October 2019 - Most Anticipated Releases

Hello everyone! So, quite a few books are coming out in October but there are 16 we specifically can’t wait for! Check out the list….

  1. The Good Luck Girls (The Good Luck Girls, #1) Charlotte Nicole Davis
  2. Ninth House Leigh Bardugo
  3. Fake Donna Cooner
  4. The Memory Thief Lauren Mansy
  5. Resurrection Girls Ava Morgyn
  6. Michigan vs. the Boys Carrie S. Allen
  7. Reveal Me (Shatter Me #5.5) Tahereh Mafi
  8. Into the Crooked Place (Into the Crooked Place, #1) Alexandra Christo
  9. The Beautiful (The Beautiful, #1) Renee Ahdieh
  10. The Grace Year Kim Liggett
  11. Our Wayward Fate Gloria Chao
  12. The Never Tilting World (The Never Tilting World, #1) Rin Chupeco
  13. All the Things We Do in the Dark Saundra Mitchell
  14. Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens #1) Kelly Coon
  15. A River of Royal Blood (A River of Royal Blood, #1) Amanda Joy
  16. Beyond the Black Door A.M. Strickland

Are any of the books above on your most anticipated reads list for October? What else is on your list? Let us know in the comments below! Thanks, have a great day/night and tata for now!

Angel

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Witches Protection Program by Michael Okon – Blog Tour

WITCHES PROTECTION PROGRAM

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Witches Protection ProgramHello everyone! Today, I am lucky to be partnering with Rockstar Book Tours and Michael Okon to spotlight his new book, Witches Protection Program, and give a sneak-peek into the book! I’m reading it now and, I gotta say, this is THE perfect book to get into the Spooky Month mood…I am loving it so far!! My review will be up soon but, until then, let’s get started with the spotlight and excerpt!

First, I took to Goodreads for the synopsis of Witches Protection Program:

Wes Rockville, a disgraced law enforcement agent, gets one last chance to prove himself and save his career when he’s reassigned to a 232-year-old secret government organization.

The Witches Protection Program.

His first assignment: uncover a billion-dollar cosmetics company’s diabolical plan to use witchcraft for global domination, while protecting its heiress Morgan Pendragon from her aunt’s evil deeds. Reluctantly paired with veteran witch protector, Alastair Verne, Wes must learn to believe in witches…and believe in himself.

Filled with adventure and suspense, Michael Okon creates a rousing, tongue-in-cheek alternate reality where witches cast spells and wreak havoc in modern-day New York City.

Doesn’t that sound AWESOME?!!? I loveeeee books where fantasy meets our reality and I’m definitely loving this book! If that synopsis doesn’t entice you enough, here’s a sneak-peek into the book:

The narrator filled in more information. “It wasn’t until this land became my land that the government decided to create an organization to protect women at risk. The Davina Doctrine went against everything that the Willas stood for. Even though they ran the risk of persecution, the Davinas chose to work with law enforcement to expose the evil deeds of the rival sisterhood. President George Washington established secret legislation under Title VI of the Control Act of 1792. The law was enacted to protect the good witches that exposed the evil deeds of their sisterhood.”

The screen went dark. There was only a chair in the center of a dimly lit stage. A single spotlight focused on the top of the blond actress’s head. Wes was right; it was the actress he’d suspected. She had a hit sitcom and two Emmys, and there was some recent Oscar talk about her last movie.

“Yes. There are witches. Living among us. They are women who believe in using their power to protect love and life. And then there are some who use their powers for all the wrong reasons.”

The camera came to rest on her beautiful face. She winked saucily as she placed a triangular witch’s hat on her head. “Welcome to the Witches Protection Program.”

Alastair smiled broadly. “I love that part.”

“That was Jennifer Anis—”

I know, I know. The Witches Protection Program has put a spell on you and now you’re bewitched and thinking: “how can I get my hands on this brew-tiful book?” Well, you get it from Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, or, of course, by bewitching your local library to get it for you by requesting it from your local library if possible!

The best way to get the Witches Protection Program, though? By entering into a giveaway for it! 2 winners will receive a signed finished copy of WITCHES PROTECTION PROGRAM + swag (US Only). Good luck witches!

After entering into the giveaway and checking out the author bio below, take a ride on your broomstick to the bottom of this post to check out my fellow witches’ blog tour posts! Then, let me know in the comments below, on a scale of ghoulishly glad to hauntedly happy, how excited are you to read Witches Protection Program? Thanks, have a great day/night, and tata for now!

About the Author:

michael okon headshotMichael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

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All About Banned Books

It is #BannedBooksWeek, also known as the week where every literary enthusiast comes to arms about the fact that certain books are banned for what some might consider ridiculous reasons, all across the world. Today, though, I wanted to talk about the topic, specifically in highlighting the main reasons books are banned, and consider if certain books should be banned.

What Does It Mean For A Book To Be Banned?

Well, by banning a book, it is removed from libraries, schools and/or bookstores. Furthermore, a distinction needs to be made that some books aren’t banned, they are simply challenged. By challenging a book, a person or, more typically a group, has requested that a book be removed from the aforementioned locations, however, it has not happened. For example, the children’s Captain Underpants series by Dan Pilkey has frequently been challenged for “encouraging disruptive behaviour.” On the other hand, the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling has been banned in many schools, specifically Christian schools, due to their encouraging of magic which they claim is “devil’s work.” These are among the many books that have been challenged or banned, and their reasons are also among many of the common ones cited in challenging or banning books.

Why Are Books Banned?

Though there are many reasons books are challenged or banned, the main ones are as follows:

  • profanity
  • racial slurs or discrimination
  • drug-use
  • sexual content
  • death
  • violence
  • gambling
  • differing political or religious viewpoints
  • LGBTQ+ content

Should Certain Books Be Banned?

Usually, books are banned by people with good intentions: they just want to protect their kids from what could be considered inappropriate content. Said people tend to be concerned parents and religious groups. Of course, like many things, what one person might consider inappropriate, another could consider a learning opportunity which brings us to the reason Banned Books Week exists: to celebrate the “freedom to seek and.. express ideas”, regardless of personal or societal beliefs. In considering this phrase and juxtaposing it with the reason books are challenged or banned, it’s interesting to think about if certain books should be banned. If not, should there be warnings or, should books be put in their own little section of the library lest a 9-year-old attempt to read something too “grown-up”?

Frankly, yes, I think certain books should be of restricted access at least in regards to certain age groups. Yes, I am all for learning opportunities to be given to children, however, I don’t think kids need to be reading about a man smoking three packs a day while solving a very detailed and gruesome murder in order to learn the dangers about smoking and why violence is not okay. Restricting access in this way is actually not a revolutionary concept; elementary schools usually have picture books and chapter books for the under grade 5s while high school libraries will have a wider variety of books targeted to older people.

On the other hand, I think that educators need to be better informed as to how to teach books that have, for example, racial slurs and various political or religious viewpoints, or which might just, in general, be problematic. 1984 by George Orwell is consistently taught in high schools as a discussion of government power, and as a warning for students in the age of social media and lack of privacy, both of which I do find important discussions. At the same time, though, there are certainly problematic aspects in the book in regards to relationships and mental health, for example, which are not typically discussed by professors, and thus might further perpetuate the previously aforementioned aspects.

Now, what is the line that should be drawn for books to be restricted vs be used as a learning opportunity? Honestly, I don’t know. I do know, though, of quite a few things:

  1. educators need to be better at teaching the various facets of history and how racism and sexism shaped society through books, specifically without further directly or indirectly perpetuating said racism and sexism.
  2. many books currently taught in high school to discuss the above topics could be better replaced by books written now *cough The Hate U Give cough* that give a better insight into the current condition of society, or discuss history from a perspective *cough people of colour cough* not previously given full light to.
  3. kids read books like Captain Underpants or Harry Potter not because they want tips on how to disobey their parents or because they want to join a coven when they grow up but rather because they provide a source of joy and reprieve that might actually propel them closer to reading more. This should be encouraged.
  4. adult books which do not have an opportunity to be taught the nuances of in a school should come with a reading guide as to why they are/may be problematic. For example, Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James has been challenged and banned as it includes highly explicit sexual content. On its own, I don’t think that should be the reason for a book to be challenged, let alone banned. HOWEVER, the book contains some very problematic views and incorrect information about relationships and BDSM, which many people might not know about.

Finally, overall, regardless of the concern brought up, there should be trigger warnings or at least a list of themes discussed written at the front of every single book. They are important for the mental safety of many people and are much appreciated even by people who may not have dealt with any trauma discussed.

So, that’s that about Banned Books Week 2019. What do you guys think about banned books and the discussion above? Also, if you want to learn more about Banned Books Week, feel free to check out this handbook of information and resources from bannedbooksweek.org!

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly bookish meme created by Breaking The Spine to highlight some of the upcoming books you can’t wait to read!

Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1)Summary, courtesy of Goodreads: “Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her? Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.”

Why I Can’t Wait:

  • LOOK AT THE BEAUTIFUL COVER IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND SIMPLE AND ELEGANT
  • IT IS BY LEIGH BARDUGO WHO IS SUCH A FAVE
  • University setting? Secret societies? Mystery thriller? THIS IS SOOOOOOO MY BOOK

 

Catch it on shelves October 8th, 2019!

Resurrection Girls by Ava Morgyn – Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly bookish meme created by Breaking The Spine to highlight some of the upcoming books you can’t wait to read!

Resurrection GirlsSummary, courtesy of Goodreads: “Olivia Foster hasn’t felt alive since her little brother drowned in the backyard pool three years ago. Then Kara Hallas moves in across the street with her mother and grandmother, and Olivia is immediately drawn to these three generations of women. Kara is particularly intoxicating, so much so that Olivia not only comes to accept Kara’s morbid habit of writing to men on death row, she helps her do it. They sign their letters as the Resurrection Girls. But as Kara’s friendship pulls Olivia out of the dark fog she’s been living in, Olivia realizes that a different kind of darkness taints the otherwise lively Hallas women—an impulse that is strange, magical, and possibly deadly.

Why I Can’t Wait:

  • THE COVER SCREAMS SPOOKY MONTH AKA MY FAVOURITE MONTH !!!!!
  • i mean the summary sounds scary (lol) good too but just the fact that it’s SpookyI was immediately drawn in and can’t wait to read it!!

Catch it on shelves October 1st, 2019!

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