COVER REVEAL & BLOG TOUR: War of Mist by Helen Scheuerer

COVER REVEAL & BLOG TOUR: War of Mist by Helen Scheuerer

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!

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THIS IS NOT A DRILL: Revealing the cover of The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

THIS IS NOT A DRILL: Revealing the cover of The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

Friends, as the title of this post suggests, this is not a drill. This is actually happening. I am not even exaggerating when I say that I never ever imagined that I would be given the honor to write this post. In case you’re still a little bit lost, you can easily refer to the incredibly unsubtle hint I dropped on Twitter recently:

Yep, I can officially tick off “reveal the book cover of my favorite author queen’s upcoming release on my blog” off my book blogging bucket list! I am extremely ecstatic and humbled to announce that today, I am introducing the book cover of Rin Chupeco’s next YA fantasy novel, The Never Tilting World, to all of you!

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Unveiling the cover for Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth (ft. an INT’L giveaway!)

Unveiling the cover for Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth (ft. an INT’L giveaway!)

Today marks an extremely special day about a book that’s personally close to my heart. If y’all have been following my blog before it rebranded into the golden brown, sunflower-filled space it is today, then the title Secondhand Origin Stories might strike a familiar chord to you. I’ve gushed and lovingly screamed about this wonderfully diverse literary gem on more than one occasion. In fact, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to organize a blog tour for this book, the #SHOSPH blog tour with a huge bunch of talented, passionate bloggers.

There are honestly so many aspects in Secondhand Origin Stories (written by the amazing Lee Blauersouth) that I absolutely love — its family-centered superhero plot, its remarkable bluntness in tackling social issues, its heartwarming portrayal of friendship and loyalty among a diverse group of superpowered teenagers, and the list stretches interminably. With that said, I am genuinely overjoyed to inform all of you that Lee Blauersouth’s self-published YA debut is celebrating its first year! Yep, today marks the first book birthday of Secondhand Origin Stories.

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21 Sapphic romances that’ll make your heart soft on Valentine’s Day

21 Sapphic romances that’ll make your heart soft on Valentine’s Day

In just a few days, we’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day! Unless you’re recently single and constantly busy (like me) and will be spending the whole day hosting a nationwide event for college students (also like me). Nevertheless, whether you’re currently in a happy, healthy relationship or not*, I genuinely believe that there is a romance novel out there for everyone!

I recently realized that 80% of my bookish blabbering** is about books that fall under the science fiction and fantasy genres. Although SFF holds a large, arguably dominant space in my heart, believe it or not, I also enjoy reading romance (gasp!). Especially the kind of romance that’ll leave me feeling soft, vulnerable, warm and all sorts of mushy on the inside.

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The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf: A thoughtful take on Malaysia’s dark history that had me weeping (ft. giveaways!)

The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf: A thoughtful take on Malaysia’s dark history that had me weeping (ft. giveaways!) The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
The Weight of Our Sky
by Hanna Alkaf

an ARC review (digital)
published 5th February 2019
young adult & historical fiction

tagged for authors of color (asian authors), #ownvoices, poc representation (malaysian, chinese) & mental health (ocd)

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Melati Ahmad has imagined her mother’s death countless times. Plagued by gruesome thoughts she believes are put into her head by a djinn, Melati has developed an intricate set of tapping rituals to tame the monster within and keep her mother safe.

But there are things that Melati can’t protect her mother from. On the evening of May 13th, 1969, racial tensions in her home city of Kuala Lumpur boil over. The Chinese and Malays are at war, and Mel and her mother become separated by a city in flames.

With a 24-hour curfew in place and all lines of communication down, it will take the help of a Chinese boy named Vincent and all of the courage and grit in Melati’s arsenal to overcome the violence on the streets, her own prejudices, and her djinn’s surging power to make it back to the one person she can’t risk losing.

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The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi: Elaborate heists, dark grandeur, & hard-hitting colonialism

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi: Elaborate heists, dark grandeur, & hard-hitting colonialism The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
The Gilded Wolves
by Roshani Chokshi

an ARC review (digital)
published 15 January 2019
young adult, fantasy, & historical fiction

tagged for authors of color (asian authors), #ownvoices, poc representation (black, filipino, indian, biracial/multiracial), lgbtqiap+ representation, disability representation (autism), & miscellaneous (jewish representation)

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Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

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15 upcoming books from Asian authors that your radar may have missed

15 upcoming books from Asian authors that your radar may have missed

I am extremely happy that there seems to be a wonderful ton of upcoming releases from Asian authors this year. We’ve reached a point in time where we can actually build two-digit lists(!!!) about them, and although that may appear to be a small, irrelevant feat to some, I think it’s a tiny victory worth recognizing.

However, although it’s great to see a bit of progress in the publishing industry, I cannot help but feel that books written by authors of color are still promoted and hyped significantly less compared to releases from privileged white authors. No spilled tea, just a casual observation from a woman of color. It may seem like there is a lot of hype surrounding diverse books, especially in the online book community, but the reality is that this community is not representative of the entire reading population.

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