[Book Review + Giveaway!] Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Veggies, the hearts of your enemies, tofu, and other delectable treats.


Title: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1)
Author: Julie C. Dao
Genre: Fantasy, Retellings, Young Adult
Publisher: Philomel Books
Release Date:
October 10th 2017

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An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress–and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

RATING: 5 stars

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#MIBF2017 Highlights

mibf02 copyDiscounts, meet and greets, games, giveaways, and other bookish whatnots.

Last Sunday, I went to the 38th Manila International Book Fair with some of my bookish friends. And, wow. It drained the energy out of me us. Although I have to say, this year’s MIBF is bigger than ever! (One floor bigger, to be specific.) But before talking about my experience this year, here’s what the book fair is all about: Continue reading “#MIBF2017 Highlights”

[Book Review + Giveaway!] Warcross by Marie Lu

I have so many things to say.


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Hello, booklings! And welcome to one of the first stops of The Royal Polar Bear’s Warcross PH Blog Tour.


Warcross (Warcross, #1)

Title: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Language: English
Pages: 416
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers


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.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.


RATING: 5 stars

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[Book Review] Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas

 The town where sketchy folks tell sketchy stories.

Local Girl Missing

Title: Local Girl Missing
Author: Claire Douglas
Publication Date: July 4th 2017 by Harper Paperbacks
Edition: Kindle
Language: English
Pages: 368
Genre: Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense
Series: Standalone
Buy the book: Amazon, Barnes&NobleBook Depository

Twenty years ago
21-year-old Sophie Collier vanishes one night.
She leaves nothing behind but a trainer on the old pier –
and a hole in the heart of her best friend Francesca.

A body’s been found.
And Francesca’s drawn back to the seaside town she’s tried to forget.
Perhaps the truth of what happened to Sophie will finally come out.
Yet Francesca is beginning to wish she hadn’t returned.

Everywhere she turns are ghosts from her past.
The same old faces and familiar haunts of her youth.
But if someone knows what really happened to Sophie that night then now’s the time to find out – isn’t it?

Except sometimes discovering the truth can cost you everything you hold dear – your family, your sanity and even your life . . .


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[ARC Review + Excerpt] One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Things are about to get bloody.

One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, #2)

Title: One Dark Throne
Author: Kendare Blake
Publication Date: September 19th 2017 by Harper Teen
Edition: Digital Advance Reader’s Copy
Language: English
Pages: 448
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Young Adult
Series: Second book
Buy the book: Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Book Depository

The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.


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