Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Top Ten Books Coming Out in Summer 2017

This meme is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.



So in general - back when I lived somewhere that actually got four seasons instead of eight of months of summer and the rest winter - summer always started for my family and I on Memorial Day and so this list will add any book that comes out after May 29th. 

Now that that's out of the way, let's begin! 



10) When Dimple Met Rishi 
Release Date: May 30


9) When It's Real 
Release Date: May 30


8) Midnight Jewel 
Release Date: June 27


7) Now I Rise 
Release Date: June 27



6) Lucky in Love
Release Date: July 25 


5) Loved (House of Night)
Release Date: July 11



4) Fallen Heir 
Release Date: August 28 


3) Wonder Woman 
Release Date: August 29



2) If There's No Tomorrow 
Release Date: September 5



1) Tower of Dawn 
Release Date: September 5


Monday, May 22, 2017

Music Monday - Noelia

This fun weekly meme is hosted over at Always Me.


So I found this artist last week and I liked the music a lot. I'm getting into dance music again... I do this a lot. I do through these periods where all I want to do is listen to dance music. Even though I can't dance, I'm not even being modest, I really can't dance. 





Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Black Witch - Problematic Book Breakdown

A new Black Witch will rise…her powers vast beyond imagining.

Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.

When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians—is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.

As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits…if only she can find the courage to trust those she’s been taught to hate and fear.






Book Breakdown 

*SMALL SPOILERS*

So by now I'm sure everyone has heard of this book. You've been told this book is racist, sexist, homophobic, and lots of other horrible things. If you've been trying to talk about this book on Twitter in any positive form, then you have likely been called these things, I know I have. Well, I'm here to say that this book is none of the labels that have been stowed upon it by SJWs and neither are you for wanting to read it.

This book follows Elloren Gardner, from a small town called Halfix in Gardneria. She's very sheltered not knowing anything about other races other than what she's been taught, which aren't good things. 

Right on the first page it shows how she's been raised to think: "The evil Icaral-demons." Her Aunt doesn't help this way of thinking either when it comes to other races, calling other races 'heretic races' (page 47), They may look like humans, Elloren, but they aren't." (Page 53) 

So this is the kind of viewpoint that she had been made to see for 17 years. No others, of course she would be prejudice. It's all she knows how to be. Though what I love about this story is that she changes, even in the beginning you can see that she doesn't quite think the way the others of her kind do by the way she told Fenil'lyn to call her by her name. (Page 58) If she was truly racist then she would not want her to use her name and still use her title, because she would think she was better then her.

Then when Elloren is in the dress shop with the girls her Aunt sent to accompany her they are vile to a little Urisk girl and Elloren takes a jab at Fallon just for that. "I think of her treatment of the little girl and can't help myself." (Page 81) 

Then she arrives at Verpax University and even some of the others there don't help her in seeing the truth any faster, she's bullied when she first starts work at the kitchen by people just as prejudice as Elloren is. Or the Icaral that tried to scare the crap out of her. 

I think it's so important to say here that not everyone is as you'd think they would be. Just because someone did you wrong that does not mean that everyone from that group is just like them. So I can understand why the Icaral's wanted to scare her as they didn't want her to hurt them. They probably thought she was like others of her race and thought they were all evil. See how bad prejudice is?

The more she's around these other races, the more she sees that everything she was taught was wrong. These races aren't lower than her own, they are just like her. They are all people. One of her best friends even becomes Diana the Lupine girl (whom I love btw).

One of my favorite scenes in the whole book is where Elloren, Rafe, Diana, and Jarod talk about the things they've heard about the other. You can see that it really never occurred to them to believe anything different than what they were taught. (Pages 335-341) 

Even one of Elloren's friends starts to see the truth, "It seems we may have been mistaken about them." (Page 341) 

Also her little group soon works together to stop those in the Gardnerian army from their awful plans. They take down a freaking military base! Someone who doesn't change and thinks she better than all these other races would never do this. Just saying.

This book does have racist and prejudice characters. The author is showing how bad these things are. It's so heavy handed, the author shoves in down the readers throat that this kind of behavior isn't good! You can tell she is completely against it. Though people are still calling her horrid names on Twitter. 

Also I want to address something else, a lot of people are saying that Elloren didn't change fast enough for their liking. Um, hello, you are raised to think one way for 17 years. You will not change overnight, but she did change fast once she saw the error of her ways. 

I want to express how much I loved the teamwork in this novel, it wasn't just one girl saving the world. Nope, they banded together and worked together and it was glorious! The ending left me dying for more and I just can't wait to get my hands on more of this series. 

This book is great and think everyone should read it, if it's your thing of thing, it's got a great plot, great character development, and the writing is easy to follow. Also I want to add you should read this book for Yvan Guriel because I want to know what is up with that guy and what secret he's hiding... 

All I can say is don't be scared to read this book. Don't let others tell you what to do or how to think. Think for yourself, don't let some else's voice be yours. You have your own mind, make your own opinion. Be an individual. Be you! 



Friday, May 19, 2017

50/50 Friday - Character Whose Life You'd Want/Not Want to Live


This meme is hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.



What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.



Topic for the Week
Character Whose Life You'd Want/Not Want to Life



Life I'd Not Want
So the life I don't want was an easy one to come up with. She's had a hard life and lost a lot of people she loved. She's looked death in the eye way too many times and she will never be fully healthy because of all the things she had to go through.

Katniss





Life I Would Want


Katy

I would love to have Katy's life. She still gets the normal life along with this epic otherworldly kind of excitement. You'd never be bored and now that all that bad things are over, she is going to have a wonderful life.



Topic for Next Week
Most deep/shallow book in ___ genre (choice genre) (message/fluff)







Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday


Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

Expected publication: June 27th 2017 by Delacorte Press



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Favorite Books of 2017... So Far!


So yeah it's only May but some really great books have come out the first part of the year and then there is some really good books I read that came out in different years... the point is, I wanted to share some books I've loved so far this year with you guys! Also can we just talk about how many awesome books are coming out this month? What a wonderful time to be into reading my friends! 




1) Caraval (Read 1/2017)




2) Isla and the Happily Ever After (Read 3/2017)


3) Carve the Mark (Read 3/2017)



4) Everything, Everything (Read 3/2017)



5) Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Read 4/2017)




6) ACOWAR (Read 5/2017)



7) The Black Witch (Read 5/2017)