[Book Review] The Heart Forger – Rin Chupeco // the female anti-hero we all need

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Title: The Heart Forger

Author: Rin Chupeco

Age Range: Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy

Rating: 5/5

Summary:

No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life…and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her―and took the life of her one true love.

But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea’s dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can’t kill someone who can never die…

War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe.

Content Warnings: Violence, abuse

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[Book Review] Mirage – Somaiya Daud // a lush Moroccan fantasy set in outer space

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Title: Mirage

Author: Somaiya Daud

Age Range: Young Adult

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance

Rating: 4.5/5

Summary:

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.

Content warnings:  Themes of colonialism, graphic violence and injury

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[Book Review] Heart of Mist – Helen Scheurer // so severely underrated, I am screaming

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Title: Heart of Mist

Author: Helen Scheurer

Age Range: New Adult

Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy

Rating: 5/5

Summary:

In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.

Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital.

But the king isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers. The leader of an infamous society of warriors, the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.

Content Warnings: Violence, substance abuse

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[Book Review] City of Ghosts – Victoria Schwab // an ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ episode in book form

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Title: City of Ghosts

Author: Victoria Schwab

Age Range: Middle Grade

Genre: Horror, Contemporary

Rating: 5/5

Summary:

Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

Content Warnings:  Violence, depiction of children being harmed

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#Augvocacy2018: The Myopia of the Book Community

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As I’m sure you’ve been seeing all the #Augvocacy2018 posts from Filipino book bloggers so I won’t delve too much into that. For a quick summary, #Augvocacy2018 is a blog series started by Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch for her birthday. The theme of this year’s #Augvocacy2018 is fostering a culture of reading in the Philippines, so that’s what everyone’s been writing about. And today is my turn!

Ready to hear me rant and rage? Strap yourself in for the ride!

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