Summary: On our sixteenth birthdays, our kind is gifted with awesome powers. Except no, not really, because this isn’t Narnia, or Hogwarts, or whatever other mythical realm where witches supposed live. This is Elizabethtown, Illinois, and much to the chagrin of the local chapter of Susie-Homemakers, we live here.
All witches understand that the universe is a scary sort of powerful on a good day. On a bad day? Well, that’s when The Tower card shows its face during a reading. As summer draws to a close before the beginning of junior year, Rowyn Black is tired of seeing that card stare up at her from the table. Rowyn, Reed, and Rosalyn have made it through just about every dramatic storm their sarcasm could weather during their seventeen year friendship, and it would be nice to have a quiet semester. Rowyn hopes that the only thing The Tower foretells is the frightening sight of the school parking lot come the first day- full of more jacked-up trucks and cut off shorts than a Luke Bryan video. True to its nature, however, the universe doesn’t care much for hopes and wishes, and when the promise of The Tower comes crashing down, they might fall right along with it.
I’m very excited to help promote a new book by one of my favorite indie sci-fi authors. This post should have been up yesterday, but I am a terrible blogger as you all should be aware by now and I didn’t schedule it. If it excuses me, yesterday was also my birthday! Without further ado, here are the details for The Lightning Luminary by RS McCoy! Pick it up at Amazon for only $.99!
New Jersey. Between binge-watching MTV reality shows and baking gluten-free
treats, she writes paranormal fantasy and science fiction novels.
self-published author of the Sparks Saga
trilogy, The Alder Tales series, and The Extraction Files. Back when she
lived in the real world, Rachel earned a degree in marine biology, which
contributed to her die-hard love of manta rays.
So, I’m blogging from my phone because my landlord still doesn’t offer Internet. On the upside, I’m reading much more than I usually do.
I read 5 books this month which is a record for me. I’m halfway done with Trylle #3 as I type this.
It’s hard to say that I have a favorite from the bunch. Most were all 3 star reads, which means that I liked and enjoyed them, but they’re not amazing. I’m looking forward to finishing The Selection series, Trylle series, and Dorothy Must Die series.
My least favorite was definitely The Thousandth Floor, which I gave 2 stars for reasons I can’t even remember now. Disappointing because I was really looking forward to this one after all the Gossip Girl comparisons. This story just fell flat for me and I didn’t care about the characters at all.
This is my haul from Yallwest this past weekend. It was a good event but a bit unorganized and chaotic. I would go back if I’m already in the L.A. area or could spend a few days vacationing, but I wouldn’t do a turn around trip just for this event like I did this year.
I also got a ton of swag which you can see pics of here. I got to meet the amazing Cassandra Clare and Angie Thomas and a few new authors.
Other books I got this month are Crooked Kingdom, Girl in Pieces arc, and Plus One all via #booksfortrade on Twitter.
I also went to NYC for the 2nd time for a few days and it was much too short. I crammed in a few Broadway shows: Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and Come From Away. I was nervous seeing the new cast of Hamilton, and while they will never rival the originals, they were still pretty amazing. But can we talk about Ben Platt in Dear Evan Hansen? That show is amazingly beautiful and poignant, and his performance was awe-inspiring. (Tony nominations are today and I’m throwing all my good vibes to this show!) Come From Away was also great. I loved the story and learning about some of the more positive stories that came from one of the darkest moments in recent history. It had great songs, and a good mix of humor and seriousness and focus.
Last, but not least, I went to see The Maine again on their world tour and holy crap it was amazing. They played the best setlist that they’ve ever played (almost 2 hours long with a good mix of old songs, new songs, B-sides, and everything in between). I want to ugly cry just reminiscing.
This is my first quarterly wrap-up because it’s been over 3 months since the last time I wrote a blog. It’s been longer than that but I’m not going to think about what I didn’t do in 2016. I’m a terrible, terrible blogger now but it is what it is. So here’s my wrap-up for January, February, and March.
- Books I’ve Read in 2017… So Far
My favorite book so far (and probably for the rest of this year) is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. If you live under a rock and haven’t heard about this book yet, it’s a fictional but very accurate account of the Black experience in America, for those of us who grew up in predominantly Black low-income neighborhoods. It stems from the Black Lives Matter movement. The story is told from the perspective of 16-year old Starr Carter, who witnesses the murder of her childhood friend Khalil by a white police officer. Although most people focus on the BLM aspect of the book, it really is so much more than that. It’s the catalyst that sends the protagonist on her journey of self discovery, but Angie Thomas did an amazing job of recreating this environment that most people who aren’t forced to live in don’t see or understand. I could easily call to mind classmates, friends, and relatives who could easily be any of the characters in this book, mistakes and all. Most importantly, it really challenges readers to look past the ideas and misconceptions that you have about Black people based on what they look like or where they’re from. It challenges the images that the media constantly shoves in our faces that demonizes Black victims. And this is so important for people, Black, white, or whatever, who have grown up in the suburbs and with certain privileges–people who’ve gone their whole lives without meeting a Khalil, or meeting a Devante, or even meeting a Starr–a character that I see so much of myself in. I hope that everyone reads this book with an open mind, and that when you’re done with it, your heart is more open too.
My least favorite book so far was Zipped by Laura and Tom McNeal. I actually decided to DNF this book. I hate read my way through another novel by these authors last year hoping for a payoff that never came. I decided I’d save myself the trouble this time. It was just so boring. It was also really creepy. The main character had this weird crush on his step-mom. My last straw was when he decided to spy on step-mom by going through the dirty laundry to inspect her underwear–he suspected she was having an affair–because he knew her underwear schedule and what kind she wore depending on the occasion. I think he sniffed them, but my mind may have invented that because I was already creeped out by this point. If that’s not enough, there were too many characters with shifting POVs, none of them interesting by the way. It was just all bad.
Other than Zipped, I loved all of these books for varying reasons. You can check out my Goodreads for thoughts on most of them. Others I’d highly recommend right after THUG are The Heartbeats of Wing Jones by Katherine Webber and The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli.
- 2017 Book Haul… So Far
Between January and February I only bought 3 books, 2 of them were digitals on sale for $1.99 each: The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee and Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy. I bought a hardcover of Deep Blue by Jennifer Connely used.
But then in March things got a little… out of control. Here’s a picture of what I got. I think the titles/authors are pretty clear so I’m not going to list them because laziness wins. I didn’t spend as much as it looks like though. Chamber of Secrets was given to me as a gift and We Can Be Mended was a Carve the Mark pre-order gift. Six of Crows was a trade. The Casual Vacancy was another cheap used buy. The rest I bought but they were part of really, really, really good sales.