Waiting On Wednesday

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There are so many amazing YA releases coming up in September 2017. Here are a few:

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Warcross: For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.


One Dark Throne: The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.


They Both Die at the End: On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.


Before She Ignites: Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.

But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.

Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.

No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.


An Enchantment of Ravens: Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.

Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

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Girls Made of Snow and Glass: At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.


Hunting Prince Dracula: Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.


If There’s No Tomorrow: Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?


Nyxia: Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family. Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden–a planet that Babel has kept hidden–where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.


Tower of Dawn: Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

 

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8/26/17

Many people stopped to watch the moon block the sun on Monday, Aug. 21 through special glasses or homemade contraptions. Many of those same people are sick of hearing about the total eclipse. But, here is a interesting fact about solar eclipses:

“Total solar eclipses won’t be around forever

There will be no more total solar eclipses in about 600 million years, scientists say. Because of the moon’s slowly increasing orbit, NASA believes the moon will have moved far enough away from Earth in that timeframe that it will no longer be big enough to entirely cover the sun. “It will be too small in the sky,” said Dr. C. Alex Young, the associate director for science in the heliophysics science division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The moon’s orbit is increasing by about 1.5 inches each year, Young added. The sun is also expected to expand slightly in the future but NASA has not yet seen a noticeable change, Young said. Partial eclipses will still exist in 600 million years.”

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Pick a Word and Pass It On Book Tag

Leonie @ Life Has a Funny Way created this original tag. Participants pick a word and then find all of the books that contain that word, either in the title or in the author’s name. The original word was king.

Rules:

  1. You can either take the word the person who tagged you used, or you can pick your own.
  2. You must list all the books on your read list which include that word in either the title or the author.
  3. Tag some friends and pass it on!

I found this tag here by Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books. So, I will use the same word:

Fire

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  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • The Fire by James Patterson
  • City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  • Fire by Kristin Cashore
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling
  • Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder
  • Forest Fire by Tenaya Jayne
  • Midnight Fire by Melody Anne

 

To-Be-Read

  • Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
  • Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan
  • Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
  • Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

 

There are a lot of books with the word fire. Other words I considered were girl, daughter, and crown.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday

TTT: Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog. They give weekly prompts for a bookish list of 10 items (more or less). This weeks topic:

Back To School Freebie

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Assigned Reading for my “American Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults” College Course

  1. March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
  2. X by  Ilyasah Shabazz, Kekla Magoon
  3.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Ellen Forney
  4. Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos
  5. Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  6. El Chino by Allen Say
  7. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  8. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
  9. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  10. The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

 

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{From: The Broke and Bookish}

8/20/17

Publick Occurrences, Both Foreign and Domestick, the first newspaper published in America, was printed by Richard Pierce and edited by Benjamin Harris in Boston on September 25, 1690. It contained three printed pages and one blank. The pages were about 6 x 10 inches in size in a folded sheet of paper. . . . Ultimately, the first newspaper published in America became the first to be suppressed by the authorities.”

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Which Cover Wednesday

Which Cover Wednesday

Which Cover Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sumaya @ Sue’s Reading Corner where participants show different covers of the same book and decide which one they like best.

I’m going to start this off with the cover reveal for A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir:

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*squeals*

Actually, the whole series is going to be revamped with redesigned paperback covers.

*faints*

An Ember in the Ashes: Old vs New

 

A Torch Against the Night: Old vs New

 

For both of these books, I have to say I like both covers. I like the originals because I’ve never been a fan of seeing people on covers. However, I like the new versions because there is POC representation. I also like the new covers because of the red/blue/green tints, matching font, and kickass characters/poses/stares. It would have been nice for collectors to have the final hardcover match the original design. But, personally I don’t mind if my covers don’t match; I buy the book that is most easily available to me.

Mashable: Ember series redesigned covers and Q&A with Tahir

 

How do you feel about this current controversial YA topic?

Sweet Trilogy Series Review

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Sweet Evil (Sweet Trilogy Series, Book 1) by Wendy Higgins

Synopsis: What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

About the Author: Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NY Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series from HarperTeen, along with her independently published Irish fantasy, See Me. She attended George Mason University for her undergraduate degree in creative writing, and Radford University for a masters in curriculum and instruction. Wendy taught high school English before achieving her dream of becoming a full-time author. She now lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son.

Genre: young adult, fantasy, paranormal, romance

More Info: paperback, 447 pages, published by HarperTeen on May 1, 2012


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Sweet Peril (Sweet Trilogy Series, Book 2) by Wendy Higgins

Synopsis: Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

About the Author: Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NY Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series from HarperTeen, along with her independently published Irish fantasy, See Me. She attended George Mason University for her undergraduate degree in creative writing, and Radford University for a masters in curriculum and instruction. Wendy taught high school English before achieving her dream of becoming a full-time author. She now lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son.

Genre: young adult, fantasy, paranormal, romance

More Info: paperback, 384 pages, published by HarperTeen on April 30, 2013


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Sweet Reckoning (Sweet Evil Series, Book 3) by Wendy Higgins

Synopsis: Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

About the Author: Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NY Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series from HarperTeen, along with her independently published Irish fantasy, See Me. She attended George Mason University for her undergraduate degree in creative writing, and Radford University for a masters in curriculum and instruction. Wendy taught high school English before achieving her dream of becoming a full-time author. She now lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son.

Genre: young adult, fantasy, paranormal, romance

More Info: paperback, 379 pages, published by HarperTeen on April 29, 2014


Series Review

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This series is another one of my favorites and it is seriously underhyped.

Some people are turned off by the religious elements in this series. But, let’s be honest, can you have a book about angels and demons, sins and virtues, without religion? The religion aspect isn’t overpowering anyway. Anna doesn’t read or cite the Bible excessively (visibly, she only uses the Bible once). Anna is pure of heart and body, so, yes, she prays. Her love for people and love for Him stems from being raised by Patti. And of course, she has a guardian angel for a mother; how could she not be influenced by that, just as much as she gets urges from her demon father? Religion is not forced on the reader, it is simply a part of the world the main characters lives in, and becomes more prevalent as she discovers who she is and what she is meant for.

  1. Anna Whitt: Anna is your classic blonde-haired, brown-eyed, good girl. She does her homework and stays away from illegal substances, because she has strong cravings for drugs and alcohol that scare her. She can see and feel emotions, and has heightened senses. She grew up in a small town in Georgia, raised by a loving guardian. Having never known her real parents, Anna is surprised to find out her deceased mother was a guardian angel, and her father, who is alive, is a demon.
  2. Patti Whitt: Since being led by an angle to the Convent in California to adopt Anna, Patti becomes a faithful and protective mother. She is the epitome of southern hospitality and the pinnacle of motherly-love. She nurtures the other nephilim and works to make sure Anna is safe, despite being only human.
  3. Jay Thompson: Jay is Anna’s best friend. He is also a human, so the other nephilim find their connection odd. He has a passion for music, so he writes lyrics and becomes a DJ. He later gets involved in Anna’s demonic/angelic side of life. There, he meets Marna, and pines for her even when he’s dating Veronica (Anna other friend).
  4. Kaidan Rowe: Kaidan Rowe. 😍 In Anna’s words, he is H-O-T-T. With brown hair, high cheekbones, an English accent, and piercing blue eyes, he is the embodiment of sexual passion. Literally. He is the son of Pharzuph, the Duke of Lust. He is the drummer in a band and gets lost in his music. Kaidan has demons, both personal and physical, that follow him through life.
  5. Johnathan LaGray AKA. Belial: John is Anna’s father and the demon Duke of Substance Abuse. He is a hulking, intimidating man. But don’t be fooled, he is on the path to redemption and has a sweet spot for his daughter and a certain adoptive mother. He loves Anna’s mother, Mariantha, with everything he is and hopes to meet her again one day in heaven.
  6. Kopano: Kope is the son of Alocer, the Duke of Wrath. However, Kope feels a pull for more than one sin. Despite his urges, Kope is practically celibate. He has stopped working, is going to college, and doesn’t do bad. Kope is from Malawi and has brown skin. His goal is to return to his hometown and help his people. He is sweet but quiet. He harbors feelings for Anna, until he meets another passionate nephilim.
  7. Marna and Ginger: The twin are the daughters of Astaroth, and they are vassals of adultery. Marna is sweet and optimistic; Ginger is harsh and pessimistic. Ginger is also incredibly loyal and protective of Marna. They are opposites in personalities, but their sisterly bond is unbreakable, by everything except death.
  8. Blake: Black is an asian thrill-seeker. As the son of Melchom, he has to represent greed. So he has the biggest house, the latest technology, the trophy girl, and the best skills. He desires Ginger and wishes to be free of his horrible obligations to hell.
  9. Dukes: There are twelve Dukes in all; ascendants from hell who embody sins: lust, wrath, greed, substance abuse, adultery, lies, gluttony/sloth, envy, pride, theft, hatred, murder. Since they are demons, they can possess any corporeal person and switch between bodies (deemed the “changing of the guard”). They were originally angels, but sided with Lucifer and got banished from heaven. Their earthly children are called nephilim and are expected to serve the dukes and spread sin.

In Sweet Evil, Anna meets Kaidan and all hell breaks loose . . . literally. She finds out she is a nephilim and that her father is a demon. She goes on a cross country trip with Kaidan, a lust nephilim, and learns about her new world. The purpose of their trip is to meet her imprisoned father and the convent nun. She connects with her dad, who is soft despite his hard exterior. She also receives a message and a sword hilt from the nun.

In Sweet Peril, Anna finds out she is meant for a special destiny. There is a prophecy: when humanity despairs, their will be a Nephilim pure of heart who will cast demons from earth to remain in hell forever, and send the righteous lost angels to heaven with forgiveness. So, Anna and her father recruit member to join the fight. Also, Anna must remain pure to wield the sword of righteousness. By the final stand, all of the nephilim and dukes must choose a side. The second book ends on a good note with Anna’s and Kaidan’s relationship, but a sobering note about the future fight.

Finally, in Sweet Reckoning, the struggle between “good and evil” comes to a close. The Dukes become suspicious of Anna and Belial and their position with the dreaded prophecy. All of the main characters in the group take their relationships to the next level.

I love the relationships between all of the characters. There is so much tension, but there is also a deep understanding between the nephilim, due to their predicament. Patti is the most caring person, and mothers all of the characters. The Dukes are cruel, but some have the potential for good, like Alocer who lets Kope not work.

The conclusion of the series is one of my favorite endings. It was brief, but summed up the whole plot and character’s stories. The finale had my heart melting and had me seeing Kaidan in a new light.

8/12/17

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“Monica’s apartment changed from number 5 to number 20 when the show’s writers realised that “5” wouldn’t denote an apartment on an upper level floor in a large block. So they matched, Chandler’s also changed from 4 to 19.”

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