[Book Review] Girl Gone Viral – Arvin Ahmadi // an introspective analysis of relationships, storytelling, and technology

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.

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[Mini-Review] Two Romances I Absolutely Adored: Flipping the Script & You, Me, U.S.

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!

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[Book Review + Giveaway] With the Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo // the phrase “it takes a village” in book form

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.

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[Top Ten Tuesday] Characters That Remind Me of Myself

Hallelu, comrades!

Hey. Didja see my booktube yet? 😏 (If you haven’t, find me over here and subscribe!)

While I’m absolutely and totally enamored with my new YouTube channel, those who don’t exactly enjoy videos needn’t worry – this space is still my panganay (a Tagalog word meaning ‘eldest child’) and I will love and cherish it forever! While I do have some new content planned for YouTube, I also have a lot in store for the blog. So never fear that the OG will fall by the wayside! I am now, as Shealea and Zia have said, a multi-platform blogging kween.

*more off-key kazoo playing in the background*

Anyhoo, welcome to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly theme created The Broke and The Bookish in 2010 and moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. This week’s topic is actually one that I’m pretty excited to write about: top ten characters that remind me of myself!

So, with advance apologies for the significant amount of self-aggrandizing in this post, let’s get started!

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April 2019 Wrap-Up & May 2019 TBR

Summer’s halfway over. Can you belieeeeeeve? I’m kind of in a state of semi-stress because I feel like I haven’t really made the most of my summer. (I mean, I’ve only been to the beach twice – and trust and believe when I say for a Filipino, that’s not a lot!) But I also recognize that I’ve bought a massive crap ton of books (blame the National Bookstore Super Summer Sale) and also gone out of the country with Shealea (check out my recap of #KateLeaLumpur!), so that sort of might contribute to why I haven’t gotten to go to the beach yet…

Anyway, April was a pretty good month for me both reading and writing-wise, if not blog-wise. Although I did manage to get at least four posts out, which meant that I was blogging at least once a week. That’s acceptable, if not ideal. I hope to be able to step things up this month!

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A #KateLeaLumpur Recap, Or Kate Tries to Travel Blog

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.

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[Book Review] The Shadowglass – Rin Chupeco // a great ending to a great beginning


Y’all. I’ve been meaning to review The Shadowglass FOR FREAKING EVER. I have no excuse for being so late to the party. None. Zip. Zilch. The daeva may now devour me and sacrifice me at an altar to Tea Pahlavi.

But! Here is my (slightly self-centered) present in celebration of this amazing book’s publication! This isn’t just a review! This is…yet another rambly unedited video book review!

*in the distance, off-key kazoo starts playing*

(If you wanna check out my reviews of The Bone Witch and The Heart Forger, go ahead and click the links!)

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