Wednesday, December 30, 2015

WWW WEDNESDAYS #4: @marissa_meyer, Julia Harlow and @teamsmella23

WWW Wednesdays
Hosted by: Taking on a World of Words
(formerly hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading)
Description: WWW Wednesday is a weekly event where you share (1) What you’re currently reading, (2) What you recently finished reading, and (3) What you think you’ll read next.

This week:
1. I'm currently reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
2. I recently finished reading Closed Set by Julia Harlow. Read my review here
3. I think I'll read True Love Way by Mary Elizabeth next.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

WWW Wednesdays #3: Marissa Meyer's CINDER, Natalie Money's CLOSELY GUARDED SECRET, Ellen Marie Wiseman's WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND

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Description: WWW Wednesday is a weekly event where you share (1) What you’re currently reading, (2) What you recently finished reading, and (3) What you think you’ll read next.

This week:
1. I'm currently reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
2. I finished reading Closely Guarded Secret by Natalie Money. Read my review here.
3. I think I'll read What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman.

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Book Blitz: A PROPER YOUNG LADY + Guest Post by Author Lianne Simon @xpressotours


A Proper Young Lady
Lianne Simon
Publication date: December 18th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
A woman with the complete form of Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome might never discover that she has testes in her abdomen rather than ovaries and uterus. Danièle knows, and she grieves that she can never have her own children. She has a partial form of AIS that left her with ambiguous genitals,
a steady stream of doctors and psychologists, and parents determined to see her happy as a girl.
After Danièle’s best friend and childhood crush agrees to have a baby for her, Danièle learns that the clinic can extract sperm from her own gonadal biopsies, and she becomes the father of Melanie’s baby herself.
Ethan adores the graceful young woman named Danièle, while Melanie imagines a life with the father of her child. Danièle? She’s happy with her intersex body—somewhere between princess and little boy. But in a black and white world, she must choose—once and for all—who she will be. And whom she will love.
Find Confessions by Lianne Simon here!
EXCERPT:
Melanie
Puffy white clouds drag their sorry reflections across the garden pond. Once in a while, some fish gobbles a bug stupid enough to fall into the water. On an old tree trunk that stretches out from the bank, a family of painted turtles enjoys the last of the evening’s rays.
From the bay window, I watch the sun set. When blue sky turns red and purple, I punch in my sister’s number. If my mother’s sick, I don’t wanna know. But I gotta find out.
Beatrice picks up. “Melanie?”
“Yeah. Mom there?”
“Sure.”
A minute passes as a couple of chipmunks gather some of the fallen acorns in the fading light. My imagination keeps wandering out into the garden, expecting to see the father of my child come walking up the path. Ethan—the dude had better be some kinda special.
“Are you settled in?” My mother’s voice sounds chipper, like maybe she’s okay after all.
“Hi, Mom. Yeah, I’m unpacked. You sure about this check?”
“Would I have given you your inheritance if I didn’t trust you?”
“No. Guess not.”
“Well then. Ask Danièle to help you invest the money. All right?”
“Yeah. Sure. You okay, Mom?”
“I’m fine, honey.” One of my sister’s kids squalls in the background. “I’d better go. I promised Beatrice I’d entertain the boys.”
“I love you, Mom.”
I toss the phone on the bed and lean back against the window frame. My life’s here now. With Dani. The image of us standing in front of my mother’s grave sends a creepy chill down my back. Yeah. Maybe forever. Might as well be married.
I brush a hand across my abdomen. Not much there yet. Did I really go through IVF and get myself pregnant for the girl?
Well, yeah. I promised to have a baby when we were old enough.
Not for Dani, though. Not her.
As a kid, I wanted my own little one so bad that my best forever friend pretended to be a boy so she could be the father. When the doctors told Dani she couldn’t bear children, I promised to have one.
For Daniel. His baby.
Well, it made sense at the time.
I shake my head and force my gaze back out the window. Moonlight has turned the garden into a wonderland of silver and midnight blue. A breeze sends ripples across the pond’s reflected stars. Jet black trees sway to some silent beat, waving their arms above it all.
Sometime later, a fat drop of water spatters against the window and down the pane. Others join in, till a steady chorus patters syncopation on the metal roof, till my eyelids succumb to the reassuring music.


Author Bio:
Lianne Simon’s father was a dairy farmer and an engineer, her mother a nurse. She grew up in a home filled with love and good books.
Tiny and frail, Lianne struggled physically, but excelled at her studies. In 1970, she was awarded a scholarship to the University of Miami, from which she graduated in 1973. Fond memories of her time there remain with her.
Some years later, after living in several states, and spending time abroad, Lianne settled in to the suburbs north of Atlanta, where she now lives with her husband and their cat.
While seeking answers to her own genetic anomalies, Lianne met a family whose daughter was born with one testis and one ovary. As a result of that encounter, she spent more than a decade answering inquiries on behalf of a support group for the parents of such children.
Lianne hopes that writing this book will, in some small way, contribute to the welfare of children born between the sexes.

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Guest Post by Lianne Simon:

Intersex and Erasure--Lianne Simon

We met last night, you and I. In the checkout line at Publix, I think.

You liked my hat--the blue felt one with a silver kilt pin. I smiled, nodded, and thanked you for the compliment.

I must have seemed a middle-aged woman of Scottish descent--a grandmother, perhaps, with gray beginning to streak my ginger hair. And the elfin face of my childhood subdued now.

You assumed me female. Most do. And I am--at least in your binary world.

But I'm not XX. And I don't have a womb. So, no, I don't have grandchildren.

And before you mention Caitlyn Jenner, I'm not XY either. Not male. Not in your binary world.

Oh, I lived as a boy for a time. Till the world made it clear I belonged with the girls. In your binary world.

With my dolls and tea sets and Easy-Bake Oven. Cooking, sewing, and babysitting.

Feminine of face and demeanor, I fit better there. In your binary world.

With my ovaries part testis--or testes part ovary?--hermaphrodite's the word for that. For me.

All that ran through my head again as I smiled and nodded. But I didn't tell you, did I? Discretion's the better part of valor, they say.

Anyway, I tried that once. It exploded their head. Being in a room with a hermaphrodite, that is. An alien. Other. Perhaps a crazy person. (All the best ones are!)

My doctors don't use words like hermaphrodite, you know. Or intersex.

Gonadal Dysgenesis. Turner Syndrome. Genetic mosaicism. But nothing at all that mentions my being born outside their binary. Nothing. Like that part of me never was.

Because their job is to erase ambiguity. To make the gray black. Or white.

To fix what they consider wrong with our bodies. To cut off a clitoris too large or a penis too small.

To make vaginal intercourse possible--as a male. Or a female. I'm incomplete without that. In need of counseling if I don't enjoy it. Lectured if I don't dilate enough.

All so I'm normal in their eyes.

Binary. My shades of gray gone.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Teaser Tuesday #2: CINDER by Marissa Meyer

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Hosted by MizB from adailyrhythm.com, Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme where you share two (2) “teaser” sentences from your current read to try to entice others to want to seek it out.

This week's teaser:


Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer


She balled her fists.

She had to go back. But she wouldn't stay long. Adri had made it quite clear that she saw Cinder as worthless, a burden. She'd had no qualms dismissing her when she found a lucrative means to do it, a way that could keep her free of guilt because, after all, they needed to find an antidote. Peony needed an antidote. 

...

The woman was supposed to be the one to protect her, to help her. If Adri and Pearl were her only family left, she would be better off alone. 

She had to get away. And she knew just how she was going to do it. 

Now, I understand that Adri is a horrible mother figure for Cinder. But if she's so evil, then why go back? She shouldn't have a need to go back. Dr. Erland should help her finance her way to find somewhere better to live on her own. Or maybe Kai can help her? 

What are your thoughts on Cinder? Leave comments below. 


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Top Ten Tuesdays #3: Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015

Hosted by brokeandbookish.com, Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created because they are particularly fond of lists. This week's theme is the top 10 best books I've read in 2015. 

I have a list of books on my Goodreads 2015 Challenge, but only seven of them are the best, in my opinion. Check out the list below. 

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7. Wendy Darling: Stars by Colleen Oakes

This book was crazy twisted!! I remember the original Peter Pan tale from Disney, but this book had a bit of an edge to it. It had a lot of issues, but I liked a lot of the imagery and characterization of Wendy Darling. All of the past Pan tales have been about just him, so this book was refreshing to hear from someone else's perspective. Read my review here.

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6. Tea Leaf: What Hides Beneath by Mia Mitns

Hot aliens living across the street from you and your friends? World domination? A secret romance? A love triangle? This book was filled with friendships, trust, love, sacrifice and everything in between. I really liked it! Read my review here.

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5. Discovering April by Sheena Hutchinson

This book has been on so many lists already, but I don't care because it's so sweet and so good!! It involves finding yourself after a terrible breakup, finding what's really important and trusting your inner feelings. Sheena has seen my love for this book so many times! I hope she doesn't get sick of me adding it in one more time haha!! ;) Read my full review here.

 

4. Books, Blogs & Reality by Ryan Ringbloom

This  book was so reminiscent to my own life. Who else spends too much time online on social media, talking to people we think are our friends? Most of whom we have never met officially, but know and talk to on a daily basis? I've definitely been there, and I know so many people who have been there. Reading this book was a life-changing experience for me. Check out my review here.

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3. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

I absolutely loved this novel. Lisa's writing style was so good, and I thank my favorite actress Kristen Stewart for signing on to play Lydia, Alice's daughter in the movie. Read my review on the book here.


2. Fractured by Elizabeth Stacey

This book was so heartbreaking and tested the faith of two best friends involved in a kidnapping. I loved how McKenna never gave up on Millie. Mille's older brother Dalton was so persistant on finding the girls. Check out the full review here. 

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1. Sing for Me by Gracie Madison

Sing for Me was such a whirlwind! I liked that it formed a setting based on Heaven and Hell, but with music and destiny. And Damascus and Madeline's chemistry is EVERYTHING! Read my full review here. 

What are some of your favorite books of 2015? Leave comments below. 

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Musing Mondays #1: Questions and Answers

Since this blog is called POETRYBooksYA, I've decided to incorporate some original poetry into my list posts. Each poem will be made from prompt list by davidrm.com. Here's my first prompt:
Write a series of questions and answers to compose a poem.
 What is life about?
Life is what you make it.
What does love mean?
Love is a general feeling.
Where do I belong?
You belong where your heart goes.

Where do we go from here?
You can go wherever you want.
How did we get here?
How did we all get here?

How can I find myself again?
Depends on what you want.

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Book Blitz: SUNSET RISING by S.M. McEachern @smmceachern @xpressotours


Sunset Rising Trilogy
S.M. McEachern
(Sunset Rising #1-3)
Publication date: December 25th 2015
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Limited Time Preorder price of just $4.99! Have it delivered December 25th!
Special edition of the ebook set of the Sunset Rising Trilogy, which includes: Sunset Rising, Worlds Collide, New World Order, and—available in ebook format for the first time—all seven satellite stories!
Sunset Rising: Born a slave inside a government biodome, seventeen-year-old Sunny O’Donnell becomes a pawn in a political plot that sparks a rebellion. Accused of treason and facing execution, she escapes with a man she considers an enemy and discovers she not only has to work with him to survive, but also lead the revolution.
A Readers Favorite 2015 Book Award Gold Medal winner!
Worlds Collide: Sunny and Jack must continue a life of subterfuge in order to stay alive and find a way to free the Pit. But in their attempt to save the urchins, they uncover the horrifying truth about President Holt and the evil he could unleash on the world.
New World Order: While Sunny and Jack struggle to find each other in the lawless post-apocalyptic world, tensions between the Pit and the Dome escalate. In the action-packed conclusion of the Sunset Rising Trilogy, friends will become enemies and enemies will become friends on a journey that will lead to a new world order.
Satellite Stories: For the first time in ebook format, the seven satellite stories are included with the trilogy. Find out what’s happening in the Pit between books one and two, and get a closer look at some of the other people in Sunny’s life.
The Sunset Rising Trilogy ebook boxed set is up for the special pre-order price of $4.99 and includes seven satellite stories.
EXCERPT BOOK 1 – Sunset Rising:
(Sunny O’Donnell and Jack Kenner on starting a rebellion)
I went at him as fast as I could, and when I saw the nose of the gun come up, I pushed it down and used it to give me balance. I raised my leg and kicked him in his side. His grip on the gun loosened for a second, and I grabbed it with both hands while swinging my leg in a backward arc that brought me behind him. I brought the gun up under his throat and held it there. I heard people clapping and looked up to see them staring at me.
“You do catch on quickly,” Jack said, smiling.
I loosened my grip on the rifle, and he lowered it. “Am I scaring you, Jack?”
Suddenly Jack’s hands were on me, and he threw me over his hip. I hit the floor with an ungraceful flop.
“A little bit.” He stepped away and left me to pick myself up. “It’s going to be lights out soon, so we should wrap it up,” he said to the room.
“Can we try again tomorrow?” Raine asked.
Jack looked around the room to see if anyone else was interested. Most people wanted to come back. Jack asked the guards, and they agreed as well.
“You were amazing tonight,” Jack said once we were alone. “You blew me away.”
“I guess it went well.”
“You were great, but we only had maybe fifty people in that room, not nearly enough to take on the few hundred guards that patrol down here. I told you before, power comes with numbers, and we don’t have numbers.”
“I don’t think we stand much of a chance anyway. I expect someone in that room will gladly turn us in for the four hundred credits Holt is offering.”
When we arrived at our apartment, I scanned my hand across the lock and went in.
“I know. I think that too.” Jack shut the door behind him. Then he picked up one of the chairs and put it under the doorknob. I gave him an inquisitive look. “At least it will give us a little notice if someone comes.”
“I’ve always known we’ll be caught eventually, but now that it might be real, I’m scared.”
I didn’t want to die now that I had found a reason to live. I wanted to see this rebellion through and free Summer from Holt; have the chance to find my father if he was still alive; help liberate the Pit from centuries of slavery. I wanted time to finish what we started.
“You’re scared?” he asked in surprise. “I can’t believe the girl who stood up on a chair and convinced an entire room to start a rebellion is scared.”
“And you’re not?”
“Terrified. Hey, what was wrong with Raine’s wife? She seemed a little out of it.”
“Women get that way after they’re sterilized.”
“After they’re what?”
“Sterilized.” He had an odd look on his face. “You must know about the Sterilization Program. Your government came up with it ten years ago. If a couple doesn’t qualify to have a child, the woman is sterilized, and whatever they inject her with makes her go… blank. The injection changes a woman. She’s not as full of life as she used to be.”
Jack was staring at me with a horrified look on his face when the lights went out, leaving us in darkness. Maybe he didn’t know about that program.
“We should get some sleep,” I said.
“I’ll take the chair.”
“No. We shared last night, we can do it again tonight.” Considering the way I responded to his kiss this morning, it probably wasn’t a good idea. But we both needed a decent sleep. Jack was exhausted from sleeping in the chair, and I couldn’t afford to be tired and sloppy with Madi as my supervisor.
“Are you sure?”
“Yeah. Just stay on your on side of the bed.” But I didn’t really mean it. I walked toward the bedroom.
“That bed isn’t big enough to have sides.” He stumbled after me, knocking a chair over.
“You really can’t see, can you?”
“And you’re surprised? It’s pitch black in here.”
I took him by the hand and guided him toward the bedroom. He took off his t-shirt and flopped down on the bed. Since he was blind in the dark, I stripped off my vest and put my t-shirt back on before I climbed in.
“It’s not pitch black in here. The guards use nightlights, and it leaks into the apartment.”
He opened his eyes as wide as he could and looked around the room. “I guess you have to born in the Pit to find light where there isn’t any.”
I rolled that thought over in my mind and realized just how true it was.


Author Bio:
S.M. McEachern (also known as Susan) comes from the rocky shores of Canada’s East Coast. As a resident of Halifax during her early adult years, she attended Dalhousie University and earned an Honors Degree in International Development Studies with a focus on ocean development. Throughout her academic studies and early career, Susan had the privilege to study and work with Elizabeth Mann Borgese (daughter of nobel prize winner, Thomas Mann). An author in her own right and a political activist for world peace, Mrs. Mann Borgese played a significant influence on Susan’s view of the political world stage.
Sunset Rising is Susan's debut novel, which was published in November 2012. The second novel of the series, Worlds Collide was released in March 2014 and she is currently working on the third book of the series titled, New World Order, due to be released January 2015. For writing inspiration, Susan likes to go on long walks with her iPod (Keane and Moby are among her favorites). A few fun facts about Susan: she loves lattes, red wine, snorkelling, hiking and talking about herself in the third person.
If you'd like to read some satellite stories on the Sunset Rising series, visit her website: http://smmceachern.com/category/satellite-stories/


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Friday, December 11, 2015

Friday Finds #1: A PROPER YOUNG LADY by @liannesimon

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Hosted by: MizB at A Daily Rhythm
Description: Friday Finds showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).


This week, I added A Proper Young Lady by Lianne Simon. I found out about it from the Xpresso Book Tours. I'm a tour host for them, so when I saw that they were promoting the book, I had to jump in and figure it out. The synopsis sounds so interesting.

A woman with the complete form of Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome might never discover that she has testes in her abdomen rather than ovaries and uterus. Danièle knows, and she grieves that she can never have her own children. She has a partial form of AIS that left her with ambiguous genitals, a steady stream of doctors and psychologists, and parents determined to see her happy as a girl.

After Danièle's best friend and childhood crush agrees to have a baby for her, Danièle learns that the clinic can extract sperm from her own gonadal biopsies, and she becomes the father of Melanie's baby herself.

Ethan adores the graceful young woman named Danièle, while Melanie imagines a life with the father of her child. Danièle? She’s happy with her intersex body—somewhere between princess and little boy. But in a black and white world, she must choose—once and for all—who she will be. And whom she will love.

What's on your Friday Finds List? Leave comments below.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Thursday Quotables #2: CINDER by @marissa_meyer

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Description: Share a favorite quote, line, or passage from your reading each week!

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This week in Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer:

"What are you going to do?"

"Just a little expiriment, nothing to worry about."

She twisted her head as Dr. Erland walked around the table and placed the tips of his fingers on her neck, pinching the vertebrae just above her shoulders. She stiffened at the touch. His hands were warm, but she shivered anyway. 

"Tell me if you feel anything...unusual."

Cinder opened her mouth, about to announce that any human touch felt unusual, but her breath hiccupped. 

Fire and pain ruptured her spine, flooding her veins.

She cried out and fell off the table, crumpling to the floor. 

This book is so creepy!! But I keep reading anyway just to see what happens next. Who else is reading Cinder? Leave comments below. 

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

WWW Wednesday's #2: Marissa Meyer's CINDER, Mia Mitns' TEA LEAF, Grier Cooper's WISH

WWW Wednesdays
Hosted by: Taking on a World of Words
(formerly hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading)
Description: WWW Wednesday is a weekly event where you share (1) What you’re currently reading, (2) What you recently finished reading, and (3) What you think you’ll read next.

This week:
1. I'm currently reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer. 
2. I recently finished Tea Leaf by Mia Mitns. Read my review here!
3. I think I'll read Wish by Grier Cooper next.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Monthly Wrap-Up: November 2015

This was a slow month for reading, like October was. But the good news is that I started some book memes from Bookshelf Fantasies, supporting my current read, Cinder by Marissa Meyer. So here's my wrap-up for November 2015.

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Posts Based on CINDER



November TV and Movies

I saw Mockingjay: Part 2 and thought it was incredible! The shows I like are Empire, Finding Carter. I can't wait for Pretty Little Liars, Switched at Birth and Nashville. I livetweet and blog for TV After Dark and Fangirlish, so check my posts out on those sites! 

Books I'm Looking Forward to in December

I wrote a list post about all of the books I'm excited to release in December and January 2016, so check that out here. 

Expected Reviews/Posts in December

Reviews

  

Blitzes

  

So that's it for November!! If you wrote a monthly wrap up, let me know in the comments section. I'd love to read them. 

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