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Mewranters – Attack of the Sea Monster COVER REVEAL

Mewranters – Attack of the Sea Monster
Kachi Ugo
Publication date: November 6th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Middle-Grade, Young Adult

If there are no sea monsters ravaging the seven seas, or three-headed hydras prowling our streets, it’s not because they don’t exist; it’s because we exist.

We are the last line of defense against nature’s indiscretions.

We are nature’s police.

We are Mewranters.

When Perry Johnson hits twelve, he finds out he’s a Mew—an almost extinct species of people who possess the ability to change shape into three different forms: an aerial form, a terrestrial form, and an aquatic form.

On the day of his initiation, he shifts into a huge Golden Eagle. But this is a bad thing since no eagle Mew makes it past the age of twelve. To complicate his life, his shifting into an eagle Mew has reawakened the sea monster. A tentative partnership is formed between the different clans. But when Perry Johnson realizes that this partnership could mean the death of his parents, he has a decision to make.

With every Mew in the country out to kill him, and the sea monster calling him out to the sea, Perry must quickly learn why every Mew is threatened by the existence of an eagle Mew if he is to stand a chance at saving his parents and killing the monster. If he fails, it may very well be the end of his family…and the rest of the world.

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Author Bio:

My whole life has evolved around writing. I started writing stories when I was about seven years old. Then, of course, the stories I wrote were horrible: bland, uninteresting, and twist-less. When I was about ten years old, I dabbled into writing comics. Then, I would take my favorite cartoon characters, and I would draw stories around them. I

would make these characters do and say whatever I wanted them to do and say. I enjoyed it! After filling my notebooks with these drawings, I would curl up on my bed in the night and read them to myself. It never failed to bring me joy.

When I hit twelve, I stopped writing comics and I started reading novels. While my mates still flipped through picture books and comics, I took an interest in thick-sized, picture-less “story books” that opened me up to a whole new world of possibilities and adventures. Then I would often finish a full-length fantasy novel in less than a week. It was about this time that I really started to write stories. I started with writing short stories in the universe of my most enjoyed series. Then as I developed as a writer, reading other writers’ works, I began to write stories in universes I created.

Now, I’m an avid reader and author of contemporary/epic fantasy. For me, writing is much more than a hobby. It’s a passion. I love writing, and I love readers!

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Reading Challenge Update

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Hi! Hello! It’s been a while since I posted. (I just checked – it’s been since April. APRIL. The procrastination is real.) But since then, I’ve been reading a lot.

Now, my goodreads goal for last year was 45 books. And I barely beat it by one  I was disappointed in myself but wanted to beat that goal, so I raised it to 50. Now I’m already close to beating that. As of now, I have read 46 books in the year 2018. I’m even 22 books ahead of schedule.

This is actually a large improvement from last year’s ! I read in half a year what I read in all of 2017.

But there’s also a problem. The year isn’t over yet, and I’m 4 books away from completing my goal for the year. So because of that, when I reach 50 books I will be changing my reading goal. It feels wrong to, somehow. Like I’m cheating? (It’s actually the opposite, if you think about it.) But I’m going to do it anyways. I just need to figure out what to change my goal to.

And when I figure it out, you guys will be the first to know.
(I sound so pathetic. I know.)

But anyways! Back to the books!

My favorite reads of the year so far are definitely the Addicted series. I’ve made a post about this series already, but I just can’t get them out of my head. It’s truly the best.

I’ve also been getting a lot into New Adult this year which brings me to another series I love. The Off Campus series. I don’t love them nearly as much as I do addicted, but these books are truly fun to read. I ate them up in a matter of days. I even lost sleep staying up to finish them. I 100% recommend this series to anyone who loves New Adult books, though if you’re a NA fan you’ve probably already read them. Oh well. This is your sign to re-read the series, I guess.

Anyways! Now that I’ve gotten out of the blogging slump, you can definitely expect more posts from me. I have lots of ideas and lots of time. (It’s summer, after all.)

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My Top 4 Favorite Romance Authors

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon. The holiday of love! That means a lot of annoying emails from publishers promoting their romance authors and books. So instead of you taking your books from a list meant to just promote authors whether the book is good or not, you get me telling you my favorite romance authors! (You’re Welcome.)

 

  1. Sarah Dessen 

Sarah Dessen is my favorite author of all time. While her books aren’t the conventional types of ‘Romance’ books with hearts and couples all over the covers, her books focus on important issues (Domestic Violence, Family Issues, inc.) while also having the element of romance in most of them. When I first read one of her books, I fell in love. I bet you will too once you pick up one of her books.

What Book Should You Start Out With?: The book I started out with, What Happened To Goodbye! 

 

      2. Jen Malone

Jen writes both young adult and middle school books, but that doesn’t make her romance books childish. I’ve read all of her recent romance YA books. and they all were amazing. My personal favorite, Wanderlost, had a wonderful coming of age story that wasn’t credited to the romance (a rarity) and a super cute romance. (Okay, I said Wanderlost was my favorite but Changes in Latitudes was just as good. Ugh. Decisions.) Anyways, her YA romance books were super good and cute and I highly recommend her!

What Book Should You Start Out With?:  My undecided favorite, Wanderlost!

     3. Jennifer E. Smith

Now this one might be an obvious. If you have read any YA romance books, you’ve probably seen one of her books. Every one of her books have been a hit and a favorite around young adults everywhere. They’re adorable and lovable, and a definite ideal Valentine’s Day read.

What Book Should You Start Out With?: The Geography of You and Me!

 

    4. Kasie West

She is an absolute favorite of mine! Her books are a 100% must read. If you don’t read any of the other authors on this list, you must read this one. Her books are so adorable, lovable, and amazing. The books have diverse characters without making it too forced, which is quite rare when a lot of authors often use diverse characters for no other reason than to draw in readers. So in summary, Kasie West is absolutely amazing.

What Book Should You Start Out With?:  A book that took over my heart, Lucky In Love!

These are my book/author recommendations for romance! How many of them have you read? Tell me in the comments below!

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REVIEW: Flannery

 

Synopsis: 

Sixteen-year-old Flannery Malone has it bad. She’s been in love with Tyrone O’Rourke since the days she still believed in Santa Claus. But Tyrone has grown from a dorky kid into an outlaw graffiti artist, the rebel-with-a-cause of Flannery’s dreams, literally too cool for school.

Which is a problem, since he and Flannery are partners for the entrepreneurship class that she needs to graduate. And Tyrone’s vanishing act may have darker causes than she realizes.

Tyrone isn’t Flannery’s only problem. Her mother, Miranda, can’t pay the heating bills, let alone buy Flannery’s biology book. Her little brother, Felix, is careening out of control. And her best-friend-since-forever, Amber, has fallen for a guy who is making her forget all about the things she’s always cared most about — Flannery included — leading Amber down a dark and dangerous path of her own.

When Flannery decides to make a love potion for her entrepreneurship project, rumors that it actually works go viral, and she suddenly has a hot commodity on her hands. But a series of shattering events makes her realize that real-life love is far more potent — and potentially damaging — than any fairy-tale prescription.

WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.

When I first started reading this book, I was a bit hesitant about it. I couldn’t relate to the main character, or any part of the storyline. But I pushed through. And it was worth it.

Most of the story is about Flannery’s social life. Her best friend Amanda, her school projects, and the famous Tyrone. And because of this, the theme of friendship is very present in the book. There is anger, hurt, jealousy, competition. Something that lots of teens deal with on a pretty much daily basis. At a first glance, romance seems like a major part of the book when in fact it is just a coming of age device in Flannery’s life. That was refreshing, when most of the time romance is presented in books as the most important thing in a teenager’s life.

But there is also a lot of stuff going on at home. It mostly centers around her mother. They’re broke. They don’t have a lot of money, and Flannery is frustrated by this. Especially when her mother buys her little brother toys but won’t give her the money to get a textbook for school. Flannery sees her mother as a selfish mess, but soon enough she learns that her mother is just like her – scared, confused, and trying her hardest.

While the book’s synopsis mentions potions one of the main parts of the book, it isn’t. Flannery making potions is merely what she is doing in school while she falls out with her friend, is frustrated with her crush, and deals with things at home. But it is a cool idea, especially when people start to think they work.

In the end, this book is a enjoyable coming of age contemporary book that I believe a lot of people would like.

                                             My Rating: 4.5 Stars

This book was really enjoyable, and I’m glad I finally knocked this one off my TBR list.

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Book Tour: Speed of Life Review

 Today I’m participating in a blog tour for Speed of Life organized by Smith Publicity! My first post of the year….. this should be fun!

 

 

Synopsis:

Sofia wonders if 14 might be the worst possible age to lose your mom. Talking with her dad about puberty and s-e-x is super-awkward (even though he is a gynecologist). And when she wants to talk about her mom, her friends don’t know what to say and her dad gets sad.

When Sofia discovers Dear Kate, an advice columnist from Fifteen magazine, she’s grateful to have someone to confide in about everything from crushes to mourning—someone who is completely, wonderfully anonymous. It feels ideal—until Sofia’s dad introduces her to his new girlfriend, Katherine Baird, a.k.a., Dear Kate…

WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.

This book was so cute. If I had to sum my feelings up in a short paragraph I would say that it was one of the best emotional relatable roller coasters that I’ve ever read.

First things first – Diversity. Its rare that you’d see a book of this age range with an actual diverse range of people. Normally it follows a middle class white set of characters, which can always get boring. But with this book, I was able to notice that the author actually put effort into having a diverse and unique set of characters. Characters like Lan, Kiki, Dr Pavlica, Mr Kapur, and Aisha were prime examples of this. Even though they weren’t main characters, this is quite the deal. This book was not only diverse in race but in sexuality as well, including everyone from the spectrum of the world.

The beginning of the book was beautiful. It gave warning to the reader that it was going to be sorrowful. And it was, but it had a tint of humor that lightened up the grief everyone was going through. The style of the book (January to January – each chapter in a month) was a very unique like the rest of the book and helped the reader understand that the emotions the characters were going through lasted a while. Unlike other books, where the format of the book made the emotions feel like they happened in such a short time.

Sofia’s character structure is very well written. She’s 14 and at the age where she needs her mom the most. She goes through so much while dealing with the grief of her dead mother. Sofia’s mother’s death left such a dent in her family and they all struggled in moving on. Her honesty, innocence, and naivety are all examples of her youth. She’s flexible and understanding and slowly adapts better to changes over time, a sign of her slowly growing up and becoming who she is.

Overall though, the plot of Speed of Life was not predictable or wild. I could understand where the book was going pretty early on. But it was an emotional, diverse, funny, cute coming of age story. It didn’t have one theme, which could make it relatable girls growing up. A cute read, and I loved it!

                           My Rating: 4.5 Stars

I recommend this book to  middle school age girls who are interested in contemporary books!

 

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2017 Year In Review

 

 

Hi! So it’s been a long year. A realllyyy longgg year. So much has happened in 2017 so I decided to write a year-in-review! Nothing better than realizing that you haven’t read as many books as you feel you should have!

In 2017 I have read 47 books and am finishing my 48th currently. (The 48th will not be included in this post, since I have not finished it yet.) This is actually beating my goal, since my goal was 45. I chose this goal because when signing up for the challenge I had no idea what number I wanted to hit, so I set it to 45 since Goodreads said it was the average number of books people had chosen for their Goodreads goals.

According to Goodreads’ Year In Review that is 15,469 pages. Which, I gotta say, totally makes me sound like a smart person. I loveee when reading boosts my ego. Not only does it give me something to enjoy and immerse myself in, but it also makes me sound like I know everything. (And gives my family bragging rights at dinners with friends.)

Now it’s time to find out what book I started out this mess of a year reading.. and that book is….

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller!

I actually love this book so much. I’ve reread it so many times. (That actually might of been a reread?) Yet it’s part of a series. and I’ve never bothered to pick up the next books. Oops?

Now the last – Well, not the last. Like I said, I’m reading another book right now and might end up reading another before the year ends. But just bear with me. – book I’ve read this year was….

The Little Book of Skincare by Charlotte Cho. 

Not the usual book I’d read, I know. But lately I’ve been obsessed with skincare. My skin care regime currently takes up 20 minutes everyday and I’m constantly looking for ways to improve it. And Charlotte’s book has tons of Korean skincare tips which is awesome because like, have you seen Korean skin? Anyways, they’re all really useful so if you’re looking for ways to improve your skincare routine I’d definitely recommend reading this.

Now, for the next part of this post I decided to do a bookish survey/tag of some sorts about the books I’ve read in 2017. Soo… here we go!

  1. Best Book You Read in 2017

Definitely A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. (Okay, I know I said “definitely” like it was an easy choice, but it was so not.)  This book was apart of a series, but I love this specific book sooo much.  Many of my favorite characters are introduced in this book, and my love for Feyre and Rhysand definitely formed while reading this book. (Well, I loved Feyre before, but I had more respect for her while reading this.) I’ve said this before, and I will say it again, if you haven’t read this series, read it! Each book is nice and long and will put you on an emotional rollercoaster.

                2. Book You Can’t Believe You Waited Until 2017 To Read

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I really procrastinated reading this one. I had gotten it at the library multiple times because I saw it all over social media, left it in my bag, and returned it to the library without ever reading it. But one day I got an epub of it and decided to read it because I was on quite a reading streak. And I fell in love! This book was so original, had interesting characters, unpredictable plotlines, and great friendships. I don’t understand how I went so long without reading it!

                3. Best 2017 Debut You Read

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. This book blew me away. You know those books where predict everything that is going to happen so when a plot twist comes you’re not really surprised? Well, that’s not this book. When you read it, you’re learning everything as the main character does. And when the plot twists come? You won’t be ready. This debut kept me on the edge of my seat with its dark fantasy like theme. The best debut I’ve read it a while, honestly.

             4.  Worst Book You Read in 2017

Suprise, Suprise. It’s No Second Chances by Kate Evangelista. You can find my review here. I hated this book. I had to force myself to read it because it would’ve been the 45th book I read this year and I really wanted to reach it. But at least it made for a nice rant. The only decent character was a little kid who was in the book for 15 pages, the storyline was predictable just by reading the back of the book and the love interest was a douche who did in fact, like the title says, deserve No Second Chances. Not a very good read.

            5. Best Comic You Read in 2017

I read quite a lot of comics this year, so this one is hard. But after some thinking, I’m going with Batgirl Annual #1. Okay so, the main reason I’m choosing this is because my two of my favorite heroes, Supergirl and Batgirl, teamed up. Don’t blame me, Batgirl Annual #1 is my baby I’ll be using for the rest of my life. (Yeah, that was a Taylor Swift reference. Go buy Reputation, out now.) Barbara and Kara work so well together and are my little babies. 100% the best comic read of 2017.

That’s all for now! I would’ve made the tag longer but I had the first have of the post and well, Christmas is soon.

Speaking of that, Merry Christmas!

THANKS FOR READING WITH ME!
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Part Two Bookish Survey: Greek Mythology Style

So I’m back with Part Two of the Bookish Survey: Greek Mythology Style! It took longer than I said it would to post this, but that was because I got sick, along with the rest of my family. Anyways, let’s get started!

This part of the challenge will include characters from Heroes of Olympus. Hope you enjoy!

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Percy Jackson – a brave, spirited natural leader with a sarcastic sense of humor, and a will to save friends and enemies alike

Favorite Protagonist

I hate to be one of those people who can’t get over a certain book series, but for this I’ve got to say Feyre Acheron from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas. She’s super strong, and she has had the best development. When I first started the series I was a bit hesitant because I thought she was going to be overhyped, but she definitely was not. So because of that, she wins the title as my favorite protagonist.

 

Annabeth Chase – intellectual genius with a strong mind, brave heart, and a love for architecture

Series/Book With the Cleverest Plot

This was a hard one for me. So many series popped into my head, and it was difficult to choose just one. But after some thinking and scrolling through my Goodreads lists, I went with The Romantics By Leah Konen. It was one of my favorite romance plots, and I even gave it a 5 stars on Goodreads. The plot was original and adorable that I had to choose it, even if it wasn’t the best answer I could’ve given for this category. (Er – character?)

 

Jason Grace – has a moderate sense of humor, but a strong sense of honor, justice and compassion, often described as perfect

Book With An Epic Finale

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling. was my choice for this category. I love Harry Potter a lot, ok? So this series was definitely epic for me. Even the tear filled finale. It was amazing in the world of finales (even with the death of my favorite character – WHY FRED ? WHYYY!) so this book definitely deserves the title of Book With An Epic Finale.

 

Piper McLean – aggressive and persuasive but down to earth, caring and loving towards Jason, her friends and family

Book with a tempting synopsis (one you haven’t read!)

Ten By Gretchen McNeil! I found this book after someone recommended it when I was looking for book recommendations. I looked it up on Goodreads, read about it, and fell in love with it! But unfortunately neither the library nor any local bookstores has it. I would buy it, but I’m broke. So until the library decides to stock this interesting book, it’ll forever be stuck on my want to read list on Goodreads.

 

Leo Valdez – good-natured and energetic, funny but intelligent, honest and witty, and is skilled with machines

Book That Made You Laugh

Fun Fact: I don’t really read “humor” books. But I do sometimes find books with adorable, funny main characters that make me smile a little bit. So I’ll be telling you guys about one of those –  Sunkissed by Jenny McLachlan. The main character – Kat – is adorably awkward and fun to read as she’s forced to go spend her summer in Sweden. On an island. With no wifi. She makes friends, attempts (and fails) to compete in a physical competition, and of course, meets a boy. Anyways, it’s adorable and I got a few smiles while reading this book.

 

Hazel Levesque – bright  and outgoing despite an unfortunate childhood, is mature for her age and has a love for horseback riding

Favorite Character with a Tragic Past

Adam Parrish from The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater. Adam deserves nothing but happiness. I would die for him. Truly. Adam was a scholarship student, a trailer park boy in a school of trust fund guys. He had a terrible home life, and yet still managed to be so loveable and strong. I wish I could say I wasn’t crying as I typed this, but that would be a lie.

 

Frank Zhang – somewhat shy, cynical, and clumsy, though he possesses a strong sense of duty, loyalty, and love

Book you loved more than you thought you would

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. Before I had read the book, I read some reviews on it to see what other people thought. One of my friends did not like it at all, so it gave me low standards. But when I read it, I loved it! The book showed off how strong and powerful Diana Prince is, which I loved. It also had a really interesting plot and plot twists I did not expect. (Highly recommend you read, by the way.)

 

Nico di Angelo – grim, solitary, powerful and mysterious, highly unpredictable and selectively affectionate

Most Mysterious Character You’ve Ever Encountered

Probably Azriel from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. From the moment he was introduced, I was intrigued. He had a very mysterious and dark vibe to him, and the amount of things I knew about him was very limited. It still is! I hope we learn more about him in the new novella because I’m definitely interested in learning about this dark and mysterious character.

 

Grover Underwood – cheerful, upbeat and protective satyr who chews on furniture when he gets nervous

Book You Won’t Read Due To Warnings Against Them

Elixir by Hilary DuffWhile I’d love to read this since Hilary wrote it, I just can’t. I like to see what the reviews on Goodreads are before I read it, and this one had the worst. The highest one I’ve seen was three stars, and that’s just not workable for me. So because of that, I refuse to read.

 

Clarisse La Rue – arrogant and hot-tempered, but brave, strong and protective of camp

Most Annoying Character

Natasha from No Second Chances by Kate Evangelista. Don’t get me wrong, she was treated badly by her ex boyfriend, but some of the things she did… were just plain annoying. One thing that irked me was when she attended her ex boyfriend’s brother’s engagement party…. and got mad when she saw her ex boyfriend there. “How dare you show your face here!” Sweetheart, this is his brother’s event. Honest to god, you have no right to be angry. She’s also annoyingly stubborn and bratty throughout the book, which does not help. I just can’t with her.

So that’s the end of that! I was a lot of fun making this survey, so I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did!

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Bookish Survey: Greek Mythology Style

I absolutely love Greek Mythology. It might be from my love of the Percy Jackson series, or maybe just my love for knowledge, but I’ve always found it really interesting. So when I saw this survey over at Flip That Page that combined my love for Greek Mythology with books, I knew I had to do it. I mean, c’mon, they’re the best.

How does it work? Well, Jasmine of Flip That Page made a list of 12 Olympians and characters from the Percy Jackson Series and Heroes of Olympus, and paired them with topics of books related to those characters. It’s my job (or yours – check out the instructions here), to pair those characters and topics with a book of my choice.

The survey is a bit hefty, so I’ve decided to split it into two parts. This one, will obviously be the first one. Now, let’s get started!

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REVIEW: The First Kiss Hypothesis

Title: The First Kiss Hypothesis

Author: Christina Mandelski

Page Count: 231

Originally Published: October 23, 2017

                                           

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

                            Nora Reid believes scientific laws control everything, even love. With her grandparents’ epic first kiss story cemented in her brain, Nora develops a hypothesis she’s determined to prove: for each person in the world, there is exactly one other person, and at first kiss, they’ll experience an immediate and intense reaction.

But after four years of zero-reaction kisses, she comes up with a new theory: maybe that pesky crush on her stunningly hot best friend Eli Costas is skewing her results.

She needs to get rid of him, and fast.

Eli Costas is an injury-prone lacrosse star with a problem—the one chance he had at winning over the girl next door resulted in the most epically sucktastic first kiss ever. And now she’s…trying to get rid of him? Hell no. It’s time to disprove her theory and show her exactly what she’s missing.

Game. On.

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