Review + Giveaway: “Hotshot Doc” by R.S. Grey

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Title: Hotshot Doc
Author: R.S. Grey
Publication Date: December 6, 2018
Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Get it: Amazon

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R.S. Grey gives the good old enemies-to-lovers troupe a fresh, witty and romantic spin in her newest release Hotshot Doc.

Dr. Russell has a bad reputation around our hospital. The scrub techs say he’s cold-blooded, the nurses say he’s too cocky for his own good, and the residents say he’s the best surgeon in the world—really, just a swell guy!—on the off chance he’s within earshot.

I try to avoid him and his temper at all costs. It’s just as easy to admire his sexy, grip-it-while-he’s ravishing-you hair and chiseled jaw from a healthy distance, preferably from the other end of the hallway half-hidden behind a plant.

Unfortunately, my plan crumbles when my trusty ol’ boss decides to swap his white coat for a Hawaiian shirt. His retirement leaves me with two terrible options: switch specialties and spend months retraining, or take an open position as Dr. Russell’s surgical assistant.

That means I have to stand near him in the OR for hours on end and anticipate his every need without letting his biting words and bad attitude intimidate me. Oh, and as if that’s not difficult enough, my silly crush on him—the one I’ve tried to stomp on until it disappears—might just be reciprocated.

It’s fine.
I’m fine.

I take my job seriously. There will be no smoldering bedroom eyes across the operating table, no angry almost-kisses in the storage closet. (Well, no more of those.)

What’s the phrase? An apple a day keeps the doctor away?
Maybe I should go for a whole damn bushel.

Confession time: As much as I love Fantasy and Sci-fi, sometimes they get too heavy for me and I need something light and fluffy and just plain sweet to counteract it. R.S. Grey is one of my go-to authors for that particular need. Honestly, Rachel (name twinsie!) hasn’t let me down, so my falling in love with Hotshot Doc shouldn’t be a surprise anymore.

But, oh my, surprise it did!

At this point, I should warn you that I will be gushing over this book BIG TIME! I loved everything about Hotshot Doc – from the characters to the pop culture references to the humor. There’s just so much to love in this book.

This story will have you smiling that goofy smile and laughing throughout its entirety. You have Bailey. She’s awkward, mouthy and a hardworking big sister dedicated to giving Josie the best life she could give her. She had to grow up faster than her peers, her parents dying suddenly in a car crash, and take on daunting responsibilities at such a young age. Because of this, Bailey had to make a few detours, leaving pre-med to train as a surgeon’s assistant instead, and she does a mighty fine job.

Then you have Matt, aka Hotshot Doc, a moniker he rightfully earns. He has a very strict work ethic, married to his job and dedicated to helping kids with difficult cases of scoliosis. He’s earned quite a reputation of running off his surgical assistants, that is until he meets Bailey.

Starting out as enemies and ending out as lovers, I loved seeing Bailey and Matt come together. Bailey brought out the kind heart Matt hides from the rest of the world, while Matt gives Bailey the love and the care no one else has given her. These two are definitely swoony, but it was funny reading their attempts to pull the brakes at their budding relationship (mostly Bailey) and how they tease each other (mostly Matt.) Add Josie, Bailey’s sassy and bookworm of a little sister, into the mix and good luck holding the laughs in!

Hotshot Doc definitely earns a place in my top R.S. Grey books. It’s right up there with old faves  The Duet and The Allure of Julian Lefray. If you’re looking for something funny and romantic to read, this book is for you. I cannot recommend it enough.

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About the Author:

dpe2jlb-300x300R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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Giveaway!!!!!

Because I loved Hotshot Doc so much, I want to share the love (really, I just want you guys to fangirl with me!) I will be giving away three (3) Kindle copies of Hotshot Doc. Just click on the link below to enter. I will be drawing and announcing the winners on December 16. This giveaway ends December 15 at 12 MN, Eastern Time.

Good luck!

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First Line Fridays: “Before We Were Strangers” by Brenda Novak

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First Line Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Hording Books.


Hey there, you! Happy Friday!

I know I haven’t been around much the past handful of weeks. I have no other reason than life just generally kicking me in the behind, making it necessary for me to ease off of blogging in the meantime so I can go trade back punches.

That analogy aside, I’m happy to say that I haven’t stopped reading. I slowed down, yes, but I never stopped reading. It kept me sane.

I recently finished Elizabeth Tammi’s Outrun the Wind, a story inspired by the Greek myth of Atalanta. Today though, I will be sharing the first line of my brand new read.
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As far back as Sloan McBride could remember, she’d been told she was an ice queen. Even the people closest to her, especially the people closest to her, complained about her reserve. Her height, her physical appearance and her vocation didn’t make her any more approachable, so what served her well professionally worked against her personally. She heard people mutter words like stuck-up, aloof or distant – and knew they were referring to her. No one seemed to understand that she hadn’t chosen to be standoffish. That was simply a byproduct of what she’d been through.

I love mystery and suspense stories. Throw in a bit of romance in there, and I’m sold. Brenda Novak’s Before We Were Strangers is right up my alley. I’m enjoying it so far. I read 3 chapters in one sitting (well, technically I was standing in line waiting for a ride home during rush hour traffic in Manila and if you work or live in the city, you’ll know how long that could take.) It was that good! I’m excited to get to know all these characters and to find out if a certain flame could be rekindled again (I know the book has been out for a few weeks now, but please don’t spoil it for me.)

If you read this book, come talk to me in a few days. You’ll know when because I’ll probably be a mess on Twitter. If you haven’t started it yet, come on and read it with me.

I know this season could be really crazy – extended family visiting, asking totally invasive and inappropriate questions, never-ending dinners, last minute gift hunting – so, here’ s me telling you to hold on. The relatives are bound to go home eventually (haha!) I’m just here if you want an ear to listen to you.

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Pre-order Blitz: “Hotshot Doc” by R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is one of my favorite romantic comedy author. I’ve read most of her books and loved them. They’re all fluffy, light, funny and romantic. What’s not to like?!? But I’m pretty much more hyped up for her next release (being in the medical field and all.)

As expected, Hotshot Doc lives up to R.S. Grey’s brand. I would have finished it in one sitting if it weren’t for work. The whole enemies to lovers troupe won me over (again!) I loved Bailey and Matthew, and I will surely gush about them in my review (to come on release day.

This one is coming out real soon! R.S. Grey’s next romantic comedy, HOTSHOT DOC, releases December 6th – but you can preorder it now for .99c! Check out the cover and find out more about HOTSHOT DOC below!

About HOTSHOT DOC (available December 6th)

Dr. Russell has a bad reputation around our hospital. The scrub techs say he’s cold-blooded, the nurses say he’s too cocky for his own good, and the residents say he’s the best surgeon in the world—really, just a swell guy!—on the off chance he’s within earshot.

I try to avoid him and his temper at all costs. It’s just as easy to admire his sexy, grip-it-while-he’s-ravishing-you hair and chiseled jaw from a healthy distance, preferably from the other end of the hallway…half-hidden behind a plant.

Unfortunately, my plan crumbles when my trusty ol’ boss decides to swap his white coat for a Hawaiian shirt. His retirement leaves me with two terrible options: switch specialties and spend months retraining, or take an open position as Dr. Russell’s surgical assistant.

That means I have to stand near him in the OR for hours on end and anticipate his every need without letting his biting words and bad attitude intimidate me. Oh, and as if that’s not difficult enough, my silly crush on him—the one I’ve tried to stomp on until it disappears—might just be reciprocated.

It’s fine.

I’m fine.

I take my job seriously. There will be no smoldering bedroom eyes across the operating table, no angry almost-kisses in the storage closet. (Well, no more of those.)

What’s the phrase? An apple a day keeps the doctor away?

Maybe I should go for a whole damn bushel.

Add HOTSHOT DOC to your Goodreads list here!

HOTSHOT DOC releases December 6thpreorder your copy now for .99c!

 

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About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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Review: “Insurrecto” by Gina Apostol

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Title: Insurrecto
Author: Gina Apostol
Publisher: SOHO
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Get it: IndieBound | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | Amazon | Kobo | iBooks

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A story within a story wrapped around another story – Gina Apostol’s newest release Insurrecto is a strange hybrid about two countries’ past and two modern women’s present.

Two women, a Filipino translator and an American filmmaker, go on a road trip in Duterte’s Philippines, collaborating and clashing in the writing of a film script about a massacre during the Philippine-American War. Chiara is working on a film about an incident in Balangiga, Samar, in 1901, when Filipino revolutionaries attacked an American garrison, and in retaliation American soldiers created “a howling wilderness” of the surrounding countryside. Magsalin reads Chiara’s film script and writes her own version. Insurrecto contains within its dramatic action two rival scripts from the filmmaker and the translator—one about a white photographer, the other about a Filipino schoolteacher.

As much as I love reading historical fiction based off other countries’ histories, I am hungry to see my own country’s history be featured in one, and that was what I was expecting to get in Gina Apostol’s Insurrecto. What I got instead was a mixed bag of a story, one that combines uniquely different strings and weirdly weaves them into one complementary piece.

Starting off with a six-paged Cast of Characters listing down a variety of personalities ranging from historical figures to pop culture icons alongside fictional ones, reading Insurrecto was an experience. I still don’t know what to make out of it honestly. It was confusing and dizzying — out-of-order chapters, a flurry of forward and backward switches between what appeared to be one main character’s movie script and the other’s mystery novel draft interspersed with both protagonists’ present-day experiences with the Philippines, from the gritty streets of the capital, Manila, to the coastal roads of Samar, serving as their backdrop. Still, even with all its tangential ropes, it somehow manages to coalesce into something coherent.

With the 1901 Balangiga Massacre forming its backbone, Apostol uses her two main characters — Magsalin, a Filipino writer and translator and Chiara Brassi, an American filmmaker — to highlight the contrasting accounts with which this dark piece of history between the Philippines and the United States has been viewed and told. It was interesting how the labels differed depending on whose perspective it was coming from like how Magsalin calls the same group of Filipino fighters “revolutionaries” while Chiara views them as “insurgents.” Apostol successfully utilizes this, juxtaposing the two women’s viewpoints to illustrate her point, and she sticks with this message until the very end even as she drive both protagonists to pursue their own agendas.

That said, while I appreciated Apostol’s thoughtful presentation and how well-researched this story was, I did not enjoy this as much as I expected to. Both Magsalin and Chiara felt faraway, flat characters acting as mere plot drivers, and I couldn’t connect with them, feel for them. The way the story was constructed and written also did not help. It was confusing, the language too flowery when things could be stated in a more direct way. I cannot count how many times I’ve put the book down just because of this. It was a distraction from the story this book is telling.

Still, even if this wasn’t a fit for me, I think this is an important book and will recommend giving it at least a try. I could definitely see metafiction readers enjoying how this story played around and broke the constraints of storytelling. Historical fiction lovers may also find something to like in this book. I certainly enjoyed reading about Casiana Nacionales, the only known woman who participated in the rebellion in Balangiga. And with the US is set to return the Balangiga church bells taken as war loot after their troops’ retaliation, I think picking up this book is only fitting.

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About the Author:

gina-apostolGina Apostol’s third book, Gun Dealers’ Daughter, won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize. Her first two novels, Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, both won the Juan Laya Prize for the Novel (Philippine National Book Award). She was writer-in-residence at Phillips Exeter Academy and a fellow at Civitella Ranieri in Umbria, Italy, among other fellowships. Her essays and stories have appeared in The New York TimesLos Angeles Review of BooksForeign PolicyGettysburg ReviewMassachusetts Review, and others. She lives in New York City and western Massachusetts and grew up in Tacloban, Philippines. She teaches at the Fieldston School in New York City.

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “Hotshot Doc” by R.S. Grey

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


It’s been a stressful couple of weeks for me and, quite frankly, I need something happy and romantic to read, and my pick for this week just might feed that particular need of mine.

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Title: Hotshot Doc
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: December 6, 2018

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Dr. Russell has a bad reputation around our hospital. The scrub techs say he’s cold-blooded, the nurses say he’s too cocky for his own good, and the residents say he’s the best surgeon in the world—really, just a swell guy!—on the off chance he’s within earshot.

I try to avoid him and his temper at all costs. It’s just as easy to admire his sexy, grip-it-while-he’s ravishing-you hair and chiseled jaw from a healthy distance, preferably from the other end of the hallway half-hidden behind a plant.

Unfortunately, my plan crumbles when my trusty ol’ boss decides to swap his white coat for a Hawaiian shirt. His retirement leaves me with two terrible options: switch specialties and spend months retraining, or take an open position as Dr. Russell’s surgical assistant.

That means I have to stand near him in the OR for hours on end and anticipate his every need without letting his biting words and bad attitude intimidate me. Oh, and as if that’s not difficult enough, my silly crush on him—the one I’ve tried to stomp on until it disappears—might just be reciprocated.

It’s fine.
I’m fine.

I take my job seriously. There will be no smoldering bedroom eyes across the operating table, no angry almost-kisses in the storage closet. (Well, no more of those.)

What’s the phrase? An apple a day keeps the doctor away?
Maybe I should go for a whole damn bushel.

R.S. Grey is one of my go-to authors whenever I need a funny and romantic read. I know I’ve missed her last few books (which I have on my Kindle but just haven’t gotten down to reading YET!!!) but I’m going to get back and read my way through her most recent releases starting with this one. I mean, really, you got me at hotshot doc. What’s more to ask for?!?

Hotshot Doc releases December 6 (so close now!!!)

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Music Mondays: “Spirits” by The Strumbellas

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Music Mondays is a book meme where you share a song you really like. It is hosted by The Tattoed Book Geek.


Here comes another Monday.

I’ve been having a hard time creating time for myself these past few weeks because of work. Frankly, I need a vacation – I’m thinking somewhere far from the city and its mass of humanity, somewhere quiet and far from work – but I can’t have that right now, so I’ll settle for a couple shots of espresso and a happy tune to keep my energy (and my mood) up.

This is funny because the only part of this song I know by heart is the chorus. I actually wait for it then sing as loud as I can at home whenever this song comes up shuffle. It’s just such a fun song.

Hope you enjoyed my pick today. Here’s me wishing all of you a great week ahead.

Remember, if it all feels too much, stop, breathe deeply then exhale. Now, that’s an advice I could use myself.

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First Line Fridays: “Outrun the Wind” by Elizabeth Tammi

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First Line Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Hording Books.


Happy Friday everyone! We made it another week!

I just finished Gina Apostol’s Insurrecto yesterday, and while I’m still working on my review for that one, let me share with you the first couple of lines of my next read.

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“The trees tremble, and it is not from the wind.

I clench my fist so my fingers don’t follow the trees’ example, and reach behind my back, pulling out an arrow and nocking it in a motion so practiced that I don’t need to take my eyes off the treeline. Sunlight glimmers like a jewel through the shifting leaves.”

 

Outrun the Wind sounds really interesting, being inspired by the goddess of the hunt, Artemis. I’m going to be starting on it today and I’m pretty excited to see how the story goes.

Outrun the Wind releases on November 27.

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “Before We Were Strangers” by Brenda Novak

Can't Wait WednesdayCan’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


I only have a few books on my TBR this month and the next to help me make time for the slightly older ones I bought months (even years) ago. This book, however, was just too hard to ignore when I saw it on Edelweiss, so, me being me, I requested it. Luckily, I got approved and I am really looking forward to reading this just as soon as I get done with my November readings.

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Author: Brenda Novak
Publisher: MIRA Books
Release Date: December 4, 2018
Pre-order: IndieBound | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | Amazon | Kobo | iBooks

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Something happened to her mother that night. Something no one wants to talk about. But she’s determined to uncover her family’s dark secrets, even if they bury her.

Five-year-old Sloane McBride couldn’t sleep that night. Her parents were arguing again, their harsh words heating the cool autumn air. And then there was that other sound–the ominous thump before all went quiet.

In the morning, her mother was gone. The official story was that she left. Her loving, devoted mother! That hadn’t sat any better at the time than it did when Sloane moved out at eighteen, anxious to leave her small Texas hometown in search of anywhere else. But not even a fresh start working as a model in New York could keep the nightmares at bay. Or her fears that the domineering father she grew up with wasn’t just difficult–he was deadly.

Now another traumatic loss forces Sloane to realize she owes it to her mother to find out the truth, even if it means returning to a small town full of secrets and lies, a jilted ex-boyfriend and a father and brother who’d rather see her silenced. But as Sloane starts digging into the past, the question isn’t whether she can uncover what really happened that night…it’s what will remain of her family if she does?

I’m a sucker for romantic thrillers and this one just sounds so delicious for me to pass up. Before We Were Strangers comes out December 4.

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October (AKA The Month of the Book Slump) Monthly Wrap-up

Better late than never. That’s what I always tell myself whenever I write something that should have been posted days (even weeks) before. It’s a trick to make myself feel less guilty, but it doesn’t always work.

October has been a hell of a month for me. Two of my colleagues quit, leaving our clinic understaffed. While we could ask reliever nurses to take on some of the work, they are not always available since they, themselves, also have their own full time jobs and they can only take vacant shifts if it falls on their days off. Because of this, I had to take on extra shifts just so the clinic won’t be unmanned.

It has been exhausting. Even with careful time management, work still ate away most of my time. I may sound ungrateful ranting away like I am doing now, but no amount of overtime pay will get me back those times – time I should have freely to spend time with my family, friends; time I should had have to do things I love.

As it is, reading was the first thing to be affected. Writing came next, then sleep. I went down on a book slump and struggled to finish the books I picked up. Still, I managed to read for books. You don’t know how happy I was to finally get to J.D. Robb’s newest, Leverage in Death. I sure put it off so much in favor of the newer books on my list. Then there’s Rebecca Barrow’s This is What it Feels Like, the book that rebooted my book slumping brain. I loved it! That one has got to be one of the best books I’ve read this year. (This is me pushing you to go pick the book and give it a try! And yes, I’m totally screaming!) That makes half of my October reading, but the other two books I read were also great and I encourage you to check them out.

Books I’ve Finished:

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My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

I haven’t yet written my review for this yet, but it was an okay installment. Take note, I rated this in comparison to its predecessors. The In Death series deserves a different rating system from me, because its length just demands it.

 

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Broken Things by Lauren Oliver
My Rating:
⭐⭐⭐ // Review: “Broken Things” by Lauren Oliver

 

 

 

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A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts by Therese Anne Fowler
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ // Review: “A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts” by Therese Anne Fowler

 

 

 

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This is What it Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ // Review: “This is What it Feels Like” by Rebecca Barrow

 

 

 

Books I’ve started:

🍂 Insurrecto by Gina Apostol

My TBR for November:

I only have a few books for this month (also for the next) since I wanted to have time to get to the books I skipped the past month. Also, I really need to tackle my backlist TBR pile.

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I already started on Insurrecto last week and I’m about 39-40% into the book. I will read Outrun the Wind next since it’s releasing on the 27th. I missed Shadow of the Fox last month, so I’m going to try to get to it this month. Carve the Mark, meanwhile, has been on my TBR since its release last year, but the trauma Allegiant left on me made me wary. I’m going to get into it this month though so, yeah, let’s see.

Now for my monthly discovery…

Want to combine your love of reading with playing mobile games? Hey, I got a recommendation for you.

Choices: Stories You Play

I’m totally addicted to this game! It’s like reading but you get to choose a bit of how the story goes. I’ve already finished several books and am playing several more all at the same time. It has everything a book lover wants – love Fantasy, try The Crown and The Flame, then there’s It Lives in the Woods for those brave souls who love the Horror genre. Of course, thee’s loads of Romance available. I personally love The Royal Romance and Red Carpet Diaries. Definitely, definitely recommend it!

Also, since Tumblr has is all abuzz about it, I decided to start on A Discovery of Witches. It’s based on Deborah Harkness’s The All Souls trilogy, and while I have yet to read the books, the show looks great.

If you decide to give it a whirl, go and hit me up. Let’s fangirl together!

Alright, that’s it for me for now. I’m gonna go back to reading and TV series bingeing and playing mobile games.

 

 

 

 

First Line Fridays: “Insurrecto” by Gina Apostol

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First Line Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Hording Books.


Hello there! Happy Friday!

Today I’m going to be featuring the first couple of lines from my current read, Insurecto by Gina Apostol.

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Cubao, Quezon City; and Punta, Santa Ana district, Manila

The Insoluble Puzzle at the Heart of the Labyrinth

For the mystery writer, it is not enough to mourn the dead. One must also study the exit wounds invite the coroner to tea, cloud the mind with ulterior motives.

The translator and mystery writer Magsalin has undertaken (yes, no pun) some of the above at previous incidents. But the insoluble puzzle at the heart of the labyrinth, the secret within the secret, is not hers to bemoan. That is up to the dead man’s kin, who are, fortunately or not, also dead.

I’ve been excited for this one since I got approved for its ARC a couple of months ago. I mean, it’s a book written by a Filipino that touches some of issues, both current and past, that concerns the Philippines. Why wouldn’t I look forward to do this book?!?

I’m only about 25% into the book since I don’t have a lot of time in my hands these days. But so far, so good, though some parts of the story due to the way POVs switch can be confusing. Hopefully I get to finish it within the weekend.

Insurrecto comes out in November 13.

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