Top Ten Tuesday #33: Characters I’d Follow On Social Media

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Hey guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  I knew instantly that I wanted to take part in this weekly meme because who doesn’t love making lists?

This week’s (February 25th, 2020) topic is: Characters I’d Follow On Social Media

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Meredy and Lysander (Reign of the Fallen)

This was the easiest one for me honestly! Who wouldn’t want to follow a beastmaster and her bear?!?!?!? They love each other so very much and would do legit anything for one and another.  I need a Youtube from Meredy and Lysander!

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The Darkling (Shadow and Bone Trilogy )
I feel like a bunch of people will have him on their list because he is GLORIOUS!

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Mal (Shadow and Bone Trilogy)
Why is my most hated character of all-time on here? So, I can harass him for all time and call him WHINY BABY BLAND BOY! because I’m mature like that.  Kid ruined my books, I’ll ruin his LIFE! Muahahhahahaha

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Lalia (Gilded Wolves) 
I mean just look at her! I’d follow her just to see what amazing looks she had going on and the woman is sassy, so I think she’d have a great profile.

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Lei and Wren (Girls of Paper and Fire)
I would like to follow them as a couple! I just adore them, one of my favorite f/f relationships in YA fantasy for sure.

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Cath (Heartless)
Before the Queen of Hearts became what she is today, she was just Cath – a sweet young girl that loved to bake and damn could she bake! I love Food Network shows, so I think Cath could get me as a follower on a Youtuber channel!

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Iko (The Lunar Chronicles)
Iko was born (errr built?) for social media! Her personality is everything and she is all about fashion.  I could totally see her as a beauty guru, and one that’d I’d actually follow.

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Alosa and Riden (Daughter of the Pirate King)

I need a banter couple in here and this fits the bill perfectly! No one does banter like these two.  I would love to see them do any social media together, it would be quite the ride I think.

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Would you follow any of these characters? Who would be your most followed?  Let me know in the comments!

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Review: Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Horror
Pages: 353
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: July 9th, 2019

 

 

 

 

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything. Continue reading “Review: Wilder Girls by Rory Power”

Review: Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lucavics

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My rating:  4 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Horror
Pages: 266
Pacing: Slower
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: September 29th 2015

 

Trigger Warnings: Graphic imagery and violence, miscarriage, and child death.

 

When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner’s family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries.

When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn’t right on the prairie. She’s heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can’t be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul. – Synopsis from Goodreads. 

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“The only devil inside of you is the one you created yourself.”

Holy shit, what did I just read? This was in the YA section?!? Really? Man, they really went for it here. This is a VERY dark, historical fiction horror novel and it was very unsettling, which means I was completely there for it.

Ok guys, really take caution with this one with violence that involves children bothers you. This one doesn’t holdback any punches. This book is marketed as Little House on the Prairie meets Stephen King and that’s pretty darn accurate. I love dark historical fiction, so I’m a bit surprised that this is the first time I’m picking this one up – glad I did though. This story follows a family that is going through a hard time and doesn’t really have a large enough house to be able to get through the next winter with their sanity intact and so when they hear about another settlement that has some free cabins to claim, they set out to find a new home.

Our main protagonist Amanda is a very polarizing character, many people are going to hate her from the get-go. Her inner dialogue is dark, selfish and at many times repulsive. I had a love-hate relationship with this young girl because that is exactly what she was – young. Her family is struggling and her sanity is questionable and I thought her thoughts were very authentic. Ugly, but authentic. When they finally get to the settlement, things are not what they had hoped for – it kind of blows my mind that anyone would stay there but I guess desperate times. I won’t say what they find when they arrive but I think most of us would scream and run in the other direction pretty fast – not fix it up and decide to stay. It wouldn’t be much of a horror book if they didn’t that though!

Daughters Unto Devils is a slow burn, like a lot of historical fiction is. It does feature an unreliable narrator as well, since we have no idea if she has lost her mind or if what is happening is real for most of the book. I thought I had completely figured it out at one point and I was wrong. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews on this one and I’m not sure if it’s because it’s a slower paced book or because it’s fairly gory and disturbing. Either way, I thought it was a fantastic October read and I’m sure I’ll have some of those images stuck in my head for awhile.

You have been warned about the content, if the story still sounds intriguing then go pick this one up! Totally worth and a very quick read. Incredibly disturbing though.

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Drama Llama Patrol: They’re Special Edition Boxes. Not Life Saving Medicine

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Hey beautiful people! We are starting up a new feature on the blog called Drama Llama Patrol.  There is always so much drama in the YA book community and we are here to give some commentary on it. We might ruffle a few feathers but this our just opinions – we can agree to disagree.  What is the point in having a blog if you can’t get a little sassy from time to time?

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NetGalley Book Tag

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Hey everyone! It’s a Sunday and I thought what better day to try and do a fun little tag! We are super behind in tags, if you’ve tagged Mireille or I – we aren’t ignoring you, we super appreciate it and have them all written down.  Just takes us awhile to actually get to them.  I’m sure lots of you relate!

I did get tagged recently by the lovely Siobhan at Siobhans Novelties (Go follow her – she is amazing! I love her!)

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Rules

  • Link back to the tag’s creator: Kourtni at Kourtni Reads
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
  • Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!
  • Tag a few people to do this too!

Auto-Approved | Who’s One Author Whos Books You Automatically Want to Read, regardless of What They Are About?

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Oh goodness, so many.  I can’t just pick one, so I’ll narrow it down to a few.

  • Tricia Levenseller
  • Sarah Glenn Marsh
  • Derek Milman
  • Dawn Kurtagich
  • Victoria Schwab
  • Emily Duncan

I want to keep listing!!!!

Request | What Makes You Want to Request a Book on NetGalley?

I’m not a HUGE fan of NetGalley – I was when I first started using it last year.  I’ve since found that they favour US users and too many books are “wish only” for anyone outside of that.  It’s quite frustrating.  International bloggers get me LOL

Long story short – I don’t request very often on Netgalley anymore.  I mostly use it to get my earcs from blog tours.  However, if I do request an earc on there – it’s usually more likely to be a YA thriller or horror because I enjoy reviewing those before they are released or a debut author.  Most of the time I don’t read the GIANT names before release – there are exceptions to this.

Feedback Ratio | Do You Review Every Book You Read? If Not, How Do You Decide What Books to Review?

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EXPOSED! No, I try my best to keep up with everything and since Netgalley keeps a rating system, I don’t over-request on there.  I keep it pretty minimalist overall.  My rating is still usually like somewhere in the 70% range though.

Badges | If You Could Create One Badge to Display on Your Blog, What Would It Be for?

OOh wow, huh – of course I instantly draw a blank.  Maybe a badge for being a Debut Author Supporter or LGBT+ Advocate.  That would be cool.

Wish for It | What’s One Book That You Are Absolutely Dying to Read?

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Right now? I recently got Ruthless Gods and Light at the Bottom of the World and they would’ve been my go-to answers.  Oh! I’m really interested in Girls Save the World in this One and my request got denied because Penguin US hates me LOL

2019 NetGalley Challenge | What Was the Last Book That You Received as an ARC That You Reviewed? If You’ve Never Received One, What’s the Last Book You Reviewed?

That I have reviewed? Probably Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan – You can check out that review HERE.  

 


I can’t tag everyone but if I didn’t tag you this round – still considered yourself tagged if you’d like to do it!!!

I TAG:

Kristi @ Confessions of a YA Reader
Candyce & Isabelle @ The Book Dutchesses
Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads
Jessica @ Jessticulates 
Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads
Raven @ Dreamy Addictions
Kay @ Hammock Of Books 
Sammie @ The Writerly Way 
Alex @ WhimsyPages

 

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Blog Tour: Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan, Favorite Quotes & Giveaway!

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We are so happy to be part of the blog tour for Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan that is put on by the lovely The Fantastic Flying Book Club.  To see the full schedule, go HERE Continue reading “Blog Tour: Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan, Favorite Quotes & Giveaway!”

August 2019 Fairy Loot Unboxing

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Mirielle has unboxed Fairyloot on our blog in the past, but this is my very FIRST box ever from this company.  I hadn’t bitten the bullet prior because I’m in Canada and the exchange rate  is just brutal on this one.  However, they recently got a shipping company in the states as well, so the shipping went down for US and Canada (Yippee) .  I won’t be getting this monthly because they overlap with Owlcrate quite a bit in terms of monthly books but I will get it here and there when the theme sounds good and the book is different.  Ok, let’s get to unboxing my very first Fairyloot.

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ARC Review: Slay by Brittney Morris

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Pages: 336
Pacing: Average/Normal
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: September 24th 2019

 

 

 

 

By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the “downfall of the Black man.” But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for “anti-white discrimination.”

Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process?

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“As we duel, as we chat, there’s an understanding that “your black is not my black” and “your weird is not my weird” and “your beautiful is not my beautiful,” and that’s okay. It’ brings tears to my eyes if I think about it too long.”

I knew when I saw this that I wanted to get my hands on this, so I actually requested this in two different places – just incase! I mean it was marketed as Warcross meets Black Panther – yes please! Thankfully Simon and Schuster was lovely enough to send me a physical arc because this was such a wonderful book.

I have to start by saying that I’m a little out of my depth with this review, SLAY wasn’t written for me in any shape or form.  This book is unapologetically black and I can’t even begin to imagine what this book has meant and will meant to so many young black teens – it makes my heart happy to think it.  I’m going to review this the best I can, but keep in mind that I am a middle-class, white, Canadian girl and my voice isn’t the main one you should be listening to when it comes to this book.  I encourage you to search out ownvoice reviews on this, it’s so very important. I would recommend checking out: Big Bang Books and Regina’s Review

This story features a seventeen year old girl named Keira,  who is leading a kind of double life.  One part of her life is being the good daughter and sister and going to a mostly white school and trying to excel, so she can get into a good college.  The other part of her life, she is the creator and co-admin (with another young bi-racial girl) of an online MMORPG for thousands of the black community only called SLAY.  Her parents, siblings and boyfriend are completely in the dark about this – she has remained 100% anonymous.  Her fear is in telling them is that they will think it’s a waste of time and not really get what she is doing for the community and how important it is to her and so many others.  Unfortunately, a player of the game is murdered outside the game because someone wanted some of his game items and so begins a giant new circus about violence in video games, as well as questions if the site is racist for being anti-white.

I want to get this out of the way real quick – there is no such thing as white racism.  Racism means oppression, not hurt feelings.  If you are not being oppressed by another race, by their actions then there is no racism.  Therefore, there can be not white racism – just name calling.  Just saying… SLAY is based on games like World of Warcraft, but it for the black community only and all the game play is based off historical, cultural, entertainment and everyday references that mean something in the black community.  No, not just the US community – world wide.  It sounds like such a badass game and I’d do it no justice if I ever tried to explain it but it’s very well thought out and super accessible for the people that are not gamers.  I will say that there is a lot of gaming talk and I am a gamer, but I don’t think many will struggle with it.  I promise, it’s broken really easy and keeps it interesting.  It’s not even my type of game and I was completely invested – the stakes always seemed high and the characters were amazing sounding.   A friend actually asked me if there was a game like this for certain communities.  I sadly answered, “no, because it would be swamped instantly by other communities with nothing but hate fueled comments.”  It’s a shame.  I think safe spaces are very important and as a girl gamer I get the desire for just wanting a place where you don’t have to be called names or harassed.

The one thing I could really relate to in this book is the girl gaming aspect and it being assumed they were men and ending gave me such chills and brought tears to my eyes. This is for the girls – the STEM girls! This book hears you and gets you.  I wanted to stand up and cheer for these girls – just thinking about the ending in this book makes me weepy – it’s so flipping empowering and I think the author for putting it on paper and allowing me to read it.

The only negative thing I can say about this book is that it’s a bit far fetched in terms of the creating the game.  A massive game could not be run by two young girls alone – it takes a ton of people.  It also takes cash, there is a reason that games aren’t free – they aren’t cheap to make, especially on the caliber of SLAY.  Also, there is no way they could just being doing it in their spare time – not realistic.  You’d be a slave to your PC if you were creating something like that and keeping it going.  This didn’t really bother me, but it might frustrate some because of how unrealistic it is and how easy the author makes it seem.

I feel like I was all over the place with this review.  I haven’t given the best overview ever but please don’t be scared of this book because you think it’s a gaming book or that you won’t get it because you aren’t black – you should read it for that exact reason.  It will likely open your eyes to some really important topics.  I know it did for me.  I highly recommend this one, I wish I could do it better justice but please go read it.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for a physical ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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BLOG TOUR! ARC Review: Don’t Say a Word by Amber Lynn Natusch + Giveaway

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Hey everyone! Hope you enjoy my review of Don’t Say a Word by Amber Lynn Natusch.  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the page to win your very own copy of this fantastic book! Details below! Also, pre-order details as well!
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Review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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My rating:
 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 456
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: June 4th, 2019

Trigger Warnings: Loss of a loved one, PTSD nightmares, violence, anxiety and threats of being institutionalized.

 

 

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

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