Popular Themes/Genres of 2016 | Random

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It’s December and the year is coming to a close, so I figured why not do a theme/genre specific post about the popular ones of 2016. This is my personal opinion of course based upon observations I’ve made. So let’s get this going!

Sports Romance

I’ve noticed an influx of Sports themed romance novels in New Adult fiction this year. Football tends to be the most popular of the variety of sports (perhaps since it’s considered one of the manliest sports in the US?), with mma, soccer, basketball, and hockey coming after it. Baseball isn’t nearly as popular (do they exist at all?). Anyway, these sport themed books are normally fun and short with steamy scenes and a cute HEA to finish. Sometimes the storyline is based around the sport, while others are based around the romance and the sport is just a bonus.

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3 Authors I Loved As A Tween | Random

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As a tween my taste in books were parallel. I’d stick to one author/genre for long periods of time and not explore the universe that is books. Nevertheless, I figured a post   concentrated around the tween years would be both nostalgic and fun, so here we go.

Meg Cabot

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Ah, Meg Cabot. When I was 12 her novels gave me life! You’d never get a typical world with Ms. Cabot. Although contemporary, the world she built was always fun and exciting, with a splash of drama. Whether you were the girlfriend of the President’s son, perhaps an unknown princess unprepared to even sit on a porcelain throne, maybe even the reincarnation of an old Arthurian tale – you’d never be bored! I remember the very first book I read by her – All-American Girl – and how much I enjoyed it so I ran out and borrowed the next and anything and everything by her. My favorite series would probably be The Mediator, but 1-800-Where-R-You is up there too.

The books I’ve read:

  1. The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)
  2. Princess in the Spotlight (The Princess Diaries, #2)
  3. All-American Girl (All-American Girl, #1)
  4. Ready or Not (All-American Girl, #2)
  5. Shadowland (The Mediator, #1)
  6. Ninth Key (The Mediator, #2)
  7. Reunion (The Mediator, #3)
  8. Darkest Hour (The Mediator, #4)
  9. Haunted (The Mediator, #5)
  10. Twilight (The Mediator, #6)
  11. Avalon High
  12. The Boy Next Door (Boy, #1)
  13. Teen eIdol 
  14. When Lightning Strikes (1-800-Where-R-You, #1)
  15. Code Name Cassandra (1-800-Where-R-You, #2) 
  16. Safe House (1-800-Where-R-You, #3) 
  17. Sanctuary (1-800-Where-R-You, #4) 
  18. Missing You (1-800-Where-R-You, #5) 

 

Sarah Dessen

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Sarah Dessen was a staple for me. Her novels brought out the romantic (although, I must say, I’m not romantic at all) in me, as well as cultivated my mind for more adult romance. My first book by her was Along for the Ride and I had never read fictional realism before this book, so I really enjoyed it. After that I got really into her novels and just started reading them really fast.

The books I’ve read:

  1. Along for the Ride
  2. The Truth About Forever
  3. Just Listen
  4. This Lullaby
  5. That Summer
  6. Someone Like You
  7. Lock and Key
  8. How to Deal

Susane Colasanti

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Yes, I’ve only read three books by her, but she was a staple during my tween years. Her books introduced me to multi-POVS and I just loved it! During that time she actually hadn’t written that many novels, but when I discovered Ms. Colasanti I was already moving towards Amanda Quick and historical fiction.

The books I’ve read:

  1. When It Happens
  2. Take Me There
  3. Waiting For You

 


That’s it for me. I know Harry Potter was a big deal then (still is) but, unfortunately, I didn’t discover that series until much later on. Do you have any staple authors you read during your tween/teen years?

The This Is My Genre Tell Me Yours Book Tag | Random

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Tis’ the season to post every single day, starting – NOW!

This wonderful tag was created by the big bad (you know where I’m going with this) Drew@ TheTattoedBookGeek. Huge thank you to the the orang-utan librarian and icebreaker694 for tagging me; also, don’t forget to check out their answers because they’re great!

The Rules:

  • Credit my bad bad self Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek as the creator of the tag, use the created tag name graphic and link back to my blog.
  • Answer the questions
  • Tag as many people as you want.
    No long list, simple really!

 

What’s your favorite genre?

Movie-books. I know this answer is totally a cheat answer and I should be disqualified, but I don’t necessarily have a favorite genre. Therefore, I decided to be unorthodox and just throw this genre (non-genre) out there because it’s a combination of a vast amount of genres. However, some might not consider it a genre…

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Who’s your favorite author from the genre?

Um, I don’t think this question has a fair answer because of my chosen genre. But for the sake of answering I’m going to choose:

My selection of these two authors is based solely on how wonderfully their storied adapted to the big screen.

 

What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?

I enjoy being a vagabond regarding book genres. Movie-books give me that freedom, while also allowing me to compare them to the movies – it’s fun. But I must reiterate, I don’t sojourn with any particular genre, which is even true for this one.

What’s the book that started your love for your favorite genre?

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The first movie-book book I read was Jumper by Steven Gould. I remember loving the movie (yes, I know) and later learning it was based off the novel Jumper. With this information stored away, I went out and bought the book. Read it. And my first observation was, “The fuck am I reading! None of this happened in the movie!” But then I completed it and came to the realization that I enjoyed both the movie and the book equally, although they were immensely different. It was then that I concluded to seek out movies turned into books more often, until it just became a thing.

If you had to recommend at least one book from your favorite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?

Therein lies the beauty of the movie-book genre (or non-genre) because there’s not such thing as the right or wrong book! Whatever movies or tv shows you enjoy are most likely adapted from books, so you can take those and explore that on the page. My only suggestion would be to pick a movie you enjoy immensely to read.

 

Why do you read?

Escapism was my original motive, but as I’ve matured, so has my understanding of the reasons. I’ve come to realize my pleasure of reading is purely the enjoyment of imagination and exploration. I cannot go to Mars, but with The Martian I can experience  living there, surviving is an adventure, a discovery, a challenge that mere mortals could never ascend to. That’s why I read, not to escape – although at times that is my motive – but to explore and capture a moment in time that I’d most likely never explore otherwise.

 

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I tag:

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Quarterback Sneak by Bianca Dean | Review

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What happens when a chance encounter thrusts two very different people from very different backgrounds together?

The school is going crazy with Celt Fever, and Alceo Russell is right in the middle of it. He’s on his way to leading his Division I football team to a national title, but something is missing, and to keep his head in the game, he needs to find it.

Shy and timid Galynn Pierce is just trying to survive college. Always in the background and always unnoticed Galynn can’t fathom how her life is about to change.

[Source: Goodreads]


Ahhhhhhhhhh…………

This review will be short for two reasons: a) I read this a long time ago, so I don’t remember much, b) the little I do remember was not pleasant.

Alceo is a college jock, “built like a division 1 player” (that’s literally a quote from the book), but he’s tired of constant partying and the revolving door of girls.

Galynn is plus-sized, and insecure with her weight and looks and college hasn’t been kind to her.

Alceo sees Galynn and is immediately drawn to her *warning bells* and he knows it’s serious because he’s not usually attracted to black girls…………

“Usually, he wasn’t attracted to black girls. He wasn’t adverse to them; he just had never found anyone that had roused his interests. That’s not to say he hadn’t had sex with a black girl before – hell, he’d had sex with everyone he could get his hands on his freshman year. But for some reason, he could feel himself being pulled to Galynn.”

PAUSE

I’ve gotten the comment, “You’re pretty for a black girl,” before, and to me this is even more offensive. Let’s just move on.

Resume

Galynn has secretly harbored feelings for Alceo (totally looks driven) her entire college term, but thinks a guy like him would never like a bumpkin like her.

After helping her home after a completely convenient accident, they head back to his dorm room (where no other girl has ever been of course) where somehow they have sex

Following the encounter, Alceo cannot stop thinking about Galynn, and tries to convince her they should try hanging out. After many failed attempts, Alceo convices her to let him tutor her in her biochemistry class (haha, let’s get real).

They have a lot of dramatic, explicit, contortionist sex.

Deciding to date, they begin with Gaylnn’s ever evolving insecurities, especially since  EVERYONE wants to see them break up because she’s fat… since mixed-weight couples don’t exist at this college

So, a bunch of stupid stuff happens until his ex-girlfriend convinces the heroine that he’s ashamed of her and that he cheated. She whines a lot, then uses this as an excuse to run home to daddy who tells her she shouldn’t have dated an athlete. That is until  he apologizes on national tv (the boyfriend not the dad) and she forgives him.

Later on, at another game, he proposes, she says yes and they live happily ever after.

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The Book Theme Meme

The Book Theme Meme is a weekly meme that pairs books and music hosted by Lila. If you want to participate, here’s what to do:

  • Link back to the originator (Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secrets)
  • Choose a book or series
  • Choose a song that you feel represents the book (fyi: it doesn’t have to have words, it can be classical or score)
  • Tell us what about the song reminds you of the book. Is it a particular lyric/s? Is it the general feeling of the song? Explain a little.
  • Add your name, blog, and link to your post in the comments!
  • Voila! You’re done!

 Jane & Beneath Your Beautiful

“Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth ft. Emeli Sandé, paired with Jane by Michelle N. Onuorah. Both are about revealing yourself to a person you love, while also seeing the truth behind your emotional mask of indifference. It’s a love story about healing and finding you, without losing the ones you love. The song goes:

“You tell all the boys ‘No’
Makes you feel good, yeah.
I know you’re out of my league
But that won’t scare me away, oh, no”

“You’ve carried on so long,
You couldn’t stop if you tried it.
You’ve built your wall so high
That no one could climb it,
But I’m gonna try”

Jane’s character was emotionally distant from everything and everyone. After the horrible childhood she endured, nothing seemed to satisfy her in life – having a master’s degree, being a professor in her 20’s, being stable, etc. – there was always something missing. There was also her lackluster relationships that she could never muster the care to, well, care.

Enters Aiden, who believes he sees himself in her, with her fake smiles and sadness that lurks beneath the depths of her eyes. Although he has his own issues, he decides to win Jane over and infiltrate her iron-chained walls.

“Would you let me see beneath your beautiful?
Would you let me see beneath your perfect?
Take it off now, girl, take it off now, girl
I wanna see inside
Would you let me see beneath your beautiful tonight?”

The chorus is indicative of what I just described above. He’s trying to see the real her and not the mask that she wears as armor.

“Would you let me see beneath your beautiful?
Would you let me see beneath your perfect?
Take it off now, boy, take it off now, boy
I wanna see inside
Would you let me see beneath your beautiful tonight, oh, tonight?”

However, Jane isn’t the only one hiding. Aiden is also hiding –  he hates his job and the man he’s become.

“I’m gonna climb on top your ivory tower
I’ll hold your hand and then we’ll jump right out
We’ll be falling, falling but that’s OK
‘Cause I’ll be right here
I just wanna know”

….

“We ain’t perfect, we ain’t perfect, no.
Would you let me see beneath your beautiful tonight?”

The ending is really about them finding solace in the Creator and not being afraid to love one another without walls, without barriers, without a net, but just with the full ability of their hearts. It’s a beautiful song and a beautiful book.

Series I’ve Given Up On | Random

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Let’s face it, DNF’ing  is an unfortunate effect of being a compulsive, obsessive book lover. It’s like the black spot of the reading community, and it’s always a sad occasion to witness a book that’s been DNF’dgiphy

Therefore, I’ve compiled a TOP 5 list of series that I have no intention of revisiting, ever. Let’s get started!

House of Night Series

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Young Codie plucked this obsidian novel from the vast shelves of colorful and intriguing titles because of one word: Vampires.

Yes, I had a vampire obsession/phase (like most teens) that manifested from my completion of The Twilight Saga. Young Codie was on the hunt for any vampire books, so when I happened upon The House of Night series I was in vamp heaven! I devoured the first book in one day, and the second book in two days flat, both receiving stellar reviews from yours truly. Honestly, I can’t relay to you the specifics about the books I’ve read in this series (I read 5/12).

I’m horrible with series’, in both books and television, so after reading the first two installments, I kinda forgot about the series for a few months. After a fresh break, I returned renewed and fell into the HON trap yet again, but then I made it to book 5… Well, it took me four months to complete that one and that’s when I realized this series was never going to end, which wouldn’t have sucked if the writing and storyline weren’t so horribly, terrible. 12 books of meaningless chatter and typical teenage antics, lacking both substance and purpose.

Enjoy!



After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny – with a little help from her new vampyre friends (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them)

 

Uglies Series

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Once again, Young Codie perused the overflowing library shelves, and happened upon Uglies. During this time I was obsessed with yet another genre, only this time it was dystopian’s. The problem with Uglies, for me, was the hypocritical world he’d built. The pretties were the standard of beauty, however, we see another standard of beauty outside of the world controlled by some government. This standard of beauty is the opposite of the  pretties, but the way in which he presented it was as if the other beauty wasn’t beautiful at all. I don’t know, but that rubbed me the wrong way. There was also the horribleness that is Tally. Typical YA heroine that’s obsessed with her own selfish agenda and then switched up everything for a boy – she’s a great example of women’s liberation! I also tried to read book two and just couldn’t make it past chapter four.



Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world– and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever…

 

Sookie Stackhouse Series

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Dissimilar to the previous books on this list, I didn’t happen upon this series due to an apparent obsession/phase, but because I enjoyed the first few seasons of the TV series True Blood. After learning it was an actual book series I went out and bought the box set and didn’t read book 1 until about a year later. Once I read book one, I honestly wasn’t impressed and didn’t care enough about any characters to continue reading the series, and as it turns out the TV show either. It really does remind me of an adult version of Twilight. She’s special because her blood is rare, and she can read minds except that of vampires (the opposite of Twilight), which includes Bill. She’s dumb, he’s infatuated…same story. Also, Charlaine Harris has a bit to learn about the difference between narcissism and confidence.



Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.” She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome–and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life….

But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of–big surprise–murder. And when one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next….

Caster Chronicles Series

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The story involving my introduction to this series is quite similar to The Sookie Stackhouse series. I was lounging on the couch, channel surfing, when, suddenly, HBO starts playing the next movie on the scheduled program. Can you guess the movie that played? Did you say Beautiful Creatures, then you are correcto mi compadre. I only watched it because I like watching new movies, so I figured it couldn’t hurt watching it. After watching it, I wasn’t in love with it, but I wanted to know what happened next because it ended on an unsatisfactory note.

So, I went out and bought the three-box set, and read book one within the first week. The book was very different from the movie, which I was alright with, but kinda messed with my expectations. The series got progressively worse, and I couldn’t even finish book 3 (my review here). Don’t waste your precious reading time on this.



Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Confessions of Georgia Nicholson Series

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There are six things very wrong with this book:

  1. The heroine is  Love Struck/Sick One and a Whiner
  2. The storyline  is below juvenile – childish?
  3. I’m too old for this; my brother is too old for this and he’s four.
  4. Chick – Lit at its worst
  5. Trying way too hard to be quirky and funny
  6. Typical

Are those reasons a good enough explanation



There are six things very wrong with my life:

1. I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years.

2. It is on my nose

3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.

4. In fourteen days the summer hols will be over and then it will be back to Stalag 14 and Oberfuhrer Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic teachers.

5. I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.

6. I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.

In this wildly funny journal of a year in the life of Georgia Nicolson, British author Louise Rennison has perfectly captured the soaring joys and bottomless angst of being a teenager. In the spirit of Bridget Jones’s Diary, this fresh, irreverent, and simply hilarious book will leave you laughing out loud. As Georgia would say, it’s “Fabbity fab fab!”


That’s my list. Do you have any series that you’ve decided to discontinue reading? Leave a comment so we can talk about it!

 

Diversity Spotlight Thursday #3

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DIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT THURSDAY IS A WEEKLY MEME HOSTED BY AIMAL @BOOKSHELVES & PAPERBACKS. EVERY WEEK, YOU COME UP WITH ONE BOOK IN EACH OF THREE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES: A DIVERSE BOOK YOU HAVE READ AND ENJOYED, A DIVERSE BOOK ON YOUR TBR, AND ONE THAT HAS NOT YET BEEN RELEASED. YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT POST FOR MORE INFORMATION.

A DIVERSE BOOK YOU HAVE READ AND ENJOYED

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Who is Marco Rios? 

Most would say guys like him are only good at one thing… breaking hearts. 
By day he’s a tattoo artist who took the plunge and started his own business, but by night… 

He’ll be whoever you want him to be—a wet dream in the flesh. 

Brynn Palmer was content, enjoying her low-key life, one that rarely sprouted surprises. That is, until she crossed paths with the force better known as Marco. 

It was only one night, but that one night changed everything.

 

A DIVERSE BOOK ON YOUR TBR

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

ONE THAT HAS NOT YET BEEN RELEASED

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On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

 

Expected publication: February 14th 2017

WWW Wednesday

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words (SamAnnElizabeth) where we answer the three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you just finish reading?
  • What are you planning on reading next?

What are you currently reading?

What did you just finish reading?

The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking #2) by Patrick Ness – So amazingly good! A+

Full Circle (Full Circle #1) by Blake Haugen – It was good! B

Crossroads (Full Circle #2) by Blake Haugen – It was good, again! B

Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur by Amy Reeder – Disappointing! D

What are you planning on reading next?

DIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT THURSDAY #2

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DIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT THURSDAY IS A WEEKLY MEME HOSTED BY AIMAL @BOOKSHELVES & PAPERBACKS. EVERY WEEK, YOU COME UP WITH ONE BOOK IN EACH OF THREE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES: A DIVERSE BOOK YOU HAVE READ AND ENJOYED, A DIVERSE BOOK ON YOUR TBR, AND ONE THAT HAS NOT YET BEEN RELEASED. YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT POST FOR MORE INFORMATION.

A DIVERSE BOOK YOU HAVE READ AND ENJOYED

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When seventeen-year-old Beckit Wright joins Aaron, a mesmerizing and mysterious knight, on a dangerous adventure to a world that she is destined to save, things get complicated when her safety and heart wind up in jeopardy. As the two struggle to keep their professional relationship from turning personal, Beckit and Aaron begin to wonder how long will they be able to fight both their enemies and their fierce attraction for one another before one of them ends up hurt or worse.

A DIVERSE BOOK ON YOUR TBR

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Welcome to Mexico City… An Oasis In A Sea Of Vampires…

Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is busy eking out a living when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life.

Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, must feast on the young to survive and Domingo looks especially tasty. Smart, beautiful, and dangerous, Atl needs to escape to South America, far from the rival narco-vampire clan pursuing her. Domingo is smitten.

Her plan doesn’t include developing any real attachment to Domingo. Hell, the only living creature she loves is her trusty Doberman. Little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his effervescent charm.

And then there’s Ana, a cop who suddenly finds herself following a trail of corpses and winds up smack in the middle of vampire gang rivalries.

Vampires, humans, cops, and gangsters collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Do Atl and Domingo even stand a chance of making it out alive?

ONE THAT HAS NOT YET BEEN RELEASED

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Not yet released.

Expected publication: 2017 by Image Comics

Random Friday #5

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Random Fridays  is a weekly meme hosted by Rebeca at “Books and Messy Buns”. Anyone can join, you just have to do the following:

  • Pick up the book you’re currently reading (or read last)
  • Go to this random number generator and insert the total amount of pages in your book
  • Generate a random number
  • Open your book in the page with number you got
  • Repeat step 2 and 3 but with the number of lines in that page
  • Your random sentence is the first sentence in the line with the number you got (it doesn’t matter if the sentence starts a few lines before)
  • Make a post in your own blog where you share your sentence and link back to my blog as the host
  • Share the link to your post in the comments’ section here for the book community to see :)

“Of course,” murmured Kell. – V.E. Schawb, A Gathering of Shadows
“If they did believe you, they’d like me all the better for it.” – Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray