Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Expected publication: October 3rd 2017




Monday, June 26, 2017

Music Monday - SHINee

This meme is hosted over at Always Me.





So I love me some K-Pop. I like the older generation more than the groups coming out now. I'm a huge GG, SHINee, BIGBANG, SUPER JUNIOR, and those kind of groups girl. Though I do love BLACKPINK... they are like the only new group I like right now. 


So I wanted to share some of my favorite SHINee songs and the song that got me into K-Pop because it was the group SHINee that caused me to fall in love with this wonderful music.




And now for the song that started my love for K-Pop years ago....


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Shadowhunter Sunday - Those of Demon Blood (EP 13)



Cue theme song




I love how the picture is on Alec.


So Jace is the new head of the Institute. Downworlders are attacking Shadowhunters, sounds like a fun episode so far. Also Jace pinning after Clary. Alright.

Simon a leader... right.

Magnus getting mad over that? Really? What is Alec to do, not follow the rules and get in trouble? Or worse, let them think Magnus is a part of it and the clave would attack him? I just don't get it. 

Simon was getting angry too. If you didn't do anything then you have nothing to hide... I'd give my hair up in a heartbeat. 

Aw Max is too cute. He's so eager to get out in the field. 

Awww Simon just wants to stay with her. That's so not cool. Poor Simon. He made a point, he brought Clary in. He should have got to stay with her.

Wow, she really wants to chip all Downworlders. That's bloody insane. They aren't freaking animals. They are people like everyone else. Not cool. 

I don't blame Maia for getting angry at this. I would be too if I was here. I would have done the same thing in her shoes. Now it's going too far. I thought that their reactions to the DNA testing was overrating but this... I'm full on board with them! No tracking chips! 

You give the Clave an inch, they take a freaking mile. Ugh.

I don't know why Jace didn't fight back... or at least defend himself. Dumbass.

Luke is such a badass. I love him. Someone needed to talk sense into Jace because he was being stupid. Again.

She revoked Clary's clearance too. I dislike her. She should leave and let Jace take over, least he listens to people... sometimes.

It's looking like Magnus is going to cheat on Alec. Hopefully, I'm wrong.

STRIKE 1

I do feel so bad for Jace, he just wants to be accepted. Damn Clary had a point though. If they still thought Jace had demon blood, they would be locking him up. 

The dance scene was so cool. I'm so glad I'm wrong!!!! Magnus didn't cheat on Alec. God, I love him even more now. Magnus you wonderful warlock.

Maia is so understanding, I love her. 

Jace was man enough to say sorry. I'm proud of him!

Oh no.... is this where they kill Max? Yay! He lives another day! Annnnnnnnd badass Izzy is back! Hell yeah! 

Jace gave it to Alec. I actually teared up a bit. It was so cute and sweet. 

I love that Alec had Jace remove the tracker from Maia and the sweet moment that Malec had. So cute. I love them so much. 

Also Maia and Jace are going to use each other to get over who they really want. I see this ending badly...


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Unrest - Book Breakdown



New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins brings you the second book in this thrilling war-torn world... Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse. Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they've been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities...lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can't escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times. In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that's ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy's identity would give them the edge; instead it's revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible. 






Book Breakdown 

So if you've not read the first in this series (Unknown), then you should get on that now! This series is great! The covers aren't the best but Wendy Higgins self publishes this series so it makes sense. Ignore the covers though, the story inside is in my opinion some of Wendy's best work. 

The story is so engaging and scary because it could actually happen. I also love the relationship all the characters have. They also feel real. Also Rylen and Amber are seriously wonderful. I love them both so freaking much! Also Amber is biracial.  Her mother is Latina and her father is white. So diversity if you're into that.  

Now onto the spoilers because this is the second in the novel and I can't really say more without spoiling the first one. So you have been warned. I swear I didn't think this book would be the glorious first one but it did. I loved the character development. I loved seeing the USA was planning to fight back with the aliens. I just loved that they were planning to fight, even if the aliens seemed to be much better than them. Also they is a lot more of them after all the bombings they did to the world.

I love how we get more Remy and Tater drama, I'm assuming the next book will be spilt into more than one POV judging by the end of the books. I don't know how I feel about that completely. On the one hand, I want to see Tater and Remy take down the aliens from the inside. Hell yeah! 

But when I start a series with one POV, I generally like it to stay that way if that makes any sense. Maybe I'm the only one that like. Either way, I don't really care, I just want to read the next one now!

I'm so happy that Rylen and Amber finally got together. I was starting to wonder if it would never happen. The sexual tension between these two was off the charts. It was so well done. 

I just can't wait to see where this goes. They had to leave their base so I know things are going to pick up. I'm just so nervous and excited to read the next one. I just hope no one dies. I think my heart would explode. All four of my babies better stay safe! 




  




Friday, June 23, 2017

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Format of Books

This fun meme is hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.



What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.


Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Format of Books



Favorite


My favorite is hardcovers. I love how the cover will not bend or crease, I love how the cover comes off and I can use it as a poster if I want. Plus, the smell of the pages... oh it's heaven you guys. Just heaven. 


Least Favorite 



I'll freely admit that back when these first came out and my mother got one... I stuck up my nose to her. I was a full on book prude. I thought these weren't real books, they weren't as good. Now I see that they are great. Cheaper books (sometimes), it doesn't hurt trees, and it's so freaking light! This came in handy back when I was going through all my major health problems and couldn't hold anything over a certain weight. Not to mention how easy it is to get ARCs and indie authors sending their book out.

So while I do like them now and do even read on my little Kindle, I still like them least. Nothing will ever replace a hardcover book in my heart. 



Topic for Next Week
Best/Worst Book Read in June 












Thursday, June 22, 2017

Pride Month! - LGBTQ+ Book Recommendations




So I've done the gay, lesbian, and now it's time to show off some books that feature genderfluid, trans,  intersex, or pansexual books. I could not find as many for these three so I decided to put them together.  Publishers, get on this! If I've missed some let me know below! I'd love to know as many as possible. Also someone else may be interested as well. 



1) Symptoms of Being Human
(Genderfluid)
The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.




2) If I Was Your Girl
(Trans)
Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her senior year, and why she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.

And then she meets Grant Everett. Grant is unlike anyone she’s ever met—open, honest, kind—and Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself…including her past. But she’s terrified that once she tells Grant the truth, he won't be able to see past it.

Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that she used to be Andrew.



3) Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity
The last time Jess saw her father, she was a boy named Jeremy. Now she’s a high school graduate, soon to be on her way to art school. But first, Jess has some unfinished business with her dad. So she’s driving halfway across the country to his wedding. He happens to be marrying her mom’s ex-best friend. It’s not like Jess wasn’t invited; she was. She just told them she wasn’t coming. Surprise! 

Luckily, Jess isn’t making this trip alone. Her best friend, Christophe—nicknamed Chunk—is joining her. Chunk has always been there for Jess, and he’s been especially supportive of her transition, which has recently been jump-started with hormone therapy.

Along the way from California to Chicago, Jess and Chunk will visit roadside attractions, make a new friend or two, and learn a few things about themselves—and each other—that call their true feelings about their relationship into question.




4) Lily and Dunkin 
(Trans)
Author Donna Gephart crafts a dual narrative about two remarkable young people: Lily, a transgender girl, and Dunkin, a boy dealing with bipolar disorder.

Sometimes our hearts see things our eyes can’t.

Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Especially when you’re in the eighth grade. 

Dunkin Dorfman, birth name Norbert Dorfman, is dealing with bipolar disorder and has just moved from the New Jersey town he’s called home for the past thirteen years. This would be hard enough, but the fact that he is also hiding from a painful secret makes it even worse. 

One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change.




5) Pantomime
(Intersex)
In a land of lost wonders, the past is stirring once more

Gene's life resembles a debutante's dream. Yet she hides a secret that would see her shunned by the nobility. Gene is both male and female. Then she displays unwanted magical abilities - last seen in mysterious beings from an almost-forgotten age. Matters escalate further when her parents plan a devastating betrayal, so she flees home, dressed as a boy.

The city beyond contains glowing glass relics from a lost civilization. They call to her, but she wants freedom not mysteries. So, reinvented as ‘Micah Grey’, Gene joins the circus. As an aerialist, she discovers the joy of flight – but the circus has a dark side. She’s also plagued by visions foretelling danger. A storm is howling in from the past, but will she heed its roar?




6) Mask of Shadows
(Genderfluid) 
Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home. 

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen's personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge. 

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive. 


7) Timekeeper
(bi/pansexual)
Two o’clock was missing. 

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.



8) Beast
(Trans)
Tall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average fifteen-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To make matters worse, on the day his school bans hats (his preferred camouflage), Dylan goes up on his roof only to fall and wake up in the hospital with a broken leg—and a mandate to attend group therapy for self-harmers.

Dylan vows to say nothing and zones out at therapy—until he meets Jamie. She’s funny, smart, and so stunning, even his womanizing best friend, JP, would be jealous. She’s also the first person to ever call Dylan out on his self-pitying and superficiality. As Jamie’s humanity and wisdom begin to rub off on Dylan, they become more than just friends. But there is something Dylan doesn’t know about Jamie, something she shared with the group the day he wasn’t listening. Something that shouldn’t change a thing. She is who she’s always been—an amazing photographer and devoted friend, who also happens to be transgender. But will Dylan see it that way?



9) Lizard Radio 
(Nonbinary)
Fifteen-year-old Kivali has never fit in. As a girl in boys’ clothes, she is accepted by neither tribe, bullied by both. What are you? they ask. Abandoned as a baby wrapped in a T-shirt with an image of a lizard on the front, Kivali found a home with nonconformist artist Sheila. Is it true what Sheila says, that Kivali was left by a mysterious race of saurians and that she’ll one day save the world? Kivali doesn’t think so. But if it is true, why has Sheila sent her off to CropCamp, with its schedules and regs and what feels like indoctrination into a gov-controlled society Kivali isn’t sure has good intentions?

But life at CropCamp isn’t all bad. Kivali loves being outdoors and working in the fields. And for the first time, she has real friends: sweet, innocent Rasta; loyal Emmett; fierce, quiet Nona. And then there’s Sully. The feelings that explode inside Kivali whenever Sully is near—whenever they touch—are unlike anything she’s experienced, exhilarating and terrifying. But does Sully feel the same way?

Between mysterious disappearances, tough questions from camp director Ms. Mischetti, and weekly doses of kickshaw—the strange, druglike morsel that Kivali fears but has come to crave—things get more and more complicated. But Kivali has an escape: her unique ability to channel and explore the power of her animal self. She has Lizard Radio.

Will it be enough to save her?



10) The Tiger's Watch
(Genderfluid)
Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.

When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn't question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.