Promo Post + Blog tour: Toxic by Lydia Kang

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Toxic

by Lydia Kang

Genre: YA, Scifi

Release date: November 6th 2018

Entangled Teen

 

Summary:

Cyclo, the first and largest biological ship of its kind, is dying. A small crew of mercenaries have handed over the rights to their life to document the death of the ship, but the abandoned ship is anything but abandoned—one girl has been left behind.

Hana has known nothing but the isolation of a single room and the secret that has kept her there for seventeen years. When she meets Fennec, the boy assigned to watch her, she realizes that there is a world she has yet to experience but she is doomed to never meet.

When crew members begin mysteriously dying, Hana and Fenn realize that they are racing against the death of the ship to find a way to survive—unless someone kills them even before Hana’s truly had a chance to live.

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About the Author

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Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. She graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, completing her residency and chief residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve medical accuracy in fiction. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Great Weather for Media. She believes in science and knocking on wood, and currently lives in Omaha with her husband and three children.

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Excerpt #1

My heart is beating so fast I can barely stay standing. I have clawed my robe until it has holes in the edges.

It has been six hours now. I am absolutely forbidden to leave my room, a room that does not exist in the consciousness of any crew member except my mother, hidden as it is in the most unused part of Cyclo’s body, the northeast quadrant, alpha ring.

For the last two hours, I’ve raised my hand countless times, poised a few inches from the door, before dropping it. Even touching the door is strictly forbidden. But I can’t wait here for much longer. Where is Mother? Where could she be? I’d even read the last entry in her diary, looking to see if anything was off, but there was nothing but our last discussion on why hedgehogs are not related to sea urchins. My eyes are full of tears, and I’ve already cried several times out of sheer panic.

I keep my voice steady and say, “Cyclo. Please open the door.”

Cyclo, not bothering to speak because the message is too urgent, blanches with white that moves in waves over the door.

Forbidden.

“Cyclo. Please open the door,” I say again, this time my voice cracking. I’ll only just peep my head outside, just a little look. I won’t step a foot out there. I know people will be walking the hallways. But if no one is there…maybe I can make my way to her lab and see why she’s delayed. I know exactly where it is. I’ve spent much of my life studying Cyclo’s every detail—the story of her birth, the way she harvests starlight energy, the layout of the ship down to every single storage vacuole and crew member unit.

 

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Anime Review: Brave 10 (4 stars)

Anime Review: Brave 10 (4 stars)

“Your heart hurts because you are human.”

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Genre: Action, Adventure, Historical, Seinen

Number of episodes: 12 (Completed)

Rating: 4/5 stars

(Review)

Saizou is a vagabond ninja and he finds his purpose when he saves Isanami, a priestess. She then demands that he act as her bodyguard until she reaches her destination. Sanada has been gathering 10 braves, who he believes can stop the impending war. Isanami’s powers also come to light.

I can see why everyone was complaining about the heroine, I did feel that she was ‘entitled’ in a way and kind of ‘pretending’ while being a damsel in distress the entire time, which kinda irked me quite a bit. I definitely agree that Isanami is kinda clingy, but if she wasn’t there, there wasn’t anything to anchor Saizou to help her and push the story forward.

It actually feels like a brusque shoujo anime somehow.

I usually don’t watch Shounen anime since I don’t like the drawing style, but the drawing style for this anime kinda blew me away. Why are Sasuke and Saizou such bishies (Hot boys)?! I think most of the time I was swooning over the guys instead of focusing on the story😂 Okay, in terms of ranking, I like Sasuke, then Rokurou and then Saizou. The characters really grew on me and they’re all unique in their own ways, which makes it really cool.

Fans of Inuyasha and Utawarerumono would love this anime since the resemblance was really there!

I like how the story progressed, but wished that they let us knew about Isanami’s secret slightly earlier. The ending was kinda abrupt, but I actually wanted to see more of these characters! I actually ended up liking this anime more than I intended.

Have you watched this anime before? Let me know some of your favourite anime in the comments down below!

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Book review: The Program (The program #1) by Suzanne Young (3 Stars)

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The Program (The program #1) by Suzanne Young

Genre: YA, Romance, Science Fiction-Dystopian

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 3/5 Stars

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(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

Now that suicide has become an international epidemic, Sloane hides her emotions to prevent going into The Program – where they mess with your mind and feed you pills to make you forget your depression. The only person Sloane feels safe with is James, her brother’s best friend and swore to protect her.

*Trigger warning for this book as it contains self-harm, suicide and depression.

I was definitely annoyed when suicide was mentioned as being contagious in this book. The protagonist also calls people who commit suicide cowards, which I was definitely not cool with because someone ever told me that before too. And those people are probably the ones who never understands what it feels to be depressed.

I did feel that it was poorly researched although there was a good intention behind this book, but dystopian was an unsuitable genre to tell this story. It kinda felt WAY too dark for a dystopian book. I actually wanted to DNF this book at chapter 4 early on in the story, but reading some reviews mentioned that the romance was not bad so I continued reading on.

I personally didn’t like James and Sloane’s relationship and it felt kinda pretend to me. I actually like Realm. The romance kinda reminded me of Shatter me.

I did feel that the story progression was pretty good and it set up for a good dystopian story as well. I think it was just that personally, I was uncomfortable that depression and suicide was being used for an epidemic. I wouldn’t continue the series, but I did read spoilers for the 2nd book so… Anyway, I wouldn’t really recommend this book, especially if you’re uncomfortable with the idea and with the triggers mentioned.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Book review: Poor Unfortunate Soul (Villain #3) by Serena Valentino (Did not finish)

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Poor Unfortunate Soul (Villain #3) by Serena Valentino

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Format: Paperback

Rating: Did not finish

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(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

The POV of Ursula during the events of The Little Mermaid.

I went into this book thinking that it would be a great villain origin story, but I was sorely disappointed. As I continued on, I just wasn’t interested and the characters just felt really flat for me.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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NaNoWriMo 2018 – November (Part 2)

Part 1

Hello bookish friends, how are your NaNoWriMos going? Mine is actually great, but I’m starting to see problems with the story that I will fix in future drafts!

Here is the word bar graph (That I forgot to include last week’s one too, so it’s here!):

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And here is the detailed word counts!

Week 2

(5/11) – chap 6 – 15,268 (+2,565)

(6/11) – chap 7,8 -20,301 (+2,503 +2,530 )

Public holiday (In my home country, so I decided to double up!) Writing in double POV is difficult because you need to be able to switch characters and mindsets while writing different chapters. And I found myself loving writing Mei’s POV, but also wanting to switch to write Kyllan’s as well!

(7/11) -chap 9- 23,046 (+2,745)

(8/11) – chap 10 -25,549 (+2503)

(9/11) -chap 11- 28,094 (+2,545)

I sped through this day since the scene was so fun to write and I was blazing through their emotional/busted scene where Mei and her friend try to get off the ship, but get caught and discover some surprising news!

(10/11) – chap 12 – 30,610 (+2,516)

(11/11) -chap 13 -33, 268 (+2,658)

 

So as you can see I’m at 33k words! But I’m not aiming for 50k, I’m aiming for 75k so I’m almost halfway!

It’s definitely been tough since sometimes I get lost on what to write, but as I let my characters take the rein, they surprise me at many times as well and when I get stuck, I go “What could be worse?” and end up with something even worse than before!

Since I showcased all my aesthetics last week, I’m going to share a snippet of one my favourite scenes that I wrote this week! (It’s in chapter 9 of the book)

Deciding that a change of topic would be better, I looked to the stars, “Did you know, we’re all made from the dust of stars?”

Really?”

Yes, really! We all have parts of a star in and on us. When stars explode, their elements are dispersed throughout the galaxy and fall everywhere, but it’s too small for us to see.”

So…Like hope?”

Exactly. Hope is in all of us, you just need to know where to look.”

Yup, haha I know it’s really unpolished, but this was really fun for me to incorporate in since I have a list of quotes I wanted to add in the book!

Honestly, I really like this story, and Beneath the mask and my other one, Siren Song! But I never really go back to edit them because I know I would beat myself up so much that I would end up giving up those stories.

For authors and writers out there, are there any tips on how to get back into a first draft and not be too negative or beat yourself up to the point that you want to give up the story?

For all of you guys attempting NaNoWriMo, don’t give up! You’re halfway there! Keep fighting and let’s all be winners!