[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!

2019-09-17 12.22.46 1.jpg

Purchase Links:
Gumroad

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

Advertisements

[Book Review] The Disasters – M.K. England // found family and wacky space hijinks galore

It took me a while to finish this book – not because it was a struggle to read it, but because I was just so dang tied up at work. (I still am, tbh – am writing this review from a conference I’m running in Olongapo, lol.) However, I soldiered on, because I was absolutely determined to finish this gem of a book and scream to everyone just how much I loved it!

I’ve been pretty much saying this nonstop on Twitter and Instagram (click the links to see short but glowing reviews!), but The Disasters really is the YA sci-fi found family set in space that you NEED in your life.

Read on to find out why!

2019-09-07 02.55.19 1.jpg

Purchase Links:
Amazon
Book Depository
Scribd

Continue reading “[Book Review] The Disasters – M.K. England // found family and wacky space hijinks galore”

[Book Review] A House of Rage and Sorrow – Sangu Mandanna // one of the most painful sequels I’ve EVER read

Okay, so – my bad. I was totally supposed to have this review out last August 22. But I totally misread Shealea’s email (oof) and I also got swamped with so much work this week (what else is new). Hence, this late review.

As per usual, thank you very much to Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea (click the link to read her interview with Sangu Mandanna!) and Caffeine Book Tours for letting me be a part of the blog tour for this marvelous sequel! And if you haven’t read the first book, A Spark of White Fire, please do so! You can check out my review to see what I thought about it and to get to purchase links!

Header (A House of Rage and Sorrow)

Purchase Links:
Amazon
Book Depository

Continue reading “[Book Review] A House of Rage and Sorrow – Sangu Mandanna // one of the most painful sequels I’ve EVER read”

RECAP: Celebrating Gail D. Villanueva

Hallelu, comrades! If you’ve been following me on Twitter, then you already know that I decided to devote August to reading at least 26 books to celebrate my 26th birthday! (Here’s my Amazon wishlist if you’re feeling generous!) Honestly, this little break has been absolutely great for me. It’s now August 17 as I write this and I have read eight entire ass books! That’s a book every two days. I haven’t read this much since…well, ever, to be honest.

However! I just had to take the effort this month to celebrate one of my most favourite people ever – Gail D. Villanueva, the author of My Fate According to the Butterfly, one of my most anticipated 2019 releases! (Check out my review here, and to see the reviews of other participants, peep the #ButterflyTour hashtag on Twitter or Instagram or scroll to the end of my review for links to blog tour stops!)

So here’s an entire blog post dedicated to this amazing, talented, hard-working woman!

Continue reading “RECAP: Celebrating Gail D. Villanueva”

[Discussion Post] Jade War – Fonda Lee // fantasy in the time of globalization

Welcome to my stop on the Jade War Tour, guys, gals, and enby pals! Thank you so much to Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea, Caffeine Book Tours, Orbit Books, and of course Fonda Lee for letting me be a part of this blog tour, and for sending over an ARC of Jade War, a pin of Empire of Sand (click the link to read my glowing review!), and a letter from the Pillar Fonda Lee herself! The personal touches were the best thing about this package in my opinion, and I can’t think Fonda enough not only for bringing the Green Bone Saga universe into being, but for also taking the time to connect with her fans!

This is probably gonna be a long ass review, so grab your drink of choice and get comfy!

I did my best to make this review as spoiler-free as possible, but of course, tread cautiously!

Let’s get started!

2019-07-25 08.29.39 2.jpg

Purchase Links:
Amazon
Book Depository

Continue reading “[Discussion Post] Jade War – Fonda Lee // fantasy in the time of globalization”

[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!

Processed with VSCO with aga3 preset

Purchase Links:
Amazon
Book Depository

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

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!

Continue reading “Pasahan ng Libro: Girls of Storm and Shadow”