Friday, November 27, 2015

Spotlight Friday (26): The X Factor by Ivan Sivec


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Title: The X Factor: Confessions of a Naive Fashion Model
Author: Ivan Sivec
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Released August 16, 2015

Summary

Confessions of a naive fashion model. It takes three mistakes to be swallowed up and spat out by the fashion industry. You trust the wrong people. You think you know everything there is to know about life. You take drugs. Maja started off as a regular 17-year-old high-school kid, fighting her inner insecurities while dreaming to become an actress like Marilyn Monroe. At a party her boyfriend Klemen introduces her to a renowned modelling agent. He sees a special X Factor hidden insight her. And a great business opportunity for himself... Fast forward a few weeks later. Maja's charm and talent land her a modelling contract in the trendy and exciting fashion capital of Milan. She's completely enchanted and determined to make it in the fashion world. But things don't turn out the way she had planned. Exhausting long photo shoots, stressful fashion shows, strict dieting and wild parties start taking their toll on her soon enough. In desperate search for help Maja reaches out to her agent and other false friends from the fashion industry that emotionally and physically exploit her to the point where 'Maja the Great' is merely a shadow of her former self. She starts battling drug addiction that ends up in a tragic event. Maja has been finally swallowed up and spit out by the fashion industry with its endless traps. What price will the girl with the X Factor have to pay for her naivety? The young adult novel The X Factor by the bestselling Slovenian author Ivan Sivec is based on a true story and takes the reader on a frightening journey into the world of drug addiction among teenager fashion models (Summary from Goodreads).

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Excerpt

It started like this:
“I’ll give you a fourteenth of an ounce,” Monica was unusually generous and understanding. “For extremely difficult times. Stop by if you need more. But be careful not to get used to it too much. Heroin, for example, is only meant for critical moments, but can otherwise ruin a person.”
At the time she didn’t know the director was a drug trafficker. A true drug dealer. By selling drugs to models she lured their hard earned money into her own pocket. Business is business, of course. 
Everything in the world is about business. 
And exactly because of this Maja was now even more convinced that this was the first and the last time she would resort to the white powder.
But destiny had other plans for her.
Maja felt lost after the incident. She thought everyone was talking about her behind her back, that everyone was judging her. At the time she didn’t have a hunch about the fact that she was only an insignificant speck people can crush easily without any bad conscious. 
However, it all depended on whether this insignificant speck would allow others to crush her.
But time ran by relentlessly.
9th June 2004.
A gala dinner.
All the Crème de la crème of Milan society was invited. The models were keeping the guests company, but also the whole fashion show staff gathered.
The fancy invitation that had a big red rose on the cover page said:
After the very successful, attention-grabbing fashion show, our great fashion designer Riccardo invites his dear guests and co-workers for a gathering. The reception will take place on Wednesday 9th June 2004. “Wow, you’re Riccardo’s co-worker now!” Svetlana sincerely hugged Maja, after she showed her the invitation.
They both knew the only reason why the great designer Riccardo was organising this reception was to easier sell his new designs. Amongst the cream of society in Milan were mostly moneybags that liked to show off with Riccardo’s creations in theatres, luxurious receptions and other events.
Maja felt awkward because Svetlana wasn’t invited to the dinner party.
“I’m not going anywhere without you. I don’t know anyone there.” “What do you mean?” Svetlana tried to comfort her. “You know the great designer himself! And the whole of Milan, actually the whole of Italy knows you, after all you were on the cover of the Italian issue of Bravo.”
“They also know me because I stumbled at the fashion show,” she added bitterly.
“That’s publicity as well.”
Despite Svetlana’s convincing, Maja decided not to attend the gala dinner. Out of solidarity to her friend, but mostly because she was afraid that the reason why she fell was written all over her face, even though everyone accepted her stumble as if it was nothing special; as if things like that happened a thousand times before.
And then the phone rang.

“Hello, this is Monica.”

About the Author

In his rich and thriving career the writer, poet and publicist has written in many genres. His broad ‘repertoire’ includes historical novels and stories, biographies, psychological novels, adventure novels and travelogues, books with sporting themes, youth book series, picture books and books for the youngest readers as well as humorous stories. 

He published over 125 books and is one of the most popular Slovenian authors. 

As a poet he has written more than 2,500 lyrics for ethnic and entertaining music for which he received many awards. 

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

"Waiting on" Wednesday (8): Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Title: Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1)
Author: Susan Dennard
Released January 5, 2016

Summary

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch (Summary from Goodreads).


Why I'm So Excited

One of my favorite booktubers, abookutopia, really enjoyed this book and gave it 5 stars on Goodreads. Sarah J. Maas, author of the Throne of Glass series, also gave it awesome reviews!  That synopsis looks really interesting, so I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this book!!
Monday, November 23, 2015

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick

Title: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Author: Phillip K. Dick
Released 1968
Bought paperback from Amazon
Rating: 4/5

Summary

A final, apocalyptic, world war has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending the majority of mankind off-planet. Those who remain, venerate all remaining examples of life, and owning an animal of your own is both a symbol of status and a necessity. For those who can't afford an authentic animal, companies build incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep . . . even humans (Summary from Goodreads).



I decided to read this book because I have to do a presentation on Blade Runner for my Film & Culture class.  I thought it would be good to get the "full experience" by reading the book before seeing the movie. Unfortunately I wasn't able to finish before we saw the movie in class last Wednesday.  I think that worked out for the better, though, because the book was a bit challenging to understand in the beginning.   After seeing the movie everything made a lot more sense to me, which is usually opposite when it comes to book-turned-movies.

The story is set in future San Francisco after a war that wiped out most of the animals on Earth.  The government encourages healthy people that can pass an IQ test to live on Mars, while those who are sick, not smart enough to pass the IQ test, or those that just want to stay are stuck on Earth.  Animals are so rare and expensive that owning one is considered a sign of respectability - so much so that realistic robotic animals are often owned instead.  Humanoid androids (referred to as andys) were created to accompany humans that move to Mars and are not allowed on Earth.  When a group of andys escape for a better life on Earth and one of them seriously injures bounty hunter Dave Holden, Rick Deckard, another bounty hunter with aspirations of owning a real animal, is put to the job to kill (or "retire") the escaped andys.

I don't typically read Science Fiction, but I actually enjoyed this - probably because I just saw the movie.  The movie, by the way, was kind of trippin' but I liked it.  Slow at times, but I think I enjoyed the weirdness.  The book and the movie were very different but the same in that Deckard hunted andys in both of them.  The book, as always, was better than the film.  I thought it was actually more eventful than the movie, but I have to say the fight with the final andy in the movie was epic compared to the book.

I picked up some subliminal messages in the book.  Deckard finds that he is questioning his empathy for the human androids.  The andys act so much like humans that it makes you think - if we had realistic humanoid androids, would you treat them like people?  Would it be wrong to "retire" one?  Deckard asks himself this throughout the book and at one points asserts that he will never retire another andy after this job.  After all he goes through, it is a bit eerie at the end when he and his wife go on about their day like normal in this sad world where dust is everywhere and animals are going extinct.

This is a pretty short read at 193 pages - I recommend it if you like science fiction or want to check it out!  It was pretty cool to see the differences between the movie and the book.
Friday, November 20, 2015

Spotlight Friday (25) and Giveaway: Bound by Donnielle Tyner


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Title: Bound (The Caelian Cycle #2)
Author: Donnielle Tyner
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Released October 19, 2015

Summary

Bound by Vengeance.

Sadie has found the resolve to fight the man who caused so much pain in her life. Her tentative alliance with the HCA underground gives her the resources to train both her body and Talent for when she comes face to face with her grandfather. 

Bound by Loss.

Being separated from her friends at St Vincent’s is harder than she could have ever realized and it doesn’t help that Kian has withdrawn from her as well. With help from a new friend, Sadie uncovers more about her past and that someone close to her has been keeping secrets from Sadie her entire life. 

Bound by Fear.

Tragedy strikes close to home, giving a longstanding enemy, one desperate and willing to do anything to have Sadie on their side, an opportunity to arise. Allies and friends come together to stand against evil, but at a terrible cost. Sadie’s history and future collide while the world is thrown into chaos. 

Sadie must overcome or forever be Bound (Summary from Goodreads).

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Book Playlist

X Ambassadors – Renegades
M.I.A. - Bad Girls
Muse – Assassin
Banks - Beggin For Thread
Bastille – Flaws
Alabama Shakes - Don't Wanna Fight
First Aid Kit - My Silver Lining
Dorothy - Gun In My Hand
Imagine Dragons – Shots
Dorothy - Bang Bang Bang
Betty Who - Missing You
The Wombats - Your Body Is A Weapon
Lykke Li - No Rest For The Wicked
Johnny Cash – Hurt
AWOLNATION – Jailbreak
Santigold - Disparate Youth
Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile

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About the Author

Hello! Donnielle here. I’m a new indie young adult author. When I’m not writing, I spend my time reading, binge watching Netflix, homeschooling my two children, and hanging out with my husband.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Spotlight Friday (24) and Giveaway: Sugar Skulls by Lisa Mantchev and Glenn Dallas



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Title: Sugar Skulls
Author: Lisa Mantchev and Glenn Dallas
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia
Released November 10, 2015

Summary

Welcome to Cyrene, a city where energy is currency and music is the lifeblood of its young citizens. Everyone lives on the grid, and the residents of the world’s largest playground are encouraged to pursue every physical and emotional pleasure imaginable.

Vee is the lead singer of the Sugar Skulls, an all-girl band that is Corporate’s newest pet project. Micah haunts the city like a ghost after an overdose of a deadly illegal street drug knocks him off the grid. When Micah and Vee forge an immediate, undeniable connection, their troubled worlds collide.

Trading concert stages for Cyrene’s rooftops and back alleys, they have to evade vicious thugs and Vee’s possessive manager as they unravel the mysteries connected to their dark pasts. And before the curtain falls, Micah and Vee will bring the city to its knees in their desperate bid for love, home, and a future together (Summary from Goodreads).


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Excerpt


V
The girl in the mirror is an undead supermodel in search of a catwalk. It’s the handiwork of the new styling team Corporate brought in to deal with my hair and paint my face and glue sequins to my eyelids and shove in the black-light contacts after the old team quit.
Not that I’m admitting I had anything to do with them unceremoniously packing their kits and leaving before the last show. Better to point the finger at Jax.
In the group, Jax is “the crazy one.” Damon recruited her a year ago, just before her eighteenth birthday, and she’s driven every styling team we’ve had batshit insane with her demands.
“Spiderwebs,” she decides for her face paint tonight, then points her index fingers at a case of skunk-striped bedhead so legendary, it looks like mice have nested in it. “Just don’t touch the ’do.”
There’s a continuous rumble coming from the front of the house: newbies, fresh off the nanotech install and frothing at the mouth to get a taste of everything Cyrene has to offer. The mistress of ceremonies appears a few minutes later, hovering around the edges of my mirror like a moth about to get bug-zapped, makeup already settling into creases she thinks no one else can see. Hellcat Maggie drones on for a bit, her words painted in every shade of predictable monotony.
Eyes glued to the set list on her laptop, short hair spiked and pink, Sasha nods and makes understanding noises without really listening. Five months back, Damon pulled her from outside Cyrene, where everything is workaday business as usual, melting polar ice caps and recycling and talking heads, minimum-wage jobs and Wall Street assholes. She told me he offered a considerable chunk of cash to her poor-as-dirt family in exchange for a three-year contract capitalizing on her sound design and computer skills. Means Sasha got to leapfrog over a hundred thousand or more eager applicants all clamoring to get into the city, but instead of acting like a badass, she’s more like a puppy that might pee on the rug.
She and Jax are the same age, but you’d never guess it, because Sasha is “the nice one.”
And me? Well, I guess that makes me “the bitch.” Like now, instead of joining in Jax’s preshow pill binge or Sasha’s obsessive run-throughs of the set list, I hug Little Dead Thing and wish everyone would just shut their cakeholes. He understands my mood, curling up in a tight fur-splotched ball in my lap, purring like a rusted-out lawn mower engine. Sasha dragged this sorry excuse for a cat in off the street a couple months back. He’d almost immediately started trailing after me, gratitude be damned, yowling at doors closed between us and shredding furniture when left behind at the Loft. Just easier to bring him along, a freaky little mascot who leaves hairs all over my robe.
But I banish him to a dark corner before getting dressed. Fuck-me wardrobe. Heels so tall, I prance instead of walking through the dim red lights in the wings. Corseted waist, narrow skirt, a thousand pounds of hand-sewn beads catching the light when I step onstage. The dress was a class-me-up gift from Damon: vintage and gorgeous and beyond expensive.
I’d taken a switchblade to it, because tatters suit me better.
Still miles away from comfortable, I try to draw a deeper breath than the corset allows, and it catches in my throat. I shouldn’t be stressing. Tonight’s just a warm-up for the big to-do at the Dome. Three days and counting. Have to test the set list and the newest energy-grabbing thrum-collectors Corporate’s eager to roll out citywide.
Every time I blow up one of the old ones, it knocks me off the grid. Cue a mind-scrubbing and a nanotech reboot. I’m tired of waking up as a brand-new Vee. I’d like to keep this version of myself, even if that means making nicey-nice with the equipment.
Anything to keep Damon off my back for a little while longer.

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About the Authors

Lisa Mantchev is the acclaimed author of Ticker and the Théâtre Illuminata series, which includes Eyes Like Stars, nominated for a Mythopoeic Award and the Andre Norton Award. She has also published numerous short stories in magazines, including Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, Weird Tales, and Fantasy. She lives on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State with her husband, children, and horde of furry animals. Visit her online at www.lisamantchev.com.

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When not working on puzzles for Penny Press or writing about them for PuzzleNation, Glenn Dallas is an author of short stories and at least half of one novel. After appearing in the acknowledgments of several outstanding novels, he looks forward to returning the favor in the future.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephanie Meyer

Title: Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined (Twilight #5)
Author: Stephanie Meyer
Released October 6, 2015
Bought on Kindle
Rating: 3.5/5

Summary

Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer.
Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.
Twilight has enraptured millions of readers since its first publication in 2005 and has become a modern classic, redefining genres within young adult literature and inspiring a phenomenon that has had readers yearning for more. The novel was a #1 New York Times bestseller, a #1USA Today bestseller, a Time magazine Best Young Adult Book of All Time, an NPR Best-Ever Teen Novel, and a New York Times Editor’s Choice. The Twilight Saga, which also includes New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, and The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, has sold nearly 155 million copies worldwide (Summary from Goodreads).
I just realized that this took me almost a month to finish!! I've been so busy with school - I absolutely CANNOT WAIT FOR CHRISTMAS BREAK!!!
Okay, now to my review...
When I first saw on Twitter that Stephanie Meyer had written a gender-bent version of Twilight, I was like WOAHHHH and then I had the strongest urge to check it out.  The majority of the book was similar to Twilight, BUT I did notice there were actually a lot of changes.  I won't go through them all, but I'll give you an example: Instead of Beau (a.k.a Bella) passing out from dissecting frogs, he passes out because the Bio class was doing blood type tests.  There were many other minor changes - Stephanie Meyer wrote in a little intro passage that she made Beau a little less depressing and angry than Bella, and some of the changes were in result of him being male rather than female.  Beau is more OCD than Bella.  She kept Bella's parents as their original genders (Charlie and Renee).
As a 19-year-old basically rereading Twilight, it was not as enjoyable as I remembered from reading it in middle school.  I'm not sure if it's because I already knew how the story went, the change in the characters' genders, or because I forgot how much Bella (Beau) constantly mentions how perfect and beautiful Edward (Edythe) is.  However, it was definitely interesting to see this from a different perspective.
Once again I was reminded how perfect Bella (Beau) would have been with Jacob (Jules).  I'm sorry guys, I've always been Team Jacob.  Bella's relationship with Edward was basically her just fawning over his beauty constantly, but with Jacob she was natural, joking, and happy.  I know, I know, obviously that's not how it went.  Hey, I can dream, right??
One other thing.  I'm not sure if this is a spoiler per se, but the ending is different than the original story - which was pretty cool.  Also, I can't remember if it was in the original story, but Alice's (a.k.a Archie) story on how she became a vampire was included.  That was the difference between me giving this 3 stars and 3.5 stars.  I was genuinely curious as to how Alice (Archie) became a vampire, and the alternate ending took me by surprise.
Friday, November 6, 2015

Spotlight Friday (23) and Giveaway: Zola Flash by T. Marie Alexander


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Title: Zola Flash (Zola Flash #1)
Author: T. Marie Alexander
Genre: Science Fiction, YA
Released October 30, 2015

Summary

Zola is a Victian. And for as long as she’s been alive, her planet has been at war with the ruthless, demeaning Payohlini.

After witnessing the gruesome murder of her family, Zola Flash decides it is time to escape with the one person she was taught to hate before she meets the same fate. Earth seems to be the perfect place to hide out – to pretend her whole life didn’t come crashing down.

While on Earth, fitting in and making new friends are Zola’s main goal. It’s what she wants. A family to call her owns. But then, Zola uncovers family lies and the true reason behind this never ending war. 

Now it's up to Zola and the enemy, who is swiftly stealing her heart, to save her people and gain retribution for her family. But when revenge and protecting her people mean relinquishing her freedom, she's left with a difficult choice (Summary from Goodreads).

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Excerpt

Pin searches my eyes as if the truth lies within them, before he pulls up a seat and sits in front of me. 

“Zola, how old are you?” he asks in a steady voice.

“Sixteen. Why?”

“Two years early,” Pin murmurs to himself.

He gets up and paces across the floor. He glares at me for a moment in a way that worries me. In a few strides, he marches back over to me, grabs me off the bed, and cradles me in his lap. He traces a finger across my healed wounds, as I daze into those immaculate eyes of his.

Halting in his ministrations, he frowns. “Would you like to hear a bedtime story before I leave?” he asks without meeting my gaze.

“I think I am a little too old, but okay.”

He takes a deep breath and begins, “Around sixteen years ago, when I was seven, my father was called to fight in the battle between our people. I didn’t want my father fighting, so he asked to be dismissed from his duties. I guess what I wanted wasn’t what I needed. A few days later, I found my father’s lifeless body on the floor.” His eyes crease slightly at the corners as he continues, “Before my father’s executioners could get to me, the Payohlini Guardians came and adopted me. They prepared me in the ways of the Guardians. On my eighteenth birthday, they assigned me a charge to look after. She was an adorable eleven year older. She had the most magnificent stardust blue eyes.” Pin looks up at me, a pain in his eyes that tugs at me somewhere within my chest. “So I studied her. Her flaws and perfection. Her past and future. But what I discovered . . .” He trails off.

“So . . . um . . . I guess you are an expert on all things Zola.” I smile, trying to make light of the moment, until the rest of his story slowly sinks in. “But I don’t understand. Why do I need a guardian? I’m no one special. I am just a normal Victian girl.”

“Are you telling me you don’t know anything about yourself? About the war?”

I shake my head.

“Why do you think Rican and I refer to you as Princess?”

I frown. “I thought it was an insult.”

Pin seems to study me for a long time. I trail my fingers over his silky black hair, but he jerks away from me. Taking that as my signal, I remove myself from Pin’s lap and cross back to the bed.

“You’ve had a long day, Princess,” he says gruffly. “Get some rest and I’ll tell you more of the story later.”

“Wait.” I twisted back. “I have one more question.”

“What?”

“Why did they choose you to be my guardian?”

“They gave me the honor of protecting you because I’m the youngest. The Guardians wanted someone who could work well with you. Figured I could. Now get some rest.”

I watch Pin leave with longing in my soul. Why do I feel so much for him when I’ve only known him a day? Why doesn’t he feel the same way?


More importantly, why would the Payohlini assign him to guard me when they are at war with my people?

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About the Author


Hi!  I’m La’Teaikia, and I write YA Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Romance.  I’ve been an avid reader since ninth grade when I first discovered Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight.   I know, I know. Most people think sparkly vampires are just wrong.  I am NOT one of those people.
Even though I’ve only been reading for a short time, unlike most authors,  I’ve been writing since I was seven.   And before you ask, that was fifteen years ago.
To me, everything have to be perfect, which is why it has taken me so long to publish my debut novel, Zola Flash.  I tend to plan out and list everything.  My husband think it’s excessive.
So with that being said, here are a few things you should know about me, other than what I’ve already said.
1.      I live in the lonely state of Arkansas.  I plan to move as soon as I complete my graduate degree, preferably someplace where Taylor Swift tours.
2.      If you didn’t get the hint from my first point, I’m a HUGE Taylor Swift fan.
3.      When I’m not reading or writing, I’m designing clothes and handbags and watching Doctor Who.
4.      I’m a kid at heart.  I love Barbie Movies.  I love watching Disney Channel.  However, them thinking that every movie they come out with needs to be a musical is a bit much.
5.      Chocolate is my life.  I’ll eat anything with chocolate . . . well, maybe not anything.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

"Waiting on" Wednesday (7): Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

"Waiting on" Wednesday is posted every other week to spotlight my most anticipated books

Title: Passenger (Passenger #1)
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Released January 5, 2015

Summary

passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever (Summary from Goodreads).

Why I'm So Excited

I read Alexandra Bracken's The Darkest Minds trilogy which I thoroughly enjoyed!  Reading this synopsis, I'm thinking this series will be just as good, if not, better.  
Sunday, November 1, 2015

November TBR

Sup everyone! Past the halfway point of my college semester and the struggle is real.  At least I was able to finish ALL the books I planned for October (yay!):

1. The Rithmatist (The Rithmatist #1) by Brandon Sanderson
2. The Archived (The Archived #1) by Victoria Schwab
3. I Was a Teenage Ghost Hunter by Brian K. Henry

I feel like November is one of the worst months in college because all the major presentations and essay due dates are fast approaching.  It's very easy to get overwhelmed like I am right now! I'm not sure if I will be able to get through all the books on my TBR this month, but I'll try!

1. Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephanie Meyer - So if you didn't hear, Stephanie Meyer released another Twilight book last month - with a twist!  Gender swapped characters! I'm currently about halfway through it, and it's pretty interesting to read from a guy's perspective.  I can already tell how she changed some things to make it fit for a guy's POV.








2. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick - I'm taking a Film and Culture: Science Fiction class and I'm in a group assigned to the movie Blade Runner which I'll have to present on in early December.  I thought it'd be interesting to read the book it's based on first before seeing the movie! (This is not a YA book)







3, Shadows of Self (Mistborn #5) by Brandon Sanderson - Once I read this, I will be totally caught up to all the released Mistborn books.  I listened to the last one as an audiobook, but this time I think I'll read instead.









4. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews - After seeing the trailer for the movie a few months ago, I've been wanting to read this.  My cousin lent me the book, so now I'll have to read it!










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