Patron Saints of Nothing (Book Review)

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Author: Randy Ribay

Publisher: Kokila

Edition: ARC

Pages: 319 pages

Buy Links: Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Book Depository

 

 

 

synopsis

A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin’s murder.

Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte’s war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story.

Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth — and the part he played in it.

As gripping as it is lyrical, Patron Saints of Nothing is a page-turning portrayal of the struggle to reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity.

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review

 

Thank you Kokila and PRH International for sending me an ARC in exchange of a review. With this, all the thoughts and opinion you will read are on my own.

 

Narrated in a single perspective, Patron Saints of Nothing is a timely relevant and eye opener about the beauty and ugly part of the Philippines. The story is about Jason, a Filipino-American who decided to travel to Philippines to find out about his cousin Jun’s death.

The first time that I stumble about the book on twitter I already knew that I will love it. And I was right, not just because I’m also Filipino same with the author and the protagonist but it is a book that will surely leave a significant mark on you.

Ribay wrote the plot in a manner that readers will surely grasp and devour what is happening in the story. It is in a way also where reader cannot predict what will happen next. Some topics that where discuss in the story are well research especially with the drugs. With regards of the other topic, the readers can easily understand it as Ribay wrote it perfectly.

The characters are well played wherein you will surely love and hate some of them. Despite Maning’s attitude towards Jay when they are touring around Manila, I came to the thinking that Maning in that scene is like a tour guide.  A tour guide where he shows not only Jay but also the reader the rich history and culture of Philippines. It is where readers who are not Filipino be taught and persuaded to learn the beauty of Filipino history and culture. Mia’s relationship to Jay is one of the kind where it is not forced. It also show the trait of a Pinoy who help someone even if you just met the person and you really don’t know him/her.

It is overwhelming that some of the parts of the story shows the tradition, culture and traits of every Filipino. You can also read some Tagalog words in the story like “Mano Po” where Pinoy are accustomed to do when meeting elderly people for their blessings and respect. The word “Po” is also introduced where in every Filipino used it after a sentence or part of the sentence as a sign of respect to the person you are talking to.

Regardless with the topic of drugs in the story, you can not deny that the Philippines have a positive side in every negative. You can see that not all people who are well fed and rich enough have the tendency to be successful or the one who will do good things. They are  some things that we surely cannot foresee and prevent with. But I surely know that with a proper guidance, love, and support that we can get not just from our parents, siblings, relatives and friends can have a large impact on how we saw and do things in our lives.

With everything that happens in the story. I ask myself. I’m I a good citizen? I’m a Filipino enough? Do I really know our history?  Is it enough that just because I live in my own country and speak the native language is utterly enough to say that I have done great and contributed well.

Patron Saints of Nothing is really an eye-opener for everyone to reconsider and do something relevant and good that will improve bot just yourself but the world you are walking.

So what are you waiting for, “GISING NA, PH”

 

MY RATING:

5 OUT OF 5 STARS. I TOTALLY RECOMMEND IT.

5 stars

 

Blog Tour: The Flatshare

36478784Title: The Flatshare

Author: Beth O’Leary

Published: April 18th 2019 by Quercus

Edition: ARC

Buy Links: Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Book Depository

 

 

Before anything else, I would love to say a massive thank you to Quercus for sending me an ARC to review for this lovely blog tour. With this, my opinions and review are on my own.

 

synopsis

After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. Fast. And cheap. But the apartments in her budget have her wondering if astonishingly colored mold on the walls counts as art.
Desperation makes her open-minded, so she answers an ad for a flatshare. Leon, a night-shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiffy can have it nights and weekends. He’ll only ever be there when she’s at the office. In fact, they’ll never even have to meet.
Tiffy and Leon start writing each other notes—first about what day is garbage day, and politely establishing what leftovers are up for grabs, and the evergreen question of whether the toilet seat should stay up or down. Even though they are opposites, they soon become friends. And then maybe more.
But falling in love with your roommate is probably a terrible idea…especially if you’ve never met.
A joyful, quirky romantic comedy, The Flatshare is a feel-good novel about finding love in the most unexpected of ways.
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The moment I saw the cover and read what is it all about, I already know that I will love it. When the publisher ask me if I want to join the blog tour for this book I didn’t hesitate to join. And that I think is the best decision that I’m proud to say that I did. As The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary is a contemporary book that you shouldn’t wanna miss reading.
Romantic, cute, funny and unique. That is what The Flatshare is all about. It is the book that every contemporary reader will surely love.
At first, you will be confuse with the kind of writing style the author has. It is because some of the lines are in a dialogue form. Not with the typical type of paragraph that we are use when reading. But later on you will find it unique and interesting as it is not the kind of book that we are use to read. I like how some of it are in a dialogue type and in it, the author included not only the lines of the characters but also their feelings. This is the only book that I’ve read that the feelings is also included. And I find it cute and interesting rather than annoying.
Another interesting thing about the book is the plot line. I love how it is not the cliche instant love. In the story or half of the book, the characters haven’t even met yet in the story. They just know each other names and they just know a little bit of each other by the use of  exchanging notes through post its.
The main character, Tiffy is an editor in the story. With it, we can experience and learn the things that the writer, publisher, editor and other people is doing in creating a book. I know that us readers will surely love this thing as we can see the process in creating the book we love. We can also appreciate the people of what they are doing just to produce and create the books that we love reading.
I really wanna say more but I think I’ll just spoil you all. So I just want to advice you to just read the book and experience the love and enjoyment that I experience in reading it.
To wrap it all, I highly recommend the book if you are a sucker for a unique contemporary romance. I also would love the book will turn to a movie.

MY RATING:

5 out of 5 owls

5 stars

About the Author:

Beth O’Leary worked in children’s publishing before becoming a full time author. THE FLATSHARE is her debut novel. The idea for The Flatshare came to Beth when her doctor boyfriend was doing long night shifts as part of his training and they could go weeks without seeing each other, but she could track his life by how many cups of coffee were left on the counter, by how much he’d eaten and whether the bookmark in his novel had changed locations. It made her wonder – what could you learn about someone if you lived together but never overlapped?

Blog Tour: Girl Gone Viral

41485133Title: Girl Gone Viral

Author: Arvin Ahmadi

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Edition: Hardback

Pages: 384 pages

Buy LinksAmazon / Barnes and Noble / Book Depository

 

Before anything else, I just wanna say a massive thank you to kuya JM of TheBookFreakRevelation for allowing me to join this International blog tour and to Penguin Random House International for gracing us this wonderful opportunity.

synopsis

For seventeen-year-old Opal Hopper, code is magic. She builds entire worlds from scratch: Mars craters, shimmering lakes, any virtual experience her heart desires.

But she can’t code her dad back into her life. When he disappeared after her tenth birthday, leaving only a cryptic note, Opal tried desperately to find him. And when he never turned up, she enrolled at a boarding school for technical prodigies and tried to forget.

Until now. Because WAVE, the world’s biggest virtual reality platform, has announced a contest where the winner gets to meet its billionaire founder. The same billionaire who worked closely with Opal’s dad. The one she always believed might know where he went. The one who maybe even murdered him.

What begins as a small data hack to win the contest spirals out of control when Opal goes viral, digging her deeper into a hole of lies, hacks, and manipulation. How far will Opal go for the answers–or is it the attention–she’s wanted for years?

 

 

review

 

For the past months, years and decades. Technology already had a large impact in our lives. That we can’t even do simple things without using them in our daily routines. With this fast growing technology, do we really know the pros and cons in using them? Do it really help us or do it just simply dragging us to be dependent on it? Do we know what are the risks in using them? Do we really just giving others the opportunity to know private things about us?

I know you are wondering why I’m asking this simple but  intriguing questions. If you ought to find out I suggest that you should continue reading.

Girl Gone Viral is the second book by the one and only Arvin Ahmadi. Some of you probably don’t know or know him. But he is only the author behind the beautiful book Down and Across.

Just like in his first novel, he still enables us to grasp another gorgeous story that will surely hook us. In this novel, it captures the beauty and some of the ugly part of technology. The meaning of family, friendship, and how different the school works for us.

As for me who doesn’t know a little bit of virtual gaming, it is kinda hard  for me to understand some things on how it works. But with the author kind of writing style, it enables me to understand and learn what it really is it. And that folks is one thing that I like about Arvin. He let us not just to enjoy the pleasure of reading a story but let us learn new and understand things we don’t know.

With regards of choosing the character. I love how instead of he using a male protagonist he use a female one. We all know that when we talk about virtual gaming and in terms of using gadgets, it quickly comes in our mind that it will be a male one rather than a female.

As I said awhile ago, do we really know the deeper meaning of technology to us. What it gives us? I’am saying this and sharing this kind of things because there are some parts in the story where you will find that little did we know that other already know our private lives through hacking without us knowing it. That the hackers can simply sell this information to others and use it against us. I would really recommend that everyone should read Girl Gone Viral to enable us to use the internet with out most care and not giving your information on the net because you just found it amusing and because others are doing it.

All I can is that Girl Gone Viral is a book that will surely enable us to enjoy reading a good story and teaching us things at the same time.

 

MY RATING:

4 OUT OF 5 STARS

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Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith (ARC Review)

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Title: Bloodleaf

Author: Crystal Smith

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Edition: ARC

Pages: 373 pages

Buy Links: Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Book Depository

 

 

 

synopsis

Perfect for fans of RED QUEEN and UPROOTED, Crystal Smith’s debut novel, BLOODLEAF, is an imaginative retelling of the Grimm Fairy tale “The Goose Girl” that takes a ghostly mystery and sets it inside an epic fantasy world.

Aurelia is the first princess born to the Renalten crown in two hundred years, destined to fulfill a treaty by journeying to marry Valentin, the prince of Achelva – Renalt’s greatest enemy. Rumors of an unwell, cruel prince abound, and the only thing that eclipses Aurelia’s apprehension of her impending marriage is her fear of those who’d kill her to prevent it.

When an assassination attempt forces Aurelia to use forbidden magic to save a stranger, she is driven from Renalt by the witch-hunting Tribunal and a mob out for blood. But before she can claim asylum in the court of her betrothed, her travel party turns on her, forcing her to trade places with her treacherous lady-in-waiting, Lisette.

Now penniless in Achleva and bereft of her identity, Aurelia must decide if she wants to surrender to her new life or fight for her old one, all while navigating the complicated ties binding her to the enigmatic prince, the unquiet ghost of an ancient queen, and a poisonous plant called bloodleaf.

Aurelia is a pawn in a centuries-long game of love, power, and war— and if she can’t extricate herself from it before Lisette marries Valentin in her stead, she may face losses far more devastating than her crown.

 

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Thank you so much to HMH teen for granting my request and sending me an ARC in exchange of a review. This doesn’t influence my review or opinion about the book.

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Are you looking for a new fantasy read that will let you swoon and be mesmerized by the plot line? Then look no more as Bloodleaf is the one you are actually looking for your next great read.

Bloodleaf is the debut novel of Crystal Smith. And oh boy oh boy, all I can is that it is such a magnificent and fantastic read for those whore are fantasy lover.

Just like in the movie Final Destination, the main character Princess Aurelia also foresee events where a person dies. Every time the Harbinger  show herself to her she already knows that someone will die. Aurelia can also see the reason why a certain person dies.

Reaching the first 70 pages I’m already hooked with the story. Funny how there’s this scene where the Harbinger where introduces and I got scared because its night-time that I want to stop reading. But with how great the story is despite being scared with the Harbinger I’m more motivated to continue reading the story rather than to sleep.

With these scenario and experience, I already told myself that this books will be a 5 star read. And in the end, I wasn’t disappointed because I really end up rating it a 5 star.

The plot and characters are so incredibly written that when reading the book all you wanted to do is continue reading it and do knowing but to finish it. I love how Crystal Smith wrote the story line. I like how it really penetrate the souls of  the reader upon reading and discovering the beauty of the book.

The theme of the story is also lovely as it talks about how beautiful sacrifices, love for family and friendship is. The turns and twist of the story is also one of the factors that will surely love by the reader.

There’s this part where I cried a lot with a certain scene that I’ve been force to stop reading and cry and continue reading it again for me to cry again. This experience is one of the main reasons why I enjoy and love the book. And I know that this kind of thing will be loved and cherish by the reader upon reading.

In general, Bloodleaf is one of the book that I’ve read that I’m surely will have a great impact for readers out there. It  is a kind of story where readers will talk about it and recommend it non-stop to other people.

Kudos to Crystal Smith for writing this beautiful and tight griiping book that will surely loved by all who got the chance to read it.

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MY RATING:

5 OUT OF 5 STARS

5 stars

 

Grim Lovelies (Book Review)

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Title: Grim Lovelies

Author: Megan Shepherd

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Edition: ARC

Pages: 374 pages

Buy Links: Amazon / Barnes and NobleBook Depository

 

 

 

synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime.

Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Pursued through Paris by the underground magical society known as the Haute, Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer before the spell keeping them human fades away. If they fail, they will lose the only lives they’ve ever known…but if they succeed, they could be more powerful than anyone ever bargained for.

From New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd, Grim Lovelies is an epic and glittering YA fantasy. Prepare to be spellbound by the world of Grim Lovelies, where secrets have been long buried, friends can become enemies, and everything—especially humanity—comes at a price.

 

review

 

Dark, enchanting,  captivating and surprisingly wonderful.

Grim Lovelies is the book you shouldn’t wanna miss if you love politics, fairy tales, magical realism and plot twisting story.

The book started when five beasties Anouk, Beau, Luc, Viggo, Hunter Black and Cricket found out that their mistress was found dead in her own bedroom. Without their Mada, the beasties embark on a journey where they needed to know who the killer is before the spell that keeps them to be human vanished.

Anouk the protagonist is such a lovely character and a fresh breath of a person. I love how innocent she is at the beginning and how she gets stronger and stronger as day passed. She is the character that you will surely love immediately. Her relationship with the other beastie is one of the most adorable thing that I found about her. Love how she handle every situation well and how brilliant she is when coming up with a plan.

The other beasties and characters are also well portrayed. I love how each of them has complimented each other and how their friendship grows throughout the story.

With regards to the plot. The magical system in the story is so good that reading the story enables you to feel that magic is true. I love how the plot twist gave the readers more reason to finish the book and learn what will happen next in the story.

The story takes place in Paris. With this, I found and experienced how lovely Paris is even though I haven’t visited it yet in real life.

I found Grim Lovelies to be an interesting and amazing book. I can’t wait to read the next book to know what will happen.

 

MY RATING:

5 OUT OF 5 STARS

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Mirage (Book Review)

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Title: Mirage

Author: Somaiya Daud

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Edition: Paperback

Pages: 320 pages

 

 

 

synopsis

 

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.

 

review

 

First of all, I would like to say thank you to Kaleena of  Reader Voracious for creating the Flapping Pages and Heather for passing her copy. Again, my deepest thank you to Kaleena and Heather.

 

In a world full of science fiction novels, Mirage is the only sci-fi fantasy book that hooked me for the year of 2018. Hooked in a way that there are times that I want to continue finishing it. And sometimes it frustrate me that I just don’t want to continue reading it. 

It has the elements of surprise where you seem to enjoy reading it as it gives as  the pleasure to be mesmerized on how the world was built. The story line is interesting as well as the character also.

What I like about the characters is how they are developed. How strong they where and it let you feel what they are feeling in the story.

The relationship between Amani and Idris is amazing. The love story on their part is not just like others where they feel in love with each other immediately. But it is where it let them grow and learn to know each other first.

With how rich the world building is the reason why you will also be bored about reading it. With this, you will be confused how many cultures, religions, plot lines are there in the story. That in reading it you just want to get a pen and paper and jot down all the info you are learning every time you are reading so that you will not forget it. And be confused on what is happening on the latter part of the story.

In general, I could say that Mirage is just a well balance book where you will definitely torn between enjoying it and not enjoying it. Because of this, I can’t seem to decide whether I should read the next book. But you can never can tell……

 

MY RATING:

3/5 STARS

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FLAPPINGPAGES PROGRAM

As I said below, I received the ARC from Heather through the use of FlappingPages Program which Kaleena build.

For those who didn’t know, the FlappingPages is where you can donate ARCs that you don’t want anymore or simply you want to share for our International friends who don’t have much access with it. The program also supported Intl. bloggers who want to receive books for review.

Attached here is where you can find more about FlappingPages Program.

 

 

 

 

PH Blog Tour: Empress of All Seasons (Review & Favorite Quotes)

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Title: Empress of All Seasons

Author: Emiko Jean

Publisher: HMH Teen

Edition: ARC

Pages: 366 pages

Buy Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository

ISBN: 9780544530942

 

Hello everyone! I would like to say that welcome. Welcome to the first day of the PH Blog Tour for the Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean.

I’m so happy and grateful to HMH Teen for granting me to host this tour and providing all the eARC to my fellow participants for the tour. Thank you also to the author, Emiko, who is kind enough to send me the ARC of her mothers for me to review and grace this PH tour.

To Rafael, my co-host, thank you. Thank you for the patience and teaching me all the things in hosting a tour. As to be honest, I don’t have any idea in hosting a tour as it is my first time.

And lastly, to all the participants. Thank you also for joining this PH tour and supporting me and Raf.

 

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synopsis

In a palace of illusions, nothing is what it seems.

Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy.

Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be, if she weren’t hiding a dangerous secret. Mari is a yōkai with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster. If discovered, her life will be forfeit. As she struggles to keep her true identity hidden, Mari’s fate collides with that of Taro, the prince who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne, and Akira, a half-human, half-yōkai outcast.

Torn between duty and love, loyalty and betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness, the choices of Mari, Taro, and Akira will decide the fate of Honoku in this beautifully written, edge-of-your-seat YA fantasy.

 

review

“Is this all there is? Marrying men, stealing their fortunes, and having babies?”

A standalone fantasy, Empress of All Seasons talks about the life of Mari — a yōkai (supernatural creatures) who’s trained all her life to compete in the Imperial City and marry the prince and steal his fortune.

Reading Empress of All Seasons is like reading The Hunger Games with The Selection. The Hunger games because Mari and the other girls is competing in a specific room (which is the Summer, Autumn, Winter or Spring room) or place where there is a specific task to do. The Selection because just like it, they are competing in and the girl who will win will have the chance to marry the prince and be a princess. The different yōkai in the story has also some similarities with the creatures in Greek mythology. That’s why when the author describe them, you can easily imagine what they really look like.

In regards with the story, its like you are not reading a fantasy novel but a contemporary novel with its simple and fast-paced kind of pacing. There are new words or terms for the things and monster in the book that you will encounter. But as you read it, you will not find it difficult to understand as in the end of the book you will find a glossary. Nevertheless, you can still know what it means as it is explained in the following lines.

Not like in other novels, the characters are very different. The main boy protagonist, Taro, I think has the less exposure in the story. Which is new to me, as it should be him, the main boy protagonist that should have a lot of exposure and development. Aside from that, I can really compare Taro with Hephaestus, Greek God of fire, metalworking, stone masonry, forges and the art of sculpture because just like Hephaestus, Taro loves working projects that in fact he had made a metal butterfly, tiny insects, a giant crane, and collars. and such more. I was surprised with Akira’s character in the story. Surprised because he has more exposure and development than Taro. And he is just the second boy protagonist. But with this scenario with the two, as still love them both and  still they are lovable.

You will feel sad that the ending is just like that but when you really do look at it closely, you will understand why the author ended the story that way.

What I really love about the whole story is that it doesn’t gives me the signal at first that it has a feminism side kind of story. The only moment that I’ve known that it has this element is when at the end of the book, I read the line that says “We love our brothers. BUT NOT EVERY HAPPILY-EVER-AFTER INCLUDES A MAN.” With this line, I know now why the Animal wives only marry men for their fortunes, why in Mari’s village they kill their sons and only kept their daughters, why Mari and Taro’s character is not that fully develop and lastly, why Hanako a girl, is the weapons master.

To sum it all, Empress of All Seasons is the fantasy novel you shouldn’t miss reading with its deep, delicious and breathtaking plot. And one more,  it has all the complete ingredient that you need in a novel.

 

MY RATING:

5 stars

 

 

FAVORITE QUOTES

“Silence is the cousin of invisibility.”

“Funny how love can drive you to hate.”

“Not everyone is all good or all bad.”

“A life lived in chains is no life at all.”

“Nature is the most vengeful of patterns.”

“To love is to suffer”

“I believe everything in life that is worth anything is people — those you love and those who love you.”

 

 

Blog Tour Schedule

November 12 

Rafael of The Royal Polar Bear Reads

Carmel of Bookablereads

Jonathan of Wander with Jon

Nikki of Take Me Away

 

November 13

Vivian of Vanilla Angel Pages

Jen of Jen D Bibliophile

Jenny of Levicorpvs Blog

Hanamae of The Wraith Reads

Cristina of Girl in the Pages

 

November 14

Shaine of Wanderer in Neverland

Akisha of akithroughbooks

Ela of The Ultimate Fangirl

Princess of  Princess and Pages

 

November 15

Leilanee of ofsparksandmagick

Salwa of Salwa’s Reading Solace

Dexter of Dexterous_Totalus

Avery of B for Bookslut

Kat from Novels and Waffles

 

November 16
November 17

Myrth of Cliste Bella

Justine of Bookish Wisps

Athena of The Night Faerie

Ramnele of Bookdragonism

Erika of The Nocturnal Fey

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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When Emiko is not writing, she is reading. Most of her friends are imaginary. Before she became a writer she was an entomologist (fancy name for bug catcher), a candle maker, a florist, and most recently a teacher. She lives in Washington with her husband and children (unruly twins). She loves the rain.

QUICK FACTS

Name: Emiko, Emi, Emmers Bemmers Boo Boo (only my mother calls me this)

Occupation: Writer and reader, most days reader before writer

Location: Vancouver, WA

Family: Yes. One husband. Two children – b/g twins!

Previous Occupations: Bug tamer, teacher, florist, candlestick maker and vagabond. My friends and I once (poorly) fixed up an old van. We drove it across the country. The bumper fell off and we lost the brakes in the Redwoods.

Qualifications: None. But I strongly believe in “fake it till you make it” and asking for forgiveness rather than permission.

Favorite foods: ALL OF THEM. Though I do have a special place in my heart for girl scout cookies, frosted animal cookies and anything with pasta.

Favorite time of year: Fall. I also love Christmastime (even though I’m Jewish).

Favorite music: Depends on mood and activity. For writing: Mumford and Sons, The Strumbellas, The Head and the Heart, Queen, Bowie, Pink Floyd … For general work (building this website, creating graphic etc.): Anything hip-hop, specifically Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Dyme Def, Atmosphere, Matisyahu …

Favorite authors: Too many to count.

Last concert: Jay-Z and Kanye West – Watch the Throne

Favorite television shows: Antiques Roadshow, Call the Midwife, anything BBC, anything real housewives (no judgement please)

Least favorite things: The word “moist” – I dare you to find it in one of my novels.

Unusual talents/facts: I am fantastic at finding four leaf clovers. I can also make three loops with my tongue. I’ve also won my fair share of Texas Hold’em tournaments.

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