I graduated (again!)

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On Friday I had my second uni graduation!

I graduated from my Bachelor of Arts in 2017 and from my honours degree this week. The reason I had two graduations is because most people apply for a ‘bachelor with honours’ as a single program and have one graduation for both qualifications together. I on the other hand originally was going to just the arts degree, and when I finished that program I enrolled in the next one, so hence doing two.

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It was a really lovely day though. We had to get up at about 5 am to drive to the uni for the ceremony that started at 10 am. We had to be at the uni two hours early to get my gown and cap (I got to keep the cap!). The whole graduation thing feels so much more real once you get that gown on, you suddenly do feel really proud of the work you’ve done.

Then we went and took a bunch of photos, because, obviously. Then we went into the auditorium. Now, for some of you younger people, you may not know this, but graduation ceremonies are actually quite boring. There is a lot of talking and while the speeches are quite interesting, they are generally quite long too. And there are so many people graduating on the same day. I personally do feel a bit humbled being surrounded by hundreds of other grads and think its really cool being in that atmosphere, but when you get to the reality of each name being individually read out and applauded, it gets a bit dull.

But when it was my turn to walk across the stage I was so nervous! It is nerve wracking. Suddenly you feel like everyone is looking at you and you feel this great mix of nervous and proud.

I went to my graduation with my boyfriend and my parents and I was really happy to have them with me, they were such a huge support through my honours and it was just really great to celebrate the achievement with them.

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Its kind of a surreal event, graduation. Its very weird. You’re sitting with all these people you had classes with six months ago and haven’t seen at all since and every is chatting about what they’re doing with themselves since leaving. In Australia unemployment among graduates is really high and so many people were still working in coffee shops or going back to uni to get another degree because their first one isn’t getting them work. A few people did have grad jobs, but they all got them because a relative worked in the company they are now employed in.

Theres such a huge mix of optimism and pessimism at these events sometimes. Its like ‘Yay! I did it and I’m a graduate now!’ but also ‘oh no, I’m going to be broke for the rest of my life and I don’t know what to do’ at the same time.

But anyway,  I suppose I just wanted to make a little post to document this milestone.

I’m now a two time graduate and I still have no idea what I’m going to do from here.

 

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To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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Synopsis

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

(Description taken from Goodreads)

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fairy Tale Retelling, Romance

Published: March 6, 2018

Pages: 342

My Rating: ★★★★

My Thoughts

This is a really dark YA fantasy.

I really liked it.

Its a story about sirens, specifically Lira, daughter of the Sea Queen. Every year on the month of their birthday sirens steal a heart of a sailor. Lira however, has a specialty, she collects the hearts of princes. She, like the other sirens, lures her victims into the water with her song and pulls them into the ocean before ripping their heart out of their chests. Known and feared throughout the world as the Prince’s Bane Lira is lethal, ruthless and vicious.

Its quite graphically violent.

I feel like this book was really well done, the siren lore, the gore, the violence, and the world building were all extremely compelling and the characters were very well developed. I loved learning about the differences between mermaids and sirens and the ways in which the politics of all these different sea creatures played out. It was really intimately developed for a book that was so character driven.

Lira is a great main character, she is really badass but her personality doesn’t begin and end with her being so. Early in the book, she breaks one of the rules that the sirens live by and her mother, the Sea Queen punishes her by turning her into a human and sending her out to steal the heart (literally) of the Prince Elian.

Elian is our other protagonist and he kills sirens for… a living… when he’s not Prince-ing. Basically he’s quite resentful of his royal status and all the baggage and stuff that comes with that so he goes off and sails the seas killing sirens to avoid his royal responsibilities. You know, as you do.

Lira is well known for her prince killing, she’s seventeen years old and therefore 17 princes have so far been killed by sirens, and princes are a limited resource so people have noticed. Elian is particularly worried about her because he too is a prince and therefore one of Lira’s potential victims.

So when Lira ends up a human aboard Elian’s ship… the real story starts. Both of them want to kill each other, but Elian doesn’t know who she is. There’s a really interesting relationship dynamic at play between these two because as she is trying to gain his trust, she is of course, getting to know him, starting to question what she was taught and all of that. But he doesn’t know that he’s opening her eyes to the human world. He doesn’t know who she is. Its pretty ripe for enjoyable drama.

There are also a great cast of secondary characters in this book, they’re fun and interesting and unique, but I won’t lie and say the secondary characters by any means stole the show. They were a very well done supporting cast, but they didn’t really have their own storylines going. But you know what, thats okay. Its a 300 odd page YA, I feel like if you can only tell one story well then do it well, a lot of time too many subplots just creates confusion.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was dark, scary and engrossing and I sped through it at a rate of knots. (Ha! nautical joke, get it?)

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Genre Talk: Space Opera

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I really wanted to write about Space Opera right after Science fiction because in all honesty, Space Opera is just a subgenere of sci fi, but I think its interesting enough to warrant its own post! I will just quickly apologise that I don’t have a ton of examples here under popular examples or 2018 releases, Space Operas are most often marketed just as sci fi, and I also only want to recommend books I know something about and Space Opera isn’t really a genre I read a lot of.

Defining features of the genre

Space Operas are set in outer space, the setting is pretty much the defining feature of this genre. Much like a Western is always set in the midwestern United States with cowboys and stuff.

Usually Space Operas involve space warfare, adventure, aliens, chivalric themes and dashing (human) heroes who fight and battle among the stars. It tends to be a very high action genre.

History of the genre

The term ‘space opera’ was coined in 1941 by Wilson Tucker. At the time serial dramas were referred to as ‘soap operas’ (as they still are), because many of the most famous soaps of the time were produced and sponsored by soap manufacturing companies, and Westerns were known as ‘horse operas’ because… horses. Tucker simply introduced a new ‘opera’ type genre as a title for the emerging space themed shows.

Perhaps the earliest written space opera was The Struggle for Empire: A story of the Year 2236 by Robert William Cole from 1900! The novel tells the story of a war between men from Earth and humanoid aliens from Sirius. At the time, this book was marketed as ‘future war fiction’ but it fit in with the definition of  Space Opera pretty seamlessly.

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Cover design in 1900 was on point!

 

Space opera has maintained a pretty steady level of popularity ever since Star Wars, which premiered in 1977- as enthusiasm for the films has increased, so too has sales of books in this genre.

 

Popular examples of the genre:

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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminaeis the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

 

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A race for survival among the stars… Humanity’s last survivors escaped earth’s ruins to find a new home. But when they find it, can their desperation overcome its dangers?

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The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age – a world terraformed and prepared for human life.

But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind’s worst nightmare.

Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?

 

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A forbidden romance.

A deadly plague.

Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.

 

2018 releases:

 

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Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

(released March 13, 2018)

 

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Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder‘s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

(released January 16, 2018)

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Goodreads Monday

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Boom! Back again for another Monday of talking about books I haven’t read yet! I keep thinking about discontinuing this series but it seems to get pretty consistent views and likes so clearly you lot are getting something out of this. This week I am talking about a book I actually have checked out from the library! I am going to read it soon! Actually!

I normally write my book reviews well in advance (I have reviews scheduled until August) so even though I’m reading it pretty soon, you won’t see my thoughts on it for ages. And if I read the full series then it will be even longer so I figure I may as well share this book this week.

So here’s the synopsis for The Fifth Season:

This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She’ll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

How cool does that sound? I’m very into fantasy, especially more adult fantasy (YA fantasy can be quite repetitive sometimes) and when I saw that Rick Riordan, one of my favourite authors of all time, gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads I knew I had to give it a shot.

Stay tuned for my thoughts (and if you’ve read it let me know what you thought of it if you’ve read it!!)

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I’m in a reading slump

Readers of the world, I hope you can relate to my frustration.

I have been struggling os much to read lately and its driving me nuts!!

I love reading so much, its pretty much my biggest passion. And yet… Its not happening lately.

I normally read about 5 or 6 books a month, occasionally going up to 7 or 8. I’ve read 3 in the last two months now.

Fortunately I write book reviews and blog posts well in advance so I don’t have to stress about missing a book review for a week or something. But it is getting so frustrating. I keep checking out books from the library and buying books and just not reading them. I start, read about 50 pages and give up. UGH.

So I am appealing to you. What are your best slump busting books? What are your best tips for breaking out of a slump? Any ideas?

Genre Talk: Science Fiction

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Defining features of the genre

Scince fiction is a massively popular genre of fiction, both in books and in movies. Put very basically it is fiction in which the science or technology being explored doesn’t actually exist in our current reality.

Most often science fiction is set in the future and explores questions of ‘what if x or y happens in the future?’ but some science fiction novels also explore alternative histories, asking instead ‘what if we had figured out how to do x earlier?’. Science fiction is an exploration of technology and historical change that it brings.

Science fiction novels often feature spaceflight, time travel, aliens, and bioengineering as evidence of the scientific development that exists within the novel.

Broadly speaking, sci fi can be divided into hard and soft science fiction. Hard science fiction is when the science in the book is heavily based in current scientific knowledge. These are science fiction stories that could very plausibly happen. Soft sci fi is only loosely based in scientific reality. These are the stories that are more based in aliens, space wars, dystopias and utopias. They’re the far more far fetched stories.

Science fiction is also often laced with a level of criticism of the modern world, they often serve as a warning sign of worse things to come if we continue as we are.

 

History of the genre

Despite science fiction being more popular among men, the genre was originally started by a woman. In the 19th century, the novel became a popular format for distributing literature and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstien was one of the first in 1818. Though this was the first commercial work of ‘science fiction’ people have been speculating about what the future would involve for generations.

With technology booming through the industrial revolution and well into the 19th century people naturally began to speculate more and more about where this expansion would lead. Jules Verne and H. G. Wells became popular authors to write about the direction technology might take us.

Into the 20th century, and the world wars, people became more fearful of the technology we were developing, having witnessed its destructive powers first hand. This gave rise to the ‘dystopia’ genre, science fiction in which technology has destroyed the world as we know it. After World War II George Orwell released 1984, his cautionary tale warning people to be aware of what technology is doing and where it might be taking us. Since then this has been a popular subgenre of science fiction (which I will most likely do a follow up genre talk on in future!)

 

Popular examples of the genre:

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In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

 

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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills — and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit — he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

 

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“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

“I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

 

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With undertones of vampires, Frankenstein, dragons’ hoards, and killing fields, Matt’s story turns out to be an inspiring tale of friendship, survival, hope, and transcendence. A must-read for teenage fantasy fans.

At his coming-of-age party, Matteo Alacrán asks El Patrón’s bodyguard, “How old am I?…I know I don’t have a birthday like humans, but I was born.”

“You were harvested,” Tam Lin reminds him. “You were grown in that poor cow for nine months and then you were cut out of her.”

To most people around him, Matt is not a boy, but a beast. A room full of chicken litter with roaches for friends and old chicken bones for toys is considered good enough for him. But for El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium — a strip of poppy fields lying between the U.S. and what was once called Mexico — Matt is a guarantee of eternal life. El Patrón loves Matt as he loves himself for Matt is himself. They share identical DNA.

 

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In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

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Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…

Huxley’s ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.

2018 releases:

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It’s 500 years in the future, and a mad cow-like disease called “Bent Head” has killed off most of the U.S. population. Those remaining turn to magic and sacrifice to cleanse the Earth.

Wonderblood is Julia Whicker’s fascinating literary debut, set in a barren United States, an apocalyptic wasteland where warring factions compete for control of the land in strange and dangerous carnivals. A mad cow-like disease called “Bent Head” has killed off millions. Those who remain worship the ruins of NASA’s space shuttles, and Cape Canaveral is their Mecca. Medicine and science have been rejected in favor of magic, prophecy, and blood sacrifice.

When traveling marauders led by the bloodthirsty Mr. Capulatio invade her camp, a young girl named Aurora is taken captive as his bride and forced to join his band on their journey to Cape Canaveral. As war nears, she must decide if she is willing to become her captor’s queen. But then other queens emerge, some grotesque and others aggrieved, and not all are pleased with the girl’s ascent. Politics and survival are at the centre of this ravishing novel.

(released April 3, 2018)

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A love story stitched across time and war, shaped by the power of books, and ultimately destroyed by it.

In the heart of World War II, Tom and Ben became lovers. Brought together by a secret project designed to hide British targets from German radar, the two founded a love that could not be revealed. When the project went wrong, Tom and Ben vanished into nothingness, presumed dead. Their bodies were never found.

Now the two are lost in time, hunting each other across decades, leaving clues in books of poetry and trying to make their disparate timelines overlap.

(released April 24, 2018)

 

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Atlas Fallen features royalty, crime syndicates, robot cage matches, and a fierce-yet-flawed heroine. Fans of YA science fiction will love this stunning debut series that asks: Which is more dangerous—protecting the crown or falling in love?

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One throne.
And the girl who holds the key.

Tesla Petrov, daughter of an infamous traitor, no longer lives a life of promise in the Atlas space station’s elite flight training program. Stripped of her military rank and banished to the slums, she now scrapes out a brutal existence competing in illegal robot fights for Minko, ruthless leader of the Red Ashes crime syndicate. But when a wrong move costs her a fight—and a fortune—for the crime lord, Tesla knows her days aboard the Atlas are numbered.

Daxton Larose isn’t just visiting the station to celebrate the Centennial of the Crown—he’s hunting a terrorist threatening to end a century of peace on Earth. To do so, he’ll need someone who knows the station. Someone willing to strike a deal at any cost.

Someone like Tesla. 

But as the hunt for the terrorist threatens to expose secrets from both their pasts—and as their dangerous attraction pulls them together—Tesla and Daxton must fight to protect what they love… or watch it burn.

(released March 27, 2018)

 

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After the climate wars, a floating city is constructed in the Arctic Circle, a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering, complete with geothermal heating and sustainable energy. The city’s denizens have become accustomed to a roughshod new way of living, however, the city is starting to fray along the edges—crime and corruption have set in, the contradictions of incredible wealth alongside direst poverty are spawning unrest, and a new disease called “the breaks” is ravaging the population.

When a strange new visitor arrives—a woman riding an orca, with a polar bear at her side—the city is entranced. The “orcamancer,” as she’s known, very subtly brings together four people—each living on the periphery—to stage unprecedented acts of resistance. By banding together to save their city before it crumbles under the weight of its own decay, they will learn shocking truths about themselves.

Blackfish City is a remarkably urgent—and ultimately very hopeful—novel about political corruption, organized crime, technology run amok, the consequences of climate change, gender identity, and the unifying power of human connection.

(released April 17, 2018)

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TBR vs Mood Reading

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According to Goodreads my TBR list has 80 books on it. Which is actually a lot smaller than a lot of people, though I don’t put books 1, 2 and 3 in a series on my list just book 1 so that lessens the list a little bit.

And while I feel like my TBR lists are constantly growing, I actually am a lot more of a mood reader. A mood reader of course being someone who reads not off a list but just picks up whatever happens to take their fancy that day.

This means books can sit on my TBR list for donkeys years because I never get around to them. If I try to follow a reading list (especially when I try and enforce an order to that reading list) I very quickly fall into a reading slump. Oddly enough I’m the same way with movies, I don’t like having a set list of things to get through- makes it feel like homework.

This is why I don’t do ‘monthly tbr’ posts or things like that, I might make a list of books I want to get to, but there’s a really strong chanceI won’t read any books on my list. I feel weird saying ‘I’m going to read these’ and then saying ‘ha! no I didn’t get to any of them’, I just don’t want that kind of pressure on my shoulders, especially since reading is meant to be a hobby!

Mood reading might sound fun and whimsical, I’ll just pick up whatever I want to read and read that, sounds great, but it tends to mean in practice that you never really get to the books you wanted to read. It can be frustrating as well.

For me, my goodreads TBR is an inspiration list. A list of books I would love to read but I have learned in the last year to be much more lenient with it. If I never read all of the books on my list it doesn’t matter. If I burn through all of them in a few months it also doesn’t matter.

Books are meant to be enjoyed and if you’re reading to check them off a list that can be great especially if it leaves you feeling accomplished about your reading. But its no fun if looking at your list leaves you feeling overwhelmed and stressed.

Similarly, mood reading can be excellent because there are always books to fit your mood and you can stumble upon books you might never have considered otherwise. But by the same token you could feel kind of lost when trying to find something new.

I also think when it comes to the online reading community there’s a lot of pressure to read through brand new books all the time. To burn through books the day they come out, and really amazing old books can fall through the cracks.

But I say stuff it, reread an old favourite, who cares when it was written, who cares what genre.

Just remember, you’ll never read every book ever written, you just can’t do it. So enjoy reading what you do read and have fun with it.

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