Barking ‘Bout Books Tag

Erik at @BreakevenBooks on twitter and Youtube created a week ago. It was such fun to watch and then I saw The Pewter Wolf blog it , so i thought I’d join in the fun. I found Erik’s channel through a random May wrap up. Dunno how or what I typed in the search engine but I’m so glad I did. Erik is delight to watch, so creative and kind. You feel calm whenever you watch a vid. I immediately watch when a video is uploaded, every Monday and Thursday. The tag is down below and my answers to it. I really had to think long and hard lol.

I’ve Got A Bone To Pick With You: Name a book that was good until it wasn’t… (you were enjoying it and then it ended up disappointing you).

I don’t remember the title of this book . Funny it’s about cats and it’s the first answer to tag inspired by dogs. This book is a fantasy and I borrowed it from the library in middle school. Fun fact , my mom is a retired youth librarian. I like cats and i chose it because of it. But the talking magical cats were to mean to the stable boy. And i don’t remember the rest lol.

Welcome Home: Name a book or series that gives you the warm feelings of home. 

The Night circus and Narnia come to mind. I would love to be part of that circus as a costumer or act. Morgenstern’s writing is so magical and I’m convinced that she is of the magical kind herself, giving us mortals a mere glimpse of that world. And Narnia of all the warm fuzzies reading that series, I’ve have my favorites.

Ruffin It: Name a book that has a journey or travel element to it. 

Yells MÉLUSINE book one of Doctrine of Labyrinths by Sarah Monette. Melusine is set in the fantasy world of Meduse, it tells the story of the adventures of Felix Harrowgate, a gay wizard, and his half-brother Mildmay the Fox, a former assassin. Both brothers have baggage and their not the kindest at times but I’ve a soft spot for them. Sigh , Felix stop being so selfish lol . The world feels very Italian, Mediterranean. I’m chosing this title for my answer because 2/3 of Melusine is travelling fantasy book where the brothers meet folk , travelling with them and they depart, at least 3 times. I’m a huge champion for this book and series and more people need to read it . It’s such an underrated adult high fantasy

Marking Your Territory: Name a book or series that you will always stand by no matter what!

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. I was a non fiction reader going into my teens and shiver was the first YA I read at age 17. I missed the twilight boat and I have Shiver to thank for my love of YA. In fact Sam was my first book boyfriend. That guitar playing wolfboy.

Diggin Holes: A book that had some hidden secrets or had a big plot twist uncovered. 

This one was the most difficulty with. The mood , my feelings and my love for a book remains whenever I’m done with it. I forget plot twists and plot in general. This is the opposite with movies. I re read The Riverman by Aaron Starmer this year. I knew i disliked that character but I was surprised for the 2nd time at that reveal. It’s a dark middle grade portal fantasy

Stand By Me: Name a book or series that portrayed a very loyal friendship between its characters. 

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko shines here with its brilliant dazzling colors. Platonic and Romantic love have equal weight in this story and the 13 would die for each other, their friendship is immense. Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi to a lesser extend, Perry and Roar ‘s friendship gives me warmth.

Tug of War: A book you have very mixed feelings about. 

Books that are 3 stars. I’d liked them, will recommend them in general but they wont be my first picks. This year those were Mayhem by Estelle Laure, The Mall by Megan McCafferty and Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller.

TREATS!: A book that you are super excited about and will reward yourself by reading it.

Oh lordy. Do I have a couple. Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz. International Dragon sports !!. Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore . Mad max Fury road x frozen. I’m in. And lastly The Blade Between by Sam J. Miller . A queer Horror gentrification novel with a gay photographer as lead.

Thank you so much for creating this tag , Erik

Book Tour: A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

 

by Samantha Cohoe 
Published by Wednesday Books
Publication Date: October 13th 2020 
Rating: Liked
Synopsis: Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone—whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold—but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness.
While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of the French Revolution looming, Thea is sent to Oxford for her safety, to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists.
But in Oxford, there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse—instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die.

My Thoughts

  

2020 has to be year of the cold and standoff ish mother in YA. Funnily enough all encountered in fantasy this reading year. Difficult and nuanced motherly figures, Thea Hope is the daughter of such figure, She’s the daughter of a famous alchemist who looms over her. A Golden Fury is about Thea Hope, a young alchemist, who has the knowledge to make the Philosopher’s Stone. Before finishing the Philosopher’s Stone her mother goes mad and smashes their work. Because of this and escaping her mother’s anger she travels to find her beau, Will, and to make the stone before anyone else does.

 

Cohoe really focused on the scientific side of SFF in A Golden Fury. The alchemy was more science based than magic based. It was all puzzle for Thea and her cohort to find out. Managing temperatures and putting in the right ingredients at the right time.  Science is a real puzzle, figuring out the elements instead of cardboard pieces. It was great to see the fictional scientific methods and scenes in the lab where Thea looked at Arabic texts for instructions. The magic system was different and it’s great to see different interpretations of alchemy. Cohoe really blended the alchemy in a historical setting. this book nailed the historical setting pretty darn well.  Set in the backdrop of a weakened France before the revolution.

 

I really enjoyed the plot and I was engrossed in it from the start to the end It had a great pace and was action-packed. Cohoe used the slower parts to her advantage were she used of knowledge of the half magic – half science practice to build the world. Bit by bit. I had to page at both paces in the story, eager to see what happened next. Cohoe’s lines and phrasing is a delight to read and roll of the tongue or in my case the mental version of that.

 

And lastly a book is nothing without its characters. If you don’t care the characters no matter how creative or beautiful the writing, I can’t care. But you do care for Thea, how she’s treated by the people around her. Get mad how the men in her life don’t trust her or see her ingenuity. Loving Dominic so much how truly cares for her and wants the best for her. No one was that good or all that bad. Even our quick-witted lead Thea who could be selfish and have an ego at times. I loved how deeply flawed she and others were.

 

People that love Historical fiction where magic doesn’t over power the story. Where the SF of SFF comes to play and a story with a flawed but human girl tries to be recognized for her talents. They for surely will enjoy A Golden Fury. 

About the author

Samantha Cohoe writes historically-inspired young adult fantasy. She was raised in San Luis Obispo,

California, where she enjoyed an idyllic childhood of beach trips, omnivorous reading, and writing stories brimming with adverbs. She currently lives in Denver with her family and divides her time among teaching Latin, mothering, writing, reading, and deleting adverbs. A Golden Fury is her debut novel.

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Mélusine (Doctrine of Labyrinths #1) by Sarah Monette

Mélusine (Doctrine of Labyrinths #1)
by Sarah Monette 
Published by Ace
Publication Date: August 2nd 2005
Rating: Amazing
Mélusine — a city of secrets and lies, pleasure and pain, magic and corruption — and destinies lost and found.
Felix Harrowgate is a dashing, highly respected wizard. But his aristocratic peers don’t know his dark past — how his abusive former master enslaved him, body and soul, and trained him to pass as a nobleman. Within the walls of the Mirador — Melusine’s citadel of power and wizardry — Felix believed he was safe. He was wrong. Now, the horrors of his previous life have found him and threaten to destroy all he has since become.
Mildmay the Fox is used to being hunted. Raised as a kept-thief and trained as an assassin, he escaped his Keeper long ago and lives on his own as a cat burglar. But now he has been caught by a mysterious foreign wizard using a powerful calling charm. And yet the wizard was looking not for Mildmay — but for Felix Harrowgate.
Thrown together by fate, the broken wizard Felix and the wanted killer Mildmay journey far from Melusine through lands thick with strange magics and terrible demons of darkness. But it is the shocking secret from their pasts, linking them inexorably together, that will either save them, or destroy them

Imagine an huge sprawling city, where the elite are live along an enormous dome , The Mirador. And the majority in the slums, in the Lower City. Thieves, murderers, sexworkers , poor and any other seen as lesser than magical practice are pushed out sight for the wizards or hocuses in Lower City speak. Mildmay, the fox is one of those down below . A kept-thief , not on good terms with any criminal gang and hunted by the DOGS like the fox he is. He’s telling you his story and your point of entrance to this city. Never trust a hocus he tells you but what he doesn’t know that someone that will be close to him is one and lives up above, his gay older brother. Welcome to Melusine.

This European inspired fantasy world would not felt lived in if it weren’t for our two leading men. Mildmay and his brother, Felix Harrowgate, wizard of the Callaban order. Felix and Mildmay have equal amounts of page time in alternating points of view and their voices are distinct. But Mildmay is the narrator and talks to us the reader.I was never lost or what happened in their story.Keep in mind that a moment in felix’ dark past is shown once and other times alluded to, the scene goes dark the second time. And he’s finally able to speak it loud with his dear ones at the end of the book. Both felix and mildmay have hideous childhood traumas in one way of or another. Monette doesn’t use any scenes for titillation or shock. She truly cares for these brothers and it feels that way when reading. Thank you for creating and thinking up this duo. I’ll my upmost best to keep their tales alive for new readers.

That ending line in melusine. My heart.It was so soft. And illustrated their bond fully, what already started to form and I can imagine what it will be come. Both are more like each other that they think and maybe , just maybe Felix will be less of a witty jackass.

#HearOurVoices tour: Cemetery boys

 

Synopsis:Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.



Published: September 1st 2020
Pages: 352
Rating: Solid 


REVIEW: Traditions shouldn’t be static. This need of Yadriel is strong. Gaining his magic is a hearts desire but his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender .Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself. Aaai, Yadriel summons a dead boy’s ghost by accident. And he knows him, it’s Julien Diaz. The rumored bad boy of the school. How the heck will they solve this?

This story is colorful it it’s characters, scenery and culture. It has a charming cinnamon roll of a lead, Yadriel; a witty best friend more than a cousin Maritza, infused w love to the Latinx culture and a slow burn of a romance. This book about dead gods, ghosts, passing on and dealing with grief breathes life on every page. It does acknowledge the realities of queer pain and queer trauma but it is clearly written from a place of love and joy. You feel that Aiden Thomas had joy writing this, writing about a gay trans guy fitting in the world and falling in love.

The romance is magical. You feel the slow growing tension, see both Yadriel and Julian opening up and becoming familiar with each other. Nothing is forced. Talking about magic, how it is written feels fresh. I had to re read passages again, even the scary high tension ones. Animation is the only medium that can adapt Thomas scenery and how it feels reading his words. A truly warmth glow. Cartoon Saloon is the right choice w latinx creatives heading it of course.

I’m hope that trans people, trans boys and guys will see that they are loved. That they deserve love. This is a joyous book and I can’t wait to see people enjoying that same warmth the characters, especially Yadriel and Julian have for each other.

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#HearOurVoices tour: Raybearer

 

Synopsis: Nothing is more important than loyalty.

But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?

Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself? With extraordinary world-building and breathtaking prose, Raybearer is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we’re willing to go for the ones we love.

Published: August 18  2020

Page count: 368

Rating: Amazing 

Review

Stories can be held captive, blemished with falsehoods it doesn’t matter how long but the true story will break free.

Human touch are what everyone craves for. Tarisai has only ever known stories, knowledge and memories growing up. She grew up with people around her but she was lonely. Her mom the Lady showed no affection and was cold towards her and her mentors never touched her only ever lectured and instructed. Family is the only thing Tarisai ever wanted. She’s instructed to get it and destroy it. She was born out of magic. Out of the Lady’s wish. Tarisai needs to grow close to the crown prince , belong to his beloved , make him love her and kill him. Tarisai won’t be a pawn in her story no matter what.

This world and magic system is enchanting but the true magic are the characters and that makes Raybearer all the more worthwhile. The book is very character driven but each character, even to the minor ones sets the plot in motion. Tarisai is the lead, we fall in love with her council mates the way she does with the eleven and we notice the prejudice and injustice lurking underneath bit by bit as she does. Tarisai is strong leading lady ,the emotional abuse makes her scared to be loved in every way possible. She’s terrified it will be lost and will be taken away. It was a pleasure seeing her grow, be confident in herself and shine like a brilliant sun. Her loved ones, the council, the other eleven but in 3 particular stand by and show her that she’s worthy of love. The council consist of people of different cultures and ethnicities but I’ll spotlight Kirah, Sanjeet and Dayo. All 3 so different and immensely important to her. I’ll let you’ll discover for yourself. Speaking about love, Raybearer speaks about the absence of love and the different kind of love. The familiar bond between friends and romantic love has equal weight in importance. All types of love should be important.

The slow burn romance that Ifueko crafted and slowly build is a beautiful one. Still on the topic of love I’m so happy Ifueko included an ace character, Dayo – the crown prince. Dayo crushes on boys and girls. Being ace and homoromantic , I was so happy when I read it and hope others will too.

The opposite of love is destruction. Ifueko writes rage inducing about the horrors of colonialism and assimilation. How people in power will and have tried to destroy cultures and societies through law and military force. I can’t wait to see people’s reaction.

Worldbulding and magic
This is such an unique world and feels so fresh. The way 12 regions or realms are different but feel like one collective culture. Seeing character with different skin tones: Black, brown and white. I had to be extra creative when imaginating it and it’s so easy with the help of Ifueko’s beautiful writing. It helped me and challenged me to try to dismantle my learned Eurocentric mental picture. I envisioned Sanjeet with brown skin but ones or twice I saw a white person and that’s an issue I have to combat. Seeing how Sanjeet is favorite character of mine.

The magic system is beautiful to see. We have pixies and black fairies.Hallows are gifts one is born with. Any possible power imaginable. Tarisai interacts with memories of objects , nature and people whenever she touches. The council , her friends have different power each. I can’t wait to see how her gift and the others flourish. To see how the world and magic system will be further explored.

Raybearer is a rhythmic cultural practice on the page. It felt like listening to orally told story when reading. Suriname has loads, every culture different but still Surinamese. Raybearer stands on it’s own and will enrich the already published African YA fantasy and the ones to come next year and years to come. I know without a doubt the audiobook will be magical and an experience. 

 

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Blog tour : The Final Weekend

Synopsis:
In the last days before the real world, six college friends prepare to take a bow in epic fashion.

After Sunday there’s just Harry, the future business owner; Justin, the medical intern; Trent, the hapless wanderer; and Clarence, soon to don the badge and blues. But now they have years of memories to honor, all packed into one weekend. Will they grow into their new adult roles? Will they go out in style with the girls? Will the four of them even survive the sheer level of debauchery?

Living in an apartment paid for by the Grandma, an ex-hooker turned millionaire, Courtney and Ling-Ling couldn’t be more opposite, yet are completely inseparable. Courtney and Harry have been hooking up for years, neither able to commit, but their imminent separation is about to test that arrangement, and Ling-Ling’s never-ending reciprocated crush on Justin just might become more than that.

Their lives intersect with that of Professor Goodkat, their idolized instructor who never quite “left” college himself. In Goodkat, we find the consequence of getting to live out a hedonist fantasy, and the possibility for change in anyone.

Hilarious, raunchy and uninhibited, “The Final Weekend: A Stoned Tale,” captures contemporary society while chronicling the dreams, regrets, perspectives, and future after youth in an unbroken sequence of shockingly touching exploits. No longer armed with the excuse of college stupidity, these friends will go on a journey with higher stakes than a night out has ever had. Because there are things about themselves that blacking out can’t erase


Review:
This is shelved as comedy and satire. And it is but also shows the college frat life with sex, partying, the yolo life and more sexual exploits. I had to roll my eyes at the character jokes and laughed at other moments. Such a mix bag for me personally. The title is structured with multiple POV. It jumps between about 5 characters. I liked some better than others but I would never want any of them to be in my live. Character aren’t always to be liked but they are spoiled college kids. If profanity and sex isn’t for I’d say skip. I read through the book being ace, that’s an experience. The writing is solid and readable. It was a slice of life story with an something ending that’s unexpected. I’ll leave it at that. This book will find an audience
RATING: 3/5
About the Author Blurb:

Neal Cassidy is an American writer who grew up in Forest, Va. An ex-tennis pro, he also spent his winters competing in Big Air & Slopestyle competitions on skis. After many years of an undiscerning lifestyle, he decided to put his experiences into his first novel, The Final Weekend: A Stoned Tale. He does his best writing at home while listening to Tchaikovsky at a low volume, with a hot black tea, frozen chocolate fruits, and five pre-rolled blunts within reach.

Social links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/theNealCassidy

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thenealcassidy/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theNealCassidy/

Website: https://www.thenealcassidy.com/


The Mall by Megan McCafferty

The MallThe Mall by Megan McCafferty
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cassie Worthy has summer and her NYC college career all planned out. All the Summer 1991( one year before I was born haha) plans come crashing down when she discovers her boyfriend was seeing someone else when she was busy finishing her high school career. Cassie also gets fired. WTF? This won’t stop her, heck no.Cassie as she finds friendship, love, and ultimately herself.

I disliked this book. It was decently written, but felt like a bare bones movie script instead of a novel. It meandered and many scenes would work better as movie montages. This is historical fiction (gasps) but I didn’t have any connection to Cassie. She’s your standard privileged white girl. Just say already what’s wrong dont lie to your parents. They’ll get used to it .The faking and misunderstandings weren’t cute ,maybe it would have worked better in a romcom. We live capitalistic hellhole, we do our best to survive. I luckily never had nostalgia for the mall, it exists in Suriname but not the enormity like the US. YOU might like it if you have fun memories working in the mall. I might’ve liked it if it was a movie. Who knows maybe it will. I’m not interested in any other McCafferty book in the future that is certain

[COVER REVEAL] 27 HOURS by Tristina Wright : Queering Space

I can’t wait to be part of the reveal of  27 Hours. I’m fairly picky with book promotion but finding out that it would be revealed I had to participate. Honestly I’m tired of mostly straight white people in Space.  27 Hours has a multitude of representation It’s a space adventure featuring POCs, asexual representation, bisexual representation and Deaf representation.


Yawl I’m  totes excite.  Here’s the summary

Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.

But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.

Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.

They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.

During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.

THE COVER  IS HERE FOR ALL TO SEE.


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It’s so freaking pretty. My 2017 reading goal is to be as queer as possible  and to read representations of other marginalized groups.  It’ on pre-order you guys Aah.

Here are a couple of links to pre-order it .

Amazon  Amazon-UK  Amazon-CA  Barnes and Noble  Bookdepo

About to author: 

Tristina Wright is a blue-haired bisexual with anxiety and opinions. She’s also possibly a mermaid, but no one can get confirmation. She fell in love with science fiction and fantasy at a young age and frequently got caught writing in class instead of paying attention. She enjoys worlds with monsters and kissing and monsters kissing. She married a nerd who can build computers and make the sun shine with his smile. Most days, she can be found drinking coffee from her favorite chipped mug and making up more stories for her wombfruit, who keep life exciting and unpredictable.
Still trying to figure out the mermaid thing.
Snapchat: @tristinawright


So, what do you people thing? Let me know in the comments !

Stacking the Shelves #4

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews
A Slice Of Life 
Hey all , this my first time and try to share some of my IRL life. I’ve seen this around and thought why not give it a try.  My COLLEGE LIFE started again after a okayish summer. I’m in my last year of university and  the preparation for thesis writing begins. Aah How do people do it? My thesis topic is history and cultural heritage themed. I’m a history major with a minor in Heritage and Tourism. I’m writing on  a Jewish cemetery in Suriname. This cemetery has Ashkenazi graves. Wish me luck.  Btw I can wait to read non text books this holiday weekend. Okay not a lot more but still a few chapters. Monday is Day of the Maroons. Enough chattering  now unto the books 
This is a sum of the past couple of weeks.  This haul has library copies of  books that are out of print ,  pre-orders and an audiobook. Synopses of sequels  in a series will not be added  to avoid spoilers !
LIBRARY BOOKS

Becoming Human (Harmony of Worlds #2) by Valerie J. Freireich

Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Roc

Alexander Greeneyes, a brilliant “toolman” for the planetary government of Sucre, meticulously records key political gatherings and probes the participants’ discourse for unspoken innuendo. A product of controlled eugenic experiments looked down on as inhuman, he has reached the end of his built-in 35-year life span, which his politically powerful overseer and lover, Sanda Brauna, can do nothing to extend. Hoping to change his destiny as well as bring honor to Brauna, Alexander forges a deal with diplomats from the planet Neulander, where genetic manipulation is tolerated, to help Neulander’s bid to become a new member in the Polite Harmony of Worlds. His plan backfires, however, when Neulander secretly attacks an allied world, implicating Alexander as a traitor and ending his life. Now his successor, 23-year-old clone August, must live down the stigma of Alexander’s betrayal and win enough respect from his superiors to transcend his status as a toolman and become human. Aside from occasionally stilted prose, Freireich masterfully interweaves absorbing political intrigue and an original, futuristic version of racial prejudice. Set against a background f interplanetary war at the far reaches of the universe, here is a sweeping tale exploring what it means to be human. Can the clone of a traitor overcome his legacy, or will he be doomed to repeat it?

 The Tempering of Men (Iskryne World #2)by Sarah Monette  and Elizabeth Bear

Hardcover, 304 pages

Published August 16th 2011 by Tor Books

Mélusine (Doctrine of Labyrinths #1) by Sarah Monette

Hardcover, 421 pages
Published August 2nd 2005 by Ace Hardcover

Mélusine — a city of secrets and lies, pleasure and pain, magic and corruption — and destinies lost and found. 
Felix Harrowgate is a dashing, highly respected wizard. But his aristocratic peers don’t know his dark past — how his abusive former master enslaved him, body and soul, and trained him to pass as a nobleman. Within the walls of the Mirador — Melusine’s citadel of power and wizardry — Felix believed he was safe. He was wrong. Now, the horrors of his previous life have found him and threaten to destroy all he has since become.
Mildmay the Fox is used to being hunted. Raised as a kept-thief and trained as an assassin, he escaped his Keeper long ago and lives on his own as a cat burglar. But now he has been caught by a mysterious foreign wizard using a powerful calling charm. And yet the wizard was looking not for Mildmay — but for Felix Harrowgate.” Thrown together by fate, the broken wizard Felix and the wanted killer Mildmay journey far from Melusine through lands thick with strange magics and terrible demons of darkness. But it is the shocking secret from their pasts, linking them inexorably together, that will either save them, or destroy them.

PRE-ORDERS  

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoraida Córdova 

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire

Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.
I fall to my knees. Shattered glass, melted candles and the outline of scorched feathers are all that surround me. Every single person who was in my house – my entire family — is gone.
Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin.
The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…
Beautiful Creatures meets Daughter of Smoke and Bone with an infusion of Latin American tradition in this highly original fantasy adventure.

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire #1)by Jessica Cluess

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Henrietta can burst into flames.
Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s named the first female sorcerer in hundreds of years and invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.
Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the prophesied one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.
But Henrietta is not the chosen one.
As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

AUDIOBOOKS 

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco . Narrated by Nicola Barber.

Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
Release Date:09-20-16
Publisher: Hachette Audio

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

Concluding thoughts:  Becoming Human is a standalone in a companion series. Honestly it’s the only one that sounds exciting out of the three 3 companion books. Whereas all books by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear sound exciting. I’ve heard about the queer main characters in Doctrine of Labyrinths and the  Iskryne World trilogy . Knowing makes me want to read it more.

Speaking about representation it’s cool that Labyrinth Lost has a Bi latina lead. This is not the only reason for picking this one up. I’ve loved  Cordova’s debut Vicious Deep. I  still have to finish that trilogy.

Reviews and and an excited author got me interested in the two other books. Both books were on my radar but I was not that intrigued to read them.  Jesse the reader’s review of and others on a shadow bright and burning got me that intrigued.  The other one was because of A.G Howard. I love her books and I got it after I seen her loving it online.  That’s what I  got  the couple of weeks.  How has your week been?

 

Stacking the shelves #3

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews
Synopses  of first in a series will only be added  to avoid spoilers !

Viking Warrior 


Hardcover, 360 pages
Published June 13th 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers

A young man only at peace when he is at war
Young Halfdan is a slave. He is crafty with a bow and arrow and wise in the ways of the animals, but he can only dream of a warrior’s life. That is, until the dark day a Saxon’s blows lay his father on his deathbed, and his mother makes a tragic bargain for Halfdan’s freedom.
A boy’s destiny can come at the most terrible price. Halfdan must suffer a grave loss in order to grasp what he most desires: to train by, to live by, and, if the fates decree it, to die by the force of his sword and the swiftness of his arrow. He is to be a warrior — a great warrior.
Bloody, furiously paced, heart-wrenching, and unflinching, this is a story of a land where the destinies of boys and men are forged in the heat of battle. Young Halfdan shall come to know the glories of true brotherhood and the unspeakable horrors of true evil. In this first book in a saga teeming with thrilling details of the Viking world, young Halfdan emerges as a new hero . . . a new myth . . . a new legend.


Dragons from the Sea
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published June 12th 2007 by Harper Teen 

The Road to Vengeance
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published June 17th 2008 by Harper Teen

Book 1,  Mélusine , hasn’t arrived yet. The series  description will substitute.    
Set in the fantasy world of Meduse, it tells the story of the adventures of Felix Harrowgate, a wizard, and his half-brother Mildmay the Fox, a former assassin.

The Virtu
Hardcover, 439 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Ace Hardcover

The Mirador
Hardcover, 426 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Ace Hardcover

Corambis
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Ace
by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda

Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Image Comics


Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both

Leverage
by Joshua C. Cohen

Hardcover, 425 pages
Published February 17th 2011 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

The football field is a battlefield
There’s an extraordinary price for victory at Oregrove High. It is paid on – and off – the football field. And it claims its victims without mercy – including the most innocent bystanders. 
When a violent, steroid-infused, ever-escalating prank war has devastating consequences, an unlikely friendship between a talented but emotionally damaged fullback and a promising gymnast might hold the key to a school’s salvation.
Told in alternating voices and with unapologetic truth, Leverage illuminates the fierce loyalty, flawed justice, and hard-won optimism of two young athletes.

 So that’s what I got. How has your week been?

PS.  Leverage was the 2nd book I shelved as to be read on Goodreads, in the month May of 2011. My paperback copy has been worn.  A non-reader did not candle it properly.  I haven’t read it but it will be read before 2016 is done.  Leverage, The Strong Bow saga And The Doctrine Of Labyrinths are now out of print. I luckily won’t a 2nd  store this year that has free international shipping. Shipping and handling to Suriname gets pricey.  It’s Betterworldbooks.com btw. They sell old library books from prices ranging from $6 to $13 in most cases.  I’ve waited 5 years to read the out -of -print- books. I can’t freaking wait