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review 2018-02-23 05:36
Waiting On You Spoiler Free Review
Waiting On You - Joey Paul

If you’ve ever been on the internet then you’ve probably met some very diverse people, people that you would have never met IRL (in real life). Waiting On You by Joey Paul is about two people wishing to escape the world around them and the harmony they find in an online chat room. 

I gave this book a five star review for two reasons: it was a really amazing read and it spoke to me. It’s not often I can find myself really relating with characters but these pages captured something that was really important to me: online life. People warn you about talking to strangers online but hey, it’s where I found my people as a shy, awkward teenager, just like Zach and Angelina in this book. 

This novel was a fast read. In fact I finished the last 150 pages or so in one sitting when I had only planned to read one chapter. I just couldn’t put it down. 

I’ve already said that I related to the characters but I love them for so much more than that. I like that they’re dynamic, changing characters with plenty of development. A story is good when you can feel a character’s pain. My heart bled for Angelina. My blood also boiled.

The thing I love the most about this story it's believable (and it makes me sad about the world because of that). Real problems are brought up and faced in Waiting On You and the outcomes of those...well you know if you’ve read it and if not, what are you waiting for! 

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed Waiting On You and I recommend it to anyone who’s found an escape in online life or anyone who wants a quick, wonderful read. 

Disclaimer: I received an ebook of this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

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text 2018-01-20 19:19
2017 Year in Review: Stats
Shadowhouse Fall - Daniel José Older
Ninefox Gambit - Yoon Ha Lee
A Conspiracy in Belgravia (The Lady Sherlock Series) - Sherry Thomas
Food of the Gods: A Rupert Wong Novel - Cassandra Khaw
The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle
The Stars Are Legion - Kameron Hurley
The Heiress Effect - Courtney Milan
An Extraordinary Union - Alyssa Cole
The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth) - N.K. Jemisin
Clean Room Vol. 3: Waiting for the Stars to Fall - Gail Simone,Jon Davis-Hunt
Did anyone else end up with a broken counter on the Goodreads stats page? I know they had an issue with the date read field earlier in the year. While that eventually worked itself out, my total for 2017 is way off. The states page claims over 100, but the list is really only 79.
My breakdown of the 79 "books" I finished in 2017:

anthologies: 0
collections: 0
Adult novels: 50
YA novels: 8
MG novels: 0
graphic novels: 1
art book: 0
comic omnibus: 15
magazine issues: 0
children's books: 2
nonfiction: 3
I make a demographics list every year as a way of giving myself the opportunity to think about who I've read and how I can do better.
Across all categories:
  Written by Women: 53 (67%, down from 72% in 2016)
  Written by POC: 29 (37%, up from 17% in 2016)
  Written by Transgender authors: 5 (6%, up from 1% in 2016) 
  Written by Non-binary authors: 2 (3%, up from 1% in 2016)
While this looks like a large improvement from last year, I should note that this is not unique authors, but total across all my reading. I went on Cassandra Khaw and Daniel José Older benders this fall that account for a lot of my non-white reading. I also went on a Courtney Milan bender in January that is helping inflate the written by women category. 
My favorite book from 2017 were really hard to select! It was a great reading year, but I narrowed it down to 10. Please don't ask me to order them as that's clearly an impossible task. They should all appear in the banner at the top, but here's a list, alphabetically:
I reviewed all 79 titles read in 2017, which is really more than I expected. Not all those reviews are great, but in terms of quantity, I beat my expectations. 
My favorite new-to-me author of 2017 is Cassandra Khaw. She's talented and her range includes (nay, celebrates!) splatterpunk. 
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url 2018-01-15 21:36
Forty new books in series releasing tomorrow
Binti: The Night Masquerade - Nnedi Okorafor
Iron Gold - Pierce Brown
Grilled Cheese and Dragons #1 (Princess Pulverizer) - Nancy E. Krulik,William F. Balistreri
Out of the Darkness - Heather Graham
Warrior of the Void - M.R. Mathias
January in Atlantis - Alyssa Day
Waiting for Spring 4 - Anashin
Almost Paradise (Book 4) - Christie Ridgway
An Engagement for Two - Marie Ferrarella

See Fictfact.com's book release calendar for full list and series info.

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2018-01-12 14:21
Waiting for a Sign - Esty Schachter
For more reviews, check out my blog Craft-Cycle

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely loved this book. Amazing. Truly amazing. This is a perfect example of a character changing and maturing throughout a novel. At the end, Shelly is a completely different person from who she was in the beginning, sneaking up on her deaf brother and saying mean things he can't hear. 

I love how complex the story is, focusing on various relationships and storylines. It is still easy to follow, but complex enough to make it really interesting.

One of my favorite elements was how seamlessly Schachter works in various aspects of Deaf culture and etiquette when talking to people who are deaf or hard of hearing (looking at the person signing instead of the person interpreting). Schachter founds ways to effortlessly put these things into the story so it educated the reader without making them feel like someone was ranting at them. 

I also really liked the focus on talking things out and sharing feeling, especially among the male characters. I love how open Ian became about the things that upset him and how he is able to talk through them with Shelly. 

This is a truly fantastic book. I loved every page of it. I cannot recommend this book enough. 

Schachter put a lot into this novel and it really shows. You can feel her on each page and it is an amazing experience.
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review 2018-01-09 19:55
Higher is Waiting
Higher Is Waiting - Tyler Perry,Dominic Hoffman

I Picked Up This Book Because: I like Tyler Perry. I am endlessly curious about the life journeys of others so why not read this.

Part memoir, part inspiration, part spiritual study guide. Tyler shares his story largely using the metaphor of a tree. He speaks of his roots, his branches and leaves. He speaks of his tough life growing, his close relationship with his mother and Aunt Mae. He seeks to tell these stories not solely for entertainment but so others can understand that you can not let your past direct your future. Life is a series of moments to grow and he offers tools in the form of bible verse to help facilitate that growth.

I listened to this in audiobook form but I think I would suggest it in paper form. There are several passages that are given that I would want to reflect on, study, do and then come back a reread the passage.

Overall I found the book interesting however I did find my thoughts drifting every now and again.

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The Score Card:


3.75 Stars

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