[Discussion Post] Jade War – Fonda Lee // fantasy in the time of globalization

Welcome to my stop on the Jade War Tour, guys, gals, and enby pals! Thank you so much to Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea, Caffeine Book Tours, Orbit Books, and of course Fonda Lee for letting me be a part of this blog tour, and for sending over an ARC of Jade War, a pin of Empire of Sand (click the link to read my glowing review!), and a letter from the Pillar Fonda Lee herself! The personal touches were the best thing about this package in my opinion, and I can’t think Fonda enough not only for bringing the Green Bone Saga universe into being, but for also taking the time to connect with her fans!

This is probably gonna be a long ass review, so grab your drink of choice and get comfy!

I did my best to make this review as spoiler-free as possible, but of course, tread cautiously!

Let’s get started!

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[Book Review + Giveaway!] Spin the Dawn – Elizabeth Lim // one of the most beautiful fairy tales I’ve ever read

Mulan crossed with Project Runway? Doesn’t that sound like one of the most intriguing things ever? When I saw Spin the Dawn being pitched that way, I scrambled for any way to get my hands on ARC. Luckily, Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea launched the #SpinTheDawnTour and I was one of the lucky folks who got a slot!

Elizabeth Lim, by the way, is a complete and utter gem. Not only did tour participants get ARCs, but she also got us pre-order goodies! However, I can’t really show off my collection until tomorrow. As I write this review, I’m at my mom’s house in the south, and unfortunately, I left my set of pre-order cards and stickers at my apartment. (Oof. 😔) I’ll take photos when I get back, but suffice it to say, the swag is super pretty and well-made! Best of all, she and Knopf Books for Young Readers have also got an international giveaway going! Everybody say thank you, Elizabeth!

More than the swag and giveaway though, I have to say that reading this book was an incredibly enjoyable journey. There were a few bumps along the way which I will talk about more here, but all in all, this was a great read that I’m eager to share with everyone.

Please note though that this review contains spoilers, so tread cautiously.

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[Book Review + Giveaway] Hungry Hearts – Food Crawl Blog Tour by Vicky and CW!

Maligayang araw ng kalayaan, mga kababayan!

For today, I’m bringing to you a blog tour that I am super excited to be a part of! This is of course the Hungry Hearts #OwnVoices Food Crawl blog tour. Mucho thanks to Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads and CW @ The Quiet Pond for hosting this and for letting me join up!

Hungry Hearts is an anthology exploring how food is an important part of life and love for many different diverse cultures. It features a story from Rin Chupeco, which is what I’ll be reviewing in this post! For reviews on the rest of the short stories in this anthology, keep on scrolling to check out the Food Crawl blog tour schedule.

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[Book Review] The Candle and the Flame – Nafiza Azad // captures the imagination with a tantalizingly slow-burn romance and a magically compelling setting

Will getting ARCs from authors and/or publishers ever cease being one of the most thrilling moments of my life?

Absolutely not.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Nafiza Azad, the author, and Amy Goppert over at Scholastic, for sending me an e-ARC. I’d particularly like to thank Nafiza, Amy, and Scholastic for offering me the e-ARC when they found out shipping restrictions prevented me from being able to receive a physical ARC. Thank you for helping an international blogger out!

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[Book Review] We Set the Dark on Fire – Tehlor Kay Mejia // a star-crossed f/f romance set in the midst of political unrest

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.

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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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