Thursday, March 23, 2017

Review:Labyrinth Lost


Title:Labyrinth Lost

Author: Zoraida Córdova
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire


I fall to my knees. Shattered glass, melted candles and the outline of scorched feathers are all that surround me. Every single person who was in my house – my entire family — is gone.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

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Brujas,magic.and that cover...Gahh why wouldn't people want to read Labyrinth Lost.When I first found out about Labyrinth Lost I was beyond pumped!!!My main reason for being pumped is because in a world of white washing,you don't hear of many young adult books exploring the Hispanic culture or brujas. I think one of my favorite things about  Labyrinth Lost is that at the beginning of each chapter, there are awesome little quotes meant to intrigue and sends the readers deeper into the world of the book.

The book is all about Alex who's  a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic.I'm not going to lie at times I was not a fan of Alex at all.It took me a while to get over the things that bothered me about Alex.The romance was pretty subtle for the most part,but then sometimes it was glaring obvious.I liked Nova and that plot twist was well done.I saw it coming but for some reason I thought it was Alex's other love interest that was going to go the route Nova did.The characters were interesting ,but honestly, most of the time i was more invested in the setting and world building than the cast of characters that were introduced.


The cover  is absolutely gorgeous,it's simple but eye catching all at once!!!! Labyrinth Lost definitely has it's high points, but it does have its share of low points as well. The story started off pretty strong but that momentum started to die off gradually when we got to the middle. I was still eager to read the book and see what happens next but sometimes it was like the plot was just chugging along with no real ommph. The ending without doubt ended on a cliff hanger and I cant wait to read what comes next!! 3/5

Sunday, March 5, 2017

#OwnVoices

So recently I stumbled across the hashtag #ownvoices after looking into to it and reading a few articles regarding the hashtag and the idea behind it I decided to make a list inspired by it. The hashtag #ownvoices on Twitter, was created by author Corinne Duyvis) 

All the books that i listed our depicting marginalized characters, featuring authors from those same backgrounds. There's a wonder article on BookRiot all about the hashtag #ownvoices that I loved it is written by it's guest post from Lamar Giles. Lamar writes novels and short stories for teens and adults. Reading Our #OWNVOICES

Title:Gabi,Girl In Pieces

Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: college applications, Cindy's pregnancy, Sebastian's coming out, the cute boys, her father's meth habit, and the food she craves. And best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

Fun fact I've read this book and about died.When I say I about died I mean that in a good way...Gabi,A Girl In Pieces is an excellent book i'd recommend to anyone.










Title:More Than Happy Not
Author: Adam Silvera

In the months after his father's suicide, it's been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again--but he's still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he's slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely. 

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron's crew notices, and they're not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can't deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can't stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute's revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is. 
Why does happiness have to be so hard?

I have yet to read this book,despite receiving an advance copy and having it on my book shelf for quite some time.I have no idea why I'm stalling especially since I have heard nothing nut wonderful things about More Than Happy Not.My goal is to start/finish this book by the end of  this month.

Title:It Ain't So Awful Falafel
Author: Firoozeh Dumas
Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can't distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home. A poignant yet lighthearted middle grade debut from the author of the best-selling Funny in Farsi.



Recently heard about this and it sounds adorable.







Title:Two Boys Kissing
Author:David LevithanNew York Times  bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.

While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.
 


David Levithan is on my must read list so I definitely feel like I need to read two boys kissing.However even if it wasn't written by David Levithan  I would probably still want to read this book.




Title:Labyrinth Lost
Author: Zoraida Córdova

Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

I fall to my knees. Shattered glass, melted candles and the outline of scorched feathers are all that surround me. Every single person who was in my house – my entire family — is gone.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

Brujas,magic.and that cover...Gahh why wouldn't people want to read Labyrinth Lost.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Cover Reveal: Nailed It By Amy Miles

Title:Nailed It Author
Author:Amy Miles
Release Date: March 28th, 2017

Today's writers deal with pressures from all sides: to publish quickly, to stayseen in an over flooded market, to keep their readers happy and to find a wayto earn enough money to keep following their dreams. Writing is not easy. It can be lonely, disheartening and it is easy to feel buriedby the very thing you were once passionate about.



NAILED IT is 150 inspirations, mantras, motto's or quirky sayings that I have used in my personal bouts with burnout. I hope they will encourage you, inspire you and remind you that although writing is a solo endeavor, writers all around the world understand the pressure you feel to succeed. You are not alone













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Amy Miles is the author of multiple published novels, including her bestselling young adult immortals books, The Arotas Series. Unwilling to be defined by any one genre, she has written paranormal romance, science fiction/fantasy, post-apocalyptic, romance, inspirational, and plans to continue to explore newgenres.

She is the co-Founder of Red Coat PR, a firm helping indie authors build a marketing base for their career. Amy is also the co-Founder of Penned Con, an annual two day convention held in St. Louis MO bringing readers and authors together with industry professionals to learn, grow and give back.

She and her husband are heavily involved in charity work through Action for Autism, a St. Louis based organization aiding families with autism and founded the Penned Con scholarship to benefit area families.  She is an avid reader, urban homesteader, weekend golfer and netflix binge addict who lives with her husband and son in South Carolina.

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Waiting on Wednesday(65) : When Dimple Met Rishi

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from  Breaking the Spine and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for..

 Title:When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Release Date:May 30,2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right? 

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself. 

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not? 

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways

I am beyond excited for this book to come out basically
 because i'm a sucker for cute contemporary romance novels.
Check out the article on Bustle about When Dimple Met Rashi and 
read the first 3 Chapters,You'll be glad you did.
So that's what I'm waiting. So how about you? Leave a link and let me know. :)
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