Bookbed reviews: ‘To the Sun, Moon, and Stars’ by Cariza Opana

by Agnes Manalo THE STORY To the Sun, Moon, and Stars, written by Cariza Opana and illustrated by Ellé Om, is a collection of poetry and prose that reads as letters meant to be sent to the skies and diary entries stored and locked in cages we all keep in our hearts.  This book talks about holding on and letting go, of becoming and unbecoming, of struggling, yet still going, and finally, of one’s self journey on the road towards healing. Get a copy: Amazon (ebook), author’s website (print) / Read reviews: Goodreads WHAT I LIKED I liked this part of the…

Bookbed reviews: ‘Chroma Hearts’ by Mayumi Cruz

by KB Meniado THE STORY Can love triumph over all—even catatonic depression? Can love defeat everything—even a diabolical evil? A new bride suffering from catatonia. A determined husband trying to break through the black pit in which her brain escaped to. And a ruthless abomination who will stop at nothing to tear them apart. Melvin and Erica are childhood sweethearts. Theirs is a love nurtured through the years. Everything is perfect. They are on the road to their happily ever after. Until their love is put to a series of tests: trials of fire. Erica is brutally assaulted, left for…

10 Lines to Love from the #StartHere Anthology, No Matter Your Gender Identity

by KB Meniado Been wanting some Filipino LGBTQIA+ romance? Celebrate! The book you’ve been looking for is here. Featuring M/M, F/F, F/NB romance stories with happy endings (and heat levels), the Start Here anthology is ready to serve you—yes, you, whatever pronoun you use—some real feels and maybe, also a few happy tears~ Check out this list of some of the most memorable lines from each of the story in the collection! 1.“To loving ourselves,” Ezra repeated with a smile, holding up his glass of water that by now, Caleb knew was all he ever drank. “I hear it’s the greatest love story ever.”—In…

Bookbed reviews: ‘Ghost of a Feeling’ by Celestine Trinidad

by KB Meniado With mentions of failure, bullying and suicide (not to mention, a great pretender~) on the blurb, readers might think twice adding Ghost of a Feeling to their reading list. I know I did. Because if you’ve experienced these things yourself, it’s a little scary to be going into a story that could possibly mess with your head big-time. This book did get to my head—and to my heart. THE STORY All Cris Villareal had ever dreamed of was becoming a doctor. But after the death of a patient under her care and the subsequent humiliation she suffers under a senior resident…

Bookbed reviews ‘The Mythology Class’ by Arnold Arre

by Cake Evangelista While reading Arnold Arre’s 1999 debut graphic novel The Mythology Class (2000 National Book Award Winner), I couldn’t help but reminisce about the fantastical and magical stories my mom, aunts, uncles and late grandmother used to tell me, my siblings and cousins when we were growing up. Those bedtime and naptime stories about all sorts of creatures from Philippine folklore sparked my love for reading and literature. And I do wonder if parents nowadays are still telling these tales to their kids, passing on this literary and cultural wealth to future generations. (I hope they do.) THE…

Bookbed reviews ‘The Queen’s Game’ by Carla de Guzman

by KB Meniado THE STORY There are only two reasons why Nina would come back home to Cincamarre–one, if Auntie Delia promises to stop butting into her business, two, if her father died and she was made to ascend the throne to be queen.  Unfortunately for her, it was the second thing that brought her home.  As a princess who’s sunk a yacht and been caught kissing popstars, it’s easy for her aunt, the regent, to think she’s ill prepared for the throne. But Nina doesn’t think that having to fake date Felipe, the handsome, squeaky clean Prince of Concordia was…

Bookbed reviews ‘Just Juliet’ by Charlotte Reagan

by Coleen Salcedo THE STORY Juliet represents the road less traveled. Will Lena take it?  Lena Newman is 17, her best friend’s a cheerleader, her boyfriend’s a football player, and as far as everyone is concerned, her life is sorted. But that’s before she befriends the new girl. Juliet is confident, slightly damaged, drop-dead gorgeous and a lesbian.  Lena realizes that her interest goes beyond just friendship. She sets off on a path of self-discovery where the loyalty of those closest to her will be tested. Read reviews: Goodreads WHAT I LIKED I enjoyed reading the novel from the very first page. It…