[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] 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] The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi // thrilling heists, the impact of colonialism, and La Belle Epoque

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!

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[Book Review] The Weight of Our Sky – Hanna Alkaf // a stunning historical novel set in 1969 Kuala Lumpur

I’m not gonna lie. I was a little disappointed when I didn’t get picked to participate in Vicky’s blog tour for The Weight of Our Sky. But I shrugged and let it go – after all, there were only limited slots on the tour, and I’m sure she and Hanna had their reasons for choosing the bloggers who did end up on the tour.

But then, lo – lightning struck, and the twin goddesses Vicky and Hanna smiled down upon me and gifted me an e-ARC anyway. I was so grateful, I finished the book in one day, quickly rated it a 5 on Goodreads, and began screaming on Twitter how much I loved it.

Today, this wonderful book comes out into the world. If you’re not yet convinced that you should be reading it, scroll down to check out my review, and then get your butt over to Amazon, Book Depository, or wherever it is your purchase your books, and buy it now!

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[Book Review] Bloom – Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau // Yuri on Ice, but in a bakery (Yuri on Icing…?)

Let me preface this review by saying that this was due over a week ago, because I am premium trash. And because JM @ Book Freak Revelations, who hosted this book tour, is a treasure of the first water, he forgave me for being late. You are the light of my life, JM!

I’m gonna ask my readers to please cut me some slack for this one, because – pause for effect – I’ve never read and reviewed a graphic novel before. I KNOW, I KNOW. My boyfriend swears I’m the devil or something (for the record, it’s one of two things he and my dad can agree on; the other is that DC has better villains but Marvel has better heroes). So I don’t have the same critical eye with assessing a comic that I do a novel, to say nothing of being able to critique the art! Nevertheless, I will try!

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