PH Blog Tour: Empress of all Seasons by Emiko Jean [eARC review]

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In a palace of illusions, nothing is what it seems.

Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy.

Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be, if she weren’t hiding a dangerous secret. Mari is a yōkai with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster. If discovered, her life will be forfeit. As she struggles to keep her true identity hidden, Mari’s fate collides with that of Taro, the prince who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne, and Akira, a half-human, half-yōkai outcast.

Torn between duty and love, loyalty and betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness, the choices of Mari, Taro, and Akira will decide the fate of Honoku in this beautifully written, edge-of-your-seat YA fantasy. Continue reading “PH Blog Tour: Empress of all Seasons by Emiko Jean [eARC review]”

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#ThrowbackTBR — Reading “Classic” YA Novels for the First Time

Before I discovered blogging, goodreads, and all those other sites where I can talk about my love for books I used to write my “TBRs” (I don’t know this term yet by the way) in a piece of paper or notebook and that was around three years ago. I know, it’s not that long ago. I only started reading YA and Middle Grade novels last 2016, no, I didn’t grew up reading Harry Potter, or I don’ t have any nostalgic ties to the Mortal Instrument Series but I remember having those series in this TBR of mine. Three years later, I still haven’t read most of the books I originally have in that TBR because there are so many new book releases! I call those books “classic” YA, not Shakespeare kind of classic but those books that are published between 2000 to 2013.

I decided to look back at my old TBR and finally start reading those books. First I want to remind you, read whatever you want. You don’t need to start a 10-book series just because others tell you to do so. I’m only doing this out of curiosity, I really want to know if I’m going to enjoy these books.  Continue reading “#ThrowbackTBR — Reading “Classic” YA Novels for the First Time”

Book Binge Bazaar and MIBF Book Haul

I already talked about my MIBF experience in my previous post so now I’ll quickly proceed to my haul. This year (thanks to Book Binge Bazaar!) I managed to snag 5 books. Three hardcovers and two paperbacks. One was from Fullybooked MOA since I can’t find any at the event.

As mentioned in my previous post. I initially have around 20 books in my cart but of course, presyong estudyante lang so I need to let go some books. After a long deliberation with myself I decided to go home with these books. Continue reading “Book Binge Bazaar and MIBF Book Haul”

The 39th Manila International Book Fair + Book Binge Bazaar

It’s that time of the year again where bookworms of all ages unite at the SMX Convention Center for the annual Manila International Book Fair from September 12-16 2018. Despite the typhoon hundreds of book lovers still attended this event to meet their favourite authors and—of course—to buy discounted books! National Bookstore’s Book Binge Bazaar was also held in the same place so it’s hitting two birds with one stone. Continue reading “The 39th Manila International Book Fair + Book Binge Bazaar”

Mid-Year Reading Wrap Up — Getting back to Reading!

2017 feels like yesterday but here we are! A few days away from August! I had the worst reading slump from February to May. My mind was too occupied with other things so I didn’t had the chance to just sit down and read a book. The First half of 2018 is full of decision making for me. I graduated (or “moved” up) last March and right after that I need to decide which strand to take for Senior High School.

I tried reading but I just can’t focus because I know I have other things to worry about. I went through it, I made my choice, and here I am now. A Grade 11 HUMSS Student.

Now that I “fixed” myself I now have the luxury to just chill and marathon a good book series (that, I actually did) So here’s my wrap-up for the first half of 2018!  Continue reading “Mid-Year Reading Wrap Up — Getting back to Reading!”

Best Books of 2017

Let’s just say that 2017 is the beginning of my reading adventure. I discovered Goodreads, Book Blogging, Bookstagram, Booktube and many more! I never knew that there’s such a big bookish community on the internet. I met new people that shares the same interests as me. People I can relate to.

In the year of 2017 I read a total of 33 books. It was a surprise, I thought I’ll only manage to read around 20 books. I had a hard time choosing my favourite books but I managed to narrow my list to 5.  And just to clarify, some of these books did not come out in 2017 I read them this year that’s why they’re on the list. Continue reading “Best Books of 2017”

Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first. Continue reading “Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo”