Chapter Excerpt: Enlightenment by Reno Ursal


Title: Enlightenment
Series: Bathala Series, Book 1
Author: Reno Ursal
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology
Format: eARC
Publication: Pacific Boulevard Books, 14 March 2019
Read: March 2019

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“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.


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Review: Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz

“I was ashamed, Mama, I can see that now. I don’t feel that way anymore. We will do the best we can with what we have.”

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Title: Everlasting Nora
Author: Marie Miranda Cruz
Genres: Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction
Format: eARC
Publication: Starscape, 2 October 2018
Read: December 2018

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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


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Trick or Treat Blog Tour || Excerpt from The Iron Flower

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.

Jaiden @ Moonlit Reads // Auburn @ Blunt Book Blog // The Book Bratz // Shirley @ Shirley Cuypers // Cassandra @ The Bibliophagist // Aimee @ Aimee, Always // ME @ The Little Miss Bookworm // Writing Follies // Between the Folded Pages // Perks of Being Noura // Shorty Says // Browsing for Books // Ohana Reads

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Play It By Ear by Tara Frejas Cover Reveal

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!

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Play It By Ear (Backstage Pass #2)

by Tara Frejas

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Review + Giveaway: Reign of Mist by Helen Scheuerer

“We were not put on this realm to make apologies, only to make change.”

Reign of Mist

Title: Reign of Mist
Series: The Oremere Chronicles, Book 2
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eARC
Publication: Talem Press, 13 September 2018
Read: August 2018

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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.

Intriguing and action-packed, Reign of Mist is the second installment in Helen Scheuerer’s epic YA fantasy series, The Oremere Chronicles.


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