SARAH J. MAAS PH BOOK SIGNING

Howdy y’all! Last month, I just had the best day of my life when I finally met my favorite author, Sarah J. Maas.

** Thank you so much to Sarah’s team, Bloomsbury, National Bookstore, Louisse Ang and every single person who made this event possible. You guys fulfilled my dream. (Even until now I still feel like it was a dream. Somebody pinch me.)

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THE TRAVEL

March 13 was a Sunday and since I wasn’t from Manila (I’m from Bicol, in a little town called Pili), I had to leave at 8 on Saturday morning, to make it to Manila and eventually camp out. It took me roughly 14-15 hours to reach Manila (we could have arrived about 3 hours earlier but traffic happened so) and all the while those hours were a mix of anxiety, excitement and worry. I felt so anxious to see the very person who inspires me with her books and created such a huge impact in my life. As cheesy as this may sound, I started believing in myself ever since I read the line “I will not be afraid” in Throne of Glass.

On Saturday noon, I was constantly checking updates on twitter and saw that there were already people camping out that very moment. I panicked. Slots were only limited and I was getting worried I might not make it. Updates were tweeted all throughout the day so you could already imagine how anxious I was.

We finally arrived at Manila around 11 on Saturday evening. But we were still at Cubao where a family friend offered for us to stay while we were there. (My family came along even though I told them they didn’t have to.) So I quickly washed up, *barely* ate dinner – I couldn’t eat much because of too much excitement – prepped myself as best as I could, and left for Glorietta 1, where the book signing would take place.

 

CAMPING OUT

I arrived there at a quarter before 12 and practically walk-ran to the very end of the line. I was 96th. I released a breath I didn’t know I was holding. Ha ha. Cliches aside, I instantly felt literal relief when I knew I was still part of the first hundred.

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This sign was placed right beside where I sat waiting so I decided to take a picture with it. LOL

It was my first time attending a book signing event and my first time camping out as well. It was such an awesome experience! Discussing bookish theories and other books to fangirl over while waiting in line with some people I just met felt like the animal inside me was finally unleashed.

EVENT PROPER

A few hours before the actual event, I got to know more readers and I couldn’t be any happier. And of course, ship wars were an inevitable topic: Celorian, Chaolaena or Rowaelin. And I must say, being a Chaolaena shipper myself, I’m pretty proud with how strong we still are despite our sunken ship. And just to get it straight, I ship Chaolaena and *occassionally* Rowaelin because I consider Celaena and Aelin as two different people, which Sarah has emphasized in several of her interviews and in her books.

I remember checking the clock and realizing it was already 1:54 in the afternoon and started counting down the minutes til I finally see Sarah. The anticipation at the bookstore was so palpable you could literally feel it. The crowd started cheering their ships, and conveniently most of the Rowaelin shippers were on the other side while Celorian and Chaolaena shippers were on the other.

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My hands were shaking so hard at this point and they were so cold and I kept looking at my card to check whether the signing pass was still there

When the emcee entered the venue, the screams and cheers were crazy and just when you thought it couldn’t be any crazier, Sarah finally entered and all screaming hell broke loose. And let me tell you, my eyes lined with silver the moment I saw her. Even just thinking about it makes me cry. I felt like I reached reader heaven.

When Q&A came, a million questions streamed in my head but zero words came out from my mouth. Even though I wasn’t able to ask her anything, I had the book signing to look forward to, plus the questions asked were way better than what I could have asked so. 😅

I “patiently” waited for my turn in the signing, I mean I was only 96th and when you’re nervous and excited at the same time, you’ll wonder where all that time went. And then it was my turn.

When she saw my name, she told me that our names were almost alike (my first name and her last) and I couldn’t breath for a moment because all that’s going in my head was she’s actually in front of me — she’s talking to me oh my gosh — she’s so pretty — what do you say to your literary hero???

MY EMOTIONS

I just blabbered how thankful I was of her for creating characters like Celaena and Feyre who inspire me every day. And she was so nice for signing all my books and she wrote my name in all of them because of how long I travelled just to see her. I said she didn’t have to but she insisted.

She’s an angel. 💖 I know how exhausted she must be, too, but she’s so selfless, very much like Feyre. I told her I couldn’t believe this was really happening and until now I really can’t. It still hasn’t sunk in.

*This is me shamelessly fangirling in front of Sarah. I was probably already embarrassing myself in front of her but I didn’t mind – I don’t even know what I’m saying here.*

And now this is me when I was internally trying to calm down so I could go home with a picture with her where I actually looked okay.

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And I got to meet the amazing person behind the ThroneofGlassPh twitter account, Louisse.:D

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I’m sorry this post is very long but I just really had the time of my life that day and I’m happy to share it with you. 💖

Thanks so much for reading! Til the next post 🙂

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BOOK TALK: A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES BY SARAH J. MAAS

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES BOOK REVIEW

Howdy ya’ll! Today we’re reviewing:

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Title: A Court Of Thorns And Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Goodreads summary:

When nineteen-year old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin – one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled the world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it…or doom Tamlin – and his world – forever.

 

What are my over-all thoughts in this book? (spoiler free)

If I could put my feelings for this book in one word, it probably would be beautifulfantasticandabsolutelyoneofthemostperfectbooksiveeverread. So, yeah. Obviously, I loved it. I have read all of Sarah J. Maas’s books by now and I therefore conclude that all her books are so good and amazing, and ACOTAR is definitely not an exception. If I could rate this more than five stars, I would. Plus, like a typical SJM book, ACOTAR HAS A MAP! (which all of us knows is an early sign of a book’s impending awesomeness).

This story talks about the world of the Fae (Sarah has an amazing fascination for the Fae world as it is obvious in her books) which I find very interesting and entertaining to read. The Fae world in the Throne of Glass series is so epic and wonderful for me but I honestly would like to live in this Fae world more. Oh, and by the way the land of the Fae is called Prythian. (Where does Sarah get all these amazingly creative names of people and places?) One of the main reasons why I would want to live there? One word, my friends. TAMLIN. And because of the presence of magic, of course! (But yes, for the most part it’s because of Tamlin. *sighs dreamily*)

Its story line loosely follows one like Beauty and the Beast’s where the lead guy is cursed and the curse could only be lifted by one girl who could fall in love with him despite his flaws. But this book is hugely distinct compared to Beauty and the Beast. Sarah J. Maas just has this special touch with her books that you could never not love.

Like the rest of her books, I found it very easy to get lost in this world in the best way possible. And I actually didn’t want to finish it so fast because I wanted to stay in that world, with those characters, a bit longer. The characters are also different from each other which makes it all the more engaging. It was hard to let go of this book, you guys.

I’d also like to acknowledge how I very much appreciate the female protagonist in this book. Feyre. Characters like her are one of the reasons why I love books like this so much – they inspire me. Feyre is the breadwinner of her family despite her being the youngest of three sisters. She’s brave and clever and practically the kind of person I eventually want to be.

You’ll get to know Tamlin, Feyre and all the other characters in this book and see their awesomeness for yourself. So if you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you do ;D

This book has so much epicness and adventure in it, you’d want to reach for the next book! *A Court of Mist and Fury (out 2016, May 3rd)*

 

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Okay. Ships are the first thing I’d like to talk about this book.

I have been hearing lots of opinions expressing thoughts of shipping Feyre with Rhysand. And seeing as my ship in the Throne of Glass series is Chaolaena, I guess you wouldn’t be surprised that I ship Feyre with Tamlin. (Although if Feyre wants Rhysand instead, I can have Tamlin so everything’s still good.)

But I am kind of nervous for ACOMAF because in Sarah’s books, there is a high possibility in which you ship one couple for one minute, and a whole new one the next. (Like how people instantly shipped Rowaelin after reading Queen of Shadows).

Also, did anyone ever realize it was a Beauty-and-the-Beast-esque story while reading it? Because I surprisingly didn’t. I only realized it after I read it then thought back on the book. With that being said, I think the revelation of the curse was one of the highlights in the book, and me being a book crier and all, I practically silently sobbed while Feyre and Alis were having the conversation about Tamlin’s curse and how she could’ve broken his curse WITH THREEE BLOODY DAYS TO SPARE. BUT TAMLIN LET HER GO. HE LET GO BECAUSE SHE WAS IN DANGER AND LETTING HER GO WAS THE ONLY WAY HE THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO KEEP FEYRE SAFE – EVEN IF IT MEANT NOT CURING THE CURSE.

He loved Feyre and Feyre loved him. It was as simple as that. The romance between them was so beautiful and charming to read and made me feel warm and fuzzy because I love them. I just love them both to pieces.

Here are two of my favorite scenes in the whole book:

 

I suppose it’ll be easier when I’m gone,” I said, looking away from him. “Who wants someone around who’s so covered in thorns?”

“Thorns?”

“Thorny. Prickly. Sour. Contrary.”

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As consciousness left me at last, I thought I heard him speak, his mouth close to my ear.

“I love you,” he whispered, and kissed my brow. “Thorns and all.”

Also, I love the part when Feyre eventually decided to go back to Prythian and face Amarantha to free Tamlin and his people of the curse and Amarantha made her do tasks in order to prove her love for Tamlin was indeed true. I loved it when she used those bones as her ladder from the worm’s pit. I was actually smiling so wide because I felt like Rhysand at that moment: beaming with pride for Feyre and betting all my coppers she’d defeat the worm.

 

What are my theories for the next book?

I know so far, Sarah doesn’t have those hobbies of killing characters we love so dearly, but in truth, I am quite nervous of the possible deaths of characters in the next books. (Maybe the next one or the one after the next.) I actually don’t want to name names so…

I also feel that Amarantha might still be alive because of Jurian’s bone and eye missing. I somehow feel that Amarantha is still lurking because a part of her is in the bone and eye. And it makes me worry for Prythian a lot.

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Do you have thoughts and theories about the book? Feel free to share them with me through the comments or through my Twitter and/or Goodreads 😀

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