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Time Crawlers – Varun Sayal // Alien Invasion, Dark Artificial Intelligence, Time-Travel, High-Tech Mythology, Djinn Folklore, Telekinetics…

Time CrawlersTitle: Time Crawlers

Author: Varun Sayal

Genre/Demographic: Science Fiction / Fantasy / Short Stories

Release Date: June 15th, 2018

Synopsis:

Alien Invasion, Dark Artificial Intelligence, Time-Travel, High-Tech Mythology, Djinn Folklore, Telekinetics, and life-consuming Cosmic Entities are some major themes in this book which has six tightly-knit, fast-paced Sci-Fi stories.

1. Nark-astra, The Hell Weapon
The weapons he possesses make him the destroyer of worlds, and he burns for revenge. A high-tech take on ancient Indian mythology.

2. Death by Crowd
The dark desires of the masses; darknet websites fueled by a crypto-currency. What lurks in the background – an advanced artificial intelligence?

3. Genie
He rubbed a lamp alright, but what he got was the shock of his life. An entire sci-fi take on the djinn myth.

4. Time Crawlers
There are individuals who exist in multiple time periods at once, and there are those who know about them….

5. Eclipse
No attacks, no blood-shed, yet there was an invasion and a conquest. Who are these shapeshifter aliens being hounded by an eclipse?

6. The Cave
The fate of an advanced imperial race hangs in balance as a dark celestial entity meets a legendary protector. Continue reading “Time Crawlers – Varun Sayal // Alien Invasion, Dark Artificial Intelligence, Time-Travel, High-Tech Mythology, Djinn Folklore, Telekinetics…”

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Finding Baba Yaga: A Short Novel in Verse – Jane Yolen || Atmospheric and eerie read…

Finding Baba Yaga: A Short Novel in VerseTitle: Finding Baba Yaga: A Short Novel in Verse

Author: Jane Yolen

Genre/Demographic: Verse Novel / Poetry Fantasy / Retellings /  Young Adult

Publisher: TOR.com Publishing

Release Date:  October 30th, 2018

Format:  Paperback (Sent by the Publisher)

Synopsis:

A young woman discovers the power to speak up and take control of her fate—a theme that has never been more timely than it is now…

You think you know this story.
You do not.

A harsh, controlling father. A quiescent mother. A house that feels like anything but a home. Natasha gathers the strength to leave, and comes upon a little house in the wood: A house that walks about on chicken feet and is inhabited by a fairy tale witch. In finding Baba Yaga, Natasha finds her voice, her power, herself….

A mythic yet timely novel-in-verse by the beloved and prolific author and poet Jane Yolen, “the Hans Christian Andersen of America.” Continue reading “Finding Baba Yaga: A Short Novel in Verse – Jane Yolen || Atmospheric and eerie read…”

Mini Reviews: Featuring Stargazing at Noon, Soft Magic, & Sparks of Phoenix!

Stargazing at NoonTitle: Stargazing at Noon

Author: Amanda Torroni

Genre: Poetry

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Release Date: February 12th, 2019

Description:

Whether between points of lights in the sky or the freckles on a lover’s skin, Amanda Torroni’s poetry finds the beautiful patterns in the material of life.

In this collection, Amanda Torroni expands on her previously published chapbook, Stargazing at Noon, adding over seventy poems and brand-new material. Torroni writes about intimacy, distance, the body, self-doubt, nostalgia, and love—both lost and found. Her poems weave disparate source material into a beautiful metaphor; readers are as likely to find Plato and neurological terminology as they are moonlit lovers and broken hearts. Continue reading “Mini Reviews: Featuring Stargazing at Noon, Soft Magic, & Sparks of Phoenix!”

The Thief & The Queen of Attolia – Megan Whalen Turner

The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1)

Title: The Thief (The Queen’s Thief # 1)

Author: Megan Whalen Turner

Genre/Demographic: Fantasy / Mythology / Historical Fiction / Young Adult

Format: Purchased (Paperback Edition)

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Release Date:  December 27th, 2005 (first published 1996)

Synopsis:

The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities.

What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses Continue reading “The Thief & The Queen of Attolia – Megan Whalen Turner”

Multicultural Children’s Book Day! || Mystery of the Min Min Lights & Mystery of the Rusty Key – Janelle Diller

Around December 2018, I signed up to be part of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day! It raises awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity in children’s book and getting the books itself in classrooms and libraries. As a person who is from a cultural background. I had to share and open up to it too.2019 Multicultural Children's Book Day Poster by Julie Flett

You can find out more about Multicultural Children’s Book Day at multiculturalchildrensbookday.com


Mystery of the Min Min Lights (Pack-n-Go Girls Adventure - Australia 1)

Title: Mystery of the Min Min Lights (A Pack-N-Go Girls Adventure)

Author: Janelle Diller

Genre/Demographic: Mystery / Middle Grade

Publisher: WorldTrek Publishing

Release Date:  December 15th, 2016

Description:

Welcome to Australia!
It’s hot. It’s windy. It’s dusty. It’s the Australian outback. Wendy Lee arrives from California. She’s lucky to meet Chloe Taylor, who invites Wendy to their sheep station. It sounds like fun except that someone is stealing the sheep.

And the thief just might be something as crazy as a UFO. Continue reading “Multicultural Children’s Book Day! || Mystery of the Min Min Lights & Mystery of the Rusty Key – Janelle Diller”

Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy: It wasn’t that bad and it wasn’t that great of a read either…

Dumplin'Title: Dumplin’

Author: Julie Murphy

Genre/Demographic: Contemporary / Romance / Young Adult

Format: Purchased (Paperback Edition)

Publisher: Baltzer + Bray

Release Date: September 15th, 2015

Synopsis:

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart. Continue reading “Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy: It wasn’t that bad and it wasn’t that great of a read either…”

The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi: Get swooped by the enigmatic world of secret societies, mythological & magical realism…

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)Title:  The Gilded Wolves

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Genre/Demographic: Historical Fiction / Fantasy / Young Adult / LGBTQIAP +

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Release Date: January 15th, 2019

ISBN13: 9781250144546

Synopsis:

Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive. Continue reading “The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi: Get swooped by the enigmatic world of secret societies, mythological & magical realism…”

Match Me If You Can – Tiana Smith: Fluffy, funny, & tremendously compelling

Match Me If You CanTitle: Match Me If You Can

Author: Tiana Smith

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Young Adult

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Release Date: January 8th, 2019

Synopsis:

Mia’s best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn’s matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.

Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn’t count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince – the guy she knows is right for her – and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn’t find out that Mia’s been matchmaking behind her back.

Mia has two weeks before homecoming. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever? Continue reading “Match Me If You Can – Tiana Smith: Fluffy, funny, & tremendously compelling”

Mini Reviews: Poetry Edition!

Happy Holidays! It has been such an interesting December for me, I hope you are having a fine month as well. IT IS  2019! (!!!!!!!!!!) I mean !? The year spiraled out fast. Nevertheless, it’s going to be awesome. For one, I had listed and posted 7 Books from different genre and demographics releasing in 2019, mostly written by #OwnVoices authors. There are many titles to read! 2019 is holding a whole lot of great things for us!

In another line, it finally happened, kind of sucky, that I am in a reading slump. Coincidentally, I have these books in the queue, which was, I am pretty sure, the Universe saying it “yes, I have scheduled it just for you.” And I truly am grateful.

Here they are;

Child of the Moon

Title: Child of the Moon

Author: Jessica Seeman

Genre: Poetry

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Release Date: January 8th, 2019

Synopsis:

In between being your mother and father,
I forgot to be your daughter
And became the child of the moon

“In her debut collection, Semaan offers an upfront &moving glimpse into the true nature of healing: an imperfect, nonlinear journey”–Amanda Lovlace, bestselling author of the princess saves herself in this one

An illustrated poetry collection about finding light in the darkness. Set against the backdrop of the Lebanese Civil War and the author’s turbulent family life, Child of the Moon is a powerful reflection on her journey through fear, shame and despair, and the unconditional love that helped her begin to heal from childhood trauma. Continue reading “Mini Reviews: Poetry Edition!”

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