Blog Tour & Giveaway: Meg and Linus by Hanna Nowinski Book Review

Title: Meg & Linus
Author: Hanna Nowinski
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Young Adult
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Summary:

Can friendship, Star Trek, drama club, and a whole lot of coffee get two nerdy best friends through the beginning of their senior year of high school?

Meg and Linus are best friends bound by a shared love of school, a coffee obsession, and being queer. It’s not always easy to be the nerdy lesbian or gay kid in a suburban town. But they have each other. And a few Star Trek boxed sets. They’re pretty happy.

But then Sophia, Meg’s longtime girlfriend, breaks up with Meg. Linus starts tutoring the totally dreamy new kid, Danny—and Meg thinks setting them up is the perfect project to distract herself from her own heartbreak. But Linus isn’t so sure Danny even likes guys, and maybe Sophia isn’t quite as out of the picture as Meg thought she was. . . .

From crowdsourced young adult imprint Swoon Reads comes Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski, a fun friendship story about two quirky teens who must learn to get out of their comfort zones and take risks—even if that means joining the drama club, making new friends, and learning how to stand on your own.

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Top 5 Wednesday | Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads (19th Apr ’17)

Hello everyone~ Wow, the last time I posted for T5W was March :O

For all those new people who doesn’t know what T5W is… T5W is a discussion group on Goodreads, created by Lainey, and now hosted by Sam. Each Wednesday (duh!) we’ll post our top 5 list (sometimes more) based on the given topics.

This week’s topic is Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads. This has got to be one of my favourite topics ever. The topic is kind of self-explanatory, but to make it clearer, for today’s topic, we’ll get to talk about our favorite books that feature LGBTQ+ characters or are by LGBTQ+ authors. Unfortunately, my LGBTQ+ reads are limited to books featuring only GB and Q.
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Other Breakable Things by Kelley York and Rowan Altwood Book Review

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Other Breakable Things

Title: Other Breakable Things
Authors: Kelley York and Rowan Altwood
Publication Date: April 4 ,2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Summary:

According to Japanese legend, folding a thousand paper cranes will grant you healing.

Evelyn Abel will fold two thousand if it will bring Luc back to her.

Luc Argent has always been intimately acquainted with death. After a car crash got him a second chance at life—via someone else’s transplanted heart—he tried to embrace it. He truly did. But he always knew death could be right around the corner again.

And now it is.

Sick of hospitals and tired of transplants, Luc is ready to let his failing heart give out, ready to give up. A road trip to Oregon—where death with dignity is legal—is his answer. But along for the ride is his best friend, Evelyn.

And she’s not giving up so easily.

A thousand miles, a handful of roadside attractions, and one life-altering kiss later, Evelyn’s fallen, and Luc’s heart is full. But is it enough to save him? Evelyn’s betting her heart, her life, that it can be.

Right down to the thousandth paper crane.

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Best friends + Road trip = ❤

So yes, I was so excited to read this book. But I was also skeptical because of the “death with dignity is legal” thing. I didn’t want it to be another Me Before You book, not that it wasn’t good and but because I was torn. I like it but it goes against my religious and morale beliefs.

I am SO glad it didn’t come to that in the end.

I love Luc and Evelyn so much. Evelyn was an outcast and Luc was her only friend. I love that, that’s like one of my favourite tropes. Male-female friendship, friends-to-lovers…who doesn’t like that?

There’s one thing that I’m not really fond of about this book. It was written in 1st person POV. While I’ve grown to like 1st POV over the years, I could still be put off by some of it, especially the badly written ones. Or the ones where the narrator just tell you stuff instead of showing it through actions. And while this book didn’t completely put me off, but it still made this book less enjoyable for me. I still enjoyed it, but less.

Overall, I like this book. I think it has the potential to be better, but I like it nonetheless. I think I would’ve cried much more too, instead of just in the end. At least it didn’t make me laugh less though. Or make me stop awe-ing at some of the sweet stuff.

I rate this book 3.5 / 5 stars.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to review the ARC of Other Breakable Things.


Author info:

Kelley York and Rowan Altwood are a wife and wife writing team living in central California with their daughter and way too many cats. Kelley is the author of Hushed, Made of Stars, and Modern Monsters, and Other Breakable Things is Rowan’s debut.
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Fanfiction Recommendation Masterlist

This masterlist contains links to my fanfiction rec lists.

Star Trek:

Spirk Rec List
McKirk Rec List
Jim and Pike’s Father-Son Relationship fic Rec List
Gen Rec List
Mpreg Rec List
De-Aged/Age Regression Rec List
Academy Era Rec List

The Avengers/ Marvel:

 

Kingsman Secret Service:

 

Percy Jackson (PJO/HOO):

 

James Bond (Craig Movies):

 

Sherlock:

 

 

Spirk Recs Masterlist

Hello, everyone! As you know, or probably you don’t know, I love making lists. And also, I like having my lists everywhere. Like, if I can’t access Tumblr, or AO3, at least I have a list right here on my WordPress blog.

So…let’s get on to business.

*** = Love it very much (absolute favourite)
**   = Love it even if there’s a small part I didn’t like

Tangled Destinies (series) by Keira Marcos  ***
Spock convinces his father to move to Earth after refusing to bond with T’Pring. The consequences of this change the dynamics of his family and sets him on the path that will lead him directly to James Kirk.

Notes:
Jim and Captain Pike’s father-son relationship, Teen!fic, alien!Kirk, T’hy’la, Smart!Kirk

Doubt the Stars (series) by notfreyja, Straight_Outta_Hobbiton
James Tiberius Kirk never saw Riverside Iowa. He saw lots of things— Vulcan, Risa, Tarsus IV— but his Mother never left him on Earth.
The best decision Winona Kirk ever made was taking her children with her into space.

Notes: Smart!Kirk, Jim grows up on Vulcan, T’hy’la

Magpie by Waldorph **
Spock met Jim when he was 7 and Jim was 6. It has since been generally agreed that this was a mistake (or: the one where they grow up together and things are simultaneously better and worse for it).

Notes: Smart!Kirk, Teen!fic, T’hy’la, growing up together (I so love teen fic and growing up together fic

A Holiday Mix-Up by yaoichan12 ***
Jim’s boyfriend, Gary, invites him to spend the holidays with his family in Vancouver. In route, Jim meets Spock, who he had a less than friendly first meeting with during his first few months in Starfleet. Spock is on his way to Vancouver as well to spend the holidays with his human family. When they arrive in Vancouver they think Jim’s boyfriend may be Spock’s cousin, Garrett Mitchell. Jim goes with Spock as his communicator is dead and he has no way of contacting Gary to double check he is going to the right place.

He’s not.
Jim enjoys his time with Spock and Spock’s lovely family and is crushed when it is revealed that his Gary Mitchell is not Spock’s cousin Garrett Mitchell and that he is with the wrong family.
Based on the Hallmark movie A Very Merry Mix-Up

Notes: Jim gets along with Spock’s family, Academy Era, AU

Objective Data by walkandtalk ***
A young Vulcan decides to find a mate for his guardian, Spock. After careful calculations, Cadet Kirk is obviously the superior choice.

Notes: Academy Era, AU, Parent/Guardian!Spock, Slow Build

A Little Lady Called T’Val by iknewaman ***
Jim doesn’t usually start fights with strange Vulcans at the tram stop, but sometimes you just gotta.

Notes: Academy Era, Kidfic, Slow Build, WIP

A Bump in the Night by DB2020
When Halloween coincides with shore leave on Earth, Kirk’s husband and son indulge his illogical love of the holiday. Come nightfall, things that go bump in the night have Kirk on alert.

Notes: Space Husbands, Kid fic, AU

Mother, Why by iknewaman
The amount of things Spock would put up with for his mother was disconcerting. Like partaking in a social engagement she had predetermined for him and an unknown potential romantic interest.
A blind date. Spock’s mother had set him up on a blind date.

Notes: AU

Entering Orbit by museaway
Jim escapes to Iowa to avoid the media frenzy following the Narada incident, but a late-night miscommunication results in Spock turning up on his front porch.

Notes: Slow Build

My Beautiful Human by LadyTauriel
Jim is an extraordinary human. He exceeds expectations constantly set for him in all areas of his life. His leadership abilities, his quick thinking, and his intellect are contributing factors to his potential for becoming a great starship captain. His fair colouring and symmetrical features are striking, making him stand out in a crowd of even the most aesthetically pleasing individuals. His mind is like a beaming sun, a warmth that Spock has missed on this cooler planet, pulling him in with all of its promising radiance.

When Jim smiles at Stalek, however, it is his heart and his love that make Jim the most beautiful human that Spock has ever encountered.

Notes: Academy Era, AU, Kid fic, Parent Jim Kirk, Smart!Kirk

How To Inefficiently Acquire A Human Male in 98.6 Earth Days by noodleinabarrel
When Jim Kirk joins the xenolinguistics club, Professor Spock is drawn to the cadet despite his better judgment. Soon, Spock finds himself in a friendship he never asked for, a relationship that is quickly evolving into something more than he can handle. In an effort to free himself from Kirk’s persistent affection, Spock makes use of his anthropological research on human relationships, which has unexpected consequences.

Notes: Student-Teacher relationship, Academy Era, Smart!Kirk, Misunderstandings

The Third Wheel by littlebirdtold
Academy AU. In which Cadet Kirk constantly crashes Cadet Uhura’s dates with Commander Spock and monopolizes his attention.

Notes: Academy Era, AU

How Not To Fall In Love With A Married Man by Ferrero13 ***
A guide by Nyota Uhura.

Notes: Academy Era, AU, Bonded since childhood, Jim grew up on Vulcan

Chess!Verse by littlebirdtold **
Very loosely based on this prompt from the Star Trek XI Kink meme: Chess AU. Kirk and Spock meet as kids at an intergalactic chess tournament for the Federation Planets. Spock, a discipline of the strictest rules of chess and the undefeated champion in his age group, is completely pwned by Kirk, a wild-card who gleans his talent by playing all manners of chess styles. They become heated rivals, battling each other throughout their chess “careers,” which pretty much develops into UST once you toss teenage hormones into the mix. Inevitably chess is pretty much just their foreplay before they finally sit up and realize that they’ve fallen for each other

Notes: AU, Jim grew up on Vulcan, UST, rivals to lovers, slow build

Finding T’hy’la by CMM
This is a personal request from a fan, Katrinna Le Fay (yes, I do requests; sometimes it takes awhile, though).

Jim and Spock meet as children. Jim’s mother is absent; his caretakers are abusive. Sarek and Amanda rescue their son’s friend and raise the boys together. They discover they are t’hy’la and are bonded. Spock goes to Earth to join Starfleet; Jim goes with him.

This will be sort-of Abrams, with a dash of AU mixed in. for example, I’m not killing off Amanda. Enjoy.

Notes: T’hy’la, Jim and Spock grew up together, not-Uhura friendly, AU

 

Book Review: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Title: History Is All You Left Me
Author: Adam Silvera
Published date: 17th January 2017
Published by: Soho Teen
Genre: GLBT, YA, Contemporary, Mental Illness, Romance, Angst

Date read: 6th April – 7th April 2017
Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Summary:When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.


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First of all, the blurb by Nicola Yoon on the front cover was so true. I cried, and when I stopped to give my heart a break, I cried again just thinking about everything I just read, and when I resumed reading, I cried. I literally bawled my eyes out as I read. Never have I cried so much reading a book, not even when I read Girls in Pieces.

I decided to give myself a few days before writing this book review to avoid being all rant-y. Because I had time to think about it, I realized that this book…well, it is an overused plot. If not in published books, then in fanfictions. I should know because I read it a lot (I’m a masochist like that). However, Adam Silvera managed to write this so beautifully, in a way that it turned out fresh, and with ten times more angst than any others that I’ve encountered.

I think I love and hate Griffin. This book was told in Griffin’s point of view, so we’re in his head, and we get to know him. I can empathize with him. I think if I was in his shoes, I would probably do the same think. Or maybe not. If it was me, I wouldn’t have broken up with Theo. But then, I wouldn’t have talk about my insecurities and doubts either, and the relationship would turn sour as months goes by because reassurances wouldn’t help not when Theo’s so far away. And the eventual break up would hurt even more. Basically everything that Griffin feared. But then, that was also what I hated about Griffin. He made a decision for Theo, instead of talking about it with Theo. In the end, I can’t even blame Jackson for taking Theo away because it was Griffin’s own fault for letting Theo go.

The same goes for Theo, I love and hate him. Theo is a genius, and he is adorable. He was very sweet when he was with Griffin. I was totally rooting for them. And when he said yes, about being Griffin’s end game, I totally melted. Because this boy was still in love with Griffin, and I love him for that. But then, he started dating Jackson. Although I can’t blame him for that, because technically he was single, but I hate that he still had a hold on Griffin. Because he was still in love with Griffin too, and still agreed that him and Griffin would be endgame. And I think because of that, Griffin was still obsessive about him and couldn’t move on.

Jackson, oh boy, I really hated him at first. Since the start, it was like he was trying to compete with Griffin. And when I found out that he tried to make Theo stop being friends with Griffin, I kind of lost it for awhile. But then, he did kind of help Griffin found closure, so I cooled down a bit. Towards the end, I stopped hating Jackson (although I still don’t like him) because in the end, it wasn’t his fault who he fell in love with. Technically, Theo was single.

Other characters I love are Griffin’s parents, and Theo’s parents. I love how supportive they were when Griffin and Theo came out to them. And I love that they had shipped Theo and Griffin together even before the two of them became a couple. And that hilarious scene with Griffin’s dad. I love their families so much. And I love Wade too. I will let you found out the reason why by yourself.

To sum it up, this book is about a heartbreaking first love. This book is about Griffin’s journey, about him holding on to that first love and realizing that, as time passes, Theo changed but he changed too. This book is about how first love would stay with you even if your current feelings has changed.

I rate this book 5 / 5 stars.


So, this was one of the hardest book review I’ve ever written. Have anyone of you read the book? Did you enjoy it? Did you cry as much as I did? I’d love to read about your thought on this book.

Yours truly,

erucchii

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott Guest Post

9781492637981-PRTitle: Pretty Fierce
Author: Kieran Scott
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Thriller & Mystery
Published Date: April 4, 2017
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

An action-packed, edge-of-your-seat novel about a teen who, when backed into a corner, fights back, from the author of What Waits in the Woods.

Summary:

Kaia has been on the run her whole life. The daughter of professional assassins, she knows danger—and she’ll do anything to survive. After her parents vanished during a job gone bad, Kaia’s spent the last year in hiding, trying to blend in as an ordinary teenager, and there’s no one who makes her feel more normal, more special, than her boyfriend, Oliver.

But when she’s attacked by someone from her mother’s past and Oliver catches her fighting back, Kaia’s secret is exposed. In a split-second decision, she flees the small town, taking Oliver with her. Stalked at every turn, Oliver and Kaia must protect each other…or die trying.

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How to create a character:

There are a lot of things to think about when you sit down and start to create a character. I usually like to start with the broad strokes—the things about the character that are going to drive the plot, because to me, plot is an extension of the character. The most important thing to figure out is What does my character want? What is his or her purpose in the story? In the case of Kaia in PRETTY FIERCE, she wants her family back, but she thinks that’s an impossibility, until some crazy man attacks her and implies her mom is still alive. Now, her truest desire is piqued. There may be a way to get her family back—at least part of it—and from that moment on, every move she makes, every decision she comes to, will be in service of fulfilling that desire. In every scene of Pretty Fierce, I had to come at Kaia from an angle of “How can she use this situation to get herself closer to an answer about her mom?” So there were moments when I had to wonder, Would she really stop to grab a burger if she was so close to another clue? Would she keep Oliver with her if she thought he might prevent her from getting what she wanted? What would her next logical move be in her mission to find her mother?

Now, this is not to say that she doesn’t have other wants and needs. She obviously does need to stop and eat once in a while, but someone on a mission like hers would probably grab something quick and not care much what it is. Whereas, someone whose mission is to become a better cook would eat all day, try different things, really think about the experience of tasting and savoring Someone whose mission was to impress a girl who liked spicy foods would seek out the most exotic restaurant he could find and eat the spiciest thing on the menu and try not to cry. Every decision a person makes says something about them, and that’s important to remember when writing a new character.

On a more practical level, one thing I like to do when I start out a story is answer a list of questions about my characters, from the most general, down to the most detailed. I have about fifty of them, and they’re questions I came up with myself., so you can feel free to make up your own list that suits the way you write. On my list, the first are things like name, age, parents, siblings, where they live and things like that. The more detailed are things like “What’s his/her favorite piece of clothing?” “What does he/she never leave the house without?” “What’s on the floor of his/her bedroom?” “Who was the last person he/she kissed?” Knowing these little things about a character helps you make them come alive for the reader and helps you understand the person you’re writing a bit better.

Every writer has their own way of doing things, but this is mine. I hope it helps spark some new ideas. Happy writing!


Author’s bio:

12067_707215_hrKIERAN SCOTT is the author of several acclaimed young adult novels, including the Non-Blonde Cheerleader trilogy, the He’s So/She’s So trilogy, and Geek Magnet. She also wrote the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Private and Privilege series under the pen name Kate Brian. She is a senior editor at Disney/Hyperion and resides in New Jersey with her family. Visit kieranscott.net.

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