Despite my announced blogging hiatus on Twitter (I did not have the time nor the energy to sit down and write a long post as to why I need a quick break from blogging, if I’m being honest), I am momentarily back to introduce to y’all an upcoming YA fantasy debut that is guaranteed to knock your
adorably printed socks off! And guess what?
Your favorite Southeast Asian girl is organizing another blog tour for this fantastical beauty of a book! Personally, I don’t think this debut has reached the radars of most readers and book bloggers so I’m hoping to change that. I can’t wait for all of you to learn more about A Shifting of Stars and its incredible author!
In an ideal world where I have a lot more free time on my hands and an abundant amount of motivation to write, I would have written separate monthly synopsis posts for February and March, despite the fact that it’s nearly April already. But alas, this is not an ideal world, I’m feeling as lazy and exhausted as ever, and I’m typing this post while binge-watching another series on Netflix (Girlboss, in case any of y’all are curious about the train wrecks I like to hate-watch).
My blogging has been really inconsistent and sporadic for the past couple of months, and given that this always happens halfway through the semester, I wish I could say that I totally expected this. But ya girl is still really naïve and optimistic (you know, despite everything).
by Elizabeth Acevedo
read the full synopsis.
With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.
Okay, is it just me or have there been a lot of blog tour sign-ups on this blog lately?
And there will be more to come soon — okay, I’m getting way ahead of myself. I hope y’all aren’t sick of them yet because the tour for My Fate According to the Butterfly is an extremely special one!
For one thing, I am organizing this alongside two of my closest blogging friends, Kate @ Your Tita, Kate and Cara @ The Little Miss Bookworm, and the four of us have been plotting this tour since December last year! And nope, I’m not miscounting — because the author herself, Gail D. Villanueva, was the one responsible for reaching out to us and offering this incredible opportunity (Love you, Gail!). Gail’s been really involved throughout the planning and preparation for this tour, so I guarantee that all of you are in for a treat!
Quick story time (or maybe not — I do tend to babble). I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember. Literally. When I was a little girl, my lola (Filipino for grandmother) read books to me every single day, especially right before my bedtime. According to her, I immediately became obsessed with it.
Every night, I would go to her room, carrying two or three books with me, and ask her to read all of them in one sitting. More often than not, after she finished reading, I’d still ask for more. It got to the point where lola actually tried to deceive me by skipping a few pages here and there (I assume it’s because she wanted to get rid of me more quickly) — and naturally, three-year-old me called her out on her attempts every single time. Feeling defeated (and likely really fed up with me), lola decided to teach me how to read on my own. In the end, I learned my alphabet, as well as how to read, before many of my older cousins did (#flex).
When I first arrived in Kuala Lumpur last week (can you believe that the start of #KateLeaLumpur was exactly a week ago?), I jokingly “vlogged” about my arrival. I was running on nearly 48 hours of sleep deprivation, but my haggardness was outweighed by how excited I was to travel outside of the Philippines with a friend, instead of with my family member — and yes, it was a huge first for me. Plus, the airbnb that we got was too fancy and wonderful to not film. You can easily watch the video on Twitter (cough, don’t forget to give me a follow while you’re at it, cough).
Kate @ Your Tita Kate and I have been high-key hyping up our trip to Kuala Lumpur for months (honestly, I could not have asked the universe for a better traveling companion!), and us being us, we will most likely recount our adventures in Malaysia on our respective blogs sometime soon.
Hopefully. But I digress.
Hello, friends! As y’all know, when I’m not championing books by Asian authors, I like to hunt for underrated literary gems — a lot of which are found in the indie or self-published side of this virtual town. Aside from Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth (I’m giving away a couple of copies here!), I absolutely adore The Oremere Chronicles by Helen Scheuerer.
With morally gray characters your heart will loyally root for, an immersive plot that’ll always keep you on your toes, and a terrifying fantasy realm where magic is forbidden, this trilogy truly has it all! I easily fell in love with Heart of Mist, the first book in this YA fantasy series, and I was left even hungrier for more after finishing its sequel, Reign of Mist. With that said, I am incredibly happy to reveal the third and final book to all of you!