T5W: SFF TBR

Recently, I have been in a mood for reading some science fiction (well, some of these are fantasy but I am more in a mood for science fiction. I think I actually may like sci-fi more than fantasy) books.

T5W Group  where meme originated can be found on the link.

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1. Unplugged

Humanity is split into the App World and the Real World—an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy and a dying physical world for the poor. Years ago, Skylar Cruz’s family sent her to the App World for a chance at a better life.

Now Skye is a nobody, a virtual sixteen-year-old girl without any glamorous effects or expensive downloads to make her stand out in the App World. Yet none of that matters to Skye. All she wants is a chance to unplug and see her mother and sister again.

But when the borders between worlds suddenly close, Skye loses that chance. Desperate to reach her family, Skye risks everything to get back to the physical world. Once she arrives, however, she discovers a much larger, darker reality than the one she remembers.

Status: Currently reading but waiting to get from the library. I already sampled the first three chapters.

What I like about Unplugged is that it has a dystopia that I feel is plausible. It has so many allusions to current day issues that black and brown people deal with and main character is latina. Also, this would be a good series to get into because the second one came out recently and the third  one comes out in December.

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2. The Between

When Hilton was just a boy, his grandmother sacrificed her life to save him from drowning. Thirty years later, he begins to suspect that he was never meant to survive that accident, and that dark forces are working to rectify that mistake. When Hilton’s wife, the only elected African-American judge in Dade County, FL, begins to receive racist hate mail, he becomes obsessed with protecting his family. Soon, however, he begins to have horrible nightmares, more intense and disturbing than any he has ever experienced. Are the strange dreams trying to tell him something? His sense of reality begins to slip away as he battles both the psychotic threatening to destroy his family and the even more terrifying enemy stalking his sleep. Chilling and utterly convincing, The Between follows the struggles of a man desperately trying to hold on to the people and life he loves, but may have already lost. The compelling plot holds readers in suspense until the final, profound moment of resolution.

Status: Currently reading – same as Unplugged except I am going to buy this one because it is cheap online.

Horror and fantasy!

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3. On the Edge of Gone

January 29, 2035.

That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one. Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter near their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise’s drug-addicted mother is going, they’ll never reach the shelter in time.

Then a last-minute encounter leads them to something better than a temporary shelter: a generation ship that’s scheduled to leave Earth behind and colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But each passenger must have a practical skill to contribute. Denise is autistic and fears that she’ll never be allowed to stay. Can she obtain a spot before the ship takes flight? What about her mother and sister?

When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?

Status: Haven’t started yet.

I moved it up my TBR because I think it would be fun to read it for autism awareness month. With the line “When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?” it is a sci-fi I have to read.

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4. Sorcerer to the Crown

Magic and mayhem collide with the British elite in this whimsical and sparkling debut.

At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, freed slave, eminently proficient magician, and Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers—one of the most respected organizations throughout all of Britain—ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up.

But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large…

Status: Read the prologue but have not read further yet.

Black. Victorian. fantasy.

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5. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.

Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.

Status: Still haven’t started yet.

A lot of sff books are doom and gloom so I like the idea of reading something hopeful. Having a book about exploring species, cultures, and worlds is appealing. I have not  read a book with any of these things since reading The Best of All Possible Worlds last year so I hope it is good.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Photographic Representation

I did a post a couple of weeks ago called Non-fiction I Wish Was Fiction and A lot More That I’m Happy Are Not this is a kind of response to that.

For My Ya Lovers

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  1. Keep Me In Mind

Genres: interracial romance, contemporary

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2. Most Likely To Succeed

Genres: interracial romance

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3. My Own Worst Enemy

Genres: Mystery

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4. Summer of Chasing Mermaids

Genre: interracial romance, contemporary

Can we have more books that include black girls (and poc) in the summer aesthetic please?

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5. The Wrath & The Dawn

Genres: historical fantasy, romance

Romance Lovers

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6. Song of Blood & Stone

Genres: fantasy, interracial romance

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7. Chained

Genres: historical romance, interracial romance

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8. Dark Genesis

Genres: historical fiction, interracial romance, fantasy

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9. Sugar Pie Guy

Genre: historical fiction, interracial romance

Can we also have more poc in the 80’s, 90s, and etc too?

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10. Please Look After Mom

Genres: literary fiction
I can’t tell if all the photographic representation outside of non-fiction is concentrated in romance or I just read a lot of romance.

(Another post I did which is kind of the cartoon/comic version of this)

[All images are from goodreads]

Top Ten 2016 Reading Resolutions (with books I plan to read this year)

Create space for who I am/want to be as a reader

Everything is in support of this ultimate goal.

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1. follow people who read comics and picture books.

I want to fully dive into comics. I can’t do that if I’m following people who read away from where I want to go in my reading.

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2. Read predominately picture books and comics
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3. Ignore Books Left To Read list
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4. Review more..

A. comics and picture books I’ve read

B. finish drafted reviews

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5. Do things outside reviewing books
Most if not all of the posts I do are book reviews and that needs to change.
  *Book Discussions/Random Rants
  *Recommendations
  *Random Book Finds
These are just a few things I want to do off the top of my head.
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6. Don’t put a number on reading diversely
Last year I said I wanted to read 75% diversely which I abandoned quickly when the year started. It gave me numbered book challenge vibes which is something I fought to get away from. I think actively working towards seeing more diverse books instead of putting a number on it is better for me. I think if I create an environment that is filled with people who read diversely it will be something I continuously naturally do.
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7. Read more, plan less
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8. Start off small
This goes under the read more and plan less idea. I get caught up in what a book would mean for me a lot of the time than looking at if I actually will like the book/liked books like it in the past. I need to start off with one book then go from there.
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9. Don’t start any new…
  A. Non-fiction
  B. Novels
(Exceptions: Series I’m already into such as Ever After High and A Song of Ice and Fire)
I do not know how this goal will go as the year progresses but right now it feels like something that I need to do. This goal seemingly contradicts some of the topics I want to read in 2016.  This brings me to my last goal.
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[image from midtown comics]
10. Challenge the perceived limitations of picture books and comics.
[all images are from goodreads except Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur]

Top Ten Tuesday: Christmas List

Dear Santa,

I know it is rough buying me things for Christmas since I am a very picky reader. I have been blessed this year to find books that I think I will  actually like so please get me these books.

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1. Ever After High: Fairy’s Got Talent
This is a good gift for me since there is an assurance that I will like it and I saw on the back that Justine Dancer will make an appearance. 🙂
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2. Disney Princess: My Side of the Story – The Little Mermaid/Ursula
Please get this for me since it is one of the few books that shows Ursulas point of view.
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3. Ourika
I know I already got this from the library but I want to own it since it was such a meaningful book to me.
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4. Belle: The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice
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5. Black London: Life After Emancipation
6. Impossible Purities: Blackness, Femininity, and Victorian Culture
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7. A Knight of Seven Kingdoms
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8. Posing Beauty
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9. Vintage Black Glamour
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10. Parasyte volumes 6-8 (or 1-8)
I cannot find the rest of this series at the library.
Thank you,
(p.s. can you also get still get me Nahla )

Tuesday Flirtations- Introduction

 
Rules:
1. Read a free romance book (this was started for legally free eBooks, but you can count anything gifted, borrowed, ARC, etc!)
2. Review it on your blog. If you can and it’s still available, share the link to the free book.
3. Link back here by using the code below.
4. Leave your link to the specific blog post (NOT your main site) in a comment here or on the recent week’s TF post.
5. Delight in reading reviews by real people who’s likes/dislikes you can compare to and thus find a romance you most likely will enjoy 😀

My Romance Reading History

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I started reading romance books when I was in middle school.  The earliest one I remember reading is Bertrice Small’s Philippa. It started my love for historical romance. Historical romance was my top pick to read but I did read contemporary, paranormal, and most of the other romance subgenres. Although, probably read more young adult romance than adult back in the day honestly.

The Fall Out & Expectations

While never completely severing ties my interest started to wane after a while because of this and the lack of inclusiveness that I felt in the genre back then. Now, there are more voices coming in with self-publishing which is very exciting. I hope that the romance I read can capture all the things I enjoyed and still show growth to deal with the things I did not. Also, I definitely need rule #1 in my life.

TTT: Recently Added To My To Read List

This list is in order starting from last added and on.

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1. The CEOs Reluctant Lover

Carter Davis’ new nurse is perfect, except for one point – she isn’t actually a nurse. She’s a corporate executive and his new next neighbor.

Vanessa Imenerse is a beautiful, African American woman, who is both smart and savvy. A corporate headhunter is trying to get her to accept a job as CEO of GainsCorp, so Vanessa thought she’d enjoy a well earned vacation in New York at his expense. The only downside is her neighbor is constantly shouting at people.

Vanessa decides to investigate. She discovers her neighbor is an incredibly handsome man who is bed bound while he recovers from a car accident.

When Vanessa walks into his apartment Carter sees a beautiful woman who identifies herself as Vanessa I’m-a-nurse (Imenerse) and he immediately thinks she has been sent by the nursing agency to replace the girl who quit! Vanessa tries to explain the misunderstanding, but he won’t listen and through compassion she decides to help him.

They both fall in love while she looks after him and after he recovers they explore New York city together.

But neither of them realize that the job Vanessa has been offered is to replace Carter in his career as CEO of GainsCorp.

Can their relationship survive this massive dilemma?
Vanessa is torn between the great job offer and the man she has come to love. Once again, she must choose between love and her career.


And when secrets from Vanessa’s path began to resurface, will their bond be able to keep them together? Or will everything fall apart…

In addition to the premise being awesome the story is also interracial romance and less than 100 pages. I’m on a novella or just anything less than 100 page kick so this is up my alley.

#interracial romance #less than 100 pages #romance

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2. Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness

Black Cool explores the ineffable state and aesthetic of Black Cool. From the effortless reserve of Miles Davis in khakis on an early album cover, to the shock of resistance in black women’s fashion from Angela Davis to Rihanna, to the cadence of poets as diverse as Staceyann Chin and Audre Lorde, Black Cool looks at the roots of Black Cool and attempts to name elements of the phenomena that have emerged to shape the global expectation of cool itself.

Buoyed by some of America’s most innovative thinkers on the subject—graphic novelist Mat Johnson, Brown University Professor of African Studies Tricia Rose, critical thinking and cultural icon bell hooks, Macarthur winner Kara Walker, and many more—the book is at once a handbook, a map, a journey into the matrix of another cosmology. It’s a literal periodic table of cool, wherein each writer names and defines their element of choice. Dream Hampton writes about Audacity. Helena Andrews about Reserve, Margo Jefferson on Eccentricity, Veronica Chambers on Genius, and so on. With a foreword by Henry Louis Gates that bridges historical African elements of cool with the path laid out for the future, Black Cool offers a provocative perspective on this powerful cultural legacy.

Also I’m into seeing the different voices of black people specifically black women. I don’t know if I am into essays are not but I am willing to try them out.

#black people voices  #black people are not all the same #essays

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3. Down. Set. Fight!

I added this entirely for the cover. It’s a comic so this could be so amazingly crazy.

#comics

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4. Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better

A revelatory and timely look at how technology boosts our cognitive abilities—making us smarter, more productive, and more creative than ever

It’s undeniable—technology is changing the way we think. But is it for the better? Amid a chorus of doomsayers, Clive Thompson delivers a resounding “yes.” In Smarter Than You Think, Thompson shows that every technological innovation—from the written word to the printing press to the telegraph—has provoked the very same anxieties that plague us today. We panic that life will never be the same, that our attentions are eroding, that culture is being trivialized. But, as in the past, we adapt—learning to use the new and retaining what is good of the old. Smarter Than You Think embraces and extols this transformation, presenting an exciting vision of the present and the future.  

#the good technology is doing for us #nonfiction do not disappoint me

Then I Added A Bunch of Plays…

I’m possibly idealistically into the idea of reading less than 100 page plays.

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5. A Street Car Named Desire

Okay, so this is a bit over a hundred pages but it is a popular classic film. This could be so enjoyable.

6. You Can’t Take It With You

At first the Sycamore family seems mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is really verklempt.

This sounds like everyone including the family is a hot mess train wreck. I’m here for that all the way.

7. Reeducating Rita

‘Educating Rita’ portrays a working-class Liverpool woman’s hunger for education.

#plays #plays turned into classic films

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8. Lists of Note

Humans have been making lists for even longer than they’ve been writing letters. They are the shorthand for what really matters to us: our hopes and aspirations; likes and dislikes; rules for living and loving; records of our memories and reminders of the things we want to do before we die. Just as he did with Letters of Note, Shaun Usher has trawled the world’s archives to produce a rich visual anthology that stretches from ancient times to present day. From a to-do list of Leonardo da Vinci’s to Charles Darwin on the pros and cons of marriage or Julia Child’s list of possible titles for what would later become an American cooking bible, Lists of Note is a constantly surprising A-Z of what makes us human. In its pages you’ll find 125 lists with facsimiles or illustrations, including:

1. A shopping list written by two 9th-century Tibetan monks

2. A handwritten list of the BFG’s favourite words by Roald Dahl

3. The 19 year-old Isaac Newton’s list of the 57 sins he’d already committed

4. Galileo’s list of parts needed to build his telescope

5. Einstein’s punitive list of conditions imposed on his first wife

6. 29-year-old Marilyn Monroe’s inspirational set of New Year’s resolutions

7. Martin Luther King’s advice for black people starting to use buses

8. Johnny Cash’s list of ‘things to do today’

9. Michelangelo’s illustrated shopping list

10. Advice for ‘chick rockers’ by Chrissie Hynde

And many, many more…

#lists #oldern time people making lists

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9. Pieces of Paper

A chance encounter brings a hint of romance to a young woman’s journey through the streets of Tokyo. This semi-autobiographical short story by the author of Butterfly Swords explores questions of identity and connectedness in the digital age.

Author’s note: All author proceeds from the sale of this story will be donated to the Red Cross for the relief effort in Japan.

#romance #novella

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10. Super Mutant Magic Academy

The New York Times and New Yorker illustrator Jillian Tamaki is best known for co-creating the award-winning young adult graphic novels Skim and This One Summer—moody and atmospheric bestsellers. SuperMutant Magic Academy, which she has been serializing online for the past four years, paints a teenaged world filled with just as much ennui and uncertainty, but also with a sharp dose of humor and irreverence. Tamaki deftly plays superhero and high-school Hollywood tropes against what adolescence is really like: The SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep school for mutants and witches, but their paranormal abilities take a backseat to everyday teen concerns.

Science experiments go awry, bake sales are upstaged, and the new kid at school is a cat who will determine the course of human destiny. In one strip, lizard-headed Trixie frets about her nonexistent modeling career; in another, the immortal Everlasting Boy tries to escape this mortal coil to no avail. Throughout it all, closeted Marsha obsesses about her unrequited crush, the cat-eared Wendy. Whether the magic is mundane or miraculous, Tamaki’s jokes are precise and devastating.

SuperMutant Magic Academy has won two Ignatz Awards. This volume combines the most popular content from the webcomic with a selection of all-new, never-before-seen strips that conclude Tamaki’s account of life at the academy.

#comics #graphic novel #supernatural

 

TTT: Anticipating For the Rest of 2015

I am interested in the new direction they are taking Archie.This list is in no particular order.

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1. A Semi-charming Life

This is the first and only series I’ve ever preordered. It is worth it each time. The only worry I have is this is about Darling who I’m ummm about.

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2. Shadowshaper

Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra’s near-comatose abuelo begins to say “No importa” over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep…. Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.

Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order’s secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick’s supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family’s past, present, and future

I’ve been waiting on this since last year. I probably should read one of his other books then come back when its been out for a while.

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3. The Dinosaur Lords

A world made by the Eight Creators on which to play out their games of passion and power, Paradise is a sprawling, diverse, often brutal place. Men and women live on Paradise as do dogs, cats, ferrets, goats, and horses. But dinosaurs predominate: wildlife, monsters, beasts of burden-and of war. Colossal plant-eaters like Brachiosaurus; terrifying meat-eaters like Allosaurus, and the most feared of all, Tyrannosaurus rex. Giant lizards swim warm seas. Birds (some with teeth) share the sky with flying reptiles that range in size from bat-sized insectivores to majestic and deadly Dragons.

Thus we are plunged into Victor Milán’s splendidly weird world of The Dinosaur Lords, a place that for all purposes mirrors 14th century Europe with its dynastic rivalries, religious wars, and byzantine politics…except the weapons of choice are dinosaurs. Where vast armies of dinosaur-mounted knights engage in battle. During the course of one of these epic battles, the enigmatic mercenary Dinosaur Lord Karyl Bogomirsky is defeated through betrayal and left for dead. He wakes, naked, wounded, partially amnesiac-and hunted. And embarks upon a journey that will shake his world.

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4. The Day the Crayons came Home

This one is about rescuing lost crayons. It sounds so cute.

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5. The Sorcerer of the Crown

The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, one of the most respected organizations throughout all of England, has long been tasked with maintaining magic within His Majesty’s lands. But lately, the once proper institute has fallen into disgrace, naming an altogether unsuitable gentleman—a freed slave who doesn’t even have a familiar—as their Sorcerer Royal, and allowing England’s once profuse stores of magic to slowly bleed dry. At least they haven’t stooped so low as to allow women to practice what is obviously a man’s profession…

At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers and eminently proficient magician, ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up. But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large…

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6. Hoodoo

Set amidst the red soil and sweltering heat of small town Alabama in the 1930s, HOODOO tells the story of twelve-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher, who is born into a family with a rich tradition of practicing folk magic, or Hoodoo, as most people call it.

They use foot-track powder that can go up through your foot to make you sick, a black hen’s egg for getting rid of evil spirits, nutmeg seeds for good luck at gambling and all kinds of other things.
But even though his name is Hoodoo, he can’t seem to cast a simple spell.

When a mysterious man called the Stranger shows up in town—all wrapped in black like some kind of holy roller preacher—Hoodoo starts having dreams of a dead man rising from the grave. Even worse, he soon learns the Stranger is looking for a boy. Not just any boy. A boy named Hoodoo.

Can he summon the magic to save his town and family?

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7. A Knight of The Seven Kingdoms

Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin’s ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness.

Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there was Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals—in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg—whose true name (hidden from all he and Dunk encounter) is Aegon Targaryen. Though more improbable heroes may not be found in all of Westeros, great destinies lay ahead for these two . . . as do powerful foes, royal intrigue, and outrageous exploits.

Featuring more than 160 all-new illustrations by Gary Gianni, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a must-have collection that proves chivalry isn’t dead—yet.

Waiting to get the compiled stories instead of trying to track each story down.

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8. Soundless

From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore.

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever…

This might be one of my I like the cover and this sounds good but I really shouldn’t even try things.

9. Ever After High: A School Story Book 4

They have not released the cover or what the story is about. I’m sure that what it is about is out on the internet somewhere and everyone else knows except me. I’ll just list who I hope it is.

  • Cedar Wood (very unlikely to happen for many reasons one of those being she had a point of view in the Shannon Hale series. It is going to be more than likely a new character that has not been introduced on the show yet.)
  • All the short stories collected ( I think they only collected the short stories in Once Upon a Time because the series was ending so this is not likely either. I don’t think the series is ending anytime soon.)
  • Rosebella Beauty (The main character has to be someone who has a debut doll coming out soon so this is the most likely of the three)

It could be Bunny (eh), Faybelle (I am only okay with this is if they make her an dimensional outright evil person), or a random doll. I’m cool with random as long as she is awesome.

I hope my excitement is not dashed when the story finally comes out.

10. Archie #1

I am interested in the new direction they are taking Archie. The Archie comics were the first books I really was into so this will be interesting.