It really is no secret that Rin Chupeco is one of my favourite authors of all time. Her books at some core always feature an angry girl discontented with the status quo, and her efforts to bring about change.
The Never-Tilting World is almost exactly the same. Why do I say almost? Because this magnificent gem of a book, the first of a duology, features not just one angry girl, but two. Not to mention the people that love them, and all the trials and tribulations they’re willing to undergo for their sakes.
Read on to find out just what I loved about The Never-Tilting World, and why this steampunk fantasy about climate change should be your next read!
Continue reading “[Book Review] The Never-Tilting World – Rin Chupeco // steampunk fantasy about climate change (!!!)”
Let me tell you, it was absolutely NOT easy to get reading done in between the absolute hellish week I had – but it was all worth it. I won’t bore you with descriptions of how I was positively buried under wild amounts of work this week, but suffice it to say that I absolutely felt it necessary to sacrifice some things (like sleep lol) just to get some reading in. That’s how much I adored this book.
But enough about me and my woes! Let’s get on with the review!
(As always, thank you Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea for having me on this tour, and for always boosting Asian authors!)
Continue reading “[Book Review] The Dragon Warrior – Katie Zhao // a love letter to Chinese culture”
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.
Continue reading “[Book Review] We Set the Dark on Fire – Tehlor Kay Mejia // a star-crossed f/f romance set in the midst of political unrest”
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!
Title: Kiss and Cry
Author: Mina V. Esguerra
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
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.
Continue reading “[Book Review] Kiss and Cry – Mina V. Esguerra // a second chance sporty romance that’s also all about compromise”
Fuck everyone who says that this is a rip-off of Six of Crows. And that is all I have to introduce this blog entry with.
Let’s get on with the review!
Continue reading “[Book Review] The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi // thrilling heists, the impact of colonialism, and La Belle Epoque”
You know I’m always ready to step up to the plate for Asian literature and Asian authors. So as soon as I heard that Girls of Paper and Fire was a thing, you can bet I wanted to get my hands on it. I actually mentioned this title in my list 2018 Releases I Want to Buy and when Shealea of That Bookshelf Bitch got an ARC that she very gamely agreed to lend to me, I was just over the moon!
Let me tell you, Girls of Paper and Fire did not disappoint.
I tried to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible, but tread cautiously!
Continue reading “[Book Review] Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan // the sapphic Asian fantasy of your DREAMS”
Author: Somaiya Daud
Age Range: Young Adult
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance
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
Continue reading “[Book Review] Mirage – Somaiya Daud // a lush Moroccan fantasy set in outer space”