Rule #1: Nobody dies. Protect the living at all costs. Rule #2: Everybody dies. At least once.

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What you need to know about Rise of the Chosen:

  • This is not another zombie book

  • Action-packed

  • LGBT MC (#ownvoices)

  • Unpredictable page-turner

  • You will hate me when you’re done (in a good way…hopefully)

Advanced reviewers are calling it ‘intense’, ‘gripping’, and a ‘fresh take on the zombie theme’. But don’t just take their word for it – get it on Amazon today and see for yourself!

And don’t forget to add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads!

 

I Could Pee on This and other fun books for the whole family.

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Looking for some books that both you and your toddler could enjoy? Look no further than these adorable little volumes of poems that are hard to get through without a chuckle. The books are actually considered for adults, but their raunchy humor is veiled just well enough that kids won’t get it – and you will. The dog one is actually letters, and it does have some mild cursing, but I included it anyway because it’s also a fun book to read and it fits with the theme.

The cats one are great. For example, one of the poems is about an angry kitten where some ‘choice words’ are written as [deleted]. You can fill in the blanks =) Another is about a cat saying that if he were to take you to the vet, he’d make sure you came back with ‘both of them’ (and no, he’s not talking about you and him).

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading those books, and I’d recommend them to anyone, with or without kids, for a quick laugh.

Cross-posted to My Trending Stories.

The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2) by Danielle Paige

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I wasn’t going to read this so soon, but I’m a sucker for shorter books and this one was the shortest on my Kindle.

The weird thing about it is that after finishing, I realized there were only six total scenes. No, really, I went back and counted. This was a filler book in a trilogy, one that progressed the characters over plot, giving us insights into Amy and Pete and Oz in general. However – it was six scenes. It’s like ordering a meal and getting an appetizer. Delicious, sure, but not exactly what I paid for.

Still, I really enjoyed it. I loved Paige’s writing, especially the constant similes and pop-culture references she makes. I could read her books just for the feel of how connected she is to the world. She writes and I go ‘oh my God that’s amazing, how did she think of that?’

Her descriptions really put me in the story, wishing so much I actually was in the story. I saw it and smelled it and felt it. I loved the island of lost things and the fog of doubt and the absurd monkey palace. I know there’s a TV show coming out called Emerald City and I had to go check what book it was based on because I would love to see this series become a motion picture. It’s already halfway there.

Oh, and that last book? Already on it.

Basically, this book is great if you want to read something fantastical, but it won’t answer any of your questions from book one, only lead you into book three. I can’t wait to finally see where it all ends up.

The Sandman by Neil Gaiman and Lucifer by Mike Carrey

Comic books? From the fairy-tale queen?

Yes. Yes indeed.

Last night I finished the last book in the Lucifer series, and I have to say – wow. The story is just incredible. I also read the first Sandman collection and Season of Mists (#4) where Lucifer leaves Hell, and I’m so SO glad I did, because if I didn’t, the last chapter of the Lucifer series wouldn’t have been as bittersweet.

The worst part is that when I watched the Lucifer TV show, I was hoping the comics would be even better. Now that I’ve read the comics, I can’t help hoping they put more of them in show. I’ll be seeking out hints, seeing things that aren’t there, simply because I want them to be there. I can already think of some parallels, aka Decker and Elaine. Still I’m glad the show was renewed and I’m excited to see where it goes next.

Overall, these comics are fantastic. I’ll be thinking back on them for years to come.

Worst. Superhero. Ever. and Other Odd Short Stories by Scott Baron

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Expect the unexpected.

‘Odd’ is definitely a great way to describe these short stories, but not in a bad way. They’re quirky, fun, and hard to put down.

Worst. Superhero. Ever. is about a guy with super powers who just can’t get it right. He’s the Bizarro to your Superman, but also a very relate-able person. I could see this being a TV show.

One Last Fix is, as you might guess, about a kind of drug, but never in a million years would you guess what.

The Lesbian Farmers of Quagshire is an interesting take on a possible future. I wanted to like it more, but homophobia always gives me a bad feeling, despite the nice twist.

Huh was the most unexpected and intriguing. I can’t even say anything because it would spoil the surprise. I loved it.

If you have a half hour to spare, these stories are worth a read. I still think back on them here and there, and chuckle to myself. Definitely an author to keep tabs on.

 

Celebrate love with a diverse book this Valentine’s Day.

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Valentine’s day is a day for love – and what better way to honor it than to read a diverse book?

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Rise of the Chosen is a dystopian fantasy where the main character, Samantha, is bisexual and in a relationship with another girl, Lena. It’s gotten a lot of positive reception on how they are portrayed and needs to be more on the LGBT radar (and it’s #ownvoices!). It’s been compared to Divergent, The Maze Runner, and is inspired by The Walking Dead. Here’s the blurb:
In Sam’s world there are two rules. Rule #1: Nobody dies. Protect the living at all costs. Rule #2: Everybody dies. At least once.

The Waking was a global event in which a force called the Lifeblood invaded all humans who died. The few strong enough to control it came back as powerful immortals. The rest let the bloodlust take over and awoke with one goal – to kill.

Newly appointed Watch Guard Samantha Shields has a legacy to uphold. Her father died a hero defending their city and now she wants to follow in his footsteps. Except for the dying part, of course. Unfortunately, fate has other plans as she discovers deep dark secrets that make her choose between her loyalties and the lives of everyone in her city. Both rules are in play as Sam is forced to make hard decisions that could cost her everything – including the person she cares about most.

It’s not a very long book so find the time to check it out!
Or, for more information, you can find it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30553316-rise-of-the-chosen
And the author website is: http://www.annakoppauthor.com/young-adult
Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

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You know how some books you can’t put down because the story and others because of the writing?

Well I expected #1 and got a heaping doze of #2. The writing in this book is incredible. The words flow like ocean waves reflecting in the moonlight. This is the kind of book that makes a writer step back and wonder how could one possibly compare? How can I get to this level? Wow. Just wow.

The story itself was strange, to say the least. The blurb said it was a ghostly murder mystery type of plot, which it did turn out to be, but in a backwards kind of way. The POVs were from not the two main characters, but one main character and one side character, which was confusing at the beginning.

And the end? No spoilers but if you go on Goodreads, there’s entire discussions about ‘what happened? I don’t get it’ because it’s also quite confusing. I think I understood it when I read, at least partially, but I can see why others didn’t. I ended up wondering ‘why?’ and ‘how?’ and ‘what did I just read?’ but it was still satisfactory the way things wrapped up so I didn’t mind as much as I should have.

If you like Black Swan ballerina murderer stories with antagonist POVs, this is a fantastic book. Really, I would recommend it anyone who enjoys dark and ghostly plots. Just keep an open mind and you won’t be disappointed at the end – quite the opposite.