Hello-Hello! It’s been a while since I posted something and I thought It’s time to loop you in. Thus, I will try to update you with read, write and listen life.
Well, well, well! Life is going and I am trying to see the best and the positive in every little thing. An adventure is not easy. The life of a hero is full of obstacles that need to be overcome. So, with my ragged metaphorical hero costume and cape, I am trying to save my day, to be my own hero.
If you follow me on social media, you know I’ve been active and what I’ve been doing. Slightly. But at least, I did not go into hibernation. I read, wrote, listened, and watched some good stuff.
First, I read a plethora of books and comics and I plan to read even more. Thank goodness for the existence of audiobooks. For some of them I pan to write reviews. I have written a few of them on paper already. (The grammar, man! It’s killing me. ^^’) So expect reviews to drop off like cats and dogs. Although, I am debating if I should write a review for all of them… Decisions. Decisions.
I should see what I am going to do. There are a few ideas in my mind I would like to try including how to improve the blog. It’s a long and tedious process.
Besides working on book reviews, I also wrote a couple of lines here and there. Real life is full of inspirational sources especially when is accompanied by good music. I have lots of ideas but there are two main stories I am focusing on. One is a fantasy and the other is a contemporary. Sometimes, I debate if I should write or not considering that I got my inspiration from real people and events in my life. Then I say, “F it! It’s a work of fiction.”
Listen. Music. Well, I breath music. It’s the thing that makes my bones move. I will start to do new Music Madness picks soon so stay tuned. (See what I did there? Wink!)
In addition to my bookish life, I watched movies and TV Shows, visited Europe, and tried learning French all over again.
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Hello-Hello, fellow readers! Today is a perfect day for a book tag, a K-Pop inspired tag. I was tagged a while back by the amazing creator of this tag, Savannah, from @TheBookProphet. Thank you! If you are curious to check out her answers and blog, you can just click the link I put above.
As many of you know, K-Pop has entered the western culture and it becomes more popular each day. This book tag combines two amazing things Korean culture and books. Some of you might be newbies or you never heard of K-Pop. Now, there is a chances to experience something new. I, myself, am a Korean drama lover. If you are interested, here is the link to my Korean Drama Top Favorites post.
Without further ado, let us start this tag!
But first, here are the rules.
Rules for the K-Pop Book Tag
— Credit the creator of this tag, The Book Prophet, and link back to her original post;
— Thank the person who tagged you;
— Answer all the questions to the best of your abilities;
— Tag as many people as you like;
— Have fun!
BTS – A Book Everyone Knows About
For this category, I have more than one book. The obvious choice is the Harry Potter book series followed by The Game of Thrones, The Throne of Glass, A Court of Thrones and Roses, Lord of the Rings, and Cassie Clare’s books from the Shadowhunters universe. Oh! And Rick Riordan’s books too. How could I forget? Believe me, there is no place on the virtual and real world without these books. It is quite scary. Sometimes, I feel the pressure of reading them because everyone is talking about them. But as my official choice, I pick the Harry Potter book series by J. K Rowling.
EXO – Favorite Companion Novel
Hmm! Let me think about that. Can I choose a companion series? Of course, I can. The Falling Kingdoms companion series Spirits and Thieves, by Morgan Rhodes. The action takes in present Toronto, Canada, and Mytica, 1000 years prior to The Falling Kingdoms events. Some people prefer the original series over the prequel series. Honestly, I love them both. As readers, we get to learn what actually happened Mytica’s history. And, as for spoilers, there are a few although I do not think they are major ones.
NU’EST – A Book/Series/Author That Doesn’t Get the Attention You Think It Deserves
The Historians book series by Trisha Leigh. Both the book series and the author deserve more attention than they actually get. This book series has time travel, historical fiction, a love story, and futuristic space. What is not to like? Give these books and author some love, readers.
ASTRO – A BOOK that Gave You a Happy Feeling When Reading
Define happy because there are multiple types of happy. Happy as in “ha-ha”? Or happy as in feeling fluffy and cuddly with butterflies-in-your-stomach happy? Or happy as in positive vibes happy? Well, for that, I think I can put more than one book since it is unclear. (Shh! I am no cheating. Shut up! ^^)
- Fluffy-and-cuddly happy: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
- Funny happy: a recent read, The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
- Positive-vibes happy: Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
MONSTA X – A Book Containing a Diverse Cast of Characters
The universe created by Rick Riordan: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, The Trials of Apollo, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, the Kane Chronicles. Yeah, it is hard to choose only one book for this category.
A.C.E. – A Favorite Recent Release
BLACKPINK – A Book that Sticks Out from the Rest of Its Genre
While reading An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, I was highly impressed by it. Among the books I read so far, Sabaa’s book is an outlier. The story and the way it was written stayed with me for a very long time. An Ember in the Ashes stands out in the book world just like K-Pop stick out from the regular pop music.
SEVENTEEN – A Book with Multiple POVs
I feel like I am repeating myself here. Wait, I actually am repeating myself. Eh, well! I choose, The Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes.
BIGBANG – A Modern Classic
Hmm! I do not know… Harry Potter book series by J. K. Rowling? It is the first series that comes to my mind right now. I believe Harry Potter is the equivalent of PSY, the K-Pop singer, in the western culture. At least, it seams like it from my point of view.
SISTAR – A Series You Wish Never Ended
The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, obviously.
RAIN – Favorite Stand-Alone
My pick is Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean. This one is a colorful book just like K-Pop, only of a different kind. If you know what I mean. Wink-wink. Nudge-nudge. It is one of my favorite adult historical romance books I read so far.
Feel free to tag yourself if you want to do this book tag!
This is it my fellow readers, The K-Pop Book Tag. I want to hear from you in the comment section if you decided to do it. I know that for some of us on this earth winter holidays are coming thus I included the books’ Amazon links instead of the Goodreads ones. You know, in case of present ideas.
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Happy Reading Holidays, minna-san (=everyone)!
Of all the world’s great metropolises, Paris and Los Angeles are among those that house the most significant and immediately recognizable cultural milieus. From the Champs-Élysées to the Sunset Strip, Marilyn Monroe to Brigitte Bardot, LACMA to Louvre, there is plenty for visitors and residents alike to fall in love with these storied cities – and in Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?, for the first time ever, they are revealed in parallel.
Written by Diane Ratican with illustrations by acclaimed artists Eric Giriat (Paris) and Nick Lu (Los Angeles), Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? is a gorgeous, full-color, 272-page collectible art book, travel guide, and personal journey. Playfully ‘connecting the dots’ between respective historical landmarks, architectural icons, style codes, and cultural peculiarities, Ratican weaves a compelling narrative in both English and French throughout Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?, which is interspersed with quotes from famed L.A. and Paris residents such as Walt Disney, Jim Morrison, Coco Chanel, and Ernest Hemingway.
Colorful, charming illustrations by Girat and Lu compare and contrast the foods, fashions, cultures, and cityscapes of the City of Stars and City of Lights. And, as an added bonus, precise GPS coordinates are included next to each illustrated page bringing the experience of these two incredible cities ‘off the page’ and into the real world!
Cleverly divided into seven distinct sections, Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? looks at:
· Cityscapes & Landmarks Magnifiques
· Culture Célébre: Cinema, Entertainment & Glamour
· Fashion, Style & Shopping à la Mode
· Sports & Leisure
· Communicating Ideas: Art & Culture
· Cuisine & Dining
· Cities in Motion
My Opinion –Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?
Have you ever been to Paris or LA? I can proudly say that I have. Only to Paris… And by being in Paris, I mean that I spent a maximum of an hour or two there. The majority of that time, I was in a bus station taking a break – bathroom and gas tank refill. It was a beautiful dark station with amazing bathrooms. Yes, I had to pay 50¢ (euros) for the toilet. Besides the station, I had the chances to see La Seine, the river that crosses Paris, and a few random buildings from the bus window. Now, you understand why I need to go back there?
Speaking of which, this book was a great catalyst to remember my love for France and French culture. With the American culture, I am well acquainted already. Wink-Wink. And regardless of my previous knowledge about these amazing cities, Diane Ratican’s travel guide poked my interest in them again. Also, let’s not forget that it is written in both English and French. How brilliant is that? And the artwork within the pages of this work? Marvelous!
As you can see throughout this post, I put some beautiful images from the book. It is a delight for the eyes alone. You get the chance to experience first-hand what it means to be lost in translation, literally. It was an intellectually fun experience as if this book had to writers, the author and “the translator.” Sometimes, I found myself having two different feelings about the same paragraph because the tone was different. It was just like reading two books in one.
The narration flowed easily with genuine information. It was noticeable that a person who lived in both cities wrote this travel guide. I did not feel overwhelmed by facts. And the artwork was and excellent divider between the chapters. All the written information was transformed into a visual delight of compare and contrast between Paris and LA. The they offered an idea of how those visiting places would look like in reality. Besides, the inspiring quotes, which accompanied the art work, were the cherries on top of a delicious cake.
Are you interested in Parisian and LA cultures? Then, this is the perfect book for you. Also, have you seen those graphics? Having this on your shelf would look amazing. Joke aside, Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? was my cuppa tea. I had fun reading it and I even got the chance to rediscover myself. Sincerely, I am already planing my trips to Paris and LA after this read.
This is my sole opinion. ^_^
I would like to thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Happy reading, everyone!
Hello-Hello! Recently I got my hands on some awesome books. Some of them were free – somebody was literary throwing them to the garbage – and some of them I got for a cheap price in second-hand stores. I know that in some parts of the world, to buy from second-hand stores is seen with judgmental eyes in the eyes of society… like an embarrassment because you cannot afford to buy unused things, brand new. It is more about moral pride than the quality of the things and some people are even ashamed to admit that they entered and bought something from a second-hand store. I am speaking from my experience and I am not pointing fingers because it is impossible for me to know everything in this universe. 🙂American view changed that opinion I had through books mostly. I found brand new books in second-hand stores. Barely opened or scratched books like the ones you are going to see below. It is crazy how many valuable things people are donating for other people to buy for a couple dollars.Like that saying: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.I mean… It is a saying for a reason, right?Don’t be afraid about germs. Usually the stores disinfect them. Or in extreme cases you can disinfect them yourselves. Plus, a sterile life is impossible – except for fetuses in their mother’s wombs and even there I might be wrong. Your are covered in germs yourself. Without your microbiota you will not be able to survive on this Earth. If you cannot believe me, you can listen to this guy from PBS who has a Ph.D. (doctorate) –> It’s Okay To Be Smart – You Are Mainly Microbe… Meet Your Microbiome!You can see how much of a geek I am when I am turning a Book Haul into an educational post. Nevertheless, this shouldn’t stop you to “stay curious” like Dr. Joe Hanson says.Now it’s time for the BOOKS!!!!Books I got for free:Anne of Avonlea — which I donated to a Free Library program in my townBooks I got from a second-hand store:If you are interested in reading any of these books, I included the link for their respective Goodreads page. You just have to click on the name of the book from the lists above to learn more about that said… book. Gosh, that was a mouthful. Yes, I repeat everything I write in my head to make sure it sounds right.Anyway… Let me know if you read or want to read any of the books I hauled today. I want to read your thought, feelings, and opinions in the comment section – even if you read this post 20 years in the future.Oh! And did I spark your curiosity about biology and people?
Hello-Hello! Today is another day to watch BONES. Although… Before that, let’s talk about BOOKS.Last month, I was negligent and I did not post the books picked by my book clubs. Now I am going to do two posts in one. Consider this as… I do not want to call it a recommendation… It’s more of an introduction to the books. As in, I present these books to you and then it is up to you!
BooksplosionThis book is about a sci-fi fan-girl, Elle Wittimer, who is excited because she finally has a chance to go to her TV show / movie (no specifics in the synopsis) Starfield ExcelsiCon (something similar to ComicCon, I assume) convention. Darien Freeman, a geek himself, is the actor who is going to play the main character in the Starfield reboot. Bad news… the fandom does not like him. Elle and Darien meet at the convention and… Well, the rest of the book happens. 😀 Geekerella – Goodreads
PerustopiaFor this one, think about the Kardashians’ TV show but with expensive car brand names. The name of the main character is Bentley. She wants a normal life but her family (most of it) does not and the potential cancellation of their show is not a good thing. Her sister plans a fake wedding to save the show; however, a very serious car accident makes things very serious. Also, the story is told in a “tongue-in-cheek voice that takes a swipe at all things Hollywood, Royce Rolls is a laugh-out-loud funny romp with an LA noir twist about what it means to grow up with the cameras rolling and what really happens behind the scenes.” Royce Rolls – Goodreads
BooksplosionAlice and Teddy are no strangers to misfortune, especially when it comes to people from their lives. Alice does not believe in luck but she believe in love and she has her eyes set on Teddy. On his birthday, Alice buys Teddy a lottery ticket and, surprisingly, it’s a winner one. At first the money seem like a blessing but then, little by little, they become a curse reaping Teddy and Alice apart. As they try to reconnect with each other, Alice rediscover herself in way she did not expect. Windfall – Goodreads
PerustopiaThis is the second book in the series so… SPOILERS Ahead. (I will try not to spoiler too much.)The God Apollo is turned into a human by Zeus as a punishment for the things which happed in the Heroes of Olympus series. His only solution to become god again is to find out what happened with the Oracles. Now he has to leave the safety of Camp Half-Blood and travel across North America for answers with “heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series.” The Dark Prophecy – GoodreadsAnd if you want to know more about my book clubs’ creators, feel free to check them up on YouTube.Booksplosion:Christine from polandbananasBooks
Jesse from jessethereader
Kat from KatytasticPerustopia:Sasha from abookutopia
Real egg painted for Easter. Yes, that’s my hand.Hello-Hello! Doctor Who just premiered last weekend!!! Wait… Wrong post. Then… Is this the post about the Bunny who was forced by freshly resurrected Jesus to lay chocolate eggs – aren’t they made of plastic now? – and then to hide them – no reason behind that – for children to find? At least in Romania the Easter Bunny brings real presents like Santa. Hmmm… Don’t think so. I am mixing Christianity with Pop Culture.Oh! Look! I used the “question inside a question” concept, literally.I should probably look at the title of my post and stop babbling. 😀It’s… A Book Tag related to Easter.I was sort of tagged by Abi from What Makes A Good Book. (<– link to original post and blog.) Well……. She tagged “anyone who wants to do this tag.” And I said, “Why not?”Let’s get started!1. Rabbits- A book that you wish would multiply- So a book you want asequel to (that doesn’t have one)!Let me check my Goodreads… The first book which comes to my mind is:It is a standalone I read recently. A sci-fi fantasy well done. I need more from that world and those characters. For more information on this book, check out my review –>HERE<–.2. Egg- A book that surprised youFor this one, I have two books. A recent release (Letters to the Lost) and an older one (An Ember in the Ashes). Before starting these books, I was skeptic with low expectations and barely remembering their synopsis. Thus, I got gladly surprised. If you want, you can check my review on Letters to the Lost here.3. Hunt- A book that was hard for you to get your hands onBasically, almost all the books I put on hold from my libraries on OverDrive. As of right now, I am number 268 on 43 copies for this book (I already read 32% of it):4. Lambs- A children’s book that you still enjoyI did not like books and reading when I was little. Shocking! I know. I liked the stories to be told to me by my grandmother. Sooo… I searched in my memory, on Google and Goodreads and I decided on this:5. Spring- A book with a cover that makes you think of springEven the book itself has lots of spring and fairytale elements.6. Rising from the dead- A book with a deceased authorMostly all Romanian authors I read and other classics… Which are very few. Or I can put one of those ancient Greek works… Well, I am choosing two books:Camil Petrescu The Last Night of Love, the First Night of War and Three Plays by Aristophanes: Staging Women7. Baskets- A book that is in your Amazon cart or on your wish list right nowI wish the Romanian and English speakers (Romania, U.S.A., and/or U.K.) to finish translating this series cause my French is bad. I will have to use Google and a dictionary if I want to finish this series. COME ON! In Romania, they stopped at book seven while in USA only the first two books are translated. Really! Really! Really! You cannot do this to me. Publishing companies from Romania and USA get your act together. I need this series finished. 8. Candy- A book that is sweetIs love considered sweet? Then, I pick this one:9. Peeps- tag people!Are you feeling compelled to do this tag? Consider yourself tagged, mate.
Hello-Hello, Everybody! It is officially Spring and I am here to bring my Winter wrap-up.This may or may not come as a shock to you but – I should definitely know by now – I tend to deviate form my TBR’s for no reason. It is like I am doing it on purpose.What can I say? I am in a constant need to rebel against myself. (More information about that in my post A random post…) When it comes to reading, I try not to force myself to read – all the time hahaha! – books I do not have the desire to read at the moment.My reading tastes and habits usually match what I am in a mood for or not for at a giving time. As a side note, I am not sure my previous sentence makes sense at all but it made sense in my mind. In the future (consider it a very close future… like further down in my post), you will see that my TBR is just a guide line because I do not want to set boundaries when it comes to reading. Reading should be a fun activity so why force it. DO NOT quote me if you are in a situation when you MUST read a book. If it’s a must, it’s a must. 😀
What I read from my TBRClick for my full reviews here –> Black Moon ReviewFull review to comeClick for my full reviews here –> A Shadow Bright and Burning ReviewClick for my full reviews here –> Aphrodite Review
What I did not read or finish to readIt has a slow start. Since it uses Romanian history, I feel a little picky about this book. It is kind of weird when you read a book and you know the end of Lada and Radu from the real history. I already have a mind set about those two: Love Lada, hate Radu! As simple as that. The author does a great job in creating complex personalities for out two protagonists. Also, I am obsessed with things being correct when it comes to Romanian terms and names – especially names – and how they are used so… Sometimes I cringe when things are incorrect. Translation is a tricky thing and the author is trying to not make things confusing for the readers since her major target audience is for clueless (about Romanian history) Americans. (No offense, that is the naked truth. I mean… What really do you -or the majority of you – know about Romania besides Transylvania, vampires, weird reputation in history, and present bad reputation in Europe created by a small group of people?) I am 22% done with this book. I am planning to finish it although I have to push myself a bit. Slow pace. Great build up and descriptions so far. Oh! And hate Ottomans if you have Romanian Blood! Hahaha!The series was enjoyable so far… The second book mad me push this book down my general TBR list because reading Gemina and Illuminae created an epic book craving which is not good for a normal less drenaline stimulating novel. Yes, I am planning to read it and finish the series.For this one, even though I received and advanced reader copy, I got spooked by the hype. Other books got in the way and… Yeah. I am going to wait a bit and then give it a try.This may come as a shocker since I read almost every single thing written by Stephenie Meyer – except this book and Life and Death; although I am planning to read that one cause… Twilight. I know you cannot force somebody to do what the public wants, however, I wanted her to finish The Host series. I was not in the mood for this book. There was lots of hype from my book entourage. I read 32 pages and I was not that hooked. School and other things got in the way… Thus, I decided to not read this book in the near future.I hope you enjoyed this picture-long post.Brush aside my saltiness!Create your own opinions on books!And you can check out the books’ description and Goodreads links in my Winter TBR Post.
Illuminae and Gemina (The Illuminae Files #1 & #2) – Amie Kaufman, Jay KristoffIlluminae synopses: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit. But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again. Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes. Illuminae Gemina
Aphrodite (Daughters of Zeus #4) – Kaitlin BevisBeing perfect isn’t easy, but Aphrodite is determined to live up to the ideal. So when Poseidon asks her to investigate strange happenings on several cruise ships, she jumps at the chance to prove herself. Demigods are going missing, and no one remembers them having been on board. Aphrodite charms herself into the best room on the ship, prepared to investigate in style. Unfortunately, the room belongs to the one man immune to her charm. Adonis. When Aphrodite realizes that he could be the next target, her investigation gets more complicated. Worse, whoever is responsible for the missing demigods charmed the passengers and armed them with long-forgotten weapons designed to kill gods. When the ship goes dark, Aphrodite and Adonis have to work together to discover who is behind the mayhem before Poseidon decides their ship, and every charmed and armed human on it, are more trouble than they’re worth. Aphrodite
And I Darken (The Conquerer’s Saga #1) – Keirsten WhiteNo one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets. Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion. But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point. And I Darken
Caraval (Caraval #1) – Stephanie GarberWhatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . . Welcome, welcome to Caraval—Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever. Caraval
Black Moon (Zodiac #3) – Romina RussellZodiac synopses: At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….
Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories. When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts. Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians. But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?
Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs. Zodiac Wandering Star Black Moon Thirteen Rising
Storm Siren, Siren’s Fury, Siren’s Song (The Storm Siren Trilogy #1, #2, #3) – Mary WeberStorm Siren synopses: “I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”
In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled. As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist. Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed. Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons. But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for? Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win. Storm Siren Siren’s Fury Siren’s Song
The Chemist – Stephenie MeyerIn this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.
She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now, she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon. When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous. Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of. In this tautly plotted novel, Stephenie Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialized skill set. And she shows once again why she’s one of the world’s bestselling authors. The Chemist
The Diabolic (The Diabolic #1) – S.J. Kincaid
Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The girl who has grown up by her side and who is as much as sister as a master. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.
She must become her.
Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire… The Diabolic
A shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire #1) – Jessica Cluess
I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?
Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves? A Shadow Bright and Burning