Saturday, October 31, 2015

Blog Tour: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett + Giveaway

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
by Jenn Bennett
Publisher: Fewel & Friends
Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she's ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?

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Follow the The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett Blog Tour and don't miss anything! Click on the banner to see the tour schedule.

Jenn Bennett is an artist and RITA-nominated author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series (Kindling the Moon) and the Roaring Twenties romance series, including Bitter Spirits, which was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2014 and winner of RT Book Reviews Paranormal Romance Book of the Year, and Grave Phantoms—which was awarded RT's May Seal of Excellence for 2015. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, (akaNight Owls in the U.K.) is her first YA contemporary romance. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two evil pugs. Visit her at

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Books & Wanderlust

Traveling is one of the things that I strongly desire to do after graduation. To be honest, I have never been out of the country so that pretty much explains my serious case of wanderlust. I even have this small wooden journal where I listed every place I wanted to visit someday. I wish to go see every touristy and local destinations or perhaps just let my feet take me and discover the places for myself and along the way meet interesting people. The adrenaline from almost getting lost, excitement on finding the way back and probably a hundred other unpredictable experiences will be the most memorable things of the trip, the ones we least expect. ;)
Reading influenced my desire to travel and it made me feel as if I were really that moment. The adventure, the culture, the languages... are all fascinating. I've always wanted to create a travel/book post like this so I made a list of some of the books I've read that greatly fuel my wanderlust:

by Cassandra Clare
Release date: March 19th, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Margaret K. McElderry
                                                                     Destination: London

When I was reading the Infernal Devices I thought Blackfriars Bridge is only a fictional setting because of the genre (interestingly the name sounds like from a fantasy book too) then after reading the afterword of the author I found out that it is an actual place. The bridge has been an important place for the characters and I just think that it's really an awesome feeling what it's like to stand on the same spot where the writer imagined the characters were standing on. London is a mixture of old and new so wandering around the city would also be amazing (either with Will or Jem or BOTH, a girl can dream, right?) ;)

by Stephanie Perkins
Release date: December 2nd, 2010
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
    Destination: Paris

The picture above shows Shakespeare and Co., the antique bookstore across Notre Dame where Anna and St. Clair went. I remember that he also bought a book for Anna. Aww...For a book lover like me that is totally awesome St. Clair! 
What more can I say *happy sigh* it is Paris...totally a heaven for artists and the hopeful romantic.
Un jour bientôt Paris! Someday soon... :)

by Colleen Houck
Release date: August 11th, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press

Destination: Egypt 

Adventure in Egypt? Count me in! I've always been fascinated by history, mythology and mysteries so the book and setting is a no-brainer. A tour inside the pyramids (sans booby traps) and the beauty of the great sphinx would be an ideal and exciting experience.

by John Green
Release date: January 10th, 2012

Publisher: Dutton Books
Destination: Amsterdam

Last but not the least, a picturesque place worthy of instagram! Haha. A bittersweet place for every TFiOS fans out there. Gus and Hazel's stroll around Amsterdam made it a must-visit place for me. I think to personally wander around the place would be a feast for the eyes. I guess I would be torn between capturing as many pictures as possible or taking in my surroundings with my naked eyes.
A very lovely place

Have you visited any of this place or do you plan to? What other places base from books would you like to visit? Leave a comment with a link of your blog post if you also made a list of places base from books and I'll make sure to stop by your blog!

By the way, it's been a long while since the last time I posted here, I miss y'all and blogging. It's good to be back! :D

Friday, October 23, 2015

Blog Tour: Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall +Giveaway

Hi Sandy! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I live in New Jersey where I work as a full time author and a part time librarian. I love books, always have from the time I learned to read. I also enjoy marathoning TV shows, shopping, and recently I’ve gotten really into Broadway shows.

We here at Teen Readers' Diary are a huge fan of YA stories. Can you tell us what sets this story apart from the other books you've written?

This is only my second book, so it’s hard to make big sweeping statements, but to me the biggest difference is that A Little Something Different was written in first person from fourteen different points of view and Signs Point to Yes is written in third person with far fewer characters involved.

For you what's the hardest part about writing a book, the start or the ending? And why?

I’d have to say the start. No matter how much I brainstorm and plan, the first line of a book is so hard to get down on paper. Even when I acknowledge the fact that it can change. There’s just so much pressure to get it right and capture your audience from the beginning.

What are the most surprising things about publishing and being an author since your first book deal?

Probably that editorial letters are NOT terrifying. I think sometimes there’s this misconception that editors want to tear apart your work and steal your soul, but I have such a great editor. It’s so much fun to collaborate and work together to produce the best book possible.

Can you share some random things about you that people may be surprised to know?

I failed writing in college! It was an expository writing class, so not quite the same as creative writing, but still. It was a huge blow to my ego. I definitely never expected to be a published author after failing a class.

What's the best piece of advice can you give to aspiring authors?

Keep writing! Don’t give up!

What's next for Sandy Hall?

I’m working on a new book of course, but nothing official yet! And October is for planning with National Novel Writing Month just around the corner!

Signs Point to Yes 
by Sandy Hall 

Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: October 20th 2015
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
The author of A Little Something Different brings you the most adorkable romance ever.

Jane, a superstitious fangirl, takes an anonymous babysitting job to avoid an unpaid internship with her college-obsessed mom. The only problem? She’s babysitting the siblings of her childhood friend and new crush, Teo.

Teo doesn’t dislike Jane, but his best friend Ravi hates her, and is determined to keep them apart. So Teo’s pretty sure his plans for a peaceful summer are shot. His only hope is that his intermittent search for his birth father will finally pan out and he’ll find a new, less awkward home. Meanwhile, at Jane’s house, her sister Margo wants to come out as bisexual, but she’s terrified of how her parents will react.

In a summer filled with secrets and questions, even Jane’s Magic 8 ball can’t give them clear answers, but Signs Point to Yes.

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I’m a teen librarian from New Jersey where I was born and raised. I have a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. When I’m not writing, or teen librarian-ing, I enjoy reading, slot machines, marathoning TV shows, and long scrolls through Tumblr. A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT is my first novel.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Book Tour: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff+Giveaway(PH)

Hi everyone! Today I'm so happy to be a part of the book tour for Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I've got  an exclusive excerpt from the book below, so check it out and also there is a wide Philippine giveaway for the tour :)

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Pub. Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

 This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

 The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

 But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

 Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes. 

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We're giving away THREE (yes, three!) gorgeous and bigass finished copies of ILLUMINAE to Philippine residents!

Thank you to Random House Children's Books for sponsoring the giveaway!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Color Pop Fair at National Book Store(10/24/15)

Color Pop Fair at National Book Store

National Book Store, in partnership with Lifestyle Channel and SM Mall of Asia, will hold its first ever “Color Pop Fair” on October 24, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Main Mall Atrium, SM Mall of Asia. Admission is free for all events and workshops. Registration starts at 10 a.m.

Enjoy a Saturday of free, fun-filled coloring activities especially designed for adults who are artists-at-heart.  Learn basic adult coloring, shade selection, blending techniques, choosing the right coloring materials and other great coloring tips. Participate in the day-long art workshops. Choose from Zig Kuretake adult coloring demo by Iris Babao Uy, The Secret Techniques in Making your Coloring Look Professional by Alex M. Roxas, Mapedize your Bookmark – DIY Adult Coloring Bookmark, Creating Gradients with Chameleon Pens by June Digan, Sharpiefied Coloring with Carlo Arezza, Stabilo Adult Coloring Demo by Mark Dean Lim, The Art of Doodling and Stuff – A Create and Collaboration Workshop by Nelz Yumul, Coloring Tips from the Googly Gooeys by Tippy Go, Tips on Doodling and Adult Coloring by Kerby Rosanes, Marvy Uchida Basic Coloring Demonstration by Tepai Pascual, and many more.

All coloring sheets and materials will be provided. Plus! Get 20% off on all imported adult coloring books at the event only. Color your world and join the fun at National Book Store’s Color Pop Fair.

The event is made possible in partnership with Artline Stix, Colleen, Dong-A, Faber Castell, Marvy Uchida, Stabilo, Sharpie, and Zig Kuretake.

See posters or follow National Book Store on Facebook for more details. Shop online and buy eBooks at For reservations, call 8888-NBS (627) for calls within Metro Manila, 1-800-10-8888-NBS for calls outside Metro Manila, or text 0998-8888-NBS and 0917-8747-269. The National Book Store hotlines are open Mondays to Sundays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert). Tag #NBSColorPopFair to join the discussion.

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is Color Pop Fair?
The Color Pop Fair will be on October 24, 2015 at the Main Mall Atrium, SM Mall of Asia from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Is there a registration fee?
No. There is no registration fee. Admission is FREE.

When will the registration be?
Registration starts at 10:00 a.m. and will continue throughout the day. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. Venue capacity is limited. Seats are on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

Will there be coloring sheets and coloring materials provided?
Yes. You can choose from several designs of coloring sheets. Coloring pens will also be provided and for sharing. Kindly return the coloring pens so others can use it afterwards.

Can I bring my own adult coloring books and coloring materials?
Yes, as long as the coloring books and materials were purchased from National Book Store, NBS Express and Powerbooks.

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