Saturday, June 24

Colleen Nelson - Blood Brothers

Close as brothers, Jakub’s and Lincoln’s lives diverge when Jakub gets a private school scholarship and Lincoln is lured into a gang.

Fifteen-year-old Jakub Kaminsky is the son of Polish immigrants, a good Catholic boy, and a graffiti artist. While his father sleeps, Jakub and his best friend, Lincoln, sneak out with spray paint to make their mark as Morf and Skar.

When Jakub gets a scholarship to an elite private school, he knows it’s his chance for a better life. But it means leaving Lincoln and the neighbourhood he calls home.

While Jakub’s future is looking bright, Lincoln’s gets shady as he is lured into his brother’s gang. Jakub watches helplessly as Lincoln gets pulled deeper into the violent world of the Red Bloodz. The Red Bloodz find out Jakub knows more than he should about a murder and want him silenced — for good. Lincoln has to either save his friend, or embrace life as one of the Red Bloodz. 

Thursday, June 22

Claire Barker - Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog: Best Friends Forever

Knitbone has a problem. His beloved owner Winnie and her bonkers parents may be forced to move and leave Knitbone behind! Can the spirits of Starcross, a gigglesome gang of ghostly animals, help Winnie save her home?
A wonderfully whimsical new series, jam-packed with mayhem, chuckles and woofs!

Saturday, June 17

Royal Rantings: Here's How You Write a Problematic AF Book

I recently had the absolute privilege of reading what must be the most problematic (read racist, Islamophobic) pile of shit ever. It certainly is the most appalling book I ever came across, and I knew I just couldn't review it without tearing it to pieces, and I told the author as much- I got it for review even after stating that I was Muslim which somehow makes it all the more terrible. I could have easily DNF-ed it, but I kept waiting for it to redeem itself at least a little bit, and part of me was just morbidly curious as to how things would turn out. Spoiler: not so great.  

What made the author think I would enjoy something like it I'll never know, but today I'm here to help you through writing a problematic af book- with excerpts from the very book I was talking about. I need this- catharsis or whatever you call it, I just need to get it all out of my system after keeping silent about it for so long. 

I'll just be listing down all the things I can think of, in no particular order. Follow just a couple of this (in case one is too mainstream) and you're good. 

Wednesday, June 14

Vicki Covington - Once in a Blue Moon

In Once in a Blue Moon, Vicki Covington’s new novel set during Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, change is in the air. 

Readers follow a diverse community of renters in Southside Birmingham through one transformative year. Abraham Kasir has properties scattered across Birmingham, but the ones on Cullom Street hold a special place in his heart. So does his newest tenant, Landon Cooper, a transplant from one of the city’s ritzier suburbs. 

Landon’s a psychologist managing her own mental illness in the face of divorce and downsizing. Her upstairs neighbor, Abi, is a country girl trying to shake her rural roots even as her father’s illness pulls her back home. Across the street, Jet is a former prostitute reeling from an uncovered truth about her birth mother. Jet has a crush on her neighbor Sam, a weed dealer paying his way through college and wrestling with his dreams for the future. 

Mr. Kasir acts not just as a landlord but as a father figure to each of them—and most of all to his grandson, Jason. Fresh out of high school, Jason is trying to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps while his own father struggles with drug addiction. 

In league with other great Southern novelists including Anne Tyler and Fannie Flagg, Covington writes with tenderness and humor while asking important questions about family, faith, race, class, and—ultimately—hope.

Friday, June 9

The Chocolate Book Tag

Almost half the year has flown by and I still haven't done a book tag over here, can you believe? That's certainly cause for concern and I'm fixing that right now! The lovely Uma @ Books. Bags. Burgers. did this one over at her blog recently, and I just knew I had to do it. It's chocolate after all, how could I resist?

Wednesday, June 7

Waiting on Wednesday: The Last Magician

Hi guys! Today I'm here with a Waiting on Wednesday post, and forgive me if this post turns out to be quite weird, because a) I haven't done one in years, and b) I'm currently studying for my exams, so I'm typing this up real fast. In any case, let me introduce you to a fantastic as hell book, called The Last Magician, that is releasing this July.

Also, don't be confused - yep, I'm still on a hiatus, but, ya know, the #devilsowncontest is taking place, and I'm not about to lose all those entries I could get by writing a WoW post. SO ENJOY! 

PS: Here's a link to the contest if you want to know more!

Tuesday, June 6

The World's Shortest Hiatus Ever

I'm officially calling off the hiatus from my end.

I know, I know- it's been less than a week (5 days to be precise) and what am I even thinking, playing with your poor feelings?!


Um, okay- let me try better. I really can't pinpoint exactly why but this hiatus feels too much like abandoning the blog altogether and it just so breaks my heart. Also, I know I probably might be needing a little break (Vera certainly thinks so), but there are just so many books that need flailing about and so little time that letting this whole month go waste seems like such a pity. 

I might also be needing a hiatus more sometime later this year (it's the final year of my BSc, in case you're wondering) than right now. See my dilemma? I could slack with the blogging now when things are relatively less busy at uni and regret it later or just go on blogging like I always do (last minute posts and what not) and take a break- maybe take a break- later when I'll really need it. Well, I could take two hiatuses (hiati would sound so much better), but that's out of the question- I physically cannot.

Or maybe I just have attachment issues. Say what you may, and I'm sorry, but you're having to put up with me much sooner than you anticipated. 

Hello! It's nice to be back.

Thursday, June 1

YA Books Releasing in June 2017 We Just Need in Our Lives (& We're Going on a HIATUS)

Well, hello there you lovely, lovely people! June's upon us already (because we obviously love to rub it in your faces on a monthly basis about how time's just flying) and we are here with all the new releases we are looking forward to this month. But before that we have a small, small announcement to make. 

Peter Bunzl - Moonlocket (The Cogheart Adventures #2)

Storm clouds gather over Lily and Robert’s summer when criminal mastermind the Jack of Diamonds appears. For Jack is searching for the mysterious Moonlocket – but that’s not the only thing he wants.

Soon, dark secrets from Robert’s past plunge him into danger, because Jack is playing a cruel game. Lily and Malkin, the mechanical fox, must stay one step ahead before Jack plays his final, deadly, card...