Queer Lit Readathon TBR

I’m really excited to be participating in Queer Lit Readathon, which will take place from December 2nd to December 8th. This is an ambitious tbr considering I have a lot of school work and things to do before leaving for a trip on December 15. Also I’m participating in 2 other readathons in December, so I’m gonna be busy!

Anyway, here’s the bingo board for the Queer Lit Readathon with all the challenges:

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I’m reading 4 books for this readathon and I’m using each book to fill more than one square because they fit several squares and I don’t think I’ll be able to read more than 4 books that week, so here’s my tbr:

 

Ace Spectrum Main Character/ Historical Fiction:  The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats & Piracy by Mackenzi Lee 

Felicity Montague must use all her womanly wits and wiles to achieve her dreams of becoming a doctor—even if she has to scheme her way across Europe to do it. 

This is one of my most anticipated releases of 2018 and this is the perfect opportunity to finally get to it! I really enjoy the first book in this series, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, and I can’t wait to know what happens next in Felicity’s story.

New to Me Author/ Author of Color: They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera 

On September 5, Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio get a call letting them know they’re going to die that day, then they meet through an app called the Last Friend for a last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

This book had been in my tbr in more than one occasion this year and I haven’t gotten to it, but this is finally the time when I read it, that way I won’t have to say that I haven’t read any Adam Silvera books ever again.

Trans Spectrum Main Character/ #ownvoices: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo 

Amanda, a trans girl,  just moved to a new town and started at a new high school after a bad experience with bullying and transphobia. In the new school, she starts dating a great guy and has a ton of friends, but she isn’t sure if she should tell people about being trans or not.

This books has a trans main character, a trans writer and a trans model on the cover, which is amazing! I have read a short story by this author and loved it, so I’m hoping I’ll feel the same way about her book.

5 Stars Prediction: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

This is the story of  Arthur and Ben, who meet-cute at the post office, and what the universe has in store for them. 

Another one of my anticipated releases of 2018, I have really high hopes for this which makes me a bit nervous to read it, but I’m still excited. Also, I’m taking no chances, I will have read an Adam Silvera book by the end of 2018.

 Are you participating in the Queer Lit Readathon? What are you reading? Have you read any of these books? Did you like them?

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Anticipated Book Releases of December 2018

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I have written a post about my most anticipated releases for each month this year, I would like to say I have read at least half of the books I put on those lists, BUT I HAVE NOT 😭 My tbr is out of control! Please send help!

Anyway, here are three more books that I’m highly anticipating and that I hope to read before the year is over:

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare 

This is the third and final book in The Dark Artifices series, which follows the Shadowhunters of the Los Angeles Institute as dark secrets and forbidden love threatens their very survival.

I’m currently reading Lord of Shadows so I can be ready to read this book as soon as it comes out.  I waited so long to read Lord of Shadows so I didn’t have to wait too long to know how the story ends, but now it’s finally time to find out!

Release Date: December 4th

Tangled Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie 

This is the fourth book in the Like Us series, which follows a family of wealthy celebrities and the bodyguards that protect them. The Like Us series is connected to two other series by these authors, so it’s actually the 14th book that revolves around the same family.

I have LOVED and reread the other 13th books a few times, so I can’t wait to know how the story of this family continues. Also, this is the first book told form Jane and Thatcher’s perspectives and I’m so excited!

Release Date: December 18th 

The Disasters by M.K. England

Nax Hall gets kicked out of an elite Academy, but when a terrorist group attacks, Nax and three other washouts escape and become the sole witnesses and the perfect scapegoats. On the run and framed for atrocities they didn’t commit, Nax and the others execute a dangerous heist to spread the truth about what happened at the Academy.

I LOVE books about heists that take place in space, so this sounded right up my alley. I only know one person that has read this book and they loved it, so I’m excited to give it a chance. Also, the main characters is biracial and bisexual and that makes me even more excited to read this.

What December book releases are you anticipating? Do you want to read any of the books I mentioned? Have you read any of them already? what did you think about them?

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Let’s Put Music to the Book: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

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Let’s Put Music to the Book is a feature that I used to have on Bookish Wanderess back when it was hosted on blogspot and since I used to enjoy making this type of post so much, I decided to bring them back! In Let’s Put Music to the Book I choose a few songs to pair with a book and I tell you a bit about why they remind me of that book o why I think the songs represent certain parts of the storyAlso, I will mention what specific lyrics from the song remind me of the book. 

Kingdom of AshRecently I read Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas and I loved that book but I didn’t know how to put into a review everything I wanted to say. Also, I have very complicated feelings towards this series because of the treatment of poc characters, the queerbaiting and so many other issues related to diversity. Nonetheless, I wanted to still make some sort of post about this book because it was the last book of this series that I have loved for years, so I decided to make this post. THERE WILL BE NO SPOILERS!

 

Here are some songs I think represent or go well with certain parts of Kingdom of Ash:


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SELRES_748746ba-77d9-481f-8841-4187a3b48093SELRES_748746ba-77d9-481f-8841-4187a3bThis is My World by Esterly

Heavy hangs a fear in your heart
Like cinder blocks crushin’ your chest
Its a prison break escape from the dark
Can’t get it out of your head

I chose this song because at the beginning of the Aelin is imprisoned and this song, especially the lyrics I put above, remind me of that part of the story.

To be Human by Sia  

To be human is to love
Even when it gets too much
I’m not ready to give up

In this book a couple of the characters are struggling with questions revolving about being human, so I thought this song was very fitting.

Walk Throught the Fire by Zayde Wolf

I’m always wondering
If it’s ever gonna end
I can feel it in my bones
I can feel it in my bones
Standing in the dust
Of what’s left of us

Aelin feels the weight of the journey she has been on since the beginning of the series, she is so tired of fighting and she just wants it to end and I feel like the lyrics of the song reflect that.

Madness by Ruelle 

Feel the fury closing in
All resistance wearing thin
Nowhere to run from all of this havoc
Nowhere to hide
From all of this madness, madness, madness

This song reminds me of a few moments in the book, when there were battles, I think they represent very accurately what some of the characters were feeling.

Game of Survival by Ruelle 

There’s no surrender
And there’s no escape
Are we the hunters?
Or are we the prey?

This is a wild game of survival

I think this decribes basically the entire book because all the characters are stuck between a rock and a hard place most of the time, they can’t surrender and they can’t escape, they can only fight and see if they survive.

Soldier by Fleurie 

You wanna take a drink of that promise land
Gotta wipe the dirt off your hands
Careful son you got dreamers plans
But it gets hard to stand

Solider keep on marching on
Head down till the work is done

This song makes me think of all the soldiers that fight in this book, but we never found out anything about them. They fight because they want this new world that the main characters are promising and so many of them die and don’t get to see that new world, but to the story they are just background.

This is War by Thirty Seconds to Mars 

To the right, to the left
We will fight to the death
To the edge of the Earth
It’s a brave new world

Like I was saying with the last song I mentioned, they are all fighting for a brave new world, so this song reminds me a lot of this book in general.

Tomorrow We Fight by Tommee Profitt ft. SVRCINA

Cold in the violence
After the war
Hope is a fire to keep us warm

The lyrics I chose from this song remind me so much of the last part of this book, I think they don’t need much explanation and I think if I tried to explain why I chose them I would be spoilery, so I’m not gonna say more.

Heroes by Zayden Wolf

The shadows are calling us out
I see the fear rising
Yeah but my hope is burning

We are heroes
Heroes in the darkest times
When there is no light
We are heroes

These lyrics fit perfectly with a scene at the end of this book, one of the final confrontations during the battle and I can’t say no more.

Queendom by Aurora 

The women will be my soldiers
With the weight of life on their shoulders

I will be your warrior
I will be your lamb

You have a home in my Queendom
You have a place in my Queendom
You’ll find a place

This song reminds me of this series and it makes me think of Aelin in general, but particularly of her journey in this final book.

Do you associate certain songs to a book? Do you listen to music while reading? What songs remind you of a specific book?

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Book Review: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

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Book: The Haunting of Hill House

Author: Shirley Jackson

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Release date: 1959

Pages: 182

Genre: Horror

Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

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As someone who doesn’t like horror movies, I always assumed that I wouldn’t enjoy horror books either, which turned out to be a lie. Recently, I have discovered that I like a spooky, scary story from time to time. I had never heard about this book or the movie adaptation until recently,  when the Netflix show came out. I really want to watch that show, but I was intrigued enough to give the book a chance before watching it.

I was expecting a really scary book, but that’s not what I got. This is eerie and uncanny, and it definitely made me feel unsettled at times, but I was never truly scared. Shirley Jackson’s writing works perfectly to fuel the feeling that things are not what they seem, her writing not always makes sense and there’s a lot of description to build up the spooky atmosphere.

The story is told from Eleanor’s pov and even before she gets to Hill House, it’s easy to tell that she is a very particular woman. She has always felt trapped and lonely in her life, she gets distracted easily, she is very imaginative and creates entire fantasies in her head, sometimes not very pleasant ones. She is self-consious and doubts herself and from the very beginning you can tell she’s not gonna be a very reliable narrator.  In that sense, even before getting to Hill House, I already had a sense of not knowing what was real.

When Eleanor finally arrives, the other characters are introduced, none of them are very likeable but they are intriguing nonetheless. The book moves slowly, we get to see the characters becoming friends and exploring the house with only a few strange things happening, it takes a while before the spooky events start to happen. I understand that the wait is supposed to increase the suspense, but to me there were points when I was a bit bored and I felt the book was dragging. 

After certain point in the book, once more and more strange events have occured and Eleanor starts to lose her grip in reality, I found the book got a lot more interesting and compelling, because I couldn’t be sure of what was real and what wasn’t. I was especially doubtful about the interactions between Eleanor and some of the other character where the other characters were unpleasant, I couldn’t figure out if the the characters were unpleasant or they just seemed that way because I was seeing them through Eleanor’s eye and she had sucummed to madness at that point.

About the end I’ll say that I saw it coming, but the author managed to make me believe for one second that it wasn’t gonna go as I was expecting. Even if I saw it coming, I found the ending to be fitting with the story.

Overall, I’ll say this is a eerie and spooky book that would make you feel unsettled and doubt what’s real and what isn’t. If you’re just starting to read horror books, this may be a good one to try. 

 Rating: 3,8 stars 
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Book Review: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

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Author: Victoria Schwab

Publisher:  Scholastic

Release date: August 28th 2018

Pages: 272

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

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I want to start by saying that I don’t read that much middle grade so I was a bit hesitant to read this, but I’m gald to report that I ended up loving this spooky little story.

I really liked the main character, Cassidy, with her love for Harry Potter and photography. She is independent, loyal and a little bit reckless. She is a pretty cool main character. The one thing I found odd about her is that Cassidy is able to go into the Veil, so she goes in and sees the ghosts, she has been doing it for a year, but she has never tried to find out anything about her ability, why she has it or what is she supposed to do with it. That doesn’t make much sense to me, but I liked so many things about this book that this one thing didn’t make me enjoy the story less.

Now, going back to the things I liked about this book, Cassidy’s ghost best friend, Jacob, is adorable and I’m a bit worried about where his storyline because I feel like is gonna make me sad. But we’ll have to wait and see. I loved the focus Cass and Jacob’s friendship, they tease each other but at the same time are fiercely protective and loyal. Also, I liked the secondary characters including the very serious Lara, Cassidy’s quirky parents and the friendly Findley.

The setting is another great thing about his book, the descriptions of Edinburgh make it sound like a magical and spooky city that’s the perfect stage for this ghost story. This is one of those books where the setting becomes like another character of the story and in this case it’s a completely captivating character.

The plot in this book is very straight forward, but the worldbuilding is really interesting.  The whole concept of the Veil, how each person has a different Veil depending of how they died, how there’s people called the in- betweeners that can go to the Veil without being dead and the role they have to play there,  is all pretty fascinating.

But my favorite part of the book without a doubt is that there are a lot of ghosts in this story.  Some are friendly, others evil or lonely or scared or suffering and the thing that made this story so compelling is that we get a glimps of the moment in history when these people died and how that affected what kind of ghost they were. All the history of plagues, wars and execusions helped understand the ghosts Cassidy encounters, it grounds the story in reality and it gives it a haunting, spooky feeling. It obviously doesn’t go into full details because this is a story for younger readers, but it still mentions things like people being buried alive or children being murdered.

Overall, I had so much fun reading this spooky story full of lovable characters, ghost, history and a captivating setting.

Rating: 4 stars 
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Tome Topple TBR

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Hi everyone! I’m participating in a few readathons in what’s left of 2018 and today I bring you my tbr for the first one.

For years I have been meaning to participate in Tome Topples but I always end up being really busy in the dates of the Readathon, this round I can finally join in and read some of the long books on my tbr. The goal is to read books that are over 500 pages, the readathon will take place from Nov 16th to Nov 29th and it’s hosted by Sam @Thoughts on Tomes, Adriana @Perpetual Pages, Sarah-Jane @The Book Life, Sian @Readers Rambles, Caz @Little Book Owl and Sam  @ Will Read For Booze.

There’s 5 challenges:

  1. Read more than 1 tome
  2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!)
  3. Read a tome that is part of a series
  4. Buddy read a tome
  5. Read an adult novel

I won’t try to complete all 5 of them, my goal is to complete at least 2 of them, reading more than 1 tome and reading a tome that’s part of a series, and I’ll try to complete the challenge of buddy reading a tome, but I’ll have to look for someone that’s reading one of the books I chose. Anyway, without further ado, here are the two books on my tbr:

 

Lord of Shadow by Cassandra Clare 

In this book, the Shadowhunters from the Los Angeles institute have to deal with forbidden love, a trip to the Courts of Faerie, a spell book of terrible power, an extremist group of Shadowhunters and mounting tension between the Clave and the Downworlders. 

I have been meaning to read this book since it came out, at first, I didn’t read this because I wanted to wait until the release date for the next book was closer, and then, I didn’t read it because I was spoiled about something sad that happens, so I wasn’t as excited to read it. BUT now that the next book comes out in less than a month, it’s time to finally get to this.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 

This is a West African inspired fantasy, about a girl that it’s trying to bring magic back and fight against the monarchy.

This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018 and I don’t really know why I haven’t read it yet. I have heard great things about this book from most people, so I’m excited to read it even if I’m a bit worried about the romance because that seems to be the one thing that most people didn’t enjoy about this book.

 Are you participating in Tome Topple? What are you reading? If you want to buddy read any of these books, let me know! 

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6 Diverse Fantasy Books I Want to Read

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Hi everyone! I’m writing this post because after a long time of being in a fantasy slump, I finally feel like I’m in the mood to go back to reading fantasy again. I mean I never completely stop reading fantasy, but I went from reading 3 or 4 fantasy books a month a few years ago to reading 1 fantasy book a month or maybe 1 fantasy book every 2 months. Since fantasy has always being my favorite genre, I’m very happy to be feeling up to reading fantasy again and today I want to talk about some diverse fantasy books that I can’t wait to read.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I am so late to this party, but I still want to join in. This is a West African inspired fantasy, about a girl that it’s trying to bring magic back and fight against the monarchy. It seems like everyone has read and loved this book and I want to see if I’ll love it as much as other people.  Also, I have heard there is an amazing female friendship in this book and I’m always up for that!

The Tiger’s Daughter by K Arsenault Rivera

This book is about an Empire under attack from demons and the two girls that are destined to save it. I have heard a lot of amazing things about this book and I was tentatibly thinking about reading it, until recently when I found out that this has an f/f romance in it and then it jumped to my ‘I NEED TO READ IT RIGHT NOW’ tbr.

Ash by Malinda Lo

This is a Cinderella retelling but with an f/f romance. I have had this book on my tbr for years and I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet, but I really want to change that. Also, I’m very intrigued because I have heard that this has a very unique and different ending and I want to know how it ends.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao 

This is an East Asian inspired fantasy that tells the origin story of the Evil Queen from Snow White. I really love morally gray, unlikable female characters in fantasy, so from the moment I heard about this book I knew I wanted to read it. I don’t know why I never got to this, but now that the second book came out and everyone is talking about it again, I need to finally read it.

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

This is a story about a Princess on the run and a previously enslaved Seer who are looking for the Library of All Things, where it’s possible to change their fates.  As soon as I read the summary and it said that there was something called the Library of All Things, I knew I need it to give it a chance. Also, it’s inspired by indian folklore, which makes me even more excited.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan 

I have mention this book in several posts this year, because that’s how excited I am to read this. This is an Asian-inspired fantasy where a Demon King takes human girls for concubines, and it’s the story of two of the girls that fall in love and fight for their freedom and each other. Every person that I know and has read this book has loved it, so I’m hoping  I’m gonna feel the same way about it.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think about them? Do you have  recommendations for diverse fantasy books? 

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