Blog Tour: Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau

As you can see from the title of this post, I’m part of the blog tour for Bloom! The tour is hosted by JM Cabral @ Book Freak Revelations, in collaboration with Macmillan International. And so the post starting all the fun can be found here! But you might also want to check out what the guys before me posted: Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books, Kate @ Your Tita Kate & Jessica @ Jessica Books Blog. And don’t forget to visit Bianca @ The Ultimate Fangirl tomorrow! You can find the full tour schedule at the end of this post.

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And now we can get into the most important part of today: the review! Though I also prepared some other treats for you to get you in the mood:

1) a playlist that you can listen to on Spotify

2) a little moodboard on twitter

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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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So you’re in the mood for books with good villains

Now, before you get all excited or angry at me – when I say “good villains“, what I mean is “well developed, fully fleshed-out villains who have actual agendas and often the narrative presents them through an unexpected twist”. That’s what you’re gonna get in this post. Or at least something close to it, I mean, I will do my best…

This rec is brought to you by an anon on CC, so please!! please!!! Always feel free to request stuff!!

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So you’re in the mood for The Chosen One trope

Is there anyone who doesn’t know this trope? And is there anyone who doesn’t love it?

I’m gonna be the first to admit that like 78% of the time it’s an absolute mess. Which probably comes from the fact that 78% it’s featured in a long fantasy series written by a white, straight dude…

But there ARE good books with the Chosen One trope! And you CAN find some with cool twists on that trope, to make it more interesting! That’s what I’m focusing on here today.

I also wanna take this opportunity to talk to you guys about my most beloved character ever. Because the first book that comes to mind when we mention this trope? We’re this generation, so of course it’s Harry Potter, right??? And the character whomst I raised and would die for? My bi son Harry James Potter. Anyway.

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Monthly wrap-up: June 2018

Between that Stressful Event at work I kept talking about & then me getting sick right after it, I didn’t have that much time or energy to read in June. Still, I managed 11 books, so I’d say it’s not so bad. What do you think?

I failed my initial plan of only reading lgbt books in June… But that only happened because a few of the poetry books I’ve ordered from other libraries finally came and I only had a few days to read them before my local library had to send them back.

(And let’s…. let’s not talk about how many books from my Pride reading list I’ve read…)

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So you’re in the mood for translated lgbt books

Okay, there are two important things about this week’s post that we gotta clear up right at the start, before we actually get into this.

  1. When I say “translated books”, I mean books that were translated into English from any given language. There were a few good books I couldn’t include here simply because they were written in a foreign language (to y’all English natives), but weren’t translated into English. Yet, hopefully.
  2. I actually only have read one of the books I’m reccing this week. And it’s not even a book, it’s a manga. What can I say, it’s kind of hard to find lgbt books that aren’t by English speaking authors, let alone ones I’ve personally read…

I guess we can do this now.

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