The Friday 56: Beyond the Red

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“My ears ring, and with it is an echo of something else–the low roar of angry voices carried through the air. Plumes of gray and greenish smoke rise high into the clear violet sky, turning it the ugly shade of an old bruise.”

Ava Jae’s Beyond the Red is a bit of a mixed bag for me. I loved a lot of the world building elements and the author’s descriptions really brought this alien planet to life, but I wasn’t a big fan of the romance. Read my full review of this one hereCover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.
      Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. But that doesn’t stop him from defending his people—at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He is given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.
      When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.”

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Things That Make Me Instantly Want (or Not Want) to Read a Book

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book.” I just came back from my hiatus a few days ago and since I missed last week’s topic, I thought I’d combine last week’s and this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topics.

Book Turn-Offs:

1. Love Triangle – Raise your hand if you knew this was going to be on my list. I am not a fan of the love triangle. I have all sorts of feelings about this, but one of them is that I hate how it can unnecessarily pit two characters against each other while adding nothing to their character development.

2. Vampires – I’ve never read Twilight, so this is not where the aversion to vampires comes from. I’ve just always felt that we’ve romanticized these creatures so much and their darker, more sinister version are far more interesting.

3. Incest – I don’t even understand why I need to put something like this on this list, but I don’t get the appeal of books that have family members falling in love. I’m especially turned off by books where the characters have grown up together thinking they are related, but when they find out they aren’t, it somehow makes the relationship okay. No. Just no.

4. “Not Like Other Girls” Mentality – I need this trope to die in a flaming crash with nothing but the smoke from its incineration left to bear witness.

5. Insta-Love – I will almost never pick up a book if I think it has insta-love in it. There is only one case of insta-love that I will defend to the death and that is Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also a Star.

Book Turn-Ons:

6. Magical Realism – I need all the magical realism novels in my life. I have not read nearly enough, but when I do, I fall instantly in love with the genre all over again.

7. Witches – Witches, witches, give me all the witches. I need more witchy books and more specifically, more modern-day witches would be amazing.

8. Latinx protagonist – There’s nothing like seeing yourself reflected in a book. Seeing more and more books with Latinx protagonists sometimes makes me want to cry a little because I almost never got to see myself reflected in media when I was a kid.

9. Friendship – Can we just get more books that focus on friendship? I love a good romance (I’m a sucker for the slow burn), but I also think that there are other relationships beside romantic ones that have just as much value. I’d love to see more books focus on this.

10. Something Different – This last one isn’t very specific, but there are some storylines that I feel like I’ve read multiple versions of, but if a story sounds truly unique, I’ll probably be interested in checking it out.

I missed last week’s Top Ten Tuesday, so what was number one on your list of things that instantly make you want to read a book? Do we have any book turn-offs in common this week? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read.” Ironically, it was really hard to limit this list to only ten books. For this topic, I wanted to share books that are unlike anything I’ve read and ones that I can’t really find an equivalent to in the genre they were written. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

3. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

4. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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6. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

7. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

8. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

9. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

10. Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

Have you read any of these books? What’s the most unique book you’ve ever read? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

The Friday 56: The Hate U Give

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“Talking to Ms. Rosalie may be harder than talking to the cops, honestly. But I owe it to Khalil to pay his grandmother a visit.”

I had the pleasure of picking up Angie Thomas’s much talked about debut The Hate U Give last month and everything you’ve heard about it is true. It’s a book we’ll be talking about for a long time. If you haven’t read it, I strongly suggest you do. You can read my full review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
      Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
      But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.”

Top Ten Tuesday: Fandoms Made Me Do It!

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Fandom Freebie — top ten fandoms I’m in, 10 reasons X fandom is the best, must have merchandise for x fandom, etc. etc.” I’m not sure I’d consider myself a member of any fandoms (maybe HP?), but I do feel like I get a closer look at them because I’m on Tumblr. I haven’t been as active lately on it as I was in the past, but Tumblr has a way of pulling you in. I’ve shipped couples from shows I’ve never watched, been supportive of characters I’ve never heard speak, and reblogged a gif set or two from movies I have never seen just because they looked so good. So this week I thought I’d list T.V. shows and movies I’ve watch because of fandoms on Tumblr. Excuse all the gifs, but that’s how we roll on Tumblr.

1. Teen Wolf – I binge watched the first few seasons of Teen Wolf last year because Tumblr got me all hooked on Stydia. I shipped Stiles Stilinski and Lydia Martin before I even knew who they were.

2. Poldark – I’m a sucker for period dramas and Poldark just kept popping up on my feed, so I had to watch it.

3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – I am actually still catching up on this show, but I love it so much and can’t believe I’ve been missing out all these years.

4. Pitch – I need more of this show now! I didn’t watch this one because I’m really not into baseball, but Tumblr in its wisdom kept putting this show in my path. I gave in and I’m so happy I did.

5. Parks & Recreation – This show has become one of my favorites. You know those shows you reach for when you’re feeling kind of down, Parks & Rec is mine.

6. The Get Down – This show is amazing. If you have Netflix and you haven’t watched it, do it!

7. Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – This show is so much fun. I aspire to be like Phryne Fisher when I’m older.

8. Chuck – I don’t know how I missed watching this show when it was on T.V., but I did end up binge watching several seasons. I kind of got sidetracked and haven’t finished it yet, but I do plan to.

9. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – There’s something so quirky and fun about this movie and I never would have given it a shot if it weren’t for Tumblr.

10. Captain America: Civil War – Okay, so I have a confession. I’m not a huge fan of the recent Marvel superhero movies. I like them, but they aren’t high on my list of movies to watch. But I was completely bombarded with gif sets from this one and just gave in. Pretty sure this is my favorite of the recent Marvel movies.

Has a fandom ever persuaded you to watch a T.V. show or movie? Any you want to try because of all the hype you’ve seen? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

The Friday 56: The Education of Margot Sanchez

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“Then there’s me. Struggling to maintain good grades. Trying to look like the others. Sound like them. So that I won’t be ‘that girl.’ I’ll just be one of the girls.”

I loved Lilliam Rivera’s The Education of Margot Sanchez about a girl struggling to fit in and the pressure she feels from her family. I actually just participated in a Twitter chat for this debut and had so much fun discussing the protagonist. You can check out my full review hereCover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “After ‘borrowing’ her father’s credit card to finance a more stylish wardrobe, Margot
Sanchez suddenly finds herself grounded. And by grounded, she means working as an indentured servant in her family’s struggling grocery store to pay off her debts.
      With each order of deli meat she slices, Margot can feel her carefully cultivated prep school reputation slipping through her fingers, and she’s willing to do anything to get out of this punishment. Lie, cheat, and maybe even steal…
      Margot’s invitation to the ultimate beach party is within reach and she has no intention of letting her family’s drama or Moises—the admittedly good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood—keep her from her goal.