The Book Depository: Ordering from the Philippines (Updated Oct.30, 2020)

Update 2 (Oct. 20, 2020): Got refunded for the second book I ordered just before lockdown
Update 1 (Aug.14, 2020): Got refunded for one of two books I ordered just before lockdown

Thought I’d share my experience with Book Depository because my most recent experience with them was different from the previous times and I found myself googling about it. So why not add my own experience to the internet, right? LOL. Okay, here it is.

Review: Dread Pirate Arcanist (Frith Chronicles #2) by Shami Stovall (plus a Giveaway!)

Whoa! Today we have Dread Pirate Arcanist by fantasy and sci-fi author Shami Stovall. It’s the sequel to Knightmare Arcanist, which I reviewed (and enjoyed!) a few months ago. I can’t believe it’s here and I feel so lucky to be part of this review tour.

Read more about the book, check out my review and enter the tour giveaway for a chance to win a gift card to your favorite bookstore!

Review: Hanami (#1) and Hazakura (#2) by V.C. Buckley (plus a $10 Giveaway!)

Today we’re featuring Hanami and Hazakura (the sequel!) by author V.C. Buckley! This is a series in a genre that I don’t usually review, but lately I’ve been trying to be more open to contemporary fiction (you know, young adult, new adult, etc.) so I jumped at the chance to join this blog tour. I’m also pretty psyched because the author is from Manila! Gotta support my fellow Filipina, you know. :)

The Original Rider-Waite Smith Tarot

The Original Rider-Waite Smith Tarot is the first deck I ever owned. When I became interested in tarot, I naturally went to the internet for resources and found a lot of lovely blogs by experienced readers and practitioners. Most, if not all, mentioned that every beginner should study the classic Rider-Waite Smith deck from which most decks, books and systems are based on. Seemed like sound advice, so I went and bought myself a deck at the bookstore. That was about three years ago, I think.

Today’s rambling: I kind of miss the blogging of old

I’ve been in a major blogging and reading rut for the longest time, right? I mean, I’ve done a few book reviews and spotlights here, but I don’t post as much as I used to, back when I was at the height of my book blogging or whatever. And it sucks ’cause I actually like my blog for what it is. It’s just hard to keep up sometimes.

Anyway, since I haven’t been inspired to write about anything, I decided to do a little cleaning up instead. I went back in time to check my very first posts on this blog and my gosh it’s been such a trip.

T-Shirt Thursday! Yay!

Goodness, I haven’t done a T-Shirt Thursday in ages.

But I remember spying a few cute and cool ones in my inbox a few weeks back (you know I’m subscribed to a few graphic tee newsletters), so I decided to do a little bit of browsing.

Here are some of my latest favorites. Enjoy! :)

Cover Reveal: Thorn by Intisar Khanani (plus a $25 Giveaway!)

Today we’re celebrating the new cover of Thorn, a fairy tale retelling by one of my favorite fantasy authors, Intisar Khanani! Yayyy.

Intisar Khanani self-published Thorn back in 2012 and I even had the chance to review it. I loved it and I have been a fan of Intisar’s work since then. The novel is being re-released under HarperTeen and I’m excited for everyone else to discover this book.

Check out the new cover below! Then read an excerpt and enter the giveaway for a chance to win a Thorn-inspired prize pack and a $25 gift card (for one US winner) or a $25 gift card (for one non-US winner). Enjoy!

Review: Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall (and a $25 Giveaway!)

Ohai! I’m here again with my review of Knightmare Arcanist by author Shami Stovall. It’s my second book by the author and this one’s a young adult fantasy. Not gonna lie, even though this is YA (I’m not usually a fan), I jumped at the chance to join this blog tour because I really enjoyed the last book of hers that I read (see my review).

The story of Knightmare Arcanist centers on a young outcast fighting for his dream of becoming more than what the world thinks he is. It doesn’t sound too different from most YA fantasies, right? But, hey, this was pretty fun and I enjoyed it!

Read more about the book below, check out my review, and check out the interesting excerpt. And of course, enter the blog tour giveaway for a chance to win goodies. Yayyy..

Spotlight: Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall (plus a $25 Giveaway)

Hullo! Today we’re having a book blast for Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall. It’s out now and available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Yay!

I joined this book blast because I read one of the author’s books, The Ethereal Squadron, not long ago and I really enjoyed it. I’m also posting a review of Knightmare Arcanist next week, so watch out for that.

In the meantime, read more about the book, check out a cool excerpt and enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $25 GC!