[Book Review #84] ARC: Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran

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Solimar Castro Valdez is eighteen and dazed with optimism when she embarks on a perilous journey across the US/Mexican border. Weeks later she arrives on her cousin’s doorstep in Berkeley, CA, dazed by first love found then lost, and pregnant. This was not the plan. But amid the uncertainty of new motherhood and her American identity, Soli learns that when you have just one precious possession, you guard it with your life. For Soli, motherhood becomes her dwelling and the boy at her breast her hearth.

Kavya Reddy has always followed her heart, much to her parents’ chagrin. A mostly contented chef at a UC Berkeley sorority house, the unexpected desire to have a child descends like a cyclone in Kavya’s mid-thirties. When she can’t get pregnant, this desire will test her marriage, it will test her sanity, and it will set Kavya and her husband, Rishi, on a collision course with Soli, when she is detained and her infant son comes under Kavya’s care. As Kavya learns to be a mother–the singing, story-telling, inventor-of-the-universe kind of mother she fantasized about being–she builds her love on a fault line, her heart wrapped around someone else’s child.

Lucky Boy is an emotional journey that will leave you certain of the redemptive beauty of this world. There are no bad guys in this story, no obvious hero. From rural Oaxaca to Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto to the dreamscapes of Silicon valley, author Shanthi Sekaran has taken real life and applied it to fiction; the results are moving and revelatory.

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[Book Review #84] eARC: #famous by Jilly Gagnon

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In this modern-day love story, Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent joke spirals into a whirlwind adventure that could change both their lives—and their hearts—forever. But are fame and love worth the price?

Told in alternating points of view, #famous captures the out-of-control thrill ride of falling for someone in front of everyone.

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[Blog Tour Book Review #12] Keep The Faith by Ana Tejano (+ Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway)

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As a community development worker, Faith was quite familiar with heartbreak and recovery after all the time she spent on disaster relief missions. So when her five-year relationship ends right before she left for a mission trip to a typhoon-stricken town in Iloilo, she tries not to make a big deal out of it. How can she be broken up about a breakup when she’s with people who literally lost everything?

But now that she’s back, all Faith wants is for her life to go back to normal and have people stop looking at her with pity. Never mind that she still has a lot of questions about the breakup, or that she feels a tiny ache every time her ex comes up in conversations. She’s okay now, and happily distracted by Nico Tamayo, the attractive new guy at work.

With new possibilities in the horizon, Faith thinks she is well on her way to moving on. But when her past comes calling back to her, will all the good things in her present be enough to keep her on the path? Or will she finally learn that there was more to heartbreak and recovery than what she knows?

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Book Freak Revelations’ Top Ten Books of 2016

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Yes, I know 2016 is over.And it’s been 2 weeks since 2017 started, but believe me when I tell you that I won’t be moving on from these books anytime soon. Today, I’m more than elated to be sharing with everyone 10 of the best books I’ve read last year. If you’re a friend, you probably already know what tops this list, but I still need to dedicate an entire blog post about it. Okay?

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[Bookish Announcements #9] The Philippine Readers & Writers Festival 2016

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Even if I’m already working, I’m (almost) always ready to attend bookish events. Some would consider me a social butterfly (a bookish one, that is) just because I really love spending time with my friends, both old and new, bonding over books at signing events or just plain coffee. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Today, I’m sharing my weekend plans with everyone because the time has finally come for the annual Philippine Literary Festival, only this time it has a new name! National Book Store (the one and only host of the iconic event) decided to call it The Readers and Writers Festival! Fancy, right? Anyway, here are a few details about the event:

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