Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Demon Princess

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Release Date: September 29, 2009
Author: Michelle Rowen
Publisher: Walker & Company
Series: Demon Princess
Volume: One
Age Group: YA
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
Book Subjects:
High School
Paranormal Romance
Secrete Parentage
Half Demon
Fairies
Overall: 4/5

Book Summary:
Nikki didn't thinks her life could get any more complicated after she moved to the dreary town of Erin Heights - fitting in at a new school while navigating the social scene was stressful enough. But when her sixteenth birthday rolls around, she's visited by a mysterious stranger, Michael, who tells her that her long-lost father is actually the demon king of the Shadowlands - the dimension that protects our world from the Underworld and Hell.

Maybe it's because she's in shock, or maybe it's because Michael is seriously cute, but Nikki follows him into the Shadowlands. There she learns about her half-demon powers, about the potential war between the Shadowlands and the Underworld, and that her father wants her to assume the throne - forever. Not to mention that her growing crush on Michael is completely forbidden....

Ruling the kingdom, navigating a secret crush, and still making it home by curfew - what's a teenage demon princess to do?

My Review:

Story takes place in a high school cafeteria where Nikki Donovan listens to her best friend, Melinda James, go on and on about the school dance. All Nikki wants is for Chris, your typical blonde haired school jock to be her boyfriend, and for her mother to be happyeven if she hates her stepdad Robert. Then all of a sudden she spots an eerie dark haired beauty following her.

Fast forward, Nikki starts to feel a strange sensation come over her then all of a sudden a bald headed guy (Dax) is trying to save her, luckily Michael comes in time to save her and take her to the Shadowlands, off the border of Hell and Fearyland. There, Nikki meets her sickly father Desmond who’s the King of the Shadowlands and her aunt (Elizabeth).

Taking in this newfound information becomes more than what she expected. Now Nikki is on a mission to save both of her parents and try to figure out who wants her dead and why. As you can see I gave this book a five out of five because of the authenticy even though it was fictionalized it felt real.
8/8/14
 

Willakaville

Release Date: January 7, 2015
Author: Mathew F. Heinecke
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Age Group: Children's Lit.
Genre: Speculative
Book Subjects:
Humor
Magic
Surrealism
Overall: 3/5
 
Book Summary:
Welcome to Willakaville! An otherwise normal town turned upside down by crazy, silly, strange and supernatural wackiness. Amazing adventures of astronomical awesomeness has it all! Adventures, magic, mystery, time-travel, aliens, laughter, conspiracies, monsters, mayhem, dilemmas, and cats.

My Review:
Love reading kids books with a touch of spunk? Then you will  love Matthew F. Heinecke, he hits the ball at delivering something unique. The story takes place in the utopian world of Willakavile, that's quickly turning upside down with strange occurrences happening left and right. The story starts off with Billy and Charley walking to school when they encounter a little man on top of the tree. Like I said they story takes off from there; between a giant tomato, wish bearing animals, knights, and evil visitors. The only thing this story was missing was heavy illustration.

Sublimation

Release Date: November 7, 2014
Author: Khalilah Yasmin
Publisher: Self
Age Group: Mature Audience
Genre: Spoken Word
Book Subjects:
Realism
Angst
Poetry
Overall: 4/5

Book Summary:
Sexual sublimation, which can be a spiritual practice; transfers normal human sexual impulses into creative energy by transference. In this volume, Sublimation is a collection of spoken word; written as it would be performed aloud. Sublimation was created to share experiences that have been enhanced by the author's imagination.
 
My Review:
 I'm amazed at the fact that every time I go to The Beat, I always leave with something beautiful to take with me. In this case, I got a chance see and speak with the featured artist that particular night, Kahlilah Yasmin.  Very sweet and welcoming, that's what I like about her approach it's down to earth just this story I'm reviewing. The book contains a variety of subjects from a broken heart, redemption, sex and love.  Kahlilah knows how to draw the audience in and make them feel compassion. The only thing I didn't care for was the calibre font, right-sided quotes, and the grammatical errors.

My Name is Meth

I destroy homes, I tear families apart,
Take your children, and that's just the start.
I'm more costly than diamonds, more precious than gold,
The sorrow I bring is a sight to behold.
If you need me, remember I'm easily found,
I live all around you — in schools and in town,
I live with the rich; I live with the poor,
I live down the street, and maybe next door.

I'm made in a lab, but not like you think,
I can be made under the kitchen sink.
In your child's closet, and even in the woods,
If this scares you to death, well it certainly should.
I have many names, but there's one you know best,
I'm sure you've heard of me, my name is Crystal Meth.
My power is awesome, try me you'll see,
But if you do, you may never break free.


Just try me once and I might let you go,
But try me twice, and I'll own your soul.
When I possess you, you'll steal and you'll lie,
You do what you have to — just to get high.
The crimes you'll commit for my narcotic charms
Will be worth the pleasure you'll feel in your arms.
You'll lie to your mother, you'll steal from your dad,
When you see their tears, you should feel sad.


But you'll forget your morals and how you were raised,
I'll be your conscience, I'll teach you my ways.
I take kids from parents, and parents from kids,
I turn people from God, and separate friends.
I'll take everything from you, your looks and your pride,
I'll be with you always — right by your side.
You'll give up everything - your family, your home,
Your friends, your money, then you'll be alone.

I'll take and take, till you have nothing more to give,
When I'm finished with you, you'll be lucky to live.
If you try me be warned — this is no game,
If given the chance, I'll drive you insane.
I'll ravish your body, I'll control your mind,
I'll own you completely, your soul will be mine.
The nightmares I'll give you while lying in bed,
The voices you'll hear, from inside your head.

The sweats, the shakes, the visions you'll see,
I want you to know, these are all gifts from me.
But then it's too late, and you'll know in your heart,
That you are mine, and we shall not part.
You'll regret that you tried me, they always do,
But you came to me, not I to you.
You knew this would happen, many times you were told,
But you challenged my power, and chose to be bold.

You could have said no, and just walked away,
If you could live that day over, now what would you say?
I'll be your master, you will be my slave,
I'll even go with you, when you go to your grave.
Now that you have met me, what will you do?
Will you try me or not? It's all up to you.
I can bring you more misery than words can tell,
Come take my hand, let me lead you to hell.
 

Angela T. Fatino
(April 26, 1982 - October 8, 1997)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

19 Struggles All Fanfiction Addicts Understand by Emma Lord


1. You’re constantly hiding your computer screen from your friends and family.

2. And found out the hard way how dangerous it is to read fanfiction on your phone in public.

3. Everybody thinks you only write/read smut.

4. When in fact you write/read PLOT INTENSIVE smut.

5. It takes forever to find The Perfect Fanfiction for your OTP.

6. And when you get to the best part, you realize it hasn’t been updated since you were basically in MIDDLE SCHOOL.

7. Your other priorities usually take a backseat.


8.You don’t have enough muscles in your face to cringe at new authors who put “A/N”s right in the middle of their chapters.


11. When you’re one of the first ones in a new fandom, the lack of fanfiction for it is debilitating.

12. So you take it upon yourself to shoulder the burden of writing your own.

13. Good reviews are more potent than liquid crack.

14. But people are always asking things like, “Don’t you want to write something you can actually get paid for?”

15. You have genuine trouble not looking at life through fanfiction goggles.

16. You keep thinking a day will come that you’ll grow out of the fanficking habit.

17. But then the writers on your show do THAT THING to your faves, and you get sucked right back in again.

18. So you’ve pretty much resigned yourself to the fact that you will be a fanfiction addict forever.

19. Oh, and also? No matter what you do THE MARAUDERS WILL NEVER GET THEIR OWN MOVIE.

19 Science-Fiction And Fantasy Novels By Women Of Color You Must Read by Anjali Patel

1. Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler

Four Walls Eight Windows
In the near future, chaos and anarchy emerge as the U.S. finds itself on the brink of governmental collapse. Lauren Olamina must form alliances to navigate the dangerous landscape as she travels up north to establish a community rooted in her new religion — Earthseed.

2. The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Arthur A. Levine Books
In a futuristic Brazillian city, artist June Coast and the Summer King, Enki, team up to fuel rebellions against the government through demonstrations. As June falls in love with Enki, she will have to wrestle with the fact that he, like all Summer Kings, must die at the end of his yearlong term.

3. Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafar

DAW/Penguin
In a post-apocalyptic, future Africa, Onyesonwu, or “Who Fears Death,” is born to the only survivor of a slain Okeke village. Marked by skin and hair the color of sand, Onyesonwu must learn the ways of sorcery and confront her destiny — ending the genocide of her people.

4. Spirits of the Ordinary: A Tale of Casas Grandes, by Kathleen Alcala

Mariner Books
In a tale reminiscent of Allende’s The House of the Spirits, Alcalá blends folklore and spirituality in the story of the Carabajals, a family who practices their Jewish faith in secret along the U.S.-Mexico border.

5. Ash, by Malinda Lo

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
In this twist on the classic Cinderella tale, Ash seeks refuge from her cruel stepmother by rereading fairytales and dreaming that fairies will come steal her away. After meeting the dark fairy Sidhean, she must choose between her fairy tale dreams coming true and a burgeoning love for the King’s Huntress.

6. The Salt Roads, by Nalo Hopkinson

Warner Books
Spanning centuries and continents, The Salt Roads follows Ezili, the African goddess of love, as she unites and intertwines the stories of three women: Jeanne Duval, an Afro-French entertainer; Mer, an Afro-Caribbean plantation slave and doctor; and Meritet, a Nubian prostitute.

7. A Stranger in Olondria, by Sofia Samatar

Small Beer Press
After his father dies, Jevick must take his place on a selling trip to Olondria, a land where books are common, unlike they are in his home. During the journey he becomes haunted by the ghost of an illiterate girl, and in seeking the help of the Olondrian priests he becomes caught up in a country on the edge of war.

8. Joplin’s Ghost, by Tananarive Due

Washington Square Press
Despite nearly being killed by a piano at her parent’s nightclub when she was ten, Phoenix Smalls is set on pursuing a life of music as an R & B singer. However, after a visit to Scott Joplin’s house in St. Louis, a string of bizarre events leads Phoenix to believe that she might be haunted by the King of Ragtime himself.

9. The Stars Change, by Mary Anne Mohanraj

Circlet Press, Inc.
In this erotic science fiction, author Mary Anne Mohanraj explores sexuality and connection through the University of All Worlds, a school on a South Asian-settled planet that hosts humans, modified humans, and aliens in the midst of what may become an interstellar war.

10. The Antelope Wife, by Louise Erdrich

Harper Perennial
In this magic-infused novel, Erdich follows two Ojibway families, the Shawanos and the Roys, as they live in a city built on what was once an important hunting ground for the Ojibway people — Minneapolis.

11. Almanac of the Dead, by Leslie Marmon Silko

Simon & Schuster
Seese, the former mistress of a cocaine wholesaler, takes a job transcribing a manuscript that prophecies the gruesome end to white rule in America. As the native population rises against hated white masters and magic users work to fulfill the prophecy, the capitalist elite launch a war using cocaine and heroin.

12. The Gilda Stories, by Jewelle Gomez

Firebrand Books
Beginning with her escape from slavery in the 1850s, this centuries-spanning lesbian vampire fantasy follows Gilda through several of her lives in Louisiana, California, Missouri, Massachusetts, New York, and even New Hampshire in 2050.

13. Island of Eternal Love, by Daína Chaviano

Riverhead
Unable to feel at home in her adopted city of Miami, Cuban-born Cecilia seeks refuge in the tales of Amalia, an old woman she meets at a Little Havana bar. Amalia entrances Cecilia with the mythical story of three families from Africa, Spain, and China, which reminds Cecilia of the home she’s been missing.

14. Redemption in Indigo, by Karen Lord

Small Beer Press
After leaving her selfish and gluttonous husband, Pema is presented with a gift from the djombi (undying ones): the Chaos Stick, which allows her to manipulate the subtle forces of the world. Unfortunately, her power attracts the attention of an indigo-skinned djombi who wants the power for himself.

15. So Far from God, by Ana Castillo

W. W. Norton & Company
Set in the small, New Mexico village of Tome, this novel weaves tales of humor, magical realism, hardship, and love through Sofia and her four, fated daughters.

16. Ink, by Sabrina Vourvoulias

Crossed Genres Publications
In the not-too-distant future, temporary workers, permanent residents, and citizens with recent immigration history are marked as “inks” by biometric tattoos. The novel is told through four voices in a small, rural U.S. town: a journalist, an ink, an artist, and the child of a woman who runs a sanitarium-internment center for inks.

17. Orleans, by Sherri L. Smith

Speak
Following a series of hurricanes and a deadly outbreak of Delta fever, people in the Outer States believed life in the Delta to be all but extinct. Fen de la Guerre, one of the few people still in the Delta, must get her leader’s baby to safety after the ambush of her tribe.

18. Salt Fish Girl: A Novel, by Larissa Lai

Thomas Allen Publishers
Told through the voice of a shapeshifting, ageless character who is snake, fish, girl, and woman, this captivating story reaches from nineteenth-century China to the future Pacific Northwest to explore themes of oppression and resistance.

19. The Lost Girl, by Sangu Mandanna

Balzer + Bray
Eva is Amarra’s “echo” — created to replace Amarra if she were to die. From far away, she spends her life studying Amarra’s habits and routines so that if something were to happen, Eva could quickly take her place in India, where echoes are illegal. But when Amarra dies in a car crash at 16, Eva is hardly prepared to risk her life and leave the life she has known.