The Voting Game was recently released just last month (within the first week of March, if I’m not mistaken), and it is my first read from Peter Gulgowski — which is a true shame on my part because he can effortlessly create a fascinating world and very compelling characters. I really liked Darrius, the main character of The Voting Game, in particular. He was very interesting to read about. But more importantly, Darrius is an unapologetically gay protagonist in a dystopian setting! I rarely see characters like Darrius in the science fiction genre — and that alone was enough to pique my interest.
Title: Chasing Mindy
Author: Carla de Guzman
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
But while Mindy is dramatic and has a tendency to yell at things when her siblings are brought up, Javier is taciturn and boring. The two of them spending a week in Paris together? It doesn’t sound like the best idea.
Title: Secondhand Origin Stories
Author: Lee Blauersouth
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Release Date: 15 March 2018
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing
Opal has been planning to go to Chicago and join the Midwest’s superhero team, the Sentinels, since she was a little kid. That dream took on a more urgent tone when her superpowered dad was unjustly arrested for protecting a neighbor from an abusive situation. Now, she wants to be a superhero not only to protect people, but to get a platform to tell the world about the injustices of the Altered Persons Bureau, the government agency for everything relating to superpowers.
But just after Opal’s high school graduation, a supervillain with a jet and unclear motives attacks the downtown home of the Sentinels, and when Opal arrives, she finds a family on the brink of breaking apart. She meets a boy who’s been developing secret (and illegal) brain-altering nanites right under the Sentinel’s noses, another teenage superhero-hopeful who looks suspiciously like a long-dead supervillain, and the completely un-superpowered daughter of the Sentinels’ leader. Can four teens on the fringes of the superhero world handle the corruption, danger, and family secrets they’ve unearthed?
In my monthly synopsis for February 2018, I mentioned that I’d make March a month for Marvel films, but like all revolutionary plans, the universe decided to take a giant dump on my hopes and dreams. Although I immediately recognized that March was going to be a busy month for me, I was still embarrassingly unprepared for the onslaught of deadlines. In other words, I was unable to succeed in my Marvel movie marathon. But I did get the chance to watch a Filipino film!
In celebration of Women’s March, UP Diliman’s Cine Adarna held a month-long screening of various feminist films and films centered on women. I was able to watch Lorna, a 2014 Cinema One Originals film. It’s a midlife comedy-drama about a 60-year-old woman rebounds from one love interest to another. Needless to say, I totally loved it! If the official movie trailer isn’t enough to pique your interest, I don’t know what will.
Title: The Heart Forger
Author: Rin Chupeco
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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.
Title: The Bone Witch
Author: Rin Chupeco
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.
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.
Title: Princess of Tyrone
Author: Katie Hamstead
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Apolline is happy hunting magical creatures on her pirate infested outer-perimeter planet. She is a fantastic shot, and doesn’t flinch at the blood and guts of her kills. Never once did she consider she could be the missing Princess of Tyrone.
All her life, she has heard the story of the Princess, cursed to sleep for eternity, unless her betrothed, the Prince of Oran, gave her true love’s kiss. Although Apolline knows she is betrothed, she thinks her fairy guardians arranged it out of ignorance of human ways. The thought she could be a princess is inconceivable.
Then Allard appears. Handsome, charming—but he’s not hers to have. He’s betrothed, too. Her guardians warn her against her newfound friendship, but she and Allard meet in secret anyway. Despite her rough exterior, he sees beyond her gun-slinging bravado and their love blossoms.