To sum-up: December 2018 + Q&A Announcement!!!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! This year was A DECADE LONG, and I’m so glad it’s finally over. December has had some ups and lows but it was mostly studying, AND my birthday at some point in that jumble, but we’ll get to that in due time! Continue reading

The Black God’s Drums – Alt-history Afro-futuristic literary goodness

The Black God's Drums

Publication date : August 21st, 2018

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Genre : Adult | Historical Fiction/sci-fi

Page Count: 211

Synopsis : Creeper, a scrappy young teen, is done living on the streets of New Orleans. Instead, she wants to soar, and her sights are set on securing passage aboard the smuggler airship Midnight Robber. Her ticket: earning Captain Ann-Marie’s trust using a secret about a kidnapped Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums.

But Creeper keeps another secret close to heart–Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, who speaks inside her head and grants her divine powers. And Oya has her own priorities concerning Creeper and Ann-Marie… (from Goodreads) Continue reading

22. Twenty two things I’ve learnt this past year

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TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY! Which…you probably have already guessed reading the title of the post. But anyway, I turn twenty-two today, and I’m currently spending my birthday studying for my exam tomorrow BUT I have a sushi date with my mom and sister to look forward to tonight so YAY!

Not going to lie, this year has been one of the hardest, most traumatic and challenging years of my life, I went into 2018 wanting to make her my bitch but she made me her bitch instead. And that’s saying something, because I’ve been through Some Things in the past as well. But it’s all okay, I decided to at least get something out of this past year. And it’s the 22 lessons below. Like I said, it’s been a rough one, so they’re not incredibly happy but there are some hopeful ones in there. This year has been one of growth and self-discovery but in the harshest ways imaginable. And all I can do is hope, hope for a better twenty third year of life. Hope for a gentler 2019.

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Wrapping Up 2018 – Favourite reads of the year

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The fact that I’m writing this post before December 31st is giving me SO. MUCH ANXIETY. I can’t help but think “What if I read a book I adore in the next week and I don’t put it on that list???” but then when I think about it more reasonably I remember that I purposefully left the books on my TBR that I know won’t be topping the books on this list for the end of the month to avoid this problem, and like, I only have like, two more books to read. But everyone knows you can’t talk sense into anxiety, it’s fun. ANYWAY, believe it or not, this post isn’t about me freaking out over anxiety, that’s for another time, this post is one of my favourites to write each year and it’s one where I get to rave about all the best books I read throughout it. Continue reading

Merry Inkmas – Short, Sweet and Steamy holiday romance

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Publication date :
December 1st, 2018

Publisher : Nixon House

Genre : Adult | Romance

Page Count: 211

Synopsis : There’s a beast inside of me. I keep it caged. You drive it wild.”
Cash Evans has come a long way since his troubled childhood, but all the wealth he’s earned as a tattoo artist can’t fix the hole in his heart. He knows that the sweet barista who haunts his dreams is off-limits… But life doesn’t always go to plan.

”There isn’t a man on earth who could ruin me.”
Bailey Cooper is determined to learn from her mother’s mistakes. She’s seen how cruel love can be, and she’s not about to sacrifice her self-respect for a relationship. But when a bad boy with a heart of gold comes to her rescue, she finds herself wondering if this beast might just be her Prince Charming.

Will these two lost souls find a happy ending under the tree this Christmas?
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Ace of Shades – Casinos, gangs and my emotions fleeing the premises

Ace of Shades

Publication date :
May 17th, 2018

Publisher : Harlequin Teen

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 411

Synopsis : Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.
Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.
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Wrapping up 2018 – Most disappointing reads of the year

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At the time I’m typing up this post I’ve read 94 books, and you can imagine and understand that in their midst were some brilliant books, some god-awful books and in middle of all that, some books that just let me down. They’re not necessarily books that I hated, heck, some of them I rated 3 stars, but these are the books that I expected to love but ended up being lackluster, not quite reaching my expectations. In some cases the expectations weren’t high to begin with, in other cases it’s on me for having humongous expectations. But all in all, this isn’t a post about the books I hated the most, but those that disappointed me. Continue reading

American Panda – Emotional and Empowering coming of age story

American Panda

Publication date : February 6th, 2018

Publisher : !Simon Pulse | Simon & Schuster

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 311

Synopsis : At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies. With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth–that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese. Continue reading

5 Star Predictions: Authors I know and Love

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I’m back with another post where I go through my TBR and try to -hopefully, accurately- guess what books I will be giving 5 stars to, once I get around to reading them (In 2180 maybe). From the books, I ended up picking last month, I read three: The Hate U Give, The Astonishing Color of After and The Poppy War and GUESS WHAT, they all ended up being 5 stars read. The other five, I still haven’t read for one reason or the other, most of which are valid, but I will get to them…eventually. For this post though, I will be going with authors I already know and love and whose books I’m picking sound like something I will fall head over heels for.
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40+ Most Anticipated Releases of 2019: January to June

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TIS THE SEASON… Of all the fun end of the year bookish lists. I can’t believe I’m writing my most anticipated releases for the first half of 2019 when I feel like I wrote the same one for 2018 just the other day. Most of these are YA, but there is some Adult and a Middle Grade in there as well!

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