WWW Wednesday (April 18,2018)

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Blu Moon Fiction is back, (Wedneday will never be the same again, lol) It’s WWW Wednesday again! As always, it’s really easy because there are only THREE questions! WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words! Be sure to post your answers in the comments below and head over to Sam’s when you’re done!

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What are you currently reading?

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I’ve been hearing so much about this book lately that when I saw it was available for purchase, I had to snag it. Turns out this book happens to be an Advanced Reader’s Copy someone let slip through their fingers. I’m more than happy to make it a part of my home library. Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope is the highly anticipated first novel in the Earthsinger Chronicles and I should be finished reading it by Sunday night.

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What did you recently finish reading?

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I finally finished reading Tithe by Holly Black. A book I started back in late January and hadn’t had time to finish before this month. It’s definitely a book I had to power through but once I got into the story I was super happy I stayed with it. I am a chronic, ship-jumper when it comes to stories I don’t enjoy.  The final moments in the book were enough to inspire me to add the other books in the series to my TBR list. You can check out the review for Tithe here.

 

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What do you think you’ll read next?

There are so many options, books on my TBR list, books that are on my bookshelf that I haven’t added to by TBR list, the occassional Book Haul to muddy things up. I recently purchased a steampunk fairytale anthology that i’m dying to sink my teeth into so maybe that will be my next read.

What Are You Reading Right Now? Leave A Comment Below!

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Now Reading: Song of Blood and Stone

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Book Title: Song of Blood & Stone

Author: L. Penelope

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

 

Reread or TBR?

I have heard so much about this book, starting in 2017. I recently began seeing book reviews for this book and it was heavily reccomended on my GoodReads suggestions. I had to buy it, though I hadn’t realized I’d be buying an advanced Reader’s Copy. The book according to my book cover, will be going on sale May 1, 2018.  This book made it to the top of my TBR list. I just started reading it last night.

Goodreads Description

 

A treacherous, thrilling, epic fantasy about an outcast drawn into a war between two powerful rulers. 

Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive–an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart.

Jack’s mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagamiri is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and it’s people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda’s Earthsong to do it. They escape their ruthless captors and together they embark on a perilous journey to save Elsira and to uncover the secrets of The Queen Who Sleeps.

Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation.

The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.

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First Thoughts On The Book

The very first thing I thought when I saw the book was how beautiful the cover was. Aside from the obvious use of blue, which I love, the character on the cover is a black woman. Looking beyond that it also looks like the universe is inside of her, which may hint to the story inside. The story was described as a Romeo & Juliet inspired tale with the promise of an Epic battle to rival the Lord of the Rings franchise; I’m most interesting to seeing that play out.

Now On Page…

I’m still on page one. This book came in the mail yesterday and is a part of my April/Springtime Book Haul. I previously started Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. Saw the release date for this book and decided that I wanted to have it read before the May 1 release date. I will be officially starting the book, today and hopefully, I’ll be finished by Sunday night.

 

Are you eager to read Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope?

Have you Already read it?  Leave a comment below!

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What We’re Reading: Tithe

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3 out of 5

The old saying, “You can’t judge a book by it’s cover,” and the following,  “Or the first few chapters,” was made for this book. I discovered Tithe on a GoodReads suggestion list because I enjoy both faeries, dark fiction and Urban Fantasy. It may have also been suggested by Amazon after I binged on Artemis Fowl. Either way, the 331 page book complete with twelve pages of White Cat (another Holly Black book) weren’t terrifying, the short and stout book may have even been shorter in a hard back with larger font and longer pages.

I remember the cover being what swayed my decision to buy it. What looks to be a butterfly missing a body is on the cover with green splattered font to display the title. Visually it is very pleasing, but reading it took a bit more time than I thought it’d would.

Having never read Holly Black I wasn’t sure what to expect, I haven’t read Spiderwick Chronicles and barely made it through the movie. What I did know was that Holly Black was the highly publicized “Queen of the Faeries”, so who better to read first?

My initial response to the book was that I was waiting. Waiting for the action to start, waiting for secrets to be revealed, waiting for the meat and potatoes of my book or I was waiting to get to the final page and be done with it. A move and getting settled back into my office put this book back on the shelf for two months, but when I finally committed I finished reading the book in about four days.

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What I Liked!

I absolutely love the playful romance between Kaye and Roiben, it is still a very cliched as Roiben the older more experienced magical being becomes an accidental protector of the fair young Kaye. That Kaye is not helpless and at times is even rebellious makes her a more enjoyable heroin. Their relationship as it develops throughout the book was one of few thing that kept me going.

Once I got into it I was also quite intrigued by the mystery and deception of the gentry. The multitude of layers beneath the story and the plan for Kaye during the Tithe all seemed to be buried deep until the very last pages. This book is full of twists and turns and I’m happy I stayed along for the ride.

This may be a little macabre but I’m happy that SOMEONE if not several people died. My interests in fiction are a little bit darker than most, I adore a good fairy tale as long as we can muddy it up a bit, the Fae in this story are not like Tinkerbell for sure and the wickedness that comes from that usually end in bloodshed. The lives lost during the escalation of the story were necessary “sacrifices” to give the book its edge and maintain realism.

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What I Didn’t Like…

It took a while for me to actually invest in the story. As a person from Philadelphia familiar with New Jersey I can say for certainty that despite a jab or two regarding my hometown the setting was perfect. However, the progression of the story din’t pull me in. I truly didn’t care for the book as whole until page 104. The book seemed to drag on in an attempt to subtly hint at the secrets and plot twists. It was almost as if Black didn’t trust the reader could pick up on the foreshadowing within the first few pages. I figured out Kaye’s brilliant secret by page 15 and spent the rest of the time wondering how long it would take for the rest of the world to find out if that was the goal. I don’t think there needs to be an 80 page gap between the inception of her “talents” and the actual declaration of them.

Spike…I didn’t like him. I applaud Black for her amazing development of her characters, no one entity was completely good or bad. For example even though Kaye was a high school drop out who smoked cigarettes and cursed, she was still brave and kind and a “good person”. The revelation that not all of those looking after Kaye were “on her side” definitely sucked me into the story and made Spike my second most hated, second only to Nephamael who was a piece of work in his own right.

*Minor note: I didn’t like that Kaye found her younger self, stuck at age 4. I’m not certain the significance of that particular scene besides adding evidence that Silarial was aware of her identity. Understanding that this is a series, I’d hope the explanation of baby Kaye could be explained or at least wonder if they plan to return her.

Overall I enjoyed the book a lot more than I thought I would, I’m officially interested in checking out Valiant and Ironside and will be adding them to my TBR list!

 

Have You Read Tithe by  Holly Black?

What did you think?  Leave a comment below!

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Coming Soon! Fahrenheit 451

One of my favorite novels by Ray Bradbury, and featuring my On – Screen husband (he don’t know it yet, but we’ve been dating since Creed and made it official after Black Panther) Fahrenheit 451 is coming to HBO! Check out the trailer!

Be Expo 2018: Children’s Books for Kids of Color

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My weekend was one to remember for sure!

A few weeks ago when I was obsessed with the flower show! I should’ve been researching and getting my hustle on for the 2018 Be Expo! I was fortunate enough to grab a ticket, even scored me some expo swag. 20180317_1711011066486878.jpg

The BeExpo was sponsored by Radio One Philadelphia, and is one of THE largest expose catered towards promoting diversity and empowerment in the city. The vendors were local, some were faces you may have seen at others festivals.

I have a weird relationship with crowds; as more people flooded the convention center’s walking space, I realized that it would soon be time to leave. Just before we ended our day however, I was able to snag a peek at the cover of a book. It was Pinnochio, and I didn’t actually by that book. Instead I purchased, The Adventures of Jahloni & Jahbril,  a story about two Rastafarian boys who become superheroes after finding a magical ancient book hidden under their parents bed. The book sends them 20180317_1717121960211158.jpginto another universe filled with Dinosaurs and new adventures. The Adventures of Jahloni & Jahbril is best suited for ages 6 to 9. Urban Toons will be expanding into the world of apps for kids, but started remixing common beloved fairy tales, and setting them in a locale that children from different backgrounds would be familiar with. Urban Toons is also based in Philadelphia, so I’m even more happy to show support.

 

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The author Nahjee Grant was kind enough to speak with me briefly about his series. He is also the creator and host of the children’s TV reading show Really Exciting and Delightful Stories and travels to various schools as a motivational speaker. His Cool Smart Kid books, are geared towards people of color and at risk youth.

My day at the BeExpo was one for the books, I met many more authors, but that’s for another post. If you missed out, be sure to grab your tickets early next year. The event featured workshops, panel discussions, health screenings, and shopping at vendor’s booths.

 

What’s Your Favorite Children’s Story?

Leave A Comment Below!

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#ShowsWeLove: Charmed Reboot

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I am the sun,

I am the air,

I am human and I need to be loved,

Just like everybody else….does.

I was obsessed with the Halliwell sisters as a kid. Originally airing in 1998, Charmed, was a fantasy-drama starring Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano. I am a huge Alyssa Milano fan and a show involving her and magic was exactly what I needed.

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The show ran for eight years finally ending in 2006 after several battles against darkness and once each of the sisters was married with children. I was crushed to see the show end, but happy they buttoned it up so nicely.

Possible talks of a reboot, sent images of Wyatt and Chris

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returning with children of their own, or perhaps even Phoebe and her children (as she was the only one to have a trio of girls) swirling into focus. Though as the CW began finalizing details about the shows reincarnation, all hopes I’ve had of seeing the Halliwell bloodline continue have been dashed.

Instead the headlines have been checkered with news of a new feminist twist, the Halliwell name being converted and the cast getting a new Hispanic twist. I was afraid that what we’d get was a watered down version of the original we loved. But the CW promised:

“This fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series centers on three sisters – Macy (Mantock), Mel (Diaz) and Madison (Jeffery) — in a college town who, after the tragic death of their mother, are stunned to discover they are witches. Soon this powerful threesome must stand together to fight the everyday and supernatural battles that all modern witches must face: from vanquishing powerful demons to toppling the patriarchy.”

No offense to the hardworking staff on this show but with the exception of adding a lesbian to the trio the concept seems very similar to the original Charmed. Madeleine

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Mantock, Melonie Diaz and Sarah Jeffery have been cast as the new versions of the Halliwell sisters though their last name will no longer be Halliwell.

This will be the first television inception of Charmed since the show ended in 2006, but the series had been a comic book following it’s shows end which brought back Prue and

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continued on the Halliwell bloodline. That series also ended in 2012 leaving a new breed of diehard Charmed fans.

Echoes of Prue, Phoebe and Piper are clearly visible in the recreations of the new sisters. The eldest sister, Macy, a veritable Prue clone is described as “practical, driven, and brilliant geneticist.” Also like Prue, her world is most affected by their witchy secret. Mel, the middle sister who also happens to be an outspoken activist and lesbian is very different than Piper (Like a Piper/Paige mix) and finally The youngest sister, Madison, played by Sarah Jeffery described as a “bubbly college freshman” who’s witch business occasionally muddles her sorority girl aspirations.

I’m not completely against it, but i’m a little worried that they’re going to ruin a classic. Hopefully, the show’s move to the CW as well as new writer’s will add to the franchise instead of staining it.

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What are your thoughts on the reboot? Leave a comment Below!

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Blu Moon Fiction Calendar: Coming Soon

I’m always looking for new ideas to promote literacy and to engage in my creative side. If I can find a way to promote local talent as well that is an added bonus. So while brainstorming ideas for my next fundraising project; I decided to put together a fantasy art calendar featuring local artists.

The fantasy art calendar will feature artists from Philadelphia and the surrounding area and money raised from the sale of the calendar will be donated to the local charity, Books Through Bars. I discovered the group, which sends books to inmates in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US, while looking for volunteer opportunities.

The organization is always in need of book donations, extra helping hands and donations of course. Which is what

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spawned the idea for the calendar, book drive and Read-Olympics all coming soon in the next few months.

I’m looking for local artists, in the Philadelphia and surrounding area. All submissions are welcome. Any interested artists should include two sketches for review. The first sketch should have the #WhatsYourStory theme.

#WhatsYourStory is Blu Moon Fiction’s call to action. It not only encourages creative’s to share their perspectives but also serves as a challenge to find innovative ways in expressing our creativity.

This sketch is a freestyle option, provided it includes #WhatsYourStory in the actual picture.

The only requirement for the second picture is that the central theme must be books or reading. If I get enough responses I’ll happily produce multiple calendars using everyone’s artwork. For now, I’m looking for 12 local artists interested in sharing their talents for a good cause. 10% of the proceeds from the calendar will be donated to Books Through Bars.

Check back with Blu Moon Fiction, over the next few weeks for more details on the Blu Moon Fiction 2018 Read-Olympics/ Book Drive. As well as for more info on how to get involved with the Blu Moon Fiction Fantasy Calendar. If interested in participating in either the Blu Moon Fiction calendar or The Read – Olympics, send all inquiries to BluMoonFiction@gmail.com Subject: Calendar

Know An Artist Who’d Love To Be In The Calendar?

Tag Them Below!

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