ARC Review: The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen

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The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen
Published: Tor Teen (September 24th 2019)
Genre: young adult; contemporary, science-fiction
Rep: mlm mc, gay mc with depression
Rating: 2/5 🍑

 

 

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ARC provided by the publisher.

You know that picture of a horse that starts really beautiful & detailed and ends like something drawn by a three-year-old? That’s this book.

It starts really good, fun even, with a dual first person pov. It’s engaging, it’s interesting, it’s intriguing. You think you’re safe. You think you’re reading a solid four stars book. And then, in the last fifty pages or so, the spell breaks. (And you catch yourself thinking of all the little things you were overlooking up until now, because on the whole the book still was good.)

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So you’re in the mood for books with lesbian protagonists

I’m a lesbian, I’m in Paris, this is a perfect opportunity for me to talk about books that have lesbian protagonists! Nah, I’m joking, every day is a good opportunity for that…

I mean, as someone who co-runs a blog specifically dedicated to LGBT media… Did y’all expect anything else from me? But yeah, check out Reads Rainbow, if you still haven’t! Charlotte just posted a rec list of novellas!

Today’s list is seven books long again. I was trying to decide which books to rec and which to leave out & then I realised: this is my blog! those are lesbians! Of course I should rec every single one I want to.

Hopefully everyone will find something for themself here, since we have contemporary, fantasy, science-fiction… Even one new adult book! Don’t tell me I’m not great at rec lists.

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Waiting for: January 2019

It’s the last day of the year! 💫🎇🌈 I have no idea how did the time fly by so fast… I feel like it was summer & our awful Stressful Event at work just yesterday! And yet, here we are, with people already firing off the fireworks. I hope it was a good year for you guys.

Like you probably gathered from my post about January-June 2019 diverse releases, I am very excited about the next year in books! And that means I have way more than 2 books per each month that I want to talk about! And that’s exactly the purpose of this list.

9 books coming out in January 2019 I’m most excited about! 🍑🍑🍑

Can you guess what’s on the list?

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ARC Review: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

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Skyward (Skyward #1) by Brandon Sanderson
Published: Gollancz (November 6th 2018)
Genre: young adult; science-fiction
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Rating: 5/5 🍑

 

 

 

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It might come as a surprise to some, but I have been a fan of Sanderson for roughly ten years now & the moment I learned about his new young adult novel, I knew I have to read it. Because I already had a pretty good idea of what I can expect: incredibly real & lovable characters, interesting worldbuilding, extraordinary plot twists, and most importantly – an emotional roller-coaster.

I got all that and more.

Skyward takes place in the future and in space, on a planet called Detritus, where the remains of the humankind are basically trapped and caught in an neverending war with the Krell. That means they are always in need of more pilots and so almost every young person tries to become one. Like our main character Spensa and all the friends she will make in the flight school.

Spensa is special and somewhat famous, because her late father – also a pilot – turned out to be a coward in the most important battle in the planet’s history. So she has all those prejudices to overcome, when trying to navigate the world & relationships with other people, but at the same time – she has to fight the ideas about herself she believed to be true her whole life. She’s a wonderfully complicated character and her journey from a headless girl who only thinks about flying and hero stories to an actual hero is beautiful & heartbreaking.

Like I mentioned, Skyward has a vast array of characters & Sanderson’s extraordinary skills in crafting them mean that you will fall in love with every single one. This is truly the found family trope done in the best way! Even the people who are merely support characters, are fleshed out, have background stories, all those little details that will catch your attention. But this is still very much a Sanderson Book™ and you have to remember that at its core this is a story about war (& survival & hope), so you need to be emotionally prepared to deal with the consequences of that. You know, just a little heads-up…

Skyward is a fast-paced novel, full of action & mind-boggling turns of events, despite technically taking place in a flight school. There are flying battles with aliens, ancient ships that talk & gather mushrooms, a heroin who gives (totally unprompted!!) the most dramatic speeches anyone has ever heard, and beneath this all: love and faith. And that’s what binds the whole story together and what makes the ending even possible at all.

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Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.

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Do you enjoy science-fiction novels? Or maybe you’re more of a fantasy fan?

What are your favourite things about those tropes?

And have you read Skyward or any other book by Sanderson?

 

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Waiting for: 12 (+12) diverse books of the first half of 2019

Okay, first things first: check out this list of 12 LGBT books coming out in January-June 2019 that Charlotte & I compiled. That’s the reason those 12 books are not on this list: I wanted to showcase even more titles!

20gayteen was wonderful when it came to LGBT rep, but I think we all already noticed that 2019 is shaping up to be as good or maybe even BETTER! Incidentally, all the books I’m gonna talk about today feature either LGBT or POC characters – or both.

The list is only for the first half of the year, because of the very simple reason. Not all books have their release dates set yet & I want to give you all the details possible. But all this means, is that I will be making another list like this in six months.

So let’s get to it then! 12 diverse books of the next 6 months, two for each!

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