Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday No. 10: Want, by Cindy Pon

Welcome to "Can't Wait Wednesday"!
This is a weekly event hosted by
Tressa @ Wishful Endings, and inspired by "Waiting On Wednesday", which used to be hosted by
 Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

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As in the previous meme, this one showcases future releases  we book  bloggers 
are eagerly anticipating!!
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Here's my choice for this week!

Cindy Pon
Hardcover,  336 pages
Simon Pulse 
June 13, 2017 
Diverse Reads, Dystopian Fiction, 
Science Fiction, Thriller,  
Young Adult Fiction

From critically acclaimed author Cindy Pon comes an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller, set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, about a group of teens who risk everything to save their city.

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?

Why I'm waiting on this one!

This novel certainly has some pretty breathtaking and highly fascinating elements! I love the combination! It has it all -- a great extrapolation from our current environmental and economic concerns, political and class intrigue, and even romance!! Another huge plus is that it's a male protagonist who finds himself torn between love and duty. It's about time we saw this conflict in a guy's life portrayed in YA fiction! And, since it's also SF, I just NEED to get this book!!! (P.S. -- The author is an Ursula K. LeGuin fan....'nuff said!)

Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association's Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, was released in April 2011. Serpentine and Sacrifice, her second duology novels,were published in 2015 and 2016 by Month9books. Want, a near-future thriller set in Taipei releases June 13th, 2017 (Simon Pulse). 

She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade.


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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tour Mini-Review/Giveaway!! Dating The It Guy, by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Welcome to the blog tour for 
Dating The It Guy
sponsored by
YA Bound Book Tours!!

For my stop, I'm featuring an 
excerpt with mini-review.
There's also a 
tour-sponsored giveaway!!

Dating The It Guy
Trade Paperback/Digital Edition
266 pages
Clean Reads
March 21, 2017 
Contemporary Romance, 
Young Adult Fiction

Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator's son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon's world and it doesn't help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren, seems determined to get back into his life, along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off-kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you're dating the "it" guy. 

Although I've only read the excerpt below, this novel has just shown me, again, why I LOVE to read YA. I am reliving something I never even lived through.... I know that sounds very paradoxical, but it's completely true, alas! These are the types of conversations I can only WISH I could have had while I was in high school. My sister and I weren't even allowed to date until we were over 18. And we were sent to an ALL-GIRL Catholic school. As if things couldn't get any worse, the school was run by....NUNS. Groan....... So this is why I LOVE to devour YA books!!  I already LOVE these characters! The interaction between Emme and Kylie is so funny, as well as typical of this age. Hager has captured their world perfectly. And I want to go to the art fair, too! (My husband can take me, lol.) In short, this is a super cute, totally engaging read, and besides, that cover just ROCKS. This book is MINE. 
End. Of. Story.

He put the magazine between us, and when I moved forward to see it, he put his arm across the back of my chair. Now lots of guys did put their arms on chair backs; even Kirk did that with Rory, and he definitely wasn’t interested in her, but I couldn’t help but hope it meant something. I got this shivery feeling, and he asked if I was cold. I shook my head. I always got a feeling before something major was about to happen, and it has nothing to do with being cold, but I didn’t know why I got the feeling. Grandma used to do the same thing and always said, “Somebody just walked across my grave.” Somehow I didn’t think Brendon would understand if I told him I needed to move my future burial plot to a less high-traffic area.
“Are we still on for the art fair?” he asked.
I had only been circling it with hearts on my calendar since he asked.
“Sure, I think I’m still free,” I said.
We finished up our work, and he walked me out to meet Kylie.
“Okay, I’ll pick you up at three tomorrow,” he said, walking off.
“Can I ask a stupid question?” Kylie asked as soon as Brendon was out of earshot. “What’s he like? Because he’s so well-known, and I can’t imagine what it’d be like to grow up with your whole life under a microscope. I mean, my mom remembers his first birthday party pictures being shown on the news. And he’s hot, but he’s not like I-know-I’m-a-hottie hot, but more like a confident, ‘Yes, I am hot. Any questions?’ I mean, he has to have noticed there aren’t any guys who look like him walking around.”
“I should tell him what you said.”
“Don’t you dare,” Kylie said.
“I get what you mean—he’s grown up with everybody knowing his dad and watching him, but he’s pretty down to earth.”
“So what’s up with you two? You guys didn’t do any work last Saturday, and now you’re going to an art fair.”
“I dunno. He just asked me to go with him.”
“Asked you to go with him as his study buddy or asked you to go with him because he’s desperately in love with you?” she asked.
I said we were just friends, but she wouldn’t let it go.
“Okay, duh, obviously I like him, but let’s be honest. He’s out of my league. He’s out of most people’s league. It’s weird because normally if I like a guy then one of two things happens—either he likes me and asks for my number…or I find out he’s not into me and I cry in my pillow and listen to man-hating music for at least three days,” I said. “But this time’s different because he’s, I dunno, not just ‘some guy.’ I mean, I’m not putting up a shrine to him in my room, and I haven’t rooted though his garbage can, but I have as much chance of going out with him as Kirk does of getting an ‘A’ in this class.”
“You listen to man-hating music?” she asked, and I narrowed my eyes at her. “Whatever. Anyway, Em, he’s asked you out once already, and you are seeing him tomorrow. Plus, he’s always staring at you.”
I said he was probably just bored in class today, but she wouldn’t let it go.
“I’m not just talking about today. When we watched the movie on Monday, he watched you instead, and whenever I see you guys, he acts like there’s no one else in the room,” she said.
I couldn’t hold back the big, stupid smile spreading across my face. “He does? For real?”
She nodded. “You know, it’s weird. Here you were all upset you didn’t have a partner at the beginning of the semester, and then you ended up with like, Mr. Perfection, as your partner.”

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Krysten Lindsay Hager is an obsessive reader and has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and humor essayist, and writes for teens, tweens, and adults. She is also the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series (True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, and the soon to be released, Landry in Like) and her work has been featured in USA Today and named as Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values and Virtues Fiction and Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Children’s Books on Values. She’s originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and southwestern Ohio. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.


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Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Blogger Hop No. 89: Handling Negative Blog Comments

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This Week's Question

How do you handle negative
comments left on your blog?

(Submitted  by Maria @ 

My Answer

This is something that never even entered my mind when I first started blogging. And for a long time afterward, I didn't consider the possibility, either. 

Thankfully, I haven't had that many negative comments on my posts, in six (going on seven now) years of blogging. To be quite honest, I think I've only had two or three in all this time.

My way of handling negative comments depends on how offensive and/or insulting they are. If they are mild criticisms, then I will leave them up, and even reply to them, as calmly and politely as I possibly can.

Not that long ago, I received a comment that was not terribly offensive, but the person did criticize one of my posts because of alleged spelling errors. Just for the heck of it, though, I carefully checked over the post in question, proofreading in detail as I went. Well, I didn't find any errors. Not a single one.

I have occasionally come across spelling and grammatical errors on other blogs. I would NEVER dream of pointing out such errors in a blog comment. I would send an email, and thus avoid embarrassing a blogger on their own blog.  I recall sending one such email once. Usually, I just ignore any errors I might come across. Nobody's perfect, after all.

This person happened to mention that they had noticed my "errors" because they were an editor. I then politely informed them that I'm an English teacher, so I'm very much aware of such things, which is why I proofread and tweak my posts endlessly, even after I publish them. Lol.

The situation is totally different if a negative blog comment contains profanity and/or insults. I will simply delete such comments, without any explanation to the person who left them. I definitely do NOT want my readers and visitors to see that type of thing on my blog. Absolutely not! It not only creates a very bad impression of the blog, but also makes readers and visitors feel uncomfortable.

For instance, someone once called me "a grammar Nazi" in a comment, simply because I stated in one of my posts that Indie books frequently have editing issues. I think this term is VERY offensive, so I deleted that particular comment.

Both of my blogs -- A Night's Dream of Books, and MindSpirit Book Journeys -- are free from profanity or anything having to do with pornography. I want them kept that way. Therefore, I will not tolerate any comments that contain any vulgar or lewd language. Nor will I tolerate any comments that are nothing more than personal attacks.

My intolerance for horribly negative comments extends to my readers and visitors. If one commenter criticizes another commenter in a very insulting manner -- which, of course, constitutes a personal attack --  I will not only delete the offensive comment, but also send an email to the offender explaining why I've deleted their comment, and asking them to refrain from such personal attacks in the future, or I will continue to delete their comments.

I do welcome opposing viewpoints, whether related to my or others' opinions, but only if such opposing viewpoints remain civil and cordial. One can certainly disagree with a comment, but it's not necessary to be vulgar, insensitive, or rude while doing so. 

In short, all readers and visitors are more than welcome to leave their honest opinions on my posts, as long as they do so politely and not in an aggressive, insulting manner.

Be warned! Trolls will swiftly be dealt with here! All other honest, kind, friendly commenters, WELCOME!!

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