You ever come across those books that just don’t let you sleep at night? Well, this was one of them. House of Salt and Sorrows was a very interesting and creepy read that I didn’t expect to get invested in! I wasn’t aware that it was based on 12 Dancing Princesses until I was reading and found that it was actually a very obvious retelling, and while I don’t really know a lot about the fairy tale, I did watch the Barbie movie when I was six….and this was a loooooooooot darker than that for sure.
I’ve heard about My Fate According to the Butterfly from my Filipino blogger friends. As I was mindlessly scrolling through my Twitter feed, I suddenly saw posts wherein there was going to be a middle-grade book about an eleven-year-old girl and the realities of Metro Manila and the war on drugs. That pretty much sold me on this, and when the opportunity came to promote this book through a blog tour, I knew I wanted in. So, what is My Fate According to the Butterfly about?
As someone who’s part Korean and rarely gets to see that part of herself represented in books, I KNEW Wicked Fox was going to be my most anticipated read of the season. The wait was absolutely agonizing—I requested for the ARC, tried to pull all strings possible to get it, but came out empty handed. Luckily I got my own finished copy at ALA, where I got to meet Kat and thank her personally for writing about our culture. It took me a little while to actually pick the book up after I had gotten it since I felt like I was expecting way too much of this book, but it turned out to really fun!
This book…..I don’t know. I didn’t expect a lot from it since I personally didn’t enjoy An Enchantment of Ravens that much, but I picked Sorcery of Thorns up anyway because of the Bowater cover and the interesting plot. I’ve heard mixed reviews before going in, but I wanted to see for myself if this would end up being better than Rogerson’s debut. It…..was? But also wasn’t?
Ever since I heard about an ongoing young adult series that’s unapologetically diverse—that featured superheroes being the villains of the story—I knew that this would be some of the most beloved books I’d come across. After reading and loving the first two novels and seeing a chance of being able to promote the third and get to read it in advance, I all but rushed to sign up for CW’s blog tour.