Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite New-to-Me Authors that I Read in 2016!

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Since it’s the last month of the year they have the best topics because they reflect what happened in the last year. This week the topic is new-to-me authors I read for the first time in 2016.

Here we go…

S. Usher Evans

S. Usher Evans is an indie author who is amazing. Her books are so easy to read and she is so sweet. I’ve read four of her books so far and I’m currently reading my fifth book by her.

Books by her that I’ve read:

Currently reading Double Life (Razia, #1) by her and I’m loving it!

E.K. Johnston

I listened to Exit, Pursued by a Bear on Overdrive and I loved it. I found out that she was having a book launch at the end of November and I had to go. She was so nice and had pretty cool Star Wars Jedi cosplay.

I’m currently reading Ashoka by her.

Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not broke my heart. I was enjoying it and thought it had a powerful message. When I got to the end it ripped out my heart and teared it to shreds. I want to meet Adam so I can yell at him for ruining my life. You can bet that I bought my best friend his book for Christmas.

Becky Albertalli

She wrote the beautiful story of Simon Spier in Simon vs the Homo Sapians Agenda. I cry thinking about how beautiful that story was and I want to reread it. I bought this book for my friend for Christmas also, maybe I should reread it before I send it off?

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I’ve only read A Darker Shade of Magic but it was so good. I was going to meet her at the end of October because she was in Ottawa but I was busy with cadet activities that day. I’m so sad I missed her she seems pretty cool.

Sabaa Tahir

Ahhhhh An Ember in the Ashes was sooooo good. I NEEED to read A Torch Against the Night soon. Maybe I’ll read it during the holidays this year… hopefully.

Tom Leevan

Have you read Random or Party yet? I recommend them. Both were so deep and I want you to read them and cry with me. Tom Leevan broke my heart.

Emma Mills

I read This Adventure Ends in October because I was going to meet Emma Mills at the same event as V.E. Schwab. Sadly I was busy that day. I loved her book and I wanted to hear her talk about it. the dad in her book is #dadgoals.

Have you read any of these authors books?

November Wrap-Up and December TBR

November Wrap Up and December TBR

Wrap-Up and TBR

November was a good month for me. A lot of not so great stuff happened in the world in November but personally it’s been good.
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  • Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2) by Kendare Blake ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars
  • Seven Black Diamonds (Seven Black Diamonds, #1) by Melissa Marr ⭐️⭐️/5 stars
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 stars
  • A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) by V.E. Schwab ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars
  • The Union (Madion War Trilogy, #3) by S. Usher Evans 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 stars
  • The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carleson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars
  • LesterBloom: A Dan and Phil Fanfiction by Jennifer Sikes ⭐️⭐️/5 stars
  • Fate of Flames (Effigies, #1) by Sarah Raughley ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5 stars

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  • Fate of Flames (Effigies, #1) by Sarah Raughley
  • Ashoka by E.K. Johnston
  • The Risen Empire (Succession, #1) by Scott Westerfeld
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1) by Patrick Ness
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Just a Few Inches by Tara St. Pierre

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  • A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1) by Jessica Cluess
  • Ashoka by E.K. Johnston
  • Girl Mans Up by M.E. Girard
  • Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1) by Kendare Blake
  • Double Life (Razia, #1) by S. Usher Evans

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  • I went to an actual book event. It was the book launch for Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley and Ashoka by E.K. Johnston. I met a couple bloggers irl and it was really fun.
  • I came out as bisexual.
  • I almost reached 150 WordPress followers!
  • I recorded my first BookTube video that will go up next week. Stay tuned for a blog post about it soon!
  • I now have over 370 Twitter followers! 102 new people followed me in November!
  • I took the city bus, the train and the metro for the first time.

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How was your November? Did you read any good books?

1-Year Blogiversary! How I’ve Improved in Blogging Since the Beginning

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It’s already been a year! I’ve been blogging for ONE WHOLE YEAR and it’s probably been the best year of my life (if you forget about all the bad stuff that’s happened in 2016. It’s just me personally).

I thought that it would be a good idea today to reflect back on how bad I was at blogging when I first started and how I’ve improved since then. Looking back I cringe so much at the formatting and writing. The links to those original posts are with the reflection so please feel free to cringe along with me.

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My First Post!

Welcome to my Blog

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My profile photo for so long

My first post was a short little description of why I started a blog. I’m pretty sure that half the stuff I’m talking about was a lie because I don’t even think I knew about blogging until someone asked me if I had a blog that morning. “I have been wanting to make a blog for a while and recently some people have inspired me on Twitter, so I’m finally doing it. ” Like I’m obviously lying in this. “I love to read book reviews” Oh please I never read book reviews before this. Maybe I watched YouTube videos with book reviews.

See ya later…” I cringe. This is so me and I think I may have written it not remembering that tone does not come across the same as when you are speaking.

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This profile pic started to annoy me…

My First TBR

December 2015 TBR

 

 

This is just titles of books and their Goodreads link underneath. There is no introduction, there is no bullet points. I was obviously a mess and if you look at my most recent TBR, my November TBR there is a big difference.

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My First Book Review

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Book Review

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All I did was give a two sentence description, use once sentence to say that I loved it, one sentence to say the illustrations were beautiful and another to say that it was becoming a movie. That literally tells you nothing about the book. In my current review format I add the Goodreads description and a bunch of small paragraphs about my thoughts on the story. My most recent review is of More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera and it is a prime example of what my reviews should look like.

My second review is actually a lot better than my review of A Monster Calls. It’s a review of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo  where I talked about what it’s about, how I got it and my OTP. It’s still not good but it’s definitely an improvement.

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Photos

A post with a lot of my photos from last year

OMG my photos were so bad. They are grainy and the lighting is terrible. I don’t see how i could ever have thought that they were good enough to put online. Today I take photos in natural light and/or I have my really bright lamp on.

Here are a few examples of my old photos:

A few examples of my photos nowadays:

Can you see how much better my most recent photos are? I actually edit them and use natural light now. Makes looking at my blog posts easier I bet.

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Thank you for sticking by me anytime this past year. All of you have been a big factor in helping to raise my confidence and improve my skills.

Were you good at blogging when you first started? Link me to your first book review and your most recent one so I can see how you’ve changed.

My Dream Author Panel

You want your favorite authors to visit your town, right? I know I do!

Authors rarely come to Ottawa but I would like them too. Toronto is a four hour train ride away so I can’t make it to the book events that happen there often. As a high school student I and busy during the week and most weekends I’m busy with homework and other responsibilities. I’ve made it out to Toronto for only one book event (E.K. Johnston and Sarah Raugley book launch on November 26) and I hope to go to more soon!

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Adam Silvera & Becky Albertalli

If you’ve read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli and More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera you would agree that they need to do a panel together. Both authors wrote beautiful, funny and all-around lovable debut novels. I’ve read that they are besties so it would be really cool to see them together on a panel.

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Sabaa Tahir, Leigh Bardugo, V.E. Schwab & Marie Lu

If you’ve read Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes or Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows or V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic or Marie Lu’s The Young Elites you’ll want to see this panel. All these ladies have written wonderful fantasy series that I love. It would be so cool to see them all up on a panel together having a nice chat and answering questions.

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A few questions I would ask at each panel

  • How often do you guys get together an hang out? Where do you go? What do you do?
  • Would ever consider co-writing a book together?
  • Pizza or Pasta?
  • What is your favorite character in each persons book?
  • Can you do the Book Math Tag for your book?
  • What is the next book you’re writing about? Can you give us any secrets about it?
  • Did you always know that you wanted to be a writer? When did you realize that this was your calling?
  • Are there any authors that you haven’t met yet that you really want to meet?
  • What is your ideal party like? Is it low-key with just a few friends? Is it bigger with a bunch of friends dancing together, having a good time?
  • Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?
  • What is your opinion on cats? dogs? twenty one pilots?

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If you’re one of those awesome people that will actually organize an event you should use the conference management page from Eventbrite.

How often do you go to author panels? Would you like to go to these panels? What questions would you ask?

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera Book Review

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Is it possible to say that I love this book enough times? Probably not anytime soon.

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“In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving debut—called “mandatory reading” by the New York Times—Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?”

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Since this book has come out I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it. I’ve wanted to read it for so long but my library doesn’t have the audiobook on Overdrive so it took a while for me to start reading the ebook.

At first when I started reading the book I was a little disappointed. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things but all I’m getting is this guy loves his girlfriend (I though the main character was gay from what I heard). It took a little while but once I got farther into the story I was hooked.

This book takes place in the near future where at the Leteo Institute you can receive a memory-altering procedure. Our main character Aaron had a friend who got the procedure when his brother died so supposedly it’s the real deal.

A few months ago Aaron’s father died and he’s been in hell since. He has his amazing girlfriend Genevieve, his mom and the guys on the block but not many other people. One day at the beginning of summer Aaron meets Thomas and they immediately hit it off. Thomas and Aaron quickly become best friends.

The guys Aaron is friends with are not like anyone I’ve ever met but I’m pretty sure people are like that in this world considering what I’ve heard online. I would be scared to be friends with them. They are violent and probably need some help. Between the Leteo procedure where you can forget things and these guys I would hate to live in this world. I’m happy living in a suburban area even though the childs are loud.

Trust me when I tell you that this isn’t a cutsy teen romance. Sure Aaron has a girlfriend, he has crushes and stuff but it’s not about romance. His relationships play a big role in telling the story but it’s about Aaron. It’s about Aaron dealing with his fathers suicide, his newfound feelings and just his life in general.

At the end I literally freak out at what happens and I cry a lot. The first thing I do is Snapchat my friend Ayanna telling her to read the book and I tweet about it.

I’m sorry if you haven’t read the book yet but I can’t say much else without spoiling everything. It’s the type of story that you can’t really explain with spoiling so go read it. Please read it because it’s been over a week and I’m still freaking out.

*Skip over the spoiler part of my final thoughts.

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26236898So who completely didn’t see it coming that Aaron had already had the procedure? I didn’t and I like flipped out when I read that. I began questioning everything I knew about Thomas. One thing I knew for sure was that Thomas is strong.

omg I don’t even know if I can continue writing this. I swear I’m about to break down crying.

Aaron is forgetting everything now. He can’t create new memories. what? My sweet little Aaron I want to cry so much. What is he going to do the rest of his life? I love you Aaron.

I’m still a mess of feelings. I actually completely forgot that happened till I started writing this spoiler part. Now I’m a mess of feelings with un-coherent thoughts. If you feel like sticking with me with my mess I Love You but I’m fine if you leave.

I hope Genevieve has a good life. She shouldn’t have waited for Thomas because at this young age with all the influences in the media it was sure that he would remember his sexuality. I’m sure that they never thought he would remember all of it but isn’t your sexuality part of who you are. I refuse to believe that a procedure like Leteo will ever exist. I don’t understand how they can erase distinct memories and not others – we aren’t computers.

EVANGELINE I believed you when you said you were my babysitter. Now I find out that you’re my doctor. I don’t accept this. I feel completely betrayed and she needs to apologize to me because I didn’t have a childhood crush on you but somehow I remember having a childhood crush on you. (Sorry somehow I started talking like I am Aaron. Sorry not sorry these are my feelings too)

I love this book so much

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I may have mentioned it a few times but I love this book so much. I gave it a 4.5/5 stars and a 5 stars on Goodreads. This book is beautiful and sad and I cry and everyone should read it. So if you haven’t read it go read it.

READ MORE HAPPY THAN NOT BY ADAM SILVERA!

READ MORE HAPPY THAN NOT BY ADAM SILVERA!

READ MORE HAPPY THAN NOT BY ADAM SILVERA!

READ MORE HAPPY THAN NOT BY ADAM SILVERA!

READ MORE HAPPY THAN NOT BY ADAM SILVERA!

Have you read More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera? What are your thoughts?

Letter to the Book Community

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Here in Canada Thanksgiving was at the beginning of October, tomorrow is American Thanksgiving. I still feel as if it’s a good time to be thankful even though my thanksgiving was a while ago. I signed up for The Thanks U Give a blog hop hosted by Hazel from Stay Bookish and Mishma from Chasing Faerytales. I decided that I wanted to write the entire book community a letter sharing my thanks for them.

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Dear Book Community,

You’ve been a constant in my constantly changing life. I’ve gone through friend drama and you’ve been there. I’ve moved across the country and you’ve been there. I’ve needed to cry about books and you’ve been there. Surprisingly it’s only been a year and a half since I discovered the book community and almost a year since I’ve started my blog.

When I first found the book community I found BookTube and followed authors online. Eventually I found bloggers and started following them. I didn’t participate in the book community much until the beginning of this year. Since then I’ve met so many amazing people and my life has been changed for the better.

Sure there have been a few rough patches during my time here. There’s a lot of drama but normally for good reason. The people in the book community fight for what they believe in (probably because of all the books where the protagonist fights for what they believe in).

Before joining the book community I was completely oblivious to issues such as lack of diversity in media and how uneducated some people are. I can now see the world with multiple different worldviews and I like it better this way.

Recommends Book was started on a whim. One day I wasn’t doing anything in class so I got on my phone and created a WordPress account. I didn’t expect it to turn into anything, I expected to try blogging for a few weeks and then give it up. It was a joke to me. It’s definitely not a joke anymore because blogging is one of my favorite things to do.

I love every one of you so much. Even if I don’t talk to you, you’ve made a difference in my life somehow. Everyone I talk to in the community is so nice and I just want to become best friends with all of you. If you’re looking for a friend you can always DM me on Twitter (@recommendsbook) and we can talk about random things like books (and I like to hear about your crushes and who you’re dating because nobody wants to date me).

Without blogging and the book community there would be so many amazing books I would never hear about. Like what’s A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, Passenger by Alexandra Bracken or The Union by S. Usher Evans? Books I wouldn’t know about without this community.

I hope to be part of this community for years to come. It’s been my escape from reality other than books, the original escape from reality (Netflix copied books). Blogging has been such a good way for me to stop stressing. I don’t want to leave the book community.

 

Thank you everyone for making my life better. I’m thankful for you.

-Breanna, Recommends Book

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is books that you are thankful for.

I am thankful for….

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

At the end of June 2015 I was going through a really hard time. All my friends had ditched me  and this book was the only thing that kept me going.

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

This summer I broke my phone beyond repair and I had 6 hours of flying to get home. All I had was this book to keep me company. Also the flight was delayed four hours, I missed my connecting flight so I was home seven hours late. I wasn’t even in the mood to read that day but that book kept me busy and stopped me from breaking down crying a third time.

The Martian by Andy Weir

I read this book to prepare for the movie to go into theaters. I loved this book so much and talking about this book/ movie made me a new friend who eventually became a really good friend (although we aren’t really friends anymore…).

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

I read this book when my family visited England. It was the only time I had ever gone to England. I have distinct memories of reading this book at Stonehenge and not wanting to put it down because it was so good.

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

After I read The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness I knew that I needed to read this. This book was so beautiful and deep. Plus the book contains my favorite quote of all time:

“If no one see’s you, are you really there at all?”

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I first read this book years ago and I love it. I’ve reread it twice since then but I want to reread it many more times. I have never related more to a main character and wanted to be them. I want a Levi.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This is the first YA book I have ever read. It was probably about 18 months before I actually started reading YA regularly. I went with my friend to go see Catching Fire in theaters the Thursday night before the day it was actually released (I felt realy cool doing that back then) and that would have never happened if I hadn’t read The Hunger Games.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

This series was a really big thing when I was in seventh grade because the movie came out. All my friends were obsessed with what faction they were in and it was so fun.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

This was one of the first YA books I read that really got me into YA. I read this entire series in less than a week on my Nook Tablet and after that I just moved on to other YA series. It was the beginning of my “first YA era” (right now I’m on my second).

Have you read any of these books? Are you thankful for any of them?

The Book Shuffle Tag

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I saw The Book Shuffle Tag go around a while ago and I really wanted to do it. I know that I’m like really late but I don’t care. This tag seems fun.

What you do is you click shuffle on your playlist. Using the first 15 songs you match a book to the songs.

  1. Never Told You What I Do For A Living – My Chemical Romance – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  2. Nothing’s Over – Young the Giant – Exit, Pursuit by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
  3. Gold Medal Ribbon – Pierce the Veil – Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
  4. Folkin’ Around – Panic! at the Disco – Just One Day by Gayle Foreman
  5. Lane Boy – Twenty One Pilots – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  6. Death of a Bachelor – Panic! at the Disco – The Selection series by Kiera Cass
  7. Nearly Witches [Ever Since We Met…] – Panic! at the Disco – Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  8. Nails for Breakfast, Tacks for Snacks – Panic! at the Disco – Highly Illogical Behavior
  9. Option – ttt (Crosses) – Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
  10. House of Wolves – My Chemical Romance – Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
  11. Twin Skeleton’s (Hotel in NYC) – Fall Out Boy – The Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore
  12. Cemetery Drive – My Chemical Romance – Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  13. Thnks fr th Mmrs – Fall Out Boy – Party by Tom Leevan
  14. Follow You – Bring Me the Horizon – The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  15. She’s My Winona – Fall Out Boy – Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Yes I know it’s a lot of Panic! at the Disco. It’s a lot because it’s my favorite and my shuffle randomly had a lot.

I tag:

Have you read any of these books or listened to these songs?

Sexuality and Advocates for Diversity

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Hi. If you don’t know me I’m Breanna and I’m a 15 year old female from Canada. And just so you know I’m bisexual.

Last weekend I came out to my two best friends that I was bisexual. I was scared of telling them because for some reason I thought they would be like “no your not” or “are you just trying to get attention”. That was the complete opposite of what happened. They were perfectly fine with it and one of them actually suspected that I was bi.

Last week was the American presidential election. Let me tell you that I’m not happy with the results. I found out that one of my really close friends was a big supporter of Trump and I couldn’t continue being friends with him. I don’t want to fight with my friend but I can’t be friends with someone who endorses a misogynistic, homophobic, racist.

I go to a very white school. A lot of these teenage guys seem to support Trump’s presidency. I didn’t even realize just how many people actually wanted him to win. It sickens me. I was crying so much last Wednesday night because I was scared for so many people.

Yesterday I was at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. There was a person sitting there all day with signs of anti-gay and anti-abortion propaganda. I cannot stand it when people use religion as an excuse to be homophobic. I really just wanted to grab some random girl and start making out with her right in front of that person (I didn’t because I don’t have the self confidence and I’ve never been kissed before). I want to hear what they would say if two girls were kissing right in front of them.

I’m the type of person who will stand up for their beliefs. If anyone says something that is homophobic or racist or anything like that in front of me I will call them out on it. I think that Trump being elected as president has made me want to tell the world that I’m bi because then I can be like “fuck this” and tell everyone my thoughts loud and clear. I’m not the type that would hide and it’s not like I go many places where people could target me

I’ve compiled a list of people who I’ve seen are advocates for diversity on Twitter and another list of people who are open to you going to talk to them. The list of advocates of diversity are people who I’ve seen constantly talk about and stand up for diversity on Twitter or have told me that they are (and don’t worry I checked). The list of people you can go talk to are people who have personally told me that they want you to go talk to them if you ever need someone, whether for support or advice.

List of people who are advocates for diversity on Twitter

List of people who may not be the biggest advocates for diversity but are open to people coming to talk to them

And you can always come talk to me. My Twitter DM’s and Tumblr messages are both open so feel free to contact me at any time if you need someone. I love you.

*Just a note that Girls/Girls/Boys by Panic! at the Disco came on while I was writing this. I thought it was relevant. I love that song.

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1) by C.J. Redwine DNF Review

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Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

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23299513I DNFed this book at 30%. I borrowed the audiobook of The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine from my library and I just couldn’t continue listening to it.

The plot is basically the plot of every fantasy YA book ever. The two main characters are put against each other yet against all odds they fall in love. That sounds familiar right? Ya I’m pretty sure I’ve read a bunch of stories with that trope before. Normally it’s not super obvious right at the beginning of the book but in The Shadow Queen it is.

Another overused trope is when the main character is trying to reclaim their kingdom that was stolen from them as a child. I am so sick of this trope. It is way too overused.

At the beginning of the novel you find out that all of Kol’s family is murdered by ogres. You don’t get much information on it. It just tells you that they were murdered by the ogres and nothing else. I want to know how the ogres were able to sneak up on them. It would seem as if they would make a lot of noise. Sure, maybe they heard the ogres and fought but the way it was explained it didn’t seem likely.

Kol is a total fuckboy. He likes to party and drink. He is very arrogant and doesn’t seem to know much. Like he becomes king when his family dies and we didn’t get any information on how he rules. All we know is that he traveled out of his country, which is currently being destroyed by ogres to go get help. Kol decides to go to the most dangerous, killer queen in all the land. The Queen decides that she will help Kol if they make a deal. Anyone with common sense would actually think about the deal before accepting it. The Queen says that she will help him if he kills the lost princess Lorelai. That sounds fishey and I wouldn’t trust her.

Lorelai and her brother Leo were thought to have been killed nine years ago when their father, the King was killed. All this time they have actually been on the run, mastering their magic. Ha ha I think I’ve read this before. Lorelai wasn’t to get revenge on the Queen and take back her kingdom. It doesn’t seem like she is that good at magic by the non-existent explanation of her magic and she will be up against the most powerful person alive (but after a lot of hardwork and teamwork they defeat her and Lorelai falls in love. *Sorry just filling in the trope).

Lorelai and her brother actually have a really good relationship and I love it. The only problem is *Spolier* that her brother Leo is killed by the Queen at the beginning. I like freaked out and that was the last straw before I DNF-ed it.

The Queen is a bitch so far. She just kills people who are loyal to her because they can’t give her the information that she wants. Then she hangs up their bodies on the walls outside. She sounds like fun (jk she sucks).

I don’t normally DNF books but I really couldn’t continue reading this book. It was too clique and information was overlooked. I didn’t want to waste my time anymore and I’m kind of glad that I quit reading it.

Have you read The Shadow Queen?