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Diversity Spotlight Thursday #2

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Hi readers, and welcome to my second week of Diversity Spotlight Thursday that was created by Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks. The point of the meme is to every Thursday feature three books that follow these points,

  1. A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
  2. A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
  3. A diverse book that has not yet been released

If you are interested in joining the meme, you can read the rules and see more of how the meme works here. It’s honestly just the best.

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A diverse book I’ve read and enjoyed

A diverse book I’ve read and really enjoyed is Assassins: Discord by Erica Cameron. It’s action packed, has a bisexual main character and lots of other diverse side characters. It’s like an action movie only female driven and way better because girls are just more badass. If you want a diverse young adult book that’s going to surprise you then you definitely have to read this one. Find it on Goodreads and Amazon.

A diverse book released and on my TBR

A diverse book that’s been released but I haven’t read yet is Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee. I have the paperback and everything, but there is not enough time and too many books, am I right? Seriously, though, I can’t wait to read Not Your Sidekick. My friends have nothing but praise for it and I know it’s right up my ally. I mean there are both superheroes and villains. Have any of you guys read it? You can find it on Goodreads and Amazon.

A diverse book not yet released

A diverse book that is not yet released but I cannot wait to read is 27 Hours by Tristina Wright. I have heard so many amazing things about this book, how diverse it is, how epic it is, how inclusive it is, I mean the list goes on forever. I’m fascinated by space (my blog name didn’t give it away now did it) and a book about marginalized teens in space is a must have. As soon as this book hits the shelves I’m grabbing it. Find it on Goodreads and Amazon.

What diverse books have you read or am excited to read? Have you also made a Diversity Thursday post? If yes, link it to me!

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ARC Review of Assassins: Discord by Erica Cameron

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Assassins: Discord by Erica Cameron

Publication Date: September 5, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary and LGBT

Rating: sliceofcake5sliceofcake5sliceofcake5sliceofcake5sliceofcake5

Selling points: Badass and dangerous girls, girls kissing and explosions.

Purchase here: Amazon | The Book Depository 

Synopsis: Kindra’s moral compass has never pointed north, but that’s what happens when you’re raised as an assassin and a thief. At sixteen, she’s fantastic with a blade, an expert at slipping through the world unnoticed, and trapped in a life she didn’t chose. But nothing in her training prepares her for what happens when her father misses a target.

In the week-long aftermath, Kindra breaks rank for the first time in her life. She steals documents, starts questioning who their client is and why the target needs to die, botches a second hit on her father’s target, and is nearly killed. And that’s before she’s kidnapped by a green-eyed stranger connected to a part of her childhood she’d almost forgotten.

Kindra has to decide who to trust and which side of the battle to fight for. She has to do it fast and she has to be right, because the wrong choice will kill her just when she’s finally found something worth living for.

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Thank you Erica Cameron for my e-arc of Assassins: Discord!

Assassins: Discord is like those action movies you watch on TV where there’s guns, explosions and car chases. Only in this book there are more girls than guys. The girls are complex, the girls are kissing and they’re more badass than anyone else. In other words, this book is like those action movies you watch on TV, only a thousand times better. I love Assassins: Discord not only because it’s refreshing and features a storyline that isn’t that often explored in YA but because these teenage girls are flawed, they’re lethal and yet they are just that, teenagers with raw and complex emotions. I also love how inclusive this book is. There are bisexual, asexual, intersex and gay characters and some of them are also of color. Erica Cameron really nailed this book in every aspect there is, it’s sassy, it’s filled with action and once you finish it you’ll literally be begging for more (very much like I am, please when’s the next one coming out *grabby hands*).

“When her eyes focused, a familiar face hovered above hers. One that shouldn’t have been anywhere near here. “Baby, we’ve really got to stop meeting like this,” said a girl with dyed-black hair – her brown roots peeking through – and teasing moss-green eyes. A familiar endearment on the wrong tongue, and familiar eyes in the wrong face.”

Assassins: Discord had me laughing multiple times through the story and the wit, sarcasm and humor throughout this book is the greatest thing about it. It’s just so damn good. I love how there’s turns and twists from start to finish and the biggest one had me literally screaming. I suspected it for quite some time throughout the book but I was still shocked when it happened. Another thing that made Assassins: Discord so great is the character development. There’s a lot of it. We have complex characters, difficult relationships and a lot history that needs to be sorted out. All of the characters start at one point and end at another, with both relationships and dynamics shifting. Even though there’s a lot of action going on there’s also a lot that makes the characters drive the story forward. It’s the best of both worlds.

“They made it behind a huge tree. Kindra pushed Dru face-first to the forest floor, falling on top of her and covering her own ears with her hands, mouth open slightly to equalize the pressure she knew was coming. Less than two seconds later, the grenade exploded.”

I love the ship in this book and how their relationship develops. In the world they live, one filled with danger, death and uncertainty relationships are hard, especially for someone like Kindra. Her family has never been much of a family, they have always been more about the job and less about trust, warmth and security. To see how Kindra handles this, how she evolves and becomes better, but also stays true to herself is amazing. I love that Assassins: Discord’s main character is a bisexual who is not afraid to be who she is. I love that this book explores a relationship between two girls that are different in a lot of ways but are still drawn to each other and find something in each other they haven’t before.

“That seductive drawl was back, and Kindra shivered. She planned to die before ever admitting she found that sleepy accent ridiculously sexy.”

Assassins: Discord shows us that action filled books centered around girls – girls that are funny, girls that are sassy, girls that are dangerous and girls that kiss other girls – are the best kind of books. This book literally slays every male dominated book and movie ever created. I want more. I want more lethal girls, I want more girls that take risks and I want girls that evolve. Give me the sequel to Assassins: Discord and give it to me now!

Welcome To Olivia Chanel’s Book Café

Welcome back my fellow readers, pedestrians and foodies!

For those of you who don’t remember, a while back my book restaurant Olivia Chanel’s Book Restaurant opened, where depending on what you were in the mood to eat got a few book recommendations. Since the restaurant went so well, the company has decided to expand and Olivia Chanel’s Book Café was born.

The first week of September has just passed, fall is slowly but steady approaching, and with that comes colder weather and warm sweaters. Otherwise also called sweater weather. With this comes the need to sit down somewhere warm, such as a café, and grab a piece of cake and something to drink. Is it a cup of coffee you’re looking for or perhaps a calming tea, we have a lot you can choose from. If you’re feeling a little bit hungry, take a sandwich or a salad but if it’s something sweet and yummy you want then look no further. We serve donuts, pastries and even cakes.

We at Olivia Chanel’s Book Café have everything you could dream of, take a sit and look at our menu before you order. Is a bite of romance or maybe a sip of thriller something you want? Pick and choose from the menu below.

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First of we have our Espresso Drinks. These hot coffee drinks promises to give you a thrilling read with a bit of mystery to go. When ordering an Espresso Drink you get a book that is going to warm you up and take you on an exciting journey, with a little danger on the side. The Espresso Drink you have to choose from are,

If a cup of Tea is more of your style then don’t worry, these calming yet magical teas will give a read you will not soon forget. Take a sip of a story based on mythology, and travel to a place away from ours. The Teas you have to choose from are,

Do you want something cold and fruity to drink then our Smoothies is the right pick for you. Once you drink of these fruity mixed drinks you’ll experience the juicy times of college, and the romance that goes with it. If a college romance between new adults is what you’re craving, then the smoothies you have to choose from are,

When you’re looking for a bite to eat then perhaps one of our famous Sandwiches is the right pick for you. A bite from one of these sandwiches will take you into the future, one that’s dark and absolutely dystopian. If you’re hungry then let a young adult guide you into a dystopian future by choosing one of the following sandwiches,

If you’re looking from something lighter to eat then our Salads is just the pick. Choosing one of our salads will take you on a journey where ballet is the main attraction. Beautiful movements, light feet and competition unlike any you have seen before all in one plate of delicious greens. If a salad is what you want then here are your choices,

You can sink your teeth into one of our Donuts and taste something unlike anything else, just like the vampires taste the blood of their prey in the following books. A yummy and juicy donut will allow you to read a book with vampires of different varieties, just choose from below,

On the other hand if you rather want Pastries then we have a variety to choose from. When ordering pastries you are promised a story featuring characters in reality tv-shows. A lot more goes on behind the scenes than what you’d expect and if this is something you want then your choices are,

Lastly we have our Cakes and you know how much we love those. If you pick one the cakes then you will get a book that features amazing bisexual representation, where the authors has nailed it like a piece of cake. If this with a touch of young adult contemporary romance is something for you then pick one of the following,

What will you be ordering from Olivia Chanel’s Book Café? Did you like the menu? Let me know in the comments below!