New York City Adventure! | Part One


I went to New York City for the first time, and I finally got around to editing some of the footage. Watch out for Part Two...coming soon...(eventually)


Demons and Thoughts | Watcha Reading Wednesday



Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

I am currently reading John Green's new book, but with caution because his previous books feel like a copy and paste of the previous. This one sounds promising, so we will see.

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
   
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. 



The Dreadful Tales of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

This book is a book everyone should read, even though it is considered a middle grade. We follow the story of Prosper who lives with a family full of lucky folk, except he isn't lucky...at all. He actually has a demon residing in him who is slowly taking control of his body.

Prosper, along side with his cousin have to figure out how to expel the demon before it's too late...but there is more to this demon that meets the eye. 

I need book two like yesterday. 


Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history-that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper's great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made-and then broke-a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, eight-hundred-year-old Alastor isn't exactly the forgiving type.

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose--to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts to trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his afterlife without a side of eternal servitude, thanks. But with the help of his long-lost uncle, Barnabas, and his daughter, Nell, a witch-in-training, it seems like Prosper has at least a fighting chance of ridding himself of Alastor before the demon escapes and wreaks havoc on his family.

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor's control over his body grows stronger with each passing night and there's a lot Alastor isn't telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host


Siren's Lament by instantmiso
Content with her ordinary life, Lyra is somewhat of a wallflower. However, her comfortable lifestyle suddenly goes astray when she accidentally plunges into the world of sirens. Entangled in a curse, Lyra will learn that her world may be a lot bigger than she had ever imagined.
Love. Mermaids. Magical mystery.

YA Authors at the 2017 Miami Book Fair!



In Anna Banks’ thrilling sequel to Nemesis, Princess Sepora of Serubel and King Tarik of Theoria have formed an uneasy truce--until traitors with powerful allies arise from unexpected places, challenging both their kingdoms forever.

Julie Buxbaums What to Say Next

Michael Buckley's best-selling The Sisters Grimm series, featuring two orphaned sisters, Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, celebrates ten years with the republication of several of its most popular titles.

Set in 1932, Cecil Castellucci's illustrated children’s book Soupy Leaves Home, features two misfits with no place to call home, who build a relationship during a train hopping journey from the cold heartbreak of their eastern homes toward the sunny promise of California.

A charmed life of private planes and notoriety gives way to a life of being a little fish in a big pond in Veronica ChambersThe Go-Between.

In Nidhi Chanani's first graphic novel, Pashmina, a girl growing up in the US wonders about her Indian heritage, until a mysterious pashmina transports her to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film.

Buoyed by the rhythms, heat and lyrical lilt of contemporary Trinidad and Tobago, Tamika Gibson's YA novel Dreams Beyond the Shore, winner of the 2016 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, is a heartwarming story declaring that decisions matter far more than destiny.

In Cynthia Hand’s The Afterlife of Holly Chase a girl unwilling to change her spoiled ways before death is forced to gain some insight as the new ghost of Christmas past

Michelle Hodkin, author of the Mara Dyer Trilogy, shows readers what happens after happily ever after in The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions).

Sophie Chen Keller’s The Luster of Lost Things

In The Empress, S.J. Kincaid's thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel, The Diabolic, Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side--but having power isn’t the same thing as keeping it, and change isn’t always welcomed.

Combining Viking lore and Western tales, Emmy Laybourne's Berserker portrays a young girl who struggles to control her murderous “gift” as she embarks on a perilous journey through the wilds of the American frontier.
In his all-new adventure based on the hit TV series, The Flash!,

In Apex, the thrilling finale to Mercedes Lackey’s bestselling series, our heroine Joy faces foes more powerful than ever and must team up with a treacherous former nemesis in order to end this brutal war- but can they be trusted?

Barry Lyga’s The Flash: Hocus Pocus must face a mysterious villain who can control the minds and actions of citizens.

Conor McCreery's graphic novel Juliet Lives! flashes back to five months after the death of Romeo, where Juliet is mourning yet another loved one – her mother.

Megan Miranda’s Fragments of the Lost

Ramon Perez’s Jane

Sara Shepard's The Amateurs, Book 2 Follow Me follows a team of amateur sleuths who are all linked by a true crime website down a twisted path crafted by a brilliant killer.

Maggie Thrash’s young adult fictional thriller Strange Lies traces the mystery of a horrific and tragic accident, the maiming of the student body president of an elite prep school in Atlanta. 

Tillie Walden’s graphic memoir Spinning, captures what it’s like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.

Lynn Weingarten’s YA romantic thriller Bad Girls With Perfect Faces, follows the story of a young girl determined to prevent her best friend from reuniting with his cheating ex by creating a false online identity.

Kiersten White is the author of Now I Rise, the highly anticipated sequel to And I Darken—from the series that reads like HBO’s Game of Thrones, if it were set in the Ottoman Empire.

In her YA novel, American Street, author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing a lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture.

Spooky Halloween | Watcha Reading Wednesday



The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

I am currently reading this spooky middle grade story of a 12-year-old Prosper Redding who's life pretty much sucks because his ancestors made a deal with a fiend and then pissed the fiend off. Even though it is a MG, it doesn't read like one. It is a lot like Harry Potter, a story for all ages.


Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history-that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper's great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made-and then broke-a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, eight-hundred-year-old Alastor isn't exactly the forgiving type.

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose--to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts to trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his afterlife without a side of eternal servitude, thanks. But with the help of his long-lost uncle, Barnabas, and his daughter, Nell, a witch-in-training, it seems like Prosper has at least a fighting chance of ridding himself of Alastor before the demon escapes and wreaks havoc on his family.

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor's control over his body grows stronger with each passing night and there's a lot Alastor isn't telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host.

Warcross by Marie Lu

I finished this book last week and holy stars it was so amazing. I honestly this feel like Warcross is the best book I have read this year. It is not a new concept, Warcross is a mix of Ready Player One and Sword Art Online, but it felt fresh.

Ms. Lu really makes you feel for the characters, especially Hideo Tanaka and Emika Chen. I actually understood their actions even when I did not agree with them. Aaaaah. I have too many thoughts and feels about this. Especially the last 70 or so pages. So intense. There was one thing I was suspicious about and then turned out to be correct...but I still have so many questions. READ IT.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.




Hooky by Miriam Bonastre Tur

I'm currently following this really cute webcomic on webtoons about two witchling twins. The art style is beyond adorable and the main characters, Dani and Dorian, are precious children. This story deals with self-worth, family, love, and figuring out that the world isn't black and white but various shades of gray.

Dani and Dorian have missed the bus of the school of magic. Now, they must find someone who teach them how to be a great and good witches... Or maybe not.

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson | Book Review



Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There's only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.

Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel. 
~~~

I wanna start that the main reason I was interested in this book was the beautiful cover. I mean look at it! WHOA. I had no ides what it was about when I pre-ordered it, I was like "that cover is so beautiful" and in my amazon cart it went. Then, I read the blurb....like 3 weeks after pre-ordered because I saw that I pre-ordered this book while going over my pending order lists.

It follows the story of an artist named Isobel who lives in a world where magical fay people live amongst her. She soon finds herself wrapped in a problem with the prince of Autumn and they both have figure out how to get out of this mess alive.

Ms. Rogerson has a very poetic way of describing the scenery, almost V.E Schwab and Katherine Arden.

"We passed slender, white-barked birches, their yellow leaves shimmering and clattering like gold coins in the breeze. We passed stony brooks that wended between hillocks of moss, their water the color of milk with snowmelt."

This made everything feel magical rather than seem magical. Not many authors can do this...well. Rogerson also broke the YA fantasy mold, she wrote a fantasy story in a single book and I am actually satisfied. Sure I do wanna know a few more things about the world, but the story still feels complete without my little questions. All other YA fantasy stories have more than one book, usually three to five, before the story feels complete. I applaud Rogerson for this achievement.

Rook has a very Rhysand (from A Court Of Rose and Thorn series) feel. Mysterious, kind, understanding, and willing to admit and reprimand for his mistake without making a big deal about it. We need more males in YA like this. 

Rogerson made her female lead, Isobel, actually had to pee and felt really hungry that she felt kinda ill. This barely happens in stories, these tiny details usually go on unnoticed or are nonexistent. I don't know why I felt so excited by that tiny detail, but somehow that made me love Isobel's character even more. (It is silly I know)

Overall An Enchantment of Ravens is so refreshing to have in a world of literature currently dominated with trilogies and series. 

Rating: 5/5
Goodreads: 3.85/5
Amazon: 4/5



The Start Of Something New | Watcha Reading Wednesday




I'd decided to start a little trend in order to get me to blog and read more. I'm calling it Watcha Reading Wednesday (#wrw) where every week I will talk about the books, webcomics and interesting pieces I have read recently.

In the last week I have read a total of almost 3 books and several webtoons comic (that's have been updated for the week haha) and some blog posts.

I finished Cashed Out by Michael H. Rubin, it took me a while to read, but you can learn about it in my review about the book.

One failed marriage. Two jobs lost. Three maxed out credit cards. "Schex" Schexnaydre was a failure as a lawyer. Until three weeks ago, he had no clients and no cash -- no clients except for infamous toxic waste entrepreneur G.G. Guidry, who's just been murdered, and no cash, except for the $4,452,737 Guidry had stashed with him for safekeeping.

When Schex's estranged ex-wife, Taylor, is accused of Guidry's murder, she pleads with Schex to defend her. He refuses, but the more he says no to Taylor, the deeper Schex gets dragged into the fall-out from Guidry's nefarious schemes, ending up as the target of all those vying to claim Guidry's millions for themselves


I read An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogern in two days! I haven't done that in a real long time...but the book was so magical. Look out for my review about it.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There's only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.

Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.



Now, I am currently reading Warcross by Marie Lu and I am enjoying it so far. I think I will finish this book in the next day or two if time permits.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.


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My Anticipated October Book Releases


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated Edition) by J.K Rowling  Oct. 3rd, 2017

For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.

Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter's defeat of You-Know-Who was Black's downfall as well. And the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, "He's at Hogwarts . . . he's at Hogwarts."

Harry Potter isn't safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.


Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3 The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan Oct. 3rd, 2017

Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin's chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn't naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor's hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus faces his most dangerous trial yet. His cousin, Annabeth, recruits her boyfriend, Percy Jackson, to give Magnus some pointers, but will his training be enough?

Loki is free from his chains. He's readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, complete with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Asgardian gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok. It's up to Magnus and his friends to stop him, but to do so they will have to sail across the oceans of Midgard, Jotunheim, and Niflheim in a desperate race to reach Naglfar before it's ready to sail. Along the way, they will face angry sea gods, hostile giants, and an evil fire-breathing dragon. Magnus's biggest challenge will be facing his own inner demons. Does he have what it takes to outwit the wily trickster god?


Turtles All The Way Down by John Green Oct. 10, 2017

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
   
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. 
 
In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvader Oct. 10, 2017

Here is a thing everyone wants: 
A miracle.

Here is a thing everyone fears:
What it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado, is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars. 

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo. 

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.


It Devours! Welcome to Nightvale Novel by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor Oct. 17, 2017

From the authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the #1 international podcast of the same name, comes a mystery exploring the intersections of faith and science, the growing relationship between two young people who want desperately to trust each other, and the terrifying, toothy power of the Smiling God.
Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town’s top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and to Darryl, one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town. Nilanjana and Darryl must search for common ground between their very different world views as they are faced with the Congregation’s darkest and most terrible secret.

A Darker Shade of Magic Collector's Edition by V.E Schwab Oct. 31st 2017

A Darker Shade of Magic, the first book in V.E. Schwab's New York Timesbestselling Shades of Magic trilogy, is now available in a special collector's edition.
With a revamped, metallic ink detailed cover and reading ribbon, this edition will also feature the following bonus material:
*End papers featuring fan art
*A glossary of Arnesian and Antari terms
*An interview between author and editor
*Original (never before seen!) tales from within the Shades of Magic world
Kell is one of the last Antarimagicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.
Kell was raised in ArnesRed Londonand officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.
Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. It's a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive.