PH BLOG TOUR: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

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Thank you so much to those book bloggers who participated on my blog tours. Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao and Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean are both amazing books that Erika, Carmel and I promoted throughout November. Now that the November is ending, Shaine from Wanderer In Neverland and I (Rafael from The Royal Polar Bear Reads) would like to announce that we are going to bring another Asian Fantasy to your doorstep! The PHILIPPINE BLOG TOUR FOR THE GILDED WOLVES BY ROSHANI CHOKSHI is now accepting participants!


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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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Book Review: Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

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EmpressAllSeasons final_5.13Title: Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

Publication: November 6th 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780544530942

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.


Book Review:

What fascinating about Empress of All Seasons is how can it break the beauty of two worlds colliding and break stereotypes on the YA Fantasy whereas two races couldn’t find a common interest to resolve their misunderstanding. The beauty of misunderstanding and the cruelty of the misplaced trust exudes benevolently on this wonderful Asian novel.

Emiko Jean is pretty direct with her characters. The vulnerability of Mari’s character and undeniably courageous and yet coward Taro infuses with the complication of their worlds makes the book a wonderful piece. I immersed in this book without knowing what lies ahead. It is actually a great book that keeps on teaching life lessons in between the lines. I found myself holding my breath and reading the words over and over again because it was relatable.

I believe that this book is not there for us to just learn but also to contemplate how a perspective and mindset and even feelings could change a person. Emiko has been giving a lot of us an example on her book that it doesn’t take a minute or a second for a love to become a hatred. It doesn’t take a lot of time and effort to turn against someone when it comes to love. Love can do a lot of things. It can affect everything since almost everyone is responding with emotions.

What I liked about this book is that even there are some points that I find the transition is a little bit faster, this book keeps on teaching us a different attitude when we react. I see resilience in this book, I see cowardness that breaks the stereotyping in the toxic masculinity trait, I see fear, regrets, and longing. I see freedom and familial love. I definitely enjoyed this book more than I thought. But above all, I see how this book displays so much feminism.

Above all said, there’s one thing that I would like to discuss. I’m still deciding whether this book is a pro-protagonist book or an anti-heroine book. It is so complicated because if you read this book, you will know where I am coming from. It is such a delightful experience that a book could transform and change the readers feelings and at the same time make it happy with the novel. I just hope that there’s a sequel even if I don’t know there will be.

Verdict: Empress of All Seasons is a brilliant novel that aiming to teach the young readers (and not so young anymore) the normalcy and voices that everyone deserves to hear in 2018. It is not just a novel about love nor a book about perseverance and self-doubt or validation. It is novel that saying to us to stand up, don’t hesitate, and make the most out of what you have. Sometimes, you just need to get out of your comfort zone to grow.

MY RATINGS: 4 STARS.


BUY-LINKS

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Google Play | Book Depository


BLOG TOUR


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


8178238When 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.

Book Review: Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao

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This fairy tale retelling lives in a mystical world inspired by the Far East, where the Dragon Lord and the Serpent God battle for control of the earthly realm; it is here that the flawed heroine of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns finally meets her match. An epic fantasy finale to the Rise of the Empress novels.

Princess Jade has grown up in exile, hidden away in a monastery while her stepmother, the ruthless Xifeng, rules as empress of Feng Lu. But the empire is in distress and its people are sinking into poverty and despair. Even though Jade doesn’t want the crown, she knows she is the only one who can dethrone the empress and set the world right. Ready to reclaim her place as rightful heir, Jade embarks on a quest to raise the Dragon Lords and defeat Xifeng and the Serpent God once and for all. But will the same darkness that took Xifeng take Jade, too? Or will she find the strength within to save herself, her friends, and her empire?

Set in an East Asian-inspired fantasy world filled with breathtaking pain and beauty, Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix is filled with dazzling magic, powerful prose, and characters readers won’t soon forget.

Fans of Stealing Snow, Red Queen, and The Wrath and the Dawn will hungrily devour this page-turning read.

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TWITTER CHAT WITH JULIE C. DAO!!! + Giveaway!

Good Evening from the other side of the world! Erika from The Nocturnal Fey and I are excited to announce that we are going to host a Twitter Chat with JULIE C. DAO featuring her books Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix! All of this is possible with the help of our friends from Penguin Teen and Penguin Random House International USA. Thank you, guys! You don’t know how grateful we are to your support and kindness!


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Book Review: Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

91FZ41RwZzLFrom #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings, Book One of the Stormlight Archive begins an incredible new saga of epic proportion.

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.

Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan’s motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.

Speak again the ancient oaths:

Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.

and return to men the Shards they once bore.

The Knights Radiant must stand again.

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PH Blog Tour: Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

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Greetings! I’m happy to announce that I will be hosting the PH Blog Tour of Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean with Carmel of Bookable Reads! Thank you to Emiko Jean, Emma and to HMH Books for Young Readers for giving us the opportunity to host this title!


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Title: Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

Publication: November 6th 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780544530942

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.


ABOUT THE BLOG TOUR

The tour will run from November 12th to November 17th 2018 with two (2) or three (3) bloggers to post a BOOK REVIEW. The chosen participants must submit their email for the pre-approved eARC of the Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean via Netgalley. This blog tour sign-up is open only for Philippine Book Bloggers but Asian Book Bloggers can still join if they wish. Tour sign up will end on 30th of September 2018. A creative post is highly encouraged. More details via email.

Sixteen (16) – Twenty (20) participants are needed for this tour.

Thank you.


FOR INTERESTED BOOK BLOGGERS, SIGN-UP HERE.


Add Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean on GOODREADS!


BUY-LINKS

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Google Play | Book Depository


BLOG TOUR PARTICIPANTS

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.