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Top Ten Graphic Novels on my TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is weekly meme that is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

This week’s topic is Top Ten favorite graphic novels or graphic novels on my TBR

Here are ten graphic novels that that are currently on my TBR:
 
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1. SAGA, Vol. 1 (Saga, Volume One) by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)

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When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

2. MONSTRESS, Volume 1: Awakening (Monstress (Collected Editions) #1) by Marjorie M. Liu (Goodreads Author) (Writer), Sana Takeda (Artist), Rus Wooton (Letterer, Designer)

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Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.

3. THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, Vol. 1: The Faust Act (The Wicked + The Divine #1-5) by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (Illustrations), Matt Wilson (Colorist), Clayton Cowles

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Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.

4. RUNAWAYS DELUXE, Vol. 1 (Runaways Deluxe #1) by Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona (Illustrator), Takeshi Miyazawa (Illustrations)

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In Pride & Joy, six young friends discover their parents are all secretly super-powered villains Finding strength in one another, the shocked teens run away from home and straight into the adventure of their lives – vowing to turn the tables on their evil legacy. In Teenage Wasteland, the Runaways find a kindred spirit in a daring young stranger and welcome him into their fold. But will this dashing young man help the teenagers defeat their villainous parents… or tear them apart? Plus: who do you send to catch a group of missing, runaway teenage super-heroes? Marvel’s original teen runaway crimefighters, Cloak and Dagger, make their first major appearance in years In The Good Die Young, the world as we know it is about to end, and the Runaways are the only hope to prevent it Our fledgling teenage heroes have learned how their parents’ criminal organization began, and now they must decide how it should end. As the Runaways’ epic battle against their evil parents reaches its shocking conclusion, the team’s mole stands revealed, and blood must be shed. Which kids will still be standing when the smoke finally clears?

5. RAT QUEENS, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery (Rat Queens #1) by Kurtis J. Wiebe (Goodreads Author) (Writer), Roc Upchurch (Illustrator)

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Who are the Rat Queens?

A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, and they’re in the business of killing all god’s creatures for profit.

It’s also a darkly comedic sass-and-sorcery series starring Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief. This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack!

6. GIANT DAYS, Vol. 1 (Giant Days #1-4) by John Allison (Goodreads Author), Lissa Treiman (Illustrator), Whitney Cogar (Colors)

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Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan, and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird.

7. Ms. MARVEL, Vol. 1: No Normal (Ms. Marvel, Volume III & IV #1) by G. Willow Wilson (Goodreads Author), Adrian Alphona (Artist)

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Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey!

8. ALEX + ADA, Vol. 1 (Alex + Ada #1-5) by Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn

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From JONATHAN LUNA (GIRLS, THE SWORD, ULTRA, Spider-Woman: Origin) and SARAH VAUGHN (Sparkshooter) comes ALEX + ADA, a sci-fi drama set in the near future. The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But after Ada is dropped into his life, he discovers she is more than just a robot.

9. MAXIMUM RIDE, Vol. 1 (Maximum Ride: The Manga #1) by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), NaRae Lee (Illustrator)

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Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it’s like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the “flock”—Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel—are just like ordinary kids—only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time… like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the “School” where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wack jobs.

Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare—this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf “Erasers” in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb—now her betrayed and greatest enemy—that her purpose is save the world—but can she?

10. PAPER GIRLS, Vol. 1 (Paper Girls: Collected Editions #1) by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang (Illustrator), Matthew Wilson (Illustrator)

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In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.

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Diverse-A-Thon 2017 Wrap-up

This year’s Diverse-A-Thon was success for me. My initial goal was to read three books during the week, but I read four instead. If you want to see my TBR post, here. The only regret I have is not participating in the chats as much as I wanted to. Still, it was a fun week and I loved seeing so many participate, celebrating diversity. Even though it had ended tomorrow, I’ll still continue reading Diverse books and prioritizing them to others.

I’ve already posted a review for The sun is also a star, and the full reviews for the rest will be up this week. For now, I’ll try to sum up my feelings for each book as best as I can.

1.HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME by Adam Silvera

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This was my favorite out of the four I read this week. It’s a story about love, grief and friendship between four boys whose lives take a messy turn when one of them dies. The story alternates between the past and the present, highlighting all the swoon-worthy and happy moments Griffin shared with his recently deceased ex-boyfriend, Theo, and the heart-breaking struggles he faces currently while trying to deal with his grief and trying to make peace with Theo’s current boyfriend, Jackson and his friend Wade. I got attached to all four boys immediately. Their story and their connections felt so real that I couldn’t help but tear up during their hard times and cracking a smile during the light ones. 

2. THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon

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This one really surprised me. It took my most hated trope, insta-love, and turned it into something charming and realistic. I fell in love with Natasha and Daniel within the very first few pages. I fell in love with their relationship even more. The premise dangles on the edge of cheesy, but Nicola Yoon executed everything so well that it only turned out remarkable. The way it emphasizes the interconnection between people’s lives and the effect our own actions have on other’s lives is masterful. And the tid bits about race and immigration…*claps appreciatively*

3. THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US by Emily Skrutskie

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I quite enjoyed this book. My favorite thing about the story was the pirate/sea-monster aspect. The whole sea-monster training thing was intriguing. Cas and Swift are both bad-ass and I ship them so hard! Their friendship and their bickering GAVE ME LIFE. I really did not expect for this book to be gritty. It’s not really gruesome or anything, but it had cursing and fighting and monsters breaking humans into half, which is a plus for me (but still unexpected). Some of the choices the characters make and the way some situations were resolved felt a bit unrealistic, and the premise was awesome but the world-building could’ve used some work. 

4. A TASTE OF HONEY by Kai Ashante Wilson

7The writing style in this was very bold and unique; the language the characters use and the dialects were masterfully done. I also enjoyed the unusual way the story unfolds, how the narration jumps between different instances in Aqib’s life. Also, the twist at the end was kinda mind blowing. However, I was disappointed with this book. I went into it expecting lush world-building and an atmospheric setting, but there was none of that; we don’t get much insight into the world. The fantasy / Sci-Fi??? elements were confusing and just felt off. 

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Have you guys read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts below. Also, if you participated in the Diverse-A-Thon, how did your week go? What was your favorite read during the week? 

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The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon – Review + Giveaway!!

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THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR  

Author: Nicola Yoon

Publisher: Delacorte Press

 Format: Hardcover, 348 pages

Published: November 1st 2016

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 Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? 

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             I did not expect to love this book as much as I do. My most hated trope is insta-love and the main characters in this book meet and fall in love in a single day…Yeah, I had low expectations (despite all the hype). But once I started reading, I was hooked. The writing is amazing. I don’t know how to describe it other than to say it was a perfect fit for the story. The story is told from the points of view of Natasha and Daniel but we also get snippets from the lives of random people around them. Usually too many POVs make a story feel disjointed, but it worked so freakin’ well here.

My most favorite part of this book are the main characters. Natasha is a realist; she believes in science and hard facts, not fate, destiny, or love. She is strong-willed and independent. Natasha came to America following her dad’s pursuit of “the american dream”. But after a misstep from her dad, her family’s status as undocumented immigrants is discovered and they are soon to be deported back to Jamaica- where she hasn’t been to since a very young age. During the day the story takes place, she is scrambling around NYC desperately trying to find a solution so she can salvage the life she’s always known.

Daniel, on the other hand, is a poet. An earnest, almost naive, helpless romantic. He believes in all the things Natasha deems ridiculous. Unlike Natasha, he was born in America. But as a son of Korean immigrant parents who used to live in poverty, he faces a lot of pressure to attend the best college and become a doctor. The day he meets Natasha, Daniel is getting ready to go to his Yale interview and seal his fate in a career he has no passion for.

The sun is also a star covers such important topics like immigration and identity; racism and pre-judice; family, dreams and passion. The way Natasha and Daniel’s ideals clash, the way they reconcile and accept their differing views, was just perfect. Another favorite aspect of this book was the snippet chapters we get into the lives of a range of people they encounter, like the security guard, the lawyer, the receptionist. They all play big roles in Natasha and Daniel’s lives. It makes you think of just how much everyone’s lives are interconnected.

Yes there is insta-love and too-convenient situations, but the romance is actually very believable. I found myself rooting for them since the very second they met. They have amazing chemistry and the dialogues are just ❤ They are so adorable! It had me smiling, gushing and tearing up. The book has an overall sweet and light feel, but don’t be fooled; it covers some heavy topics. The way it wrapped up was bittersweet but so very satisfying. I recommend it to everyone!! GO READ IT!


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Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.
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Diverse SFF #1 : Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books With Black Main Characters

There are two things that I’m trying to focus on this year: Diversity and Fantasy/Si-Fi novels. Fantasy is quickly becoming my favorite genre, so much so that I’ve decided to read very few other genres in the year 2017. I’m also trying to expand my reading to more Adult fantasy than YA because of my recent-found obsession with some Adult fantasy series (ahem…Lies of Locke Lamora). As most of you know, there is little diversity in Fantasy, which is why I’ve decided to start a series of posts that highlight diverse reads in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi genre.

This particular post is a list of Fantasy/Sci-Fi books that have Black protagonists or main characters. (Click on the covers or the highlighted, underlined titles to add on Goodreads)

 

  1. BINTI by Nnedi Okorafor

Sci-Fi | Novella |

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Black Author | Protagonist is from an African ethnic group | Binti is from the Himba ethnic group that resides in Northern Namibia and whose people are known for applying a red ochre concoction to their skin. 

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.

If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself – but first she has to make it there, alive.


2. A TASTE OF HONEY by Kai Ashante Wilson

Fantasy | Novella | Romance |

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Long after the Towers left the world but before the dragons came to Daluça, the emperor brought his delegation of gods and diplomats to Olorum. As the royalty negotiates over trade routes and public services, the divinity seeks arcane assistance among the local gods.

Aqib bgm Sadiqi, fourth-cousin to the royal family and son of the Master of Beasts, has more mortal and pressing concerns. His heart has been captured for the first time by a handsome Daluçan soldier named Lucrio. in defiance of Saintly Canon, gossiping servants, and the furious disapproval of his father and brother, Aqib finds himself swept up in a whirlwind romance. But neither Aqib nor Lucrio know whether their love can survive all the hardships the world has to throw at them.


3.  BROWN GIRL IN THE RING by Nalo Hopkinson

Fantasy | Sci-Fi | Horror | Mysticism | Dystopia |

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Black Author | Own Voices | Afro-Caribbean culture | Apparently has awesome portrayal of gender and sexual orientation

The rich and privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it to crumble. The inner city has had to rediscover old ways-farming, barter, herb lore. But now the monied need a harvest of bodies, and so they prey upon the helpless of the streets. With nowhere to turn, a young woman must open herself to ancient truths, eternal powers, and the tragic mystery surrounding her mother and grandmother.

She must bargain with gods, and give birth to new legends.


4.  THE ROOT (WRATH & ATHENAEUM #1) by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun

Urban Fantasy | Science Fiction

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Black Author | More POC characters than non-POC | LGBTQ+ including a transgender character & a character who uses gender-neutral pronouns |

A dark, gritty urban fantasy debut set in modern-day San Francisco, filled with gods, sinister government agencies, and worlds of dark magic hidden just below the surface.

When a secret government agency trying to enslave you isn’t the biggest problem you’re facing, you’re in trouble.

Erik, a former teen star living in San Francisco, thought his life was complicated; having his ex-boyfriend in jail because of the scandal that destroyed his career seemed overwhelming. Then Erik learned he was Blooded: descended from the Gods.

Struggling with a power he doesn’t understand and can barely control, Erik discovers that a secret government agency is selling off Blooded like lab rats to a rival branch of preternatural beings in ’Zebub—San Francisco’s mirror city in an alternate dimension.

Lil, a timid apprentice in ’Zebub, is searching for answers to her parents’ sudden and mysterious deaths. Surrounded by those who wish her harm and view her as a lesser being, Lil delves into a forgotten history that those in power will go to dangerous lengths to keep buried.

What neither Erik nor Lil realize is that a darkness is coming, something none have faced in living memory. It eats. It hunts. And it knows them. In The Root, the dark and surging urban fantasy debut from Na’amen Tilahun, two worlds must come together if even a remnant of one is to survive.


5.  THE FIFTH SEASON (The Broken Earth #1) by N.K. Jemisin

Fantasy | Sci-Fi | Dystopia |

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Black Author | Diverse cast of characters (almost all POC) | LGTBTQ+ characters | Hugo award winner

This is where the world ends … For the last time.
A season of endings has begun.
It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun.
It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.
It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.
This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.


6.  IMARO: BOOK I (Imaro #1) by Charles R. Saunders

Conan-inspired heroic Fantasy | Sword & Sorcery Fiction | Adventure |

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Black Author | Set in Pre-colonial, alternate Africa | African mythology | Based on actual African tribal histories |

Saunders’ novel fuses the narrative style of fantasy fiction with a pre-colonial, alternate Africa. Inspired by and directly addresses the alienation of growing up an African American fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy, which to this day remains a very ethnically homogonous genre. It addresses this both structurally (via its unique setting) and thematically (via its alienated, tribeless hero-protagonist). The tribal tensions and histories presented in this fantasy novel reflect actual African tribal histories and tensions, and provide a unique perspective to current and recent conflicts in Africa, particularly the Rwandan genocide and the ongoing conflict in The Sudan.


7.  WHO FEARS DEATH (Who Fears Death #1) by Nnedi Okorafor

Fantasy | Sci-Fi | Dystopia | Magical Realism | 

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Black Author | Set in Alternate, post-apocalyptic Africa | Deals with issues like genocide, color-caste racism and sexism |

In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand and instinctively knows that her daughter is different. She names her daughter Onyesonwu, which means “Who Fears Death?” in an ancient African tongue.

Reared under the tutelage of a mysterious and traditional shaman, Onyesonwu discovers her magical destiny–to end the genocide of her people. The journey to fulfill her destiny will force her to grapple with nature, tradition, history, true love, the spiritual mysteries of her culture-and eventually death itself.


8. THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS (Inheritance #1) by N.K. Jemisin

High Fantasy | Romance | Magic |

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Black Author | Diverse races & cultures |

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.


9.  SAGA, VOL. 1 (Saga, Volume One) by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist) 

Graphic Novel | Fantasy | Science Fiction|

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Diverse cast of characters | Star-crossed Romance | Space soap-opera | Aliens |

When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.


10.  ANANSI BOYS (American Gods #2) by Neil Gaiman 

Fantasy | Urban Mythology | Folklore |

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More POC characters than non-POC | West African mythology | Caribbean mythology | 

God is dead. Meet the kids.

Fat Charlie Nancy’s normal life ended the moment his father dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie didn’t know his dad was a god. And he never knew he had a brother.

Now brother Spider’s on his doorstep — about to make Fat Charlie’s life more interesting… and a lot more dangerous.


 

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I have recently acquired copies of some of these books but I haven’t read any of them yet so I looked them up and checked whether they were problematic. So far, I haven’t found anything questionable, but please let me know if you are aware that any of these books have problematic or misrepresentative content.

Which of these have you read already and which are on your TBR? Also, what type of representation do you want to see more of in this genre? Let me know down below:D

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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Andreson – Review

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TIGER LILY  

Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson

Publisher: Harper Teen

Format: Hardcover, 292 pages

Published: July 3rd 2012

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 Trigger Warning: Rape and suicide 

 Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair…

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn’t grow up.

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This is the second Peter Pan retelling I’ve read. The first was The Child Thief by Brom – the darkest book I have ever read in my life. This one, in comparison, is much more mellow, although still dark. The story is told from the point of view of Tinker bell. When I first heard this, I remember thinking that Tink would be the protagonist, but that’s not the case at all. Tinker bell is more like an omnipresent narrator. The story centers around Tiger Lily.

“Let me tell you something straight off. This is a love story, but not like any you’ve heard. The boy and the girl are far from innocent. Dear lives are lost. And good doesn’t win. In some places, there is something ultimately good about endings. In Neverland, that is not the case.”  -Tinker Bell

  • I loved Tiger Lily as the protagonist. She’s unlike any other main character I’ve encountered; she’s completely independent and strong-minded, she has a sort of quite strength that you can’t help but admire. She refuses to fit into any type of role or expectation the people of her village set upon her, and this leads her to becoming a sort of outcast. Tiger Lily isn’t completely alone as she has her adoptive father, Tik Tok and the small, often-bullied Pine Sap -her only friend- (these two are other characters I absolutely adored) but she often feels lonely and out of place. And that’s how she gravitates toward Peter Pan…they are both wild and a bit untameable, they’re also both fearless and immensely skilled. They are a match for each other. I loved the way he was depicted in this book; how he was fickle-minded and absent at times, how captivating and charming he is, as well as how dark and twisted he can be.
  • This story is a sort of prequel to the Peter Pan story we all know, so we get to see the relationship between Tiger Lily and the lost boys grow and develop into something deeper, we get to see her and Peter form a sort of bond, we get to experience all her heartbreaks and delights. All through Tinker Bell’s eyes. 
  • The book is atmospheric and every bit as magical and mysterious as you would expect Neverland to be. Hook and his crew of pirates are a part of this story as well. Hook is depicted as a sad, old man whose life has been consumed by his obsession of youth and immortality. There isn’t an all-evil villain in this story; the characters are very complex and even the main characters are morally gray, which I enjoyed.
  • Throughout the story, there is a sort of melancholy and forlorn feel. Maybe it’s because the story is being told from Tink’s point of view…Tinker Bell is mute (as fairies are mute in this world) and she is ignored like all the time, she’s almost invisible to everyone. And since she cares so much about Tiger Lily and the boys, it was heart-breaking to witness her longing for attention and acknowledgment. She observes everything and knows so much about those around her, but she is unable to warn or confront the ones she cares about, she is also unable to experience the things that they have that she longs for. My heart really broke for her. On the bright side, though, I loved her relationship with Tiger Lily. They don’t talk to each other and Tiger Lily doesn’t acknowledge Tink, but you can feel how much they care about each other regardless. Even Tink’s relationship with Peter was cute to witness. He doesn’t give her much attention as he is very flighty, but the few times he does are gold. Also, I have a feeling Peter understands her more than anyone else.
  • One of the things I greatly enjoyed about this book was the message of being yourself no matter the opposition you face. Tiger Lily is obviously an example of that, but so is her adoptive father. Tik Tok is one of the most lovable characters in this book; he is caring and so gentle, his relationship with his daughter, Tiger Lily, is heart-warming. Although not explicitly stated, he is Two Spirit: a culturally exclusive term used by Indigenous North Americans to describe individuals who fulfill gender roles that of both males and females. The subject of self acceptance and it’s effect on happiness is largely explored through him. There are also other elements explored that made this a solid read for me. For example, at some point, white settlers appear and disrupt the religion and beliefs of Tiger Lily’s people, which reflects the historically correct instances where Native American culture (and other cultures) were disrupted by western culture.

This was an amazing book that destroyed me in so many ways but somehow left me hopeful by the end. I teared up towards the end (and you probably will, too). Overall, if you don’t mind dark elements in your book, then you should go ahead and read it!

 


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Jodi Lynn Anderson

I write books about vaguely magical peach orchards, resorts in the afterlife, enigmatic island princesses beloved by Tinkerbell, and…civics! I was an awkward and strange child who kept lots of secrets. Now I live with a sweet Basenji dog named Peanut who loves to eat shoes, and a sweet husband who is good at all the things I’m bad at, like being organized and thinking things through. I’ve loved writing and reading about mythical and strange things since I can remember.
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Diverse-A-Thon 2017 – My TBR

The second round of Diverse-A-Thon will be hosted starting January 22 through January 29. It was created by Booktubers Christina Marie, Joce, Monica, and Whitney in 2016. This year, Whitney won’t be hosting; instead, Simon will join the other three. All you have to do to participate is read as much diverse books as you can during the week (preferably #OwnVoices reads). Twitter Chats and Discussions will be hosted throughout the read-a-thon under the twitter hashtag, #DiverseAthon.

For more information, please check out any of the above links or Naz @ Read Diverse Books (who is also helping the hosts with Diverse-A-Thon).

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Here’s my tentative TBR for Diverse-A-Thon 2017 :

  1. HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME by Adam Silvera

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When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

2. THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

3. THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US by Emily Skrutskie

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For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water.

There’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.

But Cas has fought pirates her entire life. And she’s not about to stop.

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Are you participating in Diverse-A-Thon this year? If so, what is your TBR? (If not, you still have time to get ready!!)

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It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover – Review

 

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IT ENDS WITH US  

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Atria Books

Format: Paperback, First Edition, 376 pages

Published: August 2nd 2016

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 Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

 

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If you want to go into this blind, come back after you’ve read it because I’m going to spoil the premise of the book. Honestly, it shouldn’t even be a spoiler; it should’ve been in the blurb because it could trigger someone.

Basically this book deals with abusive relationships and the cycle of abuse. Growing up, Lily constantly witnessed her father abusing her mother and despised him. She also despised her mom, considered her weak and naive. But then Lily falls into a similar situation herself and begins to understand her mother’s perspective.

Let me start off with the things that really irked me: The first time Ryle and Lily meet, he basically tells her he wants to have sex with her and she actually doesn’t think that’s creepy. At one point, he even kneels in front of her and begs to have sex with him so he can get her out of his mind. There’s also the problem with everyone and everything being too perfect. Like how Lily opens a shop and gets an incredible idea all of a sudden, and how her business becomes very successful. Also how she immediately finds the perfect friends (who are all very rich and very good-looking).

Now comes the conflicting part…keep in my mind that I have an aunt who’s husband emotionally abuses her but I’ve never been in any kind of abusive relationship myself so I can’t speak for anyone who has been in such a situation. This is the hardest review I have ever written because Colleen Hoover’s books are very problematic; they often romanticize abusive relationships (more on that from you tuber, Whitney Atkinson, HERE). So when she writes a book about abusive relationships and bases it on personal experience, how do you determine whether some aspect of that book is problematic or not? I admit, as soon as I finished the book, I gave it five stars, but I gave myself time to think it over and I read many other reviews and ended up giving it two stars, and finally four stars.

I think it’s important to note that Colleen’s main purpose is to get the reader to experience the conflict many women face when they are in such relationships. She wanted to show us how these relationships are often complicated and not as easy to get out of. Yes, Lily gets physically abused and forgives her abuser once in this book and she does consider reconciliation after another instance of abuse, but I didn’t think it was done in a way that condoned or romanticized abuse. Lily stands her ground, she doesn’t take the abuse lightly and she doesn’t forget, but, at the same time, she still loves and cares about him. 

You get to experience everything through her so you grow to like Ryle, you then start to absolutely loathe him and you also feel immensely sorry for him. I do hate him, I really do. But there were somethings about him that I really liked even if the things about his past and his PTSD felt like an excuse for his abusive actions- a way to make him appear sympathetic. Personally, I can never imagine forgiving a person who is in any way abusive and I encourage everyone who’s mistreated by a loved one to leave the toxic r/ship, but then I have never been in a situation like that. People are complicated- there is no black & white when it comes to humans. Every relationship is different, every person is different. Whatever the reason the abused stays with the abuser, we can not judge unless we’ve been in the exact situation. 

Despite some of its flaws, It ends with us really left me an emotional wreck. I fell in love with Atlas and I despaired for Lily and Ryle. I thought it was a powerful story that was touching and ugly at the same time. The only reason I read a Colleen Hoover book is because I heard it covers important issues (and it does). Although I won’t be reading anymore of her books, I won’t be forgetting this one.

I found a very important post on this book and there are many comments from readers who’ve had experiences of abusive relationships. Basically, the comment section is full of viewpoints from both sides that I think you should check out: http://www.questreviews.com/discussion-ends-us-colleen-hoover/


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Colleen Hoover

I write because I need to.
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Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch – Review

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RED SEAS UNDER RED SKIES  (Gentleman bastard #2)

Author: Scott Lynch

Publisher: Bantam Spectr

Format: Hardcover, 558 pages

Published: August 2007  


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 After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can’t rest for long — and are soon back to what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves.

This time, however, they have targeted the grandest prize of all: the Sinspire, the most exclusive and heavily guarded gambling house in the world. Its nine floors attract the wealthiest clientele — and to rise to the top, one must impress with good credit, amusing behavior… and excruciatingly impeccable play. For there is one cardinal rule, enforced by Requin, the house’s cold-blooded master: it is death to cheat at any game at the Sinspire.

Brazenly undeterred, Locke and Jean have orchestrated an elaborate plan to lie, trick, and swindle their way up the nine floors… straight to Requin’s teeming vault. Under the cloak of false identities, they meticulously make their climb — until they are closer to the spoils than ever.

But someone in Tal Verrar has uncovered the duo’s secret. Someone from their past who has every intention of making the impudent criminals pay for their sins. Now it will take every ounce of cunning to save their mercenary souls. And even that may not be enough…

 

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Do not continue unless you’ve read the first book in this series

If you know what A COMPLETE TRASH I am for The Lies of Locke Lamora (1st book) then you know this was an easy 5 star read for me. If you don’t know, then please do check out my review of that marvelous book Here. I read this book quite a while ago but I kept pushing back the review because I couldn’t surmise all my feels. Now that I’ve gathered my thoughts I’ll gladly continue gushing about this series…

The first thing I should say is that I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book, but then nothing can live up to The Lies of Locke Lamora so just note that Red Seas Under Red Skies is a mind-blowingly awesome read. Here are some of the reasons you should read it:

PIRATES

The major theme of the second book is pirates! Who doesn’t love pirates? I was so impressed with the pirate culture Lynch integrated into this book. You can tell he did excruciatingly detailed research. The terms and lingo they used, the different superstitions and rules made it feel so realistic. The whole setting of it was atmospheric and coupled with his immaculate writing skills, you can’t help being completely immersed into this detailed world setting.

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THE USUAL: HEISTS & THE BEST BROMANCE EVER

Red Seas Under Red Skies continues from where the first book left off. Locke and Jean have fled to Tal Verrar and their newest target is the Sinspire, the most exclusive and heavily guarded gambling house in the world, and the vault of its owner, Requin. They’ve meticulously planned out their next steps but someone from their past is constantly interrupting and making everything difficult.

Things get too complicated for Locke & Jean and they are left to juggle several schemes at once, while they try to save their necks and, somehow, make all ends meet to their end.

My favorite aspect of this book was the exploration of the relationship between Locke and Jean. There is much more tension between them and they actually hurt each other in more than one occasion, but it only serves to make the bromance even more believable so I was all for it. We also get to know them much better than in the first book (which is a freaking bonus because they are my precious cinnamon rolls). 

 

CATS

Cats are considered to be good luck for pirates and I just thought this was absolutely interesting. There’s also a lot of adorable interactions between Locke and a particular cat. It was so unbearably cute that I had to re-read those parts.

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Okay the cats don’t actually dress like this but I kinda wish they did.

 

A BLACK, MIDDLE-AGED, ASS-KICKING PIRATE WHO’S ALSO A SINGLE MOM

Meet Zamira drakasha, aka my most favorite female character EVER. There are many women pirates with various levels of skills and charms in this book, but Zamira is by far my favorite.

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I can’t even explain how much I love this character *tongue-tied with awe* She’s a captain of of one of the most feared pirate ships. She’s bad-ass ( as in literally fierce to the point of scary). Lynch did such an amazing job developing her character. She’s just so complex and real. I love how she’s sassy and well-equipped to hand anyone’s ass back, but more than anything, I love how she’s intelligent, reasonable and caring; I love how she has a quiet sort of strength.

Her interactions with her two kids and the kids themselves…GOSH SO ADORABLE. The fact that Zamira is a mother of two while being an ass-kicking pirate captain…just…I LOVE HER SO MUCH!

If you need more reason to love Scott Lynch, check out the sassy tumblr post he put up in response to an ignorant reader claiming characters like Zamira are an “unrealistic wish fulfillment.”


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I was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on April 2, 1978, the first of three brothers. I’ve lived in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area my entire life; currently, just across the border in Wisconsin, about half an hour east of the Twin Cities.

The Lies of Locke Lamora, my first novel, was bought by Simon Spanton at Orion Books in August, 2004. Prior to that I had just about every job you usually see in this sort of author bio– dishwasher, busboy, waiter, web designer, office manager, prep cook, and freelance writer. I trained in basic firefighting at Anoka Technical College in 2005, and became a volunteer firefighter in June of that year.

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The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati – Review

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THE WEIGHT OF ZERO  

Author: Karen Fortunati

 Publisher: Delacorte Press

Format: Hardcover, 387 pages

Published: October 11th 2016

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 Seventeen-year-old Cath knows Zero is coming for her. Zero, the devastating depression born of Catherine’s bipolar disease, has almost triumphed once, propelling Catherine to her first suicide attempt. With Zero only temporarily restrained by the latest med du jour, time is running out. In an old ballet shoebox, Catherine stockpiles meds, preparing to take her own life when Zero next arrives.

But Zero’s return is delayed. Unexpected relationships along with the care of a new psychiatrist start to alter Catherine’s perception of her diagnosis. But will this be enough? This is a story of loss and grief and hope and how the many shapes of love – maternal, romantic and platonic – impact a young woman’s struggle with mental illness.

 

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This is one of the most honest and realistic YA novel I’ve ever come across. Catherine, our main protagonist, has bipolar disorder. Ever since her grandmother died in front of her, things have turned bleak for Catherine. Her friends turn on her and become tormentors at school after she tells them of her condition and she tumbles into severe depression (that she names “Zero”), which leads her into an attempt to take her own life. After failing at her first attempt, she starts stockpiling her pills, so that the next time “Zero” hits, she could take her own life. 

  • Catherine is such a relatable protagonist. Told from her point of view, this book gives a heartfelt and realistic insight into a person with mental illness. I really cared for her and every instance of guilt, hopelessness or sadness she felt hit right home. The author did such an amazing job of depicting those types of feelings.
  • There is great emphasis on support. What I really loved about this book was how it not only delved into mental health (without romanticizing) but it also focused on its effect on loved ones as well. Catherine’s mother, her doctor and her new found friends play such an important role in Catherine’s road to recovery. 
  • Great cast of side characters & relationships. The relationships depicted in this book felt so real. I was completely invested in the dynamic between Catherine and her mother; I enjoyed watching them grow, both individually and relationship-wise. I absolutely loved Krystal. she’s the kind of person I would want as a friend myself. Also, totally adored Michael and his whole family. 
  • This book doesn’t shy away from mentioning the side effects & disadvantages of medication and it touches on conditions like Vagismus, which I wasn’t aware of till I read this book. It tackles the topic of depression, insecurity and fear head on. But overall, it’s a positive book that shows how you can live life to the fullest even with a mental illness.

There are times when I got totally mad at Catherine and I kinda got bored in the middle when there was literally nothing happening, but The Weight of Zero is an enjoyable read with a great set of characters. I don’t have bipolar disorder, or any of the conditions mentioned in the book but I did feel like it provides a great representation of mental illness and there are many others who feel the same way, so I absolutely recommend it!!

 

 


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Top Ten Tuesday is weekly meme that is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

This week’s topic is Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)

Here are ten books that were released in 2016 that I intended to read before the end of the year but never did. They are currently on my TBR for 2017.
 
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female-of-speciesTHE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis                                                                                                   
Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence. While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her. So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for. Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.


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REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

 


12THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE by Heidi Heilig        

Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.

As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix. But the end to it all looms closer every day.

Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence. For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters. She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.

Or she could disappear.


tell-me-three-thingsTELL ME THREE THINGS by Julie Buxbaum            

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

Julie Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss, pain and elation, in her debut YA novel filled with characters who will come to feel like friends.


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THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US by Emily Skrutskie

For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water.

There’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.

But Cas has fought pirates her entire life. And she’s not about to stop.


 

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IRON CAST by Destiny Soria

In 1919, Ada Navarra—the intrepid daughter of immigrants—and Corinne Wells—a spunky, devil-may-care heiress—make an unlikely pair. But at the Cast Iron nightclub in Boston, anything and everything is possible. At night, on stage together, the two best friends, whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art, weave magic under the employ of Johnny Dervish, the club’s owner and a notorious gangster. By day, Ada and Corinne use these same skills to con the city’s elite in an attempt to keep the club afloat.

When a “job” goes awry and Ada is imprisoned, she realizes they’re on the precipice of danger. Only Corinne—her partner in crime—can break her out of Haversham Asylum. But once Ada is out, they face betrayal at every turn.


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In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.


my sister rosaMY SISTER ROSA by Justine Larbalestier

What if the most terrifying person you’d ever met was your ten-year old sister? A spine-chilling psychological thriller from one of Australia’s finest YA authors.

‘I promise,’ said Rosa. ‘I won’t kill and I won’t make anyone else kill.’

I can’t see the loophole. Since the guinea pig there’s been nothing. Months now without Rosa killing as much as a mosquito.

As far as I know.

Che Taylor has four items on his list: 1. He wants to spar, not just train in the boxing gym. 2. He wants a girlfriend. 3. He wants to go home. 4. He wants to keep Rosa under control.

Che’s little sister Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and so good at deception that Che’s convinced she must be a psychopath. She hasn’t hurt anyone yet, but he’s certain it’s just a matter of time. And when their parents move them to New York City, Che longs to return to Sydney and his three best friends. But his first duty is to his sister Rosa, who is playing increasingly complex and disturbing games. Can he protect Rosa from the world – and the world from Rosa?


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LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA by Katie Kennedy

Brimming with humor and one-of-a-kind characters, this end-of-the world novel will grab hold of Andrew Smith and Rainbow Rowell fans.

An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. A big, bad one. Yuri, a physicist prodigy from Russia, has been called to NASA as they calculate a plan to avoid disaster. He knows how to stop the asteroid: his research in antimatter will probably win him a Nobel prize–if there’s ever another Nobel prize awarded. But Yuri’s 17, and having a hard time making older, stodgy physicists listen to him. Then he meets Dovie, who lives like a normal teenager, oblivious to the impending doom. Being with her, on the adventures she plans when he’s not at NASA, Yuri catches a glimpse of what it means to save the world and save a life worth living.

Prepare to laugh, cry, cringe, and have your mind burst open with questions of the universe.


 

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THE SERPENT KING by Jeff Zentner

Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

The only antidote to all this venom is his friendship with fellow outcasts Travis and Lydia. But as they are starting their senior year, Dill feels the coils of his future tightening around him. Dill’s only escapes are his music and his secret feelings for Lydia neither of which he is brave enough to share. Graduation feels more like an ending to Dill than a beginning. But even before then, he must cope with another ending one that will rock his life to the core.


Have you read any of these books? If not, Which ones are you planning on reading this year? Let me know down below 😀