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Wounded Little Gods by Eliza Victoria

29413691Title: Wounded Little Gods

Author: Eliza Victoria

Genre: Mystery, Fantasy

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary:

Regina was born and raised in the small town of Heridos, where gods and spirits walked the earth.

Until they didn’t.

Ten years ago, the whole town produced a bad harvest – rice grains as black as soot – and the people of the town moved on, away from the soil and the farms, believing the gods and spirits have abandoned them.

It is ten years later, on a Friday before a long weekend, and Regina ends her shift at an office in Makati. She walks home with a new colleague named Diana. Diana, following a strange and disturbing conversation with Regina, does not appear at the office on Monday, and the day after that.

And the day after that.

On Thursday, Regina opens her bag and finds a folded piece of paper filled with Diana’s handwriting.

On the page are two names and a strange map that will send Regina home.

Wounded Little Gods is one of those books you can easily read in one sitting. Not simply because it’s short, but because it draws you in and invites you on quite an interesting ride.

The story revolves around Regina, a young woman who has a strange conversation with her new colleague, Diana. Shortly after their odd encounter, Diana disappears, leaving behind a strange map that takes Regina back to her hometown of Heridos. She unearths a mystery filled with strange rumors and whispers about human experiments held in a medical facility no one seems to know about.

There isn’t much I can say about this book without giving the plot away, but I have to say I really, really liked the strange combination of medical experiments and spirits/gods that are both parts of the plot. How interesting to see how human experiments–often a product of people who act like gods–somehow intertwine with the very same spirits/gods that people believe in and imagine themselves to be.

This is a delightful book that gives us appearances of the old Filipino gods, throws in a little bit of horrifying Philippine history, and combines both elements to create a delicious story that mixes both fantasy and history together quite well.

I’d have given this a higher rating but I was confused for quite a while because I had initially though the book was about a curse on Heridos, based on the book’s summary. Instead, I found myself on a wild goose chase involving experiments and spirits, and it took me a while to adjust and realize that the book wasn’t really about the town at all, but more about gods and humans and how we all make mistakes–and how sometimes, those mistakes take away the most precious things from us. (Which was quite delightful really, but I was confused for most of the book before it dawned on me–I’m slow lol)

 

 

 

 

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Dwellers by Eliza Victoria

DwellersTitle: Dwellers

Author: Eliza Victoria

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Filipino Literature

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

From Goodreads:

Rule No. 1: You don’t kill the body you inhabit.
Rule No. 2: You should never again mention your previous name.
Rule No. 3: You don’t ever talk about your previous life. Ever.

Two young men with the power to take over another body inhabit the bodies and lives of brothers Jonah and Louis. The takeover leads to a car crash, injuring Jonah’s legs and forcing them to stay in the brothers’ house for the time being.

The street is quiet. The neighbors aren’t nosy. Everything is okay.

They are safe, for now.

Until they find a dead body in the basement.

If anything, this book is a sign I definitely need to read more Filipino literature. In fact, it’s the reason why I’ve begun stalking NBS branches at every mall I get to visit. Which were several this month, because it’s the holiday season and I’ve had to run errands and hunt down exchange gifts. Lol.

I’m a horrible person but I’ve always thought of most contemporary Filipino books as subpar to their international counterparts. This is probably because I’ve been ignorant about the hidden gems I don’t really see in bookstores, because usually all I ever see displayed prominently are books about love, humor, love and humor combined…you get the idea. (Are Pinoys so obsessed/problematic about love that this is all that is ever written about? lol)

Dwellers was an eye-opener because it is NOT about love at all. It’s actually a thriller and it is all the right kinds of creepy and mysterious. I wanted to shout, “Where have books like these been hiding all my life??” I had no idea there was such a deliciously creepy tale hiding in the shelves of NBS all this time.

It hooks you right at the start, when you are introduced to two people who tell of switching bodies and a car accident and mention rules about inhabiting a body. What. And as the mystery unfolds, you find that you just can’t put the damn book down because you need to know what is happening. What are they doing. What is that damn body in the basement that was mentioned in the book’s summary doing there?

I was up the whole night reading this, fighting the urge to throw it away when things started to become scary. Because I’m a wimp like that. Haha. But it was such a fun and surprising read, and I’m really glad because I’ve now got a thirst to find more books by Filipino authors. Yay!

Dwellers is the reason for this:

pinoy tbr list

crappy picture is crappy but look at all those pinoy authors! \o/

My wallet is complaining but my inner bookworm is super duper happy! Here’s hoping I find more of the books on my pinoy-lit shelf. Hehe.