Nyxia is about a futuristic motley crew of teenagers competing for the chance to better their own lives as well as their family's. They must endure any obstacles that Babel Corporation may throw at them, hoping that they get a chance to join their company as some of the first people to set foot on a foreign planet as well as secure a great deal of money.
Right away I'd like to establish that science fiction is not one of my "things." That is part of the reason why I find it so incredible that this is one of my favorite books of all time. Reintgen submerges the audience straight into the plot, introducing us to Emmett when he's already on board Babel's space ship. While I understand that many may sympathize with a character like him, I would like to get the fact that I dislike him out of the way. As a character, Emmett makes me incredibly annoyed. He feels like a very real guy that I would dislike if I met in person, which more of a credit to the author than anything else. I find the main character to be rude, distrusting, and hypocritical. All of these traits are meant to help him get farther in the competition, but I find that the only other characters that have these qualities at such an intense level are the antagonists involved in the story.
That being said, I absolutely adore the overall plot of this book. Each of the teenage contestants are from a different place, meaning they all speak different languages. With the help of Babel technology, they're all able to communicate and understand each other clearly. As written in the book, this is a not so subtle biblical reference that fits into the story well.
My personal favorite character is an underrated boy named Jaime, who quite possibly gets the worst treatment from Emmett. He is accused of not being in need of Babel's money as much as the rest of the competitors, and when he stands up for himself with an explanation about his economic status, he is thought to be a liar by our self-righteous main protagonist. Hearing Jaimie's backstory as well as everyone else makes it easy to connect to these teens, since not everyone may find Emmett to be the most relatable character in the book.
Just when you think you know what kind of wild ride Babel has these competitors on, there is an insane twist that is unguessable. At this point in the book, the audience has established a connection with the characters who want nothing more than a better life. They've almost made it, and they've truly fought hard to be in such a position.
Without giving too much away, I'll say that the introduction of new characters feels a foreign, unjust experience for the reader. I mean that in the best way. Threats to the main characters become threats to the audience, and the end of this book makes you feel for the ones that you've spent so much time getting to know. On the other side of things, the newer characters have formed a bond as close to the ones we know. Just because we didn't see it, we have little to no connection with them. This keeps us rooting for Emmett and friends, even after a handful of different tests and interactions.
you are dark
& always been beautiful:
like the night, like a star after it bursts,
like obsidian & onyx & jet precious.
But I know I am beautiful
like all & none of those things:
far in the sky & deep in the earth
I am beautiful like a dark-skinned girl that is right here.
Sometimes I just want to write and talk to you about this or that! Feeling freer now? Go grey or not?
Sometimes I just want to write and talk to you about this or that! Feeling freer now? Go grey or not?
Sometimes I just want to write and talk to you the only way I can – in my posts. Are you feeling safer now with restrictions being lowered since the Pandemic? Tell me how you feel.
I am just starting to feel safer and freer. Recently I posted about a trip to the mountains in New Hampshire, specifically, The Flume. We had brought along our masks as always but were told, when I inquired, that we…
I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre
I love a good queer love story, and I love fanfic tropes, but I Think I Love You fell flat for me. Maybe I forgot what it's like to be a teen, but there was too much drama for the sake of drama.
A sweet and funny debut novel about falling for someone when you least expect it . . . and finding out that real life romance is better than anything on screen.
Emma is a die-hard romantic. She loves a meet-cute Netflix movie, her pet, Lady Catulet, and dreaming up the Gay Rom Com of her heart for the film festival competition she and her friends are entering. If only they’d listen to her ideas.…
Brody Calix begins to find normality five years after the disappearance of his father as a somewhat shy student attempting to change his habits for the better. When he is attacked by a wolf just before meeting a mysterious girl named Sky at a party his life is turned upside down. He finds himself enamored of Sky while uncovering clues about his missing dad as a series of curious events begins to unfold.
Upon meeting Sky again the two are abruptly transported to a far off world with no clue as to how to get back home. They meet a tribe of young people who have made a home in a deep alien forest. What seems at first like paradise soon reveals itself to be much less as secrets are revealed and clues are gathered.
Will Brody be able to gather enough information about his Dad, find out what happened to a missing member of the tribe, and keep himself and Sky safe on a new and unfamiliar planet before something terrible happens? When trust is broken and fear arises, one thing remains clear — Brody must find a way to get them home safely. What makes matters worse, someone is hunting them.
Blink is a fantasy, mystery adventure with incredible depth but more importantly it is a book about humans — the light and the darkness — our will to survive and how love, friendship, family and courage remain powerful even across the universe.
Having read and enjoyed both of Nicola Yoon’s previous YA books, I was very intrigued by her latest release. Her books always promise a very intense, all-consuming teen romance but I wasn’t quite prepared for the tears that came with this one!
Since the dramatic end of her parents’ relationship, Evie doesn’t believe in true love anymore. After she gives away all of her beloved romance novels, whenever she sees a couple kiss, she has visions of their whole history and their break-up. She has no idea why this is happening but then life leads her to La Brea Dance Studio, ballroom dancing and the handsome musician, X. But she knows that every romance eventually ends, so how can she save herself the inevitable hurt and stop herself from falling for X?
My heart went out to the Evie at the beginning of the book. Her instant rejection of the existence of everlasting love rang particularly true for me. I remember feeling the exact same way the first time I experienced heartbreak. I know it’s really quite dangerous to hold that belief for the long-term though and I couldn’t wait to see how Evie would eventually realise that good, true love is available to her.
Evie’s younger sister Danica jumps from boyfriend to boyfriend and it’s safe to say that their parents’ divorce hasn’t affected her as much as it has Evie. However, Evie has knowledge of the catalyst for her parents’ separation that Danica doesn’t have and this seems to be the difference between the two sisters’ reactions. I couldn’t help but feel quite protective of Danica though. Perhaps it was because I was reading from Evie’s perspective but I really wanted Danica to slow down and find herself before picking a nice suitable guy -preferably Evie’s wonderful friend Martin!
In some ways, Evie’s skepticism about the existence of true love makes her seem like a wise old soul. She has a very level head on her and I wasn’t worried that she’d fall into any major trouble at any point. However, perhaps I wanted her to let go and behave a little more like a teenager sometimes. I was a little concerned that she wasn’t really enjoying life in the way that she should have been and I was really relieved when she began to focus more on dancing. The freedom, discipline and transporting nature of dance is possibly the best thing that could have come into Evie’s life.
‘People don’t come back, Evie. The time we get is the time we get.’
Meeting X really seems to shift Evie’s perspective, not only on love but on how to live life fully. X has experienced deep loss in his life and it’s through this that he encourages Evie to just throw herself into every day. Again, he is a very wise, mature soul and the more I got to know him, the more I felt that he and Evie were the perfect match. Luckily, she starts to realise this too!
Watching the fog in Evie’s mind lift and the light start to shine through was so beautiful. She builds bridges that I wasn’t sure she would and I felt a huge sense of pride for her by the end of the book. She manages to put a lot of her own feelings aside for the sake of other people’s happiness, which is perhaps one of the most touching, grown-up things we can do.
Instructions For Dancing is a moving, magical contemporary story about a young girl rediscovering romance and her passion for life amidst a huge life change. The ending was bittersweet but I couldn’t help but smile through the tears. Instructions For Dancing manages to portray more than one very realistic depiction of young love while possessing a whimsical aura that is fantastically enchanting. It’s definitely my favourite of Nicola Yoon’s books, so pick it up if you’re a fan of hers!
Okay so I really badly need YA Novel/Werewolf tumblr to help me out with this one because I just remembered this book I read when I was a kid and it’s killing me that i don’t know what it’s called.
The jist that I can remember is there’s this kid, and he moves to live with his dad and his dad works at this shady company, does some kind of secret government/dodgy company human testing bullshit and the kid starts to change and notice weird things about himself and we realize towards the end surprise, werewolf motherfucker, and his dad works with I think other varieties of shape shifting people but I’m not quite sure ab that and my brain hurts when I try and think harder on it.
There’s this one passage in specific that I remembered which is why I’m even thinking about this book at all, and it’s where the kid talks about how he never sweat his whole life, and when i was reading the book I noticed he never panted like a dog or something canine in nature would so I got really hung up on how he regulated heat and anyways that’s not important but it weighs heavily on me to this day.
If you could tell me anything at all, any idea about what this book could be I would be so incredibly grateful I really need to read this book again.
I think the cover/jacket of the book was red with black wolf art and text?? Not sure on that one either though which is kind of a theme you’ll see run through this post.
Author’s note: Another excerpt from my original New Adult supernatural novel. Book out on shelves later this year (hopefully). Follow for updates and excerpts!
Image credit: Pinterest, edited by me in Splice. Natasha Lyonne pictured as Hanael.
“Alex. You know how many siblings I have?” Hanael sighed, exhaling a stream of smoke.
“Sath- Sathariel said millions,” the witch mumbled.
“Too many,” Hell’s Punisher of Unrepentant Non-violent Sins snorted. “Most of ‘em right bastards. I’m older than Sath. By a lot. I’d been flaying dead humans way before he was ever made.”
The demon took a sharp drag off her cig.
“He’s not the best or brightest of us,” Hanael muttered. “Too slow, too soft. Kinda lazy. But when our siblings picked on us he never backed down from a fight. Even when he got his ass kicked.”
For a second the demonic punisher locked eyes with Alex. Her glassy black glare stabbed Alex in the gut.
“What I’m tryin’ to say, is,” Hanael continued, a smoky plume trailing her disdainful wave, “Sath being the way he is, I’m not totally shocked he’s helping you with this crazy scheme of yours. And it is a real crazy, dumb plan, for sure.
“But, I wanna be real clear on this,” Hanael muttered. She spat the stump of a cigarette into the shadows. “I’m doing this for him. Not you.”
Her raspy voice was suddenly sharp and clear as shattered glass.
“If you fuck up, if you-“ Hanael coughed before croaking out, “-if you can’t pull this off, you’re still goin’ to Hell.
“And if you get Sath killed, I swear to you. I’ll take you there myself.”
LGBTQA+ Sci-fi & Fantasy YA books for Adult Readers
lists in celebration of PRIDE month
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen.
That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right.
Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up.
Carry On - The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story - but far, far more monsters.
Ash by Malinda Lo
In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.
The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash's capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.
Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.
No matter the cost.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space-and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe-in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.
Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.
Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.
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When loner misfit Signal Deere wakes up with her best friend's body in her lap, she's convicted of murder and tapped for a secret assassin training program at an abandoned summer camp.Now she must fit in with a group of ragtag teenage maniacs if she wants to get out of her first mission alive
So I've always wondered about when in YA and other fantasy-like books, the special, chosen character hates the fact that they are the only one. The want to find another that is like them, has similar powers as them. For a long time, I would think to myself, "I don't get it. If I was in this person's position, I would absolutely love to be the special one, without others like me".
But then one day I was looking at bootoks, and I realized how much relief and happiness I felt every time someone brought something I related to to light. The relief I felt that I wasn't the only one. And then I finally understood it.
Now, for the whole "I want to be normal/not have powers" part, I still don't get that. I would love superpowers and a chance to become important to the world.
Swimming might be the closest to flying
a human being can get. There is something
about your body displacing water
in order to propel through space that makes you feel
Godtouched. That makes me understand evolution,
that we really must have crawled up from the sea.
“Practically everyone thinks they’re smarter than a teenage girl. It’s what makes being one so powerful, if you know how to use that giant mistake of an assumption.” - Nora/Ashley - ‘The Girls I’ve been’ by Tess Sharpe
I’m currently only half way through this book but seriously it’s so good so far. The main character is a bi girl who’s parent ran cons on other criminals and used her throughout her whole childhood. I don’t wanna say more because of spoilers and I’m not finished yet but so far the story is really interesting and is definitely a one night read. Also I feel like I should add it is not paranormal or fantasy or anything like that because that’s what I normally read.