(A monthly wrap up with a twist.)
“Be brave. Be adventurous.”
“It was amazing the illusion of familiarity a simple shortening of someone’s name could create.”
“That’s one of the things I really like about you. Everything through your eyes is magical.”
Elias Caldwell needs more than his life in nineteenth-century England has to offer. He’d rather
go on an adventure than spend one more minute at some stuffy party. When his grandfather gives him a pocket watch he claims can transport him to any place and time, Elias doesn’t believe it…until he’s whisked away to twenty-first-century America.
Tyler Forrester just wants to fall hopelessly in love. But making that kind of connection with someone has been more of a dream than reality. Then a boy appears out of thin air, a boy from the past. As he helps Elias navigate a strange new world for him, introducing him to the wonders of espresso, binge-watching, and rock and roll, Tyler discovers Elias is exactly who he was missing.
But their love has a time limit. Elias’s disappearance from the past has had devastating side effects, and now he must choose where he truly belongs—in the Victorian era, or with the boy who took him on an adventure he never dreamed possible?
I am surprised Madeline isn’t yet renowned for her beautiful, queer and magical stories.
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“These wonderful girls and smart women inspire me with all that they do. I can wear my hijab like each of them, or try something totally new.”
Grandma wears it clasped under her chin. Aunty pins hers up with a beautiful brooch. Jenna puts it under a sun hat when she hikes. Zara styles hers to match her outfit. As a young girl observes six very different women in her life who each wear the hijab in a unique way, she also dreams of the rich possibilities of her own future, and how she will express her own personality through her hijab. Written in sprightly rhyme and illustrated by a talented newcomer, Under My Hijab honors the diverse lives of contemporary Muslim women and girls, their love for each other, and their pride in their culture and faith.
We need more beautiful stories like Under My Hijab!!
My review will be up soon.
“Isn’t it ironic? The real people in your life are fictional and the fictional people are real.”
Is Chloe ready to travel into the shadows?
Chloe Chastain thought the mysterious stranger from the internet was just another obsessed fan of her favorite vampire books, and she grew close to him, letting him see into her soul. When she discovered that he was the actual dangerous vampire, Theodore Dupont, from her favorite books, she vowed to forget him.
After an encounter with her childhood bully goes horribly wrong, she knows Theodore is the only one she can turn to for help, and she travels to New Orleans to find him. As she learns all about the world of the vampires and her role in it, she tries to resist her connection with Theodore, but she’s not even sure if she wants to anymore.
When she finds out how much is at stake for not only Theodore and herself but the entire New Orleans supernatural community, she’s forced to make an impossible choice.
Fans of The Vampire Diaries and Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles will love this Southern gothic young adult vampire romance.
An action-packed, fast-paced read!
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“They wanted to control my brain, change how I thought. Reset Xel so he wouldn’t even recognize me. Make me into a zombie with a computer implanted in my head. They wanted me to become a different person.”
“I felt, again, as I had on the floater, that everything was spinning around me out of control. I was in the eye of the storm. But deep inside me, at my core, I held the still point, the center point–the strong, grounded center that supported the mass of the spinning world. Like the words from the song, I had heard in the car: my spirit stood on solid ground. I could rely on it.”
It’s 2038, and Tara Rivers is fourteen years old, a bit rebellious, and socially awkward. Her family has recently moved to Los Angeles from the Pacific Northwest “rogue” clusters. Tara feels alone and confused. She doesn’t have any friends here, except her cat, Xel, a sophisticated robot with artificial intelligence. The corporation where Tara’s parents work makes an offer they can’t refuse—let them put an implant in Tara’s brain to “cure” her autism and make her neurotypical, or Tara’s father will be prosecuted for manufactured crimes. Tara overhears her parents speaking with the doctors and decides to run away with Xel. She plans to head back to the Pacific Northwest and her grandmother, but first she must escape Los Angeles and the corporation—with all their high-tech locating devices—dodge street gangs and wild dogs, and traverse an unknown wilderness full of unimaginable dangers. Will she ever find a place where she is accepted for who and what she is, or is she doomed to be an outcast from society forever?
A coming of age, dystopian story of a girl named Tara, who goes on a journey of self-discovery and learns more about neurodiversity.
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Till next time,