2016: Reading in Review

I READ SO MANY GOOD BOOKS THIS YEAR. I finished 2015 wondering how I could possibly read more than 68 books in a calendar year. HA HA HA HA. I read almost double that this year, though I highly doubt I can beat that next year with two book releases. 

These questions are from The Broke and the Bookish. Yes, I selectively picked from the questions. Sometimes because I had no answer and other times because I COULD NOT DECIDE.

 

Here are my 2016 reading statistics and favourites. 

 

Reading Statistics

Number of Books Read: 119 (as of 12/31)

Number of Re-Reads: 0

Genre You Read the Most: YA Fantasy 

 

Favourites

 

YA Fantasy: 

THE CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo (Pub. 2016)

Runner Up:  THE GIRL OF INK AND STARS by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Pub. 2016)

 

YA Sci-Fi:  

CONSIDER by Kristy Acevedo (Pub. 2016)

Runner Up: INTO THE DIM by Janet Butler Taylor (Pub. 2016)

 

YA Historical:

AND I DARKEN by Kiersten White (Pub. 2016)

 

YA Contemporary: 

GIRL IN PIECES by Kathleen Glasgow (Pub. 2016)

Runner Up: JERKBAIT by Mia Siegert

 

YA Paranormal/Magical Realism:  

THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater (Pub. 2011)

 

Adult Romance: 

FOR REAL by Alexis Hall (Pub. 2015)

Runner Up:  SUTPHIN BOULEVARD by Santino Hassell (Pub. 2014)

 

(1) Best Book you read in 2016?

 

(2) Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love More But Didn’t?

 

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

 

4. Book You “Pushed” the Most People to Read (And They Did)?

 

5. Best series you started in 2016?


6. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

 7. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

8. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

9. Most memorable character of 2016?

 

10. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

I could be a total pedant here and POINT OUT that books written in 2016 probably won't hit the shelves until late 2017 early 2018 at the earlier, but I won't.

11. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

(there is a theme here!)

 

12. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

13. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!):

Nina and Matthias from Crooked Kingdom/Six of Crows

 

14. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 from an Author You’ve Read Previously:

 

15. Best Book You Read in 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY on a Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

… and now I am a Santino fangirl for life.

 

16. Best 2016 debut you read?

17. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

18. Book That Put a Smile on Your Face/Was the Most FUN to Read?

19. Book That Made You Cry or Nearly Cry in 2016?

20. Hidden Gem of the Year?

21. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

22. Most Unique Book You Read in 2016?

23. Book That Made You the Most Mad?

This is an easy one, and I'm actually conflicted about posting it here because I don't want it to get ANY MORE advertising space than it already has. Don't get me wrong, as I think my favourites list proves, I am a pretty big m/m romance reader. But this book is a giant garbage fire. 

Not only are there massive consent issues between the protagonist / love interest, BUT the book casts a child sex slave in the role of antagonist. He's EIGHT YEARS OLD when he starts being abused, and yet, the author thinks it's appropriate to cast him as some kind of sex fiend deviant, who uses his TWELVE YEAR OLD body to ensnare older men? GROSS. GROSS. GROSS. FUCKING GROSS.

 

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2017

 

1. One Book (two books) You Didn’t Get to in 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

3. Book You Are Most Anticipating for 2017 (non-debut)?

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend to Everyone:

No cover yet, but I read Ava Jae's INTO THE BLACK (sequel to Beyond the Red) and it is fabulous.

 

#12DaysofDiversity — Special Story: The Flower by KS Trenton

KS Trenton will be taking over my blog today with a very special post. Initially, we thought that she would write something for Fairest, but ongoing troubles with Torquere Press and their unfair treatment of authors, inspired KS to go in a different direction with her post. I'm really glad she did, as this short story is magical! 

Welcome! Troubles with Torquere has made it impossible to do the post on ‘Fairest’ I originally planned to do, alas. Instead I offer you this tale of Death and rebirth, popular themes during the winter. It’s a re-telling of the myth of Perspehone and Hades. Many of the goddesses were female, before they were turned into Olympians. It seemed only fair to return the favor. 🙂 Not to mention I love taking a story about an Olympian ravaging a goddess and turning into a surreal myth of f/f.  🙂

This story was inspired by Lynn Stirling’s video, ‘Take Flight’. It was used as a writing prompt in a writing group I’m involved with. I got carried away. 🙂 I shared part of it with the group and posted Parts 2 and 3 at my Cauldron of Eternal Inspiration and my Facebook Author Page earlier this year. I’m now sharing the entire thing with you.

 

THE FLOWER by KS TRENTON 

A flower enters the window, bringing the sweet scent of the earth and skin with it. All the things that dwell on the surface.

 

Perhaps Zeu is in a pleasant mood. She can be lovely, bringing sunshine, or even healing rain, making everything cheerful, when she does.

 

However, her mood can change in an instant. Sweetness can turn to wrath, bringing the rain and thunder. The Trojans learned to fear her mood swings, when she hurled a stone from Mount Olympus down on their city, killing one of their princes. The Trojans like to pretend the prince lived. That he was carried up by a handsome sky god to be his cup bearer. No one wants to admit how fickle the sky can truly be. No cup bearer would last long around my sister.

 

Wait, there’s something strange about this flower. I take it to my desk, so I can examine it.

 

When I do, a light shines under the doorway in the fragile reality I’ve created around me. As Hade, an incarnation of death, things tend to break down in my presence. Usually they wither and crumble into ash. They don’t glow.

 

That’s what’s strange. The flower is still fresh and fragrant. It hasn’t withered in my hands, as all things do.

 

I leave the desk, going to door. I open it to face what awaits on the other side. Light, yes, the same light so many of my subjects see, before they come to me.

 

I grab my cloak and go out into that light. It fades, flickering, as I enter its domain. Retreating, as I advance. The endless series of staircases, which make up each mortal’s life await me. There’s no point in being distracted by all of these little journeys. I leap off the edge, passing through the various spans of human existence. They cannot touch me, yet I’m a part of every one of them. I acknowledge this, trying not to get distracted by the tiny, unique details of each staircase. They could absorb my attention for centuries, if I’m not careful.

I’m already being diverted. I musn’t let the stairs catch my eye. It’s the light I want to follow. I rise from the floor, forcing myself to focus, to stand. Once more, I head towards the light.

 

It’s coming from a candle. Just a single candle, burning a little brighter than the rest. A mortal moment, rendered glorious by a single deed which inspired countless other mortals. I glance at it, before I open another door. A light creeps under its frame. Perhaps it’s the light I seek.

 

I emerge into a city. The flower is before me. My breath is beginning to wither it, but not before it takes flight. I decide to chase it. Maybe it will lead me to the light I truly desire.

 

I run up the side of the building, as a sun sends slanting rays towards me. Helia is feeling sleepy, right now. She won’t be able to keep her fiery eyes open. It’s best not too look into them for long. Besides, her deadly, life-giving rays are not the ones I’m searching for.

 

I leap upward, letting the wind take me. This is putting myself into Zeu’s hands, a perilous gambit. I alternately fly and freefall, before landing on the side of a building, again.

 

The flower is flying, dancing on the wind. I leap upward, trying to catch it in my hand. I’m truly flying now, through the air. Zeu must have noticed me. My fingers close over the flower’s stem, as I pass out of the city into the air.

 

No, I will not be controlled by you, sister. I will my city of dark and ghostly stone to emerge, to materialize beneath my feet. I can see the River Styx, pale with the souls of the forgetful, merging with Zeu’s mist. My ferryboat is tethered to the sideways skyscraper, waiting for me. I step into it.

 

The river is disappearing into sky and cloud. My sister is trying to change the landscape into one she controls. I decide to play her game. I start rowing my ferry out into the Styx, which is transforming into clouds.

 

Helia’s eye burns bright for one moment, before it closes. Darkness follows. I catch a glimpse of something shining….there! On the edge of the horizon, flickering. Could it be the light I seek?

 

It’s getting dark. I can barely see, until forks of lightning illuminate my way.

Is Zeu trying to help me, or strike me down? You can never tell with her.  Rain follows, weeping fat drops, which come near, without touching me. Did I make my sister cry, without realizing it?

 

The flower takes flight, rising into the air, as if it can’t wait to get away from me. I search for it, but all I can see is the rain, the clouds, and the lightning illuminating all of it.

 

Something dark looms overhead. Its force pulls me out of my ferryboat, although I cling to its sides. What has that kind of power? The darkness is usually obedient to my wishes.

 

I flip through the air, parted from my boat. My hands and feet connect with a ladder, dangling from the darkness.

 

Is this another whim of Zeu’s? Is she trying to help me? Or is all of this her doing? Lightning and thunder are her weapons. Perhaps the darkness is merely giant storm clouds, running around, doing her bidding, like a pack of well trained dogs.

 

I climb down the ladder to the cold earth. Light rushes up around me, the gleam of a cold, pitiless day. Helia has opened her eyes, again, but she’s not in a good mood. The earth is green, though. New life is emerging from it. Wet and damp, I regard my surroundings, as I start walking.

 

My darkness is coming to meet me, accompanied by the light of a thousand, special mortal moments. This is the only illumination everyone can see. I reach for one instant, delighted by its brightness.

 

Can it be? Was this the light I was seeking all along? Not the universal brightness, but just one unique flame?

 

A flower is growing out of the earth. I can feel Tartarus, creeping up around me, all hissing, heated stone. It doesn’t make this single blossom any less precious, or beautiful.

 

I kneel beside it, cupping it with my hand.

 

“Persephone,” I whisper, giving it, no, her, a name.

 

The endless candles are flickering in my darkness. A door stands before me. It’s a familiar door. I stare at it, feeling weary, tired, as my existence calls me back to myself.

 

I walk forward. Every step is heavy, which takes me away from my flower. Eventually, I reach the door. I open it.

 

My room exists, the room I created for myself from mortal imagination and loneliness. A thousand lights are dancing, swirling in the air around me. A thousand mad dreams, a thousand mad hopes.

 

I watch them for a moment. I let myself be entranced by them. All of them are streaking towards a door, another door. The final door, which awaits everyone. Perhaps even me.

 

I turn away from it. In the end, the God of Death is no different than anyone else. Afraid of that final door. Willing to emerge myself in a thousand trivial distractions rather than face the final mystery head on.

 

A thousand open books lay around my apartment. Pictures of the sky and the stairs have already been captured within them. Snap shot moments of experience, trapped in paper. You’d think I’d know better than to try to capture them. I, of all creatures, should know how transient they are. However, like many others, I want those moments to last. I’ll cheat, do anything I can to try to keep them.

 

A bunch of flowers await me in a vase. Including her. Persephone. She stands in the center, putting to shame all the other delicate blossoms with her beauty.

 

I walk towards her, wanting to admire her, to keep her for myself. However, she can only last in this realm for so long.

 

In the meantime, that realm requires its queen.

 

If you enjoyed this story and would like to connect with KS, please do so via the following links!

The Cauldrons of Eternal Inspiration at inspirationcauldron.wordpress.com, inspirationcauldron.blogspot.com, and cauldronkeeper.livejournal.com

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/KS-Trenten-1508958289406654/?ref=page_internal

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/KSTrenten

@Goodreads as K.S. Trenten

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#12DaysofDiversity — 5 Questions with Sarah Ockler

As part of the #12DaysofDiversity Readathon event, I've invited several authors to visit the blog over the next two weeks to talk about their books!

Today we welcome Sarah Ockler, author of The Summer of Chasing Mermaids! Sarah started writing the manuscript for this dynamic, contemporary retelling when she was in high school! She has also generously donated a signed paperback of the book! Giveaway details at the end of the interview! 

 

Questions with Sarah … 

1) The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is a retelling of the Little Mermaid What drew you to that story in particular? 


In high school, I actually wrote a pseudo-retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen version in verse form! Maybe someday I'll be brave enough to share it. 🙂 But when I first set out to work on Elyse's story, I wasn't thinking of it in terms of a retelling. I knew that I wanted to explore denial of voice issues, especially among girls and women, and what it means when the thing that most defines you is suddenly gone. I was also ready to go back to the beach with my characters, which I hadn't done since my first novel in 2009. As I started daydreaming about Elyse and the ocean and how I wanted to bring her to life on the page, the connections to The Little Mermaid started bubbling to the surface pretty quickly!


2) Without giving too many spoilers away, do you think that The Summer of Chasing Mermaids stays true to the tone and themes present in Little Mermaid or does it invert them?

A little of both! In re-imagining the fairy tale for the novel, I didn’t want to do a straight retelling in which the main character is a mermaid in a fantasy undersea setting. Instead, I wanted to evoke the overall feeling of the story about a young woman on the verge of adulthood, venturing out on her own for the first time, dealing with immense tragedy and personal obstacles, and of course, falling in love—in a contemporary realistic setting, but still with a sense of magic, wonder, and possibility throughout. I definitely took inspiration from both the original and the Disney version for this, but for the most part, I tried to subvert a lot of the themes and tropes present in both. 

The original fairy tale is quite dark, and doesn't have a happy ending for the poor little mermaid! Conversely, the Disney version isn't all that dark, but is rampantly misogynistic, both in the treatment of Ariel and in the portrayal of other women in the story. In The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, I wanted to let Elyse decide her own fate, make her own mistakes, and ultimately follow her own heart, regardless of what others may have wanted for her. I also wanted to portray strong, positive female friendships and complex women who had their own desires, goals, and lives outside of the boys and men in their lives. And in my story, the witch is a good one — I wanted to show that women can be powerful in their own right, and that feminine energy and power doesn't equate with evil or corruption. *That's* a trope I'm ready to see eradicated from books and movies alike! 

3) What challenges did writing a retelling present compared with your previous published novels?

At first, I was trying too hard to "stick to the script" rather than allowing my own imagination to take over, and that resulted in flat writing, self-doubt, and endless tears of frustration. Once I started to understand the difference between being directed or boxed in by the original stories versus being simply *inspired* by them, I was free to let my imagination run wild. There were still lots of challenges — writing from the perspective of a character from a different culture, race, and country; writing first person narration for a character who can't speak; developing an authentic romance that doesn't overshadow Elyse's personal transformation but becomes part of it. But once I found my passion for the writing again, I was able to deal with the other story challenges without so many tears!

4) Do you have a favourite retelling written by another author?

One of my favorites is Ash by Malinda Lo! But believe it or not, I haven't actually read many retellings. I'm just now starting to get into them, and the two that are at the top of my TBR list are The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh and Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I've also got Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber on deck. I think 2017 might be the year of feminist fairy tale retellings on my bookshelf!

5) What are you working on next?

I am working on a dark psychological thriller, a secret project about witches, and a vampire romance (I know! It's crazy, right? Nothing like my previous books, but I am really enjoying the change and looking forward to sharing more about these stories when I can!)

 

 

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#12DaysofDiversity — 5 Questions with Robin Talley

As part of the #12DaysofDiversity Readathon event, I've invited several authors to visit the blog over the next two weeks to talk about their books!

I'm really excited to welcome Robin Talley to the blog today! Robin has written several amazing LGBTQ books for YA audiences, including one of my personal favourites, Lies We Tell Ourselves. She's here today to talk about her latest book, As I Descended, which is a queer, paranormal, modern reinterpretation of Macbeth!! 

 



 

Questions with Robin … 

1) As I Descended is a retelling of Macbeth. What drew you to that story in particular? 

Macbeth has been my favorite Shakespeare play ever since I first read it in high school. I think what always struck me the most about it was the fact that it had such a strong and memorable female lead. Lady Macbeth is horrible, but she's fascinatingly so. I was intrigued by the idea of exploring a character and a relationship dynamic like that, in the context of a f/f relationship. Plus, I've been wanting to write a paranormal story for ages, and this was the perfect excuse. 🙂

2) Without giving too many spoilers away, do you think that As I Descended stays true to the tone and themes present in Macbeth or does it invert them?​

I think As I Descended uses a lot of the same themes, but there are definite differences, too. Macbeth is an incredibly dark play, and the stakes are extremely high — the fate of a kingdom is effectively up for grabs, and the events of the play lead to a huge, bloody war with countless deaths. As I Descended doesn't go quite that far in terms of epic-ness — it's a much more personal story.

3) What challenges did writing a retelling present compared with your previous published novels?

The tricky thing for me with writing a retelling was figuring out how to navigate each character's motivations to follow the basic plot arc of the original. Since Macbeth takes place in war-torn medieval Scotland and my book takes place at a modern southern boarding school, it was tough to figure out how to get my characters into a similar mental place to Shakespeare's originals. That said, though, I loved working within the structure of the original play. It made me want to write all my books with a five-act structure from now on. 

4) Do you have a favourite retelling written by another author? 

There are so many! But this year I freaking LOVED Exit Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston, a retelling of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. It's an amazing feminist contemporary story that addresses rape culture in a really unique and powerful way.

5) What are you working on next?

My next book actually comes out in just over a month! It's a happy f/f contemporary romance called Our Own Private Universe. This book has been a ton of fun to work on because my goal from the beginning was to write the book I wished I'd had as a teenager — which was a book just like Judy Blume's Forever, but about queer girls. It'll be out Jan. 31 in the U.S. and Feb. 9 in the U.K.

 

 

 

 

#12DaysofDiversity – 5 Questions with Brie Spangler

As part of the #12DaysofDiversity Readathon event, I've invited several authors to visit the blog over the next two weeks to talk about their books!

Kicking us off, is Brie Spangler, author of recently published Beast — a contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a trans love interest. I've heard great things about this book and it's on my reading list for the Readathon! 

 

 

Questions with Brie … 

1) Beast is a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast. What drew you to that story in particular? 

Of all the fairytales out there, this is the only one that has captivated me throughout my whole life. Most of them I was like meh, but Beauty and the Beast grabbed me at an early age and never let go.

2) Without giving too many spoilers away, do you think that Beast stays true to the tone and themes present in Beauty in the Beast or does it invert them?

It definitely isn't a faithful retelling. It's more the essence of the story, there's a beast and a beauty and they meet, but that's kindof where it begins and ends. It's Eau de Beauty and the Beast.

3) You've previously published books aimed at much younger audience, what new challenges did writing for teens present?

I actually think writing picture books was harder! It's really hard to put all those feelings and emotions into 32 pages, whereas with a novel you have 300 pages to explore your thoughts and themes. Plus, I remember a lot about high school, so I can draw upon those memories with more ease than I can from when I was very little. I really enjoy the challenges of both picture books and novels, but I feel most passionately for writing YA. Contemporary teens are my jam.

4) Do you have a favourite retelling written by another author? 

Most recently I loved AS I DESCENDED by Robin Talley. Loved her Macbeth retelling!

5) What are you working on next?

Working on a story inspired by the time I accidentally won a pageant… excuse me, a scholarship program… in high school.

 

 

 

 

#12DaysofDiversity — Lineup and Scoreboard!

THE CONTEST IS OVER. NO MORE BOOKS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR POINTS BEYOND THIS POINT. I WILL BE LISTING WINNERS AND PRIZES by JAN 5 at the LATEST!

 

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I am so excited that the time for the event is almost upon us! Lots of readers signed up, so it looks like this will be a very competitive readathon — at least where winning is prizes is concerned. 

If you can't remember the categories or you're struggling for things to read, definitely checkout the signup post, which has lists of books to encourage you!

Over the next few weeks, I will keep this page up to date with links to reviews and instagram posts provided by each of the participants. It will also serve as a masterlist of posts and interviews by guest authors throughout the event! 

If you missed the signup window, but are desperate to participate, please email me! 🙂 

 

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Guest Post List 

I am so excited about the lineup of guest posts and interviews for this event.

As the posts appear, I will post a link here, but stay tuned for Brie Spangler, Robin Talley, C.B. Lee, Sarah Ockler and Kari Trenton!

I will also be posting a sneak preview of my 2017 Bi Norse Little Mermaid retelling, The Seafarer's Kiss.

 

5 Questions with Brie Spangler

5 Questions with Robin Talley

5 Questions with Sarah Ockler + Giveaway!

Exclusive Short Story by KS Trenton: THE FLOWER

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Participants and Scores 

To update your scores list, please leave a comment with the book title and a link to your review! Reviews must be cross-posted to GoodReads and at least one retailer website to count towards the Badass Santa award! Reindeer readers can display on blog alone if they like. 

 

 

SCORES — 

In totalling up everyone's score, I used the following point scheme:

Full Review – 50pts, DNF over 40% – 40pts, DNF over 20% – 20pts, Instagram – 10pts

 

BADASS SANTA — Jamie from Books and Ladders with 1020 pts

Runner Up: Rebecca from Reading Wishes with 860 pts

Reindeer Randomly Picked Winner — Sydney from Books of Kings 

Instagram Winner – Louise from Foxes and Fairy Tales

Review Winner — Rebecca from Reading Wishes 

 

The prizes for Reindeer/Badass Santa are as posted on the original post. If the winners will please EMAIL me their shipping addresses via the contact form, as well as which bookshop you would like to receive your credit. 

I've decided that for the Instagram/Review winner, where I did not post the prize, that I will buy you the book of your choice (up to £15/$20) from the Book Depository. Please also email your shipping address! 

Thank you so so much to everyone who participated. I hope you had fun! <3 

 

ANGELINA FROM FABLES LIBRARY

        Published 2016: BEAST by Brie Spangler 

        http://wp.me/p7uDdD-1JQ

        POC Protagonist: [Book & Review Link TBA]

        LGBTQIA Protagonist: [Book & Review Link TBA]

        Non-Western Setting: [Book & Review Link TBA]

        Small Publisher: [Book & Review Link TBA]

        Instagram Posts: 

        https://www.instagram.com/p/BOaSyLwgu78/

 

JAMIE FROM BOOKS AND LADDERS

        Published 2016:  BEAST by Brie Spangler 

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1845658612

        NORA AND KETTLE by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

       https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1792483548?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

        POC Protagonist:  STREET LOVE by Walter Dean Myers 

         https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1792488693?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

        THE SUMMER OF CHASING MERMAIDS by Sarah Ockler

         https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1792488099

         SHADOWS ON THE MOON by Zoe Marriot 

         https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1420221094

        OF METAL AND WISHES by Sarah Fine

       https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1792481162

        LGBTQIA Protagonist: THE SLEEPER AND THE SPINDLE by Neill Gaiman

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1792483971

       FAIREST by KS Trenton 

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1792498132

        LOVE IN THE TIME OF GLOBAL WARMING by Francesa Lia Block 

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1792489521

       THE ISLAND OF EXCESS by Francesa Lia Block

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1853109188

      ASH by MALINDA LO

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1792479842

        Non-Western Setting: THE FORBIDDEN WISH by Jessica Khoury 

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1844620731

        WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON by Grace Lin 

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1792480530?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

        Small Publisher: MARIAN by Ella Lyons 

         https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1792503036

        MAD ABOUT THE HATTER by Dakota Chase

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1792515558

       CHAR by Kristina Wojtazek 

      https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1792495171

      THE INTERIM GODDESS OF LOVE by Mina Esguerra 

      https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1792370488

    
      SEVEN TEARS AT HIGH TIDE by CB LEE

       https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1792476838

       QUEEN OF CLUELESS by Mina Esguerra

       https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1792482519

      ICON OF INDECISIVE 

     https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1792481926?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

        Instagram Posts: 

       https://www.instagram.com/p/BOMv5ypDf-0/

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IF THE BOOK WILL BE TOO DIFFICULT

 

        Published 2016: AS I DESCENDED by Robin Talley 

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1720896146

        POC Protagonist: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin 

         https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1792484189

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1792476838

        LGBTQIA Protagonist:  Hunting Monsters by SL Huang

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1844139377 

        Non-Western Setting: A Whole New World by Liz Braswell 

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1845028768

        Small Publisher:  SEVEN TEARS AT HIGH TIDE by CB LEE

         https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1792485497 

        Wildcard: A Thousand Nights by EK Johnson

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1542144865

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BECCA FROM BECCA AND BOOKS

        Published 2016: [Book & Review Link TBA]

        POC Protagonist: [Book & Review Link TBA]

        LGBTQIA Protagonist: [Book & Review Link TBA]

        Non-Western Setting: THE FORBIDDEN WISH by Jessica Khoury

         https://beccaandbooks.wordpress.com/2016/12/18/the-forbidden-wish/

        Small Publisher: [Book & Review Link TBA]

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ANNA ELISE MONTE

        Published 2016: AS I DESCENDED by Robin Talley

        https://annelisemontewriter.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/12daysofdiversity-as-i-descended-by-robin-talley/

        POC Protagonist: CHAR by KRISTINA WOJTASZEK 

        https://annelisemontewriter.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/12daysofdiversity-char-by-kristina-wojtaszek/

        LGBTQIA Protagonist: THE SLEEPER AND THE SPINDLE 

        https://annelisemontewriter.wordpress.com/2016/12/28/12daysofdiversity-the-sleeper-and-the-spindle-by-neil-gaiman-and-chris-riddell/

        Non-Western Setting: THE 99th BRIDE by Catherine F. King

https://annelisemontewriter.wordpress.com/2016/12/21/12daysofdiversity-the-ninety-ninth-bride-by-catherine-f-king/ 

        Small Publisher: HUNTING MONSTERS by SL Huang 

        https://annelisemontewriter.wordpress.com/2016/12/23/12daysofdiversity-hunter-monsters-by-s-l-huang/

   MARIAN by Ella Lyons

     https://annelisemontewriter.wordpress.com/2016/12/30/12daysofdiversity-marian-by-ella-lyons/

      WILDCARD: Fairest by KS Trenton 

       https://annelisemontewriter.wordpress.com/2016/12/27/12daysofdiversity-fairest-by-k-s-trenten/

        Instagram Posts: 

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LOUISE FROM FOXES AND FAIRY TALES

        Published 2016: THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi 

        https://foxesfairytale.wordpress.com/2016/12/19/review-the-star-touched-queen/

        POC Protagonist: WHEN THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON by GRACE LIN

        https://foxesfairytale.wordpress.com/2016/12/24/review-where-the-mountain-meets-the-moon/

        LGBTQIA Protagonist:  ASH by Malinda Lo 

        https://foxesfairytale.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/review-ash/

       SEVEN TEARS AT HIGH TIDE by CB LEE

        https://foxesfairytale.wordpress.com/2016/12/29/review-seven-tears-at-high-tide

        Non-Western Setting: The Wrath and the Dawn 

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1713916960?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

        Small Publisher: The 99th Bride by Catherine F King

       https://foxesfairytale.wordpress.com/2016/12/21/review-the-ninety-ninth-brid

       Wildcard: HUNTING MONSTERS by SL Huang 

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1843614284

       WildCard:  A THOUSAND NIGHTS by EK Johnson 

        https://foxesfairytale.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/review-a-thousand-nights/

       Wildcard: THE SLEEPER AND THE SPINDLE by Neill Gaiman 

      https://foxesfairytale.wordpress.com/2016/12/27/review-the-sleeper-and-the-spindle/

      THE FORBIDDEN WISH by Jessica Khoury 

     https://foxesfairytale.wordpress.com/2016/12/28/review-the-forbidden-wish

      SHADOWS ON THE MOON by Zoe Marriot 

       https://foxesfairytale.wordpress.com/2016/12/30/shadows/

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NINA ROSSING

        Published 2016: THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1849673107

        POC Protagonist: THE SUMMER OF CHASING MERMAIDS

       https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1850787562?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

        LGBTQIA Protagonist:BEAST by Brie Spangler 

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1855070737?book_show_action=false

        Non-Western Setting: THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER by Renee Ahdieh 

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1682914500?book_show_action=false

        Small Publisher:  MARIAN by Ella Lyons 

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1706875060?book_show_action=false

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SARAH FROM REVIEWS AND READATHONS

        Published 2016: THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi 

        https://reviewsreadathons.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/review-a-star-touched-queen-by-roshani-chokshi/

        POC Protagonist: STREET LOVE by Walter Dean Myers

        https://reviewsreadathons.wordpress.com/2016/12/19/review-street-love-by-walter-dean-myers/

        NORA AND KETTLE by Lauren Nicolle Taylor 

       https://reviewsreadathons.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/review-nora-kettle-by-lauren-nicolle-taylor/

        LGBTQIA Protagonist: MARIAN by ELLA LYONS

        https://reviewsreadathons.wordpress.com/2016/12/19/review-marian-by-ella-lyons/

        AS I DESCENDED by Robin Talley

        https://reviewsreadathons.wordpress.com/2016/12/27/review-as-i-descended-by-robin-talley/

        SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeleine Miller 

        https://reviewsreadathons.wordpress.com/2016/12/29/review-the-song-of-achilles-by-madeline-miller/

        Non-Western Setting: A THOUSAND NIGHTS by E.K. Johnson 

       https://wordpress.com/post/reviewsreadathons.wordpress.com/5659

        Small Publisher: RULES OF EVER AFTER by Killian Brewer

         https://reviewsreadathons.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/review-rules-of-ever-after-by-killian-b-brewer/

        Instagram Posts:

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SYDNEY FROM BOOKS OF KINGS

        Published 2016:  BOUND BY BLOOD AND SAND by Becky Allen 

        https://booksofkings.wordpress.com/2016/12/24/sydney-reads-and-reviews-bound-by-blood-and-sand/

        POC Protagonist: A Thousand Nights by EK Johnson 

        https://booksofkings.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/sydney-reads-and-reviews-a-thousand-nights/

        LGBTQIA Protagonist: The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neill Gaiman

        https://booksofkings.wordpress.com/2016/12/21/sydney-reads-and-reviews-the-sleeper-the-spindle/

        Non-Western Setting: A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON by Samantha Mabry 

        https://booksofkings.wordpress.com/2016/12/23/sydney-reads-and-reviews-a-fierce-and-subtle-poison/

        Small Publisher: MAD ABOUT THE HATTER by Dakota Chase 

         https://booksofkings.wordpress.com/2016/12/23/sydney-reads-and-reviews-mad-about-the-hatter/

        Instagram Posts:

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       https://www.instagram.com/p/BOXO84tAyVe/

       https://www.instagram.com/p/BOXQxOpA3JS/

       https://www.instagram.com/p/BOawfKBA6m1/

 

JESSICA GUNN

        Published 2016: [Book & Review Link TBA]

        POC Protagonist: [Book & Review Link TBA]

        LGBTQIA Protagonist: [Book & Review Link TBA]

        Non-Western Setting: [Book & Review Link TBA]

        Small Publisher:  MARIAN by Ella Lyons

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1634289240 

        Wildcard: VASSA IN THE NIGHT by Sarah Porter 

       https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1824429590

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ADRIYANNA FROM Life Writings of a Reader

        Published 2016: [Book & Review Link TBA]

        POC Protagonist:

       WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON by Grace Lin

       https://lifewritingsofareader.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/book-review-where-the-mountain-meets-the-moon-by-grace-lin/

        LGBTQIA Protagonist: [Book & Review Link TBA]

        Non-Western Setting: [Book & Review Link TBA]

        Small Publisher: [Book & Review Link TBA]

        Instagram Posts:

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REBECCA FROM Reading Wishes

        Published 2016: THE FORBIDDEN WISH by Jessica Khoury 

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1848369921?book_show_action=false

        AND I DARKEN by Kiersten White

       https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1852109634?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

        POC Protagonist: THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renee Abdieh 

       https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1101103888

        LGBTQIA Protagonist: BEAST by Brie Spangler 

       https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1599898805?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

       THE SLEEPER AND THE SPINDLE by Neill Gaiman 

      https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1857791209

        Non-Western Setting:  THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER

       https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1847238918?book_show_action=false

       TERRACOTTA BRIDE

       https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1857412178

       SONG OF ACHILLES 

       https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1857439235

       FAIREST by KS Trenton 

      https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1856668215?

        Small Publisher: MARIAN by Ella Lyons

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1842867512

       HUNTING MONSTERS by SL Huang 

       https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1852983257

        WILDCARD: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids 

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1108402859

        The 99th Bride

        https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1852109634?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

      THE RULES OF EVER AFTER by Killian Brewer

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1854999676

 INTERIM GODDESS OF LOVE (trilogy)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21632819-interim-goddess-of-love
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1858118889
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1858125348

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