Friday, April 28, 2017

May 2017 Want To Read

Currently as I write this i'm reading The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore and I believe i'll finish it before May starts, and if I don't then shortly after.

























So onto my May Want To Read!

First I want to add i've decided to use a game by Howlin Books called Candybook Land Here to help decide one book on my WTR each month. I've already rolled several months in advance actually lol and while I won't change the rolls of course (I have them written down) I could change what book I decide to use for it until I set that months WTR. Heck I could change it before I start reading it as long as the book fits. But anyway, May WTR!

1. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

I've heard so many amazing things about this book and it's on my Top 15 *must* get to in 2017 list...which I need to catch up on! I've heard it's a very diverse character-driven sci-fi and the sequel is already out.

2. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Also on my Top 15 must get to this year list. I've heard mostly good things about this book, though I expect it to be a difficult read due to the subject matter. I actually bought this quite awhile ago (before even hearing that it was made into a movie, which i've obviously never seen) and then later got a second copy through a Nocturnal Reader's Book Box...so I need to read one of them already!

3. Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
I read the first book in this fairy-tale retelling companion series in 2015, Sisters Red (little red riding hood retelling) and enjoyed it. I then got the last 3 in the series (they are companion novels and can be read as stand-alones) and still haven't read them yet. This is the second and a Hansel and Gretel retelling. It's also on my Top 15 to read this year list.

4. Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

This is the third in the series and a Little Mermaid retelling. I've also heard May as "Mermaid May" and i've never read a mermaid book despite loving mermaids and I want to read some mermaid book in May! I hope to at least.

5. Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon

Also on my Top 15 for this year list and a mermaid book. A Little Mermaid retelling as well.

6. Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu

An Adult Steampunk Fantasy graphic novel that i've heard many good things about! I've wanted to read more graphic novels (comics/manga etc.) this year but I haven't been doing that! :'(

7. Food Wars!, Vol. 1 by Yuto Tsukuda

I've heard a little about this manga series, all of which was good and I wanna check it out! All I know is boy goes to tough culinary school.

8. Chobits, Vol. 1 by CLAMP

CLAMP is more than one person. Anyway my spouse told me about this, it's an anime he's enjoyed and wanted me to check out. Of course I want to read the manga first and the picture I put up is actually of the Omnibus which includes the first 4 (out of 8) volumes, which is what I have. I don't necessarily want to get through all 4 this month but at least the first one. If I like it then I can get the second Omnibus to complete the series for me.

9. Twice Dead: Contagion by Suchitra Chatterjee

A zombie apocalypse type of novel but with disabled people fighting back by a disabled author! I mentioned it in a diversity Spotlight Here (which has the cover from Goodreads, but the one here is actually the cover I have as I guess it was changed). Check it out! :) Also this is the book i'm using for Candybook Land! My Candybook Land thing for this month was as follows

Month: May
Place#: 3 Yellow
Task: First in a series
Book: Twice Dead: Contagion

It wasn't originally what I was going to use because when I first discovered and did my Candybook Land roll for this month I hadn't even heard of this book yet. But then I did, and it fits so :D. Of course now I realize that all three of the graphic novels are also first in a series...but yeah.

Have you read any of these books? If so what did you think of them? No spoilers please! Do you want to read any of these books? What's on your radar for May?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Diversity Spotlight Thursday #4

Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme created by Aimal! Every week, you come up with one book in each of three different categories: a diverse book you have read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your TBR, and one that has not yet been released. You can check out their announcement post here.

I have since starting this realized I don't read that fast and there are 52 weeks in a year...so I won't be able to have one every week but will do one as often as I can. I love Diversity Spotlight!

A Diverse book you have read and enjoyed:
Far From You by Tess Sharpe

A Mystery with a bisexual main character that suffers from chronic pain and an addiction to pain pills. The author is also bisexual and deals with chronic pain, though for a different reason than the protagonist. I reviewed it Here.


















Diverse book on your TBR:
Twice Dead: Contagion by Suchitra Chatterjee

I first heard about this book in a horror group i'm in on Goodreads. There is a thread where free (generally temporarily) E-Books are posted, and I was browsing through them...I think it was just a few days ago as a new selection was posted for that day. This was in there, and I decided to check it out. I saw it's about disabled people fighting zombies and my first thought was "this is what i've always wanted but this could be very very bad or very very good" and obviously I haven't read it yet BUT I did check out the author!

I found her Twitter Here and her very interesting (long but interesting!) bio on Amazon Here (it's on the side). She is also disabled and it appears to be own voices. I had to snatch it up! This is part of her bio on Amazon if you don't want to check out the whole thing.

"Twice Dead - Contagion which is the first in a trilogy was born out of conversations I have had with fellow disabled people about books and how WE are represented in them. Especially in the horror/fantasy/sci-fi genre.

"We are never the heroes," one friend said. "We get eaten first" another friend said of the Zombie Genre.

"Why can't disabled people be heroes in books?" was another comment.

The actress Sarah Gordy, of Upstairs Downstairs, Call the Midwife, and Culture Device Dance Project is one of those friends who talked candidly with me about disability and the arts. She told me her greatest wish was to have a part in Doctor Who, to be the first person with Down's Syndrome to do so. But this wouldn't happen she said, until there was more books, plays, and such like out in the public domain.

So Twice Dead - Contagion is a book about a Zombie Apocalypse where disabled people make their own stand and become the heroes we are denied in real life...unless we just happen to be a Paralympian (who I think are amazing) but not everyone is a Paralympian, some of us are spectators but that does not make us any less of a person."


That honestly brings tears to my eyes. I'm hoping to get to this in the next few months and if I like it I will get a physical copy! I love The Walking Dead for example...but disabled people just never appear (or they die) in zombie/apocalypse stories as a general rule. And honestly it's always bugged me and, being disabled too, kinda feels crappy. This sounds like my type of book!

Diverse book that has not yet been released:
How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

The main character is bisexual and so is the author, so it's own voices there. I've heard from those that have read ARCs that the word bisexual is used on the page! The love Interest is biracial and gay. The love interest also explains why she hates being called exotic. Also, sex-positive. Keep in mind these are things i've heard from those that read ARCs and i've heard nothing but good things! I am definitley looking forward to this book, it comes out May 2nd!

Also after doing this I realized I put this on my first Diversity Spotlight...oops. I'm sorry for that but why not hype it up again close to release? *shrugs* It's almost Thursday as I write this and I wasn't expecting to do one this week but then Twice Dead became a thing and I wanted to mention it and yeah...here we are. I am really excited for How to Make a Wish if that counts for anything! :D


What diverse books have you read and enjoyed? What ones are on your TBR, whether they have come out yet or not? Have you read any of these books and if so what did you think of them?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I want to read more from

Top 5 Wednesday information at the Goodreads group Here.

This week's Top; 5 Wednesday- "Talk about some authors that you've only read one or a few books from, and you NEED to read more!" So here are 5 author's I want to read more from!

1. Hannah Moskowitz

I read Not Otherwise Specified by her. A book about a bisexual black girl recovering from an eating disorder and in love with ballet (and the bisexual and recovering from an eating disorder are own voices). I adored it so much and being the first book I ever read and even heard about with a bisexual character, and main character at that, I cried through-out the entire book and related so much to that part of it. It was also the first review I ever wrote on this blog here, the reason I got inspired to start doing this in the first place. I have some other books by her, including 'Teeth', 'Gena/Finn', and 'A history of glitter and blood' and I haven't read any of them (yet). I really need to read more by her!

2. Stephen King

I know I read some books by him when I was a teenager, bag of bones and bleak house I think, but they went over my head. Most books did at the time because I didn't realize I had to slow down my reading to process what I was reading (I hated my lack of reading comprehension growing up...if someone had just told me "slow down and take it in, you don't have to read fast" that would have really helped!). I have since, last year, read "IT" and I have 'Pet Semetary' and 'Salem's Lot' that I haven't read yet. I definitely want to read more by him, and re-read the books I read as a teen.

3. Hillary Monahan

I read "The Awesome" by her (as Eva Darrows) and really enjoyed it. She has recently come out with 'Dead Little Mean Girl' that I want to check out and I have her "Mary: The Summoning" but haven't read it yet.

4. Anne Rice

I have read the first 3 books (there are 12 so far..) in The Vampire Chronicles series, and so far I do plan on continuing with that (I have the 4th). I also want to check out some of her other works and series though. I know she has stuff about witches and werewolves and so many things. So many books, so little time.

5. Brom

I read "Krampus: The Yule Lord" by Brom and really liked it. He has other books including a dark Peter Pan retelling "The Child Thief" and many more books. He also illustrates and I really like his illustrations too. I don't have any of his other books yet but I do really want to check them out!

So there are some authors i've read some from and I really want to read more from! What are some authors you want to read more from? Have you read these authors and if so what do you think of them?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence Book Thoughts


Title: Red Sister
Series: Book of the Ancestor #1
Author: Mark Lawrence
Published Date: April 4th, 2017
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Source: Netgalley
# of Pages: 472
Genre: Fantasy
Read: April 2017

Goodreads Synopsis

"It's not until you're broken that you find your sharpest edge

A brilliant new series from the bestselling author of PRINCE OF THORNS.

"I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin"

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.

But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse."

Rating: 2/5 stars

Check it out on Goodreads!

Some Quotes

"Her last thoughts before dreams stole her were that if a shaved head were the worst thing to have happened to Arabella Jotsis so far then she had lived a charmed life."

"Nona understood better than most that even the most sacred bonds could be broken under enough stress."

"but Nona had seen a child purchased from her parents for a single penny and to see one tossed about so lightly always gave her a sense of disquiet."

"Money is at the center of everything we do: it has the loudest voice."

"She had had few friends in her life and the bonds that bound her to them were more sacred to her than the Ancestor was to any nun. Friendship wasn't something you gave up on or let slip: it wasn't something to be done in small measure or cut in half."

"She had called Clera and Hessa friends and that bond ran deeper than blood: it was the foundation of a world that she could understand. A faith that mattered."

My Thoughts

I got this from Netgalley for an honest review.

I DNF'd at 63% so my review is on what I read. Assassin nuns, sounds amazing right? Honestly it really is in some ways and this is not a bad book, it was just a "not for me" book. Don't take my less than stellar review as a reason to not pick it up if it appeals to you!

I was very confused in the beginning. I'm easily confused and I truly don't think it's the fault of this book. It's just world-building heavy and i'm not very fantasy inclined it seems. If you are very into fantasy it'll probably be much better for you! Even though I was confused world-wise I did get to liking the characters initially and really enjoyed Nona, the main character. I'm not sure what she's guilty of, where the synopsis at the end says "guilty of worse". Not sure what I missed or possibly didn't get to. She's had a very hard life and I could see the thought that went into her character.

There are several great quotes through-out the book and wonderful messages.

I really tried to get into this book and I had thought it was beginning to work for me but then the middle...something just disconnected with me and my eyes were mostly just going over the words and I was wondering when it would end. I was reading but not processing anything, and I just stopped caring as I was so bored. It gets invested in the classes, the nuns, it's like a boarding school where they raise girls to be fighting nuns. Assassins, killers, what have you. You get to go to the classes with them. To many i'm sure this would be very interesting and sometimes it was for me but something just felt...off. My best guess is I didn't click with the writing as I can't think of any real flaw with the book. The characters, the plot line...it was just me and the book didn't jive. I tried to push myself but ultimately felt a reading slump coming on and that's when I know...I need to just put the book down and move on.

If it sounds up your alley, give it a shot! My opinion is in the minority on the book, and that's ok.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas book thoughts


Title: The Hate U Give
Series: Standalone
Author: Angie Thomas
Published Date: February 28th, 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: I bought it
# of Pages: 444
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
Read: April 2017

Goodreads Synopsis

"Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life."

Rating: 5/5 stars

Check it out on Goodreads!

Some Quotes:

"Funny how it works with white kids though. It's dope to be black until it's hard to be black."

"Brave doesn't mean you're not scared, Starr." she says. "It means you go on even though you're scared. And you're doing that.""

My Thoughts

TW: Racism, racial profiling, abuse, fire, police brutality

Honestly I can not do this book justice no matter what I say. It's an own voices book inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. It's honest, raw, heart-breaking, unapologetic and unafraid. It's truly powerful. My white behind's opinion on this is not really important, but I have got to reiterate how truly powerful and important this book is, especially in today's world! I don't care if you don't normally pick up YA or Contemporary, this book is really in a category all on it's own and I highly recommend EVERYONE pick it up! I may not be able to do the book justice but i'll certainly try to write a review for it.

Honestly at the very beginning the characters were annoying me in the "typical annoying teenagers" way and I was seriously worried i'd be the one person to not like it and feel absolutely horrible about it. This was not the case! It quickly showed the why and picked up. No word was unnecessary.

I'm sure there are people out there that are going to be worried it's anti-white and anti-cop. It's not. It does however show the hard truths that black people have to live with everyday and how exhausting it is. It squeezed my heart through-out the book. It made me think, and hard. You can mean well, truly mean well, and still be racist without even realizing it. And so often people just let it slide...how are things going to get better and change then?

Even though it's heart-wrenching there were laugh out loud moments and messages of hope. It's hard-hitting but still full of hope. There are sweet moments in it too.

It's angry yes. And it shows why. The journey Starr goes through in this book...I don't know how to describe it but it's amazing. The journey to understand herself, her place and society. I don't think i'm saying it well.

The writing is well done, no wasted word. It's easy to read and sucks you in, while still packing powerful punches. The characters feel very real. Emotional, flawed and go through character development. Starr truly comes into her own by the end and in becoming a woman. I love Starr's voice!

It talks about so many important topics. Racism, as well as how racism kills, code switching, police brutality, interracial relationships and more. It has strong family bonds in ways we're told don't exist anymore. It's relate-able. I grew up in a poor neighborhood where as a kid I was used to hearing gunshots too. Heck some made it through our roof, don't know how that happened but for awhile we had buckets in our house because of it. I remember saying "Mom..I need a bucket" because it was raining in the middle of my bedroom. I didn't realize as a kid how messed up it was that gunshots didn't faze me. And I know my white self still has a lot of white privilege. Privilege isn't a dirty word. But now I feel like i'm getting off track. Like I said though it's relate-able in so many ways and will be even more to others.

The characters in this book aren't just characters. They are real people, living in today's world. I've never felt characters more alive and true.

This book made me ugly cry. It made me have to put it down multiple times so I could get myself together. It also made me stay up late in order to finish it, which I never do. It also made me cry at a prayer...and that kind of stuff normally makes me roll my eyes.

I'm trying to be vague as I believe this is a book you need to experience for yourself. This book packs powerful truths that need to be heard. Please, if you can, get a hold of this book and read it! Yes, i'm begging you. It is truly deserving of all the hype and more. These messages need to be heard! Yes, especially if you are white. This book deserves every bit of the hype!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads

Top 5 Wednesday information at the Goodreads group Here.

1. Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

A Chinese-American Bisexual Main Character as well as other important diverse characters in a natural feeling way that I absolutely loved! It comes out May 2nd (I got an ARC from Netgalley) and I reviewed it Here. It's own voices for Chinese-American and Bisexuality too! I highly recommend checking it out!
















2. Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver

There is a polyamorous relationship with 3 girls, one of which is a transgirl (who is also kick-ass!). It also deals with depression, anxiety, PTSD, physical disability and has POC. There is a non-binary character as well. The author identifies as non-binary, queer, and deals with chronic pain, medical issues and is neurodivergent, so it's also own voices in those respects! I read this in January and reviewed it Here. I highly recommend, well every book on this list so i'll quit repeating myself now! :)












3. The Abyss Surrounds Us and The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie

A Duology that has bad-ass lesbian pirates fighting sea monsters. I reviewed the first one Here and the second one Here. Chameleon Moon also has a second book that recently came out though I haven't read it yet (but from what i've heard is equally as amazing!).

4. Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz

The Main Character, Etta, is a black bisexual girl recovering from an eating disorder and in love with Ballet. She is amazing as is the storyline. It's the first book I ever read with a bisexual character, at all, and I fell in love with it and Etta's voice! The author is also bisexual and has talked about her experience with an eating disorder before, so it's own voices for both of those things. It's also the first book I ever wrote a review for, so it's probably not the best review but it's Here if you wanna check it out.











5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I know this book will probably be on many lists, and for good reason! It's the story about 2 Mexican-American boys falling in love. It's deep, profound and beautiful in so many ways. I reviewed it Here.



















What LGBTQ+ books do you love?

Sunday, April 16, 2017

April 2017 Book Haul #1

Since I seem to get a lot of Ebooks throughout the month (thanks to bookbub.com mostly) I figure i'll have 2 book hauls a month. One in the middle and one at the end. Unless you'd prefer one large one? Let me know!

Physical















Crap, just realized I forgot to put the Buffy complete collection DVD set in there. I had the complete Buffy DVD collection until a house fire over 4 years ago. Never got it again because I found out before I did that Buffy was on netflix, so I didn't need to bother...well apparently Buffy is no longer on netflix so....I got it again. I know it's not a book...but...Buffy! It's also the reason I got a lot less books this month physically than usual, but so totally worth it! Anyway onto the books!

I got Little Heaven and Suffer the Children in The Nocturnal Reader's book box which I reviewed Here.

Little Heaven by Nick Cutter

"An all-new epic tale of terror and redemption set in the hinterlands of midcentury New Mexico from the acclaimed author of The Troop—which Stephen King raved “scared the hell out of me and I couldn’t put it down...old-school horror at its best.”

From electrifying horror author Nick Cutter comes a haunting new novel, reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian and Stephen King’s It, in which a trio of mismatched mercenaries is hired by a young woman for a deceptively simple task: check in on her nephew, who may have been taken against his will to a remote New Mexico backwoods settlement called Little Heaven. Shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous. Stirrings in the woods and over the treetops—the brooding shape of a monolith known as the Black Rock casts its terrible pall. Paranoia and distrust grips the settlement. The escape routes are gradually cut off as events spiral towards madness. Hell—or the closest thing to it—invades Little Heaven. The remaining occupants are forced to take a stand and fight back, but whatever has cast its dark eye on Little Heaven is now marshaling its powers...and it wants them all."


Sounds interesting. Got it in the book box, where it's always a surprise as to what's coming in it. I'll hopefully get to it eventually (I say as my TBR is giving me a death glare..ah the joys of being a bookworm).

Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie

"From an acclaimed horror writer, a chilling tale of blood-hungry children who rise from the dead in this innovative spin on apocalyptic vampire fiction.

Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as readers are introduced to Herod's Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they return from the grave…and ask for blood. And with blood, they stop being dead. They continue to remain the children they once were...but only for a short time, as they need more blood to live. The average human body holds ten pints of blood, so the inevitable question for parents everywhere becomes: How far would you go to bring your child back?"


Also got in the book box. Definitely want to get to this at some point!

The Lifeline Signal by RoAnna Sylver (Chameleon Moon #2)

"Parole is still burning. And now the day everyone has been waiting for is finally here: it’s collapsed. A lucky few managed to escape with their lives. But while their city burned, the world outside suffered its own devastating disaster. The Tartarus Zone is a deadly wasteland a thousand miles wide, filled with toxic storms, ghostly horrors, and just as many Eyes in the Sky as ever. Somehow, this new nightmare is connected to Parole. And it’s spreading.

Now Parole’s only hope lies in the hands of three teenagers reunited by their long-lost friend Gabriel - in their dreams. Growing up outside Parole, Shiloh Cole always had to keep xir energetic powers a secret, except from xir parents, Parole’s strategist-hero Garrett, and Tartarus expert Maureen. When Parole collapsed, all contact was lost. Now, connected by Gabriel and their colliding pasts, xie joins collapse survivor Annie and the enigmatic, charismatic Chance on a desperate cross-country race, carrying a disc of xir mother’s vital plans, whose encrypted contents may be Parole’s salvation. First they’ll board the FireRunner, a ship full of familiar faces that now sails through Tartarus’ poison storms. Together, they’ll survive Tartarus’ hazards, send a lifeline to lost Parole - and uncover the mystery connecting every one of them.

The world outside Parole isn't the one they remember, and it didn’t want them back. But they'll save it just the same. It's what heroes do."


I bought this as I loved Chameleon Moon so of course I had to get the sequel! It recently came out. I also still have to read the short stories. I reviewed Chameleon Moon #1 Here.

Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

"Mattie is chosen to play Romeo opposite her crush in the eighth grade production of Shakespeare’s most beloved play in this Romeo and Juliet inspired novel from the author of Truth or Dare.

Mattie, a star student and passionate reader, is delighted when her English teacher announces the eighth grade will be staging Romeo and Juliet. And she is even more excited when, after a series of events, she finds herself playing Romeo, opposite Gemma Braithwaite’s Juliet. Gemma, the new girl at school, is brilliant, pretty, outgoing—and, if all that wasn’t enough: British.

As the cast prepares for opening night, Mattie finds herself growing increasingly attracted to Gemma and confused, since, just days before, she had found herself crushing on a boy named Elijah. Is it possible to have a crush on both boys AND girls? If that wasn’t enough to deal with, things backstage at the production are starting to rival any Shakespearean drama! In this sweet and funny look at the complicated nature of middle school romance, Mattie learns how to be the lead player in her own life."


I heard about this because apparently some middle school had the author come talk about her books...but not this one oh no! It is a middle grade book..and it has a bisexual main character and an f/f romance. I was 13, in 7th grade (aka MIDDLE SCHOOL) when I realized than I am bisexual...and some people realize it even younger! There are plenty of LGBT+ kids out there and they all deserve to see themselves in books too, not just the straight kids that are seen everywhere. I'm not against straight people or hetero romances of course (this shouldn't need to be said but..yeah), i'm just saying that's everywhere and seen as normal and ok, but LGBT+ stuff is still often seen as not ok or "controversial"...like what the hell?!

LGBT+ kids deserve to see themselves too, to know they are not alone, that they are not freaks or evil or something "wrong". From what i've heard this is a cute sweet middle grade book with a bisexual mc and an f/f romance. Heck yeah I had to support it and buy it! I could have really used a book like this when I was in middle school, and there are kids out there today that deserve such books! I'm actually giving myself a headache right now from trying not to cry. This stuff is personal to me and very important.

Kindle Books

As usual most of these I got for free thanks to bookbub.com

2017 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide by many authors

"Do you love new planets, spaceships, and adventure?

You'll love this collection of science fiction stories, because it's stuffed full of amazing futuristic excitement!

Zip through the stars in spaceships while exploring uncharted universes in these amazing adventures for girls, boys and robots of all ages!

Get it now, and blast off today!"


A middle grade sci-fi anthology.









F*Ths (Friends that have sex #1) by G. L. Tomas

"Teddy had two rules—Live for the moment and never look back.

With wealth, good looks and confidence at her fingertips, nothing was going to stop her from living life to the fullest. Not even the secret she’s been forced to live with.

When Asher Rose met Teddy King, he knew it’d be trouble but it was just the kind of trouble he didn’t mind himself falling in, what he didn’t plan was falling hard for the girl no one could tame.
What happens when you take a trip on this sexy ride? An intense, messy and wild ride all the way down.

*FTHS is the Book One in a duology. It is intended for Adults 18+ for explicit casual sex, drug use and profanity."


I heard about this (and the second one) on Twitter and they were temporarily free. I don't remember the specifics but I heard bisexual character, disability, and POC characters so of course I was sold! I don't normally pick up New Adult books but if it's diverse i'll give it a shot!

Friends that Still... (Friends that have sex #2) by G. L. Tomas

"Teddy’s back in Miami with her mind made up. Live like it’s your last day. Love like it’s your last day.

The moment those steel-blue eyes gazed back into hers, there was no question. Asher wasn’t just the only one she wanted, but the only one she needed. This time around there would be no more room for regrets, but would they ever be more than friends that still…?"


The second one...not much else to say here.










Water Under the Bridge by Britney King

"As a woman who feels her clock ticking every single moment of the day, former bad girl Kate Anderson is desperate to reinvent herself. So when she sees a handsome stranger walking toward her, she feels it in her bones, there's no time like the present. He's the one.

Kate vows to do whatever it takes to have what she wants, even if that something is becoming someone else. Now, ten pounds thinner, armed with a new name, and a plan, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s created in her mind.

But Kate has secrets.

And too bad for her, that handsome stranger has a few of his own.

With twists and turns you won’t see coming, Water Under The Bridge explores the immense pressure that many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a protagonist whose hard edges and cutthroat ambition will leave you questioning your judgment and straddling the line between what’s right and wrong."


It was a free mystery/thriller, what more do you want from me!? :p

Sleepy Hollow: Rise Headless and Ride by Richard Gleaves

"NOTE: This E-Book edition INCLUDES "THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW" by Washington Irving (full text)!

"May I present the Last Descendant of Ichabod Crane..."

JASON CRANE just turned seventeen years old.

He's a STAR WARS fan and a history geek. He doesn't believe in ghosts or the afterlife. He doesn't believe in psychic powers or tarot cards. He doesn't believe in the Headless Horseman.

But Sleepy Hollow will change all that. Because Jason Crane has a heritage to claim. Jason Crane has a Gift to discover. And Jason Crane has an old enemy who will RISE HEADLESS AND RIDE.

THE JASON CRANE SERIES re-invents and re-imagines classic American ghost literature. Sleepy Hollow, Salem ("The House of the Seven Gables" and the infamous witch trials), and haunted Washington D.C. and Baltimore ("The Fall of the House of Usher" and other works of Edgar Allen Poe.)

The series is set in and among the real-life sights and Halloween events of the modern-day locations. Perfect for planning Halloween tourism! Every place mentioned in Book #1 exists for you to explore: Gory Brook Road, the Tarrytown Lighthouse, the ruin of the Horseman Bridge, the grave of Washington Irving, Patriot's Park, Philipsburg Manor and the haunted Burying Ground of the Old Dutch Church.

This eBook edition includes an online MAP of the sights mentioned in the story so that you can follow along or plan a trip. Step into the REAL village of Sleepy Hollow and the world of Jason Crane."


I don't even know the Sleepy Hollow story but...horror...free...sounds awesome...

The Kategan Alphas Vol 1. by T.A. Grey

"Read the first three books in the sexy & delightful Kategan Alphas series with this bundle. These hot romances will keep the pages turning in three fun-filled, spicy books that have it all: a tight-knit family, new love, healing, humor, and plenty of suspense and action. Learn why nearly one million copies of T. A. Grey's romances have been sold and watch as "paranormal" meets "contemporary" in this addicting series.

Erotic, funny, and action-packed, come join the Kategan family as they meet their mates, struggle to overcome darkness, and fall in love--whether they should or not. This series will keep the pages turning book after book as you, and the Kategans, fall in love. WARNING: these books contain sweet and dominating alpha men, smart & interesting heroines, sarcasm, and plenty of hot scenarios.

MATING CYCLE
Each year lykaen princess Sarina Brunes goes through her mating cycle—a powerful force that makes the desire to mate nearly inescapable. When Sarina is sent away by her father to endure the mating cycle alone, she never expects a sexy Alpha to come to her doorstep.

When Alpha Vane Kategan stumbles upon Sarina in her cycle, he is determined to help her, if only to ease her pain. However, she denies them both what they so desperately want. But Vane won’t give up on his seduction until they both find bliss. What neither of them count on is falling in love.

Right when they need each other the most, they are torn apart by her father’s cruelty. Now Sarina must fight to be with the one she loves and risk losing the only family she has left in the process. Can Sarina escape her father’s grasp for the arms of the man she loves?

DARK AWAKENING
Once a vibrant woman, Alison Bennson suffered a terrible trauma at the hands of her ex. When her ex crashes back into her life with terrifying consequences, Alison must turn to the Kategans for help. Rome Kategan has been a haunting thought in her mind ever since she met the grinning rogue. If only she was the woman she used to be she could relax and enjoy the sexy male, but instead she is haunted by the past and fearful for the future.

Her past has emerged though with vengeance and with one purpose in mind for Alison—death. Rome Kategan swears to protect Alison with a passionate determination that frightens Alison almost more than her past.

WICKED DESIRES
The sight of her happily mated brothers has Vera biting her nails in frustration. When the opportunity arises for her to get away from it all she takes it—with one catch—Jackson Marsh. Jackson Marsh has been a pain in her ass from the moment she laid eyes on him. And now to repair his broken trust with her brother Rome, Jackson has agreed to protect Vera as she goes into enemy territory to negotiate the treaty between the Kategan Pack and the vampires.

However the change of scenery doesn’t do anything to help Vera’s mood for there was one thing she didn’t think about when she came up with her brilliant plan—seeing her ex vampire lover. Now with her ex vying for her affections again and Jackson sending her body and heart through a loop, Vera must decide with her heart, which has never fully healed itself from the past. In the midst of all the chaos, a vampire clan is threatening to take Kategan land. Together Vera and Jackson must fight to save Kategan land while trying to save each other from falling in love."


I saw free paranormal vampire romance...don't judge me.

The Vampyre; a Tale by John William Polidori

"The Vampyre is a short story by John William Polidori. It is based on a fragment written by Lord Byron in 1816 during a gathering of author friends who, trapped inside due to bad weather, decided to write ghost stories. At the request of a friend, Polidori wrote a complete story from the premise outlined in Byron's fragment. Without either author's prior knowledge, the story was published in the April 1819 issue of New Monthly Magazine as "The Vampyre: A Tale by Lord Byron"; despite immediate protests from both Byron and Polidori, the attribution stuck, for a well-known author such as Byron attracted a much better audience.

The Vampyre was the first vampire story in English prose, and as such had a wide-ranging influence, almost singlehandedly creating the now-popular image of the vampire as an aristocratic seducer."


I used to think Dracula was the first vampire story, then I heard about Carmilla which predates Dracula...and now i've just recently heard about this story which pre-dates Carmilla. WHERE DOES IT REALLY START ALREADY?! Ahem, apparently here...I think. It's so old that you can download it for free as an ebook, public domain and all that. That is what I have done.

The Scarlet Thread by D.S. Murphy

"My name Kaidance Monroe, and sometimes when I touch people, I see how they die. After I saw my little brother’s death but failed to stop it, my parents abandoned me to a juvenile detention facility. I don’t let people touch me anymore. Not my fingertips, not my skin, not my heart. I make my own clothes by stitching together the donations we get; usually a bunch of crap that fits like a parachute. My sweater is a patchwork of different shades of inky, dark squares. I make plain gray skirts that hang to my knees, with cute or funny T-shirts sewed in. They clash ironically with my unsmiling face. My Allstar high-tops are black and frayed, like my soul.

I also wear a chunk of brightly colored legos around my neck. My little brother was working on it the day he died. The day I failed to save him. It’s unfinished, so I’ll never know what it was meant to be. Most days, I just try to get by. But then I got a visit from a cute guy, who tricked me into giving up my secrets. He said I was special. That he needed me. For a while, I believed him. But once I found out what I could really do, I learned everybody wanted the power I possessed. The power to destroy deities. To kill gods. To end the world... or to save it. My heart is torn, and those I loved most betrayed me. I'm trying so hard to do what's right, but nobody can tell me what that is anymore, and the moral boundaries I'd always let define my life have been shattered. Whose rules should I obey now? Or do I have to make my own?

The Scarlet Thread is a dark fantasy for fans of Greek mythology and Gothic romance. Fans of Fallen and Percy Jackson will be captivated by this mashup of fallen angels and forgotten gods.

This is PART ONE of the first book in the Fated Destruction series."


As I sit here wondering when my tablet full of kindle books will finally explode...

What About Today by Dawn Lanuza

"Aiden's stuck working for his family's amusement park, Funtastic World, for the whole summer. Nothing amuses him, until he met this terrified girl.
Gemma's stuck in Funtastic World thinking she could handle the park's rides. She couldn't. Good thing she met someone to guide her.
As the day comes to a close, Aiden and Gemma ask themselves if one day is ever enough to decide if they were better off as friends or strangers."


It's a short story, sounds cute, was free and I saw amusement park. For some reason that intrigues me.





Trapped (The Prometheus Project #1) by Douglas E. Richards

"From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the adult thriller, WIRED, THE PROMETHEUS PROJECT: TRAPPED is the first book in a critically acclaimed science fiction series for kids.

Ryan and Regan Resnick have just moved to the world's most boring place. But when they discover their parents are part of an ultra-secret project called Prometheus they are plunged into a nonstop adventure: one that will be the ultimate test of their wit, courage, and determination. Soon they are under attack and facing hostile alien worlds, alien technology, and unimaginable dangers at every turn. Now, with their mother facing certain death, they must race to solve a seemingly impossible mystery to have any hope of saving her. But if they save their mom, they will have no way to save themselves. . ."


It was free and I looked at reviews on Goodreads while I was deciding if I should download it or not, as it's a children's sci-fi book. Obviously I decided to download it..

Making Love by Aidan Wayne

"Carla the cupid is an excellent shot, but her chemistry is so bad that most of her matches don’t last. Her dream is to shoot a True Love pair, but until her scores improve, she’s relegated to the Puppy Love division of Aphrodite Agency.

Leeta, a succubus, is looking for a True Love match. Which is highly unusual, as most succubi are aromantic. But Aphrodite Agency—her only hope—turns her away because the receptionist can’t believe she’s not just looking for an easy meal.

Carla agrees to take Leeta’s case on freelance. She figures it’s a win-win: Carla gets to put a succubus’s True Love match on her résumé, and Leeta gets to find her True Love! Except as Carla tries to find a match for Leeta, she finds herself maybe . . . relieved when the matches don’t end well. And Leeta seems to be getting pickier and pickier. Things will never work out until Carla learns enough about chemistry to figure out who’s truly best for Leeta, and until Leeta can admit what—or who—she truly wants.

Word Count: 22,800
Cover by: L.C. Chase"


I bought this one. It's a short paranormal F/F romance that seems perfect for Valentine's day.

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

"Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by an earthshaking mystery—and a fight to control a gargantuan power.

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?"


I've heard a lot of good things about this book and the sequel recently came out! I bought it as it was on sale for a bit, and I managed to get paid on the last day of the sale and snatched it up quick! I wanted to check it out so why not get it during a sale?

The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker

"Soon to be a major motion picture!

Cherry blossom lipstick: check
Smokey eyes: check
Skinny jeans: check
Dead kid in the mirror: check

For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She’s been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too.

Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see’s the ghost of her foster sister… Sally.

Everyone thinks Sally’s just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truth—she’s dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she can’t do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sally’s disappearance.

Only to find out she’s dealing with a much bigger problem, a serial killer, and she may be the next victim…

Will Mattie be able to find out the truth before the killer finds her?"


Heard a little bit about it, not much, but it sounded good. I like Ghost stories and I saw it was free, so I got it.

The Carnival Keepers by Amber Gulley

"It's 1879, and James - a time-wasting escapist - is trying to win a bet.

His challenges include purchasing a lighthouse, hosting a séance, and spending the night with his father's prize-winning stallion in a notoriously haunted attic.

But the Carnival is in town for the All Hallows' Eve celebrations, and the London fog has other ideas for James. Something vicious is waiting in the shadows, ready to lead him towards a destiny he could never have imagined."


I haven't heard a single thing about this book. I had a couple $'s left to spend and some Ebooks are $1-3 so I was browsing the Amazon Kindle store and came upon this for $3...and it looked interesting...so I bought it. It wasn't on my TBR at all and I have heard diddly squat about it. It just came out this year, February 21st, and only has 18 ratings on Goodreads so far. My TBR pile keeps growing...and I regret nothing.

The Big Lead by Libby Kirsch

"Stella Reynolds is new to the job, new to the state, and new to making mistakes in front of thousands of people, but that’s exactly what she signs up for when she takes a job as a TV reporter in the mountains of Bozeman, Montana. Being on live TV in a small town has never been so funny, until Stella covers the town’s first murders in years.

When the prime suspect’s girlfriend enlists Stella to help clear his name, she uncovers another shocking crime that could expose a handful of powerful insiders.

Who is honest, who can’t be trusted, and who committed the murders? Stella is on a tight deadline to find out. Can she help free an innocent man, or will the real culprit get away with murder?"


It was free and sounded interesting.

Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

"If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it.

That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth."


Cupcakes, Werewolves, Vampires and yes, it was free. Of course I downloaded it.





No Kiss Goodbye by Janelle Harris

"Kids change your life, they said. Things will never be the same again, they said. Isn't it wonderful, they said. But no one knows what to say now.

My husband wants to take the kids. My husband thinks the accident was my fault. My husband thinks I need help. But I think he wants rid of me."


Psychological Thriller













The Punished by Peter Meredith

"There is no way out.
The house takes them, flies in the web, and won't let them go.
The house is beautiful and silent as a tomb.
There are children at play, pretending to live as their souls are sucked out of them.
There is no way out. The doors are locked and the windows hammered shut.
Some have been there for years, their minds warped into insanity by the fear and pain. Curt is new and can't understand why no one speaks and why the only sounds come from the night. He wonders what it is that comes out of the basement when the sun goes down.
There is no way out until you are cold and stiff.

What the readers say about The Punished:

"I did not expect the chilling supernatural story that is The Punished."

"...and I will never forget this one. Five stars, 100%, I give it the highest praise I have to offer."

"...and it left me spinning in my chair. There’s more to it than horror; there’s mystery and nail-biting suspense.""


I like horror..

The Girl Who Heard Everything by Ian Pendle and Jack Lewis

"A lonely moor. A chilling wind. A terrible crime that they had to hide. They thought they were alone, but she heard everything.

Disgraced news presenter Emma Underhill goes back to her childhood village to recover from an eye operation. She had vowed never to go back there, and she knows that old enemies wait for her in the sleepy place, yearning for revenge for something she did early in her career.

On the way there, her brother-in-law stops to meet a friend. Emma gets out of the car. With her eyes covered in bandages, all she can see is darkness. The countryside is a lonely place, and with Mark gone she feels alone.

And then she hears noises. A man and a woman are at the bottom of the hill. She hears the sound of a shovel hitting the earth, and then the couple’s voices as they talk about burying a body. She tries to back away, but they know she’s there.

Someone is dead, and only Emma heard the killers’ voices. Then it hits her; they saw her. They know what she looks like. She realises that they could be anybody. The village becomes a sinister place, where every person she passes could be one of the murderers. Who are they? Who did they kill?

Nobody in the village believes her. As Emma tries to find out the truth, the killers make it clear they won’t leave her alone. They won’t rest until she leaves the village. If she stays, they’ll make sure she can never tell anyone."


Sounds interesting, was free. Things need to stop being free before my Tablet starts plotting it's revenge on me!

The Forgotten by Saruuh Kelsey

"Good and goodness will prevail.

Honour and Horatia Frie are twins living in a world of wreck and ruin.

Forgotten London is a dismal place of containment, rationing, and a four-family-per-house regulation. Twenty five years ago the world was set ablaze when solar flares obliterated three quarters of the Earth’s population and wiped out whole continents in one blow. The flares brought with them The Sixteen Strains: agonizing and fatal diseases that plague each of the forty one zones of Forgotten London and the rest of the world. The only places that escaped fatal damage were two countries now known as The Cities – States and Bharat. The rest of the world – The Forgotten Lands – is contained within borders for the people’s protection against even deadlier Strains outside the barrier. But fifteen year old Honour thinks differently. He thinks that they’re kept inside the fence for other, more menacing reasons. He thinks that States are planning to kill them.

Branwell and Bennet Ravel are twins living in a world of danger and secrecy.

In Victorian London, years before the solar flares hit, the Ravels’ world has just been turned upside down. Their father, poisoned by something even genius Branwell can’t determine, has passed away. His dying words were unnerving orders to keep each other safe no matter the cost, and to hide everything he has ever invented. When one of his creations goes missing – a device named The Lux that can generate unlimited energy – the twins are shocked to discover that their very own government has stolen it and, according to their father’s journals, are planning to use it to create unfathomable explosions to destroy their world."


I heard about this on Twitter, that it was free and somehow LGBT+. I don't know anything about it but LGBT+ was enough for me.

Ruthless People by J.J. McAvoy

"Ruthless People #1…the book that started it all…

"One Marriage + Two Bosses = 3X the Chaos."

To the outside world, they look like American royalty, giving to charities, feeding the homeless, and rebuilding the city. But behind closed doors is a constant battle for dominance between two bosses, cultures, and hearts.

Ruthless People is a romantic crime fiction set in modern day Chicago and follows the life and marriage of Melody Giovanni and Liam Callahan - rivals by blood and leaders through fear. Theirs is an arranged marriage with the goal of ending years of bloodshed between the Irish and the Italians. Liam assumes he's getting a simple-minded wife, one he can control, one who bends to his every need...he’ll soon find out that his wife to be does not fit that mold.

Melody knows exactly what type of man Liam is and would rather die than give up the power she has spent her life earning.

The mafia of the past has evolved, and with rival bosses gunning for their family, Melody and Liam will have to learn to work as one to take down those who stand in their way."


I don't remember what happened here. It must have sounded interesting enough or something.

Awakened by Brenda K. Davies

"Traumatized by her past, and struggling to move on from it, Sera has spent the past three years of college hiding herself from the world and content to stay that way. A chance encounter with Liam shatters her sheltered world, leaving her stunned and shaken by the strange feelings and emotions he arises in her, feelings she never thought she would experience and that frighten her in their intensity. Harboring a dark and deadly secret of his own, Liam knows that he should stay away from Sera; that he will only bring her more hurt, but he is irresistibly drawn to her and unable to deny himself the pleasure that only she can bring to him. But when their pasts collide with their present, and Liam’s true nature is revealed, will their love for each other be enough, or will they be torn apart forever?

Mature readers 18+"


Vampire romance...I love vampires...don't judge me. :p

Have you read any of these books? If so what did you think of them? No spoilers please! :)