Heyo heyo heyo, people! Kumustasa? (Kumusta is one of the ways to greet someone in Filipino and mustasa is Tagalog for mustard, and why am I even explaining this wordplay?)
I hope you’re all doing great today because I have some equally great news to share! Thanks to the people at Scholastic Press, and the lovely Gail Villanueva, this little miss will be co-hosting an international blog tour for My Fate According to the Butterfly!
I will be hosting the tour with my co-enablers Shealea and Kate. Ya girl is beyond excited because aside from the fact that this is my very first blog tour hosting, My Fate According to the Butterfly is one of my most anticipated reads for 2019!! I mean, a book about the Philippines’ current reality, and Filipino values, even the cover itself alone screams FILIPINO, who can say no to that?
If you’re as excited as I am about Gail’s debut, I highly urge you to read on and sign-up for the blog tour! And if what I said didn’t convince you enough, here’s a photo Gail’s duck Quackie with the book’s starred review:
OMG I got my first trade review ever and it's a 🌟starred review🌟 from @KirkusReviews! 😭😭😭
“Enlightenment” is the first book in The Bathala Series, inspired by the beautiful folklore of the Philippines. This is the coming of age journey of Filipina-American Dorothy Dizon and transfer student Adrian Rosario, who teeter between friendship and intimacy throughout the novel.
“Enlightenment” introduces Dorothy as an 18 year old high school student in the United States, learning through Adrian about the mysterious folklore that binds them to the obscure history of the Philippines. She realizes that supernatural forces are no defense for a consuming love, a love that has her lean on her best friend for support, the beautiful Stella De Guzman. Adrian is a blood-eating Danag warrior sent to protect Dorothy from unseen enemies of his secret society in the Philippines, a society that changed the course of history prior to Spanish colonization. Adrian’s doubts about Dorothy are put to the test until the final moment when he feels a connection he could never predict. Together, Dorothy and Adrian experience a metamorphosis of historic proportions, a metamorphosis that changes their souls.
An uplifting middle-grade debut about perseverance against all odds, Marie Miranda Cruz’s debut Everlasting Nora follows the story of a young girl living in the real-life shanty town inside the Philippines’ North Manila Cemetery.
After a family tragedy results in the loss of both father and home, 12-year-old Nora lives with her mother in Manila’s North Cemetery, which is the largest shanty town of its kind in the Philippines today.
When her mother disappears mysteriously one day, Nora is left alone.
With help from her best friend Jojo and the support of his kindhearted grandmother, Nora embarks on a journey riddled with danger in order to find her mom. Along the way she also rediscovers the compassion of the human spirit, the resilience of her community, and everlasting hope in the most unexpected places.
Content warning: violence, child abuse, classism, extreme poverty and hunger, kidnapping, descriptions of blood and other serious injuries
Hello, people! I’m temporarily back from my indefinite hiatus for a Halloween tour.
I welcome you to the First Annual “Trick or Treat” Blog Tour hosted by Jaiden @ Moonlit Reads! During the last 13 (haha lucky number!) days of October up to Halloween Day, I, and several other bloggers will treat you (no tricks here) with giveaways, interviews, blurbs, and more! You can find the start of the tour and its schedule in Jaiden’s post here!
And here are the other tour participants. I’ll update with their links as soon as the posts are up.
This post was supposed to be up earlier today, but I woke up very late and undoubtedly still very high from the #romanceclass #FeelsFest2018 event yesterday.
It is now one of my life goals to read all of Tara Frejas’ works. So far, I have only read one, and currently reading another, yet here we are with a new Tara Frejas book. But I’m not complaining, really.
Okay, back to the main point of this post. Here’s the cover for Tara Frejas’ new book: Play it by Ear!