Review (and author interview + giveaway!) || The Heart Forger, by Rin Chupeco


Title: The Heart Forger
Author: Rin Chupeco
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Copy: Digital
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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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Review (and giveaway!) || The Bone Witch, by Rin Chupeco


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

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Dr. Reinabelle Reyes: Filipina astrophysicist who proved Einstein’s theory

Who would think a petite 33-year-old Filipina with a timid smile could hold the answers to the universe? Dr. Reinabelle Reyes is the brilliant scientist who, at the ripe age of 26, was able to confirm Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity on a cosmic scale by showing how galaxies up to roughly 3.5 billion light-years away clustered together.

One idea that can be learned from science is how even the smallest of stars have the capacity to burn brightly. Similarly, last January, Dr. Reyes could have easily been mistaken as one of the 250 high school students attending Research Fair 2017’s Youth Science Convention instead of the event’s speaker; however, once she started talking, it cannot be denied that she is a force to be reckoned with. Make no mistake – Dr. Reyes is a star in her own right, and it is when she speaks passionately that her light disperses, consequently electrifying those in her presence.

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Review || Ghost of a Feeling


Title: Ghost of a Feeling
Author: Celestine Trinidad
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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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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Review || You Out of Nowhere


Title: You Out of Nowhere
Author: Jay E. Tria
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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Real quick: I received a digital review copy of You Out of Nowhere as part of my participation in a blog tour. This neither affects my opinion nor the content of my review. Many thanks to the #romanceclass authors for this fantastic opportunity!

You Out of Nowhere is the first of many upcoming steamy, contemporary, Filipino romance novels from the #romanceclassFlair project. The story begins with 31-year-old Kris Jimenez taking notice of a gorgeous stranger on a train, who happens to be holding a copy of Pride and Prejudice. Said stranger turns out to be Ringo de Dios, a 24-year-old workaholic trying to climb up the corporate ladder. Sparks fly, but their flirtation doesn’t end in the train. Somewhere along the way, they find themselves on the same flight to Seoul, Korea.

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Review || Making It Complicated


Title: Making It Complicated
Author: Clarisse David
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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Quick disclosure – I received a digital Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of this novel from the author herself in exchange for an honest review. Many, many thanks to Clarisse David for this fabulous opportunity!

Weighed down by the emotional baggage that has been haunting her ever since her parents’ marriage had imploded, nineteen-year-old Camille Velasco finds herself fleeing to the exquisite white beaches of Boracay for a quick summer getaway. As she tries to lose herself in the exotic chaos of the island, Cam encounters Hunter Alvarez, the resident drummer of a local band called The Integers.

Hunter may be her best friend’s childhood sweetheart, but for just one night in what is perhaps one of the most magical of places, he is all hers.

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Shealea reacts to: Baka Bukas (2016) – a film review


Title: Baka Bukas
Director: Samantha Lee
Writer: Samantha Lee
Cast: Jasmine Curtis-Smith (Alex), Louise de los Reyes (Jess)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Year of release: 2016

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Baka Bukas (Maybe Tomorrow) is a 2016 Cinema One Originals film* that tells about, in the words of its queer female director Samantha Lee, “what happens when you fall in love with your best friend”. Its main character is a 23-year-old lesbian named Alex, who is based in Manila and is every bit of a millennial as any individual can be. In the film, Alex is in love with her best friend Jess whom she initially did not reveal her sexuality to (while everyone else has been aware for quite some time). Due to a trick of circumstances, Jess uncovers Alex’s secret and from there, their relationship begins to evolve.

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