Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday: Hide and Seek by Daka Hermon

                                             

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme (that will help me remember what to buy for my library) that's hosted by Wishful Endings. It's based off the weekly meme Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine


I honestly can't remember where I got this book and it actually published about a week ago. Some Middle Grade love!!


 went up the hill, the hill was muddy, stomped my toe and made it bloody, should I wash it?

Justin knows that something is wrong with his best friend.Zee went missing for a year. And when he came back, he was . . . different. Nobody knows what happened to him. At Zee's welcome home party, Justin and the neighborhood crew play Hide and Seek. But it goes wrong. Very wrong.

One by one, everyone who plays the game disappears, pulled into a world of nightmares come to life. Justin and his friends realize this horrible place is where Zee had been trapped. All they can do now is hide from the Seeker.

Publication Date: September 15, 2020

Monday, September 21, 2020

Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell



Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen.

That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right.

Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up.

Carry On - The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow 
is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story - but far, far more monsters.

 Am I probably the last Rainbow Rowell fan to read Carry On?

Yup.

Is that absolutely alright?

Yup.

I regret nothing. 

I listened to the audio book of Carry On and I'm glad I did. 

For anyone who's read Fangirl you'll know that Carry On seems to have grown from the wings of Harry Potter, "if Harry and Draco were the thing that most fanfic wanted them to be."

This book was everything that that we would want from a Rainbow Rowell romance, but I can't say it "to die for". It was a lovely little romance between enemies turned friends with a burst of magic and mystery for good measure. I've got to say, I wasn't a fan of Dumbledor so The Mage was rather refreshing. 

This book gave me everything I was looking for and left us with just enough mystery to crave book 2. I may choose to carry on (see what I did there. lol) with my current precedent and wait for book 3 before listening to book 2. 

You'll just have to wait and see.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Review: Turning Point by Paula Chase


Distance threatens to tear apart a friendship. That is, of course, if a secret doesn’t ruin it first.

Told in dual perspectives, this provocative and timely stand-alone companion to Paula Chase’s So Done and Dough Boys will resonate with fans of Jason Reynolds, Rebecca Stead, and Renée Watson.

Best friends Rasheeda and Monique are both good girls. For Sheeda, that means keeping her friends close and following her deeply religious, Bible-quoting aunt’s every rule. For Mo, that means not making waves in the prestigious and mostly White ballet intensive she’s been accepted to. But what happens when Sheeda catches the eye of Mo’s older brother, and the invisible racial barriers to success as a ballerina turn out to be not so invisible?

Paula Chase continues to explore the lives of African American middle school characters from the Cove, a low-income housing project, in this stand-alone companion to So Done and Dough Boys. Both universal and specific, Turning Point is rich with thematic threads such as racism, body image, poverty, creativity, religion, Me Too, friendship, and family running through it. A rewarding and thought-provoking read for the older middle grade audience.
 

 I really need the world to stop sleeping on Paula Chase and her fantastic and solidly middle grade novels (which librarians are constantly begging for).

When I read Paula Chase books I think about the misadventures of me and my cousins. I think about my aunts and my uncles. I think about the fact that no matter how much we butt heads, not matter how crazy they drive me, this is what is means to be friends, this is what it means to be family. No unnecessary plot points, no strangely absent adults. We have kids acting their age, and doing their best.

Turning Point follows best friend Sheeda and Mo. Mo is at a prestigious summer ballet program. She's one of only two black girls, with not only skin color, but a build that doesn't match those of the other girls. Mo struggles to balance getting criticism, feeling good enough, the accidental "fear" (see those quotes) she feels like she instills in her roommates, being an unabashed black girl, and the changes she's gone through when she finally arrives back home.

Sheeda struggles to find the balance between her church life and her growing attraction to a boy. Sheeds like certain parts about church, and doesn't see the harm in talking to a boy. She has no interest in going any further than that (and lets applaud her for setting her boundaries hard!), but it seems like the two can't possibly co-exist.

These girls go through the trials and tribulations that are that grow their understand of what it means to be a young woman, what it means to walk in a space that doesn't appear to be made for you, what it means to change as individuals.

Ahhh, If I had a kid I would sit and stare at them as they read all of Paula Chases's books, crazy excited to talk about it. It's times like this I still wish I worked directly with kids and teens instead of working with the librarians who work with kids and teens.

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I'll be buying this for my library for sure!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday: Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica Olson

                                             

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme (that will help me remember what to buy for my library) that's hosted by Wishful Endings. It's based off the weekly meme Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine


I just got another box from Inkyard Press and we have another book for my never ending, forever growing, there is no end, TBR pile.

Isda does not exist. At least not beyond the opulent walls of the opera house.

Cast into a well at birth for being one of the magical few who can manipulate memories when people sing, she was saved by Cyril, the opera house’s owner. Since that day, he has given her sanctuary from the murderous world outside. All he asks in return is that she use her power to keep ticket sales high—and that she stay out of sight. For if anyone discovers she survived, Isda and Cyril would pay with their lives.

But Isda breaks Cyril’s cardinal rule when she meets Emeric Rodin, a charming boy who throws her quiet, solitary life out of balance. His voice is unlike any she’s ever heard, but the real shock comes when she finds in his memories hints of a way to finally break free of her gilded prison.

Haunted by this possibility, Isda spends more and more time with Emeric, searching for answers in his music and his past. But the price of freedom is steeper than Isda could ever know. For even as she struggles with her growing feelings for Emeric, she learns that in order to take charge of her own destiny, she must become the monster the world tried to drown in the first place.

Publication Date: March 9, 2021

Friday, September 11, 2020

Blog Tour: Legendborn by Tracy Deonn


 

Legendborn

By Tracy Deonn

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Release date: September 15th, 2020

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy


Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn’s YA

contemporary fantasy Legendborn offers the dark allure of City of Bones with a

modern-day twist on a classic legend and a lot of Southern Black Girl Magic.


After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing

to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.


A flying demon feeding on human energies.


A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.


And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—

and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.


The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with

a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital.

Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the

police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means

infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.


She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group,

and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—

and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the

descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming,

Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her

magic to take the society down—or join the fight.

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Author Information

Tracy Deonn is a writer and second-generation fangirl. She grew up in central

North Carolina, where she devoured fantasy books and Southern food in equal

measure. After earning her master's degree in communication and performance

studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tracy worked in

live theater, video game production, and K–12 education. When she’s not

writing, Tracy speaks on panels at science fiction and fantasy conventions,

reads fanfic, arranges puppy playdates, and keeps an eye out for ginger-

flavored everything. She can be found on Twitter at @TracyDeonn and

at TracyDeonn.com.

My Review

I never. In my life. Thought I would accidentally stumble across a book. That SEAMLESSLY mixes the legend of King Arthur and the Knight of the Round table (should that be capital?) AND the history of the African American people. WHO DECIDES TO DO THAT? I'll tell you. Tracy Deonn, and thank Buddha for her!!!

Deonn brings us a story about Bree a girl who's recently lost her mother in a car accident right after they had an argument and is haunted by her last actions. When Bree sees something she can't explain the event triggers a memory, and the night of her mothers death wasn't as she remembered. As Bree journeys to learn the truth about her mothers death she finds a secret society, mystery, friendship, love, and because there are always folks trying to crush black girl magic, she find micro-aggression (as if that's going to stop us).

What I love about Bree is that she manages to be strong, immovable, and defiant in a way that I love, while also showing us a vulnerability and pain that was so real and raw and absolutely deserving of her character and situation. Magic knight spirits aside, Bree was a real character. It would have been so easy for her to be too tough or too weepy or too... something, but she was a well rounded, full realized person. And gosh darn it, I liked her.

There was a time when one could read a book about a black character (typically female) immersed in a white space and her blackness was almost erased. But with Bree, we have a girl who address the amount of time it takes to wash, condition, and twist your hair. For those who don't know it take HOURS. It's nice to see someone who calls out their friends when they stick their hands in your hair WITHOUT ASKING. It's also nice to see someone who is so taken aback by a micro (macro) aggression and is frozen in shock because... it happens. Even the sassiest of us (that's me) can be shocked into silence. 

I can't say a lot about this book without giving things away but I would like to take a moment to say that I knew a thing was happening, but it wasn't what I thought it was going to be, but I'm still pretty proud of myself. Also full disclosure, it looks like there's going to be a second book so don't expect a neat ending.

I'll be buying this book. In fact I've pre-ordered it! Folks! We have a new contender for favorite book of 2020.

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Book Blogger Hop: Books from another country


This blog hop is hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer.

The Book Blog Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every week we are provided with a prompt that we answer so our readers can get to know us!

Do you read books by authors from outside your country? Any book recommendations? Also, if non-US/UK, could you name one author/book from your country? (Submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

I hate to say I read mostly American books by American authors. I make sure that I read a many types of authors, from many backgrounds but they tend to be YA and MG (I have to read them for my job but I love them so) but they tend to all be American authors

Friday, September 4, 2020

Book Blog Hop: What are you reading over Labor Day?


This blog hop is hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer.

The Book Blog Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every week we are provided with a prompt that we answer so our readers can get to know us!

What book or books are you going to read on Labor Day weekend? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Hey all, and we're back. With luck we'll get consistent about it. I've got another blog tour coming up and I'm not quite finished with the book yet. It's great! But my soul is 87 years old and I go to be at like 7:30 so I haven't been doing much reading. This weekend I'll be reading!

"Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn’s YA contemporary fantasy Legendborn offers the dark allure of City of Bones with a modern-day twist on a classic legend and a lot of Southern Black Girl Magic.

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.

A flying demon feeding on human energies.

A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.

And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.

The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.

She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight."

Check back next Friday for my stop on the tour!

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