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Waiting on Wednesday #7

As always, Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine. Today I have a book by a debut author and when I say that this book sounds amazing, I mean it sounds AMAZING! First of all, it's from a male perspective which YA doesn't have enough of. Second, the summary says it's Pacific Rim meets Korean action dramas. That automatically has me hooked! I can't wait to read this!

Summary: After a great war, the East Pacific is in ruins. In brutal Neo Seoul, where status comes from success in combat, ex-gang member Lee Jaewon is a talented pilot rising in the ranks of the academy. Abandoned as a kid in the slums of Old Seoul by his rebel father, Jaewon desires only to escape his past and prove himself a loyal soldier of the Neo State.

When Jaewon is recruited into the most lucrative weapons development division in Neo Seoul, he is eager to claim his best shot at military glory. But the mission becomes more complicated when he meets Tera, a test subject in the g…

Manuscript Monday #4

Hello! Today I wanted to talk about my world again because I'm obsessed with how I'm going to have this world built. It's still a work in progress but today I wanted to talk about the hair that the people have. Many of the women here love to have the best hairstyles and in this world for the most part, it's not with sew-ins or any other weave. They use their natural hair to make amazing hairstyles like the ones in the pictures shown below. They also just wear their hair in afros and braids. I decided to do this partly because I was really fascinated with this video I watched on YouTube. Before Africans were brought to America, they did styles like these and it was a part of their culture. Another reason I wanted to do this is because I don't feel like a lot of Black people appreciate their hair. I definitely understand why because sometimes I struggle with it but I thought it would be amazing to glorify hair like ours. I mean, it is the only hair with curl pattern…

5 Underrated Books

Hello! Thank you for joining me today as I talk about some of my favorite underrated books. I have to say I love some of the most popular books right now just like everyone else but I can't forget about these reads. To me, they were just as amazing as some of the books on the New York Times Bestsellers list and maybe even better.
1.)Shadowshaper byDaniel José Older: My first choice is this amazing book right here. The reason I love this book is mainly because of the characters that he created and because of the world. Both of those things are done so well in my opinion and they are so different than any other book I have read. If you know me, I love unique books and this book has Caribbean legends as well as a cast of hilarious characters.

2.) Angelfall by Susan Ee: I read the entire trilogy and that is so rare for me. I don't like reading series for the most part but I had to read these books. It had angels in it that were evil and that was enough for me to love it. I think t…

Waiting on Wednesday #6

For today's Waiting on Wednesday, which is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, I have this amazing book! Shadowhouse Fall is the second book in the Shadowshaper series. I loved Shadowshaper so much! It was full of characters that I literally saw on a daily basis in high school even though I wasn't in Brooklyn. If you haven't already read Shadowshaper, I definitely urge you to so that you can read this book. And look at this cover! This is hair goals for real!

Summary: Sierra and her friends love their new lives as shadowshapers, making art and creating change with the spirits of Brooklyn. Then Sierra receives a strange card depicting a beast called the Hound of Light -- an image from the enigmatic, influential Deck of Worlds. The shadowshapers know their next battle has arrived.

Thrust into an ancient struggle with enemies old and new, Sierra and Shadowhouse are determined to win. Revolution is brewing in the real world as well, as the shadowshapers lead the fight agains…

Book Review: Ash

Summary: In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash's capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.

Review: To rate this book is difficult for m…

Would You Rather Book Tag

Hello everyone! Today I have the Would You Rather Book Tag which was originally made by abooknerd on Sincerely, A Book Nerd. This tag is really old but I want to do more tags on my blog and this one interested me. Here are the questions:
1.) Rather read only a series or stand-alone books?

I'm more of a stand-alone kind of girl. I don't know why but I hardly ever finish series of books. Maybe it's because I don't get attached to characters the way other people do. Maybe I don't care enough to continue the series since I have to wait basically a year for the next book anyway if it's traditionally published. Whatever the reason, I definitely prefer books to be all by themselves.

2.)  Rather read a book whose main character is male or female?
I'm tired of female protagonists right now. All of them have had some type of love interest and that usually takes over the story. Almost all of the stories I have read with a male protagonist have been some of my favorit…

Waiting on Wednesday #5

This tag is hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine. Today I have this amazing book by Scott Reintgen that I'm waiting for. I have been hearing nothing but amazing things about this book and I'm bouncing off the walls just waiting to read it. I need more books from a male point of view in my life because these female characters are really starting to get on my nerves. But just look at this cover, though. It's probably my favorite cover right now. If I could, I would probably marry it. What book are you waiting for today?

Summary: 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.

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 …

Manuscript Monday #3

Ready for another fact? Although I'm not sure about the details of my world yet, I can tell you that a river flows throughout one of the kingdoms like in Venice, Italy and that it has bright and colorful buildings. At first my WIP was a futuristic Africa but now I'm not sure. I did like the idea of portraying Africa in a new light that isn't just poverty but I'm finding that my WIP isn't based on the African cultures. It's based on the Black community in America and while many of us have African descent, there is still a difference between the two. But like I said, I'm still working on how I want the actual world to be.

What does your world look like and how do you begin to build it? This is especially hard for me so suggestions would be great on where to begin!

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Books I Will Probably Never Read

Hello everyone! Today I want to talk about ten books I probably won't ever read. Most of these books are books that I'm absolutely not going to read for one reason or another but there are some on here that I'm still debating about. These aren't in any particular order and these may not even be all of the books that I probably will not ever read.

10.) Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth: I don't know if I can be persuaded on this story. I wasn't obsessed with Divergent like majority of the other people in the world and Insurgent bored me to death so I never finished it. I only heard that the series got worse anyway so I never finished the series. This book has had constant controversy around it and at first, that was one reason why I didn't want to read it. However, even if the controversy wasn't there I wouldn't want to read this book because I don't like the way Roth writes. Plus this book hasn't been receiving good reviews from some of the blo…

Waiting on Wednesday #4

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine. For today's book, I have Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller. This cover is what drew me in first. It's absolutely gorgeous that I didn't even care what it was about when I first saw but I knew that I had to have it. After getting over my shock at how beautiful it is and seeing what the story actual is, I still have to say that I'm intrigued to read it despite the fact that it says for fans of Sarah J. Maas in the description of the book. I guess we'll just have to see if this book is a dissappointment or not. I'm hoping for the latter. 
Summary: Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to th…

Book Review: The Melody of You and Me

Summary: After dropping out of university and breaking up with her girlfriend of three years, Chris Morrison’s life is now a mind-numbing mess. She doubts that working at the small neighborhood bookstore is going to change that. The rest of her time is spent mostly playing guitar and ignoring the many messages her mother keeps sending her about going back to college.But one day, an adorable and charming new bookseller waltzes her way into Chris’s life. Josie Navarro is sweet, flirty, and she always has a new book in her hands. The two girls start a fast friendship that, for Chris, holds the promise of something more. But is she reading too much into this or is it possible that Josie feels the same way?

Review: When I first decided to read this book, it was because I was hearing amazing things about it. This didn't cause me to go in with high expectations like it usually does but it did make me excited to read it. I can't say that I was disappointed despite the fact that it wasn…

A Series of Unfortunate Events Book Tag

Guess who's doing a book tag today? You probably guessed it right because of course it's me. Today I thought it would be cool to do the A Series of Unfortunate Events Book Tag created by Erica Robyn from Erica Robyn Reads. This tag is old but I still wanted to do it because I recently watched the TV show and I loved it! You should definitely watch it.

1.) The Bad Beginning: Name a book or a series that you had trouble getting into, but ended up loving.

Savage Run by E.J. Squires
I received an ARC of this book when it was first going to be released in 2014. I don't remember a lot of it so I should probably reread it but I do remember that I wasn't really crazy about the beginning of this story. I did find myself loving the end of it though. You all should read it!

2.) The Fire- Name a book that you wouldn't rush to douse with water if it happened to catch fire.

The Young World by Chris Weitz
I hated this story with a passion. I just didn't think that it was writ…

Waiting on Wednesday #3

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. For today's Waiting on Wednesday, I have 27 hours by Tristina Wright. I'm beyond excited for this book not only because of how diverse it is but because the story itself sounds thrilling. Plus, I've only been hearing great things. 
Summary: Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.

But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.

Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother's shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon's darkest secret.

They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.

During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, t…