Monthly Wrap-Up: It’s the Year of Self-Care (Also of GREAT MOVIES)

Hello everyone!

I hope y’all had a great February. It was my birthday month, and I turned 19 (am I officially not Young Adult? Wow). It’s a weird time because I’m supposed to be an adult, but I also have no idea what I’m doing half the time and need guidance. Very weird dynamic.


So for my birthday, which was also the day Black Panther came out, a friend and I went to see it together. (Technically it was during opening night but we were too excited.) It was absolutely AMAZING. By far, one of the best that Marvel has to offer. It only took – what – 10 years for the Marvel cinematic universe to get to a POC main superhero and cast? Nice. :’D

A couple weeks ago, I watched Love Simon<with the wonderful ladies at YATL and it was a blast! I couldn’t stop smiling after the advanced screening and it was just soooo wholesome and pure and inspiring. The acting was top-notch and it featured the kind of high school drama that I could totally buy. Two thumbs up for this movie!

Sometimes I have to remind myself (or get reminded) about being selfish. I’m too much of a people-pleaser, I feel like. This became a big deal with a friend of mine who was way more invested in my life than I would ever be in theirs. In the end, I chose the action that would best preserve our healths. Life is too short to be hung up on relationships and decisions, and I hope they find their path successfully, just as I am trying to establish mine. Hopefully in a way where our paths don’t intersect.

As most of my friends have been saying: It’s 2018. The year we focus on us. The year of self-care and self-love. And I am trying to live that statement to the best of my abilities.

Wrapping up in a more positive note, I’ve been oddly thriving at school (superbly balancing my time! I usually get 5 hours of sleep though, so I’m still working on it). I’m excited for many more releases coming out over the summer, and can’t wait for spring break this upcoming month! Continue reading


Spotlight: What the World Needs Now is Love Lyric Book

Hello everyone, and happy Valentine’s day!

Truth be told, Valentine’s day has always been an excuse for school fundraisers and splurging on chocolate for me. This Valentine’s day, however, I’ve decided to celebrate by spotlighting the lyric book for What the World Needs Now is Love by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The lovely illustrations are by Mary Kate McDevitt, and the combination of touching lyrics and vibrant colors of the art create a beautiful picture book that I can’t wait to share with the kids I volunteer with.

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January Wrap-Up: I Read 21 Books This Month + Updates From A College Freshman

Hello everyone!

Wow, I can’t believe I’m doing a wrap-up. The last one I did… was October of 2016. It’s been more than a year! I’m glad to be back though, because I feel like wrap-ups are great ways to kind of organize where you’re at, especially reading-wise. I’m trying to get better on this aspect of my blogging/reading life.


I ended winter break around mid-January and started my second semester of my first year of university! Even though we had the first two days of classes off because of winter (thanks Atlanta weather), I’ve been feeling the stress accumulate since the moment I stepped back on campus. It’s been pretty tough balancing classes, extracurriculars, a new job, and reading/blogging now that I’m back, but hopefully my scheduled posts are enough for the next months! I read a LOT over the break (in case you couldn’t tell).

College is weird because the peer pressure is SO extreme. I recently applied to this club called Consult Your Community because my good sophomore friends were in it, even though the club is business-related and I’m a STEM major. (That interview was sooo nerve-wracking.) I also recently interviewed to become a Sophomore Advisor next year, which is basically like a Resident Advisor but they volunteer to do the work instead of having it as their job. I’m actually pretty excited about this, and helping future first-years! Continue reading

SST: Blood and Sand by CV Wyk Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Hello everyone!

If you haven’t heard of Blood and Sand and you’re a fan of fantasies with fierce warriors and cunning women, where have you been? We’re traveling back to the Roman Republic, during an age of “to conquer or be conquered” and exploring the story of Spartacus, the famous gladiator… if they were a girl. There is ACTION, there is a super sweet and steamy ROMANCE, and there’s the HOPE of the people, ready to rebel against their captors.

30975382Blood and Sand
Author: C.V. Wyk
Series: Book 1
Release Date: January 16, 2018
Publisher: Tor Teen
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Target


The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic–and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus….

Roma Victor. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to build an empire–an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end–and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus….


Blood and Sand just blew me away from start to finish. I loved following Attia’s journey as she headed towards revenge against the Roman Republic – quickly becoming an empire – for destroying her clan and leaving her princess of a nation swallowed by the growing Roman nation. This book loosely follows the story of Spartacus and focuses on the gladiators and fighters who are willing to challenge an empire that took them from their homeland. Following a historical bent like And I Darken by Kiersten White and female warriors that are ready to fight for justice like The Valiant by Lesley Livington, Blood and Sand blends fact and fiction to create an immersive, fast-paced adventure that will leave readers’ hearts pounding and blood rushing. Continue reading

Blog Tour and Giveaway! Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi Review + Fan Art

Hello everyone! Welcome to my stop for the Beasts Made of Night tour. I’m absolutely ECSTATIC to have y’all here, because there’s a lot going on in this post. I will be raving about this book; I will be sharing stunning graphics about this book; I will be hosting a GIVEAWAY for THREE winners of this book. What’s not to love? Let’s get started!

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Be On The Lookout! | Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh


Be On the Lookout! is a feature highlighting magnificent books that I’m trying to convince people to preorder, add to their TBR, or just be on the lookout for. It’s mainly a way for me to fangirl about the merits of a book outside a review, and hopefully make more readers aware of books that are not to be missed!

I’m really happy to be here for a shout out of an awesome #OwnVoices book for Korean representation: Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh! It’s action-packed from beginning to end, with amazing characters that you’ll just grow to love and awesome robots that are both daunting as they are amazing. I literally can’t shout enough of my love for this book to the sky! Pacific Rim + Kdramas = Rebel Soul, which comes out September 15, 2017.

BONUS: If you preorder the book, you get a postcard (with REALLY REALLY COOL art of the characters) and get entered in a giveaway for character-themed packages! Trust me, these packages are super cool. Face masks, Gundam suits (omg), and all sorts of awesome tidbits that the author got from Korea.

Find the details on the Axie’s website here!

34931621After a great war, the East Pacific is in ruins. In brutal Neo Seoul, where status comes from success in combat, ex-gang member Lee Jaewon is a talented pilot rising in the ranks of the academy. Abandoned as a kid in the slums of Old Seoul by his rebel father, Jaewon desires only to escape his past and prove himself a loyal soldier of the Neo State.

When Jaewon is recruited into the most lucrative weapons development division in Neo Seoul, he is eager to claim his best shot at military glory. But the mission becomes more complicated when he meets Tera, a test subject in the government’s supersoldier project. Tera was trained for one purpose: to pilot one of the lethal God Machines, massive robots for a never-ending war.

With secret orders to report on Tera, Jaewon becomes Tera’s partner, earning her reluctant respect. But as respect turns to love, Jaewon begins to question his loyalty to an oppressive regime that creates weapons out of humans. As the project prepares to go public amidst rumors of a rebellion, Jaewon must decide where he stands—as a soldier of the Neo State, or a rebel of the people.

Pacific Rim meets Korean action dramas in this mind-blowing, New Visions Award-winning science fiction debut.


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Be On The Lookout! | The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee


Be On the Lookout! is a feature highlighting magnificent books that I’m trying to convince people to preorder, add to their TBR, or just be on the lookout for. It’s mainly a way for me to fangirl about the merits of a book outside a review, and hopefully make more readers aware of books that are not to be missed!

This post will basically be a highlight of why The Epic Crush of Genie Lo resonated with me so much as a reader, and as a Chinese-American student. The Epic Crush isn’t just one of my new favorite books, it’s THE BOOK I’ve been waiting for since I was a child. It’s the book I’ve grown up wanting, the branch between the Chinese folklore I grew up watching and learning, and the American Young Adult novels that captured my interests and delivered me to another world. All I can say now is that I’m so happy it exists, and I urge readers to also pick it up. It comes out to the world on August 8, 2017 by Amulet Books!

30116958The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo’s every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.

Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.

Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…

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#AsianLitBingo Author Interview: Riley Redgate

Hello everyone! I’m happy to be here with an interview for #AsianLitBingo, which is hosted by Shenwei @ Reading As I Am. They, and the rest of the cohosts, have done amazing work for this reading challenge that celebrate the month of May, which is Asian American Heritage Month. This interview features Riley Redgate, author of Seven Ways We Lie, and recently out Noteworthy.

I actually really adored Noteworthy and you can find my feature for this book over here, as well as my five star review over here. It’s definitely been one of my top 5 contemporaries for the year so far, and I really recommend you guys checking it out!

Haven’t heard of #AsianLitBingo? You can check out Shenwei’s masterpost here and my own TBR post over here. We made this interview on time for the month of May! 😀 My questions will be bolded, and the response will be the paragraph(s) underneath. Continue reading

#AsianLitBingo TBR and Links

Hi guys! I’m extremely excited to post my TBR for #AsianLitBingo, which was founded by Shenwei @ Reading As I Am. This was all their awesome idea, but I – and a couple of other Asian bloggers – have joined onboard to help out! Suffice it to say, this is an amazing opportunity to add more Asian books, especially with #ownvoices representation, on my TBR and increase their exposure in general to the blogging community. The month will also be full of interviews, giveaways, blog posts, and a fun Twitter chat at the very end. You should definitely consider joining!


  • Book must have an Asian main character (can be one of several main characters) and be by an Asian author to qualify. It does not have to be #ownvoices, but #ownvoices is strongly encouraged.
  • Book can be a novel, short story collection, or comic book/graphic novel.
  • Book must be read during May 1st through May 31st to qualify.
  • Review link-up will close end of June 1st at midnight PDT. The extra margin is to give people the opportunity to write up a review for a book they might have finished late May 31st. We’ll follow the honor system assuming you didn’t read the book on June 1st.

Shenwei’s masterpost has all the information you need to get started, including the amazing prizes that this challenge will have. You can find it here! Continue reading

Hiatus: Quick Update and Apologies

Sorry guys for not being active recently. I’ve been reading comments and loving them, but I got back from a Model UN conference recently and have been busy since last weekend.

More importantly, *sighs*, I got into an accident and suffice it to say, it feels like my life became one of those serious Young Adult contemporaries where characters learn a tremendous lesson. It’s been a rough weekend and it will be a rough week and my mind is definitely not on books or blogging. In fact, I picked up a book yesterday to pass the time (as some of this situation is out of my hands now) and felt sick to my stomach. I’m leaving for an impromptu hiatus, but I’ll be missing your voices. I won’t be opening Twitter as well for a while so apologies for not replying.

Hope you guys have a good week. I don’t know how long this will last, but hopefully I’ll be back soon.