Blog Tour Review: Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

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Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
Genre: YA Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, #ownvoices
Publication: June 18th 2019 by Kokila
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 320 pages
Format: ARC from Penguin Random House International
Rating: ★★★★★

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A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin’s murder.

Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte’s war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story.

Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth — and the part he played in it.

As gripping as it is lyrical, Patron Saints of Nothing is a page-turning portrayal of the struggle to reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity.  Continue reading “Blog Tour Review: Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay”

#PatronSaintsPHTour – Official Launch

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I can’t believe the world’s about to finally meet Jay Reguero. Reading his story has meant a great deal for me, and I’m sure that’s a recurring thing that you’ll notice in most, if not all, of the blog tour posts that are to be published for this initiative. Randy Ribay’s writing in PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING is immersive, and so unflinchingly raw and honest, and I’m yet to meet a reader who was not touched by this #ownvoices novel. And now, without further ado, I’d like to welcome you all to the Patron Saints of Nothing PH Blog Tour. To get things started, I have Randy Ribay here on Book Freak Revelations today to talk about how Jay’s story came to be, so please read on!

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Blog Tour Review: Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi

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Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi
Genre: YA Science Fiction, Gaming, Virtual Reality
Publication: May 21st 2019 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 384 pages
Format: ARC from Penguin Random House International
Rating: ★★★★☆

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For seventeen-year-old Opal Hopper, code is magic. She builds entire worlds from scratch: Mars craters, shimmering lakes, any virtual experience her heart desires.

But she can’t code her dad back into her life. When he disappeared after her tenth birthday, leaving only a cryptic note, Opal tried desperately to find him. And when he never turned up, she enrolled at a boarding school for technical prodigies and tried to forget.

Until now. Because WAVE, the world’s biggest virtual reality platform, has announced a contest where the winner gets to meet its billionaire founder. The same billionaire who worked closely with Opal’s dad. The one she always believed might know where he went. The one who maybe even murdered him.

What begins as a small data hack to win the contest spirals out of control when Opal goes viral, digging her deeper into a hole of lies, hacks, and manipulation. How far will Opal go for the answers–or is it the attention–she’s wanted for years?

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#GirlGoneViralTour – Official Launch

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Today’s the first day of the Girl Gone Viral Blog Tour and so to officially kick things off, I have Arvin Ahmadi here today to welcome and share with y’all just a few words on what writing Girl Gone Viral has meant for him. Arvin is a talented writer with an innate talent of  telling stories that will no doubt move readers and make them think. I read and hosted a different tour for his debut, Down and Across, last 2017 and it has been such an honor working for and with Arvin and his publisher, Penguin Random House. I can’t even begin to express just how much I enjoy doing this for them, and so let’s get this blog tour started!

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Review + Aesthetic Board: Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

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Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Publication: March 5th 2019 by Delacorte Press
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 320 pages
Format: eARC from the publisher
Rating: ★★★★.5

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Having just been dumped by his girlfriend, British-born Hugo is still determined to take his last-hurrah-before-college train trip across the United States. One snag: the companion ticket is already booked under the name of his ex, Margaret Campbell. Nontransferable, no exceptions.

Enter the new Margaret C. (Mae for short), an aspiring filmmaker with big dreams. After finding Hugo’s spare ticket offer online, she’s convinced it’s the perfect opportunity to expand her horizons.

When the two meet, the attraction is undeniable, and both find more than they bargained for. As Mae pushes Hugo to explore his dreams for his future, he’ll encourage her to channel a new, vulnerable side of her art. But when life off the train threatens the bubble they’ve created for themselves, will they manage to keep their love on track?

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