Top Ten Tuesday: New Authors I Want More Of

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel (because when you love a debut you just are ITCHING to get your hands on the author’s second book) or Top Ten Sophomore Novels That I Loved Just As Much If Not More As The Author’s Debut (no one hit wonders heeeere!)

I’m going with Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel. 😀


1. Becky Albertalli

I loved Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, and I can’t wait to read more from her. Becky’s writing is just amazing, and her characters were great, so whatever she throws at us next, I’m ready!

2. Sabaa Tahir

Again, An Ember in the Ashes is just fabulous, so it’s obvious that I’m itching to read anything more that Sabaa Tahir publishes – sure, the fact that it will be more Laia and Elias doesn’t hurt.

3. Marci Lyn Curtis

So people, have you read The One Thing yet? No? What are you waiting for? I’ve told you time and time again how amazing it is! Ok, now seriously, it is amazing, Marci Lyn Curtis had me hooked immediately to this book, and I’m really excited about her next project.

4. Adam Silvera

I just hope he doesn’t break my heart again, like he did with More Happy Than Not

5. Jasmine Warga

I really loved My Heart and Other Black Holes, so yep, I’m looking forward to Jasmine Warga’s next book, for sure!

6. Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword is almost here! Sure, Victoria has released a novella since Red Queen, but I’m not counting that. Her second novel will be Glass Sword and I can’t wait.

7. Randy Ribay

I enjoyed his debut novel, An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes, so I’m curious to see what he’ll write next 🙂 .

8. Max Wirestone 

I really liked The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss, which I read last month, and I wanted more from these characters. So I was super stoked when Max Wirestone confirmed me on twitter that this will be a series :D.

 9. Mónica B. Wagner

Mónica’s debut novel was Frosh: First Blush, which I read just last month and really enjoyed, so I’m looking forward to read her next book, which will be a continuation of the first. I can’t wait to know what happens next because the book ended with a cliffhanger 😐 .

Honorable Mention:

10. Renée Ahdieh

Why is this one separated from the rest you ask? Why, because The Wrath and the Dawn is not Renée’s first novel, but it’s the one that has me craving for a lot more. Apparently her first book is called Fanfare, and it came out in 2011.

The Disney Book Tag

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Hello fellow bloggers. I was nominated to do The Disney Book Tag by the wonderful Summer @XingSings (thank you so so much!) – I’m not even going to tell you to go follow her, because unless you’ve been book blogging for an hour, you’re bound to have found her already and clicked that “follow” button, am I right? I love Disney, so I’m sure gonna love doing this tag.

1. The Little Mermaid – A character that is out of their element, a “Fish out of Water”.

OMG, I just finished this book, so I’m gonna rave a bit about it: Ana from The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak (Brian Katcher). – If you haven’t read this book, go pick it up right now! It’s fun and hilarious 😀 . So, poor Ana is literally a fish out of water when she is thrown into a comic book/sci-fi convention, with the King of said con, in the hopes of finding her little brother. A lot happens!!! 😀

2. Cinderella – A character that goes through a major transformation.

Juliette from the Shatter Me trilogy (Tahereh Mafi) comes to mind. She’s so lost and scared in the beginning of the first book and then by the third she’s totally comfortable in her own skin.

(Juliette fan art source)

3. Snow White – A book with an eclectic cast of characters.

I’m going to go with something totally different for this answer… the cast of An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes by Randy Ribay is super diverse and surprising.

I was super pleasantly surprised by the amount of diversity in this book 🙂 .

4. Sleeping Beauty – A book that put you to sleep.

Ok, it’s not really that this book put me to sleep, it’s more that it was so boring for some parts that I wanted to put it down… A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell… =/

5. The Lion King – A character that had something traumatic happen to them in their childhood.

Cinder from Cinder (Marissa Meyer) had something VERY traumatic happen to her in her childhood, so much so that she doesn’t even remember it.

(Cinder fan art source)

6. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful.

I was so intimidated by An Ember in the Ashes (Sabaa Tahir) when I got it, I don’t even know why, the book is not even 500 pages, but I have the hardcover edition and that book is huge compared to most of my paperbacks.

7. Aladdin – A character that GETS their wish granted, for better or for worse.

Maggie from The One Thing (Marci Lyn Curtis). All she wants is to see again, and she manages that, even if it’s for the worst possible reason…

8. Mulan – A character that pretends to be something or someone they are not.

I think everyone answers this, but here it goes… Mare from Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard). But to give an alternate answer, I’m going with Dahlia Moss, from The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone 😀 .

9. Toy Story – A book with characters you wish would come to life.

tumblr_nvayytSgPl1r80kcoo1_500I’m gonna go for the obvious one here and say Queen of Shadows (Sarah J. Maas), because I would really like if Rowan, Aelin, Aedion, Dorian, Lysandra, etc, were real. I’m fairly certain that Aelin would not let me live for too long, because I would be unabashedly staring at her Fae Prince and her half-fae cousin.

10. Disney Descendants – Your favourite villain or morally ambiguous character.

Ok, I’m gonna drop a highly hated character here… I hate him too, I really do, but I honestly feel like he’s a great character and I think he’s more morally ambiguous than most characters that I could have said – because he never gets to turn around or anything like that. He’s BAD! Arobynn Hamel!


And it’s done! Have you done this tag? No? Do you want to? Consider yourself tagged! 😉

September Wrap-Up

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Another month bites the dust! And in September I managed (by some miracle I might add) to finish my proposed TBR. So, here are the books I read (the titles will take you to my review of the book):

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1. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

2. Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi

3. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

4. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

5. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

6.  An Infinite Number Of Parallel Universes  by Randy Ribay

7. Finding Perfect by Kendra C. Highley

8. Finding Cinderella (novella) by Colleen Hoover


All in all, not a bad month, considering that it took me over a week to finish Queen of Shadows, which I only did last night at 2 a.m., and that Ignite Me gave me the biggest book hangover of my life.

Queen of Shadows was also one of the most fun reads I ever had, and that’s thanks to the Buddy Read and the ongoing conversation on twitter with Josie, Erika and Anjie about the book – which given that we are on 3 different time zones, meant that I sometimes woke up to +60 notifications on my twitter… all worth it 😉 – I’ll read any book with you ladies, anytime, because this was fun as hell (even if the book had me crying for a huge chunk of it!).

Also, I ended up reading Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover because Dee @The Bookish Khaleesi wrote about it yesterday and it sounded so interesting that a few hours later it was on my kindle.

I also had slightly less time to post this month, and I ended up with a good number of 65 posts in the month of September… not bad!

Tomorrow I’ll post about my October TBR 😉 .

An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes (Randy Ribay)

As their senior year approaches, four diverse friends joined by their weekly Dungeons & Dragons game struggle to figure out real life. Archie’s trying to cope with the lingering effects of his parents’ divorce, Mari’s considering an opportunity to contact her biological mother, Dante’s working up the courage to come out to his friends, and Sam’s clinging to a failing relationship. The four eventually embark on a cross-country road trip in an attempt to solve–or to avoid–their problems.  

Told in the narrative style of Akira Kurosawa’s RASHOMAN, AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES is at turns geeky, funny, and lyrical as it tells a story about that time in life when friends need each other to become more than just people that hang out.

Pub Date: October 16th 2015 by Merit Press

I received an eArc from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.


This book is written in a very interesting way… for about 40/50% of the book, we follow the exact same week from the perspective of our 4 main characters: Archie, Mari, Dante and Sam. I found this so interesting, it was amazing to read what each of them thought about the exact same event and situation.

For the rest of the book, the narrative is a bit more complicated and there is some alternation between the POVs, though it sometimes takes a bit to actually understand which view you’re getting at a time. I guess it’s some kind of  third person omniscient narrator thing, though I’m still not sure (sorry). Although this is the part where the story actually gets interesting like hell, with all our characters together in the same space, it’s the one that I found harder to read.

“If only leveling up in real life were as simple as in a game. Complete a few quests. Gain some experience. Develop special abilities.”

About the characters… This is definitely the most diverse group of characters in the book that I’ve ever read. And their problems? WOW! I have to admit that the only character that I didn’t connect with was Sam, although I understood his problem, he was just being a prick for most of the book… This book deals with such important themes though, sexuality, homophobia, adoption, racism, religious beliefs, cancer, heartbreak, …, wow, right? A lot of important and heavy themes for an YA book.

The plot, I really liked the concept and idea of it. They all embark on this giant road-trip for Sam, but really because they’re all running away from something. They eventually stop running and become better friends in the process, the kind of friends that are worth having.

I had a couple of problems with this book…

I struggled a bit with the alternating POVs in the second half of the book, but nothing major.

That road-trip was crazy! EVERYTHING that could go wrong did, which while amazing in terms of plot, wasn’t really believable…

I also had a tiny problem with the fact that we don’t actually get any resolution to any of their problems and struggles. SPOILERS! When the book ends, we only know that Sam finally woke up and realized that Sarah was not good for him, and Archie and Mari are together, but we don’t know what will happen between Archie and his dad, whether Mari will contact her birth mother, or if her mom will beat cancer, we have no idea what it’s waiting for Dante when he gets back home… And I wanted to know!

All in all, it was a good read, and I would highly recommend it. 🙂

Rating: 3.8 Stars

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September TBR

Oh September, I hope you turn out to be a good reading month…

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This month I intend to read quite a few books, but I’ll only set a few on stone.

          

1. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi – As I said in the August Wrap-Up, I’m more than 400 pages in this already, and I want very much to finish it before tomorrow.

2. Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi – I’ll be reading the novella as soon as I finish Unravel Me, obviously.

3. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi – Do I need to explain this?

                                          

4. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas – I’m gonna try finish this one before Queen of Shadows even get here.

5. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – I’m super anxious to get this one on my hands, although I won’t be in a hurry to finish it, I want to go there at my own pace.

                                  

6. An Infinite Number Of Parallel Universes  by Randy Ribay – eARC, it comes out in October, but I’m super curious to read it.

7. Finding Perfect by Kendra C. Highley – eARC, comes out this month, so it has to be read soon!


I’ll try to squeeze in a few more eARCs, I’ll be spending a week in Lisbon towards the end of the month, so while home isn’t the best place to get reading done – too many people to see all the time, the plane rides are ideal, and I suspect that it will be all a whole lot easier with the kindle.

August Book Haul

How has August came to an end already?! o_O This month went by way too fast… WOW! So, once again, welcome back to my August Book Haul.

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This month I bought very few books. I was amazed at myself really! But I ended up hauling a lot of them, mostly e-books, given that this was my first month in NetGalley and Edelweiss… So, without further ado, I present the physical books I got this month.

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Funny haul, ah? I bought 3 traveling books for my upcoming trip to Seoul and Japan in October. The first two are for my mom’s collection – we always buy these and in truth, we just open them on the plane… Then I got A Geek in Japan, because I so fell in love with the concept of this book, and I’m a geek and I’ll be in Japan!

Then I got the amazing The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh and after reading Shatter Me, I couldn’t resist and bought the novellas, Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi, and I already read Destroy Me.

I also got the amazing audiobook of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day.


Now the longer part… eBooks! I got my kindle on the first week of August, but I bought a few books even before I got it. The firsts (and so far only) books that I bought for my Kindle were: The Outlander Series 7-Book Bundle – Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes and An Echo in the Bone. I want to get to this series eventually, but honestly I bought it because the price was too good to pass up… a little over 2$ for 7 HUGE books! It was a true steal, and I’m super happy about this buy.

Then I accumulated a few books from NetGalley, Blogging for Books and Edelweiss:

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And that’s it for my August Book Haul! I’ll be doing my wrap-up tomorrow (probably) and my September TBR on Tuesday 😉 .