#LaroTour: Ang Larong Nagwakas Sa Atin by Fe Esperanza Trampe

Ang-Larong-Nagwakas-Sa-AtinPages: 344

Goodreads Rating: 4.50 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: 2019

Publisher: Anvil Publishing

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Mula pagkabata, buhay na ni Dennis Manansala ang paglaro ng chess. Dito lang siya siguradong magaling siya. Nang ilipat siya sa St. Louise de Marillac Academy o LdMA para sa high school, akala niya natukdukan na ito. Pero isang panibagong laro ang magsisimula nang makilala niya ang babaeng magpapaintindi sa kanya sa kahalagahan ng pamilya, pagkakaibigan, at pangarap.

Kinder pa lang, planado na ang buong buhay ni Esther Pamintuan. Para makapasok sa panagarap niyang university, mangunguna siya sa klase at magiging aktiba sa pahayagan ng LdMA. Ngunit nang hindi inaasahan, mapapasali siya sa laro ng chess at makikilala ang lalaki na magpapabago ng takbo ng mga plano niya.

Isang oras. Tigtatlumpung minuto sa orasan. Sa isang huling laro nakasalalay ang apat na taon ng pagsasamahan nina Dennis at Esther. Isa lang sa kanila ang magwawagi, gagawaran ng scholarship, at hihiranging Chess Player of the Year.

Sundan sina Dennis at Esther magbaliktanaw kung paano sila nagkatagpo, nagkalapit, at nagkaibigan.

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Exploring Tropes: Mafia Romance

As promised, I’ll write a book recommendation based on tropes. I have a list of my top five romance tropes and you can check it out here. On my first Exploring Tropes, we’ll venture on Mafia Romance. Honestly, books that has this trope is thrilling and addictive. The romance is always explosive and I just love mafia men. You know I’m a sucker for bad boys. The heroines are feisty and call out their lover’s bullshit.

It’s understandable this isn’t for everyone as it has trigger warnings such as violence, profanity, kidnapping, drugs, abuse etc. Everything is not sugarcoated and admittedly some of them are problematic. It’s your discretion to read them. I’ll do my best to rank it according to its darkness level so you’ll have an idea what to expect or if you can handle the story. It’s a lengthy post so please bear with me. Here are the mafia books / series I enjoyed:

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Love, Life and the List by Kasie West

LLLPages: 400

Goodreads Rating: 3.81 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: December 26th 2017

Publisher: Harper Teen

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Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

This is the first in a set of three standalone books with crossover characters.

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PH Blog Tour: The Shadow Glass by Rin Chupeco

38504533Pages: 432

Goodreads Rating: 4.47 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy

Publication Date: March 5th 2019

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

 

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In the highly anticipated finale to the Bone Witch trilogy, Tea’s life—and the fate of the kingdoms—hangs in the balance 

Tea is a bone witch with the dark magic needed to raise the dead. She has used this magic to breathe life into those she has loved and lost…and those who would join her army against the deceitful royals. But Tea’s quest to conjure a shadowglass—to achieve immortality for the one person she loves most in the world—threatens to consume her heart.

Tea’s black heartsglass only grows darker with each new betrayal. And when she is left with new blood on her hands, Tea must answer to a power greater than the elder asha or even her conscience…

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The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco

THFPages: 528

Goodreads Rating: 4.31 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy

Publication Date: March 20th 2018

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

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In The Bone Witch, Tea mastered resurrection―now she’s after revenge…

No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life…and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her―and took the life of her one true love.

But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea’s dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can’t kill someone who can never die…

War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe.

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The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

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Goodreads Rating: 3.68 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy

Publication Date: March 17th 2017

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

 

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In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series for readers of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price…

Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

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A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

avleosPages: 320

Goodreads Rating: 4.34 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: October 16th 2018

Publisher: Harper Teen

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It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.

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