I am excited to share my review and favorite quotes. Thank you to FFBC for giving me an opportunity to be part of the tour.
Lie To Me
By Kaitlin Ward
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: January 7th, 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Ever since Amelia woke up in the hospital, recovering from a near-death fall she has no memory of, she’s been suspicious. Her friends, family, and doctors insist it was an accident, but Amelia is sure she remembers being pushed. Then another girl is found nearby – one who fell, but didn’t survive. Amelia’s fears suddenly feel very real, and with the help of her new boyfriend, Liam, she tries to investigate her own horrific ordeal. But what is she looking for, exactly? And how can she tell who’s trustworthy, and who might be – must be – lying to her?
The closer Amelia gets to the truth, the more terrifying her once orderly, safe world becomes. She’s determined to know what happened, but if she doesn’t act fast, her next accident might be her last.
Lie To Me is perfect teens/pre-teens readers because it has mystery/thriller, romance, representation of mental illness and discovering sexuality.
Here are pros and cons of the novel that I enjoyed and didn’t.
Relationship between Amelia and her brother Hunter. Also, her relationship with her parents were strong and you can tell that they were supportive.
Representation of depression and mental illness was addressed in the book really well.
Representation of bisexuality and detailed description of Amelia trying to figure out how she was figuring was done great. It was refreshing to see it done well.
Overall, the book was good, fun and easy read. I got it done in two days.
I would have like more on mystery/thriller portion of the story play out better.
Less concentration on the romance between Amelia and Liam.
“Yeah, it’s just this one problem about how big an area will be hit by the nuclear meltdown when you inevitably start dating him and your brother finds out.”
“Oh, come on.” She squeezes my arm. “You know I’m just teasing. But he is hot, and you’ve run into him twice in one day. It almost feels like fate.” “Twice in one day at the school we both go to”, I say dryly. “It’s like a rom-com.”
“Personally, I like to take satisfaction from all levels of victory. It’s really just an opportunity to brag about how great you are; you don’t need to mention the part about unworthy your opponent was.”
“And, I realize, I might want to be his person who cares. I don’t feel bad about that, though. Not at all.”
“As soon as I say it, I want to pull the words back down my throat because calling someone perfect on a first date is so incredibly dorky.”
About the Author
Kaitlin Ward grew up on a dairy farm in a tiny New Hampshire town, the same town where she lives now with her husband and son. She studied animal science at Cornell University and cofounded the well-known blog YA Highway. She is also the author of Where She Fell, Girl in a Bad Place, and Bleeding Earth. Find her on Twitter at @Kaitlin_Ward.
Hello! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen. The tour is being hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club.
I am excited to share my review and favorite quotes. This was the first time I read anything from Abigail and I heard some amazing things about the book so I was happy that Fantastic Flying Book Club gave me the opportunity to be part of the blog tour.
Loveboat, Taipei (Loveboat, Taipei #1)
By Abigail Hing Wen
Release Date: January 7th, 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Travel, Asian Literature
For fans of Crazy Rich Asians or Jane Austen Comedy of Manners, with a hint of La La Land
When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine – and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.
Unbeknownst to her parents, however, the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring scared shrines.
Free for the first time, Ever sets out to break all her parents’ uber-strict rules – but how far can she go before she breaks her own heart?
I don’t usually read contemporary novels because I have never found ones that kept my interest to continue to read them before but this year I have found several books that I really enjoy and Loveboat, Taipei is one of those books.
Loveboat, Taipei is about self-discovery from all of the characters but mostly Ever Wong. She was forced to go a summer camp in Taiwan, her parents sent her there so that she could learn Mandarin to be better prepare for college to become a doctor. Even though Ever doesn’t want to become a doctor, she wants to go to school for dancing but to honor her parents tradition she is foregoing her dreams. Ever isn’t the only one who struggling with going after what they are truly want in life or do what their parents’ and tradition want them to do.
I thought that the characters were well-developed, Wen wrote them so that we can feel their angst, tension, see the sacrifices their families, and their struggles coming to term on what they want to do and what tradition dictates for them throughout the book. Loveboat, Taipei is an relate-able to all readers that struggle with what expectations their families want for them and finding out who they are truly want. All of the characters show a lot of growth from when they first came to camp and when they left especially Ever.
Loveboat, Taipei being Wen’s debut novel, it was a really good debut. I am looking forward to see what else Wen comes out with.
“He’s tall and leanly buff – I’ve never seen a real-life guy with so much prime real estate in arm muscles.”
“It’s that six-degrees of separation thing. Only for Chinese Americans, it’s like, two degrees, know what I mean?”
“In the mall back home, heads sometimes turned when I walked by with my family, but now, my Asian-Americanness is invisible, erased like a shaken Etch A Sketch. It’s an unexpected relief.“
“Nerd camp with Wong-family level regulations. Everything about the Dragon – including her Hokkien accent and short, permed hair – reminds me of Mom.”
“As I lunge and whirl my bo staff, dancing to the ancient drum beats, I feel all the parts of myself coming together: glad that a part of me is Chinese, a part of me is American, and all of me is simply me.”
“We are powerful. We can be anymore we want to be – daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, citizens, human beings. We showed Taipei that tonight. And in the days to come, we will show the world.”
About the Author
Abigail was born in West Virginia to a family of immigrants: Her mother is from the Philippines and her father from Indonesia, and her grandparents emigrated to those countries from Fujian and Shandong provinces in China.
Abigail grew up in Ohio and graduated from Harvard University and Columbia Law School. She worked in Washington DC for the Senate, as a law clerk for a federal judge, and now in Silicon Valley in venture capital and artificial intelligence. She also earned her Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
In her spare time, she enjoys long walks with her husband and two boys, and hanging out with friends and over 100 family members in the Bay Area. She loves music and dances to it when no one is watching.
Before he was freed by Neferet, Kalona
was imprisoned within the earth for centuries because of the Darkness in his
heart. But what happened to the Other World’s Kalona? It’s as though he’s been
forgotten, or maybe he never existed at all …
In the present, Other Neferet may have
left her House of Night, but she has far from given up her goal of immortality
and world domination. As she operates in secret to gain access to Old Magick,
the new High Priestess, Anastasia Langford, works toward peace and acceptance
for the vampyres of the Other World. But just as Other Kevin’s broken heart
will take time to heal, peace in that world will also take time and work—and
not all of the Other World vampyres want peace. After all, why should they return
to being shunned by humans, especially when they’ve had a taste of how it feels
to be in power?
Meanwhile, Zoey is desperate to help rid the Other World of Neferet once and for all, and not knowing what’s going on over there is eating away at her. But, as the Nerd Herd warns, it’s far too dangerous to call on Old Magick time and again. As a distraction, she throws herself into her work and attempts to bring the humans and vampyres of Tulsa closer together with the first human-vampyre swim meet in history! It’s too bad that something always seems to go wrong whenever the stakes are high.
What happens when worlds clash and powers that should be left alone are awakened? Can Other Kevin and his world heal from the wounds Neferet continues to inflict? Can Old Magick ever truly be harnessed and used for good? Or will Darkness extinguish Light and leave our heroes broken, hopeless, and as forgotten as Kalona of the Silver Wings? Don’t miss this second to last volume in the House of Night Other World saga!
First I would like to thank The Fantastic Flying Book Club and Blackstone Publishing for selecting me to be part of this blog tour. I have been a fan of House of Night series since I discover them in 2011 and I was happy that P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast decided to do another set of books in HoN world with the Otherworld series.
The book begins with the story of the Other Erebus and Kalona, it shows how Kalona changes and makes a big sacrifice in the end in of his story. In the Otherworld, Other Kevin and Other Zoey with the Nerd Herd have defeated Other Neferet from her evil plans. Of course, they thought they defeated her but she does survive and comes up with another plan to become powerful. She aligns herself with the White Bull to achieve her plan of destruction and immortality. On the way, she enlist Other Lynette who is a human and becomes her handmaiden.
The book has a lot of plot twists and go into different directions which I thought was really good and kept me turning the pages. The book mainly focuses on Neferet and her handmaiden Lynette. It goes into how Neferet is trying to achieve her quest to become a real Goddess while keeping the Other Kevin and Stark off her tracks. We also see Zoey and the Nerd Herd back in the House of Night world setting and how they are dealing with trying to work with humans to allows fledglings to participate in other things outside of the school.
The book deals with grief and how it effects the persons afterward. It was nice to see Other Grandma Redbird and reading how she help Other Kevin and Stark on trying to move on from their lost and not be afraid to grieve and show it. I thought it was nice touch in the book because you really don’t see address often in books.
I really enjoy this book and I would recommend the Otherworld series to anyone who has read the HoN series. Definitely have to read those first before going into this series. It was so nice to see Zoey and Nerd Herd back again. I can’t wait for the fourth book to see what happens next.
Also I love this cover!!! It is gorgeous!
“Joy isn’t easy or inherent. It is a choice, and not always an easy one – not at first.”
“No, my sweet boy. Do not hide your grief. There is no shame in showing your tears. Kevin, being a man means claiming all your power.”
“Well, yeah, but I was talking about hormones. There must be thousands of kids in there.”
“Okay, novices. Watch how it’s done. She stood, cupped her hands around her mouth and expertly cheered, GO IN HARD! COME OUT WET! R-A-V-E-N-S! RAVENS! RAVENS! RAVENS!”
“Another win for me, she thought. And I will keep winning, especially now that I am allied with someone who understands what is most important in life – power – and the safety it affords. Choosing to follow this vampyre who will soon be immortal and rule the world was the smartest decision I ever made.”
About the Authors
PC was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school, she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today Best-Selling author and a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. PC is an experienced teacher and talented speaker. Ms. Cast lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses. House of Night Other World, book 1, LOVED, releases July 11th. SUN WARRIOR, book 2 in the Tales of a New World series releases October 17th.
Kristin Cast is a #1 NY Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who teamed with her mother to write the wildly successful HOUSE OF NIGHT series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal.
When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves going on adventures with her friends, family, and significant other, playing with her French Bulldogs (Grace Kelly and Sir Laurence Olivier), and discovering new hobbies. This year she’ll work on handstands, gardening, and taking her new puppy (Baloo) to puppy classes. #HoNLoved releases July 11th.
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At Medio School for girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run her husband’s or raise his children, but both wives are promised a life of comfort anf luxury, far from the frequent political uprising of the lower class.
Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her bright future depends upon no one discovering her darkest secret – that her pedigree is a lie. Her parents sacrificed everything to obtain forged identification papers so Dani could rise above her station. Now that her marriage to an important politico’s son is fast approaching, she must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society, where famine and poverty rule supreme.
On her graduation night, Dani seems to be in the clear, despite the surprises that unfold. But nothing prepares her for all the difficult choices she must make, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio. Will Dani give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio – and a chance at a forbidden love?
This story feels uncomfortably close to what is happening in our world with women being excepted to conform to being subservient roles and let’s talk about the wall that keeps out what the government considered to be “illegals” even though they are part of the same world. Does it sounds familiar?
The story is across between The Handmaiden Tale and The Hunger Games. The difference is that the story follows young women who are being trained at Medio School for Girls to be wives who are sold to the wealthiest, influential families. The twist is that the girls are married in pairs to one man, there is a Primera (whose roles is to handle the everyday household and the right hand of her husband) and a Segunda (whose role is to be the one gives her husband children).
We follow Dani and Carmen who have graduated from the school and have been married to Mateo. Dani was not happy to have Carmen to be the Segunda because of the way Carmen treated her throughout their time in school.
I enjoyed seeing the development of Dani’s character in the story. You see that she trying to be strong and tries to not show her fear that her secret would be revealed that can ruining everything that she work for and her family. She doesn’t allow her fears get in the way what she has to do to survive and becomes clear that she really wants to help and be part of the revolution with La Voz. To be able to fight for people who can’t do it for themselves. She was my favorite character from the book.
I wasn’t sure how I felt about Carmen because I really didn’t like her in the beginning of the book but eventually I did start feeling different about her especially seeing how she started to show herself with Dani and seeing how relationship with Dani getting stronger. The romance that developed between Dani and Carmen is when I knew that Carmen was being real and truly care for Dani. Their relationship was so sweet and real in a world that was fighting against everything around them.
The one character that I really hated was Mateo. All I can say about him is that he is truly an egotistical asshole! I hope he gets what he deserved in the next book.
Overall, this book was amazing with it vivid descriptions of the world and you can tell the influence of Latin culture which was nice to read for this Latina.
I can’t wait for the second book to come out so we find out what happens with Dani, Carmen, and the rest of the characters in the book.
Alice Quinn is manifestly brilliant, and she’s always known that magic is real. During her years at Brakebills College for Magicial Pedagogy, she rises to the top of her class, falls in love with Quentin Coldwater, and witnesses a horrifically magicial creature invade their dimension.
It’s not soon after graduation when Alice, Quentinx and their friends set their sights on the idyllic setting of Fillory: a place thought to only live in the pages of their favorite children’s books. A land where magic flows like rivers…
But in this magical realm nothing is what it seems to be, and something darker lies behind the spell binding facade. It is in the darkness where Alice will discover her true calling and her life, and those friends, forever changed.
Acclaimed novelist Lev Grossman teams with New York Times bestselling writer Lilah Sturges (Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass), and breakout artist Pius Bak for a new look at the smash hit trilogy The Magicians.
***Received the e-ARC copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I want to thank the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review the graphic novel.***
The story is in Alice’s perspective of the first book in the Magician series. We see a little more of what she was thinking and see things in her mindset when she goes to school and afterward graduating with her friends.
The characters are based on the book not the TV show. They do not look like the shows characters especially Penny. It was nice to see the story being told by Alice’s perspective.
I really enjoy reading this graphic novel, it was slow at first but it did pick up pace the rest of the story. The artwork and storyboards were really good. They match what the story was telling and showing Alice’s thoughts on each page.
After reading this, I am going to add The Magicians to my TBR in the near future.
***Content warnings: Self-harm, torture, blood & gore, violence, war themes, death, assualt, alcoholism, and murder***
A girl who speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.
A prince in danger must dexide who to trust.
A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.
Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.
In a centuries-long was where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saintsz where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.
Let me start off with how much this book doesn’t seemed to be a debut novel from Emily A. Duncan. Her writing style is beautiful and very vivid, it kept me on my toes and wanting to read more. Not only is the writing style amazing, the world building was well-developed and you can tell that she took her time and did research to make sure the world would flow smoothly.
“We’re all monsters, Nadya, some of us just hide it better than others.”
I had heard some people thought that the pace in the beginning was too slow or fast for them, I didn’t think it was either. I thought the pace throughout the novel was perfect because it allowed me to get to know the characters. It allow me to fall in love and get heartbroken at the same time.
The main characters in Wicked Saints are amazing and I fell love with all three of them. I did enjoy the side characters too and I hope see more of them in the sequel.
“She would bring this country to its knees.”
Nadya seems to be a shelter girl who is protected behind the monastery walls, who speaks with the Gods, and the only hope for Kalyazin to end the war with Tranavia. At first, I didn’t know if I was going to like her because I thought she was not going to be strong character. I am glad that I was wrong because she was written as a strong female character who still had her insecurities and doubts but she didn’t allowed them to get in her way of what she needed to do. I love her so much and can’t wait to see how much more she developed in the sequel.
“Oh, is this how it goes? I’m murdered and everyone has orders to kill me on sight? Just to rub it in?”
Serefin wasn’t my favorite character at the beginning because of how cruel and heartless he was when you met him in beginning. But my opinion change when he was sent back to Tranavia and had to face his father (who I really hate). When he was back home, he becomes a different person. He is awkward, charming boy who has insecurities and wants his father’s acceptance and love. He is a very powerful blood mage but he has a serious issue with alcohol which is understandable. I don’t blame him with everything he had to do in the war and his father issues. I really like him and he prove to be selfless and caring person at the end. He is also one of the characters that is bi-sexual which was great to see representation of LGBTQ.
“When he stepped past her, a smile flickered at the edges of his lips. There was darkness at the corners, something evil just underneath the surface, sinister. He turned and grinned at her, monstrous but beatific, holding out his hand, darkness gone. Maybe she’d just imagined it. She took his hand.“
Malachiasz…Malachiasz! I save him for last because I really love his character! Even though he broke my heart at the end, I still love him and big fangirl. He is a fascinating, complicated, tragic, and monstrous boy. Reading about his backstory and learning how he became who he is now made a lot sense on how he is a dark and anxious character. You can feel how he is struggling within himself on not being what he trained to be and be the person that Nadya thought he was. I was rooting for him throughout the book but then the ending of the book shatter my heart to pieces. I literally scream at the pages! But I still love him and hoping for the best.
You have plunged yourself into the dark where the monsters dwell, now you must fight them off before you’re consumed.”
Honestly, I was in a reading slump when I started Wicked Saints and it reminded me how much I love dark fantasy and what I was lacking in my TBR each month. Now, I have one dark fantasy in my TBR cart to read each month.
This book isn’t an easy read and it has triggering factors which Emily has stated about them. But if you love dark fantasy and the triggers aren’t an issue, then I would highly recommend Wicked Saints.
I am looking forward to getting my hands on the sequel and get back into the world of Wicked Saints.
You’ve never heard this Catwoman tale. There are no leather cat-suits, whips or cat puns. Instead, Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale is an original story about a young, lonely girl named Selina Kyle. Selina’s not the prom queen or cheerleading captain – she’s the other girl. The girl who eats alone at lunchtime and the girl whose home is filled with endless emotional and physical abuse.
From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle (ttyl) and artist Isaac Goodhart, comes a poignant coming of age graphic novel about a troubled teen who leaves her turbulent home life behind for a new start on the dangerous streets of Gotham City. A powerful story about domestic abuse, survival and self-discovery, Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale is an important read for today’s teen (ages 13-17), and will hit stores everywhere books are sold on May 7, 2019.
Selina Kyle is fiercer than she knows. For 14 years she’s put up with her mother’s endless string of bad boyfriends, burying her resentment just below the surface. But when Dernell, her mom’s current boyfriend, proves crueler than all the others combined, Selina reevaluates her dismal life. There’s no way Selina and Dernell can live under the same roof, and since Dernell won’ leave, Selina must.
Life on the streets is rougher than Selina expects. In fact, it pretty much sucks – until by chance (or fate?), she falls in with a heist-happy gang of street kids like herself. What Selena doesn’t see coming is how appealing life in a pack can be, and how tempting it is to accept the comfort that comes from trusting others. But trust leads to vulnerability, and vulnerability leads to weakness – and Selina Kyle refuses to be weak. Selina soon learns that figuring out how to survive is simple compared to figuring out how to be.
Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale marks Myracle’s first graphic novel and will be published under DC Ink, DC’s new young adult publishing imprint.
I have always been fascinated by the story of Selina Kyle. I see her as being a complex and interesting character that I am always looking for stories that gives more of backstory about how she became Catwoman. This is the first graphic novel that I read which focus solely on Selina and how she slowly becomes into Catwoman. This was an interesting origin tale of Catwoman. The story is told when Selina is 14 years old and is going through many obstacles such as issues with her mother and her violent boyfriend.
If you are looking for a sweet story of Catwoman, then this would not be story for you because it is actually telling the story of all of the intense and abusive moments that molded Selina into becoming Catwoman. This story does have subject matter that can be triggering such as cutting, bullying and verbal/physical abuse. The author did a great job with writing about the triggering subjects in the comic.
I have enjoyed this telling of Selina aka Catwoman because the characters were well developed, the writing, and story was done very well. The best part of the whole comic is the artwork is amazing because you didn’t need a lot dialogue to follow the story and to know what was happening in the scenes. It was nice to see diverse characters in the comic but I would have like to seen more of some those characters. I thought it was great to see all of the stray cats following Selina around because it was showing her connection with them.
The backstory between Selina and Bruce was interesting part of the comic. It showed how Selina became friends with Bruce when they were small children and how they friendship change when they became teenagers. They do reconnect in the story and shows how much they both care about each other. I thought it was a nice touch to the story between Batman and Catwoman instead of them meeting as adults but as teens.
The other part of the story I thought was interesting was Selina’s “friendships” with the group of runaways who live in a warehouse and doing “jobs” for money. She finds the group when she befriend Ojo who teaches her how to scale/climb walls and building. After living on the streets was not working for her, she decides to take up Ojo offer to stay with the group and work with them. She meets a young girl name Rosie, who does not speak because of tragic event that happens to her and her family. It was nice to see how Selina’s personality changes from hard-ass don’t care person to someone who is kind and taking care of someone else that needs her help. This group becomes Selina’s family more than her mother was because they all look out for each other.
Overall, I enjoyed the comic and the only things that I would have like to have seen was more development of the other characters with a little bit of background story and have a trigger warning in the comic so that teens are aware of the subject matter.
Even though this might not be the type of Catwoman story you are looking for and you might have seen some not so good reviews, don’t let those things from stopping you from reading it and make your owe opinion on the story. I hope we get continuation graphic novel to see what other adventures the teenage Selina takes.
I would like to thank DC Link and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale.