First Line Friday: The Antidote

Well I have just started this book, but I am going to tease you with the first line.

Cover!!!

First Line Friday:

” The fine hair and across her forearms prickled beneath the soft satin of her sleeves. Evanora could not trust her eyes. They pearled and doubled her vision”

Summary!!

In the world of healers, there is no room for magic.

Fee knows this, just as certainly as she knows that her magic must be kept secret. 

But the crown prince Xavi, Fee’s best friend and only source of comfort, is sick. So sick, that Fee can barely contain the magic lying dormant inside her. She could use it, just a little, to heal him. But magic comes at a deadly cost—and attracts those who would seek to snuff it out forever. 

A wisp of a spell later, Fee finds herself caught in a whirl of secret motivations and dark pasts, where no one is who—or what—they appear to be. And saving her best friend means delving deeper into the tempting and treacherous world whose call she’s long resisted—uncovering a secret that will change everything.

Author Information:

Shelley Sackier is the author of DEAR OPL, THE FREEMASON’S DAUGHTER and the upcoming novel, THE ANTIDOTE (February 2019). She blogs at ShelleySackier.com. Find her on Pinterest, Twitter, and on Facebook.

Book Information:

  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen on February 5, 2019
  • Publication Date: February 5, 2019
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers

Let me know in the comments. If this book is on your on your TBR in the comments!

later book lovers!

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Throw Back Read TBR: We Hunt the Flame:

I have been trying to get better at reading my past owl crate books. I hope to tackle we hunt the flame during the summer-a-thon from owl crate!

Cover!!

Summary!!

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. Both Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the sultan on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Author Information:

Hafsah Faizal is an American Muslim and brand designer. She’s the founder of IceyDesigns, where she creates websites for authors and beauteous goodies for everyone else. When she’s not writing, she can be found dreaming up her next design, deciding between Assassin’s Creed and Skyrim, or traversing the world. Born in Florida and raised in California, she now resides in Texas with her family and a library of books waiting to be devoured. WE HUNT THE FLAME is her first novel.

Book Information:

  • Print Length: 475 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0374313644
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (May 14, 2019)
  • Publication Date: May 14, 2019

Let me know in the comments if this book is on your current TBR!

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BOTM Choice: The DownStairs Girl!!

I was lucky enough to be chosen as a The Down Stairs Girl from Stacy Lee from Book off the Month!

Book Summary!!

By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady’s maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, “Dear Miss Sweetie.” When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society’s ills, but she’s not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender. While her opponents clamor to uncover the secret identity of Miss Sweetie, a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta’s most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light. With prose that is witty, insightful, and at times heartbreaking, Stacey Lee masterfully crafts an extraordinary social drama set in the New South.

Author Information:

Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American whose people came to California during the heydays of the cowboys. She believes she still has a bit of cowboy dust in her soul. A native of southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. After practicing law in the Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen because she wanted the perks of being able to nap during the day, and it was easier than moving to Spain. She plays classical piano, raises children, and writes YA fiction. Please visit her website at http://www.staceyhlee.com.

Book Information:

  • Age Range: 12 and up 
  • Grade Level: 7 – 9
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on August 13, 2019

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TFW: Middle Grade Series I want to start!!

Since I have started reading keeper of the lost cities series. I have really been enjoying it. I really do love middle grade but I tend to stay away from longer established series because there is so many books to catch up on. But once I tackle Keeper series here are the next series I would love to read soon!

  1. Luve Sugar and Magic
  2. Furthermore
  3. Max Einstein
  4. Wings of Fire
  5. The Mysterious Benedict Society

Let me know in the comments what middle grade series, do you maybe want to read in the future!

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What I am reading Monday!!

Last week, I actually had a really good reading week, but tackled no books this weekend. But lets get into the books that I did tackle!

What I finished reading!!

I really did enjoy this Mulan inspired read. I also really did like the project runway inspired elements. The romance did really grow on, I will def be checking out the sequel.

What I am currently reading!

I am so excited to be diving into this read, It had been on my TBR for so long! So far I am really enjoying it!

What I want to read next!!

I really am excited to dive back into this world and this series!!!

What I am listening too!!

I am still listening to this read and this book has become my favorite in the series so far!

Let me know in the comments what books you tackled last week, and what book you hope to tackle this week!

later book lovers!

The Truth about Stacey (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Truth about Stacy  by Raina Telgemeier and Ann M. Martin 

Published by  GRAPHIX; Revised on July 28, 2015

Genres: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel

Pages: 144

Format: e-book

Source: Library

2019 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

This graphic novel adapted by Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, is now available in full color!

Poor Stacey. She just moved to a new town, is still coming to terms with her diabetes, and is facing baby-sitting problems left and right. Fortunately, Stacey has three new friends — Kristy, Claudia, and Mary Anne. Together they’re the BSC — and they will deal with whatever’s thrown their way… even if it’s a rival baby-sitting club!

Raina Telgemeier, in the same signature style featured in Smile and Sisters, perfectly captures all the drama and humor of the original novel!

My Thoughts:

I really loved this book. I loved revisiting this story and also seeing the awesome art style. It has been so long since I read this story but I loved it. I loved how this story had nice balance of focusing on stacey as a lead character but still had a main story focusing on the other girls. I really am loving this series and the new love this series is getting. This is a super fast read and I can’t wait to tackle the other ones from the series.

Going off Script (Non-Spoiler Review)

Going off Script  by Jen Wilde 

Published by  Swoon Reads on May 21, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 304

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2019 challenge:

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Seventeen-year-old Bex is thrilled when she gets an internship on her favorite tv show, Silver Falls. Unfortunately, the internship isn’t quite what she expected… instead of sitting in a crowded writer’s room volleying ideas back and forth, Production Interns are stuck picking up the coffee.

Determined to prove her worth as a writer, Bex drafts her own script and shares it with the head writer—who promptly reworks it and passes it off as his own! Bex is understandably furious, yet…maybe this is just how the industry works? But when they rewrite her proudly lesbian character as straight, that’s the last straw! It’s time for Bex and her crush to fight back. 

Jen Wilde’s newest novel is both a fun, diverse love story and a very relevant, modern take on the portrayal of LGBT characters in media.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I thought this book was a book the was prefect about fandoms, t.v show life and also being in writers room. The show this book was about reminded me so much of the teen wolf fandoms. I really enjoyed this novel and flew through it and it was such a fast pace read. I also really loved the diversity of this novel and was super impressed by it. This book really reminded me of the tensions and hollywood drama that was focused in geekerlla and princess and the fangirl. I really enjoyed this read and iff you like books about fandom life and geek culture and also diverse reads and standing up for what you believe, you should check out this read!

First Line Friday: The Belles

So here Is my current read! I am the pleasure of meting this author yesterday and choose to finally dive into this Lush Fantasy world!!

First Line Friday!!

” We all turned sixteen today and for any normal girl that would mean raspberry and lemon macaroons and tiny pastel blimps and pink champagne and card games. Maybe even a teacup elephant. But not for us. Today is our debut. There are only six of us this year.

Summary!

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orleans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision. With the future of Orleans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever. Dhonielle Clayton creates a rich, detailed, decadent world of excess and privilege, where beauty is not only skin-deep, but a complete mirage. Weaving deeper questions about the commodification of women’s bodies, gender equality, racial identity, and vanity with high-stakes action and incredible imagery, The Belles is the must-read epic of the season.

Author Information:

Dhonielle Clayton spent most of her childhood under her grandmother’s table with a stack of books. She hails from the Washington, D.C. suburbs on the Maryland side. She earned an MA in Children’s Literature from Hollins University and an MFA in Writing for Children at the New School. She taught secondary school for several years. Now, she is a librarian at Harlem Village Academies, is one of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks librarians, and co-founder of CAKE Literary, a creative kitchen whipping up decadent — and decidedly diverse — literary confections for middle grade, young adult, and women’s fiction readers. Find her on the web at http://www.cakeliterary.com and http://www.dhonielleclayton.com. Also, twitter: @brownbookworm, and instagram: @brownbookworm, and pinterest. Basically, she lurks on all social media platforms.

Book Information:

  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1473223962
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion (February 6, 2018)
  • Publication Date: February 6, 2018
  • Sold by: Disney Book Group

Throw Back TBR: We Hunt the Flame

I have been trying to get better, and read my back list titles from owl crate and I really hope to tackle their may read soon!

Summary!!

People lived because she killed. People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. Both Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the sultan on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Author Information!

Hafsah Faizal is an American Muslim and brand designer. She’s the founder of IceyDesigns, where she creates websites for authors and beauteous goodies for everyone else. When she’s not writing, she can be found dreaming up her next design, deciding between Assassin’s Creed and Skyrim, or traversing the world. Born in Florida and raised in California, she now resides in Texas with her family and a library of books waiting to be devoured. WE HUNT THE FLAME is her first novel.

Book Information:

  • Print Length: 475 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0374313644
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (May 14, 2019)
  • Publication Date: May 14, 2019

Let me know if this book is still on your TBR, of your non-spoiler thoughts in the comments!

later book lovers!

Authors New to me in March and April 2019!!

So I started doing this series earlier in the year and with my wonka show, I failed to keep you guys updated. So I am going to catch up and go over all the new authors read and my thoughts about them and would I read there books again.

Author List:

  1. Laura E. Weymouth: Really enjoyed her read and was able to get arc of her new book at BEA!!
  2. Crystal Smith: I loved this book and def consider buying the finale copy, especially if she comes to NYC for a tour, but I will def be reading the next book in this series!
  3. Jenna Marie Thorn: I would deff read more by this author in the future, but I would prob get her books from the library unless the concepts of her books are super compelling.
  4. Gloria Cho: This is another author that I liked her book. Loved the diversity and would prob wind up getting this book from the library or borrowing a copy. This book was not my favorite but i loved the diversity of this read.
  5. James Riley: This author was one that let me down a tad. I felt like hist world building could have been a bit stronger and wanted more from this story but i will be def getting book 2 from the library to keep reading and see what happens, book 1 i always forgive especially in a new series.
  6. P.G Bell: Again this book did not wow me, and this book was also not what i expected The premise and characters did not wow me. So in the future i would prob get the other books in the series from the library or borrow them.
  7. Nicki Paul Preto: I was immediately captured by this book and i REALLY loved this book. I will def be hunting for early copies of this book and may even buy a finished copy for my collection. This book was super unique and I really loved the various POV characters.
  8. Katie Cotugno: I enjoyed this read, I did not love the way this book was executed but I loved the concept of the book and focus on friendship. I will def read more by this author in the future either through renting or the library.
  9. Tamera Ireland Stone: I would def read more by this author in the future. I would be more likely to borrow or get these books from the library especially if they are contemporary themed. Her books are hard hitting but i would not be likely to re-read them.
  10. Tracy Deebs: I want to love this book more then I did. I felt like the execution of this book was a bit weak and also it was hard to feel connected to the all the characters because they are not developed strongly. I may read the summary before deciding if I would read more by this author in the future.

Let me know in the comments who are some authors that were knew to you in the comments and what did you think of them!

Later book lovers!