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!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

TOP TEN TUESDAY #31: Top Ten Authors I'm Dying To Meet


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:

Top Ten Authors I'm Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can't Believe I've Met  (some other "meeting authors" type spin you want to do)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

'OF GLITTER AND GOLD' GIVEAWAY by Sherry D. Ficklin: ENTER to Win a Clean Teen Publishing Mystery Box!!


Of Glitter and Gold: A Canary Club Anthology
Sherry D. Ficklin
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: March 27th 2017
Genres: Historical, Young Adult
Set during the flamboyant anything-goes era of 1920’s America, these three tales are filled with intriguing characters and rich imagery from the time period—with flappers, jazz music, gangsters, and lavish wealth. Escape to a different decade today with the compelling stories of the Canary Club Anthology.
Novelette 1- Gilded Cage
Masie, the flaxen-haired daughter of notorious bootlegger Dutch Schultz, returns home from boarding school to find her family in crisis. Her mother is dangerously unstable, her father’s empire is on the brink of ruin, and the boy she once loved has become a ruthless killer for hire. To keep her family’s dangerous secrets, Masie is forced into a lie that will change the course of her future—and leave her trapped in a gilded cage of her own making.
Novelette 2- All That Glitters
A dame with brains, moxie, and killer curves, June West isn’t your average flapper. She’s managed to endear herself to the son of one of the most powerful gangsters in New York, earning herself a spot in the limelight that she’s always longed for. With the infamous playboy at her side, June has become accustomed to living the high life. Lavish parties, expensive clothes, sparkling jewels—nothing is beyond her reach. But when her carefully woven web of lies finally catches up with her, she must make an impossible choice… come clean about her past and risk losing everything, or find a way to bury her demons—once and for all.
Novelette 3 – Nothing Gold
Dickey has been down on his luck since the day he was born. Flat broke and sick of being looked down on, he meets young socialite Lillian at a wild party. The connection is like a strike of lightning. From a wealthy New York family, this debutante is everything he’s been told he can never have—and the only thing he wants. Determined to win her, he knows the only way to get her parents approval is with cold hard cash. So when a shot at the biggest score of his life comes around, he just can’t refuse…
NOTHING GOLD EXCERPT:
It’s easier than I imagined to sneak into the party. The music is so loud and the crowd so enormous that no one sees me wind my way through the shrubs on the outskirts. The massive estate is far enough away from the city that I had to hitch a ride to get here, and I’ll have to time my exit just right to make the train back to Manhattan.

Brushing off my secondhand suit coat, I enter the party via the back patio. A wide pool is filled with people, most still in their fancy evening wear. My eyes slide past them, searching for the one person at this shindig that I know. I scan past butlers with white gloves holding silver trays covered in champagne glasses, past gleeful dames in short skirts with blood-red lips, and past gents in their glad rags I can tell with one glance cost more dough than I make in a year working at the mill.

When I finally see him, his pinstripe suit, matching fedora, and red pocket square, he’s standing atop the massive staircase on the ledge overlooking the party. Deacon Brewer, the reason I’m here tonight. His hands are stuffed in the pockets of his trousers as he chats up a fella I don’t recognize, along with the dame hanging off his arm. Plastering on an easy grin, I wind my way through the people, helping myself to a glass of bubbly as I head for the stairs. The stone steps are covered in gold confetti, the whole place practically dripping with it. Long, red velvet drapes hang from arched windows, and leafless branches painted gold and draped with crystal beads sit in tall vases in every corner. Nothing has been left un-gilded.

I shake my head at the audacity. Might as well have a neon sign—someone, please rob the joint.
Deacon sees me coming and dismisses himself from his conversation, welcoming me with an open hand.

“Dickey Lewis, glad you could make it, boy,” he offers warmly.

As if I had a choice.

“Of course, Mr. Brewer,” I respond with more warmth than I feel. Truth is that I’m in deep to Deacon after a few bad bets at his club last month, and he opted to make me work it off rather than take it outta my hide. I suppose that makes him clever, but I can’t help the gnawing feeling that this is a debt I may never fully repay. “What’s the score?” I ask, lowering my voice.

Draping an arm across my shoulders, he walks me through the glass doors and into the house. Still crammed with people drinking, dancing, and generally wrecking the joint, he pulls a cigar from his vest pocket with his free hand.

“Upstairs in the den is a lovely Monet, behind which is a very large safe. Cash, some baubles, and a bankbook are inside. I don’t care about the rest; you take what you need. But the bankbook needs to find its way into my hands tomorrow morning by eight am.”

I take a deep breath, rolling my tongue over my teeth before answering, “How am I supposed to get into the safe?”

He barks a deep laugh, slapping me on the back. “Guess you’ll have to get a little creative. Just get in, get out, and don’t let nobody see ya, got it?”

All I can do is nod and watch him swagger away. Sure, I’ve boosted loot before, but always simple jobs, smash and grabs. Nothing like this. What have I gotten myself into this time?
Still, whatever else is in there is mine for the taking, I tell myself. Could be a big pay day, judging by the looks of the place.

I wander casually through the house, trying to look as if I belong while also counting the number of cops and guards watching the area. It’s not as many as I expected. I grab a dark-haired dame by the waist, offering her a charming smile and asking for a dance. We Charleston together for two songs, finally stopping to imbibe more champagne. When I ‘accidently’ stumble into her, she spills the contents of her glass on my jacket, fumbling a wide-eyed apology.

Waving her off with a smile, I hand her my glass, “You take this, and I’ll go find a place to wash up.”
“You could always take a dip in the pool, honey,” she says, batting her eyelashes.

Beside her, a gentleman points up a secondary set of stairs near the front door. “Washroom is up there, I think.”

I mutter a thanks and a promise to return, then make my way up the stairs, continuing to stumble around as if drunk, occasionally opening a door to find a couple necking or a room full of folks smoking the Indian hop in long pipes.

Finally, the thumping of the music fading below me, I make my way to the library. Beyond that, I find the only locked door on the entire floor. Digging into my pocket, I pull out my lock kit, a simple flattened iron jimmy and a hooked pick. Sliding both in the lock, I slide them back and forth, listening for the mechanism inside to release. It doesn’t take long and the door springs open, allowing me to step inside and close it quickly behind me. It’s dark except for the glow of a single lamp atop a massive oak desk, behind which is a tall arched window overlooking the front of the estate. From this spot, I can see the cars lined up along the circular drive, partygoers coming and going in wild abandon. Pulling the pocket watch from my vest, I wipe my fingers across the cracked glass face, checking the time. Only thirty minutes until the train. If I miss it, it’ll be two hours before the next one. Not the end of the world, unless someone notices the lift before I’m gone. That’s a long time to stick around with a pocket fulla stolen goods.

I glance around me, the blood chilling in my veins. Every wall except the one with the window is covered in framed paintings. And I have no idea which one is a Monet.

Scrambling, I begin lifting each, checking the wall behind for any sign of the safe. Finally, on the opposite wall from where I started, I find it. Carefully lifting the heavy canvas free, I set it on the floor and turn my attention to the wall safe. It’s not large, about the size of a bread box with a spinning combination dial in the center. Unsure what else to do, I pull the pocket knife free from my trousers and flick it open, trying to wedge it between the door and the frame. As soon as I do, I know it’s going to be futile. The thing is heavy steel; no way my knife is gonna bust it open. Putting it away, I begin spinning the dial at random, praying I’ll get lucky.

I’m so flustered I don’t hear the door open or the footsteps from behind me until it’s too late.

“It’s my birthday,” a voice offers, making me spin, hands balled into fists to fight my way free from the room.

The dame is tall, her garnet-red hair rolled into bouncy curls and pinned in a messy heap at the back of her neck. Her dress is green, almost the same color as her eyes, and it hugs her slender frame as if it were a second skin. Even the long strings of pearls twined around her neck seems completely natural, not just a decoration but an extension of her. I take a breath, blinking, momentarily stunned. She drapes one hand on her hip, her entire body listing to the side as she points to the safe.

“The combination,” she repeats. “It’s my birthday.”

Finally recovering my voice, I stammer. “I was, uh, just…”

The corners of her mouth turn upward. “Breaking into my father’s safe?”

I don’t know what to say. I feel her in the room, the way one might feel the air change right before a storm, a heaviness that settles in, leaving my soul with a sense of foreboding. My instincts battle inside me. Do I grab her and tie her to a chair, or do I flee? The weight of her gaze makes it impossible to think clearly.

“Relax,” she says, raising a glass I hadn’t noticed her holding to her lips and taking a slow drink. “I’m not calling the guards if that’s what you’re worried about.”

“Oh? You’re just gonna let me crack this safe and walk away with whatever’s inside?”

She shrugs. “It’s not my money. What do I care?”

I lick my lips, sizing her up. A spoiled little rich girl who wants to stick it to Daddy. I’ve seen a few of those in my day. I can work with this—if I can get my head back on straight. It’s not like me to get so flustered by a dame, not even a high-quality one like this.

“Besides…” She sets the glass on the desk and saunters toward me. “It’s not like we don’t have enough.”

I catch a hint of her perfume in the air when she brushes by me, lavender and something else I can’t quite place. Taking the dial in her hand, she spins the knob until the door finally clicks, then she steps back, giving me a go-ahead gesture.

I hesitate, flicking glances at the bare skin where her neck meets her shoulder, at the creamy whiteness of her skin, before settling my eyes on her face. “What’s your name, doll?”

She looks down, sheepishly at first, but then raises just her eyes to look at me with an expression of bold defiance. “I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours.”

I swallow, considering her offer. She’s already gotten a good look at me, enough to rat me out to the cops. The look on her face is one of challenge, I realize. She’s daring me to trust her.

“Dickey,” I say, pulling the flat cap off my head and holding it over my heart as I bow to her. “Dickey Lewis, at your service, Miss?”

“Lillian Rose Duke,” she answers. “But my friends call me Lilly.”

Replacing my hat, I grab the safe handle and twist, pulling open the heavy door. Grabbing a large wooden box first, I hold it out to her. Moving back, I grab two stacks of fresh bills and stuff them in the pockets of my suitcoat. Finding the bankbook last, I tuck it into the back of my pants before pulling my shirt and jacket over it.

I spin to Lilly, watching as she upends the box, spilling jewelry onto the desk in a pile. She picks through it, finally just scooping it all into her hand and sauntering over to me. Getting so close I feel the warmth of her, she grabs the lapel of my jacket, sliding the gold and stones into the inside pocket.

“Give these to your girl, Dickey Lewis.”

She releases my lapel, but doesn’t step away. Instead, she leans forward. Thinking she’s going to kiss me, I straighten in anticipation, but she just trails her fingers along my collar until she’s cupping the back of my neck.

“I ain’t got no girl,” I admit, my heart pounding behind my ribs.

“Well, isn’t that a shame?” she says, her lips a hair’s breadth from mine.

Unable to resist, I close the final distance between us, clutching her by the waist as I urge her lips to mine. I’ve never tasted gold before, but I imagine this is what it would be like—champagne, honey, and nerves of steel. When she finally pulls away, I’m gasping. Tugging tugs the white linen handkerchief from my pocket, she wipes my face, then hers, of her smeared lipstick before returning the hankie to its place.

“I hope to see you around, Dickey Lewis.”

With that, she spins on her heel and heads for the door, listening for a moment before pulling it open and stepping out. The room is instantly colder, the air thinner. I can finally breathe, can think.
As I slink from the party and disappear into the shadows, making my way down the street to the train station, I can’t force the sight of her from my mind, or the taste of her from my lips.

Even if it takes every penny in my pocket and every breath in my body, I will see Lillian Rose Duke again.



Author Bio:
Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Favorite Angsty Romances



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 angsty romances. Most of the angsty romances I read are from Twilight fanfiction, but they still have the same amount of heartwrenching angst!! If I manage to find some actual books that have the same thing, I'll add those too.


5. A Deep Slow Panic by myonlyheroin - I just finished reading the final chapter of this fanfic and it's so good and the beginning is so sad. It's what the Twilight Saga: New Moon would have been like if Edward had came back 2 years later.

Summary:
NM AU—It has been two years since I left her behind. Two years to the exact date. My chest rises and falls in fast succession as her heart beat thundered against my ears. She's here, I'm here and dark anxiousness sets in. Will this be our final undoing?


4. Sharp Left Turn by FyreByrd - I don't remember all of this fanfic, but I do remember crying over it. The feels, man...

Summary:
In an instant your life can take a sharp left turn. Can you find the strength to lose it all and gain the unknown? Lives will be shattered, including your own.


3. Yes by GeekChic12 - This isn't really angsty, but there are moments in the story where Edward and Bella have breakdowns individually, which are really sad to read about. Plus, Edward has Asperger's Syndrome, and he deals with a lot of bullying, which is hard to read.

Summary:
 "He talks to me sometimes. I mean, it's usually sort of one-sided, but… every once in a while, he'll make eye contact with me, and I feel like I've won the lottery or something." A boy most people overlook. A girl who sees just how amazing he is. All human. High School. Dedicated to lellabeth.

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2. Sing for Me by Gracie Madison - A forbidden romance between an angel of light and her guardian. Angst is fully loaded up until the last couple chapters.

Summary:
Madeline Noel fled war-torn Heaven to hide within the mortal world, but the blessing that could protect her from evil is the holy realm's forbidden power.
As a talented soprano for the Eden Theatre Company, Madeline hides among prima donnas and tone-deaf flutists. Her perfect voice may entertain audiences, but a careless laugh may shatter glass, and her greatest scream can kill. To control her unrestrained voice, the angels forbid Madeline from embracing the emotions that strengthen her song. Anger. Fear.
Love.
The demon-hunter Damascus vows to defend Madeline from Hell’s relentless evil, but he cannot protect her from her own feelings. Though they deny their dangerous attraction, her guardian becomes her greatest temptation.
Surrendering to desire may awaken the gift suppressed within Madeline’s soul, and neither Heaven nor Hell will allow such absolute power to exist.

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1. The Twilight Saga: New Moon - The saddest of all the Twilight books. Edward leaves Bella, and sinks into a hardcore depression. Terribly sad. When I first read the book, I cried for days. I didn't even know he comes back at the end lol. After Bella saves his dramatic ass for showing himself in front of the humans in Italy. You can tell I'm still salty about this even though they get back together in the end lol. But it's still full of angst and sorrow.

Summary:
I knew we were both in mortal danger. Still, in that instant, I felt well. Whole. I could feel my heart racing in my chest, the blood pulsing hot and fast through my veins again. My lungs filled deep with the sweet scent that came off his skin. It was like there had never been any hole in my chest. I was perfect - not healed, but as if there had never been a wound in the first place.

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could ever have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning... 

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So those are my top 5 most angst-filled romances. I'd love to know your choices in the comments below.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

*SPOILERS* BOOK REVIEW: 'SANTA MUERTE' by Lucina Stone

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Summary

Lucina Stone blends Mexican folklore with modern technology and time travel in this seductive new series where the lines between right and wrong, protagonist and antagonist, truth and fiction, love and lust, and life and death have never been more blurred.

THE YEAR IS 2030. IN A DRAMATIC, final attempt to free her inner demons, twenty-year-old Daniela Delgado tempts fate and winds up on a strange farm in 1923. With an olive complexion due to her Mexican/Italian heritage and a fresh pixie cut, she is mistaken for a “boy of color.” Her only shot at survival now is to play it cool, pose as “Danny,” and figure out how to get back home to her two, loving moms.

And then she meets Daphne—an abused, motherless farm girl in desperate need of freedom and a friend. Having escaped Daphne’s father, the two of them are now roaming the streets of New York City disguised as a young aristocrat and her male servant. They’re running out of money, and ideas. And Daniela thought living in 2030 was tough.

But her solar powered smart phone works. And there’s someone within range. She pings them. A selfie of an attractive male comes in with the text: I’m Lain. Who the f--- are you? Even in that moment, Daniela knows this can’t be safe, but what are her choices? They meet Lain at a speakeasy on the Lower East Side. When Daniela reveals her last name, Lain says the only Delgado he knows is Anaya—the head of the Santa Muerte Coven of witches in Merida, Mexico. And then he hints that Daniela is a liar, even though she rocks a man’s three-piece suit like no woman he’s ever met. And as for her tattoos? Don’t get Lain started….

Despite the intrigue, Daniela adds Lain to the list of folks Daphne and she must outrun to stay alive. But as they plan their trip to Mexico, they soon discover that list is much longer than they thought. And they uncover a few other things, too, about Daniela’s true identity….


Book Review

I received an ARC and a signed copy of the book from Rich in Variety Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Note: Keep in mind the heavy, problematic issues within this book by reading C.T. Callahan's review on Goodreads. But I also know that many of my thoughts and opinions are my own, and I will discuss them further down below.

In a nutshell: This book was a whole lot to take in, both culturally and as a novel, overall. It wasn't a bad read at all, it was actually a really good first book in the series, but it still left me with more questions than answers.

The Good: I really liked how the main character, Daniela "Danny" Delgado, was of Mexican and Italian descent --- both of her mothers are of those two ethnicities --- so we have a touch of diversity in literature. I also liked how human her character was. When we first meet Daniela, she's on the brink of attempting suicide by hanging herself. This may be a TRIGGER WARNING for most readers, but there's really no warning preparing you for it. She tries to commit suicide, suffering from an abusive relationship the year before, but somehow, she survives it when the rope breaks off the tree, landing herself in 1923 New Jersey!! So on the inside, she's struggling to figure out her feelings about herself, while navigating around the city to find her way back to her own time. A father and his daughter, Daphne, find her and mistake her for a boy, for she has a short, pixie hair cut. They take her in, give her food and shelter for awhile, when Daniela finds out that Daphne's father has been sexually abusing her, so they escape into New York City. And then later on in the novel is where I get confused, because at one point, Daniela is so depressed and anxious over her past that she attempts suicide, but then when Daphne asks her if she wants to die, Daniela immediately says no....It just didn't make sense to me. Since when does depression/suicide turn on and off like that?

However, I'm still talking about the good parts that I did like, like the fact that Daniela has two loving mothers, Emma and Monica, who are worried sick about her when she disappears. Emma's backstory is also interesting; when we first meet her, she knows she is attracted to women, even has Monica whom she adores. But Emma had an arranged marriage to a man, set up by her traditionally ruthless mother, Anaya. To settle the score and assure her freedom to be with Monica, Emma had to sleep with her then-husband, and I think she liked it. So, does that make her bisexual, or sexually fluid? I'm not bisexual, so I can't speak on how proper the LGBT representation is, but as a plot device, it is a bit unclear as to what sexuality Emma labels as. But for now, throughout the story, she's still in love with Monica. I liked how both mothers would do anything to do to find and protect their daughter, even go so far as to call Detective Hicks of their local police station. Also, Emma flies down to Mexico to see Anaya for spiritual answers.

Speaking of Anaya, she is known as the Santa Muerte, a powerful witch leader "who ruled with an iron fist". She scared and infuriated me as a character. She's this no-nonsense, older lady who won't let anyone stand in her way, both in the real world and in the spiritual world. The best part was when Monica came down to Mexico to look for Emma, and she found Anaya instead, and they were literally thisclose to starting a fist fight!! But they didn't because Emma found Monica and told her to leave. She told Monica, who had been worried sick about both her wife and daughter, to leave because she suddenly believed in her mother's Mexican folklore and witchcraft. After running away from it and brushing it off for almost all of the book, she turns away her one true love for their daughter and so-called destiny as a witch.

I'm still talking about the good parts, right? OK, let me think lol. This book wasn't terrible, I swear it wasn't. Just both a lot and so, very little to take in, especially for the first book.

Beatriz, Daniela's spirit guide, is badass! She knows how to control her hosts's body and make them better than they would be on their own. But as a spirit, she still has her own identity and personality. She's like a combination of Emma, Daniela and Anaya (and definitely without the meanness of Anaya). She's the bridge between the human and spirit worlds, which I found interesting.

The Bad: As nice as this book was, in terms of Stone's writing, it didn't give me much to go on. I wanted to know more about the Mexican folklore and cultural history of the Santa Muerte coven. How was this coven created? Where did it come from? Surely, if it's the oldest coven in history, Anaya can't be the only witch in the family, right? There's just so many unanswered questions in this novel that Stone's writing didn't address. It would have been better if her writing was outstanding, but it's not. Not really. If anything, her writing is descriptive and draws you in to Daniela and Daphne's emotions, but at a lot of points, it's not enough. The good news is, the last 100 or so pages, during Monica and Emma's confrontation in Mexico, was really good. I really caught the despair and struggle through Stone's words.

Back to the unanswered questions, I actually wanted to know more about Emma's backstory growing up as a lesbian in a Mexican household. Even in the prologue when she had to sleep with her then-arranged-husband in order to be free from her mother, there's no preface to how that happened. Throughout the story, there are bits and pieces of Anaya and Emma's strained relationship. But how did Emma meet Monica? Did Monica know Emma's arranged/annulled marriage? Never fully explained.

And apparently there's this enemy coven, and their leader Lain is after Daniela. He even goes so far as to touch her inappropriately and hints at raping her while she's sleeping, after he captures her!! And there's no warning, it just happens!! Luckily, Beatriz takes over Daniela's body and kicks his ass before he can touch her, but still. All of these "surprises" and no warning isn't good for a book as emotionally heavy like this.

Improvements for Future Books: I hope Stone does more research on the LGBT community, particularly in bisexuality. I'm not bisexual, so while I can't speak on the representation, I would appreciate it if she did more to properly explain how these characters came to be. Because if I as a straight person can't see it, how is a person from the LGBT community supposed to?

I'd also hope to see more better world-building in future books. Where did people like Lain come from? Where did the other Santa Muerte spirits come from? How will Daniela learn from her mothers and grandmother about her new powers? Only time will tell.

Final Thoughts: This is my second diverse read that has been a disappointment this year, so I hope that with the next read, it'll be an improvement on both diversity and YA book culture as a whole.

Have you read 'Santa Muerte'? What were your thoughts on the novel? Leave comments below.

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books #BooktubeSFF Awards



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 4 favorite science fiction and fantasy books for #BooktubeSFF Awards. I'm not a booktuber (a youtuber who makes videos about books/book community), but I do have my fair share of SFF faves below.
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4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer - I've only read half of the first Lunar Chronicles book, but I like it so far. I like the world of New Beijing, and how technological it is.

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3. Anomaly by Tonya Kuper - I can talk about this book all day, every day, and now that the sequel Enigma is coming out in July, I can chat about it even more! Josie is a badass, nerdy girl living as an Oculi, a supernatural being who can both Push and Retract things from their mind. Her man Reid, I think is an Oculi too, if I'm not mistaken. But in general, the book is fun, fierce, and I want to know more about their world in book 2.

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2. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare - Another epic fantasy series filled with Shadowhunters, witches, warlocks, magic, portals, different realms and more!

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1. Santa Muerte by Lucina Stone - I'm still reading this, and even though it's hella overwhelming and confusing, there's still a lot of Mexican folklore, mystery, suspense, ghost stories, witchcraft within the storyline. Also, it doesn't hurt that the main character Daniela is androgynous and explores within her own sexual fluidity within a new world, which I find quite fascinating.

So those are my top 4 favorite science fiction and fantasy books. I'd love to know your choices in the comments below.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

COVER REVEAL: 'ENIGMA' (Schrodinger's Consortium, #2) by Tonya Kuper


If you know me, you know how much a fangirl I am for Tonya Kuper and her Anomaly series, so the fact that I got to help reveal her new cover for the second book, Enigma, is crazy-exciting!! See the epic cover below, as well as enter a giveaway to win a nerdy gift basket, a signed copy of Anomaly, and other cool goodies.

Let us know what you think of the cover for Enigma (Schrodinger's Consortium, #2) by Tonya Kuper, which releases July 4, 2017!
This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled TEEN & YA Books Central!


About Enigma (Schrodinger's Consortium, #2):
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.
Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of Enigma (Schrodinger's Consortium, #2)
 by Tonya Kuper today!
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About Tonya Kuper:

 

Tonya Kuper writes young adult science fiction and contemporary novels. She first fell in love with reading in elementary school, which eventually lead to earning a BA in Elementary Education and a MS in Reading Education, but she never thought she’d write a novel, let alone several. When Tonya isn’t writing, she teaches Young Adult Literature Writing Workshop at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, laughs as much as possible, loves music, and nerds-out over Star Wars, Sherlock, and all things pop-culture. She lives in Omaha, NE with her husband and two rad boys.
Enigma Pre-order Campaign!
Whether you were you planning to pre-order Enigma anyway or are intrigued by the idea of the pre-order campaign that Tonya Kuper has devised for  this release, you can all benefit from pre-ordering either the eBook or paperback edition, sharing a screenshot of your receipt, and registering your pre-order with Entangled Teen!
When you pre-order Enigma between now and Friday, June 30, 2017 at 11:59 pm EDT and send both the proof of your pre-order and register your pre-order, you'll automatically receive an Enigma swag pack, including a signed book plate, as a FREE Gift. (US only)
AND if you're one of the first 20 people to pre-order Enigma, send us proof and register your pre-order, you'll also receive a custom vinyl decal of the dragon eye symbol that is important to the Oculi in the Resistance as a FREE Gift! (US only. Tonya will hold a special "international only" giveaway soon.)
In addition, all US residents who pre-order, send us proof, and register their pre-orders using the form below will get an extra entry into the Enigma Nerd Gift Basket Giveaway (more details below)!
Enter to Win the Enigma Nerd Gift Basket!
Congrats a billion, Tonya!! Can't wait for Enigma to drop on July 4!!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Fictional Jobs I'd Want to Have

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 fictional jobs I'd want to have.

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5. Writer at Harry Potter's Daily Prophet or The Quibbler - Since I love to write on a regular basis, I'd think that getting a job at either wizarding publication would be really cool. Especially The Quibbler, because I'd get to hang out with Luna and her father, who owns the company. I would do the Daily Prophet too, if I didn't have to deal with that gossipy wench, Rita Skeeter.

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4. Muggle Studies Teacher at Hogwarts (Harry Potter again!)- I'd also love to work as a Muggle Studies teacher. I'm not a good teacher, but I have an AA degree (Associate's in the US, which is a 2-year degree) in Education, so I could apply it somewhere in Hogwarts! I'd also teach the wizard and witch students how to co-habitate with the Muggle-borns and show them how to work together.
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3. Bookkeeper at Stars Hollow Bookstore (Gilmore Girls) - Working in a bookstore with Rory Gilmore, one of my TV heroes? Sign me up!!

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2. Pokémon Trainer or Coordinator - I used to loveeee Pokémon growing up, so becoming a trainer or coordinator, working with different types of animals, would be really fun.


1. Bending Master from Avatar the Last Airbender/Legend of Korra - Let's just pretend that I have any sort of magical or martial arts abilities. If I did, I'd love to help train the Avatar in Waterbending. But I'd have to live in the cold 24/7, which I hate. The only downside!

So those are my literary job choices. If anyone is hiring, let me know! ;) I'd love to know your choices in the comments below.

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