Review: My Cat Loki (Vol. 1)

I absolutely picked up the manga My Cat Loki because of the kitty on the cover and the name of the kitty (Loki). I read this quickly while relaxing in the 2022 Otakon Manga Library.

The kitty was such a fun character and this was the perfect way to set up the rest of the series.

There was the allusions to unrequited feelings between the two human characters.

Maybe it’s just me, but there was some anthropomorphizing of Loki – and the MC’s previous kitty – as a child. I had a difficult time getting into this, to be honest, but it didn’t deflect from my enjoyment of the rest of the story.

Feature: Revolution (America Book 3)

Synopsis (from Amazon)⁠

The 1968 Tet uprising plunges America deeper into the abyss of Vietnam. Martin Luther King is shot, and riots rage in 130 burning American cities. Students protesting the War take over American universities, and street battles in Paris nearly topple the French government. Senator Eugene McCarthy enters the Democratic presidential race against Lyndon Johnson, followed by Bobby Kennedy, who goes on to win the California Democratic primary.⁠

Mick joins the Paris student street battles, then returns to the US to work in Kennedy’s presidential campaign. Daisy leaves Stanford to work also in Bobby’s campaign. Troy faces increasing dangers as the Vietnam War widens into Cambodia and Laos. American astronauts land on the moon and safely return to earth.⁠

Tara and her band shine at Woodstock. The My Lai massacre is revealed, further darkening the tragedy in Vietnam, and America teeters on the edge of revolution.⁠
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This lovely velvet green dress is from Twelve23 Resale Boutique. Somehow it’s a size 2 by Madewell and fit me (for reference, I typically wear a size 6 in dresses). It’s a super soft velvet – perfect for all those fall and holiday events that are undoubtedly starting to creep up on your calendar.⁠

Book Feature: Primitives

I am happy to be featuring Primitives by Erich Krauss today. This is the first book in the series about two people working together in a post-apocalyptic world, trying to restore humanity.

Synopsis (from @Goodreads):
Thirty years after The Great Fatigue infected the globe—and the treatment regressed most of the human race to a primitive state—Seth Keller makes a gruesome discovery in his adoptive father’s makeshift lab. This revelation forces him to leave the safety of his desert home and the only other person left in the world…at least, as far as he knows.

Three thousand miles away in the jungles of Costa Rica, Sarah Peoples has made her own discovery—just as horrific, and just as life-changing. It will take her far from the fledgling colony of New Haven, yet never out of reach of its ruthless authoritarian leader.

On separate journeys a world apart, Seth and Sarah find themselves swept up in a deadly race to save humankind. Their fates will come crashing together in an epic struggle between good and evil, where the differences aren’t always clear. Among the grim realities of civilization’s demise, they discover that the remaining survivors may pose an even greater threat than the abominations they were taught to fear. 

Fighting for their lives, they’re confronted with a haunting question.

Does humanity deserve to survive?

Book Feature: American Faust

Today I am featuring American Faust, which was published back in May. ⁠

Synopsis from @goodreads
What happens when a dot.com entrepreneur with a revolutionary software is offered a billion dollars from the devil to find a woman of eternal beauty caught in the clutches of her demon lover?⁠
American Faust follows the lives of three Americans from different time eras (1920s, 1960s, 2000) whose lives converge when each of them makes a deal with the devil which will have eternal consequences. It’s a compelling fast-paced story that delves into the existential angst of pursuing the American Dream — and the price some are willing to pay to have it all.⁠

Thank you to @booktrib for sending me a copy of American Faust! I cannot wait to dive into this one!⁠

Book Feature: Masters of the Broken Watches

Today I’m featuring Masters of the Broken Watches. Thank you @booktrib for the book mail!

Synopsis from @goodreads:

An action adventure like Indiana Jones, a science adventure like Jurassic Park and a human feel-good story like Slumdog Millionaire.

Masters of the Broken Watches is a must-read.

Sebastian Miles and his team of marine biologists stare at their watches. Time outside their lab has jumped forward by twenty-two hours. Minutes before this illogical space-time event, they were analyzing a mysterious glowing nodule extracted from an unknown marine specimen.

News of this marine life reaches powerful governments, inadvertently triggering a race to hunt, capture and control it. But these governments and their nationalist leaders have never faced a team of scientists known as the Paramarines. They have no idea to what lengths Sebastian and his Paramarines will go in order to protect the species from capture and exploitation.

The first of a multi-book series, this genre-bending novel leaves readers on the edge of their seats. Thrilling like Blake Crouch and science-driven like Ted Chang, all approached in ways you’ve never seen before. A captivating adventure, a heartbreaking story of love, and a true display of human ingenuity and bravery in the face of overwhelming odds.

Feature: Swan Song of my Era

Thank you to Turn the Page Tours for including me on this tour!

TITLE:  Swan Song of My Era

AUTHOR: Elsie Swain

PUBLISHER: Okiyoto Publishing
RELEASE DATE: April 13, 2021

GENRES: YA Contemporary

BUY LINKS:

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/swan-song-of-my-era-elsie-swain/1139322877

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Swan-Song-Era-Elsie-Swain/dp/981498924X

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/25463/9789814989244

SYNOPSIS:

What happens when Hope Vale, an aspiring Vitiligo make-up artist who wants to eradicate the market of whitening products meets Spes Zrey, an arrogant Hugo-Boss awardee struggling to shape her Designer dream, as they envision reshaping Asia into the next fashion empire together?

Set in Malaysia, this Contemporary Fiction is all about the grueling ambition against all hurdles of reality to break the confinements of Gender and the stereotypes of preferred white beauty in Asia.

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Author’s instagram: ihttps://www.instagram.com/elsie.ilye/

Book Feature: All the Right Reasons

The Bachelor meets Gilmore Girls in this laugh-out-loud young adult romance about a girl who joins her mother on a reality dating show for single parents—only to fall for a contestant’s son.

Cara Hawn’s life fell apart after her father cheated on her mother and got remarried to a woman Cara can’t stand. When Cara accidentally posts a rant about her father online, it goes viral—and catches the attention of the TV producers behind a new reality dating show for single parent families.

The next thing Cara and her mother know, they’ve been cast as leads on the show and are whisked away to sunny Key West where they’re asked to narrow a field of suitors and their kids down to one winning pair. All of this is outside of Cara’s comfort zone, from the meddling producers to the camera-hungry contestants, especially as Cara and her mother begin to clash on which suitors are worth keeping around. And then comes Connor.

As the son of a contestant, Connor is decidedly off-limits. Except that he doesn’t fit in with the cutthroat atmosphere in all the same ways as Cara, and she can’t get him out of her head. Now Cara must juggle her growing feelings while dodging the cameras and helping her mom pick a bachelor they both love, or else risk fracturing their family even more for the sake of ratings. Maybe there’s a reason most people don’t date on TV.

Book Title: All the Right Reasons

Author: Bethany Mangle

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Release Date: February 15, 2022

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56252451-all-the-right-reasons

Book Purchase link:

https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/All-the-Right-Reasons/Bethany-Mangle/9781534499034

Author Bios:

Bethany Mangle writes young adult contemporary fiction, but her tastes as a reader are extremely varied. She has a particular love of fantasy and science fiction. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys baking questionable cakes and spoiling her dog.

Her debut novel, PREPPED, was published in 2021. Her second, ALL THE RIGHT REASONS, releases Spring 2022. Bethany is represented by Jennifer Wills and Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency.

Author Links:

https://www.instagram.com/bethanymangle/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19831288.Bethany_Mangle

Book Feature: All Kinds of Other

Book Title: All Kinds of Other

Author: James Sie

Publisher: Quill Tree Books

Release Date: May 4, 2021

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54798457-all-kinds-of-other

Book Purchase link: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/all-kinds-of-other-james-sie?variant=32260054155298

Book Description: 

In this tender, nuanced coming-of-age love story, two boys—one who is cis and one who is trans—have been guarding their hearts to protect themselves, until their feelings for each other give them a reason to stand up to their fears.

Two boys are starting at a new school.

Jules is just figuring out what it means to be gay and hasn’t totally decided whether he wants to be out at his new school. His parents and friends have all kinds of opinions, but for his part, Jules just wants to make the basketball team and keep his head down.

Jack is trying to start over after a best friend break-up. He followed his actor father clear across the country to LA, but he’s also totally ready to leave his past behind. Maybe this new school where no one knows him is exactly what he needs.

When the two boys meet, the sparks are undeniable. But then a video surfaces linking Jack to a pair of popular transgender vloggers, and the revelations about Jack’s past thrust both Jack and Jules into the spotlight they’ve been trying to avoid. Suddenly both boys have a choice to make—between lying low where it’s easier or following their hearts.

Author Bio:

JAMES SIE is the author of STILL LIFE LAS VEGAS (St. Martin’s Press, 2015), a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Best Gay Fiction, and the YA novel ALL KINDS OF OTHER (Quill Tree Books, 2021) He is an award-winning playwright of literary adaptations, receiving a Joseph Jefferson Citation for his adaptation of ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS, and an After Dark Award for the original work THE ROAD TO GRACELAND. He has contributed essays for The Rumpus, Pen USA, FSG’s Book Keeping and The Advocate. In addition to writing, Sie can currently be heard as a voiceover artist in animation and audiobook narration.

Author Links:

http://www.sieworld.com/

GIVEAWAY:

Enter to win one finished copy of All Kinds of Other by James Sie! Open USA only. There will be 1 winner.

Giveaway starts: Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Giveaway ends: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. CST

Direct link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1e4a114d39/

Book Feature: Gravebriar

SYNOPSIS: 

Someone knows my secret and they’re wielding it as the weapon of my execution. I stand accused of poisoning my Gravebriar coven mate. To my fatal regret, I can’t prove my innocence without revealing the truth I’ve long kept hidden: while every other Gravebriar witch are green witches and healers, my magic lies in poisons.

There is one witch who believes me – the same boy who was sent to kill me with instructions to pluck the briars that sprouted from my grave – the only cure for a Gravebriar witch. Forge Silverthorn will be my undoing… or my salvation. 

He claims there is a malicious plot vining through the witch town of Cauldron that threatens to tighten around my throat in a deadly noose. Promising I can escape by seeking the help of a banished witch who hides our kind in plain sight, he leads me to a dark circus full of witches.

The ringmaster will only help us if we agree to join his circus of uncanny tricks and diabolical feats for two nights only, using our magic to thrill his patrons. In exchange for our participation under the big top, he’ll divulge the information I need to save my coven mate and clear my name. 

But when dark secrets emerge from the shadows of this promised sanctuary, I’m forced to decide if I can truly trust anyone, especially Forge… my would-be executioner, my coven’s sworn enemy, and my could-be love.  

COMPARABLE AUTHORS:
When Wishes Bleed by Casey L. Bond
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Purchase now! www.gravebriar.com

PRE ORDER! Phoenix Heart

Sarah K.L. Wilson has three books and she is letting bookstagram decide which one she publishes first by whichever book gets the most pre-orders! Battle of the Bookstagram! I’m on team Phoenix Heart.

Pre-order link (its only .99!!!): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08P3RQ7B5

Blurb:⁠⁠
Disabled and rejected in her community, she has never had a best friend. Until one day, a phoenix enters her world, tied to her heart in a way no one can break.⁠⁠
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Now, this great fiery beast has adopted her as his best friend and the hero he plans to have join him in “righteous quests.”⁠⁠
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But “righteous quests” can get you in a lot of trouble.⁠⁠
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And she’s going to need all the friends and allies she can find to help her get it right.⁠⁠
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*For lovers of DRAGON SCHOOL, CROWN OF FEATHERS, WINDWALKER: FORBIDDEN FLIGHT and HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE comes a new serial novella series from USA Today bestselling author, Sarah K. L. Wilson. Like your favorite streaming show, these stories are perfect for busy people who still love to read but are pressed for time. ⁠⁠

Pre-order link one more time (I mean, its only .99!!!): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08P3RQ7B5