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Bookbed reviews: ‘My Fate According to the Butterfly’ by Gail D. Villanueva

by Agnes Manalo

Note: This contains photos of a handwritten review. Click through image to enlarge and enjoy!


When superstitious Sab sees a giant black butterfly, an omen of death, she knows that she’s doomed! According to legend, she has one week before her fate catches up with her — on her 11th birthday. With her time running out, all she wants is to celebrate her birthday with her entire family. But her sister, Ate Nadine, stopped speaking to their father one year ago, and Sab doesn’t even know why.

If Sab’s going to get Ate Nadine and their father to reconcile, she’ll have to overcome her fears — of her sister’s anger, of leaving the bubble of her sheltered community, of her upcoming doom — and figure out the cause of their rift.

So Sab and her best friend Pepper start spying on Nadine and digging into their family’s past to determine why, exactly, Nadine won’t speak to their father. But Sab’s adventures across Manila reveal truths about her family more difficult — and dangerous — than she ever anticipated.

Was the Butterfly right? Perhaps Sab is doomed after all! Get a copy: National bookstores / Read reviews: Goodreads




My Fate According to the Butterfly by Gail D. Villanueva: A good read about forgiveness and becoming more aware of life outside your sheltered bubble. ☁️

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8 responses to “Bookbed reviews: ‘My Fate According to the Butterfly’ by Gail D. Villanueva”

  1. I’m so in love with the cover! ❤ Keeping this to my TBR


    1. Thanks for reading, Jessica! The cover is lovely indeed 🙂 Let us know when you’ve picked up the novel, and what your thoughts are 🙂

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      1. I will 🙂 Hopefully I can get it soon. It’s too sad that I’m far from the Philippines 😑


      2. Hopefully, copies arrive in your area sooner than later. It’s available on Amazon, btw!

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      3. Oh! Thank you. Wow didn’t I think of that! haha 😀 I guess I’m used to Philippines book only available as kindle. Thanks. I’ll be in touch once I read it. More power Bookbed!


  2. Wonderful review! Also, can I just say that your penmanship is absolutely gorgeous? I love how you handwrite your reviews! ❤ I'm so excited to read this novel, and I agree that the cover is simply stunning!


    1. Hi, Kelly! Thank you for reading this review, and for appreciating handwritten things! Let us know when you pick up the novel—we’d love to hear your thoughts. Here is Agnes’s IG, btw, for more calligraphy enthusiasm 🙂 @agnesmanalo_

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