmare: talking about your feelings, being conscious of your thoughts and above all, unabashed, honest communication at all times. 
Martin has no idea what he is getting himself into and the sharp learning curve that's required of him when all he wants is sex and she wants Zen.
 Rating:
★★★

Thursday, October 24, 2013

[Filipino Reader Con] #PBD - Pinoy Book Drop Preparation!


The Pinoy Book Drop Activity is actually from Filipino Reader Con. The mechanics of the activity are simple, and you can read them HERE.

I decided to join the activity because it seemed like a great way to spread the love for the written word. So the other day, I prepared the books that I was going to give away for the book drop. I had to settle for two: Through Violet Eyes by Stephen Woodworth and My True Friends by Ramon Bautista.

Most of my books are actually kept at home and I only had a handful with me in the apartment so I could only give away two books. I have yet to read the other books in the apartment so I couldn't give them away.



Monday, October 21, 2013

Blogoversary Giveaway Winner!


And the winner of Volumes 1 - 3 of My Midnight: The Graphic Novel for Book Junkie Joint's First Blogoversary is... *dun* *dun* *dun* *drum roll*

ROXANNE G!

Congratulations, Roxanne! YOU ARE AWESOME!!

If I'm not mistaken, this is her second time winning a giveaway from Book Junkie Joint/Book Junkie Blog Tours, which is proof that the more entries you earn at the Rafflecopter, the more chances you have of winning!


DISCLAIMER: This giveaway is is no way affiliated with Facebok, Twitter or Blogger. The prizes up for grabs are in no way connected with the publisher Precious Pages Corporation. I purchased the books on my own.


[Book Review] Freak of Nature

Freak of Nature
Author: Julia Crane
Date Published: February 2, 2013
Publisher: Valknut Press
Genre: New Adult, Sci-Fi, Contemporary Romance

Links:

Book Info:
Donate Body to Science. Check. 
When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was. 
Kaitlyn finds an unlikely ally in Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds.
Rating:
★★

Friday, October 18, 2013

[Linking Up] Feature and Follow #36



What are some of your favorite magazines?


Otakuzine! Hands down! I'm not really into magazines but I previously collected Otakuzine to feed my Anime Addiction and of course, I read the occasional FHM. Hee.


[Filipino Friday] Kids and Books


What were your favorite books as a kid? 
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett! It was one of the very first books I've ever read. (The others being Arthur S. Maxwell's Ten Volume of Bible Stories. I also loved reading the Replica Series by Marilyn Kaye. Those were my first taste of Middle-Grade Sci-Fi. And then of course, there's Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving and my several books of Buffy the Vampire Slayer written by different authors. Hee.

Do you still read children’s books? 
Yes! I just recently finished reading and reviewing Guardians of Tradition, and I have a six-year old little brother so I still read children's books. In fact, my brother has been bugging me to buy new children's books. Haha!

If you would give a book to your younger self, what would it be?
I'd give my younger self The Perks of a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, along with the message that says, "It's okay to be different. You don't have to conform to how everybody else acts. The people who matter will still love you for who you are." (Which translates to: it's okay being a boyish nerd. haha!)


Thursday, October 17, 2013

[Personal Update] First Blogoversary Giveaway!


The second part of Book Junkie Joint's First Blogoversary Celebration is a Giveaway! 

Don't forget to follow Book Junkie Joint via Bloglovin!
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I'm giving away Volume 1 to 3 of My Midnight: The Graphic Novel written by Ron Mendoza and illustrated by Randy Valiente! The same graphic novel is based on the PHR Gothic Romance My Midnight by Camilla.


DISCLAIMER:
This giveaway is is no way affiliated with Facebok, Twitter or Blogger. The prizes up for grabs are in no way connected with the publisher Precious Pages Corporation. I purchased the books on my own.


Earn entries below!



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

[Blog Tour - Book Review] Guardians of Tradition


Guardians of Tradition (2012, Adarna House)
By Mae Astrid TobiasRommel E. Joson (Illustrator), Renato S. Rastrollo (Photographer)


Links: 

Book Info:
Who are the indigenous and folk artists of the Philippines? Guardians of Tradition is full of facts about 11 of Philippine master weavers, folk musicians, performing artists, mat weavers and metal smiths whose talents and skills have earned them the title Manlilikha ng Bayan. Designed to help children recognize native Filipino ingenuity and creativity, the book includes fun activities to promote appreciation for culture and arts. Guardians of Tradition has a fun and colorful design that appeals to young readers.
For the duration of the Guardians of Tradition Blog Tour, Guardians of Tradition is available at discounted price at the Adarna showroom in Scout Torillo corner Scout Fernandez Streets, Barangay Sacred Heart, Quezon City 1103 Philippines (Trunkline: (632) 352-6765, Fax: (632) 352-6765 local 125, Email Address: adarnahouse@adarna.com.ph) 
For international readers and Filipinos abroad, an ebook version is coming soon. To order paperback copies online, visit http://adarna.com.ph/authors/mae-astrid-tobias.html
Rating:
★★★

Review:
Fascinating, colorful and educational!

I've always been fascinated by art in whatever form. Although I use words as my main tool for expression, I've also been dabbling in paints and brushes. Basically, I don't really care if it's something as mundane as photographs or as weird as surrealist pieces. When it comes to art, the most important thing is to express. And when it comes to indigenous art, part of our responsibility as the new generation is to preserve it. In Guardians of Tradition, it's obvious that this was one of the goals of author Mae Astrid Tobias when she worked on the book -- something which I really applaud her for doing. I mean, just looking at the book, I could tell that much work and time was put into it.

In Guardians of Tradition, the reader is introduced to the different indigenous folk artists in the Philippines through Kiko and Banog, a cute little boy and his friend Eagle. The book combined the rich tradition of a colorful country with modern caricature as it introduced the "Manlilikha ng Bayan" -- a title bestowed to the master weavers, folk musicians, performing artists, mat weavers and metal smiths who are instrumental in preserving indigenous arts in the Philippines.

I really appreciate the attention that was given to each Manlilikha ng Bayan. Aside from art lessons, this book included history lessons as well, but it kept everything short that it wasn't boring to read at all. Also, the pictures in the book and the caricatures of Kiko and Banog were eye-catching, which is perfect for children readers. I also love the suggested activities that were perfect for toddlers, especially ones with artistic inclinations! The activities were related to the indigenous arts that were depicted in the book, yet they were simple enough for children.

I was most especially drawn to Federico Caballero, one of the Manlilikha ng Bayan featured in the book, because he's from my province! He can chant ten epics in Kiniray-a, a dialect from the Philippines. I was kind of hoping that a short part of a Kiniray-a epic was included in the book so that I could read it, too. According to the book, Kiniray-a is a language that is no longer spoken, but the truth is from where I reside, we speak Kiniray-a. Of course, we don't speak the old version of the dialect as it has since evolved, but I believe that the unique characteristics and tone of Kiniray-a were preserved. In fact, in Iloilo, it's very easy for people to tell if someone is speaking Kiniray-a because of its distinct sound and intonation. 

All in all, I really love reading Guardians of Tradition. I love its pages, its contents and even the cute tour guides (Kiko and Banog) who played a part in engaging the reader. Not only does Guardians of Tradition share information about art, in a way it also spreads love for the Filipino culture and appreciation for indigenous arts.

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Author Bio:
MAE ASTRID TOBIAS (1979-2009) was a Palanca-award winning author of children's books. In addition to Guardians of Tradition, her books include Blue Bananas (Crucible), Bayong ng Kuting (Lampara Books), My Forest Friends (Haribon), Bakawan (Adarna Books) and two books retelling the Ifugao traditional chant, hudhud. These are Halikpon: A Retelling of an Ancient Ifugao Chant and Pumbakhayon: An Origin Myth of the Ifugao Hudhud. Both are finalists for children’s literature and best design in the 2006 National Book Awards of the Manila Critics Circle.

She also spent several years in the field of children’s television. She served as the Manila Bureau Manager of Kabataan News Network, a project of UNICEF and Probe Media Foundation that trains young people nationwide how to produce their own broadcast quality documentaries. She also also wrote episodes for children shows like Sirit!, and ABS-CBN and Eskuwela ng Bayan, as well as worked for Philippine Junior Inquirer and Shell Foundation. She was a member of Kuwentista ng mga Tsikiting (KUTING), an organization of Filipino writers for children.

Illustrator Bio: 
ROMMEL JOSON is a painter and an illustrator. He graduated magna cum laude and College Valedictorian from the University of Philippines College of Fine Arts. He was also a Merit Scholar and a recipient of the Dean's Awards for Visual Awards from the Ateneo de Manila University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. He worked in the advertising industry for several years before devoting his time fully to painting and illustration. He has received awards and citations for painting, illustration, comics, and design from various organizations such as the Philippine Board of Books for Young People (Honorable Mention), the Shell National Art Competition (3rd Place Oil/Acrylic Category), the Neil Gaiman/Fully Booked Graphic Fiction Competition (3rd Place in the Graphic Fiction category), the Adobo Design Awards (Silver) and the Philippine Araw Awards (Silver in Art Direction) and the Metrobank Art and Design Excellence Competition (Semifinalist in Oil). He is currently an active member of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK).

Photographer Bio: 
RENATO S. RASTROLLO, is a photographer, graphic artist, book and exhibit designer. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Advertising from the Philippine Women’s University. With over 25 years of experience in the field of documentary photography, his works have appeared in national and international publications. Presently, he is a culture and arts officer at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

[Personal Update] 1st Blogoversary Freebie!


Book Junkie Joint is already a year old!

To celebrate this momentous occasion, I'm giving away a short story for FREE on Smashwords from October 15 to October 17, 2013!

She Caught Me
Author: DR Lee
Date Published: October 13, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Book Info:
Short Story; 10,400 words 
Melissa Castillo has had enough of hiding her feelings for her best friend Samuel Torres. They've been best friends for far too long, and she has been in love with him ever since forever! It also doesn't help that Sam is a big tease. He always drops an innuendo or two when they're together, but doesn't really act on it. 
Now that College graduation is just around the corner, Melissa finally convinced herself to push her inhibitions aside. She hatches a plan to reveal everything she felt for him without actually telling him!

Remember, this is for a limited time only!

GO GRAB YOUR FREE EBOOK COPY NOW!!

LINK


Oh, and do watch out for the upcoming Blogoversary Giveaway!



For Book Junkie Joint's First Bloversary Giveaway, I'm giving out Volume 1 to 3 of  My Midnight: the Graphic Novel written by Ron Mendoza and illustrated by Randy Valiente, along with a bookmark!

I still have to deal with my academic responsibilities at the moment so the details for the giveaway will be announced later. Please stay tuned to Book Junkie Joint for further announcements!


Sunday, October 13, 2013

[Blog Tour - Book Spotlight + Giveaway] Guardians of Tradition


Guardians of Tradition (2012, Adarna House)
By Mae Astrid Tobias, Rommel E. Joson (Illustrator), Renato S. Rastrollo (Photographer)


Links: 

Book Info:
Who are the indigenous and folk artists of the Philippines? Guardians of Tradition is full of facts about 11 of Philippine master weavers, folk musicians, performing artists, mat weavers and metal smiths whose talents and skills have earned them the title Manlilikha ng Bayan. Designed to help children recognize native Filipino ingenuity and creativity, the book includes fun activities to promote appreciation for culture and arts. Guardians of Tradition has a fun and colorful design that appeals to young readers.

For the duration of the Guardians of Tradition Blog Tour, Guardians of Tradition is available at discounted price at the Adarna showroom in Scout Torillo corner Scout Fernandez Streets, Barangay Sacred Heart, Quezon City 1103 Philippines (Trunkline: (632) 352-6765, Fax: (632) 352-6765 local 125, Email Address: adarnahouse@adarna.com.ph) 
For international readers and Filipinos abroad, an ebook version is coming soon. To order paperback copies online, visit http://adarna.com.ph/authors/mae-astrid-tobias.html

EXCERPT:

What is the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan?

Filipinos are very artistic people. All over the county, you find people who love to sing, dance, paint, write, play musical instruments, and create the most beautiful things the way their forebears have taught them. There are also special people who spend their entire lives making sure that these traditional arts are not forgotten.

The Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan was created in 1992 through Republic Act No. 7355 in order to let the whole Philippines know about these people and their art. (p. 4)

Uwang Ahadas, Maestro of Yakan Music



Uwang Ahadas always wears a pair of dark glasses. He lost his eyesight when he was only five. But he does not let his disability keep him from becoming a master of Yakan music. 

Together with his siblings, he learned to play different instruments like the gabbang and the agung. The instrument called the kwintangan kayu is supposed to be played by women only, but Ahadas broke this tradition and learned how to play this.

Ahadas wants children to learn to play instruments while they are young because their hands and wrists are still flexible. He teaches them by showing them his techniques.

Even when working in the fields, the Yakans play their musical instruments. One of these instruments is the gabbang. Small children play it to shoo away animals from planted crops. It looks like a xylophone, but it is made of five bamboo slats.

Another instrument is the kwintangan kayu which is made of five wooden logs hung horizontally under a tree near a ricefield. It is played to make the rice plants grow faster.

Suggested activity:

Blind people have keener senses of touch, sound, taste, and scent. Try to find out how it feels to be blind by getting a handkerchief and covering your eyes. Notice the sounds, smells, textures, and taste of the things around you.

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Author Bio:

MAE ASTRID TOBIAS (1979-2009) was a Palanca-award winning author of children's books. In addition to Guardians of Tradition, her books include Blue Bananas (Crucible), Bayong ng Kuting (Lampara Books), My Forest Friends (Haribon), Bakawan (Adarna Books) and two books retelling the Ifugao traditional chant, hudhud. These are Halikpon: A Retelling of an Ancient Ifugao Chant and Pumbakhayon: An Origin Myth of the Ifugao Hudhud. Both are finalists for children’s literature and best design in the 2006 National Book Awards of the Manila Critics Circle.

She also spent several years in the field of children’s television. She served as the Manila Bureau Manager of Kabataan News Network, a project of UNICEF and Probe Media Foundation that trains young people nationwide how to produce their own broadcast quality documentaries. She also also wrote episodes for children shows like Sirit!, and ABS-CBN and Eskuwela ng Bayan, as well as worked for Philippine Junior Inquirer and Shell Foundation. She was a member of Kuwentista ng mga Tsikiting (KUTING), an organization of Filipino writers for children.

Illustrator Bio:

ROMMEL JOSON is a painter and an illustrator. He graduated magna cum laude and College Valedictorian from the University of Philippines College of Fine Arts. He was also a Merit Scholar and a recipient of the Dean's Awards for Visual Awards from the Ateneo de Manila University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. He worked in the advertising industry for several years before devoting his time fully to painting and illustration. He has received awards and citations for painting, illustration, comics, and design from various organizations such as the Philippine Board of Books for Young People (Honorable Mention), the Shell National Art Competition (3rd Place Oil/Acrylic Category), the Neil Gaiman/Fully Booked Graphic Fiction Competition (3rd Place in the Graphic Fiction category), the Adobo Design Awards (Silver) and the Philippine Araw Awards (Silver in Art Direction) and the Metrobank Art and Design Excellence Competition (Semifinalist in Oil). He is currently an active member of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK).

Photographer Bio:

RENATO S. RASTROLLO, is a photographer, graphic artist, book and exhibit designer. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Advertising from the Philippine Women’s University. With over 25 years of experience in the field of documentary photography, his works have appeared in national and international publications. Presently, he is a culture and arts officer at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.


Friday, October 11, 2013

[Linking Up] Feature and Follow #35


Feature your own favorite blogger!

Can I have more than one? I have a lot of blogger friends and they are all awesome~!

Erleen @ Books For YA
Procrastinator Extraordinaire
Twitter : @crestfallenme
Short Bio :
Erleen is a 20 year old Filipina who loves to spend her time inside the fictional world, hang out with her favorite fictional character and flirting with her book boyfriends.

Athena Clare @ The Book Junkie
Demigod in Training
Twitter : @clairevoyant
Short Bio :
I am a dog lover, a frustrated baker and aspiring writer. I believe in fairies and unicorns, nuts about greek mythology, and wish to receive my letter from Hogwarts one day.

Josephine @ Cinderella Stories
The Cinderella Who Loves to Read
Short Bio :
Twitter : @jholitonjua
Short Bio :
Josephine is a graduate of Agribusiness Management from the University of the Philippines Los BaƱos  (UPLB). Because of her love and interest in reading and writing, she also took up Effective Business Communication Course from the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) and then eventually took a masters degree on Development Communication at the UP Open University (UPOU). She learned how to read at the age of four and has been in love with it ever since.

Lynai @ It's a Wonderful Bookworld
The Girl Who Sleeps on Books
Twitter : @lynaism
Short Bio :
Lawyer, teacher, wife to my first ever boyfriend, and a struggling hands-on mom to Ikay. Books are my Turkish delights.

Kai @ Amaterasu Reads
Twitter : @amaterasureads
Short Bio :
YA Book Blogger, a fervent lover of books and stories. Otaku. Japanophiliac.

Alyssa @ Diary of a Book Maniac
Hardcore Fangirl and Insomniac Bookworm 
Twitter : @operativealyssa
Short Bio :
I'm Alyssa. I love to read and collect books--it's my hobby! A very expensive one. ;) I rate higher on nerdy and geek scale than on social scale. If not reading books, I read fanfics--anime fanfics mostly. I have a thing for yin & yang pairings and I'm a hopeless romantic at heart.

Prime @ The Gypsy Gals
Chief Adventuress
Twitter : @gypsyprime
Short Bio :
Prime is a Southeast Asia based journalist, travel blogger and solo female traveler who helps Pinays overcome their fears and craft their own journeys. She now lives in Vietnam where she continues to inspire women all over the world through her blog.


[Filipino Friday] What Species of Book Reader Are You?





Based on this infographic by Laura E. Kelly,  What Species of Book Reader Are You? 

I belong under the class of Book Lovers, under the Family of Compulsives, under the genus of Book Cherishers, and finally I am under the specie of The Book Worshipper

I treat books like trophies, displaying them proudly on shelves to admire for years, showcasing my beautiful collection of literature!

I may also belong under the Family of Free Range where I am under the specie of The Electic.

I read Haruki Murakami and Michael Connelly. Have a great time with the Swedes and are especially fond of a South African author who is just breaking through.

What is amazing about the book reader infograph by Laura Kelly is that it's accurate!

So then, 
What Species of Book Reader Are You? 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

[Book Review - Series] Delirium, Agony, Ecstacy

Debt Collector Series
Author: Susan Kaye Quinn
Genre: Sci-fi, Cyberpunk, Dystopia
Series Set Links:  Amazon // Barnes & Noble


Delirium (Part 1)
Goodreads // Amazon // Barnes & Noble

Book Info:
What's your life worth on the open market? 
A debt collector can tell you precisely. 
Lirium plays the part of the grim reaper well, with his dark trenchcoat, jackboots, and the black marks on his soul that every debt collector carries. He's just in it for his cut, the ten percent of the life energy he collects before he transfers it on to the high potentials, the people who will make the world a better place with their brains, their work, and their lives. That hit of life energy, a bottle of vodka, and a visit from one of Madam Anastazja's sex workers keep him alive, stable, and mostly sane... until he collects again. But when his recovery ritual is disrupted by a sex worker who isn't what she seems, he has to choose between doing an illegal hit for a girl whose story has more holes than his soul or facing the bottle alone--a dark pit he's not sure he'll be able to climb out of again.
Rating:
★★★

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

[Book Review] A Really Awesome Mess

A Really Awesome Mess
Author: Trish Cook, Brendan Halpin
Date Published: July 23, 2013
Publisher: Egmont USA
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Links:
Goodreads
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Book Information:
Two teenagers. Two very bumpy roads taken that lead to Heartland Academy. 
Justin was just having fun, but when his dad walked in on him with a girl in a very compromising position, Justin's summer took a quick turn for the worse. His parents' divorce put Justin on rocky mental ground, and after a handful of Tylenol lands him in the hospital, he has really hit rock bottom. 
Emmy never felt like part of her family. She was adopted from China. Her parents and sister tower over her and look like they came out of a Ralph Lauren catalog-- and Emmy definitely doesn't. After a scandalous photo of Emmy leads to vicious rumors around school, she threatens the boy who started it all on Facebook. 
Justin and Emmy arrive at Heartland Academy, a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues, damaged souls with little patience for authority. But along the way they will find a ragtag group of teens who are just as broken, stubborn, and full of sarcasm as themselves. In the end, they might even call each other friends. 
A funny, sad, and remarkable story, A Really Awesome Mess is a journey of friendship and self-discovery that teen readers will surely sign up for.


Rating:
★★★

Monday, October 7, 2013

[Book Review] Lingerie Wars

Lingerie Wars (Invertary 1)
Author: Janet Elizabeth Henderson
Date Published: June 14, 2013
Publisher: Janet Elizabeth Henderson
Source: ARC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit

Links:
Goodreads
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Book Information:
Englishman Lake Benson loaned his life savings to his dippy sister so that she could buy a shop. It was a big mistake. His sister has been steadily flushing his money down the drain – and now he wants it back. Years in the special forces taught Lake that if you want a job done, do it yourself. So he steps in to make the shop profitable, sell it and get his money back. The only problem is, the business is an underwear shop. And all Lake knows about underwear can be summed up in how fast he can unsnap a bra. To make matters worse, the tiny highland town already has a lingerie shop. A successful one, run by an ex-lingerie model. A very gorgeous ex-lingerie model, who’s distracting him from his mission more than he’d like to admit. If Lake wants to get his savings back, and get out of Scotland, he only has one option – wipe out the competition.

Kirsty Campbell has spent years rebuilding her life after she woke up in hospital in Spain to find her body scarred, and her ex-fiance had run off with all her money. The last thing she needs is a cocky, English soldier-boy trying to ruin all she has left. Her home town is only too happy to help her fight the latest English invasion, although Lake is beginning to sway them with his sex appeal and cut price knickers. With the help of her mother, and the retired ladies of Knit or Die, Kirsty sets about making sure that her shop is the last one standing in Invertary.
 
It’s Scotland versus England as you’ve never seen it before. It’s lingerie war.

Rating:
★★★

Saturday, October 5, 2013

[AU - Anime] Blood Lad


AU stands for Alternate Universe, which could also mean "alternate reality". AU depicts an entirely different reality than the canon or official universe where a character in a book or movie lives or exists. Example: Canon - Harry Potter is a wizard studying in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; AU - Harry Potter is an ordinary teenager with a knack for science, and is studying at the Michigan Institute of Technology.

The objective of AU is simple: blog about something other than books for at least once a month. It could be about movies, food, fashion, TV shows, etc., just as long as it's not about books. 

The following are the reasons why I decided to include a non-book post in this blog:
  1. The world is vast, and there is a need to get acquainted with other things, too.
  2. Information-sharing.
  3. Outlet for inner geek. Hee.
For the first AU post, I'm featuring the anime series Blood Lad!

Blood lad is a 10-episode anime series which aired from July 7, 2013 to September 8, 2013, so it's fairly new. It is based on a manga (Japanese comics) of the same title created by Yuuki Kodama.

It features the main characters Staz Charlie Blood, a noble-bloodied vampire, and Fuyumi Yanagi, a human girl who wanders off to the demon world.

I finished watching Blood Lad last September and was quite surprised by how quirky it was! I was expecting a dark sort of anime because it featured vampires and demons, but surprisingly, it was really funny, heartwarming and insane!

For me, the best thing about blood lad is Staz, because he isn't a typical vampire. He's one of the territory bosses of the East Demon World so he's strong but that's just the tip of the iceberg in his strength. He's a tyrant, he loves reading mangas, he loves playing computer games and he doesn't hunger for human blood. See?! He's just awesome!

The side-characters and their powers are awesome, too! Plus, the intersecting lives are really colorful. A bit of warning though, this anime is a little ecchi. After all, it features anime girls with big boobs, and frequently shows panty-shots. Nothing majorly scandalous, though. *winks*

The only downside I found with this anime is that it only has 10 episodes, which is too short to really have any major arc in it. I was hoping for more episodes, but alas, I do not control the world. Also, the ending was really hanging that I was a bit disappointed. *hoping for Season 2*


Friday, October 4, 2013

[Linking Up] Feature & Follow #34


What book (or TV show or movie) have you not read that seemingly everyone else has?

I'd have to go with Divergent by Veronica Roth. I'm not really sure though because I haven't been paying attention to the books that other people have been reading. LOL. But I'm planning on reading it one of these days. 


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

[Personal Update] Happy 1st Blogoversary, Book Junkie Joint!

Book Junkie Joint's first lay-out.
I can't believe that it's already been a year since I started this blog! How fast time flies~!

I was thinking of having a blogoversary giveaway but had no time to arrange it last September because of the many things I had to do. Plus, I have to prepare for a trip to Manila on the 5th of October for our Bar Operations to support this year's bar exam takers. Whew~!

But!! I *might* hold one giveaway within this month. I still have to gather the prizes and prepare a swag bag. I wonder what I'll give away. Hmmm... =)

Anyways, I'm really thankful to the people I've met online through this blog, and to the people who shared my love for books and reading. Thank you so much for making my life a little more colorful~!


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