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.


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