Dear Martin by Nic Stone | MLK Day

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day plus a wonderful Monday! Today, I got the pleasure of working with Random House to introduce you to Dear Martin by Nic Stone on this remarkable and memorable day. Please be sure to keep reading until the end for a Q&A session with the author, Nic Stone, about this book, this memorable day, and more.


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 Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in DEAR MARTIN (Crown BFYR / On sale October 17, 2017 / $17.99). In this stunning and unforgettable debut novel, readers will follow high school senior Justyce McAllister on an emotional journey that will leave him questioning everything he knows.
Justyce is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has left Justyce contemplative and on edge. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.
Struggling to cope with it all, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure.
Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up (way up), much to the fury of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny get caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack. The truth of what happened that night—some would kill to know. Justyce is dying to forget.
DEAR MARTIN is the novel that everyone needs to read, regardless of one’s race, nationality, age, or gender. Nic Stone’s powerful words are captured in this important, emotional story that generations of readers will surely embrace for years to come. Stone says, “I hope [Justyce’s] journey will give readers a way to identify their own questions. And answers.”

Q: DEAR MARTIN is your debut novel. How did you get the idea to write this book, and did you always think you would write for a YA audience?

The idea for this book came to me while I was at breakfast with my father—a retired police officer. I’d been grappling with the untimely death of Jordan Davis, a kid who ultimately lost his life over loud music. That particular case, combined with some of the “Dr. King would never!” responses I saw to protests engendered by the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked a question in me: What would Dr. King say/think/feel/do if he were alive today?

And since the individuals gunned down in real life were teen boys, that’s the perspective I felt I had to take on to explore my question. I started writing pretty recently—four years ago—and all the manuscripts I’ve written so far (DEAR MARTIN is actually the third) have been YA-aimed, likely because in my head, I haven’t aged past seventeen. 😉

Q: Justyce McAllister is a seventeen-year-old student with a bright future, but he experiences racial profiling that makes him question how things seem to operate today for young black men. How did the character of Justyce come to life, and is he based on anyone from your own life?

Justyce was more or less fully formed when he came into my head, but he’s an amalgamation of a number of African American boys I know: my suburbs-bred little brother, my *hood*-bred cousin, the only other black kid I ever had in my classes, a couple of my friends who sold drugs at some point, with some of my own black-girl experiences tossed in there to spice things up. My goal was for his humanity to be the focus of the story so he’d be universally relatable, but for there to also be culturally specific things about the way he moves through the world that just about any African American reader could identify with.

Q: How did Justyce’s attendance at a private high school in Atlanta shape the story?

Atlanta is a very interesting place with a rich history—it was significant in both the Civil War and the civil rights movement. As such, the city is very diverse . . . but it’s still the South. Most of the private schools have a handful of students of color, but these kids often find themselves in classes with kids who are both very rich and very proud of their “Confederate heritage,” which can be confusing since people typically associate this particular form of bigotry with white people who are “working class” and uneducated.

Less extreme, but just as insidious, are the kids (such as Jared Christensen in the book) who, fully aware of the segregated history of the South, see diversity in their personal spheres and take it to mean racial equitability is a widespread reality. As such, these kids are generally unwilling to acknowledge their prejudices or check their subconscious biases when they come to light—racism is a “thing of the past” to them, so why would they?

I grew up dealing with both of these types of people in my public schools, but using a private school for the book added a socioeconomic factor that made the waters a bit muddier. And what can I say: muddier waters tend to make for a better (read: more complex) story.

Q: Justyce writes letters to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. throughout the novel, which is where the story title comes from. Can you tell us a little bit about how this idea came about? What do you think Dr. King would say about the state of race relations today?

Part A of this question is easy (and I touched on it a bit in the first question, but will go more in-depth here). On November 23, 2012— Black Friday, as we refer to the day after Thanksgiving in America—a seventeen-year-old African American boy named Jordan Davis was murdered in the parking lot of a gas station after a brief dispute with an older white man over loud music coming from the car Davis occupied. The incident shook me to my core, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

A couple of months later, George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin (also age seventeen at the time of his death), and the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag was born on social media in response. Then Eric Garner (forty-three years old) and Michael Brown (eighteen years old) were killed within three weeks of each other, and the protests now equated with the Black Lives Matter movement began in earnest. This is when I started to see people using quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to oppose the protestors.

Which didn’t make sense to me. To be honest, it made me angry. There was even a point when the mayor of my city begged protestors not to “take the highway” because “Dr. King would never take a highway.” This statement isn’t just questionable: it’s historically inaccurate. Dr. King and the people he led took many highways in pursuit of equal rights for African Americans in this country. One of the central tenets of the American civil rights movement was civil disobedience: an active refusal to obey certain laws as a form of peaceful protest. So the notion that Dr. King would be opposed to the Black Lives Matter movement and the nonviolent protests connected to it was galling to me. So much so, it made me want to explore current events in light of Dr. King’s teachings, recorded activities, and accomplishments.

Which brings us to the second part of the question: what do I think Dr. King would say about the state of race relations today? The truth is: I genuinely don’t know. In a campaign video with Jon Ossoff recently, Congressman John Lewis said of the times we’re living in, “I’ve never seen anything like this. . . . I’ve never ever seen anything so difficult.” This is a powerful statement from a man who was on the front line of the civil rights movement, who has been beaten and jailed for his fervent pursuit of equal rights for all. After allllllllll that, he says this time we’re living in now is the hardest thing he’s ever seen. That’s pretty telling.

What I can say: I do think Dr. King would be disappointed. While many of the things he fought for became legal realities shortly after (and I daresay, in response to?) his death, it’s clear many of his ideas—his sentiments regarding the way we view and treat one another—have yet to get down into people’s hearts. And that’s unfortunate.

Q: What is your favorite moment from the book?

There’s a scene where Justyce is in a mood after being snubbed by the girl he likes, and his best friend, Manny, shows up at Justyce’s dorm room to cheer him up by dragging him to a party Justyce has zero interest in attending. Manny has come straight from basketball practice and is in serious need of a shower, but he uses his body odor to coerce Justyce into going.

Justyce eventually succumbs, and unfortunately, things do not go well at the party. But I love the encounter in the dorm room because we see two teenage black boys just being teenage boys. It’s this humorous and (hopefully) heartwarming point of contact with their humanity, and a moment where their race (both are African American) is genuinely a nonissue. This is the kind of stuff that gets erased when a police officer sees an African American kid and—consciously or unconsciously—puts his hand on his gun. I wanted to capture as many moments like this as I could, but the “release of the full force of (Manny’s) funk onto the room” is by far my favorite.

Q: Do you have a favorite character from the book? If so, who is it and why?

Definitely Justyce. I love him because he’s not perfect. He messes up. Often. Many of his decisions have pretty hefty repercussions (like there’s an incident he’s involved in at the party Manny drags him to, and the details of said incident come up in a courtroom later on in the story).

But to me, that’s what makes him real. Relatable. He messes up. Yes, he owns his mistakes and takes strides to correct what he’s able, but he messes up. And I adore him for it.

Q: Where do you write, and are you working on a new book?

Wherever I can? Lol! I have a little one who is with me all day, so if I can pull off Starbucks or the library, I prefer to work there because I stay awake. Otherwise, I’m in a big recliner or in my bed—which is my favorite place to write, but is also the least productive place because I’m super prone to falling asleep with my laptop open (oops).

And yes, I am working on a new book! My second YA will be out in fall 2018. And it’s a FUN book, my friends. Spoiler alert: nobody dies! It’s a totally different genre. Top secret! Muahahaha!

Q: What is something that readers would be surprised to learn about you?

I was my high school mascot. It was this very buff, very masculine—goatee and everything—blue devil, and if I had a dollar for every time I almost got my ass kicked by dudebros from the opposing schools because they assumed the person taunting them and gesticulating from inside the male mascot suit was a boy, I’d be able to buy a replica of the suit to wear now. Fun times!

Q: What is your favorite thing to do when not writing?

Besides reading (duh, right?), I really love playing with makeup. I have an Instagram account (@booklookz) where I post pictures of makeup looks inspired by book covers. It’s an alternative creative outlet for me.
I also really love sleeping.

Q: There is much discussion in today’s literary world about the need for more diverse books. What is your response to this, and how do you hope DEAR MARTIN will fit into the conversation?

The need for more diverse books, to me, is a no-brainer. Reading lost its appeal for me for a bit in high school because the only black characters I saw in the books assigned to us were either slaves or were stupid. Not seeing people who looked like me as the heroes/heroines of the stories I read was detrimental not only because of the message it sent about the (im)possibility of someone like me being the hero, but also because when I finally worked up the courage to try to write a book of my own, I was wary of writing an African American main character. Not seeing black kids in books translated to “Nobody would read a book about a black kid.” Which brings me to what I think is a vital piece of this discussion: we need diverse books, and we need them from diverse authors. Everyone should be able to tell their own story as authentically as they can, not only so readers can see themselves (and be encouraged to tell their stories), but also so that people who are not like these “diverse” characters will be able to see that people they thought they had very little in common with actually aren’t all that different. There’s plenty of evidence that reading builds empathy and has the power to connect people. Who better to get connect to than someone you’re typically separated from?

With regard to DEAR MARTIN, my hope is that people will pick it up and go, “Huh! I guess diverse books DO work and ARE necessary.” If that happens, I’ve done my job.

Q: What do you hope readers take away with them after reading this book?

First and foremost: that the black boys they see—whether checking out a book from the library or shooting dice on a street corner— are people. They love and they feel and they hurt, and they have rights. The exact same rights every other citizen of this country is entitled to. That’s something I feel often gets buried because there’s so much societal fear of this particular demographic. Bottom line: automatically assuming the worst about young black males says more about us than it does about them.

Second, I really hope readers come away more willing to examine their own prejudices and check their biases (because we ALL have them). To actually think about what they fear and why they fear it. Acknowledge that our current societal constructs are not equitable for everyone. As they say in Alcoholics Anonymous, “The first step is admitting you have a problem.”
And last, I hope people—teens especially—come away from the book with language for these difficult conversations. I’ve had early readers come to me and say, “I didn’t really know how to put what I was feeling into words, and this book was so helpful!” I take that as the highest compliment.


About the Author
A12RsXkX5ZL._UX250_Nic Stone is a native of Atlanta and a Spelman College graduate. After working extensively in teen mentoring and living in Israel for a few years, she returned to the United States to write full-time. Dear Martin, her first novel, is loosely based on a series of true events involving the shooting deaths of unarmed African American teenagers. Shaken by the various responses to these incidents—and to the pro-justice movement that sprang up as a result—Stone began the project in an attempt to examine current affairs through the lens of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings. You can find her fangirling over her husband and sons on Twitter and Instagram at @getnicced or on her website, nicstone.info

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Review | The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey

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Published on November 1, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
Pages: e-book
Format:
 e-arc
Source: Recieved by Friends
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★★★★★ 5/5


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At Twin Oaks Country Club, there are the fortunate ones, and then there are the rest of us: the waiters, the caddies, the valets, and in my case, the cabana girls. Most days, I’m poolside in a pleated skirt, dishing out margaritas to tycoons and titans. It’s not exactly my dream job, but it does come with one perk…

James Ashwood.

He’s my silver lining in a custom black suit.

Besides being a legacy member at the club, he’s a tech mogul and Austin’s most eligible bachelor. Oh, and those dimples? Yeah, they make my stomach dip too.

On good days, I catch his sleek Porsche winding down the tree-lined drive. On better days, I steal a glimpse of his handsome profile as we pass in the hall. And on the absolute best day, I find him alone at the bar, looking for company.

“Come have a seat.”

Those four little words set me down a path I never could have imagined. Private planes, penthouse suites, and temptations around every corner make it impossible to keep my distance. His world feels decadent and wild—but overindulgence comes with a cost. Every kiss comes with strings. Every erotic encounter is a promise I’m not ready to keep.

When I pump the brakes, he hits the gas. James doesn’t want to go slow—he wants a commitment.

And the thing about the fortunate ones?

They’re used to getting what they want.


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Review | Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Published by Swoon Reads on March 14, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Contemporary, LGBT, Fiction
Pages: 288
Format:
 Paperback
Source: Recieved by Friends
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★★★★★ 5/5


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Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.


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Review | Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #3) by Jenny Han

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Published by Simon & Schuster on May 4, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Fiction
Pages: 336
Format:
Hardcover
Source: Books-A-Million (Signed Copy)
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★★★★★ 5/5


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Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?


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Release Blitz | The Foxe & The Hound by R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey’s THE FOXE & THE HOUND is available today! You don’t want to miss getting your hands on this sexy and hilarious new read from R.S. Grey. Find out more about THE FOXE & THE HOUND below and grab your copy today!

 About THE FOXE & THE HOUND

When your life is a hot mess at twenty, it’s cute. At twenty-seven…well, not so much.

It’s just that my lofty dreams—making it as a real estate agent, paying rent on time, showering daily—have stayed just that: dreams. Oh, and love? I’ve decided love might be a little ambitious for me at the moment. Instead, I’ve settled for the two guys who will never leave me: Ben & Jerry.

That is, until Dr. Adam Foxe takes up residence as the town’s new vet.

With his strong jaw, easy confidence, and form-fitting scrubs, it’s not long before every housewife in Hamilton is dragging neglected tomcats in for weekly checkups.

Like everyone else, I’m intrigued. Even after I spoil my chance at a good first impression, he still offers me a proposition I can’t refuse: play his girlfriend at a family function and he’ll hire me as his real estate agent. Welcome to love in the 21st century.

It’s too bad I underestimated Adam’s irresistible charm and the undeniable attraction that burns between us. The day he pins me to the wall and silences me with a kiss, the line between reality and ruse begins to blur. Every teasing touch brings me to my knees. Every kiss promises more.

It looks like my hot mess of a life is about to get a little hotter.

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I follow his gaze to where my dress has ridden up. When I’m standing, it’s a modest length, but the leather seats in his Audi have hiked up the skirt and a few inches of my thighs are now on perfect display.

His gaze drags down, pausing on my lips for a moment before he trails down my neck and chest. He’s studying my dress—no, he’s studying my body beneath the fabric. His smile is slow to spread, a little haunting…sexual.

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R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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Review | City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3) by Cassandra Clare

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Released 
on March 24th, 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genres:
 Romance, Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
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My Rating: 
★★★★☆ 4.5/5
Synopsis:
To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

My Review:
I’m surprised it took me such a short time to read this, I honestly flew through City of Glass, unlike City of Bones and City of Ashes, which I lagged through.
SO much happens in this book, and my mind is still swirling trying to make sense of everything. The one thing that frustrates me the most, was that I had no idea who Jace really was, his last name, and who’s son he really was. I forgot a lot of small spoilers I got a while back, so I didn’t give it much thought, and when I finally found out, I was kind of shocked. I mean, I knew something about Clary and Jace, my mom spoiled me that much, as she did that Simon was a Vampire for book 2. But, still, I was so glad to finally get answers to the MANY questions I had. I was also glad that Alec stepped up with Magnus, I hope to see more of the in the next 3 TMI books. I feel like there’s too much insta-love, and although I do love it, I want to see some growth!

I found the Sebastian character (I won’t say his real name, for spoilers sake) shady from the start, and it’s terrible, what he did… I could never look past that. I think some people do, in the future books, I can’t remember, I just know his name was mentioned in a BookTube video about the TMI series.IMG_0853.JPG
It made me really happy that all the Downworlders were reasonable, especially the Night Children, kudos to you!

I was thanking the gods that there was no love triangle, so glad that terrible part was over and done with in the second book. I was annoyed by Jace and Clary’s… relationship at first, but overtime I am really liking them together, what a great duo.

Also, I started by listening to the audio, but what the Narrator voiced the Inquisitor, Aldetree, it was so bad and it annoyed me so much, I immediately stopped it and continued reading it. It was awful, sorry, but it was.

Lastly, let’s talk about Valentine. I felt pity for him, also hatred, and even some confusion. His affection for a child not of his blood, but that he raised, and hatred for a child of his blood, that he never even knew, and never would get to know. He was a crazy and psychotic guy, with a disastrous image for a future for the Shadowhunters. I’m not really sad to see him go, although I’m now curious who the villain/s will be in the final 3 books.

That’s my thoughts, fresh as I have just put the book down. I really loved this book, it was so much better than the first two, it’s given me a new look at the Shadowhunter series, and I’m so excited to continue. Now I’m going to try and process everything… again.

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The Siren by Kiera Cass

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Released 
on January 26th 2016 by HarperTeen
Genres: 
Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult, Mythology, Fantasy
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My Rating: 
★★★★☆ 4.5/5

Synopsis:

From Kiera Cass, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series, comes a sweeping stand-alone fantasy romance.

A girl with a secret.
The boy of her dreams.
An Ocean between them.

Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of.

Falling in love with a human breaks the Ocean’s rules. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetMy Review:

I AM SO EMOTIONAL! 

This is the first book i’ve read by Kiera Cass, and I LOVED IT! Although, I was really wary about reading it with all the controversy going around about Cass’s Selection Series. Also read this for my book club: The Court of Books and Readers !

I started this book knowing very little about it, only that it was originally written in 2009 and this is the version that didn’t make it in the traditional publishing version and she decided to give the story a second chance, releasing the new version January 26th 2016. From the beginning, I was completely hooked on this unique story and the characters!

If you’ve read The Illiad and the Odyssey (or have heard about Sirens), then you may know that the mythical Sirens are deadly beautiful singers of the Ocean, originally known for luring men to their death. Although it’s not completely true for this books, Sirens are deadly singers of the Ocean, but their voice is the only deadly thing about them. In order for the Ocean to live, She must feed, so the Sirens sing their for Her.

It begins with Kahlen, going about what her life looks like as a human and how she became a Siren. You will find out all through out the book about what a Siren really is, and how their live’s will work. They’re beautiful, they cannot age, they cannot get sick, but they can life a semi-normal life, as long as they’re careful not to speak, or make a single sound, within a certain distance of humans. There can only be four sirens at a time, if more it would bring too much attention, and if less it could all go wrong. Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetThey are also under a 100 year sentence for the Ocean, serving them for a century until their duty is done and they can continue the rest of their lives as a human — but, they will not remember a single thing about their past, as a human or as a siren. It’s like a new life for them.

Of course, there are guidelines, The Ocean does not take mothers or wives and only takes daughters, that way they will only serve Her, and nothing could interfere with their tasks to keep Her alive. You’ll of course have to read how they help feed the Ocean, seriously.

Now, Not all Sirens complete their century of sentences, if they are disobedient or are in danger of spilling the Ocean and Sirens secrets, then the Ocean will end their life. The story and situations sound cruel, and I thought it was malicious within the first few chapters but then started to understand the Ocean a little more, and could see She

really loved for her children, the Sirens. She did have a favorite Siren, she was the only one to accept the Ocean, and to come to Her on her own, to talk to Her; that was, until she met him.

With only their “sisters” for company, it can sometimes get lonely, and for Kahlen, it seems to deepen. The Ocean has compassion for her, as does her Sisters, but with every death, with ever song, with every year, she still has the nightmares. Sirens don’t have to sleep or eat to survive, but Kahlen does both, she doesn’t want to lose what she used to be.

With only 20 years left to Kahlen’s sentence, something remarkable seems to happen. A human boy talks to her, and finds comfort in her silence, accepting it, and still wanting to talk to her. Once she realized her feelings for this boy, she flees, and she has to drag her sisters with her, hiding this secret in fear the Ocean will find out. This won’t be the only time they meet, know that.

Kahlen becomes close with Aisling, the oldest sister, just before she has to leave, finally getting to continue her life as a human at the age she was frozen to, but not before telling her how she copes with the loneliness, and spilling her deepest secret she’s been hiding. They all say hello to a new sister and say goodbye to another sister.Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

Kahlen, Miaka, Elizabeth, and newly sister Padma, continue serving the Ocean, but not so easily, there’s a lot these sisters go through, and a lot that the Ocean goes through, as her eldest, and favorite, is slipping from Her grip. This story is about love, love between sisters, strangers, family, and love to yourself, it’s a story with reading.

I will say that even though I absolutely loved this book so much, I kind of assumed what would happen in the end, and guessed what happened before that, it seemed expected, which is why i deducted .5 from the rating.

I can’t say more without spoiling anything major, but definitely check this book out! If you didn’t like the Selection series, have no fear, this Stand Alone Contemporary YA is amazing, Don’t push away an author based on one series, give them a second chance!

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