It is Buwan ng Wika! I’m proud of being a Filipino with more than 170 regional languages. This month is very special for us because it is a celebration of our dear language: Filipino, and because of that, I’m featuring two local authors and their wonderful stories.
Anonymous by Gypsy Esguerra (159.75 php)
I’ve seen this book for quite sometime, but I had doubt if I bought it because at that time, I was writing a story with the same genre.
Yet, I finally purchased it when I badly needed an inspiration for revamping an old story.
Anonymous is about Lanie who doesn’t believe in paranormal things, but when she met Cid, a guy who apparently told her that she has a ‘companion’-an entity who is always with her, she wants to find out more about him.
What I like about the story:
The mysterious ‘guy’… It is freaky knowing that you have someone with you which you cannot see. I understand Lanie if she became interested and curious with ‘Anon’, yes, she gave a name with the ‘spirit’. It actually fitted with his personality.
Meet Lolo Theo and the RIP (Reviewers and Inquisitors of the Paranormal). I seriously like Lolo Theo aka Brown Man, I believed he was a cool grandfather who knows a lot with paranormal things. I also adore the rest of the team, namely: Cid, Sydney, Abby and Gab who have gifted abilities.
The ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ love story of Lanie and Anon. I admired Anon for not giving up to Lanie with all the mistakes and heartaches that he made from his past life. I also cannot blame Lanie if she keeps on running away with the person who hurt her so much.
From Lolo Theo:
“Soulmates simply means two souls that compliment each other. In other words, they are the perfect match.”
“Our soul has the ability to recycle itself. Souls keep on coming back with different reasons but most of them have an unfinished mission. Some probably want to learn something or experience something they weren’t able to do when they were alive.”
“Ghosts are the souls of the people who just died while spirits are the souls who have already crossed over the astral plane and who decided to come back on earth but not in human form.”
“Hindi mo ba alam na minsan ay tinatawag ng ibang tao ang moonstone na ‘dream stone’? Because it brings the wearer beautiful visions at night. They also say that wearing a moonstone strenghtens one’s intuition and capacity to understand.”
“May iba’t ibang klase ng soulmate, it could be a companion, a twin or a twin flame. Pero hindi lahat nakikilala at napapangasaw ang soul mate nila. The level of the relationship with our soul mate could also vary into three. First, is the mirror image, this type comes into our life in a fast, weird, and unexpected way. Sila iyong mga taong kapareho natin ng interes, iyong tipong kaya nating dugtungan ang sinasabi nila kahit bitin pa ang pagkakasabi ng mga iyon. It is simply being in the same wavelength.”
“Second is the supporter. These types are those who are ready to listen to our problems and offer some help. The third type is the provider. We refer to them as our angel sometimes because we meet them in an unexpected place and time. Their role is to provide use with an answer or a push toward making a small decision in order to keep us moving in our lives.”
I was intrigued with the cover and the synopsis of this book. I actually didn’t read it during night-time because I was a bit scared that I might envision Anon with me. I liked the concept, but I was disappointed with the ending. I was rooting for Cid but deep inside Lanie’s heart, it was Anon all along. Great job to Gypsy Esguerra, Anonymous convinced me to buy your other novel!
Androngynous by Gypsy Esguerra (159.75 php)
The word was unfamiliar to me that I have to check the dictionary for the meaning and it instantly piqued my interest.
This is the second story that I read from Gypsy Esguerra.
Jair came to Aly’s dream, informing her that she will die in two weeks. Aly was not yet ready, but she promptly prepared to say goodbyes to her loved one. What she didn’t expect was to come face to face with Jair in the most unexpected way.
What I like about the story:
The Psychopomp’s Abilities… When a psychopomp visited you in your dream and he/she will tell you that you will die soon, chances are it will come true. I actually like the concept of psychopomps and their abilities like having no emotion, no attachment with the one they fetched and their willpower to be human.
Aly’s Positive Outlook with Death. If you are told that you only have 14 days to live, what will you do? Are you going to freak out? Start to do the things that you want? I admired Alyssa on how she calmly accepted that she is going to die, but at the same time questioned about the timing. It was like she was expecting the news, but still she was surprised.
*Bilang isang psychopomp, ang trabaho nila ay siguraduhing makakatawid nang maayos ang mga kaluluwa ng mga kamamatay lang na mga tao. Unlike spirits, psychopomps could not undergo the process of reincarnation. They were considered as higher beings than spirits so they could be humans simply through their own decision. They could retain their memories and pick the timeline and person they’ll be with.
*Normally those who saw them had already died. Psychopomps usually showed their real self to the dying. Often they can appear as something else.
“Premonition warns you that something is going to happen in the future. Precognition gives me knowledge what will happen exactly in the future.”
Aly to Jair
“Minahal pero hindi sa paraang inaakala ko. I suddenly realized I didn’t fall in love with him. I just chose to be practical so I won’t be alone. Then I realized people don’t just get married because of love. They choose someone to rely on so that when love fades there’s still a reason for them to stay together.” –So true!
“Some people just want to be reminded of what they lost. They said it is not remembering that makes it all painful. It’s thinking someone no longer exists that makes it horrible.”
“The perfect death isn’t a painless sudden death. Nothing is perfect. Even age and status would be useless in a near death experience.”
Jair to Aly
“Simple lang naman ang plano ko, Aly. Gusto ko lang na makasama ka palagi. Huwag kang mag-aasawa. Ako na lang mag-aalaga sa iyo.”
‘He was just obsessed with all the information regarding Alyssa. That was his first reason for always touching her during the last day before he became human. But after last night he realized that he loved touching her and he loved the way he felt whenever she was touching him. Jair was sure now. He wanted her to be his wife.’
Jair to Cid
“Souls of the departed are considered tickets to travel to another world. Oras na maihatid na ng isang pyschopomp ang isang kaluluwa ay bumabalik sa mundo ng mga tao ang pyschopomp para muling manundo.”
I love it, from the beginning until the end that I wasn’t able to put in down even a minute and I even slept in the early hours in the morning. Jair is perfect for Aly and I was speechless with the things that he sacrificed to be with lucky woman. I’m very satisfied with the ending. Congratulations to Gypsy for this masterpiece!
The Girl Between Two Worlds by K.M. Levis (275 php)
The first one that caught my eyes was the unique book cover followed by the fascinating story title.
When I read the synopsis, one word came out of my mouth: BUY!
On the 16th birthday of Karina Harris, a half-Australian, half-Filipina who is residing in the USA, supernatural things started to happen. A dead flower became alive, a ‘mananggal’ almost killed her and her supposed dead ‘grandfather’ came to their house to tell her that she is a daughter of an ‘engkanto’ princess.
What I like about the story:
The clash of Engkanto and Manananggal… Who have thought that these two would be enemies in a story? Both of them have different powers, abilities and characteristics, yet one wants peace while the other is avenging for domination.
Good versus Bad: Allies and Enemies. Karina is fighting to save her world and Engkantasia with the help of the leader of the five tribes: Haring Magatu (Engkanto tribe), Kamudo (Kapre tribe), Pili (Duwende tribe), Gulat (Tikbalang tribe), Serra and Yukoy (Sirena and Syokoy Tribe) while on the other hand, Mirasol led the pack of Mananggal with the aid of Yanuk (Tiyanak clan), Segunda (Sigbin clan), Nonok (Nuno sa Punso clan) and Kurnula (Wakwak clan). I am amazed with the selection of the names and the creatures because I was not familiar with some of it.
Responsibility, True Identity and Real Love… Karina is just a teenager who is torn between finding her mother and being the queen of a kingdom that she didn’t know existed. Yet, the biggest challenge of her life is falling in love with someone whom she should not have. My heart goes to Karina and Jason.
This book made me more appreciative about Filipino legends and supernatural beings. I was informed and at the same time, I learned a lot. The combination of modern and unknown world is superb! The ending was quite a surprise, but it gave readers something they want to look forward to. The book cover is very appealing and the drawings of the creatures are fantastic! Well done! Thank you K.M. Levis, I will be waiting for the Book 2! I am hoping for a better ending for Karina and Jason.