Your Destination Is on the Left, by Lauren Spieller || Art & traveling: what makes a spellbinding contemporary


Title: Your Destination Is on the Left
Author: Lauren Spieller
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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Synopsis:

Dessa Rhodes is a modern-day nomad. Her family travels in an RV, their lives defined by state lines, exit signs, and the small communal caravan they call home. Among them is Cyrus, her best friend and long-time crush, whom she knows she can never be with. When your families are perpetually linked, it’s too dangerous to take a risk on romance.

Instead, Dessa looks to the future. She wants to be a real artist and going to art school is her ticket to success and a new life. There’s just one problem: she hasn’t been accepted…anywhere. Suddenly her future is wide open, and it looks like she’s going to be stuck traveling forever.

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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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Mini Reviews || 5 poetry books from female voices that need to be heard!

Hey, everyone! It feels like forever since I last did mini reviews by batch. I have never really been great at writing concisely, so I’m generally more comfortable with longer and more comprehensive reviews. However, with a total of 54 read-but-unreviewed titles, my review backlog has gotten pretty daunting and overwhelming – hashtag the struggle is real.

For this batch of mini-reviews, I’ll be sharing five poetry collections from female voices that definitely need to be heard by more people! Four of these poetry books were written by women of color, namely, Blue Bird by Magda Ayuk, milk and honey by Rupi Kaur, Women of Resistance by multiple authors, and Sisters’ Entrance by Emtithal “Emi” Mahmoud. Unfortunately, I decided against finishing Women of Resistance, which was definitely one of my more anticipated poetry titles in this batch. The details of my reading experience with it will be elaborated later in my review. Here we go!



Title: Sisters’ Entrance
Author: Emtithal Mahmoud
Genre: Poetry
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Synopsis:
2015 World Poetry Slam Champion and Woman of the World co-Champion Emtithal “Emi” Mahmoud presents her hauntingly beautiful debut poetry collection.

Brimming with rage, sorrow, and resilience, this collection traverses an expansive terrain: genocide; diaspora; the guilt of surviving; racism and Islamophobia; the burdens of girlhood; the solace of sisterhood; the innocence of a first kiss. Heart-wrenching and raw, defiant and empowering, Sisters’ Entrance explores how to speak the unspeakable.

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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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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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Mini Reviews || 3 anticipated fantasy titles that felt underwhelming

As most of you should know by now, fantasy is hands down my favorite genre. I really cannot get enough of magical worlds, mythical creatures, and all that other wonderful jazz. For this batch of mini reviews, I will be talking about three fantasy titles that I was extremely excited about: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson, The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine, and Society of Wishes by Elise Kova.

From what I’ve gathered, these titles have been positively received by my trusted sources (i.e. bloggers and friends whose opinions I consider before I pick up a book). Unfortunately, however, I ended up not liking any of the three books. In fact, I found them to be really underwhelming.



Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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Synopsis:

A skilled painted must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

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Sign up for the Reign of Mist (by Helen Scheuerer) blog tour!


Title: Reign of Mist
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: 13 September 2018
Publisher: Talem Press

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The realm’s darkest secret is out.

The cruelty of the capital and the power-hungry King Arden have scattered Bleak and her companions across the continents.

On the run in a foreign land, Bleak finds herself tied to some unexpected strangers. When the answers she yearns for are finally within reach, she must face the hard truths of her past, and take her fate into her own hands before it’s too late.

Meanwhile, secrets and magic unravel as a dark power corrupts the realm. Bleak’s friends are forced to decide where their loyalties lie, and who, if anyone, they can trust.

But one thing is certain: war is coming, and they must all be ready when it does.

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