[Book Review] My Fate According to the Butterfly – Gail D. Villanueva // a look at the drug war from a child’s POV

Ever since Gail approached Shealea, Cara, and I about hosting the #ButterflyTour for My Fate According to the Butterfly, I’ve just been super eager to finally get my hands on this book and read it. It’s premise – that of a young girl who gets caught up in Duterte’s drug war – captured both my mind and heart easily. And best of all, it was an internationally published book written by a Filipino author who grew up here, and who still lives here. Not to discount my diaspora Filipino brethren, but really – that kind of representation is irreplaceable.

I’ve sat down many times over the past few weeks to try and write this review, and here I am now: an hour and a half from my deadline, and I’m just getting down to it. A whole host of factors – mostly involving work – contributed to me not being able to get this out sooner; but mostly, it was the fact that I was (and still am, if I’m being 100% honest) kind of at a loss as to how to coherently and cohesively describe just how much I loved this book, and how much it means to me.

Naturally, I will do my best. Gail’s debut deserves nothing less!

Onward!

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Pasahan ng Libro: Girls of Storm and Shadow

I know I’ve been yapping about this for forever on my Instagram and Twitter, but now I’ve finally decided to sit down and take the time to put my money where my mouth is.

Welcome to Your Tita Kate’s first ever Pasahan ng Libro – a Tagalog term that means ‘to pass around a book’. As we all know, one of the most difficult things about being a Filipino book blogger is lack of access to books.

I’ve written about the accessibility issue time and time again, so I figured it was now time to actually do something about it. Hence, this venture!

Read on to find out more!

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[Character Aesthetics] The Black Veins – Ashia Monet // part of CW’s blog tour!

Do found families, queer af POC characters, and no romance sound like things that are right up your alley? Then definitely check out The Black Veins by Ashia Monet! You can check out the purchase links below:

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Indigo | Apple Books

Thank you to CW @ The Quiet Pond for letting me join The Black Veins blog tour!

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And today, I’ll be bringing you something I’m doing a lot more of lately, and which I’m finding I hella enjoy: character aesthetics!

Let’s get on with the show!

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[Book Review + Giveaway!] Spin the Dawn – Elizabeth Lim // one of the most beautiful fairy tales I’ve ever read

Mulan crossed with Project Runway? Doesn’t that sound like one of the most intriguing things ever? When I saw Spin the Dawn being pitched that way, I scrambled for any way to get my hands on ARC. Luckily, Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea launched the #SpinTheDawnTour and I was one of the lucky folks who got a slot!

Elizabeth Lim, by the way, is a complete and utter gem. Not only did tour participants get ARCs, but she also got us pre-order goodies! However, I can’t really show off my collection until tomorrow. As I write this review, I’m at my mom’s house in the south, and unfortunately, I left my set of pre-order cards and stickers at my apartment. (Oof. 😔) I’ll take photos when I get back, but suffice it to say, the swag is super pretty and well-made! Best of all, she and Knopf Books for Young Readers have also got an international giveaway going! Everybody say thank you, Elizabeth!

More than the swag and giveaway though, I have to say that reading this book was an incredibly enjoyable journey. There were a few bumps along the way which I will talk about more here, but all in all, this was a great read that I’m eager to share with everyone.

Please note though that this review contains spoilers, so tread cautiously.

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MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES – July, August, and September

Hallelu, guys, gals, and enby pals! Today I’m bringing to you my most anticipated releases for the third quarter of the year, a.k.a. July, August, and September! Used to be I hosted this particular section of my blog on Top Ten Tuesday, but I realized I didn’t like trying to squeeze out just ten most anticipated books, especially when there are usually so many upcoming releases that I’m excited about! So this little part of my blog is now going to be it’s very own section! Yay! 🎉

Do note though that these releases are arranged only by month, not by genre or age range. I read a wide variety of genres and age ranges, so I honestly just gave up on trying to categorize it that way.

By the way, my birthday is on August 27th so if you’d like to send me any of these books as a present, I’d much appreciate it! 😉

On with the show!

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The 2019 Book Blogger Awards – ya tita’s nominations!

Halleu, guys, gals, and non-binary pals! Today I’m bringing to you a post that I’m super excited to write. May @ Forever and Everly started up this year’s Annual Book Blogger Awards, and urges those who will nominate to write their own blog post about it. So this is what I’m bringing to you today! If you’d like to post your own nominations, definitely check out May’s post for the categories!

Let’s get started!

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[Book Review] Patron Saints of Nothing – Randy Ribay // a hard-hitting story of truth, identity, and family

I have been waiting for literal months to write this review, you guys. I first saw the cover of Patron Saints of Nothing on Twitter at the start of the year, and just from that magnificent photo complete with the Philippine flag stars behind the main character’s head, I already knew I wanted to get my hands on this book. I would honestly, legitimately kill for an ARC of this book. Really.

The bookish gods smiled down on me and influenced the kind hearts (lmfao) of the good folks over at Bookworms United PH to allow me to be a part of the #PatronSaintsPHTour, the blog tour promoting this awesome, amazing book. So huge thanks to them, and of course to Penguin Teen, Penguin Random House International, Kokila Books, and Randy Ribay for getting this whole thing off the ground.

Quick little story before hopping right in to this review: I read this book in the space of four hours while I was lying on a deserted beach on an island south of Cebu, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I was surrounded exactly by the unbelievable beauty that is so very often the first thing that comes to mind when you talk about the Philippines, but reading that book right there was a stark reminder of the lesson that Jay learns: if one is to claim being Filipino, then you have to claim the poverty, the hardship, the starvation, and all the difficulties happening in the country, and not just the beautiful beaches and mountains.

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