PH Blog Tour: History Is All You Left Me

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Before Reading:

Yes, I am aware that this book will definitely make me cry. Yes, I am aware of the consequences that I will have to face once I start reading. I had a soft spot for Adam Silvera ever since I read More Happy Than Not. Now when it comes to things I cannot turn down, it can be books by authors I love very much, or any fandom stuff in between.

I was genuinely surprised because it was intertwined somehow. Alright, my eyes are ready. I have a bucket, just in case I need more reassurance that I will cry while I read this book. Adam, I give you the permission to tear out my heart again.

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25014114Title & Author: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Genre:  Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT

Year Published: 17th of January 2017

Series: None

Pages: 320

Publisher: Soho Teen

Source: Hardback, provided for the tour

Rating:  4.5/5 stars

Buy it on: TBD || Amazon

Summary:

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

After Reading:

Some memories have resurfaced, and some tears were shed. I love Griffin, and I love Theo as well. But my heart breaks as I continue to remember them. I swear, Adam Silvera must live off from his reader’s tears. Semi-kidding. Alright, let’s get to the review.

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A reader’s mind can conjure a lot of thoughts while reading a certain book. Meanwhile, an author has that power over the reader that can be effectively played out if you add the right tone to it. History Is All You Left Me has the capability to make a reader feel the highest and lowest emotions that can be felt, and there is no in between.

We have history, where we join Griffin as we go through a journey of being true and accepting who he is. We also get a glimpse of what Theo was like, making it somewhat difficult to transition to today. Because like Griffin, Theo is the kind of character that you can easily get attached to. But it’s like a spike in the heart to remember that he has already past in the beginning of the novel. History manages to capture the essence of young love, same-sex relationship, and accepting oneself (re: OCD). How Adam Silvera managed to capture all of that while talking about zombie pirates and alternative universe theories, I will never know how.

But we also have today, in which we join two significant others that left a mark in Theo’s life, one way or another. Dealing with grief and loss is not easy to do, and coping up with it is certainly tough. That is why we also get to see another side of the characters that we did not get to see in history. Today matters because it gives a new light to the brutally honest truth on what everyone has to face in the aftermath. Adam writes with the truth; the beautiful yet heartbreaking truth.

History Is All You Left Me is practically an invisible roller coaster. You cannot see it, but you don’t exactly know that you are on it. You ride it once you start reading, and you will get all of these honest human emotions reflected on every single page. The ride is enjoyable, but it is one that you won’t forget because it has that huge of an impact. If you want to read a book that is beautiful, wonderfully crafted, and a true expression of #ownvoices, then this one’s for you.

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Connect with Adam!

Twitter || His official site || Goodreads || Youtube

Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children’s bookseller, marketing assistant at a literary development company, and book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. His debut novel, More Happy Than Not, received multiple starred reviews and is a New York Times bestseller, and Adam was selected as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. He writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason.


Alright, I think that was enough tears in one review. Huge thanks to Nicka at Read by Nicka for letting me be a part of this tour. It has been wonderful. ❤

So, have you read History Is All You Left Me? If so, share your feels with me! If you haven’t read it yet, why not? You should soon! Or if you have not yet read a book by Adam Silvera, what exactly are you waiting for? GO PICK UP ONE OF HIS BOOKS BEFORE THE OTHER ONE COMES OUT. You will not regret it, I swear. Now we go big tonight, okay?

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FBCYA Tour: Timekeeper (Review + Giveaway)

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Before Reading:

Alright, I guess it is the proper time for me to say it. It started when I had this crazy idea to make things interesting for the book club. So I say, why not host blog tours and stuff like that? I was starting to lose hope because it did not seem like no one wanted to take a shot. But then, Sky Pony Press was kind enough to let us host a blog tour for Timekeeper. If you want to imagine what I was like, I was ridiculously giddy. Timekeeper is something special, because it deals with a lot of topics that I personally love. Okay, let’s get to it!

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25760792Title: Timekeeper

Author: Tara Sim

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Teen, Mental Illness

Date Published: 1st of November 2016

Series: Timekeeper #1

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Source: eARC from the publisher

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Buy it on: Amazon / TBD

Summary:

Two o’clock was missing. 

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

After Reading:

Maybe… just maybe… this is the best alternate history book that I have read in a while. I have never felt this relieved about an ending since reading the Percy Jackson series. Everything was keyed in place like a smooth glove. It was ridiculously satisfying. I just want to hug all of Tara’s characters because this book is the perfect mix of fluffiness, history, and fantasy. I love it, okay?

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The three things that I mostly loved about Timekeeper are: the clock spirits, the boy love, and the historical setting. Those factors made Timekeeper a gem underneath everything.

The concept of clock spirits are oddly fascinating. The thought of having one for each clock in every city is unique in the sense that those clock spirits are essentially guardians. And not only that, but the spirits are humanlike. Not just in form but in terms how they act and feel. As a reader, knowing what the character feels is vital. The clock spirits give life to the pages that they are in, and that is just incredible. Also I want to note that the extra stories added a lot more for me to invest myself in the story. I’m already reading something from an alternate history retelling and I am still getting a mythology lesson in it. Dear gosh Tara, you spoil us too much with these lovely side stories. It is beyond fascinating.

Second, I’m a sucker for boy romance to begin with. I love a good story where the guys fall in love with each other. But since this is somehow my area, what makes Timekeeper so special? One of the boys, Colton, is a clock spirit. He can’t leave his tower because REASONS. Reading Timekeeper for Danny and Colton’s romance is like the cheesecake from Friends. You start with little bits of detail here and there, telling yourself that it is going to be bad for you (looking at you, Danny Hart) and then you fall so hard after you taste it. Legit, I was on the edge of my seat (or bed, rather) when the two of them were basically the sweetest things to grace this earth. Bless their romance so much. And all the things that Danny is willing to do for Colton, it’s honestly true love right there.

Third, historical settings are the bomb. Granted, it’s an alternate one. But it’s London. And it’s set in Victorian England. The world is as big as ever, stretching out to other places in the world. The book leaves a lot of room for the reader to imagine the setting. It is simply wonderful. It opens a lot of opportunity to be discovered.

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The lovely ladies in Timekeeper. Girl power all the way! This book knows how to empower women, I can tell you that.

Timekeeper is a really amazing book. It is a book that is not afraid on what it wants to be. It’s a refreshing story that can cure a reading slump. And it is amazingly satisfying till the end. There’s unique factor in there with the writing style that grips you and pulls you in once you get to dive in the story. Honestly, I loved every aspect.

Not only that, but this book inspired me to read more steampunk books. This one is a first for me, and since I loved Timekeeper, I may read a lot more books that belong in that genre.

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Tara Sim is a YA author found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not writing about magic, clocks, and boys, she drinks tea, wrangles cats, and sings opera.

Tara grew up in California, but braved the elements of Virginia to study English/Creative Writing at Hollins University.

Half-Indian and full geek, she eats too many samosas and awkwardly dances to Bhangra music.

TIMEKEEPER (Sky Pony Press, Fall ’16) is her debut YA novel.

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And of course, for you to know what I’m talking about, you have the chance to get Timekeeper into your lovely hands. This giveaway will end by the 20th of November and is only open for U.S. and Canada residents only. May you have all of the lucky stars to win this amazing book.

And that, fangirls and fanboys, is the end of our Timekeeper blog tour. But of course, our support for Timekeeper does not end there. Huge thanks to Sky Pony Press and Ms. Tara Sim for the endless support for this tour.

So what do you think? Ready to add Timekeeper to your TBRs? Let’s discuss below.

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Timekeeper Blog Tour Kick-Off + Giveaway

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Wait, apparently it’s already November! I never thought that this day would finally come. If you have been a follower of my blog for quite some time now, I made this book club because I badly want to promote books that have amazing male leads. Now this has only been my dream for a while now, but thanks to Sky Pony Press, our book club is finally doing a lovely purpose.

I am more than happy to announce that for the next two weeks, some of the loveliest members of FBCYA and a few guest bloggers joined together to share their love for Timekeeper by Tara Sim. The tour will run from November 8 to November 16, and I hope you will keep coming back to this post as I will be updating it once each blogger has posted their review.

MC at Blame It On The Books

November 9

Michelle at The Writing Badger

November 10

Windie at Dip into Books

November 13

Christina at Books and Prejudice

November 14

Inah at The Bibliophile Confessions

November 15

Reg at She Latitude

November 16

Maan at The Pigeon Reads

November 17

Bianca at The Ultimate Fangirl

November 18

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Title: Timekeeper

Author: Tara Sim

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Teen, Mental Illness

Date Published: 1st of November 2016

Series: Timekeeper #1

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Summary:

Two o’clock was missing. 

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

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Tara Sim is a YA author found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not writing about magic, clocks, and boys, she drinks tea, wrangles cats, and sings opera.

Tara grew up in California, but braved the elements of Virginia to study English/Creative Writing at Hollins University.

Half-Indian and full geek, she eats too many samosas and awkwardly dances to Bhangra music.

TIMEKEEPER (Sky Pony Press, Fall ’16) is her debut YA novel.

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So to celebrate the release of Timekeeper, and courtesy of Sky Pony Press, we’re giving away a finished copy to one lucky winner! Giveaway is for U.S. and Canada only. (Sorry international peeps!) Click on the picture to be redirected to the giveaway link. Go go go or else you will miss the chance to win this lovely book. ❤

Are you excited for Timekeeper as I am? Honestly, I am still getting jitters since this is the first event that I have handled. But either way, I would choose Timekeeper. 🙂 Don’t forget to add Timekeeper on your TBR’s, okay!

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Historical Figures I Want To See in YA

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As much as I love the young adult genre, there seems to be an underlying note that historical fiction is either a hit or miss for readers. In some cases, it depends on the reader’s tastes. Sometimes they mix in a hint of fantasy, because authors are given the liberty to put small twists on some fix points. Exploring history can be quite fun if you find the right person to retell it for you. But in some cases, it could be disastrous. I always have room to read such books because not only do I love the young adult genre, but I am a sucker for historical fiction.

Fear not, with the right characters, one can develop a story that is unique and different than any other book out there. Which is why I created this list of historical people who would be amazing to cast as the leads for a young adult book. Inspired by Legacy of Kings written by Eleanor Herman, I decided to list down the top 4 historical figures that I want to see in YA literature. I believe that these historical figures are worth writing a book about, and despite being tricky, is all but worth it with the stories that they hold in their years as a young adult.

Note: Years indicated below are the years of their respective tenures on the throne/job.

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Elizabeth I, Queen of England and Ireland (1558 – 1603)

As one such as myself that is ridiculously fascinated by the Tudors, it is still unclear to me on how Elizabeth I managed to carry herself when she was declared a bastard and an illegitimate heir to the throne of England all while she is in her teens. We already got a sense of Edward VI’s POV in My Lady Jane, but I want to read more about this lady and how she became one of the most famous monarchs in Britain’s history. Is it possible that what developed in her years as a teen led to her brilliant ways of thinking and led England reach it’s golden age? There are tons of possibilities, and mind you, I am aware that there is a movie. But I need more!

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Elagabalus, Emperor of Rome (218 – 222)

Controversial, yes. A new spin on your usual history book? Most definitely, yes. Elagabalus is a controversial figure for being an emperor of the largest empire the world has ever seen. Rome, in the hands of a teenager? Elagabalus was barely fourteen when he was given an empire to rule. Calling him eccentric is a bit… off. I really want to see a YA book that focuses on him entirely. It is just ridiculous if you think about it, but his story will definitely be the most refreshing historical take that will ever exist in the genre. He can be the villain, or he could be this misunderstood boy who got misguided by the people around him.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer (1762 – 1791)

If you have written a concerto at the age of four, a symphony at the age of seven, and a full scale opera at 12, I bet my cents that your life is nothing but extraordinary. Based on what I know about Mozart so far, being a child prodigy took him across Europe. It is no easy feat, because it can be quite intriguing to know what kind of a teenager he was. What went on in his life? And how majestically twisted is that brain of his? I have much to believe that his rise to fame happened while he was a teenager. I guess I don’t believe everything that I saw in the movie Amadeus…

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Marie Antoinette, Queen Consort of France and Navarre (1774 – 1791)

Imagine being queen of France at a young age? Not only that, but being the daughter of one of the largest dynasties is an extraordinary place to be. I might not want to imagine the pressure she’s on, but those are tasks that are too heavy to put on a teenager’s shoulders. Not only that, she’s being judged because she is a foreign consort. The Marie Antoinette movie that starred Kirsten Dunst is a favorite guilty pleasure movie of mine, but wouldn’t a book detailing it be a great idea?

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And that’s about it, guys and gals. Who are your favorite historical figures? Would they fit the bill as an amazing lead ? Share your thoughts below!

P.S. I’m saving Alexander Hamilton for a later date, just you wait. 😉

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FBCYA Special: Anticipated Reads (September 2016)

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Oh yay! It’s that time of the month again! I always love looking out for books that are coming out and thus I present to you the lovely books that has our book club’s seal of approval. September sounds like a really good month for the masses. We get an explosion of all the good stuff. So let’s get on with the books!

25721332The Cat King of the Havana by Tom Crosshill

(September 6)

Rick Gutierrez is . . . the Cat King of Havana! A cat-video tycoon turned salsa-dancer extraordinaire, he’ll take Cuba by storm, romance the girl of his dreams, and ignite a lolcat revolution!

At least that’s the plan.

It all starts when his girlfriend dumps Rick on his sixteenth birthday for uploading cat videos from his bedroom when he should be out experiencing the real world. Known as “That Cat Guy” at school, Rick isn’t cool and he knows it. He realizes it’s time for a change.

Rick decides joining a salsa class is the answer . . . because of a girl, of course. Ana Cabrera is smart, friendly, and smooth on the dance floor. Rick might be half-Cuban, but he dances like a drunk hippo. Desperate to impress Ana, he invites her to spend the summer in Havana. The official reason: learning to dance. The hidden agenda: romance under the palm trees.

Except Cuba isn’t all sun, salsa, and music. There’s a darker side to the island. As Rick and Ana meet his family and investigate the reason why his mother left Cuba decades ago, they learn that politics isn’t just something that happens to other people. And when they find romance, it’s got sharp edges.

26836966Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

(September 6)

John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this irresistible story of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together again.

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.

Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland’s brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.

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(September 13)

The point of living is learning how to love.

That’s what Gpa says. To Hendrix and Corrina, both seventeen but otherwise alike only in their loneliness, that sounds like another line from a pop song that tries to promise kids that life doesn’t actually suck. Okay, so: love. Sure.

The thing about Corrina—her adoptive parents are suffocating, trying to mold her into someone acceptable, predictable, like them. She’s a musician, itching for any chance to escape, become the person she really wants to be. Whoever that is.

And Hendrix, he’s cool. Kind of a poet. But also kind of lost. His dad is dead and his mom is married to her job. Gpa is his only real family, but he’s fading fast from Alzheimer’s. Looking for any way to help the man who raised him, Hendrix has made Gpa an impossible promise—that he’ll get him back east to the hill where he first kissed his wife, before his illness wipes away all memory of her.

One hot July night, Hendrix and Corrina decide to risk everything. They steal a car, spring Gpa from his assisted living facility, stuff Old Humper the dog into the back seat, and take off on a cross-country odyssey from LA to NY. With their parents, Gpa’s doctors, and the police all hot on their heels, Hendrix and Corrina set off to discover for themselves if what Gpa says is true—that the only stories that last are love stories.

23617206Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner

(September 13)

How do you move on from an irreplaceable loss? In a poignant debut, a sixteen-year-old boy must learn to swim against an undercurrent of grief—or be swept away by it.

Otis and Meg were inseparable until her family abruptly moved away after the terrible accident that left Otis’s little brother dead and both of their families changed forever. Since then, it’s been three years of radio silence, during which time Otis has become the unlikely protégé of eighteen-year-old Dara—part drill sergeant, part friend—who’s hell-bent on transforming Otis into the Olympic swimmer she can no longer be. But when Otis learns that Meg is coming back to town, he must face some difficult truths about the girl he’s never forgotten and the brother he’s never stopped grieving. As it becomes achingly clear that he and Meg are not the same people they were, Otis must decide what to hold on to and what to leave behind. Quietly affecting, this compulsively readable debut novel captures all the confusion, heartbreak, and fragile hope of three teens struggling to accept profound absences in their lives.

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(September 20)

The bestselling author of Mosquitoland brings us another batch of unforgettable characters in this tragicomedy about first love and devastating loss.

Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.
It begins with the death of Vic’s father.
It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle.
The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it.
But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.

This is a story about:

1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey.
2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter.
3. One dormant submarine.
4. Two songs about flowers.
5. Being cool in the traditional sense.
6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards.
7. Simultaneous extreme opposites.
8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country.
9. A story collector.
10. How to listen to someone who does not talk.
11. Falling in love with a painting.
12. Falling in love with a song.
13. Falling in love.

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(September 27)

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

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Obviously, these books feature the best male leads there is. Are you just as excited as I am? What books are you excited for this September?

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#FBCYA Recap: Six of Crows

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Where do I begin? Not only is this post overdue, but it is about time that I recap the awesomeness that is the Fanboy Book Club chats that we have on twitter. Since the book club started, we hold twitter chats every month for each book of the month. We never miss a month where we do not talk about the book of the month. That is how dedicated we are for this book club. For the month of July, we did a Twitter chat for Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

Now during the chat, I was so busy retweeting and liking the tweets of those who joined that I forgot to answer my own Q’s! Now I have the chance to answer the questions thanks to this recap, yay! Onto the recap!

Q1. Introduce yourself with your name, blog and other social media accounts! #FBCYA

  • Hi! My name is Bianca and I blog over at The Ultimate Fangirl on notoriouslaylow.wordpress.com. So great to be here!

Q2. What is your current read? #FBCYA

  • I am currently reading Six of Crows and I am gosh darn excited that I don’t know what’s happening.

Q3. If you could go back in time, who would you save from a dangerous situation? Think history. #FBCYA

  • My baby Newt. (In history’s case, Alexander Hamilton and Andres Bonifacio)

Q4. Who would you invite to come to the Crow Club? Tag them! #FBCYA

  • Everyone! As long as you guys buy your own drinks. Haha

Q5. In a heist, what would be your role? (Ex. Leader, Right hand man, Healer) #FBCYA

  • I will be the one who gets all the resources!

Q6. Who are some of your favorite fantasy OTP’s? #FBCYA

  • Oh definitely Kaz and Inej, Cinder and Kai, Celaena and Chaol (DON’T SPOIL ME GOSH DARN IT HAHAHA)

Q8. What are your thoughts on books that don’t have “the chosen one” theme? #FBCYA

  • I personally think that it’s an overused trope, but it depends on the story on how it will carry it.

Q9. Recommend some of your favorite fantasy books using three words. #FBCYA

  • Stab stab stab jk

Q10.  If you have read Six of Crows, why should everyone read it? If you have not, will you check it out soon? #FBCYA

  • Reading it, loving it… and it’s the best thing ever.

Last Q! Q11. WHO’S EXCITED FOR CROOKED KINGDOM? #FBCYA

  • I know I am!

There you go guys! Technically, that is only a gist of what we do for the Fanboy Book Club. And I swear, this is one of the monthly twitter chats that you would not want to miss. I should do these recaps more often. 😉

Interested in joining the Fanboy Book Club? Visit our page here, or click the button on my blog’s sidebar, or click the FBCYA menu above!

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FBCYA Special: Anticipated Reads (August 2016)

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Guess who’s gushing over the amount of books that will feature male leads in the month of August? You guessed it. It’s me, of course. I am here to shatter your TBR (kidding) by giving you some of the latest male leads to swoon for. I cannot wait to get my hands on these lovely books.

25819490Whatever by S.J. Goslee (August 2)

Hilarity ensues when a slacker teen boy discovers he’s gay, in this unforgettably funny YA debut.

Mike Tate is a normal dude. He and his friends have a crappy band (an excuse to drink cheap beer and rock out to the Lemonheads) and hang out in parking lots doing stupid board tricks. But when Mike’s girlfriend Lisa, who knows him better than he does, breaks up with him, he realizes he’s about to have a major epiphany that will blow his mind. And worse–he gets elected to homecoming court.

It’s like the apocalypse came, only instead of nuclear bombs and zombies, Mike gets school participation, gay thoughts, and mother-effin’ cheerleaders.

With the free spirit of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the raw voice of Winger, and characters reminiscent of Freaks & Geeks, this debut YA offers a standout voice and a fresh, modern take on the coming-out story.

27774725The Smaller Evil by Stephanie Kuehn (August 2)

17-year-old Arman Dukoff is struggling with severe anxiety and a history of self-loathing when he arrives at an expensive self-help retreat in the remote hills of Big Sur. He’s taken a huge risk—and two-thousand dollars from his meth-head stepfather—for a chance to “evolve,” as Beau, the retreat leader, says.

Beau is complicated. A father figure? A cult leader? A con man? Arman’s not sure, but more than anyone he’s ever met, Beau makes Arman feel something other than what he usually feels—worthless.

The retreat compound is secluded in coastal California mountains among towering redwoods, and when the iron gates close behind him, Arman believes for a moment that he can get better. But the program is a blur of jargon, bizarre rituals, and incomprehensible encounters with a beautiful girl. Arman is certain he’s failing everything. But Beau disagrees; he thinks Arman has a bright future—though he never says at what.

And then, in an instant Arman can’t believe or totally recall, Beau is gone. Suicide? Or murder? Arman was the only witness and now the compound is getting tense. And maybe dangerous.

As the mysteries and paradoxes multiply and the hints become accusations, Arman must rely on the person he’s always trusted the least: himself.

24183675Thieving Weasels by Billy Taylor (August 23)

Skip O’Rourke is dragged into one last con . . . but he doesn’t know the con’s on him in this funny, page-turning debut YA for fans of Winger and Ocean’s Eleven.

Cameron Smith attends an elite boarding school and has just been accepted to Princeton University alongside his beautiful girlfriend, Claire. Life for Cameron would be perfect, except that Cameron Smith is actually Skip O’Rourke, and Skip O’Rourke ran away from his grifter family four years ago…along with $100,000 of their “earnings” (because starting a new life is not cheap). But when his uncle Wonderful tracks him down, Skip’s given an ultimatum: come back to the family for one last con, or say good-bye to life as Cameron.

“One last con” is easier said than done when Skip’s family is just as merciless (and just as manipulative) as they’ve always been, and everyone around him is lying. Skip may have given up on crime, but there’s one lesson he hasn’t forgotten: always know your mark. And if you don’t know who your mark is . . . it’s probably you.

Witty and irresistibly readable, this standout debut will always keep you guessing.

22608727For This Life Only by Stacey Kade (August 30)

Three minutes.

Jacob Palmer died for three life-changing minutes.

And when he woke up, nothing was the same. Elijah, his twin brother, is dead, and his family is broken. Jace’s planned future is crushed, along with his pitching arm. Everyone keeps telling him that Eli’s in a better place, but Jace isn’t so sure. Because in those three minutes, there was nothing.

Overwhelmed by guilt and doubt, Jace struggles to adjust to this new version of the world, one without his brother, one without the certainties he once relied on. And then Thera comes into his life.

She’s the last girl he should be turning to for help.

But she’s also the first person to truly see him.

23854755Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall (August 30)

Gideon always has a plan. His plans include running for class president, becoming head of the yearbook committee, and having his choice of colleges. They do NOT include falling head over heels for his best friend and next door neighbor, Kyle. It’s a distraction. It’s pointless, as Kyle is already dating the gorgeous and popular head cheerleader, Ruby. And Gideon doesn’t know what to do.

Kyle finally feels like he has a handle on life. He has a wonderful girlfriend, a best friend willing to debate the finer points of Lord of the Rings, and social acceptance as captain of the basketball team. Then, both Ruby and Gideon start acting really weird, just as his spot on the team is threatened, and Kyle can’t quite figure out what he did wrong…

28595008The Fixes by Owen Matthews (August 30)

Gossip Girl meets Heathers in this wicked YA novel about a group of high school A-listers on a mission to root out phoniness in their sun-drenched beachside town.

Eric Connelly is crumbling under the weight of his dad’s expectations. He can’t seem to live up to the “Connelly Man” standards—but when he meets the mysterious, free-spirited Jordan Grant, his dad’s rules seem so much less important than they used to.

Jordan and Eric—now “E”—join up with two of the most popular girls in school to combat their rich-kid boredom by cruising their beachside hometown of Capilano. But as Jordan seduces E further into this depraved life, the group starts to kill time in more nefarious ways.

It’s Jordan who escalates the pack’s dares from mostly harmless jaunts like joyrides in boosted cars and Bling Ring–style luxury shoplifting sprees into more violent activities. Eric is intoxicated . . . swept up in the pack’s activities, even as Paige and Haley start to have reservations about what they’ve been doing. When Jordan starts talking big—can E help him build a bomb, he wonders?—E must decide if he’s too far down the rabbit hole to back out now.

25688977The Monster on the Road is Me by J.P. Romney (August 30)

It starts with the crows. When you see them, you know he s found you.

Koda Okita is a high school student in modern-day Japan who isn’t very popular. He suffers from narcolepsy and has to wear a watermelon-sized helmet to protect his head in case he falls. But Koda couldn’t care less about his low social standing. He is content with taking long bike rides and hanging out in the convenience store parking lot with his school-dropout friend, Haru.

But when a rash of puzzling deaths sweeps his school, Koda discovers that his narcoleptic naps allow him to steal the thoughts of nearby supernatural beings. He learns that his small town is under threat from a ruthless mountain demon that is hell-bent on vengeance. With the help of a mysterious – and not to mention very cute classmate – Koda must find a way to take down this demon. But his unstable and overwhelming new abilities seem to have a mind of their own.

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