[Review] Vampires in Portlandia by Jason Tanamor: Aswangs in America?

Like a lot of Filipino kids who spent their summers in the province, I spent a chunk of my childhood hearing stories of aswangs, engkantos, duendes, that even today, in my mid-20s, I believe more in the existence of Philippine mythological creatures than ghosts. So you can just imagine my excitement when I found out that a Filipino author was releasing a fantasy book based off Philippine folklore.

Note: I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book from the publisher and Caffeine Book Tours as part of my participation in their tour.

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[Mini Reviews] Wikathon 2020: Four Romantic Reads

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Although I grew up being surrounded by books, I didn’t really understand how important it was to help #ownvoices, small-time, bipoc, or debut authors. Since creating my bookstagram and being more active on Goodreads, though, I was able to discover  a community of authors writing and promoting Filipino-authored books, and of book bloggers recommending diverse and local reads. The community really helped me become more mindful of what and who I’m reading. Admittedly, before, these weren’t the sort of things I bothered myself with knowing, as I was simply content with my comfort zone and personal book preferences. While I still often find myself reaching for well-known titles and authors, I’ve been gradually adding more diverse books for my shelves. I am still growing as a reader, that’s for sure, but I figured it’s never too late to change that, especially now that I have a small platform that can go beyond taking pretty flatlays and flowery captions. Read More »

[Review] Lost Girl by Holly Kammier: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

In the first mystery I’ve read in an unbelievably long time, Shelby Day, a small-town investigative reporter, is set to make it on her own and eventually move to LA once she’s made a household name. So, when she caught ear of the murder of two young women in a town where the worst thing that normally happens is ducks being found dead due to stone-throwing activities, she went off to report the news that would jumpstart her career.Read More »

[Review] How to Speak Boy by Tiana Smith: Undebatably Delightful

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Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

In April 2018, Netflix released an original comedy, Candy Jar, where two high school debate champions who hate each other are forced to work together to get in their dream Ivy League universities. I remember finding it cute and genuine, simple and engaging. I liked how the movie displayed something as ‘intimidating’ as debate to be interesting  as they had shown. With Tiana Smith’s new YA novel How To Speak Boy, I’m pretty sure this would attract the same audience and garner a similar positive response.

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