[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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[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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[Mini-Review] Nuanced and Thoughtful Sci-Fi YA: Ignite the Stars and A Conspiracy of Stars

I’ve been wanting to add more sci-fi to my repertoire for ages. So when after hosting the #EverlastingNoraPH blog tour, Marie Cruz offered to send me a care package with her book plus Maura Milan’s Ignite the Stars, I was all for it! Anyway, I’d been eyeing this YA space opera since it came out last year – not to mention I’d also resolved to read more science fiction in 2019 (I love fantasy, but a girl needs variety, you know?)

Following on the heels of this book was yet another sci-fi novel: A Conspiracy of Stars, by Olivia A. Cole. (Does that name sound familiar? It should. Her husband talked her out of buying a haunted house. Bless.) This is another sci-fi book that discussed themes of colonialism – this time from the point of view of a child of the colonizing species (a.k.a., humans), giving readers deeper insight into a popular trope.

Essentially, reading these two-books was a one-two punch of excellent, thought-provoking science fiction, and I’m gonna need everybody else to check them out!

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[Book Review + Giveaway] Mirage – Somaiya Daud // a lush Moroccan fantasy set in outer space

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Title: Mirage

Author: Somaiya Daud

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Romance

Rating: 4.5/5

Summary:

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.

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Mini-Reviews: 3 Teen Books I, A Non-Teen, Adored

I admit – I used to look down on teen books. I’ve always loved YA sci-fi and fantasy, but I used to think that contemporary teen books were beneath me. Of course, I’ve realized since then just how wrong I was (check out my review of From Twinkle, With Love and When Dimple Met Rishi, both contemporary teen romances), and I’m happy to say, I have a quite a few teen books on my TBR now! In fact, last month, I read three contemporary teen books, and I absolutely adored them!

Here’s what I thought of Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson, One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, and Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo!

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[Book Review] Secondhand Origin Stories – Lee Blauersouth // part of the SHOSPH Blog Tour!

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Title: Secondhand Origin Stories

Author: Lee Blauersouth

Genre: Sci-Fi, Young Adult

Rating: 5/5

Summary:

Opal has been planning to go to Chicago and join the Midwest’s superhero team, the Sentinels, since she was a little kid. That dream took on a more urgent tone when her superpowered dad was unjustly arrested for protecting a neighbor from an abusive situation. Now, she wants to be a superhero not only to protect people, but to get a platform to tell the world about the injustices of the Altered Persons Bureau, the government agency for everything relating to superpowers.

But just after Opal’s high school graduation, a supervillain with a jet and unclear motives attacks the downtown home of the Sentinels, and when Opal arrives, she finds a family on the brink of breaking apart. She meets a boy who’s been developing secret (and illegal) brain-altering nanites right under the Sentinel’s noses, another teenage superhero-hopeful who looks suspiciously like a long-dead supervillain, and the completely un-superpowered daughter of the Sentinels’ leader. Can four teens on the fringes of the superhero world handle the corruption, danger, and family secrets they’ve unearthed?

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100 Thoughts While Reading Secondhand Origin Stories

Hey guys! I’m back with another edition of 100 Thoughts While Reading. As always, big thanks to Karina of Afire Pages for coming up with the idea in the first place.

As you can probably guess, I’m doing the Secondhand Origin Stories blog tour hosted – as usual, lol – by the lovely Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch. If you haven’t signed up for the blog tour, don’t fret! It’s available on Amazon, and I’ve included the link below!

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There will be a more detailed review to follow, so please stick around for that. I’m so excited to tell you what I thought of this book!

As always, be warned that this post contains spoilery content!

Without further ado, here are my 100 Thoughts While Reading Secondhand Origin Stories

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