BookCon Day One Diary

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Happy Tuesday to all! I know my blog posting has been spotty lately and I do apologize I was working a lot because I took off for a vacation! As some of you who follow on Twitter, you already know what that vacation was for and of course by the title to you now lol! I went to BookCon 2019 my first BookCon ever and OMG I FREAKING LOVED IT! In this blog post, I will tell you how everything went to the best of my ability because I don’t think words can describe how much I loved it and how amazing it truly was for me! If you are more of a visual person I do have my day one vlog up and live on my channel here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzbUZ19tKls&t=35s I will also leave it down below! Also, this type of blog post is very new to me so have mercy on ya girl lol but I will do my best to not rant but to also fill you in with good detailing! DISCLAIMER I AM NOT BEING SPONSERED TO MENTION THESE PRODUCTS THESE ARE MY OWN OPINIONS!

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Okay so I am staying with my nana and she lives in Long Island so on the first day I did wake up semi-early because I knew we had to take the train and the subway! But what your girl did not know is that we had to take a bus as well lol which did eat up some time but I am not complaining, it was all a learning experience!  I had already figured out my outfit the night before I decided on a cute white crop top from H&M, stripped colorful flair out pants from Papaya, black booties from JustFab, I also wore a little tan cover up but I forgot where I got it from lol ( here is a picture of that!).  I don’t usually do my make up unless of special occasions, but of course I did for BookCon I was very self-conscious at first but at the end, I overall loved what I did and got many compliments on it! For my makeup, these are the products I used in order of putting it on my face( Aveeno moisturizer, IT CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream in the shade Rich Honey, Bare Minerals face color in the shade Warmth I use this as a bronzer, Eyeshadow palette The Saharan By Juvia’s its the pink one I know there are other colors of this palette lol, I used the colors Katsina, Jamila, and Wodaabe, I didn’t have highlight so I used my Peachy Nudes eyeshadow palette by RueBeauty in the shade Peach Pie on my nose to act as highlight and it worked lol, lastly my lips I used Almay in the shade Treat Yourself). For all you makeup bloggers/ Youtubers I don’t know how you do it lol that took me forever to apply on my face as well as type out what products I used lol!

After getting ready and quickly taking cute pics we were off to the train! I personally love the transportation in New York by far my favorite because riding the train and even the subway sometimes can be really peaceful or it’s just so lively! I live for a good adrenaline rush, I am not going to lie I was getting nervous with how late it was getting and the fact that I somewhat had an organized plan or so I thought lol! When we arrived it was around 11:30 I was so excited about getting my badge and being around people who feel the same love and appreciation I do when it comes to books! I am not going to lie I honestly teared up I had a smile on my face ear to ear because I finally made it after all the years I wanted to go and attend one of the biggest conventions for books I was finally there, and nothing in the world took that away from me. As soon as I stepped foot into BookCon you see the organized bookish chaos and personally I loved it, it felt like being in a city within a city! Now like I said before I had a plan but what I realized is that having a plan for something like this won’t always go exactly the way you want it. Usually, for me, I am not okay with that but for some reason, it didn’t bother me that I missed out on something the whole time I was personally just enjoying the atmosphere and living in the moment. But I did strategize I had my nana wait in lines while I was in another ( my advice for BookCon is BRING AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN, trust me you will thank me later lol).

Image-1 (1)While in a line by myself I made a friend ( also another thing I love about this convention everyone was very kind and friendly!) her name is Marie and we legit spent the whole day together! She was there with her mom, I was there with my nana it was legit a match made in heaven! We had such a great time just talking, standing in lines together, taking pictures, and just everything under the sun! I was really afraid when my nana and I  weren’t together that I would be the awkward shy looking person that looked terrified by herself! Thankfully that wasn’t the case we talked about books, what we wanna do as a living and just thing we enjoyed! We also encouraged each other with little things as far as handing out our business cards or just saying go for it when it came to wanting to talk to people we both admired!  Overall I loved meeting her and had such an amazing time spending the day with someone who is just as passionate as I am about books <3!

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Now I am just going to talk about all of the other lovely people I might at BookCon and how freaking unreal it was for your girl like OMG I’m still in shock! The first person I met was Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite authors of Dear Haiti, Love Alaine which comes out September 3 by the way ;). They were so nice and sweet and omg I can’t put into words how kind they are it was very inspirational talking to them and meeting a sister author duo of color all the things I love!  The next person I met who was just as equally sweet was Debbie Rigaud her book is Truly Madly Royally which comes out next month on the 30th! I only met her for a brief moment but was able to snap a pic with her and I noticed how our lip color favored one another lol! As most of you know I am a booktuber which means I watch booktube as well and you guys I met Hannah from a clockwork reader and Hailey from Hailey in bookland! Zoe wasn’t with them at the moment sadly but omg it was so cool they were sweet I mentioned to Hailey how me and my bf watch her channel together and how he actually finds what she has to say interesting and it keeps him captivated! Lol, she was very flattered and said thank you and I got a picture with the both of them which was also so surreal! 39C271E3-948F-425B-8848-311FD350849E The next person I met was intentional because I knew she had a booth and I wanted to meet her so bad and that is Kristen Martin Youtuber and Amazon bestselling author! We talked about her books, of course, her coaching style, and how amazing her hair looks! We took pics and I am featured in her vlog waving for a brief second was just really great meeting her and seeing that she has such great energy in person that she does in her videos. Now the last two people I met was purely out of luck and I just I honestly could not believe it! Ya”ll I met Nic Stone and Tochi Onyebuchi in person like in person! I was over by the Penguin Random House booth checking on something and at first, I saw Tochi I introduced myself, of course, I had to ask if he knew about any other ways to get Wargirl ARCs at BookCon ( sadly he did not) but then I told him about my blog post where I featured Wargirl! The first thing he said after that was “OMG THAT WAS YOU THANK YOU SO MUCH!” I nearly passed out he recognized my work and genuinely appreciated it! I gave him a business card because promo ASF lol but no he was just so nice about everything and ahhhhh I felt important and a little famous lol! So right as Tochi and I where talking, we spotted Nic he was waving at her trying to get her attention lol he legit said ” You see how brand new friends wanna act when they get big lol smh” I started laughing my butt off he truly is hilarious no lie! So after that, I like smiled and waved at Nic and she came up to me and said well Hi gorgeous and yet again your girl almost died lol, I said hello back we talked about her work and how it’s just truly inspiring and of course makeup she complimented my makeup yall the queen of slaying looks liked my makeup! I couldn’t help but gush, authors are truly amazing, genuine, chill ass people even in person!

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That is all of my day one in a nutshell basically! Like I said if you’re a more visual person I will leave my vlog of day one down below! Thank you so much for reading this and for supporting me! Also if you couldn’t attend BookCon, please do not feel left out or any less a part of the community it legit took me years to finally attend! I hope you all have a great day and remember ❤ Always Love Your Books ❤

My BookCon Day One Vlog

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzbUZ19tKls&t=35s

My Links

https://linktr.ee/jheart_lovesbooks

 

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The Bone Charmer Breeana Shields: Spoiler Free Review

THE BONE CHARMER

As I am writing this it is 10:10 pm EST, I have just finished this book, I am very much IN MY FEELINGS and have a desire to write a full essay about this book, oh and I have work tomorrow at seven in the morning. So future me I am truly sorry but I know you’ll understand lol, I would like to thank the lovely people at Rockstar Book Tour for letting me in on the book tour for The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields! I have a lot go on in my life and even though my review is late I will still be mentioning this great tour for providing me and E-ARC copy and will continue with my review! So let’s get started, as some of my old time followers know I have reviewed a book by Breeana Shields before and it was actually her debut three years ago! It was Poisons Kiss and I will leave the links down below from my blog review and booktube review if you want to check it out:)! So long story short welcome back Breena! As we all know synopsis comes first, then my personal fangirly thoughts and lastly the Jheart ratings!

 

”  In Saskia’s world, bones are the source of all power. They tell the future, reveal the past, and expose secrets in the present. Each village has a designated seer who performs readings for the townsfolk, and in Midwood, the Bone Charmer is Saskia’s mother.

On the day of her kenning—a special bone reading that determines the apprenticeships of all seventeen-year-olds—Saskia’s worst fears come true. She receives an assignment to train as a Bone Charmer, like her mother, and even worse, a match-making reading that pairs her with Bram—a boy who has suspicious tattoos that hint of violence.

Saskia knows her mother saw multiple paths for her, yet chose one she knew Saskia wouldn’t want. Their argument leads to a fracture in one of the bones. Broken bones are always bad luck, but this particular set of bones have been infused with extra magic, and so the break has devastating consequences—Saskia’s future has split as well. Now she will live her two potential paths simultaneously. Only one future can survive. And Saskia’s life is in danger in both”

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Alright so Saskia was a likable character it just depended on which Saskia I was reading about and what she was getting into at times lol. She all around is a character that you understand her intentions but you just wanna scream at her because of the things she will get herself into. Though all of her reactions were caused by actions that were most of the time out of her control, it’s sorta like her hand was forced half the time. It’s like the old saying darned if you do darned if you don’t, which wasn’t fair at times because this whole book revolved around her future but what you learn in this story is that fate has the final say. When reading both paths of her life I think her character development was very spot on which I think Breeana is going to be very well known for because I felt the same way with her first main character in Poison’s Kiss. Breeana just knows how to time things very well with her main characters because, in my opinion, Saskia grew even though at times it was a hard pill to swallow. Now I will say I did favor one path more than another because ooooo somethings happened and my heart was completely invested in every part of it! I am not saying the other path wasn’t great the other one just hit different for me lol. But I will say there were times with Saskia I truly felt for her but then I remind myself she knows the bones choose the fate at the end but it’s the choices she makes that determine overall what happens to her. I know that doesn’t sound right but trust me when you read the book or have read it you understand where your girl is coming from.

I really do not know how I feel about the relationship situation throughout the WHOLE book, but I will say I like how it ended but sadly part of the book I was a little bit confused on where the romance was. ( I am a romance junkie I always have to look for it sorry NOT sorry) okay to be fair now thinking about it, I will say it has a slow burn romance and that certain things don’t make sense until about 25% into the book so I won’t say anything bad about it because of SPOILERS ASF!!!!!!! So I am going to talk about Saskia relationship with her mom rather than a romantic relationship. Even though this is a fantasy book the mother-daughter relationship between Saskia and Della felt real life like in a nutshell, all Della wants to do is protect Saskia but sometimes the women goes WAY to far and I am not overreacting. But to give her the benefit of the doubt all she wants to do is keep Saskia safe but that also led to Saskia not making her own choices and that lead to Saskia taking certain matters in her own hands when things should’ve been talked out better and would’ve ended better between them. They are both very stubborn characters and to be honest when the bumped heads it sorta reminded me of my relationship with my mom at times lol. So you should already know who side I was on the majority of the time lol #letmehaveasay # Imateenagerwithavoice! But you could clearly tell that they loved each other they are just so much alike that they clash and it’s hard for either of them to see the others point of view.

So I LOVED this plot, the world, and the magic element I think it was my favorite aspect of this book and I am more of a romance freak lol. But no Breeana made such a creative and innovative world that I couldn’t help but to fall in love with it! It was so interesting reading about how the magic works and how the whole world is set up around it I for sure had a perfect image on how everything was set up as well on how it looked. It was very new and fresh to me and I feel like this world can harvest more books and I personally want a five book series lol. Also, neither paths felt like it outshined the other the paste each section had worked out very well at the end even though it made me HELLA in my feelings like I feel like this pain was intentional lol JK but seriously the ending had me on my head! Another thing Breeana is great at is writing villains readers will hate with all of their beings because the person who is the antagonist in this book is just dreadful like I just ooooo I have so many thoughts on said person because they truly pissed me off. I kinda wish I did spoilers because these are the times I would be going off about everything lol but this gives you the opportunity to hear about a great book you should totally pick up!

Alrighty now to the ratings I overall give this book a four out five stars I did enjoy this book at some points it was hard to piece things together which isn’t a bad thing just had me a little confused which made it a bit challenging. But I do highly recommend this book and I hope and pray there is a second book and if there is I need it NOW!!!!  I am leaving all links down below about where to purchase this book, Breeana Shields, and the other links I talked about earlier! Thank you so much for the love and support and also if you are going to BookCon this year I’ll see you there! Have a great day and remember ❤ Always Love Your Books<3

About Breeana:

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Breeana Shields is an author of fantasy novels for teens including The Bone Charmer, Poison’s Kiss, and Poison’s Cage. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English.

When she’s not writing, Breeana loves reading, traveling, and playing board games with her extremely competitive family. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, her three children, and two adorable, but spoiled dogs.

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Links To Poison’s Kiss

https://jheartlovesbook.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/posions-kiss-spoiler-free-review/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkFi6j27QgU&t=320s

My Links

https://linktr.ee/jheart_lovesbooks

Rockstar Book Tours

http://www.rockstarbooktours.com/

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I Wanna Be Where You Are Kristina Forest: Spoiler Free Review

Happy Wednesday! I feel like today is the most popular day to blog, everyone seems to post amazing content, so I am going to join the bandwagon and share a review! Today I am reviewing ” I wanna be where you are” by Kristina Forest it comes out June 4th I got my hands on an ARC via a giveaway and I just devoured it! Let’s kick things off with the synopsis than go to my thoughts and ratings!

” When Chloe Pierce’s mom forbids her to apply for a spot at the dance conservatory of her dreams, she devises a secret plan to drive two hundred miles to the nearest audition. But Chloe hits her first-speed bump when her annoying neighbor Eli insists upon hitching a ride, threatening to tell Chloe’s mom if she leaves him and his smelly dog, Geezer, behind. So now Chloe’s chasing her ballet dreams down the east coast―two unwanted (but kinda cute) passengers in her car, butterflies in her stomach, and a really dope playlist on repeat.

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Filled with roadside hijinks, heart-stirring romance, and a few broken rules, I Wanna Be Where You Are is a YA debut perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Sandhya Menon.”

Short synopsis yes but in my eyes, if they would’ve put more to it, the whole story would have been given away. I loved Chloe as the main character because she felt real to me, she was a teenage girl that had a dream and even though she was scared out of her mind she went for it. She had flaws and made mistakes through the story but with those mistakes she learned alot about herself and who she is as a person, the things she values. I loved that Chloe had dreams, like actual real-life dreams that she was passionate about that she had a love for, and I am happy that it had nothing to do with writing or reading. It is okay for fictional characters to have other hobbies that aren’t the same as the reader it makes them unique, and special. Chloe’s hobby and talent is that she was a gifted dancer, but she wasn’t a popular she was just a regular teenage girl that had a hobby and a few friends. My favorite part about the cast of characters is that they felt like real people everyday teenagers which made the story much more enjoyable to read. Her playlist is also bomb dot com like yes the girl has taste lol, the way Chloe talks about dancing and her future is truly inspiring to me and I think whoever reads it will feel the same way. All the characters have a passion for something they love it is displayed through the whole story, I love how Kristina writes these characters and the best part is that they look like me and my family members and that they go after their dreams no matter the cost even if the cost means a whole adventure lol.

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Now the relationship in this story at first seemed very predictable and common but reading more into it, the romance ended up surprising me more than I thought. Chloe and Eli have a very interesting story that is unraveled through this crazy road trip, you learn why they have some tension between them more about each of them and why they are the way they are. I am not saying Eli is the perfect book boyfriend but what I will say you will grow to like him and may end up rooting for him towards the end. Everybody’s flaws in this story are for a reason it has a purpose and I love how it is told and how no one is perfect and that everyone is dealing with something.  Now moving into the mother-daughter relationship which is very important to the story as a whole, Chloe and her mother have more of an actual relationship then I have seen in other YA contemporary books with the main character and a parent.  Which is great love that but what I also love is that they argue, they fight, they disagree, it is no secret to anyone that mother’s and daughter’s don’t see eye to eye especially during the teenage years.  Chloe and her mom’s relationship displays how during the teenage years it is rather difficult to let your child make their own decisions and let them grow up and make mistakes but still chase after their dreams. But also how it is hard as a teenager to decide what they want to do and to feel confident in themselves to do so. I am not going to lie I needed this book my senior year in high school and how Chloe reminds me of how I would feel some days leading up to major choices that will affect my future.

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I just loved this whole story I laughed, it taught me things, it made me feel better about my own dreams, just reading a book where the main character is a black ballerina it warms my heart! I just want every brown girl, every girl that has a dream, every girl that doubts that she can’t do it, and every girl that needs a boost of confidence to READ THIS BOOK! It’ll make you feel so much better well at least that’s what it did for me and I hope whoever reads this feels the same way. The plot, diversity, the love in this book is so worth the read and I can’t wait for it to be out in the world among the greats because there is no doubt in my mind that this book won’t do fabulous. As you can probably tell this book gets a five out of five stars, we only have less than two weeks for release day ( which is June 4th, all the pre-order links will be down below). Also as a treat, I will share the pictures I did myself to recreate the book cover! Well, I hope you all enjoyed me ranting about how much I love this book and thank you for all the love and support and remember ❤ Always Love Your Books<3

I Wanna Be Where You Are  links

https://www.amazon.com/Wanna-Be-Where-You-Are/dp/1250294886/ref=sr_1_1?adid=082VK13VJJCZTQYGWWCZ&campaign=211041&creative=374001&keywords=I+Wanna+Be+Where+You+Are&qid=1558550470&s=books&sr=1-1-catcorr

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-wanna-be-where-you-are-kristina-forest/1129098283?ean=9781250294883#/

https://www.bookdepository.com/I-Wanna-Be-Where-You-Are-Kristina-Forest/9781250294883?ref=grid-view&qid=1558550595200&sr=1-1

Kristina Forest Links

https://www.kristinaforest.com/

https://www.instagram.com/kristinaforest_/

https://twitter.com/KristinaForest

My Links

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Tithe By Chani Lynn Feener: Cover Reveal!

Happy Saturday to all my name is JaNae and you’re at JheartLovesBooks! I know I normally don’t do an intro but I have a lot of new followers since we just hit 100! Thank you so much for following and reading my little section of the internet where I rant, swoon, and fangirl about books:). Today I am apart of a cover reveal for “Tithe” I am working with Chani Lynn Feener and her publishers on spreading the news about her book that is coming out this year! It is a YA urban fantasy that features dark fae ❤ <3, it is set to release on Halloween too, perfect timing if you ask me! I will leave the blurb down below and of course the beautiful cover!

“Cursed with the sight; torn between forbidden loves…
Arden Archer is cursed: she can see the Unseelie fae. It is a gift that sends the women of her family to an early grave. But there’s a way to break the curse: offer herself up as the Tithe. Every seven years, the faerie regents pit cursed humans against one another, offering salvation to both parties. 
This year, Arden is one of those human competitors–a Heartless–and with the help of Unseelie Mavek Midnight, she intends to win. That is, until Eskel arrives, unearthing secrets and planting doubt. Can Mavek be trusted? Is there more to the Tithe than what he’s told her? 
Torn between the forbidden Unseelie she’s loved and the new human boy with a dark past, Arden must discover the truth before All Saint’s Eve, or risk losing her soul to a beautiful monster.” 
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Just by reading it I am already hooked! But as a bookworm, I know how persuading a great cover truly is so let’s just cut to the chase and besides this is what you’re here for anyway lol! The gorgeous cover for Tithe by Chani Lynn Feener!

 

There it is in all its glory! I love the vibe it’s giving off and I can’t wait too read it. Also if you are a book reviewer and this book sounds like your cup of tea the review copies are coming in July! I will leave all the author links below:)! I hope you all enjoyed this I certainly did since this is my first time helping in a cover reveal! I will be posting a lot more these upcoming weeks, with a lot of surprises as well so keep a look out! Have a great day and remember ❤ Always Love Your Books<3
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Plot, Romance, Characters, Diversity! Oh My!

Hello, book bloggers of the web! I am back with another blog post, I decided to take a break from doing a review with this one. Today I will be talking about what I personally look for in the books I read that determined whether or not I give it a high rating. I realized after going through the past couple of books I’ve completed that I have a certain way I rate books in certain genres. So I will be talking about contemporary, dystopian, and fantasy  ( all in the young adult category) and how I rate them what gives a book a certain edge to it. These are all my personal opinions of course and thought I would share with you how I go about things since I know sometimes I give high ratings to books I read. I hope you all find this interesting and let me know down below how you do your rating systems and the certain things you look for in a book!  IMG_7786

 

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Before I start talking about a certain genre what I will say from the jump is that character development/Diversity(representation) is a key factor in all these genres I’m saying it now so I don’t sound repetitive and that you know its one of the things I look for in every book.

 

 

F2191412-4D02-4190-B98F-14904FAF9656Okay so the first genre I will be talking about is contemporary. I find this one of the hardest to rate because even though the characters aren’t real they go through real-life problems. Things we can actually relate too, but the first thing I critique in this genre is the personality of the main character, for example, is she/he relatable is what they’re going through in the story something they are trying to fix or make better. I love the main character that fights for what is right or whatever obstacle that is in the way they’re trying to take down, basically a contemporary character that doesn’t take No as an answer.  What I also look for in this genre is some sort of good friendship/family relationship, news flash ladies and gents, not all YA parents have to suck or put down their kids!  Why is that so popular? I love reading a YA contemporary when the parents are present in the main characters life in a POSITIVE way! Stop showing the youth and myself that parents don’t understand or they don’t get us because that is not always the case. I am not saying everything is sunshine and roses but please make it more realistic. Also, I do understand that there should be books that display parent abuse, parents that neglect their kids, single parents, and divorced ones because that is apart of life but it’s not always a bad thing. Lol sorry for that rant but family bonding in a contemporary book is very important to me. Good friends now this I love we all love a sidekick that we sometimes like more than the main character! They make the story better and they make our main character stronger in character development and emotionally! A well-written friendship is key especially girls whose best friends are girls so we can encourage one another and not put down each other! Next is DIVERSITY!!!!!! Everybody is not the same color, same gender, same religion, or identifies as straight! We all are unique and different and are stories deserve to be told, I love picking up a contemporary and finding out or discovering that a character is a different race, gender, religion or is Bisexual or gay! Plus good representation it’s amazing if a contemporary book is diverse but is it told correctly is a high key factor as well, because what is the point of having it in the book if it is not told correctly! Last but certainly not least is romance, okay so unfortunately at times contemporary is judged very harshly on the romantic relationship because most of the time it is the main plot point in the story. Now I love romance I am a hopeless romantic in just about everything, but I love a romance that is written well! Which means I am not a big fan of instant love ( the type where both the characters are already in love after only meeting once). Now before anyone says it yes I am a HUGE fan of the book The Sun Is Also A Star, but if you analyze the book while you’re reading it or afterward you understand that Nicola Yoon did not write an instant love at first sight story. Contemporary romance needs to feel real to me that it’s not just a walk in the part that there are hard parts and moments when things look like they won’t last. The feeling always has to be mutual, NO CHEATING under any circumstances, and great chemistry is a must I live for the sweet moments! Now if a contemporary has all of these aspects in it then I give it a high rating if it is laking int one way or another it does interfere with the reading experience and my overall feelings of the book.

 

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Dystopian is a challenging genre as well since some people deemed it a dead genre after our dystopian high from 2010-2015. But I still support the genre and have been reading it quite frequently, I am not going to lie when I read this genre I do get a bit nostalgic which is great but I have realized it has affected my reading experience and that I rate rather harshly. As of lately, I have realized that I often compare whatever dystopian I am reading to The Hunger Games, yes I know I shouldn’t but with certain books, it was very hard not too. I do believe after the amazing dystopian we have gotten in the earlier years that it is harder to rate books in that category because we are constantly reminded of our old favorites even when it is intentional. So one of the first things I look for is where does this world take place and how is it ran politically, Also why does it seem like that all dystopian books take place in a corrupted America?  I know it’s easy to write about since the country I live in makes a lot of poor choices but I know we aren’t the only ones lol, what I am saying I would appreciate it if we got a corrupted Brazil, Italy, and maybe even China just to spice things up a little bit! Is the world written well that is a key factor that I look for when I am rating does it have certain flair or edge to it, not just a common dystopian that features a forgotten wasteland. The main character now also very difficult because we usually get a female/male that is either only trying to protect themselves or themselves and a loved one (usually a little brother or sister). Which there is nothing wrong with that but can we get a story where the main character is already apart of the revolution and go from there. But I do understand a story needs a main plot but that’s what makes this genre so difficult to rate it feels like it all starts off the same and we only get something different when we hit the middle of the book. What dystopias usually score high in with me is character development! The main character usually goes through so much during the story that character development is usually very noticeable and very strong if written well it’s like we get a different person then we started off with.  That is what makes me determine if I want to continue you the series or not if I don’t see some growth in our main character I know I won’t pick up the next book because I don’t see them making any progress.  The last thing I look for in dystopian that affects how I rate the book is if we have a good villain or who is the head honcho as far as the government or political standpoint. Is this dictator one that is easy to hate, well written, and that I somewhat understand why they are causing all of these problems. Also, are they known in the story? Do I hear about them? In a nutshell, do they make their presence known throughout the story?  All of these are key factors for me as fas as a good antagonist because they are also the other half of this story! I will always have a soft spot for dystopian even if my rating system is strict lol!

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The last genre we will be discussing today is the ever so loved fantasy genre! Now, this is much easier in my eyes to rate sometimes because I know what I want to see in a fantasy, but do I always get it the answer is no……. No, I do not 😐 but with fantasy it’s tricky sometimes I overall love a book but then I think about the things I wish the book could have included. Diversity for one now we have come a long way and I feel like more YA fantasy books are showing a lot more than before! Which is great because like I have mentioned before NO ONE PERSON IS THE SAME! Plus it is okay to have different types of characters in a fantasy it doesn’t always have to be in contemporary. What I also look for and is apart about of my rating system is the magic element. Is it unique? Does everybody have magic? How are the main characters’ abilities different from everyone else’s in the story? Since the majority of fantasies have magic in it this is something I look for and enjoy reading about, when the magic in a book is displayed and explained its a key factor on how the fight scenes will go and how powerful our protagonist is. Another thing that is important to at least for me is the romance, the reason why I mention this in fantasy is that we usually get a love triangle trope or the bad/mysterious boy trope. Now we all know usually our main character has an attractive companion that usually joins him or her on their journey, I will say this is the hardest part to rate because usually, the relationship has some toxic or unhealthy points in the story. It is usually not intentionally like that but if you look at some relationships in fantasy realistically it is not always so pretty, but looking at it as a die hard hopeless romantic and considering the circumstances that are going on in the book it isn’t to horrible lol :P! The antagonist is always important in fantasy because this is the person causing all the mess and is, of course, the main problem for our protagonist. What I will give this genre credit for is that usually, we have some AMAZING side characters I love side characters they make the story better whether it’s with humor, the ride or die they have with the main character and of course their perspective!  Like yes, give me all the side characters and their amazing ways and side characters are usually the main characters best friend and I love a well-written friendship. Fantasies are usually trilogies or series so one of the things I look for is will the plot last until the end, will it keep me captivated enough to finish the whole thing! I personally would hate to waste time one a very lengthy series just to have the plot burn out towards the end, I am a firm believer of quality over quantity! Long story short I need diversity, a somewhat healthy and swoon-worthy romance, A GROWING MAIN CHARACTER, an antagonist that doesn’t know how to quit and good background info, a group of kick-ass side characters like yes I live for them, and lastly A PLOT THAT STAYS ALIVE THE WHOLE TIME!  These are the things I look for in a fantasy book, not too much right? Lol 😀

Well, I hope you enjoyed this blog post! I really did enjoy writing this and showing my perspective on what I look for in a book and how it affects the way I rate them! Let me know your thoughts on how you rate your books what do you think makes a good story in any of these genres? I hope you all have a great day and if your reading this when it is up Happy Mother’s Day ❤ and remember ❤ Always Love Your Books ❤

 

 

 

City Of Saints & Thieves: Spoiler Free Review

Hello,  long time no post! You see I can explain I went on this lovely girls weekend vacation to Disney which meant before that I had to work at my job for a week straight. So as you can probably assume your girl was very tired and was just itching for her vacation! But between all of the mass chaos and my wonderful weekend, I finished City Of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson! Which brings us here, as tradition goes synopsis first, my thoughts on the main character, love interest, and lastly ratings and last minutes thoughts! So let’s jump in it shall we:)!

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The more you see, the less you know.

In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who does not exist.

Tina and her mother first arrived in Kenya as refugees from Congo desperately searching for a better life. Trading the peril of their besieged village for the busy metropolis of Sangui, they can barely believe their luck when Tina’s mother finds work as a maid for the Greyhills, one of the city’s most illustrious families. But there’s a dark secret lurking behind the family’s immense fortune, and when Tina discovers her mother shot dead in Mr. Greyhill’s private study, she knows he pulled the trigger.

With revenge on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving the streets on her own, working as a master thief with the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job with the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving a long-awaited chance for vengeance. But once Tina returns to the lavish home, she’s overcome by memories of her painful past, and the girl who does not exist is caught red-handed, setting into motion a breathless and dangerous cascade of events that will expose not only the truth behind who killed Tina’s mother but even more harrowing secrets from Tina’s past that will change everything”

Tina is a character I didn’t think I would care for that much when I first started reading this book, but looking back and after finishing this book I just adore her in many ways. I did enjoy reading from her point of view from the start, I just didn’t think she would have good character development throughout the story. I was clearly wrong she grows so much through this journey, from start, to finish it’s like at the end she’s just a completely different version of herself.  When you start reading this book you understand and know exactly what Tina is after for and her plan and well if you’re like me or have the same reading mindset you don’t really disagree on what she wants to do. But as the book continues many things are put in question and well Tina realizes that everything isn’t so black and white as she thought it was.  The way she is somewhat forced to come to terms with things she discovers is why she had such amazing character development and I personally applaud Natalia for writing such great characters and giving Tina the development she needed.  If I have to choose certain characteristics to describe Tina it’s smart, sarcastic, has a very calm sense of humor, and she thinks like a thief.  She is the character you root for, cry for, and hope she gets everything she wants and deserves at the end of the story! She has made it on the list of my favorite main characters and I just overall love her for all her flaws and success she has.

As far as love goes in this book it is filled with it and no not the love you might think it is not suffocating us with romance. But the love that the characters have for each other is very real and you see it a lot throughout this book, as far as romance maybe Tina has a suitor maybe she doesn’t 😉 who am I to tell. Usually, I do dabble in the romance section of a book but I am going to switch it up for this book, I am going to talk about Tina’s friends/ family and the relationships she has between them. The relationship Tina has with her younger sister KiKi is very real, sweet, and pure you can tell she will kill and die for her sister. I loved reading those parts because as an older sister myself I feel everything she feels for her sister and the lengths she will go to protect her. Let’s talk about Tina and her best friend BoyBoy, I love BoyBoy as a character all of my heart just loves him, his heart and how funny he is! BoyBoy is for sure the best friend Tina and almost every main character has in there story! He encourages you, he understands your hurt and pain but expects you to grow from it not let it define you, he is also hilarious and I think he is either gay or very flamboyant ( I’m taking a guess because it is never really stated in the book, but there are hints of it in the story). Plus the type of person Tina is BoyBoy is the perfect sidekick she needs her polar opposite. Now there is another character I would like to mention but I do somewhat consider this character a bit of a spoiler in a way so we are not going to mention them. But what I will say that this certain person makes Tina questions a lot and as well as challenges her and I love every second of it. At first, I wasn’t very fond of said person but in the middle, they won me over and analyzing the relationship between the said person and Tina I can overall say in my opinion that it benefits her very well. I am not mentioning the mother-daughter relationship because of the fact I honestly can’t describe it without mentioning to much that happens in the story, all I can say is that she truly adored and loves her mother through all the ups and downs that happen.

I give this book five stars I love the plot, the characters, the deep meaning this book goes into as well. I was never bored reading this book there was something always going on and when Natalie was feeding us information it was never in a way that it felt like it was too much and it wasn’t a bore to me reading about the parts that we needed to know.  I also love how rich it was of culture it felt like I was in Kenya and Sangui City, I adore writing that makes me understand and feel the culture of where the book is taking place whether it is a real place or just fictional. You can tell Natalie did much research and took her time making a beautiful and heartfelt story. I also recommend reading the Authors note after finishing the book if you do decide to pick it up, it explains a lot and you see how everything just overall ties itself together.  I will be recommending this book for the rest of the year and after that, I am just fair warning all of you lol, but seriously if you’re looking for a great Young Adult thriller/mystery  City Of Saints & Thieves is for you! If you do end up reading or have already read it pleaseeeee tell me all your feels on it I love seeing other peoples points of views of books I have also read and enjoyed! I hope you all enjoy your day and this blog post and remember ❤ Always Love Your Books ❤

City Of Saints & Thieves links

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https://www.amazon.com/City-Saints-Thieves-Natalie-Anderson/dp/0399547584/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=city+of+saints+and+thieves&qid=1556723002&s=books&sr=1-2

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Interview: Amara Luciano Heirs Of Fate

Today I am interviewing Amara Luciano on her Young Adult book, Heirs of Fate, which came out April 16th, 2019!

Hello Amara, thank you so much for joining us on JheartLovesBooks. I am so excited to talk to you and ask questions that we as readers are just dying to know!

So excited to be here! Interviews are one of my favorite things to do as an author.

For starters, Heirs of Fate started as three separate ebook novellas, what made you want to put all three stories together to make one epic fantasy story?

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Honestly, it happened really organically. Which is just a fancy way of saying that linking up Bride of Dreams, Huntress and the Nightingale, and Storm Mistress was completely unplanned. I didn’t know these stories were set in the same world! But, as I started working on Huntress, I began to see Easter eggs pop up. The crossover between characters, timelines, and countries. Once that bridge solidified, there was really nothing else to do except tie up the loose threads I’d left in Heirs of Fate.

 

Some people think it’s hard to get traditionally published, but self-publishing is a whole different ball game! You and your sister not only self-published Heirs of Fate but own your own publishing company, that’s incredibly impressive! How has the process been, running a publishing company and self-publishing your own book?

 

Publishing, in general, is just a hard thing, and both traditional and indie publishing have their pros and cons. For us, we’re responsible for every little detail, which can be invigorating… and incredibly stressful! I talk about the difficulties of balancing the artist and the businesswoman with my friends and on social media, because some days it just feels impossible. But, Wonder Heart Books has always been about creating a positive platform for those without mirrors in media and so creating stories and putting them out there that fulfill this mission is BEYOND rewarding. There have been tears, frustrations, and so much joy. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Seeing people hold Heirs of Fate is just icing on the cake.

 

Writing and having deadlines is challenging on its own, but you basically had to take three stories and put them into one! How was that process overall, did you find it easier or more difficult?

 

So the stories themselves were already written by the end of 2018 and it was just a matter of overseeing the creation of putting together the paperback these last four months. Another challenge was the bonus short story at the back of the book, because I had to figure out a way to quickly introduce and tease some of the coming conflicts of book one. Again, we’re responsible for everything. Between Gabi’s artistry and me taking care of all the back and forth between us and the designer, the cover copy, the formatting, etc, etc, it took us a while to get here with a product we’re really happy with. Quality is EXTREMELY important to us, especially as indies, so we’ve done our best to render every little detail in the best possible version of itself.

 

I am very upset with myself for not living in New York because I missed the book launch (sigh)! Planning this event was probably so much fun, but so nerve racking at the same time! Can you tell us the details of how planning it went and the overall experience?

 

Well, I gotta give a huge shoutout to our publicist, Bethany, who made all the arrangements and got us our slot at Barnes & Noble in the Upper West Side. We’ve been in a little bit of a daze over it, but it’s been so much fun discussing what we could do with the signing. Mainly, we wanted to make sure that there was plenty of swag and a couple of giveaways! We recently designed special WHB book boxes and we decided to give one of those away as well as a mug from @creativeleighcrafts on Instagram. The main concern and responsibility we’ve had is promoting the signing as much as possible and I’m excited to see what the turnout is like!

 

I know that as of right now Wonder Heart Books is for your own works, but I think we all are curious to know if one day you will start publishing other peoples works as well?

 

Yes! Absolutely! We’re taking our time in that department, because there’s a lot of planning involved in taking that step. We want to be as careful as possible with other authors’ work, and ensure that publishing through us will give them not only a platform to benefit their careers but quality and experience that stands apart from other publishing houses. We do have an exciting project we’re going to announce this summer as a kind of test run for this avenue of our business… 😉

 

I am in love with the diversity and the beautiful representation that you are displaying on the cover of Heirs of Fate! What was the inspiration behind each story, and without spoilers, how did all the stories mesh with each other?  

 

Funnily enough, these novellas were actually supposed to be half their size and act as loose retellings of fairy tales I love. But that ship has basically sailed, though each story has a kernel of that original intention. They evolved on their own and definitely grew in length, and that might be why it became more and more obvious that they were part of this larger tapestry. There was just so much room within each to expand, and the more I wrote, the bigger the world became and began to take shape.

 

I know I am not just speaking for myself when I say I am a lover of a great series! Like who isn’t?! Will Heirs of Fate be a series we all grow to love and swoon over?  

 

YES! That’s probably the most exciting result of this really lengthy experiment. The novellas were supposed to be a way for Gabi and myself to test our mettle, as artists, as partners, as a company, and have since evolved into the backbone of a new series that will have a wider lens trained on the scope of the world, new characters, political machinations, and a lot of slow burn romance. 😉

 

I have been on Wonder Heart Books’ site many times and reading over the short paragraph that tells us what Wonder Heart Books is about, I am very curious to know; is this your full-time job, and if it isn’t, is it something you want for yourself in the near future?

 

I definitely want to be working on my writing full-time. Being a writer is my chosen career and owning Wonder Heart Books allows me to be a businesswoman and ferry for other artists, which I also love. Right now, I have a part-time job, and then dedicate much of my spare time to building momentum with Wonder Heart.

 

My all-time favorite question to ask all authors is….. If your book was turned into a movie who would your dream cast be and why?

 

I really don’t have casting ideas. I would hope for talented actors, many of whom would be PoC. But if Idris Elba or Jason Momoa wanted parts, I’m definitely not going to be the one to turn them out. In fact, I think I’d have to request we run lines together.

 

I am probably jumping the gun by asking this next question but I feel like I just have to know: are there going to be any more releases from you as an author or as Wonder Hearts Society as a publishing company this year?

 

The next big release for Wonder Heart Books is going to be book one of the Gods’ Fate series, which is partly set in the same timeline and world of Huntress and the Nightingale. We also want to collaborate with other authors on a smaller project before the year is out, but Bethany will have more details on that come May. Separate from Wonder Heart Books, I’d like to query in the traditional publishing space for a specific project… if I have the time to work on it with everything else going on.

 

Everyday heroes and of course the heroes we may not know, but do look up to, still, exist! Can you tell us some of your heroes and heroines?

 

My friends and family act as my personal heroes. They’ve all led interesting lives. They’re products of sometimes horrible environments, and yet they still strive to lead grounded, well-meaning, joyful lives. I’m also a big fan of quite a few sort-of strangers or clients or customers I’ve met who are survivors of some of the most awful points in history, like 9/11 or even WWII, or who have beaten back severe illnesses. Some of them have led colorful lives, globe-trotting and raising wonderful children, and they tell me of their lives with smiles on their faces despite all they’ve endured. They’re the ones who taught me there’s no such thing as a bad day or bad luck. Instead, it’s all about perception, compassion, endurance, and love.

 

Our final question, the viewers and I will greatly appreciate is…  Is there any advice you can give to all aspiring writers who are trying to get to the finish line; whether it’s getting done with the first draft, or in the process of trying to get published?

 

Treasure your beginnings. My hope is that if I keep saying it, people will begin to believe in the sanctity of their origin stories as creators. There is no time quite like when you’re first starting to hone your craft. You’re accountable to no one. Your imagination is unhindered by expectations outside your own. Anything truly is possible, so long as you’re willing to nurture those possibilities into genuine opportunities, which will always demand commitment and patience. And love.

 

This stage is unrepeatable. You’re writing is going to evolve. You will never again be the writer that you are now, so love yourself and how you’ve chosen to start. It’s the most exhilarating part of your journey.

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Thank you again, Amara! I enjoyed having you on JheartLovesBooks, to not only get to know you better but of course to get some details on Heirs of Fate ( that is already out!)

I had a blast! Thank you for having me.

I hope you all enjoyed this interview and that you check out Heirs of Fate! I will leave all links below from purchasing the book to following Amara/Wonder Heart Books and on her social media and of course mine! Have an awesome day and remember ❤ Always Love Your Books ❤

Recently featured in Unread Magazine for her “positive, creative, and inspiring” content, Amara Luciano is a smiley YA fiction author obsessed with tortuous endings, so much so her books are almost always about dark, magical misfits making really questionable decisions.

As the co-founder of an independent publishing company called Wonder Heart Books, she empowers writers and readers to seek out diverse narratives in fiction. She also shares muse magic and true tales for staying peacefully creative on her podcast called Love Your Fails, Win Your Magic.

She loves heart-ready smiles, chocolate anything, and people who win love by daylight. Her spirit animal: a Kara Danvers-Arthur Curry cross-mix. Her motivational mantra: “If I can see it in my heart, I can hold it in my hands,” à la Cara Alwill Leyba.

You can knock on her social media doors @amaraauthoress pretty much everywhere, but she likes Instagram best. Head on over; there’s always room by the bookshelves…

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The Circle: Taken Spoiler Free Review

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Happy late blogging day if that is a thing lol! Today I am reviewing The Circle: Taken by Sage Sask, I was sent this ebook through Netgalley but I am apart of Rockstar blog tour! I am the first review on this blog tour stop, I will leave the rest of the tour down below and links to the giveaway that is taking place! All thoughts are truly my own even if I was kindly sent this to review and I hope you all enjoy!

As tradition with my reviews we will start with the synopsis, I will talk about the main character and my thoughts on her overall  (likes and dislikes) if there is a love interest or any type of relationship I will dabble into that and finally I will get into my rating and last minute thoughts!

“Abandoned at eleven with no memory of her family, Alexia seeks her true identity. Under the new government’s regime, sixteen-year-olds are evaluated for their desire to harm others. Throughout the test, Alexia struggles to conceal her psychic ability to read the past and future of anyone she touches. When her secret is revealed, Alexia is taken to an island where other highly skilled agents and readers like her train to survive.

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As Alexia gains more control over her abilities, she desperately tries to piece together her elusive past. In her quest for the truth, Alexia’s loyalties are tested when forced to make an impossible choice between those she loves and the family she can’t remember.

A spell-binding adventure of friendship, love, unforeseen twists and learning that our most dangerous enemies are often the people we trust the most. A captivating novel filled with forbidden romance and shocking betrayals that demands the question – Can One Decision Determine Your Destiny?”

Alright, let us start with our sometimes lovely main character Alexia, now she was a tough act to follow at first. But with me reading more about her she came across as a typical dystopian main character type of gal, which isn’t a bad trait just her thinking and actions reminded me of some of our very famous and well-loved heroines. I feel like sometimes I really did understand why she had a certain mindset with everything she has been through I just wish it wasn’t repetitive. Half the time is yes I get why she is the way she is but let’s have some character development and help her out of it! Which did overall happens throughout parts of the book so I appreciate the author giving her growth but also leaving some room to grow for the next book ( I believe there will be a second book but please don’t quote me)? I love how sarcastic Alexia is though like some of her comebacks I legit started laughing out loud too! I think that is one thing I love about dystopian main characters they go through so much that half the time they just laugh at there on pain just to lighten the mood. Also technically this book isn’t labeled as a dystopian but after reading the book and or synopsis you can totally tell! Now do I love Alexia? No not at all, not my favorite main character that I’ve read, but did I enjoy her story, her witty comments, and how badass she can be when she chooses to be, then yes I do love those qualities and aspects about this book and her as a whole.  To keep this spoilery free all I will say is that I like her way more at the end and if there is a second book which I kinda hoping there is I feel like I will enjoy her more! I’m telling you character development is key and if the author writes her correctly for the next book Alexia will have a stamp of approval from me!

I am a person who never usually is at a lost for words but when it came to love interest and this book……. I truly don’t know how to explain who the heck Alexia is supposed to be with let alone my thoughts on if there is even love or any type of romantic interest in this book lol! What I’m saying is you can sorta see a potential love interest ( his name is Ryan) but the more I read through this book the relationship wasn’t really romantic half the time, as in half the time it felt more like a brother-sister bond or a girl and her protector. Than at little points like tiny areas, it felt like Alexia and Ryan should be together but then I would keep thinking about it and putting things together and it just never seemed like they should be one or even a unit. But right towards the middle like ten or fifteen chapters left the author tries to sneak in a love interest! I am usually well alert when it comes to love in any book since I am a helpless romantic, so if there was anything going with Alexia and said person ( I won’t say his name because I think it counts as a spoiler) I would’ve been caught on! So when the author slid that in I was like wait what when did this happen lol! I mean I don’t think it is a bad idea but I would’ve been more for it if the relationship had more substance and actual time to develop and not just like thrown in at a very awkward part ( like legit an awkward scene in the book it was hilarious though)! So as far as love and any type of relationship for Alexia I guess we just have to wait and see because I just don’t know guys.

At the end this book gave me nostalgia if I’m being honest it gave me a little bit of Shatter me by Tahera Mafi ( just the first book), along with a dash of Army of fire by Jennifer L Kelly, and just a bit of The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracker ( I only have seen the movie so I’m basing my opinion off of that)! all fantastic books and movies in my eyes! But overall I am giving this book 3.75 stars because there were some points that were very repetitive, I didn’t like how Alexia would just down herself even after she did a good thing, and like I said before the whole love interest thing just confused the life out of me! I will continue this series if it is one because the author managed to keep me curious and that only has me wondering certain questions that I will only get the answers to if I keep reading! Thank you again to Rockstar Book Tours for having me and also for me being the first review on the stop! All the links I mentioned will be down below as well as a little bit about the author :)! Have a great day and remember ❤ Always Love Your Books ❤

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

4/15/2019- Lone Tree ReviewsExcerpt

4/16/2019- Lisa Loves LiteratureSpotlight

4/17/2019- JheartlovesbooksReview

4/18/2019- BookHoundsInterview

4/19/2019- Reese’s ReviewsReview

 

Week Two:

4/22/2019- Writing on the Sunny Side of the StreetExcerpt

4/23/2019- Life With No PlotReview

4/24/2019- Daily WaffleExcerpt

4/25/2019- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

4/26/2019- Dorky Girl and SkeletorSpotlight

 

Week Three:

4/29/2019- Buried Under BooksReview

4/30/2019- Smada’s Book SmackSpotlight

5/1/2019- Taking It One Book at a timeReview

5/2/2019- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt

5/3/2019- Smada’s Book SmackExcerpt

 

Week Four:

5/6/2019- Adventures Thru WonderlandReview

5/7/2019- Mama Panda BearReview

5/8/2019- Jaime’s WorldGuest Post

5/9/2019- A Gingerly ReviewReview

5/10/2019- Book BriefsReview

 

2019 YA/MG Books Written By People of color/About People of color Pt.2

Happy Friday and blog day yet again! I am hoping to stick with the schedule of posting on Tuesdays and Fridays. Well, we are back with part two of 2019 YA/MG books written by people of color/about people of color! If you haven’t seen the first part I highly suggest go reading that first so you don’t miss out on the first five books that have been already mentioned ( here’s the link 😉 https://jheartlovesbook.wordpress.com/2019/04/09/2019-ya-mg-books-written-by-people-of-color-about-people-of-color-part-1/ ). But for all returning guest welcome back! Nice to see you again lol and thank you for all the love and support on my latest post!

The first book that is being mentioned in part two is a very sweet contemporary and diverse in many ways and it’s what this author is famous for doing. There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon needs to come out tomorrow! Everything about this book screams the perfect summer contemporary and has everything perfect and sweet in it! Let me save some of my gushing and jump into the synopsis.

Ashish Patel didn’t know love could be so…sucky. After he’s dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly, smugly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up.

The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl—under contract. Per subclause 1(a), he’ll be taking his date on “fun” excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?

Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she’s also fat. To Sweetie’s traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death.

Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of. IMG_6991

Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date, they realize there’s unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?”

See I told you it’s practically perfect for the summertime and it comes out in the world in almost a month! May 14th this book will be mine, It does say on Goodreads next to the title (Dimple and Rishi 2) so I am not sure if it’s mandatory to read When Dimple met Rishi first. But I am going to be on the safe side and read it in order, I just love that we are getting two main characters that are Indian-Americans but also Sweetie is a plus-sized queen! It’s the perfect two for one and I applaud Sandhya for creating this story! I can’t wait to read Ashish and Sweetie’s story ❤

Book number 2 just gives me all the African and magic vibes by just looking at the cover like the detailing is spot on! But the one thing about the synopsis of this book is that it leaves me wanting more! I truthfully believe the synopsis is way to short or I am just so ready to get my hands on this book. Can I please talk to whoever is in charge of doing the synopsis because I feel like I got played when they did the synopsis for Kingdom Of Souls by Rena Barron. Yes, this is book number 2 on the list and I will share the synopsis so you can understand my frustration lol.

Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.  IMG_6992

There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him”

Yes, that is it…………… The WHOLE synopsis! That is all we get and frankly, this is not sitting well for me since I have to wait till September 19th for the rest of the book. I can’t even tell if someone is going on this quest with her, or if she has any type of love interest and most important if this is going to be a series! Don’t get me wrong I am so excited for this book I am just a frustrated book reviewer/ reader *sigh* the things we go through as readers! I don’t remember how I stumbled upon this book but I am very happy I did, I will also keep up on Goodreads to see if they add more to the synopsis as we get closer to the release lol!

The third book on this list is actually out already! I had to include this book because the concept of this book is something I have yet to see around the book community and I’m truly intrigued to see how this story unfolds. That book is Spin by Lamar Giles on Goodreads it is under the genres as mystery, young adult, thriller, and contemporary. I am trying to read more Young Adult thrillers and mystery’s as well as male authors this year so I can get a feel for new genres and new authors! So I think this is a great way to start it off with a two for one lol. This is another short synopsis but I feel like with mystery that is an okay thing to do so we can have a little bit of suspense along with our reading journey.  IMG_6993

“Sixteen-year-old Paris Secord’s (aka DJ ParSec) career–and life–has come to an untimely end, and the local music scene is reeling. No one is feeling the pain more than her shunned pre-fame best friend, Kya, and Paris’s chief groupie, Fuse. But suspicion trumps grief, and since each suspects the other of Paris’s murder, they’re locked in a high-stakes game of public accusations and sabotage.

Everyone in the ParSec Nation (DJ ParSec’s local media base)–including the killer–is content to watch it play out, until Kya and Fuse discover a secret: Paris was on the verge of major deal that would’ve catapulted her to superstar status on a national level, leaving her old life (and old friends) behind. With the new info comes new motives. New suspects. And a fandom that shows its deadly side. As Kya and Fuse come closer to the twisted truth, the killer’s no longer amused. But murdering Paris was simple enough, so getting rid of her nobody-friends shouldn’t be an issue…”

Every time I read this synopsis it gives me chills and makes me wonder who did it! Hopefully, on my next bookstore trip, I can find it so I can pick it up! I haven’t heard anyone talk about this book lately but I do hope that changes because as I skimmed through the reviews on Goodreads I didn’t really see anyone say anything bad about it. But of course, as the saying goes “Everyone is a critique” and this critique will have her review and her opinion up as soon as she reads the book lol! Plus can we acknowledge how cool and hipster this cover looks like I am living for these colors ( If I had a heart eye emoji I would totally be using them). But this book is already out so if you have had the chance to read it please tell me your non-spoilery feelings in the comments down below!

IMG_6995 Our fourth book is also a book that is already out! Yes, I am being nice and mentioning things you don’t have to wait months to read, also this book is pitched as a dystopian/ science fiction! So there is a little something for everybody! I was so excited about this book that two days after it came out I went to my local Books a million and purchased it and it’s on my TBR list for this month and if not this month for sure next month. Can I get a drum roll please ( also wishing I had sound effects right now lol) but the book is Internment by Samira Ahmed, I honestly can’t wait to finish my review books and my other current read so I can dive into this beautiful book! I haven’t read a really great dystopian in such a long time I feel like some people think it’s a dead genre, but my heart refuses to let it die! Let’s just get into the synopsis so you can understand why the dystopian genre still has a fighting chance.

“Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.

With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.

Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.”

I am convinced I am going to love this book! Plus I have a special picture for this book that I can’t wait to post on my bookstagram ( Just in case you don’t follow me or know my bookstagram its @jheart_lovesbooks), Yes I know shameless promo but hey why not lol. Muslism-American girl, plus a revolution, and a cute hat on the cover what more can a girl ask for right! But I am not going to ramble on because I am so determined to read this book this month! I feel like I owe myself to read this plus I’m super curious to find out if it is a series or a stand alone.

The final book for part two was so hard to pick ( yes there will be a third part and hopefully the finale one to this series lol). I am so torn between two books to post about now but I feel like the one I didn’t pick would be better to kick off part three. Not saying this book isn’t as equally amazing but with the other book I can go on about forever and plus I need more time to think about what I want to say for it. Now, this last book gives me all the feels because it reminds me of the ” Three Dark Crowns” (which is in my TOP all time favorite series so far like OMG Kendare Blake knows how to write some amazing characters). But of course this book has it owns twist and turns and stands on its two feet very well and what I love is the synopsis gives me DETAILS! It makes me so anxious but so ready for what is about to be told. I know I said this in the last post but I am still LIVING for how great representation on book covers have been lately like yes give me all the beautiful girls from different races to sizes! The book I am dying over is A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy! Now you understand why I am so excited and why I compared it to Three Dark Crowns, let’s just get to a part of the synopsis because posting the whole thing is so long plus you should either already know about this perfect book or you should be adding it to your TBR right now!

” Seventeen-year-old Eva is a princess, born with the magick of blood and bone–a dark and terrible magic that hasn’t been seen in so long, the knowledge on how to wield its power has been lost to history. She wants nothing to do with the magick or with the Ivory Throne and heavy responsibility of leading her fractured country. But she has little choice. If she can’t learn to harness the magick inside her by her nameday, she’ll die at the hands of the Rival Heir. Her older sister Isadore, whose magick of light and persuasion is more glamorous but no less dangerous than Eva’s, holds the hearts and alliances of the Court, and is widely favored to win the crown. Because in the Queendom of Myre, only the strongest, most ruthless rulers can ascend to the throne, and princesses kill for the right to do so.

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When an assassin attacks Eva weeks before the competition is set to begin, she discovers there is more to the attempt on her life than meets the eye–and it isn’t just her sister who wants to see her dead. Although humans have ruled Myre since the Great War, with fey holding only the illusion of power, bloodkin banned from noble society, and the despised khimaer forced to live in the Enclosures, unrest is growing, and someone is using the naming of the True Heir as a smokescreen for political gain.

As tensions escalate, alliances are tested and family secrets are revealed, and Eva turns to the help of an instructor of mythic proportions and a mysterious khimaer prince to grow her magick into something to fear. Because despite the love she still has for her sister and the childhood memories they share, Eva will have to choose: Isa’s death, or her own; her freedom, or the Queendom.”

Okay, I posted the whole synopsis so what lol! I just get the feels all over again when I read it and did I mention it was compared to Children of Blood and Bone! Yes, this book is that serious and I need it now not October 29th when it’s supposed to come out. I don’t know how I am supposed to survive it feels like everything is such a long wait :(. Like can I get a few chapters just to hold me over pretty please?

Well, that is a wrap for part 2! The next blog post will not be part 3 sadly I have other plans for all of you Tuesday! So you have to wait and see what I have up my sleeve! Like I said at the beginning thank you all for the love and support I greatly appreciate it! Links to purchase or Pre-order these lovely books will be in order down below! Have a great Friday and remember ❤ Always Love Your Books ❤

#1 https://www.amazon.com/Theres-Something-about-Sweetie-Sandhya/dp/1534416781/ref=sr_1_1?adid=082VK13VJJCZTQYGWWCZ&campaign=211041&creative=374001&keywords=There%27s+Something+About+Sweetie&qid=1555114292&s=books&sr=1-1

#2 https://www.amazon.com/Kingdom-Souls-Rena-Barron/dp/0062870955/ref=sr_1_1?adid=082VK13VJJCZTQYGWWCZ&campaign=211041&creative=374001&keywords=Kingdom+of+Souls&qid=1555114358&s=books&sr=1-1

#3 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1338219219/ref=x_gr_w_glide_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_glide_bb-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1338219219&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

#4 https://www.amazon.com/Internment/dp/0349003343/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=9780349003344&linkCode=qs&qid=1555114533&s=books&sr=1-1

#5 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0525518584/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0525518584&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2 

2019 Ya/MG Books Written By People of color/About people of color Part 1

Happy Tuesday which means blogging days! Today is more of a discussion post as well as mentioning some books I am personally excited about! The topic of said YA books that come out this year are either written by people of color or about people of color. These books/authors are not only focused on just African Americans but Indians Americans, Koreans Americans, and many more. I am really big on diversity and proper representation for all so everyone has a story they relate to. I’ve done a lot of research from Instagrams, articles, Goodreads, and yes I will be mentioning sequels.  Later on, I will have a companion blog post that talks about books that came out in previous years. If I miss any books please let me know I would love to hear about them. This blog post will be in two parts since I have so many books I want to talk to all of you about and share!

The first book I will be talking about is very close to my heart since I have gotten the pleasure to get to know this author and also interviewed her before she got her book deal! Any guesses? Any at all???? Well, I’ll cave it’s India Hill Brown! When I found out she got a book deal I was just so proud and happy! Many of you might know her from Booktube as BooksandBigHair. Her debut Middle-Grade book is called The Forgotten Girl and comes out November 5, here is a snippet of the synopsis. ”  “Do you know what it feels like to be forgotten?”

On a cold winter night, Iris and her best friend, Daniel, sneak into a clearing in the woods to play in the freshly fallen snow. There, Iris carefully makes a perfect snow angel – only to find the crumbling gravestone of a young girl, Avery Moore, right beneath her.
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Immediately, strange things start to happen to Iris: She begins having vivid nightmares. She wakes up to find her bedroom window wide open, letting in the snow. She thinks she sees the shadow of a girl lurking in the woods. And she feels the pull of the abandoned grave, calling her back to the clearing…”

When I first read the synopsis I was shocked because I had no idea what the book was about since I wasn’t present in the book community for a while. I don’t usually read Middle Grade but I am for stepping outside of my comfort zone for this one. Of course, the original synopsis is longer and goes into more detail and I highly recommend reading all of it! I can’t for the book to come out I know it will have a great message and I am just so proud of India and all of her accomplishments!

The second book I am really hyped about that is getting set to release very soon (April 16th actually) is Heirs of Fate by Amara Luciano. This book is very unique because it is three novellas made into one book!  All the novellas where never printed and just available as ebooks so the author decided to put all three stories together into one book! I believe all three stories take place in the same world and intertwine into one amazing fantasy story! Also fun fact the author and her sister have there own publishing company WonderHeartBooks, and they are publishing Heirs Of  Fates! Heres the synopsis

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For the first time in print, Wonder Heart Books is proud to present Heirs of Fate, a paperback novella bindup by Amara Luciano. Enter the dark fantasy world of Gods’ Fate.

THREE YOUNG WOMEN. THREE DARK DESTINIES.
ONE CHANCE TO CHANGE EVERYTHING.

Three spellbinding novellas in the Gods’ Fate world available in print for the first time.

BRIDE OF DREAMS

In order to escape her mother’s war-torn legacy, Diya must marry. In her homeland, marriage can mend decades of hostility; long-awaited truces suddenly become possible. But when her short trip to the altar ends in a curse upon her betrothed, Diya must rescue his soul from the gods—or risk the destruction of their villages.

HUNTRESS AND THE NIGHTINGALE

Once a huntress blessed by the gods, now Zahria is little more than an exalted murderer. As her royal lover continues to torment the desperate and dying people of the kingdom, her only solace exists within wineskins that never seem to run out—until she’s presented with a promising bargain:

Destroy a cursed forest and sin against gods who have likely abandoned her… or remain forever imprisoned in a land not her own.

STORM MISTRESS

Jade has no trouble remembering what her brave and foolish foray into the pirate quarter once cost her: blood and destruction. Now clever backdoor deals and swift thrusts of her hips bring her that much closer to stopping the monsters of her island home from abusing their power. But when a mysterious storm goddess kills one of her patrons—an essential member of a deadly captain’s crew—Jade’s plans threaten to crumble.

To stay alive, she must defeat all her enemies, for her death will not win her the island’s game of shadows.

PLUS

Bonus content including a BRAND NEW story! 

This short story will include a crossover between characters from the previously published novellas and will serve as a bridge to the forthcoming full-length novel set in the same world”

I felt like I had to mention all of the synopsis because it makes more sense and it explains everything better than I can lol! I am very excited and intrigued by this book and I love supporting small publishing companies and female-owned companies #womensupportingwomen!

Lucky number three on our list is!!!!!! Daughters Of Nri by Reni K Amayo I found about this lovely author and book via Instagram and the cover alone had me hooked! I am loving the representation of the beautiful chocolate girls that have been on YA books the past couple of years! A round of applause for all the book designers out there! I know I have been saying this about all these books but I am super stoked about this release which is a very long wait, unfortunately. This debut is set to be in the world August 27th so mark your calendars for this fantasy book that features Ancient African Gods and #blackgirlmagic!  For this book, I am only going to use a very short paragraph just to give you a taste for what this lovely author has in store for us!

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A gruesome war results in the old gods’ departure from earth. The only remnants of their existence lie in two girls. Twins, separated at birth. Goddesses who grow up believing that they are human. Daughters Of Nri explores their epic journey of self-discovery as they embark on a path back to one another”

I just can’t wait for this book to be out in the world and I know the ARCs are going to be to die for! Hopefully, fingers crossed Daughters of Nri and Reni will be making another visit on here and as well as my booktube! I will for sure keep all of you updated on that!

 

 

For number Four I thought we’d take a little break from fantasy and mythical things and focus on this contemporary book that is already tugging on my heartstrings! It talks about another hobby of mine besides reading and writing, which is cooking! This book if you haven’t already guessed, is With the Fire on high by Elizabeth Acevedo. I rarely ever see the main character where their hobby isn’t something to do with reading or writing! So the fact that she loves to cook and wants to be a chef I just love it because I love to cook and would like to own my own food truck one day while being a successful author!  I love how all of Elizabeth’s books have powerful messages and encourages you to go after your dreams no matter what the cost. I will be very surprised if you haven’t heard of this book but just in case, here is the synopsis and a friendly reminder that it comes out May 7th!

 

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Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her Abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

 

Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules, she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.”

I may not have a daughter but I have little girls in my life that mean so much to me (my little sisters) and I am very close to my Nana! So I think  I will have a great time reading about Emoni and her story and that it will also encourage me with things in my own personal life.

 

Last but not least for part one of this discussion, book number five! This book I haven’t seen talked about a lot and I am very surprised because when I first heard about it I thought it sounded amazing! Plus it looks like it’s supposed to be a movie, and that book is War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi which is pitched as futuristic Black Panther-inspired, in Nigeria. I am a HUGE FAN of Black Panther plus a mixture of YA science fiction well might as well just sign me up on the list! Now this book is a long way to come, it is set to release on October 15th. Far wait but after reading the synopsis I know the wait will be worth it. Also, I don’t read a lot of books that are written by male authors and I also want to change that in 2019. Here is the synopsis since I have left you all in suspense long enough.

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Two sisters are torn apart by war and must fight their way back to each other in a futuristic, Black Panther–inspired Nigeria.

 

The year is 2172. Climate change and nuclear disasters have rendered much of earth unlivable. Only the lucky ones have escaped to space colonies in the sky. In a war-torn Nigeria, battles are fought using flying, deadly mechs and soldiers are outfitted with bionic limbs and artificial organs meant to protect them from the harsh, radiation-heavy climate. Across the nation, as the years-long civil war wages on, survival becomes the only way of life.

Two sisters, Onyii and Ify, dream of more. Their lives have been marked by violence and political unrest. Still, they dream of peace, of hope, of a future together.

And they’re willing to fight an entire war to get there.

Acclaimed author Tochi Onyebuchi has written an immersive, action-packed, deeply personal novel perfect for fans of Nnedi Okorafor, Marie Lu, and Paolo Bacigalupi.

I can’t wait to see what this world has to offer and the unique aspect it brings to the table. Plus this book also has a sister aspect I love anything to do with family in it! Also, Tochi has a degree in screenwriting so I can’t wait to see how is writing style is and how he does with world build up and character development. But I really can’t get over this cover like heart eyes ALL OVER!

Well, that is all for part one! I wanted to keep these in parts so I can talk and swoon about all of these amazing books with you! I hope you found at least a couple of books you haven’t heard of before and put them on your TBR (Links for preorders down below in order) ! If not look forward to part two and three! Thank you all for the love and support and remember ❤ Always Love Your Books ❤

#1 https://www.amazon.com/Forgotten-Girl-India-Hill-Brown/dp/1338317245/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?crid=2FIOCO6J5MCSA&keywords=the+forgotten+girl+india+hill+brown&qid=1554849340&s=books&sprefix=the+forgotten+girl+in%2Cstripbooks%2C159&sr=1-1-fkmr0

#2 https://www.amazon.com/Heirs-Fate-Gods-Novellas/dp/1733503137/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Heirs+of+fate&qid=1554849400&s=books&sr=1-1

#3 https://www.amazon.com/Daughters-Nri-Reni-K-Amayo/dp/1916042910/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Daughter+of+Nri&qid=1554849488&s=books&sr=1-1-catcorr

#4 https://www.amazon.com/Fire-High-Elizabeth-Acevedo/dp/006266283X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=18QNZNMIJWG56&keywords=with+the+fire+on+high&qid=1554849536&s=books&sprefix=With+the%2Cstripbooks%2C160&sr=1-1

#5 https://www.amazon.com/WAR-GIRLS-Tochi-Onyebuchi/dp/0451481674/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?crid=YOU1SCEO5MDQ&keywords=war+girls+tochi+onyebuchi&qid=1554849584&s=books&sprefix=war+gir%2Cstripbooks%2C160&sr=1-1-fkmrnull