Friday, July 21, 2017

Football Hero by Day, Thief by Night! Read an Excerpt from @SunnivaD's PATH OF THIEVES | @xpressotours


Path of Thieves
Sunniva Dee
Publication date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Football hero by day and thief by night, Charles “Cugs” McConnely leads a double life in the small town of Newbark, Florida. At sundown, the seventeen-year-old turns burglar, forced into the business by the man who should be teaching him the difference between right and wrong: his father.
Cugs is a pro at both games, but only one can secure him a college scholarship. It should be an easy decision, a no-brainer—if Newbark hadn’t proffered the only life he knows.
After run-ins with Nadine Paganelli, his accidental victim and the sole person to have caught him in the act, Cugs starts to realize that hearts can be stolen too.
When his long-lost sister makes contact, lies are uncovered and truths revealed. Suddenly, Cugs finds himself questioning both plans and loyalties. Because sometimes the only way to move forward is by pulling the bottom out of the past.


EXCERPT:
Last night wasn’t good. Dad’s getting more eager. He wants to accomplish so much on his shopping sprees, blaming a more expensive life now that Step-Cynth’s with us. I’m not in a place to meddle, but it seems six-packs of aprons aren’t the only things she buys on his bill.
My father’s becoming sloppy. Yesterday, we returned in the early morning after hitting almost a dozen houses. The owners of four of them were still at home. Yeah. He isn’t doing his homework the way he used to.
Thing is I’m tired. I don’t see a change in sight. Now, I try to keep my eyes open as I drive the wreck to Orlando to meet up with Keyon. Which is going to come back and bite me in the ass. What other option did I have though, come off as a coward to, in the words of Liza, “freaking Keyon Arias of Alliance Cage Warriors?”
Keyon is already there when I enter the Hard Rock Café. He fills out his side of the booth with fighter shoulders and wide thighs. Elbows on the table and bent over a glass of water, he lifts a hand in greeting as soon as he sees me. My chance to chicken out just dissipated.
“Cugs,” he says, voice husky like it is after a fight. Maybe that’s his voice now. I remember it light, prepubescent, I guess, from back when my own had the pitch of a little kid.
“Keyon.” I tip my head, acknowledging him without a smile, and then I sit down in front of him.
“Soda?”
I think of the possibility of going to Gainesville for the tryouts. “Ice water.”
Keyon doesn’t need to do much to get the waitress over. Half-turned to our table, she’s hovering with a watchful eye. When he glances up, she meets his stare immediately and hurries over.
“How are you?” From his expression, he’s not just being polite. He wants to know. “It’s been so long since we’ve talked.”
“I’m good,” I lie.
“What have you been up to? Your sister has been trying to get a hold of you.”
I’ve steeled myself for questions, assuming they would come. I didn’t think he’d start with them right away though.
“Oh you know, living it up in Newbark.” I do a long, purposely fake nod hoping it will make him laugh. Instead, he studies me, starting with my eyes then traveling over my face.
“You liking it there? How’s your old man?”
I shrug, unable to lie about him. “Married again. To a girl Paislee’s age.”
His eyes widen a little. “Is that so?”
“Yeah, as of a few months ago.”
“Geez.” He blows air out his nose. “New stepmother, huh?”
“Yeah, she isn’t exactly Mom.” And there, I said it. I hope he doesn’t notice. I open my mouth to add something, whatever, to get us off the subject, but he jumps in before me.
“You miss your mother?”
Silence.
Snowmen. Hot chocolate. Cold summer lakes. Blue lips.




Author Bio:
Between studies, teaching, and advising, Sunniva has spent her entire adult life in a college environment. Most of her novels are new adult romance geared toward smart, passionate readers with a love for eclectic language and engaging their brain as well as their heart while reading.
Born in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the author spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece--Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in Los Angeles, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah.
Sometimes, Sunniva writes with a paranormal twist (Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love). At other times, it's contemporary (Pandora Wild Child, Leon's Way, Adrenaline Crush, Walking Heartbreak, and Dodging Trains, coming in late March 2016).
This author is the happiest when her characters let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep the reader on her toes until the end of each story.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

*SCHOOL ASSIGNMENT* Opinion Article: Who Really Wins in a Lottery Winning?


In this Sunday, July 9 2017 photo, Rosa Dominguez, 19, won more than $600,000 from two scratcher tickets within 1 week, lottery officials said. (AP Photo/California Lottery)           
Money can’t buy you happiness, we all have a feeling that this is true. But people continue to buy lottery tickets in the hopes of winning thousands of dollars, quit their jobs and splurge on expensive things.

Not all people spend their newly won money on material things; some spend on a new car and a new look. Such is this for California teen Rosa Dominguez, who had won $555,555 on a $5 scratch-off ticket bought at a Paso Robles gas station.

“I was so nervous I just wanted to cry,” she told the California Lottery when she won the first time.

She had more than luck on her side, because she won another lottery prize in Monterey County and won $100,000. Dominguez claimed her prizes at the California Lottery’s East Bay District Office in Hayward. In cases like this, it’s all fun and games when money is involved. When money has been indulged to a certain extent, it quickly gets from bad to worse as soon as the finances start increasing.

Julie E. Nelson and James K. Beggan of the Journal of Psychology explained the psychologies behind lottery winnings.

[block quote] According to Kaplan, the mythology surrounding lottery winners includes the belief that they become frivolous with money, quit their jobs, and splurge on bigger houses and cars. As a result of excessive spending, they often end up bankrupt. Despite the inaccuracy of these beliefs, they continue to represent public opinion.

So even though a lot of lotto winners end up going bankrupt, there is a certain intrigue from others who still like the see what it could be like to win a huge financial opportunity. But it’s also important for all involved that when someone wins money, that money goes to everyone else before they have a chance to use it. Money is essential in the world, but it is not everything. Especially when it comes to realizing who one’s real family and friends are. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

*SCHOOL ASSIGNMENT*: [OPINION] Parents Have a Right to Complain About Snapchat's "SnapMap" Feature


(photo credits: In this Friday 23 June 2017 photo, Snap Map lets users see the location of their Snapchat friends. (Photo by Eric Sykes/KMOV.com)

In response to my post about Snapchat’s new feature, “SnapMap”, I don’t personally use the mobile app all of the time. I mostly use the app during family gatherings, parties, special events. But even so, I know how powerful technology can be, especially in the hands of online predators.


Monday, July 3, 2017

*HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!!* @TonyaKuper's #ENIGMA (Schrodinger's Consortium Duology) @chapterxchapter




Happiest of book birthdays to my author fave, one of my closest author friends, Tonya Kuper's new book, Enigma!! Enigma is the second and final book from the Schrodinger's Consortium series.

You guys don't understand how happy I am for this release. It's been a long time coming, it almost didn't happen! I'm just glad Tonya created this new world and made me fall in love with fantasy again. Congrats, Tonya! I love you, you awesome, amazing, nerdy girl!!


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Hate to Love Ships

Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 favorite hate to love ships:

June 28th: Hate to Love Ships
-- Ask and you may receive. By request, a topic all about your favorite hate to love romances!
   

TOP TEN TUESDAY #36: Best Books Currently Reading in 2017 So Far



Hosted by Jamie, Jana and Lauren of BrokeandBookish.com, Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly book meme that presents top ten lists on Tuesdays that promotes favorite bookish themes.

This week's theme:

June 27: Best Books You've Read In 2017 So Far (break it down however you want -- by genre, strictly 2017 releases, whatever!)



5. Terrence: A Love Story by Alice Rachel - I'm still in the middle of reading this short story, but it's so cute so far. What if we lived in a world where being gay was illegal? What if you could get shot dead by authorities if someone saw you hold hands, kiss, touch or even look at a person of the same gender? This book so far sets me on edge, but there are a lot of tender moments, too. 



4. How to Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh - I'm so sad that I have to take this book back to the library tomorrow, because it's been so good! It's Youtuber Lilly Singh's first book, and it doesn't hold back. Not only does she give great tips on how to have a fulfilling life, but she talks about her life before YouTube. She had been in a state of depression for a few years, before she had decided to get help and turn her life around for herself. Sure, some of her advice in the book speaks out of her own experiences on YouTube, but in general, her book is a really good, funny read. 



3. Uncovering Officer Smith by Sheena Hutchinson - I started reading this book about a year ago, but I haven't really talked about it. It's the second book in Sheena's Discovering April series. I loved the first book back in 2014, so I was excited to check out the sequel. There are some characters from the first book who make cameos in the sequel, which I thought was a nice touch. The story is good too, I just need to finish it! 

Only three books this week because those are all I have read this year. I'd love to know your choices in the comments below. 

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

BOOK BLITZ: SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL by Amanda Gernentz Hanson 

*School Assignment*: Snapchat’s new feature ‘SnapMap’ Raises Questions for Parents of Younger Users

(photo credits: In this Friday 23 June 2017 photo, users plot their snaps onto a map others can see where they are and what they are doing. (Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images)

When the fun, exciting Snapchat app updated yesterday, there was a new feature for its users. Snap Map is an advanced feature that allows its users to locate their friends on the Snapchat app. Friends who are following each other no longer have to wonder where they are, when they can simply use SnapMap, to feel ahead of each other. However, the convenient feature raises some questions from parents of younger app users.


Friday, June 23, 2017

SPOTLIGHT POST: 'TERRENCE: A LOVE STORY' by Alice Rachel | Xpresso Book Tours



Note: I'm signed on this tour for a review, but that will come tomorrow. For now, enjoy this spotlight post about a new LGBT book by Alice Rachel!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Favorite "Unlikeable" Protagonists



Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 favorite "unlikable" protagonists.

June 21st: Favorite "Unlikeable" Protagonists
-- People always tear down "unlikeable" protagonists. But tell us the ones you pulled for!





5. Bella Cullen (nee Swan) from Twilight - So many book critics, haters, even fans of the Twilight series seem to think less of Bella as a protagonist. They think of her as weak, normal, boring, safe, timid. But although she is very shy and keeps to herself, I think that she is the most human protagonists who doesn't try to change anything about her personality, especially for her vampire husband Edward Cullen. She's stubborn, intelligent, intuitive, selfless, kind, and tries so hard to make everyone else around her happy, even though it kills her inside. And the movies only intensified those good qualities about her.

New Moon, the second book in the series, makes you realize how human she really is, because how else would a young girl feel if her boyfriend, her first real boyfriend, regardless of the whole vampire/supernatural thing, leaves her? You'd expect her to feel devastated!! Her turmoil of just the loss of him, her nightmares, seeing him everywhere, not eating, not sleeping, barely has any friends because almost all of her friends were from the relationship with Edward. She couldn't even say or think his own name for awhile because it was just so painful. But when she saved him three times throughout the series --- in New Moon during the Volterra scene; Eclipse when Edward got caught by Victoria and Riley; and in Breaking Dawn when she used her shield to protect him --- she finally realized where she belongs. Not just with Edward, but with a new family.

Sorry that this segment is so long haha! I just am so defensive when it comes to Bella, and Twilight in general. There are bad protagonists out there, but Bella is definitely not one of them.



4. Daniela from Santa Muerte - I hardly talk about this book because it had so many issues in it, especially the main protagonist Daniela. But as much of an issue she is, looking back, I realize she's not a terrible character. She's just misguided, lost, scared, trying to keep it all together just like the rest of us.



3. Tris from Divergent - Tris went from a good female main character, to naïve, annoying and just plain dumb. But I don't find her dumb, I find her passionate. She did her best to use her Divergent-ness to save her loved ones, even if it cost her her life. It's endearing, especially when in most YA cases, the main female character only thinks of herself.



2. Hazel Grace Lancaster from The Fault in Our Stars - I initially wasn't going to put Hazel Grace right after Tris, being that they were played by the same actress, Shailene Woodley. But since she does have superiority complexes, is stubborn, pretentious and kinda annoying. However, she is very selfless and doesn't complain about her cancer. In fact, she almost embraces it. She uses the terminal disease as a way to protect her loved ones, so that if/when she does die, they'll have something to remember her by. It's quite endearing.



1. Clary Fray from Shadowhunters/Mortal Instruments - I haven't read TMI in a minute, but I did remember how Clary was annoying and elitist to a lot of readers. To me, I didn't think she was that annoying. How would you react to find that your mother lied to you about your whole life for 16-18 years, that you're apart of a world that you didn't even know existed? And then you fallin love for the first time with this hot, sexy Shadowhunter named Jace Wayland. But then come to find out that your Jace is your brother, then isn't!!! You'd be pretty unbearable too! But I think she's cool too. I like her more on the show than the movie.

So those are my top 5 favorite unlikable protagonists. Who are some of yours? Leave comments below.




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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

*School Assignment*: Officer Jeronimo Yanez Acquitted from Murdering Philando Castile. What Happens Next?

In this November 2016 photo, Philando Castile's mother Valerie
when her son's killer was charged with manslaughter. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Note to my subscribers: No, I'm not hacked lol. This is yet another blog post I'm writing for my journalism class, this time about the verdict of Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who was involved in the shooting of Philando Castile in July 2017. Read below for more information. Let me know your thoughts about the case in the comments below.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

PART 2 *School Assignment*: Effective Delivery of Major News Story


In this Saturday, June 3 2017, photo provided by Thrive Images' Amy Thierney, actress Tracee Ellis Ross speaks at Step Up's Inspiration Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Behind, left to right, Ross' Black-ish co-stars: Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Marsai Martin, Miles Brown, Anthony Anderson. (AP Photo)


In Variety’s Tracee Ellis Ross Speaks Words of Wisdom to Young Women at Step Up's Inspiration Awards, television, radio and social media are used as major dissemination channels for the story.

*School Assignment*: Effective Delivery of Major News Story

Caption: In this Saturday, June 3 2017, photo provided by Variety's Rob LaTour, actress Tracee Ellis Ross speaks at Step Up's Inspiration Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Behind, left to right, Ross' Black-ish co-stars: Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Marsai Martin, Miles Brown.


For my subscribers/usual readers: I know this isn't my normal, regularly scheduled book blog post, but things are being pushed back for this assignment I'm doing for school. I'm a Communications major and for my Journalism class, I have to make a blog post about the story of Tracee Ellis Ross, star of ABC's Black-ish, and her cast --- Anthony Anderson, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown and Marsai Martin --- at the 2017 Step Up's Inspiration Awards in Los Angeles.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Books for Hufflepuffs!!


Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 books that best represent our Hogwarts House.

June 7th: Books For Your Hogwarts House
-- Show your Hogwarts House Pride, and tell us the top 5 books that represent your house!


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

COVER REVEALS: OPEN WOUNDS and WEATHERED SOULS by Inger Iversen | Xpresso Book Tours


Open Wounds: Abel & Hope
Inger Iversen
(A Love Against the Odds Novel)
Publication date: June 28th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
If you could see your life from inception to your death, would you change things or would you let your death play out as fate intended?
Abel is in search of only two things. A stable job and a safe place to lay his head at night after a mistake that cost him eighteen months of his life. As if fate had plans made only for him, Abel is offered a complicated job, and a chance to redeem himself to his old boss.
And then he meets her…
And Abel adds another item to his list—Hope.
At twenty-six, Hope has only ever slept with one man, and at her boss’s unsolicited advice, Hope plans to forget the abuse and degradation she suffered at her ex’s hand by seducing and bedding the next man she meets. Only, after Hope finds a promise of death at her doorstep, her plans are derailed and only chance at staying alive rests on the dedication of her new bodyguard and her own sheer will to live the life she deserves.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

#ArmchairBookExpo Day 3 - 'Diversity' and 'Dream Dining'


Armchair Book Expo continues with Day 3's prompts and posts, in conjunction with the Book Expo America event in New York City.

introduction/welcome post: here it is!

Day 2: What Readers Want & Collaborate: here it is! 

Today's prompts are Diversity and Dream Dining. I'd started these posts on Instagram earlier today, but here's a continuation of those down below.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

#ArmchairBookExpo Day 2: 'What Readers Want' and 'Collaborate'


Armchair Book Expo continues with Day 2's prompts and posts, in conjunction with the Book Expo America event in New York City. If you missed my introduction/welcome post yesterday, here it is!

Today's prompts are What Readers Want and Collaborate. I'd started these posts on Instagram earlier today, but here's a continuation of those down below.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Fandoms I'm No Longer In

Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 fandoms I'm no longer in.

I changed this to fandoms I was never in or grew out of, that a lot of people seem to indulge in. Sorry if this is your fandom, it's just my opinion! ♥


#ArmchairBookExpo: Welcome Post/Introductory Questions


Hey guys! Here's a new post I'll be doing for a few days, called Armchair Book Expo! It's supposed to represent the 2017 Book Expo America, but for online bloggers and book fans. This is my first year participating in Armchair Book Expo, and I'm so excited to dive on in to this new adventure!

Armchair Book Expo lasts from May 31 – June 2, in conjunction with the physical BEA in Javits Center, NYC.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Favorite Minor Characters



Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 favorite minor characters.

May 24th: Favorite Minor Characters
--Minor characters are less than a sidekick or a side character (but not in our hearts!) Everyone will have a different definition of what makes a minor vs a side character but just as an example, I'd consider Ron and Hermione side characters, while Lavender Brown, Oliver Wood, and Dean Thomas are minor characters. Results may vary so don't get tooooo caught up in it :)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

TOP TEN TUESDAY #35: Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017


Hosted by Jamie, Jana and Lauren of BrokeandBookish.com, Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly book meme that presents top ten lists on Tuesdays that promotes favorite bookish themes.

This week's theme:

May 30: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Summer Reads

Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 Summer Reads:

May 17th: Summer Reads
--The weather is heating up (for half of the world), so what books remind you of summer and are your quintessential summer reads?


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

TOP TEN TUESDAY #34: Things On Our Reading Wishlist


Hosted by Jamie, Jana and Lauren of BrokeandBookish.com, Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly book meme that presents top ten lists on Tuesdays that promotes favorite bookish themes.

This week's theme:

Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist (topic originally done January 2014) -- things you want to see more of in books -- tropes, a time period, a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a certain plot, etc. All those things that make you think I WANT MORE OF THIS IN BOOKS!


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Favorite SFF Cover Art #BooktubeSFFAwards



Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 Favorite SFF Cover Art. This topic coincides with the Booktube SFF Awards.


TOP TEN TUESDAY #33: Theme Freebie - Powerhouse Covers!!


Hosted by Jamie, Jana and Lauren of BrokeandBookish.com, Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly book meme that presents top ten lists on Tuesdays that promotes favorite bookish themes.

This week's theme:

Cover Theme Freebie: literally anyyyything about covers....top ten covers that scream Spring, ten books with ice cream on the cover, ten books with blue covers, etc. etc. THIS ONE COULD BE REALLY FUN and I can't wait to see how creative your lists are!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Authors I Want to Read More From



Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 authors I want to read more from.

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April 26th: Authors You Want to Read More From
--Talk about some authors that you've only read one or a few books from, and you NEED to read more!
    


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

TOP TEN TUESDAY #32: Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book



Hosted by Jamie, Jana and Lauren of BrokeandBookish.com, Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly book meme that presents top ten lists on Tuesdays that promotes favorite bookish themes.

This week's theme:

April 18: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book (topic originally done back in 2013 as top ten words/topics that will make me instantly want to read a book) -- so yeah basically any topic or theme or ANYTHING (ie if X person recommends it) that will make you instantly want to pick up a book. My list will likely be called Jamie-bait because there are soooo certain things you can say in a summary or a review that will just instantly draw me to it!


Thursday, April 6, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Top SFF Books on My TBR

Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 science-fiction/fantasy books on my TBR list. This is also a #BooktubeSFF Awards babble crossover topic.

April 5th: Top SFF Books on Your TBR *Booktube SFF Awards Babble Crossover Topic!*
--Talk about the science fiction and fantasy books you want to read ASAP!

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5. One Wish Away (Djinn Empire #1) by Ingrid Seymour - This is more fantasy than science-fiction, but it's Ingrid, and I adore her work, so I'm excited to read this at some point.

Summary:
Faris is a Djinn with a secret and Marielle the first master to give him hope. Will she be the one to break his curse? There is no telling. All he really knows is she's ONE WISH AWAY from breaking his heart.

When Marielle was little, she used to believe Grandpa about his wish-granting Djinn. But now that she’s older, her beliefs have changed, and things like lousy ex-boyfriends and alcoholic fathers have become her reality.

Life isn’t done shattering her truths, though, and when Grandpa dies and the Djinn he warned her never to trust shows up at her doorstep, the world becomes a dangerous, magical place she never knew existed. Reeling for her once-normal life, Marielle soon realizes there’s no going back—not when she’s become part of a mortal conflict between two spell-bound Djinn. Faris—her handsome slave. And Zet—his vengeance-hungry brother. They both want something from her. One, her love. The other one, her life.

Now she’s afraid she will die in love.

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4. Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo - This world sounds so intricate and so much is going on, but I still want to at least try it lol.

Summary:
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy. 

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3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo - Basically the same reason as #4 lol.

Summary:
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he'll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done - and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable - if they don't kill each other first. 

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2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir - I've heard so many things about this book --- good, bad, fangirling and all --- and I really want to read it!!

Summary:
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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 1. Enigma by Tonya Kuper - Y'all don't know how goshdarn excited I am for this book to pop out July 4!!!! This is the second book in Tonya's Schrodinger's Consortium series, and I can't wait to see what Josie and Reid are up to next, now that Josie is still learning to use her Oculi powers.

Summary:
The highly anticipated sequel to Anomaly will be released the summer of 2017!

Worst. Road Trip. Ever.

Escaping with Reid Wentworth should have been fun, but how can I enjoy it when I just (accidentally) killed someone, my mom and brother are in danger, and the Consortium is trying to enslave humanity? (Yeah, they aren’t fooling around.) So feeling something for Reid Wentworth was not part of the plan. Trying to help unite the Resistance against the Consortium means I can’t be distracted by hot boys.

The Resistance secret hideout isn’t exactly the rebel base of my dreams. A traitor there wants me dead, but we have no idea who it is. And with both the Resistance and the Consortium trying to control me, the only one I can trust is Reid. If we’re going to have any chance of protecting my family, controlling my unstable powers, and surviving the clash between the Oculi factions, I’m going to have to catch this traitor. By using myself as bait. 
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So those are my SFF TBR additions for #BooktubeSFF Awards. What are some of your own choices? Leave them in the comments below.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Future Classics



Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 future classics:

March 29th- Future Classics
--Let us know the books you think will be considered classics one day!



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5. ROOM by Emma Donoghue - I've only seen the movie twice and read half of the book, but the movie had more of an effect on me than the book. A 5 year old's perspective on his life in a very small, secluded place he calls Room, with his mother, who was kidnapped and abused by Old Nick. I don't want to spoil, but the movie was so profound in how a mother will do anything to protect her child, and how a young boy's life is turned upside down just by being outside. Kids should have that right to be kids, and this book/movie shows that he had a good life.
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4. THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins - We're already living in the Districts right now, and the POTUS is worse than President Snow, so it's a no-brainer that this series will be a cult classic one day. If it isn't already.

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3. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green - I've seen people say that they think this book will be a classic too, but to be honest, I don't really see it. If anything, it's a very good book and movie, but a classic? Not really sure. I don't even know why I added it to this list lol. Maybe because Hazel and Gus are two halves of YA's best cancer-ridden couples?
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2. THE TWILIGHT SAGA by Stephenie Meyer - Regardless of what you think of these books personally, the plot, the romance, the fantasy, you can't deny that these books mostly brought us into the YA book community. I'm especially grateful and hope the day that Twilight will be considered a classic.
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1. HARRY POTTER SERIES by JK Rowling - Do I need to say anything else? I'm surprised that HP isn't a classic already!! This series expresses nothing but friendship, bravery, honesty, truth, wise old men, growing up, and becoming your own hero. So much needed in a classic series.

So those are my choices for future classics. Let's discuss your choices in the comments below!

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