The story goes that Zelie is part of a dark skinned, white haired race of people who once had magic. They had powerful abilities to control the elements, read minds, and even peer through time.
Those who used their magic for evil had their powers stripped from them by the gods and their melanin was stripped as well- so now depending on skin tone we know which ones have no magic versus those who do.
Eleven years back, Zelie lost her mom and something else happened too: the dark skinned, white haired race lost their magic and now the hunt is on. A king is on a bloodlust quest to exterminate the dark skinned race for fear their powers will return one day.
Again, this is just a sampler, but I am already intrigued…
Even more interesting is that the author, Tomi Adeyemi is a 23 year old, Nigerian Harvard Graduate.
I am proud of her already and will definitely be keeping an eye out for the Orisha trilogy!
Bull-fecking-Crikey, Dani Mega O’Malley is here! Word to the wise: This book pushes boundaries. How in the magical world was Moning able to weave in action, magic, and some serious sexual tension all from the point of view of fourteen year old Dani? Well, most of it is in her POV. Anyways…
It is 1 AWC(After the Wall Crashed all fae hell broke lose) Dani Mega O’Malley carries the sword of Light. It can do some serious damage to the fae, particularly, the Unseelie variety. She is on the run from Mackayla “Mac” Lane since she revealed she killed Mac’s sister Alina.
On top of everything else going on, various places are freezing and Dani finds herself joining up with none other than Ryodan, Chester’s dark, brooding nightclub owner. He wants to know what is going on too and with Dani’s superhuman sight and speed she proves useful.
I can’t explain how sensuality was woven in this book. All I can say is, 14 year old Danny has a line of suitors waiting for her to grow up.
So what lead to the full five purple heart rating?
C’mon! It’s Karen Marie Moning, for feck(got “feck” from her books) sake. Only she can use words to work you up like a tightly wound guitar string, then make you go POP.
She was genius in her taste of words and scene structure.
Iced was extremely hard to put down because when you read a KMM novel, you are in an adventure. Point blank period. You get comfy, lie down and open up a whole new world.
I actually like that Dani was not treated with kid gloves because the girl isn’t stupid and she is strong, so, yeah. It all worked out.
I am glad to be rejoining the fight to save Dublin..to save the world. One page at a time.
“Statistics say you spend at least one third of your life in your bedroom…why not make it the most amazing place you can imagine?”(Quote from Room Love, pg.5, 2017)
This season, don’t let your room go shabby or remain a place only nightmares are made of. Try some DIY tips from this gorgeous book filled with colorful photos, tips and cautions on how to get your room looking sweet and inviting.
It all starts with Moodboards and De-cluttering….
Then you grab this book and oh! the ways you can heal your room.
What I love most about this book are the colorful pages and easy to read instructions.
I’ll be honest.
I did not know this was a book from the Young Adult category until I realized there were warnings like: “Ask parents about heat resistant lampshades!” Or Make sure to consult your parent about…”
That kind of thing. This is what makes the book so special though. When I was a teenager, the most sprucing up I did with my room, was add a few posters, buy a new comforter with cute kittens on it and maybe move the twin beds around.
But Wutschke takes decorating a step further: You can have a furry desk chair with confetti pieces on your wall(as shown on the book cover). Create a super cute charger station, magnetic makeup boards, and beautiful hangers to grace your closet with style.
I truly enjoyed the cozy pictures and brilliant ideas for rooms. I am no longer a teen but the principles of designing a room is great for anyone to read and take notes from.
So get that Washi tape,fabric or acrylic paint and start transforming your room into the most beautiful space ever.
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After a car accident Jessa Gray finds herself wallowing in a bout of questions and insecurities along with a new disability: aphantasia. She can no longer visualize imagery in her mind, but once she moves to Colorado to live with her dad, not only does she meets new friends, she begin to learn that maybe this disability is not a disability, but unique and useful.
This book is incredible as far as imagery and ideas. When Jessa finds her boyfriend cheating on her, it throws her into a panic attack while driving and then some car speeds past a red light and hits her causing her entire world to change. As you read, you get the feeling Jessa has always relied on her beautiful looks in the past to cover up who she really inside- which is broken. The author does an amazing job slowly peeling back the layers of Jessa’s life and helping us to see why she thinks and behaves the way she does.
The beautiful takeaway in this story is that panic disorders are real but with the right support and love, you can heal.”
The shining light is Marshall. His attraction to Jessa seems instant. Even with her scars he see her as beautiful and wants to spend time with her. He tries to see the best in everyone and even though he has a hole in his heart, his love for Jessa could repair her own. Their romance buds pretty fast and that was unexpected, however their interaction was all marshmallows and hearts.
My eyes are on his chin, his forehead, then, finally, his eyes, which leap at me…swallowing up air between us…let go of me. But he isn’t holding on to me…He’s just looking at me.” (All Things New, 2017)
What is also interesting about the book is the references to “The Portrait of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde. The book seems to mirror the story as far as perception and the soul is concerned. It piqued my interest in reading Oscar Wilde’s novel.
In summation, the book was definitely good if you are into serious existentialist talk, Van Gogh, and teen issues. An overall good story.
Learn more about Lauren Miller and then if you’re feeling super geeky, check out this link on existentialism and learn more about that too and click Aphantasia to learn about that as well.
April Sinclair has done it again with Ain’t Gonna Be the Same Fool Twice, her follow up to Coffee Will Make You Black.
Jean Stevenson or “Stevie” has left high school with hopes of becoming a journalist while also still exploring her sexuality and how it could connect to her being black in the 70s.
In high school, she crushed on a white nurse(In the first book) and began questioning herself then, even though she had sex with a boy before. Even in college, Stevie dates men but soon she realizes there is more to her relationships than just sex. Racism, religion, and politics become a part of the stretching fabric of her life.
Stevie eventually finds herself in a few female relationships and she calls it “experimenting” yet those who care about her wonder if she is sure about any of her decisions. Recalling quotes from a loving grandmother and living in San Francisco with a homosexual hottie named Sterling, Stevie will need to muster all the courage and common sense she was taught just to survive.
This book was just as good as the first! If you are someone who shies away from topics like lesbianism and racism with a dash of politics, then you may want to run. I am not into politics or sexuality topics like either, but the story was good.
A lot of Stevie’s experiences, sadly, has not changed in reality for 2016.
For example, when Stevie begins dating an attractive white female, they are stopped by the police and the police assumes Stevie is a black male and never once looks at her, he constantly asks if her girlfriend is okay. Unfortunately for Stevie, her white girlfriend is only offended when he calls her “ma’am”. This is Stevie’s crucial eye opener to the climate of the times she is in.
I enjoy Stevie’s personality and her wise mannerism to a degree. She can come off as scathing and wishy washy at the same time; most moments and even with a scathing, stern personality, she can become a rug for someone else even when she knows better. Her friends left much to be desire. I cared for no one really in California. The portrayal of the city she was in was one where people hold on to inhibitions, freedom and weed, but let go of sense and sensitivity.
All in all I give this an exceptional rating. It was a perfect follow up to Coffee Will Make You Black.
Okay, bookworms! Would you ever read a book like this? What are some books you loved that had very sensitive topics for you? Discuss below and remember to share this post with your friends!
Like I usually do, I scroll the comments and see other people’s opinions. To be honest, I think more people are upset because many of the “gritty” books coming out deal with the current political and racial tension we can feel in the air.
The commenters, bless their hearts, really did not respond to the change of literature, going back to the era of the “real”, they mainly focused on quivering in their boots because now they have writers who are not interested in fake monsters but the real evil in the world teens and adults must face.
Gritty books are simply mirrors of the times. The writer goes on to mention Judy Blume’s classic, Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret as a timeless classic about a girl who wonders about God and goes through puberty, jealousy and other events fresh to teens.
Do we really need ghosts for that one? Or vamps? Or any other supernatural element?
I think what Bellafante aimed for in this report, is to have us compare our childhoods with the literature we read then, versus what children read and experience now. The novels have gotten grittier these days.
Let’s play Devil’s Advocate now.
I like gritty tales, but I like supernatural books too. Anything fantasy and speculative, I enjoy.
Is it possible that speculative fiction can explore the beauty and dirt of growing older too?
In the world of Harry Potter(I never read the books, just watched the movie-sorry!), Harry Potter grows up and experiences first love, crappy “parents”, all kinds of evil, but it is amidst the backdrop of sorcery.
Same with Hunger Games and Divergent(I read Divergent). Those are Dystopic novels that are not really fantasy but more speculative- speculating on what could happen. To me that seems pretty plausible, given the current state of true hungry people out here having to fight to live.
All I am saying is, I have no problem with real stories for real teens. We can have escapism at any time, but I long for the mirror too.