[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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[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] The Girl King – Mimi Yu // vaguely problematic, but not enough to be totally written off

Whaddup, homies? (Homie is still gender-neutral, yes?) Today I’ll be reviewing one of my most anticipated reads for 2019 (speaking of which, I’ll be talking about this year’s releases that I’m looking forward to, so keep an eye out for that post!), the East Asian inspired fantasy, The Girl King. I was semi-resigned to just having to get it on Amazon or Book Depository, but, wonder of wonders, NetGalley granted this request for me!

Too bad I really didn’t enjoy it.

I tried, I really did! It looked like it was going to be another one of those books whose praises I shouted to the heavens! (And y’all know how hard I roll for the books I love.) But it just wasn’t meant to be.

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[Book Review] Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan // the sapphic Asian fantasy of your DREAMS

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!

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[Book Review] Pagpuri sa Mga Akdang Pinoy: The Heart Forger – Rin Chupeco // the female anti-hero we all need

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Title: The Heart Forger

Author: Rin Chupeco

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Rating:

RATING - Five Stars

Summary:

No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life…and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her―and took the life of her one true love.

But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea’s dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can’t kill someone who can never die…

War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe.

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