Young Adult

Book Reviews: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

A wonderful new action-packed adventure by Rick Riordan. I loved how the main character was someone who’d had it harder and was more mature than Percy Jackson. The same humor remained and there were even a few odes to the old books. Learning about other mythical gods in the same style as the other Riordan books was very entertaining and fun. I must admit, I think i like Norse gods better.

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So Where Can I Find Copies of The Culling & The Sowing?

 A message to #TheTorchKeeper Community! Recently, many of you have been unable to find print and/or ebook copies of #TheCulling & #TheSowing on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. For those that don’t know, the books’ publisher, #Flux, was sold to North Star Editions. While the news is exciting, it has created a temporary state of “flux” for all their titles while the new team takes over.

I recently discussed the unavailability issues with the new publisher, who was very apologetic and gave me some encouraging info to pass along to the fans:

Currently, the ebook versions of The Culling and The Sowing are available on Google Play and Barnes & Noble. Barnes & Noble also has the print version of The Culling for sale. Amazon’s shipment of both books just went out, so their stock should be replenished very soon! Amazon should also have the kindle versions available by the end of this week.

In addition, the publisher has graciously offered fans that are unable to find print copies of the books during this transition period, free shipping if you order through them (www.fluxnow.com). Just tell them I sent you! ;-)

BTW, The Torch Keeper Book 3: #TheRaising is unaffected by this transition and continues to be available in both formats across most platforms, as does DAGGER: The DUST Ops Mission 1. In addition, The Culling and The Sowing are currently available on Audible, with The Culling also available on MP3 CD.

I hope this clears up your questions, Recruits! Thank you so much for your continued support and spreading the word about The Torch Keeper series!

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Between Shades of Gray || Ruta Sepetys || 344 pages
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Top 3 Genres: Young Adult / Historical Fiction / War

Synopsis: Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives.

Publication Date: March 2011. / Average Rating: 4.34. / Number of Ratings: 82,210~.

in the ya section like
  • books with straight protags:shelves upon shelves. you want them to fall in love? you got it, even in books where it really isn't necessary. you want them to fight crime? sure! you want them to have magical powers? take your pick! no one could possibly read them all.
  • books with gay, male protags:a handful, nowhere NEAR as much as books with straight protags, with an annoying large amount of "Gay Suffering" books, but the number of books where the protag DOESN'T suffer is growing. you may find a couple you haven't read yet.
  • books with lesbian protags:harder to find than the above, but the number is slowly but surely growing. unfortunately, you've already read them all, and why are so many of them sad????
  • books with trans protags:there are maybe three in the whole ya section and 2 of them are sad. you've also read all three of them.
  • books with biseuxal protags:there is one. you own it and have read it 1000000 times. it's not even very good but it's the best option there is. you settle for headcanoning some (all) of the straight protags as bi. (the subtext is there... because you inserted it but you can still see it... if you squint...)
  • books with asexual protags:ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

COMING THIS FALL: 
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

Welcome to Andover… where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, who Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.

From the author of Seven Tears at High Tide, C.B. Lee, the super hero saga takes flight in September, from Duet Books.

Get to know C.B. Lee at CB-Lee.com

Today, I’m going to spotlight an amazing publishing company, @harpercollins / @epicreads! They’ve been sending me some “epic” reads this month and I wanted to share them with you!

📚Meet Me Here by Bryan Bliss (happy release day!)
📚The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
📚The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee
📚My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
📚Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn
📚Dreamology by Lucy Keating
📚Unrivaled by Alyson Noël

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Also, I have never taken a photo from this angle before! Mostly because my bed isn’t anything special… But you want to know a secret?

I hung up the photos and lights right before I took this picture LOL! Actually, this photo is exactly why I made my bed area pretty hahahaha.

That’s one of the many secrets of a bookstagrammer😂. I don’t really decorate a certain way unless it will look good in photos. And sometimes, a set up is just for show! Say for example a cup of coffee is in the photo - Of course I will end up drinking it (because I’m so obsessed), BUT 50% of the time I made that cup of coffee specifically for a photo lol.

Hmm maybe I will do a blog post or youtube video about this in the future 😏

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