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If this gets out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published December 7th 2021 by Wednesday Books
Original Title
If This Gets Out
ISBN
1250805805 (ISBN13: 9781250805805)

Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heartbreakers in front of the cameras and best friends backstage. But privately, cracks are starting to form: their once-easy rapport is straining under the pressures of fame, and Ruben confides in Zach that he’s feeling smothered by management’s pressure to stay in the closet.

On a whirlwind tour through Europe, with both an unrelenting schedule and minimal supervision, Ruben and Zach come to rely on each other more and more, and their already close friendship evolves into a romance. But when they decide they’re ready to tell their fans and live freely, Zach and Ruben start to truly realize that they will never have the support of their management. How can they hold tight to each other when the whole world seems to want to come between them?

Thank you so much, NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Wednesday Books, for the chance to read one of my most anticipated reads of 2021!

Careful of spoilers!

TW: drugs, drug abuse, closeting

Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturdays and along with their bandmates, Jon Braxton and Angel Phan are teen heartbreakers in front of the camera and best friends in the real life. But behind the scene all of them are suffering from the pressure of their management and fame, above all for Ruben, forced to be closeted. During an intense tour through Europe, Ruben and Zach start to rely more and more on one other, until their already close friendship develops in a wonderful romance. Wanting to live free and to tell their fans, Ruben and Zach right away realize their management will do anything in their power to keep their love secret and separate them. With the support of Jon and Angel, Ruben and Zach fight to be free to love one other and from the management homophobic rules and chains.

I LOVED reading this book, it was such a pleasure and a privilege to have gotten the chance to read before the release date and I can’t wait to have the physical copy in my hands. A queer love in a boy-band? Sign me in!

Told by two POVs, Ruben’s and Zach it’s a journey, physical and emotionally, a journey that involves all the member of the band. The characterization is brilliant and even though the story is told by Zach and Ruben, so the reader gets to know them better, their fears, doubts, love and passions, Jon and Angel are not side characters. They are also skillfully written and complex, with their doubts and pressures, fears and desires.
The friendship between Zach, Ruben, Angel and Jon is beautifully written, with its ups and downs and fights, between friends who truly love and care about one other and who would do anything in their power to keep each other safe and happy.

Zach and Ruben are best friends and even though Ruben has ever had feelings for Zach, he has never told anyone (he was sure Zach was straight), but when something wonderful happens between them during the tour, their relationship changes, with cracks and tension, fear and confusion.
It was really intense, heartbreaking reading how Zach starts to understand his own sexuality, Ruben’s fear to have lost his best friend, Jon and Angel trying to solve their tension and understand what happened between them.

I had to admit I feared misunderstandings and unnecessary dramas, but this book is perfect!
Zach’s and Ruben’s relationship changes and evolves in a romance and, after a moment of “crisis”, silence treatment, tears and confusion, they emerge more strong and together than ever.
Their romance is adorable, I loved how they first feared to have lost one other, until they decided to finally talk and admit their own feelings. It was so beautiful, moving and satisfying and I loved how they were supported right away by Jon and Angel.
The romance is amazing, it made my heart sings and I love Zach and Ruben so much, I was squealing and swooning all the time, they are adorable together and I loved the way the author talked about their relationship, how it grew in something so beautiful and powerful, how they love, support and help one other, facing the world, the parents’, the management together.

Through If this gets out and through Zach’s and Ruben’s romance, the authors talk about the awful pressure placed on artists, queer above all, within the entertainment industry, the invasion of privacy, the exhausting working conditions, the abuse of power, the closeting, documented by many other real artists in the world. If this gets out explores this pressure, how someone can lose sense of oneself when forced to play a role they never choose, how they are abused and controlled by people in power and, also, in Ruben’s case, how the pressure and abuse can come from one’s family too.

It was clear in every member of Saturday how they were forced by the management to be four different heartbreakers in front of the camera, to play a specific role, even though they were very different from it, how Jon was forced to dress and act agains his own feelings and morality, how Angel was struggling to escape the pressure and control through substances, how being forced to be closeted for so many years weighed down on Ruben, how Zach, who discovers his own sexuality, was separated by his best friend and love.

If this gets out is a book about love and friendships, about fighting against abuse of power, control and bindings, about fighting to be oneself and not to caged anymore by pressure and people.
I loved everything in this book. The romance is to die for, Ruben and Zach are the cutest boyfriends ever, Angel and Jon are amazing characters and the story is amazing, full of cute and funny moments, flirting, jokes, adorable, while tackling important issues and problems.

I definitely recommend this book to those who love queer love and the power of love and friendship.

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Lei che divenne il sole di Shelley Parker-Chan- Review party

Salve e benvenut* alla mia tappa dedicata a “Lei che divenne il sole” di Shelley Parker-Chan. Un grazie enorme a Valeria che ha organizzato l’evento e alla casa editrice per la copia in anteprima. Le mie opinioni non sono state in alcun modo influenzate.

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Collana: Fantastica

408 pagine

Prezzo: € 20,00

ISBN: 9788804746072

Una piana polverosa, un villaggio tormentato dalla siccità, un indovino. È così che due bambini apprendono il loro fato: per il maschio si prepara un futuro di eccellenza; per la femmina, nulla.
Ma nella Cina del 1345, che soggiace irrequieta al gioco della dominazione mongola, l’unica “eccellenza” che i contadini possono immaginare è negli antichi racconti e il vecchio Zhu non sa proprio come suo figlio, Chongba, potrà avere successo. Viceversa, la sorte della figlia, per quanto intelligente e capace, non stupisce nessuno.
Quando un’incursione di banditi devasta la loro casa e li rende orfani, però, è Chongba che si arrende alla disperazione e muore. La sorella decide invece di combattere contro il suo destino: assume l’identità del fratello e inizia il suo viaggio, in una terra in cui si è accesa la fiamma della rivolta. Riuscirà a sfuggire a ciò che è scritto nelle stelle? Potrà rivendicare per sé la grandezza promessa al fratello e sollevarsi oltre i suoi stessi sogni?
In questo acclamato fantasy storico Shelley Parker-Chan riscrive la vicenda di Zhu Yuanzhang, il contadino ribelle che nella Cina del XIV secolo cacciò i mongoli, unificò il Paese e divenne il primo imperatore della gloriosa dinastia Ming.

“Il Cielo non vuole il mio fallimento.”

Se mi conoscete online o nella vita “reale”, sapete quanto abbia adorato questo libro e sono molto contenta che sia stato tradotto e portato in Italia, perché merita davvero di essere amato e apprezzato da più persone possibile. Di solito non leggo libri storici, non mi capita molto spesso, ma sono stata subito attirata da questo libro in quanto queer retelling e non me ne sono affatto pentita.

In un villaggio tormentato dalla siccità un indovino predice due destini: a due fratelli uno di eccellenza al bambino e un destino di nullità alla bambina, cosa che non stupisce nessuno. Eppure dopo un attacco di banditi che li rende orfani è il ragazzo che si lascia morire e la bambina, determinata a non scomparire e a non soccombere al destino predetto decide di rubare la sua identità ed entrare nel monastero come novizio, iniziando una nuova vita come Zhu Chongba. Spinta da una forza e determinazione incredibile, Zhu farà qualunque cosa in suo potere, non importa quanto crudele o impossibile, per nascondersi dal proprio destino e raggiungere la grandezza. Quando il monastero, che era diventato il suo rifugio, viene attaccato e distrutto perché si era rifiutato di supportare la ribellione contro i Mongoli, Zhu decide di continuare a lottare per raggiungere e ottenere l’eccellenza.

“Lei che divenne il sole” è un brillante retelling al femminile dell’ascesa di Zhu Yuanzhang, il contadino ribelle che nella Cina del XIV divenne il primo imperatore della gloriosa dinastia Ming. La storia è intrigante, la caratterizzazione è assolutamente perfetta e, come scritto in precedenza, nonostante i libri storici non siano il mio genere prediletto, questo mi ha catturato sin dall’inizio.

La protagonista principale è Zhu Chongba e il suo ardente desiderio di sopravvivere, di importare e diventare qualcuno di grande. Testarda, intelligente, forte, la sua determinazione è l’aspetto che più ho amato di lei. La sua ferocia e intelletto, i suoi costanti piani sono caratteristiche mi hanno fatto innamorare del suo personaggio, poiché è molto realistica, brillante e brutale. Soprattutto nel mondo in cui è costretta a vivere, all’interno del quale le donne sono spesso ignorate e sottovalutate, Zhu Chongba comprende quanto sia necessario nascondere la sua vera identità, assumendo quella del fratello deceduto. La protagonista è disposta a tutto, anche a uccidere, ferire e tradire, pur di ottenere ciò che desidera.

Ouyang è un altro personaggio estremamente interessante e brillante, il generale eunuco che è destinato a incontrare e scontrarsi con Zhu Chongba ancora e ancora nel corso del libro. Rappresentano due facce della stessa moneta, entrambi oppressi dai loro passati, entrambi determinati a raggiungere e compiere il loro destino, nonostante sarà doloroso sia per loro che per chi li circonda. Ouyang è un personaggio intenso e geniale, complesso e sfaccettato nelle sue bugie e segreti, nei suoi affetti e devozioni, nel suo dolore e nella vergogna che prova e ho adorato il suo personaggio immediatamente.

La storia è principalmente raccontata dal punto di vista di Zhu Chongba e Ouyang, ma sono presenti anche i punti di vista di Lord Esen e Ma, che contribuiscono a rendere la trama ancora più intricata e meravigliosa e, soprattutto, questo alternarsi non stanca il lettore, ma lo incuriosisce ancora di più.

L’ambientazione è molto evocativa, mescolando aspetti fantastici e storici, lo stile di scrittura è coinvolgente così come il ritmo che alterna scene di battaglia con intrighi, momenti teneri con scene brutali, piani e complotti. Leggere questo libro è stato molto interessante e ho apprezzato moltissimo sia la caratterizzazione dei personaggi che il loro sviluppo, soprattutto quello di Zhu Chongba, che ho amato nella sua ferocia e testardaggine. Ho amato, inoltre, come l’autrice abbia esplorato la questione del genere e dell’orientamento sessuale sia in Zhu Chongba che Ouyang, come abbia sviluppato Ouyang e quanto quest’ultimo si senta intrappolato nel proprio corpo e situazione e come Zhu Chongba s’interroghi su se stessa, il proprio corpo e sulla propria identità. Entrambi i personaggi sono stati messi, da altri e da scelte altrui, lungo le strade dei loro destini, che sono costretti e spinti a compiere, non importa il costo.

Accade raramente che io sia tanto affascinata e stregata da un libro e “Lei che divenne il sole” è diventato uno dei migliori libri che abbia letto quest’anno. Sono stata catturata dall’ambientazione, nella Cina antica e attirata da una caratterizzazione intensa e ben scritta, travolta dalle scelte e complotti dei personaggi, dalle loro perdite e conquiste, dai loro amori e destini. Una storia coinvolgente e dolorosa, che ho amato profondamente e che assolutamente consiglio a tutti.

Date un’occhiata alle note per contestualizzare meglio la storia e, se potete, recuperatelo anche in lingua inglese, perché non ve ne pentirete affatto!

Eccovi il calendario!

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Every Word You Never Said by Jordon Greene- ARC review

389 pages
Expected publication: April 26th 2022 by F/K Teen

Every Word You Never Said by Jordon Greene

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


TW: Homophobia, Bullying, Sexism, Ableism

First of all a huge thank you to Jordon Greene for the amazing ARC and the chance to read and review one of my most anticipated books of 2022!

Skylar Gray is adopted, nonverbal and he feels most comfortable in skirts and dresses. His life wasn’t easy, he was bullied and abused, he doesn’t trust easily and he’s scared to be seen as defective, a burden, to be unable to find family and friends. Now, living with new parents, going in a new school and in a different state, Skylar is a bit more hopeful things will get better for him. His life and feelings are complicated when he meets Jacob, with his white hair and gorgeous eyes, who is as anxious and nervous as he is.

Jacob’s life isn’t easy, either, since he came out over the summer, receiving his homophobic father’s hate and disgust, struggling to live in his own family and trying to live his life as freely as possible, even though painting his nails and dyeing his hair mean getting grounded every time. When Skylar wearing skirts prompts his father to propose a sexist dress code, Jacob refuses to remain silent and decides to take a stand.

I LOVED reading Every word you never said. The story is absolutely fantastic, very sweet and with care and sensivity the author deals with many important themes, like homophobia, ableism, bullying, sexism, abuse and so much more. Told by two POVs, Skylar’s and Jacob’s, with wonderful drawings of the boys at the beginning of their chapters, it’s impossible not to be involved in this story, to love these characters, who are so realistic, relatable, brimming with feelings, so alive and complex.
Skylar’s life wasn’t easy, he’s been through so much, he struggles to trust, to see himself as his new parents and new friends see him, to let himself go and trust he’s loved and cared for. His new friends, Imani and Seth are amazing, supportive and really brilliant. I loved reading their interactions, Imani’s loud voice and Seth’s quiet presence, their unconditional love and support. I also loved reading Skylar’s interactions with his new parents, who love him right away, supporting his decision to wear what he wants, to use makeup, to do whatever he’s comfortable with.

On the other side, Jacob is struggling with his coming out and the hate from his father, against his homophobic and sexist ideas, against his obsession for the church and the use of religion to support his ideas and hate speech. When he starts to feel something for the new student and when Skylar is threatened by the new dress code, Jacob is determined to take a stand and to fight for what is right.

I loved how the author talked about their relationship, between cute and sweet moments, sexual tension, romantic dates, but, also, doubts, anxiety problems, frustrations, it was really relatable and skillfully written. I also loved how the author addresses Skylar’s disability, how he, sometimes, struggles with it and with the difficulty of being understood through sign language, reading lips, or having to use his phone to communicate, but also with how, with Jacob, his friends and parents, Skylar uses other languages, the body’s, eyes’ expressions, movements and so on, to communicate. It was my first read with a nonverbal main character and I loved everything (mostly because I’m trying to learn sign language, so I was interested in that, too). I loved Skylar’s and Jacob’s relationship, how they help, support and love one other, between music and books, dates and friends.

I loved Jacob’s and Skylar’s friends, how they joke and are supportive, how they are willing to do the right things and support them. I loved how the author addresses important issues in this book and, through the new sexist dress code, how, even now, people struggle to understand that clothes, makeup and so on, have no gender, how is, basically, through and because of some culture that dresses or skirts are seen are feminine and associated to a certain sexual orientation, giving bullies their ammutions to attack and hurt people.
This could open, and it should, a discussion about gender and clothes, but I think it’s better to finish my review, without writing a poem.

I loved Every Word You Never Said. The characterization is brilliant, the writing style was immersive and evocative, I loved reading about Skylar and Jacob, their struggles and ideas, their pains and traumas, but, also, their love and friendships and how they learn to fight to be themselves and to be together. I loved everything.



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Realm Breaker di Victoria Aveyard- Review party

Benvenut* alla mia tappa del review party dedicato a Realm Breaker di Victoria Aveyard! Un grazie enorme a Maria Cristina per aver organizzato l’evento e alla casa editrice per la copia in anteprima. Le mie opinioni non sono state influenzate in alcun modo.

Autore Victoria Aveyard
Editore Mondadori
Collana Fantastica
Formato Rilegato
Pubblicato 19/10/2021
Pagine 396
Traduttore F. Santi


Un’oscura presenza si sta facendo largo nel Regno di Allward. La percepisce persino Corayne, figlia della pirata Meliz an-Amarat, che pure è costretta dalla madre a vivere in uno sperduto e tranquillo villaggio sulla costa, mentre sogna un futuro pieno di avventure per mare. Quel che Corayne ancora non sa è che il destino sta per bussare alla sua porta. La sua esistenza, infatti, viene sconvolta il giorno in cui un Avo, creatura mitica e immortale, e un’assassina letale come poche altre al mondo, le fanno visita. I due hanno affrontato un viaggio pericoloso per trovarla e per chiederle aiuto. Un uomo assetato di potere, infatti, sta mettendo insieme un esercito mai visto prima ed è più che mai determinato a sradicare le fondamenta del loro mondo per ridurlo in cenere. Con il cuore ricolmo di veleno e la mano armata da una spada rubata, e potentissima, è pronto a tutto pur di raggiungere il suo scopo. Solo Corayne può fermarlo. Perciò la ragazza, accompagnata da un improbabile e riluttante gruppo di alleati, uno scudiero, un immortale, un’assassina e una strega, si avventura in una missione disperata. Ma proprio nel caricarsi il destino del mondo sulle spalle, imboccherà la strada per trovare finalmente se stessa e scoprire la magia che le scorre nelle vene.

Ambientato in un mondo fantastico, dove il passato e il presente s’intrecciano, dove creature immortali lottano per salvare un regno immenso e complesso, dove spade magiche possono aprire mondi paralleli, una giovane si ritrova il peso del mondo sulle proprie spalle. Corayne è la figlia della pirata Meliz an-Amarat e da sempre anela di viaggiare, di allontanarsi dalla sua città, di vedere il mondo, lottando contro la volontà di sua madre, che non vuole appoggiare i suoi desideri. Quando una creatura immortale, un Avo, le rivela che è figlia di un guerriero, che ha sangue Spectrum nelle vene e ha il potere di usare una spada speciale e di salvare il regno da un’invasione di un esercito disposto a distruggere tutto sul suo cammino, tutto cambia. Corayne inizierà, quindi, un’avventura che la porterà in posti e città mai conosciute prima, accompagnata da un gruppo di alleati, tra cui uno scudiero, un Avo disposto a tutto pur di proteggerla, una strega, un’assassina. Disposti a stravolgere il mondo esistente, una regina e un uomo pieno di rancore e vendetta. La storia è piena di colpi di scena, un viaggio coinvolgente che porterà i protagonisti, e il lettore con loro, a visitare città e deserti, a scoprire segreti e a lottare per salvare il regno e le vite di tutti.

Ho adorato leggere Il regno delle ceneri! Devo ammettere che è stato il primo romanzo che abbia letto di Victoria Aveyard e l’ho trovato molto coinvolgente. Il worldbuilding è molto complesso e, spesso, devo dire, un po’ confusionario e difficile da seguire. Per questo motivo, almeno geograficamente parlando, ho adorato la presenza della mappa, che mi ha permesso di seguire i loro passi. Certe volte sono state date troppe informazioni troppo in fretta e qualche volta era difficile seguire leggende, poteri e giochi politici, ma nel complesso mi è piaciuto leggere Il regno delle ceneri.

Ho molto apprezzato la caratterizzazione dei personaggi e come la storia viene narrata, con molteplici punti di vista, intrecciando protagonisti e antagonisti, luoghi diversi e interessanti scoperte. Il lettore può seguire le vicende dello scudiero Andry, dell’immortale Domacridhan, detto “Dom”, di sua cugina Ridha e della sua ricerca, della coraggiosa Corayne, dell’assassina Sorasa, della strega Valtik, della testarda regina Erida. Ogni personaggio è ottimamente caratterizzato ed è stato un piacere poter conoscere i loro sogni, speranze, paure e desideri. Mi sono piaciuti molto i diversi personaggi, soprattutto la loro complessità e le sfaccettature di ognuno. Come Andry con il suo desiderio di diventare cavaliere, proteggere la madre malata e salvare il regno, Dom con ciò che ha perduto e sua cugina Ridha con il desiderio di salvare i mortali, appellandosi a altri potenti regnanti, la misteriosa Sorasa, la cui storia sono molto curiosa di scoprire, la simpatica e strana strega Valtik. Spiccano, per me, la brillante regina Erida, assetata di potere, desiderosa di essere indipendente e di rinforzare il proprio regno, disposta anche ad allearsi con personaggi pericolosi come Taristan e, soprattutto, Corayne, che si ritrova il peso del mondo sulle spalle.

La storia è interessante, ho apprezzato le voci narranti ben amalgamate, le ambientazioni che variano dai deserti, alle città piene di statue e giardini straordinari, alla corte con i suoi intrighi, ai mostri marini e ai pirati, all’esercito di morti incapaci di essere sconfitti e via discorrendo. Un viaggio fisico e psicologico che ha coinvolto tutti i personaggi, trascinando il lettore dappertutto, facendogli trattenere il fiato per la sorpresa o i colpi di scena, sorridere leggendo alcune interazioni, sorprendendosi per altre, facendolo stare sulle spine. Sono molto curiosa di sapere cosa accadrà in seguito! Sotto potete trovare il mio approfondimento su un personaggio che ho molto adorato: Corayne!

Corayne an-Amarat è uno dei protagonisti principali di Il regno delle ceneri. Figlia di una famosa e temeraria pirata, Meliz An-Amarat, e cresciuta senza un padre, la giovane desidera viaggiare ed esplorare il mondo, ma non è mai riuscita a lasciare la città costiera dov’è nata, costretta a seguire le volontà della madre. Corayne è una giovane intelligente e intraprendente e quando due sconosciuti arrivano alla sua porta e le raccontano una storia surreale e, sfortunatamente per lei, veritiera, si ritrova investita del potere di salvare il mondo e fermare un esercito di creature spietate e difficili da uccidere. Infatti, lei è la figlia di Cortael, figlio di Antica Cor, un guerriero dell’antica stirpe, ha sangue Spectrum nelle vene e con la spada Spectrum può fermare l’antagonista Taristan. Corayne si ritrova, quindi, coinvolta in qualcosa molto più grande di lei, con una responsabilità enorme sulle spalle e l’opportunità, finalmente, di lasciare la sua città ed esplorare il mondo. Anche se non avrebbe mai immaginato di doverlo fare in quelle condizioni. Seguita e appoggiata da un gruppo molto eterogeneo di alleati, tra cui lo scudiero Andry, l’assassina Sorasa, la bizzarra strega Valtik e il testardo Avo Dom, Corayne intraprende il suo cammino, che sarà sia fisico che psicologico e che spingerà tutti, non solo lei, a maturare, crescere e cambiare nel corso dell’intero romanzo.

Corayne è un personaggio che ho molto apprezzato. Ha diciassette anni, è, come tutte le adolescenti, desiderosa di vedere il mondo, lottando contro la claustrofobia che sente, bloccata a Lemarta, protetta da Kastio, il suo guardiano. In grado di muoversi nella città portuale, tra navi, carichi e marinai, gestendo il suo libro mastro, desiderosa di mostrare alla madre il proprio valore, Corayne si sente soffocare e vuole andarsene. L’arrivo di Dom e Sorasa stravolge la sua vita, costringendola ad aprire gli occhi ad antichi poteri, regni in pericolo, eserciti di non morti e uno zio antagonista e spietato.

Una delle cose che ho adorato del suo personaggio è quanto sia estremamente realistico, nelle sue azioni e pensieri, nei suoi dubbi e paure. Corayne si ritrova il peso del mondo sulle spalle ed è un adolescente che scopre di non essere come tutti gli altri, ma contrariamente agli altri “Chosen Ones”, Corayne non cambia improvvisamente. Non scopre di avere abilità nascoste, poteri magici o diventa una guerriera abile, anzi. Resta esattamente ciò che era prima che sapesse la verità sul proprio sangue e suo padre. Corayne è un personaggio ingenuo, un po’ maldestro, incapace di lottare e di proteggersi, di usare la spada e, nonostante le sue conoscenze, apprese studiando a Lamarta, c’è molto del mondo che non conosce e ciò la fa sentire in svantaggio. Quindi si sente smarrita, non sa come comportarsi, come agire e decide di affrontare ciò che le accade man mano, pur sentendosi persa. In un lungo viaggio, che la porterà a racimolare conoscenze e diversi e bizzarri alleati, ognuno con le sue problematiche, difficoltà e desideri, Corayne si ritroverà a visitare città, palazzi, corti reali, ad apprendere cose sulle profezie, nuovi mondi e pericoli.

Stupendo il rapporto che si crea con Sorasa, che si comporta nei suoi confronti un po’ da sorella maggiore, trascinata in quella missione per denaro, ma decidendo di restare per ben altri motivi. O il rapporto con Andry, molto tenero e che ha dell’enorme potenziale, con Dom, appesantito dal lutto per la morte del padre Cortael, amico e compagno dell’Avo e disposto a tutto pur di proteggerne la figlia. Corayne, come del resto anche gli altri personaggi, cresce moltissimo nel corso dell’opera, assumendosi più responsabilità, prendendo in mano la sua vita, decidendo, nel corso del tempo e della storia, di accettare pienamente il suo ruolo in quella complessa situazione.

Ho apprezzato il suo sviluppo e sono davvero curiosa di leggere ciò che accadrà in seguito.

Ecco a voi il calendario! Passate dagli altri blog!

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Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan- Book Tour

Hello and welcome to my stop for the Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan book tour, organized by TBR and Beyond Tours! Thank you so much for this chance!

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: October 12th, 2021
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Content Warnings: self-harm (gouging, eye horror; non-graphic), child abuse (physical, verbal, emotional manipulation/gaslighting), parent death (implied, off-page), character deaths mentions and descriptions of fantasy/magical violence (blood, war, political violence), mentions and descriptions of physical symptoms that might be triggering to those with emetophobia

Girls of Paper and Fire meets The Tiger at Midnight in June CL Tan’s stunning debut, inspired by Chinese mythology, with rich magic and an epic slow-burn romance.
In an empire on the brink of war . . .

Ahn is no one, with no past and no family.
Altan is a lost heir, his future stolen away as a child.
When they meet, Altan sees in Ahn a path to reclaiming the throne. Ahn sees a way to finally unlock her past and understand her arcane magical abilities.
But they may have to pay a far deadlier price than either could have imagined.

Ferocious action, shadowy intrigue, and a captivating romance collide in June CL Tan’s debut, a stunning homage to the Xianxia novel with a tender, beating heart, perfect for fans of The Bone Witch and We Hunt the Flame.

Thank you, NetGalley, HarperCollins Children’s books and HarperTeen, for the chance to read and review this book in exchange of an honest review.

Set in an empire on the brink of war, where the socioeconomic differences between wealthy and poor is stronger than ever, Ahn and Altan find themselves on a path to change their country. Ahn is no one, she doesn’t remember her family and her past. Adopted by an older woman, now her adoptive grandmother she tries to survive in their poor city, without hopes, money and work. When something happens that changes forever her life, Ahn discovers a new world, secrets and truths about herself and the world around her. Altan is the lost heir of the empire, willing to do anything in his power to avenge his family and reclaiming his throne. When they meet, Ahn and Altan are forced to work together, to protect their country and empire, innocent people, while trying to understand their own magical abilities and their roles.

I really liked reading Jade Fire Gold. I was so curious to read this book and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a debut work and it’s very good. The writing style is brilliant, the plot captivating and I loved the worldbuilding. I was really interested in the magic system, the socioeconomic divisions and how the main characters face one other, both with their own agendas, fears, hopes and dreams. The story is told by two POVs, Ahn’s and Altan, weaving together, while trying to understand what they have to do, what they want to do and how much they are meaning for one other. The story is captivating, well written and I liked this book.

There are some things I didn’t like, though I wasn’t so impressed by the enemies to lovers romance, I couldn’t like them so much together. I also felt like the final 20% of the book and ending were a bit too rushed. I would have loved to know more about the magic system and more about the worldbuilding, but it’s more of a preference than a criticism. I loved the characterization, main and side characters, but I preferred Altan’s POV to Ahn’s. I liked her characters, but with everything she’s been through, I felt she was a bit more passive than him, while I appreciated more his drive and determination.

Overall, though, Jade Fire Gold is a strong debut, the worldbuilding is very fascinating, the writing is amazing and very captivating and I definitely recommend it.


“History is never written by its victims”

“Children are not born with the fear of falling. It is life that conditions them to be afraid.”

“Alway remember, the heart is not a weakness.”

“You may not be able to change the past, but with each action, you can change the future.”

Life is but a dream, and death is returning home.”

Forgiveness is not weakness.”

June CL Tan grew up in Singapore where she was raised on a diet of classic books and wuxia movies, caffeine and congee. After obtaining three degrees, she decided she had enough of academia. Thankfully, those degrees were somewhat related to telling stories and now, she resides in New York City, writing under the watchful eye of her crafty cat. Jade Fire Gold is her debut novel.
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The orphan witch by Paige Crutcher

Page Count 352

Genre Fantasy

On Sale 09/28/2021 by St. Martin’s Griffin

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“Mystical, magical, and wildly original…If Alice Hoffman and Sara Addison Allen had a witchy love child, she would be Paige Crutcher. Do not miss this beautifully realized debut!”— JT Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of Her Dark Lies on The Orphan Witch.

A deeper magic. A stronger curse. A family lost…and found.

Persephone May has been alone her entire life. Abandoned as an infant and dragged through the foster care system, she wants nothing more than to belong somewhere. To someone. However, Persephone is as strange as she is lonely. Unexplainable things happen when she’s around—changes in weather, inanimate objects taking flight—and those who seek to bring her into their family quickly cast her out. To cope, she never gets attached, never makes friends. And she certainly never dates. Working odd jobs and always keeping her suitcases half-packed, Persephone is used to moving around, leaving one town for another when curiosity over her eccentric behavior inevitably draws unwanted attention.

After an accidental and very public display of power, Persephone knows it’s time to move on once again. It’s lucky, then, when she receives an email from the one friend she’s managed to keep, inviting her to the elusive Wile Isle. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. However, upon arrival, Persephone quickly discovers that Wile is no ordinary island. In fact, it just might hold the very things she’s been searching for her entire life.

Answers. Family. Home.

And some things she did not want. Like 100-year-old curses and an even older family feud. With the clock running out, love might be the magic that saves them all.

Thank you so much, NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and St. Martin’s Griffin, for the chance to read and review this book in exchange of an honest review.

Persephone May has been always alone. Abandoned as infant, grown up in foster care, strange things happen when she’s around, weather changes, things take flight and so on. So Persephone, to protect her heart and feelings, decides not to get attached, not to make friends or to date anyone, always ready to move from town to town. After another scary and accidental display of power, she’s ready to move again and she, luckily, gets a letter from the only friend she’s managed to get: Hyacinth, inviting her on Wile Isle. The timing is perfect, but as soon as she arrives Persephone understands the island isn’t an ordinary one. She can feel its power and mystery and Hyacinth and her sister Moira will open a brand new world for her, making her feel at home, accepted, loved and protected. But answers and family come with a price and Persephone finds herself involved into a 100-hundred-year-old curse, family feud, a Library of the Lost, a rude and fascinating librarian and, maybe, a way to save them all.

I really loved reading The orphan witch. It’s a brilliant fantasty story, captivating, the plot full of twists, secrets and discoveries and Persephone is a wonderful main character. She’s very realistic in her longing, pain and desires. She wants to belong to somewhere, to someone, she’s looking for answers about her past and family, finding more she was looking for, involved in a world full of magic, curses and so on. Persephone is dragged in a complex and scary reality, where she discovers her powers, where she belongs and her role in everything. The setting(s) are truly mystical and enchanting…and enchanted, too.
The island is beautiful, rich and evocative and its description made me feel like I was there with Persephone, discovering it slowly, smelling the flowers and the sea, the herbs, learning magic and connections, falling in love and so much more. On the other side the library is another captivating setting, with the rude and mysterious Dorian, books and secrets, voices and clues, scattered everywhere.

If the setting is evocative and intense, so the characters. As I’ve already written, Persephone is brilliant and a very relatable character. She’s also brave and stubborn and she’s, as she will discover in time, surrounded by love and bonds. Except for Dorian, the book presents only female characters, wonderfully complex and intricate in their feelings, emotions, past traumas, connections and mistakes.
The jovial Hyacinth and her struggles and pain, the strong and stubborn Moira, hiding her past and losses behind a facade, the mysterious and elusive Ariel and Ellison, the witches Amara and True, who started everything years and years ago. The side characters, as the main one, are brilliantly written, very relatable in their actions and feelings.
The writing style is captivating, it was impossible not to feel Persephone’s feelings and longing, her desires and fears, her dreams, to be involved in her adventure, following her discovering herself, her strength, her family and her love.
It’s an intense and magical fantasy with romance, action and sisterhood.

The orphan witch is a book about family and bonds, about belong to somewhere and someone, the sacrifices one would do for love and the right things, about being brave.
It’s a wonderful, evocative, sometimes sad and others funny, fantasy story about sisterhood and love, action and magic, family and curses to be broken.

Paige Crutcher is a former Southern Correspondent for Publishers Weekly, an artist and yogi, and co-owner of the online marketing company Hatchery.

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L’impero del vampiro di Jay Kristoff- Review Party

Salve e benvenut* alla mia tappa del review party dedicata a “L’impero del vampiro” di Jay Kristoff. Un grazie enorme ad Alessandra per aver organizzato l’evento e la Mondadori per la copia in anteprima. Le mie opinioni non sono state in alcun modo influenzate.

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Collana: Fantastica

ISBN: 9788804728177

720 pagine

Prezzo: € 25,00

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In vendita dal 14 settembre 2021

Dal pluripremiato autore bestseller della trilogia Nevernight, una nuova magnifica serie.
Sono passati ventisette lunghi anni dall’ultima alba.
Per quasi tre decenni, i vampiri hanno mosso guerra all’umanità; hanno costruito il loro impero eterno, a costo di demolire il nostro. Ormai, solo poche minuscole scintille di luce resistono in un mare di oscurità.
Gabriel de León, metà uomo, metà mostro e ultimo dei Santi d’argento – confratello nonché una delle migliori spade del sacro Ordine d’argento, dedito a difendere il regno dalle creature della notte -, è tutto ciò che si frappone tra il mondo e la sua fine.
Imprigionato dagli stessi mostri che ha giurato di distruggere, è costretto a raccontare la sua storia. Una storia di battaglie leggendarie e amore proibito, di fede perduta e amicizie trovate, della guerra del Re Sempiterno e della ricerca dell’ultima speranza rimasta all’umanità.
Il Sacro Graal.

TW: sangue, violenza, tortura, omicidio, omofobia

Sono trascorsi ventisette anni dall’ultima alba e i vampiri hanno preso possesso del mondo, creando un vasto impero e distruggendo quello umano. Sono poche le luci che contrastano l’oscurità, come il sacro Ordine d’Argento, ma ora Gabriel de León è l’ultimo Santo. Imprigionato dai mostri che ha combattuto per decenni, è costretto a raccontare la sua storia allo storico, Jean-François della casata Chastain. Inizia così un epico racconto, di lotte, amori passionali, vendette, fede e morti.

Ho trovato molto difficile esprimere a parole ciò che mi ha trasmesso “L’impero del vampiro”. Mi ha coinvolta sin dall’inizio, travolgendomi emotivamente e spingendomi a divorarlo perché la storia è tremendamente avvincente e che mi ha lasciata con il desiderio di saperne di più, quindi…dov’è il secondo libro, Jay? Io ne ho bisogno!

Un romanzo complesso, stratificato, un racconto epico, di vampiri, ma anche di legami, d’amore e amicizia, di fede e la sua perdita, di speranza e lotta, di dipendenza e lutto. Non è semplicemente una storia di lotta contro il male e i mostri che popolano il mondo, non solo. Si tratta di un libro che affronta con delicatezza e arguzia temi come l’amore e l’amicizia, il sacrificio e la fede, la perdita della speranza e la lotta per ritrovarla, la dipendenza da qualcosa (droghe, alcool, ricordi…) e la depressione quando si ha perso ogni cosa. Lo stile è coinvolgente, la storia è ben scritta e i personaggi caratterizzati perfettamente. In un racconto di oltre 700 pagine è normale trovare momenti più lenti e altrettanti rocamboleschi e Jay Kristoff li dosa sapientemente.

Il worldbuilding è deliziosamente complesso e ho trovato molto affascinante il racconto delle varie casate di vampiri, i loro poteri e influenze, i loro schemi politici, il complicato mondo dell’Ordine d’Argento, con i loro riti e la loro fede, l’apprendistato di Gabriel, le lotte interne ed esterne e il contrasto socioeconomico che il protagonista si ritrova ad affrontare e subire nel corso della sua crescita. Jay Kristoff racconta di un mondo terrificante, popolato da diversi tipi di mostri e, soprattutto, da vampiri terribili e al tempo stesso affascinanti, in grado di donare vita eterna e poteri straordinari, un mondo dove non esiste alba, solo oscurità e semi-oscurità.

“Chi cazzo ti ha detto che ero un eroe?” esclama Gabriel, nel raccontare la sua storia a Jean-François, sottolineando quando i racconti su di lui appaiano distanti dalla realtà dei fatti. Non ci sono eroi in questa storia e il suo protagonista è decisamente particolare. Sagace, sboccato, drogato, deluso dal e arrabbiato con il mondo, senza fede, Gabriel mi ha colpito sin dall’inizio. Non è il cavaliere delle leggende. Certo, ha fatto (quasi) tutto ciò che viene raccontato su di lui, ma è amareggiato, ferito, tristemente e dolorosamente umano, pur non essendolo del tutto e conservando ancora la sua rabbia. Uno degli aspetti che spicca, sin dalle prime pagine, è il rapporto che si crea tra Gabriel e Jean-François. Da un lato un eroe in disgrazia, dall’altro uno storico vampiro, mandato lì per trascrivere il suo racconto e i loro battibecchi, le battute, gli scambi irritati, il continuo saltare da un tempo dall’altro per irritare il vampiro…sono tutti aspetti che ho trovato creativi e divertenti, soprattutto perché ho amato il modo in cui la storia viene narrata.

La storia oscilla avanti e indietro, intrecciando tre sequenze temporali, che si incastrano sapientemente come pezzi di un puzzle. La prima è ambientata del presente e funge da cornice all’intero racconto. Al suo interno troviamo Gabriel che racconta la sua storia e Jean-François che la trascrive, abbellendola con disegni e interrogando il cavaliere. Uno degli aspetti che mi ha incuriosito della storia è come Jean-François sembri incarnare il lettore, fermando il racconto, chiedendo delucidazioni, invitando Gabriel a raccontare in modo più esaustivo la sua storia. Immaginando di consegnare la storia ai posteri e rivestendo i panni di chi non sa nulla di quel mondo, Jean-François sembra rappresentare chi sta leggendo, che è all’oscuro di tutto ed è quindi necessario essere più specifici possibile. In questo modo il lettore viene a conoscenza di un mondo popolato da mostri per un evento misterioso accaduto decenni addietro, dell’esistenza della progenie di vampiri ed esseri umani, i “sanguepallido”, alla cui categoria appartiene Gabriel, alla sua vocazione presso l’Ordine, cosa sia l’Ordine e via discorrendo.

Le successive due sequenze temporali si dividono in due diversi momenti del passato di Gabriel. In una Gabriel narra la sua infanzia, i legami con i genitori e le sorelle e gli eventi che cambiarono la sua esistenza, spingendolo nell’Ordine d’Argento, il suo apprendistato, le rivalità con gli altri giovani e via discorrendo. Presenta, quindi, al lettore un Gabriel curioso, disposto a tutto per provare le proprie capacità, per appartenere al complesso e stratificato mondo dell’Ordine d’Argento, un microcosmo di lotte e differenze socioeconomiche, dove il tipo di sangue rappresentava prestigio o scherno. Il lettore segue, quindi, Gabriel nella sua crescita, apprendendo i riti, le armi, facendo conoscenza con persone che gli cambieranno la vita. L’altra sequenza temporale, l’ultima, riguarda, invece, l’interesse principale di Jean-François: Il Santo Graal. Sono trascorsi molti anni dal Gabriel di Santa Michon, dall’apprendistato e Gabriel è ormai adulto, è cresciuto, disilluso, drogato e costretto/convinto a unirsi a un gruppo di fedeli alla ricerca di un modo per sconfiggere il sine die e portare la fine del mondo dei vampiri.

Gabriel è protagonista assoluto della storia, oscillando tra le sequenze temporali, interrompendo il racconto, fermandosi per riprendere fiato e trovare coraggio, bisticciando con Jean-François. Come scritto in precedenza, Gabriel è un personaggio particolare, arrabbiato, deluso e intrigante nel suo dolore e la sua rabbia. Il modo in cui narra la storia, fermandosi, andando avanti e indietro, da un lato irrita il lettore e lo stesso storico, dall’altro fa comprendere la difficoltà del protagonista di parlare di certi avvenimenti.

Se mi ha colpito Gabriel e il suo rapporto con Jean-François, rapporto che ho trovato stimolante e divertente, non sono da meno i personaggi secondari che riempiono il libro e le interazioni che Gabriel ha con essi, personaggi snob e antipatici, severi e litigiosi, pieni di rabbia e risentimento, tutti quanti ben scritti e caratterizzati e che accompagnano Gabriel nella sua crescita e vocazione. Anche in questo caso le differenti sequenze temporali presentano personaggi diversi l’una dall’altra, nonostante alcuni travalichino i decenni. Nel passato di Gabriel, incontriamo il maestro Manogrigia e il serafino Talon, il rivale Aaron de Coste, che si scontra più e più volte con Gabriel nel corso del loro apprendistato, ma il cui rapporto si approfondisce e cambia nel tempo, le ricerche con la sorella novizia Chloe Sauvage, ma soprattutto spicca Astrid Rennier, personaggio che cambierà la vita di Gabriel, la cui presenza indugia su di lui anche nel presente, durante il racconto con Jean-François. Nella timeline di Gabriel adulto troviamo, invece, nuovi e vecchi personaggi, ma a farla da padrone è Dior Lachance e il suo rapporto, sboccato, pieno di insulti e prese in giro, con Gabriel e la cui presenza cambierà ogni cosa.

La caratterizzazione dei personaggi è splendida. Se Gabriel spicca in quanto protagonista, gli altri non sono da meno e sono complessi nelle loro paure, desideri, nella loro fede e speranza, nei loro rapporti d’amore e d’amicizia. Sono, inoltre presenti, relazioni LGBTQIA+, che ho molto apprezzato, soprattutto una in particolare perché evidenzia e rimprovera l’omofobia presente in alcuni personaggi secondari e quanto l’amore venga visto come in contrasto con la fede e la missione, scoperchiando una complessa riflessione su Dio, le scritture, dovere verso se stessi e ciò a cui non si è disposti a sacrificare. La fede è un elemento ben presente all’interno del racconto, fede che aiuta e dona forza a coloro che appartengono all’Ordine d’Argento, ma anche, e si evince nel corso della storia, fede perduta, rabbia nei confronti di un Dio che sembra aver dimenticato ognuno di loro.

“Non chiedermi se Dio esiste, ma perché è così stronzo.”

Il romanzo inizia proprio in questo mondo e il contrasto tra la fede, l’orribile mondo che li circonda, l’amore e il desiderio e ciò che viene considerato peccato è ben presente in molti personaggi, come Gabriel, Astrid, Aaron, Baptiste.

“E se il tuo Dio definirebbe il mio amore un peccato, allora non è un Dio che conosco.”

In quanto figli del peccato e sanguepallido, Gabriel, Aaron, Baptiste si muovono in un mondo che non li accetta, pur servendosi di loro come paladini contro i mostri e l’oscurità. Questo continuo contrasto, tra il sangue che scorre nelle loro vene e l’umanità, tra la fede e il peccato (peccato secondo altri uomini, secondo scritture passate e regole), tra bene e male, spicca nel corso dell’intero romanzo. Come scritto in precedenza, nessuno dei personaggi è un eroe e tutti sono contraddistinti da rabbia, vendetta, desiderio, risentimento e amore.

Decido di concludere qui la mia recensione, altrimenti finirei per scrivere un romanzo sul romanzo e non posso non consigliare assolutamente “L’impero del vampiro” (pur facendo attenzione ai numerosi trigger warnings).

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Things we couldn’t say by Jay Coles- CP Tours Book Tour

Hello and welcome to my stop for Thing we couldn’t say by Jay Coles! Thank you, CP tour, for the chance to read this amazing book and for the free copy.


Title:
Things We Couldn’t Say
Author:
Jay Coles
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Publication Date:
September 21st, 2021
Genres:
Young Adult Contemporary



From one of the brightest and most acclaimed new lights in YA fiction, a fantastic new novel about a bi Black boy finding first love . . . and facing the return of the mother who abandoned his preacher family when he was nine.


There’s always been a hole in Gio’s life. Not because he’s into both guys and girls. Not because his father has some drinking issues. Not because his friends are always bringing him their drama. No, the hole in Gio’s life takes the shape of his birth mom, who left Gio, his brother, and his father when Gio was nine years old. For eight years, he never heard a word from her . . . and now, just as he’s started to get his life together, she’s back.


It’s hard for Gio to know what to do. Can he forgive her like she wants to be forgiven? Or should he tell her she lost her chance to be in his life? Complicating things further, Gio’s started to hang out with David, a new guy on the basketball team. Are they friends? More than friends? At first, Gio’s not sure . . . especially because he’s not sure what he wants from anyone right now.


There are no easy answers to love — whether it’s family love or friend love or romantic love. In Things We Couldn’t Say, Jay Coles, acclaimed author of Tyler Johnson Was Here, shows us a guy trying to navigate love in all its ambiguity — hoping at the other end he’ll be able to figure out who is and who he should be.


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TW: racism, homophobia, parental abandonment, parental abuse, side character’s death, suicide (prior to the story), depression, trauma

I love reading Things we couldn’t say. With incredible sensitity, the author deals with themes like grief, parental abandoment, homophobia and racism, telling Gio’s story in his complexity, struggles and hopes. I loved the way the author talks about depression and anxiety, in a very relatable way and his writing style is absolutely amazing, I was really in love since the beginning.

The story is told by Gio’s POV and he’s a fantastic main character, complex and intricate, brave and scared, upset and willing to fight for himself, to be who he is. In his life there always have been an hole, ever since his birth mother left him, his bother and father, when he was nine years old. Gio struggled and struggles with depression, anxiety and, thanks to his therapy, is trying to get his life back together, when his mother suddenly came back, crashing into his life and upsetting everything and everyone. Things are even more complicated since the basketball team has a new member, Gio’s new neighbour, David and when they start to hang together, Gio is even more confused about his feelings, what he wants from life and for himself.

Things we couldn’t say is a powerful and moving book, written beautifully and I felt really involved in Gio’s story, following his struggles, fears, desires and hopes. He’s a very relatable character in his feelings, thoughts and actions and it was incredible following his journey towards accepting and loving himself, learning more about love, family and forgiviness.

Gio’s life isn’t easy. At home he struggles with his drinking and preacher father, who doesn’t want to accept his bisexuality and wants to impose his ideas and thoughts on Gio. He battles with his anxiety and depression, his feelings of unworthiness, ever since he was abandoned, fighting against nightmares and bad thoughts. His mother’s return upsets his already messy life, forcing him to deal with his feelings, fears and hopes. At the same time, while dealing with themes like abandoment, depression, homophobia and abuse, the story stands out for its hope and love, because it’s clear, right away, how Gio is surrounded by people who loves him, from the beautiful and strong bond with his best friends, Olly and Ayesha, his relationship with his brother Theo, with his stepmother Karina and, also, with David, his new friend and, maybe, something more.

I loved reading Gio’s journey, his friendship with Olly and Ayesha, the sweet and intense story with David, how they meet, fit together and love one other in a wonderful and brilliant relationship, made of love, understanding and support.

In Things we couldn’t say Gio tackles relationships and love, between friends, siblings, lovers and parents, grief, rage, identity, struggling to accept and love himself for who he is in all his parts, fighting against those who wants only some of him, learning what love and family means, learning to accept and forgive. It was moving and interesting reading how much Gio grows in this book, realizing how is worthy of love, what family means, the importance of being oneself in all his parts. I loved the importance of talking and therapy in this book, how much people can change and grow, how it’s vital to fight for one’s happiness and freedom.

I totally recommed this book to those who are looking for a cute love story, a journey to love and accept oneself and amazing friendships!





JAY COLES is the author of critically acclaimed
TYLER JOHNSON WAS HERE, a composer with ASCAP, and a professional musician residing in Muncie, Indiana. He is a graduate of Vincennes University and Ball State University and holds degrees in English and Liberal Arts. When he’s not writing diverse books, he’s advocating for them, serving with The Revolution church, and composing music for various music publishers. Jay’s forthcoming novel
THINGS WE COULDN’T SAY is set to be released 9.21.21 with Scholastic! His novels can be purchased at Barnes and Noble or at Amazon.

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“Lately I’ve felt so much like all my emotions are exposed to the world and I feel like I’ve got no place to hide.”

Loss fucks you up, but it doesn’t change who you are. I have to believe that. It forces you to be brave and strong so you can hold your life together, and the lives of the people you love together- the ones who are still here.”

“It’s like grief is a backpack we wear through life and we’re costantly putting hard things inside it. Not to ignore those things, but to carry them with us as we go on.”

“The most powerful and insanely beautiful thing you can be is yourself.”

“Memories can be recycled and forgotten, but feelings cannot.”

“When I look into your eyes, I see constellations.”

“You make me brave.”

“And I’m tired of feeling like a prisoner in my own body every damn day. I guess sometimes we meet people who remind us of all the reasons why we exist.”

This world can be so dark and cold and cruel and lonely. I’m so glad that we can face it all together.”

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Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim- book tour

Hello and welcome to my stop for Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim book tour! A huge thanks to Tbr and beyond tours for the chance to be part of it!

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date:  July 6th, 2021
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Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.

Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.

Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain—no matter what it costs her.

Thank you so much, NetGalley, Random House Children’s and Knopf Books For Young Readers, for the chance to read and review this book!

Shiori’anma is the only princess of Kiata and she has a secret. She has magic, forbidden magic. Usually she’s able to conceal it, but on the morning of her betrothal cerimony, she loses control and the wedding, a wedding she never wanted, is forestalled. Her mistake also catches her stepmother’s, Raikama, attention. The woman is a powerful sorceress and she banishes the young princess, turning her six brothers in cranes and warning Shiori that she mustn’t speak, for with every word she says, one of her brother will die.

Alone, penniless, voiceless, Shiori is determined to find her brothers and break the curse and in her journey she discovers a dark conspiracy to seize the throne. In order to prevent it, she places her trust in her magic paper crane, Kiki, a mercurial dragon, in her brothers and in the same young man she didn’t want to marry. That also means facing and embracing her own powers. Six crimson cranes is a spellbinding fairytale, narrated by Shiori’s POV, full of intriguing characters, thrilling story and fascinating worldbuilding, where reality, gods and myths are woven together.

Drawing inspirations from “The wild swans” and East Asian folklore, this fantasy is original and really well written, focusing on Shiori’s journey, both physical and psychological in finding her brothers, breaking the curse and saving her kingdom. Shiori is a very complex main character and the reader follows her growth, from a young and careless princess, protected and loved by her father and brothers, to a strong and able woman, willing to do anything in order to protect her family and those she loves.

Her journey is intense and Shiori finds herself without money, voice and family, but she’s brilliant and resourceful and won’t let anything stop her. If the main character captures the reader’s attention right away, the side characters are also wonderfully written. Shiori’s brothers, Takkan, Seryu, Megari, Raikama, Zairena, Hasege add layers to the story, each of them complex and with their own stories and motives and intricacies.

I really enjoyed reading Shiori’s relationship with her brothers, because it’s wonderfully strong and moving. Also reading how slowly she gets along with, love and trust Seryu, Megari and Takkan, even though very different from one other, was so lovely to read. The worldbuilding is interesting and fascinating, with talking dragons, princes turned into cranes, gods and magic, demons and curses and in this world Shiori faces adventures after adventures, finding, in her quest, also romance and love.

The storytelling is absolutely brilliant and I devoured this book, because I couldn’t stop reading it and it was so compelling. Shiori, Seryu and Takkan are awesome characters and I can’t wait to know more about this world.



If anyone was a seer, perhaps it had been Mama— for naming me Shiori, meaning “knot.” A symbol that I was the last of her seven children, the one who would bring my brothers together, no matter how fate conspired to pull us apart.


The crane was a constellation of seven stars northeast of the moon. I traced it with my finger, the way I did when I was a child.


“No matter where life takes you,” he would say, “you will be like those stars—connected by the light you shine together.”


Between the death of my brothers and my own, I would pick mine with no hesitation.


My heart was with them, no matter where I went. No matter how different things would be when I returned.


“Our fates are linked,” I said tenderly. “How could I forget you?”








Elizabeth Lim is the author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling The Blood of Stars duology (Spin the Dawn and Unravel the Dusk), the New York Times bestseller So This is Love, and the USA Today bestseller Reflection. Forthcoming books include the Six Crimson Cranes duology, expected summer 2021 and summer 2022, respectively. 
Elizabeth grew up on a hearty staple of fairy tales, myths, and songs. Her passion for storytelling began around age 10, when she started writing fanfics for Sailor Moon, Sweet Valley, and Star Wars, and posted them online to discover, “Wow, people actually read my stuff. And that’s kinda cool!” But after one of her teachers told her she had “too much voice” in her essays, Elizabeth took a break from creative writing to focus on not flunking English. 

Over the years, Elizabeth became a film and video game composer, and even went so far as to get a doctorate in music composition. But she always missed writing, and she turned to penning stories when she needed a breather from grad school. One day, she decided to write and finish a novel—for kicks, at first, then things became serious—and she hasn’t looked back since.
Elizabeth graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in music and a secondary in East Asian Studies, and she completed her graduate degrees (MM, DMA) at The Juilliard School. She grew up in Northern California and Tokyo, Japan, and now resides in New York with her husband and two daughters.

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The ghosts we keep by Mason Deaver-Hear our voices book tours

Hello and welcome to my stop for “The Ghosts we keep” by Mason Deaver! A huge thanks to Hear our voices book tours for the chance to be part of it!

Hardcover, 336 pages

Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by PUSH Scholastic


Perfect for fans of Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli, this book will rip your heart out before showing you how to heal from tragedy and celebrate life in the process.

When Liam Cooper’s older brother Ethan is killed in a hit-and-run, Liam has to not only learn to face the world without one of the people he loved the most, but also face the fading relationship with his two best friends.

Feeling more alone and isolated than ever, Liam finds themself sharing time with Marcus, Ethan’s best friend, and through Marcus, Liam finds the one person that seems to know exactly what they’re going through, for the better, and the worse.

This book is about grief. But it’s also about why we live. Why we have to keep moving on, and why we should. 




Thank you so much, PUSH Scholastic, for the chance to read and review this book!

TW: death, grief, depression, self-harm, anxiety, panic attacks, misgendering

When their older brother Ethan is killed in a hit-and-run, Liam is forced to face the world without one of the people he loved the most and seeing their relationship with their two best friends slowly fading. Feeling lonely and devastated, Liam finds a friend and a support in Marcus, Ethan’s best friend and have to learn to go through the pain and grief and to move on.

I was DEVASTATED while reading this book. I devoured it and I couldn’t stop reading it, while, at the same time, crying my eyes out and thinking how life was so unfair and cruel.
The ghosts we keep is wonderful, moving and heartwrenching. Told by Liam’s POV, it swings from before Ethan’s death and after it, showing Liam’s and their parents’ struggling to move on and facing their grief and loss, the moments with Ethan and Marcus, with Joel and Vanessa, Liam’s best friends, the fights, the sweet moments and the sad ones.
I loved the way it swings from past to present, letting the reader know Ethan and his relationship with Marcus and Liam and Liam’s bond with their friends and parents.

This is a book about grief, moving on, struggling, lost chances, lost loves, growing up and life in its complexity and unfairness. It’s harrowing, sad and so important. Liam is a wonderful main character and I love their energy and passion about music and their struggle is really relatable in their lashing out, being upset, trying to move on, feeling lonely and lost. I love his relationship with Ethan and how much they loved one other, fighting as all siblings do, supporting and loving each other. I was devasted while learning about Marcus’ pain and loss and it was so hard to read.
Mason Deaver wrote a book that will torn your heart out of the chest and leave you bleeding. A book about life and love, family and bonds, grief and pain and moving on.

I loved everything about it.



“I was foolish in my belief that grief was a straightforward thing. I thought the first wave would it, and gradually the feelings of sadness and desperation would slip away until I found myself normal again. But I was so very wrong. Because grief is a complicated, ugly, messy thing. And it makes you do complicated, ugly and messy things.”


“Fingers finding lost bodies-
floating along the surface, despaired, drowned, dead.
Keeping secrets lost on pale blue lips-
For this is the place the dead things go-
This is the home of the ghosts we keep.


“And I wish you were here,
but you’ve left me alone.
Gone off on a journey,
that’ll never bring you home.”


“Things grow old-
everything does.
But I promise you-
No matter the distance-
My hearts beats the same as yours
and you make it full.”


“But I have to learn to live alongside the pain, alongside this missing part of my life that I’d never get back.”