Write the Story: 1st Week of prompts

Last week I wrote about the best purchase I ever made. Which was buying a journaling prompt story book at Barnes & Nobel.

Over the past 7 days or so I’ve continued writing in it and have had a lot of fun creating these little stories. I’m so excited to share these little stories with all of you!

Again I want to excuse my terrible handwriting and any spelling and grammar issues of which will be quite a few. I’m sorry.. it is a hazard that comes with being me. I hope you all enjoy these stories anyway!

1. A Family Mystery Uncovered

I liked writing this one it was cute to think about a grandmother with a secret past.

2. Drama in and Out of the Lab

My handwriting got worse in this one I’m sorry, but I loved writing this story. I like the entry formatting and the sciencey background it has.

3. Chasing the Enemy

This was my favorite story to write. It was so much fun and the Mc has this super fiery personality. I don’t know what else to say, but I very much enjoyed it.

4. An Unexpected Union

I struggled with this story. I didn’t like writing it and it didn’t feel like much fun. I liked the idea of an Unexpected Union, but the words for this story had me stuck. For now I think the story is ok, but it’s not my favorite by any means.

5. A Lunch Date Gone Wrong

This felt like a sitcom type of situation to write. It was fun. I liked the prompt a lot.

6. Business as Unusual

It was about time I wrote something paranormal. Just for that reason I really enjoyed writing this story.

7. The Year is 2563…

This was the first prompt that felt like the beginning of a much larger story. I’m super interested in this concept and I think it would make a fun book.

Well… that’s a wrap till the next time!

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Watching: Bird Box

It’s New Year’s Eve and I want to talk about the movie that has been a very hot topic lately: Bird Box.

Bird Box is an intense and emotional thriller that brings you on the edge of your seat. However, I found it to feel like a metaphor for life. I know in my life in a much smaller way I’m just focused on survival first. Doing what I need to do so my family and I have food on the table and that the bills are paid.

Bird Box is very different from that or course. It’s far more sinister. The forces at play are much more malicious and the end result is something more then terrifying. But the characters essentially do as we all do when we as human beings are threatened: Anything and everything that can be done to ensure survival. They forget warmth. They forget truly living. They adapt to the difficult new reality and live on.

Sometimes, I think in all our lives we forget to enjoy life. We get lost in doing task after task and make our lives into one great big to-do list and suddenly we look back and realize we didn’t let ourselves enjoy what the world has to offer. I want to live my life in such a way that should I pass on tomorrow that I have no regrets. That I at least can say I lived my life the way I wanted to an lived it well. I hadn’t been doing that for a long time in 2018, but I’m remedying that now and will continue that into the future.

Either way, watching Bird Box made me feel very intensely. Watching people make sacrifices for each other and loose loved ones and live in a world of pure chaos all trying to find at least something or someone to hold on to was terribly beautiful. The deaths were terrible. Watching people kill themselves in such horrible ways broke my heart. Yet this story really isn’t about the death. It’s about those who live on. About finding meaning in what is now. That’s an incredible message.

I’m not going to talk about the ending or even the blind aspect of the movie. Which visually put me on edge the entire movie. Because even if those things are important and have technical affect on making the person watching feel a certain way it’s not what I got out of this movie.

I gained a new perspective. A reaffirmation to move forward in life full force. To take chances and not give up. Maybe, this isn’t the typical thing that is received from watching this movie. I’m not sure how much this aspect is talked about. Either way, this is movie that is a fantastic watch. It’s definitely my brand of Sci-fi.

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Books of Christmas Future 2018

The future is an enigma. No one can know truly what is to come or what will be. One can only let the universe know their hopes and see if the universe grants what they wish to be.

Maybe the future will grant me a story of lives past

Or maybe the future will be where it’s at

A continuation of a story I started in the past

Or something totally new to keep the imagination something that lasts

Maybe a story to spark love in my heart

Or something where demons live supreme

Maybe something with a bit of tongue in cheek

Or something written a bit uniquely

Maybe something to spark some fear

But you can’t be without a bit of tears

What ever Christmas future brings

I know I’m going to love the adventure they bring

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The Ballad of Black Tom: A Review

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

My Rating: 4/5 Stars!

Cover Rating: 9/10 Stars! I love this cover! I love the nods to Cthulhu in the tentacles. I love the contrast of the art piece. It’s just Tom holding his guitar looking like he’s about to go do something intense. The only word to describe this cover properly is badass.

Publisher: Tor

Publish Date: February 16th, 2016

Number of Pages: 149

Received: Through the Tor monthly sci-fi/fantasy book club

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

“People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn’t there.

Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father’s head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping.

A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?”

Opening Sentence: “People who move to New York always make the same mistake.”

Musings:

The Ballad of Black Tom is a wonderful nod to one of the greatest horror writers of all time H.P. Lovecraft. I haven’t read much of Lovecraft’s work, only The Call of Cthulhu, but I really enjoyed reading that story. It’s a good one. Lovecraft had a talent and passion for horror like no other. Even so, I could recognize the nods to Lovecraft’s style in the way the story was approached. Something not quite fantasy or sci-fi, but could only be explained as otherworldly. Even as it is very much set within the world we live in.

What I Loved:

The writing. Victor created atmosphere with the way he choose his details. He brought you into New York of the time period and it felt like you could smell the smoke. You could imagine the stares. The many white folk growing uncomfortable in the presence of a black man.

The places. I could imagine each place things occurred in my head. It wasn’t too much description, but just enough. When places were revisited more then once you could imagine that place again and it felt like the same place. The description was very well handled.

The story took after Lovecraft in a great way. This story was all it’s own, however it felt like a Lovecraft story. The way the horror was woven in. The way things go from kinda off to very wrong. It felt very much within the brand of Lovecraft and I really enjoyed that.

It kept me in the halloween mood. Even if this story didn’t creep me out. It did feel very horror-esque. It reminded me of what I love most about the season. What horror does. Tom is a man fighting to stay a good man. Just trying to survive, but when someone gets pushed too far you have to wonder what they’ll do when they just don’t care anymore.

Grey morality. I love books where morality isn’t black and white. In life morality isn’t black and white. Humans are the most terrifying of creatures. That is something I will always keep in mind. It isn’t just the actions Tom takes. It’s the actions of others that lead him to make the choices he did. We all like to think we are completely independent, but how you are treated in life is often majorly impactful on how you choose to act. Even that thought can be terrifying.

The guitar case. For some reason the simplicity of Tom carrying this guitar, the mystery of it made me more and more intrigued by the story. It’s not anything grand and yet the connection between it, Tom, his father, and magic is undeniable. I really loved that about this book.

Final Thoughts:

The Ballad of Black Tom is well worth the read. It’s perfect to put you in the mood for this dark holiday season. It’s fantasy, sci-fi, and horror all rolled into one. I think Lovecraft is smiling in his grave with the thought of inspiring such a atmospheric horror novel written in his honor.

About the Author:

Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, four novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, The Devil in Silver, and The Changeling and two novellas, Lucretia and the Kroons and The Ballad of Black Tom. He is also the creator and writer of a comic book Victor LaValle’s DESTROYER.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Whiting Writers’ Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Shirley Jackson Award, an American Book Award, and the key to Southeast Queens.

He was raised in Queens, New York. He now lives in Washington Heights with his wife and kids. He teaches at Columbia University.

He can be kind of hard to reach, but he still loves you.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments. Let me know any horror recommendations you may have for me. I’d love to put together a list.

-Till next time!

The ABC Book Challenge: the world is Golden!

I know it’s been a while, but don’t think I forgot about this incredibly fun challenge! Let’s see what I can come up with for the letter “G”.

Memorable Books that Start with the Letter “G”:

Graceling

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.

She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.

Graceling is the book that started my love for Kristin Cashore and all of her works. If there ever was a riveting fantasy that literally stole your breath it is this book. I’m so very deeply in love with it.

Gilded Cage

In modern-day Britain, magic users control everything: wealth, politics, power—and you. If you’re not one of the ultimate one-percenters—the magical elite—you owe them ten years of service. Do those years when you’re old, and you’ll never get through them. Do them young, and you’ll never get over them.

This is the darkly decadent world of Gilded Cage. In its glittering milieu move the all-powerful Jardines and the everyday Hadleys. The families have only one thing in common: Each has three children. But their destinies entwine when one family enters the service of the other. They will all discover whether any magic is more powerful than the human spirit.

Have a quick ten years. . .

I have always loved the concept for this book. When I read it I truly enjoyed all the political nuance and plot. It’s a great book for sure!

Books I would love to read starting with the letter “G”:

Given to the Sea

Everyone has a place.

Khosa was born to be fed to the sea, to prevent the kind of wave that once destroyed the Kingdom of Stille. She can’t be sacrificed until she produces an heir, but human touch repulses her…except for the touch of the Indiri.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race with magic that’s seductive—a force of nature—but dwindling since the Pietra slaughtered their people.

Witt leads the Pietra, the fierce warriors who are now marching on the Kingdom of Stille. The stone shores of Witt’s kingdom harbor a secret threat, and to ensure the survival of his people, he’s prepared to conquer every speck of Stille’s soil.

Vincent stands to inherit the throne of Stille, but has no wife to share it with. When the beautiful and mysterious Khosa arrives without an heir, Vincent knows that his father will stop at nothing to make sure she fulfills her duty. Torn between protecting his kingdom and protecting the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is soon at odds with his heart.

While royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the Indiri struggle to survive, the rising sea calls for its Given, and Khosa is destined to answer.

Give me a book centered around the sea and I’m happy. I’ve been wanting to read this gem for a good while now!

Gemina

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

I Loved Illuminae and all I want is the second book so I can deep dive into the saga once more. I just know I will love it!

Thanks for reading! What “G” letter books have you read and loved or want to read? Have you joined on the ABC book challenge?

-Till next time!

The Last Girl on Earth: A Review

The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier

My Rating: 3 Stars

Publisher: Random House Children’s

Publish Date: January 23rd, 2018

Number of Pages: 256 pages

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

Fans of The 5th Wave will devour this heart-pounding sci-fi novel about a girl with a secret: on a near-future Earth taken over by aliens, she is the only human left alive.

“A celebration of what it means to be human.” —Katharine McGee, New York Times bestselling author of The Thousandth Floor

RAISED AMONG THEM.

Li has a father and a sister who love her. A best friend, Mirabae, to share things with. She goes to school and hangs out at the beach and carefully follows the rules. She has to. Everyone she knows–her family, her teachers, her friends–is an alien. And she is the only human left on Earth.

A SECRET THAT COULD END HER LIFE.

The Abdoloreans hijacked the planet sixteen years ago, destroying all human life. Li’s human-sympathizer father took her in as a baby and has trained her to pass as one of them. The Abdoloreans appear human. But they don’t think with human minds or feel with human hearts. And they have special abilities no human could ever have.

FIT IN OR DIE.

When Li meets Ryn, she’s swept up in a relationship that could have disastrous consequences. How far will Li go to stay alive? Will she save herself–and in turn, the human race–or will she be the final witness to humanity’s destruction?

Opening Sentence: “I push my way through the tangled weeds and onto the cliffs overlooking the Bay.”

Musings:

A book with seedlings of potential that did not quite hit its mark.

What I Liked:

The Romance was fun to watch grow as the characters moved closer together and further apart. I liked seeing their love grow even as doubts settled in Li’s mind that they could ever possibly work together.

The Premise was interesting and was part of why I picked this book up in the first place. I like the idea of a world that was inhabited by another species of which some had compassion for the people who originated there while others did everything they could to wipe them out.

Siblings beyond blood. I love that Li has a sister in this book who is very much not anywhere near to being like her. I love seeing familial bonds that extend outside of typical bloodlines.

The Dad is ferocious and kind. He trains Li like a madman, but does it out of a whole lot of love for someone who grew up to be a daughter to him. He can be very overprotective, but considering how this story has unfolded that is completely understandable.

What I Didn’t Like:

The story feels forced. I wish this wasn’t the case, but there are a lot of things about this story that brings you out of it and makes you feel that it doesn’t quite make the mark of believable.

Unnecessary sisterly combat. I wish that this story would have left the two sisters alone, but the fact that Li was trying to tell her sister a truth about a guy her sister was seeing and how it really doesn’t go over well feels very arbitrary. I know that it can be hard to swallow difficult truths, but when it comes to siblings even if anger arises the advice and knowledge should still be able to be accepted.

How human the aliens were. The aliens in this novel had very few differences to the human in this novel. Yes they had gills and yes they had natural abilities that are much stronger then a human, but honestly it wasn’t so different to a human because it is entirely possible for a human to train enough to exude the same strength and endurance. I feel that it made it a little bit harder to believe because it feels like everyone’s base strength is beyond the limits of a humans best strength and for Li to train to fit in doesn’t take away the fact that she is human and that there are limits she simply can’t go past. Especially considering, that she’s going against the best and the brightest and still being a part of the top to be an officer and that’s just a tad unrealistic to me.

It took me a while to even remember the story… It’s been a little while since I’ve read this, but the fact that it took me a bit to recall a lot of details of what happened in this book says that it didn’t really leave any particular special mark on me. That isn’t to say the story was bad. It just didn’t really impact me in the way that every great story should.

All in All:

The Last Girl on Earth was an interesting story that shows what can happen when a world encompasses and destroys most of the other. It is your typical sci-fi that can be a fun read when your in the mood for something with a tinge of otherworldliness. I enjoyed this book, but I wish it reached its full potential.

About the Author:

Alexandra Blogier was raised in Boston and on the beaches of Cape Cod. She earned a degree in history from the University of Maryland and now lives and works in Brooklyn. The Last Girl on Earth is her first novel. Follow @alxandrablogier on Twitter and @alexandrablogier on Instagram.

Thanks for reading! I’m excited to say that I have reworked how I do my reviews a little bit and I am liking how this one turned out. I’ve been unhappy with my reviews for a while and I feel like I can explain so much more and more clearly in this format. Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.

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Star City: A Review

Star City by Edwin Peng

My Rating: 3 Stars

Publisher: Evolved Publishing

Publish Date: December 4th, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

Eighteen year old Emma Smith is exactly where she wants to be: she’s headed to the University of Nebraska with a full scholarship to, and on top of that she’s been selected by the U.S. government to participate in an exclusive medical research project. The project, as it turns out, isn’t an average college internship. Emma has been selected as a student ambassador to liaise with the Ba’ren, an alien race that has recently made contact with Earth in order to share medical technology. The project will kick start Emma’s biomedical engineering career, as well as give her a chance to interact with this mysterious alien race that she — and all of humanity — are very curious about.

Unfortunately for Emma, her Ba’ren counterpart, Sepporinen, has very little interest in her or humanity as a whole. He is most excited about the opportunity to explore and mine the asteroids of Earth’s solar system, but is compelled by his government to take part in the research project. As the two work together, they begin to draw closer, and form a friendship—and perhaps more. In the meantime, they discover far more is at stake with their project than what their respective governments have let on. Political and cultural clashes between the humans and the Ba’ren intensify, and Emma and Sepporinen must risk everything to help maintain the fragile peace between their two species.

Opening Sentence: “Emma Smith checked her phone for the thousandth time, but still found no calls from the State Department.”

Musings:

Star City was a straightforward enjoyable read. The characters will written and fun to follow and it had a premise that was interesting and a bit different from what I would typically read.

I think that what pulled me out of everything and made me feel that while this was enjoyable I wouldn’t really read the sequel is the fact that while it was well-written it felt like there was something missing. I don’t know if it’s that there wasn’t enough conflict or that the characters never made enough of impression to really stick in my mind or that I just feel that the book was simply alright. I feel that a story line like this has a lot of potential but as it is didn’t quite hit the mark for me.

Small spoiler:

The one thing I know I didn’t like was that the romance was literally forced… like with implanted hormones. I wish that part had never existed because in the end it didn’t matter anyway, but I digress. Plus, even with the hormone Sep still didn’t like Emma at first (she also mistakenly made a pretty bad first impression.. but you know.. it happens).

I did like however the idea of a species relying on scent rather then sight and color for things though. The sciencey parts about that were all in all nerdy enough to make me happy.

Anyway, Star City was fun and I did enjoy it, but it still is missing some thing and has some mildly irritating parts that probably are annoying mostly to me. However, I do recommend it to lovers of Sci-fi. It is fun and has a really cool alien species to learn about (that also has the cure to a specific kind a cancer that affects children…awesome right?).

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Also I’m back after a LONG unexpected absence.. needless to say things have been hard for me lately, but I’m getting back into things and I’m trying some things out so hopefully I’m here this time to stay. I’ve missed blogging and talking to everyone so I’m so happy to finally be back!

-Till next time!

Illuminae: A Review 

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

My Rating: 5/5 burning stars! 

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Published: October 20, 2015

Recieved: I purchased this at target a long time ago…

Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Nobel / Book Depository 

Synopsis: 

Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she’d ever been through. That was before her planet was invaded. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
 

But the warship could be the least of their problems. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their biggest threat; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking to get to the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: Ezra.

Musings: 

This book is 100% awesome! I laughed while I read and I cried a bit too. The way this book all came together had me floored. 

For full disclosure I was afraid to read this book. The popularity it has rightfully garnered since its release scared me. Especially when I had read a few mixed reviews from those that found this formatting not for them. However, Once I got into this book and found little areas of humor mixed with some very dark and sad truths I fell in love. 

Kady, Ezra, and Aidan were truly the Stars of this book. Kady being our hack pro heroine sporting pink hair and a spicy attitude. We never do find out why Kady and Ezra break up in the beginning of this book and that is the one curiosity that plagues me now. Ezra himself is charismatic in the way that even though he sometimes says the weirdest things, you can’t really hate him. I dub him Adorkable and I really enjoy Kady and his relationship. 

Then we get to AIDAN. Mister Am I Not Merciful? himself. I think reading his (is he truly a he?) files were the most fascinating and truly thought provoking of all. I have so many conflicting emotions about this AI because even though he may be insane and quite possibly murderous, he has some emotional things he thinks about that tears my heart to pieces. I truly do not know how to feel. 

All I want is to spend my next couple of days or so reading Gemina and then once Obsidio comes out reading that as well, but I sadly do not own Gemina yet and right now I’m super tempted to purchase it.. even though I can’t yet… 

Anyway, if you are one of the people out there who has been on the fence about Illumnae.. or just haven’t gotten to it yet, please bump it up on your tbr. You won’t regret it. 

Thanks for reading! If you have read Illuminae already let’s talk about how awesome it is down in the comments, and if you haven’t read it yet, let me know if you do plan to read it eventually. 

-Till next time! 

About My WIP 


10 Random Things About My WIP: 

1. My work in progress has no title and probably won’t get one till after everything is finished. 

2. I was having trouble with coming up with several plot points because I didn’t know what my main characters name should be. 

3. My main character is an alien… but that’s not what the government would have you believe. 

4. DERMA the organization that are the main players in this novel stands for nothing… yet… thins acronym may never stand for anything… actually please help me figure out what this should stand for!

5. There will be covert documents written out in this book.

6. Said covert documents are so much harder to write then I thought. 

7. My main character’s name as Althea and I am so proud of the name and how she obtains it! 

8. Althea was born with blue skin. 

9. The amount of torture (that doesn’t completely  destory a person physically or mentally) I am researching makes me realize just how intense this book is going to be. 

10. There are only 2,379 words so far in this novel… I foresee this book to be quite long… I have miles to go.

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think of my WIP!!! Any ideas on what DERMA should stand for and I will love you forever, because I’m stumped. 

Let me know if you would like to see more posts like this one in the future.

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July 2017: TBR


Another month and another set of books to enjoy and I could not have it any other way. This month I’m super excited for so many of the titles I will be reading especially as I am a good chunk of the way through with several of them. I just have a feeling that this month of reading is going to be amazing!

Currently Reading: 

And I Darken 

“Absolutely riveting.” —Alexandra Bracken, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Passenger 
This vividly rendered novel reads like HBO’s Game of Thrones . . . if it were set in the Ottoman Empire. Ambitious in scope and intimate in execution, the story’s atmospheric setting is rife with political intrigue, with a deftly plotted narrative driven by fiercely passionate characters and a fearsome heroine. Fans of Victoria Aveyard’s THE RED QUEEN, Kristin Cashore’s GRACELING, and Sabaa Tahir’s AN EMBER IN THE ASHES won’t want to miss this visceral, immersive, and mesmerizing novel, the first in the And I Darken series.
NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets. 
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion. 
But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point. 
From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes the first book in a dark, sweeping new series in which heads will roll, bodies will be impaled . . . and hearts will be broken.

Age of Asher’s

What if all the ancient myths are true?
Eighteen-year-old Chloe Zacharias is perfectly content being an outsider. But an ancient prophecy has different plans, plans to catapult her into the middle of an ages-old war between beings she only thought were mythical. Filled with magic, mystery, and sprinklings of Greek mythology, Age of the Ashers is a powerful fantasy adventure for those who love to lose themselves in the world of make-believe.

Zenn Diagram 

Eva Walker is a seventeen-year-old math genius. And if that doesn’t do wonders for her popularity, there s another thing that makes it even worse: when she touches another person or anything that belongs to them from clothes to textbooks to cell phones she sees a vision of their emotions. She can read a person’s fears and anxieties, their secrets and loves … and what they have yet to learn about calculus. This is helpful for her work as a math tutor, but it means she can never get close to people. Eva avoids touching anyone and everyone. People think it’s because she s a clean freak with the emphasis on freak but it s all she can do to protect herself from other people’s issues. 
Then one day a new student walks into Eva’s life. His jacket gives off so much emotional trauma that she falls to the floor. Eva is instantly drawn to Zenn, a handsome and soulful artist who also has a troubled home life, and her feelings only grow when she realizes that she can touch Zenn’s skin without having visions. But when she discovers the history that links them, the truth threatens to tear the two apart. 
Zenn Diagram, Wendy Brant’s sparkling debut novel, offers an irresistible combination of math and romance, with just a hint of the paranormal. Readers will swoon over Zenn and connect instantly with Eva, the most fully drawn prodigy in teen fiction today.

Protected 

I have three months left to call Katie my older sister. Then the gap will close and I will pass her. I will get older. But Katie will always be fifteen, eleven months and twenty-one days old.
Hannah’s world is in pieces and she doesn’t need the school counsellor to tell her she has deep-seated psychological issues. With a seriously depressed mum, an injured dad and a dead sister, who wouldn’t have problems?
Hannah should feel terrible but for the first time in ages, she feels a glimmer of hope and isn’t afraid anymore. Is it because the elusive Josh is taking an interest in her? Or does it run deeper than that?
In a family torn apart by grief and guilt, one girl’s struggle to come to terms with years of torment shows just how long old wounds can take to heal. 

A Very New Day

A Very New Day is about a boy with Cerebral palsy, who goes to go regular school for the first time in junior high and uses Morse code to write. Rich Trout is unable to use his hands. Instead, he drives his electric wheelchair and writes in Morse code with his head. Rich doubts that he belongs in regular school after being isolated to special education classes only.

He is inspired by Mrs. Tilley, his English teacher, who treats him as a regular student and shows Rich that anything is possible. Rich has one dream, to be a writer. Mrs. Tilley introduces Rich to an author friend of hers, who also has Cerebral palsy, serving as an inspiration and role model.

Rest of the tbr:

Now I Rise 

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. 

The Book of Whispers 

Tuscany, 1096 AD. Luca, young heir to the title of Conte de Falconi, sees demons. Since no one else can see them, Luca must keep quiet about what he sees, or risk another exorcism by the nefarious priest Ramberti.
Luca also has dreams—dreams that sometimes predict the future. Night after night Luca sees his father murdered, and vows to stop it coming true. Even if he has to go against his father’s wishes and follow him on the great pilgrimage to capture the Holy Lands.
Far away in Cappadocia, Suzan has dreams too. Consigned with her mute mother to a life in an underground convent, she has a vision of a brown-haired boy riding through the desert. A boy with an ancient book that holds some inscrutable power. A boy who will take her on an adventure that will lead to places beyond both their understanding.
Together, Luca and Suzan will realise their true quest: to defeat the forces of man and demon that wish to destroy the world.

The Wrath and The Dawn

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.
Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets? 

Sharp Objects 

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows, a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming. 

The Enemy Within

Seventeen-year-old Max has always felt like an outsider. When the agonizing apocalyptic visions begin, he decides suicide is his only escape. He soon finds himself in an institution under the guidance of a therapist who sees something exceptional in him. Just as he begins to leave the hallucinations behind, Max discovers the visions weren’t just in his head. 
There are three others who have shared those same thoughts and they’ve been searching for Max. Like him, they are something more than human. Each of them possesses certain abilities, which they’re going to need when a covert military group begins hunting them down. 
As the danger escalates, Max doesn’t know which side to trust. But in the end, his choice will decide the fate of both species. 

I feel like my reading is always really random and this month is no exception. Some of these titles (really *cough cough The Wrath and The Dawn cough cough*) have been on my tbr for ages and I am restraining myself from diving into them immediately and many have yet to be released or are newly released. There is a lot of diversity in my reading this month and not just genre wise and I’m so excited to see what I think of them all!

-Till next time!