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Review: The Black God's Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

August 30, 2018
The Black God's Drums, P. Djèlí Clark, InToriLex
Published By: Tor.Com on August 21, 2018
Format Read: ARC Edition (112 pages)
Genre: Young Adult/ Sci-fi/ Historical Fiction/ Fantasy
Series: Stand Alone (Unknown)
Source: Publisher Request
Rating: FOUR STARS
The Black God's Drums
~Amazon~
Creeper, a scrappy young teen, is done living on the streets of New Orleans. Instead, she wants to soar, and her sights are set on securing passage aboard the smuggler airship Midnight Robber. Her ticket: earning Captain Ann-Marie’s trust using a secret about a kidnapped Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums.

But Creeper keeps another secret close to heart--Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, who speaks inside her head and grants her divine powers. And Oya has her own priorities concerning Creeper and Ann-Marie…

VERDICT:

 
Content Warning: Sexually Explicit, Graphic Violence

REVIEW:

There is so much rich world building and awesome characters packed into this short novella. Creeper is a orphan who is determined to become a sky pirate. She is also possessed by the African Orisha (Goddess) Oya. In this alternative history of New Orleans, the city is apart of the Union which has split from the Confederacy after the Civil War. New Orleans is a welcoming city where all are welcome and it is surrounded by walls to protect itself from storms and the Confederacy. Creeper's ability to make decisions is hindered by Oya's will, she is controlled by the Orisha's emotions but also protected by her supernatural abilities. In this action packed adventure Creeper joins forces with Captain Ann Marie to locate a scientist and encounters powerful Orisha's, voodoo and a violent gang. 
The character development flowed well with the rapid world building to create an engaging short read. There is great racial and sexuality diversity, which brings out important discussions about forms of oppression. Unfortunately slavery is still alive and well in the Confederacy where they drug slaves with a drapto vapor to keep them compliant. Creeper is a strong willed intelligent protagonist that you'll root for the whole way through. This is a genre bending novella that I hope is a series so I can learn more about the quirky characters. The characters include all knowing Nuns, French Captains, Mongolian Captains and one legged sky pirate Captain Ann Marie.
"Shadowy pictures of fields and factories filled with laboring black bodies, their faces almost all covered up in big black gas masks, breathing in that drapeto vapor. It make it so the slaves don't want to fight no more, don't want to do much of nothing. Just work"
Recommended for Readers who
- enjoy diverse sci-fi adventures
- want to read more fantasy with diverse representation
- enjoy action packed stories with strong world building and characters

I received this advanced readers copy from Tor(.)Com in exchange for an honest review. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

P. Djeli Clark, InToriLex
P. Djeli Clark is an Afro-Caribbean-American writer of speculative fiction. Raised on genres of fantasy, sci fi, horror and the supernatural, I felt a need for more diverse tales with more diverse characters drawn from more diverse sources. To that end, I put pen to pad and fingers to keyboard, seeking to Imagine, Dream and Create new realms to explore. Gathered here are my thoughts and glimpses into some of these worlds my writing reflects.
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Review: There There by Tommy Orange

August 29, 2018
There There, Tommy Orange, Book Review, InToriLex
Published By: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group on June 5, 2018
Format Read: Audio Book (8hrs 1min)
Genre: Adult/ Contemporary/ Native American Lit
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Scribd
Rating: FIVE STARS
There There
~Amazon~
Jacquie Red Feather and her sister Opal grew up together, relying on each other during their unsettled childhood. As adults they were driven apart, but Jacquie is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. That’s why she is there.

Dene is there because he has been collecting stories to honour his uncle's death. Edwin is looking for his true father. Opal came to watch her boy Orvil dance. All of them are connected by bonds they may not yet understand.

All of them are there for the celebration of culture that is the Big Oakland Powwow.

But Tony Loneman is also there. And Tony has come to the Powwow with darker intentions.

VERDICT:

Content Warning: Rape, Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, Graphic Violence

REVIEW:

ACTUAL RATING 10/5 STARS
This book is for everybody. A reflection of history, Native American identity, race, family and violence. I was blown away by how I could sympathize and empathize with the many characters that are introduced. The book is told from multiple points of view all building up to the Oakland Pow Wow. Between the changing point of views the author includes reflections on Native History and the circumstances  Native Americans find themselves in today. It worked well because it gave deeper context to the characters struggling to live up to the importance of their existence.
"This is the thing: If you have the option to not think about or even consider history, whether you learned it right or not, or whether it even deserves consideration, that’s how you know you’re on board the ship that serves hors d’oeuvres and fluffs your pillows, while others are out at sea, swimming or drowning, or clinging to little inflatable rafts that they have to take turns keeping inflated, people short of breath, who’ve never even heard of the words hors d’oeuvres or fluff."
The author is a master story teller who is able to weave in humor, emotion and details together seamlessly. Many of the characters struggle with substance abuse, poverty, and domestic violence. All of them finding ways to grieve, and understand the world around them. The characters are relatable because they are flawed and persevere through pain they can't even slow down to acknowledge. This book is packed full of emotionally charged well written prose. Although it dealt with serious topics the use of humor and changing point of views helped to keep the story going. I'm not going to discuss the plot because it is secondary to the powerful character development.

"Life will do its best to get at you. Sneak up from behind and shatter you, into tiny unrecognizable pieces. You have to be ready to pick everything up pragmatically. Keep your head down and make it work."
Native Americans are continuing to fight for their land, represent their culture and survive in America. This book forces you to look at the hole filled history were taught about America. You should be prepared to cry when you read this book. These characters and experiences weave a tapestry of blows to your heart that you can't look away from. There is something here to relate to, remember and learn for everyone. I can't wait to read everything this author writes. The narrators of this audio book were  fantastic, so you can enjoy this book in any format. 
“Kids are jumping out the windows of burning buildings, falling to their deaths. And we think the problem is that they’re jumping. This is what we’ve done: We’ve tried to find ways to get them to stop jumping. Convince them that burning alive is better than leaving when the shit gets too hot for them to take. We’ve boarded up windows and made better nets to catch them, found more convincing ways to tell them not to jump. They’re making the decision that it’s better to be dead and gone than to be alive in what we have here, this life, the one we made for them, the one they’ve inherited.
Recommended for Readers who
-enjoy powerful engaging stories told from multiple points of view
-appreciate Native American stories and history
-want to remember characters who are emotionally impactful for a long time

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tommy Orange, InToriLex
Tommy Orange is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California, and currently lives in Angels Camp, California.
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Sunday Post #19 August 27, 2018

August 27, 2018
Sunday Post, Weekly Feature, InToriLex
Sunday Post is a Book Blog Meme hosted at the Caffeinated Reviewer. It's a post used to summarize what has happened on your blog for the past week, and preview what's next.

LAST WEEK

Review: All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells

Review: Temper by Nicky Drayden 

Book Scoop August 17- August 24, 2018 

COMING SOON 

Review: There There by Tommy Orange

Review: The Black God's Drum by P. Djeli Clark 

Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Book Scoop August 24- August 31, 2018

BOOKS HAULED

I received these ARC's from Karen @ For What It's Worth

Fresh Ink: An Anthology by Lamar Giles (Editor)- Some of the most popular diverse Author's have come together in this young adult collection of short stories. I can't wait to read this!!
OUT NOW from Crown Books for Young Readers 
Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert- This is a young adult contemporary featuring realistic family dynamics and hard choices. I'm looking forward to it. 
OUT NOW from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney- An Atlanta based Alice in Wonderland retelling, is something I didn't know I needed until I heard of it.
OUT September 25 from Imprint

Damsel, Point Blank, Sad, Doonesbury in the Time of Trump, InToriLex
Damsel by Elana K. Arnold- A dark unique take on the damsel in distress trope.
 OUT October 2 from Balzer +Bray

#SAD!: Doonesbury in the Time of Trump by G. B. Trudeau- I won this graphic novel from Andrews McMeel Publishing. I'm not going to read it until I need some light-hearted fun on trump. Right now I'm still too overwhelmed by how awful he is.
OUT September 18 from Andrews McMeel Publishing

Point Black: Poems by Alan King- I was contacted by Alan King to review his collection of poems, and I'm really looking forward to it. I've been lucky to receive some great indie published poetry collections this year.
 OUT NOW from Silver Birch Press

LIFE LATELY

I am officially on vacation from work starting today until September 4th. It's been a slow day one, but I will be back on the reading wagon tonight. I'm not going to discuss what I'm currently reading, because I'll be finishing up what I was reading last week tonight. 

I have a lot of errands to do while I'm off from work and then I'm heading to New Orleans this weekend for a friend's Bachelorette party. I'm really excited because this will be my only venture outside of my state this year. Since I'll be out of town, there will be no Sunday Post from me next week on the blog. 

I am grateful to receive so many books this week. I look forward to binge reading and preparing for my trip. Let me know if you ever been to New Orleans below. 

How did your reading go this week?
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Book Scoop August 17- August 24, 2018

August 24, 2018
InToriLex, Book Scoop, Book News
The Black God's Drums, P. Djèlí Clark, InToriLex
The Black God's Drums
Creeper, a scrappy young teen, is done living on the streets of New Orleans. Instead, she wants to soar, and her sights are set on securing passage aboard the smuggler airship Midnight Robber. Her ticket: earning Captain Ann-Marie’s trust using a secret about a kidnapped Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums.

But Creeper keeps another secret close to heart--Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, who speaks inside her head and grants her divine powers. And Oya has her own priorities concerning Creeper and Ann-Marie…
Ohio by Stephen Markley
Ohio, Stephen Markley, InToriLex
Ohio
~Amazon~
The debut of a major talent; a lyrical and emotional novel set in an archetypal small town in northeastern Ohio—a region ravaged by the Great Recession, an opioid crisis, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—depicting one feverish, fateful summer night in 2013 when four former classmates converge on their hometown, each with a mission, all haunted by the ghosts of their shared histories.

Since the turn of the century, a generation has come of age knowing only war, recession, political gridlock, racial hostility, and a simmering fear of environmental calamity. In the country’s forgotten pockets, where industry long ago fled, where foreclosures, Walmarts, and opiates riddle the land, death rates for rural whites have skyrocketed, fueled by suicide, addiction and a rampant sense of marginalization and disillusionment. This is the world the characters in Stephen Markley’s brilliant debut novel, Ohio, inherit. This is New Canaan.

On one fateful summer night in 2013, four former classmates converge on the rust belt town where they grew up, each of them with a mission, all of them haunted by regrets, secrets, lost loves. There’s Bill Ashcraft, an alcoholic, drug-abusing activist, whose fruitless ambitions have taken him from Cambodia to Zuccotti Park to New Orleans, and now back to “The Cane” with a mysterious package strapped to the underside of his truck; Stacey Moore, a doctoral candidate reluctantly confronting the mother of her former lover; Dan Eaton, a shy veteran of three tours in Iraq, home for a dinner date with the high school sweetheart he’s tried to forget; and the beautiful, fragile Tina Ross, whose rendezvous with the captain of the football team triggers the novel’s shocking climax.

At once a murder mystery and a social critique, Ohio ingeniously captures the fractured zeitgeist of a nation through the viewfinder of an embattled Midwestern town and offers a prescient vision for America at the dawn of a turbulent new age.
To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin
To Be Honest, Maggie Ann Martin, InToriLex
To Be Honest
~Amazon~
 Savannah is dreading being home alone with her overbearing mother after her sister goes off to college. But if she can just get through senior year, she'll be able to escape to college, too. What she doesn't count on is that her mother's obsession with weight has only grown deeper since her appearance on an extreme weight-loss show, and now Savvy's mom is pressuring her even harder to be constantly mindful of what she eats.

Between her mom's diet-helicoptering, missing her sister, and worrying about her collegiate future, Savvy has enough to worry about. And then she meets George, the cute new kid at school who has insecurities of his own. As Savvy and George grow closer, they help each other discover how to live in the moment and enjoy the here and now before it disappears.
Vox by Christina Dalcher
Vox, Christina Dalcher, InToriLex
Vox
~Amazon~ 
Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, VOX is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial--this can't happen here. Not in America. Not to her.

This is just the beginning.

Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard.

But this is not the end.

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice. 
Did I miss anything in the book world? Let me know in the comments below
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Review: Temper by Nicky Drayden

August 21, 2018
Temper, Nicky Drayden, InToriLex
Published By: Harper Voyager on August 7, 2018
Format Read: ARC Edition (382 pages)
Genre: Own Voices/ Fantasy/ Sci-fi
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Publisher Request
Rating: THREE POINT FIVE STARS
Temper
~Amazon~ 
Two brothers.
Seven vices.
One demonic possession.
Can this relationship survive?

Auben Mutze has more vices than he can deal with—six to be exact—each branded down his arm for all the world to see. They mark him as a lesser twin in society, as inferior, but there’s no way he’ll let that define him. Intelligent and outgoing, Auben’s spirited antics make him popular among the other students at his underprivileged high school. So what if he’s envious of his twin Kasim, whose single vice brand is a ticket to a better life, one that likely won’t involve Auben.

The twins’ strained relationship threatens to snap when Auben starts hearing voices that speak to his dangerous side—encouraging him to perform evil deeds that go beyond innocent mischief. Lechery, deceit, and vanity run rampant. And then there are the inexplicable blood cravings. . . .

On the southern tip of an African continent that could have been, demons get up to no good during the time of year when temperatures dip and temptations rise. Auben needs to rid himself of these maddening voices before they cause him to lose track of time. To lose his mind. And to lose his . . .

VERDICT:

Content Warning: Substance Abuse, Queer Elements, Cannibalism, Sexually Explicit Scenes

REVIEW:

When I started reading I was uncertain how this multi-gendered, mostly twin populated world worked. There are four genders male, female, feminized kigen and masculinized kigen. Kigen are created when twins genitalia are mixed in the womb so each twin has different feminine and masculine characteristics. In the book it was described as chimeral gendering. All of the twins in this world share six vices and virtues between them. The vices and virtues do not have to be split evenly.


Once I learned more about the world building I started to enjoy the characters and mythology in this book. The characters are what shine. Auben has five vices and one virtue, Kasim has five virtues and one vice. Their relationship is close not only because they cannot be separated too far or risk feeling pain, but because they have developed a great bond. Overtime the relationship becomes more strained as family secrets are revealed. The extensive religious mythology along with the changing surroundings of Auben and Kasim, was overwhelming as the story progresses.
InToriLex, I'm Lost
While the world building was done well, it took too long for me to get a full picture. Any science based progress or interests are stifled because most of the population follows religious practices instead.  In addition to religious differences there are also major class differences. Many people live in poverty while their twin lives in affluent neighborhoods separated by a wall. The book also includes  mature content, while it is told from a young person's perspective I would not label this a young adult book.  

The story had far too much going on to make it flow well for the reader. In the last third of the book things  happen at a staggering pace. The last part of the book could have easily been the start of the next book in series. Everything felt compressed and the story struggled to keep my interest towards the end. I did enjoy the queer elements, unique concepts, characters and diverse representation throughout the book.

Recommended for Readers who
- enjoy unique diverse fantasy
- look for well explained world building
- enjoy mature content related to sex and sexual orientation

**I received this ARC from Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review.**

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nicky Drayden is a Systems Analyst who dabbles in prose when she’s not buried in code. She resides in Austin, Texas where being weird is highly encouraged, if not required.

WEBSITE
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Review: All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells

August 20, 2018
All Systems Red, (The Murderbot Diaries #1), Martha Wells, InToriLex
Published By: Tor.com on May 2,  2017
Format Read: Kindle Edition (144 pages)
Genre: Sci-fi/ Adult/ Novella
Series: Book One of the Murderbot Diaries
Source: Purchased
Rating: FOUR STARS
All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)
~Amazon~
In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

VERDICT:

Content Warning: Graphic Violence, Morose Humor

REVIEW:

This is a small novella that lived up to it's hype. It follows a SecUnit (who calls himself Murderbot) protecting a crew while they explore a planet. Along the way he encounters danger, tolerates humans, and shares his witty point of view. The novella is engaging, funny and action packed. As Murderbot slowly starts to reveal he in a sentient A.I. he describes the strangeness of human social interactions. Through his eyes the nature of the crew's mission unravels, with suspense, as they face danger and threats no one was prepared for.
"The humans hadn’t gotten a lot of sleep last night, from the crowding and the strong possibility of dying."
The pacing, story and plot flowed together effortlessly. You will quickly become immersed with Murderbot who is not human,  but has a soft spot for them. In a short amount of pages I cared about the characters and enjoyed the simply explained sci-fi elemenst. In this future where humans are not constrained to their planet, I was happy to see diverse characters included. I really wanted more of everything, but had to reminded myself there will be more books. I will be continuing on with the series and hope it maintains its great momentum.
"And in their corner all they had was Murderbot, who just wanted everyone to shut up and leave it alone so it could watch the entertainment feed all day."
Recommended for Readers who
- enjoy funny action packed stories
- want a quick entertaining read
- want to cheer for a socially awkward sentient robot

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Martha Wells, InToriLex
Martha Wells has written many fantasy novels, including The Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads), the Ile-Rien series (including The Death of the Necromancer) as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, media tie-ins (for Star Wars and Stargate: Atlantis), and non-fiction. Her most recent fantasy novel is The Harbors of the Sun in 2017, the final novel in The Books of the Raksura series. She has a new series of SF novellas, The Murderbot Diaries, published by Tor.com in 2017 and 2018. She was also the lead writer for the story team of Magic: the Gathering's Dominaria expansion in 2018. She has won a Nebula Award, an ALA/YALSA Alex Award, a Locus Award, and her work has appeared on the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Award ballots, the USA Today Bestseller List, and the New York Times Bestseller List. Her books have been published in eleven languages.

She has had short stories in the magazines Black Gate, Realms of Fantasy, Lone Star Stories, Lightspeed Magazine, and Stargate Magazine, and in the Tsunami Relief anthology Elemental, The Other Half of the Sky, Tales of the Emerald Serpent, Mech: Age of Steel, and The Gods of Lovecraft.

She has essays in the nonfiction anthologies Farscape Forever, Mapping the World of Harry Potter, Chicks Unravel Time, and The Kobold Guide to Magic.  

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Sunday Post #18 August 19, 2018

August 19, 2018
Sunday Post, InToriLex
Sunday Post is a Book Blog Meme hosted at the Caffeinated Reviewer. It's a post used to summarize what has happened on your blog for the past week, and preview what's next.

LAST WEEK



COMING SOON

Review: All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Review: Temper by Nicky Drayden

Review: There There by Tommy Orange 

Book Scoop August 17- August 24, 2018

BOOKS HAULED

Thats not what happened, The Good Demon, Prey of Gods, Temper, Lies, InToriLex
 That's Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger 
(Scholastic Press OUT AUGUST 28)
I haven't read any Scholactic books in years but this sounds interesting. It follows the aftermath of a school shooting and was inspired by a true story. The author also wrote the book D.U.F.F.

The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas 
(Abrams OUT SEPTEMBER 18)
The premise of this book is pretty unique. It follows a young girl who wants to reunite with her demon that was recently pushed out because of a exorcism.

Prey of Gods & Temper by Nicky Drayden
(Harper Voyager OUT NOW)
I won these two books along with Temper character cards from Goodreads. I recently finished Temper and enjoyed it, so I'm happy to have a finished copy. Prey of Gods has great reviews, so I can't wait to read it. These are both very diverse fantasy's with sci-fi elements.

Lies by T.M. Morgan 
 (St. Martin's Press OUT SEPTEMBER 11)
I have seen promotion and hyper surround this book for a while. It's a huge best seller in the UK. This follows a man whose life slowly starts to unravel and he discovers most of what he knows about the people in his life are lies.

LIFE LATELY


I've slowly accepted that the summer is just a time when my reading slows down. I had a pretty busy work week, but I will be on vacation for the last week of August and I plan on catching up on my TBR.  I'm happy with the books sent  to me this week. I was hoping for a ARC of The Good Demon since I read the synopsis, so I hope it's enjoyable. I'm was able to visit with family and bowl this weekend. It was really relaxing but meant minimal reading.

#Currently Reading 

There There by Tommy Orange- This is a wonderful book following the lives of Native American people leading up to a POW WOW. The changing POV's, captivating stories and hard truths have led to a incredible listening experience.

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras- This is a Colombian family saga and it is wonderful. Although I just started it, I'm really enjoying it. The author uses Spanish throughout the book and I'm happy I've been able to understand it because I'm working on learning Spanish.

How did your reading go this week?
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Book Scoop August 10- August 17, 2018

August 17, 2018
Ball Lightning, Liu Cixin , Joel Martinsen, InToriLex
Ball Lightning
~Amazon~ 
When Chen’s parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of mysterious natural phenomenon. His search takes him to stormy mountaintops, an experimental military weapons lab, and an old Soviet science station. The more he learns, the more he comes to realize that ball lightning is just the tip of an entirely new frontier in particle physics. Although Chen’s quest provides a purpose for his lonely life, his reasons for chasing his elusive quarry come into conflict with soldiers and scientists who have motives of their own: a beautiful army major with an obsession with dangerous weaponry, and a physicist who has no place for ethical considerations in his single-minded pursuit of knowledge. 
A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua
A River of Stars, Vanessa Hua, InToriLex
A River of Stars
~Amazon~
In a powerful debut novel about motherhood, immigration, and identity, a pregnant Chinese woman makes her way to California and stakes a claim to the American dream.

Holed up with other moms-to-be in a secret maternity home in Los Angeles, Scarlett Chen is far from her native China, where she worked in a factory job and fell in love with the owner, Boss Yeung. Now she's carrying his baby. Already married with three daughters, he's overjoyed because the doctors confirmed he will finally have the son he has always wanted. To ensure that his son has every advantage, he has shipped Scarlett off to give birth on American soil. U.S. citizenship will open doors for their little prince.

As Scarlett awaits the baby's arrival, she chokes down bitter medicinal stews and spars with her imperious housemates. The only one who fits in even less is Daisy, a spirited teenager and fellow unwed mother who is being kept apart from her American boyfriend.

Then a new sonogram of Scarlett's baby reveals the unexpected. Panicked, she escapes by hijacking a van--only to discover that she has a stowaway: Daisy, who intends to track down the father of her child. They flee to San Francisco's bustling Chinatown, where Scarlett will join countless immigrants desperately trying to seize their piece of the American dream. What Scarlett doesn't know is that her baby's father is not far behind her.

A River of Stars is an entertaining, wildly unpredictable adventure, told with empathy and wit. It's a vivid examination of home and belonging, and a moving portrayal of a woman determined to build her own future.
The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones #1) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie 
The Raging Ones, (The Raging Ones #1), Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie, InToriLex
The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones, #1)
~Amazon~
In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds.

Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday.

Until the day she does.

Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him.

Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.

With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space. Against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.
Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft (Translator)
Flights, Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft, InToriLex
Flights
~Amazon~ 
 A seventeenth-century Dutch anatomist discovers the Achilles tendon by dissecting his own amputated leg. Chopin's heart is carried back to Warsaw in secret by his adoring sister. A woman must return to her native Poland in order to poison her terminally ill high school sweetheart, and a young man slowly descends into madness when his wife and child mysteriously vanish during a vacation and just as suddenly reappear. Through these brilliantly imagined characters and stories, interwoven with haunting, playful, and revelatory meditations, Flights explores what it means to be a traveler, a wanderer, a body in motion not only through space but through time. Where are you from? Where are you coming in from? Where are you going? we call to the traveler. Enchanting, unsettling, and wholly original, Flights is a master storyteller's answer.
Did I miss anything in the book world? Let me know in the comments below
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