Archives for August 2017

August 10, 2017

If I’d Have to Pick a Fav… | Top 5 Wednesday

 

Today is another installment of Top 5 Wednesday! This meme was created by Lainey over at Ginger Reads Lainey and now is being hosted by Samantha from Thoughts and Tomes. This weeks topic is a very interesting one. There is a Goodreads group that you can find here to find all of the questions for the month of August if you want to join.

Top 5 Sequels Better than the First

 

Usually, we talk about how sequels can sometimes fall short of expectations placed on the first. Well, this week we’re talking about the opposite when a book outshines its predecessor. Now, most of my list is going to be books that their first books weren’t BAD but the second one’s just went above and beyond my expectations.

 

  1. The Obelisk Gate by N.K Jemisin (The Fifth Season trilogy)

This is a prime example of a series that first book wasn’t bad, it actually was completely amazing, but the second book was phenomenal. It not only expanded on the things that happened in the first book it added such an element of depth to the characters that we followed during the first book and those who were introduced in the second book. God, this series is such an awesome experience.

 

  1. The Shadowed Sun by N.K Jemisin (The Dreamblood duology)

This is the last book but also the sequel and so it counts okay! Again, I absolutely loved the first one but I adored the second one. I loved the characters that crossed over into this book set 10 yrs after the first and the new ones. N.K Jemisin can just write and all her books are awesome.

 

  1. Knights Shadow by Sebastien De Castell (The Greatcoats series)

While this series on a whole is great, I thought the first one was the weakest of the series. I haven’t read the fourth and final book yet but I have heard great things from people that I trust and so this more than likely still stands.

 

  1. The Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley

See #1 & #2. Loved the first one but this second one expanded on so much that I couldn’t help but love it more. Plus the siblings had learned and grew into their respective parts to play in the story. Brilliant.

 

  1. Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Again, a product of the first one not being horrible but this book just went to an entirely different level of awesome.

 

 

So that is my list! I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know down below of any of your favorite second books in series/or if any of these you have read and enjoyed!

August 8, 2017

Release Day Blitz | The Epic Crush of Genie Lo + Giveaway

I am so excited that THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO by F.C. Yee is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author F.C. Yee, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for 5 finished copies of the book and a bookmark courtesy of Pique and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Release Day Blitz | The Epic Crush of Genie Lo + GiveawayThe Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
Published by Amulet Books on August 8th 2017
Pages: 336
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The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo's every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.
Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.
Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…

Excerpt:

“GREETINGS,” HE SAID, HIS ACCENT THICK BUT HIS VOICE LOUD and clear. “I have arrived.”
Now, I’d done my best to describe this guy to the police. They pressed me hard for details, as apparently, this wasn’t the first group mugging in recent weeks.

But I’d let Officers Davis and Rodriguez down. Nice eyes and a winning smile weren’t much to go by. I was too frazzled to notice anything before, which meant this was my first decent look at the boy without the influence of adrenaline.

So a couple of things.

One: He was short. Like, really short for a guy. I felt bad that my brain went there first, but he wasn’t even as tall as Mrs. Nanda.

Two: He was totally okay, physically. I didn’t see how anyone could be up and about after that beating, but here he was, unbruised and unblemished. I felt relieved and disturbed at the same time to see there wasn’t a scratch on him.

And his mint condition just made Point Three even more obvious.

He was . . . yeesh.

Nothing good could come of our new classmate being that handsome. It was destructive. Twisted. Weaponized. He had the cheekbones and sharp jawline of a pop star, but his thick eyebrows and wild, unkempt hair lent him an air of natural ruggedness that some pampered singer could never achieve in a million years of makeup.

“Argh, my ovaries,” Yunie mumbled. She wasn’t alone, judging by the soft intakes of breath coming from around the room.

“Arrived from where?” said Mrs. Nanda.

Quentin looked at her in amusement. “China?”

“Yes, but where in, though?” said Mrs. Nanda, trying her best to convey that she was sensitive to the
regional differences. Fujianese, Taishanese, Beijingren—she’d taught them all.

He just shrugged. “The stones,” he said.

“You mean the mountains, sweetie?” said Rachel Li, batting her eyelashes at him from the front row.

“No! I don’t misspeak.”

The class giggled at his English. But none of it was incorrect, technically speaking.

“Tell us a little about yourself,” Mrs. Nanda said.

Quentin puffed out his chest. The white button-down shirt and black pants of our school’s uniform for boys made most of them look like limo drivers. But on him, the cheap stitching just made it clearer that he was extremely well-muscled underneath.

“I am the greatest of my kind,” he said. “In this world I have no equal. I am known to thousands in faraway lands, and everyone I meet can’t help but declare me king!”

There was a moment of silence and sputtering before guffaws broke out.

“Well . . . um . . . we are all high achievers here at SF Prep,” said

Mrs. Nanda as politely as she could. “I’m sure you’ll fit right in?”

Quentin surveyed the cramped beige classroom with a cool squint. To him, the other twenty-two laughing students were merely peons on whom his important message had been lost.

“Enough wasting of time,” he snapped. “I came to these petty halls only to reclaim what is mine.”
Before anyone could stop him, he hopped onto Rachel’s desk and stepped over her to the next one, like she wasn’t even there.

“Hey! Quentin!” Mrs. Nanda said, frantically waving her hands. “Get down now!”

The new student ignored her, stalking down the column of desks. Toward mine.

Everyone in his way leaned to the side to avoid getting kicked. They were all too flabbergasted to do anything but serve as his counterweights.

He stopped on my desk and crouched down, looking me in the eye. His gaze pinned me to my seat.
I couldn’t turn away. He was so close our noses were almost touching. He smelled like wine and peaches.

“You!” he said.

“What?” I squeaked.

Quentin gave me a grin that was utterly feral. He tilted his head as if to whisper, but spoke loud enough for everyone to hear.

“You belong to me”

 

 
About F.C: 

F. C. Yee grew up in New Jersey and went to school in New England, but has called the San Francisco Bay Area home ever since he beat a friend at a board game and shouted “That’s how we do it in NorCal, baby!” Outside of writing, he practices capoeira, a Brazilian form of martial arts, and has a day job mostly involving spreadsheets.

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August 4, 2017

Holy MOTHER WHAT HAVE I DONE TO MYSELF | ARC AUGUST + TOME TOPPLE + READING QUEST TBR

 

I think that I might being a bit optimistic about my August reading. I am preparing to participate in not one but THREE challenges and/or read-a-thons this month. As I am also starting my graduate classes again on the 14th, all the good vibes will be necessary to pull me through. But with that being said, let’s get into the explanations and then the TBRs.

I will be participating in ARC August created by Shelly and Octavia at Read.Sleep.Repeat all August long, Tome Topple from midnight on 4th of August to the 17th, and The Reading Quest by Aentee at Read at Midnight that starts 13 August to 10th of September.

Since Tome Topple starts first I am going to start with those books that I plan on reading when Tome Toppler starts and some might correlate between the two if I’m reading particularly slowly.

Tome Topple TBR

  1. The King of the Wyld by Nicholas Earnes (502 pgs)
  2. The Shadow That Was Lost by James Islington (602 pgs)
  3. The Red Knight by Miles Cameron (650 pgs)

 

The Reading Quest TBR

One of the most interesting and truly unique thing about this challenge is at its core you have to pick either a knight, bard, rogue, and mage. Depending on what character you choose determines your path across the challenge.

For this challenge, I will be a MAGE.

As wielders of spells and witchcraft, these players will conjure and summon their way through the First Down path on the quest. Their tomes contain magic and whispers of alternate lands.”

 

 

MAGE QUEST CHALLENGES

A book with a one-word title: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman   (AA) (MA)
A book that contains magic: Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson (AA)
A book based on mythology: Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor (MA)  (AA)
A book set in a different world: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K Jemisin (MA) 

(if I have time I will also be doing the Rogue challenge) TBR for that to be added once closer to the start of the challenge!

 

SIDE CHALLENGES:
Potions (a book concocted by 2+ authors): TBD
Time warp (a book set in the past or future): TBD
Expansion (read a companion novel or short story):
Multiplayer (buddy read a book): TBD
Open world (read any book): TBD
Mini-game (read a graphic novel, novella, or poem collection): TBD
Grind (read a 500+ page book): TBD
Respawn (read a book recently DNF): TBD
Animal companion (book referencing an animal in the title): TBD