What I Read in August (part 1)

Ring of Fire (Caribou Crossing, #6) Ring of Fire (Caribou Crossing #6) by Susan Fox  Stars- This is a hot and steamy romance about two people who finds their way to each other. One is a soldier amputee dealing with PTSD. The other is the chief firefighter who is divorced and has a son with cerebral palsy. Despite the luggage that they each carry, it’s heartwarming  with hot sexy times.

Guilty Blood by Rick Acker – Received for review, 3 stars 

March: Book One (March, #1) March Book One by John Lewis 4 stars – This tells how John Lewis got involved in the civil rights movement. Though it’s relatively short it’s full of so much. The graphic novel format make it very accessible, especially for younger readers. It’s a good way to introduce the civil rights issues and events to students and young people.

Runtime Runtime by S.B. Divya 3 stars – This was a Nebula Nominee. Honestly, I am unsure what I think about this novella. I enjoyed parts of it, where other parts annoyed me.  The writing wasn’t the problem. The characters (all of them) and the world they lived in, this was the problem. I think. The blurring of genders annoyed me, the language or abbreviated language annoyed me.My rating fluctuated between 2 and 4 stars. The writing redeemed where the characters  could not. But, the book did make me really think  about what I was feeling while I was reading it.

When Love Matters Most (San Diego K-9 Unit #2) When Love Matters Most (San Diego K-9 Unit #2) by Kate James 2 stars- This was short and that may have been its downfall. I saw the real danger and the source of the leak back at the barbecue, which was at the beginning of the book. Other than that, I can’t say that there was anything original in the story. the ending was rushed with everything being wrapped up nice and prettily. If someone told me that the couple got married and adopted the two orphan brothers I’d say “I told you so.”

Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1) Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine 4 Stars 

P.S. Be Eleven (Gaither Sisters, #2) P.S. Be Eleven (The Gaither Sisters #2) by Rita Williams Garcia 5 Stars- This is the second book in the trilogy. This one deals with the changes going on in society with women, politics etc… Delphine is trying to adjust to being back home and starting sixth grade. Everything is changing and she is trying to make sense of it all.  I like this one a bit more, but that may be because I know the characters more. I listened to the audio book with the same narrator as the first, so once again I flew through it.

vicarious Vicarious (Vicarious #1) by Paula Stokes 3 stars  Received for review

The Engagement Plot The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips 3 stars Received for review

wp-image-159860087 Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoraida Cordova 5 stars




Top 5 Reasons to Read The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

In case you didn’t know, The Epic  Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee is August’s Featured Book for this blog.  One of the main reasons I selected this was because I liked it way more than I expected to.  There are so many reasons to enjoy this book, and you can check out my review if you want the majority of my thoughts. But today, I have my top 5 reasons why I think you should read it.

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  1. This book is hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud a lot.
  2. Genie Lo is a well-developed, likable character.
  3. This is not just your average superhero story, it is much more than that.
  4. It’s so much fun to watch (or read) Quentin Sun and Genie Lo interact awkwardly with each other.
  5. Genie Lo and Yunie’s friendship. It is not the snippy frenemy relationship that seems to be rampant in YA. It’s the real deal, the kind of friendship that everyone should have, but especially if you just discovered you’re supposed to save your whole city and you have superpowers.

There are a whole slew of other reasons why you should read. But you shouldn’t just take my word for it. This is what Macky has to say about it: “I mean, my knowledge of Chinese legends is sparse, to say the least, but The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is to said legends the way Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series is to Greek mythology.”


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Favorite Books of My Childhood

This is the list of books that I read as a kid and loved.  Though I don’t remember everything that I read, but these are the ones I remember as favorites.

The Indian in the Cupboard

Number the Stars

Dear Mr. Henshaw (Leigh Botts, #1)

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

Miss Nelson Is Missing! (Miss Nelson, #1)

And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic

Rules of Prey (Lucas Davenport, #1)

The Stand


1.The Indian and the Cupboard by  Lynne Reid Banks

2.Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

3. Dear Mr, Henshaw by Beverly Clearly

4. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume

5. Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard

6. And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts

7. Rules of Prey by John Prey

8. The Stand by Stephen King


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Featured Post: Top 5 Superpowers I’d want if I Was a Superhero

epic crushThis post was inspired by The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee, the featured book for August.

1. Super Strength

2. The ability to manipulate time

3. The ability to move the earth

4. Invisibility

5. Shapeshifting

Have you read The Epic Crush of Genie Lo yet? What are you waiting for!

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Blog Stop: Ferocious by Paula Stokes with a Giveaway


Ferocious by Paula Stokes 

Vicarious #2

August 15, 2017 – Tor

4 stars 

I was given a copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion. 

The Link for the giveaway is at the end of the post.  Do you like book trailers? You’re in luck, there a Book Trailer for FerociousBook Trailer for Ferocious!

Today is my stop for the blog tour, if you want to check out other stops click here!


Paula Stokes returns to the world of Vicarious in this sequel, a high-action psychological thriller with a protagonist out for vengeance.

When Winter Kim finds out that her sister is dead and that she has a brother she never knew about, only two things matter―finding what’s left of her family and killing the man who destroyed her life. Her mission leads her from St. Louis to Los Angeles back to South Korea, where she grew up.

Things get increasingly dangerous once Winter arrives in Seoul. Aided by her friends Jesse and Sebastian, Winter attempts to infiltrate an international corporation to get close to her target, a nefarious businessman named Kyung. But keeping her last remaining loved ones out of the line of fire proves difficult, and when all seems to be lost, Winter must face one last devastating decision: is revenge worth sacrificing everything for? Or can she find a spark of hope in the darkness that threatens to engulf her?

Praise for VICARIOUS

“Combining elements of sci-fi and mystery, Vicarious is an expert blend from an author gifted with the ability to jump genres and stick the landing every time.” ―Paste Magazine

“A total mind-bending thrill ride, with a heroine who’s as smart as she is strong. Readers will love Winter!” ―Lindsay Cummings, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zenith and The Murder Complex

“Reading Vicarious is like tiptoeing across a field of landmines. Blindfolded. Stokes delivers enough adrenaline to make readers beg for mercy.” ―Victoria Scott, author of Titans and Fire & Flood“An action-packed thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end–I couldn’t put it down!” ―Kristi Helvig, author of Burn Out and Strange Skies

“Vicarious by Paula Stokes is a fast-paced thriller that grabs your attention on page one and doesn’t let go. The main character is a fresh take on the usual heroine in YA novels.” ―Julie Bond, Sales &Marketing Manager/YA Specialist, Read Booksellers

“This is the thrill ride you’ve been waiting for all summer.” ―PopCrush

“Pulse-pounding adventures and high-tech blend masterfully with romance, intrigue, and current issues, making this book completely captivating for any audience.” ―VOYA, starred review

“Stokes delivers fans of suspense a story full of twists and turns…The author admirably handles graphic and disturbing material in a subtle way.” ―School Library Journal

“A powerful kick-ass girl caught up in a high-tech, twisty mystery…Buckle up, this thrill ride travels at breakneck speed.” ―Justine Magazine

“Smart twists and turns…smart sci-fi worldbuilding. Complementing the mystery is a slow-burn love story between Winter and Mexican-American Jesse Ramirez, a fellow stunt artist. Their relationship is tender and complicated, with enough tension to sustain itself and enough heat to pop when things pay off.” ―Kirkus Reviews

My Thoughts:
I am not sure what I was expecting or hoping would happen. But, I can say that I got more than I expected.  And I am not sure what I can talk about without giving anything away.  So, I will do my best to be as thorough as possible, but really you should check this series out.
Book 2 picks up right where the first book left off. Winter is still trying to deal with everything that happened and all of the new information that she got-literally pages from the end of the first book. So, I am very glad that I already had the second book and could jump right in.  This new information takes her from St. Louis to Los Angeles to Seoul.  Along the way Baz and Jesse join her, and offer her their assistance in her mission.
Man, it so much harder to not give things away than I thought that it would be. I enjoyed this book so much more than the first one. The stakes were raised immediately from the beginning and that tension was well-maintained throughout the story. I like Winter in this one, she is more real. She struggles trying to figure out who she is in this world now that she knows that what she thought was true isn’t. The attraction between her and Jesse is cheesy at times, but for the most part it is stuttering and awkward -as it should be.
Thought the content of the books make it weird to say that I enjoyed it, I did. And I will be keeping my eye out for more from Stokes.
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Paula Stokes is the author of several novels, most recently Vicarious and Girl Against the Universe. Her writing has been translated into eleven foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. She also loves interacting with readers. Find her online at authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.

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– 10 Winners will receive a Copy of FEROCIOUS by Paula Stokes.