Cover Reveal: NO MORE HEROES 2 by Michelle Kan

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Hi everyone! Today I’ll be sharing the cover of No More Heroes book 2: Hell or High Water with you all, and I couldn’t be more excited! No More Heroes is one of those books that’s incredibly high up on my TBR because everything about it sounds amazing (I honestly only had to read the words “aro-ace superheroes” and I was already sold), but I’m so bad at reading ebooks. I keep forgetting about them. Maybe I should do an ebook readathon someday…

That’s a little besides the point so anyway, here’s the incredibly aesthetically pleasing cover for No More Heroes: Hell or High Water! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, and please add it to your TBR!book-2-cover.png

SYNOPSIS (includes spoilers for book 1):

The peaceful nights are kept under the clandestine and watchful eye of young, gifted Vigilantes the world over – and since the Vigilante Killers were taken down six months ago, order has returned to the community once more. Vigilantes everywhere have resumed their usual rhythm, defending their domains within the safety of the shadows, and all is right with the world.

So when an old enemy resurfaces and asks them for their help, the Vigilantes of the City are reluctant, to say the least. But some offers are hard to turn down, and soon Team City find themselves diving headlong into a mystery that will test their limits, their capabilities as Vigilantes, and their relationships with each other. Lees verder

A Few Highly Anticipated 2019 Cover Reveals

Hi everyone! We’ve gotten quite a few amazing cover reveals lately, and while I was scrolling through my 2019-releases shelf on Goodreads and seeing all the books with not-yet-released covers, I thought that doing a post all about the cover reveals I’m excited about might be a good idea! I get to rant about books and covers for a little while, and you get to learn about amazing upcoming titles, yay!

There are a lot of 2019 cover reveals I’m excited about so I might do another one of these posts in the near future, but for now, let’s dive into these books!

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Simone Garcia-Hampton is a black teen born HIV-Positive. Raised by loving queer parents who assure her that her diagnosis doesn’t define her, Simone must navigate a whole new world of fear, disclosure, and radical self-acceptance when she falls in love—and lust—for the first time. Simone’s journey to share her secret while still protecting her heart is a thoughtful, compelling, and heartwarming look at the particular challenges of adolescence, written as only a teen could.

I am so incredibly excited about this book. I’ve been following Camryn on Twitter for quite some time now and I honestly really admire her. She’s just that type of person you know is going to be big someday. This is one of the 2019 books that I hope is going to hit the NYT bestseller list most, next to Internment by Samira Ahmed and I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver.

I’m honestly not sure how I want this book cover to look. I hope there’s a person on the cover, because seeing black teens on covers is incredibly important (I’d also really recommend you read this Patreon post by Jen), and I also hope that it conveys the “radical self-acceptance” and overall hopefulness that I feel like this book will focus on most, and not just have that “very serious book” look with a person sitting on the floor, arms crossed, and staring sadly to the side.

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Cover Reveal: The Ghosts of Halloween by Ceillie Simkiss

Hi everyone! Today I’m doing a cover reveal for The Ghosts of Halloween by Ceillie Simkiss! I’m incredibly excited about this because 1) I love the cover a lot, and 2) I love Ceillie Simkiss her writing. I read the novella which this short story collection is based on, Learning Curves, and I absolutely adored it. I’m super excited to be able to spend more time with these amazing characters soon!

So, without further ado, here’s the amazing The Ghosts of Halloween cover!

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Halloween is a holiday that is both loved and reviled by people all over America. It’s one of Cora’s favorite holidays, and a massive source of anxiety for Elena. Between the two of them, they get up to all sorts of hijinks and wind up falling even more head over heels for each other in The Ghosts of Halloween.

The Ghosts of Halloween collection is made up of three sweet slice-of-life short stories: Past, Present and Future. Each tells the story of a different Halloween that Cora and Elena have gone or will go through together.

Past: Cora forgets about a planned Halloween party she’s supposed to attend with Elena. Will she make it in time for the festivities?

Present: Elena gets a surprise invitation to her new job’s Halloween party – and costumes are mandatory. Will they come up with appropriate costumes in time for the party?

Future: Five years after the events of Learning Curves, Elena takes her niblings trick-or-treating. The last house they visit has a bit of a surprise in store.

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Ceillie SimkissAbout the author

Ceillie Simkiss is an author from southern Virginia. She started writing fiction as an escape from her day job as a small town journalist, and has been at it ever since, with the support of her partner, her dog and her cats.

 

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Review: This Is Kind Of An Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender

This Is Kind of an Epic Love StoryTitle: The Is Kind Of an Epic Love Story
Author: Kheryn Callender
Genres: Young Adult contemporary
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A fresh, charming rom-com perfect for fans of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Boy Meets Boy about Nathan Bird, who has sworn off happy endings but is sorely tested when his former best friend, Ollie, moves back to town.

Nathan Bird doesn’t believe in happy endings.

Although he’s the ultimate film buff and an aspiring screenwriter, Nate’s seen the demise of too many relationships to believe that happy endings exist in real life.

Playing it safe to avoid a broken heart has been his MO ever since his father died and left his mom to unravel—but this strategy is not without fault. His best-friend-turned-girlfriend-turned-best-friend-again, Florence, is set on making sure Nate finds someone else. And in a twist that is rom-com-worthy, someone does come along: Oliver James Hernández, his childhood best friend.

After a painful mix-up when they were little, Nate finally has the chance to tell Ollie the truth about his feelings. But can Nate find the courage to pursue his own happily ever after?

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I have quite a lot of complicated feelings about this one. I liked it, I liked the writing style and I definitely looked forward to picking this book up every time I got the chance, but I just didn’t *love* it. I definitely didn’t love this as much as I expected to, because I definitely went into it expecting it to be a new favorite.

The characters and their relationships felt incredibly real and were super messy, which I loved on the one hand, but also started to annoy me a bit after some time. Especially the main character. He kept messing up and it started to get really hard to root for him, because we mostly saw his not-so-great side. He was pretty pessimistic and tended to run away from his problems, which I could kind of relate to, but it just… it wasn’t a lot of fun for me to read about. And I adored the LI and thought he deserved better, so while I did like the relationship and I’m a sucker for the best-friends-to-lovers-trope, I had a hard time cheering them on. Lees verder

Blitz: Star-Crossed Excerpt and Giveaway

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Title: Star-Crossed
Author: Pintip Dunn
Genres: Young Adult Science-Fiction
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Princess Vela’s people are starving.

Stranded on a planet that lacks food, Vela makes the ultimate sacrifice and becomes an Aegis for her people. Accepting a genetic modification that takes sixty years off her life, she can feed her colony via nutrition pills. But her best friend is still getting worse. And she’s not the only one.

Now the king is dying, too.

When the boy she’s had a crush on since childhood volunteers to give his life for her father’s, Vela realizes her people need more than pills to survive. As tensions rise between Aegis and colonists, secrets and sabotage begin to threaten the future of the colony itself.

Unless Vela is brave enough to save them all…

Here’s an excerpt of the opening scene of the book!

I break off a piece of raspberry tart, with a crust as light as sunshine, and slide it into the pocket of my caftan. My mouth goes dry in spite of the sweet tang that’s about to burst over my tongue.

Because the hidden bite’s not for me. It’s for my best friend, Astana, and if the royal guards catch me stealing food for a colonist, I could be thrown into the Red Cell Prison. Our laws are clear: actual food, as opposed to nutrition pills, must be reserved for those who can utilize it best.

I shove the rest of the tart into my mouth. It breaks upon contact, littering crumbs across the silver shuttle floor. I’m so nervous the dessert tastes like congealed space dust and raspberries, but I chew and swallow as if nothing’s wrong. As if there isn’t a smooshed-up pie staining the inside of my pocket.

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October TBR

Hi everyone! Can you believe it’s already October? Because I sure can’t. This year is going by so quickly, it’s almost scary. It’s as if an entire day passes each time I blink.

Luckily, I’m incredibly excited about October because I always get into this “I want to read all day every day” mood during autumn. There’s just something about sitting inside, curled up under a blanket, while it’s cold and rainy outside. I love it. And my TBR for this month is looking amazing!

I have to admit, I set up this TBR on the first of the month, and it’s the second while I’m writing this because I want this post to go up tomorrow and I’ve already finished one of these books. And I’m almost halfway through another. I’m very tempted to add more books to this but I know I shouldn’t, because that’ll only make me feel more stressed.

Anyway, I really hope that this month is going to be an amazing reading month for all of us!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’d Like To Meet

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. 

Hey everyone! When I first saw the theme of this week I almost didn’t participate. The thing is: meeting new people is terrifying for me, especially when it’s people I admire. And I kind of admire all authors out there. So, if I were to meet an author, I’d probably have a huge panic attack and, as you can probably guess, I’d rather not do that.

But I decided to look at the topic a little differently. Meeting an author doesn’t mean actually having them look at you and talk to you one on one, correct? If I were to be at a certain convention and these authors would be guests there, and I’d hear them speak at a panel, I’d have met them in some way, right? So, this week’s theme for me is basically “authors I’d love to hear speak at a panel”. And once I changed the theme to that in my head, it was very easy to come up with authors. Because there’s a LOT of authors I’d love to hear speak at a panel.

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