PH Blog Tour: Book Review | The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

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Today is the last day of the PH Blog Tour of The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi and it’s my stop along with two more lovely bloggers. OKAY, BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE, I would like to thank Rafael at The Royal Polar Bear Reads and Shaine at Wanderer in Neverland for hosting this tour and to Macmillan International for providing us with the ARC for this tour. ❤ For my bookish friends and fellow bloggers, you can check out the other participants’ reviews at the end of this post.

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ISBN13:9781250144546

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Publication Date: January 15, 2019

Publisher: Wednesday Books


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SYNOPSIS:

Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.


BOOK REVIEW

Roshani Chokshi is a brilliant author and it shows in The Gilded Wolves. I can only imagine the amount of research behind this work and the time it took for Roshani to complete this book. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS, especially the characters— their differences, their relationships with each other. They play a huge part in my love for it. I am a big fan of books with good character dynamics. It makes me love and protect them with all of my being. I’d like to mention my precious children, Zofia and Tristan. I just want to wrap them in fluffy blankets and stare at them all day. No, that’s not creepy at all. Continue reading →

#Project14Lists | Day 3: 3 Non-YA Standalone Books That Are Unforgettable and Powerful

#Project14Lists is organized by Shealea of That Bookshelf Bitch. Basically, we have to publish a list of a topic of our choice for fourteen days from December 18th to December 31st. If you’re interested in joining this project or you just want to know more about it, check out Shealea’s post.


While I haven’t read THAT many non-YA books by several known authors, like Khaled Hosseini, Paulo Coelho, Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, among others, as I’m sure I would LOVE their books (I’ll get to them in time! LOL), I have read some great books that I can share here today. I have read these books during my two-year blogging hiatus so I haven’t really talked about them on my blog before.

One taught me love, one taught me patience, and one taught me pain. Ariana Grande

Okay, just kidding. ALL OF THESE taught me love, patience, and pain mostly love and pain. I hope you enjoy this list and hope you read them in the future if you haven’t yet! Continue reading →

PH Blog Tour : Book Review + Spotify Playlist | Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

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Hi there! Today is my stop for the Empress of All Seasons Philippine (PH) Blog Tour hosted by Rafael of The Royal Polar Bear Reads and Carmel of Bookable ReadsThank you for stopping by!

Before anything else, I would like to thank Rafael and Carmel for letting me participate in this tour. You guys are the best! ❤


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Title: Empress of All Seasons

Author: Emiko Jean

ISBN: 9780544530942

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Publication Date: November 06, 2018

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

 

As part of the tour, I received a digital ARC of this book. However, this, by no means, affect my review. My opinions and feelings are completely my own.

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Blog Tour: Guest Post & Book Review + Giveaway (CLOSED)| What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra

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Hi guys! What the Woods Keep Blog Tour had officially started yesterday, September 10th. This tour is hosted by Cherry Karlita from Tale Out Loud. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of this tour, Karlita! ❤ Below is the schedule of the blog tour:

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Today I have a guest post from the author of What the Woods Keep about her ideal fantasy world, some of her struggles with writing WTWK, and some of her inspirations for the book. Please take your time to read it. As a lover of fantasy myself, I think it is very insightful and heart-warming. Here it is: Continue reading →

Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Title: An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1)

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Publication Date: April 28, 2015

Publisher: Razor Bill

Source: Purchased


Goodreads Summary:

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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Insurgent Movie: Review & Discussion

I had no classes today so I decided to finally watch Insurgent because I’ve been really busy with school stuff these past months and I’ve heard both good and bad things (mostly bad things, actually) about the movie so I’ve been putting it off since. But after watching it and liking it, I deemed it necessary to write a blog post about what I thought of it. You know, just so we can have something different in this page. Also because Insurgent is my favorite book out of the trilogy (series, if you want to include Four, but technically it is a trilogy). Anyway, so yeah, it’s important for me to talk about Insurgent. So.

But first, before I forget, let me warn you that this is a discussion so it will contain spoilers so if you haven’t read the entire series, I suggest you close the tab, my friend. If you’re stubborn and that warning just spiked your curiosity even more and you decide to continue on with this post and then hate me afterwards, then you have a very big problem. Alright? Okay!

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ARC Review: The Light of Day by Kristen Kehoe

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Title: The Light of Day (Beyond the Horizon #2)

Author: Kristen Kehoe

Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Life, Love

Publication Date: October 7, 2014

Publisher: Kristen Kehoe

Source: eARC via Netgalley

Summary:

Two broken dreams, one apartment, and the chance to start again.

In this second installment in the Beyond the Horizon series, Cora, Mia’s cousin from Beyond the Horizon, has made some bad choices in her life, and these choices have led to bad things. Now, she’s on the mend, but while she’s mending, she’s learning how to live again, which also means learning how to love, and let others love her.

I have received a digital copy of this book via netgalley. Thank you, Ms. Kristen!

This book is about love, acceptance, and moving on. Cora, a twenty something girl from Portland, has a lot of problems. She has familial and love issues and has problems fitting in (in terms of friendship). She has been a rebellious girl all her llife. She grew up craving attention and love from her parents, which she has never gotten because of bad choices, both on her part and on her parents’ part. As someone who lacks care and love, she has sought comfort from alcohol and men. She used these to forget and numb the pain – even for a little while. She’s been deep into her problems to the extent where she couldn’t get up on her own anymore. Start something on own and for herself. Until her cousin, Mia, had to persuade her to seek help and be better. Continue reading →

ARC Review: The Vanishing Girl

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Author: Laura Thalassa

Genre: New Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Publication Date: March 15, 2014; January 27, 2015

Publisher: Lavabrook Publishing Group; Amazon

Source: eARC from publisher via Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

Every night after Ember Pierce falls asleep, she disappears. She can teleport anywhere in the world—London, Paris, her crush’s bedroom—wherever her dreams lead her. Ten minutes is all she gets, and once time’s up, she returns to her bed. It’s a secret she’s successfully kept for the last five years. But now someone knows. A week after her eighteenth birthday, when frustratingly handsome Caden Hawthorne captures her, delivers her to the government, and then disappears before her eyes, Ember realizes two things: One, she is not alone. And two, people like her—teleporters—are being used as weapons. Dragged off to a remote facility where others like her live, Ember’s forced to pair up with her former captor, Caden, to learn how to survive inside until she can escape. Only Caden’s making escape seem less and less appealing. But even as Ember falls for the boy who got her into this mess, she knows that she is running out of time. Because the government has plans for those like her, and those plans might just cost Ember her life.

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Review: Pioneer Girl + Giveaway

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Title: Pioneer Girl
Author: Bich Minh Nguyen
Genre: Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery, Family, Literature
Publisher: Viking Adult; Penguin Group
Publication Date: February 6, 2014; January 27, 2015
Source: eARC from Netgalley

I’d already introduced this book on my previous post.

Historical fiction and I don’t seem to get along although I am poorly working on that. Literature and I aren’t also buddies so I am surprised I liked this book. The plot is fairly simple. What captured my interest was the mystery — of Rose Wilder Lane’s and Lee’s lives — and how the author was able to link their stories. I haven’t yet experienced a long term obsession with an object, a subject, a person, or anything, really, so I could not relate to Lee’s obsession to uncover the story behind the golden pin, which was what started it all. Ages ago in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), a white American woman named Rose used to visit Lee’s grandfather Ong Hai‘s cafe. On her last visit, she left behind the golden pin. Lee’s grandfather and her mother kept it and brought it with them when they fled to America. This story was a family thing because Rose was remarkable to Ong Hai and Lee’s mother. Continue reading →

Review List

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