[Mini-Review] Same Premise, Vastly Different Execution: Fix Her Up vs. A Prince on Paper

How you doin’, guys, gals, and nonbinary pals?

A couple of days ago, I shared the below tweet, asking if it was okay to comparatively review two books that handled the same trope.

The consensus was that it was fine, but to avoid tagging the authors as the usual courtesy. I spent all of yesterday taking down notes, and I’m finally ready to publish this review! For today, I’ll be comparing the books Fix Her Up and A Prince on Paper, which both deal with the fake dating trope.

That’s not their only similarity, though. Both books also feature protagonists who get into the fake relationship to change people’s perceptions of who they are as sheltered and innocent. They both also handle themes of toxic family relationships.

But the difference is, while I absolutely adored A Prince on Paper, I struggled to finish Fix Her Up and was left dissatisfied and even somewhat angry at the end.

Read on to find out why!

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[Book Review] The Never-Tilting World – Rin Chupeco // steampunk fantasy about climate change (!!!)

It really is no secret that Rin Chupeco is one of my favourite authors of all time. Her books at some core always feature an angry girl discontented with the status quo, and her efforts to bring about change.

The Never-Tilting World is almost exactly the same. Why do I say almost? Because this magnificent gem of a book, the first of a duology, features not just one angry girl, but two. Not to mention the people that love them, and all the trials and tribulations they’re willing to undergo for their sakes.

Read on to find out just what I loved about The Never-Tilting World, and why this steampunk fantasy about climate change should be your next read!

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State of the Bookshelf Address: eBooks [Vol. 1, 2019]

Howdy-do, guys, gals, and non-binary pals! Welcome back to my State of the Bookshelf Address, a three-part section on this blog where I list down everything – and I mean everything – that I have on my TBR.

Last time, I did the physical books edition whereI talked about all the physical books on my shelf that I had to get around to reading. I’ve gotten around to reading a handful of them, but I’m afraid I’ve still got quite a few more to get through.

Anyway, this edition will be talking about the eBooks I’ve amassed over time which I have yet to read. (Which are…well…the phrase ‘a lot’ would be an understatement.)

Read on!

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[Book Review] Crier’s War – Nina Varelas // a philosophical look at what makes us human

It’s been over a week since I finished reading this.

I.

HAVE NOT.

STOPPED.

SCREAMING.

I was already expecting a lot from Crier’s War because so many book bloggers whose opinions I trust loved it and couldn’t stop raving about it. So you can imagine how pleased I was that not only did this book meet my expectations, it fucking surpassed them! Read on to find out why!

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[Book Review] The Dragon Warrior – Katie Zhao // a love letter to Chinese culture

Let me tell you, it was absolutely NOT easy to get reading done in between the absolute hellish week I had – but it was all worth it. I won’t bore you with descriptions of how I was positively buried under wild amounts of work this week, but suffice it to say that I absolutely felt it necessary to sacrifice some things (like sleep lol) just to get some reading in. That’s how much I adored this book.

But enough about me and my woes! Let’s get on with the review!

(As always, thank you Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea for having me on this tour, and for always boosting Asian authors!)

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State of the Bookshelf Address: Physical Books [Vol. 1, 2019]

It’s official, y’all.

My TBR has gotten out of control.

Granted, my TBR has pretty much been out of control since I started this book blog. 😅 However, lately, it’s gotten way out of hand. I have so many physical books just languishing on my bookshelves, not to mention several e-books and e-ARCs on my iPad. That’s not even counting all of the audiobooks on my Scribd account that I’ve saved. I think it’s time to admit that I have a problem.

I’ve tried doing book bans before (“tried” being the operative word) but they didn’t really work – mostly because I didn’t really have a good grasp of what I had in my library, which didn’t exactly help make the ban real for me.

So I decided to start this series which I’m titling State of the Bookshelf Address! It comes in two parts: Physical Books (this one!) and e-Books. Here, I plan to chronicle all of the books on my various TBRs, with the end goal in mind of not purchasing another book until I finish off everything mentioned in this series.

Read on to find out what’s on my shelf!

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[Book Review] Keep Faith // a compelling look at the crossroads of queerness and faith

When Gabhi Martins, the editor of this anthology, reached out to me on Twitter about possibly receiving a copy of and reviewing Keep Faith, I was excited. I’d already heard about the book through the bookish Twitter grapevine. As a queer person and a devout Catholic, I keenly felt the lack of fiction that dealt with how to navigate either community while being a member of both. The authors of the various short stories in Keep Faith were able to represent that reality beautifully.

Read on to find out why I loved it so much!

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