Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Book review: Insurgent

One book down again! I have just finished reading "Insurgent" by Veronica Roth, the sequel to her previous book "Divergent"

"One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so."

In my opinion, I liked Divergent better than Insurgent because of the love story going on between Tris and Tobias and how their relationship grows. Insurgent on the other hand is more on how they manage to escape from the Erudite soldiers and Dauntless traitors. But I liked how the events turned in the end, and when the secret information was revealed to the public. I am still waiting for the release of the 3rd book which is "Allegiant" coming out this October. For the mean time, I'm now reading my fourth book for this month which is "The cuckoo's calling" by Robert Galbraith a.k.a J.K Rowling - author of Harry Potter. This book is a crime thriller, a completely different genre from the magical Harry Potter series. 

I'll be back with another book review soon! TTFN! :D
<3 Gia

Friday, September 13, 2013

Photo Drive

Photo walk is the act of walking with a camera for the purpose of taking pictures that a photographer may find interesting. Photo drive on the other hand is my innovated version of it hahaha it is the act of taking pictures while sitting inside a moving vehicle. The main reason of doing this is because I would just like to try out my Canon EF 50mm lens because I have read so many good reviews about it from the blogs of random photographers. I am still a newbie when it comes to photography and using a dslr camera and so I take every chance that I get to practice with my camera.

We then headed to Sm Calamba to have a look if the book I want is still available at National bookstore. But sadly it was out of stock so I went to Booksale bookstore instead. I was like in heaven for 45 minutes of browsing through all of their bookshelves. And with that, I got these babies for only P160. Can you believe it? 3 books for only that much. Well yeah, they're second hand books, but who cares? Booksale bookstore is like heaven for bookworms like me. I now have 3 more books to welcome into my bookshelf and more wondrous world for me to enter.

To end our day, we had our dinner at Mang Inasal. Look how colorful this gulaman is :D and that's the reason why we ordered it hahaha xD but! it tastes good so it was a good buy. 

<3 Gia

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Book review: Divergent

Yesterday I have finished reading "Divergent" by Vernoica Roth and this would be another series that I am looking forward to. I love how pumped up every moment in the story is and once you start reading it you just can't stop. I don't know why but somehow it reminds me of the trilogy by Suzanne Collins the Hunger games. Maybe because they are also divided into groups such as districts for the Hunger games and factions for Divergent. In this book there are fighting scenes also but to balance it off, there's a love story going on as well.

There is an upcoming movie about this book to be shown sometime in March 2014 so let's all watch out for that! :D To give you a little background about the book, here is a short synopsis.

"In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. 

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her. "

I am currently reading the second book which is "Insurgent" and I shall do a review soon once I'm finished with it.

If ever you have the time I recommend you to get your hands on these books and I assure you, they're worth every penny. :)

<3 Gia