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

IT’S UP. IT’S FINALLY UP.

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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[Book Review] Descendant of the Crane – Joan He // one-part political intrigue, one-part murder mystery, all-over excellence

Picture this. Everyone on my Twitter feed and their mother had read Descendant of the Crane, a 2019 publication that was touted to be like Chinese Game of Thrones. That, plus an utterly gorgeous cover, pretty much guaranteed that this book would make it to the top of my must read list.

By mid-February, I had pretty much lost all hope of ever getting an ARC and had resigned myself to just pre-ordering and waiting for the Chinese fantasy goodness to arrive on my iPad. But then – the clouds parted and lightning struck. Edelweiss granted my request for an ARC. I screamed, took a screenshot, tweeted said screenshot, and reveled in the congratulations from my followers – as well as the dire warnings from those who’d read it already that this book would break my heart.

They were right. Read on to find out why!

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[Book Review] Kiss and Cry – Mina V. Esguerra // a second chance sporty romance that’s also all about compromise

Honestly? I have no excuse for how long it took me to post this review. This book was so good, y’all.

As always, thank you Mina and #romanclass for the lovely ARC!

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Title: Kiss and Cry

Author: Mina V. Esguerra

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Rating: 4.5/5

Summary:

Calinda met Ramirez when she was 20 and he was 22. She was the rising star of women’s skating, and he was the superstar forward of men’s hockey. Her parents and coach were against their relationship, and because Calinda wanted to prove that no hot guy would ever distract her from her dream, she chose skating over him — and also avoided him all together.

Ten years later, they meet again as gold medalists and prominent sports advocates, still single and undeniably attracted to each other. It’s still not a good time for them, because Ramirez is retiring from hockey and moving back to the United States. Calinda doesn’t do relationships, really, and proposes they use his final three weeks in Manila to explore what might have been, and do all the things they wish they’d done (there’s a list!). Then he can leave for good, and they can both move on with their lives without this one regret.

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[Book Review] A Spark of White Fire – Sangu Mandanna // a lush space opera that explores the themes of family and fate

So many people have yelled at me to read this book, and now I can finally say that I HAVE! (You happy, Shealea?) I ended up absolutely adoring it. So much so that I figured out how to add sparkles to a photo – just because I wanted to glitterfy my photo of this book.

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