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Bookbed reviews: ‘Kingdom Cold’ by Brittni Chenelle

by Nicai de Guzman THE STORY Attempted murder, that’s how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte’s engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent. When her kingdom’s attacked, Charlotte’s parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the […]

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Bookbed reviews: ‘Zona Cero’ by Faye Villanueva

by Nicai de Guzman THE STORY Zona Cero by Faye Villanueva is a steampunk comic on the Philippine war against Spain, except that the countries are named differently, and there is also an element of fantasy involved. The story follows Antonio Malik, a teenage Ilustrado or upper class who lives in the huge archipelago of Intramuros […]

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Bookbed reviews: ‘Detective Boys of Masangkay: Ang Mangkukulam’ by Bernalyn Hapin Sastrillo

by Nicai de Guzman THE STORY Nawawala ang alagang pusa ni Ate Lotlot at ang alagang tuta ni Junjun. Ninakaw ang mga sinampay ni Aling Cora. Pinatay ang mga panabong na manok ni Mang Jimmy. Na-kidnap ang sikat na Shino Kid. May isang mangkukulam. May isang dalagitang bagong lipat. May tatlong binatilyong fans ni Detective Conan. […]

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Bookbed reviews: ‘What Things Mean’ by Sophia N. Lee

by Nicai de Guzman THE STORY Olive is your typical teenage girl with growing pains. She has weird taste in food, she knows nothing about makeup and she feels she doesn’t belong in her family. This is aggravated by her physical appearance that couldn’t have come any farther from her mom’s and her extended family’s. Olive […]

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Writing for the Little People: An Interview with Children’s Book Author Liwliwa Malabed

by Nicai de Guzman I met Ate Liwa in one of our workshops in Probe Media Foundation a few years ago, when I was still a young reporter of Kabataan News Network. As the years went by and I graduated from the program and eventually became one of the bureau’s managers, I started to facilitate these […]

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Bookbed reviews: ‘This Side of Sunny’ by Agay Llanera

by Nicai de Guzman THE STORY Like her boyfriend back in the States, 18-year-old Mela Connor is spending Spring Break by the beach. But the difference is she’s spending it on an exotic island in the Philippines, where she’ll spend the next six days finding her estranged mother, of whom she has no memory. In the […]

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Bookbed reviews: ‘Mondo Bohemiano’ by Quentin J. Parker

by Nicai de Guzman THE STORY Is there life after having your heart destroyed? When ‘happily ever after’ crashes and burns?  In the shadow of losing the love of his life, one man attempts to salvage his soul. He is Nigel Q. Bunnytail. Twenty-something, artistic warrior prince, and sex fiend par excellence.  To accomplish this, he […]

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Bookbed goes to: Press by Fully Booked

by Nicai de Guzman, photos by Juan Sinag Cano Have you dropped by the new Press by Fully Booked in Rockwell? They encourage reading inside the café by allowing their patrons to borrow the books they have on their shelves! The first thing you’ll notice when you enter the café is that it’s heavily designed with books. […]

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Bookbed reviews: ‘The Eye of the Storm’ by Ilaria Goffredo

by Nicai de Guzman Let it be known that World War II is one of the most depressing periods of history, at least in my opinion. So when I started reading The Eye of the Storm, I was already expecting to feel all the feels. Star-crossed lovers? Check. War? Check. Senseless deaths? Check to the positive […]

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Bookbed recommends: Filipiniana

ni Nicai de Guzman; mga litrato ni Kat Candelaria Noong ako’y nasa elementarya at hayskul, palagi akong nasa silid-aklatan. Nakakahiyang aminin pero hindi ko talaga pinapansin noon ang Filipiniana section. Nang maging miyembro ako ng Heritage Conservation Society-Youth ay saka ko lamang binigyang pansin ang mga akda ng sarili nating kababayan, partikular ang mga tungkol sa […]