If you had told me that the month of May on bookish Twitter was going to end like this, I wouldn’t have believed you. I mean, sometimes I think the bar for authors to behave is literally on the fucking ground, but hoo boy, some of these people have got industrial shovels.
Let me preface this entry in the Galit Na Naman Si Tita series with the following premises:
- Unlike my previous entries where I was more disappointed or frustrated, this time, I actually am mad. I am steaming, boiling mad.
- ALL OF THIS COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED IF PEOPLE LEARNED HOW TO MAKE PRIVATE LOCKED ACCOUNTS, IT IS NOT THAT HARD.
All right, let’s get started.
Hallelu, guys, gals, and non-binary pals! I’m very excited to be bringing you my offering for today! Not only is it one of my most anticipated reads for the year, it’s also an enemies-to-lovers f/f revolutionary fantasy! Yup, you heard me right.
If you loved Girls of Paper and Fire and suddenly find yourself more in need of the trope of “wives/concubines of wealthy dictator fall in love with each other instead”, keep reading. I think you’ll like what I have to say.
I WAS ACTUALLY SUPPOSED TO HAVE THIS REVIEW UP LAST NIGHT. 😅 But ya tita foolishly overtaxed herself at the gym last night, so now I’m home with a slight fever and a really painful left knee. (Context: I dislocated my left knee when I was in uni and it’s never really been the same since. I have to be really careful about it when doing physical exercise, but this dumb bunny decided to push herself yesterday even though her knee was screaming, “Take a break, you dumb bitch!”)
I hadn’t actually heard of Girl Gone Viral before. I hadn’t even heard of anything by Arvin Ahmadi. But when I saw this book being promoted by my faves, Bookworms United PH, on their Twitter accounts, I was curious enough to check it out on Goodreads – and the summary seemed so cool and intriguing that I decided to sign up for the blog tour!
I’m honestly so grateful to Bookworms United PH and, of course, to Penguin Random House Global, for selecting me to be part of this tour because…we got physical ARCs! Look at that gorgeous photo below! Isn’t it beautiful? I’ll have tons more pictures of this beautiful ARC on my Instagram so head on over if you’d like to see more.
It occurred to me the other day that I hadn’t written a review for a romance novel in a while – which is remiss of me, admittedly, because I’ve recently read two of the most amazing romance books ever. Both of them are #romanceclass books that were published this year, and I was lucky enough to be able to receive e-ARCs from the authors.
Confession time: these reviews were due ages ago. I have no excuse, except for the usual – real life, work, yadda yadda. But hopefully this post makes up for the lateness, because it’s mostly just gushing about how much I loved these two novels!
You ever see a book cover and then think, whatever that book is about, you just know beyond a doubt that you’re gonna love that story? Like, the cover is just so beautiful and speaks to you so much that you know its contents are gonna be just as great?
That’s how I felt when I first saw the cover for With the Fire On High.
I mean, you all know how hard I bat for POC on book covers. And this one, with a lovely Afro-Latinx curly-haired girl in a stylish head scarf (a thing I’m learning to do to my own hair!), is just so beautiful. Plus that color palette, and the grapefruit and orange pattern all over is the right something extra that the cover needed to push it from ‘wow’ to ‘omfg I gotta read this right away!’
All of that, plus that amazing summary? Sign me the hell up! 😍
So you can imagine just how grateful I was when Karina @ Afire Pages said I was gonna be part of the blog tour, I was ecstatic! I read it in one sitting, on a Saturday when I had nothing else to do. When I was done, I literally wanted to grab the nearest person and yell at them about how good the book was – which, the nearest person was my cat, so I did grab her and tell her about good the book was, as evidenced by the photo here.
Barnes & Noble
Halleluuuu guys, gals, and non-binary pals! Whoo boy, have I got a post for you today.
If you’ve been following us on Twitter, then you probably know that Shealea @ Shut Up Shealea and I went to Kuala Lumpur, because Shealea is a kickass WOC academic who does both her school and her country proud. Her paper on the Philippine media’s role in vaccine reluctance was accepted for presentation at an international conference on communication, and I couldn’t be any more prouder.
While she was giving Cara and I the good news over lunch one afternoon, Shealea also confessed that she had reservations about going to the conference because the registration fee was hella expensive, and also she wasn’t comfortable flying to another country by herself. Enter me, impulsive tita extraordinaire. I’ve been wanting a vacation out of the country for the longest time, and I looooooove Kuala Lumpur (it’s honestly one of my favorite Southeast Asian cities!), so I said to Shealea: “If you decide to go to that conference, I’ll go with you.”
Thus began this crazy-ass, fun-as-hell trip.