False Hearts by: Laura Lam

4.5 stars out of 5

Two formerly conjoined sisters are ensnared in a murderous plot involving psychoactive drugs, shared dreaming, organized crime, and a sinister cult.

Raised in the closed cult of Mana’s Hearth and denied access to modern technology, conjoined sisters Taema and Tila dream of a life beyond the walls of the compound. When the heart they share begins to fail, the twins escape to San Francisco, where they are surgically separated and given new artificial hearts. From then on they pursue lives beyond anything they could have previously imagined.

Ten years later, Tila returns one night to the twins’ home in the city, terrified and covered in blood, just before the police arrive and arrest her for murder—the first homicide by a civilian in decades. Tila is suspected of involvement with the Ratel, a powerful crime syndicate that deals in the flow of Zeal, a drug that allows violent minds to enact their darkest desires in a terrifying dreamscape. Taema is given a proposition: go undercover as her sister and perhaps save her twin’s life. But during her investigation Taema discovers disturbing links between the twins’ past and their present. Once unable to keep anything from each other, the sisters now discover the true cost of secrets.

Release Date: June 16, 2016

Now that was awesome!! There is so much to be found within these pages. Formerly conjoined twins, a creepy cult, a futuristic world filled with all kinds of neat tech such as hovercars, VeriChips, auditory & ocular implants (more on that later), psychoactive drugs that bring you into dreamscapes, an organized crime group similar to the mob, shared dreaming, a murder to start everything off, and so much more. I could not get enough!

I hadn’t heard much about this one. It’s quite surprising considering how freaking good it actually is. The world-building is incredible, the plot is exciting, the characters are diverse. I can keep going… I’ll let you know what it’s about first :)

The most accurate way to classify this would be sci-fi thriller. The story is set in San Francisco in the near-future. Things are dramatically different. There hasn’t been a murder in San Francisco in forty years. The world is full of all sorts of technology that doesn’t yet exist..people travel by hovercar. VeriChips are in every citizen making tracking whereabouts easy. Auditory implants make it possible to just ping a person (kind of like you are paging them). Replicators can give you whatever food you ask for and just appear. Flesh Parlours are the future’s version of plastic surgery. Psychoactive drugs, such as Zeal, allow for fantasies to be lived out in a dreamscape (also meaning violent fantasies hence LOW crime rate). There is so so much more. False Hearts is brimming with rich, imaginative world-building.

Enter Taema and Tila. The two were conjoined twins separated ten years earlier, now living separate lives when the first sixteen years they were never apart. The girls were born in Mana’s Hearth, a creepy cult that swears off modern technology and remains separate from society. At sixteen, they joined the modern world when their heart began to fail. Now twenty six, Taema is waiting for Tila to get done at work and come over for dinner. After Tila finally arrives covered in blood, begging for help, the police arrive to arrest her for murder.

I haven’t done anything, Taema. It didn’t happen the way they’ll say.

Taema insists her sister didn’t do it. With her heart set on proving her sister’s innocence, Taema agrees to go undercover as Tila in something much bigger than she can possibly realize. The Ratel has been dealing in Zeal. And Taema must go undercover in the Ratel as her sister. After a time when no secrets could be kept between the two, now the sisters will realize just how detrimental secrets can be.

Yes yes yes. And trust me….there is a whole lot more to the plot. The story is told from Taema’s perspective, but we get Tila’s perspective by way of her journal entries. False Hearts is a wild ride full of excitement, suspense, and twists. Diversity was an added bonus. The twins are part Samoan and bisexual. Diversity is also displayed in some of the smaller characters as well. I have one small, small issue with a plot point near the end that I can’t mention due to spoilers. That’s where my one star is knocked off. Other than that I have no reason not to recommend this book. If you’re looking for something fast-paced and completely engrossing, don’t hesitate to pick this one up!


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Body Gold - Chapter 1 - poetic_leopard - Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 2/?
Fandom: Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ronan Lynch/Adam Parrish, Henry Cheng/Richard Gansey III/Blue Sargent
Characters: Ronan Lynch, Adam Parrish, Blue Sargent, Richard Gansey III, Henry Cheng, Noah Czerny
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Flower Shop & Tattoo Parlor, Angst, Fluff and Angst, Humor, Slow Burn, Ronan Lynch is Bad at Feelings, Ronan Lynch Loves Adam Parrish, Ronan Lynch & Blue Sargent Friendship, Ronan Lynch starring as Death Metal Boy, Ronan Flirts, Adam Parish starring as Self-Loathing Flower-Lover, Bronan Moments, Noah Being Cutesy + Creepy, Sarchengsey Is A Thing, Pure Pynch And All That, canon elements in AU

“I’d have to give due props to Michelangelo as well,” Death Metal Boy mumbled, on his way out. “You know, for The Creation of Adam?” he winked as he slithered out of the store.

{tattoo/florist AU because apparently i’m a sucker for the cliche, but here, please indulge me}.

  • Signal
  • TK from 凛として時雨
  • 91 Days

91 Days opening-Signal 

by TK from 凛として時雨

TBR: 2016.09.07

For the anon who asked what I’m enjoying this season, I am enjoying this opening haha~

anonymous asked:

A really cool book is Hate is such a Strong Word by Sarah Ayoub it's set in Australia and the protag is a Lebanese girl who's trying to deal w/ racist & sexist attitudes in her town also !! it has a biracial person who struggles othering and other stuff it's just one of the best contemporary books I've read in ages also the author is a Lebanese women living in Australia so it's diverse authors too. It's a lil like Does my Head Look Big in This if you've read that. Anyway, I love it

ooo that sounds interesting ! I’ll check it out !

gettzi replied to your post:anyway.  non-mlm writing trope-y abusive…

I’m curious what stories you’re referring to (I don’t read much lit beyond fan fic tbr)

uhh i hate naming names but w/e. captive princ/e being the most direct influence to my current rambling haha dont tell anyone bc that story is a bit well-loved.  plus, say, yukio mishim/a’s work, which is great lit and has lgbt themes but i would stray away from calling books like forbidden colours “lgbt representation” because its a story about manipulative misogynists even more than it is a story about being gay.  

and in, say, mystery shows, p much any time theres an lgbt character, they’re almost always The Heinous Criminal or at least a minor criminal, like lgbt people cant not commit crimes of something?  idk

there are some webcomics, too, that i see hailed as lgbt rep or something but the relationships they portray have gross (meaning large but also kinda icky) power/age differences (the only one that comes to mind right now is the god in the fiel/d, which just.  i really wanted to love the ‘representation’) and things like that

im not saying that stories like these cant exist or cant be well-written, they just shouldnt be celebrated as great representation.

• 16/07/2016 • BOOK HAUL ☆

Someone give me a cookie. I’ve tolerated my book buying ban since the beginning of the year, so I think I can afford to splurge a bit. My order for Six of Crows awaited me and I couldn’t help but pick up this other beauty while I was in the bookstore…you know.