Technically NOT a monthly synopsis. Quick and messy life update! (+ a giveaway!)

Hey all! With the sudden 10-day vacation courtesy of the ASEAN Summit being held here in the Philippines (note: this supposed vacation is a complete scam — but more on that later), together with the equally sudden realization that I haven’t really updated you guys on what’s going on with me outside of my blog, I decided to write up a quick post before continuing to battle against the mountain of academic requirements (I’d like to say that I’m currently winning, but that’s really just my wishful thinking).

In an attempt to put a little orderliness in this post, I’m going to break things down into three sections: PAST, CURRENTLY, and FUTURE. I know, I know. I’m not very creative. But bear with me!

Here we go.



Recap: Heart of Mist blog tour (+ teasers and giveaway winner!)

Hello, mist dwellers! I was supposed to publish this recap post yesterday (as per the original blog tour schedule), but due to unforeseen circumstances, I was unable to find the time to draft any posts. With that said, I apologize for the delay!

Anyway, last October 27th, I hosted the #MistPH Twitter chat, which served as the culminating activity of the Heart of Mist blog tour. A number of people joined in on the fun! We even had Helen Scheuerer, author of Heart of Mist, with us throughout the chat. If you missed out on the actual event, fear not! Here’s a quick recap of everything that happened in the #MistPH Twitter chat as well as the blog tour itself! You can also opt to still answer the chat questions because why the hell not? Don’t forget to include #MistPH in your tweets, so that everyone can see them.


10 reasons to pick up Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer (and a giveaway!)

Hello! Today marks the start of the first ever blog tour for Helen Scheuerer’s YA fantasy debut novel, Heart of Mist, which was just recently published last August. To kick things off, I’ve decided to prepare a quick feature enumerating ten reasons why I think Heart of Mist is the next book you should definitely pick up and read!

If I’m being honest, if I were asked to list all the things I adore about this book, I doubt I’d ever run out of things to say. Heart of Mist is one of my favorite reads of 2017! With that said, having to narrow everything wonderful and spectacular about it to just ten points was quite the challenge for me. Still, I’m hoping that by the end of this post, I’ve successfully convinced you to, at the very least, look into what Heart of Mist has to offer.


#MistPH Twitter chat — and you’re invited!

Hello there, you! You are cordially invited to the first ever Twitter chat for Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer, where you can win finished copies of this phenomenal YA fantasy debut novel, bonus prequels and many more equally incredible prizes!

Sounds great? That’s just the tip of the iceberg!


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

Title: Heart of Mist
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: 31 August 2017
Publisher: Talem Press

* More about the book.
* More about the author.
* Purchase via Amazon.

* Read my book review for Heart of Mist.


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 king isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers. The leader of an infamous society of warriors, the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.


Review || Warcross (+ Giveaway)

Title: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Copy: Paperback

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* More about the author.
* More about the blog tour.
* Purchase via Amazon or Book Depository.


For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.


#BooksBindUs Giveaway! – Win Elise Kova’s novels

Hello, beautiful readers! If you’re an avid user of Twitter, I’m sure you’ve been encountering the hashtag “#BooksBindUs” every now and then. It’s actually a gathering of giveaways created by Sarah K. Vetter (@SKVetterWrites), which aims to spread positivity and joy as well as to promote all kinds of books people love.

Vetter herself says, “With all the events that are so polarizing in the news today, I wanted to do something that reminded us of the things that do draw us together.”

Now let’s talk about my giveaway contribution for #BooksBindUs!