April 22, 2018 • Cee • Reviews

Demi-Gods by Eliza Robertson • April 10, 2018 • Bloomsbury
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It is 1950, and nine-year-old Willa’s sheltered childhood is about to come to an end when her mother’s beau arrives with his two sons to her family’s summer home in British Columbia. As Willa’s older sister pairs off with the older of these boys, Willa finds herself alone in the off-kilter company of the younger, Patrick. When, one afternoon, Patrick lures Willa into a dilapidated rowboat, Willa embarks upon an increasingly damaging relationship with Patrick, one that will forever reconfigure her understanding of herself.

Demi-Gods traces the tumultuous years of Willa’s coming-of-age as she is drawn further into Patrick’s wicked games. Though they see each other only a handful of times, each of their encounters is increasingly charged with sexuality and degradation. When Willa finally realizes the danger of her relationship with Patrick, she desperately tries to reverse their dynamic, with devastating results.

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I received this book for free from Bloomsbury for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “We must have met the brothers in 1950, because USA had defeated England in the FIFA World Cup.”

I cannot figure where I stand with Demi-Gods—in terms of whether I enjoyed it or not. It’s a well-written book—the prose is enchanting and atmospheric. It does an excellent job setting you in this mood of uneasiness, and that feeling weighs you down because you know something is severely off.

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April 18, 2018 • Cee • Comics

Comic Firsts

Comic Firsts, a feature where I talk about the first issues of comics that I’ve bought, received, or borrowed. It’s all about first impressions, what I like or didn’t like about the issue, and whether I would keep reading it beyond the first issue.

It has been a while since I’ve done a Comic Firsts post. I haven’t actually picked up a new comic. I’ve been distracted by my beloved The Wicked + The Divine to focus on anything, but the time is now to branch out into new titles!

This time, I’ve finally read Deathbed #1 (which caught my eye since it came out in February) and Lockjaw #1 (who wouldn’t want to read about a good giant doggo?).

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April 16, 2018 • Cee • Reviews

My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Kitty Curran & Larissa Zageris • April 3, 2018 • Quirk Books
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This scandalous chooseable-path romance novel demands you determine your own romantic adventure-and satisfy all your earthly desires along the way!

Endless scenarios of high romance, deep desire, and quivering…comedy await your tender caress in this chooseable path romance novel. You are the plucky but penniless heroine in the center of 19th-century society, the courtship season has begun, and your future is at hand…

* Will you flip forward fetchingly to find love with the bantering baronet, Sir Benedict Granville?

* Or turn the page to true love with the hardworking, handsome, horse-loving highlander, Captain Angus McTaggart?

* Or perhaps you will chase through the chapters a good man gone mad, bad, and scandalous to know, in the arousing form of Lord Garraway Craven?

* Or read recklessly on to take to the continent as the “traveling companion” of the spirited and adventuresome Lady Evangeline?

* …or yet another intriguing fate?

Whether it’s forlorn orphans and fearsome werewolves, mistaken identities and swashbuckling swordfights, or long-lost lovers and pilfered Egyptian artifacts, every delightful twist and turn of the romance genre unfolds at your behest! Prepare to open your heart, open your mind, and open-this book.

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First sentence: “The course of true love never did run straight—and neither does this book. “

Are you tired of the heroine’s in your romance novels making poor decisions and picking the wrong guy to fall happily ever after with?

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April 14, 2018 • Cee • Holy Mother Cover

Last year, I opted out of doing my yearly YA Book Cover Choice Awards (aka YABCCAwards) that aims to honor all the wonderful (and not-so wonderful) book covers that were published in the past year) because of the lack of interest and time.

I finally put together my very own favorite covers of 2017. I broke it down to just a few categories (instead of using the Awards’ many categories). These are the 2017 covers that caught my eye.

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April 12, 2018 • Cee • Reviews

What To Do When I’m Gone: A Mother’s Wisdom to Her Daughter by Suzy Hopkins & Hallie Bateman • April 3, 2018 • Bloomsbury
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A mother’s advice to her daughter—a guide to daily living, both practical and sublime—with full-color illustrations throughout.

One sleepless night while she was in her early twenties, illustrator/writer Hallie Bateman had a painful realization: Someday, her mother would be gone. The prospect was devastating, and also scary—how would she navigate the world without the person who gave her life? She thought about all the motherly advice she would miss—advice that could help her through the challenges to come, including the ordeal of losing a parent.

The next day, Hallie asked her mother, writer Suzy Hopkins, to record step-by-step instructions for her to follow in the event of her mom’s death. The list began: “Pour yourself a stiff glass of whiskey and make some fajitas” and continued from there, addressing issues great and small—from choosing a life partner to baking a quiche. The project became a way for mother and daughter to discuss everyday realities with humor, openness, and gratitude. It led to this book.

Combining Suzy’s witty and heartfelt advice with Hallie’s quirky and colorful style, What to Do When I’m Gone is the illustrated instruction manual for getting through life without one’s mom. It’s also a poignant look at loss, love, and taking things one moment at a time. By turns whimsical, funny, touching, and pragmatic, it will leave readers laughing and teary-eyed. And it will spur conversations that enrich family members’ understanding of one another.

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I received this book for free from Bloomsbury for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “The day I die will go something like this…”

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April 8, 2018 • Cee • Holy Mother Cover

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Inspired by What She ReadsPure Imagination Blog, and Stacked.

I admit I’m a book cover snob. Who isn’t though?

Book covers are the first thing that attracts readers to a book. A good cover can draw someone is, just as a bad cover can easily draw someone away. It can essentially make or break a book. Holy, Mother Cover! is where I showcase the book covers that stand out (or make me cringe), and discuss cover changes.

(A big special thanks to Georgie at What She Reads for bestowing me this fabulous name and to Charlotte at The Simple Tales for creating the beautiful feature banner you see before you.)

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Cover Change: Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

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