Friday 56 + Book Beginnings: Mirage, by Somaiya Daud


Title: Mirage
Author: Somaiya Daud
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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SYNOPSIS.

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancĂ©, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.

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The Friday 56 + Book Beginnings: The Heart Forger, by Rin Chupeco ft. B99 GIFs and a very small ARC haul!


Title: The Heart Forger
Author: Rin Chupeco
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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SYNOPSIS.

In The Bone Witch, Tea mastered resurrection―now she’s after revenge…

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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Are you a Filipino reader? Help me celebrate my birth month!

Hello, everyone!

June is slowly drawing to an end, which means that it’s getting closer to my birth month, August. In the Philippines, August is regarded as the Buwan ng Wika (National Language Month), which was originally a week-long festival (that is, Linggo ng Wika) that was extended to an entire month under the term of former President Fidel V. Ramos in 1997. As the name suggests, Buwan ng Wika aims to celebrate the Filipino national language.

Now, if you’ve been following my blog for a long while now, then you might have noticed that I typically conduct giveaways on my birthday as a small celebration and gift to all of you. However, I wanted to do something a little bit different this year. I actually put up a Twitter poll about it, which led to unexpectedly great results!

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The Friday 56 + Book Beginnings: The Bone Witch, by Rin Chupeco


Title: The Bone Witch
Author: Rin Chupeco
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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SYNOPSIS.

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland… and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

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The Friday 56 + Book Beginnings: Ghost of a Feeling, by Celestine Trinidad {and grab the book for free!}


Title: Ghost of a Feeling
Author: Celestine Trinidad
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary

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SYNOPSIS.

All Cris Villareal had ever dreamed of was becoming a doctor. But after the death of a patient under her care and the subsequent humiliation she suffers under a senior resident in her hospital, she begins to lose faith in herself. And no one else could understand her and her despair.

So one Halloween night, up on the rooftop of her apartment building, she decides to end it all.

She is stopped from jumping by Emilio, the ghost of a young man who haunts her building, who also committed suicide there many years ago. Eventually, Cris finds herself opening up to him, in a way she had never before, with anyone living or dead.

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The Friday 56 + Book Beginnings: Heart of Mist, by Helen Scheuerer {and blog tour announcement!}


Title: Heart of Mist
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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SYNOPSIS.

In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.

Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital.

But the kind isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers.

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Wrapping up April 2018 {where I ramble about #romanceclass & Infinity War}

With April being the second to the last month of my semester, things were a little crazy for the most part – but also tons of fun! As per usual, it was a month of academic requirements and deadlines, which, for the sake of not boring any of you, I won’t delve into in detail. Let’s just proceed to some of the highlights, yes? Yes!

Nothing made my day quite like returning to my dorm and discovering book mail, which, to my utmost pleasant surprise, happened a lot last April. Unfortunately, I did not have the time to take decent photos of all of them, so for now, let’s settle for a handful of half-assed shots, yes? (But I swear to all of you, I will make time to do a bookish photoshoot for all the books I’ve acquired so far this 2018!)


I received a gorgeous UK paperback of The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan from the lovely Val @ The Innocent Smiley because I won her giveaway on Twitter. I was overjoyed when she contacted me because this has been one of my most anticipated 2018 releases, and I can’t wait to finally read it!

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