Out of this World Blogger Award

This blogger award was created to celebrate the exceptional work being done within the blogging community. If you say something is out of this world, you are emphasizing that it is extremely good or impressive.

Photo credit: NASA/JPL

In honor of the 2017 Nebula Award Winners being announced last night at the annual conference in Pittsburgh, I wanted to create an award to celebrate the blogging community! Since I absolutely love space and science fiction/fantasy often are set in space, it seemed the perfect theme to choose for an award that recognizes exceptional bloggers that are engaged in the community and publish excellent content.

If you say something is out of this world, you are emphasizing that it is extremely good or impressive . . . these bloggers are shooting for the moon and living among the stars 🌟

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Sentranced Saturday #3

Sentranced Saturday

sentranced (adj.): the state of being captivated by a well-written sentence.

Sentranced Saturday is a weekly meme created by me that encourages you to share a quote that left you entranced. I have a little notebook that I carry with me everywhere to write down quotes that inspire me in some way, and I am sure that I am not alone! Everyone is welcome to participate, please be sure to link to this post so I can see all of your quotes!


“It’s a beautiful day today. I suggest we enjoy it.” 

– Robert Jeffords

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Review | Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

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★★★★★
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, LGBT
Publisher: Macmillan/Tor-Forge
Series: N/A
Where to buy: Amazon * | Book Depository 
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“Anger is a gift. Remember that…You gotta grasp on to it, hold it tight and use it as ammunition. You use that anger to get things done instead of just stewing in it.”

This is an incredibly powerful novel about resilience in the face of adversity and loss. It is about community. It is about taking a stand against the system of oppression, even if it seems hopeless. This is an incredibly difficult read, but it is such an important read. The Bay Area, and Oakland especially, has a long history of activism and holding the police accountable yet there is a long documented history of police brutality there. This novel shines a light on what it is like to be a person of color in Oakland. Compton. Chicago. And countless other cities around the United States. Continue reading

Review | The Testament of Loki by Joanne Harris

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★★★☆☆
Publication Date:
May 17, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology
Publisher: Orion publishing Group
Series: Runemarks #0.6, Loki #2
Where to buy: Amazon * | Book Depository 
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Why not just keep it simple? There were enough pleasures in this world to fill every hour of a human’s life. Why waste so much precious time with doubt, and pain, and loneliness?

2.5 stars, rounded up Ragnarok came and went centuries ago, and after Asgard fell the old gods were either dead of stuck in the Netherworld for eternal torment. That is until Loki found a way to escape the Netherworld and into ours… but is he the only god to have found his way to freedom? And will Loki be yet again the pawn in the plans of other gods? Continue reading

Tag | Unforgettable Bookish Memories

Book Tag

I saw Ashley Rae @ Thrifty Bibliophile do this tag and I just had to do it — it looks like so much fun!  Consider yourself tagged if you want to share your bookish memories, and please be sure to link back to me so I can see your responses! 📚💖


1. The first book you ever read (or was read to you).

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein if the first book that I remember reading, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff is the first one I remember being read to me. Talk about conflicting themes! Continue reading

Sentranced Saturday #2

Sentranced Saturday

sentranced (adj.): the state of being captivated by a well-written sentence.

Sentranced Saturday is a weekly meme created by me that encourages you to share a quote that left you entranced. I have a little notebook that I carry with me everywhere to write down quotes that inspire me in some way, and I am sure that I am not alone! Everyone is welcome to participate, please be sure to link to this post so I can see all of your quotes!


“That which kills you is not what stops your heart beating but that which stops you from living.”
Forever, highly underrated TV show

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Review | The Seer’s Curse by J.J. Faulks

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★★★☆☆
Publication Date:
April 28, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade/Young Adult, Adventure
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Limited/Matador
Where to buy: Amazon | Book Depository 
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The Seer’s Curse is a fantasy MG/YA tale that takes the two main characters, Orleigh and Piprin, on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance while playing their part in Fate’s plan.

Synopsis
Orleigh is cursed. Or so the other villagers believe. With each harvest worse than the last, something must be done. And so they consult the Seer. A deal is struck: the village will thrive once more, but in return, Orleigh must be sacrificed to the Earth God, Teymos.

Years later, when Orleigh’s closest friend, Piprin, learns that Orleigh might still be alive, he resolves to rescue her and to return her to the Land of Mortals. Guided by the Seer and the myths of his childhood, Piprin sets out on a quest to the Land of Gods, where mortals like him are forbidden.

But will Piprin survive his quest? And why is the Seer so interested in Orleigh’s fate?

A tale of friendship, acceptance and self-discovery, filled with a new mythology, The Seer’s Curse is a moving debut to be enjoyed by all fantasy fans.

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Review | The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson

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★★★★☆
Publication Date:
May 15, 2018
Publisher: North Star Editions/Jolly Fish Press
Where to buy: Amazon | Book Depository 
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Let me preface this by saying that I do not read a lot of middle grade books these days, but if more were as eloquently written, engaging, and surprisingly relatable as The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray I would definitely read them more frequently. I was hooked with the opening and continued reading with fervor. This reminded me of the film Dark City, the writings of Michel Foucault, a bit of Pleasantville – all wrapped up in a fast paced read suitable for middle grade and young adult readers.  This engaging story features a dystopian society that stifles imagination and creativity, and a strong female lead that dares to be different. Continue reading

[Cover Reveal] Not Like Everyone Else by Jennifer Leigh

Not Like Everyone Else - cover reveal

I am so excited to participate in the cover reveal for this really interesting upcoming release, Not Like Everyone Else by Jennifer Leigh!

About Not Like Everyone Else:

Ryan can’t seem to get her memories in order. When she breaks it off with her long-term boyfriend, Corey, she can’t help but feel free. But mysterious events keep Ryan asking “just what happened?” After her family moved to Ryton, after Carter goes 

missing, after Jacob is in the hospital. All of these 

afters, but Ryan can’t remember the befores. With Harper and Elliot by her side, Ryan can only hope that she does not forget… again. Will Ryan be able to recover her memory to figure out what happened when it all went dark?

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Sentranced Saturday #1

Sentranced Saturday

sentranced (adj.): the state of being captivated by a well-written sentence.

Sentranced Saturday is a weekly meme created by me that encourages you to share a quote that left you entranced. I have a little notebook that I carry with me everywhere to write down quotes that inspire me in some way, and I am sure that I am not alone! Everyone is welcome to participate, please be sure to link to this post so I can see all of your quotes!


“Forever is composed of nows.”

– Emily Dickenson

I love this quote from this Emily Dickenson poem! I have it framed on my desk at work, and carry it around in my little peacock quotebook. To me this encourages and celebrates living in the present moment, as each future moment will at one time be a Now. The infinite is composed of Nows.

What do you think about this quote, and what quote do you want to share this week?

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