Bookbed reviews: ‘Kingdom Cold’ by Brittni Chenelle

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 people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom’s future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart? One must fall. Get a copy: Amazon / Read reviews: Goodreads WHAT I LIKED The racial…

Bookbed reviews: ‘A Story About Cancer With a Happy Ending’ by India Desjardins, Marianne Ferrer

by KB Meniado THE STORY I think about everything I’ll miss if they tell me I’m going to die . . . my mom, my dad, my sister, cookies, TV shows I’ll never get to see the end of, walking outside when it’s really nice, the smell of fall, the starry sky on a full moon, my grandparents, my grandpa’s lasagna, kissing Victor, Victor’s eyes, Victor’s voice, Victor’s smell, Victor’s hands . . . Victor. A teenage girl heads towards the hospital waiting room where the doctors are going to tell her how much time she’s got to live. As…

Falling for Romance: An Interview with Author Ines Bautista-Yao

by KB Meniado Ines Bautista-Yao knows a lot about love—she’s a daughter, a wife, a mother, a teacher, and… an author and editor of romance fiction! To open the month of love ;), here she talks about writing kilig, learning from aspirations and living one’s passion. Ines Bautista-Yao is the author of young adult and contemporary, sweet romance books and short stories. Her first book, One Crazy Summer, was published in the Philippines by Summit Books in 2011. She is the former editor-in-chief of Candy and K-Zone magazines, and a former high school and college English and Literature teacher. She is also…

12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky

by Paula Alagao If you haven’t yet, I recommend for you to pick up The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky this holiday season. This YA novel tackles family, love, sex, and friendship—all that makes for a perfect holiday read. No matter what you’re going through or where you are at, you will be able relate to the main character Charlie and maybe somehow you’ll realize along the way that once in your life you’d been a Wallflower (and that’s okay, OR you can do something about it, if you want to). ☁️ We’re recommending books for 12 days this holiday…

Creating A Metropolis of Art and Memories: An Interview with Jay Pillerva

by KB Meniado She makes art, she writes stories, she puts them together, she self-publishes her first book. Meet 21-year-old Jay Pillerva, or better known as @jaaychaan online, and learn about how she began creating and how she made her first illustrated novel Quinn and the Metropolis happen. Jay Pillerva is an independent illustrator, novelist and animator from the Philippines who has been writing and drawing her whole life. She aspires to contribute professionally to the creative industry with her stories and illustrations. The Metropolis Series has been her passion project for years. It is a loose account of her teenage years and her overall…

Bookbed reviews: ‘Quinn and the Metropolis (The Metropolis Series, #1)’ by Jay Pillerva

by KB Meniado THE STORY QUINN VASQUEZ has problems with her romantic life. No biggie. It’s just like your average teenage drama. But what if you suddenly have these monsters that begin popping out of nowhere, and suddenly, poof! They’re gone, and everyone goes about their lives like nothing happened. As these strange happenings begin to unfold, why does it feel like time has been repeating itself over and over again? Most importantly, where did those monsters come from? As everything begins to spiral out of control, Quinn kisses her normal high school life goodbye. She becomes a fugitive and…

Magic in Food, Magic in Words: Author Agay Llanera On Getting Writing Right

by Romy Peña Cruz Author Agay Llanera enjoys writing about food, and her readers are rewarded well for it. In her books like young adult novellas Choco Chip Hips and This Side of Sunny, she displays her talent for mixing topics of self acceptance, body image and family issues with scenes about baking confections and sampling Pinoy delicacies. Mango Summer, her latest release—an adult contemporary romance, doesn’t delve too far away. In it, Agay once again adds a food (and fantasy!) element to the love story: (magical!) mangoes from our shores. Magic is in the air…  For the first time…

Bookbed recommends: ‘Heartstruck’ by Angeli E. Dumatol #romanceclassFlicker (plus an interview!)

by KB Meniado In November 2017, #romanceclass launched Flair, an imprint dedicated to bringing 🔥 steamy 🔥 contemporary romance written in English by Filipino authors. The first release was You Out of Nowhere by Jay E. Tria, about a younger man and older woman (noona, if we may) falling in lust—then in love, with beautiful Seoul in autumn as its backdrop. September this year sees the beginning of #romanceclassFlicker—a fresher, younger imprint aimed at readers and lovers of young adult literature. The first release is Heartstruck by Angeli E. Dumatol, a story about learning how to grow comfortable in one own’s skin and cultivating good relationships….

8 Nail Art Designs Based on YA Book Covers

by KB Meniado I wanted to do something to personally celebrate Bookbed’s eighth year, and my initial idea was to dress up like book covers or characters for eight days. (I watch too many Buzzfeed videos, I know.) I couldn’t afford to do so, lifestyle-wise, so I opted for something that was more practical but also more challenging. Therefore: nail art designs based on book covers. I never do anything to my nails except to occasionally cut or bite them and I’m not a nail technician by any means, but I assure you I tried my best. This project ran…

Bookbed recommends: The ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy by Patrick Ness

by Allana Luta Imagine living in a world where every thought you have is broadcast into the world and can be heard and seen by everyone around you, and you theirs. There would be no such thing as secrets or surprises or privacy, only noise, constant and intruding. That is the premise of the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. Set in a world where all living creatures can “hear” each other’s thoughts, the protagonist Todd Hewitt discovers a spot without noise and his life is changed forever. The trilogy consists of The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask…