Blogger Bubble #6: Bookish Pet Peeves

Every reader has bookish pet peeves: sometimes we’re bothered by things that many people find normal, sometimes we do things that others think are unusual.

But let’s dive further into these pet peeves*:

  • When we dog-read pages: I would never, ever do this. I don’t know why but I get very upset when the perfect page of a book (or textbooks) gets bent over. I think it just ruins the unblemished appearance of the novel.

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Book Blitz with Giveaway: Through the Layers by R.H. Tucker

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Title: Through the Layers (Rumor Has It, #4)
Author: R.H. Tucker
Date: September 17th 2018
Publisher: /
Genres: New Adult, Romance

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Synopsis

Second chances are for suckers.

Micah’s heard that expression before. With his first year of college in the books, catching his girlfriend cheating on him—again—he learns that lesson firsthand. The girl he thought could’ve been his high school sweetheart, turns out to be nothing more than a liar, completely destroying his trust.

No one has ever called Veronica fat. Thick? Okay. Curvy? Sure. However, they’ve never come right out and told her she’s overweight. Not unless you count the kids in third grade who called her roly-poly. Grade school or freshman year of college, it doesn’t matter. Guys usually go for the tall, thin girls. Girls like Micah’s ex.

Despite their hang-ups, and their pasts, Micah and Veronica find something in each other that quells their concerns. But when old faces return, and unsettling truths are revealed, will either of them be able to work through the layers and find one another again?

Through the Layers is a standalone YA/NA romance in the Rumor Has It series.

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About the author

R.H. Tucker lives in Southern California and writes character-driven stories with people who have real heart. At least, he tries to. He also consumes too much caffeine, eats too much pizza, and firmly believes Rocky Road is the best flavor of ice cream.

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Review: Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

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Title: Summer Bird Blue
Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman
Date: September 11th 2018
Pages: 368
Publisher: Simon Pulse

After reading Akemi Dawn Bowman’s debut novel Starfish (read my review here), I fell in love with this author. I couldn’t not read her new book: Summer Bird Blue. It’s a YA contemporary novel who follows Rumi during the months right after her sister’s death. She has been sent away to Hawaii by her mother and she has to learn to live with half of her heart gone while trying to regain her love and passion for music, a thing she shared with Lea.Read More »

Review: Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

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Title: Darius the Great Is Not Okay
Author: Adib Khorram
Date: August 28th 2018
Pages: 320
Publisher: Dial Books

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram is an own-voices YA book centering Darius Kellner’s journey to Yazd, his mother’s birthplace and the city where his grandparents and relatives live. He’s a half-American, half-Iranian boy who suffers of depression and who loves brewing and drinking tea.

I loved this book so much that I can’t even express how much I connected with the protagonist. Darius is me and I am he. He’s fat, depressed and he doesn’t fit in any group. He’s too American to be considered Persian, but he’s also too different to be considered 100% American, thus leaving him in a sort of limbo.

You know, two years ago I returned to China after a long time because my grandfather too was dying because of a tumor. It was awkward meeting him, after all, he was the remaining shell of what I am sure was a great man. And this is one of the things that Darius and I have in common, While in China, I started feeling like maybe there was a place for me, that if I wanted, I could belong somewhere.

It wasn’t like I didn’t want to talk to Mamou.

I always wanted to talk to her.

But it was hard, it didn’t feel like she was half a world away, it felt like she was half a universe away-like she was coming to me from some alternate reality.

It was like Laleh belonged to that reality, but I was just a guest.

I loved learning so much about a new culture: the food, the teas, the holidays, the language. Persian and Chinese have a period of history in common and this is why they both have an important thing in their culture: the taarof. I’ve always wondered about its rules, but I think I will never understand them.

The family dynamics resonated very much with me. The relationship between Darius and his father developed in a slow and beautiful way, like all the book honestly is. Darius the a Great Is Not Okay is raw and delicate at the same time. It makes you cry and it makes you smile.

I was one tiny pulsar in a swirling, luminous galaxy of Iranians, held together by the gravity of thousands of years of culture and heritage.

There was nothing like it back home.

Sohrab is a great friend, Darius’ only friend. He always try to make him comfortable and he doesn’t judge him for being depressed. This character always listened to Darius and helped him mature.

The writing style was captivating and this novel instantly became one of my all-time favorite books. If you’re looking for a heart-breaking and refreshing story, with descriptions of a culture totally different from yours, I highly recommend Darius the Great Is Not Okay. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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About the author

Adib Khorram is an author, a graphic designer, and a tea enthusiast. If he’s not writing (or at his day job), you can probably find him trying to get his 100 yard Freestyle under a minute, or learning to do a Lutz Jump. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where people don’t usually talk about themselves in the third person.

 

Review: Embers by Ronie Kendig

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Title: Embers (Abiassa’s Fire, #1)
Author: Ronie Kendig
Date: October 16th 2015
Pages: 432
Publisher: Enclave Publishing

Embers by Ronie Kendig is a YA Christian fantasy book. The story, told in third person, follows Haegan in his journey to fight Poired Dyrth, the enemy of his kingdom. However, he has been a cripple for ten years and after a transference, highly prohibited and dangerous, he has regained the use of his arts, but with a high price. Now he has to fled his kingdom to escape his father’s wrath.

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Cover Reveal: IGNIS by Tracy Korn

The much anticipated finale to The Elements Series is here!

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Title: IGNIS (The Elements Series, #3)
Author: Tray Korn
Date: August 28th 2018
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing
Cover designer: JKorn Photographics

Synopsis

DEFENDING EVERYTHING THEY KNOW
COULD COST THEM EVERYTHING THEY HAVE.

The rebels at the Seam have been defeated thanks to the alleged treachery of one of their own.

It won’t be long before a manhunt ensues for Jazz’s entire crew, and given what they know about Gaia’s secret project, they won’t be prosecuted…

They’ll just disappear.

With Liddick still missing and the port-cloud stronger than ever, they haven’t come this far to give in now.

But when Jazz announces she’s going after Liddick herself, she draws a line in the sand she may not be able to erase.
And while Arco has no choice but to let her go, how does he lead everyone forward with the past holding him back?

Outcast.
Hunted.
Lost.

Success will demand a sacrifice.

Don’t miss the exciting conclusion to this epic adventure!

Pre-order here!