A Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Blurb:

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. 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.

Like many other readers out there, I was also lured by the beautiful book cover. Don’t lie. You judge a book by its cover. And my, oh my. The first three chapters is just as beautiful as the cover. I am also taken aback by the fact that this book is also dystopian. Yup. I did not see that coming. I just thought it’ll be a regular, run on the mill teen romance book with sweet, innocent romance scenes. Little do I know, this book is a mix of Hunger games without the blood thirsty characters (more like Prince thirsty *wink wink) and The Bachelor.

I just picked up the box set of this book and let me just tell you, I don’t think I’ll ever return the box set. In just three days, I finished the three books of the series (what’s sleep anyways?) and I just can’t put the darn book down!

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What I’m Learning from Editing My Own Book

The first novel I ever completed took me approximately a year to finish. I am proud to say that I am able to do that in between my bus rides, boring lectures, and in between classes (remembering all the tiny giggles as I write in public makes me red >_<). In some way, writing my book has enabled me to let the creative juice going by constantly writing dramatic plot points and saucy romance (take note: it’s a new adult genre *wink wink*).

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I have come to a decision to edit my book because for one, it’s a first draft. And while first drafts are meant to suck anyway that it makes you want to burn your book and never open it again, I’m glad I am able to at least get into the completion of the first draft because this is an opportunity to improve. It took a lot, and I mean a lot of effort, time, and dedication to finish a ninety-thousand-word novel.

Although I proof-read my work before posting it on Wattpad, sometimes mistakes slip my tired eyes. Now that I am entirely available all summer, I’m ready to give this book my full attention and every ounce of proof-reading knowledge I got (with few cups of coffee and possibly a shot of tequila on the side).

I’m ready to delve into the abyss known as self-editing…

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The Wonders of Coincidence

“A coincidence is, by definition, a synchronistic experience. It comes from the nonlocal domain, and affects our world in unpredictable ways. The very fact that it’s a coincidence means that it is a message from the Universe. We must take heed, and then take action. This is our opportunity for a creative response.”

-Deepak Chopra

Something terribly amazing happened last night. As I was watching anime (as usual, it’s my lullaby at night LOL), a wonderful person messaged me on instagram at two in the morning with a very touching message.

Essentially, she found my book on wattpad and in the back of her mind, she thought the title sounded very familiar. Not until she began to go through her older instagram posts and found her art with similar concept and theme as my book. And who knew? We even titled our work of art “Painting Paper Hearts”. Continue reading

I Noticed Something Peculiar and Interesting…

I’ve been watching sports anime for the past year and half or so, and I noticed something: many characters from different sports anime share the same name.

Yeah, yeah. It’s no big deal, but for me it’s something that I can’t help but notice and wonder if the mangaka of each of these anime actually did it on purpose.

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Haikyuu!!: Reason Why I’m Obsessed

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Oniku kami-sama, oniku kami-sama!

This is my third time watching season 1 and the second time watching season 2. This is, by far, the most anticipated sports anime coming this fall 2016 (season three banzai!).

For me, watching Haikyuu this time around will never get old because of the ample amount of comedy, overwhelming team effort, and the satisfaction of watching the main character start from the bottom (now we’re here) and work his way up to the top. In addition, I get to watch a team that used to be in the limelight and one of the powerhouses back in the day. Their ‘underdog’ status makes it more fun to see how they will overcome their differences and other powerhouse teams.

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A Day With My Girls: A Day Full of Fun and Catching Up

#NationalBestfriendDay was trending yesterday so I give you my bffs! I could’ve posted this yesterday but meh. I was too tired and got lazy after I get caught up with watching anime (story of my life!)

Anyway, I met with my bffs a couple of days ago. Although we don’t see each other that much now because of our busy schedule, we try our best to meet and catch up when we’re all available. We ate sushi, went around downtown, and enjoyed the rest of the day at a cafe. It was truly a blast!

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