Going Over the Rainbow: Show and Tell

Alice talked to Bert about her feelings for Charlie. Bert informed her that Charlie’s asexual, so whilst he might be open to a romantic relationship, he’d not be likely to respond to sexual flirting. Maybe she should try another tactic to get Charlie’s attention.

Source: Going Over the Rainbow: Show and Tell

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Some excellent resources and advice in this article to better display characters’ sexual and romantic orientations!

Race in YA Lit: Wake Up & Smell the Coffee-Colored Skin, White Authors!

In a new series entitled Y.A. for Grownups, The Atlantic Wire posted an article exploring The Ongoing Problem of Race in YA. Like the title states, race in YA isn’t a new problem, nor is it g…

Source: Race in YA Lit: Wake Up & Smell the Coffee-Colored Skin, White Authors!

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Anyone who knows me, or has read my reviews for books, knows race-diversity is a huge thing for me. While I strongly advocate for the diversity of all sects of identity, race has always been a big one for me, and it’s hard for me to explain why that is. Anyone who knows me also knows I love YA books. It’s probably the genre I mostly find myself moving towards in bookstores and libraries. I find great imagination in this genre and a richness in other genres (like fantasy and horror) within YA. So this article really hit home for me, as I’m becoming more and more aware of the sad lack of race-diversity, the lack of support for race-diverse books, and the poor attempts at race-diversity by well-meaning authors. Please take a look at this, and other resources like this, if you are a white author, or an author of colour attempting to write a character of a different race.

Entry 8: Shutter (Shutter #1)

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Author: Courtney Alameda
Genres [according to Goodreads]:
Fiction > Young Adult
Fantasy> Paranormal > Ghosts
Fantasy> Paranormal > Vampires
Fantasy> Supernatural
Romance
Horror
Thriller
Published/Publisher:  February 3rd 2015/Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 384
Format Read In: eBook

Summary from Goodreads:

Horror has a new name: introducing Courtney Alameda.

Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She’s aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera’s technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn’t exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she’s faced before . . . or die trying.

Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.

My Review [SPOILERS AHEAD]

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Entry 7: Slags and Embers (The Soulscape Code #1)

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Author:  Brian Lindow
Genres [according to Goodreads]:
Fiction > Fantasy
Published/Publisher: July 4th 2015/CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 446
Format Read In: Paper back

Summary from Goodreads:

Think Avengers + Inception colliding in Assassin’s Creed with a Narnian glaze and you’ve just about got it…

What if you discovered a metaphysical realm inside you — much like the physical world — where everything you did transformed the real world around you in real time? In the supernatural world of Cupél, this realm — called The Soulscape — is a powerful reality that has given rise to Twinmark Abilities, Soulstone Engineering, and Blood Alchemy.

700 years ago, three men sold their souls for a throne, becoming neither dead nor alive. Heroes have risen, armies have assembled, and nations have combined to destroy them. All have failed. Those who brought light, life and truth into the world – Forges – have been hunted into hiding or extinction by those who bring darkness, death and deceit – Rifters – and now the Immortals are bored. Dividing the world, the Immortals use their subjects as pawns in chaotic games, but a single event has threatened their rule.

Four young renegades have chosen to stand against them.

Garyk
A resurrected assassin with a new mind and old reflexes, who’s past may kill him before he eliminates his target.

Sarai
A caged princess bent on escaping the lies in which her parents have swaddled her, but the truth she seeks is not the truth she wants.

Rase
A cunning spy who believes he knows how to end the Immortals, but his desire to replace them blinds him to what it may cost.

Daeden
A peaceful blacksmith turned bounty hunter to unravel the life of the very Immortal he works for.

In this decaying world, their collision could have only been orchestrated by gods or demons and their success will require them to go deeper inside themselves than they have ever gone before.

My Review [SPOILERS AHEAD]

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